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John Corcoran

"Top 100 Small Business Podcasts 2014" -- Small Biz Trends. Former Clinton White House Writer John Corcoran shows you how to build relationships intelligently to get more clients, grow your income and advance your career. Discover how you can use win-win networking and intentional relationship-building with Influencers and VIPs, even if you "hate networking" or feel like you have "nothing to offer" people who are successful. Interviews with today's top entrepreneurs and authors such as Dan Pink, Michael Port, Gary Vaynerchuk, Marie Forleo and Guy Kawasaki, who reveal how they use relationships to grow their businesses and their incomes. Find out more at SmartBusinessRevolution.com.

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Paul Bellows is the Founder and President of Yellow Pencil, a Canadian digital agency focused on the public sector and digital service transformation. He is a 25 year veteran of digital service industries and currently provides consulting and advisory services to leaders at different levels of government in Canada and in the US. Paul is also the host of The 311 Podcast where he features innovators in the digital space as well as in government.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Paul Bellows, the Founder and President of Yellow Pencil, about his work in helping governments digitize their services. Paul explains how he started his agency in the 90s, how losing a key client affected his business, and his process for helping clients adopt new technology.

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Dec 6

38 min 41 sec

Eden Gillott, aka the Dumpster Fire Fixer, is a crisis communications expert and the President of Gillott Communications. She has more than a decade of expertise in crisis and reputation management. She resolves issues both inside and outside the media’s glare — from celebrity scandals and corporate fraud to criminal and civil litigation. Educated at Harvard, NYU, Sejong University, and other institutions, she’s worked in Manhattan, Seoul, and Los Angeles. Eden is a Forbes contributor and has appeared in many publications including The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Associated Press, among others. She is Co-author of three best-selling books: A Business Owner’s Guide to Crisis PR, A Lawyer’s Guide to Crisis PR (Second Edition), and A Board Member’s Guide to Crisis PR. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Eden Gillott, a crisis management expert, about how she helps celebrities and business owners handle scandals and crises. Eden also explains how she picks reporters to work with, shares her strategies for handling information already known by the public, and explains how to prevent future crises. Stay tuned.

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Dec 3

27 min 56 sec

Steve Parks is the CEO of Convivio where he helps agency leaders to work on their business as confidently as they work in it through writing, speaking, and training. He has experience leading creative and digital agencies for 16 years. Steve is also an Editor at Agency Radar, a briefing service for agency leaders that helps them think and plan more strategically. Steve was a Journalist for the BBC in London for 10 years. He has been named one of the most inspiring agency leaders in the UK by a Bench Press survey of over 2,000 of his peers. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Steve Parks, the CEO of Convivio, to talk about radical transparency and helping business owners build better agencies. Steve also talks about changing careers from journalist to agency owner, doing sales for big projects, and how he prepared his agency for the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned.

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Nov 29

42 min 29 sec

Nancy Lyons is the President and CEO of Clockwork, an interactive design and technology consultancy. She is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and passionate advocate for LGBTQ families. She is the author of Work Like a Boss: A Kick-in-the-Pants Guide to Finding (and Using) Your Power at Work, and lives in Minneapolis with her spouse and son.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Nancy Lyons, the President and CEO of Clockwork, about how she has been building her company during challenging times. Nancy explains how the death of George Floyd impacted business in Minneapolis and in her company, explains how she evaluates clients to work with, and talks about her book. Stay tuned.

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Nov 26

47 min 19 sec

Paul Farrell is a longtime entrepreneur, founder, mentor, angel investor, and executive. Most recently, he was the Founder and CEO of Nehemiah Security, which he sold in September 2020. Paul has shepherded a startup from product launch to over a million in annual recurring revenue in less than two years, led a corporate acquisition that yielded a sale five years later at 10X the purchase price, and participated in the explosive growth of a global leader in business communications that yielded an 11X return on investment in just over a year.  After successfully selling Nehemiah Security to ThreatConnect, Paul is now leading Pater Holdings. His goal is to invest in companies and help them flourish. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Paul Farrell, an entrepreneur and angel investor, to discuss what Paul learned from scaling and selling software firms. They also talk about hiring strategies, preparing for a successful sale, and the dot-com burst of 2003. Stay tuned.

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Nov 22

39 min 43 sec

Frank Cowell is a speaker, best-selling author, and the CEO of Digitopia, a revenue operations firm based in the San Diego, California area. With 20 years of digital marketing experience, Frank works regularly with CEOs, Chief Marketing Officers, and Vice Presidents of Sales and Marketing who are looking to create amazing brand experiences while accelerating growth. Frank is also the Host of The Digital Utopia Podcast and Author of Building Your Digital Utopia, which details a concept he pioneered to help brands create digital experiences that systematically accelerate growth. Prior to founding his first agency, he worked in sales and marketing with Tandy, AT&T, and other technology companies. He is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and regularly volunteers his talents to the San Diego AMA, while mentoring young people in the areas of strategy, sales, and marketing. Frank Cowell, the CEO of Digitopia, is John Corcoran's guest in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast where he explains how he pivoted his agency from a project-based business model to a recurring services model. Frank also talks about the mistakes he made during that transition, the challenges he faced, and the lessons he learned. He also shares his tips for maintaining a low client churn rate. Stay tuned.

