“It was very clear to us that not only was the result better when we were doing test-driven development, but we were more fulfilled in our work.” –Chad Pytel On today’s episode, Albert is joined by Chad Pytel, developer, founder, and CEO of thoughtbot, a design and development consultancy that brings digital product ideas to life. Building a company from the ground up isn't easy, and Chad had hit a lot of roadblocks on his journey — especially losing his original co-founders. But the hardships didn't discourage him. Today, Chad has created immense success for himself by co-authoring books such as Rails AntiPatterns and Pro Active Record, presenting at conferences around the world, and growing thoughtbot from nothing into a 100-person consultancy on track to generate $20MM in revenue this year. On this episode of Mission Daily, Chad discusses how he was able to build his company from the ground up, the lessons he learned as a first-time founder, and the risks he was willing to take in order to be successful. — Mission Daily and all of our podcasts are created with love by our team at Mission.org. We own and operate a network of podcasts, and brand story studio designed to accelerate learning. Our clients include companies like Salesforce, Twilio, and Katerra who work with us because we produce results. To learn more and get our case studies, check out Mission.org/Studios. If you’re tired of media and news that promotes fear, uncertainty, and doubt and want an antidote, you’ll want to subscribe to our daily newsletter at Mission.org. When you do, you’ll receive a mission-driven newsletter every morning that will help you start your day off right!
On this episode of Mission Daily, Hilary is joined by Eugenio Pace, co-founder and CEO of Auth0, a company that provides authentication and authorization services for app developers. Eugenio discusses Auth0’s core values, what he learned in Argentina that kickstarted his entrepreneurial journey, and how Auth0 is changing the game for innovators. — Mission Daily and all of our podcasts are created with love by our team at Mission.org. We own and operate a network of podcasts, and brand story studio designed to accelerate learning. Our clients include companies like Salesforce, Twilio, and Katerra who work with us because we produce results. To learn more and get our case studies, check out Mission.org/Studios. If you’re tired of media and news that promotes fear, uncertainty, and doubt and want an antidote, you’ll want to subscribe to our daily newsletter at Mission.org. When you do, you’ll receive a mission-driven newsletter every morning that will help you start your day off right!
“If you're not willing to be curious, not willing to be a student of innovation and a student of disruption, this is probably not the right industry for you.” – Ed Scott Today we talked with Ed Scott, CEO of ElectrifAi, a company that is revolutionizing the artificial intelligence and machine learning space. On this episode of Mission Daily, Stephanie and Ed discuss how he turned ElectrifAi into the ML and AI company that the future needs, the importance of finding women leaders, and tips for developing a strong culture. — Mission Daily and all of our podcasts are created with love by our team at Mission.org. We own and operate a network of podcasts, and brand story studio designed to accelerate learning. Our clients include companies like Salesforce, Twilio, and Katerra who work with us because we produce results. To learn more and get our case studies, check out Mission.org/Studios. If you’re tired of media and news that promotes fear, uncertainty, and doubt and want an antidote, you’ll want to subscribe to our daily newsletter at Mission.org. When you do, you’ll receive a mission-driven newsletter every morning that will help you start your day off right!
"Imagine if eBay and FedEx had a baby. That's what we can do for consumers." Albert is joined by Ari Mir, Co-founder and CEO of Clutter, a tech-heavy, on-demand storage and moving company. Clutter allows consumers to affordably store their belongings without lifting a finger. Prior to Clutter, Ari founded Gumgum, the world's largest image ad network in the visual AI space, and PocketChange, a startup backed by Google. On this episode of Mission Daily, Ari discusses the future of self-storage, how to discover opportunities in business, and shares his journey as a serial founder. — Mission Daily and all of our podcasts are created with love by our team at Mission.org. We own and operate a network of podcasts, and brand story studio designed to accelerate learning. Our clients include companies like Salesforce, Twilio, and Katerra who work with us because we produce results. To learn more and get our case studies, check out Mission.org/Studios. If you’re tired of media and news that promotes fear, uncertainty, and doubt and want an antidote, you’ll want to subscribe to our daily newsletter at Mission.org. When you do, you’ll receive a mission-driven newsletter every morning that will help you start your day off right!
“Every time somebody gets a job, there's a little shred of me that's like, ‘Wow, this really works. This is crazy.’” With a 93% employment rate across 11 campuses, Adam Enbar and Flatiron School are on a mission to get people great jobs. Today, Adam discusses how Flatiron School was created, why its curriculums outperform traditional education, and how Flatiron’s model is disrupting the education system as we know it. (Please note: In the episode, it is mentioned that there is a 97% employment rate at Flatiron School. The rate is 93% according to the 2019 Jobs Report.) — Mission Daily and all of our podcasts are created with love by our team at Mission.org. We own and operate a network of podcasts, and brand story studio designed to accelerate learning. Our clients include companies like Salesforce, Twilio, and Katerra who work with us because we produce results. To learn more and get our case studies, check out Mission.org/Studios. If you’re tired of media and news that promotes fear, uncertainty, and doubt and want an antidote, you’ll want to subscribe to our daily newsletter at Mission.org. When you do, you’ll receive a mission-driven newsletter every morning that will help you start your day off right!
