Tue, 25 June 2019
Thom Singer wrote his first book, "Some Assembly Required: How to make, grow, and keep your business relationships" in 2005. The book sold well and helped him launch a successful speaking career.
Thu, 20 June 2019
Carlos Hidalgo returns to the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast for the third time to talk about his new book, "The UnAmerican Dream. Carlso is a 25-year business veteran. Over the span of the last two plus decades, Hidalgo has held corporate roles, started his own entrepreneurial ventures and served in non-profits.
After leading his first agency to three consecutive Inc 5000 awards, Hidalgo made the decision to leave and start his second company VisumCx, which works with clients from the Fortune 50 to start-ups on developing and implementing customer experience strategies.
In addition to his current role as CEO at VisumCx, Hidalgo also serves as a managing partner in a health care platform start-up and serves on the board on a tech start-up.
In addition to his various roles and business pursuits, Hidalgo is the author of Driving Demand, one of the Top 5 Marketing Books of all time according to Book Authority which was published in 2015. And int 2019 he released "the UnAmerican Dream" (now available at Amazon.com).
Additionally, he has followed his wife’s lead in volunteering for Beauty For Ashes Uganda, an organization dedicated to the long-term sustainability and healing for single moms and widows in Uganda.
Carlos and his wife Susanne have four grown children and have lived in Colorado Springs, CO since 2010.
You can follow Hidalgo on Twitter @cahidalgo
About The UnAmerican Dream Book
What is the real price of our modern, hustle-all-all-cost business culture? Something terrible has happened to the American Dream. For so many entrepreneurs and professionals, the relentless pursuit of success leaves behind damaged relationships and personal life carnage in their wake. In The UnAmerican Dream, Carlos Hidalgo reveals his thrilling journey to entrepreneurial triumph, and the simultaneous path to rock bottom. Despite impressive accolades and remarkable professional achievements, he found himself miserable, discontent, and at risk of losing his most important personal relationships, forever. Through authentic, honest, and vulnerable storytelling not found in most business books, Hidalgo asks us all to question, “is it really worth it?” Featuring the perspective of a variety of executives from across the country, this book reveals the truth about the cost that many pay in order to keep pace with modern business pressures. Hear from Hidalgo’s wife, Susanne, who reminds us that with every quest for success, there are real relationships impacted.Hidalgo details the life changes he made to re-center himself, and offers a step-by-step guide for others in a similar situation to find happiness and fulfillment. The UnAmerican Dream is an invitation to shed hustle culture, cultivate that which is life giving, and find both personal and professional success on your terms.
Tue, 18 June 2019
How To Stay Focused At Work
Thu, 13 June 2019
Listen to episode 467 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast. Host Thom Singer interviews the co-founder and CEO of Woven. Tim Campos shares his technology and entrepreneurial journey and adds insightful advice. Hear about his path from CIO and vice president of information to technology at Facebook, to the founder of an exciting Silicon Valley start up.
The Woven calendar app makes shared scheduling much easier, a first step along the way to better managing your time. The app pulls together every stage of the calendar lifecycle – planning, scheduling, preparation, meeting, and follow-up – and puts it into a smart, cohesive view. It uses AI and a rich calendar graph engine to create Woven Events that are plans for how you want to use your time.
Woven Events connect people collaboratively and bring together any set of information like emails, Google Docs, conference links, maps and more, adding enriched capabilities to existing calendaring systems like G Suite. Read more about their vision or sign up now – it’s free.
Tue, 11 June 2019
Nick Ducoff is the Co-founder and CEO of Edmit, the SXSW EDU award-winning company helping families make smarter college financial decisions. Nick has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal which described Edmit as “a website that predicts aid packages and provides advice on the value of different colleges.”
Previously, as Vice President for New Ventures at Northeastern University, Nick developed leading programs that have reached thousands of students and contributed millions in revenue. His mandate was to incubate new business ideas, diversify revenue streams, and advance a new model of higher education. Nick holds a business degree from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, and graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with Honors in 2006.
Thu, 6 June 2019
Episode 465 is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive.
Tue, 4 June 2019
In episode 464 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast, host Thom Singer talks about business motivation. Thom has spent ten years as a solopreneur working as a business motivational speaker. He has interviewed hundreds of people about how they achieve success. In this show he shares seven to get motivated or stay motivated in business.
Thu, 30 May 2019
Episode 463 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" is an interview with Foodee CEO Ryan Spong. In this episode he shares his journey from Investment Banking to being a top entrepreneur in the ever expanding food industry.
Tue, 28 May 2019
What can we learn from the top motivational speakers in the world? Anyone who reaches the top of their career field must know something the rest of us are missing. Thom Singer believes that "Success Leaves Clues" and he studies people who are at the top of their game in his industry, but this applies to everyone.
Thu, 23 May 2019
Check out episode 461 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" where Shawn Rhodes talks about his journey to entrepreneurship and why systems matter in business.
Tue, 21 May 2019
This week Thom Singer watched his daughter graduate from college. As he looked into the crowd of over 1000 students, he knew that many of them were destined to put their ladder against the wrong wall and chase a career for the money, prestige, or because its what they think their parents want them to do. As they go into their life after college, Thom hoped they could hear the words he never heard: "It is okay to carve your own way in the world"
In episode 460 Thom Singer talks about what he wants for his daughters, and everyone under 30. That is to know that when they figure out what they really want (not just money or titles, but the whole package of life), then it becomes easier to make choices.
Read his blog post on this topic at https://thomsinger.com/
Thu, 16 May 2019
Check out episode 459 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" for an chat about the importance of entrepreneurship with lifetime entrepreneur Jim Hunter.
Tue, 14 May 2019
Sales team motivation matters.
As a business leader or entrepreneur your long-term success is tied to your top performers (and your whole team) meeting long term and short term goals.
Sales goals are great, but they are just potential. Sales activities and sales quotas are important, but without the right actions they are just hopes and dreams. Hoping and dreaming is not a sales process.
On episode 458 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" host Thom Singer walks you thought what is holding people back, and some tips to get focused on crossing the gap between potential and performance.
As a business owner or a sales manager you need to have your sales reps (or yourself if you are a solopreneur) meeting the sales goals. Making calls without the ability to close deals is not going to pay the bills. Actions do not equal money in the door.
Thu, 9 May 2019
Tom Gimbel is the General Manager of the KLRU television show - Austin City Limits. Austin City Limits is the longest running music show in American television history, the only television program ever awarded the National Medal of the Arts, a certified Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Landmark, and in 2012 the recipient of an institutional Peabody Award celebrating “37 years of excellence in television.”
Prior to joining Austin City Limits in early 2011, Gimbel’stwenty-five-plus year music industry career has included roles in independent marketing, indie and major record labels, and artist management. From 1995 – 2005, Gimbel held senior executive positions with Arista Records where he guided successful campaigns for Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum sales certified artists such as Santana, Outkast, Pink, Dido, Whitney Houston, Carly Simon, Annie Lennox and Sarah McLachlan.
In 2005, Gimbel founded and served as President of High Wire Music Management, an independent management, label services, and music distribution company with a roster of more than 30 client artists. Gimbel also founded and served as CEO of Clatterhead, Inc., a social media advertising and marketing company.
In 2017, Gimbel and Courtney Blanton co-founded the Hi How Are You Foundation – a Non-Profit organization dedicated to removing the stigma and encouraging open conversation around mental health issues.
Tue, 7 May 2019
Entrepreneurs and sales professionals need momentum. If you are standing still it is much harder to get things done. Momentum allows you to get closer to closing the deal and allows you to have the ability to pivot when necessary.
In episode 456 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast, host Thom Singer talks about momentum and how it leads you closer to your potential. Thom works with companies and sales teams to help them focus on the actions needed to cross the gap between potential and performance.
In this workshop, "The Paradox of Potential", he discussed the three buckets toward success: Plans, Passion and People. In this episode the touches on all three of these and how to use them to find more sales success.
Thu, 2 May 2019
Charlie Burgoyne is the founder & CEO of Valkyrie Intelligence, a consulting firm with domain expertise in applied science and strategy. Charlie is also a managing partner for Valkyrie Signals, an AI driven hedge fund based in Austin, as well as the Chairman of the Board for Valkyrie Labs, an AI product company. Charlie leads a team of highly trained scientists and strategists to implement advanced analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence into industrial processes and consumer products. Previously, Charlie held a variety of roles including Principal Director of Data Science at Frog Design, Director of Data Science at Rosetta Stone, Vice President of R&D for a government contracting firm specializing in cybersecurity and machine learning, a research physicist for the DOE and NNSA, and a research astrophysicist for NASA in conjunction with George Washington University. Charlie holds a master’s degree in theoretical physics from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s in nuclear physics from George Washington University.
Valkyrie Intelligence is a strategic data science consultancy that transforms markets and drives measurable strategic impact for clients by applying cutting edge machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to critical challenges across a variety of industries
Tue, 30 April 2019
Jonathan Mendonsa is the co-founder of the ChooseFI podcast. ChooseFI started in early 2017 out of Jonathan's living room with co-founder Brad Barrett; since then ChooseFI has been downloaded millions of times in over 190 countries and spawned hundreds of ChooseFI local groups with ‘in real life’ meetups in 20+ countries across the globe.
Thu, 25 April 2019
Brock Blake believes so deeply in the American Dream that he made it his life’s mission to help small businesses across the country fuel their own aspirations. As Founder and CEO of Lendio, the largest online marketplace of small business loans in America, he has helped thousands of business owners access more than $1 billion in funding.
Shortly after graduating from Brigham Young University, Brock won $50,000 to start a business through an entrepreneurship competition. He turned that money into FundingUniverse, a company that connected entrepreneurs with angel investors and VCs. But the company hit a wall when Brock realized that nearly 99 percent of businesses in the U.S. belong to Main Street rather than Wall Street. So he hit the reset button. Brock shut down FundingUniverse and launched Lendio, a decision he calls painful but necessary, as practically overnight his monthly revenue went from nearly $1 million to $0.
Since then, Lendio’s free-to-use marketplace has become a hub of small business lending, with a network of over 75 lenders offering a variety of loan products to thousands of American entrepreneurs. Brock has likewise seen his star rise. He has been named an Inc. 500 CEO, Utah’s Emerging Executive of the Year, and one of Utah’s top entrepreneurs. But he is most proud of his less public accomplishments, like building a fun-loving, results-hungry company culture while successfully juggling his roles as full-time CEO and full-time father.
