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Bringing all my solopreneurs an opportunity to learn from proven entrepreneurs, from the ground up, by learning more about personal branding, digital marketing, and business development. SebTalks has weekly episodes with people from all over the world sharing their journey, and hopefully, helping you with yours.
 
The Latin American History Podcast aims to tell the story of Spanish and Portuguese America from its very beginnings up until the present day. Latin America’s history is home to some of the most exciting and unbelievable stories of adventure and exploration, and this podcast will tell these stories in all their glory. It will examine colonial society, slavery, and what life was like for the region’s inhabitants during this period. We will look at what caused the wars of independence, how the ...
 
Always Evolving with Coach Mike Bayer is a fun and informative podcast created in a 45-minute episodic format in order to deliver both knowledge and entertainment, while staying on pace with our fast-paced lifestyle. Coach Mike brings on fascinating guests, and their conversations offer fresh perspectives, unconventional wisdom and essential solutions.
 
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In this episode of Always Evolving, Coach Mike shares his top tools for overcoming rejection, imposter syndrome and toxic people. How do you move on when you feel devastated? What is the secret to managing feelings of not being good enough? How do you recognize when someone is toxic and how do you go from victim to victor in your life? Coach Mike a…
 
My guest today is Sam Bankman-Fried, founder and CEO of leading cryptocurrency exchange, FTX. In a little over two years, FTX has registered 1.2 million users, grown to facilitate $10.9 billion of daily trading volume, and reached an $18 billion valuation. Prior to FTX, Sam worked at Jane Street Capital before founding a quant trading firm of his o…
 
In this episode of Always Evolving, Coach Mike invites model and influencer Zander Hodgson to the studio to have a conversation with him and Tony about how his Hollywood dreams compare to the reality he’s actually living. Zander opens up about how being gay has impacted his acting opportunities, what it’s like filming full nudity sex scenes, and hi…
 
My guest today is Nick Neuman, CEO and co-founder of Casa. Casa helps bitcoin investors and owners keep their digital assets safe from loss or theft by providing managed self-custody services. In our discussion, we cover the history of asset custody from ancient temples to decentralized ledgers, look at the mechanics of how private keys work, and e…
 
My guest today is Devin Finzer, co-founder and CEO of OpenSea, the world’s largest NFT marketplace. In a journey that started like many other founders in the space, Devin went deep down the crypto rabbit hole in 2017 and became particularly fascinated with the potential behind digital assets. During our conversation, we touch on the origin story of…
 
In this episode of Always Evolving, Coach Mike invites world-renowned life transformer, Shaun T, to join him and Tony Directs for a candid and revealing conversation about living authentically. Mike was excited to get to know Shaun and was blown away by how honest and open Shaun is about even the most painful parts of his life. Shaun shares his inc…
 
My guest today is Jenny Lefcourt, an equal General Partner at seed-stage venture firm Freestyle Capital, where she manages $450 million in seed investments. Jenny has been engrained in the tech world since the early days of the internet. She dropped out of her Stanford MBA program to co-found online wedding registry startup WeddingChannel.com with …
 
My guest today is Dave Girouard, co-founder and CEO of Upstart, a lending platform that leverages AI to make loans more accessible and affordable. Dave started in Silicon Valley as a Product Manager at Apple and later spent eight years at Google, where he built their suite of cloud apps. In our discussion, we cover the lessons Dave has learned abou…
 
In this episode of Always Evolving, Coach Mike invites a host of Craftopia and DIY expert Lauren Riihimaki to join him and Tony Directs in the studio to talk about the forces that pull us to stay the same and how to find the courage to evolve and change as people. Lauren opens up about making the difficult choice to lose followers in order to be mo…
 
My guest today is Jay Hoag, co-founder of TCV. If you look at Jay’s investment track record, it’s a “who’s who” of tech giants with Airbnb, Netflix, Peloton, Zillow, and a list that does not stop there. Needless to say, Jay has a Hall of Fame career. During our conversation, we talk about his own journey founding TCV, what advice he has for visiona…
 
