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The Futur podcast is a show that explores the interesting overlap between design, marketing, and business.Our host (and CEO of The Futur), Chris Do, holds candid conversations with inspirational people from the worlds of design, technology, marketing, business, philosophy and personal development.These conversations go deep. With the aim of understanding who these incredible people are, what drives them to do what they do, and what can we—the listener—learn from it all.Visit thefutur.com/podcast for show notes and additional information from each episode.

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The Futur podcast is a show that explores the interesting overlap between design, marketing, and business.Our host (and CEO of The Futur), Chris Do, holds candid conversations with inspirational people from the worlds of design, technology, marketing, business, philosophy and personal development.These conversations go deep. With the aim of understanding who these incredible people are, what drives them to do what they do, and what can we—the listener—learn from it all.Visit thefutur.com/podcast for show notes and additional information from each episode.

    What is a brand? — with Dr. Christine Looser

    What is a brand? — with Dr. Christine Looser

    What is a brand? What is branding supposed to do? And can you control your own brand?
    In this Clubhouse Q&A, Chris is joined by Dr. Christine Looser. You might remember her from episode 109. Dr. Looser teaches marketing and branding, and is the head of business, at startup school, The Minerva Project.
    If you have any kind of interest in branding, then save or bookmark this episode. Because you will want to re-listen to it.
    The conversation gets brainy and there are plenty of SAT words throughout it. But it is a deep and fascinating dive into the concept of branding.
    Christine puts Chris on the spot (which is always entertaining) and the two delve deep into the evolution of our brains and culture to try and make sense of the phenomena we call a “brand.”
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    When to fire your clients — with Ben Burns

    When to fire your clients — with Ben Burns

    Mr. Ben Burns is The Futur’s Chief Financial Officer. You might recognize him as the bearded fellow on our YouTube channel.
    Though officially our CFO, Ben dons several more hats day-to-day. Self-taught designer, web developer, general steward of our company, and father of two.
    In this episode, we get to know to the man behind the mouse. His origin story, how he met Chris (and got his attention in the first place), and why firing all of his clients was the best move for both his business and career.
    Ben also shares his experience in the military and police force and how it helped shape who he is and—ultimately—why he traded his gun and badge for a mouse and keyboard.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    What to do when you’re stuck in your career — with Andrea Stern

    What to do when you’re stuck in your career — with Andrea Stern

    This conversation comes from a live Clubhouse discussion. In the event you don’t know what Clubhouse is, it’s an invite-only social media app that fosters group discussion through live audio.
    In this episode, Chris joins photography rep, agent, and manager—Andrea Stern—in her photo business forum. The topic: what do you do when you’re stuck in your career?
    Andrea helps photographer get work and develop their careers. She’s done so for over two decades.
    But times change. And so does the professional landscape. What drove advertising and got you work twenty years ago, doesn’t work as well today.
    As a seasoned professional, how do you compete with young up-and-comers? Especially when they have tens of thousands of followers, and you don’t. And that actually matters to clients.
    In this live Q&A, Andrea and Chris field questions from people that are bored, stuck, or uninspired in their careers. And although they don’t always agree, Andrea and Chris both offer beacons of hope for an unknown future.
    Being a creative professional is not easy. How do you balance honing your craft, running a business, and marketing yourself? And how do you keep up and age into your career?
    We’ll let Andrea and Chris answer those big questions for you. But we will say this: if you don’t adapt the times, the times will leave you behind.
    All the more reason to listen to this episode.
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    • 1 hr 44 min
    How to make it in the dice business — with Karen Wang (Part 2)

    How to make it in the dice business — with Karen Wang (Part 2)

    This is part 2 of our conversation with struggling artist turned dice-making millionaire, Karen Wang. If you missed part 1, go back an episode and listen to that first.
    In part 2, Karen shares her experience launching her first Kickstarter—which ultimately lead to $2 million in sales. You’ll hear about how she got into dice-making, what she learned, and all the interesting mistakes along the way.
    You might think raking in millions of dollars in sales is great. But what happens when you have to then follow through? How do you deal with such massive demand? And what other pitfalls do you have to look forward to?
    Instant success comes with a responsibility. And Karen is no stranger to that fact. Listen to how she’s navigated the world of manufacturing and all the big challenges that come with it.
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    • 59 min
    Dungeons & Dragons & Dice — with Karen Wang (Part 1)

    Dungeons & Dragons & Dice — with Karen Wang (Part 1)

    When you hear that someone is an “overnight success”, rarely did it happen overnight. But our guest in this episode is kind of the exception. Kind of.
    Karen Wang is the founder of Dispel Dice. A luxury dice-making business that was Kickstarted into existence. Over the course of her 30 day campaign, she raised over $2 million. All for her stunning, beautiful, and bespoke dice. And that first $1 million, happened on day one.
    If your jaw isn’t on the floor, then please re-read that last paragraph. Because that kind of support for a debut Kickstarter campaign is unheard of.
    But the path leading up to that fateful launch was no walk in the park. The same morning Karen pulled in her first million from Kickstarter, was the same morning her bank called to say that she had overdrawn her account.
    In this two part episode Karen walks us through the windy, bump-ridden road she took to build the incredible business she runs today.
    In part 1, we get to know the person behind the dice. How she went from feeling unfulfilled, unhappy, and dropping out of art school to finding her calling through a friendly game of Dungeons & Dragons.
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    • 55 min
    Brand Strategy and Advertising — with Tim Maleeny

    Brand Strategy and Advertising — with Tim Maleeny

    To say that the advertising world is competitive, would be like saying that water is wet. People fight tooth and nail to land big clients.
    For every account that is won, another is lost. And missing the mark on a pitch you’ve poured your soul into can be heartbreaking.
    But advertising is also thrilling.
    You're given a unique problem and it's up to you and your teammates to solve it. Like group of creative detectives.
    In this episode we were given the rare opportunity to speak with someone operating at the highest level of advertising. Tim Maleeny is the President and Chief Strategy Officer for global agency, Havas.
    He also writes mystery novels.
    Tim explains how advertising, strategy, and just being a human all work together. In his twenty plus years working in the industry, he's learned what matters to clients and how to win people over.
    As an expert brand strategist he also knows when to sell, when to engage, and when to simply celebrate.
    If you work for an agency, run your own, or are just curious about how brand strategy in advertising works, then you will enjoy this chat.
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    • 1 hr 26 min

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