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May 6, 2019  

Karlie Smith: Working to Success in Sports Media

In this episode, we talk with Karlie Smith, a former East Carolina softball player who has hit the ground running since graduating in May 2018. In less than a year, she's become a rising star in sports media broadcasting. She's an SEC Digital Network color commentator, and she works in digital production at the University of Georgia.
 
In today's episode:
1. What it is like to talk sports in front of a live tv audience
2. The formula Karlie used to land internships with local TV, radio and sports media companies
3. How Karlie was able to get broadcasting experience well before she ever went live on TV
 
 
Show Notes
 
 
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April 22, 2019  

Zach Maurides: Perseverance Pays Off

My guest is Zach Maurides, who is the founder and CEO of Teamworks, the leading software provider of operations software to athletic organizations world wide. 

The phrase "a glutton for punishment" comes to mind when listening to Zach explain his football career. When Zach talks about his 9 orthopedic surgeries during his college football career at Duke, there isn't the slightest invitation for sympathy. Instead, he tells the story with a sense of genuine accomplishment. After all, not quitting after your 2nd surgery is impressive, but 9 is just insane. And that pain tolerance (i.e. perseverance) is what Zach attributes as the primary reason for his success with Teamworks. In this episode, Zach shares what he's learned in growing a software startup from 4 guys with a dream to the 100 person machine it is today. If you're an athlete, you'll especially appreciate the unique perspective that Zach provides on how to get started in life after sports.

 

Show Notes

Website

 

Connect with Parallel

► Twitter: https://twitter.com/parallelco

► Blog: https://blog.parallelplatform.com/

► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parallelpla

 

Connect with Zach

► Twitter: https://twitter.com/zmaurides

 

Connect with Tyler

► Twitter: https://twitter.com/tylerwbaker

 

 

 

April 8, 2019  

Thomas Sanders: Building a Photo Booth Company

There is a lot of talk about the transferable skills athletes develop while playing sports. Society praises the work ethic, teamwork, and perseverance it takes to compete at the highest levels in sports. However, the talk is often nothing more than general platitudes lacking specificity on how these transferable skills play out in the real world. In this episode, former Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, Thomas Sanders, takes us step by step through the ups and downs of his pro basketball career. He shares how his experiences as an athlete prepared him to start and grow a thriving Photo Booth company that is currently worth over one million dollars. He shares how pro basketball shaped his perspective and prepared him for life after sports.

 

Show Notes

► Web: https://blog.parallelplatform.com/ep3-pro-basketball-to-business-owner-thomas-sanders/

 

Connect with Parallel

► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parallelpla

► Twitter: https://twitter.com/parallelco

 

Connect with Tyler

► Twitter: https://twitter.com/tylerwbaker

 

March 25, 2019  

Johnny Stephene: Handling Life with 1.5M Followers

To some degree, we are all a product of our environment. But it's the choices we make that ultimately determine where we end up.

Fortunately for Johnny, he was able to escape the troubling environment of his youth and choose basketball as a path towards a much brighter future. Today, Johnny is widely known by his Instagram handle @dribble2much and is the founder of HandleLife, a lifestyle brand with over 1.5 million followers across platforms.

Creativity, skill and perhaps perfect timing propelled his personal brand into one of the most recognizable names in professional basketball training. Johnny has trained a number of NBA superstars such as Glibert Arenas, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Demar Derozan. He shares is perspective on why following your passion is actually good advice.

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Show Notes

https://blog.parallelplatform.com/johnny-stephene/  

 

Connect with Parallel

Twitter @parallelco

Instagram @parallelplatform

 

Connect with Johnny

Instagram @dribble2much

Find HandleLife on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/HandleLife 

Visit HandleLife on the web: https://handlelife.com/ 

 

Connect with Tyler

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tylerwbaker

 

March 11, 2019  

Tim Layer: Poker to Code to Exit

Tim is the lead developer and co-founder at Parallel, a software company that helps athletic departments build community for career. He played basketball at Colorado State before transferring to finish his playing career at Liberty University. 

 

Like many classic technology stories, Tim's ventures outside of basketball started in a college dorm room. However, it's probably not what you're thinking. In 2008, Tim started playing online poker and quickly worked his way to earning over $100,000 a year. Realizing poker isn't what he wanted for his life, he gives it up and accepts a tech support role at Liberty University. It's here, Tim's curiosity and drive shifts to computer programming and a new journey begins. In a few years, Tim goes from complete novice to full stack developer. During this time, he and co-founder Tyler Baker, grow a software company called TeamSynced from zero to over 350 customers in the college and pro athletic space until ultimately exiting for multiple seven figures. Tim shares his perspective on why the "programming culture" needs the "athletic culture" and how anyone with determination and patience can learn to code.

 

Show Notes

https://blog.parallelplatform.com/tim-layer/

 

Connect with Tim

Twitter

 

Connect with Parallel

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Instagram

 

Connect with Tyler

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