November 14, 2019
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.
November 12, 2019
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.
November 1, 2019
On today’s episode of Mission Daily, Chad shares what we’ve been working on at 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!
October 22, 2019
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.
October 15, 2019
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.
October 10, 2019
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.
October 8, 2019
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.
October 3, 2019
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October 2, 2019
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.
October 1, 2019
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.
September 30, 2019
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, 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.
September 27, 2019
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.
September 26, 2019
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!
September 25, 2019
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
September 24, 2019
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.
September 23, 2019
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.
September 20, 2019
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.
September 19, 2019
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.
September 18, 2019
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”.
September 17, 2019
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.
September 16, 2019
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.
September 13, 2019
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.
September 12, 2019
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!
September 11, 2019
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.
September 10, 2019
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.
September 9, 2019
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.
September 6, 2019
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.
September 5, 2019
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.
September 4, 2019
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!
September 3, 2019
“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.
August 30, 2019
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.
August 29, 2019
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.
August 28, 2019
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.
August 27, 2019
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.
August 26, 2019
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.
August 23, 2019
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.
August 22, 2019
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.
August 21, 2019
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.
August 20, 2019
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.
August 19, 2019
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.
August 16, 2019
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.
August 15, 2019
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.
August 14, 2019
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.
August 13, 2019
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.
August 12, 2019
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.
August 9, 2019
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.
August 8, 2019
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.
August 7, 2019
“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.
August 6, 2019
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.
August 5, 2019
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.
August 2, 2019
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.
August 1, 2019
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.
July 31, 2019
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.
July 30, 2019
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.
July 29, 2019
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.
July 29, 2019
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 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 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 When you do, you’ll receive a mission-driven newsletter every morning that will help you start your day off right!
July 26, 2019
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.
July 25, 2019
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.
July 24, 2019
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.
July 23, 2019
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.
July 22, 2019
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.
July 19, 2019
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
July 18, 2019
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.
July 17, 2019
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.
July 16, 2019
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.”
July 15, 2019
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?
July 12, 2019
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.
July 11, 2019
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,, 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.
July 10, 2019
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.
July 9, 2019
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.
July 9, 2019
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.
July 5, 2019
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.
July 4, 2019
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.
July 3, 2019
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.
July 2, 2019
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.
July 1, 2019
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?
June 28, 2019
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.
June 28, 2019
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.
June 26, 2019
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.
June 25, 2019
Lisa Wentz is an author, voice coach and motivational speaker. She recently published her first book Grace Under Pressure: A Masterclass in Public Speaking. In today’s episode, Chad and Lisa sit down to discuss her new book, how experiences in your childhood can shape your ability to speak and articulate clearly and how to overcome any speaking inhibitions you may be harboring today.
June 21, 2019
Jennifer Dumpert is an author and dream researcher. Her most recent book is, “Liminal Dreaming: Exploring Consciousness at the Edges of Sleep.” In today’s episode, Jennifer breaks down the basics of Liminal Dreaming. She discusses how to begin experimenting with liminal dreaming to enhance your life and well-being and how the art of liminal dreaming has impacted her own life.
June 20, 2019
Mark Cranney is the COO of SignalFX, a SaaS-based monitoring and analytics platform for cloud-native companies to monitor their online and digital infrastructure. Prior to that, he had a seven-year stint at the renowned venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. In today’s episode, Mark and Ian sit down to discuss Mark’s background in the venture capital space, why he got out of that to join the team at SignalFX and his approach to recruiting and developing the most talented people in any given field.
June 19, 2019
Austin Kleon is a New York Times-bestselling author. His most recent book, "Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad," goes into Austin’s top 10 lessons for how creatives can avoid slumps and keep their creative juices flowing (even when it feels like they’ve run out). In this episode, Chad and Austin go in-depth on each of Austin’s 10 methods for maintaining creativity. They cover everything from why you need to program downtime into your workday to how to (effectively) procrasti
June 18, 2019
Ben Renda is the Chief Operating Officer of Google Fi, a new kind of cell phone service that automatically switches between multiple networks to give you the best service in over 200 countries worldwide. In this interview, Ben, Chad, and Ian discuss how to overcome issues of bureaucracy, the lessons Ben learned from his time in the military, and how to build a team you can rely on.
June 17, 2019
In today’s episode, Chad and Steph sit down to talk about what you can expect from our episodes this week. We’ve got everything from an expert in lucid and liminal dreaming to a Google COO. You’re going to hear some of the best insights on how to bridge bureaucratic divides in your business, how to keep your creative juices flowing (even when you’re stressed and exhausted), and how you can use your dreams to become a better problem solver.
June 13, 2019
Christine is the Founder and CEO of Full Harvest Full Harvest, a company with a straightforward mission to connect farmers directly with food and beverage companies who are looking to buy surplus produce. In this episode, Christine and Chad sit down to discuss America’s food waste problem and how Full Harvest is working to fix it. They also talk about how Christine showed up in San Francisco with barely more than the clothes on her back and managed to turn her dream into a reality.
