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The Launchcast is a long-form conversation podcast hosted by entrepreneur and keynote/TEDx speaker George Andriopoulos. Every weekly episode features a guest interview and a thoughtful conversation on all things related to leadership, business, life, growth, and everything in-between. Oh, did we mention the laughs and inspiration? Congratulations, you just won the podcasting search.
 
How do champions think and what do they do to achieve greatness in their careers and in life? What are their mindset and habits? And what advice would they give their 21 year old self in order to launch successfully? The Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business is excited to announce the launch of its first-ever podcast: Launchcast: Podcast of Champions. Hosted by our very own Sanyin Siang, the podcast shares stories that provide insight on t ...
 
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We're joined by the incomparable Scott Stanford on Episode 216 of The Launchcast. WWE host? Yes. Sports anchor? Yes. News anchor? Yes. Radio guy? Yes. Leader? Not according to him, but Scott and The LaunchDad dive deep (on the shallow side of deep actually) to get a deeper understanding from this incredible entertainer. Hosted by entrepreneur and k…
 
60 episodes. 60 minutes. Bonus episode 215 of The Launchcast dives into the leadership lessons that we've learned throughout the first 60 episodes of this podcast. We've had 47 guests on this show and they have brought 47 different perspectives on leadership...this is the one where we really get into what those perspectives have taught us. We also …
 
The word "legend" is thrown around way too often nowadays but in this case, this case being Episode 214 of The Launchcast, we have a bonafide New York LEGEND in our midst. The LaunchDad sits down with former PIX11 and Fox5 news anchor Sukanya Krishnan and talks about everything from her beginnings in broadcasting to her work during the September 11…
 
What are you made of? That's the question that fuels the fire behind the success of our guest on Episode 213 of The Launchcast, Mike "C-Roc" Ciorrocco. The Grant Cardone, 10x disciple has built businesses with culture and developing people at the forefront of his mission. George and C-Roc wax poetic on the anatomy of an entrepreneur and you might..…
 
Put on your Mountie hats, take your moose allergy spray and don't EVER say you're "sworry" because we have Canada's favorite coach, Corrie Corrigan on Episode 212 of The Launchcast! Corrie and George have known each other for a while so get ready for some podcast interview magic as their chemistry, thoughtful conversations and unapologetic honesty …
 
Imagine taking your favorite childhood game, like Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, and turning it into a life-sized version of the game. Then imagine turning it into it a virtual setting where YOU can be the robot. Then imagine getting to do stuff like this for a living! Join The Launchcast on Episode 211 as the LaunchDad sits down with the founder of Cre…
 
We're finally getting a chance to honor the late, great Frank Shankwitz in this special Launchcast Reboot. 40 years ago, sick children all over the world lay in hospital beds with no hope left in their lives...and then an Arizona Highway Patrol motorcycle officer changed the world by granting the dying wish of a 7 year old boy. Join The Launchcast …
 
It's time for The Launchcast's own version of Shark Tank on episode 209. In this very special episode, we teamed with "Winning Entrepreneur Secrets," a room from in the "Network Like Crazy" club on the Clubhouse app to host a pitch event for entrepreneurs. Here's the deal: George and the rest of the moderators from "Winning Entrepreneur Secrets" gi…
 
Time for a business lesson. What happens when for-profit organizations develop a sense of mission that is akin to that of non-profits? You get a "Not Just For Profit" mentality. The Launchcast dives into a conversation on corporate giving and shares a very special talk that George delivered at Speakers Who Dare on an alternative look at the corpora…
 
Remember that time that the balancing act of juggling your life became so ridiculous that you lost all traces of sanity? Eh, Sanity is Overrated anyway, right? The Launchcast talks to Jennifer Muccioli and Rob McCaffrey on episode 207 about their podcast of the very same name, Sanity is Overrated. George talks to the crew about the journeys that le…
 
Let's get right to the point...Lisa Mateo, CBS journalist and certified personal trainer extraordinaire, sits down with George on episode 206 of The Launchcast and gives us one of our favorite interviews of all time. We talk about her journey starting in Brooklyn all the way to her triumphant "Island in Crisis" piece on PIX11 during the aftermath o…
 
What if social media became more social than it's ever been before? The Launchcast makes history (we made that up) on Episode 205 with the first simulcast podcast from a meeting room in the newest social media craze, the Clubhouse app. We're joined by a few special guests as we navigate the nuances of this new platform, in real time. George also pa…
 
Empowerment. Episode 204 of The Launchcast is all about empowerment and George talks to one of the most empowered people he's ever met, Gary Doherty. He's the founder of Think Network, Europe's #1 empowerment platform and his relentless drive, success, failure and success again are on full display for all to see as he raps with the LaunchDad from t…
 
It's a good, old fashioned entrepreneurship interview on Episode 203 of The Launchcast. It's called "The Golden Entrepreneur" because George sits down with Dr. Bruce Golden, successful dentist, founder of Vitaminpaste, thoroughbred horse owner, serial entrepreneur...and, oh...part of the founding family of Snapple. Bruce and the LaunchDad talk lead…
 
