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Series: Half the City

Authentic conversations with amazingly interesting people.

15| On Hitting Rock Bottom and Rising Again, “No Where To Go But Up” Host
Sean Dustin (part 2)

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15| On Hitting Rock Bottom and Rising Again, "No Where To Go But Up" Host
Sean Dustin (part 2)
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In part 2 of this 2-part interview, Sean shares his wild story that begins with his time in prison for cocaine and check fraud and ends with finding himself and his path, a new man.

14| On Hitting Rock Bottom and Rising Again, “No Where To Go But Up” Host
Sean Dustin (part 1)

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14| On Hitting Rock Bottom and Rising Again, "No Where To Go But Up" Host
Sean Dustin (part 1)
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In part 1 of this 2-part interview, Sean shares his wild story that begins with getting expelled from elementary school and ends with going to prison.

13| Travel and Safety in the Time of Coronavirus, LostXpat Host Bert Diggs

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13| Travel and Safety in the Time of Coronavirus, LostXpat Host Bert Diggs
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Bert Diggs has been to over 50 countries. He dives deep into cultures, getting to know local customs, local cuisine, the people, and their drink. He is also the host of LostXpat, a YouTube channel dedicated to travel with tens of thousands of followers.

12| From Zero to One Billion: Bhavit Sheth, Co-Founder/COO of Sports Unicorn Dream11.com

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12| From Zero to One Billion: Bhavit Sheth, Co-Founder/COO of Sports Unicorn Dream11.com
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Bhavit Sheth is a co-founder and COO of one of the world’s newest unicorns, Dream11.com. This tech startup valued at over a billion dollars, based in India, has cornered the Indian market on fantasy sports, beginning with cricket’s Indian Premier League and has grown to include the NBA, NFL, EPL, La Liga, NHL, and many more to become India’s biggest fantasy sports platform. We’re talking all of the plus the effect of COVID-19 on sports.

11| On Growth, Leadership, and Business: Warrior Rising Chief of Staff Ken Vennera

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11| On Growth, Leadership, and Business: Warrior Rising Chief of Staff Ken Vennera
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Ken Vennera is a man of many hats. Wharton educated, corporate lawyer, and mentor, he is also involved with Warrior Rising as Chief of Staff — a veteran nonprofit that helps veteran entrepreneurs get off the ground and positioned for success.

10| On Embracing the Journey: Journalist and 6-time Beijing Boxing Champ Nick Bedard

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10| On Embracing the Journey: Journalist and 6-time Beijing Boxing Champ Nick Bedard
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Nick Bedard embraces the journey. From using guerrilla journalism tactics to get his NBA credentials, to becoming a Chinese culture reporter and 6-time Beijing city boxing champion, to returning home and attempting a start-up, he shares his stories and lessons learned along the way.

9| On Being Black, Gay, and Over the Top in America, Norman J. Liverpool IV

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9| On Being Black, Gay, and Over the Top in America, Norman J. Liverpool IV
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Norman J. Liverpool IV is an entrepreneur and speaker, with a passion for spreading awareness for the LGBTQ+ community and the issues that community faces. He’s also the creator of a signature mentorship and coaching program designed for that same LGBTQ+ community called Over the Top Living. Prior to accomplishing so much not only for himself, but others as well, Norman left his home in Chicago and relocated to Las Vegas in 2007, that he began his journey to finding himself. By 2008, this journey led him to the realization that he was gay. Then identifying as a gay black man, he would spend the next several years in and out of varying versions of himself. This process has spanned for over 15 years. We’re here to talk quite a bit about that.

8| Superstar Recording Artist & Global Entrepreneur DJ Chozie Ma

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8| Superstar Recording Artist & Global Entrepreneur DJ Chozie Ma
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DJ Chozie Ma is the top selling EDM artist in China and Taiwan.

Chozie, an Australian by birth, has spent over 22 years in Beijing, building the EDM scene from scratch, beginning with clubs and albums, as well as partnering with the man behind the music at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, to VVIP travel experiences, interactive domes, and organic skincare and health solutions. He is a man of many hats and successful across many spectrums. We dive into his DJ, club and travel experience as well as his current enterprises in immersive dome experiences, VVIP travel, and organic skincare line Greener Ways Organic.

7| Navy Intelligence & Blackwater Operative / Hyperlocal AgTech Expert Richard Brion

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7| Navy Intelligence & Blackwater Operative / Hyperlocal AgTech Expert Richard Brion
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Richard “Red” Brion is essentially an American ronin: a samurai without a master. Red has spent years in Navy intelligence, serving in Iraq, and years with Blackwater doing some amazing things in Japan and Afghanistan. He’s done quite a bit in Africa as well. And he’s recently made the move over the last couple of years, taking his skills and experience from masterless warrior to hyperlocal, urban agriculture.

As founder and CEO of Revolution Agriculture, Red is tackling the Global Food Security Problem through technology-enabled food production and land optimization. They have patented a system that makes it possible to grow virtually any crop, anywhere.

6| Army Airborne Ranger / Angel Investor Dan Kanivas

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6| Army Airborne Ranger / Angel Investor Dan Kanivas
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Dan Kanivas is a true Renaissance man. As an Army Airborne Ranger, he spent time as an artillery officer near the DMZ on the Korean peninsula and later worked closely with Iraqi officers during the Iraq War, where he trained a 130-soldier Iraqi Army unit while serving as a strategic advisor to senior Iraqi Army officers.

He has since shifted his sights toward both public investing and angel investing with Triple Summit Advisors, all while prepping to summit Mount Rainier.

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