Before IT Happened

Donna Loughlin X StudioPod Media

Before any world-changing innovation there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.

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Building a meaningful business while living your best life and traveling the world is not easy. In this episode of Before IT Happened, our host Donna Loughlin tells the story of social entrepreneur and philanthropist Jamie Bianchini, who biked through over 80 countries around the world for eight years with a friend calling themselves the ‘Peace Pedalers.’ Jamie’s motto “Live big, give big” has had an enormous impact in communities from Asia to Latin America where he’s helped build schools, start transportation projects and bring clean water to areas in need. Listen now and learn how this adventurer’s entrepreneurial spirit found its spark in his love for humanity. Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.  JUMP STRAIGHT INTO: (01:20) - Jamie’s story and the ups & downs of entrepreneurial life - “You can build a business around the lifestyle that you want to have. That's what I aspired to do, and that's still what I do to this day.” (05:44) - Traveling the world while trying to build a business - “I worked at a youth hostel in Switzerland that I modeled my business plan after which won Best Business Plan at USC.” (08:27) - Working to make Peace Pedalers a reality - “It was taking the tandem bicycle with an empty seat on the back of it and inviting total strangers to come on. That gesture of friendship and connection is the essence of Peace Pedalers.” (14:59) - Jamie’s life-changing realization of wanting to help people - “Magical things happen when we don't just focus on ourselves, but we try to infuse some level of intention, contribution, and purpose in our lives above and beyond just achieving.” (18:53) - Getting the drive to keep going - “I pulled a two-peso note from my wallet, and somebody had written on the bill by hand a message in Spanish, ‘If love is your biggest weakness, you are the strongest person in the world.’” (22:18) - What’s next for Jamie - “It's everybody's responsibility to pick our head up and see what we can do to help someone who's part of the human family who might not be as fortunate as us.” (24:50) - On Profit & Purpose: Jamie's new project in the social venture arena - “We help anybody who’s purpose-driven or wants to be purpose-driven and make it easier for them to become even more impactful in their communities.” EPISODE RESOURCES: Connect with Jamie on https://twitter.com/JamieRBianchini (Twitter) and at https://jamiebianchini.com/ (Jamiebianchini.com) Learn more about Jamie’s latest organization https://profitpurpose.org/ (Profit & Purpose) Watch Jamie’s Tedx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqnME0OQQ7A (Live Big, Give Big: Infinite possibilities powered by compassion) See Jamie’s https://www.peacepedalers.com/route.html (original route for Peace Pedalers)  Read Jamie’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Bicycle-Built-Two-Billion-Compassion/dp/0996137203/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=a+bicycle+built+for+2&qid=1617900852&sr=8-8 (A Bicycle Built for Two Billion)  Thank you for listening! Follow https://www.beforeithappened.com/ (Before IT Happened) on https://www.instagram.com/beforeithappenedshow/ (Instagram) and https://twitter.com/TheBIHShow (Twitter), and don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share the show wherever you listen to podcasts!  Before IT Happened is produced by Donna Loughlin and https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (StudioPod Media) with additional editing and sound design by https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab). The Executive Producer is Katie Sunku Wood and all episodes are written by Jack Buehrer.

Nov 24

23 min 45 sec

Today’s episode is perfect for Thanksgiving — a story about kindness, love, and the power of giving. In this episode of Before IT Happened, our host Donna Loughlin talks to author, speaker, and advocate Genevieve Piturro. After a 12-year career as a corporate climber in New York City, Genevieve started visiting shelters to read to children. Soon she realized something, these children needed pajamas. Since 2001, Genevieve’s nonprofit Pajama Program has given over 7 million books and pajamas to children in need in the US. This is a story about finding purpose and getting to that aha moment that can change your life. Listen now to learn how this one-time corporate executive turned her life around after discovering the power behind the love and comfort behind a pair of pajamas.   Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.  JUMP STRAIGHT INTO: (01:24) - Leaving the nest with traditional Italian-American parents - “Mary Tyler Moore was what really cemented being a corporate girl. I wanted what she had. She was making her way in a big city. For her it was Minneapolis, for me it was New York.” (07:35) - Diving into the radio & TV industry - “The TV people were coming in and they were always wondering, ‘What are you doing overnight?’ I told them about my TV aspirations and I got hired.” (10:37) - A great 12-year corporate career and the ‘Aha!’ moment - “I heard a question asked by me to me: ‘If this is the next 30 years of your life is this enough?’” (17:17) - The beginning of the pajama program - “Maybe it's like a mom feeling when they have little ones and can't wait to get back from work to spend time with them.” (22:42) - Giving up a corporate career for a new passion - “I would have been fired if I didn't finally leave. I just couldn't say no to the request to visit and to bring pajamas. And I had to leave early because I had to go shopping.” (28:11) - Taking the pajama program to the next level - “The woman said, ‘I'm so-and-so from the Oprah Winfrey show. Do you have a minute?’ And half of me was screaming up and down.” (34:49) - Genevieve’s book: Purpose, Passion and Pajamas - “I've learned it's not the power of one that changes things. It's the power of one another that moves mountains and moves people. And that's what I want to share.” EPISODE RESOURCES: Connect with Genevieve through https://www.genevievepiturro.com/ (Genevieve Piturro).com, https://www.linkedin.com/in/genevievepiturro/ (LinkedIn), https://www.facebook.com/GenevievePajama (Facebook), https://www.instagram.com/genevievepiturro/?hl=en (Instagram), and https://twitter.com/GenPiturro (Twitter) Learn more about the https://pajamaprogram.org/ (Pajama Program)  Get Genevieve’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Genevieve-Piturro/e/B08D4Y5D9V%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share (Purpose, Passion, and Pajamas by Genevieve M Piturro ) Watch Genevieve’s Tedx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNBTnzwzpwo (1 Story + The Human Connection = 7 Million Pajamas and Books) Thank you for listening! Follow https://www.beforeithappened.com/ (Before IT Happened) on https://www.instagram.com/beforeithappenedshow/ (Instagram) and https://twitter.com/TheBIHShow (Twitter), and don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and share the show wherever you listen to podcasts!  Before IT Happened is produced by Donna Loughlin and https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (StudioPod Media) with additional editing and sound design by https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab). The Executive Producer is Katie Sunku Wood and all episodes are written by Jack Buehrer.

Nov 18

44 min 7 sec

Why is it that when we think about Artificial Intelligence, a dystopian universe comes to mind? In this episode of Before IT Happened, our host Donna Loughlin talks with Steven Shwartz, author, researcher, entrepreneur, and one of the most influential thinkers in the space of Artificial Intelligence. Steven debunks the myths and misconceptions around Artificial Intelligence and shares what this technology truly is about. Will robots take over our jobs and ultimately the world? Is a Blade Runner-like future awaiting? Probably not. Listen now and learn what Artificial Intelligence really means and why we shouldn’t fear an AI future. Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life. JUMP STRAIGHT INTO: (01:24) - Stumbling into AI through Cognitive Psychology - “Roger Shank ran a lab with about 25 graduate students and lots of undergraduates, and it was one of the most exciting places I've ever, ever worked or been around.” (05:54) - The two types of Artificial Intelligence - “People are trying to get computers not to be generally intelligent, but rather to be good at one small narrowly defined task.” (10:19) - Early conversations around AI - “We were all investigating artificial general intelligence. And one of those dinner conversations was with Geoffrey Hinton who is now considered the father of AI.” (16:04) - From academics to the business world - “I had a lot of AI experience but no business experience, and it took a lot longer to ramp up on business acumen than I ever expected.” (21:54) - Debunking AI myths: Steven’s experience with Tesla’s ‘autonomy’ - “It's far from perfect. It's only a level two capability because you have to be ready to take over at any given time because it's going to make a lot of mistakes.” (30:29) - The future for AI - “From nonprofits to retail, to government, to every single field, something is going on in AI that's providing beneficial capabilities.” (32:49) - The misconceptions around the term AI - “If the field was called computational statistic, how many magazine covers would say, ‘Computational Statistics, changing the world?’”  (36:12) - Governments and AI regulation - “What we need to regulate is narrow AI and narrow AI needs to be regulated application by application.” EPISODE RESOURCES: Connect with Steven Shwartz through https://twitter.com/sshwartz (Twitter) and https://www.aiperspectives.com/ (AIperspectives.com) Read Steven’s book https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08VDK5VHY/ref=x_gr_w_bb_glide_sout?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_glide_sout-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B08VDK5VHY&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2 (Evil Robots, Killer Computers, and Other Myths by Dr. Steven Shwartz) Read https://www.aiperspectives.com/level-3-self-driving/ (Level 3 Self-Driving is a Really Bad Idea) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08VDK5VHY/ref=x_gr_w_bb_glide_sout?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_glide_sout-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B08VDK5VHY&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2 (by Dr. Steven Shwartz) Read https://www.aiperspectives.com/self-driving-cars-safer/ (Are Self-Driving Cars Really Safer Than Human Drivers?) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08VDK5VHY/ref=x_gr_w_bb_glide_sout?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_glide_sout-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B08VDK5VHY&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2 (by Dr. Steven Shwartz) Thank you for listening! Follow https://www.beforeithappened.com/ (Before IT Happened) on https://www.instagram.com/beforeithappenedshow/ (Instagram) and https://twitter.com/TheBIHShow (Twitter),

