On this episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber) and John Guidos (@JohnGuidos) reflect on 2020 and talk about what excites them in 2021. Frank made some of the classic resolutions which included healthier eating habits and exercise routines but also started a new one, where he’s been drawing a new thing every day. Some examples are on his Instagram or Facebook stories (

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Frank also celebrates the following people from his network:  ​

—Natalie Buford-Young has become the new CEO of Springboard Enterprises (  ​

—Matt Van Horn on his startup June being acquired by Weber (   ​

—Andrew Yang is running for Mayor of NYC (​ 

—Jen Consalvo, Cat Hernandez, Charles Hudson, Jenny Fielding, Lolita Taub, Mac Conwell, and more for being highlighted in Forbes for investing in underrepresented founders ( 

Frank and John also talk about the following upcoming events:   ​

—The Non-Obvious Diversity Summit ( is coming up January 26 – 29th and I’ll be speaking about investing in diverse startups along with Courtney Caldwell of ShearShare, Travis Holloway of Solo Funds, Ash Kumra of Peak Mindful, Marlon Nichols of MaC Venture Capital, and Allyson Kapin of The W Fund. Register at the following link: ​ 

—NASA iTech is looking for innovators who are interested in sharing their latest with NASA Chief Technologists. If you know anyone interested apply by 1/29, more details here:

The guys talk about these new books/articles: Where in the world is billionaire Jack Ma? 

—Jack Ma was China’s most vocal billionaire. Then he vanished –
Real-life Faceoff? 

—Wearing someone else’s face: Hyper-realistic masks to go on sale in Japan –
Llama inhaler for COVID relief   —Asthma-style inhaler filled with powerful LLAMA antibodies could be used to treat patients with severe COVID-19 –
First-Night Effect = Half Your Brain Sleeps, While Other Stays Awake 

—Night Watch in One Brain Hemisphere during Sleep Associated with the First-Night Effect in Humans –
Lobster technology 

—Ropeless fishing, called ‘crazy’ by some, could be real in five years –
Here’s a rabbit hole if you’re interested 

—UFOs: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Collection –
This stuff is getting real 

—A Harvard professor says an alien visited in 2017 — and more are coming –
Apple car is coming in 5 years 

—The Apple car, briefly explained​ –
Progress for gender equality in pro sports starting with basketball, thank you San Antonio Spurs 

—Spurs’ Becky Hammon: Being first woman to serve as NBA head coach ‘a substantial moment’ –
Followed by baseball, thank you Boston Red Sox. 

—Red Sox hire Smith, first Black female coach –

—Thank you, big sis!  -The Secret To Success? Having A Big Sister –   

—The TB12 Method ( Whether you love Tom Brady or not, this book came out a few years ago and offers a unique approach to a longer, healthier life. It struck a chord, as the strength training I did as an athlete in high school and into college was very similar to what Brady encountered. He realized that pliability is just as important as strength training. I wish I would have had this book 20 years ago but it’s never too late to become more pliable and make a change for the better. 

Please check out our other podcast: 

—On the Startup of the Year Podcast I interviewed Kara Goldin, the CEO and founder of Hint water and author of the bestselling book, Undaunted. Find the episode here:

Lastly, Frank has been testing out his new CamPark Trail Camera ( – Jen gave me this trail camera for Christmas and I’ve added it to my regular morning routine. It shows we’ve had lots of visitors in the last couple of weeks as seen here:

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