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The Innovative Founder

Bob Regnerus & Brandon Boyd | Feedstories.com

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These are the raw, the gut-wrenching, often hilarious, sometimes shocking, and certainly entertaining stories of innovative business founders who are making their ‘beautiful dent’ in the world. No B.S., no posturing, and no narcissists allowed. Join your co-hosts, Bob Regnerus & Brandon Boyd, as we sit back, relax, and enjoy adventures and stories from innovative founders on this crazy journey we’re all on together.
 
7-Figure Millennials is a movement of entrepreneurs choosing to play the game differently. Together, we are committed to PRIORITIZING our happiness, health, and relationships while building a business that… 1) Creates a meaningful impact in the world. 2) Generates wealth for us to design a beautiful life on our terms. Join me (Brandon Fong) as I uncover powerful stories and actionable takeaways for YOU from visionary leaders of impact. Guests include NYT Bestselling authors, main stage TED s ...
 
Remember the last time you and few close friends stayed up too late at the Diner because no one wanted to leave? You didn’t need that grilled cheese with a side of pancakes but damn if it didn’t hit the spot! You laughed until you cried or cried until you laughed. Regardless of which lead to what, you left feeling a little more thoughtful, grateful, and actually full. Those are the best conversations we have in our lives, and the reason why Diner Talks with James exists. I’ll be your bearded ...
 
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Key Takeaways: [0:10] – Introducing Marty Cooper [7:36] – Unveiling the Pageboy II Pager [10:55] – Marty’s philosophy against monopoly and the birth of the cell phone [22:43] – The challenges Marty encountered while creating the cell phone [25:43] – How the historic first phone call happened [35:05] – Why mobility is important [42:08] – How collabo…
 
[4:52] – Introducing Ana Melikian [5:19] – What’s exciting in Ana’s business and personal life? [7:14] – What inspired Ana to write her book? [10:49] – Ana shares the origin story of how she got interested in the mind [22:32] – Why Ana zeroed in on Milton Erickson’s practices [27:28] – Ana shares how she overcame cancer [35:54] – Why Ana believes t…
 
[00:48] – Introducing Susan Harrow [4:06] – What did Susan learn from teaching tennis to kids? [11:01] – Susan shares how her upbringing shaped who she is today [17:06] – How does Susan excavate stories that people might not give themselves full credit for? [23:35] – How do you turn someone’s story into a real asset? [29:15] – Why Susan believes un…
 
[4:52] – Introducing Mostafa Hosseini [8:10] – What’s exciting in Mostafa’s personal and business life? [12:22] – How meditation changed Mostafa’s life [15:56] – How does Mostafa incorporate family values in his business? [18:22]- Why Mostafa focuses more on customer retention and doubles down on follow-ups [22:48] – Why do companies find it hard t…
 
[00:56] – Introducing Stu Heinecke [5:06] – How did Stu meet his wife? [15:03] – What’s the weed mindset? [19:54] – Stu shares the story of battling against the Himalayan blackberries [26:10] – What is the Resilience Improv, and what can you do with it? [30:44] – Stu discusses the weed strategy model [33:26] – Stu explains why being a cartoonist is…
 
[12:15] – What’s exciting in Johnny’s personal and business life? [14:45] – Johnny’s interests outside the regular day-to-day human activities [17:29] – Johnny shares his life story and the things he's discovered and learned [22:20] – The most useful resource that helped Johnny [27:26] – Johnny shares his love for music [31:56] – How did Johnny hon…
 
[00:49] – Introducing Mike Koenigs [05:17] – How Mike made $2 million in 1 hour and 14 minutes [10:56] – Why living his entrepreneurial dream was an “addictive drug,” and overcoming a Stage 3 Colorectal Cancer [22:32] – Mike’s thoughts on superpowers and having a deep dialogue [26:06] – Mike explains the fastest way to make a billion dollars and th…
 
[4:55] – Introducing Leisa Peterson [6:56] – How Leisa feels about Sedona [9:19] – What’s exciting in Leisa’s personal and business life? [10:28] – Leisa shares her journey to financial freedom [15:34] – What did Leisa learn in Buddhism that changed her life? [23:35] – How Leisa defines “enough” [32:15] – Why Leisa believes there’s an inner narrati…
 
