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Grab your logbooks and gather around as James and Brando chat about your favorite subject and theirs, scuba diving. Each episode, these guys will share with each other an interesting and relevant story, tale, adventure or experience from under, in or on the water. It’s just like hanging out with a couple of cool buddies at the dive shop, on the dock or at the pub. Listen, learn and have fun with James Mott and Brandon Schwartz on The Great Dive Podcast. See and experience more at thegreatdiv ...
 
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Verne Harnish is the Founder and CEO of Scaling Up, a global executive education and coaching company with over 200 partners on six continents. Verne has spent the past four decades helping companies scale. He chairs the annual ScaleUp Summits and serves on several boards. Verne is also the Founder of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), a global o…
 
This week on TGDP, it’s a “3 For the Price of One” special. Not only do you get to hear an exciting story of a “meat diver” but you also get to listen to the philosophical introspection of Buceador Brando and the Gringo. But wait, that’s not all. If you act now, you will also get a delicious Ceviche recipe for no extra charge. Tune in friends and d…
 
Lauren Schwartz is the Founder and Creative Director of The Loft 325, an agency that creates and optimizes paid advertising campaigns for ecommerce companies ready to grow. Lauren is a highly sought-after creative strategist and digital marketing thought leader in the ecommerce space. Lauren is a design professional by trade and has over 15 years o…
 
For all our wreck diving listeners and friends (and especially Great Lakes wreck diving listeners and friends), here's our annual Gales of November shipwreck story. This one's about one of the more popular wrecks to dive in Lake Huron off the tip of the the thumb. The story of her sinking has a few twists and some drama and this coupled with Ol' Ja…
 
Tanner Larsson is the Founder and CEO of Build Grow Scale (BGS), a revenue optimization agency. He also runs an ecommerce business accelerator that has birthed over 17 eight-figure entrepreneurs over the last 24 months. He has been in the ecommerce scene since 2002, right after eBay launched. Tanner is also the Founder of Black Label Mastermind, an…
 
Brandon Young is the CEO of Seller Systems, which teaches entrepreneurs and brand owners how to research, start, and scale their Amazon ecommerce businesses. He is an award-winning Amazon SEO Specialist, a Course Creator, and Consultant and, most importantly, he is a practitioner and an eight-figure Amazon seller himself. The team at Seller Systems…
 
Sebastian Ghiorghiu is the CEO of Digital Wealth MB, a digital media buying company. He is a young digital entrepreneur based in Phoenix, Arizona, where he runs his incredible YouTube channel with over 240,000 subscribers. Through his YouTube channel, Sebastian talks about digital marketing, making money on Shopify, and how he lives as an entrepren…
 
This week the boys sit down and have a conversation about underwater photography. As Ol’ Jamesy enters this new world he seeks out the wisdom of Older Brando. But as we find out, its not as easy as buying a good camera and letting it do the work. We need to understand aperture, focal plane, and ISO. And of course, buoyancy control and good diving h…
 
Ryan Smith is the Head of Partnerships at Emotive, a company dedicated to scaling emotionally intelligent relationships for ecommerce brands. They are a mobile messaging platform that uses a combination of AI and human assistance. And have reaped an industry-leading engagement of over 60% response rates on their SMSes for hundreds of leading online…
 
In "light" of Jamesy's newly acquired underwater photography setup and pursuit of the "perfect shot", the boys focus this week on a true life tale of the last dive of an underwater photographer. They'll "zoom" in on what "developed" during the dive and discuss possible ways to avoid these kind of events. I "shutter"[sic] to think of how often photo…
 
Mail call!! This week the boys read a few of the many e-mails they receive every week. The boys also do a deep dive into tacos .... is it possible to have a "good" vegetarian taco? Where do digital pressure gauge transmitters fall in the taco recipe of diving? Is cilantro the DIR of the diving taco? Is diving about making them or eating them? What …
 
Ben Leonard is an Ecommerce Consultant and the Co-founder of Ecom Brokers, a brokerage specializing in helping ecommerce brands with exit plans to sell their businesses for the best possible price. In 2016, he founded Beast Gear, a fitness equipment brand that he scaled to more than seven figures in revenue and sold after three years. Ben says he’s…
 
Jeremy Gillespie is the CEO and Founder at Built To Scale. This done-for-you growth agency helps companies increase awareness, acquire customers, and scale their businesses without the overhead of a marketing department. Jeremy is a direct response marketer at heart and a paid ads expert by trade. He spends $3-5 million per month on YouTube ads alo…
 
