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Mar 23, 2022
ADVISORS | Tate Wimberley
Tate Wimberley is an Investment Banker with Madison Street Capital, LLC and is also registered under MSC-BC, MMC a member of Finra/SIPC. He serves as a fully bilingual [English & Spanish] licensed Managing Director at Madison Street Capital. In that capacity, Tate is responsible for identifying emerging growth companies in need of capital solutions. He specializes in solutions for small, middle market, and large companies that primarily seek to gain access to new capital both equity and debt, sell their existing business, or acquire another business for strategic reasons. In addition, Tate is adept at political, economic, social, technological, cultural and language requirements for doing business globally. Tate completed his Master of Business Administration at Universität Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. During his studies for the MBA he completed the summer certificate program at IHEID (The Graduate Institute) in Geneva, Switzerland on the WTO and legal and economic ramifications of global trade. Tate completed a Master of Science in Finance from Florida International University with honors. Tate earned his undergraduate degrees from UNC Chapel Hill in International Studies and Philology (Spanish). He was also a graduate of the Carolina Business Institute of the Kenan Flagler Business School and became fluent in Spanish after completing the Advanced Program in Language and Culture in Sevilla, Spain with UNC. He was a member of Sigma Delta Pi - the National Spanish Honors Society. Within the multidisciplinary Global Studies program his focus was on Political Economy and Spain & the Spanish Speaking World. Tate has also completed significant coursework in International Economics from Florida Atlantic University. Within his finance career he not only has legal and regulatory expertise, but also has a great deal of success in an advisory capacity (Mergers and Acquisitions and Consultations directly to Board Members about recommended large scale strategic decisions). His experience with fundamental and variance analysis gives him an expertise in knowing what story is being told and the underlying current a business is facing by looking at their financials & data. Tate has all of the needed core technical and business skills needed for high level securities & corporate advisory, but he also realizes that businesses are human driven organizations.
Mar 4, 2022
AUTHORS | Nathan Lewis
Nathan Lewis has written four books on economic topics, and has been featured in television documentaries in the U.S., South Korea, China, Russia, and Britain. He has spoken at events hosted by the Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, the American Principles Project, and others. He has testified in Congress on economic issues. His writing has appeared in many media outlets, including Forbes, the Financial Times, Huffington Post, Nikkei Business, Daily Reckoning, Worth, and other publications. Today, he serves as a Fellow of the Wealth and Poverty program at the Discovery Institute. He has fifteen years of experience in the asset-management industry. He formerly served as a macro analyst for institutional investors, and later helped manage money for hedge funds. Today, he is the editor of the Polaris Letter, an investment newsletter for individuals.
Mar 2, 2022
TECHNOLOGISTS | Tamara Mustafaeva
Tamara is a technologist who emigrated from Azerbaijan and has forged a successful career as a technologist in the United States. As a project manager for several well-known media companies, she manages teams to overdeliver. Tamara is currently working on a book to describe her journey to success and inspire others to do the same. To learn more about Tamara, feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tmustafaeva/
Feb 24, 2022
ATHLETES | Matteo Tagliariol
Matteo Tagliariol is the 2008 Olympic champion in épée fencing. Outside of being an athlete, he is a father and man of many interests including business. He likes to create digital content and organize fencing camps at an international level where he teaches students to better manage competitive situations. Matteo also speaks for companies on motivational topics based on his experience gained at the highest level of competitive fencing.
Feb 22, 2022
ATHLETES | Josiah Ng
Josiah is a three-time Olympian who flew the flag for Malaysia at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, and London 2012. In 2004/2005 he was awarded the Olympian of the year and Sportsman of the year awards. Josiah won Malaysia's first and only cycling gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, has been the top-ranked Keirin cyclist in the world, and won the World Cup title twice along with the Asian Champion title 3-times throughout his career. Josiah also co-founded and was the CEO of Australian hospitality tech start up, Intertain.com.au. He is also a published author, TEDx speaker, and Asian Games Gold Medal Coach. Josiah's mission is to inspire and teach others to dream big, set goals, and acquire the skill sets necessary to achieve their goals.
