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Welcome to The PopSmoke Show — Podcasts with veteran artists, creatives and entrepreneurs (ACEs). Watch the show to learn from the best in the business; remarkable veterans who desire to create.

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039: Navy's Iwuji Races to Become a NASCAR Pro
popsmoke.net/39 - In today's episode Jesse answers: - How is the Navy allowing you to race while active duty? - What is the pipeline to NASCAR? - What separates the greats from the everyone else? - What are some of the unwritten rules and etiquette? - What’s the best tip you would give to a new driver? - What’s one challenge you are facing right now? - Can you share how sponsorship works in racing? - How much do you get paid? - Do you own the car? - What do you think the future of NASCAR holds? Full show notes at: http://popsmoke.net/frontline/navys-iwuji-races-to-become-a-nascar-pro-ps039 Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to learn about the latest veterans on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. Leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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038: Define Success With TechStars Patriot Boot Camp Alumni
popsmoke.net/38 - Meet Tak Lo Startup Ronin. Thinker, Operator. Formerly Director Techstars London, ex-Founder/CEO(x2), USArmy Enlisted, London Business School, University of Chicago. Triathlete. In today's episode, Tak answers: How’d you prepare for your TechStars Patriot Boot Camp talk? - Why did you decide to leave TechStars London? - What are the main differences between startups in TechStars US and startups in TechStars London? - What’s one of the most interesting companies you came across at TechStars? - At TechStars Patriot Boot Camp, you said you had failed at 2 ventures. What’s the main thing you learned from each of those experiences? - What’s a challenge you’re experience right now in either life or business? - What’s something you wish you can delegate? -What do you love most about being a veteran entrepreneur? - What would you say your greatest strength is? - What’s your favorite thing to do in the world? - What’s your definition of success? - How do you know if you’re on the brink of burning out? And what do you do to prevent it? Discussion Questions, Comment Below: - Say you were on Donald Trump’s Apprentice, and Trump tasked you with creating and hosting your own podcast. What would your podcast be about? Comment below! - If you can have lunch with anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you ask them? Surprising answer from Tak. Watch video above and then comment below with your response. Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to learn about the latest veterans on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. Leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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037: Increase Legit Traffic to Your Blog, Blab or Business
popsmoke.net/37 — For today’s conversation, we feature Scott Warren who runs the Clickology Facebook group for veteran entrepreneurs and marketers. And in our Sponsored Seat we have Sam Meek, Co-founder of Sandboxx and sponsor for today’s live show. Part 1 ~ Different Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog, Blab or Business -LinkedIn -Facebook -Instagram -Twitter -Google + -Text -Phone -Email -Niche Communities -Audio Podcasts -Video Podcasts -YouTube -Sharing Sites Full show notes here: http://popsmoke.net/frontline/drive-legit-traffic-to-your-blog-blab-or-business-ps037. Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to learn about the latest veterans on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. Please leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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036: Take Advantage of BLOC's Veteran Scholarship
popsmoke.net/36 - Excuse us for the low audio. Take Advantage of BLOC's Veteran Scholarship Show Notes Bloc Development Bootcamp - Bloc offers 5 different tracks to choose from: - Full Stack Web Development (Ruby on Rails) - Frontend Web Development - iOS - Android - UX/UI Design - Resources Mentioned Ruby on Rails vs PHP - Episode with John Davison, a Navy veteran and software developer: Transitioning Veterans Can Learn to Develop Software (PS007). Full show notes at http://popsmoke.net/frontline/take-advantage-of-blocs-veteran-scholarship-ps036. Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to learn about the latest veterans on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. Leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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035: Should I Quit My Day Job to Join A Startup
popsmoke.net/35 Should I Quit My Day Job to Join A Startup Show Notes - Do you have any good online resources about founding a startup? - What goes into preparing for an investment round? I believe there's 3 questions to ask yourself: - Do you believe in the startup? - Do you like the founder? - Do you love the startup grind? Resources: - The PopSmoke Show: Live video conversations with veteran entrepreneurs. Not exactly sure because I've never raised money, but I would say traction. - Sonny Tosco, founder of Limelight, mentions traction in his episode: Veteran, Father, CEO, App Creator (PS016). - In episode 14, Kelly brings up the great point that it's not about whether you're idea is going to change, it's about if you have enough time to survive until you can figure it out. - Episode with Kelly Perdew, founder of TargetClose: Will Kelly Perdew Invest in Your Business (PS014). - Dave shares that his biggest challenge when starting out is finding a cofounder. - Episode with Dave Cass, founder of Uvize: Why Veterans Struggle Transitioning to Higher Education (PS006) - Derek Distenfield- The Lean Startup as the most valuable business book. - Episode with Derek Distenfield, founder of NextGenJustice: Your Legal Docs Made Easy with NextGenJustice (PS019) - Discover all the recommended books on The PopSmoke Show here. Full Show Notes: http://popsmoke.net/frontline/should-i-quit-my-day-job-to-join-a-startup-ps035 Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to learn about the latest veterans on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. Leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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034: Hubspot's Inbound was a Game Changer #blab
popsmoke.net/34 — In this episode Matt, Brandon & Lief discuss attending HubSpot's Inbound15 conference. Key Topics Discussed: - Pro and Cons of Inbound15 - Tips for getting the most out of your conference Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to learn about the latest veterans on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. Please leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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033: What's Blab and How it Can Help Your Business #blab
popsmoke.net/33 - Hey, this Blab is broken up into 3 parts: Part 1 ~ Welcomes, Intros, History, Walk-through Part 2 ~ Benefits, Use Cases and How Blab Can Help You Part 3 ~ Q & A Bonus: Contest Featured seats - Sonny Tosco: Founder and CEO, Limelight App. USMA c/o 2006. Proud Army Veteran. - Josh Shaner: Free thinker, non-conformist, occasional worker for The Man, with a budding passion for entrepreneurship. Blab Bullpen Appearances - Raul Moreno: Building something different, for profit w/ purpose Vet Dojo. - Edward Riefle, PostalZen: Traditional Mail Simplified. - Joseph Solosky: Expat by way of Long Island. Naval Academy grad. Yankees. Special Blab Appearance - Michael Birch: Co-founder of Blab.im Full show notes here: http://popsmoke.net/frontline/whats-blab-and-how-it-can-help-your-online-business. Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to learn about the latest veterans on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. Please leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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032: VeteransList Helps Your Veteran-Owned Business Be Found
