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The Passion Economy

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The economy is bananas, even scary. But some people are thriving, and we're going to figure out how. Adam Davidson, "New Yorker" writer, longtime contributor to This American Life, and the creator of NPR’s "Planet Money," unearths stories from regular people. People who have cracked the code to success in our new economic reality.
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Healthy Marketing

Healthy Marketing

2020-11-2540:05

Jeffrey Jordan is really good at convincing people to make healthier choices with his marketing company Rescue Agency. It doesn't hurt that he's had a lot of experience. He's been doing it since he was 17. This episode is sponsored by Green Chef. Go to GreenChef.com/passion90 and use code passion90 to get $90 off including free shipping. This episode is also sponsored by The New Yorker. For a limited time you can get 12 weeks of The New Yorker for just $6. Plus, listeners will receive an exclusive tote bag for free. Go to NewYorker.com/passion . This episode is also sponsored by Athletic Greens. Visit​ athleticgreens.com/PASSION​ and get your ​free year supply of Vitamin D and 5 free travel packs today. This episode is also sponsored by PayPal. Start using PayPal QR codes to accept payments for a chance to win up to $10,000. Get started at paypal.com/Passion or download the app.
When Dan Barber realized seed breeders and chefs weren’t really talking to each other, he saw an opportunity in the market. An opportunity to breed vegetables that actually taste good. So, he founded Row 7 Seed Company. This episode is sponsored by Purple Mattress. Go to purplemattress.com/passion10, and use promo code passion10. For a limited time you’ll get 10% off any order of $200 or more. This episode is also sponsored by Stamps.com. Go to Stamps.com, click on the Microphone at the top of the homepage and type in PASSION for a 4-week trial plus free postage and a digital scale with no long term commitments or contracts. This episode is also sponsored by PayPal. Start using PayPal QR codes to accept payments for a chance to win up to $10,000. Get started at paypal.com/passion or download the app. This episode is also sponsored by Netsuite. Schedule your free product tour right now at NetSuite.com/Passion . The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
Whatever Propels You

Whatever Propels You

2020-11-1139:03

Chris Nolte came back from war, injured and searching for a purpose. He found one when he started Propel Bikes, his pedal assist electric bike company. This episode is sponsored by Netsuite. Visit NetSuite.com/passion for a free product tour. This episode is also sponsored by The New Yorker. For a limited time you can get 12 weeks of The New Yorker for just $6. Plus, listeners of my show will receive an exclusive tote bag for free. Go to www.NewYorker.com/passion . This episode is also sponsored by Stamps.com . Don’t spend a minute of your holiday season at the Post Office this year.  Sign up for Stamps.com instead. There’s NO risk. Just use promo code passion and get a special offer that includes a 4-week trial PLUS free postage and a digital scale.  The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
Milk Money

Milk Money

2020-11-0444:54

What do you do when you’re making something everyone wants, but you’re not legally allowed to sell it? No, we’re not talking drugs. But Homa Dashtaki’s yogurt, White Moustache, is criminally good.  This episode is sponsored by Netsuite. Visit NetSuite.com/passion for a free product tour. This episode is also sponsored by Stamps.com .  Don’t spend a minute of your holiday season at the Post Office this year.  Sign up for Stamps.com instead. Just use promo code passion and get a special offer that includes a 4-week trial PLUS free postage and a digital scale.  This episode is also sponsored by BackCountry. Go to Backcountry.com/passion and enter code PASSION to get 15% off your first full-priced purchase.  The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
Write up Her Alley

Write up Her Alley

2020-10-2845:311

Caroline Weaver didn't exactly have a plan when she opened a pencil shop in Manhattan. What she felt certain about was that she knows more about pencils, and cares more about pencils, than almost anyone else. And that's what helped her make her mark with CW Pencil Enterprise.   This episode is sponsored by Wine Access. Start listening to their great podcast Wine Access Unfiltered at wineaccess.com/podcast . Or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. This episode is also sponsored by TheraOne. Now through November 1st TheraOne is offering listeners a buy one, get one free for all TheraOne products. Just visit Theragun.com/passion . This episode is also sponsored by Netsuite. Visit NetSuite.com/passion for a free product tour. This episode is also sponsored by BackCountry. Go to Backcountry.com/passion and enter code PASSION to get 15% off your first full-priced purchase.  This episode is also sponsored by Athletic Greens. Visit Athleticgreens.com/passion and you’ll receive up to a year’s supply of Liquid Vitamin D for free with your first purchase. The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
How did Dan Honig, a Jewish vegetarian from New Jersey, end up working at a pig slaughterhouse in Missouri? And how did he take what he learned there and solve one of the biggest problems in the meat industry with his company Happy Valley Meat? This episode is sponsored by Wine Access. Wine Access has a podcast, Wine Access Unfiltered. Start listening to this great podcast now at wineaccess.com/podcast. Or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. This episode is also sponsored by Purple Mattress. Go to Purple.com/passion10 and use promo code passion10. For a limited time you’ll get 10% off any order of $200 or more. This episode is also sponsored by The New Yorker. For a limited time you can get 12 weeks of The New Yorker for just $6. Plus, listeners will receive an exclusive tote bag for free. Just visit NewYorker.com/passion . The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
Fast fashion is all about identifying trends and churning out clothes at huge scale. Zack Pinsent does the exact opposite with his company Pinsent Tailoring. He makes bespoke period clothing crafted with historical accuracy.  This episode is sponsored by Wine Access. Get $25 off each of your first 2 Wine Club shipments. Just visit www.wineaccess.com/passion . This episode is also sponsored by TheraOne. Now through November 1st TheraOne is offering our listeners buy one, get one free on all TheraOne products. Just visit Theragun.com/passion . This episode is also sponsored by The New Yorker. For a limited time you can get 12 weeks of The New Yorker for just $6. Plus, listeners will receive an exclusive tote bag for free. Just visit NewYorker.com/passion . The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
Craft fairs, pop-up stands, and people standing in the sun with fanny packs trying to sell their knick-knacks, might not seem like the key to building a healthy and thriving business. But Kathleen Plate turned her table at the craft fair into exactly that: her business Smart Glass Art and Jewelry. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. ·Right now listeners get a 4-week trial plus free postage and a digital scale without any long-term commitment. Just go to Stamps.com, click on the microphone at the top of the homepage and type in "PASSION". This episode is also sponsored by Wine Access. Get $25 off each of your first 2 Wine Club shipments. Just go to my WineAccess.com/Passion and sign up for the Wine Club. This episode is also sponsored by BackCountry.com. Go to Backcountry.com/PASSION to get 15% off your first full-priced purchase. Some exclusions apply. This episode is also sponsored by Athletic Greens. Visit AthleticGreen.com/Passion for up to a year’s supply of Liquid Vitamin D for free with your first purchase. The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
Out on Vacation

Out on Vacation

2020-09-3042:18

Judy Dlugacz's company Olivia gives LGBTQ women the chance to go on the trip of a lifetime, meet women like them, and truly be out, sometimes for the first time in their lives. And it all happens on a boat. This episode is sponsored by Sunbasket.  Right now, Sun Basket is offering $35 off your order when you go right now to SunBasket.com/passion and enter promo code passion at checkout. This episode is also sponsored by Indeed. Right now Indeed is offering our listeners a free $75 credit to boost your job post. Just visit Indeed.com/passion . This episode is also sponsored by NetSuite. Receive your free guide, “Seven Actions Businesses Need to Take Now” and schedule your free product tour at NetSuite.com/PASSION . The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
A Farm Grows in Brooklyn

A Farm Grows in Brooklyn

2020-09-2345:412

Spread across three roofs in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, is the world's largest soil rooftop farm. It's called Brooklyn Grange, and is run by Gwen Schantz, Anastasia Cole Plakias, and Ben Flanner, who learned how to turn a passion for farming into a profit. This episode is sponsored by Wine Access. Get 25 dollars off each of your first two Wine Club shipments. Just visit www.wineaccess.com/passion . This episode is also sponsored by Indeed. Try Indeed out with a free 75 dollar credit to boost your job post at www.Indeed.com/economy . The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
Whiskey Business

Whiskey Business

2020-09-1643:10

Fawn Weaver went to Lynchburg, Tennessee to write a book about the former slave who taught Jack Daniels how to make whiskey. It was that trip that inspired her to launch a wildly successful whiskey brand, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com . Get a 4-week trial plus free postage and  a digital scale without any long-term commitment. Just go to Stamps.com, click on the Microphone at the top of the homepage and type in passion. This episode is also sponsored by TheraOne. Now through November 1st TheraOne is offering our listeners a buy one, get one free for all TheraOne products. Just go to TheraGun.com/passion . This episode is also sponsored by Indeed. Try Indeed out with a free 75 dollar credit to boost your job post at Indeed.com/passion . The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
Passion > Experience

