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In this podcast we speak with top performers and hear the uncut no-fluff version of their journey to the top. We learn what their superpower is, as well as their kryptonite. The goal of this podcast is to help aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders to get inspired and tap into their superpowers.

As entrepreneurs and businesspeople we search for answers, How to be successful? How to overcome challenges? How to build the right strategy? The right marketing plan? How did others accomplish what they did? We sometimes forget to look inside and ask ourselves the core questions such as Why am I doing what I’m doing ? What advantage can help me do better than anybody else? What’s special about how I do things ?

We believe there’s no such thing as overnight success, that success, although an agile term, requires being aware of your strengths and weaknesses. We believe that every person has a skill (or set of skills), a superpower. A unique capability that once acknowledged makes anything possible.
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In this month’s episode, we speak with Hillel Fuld. He’s a one-man legend who’s very known in the tech landscape as a top influencer. He’s a person that accomplished everything, by just doing what he loves and hoping that people will love what he does. He started off by literally just posting his musings online as a diary, which led him to work with the top tech companies in the world. He’s super active, leveraging his talent and passion in many areas, all with one common ground - empowering entrepreneurs and adding value: • Helping startups - he spends a lot of time mentoring entrepreneurs and tech founders. Helping them scale. Amazingly 95% of the time he spends on that front is with no strings attached. He doesn’t charge them any money. Where is the income from then? Some of those startups end up coming back offering Hillel to join them long term wise either as a paying consultant or for equity. Brilliant, right? • Writing - he writes for the Jerusalem Post, Inc Magazine, Mashable, TechCrunch, Business Insider, and more. He’s officially ranked among the top ten tech bloggers in the world. • Evangelism - he’s an unofficial ambassador of the Israeli tech landscape - leveraging his influence to help get Israeli tech founders become known and recognized globally • Public speaking - he hosts a podcast called Bootstrap and speaks on stages around the world • Collaborating with brand - he works with some of the top tech brands in the world as an influencer • Educating - he’s recently launched an entrepreneurship course • The list goes on.. We discuss: • His business philosophy - focusing on building trust rather than accumulating equity • The fundamental difference between sales and marketing • A MUST KNOW time-optimizing hack • The importance of content in any startups’ marketing strategy • A marketing tip that can truly help startups establish relationships with influencers in their industry, get website traffic and elevate their brand • Being intune with yourself and following your heart • The power of simplicity • Much more! Listening to Hillel you’ll quickly notice his elegance and how being an approachable human being can lead to incredible places. He’s living proof that empowering others while having impactful fun is a gateway to becoming the best version of yourself. Check it out
In this episode we speak with Paula Davis, Founder, and CEO of the Stress & Resilience Institute, helping organizations prevent burnout, and build resilience. She’s the author of Beating Burnout At Work: why teams hold the secret to well-being and resilience. The Financial Times recently included her book in its March roundup of best business books. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, and many more. She’s a contributor to Forbes, Fast Company, and Psychology Today. Her journey is one of self-awareness and empowerment. Having experienced burnout, she left a promising law career and started exploring the topic of well-being, burnout prevention, and stress management. She set forth on a mission to help individuals and organizations become more resilient. She’s since trained thousands of professionals, leaders, and teams in many industries, including many of the world's largest law firms, plus work with the military training more than 40,000 soldiers and their family members. She’s a walking testament of how when we’re attuned to ourselves we can be the best versions of ourselves and make an impact on the world while we’re at it. We discuss: • How to identify burnout • What entrepreneurs need to be extra mindful to • Job demands vs. job resources • The importance of being self-aware and deep self-reflection • The serendipitous way that led to her discovering the discipline of positive psychology and how her career shifted from that point on • The power of learning from what we go through as individuals and teams • Practicing resilience and building the “resilience muscle” (as opposed to just assuming resilience is an innate quality beyond our control) • Encouraging teams to celebrate small wins • ..and much more! In addition to being inspired by her journey, this interview can help leaders identify burnout in their teams, and gain practical tips on how to navigate it. And if you think that providing the likes of yoga classes for your team is the way to go, this will hopefully make you revisit that notion as the solution goes way deeper than that, and entails true awareness and devotion. We hope you enjoy your listen!
