100 episodes

Raw and Real Entrepreneurship (RARE) is the number one podcast for people who want no-nonsense advice on the skills, tactics, and mindset required to build a solid business regardless of what stage they are in. Your host, Susan Sly, is a dynamic serial entrepreneur who currently occupies the 2% of tech companies that have at least one female founder. Susan’s high-profile guests have included Bulletproof founder, Dave Asprey, Forbes Top 30 Under 30 Wellory Founder, Emily Hochman, Netjets and Zico founder, Jesse Itzler, and many more. RARE also features new founders of all ages and stages. Hit the ‘subscribe button’ and make sure you never miss an episode.

Raw and Real Entrepreneurship Susan Sly

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 88 Ratings

Raw and Real Entrepreneurship (RARE) is the number one podcast for people who want no-nonsense advice on the skills, tactics, and mindset required to build a solid business regardless of what stage they are in. Your host, Susan Sly, is a dynamic serial entrepreneur who currently occupies the 2% of tech companies that have at least one female founder. Susan’s high-profile guests have included Bulletproof founder, Dave Asprey, Forbes Top 30 Under 30 Wellory Founder, Emily Hochman, Netjets and Zico founder, Jesse Itzler, and many more. RARE also features new founders of all ages and stages. Hit the ‘subscribe button’ and make sure you never miss an episode.

    Interview with Avery Sly – How to Use Social Media to Attract More Customers by Providing the Information They are Searching For

    Interview with Avery Sly – How to Use Social Media to Attract More Customers by Providing the Information They are Searching For

    In today's business world, it's more important than ever to have a strong presence on social media. As customers become increasingly tech-savvy, they're turning to social media to learn about new products and services. For businesses, having an active social media presence is essential to driving sales and staying competitive. 
    Marketing and social media expert Avery Sly shares her wisdom on the art of using Social Media to market your business even in the ever-changing economy.  Avery also shares the importance of blogging in creating searchable content to attract people to your products, service or offer. Not only does this increase brand awareness, but it also shows your audience that you're listening and caring about their needs.

    You can learn more about Avery at Agency8.com.
    Avery Sly is a social media mogul - with over 100 million views on her Instagram Reels and over 400,000 followers on Tik Tok, she knows her stuff when it comes to the social media world. She started coaching small business owners in 2018 and has since helped many achieve success on social media. Avery graduated Magna cum Laude from the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in 2020. Since then, she has worked as the marketing manager and director of brand development at Agency 8. In her role, she works alongside clients to help them turn their marketing goals into reality. Avery is also an avid writer and is currently studying at MIT for Artificial Intelligence and its Implications for Business Strategy. In her free time, Avery enjoys spending time with her cat Theo. Avery is an automotive enthusiast and an avid foodie who is always on the hunt for new recipes!

    • 27 min
    Interview with Blaine Bartlett: International best-selling author of “Compassionate Capitalism” speaks to the unique soul that every business needs in order to have sustainable success

    Interview with Blaine Bartlett: International best-selling author of “Compassionate Capitalism” speaks to the unique soul that every business needs in order to have sustainable success

    In this Episode, Susan interviews Blaine Bartlett, author of the number 1 international best-seller Compassionate Capitalism: A Journey to the Soul of Business.  He’s worked with entrepreneurs and leaders in many of the largest companies and organizations on the planet to change the way leadership is used to foster Compassionate Capitalism.
     
    He shares that the purpose of business is not to make money, but rather uplift the experience of all living things on this planet.  If your business uplifts the experience of being alive, consumers will beat a path to your door.
     
    He believes that every organization has a “soul” or spirit that is its founding source and knowing how to access and leverage this unique “soul” is a crucial key to sustainable success!
     
    Blaine is a co-host of Office Hours with David Meltzer on Bloomberg TV, hosts the Soul of Business podcast and is featured in the TV series World’s Greatest Motivators, the movie and book Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy as well as three TEDx talks and numerous podcasts. As CEO of Avatar Resources, a global leadership consultancy he founded in 1987, he’s worked with entrepreneurs and leaders in many of the largest companies and organizations on the planet to change the way leadership is used to foster Compassionate Capitalism.

