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AMA 145 – Virtual Reality: The Future is Here with Mary Spio

Mary Spio is Chief Visionary & Product Architect at CEEK VR. She started her career as a Deep Space Engineer working with companies such as Boeing Digital Cinema, Intelsat and Aerospace Corp developing technologies that have changed media and communications. Through her ventures she’s provided technical guidance and content solutions for over 200 radio stations, Microsoft XBOX, Tribune News Company, Coca Cola, Toyota and much more.

Every once in a while something comes along with the potential to shift the way we do things, as a Digital Cinema pioneer at Boeing, she had the rare opportunity to help create the technology that changed the entire movie distribution paradigm working with Lucas Films, 20th Century Fox and other major studios. From there she pioneered an online video distribution platform that became the defacto standard for many media companies and brands to distribute their content digitally. And now…here she is again building what she believes will be the standard for mixed reality content creation and distribution CEEK.

Mary talks with Jason about where virtual reality is now, where it’s going and what it all means for the individual.

Key Takeaways:

[2:28] How quickly technology in the virtual reality world is changing

[4:57] The best VR technology on the market today

[6:31] The difference between virtual and augmented reality

[9:34] Mary describes a virtual reality experience

[12:17] How CEEK has had to meld their new technology with existing file types

[15:35] The consumer readiness of VR technology and how phones might be the first things targeted

[18:05] How Mary got into the VR world

[20:56] The entry cost for VR technology

Website:
www.ceek.com

AMA 144 – DIG DEEP, 7 Truths to Finding the Strength Within with Canadian Football League & OK Sooners Orange Bowl Champ and former Congressman JC Watts

JC Watts is a former Congressman from Oklahoma, President of Feed the Children, co-chair of the Coalition for AIDS Relief in Africa, founder and Chairman of JC Watts Companies and Watts Consulting Group. He’s also the author of the new book Dig Deep: 7 Truths for Finding the Strength Within.

In Dig Deep, J.C. Watts offers seven powerful maxims that have kept him grounded throughout his roller-coaster career from star college quarterback to U.S. Congressman. The first black Republican ever elected to a leadership position in Congress, Watts resisted the rat-race of Washington and eventually declined re-election. His seven simple principles are a blueprint for living a fulfilling and meaningful life without falling to the temptations of reckless ambition or indulgence. Dig Deep is a powerful, simple guide that will help readers find the courage and faith to live the best life possible.

Key Takeaways:

[6:13] The need for more tax payers, and how you create that

[10:43] Why adversity can be good for us, as long as we’re willing to change

[14:05] Why “we’ve always done it this way” isn’t good enough anymore

[17:00] JC’s work with Feed the Children

[19:45] How forgiving can set you free

[23:18] An unfortunate series of events leading up to JC’s first elected office that taught him an important lesson in forgiveness

Websites Mentioned:

www.wattsconsultinggroup.com
Dig Deep: 7 Truths to Finding the Strength Within

AMA 143 – The Fight for the 2016 Presidential Nomination with Henry Olsen

Henry Olsen is an elections analyst and political essayist who studies conservative politics, both here and abroad. He looks at election returns and poll data to understand why people vote the way they do and how conservative politicians and thinkers can best advance their ideas in the climate they face. Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Prior to that, he was a vice president at the American Enterprise Institute, a vice president at the Manhattan Institute, and president of the Commonwealth Foundation. He has also been a lawyer at the firm currently known as Dechert, a clerk for the Honorable Judge Danny J. Boggs on the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a staffer for the California Assembly Republican Caucus, and an associate at the political consulting firm of Hoffenblum-Mollrich. Olsen graduated with a B.A. in political science from Claremont McKenna College, and received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. His new book is called The Four Faces of the Republican Party.

Mr. Olsen has worked in senior executive positions at many center-right think tanks. He most recently served from 2006 to 2013 as Vice President and Director, National Research Initiative, at the American Enterprise Institute. He previously worked as Vice President of Programs at the Manhattan Institute and President of the Commonwealth Foundation.

Key Takeaways:

[4:22] Why more funding hasn’t solved our educational systems woes

[9:05] The odd discrepancy of how technology hasn’t driven down the cost of college education

[14:32] Examining the Bernie Sanders tax plan

[19:29] The Republican candidates tax plans

[23:39] Why moving to a European style society might hurt the people who are down right now but want to get back on their feet

[25:18] Trump’s laughable tax plan

Websites Mentioned:

www.henryolsenpolitics.com

www.twitter.com/henryolseneppc

The Four Faces of the Republican Party

AMA 142 – What America Needs, The Case for Trump, with Jeffrey Lord, CNN Commentator & Former Aide to Ronald Reagan

Jeffrey Lord, a former Reagan White House political director, is a columnist and contributing editor for The American Spectator. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His work has been published around the country, including The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Weekly Standard, National Review Online, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Harrisburg Patriot-News.

He is also the author of the new book “What America Needs: The Case for Trump”. Jason and Jeffrey recently talked about if a Trump presidency was actually possible, and, if it was, what it might actually look like.

Key Takeaways:

[1:48] How the media has portrayed Trump and the misportrayals of Trump supporters

[4:11] The dangers of political correctness

[7:46] The condescension of people toward Trump supporters and how Trump and Ronald Reagan have something in common

[9:23] The history of liberal smear tactics

[12:07] How a conservative like Jeffrey ended up a CNN contributor

[13:27] What the average Trump supporter ACTUALLY looks like

[14:54] What draws people to Trump

[15:34] Why the details don’t matter

[20:35] The KKK relationship with the Democrats

[21:52] Contrasting what Trump is suggesting doing with the Muslim nationalization process to what FDR did following Pearl Harbor to Japanese, Germans and Italians

[24:25] How Trump reminds Jeffrey of a certain Eddie Murphy character

[27:07] How Trump is using his media savvy to run his campaign on the cheap

[30:51] What a Trump presidentcy might look like

[33:10] The economy that comes from having a tough guy in the Oval Office

Websites Mentioned

What America Needs, The Case For Trump on Amazon

AMA 141 – Doing Business with Family Offices and High Net Worth Investors with Richard Wilson

Richard C. Wilson is CEO of The Miami Family Office, a $500M AUM single family office. Richard is also the founder of Wilson Holding Company which employs over 30 professionals and produces over $10M a year in revenue through various operating businesses which include Billionaire Family Office and The Family Club, the largest membership-based family office association (FamilyOffices.com), along with holdings in the training, single family office management (SingleFamilyOffices.com), investment conference, search, data research, physical bullion, private equity (PrivatEquity.com), food, and energy industries.

Richard has spoken at over 150 conferences in 17 countries and has the #1 bestselling book in the family office industry, The Single Family Office: Creating, Operating, and Managing the Investments of a Single Family Office.  Richard has his undergraduate degree from Oregon State University, his M.B.A. from University of Portland, and has studied master’s level psychology through Harvard’s ALM program while previously residing in Boston.

Key Takeaways:

[2:20] Why you should care about what people worth $20+ million are doing with their money

[4:13] Some important terminology for dealing with family offices

[6:35] Looking back at some of the original family offices and the changes that have taken place since then

[10:49] Why there’s a need for family offices

[14:11] How the middle class investor can take the framework of a family office and use it to fit their situation

[16:26] A key strategy you can take from family offices of the ultra-wealthy

[19:24] What sorts of holdings the family offices have

[22:56] Why the US is the haven for the ultra-wealthy

[26:26] Family offices, surprisingly, sometimes even go after distressed markets

[27:38] How you can find a family office to partner with in your deals

Websites Mentioned:

www.familyoffices.com