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Entrepreneur Stories 4? Inspiration: Millionaire Interviews ?

Inspiring Stories to Help Motivate, Build, & Grow Your Successful Business... Millionaire Interviews is actionable advice for the (future & present) Entrepreneur, Solopreneur, and Small Business Owner. The host interviews Business Founders in the Product, Service, Real Estate, and Tech industries so they can teach you from their experience. Guests have been featured on Forbes, Shark Tank, Fox Business, CNBC, & Time Magazine. Each episode details the journey of our guest who shares their life experiences, business lessons learned, how they turned their ideas into success, and much more. Connect with other Listeners @ fb.com/millionaire-interviews. Connect with the Show via email: austin@millionaire-interviews.com or voicemail: +1 (305) 985-3469.

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087: Is the World's Strongest Coffee ?... a Death Wish ?? The Marketing Journey of Mike Brown.

Mike Brown saw a need for coffee that was both strong and delicious to serve his groggy morning customers. After creating the perfect blend of beans and combining it with his unique roasting technique, the 'World's Strongest Coffee' was born. Today, over a million people have trusted Death Wish Coffee to wake them up and keep them going every day. As a result of winning Intuit Quickbooks ?Small Business Big Game? competition, Death Wish Coffee was also the smallest business to ever have a commercial played during the Super Bowl.


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Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? The Count of Monte Cristo ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Clip on cup holder. I use this everywhere in my house. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Seller Labs' Feeback Genius - We set this up years ago. It requires the smallest amount of attention and drives the largest impact on our online reviews (Amazon). It's a great product that is backed by an amazing team and is a huge reason we've been the top performing coffee on Amazon for the past 4 years. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Maybe a listener could help you solve this issue... ??: Luckily, Death Wish Coffee is growing at the pace we are allowing it to grow at. The process has been enjoyable and strategic. But saying "No" to ideas I know could be winners is always a challenge and has been a distraction at times. I'm not a quick decision maker and spend way too much time analyzing. Luckily, my team steers me in the right direction but not until I've spent a great deal of time doing my homework. Also, video. Everyone needs to do more video.

 

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Mike Brown Interview. ***

 

2018-08-14
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086: Creating Millionaires ? from Pennies ¢ (w/ stock trader Timothy Sykes of Profit.ly)

Timothy Sykes is a day trader by day & co-founder of Profit.ly by night.  After an elbow injury eliminated his aspirations as a pro tennis player, Tim set his sights on the stock market. In high school, he used the $12,415 he?d saved from his bar mitzvah money to invest on the stock market. Before he graduated, he?d turned that $12K into $125K. Today, he?s earned close to $5 million in profits, all from trading.

 

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*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Timothy Sykes Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Reminiscences of a stock operator by Edwin Lefèvre & Roger Lowenstein, Losing my virginity and bold by Richard Branson. ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Tendskin for razor burn ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Zendesk as i get 1,000+ messages/day asking me financial questions, this allows me to organize them. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Too busy, not enough time for everyone, need to clone myself, cloning banned by the UN though :(
2018-08-07
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085: How to Grow a Cybersecurity Startup to $20M/year (with Jonathan Cogley of Thycotic)

Jonathan Cogley is the Founder of Thycotic & a Startup Mentor (? his blog @ Good Rain Shade). He grew up in South Africa and began his software engineering career in London where he founded Thycotic in 1996, moving Thycotic headquarters to the United States several years later. Under Jonathan?s direction, Thycotic has rapidly grown into an innovation leader in privileged account management software, used by more than 180,000 IT administrators worldwide.

These days, Jonathan participate as a startup mentor either independently or with a few startup incubators ? 1776 (has a broad reach globally with a wide variety of startups) and MACH37 (Washington DC-based cybersecurity startup incubator). This gives Jonathan the opportunity to talk to many startups and keep up to date on trends in different industries. He has spoken at over 100 enterprise technology events, appeared on The Wall Street Journal Radio, Fox TV and has been featured in notable publications such as The Washington Post, CNET, Yahoo! Finance, PC Magazine and CSO.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Jonathan Cogley Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Made to Stick by Chip Heath & Dan Heath, The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber, Getting Things Done by David Allen, The Secrets of Consulting by Gerald M. Weinberg, Elevate, Business of Software by Eric Sink ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Probably bought more index cards than anything in the business (typically from Staples). ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Excel, Outlook, NAnt (back in the day) ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? We now have a new management team backed by growth equity firm and growth is over 50% YOY but it tooks 12 years to get to this point.
2018-07-31
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084: Hiring Virtual Assistants (& keeping them) with Bryan Miles of Belay Solutions

Bryan Miles is the CEO & Co-Founder of BELAY Solutions, a company whose mission is to provide solutions that equip their clients with the confidence to climb higher. In 2010, Bryan and his wife Shannon formed Miles Advisory Group (MAG) to provide virtual support to busy leaders. They eventually expanded their virtual assistant model to include bookkeeping, copywriting, and web support services. In January 2017, they combined all their services under one name ? BELAY. This name is significant because of its meaning: To belay is to provide the support a climber needs to ascend. And that is precisely what they do for their clients.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Bryan Miles Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? The Orange Code By Arkadi Kuhlmann ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Foam Roller ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Klipfolio! ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Implementation of relevant technology & the ability to scale the client management side of our business.
2018-07-26
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083: How Perseverance kept Alley Coworking in Business (via Jason Saltzman)

Jason Saltzman is the CEO and Founder of Alley, a post business incubator and shared workspace for entrepreneurs. He also co-founded the tech company, SeamlessDocs. Jason advises and invests in a variety of early stage companies and is a mentor for the Techstars accelerator program. Jason has worked with the US State Department, traveling the world to assist the growth of startup communities. On his latest trip the Middle East, he produced and starred in a documentary about the Kuwaiti startup ecosystem.

Through his role as CEO of Alley and as a mentor, he advises hundreds of startups and entrepreneurs, offering real-life practical application and creative marketing advice. Jason has published content for CNN, The Wall Street Journal and is a frequent contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Jason Saltzman Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Obstacle is the Way Holiday By Ryan Holiday. ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Everything on Amazon. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? My Calendar App - Google Calendar. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Focused on internal growth so can you scale.
2018-07-18
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082: Live Episode!!! Automating Your Business like Carl Taylor of Automation Agency.

Carl Taylor is CEO of Automation Agency. He is a highly regarded and engaging speaker who speaks at events across Australia and the United States on the topics of Entrepreneurship, Online Marketing, and Personal Growth. Starting his first business at age 15, Carl has gone on to start, buy and sell businesses in varying industries from Gift Baskets to Marketing. He continues to run businesses and Mentor entrepreneurs, young and old, helping them grow their businesses.

In 2014, after years of running business seminars throughout Australia, Carl quit coaching and founded Automation Agency a Done-For-You online marketing agency helping small business owners actually implement the latest marketing tools and strategies and not just learn about them. Today Automation Agency works with hundreds of small businesses and online marketers all over the world including United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Carl Taylor Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Billionaire In Training by Brad Sugars, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, Built To Sell by John Warrillow, The Lean Product Playbook by Dan Olsen. ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? I've only ever bought books from Amazon, since it wasn't in Australia until a few weeks ago. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Slack. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Based on our current model adding more Clients means adding more staff, so further client growth without raising prices significantly would actually lower profitability and even if we raised prices would bring with it challenges which I'm unsure I want to have to solve. 

 

2018-07-10
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081: How Open-Book Finance helped this Print Company Pivot - Rob Dube of ImageOne

Rob Dube is co-founder of ImageOne & author of donothing: the most rewarding leadership challenge you?ll ever take. He started selling Blow Pops out of his locker in high school now his company, ImageOne, is ranked on the 2017 list of Forbes Small Giants: America?s Best Small Companies.

Throughout Rob?s 27 years of experience, he has developed an unwavering passion for delivering extraordinary experiences that positively impact the lives of his team members, the goals of their customers, and the fabric of the community. This unique approach to business has driven the company to success in its industry and acknowledgment as a top workplace. imageOne is the leading organization in Document Lifecycle Management and is well-known as an exceptional company, receiving local and national recognition for its strong focus on culture.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Robe Dube Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? A heated mattress pad. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? EOS - the Entrepreneurial Operating System. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? The only thing in our way is us. If we can sell and execute, the sky's the limit.
2018-07-03
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080: Growing a Kickball League Nationwide with Johnny LeHane of ClubWAKA

Johnny LeHane is the Co-Founder of ClubWAKA - Kickball & Social Sports, which has made the Inc 5000 for 3 consecutive years. He is also the managing member and lead investor in the Hudson Valley Startup Fund (HVSF), a $1 million member managed seed capital (angel investment) fund for high growth startups in the Hudson Valley, launched in 2015.

ClubWAKA promotes and provides recreational and social sports leagues, activities and events across the U.S. with 60,000+ participants, 400+ leagues, and dozens of tournaments events and vacations nationwide throughout the year. ClubWaka specializes in providing kickball, bowling, volleyball, giant jenga, and other nostalgic and ridiculously fun activities and the best social events that create life changing experience and lifelong relationships.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Johnny LeHane Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Predictable Success by Les McKeon, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton - SciFi  ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Motorola TurboCharger for moto X pure (and all the tablets in my house). ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Crystalknows.com - it makes you seem like a mind reader with people you just met. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Managing the dynamics and balance of three equal partners over 20 years.
2018-06-26
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079: Fired by his Family... How did Brad Martineau rebound to Build a Thriving Business?

Brad Martineau is the Cofounder of SixthDivision & PlusThis. Companies that help businesses plan out and thrive on marketing automation via Infusionsoft. Brad started his business career as Infusionsoft?s sixth employee and got a front row seat in watching the company grow from just six to 150 people, and from $500,000 to over $15 million in revenue.

He saw that Infusionsoft was a great tool that helped small businesses leverage technology, but he also saw a lot of their clients struggling to implement it. In 2010, after being fired by his brother's at Infusionsoft,  he started SixthDivision with the goal of that company to make it easy for people to get their automation ideas implemented so they can make more money and have more time on their hands.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Brad Martineau Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions:

? ? Favorite Book(s)? K. So I don't do favorites but a book I really like has been Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson. Another was Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits by Greg Crabtree. ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Again, I don't do favorites but Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones rank up there. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Infusionsoft & Basecamp are ranking pretty high for me. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Good question. I'd say the story we tell. I think we do a pretty good job but we can always do better and I believe the story you tell is possibly the most important component of your business.

 

2018-06-19
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078: Should You Franchise? How Snip-its founder Joanna Meiseles grew her brand Nationally.

Joanna Meiseles has been an entrepreneur and franchisor for the past 20 years. More than two decades ago, she saw a need in the marketplace for a hair salon focusing on children and launched the Snip-its salon brand in suburban Boston in 1995. As Founder and CEO of Snip-its, Ms. Meiseles ran five company locations, then franchised the concept in 2004 and grew the brand over a ten-year period. Under Ms. Meiseles? leadership, Snip-its received numerous awards including the Franchise Times? fastest 55 growth brands, and the Entrepreneur Top 500. Ms. Meiseles was twice a finalist for Ernst & Young?s Entrepreneur of the Year award. Today, Snip-its franchise owners operate 65 locations in 22 states.

 

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Joanna Meiseles Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Yoga pants ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Gmail ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Marketing
2018-06-12
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077: Sex Toy Entrepreneur, Reveals his Mr. Sloan... (Brian Sloan of VIECI)

Brian Sloan, CEO of Very Intelligent Ecommerce Inc. Brian quit his job as a lawyer to start a sex toy business that generates over $1 million a year, and he did it without office space or full-time employees.

He and his collaborators at Very Intelligent E-Commerce, Inc. have skipped the usual distribution methods, focusing solely on internet sales. The company's most recent product, a sex toy for men (NSFW), launched as an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. It turned heads and raised over $260,000 ? far more than its $45,000 goal? in the process.

Sloan started as a lawyer, but made a change early in his career that led him to where he is now. "I used to go to garage sales at 6 AM on the weekends and make as much or more money than I was making in the firm. At that point it really became clear that if what I wanted was more money and a fun lifestyle ? working as a lawyer would offer a poor return on my time investment."

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Brian Sloan Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Atlas Shrugged By Ayn Rand.
?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Leica Q. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? We use Magento for eCommerce but all other systems we built, i don't like to be attached to a SaaS model milking me for money for years. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Nothing is keeping us from growing, but we have a huge challenge in developing autoblow 3 and that product is what will take us from 6-7 to 10-15m.

 

2018-06-06
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076: This Pastor Preaches Culture. Why Dave Ramsey (& others) Win with William Vanderbloemen.

