Thanks so much for joining me today on The Traveling Cup. I hope you enjoy this episode’s poem called “The Cacophony of a Morning Commute”.

On this episode, I have the honor of speaking with Tyson Adams, the creator of the first philanthropic coffee roaster called Jhai Coffeehouse.  We get really dorky and talk about coffee for a bit and then Tyson shares the backstory of how we created one of the coolest coffee shops I’ve ever heard of.

To travel there, you’ll have to hop on a plane and fly over to Laos, where after a bit of vagabonding Tyson set up shop and grew Jhai Coffeehouse into what it is today.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Apps that help brew a perfect cup
  • Using Indiegogo to fund a non-profit project
  • Funding a life outside of a social-purpose project
  • Creating passive income
  • Creating a business that funds its own community projects

Connect with Tyson here:

Thanks again for joining and here’s to you in creating better tomorrows.

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First, a poem by #TTCcafe member, Sandra Levy

Through The Flames

We’ve all have a time
When we’re filled with pain.

We don’t understand,
But we brave the flames.

We stumble, we strive,
We fight our way through.

We don’t know how we did it,
But we did what we had to do.

To make it and pass the test
Of our souls, ourselves, and our confidence.

It’s a real trial by fire-
We’ve won with a clear conscience.

Today’s poem comes from Sandry Levy. She found the poem when cleaning her place then emailed it to me. And here’s the kicker, she actually wrote the poem in 1983. How awesome is that!? Thanks so much Sandra for sending it in!

If you have a poem you’d like to share, send it on over to with the subject line being: “Poetry Submission” or something to that effect.

Today on the show with me is Jennifer Fitzgerald to talk about Policy Genius. She’s going to share how she started the company and then she answers a series of hard-pressed questions about insurance.

I really appreciate Jennifer for taking the time to talk with us. She really opens up and is extremely transparent about why she made the leap from corporate life and into the start-up world.

Also, insurance is something I personally ignored for the greater part of my life. Actually, I don’t think I had insurance from the time I was 18-22. That’s four years of not having any insurance and thankfully I was able to get insurance in my mid-20s or otherwise I’d have some large medical bills to take care of. I won’t bore you with the whole story, but let’s just say that racing triathlon on an extremely competitive level took my body through the ringer and I ended up in a lot of doctors ‘offices.

I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so health insurance has become a priority in my family.

Other than health insurance, I love the idea of being covered and Jennifer shares her expertise on just what type of insurance a change-maker might need and what insurance may be a waste of money.

I highly suggest you check out Policy Genius because it’s free to check out and find a great deal on insurance that you actually need.

On the call Jennifer and I talk about:

  • The thought process behind leaving the corporate world for a start-up venture
  • How to use language that connects to your audience, especially how to bypass lawyer jargon
  • The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Insurance for Change-Makers

Connect with Jennifer here:

And no, I am not getting paid to say that. I believe in being transparent with sponsors of the show. If someone is paying me to be a sponsor, there are two things I require:

1. I have to believe in the mission of the company and it has to be doing something that has intense purpose to create a better world.

2. I have to tell you all that they are a sponsor.

All right, enough about money talk. I hope you enjoy this episode with Jennifer from Policy Genius.

Like always, let me know what you think by heading over to or sending me a message on Twitter @markwguay.

Today I’m having a coffee chat with Ryan Honeyman, the thought leader behind the B-Corp movement. Don’t know what that is? You’ll hear about it on the show; but in short, it’s essentially a movement for businesses to blend the best of both worlds, for-profit and non-profit. B stands for “benefit” and a B-corp is a company that stands for tremendous purpose and impact in making the world a better place, regardless of whether the company makes millions or just a small salary.

Make sure to stay tuned for Ryan’s B-Corp handbook which he will be releasing shortly to help guide us through establishing ourselves as a B-corp.

On the call, Ryan and I chat about:

  • The benefits of a B-corp certification
  • How to apply for a B-corp
  • The origin of a B-corp
  • Why Ryan chose to file as a B-corp
  • Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream: Yum!

Connect w/ Ryan Here:

Quick Note: Make sure to pick up a free copy of my new e-guide: Micro-Roasted Writing: The Change-Maker’s Guide to Writing with Impact.

It’s absolutely free at the moment, so make sure to pick up a copy.

Featured Poem: 

Sirsasana 2
Thanks to Carla at for the inspiration.

My feet spread wide like a tripod
with my head pressed into the ground
as my legs lift
belly into spine

and the blood trickles down from my toes
like tiny spiders crawling through my ankles
into my shoulders

as I breathe Ujjayi
the ebb and flow of
ocean breath

my mind beats against the breathe like wind on sail
in the perfect storm

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I hope you liked the new beginning to the show today. I like to change things up and want to bring what we love about coffee shops into The Traveling Cup. And one of those things is poetry. Quick and witty poetry that inspires us all to live remarkable lives.

