September 2015

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28690.mp3 Nasir Ali - Managing Director at StartFast Venture Accelerator [caption id="attachment_14494" align="alignright" width="200"] Nasir Ali[/caption] Nasir Ali is a serial entrepreneur and active angel investor.  He moved to Syracuse in 2004 to help build Upstate New York’s entrepreneurial ecosystem first through The Tech Garden and since 2010 as co-founder and CEO of Upstate Venture Connect. Nasir is also the founder and executive director of the Seed Capital Fund of CNY and manages SCF’s investment portfolio. StartFast is a mentorship driven, private capital backed internet/software accelerator based in Syracuse, NY. StartFast is a member of the the global TechStars Network. Their first group of startups will assembled in 2012. The Seed Capital Fund of CNY represents private investors interested in supporting early stage technology companies in Upstate New York.   Craig Elias - Billion Dollar Idea Contest Winner and creator of Trigger Event Selling [caption id="attachment_14497" align="alignright" width="200"] Craig Elias[/caption] Craig Ellis is one of the top sales gurus in the country, and is the creator of the Trigger Event strategy. Recent research by Forrester shows you can win the sale 74% of the time when you reach decision makers at exactly the right time. For almost 20 years, Craig used Trigger Event strategies to become a top sales performer at every company that has hired him – including WorldCom where he was named the #1 salesperson within six months of joining the company. He won a $1,000,000 prize in a global “Billion-Dollar Idea” pitch competition, and earned coverage on NBC news, in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Nikkei Marketing Journal, Business 2.0, Sales and Marketing magazine, and Venture Magazine. Craig's last company won the distinction as one of “Silicon Valley’s 40 hottest” and one of Dow Jones™ 50 most promising companies in North America. He is author of the award winning sales book "SHiFT! Harness The Trigger Events That Turn Prospects Into Customers"​ and was named 15th on Forbes list of the most social sales people on the planet!   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28688.mp3 Susan Solovic - THE Small Business Expert, Keynote Speaker, New York Times Bestselling Author of It's Your Biz: The Complete Guide to Becoming Your Own Boss [caption id="attachment_14451" align="alignright" width="160"] Susan Solovic[/caption] Susan Solovic is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com top 100 and USA Today bestselling author. An Internet pioneer, Susan was the CEO and co-founder of one of the first video-based Internet sites, a company she grew from it’s infancy to a million dollar plus entity. In 2006, she accepted the Stevie Award (the Oscar’s of business) on behalf of the company for the Most Innovative Company under 100 employees, and the company was voted the Best Investment Opportunity at a Venture Forum in the Silicon Valley. A media personality, Susan is a former small business contributor for ABC News and hosted a syndicated radio program, It’s Your Biz. She appears regularly on Fox Business, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal’s “Lunch Break”, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and many other stations across the country.  She hosted her own PBS special called "Reinvent Yourself Now: Become Self-Reliant in an Unpredictable World." She is a featured blogger on numerous sites, including Constant Contact, Entrepreneur, AT&T Business Circle and FoxBusiness.com. Susan was recently named in the Top 10 of both SAP’s “Top 51 Potential Human Influencers” and she consistently ranks in the top 5 of the “Top 100 Small Business Experts to Follow on Twitter.”  Finally, she was the first recipient of AT&T’s Innovator of the Year Award for being a pioneer in a new industry.   Dr. Michael Bennett & Sarah Bennett - Authors of F@ck Feelings and the Bloggers at FxckFeelings.com  [caption id="attachment_14474" align="alignleft" width="165"] Sarah Bennett[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14483" align="alignright" width="188"] Dr. Michael Bennett[/caption] Dr. Michael Bennett, educated at both Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, is a board-certified psychiatrist. While he’s worked in every aspect of his field, from hospital administration to managed care, his major interest is his private practice which he’s been running for almost thirty years. Sarah Bennett has written for magazines, the Internet, television, and books. She also spent two years writing for a monthly sketch comedy show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York. When not living by her philosophy of “will write for food,” Sarah walks her dog and avoids eye contact with other humans. Together, they wrote F*ck Feelings, the only self-help book you’ll ever need. It will help you put aside your unrealistic wishes, stop trying to change things you can’t change, and do the best with what you can control—the first steps to managing all of life’s impossible problems. F*ck Feelings is the last self-help book you will ever need!   