October 2013

Broadcast October 31, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio And my daughter Anna and guest Christopher Gray's birthdays! http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21828.mp3 [caption id="attachment_4708" align="alignright" width="187"] Christopher Gray[/caption] Christopher Gray - Co Founder at Scholly, Winner of $1.3 MILLION in College Scholarships This may be my favorite interview ever. It is so inspiring! Christopher Gray won $1.3 million in college scholarships including the Coca Cola National Scholarship, Gates Millennium National Scholarship, 2010 Alabama Young Hero of the Year Award, Horatio Alger National Scholarship, Walmart Scholarship, Lowes Scholarship, and National Business Honor Society Scholarship. Now, he built an app to help others do the same. Scholly is a mobile app that gives students a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college. He also started The Dorm Room Fund, one of the first venture capital funds run by students, for students. With $500,000 from First Round Capital, the student run team makes $10,000 - $20,000 investments in student run start-ups. It was launched in Philadelphia but has since grown to New York and San Francisco. Coolest story ever! AND, today is his birthday. Happy birthday Christopher!       [caption id="attachment_4775" align="alignright" width="300"] Carrie Chitsey[/caption] Carrie Chitsey - CEO of BLK24 and Founder of 3Seventy Carrie Chitsey is a mobile entrepreneur from Texas. She started BLK24, a consulting and advisory company for brands and entrepreneurs. They provide consulting in mobile, digital marketing and communications, partner sales channel strategy, and integrating the multi-channel customer experience. Carrie  loves clean up jobs that fix technology, making it better. (Gee, maybe she should go to Washington?) Carrie says, "A mobile application in the Apple store doesn't make it a good application, your brand is on the line!" She also runs 3Seventy, a leading provider of mobile customer relationship management solutions.  This award-winning solutions allows her clients to interact with their consumers by mobile channel of choice, with one easy-to-use platform. And she likes Vegas, as do we!!        ...

Broadcast October 30, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21797.mp3 [caption id="attachment_4694" align="alignright" width="188"] Jonathan Sandlund[/caption] Jonathan Sandlund - Founder of TheCrowdCafe and Localinvestors.org Jonathan Sandlund publishes TheCrowdCafe, research and data on the global crowdfunding industry. He researches every aspect of the industry, across verticals, geographies and models, to understand how the shift of capital markets, from offline to online, will impact businesses, investors and communities. Jonathan believes that for the first time in history, "investors of all means will be given a viable alternative to the public markets." We are excited to learn what Jonathan sees coming in the crowdfunding space and how it will impact us small business owners.       [caption id="attachment_4695" align="alignright" width="253"] Apu Gupta[/caption] Apu Gupta - CEO & Co-Founder at Curalate, 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Apu Gupta is CEO of Curalate, the world's leading marketing and analytics suite for the visual web. The platform started with Pinterest and Instagram to help brands tell their story through imagery. Apu believes this can drive consumer engagement, build brand awareness, and form more meaningful relationships with consumers. Curalate has offices in New York City and Philadelphia and is used by the Gap, Better Homes & Gardens, Urban Outfitters, Campbell's, and Scripps Networks. Curalate is funded by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), SV Angel, First Round Capital, and MentorTech Ventures. And congratulations for winning Philadelphia's 2012 Startup of the Year and the regional 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award!         ...

Broadcast October 29, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21749.mp3 [caption id="attachment_4689" align="alignright" width="169"] Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin[/caption] Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin - Founder & CEO of Muzio and B&C Designers Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin dreamed of being an entrepreneur as soon as she started dreaming! She founded and runs B&C Designers, a boutique design firm that works to achieve their web, mobile and other design objectives. The firm has an unwavering passion for artistic conception and implementation. She focuses on strategy and finding creative solutions for your business, whether that is web, print or mobile! She has clients from San Diego to Mumbai and from Chicago to NYC. Reshma also founded and runs Muzio, an iPhone application that is the easiest way to curate the best of life’s adventures into one little package to share and enjoy. Using photos, video, audio, text and a little creativity, you can create your next Muze.       [caption id="attachment_4690" align="alignright" width="200"] Steve Soos[/caption] Steve Soos - CEO at ProtoIPO, Inc. Steve Soos has lived and worked throughout the world in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. He is currently leading the development of new capital markets at ProtoIPO, a really cool crowdfunding platform for brokers and money managers. I expect it will really impact the industry. Steve provides leadership to position the company and has developed strategic plans to advance the company's initiatives in order to drive growth. He was membership director at the National Crowdfunding Association for awhile before starting ProtoIPO.          ...

