Ray Chow-Toun is the CEO and Co-Founder of CVProof. Ray managed large-scale IT projects for two decades in computer manufacturing, aviation and Swiss banks at European and American leading-edge companies. Pioneering and entrepreneurial, Ray started the first Internet Application Service Provider in Switzerland in 1999. Before the iPhone emergence, In 2004 he patented a one-click mobile App trigger making keyboard handling easier. Ray is also the CVproof.com patent pending Author. He designed the CVproof validation protocol which can be compared to the public domain BlockCerts.org (at MIT) but including flexible solutions to the business transition concerns. Ray is a Swiss Crypto Valley member. Frederic Verin is the COO and Co-Founder of CVProof. He is an Entrepreneurial CFO with 10+ years experience in business set-up/acquisition and expansion in MNC’s and in start-ups (Healthcare, Bio-pharma, e-commerce) . Frederic successfully scaled up an e-commerce start-up in South East Asia over the past two years as head of finance and of organization. Purpose driven, Frederic’s expertise encompasses strategic planning and execution, business process re-engineering and risk management.
“A great idea is nothing without a sound execution; you have a lot of poor ideas that have been successful because they have been very well rolled out so as entrepreneurs I think we need to keep learning from our mistakes obviously. We need to be resilient and keep going no matter what and that is important because you will always have people that tell you, you want to go left but in fact it doesn’t make sense that you should go left and you should go right everybody go right”…[Listen for More]
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Having a keen eye isn’t just for what one sees, but also for what one senses. Having been one of the most sought after portrait photographers in the U.S. for more than three decades, Jeffrey Shaw, a.k.a. the Lingo Guy, uses this honed intuition to teach entrepreneurs how to attract their ideal customers by speaking their Secret Language. Jeffrey is host of the popular business podcast Creative Warriors, a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker, a business coach for entrepreneurs, and author of the forthcoming book, LINGO: Discover Your Ideal Customer’s Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible.
“Build a business for the people that you’re meant to serve, speak their lingo, know their secret language, slow down and speed up, all these things I’ve already said. What worked 20 years ago what worked 10 years ago won’t work today so take that time to say who is my...this is essential Neil millennials are becoming the big wave of consumers and so many of us as entrepreneurs we don’t know their lingo, if you want to do well in business, do yourself a favour, slow down and understand their lingo” …[Listen for More]
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Steve Woody is the Founder & CEO of Avadim Technologies, the North Carolina-based life sciences company that is dedicated to preventing infection with its line of topical therapies known as Theraworx
“Work backwards, when I say work backwards what I mean is answer the question how am I going to scale and commercialise this solution? Usually we figure that if we get to that point we’ll figure it out later but it’s important to start there because if you start there and you answer that question well then you can definitely scale this and then you can say okay how much capital it is going to take me to get there”…[Listen for More]
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PJ Glassey is the founder of X Gyms in the Seattle area, where he invented his own methodology to save time, decrease injury rate and tone muscle instead of bulking it up. PJ spends hours each week studying the current research to further improve the X Gym methods. He has been a guest expert on TV and has hosted his own call-in talk show on KKOL and KVI radio. PJ has authored many works including local and national media articles and two books on health and fitness. He has also created a workout DVD, “X Gym Workout Protocol #1” designed to introduce non-X Gym clients to the unique concepts he has developed. PJ has been selected as one of the top fitness bloggers by several different rating sites. He continues to create free content for people through this blog, his partner blog and his various X Gym blogs. Some of PJ’s other interests include God, his two teenagers, flying float planes as a private pilot, inventing healthy recipes, and competing in stair climb races, called tower running, one of the most grueling sports on the planet.
“Be sure that you’re giving true value to others. A lot of people try to make it about themselves and getting rich and all that kind of stuff and that’s all fine and that can certainly happen if you help enough people but if it’s just all selfish and it’s about yourself then you’ll fail, or you’ll just be a flash in the pan and fail, either way it’s not going to work”…[Listen for More]
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Chris Rothstein is the CEO and co-founder of Groove, a sales engagement platform. Prior to Groove, Chris built, scaled and managed enterprise sales teams at Google. He now helps bring modern technology to the world of sales so everyone from sales ops to sales directors can spend more time providing value to their customers and their companies.
