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My name is Jon Levy, and I am a human behavioral scientist. The fundamental element that defines the quality of our lives are the people we surround ourselves with, and the conversations we have with them. Every episode of Influencers, we meet two inspiring and influential people who are shaping our culture and changing their industry. Together we will discover what lead to their success, and how you can impact yours. But there is a catch. The second interview is anonymous. And if you can figure out who it is before we reveal it in the following podcast, you can win a coveted invitation to the Influencers Salon. The winner will have an opportunity to spend an evening meeting the most important tastemakers and thought leaders in our culture. Now, prepare to be Influenced.

Latest Episodes

The Rise of Independent Films with Noah Cowan

The big rise of independent cinema occurred right in the 80s era. The 90s was when things shifted, and there were uncertain transitions happening. The studio still dominated every conversation about movies and the future of the film industry, but it was towards the end of that decade that the rise of independent films occurred. Noah Cowan, executive director of NSF Film, formerly San Francisco Film Society, puts on the San Francisco International Film Festival which is one of the longest running film festivals in America. Noah says they play a gate keeping role, particularly to changes that are happening in the marketplace. Among the things that concern NSF Film is how independent films have a truly independent voice, particularly these days. They want to know more about what is going on in the creative imagination of women and people of color and try to make sure that those stories are heard and get to be seen by as many people as possible to have a more global view of what's going...

29 MIN2018 JUL 2
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The Rise of Independent Films with Noah Cowan

The Art Of Visual Effects with Rob Legato

From Apollo 13 to Avatar, Hugo, The Jungle Book, and the iconic Titanic, Rob Legato has worked on some of the biggest and most memorable movies of all time either as visual effects supervisor, second unit director, and second unit director of photography. He has been nominated for numerous awards, including the coveted Academy Awards of which he won three. Rob talks about how he started out in the business and how he developed his methodologies, working with Martin Scorsese and James Cameron, and what it takes to not only make a name in the business but to continue to create stunning visual artistry successfully. Rob says in this day and age, with all the technological advances, there are no limits and you can create movies from a laptop and even your mobile phone. You just need to do it over and over and over again because you only really get good at something by practicing.

35 MIN2018 JUN 18
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The Art Of Visual Effects with Rob Legato

The Endangered Species Rehabilitation Project with Oliver Ryder

A new species of bird was discovered in Hawaii in 1978, only to get extinct ten years ago. Year after year, the list of endangered animal species is getting longer, and that is why Director of Conservation Genetics at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research Oliver Ryder is working hard on the endangered species rehabilitation project, or what is simply called the frozen zoo. Oliver and his team collect cells from critically endangered and extinct species to propagate and freeze and to eventually be able to repopulate these animals into certain environments or ecosystems. Oliver admits it’s a lofty goal and there's a lot of science that lies between what they’re doing and that possibility, but one thing is clear. The most important thing we can do in our time is bank more of this material, foster the development of more frozen zoos, and expand the effort. For this to work, Oliver says we need to have a network of frozen zoos across the globe in regions that are rich i...

31 MIN2018 JUN 4
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The Endangered Species Rehabilitation Project with Oliver Ryder

The Future Of The Gaming Space with Mike Sepso

Almost everybody is a gamer under a certain age in some respect. Elements of gaming are now part of our everyday life and it is now a pervasive as part of our culture. Mike Sepso, Co-Founder of Major League Gaming and Senior Vice President at Activision Blizzard, says our concept of what gaming is has to widen a great deal because the whole gaming space is going to get much bigger and people will have different areas of play where they like to game. The technology that's now being developed like VR and AR, like more powerful mobile platforms, create more pallets for great developers to think of new ideas and execute them. Mike adds that a lot of technology that's developed in the gaming space becomes very applicable to other more mundane things or more interesting things in different industries. It's a hotbed for innovation in the technology space, military industry and defense industry.

25 MIN2018 MAY 21
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The Future Of The Gaming Space with Mike Sepso

Women’s Wrestling : Winning The Gold with Helen Maroulis

Helen Maroulis is the 2016 Olympic Champion in Women's Wrestling. Not only that, she’s the first woman in US history to win a gold medal. Helen has been wrestling for nineteen years and says it’s such a cool experience and everyone has been supportive. She adds when we love what we do, we will put in the work for it and don't count the cost as much. Helen trains with a Russian coach in what he would call the beach Mother Nature's gym throwing rocks on the beach, running in the sand, doing pull-ups on the trees, and wrestling on the beach every day. She shares what helped her focus on the gold has been a note she wrote herself which says, “Helen, anytime you want to mess up, ask yourself is it worth a gold medal and what does a gold metal taste like?”