Nov 11

40 min 47 sec

Sometimes, we all need a wake up call, and after hitting rock bottom the only way to go is up. In this episode of Before IT Happened, our host Donna Loughlin sits down with Bryan Seely, ethical hacker and in demand thought leader on cyber security, to talk about his fascinating upbringing, his recovery from addiction, and how and why he hacked the Secret Service just to prove a point. From homeless addict to TED Talk speaker and author, Bryan knows a thing or two about transformation and confidence. Tune in now and be ready to get inspired! Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.  JUMP STRAIGHT INTO: (03:06) - Growing up in Tokyo - “You don't fit in in the same way that you fit in here by looks, but people quickly understand that that's what you consider home.” (07:49) - Life after the Marines - “There's lots of boredom at night when you're not with a military unit, so I ended up finding other military units to hang out with and play cards.” (11:40) - On Bryan’s addiction, complicated marriage, and the famous McDonald’s incident - “I made a bunch of funny listings to try and get some attention. The Mormon temple became a comedy club, the Church of Scientology became a comedy club, a Russian embassy in the United Kingdom became a gay bar... a bunch of really fairly inappropriate immature type humor that I stand by!” (18:48) - Messing with the FBI and the Secret Service to prove a point - “It was definitely intense. It felt more like excitement rather than panic or nervousness, because I was being honest and they didn't catch me. I'm trying to convince them there's a problem and they're rejecting it.” (26:55) - Resetting the narrative: How ethical hacking transformed Bryan’s life completely - “Cyber security and protecting people is definitely my day-to-day and I love doing it. I like protecting people or helping educate people to give them the tools they can do for themselves.” (31:13) - On prevention culture and what makes the cyber security market such a hot spot - “The criminals elevate their game and you have to elevate your game to match it and then show people, ‘Okay, this is why it's important.’” (36:18) - A life with no regrets - “It’s impossible to know the butterfly effect of changing things. The lessons I learned by hitting rock bottom? You can’t buy them with any amount of money.” EPISODE RESOURCES: Connect with Bryan at https://www.bryanseely.com/ (BryanSeely.com), on https://twitter.com/bryanthemapsguy (Twitter), and https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryanthemapsguy/ (LinkedIn) Watch Bryan’s TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c6AADI7Pb4 (Wiretapping the Secret Service can be easy and fun) Read Bryan Seely’s book https://www.amazon.com/Cyber-Fraud-Cybercrime-Consumers-Nothing/dp/1533156778/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1635445150&refinements=p_27%3ABryan+Seely&s=books&sr=1-1 (Cyber Fraud: The Web of Lies: US Marine Risks Life in Prison To Expose a Cybercrime That Consumers Know Nothing About) Watch Bryan’s https://youtu.be/U3DSRWwgCoE (Cyber Security Keynote Speaker Highlight Reel) Read Seattle Business’s https://www.seattlebusinessmag.com/article/hacker-wears-white-hat (This Hacker Wears a White Hat) Read the Valley Wag’s http://valleywag.gawker.com/how-a-hacker-intercepted-fbi-and-secret-service-calls-w-1531334747 (How a Hacker Intercepted FBI and Secret Service Calls With Google Maps) Thank you for listening! Follow https://www.beforeithappened.com/ (Before IT Happened) on https://www.instagram.com/beforeithappenedshow/ (Instagram) and https://twitter.com/TheBIHShow (Twitter), and don’t forget to subscribe, rate and...

Nov 4

42 min 19 sec

First, we had The Beatles, then we had the 80s New Wave, and now we have The 2 LADS, a couple of young expat British artists in Los Angeles whose life mission is to advocate for mental health and the well-being of men across the world. In this episode of Before IT Happened, our host Donna Loughlin sits down with Daniel Sharman and Christian “Leggy” Langdon, creators and hosts of The 2 LADS Podcast. Donna gets the pair to open up about their upbringing, life experiences, emotional growth, spiritual wellness, and the importance of intimacy and community building for men. The world is reframing the way we approach mental health, and our society finally understands that it is okay, and even crucial, that we give men permission to be vulnerable. Join in!  Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.  JUMP STRAIGHT INTO: (03:01) - Daniel, the acting bug and the consequences of a boarding school education - “I've developed absolutely no human skills, my emotions are skewed. I have no skills other than the ability to just get up and move and go.” (11:26) - Leggy and his earliest aspirations of having a Rock n’ Roll lifestyle - “My brothers were definitely idols of mine. I looked up to them and wanted to follow in their footsteps.” (15:41) - How the 2 LADS met - “He actually just showed up on my doorstep and was like, ‘I'm fucked. I heard you’re fucked too. Do you want to talk?’” (21:51) - The 2 LADS Podcast: On mental health and the building safe spaces for men - “I've actually seen how much deep need there is for men to be intimate with each other and to show love, and to have that trust with other men.”  (30:09) - Unscripted & Unplugged: The importance of embracing humanity - “No one should be following anybody, the work starts with you, and I have to name it in order to be more honest, more human, and hopefully other people can do this.” (37:12) - “We go first”: The impact of being vulnerable - “We're putting the weapons down for a moment and saying, ‘Oh God, isn't it weird being human? Isn't that a bit hard?’” EPISODE RESOURCES: Listen to https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-2-lads-podcast/id1575736783 (The 2 LADS Podcast)  Follow 2 LADS on https://www.instagram.com/the2ladspodcast (Instagram) Join the https://www.patreon.com/2LADS (Lad Club on Patreon) Learn more at https://the2lads.com/ (the2lads.com) Connect w/ Daniel on https://www.instagram.com/danielsharman/ (Instagram), https://twitter.com/daniel_sharman (Twitter) and https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1528476/ (IMDB) Connect w/ Leggy on https://www.instagram.com/leggylangdon/ (Instagram) and https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1Aw91qm9YH0DQF8vsOKMM1?si=d435ebe70b284ad4 (Spotify) Thank you for listening! Follow https://www.beforeithappened.com/ (Before IT Happened) on https://www.instagram.com/beforeithappenedshow/ (Instagram) and https://twitter.com/TheBIHShow (Twitter), and don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share the show wherever you listen to podcasts!  Before IT Happened is produced by Donna Loughlin and https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (StudioPod Media) with additional editing and sound design by https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab). The Executive Producer is Katie Sunku Wood and all episodes are written by Jack Buehrer.

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Oct 28

44 min 2 sec

The entrepreneurial lifestyle is definitely not for the faint of heart, as it comes with loads of hard work, nerve-wrecking risk taking, personal sacrifices and a high mental health price tag. Today, our host Donna Loughlin chats with Silicon Valley thought leader Vitaly Golomb, to talk about his amazing journey in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Vitaly migrated to the US as a child, and had to quickly adapt to this new environment. Little did he and his family know that Silicon Valley would transform his destiny completely. Join this fascinating conversation around startups, the future of mobility, and the importance of mental health in an environment where only a small few triumph. Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.  JUMP STRAIGHT INTO: (02:54) - From Ukraine to Silicon Valley - “I was plunked right into a normal third grade class not speaking any English, starting from scratch, but somehow miraculously, by the end of that school year I was pretty fluent in English.” (09:10) - Vitaly’s teenage years - “By the time I was 15, I went to Kinko's and became a designer. So while my friends were making and delivering pizzas or working at Starbucks, I was out there in an office crunching away on documents and websites.” (17:52) - The struggles of entrepreneurship - “When you don't have much, you're not going to lose money, you're starting from zero anyway.” (23:41) - The art of mentorship: On Startup Adventure and Accelerated Startup - “From everything that I did, I learned that I need to also say ‘no’ a lot more, and then really focus my efforts.” (31:20) - From scrappy entrepreneur to settled venture capitalist and the future of mobility - “Electrification is something that's quite interesting and I don't think we've seen its final form yet. We're talking about a major transition in one of the most important business categories, if not the most important: that moves people and goods around the planet.” (37:26) - On the development of the Hyperloop - “Hyperloop has been talked about for so many years as this very futuristic thing, but we're really only a few years away at this point from buying a ticket and riding it.” (39:52) - The startup toll: On the importance of prioritizing mental health - “A lot of people really struggle because they have to be out there cheerleading and saying everything is amazing, everything is great. They put up a nice smiling face out to the outside world, but inside they're very miserable.” EPISODE RESOURCES: Connect with Vitaly through https://twitter.com/vitalyg?lang=en (Twitter), https://www.facebook.com/VitalyGolomb/ (Facebook), https://www.linkedin.com/in/vitalyg/ (LinkedIn), & https://golomb.net/ (Golomb.net) Get Vitaly’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Accelerated-Startup-Everything-Product-Company/dp/0998406309/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=accelerated+startup&qid=1634750058&s=books&sr=1-1 (Accelerated Startup)  Watch Vitaly’s Tedx San Francisco talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MdBdXgXVUQ (Time to be more culturally fluid) Listen to Vitaly’s podcast https://open.spotify.com/show/1d5AaJgLtj6bw8lfen0csi?si=d24a4c4594004320 (Accelerated) Learn more about https://www.drakestar.com/ (Drake Star Partners) Learn more about https://www.hyperlooptt.com/ (Hyperloop Transportation Technologies) Read Tesla’s https://www.tesla.com/sites/default/files/blog_images/hyperloop-alpha.pdf (Hyperloop Alpha )proposal Get Michael Malone’s book https://www.amazon.com/Infinite-Loop-Michael-Malone/dp/0385486847 (Infinite Loop) Thank you for listening! Follow https://www.beforeithappened.com/ (Before IT...