Lendio helps business owners find the right small business loans in just minutes. The free online service simplifies the application process, matching qualified business owners with a network of over 75 banks, online lenders, and more. Lendio fuels the American Dream for business owners, facilitating over $1 billion in financing through more than 50,000 loans to-date.
Tue, 23 April 2019
Thom Singer showed up at a comedy open mic night in March 2018 (at age 51). Nervous as hell, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. A friend, who is a comic, pushed him to give stand up a try.
Thu, 18 April 2019
Laura Gassner Otting inspires people to push past the doubt and indecision that keep great ideas in limbo because her presentationsmake listeners think bigger and accept greater challenges that reach beyond their limited scope of belief. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective generated by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, as well as philanthropic landscapes. Laura dares listeners to find their voice, and generate the confidence needed to tackle larger-than-life challenges. She leads them to seek new ways of leading, managing and mentoring others.
Laura’s entrepreneurial edge has been well-honed over a 25-year career that started as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, where she helped shape AmeriCorps. She left a leadership role at the respected nonprofit search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to expand the startup ExecSearches.com. Laura also founded and ran the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, which partnered with the full gamut of mission-driven nonprofit executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists. In 2015, Laura sold NPAG to the team that helped her build it, both because she was hungry for the next chapter and because she held an audacious dream of electing our nation’s first female president. Along the way, while serving on Hillary Clinton’s National Finance Committee, she was asked to do a TEDx talk which became so popular that it launched a speaking career.
Laura has spoken across the United States and internationally to universities, companies, conferences, accelerators, TEDx, and the US Military. She is the author of Mission-Driven: Moving from Profit to Purpose (2015) and the upcoming Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life coming in April 2019 via IdeaPress. She lives with her husband, two teenage sons, and troublesome puppy outside of Boston, MA.
Tue, 16 April 2019
Are you asking yourself the right questions on a daily basis? Thom Singer shares his list of "Curious Questions" on episode 450 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do.
Thu, 11 April 2019
Ryan Santwire is a born and raised Northwest product, growing up in the greater Seattle area. He truly loves the Seattle
As a kid, he started out by working paper routes, painting houses, mowing lawns and doing whatever it took to make a dollar as a young teen. One of his first full-time jobs, was a busboy in a restaurant, then moving up to waiter and continuing in the restaurant business through his college years. He was only 19and still in college, when he worked his way into a union job only 30-somethings got into and was the youngest person in the company by 12 years. From there he leveraged the funds he made to start a liquidation business, an advertising company, a deal company similar to Groupon and many other companies.
Over the last 20 years, he has been a consultant for corporate and enterprise customers, helping them maneuver through their technology needs and platforms. He has been involved in billions of dollars in sales, closing some of the biggest deals in the world for Verizon (a Fortune 20 company) with firms like Amazon, Microsoft, Costco, Nordstrom, Getty Images, Weyerhaeuser, Expedia, etc. He has extensive experience driving sales on a global level with Managed Services, Data Center builds, Application Management, Application Performance, Cloud Services, IT integration, IT Security, ERP, Professional Services and Enterprise IT delivery.
He has been in senior management positions and loves to roll up his sleeves and work to contribute to whatever aspect that will drive a company and the business forward. His motto in business and life is, “you do whatever it takes to make it work” and believes that we all need to dig in where needed and that we’re all in this together.
Ryan is also the president of a Seattle restaurant icon, Paseo. They have three locations today, with a new Tiki Lounge concept they’ve launched, as well as a new location inside T-Mobile Park, home of the Seattle Mariners. This is a place Yelp has rated as the #3 restaurant in the country. Anthony Bourdain has visited on several occasions and called Paseo out as a top place to eat in the Seattle area. Esquire called it out as having the best sandwich in America, with TLC’s Food Network saying it had the 2nd best sandwich in America. People from all over the world have contacted Ryan about investment and franchise opportunities with Paseo and he is now finally ready to make that a reality.
He has been involved in energy businesses, technology companies, wine businesses, several restaurant businesses and many other businesses tied to the hospitality business. He has really been able to tap into those past experiences to better how he works with his opportunities today. He has truly worked from next to nothing, to a vibrant leader that is always looking for new challenges.
As for philanthropy, he is also a board member for the Pike Place Market Foundation and previously the American Cancer Society, raising funds and helping support both causes in the Seattle area. His view is that it is all of our responsibility to help the community grow, have more interaction within, function better overall and to give back wherever we can. He looks at philanthropy as a part of his life and is involved with a variety of additional causes.
Ryan is an avid oenophile, with aspirations of making some of his wine own someday.
If you would like to contact Ryan, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tue, 9 April 2019
New book by Damian Mason - "Do Business Better"
Thu, 4 April 2019
John Del Bello of Capital Strategies LLC is an active member of the Austin Technology Council. This episode is co-produced in partnership with the ATC, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas that empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections their members need to succeed and thrive.
John is the Firm Business Development Director at Capital Strategies. He oversees all outreach and client services in the start-up(funded) & small business markets throughout Texas and across the country. He has developed a unique & proprietary platform offering employees & teams at companies with 5-500 employees (majority employ 40-300) Free Financial Education, and Benefits that may include Financial Planning for individuals and any financial services that may not be available through their employer. He has a team of Financial & Investment Advisors that deliver this solution to many companies who lack these services.
Capital Strategies LLC has been operating in the mid-size company space for more than 6 years with a similar offering with great success. At CS our mission is to provide a client focused approach in a collaborative process that delivers valuable strategies to each client and provides expertise and customized solutions based on our team of specialists.
Hear John's story on Episode 447 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast.
Tue, 2 April 2019
April 1, 2019 marks ten years since Thom Singer became a full time professional speaker. He was laid off from his corporate marking job on the first day of April in 2009 (the bottom of the Great Recession), and he has never looked back.
Thu, 28 March 2019
Scott Walker and his family founded Screenmobile in 1980 in their garage in Glendora, California. The Walker family started by converting a tent trailer into the first mobile manufacturing unit for screens. This trailer allowed them to measure, manufacture, and install all of their product offerings on-site at the convenience of the customer.
After completing a few jobs, the Walkers received incredible feedback regarding the speed and quality of the product and service. They quickly realized the potential of this model and began to scale the business, launching franchising in 1984.
After 35 years Screenmobile, has grown to more than 100 franchise owners across the US – and the brand continues to grow into new and existing markets as they pioneer the industry.
Scott has led the Screenmobile Corporation as its CEO and President since 1999. Prior to that, Scott served as the Vice President and spent 18 years as a Service Technician, Support Manager, and Operations Manager.
Tue, 26 March 2019
“The American Dream is dead” were the words said to me by a 50-year-old entrepreneur in talking about Millennials and Generation Z. Thom Singer disagreed. In episode 444 or the “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast Thom shares his opinions of what potential lies ahead for business professionals of all ages.
Thom chose this topic to speak about on this episode because of three conversations he had in the past week about the economy, income inequality, and the great recession. While there may be a recession coming, it is not the end of the world. We have had a depression and many recessions in the past. The one consistency is all of these dips have been followed by economic growth.
Thom launched his full-time business as a motivational business speaker on April 1, 2009. He had just been laid off from his corporate marking job, and his prospects for long term employment were bleak. While many might have thought that was an impossible time to start a business, Thom had no choice. Over the next few years his business grew year over year.
A Google search for American Dream showed a vast majority of negative articles. Many writers have the belief that the American Dream is dead, and there is not hope for the Middle Class in the United States.
Some seemed to think at there is no income mobility for the average person, and that only rich people will get ahead in the future. This episode deals the the reality that there will be people who overcome the odds and start businesses in the next few years who grow them to amazing heights. There will be intergenerational mobility for those who started in poverty who will out-earn their parents. Thus, why not you? If it will happen for some, Thom thinks you need to believe it can happen… and take actions accordingly.
Maybe Thom Singer is a Pollyanna. Maybe he is too optimistic. But he lovers the famous quote from Henry Ford; “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t...you are right.
He is not saying it isn’t hard. His own career is really difficult to keep moving forward. He has made less money over the last decade than he might have earned in a salaried corporate job. And he realizes that some people have privilege and others have more obstacles. Yet he is obsessed with “potential” and believes we all have the chance to create a new path in the world.
Those who find success are not just lucky. They take risks and work hard. Most successful entrepreneurs have failed at least once. The American Dream is not dead. But it is not easy. Everyone has issues in their life that can hold them back, but many people can work around those roadblocks.
Thom talks about his ten tips to reach potential in the end of the episode:
Check out episode 444 and decide for yourself if the American Dream is dead (No, it is not).
Thu, 21 March 2019
Antonio Grahm and Daniel Cline are the co-founders of Krystal Luxury Transportation, in Austin, Texas. Check out episode 443 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast to hear their story of entrepreneurship.
Krystal is a family and friends owned and operated chauffeur company founded in 2013. When the two young entrepreneurs arrived in Austin, Antonio and Daniel noticed one big issue with the Austin chauffeured industry - The service sucked. They witnessed chauffeurs were often under dressed, unclean vehicles were the norm, and drivers regularly arrived late.
In founding a new company, Daniel and Antonio wanted to fix the fundamental issues of the industry. In their first year the co-founders of Krystal focused on mastering the basics. After they got the service right, they were able to focus on other systems.
The duo worked hard to make sure their company was committed to ease of booking and billing for their clients. They created a system of easy communication with chauffeurs via GPS tracking of vehicle and chauffeur location sent directly to the client’s cell phone.
Krystal is focused on building real relationships with clients, so they understand the personal preferences of everyone; having a newspaper, coffee, or specific water brand in the vehicle upon arrival.
Over the past six years Krystal Luxury Transportation has been able to refine their chauffeur service to provide a remarkable, consistent, transportation experience.
Antonio and Daniel have been friends for over 20 years. Growing up in the city of Tyler, Texas, they moved to Austin in their twenties to start their ground transportation business. Growing a company has presented many challenges. Any company with two hard driven founders, with different temperaments, will face ups and downs. Both these young entrepreneurs have unique talents and understanding each other's strengths and weaknesses has allowed them to overcome all the challenges of launching a new company.
