We’re going to bring you the stories of people who struggled, hustled, took the path less taken, and made a career out of nothing but their own determination.
Brought to you by Empower.
Recounting the Early Web with Original Blogger Jason Kottke
We were thrilled to have Jason Kottke join us on the podcast this week. Jason has been honored by Wired as one of the people who “have shaped the future we live in today,” was the designer of the long-lasting Gawker logo, helped create Buzzfeed, and is currently continuing to blog at the same site he’s been maintaining since 1998, Kottke.org.
On the Road with Michelle Schroeder-Gardner
Michelle redefined success when she traded in her house for an RV and took her life and career as a financial blogger on the road. She’s inspiration for anyone looking to pursue their own definition of success, find unconventional ways to earn an income, and live the independent life so many of us dream about. Who knew that you can earn over $100K per month just from a blog?
The DIY Story of Erica Domesek, Founder of P.S. - I Made This
Named the “Millennial Martha” by AdAge, Erica Domesek is a powerhouse in the world of DIY, lifestyle tips, and an authority in building a unique, creative, and engaging brand. Starting from a serendipitous exchange in 2009, she’s built P.S. — I Made This… into a lifestyle brand recognized around the world. She has appeared on on The Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, has judged TLC’s The Craft Wars, and is constantly making her work known around the world.
Art, Creation, and Inspiration with Agnieszka Pilat
Agnieszka Pilat is a groundbreaking Polish-American artist based out of San Francisco who has made her mark with time-deconstructing conceptual art. Starting out in comics and illustration, which in her words, "a very honest art", Agnieszka hit her stride conceptualizing the cult of technology, often painting in the space of high-tech companies themselves. Her works can be found in private and public collections around the world and she's represented in numerous galleries throughout the US.
Breaking Down Personal Finance with Erin Lowry
If you’ve spent any amount of time reading about personal finance, money management, or have just looked for advice on budgeting, there’s a very good chance you’ve come across Erin Lowry (AKA The Broke Millennial).
We’re thrilled to have Erin as our second guest, sharing how she got started writing about finances, the importance of getting “financially naked” with your partner, and the path she’s taken to get to where she is today.
A Dinner Table Chat with J. Kenji López-Alt
For our inaugural episode The Empower Podcast, it may seem strange that we’d interview someone known more for cooking than for budgeting. Yet, as soon as you start listening to Kenji’s story, you’ll see the connection.
A huge breath of fresh air
Been a very happy fan of the Empower app and so excited that they released a podcast! I like that the guests are a diverse group of creators and entrepreneurs from professions that generally in the valley we don’t hear much about but have interesting stories nonetheless. Kenji in particular is a super interesting guy - have his Food Lab book and love it. Highly recommend!
Really enjoyed listening to Kenji's story! What an unexpected and unique path he's taken to get to where he is today. Thanks for putting this together, guys. I'm ready to be inspired again.