Ep067: For the first time in the history of this show, Conner will be hosting all by himself. Nick is in Africa this week hosting Founder's Live and isn't able to jump on the phone call. So instead of canceling the show all together, we handed the microphone over to Conner to experiment doing the solo show. Conner started a brand called Find Me in Seattle where he explores the city telling stories and sharing videos about the people, places, food and experiences that make our city interesting. This week Conner visited Oyster New Year by Elliot's Oyster House and also voted in this month's Seattle election. He also talks briefly about the Seattle Sounders hosting MLS Cup. But in true Catching Up style, we want to make sure we still focus on technology, startups and marketing, so Conner has two topics for the week. The first is related to the birthday of Alexa devices. Conner, and many others, received a random package from Amazon this week that contained a coffee tumbler with the writing "Alexa, order coffee" on it. It was a nice gift to receive from a relatively stingy company, but what surprised me the most was the thought about how voice could be the next big search engine. When you say "Alexa, order coffee," what coffee does she actually order? This is going to make branding so much more important, because unless you pay to be the default, you're going to lose a lot of sales unless the customer specifically asks to order your brand. Secondly, we learned about a unique approach to promoting movies by releasing them city by city and promoting them through events and thought it was a really great idea. It's being done by Kevin Smith, and his new movie "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot," is being promoted this way.
We hope you enjoy Conner's solo episode and experiment for releasing a future Find Me in Seattle Show. Please let us know what you think!
This might be the most politically heavy show we’ve ever had. Don’t worry we aren’t talking about trump or the election, this week is about politics and technology. Edward Snowden appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast this week and we highly encourage you to go listen to it. We also touch on Twitter banning political ads. On the personal side of the episode we give a big shout out to the Sounders for making another MLS Cup and ask Nick about Halloween in London.
Ep065 kicks off with the story from WeWork this week and their founder Adam Neumann being offered $1Billion to leave the company. Our conversation develops into more about corporate responsibly to its employees and the changes in business culture to provide value rather than drive profit. We also review last night’s Founders Live Seattle event, part of Seattle Startup Week, with the winners and honorable mentions to the companies that presented. Thanks for listening every week to the show, we appreciate you!
Nick and Conner created this show for moments like this. To document the unexpected journey of life from a personal and professional perspective. We mostly talk about entrepreneurship from a professional perspective, but after the passing of Nick’s father this past week, we do the show in honor of him. Nick reflects on the lessons learned from his father and how that pushes him forward to live with purpose and pursue his goals.
Nicks year long tour takes him this month to London! He just arrived and our show almost had to be canceled because he didn’t have WiFi and couldn’t find where he was staying. This weeks episode is a true catching up show just talking about the adjustment to a new city. Thanks for listening, subscribing and sending us your messages.
This week Conner and Nick attended Founders Live Seattle and New York City and they discuss the winning companies from the pitch events and why they thought they won. Nick also ends the show with a big announcement about how his company is working on being more inclusive and helping diverse demographics get started in entrepreneurship
This week’s episode takes a little bit of time to get going as Conner & Nick catch up about their lives in the first quarter of the show but eventually they get into the conversation about the changing music industry and the renaissance that’s happened over the last two decades with the evolution of streaming services. From Spotify and Pandora still shining in the limelight as platforms for new artist to get discovered, we discuss how these services have created a more fair playing field for everyone involved.
This week Conner and Nick talk about podcasting. This is our second show we’ve produced together and we publish here on Anchor. However, Nick is starting a show for his company Founders Live and he is looking at alternative ways at recording and distributing the show. Let us know if you have any tips or tricks in improving your podcast. Also, please leave us a review or comment if you like the show ❤️
This week there was a lot of hype around a seattle startup launch called Mystery which curates exclusive date itineraries for its users. We discuss whether we would use a service like this and what we think of their business model. The second topic is about our favorite brands. A recent poll found that millennials favorite brand is Amazon, Apple and Nike (in that order) and we talk about how relevant these are to our lives. Enjoy the show! Please leave us a review if you like the show. Send us a tweet, message or email if you have a topic you’d like discussed on the show
This week’s topics are focused around 3 recent FoundersLive Winners and we got into a spontaneous conversation about collecting personal information and what it would take for one of us to get a microchip placed in our body to get vital health information back? We are curious, what guarantees would you need to have it done?
This week’s discussions starts with a topic we have put off for the last two weeks. On August 1, world famous video game streamer, Ninja, left Amazon owned Twitch to joint Microsoft’s Mixer. In the weeks following, Ninjas former channel had some suspicious content connected to it. This lead us into ownership and the recent controversy over the umbrella company and owners of Equinox & Soul Cyle. This week there were lots of protest over the gyms owners involvement in politics, but we wonder who the real losers will end up being...
