Ep #23 | Find Your Niche

Ep #23 | Find Your Niche

Mike Doyle started his animation company, drive 80,  in 2011 with a vision that regular equals boring. He's been told throughout the years to tone down down his message but has strayed from this advice because that's not what separates good from great. If you are going to push the boundaries, you need to draw a line in the sand. If everyone likes you then you are doing it wrong. drive 80 strives to work with the risk takers, big thinkers, and those who excite the world with what they create. 

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Ep #22 | Playing the Line Between the Business and the Creative

Ep #22 | Playing the Line Between the Business and the Creative

Craig Johnson is the President and co-founder of Matchstic. A native Atlantan, Craig graduated from Georgia State University and for his entire career he has worked on the business side of a creative industry, starting with managing rock bands and moving on to become the business arm of Matchstic. His vision for the company was to create a place where smart creatives could thrive and produce work that generates real change for business.

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Ep #21 | Why Do You Do What You Do?

Ep #21 | Why Do You Do What You Do?

Akram Ibrahim is a manager on the Customer Success Team for CareerBuilder. He came in when they were building the team up and two years later it has grown to something that would not have seemed likely early on. Akram also works with software start ups in the process of building customer success teams as well as other smaller local businesses, sharing experiences for scaling and best practices gained from working with some large companies in the Atlanta area. When Akram is not working, he coaches CrossFit at CrossFit 404 in Buckhead and tries to spend as much time outside as possible. 

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Ep #20 | Never Give Up

Ep #20 | Never Give Up

Jason Dominy is currently the Director of Social Media and Storytelling for Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta, Georgia. He’s been in marketing for almost 20 years, creating content and managing social media for brands like Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, McDonald's, UPS, Salesforce, and Chick-fil-A. He was also in the specialty coffee industry for 16 years, taking many leadership and training positions along the way. In his free time, he supports Atlanta organization The Giving Kitchen, who offers grants to those in the food and beverage industry in times of hardship; and global organization, Blood:Water, which helps fund clean water wells and HIV medication and treatment solutions for those affected by HIV in East Africa. He’s married to April for more than 15 years and has two Yorkies, Boone and Cooper.

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Ep #19 | Homeless to Hyper-Growth

Ep #19 | Homeless to Hyper-Growth

Kit Hughes is a typical technology entrepreneur. He dropped out of college to start a company (it failed), spent a period of time homeless (by choice), and became an overnight success (slowly). He co-founded Look Listen with his collaborator in punk bands, Paul Sternberg. Under Kit’s leadership as CEO, Look Listen was recognized as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the US by hitting #408 on the Inc 500 in 2015. Be sure to check out this episode that dives into Kit’s journey from punk rocker to CEO

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Ep #18 | Bringing Laughter to the World

Ep #18 | Bringing Laughter to the World

Marshall Chiles is a stand-up comedy producer and entrepreneur. He started as a stand-up comedian in 2000 and now owns The Laughing Skull Lounge and Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, GA. His latest venture, Humor Wins, combines his love of comedy and business by producing stand-up comedy competitions where the performers are people that work in a specific industry. Examples are Atlanta's Funniest Lawyer and Atlanta's Funniest Real Estate Agent. His ultimate objective in business is to bring more laughter to the world... especially corporate America.

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Ep #17 | Scale Your Expertise

Ep #17 | Scale Your Expertise

As the founder of  REBEL & REASON, a marketing/innovation consultancy, and training company, Nic Smith provides solutions for established businesses and startups, offers her expertise and knowledge through in-person and online workshops, and is regularly tapped to speak on the emerging tech trends, content marketing, and innovation.  Additionally, Nic is currently the Director of Programming for  SuperNova South, a technology conference based in Atlanta, Georgia and a founding member of Digital Divas, a community organization focused on promoting and mentoring women in digital and technology-based fields. She is also on the Advisory Board for the  Alliance Theatre,  leading producing theatre in the Southeast and recently started a new technology and innovation event series in Georgia called   Silicon Peach.  