popsmoke.net/32 - Meet Rick Yost. In today’s episode, Rick answers: - What are the main benefits to attending conferences? - Tell us the story about how you came up with the idea for your business? - What are the main benefits to signing up for your website? - What was a mistake you made when starting your first business? - What’s a challenge you’re experiencing right now? - What’s one thing you’re doing really well right now? - What’s your business model? - As a co-founder, how do you split up your roles between you and your partner? - How would you like people to remember you and your company? - What do you do on a daily basis to grow as an entrepreneur? - Who do you like to learn from? - What do you think about a Veteran Shark Tank? - If you could offer a first-time veteran entrepreneur only one piece of advice, what would it be? Key Topics discussed: - Benefits of attending conferences - Simple, but effective Kickstarter tips - Connecting suppliers with veteran-owned businesses - Monetizing your business Full show notes at http://popsmoke.net/frontlineveteranslist-helps-your-veteran-owned-businesses-be-found-ps032. Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to learn about the latest veterans on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. Leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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031: Inside the Mind of a Social Media Director and Podcaster
popsmoke.net/31 - Meet Dan Evans, Active Duty Marine, founder the Military Entrepreneur Show, Family • Entrepreneurship • Social Media In today’s episode, Dan answers: -How did you become the Social Media Director for Marine Corps Recruiting West? - How much time do you devote each day to each social media platform? - What social media platform do you find gives the best return on time invested? - How do you measure success and what metric does the Marine Corps care about? - You have more than 13,000 followers on Twitter. What’s the key to growing an audience of more than 10,000 followers? - What things do you consider when deciding to share something through the official USMC social media channels? - What do you find to be the most relevant techniques and strategies to gain followers on social media? - What was a mistake you made as the Social Media Director for Marine Corps Recruiting West? - What podcasts have influenced you as a podcast host? - How do you prep for a podcast episode? - How do you plan on monetizing your podcast? - What’s a great habit you’re doing right now? Key Topics discussed: - Marine Corps recruiting via social media - How the Marine Corps Recruiting West creates content - Facebook metrics to pay attention to - Earning money with a podcast - Whether to do a video podcasts or not - Bullet Journaling: The analog system for the digital age. Full show notes at:http://popsmoke.net/frontline/inside-the-mind-of-a-social-media-director-and-podcaster-ps031 Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to learn about the latest veterans on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. Leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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030: Marine Veteran and Writer Pitches Tech Content Venture, Qopy
popsmoke.net/30 - Deniz Emre, USMC veteran and founder of Qopy. In today’s episode, Deniz answers: How did you come up with your startup idea? What do tech companies do for copy? What are the rates to hire a freelancer for a blog post? How do you plan to grow your business? What’s the best business advice you ever received? Can you give the listener some pitch tips? What made you want to write a book about transitioning out of the military? Do you find the information in your book still relevant to those getting out of the military today? How did you go about finding a publisher and promoting your book? What’s a great habit you’re doing right now? Key Topics discussed: Pitch tips when pitching your idea to investors LinkedIn tips and pet peeves The process to write your own book Work/Life Balance: Between family, getting an MBA and developing your idea Full show notes at: http://popsmoke.net/frontline/marine-veteran-writer-pitches-tech-content-venture-qopy-ps030. Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to learn about the latest veterans on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. Leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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029: Veteran Leaves NASA to Launch His Own Business
popsmoke.net/29 — In today’s episode, KC answers: - What was the most rewarding part of working at NASA? - How did you come up with your startup idea? - What’s the minimum viable product (MVP) for your product? - What’s a mistake you have made so far? - What’s a challenge you’re experiencing right now? - What’s the best business advice you ever received? - Who are your mentors, who do you like to learn from? - Do you have one key entrepreneur concept or theme that you’d recommend a veteran learn? - How do you grow your network? - How’d you get involve with TechStars Patriot Boot Camp? - How did you finally decide to transition from the military and pursue a full-time career in entrepreneurship? - What if entrepreneurship doesn’t work out? - What’s a great habit you’re doing right now? - How do you schedule your day and set goals? Key Topics discussed: - Life portfolio concept - Gamification - Lean development principles - Vitamin vs. pain-killer business concepts - Problem solution vs. product solution fit - Customer discovery and development - Apply vs. follow mentorship concept Full show notes at: http://popsmoke.net/frontline/veteran-leaves-nasa-launch-own-business-ps029 Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to learn about the latest veterans on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. Leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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028: At Techstars Patriot Boot Camp With Facebook's Product Manager
popsmoke.net/28 - Anthony an Army veteran & Facebook's Project Manager talks about the macro-social trends. In today’s episode, Anthony answers: - How did you prepare for your keynote presentation at TechStars Patriot Boot Camp? - What are the keys parts to your solid foundation? - What was a mistake you made at Facebook? - What’s a challenge you’re experiencing right now? - What’s the best business advice you ever received? - Is Facebook hiring veterans? - Who do you learn from? - Does your team have core values? - What’s the most common question entrepreneurs ask you? - What’s a great habit you have right now? Key Topics discussed: - What Pomp believes attributes to his success - The hiring process at Facebook - Macro social-trends - Prioritizing your commitments Full show notes at: http://popsmoke.net/frontline/techstars-patriot-boot-camp-facebook-ps028 Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to learn about the latest veterans on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. Leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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027: Helping Veterans Make a Meaningful Transition to a Fulfilling Career
popsmoke.net/27 - Charlie’s about helping vets make a meaningful transition to a fulfilling career. In today’s episode, Charlie answers: How did you find out about TechStars Patriot Boot Camp? How was your experience transitioning out of the military? What were your expectations coming to TechStars Patriot Boot Camp? How can a veteran discover their new passion and mission? How can a veteran communicate his or her value to a team or organization? Would you have done anything differently when you transitioned out of the military? What’s a challenge you’re experiencing right now? Who’s a mentor you follow? What’s a great habit you’re doing right now? Key Topics discussed: TechStars Patriot Boot Camp Choosing the right mentor Being ok with failure Full show notes at: http://popsmoke.net/frontline/meaningful-transition-fulfilling-career-ps027 Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to learn about the latest veterans on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. Leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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026: Active-Duty, Husband, Father, Founder