Oct 21

43 min 28 sec

Today everything in a car is smart, from the tires to the windshields. But there is something that is still just an ugly piece of metal, your license plate. In this episode of Before IT Happened, our host Donna Loughlin tells the story of Neville Boston, Founder, and CSO at Reviver, a disruptive company that is modernizing license plates from a piece of metal to a fully interactive screen with state-of-the-art technology. “Embrace change” is Neville’s mindset and it shows in his life story, from his entrepreneurial background to shifting careers and all the way to bringing the license plate to the 21st century. Listen now and learn how this born entrepreneur is bringing to life a company of the future! Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.  JUMP STRAIGHT INTO: (01:48) - Neville’s childhood in an entrepreneurial family - “Success wasn't tied to working for somebody else. It was tied to creating something of need and of interest and building on that.”  (07:49) - Going to UC Berkeley - “You got to see things in a way that other people just dream about. And that was part of your reality. So it was awesome.” (14:41) - Getting into marketing and working on building company experiences - “That was around the Oscars, Grammys, Super Bowl, NBA All-Star, you name it. We would develop all of these items and ideas for them.” (19:49) - The potential of digital license plates and getting the business going - “We were forced, hampered, and shackled to a metal plate when everything else on the car, including the tires in the windshield, are smart. It made no sense.” (28:38) - Expanding the platform’s functionalities - “There are 1,000,001 things you can do with this platform, because it's always on and connected, so you have a way of pushing information and collecting information back.” (32:06) - Finding the right team to make his dreams a reality - “We've been working with some of the largest fleet management companies in the world. And it looks like this could be a big thing for us and them.” (40:13) - Privacy and safe transfer of information - “We engage the DMV to verify the license plate number and that it's valid. So there's no more data than that information.” EPISODE RESOURCES Connect with Neville through https://www.linkedin.com/in/neville-boston-6a308861/ (LinkedIn) and https://twitter.com/ntboston1?lang=en (Twitter) Learn more about https://reviver.com/ (Reviver’s Rplate ) READ: https://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2021/08/26/neville-boston-reviver-digital-license-plates.html (Digital license plate entrepreneur got government buy-in) SEE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX6Z5uuWn5s (Neville’s interview with Automotive Expert and Car-Talk Host Bobby Likis) Thank you for listening! Follow https://www.beforeithappened.com/ (Before IT Happened) on https://www.instagram.com/beforeithappenedshow/ (Instagram) and https://twitter.com/TheBIHShow (Twitter), and don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share the show wherever you listen to podcasts!  Before IT Happened is produced by Donna Loughlin and https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (StudioPod Media) with additional editing and sound design by https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab). The Executive Producer is Katie Sunku Wood and all episodes are written by Jack Buehrer.

Oct 14

50 min 26 sec

Healthy eating has become a multimillion-dollar business. But there’s one superfood that hasn’t gotten the recognition it deserves. In this episode of Before IT Happened, our host Donna Loughlin talks to a pioneer in the plant-based health movement, Doug Evans, co-founder of Organic Avenue, founder of Juicero, and the author of The Sprouts Book. Doug talks about his latest work, advocating for sprouts — the simple and cheap food he calls “the ultimate superfood.” Could these tiny living seeds be the answer to the world’s food crisis? Listen now and learn how the entrepreneurial spirit has caught on to the healthy food trend and what’s coming in the near future for this market. Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.  JUMP STRAIGHT INTO: (01:58) - Doug’s childhood growing up on the standard American Diet - “I remember sneaking into the kitchen in the middle of the night and eating the whole Philadelphia cream cheese, just wanting more fat and more sugar.” (08:16) - Enrolling in the Army - “My thought process was that it would be fun. I would get into shape. I would learn discipline. I would save all of my money. And when I got out, I could do whatever I wanted.” (13:27) - Graphic design and working for Paul Rand - “I watched an entire industry shift from analog to digital, from black and white to color, and watched the proliferation of the desktop computer obliterate an entire industry.” (19:33) - A wake-up call - “I went from eating a duck off the street in Chinatown to vegetarian, then vegan and raw vegan. And that was 22 years ago.” (25:58) - Chasing the gold rush with Organic Avenue and Juicero - “What we had done with Juicero was the experience of making a fresh, raw, organic juice in two minutes with no setup, no cleanup and the freshest produce.” (34:22) - Discovering the power of sprouts - “In the course of me moving to the desert, I started to sprout and within 30 days, most of my calories were coming from sprouts that I was growing in one cubic foot.” (44:47) - How you can start sprouting today - “You can grow sprouts without soil, sunshine, sprouting medium, etc. You could literally grow them in a jar or unbleached paper towel with water for pennies a serving.” EPISODE RESOURCES: Connect with Doug through https://twitter.com/iamdougevans?lang=en (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/dougevans/?hl=en (Instagram) Get Doug’s book https://www.amazon.com/-/es/Doug-Evans/dp/1250226171/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2VG740TQ2XL9Q&dchild=1&ie=UTF8&keywords=doug%20evans%20sprouting%20book&language=en_US&qid=1632658157&sprefix=doug%20evans%20spr%2Caps%2C411&sr=8-2 (The Sprout Book) Read the Beet’s https://thebeet.com/doug-evans-on-the-health-benefits-of-sprouting-and-why-you-should-start/ (Doug Evans on the Health Benefits of Sprouting and Why You Should Start) Thank you for listening! Follow https://www.beforeithappened.com/ (Before IT Happened) on https://www.instagram.com/beforeithappenedshow/ (Instagram) and https://twitter.com/TheBIHShow (Twitter), and don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share the show wherever you listen to podcasts!  Before IT Happened is produced by Donna Loughlin and https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (StudioPod Media) with additional editing and sound design by https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab). The Executive Producer is Katie Sunku Wood and all episodes are written by Jack Buehrer.

Oct 7

51 min 52 sec

Over the last couple of decades, humanity has experienced a tremendous rate of disruption. How can we understand and adapt to the ever-changing world we live in? In this episode of Before IT Happened, Donna talks to Eric Pilon-Bignell, an engineer and author whose ideas are revolutionizing both the present and the future. Eric, an expert on change and how we respond to it, is the author of the book Surfing Rogue Waves, a doctoral thesis turned into a best-selling manuscript on adapting to the waves of change and learning to surf through disruption. Listen now to hear about what keeps this thought-leader up at night.  Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.  JUMP STRAIGHT INTO: (01:47) - Who is Eric Pilon-Bignell? A pragmatic futurist who is looking to explain the world’s wave of change - “We've got this robust pipeline of disruption and it's going to make for some of the craziest surfing conditions we've ever faced.” (05:45) - Eric’s academic path and his discovery of knowledge - “I got some great advice from my dad, he said you can always go be an engineer and then decided to go into business later.”  (09:55) - The entrepreneurial years, Indiana Institute of Technology, and a newfound love for surfing  - “There's this constant parallel that I was starting to pull together between surfing in life and surfing in business.” (13:36) - Eric’s doctoral thesis and how it turned into a best-seller about surfing - “I wanted to make it digestible, I don't want it to be an academic read. I don't want it to be boring. So I found that the parallels of surfing were really perfect.” (20:32) - The complexity of today’s problems and how we can understand disruption - “Look into the impossible problems of today and what they're going to look like tomorrow… The future generations are going to fix the impossible problems of today with ease.” (25:48) - The process of writing and rewriting the book - “I had a bit more fun because I could put in much more real-world examples of where we're seeing this happen. Whereas you can't give a great everyday example in your dissertation.” (28:49) - The fourth industrial revolution: Can we know when the next wave is coming? - “We have to start talking about it now. It's not all developers or academics or theorists. It's you, me, and anyone else.” EPISODE RESOURCES: Connect with Eric through https://twitter.com/EricPBme (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/ericpb.me/ (Instagram) and http://ericpb.me/ (Ericpb.me) Get Eric’s book https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0934WSJCW/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0?tag=scribemedia-20&geniuslink=true (Surfing Rogue Waves: How to paddle out into the 21st Century) Learn more about http://ericpb.me/project7 (Project7) supporting brain research Read Forbe’s https://www.forbes.com/sites/serenitygibbons/2021/06/22/10-authors-that-will-make-you-rethink-small-decisions/?sh=3fab53d67009 (10 Authors That Will Make You Rethink Small Decisions) Read BBC’s https://www.bbc.com/news/business-58235479 (Bezos sues Nasa over its deal with Elon Musk's SpaceX) Thank you for listening! Follow https://www.beforeithappened.com/ (Before IT Happened) on https://www.instagram.com/beforeithappenedshow/ (Instagram) and https://twitter.com/TheBIHShow (Twitter), and don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share the show wherever you listen to podcasts!  Before IT Happened is produced by Donna Loughlin and https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (StudioPod Media) with additional editing and sound design by https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab). The Executive Producer is Katie Sunku Wood and all episodes are written by...

