Legends & Losers w/Christopher Lochhead

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168 Tom Szaky - Garbage Innovation

Tom Szaky is the CEO and founder of TerraCycle, a company that makes consumer products from waste. They recycle everything from cigarette butts, toothbrushes to diapers. The beauty of it? It's all funded by producers! Listen in as Christopher and Tom talk trash about trash and how the economics of recycling benefits producers and consumers alike.

"Every 2-seconds, a garbage truckload of trash goes into the ocean." - Tom Szaky

'Diaper Demand' economics is real

Diapers make up 3% of our landfills. It's not just kids, 50% of men over 50 wear them.  Waste is something you pay to get rid of. There is a positive supply and massive quantities of it but a negative demand. While you won't buy a dirty diaper from me, you would probably buy it from me at a negative price. It's a huge fucking opportunity that not many see.

There's opportunity in trash

If you think about the super sexy industries, the ones everyone dreams about being there, they are crowded with amazing people. That makes it really hard to be unique and stand out. Everyone wants to be a rock and roll stars and there are so few spots. You don't get this in an industry that people are repulsed by. The waste industry is that kind of place. But those industries that are repulsing most are the ones to look out for. Waste is the law of death. Everything breaks. It's a predictable path. 

Disposability is an addiction

Floating in each ocean, and there are 5, are massive islands of floating trash, somewhere between 1-3 times the size of TX. BUT, that's only 5% of the waste! The other 95% sinks to the bottom.  Recycling is not the answer to garbage and to stop consuming is not the answer. The answer is to stop buying cheap disposable shit. Instead of buying stuff that lasts one use, we need to buy durable amazing stuff that lasts for a very long time. Think back to the durable products our grandparents, their parents and everyone before that used. Think of it in these terms, 99% of all products become garbage within one year. An average Western American woman buys 67 apparel items a year and uses them on average 5 times before throwing them out. Compare that to the 1920's when the same woman sewed her own clothes and probably had two outfits, total.



167: David Sacks - Billion Dollar Startups

David Sacks is a highly accomplished entrepreneur and investor in internet technology firms. He's got an eye for successful, cutting-edge investments like SpaceX and AirBnB. Listen in on his conversation with Christopher as they talk PEV's, mergers and acquisitions and the challenges of successfully implementing new category ideas. 

"Even if the number is attractive, if the odds of closing are low...it may not be something you want to do." - David Sacks on assessing an acquisition offer

Three Things We Learned

PEV's, the 2d electric revolution

David's latest venture is an electric scooter sharing service, Bird.com. Personal electric vehicles are more than a toy. With the advances in batteries, they've become a viable solution for the average 2-mile commute in cities. Instead of taking the time to grab an Uber or pedaling to your meeting, you can hop on an electric scooter and be at your destination in no time. It's a liberating, exhilarating and fun happy medium between cars and pedal power!

Viral ideas create categories

The landscape 10 years ago for category design was static with blogs and wiki's. To continue with the status quo was a recipe for failure. David looked a the trends in social media and drafted off of that exploding marketplace by applying that model to an enterprise environment. Within 2 years, Yammer was the new definition of enterprise communication software created out of a necessity to survive and thrive. A new category, Enterprise Social Networking was born. 

False starts are a brain-drain

What happens when a giant company, such as Microsoft shows up with an acquisition interest? The dance can be dangerous and detrimental, especially since most never see fruition. Rumors begin buzzing around and soon your workforce is more consumed with their future than focusing on work. The wheels grind to a halt and the dynamic workplace becomes somewhat stagnant. A game changer for David was to find a deal advisor to manage any outside interests in his company. They could interpret the process and stop the distractions and drain on his time and resources. 

David Sacks is a general partner of Craft Ventures, a venture capital fund he co-founded in late 2017. Previously as an entrepreneur, Sacks was the founding COO and product leader of PayPal[3] (acquired by eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion)[4] and Founder/CEO of Yammer[5](acquired by Microsoft in 2012 for $1.2 billion).[6] 
In 2016, he led the turnaround of Zenefits as interim CEO.[7][8] 
In 2017, Sacks co-founded blockchain startup Harbor as an incubation of Craft Ventures.[9] 

166 Darryl Strawberry New York Baseball Legend and Pastor

Darryl Strawberry is a pastor, author and speaker. He’s an advocate for mental health and addiction recovery.  For Darryl Strawberry, success in life is more than success on the field. Darry has been on the highest of highs and the lowest of lows through a professional athlete best known as a 4-time World Champion and his 17-year career in Major League Baseball.  Listen in on this candid conversation about abuse, fame, fortune, addiction, forgiveness and his struggle through it all. 