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Nov 19

34 min 7 sec

Wendy Lieber is the Co-founder of ContentBacon, an inbound marketing company that helps build brands that people know, like, trust, and buy from. She has a passion for helping customers figure out and communicate their “why” that resonates with target audiences. Wendy also talks to entrepreneurial communities frequently about the power of storytelling. She is a Board Member of the Entrepreneurs'​ Organization (EO) and previously served as President of Athena Marketing. She holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a BA in Marketing from Florida State University - College of Business. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Wendy Lieber, the Co-founder of ContentBacon, about shifting a business’ operations from a boutique agency model to a subscription model. Wendy talks about building her inbound marketing company, the challenges she often faces with changing technology, and the strategies she uses to find and retain good employees. Stay tuned.

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Nov 15

31 min 33 sec

Brent Beshore is the Founder and CEO of Permanent Equity, a firm that invests with no intention of selling in family-held companies. With a current capital base in excess of $300 million, the firm's current portfolio includes companies in aerospace, niche construction, manufacturing and distribution, consumer products, recruitment, and niche professional services. Brent is also the author of The Messy Marketplace: Selling Your Business in a World of Imperfect Buyers. He lives in Columbia, Missouri with his wife and three daughters.  Brent Beshore, the Founder and CEO of Permanent Equity, is John Corcoran's guest in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast where they talk about investing in small family-owned businesses. Brent explains what he looks for when investing in such companies, his strategies for overcoming post-acquisition challenges, and how his company's three-decade lock period works. Stay tuned.

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Nov 12

30 min 44 sec

Chris Westfall is a business coach, keynote speaker, consultant, and author who helped launch over 60 businesses, raising over $100 million in capital investment. Entrepreneurs, executives, and future leaders turn to Chris for guidance on peak performance, team building, business development, branding, and more. Chris is the Champion of the US National Elevator Pitch, a competition challenging students to make a convincing and engaging “Elevator Pitch” to an Angel Investor. He is recognized as a Top 10 Business Coach and regularly works with Fortune 500 Companies and high-impact leaders, as well as top-tier universities, to deliver insights into powerful leadership communication strategies. His clients have appeared on Shark Tank, Dragons’ Den in Canada, and Shark Tank Australia.   In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by business coach, author, speaker, and consultant Chris Westfall to talk about his journey from being a professional stunt man to becoming a renowned business coach. Chris also shares his experience in the Elevator Pitch competition, how his coaching helped many clients, and his tips for making an impact authentically.

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Nov 8

31 min 13 sec

Jason Rosenbaum is a Partner and COO at Crowd Favorite, a digital transformation company that provides software development solutions to established and startup brands. Founded in 2007, Crowd Favorite was an original WordPress agency focused primarily on enterprise clients. Over a decade later, they have evolved into a multi-discipline, digital consulting firm specializing in enterprise-grade digital strategy and elite open source development. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Jason Rosenbaum, a Partner and COO at Crowd Favorite, about building a digital agency and the lessons learned from doing M&A rollups. Jason also talks about his acting background, building a cannabis business, and how Crowd Favorite has changed over the years. Stay tuned.

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Nov 5

40 min

Kelly Campbell is an Agency Growth Consultant and Conscious Leadership Coach helping creative and technology leaders transform their lives and grow their agencies. She is the Co-founder of Consciousness Leaders, a global collective of experts helping organizations create positive, lasting change.  Kelly is also the host of the podcast, THRIVE: Your Agency Resource, and is currently authoring her first book on redefining leadership as a healing journey. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Kelly Campbell, the Co-founder of Consciousness Leaders, about how she started her businesses and her journey to becoming a consciousness coach. Kelly shares her reasons for selling her business, the lessons she learned about entrepreneurship and building an agency, and explains how she uses her experience to help fellow entrepreneurs build better businesses. Stay tuned.

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Nov 1

40 min 18 sec

Brett Harned formed the Bureau of Digital and founded the Digital PM Summit, which was the first annual digital project managers conference. He is also a Digital Project Management Consultant at Digital PM Consulting, LLC, where he works with teams to build processes and communication tactics that work for their projects, people, and clients. Brett has worked with major clients such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Zappos, MTV, Alaska Air, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to name a few. Brett’s previous roles include Director of Education at TeamGantt, Vice President of Project Management at Happy Cog, and Senior PM at Razorfish. Today, he speaks at events all over the world, writes for popular websites and publications, and can be heard on his podcast, Sprints & Milestones. He is the author of Project Management for Humans, which was published in July 2017. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Brett Harned, the Founder of the Digital PM Summit, to talk about project management. Brett discusses the origin of the Bureau of Digital, building the community, the best practices of putting together events, and tools in the digital project management space today. He also shares how he got a community of leaders together, some of the people who helped make his projects possible, and how you can be a good community citizen.

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Oct 29

37 min 42 sec

Karl Sakas is an Agency Consultant and Executive Coach at his firm, Sakas & Company, where he helps digital agency owners take control of their business so they can conquer growing pains and increase profits. Referred to as the “agency therapist” by his clients, Karl has helped hundreds of agency owners worldwide find a passion for their work again. Karl started doing business more than 20 years ago as a high school student, where he helped nonprofits and small businesses in the DC area build websites. Karl is a fourth-generation business owner, which motivated him to turn his skills into an agency. He’s also the author of several books, with his most notable work being Made to Lead.  Outside of his work at Sakas & Company, Karl volunteers as a Past President of AMA Triangle and as a bartender on a 1930s railroad car. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Karl Sakas, an Agency Consultant and Executive Coach at Sakas & Company, to discuss how to successfully run an agency. Karl explains project management and account management and how to approach each in an agency setting. He also talks about the pod agency model, client concentration problem, and the two possible ways to manage business risks when diversifying.

