What We Do
This week I interviewed Aaron Levy, founder of Raise the Bar, about how companies are struggling to retain millennials, changing corporate culture, and the qualities that make someone a great leader. I love his clarity of thought and ability to articulate the things he thinks need to change.
This episode me (AND MATT!!!) talked to Danni Washington about her her science education TV show, what the heck biomimicry is and how people are creating all kinds of cool technologies based on it, and the importance of mentorship to her career as a science advocate.
I interviewed Brian Lischer, the CEO of Ignyte Branding Agency, about the neuroscience of marketing and the degree to which basic colors and shapes inform many of the fundamental decisions we make. He also educated me on crazy topics like The Sequence of Cognition, Triune Brain Theory, and Panopticism.
With over a decade of experience in branding, digital marketing, and design, Brian has worked with brands in the industries of healthcare, life sciences, technology, financial services, and more. His work has been featured in major publications including Forbes, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, and Brand Quarterly. Inc. Magazine named him one of the top branding experts in the country.
In this episode I talk to Brendan Stermer about digital ghosts, life in a small town, and his fantastic podcast, Interesting People Reading Poetry.
Brendan is one of the most insightful and composed humans I've had the pleasure of conversating with in recent memory, and I really appreciated his honesty and vulnerability.
This week I spoke with Ahmed Baba, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Rantt Media. Rantt is doing fantastic work delivering truth-based political news in a time where truth is more important than ever. We talked about what it's like running a media startup, how the election has changed everything, and cataloguing the Trump presidency in his weekly column, "Unpresidented."
This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica Jin, the founder an organization called Cocks Not Glocks, which she started by accident after creating a fake Facebook event at UT Austin to protest the impending concealed carry on campuses law in Texas. Her event blew up overnight, and she woke up the next morning to 10,000 attendees, media requests, and being doxxed by Neo-Nazis. 10 months later, she held the protest and handed out 5000 dildos around campus.
I had a conversation about six weeks ago with Katie Sikora, the founder of The Sexism project, an ongoing oral interview and photographic portrait series beginning with female subjects in the New Orleans music community and their experiences with sexual harassment and abuse.
We talked about how her project has coincided with the larger conversation we are having around gender equality and sexual harassment, and spoke about how we (as white males) can best be of service to this movement and moment. I loved every minute.
The reaction was so overwhelmingly positive to my first interview with Matt, so we did it again!
This one isn't too long, but it's dense. I learned so much about what it has been like to be inside this body as several parts of it are slowly coming back online. Matt's amazing.
PLUS we got new sound gear, so sound quality is seriously BUMPED moving forward.
This week I talked to Johnny Steindorff, the managing partner of one of the first cryptocurrency hedge funds in the world. I treated this interview like an hour of "Blockchain/Cryptocurrency for Dummies," and I ended up learning a ton.
Johnny thinks Bitcoin will eventually reach $500K-$1M per coin. We shall see!