Dan Law, the Executive Producer of Thrival Innovation and Music Festival, talks about the venues and character that will make Thrival 2016 an amazing experience.
Visit thrivalfestival.com for more information.
Robin Hanson is a professor of economics at George Mason University and a research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. He is an expert on idea futures and markets, and he was involved in the creation of the Foresight Institute’s Foresight Exchange and DARPA's FutureMAP project. He invented market scoring rules used by prediction markets and has conducted research on signalling.
Hanson received a B.S. in physics from the University of California, Irvine in 1981, an M.S. in physics and an M.A. in Conceptual Foundations of Science from the University of Chicago in 1984, and a Ph.D. in social science from Caltech in 1997. Before getting his Ph.D he researched artificial intelligence, Bayesian statistics and hypertext publishing. In addition, he started the first internal corporate prediction market at Xanadu in 1990.
Robin’s Challenge; Pursue your interests and start new projects in your free time. Your life will be long. You’ll have lots of time to pursue a lot of odd projects.
Check out Robin’s Book; Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 118 with Kevin Kelly where we discuss the inevitable technological trends shaping our future.
118 Kevin Kelly, Preparing Us for the Inevitable Future of Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality
Kevin Kelly is the founding executive editor of Wired magazine and a former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Review. He has also been a writer, photographer, conservationist, and student of Asian and digital culture.
Kelly stepped down as executive editor of Wired in 1999; his current job title is Senior Maverick. Partially due to his reputation as Wired's editor, he is noted as a participant in and an observer of cyberculture.
His books include;
Kevin’s Challenge; Take $100 and invest it into someone that cannot pay you back directly. Learn to be full of gratitude. Try Kiva.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 109 where I rant about the current state of the internet.
Snapchat Geofilters are viewed 800 million times per day
In the last year, video views grew 350% to 10 billion per day
Over 66% of Snapchat’s 150 million users post every day
Daily usage averages 25 to 30 minutes
The app is used by more than 60 percent of US smartphone owners aged 13-34
Hit me up on Snapchat (aaron_watson) to continue the conversation.
Isaac Morehouse is an entrepreneur, thinker, and communicator dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom, and an advocate of self-directed learning and living. He is the founder and CEO of Praxis, an intensive nine-month program combining a paid apprenticeship at a startup with personal coaching, professional development projects, and interdisciplinary education leading directly to a full time job offer for those who want more than college.
Isaac previously worked at the Institute for Humane Studies where he raised support, mentored students, and directed educational programs. Prior to IHS, Isaac was at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy where he created and directed Students for a Free Economy. He’s been involved in a number of business and nonprofit start-ups, and loves connecting people and helping them discover and realize their dreams.
Isaac writes, speaks, and teaches on entrepreneurship, economics, education, philosophy, freedom, communication skills, how to change the world and an assortment of other topics. He is the author/co-author of six books; Better Off Free, The Future of School, Freedom Without Permission, Why Haven’t You Read This Book?, How to Get Any Job You Want, and Don’t Do Stuff You Hate.
Isaac’s Challenge; Try to write down a list of things you hate and find a way to remove one from your life.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 66 with Zak Slayback where we discuss Praxis, education, and entrepreneurship.
Matt Miller helps schools utilize hassle-free fundraising programs to better fund educating children. He founded School Spirit Vending and co-founded School News Guru for this purpose. Together, the two companies and their teams have raised and donated millions of dollars to education across the US.
The School Spirit Vending concept was developed in July of 2007. Matt, a father of three, had years of expertise in both print media and vending, was able to see school fundraising from a unique, outsider’s perspective.
One day, after a child in the neighborhood came by the house selling items for his school’s fundraiser, Matt decided to create a business that would help schools and their clubs or organizations raise money more simply. Year-round, hassle-free fundraising with School Spirit Vending was born from a desire to keep these kids safe from strangers.
The School Spirit Vending concept and its simplicity has caught on so quickly that schools all over the country are already benefitting from the program with great results.
Matt’s Challenge; Get over knowledge constipation and go take the first steps to making things happen.
Get Matt’s free ebook here; http://ssvbusiness.com/goingdeep/
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 59 with Aaron Walker where we discuss building businesses and finding a purpose behind your work.
Dan Bull is the Founder of Zero Six Eight, an organization dedicated to developing entrepreneurs with ideas into companies that solve real problems in a socially responsible manner. 068 is one of the top resources in the city for employing ex-offenders and offering second chances.
Dan’s Challenge; Forgive.
Dan will be speaking at my one-day conference January 27th in Pittsburgh. Learn more here.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 2 with Michael Van Ness where we discuss 068 and Michael’s social work.
Todd is an author who helps creative people find their untapped potential. He is the author of The Creative's Curse, a book about the pains of being creative at every phase - Discover, Discipline, and Destiny. He is also the founder of Snap Swipe Post, a site which creates custom snapchat geofilters.
His goal in business is to create things people enjoy, whether that means a well-crafted document, a funny video, or just a simple acronym.
He loves his redhead, Chacos, and sweet potatoes.
We referenced his post The Answer is No
Todd’s Challenge; Work one Saturday. Don’t write off your spare time or believe that you don’t have the time.
Preview his book here http://toddbrison.com/godeep
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 105 with Declan Wilson here we discuss how millennials can step up and attack their goals.
Kash Dhanda is an entrepreneur. He is currently the founder and CEO of Ezra Digital (his digital marketing agency), previous co-founder of Upside Sounds (a concert promotion company).
Kash is also an avid Virtual Reality enthusiast. We discuss a number a resources to learn more about VR including;
NYT VR app
Writers like Ben Thompson (Stratechery) and Benedict Evans
Needless to say, we both think it’s a big deal.
Kash is a tech lover, Pittsburgher, traveler, meditator, poker player, and probably a few other things. He is also a volunteer. He sits on the board of directors for the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, advisory board for The Cultural Trust Jazz Festival, marketing committee for the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Host Committee for the Thrival Music and Innovation Festival.
Kash’s Challenge; Put 30 minutes on your calendar this Friday to plan your next week. Use time-blocking to set up all your meetings and objectives.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 93 with Phil Laboon where we discuss digital marketing, SEO, and Pittsburgh.
Johannes Scholl is the co-founder of ICAROS. ICAROS revolutionizes the way people workout and play. They combine fascinating Virtual Reality experiences with exercise. Watch the video below.
Johannes’s Challenge; Be more active and try to commute without your car.