popsmoke.net/26 - Active-Duty Navy Officer Ryan Hogan is the founder of Pelorus. In today’s episode, Ryan answers: - How’d you come up with the name for Pelorus? - Who is your target demographic specifically? - How do you locate them? - What’s a mistake you made so far when starting Pelorus? - What’s one challenge you’re experiencing right now trying to grow your business? - What’s one thing you’re doing well right now? - What’s the best business advice you ever received? - What research did you do before deciding this was a business idea you wanted to pursue? - Is that enough to be a business, what’s your plan for a business model? - How do you plan to market to service members prior to them deploying? - How do you maintain work/life balance while still being active-duty; a husband, a father; and starting Pelorus? - How are you preparing for your transition out the military, specifically who are you learning from to grow as a founder? Like who do you learn from? - How do you network? - What’s a great habit you’re doing right now? Key Topics discussed: - Time Management techniques - Smart work/life balance tips - Instagram for marketing - Organizing your business with Evernote Full show notes at: http://popsmoke.net/frontline/active-duty-husband-father-founder-ps026 Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to learn about the latest veterans on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. Leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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18 Mistakes Revealed by Veteran Entrepreneurs
popsmoke.net/mistakes — In this episode, 18 mistakes are revealed by veteran entrepreneurs on The PopSmoke Show. Thank you for stopping by, make sure to follow PopSmoke on Instagram and Twitter at @letspopsmoke for latest updates. Full episode guide at popsmoke.net.
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025: American Veteran Keeping Up With The Times
popsmoke.net/25 - Brittany Slay, a Navy veteran and now editor of American Veteran Magazine. AMVETs strives to become the official magazine for veterans. In today's episode, Brittany answers: - Why did you decide to transition from the military and join American Veteran? - How do you approach older leadership with your new ideas? - What attributes to your success? - What's the best business advice you received? - What's your writing/blogging process? - How long do you spend researching before writing your content? - How do you decide what content, topics, and issues go in the magazine? - What's a great habit you're doing right now? Key Topics discussed: - Poking the bear - Organizing your notes - Tips when pitching a magazine editor - Future of magazines Full show notes at http://popsmoke.net/frontline/american-veteran-magazine. Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show, please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. You can leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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024: Become a Startup Veteran
popsmoke.net/24 - Dean Bundschu is the founder of Startup Veterans. Startups Veterans empowers veterans to start and grow businesses. In today’s episode, Dean answers: - What was one mistake you made when first starting out? - What’s a challenge you’re experiencing right now? - What’s the best business advice you ever received? - What’s one great attribute for a veteran entrepreneur to have? - Does Startup Veterans create their own courses? - What makes you different than Techstars Patriot Boot Camp? - How can someone become a mentor for Startup Veterans? - What brands or entrepreneurs do you admire, follow and learn from? - What’s a great habit you’re doing right now? - As a founder, what do you spend the majority of your day doing? Key Topics discussed: - Forrest Gump’s Drafting Technique - Prioritizing your time as a founder - The 2 different modes to operate your business in - The 4 pillars for a veteran entrepreneur to have in order Full show notes at http://popsmoke.net/frontline/become-a-startup-veteran-ps024. Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show, please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. You can leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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023: Focus Focus Focus
popsmoke.net/23 - Frederick Hutson is the founder of Pigeonly — Pigeonly builds technology products for those who need it most, underserved communities. In today’s episode, Frederick Hutson answers: - What’s the problem you’re trying to solve at Pigeonly ? - What’s one of the first steps you remember taking to bring your idea to life? - What was a mistake you made when starting your first business? - What’s a challenge you’re experiencing right now? - What’s one thing you’re doing really well right now? - What’s the best business advice you ever received? - How do you market your product and service to your specific demographic? - Who do you market to with Facebook Advertising? - What social media platforms are working for you? - Do you focus on one platform or do you try to be everywhere? - Can you share with us some pitch-tips? What worked for you when pitching to investors? - And how do you maintain work-life balance and not get distracted in a major city like Las Vegas? - How do you keep your team focused? - What’s a great habit you’re doing right now? Key Topics discussed: - Marketing to your targeted audience - Competing with Google - Team building & company culture advice - Tips when pitching investors - Where and how to spend your day as a founder - Focus Focus Focus by Brad Feld Full show notes at http://popsmoke.net/frontline/focus-focus-focus-ps023. Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes on the go. Hey, do me a favor, after you check out the show, please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review. Your review will make my day and help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. You can leave your name (and website if you have one) if you would like a shoutout during an episode. You can leave your review on iTunes at popsmoke.net/review.
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022: Create a Product and Make a Profit
popsmoke.net/22 - Aaron Tweedie is the founder of Man-Pack —Sling-styled EDC bag for guys with a multiple of uses including concealed carry. In today’s episode, Aaron answers: - What’s your favorite part about being a veteran entrepreneur? - What was a mistake you made when starting your first business? - What’s a challenge you’re experiencing right now? - What’s one thing you’re doing well? - What’s the best business advice you received? - Can you share with us how you prepared for Shark Tank? - What’s one lesson you learned from your Shark Tank experience? - Can you share with us your process on how you came up with the design for Man-Pack? - What’s your WHY? What keeps you motivated to keep doing what you do? - Do you have daily, monthly, or yearly goals? How do you set your goals? - What’s you greatest fear as a veteran entrepreneur? - What’s the best habit you have right now? - What systems do you have set up in your business to help it grow and to save you time? Key Topics discussed: - How to build a great team when you’re first starting out - The first and second person you should get on your team - How to prepare for a Shark Tank appearance - Dynamic Design - How to face your fears - Different stimuli for your mind - The correlation between woman and success Full show notes at popsmoke.net/22. Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes on the go. Hey, do me a favor, please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review here: popsmoke.net/review. Your review helps the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. Plus, reading reviews makes my day.
