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Fighting for your Passion and Purpose (Snooky Rico)

Despite being offered a college scholarship, Snooky chose to follow her passion and pursue her dream of becoming a cosmetologist by founding Rico’s on 3rd The Salon, Inc. (@Ricoson3rd) She went on to teach cosmetology and pioneer an apprentice program through her salon. Everything changed when she received a harrowing breast cancer diagnosis. Through her faith and determination, she discovered a deeper life purpose and calling. Loving You Through It came into the light, a private...


Holly Files

Holly Files is an accomplished technology services and operations leader with 30 years’ experience building products, teams and operations. She is passionate about building customer-focused organizations that enable customer success. She dropped out of college to co-found her first start-up where “the next 7 years were the best education I could ever get”. She served as COO, CIO and SVP of Customer Success for software companies including WebTrends, NetIQ and Puppet, and is now EVP of...


Season 2 Trailer

In Season 1 we had the privilege of speaking with pioneers, practitioners, and future leaders in EdTech. In Season 2 we interview ordinary people who have accomplished extraordinary things, all without getting a college degree. Ryan Carson digs into the nitty-gritty details of how they overcame challenges, stayed motivated, and ultimately achieved their goal. These are real stories, from real people. The show will be recorded in our studio, and will be available in both audio and video...


#041 Eric Ries

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business, published by Crown Business. He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups, and has consulted to new and established companies as well as venture capital firms. In 2010, he was named entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and is currently an IDEO Fellow. Previously he...


#040 Laura Medalia

Laura Medalia is a software engineer working at a medical startup in NYC. She's developed a strong Instagram following that she uses to break stereotypes about coding. She shares tips on getting started, overcoming fears, finding support, and giving back. codergirl_


#039 Vien Truong

CEO of The Dream Corps, a social justice accelerator, and director of Green For All, a national initiative to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Vien Truong is a solutions innovator and movement builder who has been a key architect to building an equitable green economy. Vien has developed numerous energy, environmental, and economic policies and programs at the state, federal and local levels.


#038 Dornubari Vizor

Dornubari Vizor is a serial startup and consumer internet product guy. Currently Co-founder at Yazamo, a SaaS marketing company that generates leads and sales for small to mid-size businesses. He shares how he overcame a challenging start in the US as a refugee from Africa, launched his first business in high school, and leveraged that success into his impressive career in tech.


#037 Lisa King

Social entrepreneur Lisa King is on a mission to ensure no child goes to school hungry. She is the founder of Eat My Lunch, one of NZ’s most successful social enterprises. Eat My Lunch established that a simple yet powerful idea could empower consumers by giving them a choice with something they already do - for every lunch you buy they give a lunch to a Kiwi kid in need. In just over 2 years, Eat My Lunch has gone from a small business run out of a family home to making over 1,000,000...


#036 Moses Finlay

At only 12 years old, Moses Finlay has taught himself to code, built 8 web apps, and is already working on a startup. Hear how he manages these impressive accomplishments while also leaving time for a balanced life that includes daily surfing, time with family, and occasionally beating his Dad at chess.


#035 Laurence Bradford

Laurence Bradford (@learncodewithme) is a product manager at Teachable (online course platform with over 7 MILLION students) and founder of the blog Learn to Code with Me, which helps people learn to code so they can get ahead in their careers and ultimately find more fulfillment in their lives. As a self-taught techie, she retains her learning mindset and has an uncanny ability to guide and inspire others along their coding journey.


#034 Irene Au

Irene Au @ireneau is an operating partner at Khosla Ventures, working with portfolio companies to make their design and UX great. She drives strategic discussions at the highest levels of companies, focusing first on user needs to inspire product innovation. As former head of the design teams for Google and Yahoo, and a leader in UX at Netscape and Udacity, she has been one of the biggest employers of UX talent. Irene balances this hectic schedule through committed yoga practice and...


#033 Christina Sass

Christina Sass @sasschristina is the Co-Founder and President of Andela. Founded on the idea that brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not, Andela aims to train 100,000 world-class software developers in Africa over the next 10 years. To do so, Andela has created a new model of education that funds itself through the work it does: training brilliant young software developers and placing them with top international companies. With a .6% acceptance rate, Andela is the most...


#032 Sadie Lincoln

Beginning with her flagship barre3 studio in Portland, Oregon, Sadie created a unique style of whole-health fitness classes committed to mind and body results. Her modern approach offers accessible programs and inspiration for balanced living. Barre3’s worldwide franchise locations and Online Workouts have attracted A-list celebrities, every day parents and major publications such as Fast Company, Self, Nylon, and Entrepreneur. Sadie shares the principles she's used to create a...


#031 Dan Heath

Dan Heath, New York Times bestselling author and founder of the Change Academy, shares stories from his latest book, The Power of Moments. It explores why certain brief experiences can elevate and change us—and how to create such moments in life and work.


#030 Timirah James

Timirah James is a technology evangelist, iOS engineer and singer. She explains her frustration with the CS program at her college, why she left despite being a top performer, and how she used online resources and grit to become a full time iOS engineer.


#029 Chris Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau is a New York Times bestselling author and modern-day explorer. His newest book, Side Hustle, helps readers (including those with existing jobs and responsibilities) create a new source of income in 27 days. They dig into a few of his standout blog posts and the stories behind them. During a lifetime of self-employment that included a four-year commitment as a volunteer executive in West Africa, he visited every country in the world (193 in...


#028 Deborah Quazzo

Deborah Quazzo is the Founder of GSV Acceleration, a venture capital fund investing in great entrepreneurs and their companies in the learning and talent technology sector. She discusses the value and changing landscape of higher education.


#027 Deepa Subramaniam

Deepa Subramaniam’s inspiring career includes lead Product roles at Kickstarter, Hillary for America, charity: water, and Adobe. She shares her story of taking chances, conquering doubts, active networking, and using tech to solve global problems. twitter: @iamdeepa instagram: @ideepa linked in: deepa subramaniam


#026 Tim O'Reilly

Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc. a media company that tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators. He discusses his new book, WTF? What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us, which give tools for understanding how all the parts of modern digital businesses work together to create marketplace advantage and customer value, and why ultimately, they cannot succeed unless their ecosystem succeeds along with...


#025 Van Jones

Van Jones is a social entrepreneur, activist, CNN political contributor and host. He shares details of his new book, and suggests ways we can work across party lines to get youth and underrepresented people into tech jobs.