Feb 18, 2022
ATHLETES | Kate Abate
Kate is an IFBB Professional Olympian Athlete. She now focuses on preventative medicine through the medium of lifestyle intervention. Kate does so by utilizing nutrition, movement, and mindfulness as paths to optimize longevity and enhance lifespan performance. As she pursues her Masters of Science at USC in the evolving interdisciplinary field of Gerontology, she's thrilled to expand her food coaching business into a more specialized genre of preventative medicine, research, and counseling. Kate thrives when creating age-specific resources for clients with specific issues such as processed food addiction, chronic illness prevention, sleep deficit, and C-level stress management. In her spare time, she is a social researcher, a volunteer crisis counselor, and a yoga teacher and personal trainer.
Feb 17, 2022
AUTHORS | Jonathan Reichental PhD
For over 30 years, Dr. Jonathan Reichental has been successfully helping organizations leverage the value of information and communications technology to solve business problems, increase effectiveness, and support revenue growth. He has a track record of delivering a high-volume of successful, multi-million-dollar projects and initiatives in both the private and public sectors. Reichental is recognized as a global thought leader on a number of emerging trends including smart cities, the fourth industrial revolution, blockchain technology, data governance, and digital transformation. He is an in-demand board advisor, global keynote speaker, educator, and writer who has written three books on the future of cities: Smart Cities for Dummies, Exploring Smart Cities Activity Book for Kids, and Exploring Cities Bedtime Rhymes. Reichental is currently the founder of Human Future, a global business and technology advisory, investment, and education firm. He is formerly a multiple award-winning Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, focusing on modernizing the technology environment and pushing the possibilities of innovation in local government. He had oversight for over $50M in technology funds per year, and during his seven-years at the city, successfully delivered over 250 technology projects. Under Reichental’s leadership, Palo Alto was named one of the top five digital cities in America four years in a row, including the top spot in 2013. Reichental was awarded the distinction of being one of the 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers in Government in America in 2013. He also won a best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize. In 2016, he was named one of the top 20 most influential CIO’s in the United States and in 2017, he was named one of the top 100 CIOs in the world. Prior to joining the City, Reichental served as CIO of O’Reilly Media, an integrated media company. During his tenure he led the successful technology effort to deploy a new global ecommerce platform, enhanced the financial system, maintained PCI-compliance, implemented an IT governance process, and made several strategic upgrades to the network infrastructure. Before O’Reilly Media, he spent almost 15 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in a variety of technology-related roles including leading technology innovation for the US firm. Reichental holds several degrees including a Ph.D. in Information Systems. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco and instructs at several other universities. His work has been featured on US and international television and radio, in magazines, newspapers, and online publications, that include CNN, BBC, NBC, CBS, NPR, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Irish Times, CIO magazine, InformationWeek, Government Technology, Mashable, and many others.
Feb 16, 2022
AUTHORS | Dr. Nika Kabiri
Nika Kabiri has spent over two decades studying how people make decisions in various contexts, from business to politics to relationships. She teaches decision science at the University of Washington and works as a consultant helping businesses understand consumer decision-making. She’s co-author of the bestselling book Money Off the Table: Decision Science and the Secret to Smarter Investing. She has also been featured in Business Insider, Yahoo News, Fast Company, and more, and has been a contributor to The Hill, Inside Sources, The Huffington Post, and others. Nika has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington, where her academic focus was on choice theory and decision-making within constraints. She also has a JD from the University of Texas. Learn more about Nika at YourNextDecision.com.
