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Hacking the Hustle

By Benjamin Sklar
Hacking the Hustle is a podcast hosted by Benjamin Sklar dedicated to helping curious people gain insights about entrepreneurship, motivation, and mindset.
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37. A Beginner's Guide to Starting an Online Community with David Berkowitz

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61. Saving the World through Coral Reefs & NFTs with Brian Smocovich
On today's episode, Brian Smocovich, founder of Reif, shares his vision for a better future and the path on how we get there. He is intelligent, cultural, and curious, and who isn't interested in someone who quit his job to travel the world then start a company with a mission to save our planet. 
29:52
June 13, 2021
60. Investing in Consumer Brands with Brian Folmer, CEO of FirstLook
Brian Folmer is the CEO and Founder of FirstLook, an innovative company improving the way early-stage investors learn about new consumer products.
28:52
June 4, 2021
59. The Future of Real Estate Syndication with Brian Adams
Brian Adams is the President and founder of Excelsior Capital, where he spearheads the firm's investor relations and capital markets arms. He has 10 years of experience in real estate private equity and leverages his knowledge to source strategic, commercial real estate investments guaranteed to deliver strong yields and returns for his partners. He is a former practicing attorney, earning his J.D. from Suffolk University and his B.A. from Wesleyan University.
29:54
April 17, 2021
58. Realities of Running a Law Firm with Aaron Strauss
Aaron Strauss is the managing partner at AY Strauss, a leading boutique law firm based in New York City that specializes in commercial real estate transactions. 
18:30
April 1, 2021
57. Women in Leadership with Christine Moorehead
On this episode of Hacking the Hustle, host Benji Sklar interviews Christine Moorehead, the managing partner of Mo2 Investments, an innovative real estate investment company. Christine served in Afghanistan as the commander of a platoon in the United States Marine Corps. She shares her inspiring story and the lessons she's learned. 
18:23
February 15, 2021
55. Startups to Watch: Hopin, Upstream, and Hi Right Now
Host Benji Sklar talks about startups to use and podcasts to listen to.
06:30
February 4, 2021
54. Finding Clarity on Forage’s Business Model
On today’s episode of Hacking the Hustle, host Benji Sklar talks about his startup, Forage, business development, and networking events.
01:45
February 2, 2021
53. My opinion on online networking events 🤝
I share my two cents on what’s going to happen this summer with networking events and how I think Forage will play a role.
03:54
January 30, 2021
52. Letting the world know I’m a real estate broker 🤙
🙏 how’s it going. They say you need to let the world know what you need. ✍️ I’m looking to be an active real estate broker in the Hamptons this summer!
01:52
January 29, 2021
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01:19
January 28, 2021
51. Asia is Booming with Henry Bao
On this episode of Hacking the Hustle, host Benji Sklar interviews Henry Bao, an MC, talk show, and TV host in Vietnam. Henry is the founder and CEO of 10 NEXUS Labs, a boutique Community Architecture and Growth Marketing firm. Henry previously led ambassador marketing efforts at Tesla, which grew to over 150,000 ambassadors in less than two years. Prior to Tesla, Henry built communities for Nextdoor, the world's largest social network for neighborhoods with 250,000 neighborhoods around the world. Henry is a mentor & former curriculum lead at Thinkful, an innovative online school acquired by Chegg, Inc. for $80 million. Henry advises startups at Techstars and the Oxford Foundry. He earned his BA at Amherst College, and was a 2012 Dean’s Scholar at Oxford University.
29:40
January 24, 2021
50. Following the Lean Startup Method with Investor Deal Room CEO Josiah Mann
Josiah Mann, CEO of Investor Deal Room, an investment management platform for real estate syndicators, shares how he followed the Lean Startup method when starting his business. 
36:41
January 17, 2021
#49 with Boaz Morris - Venture Capital in Israel
Boaz Morris is a growth stage VC investor at the Israeli Phoenix, Israel's leading insurance company and one of Israel’s largest Institutional Investors. Boaz served in the IDF special forces, and previously worked on the investment team at Pereg Ventures. Benjamin and Boaz were former roommates in Tel Aviv.
