Christopher Kovalik is the CEO and Creative Director of Rushdown Revolt. A former Wall Street Banker turned game developer, Chris risked reputation, success and salary to go all in on “the worst video game in history”, a platform fighting game that shut down after only a year of operation and was ranked in the bottom 5% of all Steam-reviewed games at the time. With no coding or game development experience, Chris relied on his analyzing skills, savviness and Wall-Street swagger to flip this game that flopped. By opening communication lines wide open between business leaders, developers, designers and gamers, encouraging a vibrant, active community and listening to customer feedback, Chris catapulted what was a thriving social environment for fighting games back to life. Rushdown Revolt has flipped the industry upside down ever since, ranking in the top 5% of all Steam-reviewed games in only two years since its acquisition and growing at a rapid rate, with game users up 20% month-over-month by word of mouth only.
“Never give up and then you wont fail. You only fail once you give up”…[Listen for More]
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Chad Sakonchick is a serial entrepreneur and automation expert. He believes strongly that humans should do things humans are good at and robots should do things robots are good at. His most recent business is BetterLegal, where he is automating the professional services arena.
“a formula for building your business… If you are starting a business, you should develop and then market, and then develop and then market. And do equal parts of both because… Too many people think that their service is better, their product is better, and that might be true. I know ours is but it is not out there enough. And so, if you are starting from scratch, it should be… And develop doesn’t have to be software it can be developing processes, developing what your services look like or your culture. But develop in equal amounts as you market. And make sure that you do as much marketing as you do development because if you don’t tell anybody, if you don’t get that out there then it doesn’t matter how much time you spend on the development part”…[Listen for More]
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Joseph Ladin is the CEO of SFLMaven Corporation, an online provider of premium, high-end luxury jewelry and goods, which he founded in 2003. He is a highly-accomplished entrepreneur with more than 18 years of e-commerce experience. Ladin graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in sociology and business.
“Just go for it, do it while you are young… Even if you fail there’s still you went out and you did it you try your hardest and you learned lessons and you are just ready for the next adventure after that. There is no failing ”…[Listen for More]
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Jack Aspenson is the CEO and President of S3 Surface Solutions, a disruptive, client driven organization that focuses on providing environmentally friendly, simple surface systems that are long lasting and cost-effective. With more than 25 years of experience in entrepreneurial business development, consulting, and sales management, Jack knows how to develop a competitive advantage.
“accept risk. It’s going to happen… Accept change, be ready for it… Manage your personal cash flow as well as you do your business cash flow and don’t overspend. I don’t care if you are worth three or 4,000,000 dollars in the bank you can overspend and cause yourself to go down quickly… Plan… If you don’t have a plan you are planning to fail ”…[Listen for More]
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As an Engineering Technician in the oil industry, Christy Keeton’s expertise was to analyze multi-million dollar acquisitions and build annual budgets. She opened Keeton Realty Investments in 2012 to flip houses. In 2019, focus transferred from single-family to multi-family. She chose real estate for freedom, to rescue children from trafficking, teach single parents be financially free and build a legacy.
“don’t think you have to do it alone. Most businesses are a team effort. Somebody is going to know something more than you. Find somebody who has been in your shoes, see how they can help you. Education is great, knowledge is money, it really is. But experience, that is even greater. So if you can find somebody that can help you where you need help because they’ve already been there and they can bring your experience to you that is the best thing I can say. Just don’t do it alone, it will kill you”…[Listen for More]
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Kevin Hillman is obsessed with redefining the sleep market. He has won multiple awards and was recently named a 40 under 40 award winner by the Business Observer. Hillman served as the president of Powr, a OTT platform, before launching Restlix.
“My best advice would be if you have a vision, it is up to you to make it a reality. Create a plan to begin, execute it. Some things won’t go your way but stay the course and most importantly never get distracted or discouraged. I think you will have success if you can persevere”…[Listen for More]
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Augie Johnston is a 35 year old ex-YouTuber, former professional basketball player, and founder of VidChops. VidChops allows YouTubers to add an expert video editor to their team in just a few clicks so they never have to edit again.
