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Crushing It

Author: Owais Raza

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Crushing It is a talk show dedicated to inspiring students to take a leap of faith and pursue their passions by showcasing other students who are doing exactly that.
20 Episodes
Moby is a Tech PM at DELL, but his passion is helping early-stage founders and creatives to build businesses through The Fire Show, pitch coaching, monthly events, and videos. An immigrant to the US at the age of 19, he's currently waiting for his green card so he can monetize what he's done for free in the past -- including interviewing Austin's Mayor, live-streaming for Entrepreneur Network, and helping companies win startup pitch competitions (he has $800,000 under his belt). “I was someone who had no confidence, no real skills, no idea what to do in the first 2-3 years of college... I failed multiple classes, was deeply scared of public speaking, dropped an entire semester of classes, almost got expelled, went from one community to another. Everything that could go wrong went wrong for me. But, I was able to build himself up through trial/error, trying new things, and pushing against fear.” Episode 20 holds a special place for me as a podcaster because with Moby as a guest (he’s interviewed over 100 people and is far more experienced), I was the most comfortable I’ve ever been and it helped me realize my potential as a host.
Rachel Holtin helped pioneer the food blogging industry on Instagram. While wrapping up her communications degree at UT Austin, she started @austinfoodstagram which has garnered over 80,000 followers on Instagram. This led her to run social media & influencer programs for Favor Delivery, as well as starting her own Influencer Marketplace for bloggers and brands to connect called Trend. Last year, she went full-time on her blog, and now focuses her attention on creating content for brand partners and local restaurants.
Hassaan Raza is a software engineer at heart, but wears different hats depending on the time of day and is currently the co-founder of Accantus – a company that’s developing patient tracking systems to predict treatment times and outcomes. Over the past few years, he’s worked at MD Anderson, vAuto, Cox Automotive, JP Morgan Chase, and Apple. After graduation, he’ll be going to Google as a TPM for what he thinks will be a short bit before returning to his software consulting business, Simublade. 
Christopher Tung is a man of many talents. Over the past few years, he has successfully accumulated over 7.1 million views and over 100,000 subscribers on YouTube. He can sing, breakdance, and play the guitar, all while teaching hundreds of people online how to do a variety of flips.
Camron Goodman and Amie Jean are the incoming student government President and Vice President at The University of Texas at Austin
Sahana Srinivasan is an Indian American actress, writer, and filmmaker. In 2017, she traded in her book bag for lights, camera, and action to become the host of “Brainchild,” Netflix’s new hit science education series directed by Pharrell Williams. She’s recently started rocking stand-up comedy and is drastically changing the face of STEM & STEAM while representing Indian culture in the mainstream.
Daniel Miyares is considered one of the entrepreneurial titans on campus. He’s a community builder, entrepreneurial leader, and SVBTrekker who’s passionate about startups, products, and technology. Over the past few years he has worked on Genesis – where he helped build structures to scale from 10 people to 25+ people after they raised $1.8 million dollars and LEA – where he started Texcon, facilitated operations for over 50 people, and helped manage a budget of $10,000. As his journey on the forty acres comes to a close, a new one starts for him as an Associate Product Manager at Uber this fall 
Juan Carlos Merlo & Daniel Munoz are the founders of Clean’ Em, a company revolutionizing the services industry by empowering underrepresented cleaners with financial independence and flexible schedules. A year ago they were living in a trashed apartment after a back-to-school party. Out of this grew the inspiration for their contract cleaning service, Clean ‘Em, which is now projected to earn $100,000 in revenue by October. They are one of the eight student startup teams that were selected for the National Championship finals of the Student Startup Madness tournament and will be pitching at SXSW tomorrow. Please join me in welcoming Daniel Munoz and Juan Carlos Merlo.
Luis Martins is a professor with over 35+ years of experience in teaching. He graduated with a Ph.D. in business management from NYU in 1997 and has since taught at the University of Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Indian School of Business, and is currently the Professor of Management and Director of the Herb Kelleher Center of Entrepreneurship at UT-Austin. His consulting and executive development clients include Accenture, AT&T, BBVA, Coca Cola, Essilor, FBI Crime Labs, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Lower Colorado River Authority, McKesson, NASA, Petrobras, Polycom, Powerwave Technologies, Rackspace, Samsung, Sinopec, SK Holdings, Waffle House, and WEG Electric.
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