In this episode we speak with Ido Safruti, co-founder and CTO of PerimeterX, a company that provides digital threat protection for businesses and is valued at nearly a billion dollars. The company was named number 49 on Deloitte’s Fast 500 Ranking Highlights with an incredible 3,637% Growth in just Three Years. We discuss: • His path to founding his own startup • The challenge of selling a solution in the realm of protection and prevention where the pain isn’t necessarily felt till it’s too late • How they gained their first customers and the POC process they went through • The concept of design partnerships with users as part of a validation process. “People are extremely happy to talk when you’re not trying to sell them a product, once you move over and say OK now I have a product and I want you to buy it, they’re more suspicious and care about their time. But I know for myself, if a founder calls and says ‘hey I have an idea, I want to get your perspective on it’ I’m always happy to share some time and provide feedback” • The importance of listening to your potential clients’ needs and challenges • The power of human relationships • Navigating team growth • The cost of a wrong hire • Much more! There’s a lot entrepreneurs and intraprenuers can learn from this guy, we hope you enjoy your listen!
In this episode we speak with Vik Harrison, who’s most known as the co-creator of Charity: Water, a nonprofit that provides drinking water to people in developing nations. Since it was founded in 2006, Charity: Water has inspired a movement of one million supporters from 100 countries and to date, they’ve helped 10 million people around the world get access to clean water. Vik is the brains behind the charity’s design and branding, she's played a major role in its success. She now has her own consulting firm - The Branded Startup, where she brings all her knowledge and experience to help purpose-driven entrepreneurs and nonprofits clarify their vision and tell their stories. We discuss: • The challenge of balancing family and a fulfilling career • Procrastination and overcoming fears by having faith in yourself and by setting a clear pubic deadline (which you’ll then be accountable for) • Choosing herself at a young age, and despite her family’s objection, leaving a promising career in the advertising world to join Charity: Water • The power of authentic storytelling and transparency • The importance of conveying trust, confidence and control as opposed to a desperate narrative when raising money (whether for a startup or a nonprofit) - people like to take part and invest in something successful that’s working • Warmth and competence - the two reasons we trust brands. Consider this, does your brand have warmth, does it feel human? And do you convey to your target audience that you are capable of helping them? • The importance of switching motives, at one point or another in life, from setting up our own life to contributing to the world in a bigger way • The difference between fear and dread • Not settling for vague company values and making sure to accompany values and with actionable examples that bring true meaning • Enneagram personalities • …and much more! If you’ve heard of Charity: Water - you probably already know why this episode is a gem. If you haven’t - you’re about to find out. And if you manage a nonprofit - this is simply a must listen.
Episode 36 - Lisa Sweetingham (author and journalist) In this episode, we speak with journalist and author Lisa Sweetingham. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Parade, Spin, Time Out New York, Health Affairs, and many other publications. Her track record includes the coverage of high-profile murder trials and Supreme Court nomination hearings for Court TV online. She’s super total ‫- in order to bring her first book Chemical Cowboys: The DEA's Secret Mission to Hunt Down a Notorious Ecstasy Kingpin, to life, she’s spent four years following in the footsteps of DEA agents and Ecstasy traffickers. Among other achievements, she’s also a contributor to the New York Times bestseller Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World, which she wrote with Scott Harrison the co-founder of charity water. We discuss: • Storytelling, journalism, and the search for truth • The power of doing work that’s meaningful to you • How having a clear mission and vision can help make self-conscious choices, what to allocate your time and attention towards • The danger in getting too comfortable “you stop growing” • ...and much more! In an era of information and content overload, she’s leading an impressive career as a peak performing creator, honing her craft and putting out content that’s truly impactful. There’s a lot that can be learned from her outlook on life. We hope you enjoy your listen! P.S. we had a technical issue on our end with our recording equipment, please excuse the poor sound quality from our end.
