Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do
On episode 539 Thom Singer sits down and eats amazing barbeque with one of the owners of LeRoy and Lewis.  Saywer Lewis shares her entrepreneur journey as Thom eats, and eats, and eats.  No matter where you live, you know that Austin is famous for two foods, Tacos and BBQ.  Today we talk BBQ (but it is such a great interview, Thom will soon be seeking a Taco Entrepreneur to be on the show).
 
About Saywer Lewis
 
Sawyer Lewis is an entrepreneur, and the co-owner and operations manager of LeRoy and Lewis BBQ, specializing in hospitality, event planning, social media, and business development. At the age of 18, Sawyer moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas, where she fell in love with the community while working in local restaurants.  Her passion for the restaurant industry has been cultivated over the last 15 years by working with award-winning chefs and entrepreneurs, and learning from key figures in the sustainable farm-to-table movement across the country. After traveling throughout America and Europe, seeking out various regional cuisine and beverage, Sawyer and her husband Nathan Lewis moved back to Austin in 2015 to settle down.  In 2017, Sawyer and Nathan joined forces with Evan and Lindsey LeRoy to open LeRoy and Lewis BBQ truck at Cosmic Coffee and Beer, with plans to expand into a brick and mortar restaurant and brewery and launch a line of consumer packaged goods. In 2019, Sawyer helped to start an Austin Chapter of I’ll Have What She’s Having, a non-profit uniting hospitality professionals to raise funds and awareness for female health care.
 
About LeRoy and Lewis
 
New school barbecue, old school service. They serve up alternative cuts of meat and creative sides using seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and ranches. Expanding the boundaries of traditional barbecue, guests can expect market-style service of meats sliced to order and served by the pound, renewed versions of classic barbecue sides, and playful desserts.
 
The food truck is located at Cosmic Coffee, in South Austin.  A new brick and mortar location coming soon.  Learn more at https://leroyandlewis.com 
 
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This week Thom Singer lead a "Brain Power" session at a large industry conference with 400 participants. The idea is to change up the general session to not just be another talking head keynote.  At live meetings and all industry conferences there are many speakers on the main stage and in the breakout sessions, but across the board participants often cite the impromptu hallway conversations as some of the best parts of attending an event.
 
Serendipity of talking shop with peers at live meetings can be magic. Hearing and idea or best practice that you can take into work and implement is worth the whole cost of attending a convention. But can serendipity be planned?  Thom Singer says YES.  He has created these "Brain Power" sessions to replace the keynote and make the attendees the star of the show. 
 
But this is not just a "sit at the table and talk about topics" session.  It is curated and hosted discussions that involves meeting people, identifying ideas, sharing, and networking. People come to live meetings to learn and network, and this general session delivers it all.
 
Meeting planners are hungry for fresh ideas, but they cannot go wild. We cannot move business conferences to the dessert and have a Burning Man style meeting (or can we?  Hmmmmmm???).  Most association conferences and business meetings still need to be in the structure of a hotel ballroom and a manageable agenda.  But do people need to be sitting and only hearing keynotes?  Or can they take their learning into their own hands.  This is part facilitated discussion and part "Un-Conference".  All held together by "The Conference Catalyst".
 
For over eleven years Thom Singer has been working as a speaker, emcee, and facilitator for live meetings in a variety of industries.  He is know as "The Conference Catalyst" for how he changes the vibe at a live event and gets people to engage more (while often not holding their phones in their hands while chatting with people).  So many participants claim they want more networking and connection, but fail to achieve any of it while at the event.  Thom changes that. 
 
If you are planning an event, conference, convention, seminar or any live meetings - you will want to hear episode #538 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" and you might want to contact Thom about the programs he offers and how he customizes the content for your specific needs.
 
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Scott Shay is the Chairman and co-founder of Signature Bank of New York, which started with no deposits and has become a $50 billion bank. Before founding the bank, he also had a successful career on Wall Street.  Most recently he has released a new book, "In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism"
 
On episode 537 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do", Scott shares his entrepreneurial journey and talks about how people can find their own success. 
 
About Signature Bank
 
Signature Bank is a full service commercial bank that serves privately owned business clients and their owners and senior managers. The Bank offers business and personal banking products and services, as well as investment, brokerage, asset management, and insurance products through its subsidiary, Signature Securities Group Corp.
 
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In episode 536 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do", host Thom Singer does a quick catch up about the podcast and his career. 
 
He also shares some tips from his keynote speech "The Secret Weapon: Connecting with People in a Gadget-Crazed World".  Are you choosing people in this busy would full of distractions? Do you continue to build your network? Is your network diverse?  Are you adding people.  Are you helping others succeed by sending referrals to others regularly?  These are just a few questions he provides to make you think about your own secret weapon (your network).  Choosing people is key. But we also need to take the time to notice others. People are experiencing greater levels of loneliness, even in our digitally connected world. 
 
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Reuben Abootorabi is an award-winning hunter who loves getting "the impossible" meetings for his clients with decision makers they are dying to meet. Modelled on the high touch and relationship centric Creative Artist Agency in Hollywood, Reuben founded The Austin Agency to help the companies he works with win more business and outperform their competition. In spare time he loves to travel, read thought provoking books, and Texas two stepping at a local watering hole.  
 