“The one thing that I always made sure we did, is to never have a month or a quarter that was lower than the quarter before.” Today, we are joined by Joe Chura, CEO of Dealer Inspire, a leading automotive platform developing innovative, mobile-first technologies. Joe co-founded Dealer Inspire in 2013, and the company has since grown to a team of over 600 employees and has partnered with over 4,000 dealers. Joe's success didn't go unnoticed and Dealer Inspire was recently acquired by Cars.com. On this episode of Mission Daily, Stephanie and Joe sit down to discuss his career journey, what it was like founding a business that was later acquired, and the lessons he learned throughout it all. — Mission Daily and all of our podcasts are created with love by our team at Mission.org. We own and operate a network of podcasts, and brand story studio designed to accelerate learning. Our clients include companies like Salesforce, Twilio, and Katerra who work with us because we produce results. To learn more and get our case studies, check out Mission.org/Studios. If you’re tired of media and news that promotes fear, uncertainty, and doubt and want an antidote, you’ll want to subscribe to our daily newsletter at Mission.org. When you do, you’ll receive a mission-driven newsletter every morning that will help you start your day off right!
“To me it's about pragmatism. It's about iteration, it's about listening and it's about striking out a way forward." - Andy Hovancik Today, Albert speaks with Andy Hovancik, CEO of Sovos, a company that safeguards businesses from the burden and risk of modern tax. Andy has more than 25 years of experience growing technology companies, 15 years of which have been in regulatory and compliance software. Andy joined Sovos in 2013 and has since overseen the integration of businesses, creating the most connected and complete global solution for modern tax. On this episode of Mission Daily, Andy Hovancik discusses how tax collection on goods and services has been at the root of some of the world’s biggest challenges and what he’s doing to change that. — Mission Daily and all of our podcasts are created with love by our team at Mission.org. We own and operate a network of podcasts, and brand story studio designed to accelerate learning. Our clients include companies like Salesforce, Twilio, and Katerra who work with us because we produce results. To learn more and get our case studies, check out Mission.org/Studios. If you’re tired of media and news that promotes fear, uncertainty, and doubt and want an antidote, you’ll want to subscribe to our daily newsletter at Mission.org. When you do, you’ll receive a mission-driven newsletter every morning that will help you start your day off right!
Albert Chou and Henry Schuck discuss how Henry made the quick switch from law school to creating his own award-winning tech company, the rewards of working hard to meet your goals, and the importance of listening to the business.
On this special, mid-week episode of the show, Chad Grills, CEO of Mission, sits down with Kamal Ravikant. Kamal has done it all; trekked through the Himalayas, walked across Spain, served our country in the US Army Infantry, written several bestsellers... and today, he is a partner at Evolve.VC, a seed and A round investment firm.
Joel Peterson serves as Chairman of the Board of Overseers at the Hoover Institution at Stanford and the Chairman of the Board at JetBlue Airways. On this episode of Mission Daily, Joel talks about how he spots potential in people, what the future of business looks like, why it’s important to always be innovating, and much more.
On this episode of Mission Daily, Chad and Brent Lang sit down to discuss how Vocera is unifying care teams, information, and priorities around the patient through proper communication and workflow in order to better care for their patients.
Michelle Zatlyn, COO of Cloudflare, founded Cloudflare in 2009 and has since grown the company from start-up to multi-billion-dollar public company in just 10 years.
On today’s episode, Michelle shares that very origin story, and dives into the importance — really, the necessity — of building a better Internet.
Chad is joined by Armon Dadgar, co-founder and CTO of Hashicorp, where he has spent a large amount of his time building the culture of the company as he knows his job is as much about building a great product as it is about building a great team. Armon also discusses the differences between being a coder and the CTO, ways to keep up with the ever-changing, fast-paced world of IT, and how to find time for personal growth.
Today, Chad sits down with Jay Fulcher, CEO and chairman of Zenefits which offers cloud based software as a service for companies to better manage their human resources. Having learned the ropes of leadership by being a serial entrepreneur and CEO, Jay was brought on to lead Zenefits in 2017 where he instituted a new business model and leadership team. Today, Zenefits has become one of the fastest-growing SaaS companies in history and has created a value of 4.5 billion dollars in six years.
Today, Chad is joined by Kelly Leonard, Executive Vice President of The Second City, where he originally started off as a production assistant (aka dishwasher) in 1988 and worked his way up to Director of Sales and then assistant to the Executive Producer of the show. Today, Kelly is Executive Director of Insights & Applied Improvisation at Second City Works and has produced work with talents such as Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Keegan Michael Key, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, and many others.
Today, Chad is joined by John Arrow, CEO of Mutual Mobile, an agency that designs and develops breakthrough digital applications for the Fortune 1000. Through starting Mutual Mobile, John has emerged as one of the most promising young CEOs in the past decade, being named to Forbes list of Top 30 CEOs Under 30. Mutual Mobile was also named by Forbes as one of America's most promising companies in 2011 and has produced award-winning apps for Google, Audi, Cisco, and many more.
Ian is joined by Nate Boyer, ex-NFL player and Army Green Beret. After 9/11, Nate enlisted in the Army and joined the Green Berets. But between deployments, Nate was ready for his next challenge so he decided to pursue a career in football, a sport he’d never played before. Through grit, determination and by tapping into the work he’d done in the military, Nate walked onto the Texas Longhorns team in 2010, becoming a long snapper on the roster in 2011 and later signing with the Seattle Seahawks.