My guest today is Gina Bianchini, founder and CEO of Mighty Networks, which gives creators a platform to start, grow and own their social communities. In our conversation, we cover the differences between leadership and management, the lessons Gina learned building a similar business in the 2000s with Marc Andreessen, and the elements that make up …
 
In this episode of Always Evolving, Coach Mike invites social media creator Sebastian Bails to join him and Tony Directs in the studio for a coaching session about how to be your true self. Sebastian opens up about the over-the-top character he created online and the fear and anxiety that holds him back from being his authentic self. Coach Mike pus…
 
My guest today is David Fialkow, co-founder of General Catalyst. If you are looking for a dose of fun, charismatic energy from a very unique investor then this is the conversation for you. David has a diverse background not only as an investor but also as a philanthropist and filmmaker. He won an Academy Award for his role as the producer of the 20…
 
My guest today is Justin Waldron, co-founder and President of Playco. Justin is a pioneer of the social gaming industry after he co-founded Zynga at age 19, and he has continued to build games ever since. In our conversation, we cover how Justin sees the future of gaming as social platforms evolve, how gaming may be the next tool for content creati…
 
If you’ve ever had somebody make you feel bad about yourself, this episode is for you. Coach Mike welcomes the star of Dance Moms, Chloe Lukasiak, to the studio with him and Tony Directs for a coaching conversation about rebuilding your self-esteem. Chloe opens up about the pain she endured during and after the show, and Coach Mike offers tools, st…
 
Today is a special episode because it marks five years since I released the first episode of Invest Like the Best. Over those years, I’ve learned so much from so many investors and builders, but today’s guest may have taught me the most. Daniel Ek is the CEO and founder of Spotify, and I find him to be one of the most thoughtful business leaders in…
 
Most people take up painting or golf as they get older, not Jiu-Jitsu. What made Mike decide to focus so much time and energy on learning Jiu-Jitsu and how has it helped him in his life? On today’s show Mike sits down with his Coach Cesar Predes and Tony Directs to share everything that happened in his first-ever Jiu-Jitsu tournament. Did he hurt h…
 
My guest today is Gabby Dizon, co-founder of Yield Guild Games or YGG. In 2020, Gabby and his co-founders built YGG around the growing “play-to-earn” economy within blockchain-based games. Based in the Philippines, YGG effectively backs players - who might not otherwise be able to afford to play - in exchange for a share of their profits. Today, YG…
 
Why are we so uptight about sex? Are we really meant to be monogamous? What does it mean to be monogamish or to have a free relationship? Why is sex so connected to shame? In today’s episode, Coach Mike has a revealing conversation with sexologist and intimacy expert Shan Boodram and Tony Directs about masturbation, learning to have good sex, why w…
 
My guest today is Scott Malpass. Scott was the CIO of Notre Dame's endowment for 32 years and has always been a pioneer at the forefront of the endowment investing world - leading Notre Dame's early investments into Sequoia as well as some of the premier fund managers in China decades ago. Scott built the endowment into a powerhouse, scaling it fro…
 
In today's episode we look at what was going on within the Inca empire in the lead up to the conquest. To help with this, Nicholas Machinski of A History of the Inca podcast joins us to share his specialist knowledge. You can find his podcast on his website or wherever you get your podcasts from: https://ahistoryoftheinca.wordpress.com/…
 
My guest today is Mike Maples, co-founder and partner of Floodgate. As a child of the computer revolution, Mike was deconstructing calculators in grade school, writing video games in high school, and inevitably found himself building businesses in Silicon Valley after college. After his success as an operator, Mike eventually transitioned to become…
 
Do you consider yourself a creative person? Have you ever thought about creating your own content? In today’s show influencer Adam Waheed breaks down what he does in order to make millions as an online content creator. How does he constantly come up with ideas? What does it mean to post on all 7 surfaces and why is it sometimes so frustrating? What…
 
