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The mission of The Organized and Energized Podcast is to present stories from entrepreneurs who have embraced the unknown and cleared their life of the obstacles that were holding them back.We deliver one moment of inspiration using our 6 question format about what you can do as an entrepreneur when you decide to embrace new ways of doing things!
 
Welcome to In Depth, a new podcast from First Round Review that’s dedicated to surfacing the tactical advice founders and startup leaders need to grow their teams, their companies and themselves. Hosted by Brett Berson, a partner at First Round, In Depth will cover a lot of ground and a wide range of topics, from hiring executives and becoming a better manager, to the importance of storytelling inside of your organization. But every interview will hit the level of tactical depth where the ve ...
 
A bi-weekly video game development podcast by John R. Diaz, a veteran game designer who goes 1:1 in candid conversations with the developers behind today‘s hit games where we discuss their journey and learnings in this wild industry with no punches pulled. John is a kid born to emigrants from the Dominican Republic in New York City, raised with lots of love, off of food stamps & welfare, where English was not his native language, who got lucky enough to find his passion in developing video g ...
 
"In this world you're either growing or you're dying, so get in motion and grow." - Lou Holtz This is the absolute truth. Living Forward is a concept of perpetual growth. The Growth-Mindset is the only true way to live life. This podcast reflects the idea of people and ideas that are constantly in a state of becoming. Living Forward fits seamlessly with my platform First Frontier Forward. Find 'First Frontier Forward' on Facebook & Instagram under the same name. This new season is a beautifu ...
 
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Phyllis Pieri is a certified franchise executive, a speaker, International Bestselling Author and Franchise Coach and Consultant. She uses her passion for people and her 35+ years in the franchise industry to guide fledgling entrepreneurs through the franchise selection process. Check out my latest podcast with her, “Find a Business with a 90% Succ…
 
Today’s episode is with Ravi Mehta, who is formerly the Chief Product Officer at Tinder, and taught product strategy as an Executive in Residence at Reforge. In today’s conversation, we dive exceptionally deep into product strategy, starting with what Ravi sees as the most common disconnect between product strategy and what product teams actually w…
 
Dana White is a blogger, podcaster, speaker, and (much to her own surprise) a Decluttering Expert that shares realistic home management strategies and a message of hope for the hopelessly messy. Check out my latest podcast with her, “How to Guarantee Decluttering Progress.” Learn steps on how to overcome obstacles in your decluttering process. You’…
 
Today’s episode is with Arielle Jackson. For the past 7 years, she’s helped hundreds of companies build their positioning and brands from the ground up, both as our Marketing Expert in Residence here at First Round and in her own consulting work. Before helping early-stage startups, Arielle started her career in Product Marketing at Google, where s…
 
Jenn Neal has worked in corporate America for over a decade and has owned her own marketing agency for over a decade. She knows what works and what doesn’t and believes that activating content you already have is the key to online success and freedom. Check out my latest podcast with Jenn, “How To Repurpose Your Existing Content To Half Price Leads…
 
Why You've Got To Check Out Today's Episode: Find out the first step to take if you are looking to get out of the corporate world. Learn how to overcome challenges during your business launch. Discover the difference between doing what you're good at and doing what you love. Full Show Notes: https://thepodcast.organizedandenergized.com/how-to-face-…
 
This bonus episode features your host John R. Diaz, a Senior Technical Designer for Electronic Arts Frostbite Engine. In this 1:1 we look back on the podcast and the inaugural year, where we've been, and where we hope to go in 2022. Season 202(2) will kick off at the end of January / early February. See you all then! Feel free to connect with John …
 
Why You've Got To Check Out Today's Episode: Learn techniques for entrepreneurs who want to create more freedom within their business, or within their life. Learn why creating content that actually converts into clients is so important for your business. Discover how “content buckets” allows you the creativity to create great content and stay on br…
 
In this episode: Learn quick tips for fledgling artists. Learn how to start a mastermind of your own. Discover why writing the rules of your own business is so important. Full video and show notes: https://thepodcast.organizedandenergized.com/drawing-out-the-inner-artist-that-has-always-been-inside/By Kathi Burns
 