Today, Ian is joined by Chris Hsu, a West Point graduate, an Army veteran, and now CEO of Zibo, a digital financial services platform that provides individual landlords banking, insurance and payment services. Prior to founding Zibo and post-military, Chris held roles as Executive Vice President for Hewlett Packard and a Senior Vice President at HP. He also served as a top executive in private equity for six years, during which he advised entrepreneurs and led turnaround efforts for companies.
Chad is joined by Mark Testoni, CEO of SAP NS2, who was 20 years old when he worked as a high school janitor but decided to turn the page and join the Air Force. He served in the military for 20 years, and since retiring, Mark has become an active spokesperson on veteran’s issues, discussing the importance of believing in yourself and building confidence.
Today, Chad is joined by Alex MacCaw, founder and CEO of Clearbit, a marketing data engine that combines public and private data sources to allow companies to truly understand their customers and sales interactions.
On this episode of Mission Daily, Alex shares details about his path to founding Clearbit, his philosophy of building a fun culture within the company, and why starting a company is the best way to self actualize.
Chad and Ian are joined by Bill Draper and Pitch Johnson, both of whom were instrumental in starting venture capital in the early 1960’s, shaping the industry even to this day. Bill and Pitch have incredible track records for success in investing in the right entrepreneurs at the right time and advising them along the way.
On this episode of Mission Daily, Bill and Pitch share their background, what it was like breaking into venture capital, and how the industry has changed over the years.
Amr Awadallah, co-founder and Global Chief Technology Officer of Cloudera migrated from Egypt with a passion for computer science. Living in Egypt, Amr never aspired to become an entrepreneur; it wasn’t until he moved to the United States and graduated from college that that mindset changed.
On this episode of Mission Daily, Stephanie and Amr sit down to discuss the problems AI is solving on a daily basis, his journey from Egypt to the U.S., and launching his two companies.
Today, Chad is joined by Michele Bolos, founder and CEO of NT Concepts, a leading national security solution provider applying AI and machine learning to help strengthen the operations of government agencies such as the Department of Defense.
On this episode of Mission Daily, Michele talks about the genesis of NT Concepts, how she managed to carry her company through not one but two recessions and the importance of being a servant leader.
On today’s episode of Mission Daily, Chad shares what we’ve been working on at Mission.org and how we are building culture.
In our upcoming episodes, Chad will be sharing more on Mission’s company culture from courage and forgiveness to voluntaryism. We will share military leadership stories and feature many more incredible guests. Stay tuned!
Lenny Stein, SVP of Global Affairs at Splunk, heads up Splunk’s global corporate, government affairs and social impact initiatives including Splunk for Good, an “effort to identify means and work with groups that can use the power of data to improve the human condition.”
On this episode, Chad and Lenny discuss the three main focus areas of Splunk for Good, the partners Splunk is working with in these areas, and why Lenny believes work should always have a higher purpose.
Monzy Merza, Vice President and Head of Security Research at Splunk, works at the cutting edge of cybersecurity. Monzy is responsible for working hand in hand with Splunk’s Fortune 500 customers, leading the cyber research team, and speaking at events across the world on nation-state threats and machine learning. How does he do it all? By using insights equipped to him through… data.
When Tracy Edkins joined Splunk four years ago there were just over 1,000 employees. Today, Splunk is hitting 5,000 employees and Tracy is right in the middle of this explosive growth as Chief Human Resource Officer at Splunk.
On today’s episode, Chad and Tracy discuss what data points Splunk looks for in the hiring process, tips for how managers can better lead their teams, and how Tracy is creating trophy experiences for Splunk’s employees.
What makes a great marketer? Carrie Palin, Chief Marketing Officer at Splunk joins us to discuss her career experiences and the leadership lessons she has learned along the way. She also shares advice for new CMOs and what to do when you're a leader in an organization that's being acquired.
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On this special episode of Mission Daily, Stephanie is joined by Liz Wiseman, CEO of The Wiseman Group and author of the New York Times bestselling book, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter. As CEO of the Wiseman Group, Liz has spent the last decade researching, writing, and teaching on the topic of leadership; what it looks like and how individuals and organizations can elevate leaders within their organization.
When Tracy Edkins joined Splunk four years ago there were just over 1,000 employees. Today, Splunk is hitting 5,000 employees and Tracy is right in the middle of this explosive growth as Chief Human Resource Officer at Splunk.
On today’s episode, Chad and Tracy discuss what data points Splunk looks for in the hiring process, tips for how managers can better lead their teams, and how Tracy is creating trophy experiences for Splunk’s employees.
Flexport is a digital freight forwarder that “helps companies to bring their goods from point A to point B, and helps companies to find their goods, and provide the technology and data to up their supply chain.”
Susy Schöneberg serves as the Head of Flexport.org, which is “using Flexport’s expertise, technology, and infrastructure to help companies to achieve their social and environmental goals.” In the first few months of this year, Susy has delivered over 1.6 million pounds in aid.
Stephanie sits down with Chris Farinacci, Chief Operating Officer at Asana, where he is responsible for the company’s, now global, go to market strategy.
Chris discusses how the team at Asana is using their own project management tools and practices internally to scale the company globally, how and why collaboration tools are growing faster than ever, and some of the practices Chris uses to manage day-to-day operations within Asana.
