Welcome to Productivity Mastery!
The podcast is hosted by Stoyan Yankov - a foremost expert in productivity and performance, on a mission to help businesses and people get the most out of their time.
In this podcast - Stoyan brings on exceptional performers and A-players from all professionals areas and backgrounds. Together, they discover the habits, tools and strategies and what it really takes to master the art of mindful productivity. Tune in and enjoy the journey!
Unleashing Your Creative Genius: Productivity Mastery #79 with Jamshid Alamuti
In episode #79 of Productivity Mastery Podcast, we decided to devote ourselves to a very important topic related to team culture - CREATIVITY. And who would be better to speak about how to unleash your creative genius than a creative genius himself. Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you Jamshid Alamuti. He is a true creativity master. Even as we speak, he's working on the founding of three different companies. How does he manage to do it?
Jamshid shared his unique view, experience, and advice about:
💡 Exploring life and learning to be human
💡 Creativity in life and work
💡 How to build a team culture of creativity
💡 The problem about "finding inspiration"
And much, much more.
Jamshid’s multifaceted nature makes him unique as a disruptor, a transformational strategist, a development expert, and a creative entrepreneur. A born communicator, Jamshid’s rare ability to bring different people together led him to his current project at Neural Jam: combining technology and creativity and apply them to innovation, entrepreneurship, and problem-solving projects.
His track record is wide and diversified, namely in Arts, Business, educational and personal development. He has been challenging established ideas and connecting people from different backgrounds under common goals all over the world for the past 20 years.
Tune in and enjoy this exciting episode.
And remember, all work and no play make a team dull and grey.
The Valley of Genius: Productivity Mastery #78 with Adam Fisher
In this episode, we’re going to talk about a different valley – “The Valley of Genius”, which happens to be the most most-read and best-reviewed book about the history of modern Silicon Valley. And our guest is its brilliant author – Adam Fisher!
From having a “geeky” childhood in the Silicon Valley, to working for magazines in New York, to writing about some of the biggest companies in the Silicon Valley, Adam learned a lot about passion and success. And he gave us some great insights about:
🎯How he managed to get access and interview most of the legends of Silicon Valley and put it all in a book (for 4 years),
🎯The untold stories of some of the biggest companies in the world when they were just start-ups,
🎯What made all these iconic companies successful,
🎯How the invention of a meta formula for solving mazes helps us measure success, and much more!
Adam Fisher is a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a best-selling author who specializes in books about the culture of high technology.
His first book, Valley of Genius, The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley, is both the most-read and best-reviewed history of modern Silicon Valley. The book appeared on best-of lists compiled by media outlets as varied as Bloomberg Businessweek and the BBC. Chapters of the book were excerpted by Vanity Fair, Wired, New York, and The Smithsonian Magazine.
Adam's second book, about a reclusive tech billionaire, was published privately.
His third book, Designing Ideas, about the design superstar Yves Behar, was just released by the art publisher Thames & Hudson. Currently, Adam is working on a fourth book, also to be published privately.
In a former career as a magazine journalist, Adam roamed the world covering art, travel, music, and tech for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Men's Journal, the MIT Technology Review, and Wired. When Adam is not writing books for private clients, he still writes the occasional long-form feature story, but now mostly for the new magazine, Alta, where he is a contributing editor.
Enjoy listening and stay #productive!
FastScaling: How Can Founders Get Through the Growth Valley of Death: Productivity Mastery #77 with Patrick Flesner
In episode #77 we’re having the author of “FastScaling: The Smart Path to Building Massively Valuable Businesses” - Patrick Fleshner.
He shared with us a lot of essential tips for founders of start-up businesses: that might “Get Through the Growth Valley of Death”:
💡 The five building blocks of fast scaling,
💡 How to accelerate growth – predictably and efficiently,
💡 Focusing on Customer success,
💡 How to stay on top of the game by implementing healthy habits, and much more!
Patrick Flesner is a growth capital investor and a partner at the investment firm LeadX Capital Partners.
Each year, he looks at hundreds of tech companies that want to raise capital in order to accelerate growth. He sees patterns in companies that fail and companies that succeed. His respective growth expertise and his knowledge deriving from more than 16 years in Private Equity and Venture Capital have gone into his latest book, FastScaling.