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Oct 25

45 min 23 sec

Diana Chapman is a Founding Partner of the Conscious Leadership Group and the co-author of the best-selling book The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership. She has worked with over 1,000 different organization leaders and many of their teams to grow in self-awareness and eliminate drama in the workplace. She facilitates leadership forums around the bay area for founders, VCs, and CEOs, including YPO forums and YPO chapters worldwide.  Diana also co-leads a training school for coaches who want to learn how to facilitate her coaching models. She has been a speaker in a number of different places including Mindful Leadership Summit, Wisdom 2.0, Stanford Graduate School, Haas School of Business, and YPO. Diana Chapman, a Founding Partner of the Conscious Leadership Group, joins John Corcoran in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast to talk about helping organizations and their teams eliminate drama in the workplace. Diana also explains why she formed the Conscious Leadership Group and how she has been working with clients during the pandemic. Stay tuned.

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Oct 22

30 min 39 sec

Jon Bast is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of OptiAuto and T3 Marketing. OptiAuto is a website provider for car dealerships while T3 Marketing is a performance marketing agency that focuses on helping dealers optimize car demand. They follow Google Design guidelines to develop the most optimal websites in order to ensure great user experiences.  Prior to that, Jon was a Senior Manager of Marketing and Traffic Acquisition at Autotrader US and Director of National Partnerships at Force Marketing. He also worked as an Internet Marketing Manager at Mercedes-Benz of Naples and was a Search Engine Marketing Strategist and Account Manager at Haystak Digital Marketing. He is an active member of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO). In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Jon Bast, the Co-founder and Managing Partner of OptiAuto and T3 Marketing, about Jon’s experience building a car dealership marketing agency. They discuss the value of being part of business communities, how marketing for car dealerships has evolved over the years, and why Jon didn't want to work in the corporate world. Stay tuned.

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Oct 18

29 min 43 sec

Dr. Jeremy Weisz is the Co-founder of Rise25, a company that helps B2B business owners connect with their ideal prospects, referral partners, and strategic partners through a done-for-you podcast service. Dr. Weisz has been involved in podcasting for 11 years and was a senior producer for one of the early business podcasts; he assisted in putting all of their systems in place and helped them add volume, feature, and edify various business leaders. Dr. Weisz has also been running his own podcast, Inspired Insider, since 2011. He has featured top entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs of companies such as P90X, Atari, Einstein Bagels, Mattel, the Orlando Magic, and many more through video interviews. Dr. Weisz also founded a nutritional supplement business and continues to run his own chiropractic and massage facility, Chiropractical Solutions & Massage. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Dr. Jeremy Weisz, his Co-founder at Rise25, to discuss the five types of thought leadership content to create for a podcast. They explain what a thought leadership episode is, talk about the benefits of these types of content, and explain how they create these episodes for their own podcasts. Stay tuned.

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Oct 15

21 min 38 sec

Paul Orfalea is the Founder of the Kinko's retail chain, which was founded in Isla Vista, California in 1970. The Kinko's concept was sparked in 1969 when Paul, then a student at the University of Southern California (USC), noticed his fellow students lining up at a copy machine in a library, so he saw an opportunity there. He borrowed $5,000 from a local bank and rented a 100-square foot space next to a hamburger stand near UC Santa Barbara. This tiny Kinko's with a single copier became a huge global brand with 1,000 stores internationally and $2 billion in annual sales. Much of the success can be traced back directly to Paul's unique business philosophy, which was based on his free-thinking creative style.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Paul Orfalea, the Founder of Kinko's, about how he started and scaled the Kinko's retail chain brand from one location to over 1,000 before selling it. Paul shares the lessons he learned in his entrepreneurial journey, talks about his theory of management, and explains how he transitioned to academic and philanthropic endeavors. Stay tuned.

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Oct 11

47 min 35 sec

Tommy Tardie is the Owner and Operator of The Flatiron Room and Fine and Rare restaurants in New York City. He opened The Flatiron Room in September 2012 with the goal of creating a restaurant with great food and world-class whiskey all under one roof. He followed that up with the opening of Fine and Rare restaurants in January 2017, which comes with live jazz and rare spirits.  Tommy has received a number of awards and accolades including “Best Whiskey Bars in America” by Travel and Leisure Magazine, “World's Best Bars” by get lost Magazine, “Manhattan Hotspot” by OpenTable, and most recently, “Best Bar in America” by Whisky Magazine. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Tommy Tardie, the Owner and Operator of The Flatiron Room and Fine and Rare restaurants, about pivoting a fine dining restaurant during a pandemic. They discuss the art of fine dining, the various challenges faced by restaurant owners since the pandemic struck, organizing virtual whiskey testing Zoom calls, and what the future looks like for the industry. Stay tuned.

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Oct 8

38 min 29 sec

DJ Rezac is the Owner of Time42 Coaching and KB Building Services which provides commercial janitorial services along with carpet cleaning and hard floor maintenance in the Omaha, Nebraska area. Through Time42 Coaching, he provides programs to help business leaders, families, dads, and athletic groups with motivation and tools to grow their businesses and to excel in life. DJ has been a member of Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) for over 20 years, is married to Lisa Rezac, and together they live and raise five kids in Omaha, Nebraska.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews DJ Rezac, the Owner of Time42 Coaching and KB Building Services, to talk about how guiding leaders can positively impact a business and create a fulfilling family life. DJ also talks about the benefits of being a networking organization member, how losing a big client can adversely affect a business, and how you can measure your success as a parent or spouse. Stay tuned.

