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55 minutes | May 26, 2021
From academic probation to co-founding a Fortune 500 company valued over 60B: Edwin Marcial discusses leadership lessons learned throughout his career
Listen as Edwin discusses:Dropping out of college and going back to focus on his passion - Computer ScienceNavigating through rejection early in his careerWhy he left a large engineering company, and chose to work for a startupTransitioning away from an individual contributor to a manager/leader and CTOHow ICE built a culture of high performance includingSetting big goalsThe importance of giving employees equity in a young companyEmotional intelligence - understanding the people you manage.Getting the ‘right people on the bus’, motivating them and removing your worst performersManaging your culture, not your peopleInnovating by thinking differentlyDeveloping a process to identify and recruit the very best peopleCompeting as a team vs competing against each otherBuilding a diverse team through a focus on skillsEmerging tech industries he is most excited aboutCompeting with EnronLeadership in one word
44 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Healthcare startup SnapNurse revenue rockets up 9900% in response to COVID-19
Hear how:The nursing shortage inspired the origin story of SnapNurseSnapNurse answered the bell of the COVID-19 battle, and put its business into hyperdrive in the processHow SnapMedTech has pivoted to offer payments and a SaaS platform to it's offeringsTechnology has enabled SnapNurse to leverage its growthA nurse strike in California led to a tremendous opportunity and responseSnapNurse grew their business despite being turned down by just about every VC they spoke toThe tenacity of the founders has put SnapNurse into a position to succeedTheir journey has led to key entrepreneurship lessons
22 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Ross Kogon, Pull-A-Part CEO + DeLorean DMC-12
Host Edwin Marcial goes back in time to learn about the Delorean DMC-12 and then interviews Pull-A-Part CEO, Ross Kogon, about his company’s culture and success. Join us as Ross and Edwin ride in a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 and discuss a few topics including:The history of the DeLorean DMC-12The trouble and mistakes of founder John DeLorean that led to the demise of his companyHow Pull-A-Part got its start as a side business that grew into 25 locations across 12 U.S. statesWhat makes the Pull-A-Part business model so uniqueHow Ross got his start in the business, how he handles company culture, and his vision for leadership for the companyHow Ross sees his company playing a vital part in the self-repair industry even after electric cars overtake traditional combustion enginesAnd more!
32 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
Adam Ghetti, Founder and CEO of Ionic Security
Adam Ghetti is the Founder and CEO of Ionic Security, a data security firm that uses a holistic approach to prevent information silos and backdoor hacks. Join us as Adam and Edwin ride in a 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible and discuss a few topics including:How Adam got his start in TechWhy Adam dropped out of high school and how that helped him launch his companyOpinions on Tesla and the future of EVs and self-driving trucksHow ridesharing is changing travel as we know itThe importance of data security and the Equifax Data BreachHow AI could eventually write and build its own softwareWhat brain data backup could mean for the future of humanity and consciousness as we know itAnd more!
25 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Year Up Atlanta — Giving Back to the Community
Five million young adults in the U.S. do not have a stable career pathway to well-paid jobs. Meanwhile, 12 million jobs that require post-secondary education will go unfilled in the next decade. Year Up is a non-profit organization that enables underrepresented young adults ages 18-24 to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year. In this podcast episode, host Edwin Marcial interviews three alumni from Year Up Atlanta: Carmen Buezo, Emanuel Romero, and Kevin Ngunjiri. Learn their background, their challenges, and obstacles within the traditional education system, and how Year Up Atlanta was able to provide them incredible opportunity for the future of their careers!Come along for the ride as Edwin and the gang discuss a few topics including:The importance of Year Up as it prepares students to enter corporate environments and empowers them to effect change in their own lives How companies like Aaron’s, Autotrader, Cox Automotive, and more are investing in Year Up through in corporate partnerships and are offering internships to alumniYou’ll also get to hear specifics about each of the three alumni: Carmen: left Honduras after political unrest and is starting college soon. What Carmen is learning through Year Up:Impact of working in a corporate environmentImproving consumers’ ability to obtain products through data analysis and automationBuilding reports to send to partner companies Emanuel: learning how to code and develop software as a DACA recipient from MexicoWhat Emanuel is learning through Year Up:Learning how to project confidence when speaking in front of other people Can now speak in front of larger groups in business settingsKevin: an immigrant from Kenya is driven by a desire to understand web developmentWhat Kevin is learning through Year Up:Learning how to build and maintain websites and has a knack for accomplishing the features that customers requestUnderstanding how to work with teams when conflict arises
35 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Gil West, Delta Air Lines, Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Gil West is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) at Delta Air Lines and has been with the company for 12 years. His background in engineering led him to an early career at Boeing but now he oversees the day-to-day operations at Delta, ensuring the airline is safe and reliable.Come along for the ride as Edwin and Gil West discuss a few topics including:Gil's passion for cars particularly the spectacular 2020 Ford GTDelta’s industry-leading response to the COVID-19 pandemicThe safety of current aircrafts and how Delta has led the charge to make airplanes as safe and sanitary as a hospital operating roomGil's thoughts on Boeing’s issues with the 737 MaxInnovative startups working with Delta to transform the flight experienceThe future of aviation including electric planes and hypersonic flightKeys to Gil's tremendously successful careerAnd more!
