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About Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams is a media strategist, international speaker and author of The Influencer Economy. Ryan has applied years of his professional experience, coaching clients and interviews with influencers on his podcast to write the modern playbook on how to launch your idea in the digital age. He has given talks and taught at SXSW, Vanderbilt University, USC and Loyola Marymount. Ryan's work has been featured in Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Success Magazine and USA Today. You can listen to Ryan's podcast at InfluencerEconomy.com.

85: Franchesca Ramsey on Going Viral on YouTube & Playing the Long Game with Your Life

Franchesca Ramsey went viral in 2012. Her video Stuff White Girls Say to Black Girls (I addd a euphemism with Stuff) took off like a rocket ship. She was an early adopter of YouTube and created regular videos, but that one video really took off like wildfire online and offline. Imagine if your video

84: Battling Depression and Fighting Through Anxiety as a Creative Person with Rand Fishkin

Rand Fishkin was depressed and anxious for around a year. He had trouble sleeping and got trapped in the loop of “regretting decisions from the past.” He felt sunk and felt that nothing useful was coming from his business, Moz. Meanwhile the company was a $20 Million revenue business at the time, and has grown

83: Finding the Funny, Delivering Jokes and Adding Humor to Your Public Speaking with David Nihill

David Nihill like many people, was terrified of public speaking. But unlike most people, to conquer his fear of speaking in front of groups, David spent a year studying and performing stand-up comedy. After performing at The Improv, The Comedy Store, & Cobb’s he realized that anyone can be funny when giving a talk. He also

Jay Samit Disrupt You (Episode 81)

 Jay Samit (@JaySamit) is an entrepreneur and the author of the bestselling book Disrupt You! Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation.

Stories from The Influencer Economy

Influencer Economy Quick Hit quotes from Jay:

“You have a choice: pursue your dreams, or be hired by someone else to help them fulfill their

Ep. 79: Finding Your Voice, Breaking Bad Habits & Thriving with Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers is writer, entrepreneur, programmer, musician, and student. He lived in NYC as a musician before creating and founding CD Baby in 1998. CD Baby eventually went onto be a leading seller of independent music online and he sold the company ten years later, in 2008 for $22 Million. And what did he

Ep. 71: Brad Feld on Doing More Faster and Giving Value to Entrepreneurs

Brad Feld is an author, blogger and he invests in early stage technology companies. In fact he has invested in over 1,000 companies between his Techstars accelerator, his Foundry Ground investment firm, and his own deals. He is our guest on Stories from Influencer Economy podcast this week.  
Imagine a world where the only media

67: Brendan McDonald: Producing WTF with Marc Maron and How to Build a World-Class Podcast

This week I talk to Brendan McDonald, producer of WTF with Marc Maron. We chatted about the finer points of producing a world-class podcast, including booking the President of the United States, Barack Obama on their show.

Brendan is the yin and Maron is the yang in making WTF get made. Brendan explains in details of the

Ep. 55: James Altucher on Embracing Failure, Choosing Yourself & Finding Your Scene

James Altucher puts it all on the line. As a writer he talks openly about business big gains and big business losses. He talks not only about his big successes but also his failure. James has open sourced his life for everyone to learn from. His WSJ best-selling book Choose Yourself details how to build a

Ep. 53: John Corcoran on Helping Others & Connecting with Influencers

John Corcoran is a lawyer, former writer for The White House, and even had a stint working in L.A. in the entertainment industry. Now he is the host and owner of The Smart Business Revolution, a multi-media business company. He hosts a podcast, creates online courses such as “Connecting with VIP’s” and has a 20,000 person +

Ep. 50: Veronica Belmont on Creating Sword and Laser, Fantasy Book Clubs, Becoming an Expert & More

Veronica Belmont is a renaissance women in the world of modern media. In the bigger picture of her career, Veronica has hard time explaining what she does for a living. Like many in the influencer economy, she is a hyphenate. The Jay-Z effect for her includes podcasting, working for corporate clients, and serving as