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Oct 4

29 min 43 sec

Ben Cash is the Founding Partner and CEO of Reason One, a full-service digital agency. Before going remote, they had offices in Toronto, Charleston, and Dublin. With over 20 years of experience in the web services industry, Ben brings a depth of knowledge and experience to the digital space that helps clients achieve measurable results. Over the years, he has developed a key set of proven strategies and methodologies that fuel Reason One's success and have taken him across the country as a guest lecturer and consultant. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Ben Cash, the Founding Partner and CEO of Reason One, about his journey from being a musician to starting and running a thriving digital agency. They also talk about working with mission-driven companies, how Ben's business was impacted by the 2008 financial crisis and COVID-19 pandemic, and his reasons for merging with another company in 2019. Stay tuned.

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Oct 1

35 min 33 sec

Jeremy Webb is the Founder and CEO of Organizational Engineering, a company that helps other businesses increase their team’s productivity, engagement, and profitability by teaching them how to self-organize around their company’s goals and purpose. Jeremy is a cancer survivor, international coach, speaker, YouTuber, and pilot. He also volunteers with cancer-related camps and charity events. Jeremy started his career at the fastest-growing company in the US.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Jeremy Webb, the Founder and CEO of Organizational Engineering, about how he helps companies develop more productive teams. Jeremy also shares his experience surviving a plane crash, getting diagnosed with cancer, and being a part of the nation’s fastest-growing company.

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Sep 27

27 min 24 sec

Dr. Jeremy Weisz is the Co-founder of Rise25, a company that helps B2B business owners connect with their ideal prospects, referral partners, and strategic partners through a done-for-you podcast service. Dr. Weisz has been involved in podcasting for 11 years and was a senior producer for one of the early business podcasts; he assisted in putting all of their systems in place and helped them add volume, feature, and edify various business leaders. Dr. Weisz has also been running his own podcast, Inspired Insider, since 2011. He has featured top entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs of companies such as P90X, Atari, Einstein Bagels, Mattel, the Orlando Magic, and many more through video interviews. Dr. Weisz also founded a nutritional supplement business and continues to run his own chiropractic and massage facility, Chiropractical Solutions & Massage. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Dr. Jeremy Weisz, his Co-founder at Rise25, to discuss the 10 main reasons why most podcasts fail. They talk about featuring the wrong guests, having a complex podcast process, focusing on the wrong metrics, and more.

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Sep 24

17 min 25 sec

Russell Benaroya is a Co-founder and Partner at Stride, an outsource bookkeeping, accounting, and strategic financial services company supporting professional service firms nationwide.  He is a seasoned entrepreneur, podcaster, and author of the book, One Life to Lead: Business Success Through Better Life Design. Russell began his career in corporate finance on Wall Street after graduating with dual degrees in accounting and economics. He has spent the last 20 years investing in private equity and as a healthcare entrepreneur, he built and exited two startup businesses. He is a former Techstars graduate and a longtime member of EO Seattle (Entrepreneurs’ Organization). He received his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and BA in Economics and Accounting from UC Santa Barbara. Russell Benaroya, a Co-founder and Partner at Stride, is John Corcoran's guest in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast where he talks about achieving business success through better life design. Russell also shares his entrepreneurial background, the challenges he faced building his businesses, his new book, and how he helps entrepreneurs stay in their genius zones.

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Sep 20

33 min 43 sec

Dr. Jeremy Weisz is the Co-founder of Rise25, a company that helps B2B business owners connect with their ideal prospects, referral partners, and strategic partners through a done-for-you podcast service. Dr. Weisz has been involved in podcasting for 11 years and was a senior producer for one of the early business podcasts; he assisted in putting all of their systems in place and helped them add volume, feature, and edify various business leaders. Dr. Weisz has also been running his own podcast, Inspired Insider, since 2011. He has featured top entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs of companies such as P90X, Atari, Einstein Bagels, Mattel, the Orlando Magic, and many more through video interviews. Dr. Weisz also founded a nutritional supplement business and continues to run his own chiropractic and massage facility, Chiropractical Solutions & Massage. Dr. Jeremy Weisz, the Co-founder of Rise25, joins John Corcoran in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast to discuss how to name a podcast and get better ROI from it. They talk about types of phrases to avoid when naming a podcast, what to know about using specific names, when to name a podcast after a business, and the benefits of brainstorming names with others.

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Sep 17

19 min 11 sec

Jay Haynes is the Founder and CEO of thrv, an enterprise product management software company focused on helping teams with jobs-to-be-done innovation methods. He is an award-winning entrepreneur and executive with 30 years of software and investing experience. His customers include Microsoft, Dropbox, Twitter, eBay, Target, American Express, and Oracle. Prior to thrv, Jay worked as an Investment Associate at private equity firm GTCR, Product Manager at Microsoft, and CEO of Strategyn, which is a product strategy and innovation consulting firm. He graduated from Brown University and received his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Jay Haynes, the Founder and CEO of thrv, to talk about how the jobs-to-be-done (JTBD) framework helps businesses provide better services to their customers. They discuss the value of focusing on meeting customers' needs, the importance of being innovative, and how having a group of peer mentors can be very impactful to entrepreneurs.

