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Power Nap

By John Walden
Short sessions on a range of topics relevant to Freelancers, Agencies and Entrepreneurs in the tech and creative spaces.
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Agency of One: How did we get here? With Laurie Stretch

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A Conversation With Bryan Wachs: Entrepreneurship and Supply Chain in Modern Manufacturing
Bryan Wachs is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in different ventures and consulting across the globe. In tis episode we talked  with Bryan about QuikRStuff a company that manufactures high end bike racks that he founded along with y JT Westscott, a veteran machinist and business owner in Grand Junction. Bryan is also co-owner and founder of MySalesButler.com, a flat-fee marketing services company also based in Grand Junction. 
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June 15, 2021
Talking to Aryn Kalson-Sperandio—How We Got Here and What's Next
Aryn is a professional writer who primarily works with founders and executives on their writing and communications needs. She is a ghostwriter, writing coach, and all-around grammar nerd. And, as she likes to say, “She helps professionals sound like the leaders they already are”. On the pod we talk about the paths we both took to becoming solo-preneurs and the everyday challenges that brings.
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May 25, 2021
Talking to Brian Watson Part 2: Stepping Into Our Future
Brian Watson is a SaaS Entrepreneur, Coworking Expert, Business Owner, and Ecosystem Builder. Brian co-founded his current company, Proximity, a workplace management platform that helps coworking companies and flexible offices efficiently manage their physical space. altspacetelluride.com. https://www.proximity.space
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May 18, 2021
Talking with Spencer Ingram: The Future of Work
Spencer Ingram is a friend and entrepreneur. He's started a college-to-career accelerator that continues to operate to this day. He's helped social impact entrepreneurs around the world through funding and mentorship in a model similar to X-prize. Joined a boutique agency helping companies navigate pivotal growth moments. Finally relocating to Grand Junction to return to working on projects of his own. He runs a studio called Best Monday Ever to start micro-companies that help people win the future of work.
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May 4, 2021
Talking to Brian Watson Part 1: Looking Back and Ahead
Brian Watson is a SaaS Entrepreneur, Coworking Expert, Business Owner, and Ecosystem Builder. Brian co-founded his current company, Proximity, a workplace management platform that helps coworking companies and flexible offices efficiently manage their physical space. altspacetelluride.com.  https://www.proximity.space
21:43
April 20, 2021
Agency of One: How did we get here? With Laurie Stretch
On the Pod Laurie and I  talk about the ins and outs of running a creative agency as a solo-preneur—what's been called an Agency of One.  Laurie is a senior communications leader with over 25 years of agency, corporate, non-profit and government experience. Laurie has specialized expertise in the energy sector and interest in public policy issues and urban development. Before launching her own business, Laurie led the Calgary office of Edelman, the world's largest PR agency—quadrupling the staff count and revenue of the Calgary office in her tenure there. She also spent five years as a Vice President with NATIONAL Public Relations.  Find out more about Laurie at: https://www.stretchcommunication.com/ Also mentioned on the Pod: Communo the Clubhouse App & Chris Do and the Futur
24:10
April 13, 2021
A Conversation With Mark VanderKlipp
Mark and I talk about his journey from agency owner to solo-preneur and the tension between that and his new gig!  Mark is an experience and systems designer, facilitator and writer working in human-centered graphic design for 35 years. His work helps clients understand all aspects of a given customer journey, empowering staff to deliver an experience that’s clear, relevant and human. A Systems Practice consultant since 2016, he leads diverse teams on a process of discovery to visualize the “wicked problem,” creating the context for the conversation.   Mark has partnered with experts in youth and adult homelessness, child sexual abuse prevention, farm to school and K-12 education initiatives. He previously spent 13 years as president of a world class environmental graphic design firm, where he was the lead strategist for diverse healthcare, higher education, civic, corporate, trails and tourism institutions throughout North America. Learn more about Mark at: www.connect-cx.com
24:04
April 6, 2021
A Quick Brain Blast on 2020
Looking at the potential of a super short pod. No fluff, no frills, no guest.  Transcript: If 2020 showed us anything, it's that we're all contingent that having a job doesn't necessarily translate into a career. And while I think many of us were aware of that already, for a lot of people the idea that they could just be indefinitely furloughed and left to fend for themselves, came as a bit of a shock. 2020 also drove home the idea that a job doesn't guarantee us a place to sit. The whole work from home, or work at home thing, which I think had been trending as a lifestyle choice, really seemed to get leverage from stay at home orders—delivering a potential boon to those companies who are looking to reduce their overhead costs. 37 sec
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February 28, 2021