Austin Fire Show
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A podcast detailing the journeys of entrepreneurs, creatives, and kickass people in the fastest growing city in the US.
||Clean#29 The Last Episode of the Austin Fire Show||As the Austin Fire Show wraps up, I was asked by a few to field some questions myself, and we had some great questions. So, without further ado, here’s my friend, Chad Stith.||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#28 The Pressure of a Startup | Andy Tryba, CEO RideAustin + Cam Doody, CEO BellHops||My biggest take-away from this: You will mess up. You will be stressed. You will not know what you’re doing, but that’s the price you must pay while pursuing something worthwhile. And it is worthwhile.||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#27 The Psychology of Video Games, Shared Experiences, and Personal Heroism||The Psychology of Video Games, Shared Experiences, and Personal Heroism||7/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#26 Diving Deep into the Life of a Forever Freelancer | Emily Leach, Founder Freelance Conference||Today, I’m sitting down with Emily Leach, a freelancer for 20+ years and Founder/CEO of Freelance Conference.||7/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#25 There Is No Such Thing As An Overnight Success || Sujan Patel, Serial Entrepreneur||There Is No Such Thing As An Overnight Success || Sujan Patel, Serial Entrepreneur||7/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#24 Why did Amazon buy Whole Foods? | Patrick Badolato, University of Texas||As you know, Amazon bought Whole Foods recently. If you don’t, I’d love to get you on the show and learn how you develop such a low-information diet, especially if there is an organic option that can be delivered in two hours - no, I’m not kidding. Back to the skin of the matter. Why did Amazon buy Whole Foods? What are the strategic implications of the purchase? Is Amazon close to having monopolistc power on online retail? Today, I’m sitting with Patrick Badolato, an accounting professor at the University of Texas McCombs school of business, and a few more things:PHD in Accounting from DukeTeaches in the MBA, MSTC, MPA and MSF programs at UTWorked with and consulted for Harvard Business School and Harvard Business Publishing on various accounting materialsHis teachings focus on Financial Accounting, and Financial Statement Analysis, and he was actually my professor at the MS Tech Commercialization this summer. We’re discussing:Performance of Whole Foods over the yearsWhole Food’s First-Mover Advantage vs. Sustainable Competitive AdvantageHow has Amazon changed over the years?How would you weigh the convenience of online vs. the experience of online shopping?Disclaimer: This is not stock recommendation. This is a conversation.||6/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#23 WTH is a Go-to-Market Strategy and How do I make Mine? | Sloan Foster||WTH is a Go-to-Market Strategy and How do I make mine?||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#22 How to Sell All Your S**t and Start Fresh | Todd Nevins, Host GoHuntLife||Sometimes I fantasize that all I own fits into one suitcase, and I have a remote job that I can do from anywhere. It seems like a nice, free, life, full of possibility. It also seems super stressful.But I don’t know anything about it. My friend, Todd, does. In 2010, Todd and his wife Alison sold everything they owned, packed up the remainder in 7 suit cases, and moved to Mexico.For 5 years. After 5 years, he’s back to the US, this time settling down in Austin, TX, where he’s running his own marketing agency.But that’s not why I’m talking to him today.Todd is on the show because he just completed 50 episodes of his podcast, Go Hunt Life, where he interviews people who’ve made drastic switches in their careers, learning how they did it, what they were or were not expecting, and how others can do the same. In this episode, I talk to Todd about how HE did it, what exactly people can do to get to a point where they can leave their jobs and live the life they want (spoiler: it’s not easy), and the best moments from his podcast. What’s my favorite part of this episode is that within 30 minutes of talking to Todd, I realized, oh my god, this life is possible for me.And it is for you as well. If you’re interested in this sort of life, check out Todd’s podcast, and these books4-hour work week by Tim FerrisVagabonding: The Art of Long-Term Travel by Rolf PottsGo Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal NewportOh, and if you want to talk to Todd, you can contact him at email@example.com.Enjoy.||6/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21 How To Create and Execute on a B2B Sales Strategy | Kenan Rappuchi, Founder Sellerant||What if you're a startup business that’s just getting to market and needs to build street cred? What if you’re not Gary Vaynerchuk or Tim Ferriss who’ve dominated Twitter from the beginning? How do you stand out amongst the crowd and get a chance to be heard? That’s where sales comes in. Today, I’m sitting down with Kenan Rappuchi, Founder and Chief Revenue Accelerator of Sellerant, a B2B sales accelerator. They partner with tech startups to setup their complete sales toolkit and process, then research, contact and qualify sales leads to create deal pipeline and acquire new customer revenue wins that are critical to survival and progression to growth stage. In this episode, I quiz Kenan on what to do if you have zero sales experience, where and how to find and connect with your audience, and how to pave a path to revenue. If you’re a startup selling technology products or services, social media and ads won’t create growth quickly enough. You must deeply understand your customers and their business problems, then reach out to them directly and at high volume to build relationships that ultimately create qualified sales opportunities. Kenan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or sellerant.com. I hope you get some tangible value, and most importantly, tactics you can start working on today, from this episode. Enjoy.