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28682.mp3 Mason Duchatschek - #1 Amazon.com Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker, Thought Leader [caption id="attachment_14437" align="alignright" width="193"] Mason Duchatschek[/caption] Mason Duchatschek is a number one Amazon.com bestselling author, keynote speaker and thought leader. His work has been featured in Selling Power magazine, The New York Times, Entrepreneur magazine, Newsweek and numerous other national media outlets. He helps companies prevent hiring disasters, increase sales, minimize labor costs, increase individual and team productivity, and turn human resource information into a corporate asset and competitive advantage. In the bestselling book "Good to Great" the author Jim Collins advises business executives to get the right people on the bus and into the right seats. The "bus" of course is their business. mason teaches executives HOW to do that using pre-employment tests (psychometric tests) and employment assessments. See AttractCaptureConvertBook.com, InternetBoogeymanBook.com, Buildatribe.com and BusinessWebVideos.comto learn more! Mason donates free home drug tests to schools, law enforcement and parent coalitions to give kids a "socially acceptable" excuse to reject peer pressure (that often gets worse when kids say "no" to drugs) and he works in partnership with hundreds of local communities across the United States.   Valery Satterwhite - Entrepreneur Sherpa and Founder of Nail My Startup [caption id="attachment_14442" align="alignright" width="240"] Valery Satterwhite[/caption] Valery Satterwhite is a passionate advocate for great entrepreneurs with great vision who want to build great companies. She has mentored, coached and trained over 200 business startups and has been instrumental in helping them achieve product and message fit using a lean canvas model. She supports her clients to scale profitably and prepare for highly competitive investor pitches. Valery’s experience in the startup environment spans a few decades and includes success as an early employee in the following roles: marketing, strategic partnership development, business development, market research & product development. Her passion lies in taking those experiences (the amazing & the not-so-great) to help entrepreneurs learn & apply what it really takes to develop the right products for the right audiences at the right time. She is author of 3 books, "Winning the Fame Game: How to Deal With Celebrity, Stay Grounded, Admired & Inspired," "Money Moxie: Transcend the Paradox of Privilege & Liberate Your True Worth" and "You Suck!: How to Turn Your ‘Fraidy-Cat Inner Critic Into a Confident & Courageous Fan."   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28668.mp3 Barry Etra - Organizer at Raise Forum and Principal at Etra Advisory Group [caption id="attachment_14421" align="alignright" width="200"] Barry Etra[/caption] Barry Etra is a provider of niche and alternative financing and he brings bushels of business experience, having worked in Sales and Marketing, Operations, and General Management. He came to Atlanta as the COO of a plastics manufacturing plant and now he runs the Etra Advisory Group, helping companies and institutions find funding if they can’t get funded traditionally or have been turned down by traditional sources. He serves as an active intermediary in transactions to move deals through and gets them done, often when others have failed. He works on business acquisition, expansion, refinance situations, specialty loans, and nonprofit debt funding. He is one of the primary organizers of the Raise Forum.   This show features the sixth episode of our entrepreneurial serial podcast! The story is called "Venture and Vultures: An Entrepreneurial Thriller." Here is Chapter Six. Hope you enjoy!  A Review of Past Episodes...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28665.mp3 Marissa Levin - Founder/CEO of Successful Culture and Author of Built to SCALE: How Top Companies Create Breakthrough Growth Through Exceptional Advisory Boards [caption id="attachment_14291" align="alignright" width="240"] Marissa Levin[/caption] Marissa Levin is Founder and CEO of Successful Culture. Her sole business purpose is to move CEOs, senior leaders & executive teams forward and to empower them to realize their potential. She is the CEO's experienced, trusted advisor. Successful Culture provides transformational CEO & executive growth advisory services and coaching through its TransformU Growth Program. They focus on mindset, goal-setting, strategy, people, process, infrastructure, and establishment of a strong personal brand. As Founder of a 20-year multi-million dollar business that pivoted 7 times in response to market shifts, Marissa overcame every challenge her clients have faced, which uniquely qualifies her to lead leaders through change. Marissa won the 2011, 2010, and 2009 Smart100 award from SmartCEO, was a 2011 SmartCEO Brava Hall of Fame Inductee, a 2010 SmartCEO GovStar Industry Star Winner, a 2009 Washingtonian Top Technology Titan, a 2008 SmartCEO BRAVO Award Winner, and was a 2002 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalist.   Amy Ahlers - Bestselling Author of Reform Your Inner Mean Girl: 7 Steps to Stop Bullying Yourself, Speaker and Coach   [caption id="attachment_14367" align="alignright" width="240"] Amy Ahlers[/caption] Amy Ahlers is the Wake-Up Call Coach and a bestselling author. She is on a mission to stop women from being so darn hard on themselves. Since 2000, she has been an International Certified Success Coach, the CEO of Wake-Up Call Coaching and co-founder of Inner Mean Girl Reform School. Her newest passion is supporting moms to embrace the whole truth of motherhood, messiness and magic with the Mama Truth Circle. Amy has been a featured expert on lots of TV & radio shows, and for media outlets like ABC, FOX, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post. She loves lighting up the stage at events where she wakes people up to the voice of their Inner Wisdom and helps them cultivate the courage to act on it. Her first book, Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves: Ditch your Inner Critic and Wake Up Your Inner Superstar, shot up to #1 in several categories on Amazon, including Self-Help, Happiness and Self-Esteem.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28660.mp3 Mark Langford - Career Coach at C-Synergy, Author of "Thank God It's Wednesday" & Speaker [caption id="attachment_14358" align="alignright" width="193"] Mark Langford[/caption] Mark Langford founded and operates a career consulting practice to assist people and organizations through challenges and transitions to achieve clarity, determine direction and boost productivity. He developed and launched a proprietary system to help people and businesses find and implement their greater good purpose. Mark ranks as a "Top 10" business coach in Los Angeles by Thumbtack.com and Noomii.com. His new book, "Thank God It’s Wednesday!" was written for business professionals who feel like they have too much job and too little life. It is a prescription for “Work Sickness,” or the live-to-work syndrome, that manifests itself in the form of feeling overwhelmed, incessantly tired and unsatisfied. This book is for you if you feel trapped and want a practical and easy-to-implement strategy to identify your career calling, master the corporate game, or free up more time & space for your personal passions.   Libby Gill - Leadership Expert and Author of Capture the Mindshare and the Market Share Will Follow: The Art and Science of Building Brands [caption id="attachment_14361" align="alignright" width="216"] Libby Gill[/caption] Libby Gill is the former head of communications and public relations for Sony, Universal, and Turner Broadcasting. She is the founder and CEO of executive coaching and consulting firm Libby Gill & Company. An international speaker, bestselling author, and former Dallas Morning News columnist, she has shared her success strategies on CNN, NPR, the Today Show, and in BusinessWeek, Time, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more. Libby helps established and emerging leaders at companies including Avery Dennison, Cisco, Disney-ABC, GoDaddy, Intel, Kellogg’s, Microsoft, Oracle, PayPal, Royal Caribbean, Safeway, Warner Bros., and Wells Fargo inspire purpose and drive performance. With her vast expertise in communication and brand strategy, she also helps entrepreneurs brand and build their businesses.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28658.mp3 Michael Baldwin - Founder & CEO of Michael Baldwin, Inc. [caption id="attachment_14350" align="alignright" width="216"] Michael Baldwin[/caption] Michael Baldwin is an accomplished leader in the communications industry with more than 25 years at top 10 advertising agencies. He is the founder and CEO of Michael Baldwin Inc, which offers best-in-class personal and corporate branding, executive and team coaching & development, and one-of-a-kind PowerPoint training that turns presenters into truly effective communicators. Simply put, Michael helps individuals, teams, companies, and brands Be better ®. Michael spent eight years with Ogilvy & Mather New York, where he was the Worldwide Account Director for the IBM and SAP accounts, building integrated campaigns and global teams in over 40 countries. He won the David Ogilvy Award for his leadership on the SAP global brand campaign and Cannes Gold Lion, Clio, British D&AD Silver, and Ad Age’s “‘Best of the Year”’ TV Campaign award for copywriting. He also managed accounts such as Apple, Compaq, Ashton-Tate, NeXT, Credit Suisse, American Express and Goldman Sachs. His is an official mentor to early-stage technology companies via the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator program.   