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2019-9-16

Rick Smith (Ep.71) - CEO & Founder, Axon (Formerly TASER)

Episode 71 features Rick Smith, Founder and CEO of Axon (Formerly TASER). Rick talks about his journey of how he came upon the Taser device and grew this business through many twists and turns as well as his mission to make the bullet obsolete with his new book, "The End of Killing".


Some topics we cover:


  • Impact his father had on his journey to entrepreneurship 
  • Being fascinated with robotics
  • Impact tragedy had on his life
  • Starting a company in his early 20’s
  • Hiring and brining in the right people
  • The company almost closing
  • Performance-based Pay
  • Writing a book


Find Rick Online:


Website: https://www.axonrick.com/


Axon Website: https://www.axon.com/


Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/axonrick/


Twitter: https://twitter.com/axonrick


His new book, "The End of Killing": https://www.amazon.com/End-Killing-Technologies-Humanitys-Problem/dp/1989025536



About Rick:


A pioneer of technology with the vision of making the bullet obsolete, Rick founded the original company, TASER International, in 1993. As the TASER device became ubiquitous in law enforcement, Rick pushed the company beyond weapons technology and towards a broader purpose of matching technology to public safety needs in order to make the world a safer place. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a garage in Tucson to a NASDAQ-listed global market leader in conducted energy weapon, body-worn cameras and software. In April 2017, TASER International officially changed its name to Axon Enterprise to better represent the entire network of devices, people and applications. Today, more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies in more than 100 countries are a part of the Axon network.


Rick graduated from Harvard with a B.S. in Neuroscience (Cum Laude) and later earned a Master in International Finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium and an MBA from the University of Chicago.


Rick’s mission to obsolete the bullet has been chronicled in The New Yorker as well as Forbes and GQRick’s 2018 op-ed on suggesting a grand challenge to help reduce gun violence in schools was published by CNBC. That same year, Rick was named one of Arizona’s Most Admired Leaders by Phoenix Business Journal and Axon was named one of 2018’s Most Admired Companies by Arizona Business Magazine. Rick rocked the tech industry when he announced a first-of-its-kind employee compensation plan allowing employees to align their pay directly with value creation for shareholders. The eXponential Stock Performance Plan earned media coverage in Bloomberg, GeekWireWorld at Work and more.

Rick is a frequent guest on CNBC’s Mad Money and has also appeared on CBS’ This MorningThe Street and more.


“Many people concerned about gun violence want to alter laws. Rick Smith is focusing on a tech solution.” – Geekwire


“Can the Manufacturer of Tasers Provide the Answer to Police Abuse?” – The New Yorker


“Billion-dollar award made CEO uneasy. Now he’s fixing it.” – Bloomberg


“Rick Smith is known as the ‘Steve Jobs of policing technology’ — and this book reflects his well-deserved reputation. Rick envisions a world free of gun violence. This is a must-read for those who share his bold vision to enhance safety in our communities!” – Kathleen O’Toole, Former Police Chief


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For more episodes of the Just Get Started Podcast visit https://www.brianondrako.com/ or Follow the Just Get Started Podcast on Instagram at @justgetstartedpodcast or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/justgetstartedpodcast

 

To learn more about me and what’s going on in my world check out https://www.brianondrako.com/now/ or find me on Instagram at @brianondrako 

2019-9-16

Rick Smith (Ep.71) - CEO & Founder, Axon (Formerly TASER)

Episode 71 features Rick Smith, Founder and CEO of Axon (Formerly TASER). Rick talks about his journey of how he came upon the Taser device and grew this business through many twists and turns as well as his mission to make the bullet obsolete with his new book, "The End of Killing".


Some topics we cover:


  • Impact his father had on his journey to entrepreneurship 
  • Being fascinated with robotics
  • Impact tragedy had on his life
  • Starting a company in his early 20’s
  • Hiring and brining in the right people
  • The company almost closing
  • Performance-based Pay
  • Writing a book


Find Rick Online:


Website: https://www.axonrick.com/


Axon Website: https://www.axon.com/


Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/axonrick/


Twitter: https://twitter.com/axonrick


His new book, "The End of Killing": https://www.amazon.com/End-Killing-Technologies-Humanitys-Problem/dp/1989025536



About Rick:


A pioneer of technology with the vision of making the bullet obsolete, Rick founded the original company, TASER International, in 1993. As the TASER device became ubiquitous in law enforcement, Rick pushed the company beyond weapons technology and towards a broader purpose of matching technology to public safety needs in order to make the world a safer place. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a garage in Tucson to a NASDAQ-listed global market leader in conducted energy weapon, body-worn cameras and software. In April 2017, TASER International officially changed its name to Axon Enterprise to better represent the entire network of devices, people and applications. Today, more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies in more than 100 countries are a part of the Axon network.


