BUSINESS FOR UNICORNS PODCAST

Actionable advice from leaders who are walking the talk.

Join business coach and entrepreneur Michael Keeler as he speaks with inspiring leaders and entrepreneurs who believe that business is one of the best tools for making a powerful, positive impact on the world.

New episodes every Monday. 

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Episode 34: Creating a Better Customer Experience with Dave Thomas

Episode 34: Creating a Better Customer Experience with Dave Thomas

In 2011, Dave had a vision to challenge the status quo of what a gym experience should entail. He believed that fitness should be about development, not destruction. Inclusive, not divisive. That it should be more progressive than just barbells.

Dave is the owner of Performance360 with 3 locations in San Diego, CA. He has coached over 4,500 classes, started the Become More Coach Academy and his philosophies on programming, coaching, and culture have laid the foundation for what Performance360 has become today.

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Episode 18: Creative Entrepreneurship with Jim McCarthy

Episode 18: Creative Entrepreneurship with Jim McCarthy

Jim McCarthy is the co-founder and CEO of Goldstar, a company that sells millions of live event tickets to millions of people on behalf of more than 5,000 venues and producers each year. An e-commerce veteran, Jim has spent his entire career in high-growth businesses and likes to share his knowledge and insight with others.

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Episode 17: Scaling Culture with VaynerMedia’s Andrea Sullivan

Episode 17: Scaling Culture with VaynerMedia’s Andrea Sullivan

Andrea is a business leader, feminist, activist, professor, dancer, flutist, board member, mother and wife.

The first ever Chief Client Officer at VaynerMedia. She is responsible for scaling VaynerMedia’s full service agency business globally. She is in charge of its client teams, thought leadership, new business and brand reputation.

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Episode 16: Becoming an Industry Leader with Pete Dupuis

Episode 16: Becoming an Industry Leader with Pete Dupuis

Pete Dupuis has served as the Vice President and Business Director of Cressey Sports Performance since co-founding the company in 2007. With an MBA from Babson College, more than a decade of fitness industry experience, and a profound appreciation for the nitty-gritty realities of managing a fitness facility, he brings a unique perspective to discussions surrounding the business of fitness.

In this episode, Michael and Pete discuss:
• Positioning your business in a specific niche
• The social media strategy for small businesses especially in the fitness industry
• Developing a gym culture

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Episode 15: Balancing Art and Business with Patricia Burmicky

Episode 15: Balancing Art and Business with Patricia Burmicky

Patricia was born in Caracas, Venezuela to a Venezuelan-Slovenian family. In 2003, she received a B.S. in industrial engineering from the Simon Bolivar University in Caracas. She also studied photography at the Roberto Mata School of Photography in Caracas. In 2008, Patricia moved to New York to study at the International Center of Photography, where she was awarded with a Directors’ Fellowship and graduated in June 2010. Her photographs have been exhibited at the Andrea Meislin Gallery and A.I.R. Gallery in New York. Her photographs have been published in ICP’s Shift 2010, Tal Cual (Venezuelan newspaper) and Town and Country (magazine) in the Philippines.

In 2011, she founded PhotoUno Photography School in Midtown Manhattan where she currently teaches. Patricia lives and works in New York with her husband Francisco and her dog named Pitta.

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Episode 14: A Family Legacy with Cary Borish

Episode 14: A Family Legacy with Cary Borish

When Cary Borish opened the first Marathon in 1984, their goal was simple: to provide the neighborhood with the highest quality fresh food at an excellent value. The seeds they planted in their 10-seat burger joint in Northeast Philadelphia have grown into what Marathon is today.

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Episode 13: Management and Leadership with Arin Sullivan

Episode 13: Management and Leadership with Arin Sullivan

Arin Sullivan is the Director of Programs and Client Services, overseeing Education, Business Development, and the Support Center. The Programs & Client Services department endeavors to expand the knowledge of the arts and cultural sector and deepen the impact of the high-quality data and resources provided by the Cultural Data Project. An actor and stage manager at heart, prior to joining the CDP in 2008, Arin was the managing director at Hedgerow Theatre, theater manager for Drexel University’s Mandell Theater, and producer for Geva Comedy Improv at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York. Arin is also an adjunct faculty member with Drexel’s Theatre program. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, where she graduated cum laude, and she holds a Master of Science degree from Drexel University’s Arts Administration program.

