310 episodes

The Fort is an entrepreneurship podcast.
Here, we uncover the proven strategies, insights, and inspiring stories of today’s greatest leaders in the worlds of business, real estate, entrepreneurship, and investing. Each episode’s mission is to help you to level up your entrepreneurial game by hearing directly from the men and women in the arena. Chris is able to uniquely uncover things not commonly discussed because he is an entrepreneur himself. We not only cover business, but we also cover the personal side of entrepreneurship.
The Fort began in 2018 as a way for Chris to publicly explore the fascinating world of entrepreneurship. Since he was a child, he’s been characterized as obsessively curious about the world around him. 
The Fort has now been downloaded over 2M times, across more than 50,000 unique listeners.
Each week features conversations with entrepreneurs, Founders, CEOs, and Executives from some of the leading companies in America. Past guests have represented companies such as JLL, Hillwood, S2 Capital, Chick Fil A, Morning Brew, Founders Podcast, Tiny Capital, Permanent Equity, Fort Capital, Matthews REIS, Bonobos, and ConvertKit.

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The Fort - An Entrepreneurship Podcast Chris Powers

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 411 Ratings

The Fort is an entrepreneurship podcast.
Here, we uncover the proven strategies, insights, and inspiring stories of today’s greatest leaders in the worlds of business, real estate, entrepreneurship, and investing. Each episode’s mission is to help you to level up your entrepreneurial game by hearing directly from the men and women in the arena. Chris is able to uniquely uncover things not commonly discussed because he is an entrepreneur himself. We not only cover business, but we also cover the personal side of entrepreneurship.
The Fort began in 2018 as a way for Chris to publicly explore the fascinating world of entrepreneurship. Since he was a child, he’s been characterized as obsessively curious about the world around him. 
The Fort has now been downloaded over 2M times, across more than 50,000 unique listeners.
Each week features conversations with entrepreneurs, Founders, CEOs, and Executives from some of the leading companies in America. Past guests have represented companies such as JLL, Hillwood, S2 Capital, Chick Fil A, Morning Brew, Founders Podcast, Tiny Capital, Permanent Equity, Fort Capital, Matthews REIS, Bonobos, and ConvertKit.

🐦 Follow Chris on Twitter: www.twitter.com/FortWorthChris
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    Isaac French- Founder of Live Oak Lake - Developing World-Class Experiential Hospitality Properties

    Isaac French- Founder of Live Oak Lake - Developing World-Class Experiential Hospitality Properties

    Isaac French designed and built Live Oak Lake, a breathtaking 7-unit nature-immersive retreat located just outside Waco, Texas. In its first year, the property grossed $1 million, with a net profit of $550,000. Thanks to his cultivation of the brand’s social media following of 150K, over 80% of all bookings are direct. Isaac thrives on continuously expanding his repertoire of skills and sharing candidly from his experiences.
    On this episode, Chris and Isaac discuss:

    The process of designing and building Live Oak Lake

    Experiential hospitality

    Automated cost savings & touchpoint details

    Building out a social media engine & course


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    Links:
    Isaac on Twitter
    Isaac's LinkTree to course, newsletter & consulting
    Live Oak Lake
    DallasSites101

    Topics:
    (00:02:21) Isaac’s background & career
    (00:07:24) The love of design
    (00:09:55) The experiential hospitality model
    (00:13:32) The process of building Live Oak Lake
    (00:27:44) What does experiential hospitality mean?
    (00:32:17) Automated cost savings & touchpoint details that matter
    (00:41:56) What has changed about the property since you opened?
    (00:46:11) Can you fake an end-to-end experiential property?
    (00:48:12) How do you make sure labor is in check in a rural area?
    (00:53:28) Is there a number of units where you lose out on the magic?
    (01:00:25) Building a social media engine & course

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Nick Huber - Serial Entrepreneur - Making Your Father Proud & Building a HoldCo To Support His 11 Companies

    Nick Huber - Serial Entrepreneur - Making Your Father Proud & Building a HoldCo To Support His 11 Companies

    Nick and Chris come together for an intimate conversation that goes beyond their normal public or online discussions. This is Nick's 9th appearance on The Fort.
    They discuss:

    Nick's upbringing & his relationship with his father

    A deep dive into the impact money has on people

    Chris reads an email his father sent him 3 days before passing

    Parenting & marriage philosophies

    The pressure on men in today's world and what it means to be influential


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    Links
    Nick on Twitter – https://twitter.com/sweatystartup
    You Have What it Takes by John Eldredge

    Nick's Companies
    Business Brokerage – https://nickhuber.com/
    Personal Brand – https://sweatystartup.com/
    Self Storage – https://boltstorage.com/
    Bold SEO – https://boldseo.com/
    Insurance – https://titanrisk.com/
    Recruiting – https://recruitjet.com/
    Landing Page / Web Development – https://webrun.com/
    Overseas Staffing – https://supportshepherd.com/
    Debt and Equity – https://bluekeycapital.com/
    Tax Credit – https://taxcredithunter.com/
    Cost Segregation – https://recostseg.com/
    Performance Marketing – https://adrhino.com/
    Pest control – https://spidexx.com/

    Topics
    (00:03:43) Chris and Nick reflect on their relationship and careers
    (00:08:47) Nick on his father: Starting businesses & their relationship
    (00:15:16) Thoughts on money
    (00:23:59) Pivoting to build the Huber Empire
    (00:35:25) How much does it mean to you that your dad is proud of you?
    (00:36:35) Chris reads an email his father sent him 3 days before passing
    (00:40:25) Parenting & marriage philosophies
    (00:58:52) The pressure on men in today’s world and what it means to be influential
    (01:15:13) How Nick is building his Flywheel
    (01:20:56) What does this all look like in 5 years if it goes right?
    (01:25:42) Final thoughts

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Shiloe Bear - Principal @ Creek Development - RE Development Lessons, Converting Industrial to Lab Space & Bay Area Market

    Shiloe Bear - Principal @ Creek Development - RE Development Lessons, Converting Industrial to Lab Space & Bay Area Market

    As the founder of Creek Development, Shiloe has completed 63 commercial redevelopment projects and 5 land entitlement plays in the San Francisco Bay Area. Leveraging her deep construction expertise, she challenges project assumptions and incorporates impactful design to achieve remarkable outcomes for her clients and investors.

    On this episode, Chris and Shiloe discuss:
    - How Shiloe built Creek as an outsourced developer
    - How Creek converts Industrial space for biotech labs
    - A deep dive into the Bay Area RE market
    - Why design is such an important aspect of development

    Links:
    Shiloe on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shiloebear
    Creek Development: https://creekdev.com/

    Topics:
    (00:04:37) Shiloe’s upbringing and journey to doing development in the Bay Area
    (00:11:34) What are the projects you work on the most?
    (00:14:03) Why is there such a demand for outsourced development?
    (00:14:44) What makes your firm different?
    (00:18:09) Tenants not paying rent
    (00:19:49) Minimum Viable Projects
    (00:24:27) How early in a project do you need to be brought in?
    (00:27:48) What are some obvious parts of a project where you can save money?
    (00:30:05) How would you describe the Bay Area market right now?
    (00:35:48) Office to Residential
    (00:39:48) What’s the environment like for Oakland?
    (00:44:45) How Shiloe is planning to pivot her business into doing their own developments
    (00:50:19) How important are the relationships you’ve developed in The Bay over the past 10 years?
    (00:54:51) The BioTech market and development strategy
    (01:02:19) Why design matters
    (01:09:50) How far out are labs looking for space?
    (01:11:02) Lenders, Leases, and hold periods
    (01:13:48) Why did this become your niche?
    (01:15:27) Shiloe’s bird-watching skills & long-distance running

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ana Fábrega - Edupreneur & Chief Evangelist @ Synthesis - Rethinking How We Educate Our Children

    Ana Fábrega - Edupreneur & Chief Evangelist @ Synthesis - Rethinking How We Educate Our Children

    Ana Lorena Fábrega is an edupreneur, writer, and Chief Evangelist at Synthesis. Growing up, she attended ten schools in seven different countries. She then earned her BS in Childhood Education and Special Education from New York University and taught elementary school in New York, Boston, and Panama. Today, Ana Lorena writes online to over 200,000 readers about the promise of alternative education.
    On this episode, Chris and Ana discuss:

    The current state of education

    Teaching children in a digital world

    How to teach children to fail

    The problem in America with ADHD


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    Links
    The Learning Game by Ana Lorena Fábrega
    Ana on Twitter

    Topics
    (00:02:22) The problem in America with ADHD
    (00:13:14) The current state of education
    (00:22:34) The role of an educator
    (00:29:38) How can teachers work differently within the school system?
    (00:35:40) Are tests even necessary?
    (00:39:36) Teaching kids in a digital world
    (00:46:53) Learning how to fail
    (00:59:57) Nature vs. Nurture
    (01:02:41) Negotiating with your kids
    (01:06:34) It’s useless to ask kids what they want to be when they grow up
    (01:09:34) How parents should approach their children’s education
    (01:13:54) Learning tendencies in single-child households vs. multi-child
    (01:16:06) How are you planning out your child’s education?

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Eric Pacifici - Partner @ SMB Law Group - Expert Insights in SMB M&A

    Eric Pacifici - Partner @ SMB Law Group - Expert Insights in SMB M&A

    Eric is a trusted deal lawyer with extensive M&A and capital markets experience. Having worked for elite law firms such as Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Eric has worked on high-stakes transactions for clients such as Amazon.com, Jerry Jones, Banc of America Securities LLC, Palantir and Greenlane Holdings.
    On this episode, Eric and Chris discuss:

    Starting the SMB Attorney Twitter account and launching the first Social Media-driven law firm

    A walkthrough of the process of closing on a business

    The realities of SMB searching

    Holdco's, Rollups and the Silver Tsunami


    Links:
    Eric on Twitter
    SMB Law Group
    Mundane Millionaires Podcast
    The Fort w/ Rich Jordan
    The Fort w/ Josh Schultz

    Topics:
    (00:01:57) Starting SMB Law Group - The first social media-driven law firm
    (00:09:14) How different types of searchers approach acquisitions
    (00:22:00) The Silver Tsunami
    (00:23:52) The types of businesses Eric works on and the world of business brokers
    (00:32:03) What makes a great buyer
    (00:34:44) The process of closing on a business
    (00:59:44) Installing a new CEO post-acquisition
    (01:01:56) Management buy-outs
    (01:03:17) Holdcos vs. rollups
    (01:07:03) ChatGPT’s impact on the legal profession
    (01:10:02) Reps, warranties, and insurance in SMB

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Evan Baehr - Managing Partner @ Learn Capital - On A Mission to Advance Human Flourishing

    Evan Baehr - Managing Partner @ Learn Capital - On A Mission to Advance Human Flourishing

    Evan Baehr is the managing partner of Learn Capital, a venture capital fund that backs and builds companies that drive human flourishing. He’s Founder of Teneo, a national leadership organization, author of the best-selling book Get Backed from Harvard Business Press, and host of the Arena, a TV show celebrating bold founders.
    On this episode, Evan and Chris discuss:

    How Evan is advancing human flourishing

    The roles of government vs. community in human flourishing

    How to build and grow communities


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    Links
    Learn Capital
    Teneo
    Evan on Twitter

    Topics
    (00:01:36) Human Flourishing
    (00:14:38) The rise in deaths of despair
    (00:23:03) The role of government in human flourishing
    (00:28:52) Teneo
    (00:34:17) How to build a community
    (00:41:43) How communities change as they grow
    (00:54:57) Writing a bill to protect international mail-order brides
    (00:58:06) Evan’s perspective on ESG

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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
411 Ratings

411 Ratings

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A must-listen!

Can’t thank Chris enough for putting out such an amazing podcast! I’m consistently impressed by the engaging conversations, insightful content, and actionable ideas. 10/10 recommend!

aholtcpa ,

Great stuff

Love this podcast. Very well done. I can’t say I listen EVERY week, but when I do I always leave feeling encouraged/inspired and learn something new that I can apply to my own CRE/Entrepreneurial journey! Keep up the great work 🎙️

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Great show

One of the best entrepreneurship shows out there!

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