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021: How to Find the Perfect Partner
popsmoke.net/21 - Marco Nelson is the founder of Steamline Co. SteamLine Co. — New Orleans inspired furniture. Revitalized with a modern industrial feel. In today’s episode, Marco answers: - What problem were you trying to solve? - Are you planning on turning this into a website or ebook? - What gives you have the right to talk about marriage? - Where do you see the future of dating? - Where do you see marriage and divorce in the future? - What would you say to someone who isn’t getting married in a church? - What can someone do to come closer together in a marriage? Key Topics discussed: - How to Turn Your Hobby into Income - Gay Marriage - The Most Important Quality in a Woman - The Biggest Mistake Women Make When Trying to Find the Right Man Full show notes at: popsmoke.net/21 Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes on the go. Hey, do me a favor, please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review here: popsmoke.net/review. Your review helps the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. Plus, reading reviews makes my day.
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The Making of an Expert
popsmoke.net/aar2 - Matt's the founder of PopSmoke. PopSmoke delivers trusted transition training with veterans. In today’s episode, Matt answers: - What was one mistake you made when starting out? - What’s one challenge you're experiencing right now trying to grow PopSmoke? - What’s one thing you’re doing really well right now? - What’s the best business advice you received? - What’s a great habit you’re doing right now? Key Topics discussed: - How to Organize Your Business - The difference between your mission and vision statement - What Jerry Seinfeld uses to write - The Triple Threat: PopSmoke’s Core Values - Rick Rubin on Eminem's Creative Writing Process Full show notes for this episode at popsmoke.net/aar2 Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes on the go. Hey, do me a favor, please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review here: popsmoke.net/review. Your review helps the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. Plus, reading reviews makes my day.
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020: The Reef Points of Real Estate
popsmoke.net/20 - John Reeves served in the Marine Corps as an Aviation Logistics Officer. He served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. After transitioning from the Marine Corps, John started his own business leveraging his expertise as a logistician and project manager to build a real estate development business. He specializes in helping servicemembers and veterans buy, sell, or build their own homes. John played rugby on the US Combined Armed Services Rugby team. He holds a degree in Economics from the United States Naval Academy, coaches Pop Warner football, and hosts a radio show called Military Monday's. Currently, John's the founder and CEO of Reef Point Realty. In today's episode, John answers: - What do you like best about owning your own real estate company? - What's the riskiest part about what you do? - What was a mistake you made when first starting your business? - What's one challenge your experiencing right now trying to grow your real estate business? - What's one thing you're doing really well right now, something you believe attributes to your success? - What's the best business advice you have received? - How much did it cost you to get your real estate license and how long did it take you to get your license? - Was the real estate exam hard? - The real estate industry is competitive, what separates real estate agents from the pack? - What made you want to own your own company? Why not just work for someone else? - What's a great habit you're doing right now? - Do you personally own any rental investment properties? Key Topics discussed: - Can entrepreneurship be taught? - What to expect when getting your real estate license - The first day John helped a client buy their home - Flipping a home Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes on the go. Hey, do me a favor, please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review here: popsmoke.net/review. Your review helps the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. Plus, reading reviews makes my day.
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019: Your Legal Docs Made Easy with NextGenJustice
popsmoke.net/19 - Derek served in the Army as an IT and Communications Director. He's a 2x TechStars Patriot Boot Camp Alumni, attending events in Madison, Wisconsin and New York City. Derek also completed Syracuse's Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. He holds a degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His interests include traveling and investing. Currently, Derek's the CEO of NextGenJustice and the Executive Director of The Bunker of Jacksonville. About NextGenJustice NextGenJustice — legal solutions without lawyers. Show Notes In today's episode, Derek Distenfield answers: - What problem are you trying to solve? - Can I come to NextGenJustice to set up my business? If so, what do I need to have? - What do you enjoy most about owning a business? - What was one mistake you made when first starting out? - What's a challenge you're experiencing right now? - What's one thing you're doing really well right now? - What's the best business advice you ever received? - What made you want to help people with their legal matters? - How do you manage your brick and mortar locations in different states? - What's the hardest part about opening a new store? - Who are your competitors, would you consider Legal Zoom and Docstoc competitors? - What's a great habit you're doing right now? Key Topics discussed: - Veteran Entrepreneurship and the importance of having great mentors - The decision to pivot from Legal Docs by Me to NextGenJustice - How a Supreme Court restraining order didn't stop NextGenJustice - The decision to have storefronts in an online world Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes on the go. Hey, do me a favor, please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review here: popsmoke.net/review. Your review helps the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. Plus, reading reviews makes my day.
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018: Marine Moves From Bankrupt to $4 Million
popsmoke.net/18 - Nick Baucom, founder Two Marines Moving. Nick served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps deploying to Iraq as an infantryman. Two Marines Moving is a company dedicated to employing veterans in the transportation field within the Washington D.C. Metro Area. He has assisted hundreds of veterans in their transition from military service to civilian life. His company Two Marines Moving employs more than 100 people in a variety of positions including movers, drivers, dispatchers, and sales staff. Nick's also a columnist for INC. Magazine. I met Nick at 1776 in Washington D.C after a TechStars Patriot Boot Camp event that helps veteran entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Show Notes In today's episode, Nick Baucom answers: - (After going bankrupt...) How do you prevent the same cash flow problems? - How do you make sure you don't take on too many business projects at once? - What's one challenge you're experiencing right now running Two Marines Moving? - What's one thing you believe attributes to your success as a founder? - What's the best business advice you ever received? - What's your plan to grow Two Marines Moving and expand to other locations? - How are you able to mix, or not mix, family and business and have your ex-wife still as your business partner? - What do you like best about being an entrepreneur? - What's the first step someone should take if they want to write a book? - What was your process for turning your ideas into a book, and how long did it take you to complete your book? Key Topics discussed: - Facebook advertising tips for small businesses - How to write your own book - The importance of marketing your business and hiring the right people - EOM email hack to save time - Work/Life balance and advice on working with your spouse - Opportunities for veterans working at Two Marines Moving - PopSmoke Partnership with RallyPoint Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes on the go. Hey, do me a favor, please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review here: popsmoke.net/review. Your review helps the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. Plus, reading reviews makes my day.
