Bad Business Ideas – July 2017

I’m not one for hyperbole, but the 10 BBIs presented to guests this month represented some of the best new startup concepts that have ever been or will be. Having said that, here they are in alphabetical order: Bite Owl – Late night local treats Bulk Bank – The advantages of buying large quantities without…

Expert Timing – Jeff, Katrina and Gibran

Expert Timing’s Jeff Snyder, Katrina Snyder, and Gibran Colbert take to the airwaves on this episode. They offer some great insight on making music, touring, breaking into people’s houses, and much more.

This episode was recorded on July 31, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Bob Kodzis

If you need a jolt of energy, this is the episode for you. Bob Kodzis, improviser, inspirational speaker, and master facilitator spends some time with Nick. Good stuff, give it a listen!

This episode was recorded on July 24, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Frank Vertolli and Ryan Fitzgerald

The co-founders of Net Conversion, Frank Vertolli and Ryan Fitzgerald, keep on keeping on with Nick on this episode of To a Certain Degree. We talk starting a company, continuing a company, but not the end of a company. Not quite a story arc…Yet.

This episode was recorded on July 17, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Chris Castro

Sustainability waits for no one, so it’s a condensed episode with Chris Castro, the Director of Sustainability at the City of Orlando. He’s also an ecopreneur, urban farmer, smart cities architect, nonprofit executive, and brand new dad. That he could find an hour to sit down is pretty remarkable, as is what he had to say!

This episode was recorded on July 10, 2017, on WPRK FM. Learn more about the show at toacertaindegree.com.

Mark Freid

Happiness Counts! That’s a strong message from Mark Freid, who developed it after extensive research and from his own work experiences. He and Nick chat about the importance of being happy at work, shame as a motivator for bad business ideas, and all the studies that say running is bad for you.

This episode was recorded on July 3, 2017, on WPRK FM. Learn more about the show at toacertaindegree.com.

Tisse Mallon and Jack Graham

Living Room Theater visits To a Certain Degree, with Tisse Mallon and Jack Graham offering insight into their in-house experience. It’s a fun conversation that covers saying yes, songwriting, and glitter confetti. Enjoy!

This episode was recorded on June 12, 2017, on WPRK FM. Learn more about the show at toacertaindegree.com.

Rachel Simmons

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, artist and art professor Rachel Simmons joins Nick for a talk that ranges from Cyndi Lauper to the language of birdwatching to a studio in the LSU stadium. It’s like a coat of many colors, except a radio show. And the patches are topics. Actually, it’s not like that at all. Enjoy!

This episode was recorded on June 5, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Dandy Darkly

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, the Orlando Fringe is still running, and an out-of-town guest (two guests sort of) stops in to talk about his show. Dandy Darkly, along with his alter ego Neil Arthur James discuss the writing process, perform an excerpt, and are good for quite a few laughs to go with their insights.

Along with that, Dandy decides on which Bad Business Idea he wants to represent. Listen up!

This episode was recorded on May 22, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Ryan Rivas

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Ryan Rivas of Burrow Press joins Nick to talk about Orlando’s growing literary scene and the community that has sprung up around central Florida in support of authors. Come for the words and stay for the sounds!

This episode was recorded on May 15, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Victor Davila

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Victor Davila stops in to talk about art, teaching, Orlando’s flag, and much more. He helps design some Bad Business Ideas, and we spend a lot of time talking about movie soundtracks as well. Listen up!

This episode was recorded on May 8, 2017, on WPRK FM.

The Fringe Festival

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, a number of guests are in the proverbial house to talk about the 26th annual Orlando Fringe Festival. There’s an interview with the festival’s producer, Michael Marinaccio. Leesa Castaneda talks about writing and performing her first one-woman show. And the husband and wife team of Ana and Sam Hammersley get all up in your puns.

“Tokyo Love Song” used with permission by the Arrogant Worms. TACD music by Erik Elmore.

This episode was recorded on May 1, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Amanda and Emily

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, we have Amanda and Emily. Stars of their own podcast and a monthly live show at SAK Comedy Lab, they join the show at the height of their power. Their 7am on a Monday morning power. It’s early.

And also, a lot of Bad Business Ideas™, April the Giraffe, and more!

This episode was recorded on April 10, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Chelsea Hilend

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Chelsea Hilend joins Nick to discuss improv, trying to get people to come to the theater, and more. A graduate of both Rollins College and SAK Comedy Lab, she has done her fair share of performing in and around central Florida. Now the marketing and box office manager for Annie Russell Theatre, she gets to deal with the business side as she earns her MBA.

As always, Bad Business Ideas™ walks the line of being ethical, then goes right over to the other side. Also, more!

This episode was recorded on April 3, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Brian Luft

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, we get serious about video games. Seriously. A mainly self-taught developer, Brian Luft is a composer and audio engineer who is working on an underwater game that can be played with your eyes closed. Not because it’s so easy, but because the game is an audio experience that anyone can play, even people with visual impairments.

Added bonuses include Bad Business Ideas™ (audio-related edition), Queen, and more!

This episode was recorded on March 27, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Bess Auer

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Bess Auer discusses how she went from being a teacher to a full-time blogger to a book author. That’s not completely accurate of course, she’s still a teacher and a blogger.

It’s all storytelling, and Bess is great at spinning good stories and drawing people in. We also go into detail on April the Giraffe, growing up in central Florida, and building communities.

This episode was recorded on March 13, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Brendan Byrne

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Brendan Byrne from WMFE comes aboard to talk all things space, his podcast, and his path to public radio broadcasting.