[4:55] – Introducing Jaime Jay of Bottleneck Distant Assistants [4:11] – Jaime’s first entrepreneurial ventures [6:30] – Jaime talks about the "The Ripple Effect of Giving" [10:44] – How digital assistants helped Jaime achieve work-life balance [14:144] – What are the systems and processes Jaime implemented in his business? [20:30] – Jaime explains…
 
[4:40] – What was Bob’s childhood experience like? [12:53] – Bob’s competitive nature [14:42] – What did Bob do right after he graduated from college? [21:50] – Bob shares the worst experience he had in his job [25:48] – How Bob discovered contract work [31:38] – What was website building back in the day? [37:03] – Why should you invest in attendin…
 
[2:26] – Introducing Sháá Wasmund [5:18] - What happened when Sháá stole a letterhead from Cosmopolitan magazine [7:48] – How the door opened for Sháá to connect with Chris Eubank [12:23] What life was like for Sháá at the age of 8 [21:39] How Sháá ended up working with Sir James Dyson [25:16] Sháá’s mindset when she started building her career [35…
 
Key Takeaways: [0:49] Introducing Joey Coleman [5:52] Joey shares two customer experience stories [15:15] The difference between customer experience and customer service [17:02] Joey explains the cost of losing a customer and the benefits of keeping one [21:59] Why Joey believes the first 100 days are crucial for customer retention [30:28] Joey sha…
 
[2:59] – What was childhood like for Brandon? [7:13] – How Brandon’s parents helped him in his education and their amazing abilities [13:56] – How did Brandon got into arts? [16:54] – How Brandon incorporated his artistic sense into marketing [20:46] – Brandon’s thoughts on side hustling [26:09] – How did Brandon meet Bob? [33:29] – Brandon’s adven…
 
Key Takeaways: [0:41] Introducing Matteo Grassi [5:15] How Matteo got into breakdancing at a young age [12:09] How the decriminalization of drugs in Lisbon became a catalyst for drug scammers [14:32] Why entrepreneurship is a gateway to freedom for Matteo and his story on how he started his first business [22:50] What happened in 2012, and why it w…
 
[3:23] – Introducing Nate Ginsburg [5:31] – What’s exciting in Nate’s personal and business life? [11:38] – The challenges of finding and keeping capable people in a company [17:01] – Nate’s upbringing and the things that influenced him [21:11] – Nate’s ignorance and his vision as a young adult [24:27] – The importance of community building [34:15]…
 
[4:25] Dr. Wayne shares what Pat Collins, the hip hypnotist, had to do with the start of his journey [10:40] Dr. Wayne tells his fascinating pizza story and how it changed his upside-down life [21:09] The difference between success and significance [29:42] Dr. Wayne's definition of treasure [34:45] What is the parallax perspective? [46:59] The purp…
 
[5:53] – Introducing Fred Diamond [8:17] – What’s exciting in Fred’s business and personal life? [10:21] – How did Fred get into sales? [12:48] – Why Lyme Disease is insidious and must be brought into the light [21:02] – Current treatments available to fight against Lyme Disease [25:22] – How and where did Fred’s studious nature come about? [28:47]…
 
[4:03] Alok shares the story of the night that changed his life forever [18:08] Alok's definition of your maximum impact potential [28:39] How Alok discovered his mission [38:49] The common element between great people [40:36] Alok's story about learning to have less judgment and more love [47:07] The multiple versions of you [55:55] What happiness…
 
[7:44] – What’s exciting in Blair’s business and personal life? [10:49] – Why Blair isn't sad anymore despite some terrible things happening to her in the last few years. [13:13] – Understanding where Blair is now from a place of scar and not an open wound [16:51] – Are we telling a story or living our story? [23:08] – Blair’s Social Media Empowerm…
 
[4:51] – Introducing Joe Mechlinski [8:10] – What is Joe excited about in his life or business? [11:04] – Joe’s thoughts on shifting to a Hybrid Work Model [19:39] – What Joe thinks about institutions disabling people from achieving their creative peak [23:48] – Joe’s thoughts on digital emotional intelligence [27:46] – How Joe broke out from being…
 
[11:00] What Ketan noticed during college that made him drop out and start from the bottom up [22:56] The "millennium bug" and how it'll impact the IT industry [40:02] How to avoid marginalizing what your company is about [57:04] The most crucial aspect of starting a business according to KetanBy Brandon Fong
 
