Tommy Sobel

Episode 178 - July 17, 2018


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Tommy Sobel has a unique resume: he was a published student of neuroscience, he's been Steven Spielberg's right-hand man on set, and he became the top executive at Amblin Partner's New Media division (formally DreamWorks Studios). He knows very well just how enticing our phones can be (it was his job to keep us glued to them through his company's content).  Now, he's left that all behind to help us have a healthier relationship with our phone and technology.  He's founded Brick (, which shows us how through one simple phone hack, we can reclaim some of our time back and truly connect with the world and the people in it.


In this episode, I sit down with Tommy to talk about lessons he's learned along the way going from student, to set assistant, to new media executive, to social entrepreneur.  We talk about how his new phone usage habits affect his relationships, his business, and how we can benefit from the same.  You'll also see how a simple object as a pen can make all the difference in your life.


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Show Notes:

-How one object (like a pen) can impact your life.

-Lessons learned from working for Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg.

-The disadvantages that technology has on our relationships at times.

-Phone etiquette and how to hack your phone for greater personal time and connection.

-Lessons learned from your favorite book.

-Following your gut, even if it means leaving a job others would love to have.


Episode Quotes

“My Why is to make other people feel included and not be ostracized or feel odd in various ways.”


“We’re prime examples of this always-on culture that we’ve fallen into.”


“I envision this world where we use technology to make us more present instead of more distracted, more connected instead of isolated.”


“There is this famous quote that’s really popular right now: ‘The internet used to be an an escape from the real world, and now the real world is an escape from the internet.’”


“There’s always an opportunity to be nice.”