Krystal cares about the great city of Austin and everyone who visits. They are hands on with the Austin Concierge and Gust Services Association and sit on the board of the Austin Hotel and Lodging Association. These dynamic entrepreneurs believe that from the time a traveler sets foot in Austin to the time they leave they need to experience the great hospitality the city has to offer. Additionally, they work hard to ensure local customers are given the same high level of personal care.
Tue, 19 March 2019
The Spring is time for live events. If you are in business, the odds are you will be attending meetings in your industry sometime soon. Local events for groups like a chamber of commerce or national multi-day conventions seem to all clump in the fall and spring (winter and summer have other challenges that make many associations and companies hold their gatherings in these time frames).
This episode of CTED podcast is for you if you are not sure why to attend a industry meeting, or you want to make sure you get the most ROI for your time or money. Live events can change the trajectory of your business and career. The education, networking and motivation / inspiration all can come together and get you to take new actions. But change does not happen by accident. You need to be prepared to maximize your time at the event.
Meetings today are different than they were ten or twenty years ago. The expectations of participants has changed. People do not want some "sage on the stage" to talk at them, but they want to be engaged and feel they are part of the event. Attendees want the event to be interactive, engaging, and willed with actionable learning with a good amount of networking.
Planners of meetings have to be willing to take risks. (Check out this article in the MPI Magazine about how one organization threw away the standard keynote and created a peer to peer learning session - https://www.mpiweb.org/blog/
5 Reasons to attend live events:
1. Educational Opportunities
2. Networking with Peers
3. Encounter Vendors and Suppliers
4. Position Yourself as an Expert
5. Have an Experience / Have Fun
5 Tips to Maximize the Conference
1. Attend with a sense of adventure
2. Do not spend all your time with co-workers and friends
3. Say "Hello" to others
4. Talk to the speakers after their presentations
5. Plan for the follow up
Thom Singer is a keynote speaker and professional master of ceremonies. He is also the host of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast and the author of 12 books. He can be reached at https://www.ThomSinger.com
Thu, 14 March 2019
Brian Scudamore is the founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. He is also the author of "WTF?! (Willing to Fail): How Failure Can Be Your Key to Success"
Brian started his business in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 18, and later went on to franchise 1-800-GOT-JUNK? as a way to expand operations. Today, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has 1000 trucks on the road throughout some 180 locations in Canada, the United States, and Australia.
Brian has received wide recognition in the media and business community. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has celebrated appearances on the highly-acclaimed Undercover Boss Canada, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, CNN, ABC Nightline, the Today Show, The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, and the View. His story has been told in Fortune Magazine, Business Week, New York Times, Huffington Post, and Wall Street Journal, to name a few. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is currently the starring junk removal attraction on the hit A&E reality show, Hoarders. In addition to interviews and guest appearances, Brian contributes written articles on building a business and entrepreneurism to many national magazines, including a monthly column in PROFIT Magazine.
In 2004, Brian was inducted into the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and served as a board member for the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO). In 2007, Brian was honored to have been named the International Franchise Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Other accolades include Fortune Small Business’ Best Bosses Award, Globe & Mail’s Top 40 under 40, and a three-time winner of a prestigious “Best Company To Work For” award.
As a public speaker, Brian has brought his entrepreneurial success story to many conference stages, including the Fortune Small Business Magazine’s national conference. A strong believer in personal and professional development, Brian graduated from MIT's four-year Birthing of Giants program, and has subsequently completed several years of MIT’s BOG’s alumni program, Gathering of Titans. He is also a participant in a nine-year executive education program at Harvard University through YPO Presidents’ University.
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Mon, 11 March 2019
While at the SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas, Thom Singer had the chance to meet author and speaker Laura Gassner Otting (author of Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life). She started her SXSW presentation with a powerful statement:
"You can't be happy living someone else's dream"
Boom. That stuck in Thom's mind for the last few days, and when preparing for Episode 440, he knew he had to share this quote and the reasons it resonated with him.
By the way, Laura agreed to be a guest on "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do", so look for that episode in April 2019.
Thom Singer spent most of his career with his "ladder against the wrong wall". He was doing a career that he fell into (sales and marketing). While he was very successful, it was not his dream. Happiness was not front and center.
Fast forward to today and Thom is a successful professional speaker and podcast host. He is living a life that few people get to live, and he is happy. Not happy every single minute of every day, but when it comes to his career, he knows how fortunate he is and reminds himself of this daily.
This episode is a challenge and he point blank asks the question of all listeners; "Are you living your dream?"
Check out this episode and then email or DM Thom about what your career dream is all about.
Thu, 7 March 2019
This episode is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in central Texas that empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections their members need to succeed and thrive
Tue, 5 March 2019
All businesses should be creating some sort of content marketing. In the age of the internet, content has become more necessary than ever in history. But dropping a blog post onto your website and hoping for millions of views is not realistic.
So what is a entrepreneur or business leader to do? In episode 438 Jill Schiefelbein and Thom Singer talk about how to repurpose content. Jill has lived this...and she found ways to create real results. She has millions of YouTube views, but didn't stop there. She turned her video strategy into paying clients, syndication offers, and a collaboration with Entrepreneur Magazine.
Listen to this episode for actionable strategy on how to take a single piece of content and turn it in dozens of different digital touch points across the web.
About Jill Schiefelbein
Thu, 28 February 2019
Michael Smerklo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Austin-based venture capital firm Next Coast Ventures. NCV provides early-stage capital to high-growth startups in ‘Next Coast’ markets, using macro trends and themes to guide their investment strategy.
Michael has been in the technology industry for almost 20 years as an operator, investor and board member/advisor. Michael currently sits on the board of NCV portfolio companies Tenfold, Navegate, LeanDNA and AlertMedia. He serves as a board observer for NCV portfolio companies EverlyWell, Stoplight and Cloverpop. Previously, he served on the board of OnRamp (acquired in July 2018) as well as SPS Commerce (NASDAQ: SPSC).
Prior to founding NCV, Michael was an investor and advisor to emerging growth companies in Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas from 2014-2015 via his personal entity, True North Ventures LLC. From 2003 to 2014, Michael served as CEO (and Chairman from 2008-2015) of ServiceSource International, a company he acquired via a search fund, at a time when the company had one office, 35 employees and a few million dollars in revenue. Under Michael’s direction, ServiceSource grew from a groundbreaking idea into a publicly-traded company that is the market leader in Recurring Revenue Management (NASDAQ: SREV). Michael was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Award Finalist in Northern California in 2010. Michael retired as CEO in 2014 and from the Chairman role in 2015 as part of his planned relocation to Austin.
Prior to ServiceSource, Michael was an early employee at Loudcloud (renamed Opsware), working closely with Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz in Business Development. He previously worked at Morgan Stanley (Silicon Valley Technology Investment Banking), Lehman Brothers (M&A) and Ernst & Young (Audit, CPA).
Michael received his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern (with distinction) and a BS in Accounting from the Miami University (Ohio). Michael is an active member of Young President Organization (YPO) in Silicon Valley. He is also an active blogger, focused on the Entrepreneur’s Journey, on his personal site www.mikesmerklo.com.
Tue, 26 February 2019
Most surveys show that the New Year's Resolutions we set are abandoned by the end of February. People set goals, and then the routines of their life set in and we fall into the same path we have been walking for a long time.
Thom Singer believes in goal setting and New Year's Resolutions. While he knows that most people never do much with working long toward their goals, for those who do, it can be magical. But it is not about reaching to goal, the success in in the progress you make along the way.
As humans, we like the idea of a "fresh start". This is why birthdays, anniversaries, and New Year's Day are such a big deal. We get to move ahead with a new path. We get excited about that potential, but potential is not a solution. Potential does not equal results. The key here is "performance".
In observing peak performers, Thom Singer has seen a pattern. There are things people do who reach come closer to reaching their potential, than those who are stuck in a rut (Thom believes that you never really reach your potential, as once you climb a mountain you find bigger mountains to climb). Peak performers keep trying and they enjoy the journey.
Peak performers take action. Many people feel they are coming up short, and those are often the same people doing the same routine day after day. Those who are achieving more are not static in their actions.
What Peak Performers Do:
1. Peak performers "Try New Things" and pivot off actions that are not working.
2. Peak performers take ownership of their life.
3. Peak performers set goals.
4. Peak performers are not sidelined by doubt and fear
5. Peak performers connect with people and show gratitude
6. Peak performers believe in themselves.
Check out episode 436 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast. If you like this episode, please share it on social media or with your friends.
Thu, 21 February 2019
Let’s Talk Funny
Nothing is less funny than a podcast interview about comedy. Episode 435 is an interview with comedian motivational speaker Garrison Wynn. This conversation covers a lot of ground about his career and what makes things funny.
Garrison got into stand up comedy early, and it has impacted his whole career. He has seen a lot of things between the world of comedy, the Fortune 500, and the speaking business.
Nine months after his first open mic he was earning a living as a comic.
Today he is a professional keynote speaker. On this episode we dive deep into comedy. Garrison has had a very interesting career path, and he is very open in this interview.
It is hard to find funny in some rooms. You need the right environment to get the humor to connect with the audience. Most people, even when they are funny, do not realize what makes them funny. There are many things that go into making humor work.
About Garrison Wynn
Garrison helps people make the jump from being great at what they do to developing the qualities it takes to be consistently chosen for the job. He gets them to understand why their products, services, or leadership styles-or those of their competitors-are selected. As he says, “If the world agreed on what’s best, everybody would choose the best and nothing else would be considered. Decision making doesn’t work that way.” His presentations help people become more influential regardless of circumstances.
With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn, CSP, fuses comic timing and research to deliver motivational business expertise.
For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients (such as American Express, Wells Fargo, Oracle and NASA) at corporate and association events. He is the author of the Amazon bestseller The Real Truth about Success, the Amazon #1 bestseller The Cowbell Principle, has been a weekly contributor to the Washington Post and featured Forbes and Inc. Magazines.
In his teens he debuted the world’s first video gaming system (Odyssey) with baseball legend Hank Aaron and as a young man spent 6 years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business. He went on to become the youngest department head in a Fortune 500 company’s history where he researched and designed processes for 38 company locations nationwide and developed & marketed products still being sold in 30 countries.
