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Founders Live

The Founders Live Podcast tells stories of unique and inspiring entrepreneurship from around the world.

182 - Author and Investor Scott O'Neil: Be Where Your Feet Are And Other Impacful Leadership Lessons
May 23 2022
182 - Author and Investor Scott O'Neil: Be Where Your Feet Are And Other Impacful Leadership Lessons
Nick Hughes is joined by Scott O’Neil, one of America’s most admired sports executives, author and investor. Scott is one of the most recognized, connected and dynamic executives in the sports and entertainment industry today. He has more than 25 years of experience leading NBA, NHL and NFL teams and leagues, including the National Basketball Association, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. His mission to build innovative, inspiring, socially impactful and high-performing teams and business organizations has earned him a reputation as a “leader of leaders.” A Harvard Business School-educated CEO, O’Neil contends that fostering a corporate culture founded in respect, diversity, employee development and corporate social responsibility is what drives the success of the award-winning sports teams and businesses he oversees.The episode starts with Scott describing his background and his early journey into the sports industry. We hear about why or why he didn't choose entrepreneurship early on, and why he chose leadership as a lifestyle and profession. Scott shares his biggest take away from his time with the Sixers and New Jersey Devils organizations. Then Nick and Scott dive deeper into what culture and leadership mean to each, sharing insights and thoughts on the ups and downs. They then shift to Scotts book - Be Where Your Feet Are: Seven Principles to Keep You Present, Grounded, and Thriving. Nick asks "Why now? Why write this book?" And Scott shares the deep purpose and reason for the book, as well as covers a few of the principles found in the book.  The conversation concludes with Scott’s lessons and tips for early stage entrepreneurs. This is an incredible conversation with a purpose driven leader who is  making impact and helping others maximize their own leadership in the world, we hope it helps you today.Book Be Where Your Feet Are: Seven Principles to Keep You Present, Grounded, and Thriving
180 - Mindset Coach David Nurse: How To Maintain The Optimal Mindset For Success
May 19 2022
180 - Mindset Coach David Nurse: How To Maintain The Optimal Mindset For Success
In this episode,  Mindset Coach David Nurse Joins Founders Live Center Stage Live from Houston, Texas to talk about optimal mindset for success in business and athletics. Founders Live CEO Nick Hughes, special guest host Rob Turbin from Turbo Talk along with David discuss how athletes as well as entrepreneurs can find the optimal mindset, realign with things fall down, and other success and leadership tips.  David Nurse - NBA Mindset Coach, 2x Best- Author and Motivational SpeakerDavid Nurse has been transforming the way hundreds of NBA stars play on the court for most of his career. In fact, his method was dubbed as training “athletes of the future” because of his ability to teach them how to tap into different mindsets and become unstoppable. He has written two bestselling books, runs a successful motivational coaching business and is a highly-sought-after speaker—hired by companies like Dell, Salesforce, ESPN and The NBA—to help thousands of employees and athletes develop unshakeable mindsets. In fact, he was recently named as one of the  top 50 keynote speakers in the world by Real Leaders and ranks as the youngest speaker on the list.As a former professional basketball player, David’s ability to get into the zone and master his mindset led him to two Guinness World Records for shooting—a huge accomplishment on its own. In 2016, the Brooklyn Nets hired him as a coach to help players improve their shooting—they went from being 28th in the league to 2nd overall in 3 point shooting. In total, David has worked with over 150 NBA players whose contract earnings amount to 3.2 billion.Today, Fortune 500 companies, professional athletes and aspiring entrepreneurs hire David for his award-winning strategies and infectious positivity. His two books, Pivot & Go and Breakthrough, have helped thousands develop confidence and find success; and its teachings are also at the very core of his virtual coaching business, online workshops and corporate speaking. He resides in Marina del Rey with his incredibly talented wife, actress Taylor Kalupa. When he’s not traveling the world inspiring thousands to have breakthrough moments, he loves going on long walks on the beach with his wife.As one star NBA player put it: “David is the guy that everyone needs to hire.”