In this episode, we speak with Pat Dossett. Pat’s a former Navy Seal and Google exec who left Silicon Valley to start a business called Madefor - a company that helps people reach their greatest potential by forming positive habits through principles of Neuroscience, positive physiology, wellness, and health. As a podcast about peak performance with a goal of inspiring people to tap into their true potential, we think this interview can not be more relevant. Madefor believe a better world starts with a better you - what a great mission. We discuss: • What Madefor is all about, and how we actually can rewire our brain over the course of our lifetime. • The power of small consistent steps done over time. • Some of his insights from his challenges as a former navy seal (for example how the right mindset can make what appears to be impossible - possible). • The correlation between peak performance and positive psychology. • Breaking everything you do in life into small purposeful, consistent steps, and adopting a humble mindset of “crawl, walk, run”. • The idea of a growth mindset: “when we get uncomfortable, when we find ourselves stressed or when we find that we’re having to navigate a challenging circumstance, or we’re trying to work hard to unlock problem, that feeling that we get, that resistance to the progress, isn’t a sign of us being incapable of achieving the thing we want to achieve, rather it’s a sign of ‘this is what it feels like to move towards our goal, this is what it feels like to progress, to grow stronger, to get better and if you can map that effort and that resistance and make that a positive or frame that in a positive light, very quickly you understand that it’s hard because it’s a sign you’re achieving something”. • Focusing on process and not outcomes. • A mission-focused mindset - evaluate everything you do under the lens of its potential contribution to the mission at hand while recognizing you’ll never have 100% certainty. • The OODA loop - the cycle of “observe–orient–decide–act”. • The importance of continuing to learn. “The people that have done the most, that their opinions hold a lot of weight, are the ones that never stop learning, that are always trying to figure out how ‘how can I be better? what’s different? what’s changing?’. And those that are very rigid and hold on to dogmatically ‘this is the way it’s done, it’s the way it’s always been done’, are generally people that are really dangerous to have on a team”. • Much more! Hopefully, this episode will help you become a better you! Enjoy your listen!
‎”I like founders who are trying to solve a problem they have personally. They’re facing some kind of a challenge, they don’t find a solution, they don’t have a product that solves it, and they say - ok, I’m going to find a way to make this problem go away for myself. What usually happens later is that as soon as they do that and find a solution, they find out that there’s a product market fit. They’re not the only ones with this kind of a problem, there’s more people on the planet who are facing this same problem.” In this episode we speak with Liron Rose, also known as the investor in Israeli unicorns. He’s a serial entrepreneur and investor, with a few unicorns under his belt. His portfolio includes companies such as Similarweb, Kenshoo, Dynamic Yield, Fiverr and many more. He’s the co-founder of After Download, a company he grew from 0 to 30M in revenue in 3 years. In 2013 he sold it to Iron Source for 28M. He’s the founder and CEO of the Techstars Israel - the local branch of the prestigious global Fintech accelerator. He does business consulting for global companies helping startups that are raising capital. We discuss: • What makes a growing startup promising from an investor’s perspective • The importance of the team that comprises a startup • The x-factor • Liron’s journey to becoming a leading investor, and the unconventional career choices he made along the way • The importance of being a pioneer • Risk mitigation • The endowment effect (more painful to lose something you already had than not gain it in the first place) • Much more! He’s very modest and there’s a lot that entrepreneurs can learn about what investors are looking for, by getting this unabridged peek inside his head. We hope you enjoy your listen!
“The worst problem is when people don’t know what they want to do and who they want to be. My advice to them is go back to your childhood because when you’re a kid you don’t have the mindset that’s from society or from your parents, Hey everyone, you’re quite a clean sheet of paper and you just explore the world – if you like something – you like something.” In this episode, we speak with Anastasiya Stepanova. She’s an engineer at the Institute of Biomedical Problems at the Russian Academy of Sciences, a Space journalist, co-author of the book “I Wish You A Good Flight”, a test subject in first in the world female dry-immersion experiment at the Institute of biomedical problems, a Health and safety officer and crew journalist in the international project “Mars160” through which she’s spent 80 days at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah and 30 days at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station on the uninhabited Devon island in Canada. She’s also spent 120 days in isolation as a Mission specialist in an international isolation experiment. And on top of those, she’s also a rescuer at the public search and rescue squad “SpasReserv” and an ambassador of the charity project Unity helping to send children’s dreams to space. We discuss: - How she ended up with such a unique career in the first place - The power of motivation and your “why” when facing challenges - The importance of following your passions without caving in to fear - How to discover what you should spend your time doing that’ll make work not just about money (what would make you feel fulfilled?) - so much more We hope you enjoy this episode (please forgive us for the quality of sound in this episode – Anastasiya was speaking to us from her car. We think it’s still very much worth your listen!)
