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The Start Down

The Start Down

By Michael Ficara
We've all heard of the startup, but have you heard of the Startdown? What actually happens behind the scenes when you get to work? That's what the Startdown Podcast is all about. It's the grind, hustle, and drive that happens behind the scenes of the business you are creating.

Host: Mike Ficara
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EP-129 Mike Ficara speak with Bryan Weinert on how to know when it is time to step back and let the team run
Do you make more money, or put more systems in your business? Which comes first? Find out on this week’s episode.
March 16, 2021
EP-128 Mike Ficara speaks with Arlene Borenstein about the importance of the local media
Storytelling is so relevant in today's social media and news landscape. No one understands that better than Arlene Borenstein! She has worked on-air from NY to DC to Miami and she talked about what makes a great story on this week’s episode! You don’t want to miss this week’s episode! Host: Mike Ficara  Guest: Arlene Borenstein
March 09, 2021
EP-127 Mike Ficara and Mike Teng talk about what makes substitute teachers great
True story, I started my career in education as a substitute teacher. On this podcast I got to talk with Mike Teng on how he solved that problem!
March 02, 2021
EP-126 Mike Ficara and Jaris Tucker (CAP) talk about all things just being a great human and hating what you do!
Self awareness is so important. In this week’s episode we talk with “Cap” about leading this shirt that is your own mindset! Host: Mike Ficara Guest: Mike Ficara
February 23, 2021
EP-125 Mike Ficara talks with Manny Blue about why you need to get a life
YOU'RE MY BOY BLUE! So excited when I have a guest that brings the fire! Manny Blue and I have been connected for a long time on social media. He is a beast when it comes to financial planning. Excited to have him share his story on this week’s episode! #GetYourMoneyRight
February 16, 2021
EP-124 Mike Ficara talks with Judy Laufer about how we all love children's books
Seems like everyone is writing a book nowadays, but how many people are writing a children's book? It is not as easy as it sounds! On this week’s episode, we spoke with Judy Laufer about the process and how powerful reading to children is!
February 09, 2021
EP-123 Mike FIcara speaks with Sunil Godse about trusting your Intuition
Trust your gut! How many times have you heard this? On this week’s episode, we discuss the science behind trusting your intuition and your GUT! Host: Mike Ficara Guests: Sunil Godse
February 02, 2021
Ep 122 - Mike Ficara speaks with Angela Arnold from Sora about how digitial books impact our students. This is our first FETC 2021 virtual series
I will be honest I have never been in love with reading, but if I could have read like this as a kid I might have been! This week I spoke with Angela Arnold from Sora. This year I have partnered with #FETC to interview some of the amazing presenters and exhibitors at the first FETC virtual!
January 26, 2021
EP-121 Mike Ficara and Jeremy Sutton talk about why you need a book
The great debate continues on this week’s episode! Is a book the best business card out there? Either way, Jeremy Sutton brings some great points about the power of a book on this episode of The Start Down Podcast!
January 19, 2021
EP-120 - Mike Ficara talks with Jackie Noelke
Girls rule! We hear this a lot, and I have had the privilege of working with some amazing female entrepreneurs that make a big impact. On this week's episode we cover marketing and the female entrepreneur. Who is your favorite female entrepreneur?
January 12, 2021
EP-119 Mike Ficara talks about what made 2020 great and what will make 2021 even better
It has been interesting having the New Year fall at the end of the end of the week. I know I for one found it hard to get started on the new year, without falling back into the routine if you will. On this episode we recap 2020 and look forward to an amazing 2021. This is not your typical oh wow look at what an unpredictable year it was!  Host: Mike Ficara Guest: Mike Ficara
January 05, 2021
EP-118 Mike Ficara and Andy Cabasso talk about how wrong we might be about everything
Niching down is so important. That is why I love this podcast. As many of you are “pivoting” this year, think about going into a niche that you have the MOST knowledge about, so you can make the MOST money. Love this conversation with Andy on this week's episode about how he won by niching down!
December 22, 2020
EP-117 - Mike Ficara speaks with Mark Thompson about how to process payments and we got some football talk in
Do you stop and reset your process to find what is best for your customers? In this episode, Mark Thompson and I talk about finding the first value for your customers in the online marketplace.
December 15, 2020
EP-116 - Mike Ficara speaks with Rob and Kennedy about the power of e-mail
I have to say these are two of the funniest guests we have had on the podcast. No surprise because Rob and Kennedy are two professional entertainers who also are amazing at email. On this episode you will laugh, cry and learn how to build amazing email campaigns!
December 08, 2020
EP-115 - Mike Ficara speaks with High Performance Coach Daniel Diaz
It is the last month of 2020 and I could not be happier to be kicking it off by releasing this amazing podcast with coach Daniel Diaz. He is a true rock star and teaches why high performance is so important, but also not easy to achieve. We talk about all things hard and easy about entrepreneurship on this episode, and even talk about his amazing wife!
December 01, 2020
Ep 114 - Mike Ficara speaks with Luis and Luis Camejo and talks all things hustle, YES and Marketing
I am very thankful I had the opportunity to interview this week’s guest!  had a blast on this week’s episodes with the Bizbros! We talked all about things like good and bad investments in your business and personal development. Even how making some big mistakes never stopped them from moving forward!
