This is a great episode, with a great guy Eric Hunley, a fellow podcaster and host of Unstructured. He shares his learnings and insights from his guests—whose backgrounds range from FBI, military and law enforcement to entrepreneurs, authors, and thinkers.
The Unstructured Podcast
Eric Hunley hosts the podcast Unstructured. Although he is well-known for his unstructured-style interview, he admits that he does a lot of research beforehand. Further, he leads the guest to a path by asking triggering questions.
“By triggering, it’s not to get them upset per se. I wanna know what their passion is, what makes them tick, why they do certain things, I want them to be excited.” – Eric Hunley
Crime and Investigation Podcast Guests
Eric shares some very interesting (and disturbing for some) stories about his guests with a background in military and law enforcement. In particular, his upcoming guest is an ex-FBI agent. He used to handle bombs but then crossed over into the behavioral analysis unit, with a focus on sex crimes.
“He’s gone into a bit about repressed memories and how things can be planted, and things of that sort and cognitive biases and persuasion and influence and things like that, that fits my interests.” – Eric Hunley on his guest at Unstructured
Eric and Christopher shared their common interests with crime and investigation stories. Moreover, they agreed that people have a lurid fascination with monsters—whether fictional or real-life psychopath and serial killers.
“There’s a Southern Californian Daycare, where 300 children were all molested inside tunnels under the schools. Its part of a satanic worship group.” Eric Hunley, as he recounts one of his guest’s stories in his podcast, Unstructured
Dealing with Authors and Entrepreneurs
Eric shares his experiences conversing with authors and entrepreneurs. He admits he has a hard time closing conversations, especially when the guest has a very interesting story. Christopher shares in response to Eric, that there is a natural arc of conversations, even the sh*tty ones.
“Sh*tty conversations are probably when one or both sides have an agenda. Were not into talking points. I am probably, ironically, a little more interviewing than you are, but still conversational.” -Eric Hunley
Both also exchanged their preparation in dealing with authors and entrepreneurs, which is actually reading their books.
When you actually read the book, you can get an insight into their personality or the message, that is deeper. A lot of times they get blown away by insightful questions. If I can, I do get that stuff out early. When the guest knows you care or give a shit about then, then it becomes a conversation. -Eric Hunley
To hear more about unstructured conversations and more relevant information from Eric, download and listen to the episode.
“Eric Hunley is forging his path in unstructured interview-style podcasts, as the host of the Unstructured Podcast.
It is no surprise that fellow podcasters follow this formula in podcasting.
The unstructured podcast sources a gambit of unique podcast guests, who are based all around the globe.
Eric Hunley has created well over a hundred interview styled podcasts in less than nine months.
His unrelenting professionalism, detail orientated research, and smooth delivery as a host serves as an inspiration to many.
New podcasters and seasoned professionals often seek out his knowledge and advice when it comes to the business of podcasting.
Eric’s previous experience as an instructor at the University of Arizona has helped cement his reputation as an educator.
His position opened many doors for him and has begun to lead to further speaking opportunities. He often draws on his many years of experience as an athlete, marathon runner, coach, and university lecturer.
Eric Hunley is predominantly self-taught and he understands that his students have the ability to absorb any skill with the right kind of guidance.
As such he is beginning to mentor new podcasters who are looking to get on the fast track so that they can successfully build their podcasting careers.
He has also been developing the systems and frameworks needed to deliver a fully comprehensive interview podcast and fast-tracking the guest research process.
Eric Hunley is the author of three books and is currently working on his fourth book. The book is titled “Interview Podcasting: Find Your Voice and Increase Your Authority.”
You can find a list of shows that feature Eric Hunley’s podcast appearances here.
Eric Hunley is married to Leslie Smail and lives in Hampton, Virginia, USA
Let’s get to know Codie Sanchez in today’s fun and insightful episode as she lives on the leading edge of venture capital and entrepreneurship. She is an investor, speaker and business builder. She is a partner at Cresco Capital Partners, one of the first PE funds in the legalized cannabis space.
