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The Start Down

173 EpisodesProduced by Michael FicaraWebsite

We've all heard of the startup, but have you heard of the Startdown? What actually happens behind the scenes when you get to work? That's what the Startdown Podcast is all about. It's the grind, hustle, and drive that happens behind the scenes of the business you are creating. Host: Mike Ficara.

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EP 173 Create Generational Time, not Generational Wealth

August 9th, 2022


Henry Ford once said, "The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." As I sat down to reflect on this, I realized that just setting …

Ep 172 Megan Galane shares why systems are so important to businesses of any size

June 21st, 2022


Megan is a systems integrator who helps CEOs grow their teams and their legacies. 

I had the pleasure of having her on "The Start Down Podcast," and she explained how she’s been able to effectively get more projects …

Ep 171 Rich Owen helped make NASA secure and explains why you need to be as well when online

June 14th, 2022


Privacy is very important, and Rich Owen breaks it down in a very relatable way as to why you need to protect your computer. yes - little ol’ you in …

EP-170 Agi Keramidas talk about taking the leap into personal development

June 7th, 2022


Do you hate going to the dentist? 

If Agi Keramidas was your dentist, you would not feel that way! Unfortunately, if you’re in the U.S., he cannot be …

Ep 169 Gramps Jeffrey talks about how time is our most valuable resource

May 31st, 2022


"Did you ever think a 3-year-old could inspire you?" 

This week we speak with Gramps Jeffrey who spoke about just that. During COVID, he was inspired …

Ep 168 Entrepreneurs cannot afford not to have a lawyer like Shahrina Ankhi-Krol

May 3rd, 2022


Ep 168 Entrepreneurs cannot afford not to have a lawyer like Shahrina Ankhi-Krol
Do you struggle with creating reels or videos for your social media? …

Ep 167 The Podcast On Podcasting Ep207 Intentionally Developing Meaningful Content

April 26th, 2022


Do you ever go to dinner at someone else's house?

It’s great! There's nothing to cook or clean and you have a great meal and usually great conversation!

That is how I feel when I get to be a guest on someone else's …

Ep 166 Tyler McBroom is the tax master to small business owners and sharks

April 19th, 2022


Did you file your taxes yesterday?

If you did, forgot, or if yesterday caused you stress, Tyler McBroom can offer great advice! 

Many people hear the word accountant and think, this guy is going to be boring and yell at …

EP 165 Kate Eberle Walker shares tips from her book The Good Boss

April 5th, 2022


On this episode of THE START DOWN Podcast, I have the pleasure of interviewing Kate Eberle Walker, author of The Good Boss. We dive into what advice she has for entrepreneurs and educators for moving forward in the best …

EP 164 We all want to be better In this episode Hank Brand from Sibme tells us how they are helping teachers improve their skills without stress

March 30th, 2022


We all want to be better. In this podcast episode, Hank Brand (Sibme) tells us how he is helping teachers improve their skills without stress.
 Making sure teachers are well-equipped is one thing but making sure they …

EP 163 Magen McGahee from Galaxy Next Generation explains why audio and security are so important right now

March 22nd, 2022


Can you hear me now?

We know how much the educational experience has changed for students across the country, but it is so much more than just online learning.

In this week’s episode, we speak with Magen McGahee from …

EP 162 Merri Bragg from Lightspeed tells Mike Ficara why the classroom may not sound like the one you grew up in

March 15th, 2022


Merri Bragg from Lightspeed tells Mike Ficara why your classroom may not sound like the one you grew up in. 

I think we can all agree that classrooms …

EP 161 Did you know schools and business can have the government help them achieve their goals!

March 8th, 2022


Did you know that the government can help schools and businesses achieve their goals? Believe it or not - the government DOES want your business to …

EP 160 Benny Salas shares why you need a coach with Mike Ficara on the Start Down Podcast

February 15th, 2022



It is all about how your followers and likes are turning into conversations, engagements, and sales. How …

EP 159 Childhood friend and successful business partner Julio Villarreal talk mentorship

February 8th, 2022


Who are your mentors in your life? What or how do you DEFINE a mentor?

In this episode of The Start Down Podcast, my childhood friend and successful …

EP-158 Stop looking for unicorns and ninjas to handle your marketing

February 1st, 2022


Have you heard of this crazy trend of people avoiding calling goals what they are (goals) & calling them everything else except that for 2022? It’s RIDICULOUS! (P.S. It's NOT WEIRD to laugh at yourself on a …

EP-157 Tiffany Taylor speak about setting time boundaries for more freedom with Mike Ficara

January 25th, 2022


In this interview, Tiffany Taylor describes WHAT your most valuable & most expensive time is.

I can almost guarantee that you didn’t think that …

EP-156 Raj Subrameyer speaks about Time Blocking with Mike Ficara

January 18th, 2022


YOU pick the labels that you associate yourself with! POINT BLANK. PERIOD. 

All that matters is that YOU believe you have a vision, YOU believe you are worth it, YOU believe it's yours for the taking. 

In this episode of …

EP 155 Mike Ficara speaks with Marshall Terrin about the matrix of entrepreneurship

December 14th, 2021


2021 has been hard on many businesses and industries. 
On the other hand, many people have been able to find opportunity. 
This week I spoke with Marshall Terrin about the matrix of entrepreneurship. We covered …

EP 154 David Koeneman and Mike Ficara talk about working from home

December 7th, 2021


Working from home is amazing, or it could be the worst thing ever. 