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Sep 13

37 min 20 sec

Jennifer Rotner is the Founder and CEO of Elite Creative, which consists of Elite Editing and Elite Authors. They provide writing, editing, publishing, and content marketing solutions. From her real-world experience as a professional editor, Jennifer recognized the need for a better way to ensure that editing and proofreading services were customized to each of her customers. Therefore, she developed an exclusive matching system to pair every project and customer with the right proofreader or editor — which is why Elite Editing boasts of a loyal roster of satisfied customers and an unrivaled pool of editors and proofreaders who hail from the business, academic, and journalism realms. Prior to founding Elite Editing, Jennifer helped form the editorial division at NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing organization, where she ran the copy department as Copy Chief. Before that, she gained years of experience in the field as features editor for Focus - New York Magazine and as an editor for the marketing department at the American Museum of Natural History. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Jennifer Rotner, the Founder and CEO of Elite Creative, about her process of systematizing and scaling creative businesses to over seven figures. Jennifer talks about the mistakes she made and the lessons she learned when building her first businesses, explains how she structures her companies, and shares her tips for working with big clients.

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Sep 10

38 min 8 sec

Shirin Oreizy is the Founder and CEO of Next Step, an award-winning behavioral marketing agency with offices in San Francisco and Boston. Next Step leverages the latest research in behavioral science (the study of how humans make decisions) to design better outcomes for businesses in their marketing and growth initiatives.  Shirin has a degree in Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and holds accreditations from Duke University and UC Berkeley on behavioral science and positive psychology. Her work applying behavioral science in marketing is regularly featured in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and The Huffington Post. She has also been on the board of Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) and a guest lecturer at Stanford University.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Shirin Oreizy, the Founder and CEO of Next Step, to discuss how you can use behavioral science to supercharge your business’ marketing. Shirin explains what behavioral science means, talks about the role it plays in building a company's culture, and explains how she pivoted her business from a digital design agency to start focusing on behavioral science.

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Sep 6

30 min 29 sec

Michael Arrieta is the Founder and CEO of Garden City, a purpose-driven buyout holding company that buys, grows, and forever-holds service companies across the Southeast. Once acquired, Garden City seeks to grow them through culture, technology, and sales. Michael was an early employee at DocuSign where he served as Global Vice President, General Manager, and Chief of Staff to the CEO. DocuSign has now achieved a $50B market cap with 5,000 employees.  In 2016, Michael founded MAV Ventures, a venture capital group that has invested in over 50 companies and multiple funds. He also co-founded New Story, a nonprofit that has built over 2,000 homes in developing countries and is recognized for creating the world’s first-ever 3D home printer. He was recognized by Forbes as “30 Under 30” in 2016 for his social entrepreneurship work. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and now lives in Atlanta with his wife and children. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Michael Arrieta, the Founder and CEO of Garden City, to talk about investing in service and technology-based businesses. Michael discusses his career background working at Cutco, Wyse Technology, Dell, and DocuSign — including the lessons learned from Michael Dell. He also shares his hiring strategies and explains how he evaluates the best companies to invest in.

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Sep 3

29 min 36 sec

Anna David is the Founder and CEO of Launch Pad Publishing, a company that helps people share their stories and increase their credibility through book publishing. She is a New York Times best-selling author of eight books and has been a featured speaker at three different TEDx events.  Anna has been published in The New York Times, Time, and The LA Times among many others. She has appeared repeatedly on The Today Show, The Talk, The CBS Morning Show, and dozens of other programs and has been written about in Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Martha Stewart Living. Anna is also the host of the Launch Your Book podcast. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Anna David, an author and the Founder and CEO of Launch Pad Publishing, to talk about the journey to become a New York Times best-selling author. Anna discusses the challenges she faced building her writing career and publishing company, as well as her experience battling addiction. Plus, Anna shares how Launch Pad Publishing can help you produce your book and grow your business from there!

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Aug 30

32 min 26 sec

Kait LeDonne is the Founder of Brandwise Media, a personal brand agency that builds executive and authors’ unique brands using content marketing strategies through social media. She is the author of the book, The Attraction Magnet: The 7 Insider Secrets The World's Biggest Brands Use to Attract Customers Who Can't Wait to Buy From Them. Kait has been featured regularly in national and international publications as a commentator on celebrity and corporate brands.  Kait developed The Influence Academy, one of the first online courses centered around LinkedIn, to teach executives how to position themselves as thought leaders in their respective spaces. To date, over 100 executives have completed the program. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, Kait LeDonne, the Founder of Brandwise Media, gets interviewed by John Corcoran about the business strategies she used to expand and 4x her agency in only 18 months. Kait also shares her recruitment strategies, explains how she builds her company's culture, and talks about the KPIs she uses to evaluate the performance of her business. Stay tuned.

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Aug 27

30 min 9 sec

Dr. Jeremy Weisz is the Co-founder of Rise25, a company that helps B2B business owners connect with their ideal prospects, referral partners, and strategic partners through a done-for-you podcast service. Dr. Weisz has been involved in podcasting for 11 years and was a senior producer for one of the early business podcasts; he assisted in putting all of their systems in place and helped them add volume, feature, and edify various business leaders. Since 2011, Dr. Weisz has also been running his own podcast, Inspired Insider. Through those video interviews, he features top entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs of companies such as P90X, Atari, Einstein Bagels, Mattel, the Orlando Magic, and many more. Dr. Weisz also founded a nutritional supplement business and continues to run his chiropractic and massage facility, Chiropractical Solutions & Massage. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, Dr. Jeremy Weisz, host of the Inspired Insider podcast, joins John Corcoran, his Co-founder at Rise25 Media, to share their best strategies for increasing exposure by appearing on other podcasts. They also talk about sending personalized outreach messages, the benefits of having your own podcast, and their advice on being a good podcast guest. Stay tuned.