Derek is a lecturer, author of Ego, Authority, Failure©, and a negotiations trainer and coach at the Black Swan Group. Some of you may be familiar with the Black Swan Group as it is managed by Chris Voss the author of the bestselling book “Never Split the Difference”. He has 29 years of law enforcement experience, 20 of which as a team member, leader and then commander of hostage negotiations teams in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He is a hostage negotiation and incident command subject matter expert who frequently speaks at hostage negotiations and SWAT conferences across the US. If you’re asking yourself what this has to do with you, the answer is a LOT. Derek teaches leaders how to apply hostage negotiation practices and principles to their world. Spoiler? It’s all about interpersonal communications and increasing performance by changing the way we think about communicating. We discuss: • How to smartly elicit required responses in a negotiation • Tactical empathy - seeing things from the other side’s eyes (as opposed to trying to “walk in their shoes”). • Deal-killers • The power of curiosity - going into every conversation assuming you have something to learn • The importance of determining early in the cogeneration whether you’re the “fool or the favorite” • Asking labels - “When you say to someone it seems like you have a vision of how this is going to work out, they immediately become a narrator of how this is playing in their head, and they tell you exactly what’s important to them” • Identifying and navigating the black swans in every conversion (the unexpected occurrences that are bound to happen) • The advantage of empathetic listening • Finding the real motivation when someone is asking you for something • The core reasons for someone being counterproductive in a negotiation • And much more! We hope you enjoy this special episode. And if you’re curious to learn more about him, checkout the Black Swan website and his book on Amazon
With millions of followers across the world through his blog, podcast “Marketing School” and social channels - it’s very unlikely you are not familiar with the work of Neil Patel. He’s a New York Times best-selling author, named top influencer on the web by The Wall Street Journal, one of the top 10 marketers in the world according to Forbes, recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama no less and recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 35 by the United Nations. Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies out there. He’s the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics. He helps companies like Amazon, NBC, Microsoft, Airbnb, Google, General Motors, SalesForce, HP and Viacom grow through marketing. We discussed: – How he started his career at the age of 16 and what motivated him – His approach to rejection – What success means to him – The significance of being (truly) passionate about what you do – The power of creativity – Not taking focus for granted: “if you take one thing and do it extremely well for a long time in a big enough market - you’ll build a huge business” – The importance of going for the big TAMs (Total Addressable Markets) – And much more Check it out - he’s awesome and there’s a lot to be learned from listening to how he looks at life!
In this special episode, we speak with David Benjamin, the co-author of CRACKING COMPLEXITY: The Breakthrough Formula for Solving Just About Anything Fast. In the book, he and his co-author David Komlos, share their proven formula for dramatically shortening processes and cracking an organization’s toughest challenges. David regularly guides leaders and their teams through their application of the formula. In this capacity, he’s become a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies and US government leaders on how to organize for complexity and find traction in the face of the intractable. We discuss: – How he and his business partner had to reinvent themselves after the dot com bubble, and how one methodology they got introduced to changed the course of their career – How his passion for numbers and puzzles drew him to embark on a journey to formulate challenges and connect dots that made the world fall into logical sense, and made David’s vocation clear – The magic of problem-solving and approaching them with a different lens. “Expect the unexpected, trust that as you stare at something and think about it for a long time, something is going to emerge. Answers don’t just come the first time you try, it’s about the perseverance of really digging in and committing yourself to finding an answer and trusting that it’ll come - trusting that your brain is far more active and creative than even you give it credit for, if you give it time to marinate the problem” – The power of asking the right questions and articulating what you’re trying to solve – Breakthrough thinking – The importance of being passionate about what you do (and what are some good cues that you’re on track) – How learning to listen can be beneficial – The power of creativity – Dealing with resistance – The opportunity for self-growth that’s hidden in Covid-19 – and so much more! We hope you enjoy your listen!
