Ep. 74: How to Embrace Failure, Find Success and Take Risks with Troy Carter

Troy Carter is a well-known manager of artists like John Legend and Meghan Trainor, as well as a new guest 'shark' on Marc Cuban's TV Show Shark Tank, and the founder and CEO Atom Factory investment and talent management company in Los Angeles.

This is a new segment called The Prequel, where we get the pre-story where we talk to someone well-known about what life was like before they were successful.

In this case Troy Carter talks Philly, technology, getting kicked-out of L.A., investing in startups like Uber and Lyft, managing John Legend, hearing a hit song in the studio, the soulful connection between entrepreneurs and musicians, and much much more.

Quote from Troy:

"In life in general, there are no guarantees. Failures are a part of life. As cliche as it may sound, the way I look at it as there are no rewards without taking risks. We take a risk every time we step out the door, every single day. Life is full of risks and failures, but at the same time life is full of triumphs and happiness."

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Troy Carter on Twitter: twitter.com/atomfactory

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John Legend: www.johnlegend.com/us/

Influencer Economy website: www.influencereconomy.com/

Meghan Trainor: www.meghan-trainor.com/

Ep. 73: Loud Speakers Network's Chris Morrow on Hip-Hop, Combat Jack & Podcasting

The Loud Speakers Network is an awesome podcast network, featuring prominent voices of the hip-hip generation, and Chris Morrow is the CEO and co-founder. This week he joins me on Stories from The Influencer Economy.

Chris Morrow and Combat Jack (Reggie Osse) started Loud Speakers Network together and quickly they have become a podcast force. Morrow started as a fan of Combat Jack, and later after realizing that they had friends in common, they hit it off. Now they have over 15 podcasts as a part of their growing mini-empire. Combat Jack is like the Dick Cavett or Charlie Rose of hip-hop. It's an interview show that often has old school rappers on as guests.

Morrow has also published 4 books with Russell Simmons, including multiple NY Times best-sellers. He first met Russell in 2005, and we talk about what it's like co-authoring books with Russell, and their creative process in authoring books.

Chris has worked in radio and bee in a writer for years. Chris's success as an entrepreneur and the Loud Speakers Network co-founder comes from his ability to under-sell and over-deliver. He also strives for#authenticity when looking for talented podcast hosts, and focuses on being real in business and in life.

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stori…id820744212?mt=2

Links about what we talked about:

LoudSpeakers Network Podcasts on Twitter: twitter.com/LSNpodcasts

Combat Jack Show: thecombatjackshow.com/

Loudspeaker's Network: loudspeakersnetwork.com/

Chris Morrow on Twitter: twitter.com/mrchrismorrow

Loudspeaker's Network on Twitter:

Chris Morrow's website: chris-morrow.com

Ryan on Twitter: twitter.com/ryanjwill


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Ep. 72: The Pivot From Investment Banking to Startup CEO with Farbod Shoraka of Bloomnation

In this episode of The Pivot: A series documenting the stories of tech startup founders who pivot their careers from another industry, I speak with Farbod Shoraka, founder of BloomNation a technology startup based in Los Angeles, which is similar to Etsy but for flowers.

Farbod is a reformed former investment banker who pivoted his career into launching his company, taking part in the Mucker Lab Accelerator and raising venture capital from firms like Andreesen Horowitz

Farbod changed careers after seeing a larger gap in the flower market. When working as a banker, he did a business deal in the flower industry, and he was shocked that the industry was so inefficient.

After talking to his Aunt Sharine, who was in the floral industry…He realized that he could solve a big problem in the industry that large companies like 1-800-Flowers were not adequately meeting.

With seed funding that came from a co-founder who was a world class poker player, Farbod and 3 friends jumped into the tech economy.

I hope some of what we discussed surrounding his "pivot" can help you, whether trying to pivot yourself, working with start-ups or already a start-up.

In less than three years, more than 2,500 florists in about 3,000 cities have signed up to use the site.

