September 2013

Broadcast September 30, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21013.mp3 [caption id="attachment_3808" align="alignright" width="200"] Andy Greenberg[/caption] Andrew Greenberg - President of The Georgia Game Developers Association Andrew is our first gamer guest. He built games Mall Tycoon, Chicago by Night supplemental content, and many more. We have him on to talk about what's going on in Atlanta's gaming community and a little about some of the upcoming events that are going on with George's premier video game association, GGDA. Games are a huge business, much bigger then the film industry, and Georgia is one of the global centers of games development. Andy gives us the scoop on this important entrepreneurial industry.      [caption id="attachment_3811" align="alignright" width="144"] Trevor McCandless[/caption] Trevor McCandless - Founder of GolfRentalandSales.com and Small Business CPA It's always good to see one of my former grad students at GSU become so successful! Trevor is a successful CPA, but has a side business that is pretty cool. GolfRentalandSales.com is an online e-commerce platform for, as the name implies, renting and selling golfing gear. The site has grown increasingly popular in the business community for corporate golf outings, when Trevor might supply 250 sets of clubs for an event. We are excited to welcome Trevor to the show to cover some e-commerce basics, learn how he started this business, and probably relive grad school a little.      [caption id="" align="alignright" width="174"] Jane Deuber[/caption] Jane Deuber - Founder of Jane Deuber International Jane Deuber helps entrepreneurs leverage their own talents and passions towards growing their businesses. She believes marketing and sales should be a reflections of those passions and uses this philosophy as she re-optimizes your business to reach its full potential. It might include revenue restructuring or otherwise. Jane will also strive to offer you, as an entrepreneur, a sense of balance in life as well as business. We have her on to go through this philosophy in depth.         ...

Will Broadcast September 27, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/20943.mp3 Dr. Joyce Knudsen - The ImageMaker  We are excited to welcome Dr. Joyce back to the show for third time! She is an expert on everything having to do with self-image and self-esteem, and she certainly has the resume to prove it. With a Masters in business administration marketing and a PhD in human services with an emphasis in self-image, there's no better person to have on the air talk about your self-esteem as the owner of the business. She is a 2001 IMMIE winner and has obtained a First AICI master status from the association of image consultants. She also fits the entrepreneur bill. As founder, owner, and CEO of ImageMaker Inc., she helps thousands in both the professional and personal arena to maximize their potential. We have her on for some self-esteem freebies, so be sure not to miss out! Check out her new YouTube Channel here. [caption id="attachment_3526" align="alignright" width="180"] Marty Keller[/caption] Marty Keller-Principal at Keller and Associates and CEO of the Small Business Revolution Marty Keller, Principal at Keller and Associates, started a movement in August of 2011 called the Small Business Revolution, aiming to promote and lobby for a California legislature that creates a legal environment for small businesses to thrive in. From this effort, Keller and Associates was born. This company consults on matters of economic development, international trade, and small business. We have Marty on to give us a bird's eye view from an ex-bureaucrat. This episode may help you steer the masts of your small business in the right direction, so don't miss out!        ...

Will Broadcast September 26, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/20914.mp3 [caption id="attachment_3525" align="alignright" width="215"] Brittany Hodak[/caption] Brittany Hodak- CEO and Founder of ZinePak.com In small business these days, it's a great thing to find a niche that you can dominate; however, it's even better when you can make your own niche. This is exactly what Brittany Hodak and Kim Kaupe have done with their new business, ZinePak.com. ZinePak got its start in the music industry, where they found much of the consumer base a little homesick for the feel of opening and listening to a physical CD. Here's how it works: If you are in charge of promoting pretty much anything, ZinePak will create a tailored "goody-bag" for distribution to the target audience. ZinePak has been included in Entrepreneur Magazine's "Top 30 Startups to Watch" and seems on an unstoppable trajectory towards success! Make sure to check out this amazing interview right here on School for Startups Radio!      [caption id="attachment_3113" align="alignright" width="172"] Ash Kumra[/caption] Ash Kumra - Co-Founder of DreamItAlive.com  - Author of Confessions from an Entrepreneur- White House Award Winner - Public Dreamer  Ash Kumra is an award winning entrepreneur, author and public speaker recognized twice by the White House as an entrepreneur making an impact. Ash is currently co-founder of DreamItAlive.com, an online community empowering users to achieve dreams in all areas of life using Dreamboards, visualization, community, helpful products & content. DreamItAlive.com was founded by successful entrepreneurs and has been featured in top publications like Forbes.com, Microsoft Biz Spark, American Express Open, and OC Metro. Ash is also the co-leader for the Startup California Team for White House/Steve Case founded "Startup America" and chairman for southern california based Tech Coast Venture Network. He is also the creator and author of the book series "Confessions from an Entrepreneur" (an inside look on how to succeed as an entrepreneur).       ...