Sabina Hitchen - Co-founder at Tin Shingle  and SabinaKnows [caption id="attachment_14353" align="alignright" width="180"] Sabina Ptacin-Hitchen[/caption] Sabina Hitchen is an entrepreneur and small biz PR expert and spends her days (and nights) teaching business owners, experts and entrepreneurs how to share their message with the press and the world. She does that through her companies: Sabina Knows and the online community Tin Shingle, a resource that enables small businesses and entrepreneurs around the world to “make buzz happen” through educational and editorial tools and resources. Both companies offer classes, content and resources centered around helping small business owners successfully get the word out about their businesses via PR, marketing, social media and SEO. Sabina has been seen in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, More Magazine, Fox News, NY Daily News & more. She teaches free weekly webinars that teach PR to small biz owners and also offers Press for Success, a fully online and self-directed course that teaches experts and entrepreneurs everything they need to know to share their message, expertise and info with local and national press. Prior to working in public relations and running her own businesses Sabina taught high school and designed educational curriculum for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation charter schools.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28644.mp3 Adele Revella - CEO of Buyer Persona Institute and Author of Buyer Personas  [caption id="attachment_14244" align="alignright" width="240"] Adele Revella[/caption] For the past 20 years, Adele Revella has been focused on a single goal: building marketing teams that the company’s executives can trust to guide and execute competitive business strategies. She divided her career almost equally between roles as a marketing executive and seminar leader/author. She is an author of the "5 Rings of Buying Insight," the buyer persona framework that is the industry standard for B2B and B2C buyers of medium-to-high consideration products, services and solutions. Her unique methodology allows marketers to understand how, when and why buyers make the choices they want to influence. This differs dramatically from many approaches to buyer personas that simply describe the person. Her services include buyer persona studies for clients who want to outsource this research, training for marketers who choose to conduct their own interviews, and hands-on workshops to ensure that her clients use their buyer personas to achieve effective messaging, content marketing, and sales alignment.   This show features the next episode of our entrepreneurial serial podcast! The story is called "Venture and Vultures: An Entrepreneurial Thriller." Here is Chapter Five. Hope you enjoy!  A Review of Past Episodes...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/28636.mp3 Moira Vetter - Founder & CEO of Modo Modo Agency [caption id="attachment_14254" align="alignright" width="196"] Moira Vetter[/caption] Moira Vetter is the Founder and CEO of Modo Modo Agency. Modo Modo is a full-service marketing and entrepreneurial strategic partner. They have won over 185 awards in their first 8 years by delivering solutions that shorten sales cycles, improve lead quality and aid in engagement and conversion. Moira is a 2015 Enterprising Women Entrepreneur and the 2014 AMA Atlanta Agency Marketer of the Year. She published "AdVenture, An Outsider’s Inside View of Getting an Entrepreneur to Market" in 2013. She is a content contributor to Forbes on entrepreneurship and capital/financial management and she sits on the Executive Advisory Board of AMA and is ex-president of the Business Marketing Association. Moira sits on the Georgia DOE Marketing Cluster and is a mentor/instructor for the Founder’s Institute, Right Management Consultants and an advisor for Ideas For Good. Modo Modo Agency has supported 25+ organizations since it’s founding through our quarterly DoGooder program. Each year, they spend over 400 man hours on service work with local charities.   Rebecca Levey - Co-Founder of KidzVuz.com and the Host of Parenting Bytes Podcast [caption id="attachment_9975" align="alignright" width="200"] Rebecca Levey[/caption] Rebecca Levey is a Co-Founder of KidzVuz and oversees the day to day operations, marketing strategy and vision of the company. The site empowers tweens through online and mobile applications. And it is the only online destination where kids can have their say through COPPA complaint user-generated videos. Kids give their opinions about the products, brands and things they love in video format. The content is completely generated by and for kids in a safe, moderated environment. The recently launched iOS app was voted one of the top 10 apps for kids by Entertainment Weekly. Rebecca was chosen as a Champion of Change and is featured on the WhiteHouse.gov website helping parents on how to get involved in their kid's schools. She is a Circle of Moms Top 10 Blogger and a Parents.com Best Overall Mom Blog nominee.   ...