December 2013

 Female Entrepreneur Week! Last Day! [caption id="attachment_5544" align="alignright" width="200"] Kim Shaw[/caption] http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/22872.mp3 Kim Shaw - Co-Founder and Owner of kikaPaprika  Kim Shaw and her daughter Kirstyn are the mother-daughter team behind kikaPaprika. Kim founded kikaPaprika envisioning a clothing line that would allow women to look and feel great. And one that would empower women with a real business opportunity fitting within their individual lifestyles. After graduating from UCLA and with a successful business career of her own, Kirstyn decided to returning to school for an advanced degree in Apparel Manufacturing Management. Together these two dynamic women make a great team. And they are helping woman around the US creates jobs and incomes for their families. Are you a stay at home mom that wants a career on the side?  This interview, and the next one frankly, are a great place to start. See their line here….         [caption id="attachment_2959" align="alignright" width="225"] Jill Salzman as Rosie the Riveter[/caption] Jill Salzman - Co-Founder at The Founding Kit and Founder of The Founding Moms  This is Jill Salzman's second time on the show. I thought she would be the perfect finale for Female Entrepreneur Week. She built two successful businesses, then decided to help moms, like her, around the world. When she was last with us, her Founding Moms® group was up to 40 cities. I cannot wait to see how many she is up to now! She built The Founding Moms so mom entrepreneurs could have a place of their own. They have live monthly meetings where moms can exchange ideas and and learn from one another. She also has a new podcast of her own, make sure to check it out! And see Jill speak at a Ted …..           ...

 Female Entrepreneur Week! [caption id="attachment_5508" align="alignright" width="200"] Beate Chelette[/caption] http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/22839.mp3 Beate Chelette - CEO of The Women's Code Beate Chelette was a Photo Editor at German Elle and ran a global stock syndication that licensed images and feature stories into 79 countries, which she sold to Bill Gates. Wow! Her company Beateworks became the world leader in interior and celebrity at home (that's how we met - ha!) imagery within 2 years of conception. She has worked with some of the world’s biggest names in photography such as Lord Snowdon, Helmut Newton, Tim Street Porter, and Gilles Bensimon. Her client list includes Mercedes Benz, BMW, Mervyn’s, Levi’s, Coldwell Banker, Wrangler, Glidden Paint and many more. Beate is also very concerned with helping female entrepreneurs, a perfect addition for this week! Learn more from Beate Chelette here….         [caption id="attachment_5515" align="alignright" width="200"] Ivy Slater[/caption] Ivy Slater - Professional Coach at Slater Success Coaching Ivy Slater is a professional coach dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs and solo-practitioners to achieve thriving business success on their terms.  She defines that as gracefully achieve their goals, earning a lucrative income, and loving what they do. Ivy owned a successful printing company in Manhattan, finding success in a male dominated business. She did it by creating a niche market, women buyers in the publishing industry. Her clients included W Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Magazine, and Advertising Age, to name a few. Now, Ivy helps women as they grow their businesses, guiding them in creating specific goals, developing action plans and making sure they achieve success. Another great addition to our week! Here's a great video featuring Ivy Slater….           ...

Female Entrepreneur Week! [caption id="attachment_5498" align="alignright" width="200"] Sharon Schneider[/caption] http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/22814.mp3 Sharon Schneider - Co-founder & CEO at Moxie Jean Sharon Schneider is the co-founder and CEO of Moxie Jean, the “Upscale Resale” source for high quality, like-new baby and kids’ clothes. Moxie Jean won a pitch contest and was crowned “best collaborative consumption startup.” The company has been featured on the TODAY Show, Fox’s “Good Day Chicago,” Mashable, Huffington Post, Daily Candy, iVillage and many others. As part of the prestigious Excelerate Labs business accelerator, Moxie Jean helps moms keep costs down. Sharon is a member of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Technology Diversity Council and is a sought after speaker and blogger on topics from raising startup capital to raising charitable children. See Sharon at work...

