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The Entrepreneur Way

Are you an Entrepreneur, Wantrepreneur, or Small Business Owner? Would you like new ideas, insight inspiration that you can apply from successful entrepreneurs? Be our guest and listen to our podcast to discover how other entrepreneurs are getting all of this as they commute, and as they workout in the gym, and as they jog etc. 7 days a week we interview successful entrepreneurs and talk about their journey to discover their struggle before finding success, the big ideas that made their businesses grow, and their aspirations and ideas for the future. In each episode of The Entrepreneur Way Neil chats with successful entrepreneurs as they reveal golden nuggets of information and advice. For more information go to http://theentrepreneurway.com/
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Aug 26, 2019

Zvi Band is the cofounder and CEO of Contactually, a leading CRM platform for relationship-oriented businesses. He is author of SUCCESS IS IN YOUR SPHERE: Leverage the Power of Relationships to Achieve Your Business Goals (McGraw-Hill). As an entrepreneur and relationship marketing strategist, Zvi has been named a Washingtonian Tech Titan four times. He lives in the Washington, DC area.

“it’s not going to be fun every day but you have got to wake up every day as an entrepreneur and pursue your dream, pursue something that you wanted to see in the world. That’s a fun experience. That’s something that most people won’t, most people don’t have the opportunity to do. For you as an entrepreneur no matter how much adversity you may face remember this is an incredibly fun amazing part of your life. So just have fun”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 26, 2019

Jerry Colonna is the CEO, and co-founder, of Reboot.io, an executive coaching and leadership development firm dedicated to the notion that better humans make better leaders. For nearly 20 years, he has used the knowledge gained as an investor, an executive, and a board member for more than 100 organizations to help entrepreneurs and others lead with humanity, resilience, and equanimity. Prior to his career as a coach, he was a partner with JPMorgan Partners (JPMP), the private equity arm of JP Morgan Chase. Previously, he led New York City-based Flatiron Partners, which he co-founded in 1996 with partner, Fred Wilson. Flatiron became one of the nation’s most successful, early-stage investment programs. His first leadership position, at age 25, was editor-in-chief of InformationWeek magazine. Jerry lives in Boulder, Colorado.

“be not afraid but if you are afraid let people know”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 26, 2019

British author, piano player, international racing driver and business coach Jonny Cooper is the founder of Jonny Hates Marketing Jonny supports coaches and therapists with his Client Attraction Blueprint programme, filled with eager students every month, and runs the legendary Jonny Hates Marketing Facebook Group. Also, he really, really does hate marketing.

“treat others as you would like them to treat you. And that spins off into a bunch of other stuff about being kind, being generous but being firm”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 25, 2019

Alex Mehr is a serial entrepreneur who specializes in digital marketing. He founded the dating site Zoosk, which recently sold for $255 Million, as well as his current business MentorBox, which has 80,000 paid subscribers watching 300 video courses taught by best-selling authors.

“take a lot of risks in a calculated manner. In other words, have conviction so it’s again keeping two opposing ideas in your head. One of them is having conviction and the other one is not being fully committed to an idea until it’s proven itself. So, the solution to that, to have those two opposing ideas in your head simultaneously is to take risks. Meaning look this is a project, this is an idea, I’ve researched it for a couple of weeks or whatever a month. I think it’s worth a try and then you have enough conviction to actually try it. So that’s the risk you are taking however that risk has to be balanced with progress. And if you have launched and if you have tried it and you are not making progress you have to reassess”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 25, 2019

CEO/Founder of converged creative agency Bluewater Media, Andy Latimer is a director/producer with 20+ years of experience in the TV and film industry. Latimer’s storytelling ability crosses genres and categories delivering clients results in sales through D2C response. Bluewater is an expert in digital, social media and influencer marketplace.

