[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

[vc_video link='https://youtu.be/Q0l_Dbonm4g']   [embed]http://traffic.libsyn.com/hookedonstartups/Hooked_on_Startups_031_-_Brandon_Turner_update.mp3[/embed]   Want to find out some of the critical things you need to know if you want to be a successful real estate investor? Check out the latest Hooked On Startups episode with Brandon Turner! In this episode we discuss the approaches that really work if you want to be a real estate investor. Is it possible to get into real estate investing with very little money? Brandon has some great suggestions about leveraging what you have for the knowledge and information that you want. We also talk about how having a ton of capital in the bank can actually work against you rather than in your favor. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast!

[vc_video link='https://youtu.be/ujSprArfxXs']   [embed]http://traffic.libsyn.com/hookedonstartups/Hooked_on_Startups_030_-_Zac_Weinstein.mp3[/embed]   Every aspiring entrepreneur or wantrepreneur should listed to this episode. It’s real life proof that with persistence, drive, motivation and belief in yourself you really can live your dreams. In this episode I talk to Zac Weinstein - actor, producer, entrepreneur and filmmaker and cofounder of Hollywood based Dynasty pictures. Zac’s story is one that every entrepreneur and wantrepreneur should listen to. It’s a story where there is no such thing as ‘no’ and ‘can’t’. In the interview he walks us through, step by step, how he went from running a contracting company in Baltimore to writing, directing, acting and producing his first short film which won the Silver Award at the Hollywood Film Competition, taking home the award for best cinematography. For Zac, this is just the beginning. Make sure you listen to the full episode – Zac is hugely inspiring and his enthusiasm is wonderfully infectious!

[vc_video link='https://youtu.be/yAxQgk9oUc0']   [embed]http://traffic.libsyn.com/hookedonstartups/Hooked_on_Startups_029_-_Louis_Ziskin.mp3[/embed] Louis Ziskin is definitely not your average CEO. He’s the founder and president of West Hollywood-based DropIn Inc.., a company that is changing the way the insurance and automotive industries do business by providing on-demand remote video inspection. DropIn’s technology can be accessed via an app or, like a scene from a futuristic sci-fi movie, it can be paired with video-equipped drones that can remotely inspect and evaluate the damage to residences and commercial buildings. Louis has had an entrepreneurial spirit his entire life. From his early beginnings when he launched a global supply chain venture, Louis cultivated an international network of suppliers delivering product to a demanding and complex market. While lucrative, this business model resulted in some unanticipated consequences… a 12-year prison stay. Louis, now a philanthropist who speaks nationally about causes like anti-recidivism and addiction recovery, was convicted in 2001 for the largest-ever U.S. government seizure of the drug commonly known as Ecstasy. As well as driving the DropIn business forwards at a relentless pace, he now devotes his time to the Backpacks for Kids Foundation and is a frequent public speaker in support of anti-recidivism.

[vc_video link='https://youtu.be/NPq8BpDfuuk']   [embed]http://traffic.libsyn.com/hookedonstartups/Hookedon_Startups_028_-_Rob_Kessler.mp3[/embed] In this episode I meet Rob Kessler - founder, CEO and chief inventor at Million Dollar Collar. In the last 120 years, there have only been 2 significant, widely accepted enhancements to dress shirt design- Collar Stays & Non-Iron. According to Rob, Million Dollar Collar will be the 3rd because it cures the dreaded ‘sloppy collar’. Listen to the interview where I discuss with Rob how he got the idea and perfected the design after hundreds of different variations. Learn more about the way your shirts are made, how Rob is revolutionizing an age-old design, how he solved the distribution challenge and how he’s on the way to building a multi-million dollar, international organization.

[vc_video link='https://youtu.be/_S8IT4MmR8s']   [embed]http://traffic.libsyn.com/hookedonstartups/Hooked_on_Startups_027_-_Kierstin_DeWest.mp3[/embed] In this episode I chat with Kierstin De West - a leading authority on forecasting, tracking and understanding the monumental global cultural shift to sustainability and social impact in its broadest sense: the underlying trends that drive and characterize it, the influencers within in, the opportunities it presents and its impact on business, society, brands and culture. She is the founder and CEO of research and strategy consultancy Ci: conscientious innovation and the creator of its proprietary insights and data tool, The SHIFT Report. In this episode we discuss: Our desire for conscious consumption and how brands can respond What are catalyst brands? How do you price for ethics? What is Sustainable Life Paralysis? The rise of the empathy movement and the Mindful consumer.