William Vanderbloemen is the President and Founder at The Vanderbloemen Search Group. William has been able to combine over 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices of Executive Search to provide churches with a unique offering: a deep understanding of local church work with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search.

Prior to his founding The Vanderbloemen Search Group, William studied executive search under a mentor with over 25 years of executive search at the highest level. His learning taught him the very best corporate practices, including the search strategies used by the internationally known firm Russell Reynolds. William also has experience as a Manager in Human Resources in a Fortune 200 company, where he focused on integration of corporate culture and succession planning. All of these experiences have come together with his pastoral work to form a unique gift for helping churches and ministries connect with the right key people. 

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: William Vanderbloemen Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance, The Grand Slam by Mark Frost.
?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Selfie Light.
?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? HubSpot. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Commitment to Organic Growth.
2018-05-30
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075: How a Panda ? & Penguin ? nearly put this Giant out of Business (John Fischer of StickerGiant)

John Fischer, CEO of StickerGiant, started the company in 2000 with a single sticker design and an online store to sell it on. From there he created StickerGiant.com with goal of becoming the "Amazon of stickers." Over the years, the company has transitioned and evolved from that original idea into one of the top printers of custom stickers and labels. His focus was to make stickers fast, while also constantly striving to use the highest quality materials available, and to be as environmentally aware as possible. He has built his business through dedicated teamwork and an enjoyment in the work we put into creating your custom stickers everyday.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: John Fischer Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? The Great Game of Business By Jack Stack, Traction By Gino Wickman, Rocket Fuel By Gino Wickman 
?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? OMG, so much. the lastest is my Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush, Rose Gold
?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Getting an Executive asst! also Open Book. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Growing a physical infrastructure at a pace to keep up with a business that is growing geometrically.
2018-05-24
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074: Should you Invest in Sales or Marketing? Ryan Buckley of Toofr says...

Ryan Buckley is the Founder at Toofr.com, a cold emailing tool open to the sales community. Ryan is also author of The Parallel Entrepreneur which is about how he built and runs Toofr and his other businesses. He is the Co-founder & COO at Scripted.com, a premium ghostwriting platform. Ryan is living in Walnut Creek, California with his wife and two daughters. He was born and raised in Silicon Valley and holds two Bachelor's degrees from UC Berkeley. He started his first internet business while enrolled in the joint Master's degree program with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Ryan plans to start more businesses, write more books, and eventually run for public office.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Ryan Buckley Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Tao Te Ching by Stefan Stenudd and Lao Tzu.
?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? iPhone Charging Cable.
?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Mixpanel, SEMRush. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Prioritizing tasks both between and within my businesses.
2018-05-22
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073: Why Mark Cuban didn't Paddle by this Offer on Shark Tank - Stephan Aarstol of Tower Paddleboards

Stephan Aarstol is the CEO and founder of Tower Paddle Boards, a direct to consumer brand that focuses on the beach lifestyle niche. Tower was named the "Fastest Growing Company in San Diego" by the San Diego Business Journal in 2014, and ranked #239 on the 2015 INC 500 list of America's Fastest Growing Companies.

Stephan is the author of the The Five-Hour Workday: Live Differently, Unlock Productivity, and Find Happiness. Stephan and this widely acclaimed book have been featured on CNN, CNBC's Power Lunch, Fox & Friends, The List, the Huffington Post, Fast Company, INC, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, The Adam Corolla Show, and many leading newspapers, TV stations, and radio shows worldwide. He's been dubbed "World's Best Boss" by multiple leading newspapers in Germany, and "America's Best Boss" by the Daily Mail, the UK's #2 newspaper.

Stephan holds an MBA in New Venture Management from the University of San Diego and lives in San Diego today. In 2017 Stephan was named as San Diego's top 10 most influential business leaders.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Stephan Aarstol Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? The Five Hour Workday by Stephen Aarstol... because I wrote it ;).
?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Xmas gifts every year as they can ship them to where I'm going.
?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Panjiva for sourcing. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Competition.
2018-05-17
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072: The Lyft of Car Cleaning ??... Getting Spiffy with Scot Wingo

Scot Wingo is the CEO of Spiffy and the Executive Chairman of ChannelAdvisor. Spiffy is an on-demand car wash and detailing business currently in Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Dallas. ChannelAdvisor is a leading software/service business for Fortune 2k selling on eBay as a new channel.

Prior to Spiffy and ChannelAdvisor, Scot occupied the roles of general manager of GoTo Auctions, CEO and co-founder of AuctionRover.com (acquired by GoTo.com) and CEO and co-founder of Stingray Software (acquired by RogueWave).

Scot received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Computer Engineering degree from North Carolina State University. Scot has received numerous awards including Ernst and Young?s Entrepreneur of the Year and Triangle Business Journal?s Top 40 under 40.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Scot Wingo Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Lean Startups by Eric Ries
?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Echo Show
?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Google Analytics ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Meeting customer expectations while growing > 150% y/y.
2018-05-15
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071: Upsell, Resell, What the Hell? Our Pal, Jordan Gal, from CartHook Explains...

Jordan Gal is the Founder of Carthook, which is a cart abandonment software solution that recovers lost revenue by following up with potential customers who don?t complete the checkout process. Their flagship product is a customizable checkout with post-purchase upsells for Shopify stores.

Jordan previously ran a successful ecommerce business. It was a network of niche stores that grew and was acquired. After the sale, he identified several key challenges he faced and zeroed in on cart abandonment as the right problem to tackle.

Jordan currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and three daughters. He is also currently co-hosting the Bootstrapped Web Podcast, which is a podcast about bootstrapping an online business.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Jordan Gal Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, On the Road by Jack Kerouac , The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill by William Manchester & Paul Reid.
?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Dollar Shave Club - razors sent automatically every month.
?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Station, Slack, Notion, Zoom. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Slow speed of software development & the difficulty of managing a remote team.
2018-05-10
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070: What's the best Energy Drink, Protein Powder, & Vitamins? Find out with Neil Thanedar of Labdoor.

