March 2013

Guest: David Friend, Carbonite Founder and Chairman http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/18801.mp3 [caption id="attachment_4129" align="alignright" width="225"] David Friend[/caption] Carbonite Founder David Friend has co-founded six technology companies since getting out of college in 1969. After the first five were acquired, he led his current company — cloud backup leader Carbonite — to a successful IPO in August 2011, a challenging week that saw nine other companies postpone their plans to go public. During this interview, David shared key learnings from his career as an entrepreneur and angel investor, from how to solicit funding, to the factors to consider when presented with an acquisition offer, to the challenges of taking a company public. The session offers something for entrepreneurs along all stages of their business, from seed to growth. David also discussed a wide range of topics, great stuff.          ...

Guests: Grant Cardone, NTY Bestselling Author of Sell or Be Sold, Kurt Uhlir of Sideqik.com http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/18802.mp3 Grant Cardone [caption id="attachment_4124" align="alignright" width="238"] Grant Cardone[/caption] This is a great show, with great guests.  You gotta listen to this. Grant Cardone is a true renaissance man. As an international sales expert, Grant made it his business to help train and motivate entrepreneurs to attain success. This business has manifested itself in many forms. Grant has created programs to train and motivate clients ranging from individual entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies. Not surprisingly, Grant has become an internationally recognized motivational speaker through his efforts. A few years ago, Grant started his show, Turnaround King, that employs many of the business principles he has developed throughout the years. On the airwaves, he also acts as host of his radio show, The Cardone Zone, a platform he uses to entertain and educate his listeners on strategies he has developed to escape the rat race and achieve financial affluence.         Kurt Uhlir [caption id="attachment_4126" align="alignright" width="289"] Kurt Uhlir[/caption] Being an entrepreneur since the age of 14, Kurt Uhlir is no stranger to risk. A fact also proven by his twitter profile pic (displayed on right). Kurt started out working at Navteq, and during his time there they grew from $80 million to $1.4 billion in sales. Eventually, the company was sold to Nokia for roughly $8 billion. He then moved on to Atlanta-based Virtue, where he served in a business strategy development capacity. The company recently sold to Oracle. Nowadays, Kurt is the founder of two projects, southerntechnologyleaders.com and sideqik.com. Southerntechnologyleaders.com is a platform that seeks to bring financial investors and technology innovators together so that the true technological potential of the South can be realized. Kurt's most recent endeavor, Sideqik, is a site that provides a streamlined process for forging marketing relationships. The company was grown to satisfy a need he had often faced in business created by the complexities involved in many marketing relationships.  He had some great stuff to share about growing a small business through partnerships.  Love it.     ...

Guest: Lisa Samples, Owner and Founder of In Charge Social Media, LLC http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/18823.mp3 [caption id="attachment_1051" align="alignright" width="204"] Lisa Samples[/caption] In December of 2011, Lisa decided to leave her role in the corporate world as a human resource executive and consultant behind. Upon her departure, she decided to start her company, In Charge Social Media. This company serves as a catalyst for an relatively new online marketing trend known as 'Twitter parties'. These events are built around real world events with the purpose of promoting the client's brand by growing their spheres of influence in the Twitter universe. Among their many satisfied clients are companies like Disney Pixar and UPS. As a subset of this business, Lisa is also the founder of an online community called the Brand Buzz Network. The network is designed for both bloggers and PR professionals alike to grow and learn from one another. It also doubles as a marketing platform for clients in need of promotion. Lisa has a blog of her own called Life with Lisa. As the name would imply, this blog records her new life with her husband and two children in Orlando, FL, as they have recently moved from Atlanta, GA (I guess we can forgive them for that). This interview has some real nuggets of knowledge about Twitter. Great stuff, especially when she goes through my old Tweets and calls me a "spammer"! Great stuff. And for more on the Tulip Mania mentioned in the show...

Guests: Joey Tatum, Owner of lots of bars and Pastor Tim Morrison, Host of Internet Radio Show, Write Here Write Now http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/18830.mp3 [caption id="attachment_4117" align="alignright" width="200"] Tim Morrison[/caption] This episode we are visited by Business Radio X's own Tim Morrison and Jim's brother-in-law Joey Tatum. Tim started as a pastor of 26 years around the US and in Ghana as a member of the United Church of Christ. While attaining his DMin. degree, he served as Principle and Education Specialist of an Evangelical Presbyterian Church Seminary in Peki, Ghana where he jump-started Sunday school programs for the establishment. Upon his return to the states, he began his own church and finished out his career by offering his consulting services to help grow struggling churches. Sort of like growing a business! Shortly afterwards, Tim began a consulting service for writers that sought to establish a framework through which his clients could better convey thoughts in their writing. Tim has taken his literary knowledge to his show, Write Here Write Now, where he explores how the written word plays a pivotal role in the lives of business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals. You can listen live every Tuesday at 10:00amET on Business Radio X! And, we welcome Joey Tatum.  Joey is Jim's wife's half brother. He was a major figure in Jim's book School for Startups, having started with about $12,000 and now owning lots of stuff, bars, restaurants, campers. Joey is one of the most interesting people you will ever meet, and one of the most humble.         ...