October 2013

Broadcast October 17, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21470.mp3 [caption id="attachment_4494" align="alignright" width="180"] Vivy Chao[/caption] Vivy Chao - Contributing Writer at Women 2.0 and Huffington Post and CEO of Nanoogo Vivy Chao is a blogger on "Girls in STEM" for The Huffington Post and Women 2.0.  And she is the new CEO for Nanoogo, an really cool education startup geared toward elementary school students. Vivy Chao, Ed.D. has over 10 years of experience in both administration and teaching in K-12 and higher education. She is a highly rated lecturer at California State University, Long Beach and is a faculty mentor to first-generation college students through the Partners for Success program. Vivy regularly monitors her students' academic progress and helped them with all their goals. She has also taught at the California State University, Fullerton and ITT Technical Institute.       [caption id="attachment_4500" align="alignright" width="200"] Les McKeown[/caption] Les McKeown - Founder of Predictable Success and Author at "The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success" Les McKeown, international keynote speaker and bestselling author, founded Predictable Success® to spread his message.  He has over 25 years of global business experience, and has started 42 companies! In Ireland, he was the founding partner of an incubator that launched hundreds of businesses with thousands of employees. He was awarded the Samuel Smyth Memorial Prize as a Chartered Accountant (CPA) in the UK and was the youngest qualified Chartered Accountant in the UK. After a brief stint with Price Waterhouse (now PwC), Les became Ireland's youngest ever accounting firm partner. After decades advising individuals and organizations on growth and development, he started his own training and development business, which he grew to 13 offices before selling. In 1999, Les relocated to the US to write, teach and consult in high-performance organizational development with clients including  Harvard University, US Army, Microsoft, United Technologies, American Express, and many others.          ...

Broadcast October 16, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21441.mp3 [caption id="attachment_4483" align="alignright" width="225"] David Lapin[/caption] David Lapin - CEO of Lapin Consulting International,  and Author of Lead by Greatness David Lapin is author of Lead by Greatness, one of greatly influential business books that entrepreneurs must read! He is a keynote speaker, spiritual teacher, a member of the National Speakers Association and the Institute of Management Consulting. David helps people identify opportunities they have missed, and leverage them for success. At Lapin International, they first identify a business's most current opportunities and challenges while unraveling the complex dynamics of the human spirit. Then, by fusing the human and strategic opportunities, they help its leaders spark innovation and deliver growth. Clients will consistently outperform their industries. David reaches beyond convention to resolve his clients' most urgent challenges and exploit their most immediate opportunities. He develops leaders who build deep and trusting connections across generations and cultures, and who inspire ordinary people to extraordinary achievement. We are very excited to welcome him to the show!      [caption id="attachment_1100" align="alignright" width="200"] Carlo Cisco[/caption] Carlo Cisco - Founder and CEO of FoodFan and Select  Carlo is Founder & CEO of FoodFan & Select. Select provides members savings of 15-30% off the full bill at over 70 restaurants in NYC. Carlo has had the entrepreneurial bug his whole life, and we are excited to learn about his platforms. Select has no black out dates or times, and no reservations are required. The site works with premiere brands and top local merchants to provide a truly great collection of benefits and savings. FoodFan is a restaurant search and recommendation engine that brings together everything need need as a consumer, info, access, and deals! We are excited to hear how Carlo created this one-stop-shop for restaurant information.    ...