"If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on; It outlives me when I'm gone; Like the scripture says: Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, And no one shall make them afraid. They'll be safe in the nation we've made. I wanna sit under my own vine and fig tree; A moment alone in the shade. At home in this nation we've made...One la…
 
Season 2 of The Launchcast premieres with a very special Episode 201: The Holiday Giving Show. We spent the episode with Dana and James Battaglia, two of George's co-founders and co-board members from Shannon's Fight, and we got to talk with four other incredible non-profit organizations about their missions and how they've pivoted in 2020. We self…
 
It's a reboot of one of our deepest cutting interviews. Join The Launchcast on Episode 144 as we interview director, editor, and documentarian Ben Duffy. We're talking about his life as a filmmaker, his projects, and the unexpected role in leadership that he has found himself in. Trigger warning for those sensitive to mental health conversations, b…
 
We're rebooting a classic appearance when TV personality, keynote speaker, and Executive Chef Allison Fasano joined us and now you're gonna relive it on Episode 143 of The Launchcast. This pairing of the LaunchDad and the Chef is better than Ratatouille and Rioja (it's restaurant speak, go get woke). From her beginnings in Williamsburg, Brooklyn al…
 
So nice the first time, we had to reboot this one and brand it "a classic" episode. The Launchcast is coming at you with Episode 142 featuring our legendary guest and best selling author, Dr. Greg Reid. We're talking writing, servant leadership, producing a movie (that's on Netflix!), and much more. Leadership, business, life, and growth with the a…
 
We're rebooting one of our favorite two-part interviews, and melding them back to one monstrous, beautiful episode. The LaunchDad chats with the legendary (and recently retired) News 12 Long Island news anchor Carol Silva, who drops truth bombs like, "damn it, there is no shame in cancer." Topics include growing up in New York, Carol's career arc (…
 
It's the first Launchcast Reboot episode leading up to season 2 in a couple of months. Episode 140 comes from the December 12, 2019 interview with guest Mike Delguidice, solo singer/songwriter, vocalist/guitarist in Billy Joel's band, and New York music legend. George and Mike talk life, growth, leadership, and everything in-between. Rewatch our fi…
 
It's finally here. Episode 139 of The Launchcast finds the LaunchDad discussing the difference between being a leader and being an excellent leader. Excellence is what we strive for and how unique we become along the way is the key to authenticity in self. Leadership, business, life, growth and as always, more. Hosted by entrepreneur and keynote/TE…
 
It's time to wax poetic on the most epic mystery that can possible befall a man's life: The Fatherhood Paradox. The LaunchDad becomes a father for the third time and he goes into detail on the gift of fatherhood in Episode 138 of The Launchcast. George talks about the chaotic day when Baby A. #3 arrived in this world and why this time around, it wa…
 
The landscape of business is changing in the wake of technological innovation, culture, and the pandemic. Time to turn on the Lean, Mean, Entrepreneur Machine on Episode 137 of The Launchcast and talk to Brant Cooper. Brant travels the globe speaking with entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs about how to discover and create new value and empowering indi…
 
Sometimes you live a normal life, doing normal things, thinking normal thoughts. No delusions of grander. Not an inkling of leadership...and then disaster strikes. On this special Episode 136 of The Launchcast we talk talk to Nikki Ruppenstein and Katerina Katolis about the leadership that follows crisis and how important it is to listen to your gu…
 
What do you get when you cross a competition-driven Division 1 NCAA left tackle for San Diego State with a leading technology platform for extraordinary lifestyle products in need of a corporate makeover? You get our guest on Episode 135 of The Launchcast Greg Spillane, the CEO of Fancy.com. When Greg and George wax poetic on business shop talk, th…
 
It's no secret that the great Sam Cooke's song was the inspiration for the title of Episode 134 of The Launchcast. "There been times that I thought I wouldn't last for long,Now I think I'm able to carry on,It's been a long, a long time coming,But I know a change's gonna come, oh, yes, it will. The LaunchDad was inspired to talk about the concept of…
 
Time for a riddle: What has 2 hands, 2 feet, has slayed the hair-band songs of the 80s on Broadway, captured the hearts of teens across the world on tv screens, and was stuck out at sea for 2 months during a quarantine? Why it's our guest on episode 132 of The Launchcast, Broadway star Dan Domenech of course! The obvious thing to say here is that D…
 
If we told you that a man was born with Down syndrome, a hole in his heart, and required intestinal surgery at 2 days old, what would your expectations of his life be? If your answer is "low expectations," you're missing the secret ingredient: happiness. On episode 131, The Launchcast interviews John Cronin and his father Mark Cronin, co-founders o…
 
It's too cliché to say that all good things must come to an end...in fact, it's downright wrong. The Launchcast premieres Part 4 of The Protest Series: "How to Be a Human Being" with episode 130, our final addition to this four part series that discusses the uncomfortable conversations surrounding race in the United States. Over the course of these…
 