Will Broadcast September 25, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/20887.mp3 [caption id="attachment_3585" align="alignright" width="203"] Elinor Stutz[/caption] Elinor Stutz - Founder of Smooth Sale and Author or INSPIRED Business ~ A New Vision for Building Business and Communities and Nice Girls DO Get the Sale: Relationship Building That Gets Results Near death experiences have a tendency to change people, and this is just such a case with Elinor Stutz . A while back, she broke her neck. During this process, she was forced to deal with a part of her life that she became unsatisfied with. This part had to do with giving back to the community as much as she felt like she had gained from it. She decided to pursue a path in helping teach people the skill of selling themselves and the pursuit of a job, a skill that has become quite valuable as the job market has taken a tip over the last couple of years. We have her on for some advice, coming straight from her book, Hired!     Jim Horan-  President and CEO of The One Page Business Plan [caption id="attachment_3584" align="alignright" width="214"] Jim Horan[/caption] In startups, it is very rare for 40 page business plan to NOT be a huge waste of time; however, your elevator pitch, which is your 30 second business plan, might be one of the most crucial parts of your business' early life. Jim can turn one of those monstrous 40 page business plans into one that is a single page in length. This helps you as it gives any potential investors a very simple layout for what your business is and how it plans to make money. Jim is with us to to talk little about his book, how to grow a speaking career, how to make your business plan the most succinct expression of thoughts possible.    ...

Broadcast September 24, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/20858.mp3 [caption id="attachment_3659" align="alignright" width="135"] Krista Michalowicz[/caption] Krista Michalowicz  Krista is spouse of past guest and uber-famous entrepreneurship writer Michael Michalowicz. While interviewing Mike a week or so ago, we stumbled upon Krista's recent work and speeches on the entrepreneurial marriage. She is with us today, not only to dish the dirt on Mike, but to talk about the impacts of being married to an entrepreneur. I am fascinated by this subject as I see so many different ways entrepreneurs and their spouses deal with the stresses and joys!      [caption id="attachment_3657" align="alignright" width="195"] Julie Busha[/caption] Julie Busha, Founder and CEO of Slawsa Julie is doing the impossible, creating a whole new food category. And so far, she seems to be doing great.  4200 grocery stores, including Wal-mart, carry her product! Julie introduced Slawsa, the condiment that may just change your life, in late 2011. Just a year and a half later, Slawsa can now be found nationwide and is still growing. Julie owns and manages every facet of the business. Slawsa is a cross between a slaw and salsa and is great atop anything grilled, or even as a dip for tortilla chips. Cool and crisp, Slawsa is addictive. What a great startup story!         ...

