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The Texas Venture Capital Ecosystem | Bob Metcalfe, Paul O'Brien, More

Welcome back to The Fire Show, the podcast from Austin about entrepreneurs, business strategy, and working your face off. Today, I’m bringing to you the second panel I recorded at the FUND conference in April, brought to Austin for the first time every by FUND, Deloitte, Wilson Sonsini, and Entrepreneur Network. In the first panel, we had investors and entrepreneurs, such as Jay Samit and BackGril Ventures amon many, talk about how meet investors, make an impression, and eventually raise...


Walk-Through: Building a Brand's Video Strategy

Hello! Welcome to the Fire Show, Austin's podcast about entrepreneurship strategy, and working your face off. This is your host, Moby, I interview the best in Austin, from the Mayor, to Director of SXSW, Designer of the Airport, Austin Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, and more. It’s a fun time. During SXSW this year, I was waiting around a bar and started chatting to the guy next to me, all because he just had a really cool cowboy hat. A minute or two of chatting about Austin and SXSW...


4 Elements of a Social Media Strategy

Today, I’m sitting down with Claire Winslow, President of Best Practice Media, a social media marketing agency focused on helping their clients make more revenue. She also brought SMW to Austin, where I interviewed other people you have listened to, or will listen to soon on the show - such as Meredith Rose from last week. She’s very involved in the marketing ecosystem in Austin and the US, so if you’re in those circles, you probably know of Claire. Today, with Claire we’re talking social...


How to Make HELLA GOOD Content | Meredith Rose

How, as a business, do you not create mediocre content? How do you stand out? How can you make content for your audience that they give a shit about? Today, I’m interviewing the perfect person to answer this: Meredith Rose,social media strategist, instructor, and speaker, who joined me after her panel at Social Media Week Austin, about making hella-good content In this episode, we break down how to strategize and plan your content creation, ow to promote it, and how not to fuck it...


How and Where to Meet Investors to Raise Money From | Panel @ FUND Conference + Entrepreneur Network

You’ve never heard anything like this before on The Fire Show. We have a total of 12 guests! Today, I’m over at the FUND conference, which was held in Austin for the first time in April, brought over by Deloitte, Wilson Sonsini, and Entrepreneur Network. These include investors, entrepreneurs, and founders of incubators. We’re talking about how the hell entrepreneurs can get funding, from conferences, emailing people, and making impressions on others. Fun fact, this was also live-streamed...


The Upcoming Convergence of Film, Tech, and Content | John Robison, New Republic Studios

The world is changing. How we consume content is changing. And it's not slowing down. What will happen in the next few years as the film industry and the rest of the media industry either catches up or falls behind with business reality?


The Evolution of Our Digital Communication over 50 Years

Thomas Umstattd ( (@ThomasUmstattd) is a lot of things. He’s an entrepreneur - as CEO of AuthorMedia, a company helping author get more sales with their books, through providing web design and marketing services. He’s a podcaster - the co-host of Novel marketing Podcast, a podcast which dives deep into the art of promoting a novel. If you’re an existing or spinning novelist, check it out. He’s an author, having written and released Courtship in...


Tech Journalism: The Lifestyle of my friend, a Reporter

Surprise! There’s 1 more episode for the mini-series Tech Journalism. It’s with my friend, Ellen Chang, who I met during Startup Week in Austin. She is not a tech reporter, but a journalism who writes for The Street, US News and World Report, and more. She’s written about stocks, entrepreneurs, personal finance, energy, cyber security, and has been mentioned in CBS News, Yahoo News, MSN money, and more. We talk about her starting in journalism is highschool, the difference between tech...


Tech Journalism How to Send PR Pitches

This episode is about exactly what the title says, and the cut down audio version of a video done by my friend Sujan Patel. For reference, Sujan Patel is a serial entrepreneur who’s running 4 companies right now. He’s a marketer, author, writer, speaker. We’re working on videos about marketing tactics together, which you can check out on YouTube Page Sujan Patel. Now, I will shut up. Enjoy.


Tech Journalism: A Backstage View

This interview is with Mike Cronin (@michaelccronin ), Technology Reporter for Austin-American Statesman. He’s an award-winning investigative journalist with two decades of experience across beats including technology, startups, finance, growth and economy, cybersecurity, science, space, government, higher and K-12 education, the military and religion. Honors include the Peabody, the duPont Gold Baton, the duPont Silver Baton, a Murrow and others.


Marketing Consultants II: HOW TO VET THEM BEFORE HIRING | Sujan Patel

Following up on last week’s episode with Melissa about how Marketing Consultants work, today I’m bringing to you the audio from a recent video from Sujan and I, What To Ask Marketing Consultants before hiring them, i.e. making sure you’re investing your money in the right agency or consultant to get the most results. You can check out this video and future videos with Sujan and I on his YouTube Channel, Sujan Patel.


