How to Punch Fear in the Face, with Start Author Jon Acuff


Jon Acuff is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author…From writing advertising for The Home Depot to branding for companies like Bose and Staples, Jon Acuff is no stranger to the cubicle. In 2010, he closed the gap between his day job and his dream job when he joined the Dave Ramsey team to become a full-time author.  And Start talks about the road to becoming awesome and how to punch fear in the face.

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Track Your Success, with iOS Lift App Creator – Tony Stubblebine

TonyStubblebineTony Stubblebine is the Co-founder of Lift., and creator of the wildly successful Lift iOS App.  Before that he was the founder of CrowdVine, and contributor to Wesabe, Odeo, and O’Reilly Media.  Today, we talk to him about *his* habit tracking, how Lift got started, and some of his company’s plans for the future.

Update: Lift now has new How to Meditate page with free guided meditations.  Check it!


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The Art of Gamification, with Kevin Werbach

Kevin WerbachFrom Wikipedia: Kevin Werbach is a leading expert on the business, policy, and social implications of emerging Internet and communications technologies. Werbach is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (since 2004).  His latest book, “For the Win“, talks about how to reap the benefits of Gamification in the workplace.  It’s an awesome interview, and reminds us of our friends over at 8BIT.  Enjoy!

Interview with Kevin Werbach, For the Win Author:


Key Points:

  • What is gamification?
  • What are some of the necessary elements to make your work feel more like a game?
  • Are there any downsides to gamification in the workplace?
  • Where do you see this trend heading over the next few years?
  • And more!

What about you?  Did you enjoy the interview?  What was your biggest take-away?

Winning an Internet Niche with creator, Micah Sklut

Interview with Micah Sklut, Creator of SwellInfo.comMicah is one of those rare individuals that began crafting a business out of his love for the surfing / bodyboarding community.  His story begins with him going to college for Meteorology, and then realizing the need for good surf / bodyboard predictions.  Thus, the foundation for was born!  Micah’s an awesome guy with a great story.  Enjoy!

Interview with Micah Sklut, Founder:


Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • What’s maybe the hardest unseen thing about starting your own business (or following your passion) that people don’t tell you about?
  • If you had a younger version of yourself just starting out that’s excited about creating their own business from scratch, what advice would you give them?
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
  • Where do you see heading in the future? Are there any features / ideas you’d like to implement in the coming years?

What about you?  Did you enjoy the interview?  What was your biggest take-away?

Getting Your Shift Together – with Steve Rizzo

SteveRizzoToday we talk to Steve Rizzo, a.k.a. The Attitude Adjuster, a personal development expert whose clients include American Airlines, BP, JPMorgan, Chase, Scholastic, andSpring, among others.  As a stand-up-comic, he has headlined with many titans of comedy, including Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Drew Carey, and Ellen DeGeneres.  Enjoy the Interview!

Interview with Steve Rizzo:

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • What is this book about?  And why is it important for people to read it?
  • How important is Laughter at work and in Life?
  • In the book you claim that Happiness is a choice. Do you really believe that?
  • You also claim that the journey towards the goal is more important than achieving the goal. Explain that.
  • And much more!


Talk Back!  Are there any recent shifts in focus (by yourself or others) that you’ve been learning from?  How?

21st Century Fox’s New Name and Learning to Change

So, it looks like 20th Century Fox took the leap into the new century.   The question begs:  How do you know when it’s time to change?  As a company, nonprofit, startup, or any other endeavor….What are the indicators that it’s time for you to make that crucial change that looks into the future?

One of the oldie-but-goodie book’s we’ve been working through is Jim Collin’s “How the Mighty Fall”, and it seems that great leaders are constantly asking the question, “Is it time?”

Like inquisitive scientists, the best corporate leaders we’ve researched remain students of their work, relentlessly asking questions—why, why, why?—and have an incurable compulsion to vacuum the brains of people they meet. To be a knowing person (“I already know everything about why this works, and let me tell you”) differs fundamentally from being a learning person.

Leaders are learners.  They are always curious about the future and how to improve themeselves.  What about you?  When is it time for you to make a change?

Create Awesome Software – with Dave Teare, Founder of AgileBits

daveteareThis week we talk to founder of AgileBits software, and co-creator of 1Password, Dave Teare.  1Password is the handy little tool that helps speed your productivity in a big way.  We talk 1Password features, AgileBits‘ company culture, what personally inspires Dave, and where the company’s headed in the coming months.

Interview with Dave Teare, Founder of AgileBits Software:

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • What is 1Password & How does it work?
  • How do Dave and the team decide what features to add?
  • What personally inspires Dave and the AgileBits team?
  • How can we take the leap to start our own software company?


What about you?  What questions do you have?

Leave any questions or comments below, and we’d love to answer or help!