Hosted by angel investor Mike Bulger and music producer Donny Dykowsky, this show takes a candid approach to unpacking origin stories, process, rituals, and the secrets to success. Join us as we dive into the minds of artists, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, musicians, and titans of industry.
Happy Holidays, and welcome to the Secret Mentor season 1 Finale! This week's guest is the visionary behind the world’s first social networking site. Ten years before Facebook, he co-founded theglobe.com, which made stock market history with its record setting IPO in 1998. He’s also co-founded Slated - film's leading online marketplace, and platform which helped finance films like Churchill, The Catcher Was a Spy, and Super Troopers 2 (Mike’s favorite film of all time). Join us for this XL episode as we learn the secrets to life, the universe, and everything with this week's secret mentor, Steph Paternot.
Michael Place is an entrepreneur and CEO of EntoHack7G - a company that’s disrupting the food waste industry by using black soldier flies to turn waste into valuable and sustainable resources. Join Mike and Donny as they chat about the future of biotech, the impact of food waste, and the opportunity it creates with this week’s Secret Mentor, Michael Place.
Mike Ray is the founder and CEO of Bloom Farms, a forward thinking cannabis company who's branding and practices have created a product that's removed the negative stigmas of pot, and gives back to the community. Join Mike and Donny as they chat risk/reward, best advice for entrepreneurs, and the future of weed.
This week's guests are artist/director Rohitash Rao, and creative director/musician Kevin Doyle. Lean in as Mike and Donny ply these award-winning creatives with whiskey and fine accouterments, and chat everything from the UCB and mom swag, to chimpanzees and bands that don't exists (but should), and give up the secrets to life, the universe, and everything as Secret Mentors.
Jason Jordan is a forward-thinking record executive with punk-rock roots. His meteoric journey led him to A&R at both Hollywood and Republic Records where his efforts sold over 30 million units, and helped reshape the music industry. Check out his candid chat with Mike & Donny about process, collaboration, and the future of the music business as this week's Secret Mentor.
Liz Dee is Co-President of Smarties Candy Company, CEO of Baleine & Bjorn Capital, and the founder of Vegan Lady Boss. Join Mike and Donny as they chat discipline, angel investing, sustainable solutions, and making the world a better place through mindful consumption with this week's Secret Mentor, Liz Dee.
This week's Secret Mentor is Serge Milman, a NYC-based entrepreneur, general partner at Starta, angel investor, and at 25 was the youngest person to grace the cover of Forbes Magazine. Join Mike and Donny as they chat Japanese proverbs, Russia, crypto economics, and brass knuckles with Serge Milman.
Matt Ogens is an award winning filmmaker and commercial director. His work includes the feature documentaries Confessions of a Superhero and Meet the Hitlers. We’re lucky to have him in studio for the TriBeCa Film Festival premier of his latest feature documentary Home + Away. Join Mike and Donny as they discuss the business of filmmaking, the seedy underworld of film festivals, and our love of Howard Stern with this week's Secret Mentor, Matt Ogens.
Jeff Easton is an angel investor in successful ventures such as Axioma and Kickstarter. He’s been featured in a cover story for the Wall Street Journal, and is the founder and Managing Director of The Lind Partners, an alternative asset management company. Join Mike and Donny as we chat process, ethics, and the golden age of day trading with today's secret mentor, Jeff Easton.
Ron Davis is the founder of Docutainment Films. His bold work includes feature documentaries like "Miss You Can Do It," an HBO Original Documentary about a beauty pageant for young women with disabilities, "Harry and Snowman," the story of a plow horse rescued from slaughter that went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, and most recently "Life In The Doghouse" the inspiring story of Danny & Ron's Rescue, who have adopted out over 10,000 dogs and are a voice for abandoned and abused animals (available on Netflix and recently featured on Ellen). Join Mike and Donny as they chat about success, failure, and storytelling with this week's Secret Mentor, Ron Davis.
Paul Halayko is the chief operating officer and co-founder of Newburgh Brewing Company, Hudson Valley's premier craft brewery. His journey takes us from public accounting and finance, to Germany and the brewing industry. Join Mike and Donny as they chat about success, failure, when to pivot, and millennial drinking habits with this week's Secret Mentor, Paul Halayko.
Cora Boyd is a “no bullshit" dating coach. Her work has been featured on Urban Daddy, Bustle, and Thought Catalog. Join Mike and Donny and they chat rules for sex on the first date, splitting the bill, dating IRL, and of course best advice as they unpack the secrets to life, the universe, and dating with Cora Boyd.
Peter Gethers is a best-selling author, screenwriter, producer, editor, publisher, foodie, and a founding member of Rotisserie Baseball, the cornerstone of all fantasy sports as we know it. From books, films, and Broadway, join Mike and Donny as they chat about finding talent, taking risks, and following your bliss as they unpack the secrets to life, the universe, and everything with Peter Gethers.
Dr. Chad Nelson is CEO of the Surfrider Foundation - a grassroots non-profit that works to protect and preserve the world’s oceans and beaches. Join us as we learn about conservation, getting stoked, and Surfonomics as Dr. Chad reveals the the secrets of life, the universe, and everything as this week's Secret Mentor.
Olivia Song is a design consultant for spaces like the Guggenheim, Neue house, and the Brooklyn Museum. She’s also an art collector, model, and mother of 2. On today’s episode of Secret Mentor we’ll chat with Olivia about what makes good design, fashion, and best advice as she gives up the secrets to life, the universe, and everything as this week's Secret Mentor.
David Griffith is a management consultant for financial tech companies, and a professional nomad whose career path has taken him from Ireland, the Middle East, and now New York City. Join Mike and Donny for a candid chat covering blockchain technology, best advice, and the soft-skills needed to make a lasting impression beyond just business. Lean in as David gives up the secrets to life, the universe, and everything as this week's Secret Mentor.
Todd Heyman is an award winning film and commercial director, owner of Salt Content, and member of the Directors Guild of America. Join Mike and Donny as they go beyond the origin story and chat staying creative, best advice, and the connectivity of all things. From his first film premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival to his love of Jaws, lean in as Todd gives up the secrets to life, the universe, and everything as this week's Secret Mentor.
Join Mike & Donny as they chat with Jessica Bendinger, a screenwriter, author, songwriter, and podcaster. Her films have grossed over half a billion worldwide including "Bring It On," "Stick It," and "Aquamarine." She's written for shows like "Sex and the City," and artists like Miranda Lambert.
Hear Jessica break down her origin stories from working at SPIN Magazine to directing films, her best advice, and approach to staying creative in this candid chat over tequila. Lean in as Jessica gives up the secrets to life, the universe, and everything as this week's Secret Mentor.
Join Mike & Donny as they chat with Eric Berkowitz, a serial entrepreneur whose innovations and patents helped create Guitar Hero, and now he’s created a better karaoke machine with Singtrix. You may know Eric from Shark Tank or MTV, or as as the founder and president of Humble - an award winning production company for advertising, brands, and film.
Hear Eric break down his origin story, best advice, and approach to business in this candid chat over bourbon in our first episode. Lean in as Eric gives up the secrets to life, the universe, and everything as this week's Secret Mentor.