“Just get started. Get started with an idea and soon you can hire people to help you. I would say your main goal is not to be profitable in the first few months. I would say invest some money so you can get it up launched and then start hiring people as soon as possible to help take the busywork off your hands. So that would be my best advice to build a team”…[Listen for More]
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Blake Hutchison is an accomplished entrepreneur and the CEO of Flippa.com. Prior to Flippa, Blake was the general manager and chief revenue officer of Luxury Escapes and head of strategic partnerships at Xero. Blake was also the founder of GOOD44, a venture capital-backed specialty food marketplace helping small business owners target a new customer base.
“Go exceptionally fast”…[Listen for More]
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David Nour is a senior leadership advisor, educator, executive coach, and bestselling author. Nour is internationally recognized as the leading expert on applications of strategic relationships in profitable growth, sustained innovation, and lasting change. He is the author of eleven books, including bestsellers Relationship Economics®, Co-Create, and Curve Benders.
“beyond your educational foundation, beyond your professional pedigree your most valuable asset and you are only strategic and sustainable differentiator is your portfolio of relationships. So become more intentional, become more strategic, become more quantifiable in the relationship you choose to invest in. And that advice is as relevant inside your organisation as it is external to it”…[Listen for More]
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Sabrina Horn is an award-winning CEO, C-suite advisor, communications expert, and author. With only $500 and five years of work experience, she founded Horn Group, a public relations firm that for a quarter century, advised thousands of executives and their companies—from the hottest startups to the Fortune 500. She was one of few female CEOs in Silicon Valley in the early 1990s and has always aimed to exemplify authenticity and advise her clients on its merits. She’s written for publications including The Wall Street Journal, Inc., Entrepreneur, Forbes, and CMO.com.
Chr(34)Chr(34)Chr(34)Chr(34)it depends on what they need to hear at the time. Sometimes it's just take action, sometimes it's... This is not what you want to hear though... What's the worst that can happen. Probably the big one in our business is done is better than perfect... Maybe not in heart surgery but in business is that whole imperfect action, it's the whole minimal viable product, it's getting your thing out there and getting the feedback so that you can make the tweaks. But the more you just sit on it then who are you helping? You are not helping anybody. You are not helping anybody if nobody knows that this thing exists. And maybe that thing is just an idea, maybe it's a product or maybe it's a service but if you don't get it out there then no one gets helped. So done is better than perfectChr(34)Chr(34)Chr(34)Chr(34)...[Listen for More]
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Laurence Olivier is the CEO of LifeQ, a leading health informatics company. Laurence brings over three decades of global technology and business leadership, and has served on the boards of more than 50 startup, private and public companies around the world. He is also partner with two VC firms, 4Di Capital (South Africa) and Veritas Venture Partners (Israel). Laurence’s academic qualifications include Electronics Engineering, Commerce, and Data Sciences.
“don’t be shy to be a bit naïve. Because if you are not, you will just be a me to. I think entrepreneurship is not a fashion show where one rises and falls on the ratings from people in armchairs. One has to do things outside of the conventional box. Focus on things in front of you and don’t be affected by the views of so many others on the side which is not experiencing where you are at that point in time”…[Listen for More]
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Anne Gannon is a CPA with 15+ years experience in all areas of tax and accounting for individuals and businesses. Anne’s specialty is simplifying the accounting process for business owners so that they have the information they need to make the best path forward for their business. During the Covid 19 pandemic Anne volunteered her time to the hospitality industry to assist the many businesses in the US struggling to survive. Anne continues to provide education and guidance to entrepreneurs and business owners who are making their way back and building a new path forward for their businesses. While Anne loves her role as the owner of The Largo Group, she is most proud of her role as Mom to her sons James and Fraser, and wife to her husband and best friend Steve. When not working her favorite hobby is hiking through the woods with her family!
“Believe in yourself. There is no reason that your dream can’t become a reality but you just have to believe in it and work hard at it. Anyone who will tell you that things happen overnight or Jeff Bezos is lucky. No, I think that people that you see succeeding whether it’s at a massive scale or just a small business it’s hard work. That’s really what it is I think if you work hard and continue to be persistent in how hard you work it will work out”…[Listen for More]
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Joe Valley has built, bought and sold over a 1/2 dozen of his own companies, and sold nearly 1/2 billion in online businesses through his firm Quiet Light Brokerage. He is the bestselling author of The EXITPreneur's Playbook - a book designed to help you achieve your own incredible exit.