Female Entrepreneur Week! [caption id="attachment_5489" align="alignright" width="200"] Maria Onesto Moran[/caption] http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/22788.mp3 Maria Onesto Moran - Founder and Queen Bee at Green Home Experts Maria Onesto Moran is the Queen Bee at Green Home Experts. Green Home Experts is the one of first of its kind in the US, and certainly the first in the Midwest. Green Home Experts is a retail store that provides eco-friendly solutions for every day living. Their offerings are divided into three categories: Build Green (eco-friendly building supplies), Live Green (effective, safe and affordable products that are healthy for your home and the planet) and the Garden Center (an extensive supply of organic, natural and non-toxic garden supplies and an array of locally and sustainably grown annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables). Maria is married to her high school sweetheart, with two eco-fabulous sons and two pitbulls. Her green building took root with a marketing and fundraising job for Lakefront Supportive Housing, now known as Mercy Housing Lakefront. She now is an industry leader and speaks around the US on green retail. Hear more of her story here….        [caption id="attachment_5492" align="alignright" width="200"] Janine Just[/caption] Janine Just - Chief Connectologist at Janine Just, Inc. Janine Just is the Chief Connectologist of her eponymous PR startup firm, Janine Just, Inc.  She uses her vast network to help her clients grow their businesses. Prior to building her own business, Janine co-founded and acted as managing partner at The Blaq Group, a boutique consulting firm focusing on local restaurants, bars and venues. Her first years in the industry were with East Coast Saloons, where she rose to the rank of Regional Director of Marketing. Throughout her career, Janine has championed countless campaigns for clients including Citigroup, Vapiano, and Macbar. She’s also responsible for a spate of memorable events including Blogger’s Night Out and the Foursquare Battle for Mayorship of Delicatessen with Baratunde Thurston.          ...

Female Entrepreneur Week! http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/22759.mp3 [caption id="attachment_5483" align="alignright" width="120"] Daniela Bolzman[/caption] Daniela Bolzmann - Co-Founder & CMO of WeDeliver.us Daniela Bolzmann is Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer marketing at WeDeliver. Born at a Chicago startup event, WeDeliver helps businesses deliver to their customers in the same day as the purchase is made. WeDeliver believes in helping neighborhood businesses flourish and connect to their community. The company is creating jobs by growing the reach of local brick and mortar stores. Prior to WeDeliver, Daniela worked for 10 years with companies like SocialSkoop, designed to help restaurants and retailers in Orange County with their online marketing needs. This is a great story, a model for all you entrepreneurs that need an action plan. Listen to Daniela's story and copy it!  Great advice… She Daniela in action….       [caption id="attachment_5485" align="alignright" width="200"] Diana Jordan[/caption] Diana Page Jordan - MultiMedia Journalist, Communications Coach, Writer, Producer Diana Page Jordan is a communications specialist, be it written, oral, or visual. She is a professional Bio writer, writes book reviews for Barnes & Nobles, works as a Ghostwriter, and is a Media Trainer.  Diana also works as a VoiceOver Artist and an OnCamera Talent. She has worked with HarperCollins, Random House, Penguin-Putnam, Hyperion, Hay House, Simon & Schuster, and Little, Brown. On her radio show, she interviews leading writers including New York Times best-selling authors such as James Patterson, John Grisham, David Baldacci, Lisa Gardner, Brad Meltzer, Mary Higgins Clark, Neil Gaiman, and Janet Evanovich. Her memoir, Girl With Her Nose In A Book: How Reading, Dancing & Interviewing Rescued Me, is due out soon! One of her great interviews…..            ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/22692.mp3 [caption id="attachment_5442" align="alignright" width="200"] Russell Glass[/caption] Russell Glass -  Founder and CEO at Bizo  Russell Glass is Founder and CEO of Bizo, a B2B audience marketing and data platform. He has grown Bizo from founding in 2008 to $40m in revenue with over 100 employees. Prior to Bizo, Russell founded or held senior positions at four venture-backed companies. Bizo helps B2B marketers identify and reach their target audiences, more than 120 million viewers around the world. The platform precisely targets business people by specific business criteria. The company has earned the confidence of more than 750 SMB marketers and AMEX, Mercedes Benz, Monster.com, Salesforce.com, Porsche, Microsoft, AT&T, and UPS. Quite a customer list! Russell talks about Bizo….       [caption id="attachment_5446" align="alignright" width="200"] Dorian Chase[/caption] Dorian Chase - CEO of TopSpot SEM  Dorian Chase is with us to tell the exciting story of TopSpot SEM. He founded the company that has grown to a team of 6 and offers a full service mix of Online Marketing and Consulting, with a specialization in Search Marketing. Since 2008, TopSpot and Dorian have been providing quality and powerful SEO services for small to medium sized businesses. Dorian and I will talk best practices and he gives some great tips for all us do-it-yourself SEO-ers out there. Some more great SEO advice…...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/22669.mp3 [caption id="attachment_5352" align="alignright" width="127"] Dan Reich[/caption] Dan Reich - Writer at Forbes.com and Entrepreneur I ran across a great Forbes article and knew I wanted to e-meet Dan Reich. Dan writes for Forbes and Harvard Business Review, and in 2012, Business Insider named him one of the top 100 "coolest people in New York tech." In high school, Dan worked for a small IT firm building award winning autonomous fire fighting robots and was youngest ski patroller nationwide. In college, he co-founded two companies and was awarded the "Inaugural Accenture Leadership Award" for launching Accenture’s first ever Leadership Center. Dan was an early employee at Lotame, helping it to grow from less than 10 employees and no revenue to 80+ employees and 8 digits of revenue. He co-founded Spinback, which was acquired by Buddy Media, which was then acquired by Salesforce.com!   [caption id="attachment_5455" align="alignright" width="146"] Barrett Reiff-Morse[/caption] Barrett Reiff-Morse - Founder of Travertise Barrett Reiff-Morse took Interactive Agency from $400k to $5M in annual revenues in under a two year period. In the process, it grew to #204 on Inc. Magazine’s 2009 list of fastest growing companies. Barrett graduated with honors in New Venture Development from the University of Southern California’s MBA program. He started with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. Barrett is a native Angelino and loves to travel, to play guitar and chess, and with his dogs. We talk about his work passions and about his mobile advertising business. Great stuff!          ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/22648.mp3 [caption id="attachment_4094" align="alignright" width="194"] Brian's Book[/caption] Brian Johnson - Author of Into the Black , Helped Launch Law.com and Writer at Few Men Live Brian Johnson is creating a new category of thriller book, the entrepreneur thriller. His book Into the Black assumes Ayn Rand and Dale Carnegie had a love child and Kip Marlow of the Entrepreneur's Club said the book is better then Atlas Shrugged. That is high praise! Brian writes, "In this work, I endeavor to provide some landscape and depth to the news reels. The characters, their features, and their flaws are as closely told as I am able.  Whatever truth you find here, I cannot take the credit, for it is not my story.  The errors however, are all mine." I loved this book about entrepreneurship and recommend it as a great read.   [caption id="attachment_5406" align="alignright" width="200"] Robert Brown[/caption] Robert Brown - Co-Founder and CEO of OptionsAway Robert Brown is a self proclaimed "schizophrenic serial entrepreneur," having moved between start-up initiatives and senior roles at leading global institutions. Rob's latest company, Options Away, combines 20+ years of experience in the financial, travel and technology industries. The company has a revolutionary approach to travel planning and booking. Users can purchase options on airline tickets, locking in the price of the ticket before having to commit. Robert recently presented at the EyeForTravel TDS conference and won the Travel Innovation Competition! He also appeared with Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary on CBC's Lang & O'Leary Exchange.       [caption id="attachment_5401" align="alignright" width="200"] Chris Hurn[/caption] Chris Hurn - Author of The Entrepreneur's Secret to Creating Wealth and CEO of Mercantile Capital Corp. Chris Hurn is the #1 Amazon Best-Selling Author of "The Entrepreneur's Secret to Creating Wealth" and is the CEO and Co- founder of Mercantile Capital Corporation, the SBA 504 Loan Experts. The company is a nationwide, commercial lending firm that specializes in providing smarter commercial property financing for business owners and  has appeared on the Inc. 500|5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies several years. Mercantile has closed commercial loans worth more than $1.3 billion across 37 states and has created 8,315 jobs. Chris has appeared on PBS and FOX Business News (seven times) and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and many others. Chris also is the CEO and Co- founder of Kennedy’s, a franchised men's barbershop concept with 13 locations. Enjoy some more of Chris Hurn….         ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/22618.mp3 [caption id="attachment_5341" align="alignright" width="165"] Michael Roderick[/caption] Michael Roderick - CEO of Small Pond Enterprises Michael Roderick is a Broadway Producer and a power connector. His company, Small Pond Enterprises, supports innovators and entrepreneurs with a range of personalized educational services provided by expert consultants. And he runs ConnectorCon, a conference designed to help create a safe space for the sharing of ideas and resources. As far as the Broadway producing thing, he was one of the producers for "The Scottsboro Boys" which garnered 12 Tony nominations in 2011!  Twelve! Some of Michael's work….       [caption id="attachment_5344" align="alignright" width="200"] Kevin Harrington[/caption] Kevin Harrington - Shark on Shark Tank and Founder of  As Seen On TV  Kevin Harrington is the father of the direct response TV business. You have seen his commercials thousands of times, can you say Ginzu Knifes and As Seen on TV? He pioneered the “infomercial” industry and has launched over 500 products, resulting in $4 billion in sales! And of course, you know him from the first three seasons of “Shark Tank” on ABC. His book  “Act Now: How I Turn Ideas into Million-Dollar Products” chronicles his life and experiences in the DRTV industry. Kevin also serves as the spokesperson for EFactor, the sponsor of this show. See Kevin in action….          ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/22594.mp3 [caption id="attachment_5318" align="alignright" width="200"] Judy Robinett[/caption] Judy Robinett - Super Angel and Author of How to Be a Power Connector Judy Robinett has served as the CEO of public and private companies and in senior management positions at Fortune 500 companies. Judy serves on the advisory boards of Illuminate VC, Menlo Park, Pereg VC NYC, and Cerego VC NYC, and is a partner with Crowdfund Capital Advisors, as is our other guest today. As former Managing Director of Golden Seeds angel group, Judy brokered deals coast-to-coast. Her first book, focused on strategic relationship mastery, will be released by McGraw-Hill in the Spring of 2014. See Judy speaking at an event…..       [caption id="attachment_5330" align="alignright" width="200"] Richard Swart[/caption] Richard Swart - Director of Research, Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance at UC Berkeley - Partner, Crowdfund Capital Advisors Richard Swart leads a team researching the impact of crowdfunding and other innovative social finance models on innovation. Richard is one of the top thought leaders in crowdfunding globally, with particular interest in the intersection of crowdfunding and lean startup methodology. He was lead author of a major white paper for the World Bank on the global impact of crowd funding. He is very active with investor networks, works to match start-ups with funding sources, and is one of the founding members of the Crowdfunding Professional Association. An interview with Richard….       White House Christmas Party December 7, 2103 Pictures [caption id="attachment_5388" align="aligncenter" width="336"] The Presidential Seal and the Official White House Christmas Tree.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_5390" align="aligncenter" width="288"] White House Christmas Tree[/caption]    ...