From Great To Greater
Codie is a former mutual fund manager at Goldman Sachs and a consultant to Facebook, Apple, and Amazon. She earned her MBA from Georgetown University and received her Ph.D. from FGV in Brazil. Given her credentials, she is upfront about not staying long with her previous company nor working in the marijuana industry.
“After a while, everybody has to graduate from that realm and go do something in the world. I was feeling like it was time.” – Codie Sanchez
She started investing in cannabis privately until she saw the actual numbers and the industry growth potential. Aside from being a Venture Capitalist, she is an active advocate in lobbying for federally funded marijuana use research.
“We do a lot of stuff with Vets and see them come back from the war and have PTSD. You get them on opioids or cannabis and see the changes in their lives. Its kind of contagious at some point.” – Codie Sanchez
Lobbying at Washington
Codie recounts her story at Washington D.C. to Lochhead as she says that Cannabis is categorized as Schedule 1—drugs that have no medicinal benefit and are highly addictive.
Lochhead also shares his understanding of the issue. He says that since there is no federally funded research on the benefits, risks, problems, applications and use cases on cannabis, the country might be missing out on its potential.
“So many of them don’t know about cannabis. They know what we used to think about it, like in the 70s, the 80s, but they still don’t know the fact that this is a multi-million dollar industry.” -Codie Sanchez, on meeting with legislators
40,000 Different Uses of Mary Jane
Thanks to people like Codie, more established people are joining the cannabis movement. For instance, there is the UCLA Cannabis Institute, the only research organization branded by a school. They do have to get funding, though, from non-cannabis related companies.
Codie further shares in this episode why she thinks the cannabis industry is a generational wealth creation event. First, its a new industry, but is an overregulated one. Second, there’s no need to create a market for it. Third, the use cases are prolific—with 40,000 different ways to utilize it. Fourth, the audience’s expansion of cannabis is astounding.
Cannabis is definitely not a panacea or a drug that cures everything, but research can definitely back up how it can ease certain illnesses.
To hear more about venture capital in the cannabis industry and more relevant information from Codie, download and listen to the episode.
Codie Sanchez is a reformed journalist, turned institutional investor to now a partner at Cresco Capital Partners, one of the first PE funds in the legalized cannabis space.
Throughout her career, she has worked at the intersection of marketing and money, finding contrarian ways to invest and spread the gospel.
She’s always balanced her profession with non-profit service to empower women, veterans and Latinos.
She joined Vanguard ETFs in 2008 ($870B) to build out their ETF business, quite the time, then moved to Goldman Sachs Alternatives group.
Following, she became an SVP at SSGA ($580B) in institutional investing tasked with a $3 billion region, finally coming to First Trust ($63B) to build the LatAm investment business from the ground up. Codie has led global teams in all asset classes, negotiating JV’s, product creation and market entry across the Americas.
Further, she is a board member at The Arcview Group, Magma Partners Venture Fund, Texans for Veterans. She is also a member of the free markets think tank, AEI’s Enterprise Club.
Codie invests in women-led startups through Plum Alley, WAVE and The Vinetta Project and cannabis companies through Cresco Capital Partners.
She received her degree in PR & Journalism from ASU’s Honors School, an MBA from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. from Fundacao Gestulio Vargas.
Codie was awarded the JFK Award for Print Journalism and the Howard Buffett Grant.
We hope you enjoyed Codie Sanchez on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
In this episode, Christopher Lochhead shares his insights about venture capitalists, start-ups, IPOs and immigrants and how these topics have driven the economy of the United States. Lochhead poses some serious questions and asks why there is not enough discussion on these matters.
Venture Capitalists and The Upcoming Elections
In a study published by Brookings, they claimed that “in recent decades Venture Capital (VC) has generated more economic and employment growth in the U.S. than any other investment sector. Annually, venture investment makes up only 0.2% of GDP, but delivers an astonishing 21% of U.S. GDP in the form of VC-backed business revenues.”Further, Brookings stated that 51% of VCs invested around $45.7B in California.
Lochhead concludes that other states are losing the opportunity of gaining value in this incredible economy.
For Lochhead, the lack of support of government officials might explain the absence of VC in other States. Successful VCs have proven to create a growth dynamic that fosters innovation and creates more start-ups. Unfortunately, seated officials fail to see this.
