How to Make Conversations Profitable: Seeking Serendipity–EP 182

April 3, 2023 - 1:45pm -- Selcuk Gulboy

I am a treasure hunter for a living. I pay my mortgage by finding obscure used machines from all over the world and then finding people who want to buy sexy-ugly/high-tech equipment. The best way to do that is by interacting with customers in ways that create serendipity.

Today, I’m going to tell you how calling people on the phone, even when it seems like a long shot, can result in serendipity. If you approach talking to people with the right strategies you have the potential to create tons of meaningful, significant, productive conversations.

Thinking Like an Artist to Solve Engineering Challenges, With Dr. Onome Scott-Emuakpor (Part II)—Ep. 182

March 16, 2023 - 1:20pm -- Selcuk Gulboy

Today’s podcast episode is the second half of our interview with Dr. Onome Scott-Emuakpor, the founder of Hyphen Innovations, a firm that develops low cost, damage resistant aerospace components. 

In this half of the interview we dug deeper into Onome’s creative approaches he uses when developing aerospace components such as embracing resource constraints and failing fast.

We also discussed Onome’s desire for more young African Americans to pursue degrees in engineering.

Thinking Like an Artist to Solve Engineering Challenges, With Dr. Onome Scott-Emuakpor (Part I)—Ep. 181

March 14, 2023 - 2:34pm -- Selcuk Gulboy
Dr. Onome Scott-Emuakpor, Founder of Hyphen Innovations

On today’s podcast, we talk about how you can apply the artistic side of your brain to solve engineering challenges.

Our guest is aerospace engineer, Dr. Onome Scott-Emuakpor, founder of Hyphen Innovations, a firm that develops new advanced aerospace components for the Department of Defense and other clients. 

Opportunities for Your Machining Business in 2023 EP–178

February 17, 2023 - 1:48pm -- Selcuk Gulboy
Noah Graff and Lloyd Graff, Hosts of Swarfcast

On today’s show, Lloyd Graff and I are discussing our observations of the machining industry in 2022 and our instincts about where the industry is headed in the coming year.

As used machinery dealers at Graff-Pinkert, we saw trends in 2022 such as reshoring, the resurgence of old school cam screw machines, and a growing number of machining businesses that soon may be for sale.

We think these trends will accelerate in 2023, and we hope this conversation will uncover some opportunities that your business can take advantage of in the coming year.

Finding Customers Using Old-School Networking, with Jay Sauder–EP 121

February 14, 2023 - 3:54am -- Selcuk Gulboy
Jay Sauder

During my career as a used machinery dealer, I’ve met many successful companies in the machining business who have no social media presence and don’t even have a website. Surprisingly they use some of the most advanced equipment and have more customers than they need. 

Today we’re pulling out a favorite podcast episode about a company just like that.

You Can Connect With Your Shop When You Know Yourself, With Trevor Blondeel–EP 177

February 4, 2023 - 3:37am -- Selcuk Gulboy
Trevor Blondeel, Founder of Operations Kickstart

On today’s podcast I interviewed Trevor Blondeel, the founder of Operations Kickstart and the host of the podcast, Mindfulness Manufacturing.

Trevor uses mindfulness techniques to coach manufacturing executives so they can better lead their companies.

The idea is that if his clients become more conscious of their feelings and their current behavior, it will inspire sustainable change in how they work with others and lead.

How Do You Manage Employees When a Company is Acquired? With Jennifer Fondrevay—EP 175

January 23, 2023 - 2:47pm -- Selcuk Gulboy
Jennifer Fondrevay, Founder of Day1 Ready

Recently, we have seen a growing number of mergers and acquisitions in the manufacturing space. 

After these deals are finalized there’s a lot of uncertainty for the employees caught in the middle of reorganization. 

Our guest on the podcast today is Jennifer Fondrevay. Jennifer is a best selling author and the Founder of Day1 Ready, a consultancy that advises companies on how to prepare for challenges that result from changes in the workplace.

Running an Automotive Supplier in Brazil, with Ali Jamil Jomaa – EP 93

January 17, 2023 - 1:37pm -- Selcuk Gulboy

In light of the current chaos in Brazil, we decided to post a great past interview we did with Ali Jamil Jomaa, Executive Director at Samot, a huge Brazilian automotive supplier. Hearing Jomaa describe how difficult it is to run a company in Brazil I think will give some perspective on why so many Brazilians are angry about their country’s politics.

On today’s show we are heading back to Brazil as we continue our season exploring the machining industry around the world.

Manufacturing a $70,000 Wristwatch in the United States, with Josh Shapiro EP-174

January 6, 2023 - 12:52pm -- Selcuk Gulboy
Josh Shapiro with Engine Turning Machine

Our guest on the podcast today is a machinist, entrepreneur, and master craftsman.

Josh Shapiro is the owner and founder of JN Shapiro Watches, one of the few high-end luxury wristwatch makers in the United States. His latest line of watches will be priced at $70,000 dollars and up.

His operation uses the most state of the art CNC Swiss and turn mills, as well as manual turning technology developed as far back as the 1500s!


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