Neil Thanedar is the CEO of LabDoor. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010. Worked as Executive Director of The Detroit Partnership. Co-founded Avomeen Analytical Services, an FDA-registered product safety laboratory. Named by CNNMoney as one its top ?Generation Next? Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2011. Won the Startup America Super Bowl Pitch Contest in 2012. Currently CEO & Founder at LabDoor, a digital health startup that uses science to tell you what?s really in consumer products.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Neil Thanedar Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Personal History by Katherine Graham, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant, Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull
?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Kindle Paperwhite
?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Evernote (+ Tiago Forte's Building a Second Brain class to optimize Evernote usage) ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? We need more users! Sign up for free at Labdoor.com.
2018-05-08
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069: You Only Podcast Once... The Growth of Millionaire Interviews with Austin Peek

Austin Peek is the host of Millionaire Interviews, a podcast that gives actionable advice for the (future & present) Entrepreneur, Solopreneur, and Small Business Owner. He interviews Business Founders in the Product, Service, Real Estate, and Tech industries so they can teach you from their experience. Guests have been featured on Forbes, Shark Tank, Fox Business, CNBC, & Time Magazine. Each episode details the journey of our guest who shares their life experiences, business lessons learned, how they turned their ideas into success, and much more.

Austin is also the Principal of RiverStone RECAP, a commercial real estate mortgage brokerage firm in Jacksonville, Florida. The company utilizes commercial real estate lenders which include: Life Insurance companies, CMBS lenders, GSEs, Banks, Cooperatives, and Credit Unions. At RiverStone RECAP, Austin manages the origination, underwriting, and placement of mortgages. Prior to this company, he was responsible for originating commercial real estate loans at Capital Advisors. He also previously worked at Corinthian Real Estate where he assisted in financial underwriting, market research, and investment packaging.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Austin Peek Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? iRobot Roomba
?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Zapier ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? More podcast listeners
2018-05-02
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068: Boss won't Listen? How it motivated John Sharpe to start StaffSource.

John Sharpe is CEO of StaffSource.  He has over 15 years of recruiting, financial and executive level management experience for both Fortune and mid-sized organizations. He has been recognized as the "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" and have led an amazing team of people to acknowledgments such as "Best Staffing Firm" and "Best Place to Work." Additionally, StaffSource recently earned the prestigious INC 5000 award for the 5th consecutive year, one that is owed to their hard-working and dedicated employees.

John was inspired to start his business because he believed he could deliver services more effectively than the company where he was working at the time. He felt the market needed a staffing and recruiting firm that was more service-oriented and value-driven, and his decision to strike out on his own paid off.

An entrepreneur by nature, John makes it a personal mission to build companies to the best they can be through, first and foremost, recruiting well-rounded, competitive and ethically-minded individuals, and executing strategic thought on an on-going basis.

 

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: John Sharpe Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Mediations by Marcus Aurelius & The eMyth by Michael E. Gerber & Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm by Verne Harnish ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Wife Present???
?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Tableau & Salesforce ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Myself & Continuing to put right people around me.
2018-04-27
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067: Find out what this Beer Company is Brewing Up... (Jamey Price of Grayton Beer)

Jamey Price is the Founder of Grayton Beer. He hails from Vicksburg, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi with an Accounting degree. After graduation (and a stellar baseball career at Ole Miss), Mr. Price and his wife moved to Florida in 2005 to work for a software company. Searching for an opportunity to put roots in the community, Price wrote a 48-page business plan, and Grayton Beer Company was born.

The initial interest in Grayton Beer Company began more than 15 years ago, when Jamey spent a summer break from Ole Miss on Lake Tahoe. This was where he had his first sip of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and was hooked on great-tasting beer. Fast-forward more than a decade through a career in software, a marriage, a move from Nashville to the beach, and a few babies. He and his wife, Candace, appreciate everything about life on the Florida panhandle. This, coupled with his passion for small batch beers, was the perfect recipe to start Grayton Beer Company.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Jamey Price Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald - I read it twice a year. ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? My wife does the purchasing.
?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Orchestrated Beer with SAP B1 Financials for Accounting and VIP for Wholesaler/Customer Management. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Acquiring talented people to move to our area.
2018-04-17
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066: From the Parents House to Software Solutions... The Safari of Sid Bala & Alligatortek

Sid Bala is an experienced software solutions industry executive with a proven record of helping businesses grow through the application of technology. In over 20 years at Alligatortek, Sid has built a thriving organization with a team-first, innovative culture. He oversees the business development, identifies opportunities for growth and better customer service, and drives the Gator culture rooted in teamwork, focus, and determination.

 

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Sid Bala Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Airpods & Tiles for misplacement
?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Trello ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Around hiring best people & hiring as early as you can.
2018-04-13
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065: Friends, Co-Founders, & Affiliate Marketing with Jamie Birch of JEB Commerce

Jamie Birch is an affiliate manager and the founder and CEO of JEBCommerce, LLC. He started in the online marketing arena in 1999, working as a search engine guru for a dot-com in the resort town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Jamie worked his way up to managing a multi-million dollar affiliate program and search campaigns for Coldwater Creek, a top-five national women's apparel retailer, growing the affiliate channel from several thousand dollars a month to $35 million a year. As a manager for the SEO and SEM campaigns, he pioneered performance-based relationships outside of affiliate network, negotiating long-term profitable relationships inside and outside of the affiliate channel. In 2004, he founded JEBCommerce, using these proven processes to build a large client base.

His focus now is growing profitable and incremental affiliate programs by focusing on deep and comprehensive analytics inside and outside of the affiliate networks. Jamie and his team work with all technology providers to take advantage of amazing technologies to ensure that their clients incur costs only for sales they should.

In addition to JEBCommerce, he also owns and operates ChloeWorks, a software development startup focused on bringing the software they have created and use every day at JEBCommerce to the market. His work and organizations allow Jamie to do what he loves the most, mentor, coach, and employee development.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Jamie Birch Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso, The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber, The Road by Cormac McCarthy ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Sleep Master Seeping Mask that Tim Ferris recommended.
?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Process.st ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Generating quality B2B leads.
2018-04-10
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064: Transforming Companies to Outperform their Competition - Karl Maier of Abunden

Karl Maier has more than three decades of experience growing companies. He has been part of three management teams that grew companies 5X or more in three years. He has developed the Abunden Framework, to not only help companies grow, but also to help the owners, employees, customers, suppliers and families that are touched by these businesses.

At age 17, Karl entered the Rice University on National Merit Scholarship. He graduated with MBA in Info Systems and BA Economics and joined the E&W National Mortgage Banking Consulting Group. After working for several companies and businesses, he joined his family-owned distribution company that he helped grow for 3 years. He founded his own company, which is a dotcom or B2B marketplace for industrial products. He was also a co-founder of his second business called Therapy Track, where he developed Saas platform for major hospitals in 14 states.