Jan 10, 2022
FOUNDERS | Amit Egan Datwani
Amit is the founder and chief consultant of Global Consulting Organization – a Globally-Positioned Project-Starting Firm that is visioning, branding & marketing the neighborhoods, communities and cities of the future. All of Amit's previous endeavors have provided him with practical, hands-on experience that he consistently calls upon to guide Real Estate Investment & Development clients through various challenges that may arise during a project. His ability to focus on an overriding vision–coupled with a keen sense of awareness for the needs of various stakeholders–helps to get complex Investment & Development projects off the ground & has helped to facilitate $105 Million in transactions to date. He serves as a member of CREW Network (Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Tampa & New York) and am a mentor to students within The George Washington University's Center for Real Estate & Urban Analysis. In pursuit of an integration with entrepreneurial endeavors, he enjoys spending time with his wife (a writer and veteran yoga teacher), 23-year-old stepson (an up-and-coming powerlifter and personal trainer) and 11-year-old son (who is 11 going on 21). He loves playing pickleball, boating, and exploring all that South Florida has to offer. For inspiration, he loves reading, practicing yoga and taking long walks around cities - always thinking about turning ideas into reality.
Jan 6, 2022
FOUNDERS | Michael Gorton
Michael is a 14x Serial Entrepreneur who has created tens of billions of dollars in net worth from companies he has started.. As one of the pioneers of telemedicine, Gorton helped create, what is now a quarter TRILLION dollar industry. The lessons learned from building 14 companies are reflected in his best seller: Broken Handoff, a book that educates entrepreneurs, human capital experts, and investors. Audacious goals and adventure have always been an integral part of his daily life. The results of these goals can be seen in industry changing results from companies he has founded like Internet Global, Teladoc, Palo Duro Records, Back To Space, and Principal Solar. The current goal is to continue developing new ideas and technologies that have a transformative foundation, and can generate returns for stakeholders. Two of his books have made Amazon Top 10 lists, with Forefathers and Founding Fathers reaching the #1 position. In the world of adventure, Michael and his family are climbing the highest point of elevation (mountain) in each of the 50 states. Michael has 42 complete with 8 to go. He is working on his 3rd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate from Jim Dryburgh's Power Kenpo Studio. Specialties: Telemedicine, Engineering, Space, early and mid stage company building, serving on Boards, as Advisor or Director, development of corporate culture, writing, legal analysis, capital raising and problem solving. Michael enjoys working with early and growth stage entrepreneurs who have industry-changing ideas, but need help "avoiding the potholes." MICHAEL'S CURRENT PASSION PROJECT: BackToSpace.com
Jan 4, 2022
MARKETERS | Michal Strahilevitz PhD
Michal is a marketing professor and the Director of the Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is also an honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Michal earned her doctorate in marketing from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research focuses on how emotions affect decision-making. Her research has been published in the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Consumer Psychology, the Journal of Business Research, Marketing Letters, the Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, and the Journal of the American College of Radiology. She is regularly quoted in the media on topics related to marketing, consumer psychology, prosocial behavior, and behavioral economics. She has won multiple teaching and research awards from more than one university. She is particularly passionate about helping people become happier, healthier, and more resilient. In tod…
Dec 13, 2021
INVESTORS | Dileep Rao
Dr. Dileep Rao is a VC turned Reverse-VC. VCs finance after the 'Aha' moment. As a Reverse-VC, he teaches entrepreneurs to get to Aha! Previously, Dileep financed ventures (~400 deals using equity, debt, leases, development finance) and managed business turnarounds (succeeded on 4/5) . Now he teaches Unicorn-Entrepreneurship: * Small business is about low-growth * Entrepreneurship is about take-off with VC -- but 99.98% of entrepreneurs should avoid VC and the rest should delay. Unicorn-Entrepreneurship (U-E) is about taking off without VC: * VC focuses on opportunities. Reverse-VC focuses on entrepreneurs. * VC focuses on capital. Reverse-VC focuses on skills and smart strategies. * VC funds hot ventures after Aha. Reverse-VC helps entrepreneurs get to Aha * VC helps 20/100,000 ventures. Reverse-VC helps 100,000/100,000. U-E trains entrepreneurs to grow from idea to Aha using the proven skills and strategies of u-entrepreneurs, which are included in his latest books: •…