It really depends on how you set up your work at home environment. This week on …

EP 153 Mike Ficara speaks about why you should expect change, but also don't expect change.

November 16th, 2021


Life can be really boring sometimes. 
Nothing exciting ever happens to me! 
Life needs to slow down. 
Have you said any of these things? 
Life and business are unpredictable. On this week’s episode of the podcast, we …

EP 152 Mike Ficara speaks with Eric Chow on if you have to choose entrepreneurship or college

October 26th, 2021


What the order, motivation, education, and experiences? 

Which one must come first? 

Do they all work together at the same time? 

We explore those …

EP 151 Mike Ficara speaks with Jake Kelfer about his new book.

October 19th, 2021


It is not how you start… 
It is not how you finish… 
It is how you keep going! 
On this week’s episode we speak with Jake Kelfer about his new book. Jake has not only worked with entrepreneurs, but many major athletes …

EP-150 Mike Ficara talks about the process of writing Like Socks On A Rooster

October 12th, 2021


No one cares about me. Do you ever say that to yourself? Do you feel your story does not matter? Well, you never know who you are going to help or when you plant a seed. This past week I was at an event and spent time …

Ep 149 Mike Ficara speaks with Isaac Mashman about the power of a personal brand.

September 28th, 2021


Do you want to be a rock star? 
Most people think they don’t need to be on social media, it’s not important. No matter if your online or not, people are talking about you. If you are not telling your story, someone else …

EP 148 Joel Wolh talks about how he is going to take down LinkedIn

September 21st, 2021


Social media has too many people on it! 
Have you ever said this about Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or any other social network? 
At the end of the day the “power houses” of today may not be around tomorrow, remember …

EP 147 Mike Ficara speaks with Jim Van Allan about keeping our teachers positive during another unprecedented school year

September 14th, 2021


"So, you're a doctor like Kissinger's a doctor." 
First off, if you know what show this is from you are my best friend and leave it in the comments. 

EP 146 Mike Ficara speaks with Dominica Lumazar on makes marketing a 360 experience

September 7th, 2021


We are back! 

Not only are we back, but this week’s guest Dominica Lumazar was someone that brought value to the podcast from word one! You don’t want to miss this episode! 

We covered three key items in this episode:

1. …

EP 145 Mike Ficara talks about what happens when a guest doesn't show up

July 27th, 2021


Have you ever had someone cancel on you? 
I did last week, twice! So that means another solo episode! 
This was a great opportunity for me to test …

EP-144 Mike Ficara talks about why he sucks at podcasting and how to be perfect

July 13th, 2021


How do you know if you’re good at something? 

How do you know if you’re doing a good job?

How do you measure perfect?

Is it always about the numbers?

In this week’s episodes we did into this, and other fun topics from a new …

EP-143 Mike Ficara speaks with Jeremy Torisk about failing your way to success

July 6th, 2021


Have you ever said to yourself, I could be more successful if…? Well, stop that! 
On this week’s episode of The StartDown Podcast we speak with …

EP-142 MIke Ficara speaks with Dr. Ian Brooks about why you need to take action with Intention

June 29th, 2021


What is holding you back as we close out Q2? What do you need to take it to the next level as we "get back to normal"? On this week's episode of The …

EP-141 Mike Ficara talks about how things have been giong this year, last year and the year to come

June 24th, 2021


Has this been your best year, or your worst year? The pandemic has provided a great opportunity for some, and great struggles for others. With some amazing guests over the last year it's time for me to share some …

EP-140 Featuring The BE podcast, Alicia and Mike address the topic are the fundamentals in marketing changing

June 15th, 2021


What you see is just the tip of the iceberg. The thought and strategy behind a marketer's creation is what, at the end of the day, drives results for …

EP-139 Mike Ficara speaks with Darryl Lovegrove about why you haven't heard of him

June 8th, 2021


Have you ever been entertained unexpectedly? We are staying global this week and speaking to Darryl Lovegrove who is one of the 3 Waiters. Here how this accidental business took him on a journey all over the world …

EP-138 Mike Ficara speaks with Ally Muller about Unlocking The Genius Inside Your Organization

May 18th, 2021


The travel continues with #TheStartDown podcast! This week we speak with Ally Muller about Unlocking The Genius Inside Your Organization! This …

EP-137 Mike Ficara speaks with Anna Kupisz about how you can have the lifestyle you want by pricing your product or service correctly

May 11th, 2021


For the first time in over a decade, I have not been on a plane in over a year! That being said my podcast has allowed me to have several guest from all over the world! On this weeks episode we spoke with Anna Kupisz …

EP-136 Mike Ficara speaks with Natalia Diane and Caleb Fowler about why virtual events are here to stay and make you money

May 4th, 2021


Do you miss live events? Have you attended a virtual event? What is the future? We talk with Natalia and Caleb about the future of both live and virtual events. This power couple is disrupting the industry and making an …

EP-135 Mike Ficara speaks with Brian Mayoral about great mentors like Tony Robbins, and knowing when to take a leap

April 27th, 2021


Do you know where your gaps are? Do you even know what having a gap in your life means. This week I had the honor of speaking with Brian Mayoral who not ONLY had record breaking sales with Tony Robbin’s team recently, …

EP-134 Mike Ficara talks about why he hates cutting his lawn and how the Bryan Clayton app, GreenPal, can help

April 20th, 2021


When I bought my first home I was so excited to cut my own lawn! After doing it for the first time, I was like this SUCKS! This week’s guest Bryan Clayton took people like me and provided them with an amazing app called …

