“If I Knew You Better” SHOW NOTES


Episode 009 - ELLIOTT ZAAGMAN | Understanding China's Tech Environment

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Elliott Zaagman has built a professional life as a writer, podcaster, investor in, & consultant to the leaders of some of China’s most famous (& infamous) tech companies. He appears in print & on-air internationally speaking truth about that environment. Ell co-hosts the China tech Investor podcast w/James Hull and has been on my other shows several times too, so we started from a place of comfort and dove deep from there.

Elliott Zaagman LINKS:
on Twitter: @elliottzaagman
on “How China Works”: http://howchinaworks.libsyn.com/025-investing-yingying-li-brendan-davis
on “Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom”: http://bigfishmiddlekingdom.libsyn.com/066-tech-writing-leadership-in-china-elliott-zaagman / http://bigfishmiddlekingdom.libsyn.com/078-elliott-zaagman-on-podcasting-tech-ponzi-schemes-more-big-fish-side-dish

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Episode 008 - STEVE “CAPTAIN HOFF” HOFFMAN | From Hollywood to Silicon Valley to China

Steve “Captain Hoff” Hoffman

Steve “Captain Hoff” Hoffman

Millions of people in the tech & startup world know Steve Hoffman as “Captain Hoff” from Foundersspace, a leading incubator from Silicon Valley that is now omnipresent throughout China. But very few people know that his FIRST career was as a development executive in Hollywood, and this is the first time Steve’s talked about all this in-depth since beginning his China adventures. The lessons he's learned from his success shaping startups & stories are invaluable, & applicable regardless of your vocation or location. This was a very fun and special conversation, so I hope you check it out.

FULL BLOG POST: https://www.crazyinagoodway.com/home/steve-hoffman-2019

Foundersspace LINKS:
WEB: http://www.foundersspace.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/foundersspace/
“Make Elephants Fly” Book: https://www.foundersspace.com/make-elephants-fly/

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Episode 007 - LEE CHEN | Acting, Education, & The Benefits of Emigration

Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Lee Chen on “VEEP”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Lee Chen on “VEEP”

LEE CHEN's life story is more incredible than the many films & TV shows she’s appeared in. She got her start in a "Chairman Mao Thought" propaganda performance troupe towards the end of the Cultural Revolution in China, studied acting with Jeremy Piven’s parents at the Piven Theater Workshop in Chicago, & more.

FULL BLOG POST: https://www.crazyinagoodway.com/home/lee-chen

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Episode 006 - CARL BRESSLER | From Detroit to L.A. & Beyond

Carl Bressler

Carl Bressler

CARL BRESSLER is an actor & advisor with an extensive career in Hollywood & a profound business network around the world. He studied acting with Stella Adler & learned agenting the hard way: face first. Carl is one of my closest friends & my most important mentor; if I had a big brother, it would be him. My life has expanded exponentially in large part to the positive example he’s set & the excellent guidance he’s given me over the years, so I'm thrilled to introduce you to him, too.

Carl Bressler on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlbressler/

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Episode 005 - RAYMOND MA | Acting in Hong Kong, Hawaii, & Hollywood

Raymond Ma

Raymond Ma

RAYMOND MA is a talented and hilarious actor who has worked with everyone from Ali Wong and Awkwafina to Chuck Lorre and Aaron Sorkin. He was born in Hong Kong, discovered by Jack Lord on the original “Hawaii 5-0”, & lives in Los Angeles. This talk is funny, practical, & gets a little deep, too.

Blog: https://www.crazyinagoodway.com/home/raymond
Raymond Ma on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0530882/

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Episode 003 - STEWART CARARAS | A Real-Life Musical

Stewart Cararas

Stewart Cararas

STEWART CARARAS is a songwriter-musician as well as a music engineer & producer in Los Angeles. He’s from Monroe, Louisiana, and his road to Hollywood is positively cinematic. Great talk!

Central Command Studios: http://centralcommandstudios.com/team-view/stewart-cararas/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stewartcararas/
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3017157/
Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Stewart+Cararas

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Episode 002 - FREDERICK TAYLOR | Directing Your Future

Frederick Taylor

Frederick Taylor

Frederick Taylor is an award-winning director & producer & the founder of Tomorrow Pictures (https://www.tomorrowpictures.com). I’ve known Fred for 30 years, but it was great to sit down with him and REALLY get into it all. Great first talk; enjoy! 

Tomorrow Pictures: https://www.tomorrowpictures.com