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Somewhat Frank is a podcast hosted by Frank Gruber, Jen Consalvo, and John Guidos about technology innovations, startups, and personal life. It’s produced with the help of our company, Established.

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Somewhat Frank is a podcast hosted by Frank Gruber, Jen Consalvo, and John Guidos about technology innovations, startups, and personal life. It’s produced with the help of our company, Established.

    #0053 - Tech Controversies, Banning TikTok, a Smartphone Monopoly, Reddit’s Triumphant IPO, and More

    #0053 - Tech Controversies, Banning TikTok, a Smartphone Monopoly, Reddit’s Triumphant IPO, and More

    On this episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber (X: @FrankGruber), John Guidos (IG: @jgoodtimes83), and Simon Kahan (IG: @simonkahan) dive deep into the innovations and controversies shaping our world. 
     
    We kicked off with a look at the Startup of the Year fast pitch competition that happened at SXSW, when 10 great early-stage companies pitched. The startup pitches were all really solid and the company that came out on top of that competition was Applied BioPlastics from Austin, Texas. Applied Bioplastics manufactures bioplastics from plant-based materials for retail, packaging, and medical industries to improve plastic recycling. See more: https://appliedbioplastics.com 
     
    We also chat about Magic Mind, the groundbreaking "mental performance shot" that's redefining daily routines everywhere. Unlike the traditional coffee fix, Magic Mind offers a sustainable boost to focus, motivation, and productivity without the dreaded caffeine crash. Don't forget to use the promo that gets you up to 48% off your first subscription or 20% off one-time purchases with code SOMEWHATFRANK20 at checkout. You can claim it at: https://www.magicmind.com/SomewhatFrank 
     
    But the tech world doesn't stop turning, and neither do we. The potential TikTok ban has everyone talking. With its Chinese ownership under scrutiny, we explore what the future holds for the app that supports around 200k American jobs. Read more HERE. 
     
    The episode doesn't shy away from the big hitters, discussing the DOJ's recent move to sue Apple over its smartphone monopoly. We'll share personal insights and the broader implications of this legal battle. Read more HERE.
     
    In a lighter vein, we celebrate Reddit's triumphant IPO, marking the first social media company to go public in five years. What does Reddit's success signal for the market and future IPOs? Read more HERE.
     
    However, it's not all rosy. We delve into the concerning rise in mental health issues among adolescents, correlating with the smartphone era. With insights from Jonathan Haidt's latest book, "The Anxious Generation," we ponder the societal impacts of our digital age. Read more HERE.
     
    The real estate world is also facing a shakeup, with the National Association of Realtors' recent settlement potentially transforming commission structures and housing market dynamics. We break down what this means for buyers, sellers, and the industry at large. Read more HERE.
     
    Lastly, we shine a spotlight on Colton Rybus's debut jazz album, "Sketches from the Heart of My Cosmos." A personal connection brings this musical journey to life, showcasing the talent and passion behind the notes. Read more HERE.
     
    And for those seeking the fountain of youth, we share Dave Asprey's simple yet effective tips for turning back the clock. Read more HERE.
     
    As always, thank you for listening and feel free to reach out and let us know what you think at: somewhatfrank@est.us

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    • 36 min
    #0052 - Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Bestselling Author Garrett Graff Discusses his Thoughts on UFOs and the Search for Alien Life

    #0052 - Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Bestselling Author Garrett Graff Discusses his Thoughts on UFOs and the Search for Alien Life

    On this very special episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber (X: @FrankGruber), John Guidos (IG: @jgoodtimes83), and Simon Kahan (IG: @simonkahan) talk with Garrett Graff about his book “UFO: The Inside Story of the US Government’s Search for Alien Life Here – and Out There.” 
     
    For those unfamiliar, Garrett has spent nearly two decades covering politics, technology, and national security. He is also the former editor of Politico and contributor to Wired and CNN, he’s written for publications from Esquire to Rolling Stone to The New York Times and today serves as the director of the cyber initiative at the Aspen Institute. 
     
    Graff is also the author of multiple books, including the FBI history The Threat Matrix, Raven Rock (about the government’s Cold War Doomsday plans), When the Sea Came Alive (an oral history of D-Day), and the New York Times bestsellers The Only Plane in the Sky, and Watergate, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History. Learn more about Garrett the the following link: www.garrettgraff.com 
     
    As always, thank you for listening and feel free to reach out and let us know what you think at: somewhatfrank@est.us
     
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    • 54 min
    #0051 - Somewhat Frank LIVE @ SXSW 2024

    #0051 - Somewhat Frank LIVE @ SXSW 2024

    On this special episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber), John Guidos (@JohnGuidos), and Jen Consalvo (@Noreaster) were live with special guest Sam Jordan from the Established House at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Sam is the Head of Computing and Technology at the Future Today Institute (https://www.linkedin.com/in/samcjordan/). 
     
