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Welcome to My Worst Investment Ever podcast hosted by Your Worst Podcast Host, Andrew Stotz, where you will hear stories of loss to keep you winning. In our community, we know that to win in investing you must take the risk, but to win big, you’ve got to reduce it. Your Worst Podcast Host, Andrew Stotz, Ph.D., CFA, is also the CEO of A. Stotz Investment Research and A. Stotz Academy, which helps people create, grow, measure, and protect their wealth. To find more stories like this, previous ...
 
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BIO: Kunal Naresh Chandiramani is an Internet entrepreneur, inventor, and best-selling author. He is the founder and CEO of KStar and subsidiaries and host of dToks. STORY: Kunal was launching a new venture, so he paid for media coverage with the hopes of getting thousands of customers. His ROI was horrible. LEARNING: Do not pay for media coverage;…
 
BIO: Troy Holt is a financial educator, an independent coach, speaker, trainer, author, and podcast host. He is also the CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) of Troy Holt Consulting. STORY: In 2014, Troy decided to quit a job that he no longer enjoyed and got another one that paid him a small salary and a commission. The money he was making could bare…
 
BIO: Yaswanth Sai Palaghat is a YouTuber who focuses on tech and career development (as well as many other areas), and he also interviews leaders and influencers. STORY: Yaswanth made the mistake of following the crowd and chose to take an engineering course. After a year at the university, he realized that he was wasting his money, he topped engin…
 
BIO: Kenny Weiss is a Life Coach, YouTuber, Podcaster, and Author. His mission is to help people learn about their ‘worst day cycle’ so they can stop repeating events that hold them back and live up to their full potential. STORY: Kenny has faced so much pain in his life. From childhood trauma to multiple addictions to an abusive marriage to bankru…
 
BIO: David Barnett is the author of 21 Stupid Things People Do When Trying To Buy a Business. Presently he works as a private transaction advisor with people buying or selling a business. STORY: We get a preview of his book as he takes us through the top 5 stupid mistakes people make when buying a business. LEARNING: David shares a host of lessons …
 
BIO: Marc Miller is the founder of Career Pivot, which helps those in the second half of life design careers that they can grow into for the next 30 years. He is also an author and podcast host. STORY: Marc was a relentless risk-taker until a bike accident, and the risk of contracting SARS-CoV-1 stopped him hot on his heels. LEARNING: Learn how to …
 
BIO: Taylor Ryan is an American entrepreneur and a 6x startup founder with 13+ years of marketing and startup experience spread across 10 industries within large and small organizations. STORY: Taylor wanted to be financially independent straight from uni, but he graduated at the height of the economic crisis so that he couldn’t get a job. While ne…
 
BIO: Matt Franklin and a friend developed PostureNow to help people improve their posture. They presented it at Shark Tank and ended up making pretty good money from the device. Matt also runs his video production business, Bottle Rocket Labs, and has found a new obsession of learning about investing and preparing for retirement. STORY: When Matt w…
 
BIO: Austin Belcak is the founder of CultivatedCulture.com, where he helps people land jobs they love without traditional experience and without applying online. STORY: Austin made two mistakes. One was to take a terrible job without evaluating if it was indeed a good fit. Two, he spent so much time following jobseeking advice from family and frien…
 
BIO: Ibrahim Kocagoz is the Technical Director at SODEXO Thailand, responsible for Innovation, Smart City & Systems, and Sustainability. STORY: Ibrahim and his wife bought several apartments in Istanbul. The plan was to retire soon at a vineyard, making wine while receiving income from the apartments. However, the Turkish currency started devaluing…
 
BIO: Jeff Nischwitz is known as a Snow Globe Shaker who’s on a mission to help people shift how they lead and thereby shift their leadership impact. STORY: Jeff’s parents sold their business and gave the money to their grandchildren for a college education. Jeff decided to invest his kids’ money as advised by a financial advisor who knew his dad. T…
 