Garrison Wynn can be booked through your favorite speakers bureau or directly at https://www.motivational-
Check out his first interview on Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do from August 2016. https://thomsinger.com/
About Thom Singer
Thom Singer is the host of the “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast. He is also a motivational keynote speaker and professional master of ceremonies. Thom took up stand up comedy at age 51 and began visiting comedy clubs, bars and coffee shops for open mic nights all over the country.
While he is not a comedian, he as become a student of humor. He does not put jokes into his keynote speeches, he has learned that comedy is the best teacher of timing and audience engagement.
Tue, 19 February 2019
Leaders must have followers. You cannot set up to set the pace if the other people behind you don't care what you think and do not respect you.
Thu, 14 February 2019
Zach Benson is one of the standouts in the world of influencer marketing. A TEDx speaker, social-media trainer for international brands like The Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, and ViceRoy, and past participant on “So You Think You Can Dance,” Benson doesn’t just manage his own Instagram network of millions; he’s also the founder of Assistagram, where he’s guiding other influencers and Fortune 500 companies into social-media success.
Lastly, he is the founder of 6 Figure Dancer Academy, where he teaches other dancers the exact step-by-step system that he used to create a profitable 6-figure dancing business, traveling the world.
What you probably don’t know is that Benson’s childhood resembled something far closer to outright failure than the kind of wins he has experienced today.
At only 4 months old, Benson, who was born in South Korea, was adopted by his parents in the States, where he was taken home to Des Moines, Iowa. Benson was one of the very few Asian kids in his school.
Benson was bullied and abused by his peers in school due to his ethnicity. On top of looking different, he sounded different too. Benson was diagnosed with a speech impediment and was placed in speech therapy classes. And to top it off, Benson was diagnosed with ADHD and consistently found himself getting in trouble at school.
With this type of background, many people would assume that these were the characteristics of somebody who was headed down a dark road. Many of us have never had to face daily battles against racism, learning impairments, or even the inability to talk properly, but a combination of all three seems unthinkable.
Like anything, though, change is a series of small steps, starting with one foot in front of the other. Benson told me how he implemented this in his own life.
For a man who was bullied, judged, and ostracised, it would seem human to simply give up,but Benson did not. Instead, he focused on moving the meter forward every day.
With this type of mentality, it makes it easier to silence that voice in your head that whispers all of your shortcomings to you. By being persistent and showing up every day to work towards your goals, you can overcome some incredible obstacles like Benson has. There is no barrier to your success.
Ask Yourself These Questions
“Should I do it?
Can I do it?
Do I want to do it?
For Benson, success is in the execution of the ideas and not in the ideation. “There are many of us who wait for the right moment when in reality that moment does not exist,” Benson said.
We feel that if we wait long enough, everything is just going to be perfect. Well, waiting means sitting and hoping. Accomplishing means getting up and chasing what is yours. Be curious in life and be open to venture off the perfect path and discover what is not visible to most.
By supplying yourself with answers to these three questions and immediately acting upon opportunities, you set yourself apart from almost all of your competitors and peers who spend their time wishing for the right moment.
These questions allow Benson to keep his internal compass focused so that even if he ventures off in a new direction, it aligns with who he is. Benson has shown us that whatever impairment you have in front of you can always be overturned with consistent progress and the ability to take action.
“The past is the past, the only thing you can do is learn from your mistakes. In my experience, it’s the ones that make the most mistakes and actually learn from them that grow the fastest,” said Benson.
Make mistakes, learn, and suck it up.
Yes, life is hard. You must confront the brutal facts of reality that life is hard but things will get better in the future if you keep working and developing yourself and comparing yourself to your best self, you will become the person you want to be in future,” says Benson.
This is the type of advice we all need to hear at some point in time.
To follow more of Zach’s incredible journey and what he stands for you can visit his personal site, Assistagram, and connect with him on Facebook
Check out episode 433 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" and hear more from Zach Benson.
Tue, 12 February 2019
The same efforts and same agenda will not produce new results.
Thu, 7 February 2019
This episode is co-produced with the Austin Technology Council, the regions largest tech industry organization who empower members by using insights, resources, and connections their members need to succeed and thrive".
Tue, 5 February 2019
James S. Fell, MA, MBA, has bylines in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, TIME Magazine, and many other publications. His blog, BodyForWife.com, has millions of readers and he is the author of two books: The Holy Sh!t Moment: How Lasting Change Can Happen in an Instant (St. Martin’s Press, 2019), and Lose it Right: A Brutally Honest 3-Stage Program to Help You Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind (Random House Canada, 2014).
Thu, 31 January 2019
Episode 429 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" features a return visit to the show from Phil Gerbyshak. Phil and Thom Singer candidly discuss issues around the intersection of sales, marketing, and technology, and spend a lot of time unpacking the power of using LinkedIn.
Phil Gerbyshak is Connected
Phil has interviewed Tom Peters, Sally Helgesen, Seth Godin, Tim Sanders, Carol Roth, Bob Burg and a host of other great people.
Phil is an active member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and has spoken at many of the regional chapter meetings on social selling and the power of connecting the right way on social media.
Phil has been featured on the cover of Speaker Magazine, and also frequently contributes articles.
When he’s not traveling, Phil does a weekly show on social media called #SocialChatter on Facebook Live here. It’s unscripted, unedited, real and raw.
Phil Gerbyshak is Wired
Phil is a technology geek who is always trying the latest and greatest tools so you don’t have to. He’s kicked the tires for you and can recommend the right tool for your needs and budget, whether it’s scheduling social media posts, livestreaming, transcribing, video editing, etc.
Phil has been recognized as the Best of BeLive (livestreaming platform) by Ross Brand and Rachel Moore.
Check out Tuesday Tool Day with Phil on his blog to learn about what’s new and hot.
Phil Gerbyshak is Experienced
Phil Gerbyshak is a former vice president of information technology at a full-service financial services company, where he and his team were responsible for supporting over 100 applications used by advisors, investment bankers, research analysts and support staff.
Phil also worked as a director of social strategy for a compliance software vendor focused on the financial services vertical where he coached, consulted and trained customers and prospects on integrating social media and social selling into their daily sales practices.
Currently, Phil presents programs, trains, and coaches sales organizations and small business owners on sales and marketing strategies, optimizing their use of technology and social media.
Phil Gerbyshak has written 5 books, more than 2,500 articles, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Daily Globe and Mail, Financial Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Inc. and many other publications.
Phil lives in Tampa, Florida where he spends his free time reading business books, listening to podcasts, and playing pinball.
Tue, 29 January 2019
In episode 428 of the “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast, Thom Singer shares his tips for how to find a speaker and hire the right person to “WOW” your event. In the previous week before recording this Thom was contacted by three different people asking for advice on how to hire a motivational speaker. These people were seeking experts in other topic areas that his expertise, but they had never before brought in outside professional speakers.
Thu, 24 January 2019
Mike McDerment is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the #1 cloud accounting software in the cloud designed for freelancers and service-based businesses. Mike has spent the last decade making accounting software accessible to small businesses and is the co-author of Breaking the Time Barrier, which helps professionals better price their services. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times he is reportedly the first human to have developed immunity to mosquitoes.
Check out episode 427 of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” for a compelling interview with Mike McDerment. He and CTED host Thom Singer have a great chat about Mike’s journey to success and how he founded and grew FreshBooks.
Tue, 22 January 2019
Business Growth Ideas
Thu, 17 January 2019
Brianna Carney started her career at a small startup which helped her to better understand how small organizations scale. She moved to Amazon which is where she experienced the impact leveraging the global workforce can have on an organization. She began to question why so many domestic companies are limiting themselves.
After traveling around Asia, she was inspired to connect the robust workforce of the Philippines to US businesses looking to scale. With outsourcing being a very competitive market, she set out to differentiate CrewBloom by reinventing the industry. By outlining rigorous screening process to applicants and clients alike, CrewBloom now has access to the top 2% remote professionals in the Philippines and clients supporting human-centric workplace.
With leadership built on confidence and empathy, Brianna guarantees client happiness by taking care of her people. For her, preserving humanity in the workplace is more crucial than ever in a world that’s becoming more technology-focused by the minute, and that trust continues to be the recipe for a successful business.
In her spare time, Brianna loves scuba diving, running, reading, and cooking. She has also been taking the time to learn to speak Tagalog.
Tue, 15 January 2019
January is National Mentor Month, and this episode is dedicated to how anyone can go out and find a guide to help them with their career and their life.
Thu, 10 January 2019
Roman Gonzalez knows about growing food and growing a company. Gonzalez is Founder and CEO of Gardenio, an Austin based startup with the big mission to get the world reconnected to their food by sharing the joy of growing it themselves – not with fancy, expensive, patented gardening gizmos, but with old fashioned good soil, good plants, and good people. Gardenio sends you everything you need to start growing on your porch or balcony, in the amount you need, curated to your area, for under $35. A kind of Blue Apron and Brandless for making your space edible. They're working on a mobile app to help you as you grow, organizing thousands of years of food growing wisdom, and more. Gardenio is a public benefit corporation built on the pillars of sustainability, public health, and food justice.
Roman is a Brown University philosophy graduate, former community organizer, and current human centered designer hell bent making the gardening experience more accessible, approachable, and fun for the new gardener. Eighty percent of new gardeners are millenials like himself, and he found others like him had a similar difficult experience starting, often giving up on gardening, all for reasons that were completely solvable. Roman spends the little time he has not working on Gardenio to read books about fruit trees, learn about craft cocktails, and advocate for social justice in tech, in the food system, and in the rest of the world.
Tue, 8 January 2019
As a follow up episode to last week where Thom Singer talked about how to overcome a failure in 2018, he has dedicated this episode to how to focus on sales.
Thu, 3 January 2019
Tamara Celeste, the Home Buying Coach, is a real estate financial empowerment coach and the #1 bestselling author of Buy Homes Not Shoes (or other stuff) a Women’s Guide to Buying Her First Home.
She coaches women who are looking to buy their first home or invest in real estate so that they feel comfortable and confident when starting the home buying investment process. Tamara’s believes “Buying a home should be exciting and easy, not complicated or confusing”.
Tamara also coaches female real estate agents to teach them how to grow their business and align their work with their passion.
