What’s it like going from submarines to SEO?
Aaron Wall went from the corn fields of Illinois to the big city of Oakland, CA. In-between he discovered the military wasn’t for him, self imposed bland routines are better than those imposed by others, and having multiple irons in the fire is a good thing.
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What’s it like marketing Smiles?
Jean MacDonald has modified her perfectionism. She now settles for being great. She is wicked smart, a wiz at Russian history, and loves guitar (electric, of course). Jean is a partner at Smile Software (aka, Smile On My Mac). Her new passion is helping girls get excited about computer programming.
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What’s it like being an internet-TV show host?
Shannon Morse is co-host of the internet-TV show Hak5. Her story of how a difficult childhood can’t stop you from being an intelligent, talented and capable women.
Her childhood was a bit chaotic due to moving around a lot (military) and her father being a functional alcoholic (can hold a job but not stop drinking). But Shannon survived childhood and has moved on. Her story might help you do the same.
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What’s it like creating a start-up?
Not many people can say they grew up in Boulder, and lived down the street from Anthony Robbins. And not many can head a fast growing start-up company. But Jud Valeski has been spent most of his life living in Boulder, being inspired and running companies. As a child, he discovered that having a business was easier than conforming to the structure of school. Now, as head of Gnip (ping spelled backwards), Jud thrives on the contrasts of bicycling to work and spending the day mentally jumping between daily “fires” of activity.
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What’s it like being a user experience designer?
This is the story of a kid from Milwaukee who went to college at Stanford. But it’s more about how an introverted nerd became president of his senior class. Scott Jenson successfully learned to bridge the gap between programming and design. He’s a user experience designer of hardware and software.
And you’ll learn how Apple should have designed the IPad. To learn more about Frog Design, click here: http://www.frogdesign.com/
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What’s it like being a Mac Power User & lawyer?
Lawyer by day and Mac-junkie by night, David Sparks likes being busy. He writes book about Macs, does a podcast about Macs and speaks at conferences about Macs. It’s not surprising his podcast (with Katie Floyd) is called Mac Power Users. David lives down the street from me (well, up the freeway but that’s pretty much the same thing in S. Cal.). Here’s the talk David mentions: http://www.43folders.com/2009/03/25/blogs-turbocharged.
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What’s it like being a tech journalist?
I’m tempted to say he has a voice for radio but I can hear Andy asking “did you say voice or face?” For the record, I said voice. In addition to his melodic tones, Andy is a quick wit, a knowledgeable techie and a skilled writer. And when you want to know about technology, he’s the guy who will tell you what you need to know and do it in an interesting way.
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What’s it like combining engineering and computers?
Bill Storage studied engineering and now uses that knowledge base to solve business problems. He leads his clients through a process that identifies issues, specifies solutions and automates procedures. Bill makes a good case for being a generalist.
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What’s it like combining technology and movie making?
If Frank Sinatra, Captain Penniman and Alex Lindsay were in a boat, it would be tough to know which would win the war of wills. But my money’s on Alex. There’s no doubt he’s dedicated. He lives just north of San Francisco but is still a Pittsburg Steelers fan. Alex acquired his love of everything geek from his grandfather. After working on Star Wars, Alex started the Pixel Corps and his own production company. He has some strong views on education, the value of technology, and what you should do with your life.
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What’s it like being a CEO?
This is the story of how a smart girl from the farmland of New Zealand goes off to explore the world. On the way, she learns to surf, starts a travel biz, gets a Harvard MBA, and becomes CEO of her own marketing software company. Wildfire Interactive is the name of her company, and not a bad description of her life.
Use the player below or click this link: Victoria Ransom Interview