Losing is a part of life if you don't experience that you will never be successful. It's about how you decide to get up. - Darryl Strawberry

Three Things We Learned

Forgiveness leads to freedom

Darryl grew up with an abusive alcoholic father who was absent for most of his life until he made it to the big leagues. That was painful for Darryl. He discovered through his personal forgiveness from God that it's important to forgive those that have hurt you and you've got to ask them for forgiveness in return. We don't know what's happening or happened to that person through the course of their life. The perfect home on the outside is not necessarily perfect on the inside. it could be crumbling, on fire and full of dysfunction. 

Be an active participant in family

Every parent does the best they can. They're your parents, they love you. However, some expressed it in appropriate ways while others might have been physically or mentally abusive or may be absent altogether. In spite of the wrongs, they always loved you. Every family goes through some sort of struggle, it's important to overcome the challenges and struggles as a child and then as a parent. You learn to battle and to learn and to make family your priority.

Be careful what you ask for

Fame is a really lonely place. There is a serious price you live with when you become famous. your life becomes an open book, no matter where you are or what you are doing. Fame is also fleeting. The fame will eventually die out and won't last forever. To survive, you've got to learn how to deal with the public eye and be nice to people. Most famous people are not nice. Remember, it's not the fans or people that made you famous, it's something you yourself wanted. 

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Strawberry was one of the most feared sluggers in the sport, known for his prodigious home runs and his intimidating presence in the batter's box with his 6-foot-6 frame and his long, looping swing that elicited comparisons to Ted Williams.[2][3] 
During his career, he helped lead the New York Mets to a World Series championship in 1986 and the New York Yankees to three World Series championships in 19961998 and 1999.   
A popular player during his career, Strawberry was voted to the All-Star Game eight straight times from 1984–1991.[5]  He was also suspended three times by MLB for substance abuse.
His memoir, Straw: Finding My Way, was written in collaboration with author John Strausbaugh, was published on April 28, 2009, by Ecco Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.  Darryl is also the author of “Don’t Give Up On Me”. 
Darryl Strawberry founded "The Darryl Strawberry Foundation", an organization dedicated to children with autism and Strawberry Ministries
Pastor Strawberry is a cancer survivor. 

165 Amy Morin Mentally Strong Parents

Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and a lecturer at Northeastern University. She’s been dubbed the self-help guru of the moment,” by The Guardian and Forbes refers to her as a thought leadership star.”

You can still be mentally strong and have a mental illness, it's like working out to get strong while having diabetes, you still have diabetes. - Amy Morin

Three Things We Learned

  • Don't be the helicopter parent
It can be tempting to make your life revolve around your child. But kids who think they’re the center of the universe grow up to be self-absorbed and entitled. Mentally strong parents teach their kids to focus on what they have to offer the world — rather than what they’re owed and it's ok to let your child make mistakes. Running to the rescue of forgotten soccer cleats or a gym bag isn't the parent's responsibility. Children need to realize there are consequences to their actions, good and bad. 
  • Workout your brain as you would your body
We could all easily could be diagnosed with something in our lives, some sort of disorder or a mental health issue. Statistics from the CDC say that 17% of us are functioning at optimal mental health at any given time. We look at people and say either you're mentally healthy or you're mentally ill instead of realizing there is a spectrum and we're all at different points in our lives at different points in that spectrum. You can build mental muscle and you can prevent some illnesses - you can't prevent it all - just like physical strength, working out is good for your body and working out is good for your mind, too. 

  • Discipline vs. Punishment
Today we hear a lot that we don't punish our kids enough. You have to realize the difference between discipline - encouraging our kids to want to do better versus punishment which is shaming our kids to do better. Parents post pics or videos of their kids behaving badly in an attempt to shame them into behaving better. Shaming most likely makes kids feel like losers versus kids that have healthy consequences can say 'yeah I've made some mistakes but my parents have taught me how to behave better'. 

