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A weekly show following the entrepreneurship journeys of two friends.

If you'd enjoy sharing the journey of two friends building businesses, this show is for you. Vernon and Devin found friendship through a shared love of Philadelphia sports. As their friendship evolved and grew over time they began to discuss life, family, food and business.

They both began to look to start a side business in 2020 and realized they were at a similar stage. Over the course of a few text messages and conversations they decided to start a book club to learn along together. Each week, they discuss a few chapters from a book, give updates about steps they've taken in the journey from wantrepreneur to entrepreneur.

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Generally speaking, each episode covers us giving updates about our week, some light sports chatter, and reflections about the book we are reading together. The books are suggested in turn and are most frequently business books. That said, both of us believe that books are a window into wisdom, so we read what we're curious about, and grow our knowledge base together. We both firmly believe that the path to success involves dealing directly with our cultural differences and similarities. We share the view that the path to freedom involves sharing and helping each other, no matter if we're black or white, in tech or brick and mortar, or any other differences. The lessons of being a good person and entrepreneur apply across cultural and socioeconomic divides, and when we apply those lessons together, we're all better off.

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The Four Hour Workweek    
Tim Ferris

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Rodney Burgess - Late Bloomer Cinema

Rodney is a soft spoken but hard working video director based in Philadelphia. He has transitioned from chef to entrepreneur with his company Late Bloomer Cinema. We discuss what it takes to go from dreams to goals and how putting in the effort creates the right outcomes, no matter how old you are when you start.

Listen to his story on episode 31

Episode 49 - Filling up the stat sheet

Step One of the "The Four Hour Work Week".

This weeks conversation revolves around how we can intentionally build our life, so that we choose how to spend our time. We review the first portion of our new book, recognizing the ways that it's similar to the journey we're already on. Join us this week, and tell a friend.

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Our newest book The Four Hour Work Week

Episode 48 - Fun in Vegas/DC

A quick memorial day chat.

Episode 47 - Reflections on Tobi and Brene

Chapter Six of the "The Power of Vulnerability".

We discuss if instant replay should exist, hot takes abound. In the final chapter of The Power of Vulnerability we reflect on Brene Browns 10 guideposts. We also reflect on Tobias Harris and the importance of having roles that make sense. Finally, we discuss our newest book, The Four Hour Workweek. Join us this week, and tell a friend

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Our newest book The Four Hour Work Week

Our last book The Power of Vulnerability

Episode 46 - Ben and Jerry go hard in the paint

Chapter five of the "The Power of Vulnerablility".

The guys discuss how being open to creativity sets the stage for entrepenurial success. They both reflect on how starting to ship things has let them become more creative and impacted the creativity of those around them.

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Our new book The Power of Vulnerablility

This weeks podcast to listen to: Revisionist History

Last weeks podcast to listen to: 1619 Project

Episode 45 - Sixteen 19

Chapter four of the "The Power of Vulnerablility".

Another wide ranging conversation. We discuss EconTalk, podcasts, and the 1619 project. Along with reflecting on what kind of vulnerability we each have. We reflect a little on business, but more on life and living well.

Links:

Our new book The Power of Vulnerablility

This weeks podcast to listen to: 1619 Project

Last weeks podcast to listen to: EconTalk

Episode 44 - Grind like that to shine like this

Chapter three of the "The Power of Vulnerablility".

The guys have a wide ranging, longer than usual conversation about everything from Basketball to how empathy impacts creativity. Should LeBron encourage people to be fired? Will his occasional moments where he lacks empathy impact his ability to have impact after basketball?

The conversation around We've Got Answers relates more to life than business or basketball but Devin and Vernon are both better people for having it. Join us this week and be sure to message us about your own reflections.

Devin, in turn, suggests a new podcast episode to listen to this week as well

Links:

Our new book The Power of Vulnerablility

This weeks podcast to listen to: EconTalk

Last weeks podcast to listen to: We've Got Answers

Episode 43 - Charlamange tha...

Chapter two of the "The Power of Vulnerablility".

The guys discuss the power of a teenager taking a video. They both reflect on how shame is something that can hold us back from being creative, fullfilled and ourselves.

Vernon suggests a new podcast episode to listen to this week as well

Links:

Our new book The Power of Vulnerablility

Podcast to listen to: We've Got Answers

Episode 42 - Jackie Robinson

Chapter One of the "The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks".

This weekend was Jackie Robinson weekend. One of the great all time baseball players, and certainly one of the great all time people. What timing to have episode 42 come out now.

The guys discuss how vulnerable they are. Will they sing a round of kum ba yah and hold hands? Turns out, both Vernon and Devin are both really interested to see how vulnerablility can impact their lives, make them better people, and help them on the path forward in their businesses.

Join us this week and tell a friend.

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Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson

Our new book The Power of Vulnerablility

Episode 41 - Safe at home plate(s)

Chapter Seven of the "The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks".

Alec Bohm sneaks in safely when he should have been out, will the gang at 2400 also get to home plate safe? Find out in this episode of the show. We finish off our book and it's Vernon's chance pick. Will his streak of more data focused books continue?

Join us this week and tell a friend.

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Our new book The Power of Vulnerablility

Our last book The Hot Hand

Episode 40 - 162 and 0

Chapter Six of the "The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks".

The guys discuss an exciting new business model for Ash, the Steph to Vernons Klay. They dive into how a drop based business might work, what that growth would look like, and how you can start something from nothing, and manage risk. The Hot Hand is coming to an end, and it seems that streaks are about to be proven right after all.

Join us this week and tell a friend.

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Our new book The Hot Hand