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An audio incubator for creators and entrepreneurs. Hosted by Moby. No, not that Moby. This one has hair.
||Clean#14 BOOTSTRAPPING, CONTENT STRATEGY, AND BRANDING | Eric Bandholz, CEO BeardBrand||Remember when the beard wasn’t a thing? That is when Eric Bandholz, along with his kickass cofounders Lindsey Reinders and Jeremy McGee, started Beardbrand. It started off as his solo project, one of many, then became a collaborative side-hustle, and then a full-time business that is now a prominent name in the men's grooming space. It’s been quite a journey for Eric, his team, and BeardBrand, from starting this up in Spokane with $30, to finding his co-founders, being featured on NY times, to being on Shark Tank, and amassing more than 58M views on YouTube. I met Eric at a conference in the summer, and wanted to learn more about how he and his team used content, bootstrapping, and community engagement to build a successful brand. In this episode, we discuss: --The value of content when it comes to a brand, since BeardBrand has more than $58M views on their YouTube channel --How he met his co founders at a startup weekend --How influencer marketing works and what to do / not do --How relationships should be long-term. Don’t always try to make the sale --The value of a distributed marketing strategy --What he would tell himself when he started his entrepreneurship journey My biggest Lesson: Surround yourself with people who get it - your wins and failures. And I don’t mean, the dumb Rick and Morty circle-jerk in which people tell each other how great they are because they do XYZ when they’re the same as everyone else, but because you want people who understand what you went through to get that one small win. Find Eric at: Twitter: @bandholz Find Beardbrand at Beardbrand.com Twitter, YouTube, Instagram: @beardbrand||1/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13 REFLECTIONS ON COURAGE, TRAINING, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP || Vernice Armour, First Female African-American Combat Pilot||Born in Chicago, and raised in Memphis, Vernice wanted to be a cop since she was a young girl. She did that by taking a break from Middle Tennessee State University and joining the Nashville police department - becoming the first female african-american motorcycle police officer in Nashville. Returning to graduate, From there, she served as a police officer in Arizona, and then joined the US Marines and subsequently joined the Naval Air Station in Florida, where she was #1 in her class as a combat pilot. Not only that, but she crushed it at the Marine camp she was at before being deployment - she was named Camp Female Athlete of the Year, twice won the Camp's annual Strongest Warrior Competition, and was a running back for the San Diego Sunfire women's football team. Later, in Iraq, she became Vernice became America's first African American female combat pilot. And now, after 14 years in the military, 2 delopments, 8 awards, she is a Professional Speaker as well as a Speaking Coach. In 2011, she wrote her book Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter. Today, she’s sitting with me. I had the chance to sit down with Vernice and discuss. Well, a lot. Her journey from being in the military to becoming a speaker The concept of Deliberate Practice and how you can be good at what you don’t know anything about Where passion and guts come from The idea of working for free at what you want to do and then charging for it. I’m doing this right now btw. How not making a decision is actually a decision How to connect with Vernice: VerniceArmour.com Twitter: @VerniceArmour YouTube: Vernice FlyGirl Armour||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12 CREATING PAKISTAN'S SHARKTANK | Nabeel Qadeer, Host of 'Idea Croron Ka'||My roots allow me to connect with two entrepreneurial ecosystems, US and Pakistan. It has allowed me to connect with both successful and aspiring entrepreneurs in Pakistan, do workshops when I visit, and also interview the ones that are helping accelerate the growth of startups over there. Today, I’m bringing you one of those facilitators, Nabeel Qadeer. Well, calling him a facilitator would be an understatement. Nabeel is: Director of Entrepreneurship at PITB, which is the equivalent of a state ministry. The chairman of that board, Umar Saif, is also a remarkable technologist and visionary, and I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing him on my previous podcast.Head of Plan9, an incubator in Lahore, my hometown. Plan9 sends startups to the US twice a year as part of a partnership with the US State Department and the City of Austin. In fact, this episode was recorded a few days after a cohort of those startups visited their business.Anchor / Content producer of Pakistan’s first business-reality show, Idea Croron Ka “A Million Dollar Idea”, a show watched by 5-7M people. The focus of our episode is the creation and execution of this show.This episode was recorded in Capital Factory, to which I just won a 6-month membership in a pitch competition at the University of Texas In the middle of the show, we move rooms to avoid the heat pouring down and the creaking of the chairs... so, yeah just letting you know ha. As always, let me know you’re listening in by tweeting @fireshowpodcast or @notthatmoby. You can continue this conversation with Nabeel by tweeting him @nabeelaq Ladies, gents, lizard people running the world, enjoy!