Welcome back to the 200th episode of Eggs! To celebrate this milestone, we are thrilled to have our special guest, the revolutionary DJ Rob Swift. Born and raised in what would become the epicenter of hip-hop, Jackson Heights, Queens, Rob started his DJing at the young age of 12, influenced by his brother and father, DJs themselves. His education continued on the streets of 1980s New York City where he was exposed to all kinds of music from funk and jazz to old DJs like Grandmaster Flash and Grand Wizard Theodore. In 1991, Rob’s career kicked into overdrive when he joined the groundbreaking turntablist crew, the X-men, AKA the X-Ecutioners along with fellow legendary DJs Roc Raida, Total Eclipse, and Mista Sinista. He also won the DMC east coast title that year. In addition to working with everyone from Linkin Park to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rob appeared as the resident DJ on ESPNU and has achieved an unheard-of level of mainstream success.
Today, he is still producing music, including his latest drop, For heads that break, with Shawneci Icecold in 2021, in addition to his popular blog, and education programs which are teaching the next generation of DJs how to master the trade.
Here to talk about growing up a kid in 70 and 80s NYC, his incredible DJ career, the effect of COVID on the profession, the future of DJing and live music, and so much more, please join us in welcoming to the show, DJ Rob Swift.
THE GREATEST ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES FACING US TODAY, AND HOW TO SOLVE THEM, WITH DAVE BORLACE.
Hey there and welcome back to Eggs! Today’s special guest is researcher and host of the wildly popular YouTube channel Just Have a Think, Dave Borlace. Created in 2018 to help himself and others understand the existential problems facing our civilization in the 21st Century, Just Have a Think, and its more than 320,000 subscribers delve weekly into topics ranging from alternative energy to global warming all in an effort to not simply identify the issues, but discuss potential solutions and save lives.
Through an upbeat, well-produced, and easily understood take on very complex problems, Dave has managed to distill some of the greatest threats facing our planet into something that can inform, and dare I say, entertain, people who might otherwise ignore the overly complex issues he explores.
Here to talk about his incredible rise and success on YouTube, hot takes on the greatest environmental challenges facing us today, and how we as individuals — and hopefully subscribers — can get involved in making the world a better place through thoughtful collaboration, please join us in welcoming to the show, host of Just Have a Think, Dave Borlace.
EGGS 202: BUILDING A BUSINESS AND STAYING COMPETITIVE DURING A PANDEMIC WITH PAUL HICKEY
Welcome back to Eggs! This week we have serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and investment banker, Paul Hickey. Paul has raised more than 22 rounds of funding for his own startups, had several exits, and taken one all the way through IPO. He has also co-founded a boutique investment bank where he’s spent a decade raising capital for fast-growth companies.
Most recently, however, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, he launched the Utah-based Pura Vita Medical to manufacture medical grade face masks for the general public and healthcare industry, including N95 and KN95 masks.
Joining us today to talk about raising money the right way, setting yourself up for a fruitful exit, building a business during a pandemic, and the struggles of competing with China, and your own government are actively working against you, please join us in welcoming to the show, Paul Hickey.
Hey there and welcome back to a very exciting episode of EGGS! Today’s special guest is world-renowned turntablist and DJ, Q-Bert.
Q-Bert, not to be confused with the jumpy orange fellow, is widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative turntablists in the world. The San Francisco-born DJ has pioneered several highly complex scratching techniques (including the infamous crab scratch), with a heavy emphasis on rapid, percussive movements as well as conceptual usage of spoken word samples. In addition to proper albums and mixtapes, he’s released countless DJ battle tool records and instructional videos, as well as launching an online DJ school.
Q-Bert is without a doubt an innovator and OG in the space, and to be honest, there are simply too many accolades to list them all here, so let’s just get on with it, shall we? Please join us in welcoming to the show, the incredible, the talented, Q-Bert.
Director of hydrogen and energy transition at RHC Imzadi New Energy Consulting.
Welcome back to Eggs! This week we have guest Andrew Murphy. Andrew is an award-winning product development, innovation, and business transformation executive and industry expert in the field of Hydrogen energy, technology strategy, innovation policy, and sustainability.
As a noted board advisor and APEA Award Winner, Andrew has led the creation and development of ground-breaking Hydrogen and Innovation initiatives in multi-billion dollar organizations. With a background in Renewables and Water, Andrew sees the Food-Water-Energy Nexus as the great challenge of the twenty-first century.
This week on Eggs we have special guest Chris Leonard. Chris has been in the live audio business for nearly 20 years. Early in his career, he toured as a monitor engineer with Maryland Sound International, and such artists as Tears for Fears, Don Henley, Disturbed, Josh Groban, Anthony Hamilton, and more.
Presently, Chris is the Director of Audio at IMS Technology Services, a full-scale production company that provides audio, video, and lighting solutions for special events, conferences, and conventions nationwide. Chris and his team have provided technical support for some of the largest events around including the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory parade in 2018, which saw more than 800,000 people in attendance, and the last four presidential inaugurations.
Welcome back to Eggs! Today’s special guest is a best-selling author and international speaker, Todd Henry. Todd is the founder of Accidental Creative, a company that helps creative people and teams be prolific, brilliant, and healthy. He is the author of five wildly popular books about creativity, creative leadership, and productivity including The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder than Words, and Herding Tigers. He regularly speaks to worldwide audiences and consults with companies about developing practices that lead to everyday brilliance. Through his efforts and his writing, Todd teaches people and teams how to be prolific, brilliant, and healthy.
Welcome back to Eggs. This week’s guest is Chris Rabold. Chris is the front of house engineer (AKA sound guy) for some of the most prominent musical acts of the now, and maybe ever. He’s worked for Bruno Mars on the 24K Gold tour (one of the largest and most complex concert experiences in history), Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kenny Chesney, and so many more. He joined us to talk about life on the road, the struggles of the tour-support community amid pandemic, how he got his start and so much more. Please join us in welcoming to the show, the amazing, Chris Rabold.
This weeks guest is Ian Reynolds. Ian is a partner and the Chief Solutions Architect at Zibtek, a software development consultancy focused on helping businesses build custom software. They help growth companies, enterprises, and visionary firms solve their core business objectives with agile software development. Ian has spent the better part of his career in consulting and has served in diverse industries from finance and energy, to healthcare and e-commerce.
Here to talk about rapid software development for startups, automation now and in the future, software development outsourcing, economics and global software development trends, and so much more, join me in welcoming our guest Ian Reynolds.
Co-Founder and Director of Sound at NVDVM, FOH Engineer for Iron Maiden, Whitney Houston, Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, and Justin Bieber.
This week’s special guest is Ken “Pooch” Van Druten. Ken is the co-founder and director of sound at NVDVM. In laymen’s terms, he’s a kick-ass front of house sound engineer for some of the biggest musical groups on the planet. Ken came on the show to tell us the amazing story of his life so far coming up through the ranks of the music business to his current post as the lead sound engineer for the legendary rock group, Iron Maiden. It was an amazing show with a lot of cool stories covering his last forty years in the business of music.