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RockWater, Chris Erwin

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Interviews with entrepreneurs and executives who are shaking things up and building exciting new companies. In industries like new Hollywood, podcasting, ecommerce, and the metaverse. Entertaining you with stories you won't hear anywhere else, from the next generation of leaders that are going to change the world. Brought to you by Chris Erwin, the founder of RockWater and 15-year veteran operator, seller, and investor of media, commerce, and technology companies.
 
Join Award Winning CEO and Author, Darius Mirshahzadeh (pron. Mer-shaw-za-day), as he interviews some of the greatest minds in the world―turning their wisdom and experience into learnings and advice you can use in your life so that you can level up and create greatness. Join Darius as he goes deep with guests like: Amanda Knox, Jordan Harbinger, Brad Lea, Former Spy and CIA Agent Andrew Bustamante, 1-800-Got-Junk CEO Brian Scudamore, NHL Hall of Famer Chris Pronger, and so many more! Our sub ...
 
From electric cars to electric longboards to electric unicycles, Mickey Micklos is an EV youtuber on top of his game. Best known for his channel "EVX", he creates some of the most stunning cinematic content in the EV scene. But he's now putting down the cameras and picking up the mic to talk about all types of electric vehicles. Everything from EV trends, EV news, and of course, talking to EV drivers & enthusiasts.
 
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Is writing a book hard? Today I’m flying solo to talk about the process of writing my first book, “The Core Value Equation,” where I tackled how core values create the ultimate decision-making engine for an organization that consistently produces spectacular results. Writing and publishing my own book has been on my bucket list for a long time unti…
 
Today I’m talking with Brad Lea, an entrepreneur, and businessman, who owns a portfolio of companies. He is the founder and CEO of LightSpeed VT, a global leader in web-based training and communication platforms that enables people to create, launch, and market their own interactive courses and training. He is the host of the Dropping Bombs Podcast…
 
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Why are values important to succeed in business and in life? Today's guest shows us what really happens behind the scenes of a successful company and how values factor into the equation. In today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius is joined by Matthew Stewart, co-founder and CEO of N…
 
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Today's episode covers business, real estate investing, strategic planning, software development, adventure, and a lot more. Our guest takes us back to his teenage years and how he started breaking sales records as the #1 sales representative in a company of more than 30,000 at the age of 20. In this episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatne…
 
Episode 1800! While at NDC London, Carl and Richard were on stage for a live show with Heather Downing, discussing the modern developer career. The pandemic created considerable changes in work, and developers were also affected. Do you have the job you want? How do you change it? With some questions from the online viewers, Heather talks about tak…
 
It seems the economy at the moment is in turmoil. We're seeing Bitcoin under 20,000. The markets are down. The Dow Jones has reached 30,000, S&P was around 3600. On top of this volatility, there's a housing boom happening all around us. In today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius goe…
 
In 2007 the world was shocked by the story of Amanda Knox, wrongfully convicted for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Fifteen years after the gruesome incident that attracted huge media attention, our guest gets real about the experience that turned her life upside down. In today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (T…
 
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