Inside Innovation, Negotiation, and Virality with Emerson Spartz of Dose

Emerson Spartz has hunted down and capitalized on patterns in business since he was 12 years old.

Fast-forward 18 years, and Spartz is the CEO of Dose, a digital media company that reaches 200 million Millennials every month with content designed to provide fresh ideas, knowledge and perspectives. Spartz is also one of the world’s leading experts on virality, having extensively studied its patterns and used what he learned to build his media company that was onced composed of more than 30 unique websites.

In our interview, Spartz lets me in on his secrets for effectively learning new information, his best strategies for negotiating deals, the power of doing “comfort zone challenges,” and of course, how virality really works. He’s an extremely well-read guy who’s practically bursting at the seams with knowledge, and I’m grateful that he’s more than willing to share some of his insights.

Head over to Spartz’s personal website to connect with him and learn more about his journey, and please enjoy the interview to learn about virality and the power of patterns in business.

In this episode with Emerson Spartz, you’ll learn:

  • The secret to making any business project a success (8:15)
  • How you can learn to be successful by studying the lives of successful people (13:00)
  • Strategies you can use to get better at learning (19:57)
  • The two best tactics for becoming a better negotiator (25:55)
  • Why doing “comfort zone challenges” will make you a better businessperson (27:14)
  • The art and science behind virality (33:36)

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Emerson Spartz Quotes from This Episode of Powderkeg:

“It turns out, if you work on any passion project for eight hours a day over an extended period of years, it will probably, eventually, not suck.” — Emerson Spartz

“If you understand people, and why people do what they do, then you understand half of everything else.” — Emerson Spartz

“I believe learning how to learn is literally the most important skill that you could possibly develop.” — Emerson Spartz

“Most people think of virality as something that just comes from scratch, but it rarely ever comes from scratch. Almost everything that you see that’s viral has already been on the internet before.” — Emerson Spartz

Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Companies:

Websites:

GivesMeHope

Books:

People:

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How to Clear Your Mind, Calm Your Nerves, and Pivot Like a Pro with Jenny Blake

“Pivoting” might seem like a dirty word in business, but Jenny Blake has learned to embrace it. Not only that, but she’s built her career around it, becoming a business strategist, keynote speaker, and author who teaches others the positive value of pivoting.

Blake is the author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One, and the creator of the Pivot Method, which distills all the wisdom she’s gained throughout her career to teach you how to change your business direction without falling on your face.

Blake learned the virtues of pivoting by doing it many times throughout her career. After spending two years at a technology startup in Palo Alto, she landed a job at Google as a product trainer for AdWords. She stayed there for five years, training more than 1,000 employees and building her public speaking and career coaching skills, before she pivoted once more and set out to become a solopreneur.

She now speaks and holds workshops on the Pivot Method around the world, at companies like Intuit and Pimco, universities like Yale and MIT, and conferences like TEDxCMU and the World Domination Summit. She also runs the Pivot Podcast, which started as a passion project while she was writing Pivot and has grown into a forum for world-renowned authors and businesspeople to share their advice on how to seize opportunities and pivot like pros.

Jenny has so many great stories and insights to share in our interview, from the health benefits of practicing yoga to why reading will make you a better person. She also talks about how to get over your fears of public speaking, how meditation will make you a better entrepreneur, and how you can use the Pivot Method to succeed in business and improve your personal life.

To learn more or connect with Jenny, visit the Pivot Method website or her personal website. You can also check out Momentum, her private community for solopreneurs and side-hustlers, or consider signing up for Pivot Coaching if you’re looking for some help to make your own pivot a success.

In this episode with Jenny Blake, you’ll learn:

  • How to use your job as training for entrepreneurship (12:45)
  • How to conquer a fear of public speaking (15:34)
  • Why meditation will make you a better entrepreneur  (23:30)
  • How to use the Pivot Method to improve your personal life (36:18)
  • How to make successful pivots in business and life (39:56)
  • How to succeed in your career by embracing pivots (44:06)

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Jenny Blake Quotes from This Episode of Powderkeg:

“Success, to me, is enjoying every day. If I’m running my own business and I’m miserable…what’s the point? It’s very important to me to, on a day-to-day basis, take care of my mind, my body, my spirit, my business. They’re all equally important.” — Jenny Blake

“When it comes to our careers…pivoting is often a product of success—that you’ve outgrown some previous direction or previous idea, or career incarnation, and you’re ready for something new.” —Jenny Blake

Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Companies and Organizations:

Google

The School of Life

Universities:

University of California, Berkeley

Websites:

The Pivot Method

Books and Magazines:

Pivot

Wired

Life After College

Confessions of a Public Speaker

How to Be Bored

Seat of the Soul

Conferences:

World Domination Summit

TEDxCMU

TEDxBushwick

Software and Apps:

Google AdWords

Universal Breathing — Pranayama

Podcasts:

Pivot Podcast

People:

Kevin Kelly

Martha Beck

Chris Ducker

Joseph Campbell

Byron Katie

Gary Zukav

Oprah Winfrey

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How Startup Grind Bootstrapped from Zero to One Million with Derek Andersen

Derek Andersen was a bit of a world traveller growing up, as his family split their time between several countries in Europe and their home in Tampa, Florida. He kept traveling as an adult, jetting all around the globe to build startup communities and connect with entrepreneurs, wherever they were.

These communities are part of Startup Grind, an organization that nurtures startup ecosystems through events, media and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. Andersen founded Startup Grind in 2010 with one location in Silicon Valley. Today, it’s active in nearly 100 countries around the world, including over 200 cities.

Over the years, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users. Although Andersen is now settled in Redwood City, CA, it’s pretty obvious that his influence reaches far beyond the borders of California.

In our interview, Derek talked with me about the beginnings of Startup Grind, how he gets the most out of every interaction at a conference, and why VC funding isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. He’s met a ton of famous businesspeople over the years, and he also opened up about his favorite interviews and the fact that even tech giants are people, too.

Startup Grind has a ton of exciting stuff going on these days, including the rollout of their new event-hosting software (discussed in detail in this episode) and their 2017 Global Conference later this month. The conference includes an exhibition of 125 startups, and you can visit StartupGrind.com/startup if you want to apply to showcase your company!

Derek is a friendly, welcoming guy who’s happy to help you with your entrepreneurial journey if he can. You can find him on Twitter @derekjandersen, or you can shoot an email to derek@startupgrind.com if you’d like to get in touch.

In this episode with Derek Andersen, you’ll learn:

  • How to work with people at big companies (7:20)
  • What’s going on in Silicon Valley right now (14:20)
  • How Startup Grind got started (18:30)
  • Why the best startups usually begin as side projects (20:00)
  • That big names in tech are people like you and me (21:30)
  • How to get the most out of a conference or event (26:30)
  • Why he got into the events industry (27:25)
  • Why you might NOT want to accept VC funding (29:35)
  • All about Startup Grind’s new event-hosting software (34:30)
  • What to expect at Startup Grind’s upcoming global conference (41:45)

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Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Companies and Organizations:

Edge Media Studios

Electronic Arts

IBM

Palm, Inc.

Atlassian

Uber

Qualtrics

SendGrid

ExactTarget

Salesforce

NBC Nightly News

Sun Microsystems

Oracle

Zynga

Startup Organizations, Tech Conferences and VC Firms

Startup Grind

Rise of the Rest

Techstars

500 Startups

This Week In Startups

Kleiner Perkins

TechCrunch

Web Summit

Collision

Recode

Y Combinator

People:

Tim Ferriss

Steve Case

Jason Calacanis

Naval Ravikant

Vinod Khosla

Eric Schmidt

Kevin Hartz

Ben Horowitz

Dave McClure

Michael Seibel

Websites:

LinkedIn

Dropbox

Medium

AngelList

Eventbrite

Evite

Meetup

PayPal

MailChimp

WhatsApp

Waze

DraftKings

Stripe

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Paul Singh on Growing Startups and Investing Outside of Silicon Valley

Paul Singh is embracing the changing nature of the venture capital—or _VC_—game.

Formerly a partner at 500 Startups, an international VC seed fund and startup accelerator, Singh noticed that high-growth tech companies were starting to pop up all across the U.S. If he wanted to invest in the very best startups in the country, then waiting for founders to fly out to Silicon Valley and come to him wasn’t the best method anymore.

Singh decided he had to go to them.

He founded Results Junkies with his wife and started road-tripping across the country in a pickup truck and custom Airstream trailer, hosting events for entrepreneurs, meeting investors and visiting incubators and coworking spaces.

Last year, he stopped in 42 cities and met with 20,000 entrepreneurs and 1,200 early stage startups, seeking out the very best talent to invest in. And he’s doing it even bigger this year.