Dec 8, 2021
MARKETERS | Brooke Herron
Brooke is a growth and performance marketer who specializes in working with wine industry and consumer goods businesses. Particularly those who do most of their business online or that want to do more and better business through digital channels. She has been in the wine industry for close to 20 years and worked in DTC sales management and wholesale/import sales management before moving over to the digital online strategy side more recently. Brooke has worked with companies as: - International wine education and certification organizations (B2B and B2C) - Wine Importers with a DTC/Wine Club business model - Online wine clubs - Small to mid size wineries - Groups of wine bars and retailers (local chain) - Language Immersion Program Providers - Tour Companies with DTC wine sales and/or online wine club - Boutique Hotels and B&B's - B2B Software startups Brooke loves connecting people with businesses/brands/products/people that are a great fit for them and businesses with the…
Nov 23, 2021
MARKETERS | Tori Johnston
Tori Johnston is an experienced Chief Marketing Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the health, wellness, and fitness industry with brands like Pure Barre, SoulCycle, Xtend Barre, and AKT. Tori is a seasoned leader with a result-oriented, data-driven, innovative and passionate approach to marketing. With a passion for health and fitness, Tori has brought her marketing and branding expertise to the Xponential Fitness family and is currently overseeing all brand and marketing initiatives as CMO of one of the fastest-growing boutique fitness studios in the country - AKT
Nov 16, 2021
MARKETERS | Art Weinstein PhD
Dr. Art Weinstein is a professor of marketing at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA) and Author of Superior Customer Value. Art is a 4-time recipient of the “Faculty of the Year” and “Excellence in Scholarly Research” awards. His marketing experience includes the A.C. Nielsen Company (Senior Marketing Researcher); Small Business Development Center at FIorida International University (Regional Manager); and Pro-Mark Services, a marketing consulting firm specializing in professional services marketing (Partner). Art has consulted for some of the largest tech companies in the world such as Bayer Diagnostics, Cordis Corporation, Citrix Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Motorola. He was the founding editor of the Journal of Segmentation in Marketing and is currently on the review board for the Journal of Small Business Management and the Journal of Marketing Analytics. Dr. Weinstein has published more than 80 scholarly articles on B2B segmentation,…
Aug 24, 2021
INVESTORS | Andrew Romans
Andrew Romans is a successful, consistently top quartile performing VC, VC-backed entrepreneur and 3x author, former tech VC and M&A investment banker, CEO and General Partner of 7BC Venture Capital and previously the founder and General Partner of Rubicon Venture Capital. He is also the cofounder of Georgetown Angels and author of _THE ENTREPRENEURIAL BIBLE TO VENTURE CAPITAL: Inside Secrets from the Leaders in the Startup Game_, _Masters of Corporate Venture Capital_ and _Masters of Blockchain_, which have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Russian by major publishers. He is also the host of podcast “Fireside with a VC”. Romans also advises large corporations and governments on policies about Venture Capital and Corporate Venture Capital (CVC). Romans pioneered a new model of establishing Joint Venture VC funds in China, South East Asia and other parts to the globe to fund global expansion of VC-backed startups in partnership with government and other Limited Par…
Aug 22, 2021
INVESTORS | Zach Lindquist
Zach joined Pure Crypto during launch in January of 2018 as the head of operations and investor relations. Prior to joining Pure Crypto, Zach worked on the operations team at CMT Asset Management, a proprietary trading and alternative asset management firm working in the cryptocurrency space. Additionally, he brings some entrepreneurial experience having helped launch Thunder Strength LLC and Betasol Consumer Products LLC. Mr. Lindquist received a B.S. in Physics from Wheaton College. Pure Crypto is an investment firm dedicated 100% to the emerging digital asset class of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. Their goal is to create diversified investment allocations to the most compelling strategies across an array of crypto market segments and opportunities