    Website and social media links
    Website https://BlaineBartlett.com
    https://Avatar-Resources.com
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BlaineBartlett
    https://www.facebook.com/OfficialBlaineBartlett
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/blainebartlett
    Twitter https://twitter.com/blainebartlett
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/blainebartlett
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/blainebartlett1
     
    Connect With Susan:
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SusanSlyLive
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/susansly/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/Susan_sly
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/susansly

    • 45 min
    Interview with David Perry: From Humble Beginnings to the $380M Exit of Gaikai and the Recent Launch of Carro - an E-Commerce Disruptor with 30K Shopify Brands

    Interview with David Perry: From Humble Beginnings to the $380M Exit of Gaikai and the Recent Launch of Carro - an E-Commerce Disruptor with 30K Shopify Brands

    In this episode, Susan interviews David Perry, a 30-year veteran of the gaming industry. He started by making games just for fun – he had no idea there was any money to be made. His first game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, went on to be number one in the charts.

    He continued his path doing things “just for fun” and was also the creator of the popular games like the Matrix, Terminator and cult classic, Earthworm Jim.

    He started asking himself, if movies and music could be streamed, why not video games?  From that idea, he created Gaikai. David went on to sell Gaikai to Sony PlayStation for $380 million and that company has been instrumental in creating the livestream foundation for video gaming in the cloud.

    David is now the CEO of Carro, a new e-commerce partnership network used by over 30K Shopify brands with over 320M visitors a month. Carro (GetCarro.com) helps brands with their e-commerce and sales by partnering with other brands in the network.

    David credits his success to having fun doing what he loves. You will ultimately find opportunity where you least expect it, and innovation through trying to build on that opportunity until you cannot beat it.

    Bio
    David Perry is the CEO of Carro, a new e-commerce partnership network used by over 30K Shopify brands.

    GetCarro.com helps brands gain attention, sales, and new customers by partnering with other brands in the network. “The goal is to keep users on your store, adding all the things they need directly into your cart. Carro provides all the other products they want that you don’t currently sell.”

    Sony PlayStation acquired Perry’s previous company Gaikai to establish leadership in the future of streaming video games from the cloud. This service is called PlayStation Now.

    Follow David Perry
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/getcarro/
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/getcarro/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/getcarro
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/dperry/
    Website https://getcarro.com/
     
    Connect With Susan:
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SusanSlyLive
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/susansly/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/Susan_sly
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/susansly

    • 45 min
    Interview with Edgar Blazona - From a High School Dropout To Successful American Furniture Designer and 8-Figure Business Owner

    Interview with Edgar Blazona - From a High School Dropout To Successful American Furniture Designer and 8-Figure Business Owner

    In this episode, Susan Sly interviews Edgar Blazona, a serial entrepreneur and 8-figure furniture business success story. Edgar identified his passion for building furniture when he couldn’t afford furniture for his first apartment, so he built his own.
    Edgar knew he was born to be an entrepreneur, but he embraced his time in entry-level retail jobs to learn everything he could about business while making amazing connections. During his time in retail, he identified some opportunities that were not being met with customers looking for custom furniture.
    Doors continued to open for him because he constantly looked for opportunities to gain proximity to the people who could help him with his business. He learned the art of “give to get” where he focused on how he could offer value before asking for favours.
    With time, Edgar was able to get investors to provide him with the capital he needed to build his dream business, BenchMade Modern. In this interview, Edgar shares his advice for pitching a business to investors by using a phased roll-out to sharpen your skills and tighten your offer.
    Edgar believes in having a backup plan to help provide you with stability when building a business. It will allow you to mentally “bet the farm” in building the business of your dreams. There are highs and lows in being an entrepreneur and it takes a lot of focus to keep yourself balanced while riding the waves. He recommends you find a community of like-minded people to connect with to help you during your entrepreneurial journey!
     