I’d love for you to submit your poem for the show to be read aloud before the intro. You can also record your voice! It should be about 20-30 seconds in length. Just send it over to with a sentence or two on why you wish to share the poem with The Traveling Cup change-makers.

On the call with me today to talk about the non-profit sector is Monisha Kapila. Monisha started up the company Proinspire and is a Harvard MBA graduate and thought leader in the non-profit sector. Her company aims to help young professionals become incredible leaders for non-profits. Today she’s agreed to come on the show and talk about how she started up the company and take you through her journey.

On the call, Monisha and I talk about:

  • The benefits of a non-profit for social entrepreneurs
  • How she started up Proinspire
  • Making money with a non-profit and how long before profit emerges
  • How to apply to the Proinspire fellowship

Connect with Monisha here:

I hope you got as much out of that as I did and I’d love to hear what you think and what you are working on. And if you file as a non-profit, share your story with our Facebook group to help inspire other Traveling Cup change-makers. You can also share your thoughts with me on Twitter @markwguay or over

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Today’s episode focuses on how small steps can lead to living a life full of gratitude. It starts by finding (or creating) a one second moment in your life. Just one second every day. That’s it. And trust me, it adds up quickly!

On the show with me today is Cesar Kuriyama, the creator of One Second Every Day.  Cesar spoke at TED back in 2012 and since then has been growing his One Second Every Day app.

On the call, Cesar and I talk about:

  • How one small positive habit could lead to a ginormous benefit and change your life
  • The philosophy behind mini-retirements (i.e. sabbaticals)
  • How to create an app
  • Using Kickstarter for seed funding

Connect with Cesar at:

That was positively one of my favorite conversations. After we ended the interview, Cesar and I went on to talk about video games and podcasts, along with some existential philosophy about living in the moment when the present in constantly changing.

I give so much credit to Cesar for taking the leap and taking a year off of work to explore a deeper purpose and understanding in life. The way he did it too is a way that I think a lot of Traveling Cuppers would understand: taking 2 years to live frugally to fund a nest egg savings account to live off of when you quit the job.

All right my friends, cheers to you and thanks for tuning in. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Update: Read Tim’s article about his personal journey on The Huffington Post.

We’re doing things a little bit different here on the show for this episode just to change things up a bit. I asked my good friend Tim McDonald to join me on the show as a co-host and chat about the pros and cons of working from home.

I LOVE working from home, though I often go to a coffee-shop to work when I can and we talk about why being part of a community is so important. One day, I’ll most certainly join a cooperative working space.

FYI: If you work from home and are considering renting a space but don’t have money for your own studio, consider a cooperative working space. Scott Tillitt from episode 7 talks about how to find a great co-op to work in.  I personally love co-ops.

I hope you like this break from the normal structure. You can listen to a more in-depth conversation w/ Tim on episode 16 where we talked about how to build an online community (or a tribe as Seth Godin puts it).

Of course, I’d love to know what you think, so send me a tweet @markwguay or email

Let me know what other topics you’d love for me to discuss with a cohost like Tim McDonald. If there’s something you are currently struggling with, let me know and I’ll bring an expert on the show to talk about it.

Keep up the world-changing work and high five from New York.

On the call with me today to talk about how to speak and listen effectively is none other than Julian Treasure, the leading researcher and expert on effective communication. Julian has spoken at TED more than a handful of times and travels the world to teach high-ranking CEOs and innovators from all sectors how to communicate and connect through what he calls conscious listening and speaking.

The audio can get a bit rocky at times, but stay with it. There’s so much in this episode that you will definitely have to have a second or third listen.

The funny thing is that Julian and I share strategies for effective speaking and listening while we are both in the medium of speaking and listening, so I tried my best to be “A-Game” material. You’ll notice I ramble on for a little bit because I’m nervous. It’s funny. Check it out.

I love what Julian has to share because it not only can help us all be better communicators at work, but also better spouses and friends to our life-long partners. My wife and I often talk about this too because we want our relationship to be strong as ever.

And on that note…Just an FYI: I’ll be up at an the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY to meet with others about building meaningful conversations between men and women and how to hack through the confines of the gender constructs society creates.

If that’s something that interests you, reach out to me and I’ll tell you more.

On the call, Julian and I talk about:

  • Vocal warmups
  • The voice as an instrument
  • Conscious listening and speaking
  • Empowering relationships

Connect w/ Julian: