Stephen Dean first built his career in information technology, working as a developer for Hewlett-Packard and several start-ups. He received his MBA from Duke before co-founding Keona Health, where manages all facets of finance, marketing, and operations.
“I really do feel that figuring out how to get through… Life is tough… And being able to get through the hardships and being able to be comfortable with situations that are uncomfortable and that are hard and you don’t know what success is going to look like. But creating a plan and taking that next step anyway is kind of key to all of life whether you’re an entrepreneur or not”…[Listen for More]
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Josh Bremmerer, co-founder and CEO of Komodo Covers, is an innate navigator, an experienced leader in the boating industry with over a decade of experience in management and company development and a lifelong passion for boating.
“Hang in there man… It will all be okay in the end. If it’s not okay it’s not the end”…[Listen for More]
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Yong-Soo Chung left a successful career in cryptocurrency software engineering to found his first 8-figure e-commerce business Urban EDC, a venture with an impressive social media following. He then went on to launch GrowthJet, a Climate Neutral Certified third-party logistics company. Yong-Soo is passionate about sharing the lessons he's learned with other entrepreneurs so they too can start a bootstrapped company that is both profitable and sustainable.
“Start first of all. Starting can be very difficult for a lot of people. So, start and then whatever you decide on just be consistent. I think consistency is really, really important… The most important factor for survival is consistency… Really focus on something that you can control… Just having something that you can control and doing that consistently, that compounds over time. So, consistency is a really important aspect of all of this”…[Listen for More]
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Valerie Hayes is on a mission to help small businesses beat the odds and push through the roadblocks to become an industry leader. She helps overburdened entrepreneurs, small business owners, and CEOs run their companies like a high-performance sports car. Fast and effective.
“Growing your business is all about personal development. That is it in a nutshell. Yes, it is about growing your market share, maintaining profitability, protecting your profit margin, hiring the right people. But all of those decisions are made by you. If you are hunger in some negative thought process or not willing to hire people who are better than yourself… And unfortunately, it happens all of the time, entrepreneurs and small business owners are often tempted to hire B and C players because then they won’t threaten them in their position of leadership or direction for the company. So, the ability to grow your business is more about personal development than anything else ”…[Listen for More]
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Matt Ostanik is an entrepreneur who has founded four startups. In 2019 he started working on Grateful, a platform where socially good businesses do “grateful giving” by donating to their customers’ favorite nonprofits. In today’s world, social good has never been important and is a powerful tool for customer retention.
“Entrepreneurship takes incredibly hard work. It’s really a combination of three things… Entrepreneurial success… It’s having a right vision or strategy; it’s executing, executing, executing and delivering on it; but it is also having a bit of the right timing and the right product or service at the right time and place as well. But you are never going to get there without really hustling as hard as you possibly can to throw all of those things at it as well… It’s a long journey but it’s absolutely worth it… Keep going, its persistence… Persistence pays off on the entrepreneur side as well. So keep fighting, keep pushing, keep running that next race and it’s always a journey and it’s absolutely worth it”…[Listen for More]
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Kurt Wilkin is a trusted advisor for high-growth, middle-market companies as founder and managing partner of Bee Cave Capital and Co-Founder of HireBetter. With a passion for growth and a hard-earned, proven set of tools in his toolbox, Wilkin works with other entrepreneurs and CEOs to help them escape the start-up mindset and achieve next-level success.
“Keep grinding. It’s hard work, it’s glorified when you see Mark Zuckerberg and Steve jobs of the world… But it’s a grind and it’s worth it if you can continue the journey”…[Listen for More]
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