Alexi Cashen | Lies, Deceit, and a $1.8 Million Embezzlement


Trust is the foundation of all healthy relationships. 

We all want to trust our employees, family, friends, and coworkers.

But what happens when trust in an employee is taken for granted to the tune of $1.8 Million in embezzled money from the company? Unfortunately for Alexi Cashen, she knows the answer too well. 

Alexi Cashen is the CEO, or she prefers to be known, “Chief Executive Optimist” for Elenteny Imports. A fast-growing multiple-eight figure wine business, Elenteny Imports is dedicated to helping its partners grow in the wine, beer, and spirits industry. 

In this episode, Alexi joins John to share her story of an ex-employee’s embezzlement of her company, how she discovered the scheme, and what she and her company did to survive the ordeal. 

In this episode, we also talk about:

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  • Alexi’s Cautionary Tale of a Bad Employee
  • How Her Employee Embezzlement Scheme Played Out
  • How Alexi Found Out About the Scheme
  • Why People Who Embezzle Usually Don’t Take Vacations
  • The Double Life That Alexi’s Employee Lived
  • What Alexi Would Do Differently
  • How Elenteny Imports Survived the Fallout
  • How Alexi Remains Optimistic Through the Ordeal
  • Running into Her Former Employee in the Bathroom During the Trial
  • Final Words of Wisdom for Other Business Owners
  • Who Alexi Thanks for Her Success

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John Corcoran  0:40  

Alright, welcome everybody. My guest on the show is Alexi Cashen, and Alexi is the CEO or she prefers to be known as the Chief Executive Optimist for Elenteny Imports, which is a fast growing multiple-eight figure wine business, but this episode is going to be a little bit different from a lot of the other ones that you’ve heard from me because she has a startling story to share, and it a story she’s only shared with a small circle. Up until this point, mostly her close friends and colleagues to cautionary tale of fraud and deceit but one which every business owner and entrepreneur needs to hear so stay tuned for that 

But first before we get into that this podcast is brought to you by rise 25 media which is our done for you agency focused on helping b2b businesses to get more clients real partners and strategic partners through done for you podcast and done for you content marketing and lead generation Our company has over 20 years of experience. With podcasting. We believe starting a podcast one of the best things you can do for your business and you personally even get to have amazing conversations and insightful conversations with accomplished entrepreneurs, like Lexi here today. And if you do it right, a podcast is so many things at once. It is business development, networking, client acquisition, referral, marketing, and more. Highly recommended I tell everyone, they need to have one because you’re really missing out if you don’t do it. But our greater mission with rise 25 is really to make the world a smaller fate place by creating connections helping to connect more entrepreneurs and business owners with they’re ideal prospects and referral partners and people they love to connect with and to work with. Well learn more go to rise 25 calm and as I mentioned, 

My guest is Alexi Cashen she calls herself the Chief Executive Optimist. She spreads the gospel of empathetic customer service and sales panache. She has over 20 years of experience in food and wine. And she has had experience in hospitality, retail, wholesale and supplier positions. She’s worked in Colorado worked in New York City for a variety different companies. She co founded l&t imports back in 2010. It’s a wine importer that services, other wine importers helping them with their back office needs from logistics and order fulfillment, brand compliance, and accounting. 

So Alexi, you know, we connected through an EO Entrepreneurs Organization event that you came and spoke at. And you told a very candid story about a rogue employee will put it that way, a trusted employee that ended up really damaging the business. And so let’s just start where we start. You told the story of hiring this trusted employee who came on who helped your business and where was your business when you brought in this employee? How’s it doing it? Yeah, what stage was this will say?

Alexi Cashen  3:20  

Sure. Thanks very much, John, for having me on your podcast. Yeah, so the tale or this cautionary tale as you as you call it started. Although my business started in 2010. It was circa 2015, where our business had really catapulted, we went from just an infantile startup to, you know, really full fledged business, we were close to cresting $10 million in revenue. And we definitely doubled our employee base, and certainly had added a tremendous amount of new business and customers. And yeah, so we were we were hiring very quickly, probably too quickly. And ultimately, you know, brought somebody into our team that was, you know, a fox in the henhouse, so to speak somebody that had every intention to hurt the business from the get go. And we were completely ill prepared for that.