It's a different perspective from a different panel, but the mission remains the same: educate the misinformed, activate the undiscovered leaders, awaken those on the fringe. The Launchcast premieres Part 3 The Protest Series: "How to Be a Human Being" with episode 129, our second in a series of panel discussions. Last week we spoke to 2 teenagers …
 
It's time for the elephant in the room. The conversations that we've been avoiding because we're "tired of the negativity." Black Lives Matter, privilege, neutrality, systemic racism...all of it. The Launchcast premieres Part 2 The Protest Series: "How to Be a Human Being" with episode 128, our first in a series of panel discussions. George moderat…
 
A new line has been drawn in the sand and the leadership gauntlet has been thrown down. Will you pick it up? I'm talking to black people who are angry, white people who are allies, black people who are traumatized, white people who refuse to see what's really going on, and people of all colors who are tired of the social media wars and want to just…
 
"Without the Jedi, there can be no balance in The Force, and all will be given over to The Dark Side." - Alan Dean Forster (Star Wars novelist) The Launchcast broadcasts from a remote vacation locale for Episode 126 and George takes a look at one of his most important pillars of leadership, "The Balance Phenomenon." Imagine the feeling that Luke Sk…
 
25 episodes of The Launchcast and we're celebrating on Episode 125 by having George give "The State of the Podcast" address to our loyal listeners. We talk about the tremendous growth of the show, listened to in 35 countries, with no end in sight. Former guest Marc Cordon of The Golden Mic Podcast stops in for a little conversation about the import…
 
We've all heard of the superhero origin stories that graced the silver screen or the pages of classic comic books. Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered in front of him and Batman was born. Bruce Banner was poisoned by gamma radiation in his lab and became The Hulk. Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and became Spider-Man. Our guest on E…
 
"We are born boys, responsibilities make us men, choices make us kings. As iron sharpens iron, so does one [king] sharpen another." Quarantine be damned, The Launchcast is back in studio with an incredible interview. In Episode 123, George dives deep into the purpose of intentional men with the incomparable Fred Banny, keynote speaker and thought-l…
 
You asked for sports leadership, you got it. There's no greater sports hero to the LaunchDad than the G.O.A.T. himself, Michael Jordan. In this next quarantined episode (#121) of The Launchcast, George discusses the 10 part ESPN documentary "The Last Dance," an intricate look at the final season of the Chicago Bulls NBA dynasty in 1997-98. You want…
 
In our best Barry Manilow voice, "looks like we made it!" No, we haven't made it past quarantine, we've made it to 20 episodes. In this behind the scenes retrospective on Episode 120 of The Launchcast, George discusses how this podcast came into existence, the logistics of designing the show (from the strategy to the intro to his interview influenc…
 
Remember that time that Tom Hanks was in a plane crash and was stranded on a desert island and felt such isolation that he personified a human friend in his volleyball, which he named Wilson? Well imagine that except instead of Tom Hanks, it's us. And instead of a dessert island, it's coronavirus quarantine. And instead of a volleyball named Wilson…
 
Do priests like Game of Thrones and the Yankees? The short answer is, yes. The long answer is on Episode 118 of The Launchcast as we sit down with Fr. Demetrios Kazakis, a New York based priest from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church who is a shining example of leadership through adversity. The LaunchDad finally gets another Greek on the show, but …
 
Yes, you read that right. That's Manila, but with 2 L's...why? Simple, this interview is as sweet as vanilla and as imperfect as a misspelled word on a vocabulary test. It’s being billed as the greatest rematch of all time. The people knew how special their chemistry was when they sparred on a few episodes of The Golden Mic Live, but their first ep…
 
It’s not our usual show, but then again, this is an unusual time. Four guests (count ‘em, FOUR) are joining us today as we braved the mean corona-ridden (virtual) streets to piece together Episode 116 of The Launchcast with one theme in mind: what can we do to keep the world turning in a time of crisis? You’ll hear from educator Jen Klock, two of t…
 
Have you heard this one yet? A young man on the Autism spectrum and an educator/advocate walk into a bar. But instead of a bar, it's the world. And instead walking into it, they ran full speed with full body armor and destroyed everything in their path. And when I say everything, I mean the stigmas that surround the Autism community and the narrati…
 
40 years ago, sick children all over the world lay in hospital beds with no hope left in their lives...and then an Arizona Highway Patrol motorcycle officer changed the world by granting the dying wish of a 7 year old boy. Join The Launchcast on Episode 114 with special guest Frank Shankwitz, the creator and co-founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation…
 
Only one man can lay claim to the following things: lost almost 200lbs, ran a marathon, received a compliment from Oprah Winfrey, convinced Howard Stern Show writer Sal Governale that he was a turtle and that his *cough, cough* was missing (2 different instances), oh and also helped COUNTLESS people change their lives. Join The Launchcast on Episod…
 
Time to get down to brass tacks. There is no such thing as leadership unless we stand up and say, "I'll do it." The Launchcast takes a raw and emotional dive on a "ripped from the headlines" Episode 112 as we discuss the tragic case of Thomas Valva and the emotional plea of Quaden Bayles and his family. George lets out an emotional monologue that s…
 
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