131: Top 20 Countdown

Top 20 Countdown: Week 11

Welcome to Innovation City—powered by Venture Cafe—where Tyler Kelley and Michael Johnson, Co-Founders of SLAM! Agency, interview innovators, creators, and disruptors to discover how business is changing in the modern world.

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Today’s episode is the eleventh of several highlight shows where we are taking a look back at our top 20 favorite interviews and conversations of all time. Today’s featured guests are:

Some key points from Ben at Clever Real Estate:

  • How little money can you spend to prove your idea?
  • Proving your idea in stages
  • How to test ideas to prove viability
  • Don’t build something no one wants
  • Starting Clever for under $200, with 1 landing page and a few phone calls
  • How the real estate market has changed in the last 15-20 years
  • How real estate commission rates are changing
  • Why buyers will always prefer a human Real Estate Agent over an AI Real Estate Agent
  • The hardest thing about running any company
  • How to compete with massive competitors
  • Pitching to investors
  • Pitching to employees & selling your passion
  • Finding financial freedom thanks to real estate investing
  • Learning every job in your field to build the base of knowledge you need to be a better manager
  • Listen or watch Ben’s full episode here

Some key points from Miriam at Chibur:

  • Working with community organizations
  • Finding people who are already doing good things and helping them accelerate their work
  • Mentoring people at early stages of their careers
  • Various forms of connection are necessary for growth
  • Connecting to others, connecting to yourself
  • Becoming a writer
  • Writing as a tool of empowerment, of establishing and clarifying a sense of self
  • Writing for oneself vs. writing for work
  • Working with other writers and contracting out to other writers
  • Writers need to unionize; why don’t writers have more power?
  • Project IA; a tool for writers to put their work up for sale, where companies and publishers can bid on their work
  • The struggle to remain present and stay off the phone
  • “What Should I Caption This Picture?” Writing captions in advance for Instagram, by the time she was done, Miriam had written 700 pages of captions
  • The importance of putting out positivity and refraining from negativity
  • The importance of continuous creation
  • Listen or watch Miriam’s full episode here