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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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Jul 29, 2021

Richard Craib is on the podcast this week to discuss how he and his company are building the last hedge fund—Numerai. Richard has found that virtually all hedge funds today are continuously duplicating research and strategies. This lack of originality leads to less than stellar performance, and makes it difficult for new funds with original ideas to emerge. Numerai is built to solve this problem, as it's the first hedge fund to source original stock market signals, built from any data set from anyone in the world with zero barriers. 

 

Richard Craib is the Founder and CEO of Numerai, based in San Francisco. Craib graduated Cornell University with a BA in Mathematics in 2012 with a focus in abstract algebra. He has also taken classes at UC Berkeley, Stanford and the University of Cape Town. Before starting Numerai, Craib was a quant at an asset management firm with $15 billion in assets under management in Cape Town, South Africa, where he built a global equity long-only fund powered by machine learning.

 

Check out the full show notes at https://getleverage.com/podcast/88

Jul 15, 2021

Jody Williamson is on the podcast this week to discuss the art and psychology of sales. He is on a mission to help high-level salespeople separate themselves from the sleazy "used car salesman" stereotype by listening more, talking less, and helping their prospects discover the sale for themselves. With over 25 years of experience and having worked with companies of all sizes and across all industries, Jody has discovered that the traditional sales model simply doesn't work—and he's here to explain the new one that does.

Jody Williamson is a best-selling author of "The Contrarian Salesperson," sales and management thought leader, keynote speaker and leader for sales training and consulting engagements. His key areas of focus are sales leadership, strategy and client satisfaction. Jody and his team at Sandler Training - Chicago & Northbrook are dedicated to working with business owners, principals, sales managers, salespeople, non-selling professionals, and customer service professionals to give them the behaviors, attitudes and techniques to reach their full potential.

Check out the full show notes at https://getleverage.com/podcast/87

 
Jul 1, 2021

Dr. Ed Hoffman is on the podcast this week to discuss how teams and organizations can improve their performance through knowledge, process, and project management. As the former Chief Knowledge Officer for NASA, Ed understands the importance of storing and organizing knowledge for organizations—and he's here to show us all how to improve it in our own companies. Listen in to learn how you can implement some of the same techniques NASA uses to complete projects and send people into outer space.

Dr. Ed Hoffman is the former Chief Knowledge Officer for NASA, CEO of Knowledge Strategies, Senior Advisor to the Project Management Institute, and Senior Lecturer at Columbia University's Information and Knowledge Strategy Program. Prior to his role as Chief Knowledge Officer, he was the founding director of the NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership. During his time in this role, the Academy was the top-rated project management academy in the world.

Check out the full show notes at https://getleverage.com/podcast/86

Jun 17, 2021

This week on the podcast, Nick is chatting with Kary Oberbrunner, the author of Unhackable and founder of Igniting Souls Publishing Agency. Just like Nick, Kary is obsessed with helping people become more productive—the only difference is that Kary takes a slightly different approach, by making people unhackable. If you've ever been set up to be productive only to find that you didn't get nearly as much done as you were hoping, it's not your fault. Your mind and body have been hacked! (And Kary can help.)

Kary Oberbrunner, CEO of Igniting Souls, is an author, coach, and speaker who helps individuals and organizations clarify who they are, why they're here, and where they're going so they can become souls on fire, experience unhackability, and share their message with the world. As a child and young adult, Kary overcame a paralyzing speech disorder and an addiction to self-injury. In the past twenty years, he’s ignited over one million people with his content. He lives in Ohio with his wife, Kelly, and three children.

Check out the full show notes at https://getleverage.com/podcast/85

Apr 2, 2021

This week, Nick sits down with Amir Salihefendić of Doist to discuss his companies, Todoist and Twist. Todoist is one of the most popular digital to-do list apps on the market today, and Twist is an internal communication tool similar to Slack and Microsoft Teams. After building one of the most successful to-do list tools in history, it's no surprise that Amir has a lot of thoughts around productivity—and he shares them in this episode! Nick and Amir discuss the role of tools in business and life, how to create a system for productivity that works for you, and the future of Todoist.

