28 minutes | Jun 26, 2019
Sukhi Jutla is an award-winning entrepreneur and author of 3 books. She is the co-founder of MarketOrders, an online B2B platform for the gold and diamond jewelry industry. She is a leading international speaker, influencer and thought leader in tech and a qualified IBM Blockchain Foundation Developer. She is recognized by a number of industry awards including the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, Management Todays ’35 Women Under 35′ and named a Top 100 European Digital Pioneer by The Financial Times and Google. In April 2018 Sukhi made global headlines when she became the World’s First #1 Bestselling ‘Blockchain’ Author. About MarketOrders MarketOrders is an online marketplace helping independent retail jewelers to source the products they need faster, cheaper and direct from suppliers. Find out more at https://www.marketorders.net/
21 minutes | May 29, 2019
Martin is a pure-bred engineer. He has had the interest from a very early age. All the preferred toys let him tinker with something. The only logical step was to study engineering at university. After his second year, he started working as a mechanical engineer for Estanc, a company specialised in pressure vessels. After that, he went on to work at Nordic Gas Solutions. There he continued with pressure vessels and constructions as a mechanical engineer but also climber the industry ladder by taking care of production management and client/supplier communications. It was there when it became very clear for Martin that some things are quite skewed in the industry. The ordering process was very clumsy and time-consuming. This planted the first seeds for making a change in the industry. After sharing some early thoughts with friends a family, the overall outline of Fractory started hatching. From there, a team of 3 co-founders was established, some startup competitions won and the journey got started.
24 minutes | May 22, 2019
TJ Hoffman is Chief Operating Officer at Sibme, a Houston, TX based SaaS and Professional Services company. Prior to joining Sibme, TJ spent 10 years working in public education as a teacher, school, and district administrator. He is passionate about the future of work and the specific challenge of eliminating the institutional barriers that get between people and the skills they need to advance professionally. TJ is a proud graduate of the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business and a proud Houstonian. Sibme’s mission is to change the way people learn at work by combining innovative, user-friendly technology solutions, implementation expertise, and ongoing support and partnership to connect people and transform the way they learn and grow professionally.
27 minutes | May 1, 2019
Paul A. Dillon is a Certified Management Consultant with more than 45 years of experience in the professional services industry. He is the president and CEO of Dillon Consulting Services LLC, a U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs certified Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, based in Durham, NC and Chicago, IL. Paul is the creator of the concept for a veteran startup incubator in Chicago, called Bunker Labs, as well as the creator of the concept for a veteran entrepreneur support organization in North Carolina, called VetStart, which was recently rebranded as Bunker RDU. Mr. Dillon created and teaches a course on veterans’ issues, entitled “PubPol 830.05. Special Topics in Management: Public Policy and Veterans: Policy Challenges and Best Practices” at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Paul represents the nation’s veteran community on the Kennedy Forum on Mental Health, and is a member of the Leadership Council of the Kennedy Forum Illinois. His articles and quotes on veterans’ issues have appeared in Forbes, HuffPost, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, the National Federation of Independent Businesses newsletter, Authority Magazine, Arianna Huffington’s ThriveGlobal, We Are The Mighty, and USAA Magazine. He is a sought after commentator on national veteran matters on numerous radio programs and podcasts, including a recent appearance on CBS Radio’s “Eye on Veterans” program on the work of the Kennedy Forum, as it pertains to veterans’ mental health. Paul was the organizer and moderator for the Veterans Workshop and Symposium at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University in March, 2018. He is a former trustee of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a former Public Member and Commissioner of the national Commission for Case Manager Certification. An avid distance lap swimmer, Mr. Dillon’s interests range from veterans to business ethics and governance to the media, the last of which stems his 14 years as the supervisor of elections to both the National Radio Hall of Fame and for the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the Emmy Awards. Paul holds an A.B. degree from John Carroll University (Cleveland, OH), a M.S in Ed.. from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL), and has served as an adjunct professor or visiting lecturer at Governors State University (University Park, IL), the University of Illinois at Chicago, and at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. A U.S. Army Reserve veteran, he served in Vietnam as a 1st Lieutenant, and was awarded 2 Bronze Star Medals.
