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Uncovering the hidden, behind the scenes thoughts and actions of successful people. Formerly known as OFF RCRD.
Dec 10, 2018
33- ADAM GRANT (Wharton professor & New York Times bestselling author) - Science of becoming well-known, Challenging the status quo, & more.
This week, Cory speaks to renowned psychologist and bestselling author Adam Grant. Adam is Wharton's top-rated professor and one of the world's 10 most influential management thinkers and a member of Fortune's 40 under 40. He's also the author of three New York Times bestsellers such as Give and Take, Option B and Originals, which combined have sold over a million copies. In this week's episode, Adam talks about how to strive for an extraordinary career, the science of becoming well-known, how to build an audience with no agent or publisher backing, the landscape of education and more.
Oct 10, 2018
32 - MARISSA MAYER: Internapalooza keynote (former CEO of Yahoo and #20 employee at Google)
In this episode we hear from technology executive and entrepreneur Marissa Mayer, who is known for formerly serving as the President and CEO of Fortune 500 giant Yahoo and being the 20th employee of Google. She is currently the co-founder of Lumi Labs, an early stage technology incubator. Marissa recently gave a keynote address at Internpalooza 2018, an event which is the largest gathering of Silicon Valley interns, young engineers and STEM students, which was founded by Cory Levy. It was a great chance for her to speak about when she graduated and how she decided where to work, which lead to her extraordinarily successful career.
Oct 10, 2018
31 | DANIEL GROSS: Investing in Coinbase, Cruise, & Github, Daniel's new project, and Y Combinator
This week, Cory speaks to entrepreneur and angel investor Daniel Gross. Daniel is the founder of Pioneer (an experimental fund that breaks down barriers to find the next great humans through tournaments and mentorship) and runs YC AI. Prior to this, he co-founded Cue, a personal search engine that was acquired by Apple. He is also a successful angel investor being involved with Coinbase, Cruise Automation, Github, Opendoor and more. In this week's episode, he talks about being admitted into Y-Combinator at just the age of 18, how to create life changing opportunities, the launch of his new company Pioneer, importance of celebrating victories, plus many more.
Oct 10, 2018
30 | ELAD GIL: Investing in Airbnb, Twitter, Stripe, & more, Product Market Fit, and Recruiting
This week, Cory speaks to entrepreneur, technology executive and angel investor Elad Gil. Elad has assisted in the growth of tech companies like Airbnb, Twitter, Google, Instacart, Coinbase, Stripe, and Square as they've developed from small companies into global brands. Across all of these break-out companies, a set of common patterns has evolved that Elad has packaged into a repeatable playbook called "High Growth Handbook.” In this week's episode, Elad talks about why he invested in Airbnb early on, how to achieve product market fit and what to do after it, how to decide what to work on, recruiting for scale, how to pick the right executives while in a high growth company, and weird but exciting industries he's looking at.
Jun 12, 2018
29 | ALEX BANAYAN: Startup Success, Overcoming Chaos and Accelerating Your Growth
This week, Cory speaks to author and keynote speaker Alex Banayan. Banayan is the author of the highly anticipated book release of "The Third Door," which covers a decade-long journey tracking down Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Steven Spielberg and dozens of the world's most successful people to uncover how they broke through and launched their careers. The Third Door is available in bookstores everywhere, including Amazon, iBooks, Audible and thirddoorbook.com. In this week's episode, Banayan talks about coming up with the idea for his book as a college student, funding his book by hacking The Price is Right, common traits of successful people, a 2-year journey of landing an interview with Bill Gates, and more.
May 15, 2018
28 | JD ROSS: Startup Success, Overcoming Chaos and Accelerating Your Growth
Entrepreneur Jd Ross uses his curiosity to his advantage. “My superpower is just an incredible level of curiosity. I just get obsessed with certain things and dive as deep as I possibly can,” says Jd. He has used this superpower to quickly understand extremely complicated industries and business models. Four years ago, Jd Ross and three co-founders launched Opendoor, a company that gives homeowners the option to sell a home online in just minutes. The company has raised a total of $320 million in venture funding and has exceeded $1B in annual home purchase rate. Before starting Opendoor, Jd founded two startups while in school at Washington University and soon became employee number five at Addepar. In this episode of OFF RCRD, Jd speaks with host Cory Levy (After School App, Internapalooza) about Opendoor, personal growth, Jd’s college experience, avoiding bankruptcy, landing in Silicon Valley, and Jd also shares his advice for fellow founders. To help himself grow as a leader and a person, Jd began working with a coach at the age of 23. “Whatever you can do to accelerate your personal growth curve as a founder in a company is incredibly important and worth prioritizing, and so I decided and heard before that an executive coach would be a great way to accelerate your personal growth curve, and that was worth the investment.” After interviewing 20-30 coaches, Jd chose a coach who he’s been working with over the past three years. Not everyone finds their way into their calling like Jd did with Addepar and then Opendoor. Have you found yours? Jd recommends looking at what’s right in front of your face. “My advice is to find something that's so obvious to you that you have to do it, and to wait for that; not to be impatient about jumping at the first opportunity that seems okay, but to find something that really, really excites you, and that you can dedicate 150% of yourself to,” says Jd. Dedicate yourself to learning more from entrepreneurs and investors who have accomplished their goals and dreams by tuning in to OFF RCRD. Who knows, you might just find a new mentor or learn how to overcome the obstacles that you face on your way to starting your own business. New episodes are published each Tuesday. Connect with us on Twitter @OFFRCRD.