[10:22] The story of Scott's childhood trauma (TW: Sexual assault) and how he overcame it [24:19] Scott's experience with rejection... and how his wife helped him through it [30:17] Why the key to any relationship is to find the rhythm [37:47] The reason you should be taking personality assessments [42:17] Why you should do the things you're good a…
 
[5:30] – Introducing Shanyn Stewart [10:28] – How Shanyn predicted the market during the 2008 Financial Crisis [15:41] – How Shanyn’s spiritual journey evolved throughout the years [22:47] – A backstory of how Shanyn became a pastor [32:29] – Do good people still exist? [38:42] – The IRS are bullies and Shanyn’s thoughts on why small business owner…
 
[11:39] David previously worked for the legendary copywriter, David Ogilvy... originally in an administrative role. [15:28] When David transitioned out of his administrative role, he was given projects in one of the agency's creative departments, which gave him a wide range of experience [18:03] How David came to realize that he had a natural talen…
 
[09:03] Why Brian only has a "kindergarten diploma" [12:16] How Brian established WOW 1 DAY PAINTING [17:01] Why your brand is so important & how YOU can validate your branding [22:40] Brian's tips on building a unique selling proposition (USP) for your business [31:18] Brian's "Why" [38:54] How to use a "painted picture" to grow your business [51:…
 
Key Takeaways: [6:06] Matt shared his story of how he met her wife after declining the offer for him to work in the secret service at the white house. [12:00] The movie Braveheart massively impacted 14-year-old Matt and made him realize that he couldn't waste the time that he has. [18:32] In Matt's most recent TED talk he used an example of his son…
 
[10:08] Susan shared the time she was growing up that influenced her to be an entrepreneur. [20:31] Susan’s love story and how she met her husband [28:33] How Susan started her voiceover business [34:44] Susan’s voice prompts on Citibank [41:10] Susan shared her story about meeting a psychoanalyst [44:57] Why people that are terrified of public spe…
 
[08:35] Robert said that he has always loved Native Americans. He did not like the idea of fighting against fighting. Then he found Hopi Indians and met a bunch of Indians who didn't meet God out there. [14:50] Robert discovered the Native American way of life before he realized that it holds some of the planet's most powerful energies. [16:47] The…
 
[4:36]Estie is in a program that is a group of top experience designers entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, and all different people from around the world, co-creating experiences together and learning about experience design. [17:01] Creating a new home for her children. [20:16] How Estie has been using her name throughout the years. [29:08] Estie …
 
[13:24] How Melanie combined her passions of podcasting, connection, & collaboration [17:56] The 3 challenges Melanie overcame to become a business coach [22:21] How Stephen Covey inspired Melanie to become a coach [27:33] What Melanie coaches on [38:09] Melanie's advice on starting a podcast and using it as a tool to test partnerships [43:49] How …
 
Key Takeaways: [4:53] Victoria's story of emigrating from South Korea to America, learning English, and what it was like for her growing up [18:28] Why Victoria believes that the "American Dream" is the key to success and financial freedom [21:11] How to choose a passion that will result in success [24:23] How Victoria earned money for capital and …
 
Key Takeaways: [6:59] The insights Steve got working with Elon Musk [11:05] Steve's superpower - not caring what people think about you [16:48] The story of the private dinner Steve arranged in front of David’s Michelangelo [26:33] Why you need to create an experience for the people you're working with [32:16] Selling a "reaction" rather than a pro…
 
Key Takeaways: [08:12] Dale and his family moved to Tennessee from Orlando. They moved there for the purpose of personal development and growth. They want to reconnect with their family spiritually, physically, and emotionally in a place where there are no distractions. [10:54] Dale doesn’t really miss the convenience. They were able to learn how t…
 
Key Takeaways: [7:37] How David became the CEO of Meetup [13:45] How David got over his imposter syndrome and was able to create his own path [15:55] What Meetup is all about [19:06] How Meetup was founded [26:16] How David changed Meetup and the 6 core values of the company [32:46] The Lean Startup Methodology and how David uses it for his Iterati…
 
Key Takeaways: [08:01] Fahd shared how he got involved in leadership programs. He does many gigs in high schools and universities and helps with student leadership. But he had no idea that he could make a career out of it. [17:52] One of Fahd’s friends has his own startup and has many challenges. He asks for Fahd’s help to do a workshop on personal…
 