Johnny Wu is a QA Director at Riot Games in Santa Monica who has worked for Respawn on Apex Legends, King, Zynga, and King. Chapters: (00:00) Who is Johnny Wu? (07:34) A Toast with Johnny (15:43) What is a QA Director? (25:20) Getting into Games (32:37) Learning the QA Craft (39:52) Working at King (51:10) Canada to London (59:13) L.A. L.A. Land (0…
 
Today’s episode is with Adrian McDermott, CTO of Zendesk. Adrian started at the company back in 2010, when they were only 50 employees. Since then, he’s led product management and engineering teams as the company has gone public and scaled to over 5000 employees. Our discussion digs into the challenges that come from scaling startups. We start off …
 
Why You've Got To Check Out Today's Episode: Learn how to build confidence in your speaking. Discover ways to help navigate questions that you might not know the answers to. Learn how to get your mojo back and feel confident in networking again. Find out why it is so important for people to communicate. Full show: https://thepodcast.organizedandene…
 
Today’s episode is with Dharmesh Shah, the co-founder and CTO of Hubspot. In today’s conversation, we deeply explore some of the marquee moments along the 15-year journey building Hubspot. To start, Dharmesh unpacks the very specific way he and his co-founder Brian Halligan approached evaluating their compatibility as co-founders. He’s got tons of …
 
Why You've Got To Check Out Today's Episode: Learn how to get beyond "stop points" for authors. Hear a great piece of advice to move towards as you're going into the process of writing. How to have more freedom within your business so your business does not consume you. Find out how to begin writing.…
 
Episode 22 of the game dev's podcast features Elaine Gomez a Game Designer at Brass Lion Entertainment based out of New York City. Elaine Gómez is an award-winning game designer currently working at Brass Lion Entertainment with 5 years of experience in gameplay and systems design. She is one of the six co-founders of Latinx in Gaming and supports …
 
Today’s episode is with Zach Kitschke, CMO of Canva, an online design and publishing tool. Since launching in 2013, Canva has grown from an Australian startup to a global company, with 60 million monthly active users, over 2,000 employees, and a $40 billion valuation. Zach was one of Canva's first employees, leading comms efforts around their initi…
 
Today’s episode is with Hareem Mannan, who was a product design leader at Segment for nearly four years, and joined Twilio as a Senior Director of Product, Enablement & Design following the company’s acquisition of Segment. In today’s conversation, we deeply explore Hareem’s three pillars of what makes a great designer. To summarize, they are a pro…
 
Angelica "Jel" Baca is a UX Designer at Intercept Games who found her way through QA for Glu Mobile, Bungie, PopCap, Card Kingdom, and King. Listen to her journey through this industry and how she thrives today. Chapters: (00:00) Who is Angelica Baca? (07:23) Customer Support @ Big Fish Games (14:55) First Game (22:28) QA Ground Floor (30:45) Netwo…
 
Today’s episode is with Max Mullen, co-founder of Instacart. He started as a generalist, running everything from product to payroll, but as the company has grown over the years, he’s come to focus on one particular area: culture. Since Max is also an active angel investor, he’s also been able to partner with tons of founders and help them think abo…
 
Today’s episode is with Alisa Cohn, an executive coach with nearly 20 years of experience working with companies like Etsy, Venmo, InVision, The Wirecutter, Google and IBM. Her new book, From Start-Up to Grown-Up: Grow Your Leadership to Grow Your Business, just came out this week. In our conversation today, we focus on what founders and startup le…
 
Ryan Paradis, Design Director at Bungie working on Destiny talks about his journey through Full Sail University, working at Rockstar Games in San Diego, to Bungie on Destiny, to 343 on Halo Infinite and more. Chapters: (00:00) Who is Ryan Paradis? (10:39) Full Sail University Alliances (16:49) Live Design Director Life (26:30) Personal Sustainabili…
 
Today’s episode is with Gretchen Howard, COO of Robinhood. Gretchen joined Robinhood in early 2019 as the company’s COO and just its second executive hire. She climbed aboard the Robinhood rocketship after 5 years building CapitalG, Alphabet’s investment fund. In today’s conversation, we dive really deep into what she’s learned about executive hiri…
 
Episode 19 of the game dev podcast Out of Play Area features Brian Dumlao a QA Analyst at Jam City in Carlsbad, CA with Philipinne roots hailing from Los Angeles, California.We talk about how he used his sociology degree and experience at EB Games, to break in at Midway Games in San Diego and work on Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance, his journey throu…
 
