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Gamma Project is dedicated to wide-ranging, exploratory interviews with the world’s most creative, successful, and interesting people—deconstructing their philosophies, patterns, and routines, and distilling them into game-changing strategies and tactics that you, the listener, can implement into your own life.

Latest Episodes

George Foreman III: Gaining Perspective, Creating a Legacy, and Knowing When to Hit Hard

George Foreman III is a professional boxer, fitness instructor, author, entrepreneur, and the founder of EverybodyFights, a Boston-based luxury boxing gym with locations around the country. And if you didn’t catch it in the name, he’s also the son of legendary two-time world heavyweight champion, “Big” George Foreman, Sr. Looking at George, the son of an international boxing legend, it could be easy to assume that things were handed to him. But the real story is so much better. The gym, EverybodyFights, didn’t get its name from the notion that everyone should box—although that certainly wouldn’t hurt business. Instead, it’s about the fact that everybody fights, we all do, every day—for the things we want and need. EverybodyFights was not funded by the George Foreman Grill. In fact, George lived on his business partner’s couch for 14 months during the time it took to get the business off the ground. And, together, they took 91 meetings to secure funding to open the first gy...

70 MIN2018 DEC 11
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George Foreman III: Gaining Perspective, Creating a Legacy, and Knowing When to Hit Hard

Strauss Zelnick: Multidimensional Success, Winning Investments, and Leaving Fear Behind

Strauss Zelnick is an endlessly inspiring human being who truly embodies the concept of no limits. The founder of Zelnick Media Capital, a private equity investment firm in the media and communications industry. he’s also the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Take-Two Interactive, a leading developer and publisher of interactive software and games franchises including Grand Theft Auto, Bio Shock, NBA2K, and many more. To give you a sense of the sheer magnitude of his accomplishments, Strauss’s roles leading up to his founding of Zelnick Media Capital in 2001 include serving as Chairman and CEO of Columbia Music, President and CEO of BMG Entertainment, and President and COO of 20th Century Fox. And those are just a few of the highlights. He also holds degrees from both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. I first learned of Strauss back in 2008, when I saw him on the cover of Men’s Fitness magazine, where I interned in my free time while studying journalism ...

49 MIN2018 JUN 18
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Strauss Zelnick: Multidimensional Success, Winning Investments, and Leaving Fear Behind

Shom Chowdhury: Turning Thoughts Into Actions and Reverse-Engineering your Ideal Life

After launching his career as a management consultant and spending the better part of two decades hyper-focused on improving the efficiency and profitability of various businesses, Shom Chowdhury took a turn into the health and wellness world, where he has since become one of the industry’s most prolific tastemakers. Following a brief period consulting at Juice Press, Shom accepted the position of COO at the company, where he worked to aggressively grow the retail footprint and sales of the now ubiquitous brand. In 2014, with the goal of providing customers with a more sustainable means to supporting a healthy diet, Shom left Juice Press—whose offering consisted solely of juices and raw foods—to found Indie Fresh and offer a wider assortment of healthy alternatives to popular comfort foods. In the short span of just three years, the company played a critical role in creating and developing a dialogue about the viability of incorporating healthy foods into a cosmopolitan diet with...

67 MIN2018 MAY 7
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Shom Chowdhury: Turning Thoughts Into Actions and Reverse-Engineering your Ideal Life

Vince Lebon: Designing the Future of Footwear, Problem Solving, and The Power of Persistence

Vince Lebon is one of the most creative and astute minds in the footwear industry. In 2012, inspired by his flight attendant wife—Kat, aka Rollie—the Melbourne-based designer founded Rollie Nation, a collection of stylish, lightweight, travel-friendly footwear. In our interview, Vince tells the story of how he sold his first 500 pairs of shoes—his entire inventory—in just four weeks, and from there grew Rollie to become one of Australia’s most popular footwear brands. To personally spearhead Rollie’s introduction into the US market, Vince recently moved his family to Brooklyn, New York. Shortly after arriving in the States, Vince won a scholarship to Brooklyn’s prestigious Pensole Academy, which subsequently served as the set for the YouTube original series, Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge. Vince was cast into the show and ended up winning it all after designing a shoe that was personally selected by NBA star James Harden. The victory landed Vince a job at Adidas, whe...