November 24, 2020
Ep 113- Mike Ficara speaks with Jono Poon from accross the pond about all things digital, leadership and strategy
Who is your target audience? If you answer every one, that is the kiss of death! It may be one day, but everyone starts with a specific avatar. This week on The Start Down, Jono Poon and I talk about why this is so important when it comes to social media advertising. Host: Mike Ficara Guest: Jono Poon & Mike Ficara
November 17, 2020
EP-112- Mike Ficara speaks with Daniel Gefen founder of PodBooker
In this week's episode, I have the wonderful pleasure of interviewing Daniel Gefen! Daniel is a man with some amazing stories about podcasting, business, and life. He recently founded one of my new favorite app PodBooker. 
November 10, 2020
EP-111 MIke Ficara co-host the Brand Ethos podcast and talks about what makes a great brand
Did you know The StartDown Podcast is not the only podcast I host? I also co-host 2 other business podcasts. This week we feature one of those shows! The Brand Ethos podcast is co-hosted by my business partner Alicia Laszewski and our two newest team members Ace and Anneliese. In this episode, we talk about what makes a brand authentic. Host: Mike Ficara  Guests: Alicia Miyares Laszewski, Anneliese Gonzalez, Andres Echeverria, Mike Ficara
October 27, 2020
EP-110 Mike Ficara speaks with Mitchell Phelan about The Conrad Challenge
In 2020-21, the   Conrad Challenge is celebrating 15 years of student entrepreneurship and innovation. Register now to get your student team involved in this leading   STEM competition: Host: Mike Ficara  Guest: Mike Ficara, Mitchell Phelan
October 20, 2020
EP-109 Mike Ficara speaks Ankesh Madan about The Conrad Challenge
This week Mike Ficara speaks with Ankesh Madan about The Conrad Challenge.  Ankesh told some amazing stories from his days in the Conrad Challenge, and his current role on the Conrad Alumni Leadership Council. He also shared how he got an investment from Mark Cuban without being on Shark Tank!
October 13, 2020
EP-108 Mike Ficara speaks with Julie Daniel Davis about the future of voice in the classroom
With the classroom changing, and “no-touch” solutions becoming popular in today’s classroom, this week we spoke with Julie Daniel Davis about the future of voice in the classroom. Not just any voice, we are talking about   Alexa, Google Home, and Siri! Check the link in the comments for this amazing episode. Host: Mike Ficara Guests: Mike Ficara, Julie Daniel Davis
October 06, 2020
EP-107 I really did not want to do a podcast tonight
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of entrepreneurship, it’s easy to find other people who are excited about entrepreneurship. The real challenge is doing the work in the shadows and continuing to grow and move forward. 
September 30, 2020
EP-106 Mike Ficara speaks with Evan Stewart
This week we had a great conversation with Evan Stewart about what makes someone the real deal! As the social media landscape offers more and more coaches and trainers, how do you find the one that is right for you? Evan talks about this and much much more.
September 22, 2020
EP-105 Mike Ficara speaks with Justin Myers about staying focuses and having the right network
Heroes don’t just take action once, they keep on making things happen.   This week we had the privilege of interviewing Justin Myers who has an amazing story about real life pirates, giving back, and continuing to grow.   Check out this must hear episode:
September 15, 2020
EP-104 Mike Ficara speaks with Nicole M Hernandez
I miss events (no surprise there). This week we speak with Nicole Hernandez who is a   leading event planner. She recently launched a podcast to talk about the state of her industry and the amazing things they are doing with in person and virtual events! #TheStartDownPodcast #Entrepreneur #Hustle #HardWrok #TheStartDown Host: Mike Ficara Guest: Nicole Hernandez
September 08, 2020
EP- 103 Mike Ficara Speaks with Seth Melendez of Ware Geeks Solutions
Had a great conversation with my friend, client, and CEO Seth   Melendez of Ware Geeks Solutions. Many people are starting a business as a   result of the pandemic. They look for accounting, business cards, and all the things you need. But at the end of the day, they leave out the most important thing, Data Security!
August 25, 2020
EP-102 Mike Ficara speaks with Daniella Platt
So many people have found the WHY on starting a business, now they need  the HOW. This week I had the honor of interviewing Daniella Platt who  gave some unique perspectives from the entrepreneurial world of fashion!  Check out this episode were we talked about the WHY and HOW of  parenting, business and making things happen!
August 11, 2020
EP- 101 Mike Ficara talks about the journey of creating 100 podcast episdoes
In this week's episode, I look back on the last 100 episodes, I have had a lot of fun, made some mistakes, and learned a lot. Tune in to hear some personal stories and tips I've learned along the way! 
August 04, 2020
EP-100 Mike Ficara celebarates his 100th episdoe with a very special guest
It has been a little over 2 years, but we have reached our 100th Episode. I have been debating for months what would make this episode special, and I could think of nothing better than interviewing the one person who has had the biggest impact on my life and my entrepreneurial Dad! I really hope you enjoy this episode as much is we did where we talk about how you define what an entrepreneur is.
July 28, 2020
EP-099 Mike Ficara speaks with Nhon Ma about closing the gap in access to quality content
Episode 99 brought the opportunity to speak with CEO and Founder Nhon Ma of Numerade. Their mission is to close the educational opportunity gap by unlocking and democratizing access to extraordinary educators and the content they have to offer. 
