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Somewhat Frank podcast.

December 28, 2019

Somewhat Frank is a podcast hosted by Frank Gruber about technology innovations, startups, and personal life - while also giving you a slice of what’s going on inside the brain of CEO, entrepreneur, author, journalist, personality, and early-stage startup investor, Frank Gruber. It's produced with the help of his new company Established.



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Over the past year, electric scooter startups have erupted as the next set of startups with billion-dollar valuations and unicorn status. Companies like Bird, Spin, Lime, and others have taken on large investments from Alphabet, Uber, Lyft and more. The problem that electric scooters are solving is very clear, they are helping ridesharing companies to cut down on the short two to three block trips which cost more to take on with an automobile. They are also providing rideshare companies with more transit data on people moving around cities.

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Updated on April 08

Sometimes I feel like we are living in a Neal Stephenson novel with companies like Amazon making it’s so darn easy to flip through their app on your phone, ordering whatever you need and having it arrive almost instantly (or at least within a few hours). It’s amazing. Remember, it was not too long ago that you’d have to run from store to store searching for an item! Now your “wild goose chases” can happen right from your glowing 4 inch screen. That said, when I’m shopping and there are a bunch of similar products out there I find myself relying heavily on reviews as my guide to finding the best product. I’ve spent hours looking at reviews and deliberating.

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Updated on April 24

On this episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast Frank Gruber and John Guidos discuss the Washington Nationals historic World Series victory and a brief recap of the 2019 Startup of the Year Summit which was held in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Updated on November 07

In this episode of the podcast, Frank Gruber is joined by Johnny “Goodtimes” Guidos as they discuss the current state of the Coronavirus Pandemic which is currently at 133,000 confirmed cases in the US and 700,000 cases globally.

They discuss the 8 strains of the virus while also talking about how they are passing the time while hunkering down. One thing to remember is to be kind out there, especially the group that decided to show up as not such good neighbors to enforce a quarantine. But with all this negative news out there it was uplifting to see the launch of SomeGoodNews by actor John Krasinski, of the US sitcom The Office fame, among other things. It’s a show all about good news and it’s just what the world needed right now.

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On this episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with John Guidos about the current state of affairs with the recent Coronavirus pandemic. The guys also chat about how to stay positive during times of isolation and suggest to listeners that sometimes it is best to remember to breathe.

Frank also celebrates Rohit Bhargava for his new WSJ Bestseller book titled, Non-Obvious Mega Trends.

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On this episode of the Somewhat podcast, Frank Gruber and co-host John Guidos talk about their quest for better health and longevity.

Frank also celebrates Katie Stanton for launching Moxie Ventures and Trey Bowles for launching InnoCity Partners. He also talks about Rami Essaid’s raising of $2M for his next company and Laurie Segall being named as a correspondent for the new 60 Minutes Quibi program 60 IN 6.

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Frank Gruber and co-host John Guidos talk about whether they could live without email and how society is changing with the elimination of the landline and a "home phone."

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Frank Gruber catches up with John Guidos and the two discuss Frank’s recent trip to Chicago where he was the keynote speaker at the NASA iTech event and his reconnecting with Jonathan Ozeran at Tempus.

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Accomplishing the things you want to in life and ultimately being happy can sometimes seem overwhelming. Many people overcomplicate things and end up chasing the wrong things. How do you simplify the pursuit to make sure you accomplish your goals? How do you know you’re taking the right approach?

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Innovating at a large corporation or at a government agency can be difficult. It means doing things differently, introducing new concepts and embracing failure. The larger you are, the harder it can be to change the way you do things - even if it’s for the better. To combat that, the U.S. Air Force decided to create a new program dedicated to solving some of the toughest problems it faces via collaborations between the nation’s top intrapreneurs, industry experts, academic professionals, entrepreneurs, and non-traditional contributors. It’s called AFWERX.

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When you travel, especially by air, you have to make some tough packing choices. Usually my hardest decisions come down to which shoes I’ll bring - because you can’t bring them all, and they take up a ton of space in my carry on bag. When picking the perfect shoe or shoes to pack you have to weigh such factors as weather, length of trip, purpose of the trip, and travel destination.

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Over the past couple weeks (and I’m sure many others) I have had to fight the urge to send out tweets expressing my opinions on the latest happenings. While I support “freedom of speech” some of these tweets may have been offensive, so I went with the age-old saying:

"If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all."

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As a kid growing up in the rural Midwest surrounded by cornfields, I was well supplied with lumber and the tools necessary to create things with that lumber. So, as soon as I saw Marty McFly in Back to the Future turn a handmade wooden scooter into a skateboard, I was hell-bent on creating my own skateboard by hand. I spent countless weekends carving a 1x6 board into the right shape for a skateboard and hours searching for the right rollerskate to disassemble and add to the bottom of my platform. It didn’t quite work as expected. I was not a very good skateboard maker or skateboarder, but I enjoyed the process and created my own product from scratch with "Skate or Die" as my battle cry.

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Sunshine and beaches might be first thing you think of when you think of the Tampa Bay, Florida region. And rightly so, it's gorgeous and has a handful of the top beaches in the country if not the world. But there’s more than crystal clear ocean water in the upcoming startup community.

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Have you ever asked Apple’s Siri for a hand with something only to find yourself doing more work to try to get what you’re looking for? We’ve all have been there.

On this episode of Somewhat Frank, host Frank Gruber sits down over breakfast in Tampa Bay, Florida with the Established team of Jen Consalvo and Joe Corbett to discuss the serious Apple’s Siri and how it works or sometimes doesn’t work the way we all expected.

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