Home » Special Guest

  • Tony Robbins, #1 Life and Business Strategist, Best Selling Author

    Tony Robbins, #1 Life and Business Strategist, Best Selling Author

    Today, my guest is Tony Robbins, Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author, Philanthropist and the nation’s #1 Life and Business Strategist. The author of six internationally bestselling books, including the recent New York Times #1 best-seller Money: Master the Game and Unshakeable, Tony has empowered more than 50 million people from 100 countries through his audio, video and life training programs. He created the #1 personal and professional development program of all time, and more than 4 million people have attended his live seminars. […]

    Continue reading »

  • Steve (“Woz”) Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple

    Steve (“Woz”) Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple

    Today, my guest is Steve (“Woz”) Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Computer with the late Steve Jobs in 1976.  A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades, Woz has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, including providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology and being the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.  Woz also served as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io and is […]

    Continue reading »

  • Mark Cuban, Shark Tank Investor

    Mark Cuban, Shark Tank Investor

    Today, my guest is Mark Cuban, technology entrepreneur, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, investor on Shark Tank and Founder & CEO of Cyber Dust.  Cyber Dust is a mobile app which allows person-to-person communication without any track record or history, thereby creating a safe and secure environment for honest and personal communication.  Mark took time from his extremely busy schedule to talk about his creation and the widespread adoption of this terrific product.

    Continue reading »

  • Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch (Caroll Spinney)

    Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch (Caroll Spinney)

    Today, my guest is Caroll Spinney, who has performed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street since the show’s inception in 1969, after meeting Jim Henson, the creator of The Muppets.  Spinney has been honored with 4 Daytime Emmy Awards and 2 Grammy Awards and has received both a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Library of Congress’ Living Legend award.  Caroll Spinney is the author of The Wisdom of Big Bird and was the subject of the critically acclaimed […]

    Continue reading »

  •  
  • Jim Collins, Author of “Built to Last” and “Good to Great”

    Jim Collins, Author of “Built to Last” and “Good to Great”

    Today, my guest is Jim Collins, Author of the #1 best selling book Good to Great, which examines why some companies and leaders make the leap to superior results, along with the enduring classic Built to Last, which explores how some leaders build companies that remain visionary for generations. Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in […]

    Continue reading »

  • Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Legal Analyst and Author

    Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Legal Analyst and Author

    Today, my guest is Jeffrey Toobin, Senior Legal Analyst at CNN, staff writer at the New Yorker and best selling author of The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson; A Vast Conspiracy: the Real Story of the Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President; Too Close to Call: the Thirty-Six Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election; The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court; The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court; and most recently, American Heiress: […]

    Continue reading »

  • Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert

    Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert

    Today, my guest is Scott Adams, the creator of the world famous Dilbert cartoon strip.  After working at Crocker National Bank and Pacific Bell, Adams entertained himself during boring meetings by drawing cartoons of his coworkers and bosses and a bespectacled character named Dilbert emerged from the doodles.  Today, Adams devotes his time to Dilbert, including speaking, writing, doing interviews, designing licensed products and answering hundreds of e-mail messages per day. Dilbert is published in over 2,000 newspapers across 65 countries.

    Continue reading »

  • Ben Stein, Economist, TV Show Host, Comedian, Writer

    Ben Stein, Economist, TV Show Host, Comedian, Writer

    Today, my guest is Ben Stein, economist, movie actor, author, novelist, screenwriter, law school professor, television show host and comedian.  A graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School, Ben never had any aspirations to be a lawyer; but instead stumbled into a series of jobs that ultimately led to him to serving in the Nixon and Ford administrations and achieving overnight fame in the iconic movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  Ben was kind enough to take time from his busy speaking […]

    Continue reading »

  •  
  • Laura Hillenbrand, Author of “Unbroken” and “Seabiscuit”

    Laura Hillenbrand, Author of “Unbroken” and “Seabiscuit”

    Today, my guest is Laura Hillenbrand, author of the best selling books, Unbroken and Seabiscuit.  Unbroken is the absolutely amazing story of Louie Zamperini, an Olympic class runner who was shot down from an airplane in World War II over the Pacific Ocean and somehow managed to survive on a life raft for 47 days — only to be captured by the Japanese and tortured as a POW for 2 years before being released.  His story — and survival — […]

    Continue reading »