July 21, 2020
EP-098 Mike Ficara speaks with Nancy E Conrad about things out of this world
I have always been fascinated by space, and to think in my lifetime travel to space for everyone may be possible. On this week's episode, I interviewed Nancy Conrad who's late husband not only went to space, but was one of the few men who have walked on the moon! He first words when he stepped on the moon were a personal favorite of mine! In her husband's honor, Nancy started the Conrad Foundation which hosts the Conrad Challenge to give today students an outlet to shine! It was an honor to speak with Nancy! 
July 14, 2020
EP-097 Mike Ficara Speaks with Ladawn Townsend
Confidence is the key to success. No one is a greater example of that than LaDawn Townsend of The VOS Group. On this week's episode of The Start Down Podcast, we talked about what it takes to take over a room, adapt to any situation, and be the change you want to see in this world! Host: Mike Ficara  Guests: Ladawn Townsend, Mike Ficara 
July 07, 2020
EP-096 Mike Ficara interviews Joseph Gannascoli
On this week's episode I had the honor of speaking to Joe Gannascoli who played Vito Spatafore on the Sopranos. Joe is not just an actor in the hit HBO show, but he is an accomplished chef and entrepreneur. We talked about how thinking outside the box can help you be successful in all phases of life!  Host: Mike Ficara Guests: Joseph Gannascoli, Mike Ficara
June 30, 2020
EP-095 Mike Ficara interviews Zachary Babcock
Can people change, what does it take? It was a great honor to have Zachary Babcock from Underdog Empowerment to talk about taking control of your actions, and turning it into success. Zachary talks about how he went from hard times to create a 6 figure podcasting business. Don't miss this week's episode!
June 23, 2020
EP-094 Mike Ficara interviews Myq ”Success” Rodriguez
Ever wonder what it takes to be"Instagram Famous"? This week's guest on The Start Down Podcast has some answers for you! @myqsuccess manages some amazing IG and YouTube celebrities, and shares what you need to do to grow your audience.   Host: Mike Ficara Guests: Mike Ficara, Myq Rodriquez
June 17, 2020
EP-093 Mike Ficara speaks with the leadership team from the Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce
I had a great opportunity to speak with the Davie Cooper City Chamber on how being apart of the chamber can help your business grow! 
June 09, 2020
EP-092 Mike Ficara Interviews David Bertoncini for the Start Down Podcast
I love this episode for so many reasons. First it shows the power of social media to connect with amazing people. Second I found a birthday buddy. Third David Bertoncini brought some amazing knowledge of how you can adapt your business during any time and see amazing results. His new offering is also a great opportunity for anyone looking for a side hustle, or their next big thing! Host: Mike Ficara Guests: Mike Ficara,  David Bertoncini
June 03, 2020
EP-091 Mike Ficara speaks with the H2duO from Rogue Water about everything you are doing wrong with water
In this week's episode, I have the wonderful pleasure of speaking with the H2duO (Stephanie Corso & Arianne Shipley) from Rogue Water about everything you are doing wrong with water! 
May 26, 2020
EP-090 Mike Ficara speaks with Paola Rodriguez Licensed Health Insurance Professional
In this week’s episode, I spoke with Paola Rodriguez who helps entrepreneurs and small business owners with one of the most important things they need right now, health insurance. Host: Mike Ficara  Guest: Mike Ficara, Paola rodriguez
May 19, 2020
EP-089 Mike Ficara was intervied by Luke Burrows for the Grow2Gether Podcast to talk about Should You Take The Entrepreneurial Path
In this week's episode, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Luke Burrows as we talk about "Should you go down the entrepreneurial path?" Host: Luke Burrows Guest: Mike Ficara, Luke Burrows
May 12, 2020
EP-088 Mike Ficara speaks with Christopher J. Wirth from No Quit Living
In this week's episode, I have the wonderful pleasure of interviewing Christopher J. Wirth is the Founder and President of No Quit Living, which is a Speaking, Coaching and Training Company. Tune in as we discuss how the pandemic has changed our habits, is slowing down positive or negative?
May 05, 2020
EP-087 Mike FIcara talks with Roxy Molina PA about your morgage during Covid
In this week's episode, we speak with Roxy Molina about the effects of Corona Virus on the housing market! Host: Mike Ficara Guests: Mike Ficara, Roxy Molina PA
April 29, 2020
EP-086 MIke Ficara speaks with Erika Del Sordo on COVID-19 and business
In this week's episode, I had a great time with Erika Del Sorto on her show talking about the impact of Corona virus on businesses big and small, and the best way to adapt!  Host: Erika Del sorto  Guest: Mike Ficara
April 21, 2020
EP-085 Mike Ficara speaks with Pete Vargas from Perfect Choice Roofing
In this week's episode, we speak with local South Florida entrepreneur Pete Vargas from Perfect Choice Roofing. We covered everything from our early days working together at Circuit City, the risk of starting a business, and the impact COVID-19 is having on local small businesses.  Host: Mike Ficara Guests: Mike Ficara, Pete Vargas
April 14, 2020
EP-084 Mike Ficara speak with Fullei Fresh and the Coronavirus
In this week's episode I have the wonderful pleasure of interviewing Monica with Fullei Fresh! Tune in as we go over the amazing impact Fullei Fresh is having on the food industry. We also talked about the everchanging impact of the coronavirus on their business and urban farming.