Broadcast October 15, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21423.mp3 Peter Crysdale- Founder of StrategyHack launching November 9th [caption id="attachment_4418" align="alignright" width="192"] Peter Crysdale[/caption] At the School for Startups, we get really excited over events like these, especially when they have a twist. Hackathons have been increasingly popular events among tech startups and their respective incubators; however, Peter Crysdale's StrategyHack differs from the traditional hackathon in its emphasis on marketing. Essentially, StrategyHack is an event specifically designed to help great products get the exposure they deserve. After getting accepted, startups are matched with 3 marketers that will guide them through the day.  The event kicks off with quick introductions before teams hit the gas, working to create a marketing strategy to be presented at night's end. The result: A handful of great startups with ready-to-go marketing strategies all in one day! We have on Peter to give us a little context on himself, his team, and the event as a whole and how it can benefit YOU as a startup! If you're a startup wishing to apply for the event, you may do so here. Likewise, if you are a marketer wishing to participate, you may apply here. Applications close October 19. Happy marketing!       [caption id="attachment_4475" align="alignright" width="200"] Jill Konrath[/caption] Jill Konrath - Sales Kickoff Speaker & Sales Expert, Author of SNAP Selling & Selling to Big Companies Jill Konrath helps salespeople, entrepreneurs and business professionals increase sales to the corporate market. One of the most difficult problems small businesses face is getting in front of the big guys. Or is it really a problem? Jill shows fresh sales strategies to get into big accounts, create opportunities out of thin air, speed up sales cycles & win the bigger contracts. One of her clients, 87% of sales reps landed meetings with large corporate accounts within just 60 days! Jill speaks and trains at annual sales meetings, kick-off events, and professional conferences. Her goal is to wake salespeople up to what it takes to be successful selling to today's prospects. Her slaes newsletter nad blog are read by over 100,000 people! Jill started her career at Xerox, then moved into technology & services sales.  As an early pioneer in sales enablement, she leverages buyer personas to create sales tools, value propositions, playbooks and training that shortened time-to-revenue for her clients, which include IBM, Microsoft, GE, Hilton, Accenture, Staples and Oracle.           ...

Broadcast October 14, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21402.mp3 [caption id="attachment_4469" align="alignright" width="200"] David Mathison[/caption] David Mathison - Curator at Chief Digital Officer Summit; Founder at CDO Club  David Mathieson is at the center of the Chief Digital Officer trend, and is with us to educate us about this new position, what it does, why its important, and how many there are. David has developed a deep database of who exactly all these CDO’s are. In the end of 2011, there were 75 Chief Digital Officers on the planet, and by the end of 2012, that number had gone up to about 300. David runs the Chief Digital Officer Summit, andis  founder of the CDO Club. He was previously founder and Managing Director of Digital Media at Chadick Ellig, the premier executive search firm. His book, Be The Media, was featured in the NY Times and using social media, he sold 5,000+ copies  in just 11 days. David has presented keynote speeches everywhere from the United Nations (3 times in 2010) to Columbia University, from Amsterdam to Zagreb. His award-winning radio show has included author Seth Godin, Wired co-founder Kevin Kelly, Craigslist’s Craig Newmark, Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales, and many more. As founder and CEO of the Kinecta Corporation, he raised $30 million in under 2 years. The Kinecta Corporation was sold to Oracle.       [caption id="attachment_4471" align="alignright" width="200"] Moira Shepard[/caption] Moira Shepard - Chief Visionary of Romance, Finance and Abundance Moira Shepard was told she would never walk again, but decided not to accept the doctors' predicted and outcome. So she learned how to heal herself! Moira has spent nearly 20 years on the leading edge of the motivational and inspirational fields. Having written hundreds of articles about easy, effective ways to create abundance in relationships, career, and finances, she has produced and hosted hundreds of memorable radio shows with top authors and individuals who have overcome significant life challenges. A passionate and skilled teacher, Moira has created unique courses on such topics as abundance, heart-centered marketing, and development of intuitive faculties. In her private practice, she help to guide people to feel emotionally safe. And she tries to hypothesize me right on the show!           ...