Tamara has always had a passion and a gift. Her passion is for people; always expressing a genuine interest in getting to know the people she meets. Her gift is being able to talk to, and find a commonality with almost anyone. Tamara started her career on Wall Street after graduating from law school. After almost a decade on Wall Street Tamara realized that she could never be fulfilled in a job unless she was making a difference. Upon moving to Florida in 2006 she obtained her real estate license and finally found her passion. Having joined real estate at a time when the market was tumbling she soon found her niche in short sales and became one of the top agents in her County serving others in their time of need and helping her clients navigate the long, arduous and complicated short sale process with dignity.
Tamara is the owner of Sweet Life Realty Group in West Palm Beach, Fl. Tamara has earned numerous real estate awards throughout her career such as Broker of the Year and Global Realtor of the Year from her Realtors Association. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and travelling to visit friends and exploring new countries. She also volunteers her time and currently sits on the Boards of The Sonoran Initiative, which is a non-profit based in Miami whose mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty among underprivileged youth and Pace Center for Girls in Fort Pierce FL, which is an intervention and educational program for at-risk girls.
Tue, 1 January 2019
Many people are glad to see 2018 end. While some had record years with lots of celebrations, others had trials and tribulations that left last year coming up short from their expectations.
Thu, 27 December 2018
Zach Horvath is the founder of LIVE A GREAT STORY, a lifestyle brand focused on inspiring people to be the hero of their story. Zach has been on the entrepreneurial journey for over a decade, starting his first business in high school. After returning from an extended travel experience in 2013, Zach spray painted LIVE A GREAT STORY on a wall in Austin, TX and people started sharing it on social media. Five years later LIVE A GREAT STORY has grown to globally recognized lifestyle brand that spreads a ripple effect of inspiration.
Check out this conversation between Zach and Thom Singer and get ready to rock your 2019.
Tue, 25 December 2018
Dara Zycherman launched Less Equals More to help you simplify while enriching your life. Through downsizing and organizing your home, we focus on creating efficient and easy life systems. All this work begins at the core: What are your goals? What is your center? This fearless digging addresses emotional blocks, releases the past, and allows us to reconstruct a home space that supports your dreams and everyday needs.
Thu, 20 December 2018
Networking is still important in business. People do business with those they know, like and trust.
Tue, 18 December 2018
For over a decade, Amy Schuber has been successfully coaching women business owners, entrepreneurs & individuals on building, growing and sustaining a prosperous life, career or business while staying grounded and connected. She has learned success in business and life comes from not doing more but having a different approach, by being aligned, thoughtfully aware, engaged and connected to oneself and one’s mission on a deeper level.
Thu, 13 December 2018
Adam Schaeuble was on episode 351 in May 2018. He returns for an impromptu interview with Thom Singer about the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur with a real desire to help others and share his message.
Tue, 11 December 2018
Founder of Garrett Speaker International, Betty Garrett, CMP, has been active in the meetings industry over four decades. She came to Texas from Louisiana with the burning desire to work for an airline and her dream came true when Braniff International hired her.
Thu, 6 December 2018
Cait Pearson is a photographer, blogger, the founder of the She’s Hungry Podcast. She’s a Pennsylvania native, now living in Portland, OR looking to pave the way by breaking the mold on what is REALLY possible when you believe in yourself.
She began her podcasting journey when a friend told her her passion and empathy for the world and the people in it was too much to talk about with strangers in bars.
Her words were short lived on a blog when she discovered podcasting. Through her three years in Portland, meeting hundreds of people and hearing countless stories about their trials, tribulations, incredible successes and epic failures. A pattern became very clear.
Anyone who wanted something more for their lives took great leaps of uncomfortable faith and worked from an unshakable mindset to achieve them. They learned how to fail up, and fail fast, just as part of the journey. Much like how her story began in moving cross country to chase her impossible dream.
Now Cait photographs people to show them what she sees: possibility, resilience, and strength to conquer any goals they get out of their own way to accomplish. She speaks publicly to remind people of their potential, and the tools she has learned to get you started And you can now join her weekly to be apart of the journey right in the midst of your everyday mindset challenges on the She’s Hungry Podcast.
Cait doesn’t pretend to have it all figured out, but she hopes that by her relentless efforts in showing up, her transparency of her journey, and her genuine belief that you can’t beat the person that refuses to quit mindset will unite a community on the brink of greatness and they can do it together.
Tue, 4 December 2018
Jac Julien is a reformed “organized mess”. After her own “productivity revolution” she noticed how many entrepreneurs and business owners were simply running on the hamster wheel, chasing shiny objects, putting off today what they can do tomorrow (and those other clichés). Jac has made it her mission to be the “AntiHustle Coach” and help entrepreneurs get of their own way so they can have the dream of time freedom they wanted when starting their business.
Jac uses her experiences as a clinical psychologist and productivity expert to save entrepreneurs from the “hustle and grind” of doing more without better results. She coaches her clients to get more done in less time, have time for family, friends and hobbies.
Thu, 29 November 2018
Recognized as a pioneer for integrating personal branding with image management, Diana Jennings has been praised for helping clients enhance their credibility and increase their visibility. Her unique strategic combination of methodologies through her collaborations with world renowned thought-leaders has enabled her to work with career-minded individuals and entrepreneurs from around the globe.
Tue, 27 November 2018
Matt Sweetwood is a successful entrepreneur, an award-winning marketer, a social media influencer and a personal branding expert. Matt was the U.S. CEO of beBee, Inc., a professional social network that helps build successful personal brands. He served as President of Unique Photo®, NJ’s premiere Camera Store for 28 years. Nationally known in the photography industry as an innovator, he has helped acquire over fifty US and International Trademarks for both language and design, and he founded and ran the Ozzie Award winning publication Photo Insider®. Matt has been credited with the reinvention of the modern camera store, as well as the country’s largest in-store education program, the Unique University®. Unique Photo was named 2008 and “2013 Dealer of the Year” by Digital Imaging Reporter magazine. Matt was named the Photo Industry’s, “2016 Person of the Year” by the PMDA.
Thu, 22 November 2018
Susan Sheppard is the founder of Getting What You Want ,Inc., a life and love coaching organization focused on teaching women to own their feminine power and men to cherish women. She is on a mission to get people loved the way they want to be loved. She has a very successful track record of helping people heal their wounded heart, reframe their perception of the opposite sex and meet their perfect partner so they can find true intimacy, love and long term commitment.
She is an award winning, best selling Amazon author of the books “How to Get What You Want From Your Man Anytime” and “Dating After 40 No More Excuses”
Susan’s 40 years as a Registered Nurse in Emergency Services honed her crisis intervention skills as a coach. She is a self-proclaimed, self-awareness addict since 1978.
Her eclectic background includes working directly for Michael Gerber, the renowned Business “E Myth” Guru for 3 years, being certified in NLP by Tony Robbins himself in 1990,
In her varied life journey she has been a headhunter in the Oil Industry, A General Contractor building custom Homes, A movie producer, a business coach, an author and book publisher and now a life coach specializing in Love Relationships. She truly is a renaissance woman.
You can visit Susan at http://www.GettingWhatYouWant.com
Susan Sheppard - Getting What You Want, Inc.
Tue, 20 November 2018
Try New Things. Talking the same actions will produce the same results, and Thom Singer has become obsessed with helping people reach their potential.
Thu, 15 November 2018
Amin Bahari has a game-plan is for Elite Sweets. The healthy alternative to the conventional, high fat and sugar donut. They want to give people donuts, regardless of predisposed health or body conditions. This is their mission! They want to help redefine the (SAD) Standard American Diet by offering healthier Sweets.
In order to tell you how they got here, they need to take you back to their college apartment in Austin, Texas. It was another late night, and naturally these young men were hungry. They had two options: fast food or donuts. And because they were (broke) college students, donuts were the obvious choice. Clearly the healthiest solution (not), but who doesn't like donuts, right?
Several nights later, they wondered what it would take to turn their favorite indulgence into a go-to healthy snack. Protein bars weren't cutting it and left a lot to be desired when it came to taste. However, they didn't just want to make a protein-packed sweet; they wanted one that everyone could enjoy regardless of their diet or health circumstances. Thus, The Elite Donut was born: a protein packed (16g to be exact), gluten-free, naturally sweetened donut. They satisfied their sweet tooth and created the ultimate post-work out sweet, now Amin wants to share his secret with you!
Check out episode 407 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" to hear about the journey of Elite Sweets.
Tue, 13 November 2018
Irené Turtle is a Leadership Coach, Facilitator and Speaker based in Los Angeles, California with clients nationally and internationally. She speaks on and holds workshops on a wide range of leadership topics.
Coaching and Consulting Experience
Irené provides Leadership Coaching and Consulting for Entrepreneurs and Executives. She focuses on working with technology and high-growth companies. Specifically, she helps her clients develop confidence and build on their communication, conflict resolution, delegation and team development skills. She works with teams on developing their mission, purpose and values, and helping them succeed as a cohesive unit byidentifying and maximizing their unique talents.
Irené is passionate about helping individuals and teams make significant transformations in their professional lives, which carries over into their personal lives. She has seen firsthand how focusing on and strengthening emotional intelligence creates star performers and has a powerful and positive impact on behavior, communication,, retention and productivity.
Business/Organizational Leadership Experience
Her experience at The Walt Disney Company before joining Acacia Research, a Pasadena based incubator in the early dot-com days, enabled her to develop her skills in training, talent acquisition and consulting to bring about lasting improvement inorganizations that value growth.
Irené has over twenty five years of experience working with companies in technology, entertainment, consumer products, financial services, consulting services, healthcare, internet as well as non-profit and academic organizations.
Additionally, she has worked with career transition and redeployment issues and has been part of and led large change management efforts at a variety of companies.
Education and Training
Irené has a BA (hons) in Social Psychology and apostgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) She is a PCC accredited coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
Irené is a member of the National Speaker’s Association, is a Board Member of NSA GLAC and is active in ICFLA and other coaching networks.
Irené was born in Ireland and particularly enjoys working with clients of different nationalities and cultures.
Thu, 8 November 2018
Bradley Gold is an active entrepreneur, a practicing attorney, Data Protection Officer of Abraxas Technology, and a faculty member at McCombs. Bradley works with small businesses in Austin alongside large organizations such as Thomson Reuters and General Electric, and international businesses based in Africa, Europe, and South America. Bradley is a previous winner of the IL Small Family Business of the Year Award, a 2018 Austin Young Chamber of Commerce Changemaker finalist, and author of nationally-taught CPA courses and a Top 10 legal article at Texas Bar Today. Bradley is also a new father!
