Moving Up Podcast
Hear directly from business leaders. Secrets to success, struggles along the way, optimal career paths and life in general.
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About the Host
Alex began his career as an analyst at JPMorgan Private Bank. After completing the program, he moved into investment banking at Houlihan Lokey in their restructuring group. Alex went on to work at a pioneering digital media firm before getting his MBA at UCLA Anderson. Alex grew up in Park City, Utah and loves to ski and golf.
Michael did IB, PE and b-school, founded 4 company's and now invests in startups at the very earliest stage. Leaving private equity for a career in broken unloved and new businesses.
Choosing love over fear, having it ALL and why you need a personal mission statement.
Mark is a successful VC. We discuss consulting vs. banking (he did both) the biggest mistake of his career and how working for free can save you money (if you don't get an MBA). Also, how to get a job at a startup.
Buying media businesses in China, taking them public and finding a way to be interesting.
How to do Crossfit for your brain, not finishing books and why tenacity is the only thing that matters.
Mark started his career at Morgan Stanley worked on the Tesla IPO became an early employee at Dropbox and now Partner at Index Ventures. His advice to skip banking and how to get an unfair advantage in tech. @Goldman Snacks
The path from software engineer to lawyer (at a prestigious firm) to tech. Why it's so easy to chase a big name and big money instead of finding what's right for you.
Leaving consulting (Mckinsey and Deloitte) to go to Wharton. Staring a business in b-school, the pros and cons.
Brian talks about being one of the first VC's in SoCal and the grind that it has been. Having humility and confidence in yourself and what he attributes his success to. @ptm24
The VC funnel, what it takes to be a wine collector and serendipity in life.
2 types of people in the business world - principles and agents and the importance of having fun a long the way.
Mark was an investment banker for 22 years. He sold his bank to RBC, became the COO of Los Angeles and now is a venture investor. Why he doesn't like traditional meeting structures and how he uses pattern recognition to invest in startups.
Steve started GroupMe, sold it 370 later days for $85 million. How timing is crucial, 2-paths to life, and why he continues to grind.
Discussing all things real estate, learning by doing and how one small investment can build a real estate empire.
Now CEO of Philo, how he made the decision to leave FB and why it was an easy choice. Also, a tip for taking the pressure off of big decisions.
Dropping out of HBS and doing free work to break-in. Being persistent without being annoying. Why there is no shame in not knowing what you want to do.
Fintech investing guru Sheel Mohnot discusses what you need to be successful in the startup world. What investors are looking for and how to embrace failure.
@famejranc @Walker Texas Banker @REPE God @Muzach...
Geoff Woods runs the business behind The 1 Thing, the highest rated business book of all time. Actionable discussion on how to invest your time.
Fabrice left Mckinsey to be a tech entrepreneur. Did that, made millions, gave it all away to have nowhere to live and less than 100 items. His journey and how to write yourself an email to help make important life decisions. @vjunior60 @John Rocker
Howard tell us why the more paper you have the better. Public vs private markets and how you should be investing. Career path recommendations for wannabe entrepreneurs.
@ibpotential @PenAndPencils @notbad4aquant @AnotherAnother
Ali discusses his scrappy and creative start to becoming a venture capitalist. The steps he took and his advice on how to become a vc without working for one. How to have others network on your behalf and a little on crypto investing at the end. Mentions: @monkey_brah @m8 @APAE...
How to shift your thinking to the mindset entrepreneurs need. Working on the hard stuff, pushing yourself and then rubbing success in everyone's face.
Chris Powers, real estate and startup investor, tells us how important it is to be curious and genuine. The advantages of not knowing what you're doing and what to do if you don't have a network.
Dale Godboldo is the first movie star to be on the podcast. We chat about his entrepreneurial and social passions along with the business of being an actor.
Joanne Wilson tells us why she has been investing in strong female founders since 2007, blogging since 2003 and how it's all about pursuing happiness.
Urs Cete runs venture investing for Bertelsmann Digital Media. His path to becoming a VC and what skills set him apart. A day in the life and how to pitch a VC.
Enlightening conversation with storyteller Jordan Taylor Wright. How to remove stress from your life and how the universe will reward you for being yourself.
The future of solar power and how to invest in it. A framework to not let fear guide your decision making and Bryan's philosophy for how to change jobs.