Marketing Consultants I: WHAT THEY DO FOR CLIENTS | Melissa Huisman, Founder DMNDBLK

Melissa Huisman (@mk_huis) is the Founder of Diamond Block ( , a creative agency that works with small business and startups to clarify their marketing strategy, fine-tune messaging and positioning, and then developing on-brand assets, including visual identity, websites, and engaging content. In this episode, we talk about her perspective as a professional - What brands miss in their marketing campaigns - How entrepreneurs in general can get too...


Episode Title: #15 How to Write, Sell, and Promote a Book | Art Markman, Author, Professor, Podcast Host

Art Markman, is a professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations, a new set of the interdisciplinary curriculum at the University of Texas. His research focuses on how people perceive things to be similar, and the psychological processes involved in decision making, catheter learning, and analogy comparison. Art has written six books on psychology, leadership, and organizations...



Remember when the beard wasn’t a thing? That is when Eric Bandholz, along with his kickass cofounders Lindsey Reinders and Jeremy McGee, started Beardbrand. It started off as his solo project, one of many, then became a collaborative side-hustle, and then a full-time business that is now a prominent name in the men's grooming space. It’s been quite a journey for Eric, his team, and BeardBrand, from starting this up in Spokane with $30, to finding his co-founders, being featured on NY...


#13 REFLECTIONS ON COURAGE, TRAINING, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP || Vernice Armour, First Female African-American Combat Pilot

Born in Chicago, and raised in Memphis, Vernice wanted to be a cop since she was a young girl. She did that by taking a break from Middle Tennessee State University and joining the Nashville police department - becoming the first female african-american motorcycle police officer in Nashville. Returning to graduate, From there, she served as a police officer in Arizona, and then joined the US Marines and subsequently joined the Naval Air Station in Florida, where she was #1 in her class as...


#12 CREATING PAKISTAN'S SHARKTANK | Nabeel Qadeer, Host of 'Idea Croron Ka'

My roots allow me to connect with two entrepreneurial ecosystems, US and Pakistan. It has allowed me to connect with both successful and aspiring entrepreneurs in Pakistan, do workshops when I visit, and also interview the ones that are helping accelerate the growth of startups over there. Today, I’m bringing you one of those facilitators, Nabeel Qadeer. Well, calling him a facilitator would be an understatement. Nabeel is: This episode was recorded in Capital Factory, to which I just...


#11 SXSW: HOW A 10-DAY MEGA-FESTIVAL IS MANAGED | Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer SXSW

For people listening who don’t know what SXSW is, it’s a 10-day festival about all things tech, film, and music in the middle of March in Austin, TX. That’s the simplified answer. More than 70,000 people come down to Austin for this, and the whole city buzzes. You walk down the street, and you can feel it. I’m not kidding. To say that SXSW is a catalyst is an understatement. From President Obama, tech CEOs, film star, music moguls, entrepreneurs, all the way to ordinary folks like...



This episode I interview Tolly MosLEE, Co-host of the ILYSM Podcast + Todd Nevins, Host of Go Hunt Life Podcast, and Jamal, founder of Big Mouf Media about why podcasts are a big part of the future of consumption, what makes a good podcast, and how to start one. We cover storytelling branding, listener engagement, hoisting, equipment, and promotion. If you’d like to learn more about how to start a podcast, check out Tolly is the co-host of...


#9 Navigating the Insanity of Entrepreneurship and the Happiness of Pursuit | Keynote by Melanie Weinberger, Founder Wellshift

This is a recorded talk over at the TechMap Cofounder Event. A sought after public speaker, Melanie is the founder and CEO of Wellshift, a corporate wellness company, the Founder of WELL, wellness events for the community, and International Potluck. She’s an entrepreneur, speaker, and just a joy to know as a person. In her talks, she blends in wellness, science, and plain common sense which is not that common. If you’re like to learn more about Melanie, check out, i.e...


#8 What a Roadmap for a Successful Startup Looks Like | Gordon Daugherty, MD Capital Factory

Today, whenever that is for you, I am sitting down with Gordon Daugherty, Managing Director is Cap FAC, Investor, and recovering Startup Executive. Over a 29-year career, Gordon has worked at Startups in Strategy, Operations, Marketing, in multiple countries. Currently, he is on the board of multiple startups, and invests in some as well. he’s the Managing Director of Capital Factory and leads the Accelerator program in downtown Austin. In this episode, we go through the common milestones...