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Peter Diamandis | Exponential Thinking, Moonshots, and Abundance Mindset


Our mindset and the way we approach our goals are a major factor to determines our success.

Our guest Peter Diamandis firmly believes this, and he has the experience to back it up. 

Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the well-known XPRIZE Foundation, which awards a $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight. He is a New York Times Bestselling author who has co-written two books, Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think (Exponential Technology Series), and Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World (Exponential Technology Series)

In this episode, John is joined by Peter Diamandis to talk about the Apollo space mission, emerging technologies in energy and medicine, and how companies can adapt to disruption.

In this episode, we also talk about:

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  • Why We Haven’t Gone Back to the Moon, and What Peter Thinks of the Future of Space Exploration
  • Private Citizens Going to the Space Station
  • Linear Thinking Versus Exponential Thinking
  • The Improving State of Our Energy Production and Renewable Energy Sources
  • The Impact of 3D Printing
  • The Changing Technology of Food
  • The Idea Behind XPRIZE and How it Started
  • How Companies Can Prepare and Adapt to Disruption
  • What is an MTP, and what is a Moonshot?
  • Human Longevity Inc
  • Who Peter Thanks For His Success

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John Corcoran  0:40  

Alright, welcome, everybody. My guest on this show is Peter Diamandis, it’s an honor to interview Peter because I’m a big fan of his books and his work. He’s the founder of the XPRIZE Foundation, Singularity University and two New York Times bestselling books with his co-author Steven Kotler Abundance and Bold. 

But first before we start this podcast is brought to you by Rise25media which is our done for you agency focused on helping b2b businesses to get more clients referral partners and strategic partners through done for you podcast and done for you content marketing, our company has over 20 years of experience with podcasting, we believe starting a podcast one of the best things you can do for your business. And you personally if you do it, right, it’s so many things at once business developing business development, networking client acquisition, it allows you to even have a conversation with people whose work you admire, like I’m about to do here with Peter and Peter is a fellow podcaster as well. So I know he likes to medium as well. But our greater mission through 25 is to make the world a smaller place by creating connections helping connect more entrepreneurs and business owners with their ideal prospects and referral partners they love to work with. So as I mentioned, my guest is Peter Diamandis and Fortune Magazine named Peter is one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders alongside the Dalai Lama, the Pope, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, and Bill Clinton. So that’s who we’re dealing with here. He’s no slouch. He’s the founder and executive chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world and designing and operating large scale incentive competitions. I’m sure you’ve heard of that before. Also the executive founder of singular University, which is a graduate level Silicon Valley institution to my neck of the woods, counseling world leaders on exponentially growing technologies, which we’re going to talk about in a moment there as well. It’s also started over 20 companies in a variety of areas, and we’re trying to hit a lot of those areas. As we get through them. My old boss said, if people read Peters that bill clinton talking, I’m paraphrasing him, they will find that while the trend lines are extremely bad, but what the hell of the headlines are extremely bad, the trend lines are really good, which is such a great summary of what you do, Peter, you get asked a lot about the future. But I want to start by asking you about the past, much of your interest throughout your career has been in space. This past weekend was the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. I just want to start there. What are your thoughts on that anniversary, but also the state of affairs of space exploration today, which you’re so passionate about?

Peter Diamandis  2:49  

JOHN, a pleasure to be here. So what is amazing about Apollo is not the fact that we got there in 1969. It’s the fact that we’ve never gone back. And it’s is a, it’s in essence, a result of the fact that it’s really expensive. And it took a ton of national capital. And we’ve gotten out of the flags and footsteps stage. But what’s coming before us is far more exciting, right? I put more credence into Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, and number of other billionaires about getting us into space on a regular basis than I do any governments, it really is going to become either a race or cooperation or competition between Ilan and Jeff and the Chinese and NASA getting back to moon getting to Mars. But we’re at the beginning of an amazing time of human exploration. You know, the cost of designing building launching rockets has plummeted, compared to what it used to be because of massive computational power because of 3d printing because of simulation capabilities. And so we’re at the on of the new golden age of space exploration. And it’s happening right now, while we’re alive. You know, whatever we evolve into as humans 100,000 years ago, a million years from now. We’re going to look back at these next few decades is the moment time and the human race moved out of the, you know, the cradle of Earth into the cosmos. So super excited. The nine year old boy and me still loves this loves this greatly. And I’ll just close by saying everything we hold a value on earth metals, minerals, energy, real estate, are in near infinite quantities and space. So yes, we’ll make the, you know, the next generation of millionaires there. But it’s really about giving humanity a multi planetary future. So

