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From Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs, it's Ideas Elevated: the podcast that elevates innovative products to their full potential.

Join host Danielle Cohn as she explores the tools and tactics that successful entrepreneurs, industry experts, and up-and-coming CEOs use to take their ideas, products, and startups to the next level.

Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs gives talented entrepreneurs access to Comcast NBCUniversal’s renowned network of partners, brands and mentors to foster rapid breakthroughs in connectivity, media, and entertainment.

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Shauna Griffiths is a dynamic, hybrid-marketer who has successfully worked and led remotely for the last 5 years. She was named a 2017 Game Changer by SportsBusiness Journal, and was selected as one of the 2017 HATCH 100. In this episode, Shauna and Danielle will chat about ways you can not only work from home, but LEAD from home during the COVID crisis or anytime when leading a team remotely. She’ll emphasize the importance of self-care, and caring for your family and pets, while isolated. And, she’ll give you tips and tricks for other ways you can maximize your productivity, and remain happy and healthy, while staying home and helping to flatten the curve.
Rohit Bhargava is an innovation and marketing expert and the founder of the Non-Obvious Company.  He spent 15 years as a marketing strategist for Ogilvy and Leo Burnett, is a Wall Street Journal best selling author of six business books, and a professor of marketing and innovation at Georgetown University. In this episode, Rohit will map out ways companies can pivot to make money now, to maintain cashflow during economic turbulence. He’ll help you learn to think in non-obvious ways, and identify solutions to problems that may seem unsolvable. And, he’ll share his advice for using any extra time you might have while at home to your advantage, so you can come out of the quarantine ahead of the game.
David Marquet is a retired U.S. Naval Captain who spent years managing nuclear submarines. Now, decades later, he’s using the skills he learned 800 feet underwater to maneuver leadership in the workplace. In 2013, he published “Turn this Ship Around!”, his first in a series of books that explore effective, empowering leadership. In this episode, Luke Butler sits down with David to talk about his newest book, Leadership is Language. You’ll hear how a naval commander turned his adversity into a completely new method of leadership.
Kelly Hoey is a networking expert, and the author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships In A Hyper-Connected World. Kelly has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and Business Insider, and just this year EBW included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. In this episode, Kelly and Danielle Talk about how you can build and strengthen your network from home, during the COVID crisis. She’ll explain how, in times like this, it is crucial to lean on and invest in the relationships and peers you already have. And, whether you’re a venture-backed CEO or a solopreneur just starting out, she’ll share tips for how to supercharge your network, both virtually and once we can venture outside again.
Steven Levy is the editor-at-large at WIRED Magazine and has written multiple books about technology, cryptography, the internet, cybersecurity, and privacy. He was named as America’s Premier Technology Journalist by The Washington Post. His Latest book, Facebook: The Inside Story digs deep into the story of the once-in-a-generation unicorn company that has changed the way we communicate. Steven had years of unprecedented access to Facebook’s executives, employees, and operations in order to tell his unbiased opinion about the rocky rise of Facebook. In this episode, Steven chats with our producer Kevin Chemidlin about what he learned while following the multibillion-dollar company for the past 5 years.  He'll talk about Facebook's motto of "move fast and break things," and how founders can learn to move fast without breaking as many things.  And, he'll share what founders can do to make sure their business is using the latest tools and technologies to elevate their idea beyond the competition. Follow Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs online: Join the Newsletter! comcastnbculift.com @LIFT_Labs on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Bob Moore is Co-Founder and CEO of Crossbeam, a data platform that helps companies discover which customers and leads they have in common. Before Crossbeam, Bob cofounded and sold two other successful companies, and his writing about technology, startups, and data has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and numerous other publications. In today’s episode, Bob and Danielle chat about how his first company, RJMetrics, was founded just as the economy collapsed in 2008.  He’ll share the lessons he learned from building a company during a crisis, and how those learnings gave him the tools he used later, during times of prosperity, to beat the competition. And, Bob will compare those experiences to what he sees in the COVID-19 crisis to help you and your business adapt to these times of uncertainty. Follow Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs online: Join the Newsletter! comcastnbculift.com @LIFT_Labs on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Sumorwuo Zaza is the CEO and Co-Founder of NICKL, a software company focused on making it easy to access quality news and information.  Prior to this he was Director of the International division at HuffPost. In that role he defined product strategy across content creation, distribution, and monetization for 17 international properties, and oversaw site launches in new markets. In this episode, Zaza will share tips for any entrepreneur who’s considering applying for an accelerator program - especially those who are applying for the next class of the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars! For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