The company is a marketplace for local florists to list their labors of love -- and for consumers to purchase them directly from these designers. The emphasis is on local and handcrafted. Think of it as Etsy, but for flowers

I recently visited BloomNation’s new headquarters in Santa Monica to talk to Farbod, the CEO of the company. The space overlooks Third Street Promenade, bustling with shoppers and street performers. Inside though, it’s a picture of calm and playfulness. A ping pong table is the first thing you see walking in. There are flowers everywhere, not exactly a surprise.

And part of the conference area is laid with Astroturf. Farbod Shoraka said they did that to make people feel like they are outside while they are inside the office. To create a place where people can sit on the grass, have a conversation, to get their creative juices flowing. When we sat down to chat, I first asked Farbod to tell me more about him and his cofounders, and how they got the idea of BloomNation off the ground

What we learned:

How Farbod went to speak with local florists all around Los Angeles proving their idea out for Bloom Nation
How important it was Farbod to get feedback from his potential users before he built the product
How non-coders can launch an internet tech business
How the founders of BloomNation raised their initial funding from a poker match at the Commerce Casino
How a startup accelerator can help your startup


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Ep: 71: Brad Feld on Doing More Faster and Giving Value to Entrepreneurs

Brad Feld is an author, blogger and he invests in early stage technology companies. In fact he has invested in over 1,000 companies between his Techstars accelerator, his Foundry Ground investment firm, and his own deals. He is our guest on The Influencer Economy podcast this week.

Imagine a world where the only media channels were TV, radio, print magazines, and newspapers. And if you were a start-up entrepreneur, you had to do P.R. in order to get someone's attention for an article or any media coverage. When Brad started his first company Feld Technologies in 1987, while an undergrad student at MIT in Cambridge, that was the world for Brad to gain any media coverage for his company.

This is one of the reasons why Brad was an early adopter for blogging back in 2004. In this episode Brad details his early motivations for blogging and writing on the web. In addition to his how and why he wrote his first book: Venture Deals.

We talk about how often people think too much about their goals and sometimes it's worth starting something to figure out if it's a good idea or bad idea. When he started Techstars with his 3 other co-founders he had no idea if it would work, but figured it was worth a shot. And at the very least he would make some new friends. We chat about how people need to experiment as start-up founders, bloggers, podcasters and sometimes when you don't reach your goals, another less obvious goal emerges which can lead you down the right path.

Brad and I both believe in the "Give Before You Get" model and helping people is all about giving in the system. And that oftentimes we meet people who are takers and over time you realize you spend less time with people who take. Often when Brad meets startup founders, he develops relationships with the founders in advance of investing. And he gives to founders before realizing if he'll invest in their ideas or not.

Brad also pursues 20% of his life where he allocates his days to random things. He'll do a fake VC Day or a fake CEO day where he does stuff that allows his universe to be open to different connections.

Brad's Blog Feld Thoughts: www.feld.com/
TechStars: www.techstars.com/
Sqord: www.sqord.com/
SXSW: www.sxsw.com/
Jeff Ullrich and Earwolf: www.earwolf.com/person/jeff-ullrich/

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Ep. 70: Nerdist Industries Adam Rymer on Building a Media Company for Nerds

This week Nerdist Industries President, Adam Rymer stops by the podcast. Adam runs the media company founded by pioneering Nerdist podcast host, Chris Hardwick.

In 2015 geeks and nerds are kings and queens of the internet and Nerdist Industries at the center of this geek cultural revolution. Everyone who watches a Nerdist video or listens to one of their podcasts has a geek passion, whether it playing Minecraft, watching the latest Batman movie, or attending ComicCon in full cosplay mode (costumes).

Often on the internet, bullies and jerks can rule the comment sections of websites. And Nerdist works hard to avoid that type of fall-back. The focus of Nerdist is to avoid the lowest common denominator of the internet by not acting like a jerk. People who not only work at Nerdist but also their fans have ben bullied in the past. They get it. Nerdist embraces the positivity of being a geek.

Adam is a UPenn MBA with a focus on finance, and also went to Undergrad at Harvard. And now he runs business strategy and the company Nerdist. We live in an awesome world....

