Skip to main content
Crashing Up

Crashing Up

By Randy Ginsburg
Let me let you in on a little secret... even the most successful entrepreneurs don't know what they're doing.

In this podcast I call on the help of a diverse group of founder friends to empower you with the insights, lessons, and resources to build the next big thing.
Listen on
Where to listen
Breaker Logo

Breaker

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

#16 with Dr. John Torrens - Using ADHD to Your Entrepreneurial Advantage
Randy Ginsburg (@GinsburgRandy) is joined by Dr. John Torrens. Dr. Torrens is an award winning Professor of Entrepreneurial practice and two-time Inc. 5000 entrepreneur with 25 years leading high growth companies. He’s also a faculty member of the Syracuse University Whitman School of Management’s Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises. But above all, he’s now the author of the book Lightning in a Bottle: How Entrepreneurs Can Harness Their ADHD to Win, where he shares his experience with ADHD as an adult and shines light on both positive and negative effects it can have on striating and growing a company a company. They cover the commonalities of ADHD among entrepreneurs and how entrepreneurs can manage the downsides of ADHD to use it to their competitive advantage. If you liked this episode and want more content from me, please leave a positive review below and subscribe to my newsletter Crashing Up where I share weekly thoughts and finds for curious, entrepreneurial minds. You can also check out my website randymginsburg.com or follow me on Twitter.
27:18
March 22, 2021
#15 with Mindy Zemrak - Shark Tank Casting, Show Secrets, and Lessons Learned
Randy Ginsburg (@GinsburgRandy) is joined by Mindy Zemrak (@mindycasting). Mindy is the Emmy nominated Supervising Casting Producer for the 4 time Emmy Award winning ABC series Shark Tank. Mindy has been part of Shark Tank since season one and oversees the entire casting process searching for the best entrepreneurs from around the country. She has over 15 years of experience in casting in addition to working on a variety of tv shows and feature films including Jeopardy! National College Championship, World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji, Beyond the Tank, America’s Greatest Makers, American Idol, Top Chef, I Survived a Japanese Gameshow, Expedition Impossible, Oprah’s Your OWN Show and many more. They discuss her journey in casting, landing a spot on the show, behind-the-scenes secrets, and shark lessons to help you be a better entrepreneur.   If you liked this episode and want more content from me, please leave a positive review below and subscribe to my newsletter Crashing Up where I share weekly thoughts and finds for curious, entrepreneurial minds. You can also check out my website randymginsburg.com or follow me on Twitter.
27:21
March 8, 2021
#14 with Taylor Offer - Starting Feat Clothing, Proprietary Materials, and Finding Happiness
Randy Ginsburg (@GinsburgRandy) is joined by Taylor Offer (@TaylorOffer), Taylor is the founder of Feat Clothing and a top influencer on LinkedIn. He’s also a Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient and the founder of TaylorPark agency where he helps small businesses improve their digital marketing. We discussed his decision to enter the competitive apparel space, the benefit of developing proprietary materials, the unglamorous side of entrepreneurship and much more. If you liked this episode and want more content from me, please leave a positive review below and subscribe to my newsletter Crashing Up where I share weekly thoughts and finds for curious, entrepreneurial minds. You can also check out my website randymginsburg.com or follow me on Twitter.
24:27
February 25, 2021
#13 with Tommy Searle - Wellnest, Social Mental Health, and Founder Dilemmas
Randy Ginsburg (@GinsburgRandy) is joined by Tommy Searle (@tommysearle7), a recent University of Michigan graduate and the co-founder & CEO of Wellnest, a brand new social mindfulness and self-care app. The app encourages speech-to-text journalling and helps users improve their mindfulness by leading them through guided question sets applicable to many real-life situations.  Tommy and Randy discuss the idea behind Wellnest, early user insights, 2021 product roadmap, the future of social mental health, founder mental health struggles and much more.  If you liked this episode and want more content from me, please leave a positive review below and subscribe to my newsletter Crashing Up where I share weekly thoughts and finds for curious, entrepreneurial minds. You can also check out my website randymginsburg.com or follow me on Twitter.
34:49
February 7, 2021
#12 with Ryan Sneddon - The Rise of Local News
Randy Ginsburg (@GinsburgRandy) sits down with Ryan Sneddon, the founder of Naptown Scoop, an email first local media company covering the city of Annapolis, Maryland. He currently sends all the happenings and important news three times a week. With thousands of traditional local media outlets dying out and mainstream media becoming increasingly political for ratings, it’s never been a better time to start a local digital media company. They discuss the advantages of digital first local media, building a community within a community, and newsletter growth tips.  --  If you liked this episode and want more content from me, subscribe to my newsletter Crashing Up where I share weekly thoughts and finds for curious, entrepreneurial minds. You can also check out my website randymginsburg.com or follow me on Twitter.