Key Takeaways: [7:09] How Hal died for 6 minutes [10:43] Hal's "5 Minute Rule" for dealing with emotional pain [21:08] Doing a "Miracle Morning"... even if you only have 6 minutes [28:17] How to beat the snooze button each morning [34:30] Why affirmations are so important [49:05] Why you should start each day by affirming your top priority [57:02] …
 
To kick off a “new era” of the podcast, I’m bringing on a very special guest.Her name is Brenda Campbell.Brenda was my first ever mentor.I met her when I was 17. Even though I had zero experience…Even though my email address was “asianninja221@gmail.com”…And even though I was barely old enough to drive…Brenda mentored me at a time when I really nee…
 
Key Takeaways: [05:31] Sarah shared how supply chain and her podcast and talks about supply chain across different places excite her. [08:29] Supply Chain is an entire system of producing and delivering a product or service, and Sarah experienced many challenges, including disruptions and shortages, when the pandemic started. [15:24] With Sarah in …
 
Key Takeaways: [11:41] Gill shared her journey with her husband as they ventured into the life of being an entrepreneur together, which eventually led to her being a business coach. [21:36] Gill talks about how certain strategies are not a “one size fits all” advice for businesses, and many factors must be considered. [28:30] Personality is essenti…
 
Today we’re celebrating the 100th episode of 7-Figure Millennials!Two big things I’m doing for you to celebrate:Uno:How can we become financially successful and have a big impact while prioritizing our happiness, health, and relationships?☝THAT has been the central question since episode #1.I combed through the 100+ episodes I’ve produced + built a…
 
In general, society tells us that stress is poison.We should avoid stress at all costs.But what if that wasn’t true?What if stress was a lot more like exercise…And instead of stress being “bad”... we just have to learn how to use stress to achieve better well-being and success.That’s the topic of today’s episode, and you’re in for a treat my friend…
 
Key Takeaways: [3:03] Holly experiences synchronicity [7:31] Holly’s difficult childhood life and how she overcame it [13:58] The most significant thing for her was getting outside. She spent a lot of time outdoors, meditating and going deep into the woods, and it wasn’t till she realized that she had to be connected internally. [29:15] Every time …
 
Key Takeaways: [15:14] Maruxa shared how she started her entrepreneurial journey. She began in leadership and identity development and switched to entrepreneurship years after. [21:36] Growing up, Maruxa felt like she didn't belong anywhere. This encouraged her to create wholeness and become at peace with herself. [30:11] Maruxa shared how Mr. Roge…
 
Adam Strong had a tough childhood.Single parent home. Living off of state benefits. Suffering from alopecia and asthma.But despite this, Adam took his painful childhood and turned it into power…Adam started surrounding himself with elite performers, and eventually became the training partner of 4x Olympic gold medalist, Sir Mo Farah.Then it was onl…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Richard Rossi, the founder of The daVinci50 Mastermind® and Longevity Age. His passion evolved into inspiring high-achieving students to greatness through connections with genius. Richard’s business partner co-founded EnvisionEMI, which grew to become the world’s largest provider of live educational events to high-…
 
Why do you do the things that you do?Big question… but you can get a solid answer to that question by understanding something called the 6 human needs.These needs drive all of our behaviors… from dysfunctional to incredible.Today, you’ll not only discover what those 6 core needs are… but also:- How to find out which needs you personally prioritize-…
 
In this episode, our guest is Thomas Smale. He is the CEO and founder of FE International, a mergers and acquisitions company focused on SaaS, e-commerce, and content. Thomas has advised over a thousand entrepreneurs about their businesses. Today, he will discuss his career journey and we'll dive into his stories from helping 1,200+ business owners…
 
Here’s an interesting thought experiment:Let’s say you walk outside of your home.On the porch is a package addressed to you.Inside, you discover that this package contains 100 of the world’s most successful sales letters.Combined, these sales letters have generated millions, if not billions, of dollars.What do you think you’d learn if you not only …
 
How do you deal with serious business problems? We all have our own ways of coping with stress. Sometimes, we either do well during stressful situations turning the tides around, or flop and fade from the business industry. In this episode, we are joined by Mark McShurley, the Co-owner of Roofsimple. Mark discusses the significance of building cred…
 
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