Adam on Twitter: twitter.com/NoRymeNoReason
Nerdist's website: nerdist.com/

Our website: www.influencereconomy.com/

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Ep. 69: $100 MBA on the Art of Entrepreneurship and Science of Teaching with Omar Zenhom

Omar Zenhom from the $100 MBA Show stopped by The Influencer Economy Podcast this week. He's at the forefront of education and entrepreneurship and we talked at length about his story.

Omar dropped out of Wharton Business School to start $100 MBA, after talking to a teacher who inspired him to start his own company. The $100 MBA is a podcast and online educational resource that helps people build their own entrepreneurial businesses. As a former teacher, Omar leverages his educational background to give business people a playbook for building their own companies.

Graduate school and MBA's are very expensive in 2015 and often people go into debt to pay for a graduate degree. Programs like Omar's are super-relevant while also up and coming as they give people a chance to learn a lot through more inexpensive ways.

Additionally Omar loves a good webinar and as a firm believer in the medium. he and his partner Nicole Balduni launched a company WebinarNinja recently launched and I attended his conference this weekend.

Webinar Ninja: webinarninja.co/

$100 MBA: 100mba.net/show/

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Ep. 68: VidCon, YouTubers, and Geeking Out with Jim Louderback former CEO of Revision3

Jim Louderback stopped by The Influencer Economy this week. Jim a world-class CEO, and former Head of Revision3, a pioneering online video company. He currently runs the industry and track of VidCon, the 20,000 person online video geek conference in Anaheim, CA.

Jim is an expert at the intersection of geek communities and business. He understands the culture of online geeks, and how to build companies and support business around people's passions and interests.

Jim's Revision3 company was acquired by Discovery Networks in 2007, and Jim worked at Discovery prior to his time at VidCon.

What we talked about:

How VidCon connects the "virtual space" to the "meet space" where online communities can connect IRL (in real life)
It's not about the fanbase anymore, but about the 'friendbase'
How YouTube creators are the fulcrom for online communities, ut not necessary the focus
How VidCon is as much about community members meeting other community members, as fans meeting the creators.
How everyone on the internet has a home and there are people 'like them' around their geek passions
How Revision3 built-out hugely popular geek communities online, and how Discovery acquired their network
Jim on Twitter: twitter.com/jlouderb?lang=en

Jim's website: louderback.com/

VidCon: vidcon.com/

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Ep. 67: WTF Producer Brendan McDonald on Producing a World-Class Podcast w/ Marc Maron

This week I talk to Brendan McDonald, producer of WTF with Marc Maron. We talk about the finer points of producing a world-class podcast, including booking the President of the United States, Barack Obama on their show.

Brendan is the yin and Marc is the yang in making WTF get made. Brendan explains in details of the operations and production around creating their podcast, how they work together, and how booking President Obama was a year in the making.

Additionally we learn about how collaboration is key when building a successful podcast, and how having no agenda when creating a show like WTF is what makes it stand-out in the podcast world.

Great quotes from Brendan

“Having the White House reach out to us is the reason that (the interview) happened. We wouldn’t have been so bold as to go the other way. I think that was just a huge win for podcasting in general. He has his pick of media outlets, a lot of options at the disposal of the President if he wants to communicate to the country and the world. So it’s very validating to know that podcasting had achieved a level of acceptance in the media landscape.”
“That kind of yin and yang makes the relationship work—not just as professional colleagues. We’ve been friends for eleven years now.”

“In the six hundred plus episodes we’ve done, we won’t do promotional interviews for the full episode... Mark will graciously have his friends over sometimes and do ten minutes at the beginning of an episode to help somebody that has a book out or a movie out, or something like that. His feeling about that is it’s kind of like an everybody can help everybody out situation. It’s not that we go requesting promotional stuff. It’s that people were gracious enough to appear on our show, which helped raise our tide quite a bit, so of course we’re going to pay the favor back.”

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Ep: 66: Making Ideas Happen with Scott Belsky Founder of Behance

Scott Belsky knows the secret for making your ideas happen. And today I chat with him about his book "Making Ideas Happen," his company Behance (that sold to Adobe) and his passion for helping to empower the creative world. Scott offers insights and advice for anyone aiming to launch and executve their ideas.

