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Dive into the unfiltered stories of today's top business trailblazers with the Forbes Books Podcast. Join Joe Pardavila as he sits down with pioneering entrepreneurs and CEOs to unpack their greatest challenges on the journey to success.

Hear raw accounts filled with hard-learned lessons as guests open up about their most difficult setbacks and strategic pivots. From scrappy startups exploding in growth to established corporations reinventing themselves, you’ll discover the defining moments that shaped these influential leaders.

Whether you dream of launching a world-changing company or rising to the executive suite, these transparent conversations will inspire you to unleash your potential. You’ll gain priceless insights on fundraising, talent acquisition, product-market fit, and managing hypergrowth at scale. Beyond the boardroom, glimpse the human struggles behind towering brands as visionaries get personal about risks that paid off in unexpected ways.

The Forbes Books Podcast delivers stories that resonate. So join our community and subscribe now to amp up your ambition, conquer new frontiers, and take your leadership to the next level.

The Forbes Books Podcast with Joe Pardavila Joe Pardavila

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Dive into the unfiltered stories of today's top business trailblazers with the Forbes Books Podcast. Join Joe Pardavila as he sits down with pioneering entrepreneurs and CEOs to unpack their greatest challenges on the journey to success.

Hear raw accounts filled with hard-learned lessons as guests open up about their most difficult setbacks and strategic pivots. From scrappy startups exploding in growth to established corporations reinventing themselves, you’ll discover the defining moments that shaped these influential leaders.

Whether you dream of launching a world-changing company or rising to the executive suite, these transparent conversations will inspire you to unleash your potential. You’ll gain priceless insights on fundraising, talent acquisition, product-market fit, and managing hypergrowth at scale. Beyond the boardroom, glimpse the human struggles behind towering brands as visionaries get personal about risks that paid off in unexpected ways.

The Forbes Books Podcast delivers stories that resonate. So join our community and subscribe now to amp up your ambition, conquer new frontiers, and take your leadership to the next level.

    Saddles to Spirits: How Blake Johns Built an Award-Winning Bourbon Brand

    Saddles to Spirits: How Blake Johns Built an Award-Winning Bourbon Brand

    This week, Joe chats with Blake Johns, the founder of Smokeye Hill Whiskey, who shares the incredible story of his premium craft bourbon's meteoric rise. Blake recounts his journey from world champion equestrian to whiskey entrepreneur, detailing how his family's Arizona ranching heritage inspired the authentic brand story behind Smokeye Hill. The conversation delves into the challenges of entering the competitive spirits industry as a newcomer and the game-changing impact of unexpectedly winning Bourbon of the Year at the prestigious Ascot Awards. Blake offers insights into the complexities of scaling production in the bourbon industry while maintaining premium quality, and shares valuable entrepreneurial advice on taking risks and following one's passion. Listeners will gain a fascinating look at the craft spirits industry and the journey of creating an award-winning bourbon from scratch. Whether you're a whiskey enthusiast or an aspiring entrepreneur, this episode provides an intoxicating blend of family heritage, business strategy, and the pursuit of the perfect bourbon.

    • 30 min
    Making It Despite the Odds: Jacob Furbee's Path to the C-Suite

    Making It Despite the Odds: Jacob Furbee's Path to the C-Suite

    In this candid conversation, Joe sits down with Jacob Furbee, CEO of XFS Global. He shares his unlikely journey from being nicknamed "Furball" during his grueling Marine Corps bootcamp to leading a major defense manufacturing company. Furbee opens up about the challenges of government contracting, navigating bureaucracy, and the leadership lessons he learned from his military service. His story showcases the transformative power of perseverance and self-improvement against all odds. Whether you're an entrepreneur, former military, or appreciate a success story, this is an inspiring listen.

    • 21 min
    From Forklift to Finance: Astrid Soto on Breaking Barriers and Redefining Success in Private Equity

    From Forklift to Finance: Astrid Soto on Breaking Barriers and Redefining Success in Private Equity

    On this episode of The Forbes Books Podcast, Joe speaks with Astrid Soto, a renowned entrepreneur and impact investor named one of the most influential women in mid-market M&A. Astrid shares her journey from working in her family's business at age 12 to becoming a powerhouse in private equity, offering insights on fundraising, navigating career challenges, and breaking barriers as a Latina in finance. She discusses the current state of M&A, particularly regarding baby boomer-owned businesses, and the importance of balancing technology with personal development. Astrid also reveals her exciting new venture in predictive technology, a cutting-edge project she's been developing under the radar. This episode is packed with valuable advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and thought-provoking reflections on success in the modern business landscape.

