24 episodes

The Upside with Brad Keywell is a collection of stimulating stories, inspiring guests and thought provoking ideas curated by the endlessly curious mind of our host. The Upside is an exploration of actionable ideas that can transform business, the world, and the way we think.

Keywell is a lifelong entrepreneur and co-founder of seven technology companies, a cultural curator of innovation platforms, and a philanthropist. He is the co-founder and CEO of Uptake Technologies, an Industrial AI software platform harnessing predictive analytics to deliver outcomes of increased productivity, reliability, safety, and cybersecurity to global industry. Uptake was named “Startup of the Year” in 2015 by Forbes, was #5 in the 2017 CNBC Disruptor 50, and was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

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The Upside with Brad Keywell is a collection of stimulating stories, inspiring guests and thought provoking ideas curated by the endlessly curious mind of our host. The Upside is an exploration of actionable ideas that can transform business, the world, and the way we think.

Keywell is a lifelong entrepreneur and co-founder of seven technology companies, a cultural curator of innovation platforms, and a philanthropist. He is the co-founder and CEO of Uptake Technologies, an Industrial AI software platform harnessing predictive analytics to deliver outcomes of increased productivity, reliability, safety, and cybersecurity to global industry. Uptake was named “Startup of the Year” in 2015 by Forbes, was #5 in the 2017 CNBC Disruptor 50, and was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

    Dr. Irwin Adam Eydelnant: There Are No Rules

    Dr. Irwin Adam Eydelnant: There Are No Rules

    Dr. Irwin Adam Eydelnant is a food design technologist known as the “Willy Wonka of Toronto." As founder and principal of the Future Food Studio, he spins up out-of-this world experiences that have changed the way we interact with and experience food and drinks.

    And, unless you’ve been taking a hiatus from social media, you’ve surely heard about one of his most famous projects, the Museum of Ice Cream, where he served as founding partner of the museum’s NYC launch.

    In this episode of The Upside, Irwin and Brad talk exploration, throwing out the rules, aligning your passion with your career, and why to stop talking and start doing.

    The Upside with Brad Keywell is a collection of stimulating stories, inspiring guests and thought provoking ideas curated by the endlessly curious mind of our host. The Upside is an exploration of actionable ideas that can transform business, the world, and the way we think.

    • 31 min
    David Axelrod: What Baseball & Politics Can Teach Us About Culture

    David Axelrod: What Baseball & Politics Can Teach Us About Culture

    David Axelrod has been hailed a political mastermind. A former newspaper reporter-turned-political strategist, David has worked behind-the-scenes on more than 150 campaigns. His most famous client? President Barack Obama. From 2004-2012, David helped the President to three victories: the 2004 Senate race, the historical 2008 Presidential election, and his 2012 re-election, where he served as chief strategist and media advisor.

    Today, David is the director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, and hosts his own podcast, "The Axe Files." He's also a New York Times bestselling author for his 2015 memoir, "Believer: My 40 Years in Politics."

    In this episode - our third and final in our series with political disruptors - David and Brad discuss the traits of a great leader, the defining moment of his life, how to create a culture of excellence, and, how baseball is like politics.

    Plus, David reveals the kinds of politicians he'd never work with again, the time Steve Jobs hung up on him, and the story behind the famous Obama campaign slogan, "Yes We Can."

    • 44 min
    Sarah Feinberg: Lessons from the White House to Silicon Valley

    Sarah Feinberg: Lessons from the White House to Silicon Valley

    In the second of The Upside’s series with political disruptors, Brad chats with Sarah Feinberg, former chief administrator at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). From the Hill to the White House to Silicon Valley and back, listen in as they discuss what she’s learned during her unique career.

    Feinberg - one of Uptake’s advisors - shares what it’s like to be inside the White House “situation room,” mitigating potential crude oil train disasters at the FRA, and influencing Silicon Valley to tackle the problems of consequence, and not just convenience. Plus, what former bosses Rahm Emanuel and Sheryl Sandberg have taught her about time management, running a meeting, staying cool under pressure, and more.

    • 39 min
    Arne Duncan: Reimagining Chicago

    Arne Duncan: Reimagining Chicago

    In the first of The Upside’s series with political disruptors, Brad learns about the big item atop Arne Duncan’s bucket list, the cause he believes to be the “ultimate non-political bipartisan issue,” and what it’s like to play basketball with President Obama.

    The former U.S. Secretary of Education shares his take on the future of learning: from leveling the technology playing field to streamlining college applications, and why we’re long overdue for big-time disruption.

    And, why data matters: how Duncan’s legacy of data collection (through Common Core standards and the College Scorecard) informs programs like Uptake.org’s Student Union app.

    Plus, how Duncan’s latest work with Chicago CRED (under Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective) could radically change the life trajectory of thousands of young people in Chicago.

    • 30 min
    Anne-Marie Slaughter: Speaking Out and Speaking Up

    Anne-Marie Slaughter: Speaking Out and Speaking Up

    In 2012, Anne-Marie Slaughter penned a bombshell article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” based on her experience juggling her “dream job” at the U.S. State Department, with her role as caretaker to her husband and two sons.

    In it, Slaughter wrote about the challenge she faced in balancing the two, which ultimately led her to depart her post as Director of Policy Planning under Secretary Hillary Clinton.

    In the article – and Unfinished Business, her subsequent book on the subject – Slaughter (who had once believed that “having it all” was a choice), wrote about the failure of society to equally support – and value – individuals’ contributions to their careers and to caretaking. She was simultaneously praised and criticized for her thoughts.

    In this episode of The Upside, Slaughter – now head of the think-and-action tank New America – joins Brad Keywell to share her best advice for confronting criticism, her vision for healthier societies, how ideas have to “cause turbulence to have impact,” and why “this will be the age where we listen to women’s voices as equals for the first time.”

    • 59 min
    John Mackey: Conscious Capitalism

    John Mackey: Conscious Capitalism

    For nearly four decades, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey has built a cultural phenomenon.

    From a small, local grocery store, SaferWay, emerged the Whole Foods Market we know today, a 470+ store chain at the center of this summer’s news headlines amid its blockbuster $13.7 billion dollar sale to Amazon.

    A proponent of “Conscious Capitalism,” with a book to match, Mackey believes that companies can be successful and do the right thing. Inside the walls of Whole Foods, he says, exists a team-oriented culture driven by shared core values and mutual respect that allows employees to flourish.

    During this special episode of The Upside, recorded in front of an audience at Chicago Ideas Week, Mackey shares how early wisdom about the fleeting nature of life (“Life is too short to do anything besides the things you really care about,” he says) encouraged him to follow his passion for food and build one of the most impactful companies of our time. He dishes on his rebellion against his college curriculum, his best advice for entrepreneurs, and the blind date-turned courtship-turned marriage that linked Whole Foods to Amazon.

    • 28 min

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This is a perfect blend of insightful topics about what goes through peoples minds when making big life-changing decisions, knowing wheng to pursue with an idea, what makes people tick, and so many more curious thoughts with some of today's brightest minds.

Hosted by a well-known successful entrepreneur, Brad is a great host with a fascinating philosophy that spins these interviews in such a profound way it brings out the best with these guests. With Brad's drive, I can see this as being one of the top business and philosophy podcasts out there very soon. Give it a listen today, you will gain a new perspective that will leave you with deep thoughts for days.

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