#7 Chris Brogan: You’re It (Part 2)

Podcast outro song: Double Life, by HASH / CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
 

“I tend to not believe in the larger system,” Chris Brogan told me in part 1 of our interview. And that’s where we pick up in part 2 — with a discussion about why Chris has little or no faith in the ability of the government and our political system to address the economic problems we face, individually and as a society.

We talk about Uber, the sharing economy and the people who work in it, the Great Depression, and lots more.

And yes, there will be a part 3… coming soon.


Show Notes

  • Chris Brogan
  • Uber
  • sharing economy
  • The sharing economy is a lie: Uber, Ayn Rand and the truth about tech and libertarians, by Richard Eskow

    “Disruptive companies talk a good game about sharing. Uber’s really just an under-regulated company making riches. … Uber is the poster child for the pro-privatization, anti-regulatory ideology that ascribes magical powers to technology and the private sector. It is deeply a political entity, from its Nietzschean name to its recent hiring of White House veteran David Plouffe. Uber is built around a relatively simple app (which relies on government-created technology), but it’s not really a tech company. Above all else Uber is an ideological campaign, a neoliberal project whose real products are deregulation and the dismantling of the social contract.”

  • Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything (podcast), including his 3-part series Instaserfs (about the sharing economy)
  • serfdom
  • Susie Cagel is quoted in this episode talking about the sharing economy. Her clip is taken from Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything (Instaserfs, part 2). And I trust I’m using the clip here under “fair use.”
    Ms Cagel is a columnist at Al Jazeera America and Pacific Standard, and a frequent contributor of journalism for other outlets such as the Guardian, Forbes, Next City, and others. She’s a 2015-2016 John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford, a summer 2015 artist in residence at BAVC, and a 2014 Online Journalism Award winner. Susie is currently working on an illustrated book about boom and bust economics in California.
  • Chris Brogan: “The person who emails me isn’t engaging in philosophy….” (at 33:12). Clearly, Chris isn’t getting any email from this guy.

photo of Chris Brogan courtesy of Raul Colon

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#6 John Lee Dumas: Burning Down The House (Part 1)

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John Lee Dumas is the host of Entrepreneur on Fire, one of the most popular and profitable business podcasts on iTunes. He’s also the inspiration for MY podcast, which is what you might call a “serious parody” of John, his many imitators, and their whole entrepreneurial worldview.

John deserves a ton of credit for joining me for this no-holds-barred Q&A, especially because I asked him questions I don’t think he’s accustomed to hearing. I mean, think about it: When I sent John my interview request, he could have easily said: Nope. No thanks, pal. Not interested in talking to you. (Which is what Seth Godin has been telling me recently via email.)

But John didn’t say that.

So thank you, John, for being such a stand-up guy, for responding to your critics — and for your sense of humor.

(Part 2 of this interview won’t be recorded until November 2015, which was the only opening I could book on John’s very busy schedule.)

Show notes

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#5 Chris Brogan: You’re It (Part 1)

Podcast outro song: Double Life, by HASH / CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

I’ve long followed the work of Chris Brogan, who is one of the most visible and vocal cheerleaders of the entrepreneurial life. He’s also one of the main inspirations for this podcast parody, which is why I’m surprised — and delighted — that he joined me for an interview.

We covered a lot of ground in a short time, but here’s how I’d sum it up: We agreed to disagree about most everything. (We also agreed to do another installment… coming soon!)

Here’s his official bio:

Chris Brogan explores how people use content and community to build marketplaces around areas of belonging. He is CEO of Owner Media Group, a highly sought after professional speaker and the New York Times bestselling author of eight books and counting, including his forth coming book, Belong: A Framework for Embracing Community, Driving the Economy and Building the Future.

Chris has spoken for or consulted with the biggest brands you know, including Disney, Coke, Google, GM, Microsoft, Coldwell Banker, Titleist, Scotts, Humana Health, Cisco, Sony USA, and many more. He’s appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, interviewed Richard Branson for a cover story for Success magazine, and once even presented to a Princess. People like Paulo Coelho, Harvey Mackay, and Steven Pressfield enjoy sharing their projects and best ideas with Chris, because they know he’ll share them with you. Tony Robbins had Chris on his Internet Money Masters series. Forbes listed Chris as one of the Must Follow Marketing Minds of 2014, plus listed his website as one of the 100 best websites for entrepreneurs. Statsocial rated Chris the #3 power influencer online.

Most importantly, Chris provides education and tools to help you make your life and your business thrive, by teaching you how to understand. Through books, speeches, courses, and workshops, Chris is dedicated to helping you grow your capabilities and connections and to getting you to that next level of success, no matter where you are in the process right now. Chris also offers limited personal coaching, and offers limited consulting to businesses.

Chris lives in northern Massachusetts. He has two great kids and a loving and fun pair of parents, as well.

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