On today’s episode, Ian is joined by Rahul Pathak, Executive and General Manager of all things big data, data lakes, and blockchain at Amazon Web Services. Rahul is passionate about the use cases of blockchain and is working with customers to solve their business goals with this new technology. Rahul joins us to discuss blockchain, the use cases of data lakes, the future of tech, and more!
Sophia Bush is many things; an actress, activist, podcast host, and avid reader.
But what many might not know is that Sophia is also a self-proclaimed “data science nerd” and narrator of our newest tech podcast, Hidden In Plain Sight.
This behind-the-scenes episode of Mission Daily was recorded with Sophia right after she completed season one of Hidden In Plain Sight. Chad and Stephanie join her in-studio to discuss the show, what’s she’s been up to, and her tips for time management and self
From Senior Military Cyber Advisor at the Pentagon to VP and Federal Chief Security Officer at Palo Alto Networks, John Davis is an experienced cyber security professional focused on educating the public on cyber threats and preventing the next national and international cyber attack. Palo Alto Networks is at the forefront of cyber security and uses the latest in tech such as artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration to prevent cyber attacks on their integrated platform.
Susan Standiford is the Chief Technology Officer of Ingka Group, the strategic partner in the IKEA franchise system, operating IKEA Retail in 30 countries. As CTO, Susan plans the company’s product and digital strategies and is working on moving the company into a new digital revolution.
On this episode, Ian and Susan discuss how Susan first became interested in technology, what her work looks like as CTO of Ingka Group, and how the role of AR and VR is changing the way people shop.
Ali Diab is the co-founder and CEO of Collective Health, a healthcare technology company that makes employee sponsored health insurance more transparent and simple to navigate. Ali was motivated to start Collective Health after his own medical event.
On this episode, Ian and Ali discuss the problems within the healthcare industry, how technology is making a difference, and what Collective Health is doing to move the industry closer to transparency and simplicity.
Whitney Bouck is the Chief Operating Officer of HelloSign, a tool that lets users sign documents with legally binding e-signatures. As COO, Whitney is responsible for leading the sales, marketing, customer operations, and business development team.
On this episode, Ian and Whitney discuss everything from how her past work experience in marketing led her to want to become a COO, her three keys to working well with CIOs, and how to market a technical product.
Tara-Nicholle Nelson is the CEO of Transformational Consumer Insights (TCI), a strategy and customer research firm. Tara also is founder and CEO of SoulTour, where she serves as a transition coach to a select few transformational leaders along their journey.
On this episode, Ian sits down with Tara to discuss how she got into marketing, the transitions she has made throughout her career, and what triggered her desire to write her first book on the “transformational consumer”.
Meggie Palmer is on a personal mission to close the gender pay gap. She founded PepTalkHer, an app that helps women recognize their value in the workplace and gives them the confidence to ask for a raise.
On this episode, Ian and Meggie discuss the impact the stories we tell about ourselves have on how we and others value us, and how telling the right story can dramatically improve the value we create and receive.
Fred Santarpia is the former Chief Digital Officer of Conde Nast, and his job was to transform brands like Vogue, The New Yorker, Wired, and GQ from strictly print offerings to digital powerhouses.
On this episode, Fred explains to Ian the various trials and tribulations he had to go through at Conde Nast, the ins and outs of acquiring new digital properties, and what it means to be a Chief Digital Officer, a relatively new position in many media organizations.
On this special episode, Mission co-founder Stephanie Postles and Mission producer Hilary Giorgi are joined by Alvina Antar, the CIO of Zuora, Julie Cullivan, the Chief People and Technology Officer of Forescout, and Praniti Lakhwara, CIO of Apttus.
Each of the women share how they wound up in the tech field, the methods they have used to successfully build teams and scale companies, and the importance of having the support of fellow women in the field.
Renee DiResta is a Mozilla Fellow in Media, Misinformation, and Trust as well as Technical Research Manager at Stanford’s Internet Observatory. In her day-to-day, Renee analyzes design choices and platform's decisions to understand how they affect information integrity.
On this episode, Stephanie and Renee dive deep into the red flags or anomalous activity Renee identifies online to point to misinformation campaigns, the responsibility of tech companies to protect users, and so much more!
Ruben Harris is the CEO of Career Karma, an online coding bootcamp designed to help people become software engineers and support them throughout their careers.
On this episode, Ruben sits down with Stephanie to discuss the unique difference he's making for software engineers during their job hunt, lessons he’s learned over his career, and finding the right education that aligns with your career choice.
Nir Eyal is a behavioral designer and bestselling author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. His second and brand new book is titled, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.
In today’s fast-paced, tech-driven world, distractions live everywhere - from the pop-up ad online to the ping of your phone to the push notification on your computer. On this episode, Chad and Nir explain why we get distracted and identify tactics for how to overcome it.
Dr. Carlo Van de Weijer serves as director of the Strategic Area Smart Mobility at Eindhoven University of Technology. With an extended background in the high-tech and automotive industry, he is familiar with the ever-changing world of logistics and transportation.
On this episode, Mission Producer Austin Craig sits down with Dr. Carlo to highlight future trends within mobility, from electric bikes to self-driving vehicles, and their impact on society.
On today’s episode, we continue our two-part philanthropy series and Ian is joined by a few new guests to continue diving into the topic of digital transformation in the NGO sector.