Sep 30

39 min 14 sec

How does a latchkey kid go from eating microwave burritos to being a world-renowned chef? In this episode of Before IT Happened, Donna tells the story of one of the early faces of The Food Network, Tyler Florence. Tyler is an American culinary star, author of almost a dozen cookbooks, an entrepreneur, and even a documentary director. Tyler’s love for food has taken him from working on the front lines of busy restaurants to collaborating with the World Central Kitchen and the United Nations to combat world hunger. Listen now and learn how this passionate risk-taker is constantly pushing his career to new and exciting levels! Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.  Jump straight into: (02:10) - Tyler’s latchkey kid childhood and how his love for food began - “I was never a kid who wanted to order off the kids' menu. I wanted the most adventurous, most expensive thing on the menu.” (08:43) - Getting his first job as a dishwasher and getting inspired by food - “Nothing was as interesting to me as working in the kitchen and working in restaurants. So I graduated from high school and went to culinary school in Charleston, South Carolina.” (14:25) - Moving to New York City to start his career as a chef - “I didn't have a job. I moved there with just an opportunity to show up and work for free to prove that you can even be there.” (18:20) - Getting discovered by The Food Network and his career as a TV host - “I was the first chef on Food Network to not wear a chef's coat, just because I felt like it was some sort of invisible Superman cape, so I just took on the position of the everyday guy next door.” (23:41) - His entrepreneurial spirit - “When you're famous, the phone rings, so there's a blend between fielding opportunities and creating opportunities.” (26:16) - The future of the restaurant industry post-pandemic - “I think it's really important that we start to really harvest and dial in the next generation of up and coming talent.” (30:31) - Working with the World Central Kitchen and the UN World Food Program - “40% of all food at a grocery store ends up in the dumpster and then 30% of food that comes home, ends up in the garbage.” Episode resources Connect with Tyler on https://twitter.com/TylerFlorence (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/tylerflorence/ (Instagram) and https://www.wolfitdown.com/ (WolfItDown.com) Be the first to eat at http://millerandluxrestaurant.com/ (Miller & Lux), Tyler’s newest restaurant in San Francisco  Reserve a table at Tyler’s first San Francisco restaurant https://www.wayfaretavern.com/ (Wayfare Tavern) Take a https://www.wolfitdown.com/live (live, online cooking class with Tyler on WID Live) Donate or volunteer at the https://wck.org/ (World Central Kitchen) Learn more about the https://secure.wfpusa.org/donate/save-lives-giving-food-today-donate-now-29?ms=2002_UNR_Google_SRCH&gclid=Cj0KCQjw1ouKBhC5ARIsAHXNMI8KlZCYjfjuT3aKCdCIc4Xz2CV0WjVejt_P91eEXkVrn5Gm3cO5qIkaAoOoEALw_wcB (United Nations World Food Program) See Tyler’s shows and recipes on the https://www.foodnetwork.com/profiles/talent/tyler-florence (Food Network) Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZPUHw_uch4 (the trailer for Tyler’s documentary UnCrushable) on California’s 2017 wildfires Subscribe to Tyler’s Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2yXkarXY8FFmMXDl7LNW-g (Wolf it Down with Tyler Florence) Learn more about Tyler’s production company https://www.monarchcollective.com/people (Monarch Collective) Learn more about Tyler’s alma mater https://www.jwu.edu/ (Johnson & Wales University ) Order you own organic baby food at...

Sep 23

38 min

There was a time when Kodak was the most powerful company in America. It’s business model truly seemed impenetrable until something unprecedented happened inside its own laboratories. In this episode of Before IT Happened, Donna sits down with Steve Sasson, who, as a young Kodak engineer in 1975, became the first person ever to capture a digital photographic image. Steve may have developed the first digital camera prototype while working for Kodak, but it wasn’t until 2001 that the company paid real attention to his invention. But by then, the company had lost the race to develop a business model around digital photography, and its analog film was old news. Listen now and learn about the creation that could have potentially saved Kodak from bankruptcy and launch it into a leading 21st-century business. Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.   Jump straight into: (01:59) - Steve Sasson’s childhood taking apart electronics and experimenting with technology - “I would salvage all these parts, tubes, large capacitors, resistors, transformers, stuff like that, and then I would build my projects using that. It was a very low-cost hobby for me.” (8:59) - Steve’s college education and an inspiring story of his early student years - “When I went to college I got some of the best teachers, literally in the world.” (12:23) - Kodak, not a traditional company for an electrical engineer - “What interested me here was that I was sitting next to a mathematician or a mechanical engineer, and it was a very much more diverse environment.” (17:43) - Scrounging for parts to build the first-ever digital camera - “Nobody told me to build a camera but he told me to evaluate it. So the best way to evaluate it was to get it to work.” (22:42) - The first digital photograph in history and the story behind it - “I walked down the hallway and there was a young girl, her name was Joy Marshall. She was sitting at a teletype and I asked if I could take her picture.” (26:12) - Digital vs. Analog: Kodak’s reaction to Steve’s camera - “I didn't talk about it until they asked me to in 2001 because at that time, digital cameras were really starting to take off as consumer items.” (31:21) - Specialized cameras and advancing photographic technology - “I thought about this so many years ago, and now it is really happening in real life. These are real people really taking pictures that they value with this thing.”  (36:14) - The original face of the digital camera: Steve Sasson - “I went on several road trips, traveled throughout Asia interviewing. I did radio shows, television shows. I went from being a lab guy to being a public relations guy.” (39:04) - The craziness of patent litigation and the battle in the digital era - “Apple, Samsung, all of those were involved in different patent licensing negotiations and eventually litigations.” EPISODE RESOURCES: Connect with Steve through https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-sasson-5b23783/ (LinkedIn) Read about https://nationalmedals.org/laureate/steven-sasson/ (Steve’s National Medal of Technology and Innovation) Read the New York Times’ Lens Blog: https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/12/kodaks-first-digital-moment/ (Kodak’s First Digital Moment) Watch https://youtu.be/okuUU6WXsYI (the National Inventors Hall of Fame interview with Steve) Read about https://www.invent.org/blog/inventors/Legacy-Steve-Sasson (Steve’s induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame) See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Sasson (Steve’s Wikipedia page) Thank you for listening! Follow Before IT Happened on...

Sep 16

47 min 27 sec

Would you like to drive a vehicle that takes you beyond the mortal real world? In this episode of Before IT Happened, Donna Loughlin chats with automobile entrepreneur and innovator Ferris Rezvani. After a successful career working at IBM, Ferris decided to pursue his lifelong dream of designing military-inspired armored vehicles. Today he is CEO of Rezvani Motors, an avant-garde automobile design company dedicated to creating exotic, high-performance vehicles that have become favorites of the rich and famous. Listen now and learn how Ferris quit his job to design just the kind of cars that James Bond and the Knight Rider would buy in a heartbeat.  Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.   JUMP STRAIGHT INTO: (01:54) - Ferris Rezvani’s childhood story and his true calling, cars - “My inspiration was military-type equipment, aircraft, armored vehicles, ships. I was fascinated by all that stuff.” (07:14) - Computer science, IBM and getting into car design - “I worked for IBM Global services for about seven years, then I started learning how car-design was done.” (10:51) - Rezvani’s very first designs, production team, and investors - “I involved everyone with a piece of the effort and I was excited about it. I believed in it. I loved it, and that translated.” (15:31) - Creating fantasies for exotic clients: The user experience of Rezvani Motors - “It allows them to go beyond themselves, beyond the mortal real world.” (19:42) - Selling the first design and the current business - “We didn't advertise at all. We just let the design advertise itself. In 2014, it made it to the homepage of Yahoo.com and that was like the homepage back then.” (23:30) - Expanding Rezvani’s range: From sports cars to the SUV market - “It's practical, you can pick up the kids from school with it. It's comfortable. But it's also bad-ass.” (27:59) - Dealing with COVID-19, The New Beast, and the future of Rezvani - “We love what we do. Is there really a need to try to grow big? What do you really get by growing big?” (33:17) - Ferris’s inspiration and experience in the industry - “I've realized that when you have your last name in the company, you will never let it fail because it is part of you and you will make sure that it's successful.” EPISODE RESOURCES: Connect with Ferris through https://www.linkedin.com/in/ferris-rezvani-075aa279/ (LinkedIn) Follow Rezvani Motors on https://twitter.com/RezvaniMotors (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/rezvanimotors/?hl=en (Instagram) Learn more at https://www.rezvanimotors.com/ (Rezvani Motors ) Watch https://youtu.be/09zIaLOzevc (The 2016 Rezvani Beast featured on Jay Leno’s Garage) Watch https://youtu.be/bi-5a46I9z8 (Building a Luxury Car Brand with Ferris Rezvani on Maz Jobrani’s ‘Back to School’) Read the https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/meet-the-rezvani-beast--an-american-built-road-and-track-attacker-134329643.html (Yahoo article) that kicked off Rezvani’s rise  Read https://www.heraldweekly.com/top-luxury-cars-your-favorite-stars-love-to-drive/41/?xcmg=1 (Top Luxury Cars Your Favorite Stars Love to Drive) on Herald Weekly Before IT Happened is produced by Donna Loughlin and https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (StudioPod Media) with additional editing and sound design by https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab). The Executive Producer is Katie Sunku Wood and all episodes are written by Jack Buehrer. Thank you for listening! Follow Before IT Happened on https://www.instagram.com/beforeithappened/ (Instagram) and https://twitter.com/b4ithappened (Twitter), and don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share the show...

