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Revenge of the Nerd (Steve Kamb)

  • Episode #85

From humble and geeky beginnings, Steve Kamb has built Nerd Fitness into an online empire of learning for tens of thousands of students. He shares what he’s learned about the importance of community, accountability, and avoiding the trap of perfection.

Steve Kamb founded in 2009 to help average folks, nerds, and misfits level up their lives.

In this episode, Danny, Abe, and Steve discuss:

  • How Nerd Fitness started and evolved to become hugely popular
  • The integration of the site’s content and courses
  • Shifting from online courses to building a larger community
  • The challenges of implementing accountability
  • Not waiting for perfection before you launch your course
“I’m just a huge dork who happens to love helping people not make all the mistakes I did.”

– Steve Kamb

Steve Kamb is the nerd who founded in 2009 to help average folks, nerds, and misfits level up their lives. He started the site to help people NOT make the same mistakes he made when he started his own journey.

Since then, he has bootstrapped Nerd Fitness and transformed it from a one-man blog into a passionate “rebellion” of 5 million annual visitors, 150,000 dedicated subscribers, and a full-time team of 25 humans. The site is best known for Nerd Fitness Coaching, its online program that has coached more than 10,000 one-on-one clients over the past five years. The site also boasts the most supportive and welcoming online community in the known universe.

Steve is also the author of Level Up Your Life, a book about turning life into a video game to reach your goals, and he has guest lectured at Google, Facebook, and Vanderbilt University. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Steve’s website:
Steve’s Instagram:
Steve’s Twitter (X):

Hosts: Ari Iny and Abe Crystal
Producer: Cynthia Lamb
Assembled by: Fatima Fojas
Executive Producer: Danny Iny
Audio Post Supervisors: Evan Miles and Christopher Martin
Audio Post Production: Post Office Sound
Music Soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

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Music credits:
Track Title: Bossa BB
Artist Name: Marie
Writer Name: Chelsea McGough

Track Title: Coo Coos
Artist Name: Dresden, The Flamingo
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton

Track Title: Grace
Artist Name: Shimmer
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton

Track Title: Carousel Lights
Artist Name: Chelsea McGough
Writer Name: Chelsea McGough
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton

Special effects credits:
24990513_birds-chirping_by_promission used with permission of the author and under license by AudioJungle/Envato Market.

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