Recently, I posed this question to some of my prior guests, “How would you advise a young person to reduce risk in their life?” The answers rolled in from 40 guests! I grouped the responses into five categories: Building valuable relationships, managing finances, personal growth, risk management, and having awareness. There are tremendous pearls of…
 
BIO: Shashank Randev has acquired a depth and breadth of experience from working in large companies, being the founding member for a SaaS startup (acquired by a Fortune 500 Company), to an early-stage fund investing in technology-enabled startups. STORY: Shashank was the lead investor of his angel network and was advocating for a startup looking fo…
 
BIO: Mark Morris is an expert at building developer relationships and helping housebuilders achieve discreet volume sales at speed. STORY: Mark bought an off-plan property for $200,000 with the hopes of selling it for a profit. Unfortunately, a project that was supposed to take 12 months took two years to complete. The US financial crisis hit just …
 
BIO: Roshan Cariappa has over 12 years of experience as an entrepreneur and operator at early and growth-stage startups, specializing in going from zero to one and setting up cross-functional teams. Currently, he heads Marketing at Vymo, one of the fastest-growing SaaS startups in India. STORY: Roshan started his business in 2012, offering marketin…
 
BIO: Marc Cirera is a business ethics and CSR specialist with a clear vision: a world where companies operate more sustainably and responsibly. It is for this reason he founded Companies for Good. STORY: Marc was traveling across South America when he realized just how much the process of booking a bus, the most popular mode of transportation, was.…
 
BIO: J. Money is an award-winning personal finance blogger. He’s founded several popular projects over the past decade, including Budgets Are Sexy and Rockstar Finance. STORY: J went looking for a 2-bedroom apartment to rent in 2007. He got lost and ended up buying a $350,000 house on a whim 48 hours later, with no idea of what he was getting into.…
 
BIO: Chuen Chuen Yeo is an executive coach specializing in developing the agile mindset in professionals, thereby raising the quality of leadership in every organization. STORY: Chuen Chuen quit working as a public servant and set up a coaching business. She then put her heart and soul into creating an online course. After three weeks of ignoring e…
 
BIO: Bushy Martin helps others to work less and live more. He is a highly respected property investment and finance expert, an author, and an anchor on Australia’s number one and longest-running property program ‘Real Estate Talk. He is also the host of the Get Invested podcast. STORY: Bushy always believed that hard work was all a successful man n…
 
BIO: Steve Faktor is a former Fortune-100 executive—turned entrepreneur. As Managing Director of IdeaFaktory Innovation, he helps tech, financial services, and consumer goods clients see and build the future. The McFuture Podcast features Steve’s provocative predictions and prescriptions. STORY: Steve’s lifelong dream was to be a comedian and radio…
 
BIO: Lisa Goldenthal is an expert concierge lifestyle coach, creating customized meal and exercise plans for clients to combat sleep deprivation, stress, and unhealthy eating. Lisa recently launched The WholeCEO Podcast, where she sits down with industry leaders to discuss their insider secrets to being unstoppable. STORY: Lisa, for a long time, as…
 
BIO: Shane Torres is the CEO & Founder of Road to $20 Million. He is committed to helping people achieve real estate business success with life balance through valuable resources, business planning, and consulting for both entrepreneurs and real estate professionals. STORY: Shane started a home building company and roped in his wife as the designer…
 
BIO: Tyron Giuliani is an Australian entrepreneur who moved to Tokyo on a whim, where he went on to work with 67 Fortune 500 companies to build their management teams in Asia. He hosted Vice President Al Gore in Japan after winning his Nobel Peace Prize. STORY: Tyron got introduced to two celebrity business moguls by his big shot CFO friend. The tw…
 
BIO: Russ Johns is a producer at The Pirate Syndicate. He helps people be SEEN, be HEARD & TALKED ABOUT... using LiveStreaming Media. STORY: Russ spent 15 years dedicating all his time to his job at the expense of his family and health. The company went through a merger and acquisition, and Russ’s role was made redundant, leaving him jobless. Russ’…
 