Sep 9

37 min 47 sec

In this episode of Before IT Happened, Donna chats with Carlo Mondavi, a descendant of Napa Valley wine royalty and a leading advocate for sustainable agriculture and organic and biodynamic farming. Carlo’s grandfather Robert Mondavi founded the family winery in 1966 in Northern California and passed on his passion for wine and organic farming. Today Carlo is dedicated to The Monarch Challenge, a program to educate, encourage and connect communities to farming without chemicals. In 2013, Carlo also opened Raen Winery with his brother Dante, where they specialize in their grandfather’s favorite grape, pinot noir. Listen now and be inspired by Carlo’s passion for great wine, fruitful farming, and a healthier earth.   Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.   JUMP STRAIGHT INTO: (01:23) -  Robert Mondavi’s story and the wine legacy of his family: “Even though my family has been making wine for a hundred years, the challenges that we have faced, like prohibition, kept us very humble.” (07:04) - A brief detour: Leaving the California vineyards for snowy mountains: “I went to a school in Colorado where during the wintertime there was a snowboard team. That was where I started with the snowboard.” (10:37) - Anne-Claude Leflaive, biodynamics and a life-changing trip to Burgundy: “I remember her talking about farming, about this connection to the land, and about biodynamics and biodynamics at the time was a crazy idea.” (17:13) - The problem with the chemical industry and getting involved with Monarch: “I got involved in this so that we could bridge those divides and we could solve these major pain points for farmers, farms, and agricultural communities.”  (26:45) - The Monarch Challenge and introducing the Monarch Tractor: “There was a massive pain on so many levels that we needed to solve. We needed to automize, electrify and clean up our carbon footprint with farming.” (35:52) - A farmer-first company: Creating technology for all farmers’ benefit:  “We want to be a solution to making farmers safer, healthier, happier, and more profitable at the end of the day, so that we can continue to do what we love.” (43:06) - Leading this movement through technology: “I see a really bright future in agriculture, and it's not just in getting rid of the chemicals, it’s in making farms more successful and more profitable.” EPISODE RESOURCES: Connect with Carlo through https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlo-mondavi-063792a0/ (LinkedIn) and https://twitter.com/CarloMondavi (Twitter) Join https://www.themonarchchallenge.org/ (The Monarch Challenge) Read https://daily.sevenfifty.com/why-organic-winegrowing-can-be-more-profitable-than-conventional/?utm_content=175992737&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin&hss_channel=lcp-20330166 (Why Organic Winegrowing Can Be More Profitable Than Conventional) featuring Carlo https://youtu.be/xcpi4vR-_44 (See the Monarch Tractor in action) and learn more about https://www.monarchtractor.com/ (Monarch Tractor) Follow Monarch Tractor on https://twitter.com/MonarchTractor (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/monarch_tractor/?hl=en (Instagram)  Learn more about https://www.raenwinery.com/ (Raen Winery) Before IT Happened is produced by Donna Loughlin and https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (StudioPod Media) with additional editing and sound design by https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab). The Executive Producer is Katie Sunku Wood, and all episodes are written by Jack Buehrer. Thank you for listening! Follow Before IT Happened on https://www.instagram.com/beforeithappened/ (Instagram) and...

Sep 2

47 min 4 sec

In this episode of Before IT Happened, our host Donna Loughlin tells the story of Andy Lowery, a pioneer in the development of wearable technology. Andy’s story begins as a gifted child who joined the Navy, became an engineer, and went out to the world of tech entrepreneurship. Realware, the brand he co-founded, is now the industry leader for powerful, voice-operated headset computers, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. Tune in to learn how Andy built this successful brand by observing and iterating on other tech companies’ mistakes. Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.   JUMP STRAIGHT INTO: (01:49) - Andy Lowery, a gifted child who joined the US military - “I had all this built up momentum and all this passion. I was super happy about being a Marine and fighting dragons.”  (07:27) - Becoming an engineer for the Navy in the “.com” boom - “I really was trying to get through college quickly, get my military obligation out of the way so I could go be an entrepreneur.” (11:56) - Military and corporate life vs. Andy’s entrepreneurial spirit - “Even in a huge socialistic structure like the military, you can still have entrepreneurial feelings and adventures.” (17:08) - Andy’s avant-garde tech company, DAQRI - “We built some of the craziest, most outlandish platforms and products and things that were way ahead of their time.” (21:14) - Realware: Jumping the line in the wearable technology space - “If I just fix the problems I saw Google Glass was having, I think I'm onto something. I think there's a real demand for it.” (26:59) - How to get 50+ paying customers with a beta product? Plus, the unbelievable Alexander Rainsberger - “Our summit was incredible! It was unheard of to have such a well-run and well-attended event.” (32:30) - How the pandemic boosted Realware - “COVID changed that because travel went to zero. They had to put a computer that you could wear on an airplane so that they could then transmit back what they were seeing to someone who knew how to fix it.” (35:19) - Mission accomplished?: Why Andy left for Harvest Technology Group - “I wanted to go places with Realware that cellphones don't typically go. But I realized there was a major problem, connectivity.” EPISODE RESOURCES: Connect with Andy Lowery through https://twitter.com/andylowery?lang=en (Twitter) and https://www.linkedin.com/in/andylowery/ (LinkedIn) Read GeekWire’s https://www.geekwire.com/2018/andy-lowery/ (Geek of the Week: After years as Navy nuke officer, RealWear CEO Andy Lowery finds a new connection) Watch https://youtu.be/Q2lsZp0tLFI (Andy speak at the second RealWear Summit) Watch the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Uz3cwHT0S0 (SNL Google Glass Weekend Update) Learn more about https://www.harvest.technology/ (Harvest’s Industrial Grade Connectivity) See https://realwear.com/ (RealWear’s Hands-Free Wearable Headset Computers  ) Learn more about https://apogeesemi.com/ (Apogee Semiconductor) Before IT Happened is produced by Donna Loughlin and https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (StudioPod Media) with additional editing and sound design by https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab). The show coordinator is Deanna Morenci and the audio engineering was provided by Dave Clarke McCoy. The Executive Producer is Katie Sunku Wood. All episodes are written by Jack Buehrer. Thank you for listening! Follow Before IT Happened on https://www.instagram.com/beforeithappened/ (Instagram) and https://twitter.com/b4ithappened (Twitter), and don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share the show wherever you listen to podcasts! 

Aug 26

43 min 20 sec

How did a marketing expert become The Julia Child of Cannabis? In this episode of Before It Happened, our host Donna Loughlin talks to Jeff Danzer, AKA Jeff the 420 Chef, an amateur cook and weed lover who turned into one of the world’s leading cannabis chefs. Jeff’s work is not only revolutionizing the cannabis industry but is also helping tackle down the stigma around what most people call “stoners.” Join in and listen to how his tasteless cannabutter launched his career in a completely new direction. Plus, all the genius products he’s developed since he found his true passion, the art of cannabis cuisine.  Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life. JUMP STRAIGHT INTO: (02:04) - How Jeff stumbled into cooking with cannabis - “If there was a way for me to remove certain compounds from the plant, but keep in the THC and CBD, then I would make a much better tasting edible. And that's exactly what I did.” (05:32) - An 80’s kid: Coming from an Orthodox Jewish community and getting into weed - “I became that “token Jew” because we would just go out and smoke with everybody and we had the best time”.  (10:36) - New York City & Israel: Becoming an individual and searching for his true passion - “I was trying to figure out for myself what I wanted to do. I was done with fashion. I was burnt out by it.” (17:35) - The Julia Child of Weed - “In 2014 is when I made a batch of cupcakes and there was no cannabis taste in it. I had literally figured it out.” (28:42) - Moving to California to pursue his dream - “All these chefs out there were teaching me different things; techniques and skills that I now employ in what I'm doing. And ultimately, I became an award-winning cannabis chef.” (30:47) - Jeff’s audience base and making high-quality edibles - “Consistency and dosing are really important to me, and when it comes to edibles it is even more important.” (33:39) - The world’s first cannabis edibles restaurant and creating new cannabis products - “My goal is to be the McCormick of cannabis and hemp; to have entire lines that are a 100% hemp that tastes like the most familiar spices but give you a daily dose of CBD.” (38:32) - Leading a generation into the cannabis revolution - “I love seeing all these young, new chefs coming up, wanting to cook with cannabis and wanting to do it properly.” (43:16) - What’s next for Jeff? Infused spices, collaborating with other cannabis chefs, and helping the next generation - “My whole culinary point is if I taste something and I like it, I'm going to remake it with cannabis.” EPISODE RESOURCES: Connect with Jeff through https://twitter.com/jeffthe420chef (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/jeffthe420chef_official/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/The420Chef/ (Facebook) Watch and subscribe to Jeffthe420Chef’s https://www.youtube.com/jeffthe420chef (Youtube Channel) Read the Daily Beast article that started it all: https://www.thedailybeast.com/meet-the-julia-child-of-weed (Meet the Julia Child of Weed) Read Newsweek’shttps://www.newsweek.com/ganja-gourmet-358189 ( Cooking Advice From a Ganja Gourmet) Get Jeff’s https://www.jeffthe420chef.com/cookbook (cookbook) and https://www.jeffthe420chef.com/recipes (other recipes) Take a https://www.jeffthe420chef.com/book-online (digital cooking class with Jeff) Download Jeff’s https://www.jeffthe420chef.com/calculator (THC Calculator) Discover more about what Jeff is up to at https://www.jeffthe420chef.com/ (Jeffthe420Chef.com) Before IT Happened is produced by Donna Loughlin and https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (StudioPod...

