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How do you solve the problems for which there are no right answers? That's what economist Russ Roberts set to find out in his new book "Wild Problems". Here, he talks through strategies for grappling with the biggest decisions of our lives.
What does it really take to make a brand eco-friendly? For Shine Pet Food, it meant sweating every CO2 molecule—and making hard, expensive decisions. Sponsor: Paper & Packaging Board. Learn more at
How do you develop an entrepreneurial mindset, and then apply it to everything you do? Investor and author John Lee shares how he started from nothing and built big, and what he's learned along the way.
Penny Pennington is the groundbreaking managing director at Edward Jones, where she's bringing fresh ideas to a very conservative organization. Here, she discusses the three pieces of advice that drive her leadership style.
As business and local media shrinks, how can you find the information that helps you grow your business? Chris Roush, author of the book "The Future of Business Journalism", offers new ways to stay on top of everything.
Lomi is a composter that rarely uses the word "compost". Why? Because its creators developed deep insight into how the right language can help them reach more customers, helping them reach beyond just the "eco-minded" crowd. Sponsor: Paper & Packaging Board. Learn more at
Confused about Web3? This is the episode for you! I always wonder why a company uses web3 technology, when it seems to be doing the same thing as a web2 company. So I asked someone. Today, I have a very candid conversation with Rusty Matveev, chief strategy officer at Calaxy, a web3 company.
Before you send your next email, listen to this! Jason opens his inbox and reads some of the worst pitches he's received, and then he and Money Rehab podcast host Nicole Lapin discuss how they could have been improved. This is a rebroadcast of an episode of Money Rehab, which you can find on the iHeartMedia app or wherever you get podcasts.
Sustainability often feels like a mission or an obligation, but what if we saw it as a major business opportunity instead? Karen Weigert, director of the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility at Loyola University, says that's exactly what it is. Sponsor: Paper & Packaging Board. Learn more at
The world is full of conflict, but Bar Rescue's Jon Taffer says most people approach it all wrong. They either see conflict as something to avoid, or they argue with emotion and a winner-take-all mentality. “If we're going to engage together, I should have a purpose for engaging with you,” he says. In this conversation, inspired by his new book "The Power of Conflict", Taffer explains how to use conflict purposefully and constructively.
How do you find great talent? How do you convince them to join you? Sometimes the answer is: You don't find great talent at all — you CREATE great talent. Economist Tyler Cowen, coauthor of a new book called "Talent", explains how to do it in this episode.
The four-day workweek was once just an experiment. Now it’s regular life for many people. So what’s that like? In this episode, we look at the good, the bad, the reason our workweek evolved the way it did, and what it’ll take to get everyone else another day off. (This is an episode of Jason Feifer's other podcast, Build For Tomorrow.)
ByFusion fuses plastic waste into construction blocks, which is pretty amazing — but the pathway forward for this company involves an abandoned patent, a lot of investor skepticism, and a very ambitious business model. Here's how sustainable innovation happens. Sponsor: Paper & Packaging Board. Learn more at
What's the secret to making something great? It's a combination of predictability and surprise — and a healthy Rule of Rules. To find out what all this means, listen to this, our special 250th episode of Problem Solvers!
In 2006, a debate raged inside of Nintendo: Do they bundle their new Wii console with the game Wii Sports, or sell the game separately? Reggie Fils- Aimé was president of North America at the time, and he argued yes — because even though it meant giving up revenue upfront, it would lead to more Wii sales later. Here, he explains the battle and how he won it.
Conor Lewis raised more than $3 million on Kickstarter for his awesome kids company, Fort. But he made a critical mistake, and has been trying to recover from it ever since. Here's what he learned, how he ended up on Shark Tank, and how to maintain poise under major pressure.
John de Lancie, best known as Q from Star Trek, gives fantastic advice on how to find inspiration. It's not something to seek; it's a habit to build. (John was recorded at ciLive! in Des Moines.)
Sometimes an idea won't work until it's bigger. So how can you start thinking bigger yourself? A conversation with Summit cofounder Elliott Bisnow, coauthor of "Make No Small Plans".
Bronislav Gorbachev's company, Amadei, has had to make massive changes in order to keep its team safe, and serve its clients inside of Russia and Ukraine. Here, he discusses what it's been like keeping a company afloat during a crisis, and how he's even using it to set Amadei up for growth.
Are you prepared for new opportunities? Here, I offer a new way to approach your goals, and a plan for you to achieve "calendar zero."
Comments (10)

FirstPrinciple r

Discipline and time management. Being genuine and nice to people. really Caring about business and people around.

Jan 13th

Tom Shott

Everyone should listen to this twice!

Dec 26th
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Tom Shott

As always an awesome edition.

Sep 18th
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This is a great episode about promoting oneself when it feels disgusting and disingenuous. I appreciated the view that you focus on the value you're creating. #AmbassadorRecommends

Jul 20th

Martijn Deketelaere

great episode. a bit more how I built this like.

May 25th

Tom Shott

This is a really well produced podcast. Every entrepreneur would be wise to listen every week.

Apr 24th


Words of wisdom

Feb 8th

Chris Mitchell

If any business needs help expanding, colleges are incorporating a project called "Xculture" to bring together the minds of maybe 5-6 students worldwide to solve businesses' problems& expand

Nov 11th
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