||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11 SXSW: HOW A 10-DAY MEGA-FESTIVAL IS MANAGED | Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer SXSW||For people listening who don’t know what SXSW is, it’s a 10-day festival about all things tech, film, and music in the middle of March in Austin, TX. That’s the simplified answer. More than 70,000 people come down to Austin for this, and the whole city buzzes. You walk down the street, and you can feel it. I’m not kidding. To say that SXSW is a catalyst is an understatement. From President Obama, tech CEOs, film star, music moguls, entrepreneurs, all the way to ordinary folks like me, all come together for a 10-day of non-stop exposure to speakers, product launches, marketing campaigns, concerts. Films are launched during this time, deals are made between companies large and small, and if you thought Austin parties - it’s on a whole another level. I sat down with Hugh Forrest, Director of SXSW, to learn about the behind the scenes management of SXSW interactive, the tech part of the festival which has showcased speakers such as President Obama, Peter Thiel, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Ferriss, and more. Some gemsHow thinking long-term when it comes to relationships can pay off The fallacy that the value of attending an event like SXSW is that you’ll meet a rich investor by accident How to get feedback from a large number of customers, and how to sustain improvement at scale Making the most of your SXSW experience Where to find Hugh: Twitter: @Hugh_W_Forrest Medium: @hugh_w_forrest If you’re coming to SXSW this year, holla. Let’s meet. As always, my wonderful friends, enjoy.||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10 WHY + HOW TO START A PODCAST FOR YOUR BRAND | A Panel Discussion||This episode I interview Tolly MosLEE, Co-host of the ILYSM Podcast + Todd Nevins, Host of Go Hunt Life Podcast, and Jamal, founder of Big Mouf Media about why podcasts are a big part of the future of consumption, what makes a good podcast, and how to start one. We cover storytelling branding, listener engagement, hoisting, equipment, and promotion. If you’d like to learn more about how to start a podcast, check out thefireshow.com/how-to-start-a-podcast Tolly is the co-host of the ILYSM Podcast, an Austin and culture focused podcast under Austin 360’s umbrella. She is also a co-owner of an aerial dance company, as well as a freelance writer. On the Go Hunt Life podcast, Todd explores stories of people that were once living normal lives with normal jobs but pulled the ripcord to reinvent and live a life of purpose and passion breaking world records, traveling the globe and building startups from anywhere. He’s also the Founder of CLICK Placement, an agency dedicated to working with startups and businesses designing and optimizing their paid search marketing campaigns on Google and Amazon. He also has a course on Udemy about podcasting, Podcasting: Zero to Launch on Apple Podcasts in 30 Days, if you’re interested in learning about editing, which I don’t cover in detail on my post on thefireshow.com Jamal is Founder and CEO of Bigmuff, a platform that engages subscribers with content about business, economics, and current events by using insightful soundbites and content created by podcasters and other AV media outlets. Enjoy.||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9 Navigating the Insanity of Entrepreneurship and the Happiness of Pursuit | Keynote by Melanie Weinberger, Founder Wellshift||This is a recorded talk over at the TechMap Cofounder Event. A sought after public speaker, Melanie is the founder and CEO of Wellshift, a corporate wellness company, the Founder of WELL, wellness events for the community, and International Potluck. She’s an entrepreneur, speaker, and just a joy to know as a person. In her talks, she blends in wellness, science, and plain common sense which is not that common. If you’re like to learn more about Melanie, check out melanieweinberger.com, i.e weinberger.com. Links are also available on the website thefireshow.com.||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8 What a Roadmap for a Successful Startup Looks Like | Gordon Daugherty, MD Capital Factory||Today, whenever that is for you, I am sitting down with Gordon Daugherty, Managing Director is Cap FAC, Investor, and recovering Startup Executive. Over a 29-year career, Gordon has worked at Startups in Strategy, Operations, Marketing, in multiple countries. Currently, he is on the board of multiple startups, and invests in some as well. he’s the Managing Director of Capital Factory and leads the Accelerator program in downtown Austin.In this episode, we go through the common milestones in an entrepreneur's journey, blind spots that come up at different stages, and what to do when you’re starting out. I get the chance to ask some questions I wonder about, and hear from entrepreneurs regularly:What does entrepreneurs passion even come from?What are bigger blocks that entrepreneur have? Why would we want a cofounder? How should we start looking for one?What do I need to have as a minimum in order to start convos with investors?And, this one was cool, what is the difference between a product and a company? Because investors invest in companies, not in products. We might be working on something that is a product, but investors want to see the institutes that can sustain that products development,launch, and marketing. Gordon knows a lot more than I ever even ask about. And I do mean, a lot. In fact, to learn even more from Gordon, check his website, shockwaveinnovations.com where has 100s of hours of content around pretty much everything entrepreneurship. If you like tactical content like we talk on this show, and want more, keep listening, but also check out shockwave innovations.Ladies and gents, I hope you enjoy this episode. If you’d like to follow us on the Facebooks, Twitters, and Instagrams, we are @fireshowpodcast. If you like this podcast, leave a review on iTunes. Hope you enjoy this episode.