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Explore coffee through history, science, music, and other vaguely-related topics. Join Brian Franklin from Tulsa-based DoubleShot Coffee Company and co-host Mark Brown from Argentfork.com as they meander around coffee-inspired ideas and engaging interviews.
 
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Episode Notes: The way forward is not always clear, despite our best intentions, our diligent planning. What do we do when we find ourselves lost in the process with no map to guide us home? In this episode we explore the benefits of leaning into the uncertainty of the creative process (hint: it's where much of the magic happens) and some possible …
 
Alden Zecha is a founding partner at We Scale Impact, a consulting firm that focuses on supporting early stage social enterprise clients. He is also Managing Director for an angel investment group, Sidecar Angels. Over the course of his career he has raised over $50 million in capital for a variety of ventures. Even though Alden majored in Chemical…
 
Alden Zecha is a founding partner at We Scale Impact, a consulting firm that focuses on supporting early stage social enterprise clients. He is also Managing Director for an angel investment group, Sidecar Angels. Over the course of his career he has raised over $50 million in capital for a variety of ventures. Even though Alden majored in Chemical…
 
Episode Notes: In this episode we trot out everyone's favorite tired concept, New Year's resolutions. We delve into why they kinda suck and why they make us feel so bad. We put forth the idea that maybe, just maybe there's a better way to approach 2022. When we come from a place of self-compassion and curiosity, when we play to our strengths, we ha…
 
Elisabeth Rodgers is an award-winning actress and audiobook narrator, and longtime resident of New York City. She has worked both on stage and behind a mic as a narrator in her prolific career. Her work has been featured on multiple end-of-year lists for audiobook narration. Elisabeth has also picked up many more skills, including stage fighting, p…
 
Alden Zecha is a founding partner at We Scale Impact, a consulting firm that focuses on supporting early stage social enterprise clients. He is also Managing Director for an angel investment group, Sidecar Angels. Over the course of his career he has raised over $50 million in capital for a variety of ventures. Even though Alden majored in Chemical…
 
Alden Zecha is a founding partner at We Scale Impact, a consulting firm that focuses on supporting early stage social enterprise clients. He is also Managing Director for an angel investment group, Sidecar Angels. Over the course of his career he has raised over $50 million in capital for a variety of ventures. Even though Alden majored in Chemical…
 
Brenda Denbesten has been a chemical engineer in the manufacturing and mining industry for over 15 years. Currently, she is a continuous improvement manager in Australia at Orica. Brenda is also the founder of a YouTube series called “Chronicles of a Female Engineer,” where she explains what engineers do, how to get ahead in the industry as well as…
 
David Halbert is the Outreach Manager at The Educational Justice Institute (EJI) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The mission of EJI is to bring about positive policy reform to correctional institutions through the introduction of education and education-based technology into prisons and jails. Before working at EJI, David held an ar…
 
Casey Near is the Executive Director of Counseling at CollegeWise, the largest college admissions counseling company in the United States. In her role as an executive director, she manages all of the company’s admissions counselors, oversees day-to-day operations, and monitors the quality of counseling at CollegeWise. Casey was awarded the title of…
 
Ben Kiker is the founder of the Ben Kiker Group, which offers business, executive, and recovery coaching. Ben works 1:1 with top performers and with organizations to identify the roadblocks standing in the way of their respective transformation. He also helps them develop a plan that incorporates his Six Essentials to Get Shit Done (GSD) to ensure …
 
Episode Notes: In this episode we look back on six months of The Creative DoubleShot, give shoutouts to some great books and the power of face to face interaction. We bandy the idea of returning to the same concepts over and over again as guide posts to keeping that spark alive in your creative practice. Keep you eyes peeled for an annotated biblio…
 
David Rosenstein is an admissions coordinator and sales development representative at Bullseye Admissions*, an education startup to help high school students navigate the college application process. He graduated from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business in May of 2020 with dual degrees in marketing and management. Needle…
 
Brett Bergen is a financial planning and analysis professional for the United States Navy, working for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). When he first started with the Navy in 2010, he was responsible for working with a technical and business leadership team in the financial planning, analysis and execution of a multibillion dollar budget for U.S…
 
Hope Greenberg is the co-Founder of Soapbox Strategists, a digital media agency that helps clients capture hearts (and dollars) in the online world. However, Hope’s journey to where she is today began in the analogue world. The post How to Break Into Digital Media & Why Storytelling Matters w/ Hope Greenberg, Soapbox Strategists [re-release] appear…
 