My guests today are Renata Quintini and Roseanne Wincek, co-founders and managing directors of Renegade Partners. Before launching Renegade, Renata and Roseanne were partners at high-profile VC firms, Lux Capital and IVP. During our conversation, we explore their careers and what led them to launch Renegade. We cover what it means to invest at the …
 
My guest today is Max Simkoff, Founder and CEO of Doma. Max founded Doma in 2016 after experiencing the pain and manual process associated with title insurance and real estate transactions. With a background in predictive analytics, Max built Doma to bring a digital-first approach to a historically manual and labor-intensive process. In our convers…
 
Have you ever thought about helping people as a profession? Did you ever consider that you might be an amazing life coach? Being a life coach in one of the fastest emerging professions in the Helping industry. I sit down with my good friend, Cynthia Garcia, who understands this business better than anyone I know. You may be someone who could be hel…
 
The intro music you just heard is from my guest today, Suzanne Ciani, an early pioneer of electronic music dating back to the 1970s. As a 5-time Grammy-nominated composer, Suzanne’s music can be heard on her solo albums as well as films, games, and countless commercials. Many have argued her Coca-Cola “pop and pour” changed the sound of advertising…
 
My guest today is Sameer Shariff, co-founder and CEO of Cambly. After starting his career at Google, Sameer founded Cambly in 2013 as an on-demand service to learn English. At the touch of a button, Cambly connects its global user base into a 1-on-1 conversation with an English speaker. During our conversation, we cover the origin story of the busi…
 
In this episode of Always Evolving, Coach Mike invites K-Pop star Amber Liu into the studio with him and Tony Directs for a fascinating and personal conversation about K-Pop life and moving forward with passion and purpose. Amber opens up about getting recruited to be a K-Pop star, the grind of the lifestyle, her decision to leave her label, her st…
 
A special episode featuring Mark Thurner and Juan Pimental. They talk us through their new book and how some of the objects of Latin America had a profound effect on the rest of the world. More information about the book can be found here: https://www.sas.ac.uk/publications/new-world-objects-knowledge You can find some general background about the …
 
My guest today is Sridhar Ramaswamy, co-founder and CEO of Neeva and Venture Partner at Greylock. After a 15-year career building Google’s ad business, Sridhar launched Neeva as an ad-free search engine with a focus on personalization and privacy. During our conversation, we dive into the early days of search and what led to Google’s dominance. Sri…
 
My guest today is Ernie Garcia, co-founder and CEO of online used car platform, Carvana. Ernie launched Carvana in 2012, and less than a decade later, the business commands a $60 billion valuation while selling a used car every other minute. Our conversation covered a lot of ground. We discussed effective decision-making, what it means to be a long…
 
In this episode of Always Evolving, Coach Mike opens up and answers all of the questions you asked him on his socials. He talks about the shocking moment he knew it was time for him to get sober, why he is still single, how he finds balance in his life, what he is looking for in a romantic partner, and which kind of speedo is his favorite. Stay tun…
 
My guest today is Karen Karniol-Tambour, Partner and Co-CIO for Sustainability at Bridgewater Associates. You will quickly understand why Ray Dalio described Karen as a “vacuum cleaner of learning” - our conversation covered a variety of market themes, and Karen goes deep on each of them. We touch on inflation, monetary policy, currencies, retail i…
 
My guest today is Sebastian Mejia, co-founder and president of Rappi. Founded in Bogota, Colombia in 2015, Rappi set out to create an on-demand convenience store and has expanded into nine countries and over 200 cities. In our conversation, Sebastian and I discuss what differentiates Rappi from US-based delivery apps, how the company evolved early …
 
In this episode of Always Evolving, Coach Mike welcomes his neighbors Jack Della Famina and Nathan Katz into the studio with him and Tony Directs for a live mindset/business coaching session. Jack and Nathan are best friends who are just about to open a restaurant, Bravo Toast, specializing in gourmet avocado toast. Coach Mike takes Nathan and Jack…
 