“there is going to be roadblocks along the way, there is going to be walls that you are going to hit. Don’t stop there is always a way to go over it, under it, around it or through it. Don’t let limitations stop you, don’t let limitations stop you especially. You are going to hear from person after person after person you can’t, what makes you think you can, why do you think that’s achievable. These are all points of people who are trying to stop your growth and feed you with negativity. Don’t accept the negative, understand that there is always a way, it might not be the easiest way but there is always a way to achieve your goals”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 25, 2019

Dr.Robyn Odegaard is a former competitive beach volleyball player and spent her career using goal-achievement psychology to motive, inspire and focus clients on achieving success. She holds a certificate from the Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell University. She is the co-founder of Whole Food Muscle Club and co-author of 'How to Feed a Human: The Whole Food Muscle Way' (April 2019). She highlights her journey of a plant-based diet with no 'fake food' coupled with exercise for a healthy lifestyle.

“do the hard thing first… I think a lot of times entrepreneurs try to put off things they don’t want to do until they are emotionally, psychologically and physically exhausted and then it gets even harder”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 24, 2019

Our guest today led some of the biggest global mergers in the finance, tech, and oil industries, and went on to become one of Silicon Valley’s top business advisors. Tom Eddington is founder of Eddington Advisory Services and an expert in the field of conscious leadership. Welcome, Tom. What is conscious leadership and how can it help leaders of America’s top companies and organizations?

“constantly be reminded or remember that at the end of their life, whenever that’s going to be, that they look back and be proud of the life that they’ve led. Not just the job they did all the company they created or how many employees that they had or how many hundreds of thousands or millions or billions of dollars that they’ve earned but to truly look at their legacy. Not that you want to linger on that or allow it to drive your life to a large extent but never lose sight of your legacy, never lose sight of having fun, never lose sight of recognising that we are all human beings and we make conscious and unconscious choices each morning about how we are going to show up in the world. Being really intentional about what you are doing and why you are doing it”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 23, 2019

Andrew Keel is the owner of Keel Team, LLC and his team currently manages 14 manufactured housing communities across six states - IL, IN, IA, OH, PA and TN. His expertise is in turning around under-managed manufactured housing communities by utilizing proven systems to maximize the occupancy while reducing operating costs. He specializes in bringing in homes to fill vacant lots, implementing utility bill back programs, and improving overall management and operating efficiencies, all of which significantly boost the asset value and net operating income of the communities. Two interesting facts about Andrew are that he started out as a “Lonnie Dealer” investing in individual mobile homes and that in order to successfully implement his management strategy, Andrew usually moves on location during the first several months of ownership to implement his management plan.

“hire right and take the time. Because a bad hire, I’ve learned the hard way, it sets you back more than it puts you forward. In the beginning I hired my friends and family because I could trust them and I believe that that was the best fit. But looking back I probably would have gone about things differently. I would have hired people with more experience in that field and we would be in a different atmosphere right now had we have done that but I did was comfortable and I had to learn the hard way”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 23, 2019

Tom Rubens is a business coach and expert in corporate culture and strategy. In his 40 years of diverse experience in business, Tom founded a commodity trading company, a real estate brokerage and assembled investment groups that raised millions of dollars to buy minor league baseball and basketball franchises. In his coaching practice, The Accountability Factor, Tom helps businesses increase revenue and productivity, and manage relationships and collaborations while living harmonious lives. Tom’s first book, Lifeness: Harmonize an Entrepreneurial Life was released in April 2017

“Seek honest feedback, really ask for and then embrace the feedback you get. Whether that’s determining whether a new product should go to market, whether it’s deciding whether to hire, fire, promote someone within your organisation. Get feedback and listen to it. And I guess the trump card to that is ask people around you what you are missing, what your blind spots are, because you have got them and as long as you ignore them, they will be there to torture you. So, ask for feedback about yourself. What I missing is one of my favourite questions because you can see it I can’t”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 22, 2019

As the founder of Lunya, Ashley Merrill and her team are reinventing sleepwear for the modern woman through innovation, design, and quality; resulting in a carefully edited collection of must-have pieces. Lunya’s core mission is simple - to make women’s lives better through product, experience and example. Ashley is utilizing Lunya, her background in tech and investing, to build her personal mission of helping create opportunity for women and girls. Beyond building Lunya, Ashley is an active supporter and board member for Girls Inc., a supporter of both Upstream and Planned Parenthood, and invests in many female entrepreneurs and funds. She is a Southern California native and resides there with her two young children and her husband.