“Plan for it to take longer and you got to find a way to stick with it because everyone comes in assuming hey I’m going to do this, I’m going to launch and it’s going to be a success, the starting part is not hard, it’s the sticking with it until you see some momentum and not giving up early enough and I think that’s the part that is hard being mentally prepared that you’re probably going to have to just kind f struggle for quite some time”…[Listen for More]
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A graduate of Amherst College and New York Medical College, Dr Paula Muto is the founder of UBERDOC and is in solo private practice, serving as Director and CEO of the Vein Center at Mutosurgical. A vascular surgeon by specialty, she also practices general surgery and advocates for women’s health issues.
“Stay close to the mission, if you have a passionate idea, stick with it, people talk about pivoting and pivoting is important in the sense that you can apply your model to other circumstances you didn’t think of it, but you can’t pivot away from your mission statement. Pivoting away into a different business model when actually pivot entirely away from the mission”…[Listen for More]
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Yvonne Ortega survived and thrived after divorce, breast cancer, and multiple family losses including the loss of her only child. Her passion is to help others move from broken to beautiful despite their losses. She's the author of the Moving from Broken to Beautiful Series, a speaker, counsellor, and coach.
“Ask for help the sooner the better, understand what your strengths are but also be very clear about what your weaknesses are so that someone else can help you fill those in”…[Listen for More]
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Nick Palmisciano spent the best and hardest six years of his life serving as an infantry officer in the United States Army and is a graduate of the United States Army Ranger School. Nick created Ranger Up, the first military lifestyle brand, in 2006, which kicked off a decade of veteran entrepreneurial endeavors focused around social media. Ranger Up has been a leader in the veteran community, with such strong support that it has landed in Internet Retailer’s Second 500 every year since 2012. Their marketing strategy relies heavily on parody videos, unique one liners and an aggressive social media fan base.
“It is going to take twice as long as you expect, it is going to be 3 times as hard as you expect and it is going to cost 4 times as much as you expect. When you go into this and you think I’m going to get to this revenue level in this period of time and I’m only going to have to invest this amount, just remember that rule you’re completely wrong and it’s going to be a lot more painful than you expect but it’s totally worth it if you’re actually an entrepreneur”…[Listen for More]
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Judith Humphrey is the founder of The Humphrey Group, a premier leadership communications firm. She is a communications expert whose business teaches global clients how to communicate as confident, compelling leaders. Judith is the author of three books (Speaking as a Leader, Taking the Stage, and the upcoming Impromptu: Leading in the Moment). She is also an acclaimed speaker and a columnist for Fast Company. She was awarded the 2012 YWCA’S prestigious Woman of Distinction award for Entrepreneurship.
“Go into entrepreneurship if you’re willing to live in the fast lane and work really really hard, drive yourself, but most importantly, if you have an idea about offering something that the world needs, but it doesn’t yet exist, don’t just go into a business because you’re good at something, it doesn’t really matter whether you’re good at something, go into a business because the world needs something you can envision and do it for them, and by doing it for them you’ll be doing it for you by creating something wonderful”…[Listen for More]
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Jennifer Hough is a Best-Selling Author, Speaker and Alchemist. She sees the world and individuals holographically and creates experiential programs reflecting what she sees about human potential. Her unique superpower activates your cellular level to the essence of who you truly are with new paradigms that change how you relate to Awakening.
“Don’t do it alone. Be in a network, be in a supportive mastermind, find a mentor, whatever you do, if you think you’re going to do this alone I laugh in your face, you can try but A it will be effortful, B it will be lonely, C congratulations you’ve proven something to someone somewhere I’m sure but the joy is in the co creativity, the mentorship, the masterminds and the programs that are with like minded people, all of those things are things that I’ve done and anyone I know that’s fulfilled as an entrepreneur” …[Listen for More]
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Steven Dourmashkin is a recent mechanical engineering M.Eng. graduate from Cornell University, where he founded Specdrums. He then moved to Boulder, CO to begin a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at CU Boulder and continue to grow Specdrums. Steven is now taking time off from his PhD to focus on Specdrums full-time.