68 MIN2018 APR 16
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Vince Lebon: Designing the Future of Footwear, Problem Solving, and The Power of Persistence

Jason Feifer: Going Viral, First-Time Parenting, Multitasking, and Public Speaking

Jason Feifer is Editor-In-Chief of Entrepreneur magazine, and host of not one, but two podcasts—Pessimists Archive, about the history of unfounded fears of innovation, and Problem Solvers, about how entrepreneurs solve unexpected problems in their business. He is also the creative mind behind viral sites such as Crossing.us, Heat Fan Sounds, Bad NBA Songs, and Selfies at Funerals. And he just co-wrote a novel with his wife, titled Mr. Nice Guy, which comes out this October. Jason has been an editor at Fast Company, Men's Health, Maxim, and Boston, and has written for New York, ESPN, Slate, GQ, The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, and others. We begin this wide-ranging interview with the topic of parenting, and I ask Jason how he knew when he was ready to become a father. From there we talk about a skill every new parent (as well as the rest of us) could benefit from picking up—juggling numerous projects at the same time. Jason is a master multitasker. He explains how...

92 MIN2018 MAR 19
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Jason Feifer: Going Viral, First-Time Parenting, Multitasking, and Public Speaking

Aly Teich: Breaking From Corporate, Networking Tips, and the Fitness Industry's Talent Problem

Aly Teich is one of the toughest, most inspiring women I have ever had the pleasure to meet. She is also one of the most connected and knowledgeable people in the fitness industry. Aly is the founder of The Sweat Life, a popular fitness blog and online video series, which I’ve been a fan of for years. Since leaving the corporate world behind to pursue her now ubiquitous fitness startup, Aly has grown her brand to over 70.000 Instagram followers and collaborated with some of the largest brands in the world, including Adidas, Clif Bar, and many more. Aly is also president of The Talent Hack, a newly launched website that connects professionals to brands in the fitness industry. In this wide-ranging interview, Aly recounts, in detail, what it was like to detach from corporate America and start her own business. We discuss all the emotions, expectations, highs, and lows that came with that decision, as well as how she overcame specific challenges along the way. At the heart of Aly’s s...

112 MIN2018 MAR 5
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Aly Teich: Breaking From Corporate, Networking Tips, and the Fitness Industry's Talent Problem

Brian Mazza: Instagram Influencers, Morning Routines, and Dealing with Difficult People

Brian Mazza began his career in hospitality as a bottle runner at a nightclub. It was there that he laid the foundation for what would become a bulletproof reputation for hard work, and it wasn’t long before he began ascending the ranks of the New York City restaurant scene. Today, Brian is President of the Paige Hospitality Group—a premier operations and hospitality company specializing in high-end event planning and production—and is responsible for running several high-profile restaurants in the tri-state area. Given the rigors and demands of the hospitality industry, it’s especially impressive then that Brian is also one of the fittest human beings you’ll ever meet. A former Division 1 soccer player for the University of Rhode Island, Brian is the definition of an athlete, and calling him competitive would be an understatement. At home, in New York City, he channels that energy into Tone House—widely regarded as the toughest workout on the east coast. In fact, by the time ...

95 MIN2018 FEB 20
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Brian Mazza: Instagram Influencers, Morning Routines, and Dealing with Difficult People

Bar Malik: Constant Improvement, The Importance of Grit, and No Days Off

Bar Malik is the Director of Performance and Science for the New York Knicks. Now in his sixth season with the Knicks, Bar is heavily involved in player development, working with some of the biggest stars in the NBA. He travels with the Knicks throughout the season and helps to ensure players are optimizing their time, both on and off the court. From exercise to recovery, he takes a 360-degree approach to performance, and some of his insights are just plain fascinating. One of my favorite things about this conversation—and, really, this is the goal of every Gamma Project episode—is that regardless of whether you’re a diehard NBA fan or don’t know a basketball from a bar of soap, there is a lot for you here that can be applied to several different aspects of your own life, no matter what you do professionally or where you’re currently at in the grand scheme of things. That said, if youareinterested in sports, particularly how pro athletes train and continue to improve their perf...

60 MIN2018 FEB 2
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Bar Malik: Constant Improvement, The Importance of Grit, and No Days Off

Phillip Picardi: Building a Brand, Becoming Fearless, and Finding Calm in Chaos

Phillip Picardi is one of the fastest-rising stars in media. At just 26 years old, he was recently named Chief Content Officer of Teen Vogue, and earlier this year launched Them, an LGBTQ-focused digital title and the first new brand to be launched by Conde Nast in 14 years. If his name rings a bell, there’s a chance you may have seen Forbes’ latest "30 Under 30." Phil and I met last year while training for the Hood to Coast team relay race, a 199-mile race that takes place each year in Portland, Oregon. We were two editors out of a group of 11 that Nike invited to run the race as a team. Over the course of seven weeks of training together and one week spent traveling to and from Portland for the race itself, I got to know Phil and became fascinated by not only his unparalleled success in the most competitive media landscape in the world—New York City—but also his energy, selflessness, and overall outlook on life. So, a few months later, when I started to consider whom I might w...

