Season 1: The Age of Independents

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April 16, 2021
44 min
The economic crisis in context, John Lettieri

It's time for us to all get smarter about our economy and how it works.

April 1, 2020
41 min
What the CARES Act means for the smallest businesses

We I talk with Katie Vlietstra Wonnenberg of the National Association for the Self-Employed and Public Private Strategies about what the CARES Act means for small businesses and the self-employed.

March 25, 2020
19 min
The Great Reboot

If a crisis is a terrible thing to waste, what are we going to do with this one?

April 25, 2019
8 min
Looking back and looking ahead

It's hard for me to believe that this is already the 19th episode of the podcast!

April 11, 2019
46 min
Partnerships and trust, Supply

I'm talking to Matthew Baranauskas, Greg Martin, Sam Jeibmann and Ted Helprin of the product strategy, design and development firm, Supply in Portland OR.

March 28, 2019
33 min
Going for the dogs, Jenny Nordin, Dog Gone Seattle

A couple of years ago, Jenny Nordin decided to turn Dog Gone Seattle, her community of Seattle-area dog lovers, into a non-profit focused on rescuing abandoned dogs and finding them homes.

March 14, 2019
46 min
Speaking with purpose, Toyia Taylor

Toyia Taylor's passion is helping people speak with purpose. For Toyia this is a matter of finding one's true voice and using it to speak with authenticity and confidence.

February 28, 2019
45 min
Getting your shit together, Chanel Reynolds

Chanel Reynolds started the blog Get Your Shit Together to help other people prepare for the one thing that's both inevitable and unexpected.

February 21, 2019
45 min
Finding the power of your story, Johan Liedgren

Johan Liedgren is a filmmaker, storyteller, business strategist and true independent. He's also a person who understands how to share the practical wisdom he's garnered over his varied career

February 14, 2019
37 min
Building a fashion empire from scratch, Luis Velez, Guillermo Bravo

Luis Velez is the creative force behind the new indie fashion brand, Guillermo Bravo. Luis' passion for sneakers and his die-hard commitment to creating his own in his own way, can serve as an inspiration for any creative person who has a vision and wants to make it real.

December 12, 2018
37 min
Creativity as a way of life, Francesca Basilico

Francesca Basilico has spent her career as a creative independent business person. From her first venture, the family-inspired i Golfini Della Nonna, to her current creative and consulting projects, Francesca's story typifies the life of a creative independent

December 5, 2018
42 min
How to build a brand, Thomas Ordahl, Landor

On today's show we're talking about brand strategy with Thomas Ordahl from Landor. Not only is Thomas a friend, he's also one of the world's leading brand strategists.

November 14, 2018
45 min
The Age of Independents, Will Gibbs, Modica Micro Industries

Will Gibbs from Modica Micro Industries is using technology to open up new opportunities for small-scale manufacturing driven by creativity and automation

November 7, 2018
35 min
The Age of Independents: Rachel and Travis Gertz, Louder Than Ten

Rachel and Travis Gertz's business, Louder Than Ten, started off as a classic design studio. Their insight into their goals and the needs of their clients helped them to create something totally new.

October 31, 2018
41 min
The Age of Independents: Stephanie Ellis-Smith, Phila Engaged Giving

Two years ago, Stephanie Ellis-Smith used her passion, skills and experience to start Phila Engaged Giving, an independent philanthropic advisory. Stephanie's story is emblematic of business as a natural extension of the of the people who start them.

October 24, 2018
51 min
Age of Independents: How to name anything. Lisa Light, part 2 of 2

Lisa Light is an expert on developing company and product names. This week we follow up on our last conversation with specific advice on how to generate great names and build great brands.

October 17, 2018
41 min
Age of Independents: What's in a name? Lisa Light, part 1 of 2

Lisa Light is, among other things, the best naming person I've worked with. Today she shares the secrets of what makes a great name.

October 10, 2018
30 min
The Age of Independents: Hiring Creative Partners

Michael Ellsworth of the design firm Civilization and Leslie Hale of Knot Strategy, bring clarity and a sense of calm to the process of hiring creative partners.

October 3, 2018
43 min
The Age of Independents: Sonja Skvarla, A Social Ignition

Six years ago, Sonja Skvarla set her sights on a goal: How could she use her business skills to make an impact on the problem of mass incarceration? Her organization, A Social Ignition, has been working since then on helping incarcerated men learn what it takes to start businesses and re-start their lives.

September 26, 2018
27 min
The Age of Independents: Jay Lyman, Seattle Public Library

If there's one person who can credibly be said to be at the center of small business entrepreneurship in Seattle, it's Jay Lyman. For the past five years, Jay has led a team of reference librarians charged with helping the city’s business owners get smarter about their markets and their customers. As Jay says, “Research makes us stronger.”

September 19, 2018
32 min
The Age of Independents: Samir Balwani, DemandHive

Today I talk with Samir Balwani who's spent his career working in digital marketing--a topic about which I know we all have questions. A few of years ago, Samir left his job at American Express to start DemandHive, a digital marketing firm focused on helping small businesses market themselves more effectively.

September 12, 2018
28 min
The Age of Independents: Bryan Mitchiner, Stocked

Welcome to The Age of Independents, a new podcast from For our first guest, we're excited to have Bryan Mitchiner of Stocked. Bryan is a consumate independent and a serial entrepreneur in the food industry.

September 5, 2018
7 min
The all-new

This is our first show! In it, I'll talk a little bit about why I'm starting this podcast and what it's all about. I'll also give an overview of my business,, and our mission of making it easier for anyone to successfully plan, launch and run their own business.