Come see The Influencer Economy Live at The Apple Store Santa Monica. RSVP Here for September 22nd: concierge.apple.com/events/R051/tbd…243419656/en_US

In the influencer economy we all have ideas. And every day we are all executing on our businesses ideas, while also building ourselves as businesses. Scott and I discuss how there is no such thing as "idea meritocracy" and that ideas don't happen by accident. Ideas happen by a series of forces. While big ideas happen when a team executives and sticks together.

We also dive into the importance of building a solid team and how Scott executes his ideas like the 99u conference. In the end, Scott oversee roughly 70 employees at Adobe/Behance and his team is critical to getting his ideas to happen.

In the world where everyone and anyone can launch a product, blog, podcast or new company, why do some people's ideas succeed? While others' ideas fail? We talk about Scott's advice for early idea creation. Scott advises "to make something that needs to exist." And know the difference between a feature and a business. He also suggests bootstrapping your idea "incrementally" can behoove you and your business. Rather than going to raise a bunch of investment money.

Like many in the influencer economy, Scott is mission-centric and his ideas manifest in different products, but the message is always the same. Behance, 99u and Making Ideas Happen have the same values and are all cut from the same cloth. That helps him launch many ideas in different mediums. I know it sounds obvious, but unless you see it in action it, it's easier said then executed on.

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We covered a lot of ground:

We talk about doers and dreamers - and how they need to collaborate with one another
And how doers need to kill off 97% of new ideas for companies and groups brought by dreamers
How you need to build the right team in order to make your ideas happen
How Scott launched the 99u conference and makes it happen because of his team
How the 99U is a conference NOT about ideas. It's about making your ideas come to life and talking about how you made your idea.
Why Scott thinks business school is overrated
How "Genius is "1% inspiration and 99% Perspiration" (A famous Thomas Edison quote) 
How creative people have great ideas but they look for media attention or raise outside capital too early and their idea fails.
The Creative Compromise
How we all have the ability to make our ideas happen

Quotes from Scott:

"Creativity is genuine interest combined with initiative."

"When you optimize for (Press/Media) headlines, you will optimize yourself to the ground."

"You have to build something sustainable that has its own culture and spirit. That's what takes the team coming together."

"We get too involved in ideas themselves. We are fascinated or too much in love with ideas themselves. We need to declare war against excessive creativity."

Scott on Twitter: twitter.com/scottbelsky

Behance: www.behance.net

99u: 99u.com

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Ep. 65: SoloCast - What's Next For The Influencer Economy?

Hey everyone, I have never done a solo podcast before and thought I'd give it a try for this episode. Hope it sounds good. :)

Firstly, I'm inviting everyone in Los Angeles to the Apple Store Santa Monica on September 22nd. I'll be hosting a very special event called: "How to Launch a Start-up in Los Angeles" featuring an old friend Scott Dudelson. Come to the show and afterwards we'll all go out for drinks. I'll be bringing the live show to more cities this summer - please email me if you would like the show to come to your town.

To upvote our SXSW Panel by Friday Click here: panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/48622

I'm also making a few key decisions involving The Influencer Economy book & podcast that I wanted to announce. Thanks for everyone's support already.

I'll soon be re-naming and re-branding The Influencer Economy podcast later this month. Take a listen to hear more about what's happening. If you have any name suggestions - I'd love to hear them. There's a few we are throwing around now.

Overall, thanks for everyone who's given the show a listen, it's been amazing to have you along in this journey. Nothing much will change on iTunes, Stitcher, etc. - but a new name will be coming soon!

The archives: www.influencereconomy.com/

My email: Ryan@influencereconomy.com





Ep. 64: Writer of Rounders, Host of The Moment Podcast, and 300+ Viner Brian Koppelman

Brian Koppelman joined Stories From the Influencer Economy as this week's guest. I originally recorded this episode at Brian's office in New York City last fall. We talked in detail about creativity, podcasting, and finding that curiousity for what gets you motivated and inspired.

