The Hype Happy Hour

The Hype Happy Hour

We all know how hard it is to create something… a start-up… a novel… a piece of art… a new technology... But what happens once the work is finished? Why are some creators always able to get noticed by everyone while others can’t get anyone to pay attention? On The Hype Happy Hour podcast, author and agency owner Michael F. Schein talks to successful entrepreneurs, writers, artists, investors, and inventors to reveal tips, tactics, and principles for building a massive audience for your work once the work is done. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


April 19, 2024 49 mins

You're in for a treat with this episode of the Hype Happy Hour. Join us for an engaging conversation with Liz Ziemska, a versatile writer, editor, storyteller, bookseller, former agent, and the author of the captivating novella,, MANDELBROT THE MAGNIFICENT.

Key topics covered in this episode include:

  • The intersection of the commercial and the creative
  • Why it's essential to read what you enjoy, rather than what's deemed “good.”
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Donya Dickerson has edited numerous award-winning and bestselling business titles for McGraw Hill. She now works as a literary agent, focusing on nonfiction in the categories of business, personal development, self-help, pop culture, science, technology, history, and parenting.

Most important of all (of course!), she edited The Hype Handbook by our host Michael F. Schein.

Key topics in this episode include:

  • The critical role o...
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February 16, 2024 33 mins

In this episode of Hype Happy Hour, our host Michael F. Schein interviews Jennifer Rhiannon Lewis, CEO and co-founder of Lex, a queer social app that is revolutionizing how relationships are formed within the LGBTQ community.

Main topics:

  • How technology can revolutionize the way we connect with others.
  • The use of AI to foster secure interactions.
  • Turning a personal experience into a business idea that impacts thousands of peopl...
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Can advertising play a significant role in fighting global warming?

Before this interview with Brian O’Kelley, I didn’t think so.

Now I’m convinced. 

Brian O’Kelley is the inventor of programmatic advertising. His most recent venture is co-founding Scope 3, a company focused on reducing the negative effects of greenhouse gas emissions on society through a brand new kind of ads interface.

If you've ever wondered about the e...

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January 12, 2024 38 mins

Interview with Kevin Flyangolts

Biotech is the next technology frontier.

Kevin Flyangolts plans to be at its forefront with every new stage of development.

Flyangolts is the CEO and Founder of Aclid, a leading security and compliance platform for biotechs.

If you're intrigued by this fascinating topic, you won't want to miss this episode as we delve into:

  • Starting a business in a rapidly growing field.
  • Paying attention to...
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In this episode of the Hype Happy Hour, host Michael F. Schein welcomes Global Credibility Expert Mitchell Levy. 

Mitchell Levy is a 2x TEDx speaker, an international bestselling author of over 60 books, and an executive coach at Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches. After interviewing 500 thought leaders on credibility, he published a 7-country international bestselling book, delivered a powerful TEDx on humanity, created courses,...

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December 15, 2023 52 mins

Why do humans tell stories? In this episode of the Hype Happy Hour, we explore this question with writer Hugh Howey. Hugh Howey is the New York Times bestselling author of WOOL, BEACON 23, SAND, MACHINE LEARNING, HALF WAY HOME, and over a dozen other novels. His SILO trilogy was recently adapted by Apple TV, becoming their #1 drama of all-time. A series based on his novel BEACON 23 has filmed two seasons and will be released next y...

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December 1, 2023 48 mins

Rebecca Fox Starr is an author, advocate, and mental health professional focused on improving mental health access, outcomes, and care.

Having suffered from severe postpartum depression in 2013, Rebecca pivoted from her career as a "mom blogger" by opening up, in real time, about her struggles in an effort to help others. She has authored four books, including two academic publications, a children's book, and a forthcoming paren...

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November 17, 2023 37 mins

What is it like to be a writer in the 21st century? How is the promotion of new authors approached in this era? Literature takes center stage in this chapter of the Hype Happy Hour Podcast, where our host, Michael F. Schein, engages in a conversation with the writer Amelia Kahaney.

Amelia Kahaney is the author of All the Best Liars and The Brokenhearted series. Her short fiction has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading,...