April 07, 2020
EP-083 Mike Ficara talk with Tony Whatley about Corona Virus and creating a side hustle
In this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing the Side Hustle Millionaire, Tony Whatley. While everyone is getting stir crazy with being quarantined from COVID-19 we wanted to talk about what that means for your business and how you can use this as an opportunity to create a side hustle. 
March 31, 2020
EP-082 Mike Ficara talks Corona...mostly because everyone else is
Let's be honest, this week is like nothing we have ever seen before. Corona virus is changing our world minute by minute. The questions of what is right and wrong to say, what we should buy, how we are working, how kids are getting their education and how to handle business is all up in the air. I give my humble entrepreneurial viewpoint on today's episode of The Start Down Podcast. Hosted by: Mike Ficara  Guest Mike Ficara
March 17, 2020
EP-081 Mike Ficara co-hosts the Brand Ethos podcast and breaks down the importance of a clear marketing message
I had a blast co-hosting the first episode of the Brand Ethos Podcast. Brand Ethos CEO Alicia Laszewski and I break down the importance of marketing and having a personal brand.
March 10, 2020
EP-080 Mike Ficara speaks with Nader Hamda and Adrienne White of Ozobot
In this week’s episode, I have the wonderful pleasure of interviewing Nader Hamda and Adrienne White of Ozobot. They are the makers of robots that empower coding and STEAM education for grades K–12, tune in to hear more about how technology is shaping the future of education!
March 03, 2020
EP-079 Mike Ficara speaks with Luke Burrows about entrepreneurship in the US and abroad
In this week’s episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Luke Burrows as we talk about entrepreneurship in the US and abroad! Luke is the founder of Grow2gether a company focused on igniting the passions and unlocking the potential of others. Tune in to hear some valuable insight!
February 25, 2020
EP-078 Mike Ficara speaks with Jolene Levin of NorvaNivel about flexible learning spaces
In this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Jolene Levin one of the founders and owners of NorvaNivel! They started in Australia almost a decade ago and working within the U.S. for several years now. NorvaNivel design and manufacture innovative educational furniture and learning spaces. Our company was founded on the belief that every student deserves a learning environment that caters to their individual needs to foster innovation, collaboration, and creativity. Tune in to hear their amazing story and the innovations coming to the classroom!
February 18, 2020
EP-077 Mike Ficara speak with Cal Brunell, co-founder of Everyday Speech about teaching social-emotional skills
In this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Cal Brunell. Cal co-founded Everyday Speech with Brittany in 2012 to bring innovative technology into social-emotional learning. Passionate about helping children experience the joy of social connectedness, they recognized a significant gap between research and existing resources. Tune in to hear his amazing journey and how he got started.
February 11, 2020
EP-076 Mike Ficara speaks with author and realtor Samantha Root about what success really means
In this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Samantha Root. She is a mother of five, an experienced realtor, and author! We delve into what success really means. Tune in to hear how she has achieved success while having a busy life.
February 04, 2020
EP-075 Mike Ficara speaks with Patrick Ward about the state of marketing as we move into 2020
In this week's episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Patrick Ward! He is the Director of Marketing at Rootstrap, runs LinkedIn Local LA, and facilitates workshops helping nonprofits and locals in the community. Tune in to hear us talk about life, LinkedIn, and everything in between.  Host: Mike Ficara  Guest: Patrick Ward, Mike Ficara 
January 28, 2020
EP-074 Mike Ficara speaks with Pablo Gonzalez about the power of the human connection
In this week's episode, I have the opportunity to interview Pablo Gonzalez! He calls himself the Chief Executive Connector he is an audience cultivation strategist that is trying to prove to the world that the future of business development is community creation.  Host: Mike Ficara  Guest: Pablo Gonzalez, Mike Ficara
January 21, 2020
EP-073 Mike Ficara speaks with Mark Gura and Victor Rivero from EdTech Digest
In this week's episode I am very excited to have not one but two amazing guests! Mark Gura and Victor Rivero have over 60 years of technology experience and are the Executive Writers and Editors for EdTech Digest! Which is going on it tenth year! They focus on the minds behind whats now and whats next! Tune in to hear a wealth of knowledge. 
January 14, 2020
EP-072 Mike Ficara speaks with Dr. Monica Burns about her upcoming talk at FETC
I am very excited today to have special guest: Dr. Monica Burns on the show today! Dr. Monica Burns is an EdTech and Curriculum consultant, author and former New York City public school teacher. She visits schools across the country to support PreK-20 teachers to make technology integration meaningful and sustainable. Monica’s website helps educators place “tasks before apps” by promoting deeper learning with technology. 