Mark lays out how to start investing in real estate. How he left his IB job and now works 2 hours per week.
Caleb Williams chats about why choosing to go to HBS was a hard decision. The difference between life at McKinsey and Bridgewater and how his goals led him to venture capital.
Bhavin started Magoosh while getting his MBA at Berkeley. He walks us through what that was like, deciding not to return to Deloitte after school and losing his co-founder.
Kelly helps entrepreneur's build businesses and has invested in over 70 companies. What a VC looks for and thinks about, his relationship with the president (Apprentice Season 2 winner) and why leadership is the only thing that matters for start-ups.
Pete left Bain to become a speaker, author and podcaster. What he learned at Bain that helped him become an entrepreneur and the hypothesis driven thinking necessary to succeed. Also, takeaways from 276 episodes of How to be Awesome at your Job.
Brendan Wallace, Co-Founder of Fifth Wall Ventures discusses tech colliding with the built world. How they raised over $200m for their first fund and what to do if you didn't start your career at GS.
Energy trading guru Gene Rubio discuses how to go from back office to front office and then start your own company. How to be honest with yourself and how you can hustle your way to success.
Ronald is at a crossroads. Having just graduated from Wharton and taking a start-up through YC, he doesn't have a job, nor does he know what he will do next. His flaws, how to find happiness while unemployed and a look into his process. Also, what's a search fund?
Chad shares his 3 hacks for working 100-hour weeks. He walks us through his decision process for 3 incredible offers - a job at Andreessen Horowitz, being the first employee at Dollar Shave Club (which sold for $1B) or starting his own company. How he is starting his own VC fund now and wants you to work at it!
Craig Walker tells us what it's like to have Google buy your business then leave and have Google fund your new business. How you don't need a grand plan for your career, his advice on how to make it as an entrepreneur and why you don't need a desk phone!
How to find out what you're made of and why mixing your passions doesn't work. Also, best practices for applying to B-school, from a Wharton grad and current admissions consultant.
Rolly left his trading job at RBC, moved to Peru and became a cage-fighter. What he was thinking while making the decision and his mind-set that prepared him to make such a radical choice. How he thinks about risk and not letting uncertainty get in the way of opportunity.
See his AMA here: AMA - I quit my job as a bond trader to fight MMA in Peru
Ray grew up loving to code. He got a job on Wall Street from a non-target school before becoming a software engineer. Ray discusses his willingness to go anywhere for an opportunity, why the Bay Area is so good for tech, and how to get a job through your connections.
Nupur just earned his MBA from HBS. He left investment banking and a job at Nickelodeon to start a media business. How to get into Harvard business school, when to take the GMAT and the best part of B-school.
A headhunter for hedge funds discusses what will set you apart. How to be honest with yourself and non-traditional paths from finance.
Mags was a single mom and failed entrepreneur putting herself through school. Hear how she persisted and landed a job in private equity. The advantages of being a female on Wall Street, non-traditional paths into finance and how to maximize the leverage you have.
Sameer tells us why getting a job in tech after banking was the hardest thing he's ever done, his advice for you and how to follow your passion. Check out his side hustle; Wall Street to Silicon Alley, a group that helps financiers transition into tech: http://www.wallstreettosiliconalley.com/
Charlie Nooney, CEO of mobiTV describes what steps he took to become CEO and what specific skills set him apart. Leaving Disney to run a venture backed company, reporting to a board, the future of TV and the most important 2 things to do in your career.
Geoff Blades (@geoffblades) will tell you how to turn success into a method. How to find out what you want and then how to go get it.
ps for more background info on Geoff's story, check out this post: Why My Greatest Achievement As A Goldman Sachs VP Was Quitting
What you need to do to prepare yourself before you start looking for job and how the PRIME method is the key to landing the job. Tips to differentiate yourself in the resume submission/interview process and how to go from cold emails to job offers.
Jared Dillian describes how he accomplished the impossible and his advice for you can do the same. How to stand-out, how to get the inside edge and what you can be doing now while still in school.
Ben Altman (@Ben_CharismaOnCommand) worked at Blackstone M&A and then Hellman & Friedman. He walked away, moved to Brazil and started a business. How he did it while working in finance and what makes him happy today. Advice for what you should do if you don't like your job.