Amy’s advice has been featured by a number of media outlets, including Parenting, Time, Fast Company, Good Housekeeping, Elle, Business Insider, Cosmopolitan, Success, Oprah.com, Health, Fox News, US News & World Report, and The Washington Post. She has also provided on-camera interviews for Fox Business, Forbes, TheBlaze TV and an upcoming documentary with Red Bull. She’s a frequent guest on a variety of radio shows as well. 

Amy serves as Verywell’s Parenting Teens Expert and Child Discipline Expert. She’s a regular contributor to Forbes, Inc., and Psychology Today
A sought-after speaker, Amy loves to share the latest research on resilience and the best strategies for overcoming adversity and building mental muscle.

164 Dadcast with Mike Bloch, Jon Diller and Ben Rewis

Apart from being successful professionals, Mike Bloch, Jon Diller and Ben Rewis are legendary fathers to young boys and loving partners to their legendary wives. In this episode, we get to hear about how they play these roles with a lot more enjoyment than expected.

"I've come to a conclusion that there's really no such thing as being balanced, but you strive for it," - Mike Bloch on being a dad in 2018

Three Things We Learned

  • Commitment is key
To be a full-time career man and father means a hundred-percent commitment to both jobs. This means that setting aside time to spend with family when it's family day is just as important as focusing on work to pay the bills. Making an effort to show how devoted you are in their respective turns is a great way to be a role model to your children.
  • Having a legendary wife sets up a legendary life
Forget about the age-old adage that behind every successful man is a woman. Having a partner who's as goal-minded and committed as you are will guarantee a joyful adventure.
  • Parenting and partnering with the 3 C's
Communication, compromise, and coupling are important aspects of being a partner and a parent. Communication is probably the most important tool to ensure lasting and enduring relationships, and technology can be a significant part of it. This isn't always true, though, because there are nuances to being a partner and a parent that communication through a screen can't touch and can only be resolved by sharing popcorn in the couch.

Being a father in this fast-changing world can be difficult. Maintaining a healthy relationship with your partner is another struggle. But being with the right people and having the commitment to succeed at it make all the difference.


Mike Bloch is a long time resident of Santa Cruz and is “living the dream” with his wife Alissa and two boys in the Pleasure Point Neighborhood. Mike has over 15 years’ experience as a local Realtor specializing in Santa Cruz County Real Estate. And he’s grateful for being able to live  a good life! 

Jon Diller is first and foremost a husband to a beautiful wife of 12 years and dad to two incredibly fun 9 and 10 year old boys. He has balanced his family life in Santa Cruz with a 19 year career as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley building several companies that continue to reshape how businesses find, hire and engage with skilled talent from around the world. 
Ben Rewis is a FinTech executive with decades of experience. He and his wife are empty nesters inOakland. His son attends college on the east coast. When he isn’t working on payments security and innovation, he’s in his beloved VAN DZL in search of surf, or volunteering to Save The Waves. 

163: Paul Holland Creating a Legendary Silicon Valley Life

Paul Holland is a partner at Foundation Capital and an expert in venture capital, taking startups from zero to $110M. He's also the producer of a critically acclaimed documentary and a champion of living a 'green' lifestyle.

Three Things We Learned

  • Environmental awareness is the future
About the time Paul was preparing to build a new home, he attended a TED Talk by Bill McDonough, a leader in LEED design, technology and construction. His focus became environmentally regenerative design LEED for Home. His home "Tah.Mah.La" is the greenest home in America. Paul sees the future of green and how the current mindset of water and conservation has to change to save the land as we know it. 
  • Taking a chance can pay off
Paul is lucky enough to own a part of Netflix. Around 2003 his buddy, one of the sharpest software minds of our generation was mailing DVD's from him home. He wanted a business he could easily run from his house in Santa Cruz. Many of the smart minds around him considered it a hokey business but we all know now what Reed Hastings built and 'the rest is history'.
  • Who you associate with is important
Paul says it's important to associate with really successful people. But it's not always easy. A lot of the time, those people are not the ones you are socially comfortable with. He was fortunate and smart enough himself to associate with successful people and those early connections led him to his current place in life. Now where he's at, the Silicon Valley, it's a way of life and people are very comfortable combing social and commerce. It's become the way of life there.