40 MIN2018 MAY 7
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Women’s Wrestling : Winning The Gold with Helen Maroulis

Angiogenesis: Piecing the Health Puzzle Together with Dr. Will Li

They say our blood is the red river of life. Many of us may not know it but our blood vessel is a 60,000-mile system of channels that deliver oxygen and nutrients to every cell in our body. It’s connected to our immune system, our healthy gut bacteria, how our DNA behaves, and even our body’s ability to regenerate. Dr. Will Li heads the non-profit organization, The Angiogenesis Foundation, in the exploration of conquering diseases by looking at common denominators. He believes that the practice of medicine is all about putting together the pieces of a puzzle of someone's health or sickness and trying to figure out what's going on, and angiogenesis or blood vessel growth is a very important factor of that.

31 MIN2018 APR 23
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Angiogenesis: Piecing the Health Puzzle Together with Dr. Will Li

Reese Jones: Inventing and Applying Technology on a Global Scale

Reese Jones’ incredible mind has always been concerned about inventing and applying technology to solve problems. He is one of the Associate Founders of Singularity University which defines problems as something that positively affects a billion people within a ten-year timeframe. The main feature of Singularity University is that it allows the material that is taught to be changed in real time and the curriculum to be changed daily to stay current with the times. The experience and the things that are covered are much more current, relevant, up to date, and changing with the way it is in the real world. Reese believes that problems at a global scale that uses technologies that gets better have an impact on society and earth.

31 MIN2018 APR 9
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Reese Jones: Inventing and Applying Technology on a Global Scale

Real News w/ Ross Schneiderman, Deputy Editor of Newsweek

Being Deputy Editor of Newsweek, Ross Schneiderman constantly feels the pressure and responsibility of putting out real news. Other than working in Newsweek, Ross also worked as a journalist in Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and ESPN Magazine. He’s had a longstanding career in journalism and has covered everything from doping in baseball to spies to poker. With the virulence of fake news in this digital time and age, Ross stresses the secret for staying on top of the business is keeping the public informed with authentic and real news. He shares the highs and lows of running a top news magazine, and the approaches a successful journalist takes to make his interviewee open up.

26 MIN2018 MAR 26
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Real News w/ Ross Schneiderman, Deputy Editor of Newsweek

Logan Paul: The Man, The Myth, The Mavrik

Being a social media influencer is more than just getting in front of a camera and doing fun videos. It’s a combination of things, like knowing your demographic and creating a piece, telling a story that keeps people captivated, and the proper execution in terms of lighting the scene, working the camera, and editing the videos. Logan Paul is one of the biggest social media influencers in the world today. He reveals that getting to where he’s at is not all fun and games but hours and hours of hard work with sometimes no breaks in between. He shares how he broke out of the Ohio bubble.

29 MIN2018 MAR 19
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Logan Paul: The Man, The Myth, The Mavrik

Mike Koenigs Will Make You Famous

Mike Koenigs has cracked the code to publishing success, public speaking and producing your own products. In the process he created hundreds of best sellers, discover is proven method.

37 MIN2018 MAR 12
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Mike Koenigs Will Make You Famous

Latest Episodes

The Rise of Independent Films with Noah Cowan

The big rise of independent cinema occurred right in the 80s era. The 90s was when things shifted, and there were uncertain transitions happening. The studio still dominated every conversation about movies and the future of the film industry, but it was towards the end of that decade that the rise of independent films occurred. Noah Cowan, executive director of NSF Film, formerly San Francisco Film Society, puts on the San Francisco International Film Festival which is one of the longest running film festivals in America. Noah says they play a gate keeping role, particularly to changes that are happening in the marketplace. Among the things that concern NSF Film is how independent films have a truly independent voice, particularly these days. They want to know more about what is going on in the creative imagination of women and people of color and try to make sure that those stories are heard and get to be seen by as many people as possible to have a more global view of what's going...

29 MIN2018 JUL 2
Comments
The Rise of Independent Films with Noah Cowan

The Art Of Visual Effects with Rob Legato

From Apollo 13 to Avatar, Hugo, The Jungle Book, and the iconic Titanic, Rob Legato has worked on some of the biggest and most memorable movies of all time either as visual effects supervisor, second unit director, and second unit director of photography. He has been nominated for numerous awards, including the coveted Academy Awards of which he won three. Rob talks about how he started out in the business and how he developed his methodologies, working with Martin Scorsese and James Cameron, and what it takes to not only make a name in the business but to continue to create stunning visual artistry successfully. Rob says in this day and age, with all the technological advances, there are no limits and you can create movies from a laptop and even your mobile phone. You just need to do it over and over and over again because you only really get good at something by practicing.

35 MIN2018 JUN 18
Comments
The Art Of Visual Effects with Rob Legato

The Endangered Species Rehabilitation Project with Oliver Ryder

A new species of bird was discovered in Hawaii in 1978, only to get extinct ten years ago. Year after year, the list of endangered animal species is getting longer, and that is why Director of Conservation Genetics at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research Oliver Ryder is working hard on the endangered species rehabilitation project, or what is simply called the frozen zoo. Oliver and his team collect cells from critically endangered and extinct species to propagate and freeze and to eventually be able to repopulate these animals into certain environments or ecosystems. Oliver admits it’s a lofty goal and there's a lot of science that lies between what they’re doing and that possibility, but one thing is clear. The most important thing we can do in our time is bank more of this material, foster the development of more frozen zoos, and expand the effort. For this to work, Oliver says we need to have a network of frozen zoos across the globe in regions that are rich i...

