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Unthinkable

Stories of conventional thinking at work and the people who dare to question it. In a world overflowing with advice, it's easy to be average; just follow everyone else's ideas and answers. This is a show about think-for-yourselfers. Join host Jay Acunzo as he travels to the far reaches of the business world to dig up stories you've never heard revealing ideas you've never considered. It's Unthinkable.
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May 30, 2016

The story of how Scott Belsky created Behance, a global community of creatives focused on making ideas happen.

(Slingshots are short stories about a creative side project that led somewhere surprising or unexpected. They run every other week as part of Unthinkable.)

 

LINKS TO KNOW:

Behance.com

Scott's Twitter: twitter.com/scottbelsky

 

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TOPICS DISCUSSED:

Creativity

Tech

Startups

Design

Designers

Portfolios

Venture Capital

Uber

Pinterest

Warby Parker

Creative Missions

Product Design

User Experience (UX)

May 23, 2016

Betting your career on your creativity means you'll have your fair share of saving bad ideas (or "polishing turds" as you'll hear in one of our stories). It also requires the ability to look past the obvious and see the potential for something better or higher quality or generally more creative. It requires you to see beauty in the broken. Today, we look at these ideas from multiple angles.

 

First, I wrestle with some leftovers (BONUS: you get a recipe out of this episode!). Then, we go outside the echo chamber to hear the curious case of the Warriors -- starting in a very bad place. Then we hear the story of entrepreneur John Marsh, whose career journey looks a lot more like a detour.

 

LINKS TO KNOW:

John Marsh: www.linkedin.com/in/john-marsh-1576069

John Marsh's real estate business: http://www.liveopelika.com/

New York Times piece on the Warriors: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/03/magazine/what-happened-when-venture-capitalists-took-over-the-golden-state-warriors.html?_r=0

 

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TOPICS DISCUSSED:
Craft
Creativity
NBA
Basketball
Golden State Warriors
Joe Lacob
Stephen Curry
Draymond Green
Michael Jordan
Real Estate
Online Marketing
Lead Generation
Used Cars
Small Businesses
Entrepreneurship
Suicide
Depression
Drugs
Redemption
Cooking
Restaurants

May 16, 2016

Slingshots are a mini-series within the Unthinkable show where we go deep into a creative side project that winds up someplace surprising. Tinkering on side projects is a powerful way to slingshot our careers forward as content marketers, writers, designers, podcasters, videographers, and any kind of creative.

 

In this episode, Sarah Cooper talks about her journey from acting to Google to making the leap pursuing her comedic writing full-time. She parodies business culture, and she's built a nice audience for herself ... but what happens when your creative aspirations differ from what your audience expects from you?

 

LINKS TO KNOW:

TheCooperReview.com

Sarah's Twitter: twitter.com/sarahcpr

10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings

 

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TOPICS DISCUSSED:

Creativity

Comedy

Standup

Side Projects

Entrepreneurship

Blogging

Meetings

Corporate Culture

Books

Startups

Silicon Valley

San Francisco

New York

Running

Writing

May 9, 2016

 

People driven by their creative craft often spend hours agonizing and obsessing over the details of a project. Why? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? How do we know when to actually ship the work? And what does it take in order to operate with that level of detail in a business world often based on seeking shortcuts and cutting corners?

 

Today, we go outside the echo chamber for the story of Niko at Granny's Pie Factory to find out why creative people operate with this extreme care for the details, then we hear about Macaela, Cory, and the team at Newfangled about how and why a creator can be both obsessively connected to a project AND ready to ship it.

 

LINKS TO KNOW:


Granny's Pie Factory: grannyspiefactory.com

Newfangled: newfangledstudios.com

 

 

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SUPPORT FOR THIS EPISODE:

RightSideShirts.org - empowering kids to be more creative and helping art programs in need.
 

 

TOPICS DISCUSSED:


Creativity


Pies

Craft

Family Business

Small Business

Cooking

Sauce

Video

Audio

Live Action

Creative Direction

Beeple

Dailies

Design

Macaela Vandermost

Niko Harovas

Newfangled Studios

Content Marketing

Brand Marketing

 

May 2, 2016

Slingshots are a new mini-series within the Unthinkable show where we go deep into a creative side project that winds up someplace surprising. Tinkering on side projects is a powerful way to slingshot our careers forward as content marketers, writers, designers, podcasters, videographers, and any kind of creative.

 

In this episode, Zac Wolf and Becca Goldring discuss their award-winning open-air photo booth, The Danger Booth.

 

LINKS TO KNOW:


Zac's Twitter: twitter.com/zacxwolf

Becca's Twitter: twitter.com/Becca_Bakes

TheDangerBooth.com

ZacXWolf.com

 

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Jay's Twitter: twitter.com/jayacunzo

Show Behind-the-Scenes: Snapchat.com/add/jayacunzo

 

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RightSideShirts.org

 

TOPICS DISCUSSED:
  

Creativity


Photography

Side Projects

Entrepreneurship

Sales

Boston

Weddings

Startup

Business

Growth

Dogs

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