John Corcoran  4:45  

NASA is interesting announcement from NASA, they announced in June of this year was opening up the space station to private tourists. Your thoughts on that? Yeah.

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Gino Wickman | How to Make the Entrepreneurial Leap

Becoming an entrepreneur is a dream for many people.

But the first question you should ask is: 

Do you have what it takes?

Gino Wickman is an author, entrepreneur, and founder of the hugely successful EOS Worldwide, which has trained thousands of entrepreneurs. He is now putting his energy into helping aspiring entrepreneurs to figure out if they should become an entrepreneur in the first place through his new book Entrepreneurial Leap, Do You Have What it Takes to Become an Entrepreneur?

On this episode, Gino Wickman joins John to discuss his new book, how he started EOS, and the six essential traits of an entrepreneur.

In this episode, we also talk about:

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  • How Gino developed EOS (Entrepreneur Operating System)
  • The Family Business was Deep in Debt When Gino Inherited It
  • Some People Should Not Be Entrepreneurs
  • The Definition of an Entrepreneur
  • The Differences Between Being Self-Employed and Being an Entrepreneur
  • The Six Essential Traits of an Entrepreneur
  • Sometimes it is Risky to Not Be an Entrepreneur
  • What Happens When You Lack One of the Traits
  • Why Gino’s Father Made Him Sell $5 Million Worth of Real Estate Before Joining the Family Business
  • Who Gino Thanks for His Success

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John Corcoran  0:40  

Alright, welcome everybody. My guest on this show I’m super excited about is Gino Wickman. He’s the author of the new book Leap: Do You Have What it Takes to Become an Entrepreneur? If you’re considering starting a business or if you’ve recently started a business? This episode is for you. We’ll be talking about the six essential traits you need to be an entrepreneur we’ll talk about what a real entrepreneurs life entrepreneurs, life looks like, and what you need to do in order to survive as an entrepreneur. But first, if you’re new to the show, we don’t charge for this podcast. It’s free I published hundreds of episodes every single one I talked to top thought leaders, CEOs founders experts, and I asked them about building their business by also asked him about the key relationships with clients, mentors, peers, referral partners influencers and how they built them and how you can do it to to grow your business. So the one thing we ask is if you want to continue to deliver that value to your business, subscribe, okay, subscribe to get the downloads automatically go do that right now. Also, before we started this podcast is brought to you by rise 25 media which are done for you agency focused on helping b2b businesses to get more clients referral partners and strategic partners through a done for you podcast and done for you content marketing, our company has 20 years of experience. With podcasting, we believe starting a podcast is one of the best things you can do for your business. And you personally, you do it right. It’s so many things at once as business development, networking, clients acquisition, referral, marketing, all of those things in one. And our mission through 25 is make the world a smaller place by creating connections helping connect more entrepreneurs, business owners with their ideal prospects and referral partners and people they love to talk to and love to work with. You can learn more at rise 25 dot com. Now, as I mentioned, my guess is Gina Whitman. Such an honor to have you sir. He’s the author of the new book leap you have it already takes to become an entrepreneur. And now Gino, even an entrepreneur since the age of 21. And I have no doubt you know, you, you were born into a family business. Your father was a entrepreneur, a leader building his own business. And you know, I’m sure that when you were having been raised in that, and you’re graduating high school, and you know you’re going to go into this, you must have been absolutely certain and confident that, you know, I know what to do as an entrepreneur. I’ve no doubt about that. Right?

Gino Wickman  2:57  

Yeah, that’s great. Absolutely.

