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Christopher Lochhead Follow Your Different™

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Christopher Lochhead Podcast Follow Your Different™ is a celebration of people, ideas and companies that stand out. A leader in the category “dialogue podcasts,” it feels like eavesdropping on a surprisingly captivating, candid, insightful, no-BS and conversation. Lochhead features legends whose names you will know and everyday legends who you’ll love getting to know. New York Times Bestselling author Hal Elrod calls it “one of the best podcasts of all time”, NBA Legend Bill Walton calls Lochhead “an exploding star – a quasar across the sky", Fast Company Magazine calls him “a human exclamation point”, The Marketing Journal says he’s “one of the best minds in marketing” and The Economist says he’s, “off-putting to some”.
103 Episodes
011 Bob Evans – Tech Industry Thought Leader
Communications guru and podcaster Bob Evans joins us once again for today’s episode. He and Christopher have a thoughtful conversation on movies, technology, being direct and so much more.Pondering the PastNowadays, watching the news entails being freaked out by the realities of the world. Given all that, would you consider revisiting the film classics like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Cool Hand Luke? Bob says that it might be a good idea if we did.Remember the iconic scene where Jack Nicholson’s McMurphy tried lifting a water fountain? He couldn’t do it, but at least he tried. Then there was Paul Newman’s Luke who swore death against defeat and who thought nothing was a mighty cool hand.“We are in a time now when so much of our life is restricted. We'd let our fear shrink our world. We let fear, you know, crush our dreams.” - Bob EvansBeyond What You're DealtThe culmination of all these, Bob says, reflects how it’s not what’s around you that determines what you become. Your fate turns out the way you play yourself. Not much depends on the hand that you're dealt.“I think it’s good to go back and look at some of those things and realize we get to parts where we are today by letting it happen. Declining’s a choice.” - Bob EvansMerits of TechnologyWhen Bob left the media industry to jump into technology, a lot of people said that he was coming to the dark side. When he asked them why they thought so, they would say it was because tech people were dishonest. But to Bob, the change was like coming into a brightly-lit place coming out of the dark side.People have plenty of valid reasons to “bitch about technology”, but there’s a big but, and Christopher has a few choice words for them.“Innovation overall has massively increased the well-being of human beings, the lifespan of human beings, and the quality of life of human beings.” - Christopher LochheadTo hear more about technology, the virtue of being direct, and the downside of judgment-free zones from Bob Evans, download and listen to the episode.Bio:Bob grew up outside of Pittsburg with hardworking parents and his 6 siblings. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978 and entered the business world, flowing his passion for information technology and writing.He rose to become the editor of Information Week, one of the top two publications in technology at the time. Then he became the SVP and Content Director for Information Week’s parent company TechWeb/CMP. After thirty years in the media business, he left to join the world of software vendors. Following a quick stop at ERP vendor SAP, Bob was recruited by the world 5th richest person, a legendary category designer and entrepreneur Larry Ellison the founder of Oracle. At Oracle, Bob served as SVP and Chief Communications Officer for Larry. Today, Bob runs his own strategic communications firm, is a prolific writer, a tech industry commentator, public speaker, and a legendary guy.He hosts the widely popular Cloud Wars Live Podcast.Links:CloudWars.coTwitterLinkedInWe hope you enjoyed Bob Evans on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
010: How To Get and Stay Fit with Joey Wolfe
New Year resolutions have been made. How do we keep from being part of the 6% of people who can’t follow through? Professional athlete turned fitness trainer and entrepreneur Joey Wolfe joins Christopher on today’s episode for some practical ideas to make fitness stick in our lives and improve our well-being.“I was doing all these other stuff more so than putting my health first and that is completely changed, and I honestly don't feel like it's ever going to change again because it's part of who I am now.” - Joey WolfeComing Up with a PlanJoey is the founder of Paradigm Sport in Santa Cruz, California, the gym Christopher personally goes to. Every beginning of the year, new faces fill the gym. Then by February, the same people disappear — a trend across the gym business.You need to have a plan so you don't become the person that’s done by Valentine’s Day. Everybody has good intentions at the beginning of the year, but you must be clear on what your goals are. And goals are different from results.Important Behavioral ChangesWhen planning your fitness routine, you must focus on the goals and the measures you will have to take to fulfill them.