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Join your hosts, Alex Love and Elliot Volkman, as we dismantle the stigma surrounding failure and empower you to transform challenges into opportunities on your own journey forward.

Mastering the Art of Failing Chaos

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Join your hosts, Alex Love and Elliot Volkman, as we dismantle the stigma surrounding failure and empower you to transform challenges into opportunities on your own journey forward.

    Nicolas Thorne: From the Ashes of NFTs Emerged an Entrepreneurial Guide

    Nicolas Thorne: From the Ashes of NFTs Emerged an Entrepreneurial Guide

    Season One, Episode Eight: Before NFTs and blockchain technology, Nicolas Thorne tried to build a business around digital scarcity. The concept didn't quite land its mark.
     
    Web 3, crypto… NFTs. You’ve heard of them. Some of these things have spun off new technology and concepts like blockchain, and others have completely dropped in value. Regardless, before the term NFT truly existed, there was a pioneer who followed a similar vision:

    I started a business for, I'm not going to say the wrong or like bad reasons, but probably not the best reasons. I started it largely because I wanted to start a company. And I started around a concept that I thought was really intellectually stimulating.
    I still think it's intellectually stimulating, which is. Kind of digital scarcity, which I suppose is what's at the heart of blockchains and NFTs and these things. And, and this kind of contrast of the digital world being abundant and pixels being infinitely reproducible. And yet that there was this feeling that if our lives were moving online, that scarcity was still this like amazing human construct and maybe there was a way to create it.

    That was the words of Nicolas Thorne, who is no longer trying to sell what would one day be known as NFTs, and is now the General Partner at New York-based incubator Prehype.
    This week on Mastering the Art of Failing, Nicolas shares his story about several instances of failure throughout his entrepreneurial journey, but has overcome it, and has since taken those learnings to help shape new founders and startups.

    • 47 min
    Cameron Currie: From Military Life to CrossFit Entrepreneur

    Cameron Currie: From Military Life to CrossFit Entrepreneur

    Season One, Episode Seven: CrossFit Coach Cameron Currie discusses his departure from structured military life into a path he fully paves for himself.
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    In life, not all moments and memories are predicated by a single momentous point of failure. For many, navigating life is a matter of bumps, turns, and unique challenges that test us each step of the way. This takes us to the start of Coach Cameron Currie’s journey. A pathway that led him to join the military out of high school, travel the world, and find meaning in fitness. It was during his military career that Currie became used to living a strict lifestyle that was chosen for him, and as he transitioned out, he had to discover how to live life on his own terms again.
    This week, on Mastering the Art of Failing, Coach Cameron Currie shares his journey from military life to CrossFit entrepreneur and his plans to open a new physical gym.

    • 40 min
    From Rocker to Entrepreneur: Phillip Jackson's Journey in the World of E-commerce

    From Rocker to Entrepreneur: Phillip Jackson's Journey in the World of E-commerce

    Season One, Episode Six: Former touring rock star turned owner of a highly regarded e-commerce media brand, Phillip Jackson, shares his unique journey.
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    Phillip Jackson, the Founder of Future Commerce, has had an unconventional journey in the world of e-commerce. Prior to establishing one of the most respected publications providing insight and research into the world of e-commerce, Jackson aspired to be a rock star.
    Yes, you read that right, and no, this is not a tale of a washed-up rocker trying to relive glory days. Jackson and the band were one step away from making it to the lineup at Warped Tour, palled around with the likes of Underoath, and had so many character-building moments that it’s hard to imagine who he was in a past life. That is, of course, besides the remnants, which we’d like to say likely explains his still spiked hair.
    Jackson’s story is partly about being unsuccessful as a rock star, but it’s more so a pathway that led him to reshape his creative energy and build a brand that an entire industry looks up to. That pathway shifted as the responsibilities of building a family came into the picture, having to self-learn the concept of brand building and storytelling (thanks MySpace), and ultimately develop an e-commerce media company. He also doubles as an absolutely insane ultra runner who handles the Florida humidity and swamps as only a true rock star can.

    • 43 min
    The $1M Deal and an Unexpected Mentor

    The $1M Deal and an Unexpected Mentor

    Season One, Episode Five: Entrepreneur and product visionary Ari Block shares his story about a million-dollar deal.
    You start a new job, walk in the door, and without much more than some onboarding, you’re tasked with securing a $1 million deal. That is precisely what Ari Block faced. No pressure, right?
    This week on Mastering the Art of Failing, entrepreneur and product visionary Ari Block shares the story of his first job and how he almost jeopardized a million-dollar project on his first day. Fortunately, after a wayward path forward, Ari was part of an $80 million exit, an unexpected but crucial mentor, and where his leadership skills of today stem from.
    Block discusses the importance of building relationships, overcoming biases, and learning from mistakes. He emphasizes the significance of understanding the human element in business and its impact on success.

    • 42 min
    Established: Community-Driven Companies and Turbulent Growth

    Established: Community-Driven Companies and Turbulent Growth

    With success found in TechCo's community-driven approach, Jen Consalvo expanded from events into a tech and startup media brand. Driven forward by funding from Zappos Founder Tony Hsieh, Jen and her co-founder discovered that new opportunities would also bring difficult challenges. What was once their vision alone was no longer entirely theirs.
    Shortly thereafter they ran into turbulence as they had to choose between seeking more funding or achieving a profitable status. But then, one day, an email landed in their inbox that gave them an alternative route forward.
    This is the story of how Jen Consalvo built and sold TechCo so that Established could be born.

    • 41 min
    The Road to Leadership Was Built on Failed Management: The Story Behind This Series

    The Road to Leadership Was Built on Failed Management: The Story Behind This Series

    Season One, Episode Zero: Alex and Elliot look back on the founding of their non-profit and the subsequent fizzling into nothingness.
     
    It’s nearly the holidays, which means it’s the perfect time to release the story behind the podcast. This week, Alex and Elliot revisit how they initially met, the time they conducted a coup that resulted in the launch of a non-profit, and why iffy managerial tactics resulted in a leadership mindset that they still follow today.
     
    Oh, and there was also that time they had to duke it out with the mayor of DC who was trying to take their name.
     
    This is the story of the birth and disappearance of Digital District.

    • 29 min

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