Karl is now using his 30+ years of experience in transforming and growing companies. The benefits of his Abunden Framework include improving productivity (up to 20%), reducing turnover (up to 50%), and improving the hiring success rate dramatically.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Karl Maier Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Work shoes I never saw anywhere else ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Evernote ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Picking the right partners
2018-04-06
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063: Breathe Right Nasal Strips founder (Dan Cohen)... Unstrips his Business.

Dr. Dan Cohen is the former Chairman of CNS, Incorporated. Dr. Cohen was the driving force behind the meteoric rise of Breathe Right nasal strips, acquiring the rights to manufacture and sell the product for the medical equipment company he founded in 1982. In 2006, GlaxoSmithKline acquired CNS, including its Breathe Right nasal strips and FiberChoice chewable fiber supplement products, for $566 million.

He Co-Founded Round River Research Corp. to study the healing and psycho-spiritual effects of synchronized music, vibrations, and magnetic fields. He is the inventor of the SolTec Lounge, designed to rapidly induce meditative states with profound levels of relaxation/stress reduction. After 16 years in development, the product was introduced in 2013. This technology inhibits the brain?s vigilance apparatus and directly stimulates the human energy system, facilitating healing and spiritual experience.

Dr. Cohen has a BS from Penn State University and received his MD from Temple Medical School with high distinction. His training is in neurology at the University of Minnesota and he is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Doctor Cohen also authored the books, Addicted To My Ego and Co-Authored Claim Your Basic Rights.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Dan Cohen Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? McElligot?s Pool by Dr. Seuss ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? N/A ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? MS Word ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? N/A
2018-04-03
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062: Secrets to Creating an Awesome Workplace (Andrew Sykes of Habits at Work)

Andrew Sykes founded the Behavioral Research Applied Technology Laboratory (BRATLAB) to uncover which habits create health, happiness, security and performance for people, and his employer-focused consulting team, Habits at Work, literally puts habit creation to work to create high-performance organizations. Andrew is a passionate advocate for the power of habits to create thriving, high-performance employees and companies.

Born and raised in South Africa, he lived and worked on five different continents over the course of his career. He is adamant about helping companies flourish through the success of their people, rather than at their expense, and he is eager to share his ideas with others.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Andrew Sykes Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, Influencer by The Team at Vitalsmarts, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Most recently my gift for my 7th year wedding anniversary: A copper champagne bucket. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? The phone! But also Basecamp. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Finding more companies with a leadership team committed to reinventing the world of work, and not just competing to survive.

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2018-03-30
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061: From Waterboy to Biz Owner... How Andrew Didier grew Agora NW.

Andrew Didier is the Founding Partner of Agora NW.  The company is located in Tukwila, WA (right outside of Seattle).  Agora sells bottle-less water systems for institutional break rooms. It also sells coffee and tea, services its machines and accessories, and strives to go over the top with customer service.  The Agora team works with each of their customers to create a flexible program that matches client?s needs and budget with the best overall solution. They move companies to an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bottles, while at the same time impacting their bottom line.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Andrew Didier Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? American Icon: Alan Mulally & The Fight to Save Ford Motor Company by Bryce Hoffman. ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Not an Amazon Person. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Par Level. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Scaling with the right people.   Sponsored By: Twenty20 Millionaire Interviews
2018-03-27
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060: How this College Startup is Moving Past the Competition (Cam Doody of Bellhops)

Cameron Doody is Co-founder and President of BellHops, the largest and fastest growing tech-enabled platform in the moving and delivery space. Bellhops grew from an idea to help college students move onto campus.  Bellhops began in 2011 as a dorm-moving service in a small college town. While Bellhops essentially started as a two-day-a-year operation at the end of each semester, the company soon realized it was onto something bigger: there's a certain magical synergy between the enthusiasm and stamina of college students and the challenges of moving. They are now a moving company based in Chattanooga that is operating in 85 cities in 39 states across the United States. Cameron is responsible for raising more than $21 million in venture capital from some of the most prestigious investors in the world, and was awarded the 2015 Auburn University Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He was also given the Spirit of Innovation Award and his company was nominated as the Best New Startup of 2014.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Cameron Doody Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz and Yeager by Chuck Yeager. ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Front App. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Diapers of course :). ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Far too many to mention.
2018-03-23
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059: This company Saves Drivers $$$ at the Tollbooth (John Andrews of BestPass)

John Andrews is President & CEO of BestPass. John has more than 20 years of experience in technology implementation, senior management, and development/deployment of scalable services and solutions. John was selected to serve as President and CEO of Bestpass in the Fall of 2009 when the organization had four employees, processing $15 million in tolls annually. The company has since grown to more than 60 employees, processing more than $500 million in tolls annually. Outside of the office, John enjoys a busy home life with his wife and three kids and is a home brewer of craft beer.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: John Andrews Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? The Southwest Way by Jody Hoffer Gittell
?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Death Wish Coffee ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Geckoboard.com ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Finding people with solid interest & big picture problem solving skill/talent.
2018-03-20
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058: Smart Luggage for Smart People - Alejo Verlini of BlueSmart

Alejo Verlini is the Co-founder and CPO at Bluesmart, which is based in Hong Kong. He is an experienced Chief Product Officer with a strong history of working in the consumer electronics industry. He is very skilled in Innovation Management, User Experience, Branding & Identity, Design Management, and User Interface Design. He also speaks French, Spanish, and English.

Before Bluesmart, Alejo was also a co-founder of NSNC, which is a boutique design consulting firm that specializes in product design, user experience, strategic innovation, and design thinking process.

He has been in Bluesmart since 2013 and he has been a part of a team that shares a passion for travel, technology, and design. The concept of Bluesmart suitcase started when their travels were always ruined because of problems with their luggage. They looked at their suitcases and they realized that they haven?t evolved for decades. So they set out to re-imagine how a modern suitcase should be in this day and age.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Alejo Verlini Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Just Kids by Patti Smith ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Bluesmart Black Edition. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Google Docs. Can't imagine not having it. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? n/a.
2018-03-16
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057: This Angel Investor Specializes in Music + Startups = Ken Umezaki of Digital Daruma

Ken Umezaki, Founder and President of Digital Daruma, has been involved in the music business full time since 2009, when he retired from a successful 25 year career in financial services. He has substantial experience in starting new business lines for major investment banks, seeding and advising start ups, capital markets trading, managing large organizations, and asset management.