25 minutes | Apr 24, 2019
Phil Shawe co-founded TransPerfect in 1992. Today, TransPerfect is a global family of companies and the world’s largest privately held provider of language and business services. Shawe oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, headquartered in New York City. Under Shawe’s leadership, TransPerfect has received numerous awards and distinctions. The company is a three-time honoree of the Inc. 5000 Award, a six-time honoree of the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, and has earned multiple Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service. Crain’s New York Business has ranked TransPerfect as one of the largest privately held companies, as well as one of the largest women-owned companies, six years in a row. TransPerfect was also three times named one of the fastest-growing women-owned/led businesses in North America by Entrepreneur and the Women Presidents’ Organization. In 2008, Shawe was named to the prestigious “40 Under 40 list” by Crain’s New York Business. He sits on the Board of Directors for Girls Who Code, an organization with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology. Shawe has spoken at New York University and Columbia University, and is a member of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY). Prior to his career in the language services industry, Shawe was a Financial Analyst at Chemical Bank and a Global Custody Consultant at Merrill Lynch. Shawe holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and he received his BS from the University of Florida where he triple majored in Finance, Marketing, and Risk Management.
21 minutes | Apr 17, 2019
Karn is responsible for operations, business development, and growth at Cover. Karn is also responsible for investor relationships on behalf of the company. Prior to Cover, Karn led Stylekick–a large mobile e-commerce marketplace that was acquired by Shopify. Before entrepreneurship, Karn was a management consultant with the financial services advisory practice, Oliver Wyman. Karn holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University where he graduated with Distinction, and a Master of Finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. Karn completed the Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”) program in the minimum possible time. He is also a Y Combinator Fellow, and YC Alumnus.
20 minutes | Apr 10, 2019
Jeffrey Hayzlett is a primetime television host of C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett and Executive Perspectives on C-Suite TV, and business podcast host of All Business with Jeffrey Hayzletton C-Suite Radio. He is a global business celebrity, speaker, best-selling author, and Chairman and CEO of C-Suite Network, home of the world’s most trusted network of C-Suite leaders. Hayzlett is a well-traveled public speaker, former Fortune 100 CMO, and author of four best-selling business books: Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless, Running the Gauntlet, The Mirror Testand The Hero Factor: How Great Leaders Transform Organizations and Create Winning Cultures. Hayzlett is one of the most compelling figures in business today and an inductee into the National Speakers Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame. As a leading business expert, Hayzlett is frequently cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business, and C-Suite TV. Hayzlett is a former Bloomberg contributing editor and primetime host, and has appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer and c-suite executive who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance, and brand building.
23 minutes | Apr 3, 2019
Mr. Dean Grey has over 20 years of experience in The Science of Engagement. He is recognized globally as one of the leading experts in community-building for lifestyle brands. Throughout his career, he has kept his finger on the pulse of the future – Because of this, he created several technology-focused organizations that facilitate change on a global scale. Dean’s sense of humor, pattern recognition, and ability to connect on a personal level with global audiences opened some large and rare doors at a young age as a futurist. After a decade of flying around the world developing , and leading communities 3-4 times a week, Mr. Grey developed a global community of 35 million followers. Dean documented 300-plus interviews with world influencers, coaches, military, pastors, and game designers in search of a solution to the rise of third party platforms who were Gamifying, Monetizing, and Owning their global communities. Dean recognized platforms would become the massive disruptors in today’s world, and set out on a mission to humanize technology through the application of The Science of Engagement – making the shift from the age of information into the age of transformation. Dean launched Skylab, a game changing platform that serves as a living ecosystem that creates the conditions that engage users to take inspired actions. This results in sustainable engagement for brands, influencers, and communities. In addition to being the Founder and CEO of Skylab Apps, Mr. Grey founded and exited successfully three other entrepreneur enabling technology based companies. He has traveled and presented to massive audiences in over 18 different countries! However for those who truly know Mr. Grey … he is an artist and entertainer at heart who is masquerading as a entrepreneur
23 minutes | Mar 27, 2019
