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Live video conversations with veteran digital influencers
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Phenomenal episode with TechStars Patriot Boot Camp alumni Tak Lo. Join the conversation below and let us know what you think.

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popsmoke.net/20 — In today’s episode, John Reeves answers:

- What do you like best about owning your own real estate company?
- What’s the riskiest part about what you do?
- What was a mistake you made when first starting your business?
- What’s one challenge your experiencing right now trying to grow your real estate business?
- What’s one thing you’re doing really well right now, something you believe attributes to your #success?
- What’s the best #business advice you have received?
- How much did it cost you to get your real estate license and how long did it take you to get your license?
- Was the #realestate exam hard?
- The real estate industry is competitive, what separates real estate agents from the pack?
- What made you want to own your own company? Why not just work for someone else?
- What’s a great habit you’re doing right now?
- Do you personally own any rental #investment properties?

Key Topics discussed:
- Can #entrepreneurship be taught?
- What to expect when getting your real estate license
- The first day John helped a client buy their home
- Flipping a home

Full show notes at http://popsmoke.net/frontline/the-reef-points-of-real-estate-ps020. Thanks for stopping by, we hope you keep following along.

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popsmoke.net/19 — In today’s episode, Derek Distenfield answers:

- What problem are you trying to solve?
- Can I come to +NextGenJustice  to set up my business? If so, what do I need to have?
- What do you enjoy most about owning a #business?
- What was one mistake you made when first starting out?
- What’s a challenge you’re experiencing right now?
- What’s one thing you’re doing really well right now?
- What’s the best business advice you ever received?
- What made you want to help people with their #legal matters?
- How do you manage your brick and mortar locations in different states?
- What’s the hardest part about opening a new store?
- Who are your competitors, would you consider Legal Zoom and Docstoc competitors?
- What’s a great habit you’re doing right now?

Key Topics discussed:
- #Veteran #Entrepreneurship and the importance of having great mentors
- The decision to pivot from Legal Docs by Me to NextGenJustice
- How a Supreme Court restraining order didn’t stop NextGenJustice
- The decision to have storefronts in an online world

Full show nots at popsmoke.net/19. Thank you for stopping by, we hope you keep following along.

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popsmoke.net/18 - In today’s episode, Nick Baucom answers:

- (After going bankrupt…) How do you prevent the same cash flow problems?
- How do you make sure you don’t take on too many #business projects at once?
- What’s one challenge you’re experiencing right now running +Two Marines Moving?
- What’s one thing you believe attributes to your success as a #founder ?
- What’s the best business advice you ever received?
- What’s your plan to grow Two #Marines Moving and expand to other locations?
- How are you able to mix, or not mix, family and business and have your ex-wife still as your business partner?
- What do you like best about being an #entrepreneur ?
- What’s the first step someone should take if they want to write a book?
- What was your process for turning your ideas into a #book , and how long did it take you to complete your book?

Key Topics discussed:
- #Facebook advertising tips for small businesses
- How to write your own book
- The importance of #marketing your business and hiring the right people
- EOM email hack to save time
- Work/Life balance and advice on working with your #spouse
- Opportunities for veterans working at Two Marines Moving
- #PopSmoke Partnership with RallyPoint

Full show notes at popsmoke.net/18.

Thank you for stopping by. We hope you keep following along.

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popsmoke.net/17 - In this episode, Josh Steinman answers:

- What sparked the idea for starting +Penance Hall?
- What was a mistake you made when starting your first #business ?
- What’s a challenge you’re experiencing right now?
- Would you do this full time if you have the ability to?
- What’s the #timeframe for making socks?
- What’s one thing you’re doing well right now?
- What’s the best piece of business advice you received?
- Who are the other people in your company besides your three co-founders?
- What’s one thing that helped you accomplish your #Kickstarter goal?
- Did you have a backup plan if Kickstarter didn’t work?
- What’s a great habit you have?
- What did you learn at the Commit Foundation?

Key Topics discussed:

- Seven-part supply chain to #manufacture a product.
- Raising #money with a Kickstarter Campaign.
- The best day to start a Kickstarter Campaign.
- Going full-time as a #veteran #entrepreneur .

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popsmoke.net/16 - In this episode, Sonny answers:

- What’s one problem you’re having right now?
- What’s one mistake you made when starting your #business?
- Should you have someone on your team that’s in charge of #fundraising?
- What’s one thing you’re doing really well right now?
- What’s the best piece of business advice you ever received?
- What’s your end goal for the #app?
- What’s your view towards #failure?
- What’s a great habit you do?