Apr 17, 2018
27 | SCOTT BELSKY: Doing Work You Love, Founder Mistakes, and Behance
After graduating from Cornell University, Scott Belsky, now a well-known founder and seed investor, took a corporate job at Goldman Sachs because that was what was accessible to him at the time. “I just absolutely hated it.” When trying to quit that job, his manager asked him what he would want to do instead. Scott explained his interest in leadership development and organizational management, and he was given a management consulting position that would change the course of his career. “I think it was during that period of time I fell in love with the idea of organizing and building culture and stuff like that,” says Scott. Cory Levy, Co-Founder of After School and Founder of Internapalooza, speaks to Behance co-creator, seed investor, and author Scott Belsky in this episode of OFF RCRD. The two discuss Scott’s start in tech, his college experience, the beginning of Scott’s company Behance, mistakes founders make, and much more. Scott’s new position at Goldman Sachs wasn’t his dream job, but it got him closer to his destiny. “I always advise people when they're choosing what to do next, I'm like, "Hey, don't optimize for the additional buck especially early in your career. Just do whatever you can to get incrementally closer to what you're genuinely interested in and what you have skills for or could easily learn and whatever opportunities are around you." Scott’s interest and experience in organizational management led to the idea for Behance, which is now part of Adobe. “The idea was like, ‘Gosh, the creative world proclaims to be one of the most disorganized communities on the planet. Everyone almost wears disorganization as a badge of honor in the art and design worlds, to some extent or at least did, why not just try to help organize and get these people's careers on track and help designers have a more important role within their companies?" Scott and co-founders bootstrapped Behance starting in 2005. Seven years later it sold for over $150M. “We built a very solid strategy and we built the culture that was very much grounded in the reality of a tight budget and out executing our competition. I think that those things helped us succeed over the long-term.” Hear more from Scott Belsky in this episode of OFF RCRD. New episodes are published each Tuesday. Connect with us on Twitter @OFFRCRD.
Apr 3, 2018
26 | DEAR OLD PEOPLE, MEET TODAY’S TEENAGER
Today’s teenagers are part of what many call Generation Z, a group that is now the largest segment of people in the U.S. with over 26% of the population. With their recent success advocating for stricter gun laws and spreading awareness of issues that are important to them, it’s clear that this generation will impact all of our lives and the world significantly, but what do we really know about them? In late March, OFF RCRD host Cory Levy spoke on the subject of teens at a Talks at Google presentation. Cory, who is in his mid-twenties, has stayed on top of what teens are up to even though they would now consider him an “old person.” As the Co-Founder of teen-focused social network After School and Internapalooza, it’s Cory’s job to understand young people. Weeks before the talk, Cory tapped into his network to ask teens what they think “old people” don’t understand about them. Cory turned their responses into 10 points, which he shares in this special edition of OFF RCRD. Listen to Cory’s talk to hear the 10 points, which include that today’s teens have no interest in working with big companies, idolize gamers, and think that you’re close-minded. Make sure to listen to the full talk here on OFF RCRD. New episodes are published each Tuesday. Connect with us on Twitter @OFFRCRD.
Mar 27, 2018
25 | KATHRYN MINSHEW: The Muse, Career Paths, and Common Mistakes
As the Founder and CEO of Founder of The Muse, Kathryn Minshew (@KMin) spends “every day making work more human.” The Muse is an online career resource that gives a behind-the-scenes look at opportunities and companies. “We believe that you can and should love your job—and be successful at it—and we want to help you make that happen.” Kathryn joined Cory Levy (After School App, Internapalooza) on OFF RCRD to talk about her journey as an entrepreneur and what she has learned about work and hiring. Kathryn didn’t always want to become an entrepreneur. “As I started to get to know people who worked in the startup sector who were building businesses from scratch, I just fell in love,” says Kathryn. At the age of 25, Kathryn, who originally planned on studying and working in international relations, started The Muse, which was her second company and has grown significantly over the past seven years. The company reaches around 50 million people a year in over 100 countries, and works with around 700 employers who are customers of The Muse. Their team now features around 125 full-time employees, mostly based out of New York City. Similar to her company, Kathryn has grown as well. “I have absolutely loved it (being an entrepreneur), but I think it surprised me how much I’ve had to learn about topics that I didn't know anything about.” From raising venture capital (over $20M) to managing a large team of employees, Kathryn has had to pick up new skills throughout her journey, and has learned a lot about jobs and hiring through her own experiences as an employer. In the episode, Kathryn and Cory touch on mistakes that ruin many careers before they even start. “I'm constantly amazed by how many people will sometimes put at risk getting a job that they're otherwise highly qualified for because of something small.” Kathryn stresses the importance of the basics like a strong handshake, looking people in the eye, knowing how to interview, and understanding the company. "Even if it's just 15 minutes, brush up on the basics of applying to a job and interviewing," says Kathryn. Make sure to listen to the full interview between Cory Levy and Kathryn Minshew here on OFF RCRD. New episodes are published each Tuesday. Connect with us on Twitter @OFFRCRD.
Mar 20, 2018
24 | SPECIAL: How Technology and Entrepreneurship Saved My Life
This week, Cory Levy speaks to three guests from different backgrounds in life who have each experienced depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. They are also willing to talk about it and to share how they've overcome their lowest points through entrepreneurship and technology. We hope this episode will help anyone listening who is going through a similar experience. If you are, you're not alone. There is hope and people here to help. If you would like to speak with someone, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255, and our friends at Crisis Text Line are available 24/7 through an anonymous text service. Text 741741 to speak with a trained Crisis Counselor. Today we speak with Zach Latta, Amanda Southworth and Ben Yu.