Mastering the Art of Failing

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**The founder of a tech unicorn. A gold medal Olympic athlete. A world-renowned musician. These are the people we know and look up to, who enter the world poised to create history, and become overnight success stories.** But is that truly the start of their journey? Every road to success offers its own unique set of challenges. For every risk taken, there are only a few routes toward success, and each offers dozens more, leading to failure. Failure. A term so negatively weighted that it ends careers, companies, fame, and fortune. But those who have experienced it know it can also be wielded as a weapon to move forward, but it’s rarely part of the narrative. It’s time to get to the heart of the story and hear the vulnerable perspective of successful entrepreneurs, leaders, artists, athletes, and those who motivate us. Together, with your hosts Alex Love and Elliot Volkman, we will destigmatize what it means to fail, and encourage you to turn these challenges into opportunities on your own path forward. This is Mastering the Art of Failing. read less
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Episodes

Nicolas Thorne: From the Ashes of NFTs Emerged an Entrepreneurial Guide
May 23 2024
Nicolas Thorne: From the Ashes of NFTs Emerged an Entrepreneurial Guide
Season One, Episode Eight: Before NFTs and blockchain technology, Nicolas Thorne tried to build a business around digital scarcity. The concept didn't quite land its mark.   Web 3, crypto… NFTs. You’ve heard of them. Some of these things have spun off new technology and concepts like blockchain, and others have completely dropped in value. Regardless, before the term NFT truly existed, there was a pioneer who followed a similar vision: I started a business for, I'm not going to say the wrong or like bad reasons, but probably not the best reasons. I started it largely because I wanted to start a company. And I started around a concept that I thought was really intellectually stimulating. I still think it's intellectually stimulating, which is. Kind of digital scarcity, which I suppose is what's at the heart of blockchains and NFTs and these things. And, and this kind of contrast of the digital world being abundant and pixels being infinitely reproducible. And yet that there was this feeling that if our lives were moving online, that scarcity was still this like amazing human construct and maybe there was a way to create it. That was the words of Nicolas Thorne, who is no longer trying to sell what would one day be known as NFTs, and is now the General Partner at New York-based incubator Prehype. This week on Mastering the Art of Failing, Nicolas shares his story about several instances of failure throughout his entrepreneurial journey, but has overcome it, and has since taken those learnings to help shape new founders and startups.
From Rocker to Entrepreneur: Phillip Jackson's Journey in the World of E-commerce
Feb 28 2024
From Rocker to Entrepreneur: Phillip Jackson's Journey in the World of E-commerce
Season One, Episode Six: Former touring rock star turned owner of a highly regarded e-commerce media brand, Phillip Jackson, shares his unique journey. Find us on Spotify, Apple, YouTube, and Audible. Our show notes are on failingpod.com   Phillip Jackson, the Founder of Future Commerce, has had an unconventional journey in the world of e-commerce. Prior to establishing one of the most respected publications providing insight and research into the world of e-commerce, Jackson aspired to be a rock star. Yes, you read that right, and no, this is not a tale of a washed-up rocker trying to relive glory days. Jackson and the band were one step away from making it to the lineup at Warped Tour, palled around with the likes of Underoath, and had so many character-building moments that it’s hard to imagine who he was in a past life. That is, of course, besides the remnants, which we’d like to say likely explains his still spiked hair. Jackson’s story is partly about being unsuccessful as a rock star, but it’s more so a pathway that led him to reshape his creative energy and build a brand that an entire industry looks up to. That pathway shifted as the responsibilities of building a family came into the picture, having to self-learn the concept of brand building and storytelling (thanks MySpace), and ultimately develop an e-commerce media company. He also doubles as an absolutely insane ultra runner who handles the Florida humidity and swamps as only a true rock star can.