January 07, 2020
EP-071 Mike Ficara talks about getting back to the basics
LAST PODCAST OF THE YEAR- This was one of my favorite podcast this year- Mike Ficara talks about getting back to the basics! This was a key concept for me in 2019 and it worked! Can't wait for 2020 to take everything to the next level! I always say that my kids have been some of the greatest sources for my business. This past week while watching my oldest two help around the house and helping clean up after the youngest two I explained that the youngest watch them constantly trying to learn their basic skills. Sometimes they may not get it and that's alright, but how often do we actually get back to the basics in our business? Host: Mike Ficara  Guest Mike Ficara
December 30, 2019
EP-070 Mike Ficara does a throw-back to a FETC interview from earlier this year with Steve Patti
Mike Ficara does a throw-back to a FETC interview from earlier this year with Steve Patti
December 24, 2019
EP-069 Mike Ficara Explains why Success is simple, dont over complicate it! Edited
In this week's episode, I wanted to go over why success is simple and how not to over complicate it. I believe one of the most important keys to making success simple is to define what success means to you?  Host: Mike Ficara Guest: Mike Ficara
December 17, 2019
EP-068 Mike Ficara talks with FETC presenter and keynoter Adam Bellow
In this week's episode, I'm excited to interview Adam Bellow a presenter and keynote speaking at FETC this year! He has a wealth of experience in both teaching and technology as well as the Co-Founder of Break EDU a company that specializes in Immersive learning games for the classroom.
December 10, 2019
EP-067 Mike Ficara talks about the last month of the last quarter of the decade
It is the last month, of the last quarter, of the decade! What motivates you for 2020? Is it money, time, freedom, or a combination of them? Tune in to hear my thoughts and hear some stories that have happened so far this holiday season. 
December 05, 2019
EP-066 Mike Ficara interviews FETC speaker Tony Vincent from Learning in Hand
The FETC conference is one I have always been excited to go to as it hits home with my roots in teaching and technology. I have the pleasure of interviewing Tony Vincent from Learning in Hand, an individual who has been at the forefront of technology in the class room since the turn of the decade! You're not going to want to miss this Host: Mike Ficara Guest: Tony Vincent
November 26, 2019
EP-065 Mike Ficara talks about how you can go from receiving advice, too giving it
In this week's episode, I wanted to talk about the transition from receiving advice too giving it. One of the biggest times I remember getting a lot of advice was when we where going to have our first child, but now that we have four people come to us and ask for it. The same is true in business and I'm going to go over that and more Tune In
November 20, 2019
EP-64 Mike Ficara asks the question are you tactical and practical
In this week's episode I wanted to talk about are you being tactical and practical. Many times you hear people talking about creating multiple sources of income, but that does not necessarily mean multiple types of business. Sometimes it means diversifying the core of your business. Host: Mike Ficara Guest: Mike Ficara 
November 15, 2019
EP-063 Mike Ficara talks about why all advice is bias
I wanted to talk about a topic that everyone experiences, advice is something everyone will give you. All advice is biased but that doesn't mean it is a bad thing.   Host: Mike Fiacara Guest: Mike Ficara
November 05, 2019
EP-062 MIke Ficara is leaving social media
In this week's episode I'm going to explain why I'm quitting social media! Host: Mike Ficara Gues: Mike Ficara
October 29, 2019
EP-061 Mike Ficara talks about being scared
Its the time of year when people want to be scared! It is one of the few times in life we want to be scared, but does the fear control you? I want to dive into the concept of imposter syndrome and go over fear people have in some of their skill-sets even when they have the talent. Fear is false evidence appearing real. Host: Mike Ficara Guest: Mike Ficara
October 22, 2019
EP-060 Mike Ficara Talks about the last quarter of the decade
Where will you be in 2029? Its the last quarter of the decade and not only is it a time for reflection, but what are you doing to make the next decade a success? What goals and strategies are you putting in place for 2020? Host: Mike Ficara Gues: Mike Ficara
October 15, 2019
EP-059 Mike Ficara talks about treating yourself like a client.
Do you treat yourself like a client?  I am guilty of putting my clients needs above my own but is that always good for our businesses? In this week's episode I wanted to go over the importance and what it means to treat yourself like a client! I hope you enjoy and would love any feedback! Host: Mike Ficara Guests: Mike Ficara
October 10, 2019
EP-058 Mike Ficara wants to know how you use Data
In this weeks episode I wanted to ask the important question: How do you use your data? Sometimes we over complicate the data or what data is. Data can be simple like with my kids, how happy are they? We don't want to simplify data to much either or even skew the number to not fully be accurate or truthful. How do you use your data?  Host: Mike Ficara Guests: Mike Ficara
October 03, 2019
EP-057 Mike Ficara Talks About The Son Of An Entrepreneur
In this week's episode I am very excited to have a very special guest that is going to share a wealth of knowledge and even some insights on me! Host: Mike J. Ficara Guest: Mike J. Ficara Jr.
September 25, 2019
EP-056 Mike Ficara talks about "If it were easy, everyone would be doing it"
In this week's episode I'm reminded by a phrase my father always said to me "If it was easy, everyone would be doing it." A lot of times we can take that for granted, in today's world of automation we forget that its supposed to be a struggle. I'm going to dive into some of my thoughts and the importance of the team around us. 
September 18, 2019
EP-055 FALSE- If I am an entrepreneur I don't have a boss with Mike Ficara
In this weeks episode I wanted to go over a concept that many beginning entrepreneurs get wrong, " I want to own a business so I don't have a boss" I wanted to dive deep on this issue and give a different perspective. I enjoy speaking with business owners of all successes and finding out why they started. Host: Mike Ficara Guests: Mike Ficara
September 10, 2019
EP-054 Mike Ficara talk about "Don't be in a hurricane"
In this episode I wanted to dive into not being a hurricane. Often times during a storm you see those that are prepared and the panic of those that are not, but how often do we see that in our business? I'm going to dive into some of the trends that I notice in the fourth quarter and what to do to prepare for the upcoming year. 