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Aug 23

22 min 11 sec

Craig Cummings is a Co-founder and investor at Santa Barbara Angel Alliance. He has founded or co-founded several technology-driven startup companies that executed multi-billion dollar IPO's (known as "unicorns") and one that was acquired for $650 million.  Craig has served as a Trustee for both the UC Santa Barbara Foundation and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. He previously served on the advisory boards of the Eco-Entrepreneurship Program at the Bren School and the Technology Management Program, both at UC Santa Barbara. He is a member of Tech Coast Angels and is the past Chairman of the Central Coast chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum. Craig holds nuclear engineering degrees from UC Santa Barbara and MIT. Craig Cummings, a Co-founder and investor at Santa Barbara Angel Alliance, is John Corcoran's guest in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, where they talk about Craig's experience working at SAIC under Bob Beyster's leadership and what he learned from the experience. They also talk about investing in startups, the benefits of an angel alliance, and what led to the collapse of SpectraFluidics. Stay tuned.

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Aug 20

45 min 46 sec

Katty Douraghy is an entrepreneur, author, podcast host, and the President of Artisan Creative, a staffing and recruiting agency focused on digital, creative, and marketing talent and based in Los Angeles. She is a forum and retreat facilitator at Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO), where she works closely with entrepreneurs to help them become better versions of themselves.  Katty recently published her memoir, The Butterfly Years: A Journey Through Grief Toward Hope, detailing her personal journey through grief. She is on a mission to demystify grief and create a space where people can talk about loss, grief, and death without feeling judged or rushed. Katty was raised in San Francisco, London, and Tehran.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Katty Douraghy, the President of Artisan Creative, about how her experience with loss and grief inspired her to write The Butterfly Years. She also talks about the lessons she learned in the process, how she now helps others going through loss and grief, and how she has grown Artisan Creative.

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Aug 16

30 min 40 sec

Todd Anthony is an award-winning verbal branding expert and the Executive Creative Director of Pinwheel Content. With more than 20 years of experience, he has worked at some amazing global creative agencies like Ogilvy, Young & Rubicam, J. Walter Thompson, as well as held creative leadership stints at big media companies such as CBS, Yahoo, and CNET.  In 2014, Todd created Pinwheel, a creative agency focused on brand storytelling and content marketing. He has worked with some incredible clients including Johnson & Johnson, Fitbit, Experian, Nokia, and Amazon. He has also helped launch and nurture young startup brands.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Todd Anthony, the Executive Creative Director of Pinwheel Content, about his journey to the Czech Republic and back to the US, and how he built a top creative agency. Todd explains how he got started in copywriting and shares his experience working at companies including Ogilvy and Yahoo.

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Aug 13

31 min 15 sec

Bill Prater is the Founder of Business Mastery. He has raised over $1.3 billion for private businesses of all kinds. He was the Founder of Weatherly Private Capital, an investment banking firm that raised money for companies to finance new businesses, aggressive expansions, management buyouts, and M&A. Bill grew the firm to over 125 people with offices in New York, Seattle, and Washington, and later sold it. Today, he's a trainer, coach, mentor, and author of two books, Business Mastery: Dominate Your Market and Dynamic Growth. Bill Prater, the Founder of Business Mastery, joins John Corcoran in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast where they talk about Bill's entrepreneurial background and how he ended up founding an investment bank. They also talk about some of the clients Bill has worked with and the challenges he faced growing his business.

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Aug 9

41 min 5 sec

Tucker Max is a Co-founder of Scribe Media, the premier professional publishing company in America. He has written four New York Times best-sellers (three that hit #1), which have sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide. He is credited with being the originator of the literary genre, “fratire,” and is the fourth writer (along with Malcolm Gladwell, Brené Brown, and Michael Lewis) to have three books on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list at one time.  Tucker was nominated for Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential” list in 2009. He received his BA from the University of Chicago in 1998 and his JD from Duke Law School in 2001. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Veronica, and three children. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Tucker Max, Co-founder of Scribe Media, about the story behind the founding of Scribe Media and how he became a published author. Tucker explains how he started writing, talks about his legal background, and shares how he helps people write and publish their own books.

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Aug 6

44 min 10 sec

Shaun Buck is the Founder and CEO of The Newsletter Pro, based out of Boise, Idaho. He has grown the company into the nation’s largest custom print newsletter company, printing and mailing millions of newsletters annually for diverse industries spread across four countries.  In 2015, Shaun and The Newsletter Pro landed at number 120 on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies list with a growth rate of 2,975%. He is the author of the book The Ultimate Guide To Newsletters: Your Secret Weapon for Doubling Referrals and Tripling Retention.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran and Dr. Jeremy Weisz, Co-founders of Rise25, are joined by Shaun Buck, the Founder and CEO of The Newsletter Pro, to discuss different strategies for attracting and retaining clients. Shaun also talks about his newsletter, tips for nurturing prospects, and the benefits of working with experts.

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Aug 2

28 min 19 sec

Tom Bouwer is a seasoned entrepreneur and business advisor who has founded and operated three of his own companies. Tom has worked with a diverse range of organizations from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. He has nearly three decades of global management and consulting experience across multiple industries which helps him quickly identify and solve chronic issues that keep a company from achieving optimal success.  As a teacher, facilitator, and coach, Tom spends most of his time as a Certified EOS Implementer, helping leadership teams administer EOS in their companies. He is co-author of the books, What the Heck is EOS? with Gino Wickman and Profit Works: Unravel the Complexity of Incentive Plans to Increase Employee Productivity, Cultivate an Engaged Workforce, and Maximize Your Company’s Potential with Alex Freytag. He earned his BA from Hope College and MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Tom Bouwer, an entrepreneur and Certified EOS Implementer, to discuss the elements of EOS and its benefits to organizations. They also talk about Tom's experience working in Turkey and India and his entrepreneurial journey.

