Using Constraints to Fuel Your Best Work Ever /w Scott Belsky

Scott is one of those guests where I couldn’t possibly do justice to their resume – so apologies in advance to Scott, but here’s the short version: He’s currently the Executive Chairmen of the professional referral platform Prefer, was the founder of Behance, the creative portfolio platform that I’m sure many of you use, VP at Adobe, and author of the bestselling book “Making Ideas Happen.” I’m leaving out a ton – such as his time at Goldman Sachs, Benchmark, and as an early investor in Pinterest, Uber, and Periscope among others – but you get  the idea – Continue reading "Using Constraints to Fuel Your Best Work Ever /w Scott Belsky"

AirBnB’s Joe Gebbia: The Intersection of Art & Business

Joe Gebbia is best known as the co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Airbnb, a company you’ve probably heard about once or twice – valued at $31 billion at the moment (yep – that’s billion with a B). But this isn’t his first rodeo – he’s been a passionate advocate of design and an entrepreneur since his childhood, channeling that passion into everything from his college side hustle of selling his specially seat cushions for the uncomfortable stools in his art classes to various earlier online businesses and his current project, a furniture company called Neighborhood. It wasn’t easy putting Continue reading "AirBnB’s Joe Gebbia: The Intersection of Art & Business"

Reid Hoffman: Build A World-Changing Business

My guest this week is Reid Hoffman. I use the term “legend” very rarely – but in Reid’s case there is simply no more appropriate word for him. He’s one of the most successful and respected entrepreneurs and investors of all time, first serving as the COO of PayPal then founding LinkedIn which was sold to Microsoft – where he is now on the board – for $26 billion. As a VC partner at Greylock he’s invested in countless other top companies including Airbnb, Flickr, Digg and CreativeLive among many others. He’s also the author of the brilliant book “The Continue reading "Reid Hoffman: Build A World-Changing Business"

Come Work with Me! I’m Hiring a Digital / Content guru

Hi friends. Yes, it’s true! I’m looking for a high quality, high hustle digital/content guru to join my team supporting my content efforts. Over the last couple years I’ve turned up the heat on my social content to bring value to this community – those already with us and those yet to join our army. I’m looking for someone to focus hardcore on helping me make behind- and in-front-of-the-scenes content that adds value and tells stories … photos, writing, video, podcasts – you name it. WHAT THIS IS. But before we get ahead of ourselves, this isn’t a ‘get your feet wet’ Continue reading "Come Work with Me! I’m Hiring a Digital / Content guru"

How Design Drives The World’s Best Companies w/ Robert Brunner

My guest today is Robert Brunner. If you look up “badass industrial designer” in the dictionary, the first thing you’re going to see is his picture. He’s the co-founder + partner of Ammunition Design Group, one of the top industrial design agencies in the world with clients including Lyft, Adobe, Microsoft, AIGA, and so many more. He lead the design of the widely popular Beats brand and built the design practice at Apple – he’s actually the guy who hired the legendary Jony Ive, now Apple’s Chief Design Officer – and he’s a former partner at the legendary firm Pentagram Continue reading "How Design Drives The World’s Best Companies w/ Robert Brunner"

Why Creativity Is The Key To Leadership w/ Sen. Cory Booker

Cory Booker is one of those most compelling and dynamic voices in American politics: the former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, the subject of the 2005 documentary “Street Fight” that chronicles his initial 2002 bid for mayor, and he’s particularly engaged on the topic of education reform – a subject that’s near and dear to my own heart. He’s also an incredibly candid and open personality who’s willing to share many things that those in his position typically haven’t – which is not only refreshing but ultimately makes him that much more effective as a leader. Regardless of your political affiliation Continue reading "Why Creativity Is The Key To Leadership w/ Sen. Cory Booker"

The Things All Creators Must Know + Believe

One of my most popular, widely shared, and (so I’m told) most impactful blog posts is one I did a few years back called “The 10 Things All Creatives (That’s You) Must Know,” a collection of hard-won lessons I’ve learned from my 20+ years in the trenches as a creator. And although it’s a few years old I feel more confident than ever about the timeless value of these lessons — and so this week on the podcast I’m bringing you an audio version of that blog post. Here’s a sneak preview of what you can look forward to: Experts Continue reading "The Things All Creators Must Know + Believe"

Focus on community, not floorplans

We’ve been on a quest for the “perfect” workspace for nearly a century, with various design paradigms going in and out of vogue like bellbottoms, skinny ties and acid wash jeans. And while the design and location of the physical workspace certainly has an impact, I’d like to suggest that it’s a bit of a red herring – that when it comes to unlocking innovation and creativity, there’s something else far more important. The magic ingredient is… Many of the most transformational, groundbreaking ideas, companies and art have come from the most humble, ostensibly “uninspiring” surroundings: Rick Rubin co-founded the Continue reading "Focus on community, not floorplans"

How To Get New Clients (And Keep Them)

By popular demand, this week’s show is another microshow compiling some of the most popular + impactful questions from The Daily Creative (my YouTube show where I answer YOUR questions about the challenges you’re facing on your journey to become an aspiring or professional creative). In this episode: I give Rod some pointers on what to do when a photo shoot isn’t going as planned, with some larger lessons on how to build powerful, lasting relationships with clients Jay from the Unthinkable podcast is looking to take his show to the next level, and I give him my candid take on Continue reading "How To Get New Clients (And Keep Them)"

How To Get New Clients (And Keep Them)