Prior to joining LeadX Capital Partners, where he built one of the largest European portfolios of B2B and B2B2C tech companies active in consumer industries, Patrick Flesner had been a lawyer and partner at reputable German business law firms.
His articles on Venture Capital and M&A have been published by renowned magazines like the MIT Sloan Management Review and the Global Corporate Venturing Magazine. Patrick Flesner received a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Cologne and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from INSEAD Business School. He lives with his wife and children in Cologne, Germany.
Enjoy listening and stay #productive!
Ambition vs Mindfulness - Where is the Sweet Spot: Productivity Mastery #76 with Zane Bojāre
In this episode, Zane Bojāre, the Head of Marketing & Comms at Startup Wise Guys, talks about finding the sweet spot between ambition and mindfulness. She shares with us some raw and honest insights on:
💡 The positive life force and dark side of ambition
💡 How can we be ambitious without being self-abusive
💡 Tips on building habits according to our needs
💡 Mindfulness as part of your journey to success
And much more practical advice.
After 10+ years in marketing communications and building her own company - a social enterprise providing senior employment and minimizing textile waste, Zane is currently helping techy startup founders become successful entrepreneurs at one of Europe’s top startup accelerators – Startup Wise Guys.
She is the main person behind a comprehensive Startup Scene report about the Baltic region and an active Co-Creator at Riga TechGirls.
Untypically for the tech sector, she holds a Master degree in Philosophy.
Productivity Lessons from a Hollywood DOP: Productivity Mastery #75 with Shane Hurlbut, ASC
Ever dreamed of meeting a real Hollywood DOP? Listen to episode #75 with Shane Hurlbut, ASC, and learn about:
🎥 How the DOP of “Need for Speed” and “Terminator: Salvation” started from the bottom;
🎥 An inspiring love story that drove Shane his whole life;
🎥 Making 102(!) music videos in a year, including Guns N' Roses' “November Rain”;
🎥 Implementing work principles in the family life,
🎥 How Shane and his wife Lydia pass on their knowledge through their own film Academy, hurlbutacademy.com, and so much more!
Director of photography Shane Hurlbut, ASC works at the forefront of cinema as a storyteller, innovator and discerning collaborator, who brings more than three decades of experience to his art.
Most recently, Hurlbut lensed Resident Alien, a TV Series for SYFY, about a crash-landed alien who takes on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor who wrestles with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth. Hurlbut also photographed Netflix’s Love Hard which stars Nina Dobrev and Darren Barnet and Jimmy O Yang which is currently in post-production.
In 2020, Hurlbut worked on the Disney+ original film Safety, directed by Reggie Hudlin. Inspired by the true story of Ray-Ray McElrathbey, the film follows a freshman football player for Clemson University who secretly raised his younger brother on campus, after his home life became too unsteady. In addition, he lensed the Netflix original film, Holidate, directed by John Whitesell, which stars Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey.
Earlier in his career, Hurlbut photographed iconic music videos including Guns N' Roses' November Rain and collaborated with artists Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, The Rolling Stones, and Nirvana. His debut feature film, The Rat Pack, received critical acclaim and earned him a nomination from the American Society of Cinematographers, making him the youngest nominee to date.
Hurlbut is based in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife Lydia, who is CEO of the Hurlbut Academy. The Hurlbut Academy is a professional filmmakers platform that fast tracks member’s careers in the content and entertainment industry, helping them master their craft. The Academy will change its name to Filmmakers Academy in November, 2021.
Tune in and enjoy the ride!
Productivity & Gen Z: Productivity Mastery #74 with Milimo Banji
Listen to episode #74 with Milimo Banji, Founder of TapIn, and get insights on:
💡 The shifting needs and wants of Gen Z;
💡 Gen Z and flexible work;
💡 What is TapIn's mission and how does it help today's generation of young people;
💡 Why hustling may not work in your favor;
💡 Where should a young person start looking for a job,
and much more!
Milimo (Mils) Banji is the 24-year old Founder and CEO of TapIn, a media company that is on a mission to prepare 100 million young people for the world of work. TapIn has built an active social community of over 100,000 Gen Z’s and influencers who engage with their social video content every month.
They are helping employers such as EY, Capgemini, Newton Europe, and the RAF attract and engage with the best Gen Z talent. Being the eldest in his team, Mils is leading a team of Gen Z's who are quickly disrupting the ever-changing recruitment marketing space.