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Make room for magic

J.J. Abrams, Founder

June 15, 2021
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    BRONZE Signal Award
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    LISTENERS’ CHOICE SILVER SIGNAL AWARD

You can’t predict your next a-ha moment — but you can create the circumstances for serendipity to happen. No one knows this better than J.J. Abrams, director, producer, screenwriter, and co-founder and co-CEO of Bad Robot Productions, behind some of the most successful TV series and films of the last 20 years, from Lost to Star Trek to the Star Wars sequel trilogy. J.J. explains how creativity and collaboration are things you cultivate, not conjure; and that making room for magic isn’t a luxury, it’s an essential part of entrepreneurship.

Make room for magic

J.J. Abrams, Founder

June 15, 2021
  • Signal-Badge_Winner_Bronze_White600
    BRONZE Signal Award
  • Signal-Badge_Winner_Silver_White600
    LISTENERS’ CHOICE SILVER SIGNAL AWARD

You can’t predict your next a-ha moment — but you can create the circumstances for serendipity to happen. No one knows this better than J.J. Abrams, director, producer, screenwriter, and co-founder and co-CEO of Bad Robot Productions, behind some of the most successful TV series and films of the last 20 years, from Lost to Star Trek to the Star Wars sequel trilogy. J.J. explains how creativity and collaboration are things you cultivate, not conjure; and that making room for magic isn’t a luxury, it’s an essential part of entrepreneurship.

How to harness risk

Stacey Abrams, Political leader, activist, entrepreneur, author

March 8, 2022
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    LISTENERS’ CHOICE GOLD Signal Award
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    Silver Signal Award

For some entrepreneurs, risk is just part of the game. But for the reluctant entrepreneur, whose endeavors come as a response to a need they’ve identified, risk can feel more like a necessary evil. That’s why you need to learn to harness risk. Stacey Abrams, and her frequent business partner Lara Hodgson, share stories of how harnessing and balancing risk can be the key to your success.

Improving human dignity is an engine of scale

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO

June 21, 2022
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    GOLD Signal Award

Delivering human dignity to your customers is more than just good practice. It can be a powerful engine of scale. This insight has inspired Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins her whole career, as a labor leader, a music manager, and now as a fin-tech entrepreneur with Promise. Her secret? Take a contrarian lens to existing systems.

How to harness risk

Stacey Abrams, Political leader, activist, entrepreneur, author

March 8, 2022
  • Signal-Badge_Winner_Gold_crop_white
    LISTENERS’ CHOICE GOLD Signal Award
  • Signal-Badge_Winner_Silver_White600
    Silver Signal Award

For some entrepreneurs, risk is just part of the game. But for the reluctant entrepreneur, whose endeavors come as a response to a need they’ve identified, risk can feel more like a necessary evil. That’s why you need to learn to harness risk. Stacey Abrams, and her frequent business partner Lara Hodgson, share stories of how harnessing and balancing risk can be the key to your success.

No data, no scale

October 5, 2021
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    SILVER Signal Award

No matter what phase of growth you’re in, you need useful, cost-effective data. Data is essential to scale. Take it from Sheila Lirio Marcelo, the founder and former CEO of Care.com, the two-sided marketplace connecting working families with care providers. Marcelo scaled her business past the competition by getting the right data at the right time. As she says: “Something I coach a lot of entrepreneurs: You can have a great vision and idea, but start with a lot of data and testing.”

Part 1: How to partner like a shark

Daymond John, Founder

March 15, 2022
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    LISTENERS’ CHOICE BRONZE Signal Award

In Part 2 of our two-part series featuring Daymond John, Daymond shows how aligning your mission with partners builds trust that can take your scale to a new level.

Chobani's secret to scale: Tap into community

Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder

April 5, 2022
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    BRONZE Signal Award

Your local community can be the power behind an epic scale story — because smart community investment always maximizes returns. In creating opportunities for new jobs, Chobani’s Hamdi Ulukaya created opportunities for massive scale.

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