About The Austin Agency
 
Their clients say that what’s different is that they're now innovating at startup speed, but with enterprise resources.  

In a world fueled with VC dollars and aggressive entrepreneurs, they take on the role of a phantom competitor looking to disrupt your core business. They help you identify the areas in your industry and business where you can grow and innovate before a third party beats you to the punch. 
 
Reuben has assembled a Red Team of decision makers from your target market, including former competitors and existing clients. These Fortune 2000 executives allow them to skip much of the "discovery" due diligence normally required in order to execute effectively.  

As recovering sales and business development executives, The Austin Agency team has hunted B2B business for their clients all over the world. This allows them to use their methodology to test your value proposition, business model, messaging, pricing, persona, niche + Sample use cases include how to successfully:

· Enter new markets
· Validate product market fit
· Create differentiated content
· Drive innovation
· Predict demand   
 
 
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Richard Citrin bridges the gap between business, psychology and entrepreneurship. He draws on his deep experience as a health care entrepreneur, clinical psychologist, corporate executive and leadership coach to present his insights and ideas in a practical and powerful manner that creates real change and success for his clients whether they are corporate executives or the small businessman trying to grow his or her enterprise.
 
 
His unique perspective on leadership, talent development and how we learn and grow from challenges is based on the idea that by using our strengths, talents and skills, and by aligning them in a purposeful and powerful manner, real change occurs. Richard shares his insights in his writings, coaching and speaking. 
 
 
After building and successfully selling his health care business to a national healthcare company, Corphealth, Richard moved into their senior leadership ranks where he assisted them in a turnaround endeavor by developing award winning programs in behavioral health and wellness that led Corphealth to be acquired by Humana Healthcare. From there, Richard was recruited to one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he was on a leadership team that doubled their revenue in a 5-year period from $750 million to $1.5b. 
 
 
After 12 years of corporate work, he decided to return to solopreneurship and opened his own corporate consulting practice focused on executive and leadership coaching and where he has worked with national and international clients. 
Richard has written over 30 professional articles and has been quoted in the New York Times, Forbes and Fortune magazine. Richard has written three books. His first was part of the National How to Get A Job in (name your city). In 2016, he wrote The Resilience Advantage which changed the way people think about stress and their ability to respond to it. His newest book, co-written with Michael Couch, and just released in 2020, is Strategy Driven Leadership which discusses the failures of leadership development programs in corporate America and how organizations can effectively develop the next generation of leaders.
 
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Episode 533 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" 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. This episode is an in-depth interview with Mathias Ihlenfeld, the CEO and Founder of woom bikes USA . Check out this conversation about life, entrepreneurship, and Austin.
 
About woom bikes
 
woom designs high-quality, lightweight bikes for children of all ages. Our attention to detail sets our company apart—from the careful selection of materials to our commitment to safety and performance, our bikes are tailor-made for a child’s anatomy and needs. woom bikes are often half the weight of conventional kids’ bikes found at traditional retail stores, and 85 percent of our bike parts are individually developed and produced for woom. In all design elements, woom emphasizes safety, ergonomics, handling, and non-toxic, environmentally friendly components.
   
Riding is easy to learn and easy to enjoy on woom bikes, which range in size from balance bikes designed for children who’ve just learned to walk (18 months+) to pedal bikes for young teens (13-14 years). woom ships directly to customers, and assembly is quick and simple.
 
Family owned and operated, woom was founded in Vienna, Austria, by Christian Bezdeka and Marcus Ihlenfeld with the mission to create the ideal kids’ bike. Helmed by Marcus’ brother, Mathias Ihlenfeld, woom USA began operating at our headquarters in Austin, Texas, in 2014; our aim is to bring the same unparalleled European design and love of riding to families across North America. In 2019, woom USA was named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies in the U.S., ranked No. 259 overall and 20th in Texas. For more information, visit us at us.woombikes.com or call 855-966-6872. 
 
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On episodes 532 Thom Singer sits down to chat about business with Ben Lamm.  Ben is the co-founder and CEO of Hypergiant Industries.  He is a serial tech entrepreneur with a lot of great experience and advice.
 
 
About Ben Lamm:
 
Ben Lamm is a serial technology entrepreneur dedicated to making the impossible possible. He builds intelligent, disruptive software companies that help the Fortune 500 innovate with breakthrough technologies. Ben is the co-founder, Executive Chairman, and CEO of Hypergiant, the office of machine intelligence Industries. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of Conversable, the leading conversational intelligence platform acquired by LivePerson, the founder and CEO of Chaotic Moon Studios, the global creative technology powerhouse acquired by Accenture and co-founder of Team Chaos, acquired by Zynga.
 
 
About Hypergiant Industries:
 
Hypergiant Industries focuses on solving humanity's most challenging problems and leading the way in data intelligence as humanity enters the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To accomplish this mission, the company creates emerging AI-driven technologies and develops world-changing commercial products and solutions for Fortune 500 and government clients. As the parent corporation over a roster of divisions, Hypergiant Industries serves verticals that include space science and exploration, satellite communications, aviation, defense, healthcare, transportation and municipal infrastructure, food and beverage, retail and more. Founded in 2018, the company has offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Seattle and Washington, DC.
 
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