January 2014

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/23566.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6235" align="alignright" width="115"] Jon Vroman[/caption] Jon Vroman - Speaker and Founder of Front Row Global - Highlight Here Jon Vroman is an award winning speaker and won the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities' Campus Speaker of the Year for 2012 and 2013! He is also the author of Living College Life In The Front Row, which espouses his belief in not being a spectator in life. Jon teaches his rules of power connecting, owning the reality and making it yours, being open to change, committing to your plan, and making a contribution to those around you.  In 2005, Jon founded The Front Row Foundation, which allows critical health challenged patients to “experience life in the front row.” So far, the charity has raised over $1,000,000 for over 60 life-changing experiences.       [caption id="attachment_6236" align="alignright" width="203"] Jeffrey Small[/caption] Jeffrey Small - Entrepreneur, Huffington Post writer and Author of The Breath of God: A Novel of Suspense - Highlight Here Jeffrey Small is the author of two bestselling thrillers, The Breath of God and The Jericho Deception: A Novel.  He has won the Nautilus Book Award Gold Medal and the Gold Medal for Best Suspense/Thriller by the 2013 IPPY Book Awards. We discuss how to market a fiction book, Jeff's writing process, and how to get a book published. Jeff also writes for the Huffington Post, is an acclaimed speaker and graduated from Yale, Harvard, and Oxford. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the General Theological Seminary in New York, travels extensively around the world, and runs a very large real estate holding company for the Blackstone Group.          ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/23565.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6218" align="alignright" width="170"] Ido Leffler[/caption] Ido Leffler - Co-Founder and Chief Carrot Lover of Yes To Inc (Yes To Carrots) - Highlight Here Ido Leffler is co-founder of Yes to (Carrots), one of the fastest growing and the number two natural beauty brands in the world.  Launched just in 2006, the Yes To collection of products (Blueberries, Carrots, Cucumbers and Tomatoes) is sold in over 25,000 locations in 24 countries! Places like Walgreens, Target, Safeway, Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, Kroger, Publix, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Wholefoods sell his products. Ido's parents say he was born with a business plan in his head, looks like they were right! Listen to him explain why he wears orange everyday! Watch a great video of Ido speaking here….       Tad Smith - Founder of Stagelighter - Highlight Here Tad Smith is a career actor, having played great roles around the world. And actors know how hard it is get help and guidance, especially if you grew up on an island in Canada, like Tad did! He built a great new platform for actors and industry professionals called Stagelighter, an interactive website for theater performers needing personalized advice from acting experts. There are some great topics in this interview, like the similarities between acting and entrepreneurship, growing into new verticals, and what percent conversion rate is good. And Academy Award predictions! And a video from his co-founder.        ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/23564.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6161" align="alignright" width="200"] Kyle Joseph[/caption] Kyle Joseph - Founder / CEO at ShopGab - Highlights Here Kyle Joseph is the founder and CEO of a Chicago based company called ShopGab. The site provided online shoppers connections with their friends to gather advice on purchases. However, the company is pivoting, and Kyle shares their thinking and plans for finding a new market. It is a rare to capture a moment like this in history, so it is so educational to hear Kyle as he describes the changes to the model. Thanks so much for sharing this, as we think it is important others hear this lesson. We wish the model the best of success! Kyle is very active in the local entrepreneurial community and we talk about that too. Learn more about his website in the following video….       [caption id="attachment_6163" align="alignright" width="136"] Andrew Ferebee[/caption] Andrew Ferebee - Founder of Knowledge For Men  - Highlights Here Andrew is the founder of the Knowledge For Men and a Public Speaker. In Knowledge For Men, his Four Pillars help men have better lives in all ways. He focuses on health, wealth, relationships and personal growth. His team of web developers, graphic artists, animators, content writers and SEO specialists help propel this social community for men. He is also a frequent speaker to college and high school students and he has been successfully investing since the age of 18. Learn more about him in this video…..       ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/23541.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6155" align="alignright" width="200"] Peter Voogd[/caption] Peter Voogd - Founder & CEO at RealVipSuccess - Highlights Here Peter Voogd is a serial entrepreneur that started selling on Ebay when he learned that it was more profitable than carrying sand! He is now dedicating to excellence to better serve others. His stated goal is to reach 1 million people very soon, and to do this, he focuses on helping entrepreneurs thrive. Peter went from broke to five consecutive years of 6 figure income, all before 25! With no training, he became the quickest entrepreneur to reach $1 million in sales in his company's sixty year history. In the interview, he discusses his Game Changers System that says you must be clear on what you want, then shift your circle to get that, and finally that will give the confidence needed to succeed. Great stuff, a must listen!      [caption id="attachment_6157" align="alignright" width="200"] Devin Thorpe[/caption] Devin Thorpe - Champion of Social Good, Forbes Writer, and Author of 925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire: So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World - Highlights Here Devin Thorpe is a champion of social good! He knows all of us can do more to be better stewards of all we have. His Forbes contributions focus on helping those "doing good in the world" and he uses his articles to cover social entrepreneurship and impact investing. Devin's books on personal finance and crowd funding are full of practical advice drawn on his time as an investment banker, CFO, treasurer, and mortgage broker, all helping people use financial resources to do better. Devin worked on the U.S. Senate Banking committee staff and you can learn more about him in this video….           ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/23520.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6190" align="alignright" width="160"] Peggy Andrews[/caption] Peggy Andrews - Chief Lollipop Maker at Dosha Pops - Highlights Here  Peggy Andrews is a recovering lawyer! She is now mostly devoted to bootstrapping her new Arurevic (ancient Indian medicine) candy business. For her, a new business is about a smidgen of a great idea and a lot of really hard work. Her dream is to create an  Ayurvedic lollipop company, with each flavor having a certain health benefit. There is a test on the site to see what flavor is best for you and your personality. Her first step in making all natural hard candy was extremely difficult. She studied the basics of sugar and Ayurveda with experts but the rest was up to her trial and error. Peggy loves herbal tea and all things Ayurvedic, and candy!  How you can get all at once!      [caption id="attachment_6191" align="alignright" width="225"] Alon Schwartz[/caption] Alon Schwartz - Vice President of Business Development at Find My Spot  - Highlights Here  Alon Schwartz has solved one of the world greatest problems! And that is what entrepreneurship is all about! His Partner Pillow reduces all the uncomfortable aspects of cuddling, your arm falling asleep, waking her up to roll away. Now you can sleep together all night with no arm or neck pain. The patent pending design avoids "Coyote Arm" and Alon is here to tell the story of how he got the idea, how he got the product built, and about marketing it now. Great stuff, from start to finish, a primer on building a product based business. Alon is also very active in Entrepreneurs Unpluggd, a cool organization helping entrepreneurs tell their stories.        ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/23484.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6114" align="alignright" width="240"] Peter Allegretti in character[/caption] Peter Allegretti - Co-founder of Dumbstruck and Co-Founder and Managing Director of Doctored Apps - Highlights here Peter Allegretti is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Doctored Apps, a cool app development company that you really can't hire. They are too busy with Dumbstruck, an app they built that is taking over the world. iTunes listed it as a favorite for its ability to record and show you the response of someone that you send a pic or video to. Ever wonder how your friend responded to seeing our pic? Now you can! The company is doing so well that Peter his dropping out of is doctorate program! He was getting his Ph.D. in Informatics at the University at Albany, where he researched mobile human-computer interaction, whatever that is! Congrats Peter!       [caption id="attachment_6117" align="alignright" width="300"] Girish Karnani[/caption] Girish Karnani - CEO of 191 Unlimited and Founder of 1 Voice Beanie - Highlights here Girish Karnani is CEO of 191 Unlimited, a premium menswear and boys clothing brand. They have international distribution with online sales and through better specialty and department stores around the world. The stories of where the company name came from, Vegas baby!, and how they got their first 150 clients are amazing. Two of the best entrepreneurship stories ever, you will love them both. Girish has also just started a hat company that has built-in wi-fi headphones, so no wires needed to hear your music and stay warm.  Great stuff.        ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/23450.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6038" align="alignright" width="200"] John Chisholm[/caption] John Chisholm -  Venture Capitalist and Forbes Contributor - Highlight Here  John Chisholm has started and run business for thirty years. Two business he started were acquired by brand name big boys, Confirmit and Google. John advises and invests in passionate entrepreneurs who are making the world a better place and he helps create markets conductive to entrepreneurship worldwide. He sits on too many boards to name at Stanford, MIT, Networking for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the Thiel Foundation, and more. He hold two patents and was named DEMO God at DEMO 99.  He has consulted for GE, HP, and Xerox, and is the President of the MIT Worldwide Alumni association.       [caption id="attachment_6040" align="alignright" width="215"] Luca Forgeois[/caption] Luca Forgeois - 18 year old Indy Race Car Driver - Highlight Here    Luca Forgeois is an eighteen-year-old Indy race car driver. Can you get cooler than that? While winning championships and being a full-time student, he is speeding his way to the top. He is also an advocate for ADHD research and awareness, having struggled with ADHD throughout his life. And amazing, he is trying to finance his Indy career by himself, raising $4 million for cars!  An amazing story, very inspirational. You will love Luca and hope he drives his way to the Indy 500 winner's circle.      ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/23422.