  • Roy Firestone, Emmy Award winning Interviewer

    Roy Firestone, Emmy Award winning Interviewer

    Today, my guest is Roy Firestone, a seven-time Emmy Award-winning and seven-time cable ACE Award-winning host, interviewer, narrator, writer, and producer.  As the ground-breaking, original host of ESPN’s legendary Up Close, Up Close Classic and Up Close Primetime, Roy has interviewed more than 5,000 athletes, musicians, actors and political figures, as well as scores of writers and filmmakers. Critically acclaimed as a performer, monologist, humorist, musician and impressionist, Roy is one of the nation’s most sought after live corporate performers, keynote speakers and lecturers.  As an […]

    Continue reading »

  • Tim Draper, Venture Capitalist

    Tim Draper, Venture Capitalist

    Today, my guest is Tim Draper*, the founding partner of leading venture capital firms Draper Associates, Draper Fisher Jurvetson (now DFJ) and also the school, Draper University.  Tim is a third generation venture capitalist and founded Draper Associates in 1985, which when joined by John Fisher and Steve Jurvetson became the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). In 2012, Tim founded Draper University to teach entrepreneurship through hands-on training, an innovative curriculum and thought leadership. He has been listed as […]

    Continue reading »

  • Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist and TED Speaker

    Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist and TED Speaker

    Today, my guest is Adam Grant, one of Wharton’s top-rated professors, 2 time TED Speaker and best selling New York Times author on work and psychology. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers, the 100 most creative people in business, the 40 best business professors under 40, and one of Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite thinkers. Adam is the author of two New York Times bestselling books: Originals which explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight […]

    Continue reading »

  •  
  • Laszlo Bock, Founder & CEO of Humu, Author of “Work Rules!”

    Laszlo Bock, Founder & CEO of Humu, Author of “Work Rules!”

    Today, my guest is Laszlo Bock, CEO & Founder of Humu and Best-Selling Author of Work Rules!.  Laszlo’s first book, WORK RULES! Insights from Inside Google to Transform How You Live and Lead, has been published in more than 20 languages and was named among the Best Business Books of the Year (The Economist), Top 10 Creative Leadership Books of the Year (Forbes), Top 10 Business Books of the Year (Amazon.com) and #1 Best Translated Book in Japan (Association of Japanese Publishers […]

    Continue reading »

  • John Paul Dejoria, Billionaire Entrepreneur

    John Paul Dejoria, Billionaire Entrepreneur

    Today, my guest is John Paul DeJoria, a Greek-Italian-American billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist best known as a co-founder of the Paul Mitchell line of hair products and The Patrón Spirits Company.  He is the founder of numerous other companies and businesses, including Aubio Life Sciences, and has appeared as a celebrity guest investor on the hit television series Shark Tank.

    Continue reading »

  • Daniel James Brown, Author of “The Boys in the Boat”

    Daniel James Brown, Author of “The Boys in the Boat”

    Today, my guest is Daniel James Brown, author of the New York Times best selling book The Boys in the Boat, a story about 9 working class boys who became the 1936 U.S. Men’s Olympic gold medal winning rowing team. With a team composed of the sons of blue collar workers and led by Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast […]

    Continue reading »

  • Angela Duckworth, Author of “Grit”

    Angela Duckworth, Author of “Grit”

    Today, my guest is Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, a #1 New York Times best seller and TED Speaker (which is among the most-viewed of all time). She is also the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. She is also the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change For Good Initiative, and faculty co-director […]

    Continue reading »

  •  
  • Tony Horton, Creator of P90x Fitness Series

    Tony Horton, Creator of P90x Fitness Series

    Today, my guest is Tony Horton, a fitness expert and creator of the best-selling fitness series: P90X, P90X2, P90X3, and Ten Minute Trainer, and most recently his military inspired workout, 22 Minute Hard Corps. Tony is a renowned motivational speaker and the author of best-selling books Bring It, Crush It! and his latest, The Big Picture.  Horton began his fitness career by becoming the personal trainer of several celebrities including Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Billy Idol and Annie Lennox and he has now appeared on countless […]

    Continue reading »

  • Geoffrey Moore, Author of “Crossing the Chasm”

    Geoffrey Moore, Author of “Crossing the Chasm”