September 04, 2019
EP-053- Mike Ficara asks the question, what makes a great brand. With special guest Alicia Laszewski CEO of Brand Ethos.
In this week episode I'm excited to talk with Alicia Laszewski CEO of Brand Ethos. We dive deep into some of the top mistakes some business owners make as well as what makes a great brand? 
August 27, 2019
EP-052 Mike Ficara Speaks With Seth On The Security Disciple Podcast
In this weeks episode Mike Ficara is a guest on The Security Disciple Podcast and goes into depth on his business strategy and how to help younger entrepreneurs and business owners alike. Host: Seth Guests: Seth , Mike Ficara  
August 20, 2019
EP-051 Mike Ficara talks about Strategic partnerships
In this week’s episode I wanted to go into how strategic are you with choosing partnerships and when should you walk away from a partnership. Partnerships are an important part of business and we form them with not just our business partners but our clients and our staff as well. I'm going to break down what I know and what I have observed from startup level to firmly established. Mike Ficara Guests: Mike Ficara
August 13, 2019
EP-050- Mike Ficara explains why you should be podcasting
Fifty episodes! Wow! It has been a great journey and we have come a long way since the beginning but completing 50 episodes is something special. I wanted to talk about how I got started in podcasting and I realized that this isn't my first podcast, I had a small podcast about 10 years ago that I did as well. Podcasting is important because it gives a way for your audience to learn more about you and what you are about. Its a great way to create an inbound lead generation as well as a platform to have guests that bring value to your brand. 
August 07, 2019
EP-049 Mike Ficara BOLD University recap and takeaways
In this weeks episode I take a deep dive into my experience at BOLD University last week and go over some of the important takeaways. It was a wonderful opportunity hosted by Brian Cristiano and BOLD Worldwide, they put on a great event and brought in outstanding talent. Some celebrity coaches like Tim Storey and Bhrett McCabe who have worked with Robert Downing Jr and 8 of the top 10 PGA golfers. Amilya Antonetti was also there and some great insight into managing human capital and our relationships with clients. Tune in to hear about them and more! Host: Mike Ficara Mike Ficara
July 30, 2019
EP-048 Mike Ficara talks about how teachers make the best sales people
I started my career as a teacher for almost ten years and it was one of the best times of my life. As I grew as an entrepreneur I meet a client who loved to hire teachers because they made the best sales people and I couldn't agree more. In this weeks episode I will go over the three main points he taught me and some of my history as a teacher. Host: Mike Ficara Mike Ficara
July 23, 2019
EP-47 Mike Ficara talks about how there is only one right way
 In this weeks episode I want to go over the importance of having empathy over negativity. A lot of business owners have only one way they do things, but that does not mean its the only way to do it. Going to go over when to outsource and how to value your time. Host: Mike Ficara Mike Ficara 
July 18, 2019
EP-046 Mike Ficara and Mike Blanco talk about his transition from the Army to the private sector
In this week's episode Mike Ficara talks with old time high school friend Mike Blanco about his transition from soldier to corporate. You will get some insight to Mike Blanco's story of before, during, and after the military and some of the expert leadership tactics he is bringing to the corporate world. Host: Mike Ficara Mike Ficara, Mike Blanco
July 09, 2019
EP-045 You may be working hard to fail
In this weeks episode we are going to go over how you may be working hard to fail. Sometimes working hard to succeed and working hard to fail can be similar in appearance. I've seen many mentors and influences talk recently on how working hard is not always a good thing. Stay tuned as we go over some of the major differences in what working hard to succeed and working hard to fail look like. 
July 02, 2019
Ep-044 You need a coach and a cheerleader
In today's episode we are going over the concept of being a coach and a cheerleader. When do you need a pep talk and when do you need just some encouragement. Being a coach or having a mentor I believe to makes major difference in developing ones business. Coaches are great because they keep us accountable, they need to challenge you to be better, and help you see the bigger picture. These three components are some of the key topics we will be covering. Host: Mike Ficara Mike Ficara
June 29, 2019
EP-043 Mike Ficara Talks About Dad and Mentors
With Father's Day weekend passing it really brings up the topic in my mind of legacy. In this weeks episode I am going to go over what legacy means to me, about being around my dad growing up, and really just some of the important mentors I've had in my life. Host: Mike Ficara Michael Ficara  
June 18, 2019
EP-042 Mike Ficara talks about the 4 things to take your business and personal brand to the next level
Today I want to get into a big part of the business world today, the brand of You! A lot of clients come to me and want to grow and scale and the first area I look at is their brand. Are they killing it on certain platforms, are they out there and where can they improve. There are four main pillars that I feel really take people to new heights social media, a podcast, a book, and an online course. These are the main four pillars that propel any business and they are simple to integrate into what you already have. We go into this and more in today's episode the 4 things to take your business and personal brand to the next level. Host: Mike Ficara Michael Ficara 
June 11, 2019
EP-041 Mike Ficara talks about getting back to the basics
I always say that my kids have been some of the greatest sources for my business. This past week while watching my oldest two help around the house and helping clean up after the youngest two I explained that the youngest watch them constantly trying to learn their basic skills. Sometimes they may not get it and that's alright, but how often do we actually get back to the basics in our business? 