Aug 12, 2021
AUTHORS | Meaghan B Murphy
Meaghan B. Murphy is an author, editor, on-air personality, lifestyle and health expert and influencer, a home-hack master and certified trainer. Meaghan was recently named Editor in Chief of Woman’s Day (the #1 selling magazine on newsstands), charged with energizing the brand across print and digital. This follows a 6-year stint as executive editor at Good Housekeeping, where Meaghan helped dust off and reimagine the 130-year-old megabrand with a soup-to-nuts redesign that took a more modern, fun and can-do approach to domesticity, boosting the magazine’s cool factor and its readership in the coveted 18-to-34 category without losing its core, older audience. Along with guiding Woman’s Day creative vision, which reaches 18 million readers each month, Meaghan also develops strategic partnerships across all platforms, conceives of new ways to generate revenue and promotes WD in the media as a regular guest expert on “Live with Kelly & Ryan,” “Today,” “GMA”, “The Dr…
Aug 11, 2021
FOUNDERS | Jason Sherman
Jason currently focuses on managing and scaling his first independent venture, TapRm, an e-commerce based platform acting as a launch vehicle for the next generation of culture and story-led brands. TapRm's omni-channel platform builds beer, cider and hard seltzer brands by combining traditional beer distribution with direct-to-consumer e-commerce for the first time in the United States With over 7 years of experience successfully driving investment, acquisitions and corporate strategy for a versatile range of companies from Fortune 100s to early stage startups, Jason's expertise is inventing new, more powerful and profitable ways to launch game-changing customer focused ideas. Prior to TapRm, he managed investments and acquisitions decisions into a host of beverage businesses including e-commerce, CPG, technology and logistics startups at Zx Ventures, the global incubator and venture capital team funded by Anheuser Busch InBev, the leading global brewer. There, he helped grow them…
Jul 29, 2021
COACHES | Sharon Rich
Sharon Rich runs a business growth consulting and leadership coaching firm called Think Business Growth, where she works with business owners and leaders as their Fractional Chief Accountability Officer. This means that Sharon serves on the leadership team and is responsible for driving clarity in strategy and planning, creating aligned team and leadership behaviors, and supports the team in identifying and removing obstacles and otherwise being 100% accountable for creating their desired outcomes. As a professional speaker, Sharon teaches business leaders how to leverage the hidden game being played in their organizations without their knowledge. In fact, Sharon wrote the book Your Hidden Game about ten invisible agreements that prevent businesses from achieving their goals — and demonstrates through examples how simply getting what is hidden out on the table where it can be renegotiated, predictably, dramatically and sustainably improves business performance. As a result of Shar…
Jul 28, 2021
FOUNDERS | Esben Friis-Jensen
Esben Friis-Jensen is the Co-Founder of Chief Growth Officer at Userflow, a no-code builder for in-app onboarding and surveys, allowing SaaS businesses to be more product-led. Prior to Userflow, Esben Co-Founded Cobalt, which today is a 200+ employee company. At Cobalt, Esben was a part of a product-led growth initiative and the piqued his interest to go all in and join a company in the space.
Jul 27, 2021
AUTHORS | Dr. Colleen Georges
Dr. Georges is a passionate life and career coach, resume writer, award-winning author, motivational speaker, organizational trainer, and university lecturer who helps clients and students RESCRIPT dis-empowering self-talk, maximize their strengths, get unstuck, and take empowered action to achieve their life and career goals and dreams. She provides positive psychology-based life and career coaching and resume writing to clients across the nation, leads local community wellness groups, and delivers workshops and speaking engagements for corporations, educational institutions, non-profits, healthcare organizations, professional associations, and beyond. Colleen is also a Rutgers University Lecturer in counseling and women’s leadership/social justice and a member of the Rutgers Speaker’s Bureau. In her TEDx Talk, “Re-Scripting the Stories We Tell Ourselves,” she talks about the impact our internal dialogue has on our relationship with ourselves and the world around us. She r…
Jul 26, 2021
ATHLETES | Lina Taylor