Ken is an angel investor, through his company Digital Daruma, in digital music business start ups, with a specific focus on artist and b2b service companies. He is a digital music business executive, focusing on business development, strategy, operations and fundraising in the music business. He is also the co-founder of the Dot Blockchain Music Project, a public benefit corporation building and promoting a new music file format and supporting technology architecture to modernize copyright management and music supply chain processes fit for the digital music age.

He is a musician and currently plays bass in the band Fifth of Bourbon. He is also involved in a number of music foundations and academic organizations, including serving on the national board of Little Kids Rock, Future of Music Coalition and advisory board positions at New York University and Berklee College of Music.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Ken Umezaki Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman, Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Amazon Echo Dot ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? G Suite ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? n/a
2018-03-12
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056: Why this Company Pivoted from Apparel to Outdoor Gear (via Cory Tholl of Klymit)...

Cory Tholl became CEO of Klymit in 2011 and quickly turned the company into a profitable and high growth outdoor brand. Cory is a family man who thrives on taking products from ideation to market. He is passionate about creating great jobs for good people and is focused on creating a stellar return for investors.

The idea behind Klymit is to help adventurers fall asleep and wake up as comfortable as possible. Rain or shine. Hot or cold. They can provide the gear that will make people look forward to sleeping outdoors. Today, they are one of the fastest growing outdoor gear companies in the industry.

His peers see him as a visionary, intelligent, and articulate person. He is great at motivating people to be forward thinkers. He is also a natural born leader and an all-around nice guy.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Cory Tholl Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? The Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Sleep Pants - $10 ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Domo. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? n/a.
2018-03-08
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055: What's Big Data & What Can it do for You? Find out with Thoran Rodrigues of Big Data Corp.

Thoran Rodrigues is the founder and CEO of BigData Corp which helps companies to automate the way they work with huge volumes of information. He has over a decade of experience in the Tech market in Brazil, having worked in places of all shapes and sizes, from university labs to consulting firms. In 2011, after almost a decade working for others, Thoran decided to open his first company. Today, he run BigData Corp., a four-year old startup which is one of the leaders in the Big Data market with clients all over the world.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Thoran Rodrigues Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Dark Intelligence: Transformation Book One by Neal Asher ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Books - everyone reads ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Zapier & IFFTT. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Personally - Letting go of things (to help company grow). Company - Organizing things better.
2018-03-05
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054: Lessons Learned from Growing a Door Company over 20 years (with Michael Otis of Double O)

Michael Otis is the President of Double O Inc., a commercial Glazing, Windows, & Doors company. Double O Inc. has steadily grown in skills, talent and experience to become known and recognized as ?The Most Knowledgeable Company in the Industry.? In 2014 thru 2016, Double O receives recognition from Inc. Magazine being awarded the prestigious ?Inc. 5000 Award ? Fastest Growing Private companies in the United States."

Mr. Otis is also the president of One Enterprise, LLC, which rehabilitates distressed properties in blighted neighborhoods, returning them to productive use. One Enterprise focuses on revitalizing neighborhoods, recycling community resources, and respecting the residents.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Michael Otis Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? The Bible, if I must pick just one. The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack is another. Leadership is an Art by Max DePree as well. ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? I purchase everything online, vehicles, tools, real estate, everything. So it is hard to know. Most recent, a bunch of hiking equipment for a wilderness trip in September. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Quicken, cause I like to keep things simple. But we have many programs we use in our company. The Office 365 Suite is very important to us. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? n/a.
2018-02-27
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053: How this Ex-Rapper Ambitiously Grew his Marketing Business - Greg Rollett of Ambitious Media

Greg Rollett is the Founder of Ambitious Media Group, an Orlando based Media & Marketing Company. Greg is a Best-Selling Author and Marketing Expert who works with experts, authors and entrepreneurs all over the world. He utilizes the power of new media, direct response and personality-driven marketing to attract more clients and to create more freedom in the businesses and lives of his clients. After creating a successful string of his own educational products and businesses, Greg began helping others in the production and marketing of their own products and services.

Greg?s client list includes Michael Gerber, Brian Tracy, Tom Hopkins, Sally Hogshead, Coca-Cola, Miller Lite and Warner Brothers, along with thousands of entrepreneurs and small-business owners across the world. Greg?s work has been featured on FOX News, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, USA Today, Inc Magazine, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, the Daily Buzz, and more.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Greg Rollett Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler, 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss, Great Leads by Michael Masterson, Marketing to the Affluent by Thomas J. Stanley ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Books - buy every book ever recommended. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Evernote, Slack, InfusionSoft. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Listen to the end of the interview...
2018-02-23
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052: Al Roker helped this Lawyer kickstart his "Fashion" Company (Chris White of Shinesty)

Chris White is the Chief Executive Officer of Shinesty. At age 18, Chris was forced to become financially independent, plus pay for his tuition at DePauw University. He started working multiple commission-based sales jobs and it set his life on a different course. After graduating, with majors in Religious Studies and Communications, Chris moved to Colorado to pursue a JD/MBA at CU Boulder and became hooked on the Colorado Startup life. While in graduate school, Chris learned about the apparel business by selling screen printed clothing to students and became very aware of what college students thought was funny. From there, Chris set off to build a totally ridiculous, sarcastic, and irreverent brand that helped people look awesome and find unique, outlandish products. Shinesty now has 25+ employees; a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 400% over the last two years; nationally known customers, such as the Chicago Cubs; and recently filmed a docu-comedy series for MTV.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Chris White Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? VHS Tape - Cooking with Coolio. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Slack. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? n/a.
2018-02-20
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051: Looking to Hire? Look no further than Hireology (with Adam Robinson)...

Adam Robinson is the Co-founder and CEO of Hireology, where he's on a mission to assist business owners to make better hiring decisions by means of predictive data and innovative technology. He is a renowned recruiting industry expert, speaker, and author with 20 years of experience in the field of hiring and selection management.

Under his leadership, Hireology has been recognized nationally by Entrepreneur magazine as a "Top Company Culture" and by Crain's Chicago Business as a "Best Places to Work" for both Millennials and GenX. In 2015 he was added to the Chicago Tribune's Blue Network, a listing of Chicago's most influential entrepreneurs and innovators, and named a "Top 25 HR Industry Game Changer Under 40" by Workforce magazine.

Adam is very passionate about entrepreneurship, donating time to a number of organizations that support the entrepreneurial cause. Through multiple leadership roles at Entrepreneurs Organization, he has helped to develop and launch programs that teach core business skills to early-stage entrepreneurs and beginners around the world.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Adam Robinson Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't by Jim Collins ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Dyson Air Blade - it purifies the air. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? EOS - Entrepreneurial Operating System (Book is called... Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business). ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? The ability to execute at new scales, we have to re-invent every 6 months.
2018-02-14
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050: Winding Tree takes on Airline Travel via the Blockchain Space with Max Izmaylov & Pedro Anderson.

