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The Standout Experience

34 EpisodesProduced by John WalshWebsite

The Standout Experience will inspire and help you to go beyond the norm and Standout in your career and in life. Each week, we bring you incredible Standout people and world-class experts who share their best ideas, top strategies, and ready-to-use tactics that will help you reach your potential and… read more


Ep 13: Standing Out at Apple and Firehud with Zack Braun

Zack Braun is with me, and we are exploring what it takes to stand out in a place like Apple and as an entrepreneur. 

Zack is a Georgia Tech grad, soon to be MBA, and Forbes 30 under 30 (did you know there is an application for that?). A National Science Foundation STTR Grant winner and founder and CEO of Firehud, Zack knows all about standing out in industries where you are surrounded by the best of the best.

To stand out in highly competitive arenas; it is not enough to just be selected or be the best in your small pond. It takes initiative. It takes commitment. It takes seeking out ways to improve, learn and set yourself up to have differentiators among your peers. It isn’t enough to work the most hours – you have to show up, work hard and kill everything you do.

As young people, it is not enough to pick a job and live life. It is about finding a problem that you are passionate about solving and then doing just that. While discovering your path, make sure you are exploring your interests and diversifying the things you learn. Surround yourself with a good group of strong and trusted friends that will challenge you and push you. 

Dare to pursue and explore opportunities. Go after the things you know are essential to your future. As you interview for internships or approach clients, remember that they are all human, just like you. You don’t need to be nervous.

Once you find the path you want to walk, don’t be afraid to take calculated risks. As a leader or an entrepreneur, you have the responsibility to set the culture within your organization. Lead by example. Don’t micromanage. Make wise hiring choices – hire smart people and give them the freedom to manage themselves.

If you can take anything away from Zack and apply it immediately, it is this: Try new things, utilize the technology around you, like YouTube, and expand your skill sets. Also, Firehud is always looking to hire great people. Email your resume. Let’s see if it is a good fit.

Rise. Shine. Impact. Invest in learning something new.


To apply for a position with Firehud, please email your resume to

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