Rick graduated from Harvard with a B.S. in Neuroscience (Cum Laude) and later earned a Master in International Finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium and an MBA from the University of Chicago.


Rick’s mission to obsolete the bullet has been chronicled in The New Yorker as well as Forbes and GQRick’s 2018 op-ed on suggesting a grand challenge to help reduce gun violence in schools was published by CNBC. That same year, Rick was named one of Arizona’s Most Admired Leaders by Phoenix Business Journal and Axon was named one of 2018’s Most Admired Companies by Arizona Business Magazine. Rick rocked the tech industry when he announced a first-of-its-kind employee compensation plan allowing employees to align their pay directly with value creation for shareholders. The eXponential Stock Performance Plan earned media coverage in Bloomberg, GeekWireWorld at Work and more.

Rick is a frequent guest on CNBC’s Mad Money and has also appeared on CBS’ This MorningThe Street and more.


“Many people concerned about gun violence want to alter laws. Rick Smith is focusing on a tech solution.” – Geekwire


“Can the Manufacturer of Tasers Provide the Answer to Police Abuse?” – The New Yorker


“Billion-dollar award made CEO uneasy. Now he’s fixing it.” – Bloomberg


“Rick Smith is known as the ‘Steve Jobs of policing technology’ — and this book reflects his well-deserved reputation. Rick envisions a world free of gun violence. This is a must-read for those who share his bold vision to enhance safety in our communities!” – Kathleen O’Toole, Former Police Chief


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For more episodes of the Just Get Started Podcast visit https://www.brianondrako.com/ or Follow the Just Get Started Podcast on Instagram at @justgetstartedpodcast or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/justgetstartedpodcast

 

To learn more about me and what’s going on in my world check out https://www.brianondrako.com/now/ or find me on Instagram at @brianondrako 

2019-9-9

Nir Eyal (Ep.70) - Best-Selling Author | Blogger | Founder

Episode 70 is here and features Best-Selling Author, Blogger, and Founder, Nir Eyal. Nir shares stories about his journey into entrepreneurship, how he got into writing, as well as, we talk about his new book, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.


Some topics we cover:


  • Wanting to be a fighter pilot
  • Being obese as a kid
  • Being in an improve comedy group
  • Working in the Consulting business
  • Starting a Solar business
  • Going to Stanford Business School
  • Authoring Books
  • Intimacy
  • And much more…


Find Nir Online:


Website: https://www.nirandfar.com


Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nireyal/


Nir's Books: https://www.amazon.com/Nir-Eyal/e/B00HJ8021I



About Nir:


Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.”


Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.


In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business ReviewTechCrunch, and Psychology Today.

Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include Eventbrite (NYSE:EB), Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn), Worklife (acquired by Cisco), Product HuntMarco PoloPresence Learning7 CupsPanaKahoot!Byte FoodsFocusMate, and Anchor.fm (acquired by Spotify).


Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.


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For more episodes of the Just Get Started Podcast visit https://www.brianondrako.com/ or Follow the Just Get Started Podcast on Instagram at @justgetstartedpodcast or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/justgetstartedpodcast

 

To learn more about me and what’s going on in my world check out https://www.brianondrako.com/now/ or find me on Instagram at @brianondrako

2019-9-3

Molly Dare Hillenbrand (Ep.69) - Founder of hillenBRAND Media

Episode 69 features the Founder of hillenBRAND Media, Molly Dare Hillenbrand. Had a wonderful discussion with this "late bloomer" entrepreneur who shares the ups and downs of her journey and how she has been able to grow her brand and the brand of others.


Some topics we discuss are:


  • Being a "late bloomer" to entrepreneurship
  • Studying Psychology in College
  • Working on Wall Street
  • Handling Divorce
  • Opening her Children’s Store
  • Being vulnerable online
  • Starting hillenBRAND Media
  • Being a participant on Social Movement TV docuseries (launches Summer of 2020 on Amazon Prime/iTunes)


Find Molly Online:


Personal Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mollydare/


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hillenBRANDmedia/


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hillenBRANDmedia/


Social Movement TV Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/socialmovementtv/


Social Movement TV Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/socialmovementtv/


About Molly:

 

Molly is known for her fun and outgoing presence on camera as well as being a PR powerhouse! Founder of hillenBRAND Media, she focuses on PR for brands and businesses all over the world. 

 

Molly hails from Princeton, New Jersey and has called both New York City and Chicago home before moving to South Florida in 2016. She started her professional career at Goldman Sachs in NYC, moved on to the PR world in the music industry and after her two beautiful children were born she opened two successful luxury children’s clothing stores in NJ and Chicago.