Our roundtable guests join us to address the challenges of stakeholders adopting and funding digital transformation, opportunities to use AI and machine learning to solve bigger impact issues, and the solutions they are working toward together to bring innovation to the entire NGO industry.
On this special episode of Mission Daily, Ian sits down with IT and Philanthropy professionals working to bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and the NGO world.
In an effort to bring NGOs up to speed with technology, NetHope created The Center for the Digital Non- Profit, which is focused on bringing digital transformation to the NGO sector. Today’s participants are all partners of this effort and committed to using tech to reach more people and have a bigger impact.
Arjun Arora and Jon Low are advisors at Valence Advisory where they help founders address their unique needs by assisting with the strategic application of capital and technology. Arjun and Jon have learned a lot through building their own business and helping others build theirs.
On this episode of Mission Daily, Chad, Arjun, and Jon share some of these lessons. They stress the power of communication and why it’s so important to build lasting connections with others, plus so much more!
“There is an inherent optimism that Silicon Valley represents." — Bret Taylor
Bret Taylor has had a remarkable career as a tech entrepreneur. He founded FriendFeed, one of the first social networks, co-created Google Maps, served as the CTO of Facebook, and is currently the President and Chief Product Officer at Salesforce.
On this episode, Bret takes us through his career from his first company as a teenager to his various businesses and subsequent acquisitions.
The term “fake news” gets thrown around a lot in today’s media. Using social media as its main conveyor, misinformation spreads like wildfire to reach the most receptive audiences.
On this episode of Mission Daily, Molly McKew, an information warfare expert, joins Stephanie to discuss disinformation campaigns. She also talks about the power of social media in the spreading of fake news, how to identify fake campaigns, and much more.
Dan Keyserling serves as Chief Operating Officer at Jigsaw, a unit within Alphabet that uses technology to make the world safer. At Jigsaw, Dan and his team are focused on “understanding the methodologies governments use to engage in disinformation operations.”
On this episode, Mission Producer, Austin Craig sits down with Dan to dive into the topic of ‘fake news’ — what it is and what it isn’t. Dan also shares how they are thinking about building solutions.
Marc Murphy is the CEO of Atlatl Software, a growing tech company that provides visual configuration and CPQ tools to enable a better, more efficient sales process through the use of VR and AR. Atlatl sells to companies looking to move away from manual processes and commit to a digital transformation.
On this episode of Mission Daily, Marc and Ian discuss all of that and more, including the importance of integrations and why he is so passionate about life in the start-up world.
Cory Louie, Chief Trust & Security Officer at Checkr, an AI-powered background check platform that helps gig economy companies such as Uber, Lyft, Instacart, and many more run background checks quickly.
On this episode, Ian sits down with Cory to discuss his unique career path from law enforcement to the tech sector, what CEOs and CIOs can do to build trust with their users, and what opportunities AI and machine learning will have in security going forward.
Anjney Midha is the co-founder and CEO of Ubiquity6, a startup using computer vision to create multiplayer experiences for virtual and augmented reality. Ubiquity6 has a mission to bring people together in physical spaces by building a platform to enable persistent, massively shared augmented reality experiences.
On this episode of Mission Daily, Ian and Anjney sit down and discuss how his experience in VC led to the creation of Ubiquity6 and the future of AR and VR experiences.
On this special episode of Mission Daily, we are joined in studio by Callum O'Donnell, a Brand Ambassador for Aberlour. Founded by James Fleming in 1879, Aberlour is a distillery in Scotland that makes Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Callum travels throughout the Silicon Valley region bringing Aberlour to tech firms, startups, and companies that are changing the world.
Kevin Kelly is co-founder and former Executive Editor of WIRED magazine. Prior to starting WIRED, Kevin was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox tech news and is known for being the first consumer magazine to report on virtual reality, Internet culture, and artificial life.
On today’s episode, Kevin shares his vision for the future of technologies such as A.I., driverless cars, and augmented reality.
Karin Tuxen-Bettman is a Program Manager at Google where she’s worked for more than a decade helping develop Google’s mapping projects. Now in the GEO division at Google, Karin is to “helping public benefit groups around the world use mapping tools to make the world a better place.”
On this episode, Stephanie and Karin sit down to discuss how she is using Google Maps to help nonprofits around the world, and why mapping tools are a huge multiplier for these organizations to tell their story.
Emmanuel Schalit is CEO of Dashlane, the safe and simple way to store all of your passwords in one place. With over 12 million users and a recently finalized Series D round, Dashlane is growing faster than ever and well on the way to their next goal of 100 million users.
On this episode, Chad and Emmanuel discuss the importance of protecting your digital identity in today’s world, how Dashlane is doing this differently, and lessons learned from Emmanuel’s diverse and accomplished career.
How do companies make money? When do they choose to invest or pass? At what point in a company’s timeline should they IPO? These are all questions many, even the business owners among us, don’t know the answers to. But they are all questions Jennifer Ceran, CFO of Smartsheet, has been obsessed with answering since she was in college.
On this episode, Chad and Jennifer discuss her extensive career and where she sees innovation in financial management heading in the future.
John Underkoffler, CEO of Oblong Industries, has developed a new way to share ideas online with the Mezzanine platform, Oblong’s flagship product suite that is effectively the world’s first multi-user computer.