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017: Veteran Steps into Luxury Sock Industry
popsmoke.net/17 - Josh’s a recently transitioned Naval Officer. Prior to transitioning out of the military, he worked with the CNO’s Rapid Innovation Cell. He holds a degree in History from the University of Chicago and a Masters in International Relations and National Security from Georgetown University. He also studied Imperial History at the University of London. In 2007, he completed the NOLS Desert Survival course. Currently, he’s the founder of Penance Hall. I met Josh at The Defense Entrepreneur Forum event in Annapolis (DEFxAnnapolis), hosted by Michael Madrid and fellow Naval Academy Midshipmen. Show Notes - What sparked the idea for starting a sock company? - What was a mistake you made when starting your first business? - What’s a challenge you’re experiencing right now? - Would you do this full time if you have the ability to? - What’s the timeframe for making the socks? - What’s one thing you’re doing well right now? - What’s the best piece of business advice you received? - Who are the other people in your company besides your three co-founders? - What’s one thing that helped you accomplish your Kickstarter goal? - Did you have a backup plan if Kickstarter didn’t work? - What’s a great habit you have? - What did you learn at the Commit Foundation? Key Topics discussed: - Seven-part supply chain to manufacturing a product. - Raising money with a Kickstarter Campaign. - The best day to start a Kickstarter Campaign. - Going full-time as a veteran entrepreneur. Full show notes at: popsmoke.net/17 Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes on the go. Hey, do me a favor, please leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review here: popsmoke.net/review. Your review helps the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. Plus, reading reviews makes my day.
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016: Veteran, Father, CEO, App Creator
popsmoke.net/16 - Sonny served in the Army as an Air Defense Artillery Officer. Before becoming an Artillery Officer, he attended West Point where he studied Psychology and Systems Engineering. Sonny’s a serial entrepreneur who is now working on his 5th venture — Limelight. His son’s name is Bugatti and his life can be summarized in two words; heart and hustle. You can check out Limelight on the App Store here: popsmoke.net/limelight In today’s episode, Sonny Tosco answers: - What’s one problem you’re having right now? - What’s one mistake you made when starting your business? - Should you have someone on your team that’s in charge of fundraising? - What’s one thing you’re doing really well right now? - What’s the best piece of business advice you ever received? - What’s your end goal for the app? - What’s your view towards failure? - What’s a great habit you do? Key Topics discussed: - The cost to develop an app - How long it takes to create an app - How to make money with the app Full show notes at: popsmoke.net/16 Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes on the go.
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015: Veteran Rolls Into Marijuana Industry With High Hopes
popsmoke.net/15 - Sy served 11 years in the Air Force. He has 30 years of experience in the security industry, traveling to more than 70 countries on 6 continents, protecting numerous CEO's of Fortune 500 companies. He's a speaker who has a big upcoming TEDx talk scheduled. He credits his speaking skills to a 14 year career in Professional Wrestling. During that time, he appeared in several movies, such as “The Silence of the Lambs”, "Lorenzo’s Oil” and “Dead and Alive.” Currently, Sy's responsible for the security of Dixie Brands, who is on a quest to become the first national marijuana brand. This makes Sy the first corporate security director for a marijuana-based enterprise in history. In today's episode, Sy answers: -How did you get started in the Marijuana Industry? -What's a mistake you made since joining the Dixie Elixirs & Edibles Team -What's 1 challenge you're experiencing right now at Dixie Elixirs? -What's 1 thing you are doing really well right now? -What's the best business advice you have received? -What can customers expect when they walk into Dixie Elixir and Edibles Headquarters? -How did you design the marijuana customer experience? -Is your goal as you grow to have multiple locations? -What's your favorite marijuana elixir or edible product? Key Topics discussed: -Opportunities for Veteran Entrepreneurs in the Marijuana Industry -The Biggest Investors Group Veteran Angel Investors Can Contact -Difference Between Smoking vs. Consuming Marijuana: When you smoke a joint 50 to 60 percent of the THC gets into your blood plasma with peak concentrations in 5 to 10 minutes. But with edibles only 10 to 20 percent of the THC reaches your blood and the effects come 60 to 120 minutes later. When you smoke the high rapidly dissipates, but when you consume edibles the effects can last 6 to 10 hours. Unlike drinking, Marijuana's more effective after you eat because there's more food for the cannabis to stick to your stomach. Full show notes at: popsmoke.net/15 Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes on the go.
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014: Will Kelly Perdew Invest in Your Business?
popsmoke.net/14 - Kelly Perdew, top veteran entrepreneur and angel investor, loves the challenge of starting and growing businesses. Kelly served in the Army as an Intelligence Officer and later graduated from Ranger school. He won Donald Trump's 2nd Season of The Apprentice. Author of Take Command: 10 Leadership Principles I Learned in the Military and Put to Work for Donald Trump. Serial angel investor, investing in more than 20 companies. Father of beautiful twins. And currently, the co-founder of TargetClose. In today's episode, Kelly answers: - What's one mistake you made when first starting your business? - What's a challenge you're experiencing right now as an entrepreneur? - What's 1 thing you are doing really well right now ? - What is the best piece of business advice you have received? - What's favorite part of being an entrepreneur? - What's the most common challenge you address when mentoring or advising startups? - How often do you review the financials for startups? - What company do you follow or admire most? - How do you stay up on latest and greatest startups and veteran entrepreneurs? - Do you still have contact or ask Donald Trump for advice? - What do you plan on doing today to improve yourself? - What's the best habit you have right now? Key Topics discussed: - How to Contact Kelly to Raise Money and Build Your Business - What Kelly Perdew Learned from Donald Trump - After Working with Trump, Why Kelly Decided to PopSmoke - 2 Types of Entrepreneurs That Exists - 3 Phases to Every Startup - The 3 Most Important C's in Business - The Mindset to Have About Risk - Insights Into Kelly's Key Indicators on How He Ultimately Decides Who to Invest In - The 1 Thing Entrepreneurs Often Overlook Full show notes at: popsmoke.net/14 Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes on the go.