EP-133 Mike Ficara speaks with Jeroen Corthout about why you need a CRM

April 13th, 2021


We all know the big boys when it comes to a CRM, but do you really need one? Did you know there are other options. Great conversation on this week’s episode with Jeroen Corthout co-founder and CEO of Salesflare on how …

EP-132 Mike Ficara speaks with Adam Geller, Founder and CEO of Edthena about the power of video in the classroom

April 6th, 2021


It’s no revelation; video in the classroom is a key to success. That being said, not just any video works. How you present the content to your students can have a HUGE impact. On this week’s episode we talk with Adam …

EP-131 Mike Ficara speaks with Ross Romano of MindRocket Media Group about PR and Events

March 30th, 2021


First off I have to give a HUGE thanks for this week’s guest Ross Romano of MindRocket Media Group. He is responsible for sending us some of the amazing educational leaders we have had on our show. This week Ross and I …

EP-130 Mike Ficara Speaks with Sid Mohasseb about how everyone is an entrepreneur

March 23rd, 2021


Entrepreneurship is not new! That being said, what kind of entrepreneur are you? Sid gives you some options on this week’s episode!

Host: Mike Ficara
Guest: Sid Mohasseb

EP-129 Mike Ficara speak with Bryan Weinert on how to know when it is time to step back and let the team run

March 16th, 2021


Do you make more money, or put more systems in your business? Which comes first? Find out on this week’s episode.--- Support this podcast:

EP-128 Mike Ficara speaks with Arlene Borenstein about the importance of the local media

March 9th, 2021


Storytelling is so relevant in today's social media and news landscape. No one understands that better than Arlene Borenstein! She has worked on-air from NY to DC to Miami and she talked about what makes a great story …

EP-127 Mike Ficara and Mike Teng talk about what makes substitute teachers great

March 2nd, 2021


True story, I started my career in education as a substitute teacher. On this podcast I got to talk with Mike Teng on how he solved that problem!--- …

EP-126 Mike Ficara and Jaris Tucker (CAP) talk about all things just being a great human and hating what you do!

February 23rd, 2021


Self awareness is so important. In this week’s episode we talk with “Cap” about leading this shirt that is your own mindset!

Host: Mike Ficara

Guest: Mike Ficara--- Support this podcast: 

EP-125 Mike Ficara talks with Manny Blue about why you need to get a life

February 16th, 2021


YOU'RE MY BOY BLUE! So excited when I have a guest that brings the fire! Manny Blue and I have been connected for a long time on social media. He is a beast when it comes to financial planning. Excited to have him share …

EP-124 Mike Ficara talks with Judy Laufer about how we all love children's books

February 9th, 2021


Seems like everyone is writing a book nowadays, but how many people are writing a children's book? It is not as easy as it sounds! On this week’s …

EP-123 Mike FIcara speaks with Sunil Godse about trusting your Intuition

February 2nd, 2021


Trust your gut! How many times have you heard this? On this week’s episode, we discuss the science behind trusting your intuition and your GUT!

Host: Mike Ficara

Guests: Sunil Godse--- Support this podcast: 

EP-122 Mike Ficara speaks with Angela Arnold from Sora about how digital books impact our students. This is our first FETC 2021 virtual series

January 26th, 2021


I will be honest I have never been in love with reading, but if I could have read like this as a kid I might have been! This week I spoke with Angela …

EP-121 Mike Ficara and Jeremy Sutton talk about why you need a book

January 19th, 2021


The great debate continues on this week’s episode! Is a book the best business card out there? Either way, Jeremy Sutton brings some great points about the power of a book on this episode of The Start Down Podcast!--- …

EP-120 Mike Ficara talks with Jackie Noelke

January 12th, 2021


Girls rule! We hear this a lot, and I have had the privilege of working with some amazing female entrepreneurs that make a big impact. On this week's …

EP-119 Mike Ficara talks about what made 2020 great and what will make 2021 even better

January 5th, 2021


It has been interesting having the New Year fall at the end of the end of the week. I know I for one found it hard to get started on the new year, without falling back into the routine if you will. On this episode we …

EP-118 Mike Ficara and Andy Cabasso talk about how wrong we might be about everything

December 22nd, 2020


Niching down is so important. That is why I love this podcast. As many of you are “pivoting” this year, think about going into a niche that you have the MOST knowledge about, so you can make the MOST money. Love this …

EP-117 Mike Ficara speaks with Mark Thompson about how to process payments and we got some football talk in

December 15th, 2020


Do you stop and reset your process to find what is best for your customers?

In this episode, Mark Thompson and I talk about finding the first value for your customers in the online marketplace.--- Support this podcast: 

EP-116 Mike Ficara speaks with Rob and Kennedy about the power of e-mail

December 8th, 2020


I have to say these are two of the funniest guests we have had on the podcast. No surprise because Rob and Kennedy are two professional entertainers who also are amazing at email. On this episode you will laugh, cry and …

EP-115 Mike Ficara speaks with High Performance Coach Daniel Diaz

December 1st, 2020


It is the last month of 2020 and I could not be happier to be kicking it off by releasing this amazing podcast with coach Daniel Diaz. He is a true …

EP-114 Mike Ficara speaks with Luis and Luis Camejo and talks all things hustle, YES and Marketing

November 24th, 2020


I am very thankful I had the opportunity to interview this week’s guest!  had a blast on this week’s episodes with the Bizbros! We talked all about …