94 MIN2018 JAN 22
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Phillip Picardi: Building a Brand, Becoming Fearless, and Finding Calm in Chaos
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Latest Episodes

George Foreman III: Gaining Perspective, Creating a Legacy, and Knowing When to Hit Hard

George Foreman III is a professional boxer, fitness instructor, author, entrepreneur, and the founder of EverybodyFights, a Boston-based luxury boxing gym with locations around the country. And if you didn’t catch it in the name, he’s also the son of legendary two-time world heavyweight champion, “Big” George Foreman, Sr. Looking at George, the son of an international boxing legend, it could be easy to assume that things were handed to him. But the real story is so much better. The gym, EverybodyFights, didn’t get its name from the notion that everyone should box—although that certainly wouldn’t hurt business. Instead, it’s about the fact that everybody fights, we all do, every day—for the things we want and need. EverybodyFights was not funded by the George Foreman Grill. In fact, George lived on his business partner’s couch for 14 months during the time it took to get the business off the ground. And, together, they took 91 meetings to secure funding to open the first gy...

70 MIN2018 DEC 11
Comments
George Foreman III: Gaining Perspective, Creating a Legacy, and Knowing When to Hit Hard

Strauss Zelnick: Multidimensional Success, Winning Investments, and Leaving Fear Behind

Strauss Zelnick is an endlessly inspiring human being who truly embodies the concept of no limits. The founder of Zelnick Media Capital, a private equity investment firm in the media and communications industry. he’s also the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Take-Two Interactive, a leading developer and publisher of interactive software and games franchises including Grand Theft Auto, Bio Shock, NBA2K, and many more. To give you a sense of the sheer magnitude of his accomplishments, Strauss’s roles leading up to his founding of Zelnick Media Capital in 2001 include serving as Chairman and CEO of Columbia Music, President and CEO of BMG Entertainment, and President and COO of 20th Century Fox. And those are just a few of the highlights. He also holds degrees from both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. I first learned of Strauss back in 2008, when I saw him on the cover of Men’s Fitness magazine, where I interned in my free time while studying journalism ...

49 MIN2018 JUN 18
Comments
Strauss Zelnick: Multidimensional Success, Winning Investments, and Leaving Fear Behind

Shom Chowdhury: Turning Thoughts Into Actions and Reverse-Engineering your Ideal Life

After launching his career as a management consultant and spending the better part of two decades hyper-focused on improving the efficiency and profitability of various businesses, Shom Chowdhury took a turn into the health and wellness world, where he has since become one of the industry’s most prolific tastemakers. Following a brief period consulting at Juice Press, Shom accepted the position of COO at the company, where he worked to aggressively grow the retail footprint and sales of the now ubiquitous brand. In 2014, with the goal of providing customers with a more sustainable means to supporting a healthy diet, Shom left Juice Press—whose offering consisted solely of juices and raw foods—to found Indie Fresh and offer a wider assortment of healthy alternatives to popular comfort foods. In the short span of just three years, the company played a critical role in creating and developing a dialogue about the viability of incorporating healthy foods into a cosmopolitan diet with...

67 MIN2018 MAY 7
Comments
Shom Chowdhury: Turning Thoughts Into Actions and Reverse-Engineering your Ideal Life

Vince Lebon: Designing the Future of Footwear, Problem Solving, and The Power of Persistence

Vince Lebon is one of the most creative and astute minds in the footwear industry. In 2012, inspired by his flight attendant wife—Kat, aka Rollie—the Melbourne-based designer founded Rollie Nation, a collection of stylish, lightweight, travel-friendly footwear. In our interview, Vince tells the story of how he sold his first 500 pairs of shoes—his entire inventory—in just four weeks, and from there grew Rollie to become one of Australia’s most popular footwear brands. To personally spearhead Rollie’s introduction into the US market, Vince recently moved his family to Brooklyn, New York. Shortly after arriving in the States, Vince won a scholarship to Brooklyn’s prestigious Pensole Academy, which subsequently served as the set for the YouTube original series, Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge. Vince was cast into the show and ended up winning it all after designing a shoe that was personally selected by NBA star James Harden. The victory landed Vince a job at Adidas, whe...

68 MIN2018 APR 16
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Vince Lebon: Designing the Future of Footwear, Problem Solving, and The Power of Persistence

Jason Feifer: Going Viral, First-Time Parenting, Multitasking, and Public Speaking

Jason Feifer is Editor-In-Chief of Entrepreneur magazine, and host of not one, but two podcasts—Pessimists Archive, about the history of unfounded fears of innovation, and Problem Solvers, about how entrepreneurs solve unexpected problems in their business. He is also the creative mind behind viral sites such as Crossing.us, Heat Fan Sounds, Bad NBA Songs, and Selfies at Funerals. And he just co-wrote a novel with his wife, titled Mr. Nice Guy, which comes out this October. Jason has been an editor at Fast Company, Men's Health, Maxim, and Boston, and has written for New York, ESPN, Slate, GQ, The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, and others. We begin this wide-ranging interview with the topic of parenting, and I ask Jason how he knew when he was ready to become a father. From there we talk about a skill every new parent (as well as the rest of us) could benefit from picking up—juggling numerous projects at the same time. Jason is a master multitasker. He explains how...