Paul Holland is a partner at Foundation Capital where he invests in IT, consumer, and digital energy sectors.

Paul currently serves on the boards of Homesuite, Peerspace, SkyCure, Dreambox Learning, KiK and InsideView.
Past investments include Chegg (CHGG), MobileIron (MOBL), Coverity (acquired by Synopsys), Averail (acquired by MobileIron), Conformia (acquired by Oracle), Ketera (acquired by Rearden Commerce), RouteScience (acquired by Avaya), Talking Blocks (acquired by Hewlett-Packard), and TuVox (acquired by West).

Before Foundation Capital, he worked at -- and helped take public -- two software start-ups, Kana Communications with Mark Gainey, and Pure Software with Reed Hastings.
His two start-ups ended up being worth over $13 billion in aggregate.
He’s also the past president of the Western Association of Venture Capital.
Paul is co-executive producer of Something Ventured, a critically acclaimed documentary on the origins of the venture capital industry.

162: Annieglass Artisan Glassware Category Queen

Will retail continue to be disrupted as long as online trading is a booming industry? Ann Morhauser, founder of the table glassware line Annieglass, tells us about the phenomenon that is experiential retail and how she manages to be both an artist and entrepreneur.
“This was my solution to the disruption of the retail chain—experiential retail.” - Ann Morhauser
Three Things We Learned
  • Everyone is killing—not really—the retail industry
Since the concept of online shopping took root in our everyday lives, independent retailers have had a rough time selling their products. Millennials have a huge part to play in all this. But the good news is, eleven million or so of them are getting married, and that means lots of orders for Annieglass and other retailers.
  • Experiential retailing is the future
In order to boost the otherwise curtailed retail chain, many retailers have begun to adopt the marketing tool that is called experiential retailing. This is done by drawing in potential customers through offers of experiencing products firsthand. The interactive vibe of this strategy has even startlingly resulted to millennials wanting to get wed in shops—a major win, really.
  • Practicing one’s passion for business is a sure way to prevent boredom
Annie says that on top of being business-minded, she’s both an artist and a manufacturer. Always wanting to be occupied, she highly enjoys her work, even when it’s difficult to thrive.
No business line is going to stay on top forever. What’s important is that entrepreneurs can find better ways to market their products and services. Annie has this basic step down, and she’s masterfully crafted a method to keep her business running.

Ann Morhauser is the founder of Annieglass,  a highly successful line of glass tableware sold through the finest luxury stores and resorts in the nation. Handcrafting her products in Northern California since 1983, Ann developed her company throughout the years to become one of the largest and most successful American glass studios.  By combining skills as a designer,  artisan, and businesswoman, Ann has been able to build a highly regarded brand as well as a successful company.  Ann ’s work is in the collections of such noted museums as the  Smithsonian  American  Art Museum and the  Luce  Foundation Center for American Art in Washington,  DC;  the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow,  Scotland; and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning,  New  York.  Ann has accomplished something rare:  crossing over into the commercial world while tenaciously retaining her fine art approach. In  2003 she celebrated twenty years as a mass producer — by hand — of sculptural glassware.


161: Unlocked Jaime Jay Are You Fanable

Jaime Jay is a friend and marketing genius! During a conversation recently, Jaime dove into what it means to be fanable.

“Fanable is to have an allure or a personality that attracts a fanbase.”  – Jaime Jay

Jaime Jay is a self-confessed serial entrepreneur. He currently runs a virtual assistant company, Bottleneck.online, is co-owner of a podcast production company, Podcast Pilot and a certifiable hockey fanatic! He’s all about giving back at the local, regional and global level.