“Find something that you genuinely love doing, like something that it doesn’t really feel like work, you love working on it so it’s something that you want to do. I think a lot of people in my experience want to start a business so they can make a lot of money but I think what’s best is if you find something that you really believe in and something that you think is going to improve the world and improve the lives of others”…[Listen for More]
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Zach Medina is the co-founder of Viral Ideas, a video production company which helps businesses discover their why and share that through video. At the age of 21, Zach had a major turning point in his life which made him realize his why.
“Discover who you are and why you’re doing it, the moment you do that, I would say you’re already on a path to success”…[Listen for More]
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Tim David is an ex-professional magician and the author of "Magic Words – The Science and Secrets Behind Seven Words that Motivate, Engage, and Influence." His new book, "TRUE Influence - The Magic of Human Connection," explores research and real life for the secrets of how to become more influential in a technologically advanced time.
“Managing time, it’s the only none renewable resource and it’s one of those things that you’ve really got to protect, you’ve got to protect your time, got to make sure that you’re using your time wisely, efficiently, effectively. And sometimes managing your time the best is relaxing, like oh my gosh, one of the best business tools that I have as a writer is my bed, having a good night sleep is so critical for creativity and innovation” …[Listen for More]
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Bishal Sarkar is India's Celebrity Expert in public speaking, and creator of India's #1 public speaking course "THE CONFIDENT EXPERT Live Experience" where he turns everyday regular average experts into CONFIDENT speakers. He's spoken for Microsoft, IBM, Nokia, and been featured on Reebok, Conscious Millionaire and India's most-read newspaper Times of India. Currently he mentors successful managers and leaders to become confident in their presentations so they can dominate their career and have a happy life.
“People buy confidence, there was a time, if you knew a lot, people would really respect you a lot but today we have our great friend Google that can give us all the information and the general knowledge, today we don’t live in knowledge economy anymore, we live in confidence economy, that’s why it’s not sufficient to be just an expert as an entrepreneur or an expert in your field, it’s important to be the confident expert, people buy confidence, learn how to be a confident speaker, learn how to show up with your confident raw.” …[Listen for More]
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Colleen Kochannek, a two-time successful entrepreneur, runs an online feature magazine for her hometown in Florida, USA and an online business teaching women over 50 how to start businesses of their own. Colleen developed a business-starting program that meets the 50+ woman where she is as a digital immigrant, not digital native.
“We confuse confidence with a lack of fear and that’s not further from the truth, being confident does not mean that you’re not afraid and I think to be an entrepreneur you just have to be comfortable being uncomfortable, you have to be comfortable in the fact that you’re always going to be afraid and you need to learn how to use that fear as a motivator versus a stumbling block”…[Listen for More]
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Kay Fabella is a brand storyteller and business strategist, who crafts messages that connect purpose-driven entrepreneurs with the people they are meant to serve. A Los Angeles native based in Spain, she works in English and Spanish to create communication strategies that connect brands with tribes of believers.
“It ultimately comes down to what works best for you; it’s very easy for us to look to others for success or to try to model how we want to build things on what’s worked for someone else and the idea that following a formula that works for someone else when ultimately you’re the person in the driver’s seat of your business, I think it’s something that all of us will learn but I think it’s especially important for people who are just starting out that you have to ultimately understand what works best for you and create something around that” …[Listen for More]
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Daniel Rusteen runs Optimize My Airbnb which helps Airbnb hosts make more money. His speciality is helping your listing rank high in Airbnb search, but he also provides strategy around Airbnb automation, guest experience, interior design, revenue management, and more.
“Internally you need to realise if you’re an entrepreneur at heart or not, for me I realised this was the case and I just never pulled the trigger until I got fired and had to pull the trigger. It’s hard to explain but there was a lot of people that I talked to while I was at the 9-5 job and I would have conversations with them and they simply preferred the 9-5 life style and the pay check and the medical coverage and the lifestyle and in some companies they give free food and massages and what not and that is a very comfortable lifestyle and at the end of the day I was never satisfied with this and I’ve come to learn through these last two years that I’m so much more satisfied doing what I do now than I was then” …[Listen for More]
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You’ve heard that word of mouth marketing is the most effective form of marketing. You see videos going viral. You see companies getting tons of press and hundreds of people writing positive reviews. A single endorsement can literally create a best-seller overnight. Today you will learn how you too can take advantage of Influencer marketing. The techniques described today are used by the highest earning individuals and the most respected companies in the world! Greg Jameson, an Inc-500 award-winning entrepreneur, and the author of the #1 best-selling books, Amazon’s Dirty Little Secrets and the Influencer Effect, has partnered with some of the most successful influencers on the Internet. He is going to share with you what he has learned. Today you will take away his secret GEARS system so you too can create massive online success.