Broadcast September 23, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/20832.mp3 [caption id="attachment_3519" align="alignright" width="255"] Ivana Taylor[/caption] Ivana Taylor  - Marketing Expert at DIYMarketers.com Ivana is best known as the DIY Marketing Guru. She finds a way to match the perfect marketing strategies for a given company or group of executives. She has made quite a splash with her advice featured on the AmEx Open forum! Ivana has a simple process to help us small shops. Take her personality test and a personalized, curated list of  your optimal marketing strategies will be sent to you via email! Join us on this episode of School for Startups Radio as we go over some of the most popular SMB marketing strategies with one of the most qualified experts on the subject.     [caption id="attachment_3125" align="alignright" width="160"] Kai Buehler[/caption] Kai Buehler - Founder and CEO at Causora Kai Buehler is CEO and Co-Founder of Causora, a network of socially conscious businesses that rewards social change makers. Get paid to give. Dollar for dollar! Amazing! Kai has successfully started, managed and sold a number of businesses in the mobile application and interactive TV space. In 2011, Kai sold Watchpoints, the first app that rewarded viewers for watching television, to Viggle (VGGL). Before joining Viggle, Kai was the CEO of Mobile Messaging Solutions (mms), a leading iTV and mobile engagement provider that divested out of VeriSign in 2009 (VRSN). He was also the CEO of Mindmatics USA, which he merged with mms Inc. In 2000, he co-founded plan_b media and successfully grew the company to a leader in the production and distribution of mobile entertainment content with offices in Cologne (Germany), New York, London and Vienna. The company was acquired by Mindmatics, a T-Mobile Venture, in 2005.      Richard Finger- Forbes Columnist and Investment Adviser [caption id="attachment_3528" align="alignright" width="209"] Richard Finger[/caption] Richard is a full-time equity options trader in Houston Texas, with a focus on naked put selling and spread trading! Whatever that means! He is also a contributor to Forbes.com, and frequent visitor to the show. His Forbes pieces are slanted to expose and correct the corruptions existing in the world’s financial markets. One of the biggest stories in the last month was Apple's unveiling of the iPhone 5S and 5c. As with most Apple releases, there is alot to talk about. Will Tim Cook be able to shake many peoples' less-than-enthused perception of him as Steve Job's successor? And if so, what will be his saving grace? Could it be the 5th generation iPhones? Or will it be iWatch or the new iTunes music streaming service, iTunes Radio? There is no doubt that Cook's next moves are crucial as competition is mounting everyday in the industry with the rise of Samsung and Microsoft's recent  acquisition of Nokia. Today, we have Richard on to discuss these matters along with the industry's great need for innovation! Don't miss this one!    ...

Broadcast September 20, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/20774.mp3 [caption id="attachment_3435" align="alignright" width="164"] Joe Herrera[/caption] Joe Herrera - CEO and Founder of Tabeso.com Joe and his team have come up with a great idea. And it was born by trying to solve a problem, the essence of successful entrepreneurship. Joe lamented there were events in his own town he did not know about. And, how do you easily see what bands are playing at your next vacation destination? Joe created Tabeso (as in "ta be so" cool, "ta be so" easy) to help. It allows users to search for things happening around you. You can follow your favorite venues or organizations to see what's coming up. And you can see what your friends are doing. Great stuff. The app is in beta so check it out now!      [caption id="attachment_3443" align="alignright" width="210"] Bob Regnerus[/caption] Bob Regnerus- Book Producer and Coach Bob, believes as do I, that everyone should write a book, and his business makes it easy! Bob is helping business leaders gain exposure through his extensive media network and writing a book. Bob's goal is to maximize your market visibility and sphere of influence by assisting you on every strategic level, from partnerships and affiliation programs to the brand message itself. He is a 360 degree solution for your book needs. He can help business people to help find writers to take their message and write the book for you.      ...

Will Broadcast September 19, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/20753.mp3 Majid Abai- Chief Sherpa at the Abai Group [caption id="attachment_3448" align="alignright" width="246"] Majid Abai[/caption] Majid has a 30-year track record of building, transforming, and leading organizations. He is focused on innovation, strategy, and execution in tech companies and IT departments. His views on Big Data are invaluable for you small businesses. Majid’s experience with cutting edge technologies, sustained and rapid growth, fund raising, operational efficiency, and M&A have delivered measurable results to him and his client companies. Majid  is a prominent leader of a company devoted to sparking and managing the rapid growth of both small businesses and IT departments alike. They combine IT expertise with acumen in business management to oversee the growth, restructuring, and optimization of any information technology entity. We have him on to get his thoughts on the most common IT problems that rapidly growing startups face and some of the best practices for managing expansion. If your company is heavily grounded in technology, miss this interview at your own risk!   Eric Lowitt, Strategy, Sustainability, Collaboration Expert, Author of The Future of Value and The Collaboration Economy [caption id="attachment_3507" align="alignright" width="183"] Eric Lowitt[/caption] Eric is an advisor to the world's most discerning CEOs and executive leaders of NGOs on issues of competitive strategy, sustainable development, and collaboration. He serves as a brainstormers, as partnership brokers among rivals and nontraditional bedfellows. He will even train your employees, your suppliers, and your sales forces in order to discover new ways to grow. As a speaker, his goal is to inspire organizations to collaborate with other organizations to address our largest global challenges. Eric provides keynote talks and targeted workshops to enable audiences to sharpen their organizations’ missions, competitive strategies, and financial performance. In 2012, he formed Nexus Global Advisors, an advisory firm that works alongside the most prominent CEOs, Board Directors, and senior executives to help spark global growth that solves our most vexing global challenges. As part of Eric's work, in 2011 Wiley published his first book, The Future of Value, which focused on raising sustainability to the level of competitive strategy. In 2013, Wiley published his second book The Collaboration Economy, which presents a new economic model predicated on collaboration dedicated to kick start growth.       ...