159 John Bielenberg Thinking Wrong

John Bielenberg is an advocate of not just thinking outside the box. He’s vocal about thinking wrong in order to confront challenges in more effective and efficient ways. In today’s episode, we hear about his take on innovative thinking, natural wrong thinkers, and our own challenge to push our brains beyond their comfort zones.
“The status quo or business as usual is like gravity. It will want to pull everything onto that linear pathway.”  - John Bielenberg
Three Things We Learned
  • To think wrong doesn’t necessarily mean to think better
It means to challenge what is widely accepted in order to create avenues for alternatives to the norm. People need to embrace the exponential value of what makes them different instead of the incremental value of what makes them better. Ultimately, a different perspective can save one’s neck, much like how adaptive features can save a species through an extinction event.
  • Our brains are hardwired to conform, but we need to train them to think wrong
At an early age, we’re all trained to do things a certain kind of way—from how to walk, how to tie our shoelaces. Throughout human history, however, people who defied the normalcy came out of it as pioneers in their own right.
“It’s the thing that’s different that gets people to pay attention.” - John Bielenberg
  • There are natural wrong thinkers, then there’s the rest of us
Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Steve Jobs… they all went against the current at some point, and these geniuses are naturals at thinking wrong. While there’s everyone else who will have to work to keep our brains from acting on the compulsion to follow pre-existing thinking pathways.
Innovative thinking can be so radical that people would likely flock to the opposite direction. It’s being comfortable with the thought that deviating from what we’re all conditioned to accept breaks boundaries. In the end, thinking wrong will advance our lives and our careers.


John Bielenberg is a designer, entrepreneur, and imaginative advocate for creating a better world through the application of creativity and ingenuity. 

John co-founded Future Partners, a Silicon Valley Innovation firm, in 2012 to teach Think Wrong Practices to individuals, teams, and organizations around the world. 
Through his client work, his partnerships with universities, and via invitations to participate in top conferences and events around the world, John engages with thousands of people a year.
In 2001, John co-founded C2 Group, a brand strategy firm, to help leaders from technology start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and the world’s top business management consulting firms develop, build and protect their brands. 
In 2003, John created Project M, an immersive program designed to inspire and educate young designers, writers, photographers and filmmakers that their work can have significant positive impacts on communities. 
John has won more than 250 design awards, including the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Gold Medal for lifetime achievement. 
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has acquired six of his design projects and staged a solo exhibition of his work in 2000. In 2009, John was awarded the Washington University Skandalaris Award for Design Entrepreneurship and an honorary doctorate degree from Maryland Institute College of Art. 
Most recently, John launched Secret Project, a new Center for Thinking Wrong at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

158: Paul Austin LSD Microdosing & Peak Performance

Paul Austin is committed to changing the cultural conversation about psychedelics through his platform, The Third Wave. Paul wants to help others understand how microdosing could be used as a tool for personal growth and understanding.

“Microdosing sits at that avenue where it becomes this palpable way to try psychedelics without being intimidated by the potential of a bad trip or a challenging experience.” - Paul Austin

Three Things We Learned
  • Psychedelic use and computer evolution bloomed around the same time
Initial research in the 60s showed a relationship between moderate dose on LSD use and breakthroughs in creativity and problem-solving. The research, however, got nipped in the bud when the use of psychedelics was made illegal by the turn of the decade. Still, this didn’t invalidate the claim of some association between higher psychedelic use and the birth of Silicon Valley.

  • What was then counter-cultural is now mainstream
A lot of the things frowned upon in the 60s became rising stars in this age of technology. Psychedelics are no exception. This stands to reason, given its role in the process of molding the technological center we all celebrate today.

“Yoga, mindfulness meditation, psychedelics, even collective or communal living… a lot of those counter-cultural things are now becoming more mainstream culture in the here and now.” - Paul Austin
  • Psychedelic use is now beyond a medical research model
Psychedelics offer the same non-dual, mystical experience related to yoga, meditation, and even a connection with the higher power, as some groups would say. It’s euphoric as much as it is therapeutic. Scientific evidence has made it more acceptable for practical use, particularly in inducing peak performances.

Psychedelics bolster creativity and problem-solving. However, there's a need for continued research and dialogue in order to take advantage of the potential of these substances. Utility of microdosing technique to ease people into their effects and make use of them without pitfalls is also just as important. 

Paul Austin is committed to changing the cultural conversation about psychedelics through his platform, The Third Wave. Because of his work with microdosing, Paul has been featured in Rolling Stone and Business Insider, with additional pieces in the New York Times, Playboy, and Lifehacker.

In June 2015 Paul began his first microdosing protocol. Immediately, he noticed improvements in his energy levels, creativity, and a general sense of well-being.

The impact of microdosing was so profound on his life that Paul wanted to help others understand how microdosing could be used as a tool for personal growth and understanding.