“it kind of comes back to that hedgehog principle. I like to advise people to really challenge themselves on their ideas long before they try to start anything. And I think you should be your harshest critic so that by the time you go to other people you are very confident in asking the tough questions and in answering the tough questions. And I do find that that trio of questions, that hedgehog principle about whether it’s defensible, about whether your idea can make money and about whether you have the passion and drive to go with distance are very useful”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 21, 2019

Silent Beacon founder and CEO Kenny Kelley started his entrepreneurial career as a thrill-seeking Hollywood motorcycle stuntman and founder of Adrenaline Crew LLC, producing wildly popular videos and leading teams of daredevil riders in risky on-road hijinx that captured an enthusiastic worldwide audience both online and at high-profile events. When Kelley made a mistake on his motorcycle — while popping a wheelie, with his feet out over the windshield, going 70 mph on a public interstate — the resulting crash sent both his body and his life careening in a new direction. The idea for a wearable emergency-button device came to him as he was lying incapacitated on the side of the road. Kelley’s near-death-inspired appreciation of safety’s importance led him to form Silent Beacon LLC and create the namesake Bluetooth® wearable device that can contact any number, including 911, with a single button push. Kelley’s entrepreneurial life has gone from wowing crowds to protecting them, and he now lives for creating products that help people lead safer lives.

“you really just need to put your head down and dive into it and make it an obsession. If you have an idea and it’s not an obsession and you just think of it as oh geez, I don’t have time to look that up, oh geez I don’t have time to make this, oh geez that… Then that’s the wrong idea for you. You need to wait until you have an idea that sparks this fire that Neil and I were talking about, this obsession that just makes you want to fight through everything to see it succeed. So you just need to find what works for you that you can spit as you speak and it just comes out as poetry”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 20, 2019

Sandra Biskind is a global thought leader, international speaker, spiritual mentor and #1 bestselling author. She has a unique gift to identify and eradicate the unconscious programs that undermine success—instantly amplifying her client’s ability to live freely and thrive. Sandra Biskind offers a rare combination of business savvy, transformational leadership and soul enrichment. With her down-to-earth wisdom coupled with her multi-dimensional gifts, she creates profound sustainable shifts. Sandra is committed to working with leaders who are passionate about attaining the next level of success and making a global impact.

“diligently become a mind trainer and the best version of who you are. Really learn how to work with your emotions, to acknowledge them, to accept them and change them instantly so that you can change the way you step up, become aware, mindful. You are a spiritual being, you are a perfect divine being, use your spirituality to bring into your business something that will give you a heads up way beyond the normal business person”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 19, 2019

Hal Simeroth, Ph.D. is the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer for Stemology®, and is the current lead formulator for the Stemology product line. Dr. Simeroth has been performing research and product development in skin science over the past twelve years. During this time, he has consulted for, as well as worked for, six skin care companies, and designed a number of skin care product lines, including the latest Stemology product line.