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Episode 12: Blockchain Technology with Joe Snyder & Chris Brown

Episode 12: Blockchain Technology with Joe Snyder & Chris Brown

A serial entrepreneur for over fifteen years, Joe Snyder is the CEO of the publicly traded, revolutionary blockchain company, Lannister Holdings.

CHRIS BROWN, Chief Technology Officer

In their own words…

Lannister Holdings is generating scaled revenues and growth by developing, owning, and delivering proprietary technology to the financial sector.

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Episode 11: Giving & Receiving Feedback with Rachelle Pereira

Episode 11: Giving & Receiving Feedback with Rachelle Pereira

Rachelle is an accomplished Executive Coach and Facilitator who has built a stellar client reputation by getting results. As e talk about in the podcast Rachelle recently started her own leadership consulting agency called Equalibrium with her long-time friend and business partner Katie Byrme.

A little more about Rachelle – She is a qualified counsellor, and certified in a variety of Emotional Intelligence and personality assessment tools. Rachelle is a proud graduate from Reed College (Oregon) and Warwick University (UK). She also spoke at the 2017 TEDx Broadway Conference on the challenges in receiving feedback.

Rachelle has consulted for over 50 companies, including: Human Rights Watch, Sony Music Entertainment, NBC Universal, and so many more. Hope over to businessforunicorns.com for all the details of Rachelle’s incredible accomplishments.

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Episode 10: The FitCast Crossover with Kevin Larrabee

Episode 10: The FitCast Crossover with Kevin Larrabee

Kevin Larrabee graduated from Keene State College with a BS in Health Science in August 2008. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Kevin has had a passion for fitness and nutrition ever since winning his battle with the bulge at the age of 15. After discovering the effects of diet and exercise, Kevin lost 30 pounds in three months. Ever since then he has been striving to learn as much as he can about fitness and nutrition.

He recently opened his first training studio, Allied Strength, in Gloucester, MA.

Kevin created The FitCast Podcast after looking for a decent fitness and nutrition podcast and coming up empty. He has recorded more than 450 episodes and interviewed some of the best and brightest in the industry. The FitCast was named Best Fitness Podcast by Men’s Health Magazine in 2015.

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Episode 9: Building Connection and Belonging with Radha Agrawal

Episode 9: Building Connection and Belonging with Radha Agrawal

Radha Agrawal is a community force. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Daybreaker, an early morning dance movement in 22 cities around the world with a community of over 350,000 members who connect through dance, yoga, music and mischief.

Her upcoming book “BELONG: Find Your People Create Community and Live a More Connected Life” published by Workman comes out next fall (September 2018) and open sources all that she learned about community building with methods and exercises she designed so that anyone could create the blueprint for their dream community. Learn more about Radha at radhaagrawal.com.

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Episode 7: Scaling Culture and Community with Joanna Lee

Episode 7: Scaling Culture and Community with Joanna Lee

Joanna is currently the Vice President of Marketing at WeWork, a seven year old real estate-meets-technology-meets-community start-up, originally founded as a shared office space provider – now on a mission to transform the way we work, live and play. Before WeWork, Joanna spent over 10 years in the fashion world at brands like J.Crew, Lilly Pulitzer and Vera Wang, working across retail and digital marketing. Joanna also did a brief stint on Wall Street, working on the trading floor at Goldman Sachs right out of college. She did her undergraduate degree in French and Political Science at Georgetown University, and has a Masters in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design.

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Episode 5: Solving Better Problems with Mona Patel

Episode 5: Solving Better Problems with Mona Patel

Mona is the CEO of Motivate design, UX expert, professor, speaker and author.

“I work to make technology approachable. At first, I got to think about keeping shuttles in space and medical equipment operating smoothly. It was groundbreaking and heavy, and I thrived. It gave me a distinct POV: there is no problem too big to solve for, and no design too small to make a big impact.”

In 2009, Mona started Motivate Design, a UX/UI research and design agency. They are based in NYC and their clients Fortune 500 companies from all over the world. Our UX staffing agency UX Hires (2010) was born soon after to support a need Mona saw in the community. Motivate has been on the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing companies list three years in a row.

Mona’s latest project is a new proprietary method of customer investigation, Insider Insights. It uses the best practices of investigators to get to the truth about what customer’s think about your company. We talk about this exciting new project in the podcast – it’s brilliant.

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