“Maybe its time for us who care about entrepreneurship and the difference that it makes in the world, to make sure that our candidates—focuses on this topic.” – Christopher Lochhead
IPOs Creates New Millionaires
According to Yahoo! Finance, around 5,000 new millionaires will be walking the streets of Silicon Valley after this year’s IPO. They would surpass the estimated 1,000 millionaires who emerged in 2004 from Google’s IPO and the 1,000-plus millionaires in 2012 after Facebook went public.
“Tech IPOs not only create wealth, but IPOs are a hot-house flower environment for creating more startups.” – Christopher Lochhead
In addition, Jay Ritter of WSJ claims in one of his articles that “the median age for tech companies going public in 1999 and 2000 was 4 and 5 years, compared with 12 years in 2018.”
Forbes reported that immigrants started the top tech IPOs in 2019. Further, an immigrant co-founded four of the five biggest tech IPOs this year, namely Slack, CrowdStrike, Uber, and Zoomare.
“We need entrepreneurs and start-ups and growth-oriented businesses, cause that’s where the jobs, innovation, and productivity comes from.” – Christopher Lochhead
Lochhead thinks that there is a lack of conversation about immigration—it’s not in mainstream media, not even in this election cycle. Specifically, he points out how the country attracts and supports immigrant entrepreneurs, given the fact that U.S. immigration law does not lean towards them.
“If Americans don’t want to start companies, don’t we need to attract immigrants who will?” – Christopher Lochhead
In the end, Lochhead is encouraging Americans to show support to small and big scale enterprises. He further believes that electing the right candidate who advocates for entrepreneurs is a good start.
To hear more about Christopher’s thoughts on venture capital, startups, IPOs and immigrants and more relevant information, download and listen to the episode.
In today’s episode, Billionaire Entrepreneur Tom Siebel shares some thought-provoking insights on new, leading technologies and its impact on businesses and society. He is the founder of C3.AI, a new software platform that harnesses Big Data, IoT AND AI.
Tom covers in this episode the contents of his book, Digital Transformation, as well as some intriguing ideas about huge US Tech companies.
Silicon Valley Entrepreneurial Giant
Listeners might recall Bruce Clevland, author of “The Traction Gap” and guest in episode 033. He used to work with Tom Siebel at Siebel Systems, which was the category king in the 1st wave of CRM.
In the year 1999, Fortune magazine named Siebel Systems “the fastest growing company in the United States.” In 2006, they merged with Oracle for $5.85 billion.
Tom has a brand new book entitled “Digital Transformation.” The book covers giant Megatrends and impacts on business and society. CEOs and senior leaders would find this book highly beneficial to their decision-making process.
“The coming two decades will bring more information technology innovation than the past half-century.” -Tom Siebel, Digital Transformation
Further, he discussed that companies who fail to seize this massive technological growth will be extinct in the future. In the last 30 years, companies that didn’t make the necessary transition required in their industry, cease to exist today.
Continuous Learning and Education
Tom Siebel and his company have a real commitment to their employees: to focus on continuous learning and education. Employees can take online classes via Coursera—in relation to AI, Cloud Computing, Machine Learning, among others. Universities such as Stanford, MIT, and the University of Illinois offers these online courses.
“Things are changing more rapidly so to be on top of these, you must be continuously learning” – Tom Siebel
The company recognizes the employees who completed the courses and awards cash bonuses — ranging from $1500 to $25,000. At the moment, the company is rolling out new incentives — a 15% increase in compensation and an additional equity grant.
“These people are better equipped to do their jobs and to serve customers. This is to advance their careers professionally. They also do feel more empowered, so everybody wins.” – Tom Siebel
To hear more about digital transformation and more relevant information from Tom, download and listen to the episode.
Tom Siebel is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of C3.ai.
He was the Chairman and CEO of Siebel Systems, which merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006 for $5.85 billion.
Mr. Siebel is also the Chairman of the Siebel Energy Institute, a global consortium for innovative and collaborative energy research for the public domain.