Howard Gray is a startup advisor, leadership coach, and podcast host. He has founded and exited two companies, managed the tours of performing artists, and even has been a DJ himself. And while he was finding success across his many different skill sets, he started to recognize another skill he had: executive coaching. He’s crafted programs for execs at IBM, Mastercard, and General Electric. In this episode, Howard dives into one of the most common issues entrepreneurs grapple with: blind spots in their thinking and their storytelling. Follow Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs online: Join the Newsletter! comcastnbculift.com @LIFT_Labs on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
David is a marketing strategist, entrepreneur, advisor, and author of several bestselling books. He and his daughter, Reiko, collaborated to write David’s latest book: “Fanocracy: Turning Fans into Customers and Customers into Fans.” In this episode, David chats about the importance of turning your customers into fans. You’ll also hear some tips and tricks on audience engagement, strategic branding, and the best way to interact with the public when your company hits a roadblock. In this episode, David chats about the importance of turning your customers into fans. You’ll also hear some tips and tricks on audience engagement, strategic branding, and the best way to interact with the public when your company hits a roadblock. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
Randi Zuckerberg is an entrepreneur, author, Tony-award winning producer. She spent years in Silicon Valley as the director of market development for Facebook. Later, she founded the production company Zuckerberg Media. Randi has authored several books, performed in a Broadway production of Rock of Ages, and created Dot., a children’s television show exploring the power of technology. In this episode, you’ll hear about the early days of Facebook, Randi’s decision to start her own company, and how she has managed to fuse entrepreneurship with her lifelong passion for theater. Follow Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs online: Join the Newsletter! comcastnbculift.com @LIFT_Labs on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
John Maeda is one of the world's preeminent interdisciplinary thinkers on technology and design. In How to Speak Machine, he offers a set of simple laws that govern not only the computers of today, but the unimaginable machines of the future. In this episode, John chats with our producer Kevin Chemidlin about the incredible benefits of growing computation. You’ll hear his advice on how to grasp concepts like AI and exponential growth, even if you’re a technological novice.  And if you’re a tech startup, how long should you take before pitching an idea or product? John has some thoughts on that, too.  Follow Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs online: Join the Newsletter! comcastnbculift.com @LIFT_Labs on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Ben Nemtin is a TV producer, motivational speaker, and New York Times bestselling author. He co-founded and produced The Buried Life, an MTV documentary series that explores the art of fulfilling your wildest dreams in unconventional ways. Ben is a motivational speaker and an advocate for mental health awareness. In this episode, Ben discusses his own struggles with mental health, and how he learned to adopt a lifestyle devoid of fear. You’ll hear his advice on how entrepreneurs can change their mindset to accomplish feats they may have never imagined possible. Follow Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs online: Join the Newsletter! comcastnbculift.com @LIFT_Labs on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Josh Kopelman co-founded First Round Capital in 2004 to reinvent seed-stage investing. Since that time, the firm has invested in over 300 emerging technology startups – becoming one of the most active venture capital firms in the country. Josh has consistently made the Forbes “Midas List” which ranks the top 100 tech investors, earning the number four spot in 2014. Early in his career, in 1992, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation – and took it public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1996. Josh founded Half.com in July of 1999, and led it to become one of the largest sellers of used books, movies and music in the world. Half.com was acquired by eBay in July 2000. In this episode, Danielle and Luke chat with Josh about which founders catch his attention, and how he selects startups for investment. You’ll hear his advice on pitching your company, how to stay honest with your investors, and how to create your own roadmap as a founder.  Follow Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs online: Join the Newsletter! comcastnbculift.com @LIFT_Labs on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Tobias Peggs is CEO of Square Roots Urban Growers, hyper-local indoor farms spread across the boroughs of New York City and Grand Rapids.  