Remix Podcast – Season 1 Episode 27 Is Bo Jackson an anomaly?

Back in the day, you may have heard about this freakishly athletic individual named Bo Jackson. He was, and maybe still is, one of the greatest athletes – ranking in the top 5 in numerous top athlete lists across all sports and disciplines. Our very own Shawn Kanungo is an expert on Bo Jackson – back in school, he did research and wrote a report on Bo so he knows him like the back of his hand. More recently, Shawn did a speech about Bo Jackson and whether or not he’s an anomaly and it’s one of the reasons why we talk about him in this episode of The Remix.

We remix a clip from Noah Kagan Presents. Noah Kagan is a serial entrepreneur who was previously at Facebook, Mint and is now Chief Sumo at AppSumo which provides other entrepreneurs with the tools that they need to be successful. Noah talks to Bo about his childhood, his life as he got into professional baseball, his transition into the NFL and finally, his life after, even talking about some parenting advice. We also learn:

  • What Shawn has been thinking about recently and why people may pay for something that may be widely available
  • Shawn’s advice for content: “just put it out there”
  • Why Wang has been thinking about copy writing (what the heck is that?) and what that has to do with the Method hand soap
  • Is Bo Jackson an anomaly? Watch Shawn’s speech to find out more about Bo Jackson.
  • Bo Jackson’s mindset for choosing what to do next after sports
  • Why Wang pulled the clip and the contrast with another episode of the Remix where we talked about narcissism being the key trait of superstars
  • The debate between being a generalist and a specialist – Shawn and Wang talk about the merits and approaches that people should take to advance in their career
  • Wang’s career path, what skills he might need in the future and how he ‘reinvents’ himself every 5 years
  • Wang’s advice for generalists (find intersections) and specialists (find other skills you can learn)
  • Shawn’s thoughts on being a generalist vs. being a specialist and where he fits within the spectrum
  • Why Shawn regrets his talk on Bo Jackson

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The Remix – Season 1 Episode 8 – Noah Kagan talks about coming up with business ideas

Noah Kagan was employee #30 at Facebook, employee #4 at Mint and is currently the Chief Sumo at AppSumo – a website that helps entrepreneurs kicks ass (his words, not mine). Noah Kagan Presents is a podcast where Noah shares strategies on growing businesses, entrepreneurship, improving productivity, and living a happier and more successful life.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Kudos to every podcast that Shawn and Wang has clipped
  • Not a lot of people know this, but Wang consulted with a disruptor in the industry to get the idea for this podcast – find out who!
  • Wang explains why he enjoys the Noah Kagan Presents podcast show (and gets the numbers mixed up – whoops!)
  • How do you actually go about building a great business? What is the secret? How do you find a market?
  • Shawn proposes that there is another way to build a great business – one that Henry Ford and Steve Jobs did – what is it?
  • Peter Thiel and his concept of zero to one – how does that apply to creating a great business?
  • Shawn shares his thoughts on the Alberta ecosystem – why didn’t Alberta invest in other energy alternatives? Why is it so difficult for organizations to innovate?
  • How do other organizations innovate against the face of disruption?

How do you generate business ideas? Why do you think organizations find it a challenge to innovate? Let us know.

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