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How Stepping Back (Or Even Down) Can Be Good For Your Career

How Stepping Back (Or Even Down) Can Be Good For Your Career

  Careers are not linear. We might feel societal pressure to make every move based on real or perceived progress,...
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Anatomy Of A $10M Deal (Part 2)

Anatomy Of A $10M Deal (Part 2)

  In this two-part episode, Frank Cava and Ian Mathews break down every detail from a $10M real estate project...
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Anatomy Of A $10M Deal (Part 1)

Anatomy Of A $10M Deal (Part 1)

  In this two-part episode, Frank Cava and Ian Mathews break down every detail from a $10M real estate project...
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Yoni Katz – Business Lessons From A 12-Year-Old Hustler

Yoni Katz – Business Lessons From A 12-Year-Old Hustler

  We're breaking tradition and interviewing our very first guest! Given the meager budget for this fledgling operation, we searched...
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“The Everything Store – Jeff Bezos And The Age Of Amazon” – Part 2

“The Everything Store – Jeff Bezos And The Age Of Amazon” – Part 2

  We continue to follow the meteoric rise of Jeff Bezos and his growing juggernaut of a company. This second...
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“The Everything Store – Jeff Bezos And The Age of Amazon” – Part 1

“The Everything Store – Jeff Bezos And The Age of Amazon” – Part 1

  We're suckers for a good "rags to riches" origin story of a scrappy founder stepping out into the abyss....
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“The 10,000-Hour Rule”

“The 10,000-Hour Rule”

  Frank recalls the story of Owen Meany, a character in a book he read as a young man that somewhat...
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Dangerous Career Advice

Dangerous Career Advice

  "No enemy is worse than bad advice." ~Sophocles   In a culture where anyone can publish anything with no...
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Better Career Inspiration: Hip Hop Or Country? Frank And Ian Settle A Score

Better Career Inspiration: Hip Hop Or Country? Frank And Ian Settle A Score

  When you need to be productive, what type of music does it for you? Ian bangs out hip hop...
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Is Ego Really The Enemy?

Is Ego Really The Enemy?

  "Our ego is our silent partner -- too often with a controlling interest." ~Cullen Hightower   The mere mention...
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The Ramifications Of Putting Results Ahead Of Culture

The Ramifications Of Putting Results Ahead Of Culture

  The coach of an NFL football team hired a strength and conditioning coach, and all hell broke loose. Frank...
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Business Lessons From “The Godfather” (Part 3 of 3)

Business Lessons From “The Godfather” (Part 3 of 3)

  "Fredo, you're my brother, and I love you. But don't ever take sides with anyone against the Family again....
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Business Lessons From “The Godfather” (Part 2 of 3)

Business Lessons From “The Godfather” (Part 2 of 3)

  "I don't like violence, Tom. I'm a businessman. Blood is a big expense." ~Sollozzo Act II of our homage...
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“This Time It’s different!” | Making Sense Of The GameStop Stock Market Madness

“This Time It’s different!” | Making Sense Of The GameStop Stock Market Madness

  We dig into the mania behind the Reddit mob fighting against Wall Street short-sellers and compare it to other...
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Business Lessons From “The Godfather” (Part 1 of 3)

Business Lessons From “The Godfather” (Part 1 of 3)

  "Leave the gun, take the cannoli." ~Clemenza It would be fair to assume that Frank Cava and Ian Mathews started...
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Ian Mathews

Ian Mathews is the CEO of 5on4 Group, a management training company and consultancy he formed just because he liked the kitschy hockey title.

Ian is also the CRO of technology startup Keep Technologies, a featured writer for Forbes, a prolific capital raiser, and he might be stalking you on LinkedIn. In 2018, Ian retired from corporate America after serving two decades as a senior executive for two Fortune 500 companies, while moonlighting as an advisor for a tech startup with a $28M exit.

Frank Cava

Frank Cava is the CEO of one of Richmond’s fastest-growing companies, an executive coach, and he devours red meat like an apex predator in the Serengeti.

Over his 25-year career, Frank has built or renovated more homes than tickets sold in an entire season by his beloved Miami Dolphins. During his run from a Fortune 500 to founding Cava Companies, Frank led dozens of teams and built a reputation as a no-nonsense business consultant for small business owners and CEO’s.

At times eloquent and succinct, and at other points blunt and obnoxious, this is our unique riff on the big questions we had early in our careers.

We talk about standing out in a company, leading people, building cultures, persuasion, marketing, management, and building businesses from scratch. We are light on theory and heavy on practical experience, weaving personal stories from our collective 50 years of business experience.?

Both of us see business as sport, and you’ll see our passion bleed into every conversation. Our takes are not always mainstream, but we promise to be honest and entertaining about what it takes to build wealth and have fun doing it. In short, we will try not to suck. Come along and ride on our fantastic voyage.

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