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WNYC, New York Public Radio, brings you Soundcheck, the arts and culture program hosted by John Schaefer, who engages guests and listeners in lively, inquisitive conversations with established and rising figures in New York City's creative arts scene. Guests come from all disciplines, including pop, indie rock, jazz, urban, world and classical music, technology, cultural affairs, TV and film. Recent episodes have included features on Michael Jackson,Crosby Stills & Nash, the Assad Brothers, ...
 
Steve Dolinsky, author of "Pizza City USA" and "The Ultimate Chicago Pizza Guide" is also founder of Pizza City USA Tours. Every other Friday, he talks to some of the nation's greatest pizza makers, shop owners, pizzaiolos and other legends about their true passion. Discover how they got into the business, what they learned along the way, and how they came up with their delicious recipes. New episodes are available every other Friday.
 
Project A is a European venture capital investor. With €500m under management, the company focuses on early-stage startups. In addition to capital, Project A provides its portfolio companies operational support from over 100 experts across the startup building stack. The Project A Podcast is the place to go for entrepreneurs and founders looking for expert advice and actionable tips to take their startup to the next level. We know it can be a long, difficult journey. Challenges are infinite ...
 
Project A is a European venture capital investor. With 500m Euro under Management, the company focuses on early-stage startups. In addition to capital, Project A provides operational support to its portfolio companies through their 100 functional experts across the startup building stack. The Project A Podcast is the place to go for entrepreneurs and founders looking for expert advice and actionable tips to take their startup to the next level. We know it can be a long and hard journey. Chal ...
 
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Listen in to Green Stuff as zero waste shop owner and mother of two, Stephanie Lentz, shares how taking imperfect action and a willingness to focus on progress over perfection can help you navigate our broken systems, improve your quality of life, and lead to a more sustainable future for all. As part of Scoop Intelligence's commitment to education and growth, we believe it is important to share our knowledge, experience and resources with EcoCitizens and Ecopreneurs alike to make your journ ...
 
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In our new episode, Toni Hohlbein, Co-founder and CEO at Growblocks, shares his insights and best practices on being a commercial market leader, and how a leadership position in this field has evolved over the past years. With his background in operations and revenue, Tobi brings his knowledge to the table and talks with Charlotte, our Head of Vent…
 
The singer and songwriter known as Sirintip lives here in New York, but like many musicians who are here in New York, she came from somewhere else. She was raised in Thailand, and spent her teenage years in her mother’s homeland of Sweden, before making her way to the city. Her debut LP called Tribus (due out Feb. 9) also seems to come from several…
 
In our new episode, Toni Hohlbein, Co-founder and CEO at Growblocks, shares his insights and best practices on being a commercial market leader, and how a leadership position in this field has evolved over the past years. With his background in operations and revenue, Tobi brings his knowledge to the table and talks with Charlotte, our Head of Vent…
 
From the 2022 New York Guitar Festival at The Greene Space, hear Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré. The Malian singer and guitarist's career began with collaborations with two of West Africa’s most celebrated musicians: the kora player Toumani Diabate and Vieux’s own dad, the famous guitarist Ali Farka Touré. Since then he has worked with Am…
 
You know a really great restaurant the minute you walk in the door. It’s attention to detail, the way you’re greeted and made to feel comfortable, the ambiance, service provided and of course the food & drinks.Hitting all these marks is a continual challenge, but my guests today aren’t missing a beat!In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podc…
 
Noel Brohner grew up in the 1970s eating a lot of frozen pizza in California. But as the child of parents hailing from both New York and Chicago, his early impressions were shaped by frequent visits to both cities. After a life-changing experience in culinary school, he emerged as a dough whisperer of sorts, helping some of L.A.'s biggest names dev…
 
Some time ago, Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist and actress Fatoumata Diawara did a wonderful and daring thing – inspired by her friend Rokia Traoré, she bought an acoustic guitar, and taught herself to play it. Since then, Fatoumata has put out her debut record, Fatou, collaborated with Damon Albarn's Africa Express, and contributed vocals to …
 
In our new episode, Steffen Kiedel, Co-Founder and CEO of Superlist, shares his passion for productivity and gives insights into what it’s like to build the future of work organization. Steffen discloses to Rainer Berak, Operating Partner at Project A, how the product is leading everything they do and elaborates on the vital role of branding.…
 
In our new episode, Steffen Kiedel, Co-Founder and CEO of Superlist, shares his passion for productivity and gives insights into what it’s like to build the future of work organization. Steffen discloses to Rainer Berak, Operating Partner at Project A, how the product is leading everything they do and elaborates on the vital role of branding.…
 
The New York-based band Innov Gnawa performs the traditional healing music of Morocco: Gnawa - a trancey, rhythmic music that is played on an array of unique instruments — from the lute-like gimbri (sintir), to the metal qarqaba (castinets) with which the kouyos (chorus) keep time and pound out clattering, hypnotic rhythms. One of Innov Gnawa's inn…
 
Pride and passion run deep in the restaurant business no matter the size of the organization. Some may be fulfilled running a single independent restaurant while others aim to grow their concepts to multiple locations. In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I speak with Anthony Ackil who co-founded and grew a 70+ unit restaurant chain…
 
In our latest episode, Caroline Weimann, Founder and Managing Director at JoinPolitics, shares her learnings from running a non-profit organization that supports new political talents with seed capital, network, and knowledge. She explains to Rainer Berak, Operating Partner at Project A, how transparency, integrity, and fairness are three fundament…
 
In our latest episode, Caroline Weimann, Founder and Managing Director at JoinPolitics, shares her learnings from running a non-profit organization that supports new political talents with seed capital, network, and knowledge. She explains to Rainer Berak, Operating Partner at Project A, how transparency, integrity, and fairness are three fundament…
 