In this episode we speak with Massimo Chieruzzi GM and co-founder at AdEspresso which is a tool for SMBs to manage, analyze and optimize Facebook Ads and which was acquired by Hootsuite in 2017. He’s a multi-hyphen dude. He’s been a radio speaker, journalist, developer, marketer, entrepreneur and angel investor. At 14 years old he was the youngest Italian guy indicted in cyber crime for running a pirate BBS and making countless intercontinental calls with his modem to avoid paying the bills through boxing. He later founded Creative Web, the leading web development agency in Italy and biggest provider in Europe for eBay and other companies. He founded AdEspresso after getting fed up with Facebook ad scaling and optimizing solutions. In the early days of AdEspresso Massimo helped scale the blog from 0 to 700,000 visits per month and build a profitable business with just inbound marketing and 0 people on sales, making AdEspresso the most used Facebook Ads product worldwide. We discuss: – Bending rules and the concept of “subjective justice” as a possible entrepreneurial necessity – The importance of mitigating risk and never relying on one customer/traffic source/product/etc. – Massimo’s two cents on how to handle the uncertainty created by Covid-19 – The power in being aware of your weaknesses – Striking a balance between avoidance out of fear vs self-awareness about what you should and shouldn’t spend time doing – And much more We hope you enjoy your listen!
In this episode we speak with Neal Schaffer, a recognized leader and university educator who helps businesses maximize their social media presence through his: – Social media agency – Strategy consulting – Keynote speaking and – Award-winning books He’s been named a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer two years in a row. His portfolio includes: – Fortune 50 enterprises – Grammy award-winning musicians – and leading brands He’s a man of the world with a deep connection to his internal compass, pursuing his hobbies and professions with passion and vigour. He studied Chinese in University. In his senior year he switched to Japanese and started working in a Japanese semiconductor manufacturer in Kyoto, marking the “official” kickstart of his exceptional career. He started out in accounting and finance but after two years, he found more interest in sales and marketing and transitioned into a role in the company’s overseas sales department. He was certain there’s strong business potential for the company in China, so he paved his way into leading the launch of the company operations in China. He didn’t sit around and wait for anyone to choose him – he charged forward and made it happen. The next step in his journey was joining a Canadian startup to launch their Asian operations, helping to grow their Asian market share dramatically. After 9 years in Japan he returned to the US. Returning wasn’t an easy ride and he came to the realisation that he needed to reinvent himself and to build something of his own – something that nobody could take away from him. And another thing clicked – since he had returned to the US he had been gaining a lot of experience and understanding of Linkedin and the business potential it bears. These notions kickstarted his current solopreneur chapter – he wrote a book, which led to speaking deals, which led to him opening his current consulting business. In many ways his experiences in the Far East equipped him with a special skill set that brings a deep and unique dimension to his doing. We discuss: – The Deming Cycle – PDCA (Plan–Do–Check–Action) and how it influenced the way he approaches processes and strategies – Navigating cultural differences – Sales – the power of patience, listening, adding value and turning down prospects that aren’t a good fit – Influencer marketing – inciting word of mouth – The challenges of being a solopreneur – The significance of building personal brand – The tremendous importance of personal relationships – Pivoting as an ongoing reality – And more! This is a super-important listen to anyone looking to calibrate their doing and to be in sync with their gut, their interests and their abilities. We hope you enjoy it!
In this episode we speak with the fantastic Eric Siu, CEO of digital marketing agency Single Grain. Single Grain has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Amazon, Uber and Salesforce to help them acquire more customers. He also hosts two podcasts: Marketing School with Neil Patel and Growth Everywhere, an entrepreneurial podcast where he dissects growth levers that help businesses scale. Eric is a gamer and from early on in life he seeked a life that would feel like a game. This is so important because when we’re enjoying what we do at such levels, it’s almost impossible to not make progress, grow our skill set and reach high levels of performance. We cover a lot of ground including: – The importance of building an audience – What he looks for in a mentor – Why culture and core values matter – How he ended up joining Single Grain and eventually becoming the sole owner for only 2 USD – The concept of redeploying capital – How he navigates challenging relationships – The significance of keeping a positive mindset – Persistence as a drive for success – And much more! Eric will be publishing a book next year. In the meantime be sure to checkout levelingup.com/giveaway for a giveaway of an assortment of Eric’s favorite books to help people grow! We hope you enjoy your listen!
