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Thom Singer

Thom Singer’s first job was a busboy at “The Big Yellow House Restaurant” in Southern California. He has authored twelve books on the power of business relationships, sales, networking, presentation skills and entrepreneurship, and regularly speaks to corporate, law firm and convention audiences. As the host of the popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast, Thom interviews business leaders, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and others who possess an extra dose of the entrepreneurial spirit. As the host of the popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast, Thom interviews business leaders, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and others who possess an extra dose of the entrepreneurial spirit.
Recent episodes featuring Thom Singer
Yancey Strickler: Co-Founder of Kickstarter
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Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do
Check out episode 475 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do".  Podcast host Thom Singer interviews Yancey Strickler about his journey from small farm town to being the co-founder of Kickstarter.  Thom met Yancey at a conference where they were both speakers, and was instantly impressed with his world view and cool personal demeanor.  When Thom asked "will you be on my podcast", he was thrilled that Yancey responded "yes" instantly.  This is a great interview and Strickler shares very useful insights for all entrepreneurs.    About Yancey Strickler   Yancey Strickler is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter and the author of This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World, coming October 29, 2019 through Viking Press.   Yancey has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People. He’s a former music journalist whose writing has appeared in Pitchfork, theVillage Voice, and New York Magazine. He’s spoken at the Museum of Modern Art, Tribeca and Sundance Film Festivals, Web Summit, and events around the globe. He’s cofounder of the creative resource The Creative Independent, the record label eMusic Selects, and an app that lets fans announce NBA games called Micd. The London Spectator called him “one of the least obnoxious tech evangelists ever.”   Learn more about Yancey and his new book at   *********************
Business with Pleasure
Episode of
Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do
We always here "Don't Mix Business with Pleasure", but in episode 474 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" Thom Singer tells us how and why to take your passion and put it along side your business.  Yes, mix it up.  Try new things.  Create a way to put what you love into your job.   Thom spent most of his career with his ladder against the wrong wall.  As a kid he wanted to be an actor or comedian, but never did anything about it.  Now he is an advocate for others to find a way to pursue their dreams, even if just on the side.   In 2018 Thom tried, for the first time, stand up comedy.  Since then he has gone to about one open mic night a week, been a featured comic in three shows, and this week begins hosting a weekly open mic night every Wednesday in Austin, TX.  His love of comedy is making him a better professional speaker and master of ceremonies.     He also announces his partnership with a comedy production company as their VP of Corporate Events.  In this role he will help the company create content on using humor and producing clean comedy shows for companies and associations.    Check out this episode
TLC - Talent, Leadership, and Culture: Austin Technology July Episode
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Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do
Episode 473 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive. About Cendea  Cendea is an intriguing mix of innovation and the tried-and-true, and best known for our high touch approach. Our partners’ careers started at firebrand companies like PC’s Limited and Federal Express, better known to the world these days as Dell and FedEx. While innovation has been at the core of these brands, we believe that it takes persistence, depth and execution to truly differentiate from the rest of the field. We don’t see walls, we see solutions. We’re national in scope, but proudly Austin-based and in our 25th year of becoming a key Partner for companies to recruit the right people to maximize their organizational results. We help navigate through this critical process because we have all been executives in multiple industries. We mix the traditional and the innovative…for positive results. That’s what we’re good at! About Wade H. Allen – President & CEO Wade has a keen, innate ability to convey his own personal experience, understanding of business and technology – specifically how to drive a profit – to help firms get to the next level. He developed a unique process to obtain the Human Capital that has established Cendea’s Partners as innovators and advisors who are true business assets to their clients. His 30+ years range from Fortune 50 to start-ups and turnarounds where he has personally helped drive company growth by applying his executive management experience. Wade holds an Executive MBA from the University of Texas as well as an MEE and BSEE from Rice University. About Jim Bledsoe – Senior Partner Jim has had a rich career consisting of executive positions with FedEx and Pulte Homes as well as entrepreneurial ventures in several industries. One if his many skills is that he has always matched great talent with great opportunities. Jim holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Memphis State University. He has been chairman of the board for March of Dimes and a member of Make a Wish’s Board of Trustees
Being an Entrepreneur Can Be Lonely
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Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do
Being a entrepreneur can be lonely. Sometimes we all feel the weight of the world is on our shoulders. It is hard.  But you are not alone. Life is a team sport. All you have to do is identify who is on your team. In this episode Thom Singer shares the parts of his entrepreneurs journey that are not all wine and roses. He admits he has bad days. You do too. You need a peer group, or a mastermind, or a therapist.... as you cannot always dump all the sad and hard times on your spouse or best friend. Join an association Go to networking events Find cool random people. No matter what you do, be careful of the naysayers. The people who will suck the energy out of the room. The emotional vampires. Be ready for them and choose a positive attitude.
A Conversation with Larry Albukerk
Episode of
Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do
Larry Albukerk is Managing Partner of EB Exchange. With over 20 years’ experience founding, managing, advising, and investing in hundreds of private venture-backed companies, he is an expert on private equity financing and capital structure. Mr. Albukerk founded EBX in 1999 with the goal of helping entrepreneurs achieve liquidity and diversification. He created and managed special purpose funds to allow accredited individuals and institutional investors to invest in pre-IPO companies such as Facebook. Prior to founding EBX, Mr. Albukerk founded two companies: Visible Interactive, one of the earliest location-based services companies to leverage mobile computing technology, serving clients such as the Smithsonian, Sony, and Disney; and, an Idealab-backed pioneer of online reverse auctioneering for consumer products. He also licensed and sold a portfolio of mobile technology patents, one of which he was the primary inventor. Outside of EBX, Mr. Albukerk advises the X Prize Foundation on matters of private equity donations and is an active fund raiser for his children’s schools. He is also a frequent lecturer on founder liquidity and startup capital structure. Mr. Albukerk earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 registrations. Https://
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