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.
Brad is married with five kids, and he loves playing basketball, addicted to fitted hats, and he is into the whole entrepreneur thing. Brad?s specialty is simplifying the complex and bridging the gap between theory and execution. He loves teaching and helping people understand difficult concepts. It drives him nuts when he sees someone not being able to do something because they don?t know how. He launched SixthDivision to provide Infusionsoft users a better source of coaching, training, and done-for-you services.
*** 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.
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.
Over the course of Ms. Meiseles? career, she has worked with lots of entrepreneurs to help them launch and grow their businesses. For nearly three years, she has served as Senior Director of Programs and Operations at MassChallenge, and she mentor and coach at several accelerator and incubator programs in Boston and the San Francisco Bay area. Joanna currently work as a franchise strategy consultant with iFranchise Group, and she is a frequent public speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship, women's leadership, mentorship, and franchising.
Joanna Meiseles is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS). Joanna is an instructor and coach at CorePower Yoga in San Jose. She is also the founder of Turbo 26 Studio, which is a newly opened yoga studio in Palo Alto.
*** 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
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.
"We are sure that we'll at least double revenue within the first year ... and will try our hand at offline sales to resellers," Sloan told us.
He was kind enough to answer our questions about what it's like to steer the ship of an adult novelty company. Here are some key takeaways from our conversation and the full (lightly edited) transcript appears below that.
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."
Brian Sloan hit the motherlode when one of his products turned into a viral phenomenon. Autoblow 2 achieved international popularity, raking in more than a quarter million dollars via crowdfunding. In the meantime, Brian has added several other toys to his range, and his latest innovation, called 3Fap, is already on its way. We were curious to learn more about this product and about other new ideas that are already in the works, but, of course, we also squeezed in a few questions about the general developments in the erotic market.
*** 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.
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.
Prior to executive search, William led growth and innovation in churches in North Carolina, Alabama, and Houston. During his time in Alabama, William had the chance to help rebuild and relocate an ailing congregation, and lead them to new levels of growth. At 31, he was elected Senior Pastor for the First Presbyterian Church of Houston, a church of about 5,000 adults and 1,500 children strong. It is Houston?s oldest congregation.
William is regularly invited to speak across the country in both church services and as a resource to churches and conferences on leadership. His book Next: Pastoral Succession That Works on effective pastoral leadership and succession was released through Baker Books in September 2014, and his book Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook was released through B&H Books in June 2016. His latest book is Culture Wins: The Roadmap To An Irresistible Workplace and is released through Savio Republic. William holds degrees from Wake Forest University and Princeton Theological Seminary.
William is an avid social networker. Whether connecting with friends, candidates for searches he is doing, or church members, he loves to network, and he would love to interact with you through Facebook and/or Twitter. William, his wife Adrienne, their seven children, and their poodles Moses and Pearl live in Houston. In his free time, William enjoys running, working out, and caddying for his kids, who are now better golfers than he is.
*** 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.
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
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.
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 ;).
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
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.
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