33:05
January 28, 2021
#11 with Jesse Kay - Digital Athletes & Makin' Lemonade
Randy Ginsburg (@GinsburgRandy) is joined by Jesse Kay, the CEO of Vyber Media, a digital consulting agency helping Fortune 500 brands and professional athletes better connect, engage and monetize their relationships through social media and digital marketing strategies. Notable clients have included Fanatics, Steiner Sports, and pro skater Paul Rodriguez. He also hosts “Trendsetters with Jesse Kay,” a podcast focused on sharing practical lessons and stories from some of the best minds on the planet to help inspire young men and women to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. He’s had an amazing slate of past guests such as Mark Cuban, Jack Dorsey, Erika Nardini, Adam Schefter and Gary Vaynerchuk. They discuss navigating a brand through the shifting digital landscape, why an athlete’s popularity is no longer based only on their in-game performance, how Jesse and hundreds of other college students started a non-profit and raised $125,000+ for COVID relief. --  If you liked this episode and want more content from me, subscribe to my newsletter Crashing Up where I share weekly thoughts and finds for curious, entrepreneurial minds. You can also check out my website randymginsburg.com or follow me on Twitter.
18:29
January 28, 2021
#10 with Hunter Pomerantz - The Player's Trunk
Randy Ginsburg (@GinsburgRandy) links up with Hunter Pomerantz, the former student manager of the Syracuse University basketball team and co-founder of The Players Trunk, a platform that allows former college and professional athletes to sell their team exclusive gear. They discuss the inspiration behind the idea, the implications of sweeping NCAA NIL (name, image, likeness) policy changes, and how The Players Trunk is turning into a one-stop shop for unforgettable fan experiences.  -- If you liked this episode and want more content from me, subscribe to my newsletter Crashing Up where I share weekly thoughts and finds for curious, entrepreneurial minds. You can also check out my website randymginsburg.com or follow me on Twitter.
21:38
January 28, 2021
#9 with Taylor Hurst - Emerging Trends in Gaming
Randy Ginsburg (@GinsburgRandy) teams up with Taylor Hurst, Senior Associate at Konvoy Ventures to chat all things esports and gaming. By years end, the 2020 gaming market is expected to bring in over $159 billion dollars from a community of 2.7 billion global gamers. In addition to the gamers and streamers, there are millions of others who work to build the tools and infrastructure necessary to develop, deploy, and market all of the games we know and love. They cover emerging trends in the industry, how marketers can tap into the world esports advertising, and the increasingly blurred line between real life and virtual games.  -- If you liked this episode and want more content from me, subscribe to my newsletter Crashing Up where I share weekly thoughts and finds for curious, entrepreneurial minds. You can also check out my website randymginsburg.com or follow me on Twitter.
33:01
January 28, 2021
#8 with Toby Howell - Tweets, Memes, and Emails
Randy Ginsburg (@GinsburgRandy) is joined by Toby Howell, a writer and social media lead at the Morning Brew, a daily business newsletter with over 2.5 million subscribers. He’s grown his personal Twitter account to almost 17,000 followers in less than sixth months by talking about Twitter strategy, building an online audience, and hating on LinkedIn. They discuss the writing process behind the daily Brew, the difference between running a brand Twitter account versus a personal account, and the cold email that landed Toby the job in the first place.  -- If you liked this episode and want more content from me, subscribe to my newsletter Crashing Up where I share weekly thoughts and finds for curious, entrepreneurial minds. You can also check out my website randymginsburg.com or follow me on Twitter.
25:54
January 28, 2021
#7 with Rob Karp - The Travel Industry Comeback
Randy Ginsburg (@GinsburgRandy) sits down with Rob Karp, the founder and CEO of MilesAhead, a luxury hospitality company. A recent graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration (‘19), he was named one of Travel + Leisure’s International Rising Stars in 2017 and was one of Virtuoso’s Rising Star candidates for 2019. In a short amount of time he’s made a name for himself as a go-to figure in the travel industry and has grown MilesAhead into a multimillion-dollar company. They discuss the ups and downs of navigating a business through a pandemic, the future of business travel, and why now is actually the best time to own a travel rewards card.  -- If you liked this episode and want more content from me, subscribe to my newsletter Crashing Up where I share weekly thoughts and finds for curious, entrepreneurial minds. You can also check out my website randymginsburg.com or follow me on Twitter.
25:42
January 28, 2021
#6 with the Founders of OthersideAI - Writing Emails with GPT-3
