Prologue Profiles (general)

"For me it was very one foot in front of the other, let's see where this goes but by no stretch of the imagination was I like, 'Oh this is what you're going to do with your life.' It was very tentative." - Aparna Nancherla

During college Aparna (@aparnapkin) found herself directionless and depressed. Aparna is now a full-time comedian and writer who has written for Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell on FX and appeared on Conan. Since our interview Aparna has written for the Late Show with Seth Myers.

You'll hear Aparna discuss how she turned comedy into a career, the power of patience, and that one of the biggest keys to success is just showing up.

Direct download: 092_Aparna_Nancherla_Comedian_Writer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

"You can lose everything, but the one thing you can't lose is who you are, and you can always build upon that." - Jake Ducey

During college Jake found himself frustrated with both school and life, and so he dropped out. Jake is now an author and motivational speaker and at 22 years old Penguin/Random house published his second book, the Purpose Principles with a forward by Chicken Soup for the Soul author Jack Canfield. What?

You'll hear Jake discuss his path from having no plan to reaching the top of the Amazon book sales list, how visualization is nothing without action, and that if survival depends on success, you'll win.

Direct download: 091_Jake_Ducey_Writer_and_Speaker.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

Growing up Katie (@paperfashion) wanted to be an artist but didn't know how to make it into a career. Katie now works full-time as the creator of Paper Fashion an illustration blog with clients such as Saks Fifth Avenue, L'Oreal, and Cartier, has over 600K Instagram followers and is represented by the talent agency Digital Brand Architects.

You'll hear Katie discuss her journey from confusion to creation, the power of sharing, and that to do what you love you gotta love what you do.

"You have something in your head that you visualize but it takes a long time to be able to get that completely out." - Katie Rodgers

Direct download: Katie_Rodgers_TO_USE.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

Rodney (@rodneybwilliams) was born deaf and started his first business at a young age renting out kids magazines to parents at his mom's hair salon. Rodney has gained his hearing is now the co-founder of LISNR which uses in-audible sound technology to create new ways for brands to interact with customers and has attracted clients such as Budweiser, Roc Nation and Sony and recently raised $3.5 million in funding.

You'll hear Rodney discuss his path to building a 22 person team, the confidence that comes from being confident, and that if you're thinking about going after your dreams, stop thinking.

[shadowbox]"I'm breaking rules. My company is breaking rules. Even the type of CEO I am - I break rules. I tend to walk in and I look like the intern, or something else, but I'm not, and I'm actually about to blow you away and you're going to be giving me a check or two." - Rodney Williams[/shadowbox] For more on Rodney and LISNR:

Lisnr.com Lisnr on Facebook Rodney on Instagram Rodney presenting at R/GA Demo Day:

Mentioned in this episode:

Swedish House Mafia Budweiser Made in America Festival Proctor & Gamble Cintrifuse Startup Incubator Chris Ostoich BlackbookHR StartupBus Jon Cropper Timothy Draper Draper University Techstars R/GA Accelerator

(Feature photo via Morgan Stanley)

Category:general -- posted at: 10:01am EST

  Rodney (@rodneybwilliams) was born deaf and started his first business at a young age renting out kids magazines to parents at his mom's hair salon. Rodney has gained his hearing is now the co-founder of LISNR which uses in-audible sound technology to create new ways for brands to interact with customers and has attracted clients such as Budweiser, Roc Nation and Sony and recently raised $3.5 million in funding.

You'll hear Rodney discuss his path to building a 22 person team, the confidence that comes from being confident, and that if you're thinking about going after your dreams, stop thinking.