 

Amir Salihefendić is the Founder and CEO of Doist, which houses Todoist—a digital to-do list app—and Twist—an asynchronous communication tool. Born in Bosnia, he grew up in Denmark, started his business in Chile and now lives in Barcelona with his family. Doist is completely remote, with colleagues spread across 30 countries.


View the full show notes at: https://www.getleverage.com/podcast/84

Mar 11, 2021

Have you ever wanted to work with the likes of Sir Elton John, Elon Musk, take a submarine down to the Titanic or perhaps close museums in Florence for a private dinner party, and then have Andre Bocelli serenade while you eat your pasta? Steve Sims has done all that for his clients and more—and he's on this episode of the Leverage Podcast to chat with Nick about his life and the lessons he's learned along the way.

Steve Sims is an entrepreneur, speaker, author who is known by many as "The Real Life Wizard of Oz." A former bricklayer and bouncer-turned-entrepreneur, he uses a unique mindset and blend of skills to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for his billionaire clients. He is the author of Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen; founder of Sim Distillery, a high-level coaching program for entrepreneurs looking to make their way into influential circles; and founder of Speakeasy, a reverse-engineered mastermind group where event speakers are chosen based on the questions attendees want answered.


View the full show notes at: https://www.getleverage.com/podcast/83

Feb 4, 2021

Did you know that property values in black neighborhoods are about 23% less than those in white neighborhoods for no other reason than race? Well, it's true—and Andre Perry is on The Leverage Podcast to talk about it. Andre is an expert on race and has been researching the disparities between white- and black-majority cities for years. His findings all point to the same thing: Assets in black-majority neighborhoods are significantly undervalued.

Andre Perry is a senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, a scholar-in-residence at American University, columnist for the Hechinger Report, and author of the book Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities. A nationally known and respected commentator on race, structural inequality, and education, Perry is a regular contributor to MSNBC and has been published by The New York Times, The Nation, The Washington Post, TheRoot.com and CNN.com. His research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion.

View the full show notes at: https://www.getleverage.com/podcast/82

Jan 14, 2021

In this episode, Nick sits down with David Henzel to talk about what it's like to manage a portfolio of businesses. At the time of recording this episode, David is running five companies and has started or invested in many others. These companies truly run the gamut, from a content delivery provider to a group coaching platform and even a company that helps people manage their happiness and achieve goals. Needless to say, David knows a few things about how to run, grow, and exit a company—and he's here to share that wisdom with us.

 

You can view the full show notes at: https://www.getleverage.com/podcast/81

 

David Henzel's mission is to help individuals and organizations reach their full potential.

He has been bootstrapping businesses in the SaaS and ecommerce spaces for over 20 years and has had multiple exits, most notably MaxCDN (now Stackpath). He is currently the CEO of upcoach, a platform specifically built for group coaching and has a portfolio of startups including LTVplus (Modern Business Process Outsourcing), TaskDrive (Sales Development), Shortlist.io (SEO Agency), 50saas (Laravel app Marketplace), and his passion project, Managing Happiness (Peak Performance Group Coaching).

Dec 3, 2020

Richard Rossi has truly seen it all. From working in the U.S. senate to building multiple businesses to mentoring tens of thousands of high school students and building the #1 mastermind group for biohacking in the world… He's got some amazing stories to tell, and this week he's sharing them with us on the Leverage Podcast. In this unique episode, Nick dives deep into Richard's fascinating story to glean lessons, insights, and tips from his decades of experience.

You can view the full show notes at https://getleverage.com/podcast/80.

Richard Rossi currently serves as President and Executive Director of The National Leadership Academies, and is a co-founder of two of the world’s largest and most prestigious enrichment programs for high-achieving students. Over 26 years, 640,000 students from over 118 countries have attended Richard's academic programs focusing on leadership and career development. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Pinnacle Care, a prominent private health advisory company, and is the Founder of The Da Vinci 50, a mastermind devoted to increasing longevity through biohacking.