Finally, the long awaited part 2 of our Advanced Diver discussion. The boys sit down with some recent student who completed their Essentials course and moved on to Recreational 2. This class is the card equivalent of AOW with Nitrox, but as we can hear it was a lot more than following an instructor around in a slightly different environment. Take a…
 
Adam Turner is the Co-founder and CEO at Postscript, a mobile messaging platform for ecommerce stores. Postscript is backed by Y Combinator, Accomplice VC, and others. They run a fully remote team of about 200 people from North America with over 5,000 brands on its platform. When Adam is not in the trenches at Postscript, he's an avid snowboarder. …
 
The boys sit down to discuss a few recent reviews, some good but one not so much…. This conversation really highlights what TGDP is all about. The fun, the culture, and the character of a diver as well as the diving towns across the world that share these with us. We hope you like our list, please let us know what your top 10 would have been.…
 
David Morneau is the Managing Partner and Co-founder at inBeat Agency. inBeat is an SaaS platform that enables brands to find quality influencers in seconds, and inBeat Agency specializes in helping brands drive sales, create content, and build awareness through micro-influencers on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube. In this episode… The one question …
 
Mark Miano is the Executive VP of Sales at Glew.io. He was one of the first employees at Glew, and today he is one of the lead revenue officers for the company. Glew is a business intelligence solution built for eCommerce. They help eCommerce businesses find potent insights to grow profits, revenue, and optimize operations, all through hyper-intuit…
 
Kathleen Booth is the Chief Marketing Officer at Clean.io, a digital engagement security platform that helps businesses protect their user experiences, revenues, and brands. Top Rank names her as one of the 50 top B2B marketing influencers of 2019. She's the host of a long-running The Inbound Success Podcast. Before being with Clean.io, Kathleen wa…
 
Richard (Ric) Kostick is the Co-founder and CEO of an incredible company, 100% PURE, a personal care and cosmetics brand that prioritizes all-natural ingredients and high-end cosmetic formulas to create beauty that is good for you, the environment, and the community at large. 100% PURE has been Ric’s way of continuing his genuine interest in health…
 
After a conversation with a new diver about popping up to the surface, James retells the story to Brando. This discussion takes them back many years when the value of a safety stop was just being introduced. What is the most critical part of a dive and what does a No-Decompression Limit really mean? They also discuss the troubles of not having a re…
 
Sharon Even is the Founder of FBA Alphas, an Amazon Seller, Brand Builder, and Entrepreneur who started her eCommerce journey at the age of 15, importing and selling sunglasses in New Zealand on Trademe.co.NZ. With her FBA Alphas business, Sharon has coached almost 800 entrepreneurs one-on-one on how to sell effectively on Amazon. She's the Co-host…
 
This is not an episode about quagga and zebra mussels. It was supposed to be about them and diving the shipwrecks of the Straits of Mackinac, however the boys settle into another philosophic groove instead. This unscripted discussion travels from the value of experience, the selfless struggle of building a team, and ultimately tries to ask the ques…
 
Joe Valley is the Co-owner of Quiet Light Brokerage, one of the world’s leading online-focused M&A Advisory firms. He helps business owners and entrepreneurs sell and buy profitable businesses. As an EXITpreneur, Joe has mentored thousands of entrepreneurs over the past nine years at Quiet Light. He has a long career of founding companies, includin…
 
The boys stand on the shoulders of giants this week with a discussion about an article by Michael Menduno that he published in this month's DAN Blog. Michael interviews Human Factors founder, Gareth Lock. In the article they discuss Human Factors in Diving, which in a nutshell is the idea of making it easier to do the right thing and harder to do t…
 
Andrew Erickson is the Founder and CEO of Andrew Knows Amazon. His company designs household products, mass produces them overseas, imports them, and sells them online. He sells in over 20 countries and makes seven figures in sales each year. Andrew is the host of the popular and successful Zon Con Podcast: An Amazon Conversations Podcast for FBA s…
 
This week the boys discuss an incident down in SoFlo that resulted in The Bends. Find out what may have contributed to the hit in a new diver and why you as a diver may need to educate the ER Doc on Diving Medicine. You won't find this in your dive computer instruction manual and probably not in your average Open Water 101 Course either... have a l…
 
Stormy Simon is a strategist, executive coach, and the former President of Overstock.com. Stormy joined Overstock in 2001 as a temp worker. Over the next 15 years, she helped the company grow into a top 25 E-tailer in America with nearly $2 billion in revenue and 160 employees. In 2016, Stormy Simon stepped down from the Presidency at Overstock and…
 