“Keep your overhead low and don’t be afraid of making mistakes”…[Listen for More]
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In defying the odds and always looking to challenge the status quo, Dan T Rogers helped to grow a quick-serve restaurant chain, tripled annual sales for an existing book of business, and pivoted his own company to navigate tremendous growth; the 2008 recession; and being listed for seven consecutive years of the Inc 5000 listings.
“there are no special snowflakes”…[Listen for More]
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Anthony Minessale II is the Founder and CEO of SignalWire, an enterprise CPaaS that delivers advanced FreeSWITCH as a Service through an elastic-cloud framework and developer-friendly APIs. He has 25+ years of experience in software engineering, telecommunications and open source. In founding SignalWire, Tony’s mission to bring the complex technology behind real-time communication to the mainstream came to light.
“Make sure what you are doing is something that you want to be doing. It will make it a lot easier. Be sure it’s really what you want to be doing because it’s a key ingredient that breeds the ability to move on when it is not the best days – if you really want… Really wanting it is most of the battle”…[Listen for More]
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Meredith Kallaher’s marketing agency helps business owners expand their reach and explode their sales with updated copy that converts, social media ad strategy and management and/or build out of Kajabi products. She is a wife and mom to 3 teenagers with a new puppy who balances out the teenage hormones!
“Take time to interview potential clients. People skip that all the time. And you will be surprised at what your customers actually want instead of you just guessing what they want”…[Listen for More]
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A specialist in professional relationships and networking for over 20 years, Andy Lopata was called ‘one of Europe’s leading business networking strategists’ by the Financial Times and ‘a true master of networking’ by the Independent and Forbes.com. A very experienced international speaker and podcast host, Andy is the author of five books, has been quoted in a number of other business books and regularly quoted in the international press. Andy is President of the Fellows Community and a two-time Board Member of the Professional Speaking Association UK & Ireland (PSA) and a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute as well as a Master of the Institute for Sales Management. He is also one of just 26 recipients of the PSA’s top honour, the ‘Award of Excellence’.
“Start with the end in mind. Know what your business is going to look like in five, 10 years’ time and build from that point. The other piece of advice is there is nothing that you must do. We are surrounded by experts who tell us we must do this, we must do that, we must do the other. There is nothing you must do. There is advice. It’s your business you determine which advice you want to take, which advice is relevant to you and your business. Which advice is going to work in your circumstances in the context in which you’re operating and then you decide what to do. Just because something has been successful the one person it doesn’t mean it’s going to be successful for you ”…[Listen for More]
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Tim Luscombe is a strategic thinker who helps business leaders and owners become more successful. He is an executive coach, chairman and non-exec director focused on improving business performance. Tim also helps business owners and leaders buy and sell businesses successfully and is the author of Deal Finance which is available on Amazon He is the past National President and past Chairman of the Professional Speaking Association He's an accredited coach with The Core Asset helping smaller businesses with their marketing and business growth His background is in financial management and career highlights include Madge Networks which grew from 50 to more than 2000 employees and went public on NASDAQ with a 76% compound annual growth rate. Tim was responsible for Madge's business across Asia Pacific opening 11 sales offices across the region. Tim was later the UK MD of Black Box, an IT distribution & networking business.
“The best advice I could give to any entrepreneur would be to work with the right people. Find the right customer, find the right partner, find right supplier and do something you love to do. Do it with the right people”…[Listen for More]
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Nathan Littleton is a marketer, professional speaker and author who helps businesses to grow by attracting and winning more customers. Having started his first business, building websites from his bedroom at the age of just 12, he now sends more than a million emails each year for his clients.