Los Angeles-based band Vintage Trouble is a powerfully fun time of old-school soul, southern rhythm & blues, sizzling dance moves, and catchy, crunchy guitar-driven rockenroll. When describing their own sound, the band uses the term “formatted recklessness.” Yes, and that almost puts words to their timeless and appealing concoction of old-school so…
 
Singer, songwriter, violinist, guitarist, whistler, glockenspielist, and actor (on Fargo), Andrew Bird, continues “his subversion of indie rock”, (-Schaefer) by including classical, folk, expansive violin solos, and old-time jazz; and has made a remarkable document of tilting at the windmills of his inner demons during these last few years of isola…
 
Everyone is searching for solutions to today’s restaurant “big issues” ie: labor, prices, shortages…In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Sam Zeitz, CEO of www.grubbrr.com Grubbrr offers one such solution with their self-ordering technology and digital restaurant kiosks.Listen on as Sam tells us:- What the “restaura…
 
Ryan Baddeley is the owner of Pizzeria Badiali, a fantastic slice shop in Queen West, a hipster area in Toronto. We talked about the must-visit places in Toronto (sorry we didn't get to North of Brooklyn) but kudos to our friend Amy Rosen, who insisted we meet for a slice at Badiali. This is a unique pizza in a city full of Neapolitans.…
 
In this episode, Florian Heinemann, Co-Founder and General Partner at Project A sits down with our very own Simon Walter, Chief Brand Officer, Thuy-Ngan Trinh, Chief Marketing Officer, and Raul Porojan, Director of Sales & Customer Success. They dial in from Tuscany during the Project A offsite, to discuss how the current economic recession is affe…
 
In this episode, Florian Heinemann, Co-Founder and General Partner at Project A sits down with our very own Simon Walter, Chief Brand Officer, Thuy-Ngan Trinh, Chief Marketing Officer, and Raul Porojan, Director of Sales & Customer Success. They dial in from Tuscany during the Project A offsite, to discuss how the current economic recession is affe…
 
Coming from a rock and funk place, Dominican singer-songwriter Vicente García has become something of a folk pop revivalist, incorporating his love of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, from acoustic bachata to reggae on his latest record, A La Mar. Formerly the lead singer of the band Calor Urbano, the winner of Best New Artist at the 2018 Latin Grammys has …
 
To build a great business, it takes not only a clear vision but a relentless pursuit to stay ahead of your competition. As restaurateurs, we are competitive by nature, and to play our best game, we need to always strive to stay fresh, innovate and dazzle our guests. In this week’s episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Mark …
 
Musician, actor and doctor (otolaryngologist) Jorge Drexler grew up in Uruguay, and now lives in Spain. Listeners may be familiar with Drexler’s music because his theme song for The Motorcycle Diaries won an Academy Award (presented to him by Prince.) His 2018 album of songs, Salvavidas de Hielo, is guitar-based, but augmented by a wide sonic palet…
 
Pianist and composer BLKBOK, (pronounced “Black Bach”) has played with some of the biggest pop names: Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, and John Mayer. Born Charles Wilson III, he grew up in Detroit with a traditional classical foundation and pursued more musical interests including jazz, Motown, hip-hop and the blues. While he’s not conserv…
 
A 20+ year run in this business holds hard-won experience and many stories! In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Eric Scheffer ofwww.thescheffergroup.com. Eric is a true industry leader, visionary, and builder of five dynamic concepts in Asheville, NC.Listen as Eric shares with us:- The “secret sauce” of a truly gr…
 
Victor Barry is a chef and restaurateur in Toronto who continues evolving. He’s got three Piano Pianos, a Piccolo Piano plus two shops dedicated to pizza, and now a slowly growing frozen business. I first had his pizza sitting at the restaurant’s bar about six years ago, and I still remember how much I enjoyed it. Very Neapolitan, and very dialed-i…
 
The Bogotá-based Monsieur Periné has taken the the Latin music world by storm since their start in 2008. The eight piece band takes the music of their native Columbia, and infuses it with sweet swing sensibilities of the 1920's and a good dash of modern pop styles. Their upbeat and lively arrangements are engaging, detailed, and above all such a jo…
 
The great South African a cappella choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo are a global phenomenon. With their uplifting vocal harmonies and signature dance moves, they’ve been anointed “cultural ambassadors to the world” by no less than Nelson Mandela. (Some listeners might recall them appearing on Paul Simon’s Graceland album back in 1986.) The group was f…
 
I had great success by incentivizing my entire team to strive for maximum performance and guest service. You might say it was my “secret weapon” for over 20 years running restaurants. Now, it’s more important than ever to keep your good people happy and create a culture that attracts new team-players.In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podc…
 
In our latest episode, Anna Alex, Co-Founder of Planetly, a leading climate tech company helping businesses to achieve their net zero targets, opens up about what it’s like building a for-profit climate tech company. In the conversation with Rainer Berak, Operating Partner at Project A, Anna shares her favourite sentence “Culture is eating strategy…
 
In our latest episode, Anna Alex, Co-Founder of Planetly, a leading climate tech company helping businesses to achieve their net zero targets, opens up about what it’s like building a for-profit climate tech company. In the conversation with Rainer Berak, Operating Partner at Project A, Anna shares her favourite sentence “Culture is eating strategy…
 
Feminist icon and Mexican folklorist Lila Downs’ 2018 album Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo (Dancehall, Tears, and Desire), is dedicated to strong women everywhere. Her lyrics, inviting all “dangerous” women to join her, often highlight issues relating to social justice, while spanning blues to cumbia, folk and ranchera music. Inspired by Frida Kahlo, Down…
 
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