[app_audio src="http://traffic.libsyn.com/prologueprofiles/089_Rodney_Williams_Tech_Innovator.mp3"] [shadowbox]"I'm breaking rules. My company is breaking rules. Even the type of CEO I am - I break rules. I tend to walk in and I look like the intern, or something else, but I'm not, and I'm actually about to blow you away and you're going to be giving me a check or two." - Rodney Williams[/shadowbox] For more on Rodney and LISNR:

Lisnr.com Lisnr on Facebook Rodney on Instagram Rodney presenting at R/GA Demo Day:

Mentioned in this episode:

Swedish House Mafia Budweiser Made in America Festival Proctor & Gamble Cintrifuse Startup Incubator Chris Ostoich BlackbookHR StartupBus Jon Cropper Timothy Draper Draper University Techstars R/GA Accelerator

(Feature photo via Morgan Stanley)

Category:general -- posted at: 9:53am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews AJ / Skater & Videographer (Vimeo) / Trader Joe's, 23rd & 6th, NYC.

"How'd you get into skating in the first place?"
"Through Mark Gonzales, The Gonz, the most legendary skater of all time, he changed skating once it collapsed with the marketing industry, he just came out of nowhere and just sparked it and became a legend, he's still skating he's like 50."
"And when was this?"
"I was about 10 years old and it was 2005, I was cruising around with my cousins around Tompkins Square Park, aka known as the TF, short for 'training facility', it's a big open field where we just chill out, zone out and we focus on our tricks and we just do as we please and I was just cruising along Tompkins and I all of a sudden bumped into him and he was like with his quirky voice, 'Hey if you're interested in skating I'm gonna leave my board at Autumn skate shop if you want to pick it up or something, I don't know it's up to you, I don't want this thing it's dead.' [Laughs] And that's just skating right there, that's how you always start off, you preserve, take advantage of what you got and you work your way up."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_AJ.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:05am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Gary / Street Artist (@mr_abiLLity)/ Sub-City Junction, Hoboken.

"I work a slaving job at UPS where I lift boxes and do not pursue my dream at all, on the side I pursue my dream, however recently I got injured at work and due to injury I cannot work, so now I think this is the universe's way of saying 'Hey I know you wanted to just settle on life and do bullshit forever but you can't, so if you don't follow those dreams you're going to regret it. Opportunity, I present you.' So I have to, I really don't have any other choice." 

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Gary.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Chadner / Travel Writer and Culture Magazine Co-Founder (@chadner | EIGHTYMag.com) / Sub-City Junction, Hoboken.

"Why is it called EIGHTY Magazine?"
"It's named after the bus route, which is the bus that I've been taking for 20 years, [Marinell and I] figured it's a great route because it covers a lot of Jersey City and we want to be that for Jersey City to, we want to be able to cover and write about all sorts of things that are relevant to what it's like to live in Jersey City right now."
"What's motivating you, what's keeping you going?"
"I'm the oldest of 6 kids, I have great siblings and I want to set an example for them."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Chadner.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:50am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Marinell / Graphic Designer and Culture Magazine Co-Founder (@marinellllllll | EIGHTYMag.com) / Sub-City Junction, Hoboken.

"It was when I was leaving my previous startup job, I was doing web and mobile app design for this one startup, and they couldn't pay me anymore so I had to leave so I started EIGHTY Magazine to move all my creative energy to that outlet."
"How were you able to make EIGHTY into a real magazine, how'd you know how to do that?"
"I taught myself how to make a magazine two weeks before we launched it so I think it's just like if you really want to do it you'll do whatever it takes, right?"

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Marinell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:51am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews ChicPeaJC / Culture Blogger (@chicpeajc | CHICpeaJC.com ) / Sub-City Junction, Hoboken.

"I was working in the corporate world, I was director of training of tech company, I was there for 7 years, and I felt like I was empty inside, I needed to write, I needed to photograph, I wanted to do fashion [for the blog] mostly and then I decided at the last minute to focus on Jersey City and it blew up."
"What was key to that happening?"
"Being consistent and being real and staying true to myself and being always honest, and also being positive, so I never write about anything negative, there's so much negativity in the world that I wanted my blog to be something really light and uplifting and help people connect with each other in the community." 

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_ChicPea.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:42pm EST