Broadcast October 11, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21345.mp3 [caption id="attachment_4428" align="alignright" width="200"] Tristan Kromer[/caption] Tristan Kromer - Community Organizer of Lean Startup Circle, StartupWeekend, Lean Coffee, TechBA "Build or Die" Bootcamp Tristan Kromer leads a life akin to that of an entrepreneurial Forrest Gump! If you don't believe us, just check our his life story (truncated of course) here. Unfortunately, we've only got 22 minutes with him! Tristan is heavily involved with wordpress plugin development and has created three of his own.  The coolest of them all is TweetHerder which allows bloggers to make excerpts of their blog tweet-able by readers with a single click. If any of you have a blog and heavy twitter following, you would definitely benefit from this plugin. In addition to plugins, Tristan is the foreman for Lean Startup Circle, a group dedicated for producing content to help grow lean startup leaders. As the "man in the field", Tristan is in charge of moderating discussion groups, website construction and maintenance, and blogging. He's an interesting guy which will undoubtedly make for an interesting interview. Some more great Tristan content….       [caption id="attachment_4429" align="alignright" width="151"] Brittany Walters-Bearden[/caption] Brittany Walters-Bearden - CEO of At Large PR Brittany Walters-Bearden is CEO of At Large PR, a firm dedicated to helping startups manage their image as they go through the typical growing pains that startups face.  She has worked with numerous PR firms in varying capacities, learning every corner of the industry along the way. Her firm works an ad-hoc basis, providing her clients with superior value, but allowing them to tailor the PR process to suit their budget and needs. With this model, At Large PR is a great choice for a PR consulting company for start-ups, or anyone who wants work done their way, not the agency's way. We are excited to welcome her today to give you a few freebies regarding you PR needs.     [caption id="attachment_4386" align="alignright" width="221"] Mike Blake[/caption] Mike Blake - Co-Founder Startup Lounge and Business Valuation Super Expert  Mike Blake is a host at a very cool content platform based right here in Atlanta. The Startup Lounge has great live events and also is a content platform that seeks to educate both startups and investors regarding the investment process. They do this because they see ignorance as a main contributor towards the not-so-startup-friendly environment that has stifled the growth of Atlanta's emerging tech market for years. Though we might not be there yet, rest assured Atlanta is on way to becoming a technological force to be reckoned with. Today, Mike walks us through the problems that hurt Atlanta's growth as a tech hub in the early going and the key players that are that are seeking to turn things around! It's going to be a great interview, so be sure to tune in!      ...

Broadcast October 10, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21301.mp3 [caption id="attachment_3916" align="alignright" width="300"] Roger Wu[/caption] Roger Wu - CEO and Co-Founder of Cooperatize Content creators should really get excited about what Roger Wu is doing. He has created an online platform that promotes 'cross-pollination' of content between blogs of all types. The secret sauce is the alogrythm that matches your content to certain subsections of their large blogging network. You will gain credit for every article that you publish, and you spend points when your content has been syndicated. This promotes the natural dissemination of good content by replicating a free market economy for content. This platform has been built as a response to the fragmentation the media. Cooperatize will help you attract the content consumers that are making the shift to tradition media to the blogosphere. In addition, it's a great way to capture the young audiences who have grown up in the blogosphere. Today we have on Cooperatize's CEO and Founder Roger Wu to tell us the story. And enjoy more great Roger content….     [caption id="attachment_3919" align="alignright" width="170"] Joan Stewart[/caption] Joan Stewart - Founder of the The Publicity Hounds, Author and Columnist for Entrepreneur.com Joan Stewart is known as the Publicity Hound, befitting her status as the publicity expert who works with countless entities seeking both digital and analog media exposure! She has  contributed to over 60 books on PR, marketing and small business to explain how anyone can boost their media star power. She shows businesses how to use promotions to sell more, even with no PR budget.  And she has created more than 150 learning tools to drive your free publicity in traditional and social media.  Many of the tools have easy-to-understand, step-by-step directions.  Joan was named one of the The 40 Most Approachable Social Media A-listers on Twitter! Join us as we share some of her tips and tricks to getting recognized!          ...