179 - Speaker and Author Fred Joyal: Boldness is a Superpower, and You Can Learn It
May 5 2022
179 - Speaker and Author Fred Joyal: Boldness is a Superpower, and You Can Learn It
Nick Hughes is joined by Fred Joyal, a speaker, author and executive coach from Los Angeles, CA. Fred co-founded the most successful dentist referral service in the country, 1-800-DENTIST, which, in his 30 years as CEO, generated over $1 billion in revenue. Along with this achievement, he has also been awarded the Conrad Hilton Distinguished Entrepreneur Award by Loyola Marymount University. He has written two bestselling books for his industry, and also written and appeared in over 200 television and radio commercials. Fred Started started as an extremely shy person, too timid even to make a phone call, and transformed himself into someone who has done stand-up and improv comedy, spoken to audiences of 5,000 or more, met dozens of celebrities, and, just by being bold, found love, joy, passion, and success. The episode starts with Nick asking Fred about his entrepreneurial journey and building the 1-800-DENTIST business. Why he chose entrepreneurship? And then we hear his insights / lessons from growing that business to such a large level. They then jump to his Book - Superbold: From Under-Confident to Charismatic in 90 Days.  Fred talks about his lack of confidence originally and how he learned to be more bold and confident in his life.  He describes what is happening inside most people. How does one Unleash the Boldness Inside themselves, as well as he touches on the difference between Boldness, confidence and then overconfidence. Then Nick asks, "Will Being Superbold Have A Positive Effect On Our Whole Life?" as well as "What are ways we can relax ourselves in any situation?" Ending the conversation Fred shares his advice on how  early stage founders can leverage boldness in their businesses.  This is an incredible conversation with a leader who is set on making impact and helping others maximize their confidence, we hope it helps you today.
178 - Author and Speaker Andy Paul: How To Sell Without Selling Out
May 5 2022
178 - Author and Speaker Andy Paul: How To Sell Without Selling Out
Nick Hughes is joined by Andy Paul, who is an author, speaker and podcast host from San Diego, CA.  Andy's hit "Accelerate Your Sales" podcast was acquired by Revenue.io in 2020. Since re-named "Sales Enablement with Andy Paul", the show continues to inspire thousands of sales professionals each week. Andy has also written two award-winning sales books, "Zero-Time Selling" and "Amp Up Your Sales". And he has consulted with some of the biggest businesses in the world including Square, Philips, Grubhub and more, making him one of the leading voices in the sales industry today. His new Book - SELL WITHOUT SELLING OUT - A Guide to Success on Your Own Terms is a proven framework to increase win rates and shorten decision cycles without the salesy behaviors buyers hate.The episode starts with Nick and Andy talking about his entrepreneurial journey and we learn why he chose entrepreneurship.  Andy shares the personality types of entrepreneurs and common thread he sees with the ones he works with. They then dive into the new Book - SELL WITHOUT SELLING OUT - A Guide to Success on Your Own Terms. Nick asks "Why write this book?" and "What is selling out vs selling in" Andy then talks about quickly developing empathy, credibility, and trust with buyers and Four pillars of Selling, plus the six types of questions that unearth buyers’ deepest challenges. These are golden nuggets! We also learn What to do when a sale goes south or stale and then Andy leaves us with his advice to early authors and entrepreneurs. This is an amazing conversation with an author who has literally written the book on how to sell with purpose and effectiveness, we hope it helps you today.
177 - Chris Maeda of Botco.ai: Making A.I. More Human For End Users and Customers
Apr 20 2022
177 - Chris Maeda of Botco.ai: Making A.I. More Human For End Users and Customers
Nick Hughes is joined by Chris Maeda is currently the CTO and co-founder of the chatbot company Botco.ai, from Toronto, Ontario in Canada. Botco.ai, a conversational marketing platform that helps marketers convert prospects into customers by engaging them in authentic, helpful and informative conversations. While he’s got a PhD from Carnegie Mellon, Chris’s knowledge of AI, ML and NLP goes way beyond the classroom. He has served as CEO of the mail deliverability platform MailMonitor, CTO of the analytics provider Broadbase Software, CTO of the marketing automation platform Rubric Software, and others. The episode starts with Nick mentioning Founders Live previously had his co-founder Rebecca on the podcast - 006 episode - one of the first episodes for the Founders Live podcast. We then hear about his journey and how he came to discover and become a cofounder of the startup. He shares how timing is everything and a chance meeting at a conference changed his life. They then shift to learn more about Botco, why chatbots are good for way more than just customer support and how they contribute to the field of marketing. Chris shares the latest challenges in AI, ML and NLP and how to make NLP more “human”,  as well as the ethical and moral implications of AI. Nick then inquires more about the Botco team, how they found each other, and how they function  as a remote team including remote work tools that rock. They end with a few pieces of advice Chris  gives to early founders. This is a great conversation with a startup leader who has sights on changing the way we interact with techonolgy, we hope it helps you today.