||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20 The Future of Video Games + Virtual Reality | MediaTech Ventures||2.2 Billion people play video games. I got a C- in Calculus in college, but I can take a guess - that's a TON of people. Like, a third, you know, of the world, dude. Whenever I hear video games discussed in a serious context (taking about your Kill/Death ratio in Black Ops doesn't count), some questions pop up in my head. Add VR to the mix, and I have no idea where the industry is going. Until now. At a MediaTech Ventures event hosted by my friend Paul OBrien (you might remember him from EP #8 on this show), I got a chance to sit down with some Video Game + VR experts and, as usual, asked my stupid questions. It was fun. Here are some questions I asked that you might be interested in: - Are video games just for fun? - How do you make a successful video game? - Where can I go to learn more about doing so? - Do video game technologies present opportunities to build on the strength of the interaction strength of the medium to build applications in other industries? - Is VR a trend? - What is the future of VR? - How scared is every one of VR horror games? (spoiler: I'm NOT going to try them, unless someone pays me to do so) In this episode, I have people from various parts of the Video Game Industry. CEOs, Directors, Teachers, Community Organizers. Here's who you're listening to on EP 20: - Mike Panoff, co-founder of Edge of Reality + Founder/CEO of App Jar - Frank Coppersmith, Chair Austin Video Game Dev Association + President BlankMediaGames - Elijah May, Managing Partner at the Experience Firm - Joe Blancato, COO of Double A Events - Karen Snyder, Transmedia producer at Trans Seven Studio + Lecturer of Digital Media With the University of Houston||5/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19 The Philoshophy of an Entrepreneur | Vi Nguyen, CEO Homads||Today, I'm sitting down with Vi Nguyen, co-founder and CEO of Homads, a market network for rentals of 30+ days that lets you find, talk, and rent with people in your community. In this episode, we talk about the anxiety that comes along with doing new things and how Vi deals with it, the self-awareness that has to go into relationships and your work, and most importantly -- what you have to give up as an entrepreneur||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18 | How to Pitch Your Idea | 7 Elements with Examples from Decks that raised $400M+||#18 | How to Pitch Your Idea | 7 Elements with Examples from Decks that raised $400M+ by Moby||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17 Austin's Global Development Initiatives + The Austin-Pakistan Program | Alicia Dean + Umar Saif||#17 Austin's Global Development Initiatives + The Austin-Pakistan Program | Alicia Dean + Umar Saif by Moby||4/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16 Intro to Starting a Business | Marc Nathan||If you want to start a business, the first question you ask yourself is this: Where do I start? And the questions keep snowballing. Should I tell people my idea? How do I know my idea is good or not? If I don’t have an idea, what should I do? What the hell is a coworking space, and why should I go there? How do I do market research? How do I find my first customers? How do I find co-founders, partners? If you have these questions, regardless of whether you have already started, or want to start, a business, this episode is for you. Today, I’m sitting down with Marc Nathan. That’s Marc with a C, not a K. Marc does a lot of things, but most relevant to this conversation is his role as a mentor for startups. With years of leadership experience in tech, finance, creative marketing, he is an expert on pitching, customer development, angel investing, ad marketing at scale -- especially for early-stage tech-based startups. He’s got a knack for connecting people, and knows pretty much everyone in town. In fact, as I’m writing this, I’m reminded that I need to send him my wish-list of interviewees in Austin, so he can introduce me to them. Marc is also VP of Client Strategy in the Emerging Technology and Venture Capital practice group at Miller, Egan, Molter & Nelson LLP, a law firm (Marc’s not a lawyer) that provides experienced, flexible and responsive legal rep for tech-based businesses. Outside of mentoring startups, he runs T-squared agency, which does a weekly newsletter about all things startup in Texas. Enjoy.||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15 A Frank Discussion on Race + Blackness | Jordan Sterling, Cofounder AlibiX||Today, I’m sitting down with Jordan Sterling, entrepreneur, creative, and smartass. Let’s list some of what he does. VP of Sales at Data-infiniti, which is a data startup. Co-founder at Silicon Jungle, which is a startup studio. And most relevant to this conversation, co-founder of Alibi X, a platform to showcase the narrative of what it means to be a black millennial. We’re having an open and frank discussion about race, and asking some important questions -- what is his definition of blackness? How is he affected by pre-conceived ideas that others have about him because of the color of his skin? Do we talk about race enough? At the core of it all, is one idea - we must join the narrative of the part of the world we live in, so that others can look at us and say -- hey, that person looks like me. I can do the things they do. I can follow that career path. I can be who I want to be, shedding the ideas of others and myself about how I should act like. Check out some of Jordan’s stuff: www.alibix.co You can also follow him on twitter: https://twitter.com/J_Sterl||3/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14 Designing Values, People and Pretty Things | John Roescher, CEO Handsome||In this episode, we dive deep into the art of designing - whether that's the values John strove to build Handsome around, or the design of customer experiences he believes makes businesses successful, or the people he chooses to work with.