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What Got You There is a weekly podcast hosted by Sean DeLaney and is all about diving deep and hearing the journey behind some of the worlds most accomplished influencers. Guests include professional athletes, authors, professors, creatives and everyone in between. Find out more at http://whatgotyouthere.com

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What Got You There is a weekly podcast hosted by Sean DeLaney and is all about diving deep and hearing the journey behind some of the worlds most accomplished influencers. Guests include professional athletes, authors, professors, creatives and everyone in between. Find out more at http://whatgotyouthere.com

    #181 Adnan Durrani - CEO of Saffron Road Foods and President of Condor Ventures, Inc. on Brand Building, Trend Spotting and Changing the way the World Does Business

    #181 Adnan Durrani - CEO of Saffron Road Foods and President of Condor Ventures, Inc. on Brand Building, Trend Spotting and Changing the way the World Does Business

    Adnan Durrani is Chief Executive Officer of American Halal/Saffron Road Foods and President of Condor Ventures, Inc., a firm devoted to strategic investing in natural food companies. Prior to his current endeavors, he served as an investment professional for almost 30 years and most recently was a partner at Blue Chip Venture Co. which led   a number of media and technology ventures. On this episode Adnan uncovers what it’s really like being an entrepreneur and all the lessons he’s learned over the years.
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    #180 Tom Golisano -Self-Made Billionaire Founder of Paychex on Entrepreneurship

    #180 Tom Golisano -Self-Made Billionaire Founder of Paychex on Entrepreneurship

    Tom Golisano is the self made billionaire who started the payroll processing company Paychex. With just $3,000 and a credit card to start Tom grew Paychex to a $28 billion company with more than 600,000 employees. If you want to know what it takes to be an entrepreneur who makes dreams happen then this is the episode for you!
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    Built, Not Born: A Self-Made Billionaire's No-Nonsense Guide for Entrepreneurs 
     

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    #179 W. Brian Arthur- The Pioneer of Complexity Economics on How Technology Evolves

    #179 W. Brian Arthur- The Pioneer of Complexity Economics on How Technology Evolves

    W. Brian Arthur is an economist and complexity thinker. He is best known for his work on network effects locking markets in to the domination of a single player. He is also one of the pioneers of the science of complexity—the science of how patterns and structures self-organize. He is a member of the Founders Society of the Santa Fe Institute and in 1988 ran its first research program. He has served on SFI's Science Board for 18 years and its Board of Trustees for 10 years, and is currently External Professor at SFI.
    Arthur held the Morrison Chair of Economics and Population Studies at Stanford from 1983 to 1996. He has degrees in operations research, economics, mathematics, and electrical engineering. Arthur is a well-known keynote speaker.
     
    Research Brian Arthur is known for 3 main sets of ideas:
    Increasing returns. In the 1980s Arthur developed a way for economics to understand how increasing returns or positive feedbacks (e.g. network effects) operate in the economy — in particular how they can magnify small, random events and act to lock in dominant players. This work has gone on to become important to our understanding of the high-tech economy.
    Complexity economics. In the late 1980s, Arthur led a group at the Santa Fe Institute to develop an alternative approach to economics—"complexity economics." Standard economics is based on the idea of super-rational actors operating in a static equilibrium world; complexity economics assumes actors in the economy do not necessarily face well-defined problems or use super-rationality. They explore, try to make sense, react and re-react to the outcomes they together create. The economy is not in stasis but always forming, always "discovering" fresh novelty. In this non-equilibrium view of the economy, bubbles and crashes can happen, markets can be "gamed" or exploited, and history and institutions matter.
    How technology evolves. In 2009, Arthur published The Nature of Technology: What it Is and How it Evolves. The book argues that technology, like biological life, evolves from earlier forms. But the main mechanism isn't Darwin's, it is the combining of earlier technologies—earlier forms. The book explores in detail how innovation works. And it argues that economy isn't just a container for its technologies; the economy emerges from its technologies.
    Awards Arthur was awarded the inaugural Lagrange Prize in Complexity Science in 2008, and the Schumpeter Prize in Economics in 1990. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, 1987-88, Fellow of the Econometric Society, and IBM Faculty Fellow. He holds honorary doctorates from the National Univ. of Ireland (Galway) 2000, and Lancaster University (UK) 2009.
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    Brian's Books 
    The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves 
    Complexity and the Economy 
    Increasing Returns and Path Dependence in the Economy 
     

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    #178 Ryan Hawk- Helping High Performers Develop Into Great Managers

    #178 Ryan Hawk- Helping High Performers Develop Into Great Managers

    Ryan Hawk is a keynote speaker, author, advisor, and the host of The Learning Leader Show, which Forbes called “the most dynamic leadership podcast out there”. Featuring interviews with hundreds of bestselling authors and world-renowned corporate, athletic, and military leaders, the show has millions of listeners in more than 150 countries.
    A lifelong student of leadership, Ryan rose to roles as a professional quarterback and later vice president of sales at a multibillion-dollar company.
    Currently, as head of Brixey & Meyer’s leadership advisory practice, Ryan speaks regularly at Fortune 500 companies, works with teams and players in the NFL, NBA, and NCAA, and facilitates “Leadership Circles” that offer structured guidance and collaborative feedback to new and experienced leaders. 
    With all that experience Ryan has written a new book called Welcome to Management which is an all in one guide to becoming a great leader!
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    #177 Stephanie Mehta: Editor-in-chief at Fast Company on Ambition, Bold Thinking, Culture, Creativity & More!

    #177 Stephanie Mehta: Editor-in-chief at Fast Company on Ambition, Bold Thinking, Culture, Creativity & More!

    Stephanie Mehta is editor-in-chief of Fast Company. Her career so far has  taken her from the Wall Street Journal to Fortune, Bloomberg and Vanity Fair, where she was deputy editor. Now, she oversees Fast Company's editorial and design vision with the aim of recognizing “the human side” of business.
    Whether she’s investigating the prodigious rise of Silicon Valley, the domino effect of technology on our lives, or what makes a workplace truly innovative, Stephanie has her finger on the pulse! Enjoy this conversation that hits on ambition, bold thinking, culture, creativity and so much more!
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    #176 Keith Rabois- Spotting Undiscovered Talent, Discovering Your Comparative Advantage and Cultivating Greatness.

    #176 Keith Rabois- Spotting Undiscovered Talent, Discovering Your Comparative Advantage and Cultivating Greatness.

    Keith Rabois is a Silicon Valley legend known for discovering and cultivating talent that has gone on to create companies such as YouTube, Lyft, Airbnb, Quora and many more.
    Keith is a general partner at Founders Fund and also founded Open-door which transforms the process of buying and selling a home. Keith has a unique and unparalleled track record as an entrepreneur, executive and investor.
    Keith began his career in the industry as a senior executive at PayPal and subsequently served in influential roles at LinkedIn, and as Chief Operating Officer of Square.
    On this episode Keith discusses working with greats such as Peter Thiel and Reid Hoffman, finding undiscovered talent and the mental frameworks he uses!
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    • 54 min

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