In this episode we speak with Eugene Levin, the Chief Strategy Officer at SEMrush, a software solutions company that offers online visibility and marketing analytics data to over 5,000,000 registered users. He’s super analytical and pragmatic, making very calculated and aware choices but at the same time super-intuitive and follows his heart. His career path is quite extraordinary. We discuss: • His unique journey from being an engineer in Russia to becoming a successful investor (and partner in several VCs), then founder of several startups to now a c-level employee at SEMrush. • His investment philosophy. • When things go right, what bears more profit potential - being an investor or a startup founder? • His decision making process with respect to his career • What makes a good team • And much more Anyone considering their next step or curious about the world of investing can find inspiration in this episode. We hope you enjoy your listen!
In this episode we speak with Tal Zvi Nethanel, CEO and Co-founder of SHOWFIELDS, the pioneering next-generation brick-and-mortar retail store that was recently listed as one of the Top Young Israeli Startups in New York by Forbes Israel. Tal is a serial entrepreneur and innovator at heart, he’s co-founded several accomplished businesses, including Bluestone Group - which Live Nation (the entertainment conglomerate managing legends such as Madonna, Shakira and Bon Jovi) acquired a majority stake in, and MyCheck - which was acquired by Shiji Group. He’s never worked for anyone. He founded his first company when he was 21. That company pivoted several times, eventually becoming one of the largest production companies in Israel. His second startup also pivoted more than once, teaching him valuable business lessons as his journey progressed. In retrospect he can connect the dots and attribute many of the skills he’s acquired in the production landscape, from his business-focussed decision making process to his ability nowadays to bring to life his current ambitious startup of creating “the most interesting store in the world”. We discuss: – His entrepreneurship philosophy which combines creativeness with practicality. “When you look at the nature of starting a business, a business is a way to monetize from a product and a product is an answer to a question, a solution to a problem”. – Pivoting - Tal always makes sure the path he’s going down is one that answers a real life need. He looks for areas where he can add value. He’s mission-oriented and doesn’t become “pot-committed” to a predetermined business model - he’s not afraid to change directions as much as reality calls for. “It’s about constantly trying to feel where you drive more value and not necessarily a situation of the sky falling and needing to find a solution”. – Growth and the importance of pushing beyond our comfort zones, both for people and for businesses – Much more Tal is passionate about making the impossible possible. He’s devoted to constant transformation and growth. That spirit is contagious. Listen to him and go do your thing. It is possible.
In this episode, we speak with Gal Leibovich, Co-Founder and COO of visit.org, an employee-driven corporate social responsibility platform. Visit.org’s mission is to help companies do good through their platform. Employees can “shop” the platform and choose a cause they’d like to help by volunteering, or contributing money to (directly or by taking part in an activity where the profits are donated). Gal’s background is corporate. He joined visit.org because he wanted to make an impact. He wasn’t aware it was possible to be in the tech scene and combine it with contributing to society. Once he found out that’s possible he looked for a startup where he could do that. “For me having a job where you get paid but you’re also doing a lot of good and you change the face of doing good and the community around you is amazing and something you can’t say no to”. We discuss: – The movement towards doing good amongst companies and millennials – What it’s like to work in a scaling, driven mission startup – The importance of messaging in the non-profit landscape – Gal’s personal motivations and drives – And much more This episode made us self-reflect on how we can do more things that are bigger than ourselves and contribute to society. We hope it’ll move you to action as well. Enjoy your listen!