31:29
December 1, 2020
#48 with Ori Goldman - You're wrong most of the time
Ori Goldman is currently the CEO and co founder of Loftey, a real estate technology startup focused on making the moving experience cheaper, faster and easier. Previously, he spent a year at RBC Capital Markets in the Securitized Products Sales Group facilitating transactions between RBC and various institutional clients including hedge funds, money managers, and insurance companies. Before that he spent 5 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch focusing on trading RMBS both as a broker for our clients and as a principal using the firm's capital.
35:59
November 20, 2020
#47 with David Young - Real Estate Investing
In this episode of HTH, Benjamin Sklar interviews David Young, a U.S. veteran and West Point graduate, and the director of business development at RCN Capital, a real estate private lender. David shares his thoughts with Benjamin on real estate lending, syndication, and note purchasing. If you're interested in business development, then this episode is for you. 
24:46
November 17, 2020
#46 with Aviv Lazar - Big Law in New York
Aviv Lazar is an associate in the mergers and acquisitions group at White & Case, a leading corporate law firm based in New York. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Aviv shares her viewpoint on law school, big law, and the power of pursuing your passions.
37:14
November 12, 2020
#45 with Mark Potkewitz - Legal Technology, Law, and Policy
In this episode of HTH, Benjamin Sklar interviewed Mark Potkewitz, the Director of Legal Innovation at Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School. Mark and Benjamin discussed the discrepancies in the U.S. and U.K. legal systems, the internet and privacy laws. 
45:04
October 30, 2020
#44 with Karlos Horn - Lessons from Law School
On today's episode of HTH, host Benjamin Sklar interviewed Karlos Horn, a U.S. Navy veteran and current 3L at Brooklyn Law School. Karlos shares his thoughts on the lessons learned and insights gained, and his trials and tribulations from law school. Benjamin and Karlos are classmates in the Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy Clinic (BLIP). 
41:02
October 25, 2020
#43 with Yonah Weiss - Real Estate Tax Savings
On this episode of Hacking the Hustle (HTH), host Benjamin Sklar interviewed Yonah Weiss, an international expert in real estate tax savings. Based in Jerusalem, Yonah has saved investors tens of millions of dollars on taxes through cost segregation as Business Director at Madison SPECS, a national cost segregation leader in the U.S. Yonah has been featured on over 100 podcasts. Go to https://www.yonahweiss.com/featured-on to check them out.
21:21
October 21, 2020
#42 with Terry White - Building an Apparel Brand
Terry White is the founder and CEO of WOLACO, an athletic apparel company based in New York City. Terry is the former captain of the lacrosse team at Harvard and a talented entrepreneur with a big vision. Host Benjamin Sklar and Terry discuss starting a company, building a brand, and chasing a dream. 
44:38
October 11, 2020
#41 with Michael Rabin - Getting into Commercial Real Estate Investing
Michael Rabin is the managing partner of Fortified Property Group, a real estate investment firm based in Los Angeles. Michael shares his story about how he got into real estate, started his own firm, and sees current trends in the commercial real estate market today. 
32:07
September 16, 2020
#40 with Francisco Gomez-Palacio - Starting a Real Estate General Contracting Company
Francisco Gomez-Palacio, my first cousin, shares the lessons he's learned from starting a real estate general contracting business in Dallas, Texas. Francisco was born in Mexico City, went to Greenhill and USC, and has a background in e-commerce and music production. If you're interested in starting a business, this podcast is relevant for you. 
29:07
September 10, 2020
#39 with Bill Kenney - Chatroulette for Business is the Future of Online Events
In this week's episode of Hacking the Hustle, Benjamin Sklar speaks with Bill Kenney, CEO of MEET, a company based in Connecticut that helps international B2B companies penetrate the U.S. market through trade shows and in-person events. Bill and Benjamin discuss the emerging tech platforms for hosting and attending online events as well as what's in store for the events industry and online networking post-COVID. We hope you enjoy episode #39!
