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Investing in Social Networks to Earn Influence and Reciprocity

Investing in Social Networks to Earn Influence and Reciprocity

On this special episode of Revolution, we meet Porter Gale, former VP of Marketing of Virgin America, advisor to exciting startups and business ventures, avid speaker, and also the author of the best-selling book, Your Network is Your Net Worth. Porter is someone whom I personally admire and have also had the good fortune to work with over the years. With Porter, no matter what she’s working on, everything begins and ends with people. She shares her recipe for success…

How a Conversation About a New Movie Made Me Rethink How I Chase My Aspirations

On this episode of Revolution, I invited, or rather subjected myself to the antics of my good friend Hooman while on camera. In San Francisco, he’s best known as one of the main personalities on the drive-time morning show at Alice 97.3. In Silicon Valley, he’s an active participant in learning and shaping how technology affects consumer entertainment. Now he’s in the movie business…or at least trying to break in. But how and why does he think he can make…

Build Experiences Not Just Products

Build Experiences Not Just Products

Music is the one thing that accompanies me on my journeys, experiences, as well as my adventures in writing. While earbuds deliver sound, they do not deliver the essence of the song, the waves of sound, nor the soul of the artist. At the same time, I have a hard time justifying the need to buy overly expensive headphones just to enjoy music the way it was written or meant to be heard. One day I was shopping for headphones…

Peter Guber on Competing for the Future…Now

Peter Guber on Competing for the Future…Now

Peter Guber is one of the most successful yet grounded business leaders I have a pleasure of calling a friend. There are many sides to Peter and chances are you may know him from one of his many distinguished ventures, – Chairman and CEO of the multimedia Mandalay Entertainment Group – Past president of Sony Pictures – Producer of popular motion pictures including Batman, Rain Man, The Color Purple, just to name a few – Co-owner of the Los Angeles…

Doing Good Means Good Business: Peter Glatzer and Adrian Grenier Make SHFT Happen

Doing Good Means Good Business: Peter Glatzer and Adrian Grenier Make SHFT Happen

Conversations about the environment and sustainability are important. But, there may be a prevailing sense that those doing the talking might inadvertently create an “us versus them” conversation. Instead, there is an opportunity to consider everyday lifestyle center point to then examine how the choices we make impact society from a personal point of view. Lifestyle is also something that’s aspirational and as such, requires an ecosystem to inform and empower our everyday decisions without reproach. “SHFT Environmentalists Say” SHFT…

Be on your best behavior! Behavioral expert Kare Anderson on how to design idyllic experiences

Be on your best behavior! Behavioral expert Kare Anderson on how to design idyllic experiences

“If we feel instinctively liked by someone else then we tend to project unto them the qualities we like in other people…and that’s priceless.” Those are the wise words of Kare Anderson, expert on the art and science of understanding and perfecting behavioral cues. As she shares, emotion precedes rational thought. In this episode of Revolution, we learn about the importance understanding what we do and don’t appreciate in others to improve how we connect and communicate. If you’re aware…

Angel Investor and Entourage Actor Adrian Grenier Starts Music Incubator

Angel Investor and Entourage Actor Adrian Grenier Starts Music Incubator

When he’s not starring in movies and television, Adrian Genier is a serial entrepreneur. Most recognized for his role as Vincent Chase in HBO’s Entourage, and also the upcoming movie, Grenier has co-founded or invested in several companies including SHFT, Fansnaps, and Churchkey Can Co. Now he’s at it again but this time, he’s changing his tune. While at SXSW in Austin, I spent some time with Grenier to talk about his new music incubator, The WRECKROOM. The idea is…

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Adopts Startup Culture in Government

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Adopts Startup Culture in Government

Welcome to the season 4 premier of Revolution! Believe it or not, this is the fourth season of bring you some of the best minds exploring the revolution and evolution in tech, business, and culture. In this premier episode, I’m more than proud to host San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on the show. Together we explore how governments can adapt and improve services by embracing startups and the culture that helps them accelerate and excel. As you’ll hear, Mayor Ed…

Welcome to the Revolution: Season 4 Coming Soon

Welcome to the Revolution: Season 4 Coming Soon

In the four months since we wrapped Season 3 of Revolution, the production crew and I took some time to reflect on the last three years. We’ve come a long way but we believe we’re also just getting started. Changes are on the horizon for the show…and that’s a good thing. We moved the set thanks to the Four Seasons in San Francisco. We’re introducing a twist to our existing format. And the guests, well, they’re hand picked to help…

You’ve got Klout!?

You’ve got Klout!?

Digital influence is one of the most fascinating and widely debated trends in social media today. Whether or not you agree with the idea of assigning a score to individuals based on their actions in popular social networks, the reality is that Pandora’s Box has already been open. People check the scores like investors check stock prices. Brands reward “influential” consumers with products and services. Employers consult scores to lure seemingly more qualified candidates. This is already happening and as…

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