 

Her greatest love is her two children and she is a passionate philanthropist spending many years fundraising for Operation Smile and on numerous committees for local charities.


Molly is a staple in the south Florida social scene while dividing her time between South Florida and Chicago for her role as TV Host for both Eye on South Florida and Eye On Chicago. - always on the hunt to bring you the best of the best in up and coming brands, businesses and people.


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For more episodes of the Just Get Started Podcast visit https://www.brianondrako.com/ or Follow the Just Get Started Podcast on Instagram at @justgetstartedpodcast or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/justgetstartedpodcast

 

To learn more about me and what’s going on in my world check out https://www.brianondrako.com/now/ or find me on Instagram at @brianondrako 

2019-8-26

Farnoosh Brock (Ep.68) - Business & Leadership Coach

Episode 68 features Business & Leadership Coach, Speaker, and Author Farnoosh Brock. Farnoosh shares her journey of moving to the United States, working up the corporate ladder, and venturing out on her own to start her Business & Leadership coaching business.


Some Topics we cover:


  • Being born and raised in Iran
  • Self-Discipline
  • Resigning from her Corporate job
  • Overcoming early failure
  • Having a support system
  • Starting Prolific Living
  • Following the energy
  • Being an Author



Find Farnoosh Online:


Website: https://www.farnooshbrock.com


Business Website: https://www.prolificliving.com/


Her Books: https://www.amazon.com/Farnoosh-Brock/e/B005BCHBTA


Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fbahram/



About Farnoosh:


Farnoosh Brock went from electrical engineer and rising leader at a Fortune 100 to a business coach, speaker, and consultant. She has helped many entrepreneurs and businesses to use her mindset and framework of genuine serving to build deep trust, create meaningful relationships and scalable profits. In addition to her latest book, The Serving Mindset: Stop Selling and Grow Your Business, she is the creator of Crack the Code to Get Promoted, a leadership and career advancement course for corporate professionals as well as the author of three health books and a wellness program.


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For more episodes of the Just Get Started Podcast visit https://www.brianondrako.com/ or Follow the Just Get Started Podcast on Instagram at @justgetstartedpodcast or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/justgetstartedpodcast

 

To learn more about me and what’s going on in my world check out https://www.brianondrako.com/now/ or find me on Instagram at @brianondrako

2019-8-19

Fennell Family (Ep.67) - Founders, Fennell Adventures

Episode 67 features the Fennell Family - Jennaye (Parent/Mother), Jiyah (15), Jace (11), Merl (10). I met this family at the Next Gen Summit and was impressed with their mission, work ethic, and positive attitude. The fact that all of them, especially the kids, have published books and are continuing to create great content goes to show that age really doesn't matter and what matters most is bringing a positive mindset and strong work ethic to each and every day and never giving up!


Find the Fennell Family Online:


Website: www.fennelladventures.com


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fennelladventures/


YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT4VkOkkGuvcMuJsxCqmhKg


Twitter: https://twitter.com/Fennellbooks



About the Fennell Family:


An adventurous, loving family of strong faith that believes in the motto, "LIVE LIFE to the FULLEST!"


Currently featuring 3 young siblings; Jiyah 15, Jace 11, Merl 10 and Jennaye an inspirational mother that are authors of an AMAZING unique book series, professional face painters, speakers, rappers, podcasters, travelers with an inspirational cartoon!


Jiyah Fennell 15 year old author

Jiyah started face painting when she was only 9 years old. She has painted for celebrities and she teaches face painting to other children to become entrepreneurs. Her first book, Princess Jiyah’s Face Painting Fairytale demonstrates her painting skills and teaches positive character traits. 


Jace Fennell 11 year old author

Jace was just 9 years old when he wrote his first book, Journey through Hawaii with Jace. He later wrote his second book, Journey through Cuba with Jace. He is an honor roll student in his 5th grade class and an inspiration to many. 


Merl Fennell 10 year old author

Merl began his writing career when he was just 8 years old. He has written 2 books in the family series, Journey through Texas with Merl and Journey through New Orleans with Merl. The books can be read over 25 different ways, teaches learning concepts such as the alphabet, counting in English and Spanish, rhyming, and includes family pictures. 


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For more episodes of the Just Get Started Podcast visit https://www.brianondrako.com/ or Follow the Just Get Started Podcast on Instagram at @justgetstartedpodcast or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/justgetstartedpodcast

 

To learn more about me and what’s going on in my world check out https://www.brianondrako.com/now/ or find me on Instagram at @brianondrako

2019-8-12

Trophy Brewing Co. (Ep.66) - Raleigh, North Carolina