By popular demand, this week’s show is another microshow compiling some of the most popular + impactful questions from The Daily Creative (my YouTube show where I answer YOUR questions about the challenges you’re facing on your journey to become an aspiring or professional creative). In this episode: I give Rod some pointers on what to do when a photo shoot isn’t going as planned, with some larger lessons on how to build powerful, lasting relationships with clients Jay from the Unthinkable podcast is looking to take his show to the next level, and I give him my candid take on Continue reading "How To Get New Clients (And Keep Them)"

How To Change The Lives Of Millions w/ Scott Harrison

Scott is the founder of charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries – you may have heard me mention them before, and that’s because I’m deeply passionate about their cause and a huge admirer of what Scott’s done as the founder of the org. In less than a decade, their community has raised over $250 million to fund 22,000+ projects that have brought clean water to more than 7 million people around the world. I want to highlight not just what charity: water has done, but how they’ve done it – because they’ve brought Continue reading "How To Change The Lives Of Millions w/ Scott Harrison"

The Part Of Success That Nobody Talks About

We’ve all been there: after spending countless hours building something – a product, a new website, a piece of art – you release it into the world, put out the word on your social channels, hold your breath and…. nothing. Crickets. Tumbleweeds. Then you start looking at other creators or companies enviously, wondering how they manage to get so much traction for their work when yours – which is just as good if not better – struggles to get any attention. You rewind the tape to look for mistakes, but there are no obvious ones. You did everything you were Continue reading "The Part Of Success That Nobody Talks About"

How To Build A Media Juggernaut w/ Piera Gelardi

Piera is the co-founder of Refinery29, one of the most important and influential lifestyle editorial companies on the internet with millions of visitors a day from just about every corner of the planet. It’s one of those classic entrepreneur stories, starting with a few friends in a cramped makeshift office who had a ton of passion but not a lot of experience – they’ve had some ups and downs, made some pivots, but here they are – they’re still standing, stronger than ever, and they’ve unquestionably made their mark on our culture with a voice that’s distinctly different from that Continue reading "How To Build A Media Juggernaut w/ Piera Gelardi"

Why Creativity Is About To Radically Transform The World

Today I’m bringing you the audio version of a talk I gave at The Next Web conference in Amsterdam earlier this year on a topic that’s top of mind for many of us, which is the rise of AI and automation and the implications it may have for our careers – whether you’re a truck driver or a radiologist or a graphic designer, you’ve probably had a moment in the past year or two where you saw a news piece and asked yourself – “whoa – is a computer or a robot gonna put me out of a job?” Continue reading "Why Creativity Is About To Radically Transform The World"

Why Creativity Is About To Radically Transform The World

Today I’m bringing you the audio version of a talk I gave at The Next Web conference in Amsterdam earlier this year on a topic that’s top of mind for many of us, which is the rise of AI and automation and the implications it may have for our careers – whether you’re a truck driver or a radiologist or a graphic designer, you’ve probably had a moment in the past year or two where you saw a news piece and asked yourself – “whoa – is a computer or a robot gonna put me out of a job?” Continue reading "Why Creativity Is About To Radically Transform The World"

How To Cut Through The Noise + Get Noticed

As you know, on this show I usually I sit down with the world’s top creative entrepreneurs and thought leaders and unpack actionable, valuable insights to help you live your dreams in career, hobby, and in life – but today we’ve got something a little different for you which I think you’ll find equally or maybe even more valuable than our usual format. As you may have seen, I have a new YouTube show called The Daily Creative where I answer YOUR questions about the challenges you’re facing on your journey to become an aspiring or professional creative – think Continue reading "How To Cut Through The Noise + Get Noticed"

Transform Your Consciousness w/ Jason Silva

If you’re familiar with Jason then you know he’s an incredibly unique human. And if you’re not, then I’ll do my best– but you really just need to check out his work. He’s a brilliant and insanely insightful creator whose work sits at the intersection of philosophy, personal development and film much like my own work. You may know him as the host of Nat Geo’s “Brain Games,” from his short film series “Shots Of Awe” or his latest show “Origins” which is in its debut season. It’s really tough to put a label on his work, so instead of Continue reading "Transform Your Consciousness w/ Jason Silva"

Transform Your Consciousness w/ Jason Silva

If you’re familiar with Jason then you know he’s an incredibly unique human. And if you’re not, then I’ll do my best– but you really just need to check out his work. He’s a brilliant and insanely insightful creator whose work sits at the intersection of philosophy, personal development and film much like my own work. You may know him as the host of Nat Geo’s “Brain Games,” from his short film series “Shots Of Awe” or his latest show “Origins” which is in its debut season. It’s really tough to put a label on his work, so instead of Continue reading "Transform Your Consciousness w/ Jason Silva"

The Formula For Peak Performance w/ Steven Kotler

Steven is an entrepreneur and writer whose work has appeared in just about every publication you can think of — New York Times, Forbes, Wired, TIME, you name it — and was nominated for a Pulitizer for his book “A Small Furry Prayer.” I wanted to have Steven on because he has a very unique focus in his latest book “Stealing Fire”: understanding peak human performance — not in an abstract sense, but the specific mechanisms that make people like world-class athletes, Navy SEALs, and entrepreneurs able to do the incredible things they do and more importantly, how that Continue reading "The Formula For Peak Performance w/ Steven Kotler"

How What You Buy Can Change The World w/ Leila Janah

Leila Janah is a human dynamo and one of the most exciting voices in the world of social entrepreneurship. After starting her career in management consulting, she quit to pursue her passions full time and has founded TWO companies. The first is Samasource, a non-profit that lifts people out of poverty via hiring them to do data work – and their clients now include the likes of Walmart, eBay, Google. And more recently she started LXMI a luxury skincare brand that sources rare ingredients from poor countries and thereby helps lift women out of poverty. Oh – and in case Continue reading "How What You Buy Can Change The World w/ Leila Janah"