You Don't Need This Podcast

You Don't Need This Podcast

If you’re a remarkable student, entrepreneur, intrapreneur, or community builder thirsty enough to make a ruckus, welcome to innovative energy brewed to keep you building.


June 19, 2024 37 mins


Ben McDougal and Jim Morgan compose a symphony of sound and share BIG news to tie a beautiful bow on a sensational season of You Don't Need This Podcast!

Recorded at the largest sound stage in Minnesota, together we jam on producing new music every day, sleeping in a kick drum, and being a part of other artist's creative process. Before the break, we hear the story of Conduit Sound, then celebrate pure wonder and se...

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Welcome back to Wisconsin! Ben McDougal was visiting UW Stevens Point to deliver You Don’t Need This Keynote at the 2024 Think Like an Entrepreneur event. As part of a wonderful whirlwind, he visited a local coworking and makerspace to record this special "In The Wild" episode.

Kevin Neuman leads the way as Assistant Dean within the Sentry School of Business and Economics at UW Stevens Point, while Christopher Klesmith is the Neigh...

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June 5, 2024 35 mins

Welcome to Wisconsin! Ben McDougal was visiting UW Stevens Point to deliver You Don't Need This Keynote at the 2024 Think Like an Entrepreneur event. As part of this wonderful whirlwind, he jumped into a local recording studio with two local leaders at different stages in life.

Evan Stanislawski is a recent graduate of UWSP, while Matt Vollmer did the same 10 years ago. After a traditional start to his career, Matt is now an adjunc...

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May 29, 2024 36 mins

Tim Zarley protects ideas. If you're building a product, actively enjoy the details of this episode brewed through valuable IP strategies. Zarley Law, now Zarley Conley, has been collaborating with idea machines for over 60 years, so as Tim Zarley follows in his father's footsteps, it's neat to have this recorded relic brewed to keep you building.

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May 22, 2024 42 mins

We hear the Internet is a big deal. Drew Harden is a web development wayfinder, author, and culture-building leader at Blue Compass. After some rich thoughts on creating significance within a company's culture, we dive into the world of web development. Ben was in web development for 8 years back in the day, so this was a fun chance to hear how web design and development continues to evolve. Ben and Drew chat about key things for d...

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May 15, 2024 43 mins

Antonio Roddy, aka Tone the Movemaker, was born original and is making moves to stay that way. This is an e...

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May 8, 2024 41 mins

Curt Nelson and Beth Meyer help entrepreneurs spin the Rubik's cube that is starting (and scaling) a business. The Entrepreneurial Development Center is celebrating 20 years of really getting involved to make an impact. Curt also leads the Iowa Venture Capital Association.

Together, we chat through the origin story of the EDC, then shift gears to chat about tracking milestones with mentors, giving advice, raising financial capital,...

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May 1, 2024 40 mins

Michael Libbie has been in broadcasting since 1967! He has interviewed over 1,500 remarkable people, which made it an honor to interview him.

Ben and Michael talk about lone wolves, articulating our thoughts, understanding your audience, and the long-term effects of persistence. We also commemorate his voice and hear his why behind Insight Cubed and Insight on Business the News Hour. If content creation is a part of your practice o...

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April 24, 2024 41 mins

Julie McDougal shares a final interview before she retired from IBM. Can you imagine being at IBM for over 35 years?!

The featured guest in EP47 has lived on the edge of technology her entire career! Julie worked within the culture and this fun episode is a glance at how she united others. As you'll hear, Julie is also our host's aunt. Cheers to everyone at IBM and cheers to a long, interesting, and impactful career. Happy retireme...

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April 17, 2024 30 mins

Navarr Grevious and Aaron Carter were visiting Des Moines from Miami, for the Black & Brown Business Summit. After QuikLiq won the $50K pitch competition, we had to find a spot to chat in the wild!

In EP45, we pour innovations into beer, wine, and spirits. We talk about how these co-founders met at Clark Atlanta University, then reunited to build together. We also talk about transitioning a small business to a scalable startup, tec...

