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Rebroadcast: Episode 7: Brian Blum, book author and business reporter
The California-born Brian Blum moved with his family to Israel in 1994. Once there, he merged his twin loves of technology and writing and became a business journalist, and his work appears throughout the country. In 2012, he and his family became enamored with an Israeli electric car startup called Better Place. The company had an ingenious idea. Ten years ago, Better Place CEO Shai Agassi was on list after list of the world's most innovative young entrepreneurs. He appeared on magazine covers and was invited all over the world to present his vision for the future of electric cars. In a sense, Shai Agassi was Elon Musk before Elon Musk. Agassi's company had an audacious plan. At the time, people were reluctant to buy electric cars because they were afraid the battery wouldn't last all the way to their destination. Sure, they could do short errands, but what if they wanted to drive long distances? How would they charge their car? And more to the point, even if they could charge their car, they'd have to wait several hours for the battery to work again. (Plug-in technology for fast charging at an affordable price didn't exist yet.) Agassi's Better Place company had a solution. Brian Blum was a Better Place customer and decided to write a book about the company. In this week's episode, we visit Blum's Jerusalem home to discuss the Better Place story. Plus: The bizarre reason why most people who bought the car â€“ including Blum â€“ had to return it. For behind the scenes access to our show, including sneak peeks of future episodes, please join the "Our Friend from Israel" Facebook group. For additional notes, photos and a transcript of this episode, please visit www.ourfriendfromisrael.com.
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Ep. 66: Electrifying Education with Mario Miller and Javier Lopez
30 years ago trades were pushed out of public schools, but today theyâ€™re roaring back. Tune in as Mayor Emanuel sits down with Dunbar Career Academy High School instructor and IBEW electrician Mario Miller and one of his students, Javier Lopez, to hear about what itâ€™s like in the classroom, the importance of trades, and getting every Chicago student to believe in themselves.
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Revisiting Governor Eric Holcomb discusses tech growth in Indiana | Ep. 63
Back in June of this year, Associate Dean of the Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis, Phil Powell sat down with Gov. Eric Holcomb to discuss the tech growth, here in the Hoosier State. On this episode, we're talking with Phil about his experience inside the Governor's Mansion and revisiting that previous episode. Do you have any questions about your business? Want to let us know how we're doing? Have a guest that would like to be on our show? Send us an email!