Today’s episode is with Giancarlo 'GC' Lionetti, the former CMO of Confluent and VP of Self-Serve Growth at Dropbox. (GC also previously spent 6 years at Atlassian, as a sales engineer and product marketing manager for developer tools.) He describes his career as more of a maze than a ladder, and this functional diversity combined with his deep exp…
 
Today’s episode is with Sandr Oh Lin, founder and CEO of KiwiCo, which creates hands-on learning kits for children. Sandra started KiwiCo over ten years ago, after a career with executive positions at PayPal and eBay. She was looking for ways to give her own kids more hands-on projects to exercise their creativity, which led her down the path to be…
 
Episode 18 features storyteller/technologist Matt Udvari the CTO and Co-Founder of Aquifer Motion in Austin, TX.We talk about his journey through game development onto his path to build new technology to make it easier for content creators, media businesses, and brands to build interactive stories.Chapters: (00:00) Who is Matt Udvari (13:23) Austin…
 
Today’s episode is with Maya Spivak, the Head of Marketing at Mux, which is ​​an API for developers to build video experiences. Maya recently joined Mux after five years at Segment, where she was the company’s second marketer and its Head of Global Brand Marketing and Communications, as well as a stint at Wealthfront as a marketing director. In tod…
 
On Episode 17 of the Game Developer's Podcast Out of Play Area hosted by John R. Diaz we sit down with Lead Producer at Brass Lion Entertainment Yesenia Cisneros a Queens New York City Native with Chinese - Ecuadorian roots and we talk about what's it like breaking into games, working in eSports, transitioning into QA, and finally as a Producer at …
 
Today’s episode is with Archana Agrawal, CMO of Airtable, a low-code platform for building collaborative apps. Archana joined Airtable last year after 7 years at Atlassian, where she eventually became the company’s Head of Enterprise and Cloud Marketing. She also sits on the board for MongoDB and Zendesk. We start today’s conversation by dissecting…
 
Today’s episode is with Tara Viswanathan, co-founder and CEO of Rupa Health. Tara started Rupa Health in early 2018, but the product vision today looks very different from what she first built. As she’ll talk about over the course of today’s interview, she went through plenty of sometimes painful pivots on the path to finding product/market fit for…
 
Episode 16 features Stephan Carmignani Creative Director at Rovio in Montreal. We discuss diversity, hiring in the pandemic, VR arcade design at Minority Media, UGC in the metaverse, and more. Chapters: (00:00) Who is Stephan Carmignani (01:47) A Toast (15:03) Hiring Practices in the Pandemic (26:02) VR Arcade Design (38:29) Level Design Roots (43:…
 
Today’s episode is with Steve Gutentag, the co-founder and CEO of Thirty Madison, a healthcare company focused on widening access to specialized care for chronic conditions. After previously starting two other companies with his co-founder Demetri Karagas, they launched Thirty Madison in 2017 with Keeps, a men’s hair loss solution. The team has sin…
 
In episode 15 of the game dev's podcast Out of Play Area we sit with Sylvain Dubrosky a product & game designer for Facebook's Oculus Virtual Reality, where we go through his journey breaking into game development as a programmer and then transitioning in game design in San Francisco at Shaba, 3DO, and Factor 5, then moving to Harmonix for Rock Ban…
 
Today’s episode is with Jane Davis, the Director of UX Research and UX Writing at Zoom. She previously led UX Research and Content Design at Zapier, and managed the growth research team at Dropbox. Throughout the episode, Jane tackles the thorniest customer development questions and walks us through the end-to-end research process in incredible det…
 
John dives into Melee Combat Game Design with Nicolas Monteilhet-Laboissiere an Advanced Games Designer at WB Games Montreal. We talk about how he approached extending Free-Flow Combat in Arkham Origins, after going through the chronology of Melee Systems dating back to Zelda Ocarina of Time, God of War 1, onto the Batman Arkham series. He also tal…
 
Today’s episode is with Alex Buder Shapiro, the Chief People Officer at Flatiron Health, a company that focuses on accelerating cancer research and improving patient care. Alex first joined Flatiron back in 2016, after an 8-year stint on Google’s People Operations team. Before her promotion to Flatiron’s executive team this past March, Alex previou…
 