Broadcast October 28, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21721.mp3 Manish Punjabi -  Co-founder of SmartAppa and Capsterapp.com [caption id="attachment_4685" align="alignright" width="200"] Manish Punjabi[/caption] Manish Punjabi is co-founder of SmartAppa, a cool San Antonio app development company. Their first product was an app called Capster.  It was study in development, almost an experiment, and add photo captions to a photo and allows sharing online. Manish was also part of Coffee Shop Millionaire, where a good friend suggested they start an app company. They learned to program so they could make social apps that make life better. Focusing now on designing apps for themselves and the end consumer. Manish loves creating, developing and inspiring entrepreneurs to start and grow online enterprises.       [caption id="attachment_4683" align="alignright" width="200"] Christine St Vil[/caption] Christine St. Vil - Founder & CEO of Moms 'N Charge Christine St. Vil helps moms across the country "learn how to feel good without feeling guilty." She teaches moms that by taking time out from themselves, living a healthier lifestyle & by pursuing their goals & dreams, they will reduce the stress in their lives, look and feel better, and create extra motivation. She creates "FLY" moms which is all about learning how to First Love Yourself. Christine was a finalist at the Wells Fargo Blogalicious competition that I judged last month. She writes for her blog as well as other profitable blogs. Congrats to all her successes.      [caption id="attachment_4684" align="alignright" width="200"] Matt Balin[/caption] Matt Balin -Founder and CEO of Hoodditt.com Matt Balin believes his Hoodditt Model will be a game changer in the mobile offering and coupon space. And he may be right!  Hoodditt is about neighborhood shopping and supporting local businesses, and provides complete control for both customers and businesses. For free, businesses create offers that they have complete control over: they control the discount, quantity and timing. Unlike daily deal companies which force a business to offer a deep discount and then take most of the revenue, Hoodditt makes it money by customers purchasing offers for .99 cents a piece. With Hoodditt, you  buy the right to get the incredible offers. Pretty cool.           ...

Broadcast October 25, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21709.mp3 [caption id="attachment_4635" align="alignright" width="200"] Simon Mills[/caption] Simon Mills - CEO of Distributed Real Estate Simon Mills was a skilled and successful entrepreneur in Austrulia before moving to New York several years ago. Simon studied at the Conservatorium of Music in New South Wales and became a piano tuner! He hosted a radio program that became syndicated and grew into the number one commercial music house in the country, winning award after award and culminating in the world’s best jingle award in 2003. In 2006, with several successful startups completed, Simon moved from Australia to New York City. Over the next 5 years Simon grew LMG digitalMedia to attract customers as significant as Hyatt, AIG, BBDO, Starbucks, Pepsi, The Economist and many more. In 2008 Simon formed a business relationship with CBS Television and developed a technology platform that would change the way real estate is marketed in New York. This innovation led to multiple media partnerships which include some of the worlds most significant media entities. Simon’s latest venture, Distributed Real Estate, is poised to deploy in partnership with the media leaders of America and change the face of real estate buyer acquisition and online media monetization in the USA and beyond. Simon is also an internationally published author and public speaker.     [caption id="attachment_4637" align="alignright" width="200"] Kendra Kroll[/caption] Kendra Kroll - Creator of The PortaPocket This is gonna be a fun interview! Kendra Kroll is the creator of something called the PortaPocket. This new invention is exactly what the name implies, a little pocket that you can pretty much take anywhere with you on the go. It's an awesome idea for exercisers or people who want to hold anything in an outfit with no pockets, such as a sundresses, etc. Styling options have become available as well! Kendra shares her story, from fundraising to financing to marketing to where she is today. Don't miss it!        ...

