Episodes

May 29, 2019

Mike Solomonov & Steve Cook: The Chefs Behind Zahav, Federal Donuts, …

Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook are the chefs behind Cooknsolo, a collection of restaurants including Zahav, Federal Donuts, The Rooster, Dizengoff, Goldie, and Abe Fisher. At the time of this interview, Cook and Solo had toget...

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May 9, 2019

Mac Frederick: Sacrificing His Dream Job at Google to Help Small Busi…

Mac Frederick is the Founder and CEO of two companies: one, Momentum Digital, is a digital marketing agency. The other, Phone Repair Philly, is a phone repair company with that was named Best Smartphone Repair Shop by PhillyM...

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April 30, 2019

Tony Luke, Jr. Part 2: The Rise and Fall of a Cheesesteak Empire

Tony Luke, Jr. is a cofounder of Tony Luke's, a cheesesteak franchise with multiple locations. He's also an actor, TV personality, musician, and an anti-addiction-stigma activist. In this Part 2 of a 2-episode series, you’ll ...

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April 30, 2019

Tony Luke, Jr., Part 1: High School Dropout, Hollywood Hopeful

Tony Luke, Jr. is a cofounder of Tony Luke's, a cheesesteak franchise with multiple locations. He's also an actor, TV personality, musician, and an anti-addiction-stigma activist. In the early 90s, Tony, his brother, and his ...

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April 18, 2019

Nicole Marquis: Introducing Philly to Plant-Based Comfort Food at Hip…

Nicole Marquis is the creator of the plant-based fast casual restaurant chain HipCityVeg, currently with locations in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Nicole also created and runs the popular plant-based full service restaura...

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April 9, 2019

Liz Brown: From High School Dropout to Award-Winning Tech CEO

Liz Brown is the Managing Director at Backstage Philadelphia, an arm of Backstage Capital, a venture capital investment firm that invests in underrepresented founders. Liz, who’s originally from Buffalo, New York, had no plan...

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April 2, 2019

Conrad Benner: Changing the Way Philly Sees Public Space

Conrad Benner is the creator of Streets Dept, an online platform that highlights street art. It includes a photoblog, a podcast, and an Instagram account with over 140,000 followers. In this episode, you’ll hear how documenti...

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March 15, 2019

Emily Foote Williams: Leading an Education Startup Through Tragedy

In 2011, Emily Foote Williams co-founded an online education platform to help prepare students for the professional world. That company, Practice, was recently acquired by Instructure. In this episode, you’ll hear how she’s e...

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March 5, 2019

Kiera Smalls: Creating City Fit Girls and Leading the Philly Tech Sce…

Kiera Smalls is the Executive Director of Philly Startup Leaders, a nonprofit that connects Philly entrepreneurs to the resources they need to find success. Before joining PSL, she co-founded City Fit Girls, a running and fit...

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Feb. 19, 2019

Richard Vague: Businessman, Art Enthusiast, and Philanthropist Who Be…

Richard Vague is currently one of the managing partners of Gabriel Investments and the president of the Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival. He is also the author of The Next Economic Disaster , a book with a new appro...

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Feb. 7, 2019

Rebecca Rhynhart: Navigating the Great Recession as Treasurer and Era…

In January 2018, Rebecca Rynhart was sworn in as the first woman City Controller in Philadelphia history. Before that, she served as Mayor Kenney’s Chief Administration Officer, and during the Nutter administration, she serve...

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Jan. 31, 2019

Ben Thomas: Prodigy Music Producer who's worked with Post Malone, Bri…

Ben Thomas is and one of most sought after audio engineers in Philadelphia. At only 23 years old, he’s worked with artists such as Brian McKnight, Post Malone, and Lil Dicky. He’s received two Soul Train Award nominations and...

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Jan. 24, 2019

Rob Lawless: The Quest to Make 10,000 Friends

Rob Lawless is a Philly-based influencer who loves getting to know new people. He loves it so much, that for the past 3 years, Rob’s full-time mission has been to meet as many people as he possibly can. His goal …

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Jan. 17, 2019

Lauren Nolan-Sellers: From HGTV Dreamer to Best of Houzz in 3 Years

Lauren Nolan-Sellers is an interior designer. In 2012, Lauren left her career as a teacher to start Trust the Vision Decor, an interior design and home staging company that has been named Best of Houzz four years running. In ...

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Dec. 20, 2018

Jane Golden: Making Philly a Public Art Gallery through MuralArts

Jane is the Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, the nation’s largest public art program that employs over 300 artists annually . Over that past 30 years, Jane has lead Mural Arts to become an internationally-renown...

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Dec. 12, 2018

Josh Kopelman: Founder of First Round Capital & Early Investor in Ube…

Josh Kopelman has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the Internet industry since its commercialization. In 1992, while he was a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Josh co-founded Infonau...

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Dec. 4, 2018

Governor Ed Rendell: Rescuing Philly from Bankruptcy as Mayor

Governor Ed Rendell is a lawyer, author, and politician. From 1992 until 2000, he served as the Mayor of Philadelphia. Shortly after that, in 2001, he was elected 45th Governor of Pennsylvania, and would go on to serve two te...

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Nov. 29, 2018

Max Tuttleman: Fighting the Opioid Epidemic through Philanthropy and …

Max Tuttleman is an investor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who’s focused on studying and developing cannabis products. He’s currently a fellow at Thomas Jefferson University, where he studies how cannabis can be used to t...

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Nov. 20, 2018

Jesse Ito: 30 Under 30 Sushi Chef of Royal Izakaya & Sushi

Jesse Ito is the Co-owner and chef of Royal Izakaya and Royal Sushi, a 2-in-one restaurant combo in Queen Village. Jesse’s claim to fame is his exclusive 10-seat omakase sushi bar, which is one of the very few restaurant expe...

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Nov. 14, 2018

Nisiar Smith: Empowering Philly Through Free Financial Literacy Educa…

Nisiar Smith is the CEO and Founder of The People’s Innovation Movement, a nonprofit that provides free financial literacy classes to Philadelphians. Nisiar also founded Philly Phinancial Literacy Week, which recently receive...

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Nov. 8, 2018

Lyonzo Vargas: Bringing Wellness to Urban Communities via the Global …

Lyonzo Vargas is the CEO of GLBL VLLG (pronounced "Global Village"), an entertainment and wellness company whose mission is to redefine urban wellness by bringing wellness to minority and underserved urban communities. GLBL V...

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Nov. 1, 2018

Nicole Purvy: How She Became Better Than Success

Nicole Purvy is the founder of Better Than Success, a multi-faceted business which includes a digital marketing agency, a real estate investment league, and a podcast. She’s also the founder of Philly Real Estate Week, an ann...

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Oct. 23, 2018

Emily Smith: Showcasing and Preserving Isaiah Zagar's Art at Philly M…

Emily Smith is the Executive Director of Philly’s Magic Gardens, an immersive art environment on South Street that receives over 150,00 visitors per year and showcases the mosaic work of Isaiah Zagar. After spending her early...

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Oct. 17, 2018

Michael Lerman: Curating Film Festivals in Philly, Palm Springs, and …

Michael Lerman is the Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Film Festival, and has been for the last 8 years. He’s also the Artistic Director of the Palm Springs Film Festival, and is a Programmer for the Toronto Internationa...

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