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How childlike curiosity led to a career in startups with Zvi Band

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode 28

How childlike curiosity led to a career in startups with Zvi Band, co-founder of Contactually.

When I was young, I would switch career paths based on whatever cool thing I had seen recently. I started out at 3 wanting to be a garbage man, mostly because the trucks were cool. At 5, I wanted to be a pilot after flying to Disney, and at 10, I wanted to be a marine biologist after a trip to an aquarium. Now, at 33, I have finally realized that I love to create, something I shared with this week’s guest; Zvi Band, co-founder of Contactually and two DC Meet-ups.

Zvi’s journey started with a Lego room that he had in his childhood home and his entrepreneurial journey started not too long after, and what became a career in startups.

When I was in high school, I ran Skeevis Windows/Internet Newsletter, a weekly newsletter with Windows tips, tricks, and funny jokes. It grew to over 3,000 subscribers. I loved it.

Zvi considers himself a Founder, a Hacker, and a Community Builder. In this episode we talk about how all three of those characteristics led to him co-founding Contactually (which I am a huge fan of), and two DC Meet-ups; Proudly Made In DC and DC Tech Meetup.

I believe strongly in the power of personal associations and connections, so send me an email. I respond to every one. Unless you’re the son of the deposed kind of Nigeria, or are trying to sell me home security systems or happy pills. Here’s my emial: zvi@zviband.com

What you will learn on this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • The importance of childhood curiosity
  • How to find the things you are most passionate about
  • What to do when you are in a funk, and how to get out of it
  • Why networking is crucial in your career and business
  • How to network like a pro

More about Zvi Band:

Zvi Band on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast
Website (Personal): http://zviband.com/about/
Website (Business): https://www.contactually.com/
Twitter: @skeevis
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zviband
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zviband

 

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How to become a rockstar #mompreneur with Ashley Welch

Ashley Welch on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast

Happiness of Pursuit – Episode #23

How to become a rockstar #mompreneur with Ashley Welch, founder of Flutter App

I absolutely loved this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast with Ashley Welch the rockstar mompreneur and founder of Flutter App. She took a big risk to create an app to help “recreate the magic of seeing someone in real life for the first time.” The app taps into emotion provoking video to create connections.

What really impressed me with Ashley was her candidness and honesty about the entrepreneurial journey, and the various stages of personal and business growth that she went through.

 

What you will learn in this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • The importance of being vulnerable
  • How to surround yourself with great people who share a common goal
  • How to succeed as a mompreneur
  • Why it’s ok to change careers to pursue something you’re passionate about

How to connect with Ashley Welch:

Website: Flutter App
Twitter: @goflutter
Instagram: @goflutter

Ashley Welch on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast

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HOP #21: How to follow your passion and start a new career with Matchmaker, Kate Edwards

Kate Edwards - The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast - Episode #21

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode 21

How to follow your passion and start a new career with Matchmaker and Entrepreneur –  Kate Edwards

Before I can begin to introduce this week’s guest you need to go check out her LinkedIn profile (click here) – you will notice one of the most creative and well-written summary’s I have ever seen with a focus on five things:

1. I meet the coolest people
2. I do the coolest things
3. I hear the coolest stories
4. I make people happy
5. I do what I love, not what I’m supposed to

How would you like that as your “Job Summary”? That is exactly why I was so excited to share her story on this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast.

 

Kate talks about her life in pursuit of the American dream – an ivy league education, Internship at Facebook and MBA from UCLA, multiple VP Roles. It’s the type of resume you see in future TECH CEO’s, with one big exception. Kate chose to leave the ‘typical’ path to pursue something she was passionate about and not only joined a start up, but founded one of her own, Textpert, with previous HOP guest, Ray Christan.

What you will learn on this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • How to find your passion
  • How to change careers to pursue what you love
  • The importance of discipline when bootstrapping a startup
  • How to build a business while working full time
  • The importance of having fun

More about Kate:

Kate Edwards on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast - Episode #20

Kate Edwards Matchmaker and Entrepreneur

Originally from the east coast, Kate attended Brown University and later received her MBA from UCLA Anderson. She worked with large companies like Procter & Gamble and Facebook before quitting her corporate career to focus on her passion – helping people find love as a matchmaker and dating expert at innovative matchmaking startup Three Day Rule. She has been featured on numerous podcasts, panels, and tv shows as a “dating data” expert, and has met with over 800 Los Angeles singles in the past year alone. In 2015, Kate co-founded the Textpert app, which provides on-demand, crowdsourced advice for what to text back. She is thrilled to be able to follow her heart and help people find love every day.

How to connect with Kate Edwards:

Twitter/Instagram: @k8eddie @threedayrule @textpert_app @greatlovedebate
App Store: appstore.com/textpert
Matchmaking Website: threedayrule.com

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HOP#2: Stay-at-home mom, entrepreneur and blogger behind “The Resplendent” – Marielle

The Resplendent

Happiness of Pursuit Podcast, Episode #2

Stay-at-home mom, entrepreneur and blogger behind “The Resplendent” – Marielle

Welcome to the first interview on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast. I’m honored today to kick off this amazing journey with the stay-at-home mom, entrepreneur and blogger behind The Resplendent. We dig into the amazing story behind the name near the end of the podcast.

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What really amazed me about Marielle (it’s pronounced ‘Mar-E-L’), was her commitment to owning who she is. Even amidst some criticism, she stayed true to her message, and it’s paying off!I was introduced to this incredibly talented entrepreneur and stay at home mom by my wife, through an article she wrote about “Dad’s and their Daughters.” The article captured my exact feelings about the surprise most Dad’s feel when they find out they are having a baby girl. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, so I’ll put the link to the article in the show notes. She has built a very loyal following while staying true to her beliefs.

