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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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May 26, 2017

Welcome to this episode of Optimize, Automate, Outsource - as usual, we have some great apps and products for you to check out.

One of the problems with time tracker apps is that they typically don’t allow you to differentiate the reasons behind your jaunts to Facebook, Youtube, etc. But now there’s one that has solved that problem. There’s a new app called Timing that enables you to categorize your activities according to projects you create so you can see how productive you've been and exactly what you've been working on. It even includes a pretty impressive timeline feature that indicates exactly when you did what. There are some other cool bells and whistles that make it a time tracker worth checking out - including client billing, auto-categorization, and more. Find it in the resource links for this episode.

Now you can get the bulletproof effect from your coffee creamer.  

You’ve likely heard of Bulletproof Coffee - in fact, we’ve chatted with Dave Asprey, creator of Bulletproof coffee on The Leverage Podcast previously. The point of the coffee is to give a boost to brain power, which we can all use from time to time. Dave’s ingenuity has opened the door to other companies getting in on the brain-boosting-coffee act - and one we’ve come across lately is not aimed at the coffee itself, but at the creamer you put into it. It's Know Brainer, the thinker’s coffee. There are a variety of flavor choices, all which contain brain-boosting clarified butter and 1 tablespoon of MCT oil. You can also find special varieties for lactose intolerant needs, and more. A link is in the resources section for this episode. 

Never miss a scheduled conference call again.

We’ve all missed important calls before due to getting absorbed in our work - but it doesn’t have to happen anymore. On this episode, we point you to a new service called Callr, which automatically connects you with your scheduled conference calls at just the right time. It doesn’t matter which conference calling service you use or what calendar you prefer - Callr can handle it. You may want to check this one out - it’s in the featured links section for this episode.

Are you into bone broth? Here’s a convenient way to take it with you. 

People who are on Paleo-type eating plans know that bone broth is a staple, and it’s not always easy to have it available when you travel, visit family, etc. So the folks at LonoLife have come up with a way you can take your bone broth with you without sacrificing your eating plan. They have slow-simmered bone broths that are gluten-free, low-calorie, and low-fat in K-cup, tub, and stick forms. Sounds pretty useful, right? 

Do you need more space but can’t afford to build? Cover may be your answer.

There’s a new company that takes a pre-fab approach to construction to provide additional space without the difficulties involved with typical construction. Cover takes the hassle out of building custom backyard studios, bedrooms, etc. by using a versatile building system that integrates with their design optimization software. No more coordination with architects, planning departments, and contractors - they do it all for you. It’s an amazing concept and makes a lot of sense. If you need space, Cover may be your answer.

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Go to beta.getleverage.com to sign up for the waitlist of our new project management software!

We are offering a very special membership to our exclusive #LeverageLabs to new listeners who go to our Leverage Podcast or OAO Podcast and subscribe to or download our podcasts, take a photo and send to us via social media. #LeveragePodcast... Send us your photo and we will mention the lucky new members on the podcast each week... 

All episodes, show notes, and resources can be found at www.leveragepodcasts.com

May 19, 2017

 

This episode of Optimize, Automate, Outsource features yet another list of links for you to consider to help you do more with the life you have. One of the most important aspects of that for any business owner is the task of process automation and optimization - and you know why, right? There are hundreds of things happening in the average business that are process-oriented and as we often say, many of those can be automated. We found a software service that enables process automation on a new scale, including connections with Zapier - which you know we love. Nick is quickly becoming addicted to this app so find out all about it on this episode.

 

Do you need an automated call center? Here’s one we’re loving.

 

We’ve tried plenty of call solutions in the past - including Ringcentral and Skype. For everything we tried, they were either too buggy and ineffective or had far too many features, which proved cumbersome for what we needed. But when we came upon a cool new app that integrates with Slack we found exactly what we were looking for. Nick and I talk about how OttSpot works and the ways it’s enabled us to do some process automation in our application systems, on this episode. This thing has heightened our team’s interaction and productivity to an even greater degree - which we like. Lots.

 

Do you sleep with a white noise generator? This takes it to a whole new level.

 

One of the new devices Nick and I chat about on this episode is called Nightingale - it’s a nighttime noise-maker that is designed by acoustic experts and audio engineers and claims to be the most effective sleep system on the market. When I hear a claim like that I have to ask, “Why?” Here’s what I discovered: Nightingale can be customized to your particular room’s architecture and acoustics by placing a unit on either side of your room - and it’s this two-unit system that makes the difference. They call it a "sound blanket." And besides all that, it’s IoT integrated. Find out more about Nightingale as we talk about it on this episode.

 

Nick has been busy helping former inmates build businesses. Here’s his experience so far.

 

Lately, Nick has been intrigued by the work of an organization called “Defy Ventures,” and for good reason. The folks at DV “harness the natural talents of currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth and redirect them toward the creation of legal business ventures and careers.” It’s an amazing idea and Nick took part in one of their “shark tank” type events recently as one of the “sharks.” Can you imagine? Anyway, on this episode, he shares the inspiring experience and tells why he’s planning to join the DV team at another event soon. This is good stuff being done that seems to be pretty effective. Take a listen.

 

Ever been to a 360-degree theater? Now you can make your own 360-degree movie.

 

A new tech item we discuss on this episode is ORBI Prime, which claims to be the first 360° video recording eyewear. So picture this, it’s a pair of glasses you wear that has 1080p cameras integrated into it - even in the back. So you can capture and share 360° videos and images simply by wearing glasses - which you’re likely going to be doing anyway. It’s made from lightweight polycarbonate, is able to record up to 90 minutes of video, has built-in WiFi, is water resistant, and yada, yada, yada. This is a fun sounding toy/tool/tech item you’ll want to know about, so be sure you listen.

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We are offering a very special membership to our exclusive #LeverageLabs to new listeners who go to our Leverage Podcast or OAO Podcast and subscribe to or download our podcasts, take a photo and send to us via social media. #LeveragePodcast... Send us your photo and we will mention the lucky new members on the podcast each week... 

All episodes, show notes, and resources can be found at www.leveragepodcasts.com

May 12, 2017

Go to beta.getleverage.com to sign up for the waitlist of our new project management software!

We are offering a very special membership to our exclusive #LeverageLabs to new listeners who go to our Leverage Podcast or OAO Podcast and subscribe to or download our podcasts, take a photo and send to us via social media. #LeveragePodcast... Send us your photo and we will mention the lucky new members on the podcast each week... 

All episodes, show notes, and resources can be found at www.leveragepodcasts.com

May 5, 2017

Go to beta.getleverage.com to sign up for the waitlist of our new project management software!

We are offering a very special membership to our exclusive #LeverageLabs to new listeners who go to our Leverage Podcast or OAO Podcast and subscribe to or download our podcasts, take a photo and send to us via social media. #LeveragePodcast... Send us your photo and we will mention the lucky new members on the podcast each week... 

All episodes, show notes, and resources can be found at www.leveragepodcasts.com

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