“Don’t think that you can do everything yourself and be able to grow to the types of heights that you’re capable of, allow other people whether it be coaches, mastermind members or influences in your industry to really give you a leg up”…[Listen for More]
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Michael Giannulis has overcome the odds and loves to share that story to inspire others. Mike especially thrives on connecting with entrepreneurs to motivate them to “do big things” in the world. Mike grows and scales companies, using real-world experience to make this happen. He is a serial entrepreneur who develops systems to help other entrepreneurs run multiple companies without having to be there.
“Take your dream and pursue that dream with all you have and don’t take no for an answer unless you give up, keep going, push through. The breakthrough is usually right after you think it’s not going to happen, right after you think all hope is lost, that’s when the dawn comes and that’s when life can change so make sure you don’t give up too soon” …[Listen for More]
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Mary Nguyen Aregoni has established herself as a highly regarded and successful restaurateur in Chicago. Inspired by the entrepreneur spirit of her family coupled with her passion and drive to succeed, she is ready to expand Saigon Sisters into a nationally recognized brand for Vietnamese cuisine in America.
“Entrepreneurship is like parallel to life, you will learn so much about yourself, you will grow so much as a person by going through the entrepreneur path because it will challenge you, it will keep you on your toes, it will make you fulfilled and it will push you” …[Listen for More]
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Karen Putz is known as The Passion Mentor. She specializes in helping people unwrap their passions at any age through coaching, speaking, and workshops. She's the author of the popular book, Unwrapping Your Passion, Creating the Life You Truly Want. For fun, she walks on water.
“Really tap into your joy, because when you tap into your joy other people can see that about you and your business and they want to do business with you because of that” …[Listen for More]
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Nina Luu is the CEO and co-founder of Shippabo, the cloud-based supply chain management platform helping businesses optimize their supply chains.Before founding Shippabo, Nina experienced the frustrations of shipping first hand, so she set out to change it. Now, Shippabo helps shippers operate with transparency, collaboration, and actionable data.
“Stay strong and committed and to believe in your idea. Stand strong with your conviction, even if there’s quite a bit of naysayers or whatever obstacles maybe in front of you”…[Listen for More]
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Justin Jones is the co-founder of Somersault Innovation and co-author with Ashley Welch of Naked Sales: How Design Thinking Reveals Customer Motives and Drives Revenue. He began his career in marketing and sales before moving into management consulting, innovation, and design. He has helped hundreds of teams apply design thinking against their toughest challenges and achieve breakthroughs.
“Check yourself about what your passion is, is this something that you really believe in and to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you are, who are willing to connect and help you, those are the biggest sort of amplifiers and enablers who have led to our success, we really believe in what we’re doing and we’ve surrounded ourselves with a constellation of really bright people who will tell us the truth” …[Listen for More]
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Robin Waite is a Business Coach, Author of 2 bestselling Business books and regular business keynote speaker. Robin has worked with professional service businesses including accountants, lawyers and agencies to help turn their services into products.
“Until you start tearing muscle you don’t learn from it and you don’t grow as an athlete and in their case it’s they’re growing physically, for entrepreneurs I feel that you have to push yourself outside of that comfort zone in order to create new muscle, we’re talking brain muscle here. Doing things that scare you ever so slightly is basically pushing you outside of that comfort zone and tearing those muscles so standing up and doing a speaking gig when you wouldn’t have thought you’d ever do it”…[Listen for More]
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Elinor Stutz is known for breaking through barriers. Proving Women Can Sell, she negotiated with the Great Beyond to empower communities in exchange for recovery from a broken neck. Elinor is an International Best-Selling Author, Top 1% Influencer, Blogger, Sales Guru, and Inspirational Speaker, advocating “Believe, Become, Empower.”.
“To really get serious, knowing who you are first, what’s important to you, what you want to achieve in life and don’t let anyone dissuade you but be true to your values and priorities as your move forth, don’t let ego get to your head” …[Listen for More]
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