Episode Notes: In this episode we pretty much hammer home the value of repetition in your creative practice over and over and over. From repeating techniques or returning to the same subject matter over and over and everything in between repetitions serves to free our minds, hone our skills and enter the flow state. That's why they call it a creati…
 
Kevin McMullin is the founder and Head of Talent at Collegewise, the world’s largest college admissions counseling company. Kevin founded Collegewise in Irvine, California, in 1999 using his last paycheck from his previous job. The post 905: How to Break Into College Admissions Counseling With Kevin McMullin, Collegewise [Espresso Shots] appeared f…
 
Joshua Haynes is the founder of Masawa, a mental wellness social impact fund. After living with mental illness for decades Joshua came to realize that his unhealthy relationship with food was linked to his poor mental health. The post 904: How to Break Into Social Impact & Innovation With Joshua Haynes, Masawa [Espresso Shots] appeared first on Tim…
 
George Leon is the CEO and founder of Cakewalk Entertainment, a full-service promotional marketing entertainment agency which pushes entertainment properties and brands beyond the silver screen and into consumers’ everyday lives. George is a one-of-a-kind specialist in global promotions and franchise development in the entertainment space and has o…
 
Shawn Olds is the Chief Executive Officer of boodle a.i., the leading machine learning peer-to-peer platform that empowers nonprofits to connect with and engage new donors and companies to find their best customers. Shawn started his career in the U.S Army in the 82nd Airborne Division before transitioning to the private sector as a logistics opera…
 
Episode Notes: Play is often scorned and maligned (I think we all know who does the scorning and maligning, don't we? Dour hats and shoes, both with buckles, hmmmm?). It's frivolous and unproductive. So how can it be so damn important? Well, listen up good, uh, listeners and we'll take you on a dizzying journey to find out why, touching on how play…
 
Ian Bremmer is president and founder of Eurasia Group, the world's leading political risk research and consulting firm, and GZERO Media, a company dedicated to providing intelligent and engaging coverage of international affairs. He is credited with bringing the craft of political risk to financial markets, creating Wall Street's first global polit…
 
Alex Valaitis is a product manager* and product lead of Elevate, one of LinkedIn’s enterprise product lines -- with 12 dedicated engineers. When Alex graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in December 2016 with a double major in Economics and Computer Science, he had a sub-3.0 GPA. The post 903: How Product Managers Do Their Jobs With…
 
Alex Valaitis is a product manager* and product lead of Elevate, one of LinkedIn’s enterprise product lines -- with 12 dedicated engineers. When Alex graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in December 2016 with a double major in Economics and Computer Science, he had a sub-3.0 GPA. The post 902: How to Get Job Offers in College With a…
 
Alex Valaitis is a product manager* and product lead of Elevate, one of LinkedIn’s enterprise product lines -- with 12 dedicated engineers. When Alex graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in December 2016 with a double major in Economics and Computer Science, he had a sub-3.0 GPA. The post 901: Why Internships in College Are Essentia…
 
Alex Valaitis is a product manager* and product lead of Elevate, one of LinkedIn’s enterprise product lines -- with 12 dedicated engineers. When Alex graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in December 2016 with a double major in Economics and Computer Science, he had a sub-3.0 GPA. The post 900: How to Pick Your College Major With Ale…
 
Episode Notes: When the winds of excitement have turned into the doldrums of disinterest, how do you revive that initial spark that got you pumped about the project in the first place? In this episode we discuss ways to keep the stoke alive in your creative practice by being curious about, well, just about anything from asking why the work of an ar…
 
Tim Naftali is a CNN presidential historian and associate professor at New York University in a joint appointment at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the history department. From 1998 to 2006, Tim was the founding director of the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs as wel…
 
Alex Valaitis is a product manager and product lead of Elevate, one of LinkedIn’s enterprise product lines -- with 12 dedicated engineers. When Alex graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in December 2016 with a double major in Economics and Computer Science, he had a sub-3.0 GPA. The post 898: What a LinkedIn Product Manager Does Wit…
 
Siji Onabanjo is the chief growth officer at Cyber-Duck, a digital transformation agency in London. He leads the client services, new business and marketing departments as well as guiding the overall strategic direction of the agency. The post 897: How to Break Into Digital Marketing in Sales and Business Development With Siji Onabanjo, Cyber-Duck …
 