||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13 Valentine's Day Special: 23 First Dates||Dating can be hard. It can also be wonderful. This Valentine's Day, sit back and listen to 23 Austinites recount their first dates.||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12 You Will Fail Your New Years Resolutions + How To Be Fit and Confident This Year||We're taught to focus on the WHAT, now the HOW. We set ambitious endpoint goals, and get frustrated when we don't achieve them. In this episode, I talk the power of process and how to step up habits to get you to where you want to be.||1/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11 Solving the Problems of the Horse-Buying Industry | Kristine Kelly, Co-founder Equine Exchange||Did you know 1/3 of horse transactions involve fraud?||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10 Building the Data Network of the Future | Brett Hurt CEO, Jon Loyens CPO data.world||How we change the world depends on how we use the massive amount of information that exists, and the massive amount that will follow. Listen to Brett and Jon answer questions about how datadotworld is going to help.||12/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9 The Art of Communication | John Daly, Professor at the Moody School of Communication||Why are some people viewed differently from others? Can one learn to be perceived as more charismatic, more confident? John Daly, communications expert, weighs in.||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8 Austin's Future Economic Development || Paul O'Brien||Paul is a... honestly, it's hard to say. A marketer by trade, he moved from Silicon Valley (gasp!) 6 years ago, and has been a well-known figure in Austin ever since. While he has multiple businesses, speaks all over the city, and helps startups get funded -- Paul's focus is the economic development of Austin's Venture Capital: How do we put money all across the city's infrastructure, institutions, and people so that we sustain our growth?||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7 Core of Entrepreneurship | Cam Houser CEO 3 Day Startup + Shayna Dunitz Cofounder Experience Fund||#7 Core of Entrepreneurship | Cam Houser CEO 3 Day Startup + Shayna Dunitz Cofounder Experience Fund||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6 How to Find a Job in Austin | Lani, Texas Woman Entrepreneur of the Year||How do you use networking find a job in Austin? Why would you not want to scrub your social media profile before looking for a job? What mistakes can you make while recruiting?||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5 Intro to Entrepreneurship + Growing an Audience | Lani, Texas Woman Entrepreneur of the Year||Is Entrepreneurship hard? Yes it is. Lani is funny as hell in this interview about building multiple organizations, and tell it as it is.||10/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4 How Improv Comedy can help with Fear and Communication||Improv isn't just for aspiring actors. It's for everyone. Jason and I connect deeply in this episode on the impact Improv comedy has had on our lives.||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3 The Impact of International Talent in Austin's Economy||Immigration. International Business. Diversity. Does it matter?||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2 Turning Creativity and Audacity to your Advantage||What's the point of being creative? How can you become creative? What are some examples of people stepping out of the lines and doing things their own way?||9/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1 Austin's Future and Creative Economy | Larry Speck, Austin Airport Designer||Where are Austin's economy and infrastructure going? Larry Speck maps it out.||9/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
FireShow is pretty hot
"Oh my ghod dude"... love the intro (seriously, an elephant, right?).
I'm not huge into podcasts, but if you're living in Austin and an entrepreneurial type, hit subscribe.
The episodes (so far) are just the right length to tune in (and tune out) at work, and have featured interesting locals I would actually enjoy meeting in person (which reminds me, I need to get out more).
4 stars (not 5) only because it launched recently, and I've had lots of relationships that started hot and eventually cooled down, but I'm definitely into you #FireShow.
Welcome to Austin!
The show is legit! The guests are really fun and engaging! Larry speck's interview was very interesting indeed. Having recently moved to austin myself, this show is a great introduction to the soul and feel of the city. Hope to keep listening to other great guests in future episodes. More power to you guys!
Informative and enjoyable!
I love Moby's energy and the wide range of topics explored in this podcast. The guests, who include the likes of Steve Adler and one of my favorite professors from UT, Larry Speck, are a pleasure listening to!