Cris: How do you describe what you do in social situations, where people maybe have not seen your website and you are just trying to explain it to someone who you have just met?
Eddie Riddell, ALL Associates Group: I guess in two words, it is sales enablement. Our whole goal is to help salespeople do a better job. That is the highest level. Beyond that, we really specialize in workflow and processes within businesses. We help salespeople / organizations understand how businesses work, how documents flow through businesses, how people hand off certain pieces of work to other people within the business to make something happen. An example might be the whole insurance claim business or the re-insurance side of the business, mortgage applications, all the steps that are necessary to go from an application through to an approval. And all of the various people / departments involved in that. We help organizations understand those workflows, understand how they work, understand the gaps, the problems, the issues that go on within that.
(from episode 2 of the Connect To Fans podcast)
Cris: What does a blockchain lawyer do?
Tamara Rogers, Pithia, Inc.: A blockchain lawyer -- who may be in private practice or in-house counsel -- will look at all of the aspects of blockchain technology and how they intersect with law. Some of that might be the really basic corporate law situations, like forming a company that is a startup. A lot of blockchain companies right now are in the startup phase. The blockchain lawyer may be working on founders agreements and initial investment / seed-round agreements that take into account tokens and providing tokens as opposed to providing equity. So that is a new twist on the traditional startup lawyer job. Another big thing that blockchain lawyers are having to pay attention to is the regulatory atmosphere around all things blockchain. So ICOs (Initial Coin / Currency Offerings) have gotten a lot of press because they are being constantly scrutinized as to whether or not they are a security. A blockchain lawyer, if they are advising a startup or a company that wishes to do an ICO, needs to be well-versed in the law around that or have a connection to a securities lawyer who is.
Cris: And just on that point, it seems like it would be extra difficult because all of this is being made up on a daily basis. So for you to be well-versed in all of this, it seems especially challenging.
Tamara: It is.
(from episode 10 of the Connect To Fans podcast)
From the interview with Laurie Ruettimann...
"I think there is something that happens in the world of work, where people take their career and use it as an analogy for everything that is going on in their lives. So if work is not going well, it means that they are a broken individual, something is wrong, and they get really depressed. And for me the biggest fix is to understand that work is just one component of your life. And if it is everything, something is broken and you need to go back to your own life and figure out "What else can I do to bring happiness?" It's out of whack. If work is everything, it means your family suffers, your hobbies suffer, your causes suffer, your relationships suffer. Go fix that and don't worry about work."
Cris: There is a myth associated with podcasting that anyone can do this, it requires no time, no effort, etc. Can you address the myth and talk about the challenges of producing the "Crime Writers On" podcast?
Rebecca Lavoie, creator and host of "Crime Writers On": What makes a podcast something people want to listen to is when you are willing to put some time, energy, effort, and technical skill into it. The "Crime Writers On" show… typically the finished product ends up being about an hour long. We tape usually about 90 minutes or so. A lot of people don't realize that a very skilled audio editor who is fast and makes great edits -- and I've been doing this a long time so I put myself in that category -- it still takes about five hours of post production to get that show ready to go. Between the editing, the sessions mixdown, the post production elements, etc. It might sound like four people sitting around, drinking, and talking, but it is a little more than that. Not to mention the studio, the microphones, all the stuff we had to buy to make it sound good.
(from episode 6 of the Bands To Fans podcast)
Cris: What motivated you to create this new product and this business around it?
Jason Edwards, founder and CEO of ProLogix Percussion: [In the 90s] I taught a lot of lessons at a drum shop and spent a lot of time with students on practice pads. Also through my own practice, studying a lot of technique. I was and still am [obsessed with] technique. I really get in depth with the yes and no's of what you should be doing with your hands so you don't hurt yourself. And in doing so, I felt that the practice pads at the time were kind of lacking in feels. There was only soft and hard as the two surfaces to choose from. I wanted to create more options, offer more realistic things like a rim on the pad, and have a better quality construction of the product. I started doing this work at the time in my parents' driveway. I would just go out with the jigsaw and the saw horses and start sawing things out. I would research what rubber was best for the feel that I was looking for. I would sample different materials, bring them into the drum shop, let my friends who taught there try them out, and get their feedback. I then sold the pads to my students. And the guys who taught at the shop would sell them to their students. And then I started attending trade shows, carrying one of the practice pads around under my arm and showing different dealers. Ecommerce was growing back then and I tried to get into the shops that had a great web presence. And then ProLogix became a name in 2001.
(from episode 5 of the Connect To Fans podcast)