Tobias has been involved in the creation and growth of early-stage internet companies since the mid-90s. Before Square Roots, Tobias was CEO of Boulder-based OneRiot. Tobias led OneRiot through its transition from consumer-facing search engine to socially-targeted mobile advertising platform – ultimately leading to acquisition by Walmart. In this episode, Tobias chats with Luke Butler about how he plans to change the urban farming game across North America. You’ll hear about the latest advancements in the food industry, advice on partnering with the right companies, and tips on scaling your company, while making an impact on your community. Follow Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs online: Join the Newsletter! comcastnbculift.com @LIFT_Labs on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Marc Randolph is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. As co-founder and founding CEO of Netflix, he laid much of the groundwork for a service that’s grown to 150 million subscribers, and fundamentally altered how the world experiences media. He also served on the Netflix board of directors until retiring from the company in 2003. In this episode, Marc chats with Danielle and Luke about the story behind Netflix. You’ll hear about “That Will Never Work,” Marc’s appropriately titled story about how he made Netflix happen, grow, and eventually thrive. And, you’ll hear Marc’s thoughts on the dangers of glorifying entrepreneurship. Follow Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs online: Join the Newsletter! comcastnbculift.com @LIFT_Labs on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Earlier this year, we were inspired by our community to launch a female founder and funder meetup group for women to ask each other off-the-record questions. It’s become a popular place for insights on everything from founding to fundraising. Today, we’re giving you a seat at that table, in a roundtable discussion moderated by Danielle Cohn. We’ll talk about the access and funding gap, what’s being done to overcome it, and lessons for all women in starting and growing a business. You’ll hear from University Professor who runs an angel investment group, an CEO and expert on unconscious bias, and a bootstrapping entrepreneur. Follow Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs online: Join the Newsletter! comcastnbculift.com @LIFT_Labs on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Danish’s Dhamani's vision is to empower people around the world to overcome their fear of public speaking and to become a better communicator. As a first-generation immigrant, for whom English is a second language, the fear of public speaking haunted Danish throughout his early life. By constant practicing and coaching, he soon realized that people are not born public speakers; instead, public speaking is a learnable skill. This is what inspired Danish to create Orai, a mobile app that uses artificial intelligence to improve your speaking ability. In this episode, you'll hear his story firsthand, and learn about his experience taking Orai through the 2018 Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator powered by Techstars. Follow Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs online: Join the Newsletter! comcastnbculift.com @LIFT_Labs on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Erica Williams Simon is an award-winning host, social critic, entrepreneur and author focused on exploring the truth of who we are and how we want to live. The self-described “professional question asker” and former Head of The Creator’s Lab at Snapchat is the founder and CEO of Sage House, a company that creates spaces, both in-person and online, for a new generation to ask critical questions, share stories and develop wisdom. She is also host of the popular podcast “The Call with Erica” and author of You Deserve the Truth: Change the Stories that Shaped Your World & Live a World-Changing Life. In this episode, Erica chats with Luke Butler about how growing up as a preacher’s daughter helped her grasp the power of storytelling. Follow Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs online: Join the Newsletter! comcastnbculift.com @LIFT_Labs on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Scott Kupor is the Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. There, he is responsible for all operational aspects of running the firm. He has been with the firm since its inception in 2009, and has overseen its rapid growth, from three employees to 150+, and from $300 million in assets under management to more than $10 billion. In this episode, you’ll hear Scott’s best advice on how to obtain venture capital for your startup. He'll also delve a bit into the question of whether you should seek out Venture Capital. Danielle and Scott will also chat about unconscious bias, and how underrepresented founders can access resources and capital. Follow Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs online: Join the Newsletter! comcastnbculift.com @LIFT_Labs on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Even though it’s 2019, the gender gap in the tech industry is still huge.  So at Philly Startup Leaders Entrepreneur Expo, a flagship event of Philly Tech Week, we sat down with two women who are beating the odds in the tech world. Jennifer Maher is the CEO over at 1776, a business incubator that has roots in Pennsylvania, DC, and Virginia.  Kiera Smalls founded City Fit Girls: a citywide fitness club for women in Philadelphia.  Both Jennifer and Kiera have their hands in Philly Startup Leaders: the largest network of tech startups in Philadelphia. Jennifer is the President of PSL, and Kiera is the Executive Director. In this conversation, Danielle and Luke chat with Kiera and Jennifer about their journey as women of tech, the challenges and successes they see in underrepresented entrepreneurs, and about how to build a thriving tech ecosystem. Follow Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs online: Join the Newsletter! comcastnbculift.com @LIFT_Labs on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
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