June 2014

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/26212.mp3 [caption id="attachment_8823" align="alignright" width="150"] Corbett Barr[/caption] Corbett Barr  - Co-founder and CEO of FizzleCo - Highlight Here Corbett Barr started a very popular blog called Think Traffic several years ago on the theme of building profitable audiences online. His success and the interest of some friends lead to a bigger goal, a training library and community for creative entrepreneurs. Fizzle was born to show writers, makers, coders and artists how to support themselves independently using online sales. Fizzle has two meanings. To fail in a disappointing way and to buzz or crackle. The goal is to provide the community and education to stop ideas from fizzling out and to create the energy to keep you motivated to grow your business. See another interview with Corbett here...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/26176.mp3 [caption id="attachment_8795" align="alignright" width="150"] Jon Soberg[/caption] Jon Soberg - Co-founder and General Partner, Expansive Ventures - Highlight Here Jon Soberg is the Co-founder and General Partner at Expansive Ventures, a new global early stage venture fund. Their goal is to bring Silicon Valley investment to the world. He specializes in financial technologies, enterprise software, and global markets, and has been an active investor, having led a large portion of the investments over the past 4 years at Blumberg. Jon is a board member for 22 companies and an observer for another 13 across 5 continents. Some of his investments include Addepar, Any.DO, Coverhound, Credorax, Kreditech, Cyvera, Trulioo, FeeX, Fundbox, Paymill, Cambrian Genomics, Vaurum Labs and SocietyOne. Most coolly, he has participated in several exits including Hootsuite (made 52 times investment), an IPO exit at Adforce, and Cyvera ($200MM valuation in 18 months). He Lectures at Wharton where he is a Palmer Scholar. Don't get a much better guest than this!      David Goldenberg - CoFounder of Lyricle and Wall Street Journal Columnist - Highlight Here [caption id="attachment_8797" align="alignright" width="150"] David Goldenberg[/caption] David Goldenberg saw an opportunity to change trivia and built a really cool business out of it. Instead of writing tons of questions, he built a program to search huge databases and automatically create questions using technology. His first game is a music lyric challenge that's in bars and serves up more 30 million impressions each month! The company creates customized pop culture trivia games, but with a twist. It doesn't just ask a question; it asks for all the movies Kevin Bacon starred in from 1989, in order.  They're releasing multi-player Android and iOS apps soon. David also writes a weekly column called Statshot for the Wall Street Journal. He also serves as an editor for Gelf Magazine.         ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/26175.mp3 Trevor Doerksen - CEO and Founder, Mobovivo - Highlight Here [caption id="attachment_8802" align="alignright" width="150"] Trevor Doerksen[/caption] Trevor Doerksen is so cool he has his own Wikpedia page! Trevor set out to change the way TV operates, and he soon settles on the second screen as his way of changing the game. His company, Mobovivo, ‘gamifies’ TV viewing and makes it interactive. Deloitte, PWC, and TechRev selected the company as one of Top 10 Tech companies to watch. And Mobovivo was named to the Top 10 TV Disrupter list by MIPTV. Prior to starting Mobovivo, Trevor produced snowboarding films and a national science television series. He did graduate studies into content repurposing, wrote a chapter for a widely published textbook, was awarded entrepreneur of the year, and was featured in New York Times. Mobovivo's customers include every big name in content, and you can play along with the World Cup right now.      [caption id="attachment_8805" align="alignright" width="150"] Wendy Capland[/caption] Wendy Capland - Owner of Vision Quest Consulting Corporate Training, Team Facilitation, Author & Speaker - Highlights Here Wendy Capland has built one of the most successful coaching firms we have seen. Vision Quest Consulting has 45 employees and has helped Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurs develop their leadership talent and grow their business enterprises. Her team helps individuals attain their personal best through Executive Coaching, Corporate Training, Team Facilitation, and personal development programs. Wendy is very active in women's issues and speaks at conferences around the US. She recently shared the stage with Hillary Clinton. Her new book, Your Next Bold Move for Women, will help (even men!) learn to take bold steps towards your goals. As she says, your thoughts are your actions! Great stuff!         ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/26160.mp3 [caption id="attachment_7133" align="alignright" width="200"] Beate Chelette[/caption] Beate Chelette - CEO at Chelette Enterprises, Inc.  - Highlight Here Beate Chelette has been a long time friend of the show. Beate was an editor of the German Elle magazine, and then sold a business to Bill Gates. Today she is with us to introduce us to the Myers Briggs personality assessment tool. Entrepreneurs need to know their areas of weakness, and this assessment will show you what you are good at, and what you need to work on. If you have never taken the assessment before, this show is a must listen for you! As mentioned in the audio, here is the link to the Beate's site and the Myers Briggs assessment in case anyone of your listeners wants to take it.            ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/26149.mp3 Ryan Turner - Founder & CEO at Unsukay Community of Businesses (Muss & Turner's, Local Three, Common Quarter) - Highlight Here [caption id="attachment_8808" align="alignright" width="150"] Ryan Turner[/caption] Ryan Turner is founding partner of the Unsukay Community of Businesses. He opened Muss & Turner's in February of 2005, Local Three in late 2010, Eleanor’s in 2012 and in October 2013 launched Common Quarter. In 2011, Ryan and his partners won Restaurateurs of the Year from the Georgia Restaurant Association. His foundation, The Giving Kitchen Initiative, serves those in the restaurant community facing hardship and crisis. He was recently named the 2014 Business Person of the Year by the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC).        [caption id="attachment_7245" align="alignright" width="168"] Sean Mabey[/caption] Sean Mabey - Director of Small Business Strategy and Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank   Sean Mabey has been a frequent and great guest. He is the Director of Small Business Strategy at Wells Fargo and wakes up everyday 'always thinking about small business.' Today, Sean is with us to talk about the new $100 billion set aside by Wells Fargo for small businesses. And he talks about the Wells Fargo $25,000 Small Business contest, with a deadline soon. Apply now!!   Redskin's Trademark Wars We normally avoid politics around here like the plague! Just tell us what the rules are and entrepreneurs will play the game. We just want to know the rules. And it seems like the rules were changed last week when the US Patent and Trademark Office revoked the Redskin's Football team trademark. We have two repeat guests with us to shed some light on the story, a politics expert and a lawyer. Alan Butler is the Founder of our home network, The Liberty Express Radio Network, and hosts Butler on Business every weekday morning. Vincent Russo was on the show a week ago to talk about the Georgia crowd funding exemption law, a law he wrote himself.        ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/26120.mp3 [caption id="attachment_8715" align="alignright" width="150"] Autumn Tompkins[/caption] Autumn Tompkins - Head Sass-Master at ink well copy - Highlight Here Autumn Tompkins believes that copy should make you say, Wow! She started her own copy-writing shop to create copy that captures your expert voice and generates genuine sales. Autumn can turn maybe's into most definitely's, and she also works on grants and marketing efforts. With her mildly sarcastic and down-to-earth approach, Autumn helps get rid of clunky writing that hurts credibility and limits profits. Autumn describes herself as, "a nail-biting, Southern Comfort-loving, poker-playing, adventure-seeking, animal-adoring, tattoo addict who has a way with words."     [caption id="attachment_8716" align="alignright" width="150"] Brandon Rickman[/caption] Brandon Rickman - Director of Licensing and National Account Manager of Frogg Toggs - Highlight Here Brandon Rickman started in construction as a residential developer. His brother invented a drywall product, and it set Brandon on a new path. He specializes in getting real products produced and distributed worldwide. His products have sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Lowe's, Academy Sports, Dollar General, The PGA Tour Superstore, and many others. He also licensed his patented products to Fortune 500 companies and manufactured and distributed products under license with the NCAA, NASCAR, and Disney/MARVEL. Great info on sourcing from China in this interview! Brandon is also part of the co-working space OHub in Atlanta.        ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/26085.mp3   [caption id="attachment_8758" align="alignright" width="150"] Kerry Preston[/caption] Kerry Preston - Managing Partner of Image Dynamics and Co-Author of Enhancing Your Executive Edge: How to Develop the Skills to Lead and Succeed - Highlight Here Kerry Preston works with companies to develop leadership skills. As c0-author of "You Did What? The Biggest Mistakes Professionals Make," she helped teach you what not to do! Now her new book helps you build your career based on the skills of powerful leaders. Kerry also acts as an individual coach. Image Dynamics has been providing development expertise for over fifteen years for clients including BBR Partners,  Johnson & Johnson, Moet Hennessy USA, Morpheus Media, and Shiseido.    [caption id="attachment_8757" align="alignright" width="150"] James Rosseau[/caption]   James Rosseau Sr.