006: Mark Goodstein On Creating The Modern Day Internet

On today’s episode, we get to listen in on a conversation between my business partner Brandon Averill and serial entrepreneur, Mark Goodstein.

Mark has been starting companies and other ventures for 15 years and is the founder of intrantets.com, goto.com, X1 Technologies, and the progressive automotive XPrize.

Mark also has long-standing ties to Caltech and Ideal Lab – the longest running technology incubator which has created over 150 companies with more than 45 IPO’s and acquisitions.

Mark has been personally involved with launching 4 of those companies, most notably goto.com, which became Overture Services and is now Yahoo’s search-marketing company.

He helped launch this disruptive search engine company in 1996, creating 250 billion dollars in market capitalization today.

Mark has since moved on to X1 Technologies in 2002 to help spark the desktop search revolution.

He also started the Progressive Automotive X Prize which was a set of competitions and events from the X Prize Foundation to inspire a new generation of super-efficient vehicles that help break America’s addiction to oil and curve the effects of climate change.

Mark has helped start two non-profit educational organizations in Pasadena, CA – the Pasadena Educational Network and Fair Oaks Preschool.

Today Mark is a partner at Mount Wilson Ventures which specializes in building early-stage startups, especially those based in the hard sciences, advising industrial partners, and developing innovation communities.

You’ll hear about his current and most exciting project Mark is working on, which he says is “the biggest idea I’ve ever been involved in.”

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005: High Performance Lifestyle With Eric Cressey

Eric Cressey is a long-timer personal friend and the President and Co-Founder of Cressey Sports Performance, with facilities located in Hudson, MA, and Jupiter, FL.

Eric is considered the leading expert in the strength and conditioning industry for professional athletes – specifically baseball players.

Every off season the top baseball players and pitchers travel to Jupiter, FL to have the opportunity to train with Eric.

As a testament to the type of Eric work does specifically with baseball players – he trained both Cy Young Winners in 2017,

As an accomplished author, Cressey has authored over 500 articles, published five books, and co-created four DVD sets that have been sold in over 60 countries around the world.

Eric has been an invited guest speaker in six countries and over 20 U.S. states

He serves on the advisory boards for both the IYCA and Precision Nutrition, and is a baseball consultant to New Balance.

In the business world, Eric has worked with several start-up companies as both an angel investor and advisor.

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004: Leadership, Tough Decisions, and Battling Cancer with Fred Claire

It’s with great pleasure that we bring on Fred Claire, former General Manager and Executive Vice-President of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Most notably, Fred orchestrated the 1988 World Series Championship team. He continued his historic run through June of 1998.

While Fred (or Mr. Claire as some call him) admits to not having the skill to play baseball, his love for the sport grew into a position – and a 30-year career with the Dodgers.

Since then, he’s maintained an active schedule as a columnist and analyst for MLB.com.

He also has served as an instructor at the University of Southern California and as a consultant to companies involved in sports. Fred serves on the advisory board for the Sports Management graduate program at California State University, Long Beach and is a lecturer in Social Sciences, Humanities, and Social Services at California Institute of Technology.

Fred is a member of the board of directors of the Rose Bowl Operating Company and is also holds board of director positions for the Special Olympics of Southern California; the Los Angeles Sports Council; and Life Skills FORE Pasadena Youth, Inc.

Fred is the co-founder of Scoutables, which is revolutionizing the way professional sports organizations manage financial risk around the most valuable financial assets.

But what may be more impressive than the numerous business and leadership success Fred has achieved over the years is his recent battle with cancer.

At City Of Hope Fred has 28 lymph nodes and nerve endings in his jaw bone removed through surgery followed by 33 radiation treatments and seven rounds of chemotherapy.

Fred came out the other side with a new appreciation for the teamwork that it takes to treat cancer, and in Fred-fashion has turned his focus to raising awareness and funds for City Of Hope through the Fred Claire Celebrity Golf Classic.

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003: Aaron Klusman, Talks Career, Investing, And Upcoming Market Trends


In this episode, my good friend and former teammate, Aaron Klusman, talks career, investing, and upcoming market trends.

After becoming an All-American as a Freshmen at ASU, Aaron Klusman went on to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Following a successful career as an athlete, Aaron has turned his attention to investing in sectors like food and beverage, retail, private education, real estate, and most recently – film.

Aaron has a sharp eye for current and upcoming trends that will shape the way our society functions and performs over the coming years.

Aaron is a Dad, investor, and pursuer of things he loves.

A couple things to listen for in this episode:

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002: Scott Donnell On Creating A Million Dollar Business Helping Kids

When Scott Donnell blew his ACL playing tennis, he thought it was all over.

As an All-American at Willamette University, tennis was Scott’s ticket to a potential career with a sustainable cash flow.

After finding the Acton School of Business and many 100-hour weeks, Scott launched a business in the middle of the 2008 financial crisis aimed at helping schools fundraise more than ever before while teaching students leadership skills.

Fast-forward to today, Scott’s company – Apex Leadership Co. – has helped raise more than $50 million for 2300 schools in 26 states, ultimately, serving over 2 million students. In 2017, Apex was awarded the #1 Ranked Franchise in their category by Entrepreneur.

A couple things to listen for in this episode:

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Introducing Athlete CEO – A podcast to help you master money, business, and life.

Welcome to the first episode of the Athlete CEO Podcast!

I’m your host Erik Averill from AWM Capital. On this episode, I’m joined by my brother and business partner, Brandon Averill.

The Athlete CEO podcast brings you real success stories and insights from startup founders to world class investors, digital media experts to athletes, about how to build a successful business, become an attractive investor, and leverage your success to make an impact.

Whether you are a professional athlete wanting to carry your success into the business world or the entrepreneur trying to break through the next ceiling, we dig deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that you can use to reach the level of success you want to achieve.

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