The Heart of Business by Benchmark

Steve Lankler is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Direct Capital Loans. He dismissed as cliche the fact that they make dreams come true for small business owners, but we think he was being humble. We had a productive conversation about growing business, when to seek a loan and what to do once you've received it. Listen and enjoy!

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We’ve had some accomplished, impressive people on the Heart of Business podcast. I don’t know how many of themselves can be called the best in the world at what they do. Sasha DiGiulian is a World Champion rock climber. While Sasha was too humble to let us call her that, she admitted that on the day of that competition she was in fact tops.

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When your show producer sets up an interview with a DJ, you prepare for conversation about music, the music business and topics along those lines. That is not what we wound up discussing with DJ Spooky. We talked about a creative economy, how software is replacing jobs, creating art with an eye towards the avant garde. It was a fun, stimulating conversation ... one of the best we've had on the Heart of Business.

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Dalene Heck and her husband caught the travel bug a few years ago and haven't looked back. What was born out of tragedy and a desperate need for change has grown into a way of life that the Hecks cannot fathom returning to. They live the nomadic lifestyle, earning a living all the while. Dalene was a treat to share a conversation with and it's one that will surely inspire others to get out there and see the world.

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Jason Feifer is a senior editor at Fast Company. We talked about how he got there and a whole lot more about him. What is and isn't appropriate as content and for social media, about The Interview and Selfies at Funerals. Engineer Claude even dug up some old dirt on Jason in the form of videos from college. It was a fun conversation and great info for anyone looking to explore a career in journalism.

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Movie trailers are the ultimate in marketing. They've stood the test of time and even thrived in the digital age. You have to hook a viewer in a moment and tell enough without revealing too much. It's an art in and of itself. Our conversation with Nick Temple, CEO of Wild Card Creative Advertising was a great one. We talked movie trailers, marketing and everything that goes with it. Enjoy!

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You may know Nick Turner from his appearances on VH1's Best Week Ever and I Love the 2000s. Or maybe it was on Comedy Central ... or you follow him on Twitter. No matter where you know him from, he got there with hard work and dedication. Share some laughs and some tips with one of our favorite comedians.

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Los Feliz Day Care is a parody Twitter account, the success of which is no joke. Comedian and Writer Jason Shapiro joined us to talk about his hilarious skewering of modern parenting and education, becoming a TV writer and more. Los Angeles is a city full of transplants trying to make their dreams come true, and Jason is well on his way. A fun and inspiring listen, not to be missed.

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Reginald L. Dunham had the unthinkable happen. He lost his son just shy of his 19th birthday. Dunham channeled his loss into the book From the Heart of a Grieving Father. That lead to the establishment of the Remi'D Foundation, which counsels businesses, organizations and individuals on coping with loss and dealing with all the stresses life provides. Dunham and his team are doing great things and were inspirational to talk to.

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Everyone, at one point or another in his or her life, probably has a moment - however brief - that he or she believes they have an excellent idea for a board game. The Game Crafter makes that possible. We talked to Tavis Parker about how that goes from concept to business and the successful games they've helped to launch.

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