31 MIN2018 JUN 4
Comments
The Endangered Species Rehabilitation Project with Oliver Ryder

The Future Of The Gaming Space with Mike Sepso

Almost everybody is a gamer under a certain age in some respect. Elements of gaming are now part of our everyday life and it is now a pervasive as part of our culture. Mike Sepso, Co-Founder of Major League Gaming and Senior Vice President at Activision Blizzard, says our concept of what gaming is has to widen a great deal because the whole gaming space is going to get much bigger and people will have different areas of play where they like to game. The technology that's now being developed like VR and AR, like more powerful mobile platforms, create more pallets for great developers to think of new ideas and execute them. Mike adds that a lot of technology that's developed in the gaming space becomes very applicable to other more mundane things or more interesting things in different industries. It's a hotbed for innovation in the technology space, military industry and defense industry.

25 MIN2018 MAY 21
Comments
The Future Of The Gaming Space with Mike Sepso

Women’s Wrestling : Winning The Gold with Helen Maroulis

Helen Maroulis is the 2016 Olympic Champion in Women's Wrestling. Not only that, she’s the first woman in US history to win a gold medal. Helen has been wrestling for nineteen years and says it’s such a cool experience and everyone has been supportive. She adds when we love what we do, we will put in the work for it and don't count the cost as much. Helen trains with a Russian coach in what he would call the beach Mother Nature's gym throwing rocks on the beach, running in the sand, doing pull-ups on the trees, and wrestling on the beach every day. She shares what helped her focus on the gold has been a note she wrote herself which says, “Helen, anytime you want to mess up, ask yourself is it worth a gold medal and what does a gold metal taste like?”

40 MIN2018 MAY 7
Comments
Women’s Wrestling : Winning The Gold with Helen Maroulis

Angiogenesis: Piecing the Health Puzzle Together with Dr. Will Li

They say our blood is the red river of life. Many of us may not know it but our blood vessel is a 60,000-mile system of channels that deliver oxygen and nutrients to every cell in our body. It’s connected to our immune system, our healthy gut bacteria, how our DNA behaves, and even our body’s ability to regenerate. Dr. Will Li heads the non-profit organization, The Angiogenesis Foundation, in the exploration of conquering diseases by looking at common denominators. He believes that the practice of medicine is all about putting together the pieces of a puzzle of someone's health or sickness and trying to figure out what's going on, and angiogenesis or blood vessel growth is a very important factor of that.

31 MIN2018 APR 23
Comments
Angiogenesis: Piecing the Health Puzzle Together with Dr. Will Li

Reese Jones: Inventing and Applying Technology on a Global Scale

Reese Jones’ incredible mind has always been concerned about inventing and applying technology to solve problems. He is one of the Associate Founders of Singularity University which defines problems as something that positively affects a billion people within a ten-year timeframe. The main feature of Singularity University is that it allows the material that is taught to be changed in real time and the curriculum to be changed daily to stay current with the times. The experience and the things that are covered are much more current, relevant, up to date, and changing with the way it is in the real world. Reese believes that problems at a global scale that uses technologies that gets better have an impact on society and earth.

31 MIN2018 APR 9
Comments
Reese Jones: Inventing and Applying Technology on a Global Scale

Real News w/ Ross Schneiderman, Deputy Editor of Newsweek

Being Deputy Editor of Newsweek, Ross Schneiderman constantly feels the pressure and responsibility of putting out real news. Other than working in Newsweek, Ross also worked as a journalist in Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and ESPN Magazine. He’s had a longstanding career in journalism and has covered everything from doping in baseball to spies to poker. With the virulence of fake news in this digital time and age, Ross stresses the secret for staying on top of the business is keeping the public informed with authentic and real news. He shares the highs and lows of running a top news magazine, and the approaches a successful journalist takes to make his interviewee open up.

26 MIN2018 MAR 26
Comments
Real News w/ Ross Schneiderman, Deputy Editor of Newsweek

Logan Paul: The Man, The Myth, The Mavrik

Being a social media influencer is more than just getting in front of a camera and doing fun videos. It’s a combination of things, like knowing your demographic and creating a piece, telling a story that keeps people captivated, and the proper execution in terms of lighting the scene, working the camera, and editing the videos. Logan Paul is one of the biggest social media influencers in the world today. He reveals that getting to where he’s at is not all fun and games but hours and hours of hard work with sometimes no breaks in between. He shares how he broke out of the Ohio bubble.

29 MIN2018 MAR 19
Comments
Logan Paul: The Man, The Myth, The Mavrik

Mike Koenigs Will Make You Famous

Mike Koenigs has cracked the code to publishing success, public speaking and producing your own products. In the process he created hundreds of best sellers, discover is proven method.

37 MIN2018 MAR 12
Comments
Mike Koenigs Will Make You Famous
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