Adventures In Design

Caffeine is a key component in the creative process and it's due time we meet our muses. Working with an organic cold brewed coffee recipe and a punk rock mentality, ThunderKing has steadily grown into a powerhouse backed by a product no one else comes close to. Mark sits down with Dean and Brian to hear about how Costa Mesa's Caffeine Royalty built their empire from a whole lot of elbow grease into a groundbreaking coffee bar and a sprawling network of stockists. From cash flow to human resources, these guys face all the hurdles any startup can encounter when turning their ideas into a reality. Hear their similar struggles and learn how to apply branding and business acumen to your own career as ThunderKing explores what it takes to make it in the new American Dream. But first, grab yourself a baby wolverine and feel that thunder course through your veins to make sure you don't miss a minute of today's episode.

Talking Points

  • The rise of coffee culture and the difference between iced coffee and cold brew. 
  • Leading a few horses to water and learning the ropes along the way. 
  • A drug dealer's sales techniques.
  • Punk as fuck artisan coffee made one at a time by a hairdresser and an intellectual property lawyer. 
  • Too many visions. Too little time.
  • Not enough information. Not enough quality. 
  • Showing up is just the start. 
  • What one man can do another man can do. 
  • Partners, new people, and figuring out the next steps. 
  • The ThunderKing Coffee Bar, walking away, and one star reviews on opening day. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Buying into someone else's dream and seeing potential for a living. 
  • Scouting ThunderKing, calculated risks, and the irreplaceable feeling of accomplishment. 
  • Business acumen on buying into a dream when you've hit a wall where you currently are. 
  • Problems that even money can't solve and making Pinocchio a real boy. 
  • Would ThunderKing sell to Big Beverage for some walk away money?
  • Every Dean needs a Brian. 
  • Branding ThunderKing outside of the Etsy Coffee World and the importance of being yourself in marketing and design. 
  • What is the next destination for the Costa Mesa Kings of Caffeine? 
  • It's a bit easier being green. 
  • Working with your revenue, building with what you have, and finding the numbers that make sense. 
  • The romance and the ritual of coffee. 

TEAM MOTHERFUCKING THUNDERKING

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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:42am PDT

On rare occasions in life we find ourselves sitting across from the kingmakers of the world who have the power to make dreams a reality. The type of people who have the means to connect some of the dots that you always thought would be impossible in a snap of their fingers. Robert Mills is a Senior Vice Presidents at ABC who is in charge of, among many other things, Disney’s special television events. He helps share Walt’s vision with people in the parks and across the globe who want to experience whatever magic they can from the comfort of their living rooms. Mark puts on his mouse ears and sits down with Robert to revel in the genius behind Disneyland, Fast Pass Strategies, and even throws out a pitch to take 1313 Disneyland Drive back onto tv screens everywhere. Today’s Adventure In Design will remind you to stay connected with whatever moves you and to always wear your heart on your sleeve because you just might be talking with someone who can do something about it.

Talking Points

  • The innocence of the animal kingdom and their loose grip on their mortality. 
  • Our lack of understanding, our fear of failure, and our checklists that can feel a bit overwhelming. 
  • Observation and intimidation. 
  • The quest for citizenship and Mark's best self. 
  • Continually upgraded rigs and professional reality show contestants. 
  • If you show up then you have to shut it down. 
  • Disneyland as a ghost town. 
  • Sharing the magic with the rest of the world and the sixtieth anniversary special. 
  • Inside Walt's apartment and his last gamble. 
  • Genius power and the what-could-have-beens. 
  • Does Disneyland shoot small?
  • The other side of Walt's coin. 
  • Seeing the park through the eyes of other people and keep g it special.
  • Mark's Peter Pan Strategy and other Fast Pass insider secrets. 
  • Making memories in the park that last forever... no matter where you are. 
  • Overcoming indoctrination, bringing back Walt's brand of entertainment, and the Love Actually pitch. 
  • Being a fan and respecting the legacy. 
  • Bob Iger, John Lasseter, and the visionaries that run a fine tooth comb through all things Disney. 

TEAM CITIZENS OF DISNEYLAND UNITE

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Featuring an all new introduction with Mark and David breaking down how this episode rose through the ranks to be one of the Best from 2017 (so far).

Start Today - Music Business Inspiration Podcast

On the first episode of Start Today co-hosts Mark Brickey and Biggie breakdown the 1989 Gorilla Biscuits track “Start Today” and go line by line trying to fully understand the songs greater meaning and influences that it had on their lives. However, before we get to breaking down the walls of this inspiration, first Mark provides a rich audio documentary explaining the influences, origin and history of the short lived New York Hard Core super group the Gorilla Biscuits. 

Talking Points

  • Controlling your temper, not blowing up like you used to and realizing work isn’t worth getting mad over. 
  • Understanding that you’re never too old to hangout and the importance of finding your tribe. 
  • Location, location, location, where you are plays a huge part in how you play. 
  • Staying one step ahead of your current career and always planning for the next big thing. 
  • Not just working hard, but working hard toward a focused life plan. 
  • Procrastinating solves nothing, only creates more work. 
  • There is no seniority in the arts, which leaves zero room for laziness. 
  • The importance of movement, keeping moving to keep surviving. 
  • Trusting your gut, you always know what’s right. 
  • Put in the hours, it will always show in the work.
  • The importance of saying sorry face to face. 
  • Time is your enemy, friend and greatest love. 

Circle of Trust

Mark talks about his lessons learned from both the song Start Today and the creating the first podcast episode. As well as plays audio that didn’t make the final public cut. 

Direct download: AID574-BO17i.m4a
Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:40am PDT

On the first episode of Start Today co-hosts Mark Brickey and Biggie breakdown the 1989 Gorilla Biscuits track “Start Today” and go line by line trying to fully understand the songs greater meaning and influences that it had on their lives. However, before we get to breaking down the walls of this inspiration, first Mark provides a rich audio documentary explaining the influences, origin and history of the short lived New York Hard Core super group the Gorilla Biscuits.

 

Talking Points

- Controlling your temper, not blowing up like you used to and realizing work isn’t worth getting mad over.

- Understanding that you’re never too old to hangout and the importance of finding your tribe.

- Location, location, location, where you are plays a huge part in how you play.

- Staying one step ahead of your current career and always planning for the next big thing.

- Not just working hard, but working hard toward a focused life plan.

- Procrastinating solves nothing, only creates more work.

- There is no seniority in the arts, which leaves zero room for laziness.

- The importance of movement, keeping moving to keep surviving.

- Trusting your gut, you always know what’s right.

- Put in the hours, it will always show in the work.

- The importance of saying sorry face to face.

- Time is your enemy, friend and greatest love.


Circle of Trust

Mark talks about his lessons learned from both the song Start Today and the creating the first podcast episode. As well as plays audio that didn’t make the final public cut.

Direct download: AID574.m4a
Category:Music Business -- posted at: 12:00am PDT