Go inside all things that inspire. Talks go into building a business, examining life paths and creativity. We talk to business leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, founders, engineers and more; exploring tactical and strategic elements of various topics.
Hosted by Daniel Kivatinos and Greg Wientjes.
A talk with David Burns Psychiatrist/Adjunct Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine
David D. Burns is a psychiatrist and adjunct professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the author of the bestselling books Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy and The Feeling Good Handbook. Burns popularized Aaron T. Beck's cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) when his books became bestsellers during the 1980s.
A quote by Dr Burns: "Action proceeds motivation"
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Creating Summit Series from Jeremy Schwartz
Summit Series is an ideas festival and is designing experiences that connect and inspire a community of today's brightest leaders.
Jermey talks about the history of Summit, including the time's Bill Clinton, Jeff Bezos and Mark Bezos attended.
Tony Hsieh gave the founders advice on how important culture was in the early days of Summit, asking the Summit founders questions like "Is there anyone here who you wouldn't invite back?".
Cloosiv, Y Combinator funded startup takes on mobile ordering for local coffee shops
Tim is CEO and co-founder of a company called Cloosiv (YC S19).
Cloosiv is a company looking to offer smaller coffee shops a mobile ordering solution that can compete with those of the mega coffee brands.
Tim had an idea when he was working at Apple, he was looking at the Apple Store app and customers could walk into the store without ever talking to anyone and buy something. This sparked Tim to build something like that for other markets, which kicked off a journey to the coffee shop market.
He became a management consultant at the North Highland Consulting firm, and they invested 300k into the winner of a startup idea. Tim was that winner and they gave him 300k to start his business. Tim found his cofounder James on UpWork to help develop the app.
Tim had to unlearn how to be a management consultant, generally, companies pay large dollar amounts and "paid for perfection". But as a startup founder Tim mentioned he had to test, removing those own expectations.
Tim's first idea was to create a unified payment app and mentioned he would stand outside stores at the mall and ask questions to the customers walking around. Tim met with the founders of DoorDash and Instacart to learn about mobile ordering. Coffee shops have never had an app that was just for them.
Tim applied to Y Combinator 4-5 times over and over again getting rejected, but Tim never gave up. Dalton Caldwell called the Cloosiv founders delivering the bad news about not getting in and Tim applied again after making progress.
In one trip to San Fransisco and through a fortunate series of events came to a meeting with Sam Altman, who made some introductions, one being Lachy Groom who was an early employee at Stripe, previously head of stripe issuing, core payments product. Lachy was one of Cloosiv’s first investors. Laura Behrens, Founder & CEO at Shippo joined as one of the early angel investors.
Square is now Cloosiv’s payment partner, coffee shops tend to have very little free table space and their app can run simultaneously as the Cloosiv app on an iPad.
Tim and the Cloosiv team manage a coffee shop's inventory of coffee ordering real-time working towards a platform for a coffee shop to build their brands.
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Hoon Kim founder/CEO of Keelo
Hoon Kim is founder and CEO of startup Keelo - https://keelo.com
Keelo is an app that helps keep its users fit. Hoon has a passion for long term health. Everything in the app is measured and scored. Keelo keeps people motivated, with the app recommending what workouts to do, geared towards health and strength. This is a project of passion for Hoon. The app was featured on Apple's App Store. Hoon talks about how as we age how to take care of yourself long term, he talks about a good goal for anyone is to be physically independent for as long as possible. Fitness classes can be expensive and Hoon wanted to create a service for everyone, income aside, creating an app at a price point anyone can afford.
Hoon talks about what do people regret when they die, talking about family, risks and how to make an impact in the world. Hoon goes on to talk about passion and why he decided to leave Microsoft after 5 years, going to Stanford Business School. Hoon learned about entrepreneurship, how to start a company and the risks … from Hoon: "In entrepreneurship, there is no one to answer too."
Before Keelo, Hoon founded a restaurant gift card company, which he successfully exited to OpenTable.com.
Angelo The Motivator
Learn a bit about motivation and philosophy from Angelo The Motivator.
Angelo talks about his past in Nigeria, leaving as a political refugee moving to the U.S. Clevland, Boston then to Stockholm.
Angelo brings up the book "The Inner Game of Tennis The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance By W. Timothy Gallwey"
You can find him on YouTube and Peptalk.
Song Sky lanterns by N I M Z.
A talk with Michael Witz, a seasoned entrepreneur, founder, and CEO
Michael Witz is a seasoned entrepreneur, founder, and CEO at Redemption Games, Inc.
In the podcast, we talk about his time cofounding a startup called Stock Jungle, a successful financial company. Then going on to start a company in the early days of the Facebook platform back in 2008, creating a social gaming company, launching over 50 products.
Michael takes a deep look into some growth hacks on the podcast like the "viral coefficient", a virality math formula. One early heck on Facebook was having people invite their entire friend's list with a single click of a button.
Michael talks about strategy on getting one of his startups sold, "Mob Science” acquired by a private equity (PE) firm in 2013 and the process to do a sale. Michael built the top grossing game Cookie Jam while leading the San Diego division of SGN Games, Inc., who had acquired his previous company, Mob Science. While leading Mob Science, he became one of the largest Facebook game developers, having built such titles as Snowball Fight, Coffee Bar, Gardenhood, Magic Mall, and Legends: Rise of a Hero. Legends: Rise of a Hero was published by Zynga and was named one of their top 10 games for 2012 by Kotaku.
He gives a past historical walk through of what it was like to experience the change from a gaming world driven by Facebook and the shift to Mobile gaming.
Michael was in the Y Combinator Summer 2014 batch and what the experience was like.
We lastly go into cryptocurrency and blockchain. He is currently working on bring Luna DNA and LunaCoin to life.
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