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Ep #16 | The Gift of Connections

Ep #16 | The Gift of Connections

Darrah Brustein is a serial entrepreneur and networking guru who's founded Equitable Payments, Network Under 40 and Network Over 40.  She also authored Finance Whiz Kids to teach children financial literacy through fun and engaging illustrated stories. In the simplest of terms, Darrah is a connector. When not working, writing, or volunteering, you’ll most likely find me traveling, hanging with friends, eating dill pickles, reading a non-fiction book, doing acroyoga, and/or taking black and white photos.

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Ep #14 | Celebrate the Small Victories

Ep #14 | Celebrate the Small Victories

Sammy is an attention to detail aficionado from the land down under who’s been with Fitspot from the very beginning. With a BA in fine arts from the University of Miami, she’s a dancer, an actor and a nationally certified Pilates instructor who brings a blend of grit and imagination to the zillions of tasks that confront every startup. While she wears many hats at Fitspot, doing everything from sketching app screens to managing the customer experience, she can’t leave the house without her Akubra.

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Ep #13 | Gratitude and Grit

Ep #13 | Gratitude and Grit

Brett Hagler is the CEO and Co-Founder of New Story – an innovative nonprofit that transforms slums into sustainable communities around the world. Brett is a cancer survivor, author, speaker, Y Combinator alum, and 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur. After reviving a lost Christian faith, Brett took a trip to Haiti and met families living in the type of slums that New Story is now on a mission to transform into sustainable communities. That on-ground experience paired with his background in marketing, sales and formerly a venture-backed ecommerce founder, connected the dots to create New Story.

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Ep #12 | Warm Leads

Ep #12 | Warm Leads

Brad is a career entrepreneur and the CEO of Entreholic where he and his team are “addicted” to entrepreneurship.  He has helped build multiple seven figure businesses in domestic and international markets. Brad serves on the board of the Atlanta Chapter of the Global Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) where he co-chairs the Accelerator Program rated as the organization’s fastest growing program in the world in 2015.

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Ep #11 | Giving Back Isn't a Trend Anymore, It's an Expectation

Ep #11 | Giving Back Isn't a Trend Anymore, It's an Expectation

Jess is the founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company she started as a junior in college in 2012. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer. The company has been featured on the TODAY Show, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Good Morning America and more. But more importantly, they've donated over 100,000 headbands to every children's hospital in the United States and 6 countries. Jess is also a professional speaker, author, and writer for Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post.

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Ep #8 | Overcoming A Limiting Belief

Ep #8 | Overcoming A Limiting Belief

Karen McKenzie is both the Co-Founder and Creative Director at Rhyme & Reason Design – an Atlanta-based design shop that specializes in building brand champions through beautiful designs and smart ideas. A graduate of the University of Florida’s Graphic Design program, she learned the Gator Chomp while honing her design skills and has worked diligently over the last (almost) decade to build a company that reflects the fun, creative and collaborative environment that helps designers thrive. Her work has appeared in Print Magazine and won numerous Create and Atlanta Addy Awards for branding, advertising campaigns and website design.

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Ep # 7 | The Heard Culture and A Culinary Awakening

Ep # 7 | The Heard Culture and A Culinary Awakening

What began as intrigue and curiosity blossomed into a surprising personal mission. It became clear to Nate that he was meant to share what he learned and figure out how to transfer this knowledge into food that could be enjoyed by anyone. This food had to offer a fresh, convenient, and affordable new take on the international flavors he fell in love with. He believes, with gusto!, he has found an outlet to share his passion for flavor with you. 

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Ep # 6 | The Power of Story and Experience Sharing

Ep # 6 | The Power of Story and Experience Sharing

Stacy Stahl is the founder of HowHeAsked.com – the digital destination for all things marriage proposal. How He Asked, acquired by XO Group, Inc. in September 2016 to allow The Knot to better serve its audience even earlier in the wedding planning journey, provides a platform for couples to share their engagement stories. Outside of work, Stacy loves traveling and recently visited her 40th country. She grew up in Florida, and lived in New York City and San Francisco before moving to St. Louis with her husband and one year-old golden retriever. 

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