As an entrepreneur, Bradley is the Data Protection Officer and General Counsel for Abraxas Technology, an award-winning Austin startup bringing digital analytics to analog outdoor advertising. Bradley is Co-Founder of MiraLend, a student run P2P borrowing marketplace that has been through the DivInc and Austin Tech Incubator SEAL Programs. Bradley is also co-Founder of I’m Here Today, a classroom technology startup providing tools to large lecture classrooms.
As a practicing attorney, Bradley counsels startups through entity formation, fundraising, drafting contracts, creating supply chains, engaging in compliance, establishing Boards and corporate governance procedures, and creating corporate policy. Bradley’s law firm is the largest virtual law firm outside of California, and he has pioneered the use of the concierge general counsel model for startups across Texas.
As a faculty member at McCombs, Bradley teaches business law, business ethics, commercial transactions, and public speaking. He is a faculty member in the Business Foundations Program and Masters Accounting Program. He has been recognized for creating an inclusive and welcoming classroom, and has helped many students find jobs and internships in the Austin startup ecosystem (or “tapestry” depending upon who you ask).
When he’s not working with his wide-ranging list of students and clients, he is enjoying being a new Dad and running around Ladybird Lake with his wife and dog Laika, named after the world’s first official astronaut.
Tue, 6 November 2018
Roberta Ross is a highly successful business coach and entrepreneur, who empowers entrepreneurs, practitioners and real estate agents to create a business and life they love. It is her unique ability to help others make more money, experience more joy, and succeed with ease, that sets her apart. Roberta has founded/co-founded three companies, given over 1,000 speeches, Been the #1 Salesperson, breaking all company records in her first hear, invested in over 300 investment properties, and authored 7 books and/or publications and courses. She is also host of Success Series, a subscription-based audio series program since 2010, and Host of Free Yourself to Success Podcast, and Six Figure Real Estate Coach Podcast.
Check out episode 404 as she shares her story and advice on "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do"
Thu, 1 November 2018
Steven Sashen is a serial entrepreneur who has never had a job, former professional stand up comic and award-winning screenwriter, and a competitive sprinter -- one of the fastest men over 55 in the country. He and his wife, Lena Phoenix, co-founded the footwear company Xero Shoes, and appeared on Shark Tank, where they turned down a $400,000 offer from Kevin O'Leary.
Check out episode 403 of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” to hear the story of his entrepreneurial life that has been well lived.
Live Life Feet First!
Tue, 30 October 2018
In 2016, Melissa Dobbins formed an HR technology company to remove bias from the hiring process by shifting the focus from resumes to qualifications.
Removing bias from talent evaluation is more than just opening the door to a wider candidate pool in today’s fierce competition for talent; it drives diversity, efficiency, and compliance as a natural bi-product. Too many companies are attempting to tackle these issues separately, but as long as there is bias in the selection process, these diversity and compliance challenges will persist. Even worse, many companies are turning to technology as the ‘easy way out’ but just end up automating existing biases.
Ms. Dobbins’ company, career.place, tackles bias and the resulting diversity, compliance, and efficiency challenges by removing the bias-laden resumes from talent evaluation and replacing them with a systematic solution that combines the best parts of technology and the human touch to objectively measure a candidate’s qualification to identify those best qualified for the job. Candidates remain anonymous, enabling fair evaluation and comparison of qualifications before names, gender, ethnicity, age, or any other bias-triggering information is shared.
Career.Place, removing bias one hire at a time (and keeping companies out of the news!)
Thu, 25 October 2018
2018 is the Year of the Entrepreneur and Small Business Owner (at least according to Josh Frey and my small-business-owner-friends that he hangs with!). Josh is a business junkie and Kool-aid drinking entrepreneur, having started his own swag business and career at the ripe old age of 22 with no experience, contacts or resources.
He is a front line sales guy who has coached and helped others launch dozens of businesses in the promotional products industry (and other industries), simply by teaching the very same best sales and business practices he uses to support his own family and lifestyle.
In 2012 Josh launched the The Swag Coach™ Program (www.TheSwagCoach.com), a step-by-step guide for "how to start and grow" your very own promotional products business, with the help and support of a 20+ yr seasoned entrepreneur and sales veteran.
His hope is to spawn 250 more entrepreneurs, just like him, in the promotional products industry. To date he has helped launch and grow 20 new businesses (10 currently still standing!), helping them collectively generate over $10M in swag sales since 2012.
Josh still sells on the front line, and has his own clients he services through his distributorship, called On Sale Promos (OSP). This allows him to stay current on industry best sales practices which he brings back to his coaching sessions.
In 1999, Josh's original company was the subject of a Harvard Business School case study, as well as a Wharton Business School field study project.
He has personally been featured in the following media publications and groups: The Wall Street Journal, Advantages Magazine, The Washington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. Magazine on-line, Channel 7 News and The Washington Business Journal.
Josh is a regular guest of the GWU MBA Program, sharing entrepreneurial experiences and advice, as well as a guest lecturer to student Entrepreneurship Clubs at Georgetown University, University of Maryland and GWU.
· In 1978 Josh Frey became the Northern Virginia Swimming League record holder for the 25-meter breaststroke. While his record was eventually broken on the league level, the record still stands today at the summer swim club.
· In 1988 he struck out 27 batters while pitching in a high school baseball game.
· In 2006 he helped launched, in partnership with the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, a student-run business model called the Smith Store. In 2007, he launched a second business at GWU called Colonial Promos. Both of these are student run swag businesses.
· Josh has averaged $750K-$1M+ in annual promotional sales for 20+ yrs.
Josh is a native Washingtonian, and lives in the DC Metro area with his wife, 2 kids and doggie. He is an avid sports fan and supporter of the Washington Wizards, New York Yankees, Wisconsin Badgers and Dallas Cowboys. He loves playing golf, baseball, basketball, Fantasy Football and vintage sports video games.
Tue, 23 October 2018
Celebrating 4 years and 400 episodes.
Thu, 18 October 2018
Dwight W. Holcomb is a Member of the Forbes Business Council and the host of the business television show, "SaaS CEO Success TV". The show is set to air on the C-Suite TV Network which has global distribution in over 59 million households and more than 90 million views per month.
Dwight is the CEO of HC Development, providing MaaS CMO™ , Marketing as a Service with Executive oversight to the Software & Technology industry. Dwight speaks Internationally as a Technology Futurist and on the topic of Sales & Marketing Innovation.
The Author of "The Lean CMO" and a serial entrepreneur, Dwight launched several start-up companies in very diverse industries. He is the founding CEO of LifePet Organic, iBuyBaby.com and Millennium Entertainment, earning executive producing credit and pilot work with Robert Downey, Jr., Jon Lovitz and Russell Peters. Committed to helping other executives to excel in business, Dwight sits on the Board of several privately held companies and is a founding member of the UCLA Anderson CEO Forum.
Earning an MBA from both UCLA Anderson School of Management and The National University of Singapore Business School, Dwight is a graduate of the UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA program, ranked #3 in the world by the Economist. He currently serves as President for the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network Board of Directors and is an Executive Committee Board Member for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Dwight earned a degree in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University while competing on ASU’s nationally ranked wrestling team under U.S. Olympic Coach, Bobby Douglass. Dwight has over 20 years of global business & executive management experience, working with start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, such as Microsoft and AT&T.
Dwight is an avid wakeboarder & snow skier and enjoys traveling with his wife and two children.
Tue, 16 October 2018
Dr. Fred Rouse, CFP (aka: The REAL Money Doctor) is the top Certified Financial Planner®, Money Expert and International Best-Selling Author that has received several national awards for his writing and money expertise.
Thu, 11 October 2018
For this episode Thom Singer talked with Barton Scott, who is a both former Chemical Engineer and Nutritionist, and even actor. Barton is the founder of Upgraded Formulas– A company focused on correcting mineral deficiencies to increase health span, focus, sleep quality, and slow the process of aging. Here’s a note from the Founder - “Our “why” at Upgraded Formulas is pretty clear…
Tue, 9 October 2018
Michael Woodward is the founder and CEO of jumbleThink. He and his team has built over 400 websites and web applications for small local businesses, international non-profit organizations, and Fortune 100 corporations. He has worked on projects for California Community Colleges, Crowdstrike, and Duarte. Michael has also consulted with hundreds of other businesses through the Small Business Development Center at Butte College along with teaching courses on web design / development and marketing strategies. He hosts the jumbleThink Podcast which has hit number one in business on iTunes. His passion is to help individuals and businesses make their dreams attainable through creative thinking / idea formation and strategy.
Thu, 4 October 2018
Check out episode 395 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do. In this conversation with entrepreneur Mary Goulet you will hear about how she has always created her own path to business and life success.
Tue, 2 October 2018
Joseph Warren is the host of First $100K™ podcast and the owner of 2 coworking spaces in Tampa, FL where he coaches hundreds of entrepreneurs to make their first $100K... or next. His clients include solo-preneurs to small businesses and enterprise companies such as UBER, CISCO, INTEL and more.
Thu, 27 September 2018
Sean Douglas is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, TEDx Speaker, Master Resilience Implementer, Suicide Awareness Trainer, Performance Enhancement Expert, International Radio Show Host, and Author. His WHY is he's a suicide survivor who hit rock bottom with no purpose or passion. He believes that you were created for a purpose, and once you unlock your true potential, you will elevate your life. In a highly interactive and engaging environment, utilizing online mentoring sessions and face to face workshops, Sean provides a framework for success to Millennials up to 50-year-old Professionals, Military Veterans, Speakers, Entrepreneurs, and Business Owners that reduces anxiety, stress, and depression in your personal and professional life. Sean equips people with the tools necessary to live EPIC lives, and leaves people better equipped to manage change effectively. Sean hit rock bottom, never felt loved or valued feeling lost in the world and tried to take his life. He now shares his powerful testimony on stages globally and sends the message that at any point you have the power to say this is not how my story ends.
Tue, 25 September 2018
Steve Little is an acclaimed serial entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist and mergers and acquisitions expert well known for generating accelerated value growth and extraordinarily high acquisition value multiples for his clients.
Thu, 20 September 2018
After speaking at the United Nations twice in the past 12 months -- and as a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Inc.
Magazine -- Adele Cehrs has interviewed the majority of Chief Marketing Officers of Fortune 500 companies.