“the sure you have enough cash to do what you want to do. Sometimes there is no way to predict that. Try to with the best that you can, try to predict it. Also be sure you are willing to take the risks to go out there on your own. And be sure you are willing to commit the time and effort because it will be a heavy duty demand on you”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 18, 2019

Steven Shallenberger was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and He has lived in Utah, a place that he loves for the last 45 years. He graduated from Brigham Young University with an Accounting Degree and from the Harvard Business School. Steve has organized and purchased 11 different companies in four industries. He has sold a number of those companies, while continuing to be the President of three of them. He’s led numerous civic organizations including: Serving as president of the Brigham Young University Alumni Association, President of America's Freedom Festival, Chairman of the Utah County Republican Party, Mission President in Madrid, Spain and Stake President of a YSA Stake. Steve loves the youth! Steve is the founder of Becoming Your Best Global Leadership and author of the national bestselling book Becoming Your Best! He teaches leadership throughout the world. In the last three months, Becoming Your Best has completed tours in various countries around the world South Africa, East Africa, Romania, Malta, Rwanda, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Alaska and throughout the United States. Steve is currently working on book #3 and #4. He's passionate about helping others be successful in life, but also at home. He's been married for over 44 years and has six children and 20 grandchildren.

“remember the formula FFF. And that is when you have an idea don’t go directly to execution. The formula for fortune that’s a formula for failure. And the formula for success FFS is when you have an idea is put in the discipline of thinking about what product or service you have, your idea that people respond to and see how they respond to the price and service and listen carefully. And then make pivots, make your adjustments, test it, nail it then scale it, and then launch your product. Once you have real confidence in what you have done its you start out with a rifle shot on your testing, and once you got your formula down then use the canon and then execute…. Don’t go directly from idea to execution. Go from idea to doing a few things of due diligence then execute”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 18, 2019

AJ Osborne is a real estate investor and self-described ‘Freedom Fighter’ who has built up a $100 million portfolio in real estate. It wasn’t until AJ became paralyzed from head to toe and placed on life support that he realized how important cash flowing assets was for him and his family. AJ speaks about how buying cash flow producing assets literally saved him and his families life.

“your biggest thing that you have to overcome is decisions, making either good decisions or bad decisions. You need to understand why you make decisions and you need to be old to control that. And if you can control your decisions and understand why you are making them you will make better decisions and that will make you successful”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 18, 2019

Marcus Taylor is the Founder & CEO of Venture Harbour, a digital innovation studio in Oxfordshire that has built a multi-million dollar portfolio of highly-automated online businesses with zero funding inc. SaaS tools, comparison sites, and more recently, MacOS apps. Marcus also developed the World's first scientifically-valid method of measuring human comfort zones and has been featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30.

“this may be a little bit controversial but my view is don’t take funding. My thinking behind that is it frustrates me as an entrepreneur to see many of our entrepreneurs in the early stages spending so much time faffing around with cap tables and creating these beautiful slide decks when my view is that in the early stages of creating a new business the focus should be on the product and the customers, you should be building something that people want and developing that empathy with the end users”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 16, 2019

Chris Chancey: He is the founder of Amplio Recruiting, an agency that helps great companies hire dependable employees from the refugee workforce. They have generated over $7M in revenue and placed over 4000 refugees living in the US into full time employment over the past 4 years.

“having that vector point in just making some progress every day doing something to move you in that direction. So all that kind of bought combined with a vectory is victory”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 10, 2019

Beth Benatti Kennedy is a leadership and executive coach who helps leaders feel energized and focused while they do their best work. She has worked with leaders at well-known companies such as The Gillette Company, Nike & Converse as well as many non-profit and small businesses, providing leadership and executive coaching and training. She is the author of the book Career ReCharge: Five Strategies to Boost Resilience and Beat Burnout and speaks all over the world at conferences and corporations on leadership, resilience and how to avoid burnout so you can enjoy a thriving career and life. On weekends, you'll find Beth recharging on the yoga mat and having fun with her family and their sweet puppy Maple playing at the beach.

“focus on your resilience. So what does that mean? That means I know the to-do list… You have so much on your to-do list but give yourself time even if it’s just 10 minutes every day for your own recharge because you will see the benefits… Focus on your resilience, your well-being, your self-awareness, what your brand is, your connection and make sure you are innovating. Small little, little strategies every week and that will spark your success”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 10, 2019

David Meltzer, CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, is Variety Magazine’s Sports Humanitarian of the Year, a Forbes Top 10 Keynote to Hire, a Top 100 Business Coach, 2x best-selling author, host of Entrepreneur's #1 podcast The Playbook, and star of #1 digital show, Elevator Pitch.

“be kind to your future self and do good deeds. If You just do that… The other piece of advice would simply be ask to questions every day: How could I be of service? As well as: Do you know anyone who can help me?”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 8, 2019

A performance coach in the world's most successful business training company, John McCarthy’s committed to growing his client’s businesses. 35 years’ experience business planning and sales in corporates, and Coaching/ Physical Training in the military have given John unique skills to support business owners. His approach is energetic, empowering and fun.

“I was in the commercial world earning good money doing a lot of business development a lot of sales so I kind of thought, genuinely believed that I was very commercial minded. But I think starting up running your own business is very very different. You have got this thing called cash flow and this thing called nobody is going to pay me if I don’t go and work and all this kind of stuff. The commercial mindset was a bit of a shift for me whilst I was very good at some elements. I found that just tough having to be far more commercially focused on doing things that bring profit in”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 7, 2019

Gadhadar Reddy is working towards a dream of making space accessible to everyone by creating the cocoon that will protect us from the harsh ravages of space. He has started by creating the ideal material for space structures; Carbon Nanotubes. He is a Chevening Fellow, an INK Fellow, an Alumnus of Singularity University, IISC 35 under 35 in space 2018.

“to be bold, to go out and do things and to be very focused and disciplined about what they are creating not to waver from their goals”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 6, 2019

Asian American entrepreneur Maesa Koeber is the founder of a unique cosmetics line Gorjue and expo of all things cute The Cutie Con. This business pioneer graduated from Arizona State University with a doctorate degree in nursing and worked in the field of oncology for over 13 years. She cared for and treated many patients with cancer, lead clinical trials at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and published two papers as first and third author. She eventually transformed her love for art, beauty, and fashion into her businesses and utilized her learned humility, leadership, research, and business knowledge as leverage to strategically build growth within her companies. Although her educational background is unassociated with her current entrepreneurial journey, she remains living proof that unconventional methods to success are possible.

1297: Makeup Inspired by Food and Travel with Maesa Koeber Founder and Owner of Gorge International Inc

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Aug 4, 2019

Alison Edgar is the Managing Director of Sales Coaching Solutions but better known as The Entrepreneur's Godmother. She has been twice voted one of the UK's top 10 business advisers, working with No 10 Downing to advise on small business matters and has been invited to tea with the Queen with the work she does for UK Enterprise. Her clients include Thomas Cook, Discovery Channel and The Apprentice and Dragon's Den winners. Regularly featured on BBC TV, Radio and national press, she is the go to person for sales advice.

“if you are never going to do it. So again what’s the worst that can happen as long as you follow the tips that I have discussed. When you are on your deathbed hopefully that’s not for a long time but are you going to look back and think I wish I had. And I think that the top tip. If anything happened to me tomorrow I would never look back and go I wish I had because I have done everything I wanted to do”…[Listen for More]

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Aug 3, 2019

Peter Bronstein is an Ivy League graduate and was a practicing attorney for over 28 years before founding Bizness Growth, which he created to protect small businesses and provide an all-in-one service to maximize their profit and success.

“you are going to go through struggles, is not going to be a clear straight arrow that you’re going to make it. So, one, don’t give up, two, make sure you have the resources to pursue it because that’s part of giving up. Many times, people give up because they don’t have the financial resources. Make sure you have got in place what you need, the people surrounding you are a good resource, good network of people, money, time and a position to do it. But at the end of the day just do it. It’s not Nike who say just do it you have just got to take chance no matter what your circumstances, you might not have any money, you may not have any time, you may not have anything but if you have got the will and you just pursue it sometimes it just takes off and you are very surprised, and that’s part of being an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur is taking risks”…[Listen for More]

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