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The goal of the Leverage Podcast is simple: to learn from the best and discover how we can all live a better life, build a more fruitful business, and be more efficient. Leverage’s Founder and CEO, Nick Sonnenberg, is the host of the Leverage Podcast. With a background in data science, high-frequency algorithmic trading, and business efficiency consulting, Nick has an innovative mind and is obsessed with learning from the people around him. Join him each week as he interviews fellow entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and leading experts to discuss everything from efficiency hacks to new technologies to life as an entrepreneur.
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Now displaying: September, 2016
Sep 30, 2016

Key Resources

Time-Stamped Notes

  • 00:12 – New book is officially launching
    • 01:05 – Zero dollars, zero backing, and ½ the hours a normal startup takes
    • 01:50 – Really covers the 80/20 principle to a T
    • 02:10 – Book releases on October 4th, Audible version around November 11th
    • 02:20 – You don’t need to invests thousands of dollars in technology or people to get a company off the ground—so much is already available for free
    • 02:45 – Unsubscribe à IFTTT à Unsubscribed!
      • 03:18 – Test for free and test to a high level
    • 03:50 – Question everything, challenge everything
    • 04:30 – When the thunderclap goes live, the Kindle version of the book will be $0.99
  • 05:00 – Ample Market
    • 05:05 – They have a bot called Fetch
    • 05:20 – Great data enrichment tool for new customers
    • 05:45 – You’ll be better able to tailor your offerings
    • 06:03 – And it will help you facilitate connections
  • 06:15 – Duuoo – Better one on ones with your team
    • 06:40 – A great platform for one on ones
    • 06:55 – A nice packaged platform
  • 07:05 – Cortana
    • 07:23 – Nick has been testing this with positive results
  • 07:45 – Google Photos
    • 07:57 – Automatically catalogs photos, organizes them, etc.
    • 08:24 – Makes searching a dream
    • 08:41 – Phone backup prompts automatic delete from Camera Roll
  • 09:23 – Centralized resource for all podcast links

Credits

Show Notes Provided by Mallard Creatives

Audio Provided by Mottram Media Group

For more info on Less Doing, LessDoing, visit us at: www.lessdoing.com

Sep 23, 2016

Key Quote

 “Without being to explicit, I can’t even imagine. Honestly…I think I would kill somebody.”

Key Resources

Time-Stamped Notes

  • 00:16 – The beginning of October is the Genius Network Annual event, as well as the end of Ari’s year of no travel, no speaking
  • 00:40 – September 23rd is Ari’s birthday—34 years young!
  • 01:00 – Ari is stepping away from the Haymakers for Hope event
  • 01:55 – com—Create fitness challenges within your company!
    • 02:19 – Especially with a remote team this is one more thing you can do to build community!
    • 02:31 – How do you incentivize people?—build a community
    • 03:11 – A great way to measure yourself and form new bonds
  • 02:40 – Heart rate monitors
  • 03:09 – Orange Theory Fitness
  • 05:00 – Nick’s base metabolic rate is 1670 calories per day
  • 06:02 – co—outsource corporate retreats
    • 07:29 – Just show up and have your team bonding
    • 07:35 – The first LD Retreat will be November 3rd
  • 06:54 – A new machine at MIT can read a book without reading it
    • 09:15 – Great for OLD books that either can’t or shouldn’t be opened
  • 08:27 – The biohackers guide to better sex
    • 08:41 – Some of it is good, some of it is stupid
    • 08:53 – Get off more!
    • 09:02 -- Natural male enhancement?
    • 09:40 – The Taoist Equation
      • 10:07 – Age minus 7, divided by 4

For more info on Less Doing, LessDoing, visit us at: www.lessdoing.com

Sep 16, 2016

Key Quote

 “You kind of look like Dr. Evil when you do that…”

Time-Stamped Notes

  • 00:15 –Nick is in London, has been traveling quite a bit
  • 00:35 – September 11th was also national Grandparent’s Day
    • 01:00 – 2.7 million American grandparents provide free childcare
  • 01:15 – clark.ai
    • 01:31 – If you want to use us now, email our team and tell us why
    • 01:39 – Invite the bot to any call and the bot will automatically show up and take notes
    • 02:12 – You can even just CC the bot
    • 02:25 – The quality of the notes is uncertain…it could be a person or a bot, who knows?
    • 03:45– Bot can also push the notes wherever you want…Slack, Trello, etc.
    • 04:19 – Conceptually it’s an awesome idea
  • 04:30 – iPhone Trick that will INSTANTLY make your phone faster
    • 04:50 – Hold the power button until prompted to turn the phone off
    • 05:00 – But don’t turn it off—then just hold the home button
    • 05:29 – Nick says it’s a known trick, Ari calls BS
  • 06:30 – The most powerful passport in the world?
    • 06:56 – Germany
    • 07:20 – The worst passport? Afghanistan
  • 07:05 – Nick’s passport has expired
  • 07:39 – Nick is doing Escape the Room in London
  • 08:45 – Access URL
    • 08:57 – A new way to share access to an account without sharing passwords
    • 09:10 – It’s a chrome extension
  • 10:43 – SGNL
    • 10:53 – A Bluetooth device that links your watch to your phone
    • 11:04 – Even when you’re in a loud place, you can hear much more clearly
  • 11:30 – attending.io
    • 12:35 – Kind of like Eventbrite but for after-parties
    • 13:15 – It’s like a landing page for an event
  • Ari's Haymakers for Hope site.