176 - Liam Martin of Time Doctor:  How To Lead Your Startup In A Mostly Remote World
Apr 20 2022
176 - Liam Martin of Time Doctor: How To Lead Your Startup In A Mostly Remote World
Nick Hughes is joined by Liam Martin, CMO and cofounder of Time Doctor and runningremote.com, from Montreal Canada. Liam is a co-founder of a remote-first company that grew 8 figures with people in 43 different countries and no office. Remote work has been our way of working for more than 10 years, yet Liam observed that almost 99% of new remote companies during the pandemic could not figure out one thing common to all successful remote-first companies. Essentially, it's asynchronous communication, the bedrock of every successful remote business.The episode starts with Nick and Liam talking about his early years and how he got started.  Then we hear how remote working, as opposed to working from home, was before the pandemic and effects of the pandemic has had on it. We hear what Liam see as things moving forward out of the pandemic and Asynchronous work effectiveness.  He specifically talks about Collaboration and the effect remote work has on effectiveness of teams.  We then hear about charismatic leaders are not required; in fact, charisma is one of the biggest barriers to business growth regardless of whether the company is remotely located or not. Liam follows up with his Leadership principles when leading a remote team and interesting thoughts on the rise of the Introverted leader. Lastly, he shares the best Tools for remote teams - communication, collaboration and documentation, as well as his lessons learned in his journey of entrepreneurship. This is a great conversation with a leader who has created amazing tools for all of us as we work more remotely and asynchronous.  We hope it helps you today.*Liam has also co-authored a book - Running Remote - focused on remote work methodology. In this revolutionary guide, Liam and his co-founder, Rob Rawson, have unearthed the secrets and lessons discovered by remote work pioneering entrepreneurs and founders who've harnessed the async mindset to operate their businesses remotely in the most seamless, hassle-free, and cost-effective manner possible.
173 - Jesse Harless of Entrepreneurs in Recovery: We All Are Addicted To Something And We Can Recover
Apr 2 2022
173 - Jesse Harless of Entrepreneurs in Recovery: We All Are Addicted To Something And We Can Recover
Nick Hughes is joined by Jesse Harless, an author, professional facilitator and coach, and founder of Entrepreneurs in Recovery, LLC from Concord NH.  Jesse started Entrepreneurs in Recovery® in 2017 to transform the lives of 5000 men and women in addiction recovery through one-on-one coaching, facilitation and speaking. He's expanded his work into communities, certified addiction recovery coaching, workplaces, and sober living residences throughout the United States. He's also an XCHANGE certified guide and faculty member with a deep passion for facilitating meaningful conversations to bring out the best in people, the community and the world. The episode starts with Nick and Jesse discussing how they met through mutual connections, and how Nick listened to his interview on Hal Elrod’s podcast and determined to have Jesse on this podcast. We then hear Jesse detail his early life experience with serious addiction, which tremendously influenced his work and company today. Jesse says we all are addicted to things - good and bad - and they then discuss some warning signs of trouble. If people are ready to make a change, Jesse discusses what steps he would you suggest someone takes to get help. They then dive deeper into the intersection of entrepreneurship and addiction, why they think entrepreneurs are susceptible to it and what the options are for help. They both wonder how we push hard to achieve our goals and yet balance the ‘neurotransmitters’ of ups and downs of the founder's journey.  Lastly, they discuss a few topics from Jesse's latest book - IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO? This is an incredibly touching conversation with an entrepreneur who has set out to help  many other people with options and advice on how to overcome addiction in their own life, we hope it helps you today.