“What are the behavioral changes we need to make in order to get you to achieve those goals... what are the behavioral changes I can be making to make my goal a reality?” - Joey WolfeIn order to make these changes, you must get into a routine. This is what most people find most troublesome since routines are difficult to establish.Workout Buddies and Realistic PlansJoey has never been a morning person, and it remains true until now. But he found a workout group composed of other goal-driven and like-minded entrepreneurs. They helped him ease into the routine of working out first thing in the morning.An "accountability partner", along with a realistic plan catered to your fitness level, will help you follow through your plan.To hear more fitness tips from Joey Wolfe, download and listen to the episode.Bio:Joey WolfeFounder & CEO Paradigm SportSanta Cruz, CAJoey is a lifelong athlete. Early in his career, he played professional baseball and was on track to be a major league catcher when injuries took him out.Never a quitter, Joey dedicated his life to empowering others to be fit, healthy and make their athletic dreams come true.He has trained countless pro-baseball players, UFC fighters, pro-surfers and regular folks who want to take their game up in life.A native of the Central Coast of California, his talent and passion for baseball took him to the professional level where he worked with some of the country’s best trainers. As an ACSM-certified trainer, he now shares his experience and enthusiasm with world-class athletes and fitness clients alike.Joey has built a business with the goal of bringing the most advanced techniques and the highest levels of individualized athlete training to the Central Coast community.The local environment has shaped his interests and defined sport-specific training in two disciplines: competitive surfing, for which Santa Cruz is world-renowned; and baseball, which launched his career.Joey Wolfe’s 7 Fitness Tips: 30-minute workouts will suffice. Share your goals with those closest to you, or if you’re up for it share it on social media. Get a gym membership or outfit your garage with exercise equipment. Have a large visible calendar or “accountability mirror” to track your workouts in advance. Have workouts written in advance. Find a workout partner who can motivate you. Don’t get caught in the mental trap that “going to the gym” is the only way to workout.Any physical activity will suffice, just make sure you train like it matters!Links:ParadigmSport.comInstagram - Paradigm SportFacebook - Paradigm SportWe hope you enjoyed Joey Wolfe on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners.
009 Hal Elrod and Jon Berghoff – Your Best Year Ever
With the New Year upon us, how do we make it count? Hal Elrod and Jon Berghoff touch base with Christopher for today’s episode. Together, they discuss ways to make 2019 our best year ever.“How do I create an identity for myself that I just want to keep living into? I guess I would call that an ‘accountability’ to my image of myself.” -  Jon BerghoffA Shift in Priorities and ValuesHal has been working on two new books. The Miracle Equation comes out in April. Miracle Morning for Couples: How to Make Your Relationship Legendary One Morning at a Time is to be released on Valentine’s Day.On top of his writing, he’s been busy being the best dad and husband, spending every possible moment with his kids and helping his wife take care of them. This showed especially when he completely forgot about a book deadline in favor of spending time with his kids and a friend’s.“That's a fundamental, radical subconscious shift in my priorities and in my values… While I'm still navigating the balance, it's positive.” - Hal ElrodThe Miracle EquationHal has worked on The Miracle Equation long before The Miracle Morning. He has used the equation to teach people and help them exceed everything they have done before.Two fundamental decisions make up the equation: unwavering faith and extraordinary effort. Any high achiever who has contributed anything extraordinary to this world and achieved something extraordinary in their lives make these two fundamental decisions. They maintain them to achieve those results.Achieving Inevitable SuccessOne must establish unwavering faith that you can do something you’ve never done before. This is counterintuitive and defies our human nature. We tend to stick to things we’re familiar with, but it’s important that we go out.Extraordinary effort must be put forth until results are achieved. It may take a while, even with the two decisions in play, but it’s just like everything.