Mark is a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School where he teaches sales, marketing, and entrepreneurship. He is also Managing Director at Stage 2 Capital, a venture capital firm backed and run by go-to-market executives, helping startups build world class go-to-market capabilities. He is the author of the bestselling book The Sales Acceleration Formula: Using Data, Technology, and Inbound Selling to go from $0 to $100 Million. Prior to these roles, Mark served as SVP of Global Sales and Services at HubSpot, scaling revenue from $0 to $100 million. Mark was ranked #19 in Forbes' Top 30 Social Sellers in the World. He is an MIT graduate and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Boston Globe, TechCrunch, Harvard Business Review, and other major publications for his entrepreneurial ventures. Mark is very open to seizing opportunities. Throughout his career he didn’t cling to a predetermined path. He had an initial grand plan, but none of the big career achievements in his life (leading the sales in HubSpot, writing a book, joining the faculty at HBS, starting a VC firm) ended up a part of it. They all happened because when opportunities knocked he had the wisdom and openness to go along with them. No tunnel vision, no traditional textbook plan. His choices are probably not the first connotations that come to mind when envisioning a career path of a lecturer in Harvard, and it’s probably what makes him so unique and a source of actionable insights and inspiration. Early on in his career Mark fell in love with the startup scene. He was passionate about it and was not deterred by the risk factor, realising stability at big companies wasn’t guaranteed either. In general, contrary to popular belief Mark doesn’t think it’s that risky to go to startup. “An individual startup is risky, but if you pick a hot industry, and you get the company wrong, you usually have significantly increased your market ability and even stability”. Inline with the overall arch of his career, going into sales and joining HubSpot wasn’t a path he had planned in advance. It fell on his lap in a serendipitous way. It was at a stage where a startup he had founded wasn’t working as he had hoped. He had a mortgage, student loans, his wife was pregnant and he had a baby at home. He thought he might have to go work at a big company, which would have been soul crushing for him as a passionate entrepreneur. Brian and Darmesh, the HubSpot founders asked him to join, and he figured he could collect a steady paycheck for four months and get his feet under himself. “10 years later we’re ringing the bell on the NY stock exchange taking this thing public”. Following his success in HubSpot he set forth on a life mission to help entrepreneurs generate revenue and dramatically decrease the failure rates of startups. That mission has become the compass for all of his career choices. We discuss: Business schools - when is it a good idea to take that path What to look for when hiring What he looks for in a company from an investor perspective (revenue isn’t as high up on the list as many would assume) Things to consider both during a sales process and when raising money Much more If you’re at a crossroad in life, hesitating whether to take on one risk or another, this episode might just be the inspirational wind beneath the wings you’re in need of. All of you business guys out there, no matter what your role is, we strongly recommend reading his book. Here’s a link: https://amzn.to/30YSWZE We hope you enjoy your listen!
In this episode we speak with Marc Ensign. Marc has shared the stage with the likes of Gary Vaynerchuk, Brené Brown, Simon Sinek, Chelsea Clinton, and many more. His writing has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, CNN, The New York Post, and many other publications. Through Marc’s personal branding agency LoudMouse, Marc helps people build a brand around themselves. Marc’s background is in music, he’s a bass player. He went to Berkley college of music in Boston, graduated with a degree in music performance and moved in with his mom as an unemployed musician. He dreamt of working on Broadway, so he started creating a personal brand around himself. Fresh out of college, he was unqualified and with zero experience. Still, he started positioning himself as an authority. He created a logo for himself, got headshots done and started hanging around Broadway and networking (or stalking people as he also refers to it). He reached out to Bass Player magazine and told them he’s friends with all these people on Broadway and he could do a story for them about what it’s like to be on Broadway. They loved the idea and gave him 350USD. Now he was able to call people and say he’s writing an article for a prestigious magazine and offer to interview them. He went as far as to set terms: “an hour interview”, “get a copy of the music of their show”, “let him watch their show from the pit”. Those who disagreed were off “the list”. By the time the article came out he had successfully positioned himself as an authority. He ended up playing in the show RENT on Broadway for 10 years. He made the transition to the marketing and branding world when he realised that marketing comes naturally to him and he wanted to help other people. He founded a company helping musicians and artists market themselves. At some stage someone at American Express saw his work with the artists, which was very creative, and reached out to him. That was a tipping point for his business. American Express lead to Nike, Berkshire Hathaway and other mega brands. It took him 10 years in that business to realise he hates working for corporations. “The world doesn’t need someone to sell an extra can of Pepsi. I want to make an impact in the world and, working for those companies, I’m not doing that”. That’s fascinating to us because it seems like an evolution many of our guests went through, when searching for meaning. He decided he wanted to work with people rather than being a cog in the wheel of big companies. He left that company and all of the benefits that came along with it and followed his true passion trying to help change the lives of people for the better. He opted to walk away with nothing. That’s how passionate he was about this. And he has no regrets. “Looking back it was the best thing I ever did, things happened the way they were supposed to happen”. He founded LoudMouse with a notion of doing for people what he did for companies. With years of experience, a natural talent and TONS of passion to do good, the success that followed seems natural. Marc shared some practical tips on how to build your own personal brand: - Be clear about who you are and who you’re communicating with. “Who are the people that are stuck awake at night worried about this problem that I’m going to fix?”. Understanding that is an absolute must. It requires digging in deep. If your only motivation is money and you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, who you want to help and why, people are going to see right through that. - Have a clear visual brand (like he did from as early as his days as a college grad). - The chase for as many followers and likes as possible is a distraction. It’s not about the number of followers that you have, it’s about how much they’re sold on you and love you. ...and more. We found his story truly inspiring, and we believe you will too. We hope you enjoy your listen.
