The Affiliate Mission team spent over a year in American Underground, a startup (co-working) hub in Raleigh-Durham and our experience was awesome and one I would recommend to any new business looking to connect and build with other entrepreneurs.
American Underground is setting trends to become the most diverse startup hub around and that effort is led by Chief Strategist and all around good guy, Adam Klein. Companies like Google has seen something special in this hub and sponsored them in their efforts. CNBC even visited AU late last year to cover how it’s sparking a business revival in what once known as ‘Black Wall Street.
Adam and I sat down and discussed;
Why co-working space is important for a startup business
What Silicon Valley is missing with diversity in the startup community
How to get involved with a local incubator
Business resurgence in NC
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM62: Adam Klein on American Underground and Changing the Face of Startup Hubs (Replay)
What can the super wealthy teach us about having a secure financial future?The Thin Green Line: The Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy by Paul Sullivan. “Wealth Matters” columnist for The New York Times reveals the decisions, behaviors, and worldviews that lead to true wealth. For the better part of the past decade, Paul has written about and lived among some of the wealthiest people in America. He has learned how they save, spend, and invest their money; how they work and rest; how they use their wealth to give their children educational advantages, but not strip them of motivation. He has also seen how they make horrendous mistakes.Firsthand, Paul knows why some people, even “rich” people, never find true wealth, and why other people, even those who have far less, are far better off financially. His book shows how others can make better financial decisions—and come to terms with what money means to them. It lays out how to avoid the pitfalls around saving, spending, and giving money away and think differently about wealth to lead a more secure and less stressful life. An essential complement to all of the financial advice available, this “timely…smart” (Publishers Weekly) guide is a welcome antidote to the idea that wealth is a number on a bank statement.Paul and I discuss;
The thin green and the distinction between being rich and wealthy
Why it was important for readers to understand the difference?
The meeting he talks about in the beginning of his book with Tiger 21 members.
How the wealthy use debt strategically
The misconception on how the wealthy view taxes
The wealthy’s spending philosophy
How the wealthy teach financial literacy to their kids
and much more!
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM61: The Thin Green Line Between Being Rich and Wealthy with Paul Sullivan
Doug Sandler, top ranked Amazon author of Nice Guys Finish First, and co-host of the Nice Guys on Business podcast. Doug launched his Nice Guys Finish First concept in a world where too many companies think of their customers as just a number.He is passionate about his message and when you see him speak it is easy to see why Nice Guys Finish First. Since 1984 Doug has been entertaining group sizes from 10 to 10,000. As Doug started his career in the DJ business he always kept an eye on the importance of exceptional customer service. It really wasn’t until a career changing performance in 1992 that Doug truly understood the importance of exceeding customer service expectations. Since then, Doug has performed in front of nearly half a million people and has won awards and recognition all over the country for his amazing ability to keep a crowd engaged. His programs involve a combination of audience interaction, 100% participation and unique style.We covered;
How we should have genuine relationships in such a technology connected world?
How we should inspire clients and not sell to them?
The saying is “It takes a village to raise a child” and you add one inspiring woman and a bus and your create a legacy. You might be familiar with Estella Pyfrom because she was recognized last year as a CNN Hero, featured on Oprah behind her Brilliant Bus initiative, which really is quite brilliant.Ms.Pyfrom, is not new to this. She’s a graduate of Florida A&M and a retired teacher from Florida’s Palm Beach County School District. She didn’t have any training in tech but she realized students in her district had seen a digital divide and she wanted to make a difference for them….and so the journey begins.We discuss;
Her Personal Journey
How the Brilliant Bus Started
Her passion for education
Her personal thoughts on the “digital divide”
What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned in your entrepreneurial journey?
I had a great conversation with Ambrose Cooke who is the Co-founder of Fanbytes. Fanbytes helps brands to collaborate with influencers on Snapchat through their video ad network. It’s a new advertising offering for a new generation of online stars and personalities.Ambrose and Co-founder Timothy Armoo are two online savvy friends who decided to put their set up their own business which has seen great growth. Backed by some of UK and US’s top investors and working with the biggest global brands have given this London established company a chance to lead this new model of advertising with brands such as Nickelodeon, GoPro, Adidas and more.Ambrose and his team have been featured in great articles by Huffington Post, Guardian, Forbes and more. If your business is looking for influencers or you want to know how to become one, this is the podcast for you.Ambrose and I cover;
What is Fanbytes
Understanding that before going into influencer marketing, it’s imperative to understand what an influencer is.
Celebrities are at the top of the pyramid of influence while ambassadors are at the bottom. The middle is composed of social influencers and micro influencers.
You have to match the kind of brands influencers would realistically use. You have to have the right brand and influencer work together.
Influencers have an authentic meaningful relationship with followers because of the content they create.
A huge following doesn’t necessarily mean an influencer is good for your brand.
Ambrose thoughts around building a business and team
And much more!!…oh yeah and fidget spinners 🙂
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM58: Building Brand Engagement Through Influencer Marketing with Ambrose Cooke
For nine years, Sequoia Blodgett worked in the entertainment industry as a commercial and video director for many mainstream pop artists.After being hospitalized, she began to ask herself would she be happy with all she had accomplished if it all should end then. Sequoia began her road to entrepreneurism and so began her journey into Draper U, her website, 7AM and ultimately her appearance on ABC Family’s ‘Startup U’.We discuss;
Her transformation from video director to entrepreneur
Ben Carter, CEO of Manage Your Damn Money, a blog and web series inspired to create fun and have more relatable conversations around money. Ben is also the newly minted author of the book ‘Fictitious Financial Fairytale: A Completely Untrue Story About Money, Friends & Moscow Mules’ which is currently being sold on amazon.
Ben was a fun guest and he answered questions;
Is skipping your latte in the morning really necessary while saving?
Thoughts on Suze Orman being cool. Here’s a hint…only a little.
What amount of debt (if any) is good to carry.
How to start saving…even without a job or if you think you don’t have it with a job.
Financial books he reads
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM56: Manage Your Damn Money! Relatable Conversations Around Money with Ben Carter (Replay)
Entrepreneurs are vital in today’s economic climate and the driving engine behind prosperity. Understanding how to make a difference beyond their business is even more pertinent to the sustainability of their business and growth of industry. They all go hand and hand. This is why Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to read this book. Daron Acemoglu, MIT Professor and author of ‘Why Nations Fail’ talks with Priest about the ideas in his book: why some nations fail and others succeed, why some nations grow over time and sustain that growth, while others grow and then stagnate.
Why Inclusive economic institutions are important
What are we missing to make a greater impact on global poverty?
Does where a country is located almost pre-determine the prosperity of a country?
Is our current economic climate helping or hurting the countries growth?
Thoughts on China’s economic growth and is it sustainable
Andrew Brandt has over 25 years of experience in professional football, both from the management and player representation side.Andrew has written about Sports Money for Forbes, Huffington Post and more, while also appearing across all ESPN TV, radio and online platforms. In his time in the football business, Brandt served as an agent, World League GM and a VP with the Green Bay Packers.Since leaving the Packers in 2008, Andrew has focused on media and teaching. On the media-side, he provided NFL business analysis for ESPN (he’s shared openly about being laid off from ESPN (he’s shared openly about being laid off from ESPN) and writes a column for Sports Illustrated at MMQB.SI.com. He’s also the Director of the Moorad Center for Sports Law at Villanova University, which is one of only a handful of sports law programs in the United States.