Co-Founder of Popularium and former COO of Sphero Rob Maigret sits down with Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Rob about his love of Porches, as well as Rob's design of the Star Wars Force Awakens drone BB-8. Then the guys talk about how drastically money and finances have changed over the past few decades and how that's necessitated change in product design and packaging. Before they wrap, Adam and Rob discuss the emotional connections associated with TV shows, advertisement, and products today.
Former Krave Jerky CEO Jon Sebastiani returns for this weeks episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show talking to Jon about his new ready made and healthy soup business Zupa. Then Adam talks to Jon about the rapid success and eventual sale of Krave Jerky to Hershey. Adam talks about the misconception of a “hot breakfast” as a wholesome healthy meal, and how that applies to a changing food industry. Then they talk about Jon’s history coming from a wine family and how it led him to a life in business. They close the show talking about how people fear change, even though it often leads to something better.
Retired US Navy Seal John “Jocko” Willink joins Adam for this week’s episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Jocko about his numerous accolades while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan over the years. Then Adam and John talk in-depth about the past, present, and future of the Middle East conflict and what America’s involvement should be in that region going forward. After that, John talks about what true leadership really means and the skills required to achieve it. Before they wrap, they discuss the pussification of our future generation of young adults, as well as going out and making a future for yourself rather than sitting around and waiting for it to happen.
Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Patrick about the recent presidential election outcome. This leads to a conversation about Patrick's new documentary 'Rigged'. Then Adam asks Patrick about his upbringing and getting mentored by Warren Buffet. Later, Adam and Patrick talk about how raising taxes on corporations incentivizes them to move to other states or even countries. Before they wrap, Adam asks Patrick if he will continue to make documentaries.
Entrepreneur and co-founder/CEO of Reality Mogul Jilliene Helman joins Adam for this week’s episode of Take A Knee and they explore her quick rise from working in her family’s property management business to working for Union Bank before departing to start Reality Mogul. Adam and Jilliene explore the quick path that has led Jilliene to her current position and nomination to Forbes’ very respected ’30 Under 30’ list and how her views on business have help shape the culture of Reality Mogul.
Ewan McGregor joins Adam for This Weeks episode of Take A Knee to talk about his new documentary Bug: Life and Times of the Peoples Car, available now on Chassymedia.com. Adam opens the show asking Ewan about an incredible motorcycle ride he did in which he and a friend traveled east from London to New York. Then Adam and Ewan talk about how fun the Volkswagen bugs have always been throughout the years, as well as his interest in acting from an early age. After that, Adam brings in the Producer Tory Alonzo and Director Damon Risatu of Bug to talk more in-depth about their documentary and how they got connected with Ewan. Before they wrap, Adam asks Ewan about some of his upcoming projects.
Legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum joins Adam for this week’s episode of Take A Knee. Adams opens the show talking to Bob about some of the biggest fights he's promoted over his many years in boxing. After that, Adam and Bob talk about the skills and work ethics of various notable fighters. This leads Bob to talk about his appreciation for Manny Pacquiao and everything he does for his home country of The Philippines. Before they wrap, Adam asks Bob about the hardest fight to put together, as well as the fight that got away.
Author and businessman Steven Blue joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Steven talk about Steven's most recent book 'American Manufacturing 2.0' and what we as a country need to do in order to win back the manufacturing jobs that we have lose to other countries. The guys also explore the different company cultures that exist and how they can impact a company's bottom line.
Robert Carr joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee wherein Robert takes Adam on the journey of his life starting with a highly self destructive alcoholic father leading Robert to having a very high drive. Robert then takes Adam though his life in business, turning a small company into a multi-billion dollar business before losing it all and having to rebuild after his company suffered a hacking attack.
Adams welcomes endurance adventurer, motivational speaker, and heath coach Luke Tyburski to this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the episode asking Luke about his attraction to pushing his body to the very limits to perform in high endurance sports such as marathons and triathlons. Then Luke talks about his professional soccer career he had growing up before having to retire due to injuries. After that, Luke talks about his nutritional intake while training for endurance activities. Before they wrap, Adam and Luke talk about the need for people to take control of their own lives in order to improve it as opposed to having things given to you by the government or others.
Author and behavioral scientist Jon Levy joins Adam for this week’s episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Jon kick off the show talking about how the right amount of anxiety can be a good motivator. Then Jon tells some stories of his travels overseas including spending over a minute submerged in the icy waters of Antarctica and almost braking his back in the Bull Run in Pamplona, Spain. After that, Jon talks about a dinner of high profile individuals he puts together called The Influencers Dinner. Before they wrap, Adam discusses about the importance of spending time with your children and not giving any excuses why you can't.
Legendary Writer and Director Paul Schrader joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show talking to Paul about some of his first movies he wrote including Raging Bull and American Gigolo. Then Paul talks about how a rough time in his life while living in Los Angeles turned into the screenplay for Taxi Driver. After that, Adam asks Paul about his time directing some of the biggest stars such as Richard Pryor and Harvey Keitel with minimal directing experience. Before they wrap, Adam and Paul talk about the grueling task of shooting on location for a lengthy period of time.
Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Tony about his first company Link Exchange, which he founded in college and eventually sold to Microsoft for $265 Million dollars. Then Tony talks about transforming Downtown Las Vegas and living in an airstream. After that, Adam asks Tony about his upbringing by Taiwanese immigrant parents as well as his time at Harvard. Before they wrap, Tony talks about different types of frameworks for happiness.
Writer James Andrew Miller joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking James about his numerous New York Times best selling books. This leads to a conversation on the the relationships between agents and clients in Hollywood. After that, James talks about how agencies have changed over the last 5 decades. Before they wrap, James tells a story from when he was writing a book on Saturday Night Live.
Director/Producer Cheryl Miller Houser joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Cheryl about her new documentary Generation Startup. This leads to a discussion on the lack of entrepreneurial spirit within today's younger generation. After that, Adam and Cheryl talk about Manifesting your own destiny rather than relying on luck and prayer to get ahead in life. Before they wrap, Adam talks about all the hard work that goes into making documentary vs peoples perception of how fun it must be to make one.