BIO: Jonaed Iqbal is set on shattering the stigma associated with hiring people without college degrees. It is no surprise that he founded NoDegree.com, a platform with job listings that do not require college degrees. STORY: Jonaed invested $800 in Bitcoin when he was in college. He was lucky enough to sell when the price was high and just before …
 
BIO: Patrick Metzger is the CEO/Founder of PM and Associates and one of less than 450 Professional EOS Implementers in the world. Patrick and his team help businesses get the most out of their organizations and people by helping get everyone on the same page and executing the company vision, as well as by creating healthier, more cohesive, and high…
 
BIO: Nina Sharil Khan is the Founder & CEO of PopCon, International Speaker & Host of the #JustLanggar PopCast live show. Nina is also Marketing in Asia’s Top 100 Inspirational LinkedIn Icons for both 2019 & 2020. STORY: Nina quit her job to start selling unit trusts. In the process, she met a hedge fund manager who recruited her to his fund, which…
 
BIO: Dror Tamir is a serial food and nutrition entrepreneur with a passion is to improve the health of children and families through better nutrition. He is the CEO & co-founder of a startup, Hargol FoodTech, the world’s first commercial grasshopper protein producer. STORY: Dror was looking for investors when one particular one showed interest in b…
 
BIO: Marko Höynälä is the Founder and CEO of Kipuwex Ltd and has invented three game-changing IoT products. Kipuwex is a medical device that wirelessly and continuously measures a person’s biomarkers which can then be accessed by health care professionals from anywhere in the world. STORY: Marko jumped blindly into an opportunity to partner with a …
 
BIO: Rise, fall, rise again. Along the way, get divorced, get turned over by a friend on a new business idea, get ripped off in the sale of another. Get married again, become a father again, build again. STORY: David had this excellent novel business that he shared with a trusted friend who went on to stab him in the back by taking the idea and mak…
 
BIO: Scott Buss lives his life and runs his business based on the principles of TRUST and TRANSPARENCY. He is an aviation expert who explores and connects the synergies between the private jet industry and the unlimited number of luxury lifestyle VIP brands. STORY: Scott found himself on the wrong side of Arizona’s law and landed in jail for four m…
 
BIO: Paulina Tenner is an entrepreneur, angel investor, TEDx speaker, and author. Her company, GrantTree, specializes in research and development tax credits and grants. She is passionate about burlesque and used to perform as a showgirl! STORY: Paulina’s company ventured into a new business area of renting out office space, a venture that almost k…
 
Christopher Elliott is an award-winning consumer advocate, multimedia journalist, and customer service expert. He is known for his practical advice and creative solutions to customer-service problems. He’s the author of Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles, and Shady Deals and How to Be the World’s…
 
Lou Adler is the CEO and founder of Performance-based Hiring Learning Systems – a consulting and training firm helping recruiters and hiring managers around the world source, interview, and hire the strongest and most diverse talent. Lou is the author of the Amazon top-10 best-seller, Hire With Your Head (John Wiley & Sons, 3rd Edition, 2007), The …
 
Eric Siu is the CEO of content intelligence software ClickFlow, which helps you grow your traffic while looking like a genius. He also owns ad agency Single Grain and has worked with companies such as Amazon, Airbnb, Salesforce, and Uber to acquire more customers. He hosts two podcasts: Marketing School with Neil Patel and Leveling Up, which combin…
 
Dr. Britt Andreatta is an internationally recognized thought leader who creates brain science-based solutions for today’s challenges. As CEO of 7th Mind, Inc., Britt Andreatta draws on her unique leadership, neuroscience, psychology, and learning background to unlock the best in people and organizations. Her series of books, The WIRED TO™ Series: B…
 
Bracken P. Darrell is the president and CEO of Logitech. The company is worth 12x more than when he started there in 2012. “Failure is rarely fatal. But success is never final.” Bracken Darrell Worst investment ever Bracken once went to lunch with one of his board members at Logitech. His name is Neil Hunt. As they were chatting, Bracken asked Neil…
 