June 04, 2019
EP-040 Mike Ficara Talks About Everything
Today I get into what it is exactly that I do! It has had a history of being a difficult question. Through all of my experiences and skills that I have developed over the years it has aloud me to be a Swiss Army knife of business. But I will get into how trying to do so many things can lead to less success.  Why we should not say yes to everything. 
May 28, 2019
EP-039 Michael Dagen AKA Mr Halfday
In today's episode you are getting two Mike's for the price of one. I'm happy to interview Michael Dagen AKA Mr Half-day on none other than his birthday! As a major influence in the South Florida Community he gives some insight into making a connection and how giving from the goodness of your heart can lead to bigger things.  We will also review how to protect yourself as an entrepreneur in the ever-changing business world.  Host: Mike Ficara Michael Ficara
May 21, 2019
EP-038 Do You Celebrate The Small Wins
I am excited for you to tune in to this week’s episode. Today happens to be my birthday! With celebrating my birthday, it got me thinking, are you celebrating the small wins in your business? In this week’s episode we will dive in and go over are you celebrating too little or too much and how has that affected your business? Host: Mike Ficara Michael Ficara
May 14, 2019
EP-037 Stop Playing Defense And Start Playing Offense
In today's episode I'm going to go over how to many people are playing great defense, and lacking on a good offense. When the Miami Dolphins where at their peak with with Dan Marino it was because of their offense. People that are playing offense know the rules, play well, and put points on the board. That's what we will be going over on this episode.  Host: Mike Ficara Michael Ficara
May 09, 2019
EP-036 Under promise and Over Delivering
 I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend and we are kicking the week off strong. This week we are going over under promising and over delivering. What does this mean to you and your business, and are we over delivering in the right areas? All of this and much more we will go over this episode as I break down the process with my team as an example. I hope you enjoy and give some behind the scenes of some events and work coming up! 
April 30, 2019
EP-035 Starting the week off with the BOSS Jose Flores
Excited to present today's episode! We have special guest Jose Flores and we are going to be going over some insight into the struggles of being an entrepreneur and how to overcome some of those mental blocks. 
April 23, 2019
EP-034 Endless supply of positive energy
I was told I had Endless Supplies of Positive Energy! But is that always a good thing? In today's episode I go over is that true of me? I bring this up to go over who we are in our digital persona compared to our genuine selves. We will go over being true to yourself and finding who we really are! I hope you enjoy and give some behind the scenes of some events and work coming up!
April 16, 2019
Ep-033 Team—The word NO—and Core Values in your business.
Team—The word NO—and Core Values in your business…the story of my clients who are winning this quarter!
March 26, 2019
EP- 032 BYLR - Dad The Best I Can Podcast
It was a lot of fun to be on the Dad The Best I Can Podcast! Schedule individual time with your kids. We covered being a Dad to 4 kids, ages 11, 8, 2 & 1!  We also covered what we learned from Jesse Itzler and the Build Your Life Resume course! Hope you enjoy this show and be sure to check out for more great episodes! 
March 21, 2019
How are you Marching?
As Q1 comes to a close the mood on social media is not what it was like in January! How can you get focused and get back on track? I will share with you 3 tips for getting over the end of Q1 blues and go into Q2 killing it! 
March 12, 2019
Live Episode- Takeaways From Business Finishing School
Join Mike Ficara Live in Texas as he shares his take ways from Business Finishing School LLC!
March 06, 2019
Live Interview with Ted Gorospe and Jeff Gaynor
Mike Ficara is back with more live interviews from FETC! This time he is interviewing Ted Gorospe and Jeff Gaynor who are tackling the biggest issues in the education field. 
February 28, 2019
Interview with Chris Bowman
In this episode of The Start Down, Mike Ficara interviews Chris Bowman live from the FETC event! Chris Bowman is the head of education  the company PIPER.
February 19, 2019
Live Interview with Steve Patty
Today's episode of The Start Down features a live interview with Steve Patty from the virtual reality company MERGE. Live from FETC event!
February 14, 2019
10x Conference Takeaways
Its that time of the year! 10x is back and host Mike Ficara talks about the biggest takeaways, lessons and memories from the event! 
February 05, 2019
Are you Telling Your Story?- EP 025
In, today's episode of the Start Down Host, Mike Ficara talks about the importance of telling your unique story of "you" and how it helps your business and brand  
January 29, 2019
The Power Of Showing Up- EP 024
In today's episode host Mike Ficara discusses the most prominent and powerful thing every business/ entrepreneur need to do, show up.
January 23, 2019
When Are you Successful
Today on the Start Down, Host Mike Ficara answers the age old question in entrepreneurship. When are you successful? 
January 16, 2019
Keep the Change You Filthy Animal EP022
in this episode of the StartDown, Mike Ficara talks about the infamous "New Years Resolutions" and what you can do to keep yours on track. 
January 08, 2019
Its the Little Things- EP 021
In this Episode of the Start Down host Mike Ficara talks about why the little things matter in business and why your intentions behind the actions you take make all the difference.