Bio: Ryan Preisner is the co-founder and CEO of boldSOCKS. In his current role, Ryan oversees all of the backend business processes and operations needed to run and grow the company. After graduating college, Ryan found a job in a corporate environment working for a large food service distributor as a Marketing Analyst. He found his interests and skills leading him towards opportunities to build efficiencies in business through systems and data. This prompted Ryan to go back to college to continue studies in Computer Information Systems. Ryan was promoted to become the Product Data Supervisor and was able to use his skills to help the organization solve complex data challenges. This included building systems used to create new product data for over 35,000 items by large teams requiring coordinated approvals and hand-offs. Although Ryan found success in his role, he lacked contentment and began dreaming of entrepreneurial ideas. Using the skills obtained on the job and in school, Ryan began experimenting with starting his own venture on the side. This included buying and selling snowboards on eBay, buying pallets of returned electronics, building a snowboarding app, and eventually boldSOCKS.com. boldSOCKS was born out of Ryan’s desire to have fun with his work apparel and identifying an opportunity for a sock retailer to carry the best brands and patterns of socks. From the beginning, Ryan had a desire to use boldSOCKS for good and have a mission beyond simply selling socks. This originally started with what they called Bold Contributions, but has evolved into strategically supporting clean water initiatives with the Statement Sockwear brand, ensuring ethical production of their products, and developing a company culture that cares for all it impacts. Ryan was born, raised and still resides in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area with his wife Sarah. They have three children (Breckin, Greydin, and Emberlynn). In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing hockey, hiking, helping his wife in their garden, and spending weekly one-on-one time with their kids. Ryan Roff Ryan Roff is a social entrepreneur with a passion for using business to create measurable change and social justice. He is an owner of boldSOCKS in Grand Rapids, MI and the co-founder of Statement Sockwear (a sock brand with a social enterprise model). Ryan represents the creative and marketing side of boldSOCKS. He currently oversees the strategic and creative development of the brands under the boldENDEAVORS umbrella (boldSOCKS.com, boldSOCKS, boldSOCKS Retail and Statement Sockwear) and casts the long-term vision for the company. Before boldSOCKS, Ryan worked as a the packaging coordinator at a major foodservice distributor where he was able to blend strategic brand decisions, art direction, and project management while coordinating the creative development of over 1,000 pieces of packaging artwork and the redesign of four private brands. He then moved to a mid-sized agency where he managed the strategic development and implementation of integrated marketing campaigns across various channels and tactics that included apps, web, print, trade shows, social media and videos. Ryan now lives on the Northside of Grand Rapids with his wife Brooke and one-year son. Together, they enjoy biking, hiking, camping, climbing, cookouts and being outside. While on the Northside, Ryan and his wife enjoy connecting neighbors through social gatherings and recently developed the Northside Happy Hour—a group of more than 30 people that get together from the neighborhood to enjoy a cocktail every month. Here are our social channels: https://www.instagram.com/boldsocksdotcom/ https://www.facebook.com/boldSOCKSdotcom/ https://www.pinterest.com/boldsocks/ Tweets by boldSOCKSdotcom
12 minutes | Mar 20, 2019
Oscar Macia, Cofounder & CEO, ForceManager Oscar Macia holds a nuclear engineering degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona (UPC) and an Executive MBA from IESE Business School. Oscar has more than 20 years’ experience in sales management. He founded ForceManager, the personal sales assistant app, in 2011 with the mission to transform the way field sales teams sell on the road – making the process leaner and easier for the sales rep, while providing greater visibility and real-time data to their managers. Today, he leads ForceManager, a company with 150 employees and clients in 36 countries.
19 minutes | Mar 13, 2019
Dawn W. Dickson is CEO of PopCom, an automated retail company that uses facial recognition, A.I, and blackchain technology to help retailers collect valuable customer insights. The first CRM, data, and analytics software provider for unattended retail, PopCom has developed technology to make kiosks and vending machines intelligent through data and analytics at the point of purchase. As a serial entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in marketing and business development, Dawn launched four successful cash flow positive companies since 2002. Her most recent ventures include Flat Out of Heels (rollable flats for women to get relief from painful hears, and PopCom, after identifying a need to make vending machines more intelligent. Dawn has received numerous awards and accolades for her business savvy and pitching skills, and has been invited to speak on numerous panels and workshops and featured in countless media outlets including the cover of the June 2018 issue of Black Enteprise, Forbes, Fortune, Venture Beat, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, The Miami Herald, CNBC/Yahoo series ‘The Biz Fix’ with Marcus Lemonis, and MSNBC ‘Your Biz’ Elevator Pitch. A recognized leader in entrepreneurship and digital marketing, Dawn is featured in Who’s Who in Black Columbus, Who Who’s in Black Atlanta, honored as one of Legacy Miami’s Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in South Florida, listed among the ’50 Young Visionary Women Leaders to Watch’ by Innov8tiv Magazine, and named as one of INC Magazine’s 100 top female founders for 2018. Dawn received her B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University. Additionally, Dawn was selected to participate in some of the nation’s top accelerator programs for entrepreneurs including the NewME (San Francisco), Canopy Boulder (Boulder, Colorado), Techstars (Los Angeles), Brinc (Hong Kong) and is recognized as one of the nation’s top entrepreneurs on the rise.