Broadcast October 24, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21652.mp3 [caption id="attachment_4617" align="alignright" width="200"] Rey Ybarra[/caption] Rey Ybarra - Multimedia book author/producer of "Conversations With Shark Tank Winners!" and Radio Host Rey Ybarra is the author of "Conversations With Shark Tank Winners!" and a return guest to the show. His new book features interviews with the entrepreneurs from the ABC reality show Shark Tank. The book is multimedia, and Rey is currently producing audio and video interviews for the book. He loves helping entrepreneurs, small business owners and for those who have dreams!  His radio show features interviews with Shark Tank participants.  Some of  the companies that are featured in the book include The Green Garmento,  Lollacup,  The Spatty, Ice Chips Candy, Liz Lovely Cookies, and Cousins Maine Lobster. Rey crowd founded the project and we want to learn about that too.     [caption id="attachment_4619" align="alignright" width="200"] Ari Kaufman[/caption] Ari Kaufman - CEO at Placeable Ari Kaufman is an accomplished start-up company leader. At Placeable, Ari is driving the vision for automating the management of local search initiatives. He pioneered online advertising at Zack's, the first fully ad-supported web site in 1996. In 2000, he drove World Investor Link to an IPO on the London Stock Exchange as Chief Strategy Officer. He later founded an interactive lead-gen advertising firm called ThinkAcquisition, and sold it in 2003. In 2005, he helped with the restart of MatchLogic and introduced 1st party display ads to the industry. He next  managed the CPC text ad network for a platform that processed over $250M in revenue.  His focus is to deliver location-based solutions that drive local online search traffic for enterprise advertisers with many physical locations.     [caption id="attachment_4614" align="alignright" width="200"] Lynn Bardowski[/caption] Lynn Bardowski - Award-Winning Entrepreneur, #1 Best Selling Author -Success Secrets of a Million $ Party Girl™, Speaker, Radio Host   Lynn Bardowski, known as the Million Dollar Party Girl, has a great message for all of us. As a working mom, she followed her inner vision and had the courage to leave the safety net of a successful corporate career and pursue her dream of “empowering a gazillion women to discover their glow.” She overcame fear and mommy guilt to become a multi-million-dollar direct sales entrepreneur. Lynn is committed to awakening entrepreneurs to discover their own unique brilliance and take action, and most importantly, she show them to make the journey a fun experience. As a speaker, best selling author,  business coach, sales trainer, radio host, and blogger, Lynn has successfully helped thousands of women. Her 5 star rated, #1 best selling book, "Success Secrets of a Million $ Party Girl", will inspire you to build your dream!          ...

Broadcast October 23, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21633.mp3 Steve Strauss - Author of Planet Entrepreneur, USAToday Senior Columnist, Founder of TheSelfEmployed.com  [caption id="attachment_4588" align="alignright" width="240"] Steve Strauss[/caption] We are excited to welcome Steve Strauss, USA Today's small business guru, back to the show for the third time! He's always been a great guest, as he is the "go-to guy" for so many on matters of small business. Steve is regularly featured on networks like MSNBC, Fox News, and the like. And he has just published a new book, Planet Entrepreneur, and its a great read. Be sure not to miss this one. We always love having him on, and he always makes for a great interview.   Bonnie Gayle - Sex Butter Creator  [caption id="attachment_4587" align="alignright" width="165"] Bonnie Gayle[/caption] Bonnie Gayle is inventor and creator of Sex Butter; however, the product itself is only a small part of her story and her business model. Bonnie grew up with a self-esteem issue brought about by a number of childhood traumas. She has spent her whole life becoming a person who she can be proud of, and half of that battle was just making those negative "voices" inside her head shut up! She has used her life experiences to become a role model for women everywhere. Bonnie has an online store for products like Sex Butter. We will learn how to create a new product and how to find manufacturers. We also get some tips from her on how to find common ground with your target audience and using that to make an impact in people lives through your products and services.        ...