I’m so grateful Paul took some time to chat with me about the lessons he learned working in his hometown of Ashburn, Virginia as well as San Francisco, the role he believes venture capitalists should play in improving cities and towns across the nation, and what drives him to keep achieving better things (it’s fear!).

He also has insightful advice for anyone looking to build a company or create a startup community outside of the big coastal cities. The good news for Midwestern entrepreneurs (like me) is that technology really is a great equalizer.

Keep an eye on the Results Junkies blog for more of Paul’s thoughts on starting up outside the Valley and to follow the progress of his traveling VC firm. If you want to get in touch, you can find him on Twitter @paulsingh and on Facebook.

In this episode with Paul Singh, you’ll learn:

  • No matter what your line of work is, you’re always selling yourself 
  • Why fear drives him
  • His plans for Results Junkies in 2017 
  • How technology gives you freedom to do what you want 
  • How company building and community building are related 
  • Ways to spread a business idea outside of the Valley 

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Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Resources:

AOL

Steve Case

Ted Leonsis

George Mason University

Results Junkies

Gary Vaynerchuk

Ramit Sethi

PBworks (formerly PBwiki)

Product Hunt

MailChimp

Sweetwater Sound

1,000 True Fans

Connect with Paul Singh:

LinkedIn

Twitter

Facebook

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Masterclass On Customer Service and Loving Your Haters with Jay Baer of Convince & Convert

Jay Baer is a social media expert, consultant, thought leader, keynote speaker, podcaster and NY Times bestselling author of five books. He’s the most retweeted person in the world among digital marketers, which makes him practically a celebrity in that industry.

Baer is best known for founding Convince & Convert, a conversion rate optimization (or CRO) blog turned consulting firm focusing on social media marketing and customer service. He and his team work with some of the best brands in the world, including Adidas, Allstate, Cisco, Oracle, and even the United Nations.

Meanwhile, the C&C blog continues to be ranked among the very best content marketing blogs on the web, and their Social Pros podcast has been named one of the best podcasts for entrepreneurs in 2017.

Last year, Baer published his fifth book, Hug Your Haters. It’s all about how critical it is to listen to feedback from your customers—especially the ones who hate you. This is the first modern book on customer service, and it’s essential reading for anyone who cares about their business.

Jay sat down with me at the Convince & Convert headquarters in Bloomington, IN to talk about his journey as an entrepreneur, the importance of networking, how to tackle customer service in the age of Yelp reviews, and why you need to love your most vocal critics. I even walked away with a sweet pair of “I Love Haters” socks!

If you’d like to see what Jay is up to these days, jump over to his personal website, jaybaer.com, or follow him on Twitter @jaybaer.

In this episode with Jay Baer, you’ll learn:

  • How to handle dishonest customers (6:45 in unedited version)
  • Why you need to network (20:45 in unedited version)
  • How to approach customer service in the digital age (32:40 in unedited version)
  • The importance of loving your haters (36:30 in unedited version)

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MBA in Corporate Innovation and Startup Disruption with LISNR Founder Rodney Williams

Rodney Williams is the Founder and CEO of LISNR, one of the most disruptive companies in the IoT, or Internet of Things, space and the world of mobile connectivity. You can find Rodney on Twitter (@rodneybwilliams) on twitter and on his company website, LISNR.com.

And he’s got a cool story, because he spent 4 years at Procter & Gamble as a brand manager and is most noted for being the first marketer there to co-write digital patents. So he has some powerful perspectives on corporate innovation.

In this interview, you’ll learn:

  • How Rodney broke free from cubicle nation and started his own company
  • Some creative and unique approaches to problem solving and corporate innovation
  • And some very insightful perspectives on marketing
  • Plus so, so much more.

In my conversation with Rodney, he shares his greatest lessons in marketing, hustle, and leading corporate innovation that has the potential to disrupt massive industries. You’ll hear about what one tech entrepreneur learned throughout his business education, starting with his childhood startup, his 4 degrees (including two masters), and real-life experience at working at one of the world’s largest companies.

Rodney is a fun guy to talk to, which makes him just as fun to listen to.

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LISNR was launched in 2012 around the core premise that sound can do more. More specifically, using sound to connect more people and devices in ways that had never existed before.

LISNR has grown into the world’s most advanced ultrasonic technology. Their team has created an ultrasonic or inaudible technology; a communication protocol that sends data over audio. They use ultrasonic audio called Smart Tones™ to transmit information. They’ve accomplished functionality that engineers and innovators said was impossible.