In this episode we speak with Anese Cavanaugh. Anese is devoted to helping people show up and bring their best selves to the table in order to create significant positive impact in their lives. She appears on stages around the world, guest lectures at universities, and writes (a lot). She is the creator of the IEP Method® (Intentional Energetic Presence®). She’s an advisor and thinking partner to leaders and organizations around the world, and author of CONTAGIOUS CULTURE: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization That Thrives and CONTAGIOUS YOU: Unlock Your Power to Influence Lead and Create the Impact you Want (which was released a few weeks ago). Her areas of expertise are on topics we’re passionate about and try to uncover in this podcast. She’s a leading voice on intention, energy, and presence, she helps people unlock greater leadership potential, collaborate more inspiringly, create more openly, intuit more bravely, and lead more joyfully and effectively. She believes that we all have our divine areas of expertise and talents and gifts, and that part of the reason why we’re on the planet is to pay those gifts forward. At 14 years old, she desperately needed a job so as to be able to help out with bills at home, following her parents’ messy divorce. This lead her to lie on her application and say she was actually 15. By the end of the interview, she admitted that she had lied. They surprised her by hiring her anyway based on her integrity and the fact that she came forward with the truth. “I remember the feeling in my body of being afraid to tell the truth but knowing it was the right thing to do. That was a major moment, where I got in touch with what integrity meant and how good that felt and that I wanted more of it”. Later on, after starting that job, she was having a hard time with her family’s situation and the things she had to give up in order to support the family. She was feeling sorry for herself and thinking how terrible her life was going to be. She then suddenly thought “what if your life doesn’t have to be terrible? What if what’s happening isn’t happening to you but for you? And it’s giving you skills that you can learn?” In that moment she got in touch with the concept of choice. Right then and there she made a decision to live a really awesome life. As you’ll hear, Anese is very visceral and connected to her feelings. As such, she was able to achieve a very high level of flow in her work and pay forward her insights in a way that’s very intuitive to relate to and learn from. We cover a lot of ground: - The impact of how the way we show up to situations has on everything that we do - How the way we take care of ourselves influences our ability to influence other people - How post-it notes and vision lead her to her dream occupation doing what she loves and fulfilling herself - How the choices we make become choice points affecting our future choices and forming new neural-pathways in our brains - The importance of emotional authenticity - How holding accountability is essential for organisational success - How true leadership isn’t possible without self-care ...& much more About half way through our video call, Ronen had to step out of shot several times in order to go blow his nose. Naturally he didn’t want to interrupt the recording and the flow of the conversation but it was becoming odd not to explain to Anese what was going on. This became a real life lesson in what Anese is preaching - the environmental energy was shifting around those circumstances and by addressing it we were able to put Anese at ease and confirm this had nothing to do with our conversation. Had we not done that, this would be hanging over our heads, unspoken of, and we wouldn’t have had her full emotional bandwidth. This interview will help you tap into your inner leader, no matter where you are in life. We hope you enjoy your listen.
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