Peter Piekarczyk is a Chicago based entrepreneur that has been building products since he discovered eBay when he was 12 selling templated logos and websites. Over the years he’s done everything from selling tickets, wristbands and even shipping iPhones to Russia before it was cool. Several companies and *many* mistakes later, he’s found himself working on the company of his dreams. Draftbit. Draftbit is a YC backed business that helps teams build mobile apps visually. Whether you’re just getting started with app development or have been doing it for years, Draftbit takes the hassle away by letting you build directly in your web browser. https://www.draftbit.com https://peterp.me
Ten ways to help during the Coronavirus (COVID-19 Quarantine Edition). 1 - Donate money to charities, especially smaller ones without as many corporate sponsors 2 - Contact local charities* to volunteer (blood, food and supply shortages) - virtual volunteering 3 - Be mindful of how much you buy - there are others out there that might need it more 4 - Seek out seniors that you can deliver food to 5 - Buy takeout/delivery or gift cards from local bars and restaurants 6 - Check-in on people you know like neighbors and friends, especially, elderly 7 - Practice social distancing to prevent the possible spread 8 - Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds 9 - Care for yourself - you can spread unknowingly and you cannot care for others if you are sick 10 - Spread some love and positivity!! *(FeedingAmerica, Meals on wheels, American Red Cross, food banks)
During this episode, Grant Cramer, actor and producer, talks to your host, Miro Wcislo. Find out how Grant decided to put his skills to good rather than continually elevating himself for others. Highlights: Why do people look to actors for answers? How do you control the artistic voice within? What is Lone Survivor about? What movie is Grant producing with Nicolas Cage? How did Grant transition from being an actor to a producer? How did Grant elevate his career? Why did Grant turn down several roles? How do you avoid going into the dark place in Hollywood? How did teaching acting change Grant’s life? How should you face disappointment? How do you find your drive? What kind of jobs did Grant take? How do you get confidence? How does Grant become energy efficient in his daily life? What kind of environment would Grant prefer to have? How do you get people with money to fall in love with your dream? What are Grant’s favorites? Key Points: Dig deep into your heart to reach your creative resources. Always fact check, not all statements are factual. “There is no other redemption for who you are in your life other than succeed.” “We constantly have to be our own advocate.” Tweetable Quotes: “Artists are the most visible social conscience of any sane society.” “A fascist society tries to kill and exile the intellectuals and artists because they’re the ones trying to reflect the truth back to society.” “Artists, directors, and writers are the bleeding hearts of societies.” “Take it all with a grain of salt.” Resources Mentioned: Check out Grant’s Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/grantmanc Check out Grant’s twitter account: https://twitter.com/grantmanc?lang=en
During this episode, Dane Maxwell, author of the book, “Start From Zero”, talks to your host, Miro Wcislo. Find out how Dane overcame his past bad experiences, and how he came up with solutions for start-up companies. Episode Highlights: How would Dane double his money in one day? How do you get money fast? What is failure? What does Dane do when product ideas fail? What is a client lunch box? How many times did Dr. Seuss fail? Where can we truly find freedom? What can honesty give our lives? Why do we need to recognize our identity? What is success all about? Why is Dane an entrepreneur now? What gives the best idea for a business? Why does the mechanism not matter to starting up a business? Key Points Be honest with yourself, and believe in things you can do, and your problems will solve themselves. Never stop reaching for your dreams because of failure, failure will always be there, it's up to you how to pick yourself up, look beyond, and continue striving towards achieving your goals. Tweetable Quotes: “According to the American Payroll Association, they found out that 74% of people would be in trouble if they didn't get their next paycheck.” “You don’t know failure is a choice until you have the meta condition that the ability to see your own thoughts and recognize that those thoughts are who you are.” “If you’re not good and you try three things and you give up, you’re stupid.” “It’s always worth it. You don’t ever lose a damn thing if you’re following you’re heart.” “Success isn't personal. It doesn’t mean anything about you.” “We become very wealthy by solving very painful problems.” Resources Mentioned: Visit his website at https://www.startfromzero.com/ Check out his podcast at https://www.startfromzero.com/episodes Check out his book Start from Zero: Build Your Own Business and Experience True Freedom
Rori Sassoon is undoubtedly one of New York City’s best-kept secrets. After attending FIT, Rori began her career styling high-end clientele at Jimmy’s in West Hampton, as well as Brooklyn. Just a few years later in 1999, Charles Sassoon, President at Panor Corporation, swept Rori off of her feet. Charles is a respected innovator within his industry. Together as a power couple, they’ve built a loving family and live happily on Long Island, New York and Manhattan, New York. After raising her children, Rori partnered with top executive life coach, Dr. Errol Gluck, to institute the nation’s first invitation-only Power Matching company; Platinum Poire. As Rori herself was matched by a third party, she is passionate about giving others the same opportunity for a lasting and successful relationship. Offering her expertise in styling and image consulting, Rori helps individuals gain the self-confidence necessary to build the perfect relationship. Rori and Dr. Gluck are an outstanding match themselves within their business, enabling them to bring fulfillment and satisfaction to their clients. Rori and Platinum Poire have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Manhattan Magazine and Gotham. She is a nationally renowned expert on relationships and has appeared on numerous media outlets including ABC News and WPIX. In addition to overseeing Platinum Poire, Rori also serves as the Vice President on the Board of The Propel Network; which gives women an opportunity for an education and a place in the workforce.