For more info on Less Doing, LessDoing, visit us at: www.lessdoing.com

Sep 7, 2016

Time-Stamped Notes

  • 00:22 – Speedback
    • 00:24 – Allows you to write anonymous feedback through Slack
  • 01:25 – Nick and Ari created their own internal Slackbot
  • 02:06 – “We are automating what our managers call policing.” – Nick
    • 02:45 – Nick wants to automate all the things possible to make scaling up easier
  • 03:02 – Ari outlines the process of VAs setting up tasks
    • 03:20 – Whatever can be automatically assigned, will be automatically assigned.
    • 03:37 – Errors produced
    • 03:52 – “Our managers have to chase up people who didn’t correctly assign a project to a time entry.” – Nick
    • 04:08 – Internal automation saves the business time and money
  • 04:18 – Keatext
    • 04:20 – Takes all customer service information and uses text analysis to break it down and make sense of it
    • 05:20 – Make a separate email address for customer problems
    • 05:35 – Keatext will help you identify where your biggest problems are as a business and attack them
  • 05:50 – New book coming out shortly with a Thunderclap campaign
    • 06:00 – Subscribe to the OAO Newsletter
  • 06:20 – Nick travelling to London for business

For more info on Less Doing, LessDoing, visit us at: www.lessdoing.com

Sep 7, 2016

Time-Stamped Notes

  • 01:00 – Ari and Nick are both very busy and are getting ready to launch their new book.
  • 01:40 – The Thunderclap campaign for this podcast.
  • 02:07 – Nick is enjoying some lamb neck.
  • 03:00 – co
    • 03:07 – People can collaborate to make a video tribute for someone.
    • 03:27 – It compiles the video for you.
  • 03:40 – Growth Geeks
    • 03:50 – Freelance for “growth geeks”
    • 04:00 – Design Geeks and Word Geeks
    • 04:15 – New branches off of Growth Geeks
    • 04:40 – See the benefits of outsourcing.
  • 05:20 – Respondable
    • 05:45 – Find out how likely you are to get a response from your emails in real time.
    • 06:25 – It could help for cold emails.
  • 06:40 – They just raised prices.
  • 06:55 – They’ve been using Google Docs for editing and reviewing their book.
  • 08:00 – Calendly to set up shifts with higher pay on nights and weekends.
  • 08:50 – Having developers come in person to work with them.
    • 09:15 – Every once and a while, it’s great to meet someone in person.
    • 09:40 – Building team culture and breaking down barriers.
  • 10:35 – Less Doing Coaching Program
    • 10:55 – A yearlong program. Go to com to apply.
  • 11:16 – The HeroX Project
    • 11:26 – Submit any automation ideas
  • 11:55 – That’s it for today!
  • XXXX – Haymakers for Hope

For more info on Less Doing, LessDoing, visit us at: www.lessdoing.com

Sep 7, 2016

Time-Stamped Notes

  • 00:28 – VA Services price increase on September 1st
    • 00:40 – Clients signed up before Sept. 1st will be at the current price of $129/month and $40/hour
    • 00:47 – Clients joining after the 1st, the pricing will be $149/month and $40/hour
    • 01:03 – Just enough to support current clients and be able to offer the same level of service
  • 01:17 – Fancy Hands – assistants for everyone
    • 01:21 – Ari was a huge supporter of Fancy Hands, until the quality of the service tanked
    • 01:45 – New website with Ari’s testimonial from 3 years ago
    • 02:05 – Nick thought he was losing Ari as a partner :)
    • 02:20 – Fancy Hands had huge turnover
  • 01:58 – Launching a new website in a few weeks
  • 02:35 – Kickstarter Camorama
    • 02:42 – Sharing video experiences
    • 02:50 – Recording and tracking things
    • 03:00 – Camorama: The 4K Action VR & 360 Degree Cam Made For Sharing
    • 03:20 – A deeper level of remote experience for people
    • 05:19 – Use as a tool for touring remote facilities and real estate
  • 03:44 – Ari and Nick use Roger to communicate
    • 03:49 – Expands your ability to be more productive
  • 05:46 – Nick’s surprise from Kickstarter – FaceCradle
    • 06:07 – The basic type of pillow to strap on the back of a chair
    • 06:55 – “It’s like having a massage table in your chair” – Nick
  • 07:28 – Fidgeting leg arteries
    • 07:43 – How fidgeting can keep your legs healthy while sitting
    • 08:08 – Fidgeting is not necessarily a bad thing
  • 08:20 – How to be an expert?
    • 08:42 – Get fast negative feedback
    • 09:32 – “The only thing I care about is what they don’t like.” – Ari
    • 09:44 – Constantly looking for the negative feedback to build from
    • 09:52 – Study less, test more
    • 10:15 – “We don’t just run a test and ask for a number.” – Ari
  • 11:00 – Basis tracking watch
    • 11:10 – One of the best fitness trackers
    • 11:19 – Uses a green light to read oxygen levels
    • 12:23 – Products were recalled because of overheating and causing burns
    • 12:50 – Go to the website and get it refunded
  • 13:00 – Physiclo –compression tights with built-in resistance
    • 13:19 – Compression tights are great on a plane ride
    • 13:25 – With an extra layer of special elastics to engage key leg muscles
    • 13:57 – “It just felt like I was given a hug.” – Ari
    • 14:40 – Training with a weighted vest
  • 15:44 – Haymakers for Hope on November 18th
  • 16:14 – The 1-Hour Workday
    • 16:18 – An article about peak time
    • 16:40 – One hour to write as much as they can
  • 17:31 – New dashboard and new website soon to LDVA
  • 17:40 – More details on Trello Powerup next month
    • “The goal is to allow people to use Trello to be able to assign tasks to us.” –Nick