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April 10, 2024 40 mins

Alex Myers is a certified futurist who will put you ahead of the curve. Along with his leadership at Aragon and throughout the world of web3, Alex authored Organizational Shift within the Roasted Reflections library. This writing pairs perfectly with this epic episode, as we explore Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs).

After the break, we decode life extension, nurturing AI, and close with a peek into transhumanism and re...

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April 3, 2024 40 mins

Scotty Russell is a web3 artist, podcaster, and business coach for creators. His cosmic illustrations are minted on Solana and other blockchains. He's also recorded 250+ episodes of the Side Hustler's Perspective and has coached 1,500+ artists to extend their own creative seasons.

Scotty was in Des Moines for a web3 gathering, so he and Ben popped in the studio to record this relic. We talk about building into side hustles, fine ar...

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March 27, 2024 39 mins

Jessica Pfohl Paisley is a creative community builder who is fascinated by the diversity of life. Whether it's enjoying time with family, building on the frontiers of fashion, or making others feel their best through AMIDST Magizine, Jessica connects community through photography, print, music, and events. Together, we talk about curating resources, event management, and balancing a diversified career portfolio.

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March 20, 2024 33 mins

Cody Retlich is an alumni of the Techstars Iowa Accelerator (see Cody on-stage at #TSDemoDay in 2022) and this is the first of a new In The Wild category. Recorded after the launch of 1MC in Madison and Milwaukee, Cody and his Wisconsin-based team at DroneAdair, help drone pilots manage their business.

This leader knows what's up when it comes to drone technology. Strap on your seat belt, as Ben and Cody elevate a conversation arou...

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March 13, 2024 31 mins

Brandon Hart is a builder who helps others do the same. EP41 is all about 3D printing and how additive manufacturing helps evolve ideas into reality, while boosting sustainability in manufacturing and providing a path to our own neon future.

Along with talking about the futuristic things we can "print", such as nanotechnology, boitech, and food; Brandon shares his winding entrepreneurial path and makes news by introducing the HSP1-...

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March 6, 2024 37 mins

Joe Murphy is the director of the Iowa Business Council, which unites 20+ chief executives from Iowa’s largest organizations. Since 1985, the IBC has used economic research to determine key initiatives that help drive lasting progress in Iowa and beyond.

Together, Ben and Joe talk about collaboration amongst leaders, sequencing public policy, intrapreneurship, leveraging different types of capital, building teams that sing the song...

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February 28, 2024 34 mins

Will Schneller explores the intersection of design, technology, and entrepreneurship. After an epic opening moment on the mic, Ben and Will talk about building within education, signals to consider if/when/what to quit, wallets in web3, zero knowledge proofs, and pr...

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February 21, 2024 39 mins

Joshua Larson is a video game developer, AI fashion designer, and web3 founder. We load in with Joshua's experience building inside the Bitcoin Startup Lab, which has us talking about startup accelerators, pivoting, and tokenomics. We then rewind to hear how he hacked his way into video game development, and here are a few games he helped to ship.

After the break, we blast through digital artifacts that are ordinals on-chain, gener...

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February 14, 2024 50 mins

Dwana Bradley builds relationships. Her team at Iowa Urban Media tells stories through the Urban Experience Magazine and her leadership with Iowa Juneteenth is felt year-round.

Together, we celebrate love and Black History Month, by dancing with purpose-driven initiatives, the uninterrupted power of print, prompt engineering through societal biases, and the peace that awaits all who build toward their own state of career nirvana.

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February 7, 2024 36 mins

Kristy Volesky is an author and educational advocate. Kristy recently published her first book, Transformational Work-Based Learning, and together, we chat about how the innovative spirit is activated through internships and creative activities within a startup community.

With this leader's experience inside the Iowa Department of Education and now a fresh connection with Jeff Reed at Momentum Studios, you know this caffeinated con...

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