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Shauna Swerland, CEO of Fuel Talent, launches the What Fuels You podcast, where she sits down with influential, interesting and successful leaders to learn from them. She digs into the stories and choices that made them who they are today, with the goal of sharing the inspiration, perseverance and stories of resilience that are normally only shared within an inner circle. You'll walk away feeling fueled by each episode as Shauna uncovers things like personal hardships and failures, what it’s like to become an entrepreneur and tips on building a successful career.

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    • 4.9 • 71 Ratings

Shauna Swerland, CEO of Fuel Talent, launches the What Fuels You podcast, where she sits down with influential, interesting and successful leaders to learn from them. She digs into the stories and choices that made them who they are today, with the goal of sharing the inspiration, perseverance and stories of resilience that are normally only shared within an inner circle. You'll walk away feeling fueled by each episode as Shauna uncovers things like personal hardships and failures, what it’s like to become an entrepreneur and tips on building a successful career.

    Andrew Sampson

    Andrew Sampson

    Andrew is the Co-Founder and CEO of Rainway, leading the way in building a best-in-class game streaming technology. Rainway’s mission is to unleash the future of computing, collaboration, productivity, and development by using real-time interactive streaming to change the way that desktop software is built and distributed. Andrew is an experienced software engineer, a 2018 Thiel Fellowship alumni, and has been featured on Forbes 30 Under 30! 

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    • 56 min
    Eric Best

    Eric Best

    Eric is Founder and CEO of SoundCommerce, a data platform that equips consumer brands with advanced technology, enabling world-class shopper experiences that drive profitable growth. Eric is a serial entrepreneur with SoundCommerce being his sixth startup! He is a driven growth-stage internet/software executive with a proven record in consumer-direct and retail commerce, SaaS, cloud integration, digital currencies and digital advertising. As founder and CEO, Eric grew and led companies to shareholder liquidity including cash exits to Amazon.com, and Liberty Interactive. Eric’s twenty years’ hands-on contributions range from day-one founder to public offerings and board directorships and more. 

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    • 52 min
    Leigh McMillan

    Leigh McMillan

    Leigh is CEO of Whitepages, a provider of online directory services, helping individuals and small businesses contact, vet and verify people in their worlds. Before Whitepages, Leigh led marketing and growth at ReachNow, the U.S. mobility services division at BMW Group, served as Chief Marketing Officer for legal marketplace Avvo, and as Senior Vice President & GM of the Call Analytics division at Marchex. Leigh is a graduate of the University of Washington, and is also co-owner and winemaker at Welcome Road Winery in Seattle.

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    • 46 min
    Michel Feaster

    Michel Feaster

    Michel is the Co-Founder and CEO of usermind, responsible for company vision, strategic direction, planning and execution. Usermind, the leader in Experience Orchestration (XO), is changing the way enterprises use what they know about customers to actively shape experiences in real time. Michel’s enterprise software career spans almost 20 years with roles in sales, products, strategic marketing and general management. Before founding usermind, Michel was VP of Products at Apptio, where she drove product strategy, defined the category and discipline of Technology Business Management and helped grow the company from 30 to almost 400 employees. She also spent almost 8 years at Mercury Interactive learning how to build world class products like LoadRunner and QualityCenter which made customer’s lives better. She aspires to do the same at usermind.

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    • 58 min
    Forest Key

    Forest Key

    Forest is Founder and CEO of Voodle, a short video app for business teams to capture, share and discover important business moments as they happen where they work – home, office, or on the road. Forest is a serial entrepreneur with a 30 year passion for innovation in video platforms. Previously founder and CEO of hospitality marketing SaaS provider buuteeq, and visual effects software tools innovator Puffin Designs. He was a founding partner of China based UX design and development studio for OTT video applications Redsafi, and the founder CEO of Pixvana which spent 4 years developing a VR video platform before pivoting to create Voodle!

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    • 58 min
    Liz Pearce

    Liz Pearce

    Liz is co-founder and CEO of Seattle-based Fresh Chalk, a social network aiming to give you a faster and more efficient way to find trusted recommendations. The site allows users to search through local service providers (like plumbers or vets) and products (like electronics or beauty products) to see which have been recommended by their friends. Prior to Fresh Chalk, Liz was with LiquidPlanner for 11 years, starting as the company's marketing contractor and working her way up to COO and ultimately to CEO in 2012. Liz is an entrepreneurial leader who got ground-level marketing and product management experience at tech giants (Amazon, Google, Sony) before making her way into the startup world. She is an active member of the Seattle startup and technology community and is passionate about mentoring and advocating for diversity in technology and leadership. 

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

ysibony ,

Great conversations

Helpful insight into the local leaders and entrepreneurs in Seattle. Shauna is great at making remarkable people open up and it feels like I am part of the conversation.
In a year that has impacted being able to network, this podcast has been amazing.

annieseattle$$ ,

Great interviews!

The thoughtful questions led to some very interesting discussions - love the diversity of stories and backgrounds.

Tiffini Connell ,

Inspired!

Shauna, you’re a natural! Love this whole concept. Thanks for sharing these stories.

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