Jeff Hoffman is a serial entrepreneur, innovator, and mentor to entrepreneurs all over the world. After being part of such well known startups as Priceline.com and uBid.com, he now serves as the Chairman of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, working with entrepreneurs in 180 countries.
“While everybody is talking just take that first step. You have got to jump. there is a saying that says being an entrepreneur is like jumping off a cliff and trying to build an aeroplane on the way down. So my advice is if that frightens you and you are scared to death maybe you should consider a different career. But if they’re unknown thrills you because it’s a possibility of trying new things in new ways and learning things may be that no one else has ever discovered then you should just jump. We know you don’t have all the answers. Just jump.”…[Listen for More]
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Allison Pelissier is an entrepreneur and healing artist dedicated to the evolution of humanity. With a background in International Education and Development (MA), Political Economics and Psychology (BA), Vortex Healing and Yoga/Mediation, Allison believes in empowering others to recalibrate their nervous systems and become creators of their own reality.
“be true to yourself, listen to your heart and really don’t be afraid to try things. And again, even if they don’t work out how you expected there will be some kind of learning there. And really keep your awareness open to the people and things that show up in your life because if we are just so busy following our mind and all of the things that we’ve already planned out sometimes we miss the most beautiful surprises”…[Listen for More]
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Michal Magdziarz is the CEO of DeepCrawl, a cloud-based technical search engine optimization (SEO) platform helping brands accelerate growth and mitigate losses in organic search performance. With more than 15 years of experience in the SEO and web business sectors, Michal leads business strategy and growth at DeepCrawl. Since co-founding the company in 2011, DeepCrawl has expanded markets into the U.S. and signed on new customers including Intuit, Newsweek and Instacart. Michal holds a master’s in management from the University of Warsaw.
“find the people you like working with, find problem that is interesting to you and enjoy the journey and enjoyed resolving the problem you have found”…[Listen for More]
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Grant Aldrich founded OnlineDegree.com with a purpose-driven mission: make college more accessible and affordable for everyone. After graduating college with an overwhelming amount of debt, he was determined to change how students embark on their college education. Grant has spent his entire career working in startups with nearly 15 years of experience and 2 prior exits to a publicly traded company. He's been a board member and donor to a number of non-profits, an advisor to many publicly traded companies and a guest speaker at seminars and graduate school courses. He graduated with honors from University of California Irvine in Economics.
“know thyself because I think that you are going to even if you come up with the best business idea you are going to make the fatal mistake of not potentially making one that’s best fit for you. I think that’s the first step because again getting your personal philosophies and house in order before you embrace what you are going to do for the next five, seven, eight, maybe a lifetime when creating a business… It’s a big commitment. In the second thing I would recommend is to start exercising. Entrepreneurship is like a muscle in that sense where it’s fun to come up with business ideas, and then shoot them down, and come up with more business ideas and keep playing those exercises and sharing it with friends and mentor is that you trust. Those are all excellent because ultimately the first idea that you come up with is unlikely to be the idea that you eventually run with. Just by sheer chance and odds most likely that will have some fatal flaws but you will learn from the exercise of identifying those fatal flaws before you embrace on this long journey to go and pursue it…”…[Listen for More]
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By day, he’s an oft-quoted top ranked stock-picker, but his evening job offers the greatest excitement. A parallel entrepreneur and award-winning writer, Christopher Carosa grew up in his family’s carnival stand. He used that experience in raw capitalism to start a series of businesses before he was even a teenager.
“look for the voids. There are always voids in life, those voids represent gaps between where people want to be and where people are today. And if you could be the first one to offer a solution to fill that gap you are probably going to have a winning business at least in the short-term. If you are very successful others will follow. So there are things that you need to do to go beyond that and believe it or not those marketing books that I talk to you about, those old, century-old marketing books talk about this”…[Listen for More]
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