Today’s episode is with Ryan Glasgow, the founder and CEO of UserLeap, a product research platform that helps PMs, user researchers, and growth marketers launch microsurveys to uncover customer insights faster. Before founding UserLeap in 2018, Ryan was a PM and early team member at Weebly (which was acquired by Square) and Vurb (which was acquired…
 
In episode 13 of Out of Play Area, we sit down with Corinne Scrivens who is an Art Director at PolyArc in Seattle Washington. She's worked as an artist at Arena Net, at Bungie on Destiny 1 & 2, and lets you know as an artist, your portfolio is everything. Chapters: (00:00) Who Is Corinne Scrivens? (08:04) Learning New Tools (14:46) It's all about t…
 
Today’s episode is with Nick Caldwell, VP of Engineering at Twitter. Previously, Nick was at Microsoft for 15 years, eventually becoming GM of Power BI. Nick has also held roles as Reddit’s VP of Engineering and Looker’s Chief Product and Engineering Officer. Between Microsoft, Reddit, Looker, and now Twitter, Nick’s worked for companies with vastl…
 
Today’s episode is with Sam Taylor, VP of Sales and Success at Loom. Previously, Sam was Dropbox’s first enterprise sales rep, and also served as Quip’s first sales leader. In today’s conversation, we dig into the key learnings from each stop in Sam’s career so far. Starting with his earliest experience at Dropbox, he walks us through his aha momen…
 
In episode 12, Chris Torres, video game animation director for Bluepoint in Austin, TX discusses what led him to get into video game animation, his love of technical animation, and what led him to become a director and more. Chapters: (00:00) Who is Chris Torres? (06:35) Animation Inspiration Pixar's Toy Story (13:33) Midway Games Broke Me In (27:5…
 
Today’s episode is with McKenna Quint, who was most recently the Head of People at Plaid and also built and led the people team at Cruise Automation. Currently, she’s co-founder and general partner at Quint Capital, a seed-stage fund. In today’s conversation, we focus on the people challenges that inevitably crop up when you’re going from a couple …
 
In episode 11 of Out of Play Area the Game Dev podcast, Grant Shonkwiler, a freelance game developer aboard his own company Shonkventures, talks about being an audio programmer, to a game designer, and finally a producer at ID on Rage, and for Epic Games on Fortnite. We also discuss dealing with burnout, how to negotiate your salary and the power o…
 
Today’s episode is with Waseem Daher, co-founder and CEO of Pilot, a company that specializes in bookkeeping, tax prep, and CFO services for high-growth startups. In addition to Pilot, Waseem co-founded two other startups with the same group of co-founders, including Ksplice, which was acquired by Oracle in 2011, and Zulip, which was acquired by Dr…
 
Today’s episode is with Shannon Brayton, a Silicon Valley veteran with more than two decades of experience shaping corporate narratives and leading teams at companies like LinkedIn, OpenTable, eBay, Yahoo!, and Intuit. She recently joined Bessemer as the venture capital firm’s first-ever CMO. In today’s conversation, Shannon shares the comms and le…
 
In milestone episode 10, Danny Bulla, a co-founder and Design Director at Polyarc Games in Seattle, WA shares what it takes to leave the comfort of Bungie to open your own VR game dev studio with trusted friends. We talk about the power of empathy to be the best designer, giving objective feedback, and the hub for game development and music that Se…
 
Today’s episode is with Colleen McCreary, the Chief People Officer at Credit Karma. With more than 20 years of experience in HR, operations, recruiting and M&A, Colleen has headed up the people function at companies such as Vevo, The Climate Corporation, and Zynga. She’s also seen the early-stages and scaled through multiple IPOs and acquisitions, …
 
Today’s episode is with Irving Fain, founder and CEO of Bowery Farming. Bowery is a modern farming company that grows produce indoors, free from pollutants and using significantly less water and space. Just this week, the company announced a $300 million Series C round, the largest private fundraise to date for an indoor farming company. Bowery’s m…
 
On episode 9 of Out of Play Area we sit down with one of the co-founders of the Latin X In Gaming Organization Juan Vaca an El Salvadorian / Ecuadorian American currently working as a Narrative Design Lead at Netflix. We'll go through his journey breaking into the industry, shifting from production to narrative design while at TellTale Games workin…
 
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