92 MIN2018 MAR 19
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Jason Feifer: Going Viral, First-Time Parenting, Multitasking, and Public Speaking

Aly Teich: Breaking From Corporate, Networking Tips, and the Fitness Industry's Talent Problem

Aly Teich is one of the toughest, most inspiring women I have ever had the pleasure to meet. She is also one of the most connected and knowledgeable people in the fitness industry. Aly is the founder of The Sweat Life, a popular fitness blog and online video series, which I’ve been a fan of for years. Since leaving the corporate world behind to pursue her now ubiquitous fitness startup, Aly has grown her brand to over 70.000 Instagram followers and collaborated with some of the largest brands in the world, including Adidas, Clif Bar, and many more. Aly is also president of The Talent Hack, a newly launched website that connects professionals to brands in the fitness industry. In this wide-ranging interview, Aly recounts, in detail, what it was like to detach from corporate America and start her own business. We discuss all the emotions, expectations, highs, and lows that came with that decision, as well as how she overcame specific challenges along the way. At the heart of Aly’s s...

112 MIN2018 MAR 5
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Aly Teich: Breaking From Corporate, Networking Tips, and the Fitness Industry's Talent Problem

Brian Mazza: Instagram Influencers, Morning Routines, and Dealing with Difficult People

Brian Mazza began his career in hospitality as a bottle runner at a nightclub. It was there that he laid the foundation for what would become a bulletproof reputation for hard work, and it wasn’t long before he began ascending the ranks of the New York City restaurant scene. Today, Brian is President of the Paige Hospitality Group—a premier operations and hospitality company specializing in high-end event planning and production—and is responsible for running several high-profile restaurants in the tri-state area. Given the rigors and demands of the hospitality industry, it’s especially impressive then that Brian is also one of the fittest human beings you’ll ever meet. A former Division 1 soccer player for the University of Rhode Island, Brian is the definition of an athlete, and calling him competitive would be an understatement. At home, in New York City, he channels that energy into Tone House—widely regarded as the toughest workout on the east coast. In fact, by the time ...

95 MIN2018 FEB 20
Comments
Brian Mazza: Instagram Influencers, Morning Routines, and Dealing with Difficult People

Bar Malik: Constant Improvement, The Importance of Grit, and No Days Off

Bar Malik is the Director of Performance and Science for the New York Knicks. Now in his sixth season with the Knicks, Bar is heavily involved in player development, working with some of the biggest stars in the NBA. He travels with the Knicks throughout the season and helps to ensure players are optimizing their time, both on and off the court. From exercise to recovery, he takes a 360-degree approach to performance, and some of his insights are just plain fascinating. One of my favorite things about this conversation—and, really, this is the goal of every Gamma Project episode—is that regardless of whether you’re a diehard NBA fan or don’t know a basketball from a bar of soap, there is a lot for you here that can be applied to several different aspects of your own life, no matter what you do professionally or where you’re currently at in the grand scheme of things. That said, if youareinterested in sports, particularly how pro athletes train and continue to improve their perf...

60 MIN2018 FEB 2
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Bar Malik: Constant Improvement, The Importance of Grit, and No Days Off

Phillip Picardi: Building a Brand, Becoming Fearless, and Finding Calm in Chaos

Phillip Picardi is one of the fastest-rising stars in media. At just 26 years old, he was recently named Chief Content Officer of Teen Vogue, and earlier this year launched Them, an LGBTQ-focused digital title and the first new brand to be launched by Conde Nast in 14 years. If his name rings a bell, there’s a chance you may have seen Forbes’ latest "30 Under 30." Phil and I met last year while training for the Hood to Coast team relay race, a 199-mile race that takes place each year in Portland, Oregon. We were two editors out of a group of 11 that Nike invited to run the race as a team. Over the course of seven weeks of training together and one week spent traveling to and from Portland for the race itself, I got to know Phil and became fascinated by not only his unparalleled success in the most competitive media landscape in the world—New York City—but also his energy, selflessness, and overall outlook on life. So, a few months later, when I started to consider whom I might w...

94 MIN2018 JAN 22
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Phillip Picardi: Building a Brand, Becoming Fearless, and Finding Calm in Chaos
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