For more info on Less Doing, LessDoing, visit us at: www.lessdoing.com

Sep 7, 2016

Time-Stamped Notes

  • 00:20 – Ari and Nick talk about bone broth
  • 01:33 – Trivia: bone broth has a lot of collagen and glutathione
    • 01:49 – Marine Collagen Protein 1.5x more collagen
  • 03:04 – Bear burger
  • 03:15 – Grass-fed versus Grass-finished
  • 03:58 – Nick just came back from Iceland and his luggage was lost
    • 04:12 – It was a great task for a virtual assistant
    • 04:23 – The problem was completely solved
    • 04:30 – The virtual assistant advised Nick to get a Trackdot
  • 05:00 – Working with people remotely
    • 05:06 – There are additional, perspective benefits
    • 05:25 – Ari talks about a baby monitor called WithBaby
    • 05:55 – VA suggested Sugru
  • 06:00 – Sugru
    • 06:06 – Basically a putty, looks like a ketchup pouch
    • 06:16 – You can mold it, and it dries into rubber—perfect for electric cables
  • 07:06 – Bunch –the fastest way to video message
    • 07:09 – Similar to Roger, but with 8 people—really cool way to work with remote teams
    • 08:12 – Powerful for people in a visual field
  • 08:25 – Company Mood – employee mood tracking made easy
    • 08:33 – Visualizes the work climate
    • 08:47 – Uses micro surveys to monitor people
  • 09:28 – Ghost Browser – productivity browser
    • 09:31 – Log into any website with multiple accounts from ONE browser
    • 09:57 – Safari versus Chrome
  • 10:45 – Elink – content curation and sharing
    • 10:54 – Let’s users clip content from anywhere and format it into a newsletter/website that can be sent
  • 11:30 – Haymakers for Hope
    • 11:45 – Email your receipt to receive a free hour of VA service
  • 11:48 – Blinklist book promotion – 20% OFF!
    • 12:20 “It’s like you can read a book in 10 minutes” – Nick

For more info on Less Doing, LessDoing, visit us at: www.lessdoing.com

Sep 7, 2016

Time-Stamped Notes

  • 00:10 – Introducing the new podcast, Optimize Automate Outsource
  • 01:00 – Subscribe right away!
  • 01:20 – The first draft of their new book, Idea to Execution in a Day
  • 02:20 – Nick and Ari both love Mondays!
    • 03:10 – It’s an exciting day to kick off the week!
    • 03:30 – They just won’t have a bad Monday.
  • 04:05 – The HeroX Challenge
    • 04:15 -- A crowdsourced competition for a cool automation hack
    • 05:05 – Become a guest on the podcast
    • 05:10 – Go to the HeroX website to sign up.
  • 05:30 – Ari will be boxing for the Haymakers for Hope on Nov. 18
    • 05:50 – Come see Ari and have fun
    • 06:15 – He’s worked on his defense and is ready to go!
    • 06:40 – Buy a ticket at Ticketmaster, and there will also be prizes.
  • 07:20 – Nala
    • 07:35 – A personal email assistant
    • 07:50 – Hyper-specialized service
    • 08:45 – Use them for anything email related.
    • 09:10 – All good, but what’s interesting is that their pricing is similar to Ari and Nick’s
    • 09:45 – An expensive service of $50/hour
    • 10:00 – It’s all relative.
  • 10:24 – dscout – video user feedback on apps
    • 10:50 – It depends on the users, but it’s cool to use an app, and not just a website.
    • 11:20 – Another resource is a Five Second Test for your website
  • 12:05 – Pluck: Cold email generation
    • 12:10 – A Twitter search to find people talking about certain things
    • 12:35 – Very invasive
    • 12:50 – A wide group of people, so it may not be effective
  • 13:23 – Send an email to va@lessdoing.com to let us know what you think!

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