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013: Are You a Veteran's Organization?
popsmoke.net/13 - Dan serves as the CEO of Unite US, a technology company in New York, and is an Air Force Reserve Pilot. Prior to that, he graduated #1 in U.S. Air Force Flight School. He has worked at a venture capital firm located in NYC; investing in disruptive early stage technologies and driven entrepreneurs. He holds a degree in Political Science and Government from Yale University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. In today's episode, I ask Dan: - Can you share with the veteran entrepreneurs out there, your plan for a repeatable scalable business model? - What was one mistake you made when starting out? - What's 1 challenge your experiencing personally right now trying to grow your startup? - What's 1 thing you're doing really well right now? - What's the best piece of business advice you ever received? - Why does your site still say BETA? - Do veteran organizations have to pay to use UniteUS? - What do you look for in a veteran entrepreneur or startup before you decide to invest? - Does being in the reserves slow you down from making progress in your startup? - What's the next step you're going to take to grow your business? Key Topics discussed: - Importance of Leveraging the Experience of Others - Working With a Team to Integrating Features into a Core Technology - What to Look For in a Solid Team Member Thanks for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get next Tuesday's episode on the go. Remember, full show notes for this episode at popsmoke.net/13. Please let me know what you think.
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012: Military Family Retreats with Project Sanctuary
popsmoke.net/12 - Jason, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, served in numerous different billets throughout his 20 years of service in the Army. Intelligence. Logistics. Operations. Project Manager. Platoon Leader. You name it this guy's done it. He attended the U.S. Army Command & General Staff School and holds a degree in International Relations from California State University, Sacramento, and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of South Florida. Currently, he's the Chief Development Officer (CDO) at Project Sanctuary. In today's episode, Jason answers: - What's 1 mistake you made when joining the project sanctuary team? - How many applicants do you receive a year approximately? - What's a personal challenge you are dealing with right now? - What's 1 thing you're doing really well right now? - What's the best piece of business advice you received? - What 'the hardest part of running a nonprofit organization? - How do you manage and nurture your professional relationships? - How do you stay so organized? - Does your retreat program include a spiritual aspect to it? - What are you going to do today to improve as a person? - What are your plans to grow and expand Project Sanctuary to different locations? Key Topics discussed: - How Project Sanctuary Raised More Than $1 Million for their Nonprofit - What Life's All About (Jason's take. I love it. Do you agree? Comment below.) - Return on Effort (ROE) vs. Return on Investment (ROE) - Cal Ripken Jr.'s Consistency - Why You Should Start With Your "Why" - Simon Sinek stresses what Jason said about the importance of starting with your "why" Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes on the go. Please help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. To do so, do me a favor and take a second to leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review here at popsmoke.net/review. Your review helps the show get discovered and ranked. I read every single review because reading them makes my day and I appreciate you taking the time to leave one.
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PopSmoke After Action
popsmoke.net/aar1 - Matt's a Marine Corps veteran with a logistics background. Prior to that, he attended the Naval Academy where he wrestled and studied Quantitative Economics. While in the Marine Corps he created the Total Pay app, and currently is making his dream come true starting, building, and growing PopSmoke. In today's episode, Matt answers: - What made you want to start PopSmoke? - How long has it taken you to get where you are today? - What's one mistake you have made starting PopSmoke - What's one thing you are doing really well right now? - What's your favorite moment from the first ten shows? - How do you manage your time? Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to listen to the latest episodes on the go, every Tuesday. Please help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. To do so, do me a favor and take a second to leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review here at popsmoke.net/review. Your review helps the show get discovered and ranked. I read every single review because reading them makes my day and I appreciate you taking the time to leave one.
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011: Begin Building a Ballin' Bakery Business
popsmoke.net/11 - Jillian is a Marine Corps spouse who has worked as a Family Readiness Assistant at Camp Lejeune, NC. She's a motivated, hardworking and enthusiastic entrepreneur with a love for fitness, nutrition and baking. She holds a degree in Russian Business from Moscow State University and a degree in International Relations from the University of the Pacific. Jillian has designed a business that allows her to pursue her passions and create a positive impact on the community. Currently, she's the founder of Oh Sweet Heavens Bakery. In this episode, Jillian answers: - Are there any law you have to follow to bake out of your home? - What's one mistake you made when starting your business? - What's one thing you are doing really well right now? - What's the best piece of business advice you have received? - How do you're desserts improve mental and physical performance? - What ingredients should we avoid when baking? - What are the benefits of chai seeds and coconut oil? - What are you gonna do today to improve as a person or business? - How do you plan to grow Oh Sweets Heavens? - What role does your family play in helping you with your business? - Do you set specific work hours? Key Topics discussed: - The Dangers of Biting Off More Than You Can Chew (pun intended) - 3 Key Factors to Enhance Your Mental Performance - The Important Decision to Rebrand Your Business - Powerful Benefits of The Paleo Diet Thanks for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes on the go. Please help the show get discovered by awesome, like-minded people like yourself. To do so, do me a favor and take a second to leave an honest iTunes Rating and Review here at popsmoke.net/review. Your review helps the show get discovered and ranked. I read every single review because reading them makes my day and I appreciate you taking the time to leave one.
