The Swell Pod

The Swell Pod

What does it take to create something that never existed before? What does it take to challenge the status quo? What does it take to change the world? Join us on our journey to find out.

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June 1, 2021 69 min

Today marks a very special milestone for the swell pod: our final episode of season 1. In this episode. Spencer and I share all of the memories, takeaways, highlights, and low lights. We reminisce on all of our incredible guests, the conversations, and behind the scenes look at what it took to put on the swell pod. And stick around until the end, because we have some special news about a giveaway to commemorate our first season and...

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In today’s episode we chat with Artist, Gilbert Lee, previously the head of content at Pluralsight, and now the founder of a new art and clothing studio Microwave. We chat with Gil about his childhood, the impact art had on him at a young age, his voice as an artist and giving your full self, and how his irreverent and fun clothing designs create curiosity.

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In today’s episode, we chat with Brent Alvord, co-founder & CEO of Mighty Labs who are on a mission to align entire organizations. Where not only is the right work happening to drive important objectives, but also that everyone is aware of what’s happening around them and why, and that every person understands how their work impacts the organization and feels purpose and meaning in that work.

We chat with Brent, a self-proclai...

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In today’s episode, we chat with DJ Dolph who is one of the most in-demand DJs in the high-end market for corporate, private, and special celebrity events. His DJ’s events like Pluralsight Live, Domopolooza, silicon slopes, sundance, and many others, and he’s opened shows for Ciara, Boyz 2 Men, Lil’ Jon, Weezer, Zara Larsson, and more.

We chat with Randolph about his perspective on the experience of music, his ability to read an a...

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In today's episode, we chat with Mariah Hay, Chief experience officer at Helpscout and thought leader in human-centered design. In this episode, Mariah talks about her journey into User Experience, her aspirations at HelpScout, and using the right questions to solve the right problems rather than fulfill desires.

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In today's episode, we chat with Greg Mckeown, NYT best-selling author of Essentialism, and his new book Effortless, and probably most importantly, younger brother to co-host Spencer. Greg and Spencer share some fun memories, Greg conducts an essentialist intervention on Josh, and then we conclude with a surprise guest host Arian Lewis, CEO of Kiln – our podcast partner, on how essentialism can be practically used and applied t...

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Come into the Kiln and hear stories from startups and creatives about their fiery formation and growth. 

Today we're featuring Spencer Jack, Founder of Cardagraph, a productivity data platform that automatically collects and structures work data into a suite of analysis tools to empower every manager with the insights they need to help teams become more productive and impactful every day. 

 

 

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In today's episode, we chat with Dr. Matthew Leavitt, the Founder, and CEO of Pathnet Labs and is on a mission to digitally disrupt pathology. We kick things off reminiscing in some childhood memories between Spencer and Matt, we talk about the movie rocky, then we get pretty deep into Matt's journey to disrupt pathology, the importance of family and friends, and then we tie everything back together with, you guessed it, th...

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Come into the Kiln and hear stories from startups and creatives about their fiery formation and growth. 

Today we're featuring Austin Adesso from Partners in Post, a storytelling agency that works with organizations to become an extension of the creative team as a trusted video agency.

 

 

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In today’s episode, we Chat with Sara Jones, CEO of InclusionPro about Transformative Inclusion, Diversity and Equity strategies. Sara was recently honored as a 2021 University of Utah Distinguished Alumni, Utah Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year, and Diversity Initiative of the Year for Women in IT (for eBay's Rise Up! Lift Up! program). And if you haven’t seen it, TED featured her TEDxSaltLakeCity talk about transracial adop...

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Come into the Kiln and hear stories from startups and creatives about their fiery formation and growth. 

Today we chat with Aaron from the Start-Up Freeplay, an app that's disrupting fitness instruction and training. They're taking fitness classes and the instructors outside of the gym and putting them live on their app.

 

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In today's episode, we chat with Mohan Sudabattula recently named to Utah's 20 in their 20s, and founder and CEO at Project Embrace, a nonprofit providing unused medical equipment to those in need. We dive into his own personal journey to start Project Embrace, what motivates him, and the importance of community when setting out to solve a big problem.

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In today's episode, we chat with Em Capito a psychotherapist specializing in tangible resilience strategies, highlighted in a recent TEDx talk, and partners behind the scenes with visionaries, entrepreneurs, and business leaders to foster purpose-driven impact and holds a Master's Degree in social work and business administration. She is a licensed clinical social worker, a yoga teacher, and a meditation teacher with a priv...

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In today’s episode, we chat with Steve Clayton – the Chief Storyteller at Microsoft in which he shares some pretty fantastic stories about how he landed at Microsoft, became the chief storyteller, and then his perspective on story, culture, and change – and the role they play on each other.

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In today’s episode, we chat with Nate Walkinshaw – previous chief experience office at Pluralsight and author of “Chasing Confidence: Transforming Ideas into Impact” We dive into his story. From his first company, the moment that changed his perspective, to his time with Pluralsight and beyond.

Learn about his passion for kinetic architecture and Directed Discovery – his model for putting the customer at the center of everything. ...

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In today’s episode, we chat with Brendan Dawes, A UK-based artist who’s exploring the aesthetics of form and code. We dive into his creative process, his installations at MoMa and Sundance, and how he elicits emotional impact and curiosity – as he turns Data into Art.

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In this inaugural episode of the Swell Podcast – Get to know us, the creators and hosts Josh Taylor and Spencer McKeown. We’ll talk about what you can expect from this podcast, why we created it, and ultimately, we’ll tease into the discussions that we had with our Season 1 guests.

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March 10, 2021 1 min

One dark and stormy night, two kindred spirits, a dreamer and an innovator, dizzy from the meaningless jargon, never-ending PowerPoint presentations, and enough acronyms to demand entire encyclopedias, emerged from the fires of fortune 100 companies. These two change agents, armed with their curiosity, a bit of pleasant rebelliousness, and their toothbrushes, set out to change the world. 

​Their journey, fueled by a lifelong passi...

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