Today’s conversation is one of my all-time favorites, with someone I’ve come to respect deeply in the field of investing. My guest is Carl Kawaja, who has served as a portfolio manager at Capital Group for decades. Capital Group is among the most respected shareholders in the world, with over $2T of assets, and listening to Carl, you’ll hear why. I…
 
My guest today is Stewart Butterfield, founder and CEO of Slack. Stewart’s 2014 essay “Why We Don’t Sell Saddles Here” had a massive impact on my own business journey, which made this discussion extra special. During our conversation, we discuss the concept of owner’s delusion, how to frame the boundaries between product and market, and the challen…
 
In this episode of Always Evolving, Coach Mike welcomes musician and social media influencer Andrea Russett to the studio with him and Tony Directs for an intimate conversation about reconnecting to life. Andrea opens up about being vulnerable online, jealousy and comparison, being attracted to both men and women, addiction, mental health, and the …
 
My guest today is Steve Mandel, founder of Lone Pine Capital, one of the most successful hedge fund and investment firms of this generation. In our conversation, we discuss how the investing business has evolved since Steve’s start in the 1980s, why it’s so difficult to drive alpha by shorting stocks today versus 20 years ago, and why Steve still l…
 
My guest today is Spenser Skates, CEO and co-founder of Amplitude Analytics. Spenser founded Amplitude in 2012 with a thesis that building the best product requires, deep cross-functional understanding of customer behavior. During our conversation, we discuss Spenser’s long history in programming and how his early experiences tie into his work toda…
 
In this episode of Always Evolving, Coach Mike welcomes electronic artist, violinist, entertainer, and social media sensation Lindsey Stirling to the studio to join him and Tony Directs for a candid conversation about the struggle to stay relevant. Lindsey opens up about the humiliation she felt when she was kicked off of America’s Got Talent, the …
 
My guest today is David Sacks, General Partner at Craft Ventures and founding COO of PayPal. During our conversation, we explore what differentiates Enterprise SaaS from DTC subscriptions, what makes for a magical product launch event, and what key growth metrics David uses to measure success. David has written extensively on his idea of operating …
 
My guest today is David Vélez, founder and CEO of Nubank, the world’s largest digital bank with over 40 million customers. In our conversation, David talks about his venture capital background at Sequoia and how that led him down an entrepreneurial path in Latin America. We also talk about the pros and cons of building a digitally native business a…
 
In this episode of “Always Evolving,” Coach Mike, Tony Directs, and Samson, program manager at CAST Centers, explore the question of why so many people feel the need to drink and use drugs when they celebrate. The three talk candidly about why people are afraid to show up as themselves, self-medicating social anxiety, how to have fun sober, finding…
 
My guest today is Balaji Srinivasan, a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Balaji is known to challenge conventional wisdom, and he lives up to his reputation in this conversation. We discuss a wide variety of topics, including advancements in health tracking, ways to evaluate your own information diet, and how technology is driving decentraliz…
 
My guest today Michael Mayer, is the founder and CEO of Bottomless, a company that automatically replenishes your coffee supply where I am both an excited investor and customer. Today’s conversation is about tactical lessons Michael has learned while building the business. We talk about identifying an addressable problem, how to avoid solving for b…
 
My guest today is Silicon Valley icon, Marc Andreessen. Before co-founding the legendary venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, Marc was an early pioneer of the internet. At age 22, he built Mosaic, the first widely adopted web browser and the technology that underpinned Netscape Communications. Marc was an early proponent of cloud computing, s…
 
My guest today is Will Ahmed, founder of fitness wearable company WHOOP. What started as a business plan in 2011 has evolved into the 24/7 health-tracking device you’ll often see on athletes across professional sports. During our conversation, Will and I discuss how his own backstory ties into the founding of WHOOP, the key design decisions they ma…
 
In this episode of Always Evolving, Coach Mike welcomes MMA world champion, Ian McCall, to join him and Tony Directs in the studio to explore the question of whether or not this new trend of taking Ayahuasca is something we should all be considering. Ian talks openly about his traumatic past- his mother leaving, his drug and sex addiction, his viol…
 
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