A behind-the-scenes look at company building from the perspective of builders themselves - this is how we operate! With host Carey Ransom.
Doug Holte - Founder & CEO of Agile Workweek Investments
Doug Holte is the Founder and CEO of Agile Workweek Investments, his startup that is investing in disruptive technologies and modernized properties for a more efficient and agile workweek. Doug’s inspiration for AWI was not Covid, but rather accelerated by it; the changes he began to see in how people want to live and work started several years ago.
Doug has had an illustrious career in commercial real estate, most recently as President of Irvine Company for over 10 years, and a longtime senior partner and West Coast leader at Hines. He’s also currently a senior advisor to a new proptech venture capital fund, and on the board of important Orange County organizations such as UCI Beall Applied Innovation and CEO Leadership Alliance.
He is a visionary with a huge heart for an inclusive, collaborative and supportive community that works for everyone, and he leads by example in his efforts there. I’m always inspired by our conversations and appreciate his friendship. Doug is also a great storyteller, which you'll experience in our conversation.
It is so exciting to see him building on the vision he has, and to have him on the podcast. Hear about the inception of AWI, Doug's amazing journey into the entrepreneurial realm, and how everything has now changed in how most of us will design and live our (work) weeks moving forward.
Thanks also to show sponsor, Collective Genius, for helping high performance teams to be agile, aligned and more effective.
Fred Thiel - CEO of Marathon Digital Holdings
Fred Thiel is currently the CEO of Marathon Digital Holdings (NASDAQ:MARA), a digital asset technology company that mines cryptocurrencies with a focus on the blockchain ecosystem and the generation of digital assets.
He is a respected expert and frequent speaker on FinTech, digital assets, Blockchain, bitcoin, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, venture capital and private equity and digital transformations of companies and industries.
Fred has over 25 years operating experience leading companies in digital assets, semiconductor, data communications, Internet, IoT, AI, as well as digital media and software. His breadth of knowledge and experiences is incredible.
As a CEO, Fred has led companies through rapid growth to IPO, repositioned companies for high-value exits to strategic and financial acquirers, led M&A and roll-up strategies.
Fred and I go back nearly 20 years to when I first moved to Southern California, and I’ve always enjoyed his friendship and perspective – we always can cover a lot of ground and topics when we meet. It’s exciting to see him now at the forefront of digital assets, and he shared some great wisdom and insights in this conversation!
Thanks also to show sponsor, Collective Genius. Their Peak Planning program is the ideal one to build your unstoppable high growth team.
Dave Ferrera - General Partner of Treadstone Holdings
Dave Ferrera is currently the General Partner of Treadstone Holdings, a venture studio focused on catheter-based diagnostic and interventional radiology technologies. They work with doctors and entrepreneurs and use or create intellectual property to develop new companies. Dave is a board member for a number of early stage medical device companies as well.
Throughout Dave’s career he’s been a researcher, product developer and technologist in medical devices, so he’s well-suited to run a venture studio. He is an engineer by training, transplanting here from the east coast many years ago.
He’s also a recent book author – releasing “Innovation in Translation – How Big Ideas Really Happen” earlier this year. We had a good discussion about it and how it came to be.
Dave and I talked about how we've both launched venture studios and why we try to take on multiple projects at the same time. Dave also described how he thinks about developing ideas and finding ones that solve real problems - so useful for entrepreneurs to learn!
Thanks also to show sponsor, Collective Genius - if you want to build an unstoppable team for your high growth company, you should meet them and learn about Peak Planning.
Sloane Keane - CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and Inland Empire
Sloane Keane is currently the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and Inland Empire, a role she’s had for nearly 3 years, and after several years with the organization in senior development roles. Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the highest impact non-profits in the area, and country, providing mentoring and support to thousands of children here every year.
Prior to BBBS, she was an advertising executive across several prominent media companies, including the Orange County Register. And like me, she’s also a Big Ten graduate.
We had a great chat about the importance of showing up, and how mentorship and support for youth had steadily reduced the number of "opportunity youth" across the country. Covid has caused some negative trends there and there's a lot of work to do in the years ahead to recover from that, and Sloane and her team are leading the way.
She is an inspiring leader in our community - you'll enjoy this conversation!
Jeff Martin - CEO & Founder of Collective Genius
Jeff Martin is CEO and Founder of Collective Genius, which he started 15 years ago to build high growth companies with talent recruiting, leadership team planning and tools. We met in LA where he’s expanded the company and spent considerably more time, eventually moving here, and we bonded as we’re both Midwest transplants to SoCal. I also appreciate Jeff for being a longtime supporter and sponsor of the podcast.
Jeff is a good storyteller and has produced some great Tech Scenes videos about tech ecosystems around the country. He’s an entrepreneur at heart and is great at building and starting things – Peak Planning is one of those examples and has become a go-to system for better leadership planning in high growth, VC-backed companies.
Jeff is a born entrepreneur, and supporter of them, such as being a Techstars mentor and board member of EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) for over 10 years. He also has a large brood of children, which I know he greatly enjoys as well.
We had a great conversation about the importance of alignment, planning and execution among high growth companies, and Jeff shared a lot of perspective and wisdom about its importance and impact.
Minnie Ingersoll - Partner at TenOneTen
Minnie Ingersoll is currently a Partner at TenOneTen, an LA-based venture capital firm actively investing in early stage tech companies. They’ve made dozens of investments in a bunch of SoCal founders’ companies and have already had many acquisitions, unicorns and even companies go public. She also leads their podcast, "LA Venture".
She was previously the co-founder of Shift Technologies, a newly public company that makes buying and selling cars fun, fair, and accessible.
Minnie was also COO of Code for America, and a former commissioner of the City and County of San Francisco. Early in her career she was also in Product at Google. Minnie grew up in LA, and returned a couple years ago, joined TenOneTen and she’s been all in on LA / SoCal since returning.
She shared her own founder journey, her experience as a camp counselor (you'll like that story), and how she thinks about choosing founders as a venture capitalist, in which she utilizes her extensive hiring manager skills. There's a lot of gold in here for the entrepreneurs in the audience!
Thanks also to Jeff at Collective Genius for sponsoring the show. If you want to do Peak Planning for your high performance team, you should meet Jeff!
Carey is terrific
The podcast lives up to its name. Carey brings in great guests and manages to draw out important insights for business operators. I’ve enjoyed learning about a broad cross section of businesses while also discovering patterns and knowledge that I can put to use. Definitely worth a listen.
Carey Ransom is the real deal
Carey is a real one - effective, succinct, and to the point - you will be fired up to take action - AND be clear on what action to take! Highly recommended.
Cuts through the noise of similar podcasts
Carey is the consummate connector — helping other entrepreneurs through his own experience and vast network. And through that network, they collectively bring a staggering array and depth of industry experience. Any entrepreneur will benefit from the content here, but especially those in Southern California/Orange County.