She's media trained the CEO of Lockheed Martin, the actual father of the Internet, and the owner of the Washington Nationals baseball team.
As the CEO of Epic, she was recognized as a "Business Wonder Woman" and her agency is ranked as a Top 25 firm by the Washington Business Journal.
She also wrote a critically acclaimed book called SPIKE Your Brand ROI, which explains how to understand perfect timing for your brand.
Check out this episode of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” and hear this deeply profound conversation about Entrepreneurs and Public Relations.
Epic: A Real-Time Marketing Agency
Tue, 18 September 2018
Pierre Abushacra shares his story of entrepreneurship from immigrant to banker to CEO of Firehook Bakery.
Thu, 13 September 2018
Brent Hayden is a former international swimmer from Canada. Hayden was a bronze medal winner in the 100m freestyle at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He was co-World Champion in the same event in 2007 with Filippo Magnini of Italy. By winning the 100m, Hayden became the first Canadian in 21 years to win a gold medal at the World Aquatic Championships. He was also the first Canadian to appear in the 100m final at the Olympics since Dick Pound at the 1960 Summer Olympics and the first Canadian to win an Olympic medal in the 100m. Hayden adds a further 3 silver and 1 bronze medal to his World Championship totals. He is the current reigning Commonwealth Games champion in both the 50m and 100m freestyle events. In addition, Hayden is currently the Canadian record holder in the 200m, 100m and 50m freestyle in both the short-course and long-course. He is also a former World Record Holder in the 4×100m medley relay, and the 4×200m freestyle relay.
Brent continues to live in Vancouver with his wife Nadina Zarifeh helping her pursue her music career. She signed with Nettwerk Records and released her debut album “In The Now” in 2012. Together, they have launched “Brent Hayden Swim Camps” and continue to coach privately together. They ar also the founders of an athletic clothing brand, Astra Athletica. Brent has also come off of two successful solo art exhibitions for his photography, the first titled “Nothing Witty” at the Mission Arts Centre in his hometown, and the second at the Cassera – Foot Of Main Gallery in Vancouver.
In this episode of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do he shares the similarities in the efforts to win as an athlete and to win in business. We cover a lot of ground about his newest venture, Astera Athletica. Astra Athletica is emerging as the premier performance and athletic lifestyle brand for the never stop active person. When you wear Astra Athletica, you are joining a community of individuals who never let a challenge stand in their way.
"My greatest successes came from overcoming my greatest challenges." -Brent Hayden, OLY
Tue, 11 September 2018
John Launius, Executive Vice President of Vidzu Media, is a senior executive, proven business development leader, trainer, and media communications professional with 20+ years experience producing powerful teams and business triumphs across government, education, and in all forms of media.
Check out episode 388 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" and hear his story and advice.
Thu, 6 September 2018
New Book: "Frankly Speaking... Insider Advice (Most) Meeting Planners Won't Share With Speakers" by Maralynn Adams, Bonni Scepkowski, Tracey Smith and Shawna Suckow.
Tue, 4 September 2018
Sania Khiljee is a serial entrepreneur as well as social media expert. She owns Losers to Legends, which is a social media education and consulting company. Losers to Legends started as a motivational movement on social media and has grown over 1.4 million followers. Now, Sania helps entrepreneurs start and grow their business through social media with books, video training, and group coaching at www.socialmediawithsania.com
Thu, 30 August 2018
Rachel Ritlop is the founder of The Confused Millennial, a lifestyle blog and podcast sharing personal experience and advice to help other confused millennials embrace more of who they are while navigating this whole "#adulting" thing. The blog and podcast cover topics like careers, entrepreneurship, finance, the home, relationships, spirituality and more. After earning her Master's Degree in Counseling, and landing her "dream job" she found herself feeling completely miserable with no work-life balance. She was so miserable in fact, that she found herself fired not once, but twice in a matter of a month - not because she couldn't do her job, but because she was so miserable to be around. Queue a quarter-life crisis and some serious soul searching. Rachel decided to get in touch with her passions and moved forward by redefining what success means to her and started creating content to help millennials discover their life path. She also works one-on-one with clients to create their own blog or business that they can turn into a fulfilling and sustainable career. Her expertise has been seen on Forbes as a contributing writer, Fast Company, Brit + Co, Dailyworth, and more.
Tue, 28 August 2018
Kyle Gray is an entrepreneur and bestselling author who helps startups and small businesses grow with storytelling and content marketing. He has helped hundreds of startups and small businesses create scalable content marketing strategies. His book The Story Engine outlines his process for making content marketing and brand storytelling easy and effective.
Kyle has worked with many well-known brands and businesses like AdEspresso, Advance Your Reach, WP Curve and Self-Publishing School.
Thu, 23 August 2018
Raw Milk Cheese. Alan Glustoff does not think everything has to be pasteurized. This is not just about cheese, but about following your dreams.
Tue, 21 August 2018
Alex Blackburn was born and raised in Austin, Texas. As such, it was only natural for him to attend the University of Texas, the school that he followed from his earliest days. Now a graduate of Texas, he works in his family’s real estate business – a field his family has been in for a long time in Austin, so the entrepreneurship Apple does not fall far from the tree.
Working with family has also allowed Alex to begin pursuing his entrepreneurship goals, and with that, he has been able to launch his first company – American Duke Apparel Co., a 100% USA made company that began as a class project while he was still at Texas. Alex is working hard to establish American Duke as the next great lifestyle brand, attending vendor shows during weekends and visiting potential wholesalers on lunchbreaks.
Ultimately, Alex hopes to be a serial entrepreneur. He does not intend to be a start ‘em up and sell ‘em type of entrepreneur, but has lofty goals of owning multiple companies that he will be able to grow alongside like minded entrepreneurs and fortify with great teams. Alex makes sure that he saves plenty of time to enjoy life still as well, staying involved with his family and friends through adventures, local culinary escapades, a fair (but never enough) amount of traveling, and always keeps his eye open for the next opportunity, be that an adventure of business or life.
Thu, 16 August 2018
Nate Cotanch, a lifelong Hatch Chile eater whose roots stem from a family of 17 children from north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the founder of Zia Green Chile Company. Cotanch was featured in Brooklyn Magazine's "30 Under 30" Class of 2018 and in Forbes as “One of 10 Innovators Under 30 Shaking Up The New York Food Scene.” Prior to founding Zia, Nate Cotanch worked in the NYC venture capital scene analyzing early to growth stage ventures across multiple industries.
About Zia Green Chile Company:
From humble beginnings at Brooklyn’s renowned Smorgasburg food market, Zia Green Chile Company has become a leading brand known for introducing Hatch Chile to the East Coast, along the way unearthing a large following of New Mexicans, Southwestern transplants, and new Hatch Chile lovers. Today Zia Green Chile Company is distributed to leading retailers and chefs nationwide.
Georgia has its peaches, Idaho has its potatoes, and New Mexico has Zia Hatch Chile -- exclusively grown in the Hatch Valley of New Mexico from family owned farms and harvested only once in the fall each year from around August until Mid-October. Like products of the Champagne region of France, a true Hatch Chile comes from nowhere other than the Hatch Valley of New Mexico. It’s about terroir.
Zia Hatch Chile includes a selection of carefully handpicked strains that provide an unmatched flame-roasted, smoke-kissed flavor and various levels of spice to any dish.
Insanely addictive, Zia Hatch Chile will become your new favorite ingredient.
Tue, 14 August 2018
Sam is passionate about being on the cutting edge of human potential. He is a “natural” biohacker, always researching and experimenting with the latest knowledge relating to natural foods, supplements, fitness, and overall wellbeing. He finds excitement in continuously learning, experimenting, and sharing his findings with others through products and information. Sam holds a BS from the University of Texas, and an MBA from the Acton School of Business–an intensive entrepreneurship program taught by highly successful entrepeneurs. He currently serves as CEO of BrianJuice, and is a cofounder and board member of two other health and wellness startups in Austin, Texas.
The BrainJuice story begins when Sam was a college student, trapped in a cycle of bad habits that left him feeling depleted and foggy. He knew he wasn’t operating at full capacity. He wanted a healthy alternative to energy drinks and focus-enhancing drugs. Then, through his MBA program in Entrepreneurship, Sam met a biochemist named Peter.
With Peter’s knowledge of neurotransmitters and brain function, Sam decided to harness the goodness of real food with the power of science. Many rounds of ingredients and combinations later, he created the BrainJuice formula. Since then, his mission has been to perfect the formula by continuously updating the ingredients with the best food-derived sources available.
Check out this great interview with this dynamic entrepreneur in the consumer packaged goods space. This is the first of a series of interviews over the next few months with entrepreneurs in the specialty foods and CPG industries.
Thu, 9 August 2018
Alan Stein, Jr. is a performance coach, consultant, speaker and author. He spent 15 years working with the highest performing basketball players on the planet.
Alan delivers high-energy keynotes and interactive workshops to improve performance, cohesion and accountability. He inspires and empowers everyone he works with to take immediate action and improve mindset, habits and productivity.
In other words, Alan teaches how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level.
He is an amicably divorced father of twin sons (Luke and Jack) and a daughter (Lyla) and lives just outside of Washington, D.C.
Tue, 7 August 2018
While he enjoys hearing, “You’re doing great!”, the follow-up sentence of, “Just keep doing what you’re doing!” doesn’t work for Pete Mockaitis. He wants a clear and actionable roadmap of the things he needs to do to get where he wants to go.
Pete wants to know the tools, hacks, and strategies that are both sensible and proven by those who came before him. He has always been pathologically curious. As a kid, Pete would go to the Danville Public Library every weekend with his dad, eager to learn. Sure enough, the more he learned in an area, the better he performed! That curiosity served him well and earned him some flashy credentials. Pete has consulted at Bain & Company and has spent thousands of hours delivering one-on-one coaching to 700+ world-class thinkers to sharpen their communication and problem-solving skills.
His clients hail from over 50 countries, every Ivy League school, and world-class organizations such as Google, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, the United Nations, and Amazon.
But the creds matter little compared to the impact he has enjoyed making. His website and podcast "Be Awesome At Your Job" enables Pete to multiply that impact by sharing the best insights he has learn from the best thinkers in the world.
Pete Mockaitis love people who enjoy "dorking out" about powerful knowledge as much as he does.