Frank Sesno is an Emmy-winning journalist and currently serves as the Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is also the creator of Planet Forward, a multi-media initiative that showcases environmental reporting by college students The post 896: How To Break Into Journalism and Public Affairs With Fra…
 
Episode Notes: This week, in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, we talk about gratitude, the connotations of the word and some other ways to think about it. For our creative practice, how can we find it in the small places and use it to recenter? We also highlight a few things we're grateful for here at the Creative DoubleShot. This episode go…
 
Christopher Schroeder is an entrepreneur, CEO, advisor and writer focused on interactive technologies and social communications both nationally and internationally. He is the co-founder of Next Billion Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs working in developing markets. The post 895: How to Break Into Start-Ups With Christo…
 
Episode Notes: This week we do our best to wrangle the digital dragon and come to a middle ground of schadenfreude videos and nurturing our creative practice. Technology is everywhere and it can be amazingly useful. The flip side to that is it can be a time slip, a rabbit hole, oh come, a temporal vampire, if you will. One minute you're check the w…
 
Corey Rosen is a visual effects artist, writer, storytelling coach and actor who has been involved in the production of dozens of movies, including multiple Star Wars films, Mission Impossible, A Christmas Carol and Ted. Corey has also hosted over 100 live storytelling events for The Moth Radio Hour since he won the Bay area’s first Moth StorySlam …
 
Katrina Kibben is the CEO and Founder of Three Ears Media, a company of copywriters to support recruiters. Three Ears offers team training, online courses, and writing services to translate best-in-class tactics into effective job postings that attract the right people and tell a company’s story. The post 893: How to Break Into Copywriting With Kat…
 
Dr. Benjamin Bikman is a research scientist who focuses on metabolic research and insulin resistance. Dr. Benjamin is also a published author and associate professor at Brigham Young University (BYU). He conducts research on metabolic disorders like obesity, The post 892: How to Break Into Metabolic Research With Dr. Benjamin Bikman, Brigham Young …
 
Episode Notes: Creating deep meaning takes commitment and patience and awareness. In this episode we discuss what it takes to imbue your work with deeper meaning. We talk about that sweet, sweet convergence of technique, patience and begeisterung and the competency scale. We don't mention the Puritans, not even once. Links:Four Stages of Competence…
 
Sophia Lorena is a loan officer who works at CBLoans, a mortgage broker in Redondo Beach California. Sophia grew up in California and graduated from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in 2018. But unlike the majority of her peers, she skipped college and went straight into the workforce. The post 891: How to Crush Limiting Beliefs With Sophia Loren…
 
Sophia Lorena is a loan officer who works at CBLoans, a mortgage broker in Redondo Beach California. Sophia grew up in California and graduated from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in 2018. But unlike the majority of her peers, she skipped college and went straight into the workforce. The post 890: Why Not to Go to College With Sophia Lorena, CB…
 
Episode Notes: This week we talk about the role of patience (non-GNR edition) in an enduring creative practice. We dig into the beauty of enjoying the ride, challenging those pesky narratives, and a willingness to slow down and be okay with what you perceive as your creative shortcomings. We all think we want to be great at our chosen creative outl…
 
Sophia Lorena is a loan officer who works at CBLoans, a mortgage broker in Redondo Beach California. Sophia grew up in California and graduated from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in 2018. But unlike the majority of her peers, she skipped college and went straight into the workforce. The post 889: How to Pivot From High School to Career With So…
 
Sophia Lorena is a loan officer who works at CBLoans, a mortgage broker in Redondo Beach California. Sophia grew up in California and graduated from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in 2018. But unlike the majority of her peers, she skipped college and went straight into the workforce. The post 888: What It’s Like to be Mortgage Loan Officer at A…
 
Jerry Lee is the co-founder and COO of Wonsulting, a company that teaches people the skills they need to go after their dream job. Jerry has a range of clients, from college students trying to land internships to seasoned professionals trying to make the next big step in their career. The post 887: Why Not to Be Embarrassed to See A Therapist With …
 
Jerry Lee is the co-founder and COO of Wonsulting, a company that teaches people the skills they need to go after their dream job. Jerry has a range of clients, from college students trying to land internships to seasoned professionals trying to make the next big step in their career. The post 886: How LinkedIn Friends Can Become Your Business Part…
 
Jerry Lee is the co-founder and COO of Wonsulting, a company that teaches people the skills they need to go after their dream job. Jerry has a range of clients, from college students trying to land internships to seasoned professionals trying to make the next big step in their career. The post 885: How to Land a Google Internship With Jerry Lee, Wo…
 
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