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Rad Dad, hosted by Kirill Zubovsky on Smash Notes

Rad Dad, hosted by Kirill Zubovsky podcast.

May 05, 2020

Rad Dad podcast highlights stories from influential business leaders, outspoken personalities and intelligent parents from tech and beyond. Listen to stories about business and parenting, their joys and challenges, and get ideas on how to be a great parent and a great self.

Hosted by Kirill Zubovsky.



Episodes with Smash Notes

Michael FitzGerald is a prolific American writer and the founder of Submittable.com. He lives and works in Missoula, Montana with his wife and two kids. Although it isn't the easiest place to run a company from, Michael lives for the joy of living, and Missoula is where it's at.

The day after raising their Series A funding, Michael found out that he had a terminal cancer and he was supposed to be dead in six months. Fortunately, thanks to the advancements in experimental medicine and a whole bunch of awesome friends, he was able to get the treatment and is here with us today.

This episode will bring you closer to FitzGerald and inspire you to take full advantage of every single day in your life. Enjoy!

Updated on July 18

Do you want to get inspired? This episode is for you.

Jason Calacanis is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He was one of the early believes in Uber, Calm, Robinhood and many others. He is a host of the show This Week in Startups, and the author of Angel, a founder of Launch.co, Inside.com, and a friend to many rich and famous folks in Silicon Valley.

On this episode, Jason shares his views and wisdom, advice that he's accumulated throughout his career, and lessons learned from other successful entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Mark Cuban, and Jeff Bezos.

Updated on March 23

Bryce is the founder of Indie.vc, an investment fund focused on revenue over crazy growth. Fueled by his own desire to do things differently, Bryce lives in Salt Lake City, works from home, and while working hard also finds the time to be a hands-on dad, while living life to the fullest.

Updated on October 07

Jason Schuller is a dad, a husband, and the founder of Press75, a WordPress theme company that he started in frustration, when a consulting client decided to skip paying the bills. That incident caught fire and set Jason on an entrepreneurial journey full of joys and setbacks. His company, and his lessons enabled him to be a successful founder, an engaged father and a thoughtful husband.

Updated on August 21

Eight years ago John co-founded GeekWire.com and had a kid at the same time - Although life hasn’t always been easy, the only thing he regrets is not doing both ealier in his life. Follow along and learn a bit about both entrepreneurship and parenting.

Updated on June 19

Geoff Ralston is a successful investor and entrepreneur, living in the heart of Silicon Valley. He founded Yahoo Mail, invested in hundreds of companies, and has seen dozens of successful exists. On this episode Kirill Zubovsky and Geoff Ralston discuss the price of entrepreneurship, challenges of modern-day parenting, device addiction, performance drugs, standardized tests and the future of education.

Updated on May 21

Jonathan is a Seattle entrepreneur with two successful exists under his belt. He is currently the Chairman of PickMonkey and Geekwire, a prolific angel investor, and a generous donor to various non-profits. When Jonathan was a little kid, due to circumstances he ended up living in Hong-Kong with his grandparent until eventually reuniting with his mother in Edmonds, Washington in the 1976. Presented a new set of challenges for a kid who did not fit in, Jonathan learned to adopt and to persevere. This episode is his story of success and challenges, and what is going to impart on his child for the life ahead.

Updated on November 07

One day, needing a break from his entrepreneur endeavors, Drew rented an RV and took his entire family on a trip around the United States, for a whole year. This is his story.

Updated on July 25

Caspar Babypants is an adored Seattle-based musician and a songwriter. Previously known as the lead singer of The Presidents of the USA, he now brings joy to families around town with his whimsical music that is loved by both kids and parents. In this interview, Chris shares his life story, how he came to be known as Caspar, and what lessons he learned about life and parenting, both as a famous rock artist with thousands of fans on MTV, and a humble Seattle children's artist, with thousands of fans at home.

