Archive for April 2015

STP069: Why Risk-taking is "The Only Way You Can Innovate and Grow" with Travel Writer Allan Karl

Allan Karl has explored more than 60 countries, photographing, blogging, and writing about them on the way. His book Forks: The Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection (2014) documents a three-year motorcycle journey through 35 countries. In this interview, Karl discusses his decision to turn his passion for travel into a way to live, and…

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STP068: "You are a brand" vs. "A vast myth": Dave Zweig and Gary Vaynerchuk Face Off on Personal Branding

This episode features a Face-Off on the topic of personal branding between experts Gary Vaynerchuk and David Zweig. Zweig’s recent book Invisibles criticizes what he considers the 21st-century problem of personal branding and image overtaking people’s actual work. In contrast, Vaynerchuk argues in his book Crush It! that “Everyone needs to start thinking of themselves as…

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STP067: Tech Entrepreneurship and Hit Pop Songs: Roads to Success with Will Henshall

Will Henshall describes himself as “equally right-brained and left-brained”—he has background as both a successful tech entrepreneur (he holds six patents) and as a platinum record-selling musician/composer. In this interview, he describes how the processes in tech entrepreneurship and writing and making a hit pop song successful are surprisingly similar. He argues that running a…

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STP066: Finding Your Niche and "Representing the Deal" with Music Industry Pro Marcie Allen

Marcie Allen began booking bands when she was sixteen; during college, she was offered a job at LiveNation’s Cellar Door Concerts. At age 25, she founded her first business, MAD Booking & Events; today, she is President of New York City-based music experiential agency MAC Presents. Here, she discusses the importance of identifying and adapting…

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STP065: Gaining Essential Entrepreneurial Knowledge through Mistakes and Reflection with Tim Fargo

After donating blood to raise money (“which I don’t recommend as a way to get capital”), Tim Fargo founded Omega Insurance Services, a firm that, after almost seven years, he sold in 2003 for $20 million. But that’s the too-short version of the story: as Fargo discusses in his interview, this success required a series…

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STP064: Personal Financial Planning for Small Business Owners with Sheila Walker Hartwell

Sheila Walker Hartwell started Hartwell Planning in 1996, a fee-only financial planning firm, initially intended to help divorced and widowed women. Today, she works with a diverse clientele and speaks about comprehensive financial planning issues. In this interview, she discusses how and why even successful small business owners may not be on top of their…

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STP063: Building a Business vs. Building an Asset with Scott Fritz

After founding Human Capital in 1997, Scott Fritz grew the company into a nationwide player with 2007 annual revenues of $170 million dollars. He also acquired Atlantic Insurance, a property and casualty agency, re-branded and re-positioned the agency, and sold it – all within two years. In this interview, however, he goes back to the…

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STP062: The Four Lessons You Can Learn from Olympians with Mary Andrews

Former Olympian Mary Andrews specializes in working with business leaders who have achieved individual success, and are working to take on responsibility for the broader success of their companies. Here, she discusses the four things that we can all learn from Olympians regarding how to achieve success, beginning with the ability to believe in possibilities…

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STP061: Defining Self-Identity and Maintaining Mentor Relationships With Clemantine Wamariya

Clemantine Wamariya came to the United States with her sister Claire in 2000, having survived the Rwandan genocide and several years of living in refugee camps. A recent graduate of Yale University, she is currently working on a startup that will connect top African students at U.S. universities with international companies that will provide entrepreneurial,…

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