||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7 Why Entrepreneurship is Chaotic, Scary, and Extremely Fulfilling | Melinda Garvey, Founder Austin Woman||Melinda Garvey founded Austin Woman Magazine 14 years ago, then ATXMan, and now Daily Dot, a daily podcast about kickass women all over the planet. Melinda has served as Entrepreneur in Residence for McCombs Business School, has won awards by other publication, business association, and entrepreneurship collectives. In this episode, I get the chance to ask her a few questions.We talk about:What made her want to do a magazine?Having never created a business before, what was the constant battle of doubt v. resilience? How did resilience win?Why is she branching off into podcasts?Is her vision for the advancement of women something she had all her life? Why has that been the mission she has dedicated herself to?She was funny, honest, and honestly, made me feel that I’m not the only one who has major ups and down in a day because of what I’m pursuing.Also, shout out to women entrepreneurs. On my podcast, I interviewed quite a few and I think about nuggets from each episode, sometimes multiple, every single week. Also, my mother is an entrepreneur, and I am proud as hell.Ladies and gents, enjoy.||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6 Raising Money 101 | Bart Bohn||Funding funding funding.When do you need it?How do you get it? Rich friends? Rich uncles? Our network? Where does the damn money come from?And also, what can you start doing right now so that when you do need the injection of cash 1-2-3-4-5 years down the liens, there’s people who trust you and are willing to help you get it?Today, I’m sitting down with Bart Bohn, friend, and serial creator of companies as well as incubators, to answer these questions for entrepreneurs.||10/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5 Navigating Co-founder Relationships | Mokshika Sharma||We can't not work with people, regardless of who we are, or what we do. Corporate job. Entrepreneurship. Hell, we even plan our vacations with people..And it can be hard, especially in a business. How do we make sure we treat our partners well? How do we make sure people get their s**t done? How do we work on something that’s a part of us and build it with other people?||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4 How to Figure Out If People Will Pay For Your Idea Pt 2 | A Complete Roadmap with David Altounian||Building a product that people actually want to pay for is, as they say, hella hard. Today, I'm having a conversation about how to figure out if what you're building is something people will pay for - along with ample mention of ice cream.||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3 How to Figure Out If People Will Pay For Your Idea Pt 1 | Excerpts from Ryan Holiday, Marc Nathan||never fall in love with your idea, fall in love with the problem. Great entrepreneurs have identified, observed and exploited a problem. How they do it which is your idea is less important. But if you can identify a profitable problem and then figure out a way to actually solve that problem to the right people, that's a million times better than coming up with an idea. Idea as we've all heard or a dime a dozen, nobody cares about ideas, execution is the only thing that matters. But let's say you've identified a problem then it's going to take some research and discussion and really figuring out how people are solving this problem today.||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2 HOW TO DEAL WITH FAILURE | SAAKeT DUBey||Dealing with the F-word in our lives.||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1 MAYOR ADLER ON DECISION-MAKING, PROCESSING INFORMATION, AND HAPPINESS||Everything’s gunning for our attention all the time. At works, meetings, projects, coworkers, IMs, Emails, Deadlines. Just outside of work, it’s friends, family, bills, things to do around the house, chances to go out, brunches, meetups, conferences, concerts, invitations for coffee. And that device we carry all the time.. Emails. Phone calls. Text. Facebook. IG. Twitter. LinkedIn, games, app notifications. Our attention is not ours. We have to wrestle it back from everything and choose where to give it. We have to be proactive, to be able to work on what we enjoy, to take time for ourselves, to not feel like we’re on a treadmill.Today, to discuss this and much more, I'm sitting with Austin's Mayor Steve Adler and asking questions I have:What does your morning routine look like? You know, the important stuff that happens before you reach the office. As mayor, there's no way to be fully prepared for every issue that pops up screaming for attention. How does he quickly get up to speed on critical and urgent issues in order to make effective decisions. When you have such a public image and are looked up to as a leader, who do you reach out to when you're having your hardest moments? What's the most unconventional place you receive advice and grow as a person and leader? (Vi)What are your metrics of success? What’s the thought process look like of setting those metrics?What are your core values?How do you walk into a room that you know may not like you because of your political beliefs and manage to get your point across to a potentially hostile audience?||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Wow you got the mayor! Nice
New Fireshow is lit (and legit)
Love the idea of the new 5/15/45 formats, and kickass long form interview with Mayor Adler - great launch!
Congrats on the new show dude + getting the mayor