LISNR is seriously one of the most disruptive companies in the IoT (or internet of things) space. They’ve raised nearly $15M in capital and have won awards such as a Gold Lion @ Cannes for Most Innovative Mobile Technology and CNBC’s Disruptor 50.

And he’s done all of this headquartered out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Yes, he’s a fellow midwestern entrepreneur, so we were like kindred spirits from the first second of this interview.

Rodney is an innovative strategic thinker who is obsessed with the ways technology will improve our everyday life. He has 4 degrees but most notably two masters, one of which is an M.B.A. from Howard University.

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Mike Dillard on Reinventing Yourself, Thinking Big, and Food Innovation

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Mike Dillard is a serial entrepreneur who is creating a new technology that you’ll be able to put in your house and will supply all of the organic produce that you would want on a monthly basis. And Dillard’s entrepreneurial path prepared him to make a big impact with this audacious new venture.

Mike started first business over a decade ago in an unexpected industry — network marketing. That company turned into a multiple-eight-figure business as Mike mastered the art of internet marketing. He was young and did what a lot of young entrepreneurs do after an early success—he blew a bunch of money.

That’s what prompted Mike to dive into the world of finance and investing. He started a business in that world, and did $3 million in revenue in first 7 days. He did eight figures in the first year, and served over 50,000 customers in the first 3 years.

In this interview, Mike shares some insights and experiences that can help you make an incredible impact in the lives of others. We’ll talk about how he made his first millions in business during his twenties only to lose it all and fall into a depression. Mike’s comeback story is inspiring, but also includes actionable strategies to manage your psychology, leverage your strengths, and seize opportunity.

In 2015, Mike launched a company with the sole purpose to generate the funds to fuel his innovative ag-tech business that aims to completely disrupt the food and agriculture industry with hydroponics.  

That company he started in 2015 is SelfMadeMan, which has become the #1 Self-Help podcast on iTunes. It has an enormous community that brings mentors into your world who can help you build a life of excellence in business, relationships, health, finance, and legacy. He’s interviewed people like Daymond John, Chris Sacca, and Chase Jarvis.

In this interview, Mike shares how he built his platform and how it’s enabled him to bring on business partners like Peter Diamandis, founder of XPRIZE and Singularity University who has teamed up with Dillard on his new ag-tech company.

In this conversation we talk about that new venture, as well as all of the ups and downs that led him to up to this pivotal moment.

Follow Mike (@Mike_Dillard) on twitter and at MikeDillard.com. He’s got an amazing community there, so I suggest joining his email list.

I’m so grateful for Mike’s transparency and humility in sharing the stories in this interview. And I’m so inspired by his mindset and execution that has helped him excel.

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The Magic of Immersion for Startups and VCs with Upfront Ventures Partner Kara Nortman

Kara Nortman is the co-founder of Seedling and partner at Upfront Ventures. In this interview she recounts her evolution as a creative child from an adventurous family, to her role as a partner in the largest and most tenured venture capital fund in Los Angeles.    

Armed with an AB in Politics and an MBA from Stanford, Kara Nortman found herself the only person from business school attending a C++ class when she interned at Microsoft more than a decade ago. Before that, she delved deep into esoteric stuff, sailing across uncharted waters (talk DSL and IP switches) just to make her job as telecoms industry analyst at Morgan Stanley more fulfilling and meaningful.

To Kara, so much lies beyond our comfort zones. For her, true entrepreneurs need to “dig past their limitations” to make the impossible possible. But for this to happen, entrepreneurs must have resilience, self-awareness, and passion for what they do.

You can follow Kara (@KaraNortman) on Twitter and read her thoughtful writing on her blog, Venture Inside.

Join Kara as she walks us through her formative years, from family trips that gave her a broader perspective, to her role as a VC evaluating the business viability of startups. Find out what makes a good pitch, and which traits differentiate successful entrepreneurs from those who won’t make the cut.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How Kara’s upbringing influenced her evolution as a top-tier entrepreneur.
  • The important role love of learning and discovery plays in achieving entrepreneurial success.
  • The importance of finding mentors even at the point where you can mentor budding entrepreneurs and leaders yourself.
  • Why being passionate also matters in the art of investing.
  • Which entrepreneurial traits venture capitalists commonly look for.
  • Why entrepreneurs should also conduct due diligence on the particular investors they are pitching to as much as the other way around.
  • The factors making Los Angeles a highly attractive venue for innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth.