“When you live your life where you approach your every day, every goal, every dream with unwavering faith and extraordinary effort, your success is inevitable. It's only a matter of time.” - Hal ElrodTo hear more about making the most out of your year from Hal Elrod and Jon Berghoff, download and listen to the episode.Bio:Jon BerghoffCo-Founder and President Flourishing Leadership Institute (FLI)Under Jon's leadership, the FLI team has designed and facilitated whole-system change efforts through large group collaborative summits for organizations that include BMW, Fathom, Boeing Corporation, Vitamix Corporation, Fortec Medical, and Fairmount Santrol. Jon previously served as the head of sales for the direct sales team at Vitamix Corporation, where revenue grew by 400% in less than 4 years, as their team grew from 175 to over 600 members.His work in Appreciative Leadership, Emotionally Intelligent Negotiations, and Influence has brought him to Australia, Japan, the UK, and South America. Jon is in high demand, known for his authenticity and highly engaging style of creating powerful learning experiences for participants.Hal ElrodHal Elrod is on a mission to elevate the consciousness of humanity, one morning at a time.He is one of the highest-rated keynote speakers in America, creator of one of the fastest growing and most engaged online communities in existence and author of one of the highest rated, best-selling books in the world, The Miracle Morning.Hal actually died at age 20, hit head-on by a drunk driver at 70 miles per hour. His heart stopped for 6 minutes and he broke 11 bones. Eventually, he woke from a coma to be told by doctors that he would never walk again.Not only did Hal walk, he went on to run a (52 mile) ultra-marathon and become a hall of fame business achiever—before the age of 30.Then, in November of 2016, Hal nearly died again. His kidneys, lungs, and heart were on the verge of failing. This led to a diagnosis of a very rare,
008 Will Little – Take a Life, Make a Difference
Today, legendary keynote speaker, barber, and poet Will Little once again joins his friend Christopher. They share an insightful conversation on redemption, forgiveness, and personal transformation.“We are not having the conversation they need to hear.” - Will Little on young men who feel angered or disconnectedAn Eye for an Eye for MostHow would you feel if someone killed your brother, Will would ask people. For most, the first response is to kill. It’s what they feel is right, that there’s no other recourse for them.This kind of thinking presents a myriad of challenges for young people.“They’ll have no other authority but to hear the voice of the streets, even if they’re not built by that, even if they’re not in the streets like that.” - Will LittleVoice of the StreetsSometimes, even the unwilling are forced to take up the gun. After all, it's what the streets say they must do. But Will has made it his life mission to make people realize that it’s not a path they need to take.Along with others with the same mindset, Will has been sharing his story to let people know that they can be who they are. While they grew up thinking certain things were real, they can shape their own reality. Understanding all of these brings hopes of growth and learning.Presenting PossibilitiesEver since he started speaking with groups of young guys, Will quickly learned the most pressing challenge in transforming the lives of others.“A lot of them see possibility in their life. They just think they're secluded to this four-block radius where they live at and where they're from.” - Will LittleTo hear more about how Will Little shows young people who he is so they can all make a difference, download and listen to the episode.Bio:Growing up in a fraught environment, Will dropped out of school early. He got involved with gangs shortly afterwards, which led to a gunfight that resulted in taking another man’s life. He has since served his sentence in jail for the murder, and now Will goes around having conversations with people.Will shares his story with youngsters going through same challenges he was in back in the day. Now a keynote speaker, he shows people the possibilities in their lives and how they can transform themselves for the better.Links:LinkedInSouth Philly Man Turns His Life Around, Now Promoting Peace One T-Shirt at a TimeAnti-Gun Violence Champion Will LittleWe hope you enjoyed Will Little on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
007 Dr. Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell – Secret Lives of Elephants
Today Christopher talks with Dr. Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell the world's leading expert on elephants. Dr. O'Connell-Rodwell explains how she discovered that elephants are just like us, they communicate through the ground and what all this means for human beings."Are (we) going to allow elephants to exist. Aside from poaching, it's a land-use issue" - Dr. Caitlin O'Connell-RodwellRecognizing BoundariesLike the US/Mexico border issue, elephants struggle with similar issues. They recognize where it's safe to be, when it's hunting season and when to sneak into the cornfields when it's ripe. Like humans, elephants know when is the best time to raid a resource."Like humans...the great leaders have an equal balance between carrot and stick. They are respected because they are tough but they are also soft." - Dr. Caitlin O'Connell-RodwellHistorically humans have always put themselves above other species. We are now at a time in history where we must re-evaluate that paradigm. There are critically endangered species and it's up to us to decide whether they survive.Elephant's and Their Value SystemDr. Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell says they have a value system but it's also character driven. You have the confident matriarchs that help other elephants if they are in distress and then the young inexperienced ones will become nervous, scream and slap others away.It's a similar dynamic with the males, there are the aggressive brutes that others don't want to follow because they are so aggressive. The leaders are the ones who have balance a good balance between strength and also the ability to be soft. Much the same as in human culture, the elephants with the best balance are followed.To hear the rest of what Dr. Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell has to say about what we can learn from elephants and why they are so important to our future, download and listen to the entire episode.Dr. Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell's Bio:Dr. Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell is a faculty member at Stanford University School of Medicine and a world-renowned expert on elephants.She has dedicated the past twenty years of her research career studying elephant communication and how their societies are constructed and maintained, resulting in numerous scientific publications.She is the author of the internationally acclaimed nonfiction science memoir, The Elephant’s Secret Sense (Free Press, 2007), which highlights a novel form of elephant communication as well as the elephant’s conservation plight.Her photo book, An Elephant’s Life (Lyons Press, Fall 2011) conveys the complicated social lives of elephants through images, and her co-authored, The Elephant Scientist (Houghton-Mifflin, Scientist in the Field series, Summer, 2011), is designed to attract the 6-8th grader to a career in field biology.Along with over thirty peer-reviewed journal articles, her essays have appeared in a number of popular magazines, including Smithsonian Magazine, The Writer and Africa Geographic.Her work has been covered by multiple international popular magazines, newspapers, radio shows and documentaries. She is the co-founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization Utopia Scientific ( dedicated to research and science education.She teaches Science Writing for Stanford University and The New York Times Knowledge Network.Links:http://www.caitlineoconnell.com hope you enjoyed Dr. Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
006 Jason DeFillippo Great Grumpy Stuff
Today, podcast legend Jason DeFillippo once again joins Christopher Lochhead to get their grump on. They trade stories of flying robots sulking in space, health-food baby names, and why convenient use of facial recognition is both flabbergasting and questionable.“I know that feeling that you get when you give up just a little bit of yourself to these people and you just don't know where it's gonna end up someday.” - Jason DeFillippo on fear of giving away ID for convenienceThe Future is HereFacial recognition for security checks is a very interesting concept that is bound to happen in the future. But using one’s face as a convenient way of logging into automated systems can be a bit tricky. The margin of error must be very slim, or else the technology could birth a mountain of challenges.“Everybody’s doing facial recognition, face ID, and things like that. But, nobody’s doing it right.” - Jason DeFillippoIn Atlanta airport, the busiest airport in the world, Delta now allows the use of a passenger’s face as a boarding pass. It is said to be 98% accurate. But the question remains: is 98% good enough?AI Robot Sulking in SpaceThe $6M flying robot CIMON was recently reported to be sulking in space. More than a colleague, the robot was to supposed to befriend the team of astronauts in the international space station. But then things have gone awry, like a Tinder date gone wrong.One day, the robot started playing, “The Man-Machine” by Kraftwerk. One of the astronauts, Gerst, bobbed to the first 46 seconds of the song before giving up and asking the robot to stop. But CIMON hasn’t stopped playing the less pleasant playlist.“They could’ve tested this on the ground first. You didn't need to actually send the robot up there to do this.”"Kale" is Now a Baby NameThere has been a slew of health-food baby names for a while now, like Saffron and Kiwi. But recently, Kale has risen up the ranks as well. It’s not much of a surprise, even if a bit distasteful.To hear more grump stories, download and listen to the episode.Bio:Jason is a full-time podcast producer and editor for The Jordan Harbinger Show as well as the Creator and Co-host of the Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast.Jason has been building websites since the early days in 1994 for clients that range from small businesses to million dollar websites for blockbuster films to his own start-ups.In 1994 he created the groundbreaking website Spewww which was nominated for a Webby in the first year the awards were held in 1998. In 1995 a new media company in Santa Monica moved him out to Los Angeles to build the first website for Epson America. Since then Jason has launched over 250 websites for major corporations like Paramount Pictures, Sony, Warner Brothers, and Disney. He also created the two time SXSW Weblog Award winning Blogrolling service as well as co-founded the global blog network Metroblogging. He has worked at several startups in San Francisco including Technorati and 8020 Media, the publishers of, and statistical aggregator Metricly.Links:JPD.meTwitterInstagramLinkedInGrumpy Old Geeks PodcastJordan Harbinger ShowSome of the topics covered:  US airport opens first fully biometric terminal There’s an AI robot sulking in the international space station “Kale” is a baby name now Marriott’s breach response is so bad, security experts are filling in the gaps — at their own expense AI News Anchor Makes Debut In China Dude uses drone to catch cheating wife, does play, by play on You TubeWe hope you enjoyed Jason DeFillippo on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