27 minutes | Mar 6, 2019
Misha Kaura, PhD is a 26-year old, award-winning designer who creates made-to-measure and ready-to-wear apparel and accessories for women who know their worth. A pure bloodline descendent of the Kauravas, one of the two Indian founding families who later ruled over Punjab as royals until the Amritsar invasion, she is proud of her heritage. She is also a Chopra, of the cotton business and Indian politics, on her mother’s side. Misha’s design aesthetic is informed by her unique upbringing at the intersection of color, country, and culture. In addition to her training in law, management, and industrial engineering, she is a design specialist who apprenticed at Christian Dior Couture and studied the full spectrum of sculpture, fine arts, fashion, textile, embroidery, handbags, and fine jewelry. Her visual-spatial abilities help her to create from the big picture viewpoint of form, texture, geometry, and symmetry, and her quantitative insights allow her to merchandize, categorize, and customize colors, styles, and silhouettes onto individual clients. Her expertise is in dressing the over 35-year old woman in a flattering manner and her business objective is to level the playing field for older women. Misha strives to translate her artistic creativity into commercial and cultural relevance, focusing on permanent designs that appreciate in value over time. To this end, hour-by-hour valuations of her Level 1 to 4 Swarovski crystal covered evening handbags may be tracked via The Handbag Stock on Instagram at @thehandbagstock. Level 5 and 6 handbags are restricted to made to measure clients only. All collaboration handbags with other designers and organizations are placed outside of the Level system and are sold exclusively via external websites and retail partners. In order to best serve clients and to protect their privacy, the Misha Kaura Club is an invite-only, exclusive shopping experience offered online and in person.
19 minutes | Feb 27, 2019
Shapiro Negotiations Institute
Andres Lares is the Managing Partner/CEO at Shapiro Negotiations Institute. While successful, SNI’s leadership understood it needed some radical changes to meet the evolving demands of the marketplace and bring innovation into the equation. Today, new technology is the firm’s biggest driver of growth with products such as virtual reality negotiation simulations that utilize AI and measure physiological reactions via biometric monitors to deliver effective training results. Lares also shares his personal journey (he hails from Venezuela) to leading a multi-national organization and what he feels are key negation techniques that every entrepreneur and business leader should use. You can contact Lares at https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreslares/ or find his company at www.shapironegotiations.com.
24 minutes | Feb 20, 2019
A Founder’s Journey
Syed Irfan Ajmal is a digital marketing consultant working at the intersection of Content Marketing, SEO,and Digital PR. He and his boutique marketing agency has generated up to 7 figure annual revenues (in terms of USD) for various American and British e-commerce and SaaS startups. Passionate about paving the way for others to achieve success, Syed is a prolific speaker and writer whose articles have been published in Forbes ME, the World Bank, HuffPost, Business.com, SEMrush, TechWyse, Aurora, and several others. In this episode, Syed shares his founder’s journey which included breaking free of traditions and cultural mindsets, leaving his home country for an education and business experience in Europe, and then to returning to Pakistan and founding profitable companies. He also provides insights into what companies should think about when it comes to leverage content and campaigns. To learn more about his corporate services visit: www.syedirfanajmal.com. Syed welcomes new connections – find him on Twitter @SyedIrfanAjmal and LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/syedirfanajmal/
15 minutes | Feb 13, 2019
Ari Meisel is a self-described, “Overhwhelmologist” who helps entrepreneurs who have opportunity in excess of what their infrastructure can handle, to optimize, automate, and outsource everything in their business, so they can make themselves replaceable and scale their business. Ari is the Founder of Less Doing, and author of the best-selling books, “The Art of Less Doing” and “The Replaceable Founder”. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, an Ironman, and a devoted husband to Anna and father to four children, Ben, 6, Sebastien and Lucas, 4 and Chloe, 2.
19 minutes | Feb 6, 2019
Gautam Rao is currently co-founder and CTO at Pursuit, a technology startup enabling skilled workers to access global opportunities and fulfill their potential. Before this, he was co-founder and Head of Product at Finvoice, where he helped create a first of it’s kind software for the small business lending industry, and helped steer the company towards profitability. At Pursuit, he’s raised money from investors such as Sequoia, Angellist Spearhead and an early investor in Dropbox. He is a Stanford graduate and has lived and worked in 4 different countries on 3 different continents before moving to the US.