Updated on June 21

David Heinemeier Hansson has become a very influential person in technology and business, and has developed a number of philosophies which are helping him live a happy and fulfilling life. In this episode he explains how happiness is a simple secret.

Updated on April 02

Anthony Armendariz is a founder of Funsize.co, a design agency based in Austin, TX. He had been in the design business for many years, and eventually had founded his own company with his wife, Natalie. For many years they were working non-stop on Funsize, growing the team, and their client list. But one day, they decided it was time to do more than work, they were ready to have a baby. Although pretty terrified at first, Ant and Nat prepped themselves and their company for the changes, and it could not have worked out better! If you are a business owner struggling with the question of whether it is time to start a family, this is a must listen episode for you!

Updated on January 24

Jason is a co-founder of Dent The Future, a community of entrepreneurs, executives, and creatives who are driven to “put a dent in the universe.” We talk about startup journey and how to manage a creative job while raising two kids.

Updated on June 16

Can you have a family, a successful company making millions of dollars in annual revenue, and do it all at your own pace, with a remote office company, while having a life that you want to live? Vlad sure can, and we think you can too. Life is too short to live someone else’s dream. The story of Webflow and life advice from Vlad, in this episode.

Updated on July 03

Roberto from the Expeditioners is the dad many wish they could be. Instead of holding a steady job, he and his family are busy traveling the world, taking gorgeous photos for brands that pay for his living. Roberto is fit and happy, and is not concerned with the norm. Find out what it takes to be a self-made entrepreneur, and how to be paid to be happy.

Updated on February 26

One wild weekend Aviel and friends churned through idea after idea until one of them stuck. Some years later, Simply Measured was acquired, just as Aviel was having a newborn baby. Hear his startup story and what it is like to be a new dad in a super-high-stress environment.

Updated on May 11

Matt Shobe is a father of 3 boys, a serial entrepreneur, a private pilot and a rad dad, who came to the Rad Dad podcast to talk about startups and what it takes to have a happy family while you are busy building a rocket ship.

Updated on April 03

What is a life of an entrepreneur really like and how does it affect family and marriage? As a former Microsoft exec and now a founder of a healthcare company, Stefan shares his owns experiences and those of his high-flying friends. The lows are low and the highs are high, but is it worth it?

What about education. Can a good education really help to advance in life? What about travel, does that count as education? What can parents and teachers do to help our kids be smart in their life ahead? All those questions in more, in this thoughtful episode of Rad Dad.

Updated on October 31

When Mike's baby was born, they bought a camper van and headed to the wild. If you think that baby life means sitting at home, Mike is living evidence otherwise. Hear his story and get inspired.

Updated on February 29

Why would a dad of three kids trade his well paying job for a life of stress and uncertainty, and despite all odds, do it from his home in Texas, instead of moving to the hub of startups, the Silicon Valley? Noah Labhart is the founder of Veryable, a consultant and a podcaster. Today he explains why life of entrepreneur, although filled with challenges, was still the best choice for both him, and his family.

Updated on March 12

Creativity can lead to some pretty unexpected places. Throughout his life, Michael learned to achieve the impossible and now he is teaching his daughter how to do the same.

Updated on June 26

When Oleksiy’s daughter was first born, he didn’t feel the love for his child. Quite the opposite, he felt that his daughter was a new source of problems. Full of this difficult thoughts and busy at work, he was unable to share them with anyone, even his wife.

Updated on April 03

Galen Ward is a CEO of a tech company and a father of two awesome girls. Listen and learn how to share the labor of parenting with your partner and how to set your kids up for success from the young age.

Updated on April 08

Vin is a entrepreneur and a family man. We talk about kids, marriage, divorce, time management and setting client expectations, mental and physical health, depression, counseling, diet and exercise and more.

Updated on April 17

Raising kids could be daunting, or it could ba lot of fun. Nathan is a startups founder and a dad who is making the best of every opportunity. We talk about his family, his work, and how the two intertwine to create a happy and healthy lifestyle. 

You can find Nathan on Twitter and on YouTube.