- President of LegalShield Solutions and Author of Success on Your Own Terms: 6 Promises to Fire Up Your Passion, Ignite Your Career, and Create an Amazing Life - Highlight Here James Rosseau has held senior leadership positions with AllState and JPMorgan Chase. He recently became President of LegalShield. LegalShield is a great opportunity to entrepreneurs to easily get into a business of their own. James also just published a new book that shows the six actions you need to ignite your career. Great stuff!           ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/26077.mp3   [caption id="attachment_8707" align="alignright" width="136"] Margaret Martin[/caption] Margaret Martin - Founder and CEO of Merlin, Inc. - Highlight Here Margaret Martin's company Merlin is the leader in enterprise Augmented Reality. Know the yellow first down line on NFL football? Her company does amazing stuff like that. Margaret is a finalist of the Metro Atlanta Chamber Business Person of the Year and Merlin won the National Association of Telecom Professional's Technology Service Provider's Innovation Award for 2013. Other amazing recognition includes winning the Technology Association of Georgia's 2013 Top Ten Innovative Technology Companies Award, winning the People's Choice Award for the Coolest Technology at the 2013 Georgia Technology Summit, and winning the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition for the Southeast. Her technology is so cool, you got to see it!    [caption id="attachment_8708" align="alignright" width="150"] Sheryl Checkman[/caption]   Sheryl Checkman - Owner of Life is Balance and a Award winning Graphic Designer at Sheryl Checkman Design - Highlight Here Sheryl Checkman was on the show a couple weeks ago to talk about graphic design and tips for entrepreneurs. She also runs an online retail store called Life is Balance and an Etsy shop that sells the cool t-shirts, digital fine art, jewelry and gifts that she designs. She is diversifying her income streams and risk, a step we love here at SFS Radio. She is with us today to share her experiences building her online retail business. We especially focus on Etsy, the art and original crafts website. Great info for anyone building an online sales store!       ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/26057.mp3   [caption id="attachment_8694" align="alignright" width="150"] William Thienes[/caption] William Thienes - Founder and Managing Director of e/g/o Strategies - Highlights Here William Thienes has been working for over twenty years to successfully help organizations developing successful operational strategies, investor relations, growth strategies, and growth capitalization. e/g/o Strategies helps entrepreneurs find money to grow! This interview is packed with great information and insight into how to get funds. Great stuff!   [caption id="attachment_8695" align="alignright" width="150"] Vincent Russo[/caption]   Vincent Russo - Wrote Georgia Crowdfunding Exemption & Lawyer at Robbins Ross Alloy Belinfante Littlefield - Highlight Here Vincent Russo is a lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia, where his practice focuses on business and government law, including securities and business litigation, contract disputes, business torts, government investigations and public policy. More importantly, Vincent led the development of Georgia’s crowdfunding regulations and wrote Georgia’s intrastate crowdfunding exemption.  Georgia is one of the first states to implement an intrastate offering exemption in the crowdfunding context and allow non-accredited investors to invest in Georgia businesses. We talk about how this will affect businesses in Georgia and be a great benefit to the state.  Vincent received the James C. Pratt Memorial Award at Emory University School of Law and also was the recipient of the 2003 Chancellor’s Medal of Distinguished Service at Louisiana State University.        ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/26017.mp3 Johnson Cook - Co-founder and CEO of Voxa - Highlight Here [caption id="attachment_8562" align="alignright" width="150"] Johnson Cook[/caption] Johnson Cook started Voxa to allow intelligent integration of e-mail to CRM. Tired of tons of cut and paste and work to get your CRM to work? Voxa is your solution, and may be the fast company to hit $1 million in sales in Georgia history! Johnson is also a partner at Atlanta Ventures, a board member and co-founder of the new and super popular Atlanta Tech Village, and is President of Entrepreneurs Organization, Atlanta. Don't get too busy!     Steven Blum - Owner of Steven G. Blum and Associates and Author of Negotiating Your Investments: Use Proven Negotiation Methods to Enrich Your Financial Life - Highlight Here [caption id="attachment_8617" align="alignright" width="150"] Steven Blum[/caption] Steven Blum was a guest on the show several weeks ago to talk about his new book on fiscal negotiating. We enjoyed him so much that we invited him back. Last time we talked about the first two parts of his book, but today we focus on part three, the fiscal things entrepreneurs need to know. Steve makes a very strong case for NOT using financial advisors! Steve is a financial and tax adviser and teaches Business Ethics at Wharton. Great stuff.        ...