EP-113 Mike Ficara speaks with Jono Poon from across the pond about all things digital, leadership and strategy

November 17th, 2020


Who is your target audience? If you answer every one, that is the kiss of death! It may be one day, but everyone starts with a specific avatar. This week on The Start Down, Jono Poon and I talk about why this is so …

EP-112 Mike Ficara speaks with Daniel Gefen founder of PodBooker

November 10th, 2020


In this week's episode, I have the wonderful pleasure of interviewing Daniel Gefen! Daniel is a man with some amazing stories about podcasting, …

EP-111 MIke Ficara co-host the Brand Ethos podcast and talks about what makes a great brand

October 27th, 2020


Did you know The StartDown Podcast is not the only podcast I host? I also co-host 2 other business podcasts. This week we feature one of those shows! The Brand Ethos podcast is co-hosted by my business partner Alicia …

EP-110 Mike Ficara speaks with Mitchell Phelan about The Conrad Challenge

October 20th, 2020


In 2020-21, the   Conrad Challenge is celebrating 15 years of student entrepreneurship and innovation. Register now to get your student team involved …

EP-109 Mike Ficara speaks Ankesh Madan about The Conrad Challenge

October 13th, 2020


This week Mike Ficara speaks with Ankesh Madan about The Conrad Challenge.  Ankesh told some amazing stories from his days in the Conrad Challenge, …

EP-108 Mike Ficara speaks with Julie Daniel Davis about the future of voice in the classroom

October 6th, 2020


With the classroom changing, and “no-touch” solutions becoming popular in today’s classroom, this week we spoke with Julie Daniel Davis about the …

EP-107 I really did not want to do a podcast tonight

September 30th, 2020


It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of entrepreneurship, it’s easy to find other people who are excited about entrepreneurship. The real challenge is doing the work in the shadows and continuing to grow and …

EP-106 Mike Ficara speaks with Evan Stewart

September 22nd, 2020


This week we had a great conversation with Evan Stewart about what makes someone the real deal! As the social media landscape offers more and more coaches and trainers, how do you find the one that is right for you? …

EP-105 Mike Ficara speaks with Justin Myers about staying focuses and having the right network

September 15th, 2020


Heroes don’t just take action once, they keep on making things happen.   This week we had the privilege of interviewing Justin Myers who has an amazing story about real life pirates, giving back, and continuing to grow. …

EP-104 Mike Ficara speaks with Nicole M Hernandez

September 8th, 2020


I miss events (no surprise there). This week we speak with Nicole Hernandez who is a   leading event planner. She recently launched a podcast to talk …

EP- 103 Mike Ficara Speaks with Seth Melendez of Ware Geeks Solutions

August 25th, 2020


Had a great conversation with my friend, client, and CEO Seth   Melendez of Ware Geeks Solutions. Many people are starting a business as a   result …

EP-102 Mike Ficara speaks with Daniella Platt

August 11th, 2020


So many people have found the WHY on starting a business, now they need  the HOW. This week I had the honor of interviewing Daniella Platt who  gave some unique perspectives from the entrepreneurial world of fashion!  …

EP- 101 Mike Ficara talks about the journey of creating 100 podcast episdoes

August 4th, 2020


In this week's episode, I look back on the last 100 episodes, I have had a lot of fun, made some mistakes, and learned a lot. Tune in to hear some personal stories and tips I've learned along the way! --- Support this …

EP-100 Mike Ficara celebarates his 100th episdoe with a very special guest

July 28th, 2020


It has been a little over 2 years, but we have reached our 100th Episode. I have been debating for months what would make this episode special, and I …

EP-099 Mike Ficara speaks with Nhon Ma about closing the gap in access to quality content

July 21st, 2020


Episode 99 brought the opportunity to speak with CEO and Founder Nhon Ma of Numerade. Their mission is to close the educational opportunity gap by unlocking and democratizing access to extraordinary educators and the …

EP-098 Mike Ficara speaks with Nancy E Conrad about things out of this world

July 14th, 2020


I have always been fascinated by space, and to think in my lifetime travel to space for everyone may be possible. On this week's episode, I interviewed Nancy Conrad who's late husband not only went to space, but was one …

EP-097 Mike Ficara Speaks with Ladawn Townsend

July 7th, 2020


Confidence is the key to success. No one is a greater example of that than LaDawn Townsend of The VOS Group. On this week's episode of The Start Down Podcast, we talked about what it takes to take over a room, adapt to …

EP-096 Mike Ficara interviews Joseph Gannascoli

June 30th, 2020


On this week's episode I had the honor of speaking to Joe Gannascoli who played Vito Spatafore on the Sopranos. Joe is not just an actor in the hit …

EP-095 Mike Ficara interviews Zachary Babcock

June 23rd, 2020


Can people change, what does it take? It was a great honor to have Zachary Babcock from Underdog Empowerment to talk about taking control of your …

EP-094 Mike Ficara interviews Myq ”Success” Rodriguez

June 17th, 2020


Ever wonder what it takes to be"Instagram Famous"? This week's guest on The Start Down Podcast has some answers for you! @myqsuccess manages some amazing IG and YouTube celebrities, and shares what you need to do to …

EP-093 Mike Ficara speaks with the leadership team from the Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce

June 9th, 2020


I had a great opportunity to speak with the Davie Cooper City Chamber on how being apart of the chamber can help your business grow! --- Support this podcast:

EP-092 Mike Ficara Interviews David Bertoncini for the Start Down Podcast

June 3rd, 2020


I love this episode for so many reasons. First it shows the power of social media to connect with amazing people. Second I found a birthday buddy. Third David Bertoncini brought some amazing knowledge of how you can …

EP-091 Mike Ficara speaks with the H2duO from Rogue Water about everything you are doing wrong with water

May 26th, 2020


In this week's episode, I have the wonderful pleasure of speaking with the H2duO (Stephanie Corso & Arianne Shipley) from Rogue Water about …

EP-090 Mike Ficara speaks with Paola Rodriguez Licensed Health Insurance Professional

May 19th, 2020


In this week’s episode, I spoke with Paola Rodriguez who helps entrepreneurs and small business owners with one of the most important things they …

EP-089 Mike Ficara was intervied by Luke Burrows for the Grow2Gether Podcast to talk about Should You Take The Entrepreneurial Path

May 12th, 2020


In this week's episode, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Luke Burrows as we talk about "Should you go down the entrepreneurial path?"

Host: …

EP-088 Mike Ficara speaks with Christopher J. Wirth from No Quit Living

May 5th, 2020


In this week's episode, I have the wonderful pleasure of interviewing Christopher J. Wirth is the Founder and President of No Quit Living, which is a …

EP-087 Mike FIcara talks with Roxy Molina PA about your morgage during Covid

April 29th, 2020


In this week's episode, we speak with Roxy Molina about the effects of Corona Virus on the housing market!

Host: Mike Ficara

Guests: Mike Ficara, Roxy …

EP-086 MIke Ficara speaks with Erika Del Sordo on COVID-19 and business

April 21st, 2020


In this week's episode, I had a great time with Erika Del Sorto on her show talking about the impact of Corona virus on businesses big and small, and the best way to adapt! 

Host: Erika Del sorto 

Guest: Mike Ficara--- …

EP-085 Mike Ficara speaks with Pete Vargas from Perfect Choice Roofing

April 14th, 2020


In this week's episode, we speak with local South Florida entrepreneur Pete Vargas from Perfect Choice Roofing. We covered everything from our early days working together at Circuit City, the risk of starting a …

EP-084 Mike Ficara speak with Fullei Fresh and the Coronavirus

April 7th, 2020


In this week's episode I have the wonderful pleasure of interviewing Monica with Fullei Fresh! Tune in as we go over the amazing impact Fullei Fresh …

EP-083 Mike Ficara talk with Tony Whatley about Corona Virus and creating a side hustle

March 31st, 2020


In this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing the Side Hustle Millionaire, Tony Whatley. While everyone is getting stir crazy with being quarantined from COVID-19 we wanted to talk about what that means …

EP-082 Mike Ficara talks Corona...mostly because everyone else is

March 17th, 2020


Let's be honest, this week is like nothing we have ever seen before. Corona virus is changing our world minute by minute. The questions of what is …

EP-081 Mike Ficara co-hosts the Brand Ethos podcast and breaks down the importance of a clear marketing message

March 10th, 2020


I had a blast co-hosting the first episode of the Brand Ethos Podcast. Brand Ethos CEO Alicia Laszewski and I break down the importance of marketing and having a personal brand.--- Support this podcast: 

EP-080 Mike Ficara speaks with Nader Hamda and Adrienne White of Ozobot

March 3rd, 2020


In this week’s episode, I have the wonderful pleasure of interviewing Nader Hamda and Adrienne White of Ozobot. They are the makers of robots that …

EP-079 Mike Ficara speaks with Luke Burrows about entrepreneurship in the US and abroad

February 25th, 2020


In this week’s episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Luke Burrows as we talk about entrepreneurship in the US and abroad! Luke is the founder of Grow2gether a company focused on igniting the passions and unlocking …

EP-078 Mike Ficara speaks with Jolene Levin of NorvaNivel about flexible learning spaces

February 18th, 2020


In this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Jolene Levin one of the founders and owners of NorvaNivel! They started in Australia …

EP-077 Mike Ficara speak with Cal Brunell, co-founder of Everyday Speech about teaching social-emotional skills

February 11th, 2020


In this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Cal Brunell. Cal co-founded Everyday Speech with Brittany in 2012 to bring innovative …

EP-076 Mike Ficara speaks with author and realtor Samantha Root about what success really means

February 4th, 2020


In this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Samantha Root. She is a mother of five, an experienced realtor, and author! We delve into what success really means. Tune in to hear how she has achieved …

EP-075 Mike Ficara speaks with Patrick Ward about the state of marketing as we move into 2020

January 28th, 2020


In this week's episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Patrick Ward! He is the Director of Marketing at Rootstrap, runs LinkedIn Local LA, and facilitates workshops helping nonprofits and locals in the community. …

EP-074 Mike Ficara speaks with Pablo Gonzalez about the power of the human connection

January 21st, 2020


In this week's episode, I have the opportunity to interview Pablo Gonzalez! He calls himself the Chief Executive Connector he is an audience …

EP-073 Mike Ficara speaks with Mark Gura and Victor Rivero from EdTech Digest

January 14th, 2020


In this week's episode I am very excited to have not one but two amazing guests! Mark Gura and Victor Rivero have over 60 years of technology …

EP-072 Mike Ficara speaks with Dr. Monica Burns about her upcoming talk at FETC

January 7th, 2020


I am very excited today to have special guest: Dr. Monica Burns on the show today! Dr. Monica Burns is an EdTech and Curriculum consultant, author …

