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Hudson Valley Disruptors

Hudson Valley Disruptors

By Ed Weeks, Jr.
This is the Hudson Valley's Disruptors podcast. If you are tired of the business world's focus on big cities, this is a podcast for you. We will interview some of the top disruptors in the valley. Individuals who are creating their own paths, not following the established ones.
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Episode 8 - Café Sweet Spot, "The Fight Before The Glory"
Real conversation from a newbie to the restaurant scene in Poughkeepsie. This episode needs to be listened to in its entirety. Tons a value and nuggets for anyone just starting in their entrepreneurial fight, as well as for people who have perhaps forgotten the value of mastering fundamentals.  Please check out for more info. Stop in and see Iakeem at 296 Main Street. There is a good chance you will see Ed  there!  For a deeper digital experience, check out a recent review of Café Sweet Spot by our friends at Hudson Valley Eats
July 31, 2019
Episode 7: The Power of Facebook Ads
In this episode, Dave & Ed dive deep into the power of Facebook Ads. We are dropping some next level advice on how to maximize ad spends through utilization of the latest video view techniques, as well as other facts around the Facebook Ads manager. We also dropped some nuggets on a site that can up your content and ad copy - - powerful place to find what people are searching for in your space! Take a listen and let us know what you think. Give us a review. Good or bad. We want to bring you content that matters. Next week, we are interviewing the man behind Cafe Sweet Spot in the City of Poughkeepsie. He's making his mark and we want to share his story with you.  Want to be a guest?? Hit us up at and let's get you on the show!
July 23, 2019
Anthony Cardoso, founder Cardoso Cookies.
HV Disruptors is back! We couldn't think of a better person to jumpstart our podcast again than Anthony Cardoso, founder of Cardoso Cookies. Anthony, a 2002 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, started this company with the goal of providing the best cookies possible delivered directly to your door. Cardoso Cookies is an Online Cookie Company with no physical storefront, but they do offer local delivery and can be patronized at local events throughout the year. Made to order freshness and always from scratch while using high quality ingredients and utilizing local Hudson Valley made products. The result: a big smile when you take your first bite. Take advantage of a special discount for our listeners! Use Code HVDisruptors for an instant savings on your first order at Cardoso Cookies - please let us know how damn good you think his cookies are. I can tell you the box Anthony brought to the podcast is long gone. BEST DAMN COOKIES we have ever eaten!
June 13, 2019
Hudson Valley Disruptors Welcomes A Real Entrepreneur!
Dan Pizzarelli, owner of DC Sports & DC Indoor Golf, joins DStat & EDub on Episode #5. His no BS approach to work separates him from today's wannapreneuers! Following his own path has garnered criticism from many and even labeled him crazy by some, but being an entrepreneur takes a commitment to following your own path. Take a listen and find out what it really takes to succeed as a business owner today.  You can find Dan at either or .... and a few new business ventures he plans on launching in 2019. Full disclosure - Dan is a client of HV Social Media which is owned by Ed Weeks, Jr.
March 28, 2019
Hudson Valley Disruptors welcomes Blue Rabbit Studios
This episode's disruption features Daniel Quintana (IG @hey.dq) and his thoughts behind emotionally intelligent creative when building brands.  DQ's agency, Blue Rabbit Studios, is in love with the creative journey. If you’re looking for a way to connect with your audience or engage your target market but don’t have any idea how; look no further!  DStat and EDub have some fun with DQ on this episode, as we take a deeper dive into the mind of one of the Hudson Valley's true assassins of the creative world.  For more info visit DQ's website at
March 11, 2019
Hudson Valley Disruptors, A Very Personal Disruption
On August 4th 2018, our good friend Caitlin Martin started a new decade of her life. On this day, there was only one thing that she wanted..... For Caitlin's 30th birthday, she wanted her Mom, Denise, with the support of her friend and mentor, Chris Herren, to share Denise's story on addiction as well as her family’s journey to a long term recovery in order to offer hope for anyone who might be struggling with substance abuse disorder.. On August 4th, Caitlin's wish came true. Today, we talk to her about the impact releasing this story on video through social media had, as well as an update of things that have transpired since. Learn more about this story here: 
February 20, 2019
Hudson Valley Disruptors Welcomes Hudson Valley Happenings!
HV Disruptors couldn't think of a better first guest and she actually accepted our invite! Larie from Hudson Valley Happenings stopped by for some nachos, a few beers, and a killer interview for our listeners. You think you know Instagram? You think you want to be an influencer or a disruptor? Hear what it takes from one of the best there is in the valley. Larie is the real deal. She shared her insights and analytics with me. Her account is killing the game. She isn't buying the game. She's also cool enough to pull others up and give them the chance to become known! A whole new level of respect for her. Want more?  Check her new website --->  Also, do yourself a favor and follow her amazing Instagram content @hudsonvalleyhappenings  Please think of hitting Subscribe and becoming a listener of the show. We are going to bring known disruptors and unknown disruptors to the forefront of the Hudson Valley!!
February 6, 2019
Hudson Valley Disruptors - First Full Episode
Dave Aisenstat & Ed Weeks, Jr. are so excited to finally get this podcast rolling. We are even more excited to sit with the REAL disruptors in the Hudson Valley. Disruptors that we've reached out to and disruptors that have reached out to us. Of course we cannot have everyone on the podcast, but we will do our damn best to interview as many people as we can who are truly doing disruptive things in the Valley!   We hope you enjoy the first full podcast episode!! We talk about the disruption both of us have done and what we feel gives us the right to bring this podcast to the market. We also cover many other aspects of what we are doing to deliver highly targeted audiences to killer content.  Let us know what you think of the podcast. Give us a review. Subscribe for future episodes that will feature the biggest and baddest disruptors in the Hudson Valley. Want to be on the show?? Send a message to 
January 21, 2019