John Corcoran  3:01  

Well, that’s reassuring to hear.

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Jonathan Doochin | Building the Nation’s Largest Solar Distributor & The Clean Energy Economy

The way we are creating and consuming energy is being transformed every day.

Jonathan Doochin is helping to lead the way with clean, efficient solar innovation.

Jonathan Doochin is a prolific entrepreneur who has worked in software, automotive, finance, and construction. He is now the CEO of Soligent Holdings Inc. as well as Soligent Distribution. 

On this episode John is joined by Jonathan Doochin to talk about Solar Power, his time in the Obama Administration, and how he started brokering cars instead of going to medical school. 

In this episode, we also talk about:

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  • What Jonathan Learned Brokering High-End Sports Cars
  • Selling His Brokerage and Going Back to School
  • Joining the Obama Administration and the Department of Energy
  • How Jonathan’s Time in Government Informs His Work Today
  • Businesses are Using Solar Panels to Shade Parking Lots and Making Money
  • The Economics of Solar and Nuclear Energy
  • The Emergence of Solar Power in Cars
  • The Challenges of Leading a Company with a Legacy
  • Solar is the Future
  • As Solar Decreases in Cost, the Benefits Multiply
  • Who Jonathan Thanks for His Success

Resources Mentioned:

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John Corcoran  0:40  

Alright, welcome everyone my guests in this show is Jonathan Duchesne. He’s the CEO of solo agent, which is the nation’s largest solar distributors a 40 year old company, hundred employees, we’re going to talk about the movement towards the clean energy economy, its implication for other businesses, some of the challenges that he’s experienced, growing, and really growing this business and some of the, you know, different, you know, issues you have to deal with with that. And, you know, I have not yet interviewed anyone on the topic of solar energy on this podcast. However, earlier in my career, I worked on environment, environmental initiatives. And I do believe that this is really a important issue to talk about as climate change becomes more and more urgent. And as there’s really a big movement towards clean energy economy, and how it will have wide ranging impacts on society and other businesses and really opportunities for other businesses. That’s really what I’m most excited about. So I wanted to give Jonathan a platform to talk about some of these issues. But first, if you’re new to the show, we don’t charge for this podcast, I published hundreds of episodes, every single one of them. We talked to top thought leaders, CEOs, founders, experts, we asked them to break down how they built key relationships with clients, with peers with strategic partners, and how you can do it too. And you know, spending time and building relationships with the right people is one of the best things you can do for your business. So if you find value in this podcast, and will we ask you to subscribe. That’s the easiest way to make sure that you get the updates directly to your phone. And before we started this podcast brought to you by rise 25 media which is our done for you agency focused on helping b2b businesses to get more clients referral partners and strategic partners through a done for you podcasts and done for you content marketing, our company has over 20 years of experience with podcasting, we believe starting podcast is one of the best things you can do for your business and you personally. And if you do it, right, it’s many things in one, its business development, networking, client acquisition, referral, marketing, all of that. And so if you want to learn more, go to rise 25 calm, and you can learn how using a tool like a podcast and help make the world a smaller place by creating great connections for you and your business. And as I mentioned, my guess is Jonathan dejan now, Jonathan, you’re the CEO of solo agent, you know, the nation’s largest solar distributor. And so, you know, naturally, you started your career working for a company that brokered high end sports cars. Right, what is true California looking over your background, you’ve got like deep experience and energy and a bunch of different areas, except for brokering high end sports cars. So but i’m i’m curious, though, because I do believe there’s always nuggets that we get from different career experiences that we bring to the work that we do today. So I’ll bet even today, you look back on that experience. And there’s something there’s something you learn from that experience that you apply today is there or nothing at all?