Find out what happens when shortcuts and speed become the priority with an Open Water certification course. The boys discuss posting in a Scuba forum about a common occurrence in the realm of faster training for Open Water students. E-learning combined with limited available time for practical training may not be the best way to get certified to Sc…
 
Kara Goldin is the Founder and CEO of Hint, which is best known for its award-winning, fruit-flavored water. Kara started the company to make water that tastes great without all the sugar and diet sweeteners. Their product is Non-GMO certified and vegan, with no MSG, nuts, soy, or gluten. Kara Goldin has received numerous accolades, including being…
 
Jenna Crane is the Director of Product Marketing at Klaviyo, a leading software platform that helps ecommerce businesses use effective marketing strategies to drive revenue. Jenna has an extensive career in marketing for digital brands. Before joining Klaviyo last year, Jenna was the Product Marketing Lead for Drift, the Director of Marketing at Kl…
 
In 1957, Carl Kohler wrote this article for Skin Diver Magazine, 20,000 Lovely Legs Beneath The Sea. It was an entertaining look at the growing participation of shapely ladies entering the water world of the skin diving man. 60 years later and just in time to celebrate International Womens Dive Day, Jamesy and Brando revisit this time in what may b…
 
Davie Fogarty is the Founder of The Oodie, a company known for its top-rated, oversized, wearable blankets. He is a serial entrepreneur and has founded 12, and counting, successful ecommerce companies, including Pupnaps, Calming Blankets, and The Australian Furniture Warehouse. Before Davie’s entrepreneurial ventures, he worked in social media mark…
 
As our story moves into the 1960’s, Jamesy and Brando discuss the American Pop Culture that is happening along with the evolution of the Voit Regulators. Coming from a company that was manufacturing sporting goods like the classic American Dodgeball, Voit would eventually be purchased by AMF and further grow this iconic scuba brand.…
 
Kian Golzari is a China Manufacturing and Sourcing Expert, Product Developer, and Brand Manager. He has visited over 500 factories and sourced over 2,500 products, manufacturing for brands including the NBA, Olympic Games, and the United Nations. He is the Founder and CEO of Veltra, a tour operation company based in Japan. Before founding Veltra, K…
 
This week on TGDP, Jamesy and Brando get into a deep discussion about diving but also about religion, and politics, and sex. What do they all have in common? Regulators and television shows and Reese’s Pieces candy? What do they all have in common? Fluoride and Scuba? What does all of this have to do with Mike Nelson? These are the tough questions …
 
Casey Armstrong is the Chief Marketing Officer at ShipBob, a global logistics platform that fulfills ecommerce orders for direct-to-consumer brands. It is the leading cloud-based platform aimed to provide small to medium-sized companies access to best-in-class supply chains and fulfillment capabilities. Casey has worn various hats throughout his ca…
 
Matt Orlic is the Founder and Owner of Inspire Brands Group, an agency that creates and develops brands worldwide by designing and manufacturing products in industries ranging from electronics to apparel. Matt is an entrepreneur who has owned and started various major brands, including Pro Sports Group, Sky Walkers, and Tattoo Removal Institute. Ma…
 
Your favorite dive buddies, Jamesy and Brando, have a little chat about scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands. What do you do when faced with that incredible sight? Do you make the right choice or do you just blindly go into the wild? Alone? This is a lesson about over confidence and complacency, and about what is the best regulator on the market t…
 
Justin Christianson is the Co-founder and President of Conversion Fanatics, a customer-centric conversion rate optimization agency. Conversion Fanatics helps companies increase their sales conversions and marketing performance by over 30%. The agency’s past clients include Burt's Bees, Renew Life, Ministry of Supply, and more. Justin has over 20 ye…
 
In honor of the late great manfish, Monsignor Jacques Cousteau, Jamesy and Brando tell another tale from the pen of le Capitan. Rapture consumes the team as they explore the azure depths of le Mer du Rouge. Proper planning and predive safety checks are important to the safety of the menfish. Don’t forget BWRAF- (the French version)Bordeaux, Wine, R…
 
James Bake is the COO of BestSelf Co., a company that creates productivity tools to help people achieve their goals, spark deeper connections, and live their best lives. After launching its flagship product, Self Journal, on Kickstarter in 2015, BestSelf Co. has grown into a successful eight-figure business. Before joining BestSelf Co., James held …
 
This week, the boys bring their series on education to a close by looking at E.L. Thorndike’s Laws of Learning. As an educator, it is important to understand the characteristics of the learning process and these laws help us construct our classes and better mold it to the needs of the students. Join your hosts J. I. Mott Toao and B.C. Schwartz Sr f…
 
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