December 20, 2018
Pack Your Bags- EP 020
In this episode of The StartDown MIke Ficara talks about baggage. The good, the bad, and how it can affect you.
December 11, 2018
Bedtime- EP 019
In this episode of the Start Down Mike Ficara talks about how to prepare for the upcoming new year, and also how to level up by putting bad habits "to bed"
December 04, 2018
Are you Ready For a Growth Spurt? EP 018
In this episode of the Start Down, Host Michael Ficara Talks about the upcoming year of 2019, and what events to attend to help grow you as a business person.
November 28, 2018
What Came First, The Chicken Or the Egg? EP017
In this episode of The Start Down, host Michael Ficara talks about the infamous question, "What came first the chicken or the egg,?" When really you should be asking, "How is my farm," Michael breaks down why the important questions you should be asking yourself in business and how to focus on the right things that'll keep you in order.
November 14, 2018
The Relationship of Business- EP016
In this latest episode of the Start Down MIchael Ficara talks about in ins and outs of the relationship of business and how it ties into your personal life and business affairs .
November 07, 2018
Nopportunity- The Power Of Saying No- EP 015
In this episode of the Start Down, host Michael Ficara talks about the power of saying "no" and being mindful of how certain opportunities effect your business.
October 30, 2018
EP 014- The Importance of Time Blocking
In this episode Michael Ficara discusses the importance of time blocking and why you should be doing it in your business and life.
October 23, 2018
How Do You Define Entrepreneur? - EP 013
In this episode host Mike Ficara talks about how important it is for us to self define ourselves as entrepreneurs in our own sense and determine what that means to us.
October 16, 2018
Live From Q4 in Dallas Texas!- EP 012
In today's episode, host Michael Ficara is live from Q4 in Dallas, Texas. Join Mike as he shares his top take aways from the event.
October 10, 2018
EP 011- Live Interview with Jose Flores- Don't Let Your Struggles Become Your Standard
In this episode of The Start Down, host Michael Ficara interviews Jose Flores. Jose Flores is CEO and Founder of Indispensable Now. He's a Les Brown protégé, dynamic international motivational speaker, and author. Jose travels all over the world using his unique story of growing up with a physical disability and the struggles associated with it. His main message is to never allow your struggles to become your standard and how to overcome them. It doesn’t matter if they’re personal or business struggles, he will show you how to push through until you get through. Jose’s passion is to inspire and motivate everyone he meets to learn more, do more, and become more. His positive and “can do” attitude have impacted the lives of many across the globe.
October 02, 2018
EP 010- You've Got All The Recipes
In this episode of the Start Down, Host Michael Ficara Talks about how you already have all the recipes for your success in life and in business
September 26, 2018
EP 009- Live Interview With Luke Nesler- How Your Business Can Be The Best Leverage Tool For Social Media
In this episode of the Start Down, host Michael Ficara Interviews Luke Nesler the CEO of Impakt Media. Impakt Media helps leaders in targeted social media marketing campaigns that result in increased leads and sales. Mike and Luke dive deep and talk about how to to use your business to gain leverage on social media to benefit you and your business. Check out Luke and what he's doing at :
September 21, 2018
EP 008- Thank God For The Flexible, Because They Never Get Bent Out of Shape.
In today's episode host Michael Ficara discusses how being flexible and being able to adapt can be very beneficial in life and in business.
September 18, 2018
EP 007- Your Easy is Someone Else's- Comparison In Business
In this episode, host Michael Ficara talks about the trap of comparison in business and how embracing your own journey is the best thing you can do for yourself.
September 04, 2018
EO 006- Live Interview WIth Derek Lopez- Stand Up Our Kids!
In today's episode MIchael Ficara interviews Derek Lopez the founder of Stand Up Our Kids. #StandUpOurKids is a movement committed to helping every kid in America get the freedom, and the choice, to stand up in the classroom. Derek and Michael go over the educational system, the impact of the movement and the future of the 21st century classroom as we know it! For more info on this movement visit
August 28, 2018
EP 005. Slow And Steady Wins The Race!
Today's Episodes is all about speed in business. Host Michael Ficara goes over why speed in business is so important to not only business owners, but clients as well.
August 21, 2018
EP. 004 - Don't Give Up, Give In, Or Give Away!
In today's episode of the Start Down, Michael Ficara talks about the importance of never giving up, giving in, or giving away, and how it applies to your life and your business.
August 14, 2018
EP 003. Live Interview with Natalia Diane- How to Find Your Niche In Business
In today's episode of The Start Down, host Michael Ficara does a live interview with Natalia Diane. Natalia is a certified High Performance coach that helps business owners, and other coaches reach their next level of success. Today Michael and Natalia talk about how to find your niche in business, overcoming obstacles and so much more! If you want to check out more about what Natalia is doing check out this link below : http://
August 14, 2018
EP. 002- Consistency Is key Even When It Is Not
In today's episode, Mike Ficara discusses why consistency is so important in not just life but also business, and what you can do to implement it into your life.
August 14, 2018
EP. 001 - Interview With Brian Cristiano- What It Takes To Grow Your Business
In today's episode Mike Ficara interviews Brian Cristiano, and talks about what it actually takes to grow a succesful business! Brian is the Founder and CEO of BOLD Worldwide, Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, and Marketing Expert. Check him out and what he's he's doing here below:
August 14, 2018