    Today, my guest is Geoffrey Moore, an author, speaker, and advisor who wrote the groundbreaking book Crossing the Chasm in 1991.  Since then, Geoff’s other best selling business books include Zone to Win, Escape Velocity, Inside the Tornado, The Gorilla Game, Living on the Faultline and Dealing with Darwin.  Geoff began his management consulting career at Regis McKenna Inc, and then started 3 firms: The Chasm Group, Chasm Institute and TCG Advisors. Today, he splits his time as a Venture Partner with Mohr Davidow Ventures and […]

    Continue reading »

  • Will Shortz, NY Times Crossword Puzzle Editor

    Will Shortz, NY Times Crossword Puzzle Editor

    Today, my guest is Will Shortz (aka the “Puzzle Master“), Editor of the New York Times Crossword Puzzles, and star of WordPlay (see trailer below), one of my favorite movies.  Some may know that he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School but probably not many know that he almost dropped out after his first semester and that his favorite class was intellectual property!  Listed as one of the 30 most famous people with law degrees, Will was gracious enough to join […]

    Continue reading »

  • Guy Kawasaki, former Apple Evangelist

    Guy Kawasaki, former Apple Evangelist

    Today, my guest is Guy Kawasaki, the Chief Evangelist of Canva, an online, graphics-design service, Trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation, former Chief Evangelist of Apple, and the author of several best selling books on startups including The Art of the Start 2.0.  Although my guests are normally lawyers, most people do not realize that Guy actually did attend law school for about 10 days.  I first met Guy when he started Garage with the late founder of Venture Law Group, Craig […]

    Continue reading »

  •  
  • Dan Ariely, Behavioral Economist and TED Speaker

    Dan Ariely, Behavioral Economist and TED Speaker

    Today, my guest is Dan Ariely, Ph.D., who is a Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight and co-founder of BEworks.  Ariely’s research and writing lies between psychology and economics, focusing on how people behave and make decisions.  Ariely’s TED talks have been watched nearly 10 million times and he is the author of several best selling books including Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes our Motivations; Irrationally Yours: On Missing Socks, […]

    Continue reading »

  • James B. Stewart, Author of “Den of Thieves”

    James B. Stewart, Author of “Den of Thieves”

    Today, my guest is James Stewart, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, who wrote many best selling books, including Den of Thieves and Disney War.  A graduate of Harvard Law School and former Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, he began his writing career at the American Lawyer in 1979.  He wrote a well known book on the nation’s elite law firms called The Partners before writing his New York Times best-seller Den of Thieves on Wall Street arbitrager Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken.  His 2005 book Disney War on Michael […]

    Continue reading »

  • Original Siri Voice (Susan Bennett)

    Original Siri Voice (Susan Bennett)

    Today, my guest is Susan Bennett, a voice-over artist who is best known for being the female American voice of Apple’s “Siri” when the service was first introduced on the iPhone 4S.  In June 2005, the software company Nuance Communications was looking for someone to be the voice for speech construction and selected Bennett, who recorded phrases and sentences which were then concatenated into the various words and sentences used in the Siri voice.  Bennett’s career began in 1974 and has recorded messages for the Delta Air Lines terminals […]

    Continue reading »

  • Robert Cialdini, Author of “Influence” and “Pre-Suasion”

    Robert Cialdini, Author of “Influence” and “Pre-Suasion”

    Today, my guest is Dr. Robert Cialdini*, a renowned speaker and author of the iconic book “Influence: the Psychology of Persuasion” and President & CEO of Influence at Work, which focuses on ethical influence training.  His book Influence has sold over 3 million copies, is a New York Times Bestseller and has been published in over 30 languages.  Charlie Munger has said “Robert Cialdini has had a greater impact on my thinking on this topic [Influence] than any other scientist…”  His latest book, Pre-Suasion:  A […]

    Continue reading »

  •  
  • Scott Turow, Author of “One L” and NYTimes Best Selling Author

    Scott Turow, Author of “One L” and NYTimes Best Selling Author

    Today, my guest is Scott Turow, a lawyer and author of the best selling book One L about his experience as a first year student at Harvard Law School; as well as the author of ten best-selling works of fiction, including his first novel Presumed Innocent, which was made into a movie with Academy Award Nominee Harrison Ford.  Originally from Chicago, Scott has a degree from Amherst College and taught creative writing at Stanford as the E. H. Jones Lecturer before entering Harvard Law […]

    Continue reading »