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Jul 30

31 min 8 sec

Adi Klevit is the Founder of Business Success Consulting Group. She has 25 years of knowledge and experience as a trained Industrial Engineer, management consultant, and business executive. She utilizes her practical know-how and wisdom to successfully help organizations and companies of any size dramatically improve their efficiency and performance. By leveraging her ability to understand business processes — as well as people — and drawing on her high-caliber skills in vital areas of personnel management, finance, and operations, Adi can help virtually any business owner achieve their goals and bring order to their lives. She is also the host of the Systems Simplified Podcast. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Adi Klevit, the Founder of Business Success Consulting Group, to talk about creating business systems and documenting processes. Adi explains how her company helps businesses develop their own processes and shares her favorite tools and software for systematizing her business.

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Jul 26

23 min 9 sec

Randall Kaplan is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with a passion for working with and mentoring talented, hungry entrepreneurs who have a great work ethic and want to create long-lasting companies. He is the Co-founder of Akamai Technologies, the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, making the Internet fast, reliable, and secure for its customers. Akamai serves nearly 30% of the world’s web traffic, is a member of the S&P 500, has 8,000 employees, and made $3.2 billion in 2020 revenues. Randall is also the Founder and CEO of JUMP Investors, a venture capital firm, and the Founder and CEO of Sandee, a travel company focused on the promotion of beaches and beach tourism around the world. Over the past 20 years, Randall has been an advisor to more than 50 companies, served on the board of directors of many companies, been an active public speaker, and mentored more than 100 students through JUMP's annual internship program. He is also the author of Bliss, a best-selling coffee table book and host of the podcast In Search Of Excellence. Randall Kaplan, an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, joins John Corcoran in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast to share his journey into entrepreneurship and the venture capital world. Randall also talks about building connections with top industry leaders, the value of humility, and how his background has influenced his parenting decisions.

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Jul 23

1 hr 5 min

Dr. Jeremy Weisz is the Co-founder of Rise25, a company that helps B2B business owners connect with their ideal prospects, referral partners, and strategic partners through a done-for-you podcast service. Dr. Weisz has been involved in podcasting for 11 years and was a senior producer for one of the early business podcasts; he assisted in putting all of their systems in place and helped them add volume, feature, and edify various business leaders. Dr. Weisz has also been running his own podcast, Inspired Insider, since 2011. He has featured top entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs of companies such as P90X, Atari, Einstein Bagels, Mattel, the Orlando Magic, and many more through video interviews. Dr. Weisz also founded a nutritional supplement business and continues to run his own chiropractic and massage facility, Chiropractical Solutions & Massage. Dr. Jeremy Weisz, the Co-founder of Rise25, joins John Corcoran in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast to talk about the five types of content businesses should be creating through their podcasts. They discuss the benefits of building business connections and relationships through a podcast and explain how profiling clients help with getting testimonials.

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Jul 19

23 min 45 sec

James Cridland is the Editor of Podnews, a daily podcast newsletter. He is a radio futurologist — a writer, consultant, and public speaker on radio and new media’s future. He has worked in radio and audio since 1989 as an award-winning copywriter, radio presenter, and internet strategist. He launched the world’s first streaming radio smartphone app in March 2005 for the original Virgin Radio in London, launching daily podcasts earlier that year. In 2007, James joined the BBC working on the BBC iPlayer for radio, achieving a dramatic increase in the service’s audio quality. He has since worked for a variety of businesses across the world including Canada’s Vista Radio, receiver and silicon manufacturers Pure and Frontier Silicon, talkSPORT, and a variety of media companies in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia, helping them focus on the benefits and challenges that new platforms bring to their business.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews James Cridland, the Editor of Podnews, about his early entry into the radio industry and podcasting. James shares his experience working for Virgin Radio and the BBC, explains how he got started in podcasting, and offers advice to new podcasters on building a great podcast.

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Jul 16

45 min 17 sec

Dr. Dave Stachowiak is the Founder of the Coaching for Leaders Academy, a year-long leadership development cohort where he personally works with an intimate group of managers, executives, and business owners to develop their leadership excellence — and empower each other through global relationship building.  Dr. Stachowiak is also a coach and host of the Coaching for Leaders podcast. For many years, he was a leader in the Dale Carnegie Organization, which is the worldwide front-runner in professional training and development.  Dr. Dave Stachowiak, the Founder of Coaching for Leaders Academy, joins John Corcoran in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast where they talk about creating boundaries to reduce stress and burnout, undertaking a podcast, and the value of servant leadership. They also discuss the importance of leaders being focused, consistent, and developing good habits.

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Jul 12

36 min 43 sec

Scott Fritz is the Founder of Growth Connect and currently oversees acquisition, funding, and strategy for SGI Property Management, which operates in three states and manages 1,300 properties. He is the author of The 40 Hour Work YEAR, which chronicles his entrepreneurial journey firsthand as he shares strategic business methods, action-focused exercises, and the mindset philosophy that allowed him to achieve a 40 hour work year.  Scott acquired an insurance company, Atlantic Insurance, a property and casualty agency in 2010. He then rebranded it, repositioned it, and sold it two years later. He also founded Growth Connect in 2008, which is a coaching and exit planning services business. Scott has been an active angel investor since 2001. He founded Human Capital in 1997, which he grew into a nationwide player with annual revenue of $170 million in 2007, and later sold it at the end of 2007. Scott Fritz, the Founder of Growth Connect, is John Corcoran's guest in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast where he talks about his strategies for growing a business to $170 million in annual revenue. Scott also explains how he manages various businesses from different industries, how his business has been positively impacted by Entrepreneurs' Organization, and how he handled the effects of the 9/11 tragedy.

