Verne Harnish is the founder of the distinguished Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a prestigious organization with more than 14, 000 members worldwide. For fifteen years now, he also chairs “Birthing of Giants,” a leadership program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as well as the MIT / WEO Advanced Business Program for entrepreneurs over 40. Verne is also the founder and chief executive officer of Gazelles, Inc. He also serves as principal and co-founder of Gazelles Growth Institute. Verne also collaborates with Bloomberg LIVE for the bi-annual ScaleUp Summits.
Apart from spending the past three decades helping numerous companies scale up, Verne has also authored several bestselling books. Also known as the “Growth Guy,” Verne is also a venture columnist for FORTUNE magazine. His bestselling book “Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm,” has been translated into 9 languages. He also authored “The Greatest Business Decision of All Time: How Apple, Ford, IBM, Zappos, and Others Made Radical Choices that Changed the Core of Business.” His latest book, “Scaling Up: How Few Companies Make It . . . and Why the Rest Don’t (Rockefeller Habits 2.0),” has garnered 8 major international book awards. It also bagged the prestigious International Book Award for Best General Business book.
Verne serves on several boards and is currently chairman of The Riordan Clinic as well as Geoversity. The brilliant entrepreneur, author, and private investor plays tennis and piano during his spare time. He also enjoys magic and is even a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
This week’s episode talks about the importance of having a general direction, why you need to be clear about your big hairy audacious goals, and why your business shouldn’t go a day without cash.
Verne also shares what drove him to write his book "Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm," his recommendations for those who would like to buy a company, and his advice to entrepreneurs who would like to manage their emotions better.
For those who would like to start a business, Verne has this to say, “I would not start a company. If anyone’s interested in being in business for themselves, I would buy a company cause I gotta tell you from zero to one, it’s really hard.”
Eli David is an economist, entrepreneur, certified public accountant, and an MBA graduate with work experiences in firms like BDO and KPMG. Originally from Haifa, Israel, the perpetual traveler and digital nomad has been on the move since early 2011, changing locations every two months. In 2010, Eli co-founded LingoLearn, an online language school which aims to make online language learning fun and effective.
Eli also runs a blog called BecomeNomad.com where he provides helpful resources and insights for nomads on the road. Through his website, he also provides the much needed inspiration to those who are considering giving the nomadic lifestyle a try. Over the years, Eli has created a set of “rules” that gives him the freedom to work on his business, explore his surroundings, and connect with the locals. At the same time, Eli also runs the Become Nomad Podcast where he explains the nomadic lifestyle. Through the podcast, he also provides helpful insights and resources to help people become more balanced travelers and nomads.
The transient lifestyle he lives also provided Eli with the perfect opportunity to build his new venture Startup Blink. Startup Blink is considered the most comprehensive ecosystem map and research center in the world. The venture which he runs with his Zurich-based co-founder also provides startup ecosystem developers with analysis, promotion, and mapping modules for their region. Startup Blink is currently managing more than 90 active local startup chapters and boasts of over 50, 000 members the world over. The website also has tens of thousands of online visitors monthly.
This week’s episode talks about the start-up scene in Israel, what the best back ups are, and how he’s able to move around frequently and stays productive.
Eli also shares what the most inspiring part of his story is, why it pays to know what you want, and why he thinks the digital nomad lifestyle is not sustainable.
For those who would like to give the nomadic lifestyle a try, Eli has this to say, “One of the most important things if you are embarking on a lifestyle like this is to also listen to yourself and when you get signals that it’s no longer the thing that makes you happy, then stop.”
Jason Moore fits the definition of “travel influencer” to a tee. The founder, travel ambassador, and host of the Zero To Travel Podcast has spent more than a decade traversing the United States and working on jobs that are travel-related. His podcast has become massively popular that it has been downloaded more than 4.5 million times in 195 countries around the world. The podcast has also garnered a staggering 300+ five star reviews on iTunes. Jason also started the online community Location Indie with his business partner Travis Sherry to help people around the world build a lifestyle that’s location-independent.
Zero To Travel is a multi-media travel publishing company that creates best-selling audio courses, educational products, and books. Zero To Travel published the amazing travel book “International House Sitting: How to Travel the World and Stay Anywhere for FREE.” The book is the definitive guide on the exciting world of house sitting written by two professional house sitters and authors Nat Smith and Jodie Burnham. Jason also published a book under Zero To Travel called “Breaking Into Event Marketing: Travel the Road Like a Rockstar. The book is packed with hardcore information on how to break into event marketing.
Zero To Travel also runs an online community called Location Indie designed to help people travel the world within their means regardless of their experience or situation. As co-founder of Location Indie, Jason’s primary aim is to build a global community of location independent entrepreneurs and heart-centered digital nomads so they can help one another excel in two fields they are passionate about—travel and business. While originally from the United States, Jason now lives with his wife and children in Oslo, Norway.
This week’s episode talks about how to have a good conversation with fellow travelers, how to really engage with people and form real connections, and why it pays to go on a trip by yourself when you’re practicing how to effectively connect with people.
Jason also shares what he would tell people who would like to travel more often, what to him are the best ways to connect with people, and what he thinks one of the most important habits people can develop is.
On connecting with fellow travelers, Jason has this to say, “I think it’s just about asking questions, being genuinely curious, and listening. Those are really the 3 basic things.”