Author Archives: Matt Collins

The Pursuit of Flavor: Kus Beham Serves Up Coffee And Community In Hastings

I’ve traveled the world and enjoyed coffee in some of the world’s finest cities. None of it matches the coffee and espresso served at Antoinette’s Patisserie right here in my hometown of Hastings on Hudson, NY. Kus Beham is Antoinette’s captain of the caffeine, a flavor visionary who buys his own beans, roasts them in […]

Listen To My Podcast On iTunes, Spotify, And Google Play

The Pre-Made Podcast, my show about people who have overcome long odds and serious setbacks to do extraordinary things in their communities and careers, is now available on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. Simply choose the service you prefer and subscribe. All past and future episodes will be available without needing to stream from my […]

A Professional Ballerina Soars Beyond Injury And Into Entrepreneurship

Jenelle Manzi is an elite performer who dances professionally with the New York City Ballet. She’s also an entrepreneur with big ambitions and a passionate team behind her. I’ve been eager to share Jenelle’s story ever since I heard it for the first time. I think that’s because there are so many different ways to […]

Filmmaker Helps The Video Game Industry Find Its Voice

The video game business yields billions of dollars annually, but generally it has lacked the mainstream acceptance and respect that film, television, and theater command. Entrepreneur and filmmaker Jeremy Snead is out to change that. He has directed and produced both an original documentary and television series that reveal how video games have shaped American […]

Meet The Man Who Rescued 400 People Following Hurricane Katrina

Following the 14th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and as we anxiously watch Hurricane Dorian looming off the southeastern coast of the United States, I speak to Kenny Bellau, who has an inspiring story to share. That’s because he rescued over 400 people in New Orleans in the chaotic aftermath of Katrina. It’s a portrait in […]

An Innovator and Survivor Helps Teens Tame Anxiety

In my first-ever podcast episode, I speak to Linden Griffith, a life coach who helps girls and women tame anxiety and find their best selves. In so doing, she presents a viable alternative to psychological or psychiatric care, one that is centered on our strengths, not our flaws. Linden knows a thing or two about […]

How to Use Audience Data Like Today’s Masters of TV Advertising

It’s a lot more complicated to be a marketer today than it was 25 years ago. Not surprisingly, I occasionally encounter marketers who feel dizzy at times by the overwhelming amount of tactical choices they have available. My reminder to them goes something like this: sometimes, the best way to cope with complexity is simply […]