172 - Dr. Chandler Chang of Therapy Lab: Mental Wellness For The Entrepreneur AND Their Family
Apr 2 2022
172 - Dr. Chandler Chang of Therapy Lab: Mental Wellness For The Entrepreneur AND Their Family
Nick Hughes is joined by Dr. Chandler Chang , a clinical psychologist and the Founder of Therapy Lab from Los Angeles, CA. In her effort to rethink how we access and utilize therapy, Dr. Chandler became an entrepreneur to change the way we look at mental health by developing new systems for receiving mental health support. She realized that she’d need to dive into her entrepreneurial side and develop new systems for accessible therapy by starting Therapy Lab and offering something new: evidence-based therapy with a plan.  The episode starts with Nick and Chandler discussing how she started her journey  and why she choose entrepreneurship as a lifestyle. Nick asks why she decide to start the company and what is the a story behind it. We then hear more about Therapy Lab Kids and what problem Chandler saw in the market, especially for families.  They talk about the current times… and what are we dealing with globally as to mental health crises. Nick and Chandler then dive into mental health for entrepreneurs. They wonder, what happens when entrepreneurs push too hard? And what are the new systems for receiving mental health support, especially as a high achiever. Lastly, we hear about her biggest obstacles she has overcome and her lessons and tips for early stage entrepreneurs. This is a very important conversation with an entrepreneur who has set out to help  many other people improve their mental and emotional wellness, we hope it helps you today.
170 - Tiffani Higgins of Stay at Home Bookkeeper Academy: Why Done Is Better Than Perfect
Mar 15 2022
170 - Tiffani Higgins of Stay at Home Bookkeeper Academy: Why Done Is Better Than Perfect
Nick Hughes is joined by Tiffani Higgins, Founder of Stay at Home Bookkeeper Academy from Houston, TX.  Tiffani started her career out as a CPA working 60 hours a week during tax season, feeling guilty for “choosing” her career over her family.  She realized 80% of what she was doing in bookkeeping data entry could be done from anywhere, so why was she working for a corporation away from her family?  Now, she works for herself for 10 hours a week, makes nearly the same pay with no more long days, no stress, and, most importantly, she gets to spend valuable time with her sweet family.  She started the Stay at Home Bookkeeper Academy to teach thousands how to make money while pursuing the freedom in life they desire, whether working from home or on the road in an RV.As the episode starts, Nick and Tiffani get to know each other by talking about her background and journey into entrepreneurship, how she started her own booking business and hear why she is ultimately attracted to Entrepreneurship.  They then talk about what is the mindset needed to go from employee to entrepreneur. Tiffani talks about time management and allocation - how to work balance during working remote and flexible hours. We then hear about the company,  The Stay At Home Bookkeeper Academy program that will walk you through the process of setting up and running your own bookkeeping business from home. Tiffani shares the secrets to gaining clients as an early entrepreneur and her lessons learned , and why she believes done is better than perfect!. This is a great conversation with an entrepreneur who has set out to help  many other people into a life of entrepreneurship, we hope it helps you today.
168 - Julia Arndt of Peak Performance Method: What does Peak Performance Actually Feel Like?
Mar 10 2022
168 - Julia Arndt of Peak Performance Method: What does Peak Performance Actually Feel Like?
Nick Hughes is joined by Julia Arndt of Peak Performance Method from Lake Tahoe, CA.  Julia Arndt is a stress management trainer, sought-after international speaker, and the founder of the Peak Performance Method. Julia is a perpetual high performer— top of her class and having landed her “dream job” at Google. Long hours, long drive and too many cups of coffee later, Julia found herself experiencing burnout. She wants to share her story to help others learn what she wishes she had known at the beginning of her career. As the episode starts, Nick and Julia get right into her background and journey into entrepreneurship, how she was working at Google but then dealt with burnout.  They talk about what anxiety actually feels like and how one can identify if they are trending that way. Nick then shifts the conversation to why Julia chose Entrepreneurship, we hear how she started Peak Performance Method and they discuss the  mindset needed to go from employee to entrepreneur. The crux of the conversation is around what does Peak Performance Actually Feel Like. They touch on limiting beliefs & ideas of breaking the habits holding people back, how mental health is just as important as physical health, strategies on how to avoid & overcome burnout. They end the conversation with lessons learned, what would Julia tell her younger self just starting this journey. This is an incredible conversation with an entrepreneur who has set out to help all of us understand burnout and mental health, we hope it helps you today.