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Brian is the co-writer of films such as Rounders and Ocean's Thirteen, as well as the co-director of the Emmy Award-winning "30 for 30," film on Jimmy Connors This is What They Want.

Brian is an avid podcast listener and"loves the intimacy of the conversations ." He talks about how Marc Maron's WTF inspired him to get into podcasting. Brian also details how he connected Bill Simmons and Dave Jacoby of Grantland, and how The Moment podcast came to be.

He was invited on the show to talk about his creative process around filmmaking, and his embracing of social media in the digital age. As a creator, he has launched many big ideas online...

Brian also created the extremely popular "Six Second Screenwriting Tips" on Vine. The Vine series came out of questions received from Twitter. He created one Vine every day (for 300 days), and one Vine has over 20 million loops. The videos were focused on the idea of “giving yourself permission to create.”

He recently completed a TV series with Paul Giamatti for Showtime called Billions. Billions, the setting is the financial industry in New York. He collaborated with his long time writing/directing partner David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin.


“I’ve never calculated one part of my work. I’ve always just led with what fascinates me. That’s why having the conversations is easy too. That’s what led to every movie… All this came from only being obsessed with chasing down my passions and being unrelenting with the desire to be able to tell my children that I fought to live the creative life I wanted to live and that they could do the same.”

• “I want all the things that I say to be things that I believe and have some value.”

• “I actually don’t think that there is such a thing as remarkable people; people are the result of the actions that they take and then how they process the feedback from those actions.”

• "A blocked artist is probably a bad wife or husband.”


• Brian on Twitter: twitter.com/briankoppelman
• Brian on Vine: vine.co/briankoppelman
• Brian's website: briankoppelman.com
• At the end of the show, he suggests that you watch his film Solitary Man: www.solitarymanmovie.com

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Ep. 63: Why We Are All Hooked on Technology Products with Nir Eyal

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We are really excited to share this interview with Nir Eyal that I recorded a few months back. Nir was in Los Angeles for a start-up speaking engagement, where he explained the Hooked Model to 100 + entrepreneurs in Santa Monica. I was lucky enough to chat with him right before he went on stage.

His Hooked Model has changed the game for product creation and product management. We talk at length about the 4 principles of the Hooked Model and how it applies to everyone building products.

The average person checks their cell phone over 100 times per day. And Nir explains why we are all so obsessed with Facebook, WhatsApp and Pinterest. His expertise is in consumer psychology and applying principles from writer's like B.F. Skinner to modern technology.

Nir also self-pubished his book, blogged for years and eventually launched Hooked as a NY Times best-seller. He shares what it's like seeing your book at an airport bookstore.

Nir's website and his Twitter: www.nirandfar.com/ twitter.com/nireyal

How Nir started writing his blog to answer his own questions about how products create habits
How hearing Mark Zuckerberg speak when Nir was in Stanford business school inspired his curiosity around the hooked model
How Facebook & WhatsApp nailed the Hooked model
The difference between vitamins (nice to have) and pain killers (must have) when building products
A guide to the 4-Step Hooked process: 1) Trigger 2) Action 3) Reward 4) Investment
How podcasts apps. like Stitcher form habits for their listeners
The GEM model (Growth, engagement, monetization)
How Nir’s career transitioned from entrepreneur into story-teller
How Nir reach the NY Times best-seller list with the help of his community of blog readers

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Ep. 62: What's Alan Watching? & Sepinwall's Self-Publishing a NY Times Top 10 Book

As mentioned on the podcast intro. Please vote! For our SXSW Panel on podcasting. My friends Jemele Hill and Tom Merritt and I are trying to host a panel "Podcasts Grow-Up: Community and Monetization. They are both great people and former guests of The Influencer Economy. If we get enough votes, then we'll be at SXSW next year.


For this week's episode, I spoke to Alan Sepinwall the writer of the wildly popular online TV recap column, What's Alan Watching?" and the best-selling book "The Revolution Was Televised. On this week's show, Alan details how he originated his career as a TV writer, how he wound-up writing for Hitfix.com, and the keys to his successful self-published book.