“Get help where you need it. And that comes into parts… It comes in the fact that you should find a mentor or a business coach even if it is simply to bounce ideas off them. It might be that it is a friend. It might be a friend that you can use as an accountability partner to genuinely hold you accountable to do the things that you know you need to do. Or a mentor or a business coach who works within that space that can give you advice that goes along with that and that can tell you exactly what things are that you need to do and hold you accountable to doing”…[Listen for More]
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Christopher Burns dedicates his life to coaching men to activate their purpose, power, and prosperity. He has been coaching men, entrepreneurs, leaders, and professionals for almost a decade and works with clients 1-on-1, in group coaching, home study courses and hosts live events, retreats and masterminds. Christopher’s company coaches and teaches men through the “Mastered Man Curriculum™” where men create their Purpose Manifesto
“Go to the meeting, show up, do the thing that you think you should do or know that you should do whatever it might be. Don’t let excuses or limiting self-belief, self-taught get you out of that. Don’t let lives pickup and emergencies and stuff like that derail you from showing up the things that matter most because I believe it’s the person who consistently rigorously shows up for what he or she said she would. That you build your integrity, you show up for the opportunities and I think that are really important key of entrepreneurship”…[Listen for More]
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Known as The Book Angel for “cause publishing,” Susie Schaefer believes that books are the gateway to creating a movement. Her love of books goes far beyond the feel of a fabric cover or the smell of a library. Whether writing a book helps an author heal past trauma or raises awareness for social change, Susie empowers storytellers to be part of the global conversation and create a ripple effect for humanity. Working with business owners brings her tremendous joy, particularly when an author shares their own personal story and creates “Business Ascension” by melding their mission and message. Susie comes to the table with an array of superpowers; her unique combination of business acumen, street smarts, and mystic intuitive gifts to help people see what’s truly possible with no limitations. Her corporate experience working with non-profits, teaching and training in human resources and as a marketing expert, and a stint in radio broadcasting and commercial acting allows Susie to skillfully guide authors through the independent publishing process to finish that dream book, launch a speaking career, or build a business with a book that gets results and gives back. In addition to publishing inspirational books, Susie writes and edits screenplay adaptations of books through her passion project, Movie Muse Productions. Susie’s understanding of social impact, or “cause” publishing, enables her to offer a unique foundation for publishing by building community, creating connections, and serving as a catalyst for change. When not reading, publishing books or writing award-winning screenplays, Susie can be found practicing her downward dog (yoga), meditating on the beach, or planning her next travel adventure.
“Get out of your own way, don’t overthink it, create the plan, creates what it is, how you want to serve people, whether it’s a product or service, and then do the work put it into place and then just get out of your own way”…[Listen for More]
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Driven by his desire to expose the talent of quieter businesspeople, Jon Baker has become known for activating introverts. With his quietly confident attitude to challenges and vision of balanced teams Jon inspires business leaders to take action to improve productivity and creativity in their firms.
“stop blaming people around you and recognise that it’s your choice that makes things happen… The most powerful two words in the English language, ‘ I choose’”…[Listen for More]
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Hany Fam is CEO and founder of Markaaz, which is the world’s first global platform to verify and connect small businesses. Prior to founding Markaaz, he served as CEO of AXA Global Enterprise & Partnerships, Founder & President of Mastercard Enterprise Partnerships and President of Mastercard UK & Ireland Markets.
“Pick two things that need to be solved. Ask yourself the question can you do it better than anyone else? Do you have the resources? Or can you find your way to the resources to do that? And last but not least and the most important question is can you do it quicker than anyone else? So I guess in summary, focus, plan, count the cost, double it and go for it”…[Listen for More]
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Finnian Kelly is a world-renowned keynote speaker on Intentionality, a retreat facilitator, and a 1:1 Executive Coach. He is the creator of Intentionality.com, a unique framework to guide people to be purposeful and aligned in their beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors so they can feel more love in their lives.
“The greatest risk is not doing it at all. You won’t regret that you tried and it didn’t work, you will regret that you didn’t do it at all. And that just gives you the confidence to take that step. And then finally it would be remember that your business is just a tool to achieve the life that that you wouldn’t end for yourself. Try not to make it bigger than it is, it’s not you. It’s part of you and it’s a great platform to live an extraordinary life but I see too many people make it their identity and that just affects them when that business doesn’t exist anymore”…[Listen for More]
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Marty Parker is founder and CEO of Waterstone Human Capital, a leading cultural talent management firm that offers retained executive search specializing in recruiting for fit, culture change and transformation services, leadership development, succession planning, cultural and engagement measurement, and advisory consulting for entrepreneurial-minded, high growth organizations across North America.
“Have great mentors and advisers. You can’t have enough people… Most people whether you know them or you don’t know them want to help, it’s not about advisory fees or money. People want to give back what they’ve learned and so many more people than not are good in giving and helpful… And I think…’ you are the company you keep’… And having the best team members, the best people that you can on your team and just the best clients. If you don’t like working for a particular group of people you really have a choice.”…[Listen for More]
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