On this episode, Chad and John discuss his upbringing from learning to code to his experience in K-12 education, what cultural and economic factors are affecting innovation today, and John’s thoughts on how technology can propel humanity forward.
Bill Goldstein has always been attracted to a challenge. From his days in high school striving to understand theoretical physics problems, to his current work as the director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, (LLNL), Bill is a magnet for tough problems.
But the problems that he faces at LLNL today aren’t just theoretical. They are very real and account for the safety of the nation and of the world as LLNL is responsible for securing and maintaining the U.S.’s nuclear arsenal.
Sergio Villasenor is founder and CEO of Elliot, an early stage and venture-backed start-up based in NYC. Elliot is revolutionizing the online checkout process by enabling sellers with simple, one-tap checkouts across platforms.
On this episode, Chad and Sergio discuss how to overcome the challenge of being a solo founder looking for investment, why time is your most valuable asset, and how Elliot is giving this back to consumers in a simple way - at the checkout line.
Jacob Weisberg, co-founder and CEO of Pushkin Industries, makes podcasts for a living alongside his co-founder, Malcolm Gladwell. Jacob and Malcolm first met in college while Jacob was working at Panoply, a podcast network produced by Slate. Soon after, Jacob and Malcolm launched Revisionist History.
In this episode, Stephanie and Jacob discuss the origin of podcasting as a business, the importance of being creative every day, and what’s in store for the future of the podcast industry.
Randi Zuckerberg's long list of achievements includes working at Facebook in marketing for more than 6 years, producing shows on Broadway and founding Zuckerberg Media. She knows what it means to prioritize multiple projects at once and excel at each.
On this episode of Mission Daily, Chad and Randi sit down to discuss how she is managing her various projects, career mistakes and what she has learned from them along the way, and her personal mission to be ‘well-lopsided’ in life.
Square might have started as a simple point of sale app for business owners, but in recent years it has grown to be so much more. As the Global Head of Marketing for Square, Lauren Weinberg has had a lot to do with that.
On this episode of Mission Daily, Chad and Lauren dive into the details of how her team injects storytelling into their marketing campaigns on social, in editorial, and even through a new video series and a foray into podcasting.
Doug Merritt is the CEO of Splunk, which is helping people and companies turn “dark data” into usable, measurable analytical tools that can push a business forward.
For Doug, the story of data is more than just what Splunk is doing for businesses. At a time when big data is monetized by third parties, Doug believes that we can democratize the process and create an economic good with data that will benefit all people.
“We believe that every problem is a data problem." Susan St. Ledger is President of Worldwide Field Operations at Splunk, where she is focused on the world’s biggest problems which she believes can all be solved with data.
In this episode, Chad and Susan sit down to discuss the importance of having a high-growth mindset when working for a high-growth company, how data will solve the world’s biggest problems, and where she sees Splunk heading into the future.
Steve Clayton took a “weaving path” through his career before landing in this current role as Chief Storyteller at Microsoft where he manages a team of 30 people focused on telling the company’s story both internally and externally.
On this episode, Chad and Steve sit down to discuss Steve’s winding career from technical roles to storytelling, what it takes to be a great storyteller, and the cool new projects he is working on at Microsoft.
Gay Gaddis is Founder and CEO of T3, an advertising agency dedicated to helping clients build useful brands and create meaningful relationships with their customers. T3 is now one of the largest, female owned advertising agencies serving the Fortune 200.
In this episode, Chad and Gay discuss T3’s founding story, the sacrifices Gay had to make along way to ensure the companies’ success, and how her cowgirl upbringing has helped her manage risk in business.
Nitin Pachisia is a Founding Partner at Unshackled Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in and helping immigrant founders to succeed faster. Unshackled Ventures is now 5 years old, with over 38 investments and about 100 successful immigrant filings under their belt.
In this episode, Ian and Nitin discuss how Unshackled Ventures was founded, what Nitin and his partner are looking for in immigrant founders, and how they are uniquely positioned to attract the best founders from abroad.
Austin Craig is a video producer, storyteller, and Bitcoin enthusiast focused on emerging technologies and finding loopholes. What is a loophole? “When people figure out a trick hiding in plain sight and win big. It’s the thrill of a bank heist but totally legal. They’re usually normal people who pay attention and think deliberately.”
In this episode, Chad and Austin discuss loopholes, what they are, how to spot them in your day-to-day life, and how you can capitalize on them.
At Flock Safety, Garrett Langley is working to provide advanced security services to police departments and homeowners associations in over 30 states. Unlike other security systems, Flock Safety's cameras can "see" and save license plate information.
In this episode, Chad and Garrett discuss the future of crime prevention and eradication, how to balance privacy with security in the age of surveillance, and how Flock Safety is making progress on both fronts.
On today's episode, Chad sits down with Joseph Menn, author and investigative journalist at Reuters. They discuss the history of computer hacking, Joseph's writings over his 30-year career as a journalist, and what it looks like to be an investigative journalist today.
Joseph's recent book titled, Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World, tells the story of the oldest, most respected, and most famous American hacking group of all time.
Karthik Rau is the co-founder and CEO of SignalFx, but he is a Silicon Valley original. His experience goes back to the beginning of the dot-com boom, and his early involvement includes hopping on the VMware rocket ship right as it was taking off. By the time he was starting SignalFx, the Internet was running full force, but the cloud was still in its infancy.