Funny when I listen to this episde, I realize how much better I have improved at interviews. But what strikes me the most proud is that I stayed focus with Alan and got the conversation that I hoped for. He was a fun and insightful guest and we had a lot of ground to cover in 1/2 an hour. Hope you enjoy this!

Listen to our archives: www.influencereconomy.com Follow Ryan on Twitter: twitter.com/ryanjwill

Alan's history as a TV writer dates back to the 1990's. He's a pioneer in the TV journalism industry, specifically in defining and shaping the category of online TV Show recaps. He is a great example of a successful creator in The Influencer Economy, as he self-published his book, selling it directly to his community. He has built an incredibly loyal following from writing online, and was able to deliver a book that his community wanted to read. He details his unique model of self-publishing which we can all learn from.

Alan's column: www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching

Alan on Twitter: twitter.com/sepinwall

Alan's original What's Alan Watching blog: sepinwall.blogspot.com

From this episode you'll learn:

How Alan launched his writing career writing online in the 1990's about NYPD Blue
The history of Alan's "What's Alan Watching?" TV Recap column
The background of how Alan went from working for the NJ Times Ledger to writing for the entertainment website Hitfix.com
The secrets of how Alan self-published his book and got the attention of traditional publishers
The origins of Alan appearing on Bill Simmons' BS Report





Ep. 61: NBA Champion Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors

Harrison Barnes grew-up in Iowa, played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels, and is now an NBA player for the Golden State Warriors. This past June he won an NBA Title, when the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers.

He is a world champion.

I spoke to Harrison before he won the title, during the Warriors regular season. We had a candid converation about sports, fans, media, college, SnapChat, United Airlines customer service, and much more.

There's a lot of great stuff in here, for fans and listeners alike who want to hear a modern day athlete's persepctive about the media landscape in 2015. We originally aired this episde last fall.

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Harrison Barnes on Twitter: twitter.com/hbarnes

Harrison on Instagram: instagram.com/hbarnes/

Ep. 60: Smart Business Revolution with Ryan Williams

Super-influencer and connector John Corcoran had me on his Smart Business Revolution Podcast a few months ago. John is one of the smartest guys in the business podcasting game. He was gracious enough to give me the podcast to post on The Influencer Economy feed.

We talk about how Adam Grant's book Give and Take has both affected our busineses. We even dive into how my childhood in Iowa and attending boarding school helped inspire The Influencer Economy. We also chat all things marketing and social media.

John has spoken to people like Dan Pink, Michael Port, Gary Vaynerchuk, Marie Forleo and Guy Kawasaki on his podcast. And it's an honor to be in a class with that group.

John's Smart Business Revolution is: "A Top 10 Podcasts for Entrepreneurs to Learn Personal Finance From" from Inc. Magazine and a "Top 100 Small Business Podcasts 2014" from Small Biz Trends.

I'd like to thank my Mom for listening to my interview with John, who planted the seed for me to re-post this episode for everyone to hear.

John's website:


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Ep. 59: Meredith Walker Co-Founder of Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

Somethings in life start with a great dance party and for Amy Poehler and Meredith Walker, that's how they began the start of their Smart Girls company. Meredith is a veteran of Saturday Night Life and met Amy, her best friend while both were working on the show. Meredith was a talent executive and Amy was a cast player.

I met Meredith Walker, Co-Founder of Amy Phoehler Sart Girls, for literally seconds at SXSW this year. We were both at the Nerdist Party down in Austin, and I was lucky enough to chat for just a moment with her. We clicked and she's the guest this week on the podcast.

What's inspiring about Smart Girls is how they are cultivating a positive community for content around Smart Girls, while also actively speaking to young people around the world.

You'll learn how best friends Meredith Walker and Amy Poehler were inspired to start Smart Girls. How Meredith Walker met Amy Poehler while working together at Saturday Night Live and the story behind the company.

They have an inspiring look at life, and are helping to shape awesome web content for girls and boys of all ages. And don't forget importance of dance parties.