19 minutes | Jan 30, 2019
Or grew up in a humble Israeli family. His mother was an elementary school science teacher, and his father a travel agent. At the age of 21, Or found himself at a crossroads, either pursue a degree or find a job. He knew that attending college would be a financial strain on his family and felt that the employment opportunities available to him were disappointing, so he took a leap of faith and decided to move to NY to follow his dream of becoming a real estate mogul. Or began his career working for a small boutique rental agency. His job was to lease apartments to young professionals and students. Being a quick learner, it took him merely a year of working in the field to confidently start his own business. He began leveraging residential properties and offering them as alternative accommodations for tourists. This way lodgers could avoid steep hotel bills and save money when they travel. While business was booming, and his company was growing fast, Or, still eager to learn more about real estate, took the next logical step in his career and joined GFI, a commercial real estate brokerage. Not long after joining GFI, he had an idea he believed would fundamentally change the way people live. In his own life, he had moved between 7 apartments in just 6 years and describes the experience as needlessly stressful and expensive. Or’s vision was to provide end-users with turn-key apartments, and to constantly improve the user experience by integrating user information. This way, renters would save both money and time while enjoying a more flexible, user-friendly, living environment. Or believed so strongly in the success of this venture, that in April 2017 he decided to invest all his life savings into it. He worked on improving the concept for almost 6 months before embarking on his first Friends & Family investment round. Following his best friend’s advice, he named the company Roomrs. Today, Roomrs is a well-known real estate co-living operator which manages more than 400 rooms across 40 buildings. The team quickly grew from 3 people into a 25 people operation. Recently, it secured a seed round of 2.5M.
26 minutes | Jan 23, 2019
Kurt Phelps, CEO of GNR, one of the nation’s most successful high tech recruiting firms, has over 20 years experience working with executives to build some of the most powerful corporate teams in the industry. Over the last 2 decades, Kurt found that executives rarely put the same time and effort into networking, developing their digital presence, and establishing their own personal brand as they did for the companies they work for. To solve this problem, Kurt created Phello, the world’s first SaaS platform, which allows professionals to organize their years of contacts, communicate with their network on a regular basis, and develop their personal brand and digital presence—laying the groundwork to be top of mind when new opportunities arise.
20 minutes | Jan 23, 2019
Impish Lee is NY-made custom apparel brand that enables shoppers to design their own intimates and loungewear online. Sisters Noelle and Kali are the designers and owners of Impish Lee. With a love for innovative fashion, the pair set out to build a company that would reflect their artistic spirit and interest in co-creation.Impish Lee has been handcrafting custom lingerie and lounge apparel for years and, in 2015, it launched the online design tool that makes the process of customization simple, exciting, and interactive. Impish Lee seeks to empower women by mainstreaming inclusivity and individuality in the fashion industry. Kali Ventresca is the CCO and Co-Owner of Impish Lee, a customizable intimate apparel brand that enables women to design their own lingerie and loungewear online. Kali, along with her sister and business partner, Noelle, launched the Impish Lee design tool in November of 2015 after successfully funding their Kickstarter project. Kali received her BFA from SUNY New Paltz and has been working as a designer and a photographer since graduating in 2011. When Kali is not in her studio making lingerie, she can be found behind the camera at fashion shoots and weddings. Kali has applied her skills in photography and graphic design to create the Impish Lee brand, mainstreaming inclusivity and individuality in the fashion industry.
20 minutes | Jan 16, 2019
Eric Brown, Founder and CEO of Aliant Payment Systems (http://aliantpayments.com)Founded in 2003, Aliant is a leading payment processing company that processes credit card, debit card, cryptocurrency, and automated clearing house transactions for over 7,500 merchants, with annual card volume totaling $800 million. Aliant was one of the first payment processing companies to offer merchants the ability to accept cryptocurrency payments, with its solution available to over 137,000 merchants worldwide. Aliant is currently developing its own domestic, fully compliant solution that processes crypto payments, converts cryptocurrency to USD, and offers merchants next day payouts. For the last 15 years Eric has served as the CEO of Aliant, and he has been a guest speaker and on panels at multiple finance conferences, with the most recent being Litecoin Summit. He has also been featured in Business Insider, Digital Transactions, and dozens of industry sites. You can also check out this blog, which explains a little more about the Aliant story:https://www.aliantpayments.com/aliant-payment-systems-celebrates-15-years