    Bio
    Edgar Blazona is a modernist American furniture designer and founder of wildly popular DTC sofa brand BenchMade Modern. A high school dropout, turned graffiti artist, turned serial entrepreneur, Edgar got his start in the furniture industry because of need: he was young and broke, and his first apartment didn’t have any furniture. Thus, he taught himself how to build some.

    Along with starting several (!) of his own companies, including Modular Dwellings – a prefab backyard shelter company, Edgar also sharpened his skills in the corporate world at Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware. As he saw customers accustomed to waiting three months (and more!) for sofas and sectionals that realistically take only a few weeks to make, he realized there must be a better way and founded BenchMade Modern in 2015 to disrupt this norm.
    Connect with Edgar:
    Website https://benchmademodern.com/
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/benchmademodern/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/BenchMadeModern
    Twitter https://twitter.com/EdgarBlazona
     
    Connect With Susan:
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SusanSlyLive
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/susansly/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/Susan_sly
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/susansly

    • 42 min
    Interview With Dave Selinger : Disrupting One Trillion Dollar Industry At A Time

    Interview With Dave Selinger : Disrupting One Trillion Dollar Industry At A Time

    In this interview with Dave Selinger, the mind behind the next BIG thing in home security – Deep Sentinel- we'll discuss how artificial intelligence is disrupting the trillion-dollar security industry and what he did to make it possible.
    David Selinger was an early employee at Amazon, working directly under Jeff Bezos. He led the R&D arm of Amazon’s data-mining and personalization team. He co-founded Redfin (now a multi-billion dollar company). He founded RichRelevance, a company that offers personalized shopping experiences for large retail brands, including Macy’s, Barneys New York, Office Depot, and others.
    Follow Dave Selinger
    Website https://www.deepsentinel.com/
    Facebook https://web.facebook.com/deepsentinel/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/deep_sentinel
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/selly/
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/DeepSentinel
    Learn more about Dave
    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/17/redfin-co-founder-david-selinger-on-jeff-bezos-lessons-for-success.html
     
    Connect With Susan:
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SusanSlyLive
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/susansly/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/Susan_sly
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/susansly

    • 49 min
    What is Cryptocurrency and Blockchain? Interview with Cryptocurrency Expert, Richard Carthon

    What is Cryptocurrency and Blockchain? Interview with Cryptocurrency Expert, Richard Carthon

    Cryptocurrency and blockchain are two of the most talked about technologies today. But what do they actually mean? In this episode, Richard Carthon, a crypto expert, explains cryptocurrency and blockchain in simple terms so that you can understand how they work.
    Richard Carthon is on a mission to bridge the gap between people who know nothing about cryptocurrency and blockchain with thought leaders in the space. His podcast, YouTube channel, and blog Crypto Current, was founded to give access to information to everyone on current events occurring in cryptocurrency and blockchain in a digestible way. He is the host of Crypto Current, which has released over 200 episodes to date. Richard is also a part of several cryptocurrency investment funds: 1) a cryptocurrency hedge fund called Crescent City Capital, 2) a cryptocurrency venture fund called Acacia Digital, and 3) a NFT fund called SVG Capital.
    Follow Richard Carthon
    Website https://crypto-current.co/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/richardcarthon
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/richard_carthon/
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/crypto-current-llc/
     
    Connect With Susan:
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SusanSlyLive
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/susansly/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/Susan_sly
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/susansly
     
    The Information discussed and shared on Raw and Real Entrepreneurship is provided for educational, informational, and entertainment purposes only. You should not make any decision, legal, financial, investment, trading or otherwise, without undertaking independent due diligence and consultation with an appropriate professional.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

Conscious_Marketing_&_PR ,

Amazing podcast!

There’s wisdom and gemstones of new perspectives in each episode of this podcast! Very helpful to whoever is trying to become a successful entrepreneur.

br2252 ,

Always great advice!

I’ve been following this show for a while, and Susan always has the best guests with helpful advice. Loved the Edgar Blazona interview!

MooreMomentum ,

Great insight

Susan is a leader in the world of entrepreneurs, she gives great advice that truly is “raw and real”. Keep up the momentum and helping other fire on all cylinders within their 5 cores!

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