Jonathan Doochin  3:24  

Oh, I think 100%. So, I mean, technically, I actually dropped out of out of Harvard, that was after my freshman year to start selling high end cars online through eBay and auto trader. And for me, I was going to be a doctor. So you could say definitely switch my trajectories. And I’m definitely not a doctor. But what it taught me was that I could apply that same skill skill set and that same desire to make an impact through business, and really kind of have a scale that I might not have been able to have in other roles that I was thinking about. And that got me pretty psyched up, which was, say the least exciting. And I think when I think about the lessons I took from it, at a very high level. It was my first real time doing marketing online. It was my first real time building a six person team who I got to work with. And as a 19 year old, I had 18 phone numbers coming into my phone, from different advertisements talking to people whose who would have just remember the line, do you know who I am? Like, in other words, that person was super important. And I wanted to be like, I’m a 19 year old sitting in my bedroom selling you a Ferrari. I don’t think you know who I am. I mean, it’s it’s, in other words, like, you know, it’s pretty funny, if you knew you probably would not be talking to me. And so it was just an experience, and pretty much everything. And I just remember even coming down to the legal aspects. I mean, there were people selling fake cars, and even dealing with the legal aspects of thinking about how you put how you actually do that, and don’t get put in jail and put somebody else in jail for stealing money. It was literally you could you the car businesses, everything is every you could imagine.

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Guy Kawasaki | From Hawaii to Apple, to Canva and Beyond

Most people would not be brave enough to speak their mind in front of Steve Jobs.

Guy Kawasaki is not most people.

Guy is an entrepreneur and prolific author, as well as the Chief Evangelist for Canva. He has written fifteen books, and is the brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz. 

This week John is joined by Guy Kawasaki for the second time, this time to share stories in his new book Wise Guy: Lessons from a Life, including stories about growing up in Hawaii, his time at Apple, and why he is proud to work with Canva. 

In this episode, we also talk about:

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  • How Guy Grew Up in Hawaii, and His Education
  • The Racial Demographics are Different in Hawaii
  • The Influence of Books on Guy’s Life
  • Guy’s Two Weeks of Law School
  • How Guy Came to Work at Apple
  • What Guy Learned From His Time in the Jewelry Business
  • What is Was Like Working for Steve Jobs
  • How He Passed the “Steve Jobs Test”
  • Where Apple Can Go From Here
  • How Guy Came to Work With Canva
  • Who Guy Thanks for His Success

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John Corcoran  0:40  

Alright welcome everybody. My guest on this show back for a second time is Guy Kawasaki, and I’m so excited to have guy on because guy, you are the most amazing author of the series of books Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and I’m just kidding. Just kidding. He makes a big deal in the book about how he’s been confused a couple times with Robert Kiyosaki. You even have a picture in the book of you with Robert Kiyosaki which I have to say you look nothing like it but guys, the author of the new book, wise guy, which is his most personal book, yet we’ll get to it all kinds of great stories from his life about his from his upbringing in Hawaii to his time on Apple’s Macintosh team in the 1980s to today a chief evangelist of Canvas but first before we dive into this interview, this podcast is brought to you by rise 25 media which is our done for you agency focused on helping b2b businesses to get more clients referral partners and strategic partner strategic partners through a done for you podcast and done for you content marketing, and lead generation and I personally been podcasting for over eight years, my business partner as well. And we both say the podcast is one of the best things that we’ve done in our lives. But our bigger mission with rise 25 is to make the world a smaller place by helping create connections helping connect more entrepreneurs and business owners with the ideal prospects and we’re

partners so they love to work with. It’s even in our name, rise 25, which was inspired by the term rising tide lifts all boats, which guy actually uses in his book. So it was really cool to see that. So if you want to learn more about it, go visit us at rise 25 dot com. And as I mentioned, my guests on this podcast is Guy Kawasaki gave him a little bit of a hard time there at the beginning about Rich Dad, Poor Dad, but a big thank you to our mutual friend, Susan Rowan for putting us back in touch. And so guy, wise guy, it’s not an autobiography, you say but you share a lot of your stories from your life. You’ve written 14 books. Why write this book now? 

Guy Kawasaki 

Because I got a big advance

John Corcoran  2:40  

There you go.

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Brandon Klein | How to Collaborate Better, from Davos to the Gates Foundation

Collaboration happens at some point in the operation of almost any business. 

It doesn’t always go as smoothly as we hope.

Brandon Klein is one of the top experts in the world at facilitating collaboration.