This week Conner met with a seattle based entrepreneur and she expressed interest in wanting to spend a year living in a van, traveling the country meeting women business owners and sharing their stories. This conversation led to us wanting to share some pointers from Nicks experience doing that exact same thing this year. Have questions about either Conner or Nick? Please leave us a comment or review
This week Nick is calling Conner from NYC 🍏 and they are focused on the topic of How to Stay Productive Over Summer. It’s the first week of August and now tends to be the time where you see plenty of away messages and it’s tough to get things done. Should you also go on vacation or is this actually a time to catch up on some of those tasks you’ve been meaning to finish? Thanks as always, leave us a comment, message or review if you have any of your own protips
This show is actually about catching up. We had to reschedule last week’s show so we bundled two weeks of topics into one show. Topics include 50 years since landing on the moon, facebook fines and antitrust, faceapp, amazon prime day, and FoundersLive Winners
This week we learned that local startup UTrip closed its doors unexpectedly with little warning to its staff, investors and customers. The AI focused travel planning company has been praised for its fundraising and awards over the past 8 years of operation, so this news came as a surprise, There are some good learning lessons from this story and Nick and Conner discuss some of the things they’ve thought about in regards to the difficulties of running a venture backed startup
This week’s show focuses on tips about working and living on the road. Nick is currently in his 7th month traveling the country and Conner calls from Idaho so the conversation transitioned into strategies about tips to finding hidden gems, getting secure WiFi, doing laundry and taking public transportation.
Ep051: this week Conner and Nick check in with each other about some of their experiences this week with some high and low lights in building their company. They spend the second half of the show address the importance of being self aware of their own mental health and make a commitment to be better at having these types of check-ins during future shows
Ep050 is all about INFLUENCERS! With the rise of YouTube, Instagram and all the other social platforms, we are starting to see how modern influencers has become a status symbol that many people want to be. Nick recently discovered the trend “mukbang” where people eat food and slurp noodles while viewers obsess and watch religiously, creating millions of dollars in revenue. Conner & Nick also talk about the struggles with creating a business as an influencer and some of their personal influencers journeys. Nick this week is in Minnesota for Founders Live and Conner is at home in Seattle.
This week Nick is calling Conner from Bozeman, Montana. The conversation revolves around content strategy and working on developing ways to promote our businesses through video. Conners company Find Me creates videos about local businesses in Seattle which drives him leads to provide marketing services. Nicks events happen around the world and he wants to work on making the videos more digestible for social media. Enjoy the show!
This week Nick is back in Seattle to host his monthly series Founders Live Seattle. Along with our local live show, he had events on Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, Portland, Dallas and Lagos (Africa). For our topic this week we dive into Facebook’s announcement of GlobalCoins, their new cryptocurrency launching in 2020. Let us know what you think about their upcoming launch and are you planning to sign up or buy any of their coins?
This week Conner and Nick discuss the risks of an employee joining a startup. Working for a small (hopefully growing) company comes with highs and lows. Success and failure run hand in hand and change everyday. What the risk really comes down to is gaining equity and experience in anticipation of the next gig.
Ep046: this week Conner and Nick discuss the origin stories of their business names “Founders Live” and “Find Me in Seattle.” Nick has some great advice on things to think about when choosing the right name
We start this episode talking about some of the hurdles in our business and being scared of hiring. On a personal note, we talk about Baldwin and Chancellor leaving the Seahawks, scooters coming to Seattle (finally) and the power of brand how Starbucks got $billions in free advertising
This week we experienced some technical difficulties and part of our show was lost. We start the episode with how we stay in touch with the tech industry which ties into a profile of Rad Bikes. We also touch on Tiger and Russel Wilson. Lastly, we discuss some of the surprises we’ve had in 2019 trying to grow our companies
This week nick is traveling from Austin to Dallas. We start the conversation talking about how he is getting exercise while traveling. The primary topic this week is how our business models have changed since we started our companies.
We are back for Season2 of the show, and after a few weeks off we are truly catching up on Nicks life on the Road (currently in Dallas) and a company he recently learned about called Monarc, a robot quarterback. Conner has been stressed with taxes and learning how to balance life and business as they have become blend into the same thing. We end the show with our picks for the Final Four; Nick- MSU Conner- TTU
This week’s episode covers February Founders Live Seattle Event and the winners MyPeopleNow.com. We transition into talking about Flexport, a company that raised $1B and the benefits and drawbacks to raising that much money.
