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The Pappas Brothers Talk Entrepreneurship Across Industries

This episode of StartupNation Radio is brought to you by Pappas Financial 

On today’s episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff is joined by co-host, Norm Pappas, president and CEO of Pappas Financial. Together, they interview the Pappas brothers: Ed Pappas (a litigation attorney) and Rick Pappas (president of Davenport University).


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The focus of today’s show is the ability to be an entrepreneur and think entrepreneurially and how these skills can be applied to various careers and fields.

During the show, Ed discusses:

  • His role with law firm Dickinson Wright
  • Why you must be an entrepreneur to succeed in law
  • The three Rs of business development: establishing reputation, respect and relationships

Rick shares:

  • What his role leading Davenport University entails
  • The entrepreneurial aspects of higher education

Together, the three Pappas brothers talk about:

  • How to earn revenue when leading a university
  • The key things that Rick is doing to make the business of the university work
  • The importance of intrapreneurship within an organization
  • How to market yourself as a lawyer
  • The power of referrals
  • The importance of building expertise within a given vertical
  • Learning from failure
  • How the trio have learned from each other as brothers
  • Working hard versus working smart

Listen to the full interview here


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