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Episode 45: Joanne Z. Tan Interviews Shawn Flynn on Networking and Podcasting_Interviews of Notables & Influencers

Episode 45: Joanne Z. Tan Interviews Shawn Flynn on Networking and Podcasting_Interviews of Notables & Influencers

December 9, 2021

If you want to be featured on a podcast, or to host and produce your own podcast, learn from those who have been there, done it, such as Shawn Flynn, who has hosted 110 episodes for his own "Silicon Valley Podcast" production.

Among those Shawn interviewed are Jim Mckelvey, co-Founder of Square, Melanie Perkins, Co-Founder of Canva, Patrick Lee, Founder of Rotten Tomatoes, on topics from building a unicorn company, raising funding, trends in technology, scaling a company, leadership, skill for the future, and much more.

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Being a podcast producer and host myself, for my own series “Interviews of Notables and Influencers”, I know how much work it takes to find the people to be interviewed, research, prepare, produce and edit… 

On top of that, Shawn has a full time job in middle market investment banking, in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring.

Like Shawn, I also have a full time job as the CEO and Branding Expert at 10 Plus Brand, Inc., a full service, award-winning brand building, content creation and digital marketing agency.  

For my own 10 Plus Podcast, I invite both well known notables and influencers, billionaires, as well as ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Next month, I will feature someone who has volunteered years of service to help troubled teenage boys at a special summer camp, as well as a savvy investor who will share insights about investing money.  

Below are SOME of the questions I asked Shawn during this interview:

Q-1: Could you give us a brief history about yourself?  What is your journey leading up to where you are now? 

Q 2: Do you hire any help for your podcast production? Or are you doing it all by yourself?  (If yes, do you ever sleep? :)

Q 3: Tell us what got you into podcasting in the first place? Do you have Sponsors? Ads?

Q 4: What is the relationship between your investment banking career and your podcast series?

Q 5: What are the biggest challenges in continuing your podcast, episode after episode? 

Q 6: Do you get emails from strangers wanting to get on your podcast? What do you do with them?

Q 7: From hosting your 110 podcast episodes, which ones took the most time and effort to prepare?

Q 8: Could you tell us 3 stories about how you secured interviews with the Silicon Valley big names?

Q 9: What have you learned from your podcast guests? Any specific stories? Did you ever disagree with your guests on air? Do you prefer edited or live?

Q 10: Did your interviews have impacted your personal and professional growth? In what ways?

Q 11: What makes you do investment banking?  

Q 12:  What specific types of companies and individuals need your investment banking advice and expertise? What are your sweet spots?

Q 13:  What do you foresee you’d be, 10 years from now, down your career path?  And your personal life, if you want to share?

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Episode 44: How to Rebrand - What did Facebook & Tiffany Do Wrong

Episode 44: How to Rebrand - What did Facebook & Tiffany Do Wrong

November 28, 2021

Renaming Facebook into Meta is not rebranding and can't solve Facebook brand DNA problems. What did Harley Davidson and Dunkin' did right with their rebranding? - value, ethics & services.

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Episode 43: Four Questions for Elon Musk: Science & Humanity, Life on Earth & Mars, Open Source Information Age, etc.

Episode 43: Four Questions for Elon Musk: Science & Humanity, Life on Earth & Mars, Open Source Information Age, etc.

November 6, 2021

We invite Elon Musk to answer about his own open source

charity platform, saving Earth & improving humanity while going to Mars.

 

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Question #1:

Why don’t you start a charitable foundation with open source accounting yourself, if you rightfully don’t trust bureaucracies like the UN?

 

Question #2:

If you don’t want a dog-eat-dog, “beanstalks-burn-beans” world (explained below), why don’t you create an alternative digital open forum for people to freely help and give to one another, and come together to save our Earth? Isn’t this more meaningful than sending humans to the barren and lifeless Mars? What makes you think that the Martian environment will change humankind for the better?

 

Question #3:  

DO BOTH - uplift science and humanity, the yin and yang of each other, can you and will you?

 

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Could you answer our questions on "Interviews of Notables and Influencers"?

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Episode 42: Interviews of Notables & Influencers - Celebrating 10th Interview in 2021

Episode 42: Interviews of Notables & Influencers - Celebrating 10th Interview in 2021

October 26, 2021

Why heavyweights like Tim Draper want to be on 10 Plus Podcast? Other than billionaires, why do we celebrate ordinary people?

In December 2021, we at 10 Plus Brand will celebrate the 10th episode of Interviews of Notables and Influencers, since this podcast and video series launched on December 30th, 2020. 

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You can find all 10 interviews on our website: 10PlusBrand.com, or under the #10PlusInterviews on social media.

Who gets to be interviewed and why they come

Great questions and Genuine curiosity

Business brand or personal brand - what does your brand stand for?

What makes interview questions truly great, with very different people? 

To feed the general public with quality insights that benefit humanity is the purpose behind “Interviews of Notables and Influencers”

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Episode 41: Joanne Z. Tan Interviews  Kevin Surace on AI, Investing in Technology, America‘s Future, Broadway Shows_Interviews of Notables and Influencers

Episode 41: Joanne Z. Tan Interviews Kevin Surace on AI, Investing in Technology, America‘s Future, Broadway Shows_Interviews of Notables and Influencers

October 22, 2021

How did he get 800X on startup investment? Kevin Surace, innovator, broadway producer, & serial entrepreneur shared his tips.

 

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Kevin Surace is a Silicon Valley innovator, serial entrepreneur, CEO, TV personality and EDUTAINER (educator and entertainer combined). Kevin has  been featured by Businessweek, Time, Fortune, Forbes, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, FOX News, and has keynoted hundreds of events, from INC5000 to TED to the US Congress. He was INC Magazines’ Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009,  a CNBC top Innovator of the Decade, World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, Chair of Silicon Valley Forum, featured for 5 years on TechTV’s Silicon Spin. While he has a technical background with 93 worldwide patents, Mr. Surace led pioneering work on the first cellular data smartphone (AirCommunicator), the first plastic multi chip semiconductor packages, the first human-like AI virtual assistant (Portico), soundproof drywall, high R-value windows, AI-driven building management technology, AI-driven quality assurance automation, and the window/energy retrofits of the Empire State Building and NY Stock Exchange. 

 

Kevin is also an accomplished music director,  conductor, Broadway show and musicals producer, and percussionist. He’s Actively developing high quality "digital theater" virtual musical entertainment using green screen studios and advanced digital designs.

 

Kevin is CTO of Appvance.ai which has developed groundbreaking AI based autonomous software testing in a SAAS platform. He is also involved with companies addressing: AI & Robotics, QA automation/security, IOT, subscription models, sustainability, and sleep tech.

 

As a branding expert, l can’t help branding Kevin as: “A Renaissance man, in a Renaissance Age.”

1) Tell me your personal journey, about why, what, how you get to be where you are, today?

 

2) Among all the things you have done, what are your most important and most proud of?

 

3) Failure is the mother to success.  What are the most profound “failures” that you have learned from, that you’d like to share with the world?

 

4) You invest in startups, any unicorns? What made you spot them as the “unicorns” before they were successful?

 

5) AI - what do you think about the prospects of AI becoming masters of humanity?

 

6) This Pandemic is only the beginning, there will be more.  What do you think the world should do, to be more prepared? What are your predictions about the future after this Pandemic?  

 

7) Describe, in details, your vision of the world with AI, social media, digital currency, 2 years from now, 5 years from now, 10 years from now, 20 years from now

 

8) I am an opera fan. This season I was delighted to watch the New York Met Opera live performance in a Century 14 movie theater near my home, with surround sound effects, large screen, reclining chair (warmed up), AND social distancing too, I really don’t feel like taking the BART to San Francisco Opera House, which I did for 25 years!  I am afraid the SF Opera Box Office will suffer a decline in ticket sales, so will many cities’ opera houses throughout the world, since the Met is streamed to around 27 countries, more or less, at many local cinemas. Question #1: Do you agree that technology helping with monopolies (in this case, the Met) at the loss of local cities’ opera houses, or musicals’ performances? And isn’t it consistent with the entire human society’s trend toward monopolies, such as Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, as well as in the political climate of autocracy vs democracy?

 

9) Climate change: How to address it?  To what extent are traditional ways of thinking, governing, investing, living… must change, and change fast?

 

10) The sorry state of US politics:  Do you think the two-party system is collapsing into its own dead end?  What do you think of the rank-choice voting that is used in New York's mayoral election and another state's governor's election? 

 

11) What does “Kevin Surace Brand” stand for? What do you want the world to remember you, after you kick the bucket?  

Episode 40: Joanne Z. Tan Interviews Michael Van Every on Real Estate Investment 2022 in CA - Where, What, Why, for Residential and Commercial Properties_Interviews of Notables and Influencers

Episode 40: Joanne Z. Tan Interviews Michael Van Every on Real Estate Investment 2022 in CA - Where, What, Why, for Residential and Commercial Properties_Interviews of Notables and Influencers

October 6, 2021

What are the 2022 trends for real estate investment, commercial & residential? Why remote working hurts urban development?

 

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The following are the summaries of questions Joanne Z. Tan asked Michael Van Every during this one-hour interview on Oct 5, 2021, for the podcast series "Interviews of Notables & Influencers":

Introduction:

For 15 years, Michael Van Every has been the President of Republic Urban Properties (“RUP” for short), one of the largest commercial real estate developers in Silicon Valley. It is also the Bay Area flagship of the Republic Family of Companies, known for developing institutional-quality real estate throughout the United States. 

Michael works with Federal, State, and Local governments on the creation and development of ‘smart growth’ projects, such as master-planned communities near transportation hubs; urban mixed-use projects near major employment centers; and innovative, public-private partnerships. 

In his 25 years of representing major institutional and private real estate developers in the greater Bay Area, Michael has led complicated projects from land acquisition to completion. Under his leadership, RUP has gained national attention for its Transit Orientated Development (TOD) projects at key transit stations, working as the premier public-private partner with many transit authorities across California.

Michael has been involved with the planning, financing, construction, and delivery of 1,238 multifamily units and 145,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial space, 380 hotels rooms, 151,000 square feet of office, and 120,000 square feet of retail in various stages of development, at $1.5 billion in value.

A third-generation San Jose native, Michael is an active member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. 

  1. Tell us about yourself, your personal stories, your family:  Why do you do what you do? How did your journey end up here? And where is it going?
  2. What is the most important thing that you value?
  3. What are your biggest accomplishments, and the biggest learning lessons/failures
  4. COVID: how is it affecting commercial and residential real estate development? - Office buildings, retails, hotels, apartments, housing, public transit, mixed use projects, etc. How do you view the new remote work impacting new commercial office development?
  5. Will the future development of office space have habitational space associated with it?
  6. Wildfires, climate change, California’s water shortage:  How are these three impacting both commercial and residential real estate development?
  7. Silicon Valley is full of world’s largest monopolies such as Google. Google has been buying land in the Valley.  How has that impacted your business?
  8. What messages do you have for Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple, Facebook, Cisco, Oracle, related to the current COVID remote working situations?  And related to all their other monopolistic powers, more than COVID’s return to work issues?
  9. With your deep roots in Silicon Valley for generations, what in your experience makes or breaks your deals in the valley?
  10. You said that “Government is 100% responsible for the housing shortage”, please explain why.
  11. Will the increase in warehouses due to the “Amazon Effect” permanently continue, while the decrease in brick and mortar retail services lasts beyond the pandemic?
  12. What are the challenges for realizing internal ROI for real estate investors?
  13. Imagine yourself as someone with money to invest in real estate. What would you invest in right now: industrial properties such as warehouses? Residential townhouses? Duplex? Triplex? Quadplex? Single family homes? Land only?...
  14. WHERE would you advise COMMERCIAL real estate investors to invest, if all things are being equal, in Silicon Valley? Or elsewhere? Why?
  15. Is AI, smart city, and sustainability technology changing the way the buildings are built?
  16. What do you know about “The One” in LA?
  17. How do you think the Biden Administration’s infrastructure spending can help with real estate development?
  18. What can the federal government do to ease the labor shortage?
  19. What do you want the state and local governments to do, now and after the pandemic, for the real estate market and the economy?
  20. What does your brand stand for? 
Episode 39: Joanne Z. Tan‘s 2nd interview of Tim Draper on why Bitcoin will replace US Dollars in 30 years, what SEC and IRS should do with it__Interviews of Notables & Influencers

Episode 39: Joanne Z. Tan‘s 2nd interview of Tim Draper on why Bitcoin will replace US Dollars in 30 years, what SEC and IRS should do with it__Interviews of Notables & Influencers

September 30, 2021

Why Tim Draper thinks Bitcoin is immune to inflation, power outages, hacking, and will replace fiat in 20 years - 2nd interview.

 

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The following are the summaries of questions Joanne Z. Tan asked Tim Draper during this one-hour interview on Sept. 23, 2021:

Crypto and Bitcoin fluctuated wildly in the last 4 months after our first interview. ... Other than China’s cracking down on Bitcoin and crypto, do you see any SYSTEMIC flaws in the crypto’s trading mechanism that have caused the wild fluctuation? Examples: Yesterday’s 90% drop of Bitcoin on Pyth was caused by computer botching basic math, the day before, the “blackout” at Solana, and the use of robot traders in high frequency crypto trading… What are your thoughts about these systemic flaws, or phenomena, or “growing pain”?

It seems that Bitcoin holders are primarily in two large camps: first, highly educated, intelligent and financially secure; second, herd mentality blind followers, some of whom are gamblers. Is that another contributing factor for its extreme volatility since there are far more blind followers than seasoned investors? If so, what can be done about it?

Is the lack of circulation and liquidity another reason for its volatility?

