Making Waves at C-Level

Larry Albukerk is Managing Partner of EB Exchange. With over 20 years’ experience founding, managing, advising, and investing in hundreds of private venture-backed companies, he is an expert on private equity financing and capital structure.

Mr. Albukerk founded EBX in 1999 with the goal of helping entrepreneurs achieve liquidity and diversification. He created and managed special purpose funds to allow accredited individuals and institutional investors to invest in pre-IPO companies such as Facebook.

Prior to founding EBX, Mr. Albukerk founded two companies: Visible Interactive, one of the earliest location-based services companies to leverage mobile computing technology, serving clients such as the Smithsonian, Sony, and Disney; and, an Idealab-backed pioneer of online reverse auctioneering for consumer products. He also licensed and sold a portfolio of mobile technology patents, one of which he was the primary inventor.

Outside of EBX, Mr. Albukerk advises the X Prize Foundation on matters of private equity donations and is an active fund raiser for his children’s schools. He is also a frequent lecturer on founder liquidity and startup capital structure.

Mr. Albukerk earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 registrations.


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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. 

But since that time the world has changed. Facebook and LinkedIn barely existed, YouTube was founded the same year. Twitter as still a year from its release, and Instagram was 5 years away. Since his book came out, networking for business has changed. 

Or has it?

The more things have changed, the more many things have stayed the same.

In episode 470 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" Thom Singer talks about how he has revisited his views on networking and building relationships. The tools that exist today have changed the game, and this has caused him to rewirte all his speeches to be relevant in 2019 and beyond.

But much of the message is the same. People are still people and we get opportunities from other humans, not from likes or links. 

Listen to this episode and hear his review of his own book, but also the 5 key points that matter now:

1. Be relevant in your community
2. Its not about numbers, the quality relationships are where the opportunities come from
3. You are always being watched and reviewed. You are always "on", as people can find information about you in all areas of your life.
4. Choose people. There are times to put the electronics down and engage.
5. There is not online networking and face-to-face networking. There is only "Networking". Combine it all as one.

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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 
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.
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How To Stay Focused At Work

Do you struggle with distractions throughout your day? Ever get to 6:00 PM and realize you have been busy, but have little results to show for your efforts? Thom Singer understands. He is not one who naturally stays on task. He often finds himself chasing activities down the rabbit hole.

In episode 468 Thom shares how after a week of being off task, how the course corrected and go things done by doing simple things that made him choose the right tasks.

He has seven tips:

1. Know your long term goals
2. Prioritize your tasks. Make sure you do the important ones.
3. Pay attention to health: exercise, eat right, hydrate
4. Check your emails once an hour or less
5. Make a daily to-do list from your longer list of priorities
6 Stay off social media.
7. Don't let jerks, office gossip, or what others think about you keep you from doing your work

Take a listen to this episode and see if it helps you get things done.

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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. 
About Woven
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.
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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.
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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. 

Janice Omadeke is the CEO and Founder of The Mentor Method, an enterprise platform helping companies keep and develop their diverse talent using the proven power of mentorship. 

Using a double-blind algorithm, The Mentor Method is closing the opportunity equity gap in the workplace. 

Her company won Capital Factory's Women in Tech Challenge, is a MassChallenge Texas Gold winner, and has been featured in The Washington Business Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, is a Startup to Watch in 2018 from DC Inno, and a 2017 Startup Grind Global Exhibition selection. 

Janice served as a DC Ambassador at SXSW, was selected to attend The 2016 White House Summit on Building the Tech Workforce of Tomorrow, and a top 10 finalist in Rent the Runway's Project Entrepreneur. 

Janice Omadeke is certified in entrepreneurship from MIT, built a mentorship program scratch as a Manager at PwC, and is PMP certified with over 10 years of corporate leadership experience for Fortune 500 companies.

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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.

7 Tips For Business Motivation

1. Set clear goals.
2. Work at a realistic pace
3. Remember your "because"
4. Surround yourself with cool people.
5. Try New Things (
6. Read or listen to inspiring people's work
7. Celebrate the small wins

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