June 12, 2019
Nadia Masri is the CEO of Perksy, a mobile customer insight platform she founded that helps businesses understand their target demographics, specifically millennial and gen-z audiences. In this episode, Chad and Nadia discuss what she’s learned from her prior business ventures, how she relies on those around her to support her, and why she finds empowerment in not knowing the answers to everything.
June 11, 2019
In her nearly thirty-year career, Elisa Steele has learned a lot about what it means to be a leader. She’s had stints at Microsoft, Skype, Yahoo! And AT&T. Currently, she’s serving as the CEO of Namely, an HR software that provides payroll and HR management services to thousands of businesses. In this episode, Chad and Elisa sit down to discuss how to be a better leader through active listening and why you need to embrace the idea of “reverse mentors.”
June 11, 2019
This episode officially marks the start of our Female Founders Week! Over the next week, we’re going to highlight some of the most successful women across a number of different industries and businesses. They’ll be sharing their life experiences, actionable insights and fascinating takeaways they’ve picked up from their years of experience.
June 7, 2019
How do you take an $8 website domain and turn it into a multi-million dollar business? For Adam Blitzer, co-founder of Pardot, all it took was determination, grit and a long-term vision. In this episode, Adam (who now serves as the EVP and GM of Salesforce’s Sales Cloud) shares what he’s learned along his journey; including how to use your opponent’s strength against them and how to capitalize on asymmetric forces in business.
June 6, 2019
Kyle Samani is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Multicoin Capital, a thesis-driven crypto fund that invests in tokens and companies reshaping entire sectors of the global economy. Kyle and the team at Multicoin are wired into the most up-to-date and important trends in the crypto marketplace. In this episode, Kyle and Chad sit down to talk about the future trends Kyle’s noticing in the crypto markets and Kyle’s experience with crypto regulation at both a national and international level.
June 5, 2019
In the modern age of technology, your digital identity is becoming increasingly important. How does someone use websites and services like Amazon, Google, and Apple without compromising on privacy and security? Many of the answers can be gleaned from Daniel Buchner, Senior PM and Head of Decentralized Identity at Microsoft. In this interview, Chad and Daniel sit down to discuss what Daniel and his team at Microsoft are helping to lead the charge for data privacy.
June 4, 2019
Alex Mashinsky is the CEO and Co-Founder of Celsius Network, a network that lets you earn interest on your crypto and instantly borrow against it. In this episode, Ian and Alex talk about how Alex and Celsius are working to disrupt the banking industry, what Celsius is looking to build in the long-term and lessons Alex has learned from his previous business ventures that he used while building Celsius.
June 3, 2019
Is it possible to live and thrive using nothing but Bitcoin? For Austin Craig and his wife, Beccy, this question served as the inspiration for their documentary Life on Bitcoin. The film follows Austin and Beccy as they attempt to purchase food, shelter and other necessities using nothing but bitcoin for 101 days. In this episode, Stephanie and Austin sit down to discuss the struggles and triumphs of living on nothing but bitcoin for over three months.
May 31, 2019
Anthony Pompliano is a Founder & Partner at Morgan Creek Digital and a crypto influencer. What that means is that Anthony is deeply involved and invested in how cryptocurrency will continue to evolve. In this episode, he and Ian discuss the ways in which crypto has become more popular even in its infancy, and the path it will take as it matures into a widely-used method of payment and asset management.
May 31, 2019
As the Chief Strategy Officer of the Human Rights Foundation, Alex Gladstein, has made it his life’s goal to be sure that everyone, regardless of nationality, is treated with dignity and afforded their basic human rights, including privacy. Now, through the power of cryptography, Alex and the HRF has a whole new set of tools at their disposal to reach this goal. In today’s episode, Chad and Alex sit down to discuss how the HRF is using cryptography to help bolster privacy measures throughout the worl
May 29, 2019
Erik Voorhees is the founder and CEO of ShapeShift, a company that allows the seamless transformation of cryptocurrency assets. In simpler terms, ShapeShift allows you to turn cryptocurrency like Bitcoin into another form of crypto, like Ether. In this interview, Chad and Erik sit down to discuss how ShapeShift is working to decentralize the financial and banking system. They also talk about how cryptocurrency and other digital currencies can be used to fight inflation.
May 28, 2019
Our guest today is Laura Shin, a former reporter and editor for Forbes Magazine and host of the Unchained Podcast. While at Forbes, Laura spent several years covering cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. She later used the insights and connections from her reporting to create the Unchained Podcast, a weekly show that features interviews with some of the most influential people in the crypto and blockchain space.
May 23, 2019
Sean Sheppard is a founding partner of GrowthX and GrowthX Academy. Through his work with GrowthX, Sean has learned a lot about what kind of environment businesses flourish in while funding start-ups across the globe. In this episode, he sits down with Ian to share the lessons he’s learned from traveling around the world and what cities can do to foster an innovative environment.
May 22, 2019
Glen Allison is the Chief Operating Officer at Honey, a browser extension and web application that automatically finds and applies coupon codes to your online purchases. In this interview, Glen and Stephanie sit down to discuss what drew him to Honey, how Glen is managing Honey’s explosive growth and how to hire employees that will grow with the company over time.
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