Mr. Siebel serves on the boards of advisors for the University of Illinois College of Engineering and the University of California at Berkeley College of Engineering.
Mr. Siebel is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a B.A. in history, an M.B.A, and an M.S. in computer science.
Surf and skateboard podcast host Neil Pearlberg joins us today in this special 4th of July episode dubbed as “The Worst Episode Ever!” This is a funny and silly conversation, just like two buddies hanging out over drinks.
We cannot guarantee that you’d find inspiration or motivation in this episode, but we’re sure, you’d be laughing your brains off listening to this witty exchange of conversation!
Off The Lip Radio Show
Neil Pearlberg hosts the Off The Lip Radio Show (OTL)— a popular radio show and podcast dedicated to surfing, skateboarding and laid back California lifestyle in Santa Cruz. The show is co-hosted by Terry Campion (TC), a skate-shop owner. The show has a wide array of guests and live-music, peppered with the unique humor of Neil and TC.
“Everybody takes life seriously. The show has to be fun! There’s so much seriousness in today’s world.” – Neil Pearlberg
After Neil’s stint as a freelance writer for the Santa Cruz Sentinel, he proposed to KSCO management a program that would cater to the younger generation, since the station’s demographic involved very old listeners. They were off into a rought start, as the KSCO management deemed him as an “non-reliable, non-responsible-kind-person” but he proved them wrong.
Lochhead’s Guesting at OTL
Rich Novak, the founder of innovative skateboard company NHS Fun Factory, introduced Neil to Chris and they’ve been buddies ever since. Chris actually guested in OTL Episode #321 where he complained that he was called Chris Lochhard for the whole 50 minutes of the show.
It was a hilarious exchange of conversation as Chris said this is the first time he met people who don’t give AF about who he was. He also joked about how it was fun to be “disrespected” at times and be regarded based on your hobbies.
“You pick up absolutely no new subscribers cause everybody was googling Lockhard! I was furious! But we went out for dinner and had a great time!” – Christopher Lochhead on his guesting at OTL
More About The Worst Episode Ever
Neil shares more about the guests, the music and topics they cover on OTL. He said the show appealed to the young and young at heart because of their unconventional format and their IDGAF attitude.
“We used to be prepared. We sit down beforehand and do notes. TC and I start on a nice piece and have booklets, then it went to brown paper bags, then it went to napkins. Now we just drink.” – Neil Pearlberg on the preparing for every episode of OTL
He further shared about his fashion sense—the laidback California lifestyle attire—but is now called hobo chic. They teased back and forth about Neil’s current relationship, as his girlfriend, Angela was also present during the interview.
To hear more about Neil Pearlberg and why this episode might be the “Worst Episode” ever, download and listen to the episode.
Since September 2009, Neil Pearlberg has written over 200 articles covering the sport of surfing, as well as skateboarding, and soccer, for the Bay Area News Group, & Santa Cruz Waves.
He is also the host of the “Off the Lip Radio Show”, & Hour Local Radio Show aired on Santa Cruz Radio Show KSCO AM 1080, FM 104.1, ksco.com and streamed on Santa Cruz Waves Facebook Page.
Neil has also had published articles in Adventure Sports Journal, National Geographic, Stand Up Paddle Board Magazine.
We hope you enjoyed Neil Pearlberg on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
Dr. Carolyn Colleen is a shining example of the fierce power of the human spirit in the defiance of unthinkable abuse. Join us in this riveting conversation about her incredible journey—from surviving with food stamps to gaining her Ph.D. and becoming a celebrated author. This discussion is not only about abuse—it’s about triumph—and it will impact a lot of people’s lives.
The Past Doesn’t Define The Future
Our guest today Dr. Carolyn Colleen, has a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She authored the best selling book FIERCE. On the side, she is a life and business strategist.
She is a woman who commands presence, but surprisingly has struggled so much since childhood, up until she was married.
“As my definition of love evolved, I evolved. I learned to further deepen my definition of love — how I see love in the world. I also have a deeper sense of self-love.” – Carolyn Colleen
Carolyn’s Dark Past
From the time she was four, Carolyn was sexually abused by his teenage neighbor. Unfortunately, the pattern repeated throughout her childhood, even after they relocated.