Aug 19

46 min 20 sec

Komal and Anoop Choong are two first-generation American brothers whose family came from Northern India to the United States to open a restaurant chain. Growing up they were always fascinated by the entrepreneurial spirit of their father and when the time came, they decided to combine this work philosophy with their obsession for cars.  In this episode of Before It Happened, our host Donna Loughlin tells us the story of Zohr, a mobile tire service that grew from a minivan into a rising startup with presence in three American cities. Tires are the most important safety component of any moving vehicle, that’s why the Choong brothers’ business specializes in them. Listen now and learn how these brothers made a successful business out of a side hustle in their garage: Zhor, The Tire Shop That Comes To You! Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life. JUMP STRAIGHT INTO: (03:26) - The Choong family’s entrepreneurial mentality - “We really value honesty, straightforwardness and working hard. I think that goes a long way for our parents and anybody who originates from Northern India because it is very much an agrarian society.” (06:07) - Hot Wheels and magazines: Their childhood love for cars - “From a very small age, the idea of creating things was just always there, that’s sort of the reason why I went to engineering school.” (08:09) - From college to building an automotive company - “The minute I got exposure to what corporate America was really like, that was the moment that I decided I needed to start exploring other ways and opportunities of creating and building a company from scratch.” (12:44) - Anoop’s journey to figuring out his future - “I felt that there's more experience to be had running a startup and working on it than there is going to school.” (14:57) - Komal’s eye-opening car crash and the idea for Zohr - “That was another factor that contributed to us focusing on tires; because it's the most important safety component of any moving vehicle.” (23:17) - The beginning of Zohr - “We had to teach ourselves the ABCs of changing tires, and then to get this business off the ground, we needed to go and change tires and start generating revenue.” (25:35) - How Zohr has been making people’s lives better - “From a safety component you're borderline saving someone's life. That's really powerful.” (28:36) - COVID-19, social distancing and offering a contactless service - “We serviced multiple nurses and doctors during the pandemic. It was so rewarding to be at these hospitals servicing these customers that just fundamentally didn't have time.” (33:04) - Growing Zohr into new markets - “We strongly believe that we'll be the number one mobile provider for tire services across the country.” (36:59) - What do you wish you knew before? - “Nothing could have prepared us because you literally have to go out and do it and fail at it countless times to be able to understand the dynamics in the business.” EPISODE RESOURCES: Connect with Anoop through https://www.linkedin.com/in/anoopchoong/ (LinkedIn) Connect with Komal through https://www.linkedin.com/in/komal-choong/ (LinkedIn) and https://twitter.com/komalchoong (Twitter) Learn more about  https://zohr.com/ (Zohr | Mobile Tire Shop) Readhttps://medium.com/greenroom/6-reasons-i-bet-on-a-startup-reimagining-auto-services-45c382fee09b ( 6 Reasons I Bet on a Startup Reimagining Auto Services) Watch Komal’s interview with Proactive: https://www.proactiveinvestors.com/companies/news/913465/zohr-looking-to-scale-its--tire-shop-of-the-future--business-913465.html (Zohr looking to scale its 'tire shop of the future'...

Aug 12

40 min 59 sec

If being a woman in tech is hard today, imagine how tough it must have been for a female Ecuadorian immigrant in the 1990s. In this episode of Before IT Happened, our host Donna Loughlin talks to Mercedes Soria, co-founder of the AI-driven security company Knightscope and one of Silicon Valley’s leading advocates for women in tech. Mercedes came to the U.S. to study engineering and has overcome one obstacle after another to become one of the tech industry’s most inspirational thought leaders on diversity. Today, Mercedes is a Grace Hopper Celebration award winner, a TechWomen mentor, and a Women in STEM advocate. Her dream is to mentor girls who will later come to the U.S. to be engineers. That way, she says, her efforts will come full circle. Tune in and listen to Mercedes’ inspiring story as a trailblazer for women in tech. Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life. Jump straight into: (02:15) - Mercedes’ childhood in Ecuador and her mother’s support to strive for more - “Ecuador is not close at all to the level of development that the U.S. is in terms of computers and engineering, which was where we studied.” (07:58) - The tough years: Going to college in the U.S. - “All we knew is that we had to study every single day that we were in school. That happened until we got our engineering degree.” (18:13) - Working at Gibson then jumping to Deloitte - “I applied to a hundred companies, and I only got three calls, and from those three interviews only Gibson would sponsor me to stay in the U.S. and work for them.” (24:24) - How Mercedes got involved in equity and mentorship - “I was going to show this guy that I deserved to be in the job that I was given. I didn't want other women to have to go through that. Not only the fact that I was Hispanic but the fact that I was a woman in technology.” (30:27) - Knightscope in Silicon Valley and winning the Grace Hopper Award - “If you're a woman, especially in technology in Silicon Valley, you have to prove your worth. As soon as you come in, it is assumed that you don't know anything.”  (38:04) - Tech Women, 50/50 Women on Boards and becoming a speaker - “Somehow someone from Tech Women told the State Department that I could be a really good speaker for the United States. And they called me.” (45:39) - Solve24: Youth accelerator for STEM - “We're changing lives for girls that might not have known what technology is, or that might not have had the self-confidence to decide that they want to be in technology.” Episode resources Follow Mercedes on https://twitter.com/MercedesSoria (Twitter), https://www.linkedin.com/in/mercedessoria/ (LinkedIn) & https://profiles.forbes.com/members/tech/profile/Mercedes-Soria-EVP-Software-Engineering-Chief-Intelligence-Officer-Knightscope/3fd072bd-6cba-43bb-8cc9-20dc6b099818 (Forbes) Read Mercede’s Forbes article https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2019/12/06/three-effective-strategies-to-end-the-shortage-of-women-in-tech/?sh=7eb4fee44164 (Three Effective Strategies To End The Shortage Of Women In Tech) Learn more about ​​https://5050wob.com/ (50/50 Women on Boards) and register to attend https://5050wob.com/events/san-francisco-ca/ (The San Francisco Conversation on Board Diversity) Join https://chief.com/ (Chief), the exclusive network of executive women Get involved with the U.S. Department of State’s program https://www.techwomen.org/ (TechWomen) Get involved with http://www.solve24.io/ (Solve24) Find even more resources for https://womeninstem.org/ (Women in STEM ) Learn more about https://www.knightscope.com/ (Knightscope's) autonomous technology Before IT...

Aug 5

52 min 14 sec

In a world where 45% of hires fail within the first 18 months, matching talent to the perfect workplace is almost magic. In this episode of Before It Happened, our host Donna Loughlin tells the story of Mike Fitzsimmons, co-founder and CEO of Crosschq, a cloud-based service that combines human intelligence and AI to reinvent how companies hire. Crosschq’s mission is to better match companies and talent through what it calls human intelligence. The idea is that a good hire helps both the employer and the employee, plus it leaves a positive impact on the community.  Listen now and learn how Mike is revolutionizing the art of hiring by putting the human factor back into human resources! Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life. Jump straight into: (01:40) - Mike’s youth, college inspiration, and his very first job at Circuit City — “I signed up immediately and a few weeks after college, I was on my way to open up a call center.” (07:25) - Why hiring is so hard and the birth of Crosschq — “Hiring and retaining talent is hard, you learn that pretty early if you're aware and paying attention.” (13:50) - Poor hiring is a worldwide issue — “You should stop reporting on quantity and then filling seats quickly. We have to start thinking about quality.” (18:03) - Human Intelligence Hiring — How Crosschq helps companies find the best talent -  “We get content and data from people, for people and convert that into actionable data and insights that companies can use.” (22:11) - Bias vs. Equity: How to neutralize profiling — “Age, ethnicity, sex. All of those biases still exist. We're going to help bring data to the table to help convince companies and lead them to try to reduce as much of that bias as they can.”  (25:15) - COVID-19 and the impact Crosschq has had on the community — “We provide our service for free to companies like 70 million jobs, which is the leading platform for Anti-Recidivism in the US. We're trying to help people that are trying to help themselves.” (31:10) - What Mike has learned from the pandemic — “I've been just so impressed by how absolutely tough all of us are and how everybody's persevered.” (33:27) - Changing the culture within companies — “We have to be hyper-aware at keeping folks engaged and engaging in a real and meaningful fashion.” Episode resources Connect with Mike on https://twitter.com/MikeRFitz (Twitter) and https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-fitzsimmons-a3698/ (LinkedIn) Learn more about Mike’s company https://www.crosschq.com/ (Crosschq) Read https://medium.com/authority-magazine/michael-fitzsimmons-of-crosschq-5-things-i-wish-someone-told-me-before-i-began-leading-my-company-97e82416105f (Michael Fitzsimmons of Crosschq: 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Began Leading My Company) Read https://natfluence.com/interview/mike-fitzsimmons-crosschq/ (Mike’s interview) with Natfluence See Mike’s profile on the https://www.forbes.com/profile/michael-fitzsimmons/?list=next-1000&sh=f3eef738529d (Forbes Next 1000) list Before IT Happened is produced by Donna Loughlin and https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (Studio Pod Media) with additional editing and sound design by https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab). The show coordinator is Deanna Morenci with audio engineering provided by Dave Clarke-McCoy. The Executive Producer is Katie Sunku Wood. All episodes are written by Jack Buehrer. Thank you for listening! Follow Before IT Happened on https://www.instagram.com/beforeithappened/ (Instagram) and https://twitter.com/b4ithappened (Twitter), and don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share the show wherever you listen to podcasts!