  • Daniel Pink, NYTimes Best Selling Author and TV Show Host

    Daniel Pink, NYTimes Best Selling Author and TV Show Host

    Today, my guest is Daniel Pink.  Most people know Daniel Pink as one of the most popular TED speakers of all time (see video below), New York Times best selling author of A Whole New Mind, Drive and To Sell is Human, and host of the National Geographic TV show Crowd Control.  But what is less known is that Dan actually went to law school (attended Columbia and graduated from Yale) and he discusses how law school shaped his career, but not in […]

    Continue reading »

  • Kurt Eichenwald, NY Times Best Selling Author

    Kurt Eichenwald, NY Times Best Selling Author

    Today, my guest is Kurt Eichenwald, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a New York Times bestselling author of The Informant, Serpent on the Rock, Conspiracy of Fools and 500 Days. He previously worked for twenty years at the Times as a investigative reporter, columnist and senior writer. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award for excellence in journalism and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2000 and 2002. His second book, The Informant, was called “one of the best nonfiction books of the decade” […]

    Continue reading »

  • Jay Bilas, ESPN Broadcaster and Courtside Analyst

    Jay Bilas, ESPN Broadcaster and Courtside Analyst

    Today, my guest is Jay Bilas, an attorney at Moore & Van Allen who is also an Emmy nominated basketball analyst who provides courtside and studio commentary for ESPN and CBS Sports.  A four-year starter at Duke under Mike Krzyzewski, he helped lead Duke to the NCAA Final Four and National Championship Game.  After playing professional basketball, Jay went back to Duke as an assistant coach and won two National Championships while simultaneously attending Duke Law School.  Jay took time from […]

    Continue reading »

  •  
  • Chip Heath, NYTimes Best Selling Author

    Chip Heath, NYTimes Best Selling Author

    Today, my guest is Chip Heath, a Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business who teaches courses on business strategy and organizational behavior. He is the co-author (along with his brother, Dan Heath) of four books. Their latest book (an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller) The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact was published in the Fall of 2017. Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work was published in spring of 2013 and debuted at #1 on the Wall Street […]

    Continue reading »

  • Jason Calacanis, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

    Jason Calacanis, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

    Today, my guest is Jason Calacanis, a successful entrepreneur and angel investor. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Calacanis’s first success was starting Weblogs, Inc., which was sold to AOL in 2005.  Since then, he has been an angel investor in numerous successful entrepreneurs and companies such as Travis Kalanick at Uber, Thumbtack, Tumblr and many others. Jason is the CEO of Inside.com, has been a guest on Charlie Rose, has his own podcast This Week in Startups, his own entrepreneurs startup forum Launch Festival and is a frequent […]

    Continue reading »

  • Simon Sinek, Author of “Start With Why” and TED Speaker

    Simon Sinek, Author of “Start With Why” and TED Speaker

    Today, my guest is Simon Sinek, an author, speaker, and consultant who writes on leadership and management.  He is best known for his brilliant and ground breaking TED Talk entitled “How Great Leaders Inspire Action,” which explains why we are inspired by some people, leaders, messages and organizations over others and is the 3rd most viewed video on TED.  Since then, he has written 3 books: Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (2009), Leaders Eat Last: Why Some […]

    Continue reading »

  • Ray Lane, Partner Emeritus at Kleiner Perkins

    Ray Lane, Partner Emeritus at Kleiner Perkins

    Today, my guest is Ray Lane, Partner Emeritus at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Before joining KPCB, Ray was president and chief operating officer of Oracle Corporation for 8 years leading Oracle from less than $1 billion in 1992 to more than $10 billion. Ray led Oracle’s business expansion beyond its core database technology into enterprise applications and professional services. Earlier in his career, Ray was a senior partner with Booz Allen Hamilton and division vice president with Electronic Data Systems […]

    Continue reading »

  •  
  • Bill Gross, Chairman & Founder of Idealab

    Bill Gross, Chairman & Founder of Idealab

    Today, my guest is Bill Gross, Caltech Trustee and fellow Caltech Alumni, Chairman and Founder of Idealab.  Bill started his first company in grade school selling candy bars at the bus stop (his version of the lemonade stand) and now starts about 8-10 new companies every year.  He comes up with new business ideas almost daily and he says the biggest limitation with starting companies is not time or money, it’s finding the right people — and having the right timing! […]

    Continue reading »

