#87 Mike Hitt
It has been 3 years to the date, people! Damn! I am so excited to have some really incredible guests on the show this month and next. Rico Gagliano from Dinner Party Download is joining me on July 2nd! His podcast was the inspiration for starting my own. Snap! Luis Von Ahn the creator of the Captcha, and CEO of Duolingo was my last one, and this one welcomes Mike Hitt from MCM Studios.
Sometimes you meet those people you are just meant to run into at a certain time of your life. I truly believe that, I believe in timing. Mike Hitt was a friend I had on Facebook that I had never met in person, but followed along on his adventures. He created Middle Class Millionare, or MCM studios, that offers recording, editing, and studio time to people of all ages. If you remember the "I'm So Burgh" shirt, he is behind that too.
I, however, was not following Mike because of those things, I actually found out about his work later. I was following him because, frankly, I liked his posts. They ranged from random questions, to inspiring, and uplifting thoughts that I would think about throughout my day.
One day earlier this year, I noticed he was posting red numbers, with nothing else in his updates. They were in succession, and went to 100. So, for example, he would post Day 34 of 100. I had no clue what that meant, but I was intrigued, along with other followers online. Turns out, Mike was making himself accountable for his days. 100 days to be exact to be the best version of yourself, take action, or fulfill something you haven't before. I was hooked! I loved the concept, and I started thinking about my days that way as well.
In that time, Mike's 100 days inspired me to try rock climbing for the first time, and to finally get my act together, and see my idea for MOVE X CREATE to come to life and be a successful event that I plan on continuing! (Podcast later to come). It felt amazing, and I knew I had to get him in for a podcast episode to talk about the concept.
I however, had no clue how much we would mesh in real life. We had THE best time recording this episode, as I am sure it will shine through. It was very organic, hilarious, and we hung out long after the microphones had stopped.
Some subjects we "Hitt"
Stop trying to be funny, Marta
and much, much more.
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did! One of my favorite parts is Mike not being able to take the heat in the podcast seat! Haha. I promise you will get the joke if you tune in :)
Until next time!
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Closing music by Aaron Leeder
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I wonder how many of you may know, that the widely popular company known as Duolingo, has it's base right here in Pittsburgh, PA? I sure didn't. After trying many language courses, Rosetta Stone, and even regular CD's you can listen to on your way to work (never happens), I found myself drawn to the free app that is Duolingo. I just happened to be browsing online one day, and noticed from their website, that they are Pittsburgh based! What, what?
If you listen to my show, you know I love traveling, and merging my cultural experiences with my beloved hometown of Pittsburgh. Finding out that Duolingo was based here, and that I was addicted to the app, just made my day! I had to find out who was behind this, and get them on the show.
Turns out a gentleman by the name of Luis Von Ahn created Duolingo. I reached out, scheduled an interview, and a tour of the office. Wanting to come prepared for the podcast, I started researching Luis, and found myself blown away by what he has accomplished in his 38 years. Luis is the inventor of the CAPTCHA. You all know what that is, the box at the bottom of almost any screen, with fuzzy words, that let's you prove you are not a robot. Along with that, he created reCAPTCHA, and ESP game, and now Duolingo, among various other notable projects.
Luis has been named one of the 50 Best Brains in Science by Discover, voted in Silicon's 50 Most Influential People in Technology, and has been recognized as a Brilliant 10 by Popular Science. His credits are almost too long to list, and I cannot wait to see what he does next.
To be honest, once I started researching Luis, I was extremely nervous to chat with him. The man is, in fact, a genius, and I suddenly found I wasn't very sure of myself. It turns out, that I did not have to worry at all, and was pleasantly surprised to find him funny, open, and candid. I truly enjoyed my time spent chatting with him about the origins of Duolingo, and what sent this kid who grew up in Guatemala down his path to success. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.
Also, a personal note to Luis. I am still available to be a squatter at Duolingo. I could clean the floors, take out trash, bring coffee, you name it. Ha Ha! (I am only partly kidding.) It is probably the coolest work place I have ever seen in my life. You can hear more about my tour with them in the intro of the podcast.
If you haven't downloaded Duolingo yet, I HIGHLY suggest it. My husband and I practice it every morning, and we have found our Italian to be so much better. It has an amazing success rate, and more importantly, in our busy schedules, it is FUN. I wake up to the owl every morning :)
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