32 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Part 2: Ed Bolian, Founder of VINwiki and the VINwiki Car Stories YouTube Channel
Ed Bolian is the founder and creator of the VINwiki App and the VINwiki Car Stories YouTube channel which has over 1 million subscribers. He also set the Cannonball Run Record in 2013, an epic cross-country time trial from NYC to LA in a single drive (Watch our Part 1 YouTube discussion with Ed for more on that incredible story!).Come along for the ride as Edwin and Ed Bolian discuss a few topics including:What makes the Ferrari 430 Scuderia so uniqueEd’s crazy story of being put in handcuffs during a rally raceHow Ed launched his first business from his college dormHow Ed’s first company made a killing by renting Lamborghinis and Ferraris during the 2008 financial crisisWhat prompted Ed’s idea to crowd-source vehicle history and how that led to the birth of the VINwiki appHow the VINwiki app doubled the value of every Lamborghini Murciélago on the marketHow the power of stories helped launch Ed’s wildly successful YouTube channel
20 minutes | Jun 24, 2020
Don Panoz, Legendary Entreprenuer
In this episode we revisit Edwin's 2018 conversation with legendary entrepreneur Don Panoz. Don Panoz had an amazing career as an entrepreneur and innovator. He started out in pharmaceuticals and is credited with inventing the technology behind the nicotine patch.After retiring from pharmaceuticals, Don took his innovative mindset and entrepreneurial spirit to the automotive world. Along with his son Dan, Don created Panoz cars which makes limited edition custom sports cars. Don also got into motor sports racing, and founded the American Le Mans series. He founded the 10 hours petit Le Mans race in 1998 which is a major even held every fall at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA. His race cars have won the 24 hours of Le Mans, Sebring and the petite Le Mans . At one time Don owned race tracks including Road Atlanta and Sebring. In this episode we talk to Don about his start in pharmaceuticals, his transition to motorsports racing, getting the 1960 World Series champs to invest in his first company, the time he thought he killed Mario Andretti and his philosophy with regards to business and entrepreneurship. You can watch the video, and get more information about this and other episodes at https://techrides.io. Subscribe to our member list to stay in touch with all of our content. Don Panoz passed away a few months after the recording of this episode. On the day we filmed he said he was not feeling well, but gave us no indication of his battle with pancreatic cancer at the time. Don Panoz was a family man, a true innovator and a kind and remarkable person. Don will be remembered for leaving this world much better than he found it.
18 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
Part 2: George Whitesides, CEO Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company
With the beautiful Spaceport America as the backdrop, Edwin continues his conversation with George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company. George is the former Chief of Staff for NASA, and today leads Richard Branson’s company working to bring about commercial spaceflight. George and Edwin discuss the Virgin Galactic spaceflight experience, Virgin Galactic’s journey to this point, George’s predictions for the next big milestones in space travel, and what George is most looking forward to as Virgin Galactic prepares to send every day people into space.
25 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
Part 1: George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company
Edwin takes a ride with George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company. George is the former Chief of Staff for NASA, and today leads Richard Branson’s company working to bring commercial spaceflight to everyday people. We ride in a Range Rover V8 Supercharged from Las Cruces, New Mexico to beautiful Spaceport America and discuss the future of space travel.Come along for the ride as Edwin and George discuss a few topics including: George's tenure as the Chief of Staff for NASAThe united States move to privatize low earth orbit travel which gave rise to companies like Virgin Galactic, Elon Musk's SpaceX, and Jeff Bezos' Blue OriginSpaceport America, the White Sands Missile Range and New Mexico's history and role in today's commercial space programThe potential for life on other planets
50 minutes | Jun 8, 2020
Dr Cammy Abernathy, Dean of the University of Florida College of Engineering
Edwin talks with Dr. Cammy Abernathy, Dean of the University of Florida’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. Dr. Abernathy became UF’s first female dean in its 150+ year history when she accepted the position in 2009. Having graduated from MIT in 1980, she went on to obtain her master’s and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Stanford University.Come along for the ride as Edwin and Dean Abernathy discuss a few topics including: The University of Florida’s (UF) response to COVID-19 and their plans for the fall semesterResearch that UF is doing in the battle against COVID-19How the university is adapting to more online distance learningUF’s move up the national rankings of top public universitiesThe college of engineering's new Artificial Intelligence InitiativeThe work UF is doing to improve diversity in engineeringThe challenge traditional universities face from skills based training platforms and bootcampsHow students can best prepare to study and be successful in engineeringGator Football!
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