Carolyn’s mother struggled with mental health. She was a hoarder and have issues with being too trusting with strangers. Her mother provided free lodging and meal for both men and who ended up molesting both Carolyn and her sister.
“There was a time when I defined myself as being someone who was put here to be used and abused.” – Carolyn Colleen
People who have experienced trauma or who suffered PTSD may have flashbacks when exposed to a certain trigger—such as a certain sound, smell or mannerism of another person. Victims of abuse are reminded every day of their unfortunate experiences because of these triggers.
As a victim of abuse herself, Carolyn says her perspective is different. Memories pop up daily, but what she does with it and how it affects her is different now.
She is now at peace with herself; developed a gratitude attitude and has acknowledged that her experiences made her stronger.
“Coming from a place of trauma—physical, sexual and emotional abuse—I’ve done a lot of self-work and realize when things might trigger me and how it affects my life. As I continually grew, I realized what happened to me doesn’t define me .” – Carolyn Colleen
To hear more about the amazing journey of Carolyn, download and listen to the episode.
Carolyn Colleen holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a Masters in Business with a focus in Servant Leadership from Viterbo University.
Dr. Colleen is speaker, author, and coach.
She was born and raised in the Midwestern United States. She describes herself as a FIERCE mother, daughter, sister, and friend.
Out of sheer necessity, Carolyn developed the F.I.E.R.C.E. 5 method, which helped her grow from a downtrodden, scared and ragged victim, standing in a food line at the Salvation Army, to the confident and successful person she is today, living a happy life she never realized she deserved.,
Carolyn took up the challenge of writing a book about her experiences.
Now, with her book completed, she hopes that through sharing her story she will provide others with the hope, resources, and willpower needed so that they too can live the life they deserve.
We hope you enjoyed Carolyn Colleen on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
Gibby Booth Jasper, host of podcast Dyslexia is a Superpower, joins us today for a powerful dialogue about the learning difference Dyslexia. As a coach and advocate, Gibby talks about real life experiences of Dyslexics as well as the challenges and triumphs that go along with it.
Dyslexia is a Superpower
Gibby Booth Jasper believes that the real value of being dyslexic is the power of having a different mind. Dyslexics look at problems differently. It enables different solutions and in turn develops a person’s tenacity and determination.
Many people look at dyslexia as a disability. However, it can be noted that a learning difference is never a hindrance to achieve personal goals. Just look at famous dyslexic people such as John F. Kennedy, George Washington, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, Richard Branson and Steven Spielberg, to name a few.
“They say everybody has a mountain to climb, but with dyslexia, your mountain has lava flowing, it has wild boars and all these obstacles. When you finally get to the top, you are able to accomplish so much more.” – Gibby Booth Jasper
Dyslexics Daily Struggle
Gibby believes dyslexics can connect the dots and solve problems differently. However, society has put on a standard on activities like writing, reading, and solving Math—which makes it hard for dyslexics to cope. Other than that, they do have spatial awareness problems, which is the difficulty of differentiating the left and the right.
Gibby and Christopher exchanged personal experiences, as both are dyslexic themselves. Gibby recounter how traumatized she is with gas stations, as she cannot figure out moving forward and backward with her car. Christopher also shared some experiences, especially in self-check out counters in grocery stores and with tipping and counting money.
“Spatial problems, self-checkout counters, counting money. Those are the kind of things that can be normally linked to dyslexia, so if you do see someone struggling, that might be it. Go help that someone” – Gibby Booth Jasper
In dealing with dyslexia, Gibby stated the importance of informing their child that they are unique and different in a good way. Parents must reassure their children that nothing is wrong with them and assist them in building self-confidence.
“I think being able to look at it as ‘letting go of things because I can’t control them.’ Just have a sense of humor, because, in the grand scheme of life, it doesn’t matter” – Gibby Booth Jasper on struggles in doing daily activities
The real challenge for a dyslexic lies on their ability to play out strengths and to empower themselves while dealing with the existing society.