    • 41 min
    Revolutionizing Recruitment: The Embedded Partner Approach with Kate Morgan

    Revolutionizing Recruitment: The Embedded Partner Approach with Kate Morgan

    In this eye-opening episode of The Forbes Books Podcast, host Joe sits down with Kate Morgan, founder and CEO of Boston Human Capital Partners, to explore her revolutionary "embedded partner approach" to recruiting. Kate shares insights on why traditional recruiting methods are falling short and how her innovative strategy achieves a remarkable 20-25% candidate response rate. The conversation delves into the evolving landscape of work culture, including the shift away from rigid job descriptions and towards purpose-driven roles, as well as the impact of the tech bubble burst on salaries and employee expectations. Kate offers valuable strategies for balancing company culture with financial realities in both startups and established firms, while also discussing the challenges of managing younger generations in the workplace. Listeners will gain a wealth of knowledge on modern hiring practices, team management, and navigating today's complex employment landscape, with Kate even offering a sneak peek into her upcoming book on hiring strategies for cash-strapped startups.

    • 29 min
    From Burnout to Breakthrough: Dr. Douk's Journey to The Well Club

    From Burnout to Breakthrough: Dr. Douk's Journey to The Well Club

    In this episode of the Forbes Books Podcast, Joe has a fascinating conversation with Dr. Rob Douk, a trailblazer in behavioral health and wellness. Dr. Douk is the founder of The Well Club and has developed the "9 Dimensions" philosophy for holistic well-being, encompassing emotional, physical, occupational, social, spiritual, intellectual, creative, environmental, and financial aspects of life. The wide-ranging discussion covers Dr. Douk's journey of burnout and self-discovery that led him to prioritize whole-person wellness. Dr. Douk explains how the nine dimensions must be viewed holistically, as neglecting any one area creates an imbalance. He stresses the importance of tapping into the body's innate ability to heal through science-backed practices like meditation, breathwork, and developing a spiritual outlook beyond religion. The conversation explores techniques for overcoming lies, trauma, and harmful conditioning to unlock one's true potential for an abundant life. Dr. Douk outlines a process of knowledge, belief, habit-building, and attaining personal freedom. Overall, he shares his vision for transforming healthcare by empowering people to facilitate their profound mind-body-spirit wellness.

    • 32 min
    Redefining Social Networking with everle’s Tessa Adams and JT Swierczek

    Redefining Social Networking with everle’s Tessa Adams and JT Swierczek

    In this thought-provoking episode, Joe sits down with Tessa Adams and JT Swierczek, the co-founders of everle - a groundbreaking new networking platform. Addressing the widely debated negative impacts of social media, Tessa and JT share their visionary approach to reinventing online communities. With a mission to prioritize user privacy, mental health, and authentic connections, everle offers a refreshingly different social experience. Tessa and JT delve into the platform's unique features, including data privacy protection, on-demand mental health resources, and community-driven content moderation. The conversation explores everle's genesis, shedding light on Tessa's personal journey that inspired this innovative solution. As tech entrepreneurs, Tessa and JT candidly discuss the challenges of fundraising, particularly for female founders in the male-dominated tech industry. They also touch on the powerful shift towards women empowering and uplifting one another, fostering a collective movement of support. Join Joe as he dives into the minds of these trailblazers, uncovering their motivations, vision, and the potential impact everle could have on redefining authentic online connections and community building.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

April LB ,

Love this podcast!

There is so much to learn from this podcast! Tons of great guests and a host that’s a natural! So many interesting people. You don’t often see podcasts with a good mix of well and lesser known people. Something to be learned from everyone!

brondon26 ,

Amazing

This is a gold mine, a lot of wisdom and testimonies from successful entrepreneurs and founders. It’s really igniting especially for those who are passionate about starting or building a business. Forbes is a Great source of information!

Taylor_MilanArt ,

Stellar show 😁

Been tuning into The Forbes Books Podcast lately. It's like sitting down with the great minds in business, sipping wisdom from each episode. Joe has a knack for unearthing golden insights. A must-listen for dreamers navigating the business realm. Cheers to more episodes!

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