Their website: amysmartgirls.com/





Ep. 58: Tom Scharpling of The Best Show

Tom Scharpling is an OG radio host and podcaster. He started to host and produce a radio show called "The Best Show" on WFMU back in 2003. The show featured call-ins from listeners, stories and special guests like comedian Patton Oswalt.

In 2014, The Best Show went off the air, and re-launched as a podcast.

Tom has paved the way with his old WFMU show for Marc Maron and WTF, to Chris Hardwick of Nerdist, and many other comedy podcasts in the modern day.

Listen to the Best Show: thebestshow.net/podcast/

Buy Tom's Best Show merch and tickets to his live show: stereolaffs.com/

Buy Rock, Rot and Rule: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000QZUBKS

What we learned on the show:

The origins of The Best Show
How he and John Wurster collaborate on The Best Show
How hosts like Howard Stern inspired Tom
Where Tom sees the future of The Best Show going
What it's like transitioning from radio to podcasting

Our website: www.influencereconomy.com/

Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/ryanjwill

Ep. 57: Jonah Keri on Grantland, Writing NY Times Best-Sellers and Up Up and Away

Jonah Keri came on the podcast in December and he was a fantastic guest. He was so good, that I wanted to re-publish this episode for all the new listeners to the show.

He's a writer at ESPN's Grantland, NY Times best-selling author, and one of the smarter minds around baseball analytics in journalism.

We get into a lot o great topics here. Specifically how he started his journalism career, where he got his first big break as a writer, and how Bill Simmons picked him to write for Grantland. Side note, I interviewed him when Bill Simmons still worked for ESPN, so I wasn't able to ask him about Bill's recent exit!

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Jonah Keri's website: jonahkeri.com/

Ep. 56: Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks

I was really excited to sit down with Cenk from The Young Turks. He's one of the pre-eminent political voices online, and his TYT YouTube network is a mini empire on YouTube. I went to his office and studio in Culver City to speak to him on the podcast. They were kind enough to host me in their newly built studio, on The Young Turks set.

What's remarkable about Cenk and his team, is how deep their community connection runs. In many ways, their community is an additional host and correspondent on the Young Turks Network. The Young Turks have a continual open dialogue with their audience and it's destroying the TV model of network filtered news.

Cenk is building the next CNN, but better and much improved. We talk at length about their shows, political beliefs and the old networks and out-dated models in news and politics.

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The Young Turks: www.tytnetwork.com/

Find the TYT on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TheYoungTurks

Cenk: twitter.com/cenkuygur

Cenk's background:

Cenk Uygur is the host and co-founder of The Young Turks online which is the largest news show on the Internet.

Uygur is the former host of The Young Turks on Current TV, MSNBC Live and has appeared numerous times on CNN, CNN Headline News, E! Entertainment Channel, Al Jazeera, ABC News, Voice of America, NPR and even Fox News Channel. He is one of the most popular bloggers on The Huffington Post, and also a contributor to Daily Kos and Politico.

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Ep. 55: James Altucher on Embracing Failure, Choosing Yourself in Life & Finding Your Scene

What if you were a writer who let it all hang-out. What if you wrote about failure and not just success. And what if you approached topics such such as wishing that your daughter becomes a lesbian or listing your business failures for all to learn from. That's what James Altucher does. James is a writer, investor, start-up founder, podcast, father, and literally an open book when it comes to his creation.

I was excited to have him on the show to discuss all things Choosing Yourself.

In this episode you'll learn:

How James embraces failure and success when living his life
How James asked former Twitter CEO Dick Costello to write the forward for his book Choose Yourself
Why it's important to choose yourself in the modern economy
The art of asking people for help and favors (and why it can be agonizing)
The importance of joining part of a "scene" where you have peers and partners when it comes to your creative and entrepreneurial endeavors
Why James writing sometimes invokes criticism from friends and non-friends

James on Twitter: twitter.com/jaltucher

James' website: www.jamesaltucher.com/

James' book "Choose Yourself": www.amazon.com/Choose-Yourself-J…ook/dp/B00CO8D3G4

Ideas and people mentioned:

James Hadfield on James' podcast: www.jamesaltucher.com/2015/06/the-be…-a-total-zero/