Lina is a two-time Olympian in beach volleyball, entrepreneur, real estate investor, executive coach, mentor to elite athletes, co-founder of a college football award, and a mother of three. Her life is full of transformations, which didn’t happen by accident. From growing up in communist Bulgaria, to pioneering a way to study in the US, qualifying and playing in the Olympics, becoming an entrepreneur and executive coach, Lina's learned what it takes to close the gap between where we are and where we want to be. Now, she presents the CLOSE principles to ambitious professionals and organizations looking to grow exponentially. CLOSE is a 5-step system teaching the principles of breakthrough transformation. Her new Airbnb online experience is here: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/1780962 - inspiring teams to cultivate an Olympic mindset and get results! Engaging storytelling, combined with team-building activities, make this a memorable and engaging experience. Lina also serves…
Jul 25, 2021
MARKETERS | Anu Shukla
Anu Shukla is a serial entrepreneur who founded and exited several software companies Including Fintech loyalty currency company RewardsPay, Mobile adtech and monetization player Tapjoy, Ecommerce personalization company MyBuys and early marketing automation pioneer Rubric. Inc. she has successfully exited 2 startups with $600MM enterprise value . She serves as the CEO of RewardsPay and is the Co Founder and Executive Chair of Botco.ai , an emerging player in the application of AI/NLP to enterprise marketing automation use cases. She has over 25 years of experience and is an active angel investor personally supporting and investing in women and minority lead enterprises. She serves on several non profit boards and has experience in SaaS, Adtech and Martech product companies. She is a graduate from St. Stephen’s College (BA) and Youngstown State University, where she received an MBA and a Doctorate (Honorary).
Jul 24, 2021
INVESTORS | Louis Spagnuolo
Louis Spagnuolo is a serial entrepreneur and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Don't Look Media LLC, a highly recognized privately held Internet Monetization Company. During his career Louis Spagnuolo has worked with Professional Athletes, Entertainers, National Business Leaders, Heads of State and countless genuinely fantastic people, while sharing in the financial dreams of all his clients to the tune of over $884 Million Dollars in deal participations. Louis Spagnuolo has been recognized in over 278 major media publications such as Forbes Magazine, The South Florida Business Journal, The Palm Beach Post, The Sun-Sentinel, South Florida Business Leader Magazine, Fox Business News, BankRate.com, South Florida Opulence and The Associated Press. Louis Spagnuolo is a nationally sought after expert in Internet Monetization, with an emphasis on asset acquisitions that can be leveraged to generate liquidity events. Louis Spagnuolo is a graduate of the University of M…
Jun 29, 2021
FRANCHISORS | Jeff Sweetman
Jeff Sweetman is Founder and CEO of Franchise Makeovers LLC. Jeff is a seasoned executive in the franchising industry with over three decades of operational and leadership experience across different types of franchising concepts. Steve now helps fast-growing franchises and franchises seeking to reach their new phase of growth.
Jun 26, 2021
FOUNDERS | Fabricio Costa, PhD
Fabricio F. Costa has a Bachelor’s in Science, a Ph.D. in Genomics, a Post-Doctoral Degree in Molecular Genetics from Harvard University and an MBA from Startup Health Academy in the USA. He has contributed extensively to academic research with more than ninety peer-reviewed articles and three patents worldwide. In addition, Fabricio has more than 20 years of experience in top academic labs and companies such as Harvard University, University of Chicago, Startup Health Academy, Singularity University, Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (Ventures, Higher Education and Startups), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and others. Fabricio is also a serial entrepreneur (co-founded and founded four startups; two were successfully sold). Finally, Fabricio is a data science and technology leader known for successfully identifying and developing revenue producing opportunities in the technology, life sciences and drug development markets. Connect with Fabricio: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fabriciofcosta/
Jun 10, 2021
FRANCHISORS | Neil Newcomb
Neil Newcomb, CEO of Franchising for Kelly's Roast Beef joins us. More info: KellysRoastBeef.com Connect with Neil: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neil-newcomb-5171688/
Jun 6, 2021
FOUNDERS | Sachin Narode & Rachel Obenshain
Interview with Xeniapp CEO Sachin Narode and COO Rachel Obenshain. Visit Their Company: Xeniapp.com Connect with Sachin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sachinnarode/ Connect with Rachel: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-spector-obenshain-5692a8/