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SJ23 – 10 Entrepreneurs Give Advice for Kicking off 2016

Welcome to 2016! What are you hoping to accomplish this year? We’ve gathered up some of our favorite guests from previous episodes and entrepreneurs to help us kick this year off right by sharing their best advice and upcoming plans for their businesses.

Join us to hear from Steve Sunu from Comic Book Resources and some of our favorite entrepreneurial friends, and tell us your own words of wisdom live on the show.

This episode previously aired on January 5 at 3pm ET/12pm PT.

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SJ22 – Closing Out 2015

It’s our last show of the year!

A few topics covered in this episode: why good managers are so hard to find, podcasts about podcasts, what we learned about StartupJab this year, and, of course, Fallout 4.

Originally aired on December 28 at 3pm ET/12pm PT.

Links and Highlights:

Guy Beats Fallout 4 Without Killing Anyone, Nearly Breaks The Game

Why good managers are so rare

  • They motivate every single employee to take action and engage them with a compelling mission and vision.
  • They have the assertiveness to drive outcomes and the ability to overcome adversity and resistance.
  • They create a culture of clear accountability.
  • They build relationships that create trust, open dialogue, and full transparency.
  • They make decisions that are based on productivity, not politics.

Q from the audience: If management is a discipline unto itself, how do you feel about teachers/coaches/managers/advisors who “haven’t done it before” themselves?

  • “It’s so weird we promote managers out of functional disciplines to be a manager of that discipline – you don’t need your manager to be a great developer, you need them to be a great manager.”

Making Your Agency a Priority Client

Q from our hosts: Why are there so many people making blogs about blogging and podcasts about podcasts?

  • “It’s a buyer’s market – far more people doing it than who will be successful.”

Q from the audience: What do you think about hiring an agency for your agency?

  • “You don’t want to outsource your own core competency. You might pay someone to advise you on it.”


SJ21 – The Business of Design with the team at Rocketkoi

The husband-and-wife team Rocketkoi joins us to talk about how they’ve built a people-focused design business, how to work with creative people, and what to look for when hiring your next designer.

Originally aired December 23 at 3pm ET/12pm PT.


  • Sarah Meskin and Mal Jones, founders of Rocketkoi


  • “The connotation that print design is old school is gone. Doing a nice print designs adds a lot of credence and a human element.”
  • “To get the right design feedback, a designer should not just say, ‘yes.’ They should always ask ‘why?'”
  • “Buzzword bingo is not a good way to design. With the industry we work in, it’s become a common vernacular: We love using buzzwords to sound really smart at talks.”
  • “We’ve lost continuity in the move to the gig economy… It reminds me of having a plumber come to do efficient work, who charges a fair wage – you’re going to call him again. You’re not going to say, ‘I’m going to disrupt my plumbing.’ We are a service-based industry; we should be striving to be that kickass plumber or mechanic.”


SJ20 – Data & Digital Nomads with Andrew Conklin

We are joined by Andrew Conklin, founder of DC Nightowls, now DC2 Digital Nomads, a part of Data Community DC. We’ll also talk about ‘being a people person’, radical candor, and mindfulness in the workplace.

Originally aired December 15 at 3pm ET/12pm PT.


  • Andrew Conklin, Founder of Routeam and DC Nightowls



SJ19 – Man, It’s Cold Outside

Join us for a weekly roundup episode, and bring your questions for our open office hours format. Got a question you want answered, but can’t make it to the live show, or want to remain anonymous? Send us a letter for the mailbag.

A few topics covered in this episode: updates from our hosts, Apple’s design evolution, a new way to create addresses for anywhere in the world, employee engagement archetypes, and a deep dive into customer interviews thanks to a great user question.

Originally aired on December 8 at 3pm ET/12pm PT.


Apple is giving good design a bad name

3-word addresses for anywhere in the world

The Two Sides of Employee Engagement



SJ18 – Social Entrepreneurship with Kate Glantz of

Happy December! As we round out the end of the year, we’re speaking with Kate Glantz, founder of enables couples getting married to set up charitable wedding registries that fund specific goodwill ventures, like new playgrounds for kids in Brazil or training healthcare workers in Tanzania. She will talk to us about about developing the project (through her time in the Peace Corps, pitching at Startup Weekend, incubation, etc.), how she thinks her business will evolve in the future, and the lessons she’s learned in the last year of building to her site launch.

Originally Aired on December 3, 2015.


  • Kate Glantz, Founder of



SJ17 – Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving! We’ll discuss the challenges of naming your startup, how video games can help train your managers to be better at their jobs, and how sometimes advertising is more of an art than a science.

Originally Aired November 25 at 12pm ET/9am PT.


How To Name A Startup: The S.M.A.R.T. Checklist

You Play World of Warcraft? You’re Hired!

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Jessica Jones

The Star Wars Saga: Introducing Machete Order

Copyranter: Advertising is not a science. It never will be

Jeff Bezos One-Ups Elon Musk in the Competition Over Reusable Rockets

Elon Musk Responds to Jeff Bezos’ Rocket Success

Aspiring Reporter Interviews Bolden about NASA’s Journey to Mars

Green Bean Casserole: The Thanksgiving Staple We Love — Or Loathe



SJ16 – Loving What You Do

We talk about National Entrepreneur’s Day, how to find that perfect co-founding team, and why no one cares how hard you work. We also took questions from the audience.

November 17 at 3pm ET/12am PT.


The Entrepreneurial Power of Embarrassment

National Entrepreneur’s Day

Nobody Cares How Hard You Work

Dunbar’s number

Ego Risk: Why Innovation Fails

Screw Finding Your Passion

Doctors Without Borders – Right Now

Doctors Without Borders – Donate



SJ15 – What Matters in the Beginning

We answered some questions from the mailbag and the chat and talked about motivation, organizational design, where to focus before you raise capital, resumes, and a few other topics.

Live on November 9 at 1pm EST/10am PST.


Reddit Startups:

The Reasons We Work:

12 reasons this is a terrible résumé for a mid-level employee:

How Funding Rounds Differ:

Where to Focus Before Raising Capital:

Can You Predict a Startup’s Success Based on the Concept Alone?:

Why You Should Not Have a President and COO:

How to Design Your Organization the Right Way:

College Students Aren’t The Only Ones Abusing Adderall:

And finally, Kiki’s lovely monologue:

To launch, or not to launch: that is the question. Whether tis nobler in the startup ecosystem to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous employment or to take arms against that sea of troubles, and by opposing, startup?

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SJ14 – The Business of Comic Books with Steve Sunu

We talked about the business of comic books, and hundreds of you tuned in to listen. We talked about comics, movies, streaming, and nostalgia. There was a threat of an entire future show about Cowboys & Aliens, and a promise of an entire show about board games. Steve gave us the inside scoop on the comic books business, where the opportunities are for new innovations, and how you can make sure your favorite comics stick around.

Originally aired on November 3 at 3pm EDT/12pm PDT.


  • Steve Sunu, Formerly PR at Dark Horse Comics & Editor at Comic Book Resources


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Image Comics:

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Scary Go Round:

Panel Syndicate:

Least I Could Do:

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