First in Future: NCSU Engineering Entrepreneurs Program Director and HowStuffWorks.com Founder Marshall Brain (Pt. 1)

Summary: With a name like Marshall Brain, there’s quite an expectation to live up to—but for this guy, director of the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program at NC State, he makes being a brain-iac look easy. For one, he’s relentlessly curious about everything. As the founder of HowStuffWorks.com, Marshall set out to explain to people how stuff works – literally. And he’s extended that curiosity and that easy, straightforward sense of information-sharing beyond his one-time hobby. He’s the former host of Nat Geo’s “Factory Floor with Marshall Brain,” the author of more than 20 books, and a frequent guest on CNN, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” MSNBC, “Good Morning America” and more. As you might imagine, it’s hard to have a boring – or short! – conversation with Marshall, so we’re breaking it into two parts. In part one, we sit down with Marshall to talk about cleaning toilets, flying fighter jets, and whether we should be optimistic or pessimistic about the future of jobs in North Carolina. Plus! We ask him what he tells young people is most important when they’re starting a business. Tune in to part one, and check back on Friday for part two!

Excerpt: “The thing that differentiates those who start businesses from the 99 percent who don’t are those that start businesses start businesses. They get up off the couch, and they do something about it, and so if you don’t ever get off the couch because you’ve been sucked into the vortex of distraction, then you can’t start a business. And for whatever reason, 99 percent of people don’t take that step.”

Check back on Friday for the second part!

Listen to part one of the podcast:

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