Jul 29

40 min 10 sec

Who is going to be the first human to step on Mars? In this episode of Before IT Happened, Donna speaks with Pamela Greyer, an atypical character to this show but a visionary in her own right. Known as “The NASA Lady,” Pamela is neither an astronaut nor an engineer. Pam is a teacher whose mission is to bring STEM education closer to black and brown kids — especially girls — through the majesty and wonder of space. Listen now and learn how this lover of science and technology is opening up the minds of the next generation of engineers, mathematicians, and space travelers! Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life. Jump straight into: (02:17) - Pamela Greyer, from an English teacher to “The NASA Lady” - “Anyone can do what I do, they just have to want to inspire kids.”  (07:27) - Pamela’s fascinating childhood in Chicago - “I attribute a lot of who I wound up becoming to my mom because she made sure that I got broad experiences.” (12:01) - Writing for high school TV and getting into STEM - “I have a brother and he would always buy me stuff that my mother would frown at and go, ‘That's not for girls, that's for boys’.”  (19:02) - How Pamela went from science to communications and then to teaching -  “A very good friend of mine brought me in to do the computer classes for the elementary kids. That's where I really was able to parlay my science and my technology.” (24:26) - Becoming “The NASA Lady” - “I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to have all of this NASA goodness in my hands that I can then share, especially with kids.” (30:15) - Mary Jackson and the role of women in NASA - “These stories have been kept and have never come out, especially to young African-American girls to show them to not be afraid of math or science.” (38:00) - Pamela’s dream space travel and the impact of her work - “I wish I had been able to take a group of students to Kennedy and actually see and witness in person a space shuttle launch.” (47:33) - What is next for The NASA Lady? - “I am looking at working on bringing the aeronautics education laboratory back, and doing more work with aeronautics and aerospace engineering.” Episode resources Connect with Pamela ‘The Nasa Lady’ through https://twitter.com/TheNasaLady (Twitter) Follow all things https://twitter.com/i/topics/872802352448667648 (NASA on Twitter) Check out https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html (NASA’s Kids’ Club) Go to https://www.nasa.gov/nasa-at-home-for-kids-and-families (NASA at Home) for more activities for kids and families See NASA’s resources for https://www.nasa.gov/stem (STEM Engagement) for students of all ages Learn more about NASA’s https://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/stem/student-activities/index.html (STEM Opportunities for Students) Read NASA’s https://www.nasa.gov/feature/when-the-computer-wore-a-skirt-langley-s-computers-1935-1970 (When the Computer Wore a Skirt )  Read https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-names-headquarters-after-hidden-figure-mary-w-jackson (NASA Names Headquarters After ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary W. Jackson) Read https://www.nasa.gov/stem/murep/mstar/feature/nasa-awards-grants-to-minority-serving-institutions-to-support-artemis-space-tech (NASA Awards Grants to Minority-Serving Institutions to Support Artemis Space Tech) Learn more about the https://www.nasa.gov/women (Women of NASA) Before IT Happened is produced by Donna Loughlin and https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (Studio Pod Media) with additional editing and sound design by https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab). The show coordinator is Deanna Morenci with audio engineering provided by Dave Clarke-McCoy. The...

Jul 22

48 min 16 sec

Sometimes to give meaning to our work, we need to remember who we are and where we came from. In this episode of Before It Happened, Donna speaks with Praveen Penmetsa, co-founder and CEO of two groundbreaking startups — one of which is revolutionizing the agricultural industry.  While Praveen’s love for cars and engineering brought him to the United States, it was his family’s farming background in India that gave him the idea for Monarch Tractor. Through his newest venture, Praveen and his team have developed the first electric tractor that can also produce enough energy to power a home. As Praveen likes to say, Monarch is “the bridge between farm sustainability and farm economics in one product.”  Listen now and learn how every moment of this engineer’s life — from his childhood in Southern India poring over American auto magazines to working on race cars in Huntington Beach — led to his revolutionary idea for the future of farming.  Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life. Jump straight into: (00:53) - Praveen’s Agricultural background and his interest in cars and technology - “I would have all these dreams of, ‘Oh yeah I’ve got to go to California and drive these fast cars and play with all of this high-tech,’ from quiet old computer magazines and car magazines.” (04:15) - Finding his first job after graduation - “I threw everything I owned into my car and drove across the country for two days nonstop to start work at Huntington Beach.” (09:26) - Praveen’s first startup: Accelerating high-technology products to the market - “It was super cool to have a car that I touched and worked on on the cover of Road & Track, a magazine that I used to buy on the sidewalks in India for like 10 rupees.” (12:52) - Monarch: The first electric tractor comes to life - “It definitely was the first lithium-ion tractor that could also power things. So not only could it be charged from a solar panel directly, we had power plugs that we could power things off the tractor.’” (19:23) - Helping farmers worldwide and pushing agriculture forward - “We see ourselves as a bridge between farm economics and sustainability. It's the one thing, probably the only thing that connects farm sustainability and farm economics in one product.” (24:38) - How to make it through the pandemic - “At a time of COVID where most businesses are shut down, farmers were very impacted because of the supply chain disruptions.” (27:05) - The tractor’s reception: Would Elon Musk like it? - “I don't know what our Silicon Valley leaders would think about it, but we do know what farmers think about it and we are happy with their reaction.” Episode resources Connect with Praveen on https://www.linkedin.com/in/praveenpenmetsa/ (LinkedIn) See the https://youtu.be/xcpi4vR-_44 (Monarch Tractor in action) Learn more about https://www.monarchtractor.com/ (Monarch Tractor) Follow Monarch Tractor on https://twitter.com/MonarchTractor (Twitter )and https://www.instagram.com/monarch_tractor/?hl=en (Instagram) Learn more about https://www.motivo.com/ (Motivo Engineering)  Read Praveen’s interview on the https://medium.com/authority-magazine/praveen-penmetsa-of-monarch-tractor-and-motivo-engineering-5-things-we-must-do-to-inspire-the-815707d642a1 (5 Things We Must Do To Inspire The Next Generation About Sustainability And The Environment) Before IT Happened is produced by Donna Loughlin and https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (Studio Pod Media) with additional editing and sound design by https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab). The show coordinator is Deanna Morenci with audio engineering provided by Dave Clarke

Jul 15

30 min 54 sec

Merging creativity with your personal story has been left for artists, but imagine what would happen if you could apply that level of meaning to your work in any industry. In this episode of Before It Happened, host Donna Loughlin chats with Donald Burlock Jr, veteran UX designer and author of Superhuman by Design. Through his experiences working in both the automotive and tech industries, Donald says he’s learned that while just about everybody has a superpower, few know how to unlock it. In this conversation with Donna, Donald explains how maintaining a creative core and an attitude of expectancy will push you forward in unpredicted ways.  Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life. Jump straight into: (03:20) - Donald’s childhood: The foundations of an artist - “My entire experience as a child in Dallas was just full of wonder, a lot of creative wonder.” (07:25) - Artistic minded, mechanically inclined: Donald’s life-changing exposition to a world of diverse individuals - “It was definitely a time of understanding the different dynamics that the clash of cultures brought to an environment. It was really fundamental to opening my mind. Especially being a PK.”  (10:53) - How do you create an experience? Donald's eye-opening semester studying abroad in Europe- “Everything in the States it's always about convenience and everything's disposable and a bit forgettable and to experience a place where there were things that had that longevity to them, that were considered in terms of materiality, that was very different.” (15:21) - The Aha! moment: Discovering the design world - “This is truly how it started. I'm 24, I'm looking into a window and there are these people who are controlling a machine that is machining clay to create wheels and the wall is just full of all of these amazing sketches.” (18:14) - Getting invited to Steve Job’s Apple - “It was just literally an entirely new world that had opened up for me through that one trip to the Valley.” (21:46) - Brand design & creative thinking: Donald’s work at Coca Cola and IDEO - “It didn't matter if you were doing something digital for a banner online, or if you were doing a can, every single aspect of their design was rooted in some precedent that they had established with their brand.” (24:29) - Joining the tech startup boom & the philosophy behind Donald’s book Superhuman by design - “Superhuman by Design intends to build a bridge so that there's a very clear linear thought about how creativity and also your impact as an individual, are very much related.” (34:23) - Yellow legal pads and highlighters: The physicality of words and Donald’s family contribution to the book - “I gave it to my mom because I knew at some point I was going to write about my grandfather and that was going to be a deeply personal story.” (38:07) - How to hold on to the attitude of expectancy, engage your creative core and dial down inhibitions - “You have every superpower you need inside and there's more that you can get your hands on.”  (40:29) - What’s next for Donald? Supervillain by design - “I started writing about all the topics we're discussing very openly right now, everything from the imposter syndrome to the effects of what's happening with the pandemic to talking about, hopefully, more in-depth, my experiences as a black man.” Episode resources Follow Donald on https://twitter.com/MrBurlock?s=20 (Twitter )and https://www.instagram.com/mrburlock/ (Instagram) Get Donald’s book https://www.amazon.com/Superhuman-Design-Donald-Burlock/dp/1735770205 (SuperHuman by Design) See more of Donald’s...