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010: TechStars Patriot Boot Camp for Veteran Entrepreneurs
popsmoke.net/10 - Sean served in the military as an Air Force Intelligence Officer. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Intelligence Analysis from Michigan State University. At Google, he worked as a Geospatial Engineer and Product Manager. And last year, was a Keynote speaker at the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum in Chicago. Sean lives in Colorado with his wife and two beautiful young girls. Currently, he's the the Director of TechStars Patriot Boot Camp. In today's episode I ask Sean: - Why did you leave Google to join the Techstars Patriot Boot Camp family? - What mistakes have you made working with Techstars Patriot Boot Camp? - What's the biggest challenge you're experiencing right now at -TechStars Patriot Boot Camp? - The military Transition Assistance Program (TAP) does not set veterans up for success. - How can veterans prepare better for their transition out of the military? - How do you plan your day? - What's the best business advice you have received? Key Topics discussed: - Saddaam Hussien's Principle of Working - Google's 20% Tinker-time - How to Spark Creativity for New Ideas - How to Prepare for a Public Speaking/Keynote Talk - Why Veteran's Can't Compete at Google - The Defense Entrepreneur Forum - The Importance of Having the Right Spouse in -Entrepreneurship. - Maintaining Work Life Balance with a Family - How Veterans Can Start a Career in Entrepreneurship - Google Glass is Gone, The Next Paradigm Shift in Technology Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to listen to the latest episodes on the go, every Tuesday.
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009: Veteran Doing it Big in 3D Printing
popsmoke.net/9 - Jerry served in the Army as a Supply Sergeant. He's been around the world in support of operations in Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait and Afghanistan as a government contractor. He holds a degree in Business Administration and Management and has vast knowledge and experience in logistics. Jerry's on his 5th business. Currently, he's the founder of 3D Heights in New York City. In this episode, Jerry answer: - How much does rent cost in New York City — for a storefront your size? - What's 1 mistake you made when starting your own business? - Transitioning out of the military and starting your own business...would you have done anything differently? - How can veterans prepare better when transitioning out of the military? - What's 1 challenge you're experiencing right now trying to grow your business? - What's 1 thing you attribute to your success as a veteran entrepreneur? - What's the best business advice you ever received? - How much does a 3D printer cost? And what can I do with a 3D printer? - Can I make a PopSmoke grenade to rock with 550-cord on The PopSmoke Show? - Is there anything a 3D printer can't copy? - Where do you see the 3D printing industry in 3-5 years? - The first step for a veteran entrepreneur to take if they're interested in starting their own 3D printing business (or any business for that matter) is. Key Topics discussed: - Practical Applications for 3D Printing - Why Competition is a Great Thing - 3Doodler: The World's First 3D Printing Pen. It's a pen that can draw in the air! Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes on the go, every Tuesday.
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008: How Veteran Entrepreneurs Can Fund Their Business
popsmoke.net/8 - Mark Rockefeller served in the Air Force. He then transitioned to the Judge Advocate General Corps and served in Iraq. While in Iraq, Mark represented U.S. interests in Iraqi courts. After transitioning out of the military, he worked on a micro-finance project in Africa. Mark's been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Washington Business Journal, INC. Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine. About StreetShares StreetShares is all about funding the next great generation of veteran entrepreneurs. In this episode, Mark answers: - What was 1 mistake you made when starting your business? - What's 1 challenge your experiencing right now running your business? - What's 1 thing you're doing really well as a founder? - What's the best piece of business advice you ever received? - Who would be a good fit to invest in veteran entrepreneurs? - What happens if a veteran entrepreneur is unable to pay back their small business loan? - What are your thoughts on competition? - If a veteran entrepreneur is transitioning out of the military and has an idea to start a business, what's an actionable tip they can do right now to help them get started? Key Topics discussed: - Funding marijuana business owners - The importance of getting to a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) when starting your business - The worst mistake a veteran entrepreneur can make when starting their business - The great opportunity for veteran entrepreneurs to get funding for their small business loan - Why banks are turning down small business loans - The importance NOT leaving your day job (at first) Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to click "subscribe" to get the latest episodes on the go — every Tuesday!
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007: Transitioning Veterans Can Learn to Develop Software
popsmoke.net/7 - John served in the Navy as a Financial and Logistics Officer. He's a 2012 Dev Bootcamp Alumni and 2013 TechStars Patriot Boot Camp Alumni. With passion for software and product development, he has helped numerous startups grow with his technical skills. In this episode I ask John: - How do you evaluate different opportunities presented to you? - What's 1 thing you would have done differently when transitioning out of the military and joining 1st Civ Div? - What made you interested in learning to code? - What's 1 thing you learned teaching courses online? - What's 1 personal or professional challenge you're experiencing right now? - How do developers charge for their work? - As a developer, what's your biggest pet peeve when working with an entrepreneur? - If someone is transitioning out of the military and they're interested in learning how to code...what's the 1st step they should take to start their journey? - How do you minimize distractions when you're trying to work and get things accomplished? Key Topics discussed: - Whether you should get an MBA after getting out of the military or not. - Smart online-teaching tips to communicate better with your audience - Should you go all-in when starting your business or keep your day job - A great way to approach a developer for your startup - 2 topics entrepreneurs need to understand to be respected by a developer - The most important skill entrepreneurs and developers need to learn Thanks again for checking out The PopSmoke Show. Make sure to subscribe and look out for another episode next Friday! Full Show Notes at popsmoke.net/7
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006: Why Veterans Struggle Transitioning to Higher Education
popsmoke.net/6 - David Cass served as a Navy Lieutenant Commander and aviator where he completed 2 combat support deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Currently, Dave's the CEO of Uvize. He lives in Boulder with his wife, two daughters and golden retriever. In this episode, I ask David: - Ideas have sex. How do you come up with new business ideas? - What’s the 1st step you take once you think of a new idea? - What's 1 idea you'll never pursue? - What’s 1 mistake you made after transitioning out of the military and starting Uvize? - What's 1 personal or professional challenge you’re right now? - What's working for your sales process? - After getting out of the military, veterans have an 85% higher education dropout rate. - Why’s the veteran dropout rate so high? - What's a veteran's biggest weakness when transitioning out of the military? - What can veterans do to work on their weaknesses prior to transitioning out of the military? - What are your thoughts about the 1st ever veteran MOOC? - How did you start building a team when you had no revenue? - After finding co-founders, what's the 1st position to hire for? - What's the best tip for finding a mentor who can hep you? - What's the best business advice you ever received? - What’s an actionable tip for managing your time to get more things accomplished? - How do you eliminate distractions when you’re trying to focus and get work done? Key Topics Discussed: - A 3-part process for generating great ideas - Knowing when to pivot or persevere in your business - The biggest challenge you need to overcome when starting a business - Whether you should listen to the customer or focus on your own game plan - Tips for finding mentors who can coach you - The new Global Mentor Project - TechStars Patriot Boot Camp opportunity for veteran entrepreneurs - Smart tips on how to maintain proper work-life balance Full Show Notes at http://popsmoke.net/frontline/why-veterans-struggle-transitioning-to-higher-education-ps006.