Nov 19, 2020

In this powerful episode, Nick sits down with David Meltzer to talk about his mission to empower over 1 billion people to be happy. (To be specific, his definition of happiness is to "make a lot of money, help a lot of people, and have a lot of fun.") As a massively successful entrepreneur, David has a lot of knowledge to share on not only how to build a business, but how to pitch it and how to build your ideal lifestyle as an entrepreneur. Listen in for countless nuggets of wisdom—from David's 5 tools for being in gratitude to stories from his days on Elevator Pitch and the 2 routines every entrepreneur needs to have for success.

You can view the full show notes at https://getleverage.com/podcast/79.

David Meltzer is a highly successful serial entrepreneur, consultant, Top 100 Business Coach, speaker, and author. He's the co-founder of Sports 1 Marketing, host of "The Playbook" podcast, executive producer and host of Elevator Pitch, and three-time international best-selling author. David has been recognized by Variety Magazine as their Sports Humanitarian of the Year and awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He currently spends his time producing free educational resources to achieve his mission of empowering over 1 billion people to be happy.

Nov 12, 2020

In one of our most unique, fascinating and powerful episodes to date, Nick and Lee Brower sit down to talk with Daryl Davis. Daryl is a musician who has spent his life playing music around the world. But what he does in his spare time will surprise you. As an African-American man, he spends his free time talking to and befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan. His goal is not to convert them, but to simply have a conversation. Through these conversations, amazing things happen… Listen in to hear Daryl tell stories of these conversations and learn how we can have open, honest and impactful discussions with the people around us—even if they are opposed to our views.

You can view the full show notes at https://getleverage.com/podcast/78.

Daryl Davis is an R&B and blues musician, activist, author, speaker, and the subject of the documentary, Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America. He is on a mission to improve race relations by engaging and even befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), with the goal of changing their perspective on race. Through simple conversations, he has convinced dozens of Klansmen to leave and denounce the KKK—and he isn't stopping anytime soon.

Nov 5, 2020

The future of work is changing and remote work is on the rise. But how will these changes affect the economy and the workforce as a whole? Nicholas Bloom is on the podcast this week to discuss exactly that. As an economics professor, researcher and future of work expert, he's uniquely equipped to discuss how the changes we're seeing in the workplace from COVID-19 will impact our economy. Nick and Nick discuss the larger implications of the future of work, how entrepreneurs and startups will fare as the pandemic continues, and what remote work is going to look like post-pandemic.

You can view the full show notes at getleverage.com/podcast/77.

Nicholas Bloom is the Eberle Professor in the Department of Economics at Stanford University, a Courtesy Professor at Stanford Business School and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and a co-Director of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on the measurement and impact of uncertainty on investment, employment, and growth. He also works on the measurement of management practices and productivity, and previously worked at the Mckinsey & Company consulting firm.

Oct 29, 2020

Do you have trouble letting go of things in your business? Most entrepreneurs do. Delegation is harder than it might seem—it's a skill that needs to be learned, and it's necessary for any entrepreneur looking to scale their business. In this episode, Nick sits down with Emily Morgan of Delegate Solutions to discuss the art of delegation and what they're doing to help entrepreneurs improve their delegating skills while also getting more off their plate. If you're looking to delegate more things in your business so you can focus on utilizing your unique ability, be sure to listen in.

You can view the full show notes at getleverage.com/podcast/76.

Emily Morgan is the Founder and CEO of Delegate Solutions, a premium-level virtual assistant company that helps entrepreneurs create a strategic delegation plan for meeting their goals. Emily speaks nationally on the topics of delegation, automation, remote workforces, and flexwork culture. She's been featured in Forbes as a Top 50 Remote Employer, highlighted in the New York Times, and named as the Philly Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Person of the Year.

Oct 22, 2020

Michael Devellano is on the Leverage Podcast this week to discuss how entrepreneurs can use simple tools in creative ways to automate and grow their businesses. From CRMs to email marketing and funnel tools, Nick and Michael educate listeners on how to think about what their business requires and then find the right tech solutions to solve their problems. This is a powerful episode for anyone looking to better understand the operational and marketing tools available to them and which ones make sense for their specific business needs.

You can view the full show notes at getleverage.com/podcast/75.

Michael Devellano is an author, Salesforce consultant, custom app developer, and expert on technology related to marketing, traffic, and conversion. He is the Founder and CEO of Cloud Advisory LLC, a consulting firm that helps businesses and entrepreneurs set up, customize, and strategically use Salesforce. He is also the author of Automate and Grow: A Blueprint for Startups, Small and Medium Businesses to Automate Marketing, Sales, and Customer Support, and the host of the Automate and Grow Podcast.

Oct 20, 2020

The one and only Jay Abraham is back on the Leverage Podcast this week! Jay has devoted his life to helping companies of all sizes go BEYOND exponential, and in this episode, he covers some of the tactics and strategies he's used to do just that. From his 224 referral systems to the 9 drivers of exponential growth to his force multiplier concept, Jay hits on dozens of simple yet ingenious tactics that you can implement to drive exponential growth in your business today.

You can view the full show notes at https://getleverage.com/podcast/74

Jay Abraham is the world's highest-paid marketing consultant, having generated over $21 billion in revenue for the companies he's worked with. He has spent his entire career solving complex problems and fixing underperforming businesses in more than 1,000 industries worldwide. Jay has an uncanny ability to increase business income by looking at situations from different paradigms and uncovering hidden assets, overlooked opportunities, underperforming activities, and undervalued possibilities unseen by his clients. He is a mentor to many of the world's top business minds, such as Daymond John and Tony Robbins.

Oct 15, 2020

What does the future of work hold? Will AI and robots take over? Is on-demand labor the future? These are all questions that Jeff Wald has been researching for years, and today he's on the Leverage Podcast to discuss his findings with Nick. Jeff shows us how we can use data and trends from the past to predict what the future of work will look like and how we can best prepare. For entrepreneurs, this knowledge will help you allocate resources in the right places and get set up for the 4th Industrial Revolution, or as Jeff calls it, the 1st Service Revolution.

You can view the full show notes at http://getleverage.com/podcast.

Jeff Wald is the Founder of WorkMarket, a Freelance Management System that enables companies to organize, manage, and pay their extended workforce. He is an expert on labor and the future of work, and the author of The End of Jobs: The Rise of On-Demand Workers and Agile Corporations. Jeff is also a speaker, Angel investor, startup advisor, and graduate of Harvard Business School and Cornell University.

Oct 8, 2020

Keith Ferrazzi is back on the Leverage Podcast! In this episode, Keith covers the 8 Areas of Recontracting a High-Performing Team and methods for improving team culture, leading effectively, and creating an open and transparent workplace. Nick and Keith discuss how many executive teams aren't working nearly as effectively as they could be, and it's often because no one is comfortable saying what needs to be said.

You can view the full show notes at http://getleverage.com/podcast/72.

Keith Ferrazzi is the Founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, a research and consulting firm that specializes in transforming the performance, capability, and engagement of the people in organizations who produce business results. He is the New York Times #1 Bestselling Author of Never Eat Alone, in addition to Who's Got Your Back and his most recent book, Leading Without Authority.

Oct 6, 2020

Whether you need to hire remote employees for your business or find your next freelance gig, our guest today can help. Sara Sutton is the CEO of FlexJobs, one of the world's largest remote job websites. In today's episode, Nick and Sara discuss how to promote culture as a fully-remote company, why the COVID crisis is an opportunity to rethink many of our core systems, and some tips and tricks for remote hiring from the perspective of both the employer and employee.