Key Topics discussed:

- The cost to develop an app
- How long it takes to create an app
- How to make #money with an app

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popsmoke.net/15 - In episode 15, Sy answers:

- How did you get started in the #Marijuana Industry?
- What’s a mistake you made since joining the +Dixie Elixirs & Edibles Team?
- What’s 1 #challenge you’re experiencing right now at Dixie Elixirs?
- What’s 1 thing you are doing really well right now?
- What’s the best #business advice you have received?
- What can customers expect when they walk into Dixie Elixir and Edibles Headquarters?
- How did you design the marijuana customer experience?
- Is your goal as you grow to have multiple locations?
- What’s your favorite marijuana elixir or edible product?

Key Topics discussed:

- Opportunities for #Veteran #Entrepreneurs in the Marijuana Industry
- The Biggest Investors Group Veteran Angel Investors Can Contact
- Difference Between Smoking vs. Consuming Marijuana: When you smoke a joint 50 to 60 percent of the THC gets into your blood plasma with peak concentrations in 5 to 10 minutes. But with edibles only 10 to 20 percent of the THC reaches your blood and the effects come 60 to 120 minutes later. When you smoke the high rapidly dissipates, but when you consume edibles the effects can last 6 to 10 hours. Unlike drinking, Marijuana’s more effective after you eat because there’s more food for the cannabis to stick to your stomach.

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popsmoke.net/14 - In episode 14, Kelly answers:

- What’s one mistake you made when first starting your #business?
- What’s a challenge you’re experiencing right now as an #entrepreneur?
- What’s 1 thing you are doing really well right now ?
- What is the best piece of business advice you have received?
- What’s favorite part of being an entrepreneur?
- What’s the most common challenge you address when #mentoring or advising #startups?
- How often do you review the #financials for startups?
- What company do you follow or admire most?
- How do you stay up on latest and greatest startups and #veteran entrepreneurs?
- Do you still have contact or ask Donald #Trump for advice?
- What do you plan on doing today to improve yourself?
- What’s the best habit you have right now?

Key Topics discussed:

- How to Contact Kelly to Raise Money and Build Your Business
- What Kelly Perdew Learned from Donald Trump
- After Working with Trump, Why Kelly Decided to PopSmoke
- 2 Types of Entrepreneurs That Exists
- 3 Phases to Every Startup
- The 3 Most Important C’s in Business
- The Mindset to Have About Risk
- Insights Into Kelly’s Key Indicators on How He Ultimately Decides Who to Invest In
- The 1 Thing Entrepreneurs Often Overlook

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popsmoke.net/13 - In episode 13, Dan answers:

- Can you share with the #veteran #entrepreneurs out there, your plan for a repeatable scalable #business model?
- What was one mistake you made when starting out?
- What’s 1 challenge your experiencing personally right now trying to grow your #startup?
- What’s 1 thing you’re doing really well right now?
- What’s the best piece of business advice you ever received?
- In Episode 6 (Why Veterans Struggle Transitioning to Higher Education), Dave Cass mentions his favorite book, The Startup of YOU by Reid Hoffman. In the book, Hoffman says, “Live life in a permanent beta.” Why does your site still say #BETA?
- Do veteran organizations have to pay to use #UniteUS?
- What do you look for in a veteran entrepreneur or startup before you decide to #invest?
- Does being in the reserves slow you down from making progress in your startup?
- What’s the next step you’re going to take to grow your business?

Key Topics discussed:

- Importance of Leveraging the Experience of Others
- Working With a #Team to Integrating Features into a Core Technology
- What to Look For in a Solid Team Member
- What’s the next step you’re going to take to grow your business?

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popsmoke.net/12 - In episode 12, Jason answers:

- What’s 1 mistake you made when joining the project sanctuary team?
- How many applicants do you receive a year approximately?
- What’s a personal #challenge you are dealing with right now?
- What’s 1 thing you’re doing really well right now?
- What’s the best piece of #business advice you received?
- What’s the hardest part of running a #nonprofit organization?
- How do you manage and nurture your professional relationships?
- How do you stay so organized?
- Does your retreat program include a #spiritual aspect to it?
- What are you going to do today to improve as a person?
- What are your plans to grow and expand Project Sanctuary to different locations?

Key Topics discussed:

- How Project Sanctuary Raised More Than $1 Million for their Nonprofit
- What Life’s All About (Jason’s take. I love it. Do you agree? Comment below.)
- Return on Effort (ROE) vs. Return on Investment (ROI)
Cal Ripken Jr.’s Consistency
- Why You Should Start With Your “Why”
- Simon Sinek stresses what Jason says about the importance of starting with your “Why”:
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