    The crew discussed all of the trends that they encountered during the week and SXSW, including the groundbreaking work of Colossal Biosciences and their audacious project to bring the woolly mammoth back from extinction. CEO Ben Lamm, alongside actor Seth Green, shared their vision to combat extinction and reshape our future. Discover how this Dallas-based startup is turning elephant cells into mammoth-like embryos, marking a pivotal step in de-extinction technology. Read more about their efforts on NPR.
     
    Frank, Jen, John, and Sam also spotted a shift in travel patterns at SXSW, reflecting broader societal changes. With more weekend travelers and a split in attendance, they explored what this means against the backdrop of Americans socializing less, driven by pessimism, technology, and a surge in loneliness.
     
    They also shined a spotlight on the remarkable achievements of women, including a powerful SXSW panel featuring Meghan Markle, Katie Couric, and others discussing the challenges women face in media.
     
    The gang also discussed the legal battle between Elon Musk and OpenAI's Sam Altman, which raises critical questions about the future of AI and its impact on humanity.
     
    Lastly, they concluded with a fascinating discussion on a simple test that could predict your longevity. Can standing on one leg for 10 seconds reveal the secrets to a longer, healthier life? 
     
    As always, thank you for listening and feel free to reach out and let us know what you think at: somewhatfrank@est.us
     
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    • 37 min
    #0050 - Apple Vision Pro, the GRAMMY Awards, Enhanced Games, Disney’s Holotile, and More

    #0050 - Apple Vision Pro, the GRAMMY Awards, Enhanced Games, Disney’s Holotile, and More

    On this episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber), John Guidos (@JohnGuidos), and Jen Consalvo (@Noreaster) dive headfirst into the future of technology and societal trends, starting with our hands-on experience with the newly launched Apple Vision Pro. This cutting-edge headset, resembling a MacBook Pro for your face, promises an immersive experience unlike any other. We discuss its coolest features, from the ability to project multiple screens to its clear view of the surrounding environment, and weigh these against its less appealing aspects, such as its public perception and hefty price tag.
     
    We also chat again about the Established House, which is scheduled to take place on March 10, 2024 in Austin, TX. It will be a networking and collaboration space for startups, investors, and entrepreneur support organizations. For more details, you can visit the official website: https://house.established.us 
     
    But that's not all – we also bring you the latest from the GRAMMY Awards. Our reading list is just as intriguing, featuring discussions on the Enhanced Games concept, where performance-enhancing drugs are not just allowed but celebrated, and the pivotal role Toby Keith played in launching Taylor Swift’s career. Plus, we explore the rise of the Introvert Economy in post-pandemic America, a shift that's reshaping our social landscape and economic activities.
     
    And for our tech enthusiasts, we delve into Disney’s VR Treadmill Holotile, a project by Lanny Smoot, Disney's most prolific inventor. This innovation could revolutionize virtual reality, offering a level of immersion previously unattainable.
     
    As always, thank you for listening and feel free to reach out and let us know what you think at: somewhatfrank@est.us
     
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    • 38 min
    #0049 - Groundhog Day, Neuralink, the Super Bowl 58, AI Taylor Swift Deepfakes, and More

    #0049 - Groundhog Day, Neuralink, the Super Bowl 58, AI Taylor Swift Deepfakes, and More

    On this episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber), John Guidos (@JohnGuidos), and Jen Consalvo (@Noreaster) dive into an exciting mix of celebrations, upcoming events, and groundbreaking discoveries that are shaping our world.
     
    We kick things off with a cheerful update: Groundhog Day brought us delightful news as the groundhog didn't see its shadow, heralding an early spring! Sunshine, flowers, and celebrations are just around the corner. Catch the full excitement of this cherished holiday on our live stream recap here.
     
    As we bask in the post-Groundhog Day glow, the anticipation builds for the Grammy Awards happening this Sunday night at 8 pm EST. We're thrilled to see performances by Luke Combs and Tracy Chapman, and we're especially rooting for Noah Kahan, nominated for Best New Artist with his hit, "Stick Season." The Established team is all buzzed up about this one, and we've got our eyes peeled on the predictions here.
     
    But that's not all on the horizon. We're also gearing up for the America’s Seed Fund Road Tours starting soon in Orlando and San Juan, Puerto Rico (https://www.americasseedfund.us/road-tour), and the excitement around SXSW. Join us as we host a day of events for innovators and startups at the Established House on March 10th, 2024. More details here.
     
    Switching gears to a mystery that's potentially solved – the lost aircraft of Amelia Earhart might have been found in a $11 million effort by a private individual. Earhart, a fellow Purdue Boilermaker, planned much of her journey from the campus airport, and this discovery could be a historic find. Dive into the story here and here.
     