What caused the malfunction of El Salvador's launch of Bitcoin?

Ray Dalio recently said that the value of Bitcoin is “imbued” rather than “intrinsic”. Gold’s value is “intrinsic” according to him; the “imbued” value of Bitcoin, he cited, was at least based on the impressive fact that it has never been hacked. He didn’t mention that Bitcoin has a limited edition capped at 21 million coins. What do you think of his characterization?

Has the definition of “money” changed in any way with the birth and growth of Bitcoin? Does Bitcoin-ownership vs gold-ownership give Bitcoin owners more responsibility, participation, and other new elements of ownership?

Ayn Rand brand of libertarian capitalism, in my opinion, was based on the dated view that the world’s resources are almost limitless, an idealized understanding of a limitless potential of capitalism. Now, living with global warming, and the realization that first, resources are limited, and second, the window of opportunities is rapidly closing; actions, NOW, by NATIONAL governments are truly needed (in addition to private actions), to reverse climate change. My question is: Could Bitcoin undermine national governments’ control of central banking and economic policies, particularly related to governmental spending on sustainable industries?

Is there another way to link the usage of crypto directly with sustainability industries?

In China a couple of months ago, a great flood happened in a large city, there was no power, no internet. People who were so used to digital payment found themselves needing paper cash for everything. What do you think of its implication to Bitcoin’s use and circulation when there is no power?

Assuming that you do NOT prefer to live in a country without governments and borders, what is the “right place” for bitcoin to fit in? Co-exist with fiat? If the value of Bitcoin is priced and based on the value of fiat, what makes Bitcoin immune to inflation?

You said in the last interview with me that China’s government-issued digital wallet is a threat to Bitcoin IF their digital wallet is accepted outside China, please first explain, and then suggest what can be done about it.

Do you think technology has borders?

Is crypto a threat to the US government's national security?

Regulatory scrutiny is being ratcheted up by an SEC Commission chair who says he believes it’s better to be proactive on digital currencies than to react following a crisis. Michael Hsu, the acting chief of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, argued Tuesday that cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance may be evolving into threats to the financial system in much the same way certain derivatives brought near collapse in 2008. 3 questions:

Does that mean that Bitcoin and other cryptos are more likely to be treated by the government as a security rather than currency?

In the last interview, you said that Bitcoin is more like a currency, have you changed your mind?

Do you reserve tax payment for all your Bitcoin capital gain, since 2014, if and when you sell some portion of it, or just use some of it for purchasing goods and services?

Taxes and regulations ... do you think being taxed and regulated will make Bitcoin lose some of its “incorruptibility”, “transferability”, and “uninflatability”?

What do you foresee as the worst possible scenario to Bitcoin, other than a solar flare that wipes out all digital records and civilization based on electric power on Earth?

What do you foresee as the best possible outcome of Bitcoin? How many decades or years will it take us to get there?

What do you think about the corporate monopolies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon...becoming more powerful than the government in certain aspects?

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Episode 38: America‘s rebranding 20 years after 9/11_30 Seconds of Anything

Episode 38: America‘s rebranding 20 years after 9/11_30 Seconds of Anything

September 10, 2021

America's rebranding 20 years after 9/11 demands introspective realignment of values and principles. 30 Seconds of Anything

 

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Finishing the 20-year war in Afghanistan is the beginning of America’s rebranding. Time to look deep in our DNA, our values, our principles. What does America stand for? What can each of us do, by the better angels of our nature, to save our country and ourselves from self-destruction?  

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Episode 37: Laboring on Labor Day - Get away from the internet, be your own brand!_30 Seconds of Anything

Episode 37: Laboring on Labor Day - Get away from the internet, be your own brand!_30 Seconds of Anything

September 3, 2021

The new work-from-home reality has blurred the boundaries between labor, management, & working hours. 30 Seconds of Anything

 

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Are You Laboring on Labor Day?

Today, many people People “volunteer” to work too much, remotely, leading to overweight, insomnia, and other health issues. Just because the internet is 24/7, doesn’t mean we have to be connected 24/7.

 

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Episode 36: Why I Came to America 39 Years Ago - Be Your Own Brand, Pt. 2 of 3_30 Seconds of Anything

Episode 36: Why I Came to America 39 Years Ago - Be Your Own Brand, Pt. 2 of 3_30 Seconds of Anything

August 21, 2021

On 39th anniversary of my landing in U.S, what makes America unique is the opportunity to be your own brand for myself & others.

 

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39 years ago today I landed in the United States, leaving behind China that was NOT AT ALL like China today. 

Looking back at all the ups and downs of my journey that led to where I am today, what I’m most proud of is that I have remained to be my own brand and I am helping others to be theirs.

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