Tune in as Karthik explains what it means to be a CEO and shares personal stories about his successes and failures along the way.
On today’s episode, Chad and Stephanie share two mental models for capitalizing on opportunities in your life. These two models are just the start of a ten model series we shared in our newsletter last week. Catch all ten here. You won’t have the ideas, the ideas will have you. The right ideas will attach themselves to and around you, and they’ll be impossible to shake off. “I did not have the certainty. The certainty had me.” –Carl Jung You might not be able to see where the ideas are leading, but you’ll feel pulled. You’re like the captain of a fishing ship who knows something BIG is in the nets. Sometimes the catch seems so big that you’re afraid to look in the nets, or pull them up. You’ll try not to think about the catch as you go throughout your day, but you won’t be able to help it. When certainty or an idea has you, you’ll know you’re onto something big. People will admire you and they will show it through imitation “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” as the saying goes. This is one of the hallmarks of a great idea, meme, or a novel concept. When you notice something new you’re doing is being mimicked by others, it’s a very sticky meme. You potentially are at the wellspring. “Passive, submissive imitation does exist, but hatred of conformity and extreme individualism are no less imitative. Today, they constitute a negative conformism that is more formidable than the positive version. More and more, it seems to me, modern individualism assumes the form of a desperate denial of the fact that, through mimetic desire, each of us seeks to impose his will upon his fellow man, whom he professes to love but more often despises.” ―René Girard If you are onto the right idea, people will imitate your ideas. This type of momentum will only help to propel you forward so long as you stay focused and keep building on your idea, or business. Stay tuned for this week’s episodes with some incredible guests! — Mission Daily and all of our podcasts are created with love by our team at Mission.org We own and operate a network of podcasts, and brand story studio designed to accelerate learning. Our clients include companies like Salesforce, Twilio, and Katerra who work with us because we produce results. To learn more and get our case studies, check out Mission.org/Studios. If you’re tired of media and news that promotes fear, uncertainty, and doubt and want an antidote, you’ll want to subscribe to our daily newsletter at Mission.org. When you do, you’ll receive a mission-driven newsletter every morning that will help you start your day off right!
Sky Nelson Isaacs is a physics educator, speaker, and author of Living in Flow: The Science of Synchronicity and How Your Choices Shape Your World, which uses scientific research to explain acts of synchronicity. Sky has studied synchronicity and flow for the past 20 years to better understand its causes and how to experience it.
On this episode, Chad and Sky discuss what synchronicity is, how you can bring more of it into your life, and how being authentic allows you to live a life in flow.
Nathan Resnick is currently the CEO of Sourcify, a job he’s been unknowingly working toward since his first day in middle school when he resold Livestrong bracelets at a margin.
At Sourcify, Nathan helps companies manage and organize their entire production process within a single platform, helping them to say aligned and efficient.
On today’s episode, Nathan explains his secrets to success, how he founded Sourcify, and what his plans are for the future of the company.
Ben Greenfield is a biohacker, athlete, entrepreneur, and an author. He has found success thanks to a lifetime of building healthy habits that work for him, many of which he now teaches to others through coaching, podcasts, and his writing.
On today’s episode, Ben explains how he has spent decades experimenting with his health and lifestyle to achieve optimal performance, how he is raising his children to live a life full of purpose, and how he thinks you can make a difference everyday.
Ellen Petry Leanse spent over 10 years at some of the world’s most successful tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google before becoming an executive coach to business leaders and an instructor at Stanford University. Ellen also wrote a book titled, The Happiness Hack: How to Take Charge of Your Brain and Program More Happiness into Your Life, which dives into ways that we can rewire our brains to live a happier and more fulfilled life.
As a follow up to last Monday’s episode, Communism, Capitalism and Technology, Chad and Stephanie dive deeper into capital allocation and the importance of saving money. Learning how to save money, before you start to allocate capital in stocks, companies, or individuals is critical to success.
Chad and Stephanie share how they saved money throughout college, their early careers, and why it’s important to start experimenting with your capital before doing so with someone else’s.
Erik Davis looks at the world in a different way. He’s a novelist, writer, podcaster, and speaker, and his writings have covered everything from rock criticism to cultural analysis to creative explorations of esoteric mysticism. His most recent book, "High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies" is out now. Erik loves to analyze “the weird” and in "High Weirdness," he dives deep into the psychedelic culture of the 1970s; a time that was so strange, it was almost otherwo
On yesterday’s episode of Mission Daily, we introduced you to Andrew Goldner, the co-founder of GrowthX, and we learned about his journey from lawyer to tech entrepreneur.
Today, we have Part 2 of Andrew’s interview, in which he discusses his strategy when it comes to investing in new companies. He believes that investing all comes down to looking at a company’s revenue, the knowledge founders have about their revenue streams, and how reliably they can predict them into the future.
Andrew Goldner is the co-founder of GrowthX, and while he had a passion for technology very early on in life, it wasn’t until later in his career that he decided to pursue his first love.
Andrew initially worked at DoubleClick, helping salespeople and operations close deals. In doing so, he learned that making deals was all about personal relationships and finding congruity, two lessons he brought with him to GrowthX.