Rachel Beck is the author of “Finding Your Way When Life Changes Your Plans: A Memoir of Adoption, Loss of Motherhood and Remembering Home,” she lives in Des Moines, Iowa, and is a rising voice in the movement of women’s storytelling. Her story is rooted in a cross-cultural, adoptive-family love story unlike any other. Lifted by wings strengthened …
 
When Jordan West was 23, he decided to buy a Taco Del Mar restaurant. He knew he had made a huge mistake at 2 pm the first day when only three customers had walked in (and two of them were his parents). For five years, he worked hard to grow sales every way he could think of and, in the end, tripled his revenue, which still didn’t seem to matter on…
 
Jess Larsen started his finance career on a mergers and acquisitions team with Citi. Later he founded several businesses; the three companies he currently co-owns are Graystoke Investments, Graystoke Advisors, and Graystoke Media. Jess was previously the Director of Special Operations and Intelligence Agencies practice for the management consulting…
 
Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño is the President of IE University and a recognized influencer in global higher education. Iñiguez is also the Vice-Chairman of Headspring, a company owned by the Financial Times and IE Business School, providing custom education programs for companies worldwide. Iñiguez is the former Dean of IE Business School and has pla…
 
Dave Kerpen is a serial entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and global keynote speaker. Dave is the co-founder and co-CEO of Apprentice, a platform that connects entrepreneurs with the brightest college students, as well as the co-founder and CEO of Remembering Live, a virtual memorial service company. Dave is also the founder and Chai…
 
James Leong is the founder of Visions One Consulting, a training consultancy that teaches finance to non-finance people. Using his unique Financial Storytelling approach, James can simplify a complex and dry topic to make learning joyful and fun. James has helped thousands of university students and non-financially trained people grasp finance and …
 
Billy Samoa Saleebey is an entrepreneur, podcast host, and award-winning filmmaker. He has led learning and development organizations for some of the most disruptive companies in the world, including Tesla, where he was Head of Global Sales & Product Training. He is currently CEO and Co-Founder of Podify, a podcast agency that provides production a…
 
Daniel Burrus is considered one of the world’s leading futurists on global trends and disruptive innovation. The New York Times has referred to him as one of the top three business gurus. He is the CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology-driven trends to help clients profit from technol…
 
Karl Sjogren’s 2019 book The Fairshare Model: A Performance-Based Capital Structure for Venture-Stage Initial Public Offerings presents an idea for how to raise venture capital via an IPO. The concept can be applied to a blockchain venture that raises equity capital via an initial coin offering (ICO). Its name describes its purpose--to balance and …
 
Chef Marti Mongiello is a story weaver intoxicating his audiences by stage and television across the world. A mesmerizing speaker, he’s published nine books, 200+ papers, and given over 100 speeches and keynotes in Europe, Asia, and America. Featured on CBS, PBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, and FOX to almost three billion viewers is only eclipsed by articles in…
 
Mariya Radysh is a keynote speaker, 2x TEDx speaker, and a thought leader on human potential and wellbeing. She has built two businesses and several careers as a lawyer, university lecturer, and interpreter being fluent in 5 languages. Mariya holds five university degrees in law and economics. She has lived in the USA, Eastern Europe, and for the l…
 
Cristiana Tudor is a successful social media coach whose goal is to empower women of any income level to start and scale their business to the next level through effective branding, storytelling, and social media coaching. She incorporates mindset coaching within her programs and helps her clients break out of old patterns, transition into a health…
 
Coonoor Behal is the Founder & CEO of Mindhatch, a firm that specializes in getting companies better results with creativity through Design Thinking, Organizational Improv™, Innovation Facilitation, and Diversity & Inclusion. She is also the author of I Quit! The Life-Affirming Joy of Giving Up, which will be published by New Degree Press in April …
 
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