Broadcast October 22, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21605.mp3 [caption id="attachment_4594" align="alignright" width="200"] Brad McGee[/caption] Brad McGee - Co-Founder of iCrowd Brad McGee has created an equity based crowd funding platform, something desperately needed! There seems to be a multitude of crowdfunding platforms coming to the surface, each with its own competitive advantage. Of course, there are the crowdfunding monsters like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but on the niche side of things, smaller platforms exist that offer specialty services that offer value to specific fundraisers. Brad McGee has positioned himself in such a way. His crowdfunding platform, iCrowd, offers an entrepreneurial social network that runs in conjunction with their crowdfunding services. This is designed to encourage establishing relationships with mentors/mentees, investors, partners, ect. Brad comes on to talk a little about what he has done to be heard in a very noisy marketplace as well as his plans for future growth.     [caption id="attachment_4558" align="alignright" width="300"] Jigar Shah[/caption] Jigar Shah - Green Energy Expert, Author, and Entrepreneur Jigar Shah is a green entrepreneur believes in making money! He devoted much of his efforts towards creating market driven solutions for viable clean energy as well lowering the barriers to entry to creating green energy solutions. In 2003, he launched one of the first (and few) successful solar energy companies called SunEdison. His book, Creating Climate Wealth, goes into how the world can generate up to $10 trillion in value-added wealth through private market solutions to climate change. Jigar served as CEO of Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, a think tank for the most brilliant entrepreneurs setting out to accomplish an end very similar to what is outline in Creating Private Wealth. Welcome to some of the many opportunities that  reside in the green energy space!        ...

Broadcast October 21, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21567.mp3 [caption id="attachment_4539" align="alignright" width="120"] Lillian Brummet[/caption] Lillian Brummet - Author, Radio Host, Speaker Award-winning authors Dave and Lillian Brummet are the owners of the Brummet Media Group. It offers book publishing services from formatting to cover design to graphic design. They are also active in development of promotional material creation, books and CD's for the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio and the Brummet's Conscious Blog. They have been presented with an award for "outstanding use of various media in ongoing outreach work to reduce waste in our environment" by the Recycling Council of British Columbia. Seeds of Diversity also awarded them with a Certificate of Appreciation for volunteer contributions and they were recognized by Boundary Family Read - Columbia Basin Alliance For Literacy for their support.     [caption id="attachment_4535" align="alignright" width="160"] Rick Brutti[/caption] Rick Brutti - Co-founder of UR Business Network Rick Brutti is a station owner, radio host, and content developer for the UR Business Network.  The network is a collection of small business oriented radio shows hosted online, much like ALan Butler's Liberty Express Radio. Rick, specifically, hosts Mind Your Own Business (or MYOB) and is involved in such great shows as The Shark Zone, Chaos Tuesdays, Marketing Matters, and International Horizons. In their premier year, 2012, they grew from one show to 35 with content spanning across the entire entrepreneurial spectrum. Personally, Rick has experience in most facets of business including marketing, finance, and general best practices. We'll talk a little about his network and banter over the world of startups today. Here is one of Rick's interviews.          ...

Broadcast October 18, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21502.mp3 [caption id="attachment_4547" align="alignright" width="200"] Brian Sharp[/caption] Brian Sharp - Founder & CEO at PresenterBox and Speaker  Brian Sharp is an award-winning, national keynote speaker that has worked around the country and for organizations like Mass Mutual, Edward Jones, Women’s Council of Realtors, Intel, and the U.S. Army. Brian has also produced nearly 50 of his own live events with thousands of attendees and founded the Business Speaker Network. In addition, he co-authored the book, “Multiple Streams of Motivation” and was the winning speaker on the TV pilot “Monstars of Motivation.” To help the rest of us, he is founder of PresenterBox, a video presentation service that helps professionals use presentations for prospecting. He owned four companies which grossed nearly $10 million annually.  He loves surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding and is a huge San Francisco sports fan.       [caption id="attachment_4544" align="alignright" width="200"] Nikolaus Kimla[/caption] Nikolaus Kimla - Founder & CEO at pipelinersales.com and Author of SalesPeople Embracing It All Nikolaus Kimla is CEO and founder of pipelinersales.com, the most innovative sales CRM management solution on the market. The site has had over 2 million downloads and was designed by sales pros for sales pros. It helps close the gap between the requirements of high level executives for data and the day-to-day operational needs of sales professionals.  Nikolaus is also the founder of the independent economic platform GO-AHEAD!, which orientates itself on the principles of a free marketplace. The platform tries to connect people, and instill freedom and  trust in business leadership.           ...