In this episode of the Startup Shaman podcast we interview Dustin DiPerna. He is an author, coach, meditation teacher, and entrepreneur. Trained at both Cornell University and Harvard University, Dustin draws from the practices at the core of our world’s wisdom traditions to liberate individuals and groups into their fullest potential. You can learn more about Dustin’s books Streams of Wisdom and Evolutions Ally and about Dustin at www.dustindiperna.com.
In this podcast we interview Mark Michael Lewis, who is an entrepreneur, writer, thinker and coach. Mark has authored several books and a number of fascinating philosophical paradigms such as Game of Thriving and Optimal Human Values. You can learn more about his work at gameofthriving.com
In this podcast we interview we interview Ben Rosner, who is a serial tech entrepreneur and innovator in a wide range of areas from home automation systems to online dating. Ben is also a meditator and a spiritual practitioner who I have met through the Integral Enlightenment community, which is focused on exploring and integrating deep evolutionary perspective into every aspect of our lives.
In our second episode we interview Adam Leonard, who currently works in people development at Google. Previously he has worked at the Stagen Integral Leadership Academy that trains industry leaders who are committed to long-term personal development and using their organizational platforms for positive impact. Adam also spent time working at the Integral Institute, where he together with Ken Wilber, co-authored the book Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening.
Most people have heard of meditation, and that it’s good for them. I think saying that its good for you is a huge understatement. It’s probably the one most transformative practice one can learn, especially as an entrepreneur.
So what’s the big deal about it? Read More
You often hear that start-ups are difficult. Or that a particular situation at work is difficult. Difficulties are things we usually try to avoid. But in that’s simply not always possible when running a start-up, where “difficult” things happen every day. So let’s take a closer look at “difficult”.
Our first interview is with Jack Butler – a social entrepreneur, speaker, coach and thinker. The focus of our conversation is on whether vertical development makes you more effective as an entrepreneur, and in the process we touch on many interesting topics, such as Integral Theory, Spiral Dynamics, Enneagram and much more.
There are 9 basic personality types. I, for example, identify with type 7 (“Enthusiast”) – an optimistic, variety-seeking, spontaneous personality, that thrives on action and experience, especially doing a variety of things.Read More
One of my favorite books is Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility by James P. Carse. The book offers a profound paradigm of reality via two types of games: finite and infinite.
Finite games have a definite beginning and ending. They are played with the goal of winning. A finite game is resolved within the context of its rules, with a winner of the contest being declared and receiving a victory. The rules exist to ensure the game is finite.