Brian Scudamore started 1-800-GOT-JUNK more than 30 years ago with a single truck and a simple business plan. Today, he’s built his business into more than just a successful company. Rather, he’s created an entrepreneurial and franchise empire that empowers other business owners to build their own franchises and succeed.
“I'm incredibly proud of what we've built and more importantly how we've built it,” Brian says. “And if we can give a platform to others that's what life's all about to me.”
Today’s episode dives into economics and the philosophies behind them. If you are signed up for our newsletter, you know that we recently introduced this topic and are using today’s episode to dive deeper.
“How high is high for our GDP?” Yes, it’s true that the U.S. has the highest GDP in the world but what could our GDP be? Are we preventing our own growth? How can we ensure resources are spread to the right people and companies who are creating jobs, generating wealth and adding value?
Kmele is co-founder and Lead Producer at Freethink, a media company telling powerful stories about today’s pioneers changing the world, Kmele is helping create media that promotes what he thinks are the most important stories to share today.
In this episode, Chad and Kmele discuss the current state of journalism, what it's like starting a media company today, and what’s in store for the future of the industry.
Sean Whiteley has been in the tech business since the internet was first taking off back in the 1990s and has founded several businesses in the Bay Area since then. Sean's current business, Qualified.com, is making its mark in the new and emerging field of conversational marketing applications.
On this episode of Mission Daily, Sean talks about his life in the Valley, the importance of finding the right business partner and building the right culture, and the role luck plays into it all.
Yves Bergquist is an AI researcher, Director of AI & Neuroscience in Media at the Entertainment Technology Center, and CEO of Corto, where he is leading the charge to connect the fields of neuroscience and entertainment.
In this episode, Chad and Yves discuss the two types of knowledge — narrative and procedural knowledge — how AI will learn to outpace humans on procedural knowledge, and how we can begin to understand the oldest and most human form of knowledge — storytelling.
After spending years searching for effective ways to help clean the waterways, Brian Linton finally began to conceptualize an idea in 2008 and United by Blue was born. United by Blue is an apparel company dedicated to cleaning our world’s oceans, and since its inception, the company has removed more than 1.6 million pounds of trash.
On today’s episode of Mission Daily, Brian joins us to discuss his unique background and the struggles (and rewards!) of building a social enterprise.
Our greatest fears can become our greatest sources of strength if we are willing to face them… and facing them with friends by your side makes that transformation a lot easier.
In today’s episode, Chad discusses the importance of talking to a friend when you are in need of an outside opinion. He also opens up with listeners about a time he reached out to a friend for advice on something he’s been struggling with for years.
Steven Galanis’s career has spanned from options trader, to film producer, to now CEO and Co-Founder of Cameo, a platform where fans can book personalized video shout outs from their favorite celebrities. Today, Cameo has more than 15,000 notable talents on the platform, making it larger than any agency on earth.
In this episode, Chad and Steven discuss the founding of Cameo, how the company is changing the entertainment industry, and the importance of founder market fit.
After leaving her promising career in the tech industry, first at Yahoo then Google, Sarah Cooper realized she needed something more. Sarah wrote 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, while at Google and when it went viral, it gave her the confidence to leave the corporate world and break into comedy.
In today’s episode, Chad and Sarah discuss why she left Google, where she finds inspiration for her comedy and writing, and how she got her start in stand up comedy.
Writer and futurist Neal Stephenson sees mythology everywhere; from the stories we tell ourselves, to the stories the media tells the masses, to the stories about the future of humanity. These “myths” define our past, outline our present, and will build our future… so what can we do to make them realistic, optimistic, and (capital “T”) True?
In this episode, Chad and Neal discuss the impact of social media on our collective imagination and our ability to live out our agreed upon realities.
In today's episode, Chad is joined by Wade Foster, CEO of Zapier. Zapier is a web service platform that helps small businesses connect together with various third-party apps and automate workflows for teams.
Together, Chad and Wade discuss the unique origins of Zapier, why Wade didn't want to go the traditional Silicon Valley route of starting a company, and how Zapier has scaled with a distributed, almost entirely remote team.
In today’s episode, Chad and Stephanie review last Monday’s newsletter where Chad dives into three key themes that we’re going to be integrating into our current and future episodes on Mission Daily. Those three themes are: extinction, evolution, and event horizons. What do these mean and why are we focusing on them?
Comedian Alex Weber is a big believer in humor and its power to transform lives. From participating in American Ninja Warrior to speaking at TEDx to being an award-winning TV host, no matter the project, Alex always incorporates humor and humility.
In today’s episode, Chad and Alex Weber discuss the importance of humor in our daily lives, why being unafraid of failure is key to achieving greatness, and what healthy competition has taught Alex about life.
Jennifer is the CEO of PagerDuty, a digital operations management company. Since its founding, PagerDuty has drawn a lot of attention from investors, raising over $173 million over the course of several funding rounds.
In today’s episode, Jennifer joins Chad to discuss her work with PagerDuty, how she uses her father’s “serving others” mentality on a day-to-day basis, and what she foresees PagerDuty doing in the future.
Douglas E. Richards is a New York Times bestselling science fiction author. Douglas frequently uses the world of scientific fact to influence the creation of his fictional worlds.
In today’s episode, Douglas explains how he transferred his experience in labs and the business world to being an author, how he aggressively researches his books and why the best way to break into the world of publishing is to go at it without an expectation of success.