In this episode of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" he shares details from his journey and candid advice for anyone who wants to be awesome at their job.
Thu, 2 August 2018
Virginia Muzquiz is well-known as the Referral Diva. She is passionately driven to teach six-figure solopreneurs the pathway to building business that fuel their passions, fund their dreams and have MASSIVE IMPACT on the communities where they live and serve. With over 30 years of teaching, training and business building experience, Virginia has demonstrated that cultivating and leveraging social capital is the FASTEST path to profitability for the small business owner.
Among her many accomplishments, Virginia grew the contract services division of a nationally recognized tutoring company from $0 in 2005 to $2.5 million in annual revenue in 2011 -- completely by word-of-mouth. As the owner of the Gateway Referral Institute franchise, Virginia distinguished herself as the #1 franchisee in the US, #3 globally, earning her a seat on the exclusive Executive Circle until she moved on in 2015. As the Chief Connections Officer at Master Connectors, Inc and an Executive Director of two franchises of Business Network International (BNI), Virginia coaches 1400+ entrepreneurs on building business using word-of-mouth best practices. Virginia is also the host of the Passion+Purpose=IMPACT podcast with listeners in over 30 countries!
Check out her "Faithful Follow Up Guide" to help solopreneurs master the art of leveraging the connections they initiate! www.masterconnectors.com/
Tue, 31 July 2018
John Garrett launched the first edition of Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 with three full-time employees covering the Round Rock and Pflugerville edition in Central Texas.
By September 2018, Community Impact Newspaper will have more than 200 employees and 26 hyperlocal editions of the newspaper across Texas and Arizona delivered monthly to more than 2 million homes and businesses.
John has received many awards for his work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the nonprofit RecognizeGood in 2017 for ethics in business and community, the 2016 Media Award from the Texas School Public Relations Association, and the Best Small Business CEO award from the Austin Business Journal in 2013.
In 2010, John received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Sam Houston State University. That same year, he was also the honoree for “Excellence in Leadership” at Concordia University Texas’ annual gala.
CI has ranked among Inc. 5000’s fastest-growing U.S. companies for seven straight years starting in 2010. The newspaper has also received awards for outstanding journalism, advertising design and digital innovation.
Before starting Community Impact Newspaper, John held advertising positions at the Houston Chronicle and the Austin Business Journal.
John grew up in north Austin and graduated from Pflugerville High School in 1993. John attended and graduated cum laude from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor of fine arts in radio and television. While at Sam Houston, he was awarded the Creager Award, given to the male student who contributes the most to overall student life.
John is married to Jennifer, and they have three daughters, Mollie, Ruby and Sophie, and live in Round Rock. They are active members of Cityview Bible Church. Over the years, John has served on many boards, including the Round Rock Area Serving Center and Round Rock Chamber, and continues to be actively involved in the community.
Thu, 26 July 2018
After graduating from Cornell University in Economics, Rockwell Shah spent 10 years working his way up from being a tech support agent to the President of a successful medical software company, 4PatientCare.
In 2015 he founded Pzizz, where they design dynamic audio that helps people get great sleep, take refreshing naps, and stay deeply focused.
Pzizz is the app that puts people to sleep at the push of a button and it’s been downloaded by over 1 million people to date. But maybe cooler than any of that is the time Pzizz made The Queen of England laugh.
Last year, Pzizz reached the finals of an event called Pitch@Palace. It’s basically a start-up competition run by The Duke of York where the finalists got to meet The Queen at St. James’s Palace. That’s when Her Majesty asked Pzizz Founder, Rockwell Shah, “what do you do?”
“Well, Your Majesty,” he told her. “We put people to sleep at the push of a button.”
The Queen looked him right in the eye and said, “Yes… But do they wake up?”
To which he replied, “Only if they pay, Your Majesty.”
The truth is, insomnia affects over two billion people in the world and Pzizz has helped over a million people get the best sleep of their lives. Check out this interview where Rockwell Shah tells tell the listeners of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do his story.
Tue, 24 July 2018
Linda Smith returns to Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do for another interview.
Linda is one of the few women to reach the summit of the legal profession. She has represented the world’s foremost companies in “bet-the-company” cases where everything is at stake.
Her successes have allowed her to do wondrous things: travel the world to meet with clients and foreign governments, appear before the U.S. Supreme Court, match wits with Michael Dell and Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone, counsel boards of directors with tens of billions of dollars on the line, and walk the red carpet at the Golden Globes with George Clooney and Viola Davis.
On behalf of AMD, Linda led a team of 200+ lawyers to beat Intel in a multibillion-dollar antitrust case. She successfully defended Exxon in another giant case that falsely questioned the company’s cleanup efforts in Alaska. On behalf of the auditors of BCCI, then the fifth largest bank in the world, she defended a lawsuit brought by one million depositors for $30 billion. In industries ranging from accounting to show business, she’s taken on the toughest challenges and emerged victorious over and over again. She has also given back by handling pro bono cases all the way up to the Supreme Court, most recently when she represented immigrant mothers of U.S. citizen children facing deportation and the breakup of their families.
During her 40-year career at O'Melveny & Myers, Linda has often tangled with outsized male egos, from CBS head Les Moonves to Mick Jagger, without ever breaking stride. Her tenacity as a cross-examiner earned her the prodigious title of “The Meanest Woman Alive.” While she's definitely the “meanest” to hostile witnesses or opposing lawyers who try to pull a fast one, outside the courtroom Smith is known for her sense of humor, fierce loyalty, and deep commitment to collaboration.
After mentoring women for decades, Linda has taken on a broader mission to empower ambitious women in all fields to use their talent, smarts, and femininity to reach their own pinnacles of success. Whether the challenge is defeating gender stereotypes, conquering self-sabotaging behaviors, handling difficult men, or attaining leadership positions, Linda draws on her own experiences and those of other highly successful women to show women how to come out on top by embodying the best traits of women—while beating the men at their own game.
Thu, 19 July 2018
Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do welcomes back Dr. Deborah Gilboa as a guest on the podcast.
Respected parenting and youth development expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, is the founder of AskDoctorG.com. Popularly known as Dr. G, her passion for raising kids with character makes her a favorite family physician, media personality, author,speaker
Dr. G is a board certified attending family physician at Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Health Center, caring for diverse patients from 100+ countries, speaking 47 different languages. Her work with the deaf community has received national recognition and was the focus of her service as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow.
She has received multiple awards for clinical excellence in teaching, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award as a Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine.
A graduate of University of Pittsburgh’s SOM and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as alumnus of Chicago’s Second City Improv Theater, Dr. G’s diverse background and experiences add to her credibility and lively story-telling.
Dr. G is the author of multiple books including Get the Behavior You Want, Without Being the Parent You Hate! (Demos Publishing) and parenting activity books focusing on building her 3R’s of Parenting: Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.
Dr. and Dr. Gilboa have four boys together and are happy to call Pittsburgh, PA their home.
Tue, 17 July 2018
This episode involves a mom, dad and teenage son who all work together. This is the family behind the successful Scaly Adventures. You gotta hear their story.
Pierce Curren is the young host of Scaly Adventures, an E/I broadcast television series with worldwide distribution. In every episode, he leads viewers on fun, educational journeys sharing his immense passion for some of the most incredible and exotic animals in the world.
Pierce has always loved animals, and his compassion and care for different species shines through each Scaly Adventures educational video and television episode. He cares for a variety of species in his personal collection and has had numerous hands on experiences filming with experts in a wide variety of fields. He is also a Second Degree Black Belt in Olympic Tae Kwon Do with Palmetto Martial Arts School.
Pierce is a founding member of Boundless Limits International and a home educated student.
At the start of Scaly Adventures in 2013, Pierce was the youngest person in the world hosting a show in the Animal & Adventure genre with worldwide distribution!
Rick Curren is Pierce’s dad - the Scaly Dad on TV! He is the Creator and Executive Producer of the broadcast television series, Scaly Adventures, as well of the Co-Founder of the non-profit foundation, Boundless Limits International. Rick is an author, television host, motivational speaker and media entrepreneur.
Through videography and photography, he enjoys bringing images to life and taking the Scaly Adventures Crew on incredible journeys to show viewers places and animals they might not ever get to see. Rick's favorite part of filming Scaly Adventures is using the latest technology to get Scaly fans as close to the animals and action as possible, so viewers feel like they are experiencing the adventure firsthand!
He is responsible for all of the filming, editing, engineering and production of Scaly Adventures’ educational material and programming. A veteran of 16 years in the US Army, he is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Kennesaw State University and is listed among their Notable Alumni. Rick is a PADI Certified SCUBA Diver and has a Second Degree Blackbelt in Olympic Tae Kwon Do.
Tanya Curren is Pierce’s mom – the Scaly Mom on TV! She is the Co-Creator and Director of Education for Scaly Adventures, a broadcast television action and adventure reality series that promotes conservation while featuring exotic animals, inspirational role models and positive organizations.
Tanya is an author, television host, motivational speaker and media entrepreneur. Tanya's favorite part about Scaly Adventures is showing how families can have an incredible time together doing something they love, and she ensures that every episode inspires others to overcome their fears, follow their dreams and pursue their passions.
Tanya is formerly a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with experience teaching and consulting in both public and private schools. Her true passion has been raising and teaching Pierce as she home educates him throughout all of their travels together. Tanya is the co-founder of Boundless Limits International, Inc. along with her husband and Pierce’s dad, Rick. Tanya is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and is listed among their Notable Alumni.
Thu, 12 July 2018
It's said that "It's hard to see the label when you're inside the jar." Jane Atkinson's specialty is to help speakers see and work on what they can't see.
Having worked with professional speakers for nearly three decades, she understands the common challenges that speakers face. Those that are just starting to seasoned pros often struggle with three main challenges: positioning; branding; and rolling out consistent messaging to their fan base.
Jane helps speakers of all levels develop and launch their business, solidify their brand and message, and market and monetize their keynotes.
She does this through three books that she has written: The Wealthy Speaker 2.0, The Epic Keynote, and The Wealthy Speaker Daily Success Planner and Journal, as well as through online courses, group coaching, and private coaching.
Listen to episode 371 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast as Thom Singer interviews Jane and gets her to share her ideas, advice and experience.
Are you a speaker looking for a seasoned business coach? Check out Jane Atkinson at http://www.wealthyspeaker.