Along with that, he ACES the pop quiz, chooses the best of the worst Bad Business Idea™, and generally is a great guest. Almost too great…

This episode was recorded on March 6, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Tony Brent

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Tony Brent! An accomplished entertainer, he’s been part of Orlando’s tourism scene for nearly 20 years. A Renaissance man, he’s an author, magician, comedian, and much, much more.

Future TRAPPIST-1 exploration, his experiences that led to an anti-bullying stage show, and Bad Business Ideas™ gets mashed up!

This episode was recorded on February 27, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Haley Bischof

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Haley Bischof is in the studio talking about publishing, what the Dutch are doing to help distracted walkers, and nostalgic musical moments.

And that’s not all! Because if it was, it would be a much shorter episode. Ad agencies show up in Bad Business Ideas™ along with a food processor for your takeout.

This episode was recorded on February 20, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Lindsey Thompson

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Lindsey Thompson brings the sweet and the sour to the studio for a wide range of topics including how she has managed to build up lemonhearted.com, crying at Hamilton, and discovering Bjork in high school.

Along with that, Bad Business Ideas™ are as realistic as always with only one entry involving robbing museums (this week).

This episode was recorded on February 13, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Ron Piccolo

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Ron Piccolo comes back to one of his alma maters to discuss his work with local nonprofits, the academic writing process, and improv.

Along with that, Black Sabbath makes an appearance, a solution for renting art from friends becomes clear, and we discuss travel as part of the college experience.

This episode was recorded on February 6, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Jen Vargas

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Jen Vargas bursts out of your chest and into your heart. Wait, that doesn’t work at all. But there are a lot of movie references, creative blocks, and musical ponzi schemes.

Along with that, four movie-inspired Bad Business Ideas™ make the final cut. Pro.

This episode was recorded on January 30, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Darci Ricciardi

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Darci Ricciardi both teaches and learns. She explains a little bit about choreography and a lot about minimalism (ironic). What does she learn? A lot about where rejected Skittles go. Maybe too much about them.

Along with that, Bad Business Ideas™ present a zombie preparation app and medicine pants. Vaccine jeans?

This episode was recorded on January 23, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Marc with a C

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Marc with a C is a gentleman and a scholar in sharing some of his time and a lot of knowledge about the recording arts, his music, and the joys of vinyl.

Along with learning more about him, we delve into some Bad Business Ideas™, Nirvana’s rise to fame, and Patreon.

This episode was recorded on January 16, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Amanda Roche

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Amanda Roche tells us about the herding of cats. In this case, very enthusiastic cats that love Orlando. Through her role at the Orlando Economic Development Commission, Amanda is tasked with finding central Florida’s social media cheerleaders – dubbed Obassadors – to help showcase what’s happening in the City Beautiful.

But that’s not all! She’s also a longtime WPRK employee/DJ/enthusiast, a painter/photographer, and a millennial/MBA grad. Along with discussing all that, we hit on a new company that will commemorate your t-shirts, why Q-tips are bad for you, and driverless Uber.

This episode was recorded on January 9, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Giuliana Rossi, To A Certain Degree

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Giuliana Rossi visits the studio bright and early in the new year. On the docket? Travel mostly, with a little time set aside for millennials in the workplace, UCF’s hospitality program, and how we’re doing in the zombie demographic.

So pack your bags, even if you end up leaving them for someone coming to visit here (listen to Bad Business Ideas™ for more on that). Listen up!

This episode was recorded on January 2, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Zach Prusak, To a Certain Degree

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, get fired up with the Nature Conservancy’s Zach Prusak. Who is Zach? A comedy and improv fan? Sure. A lifelong learner and educator? Definitely. An ant guy? Most assuredly. And he’s also the Florida Fire Manager and Central Florida Conservation Program Manager for the Nature Conservancy.

Fire isn’t what he was expecting to get into, but it ended up being his calling. Learn more about how he got there, the ethics of violence during meetings, and zombie ants on this episode of TACD.

Kaia Forgét, To a Certain Degree

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Nick gets a kick out of Orlando City Soccer Club’s Kaia Forgét. A soccer player herself, Kaia wears two hats for the organization (which is weird, since soccer players typically don’t wear hats). She’s Director of Community Development for Orlando City Soccer Club as well as Director of Development for the group’s Foundation.

That’s a lot of titles, but her mission is pretty clear: Help the Club and the Foundation encourage children’s initiatives by providing soccer programming, nutrition education, and mentoring. They also recognize that they can’t do it alone, so the Foundation is also tasked with making strategic investments in the neediest areas of our community.

Along with that, this episode includes an update on the vampire Lestat (still a vampire), a smart showerhead proposal, and some details on the Club’s new stadium.

This episode was recorded on November 21, 2016, on WPRK FM.

Kristen Manieri, To a Certain Degree

Romance is in the air on this episode of To a Certain Degree. Not between Nick and his guest Kristen Manieri, but between Kristen and all couples in the central Florida area. That sounds salty!

Kristen gives us the overview on her site Orlando Date Night Guide and teases the new venture, the Discovery Club. You’re also in for some Bad Business Ideas™, Canadian music history, and plenty of laughs.

This episode was recorded on November 21, 2016, on WPRK FM.

Paul Driscoll, To a Certain Degree

“Kids are creating language as best they can with the vocabulary that they have, with the experience they have. And I’m just trying to push and encourage and challenge them in a way that helps their writing, wherever it is, to evolve and to grow.”