Today we’re talking to a friend of the show Cal Fussman, host of Big Questions with Cal Fussman; and we get to know Joel’s story! We hear about Joel’s experience getting hit by a car as a kid; how he came back from zero several times throughout his career; and the leadership lessons learned from his journey through life so far.

All of this right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast! 

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About Cal Fussman:

For over four decades, Cal Fussman has interviewed hundreds of the world’s most
influential individuals: Muhammad Ali, Jack Welch, Mikhail Gorbachev, Serena Williams,
Jeff Bezos, Jimmy Carter, Kobe Bryant, Richard Branson, and the list goes on.

Now, as a New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, world-renowned
interviewer, and host of the Big Questions podcast, Fussman travels the world teaching
the world’s largest companies, universities, and associations about leadership,
storytelling, innovation, teamwork, and more. When Cal speaks, you’re listening to
everyone he’s ever interviewed. Lessons and stories from hundreds of world icons, all
coming through one man in a fedora.

Over the past several years, Cal has delivered keynotes for industry-leading
organizations including General Motors, Facebook, Pixar, Twitter, The Vanguard Group,
Apple Music, Snapchat, Samsung, Turner Broadcasting, Vans, Lululemon, YPO, and
Entrepreneur’s Organization; universities like UCLA and Georgetown; and at
conferences as far as South Africa and Kenya. After Cal spoke at Facebook, Chris
Sanders in Global Marketing Solutions said: “We literally have people using the term,
‘Cal Question.’ He has become a part of our culture.”

Born in Brooklyn, Fussman spent ten straight years traveling the world, swimming over
18-foot tiger sharks, rolling around with mountain gorillas in Rwanda, and searching for
gold in the Amazon. He boxed against then-undefeated world champion Julio Cesar
Chavez, won a James Beard award and served as sommelier atop of the World Trade

He now lives with his wife—whom he met while on his quest to discover the world’s most
beautiful beach—and his three children in Los Angeles, where he spends every morning
eating breakfast with Larry King.

Joel Beasley

Joel Beasley founded the Modern CTO Podcast in 2017 while writing his book, the Modern CTO book, with the goal of interviewing CTOs and sharing their experiences with others in the tech community.

Joel’s conversational style and insightful questions quickly gained traction, attracting high-profile guests such as Microsoft’s CTO, Kevin Scott, and T-Mobile’s CIO, Cody Stanford. With each episode, the podcast’s popularity continued to grow, and soon, Joel found himself with a waiting list of future guests.

Today, the Modern CTO Podcast has become the number one leadership and tech podcast in the world, with over 150k active listeners, including CTOs, lead developers, and rising tech leaders. Joel’s commitment to creating a conversational atmosphere for his guests to share their experiences has inspired a new generation of leaders and innovators.

As the success of the podcast grew, Joel founded ProSeries Media, a podcast production company that helps companies worldwide create their own podcasts. With a team of producers, content creators, and podcast bookers, ProSeries Media produces over ten shows, providing a platform for companies to connect with their audience and share their expertise.

Through his work on the Modern CTO Podcast and ProSeries Media, Joel Beasley has become a respected voice in the tech industry, inspiring others to share their knowledge and insights with the wider community. His passion for creating engaging content that informs, inspires, and entertains has made him a sought-after speaker and advisor on all things tech.

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