Follow the Profit with David Grasso

Follow the Profit with David Grasso

Follow the Profit is a podcast hosted by David Grasso, focusing on how money is ultimately driving the trends that are transforming our society. As a former local reporter working as a commentator for Fox Business, The Young Turks, The Hill, and other outlets, David has spent career around people making big changes in Entrepreneurship, Media, Politics, Finance, and many other fields. Now he wants to take these changemakers out of the newsroom and have real conversations that go beyond the soundbites to understand the big stories from the people shaping them.

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November 22, 2021 43 min

"Papa" John Schnatter went all in on starting a business by selling pizzas in the back of his father's tavern in 1984. By the end of 1997, the company known as Papa John's had over 1,500 locations across the country. As an entrepreneur, to be successful, one has to go all in on their endeavor. On this episode, David and John talk about going into business in the ultra-competitive food service industry and the best p...

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On this episode, David tackles the latest in tech news and changes in the tech landscape and what that means for you. David is joined by Atul Pashar, host of the Whiskey Hue podcast. Throughout Atul's career, he's had various roles as a hedge fund analyst, music producer & now investor and entrepreneur and social philanthropist, Atul Prashar is founding partner of umbrella investment/advisory company, KMH Group, focusin...

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Women have been hit hard during the Covid-19 pandemic, having to change their lives in order to stay home and take care of the kids. Now, many women are returning to the workforce and the need to empower women has never been greater. Here to discuss the issue is Wendy Diamond, the founder of Women's Entrepreneurship Day. Wendy is also an author, reality television personality, and founder of pet-related businesses, including An...

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Puerto Rico, a beautiful island with a complicated relationship with mainland USA. Joining David on this episode is Rodrick Miller. Miller is the Chief Executive Officer at Invest Puerto Rico, the Island's public-private partnership focused on business attraction and investment promotion. 

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Nearly 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, so what can you do to protect your assets if your marriage comes to an untimely end? This week David is joined by Judith Weigle to discuss the amicable divorce strategies that can help you keep your money. Judith is a divorce mediator and host of THE Amicable Divorce Expert podcast. Judith Weigle shares her insights and experiences in divorce mediation and communication, helping thousa...

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David has a passion for financial literacy, and has built his brands around that very concept. This week, Caleb Silver of Investopedia joins to discuss financial literacy, trends and how media and politics is influencing the current investment environment. Silver is an American journalist and the SVP and editor in chief of Investopedia, a Dotdash brand focused on investing and financial education. He previously worked as the Direct...

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On this episode, David speaks with two pioneering women to discuss equality in the workplace. David is joined by Shelley Zalis. She is known as the “chief troublemaker,” a pioneer for online research, movement leader, and champion of gender equality. She is an internationally renowned entrepreneur, speaker, mentor, mother, and founder and CEO of The Female Quotient. Today, as CEO of The Female Quotient, Zalis works with Fortune ...

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Salvatore M. Buscemi is the Chief Investment Officer for Dandrew Partners Capital Management. Mr. Buscemi also is the Managing Partner for several other direct investment vehicles across several asset classes in commercial real estate and credit, fine art private credit facilities, special situations, and several well-performing life sciences investments, among others. Mr. Buscemi is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on real es...

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September 27, 2021 38 min

This week David sits down with Jordan Elizabeth Gelber, to discuss her life as an actress, producer and launching her startup companies, including Starbaby Enterprises.

Jordan is an award-winning actress, producer, creative business strategist, and the CEO of Starbaby Enterprises, a marketing and production firm specializing in creating and curating content at a grassroots level.

Starbaby has a highly selective client roster, geared ...

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September 21, 2021 49 min

Charles Gaudet is the author of “The Predictable Profits Playbook: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Dominating Any Market and Staying on Top“ (voted #1 Book on Sales & Marketing by Indie Excellence) and host of The Beyond 7-Figures Podcast.

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Former Trump campaign spokesman and communications strategist Jason Miller joins David to discuss his new venture, Gettr. Gettr launched in July and looks to become a true alternative social media platform for conservatives who have grown tired of Facebook and Twitter's silencing of conservative voices, like that of former President Donald Trump.

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September 3, 2021 56 min

A.J. Ali is a veteran, activist and documentary filmmaker who wrote and directed the 2017 documentary ‘Walking While Black: L.O.V.E Is The Answer’, which has spurred the L.O.V.E is the answer police training program that is being implemented in police stations around the country. David and A.J. spoke about methods that police can use to improve community relations and the progress thats been made since the George Floyd killings.

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August 26, 2021 47 min

Javier began his career in media heading up a team at Univision which successfully brought the network into the digital space in the early 2000s. After leaving Univision, Javier formed DangerTV, a digital platform focusing on 'danger-centric' content. Javier walked David through the complex environment of the streaming space and explains why the natural appeal of danger puts his service in a unique position to succeed in an...

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August 20, 2021 50 min

Mac Conwell left his 6 figure job at a government contractor to form his first start-up in 2009. After founding a range of companies Mac moved into the world of Venture Capital funding minority owned businesses for the State of Maryland, where he noticed the gap that exists in the ‘pre-seed’ funding, often provided by friends and family that exists in minority communities. This led him to form Rare Breed VC, which provides early st...

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August 18, 2021 42 min

Dennis Kucinich became Mayor of Cleveland at just 31 when he was launched into a battle against corruption that almost cost him his life. Since then, Kucinich has remained a rare example of cooperative politics, representing Ohio’s 10th District from 1997-2013 and running for Governor in 2018. David spoke with Congressman Kucinich about corruption at the state and national level, and what it really takes to create policy that benef...

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August 5, 2021 42 min

Dina Demetrius is a celebrated news anchor that’s worked at ABC, KCET (PBS affiliate) and Al-Jazeera and is now working at CBS. Dina Spoke with David about the changing dynamics in cable news and the problems facing California.

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August 1, 2021 50 min

Ryan is Co-Founder of HZQ Strategies and has recently worked on campaigns to elect Jamaal Bowman to Congress, Andrew Gounardes to NY State Senate and Khaleel Anderson to NY State Assembly.


Ryan spoke with David about the future of progressive politics and how to run campaigns that connect authentically with voters. 

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July 25, 2021 53 min

Dan is the former editor-at-large at Yahoo News and has just joined Crypto news outlet Decrypt as editor-in-chief. Dan joins David to discuss Crypto regulation, the future of NFTs, and the bias that exists in crypto media.  

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July 8, 2021 29 min

Mike Pompeo is an American Politician, Businessman and Attorney who served as both the Director of the CIA and the 70th US Secretary of State under Donald Trump from 2018 to 2021. Mike joins David for a discussion on China, the CIA, and the future of the Republican Party.

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Running a newsroom is an expensive but necessary endeavor. However, many local newspapers have closed because their business revenue model has been disrupted thru technology. We’ll take a look at what happened and how it can be fixed.

PLUS...our guest has been in the thick of both politics and media for decades. He’s here to analyze why both of those areas have morphed into the crazy mess we find them in today AND hopefully figure o...

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