    In the realm of technology and health, the first human has received a Neuralink brain implant, potentially revolutionizing the way we interact with technology and treat neurological conditions. The future of AI is also making waves in the smartphone industry, with Google, Samsung, and soon Apple, introducing generative AI capabilities that promise to transform our digital experiences.
     
    Meanwhile, the digital world grapples with the ethics of AI, as explicit AI-generated images of Taylor Swift raise concerns about non-consensual content, spotlighting the urgent need for regulation.
     
    Elon Musk's new AI venture is another hot topic, with reports suggesting he's aiming to raise as much as $6B for his startup, reflecting the immense potential and costs associated with developing generative AI.
     
    Looking ahead to the Super Bowl, we preview what's expected to be the most expensive tickets ever for the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs in Las Vegas. Plus, we discuss Taylor Swift's logistical race against time to perform after her Tokyo concert, and we give you a sneak peek at this year's Super Bowl commercials. Check out the story here.
     
    We wrap up with some personal updates, including the sleek Ridge Wallet and an intriguing way to explore global radio stations with Radio Garden. Plus, a shout out to "Suits," the most streamed show of 2023.
     
    As always, thank you for listening and feel free to reach out and let us know what you think at: somewhatfrank@est.us
     
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    • 40 min
    #0048 - Turning Towards Sleep, Supersonic Jets, Stanley Cups, and More

    #0048 - Turning Towards Sleep, Supersonic Jets, Stanley Cups, and More

    On this episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber), John Guidos (@JohnGuidos), and Jen Consalvo (@Noreaster) talk about Jen’s fantastic birthday celebration, and we're thrilled to share it with you. Special guest, Kara Comparetto, played live piano at the party, and you won't want to miss her incredible talent. Check out her live piano shows on her YouTube channel and her albums on platforms like Apple Music: https://www.youtube.com/@KaraComparetto
     
    We dive into a crucial topic—sleep! Did you know that the average American gets less than 7 hours of sleep per night? We discuss why sleep is essential for your brain's well-being and share some basic sleep hygiene tips. Read more here: https://www.axios.com/2024/01/18/sleep-tips-expert-hours# 
     
    The Key to Relationship Success - https://fortune.com/well/article/predict-divorce-communication-style-gottman-institute/ 
    Researchers have discovered a communication error that can predict divorce with a staggering 94% accuracy. We explore how couples can turn towards each other and improve their relationships.
     
    FDA Approves DermaSensor - https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/us-fda-clears-dermasensors-ai-powered-skin-cancer-detecting-device-2024-01-17/ 
    Host: In tech news, the FDA has approved the DermaSensor, an AI-powered skin cancer detection device. Learn how this innovative device can assist primary care physicians in identifying skin cancer with impressive accuracy.
     
    The Future of Supersonic Travel - https://techcrunch.com/2024/01/12/x-59-quiet-supersonic-jet-from-nasa-and-lockheed-finally-rolls-out/ 
    We delve into the world of supersonic travel, discussing NASA and Lockheed Martin's experimental X-59 aircraft, aiming to reduce sonic booms. We also touch on Boom, a company working on passenger supersonic jets.
     
    US Tech Investment Landscape - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-12-07/san-francisco-bay-area-nyc-boston-dominate-vc-investment-in-us?srnd=undefined&sref=OUxLpfXr 
    Discover where tech investment is booming in the US, with surprising statistics on venture capital growth across different regions.
     
    Humanoid Robots at BMW - https://www.axios.com/2024/01/23/humanoid-robots-bmw-automotive-manufacturing-figure
    Humanoid robots are making their way into BMW's manufacturing plants. We discuss Figure, the California company behind these robots, and their role in the automotive industry.
     
    Stanley Cups Craze - https://www.cnbc.com/2023/12/23/how-a-40-ounce-cup-turned-stanley-into-a-750-million-a-year-business.html 
    Stanley Cups are more popular than ever! We explore how a simple 40-ounce cup has turned into a $750 million per year business.
     
    Apple Vision Pro - https://youtu.be/Vb0dG-2huJE?si=2nP6KYQBOpuh48UV
     
    We round off with a glimpse into the future of tech with the Apple Vision Pro headset and its potential for spatial computing.
     
    What We're Watching and Texting Woes - hulu.com/series/death-and-other-details-1493a676-9e14-4e6a-ace8-914b39269f56
    And before we go, our hosts share what they're currently watching, including Hulu's 

    "Death and Other Details." Plus, we discuss the evolution of texting into an email-like form of communication and the idea of adding a "send later" feature to iMessage.
     
    As always, thank you for listening and feel free to reach out and let us know what you think at: somewhatfrank@est.us

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    • 42 min

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Great way to stay informed and a nice easy listening style, very natural

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Always good insight.

Somewhat Frank pods are a great way to check the pulse of the startup community.

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Frank always talks with the best and brightest. Good stuff!

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