Max Izmaylov is the CEO of Winding Tree & Pedro Anderson is the COO of the company. Winding Tree is a blockchain-based decentralized open-source travel distribution platform. The company makes travel cheaper for the end user and profitable for travel companies, like hotels, airlines, and travel agencies because it removes the middlemen from the equation.

Maksim Izmaylov is a software engineer, entrepreneur, and previously founder of Roomstorm and Travel Tech Con. Max is also passionate about making travel a more enjoyable experience for everyone. Pedro Anderson is the COO of the company. He specializes in crypto-investment and social entrepreneurship. Being in charge of partnerships at Winding Tree, he had previously sold millions of dollars of SaaS products.

This year, Max and Pedro?s Winding Tree has struck a major deal with Lufthansa. Winding Tree will assist Lufthansa in building and testing decentralized, blockchain-based travel apps that meet the requirements of airlines, while Lufthansa will integrate its APIs with the Winding Tree platform. This will allow Lufthansa the exposure to new technology experts, and Winding Tree access to experts in the field.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Max Izmaylov & Pedro Anderson Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions (Max Izmaylov's Answers): ? ? Favorite Book(s)? My favorite book is this one, it is an essay about Tolstoy's search for life's meaning: kvakes.github.io/what-i-believe. ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Amazon Kindle. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? I am very skeptical about magical recipes that improve life 10x. I think learning and optimizing your tools well though goes a long way. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Successful business is all about great team and effective communication. I think we have that. Fabulous 4 Questions (Pedro Anderson's Answers): ? ? Favorite Book(s)? The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age by James Dale Davidson. ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Books, always books. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Slack. ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Funding as we've bootstrapped so far. But that's being resolved.

 

2018-02-12
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049: Professional Snowboarder reflects on his Sold Clothing Business (Josh Sherman of Yea.Nice)

Josh Sherman was the co-founder and business owner of Yea.Nice. His clothing company was included in the Inc. Magazines 2016 top 1,000 fastest private growing companies in America. Josh is also a volunteer for the Beanies4Life, which is a program under the Yea.Nice brand. The program is all about helping the homeless individuals all across America in battling the winter cold elements through a high quality, fleece lined beanie. To date, this cause has donated over 100,000 polar fleece lined beanies.

Josh has a Bachelor?s Degree in B.S. Business Management at Western Governors University from 2014 to 2017. Josh, along with his Yea.Nice co-founder JJ Thomas, used to be a professional snowboarder. They came up with the idea of donating beanies for homeless people when they found out that thousands of these people were dying from hypothermia each year and Josh knew they had to do something about it. Many people know Josh as a professional, driven, passionate, intelligent and perseverant individual.

Currently, Josh Sherman is a Human Capital Management Consultant at ADP. He provides SaaS and people solutions to organizations. His main responsibility in ADP is to fully understand his client's business and make specific recommendations based on their needs, timeline, and budget. Josh works with businesses that want to focus on organizational improvement, develop cost reduction strategies, stay in compliance, and unleash the potential of their employees.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, & Resources Mentioned on this episode visit here: Josh Sherman Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? The Challenger Sale by Matthew Dixon & Brent Adamson ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Glass Whiteboard ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Salesforce ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Having a personal life.

 

2018-02-05
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048: How Sheevaun Moran uses Energy to Transform Businesses into Powerhouses...

Shevaun Moran is an award-winning Small Business and Master Coach. She's the creator of Energetic Solutions. The company is devoted to teaching entrepreneur, CEOs, and leaders the needed skills to grow their business. While also maintaining authenticity and clarity of mission to purposeful profits. She has helped over 25,000 people to achieve their miracle.

She(vaun) is also a talented and passionate speaker. Her conferences and events are customized for each audience and it leaves them inspired, educated, and motivated. She has the energy and charisma to work one to one, speak in an intimate setting, as well as very large audiences.

Shevaun has sold over $22 billion and helped four companies go from a few employees to sales of over $140 million in one sale. Shevaun uses a formula that has helped thousands worldwide achieve health while building their success, restore health and uncover their true calling, company turnarounds, and visioning. Her effective model or formula relies on warm-hearted communication, peaceful purveyor of prosperity, corporate drive, practicality, deep connections, and simplicity. She is the author of 5 books, 28 CD programs, 2 DVD programs, and multi-national organizational programs.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, Resources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: Sheevaun Moran Interview. ***

2018-01-31
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047: WTF is a Float Tank? Learn to be Zen & Accelerate Your Biz Growth with The Shane Stott.

Shane Stott is CEO of the Walker Tape Company, the leading brand in Hair Replacement Supplies. He is also the founder of the Zen Float Company, and co-creator of the Zen Float Tent, whose famous Kickstarter campaign raised $300,000 in its first month. He is a genuine inventor and has created some of the most cutting-edge products such as the Ultra Hold Tape Mini's, which revolutionized the Hair System Tape. He has been featured on ABC, MSN, and Yahoo with his amazing inventions.

Since 2011, Shane?s Zen Isolation Float Tank plans have helped thousands of people to both build and maintain their own float tanks at home. He offers detailed plans, guidance, and personal help to those who want to learn how to harness their senses and channel positive energy where it is needed. Shane is also a Best -Selling Author of the Float Tank Cure and is currently at work on a new book based on Marcus Aurelius's Meditations book.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, Resources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: Shane Stott Interview. ***

2018-01-29
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046: Multi-Family Investor finds Happiness matters MORE than Profit - Dave Childers of RIA

Dave Childers founded Residential Investment Advisors in 2011. During his years as a real estate agent he realized an opportunity in the industry to work with small, private investors in the purchase and sale (aka P&S) of multifamily properties in Middle Tennessee. Dave (aka David Childers) has significant experience in many areas of the commercial/residential real estate industry.  Highlights of his experience includes facilitating financing for multifamily properties, commercial ownership, and management of investment real estate. He has brokered millions in multifamily properties and he's looked upon as a professional resource for investors, bankers, and appraisers.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, Resources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: Dave Childers Interview. ***

2018-01-24
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045: Tired of Being Hungover? This Pharmacist Created a Solution 4 You - John Mansour of Drink B4.

