Casey Chafkin is the Chief Operating Officer at Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports. As a stats geek turned marketer and the fourth employee at AisleBuyer, Casey is an expert in mobile payments and performance marketing. Casey also worked at CarMax where he re-launched the company’s consumer offering and lead loyalty research.
“do not be afraid to admit you don’t know what something means. If you are a technical founder and you are talking to business people who are using acronyms that you don’t understand, if you are a business founder and were talking to technical people who are using jargon that you have absolutely no idea what it means…. And they can be a temptation to assume that that person you are talking to is really smart because you can’t understand the things that they are saying but my advice is that you are really smart. And so if you are talking to someone they should be able to explain even the most complex things to you in terms that you can understand and you will learn the information but more importantly you will know if they are full of shit for lack of a better word. It is the ultimate test because you should be able to understand almost any concept and a smart person should be able to put it in terms that you can understand. Three of four times sometimes someone will say something and I will say ‘I am sorry it can you say that one more time I am not sure I follow’ and they will say it again, and I will say ‘gosh perhaps it’s just me here I’m sorry I’m being so dense but I am still not sure that I follow can you explain that one more time.’ And I will keep doing that until I understand something because you can’t afford to make decisions by just assuming that someone who says something that you can’t understand is just smart” …[Listen for More]
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Samuel Huber is the founder of Admix, a funded startup based between London and SF. Sam is considered a VR/AR thought leader, frequently invited to speak at industry conferences, from Virtuality, Tech Open Air, or VR World. He is a contributor at VRFocus and VRScout, and his work has been featured on websites like Venture Beat.
“just do it… the idea is don’t overthink it. And I know it may sound crazy but if you have to figure it out on the spot this is where you would make the best decision because there will always be things that prevent you from starting. You will always think that you are not ready or that the market is not right or that person or your parents don’t want to you to do it or it is not the right time. So just getting started and not really having a plan B without putting your life at risk is the best way to make things happen. Because when you are in this flow were you really have to do something, when it’s almost a question of life and death… not because it’s cool or it’s an option but this is the only option. This is where you really really really out how to do things and the quickest way to get your results. So putting yourself in this difficult situation I think is very difficult but I think also really a quick way to get something started”…[Listen for More]
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Dayne Shuda is an entrepreneur that sees the value in long-term blogging. They want to increase awareness for their brand across search, social and offline. They see the value blogging can provide for their target customers, but they don't have the time to write blog posts themselves or they don't enjoy the writing process.
“I think it’s answering the question who are you? And knowing as much as possible about yourself… knowing what your tendencies are, knowing what you value, how you make decisions, how others perceive you, what your intentions are. The more you know about yourself I think the better you can make decisions that are going to work out in your favour. I think the more you try to be something you’re not the more you are going to struggle. It might feel like you’re making the right decision now but in the long-term you are probably going to come to regret it just because if it goes against your nature it’s never going to be comfortable. So I think the more you know about yourself the better when it comes to entrepreneurship”…[Listen for More]
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Scott Royal Smith is a real estate investor and asset protection attorney in Austin, TX. Scott became an entrepreneur while still in law school, purchasing and running an auto mechanic shop, to pay his way through school. After graduating, Scott begin his law career as a high-stakes corporate litigator. He spent the last 8 years of his career analyzing real estate investment and asset protection. Today, Scott is the Founder and CEO of Royal Legal Solutions. A firm he built to offer tax, business and legal strategies to clients all over the U.S and Canada. He continues to educate the public on asset protecting strategies to help circumvent debilitating lawsuits for his clients.
“find something and start selling it right now. Don’t wait for anything else, don’t say oh I have to have XYZ is the thing first before I try to sell it but just get it and go to where people are at, and that can be potential customers, and ask them if they will buy it for $10 or whatever your price point is going to be. That is really the first step every entrepreneur has to take with any new product. And you don’t have to have anything else besides just your product and asking somebody they will give you a dollar for it to be able to find out whether you have a good idea or not”…[Listen for More]
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Dr. Tony Alessandra is Founder of Assessments24x7.com, a company offering a variety of online assessments, including the widely-used DISC profile. He is the author of 31 books and over 100 audio/video programs and films. Dr. Alessandra was inducted into the NSA Speakers Hall of Fame in 1985; inducted as one of the “Legends of the Speaking Profession in 2009;” and elected into the inaugural class of the Top Sales World Sales Hall of Fame in 2010.
“focus on the important things in your business and don’t get tempted or pulled away by other opportunities that might look good but are not a focus of your business. Put on blinders, focus on everything that you have to do in your business and don’t get sidetracked by other opportunities that are outside of your business because your business will suffer if you don’t have your full attention on it”…[Listen for More]
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To date, Kendal Netmaker has founded and invested in 5 businesses, and won over 25 business awards, including runner-up at the YBI Global Entrepreneur of the Year. Kendal speaks professionally to thousands of people every year about motivation, leadership and the power of telling your story. Kendal is the author of “Driven to Succeed: From Poverty to Podium - A First-Nation Success Story”
“Not to be afraid to ask for help, not to be afraid to be vulnerable to your followers. When I started to tell my story through my business platform, through Facebook, through Instagram, through Twitter, through LinkedIn and everything my vulnerability showed that I was a real person. And because I was a real person with a real story and mission people started to acknowledge and support me more, our sales increased. So don’t be afraid to tell your story, tell the story through your business, through your brand”…[Listen for More]
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Dr Mik Kersten is the CEO of Tasktop, creator of the Eclipse Mylyn open source project and inventor of the task-focused interface. Mik’s thought leadership on software delivery makes him a sought after international speaker. He has also contributed to the success of some of the world’s largest digital transformations.
“work hard and make your own luck and focus on your own growth, happiness and productivity. And do the same thing for your teams. And think about that every day when you wake up”…[Listen for More]
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Rick Miller is an unconventional turnaround specialist, a servant leader, and a go-to Chief. He is also a trusted confidant, an author, a speaker, and sustainable growth expert. Rick has served in roles including President or CEO in Fortune 10, Fortune 30, startup, and non-profit companies.
“entrepreneurs are unique. I would suggest to every entrepreneur take time to figure out where you stand and once you figure out where you stand take one, take a stand, take a stand for what you think is important, build your own voice… find a quiet time to hear your own voice and build your own compass. Kind of figure out what you’re North South East West is, work hard but figure out when you work hard you want to go in your direction not the direction that somebody else is giving you. And I think if entrepreneurs do that, they build their own compass I think there’s a lot of success they can have”…[Listen for More]
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Jonathan Bender, MS, MFA has been leading workshops and coaching for over 20 years, focusing on self-expression, public speaking, personal growth and "the performance of your life." The founder of WholeSpeak, LLC and the creator of Connection Jams, he spends his time teaching how to show up in life and on stage with authenticity, power, and dynamic presence, and has a mission to help our world heal the wounds of disconnection. Jonathan is also a professional theatre director, actor and writer.
“A lot of the time we are given so much advice. This is how you have to do it like I mentioned before or this is the strategy… be yourself and also grow into who you want to be… so it’s be yourself and be yourself fully and look at who you want to grow into and not be afraid of that.”…[Listen for More]
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Kasim Aslam is the Founder & CEO of Solutions 8 (a Digital Marketer Certified Partner, Infusionsoft Certified Partner, and Official Google Partner) and the author of “The 7 Critical Principles of Effective Digital Marketing.” Through Solutions 8, Kasim has spent more than a decade helping over 500 organizations grow and scale using a unique, proven and proprietary process: The Digital Business Builder. This experience fuels his presentations and has helped to make him a foremost authority on business growth and scale in the digital age.
“start now and don’t stop. It is like having a baby you are never going to be ready, there’s never going to be enough money, there’s never going to be enough time – I promise you that’s true. Don’t do it, don’t burn your bridges, I think that’s dumb advice. You know anybody who says oh if you don’t quit your job you are not committed that’s bullshit. Start in an intelligent way, let yourself slow role it, be gentle on yourself, but start now. And I mean right now. If you are in the car pull over, if you are on the phone hang the phone up, if you are in the office put away whatever it is you are doing, and there is something you can do right now to start your business to move just one iota forward. And then don’t stop. And I don’t mean now I mean ever, just don’t stop ever because momentum is life and stagnation is death and I think that will always be true for businesses”…[Listen for More]
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Jill Lublin is an international speaker on the topics of Radical Influence, Publicity, Networking, Kindness and Referrals. She is the author of 4 Best Selling books including Get Noticed...Get Referrals (McGraw Hill) and co-author of Guerrilla Publicity and Networking Magic. Her latest book, Profit of Kindness went #1 in four categories. Jill is a master strategist on how to position your business for more profitability and more visibility in the marketplace. She is CEO of a strategic consulting firm and has over 20 years experience working with over 100,000 people plus national and international media. Jill teaches Publicity Crash Courses as both live events and live webinars and consults and speaks all over the world.
“the biggest thing is start… if you don’t start with what drives you, what’s exciting to you, what gives you joy them what is life, right? So that is a big one. Start and then take a risk. You know it may fail it may not be good. I have outlined ideas I have, I have spent time and money on business development coaches to create maps and plans for things that maybe didn’t come to fruition at that moment or maybe their time will be three years from now. But what I know is is when I have inspiration or something is percolating in my heart and spirit that I start mapping it out because I know that seeds are planted. So I am really big and just follow the breadcrumbs and make literally your dreams come true with what’s driving you”…[Listen for More]
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Elliot Kay currently runs 2 businesses. A Strategy business and is the Commercial Director and lead trainer for Speaker Express. Elliot has worked across the globe in the UK, Africa, USA and Europe. Elliot has a combined seventeen years experience in both training and coaching, having designed and delivered training for Sky Television, Talk Talk, the NHS and many more. After almost losing everything, Elliot has turned around his businesses to form one of the leading strategy, training and coaching companies for both self-development and strategy in the UK - using his own experience to ensure others don’t make the same mistakes as him. As part of giving back, Elliot has been a mentor for the Princes’ Trust for the last 5 years. Elliot has unlimited passion for results. His passion is to help business owners to live The Elite Business Lifestyle through strategy boardrooms, workshops and mentoring. Elliot is a certified coach, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist and accredited strategist.
“keep your eye on your dream, keep your hand on strategy, and keep your heart in service and you will succeed”…[Listen for More]
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Jessica Pettitt, M.Ed., CSP, pulls together her stand up comedy years with 15+ years of diversity training's in a wide range of organizations to serve groups to move from abstract fears to actionable habits that lead teams to want to work together. With a sense of belonging and understanding, colleagues take more risks with their ideation, conserve precious resources through collaboration, and maintain real connections with clients over time.
“you are in control of your own sense of urgency. And hearing that myself and saying it to other people it’s like releasing the pressure because you really are doing this to yourself. That is both terrifying and exhilarating”…[Listen for More]
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Roger Beaudoin is a veteran restaurant entrepreneur who founded and operated four high-profit restaurants for over two decades. Now serving restaurants on a global level, Roger created the Sales Stars Staff Training Program, authored 'Rock Your Restaurant', created The Restaurant Rockstars Academy and hosts of the Restaurant Rock Stars podcast.
“Follow your dreams and passions for all the right reasons and the money will follow… if you really are true to your vision and your passions then never quit because the day you do never know what the amazing successes that could have happened the very next day” (4 Lines minimum – if less then need more quotes) …[Listen for More]
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After raising seven figures in revenue for a non-profit organization through powerful messaging, copywriting and marketing, Kate Boyd started her own business Cobblestone Creative Co. to focus on bringing more creativity and genuine connection to the digital marketing space. In the three years since, she has built three profitable online businesses and created live and automated marketing and sales experiences that convert up to five times the normal rates. Kate developed her signature system, Conversion with Compassion, to help solopreneurs use human-driven communication and behavior-based targeting to get the right message to the right people at the right time in order to create conversion opportunities. This method focuses on high conversion rates that can effectively leverage audiences large or small.
“just get really clear on what you want and be relentless in the pursuit of it. Just don’t quit because it’s hard and just remember the people that you are here to help and focus on doing it for them versus yourself”…[Listen for More]
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Dan Murray is a serial technology entrepreneur and currently serves as CEO and founder of Vertex Software. With a background in mechanical engineering, Dan is a pioneer in manufacturing visualization, inventing the world’s most popular visualization solution and ubiquitous standard for 3D manufacturing data exchange. His successful ventures include growing two prior software companies to $100M+ revenue and executing successful IPOs in the manufacturing and finance industries. Dan specializes in B2B collaboration and enjoys sharing insights that contribute to both the software development and entrepreneurial sectors.
“Don’t give up, never give up. Failure defined you more than your success. And you are going to be the most successful if you can pick yourself up after failure quickly and get back at it and learn from that failure. I look again every day at the things that I do well but I also look at the things I mess up, the mistakes that I make, and I make them every single day and every day I am learning from myself” …[Listen for More]
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Mynul Khan founded Field Nation in 2008 when he identified a need for a contingent workforce platform. With a background in programming and data analysis, as well as an affinity for growth hacking, Mynul’s experience drives Field Nation’s growth strategy and motivates him to grow the Field Nation team.
“Make sure that whatever your passion you translate that in a product that has a product market fit. And try to do that as early as possible without getting into what I see a lot of entrepreneurs do is they focus so much on the product and building and continuing to build the product that is just too much before finding the product market fit. It is very expensive, very costly. So the first thing is going to be trying to find that product market fit as early as possible because once you get that then the rest (I don’t want to say) gets easier (because it doesn’t get easier) but at least there is hope once you find the product market fit”…[Listen for More]
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Margo Lovett is the creator & host of Her Business - Her Voice - Her Conversation; a that podcast links experts with women reinventing their careers & lives. Her first book launched October 2017 an Amazon Best Seller, followed by a chapter in Women Inspiring Nations, out January 2018.
“Just get started. I know everybody says it but you know people like myself we stumble over perfect, I’m about to, I’m fitting to, I’m all of these things, this is not right, this is not perfect, or once I get my hands on this chunk of money. No. Wherever you are just start… you just put it on out there and you build it as you go… if you don’t start, if you don’t get it out there, if you don’t do it, if you don’t write the book, if you don’t start the business then my goodness nobody can listen. You have nothing to build from… just get started, get yourself a mentor of course and then just do it, just get started. You are going to amaze yourself, I mean that because I’ve been there, done that, doing it” …[Listen for More]
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Ellen Rogin, CPA, CFP® is co-author of NY Times bestseller, Picture Your Prosperity: Smart Money Moves to Turn Your Vision into Reality. Chock full of “left-brain” credentials (CPA, CFP®) Ellen also walks on the “right” side, balancing values, big picture ideas, and a sense of humor with her professional training.
“Generosity is the new currency in business. And if you can focus on growing your business through adding value, being generous in every level of your business it will help you grow beyond your wildest dreams” (4 Lines minimum – if less then need more quotes) …[Listen for More]
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Stephanie Cleck had been a licensed hair stylist for more than 10 years when she and her husband got pregnant with their first child. In the months after giving birth to her daughter, Stephanie realized the difficulty in getting to the salon for a busy mom and the idea for Concihairge was born. Stephanie founded Concihairge on the belief that busy women shouldn't have to go to the salon to have great hair, but should be able to get that salon-quality experience right in the convenience of their own homes. Stephanie started as a one-woman show delivering salon-quality hair services to clients in the Arlington/Alexandria area outside Washington, DC. As word of mouth spread about this new and innovative salon concept, demand for Stephanie’s services grew quickly. Today, Concihairge is proud to employ nine women who serve the busy moms, working women, and their families in the Philadelphia and Northern Virginia suburbs. Stephanie continues to lead Concihairge in aggressive expansion into new markets while keeping an eye on new trends in the hair industry and positioning Concihairge to become a household name across the country. Stephanie has been a guest speaker in a variety of small business forums and regularly speaks about small business challenges for women-owned small businesses. Stephanie, her husband, and their 3 young children reside in West Chester, PA.
“surround yourself with a supportive group… if anyone else struggles with self-doubt as an entrepreneur I would say that your number one has to be is a supportive group of cheerleaders” (4 Lines minimum – if less then need more quotes) …[Listen for More]
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Amanda Luton is the founder and owner of The Magnolia Marketing Group. With a background in Social Media Marketing, Retail Management and Merchandising, she brings almost 20 years of marketing experience to the table. Amanda has worked for Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and TalentStream, and owned her own children's boutique clothing line, Goat & Lulu, that she designed, created, and marketed. Amanda has her BA in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing from the University of Nebraska. She is married with three small children and two beagles, and lives in Metro Atlanta. Amanda began The Magnolia Marketing Group in 2016 after identifying a need for Social Media and Marketing outsourcing for small businesses. Being a small business owner herself, and married to a small business owner, she is aware of the demands on their schedules, and how marketing often-times falls by the wayside. The Magnolia Marketing Group allows for the small business owner to concentrate on the day-to day of their business and their own priorities, and works with the owner in a collaborative manner, to grow the business with creative and modern marketing ideas.
“try not to get discouraged, learn as much as you can… immerse yourself in the industry that you are in as much as you can. Read books listen to podcasts, get involved, start networking even if it’s just going out to lunch or meeting your co-workers for happy hour or something. Talk to people, get involved in industry associations, just learn as much about the industry as you possibly can before you get started, before you get into it. There’s going to be things that you can learn along the way but the more you know ahead of time and the more prepared you can be I think the better off you will be for success in your industry… Just do it scared. Everybody’s afraid, everybody scared, everybody’s doubting themselves but you do it anyway”…[Listen for More]
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Please write in the third person): Nick Morgan, author of CAN YOU HEAR ME? How to Connect with People in a Virtual World is one of America's top communication coaches and thinkers. His clients include Fortune50 companies. He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, appear on the Today Show, and take on the investment community.
“Get clear about what you are doing and focus narrowly what your business is. Don’t try to be all things to all people.” (4 Lines minimum – if less then need more quotes) …[Listen for More]
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Born and raised in Los Angeles to a family deeply immersed in the entertainment industry, Zach Suchin absorbed pop-culture and took interest in the media and technology sectors. He co-founded Brand Knew to help both start-ups and veteran brands better navigate the digital landscape.
“Believe in yourself and to surround yourself with as many people as possible who are smarter than you, who will challenge you and who will keep it real with you” (4 Lines minimum – if less then need more quotes) …[Listen for More]
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Fabrice Beillard is a globally acclaimed Business Systems & Profit Growth Strategist, he has helped businesses all over the planet add millions of dollars to their revenues and bottom line and achieve a better lifestyle in the process. He has been coined as a leading Freedom Generator helping countless individuals on a global scale to start, grow, optimise and exit their business and achieve what he calls Holistic Success. Fabrice and his businesses have been featured in a range of leading media, and he has been sharing his knowledge on all continents with other global leading business experts and thought leaders, for major and global organisations, Government States, and Universities such as Harvard. He is also an international best-selling author and the founder of Australia Business Coaching. Fabrice and his companies generously sponsor under privileged businesses in over 60 countries via the platform Kiva.
“Get help if you need it. Be consistent. That’s the number one be consistent just execute all of the time. Do the right things and check whether they are working. And if they are not be smart enough to make little tweaks” (4 Lines minimum – if less then need more quotes) …[Listen for More]
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Millennial entrepreneur, Karson Humiston, is the founder and CEO of the largest recruiting agency in the cannabis industry, Vangst. After being turned away by career services at St. Lawrence University for inquiring about careers in the cannabis industry, Karson decided to create a company that helps people secure careers in the fast emerging industry. Karson, age 25, now leads a team of over 30 people who have filled more than 5,500 positions to date. Before founding Vangst, Karson started On Track Adventures, a student travel organization which she sold in March 2015 before heading to Colorado where she currently lives. Prior to On Track Adventures, Karson started many small businesses growing up, including a resale golf ball company, where at the age of 11 Karson was employing two of her peers to help her collect, clean and resell golf balls.
“Being persistent, having patience, really believing in your idea and yourself to a point where you don’t give up after a few no’s I just think is the number one thing. It’s easier to just throw the towel in than to continue going and continue having people turn you down and continue overcoming challenges. And then being the real. I don’t think people should pretend that they are something that they are not or pretend that they are smarter than they are or that they have experience that they don’t have. I think it is important to be real with your clients, be real with your employees, to be real with your investors if you have investors. Just be real.”…[Listen for More]
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