005 Dushka Zapata and Heather Clancy – Niche Down: The Power of Being Different
Why is Niche Down, a book meant to be shared with everyone, so personal to its authors? On this episode, Dushka Zapata and Heather Clancy join Christopher to talk niching down, why being different is a superpower, and so much more.Starting Out Differently While YoungChristopher, half the dynamic duo behind Niche Down, had to deal with what makes him different quite early. He knew he was smart in certain areas and not so much in some. Reconciling his weaknesses and strengths proved very difficult.“My life has been one giant dichotomy, one giant bipolar adventure.” - Christopher LochheadHe was highly talented in music and drama but got 4 out a 100 in math. It wasn’t until he was enrolled to a fine arts school that he finally gained his footing. Around the same time, he began to realize, in waves over time, that being himself was the way out of everything.Looking at Different ThingsThen there is Heather, the kid who was brought up to be a well-rounded student. She was amazing at math, in fact taking advanced classes on pre-calculus and physics. While she was programmed in different ways, she knew that she wanted to pursue the creative field.Heather could have gone in so many directions she was shoved into. Her parents encouraged her to look at different things. But she was never one to jump off a cliff on her own accord.A Natural IntersectionHeather and Christopher have known each other for 25 years. In their many interviews, Heather realized that Christopher did a lot of the pushing.Their friendship bloomed from Heather’s penchant for asking questions that helped Christopher change his thesis on a lot of things. Other times, she helped him form a messaging of things that he wasn’t ready for just yet. Coupled with her fascination with entrepreneurship, they eventually became a team.“I was always so interested in helping those people tell their stories... What makes you different? What did you choose to do that? So when he (Christopher) thought about this book, it just sort of was a natural intersection, I think.” - Heather ClancyTo hear more about the conception of Niche Down and Duska’s microscopic examination of Heather and Christopher’s team-up, download and listen to the episode.Bio:Heather ClancyHeather is a long-time celebrated journalist and co-author of Niche Down.HeatherClancy.comLinkedInTwitterDushka ZapataDushka is one of the famous writers in the Q&A platform, Quora.AmazonQuoraLinkedInTwitterLinks:NicheDownBook.comNiche Down on AmazonWe hope you enjoyed Dushka Zapata and Heather Clancy on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
004 Andre Iguodala – NBA Legend
What does it take to become an NBA World Champion with a team built on a culture of fun and dedication? Finals MVP Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors joins us today to give an insider’s view. How do you come up with a thoughtful life design?Finding His Way to the BayBefore he joined the Warriors, Andre had seen his fair share of rainy and muggy days. It was during that time that he chose to sit back and watch basketball a lot. Seeing his opponents and the certain kind of joy they had, he soon realized that he wanted to be in a place where  he could enjoy basketball.“I just paid attention and it’s kind of being aware of your surroundings. That’s what kind of brought me here.” – Andre IguodalaStrengthening the Team’s CoreWarriors’ head coach, Steve Kerr understood the ups and downs of playing in the NBA. The environment and mood of the team ultimately affect performance on the court. As coach, he gave the players the freedom to enjoy what they do.Everyone appreciates this mentality that the coach has. He’s all about supporting everyone and wanting them to succeed. This strong core enables them to build a culture that is key to their success as a team.Success from Building CultureA lot of people would say that in order to have success, you need to have the best talent. This is true. But Andre has seen other teams with strong individual talents that fall apart from the lack of a great match of personalities and well-founded culture.“You can have all the talent in the world but if you don’t have the right culture, their personalities don’t fit, there’s just gonna be a lot of dysfunction.” – Andre IguodalaThere’s plenty of factors that come into play when aiming for success. And a team should act like a machine, with its members on the same page, on the same path, and moving at the same pace.“What the team has been able to do here is find the right personalities to fit the culture that we have built here.” – Andre Iguodala on the WarriorsTo hear more about the Warriors, Andre’s business sense, and his investment in Silicon Valley, download and listen to the episode.Bio:Andre Iguodala is a professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an NBA All-Star in 2012 and named to the NBA All-Defensive Team twice.He won a championship with the Warriors in 2015. Andre was also named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player that year. He was also a member of the gold-winning national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 Summer Olympics. (Source: Andre Iguodala- Wikipedia)Links:InstagramTwittermindofai9.comWe hope you enjoyed Andre Iguodala on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