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Jul 9

28 min 23 sec

Art Bell was the Founder of Comedy Central and former President of Court TV. He is a writer and former media executive known for creating, building, and managing successful cable television channels. While working at HBO, Art pitched the idea of a 24-hour comedy network and helped develop and launch HBO’s The Comedy Channel, which became Comedy Central. He went on to hold senior executive positions in both programming and marketing.  After leaving Comedy Central, Art became President of Court TV, where he was a guiding force behind one of the most successful brand evolutions in cable television. In addition to writing, Art plays piano and drums and co-hosts The Constant Comedy Podcast with Art Bell and Vinnie Favale. His memoir is Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humor. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Art Bell, the Founder of Comedy Central and former President of Court TV, to talk about Art's journey of launching a comedy channel. They also discuss people's response to the launch of Comedy Central, Art's work at Court TV, and the people who guided Art in his career.

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Jul 5

38 min 24 sec

Jon Sherman is the Co-founder and CEO of Sticky's Finger Joint, a New York-based chicken finger restaurant chain. He started his career working in finance for J.P. Morgan and Bridgewater Associates before hearing the call of the chicken fingers. With zero restaurant experience — but a dream of building the best chicken finger experience on Earth — Jon opened the first Sticky's in 2012. Over the last eight years, Sticky's has grown to 14 locations throughout New York City, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. It has also been featured on the Food Network, Travel Channel, and ABC, and hosted events featuring the likes of Big Boi, Travis Scott, and Sheck Wes. Jon Sherman, the Co-founder and CEO of Sticky's Finger Joint, joins John Corcoran in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast to talk about how his business has been recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Jon also explains why he decided to start a chicken fingers business, the strategy he used to lay off some of his employees, and how he has been diversifying the food joint.

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Jul 2

22 min 25 sec

Dr. Jeremy Weisz is the Co-founder of Rise25, a company that helps B2B business owners connect with their ideal prospects, referral partners, and strategic partners through a done-for-you podcast service. Dr. Weisz has been involved in podcasting for 11 years and was a senior producer for one of the early business podcasts; he assisted in putting all of their systems in place and helped them add volume, feature, and edify various business leaders. Dr. Weisz has also been running his own podcast, Inspired Insider, since 2011. He has featured top entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs of companies such as P90X, Atari, Einstein Bagels, Mattel, the Orlando Magic, and many more through video interviews. Dr. Weisz also founded a nutritional supplement business and continues to run his own chiropractic and massage facility, Chiropractical Solutions & Massage. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Dr. Jeremy Weisz, his Co-founder at Rise25, to share the top tools and software they use for podcasting. They also talk about choosing a radio host, the benefits of working with a podcast company, and how to create micro-content out of a podcast. Stay tuned.

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Jun 28

25 min 51 sec

Jon Levy is the Founder and Host of Influencers, a private community made up of over 2,000 industry leaders including Nobel laureates, Olympians, celebrities, executives, royalty, and so much more. He is a behavioral scientist best known for his work in influence, networking, and adventure. He specializes in applying the latest scientific research on human behavior to transform the ways companies approach marketing, sales, consumer engagement, product design, and influencer program development. Jon spent years researching the science of adventure, which led him to publish his first book, The 2 AM Principle: Discover the Science of Adventure. In his second book, You're Invited: The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence, Jon demonstrates the importance of human connection, trust, and community to accomplish what is most important.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran is joined by Jon Levy, an author and the Founder and Host of Influencers, to talk about the power of influence and Jon's latest book, You're Invited. They also talk about creating connections, building trust, and the value of developing a sense of belonging. Stay tuned.

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Jun 25

35 min 24 sec

Jason Smith is the Founder and CEO of Spotlight Social Advertising, which he founded in 2016. Before that, he spent 14 years in uniform with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). He later started a side gig helping people with online traffic advertising and Facebook ads, which became his core line of work. He left the police department permanently to concentrate on Spotlight Social Advertising. He now lives in Colorado with his wife and children. In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran sits down with Jason Smith, the Founder and CEO of Spotlight Social Advertising, to talk about Jason's life as an LAPD police officer and how he transitioned to become a Facebook ads expert. Jason also shares his experience being targeted by LA gangs, how he foiled their plans, and how leaving the force has impacted his personal life.

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Jun 21

40 min 37 sec

Jeffrey Feldberg is the Co-founder and CEO of Deep Wealth, a company that helps business owners learn how to prepare for a maximum-value exit. He created a 90-day Deep Wealth experience that helps people through the preparation process, which is based on a nine-step roadmap that he created for his own nine-figure exit.  Jeffrey created his first company — an e-learning company — after graduating from an MBA program at the University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management. Jeffrey rejected the first offer he got to sell his company for seven figures but ended up selling it two years later for nine figures.  In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Jeffrey Feldberg, the Co-founder and CEO of Deep Wealth, about starting and scaling an e-learning company and eventually selling it for nine figures. Jeffrey also advises companies on how to prepare well before a merger or acquisition and how to increase the value of a company.

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Jun 18

46 min 31 sec