You can view the full show notes at http://getleverage.com/podcast/71.

Sara Sutton is an entrepreneur with a passion for helping people find jobs that make their lives better. She is the Founder and CEO of FlexJobs, a pioneering job service that helps people find flexible work options to fit their modern-day lives, and she recently launched Remote.co as a resource for organizations and workers to learn and share remote work best practices. She was named as a Young Global Leader in 2014 by the World Economic Forum and also served on the community's Advisory Group.

Oct 1, 2020

When's the last time you took a look at your hiring system? Maren Kate Donovan is on the podcast this week to discuss hiring—specifically, how to create a system that allows you to discover and automatically sort through applicants to find highly-qualified candidates for your business. Nick and Maren discuss why most companies have outdated hiring systems, why hiring processes are like sales funnels, and the differences between hiring in-person and remote employees. This episode was recorded on April 8, 2020.

You can view the full show notes at getleverage.com/podcast/70.

Maren is a serial entrepreneur and expert on hiring remote teams. She's the founder of AVRA Talent, a recruiting agency, and Inde.co, a new hiring platform for remote workers. Maren is also the Ex-CEO and Founder of Zirtual, one of the largest virtual assistant companies in the world. Having hired thousands of remote workers and scanned through tens of thousands of applicants, Maren knows what it takes to build a successful hiring system for modern companies.

Sep 29, 2020

Marvin Liao is an Angel Investor, Keynote Speaker, and Ex-Partner of 500 Startups, one of the world's largest business accelerators. In this episode (recorded in April), Nick and Marvin discuss life as an investor during COVID, their predictions on how startups will be affected during and after the pandemic, and some tips on how to prepare for future recessions.


Check out the full show notes at getleverage.com/podcast/69.

Sep 24, 2020

Vinay Patankar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Process Street, a process and workflow management tool. In this episode, Nick and Vinay discuss Process Street’s recent Series A completion and their new partnership with Atlassian and Salesforce. You’ll learn the difference between static and dynamic knowledge and how to document your company processes easily and effectively. 


Read the full show notes at getleverage.com/podcast/68

Sep 22, 2020

Kevin Harrington and Mark Timm join Nick to discuss their new book, "Mentor to Millions." Putting all of his effort into his businesses, Mark realized that he had ignored his family life for decades. Mentor to Millions chronicles how Mark pivoted to a life where work and family can co-exist together. Mark and Kevin discuss the biggest lessons they’ve learned: combining the best of business, family, and personal life.

Gain access to the full show notes at getleverage.com/podcast/67

Sep 17, 2020

Yael Eisenstat joins Nick to discuss how social media is affecting democracy and what it could mean for the upcoming elections. 

As a former CIA Officer and National Security Advisor at the White House, Yael tackles the intersection of ethics, tech, and democracy with her years of experience working with governments, tech companies, and investors. She was the former head of elections integrity operations for political advertising at Facebook, and now works at Betaworks, a startup studio and seed-stage venture capital company in New York.

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Sep 15, 2020

Dan and Nick reveal how to succeed during these scary times. Dan discusses his “Scary Times Success Manual," including the ten strategies that will allow you to stay focused on opportunities for growth and progress.

Dan Sullivan is the Founder and President of Strategic Coach, the #1 coaching organization for entrepreneurs. Dan has been helping entrepreneurs reach their full potential in both their business and personal lives for over 30 years. Listen in to hear how Dan and Nick are helping their clients not only survive, but thrive during 2020.

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Jul 16, 2020

Jay and Nick will reveal why it's a great time to hire and reestablish roles and responsibilities within your company. They’ll also explain why it’s so critical to capture and document the processes and knowledge of your employees—especially now, when people are at home and at risk of getting sick.

Jay and Nick strategize the different ways businesses will have to shift their perspective and paradigms to stay ahead, and the value of moving towards a more results-based model.  Listen in as they navigate this new reality, and learn the top tips for businesses that have suddenly made the switch to a remote model.

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