Johanna Ferguson – Owner of XISTWEAR and Head of Performance New Product Experts at Google
In addition to having a big time corporate job, Johanna Ferguson is a busy entrepreneur. As a designer, Johanna knows two things very well: tech and fashion. She has been designing jewelry for eight years, and for several years retailed jewelry for other designers. She has worked at Google for twelve years, working with many large tech clients, which made for a natural marriage of the two genres. When the Apple® Watch launched in early 2015, Johanna quickly purchased one, but was dismayed by the band, which didn’t coordinate well with daytime apparel and was unacceptable for evening wear. This fashion frustration quickly lead to a fashion inspiration, and within months she had designs and CADs completed! XISTWEAR launched with bands to fit all three Apple® Watch collections and comes in assorted sizes to fit all wrists.
Param Jaggi – CEO of Hatch and a 2012 & 2013 Forbes 30 Under 30
Since the age of 13, Param Jaggi has innovated in the bio-fuel space. He has designed highly effective bioreactors, created a device that mitigates motor vehicle emissions, and won a patent! Param was named to the 2012 & 2013 Forbes ‘30 Under 30: Energy’ list for his work. After dropping out of Vanderbilt University, Param has consulted as a design engineer, research associate, and even a rocket scientist. He was a Clean Energy Leadership Institute Fellow and won the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the EPA Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award. Param was on the CNN “The Next List.” He won 1st Place in the International Sustainable World Engineering Environment Energy Project Olympiad and was a two time Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Finalist. But he is on the show because he has built an app that every small business owner must know about!