Randy Ginsburg (@GinsburgRandy) is joined by the founding team of OthersideAI, Matt Shumer, Jason Kuperberg and Miles Feldstein. OthersideAI is a company using high-level artificial intelligence (GPT-3) to help you spend less time on your inbox and more time on the things that matter. In just over three months they’ve garnered over a million views of their demos, generated a waitlist with over 8,000 people, been featured in press such as the New York Times, Fortune, and Wired, and have raised $1.5m from a slew of top VCs and angels.  They discuss the future of GPT-3 powered communication tools, navigating a startup through hypergrowth, and learnings from first- time fundraising. --  If you liked this episode and want more content from me, subscribe to my newsletter Crashing Up where I share weekly thoughts and finds for curious, entrepreneurial minds. You can also check out my website randymginsburg.com or follow me on Twitter.
30:15
January 28, 2021
#5 with Brandon Zhang - Mental Models and The Student Mindset
Randy Ginsburg (@GinsburgRandy) brings on Brandon Zhang (@brandonthezhang), who built a large internet following sharing his wisdom on mental models and productivity. When he’s not working towards his degree at Columbia University, he’s working with Jack Butcher to help expand the Visualize Value brand and hosts The Student Mindset Podcast where he interviews amazing guests like Anthony Pompliano, James Clear, and many more.  They discuss the secrets of successful online communities, permission-less apprenticeships and the true definition of mindful productivity.  -- If you liked this episode and want more content from me, subscribe to my newsletter Crashing Up where I share weekly thoughts and finds for curious, entrepreneurial minds. You can also check out my website randymginsburg.com or follow me on Twitter.
24:30
January 28, 2021
#4 with Alex and Books - Becoming a Better Reader
Randy Ginsburg (@GinsburgRandy) is joined by Alex Wieckowski, better known as Alex and Books (@AlexandBooks_). For the last three and a half years, Alex has been sharing reading tips on the internet and inspiring people to pick up more books. He has over 70,000 followers across his social media platforms and also hosts The Reader's Journey podcast where he interviews amazing authors such as Morgan Housel, James Altucher, and many more. They discuss strategies to actually retain what you read, building an online audience around your passion, and Alex's learnings from interviewing best-selling authors and experts.  -- If you liked this episode and want more content from me, subscribe to my newsletter Crashing Up where I share weekly thoughts and finds for curious, entrepreneurial minds. You can also check out my website randymginsburg.com or follow me on Twitter. *Handles are for Twitter
22:08
January 28, 2021
#3 with Sam Harris - Exploring Social Podcasting
Randy Ginsburg (@GinsburgRandy) sits down with Sam Harris (@samjamharris*), the founder of Syncify, a social podcasting app based out of the UK that enables users to listen to their favorite podcasts and audiobooks with their friends. Sam also hosts of the Growth Mindset Podcast, where he interviews incredible individuals all over the globe, sharing their insights and lessons on how their mindset has helped them live fulfilling lives. They discuss the future of social audio, applying and going through Techstars, cultural differences in entrepreneurial mindset between the US and UK and more.  -- If you liked this episode and want more content from me, subscribe to my newsletter Crashing Up where I share weekly thoughts and finds for curious, entrepreneurial minds. You can also check out my website randymginsburg.com or follow me on Twitter.  *Twitter 
20:54
January 27, 2021
#2 with Gaby Goldberg - Investing in Cults
Randy Ginsburg (@GinsburgRandy)* is joined by Gaby Goldberg (@Gaby_Golberg)an Investing Analyst at Bessemer Venture Partners. She was previously an Investment Associate at Chapter One, a venture fund investing in early-stage tech companies. She’s also an incredible writer whose essays on curation and exclusivity have been shared countless times across the internet. The most impressive part? She does all this while still being a student at Stanford University.  They discuss the future of consumer technology, investing in companies with cult-like audiences, and the importance of gender diversity in the tech industry.  If you liked this episode and want more content from me, subscribe to my newsletter Crashing Up where I share weekly thoughts and finds for curious, entrepreneurial minds. You can also check out my website randymginsburg.com. *Twitter Handle
21:26
January 27, 2021
#1 with Mat Sherman - Building the Future with No Code
Randy Ginsburg (@GinsburgRandy) is joined by Mat Sherman (@Mat_Sherman)*, the founder of FWD Thinking City (now Growthmeter). He’s also the host of Forward Thinking Founders podcast, where he’s interviewed hundreds of founders of pre-seed and seed stage companies from all over the world. They discuss the future of building venture backed startups using no code apps such as Webflow, Adalo, Typeform, and Zapier, along with the lessons Mat has learned from interviewing over 500 founders.  If you liked this episode and want more content from me, subscribe to my newsletter Crashing Up where I share weekly thoughts and finds for curious, entrepreneurial minds. You can also check out my website randymginsburg.com *Handles are for Twitter
19:59
January 27, 2021