Passion > Experience

2020-09-0949:322

Lauren Danson had zero business experience, but she believed her passion for tea could be contagious. So she started Mizuba Tea Co., a brand that only sells the finest matcha green tea. This episode is sponsored by Wine Access. Visit WineAccess.com/Passion and sign up for the Wine Club today for $25 off each of your first 2 Wine Club shipments! This episode is also sponsored by Sun Basket. Visit SunBasket.com/passion  and enter promo code passion at checkout for $35 off your order. The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
How To Use the Internet

How To Use the Internet

2020-09-0243:311

Tyson Toussant dropped out of college, but that doesn't mean he stopped learning. Instead, he used the Internet to learn how to make strong wearable material out of ocean plastic, and with that knowledge he co-founded Bionic Yarn.  This episode is sponsored by Indeed. Try Indeed out with a free 75 dollar credit to boost your job post at www.Indeed.com/economy. This episode is also sponsored by NetSuite. Get your free guide and schedule your free product tour at NetSuite.com/passion. The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
Dog Food, Disrupted

Dog Food, Disrupted

2020-08-2653:44

Shawn Buckley's passion is dogs. His business is cooking food for dogs at Just Food For Dogs. Seems niche, right? Wrong.  This episode is sponsored by Wine Access. Get $25 off each of your first 2 Wine Club shipments by going to www.WineAccess.com/PASSION and signing up for the Wine Club. This episode is also sponsored by Stamps.com. Go to Stamps.com , click on the microphone at the top of the homepage and type in passion for a 4-week trial plus free postage and a digital scale without any long-term commitment.  The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
Wigs Fit for a Queen

Wigs Fit for a Queen

2020-08-1943:081

Ben Moir knows firsthand that it’s the wig that makes a drag queen shine. But he was frustrated that no one was making wigs perfectly tailored to the needs of drag queens. That frustration turned out to be a great business opportunity.  The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free! This episode is sponsored by Sun Basket. Sun Basket is offering $35 off your order when you go right now to www.SUNBASKET.com/passion and enter promo code passion at checkout. This episode is also sponsored by Indeed. Try Indeed out with a free 75 dollar credit to boost your job post at www.Indeed.com/economy .
No Niche Is Too Narrow

No Niche Is Too Narrow

2020-08-1244:252

It's hard to make it in the world of professional bass fishing. But that hasn't stopped Jared Reynolds from turning his passion into his livelihood… as a Certified Financial Planner.  This episode is sponsored by Wine Access. Get $25 off each of your first two Wine Club shipments at wineaccess.com/passion This episode is also sponsored by NetSuite. Get your free guide and schedule your free product tour at NetSuite.com/passion . The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
Kids hate getting shots, and that’s creating the potential for a huge public health crisis. Amy Baxter has a solution: her company, Pain Care Labs.  This episode is sponsored by Skillshare. Explore your creativity at Skillshare.com/PASSION and get 2 free months of Premium Membership. This episode is also sponsored by Policy Genius. If you need life insurance, but you’re not sure where to start, head to Policygenius.com. The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
With a perfect combination of nostalgia and innovation, Nicholas Morgenstern turned a childhood comfort into a sophisticated business: Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Go to Stamps.com , click on the microphone at the top of the homepage and type in passion for a 4-week trial plus free postage and a digital scale without any long-term commitment.  This episode is also sponsored by TheraOne. TheraOne is offering our listeners buy one, get one free on all TheraOne products. Just go to go to www.Theragun.com/passion . The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
Joe DiNorscia went from mushroom farming to running Skyland USA, the country’s leader in rooftop media production. How’d he do it? Partly, by never forgetting his roots. Or rather, his mycelium.    This episode is sponsored by Wine Access. Get $20 off your first purchase of $50 or more at www.wineaccess.com/passion . This episode is also sponsored by Indeed. Try Indeed out with a free 75 dollar credit to boost your job post at www.Indeed.com/economy . The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
Damali Peterman has a passion for law, language, mediation, conflict resolution and... jujitsu. So she turned all of that into her dream job: Damali Law, where she works as a lawyer, mediator and educator. This episode is sponsored by Wine Access. Get $20 off your first purchase of $50 or more at wineaccess.com/passion The Passion Economy has a newsletter! Go to passioneconomy.com to sign up - for free!
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Ingrid Harik

Well done! You challenged the "common sense" rule that says you need to know an industry well before you can become a player in it. Learn, learn, learn and break the rules..

Jul 17th
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Ingrid Harik

What an amazing story of self-transformation. Inspirational.

Jul 17th
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Rico Muela

bunch of fsas

Jul 9th
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