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  1. Featured Entrepreneur: Kara Nortman, Upfront Ventures partner, Seedling USA Chairman. Kara Nortman in Venture Inside, @karanortman
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How to Build Traction, Gain Customers, and Grow with DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg

Businesses grow by getting traction. Without it, a brand will easily lose market share and eventually implode with a whimper.

But how exactly do you gain traction?

Gabriel Weinberg, a millennial entrepreneur who achieved the unthinkable feat of challenging Google at its own game — and surviving — will show you how. Gabriel co-founded the search engine upstart DuckDuckGo in 2008 to provide a Google alternative that doesn’t invade your privacy. The company grew from an informal launch on a community website into a popular search engine option on Firefox and Safari, with more than 3 billion searches processed in 2015 and millions of dollars in revenues.

The Philadelphia-based entrepreneur recounted his experiences in a book entitled Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth.

In this talk, Gabriel will share the story of how he discovered and addressed a specific pain point among search engine users and leveraged the solution as the core offering of his business. But in the digital economy, having a useful product won’t take you very far. So Gabriel will also share how his team iterated DuckDuckGo multiple times to consistently gain traction.

What does it take to keep your business sustainable? You need to have a message that resonates with a niche audience and keeps them in hyper-engaged mode. You also need to send that message through the right channel. That is traction. And you need it all the time.

Whether by attracting additional funding, reeling more profits, or testing the viability of a new product, traction will help you scale your business to the next level.  

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How Gabriel Weinberg initially tested whether there’s a demand for a service like DuckDuckGo even amid the market dominance of colossal search engines like Google and Bing. (4:45)   
  • The concept of “traction” as a buzzword in business, marketing and growth hacking. (6:37)
  • How to apply the “Bullseye Framework” that will enable you to achieve explosive customer growth. (9:56)
  • The step-by-step process of identifying which of the 19 marketing channels will help you gain traction. (10:15)
  • How a small startup expanded into a multi-million dollar company by finding and solving a specific pain point experienced by search engine users. (12:01)

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So if you have an idea for a web or mobile app, or need help identifying the great ideas within your company, go to developertown.com/powderkeg.

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  • Featured Entrepreneur: DuckDuckGo co-founder Gabriel Weinberg, @yegg, Medium Page

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How to Build Wealth and Invest In Yourself with Jordan Wirsz, CEO at Savant Investments

Jordan Wirsz PowderKeg Podcast Guest

Jordan Wirsz manages more than $100 million of real estate investments through his role as CEO at Savant Investment Partners. But his rise to the top was not a direct path.

Wirsz is a nationally recognized real estate expert who has been recognized by members of the U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Nevada state government, and has been featured on numerous national television networks including CNBC, NBC, and Fox News.

But today, we go a little off-script and go deep on business philosophy.

Wirsz has been a real estate investor and investment manager in many areas across the United States, which includes commercial and residential assets, development and office projects, and  industrial properties.

Wirsz was awarded the prestigious “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award by the Small Business Administration in 2007.

Wirsz is also a an accomplished author of the books Maverick Millionaire and Become Incredible, both of which are available on Amazon and where books are sold. You can find him on Twitter (@JordanWirsz), at his personal website JordanWirsz.com, and on his company website Savant Investments.

In this episode with Jordan Wirsz you’ll learn:

  • About Jordan’s first business deal (3:40)
  • About Jordan’s first failed investment (5:12)
  • How Jordan opened his company, “Extreme Aviation” (6:31)
  • Attitudes on persevering after failed investments. (8:55)
  • About Jordan’s mentality of responsibility after going through a large failed investment (11:44)
  • Jordan’s thoughts of the risks of leading an expensive lifestyle (15:59)
  • Tips from Jordan for first time entrepreneurs (20:18)
  • How to build relationships with people through the work that you do (24:59)
  • Responding to emails promptly is key to gaining trust from investors (26:30)
  • How to be more organized and increase productivity (27:30)
  • Practice is more important than technology (29:17)
  • Motivation without knowledge can be hurtful (32:05)
  • Why quality is greater than quantity in terms of learning (34:22)
  • Why separating your business time from your leisure time is important (37:17)
  • The importance of “recharging” every now and again. (40:25)
  • Jordan’s published books (45:05)

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People:

Bernie Madoff

John Maxwell

Jim Rohn

Books:

Maverick Millionaire, 2007

Become Incredible, 2010

Websites:

Savant Investment Group

Savant Report

Connect with Jordan Wirsz

LinkedIn

Facebook

Twitter

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