Will Broadcast September 18, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/20720.mp3 [caption id="attachment_3093" align="alignright" width="201"] Mike Michalowicz[/caption] Mike Michalowicz - Author of The Pumpkin Plan, CEO at Provendus Group,   Mike says, "I am the CEO of Provendus Group, a business growth consultancy. As opposed to the traditional "assess & report" consulting model, Provendus Group uses a "one dial" approach that we have developed over the years. Our strategy reignites rapid growth in organizations, by leveraging your company's existing habits and culture. The result is change that is easy to implement, and brings significant growth to both the top and bottom line. I am also author of 'The Pumpkin Plan' and 'The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur'. BusinessWeek has called Toilet Paper Entrepreneur a business cult classic. My books have been translated into 10 languages. I have founded, built and sold two technology service based companies. My second company, PG Lewis & Associates, was sold in a public transaction in 2006.  I enjoy entrepreneurialism and gladly share experiences and advice with first time entrepreneurs. I am regularly invited to sit on both formal and informal advisory boards and have relationships with the angel and early-stage investment community."   [caption id="attachment_3490" align="alignright" width="204"] Justin Cener[/caption] Justin Cener - Founder & CEO at Crowd Seats  Justin is founder and CEO of Crowd Seats, a really cool platform for sports ticket buying. It is the first and only flash deals site for sports tickets. Like Groupon (but successful) for sports tickets! Crowd Seats offers tickets to your favorite sporting events at 50-90% off with NO added fees! They help our partner teams drive revenue on otherwise unused inventory by creating a platform to sell last minute ticket inventory. Justin has done so many things right, so this interview is particularly useful for all students of best practices.           ...

Broadcast September 17, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/20692.mp3 [caption id="attachment_3399" align="alignright" width="237"] Hanna Hasl-Kelchner[/caption] Hanna Hasl-Kelchner - The No- Nonsense Lawyer and Author of The Business Guide to Legal Literacy Hanna is an alumnus of many different institutions, but most importantly, we are excited to welcome  her back to school for startups. Besides the credentials previously mentioned in her first interview, all I can say is that she truly has a passion for helping small businesses everywhere. We have her on for a second time to go over some o the most common legal pitfalls today for startups. We will touch briefly on the crowd-funding arena, but we will mainly focus on how to use the law to help boost your sales, marketing, financing, and operational efforts. We're having her on twice for reason! So make sure not to miss some valuable information!      [caption id="attachment_3478" align="alignright" width="150"] Craig and Tony[/caption] Craig Handley and Tony Ricciardi - Co-Founders of ListenUpEspanol! Listen up Espanol is the premier call center for Hispanics in the United States. You can hire ListenUpEspanol! to interact directly with your customers, as they specialize in both the nonprofit and corporate arenas. They offer a wide variety of call center services including inbound sales services, lead generation, and customer service. They have been deemed one of the fastest-growing small businesses by Inc. Magazine. We welcome the co-founders, Craig Handley and Tony Ricciardi, to tell us the story of their business, the problems that they faced along the way, and the successes that brought them to where they are today. If your business needs call center services catering to the Hispanic market within the states, this interview is just for you! Don't miss it! Some more great info….            ...