John Mansour is a pharmacist that dedicated his life to studying the human body and the vitamins and minerals that keep us ticking. Armed with this knowledge, John created something truly unique: a caffeine-free beverage that energizes for the night and fortifies for the morning known as Drink B4. Along with his business partner and spirits expert, Dave Larue, John is revolutionizing how we fight the aftereffects of drinking.

John is an accomplished Entrepreneur, Healthcare Executive, and Pharmacist with 8 years of experience. He has led both startups and large organizations, and built business strategies within settings such as retail pharmacy, compounding pharmacy, property acquisition, and property management at an executive level. He spent the beginning of his career as a member of Target Corp. working as a pharmacist and then as a consultant for their corporate offices in which he worked on specialty projects for the company. He left Target to open a compounding pharmacy and a toxicology testing lab with his partners in Tampa, Florida. John has now turned his focus onto several new ventures. The newest being a supplement company in the process of establishing a health based, supplement liquid line.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, Resources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: John Mansour Interview. ***

2018-01-22
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044: How Brady Lewis (of Allmoxy) transformed his Family's Cabinet Company.

Brady Lewis was running the family cabinet outsource shop and needed a software solution. Seeing an obvious lack of options for small business manufacturing software, work began building their own. As every day problems would arise, they would be solved, systematized, and written into the new software solution. After growing 120% during the recession on the new platform, and being constantly questioned if it was for sale, it was clear this new platform could be very valuable for others as well and Allmoxy was born. Allmoxy serves various types of companies since starting out in the wood working industry.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, Resources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: Brady Lewis Interview. ***

2018-01-17
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043: Everything you Need to Know about Raising Funds with Robin Smith of WeGoLook.

Robin Smith founded WeGoLook in 2009 as a way to increase confidence in consumers purchasing online. It quickly became apparent that WeGoLook?s inspection and verification services were not only useful for consumers, but a revolutionary solution for various industries. The B2B world has been WeGoLook?s focus ever since.

Robin has an extensive background in sales, e-commerce, and enterprise solutions that helped her develop WeGoLook. She is a thought leader in the gig economy, insurtech, and the startup/tech world. She speaks to audiences around the world, inspiring them to pursue their dreams, no matter how humble their beginnings.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, Resources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: Robin Smith Interview. ***

2018-01-15
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042: How to Buy an Online Business (instead of Starting One from Scratch) - Justin Cooke of Empire Flippers

Justin Cooke (CMO/Founder) is the brand ambassador of Empire Flippers. From content to paid traffic, he keeps the sales staff busy and the lead funnels full. He?s also a digital nomad (aka homeless), but spends most of his time in Manila, Bangkok, and Saigon. When not geeking out on sales funnels and marketing automation, he loves fruity drinks by the beach and watches Game of Thrones as a guilty pleasure.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, Resources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: Justin Cooke Interview. ***

 

2018-01-10
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041: The 1-3-5 Method that Brian Coester used to Grow CoesterVMS from Local to National

Brian Coester is CEO of the national appraisal firm - CoesterVMS. The son of one of the east coast?s most reputable appraisers, Brian literally grew up in the business. Since becoming CEO in 2005, Brian has grown CoesterVMS from a local appraisal company to a nationwide provider of appraisals and appraisal technology. He is the mastermind behind Cloud Control, the only appraisal process management software built on the award-winning Salesforce.com platform. Brian is a highly regarded speaker, presenter, and trainer in the appraisal industry. He has authored dozens of articles for the mortgage and real estate industry.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, Resources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: Brian Coester Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? John Maxwell I am a huge fan of anything by him (Top 3 John Maxwell Books on Amazon: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of LeadershipHow Successful People Think, &  The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth). Other than that I go for originals like Meditations by Marcus Arulius or the Art of War by Sun Tzu. Books that have stood the test of time.  ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase?  My Lenovo Docking Station for my laptop. Have two that mirror my work and home office. ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? E-mails and cold calls, e-mails and cold calls.  ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Getting the right people in place and facing the right direction.
2018-01-08
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040: How a Podcast (accidentally) Transformed his Startup Marketing Company - James Carbary of Sweet Fish Media

James Carbary is the founder of Sweet Fish Media, a done-for-you service that guarantees new relationships between B2B companies and their ideal clients. He?s a contributor for the Huffington Post & Business Insider, and he also co-hosts the B2B Growth Show: a podcast dedicated to helping B2B executives achieve explosive growth.  When James isn?t interviewing the smartest minds in B2B marketing, he?s drinking Cherry Coke Zero, eating Swedish Fish, and hanging out with the most incredible woman on the planet (who he somehow talked into marrying him).

 *** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, Resources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: James Carbary Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? WizGear Magnetic Car Mount Phone Holder ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Mailshake.com ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Selling something that our target market doesn't want.
2018-01-03
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039: How he took his idea from Basement to Reality - Luther Cifers of YakAttack ??

Luther Cifers began YakAttack with an extensive background in product design coupled with a passion for kayak fishing. Since their launch in January 2009, YakAttack has experienced hyper growth every year. Their innovations have changed the way kayak anglers around the world rig their kayaks. YakAttack's uncompromising commitment to their values, manufacturing in the USA, and producing excellence in everything we do have made them the industry partner of choice for major kayak and accessory manufacturers.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, Resources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: Luther Cifers Interview. ***

Fabulous 4 Questions: ? ? Favorite Book(s)? Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute ?? Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Too many to choose from! ?? Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Social Media ?? BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Digesting the many opportunities we are faced with.
2018-01-01
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038: Scrub Daddy Inventor talks Shark Tank, Car Washes, Product Pricing, & ... The Aaron Krause Story.

Aaron Krause is an accomplished entrepreneur/inventor with 20+ years of experience in patenting and manufacturing industry.  With patented products in major big-box retailers by such industry giants as 3M Company, Mr. Krause prides himself on hard work, dedication, and imagination.

Aaron received national attention when he appeared on the ABC show Shark Tank with his invention Scrub Daddy. After successfully pitching the sharks Aaron received a capital infusion from inventor and celebrity mogul Lori Greiner. Since then, Aaron and Lori have sold millions of ?the smiling sponges? to well-known retailers including QVC, Bed Bath & Beyond, Wal-Mart, ShopRite, and Buy Buy Baby. Scrub Daddy has exceeded $15 million in retail sales and continues to gain recognition as a household brand.

*** For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, Resources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: Aaron Krause Interview. ***

2017-12-31
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