Brandon Klein is an author and Chief Collaboration Officer for theDifference Consulting, a leading consulting agency specializing in the implementation of change. Branton wrote the #1 Amazon bestseller Facilitating Collaboration: Notes on Facilitation For Experienced Collaborators

In this episode, John sits down with Brandon to discuss the challenges of collaboration, consulting with the Air Force, and the time he traveled across Africa making a movie.

In this episode, we also talk about:

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  • The Time Brandon Drove Across the Entire Continent of Africa
  • What Drew Brandon to Change and Collaboration
  • What is a Stand-up Meeting?
  • How Brandon Likes to Build Collaboration with Teams
  • Examples of Brandon’s Techniques
  • Brandon’s Experience Working with Davos
  • Interacting with State Leaders and People Who are used to Commanding a Room
  • Using Computers and Software to Increase Business Networking
  • At Networking Events, the Real Experts are Usually Right Next to You
  • How Brandon Got His Inspiration
  • Why theDifference Consulting Does Things so Differently
  • The Experience of Collaborating with The Air Force
  • Working with the World Bank and the Gates Foundation
  • Who Brandon Thanks for His Success

Resources Mentioned:

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Episode Transcript

John Corcoran  0:40  

Alright, welcome everybody. My guest on this show is Brandon Klein. He is the first fortune 100 chief collaboration officer. He’s also the partner in the difference consulting, we’ve got some really amazing, well known clients like IBM, Microsoft, the Gates Foundation, CNN, dozens and dozens of other big companies where they come in, they help with collaboration activities, we’re going to be talking about that. He’s also the author of facilitating collaboration notes on facilitation for experienced collaborators and also the founder of an interesting new software company collaboration on AI, which is AI software to help improve team dynamics and enhance network connection. So we’re going to ask him also about that as well. But first, if you’re new to the show, we don’t charge for this podcast, it’s completely free of post hundreds of episodes, every one of them I talked to top thought leaders, co CEOs, founders, experts, ask them to break down how they built key relationships with mentors and peers and referral partners and influencers and it’s all aimed at helping you to do it too. And as you know, spending time building relationships with the right people is one of the best things you can do for your business. So if you find value in this podcast, which I guarantee you you will, all we ask is you subscribe so you can receive the downloads automatically and so you can keep focusing on building relationships and growing your business this you get even even pause this right now and go hit the subscribe button on your phone right now. And also before we started this podcast is brought to you by rise 25 media which is our done for you agency focusing on helping b2b businesses, get more clients referral partners and strategic partners through a done for you podcast and done for you content marketing. Our company has over 20 years experience of podcasting. I believe personally starting a podcast, one of the best things you can do for your business, and you personally have gotten tremendous value out of it. And if you do it right, a podcast is so many things in one that’s business development, networking, it’s relationship building, client acquisition, even collaboration, it’s so many great things at once. And so our mission through restaurant vive is to make the world a smaller place by creating those connections through that tool, helping to connect more entrepreneurs and business owners with their ideal prospects and referral partners. So they love to work with. Alright, so as I mentioned, my guest is Brandon Klein, Brandon, first, first fortune 100 chief collaboration officer, I want to find out how you you got into doing that. But first, before we get into that you were working. Earlier in your career, you actually drove across the entire continent of Africa unless in 10 bucks a day making a movie. We’re just talking about this beforehand. How did that come about? Because I’m looking at your LinkedIn profile here and and film producer doesn’t seem like a natural connection to all the other things that you’ve been doing, which are substantial in your career, how did you end up doing that project?

Brandon Klein  3:31  

When I was a little kid, my grandpa worked for 3am. I’m a homegrown Minnesota. And he would travel to Africa as we were little kids and tell stories about their. And we found out later that what Western companies were doing there, and then Western charities where we thought we were sending our money to help little kids in school or sponsor a child or whatever it was that we thought we were doing good or good intentions, were actually not received very well. In fact, there’s nothing worse than then sending leftover clothes to Africa, because it just puts the shirtmaker out of business or giving shoes just put the local Shoesmith out of business. And so we wanted to see for ourselves. So we took public transportation from Cairo all the way to Cape Town over six months filming the charities and the local people that were actually impacted by what we thought were our good intentions. But oftentimes, we’re not.

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