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005: Put Your Beer in the Crisper
popsmoke.net/5 - My friend Michael Bradley is a fellow Naval Academy graduate and former Submarine Officer. Michael runs the Navy Nuclear Power Officer Career Conference (NUPOCC), where he has built quite a business over the past few years helping submariner officers make the transition to the private sector. In episode 5, I ask Michael: - What’s 1 thing you would have done differently when transitioning out of the military? - What’s 1 challenge your experiencing right now when trying to grow your business? - If you were to write a book right now, what topic would you include that you believe is important for someone transitioning out of the military to understand? - What works best for you when cold-calling and cold-emailing someone? - What are the main benefits you get from attending a networking conference? - What’s your best tip on how to prepare for a job conference while still active-duty military? - What’s your favorite part about being a veteran entrepreneur? - What type of tasks do you outsource in your business to free up more of your time? - How does outsourcing help you get more work accomplished? Key topics discussed: - Hustle mindset vs. Hiatus mindset - Opportunities for Navy Nuclear Officers - How to delegate projects and tasks using Elance - The benefits of using Fiverr - Veteran Entrepreneurship - Entrepreneur/Job Conferences vs. the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) - Veteran Artist Program (VAP), founded by Brian McDonald Full Show Notes at popsmoke.net/5
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004: If You're Playin' the Solo Game, You'll Always Lose out to a Team
popsmoke.net/4 - Kristine Schellhaas is Marine spouse; the first ever featured spouse on The PopSmoke Show. Kristine founded USMC Life in 2009 as a way to inspire, connect and educate Marine Corps families. She’s a two-time base military spouse of the year winner and has dedicated more than 10,000 volunteer hours serving military families. In episode 4, I ask Kristine: - What was 1 mistake you made when starting your business? - Why’d you decide to sell your baby, despite having a thriving Facebook community? - How did you start building your team beyond just yourself? - How did you grow different Facebook groups at the same time? - What do you use to process your payments from sponsors? - What’s 1 challenge you’re facing right now when transitioning to growing your personal brand? - Who are you hosting your website with? - How do you ensure you continue to share quality articles to your audience? - What was your initial impression of the PopSmoke website? Key Topics discussed: - Time management and productivity: How Kristine manages her business and family. - Selling a company - Branding yourself vs. branding your company - How to improve your Facebook group or page - Google Adsense for your business Full Show Notes at popsmoke.net/4
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003: Harden the F*ck Up
popsmoke.net/3 - Marine Corps Major Rob Dyer won $150k on Shark Tank. I met Rob at DEFxAnnapolis, an event hosted by Michael Madrid and fellow Naval Academy midshipmen. About RuckPack RuckPack's a combat focused supplement company for people who care about what they're putting in their body. In this episode, I ask Rob: - How do you generate new ideas? - What's your team's main method of communication? - What's the biggest mistake you made when starting RuckPack? - What's the toughest obstacle you're facing right now in your business? - Why did you want to handover your CEO role in the company? - What's 1 thing you're doing really well right now? - What's your best piece of advice for me branding PopSmoke? - How much would you sell your company for? - How does RuckPack run their meetings? Key Topics Discussed: - The 2 different modes you to need operate in when running your business - RuckPack's Veteran Distribution Program - The first ever Veteran Shark Tank? - Why meetings are horrible in the military and tips on how to hold better meetings - The 6 easy steps to start making money selling RuckPack on your spare time are: 1. Go to website. 2. Signup for an account to verify veteran status. 3. Visit store. 4. Sell without selling. 5. Cash checks. 6. Repeat 4-6. Watch Full Show at: popsmoke.net/3
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002: Should I Invest in Binary Options
popsmoke.net/2 - Kevin served as Submarine Officer in the Navy and as an Economics Instructor at the Naval Academy. He's the founder of What's Up Texas? What’s Up Texas? makes loyalty passes, coupons and event tickets for mobile wallets. In episode 2, I ask Kevin: - What are your thoughts about binary options? - After transitioning out of the military, what’s one thing you weren't expecting when starting your business? - What’s one thing you’re doing well right now, one thing that’s making you money? - Who's your best mentor or role model in your life? (It's not who'd you expect, you don't want to miss his response.) Key Topics: - The most important thing in business. Period. (Kevin's POV) - Why no one will steal your idea - How to develop your own pass or ticket for passbook - The importance of creating and understanding value - A hint of email marketing - Transitioning out of the military and into entrepreneurship - Opportunity cost vs. cost of failure
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001: Never Confuse Motion for Action
popsmoke.net/1 - Josh serves as an officer in the Air Force Reserve in Washington, D.C. and is the founder of Fathom Intelligence. Fathom Intelligence provides innovative threat reports for companies who operate in unsavory places overseas, so that they may defend against certain threats for their people and infrastructure and assets. In episode 1, I ask Josh: - What's the most challenging and biggest obstacle you had to overcome so far in your business? - What’s 1 piece of advice you would give someone transitioning out of the military right now? - How would you describe Fathom Intelligence, the business you started after transitioning out of the Air Force? - Why are people getting out of the military more risk adverse compared to civilians? - What’s one thing you did not expect when starting Fathom? (x2!) - How did you come up with the idea for your business? - What’s one thing you're doing well right now, one thing that’s making you money? Key Topics: - The importance of systems in your business - The gap between crap and creating good stuff - The difference between action vs. motion
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