34:44
July 17, 2020
38. Training like an Olympian with Olivier Siegelaar
In this week's episode of Hacking the Hustle, Benjamin speaks with Olivier Siegelaar, a three-time Olympian. Olivier shares how his no-nonsense mindset kept him focused on his goal of winning a medal at the Olympics, which he did in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Olivier discusses his experience immigrating to the United States from the Netherlands, getting his MBA at Oxford, and now opening the European office for Cambridge Semantics, an enterprise analytics software company based in Boston.  Expect to learn from this episode: - how to take responsibility for your life - how to not blame others for your circumstances - how you can do whatever you want in this world We hope you enjoy episode #38! 
43:56
June 29, 2020
37. A Beginner's Guide to Starting an Online Community with David Berkowitz
On today's episode, David Berkowitz, founder of Serial Marketers, a fast-growing online community for marketers hosted on Slack, shares his insights and do's and don'ts on starting, managing, and growing an online community. If you listen to today's episode, expect to learn how to get started, what tech platforms to consider using, and how to think about building your brand. David currently works with agencies, media companies, and tech startups on marketing, business development, and corporate strategy. He has spoken at over 350 events including Cannes Lions, South by Southwest (SXSW), and Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and has been a guest lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Business, Yale School of Management, and the USC Marshall School of Business. David has served as an expert witness in social media marketing in a trial before the New York State Supreme Court, and every week, David publishes the Serial Marketer newsletter featuring commentary, industry analysis, news, jobs, and events at www.serialmarketer.net/subscribe. If you want to join the Serial Marketers community on Slack, request access at SerialMarketers.net. We hope you enjoy episode 37!
25:06
June 19, 2020
36. The Future of Solar Energy & US Immigration Reform with Pol Lezcano
On today's podcast, Pol Lezcano, a European and expert research analyst at Bloomberg in New York, shares his opinions on what's going on in the US solar energy markets and what the future holds for US immigration reform.  Benjamin Sklar met Pol in Barcelona, where Pol grew up and Benjamin studied abroad when in college. Pol later earned a master's degree in sustainability management at Columbia University on the Upper West Side.  Expect to learn about (1) the challenges of being an immigrant in New York, (2) the process of buying land and building solar farms in Long Island, and (3) what Pol thinks about what's around the corner in the renewable energy markets. We hope you enjoyed today's episode! If you did, please support our show by sharing your unique review and clicking "subscribe" to be notified about our next episodes. Have a great day!
33:16
May 31, 2020
35. Leaving Wall Street to Join the Peace Corps with Louie Zuniga
In today's episode, Louie Zuniga shares his story regarding leaving his job on Wall Street to pursuing his passion for education and moving to Africa to join the Peace Corps. Louie discusses the pressures he felt in leaving his high-paying job, learning a new language, and starting a new life teaching kids in a classroom in a small African village in Cameroon.  Topics in today's episode:  - The American Dream  - The Education System - African Culture 
37:05
May 28, 2020
34. Starting a Real Estate Syndication Business with Brian Burke
In today's episode, Brian Burke shares his story about building a real estate company into an empire of more than 3,000 multifamily units. Brian talks about the basics of real estate investing and syndication, and what it's like to run a real estate fund.  Currently, Brian is the CEO of Praxis Capital, a real estate private equity firm based outside San Francisco. Brian has acquired over half a billion dollars’ worth of real estate over a 30-year career including more than 700 single-family homes, with the assistance of proprietary software that he wrote himself. Brian has subdivided land, built homes, constructed self-storage, and repositioned existing multifamily properties. In addition, Brian is the author of “The Hands-Off Investor: An Insider’s Guide to Investing in Passive Real Estate Syndications” and is a frequent guest on the Bigger Pockets real estate podcast and at conferences across the U.S. We hope you learn and get some value out of today's episode! 