Full show notes are on SmashNotes.

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Mubashar Iqbal is a developer, dad, and a maker who just cannot stop creating products on the internet.  

Mubs is the guy behind Pod Hunt, Product News, Practical MVP and quite literally, 80 other projects. Some of them sold, some shut down, and some are making him passive income. He's been featured on Lifehacker, The Next Web, Mashable, Fortune and more.

How can one guy do so much, for so long, and still have a full-time job and a family? You've come to the right place to find out. 

p.s. This is a cross post from Smash Notes

Roel is a friend who spent most of his childhood in foster care. Before talking to him, I was completely unaware of kids in these situations, and wanted to share to make sure that others get a chance to learn something new. By the way, even the foster mom he loves and adores the most, said that some of the things said in the podcast she was totally unaware of. Yearning to fit in, and not wanting to worry his mom, Roel hasn't shared with her all these years.

content warning: the story involves some tragic childhood experiences.

Emily Campbell is a product designer based out of Moab, Utah where she lives with her husband and three kids. She makes the money, he plays with the kids, and together they are having an adventure of a lifetime.

One day a film student from NYU changed advertising forever. In a few short months Adam became the man who did it all - he was producing, casting, directing and starring in for the ads of the most recognizable names in tech. Square, Airbnb, Airtable, TrueCar, Slack, Webflow, Groupon ... the list goes on forever. The story of Sandwich video and how to run a successful business and have a family too, it is all in this episode of Rad Dad.

How do you enable your kids to create rather than consume? If you are a serial entrepreneur like Dan Shapiro, the answer is clear - make a device that can cut through any material with lasers, then put it in every household in America. Shapiro got inspired to create this company by his kids, and now he comes on Rad Dad to talk startups, kids and creativity.

Aubrey is a full-time designer living in Charleston, South Carolina. He was named one of Business Insider's Top 75 Designers in Technology and has worked for companies like Twilio, Authy, Science Inc., Color, Scoutzie and many others. While most people would consider running a business a full-time job in itself, Aubrey does all of this in a comfort of his own home. Listen and find out how this rad dad gets the most out of life!

Family life with three kids, the rising costs of education and where AI and machine learning will take us. Venture Capitalist Greg Gottesman shares business stories, as well as tips on parenting and education. It's a blast!

A Bay Area native, Zack is a successful entrepreneur, wizard of all things growth, and currently the CEO of a company called Dribbble. While some of his peers are busy cranking 14-hour days in the city, Zack is working with a fully distributed team, which enables him to hang out with kids, enjoy life, and spend absolutely zero hours commuting.

Sean Grover is a psychotherapist from New York City, dad of two children, and an author of the book When Kids Call The Shots. For 25 years Sean has been teaching parents how to embrace their challenges and to create a happy functioning family. If you think your kid might be bullying you, if you lost all hope and don’t know how to deal with tantrums, or maybe you are just looking for some advice on how to be a better parent, this interview is for you. You will not be disappointed, guaranteed!

Son of an Indian immigrant family, Giri is a Stanford graduate and a co-founder of Privacy Labs, a local Bellevue Washington startup. We talk about raising two kids in the new world filled with devices, what his company is all about, why privacy is going to be instrumental in the future, and how the world has changed since a few decades ago while Giri was growing up.

Parker Thompson is a Silicon Valley founder turned VC, known to many in startup circles for his anonymous personality of Startup L. Jackson. Hear Parker’s story and advice on raising three kids in a fast-paced world of tech entrepreneurship, and how to keep your kids safe and happy in a city full of millionaires.

What does a pie-eating contest have in common with parenting and creativity? Turns out, way more than you think. Listen to this lawyer-turned-entrepreneur talk about a radically new teaching philosophy you can apply to your kids today.

In this episode we talk to my friend Matt Wallington about his experiences of raising kids while at startups, then at Amazon, and how those impacted him, his kids and his marriage. We also talk about getting through a divorce, what to expect, and how to do it quick.