EP-071 Mike Ficara talks about getting back to the basics

December 30th, 2019


LAST PODCAST OF THE YEAR- This was one of my favorite podcast this year- Mike Ficara talks about getting back to the basics! This was a key concept for me in 2019 and it worked! Can't wait for 2020 to take everything to …

EP-070 Mike Ficara does a throw-back to a FETC interview from earlier this year with Steve Patti

December 24th, 2019


Mike Ficara does a throw-back to a FETC interview from earlier this year with Steve Patti--- Support this podcast:

EP-069 Mike Ficara Explains why Success is simple, dont over complicate it! Edited

December 17th, 2019


In this week's episode, I wanted to go over why success is simple and how not to over complicate it. I believe one of the most important keys to making success simple is to define what success means to you? 

Host: Mike …

EP-068 Mike Ficara talks with FETC presenter and keynoter Adam Bellow

December 10th, 2019


In this week's episode, I'm excited to interview Adam Bellow a presenter and keynote speaking at FETC this year! He has a wealth of experience in …

EP-067 Mike Ficara talks about the last month of the last quarter of the decade

December 5th, 2019


It is the last month, of the last quarter, of the decade! What motivates you for 2020? Is it money, time, freedom, or a combination of them? Tune in to hear my thoughts and hear some stories that have happened so far …

EP-066 Mike Ficara interviews FETC speaker Tony Vincent from Learning in Hand

November 26th, 2019


The FETC conference is one I have always been excited to go to as it hits home with my roots in teaching and technology. I have the pleasure of …

EP-065 Mike Ficara talks about how you can go from receiving advice, too giving it

November 20th, 2019


In this week's episode, I wanted to talk about the transition from receiving advice too giving it. One of the biggest times I remember getting a lot of advice was when we where going to have our first child, but now …

EP-064 Mike Ficara asks the question are you tactical and practical

November 15th, 2019


In this week's episode I wanted to talk about are you being tactical and practical. Many times you hear people talking about creating multiple …

EP-063 Mike Ficara talks about why all advice is bias

November 5th, 2019


I wanted to talk about a topic that everyone experiences, advice is something everyone will give you. All advice is biased but that doesn't mean it is a bad thing.  

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EP-062 MIke Ficara is leaving social media

October 29th, 2019


In this week's episode I'm going to explain why I'm quitting social media! 

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EP-061 Mike Ficara talks about being scared

October 22nd, 2019


Its the time of year when people want to be scared! It is one of the few times in life we want to be scared, but does the fear control you? I want to …

EP-060 Mike Ficara Talks about the last quarter of the decade

October 15th, 2019


Where will you be in 2029? Its the last quarter of the decade and not only is it a time for reflection, but what are you doing to make the next decade a success? What goals and strategies are you putting in place for …

EP-059 Mike Ficara talks about treating yourself like a client.

October 10th, 2019


Do you treat yourself like a client?  I am guilty of putting my clients needs above my own but is that always good for our businesses? In this week's episode I wanted to go over the importance and what it means to treat …

EP-058 Mike Ficara wants to know how you use Data

October 3rd, 2019


In this weeks episode I wanted to ask the important question: How do you use your data? Sometimes we over complicate the data or what data is. Data can be simple like with my kids, how happy are they? We don't want to …

EP-057 Mike Ficara Talks About The Son Of An Entrepreneur

September 25th, 2019


In this week's episode I am very excited to have a very special guest that is going to share a wealth of knowledge and even some insights on me! 

Host: Mike J. Ficara 
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EP-056 Mike Ficara talks about "If it were easy, everyone would be doing it"

September 18th, 2019


In this week's episode I'm reminded by a phrase my father always said to me "If it was easy, everyone would be doing it." A lot of times we can take …

EP-055 FALSE- If I am an entrepreneur I don't have a boss with Mike Ficara

September 10th, 2019


In this weeks episode I wanted to go over a concept that many beginning entrepreneurs get wrong, " I want to own a business so I don't have a boss" I wanted to dive deep on this issue and give a different perspective. I …

EP-054 Mike Ficara talk about "Don't be in a hurricane"

September 4th, 2019


In this episode I wanted to dive into not being a hurricane. Often times during a storm you see those that are prepared and the panic of those that are not, but how often do we see that in our business? I'm going to …

EP-053 Mike Ficara asks the question, what makes a great brand. With special guest Alicia Laszewski CEO of Brand Ethos.

August 27th, 2019


In this week episode I'm excited to talk with Alicia Laszewski CEO of Brand Ethos. We dive deep into some of the top mistakes some business owners make as well as what makes a great brand? --- Support this podcast: 

EP-052 Mike Ficara Speaks With Seth On The Security Disciple Podcast

August 20th, 2019


In this weeks episode Mike Ficara is a guest on The Security Disciple Podcast and goes into depth on his business strategy and how to help younger entrepreneurs and business owners alike. 

Host: Seth 
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EP-051 Mike Ficara talks about Strategic partnerships

August 13th, 2019


In this week’s episode I wanted to go into how strategic are you with choosing partnerships and when should you walk away from a partnership. …

EP-050 Mike Ficara explains why you should be podcasting

August 7th, 2019


Fifty episodes! Wow! It has been a great journey and we have come a long way since the beginning but completing 50 episodes is something special. I wanted to talk about how I got started in podcasting and I realized …

EP-049 Mike Ficara BOLD University recap and takeaways

July 30th, 2019


In this weeks episode I take a deep dive into my experience at BOLD University last week and go over some of the important takeaways. It was a …

EP-048 Mike Ficara talks about how teachers make the best sales people

July 23rd, 2019


I started my career as a teacher for almost ten years and it was one of the best times of my life. As I grew as an entrepreneur I meet a client who loved to hire teachers because they made the best sales people and I …

EP-047 Mike Ficara talks about how there is only one right way

July 18th, 2019


 In this weeks episode I want to go over the importance of having empathy over negativity. A lot of business owners have only one way they do things, but that does not mean its the only way to do it. Going to go over …

EP-046 Mike Ficara and Mike Blanco talk about his transition from the Army to the private sector

July 9th, 2019


In this week's episode Mike Ficara talks with old time high school friend Mike Blanco about his transition from soldier to corporate. You will get …

EP-045 You may be working hard to fail

July 2nd, 2019


In this weeks episode we are going to go over how you may be working hard to fail. Sometimes working hard to succeed and working hard to fail can be similar in appearance. I've seen many mentors and influences talk …

EP-044 You need a coach and a cheerleader

June 29th, 2019


In today's episode we are going over the concept of being a coach and a cheerleader. When do you need a pep talk and when do you need just some encouragement. Being a coach or having a mentor I believe to makes major …

EP-043 Mike Ficara Talks About Dad and Mentors

June 18th, 2019


With Father's Day weekend passing it really brings up the topic in my mind of legacy. In this weeks episode I am going to go over what legacy means to me, about being around my dad growing up, and really just some of …

EP-042 Mike Ficara talks about the 4 things to take your business and personal brand to the next level

June 11th, 2019


Today I want to get into a big part of the business world today, the brand of You! A lot of clients come to me and want to grow and scale and the first area I look at is their brand. Are they killing it on certain …

EP-041 Mike Ficara talks about getting back to the basics

June 4th, 2019


I always say that my kids have been some of the greatest sources for my business. This past week while watching my oldest two help around the house …

EP-040 Mike Ficara Talks About Everything

May 28th, 2019


Today I get into what it is exactly that I do! It has had a history of being a difficult question. Through all of my experiences and skills that I …

EP-039 Michael Dagen AKA Mr Halfday

May 21st, 2019


In today's episode you are getting two Mike's for the price of one. I'm happy to interview Michael Dagen AKA Mr Half-day on none other than his birthday! As a major influence in the South Florida Community he gives some …

EP-038 Do You Celebrate The Small Wins

May 14th, 2019


I am excited for you to tune in to this week’s episode. Today happens to be my birthday! With celebrating my birthday, it got me thinking, are you celebrating the small wins in your business? In this week’s episode we …

EP-037 Stop Playing Defense And Start Playing Offense

May 9th, 2019


In today's episode I'm going to go over how to many people are playing great defense, and lacking on a good offense. When the Miami Dolphins where at …

EP-036 Under promise and Over Delivering

April 30th, 2019


 I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend and we are kicking the week off strong. This week we are going over under promising and over …

EP-035 Starting the week off with the BOSS Jose Flores

April 23rd, 2019


Excited to present today's episode! We have special guest Jose Flores and we are going to be going over some insight into the struggles of being an entrepreneur and how to overcome some of those mental blocks. --- …

EP-034 Endless supply of positive energy

April 16th, 2019


I was told I had Endless Supplies of Positive Energy! But is that always a good thing? In today's episode I go over is that true of me? I bring this …

EP-033 Team—The word NO—and Core Values in your business.

March 26th, 2019


Team—The word NO—and Core Values in your business…the story of my clients who are winning this quarter!--- Support this podcast:

EP-032 BYLR - Dad The Best I Can Podcast

March 21st, 2019


It was a lot of fun to be on the Dad The Best I Can Podcast! Schedule individual time with your kids. We covered being a Dad to 4 kids, ages 11, 8, 2 …

EP-031 How are you Marching?

March 12th, 2019


As Q1 comes to a close the mood on social media is not what it was like in January! How can you get focused and get back on track? I will share with you 3 tips for getting over the end of Q1 blues and go into Q2 killing …

EP-030 Live Episode- Takeaways From Business Finishing School

March 6th, 2019


Join Mike Ficara Live in Texas as he shares his take ways from Business Finishing School LLC!--- Support this podcast: 

EP-029 Live Interview with Ted Gorospe and Jeff Gaynor

February 28th, 2019


Mike Ficara is back with more live interviews from FETC! This time he is interviewing Ted Gorospe and Jeff Gaynor who are tackling the biggest issues in the education field. --- Support this podcast: 

EP-028 Interview with Chris Bowman

February 19th, 2019


In this episode of The Start Down, Mike Ficara interviews Chris Bowman live from the FETC event! Chris Bowman is the head of education  the company PIPER.--- Support this podcast:

EP-027 Live Interview with Steve Patty

February 14th, 2019


Today's episode of The Start Down features a live interview with Steve Patty from the virtual reality company MERGE. Live from FETC event!--- Support this podcast:

EP-026 10x Conference Takeaways

February 5th, 2019


Its that time of the year! 10x is back and host Mike Ficara talks about the biggest takeaways, lessons and memories from the event! --- Support this podcast:

EP-025 Are you Telling Your Story?

January 29th, 2019


In, today's episode of the Start Down Host, Mike Ficara talks about the importance of telling your unique story of "you" and how it helps your business and brand  --- Support this podcast: 

EP-024 The Power Of Showing Up

January 23rd, 2019


In today's episode host Mike Ficara discusses the most prominent and powerful thing every business/ entrepreneur need to do, show up.--- Support this …

EP-023 When Are you Successful?

January 16th, 2019


Today on the Start Down, Host Mike Ficara answers the age old question in entrepreneurship. When are you successful? --- Support this podcast: 

EP-022 Keep the Change You Filthy Animal

January 8th, 2019


in this episode of the StartDown, Mike Ficara talks about the infamous "New Years Resolutions" and what you can do to keep yours on track. --- …

EP-021 Its the Little Things

December 20th, 2018


In this Episode of the Start Down host Mike Ficara talks about why the little things matter in business and why your intentions behind the actions you take make all the difference. --- Support this podcast:

EP-020 Pack Your Bags

December 11th, 2018


In this episode of The StartDown MIke Ficara talks about baggage. The good, the bad, and how it can affect you. --- Support this podcast:

EP-019 Bedtime

December 4th, 2018


In this episode of the Start Down Mike Ficara talks about how to prepare for the upcoming new year, and also how to level up by putting bad habits "to bed" --- Support this podcast:

EP-018 Are you Ready For a Growth Spurt?

November 28th, 2018


In this episode of the Start Down, Host Michael Ficara Talks about the upcoming year of 2019, and what events to attend to help grow you as a business person.--- Support this podcast:

EP-017 What Came First, The Chicken Or the Egg?

November 14th, 2018


In this episode of The Start Down, host Michael Ficara talks about the infamous question, "What came first the chicken or the egg,?" When really you …

EP-016 The Relationship of Business

November 7th, 2018


In this latest episode of the Start Down MIchael Ficara talks about in ins and outs of the relationship of business and how it ties into your personal life and business affairs .--- Support this podcast:

EP-015 Nopportunity - The Power Of Saying No

October 30th, 2018


In this episode of the Start Down, host Michael Ficara talks about the power of saying "no" and being mindful of how certain opportunities effect …

EP-014 The Importance of Time Blocking

October 23rd, 2018


In this episode Michael Ficara discusses the importance of time blocking and why you should be doing it in your business and life. --- Support this …

EP-013 How Do You Define Entrepreneur?

October 16th, 2018


In this episode host Mike Ficara talks about how important it is for us to self define ourselves as entrepreneurs in our own sense and determine what that means to us.--- Support this podcast:

EP-012 Live From Q4 in Dallas Texas!

October 10th, 2018


In today's episode, host Michael Ficara is live from Q4 in Dallas, Texas. Join Mike as he shares his top take aways from the event. --- Support this podcast:

EP-011 Live Interview with Jose Flores- Don't Let Your Struggles Become Your Standard

October 2nd, 2018


In this episode of The Start Down, host Michael Ficara interviews Jose Flores. Jose Flores is CEO and Founder of Indispensable Now. He's a Les Brown protégé, dynamic international motivational speaker, and author. …

EP-010 You've Got All The Recipes

September 26th, 2018


In this episode of the Start Down, Host Michael Ficara Talks about how you already have all the recipes for your success in life and in business --- Support this podcast:

EP-009 Live Interview With Luke Nesler- How Your Business Can Be The Best Leverage Tool For Social Media

September 21st, 2018


In this episode of the Start Down, host Michael Ficara Interviews Luke Nesler the CEO of Impakt Media. Impakt Media helps leaders in targeted social …

EP-008 Thank God For The Flexible, Because They Never Get Bent Out of Shape.

September 18th, 2018


In today's episode host Michael Ficara discusses how being flexible and being able to adapt can be very beneficial in life and in business. --- Support this podcast:

EP-007 Your Easy is Someone Else's- Comparison In Business

September 4th, 2018


In this episode, host Michael Ficara talks about the trap of comparison in business and how embracing your own journey is the best thing you can do for yourself. --- Support this podcast:

EP-006 Live Interview With Derek Lopez- Stand Up Our Kids!

August 28th, 2018


In today's episode MIchael Ficara interviews Derek Lopez the founder of Stand Up Our Kids. #StandUpOurKids is a movement committed to helping every kid in America get the freedom, and the choice, to stand up in the …

EP-005 Slow And Steady Wins The Race!

August 21st, 2018


Today's Episodes is all about speed in business. Host Michael Ficara goes over why speed in business is so important to not only business owners, but clients as well. --- Support this podcast:

EP-004 Don't Give Up, Give In, Or Give Away!

August 14th, 2018


In today's episode of the Start Down, Michael Ficara talks about the importance of never giving up, giving in, or giving away, and how it applies to your life and your business. --- Support this podcast:

EP-003 Live Interview with Natalia Diane- How to Find Your Niche In Business

August 14th, 2018


In today's episode of The Start Down, host Michael Ficara does a live interview with Natalia Diane. Natalia is a certified High Performance coach that helps business owners, and other coaches reach their next level of …

EP-002 Consistency Is key Even When It Is Not

August 14th, 2018


In today's episode, Mike Ficara discusses why consistency is so important in not just life but also business, and what you can do to implement it into your life. --- Support this podcast:

EP-001 Interview With Brian Cristiano- What It Takes To Grow Your Business

August 14th, 2018


In today's episode Mike Ficara interviews Brian Cristiano, and talks about what it actually takes to grow a succesful business!Brian is the Founder …

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