003 Cameron Herold Free PR, Beige Companies More
How do you make sure your company does not go “beige”? Cameron Herold tells us how and why simple is ultimately powerful.Cameron Herold – Running with SimpleAccording to Cameron, some business persons may be likened to a fly hitting the window over and over in an attempt to get out instead of turning around and taking the door. This is something that’s not very advisable and in fact can result in ruin.“Why would you try so hard when there’s already a system in place?” – Cameron HeroldAll of Cameron’s techniques tend to be simple to execute. He grew up simple, an average guy in high school and college. He doesn’t run with complicated that he doesn’t understand.No to the A-Player Only Mindset Something that Cameron has been decidedly against is the belief that a company becomes successful by hiring A players. This is impossible. A company’s A players are its race horses and the B players, the work horses.A company needs a bunch of people who will work hard. They need to be good and fit into the culture  in order to grow into their roles. In short, companies have to be honest with themselves.“I guess it’s like baseball. You just need a bunch of solid singles and doubles and you’ll win the game. You don’t need everybody getting home runs.” – Cameron HeroldA Diverse TeamBuilding a company with this line of thinking is based on three things. These include money a company is willing to pay, results needed from the person to be hired, and whether the hire has done what is expected of them before.“Would you rather have someone who’s broken world records or someone who knows how to do it?” – Cameron HeroldIt’s impossible to have a whole bunch of marathoners. But you can have a few marathoners, people who run 10Ks, and lastly, people who are at least not sitting in the couch smoking all day.To hear more about companies and PR, download and listen to the episode.Bio:Cameron Herold is the founder of the COO Alliance as well as a serial entrepreneur, author and top-rated international speaker. His  books include Double Double, Vivid Vision, Meetings Suck, and his latest, Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs.He is known as a business growth guru and CEO Whisperer, and speaks around the world at CEO and COO events. Learn more and download Cameron’s personal Vivid Vision at CameronHerold.comLinkedInTwitterWe hope you enjoyed Cameron Herold on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
002 Downturn Coming?
Is it wise to raise a round of funding now? On this episode of Follow Your Different™, Christopher Lochhead answers a question emailed by one of his listeners. Is there a downturn coming?Possible DownturnThe CEO of a venture-backed startup has been hearing that venture capitalists are concerned about a downturn. Valuations are coming down and funding rounds are getting smaller. Because of this, they are wondering whether they should raise money when it’s supposedly going down.Christopher is no stock expert and neither is he an economist. But indeed there have been ramblings about how the stock market is getting funky.The State of the MarketChristopher had a conversation with the CEO of a company that he’s involved with from which he gained valuable insight. Venture capitalists are getting a little squirrely. The CEO has decided to raise money now since it’s unsure where things are going to be in six months.Having been doing involved in all this for over 30 years, Christopher has made the observation that there is a correlation between the public and private markets. This is to say, the stock market affects venture capitalist behavior. In this same vein, it wouldn’t be surprising if valuations come down and the size of some funding raises come down heading into 2019.“I’m not sounding the alarm, it hasn’t gone to that level, but be cautious.” – Christopher LochheadWhat to DoIt’s smart to get on a little earlier and get ready for valuations coming down, because this is likely going to happen. Entrepreneurs need not pull back too much but they have to be more thoughtful about hires, spending and expansion. It is also important to evangelize your point of view and offer to solve a problem.“The bigger and more urgent and more strategic the problem, the more time, money and energy people will apply to it and spend on solving that problem.” – Christopher LochheadTo hear more about getting ready for the possible downturn, download and listen to the episode.We hope you enjoyed this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!

002 Downturn Coming?


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