31:17
May 25, 2020
33. The Future of Office Leasing with Evan Fiddle
In today's episode, Evan Fiddle shares his experience on how the coronavirus has impacted the commercial real estate industry in Manhattan and how the office leasing market will look in the future.  Evan Fiddle is a Senior Vice President in the Midtown Manhattan office of CBRE, the world’s largest real estate firm. Since joining CBRE after graduating from Amherst College, Evan has been honored as a Crain's New York Business Rising Star in 2019; a recipient of Commercial Observer's "30 under 30" Top Leasing Leasing Professionals award in 2018, and was named "The Most Promising Commercial Salesperson of the Year" by the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) in March 2018. Evan has represented a diverse array of New York City tenants and owners, including numerous Fortune 500 companies.
24:58
May 19, 2020
32. Optimizing Your Sales Process with Jake Mendelson
Jake Mendelson, Director of Sales for Brightflag, walks us through the process of establishing a best-in-class sales process. Jake talks about hiring and managing remote teams, as well as mental health and training. If you're interested in improving your sales process, then this is a great episode for you.
24:25
May 6, 2020
31. The Ins & Outs of SEO with Dean Scaduto
Search Engine Optimization? Dean Scaduto, CEO of Dino's Digital, an SEO digital marketing agency, shares his take on what's going on in the SEO industry and tips and tricks you need to know about to rank well in Google.  Dean Scaduto is a Harvard alum with unique experience working with clients in Mexico, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates.
28:60
April 25, 2020
30. Upgraid your Daily Health with Justin Kamine
Justine Kamine shares his story behind founding UPGRAID, a daily supplement that aims to reduce society's reliance on synthetic chemicals.  Justin was ranked Forbes 50 Most Influential Impact Investors, Forbes 30U30, is a TEDx speaker, and has contributed or been featured in a variety of publications including CNBC, Forbes and Entrepreneur. 
28:54
April 22, 2020
29. Acquiring Customers in Latin America with Serial Entrepreneur, David Zonona
David Zonona is a tech entrepreneur based in Mexico City. David shares his advice on how US-based companies should approach acquiring customers in Mexico and Latin America, as well as what's going on in South America's startup ecosystem.
18:49
April 18, 2020
28. Today's Reality for Restaurants & What We Can Do To Help
Cara Felleman of Resy and David Wicoff of Sysco come together to share their take on the current status of restaurants throughout the U.S., how restaurant owners will come out of today's pandemic, and what we can do to help. 
25:36
April 17, 2020
27. Curing COVID & Biomedical Engineering with Joey Wippold: Lab-on-a-chip Devices
Joey Wippold works for the Department of Defense's Biotech Group in D.C. and is currently earning his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Texas A&M. Joey and Benjamin discuss Joey's groundbreaking research on lab-on-a-chip devices and how they could exponentially speed up the process of finding a cure for the coronavirus, as well as future diseases and biochemical weapons. 
27:02
April 13, 2020
26. The Future of Sports Marketing with Jordan Smith
Jordan Smith discusses COVID's impact on the sports industry, how ESports is gaining traction, and what lies ahead for partnership marketing. Jordan is the manager of partnership marketing for Professional Sports Partners based in Houston and is a passionate content creator with seven-plus years of experience delivering creative brand management through marketing campaigns, brand partnerships, radio, and digital advertising.
32:34
April 11, 2020
25. Staying Motivated and Having Laser Focus on the One Thing
Reverse engineering your goals into actionable daily steps is easier said than done. Jonathan Farber and Jordan Ross share their tips on how to better approach your to-do list and focus on the "one thing."   Jordan Ross is a high-performance coach in LA and Jonathan Farber is a real estate investor in NC.  
35:25
April 10, 2020
24. The Explosion of the Cannabis Industry with Ian Korer
Ian Korer sheds light on how today's pandemic is progressing the cannabis industry, our culture's taboos around drugs, and the medicinal implications of marijuana on our mental health and health care system. Ian is the Director of Brand Strategy at the Union Cannabis Group, a company at the forefront of offering cannabis manufacturing services.