In this episode, we talk about what it was like making the transition from the corporate world into entrepreneurship, how her blog helped increase sales for her Easy shop, and how that blog has grown to help women and couples build stronger relationships.

Links:
To Dads with Daughters (http://theresplendent.com/motherhood/to-dads-with-daughters/)
The Resplendent (http://theresplendent.com/)Instagram: @The_Resplendent (https://instagram.com/the_resplendent)
Twitter: @The_Resplendent (https://twitter.com/The_Resplendent)
Facebook: http://facebook.com/theresplendent
Etsy: http://theresplendent.etsy.com – she has some amazing baby blankets, you need to check these out!

Be sure to head over to iTunes to subscribe and give us a review. Enjoy finding happiness in your pursuits and living a passion-filled life!

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2 rules you must know before you start an online business

Start an online business

If you’ve been thinking about starting an online business, but feel stuck on creating an idea, or if you have too many ideas and you don’t know where to start – you’re not alone! I am just like you, and it took me 6 years to get my ass in gear.

For 6 years, I toyed around with different websites, failed at an online apparel company, had some success consulting, and then spent 4 years and thousands of dollars taking courses, reading and figuring out how it all really works.

I don’t want you to suffer, struggle and most importantly, procrastinate like I did. There is no time like the present to be an entrepreneur and start you own business. The barrier to entry has never been lower, and the ability to scale has never been higher.

[RELATED RESOURCE: Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World, by Peter Diamandis – a must read book for every entrepreneur]

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Here are the two you must know before you start an online business:

Rule #1: Just Do It

A little over two years ago I wrote an article about “Why Nike has the best marketing strategy.” To be honest when I wrote the article, It was part of my experiments to see how SEO worked and if I could rank for “Marketing Strategy.” Interestingly, a lot of traffic to my website is for “Just Do It” – which ironically is what every “WANTRAPRENEUR” needs to do – JUST DO IT.

Click to Tweet: “The Way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney from @douglasjfoley

You no longer need to write a business plan, apply for a loan, buy real estate, hire people, develop a marketing plan, blah, blah, blah. Today, you can have a store open to sell your product in less than a couple hours, and even faster if you are creating a blog and plan to make affiliate commission.

[Related: What does it take to create your own lifestyle business? Great podcast link here with tools to help you get started]

Rule #2: Content is KING!

Content, has always been, and will always be KING! The Beetles and The Bible – both tremendous pieces of content that are still as relevant today and have massive movements surrounding them.

The success to any online business is generating and distributing quality content to build an audience so you have people to sell to. Social media is the connection to engage your audience with the content.

In a previous article, “What does it take to start your own lifestyle business,” I shared Kevin Kelly’s thoughts on “1,000 Ture Fans.” In the article it discusses the importance of having a dedicated audience who is likely purchase anything you produce.

Assume conservatively that your True Fans will each spend one day’s wages per year in support of what you do. That “one-day-wage” is an average, because of course your truest fans will spend a lot more than that.  Let’s peg that per diem each True Fan spends at $100 per year. If you have 1,000 fans that sums up to $100,000 per year, which minus some modest expenses, is a living for most folks. – Kevin Kelly

How do you build an audience?

Consistency + Quality + Time! The real secret to building 1,000 true fans is consistently creating quality content over time. There are no real shortcuts that will result in a sustainable business.

Think about your audience the same way any musician would. You start off playing at a few dive bars doing mostly cover songs, with a few of your own songs. After time and a little luck, you might get discovered and open for a more well-known brand, get signed by a label and be on your way to the top of Billboard. I don’t know a single artist that picked up a guitar and the next day was at the top of the charts – online businesses and creating quality content is no different.

Reaching the tops of the charts, and getting that “opening act” (in content marketing that would be ‘guest posts’), is much easier. You can control your outlet through social media. You can control your message through your blog. You can dictate your future.

Does content marketing work?

Since January, I committed to writing weekly and sharing the posts on Twitter and LinkedIn. I didn’t map out a master business plan, I didn’t create a content strategy or have anything to sell.  I just started writing  and sharing what I believed was the best quality content I could find. The results…

  1. I have been featured in YFS Magazine
  2. I’ve landed a dream job working for an amazing content agency (St Joseph Communications, Content Group)
  3. My website traffic continues to grow exponentially every month (here’s the proof):
Website Traffic

Web traffic for douglasjfoley.com from January 1 to June 27

How can you start your own online business, blog, or even earn money on the side?

In 3 weeks, I will be launching a free training program with tools, resources and lessons I learned over the past 6 years, including what NOT to do. I will be closing the private group after the first 50 people. Click here to pre-register!

 

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TED Tuesday: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Start With Why

Have you ever wondered how Apple inspires people to wait in line for hours to buy their newest product? 

The answer actually stems back to our biology – yes our biology, New York Times best-selling author Simon Sinek explains in “Start With Why.”

In his book, and the below TED Talk, Sinek de-codes how focusing on the WHY is the fundamental difference between failure and success. He breaks it down to a philosophy explained through the “Golden Circle,” through examples from Apple to Martin Luther King.

The book is an absolute must-read for every marketer, here is a sneak peek:

“If Apple were like everyone else, a marketing message from them might sound like this: “We make great computers. They’re beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly. Want to buy one?” “Meh.”That’s how most of us communicate. That’s how most marketing and sales are done…Here’s how Apple actually communicates. “Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo.We believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by making our products beautifully designed, simple to use and user-friendly. We just happen to make great computers. Want to buy one?” Totally different, right?” – Simon Sinek, TED Talk

Featured Image courtesy of Lynne Cazaly (www.lynnecazaly.com).

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