This is not our first show together. Nick and Conner first met at an event series called Feature Friday (eventually became Founders Live). We worked together at a company called Knotis, and used to record a show called Straight Up Startups on Google Hangouts. Those lessons have led us to create Catching Up, a way for us to continue our conversations and get you involved. Thank you for supporting our show! Please leave us a review or send us your questions
Ep038 was intended to have another set of topics, but we open the show asking Nick to give a shout out to a unique company he’s met this year and he brings up EXECrank which helps founders form a board of directors. This leads us into a series of questions about why and when you should start thinking about forming a board.
Nick is back in Seattle to host Founders Live and we are talking about the winner, Coffee Break. We also dive into the reason why Burger King got so much attention online this week and their video from Casey Neistat (link below). Lastly we are talking about the new robot influencers that popped up on Instagram and how they could disrupt the concept of influencer. Thanks for listening! /////// Burger King: https://youtu.be/yto4a3tdqYc ///// robot influencers https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/31/digital-influencers-and-the-dollars-that-follow-them/
Episode 035 dives into the recent news of layoffs in numerous media and tech companies. Dealing with layoffs or being fired can create a ton of difficulties but Conner and Nick discuss some ideas including how creating content could help find your next gig.
This weeks show debates a recent quote by Netflix stating they are more concerned with Fortnight than HBO. We also dig into a recent interview with Jack Dorsey discussing their need to fix the platform or shut down. Lastly, Nick bought AirPods and the Sounders have a New jersey sponsor.
It’s been a long break for Nick and Conner with some big life changes happening. The pod for a time was in question, but now we are back for our weekly round up of catching up. Nick has the most to update us on this week as he has packed up a suitcase and traveling around the country for the next year meeting with startup founders and sharing their stories
Episode 032 focuses on Anchor sponsoring the podcast. No credit to us, but we talk about the idea of sponsorships on our show and which brands we’d love to see. We also talk about Founders Live Seattle winner EarShot, Tiger vs Phil, and Bird Fleets for entrepreneurs. We experimented with Anchor advertising in this episode and they pay $10 for every 1000 listens. We are nowhere close to hitting that number. Thank you for watching Catching Up with Conner & Nick
Episode 031 starts with the announcement of Shyft raising $6.5M Series A to help retail businesses with scheduling. We spend lots of time talking about Social Capitals change in direction and their call out of the VC Ponzi Scheme in Silicon Valley. Lastly, would you move to Tulsa, Ok for $10k?... Oh yes! Conner said hi to Jeff Bezos, what would you say to him?
Episode 030 of Catching Up focuses on the Founders Live Core Values and what they mean to our companies. We also talk about the future of HQ Trivia, tech companies involvement with politics, and The NTWRK being the mobile version of HSN/QVC
It’s episode029 of Catching Up and this week we are talking about a new crowd funding campaign for fake moon dirt. We also discuss ideas for marketing a car share company, pitching to investors and our predictions with VR
This week’s show starts with the winner of Seattle Startup Week & Founders Live Winner Intentionalist, Robots sinning American Ninja Warrior, and we play “keep it moving or hit the breaks” with some Seattle event news. Thanks for supporting our show
In Episode 026, Conner and Nick get caught up in their beef with Seattle fundraising after a huge quarter for later stage startups. They ponder the idea of companies can do good. We also highlight some of our favorite winners from Founders Live. We end talking about crypto prices and the Silk Road. Enjoy the show!
This week’s show begins with a discussion about the winners from Founders Live Seattle Vita Inclinata. We also discuss Elon Musk’s appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast as well as Spearhead2 Founders Fund and Amazons hardware event. Thanks for listening to Catching Up with Conner and Nick
Episode 024 begins with reviewing our biggest summer accomplishments. We also play Buy or Sell with 2 companies: a dating app for dog owners, and a platform to reward your community with crypto currency. Lastly Nick and Conner make some predictions for the next big thing in consumer trends. Enjoy the show!
Ep023: Nick and Conner talk about some of the tools they use to keep their companies organized. This transitions into how they take time each day to slow down. We end the show discussing Googles findings when they ran fake pizza ads on YouTube. Enjoy the show 🚀
This week Nick spoke with Seattle Entrepreneur and cofounder of Moz, Rand Fiskin, we dissect some of those takeaways. We also play the game Buy or Sell and a rapid fire round of topics from the past two weeks
Ep021 takes us back into crypto with the reveal of International Exchange’s launch of Bakkt. We also discuss why tech companies are acquiring media companies, tipping content creators and books we are reading right now
This week Conner and Nick discuss Nintendos new learningn tool LABO, the future of freelancing in a modern city, the fees of owning a franchise, and the well being of your company may be more similar to your life then you first thought. Enjoy the show!
In part 2, nick and conner complain about their anchor failure, and then they talk about taking investment from Travis Kalanick, giving away free food as a marketing expense, and Allgo winning Founders Live in Portland