36:14
April 9, 2020
23. Should I Serve in the Army? Get an MBA? Start a Business? Why & Why Not.
Ariel Hoffman discusses his journey playing D1 football, serving in the IDF Special Forces, starting a sports training business, and pursuing an MBA. Benjamin asks Ariel about his thought process and the tough questions we all need to ask ourselves before making decisions in today's world. 
39:08
April 7, 2020
22. Mental Health & COVID'S Impact on Military Strategy
Discussing mental health issues, productivity, and geopolitics, Benjamin speaks with Michael Aaronson, associate at SilverSEAL and childhood friend. 
26:51
April 4, 2020
21. What Startups Will Come Out of This?
Two VCs and one founder discuss how COVID is changing their businesses. This conversation with Cory Levy (founder of FirstText), Daniel Frankenstein (co-founder of JANVEST), and Ryan Eisenman (co-founder of Arch) focused on how markets are changing and what good things can come out of today's pandemic. 
30:32
April 3, 2020
20. Audio of Online Event I How the Coronavirus is Changing VCs, Law Firms & Nonprofits
Enjoy today's discussion with a VC investor, startup attorney, crypto advisor, and nonprofit manager.  This Zoom call highlights the impact of the coronavirus and the future of online events. I hope you enjoy listening in!
25:30
April 2, 2020
19. COVID's Impact on Nonprofits & Philanthropy with CEO, Dave Doneson
Dave Doneson shares his take on how the coronavirus is impacting the nonprofit sector and philanthropy. Dave is the CEO of the American Committee for the Weizmann Insitute of Science, one of the world's leading research institutions in the hard sciences. The Weizmann Institute is leading Israel's efforts in finding a cure for COVID-19 and Dave is responsible for raising funds to support this critical initiative.  
29:34
April 1, 2020
18. How Marketing is Changing with Marco Lange
Calling from Hong Kong, Marco Lange shares his insights on how COVID19 is impacting his company, his clients' businesses, and his interesting outlook on what's ahead. Marco is the Co-Founder of Eunomia Digital, a design and marketing agency based in New York. 
28:42
March 31, 2020
17. Inbound Marketing Tactics with Hannah Lapin
On today's episode, Hannah Lapin shares her insights as a marketing manager for Visio Lending, a real estate company based that provides financing solutions for real estate investors throughout the US. Hannah and Benjamin talk about inbound vs. outbound marketing and why Visio is utilizing Forage. 
17:31
March 28, 2020
16. How to Get Started in Real Estate with Travis Dickenson
On today's podcast of Hacking the Hustle, Benjamin Sklar speaks with Travis Dickenson about how he started investing in real estate and his focus on building a portfolio of rental properties in student housing. Travis is based in New York and Connecticut and shares great insights on how to think about getting started in the game of real estate investing. 
42:04
March 27, 2020
15. The Behind-the-Scenes of Business Development with Charlie Strauss
On today's episode of Hacking the Hustle, Benjamin speaks with Charles Strauss, an investment advisor for JLL's industrial group based in Houston. They talk about cold calling strategies, real estate brokerage, and how to adapt to a changing corporate environment. We hope you enjoy the episode! 
34:38
March 26, 2020
14. Talking shop about real estate investing and marketing strategies post-COVID-19
On today's episode of Hacking the Hustle, Benjamin Sklar moderated a panel of three speakers: Drew Levey, Marco Lange, and Andy Weiss. We discussed real estate markets and what's going on in the world with the coronavirus. We hope you get some value from tuning in! We want to know, "What's your hack?"
17:17
March 25, 2020
13. Discussing the American Dream with a Mexican Immigrant
On today's podcast, our host Benjamin Sklar speaks with Andres Magallón, a Mexican immigrant currently studying and working in New York. Andres and Benjamin discuss the American Dream, US immigration reform, and everything in between. Hope you enjoy the episode!