Broadcast October 9, 2013 Liberty Express Radio [caption id="attachment_3911" align="alignright" width="192"] Sean Podvent[/caption] http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21280.mp3 Sean Podvent - CEO of picsilk The idea behind picsilk is incredibly enticing to people who really strive to be unique in their clothing. picsilk is essentially a youtube for t-shirts with an obvious eCommerce element. Go to there site, and it will become immediately apparent that you have just walked into to a virtual clothing store where the merchandise is designed by everyone and anyone! Users can submit image files in lough of videos to be used as designs for t-shirts, which, can then be searchable and purchased on the site through hashtags. The site hosts competitions to encourage user activity and build a sense of community. Most of all, the designs for these shirts are of equal or better quality than something you would normally purchase. We are excited to welcome the company's owner and CEO, Sean Podvent to relive the company's beginnings and tell us how they are expanding today.       [caption id="attachment_3545" align="alignright" width="174"] Thom Kozik[/caption] Thom Kozik - Founder of Context Digital Media  Thom Kozik is a man who truly understands the SMB market. Back in 2008, he started Context Digital media, an angel investing consulting firm to early-stage companies involved with online gaming, an industry that has become absolutely massive in the last decade. He shepherded the Atari transition into a gaming giant with new and diversified markets. In 2010, Thom spearheaded the Atari GO initiative, a program that aimed to use Atari’s catalog and partnered with indie partners. His firm conducted consulting in the traditional sense as well as managing social games built for companies like McDonald's and Microsoft. This will be a very interesting and informative interview, so make sure to check us out!        ...

Broadcast October 8, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21247.mp3 Brock Blake - Co-founder and CEO of Lendio [caption id="attachment_3590" align="alignright" width="190"] Brock Blake[/caption] Brock has lots to tell us about. He has he been in the INC Magazine's Top 100 fastest growing Utah companies, but he also placed 34th for fastest growing companies in the United States! Also, Brock is a Forbes.com columnist, Co-Founder (with past guest Levi King) of FundingUniverse.com, and has served as an adviser to many companies assisting the startup community and its investors. He is now the CEO of Lendio. He is with us to discuss his secrets to success and an overview of his new company and how it fits in the neighboring industries of banking and mobile payments. See more of Brock here….     [caption id="attachment_3546" align="alignright" width="200"] Debra Elderkin[/caption] Debra Elderkin - National TV Personality, Speaker and Founder of Royal Delgoti™ Debra Elderkin has started a company that provides elegant and optimally décor friendly storage for jewelry.  Essentially, her product is an extremely ornate mirror that doubles as an organizer for your jewelry and keeps it all secure with a unique locking system.  Debra was an Athena International Award Finalist and seems to be doing spectacularly.  She is taking the experiences she has gained through her numerous entrepreneurial endeavors and has used it to help others pursuing their dreams. In our interview, she offers great advice on product design, finding manufacturers and dealing with importing consumer products.  She offers some tips on doing business overseas, especially for entrepreneurs. See her mirror here….    ...

Broadcast October 7, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21220.mp3 [caption id="attachment_3900" align="alignright" width="210"] Amy Schrier[/caption] Amy Schrier - Founder of Mission.tv Amy Schrier has vast experience in producing and publishing media, ranging in topics from humanitarian efforts to outdoor recreation. She is a serial entrepreneur, owning two of her own content companies, Blue and Mission.tv. Mission is a platform that provides impact travel opportunities to help  groups around the world in need. The goal of MISSION is to provide its users with ways to travel the world and see what the wide variety of cultures, landscapes, people, and activities that the world has to offer, while doing great things to help too! Today, we have her on to discuss these two companies, how she found her passion for content creation, and the strategies she used to grow her businesses in such a competitive market! See her pitch here...

Broadcast October 4, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/21173.mp3 Mark Kohler - Small Business Lawyer  and Author of Lawyers Are Liars and What Your CPA Isn't Telling You  [caption id="attachment_3849" align="alignright" width="181"] Mark Kohler[/caption] Mark has been on a mission since the recession of 2008 to use his super-lawyer powers for the greater good: helping small businesses jump-start the American economy back to life! He has been a legal pundit and news contributor for MSNBC, Yahoo! Finance, and the Wall Street Journal. Mark specializes in tax accounting and is an entrepreneur himself. With these skill sets, he knows how to structure and organize your business while minimizing your tax obligations!  We have him on for some legal freebies for small businesses and some great organizational tips to help you small business operation hum right along without a hitch! And some great advice on LLCs versus a S corps in the new ObamaCare world! See Mark here...