During this episode, John Cormier, WatchFacts founder and CEO, talks to your host, Miro Wcislo. Find out what watches signify and if luxury items are worth investing in. Episode Highlights: Will watches ever go out of style? What does your watch represent? How did WatchFacts come to be? How did they pivot from luxury watches to luxury goods? Why did John get a career with watches? How did WatchFacts gain the trust of big companies? Why did John co-found WatchFacts? How do WatchFacts audit the items being sold and bought? How is an item considered a collectible? How did the release of smart watches affect John's line of business? What are the biggest threats of the luxury goods industry? Are luxury goods worth investing in? How do you determine pre-owned goods worth purchasing? What are John's favorites? Key Points People want to have a trusted experience Set long term and short term goals to put yourself in the direction you aim to be. Diversify your product offering. Tweetable Quotes: “A watch is a statement piece that says a lot about you.” “If you buy something used, you buy someone else’s problems.” "Watches is a niche market." "Watches will always have a place in the world of things." Resources Mentioned: Visit John’s website at : https://www.watchfacts.com/ Check out his Facebook account at : https://www.facebook.com/WatchFacts/ Check out his Instagram account at : https://www.instagram.com/WatchFacts/ Check out his Twitter account at : https://twitter.com/WatchFacts/ Check out his Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watchfacts
In this episode, Miro gives his checklist for conducting a podcast interview. 1 Ask guest for an updated bio - you don't want to talk about things irrelevant 2 Check if they have a website and read bio section 3 Social media stalking - add them, read up on them 4 See if they run a podcast/YouTube channel and listen to their episodes 5 See if they appeared on any podcasts/YouTube shows and listen to their episodes 6 Google them for recent news and publications 7 Listen to past interviews and capitalize on missed opportunities and questions 8 Look good if doing video, test lighting, do voice checks, talk out loud, take a walk to get the blood flowing 9 BE ON TIME 10 Be real and ask genuine questions.
During this episode, Ellis Henican, television and radio commentator, New York Times bestselling author, and columnist at Newsday, talks to your host, Miro Wcislo. Find out how to be relevant in the ever-changing world. Episode Highlights: How long was Ellis in Fox? How did Ellis’ childhood affect his career? How did social media platforms affect Ellis’ career? How do you reach your audience? How do you stay relevant in the changing society? Why did Ellis shift his career? How do you think entrepreneurially? How do you find allies in business? How do you convince your audience to keep coming back? How much are people willing to spend for services? What qualities do you need to capture the attention of your audience? Why do people avoid subscribing to online platforms? Can things start making their way back soon? What is Ellis’ opinion on privacy? How can one keep a positive outlook? What are Ellis’ favorites? Key Points Enjoy the challenge of trying your best in front of an audience. Balance your work and personal life. Learn to operate and adapt to changes. Tweetable Quotes: “I have one or two marketable skills in my life - talking and writing.” “A short tweet is different from what you can do in a 300 page book, but it connects” “In my work life, I’m never really done.” “I was a guy who liked doing new stuff.” Resources Mentioned: Visit Ellis’ website at : http://henican.com/ Check out his Facebook account at : https://www.facebook.com/henican Check out his Twitter account at : https://twitter.com/henican