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In this episode of the Hype Happy Hour Podcast, host Michael F. Schein speaks with Danielle De La Fuente, the founder of Amal Alliance, a non-governmental nonprofit organization that provides programs for displaced and disenfranchised children to help them cope with the invisible scars of trauma.

Key topics of this conversation include:

  • Finding success by prioritizing the well-being of others 
  • How a non-profit organiz...
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In this episode of the Hype Happy Hour Podcast, Michael F. Schein talks to Mara Kimowitz about starting a business in something you love while balancing all of the other obligations that have the potential to conflict with it. 

Mara developed Pliability Stretch–an innovative method of assisted stretching–as the culmination of years of deep passion about dance, fitness, and wellness. 

Key topics covered include:

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    September 29, 2023 50 mins

    Today we talk about literature, books, the art of writing, and what it takes to balance art and promotion with our guest Anne Ray.

    Anne Ray is an award-winning writer whose first novel-in-stories, Scenic Overlook, comes out this month.

    Our guest also works as a Managing Editor at Reveal Digital, a project of JSTOR, where she oversees several digital archives of radical and historical press materials.

    The main topics covere...

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    If you're a fan of science fiction, you will enjoy this episode of the Hype Happy Hour Podcast. We delve into the fascinating world of building connections between the human brain and computers.

    Our host, Michael F. Schein, engages in an interesting conversation with the Co-Founder and CEO of Precision Neuroscience, a company dedicated to developing brain-computer interfaces to assist individuals with neurological conditions. He...

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    Discussing health can be challenging…but when approached the right way, doing so can change lives. 

    In this episode of the Hype Happy Hour Podcast, host, Michael F. Schein talks with Lauren Bongiorno, the founder and CEO of Risely Health. Risely Health is a health coaching company that focuses on diabetes management.

    Lauren has been navigating Type 1 Diabetes since the age of 7 and has built on every single one of t...

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    Do you think you only get the things you ask for? In this episode of the Hype Happy Hour Podcast we talk to Jon Brodsky about the significance of effective communication in achieving your desires.

    Jon Brodsky is currently the CEO of YouNow Media, one of the world's leading livestreaming social networks. Previously, he was the USCEO of, a leading comparison shopping site. He has also held leadership roles at Chicken So...

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    What’s the difference between a business and a startup?

    We try to get to the bottom of this question and many others on today’s episode of the Hype Happy Hour.

    Fintech CEO Guest Nelson Chu (Founder of Percent) joins us to discuss the ins and outs of venture capital, the fintech industry, and the art of building a startup from scratch.

    Topics include:

    • How long you should expect it to take to build a company
    • The art of...
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    Can a 12-year-old teach us something about hype? When it comes to making viral videos on TikTok, the answer is yes! In this episode of the Hype Happy Hour Podcast, our host Michael F. Schein sits down with Caleb Sims-Mead, a talented young whippersnapper who has not only turned his passion for video games into creative content but has also started making money from it.

    Topics include: 

    • The power of consistent content...
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    How can you transform a passion into a business?

    In this episode of the Hype Happy Hour, we talk to Jessica Spaulding, Founderand CEO of Harlem Chocolate Factory, a premium chocolatier rooted firmly in the Harlem cultural experience.

    Host Michael F. Schein, speaks with Jessica about:

    • The real secret to investing your time wisely
    • How to stay open to listening and learning from your environment
    • Learning from your mistakes as an e...
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    July 7, 2023 43 mins

    In today's digital landscape, every company is a media company. In this episode of the Hype Happy Hour Podcast, Michael F. Schein, sits down with filmmaker David Beilinson to explore the art of getting noticed through visual storytelling.

    As a partner at Rumur Inc., David has been producing and directing documentary films for more than 20 years. He’s created media projects for ESPN, Netflix, HBO, A&E, NBC, ABC, PBS, and nume...

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    June 16, 2023 42 mins

    "Do what feels right for you" is one of the pieces of advice given by Laura Sims, a writer and poet known for her book Looker, who shares her creative process with host Michael F. Schein in this episode of the Hype Happy Hour Podcast.

    During the conversation, Michael and Laura discuss the following topics:

    • The importance of enjoying what you do
    • The power of making authentic connections
    • Choosing the right activities to enhance y...
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