Jul 8

45 min 41 sec

While traveling through Indonesia, Jay Giraud had an epiphany. As he watched thousands of commuters traverse the streets of Jakarta on motorcycles, he noticed there was a rhythm to how the bikes moved. They fluttered back and forth like synchronized bike flocks. He was both amazed and concerned: The sheer number of bikes choking the streets of cities around the world meant motorcycles were a massive global polluter. But seeing them move in unison gave him a vision of what a semi-autonomous motorcycle might look like.  That “aha” moment led to the creation of Damon Motors, the electric motorcycle manufacturer Jay launched in 2017. His goal with Damon is to do for motorbikes what Elon Musk has done for cars and, in the process, achieve zero fatalities by 2030.  Listen now and learn how Jay went from being a professional snowboarder to a visionary in the worldwide transportation industry.  Before any world-changing innovation there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life. Jump straight into: (03:22) - Jay Giraud’s story as a high school dropout and a professional snowboarder in Vancouver - “Academics wasn't really a high priority for me other than to graduate.” (07:16) - The U.S. invasion of Iraq for oil: How seeing the war on TV ignited Jay’s interest in the energy sector - “I spent many months really ruined over what I saw and trying to think about what a snowboarder from Whistler could do about the dependence of oil on the planet.” (09:19) - Jay’s foray into transportation tech and his blank canvas epiphany - “Realizing that you are nothing, Nothing with a capital N is really meaning that you can be a blank canvas with which to paint a picture of any kind that you want for your future.”  (13:56) - The massive motorcycle market and Damon’s lifestyle-branding strategies - “The importance of building lifestyle products that people really want to align their personalities with; I take that from snowboarding.” (19:26) - The gift of inspiration and the difficulties of the entrepreneurial path - “You go to complete poverty every time you start a startup because it's either that or you quit on all the people that depend on you, the people that are excited about your vision.” (22:44) - Motorcycles, the vehicles of the fastest-growing middle-class economies in the world - “The car's never going to make sense for more than half the world's population. It's not about income. It's not about affluence. It's about actually moving at more than three miles an hour.” (25:53) - Jay’s accident in Jakarta: How to bring safety to hundreds of motorcycles moving in a flock - “When I founded Damon, I wasn’t really sure if we could make motorcycles safer. I had no idea how that was even possible.” (29:58) - Is Damon a western solution? - “How do we roadmap a collision warning system to behave the way you need it for places like New Delhi, Jakarta, and Mexico City?” (34:26) - Engineering the gold standard: The public’s reaction to Damon’s electric superbikes - “As of today, we crossed over a thousand pre-orders just for the SuperSport bike. It’s about as popular as a Ferrari or a Tesla Roadster.” (35:42) - Dom’s idea for the first prototype - “He says, ‘Well, it'd be cool. You could have like two bikes in one. You could have a commuter bike and in one moment, press the button and you could have a super bike’.” (41:13) - How to think beyond the obvious? - “We just have to do whatever it is that’s inside us that we can't ignore and just be okay with it. Otherwise, we're unhappy.” (42:37) - What is coming for Damon? - “In 10 years, we’ll be the most valuable motorcycle company in the world; we will have completely

Jul 1

45 min 7 sec

In this episode of Before IT Happened, our host Donna Loughlin talks to electrical engineer and gaming legend Allan “Al” Alcorn, who helped build the modern video-game industry. He was both an early employee of Atari and the creator of Pong, one of the first commercial video games to ever find its way into our homes. He gave Steve Jobs his first job in tech and was an informal advisor during Apple’s early days. Later, he helped launch the first tech incubator and advised scores of young entrepreneurs as they developed their new technologies.  Listen now and learn firsthand how this Silicon Valley legend managed to disrupt numerous industries starting in a time when a personal computer was still a far-fetched dream.  Before any world-changing innovation there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life. Jump straight into: (02:00) - Al Alcron “The Disruptor” and how he became a career troublemaker - “I was always interested in how things work. I was taking things apart and breaking things and fixing things.” (04:30) - Studying electrical engineering at UC Berkeley in the 1960’s - “My inspiration was coming from my head. I was just fascinated by what could be built and what could be done.” (09:22) - Al’s first job and how it led him to meet eventual video game developer Nolan Bushnell - “He seemed to me more like an entrepreneurial type. He was a young man right out of college and he wanted to invest in stocks and things like that, which is not something that normal people did.” (13:58) - Building a Pong - “I guess the moment was when we put it out on location and somebody actually came up that didn't know me and played it.” (19:04) - Working with a young hippie kid named Steve Jobs - “All of a sudden this kid shows up and he had this passion and enthusiasm, and I figured: God, he's gotta be cheap if he's that age and he's a hippie, we'll hire him!” (26:52) - Bringing arcades into the home: The video game console - “Nolan had always defined Atari as more than just an arcade company and from day one it was supposed to be a home game.”  (30:34) - Al’s career in the world’s best technology incubators: Apple, Silicon Gaming, etc. - “What I’m proudest of is that I was allowed through my career for whatever reason to disrupt a bunch of industries.” (36:15) - User experience and how it’s evolved through video games - “Pong is one of the few, if not the only video game ever produced that required two people, there's no one-player mode and I think one of the reasons for success was that women could play it.” (40:54) - Al’s hackathon for kids and how he looks to inspire them - “We want to simply give them the opportunity to be successful and create something in that field. Either a game in software, sodder up a board, create an environment, do a 3D printing, anything.” Episode resources Connect with Al Alcorn through https://www.linkedin.com/in/allan-alcorn-6530b214/ (LinkedIn) Learn more about Pong in the https://www.worldvideogamehalloffame.org/games/pong (World Video Game Hall of Fame) See https://www.moma.org/collection/works/169920? (Pong on display at the MoMA) in New York City Codehttps://www.awesomeinc.org/tutorials/unity-pong/ ( your own Pong game) Read https://www.computerhistory.org/collections/catalog/102658257 (Al’s interview with the Computer History Museum) Read more: https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/tech-history/silicon-revolution/al-alcorn-creator-of-pong-explains-how-early-home-computers-owe-their-color-to-this-one-cheap-sleazy-trick (Al Alcorn, Creator of Pong, Explains How Early Home Computers Owe Their Color Graphics to This One Cheap, Sleazy Trick) Before IT Happened is...

Jul 1

45 min 30 sec

Building several successful enterprises while living with undiagnosed ADHD is a tough endeavor, but it can also be an interesting take on life. In this first episode of Before IT Happened, our host Donna Loughlin talks to marketing expert, entrepreneur, and best-selling author Peter Shankman.  Peter was a founding editor of AOL News before we’d ever heard of online journalism. He leaned into the early dot-com boom by launching Geek Factory, one of the first PR firms designed to put a spotlight on the tech visionaries of the era. He later created HARO, a database used to connect journalists and sources around the world. He sold both Geek Factory and HARO, but he didn't stop there. His ADHD diagnosis has led him to a bigger understanding of life reflected in his best-selling book “Faster Than Normal” and his more recent undertaking helping companies understand neurodiversity. Listen now to hear Peter’s unique journey from academic cautionary tale to a multimedia juggernaut by turning his ADHD brain into a superpower. Before any world-changing innovation there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life. Jump straight into: (03:10) - Peter’s artistic upbringing with undiagnosed ADHD and how journalism at Boston University saved him - “To go from being on academic probation for two and a half straight years to receiving BU’s Alumni Award was a nice moment.” (07:48) - Building a newsroom for AOL in the early internet days - “AOL was the internet, no question about it. I was so early in the game, I actually had peter@aol.com, which was amazing.” (11:10) - Starting Geek Factory - “I called my mom and I said, ‘I'm going to go out on my own, I'm going to try to start a PR firm and when it fails, I'll get a job.’” (13:14) - The story behind Peter’s journalism mailing list HARO (Help a Reporter Out) - “Originally it was a Facebook group, and that led to the formation of HARO. It blew up beyond my wildest dreams. I got very very lucky.” (15:29) - Getting acquired by Vocus and Peter’s first hours as a multimillionaire - “It probably took about five months from initial contact to acquisition. If we didn't have lawyers, it would have taken a week.” (17:23) - The secret to becoming hyper-focused - “I rock at what I'm good at and I let other people do what I suck at because they just do it so much better than I ever could.” (20:13) - Peter’s ADHD diagnosis and how it helped him get a new understanding of life - “I'm very happy. I'm very fortunate. I think that all the mistakes and all the screw-ups, everything I've done has led me to this point.” (26:09) - Using skydiving as a drug - “It is the ultimate reboot. I can't get back on the plane, I can't stop and redo it. I will either make the decision to live or I'll make the decision to die. Life doesn't get simpler than those 45 to 60 seconds of free fall.” (28:33) - All things Shankman: How Peter manages a whole ecosystem of projects - “All I'm really doing is I'm telling stories about things I love and I am so ridiculously blessed that I get paid to tell stories about things I love.” (31:13) - Helping companies be neurodiverse friendly  - “The goal is to understand what the neuro-diverse person needs and to teach companies how to be more understanding.” (33:19) - Faster Than Normal, Peter’s future projects and the best advice he ever received - “Basically everything I have and all the success I've had has come from the fact that I listen.” Episode Resources Connect with Peter at https://www.shankman.com/ (Shankman.com) Read Peter Shankman’s book https://www.amazon.com/Faster-Than-Normal-audiobook/dp/B07648CSNN (Faster Than Normal) Listen to Peter Shankman’s...

Jul 1

36 min 6 sec

Before any world-changing innovation there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.

Jun 8

3 min 51 sec