15:59
March 24, 2020
12. Education and employment, what else matters?
On today's podcast episode of Hacking the Hustle, I speak with VC investor, Taylor Chapman. Both currently quarantined in New York, Taylor and I speak about the coronavirus's impact on our education system and employment. Enjoy the episode and please subscribe!
26:27
March 23, 2020
11. What's going to happen?
On today's episode of Hacking the Hustle, Benjamin Sklar speaks with Patrick Barry about the coronavirus and how it's changing everything. Patrick and Benjamin studied abroad together in 2013 in Spain while in college. We hope you enjoy the show!
31:60
March 21, 2020
10. Talking about the Future of Work with Marketplace Manager, Brian Ragone
On today's podcast I speak with Brian Ragone, a marketplace manager at Uber. Brian and I talk about the pros and cons of working remotely, the "future of work," and philosophies regarding the optimization of business processes. I hope you enjoy!
49:57
March 16, 2020
9. Understanding Covert Abuse with Mental Health Counselor, Kris Godinez
I'm really excited about this podcast episode with Kris Godinez, one of the leading mental health counselors in the world today. Kris walks us through her story of becoming a counselor and helps us understand the various forms of emotional and psychological abuse. This episode is one of my favorites because Kris' insights can help you understand what a toxic relationship looks like. I hope you enjoy!
53:24
March 11, 2020
8. Talking Tech with Entrepreneur, Cory Levy
On today's episode I speak with Cory Levy, founder of First Text, After School and Internapalooza. We talk about startups, venture capital, and how to build a powerful network. I hope you enjoy the episode!
24:16
March 8, 2020
7. Conforming to "The System" with my Fiancé, Bari Bee
On today's podcast I speak with my fiancé, Bari Bee. We discuss working in NYC, the struggles of going vegan, the criminal justice system, and how we met!
41:23
March 6, 2020
6. How to Build a Beverage Brand with Strategist, Ian Crystal
On today's episode I speak with Ian Crystal, the CEO of Monkey Rum and the former marketing director for Absolut Vodka, Malibu Rum and other iconic beverage brands. Ian shares his thoughts on the current trends in the spirits industry as well as key factors to consider before working for a beverage brand, investing in one, or starting your own. Hope you enjoy!  
35:09
March 5, 2020
5. Opening Up & Becoming Vulnerable with Life Coach, Jordan Ross
In today's episode on Hacking the Hustle, host Benji Sklar speaks with business and life coach, Jordan Ross. Jordan educates us on the importance of having a well rounded and balanced mindset in all areas of our life in order to succeed. Listen as he courageously asks Benji some of the hard questions that are necessary to explore in order to overcome blocks and leap toward a brighter future. 
31:31
February 20, 2020
4. Hustling as a Real Estate Expert with Seth Isenbart
On this episode of Hacking the Hustle, Benji Sklar speaks with real estate appraiser, Seth Isenbart. Seth walks us through what it's like to work as a real estate appraiser in San Diego, what's happening with property prices in the San Diego area, and what hustling entails as an appraiser looking to open his own shop. 
28:33
February 17, 2020
3. Focusing on Happiness with Buddhist, Joe Cadiff
In this episode of Hacking the Hustle, Benji Sklar speaks with the wise yoga and meditation teacher, Joe Cadiff. Joe shares his story about his path towards enlightenment and shares his advice on how we can find happiness in our daily lives. 
31:24
February 8, 2020
2. Giving Everything You Have with Andy Weiss
Benji Sklar, Host of the Hacking the Hustle podcast sits down with Andy Weiss to discuss real estate in New York City, community building, and the importance of giving back. We hope you enjoy the episode!
32:55
January 24, 2020
1. Setting Intentions with Jonathan Farber
This is the first episode of Hacking the Hustle where host Benji Sklar interviews Jonathan Farber about real estate investing, data storage and everything in between.  Jonathan is a real estate investor, account executive at NetApp, and thought leader in the personal productivity space. Jonathan shares a lot of great tips in this episode. 
30:33
January 23, 2020