We hope you enjoyed Gibby Booth Jasper on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
Randy Komisar of Kleiner Perkins joins us today to celebrate the life and lessons of legendary Silicon Valley coach, late Bill Campbell. Guest Randy Komisar, along with colleague Paul Martino of Bullpen Capital, came together to capture Bill in a podcast. Bill was the coach to Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and countless Silicon Valley legends.
Depicting The Real Bill
Bill was featured in a book called Trillion Dollar Coach, prior to the release of Randy and Paul’s podcast. The content of the book were flattering, but the title was so off-putting. It sets the wrong tone for understanding what BIll is all about.
“Bill wasn’t a guy with a big theory. He’s not that guy who has rules like ‘10 rules to be successful.’ He was somebody who connected incredibly well with who you were and what you need and was able to get you there.” – Randy Komisar
Bill was associated with a trillion dollars worth of value creation. He was not a highfalutin guy who would’ve wanted to be in the cover of a book. They were able to capture the real Bill, more than what the book portrayed him to be, through this podcast.
Paying it Forward
Randy and Paul had the opportunity to learn and share their respect and admiration for Bill and they want to pay it forward, through the production of their podcast. They wish that the entrepreneurs for the generations to come would be able to do the same.
Entrepreneurs could get a lot of inspiration from Bill. Randy even cited that if it was not for Bill, he would have quit business a long time ago.
“Bill made business interesting for me and many people because he made it about people, not money.” – Randy Komisar
Learnings From The Late Bill Campbell
One important point from this discussion was the difference in doing what is right versus what is smart. Bill believes smart people are great at rationalizing. Most of these people, though, still tend to overthink a problem and justify doing the wrong things.
“The right thing and the smart thing aren’t necessarily the same. The right thing is worth doing, but the smart thing needs a lot of consideration. It may be smart because it allows you to do the wrong.” – Randy Komisar
This conversation with Randy Komisar is jam-packed with Bill Campbell’s wisdom in entrepreneurship, people management, Silicon Valley legacy.
To hear more about Why Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos & many others turned to “The Coach” Bill Campbell and more relevant information from Randy, download and listen to the episode.
Straight Talk for Startups – Book
Inspired by his conversation with Bob Evans at Cloud Wars Live, Christopher Lochhead talks about radical ideas involving employee happiness, growth, and satisfaction as key determinants in designing a company that people are lining up to work for.
Americans are Unhappy at Work
Christopher shares the alarming truth of today’s workforce: Americans are unhappy with their jobs. In fact, in episode 056, guest Jim Harter discussed the rapid decline in the rate of productivity at work. Thirty-four percent (34%) of the 37.2 million American respondents surveyed said that they were not engaged.
“If most employees say they are not engaged, and most managers say they are not engaged, then there’s something off with the typical work environment—what most people would call culture.” – Christopher Lochhead
Algebra of Happiness
In episode 052, Professor Scott Galloway related how happiness can be plotted as a graph.
A person’s happiness level starts relatively high until it slowly declines in a phase called “shit gets real stage.” Contributors to these low levels may include raising children, financial instability and crazy work life. After the dip, it goes up over time as a person reaches age 45 to 55.
Amazing Culture at CutCo
Listeners might remember from episode 044, Dan Casetta and his amazing culture at Cutco. Inexperienced high school graduates and working students make up his workforce. The company runs by its mantra, “changing lives while selling knives” and it has been successful with its recruitment, training, and inculturation.
How do these ideas intersect? The vast majority of people felt disengaged at work. However, this is not the case at Cutco. Christopher acknowledges the industries today have a cultural, engagement problem.
“If part of creating jobs is creating an environment for them to become fully self-actualized, then most companies are dramatically failing.” – Christopher Lochhead
If companies would only infuse into their culture the mentality of personality development—where they teach employees life skills, career skills, sales skills, and relationship skills—then people would definitely be lining up to work for them.
Christopher poses two points to ponder. First, could we change the level of engagement? Second, can we actually, meaningfully increase the amount of happiness the people have during the core part of their career?
To hear more about Christopher’s take on designing a company that people are lining up to work for, download and listen to the episode. Got a question for Christopher? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.