David Siteman Garland
David Siteman Garland is the creator/host of Internet-based TV show, blog and resource The Rise To The Top: The #1 Non-Boring Business Show, entertainer and broadcaster. Over 200,000 fans tune into The Rise To The Top featuring fluff-free conversations with many of the top creative minds, including best-selling authors, innovative entrepreneurs and respected leaders. Best known for his highly energetic, entertaining and probing, yet informal approach, David has interviewed hundreds of fascinating guests ranging from creative entrepreneurs including Tony Hsieh and Gary Vaynerchuk to thought leaders Seth Godin and Chris Brogan to innovators and influencers such as the author of the The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Workweek Tim Ferriss.
Instead of taking a “normal” job out college, David immediately began his broadcasting entrepreneurial journey with a hockey startup that led to a radio show on Team 1380 AM in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2008, After falling in love with creative entrepreneurship and learning from successful and interesting people who followed their passion, David took his Bar Mitzvah money (saved up from when he was 13) and created The Rise To The Top. Originally a TV show on ABC in St. Louis, Missouri focused on entrepreneurship, The Rise To The Top ran for three seasons and 36 episodes and was named “Best New Show” by Alive Magazine.
After a successful run on ABC, David took The Rise To The Top to a purely digital medium with a specific focus on personality-based entrepreneurship. Now, over 200,000 RISE enthusiasts tune in around the world on their computers, mobile phones, tablets and even traditional televisions (through partnerships with Roku and Connected TV).
Besides The Rise To The Top, David is known for bringing high energy to high-end events and creative companies. Recently, he was the emcee for Shine: The Premier Event For Women Entrepreneurs taking the stage for three days straight and keeping the crowd of over 500 female entrepreneurs energized and David also traveled to Google for a full day of on camera work as a spokesperson for a new program created by Google.
David also wrote his first book, Smarter, Faster, Cheaper: Non-Boring, Fluff-Free Strategies for Marketing and Promoting Your Business published in late 2010 by Wiley. Using humor and drawing on his own experiences, as well as those of the highly successful people he interviews, Smarter, Faster, Cheaper was written to educate, encourage and even commiserate with current and future entrepreneurs.
Besides being named one of the web’s “Top 60 influencers” by The Influencer Project, a “Living Legend” by Live Your Legend and one of “100 St. Louisans To Know” by Small Business Monthly, David has been featured on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, Inc., Forbes, The Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times.
David is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (with a degree in Women’s Studies) and lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his brilliant and beautiful wife Marcie. In addition to spending as much time as possible together as newlyweds, he enjoys sports (especially hockey), fitness, movies and anything really funny.
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