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On BUSINESS ENVY, trusted tech journalist and guru BEN PARR (Mashable, Captivology, Octane AI, Forbes 30 Under 30) and beloved actor GREG GRUNBERG (Heroes, Alias, Felicity, Star Wars) start a great new business venture together.

 

They are desperate to not screw it up though, so first they are talking with the most successful people in business and Hollywood to glean knowledge from their hard lessons and get their honest advice. 

Each 40 to 50-minute episode explores the origin story and difficult moments of each guest's business journey as they help Greg and Ben with advice for their next business.

Our mission is to use our journey to help demystify the many topics that are top-of-mind for the millions of entrepreneurs and businesspeople around the world.

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Ben Parr is an award-winning entrepreneur, investor, author, and journalist. He started his career as Co-Editor and Editor-at-Large of ​Mashable​, the popular social media and technology news website. He wrote more than 2,400 articles on technology, media, and startups as Mashable’s star writer and helped lead the editorial team.

In 2015, HarperCollins released Parr’s award-winning book "​CAPTIVOLOGY: THE SCIENCE OF CAPTURING PEOPLE'S ATTENTION", named a must-have marketing book by ​Strategy+Business Magazine​, ​Forbes, The New York Post​, and more. His book dives into the science and psychology of attention and features interviews and insights from over 50 of the world’s top scientists, psychologist, and business leaders, including Sheryl Sandberg, Steven Soderbergh, David Copperfield, and Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto.

Today, Parr is President and Co-Founder of ​Octane AI​, the zero-party data marketing platform for ecommerce brands. Octane AI powers dynamic quizzes and surveys for thousands of Shopify and ecommerce brands and helps them personalize marketing channels -- like email, SMS and ads -- and build deeper relationships with their customers. Octane AI is backed by General Catalyst, Javelin Partners and an array of Silicon Valley’s top investors.

In addition to Octane AI, Parr sits on the board of directors of ​the Leila Janah Foundation​, a non-profit whose mission is to reduce global poverty through impact sourcing. He sat on Lufthansa Airlines' advisory board and is a columnist for Inc. Magazine. He is a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30​ and an alum of Northwestern University. 

Greg Grunberg is best known for his roles on “HEROES”, ‘LOST”, “ALIAS” and “FELICITY” as well as memorable turns in “STAR WARS”, “STAR TREK”, “A STAR IS BORN” and alongside Al Pacino in the Barry Levinson film ‘PATERNO.’ Currently seen on “CASTLE ROCK”

Greg has written several pilots & films and co-wrote the graphic novel series “DREAM JUMPER”. Book 2 is out now.

On the film production side, Grunberg co-wrote, produced and starred in the comedy feature “GROUP SEX” as well as starring and producing the cult hit “BIG ASS SPIDER.” His latest indie films include “MAX RELOAD” & “BURNING DOG” both set for a 2020 release.

Grunberg hosted and produced alongside Kevin Smith the pop-culture talk show “GEEKING OUT” for AMC Networks and currently has podcasts “TALK ABOUT IT”, “CORNER STORIES”, & “AN ACTOR, COMEDIAN & A MUSICIAN WALK INTO A BAR”

Grunberg started the celebrity rock band “BAND FROM TV” (bandfromtv.org) with fellow actors Hugh Laurie, Jesse Spencer, Adrian Pasdar, and Scott Grimes “BAND FROM TV” benefits TalkAbout.org, his foundation to raise awareness for people with Epilepsy as his eldest son has the condition.

In addition to his work in entertainment, Grunberg created YOWZA!!, the mobile coupon solutions startup, which was voted one of the top 100 startups. ​Grunberg has been voted one of the most interesting actors to follow on Twitter and currently boasts 1.2 million followers.

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