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6030" align="alignright" width="200"] Honorée Corder[/caption] Honorée Corder - Best-Selling Author of The Successful Single Mom, Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach - Highlight Here Honorée Corder is a player-coach! She can teach, but because she lives it herself! She is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and mentor. Honorée's first book Tall Order! Seven Master Strategies to Organize Your Life and Double Your Success in Half the Time      was a huge success a led to her The Successful Single Mom series, a Master Strategies for Explosive Business Growth, and the book Game On! She gives seminars and conducts training programs around the world and her most popular program is "The Rainmaker Business Bootcamp." Her coaches teachThe STMA (Short Term Massive Action) 100-Day Coaching Class for Professional Women and Young Professionals too, a great program!       [caption id="attachment_6034" align="alignright" width="200"] Joel Gurin[/caption] Joel Gurin - Author of Open Data Now, Senior Advisor at The GovLab, former Editorial Director at Consumer Reports - Highlight Here Joel Gurin started OpenDataNow.com to be a news hub for the exciting new field of Open Data, which he explains well on the show. Joel started his career as a journalist and soon became Editor of American Health magazine, the first health publication awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He co-launched ConsumerReports.org, which grew to more than three million active paid subscribers! That makes it the largest info based subscription site on the Web. He has co-authored four books on health and medicine. His newest book on open data is vital info for all entrepreneurs.         ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/23398.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6085" align="alignright" width="200"] Eric Knittel[/caption] Eric Knittel - Founder of Weird Coupons and EFactor Austin Event Ambassador - Highlights Here After a very successful career in advertising and copy writing, Eric Knittel decided to spread his own entrepreneurial wings. His list of ad awards his extensive, Webby awards, Addy Awards, Telly Awards, etc. His new company, Weird Coupons, combines advertising and apps, to get appvertising, but for Austin businesses only. Weird Coupons is designed to fill the needs of the small guys, who can't afford to pay most of their sales to the nasty group coupon companies, you know who we mean! Bootstrapping, Eric found a way to get this business off the ground, operating and create a smartphone app built for both platforms, iPhone and Android. Eric is also works with EFactor in Austin as Events Ambassador. We love EFactor events, a great way to meet other entrepreneurs!       [caption id="attachment_6026" align="alignright" width="200"] Susan Thetford[/caption] Susan Thetford - Many Levels of Female Freedom Business Expert - Highlights Here Susan Thetford wore many hats, running multiple businesses when the bottom feel out in 2008-9. Now, she runs Susan Thetford Partners, which nurtures the development of women who want to build a business around the really important things in life, family, fun, and civic passions. (Hey, us men like that too!) She developed a team of independent professionals selling nationally known brands in a multi level format. Susan helps other women (hey, what about us men?!?) build businesses that can support their families. Its a very powerful message!         [caption id="attachment_6083" align="alignright" width="200"] Candice Batts[/caption] Candice Batts - Founder of Social Candi and EFactor Manhattan Event Ambassador - Highlights Here I love Candice Batts' story, because she has a great, and has a great job. But she also runs a business on the side, Social Candi, and helps our sponsor EFactor with great events in Manhattan. Her company is a social marketing company specializing in growing online audiences with a unique approach to developing in-person engagement cycles. By combining marketing for live events and social media, her clients are able to build a boundless audience in niche markets. She also finds time to help Black Creatives, the premier network of multicultural talent, and a global network of over 6,000 professionals in advertising, PR, media, fashion, design, and other creative disciplines. Great job Candice!         ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/23373.mp3 [caption id="attachment_6012" align="alignright" width="200"] Louis Dienes[/caption] Louis Dienes - Locke Lord LLP Corporate/M&A Partner - Highlights Here Louis Dienes is partner in one of the largest legal firms in the world, and luckily for us, has a sweet spot for helping small businesses. Los Angeles Magazine listed him as "SuperLawyer - Mergers & Acquisitions" for the last 5 years. He has recently concluded exit deals for AEG, Google, Toyota, SuperShuttle, Underwriters Labs & Veolia (formerly Vivendi). He is also the local representative for EFactor, our show's sponsor. In the interview, we talk about venture capital, raising money, finding the perfect investor, and crowdfunding. We also discuss Locke Lord's Emerging Business Program, affordable and perfect for us small guys. Great info for small businesses.         [caption id="attachment_6015" align="alignright" width="200"] Rodney Sampson[/caption] Rodney Sampson - Shark Tank Inclusion Director, Author of Kingonomics, and Bishop - Highlights Here Rodney Sampson is a serial entrepreneur, author, and consecrated Bishop. He is shaping innovative economic policy and opportunities for minorities that need an entrepreneurial helping hand. He runs Opportunity Hub, an entrepreneurial co-working space and alternative-funding center for small businesses located in downtown Atlanta. He co-founded Multicast Media Networks, Intellect in 2002, Intellect Inspire in 2006, and Legacy Opportunity Fund in 2007. Recently he announced an Opportunity Fund, a "super crowd fund." And, he serves as the Executive in Charge of Inclusion for Mark Burnett Productions, the group behind Shark Tank, The Voice, and Survivor. Today, he is with us to celebrate Martin Luther King Day and to discuss his extensive efforts to help minority entrepreneurs.          ...