  • Leigh Steinberg, Professional Sports Agent

    Leigh Steinberg, Professional Sports Agent

    Today, my guest is Leigh Steinberg, a legendary sports agent and lawyer, who has represented many of the most successful athletes in professional sports, including the #1 overall pick in the NFL draft 8 times as well as over 60 first round picks. During his career, Leigh has secured over $3 billion for his 300+ pro athlete clients and directed more than $750 million to various charities, receiving commendations from Congress, cities, states and Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. Leigh’s historic career was portrayed […]

    Continue reading »

  • David Pogue, Tech Reviewer at Yahoo! Finance

    David Pogue, Tech Reviewer at Yahoo! Finance

    Today, my guest is David Pogue, who is the tech critic for Yahoo! Finance after having spent 13 years as the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. He’s also a monthly columnist for Scientific American and host of science shows on PBS’s NOVA and has been a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning since 2002. With over 3 million books in print, David is also one of the world’s bestselling authors of for Dummies series. In 1999, he launched his own series of […]

    Continue reading »

  • Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari

    Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari

    Today, my guest is Nolan Bushnell, a technology pioneer, entrepreneur and engineer who is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater.  Over the past four decades, he has founded numerous companies, including Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator; Etak, the first digital navigation system; ByVideo, the first online ordering system; and uWink, the first touchscreen menu ordering and entertainment system. His newest company is Brainrush, where he is devoting his talents to enhancing and […]

    Continue reading »

  •  
  • Jason Zweig, Columnist at The Wall Street Journal

    Jason Zweig, Columnist at The Wall Street Journal

    Today, my guest is Jason Zweig*, a personal finance columnist for The Wall Street Journal and author of several books, including The Devil’s Financial Dictionary.  He is also the editor of the revised edition of Benjamin Graham’s The Intelligent Investor, the classic text that Warren Buffett has described as “by far the best book about investing ever written.”  Inspired by Ambrose Bierce’s satirical masterpiece, The Devil’s Dictionary, Jason Zweig’s The Devil’s Financial Dictionary is a glossary of the essential financial and investor terms […]

    Continue reading »

  • Brad Meltzer, NYTimes Best Selling Author and TV Show Host

    Brad Meltzer, NYTimes Best Selling Author and TV Show Host

    Today my guest is Brad Meltzer, a New York Times best-selling author, host of the TV show Decoded and fellow Columbia Law School Alumni.  Brad’s first novel received 24 rejection letters before getting his next book, The Tenth Justice, published while he was still in law school.  But even with all his accomplishments, Brad never takes his success for granted and  reminds himself every day what it was like getting those rejection letters.  His latest book is The President’s Shadow.

    Continue reading »

  • Guy Spier, Hedge Fund Manager and Value Investor

    Guy Spier, Hedge Fund Manager and Value Investor

    Today, my guest is Guy Spier, a Zurich-based investor and author of a book entitled The Education of a Value Investor.  Guy manages the Aquamarine Fund, an investment partnership inspired by, and styled after Warren Buffett’s 1950s investment partnerships.  In June 2007, Guy paid US$650,100 with Mohnish Pabrai for a charity lunch with Warren Buffett.  He recently sat down and talked with me about what it was like to write his first book.

    Continue reading »

  • Jia Jiang, TED Speaker on “Rejection Therapy”

    Jia Jiang, TED Speaker on “Rejection Therapy”

    Today, my guest is Jia Jiang, a TED speaker and Founder of Rejection Therapy, a website that provides inspiration, knowledge and products for people to overcome their fear of rejection. Several years after Jiang began his career in the corporate world, he stepped into the unknown world of entrepreneurship and discovered everyone’s biggest fear: rejection. To conquer the fear of rejection, Jiang embarked on a personal quest and started a blog, 100 Days of Rejection Therapy where his journey revealed a world […]

    Continue reading »

  •  
  • Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, Professional Poker Player

    Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, Professional Poker Player

    Today, my guest is Greg “Fossilman” Raymer*, a professional poker player and former patent attorney. Nicknamed “Fossilman” for his unusual glasses, Greg was originally a scientist who played blackjack in graduate school as a way to make some extra income. That soon turned into poker and he went on to win the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2004 (see his winning hand below).  Now he splits his time with his 2 great loves: teaching poker and playing poker from his […]

    Continue reading »

 
 

About Hsu Untied

Hsu Untied was originally a podcast started by Richard Hsu for lawyers; but which eventually grew to include entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, best-selling authors, athletes, TED speakers and TV/movie celebrities.

Awards

Legal Speak Podcast

Logo (by Maya Hsu)