[vc_video link='https://youtu.be/a-HIUaTsr9U']   [embed]http://traffic.libsyn.com/hookedonstartups/Hooked_on_Startups_040_-_Brian_Mac_Mahon.mp3[/embed]   In the US, 95% of startups fail. Is the American dream just for rich boys? In this episode I chat with Brian Mac Mahon - founder of Expert DOJO, the largest startup high performance center for entrepreneurs in Southern California. With access to thousands of experts and mentors Brian and his team help entrepreneurs find out whatever they need to know to pursue their small business dream. Find out what raising capital for startups is really like, and what you need to focus on to make sure your business gets on the path to success.

[vc_video link='https://youtu.be/cHHHYE3hDiI']   [embed]http://traffic.libsyn.com/hookedonstartups/Hooked_on_Startups_039_-_Glenn_and_Kristen_Hemanes.mp3[/embed]   Ever wanted to have a Creative Ninja on your team? Have you ever been just blown away by the graphics from a really cool presentation? In this episode I talk to Glenn and Kristen Hemanes – co-founders of Glenns Designs, a cutting edge design agency which focuses on developing brand identities, multi-media presentations and variety of creative projects. Listen to this episode to find out some of the Powerpoint horror stories Glenn has turned into powerful and effective pitch decks. Find out why visual storytelling is so important to get your message across effectively.

[vc_video link='https://youtu.be/lt0fV3FHW_w']   [embed]http://traffic.libsyn.com/hookedonstartups/Hooked_on_Startups_038_-_John_Livesay.mp3[/embed]   Today’s buyers are crazy-busy and ultra-savvy, which means yesterday’s sales strategies fall flat and leave your salespeople easily forgettable.   How can you stand out with new competitors and new technologies disrupting the marketplace every day?   In this episode I chat with John Livesay – an international sales and marketing speaker known as the ‘Pitch Whisperer’   Find out from John why the sales people who Get To YES are those who become master storytellers with magnetic pitches.   Discover why telling the best story gets the sale, and find out how John crafts irresistible stories for his clients.

How many of you have had a great idea but have done nothing about it? How many of you have kicked yourself for missing an opportunity which you knew you should have followed? You need to trust your intuition.

[vc_video link='https://youtu.be/RoPmTI-Dunc']   [embed]http://traffic.libsyn.com/hookedonstartups/Hooked_on_Startups_037_-_Justin_Parnell.mp3[/embed]   Potential date? Handyman to fix your fence? A new babysitter to watch the kids? Just who are these people, really? And, more importantly, can you trust them? In this episode I meet Justin Parnell – co-founder of Legitifi, a powerful new tool for consumers that enables you to use your phone instantly to verify and validate the identities of people you interact with. The Legitifi platform is built on patent pending, proprietary algorithms that leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence to ensure that the person on the other end of a digital connection is who they say they are. Catch the full episode to find out how Justin and his team developed this remarkable service, and learn about their vision to inspire honest relationships and safe social interactions by putting a halt to catfishing scams and social identity fraud.

[vc_video link='https://youtu.be/_ThJCd9e8AA']   [embed]http://traffic.libsyn.com/hookedonstartups/Hooked_on_Startups_036_-_Edwin_Benton.mp3[/embed]   Ever had that sinking feeling when you’re out to dinner and all your friends are staring at their phones?   Ever felt the world needs more love, more laughter, more creativity – everybody coming together to have fun?   That’s exactly why Edwin Benton created Slang N Friends – a brilliantly funny, engaging, unique card game that uses Slang words to bring people together.   Find out how Edwin came up with the idea for this game…   How he overcame countless challenges to bring it from concept to reality..   How he managed to land Hollywood A-lister Ludacris as his partner..   And how you can get a unique version of Slang n Friends on Kickstarter…..if you’re quick!   Guaranteed you’re friends won’t be staring at their phones when you bring out this game!

[vc_video link='https://youtu.be/0MhWzcP5DcY']   [embed]http://traffic.libsyn.com/hookedonstartups/Hooked_on_Startups_035_-_Billy_Broas.mp3[/embed]   Want to build reliable revenue into your business using Facebook advertising? Do you know the difference between likes, shares, viral messages, content and advertising? In this episode I’m joined by Facebook advertising guru Billy Broas. Founder of the hugely successful Homebrew Academy, Billy uses his intimate knowledge of his successful Facebook advertising campaigns and years of experience in the trenches of a “real” business to ramp up revenue for his clients. Discover how good copywriting is critical for the success of your ad campaign. Find out how the playbook for small businesses is different to the strategy that works for big brands. Building an audience doesn’t pay the bills. To find out what does, listen to this episode!

[embed]http://traffic.libsyn.com/hookedonstartups/Hooked_on_Startups_034_-_Sam_Morris.mp3[/embed]   Fear makes you something that you’re not. It’s something we all suffer, but it’s also something we can get beyond so we can live our lives full of joy, freedom and vitality.   In this powerful episode I’m joined by Sam Morris, founder of Zen Warrior Training.   In 1999, just after leading a bicycling trip for nine teenagers across the United States, Sam was in a car accident caused by a drunk driver which left him paralyzed from the waist down.   Determined to not become the victim of his circumstances, Sam learned and created a system of mental and physical training based in Zen philosophy, meditation and somatic disciplines that healed his mind and body and brought him more vitality and clarity than he had before his injury.   In this episode we discuss how your circumstances do not have to define you, and how you can choose a life based on your intention.   We talk about how truly transformative Sam’s work is for his clients.   Find out how to get outside the habitual thoughts you have about yourself and tap into a deeper truth about who you are.

[vc_video link='https://youtu.be/W3dLnkfb-2c']   [embed]http://traffic.libsyn.com/hookedonstartups/Hook_on_Startups_033_-_Philippe_Lewicki.mp3[/embed]   Remember Tom Cruise’s computer in Minority Report? You ain’t seen nothing yet. In this episode I chat with Philippe Lewicki – tech visionary, founder and CEO of AfterNow – an augmented reality company and one of the pioneers of developing content for experiences in mixed and augmented reality. We’re all flat-screeners. Everything we do today with our computers, tablets and smartphones is based on the designs of rectangular screen. Lookout world, because this is all going to change. The changes that mixed reality and augmented reality will bring to our lives will be seismic. Remember how the mouse revolutionized the way we interacted with the pc? The impact of AR and MR will be like that, but a thousand fold. Ever dreamed of truly immersive entertainment where you can actually live the experience, rather than just being a spectator or seeing it in third person? How about truly holographic interaction with other people? Find out how this technology is just around the corner….

[vc_video link='https://youtu.be/NHJbM50ll_g']   [embed]http://traffic.libsyn.com/hookedonstartups/Hooked_on_Startups_032_-_Mike_Paul_Hughes.mp3[/embed]   From punk rock bassist to NASA rocket scientist – the amazing story of Mike Paul Hughes This is a story of grit, inspiration and pure dogged determination. Awarded NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, Mike is a truly exceptional rocket scientist, NASA engineer, music producer, composer, writer and inspirational speaker.
Working in a print shop by day and playing in a rock group at night, the odds were stacked against him. Following his dream of becoming an aerospace engineer was going to be no easy task. He didn’t have the grades and he didn’t have the money. It could have been so easy just to give up, to abandon his dream, to go back to his day job. But he knew nothing was going to stop him. After the Challenger disaster, Mike knew that aerospace was his calling. And so, under the dim light of a 40W bulb, reading math books rescued from the trash, Mike began his amazing journey. Listen on iTunes http://apple.co/2g4QCwJ and Stitcher http://bit.ly/2x829PQ