Chris Nicholson is the founder of Pathmind, an AI startup that applies deep reinforcement learning to supply chain and industrial operations. Pathmind was founded to help businesses handle deep economic change and increase the resilience of their operations with AI. Chris oversees the company’s strategic vision and day-to-day execution.
“Spend 90 percent of your time thinking about the problem and the humans who have the problem and 10 percent thinking about the solution. That’s my best advice, sink into the problem, sink into the users, the customers. Hopefully you can identify with them viscerally… Make sure that problem really matters not just in the world but to you for whatever deeply personal reasons you have”…[Listen for More]
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An entrepreneur since fifth grade, Paul Chambers is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Subscription Trade Association. From launching a SaaS company at SXSW to building one of the biggest brands in the subscription box economy, Paul has a handle on every aspect of a subscription-focused business and exactly how they succeed.
“it’s okay to fail. As long as you learn from those challenges and those mistakes and work hard to not make them again. If you haven’t failed, if you haven’t made any mistakes then you are really, really lucky, you don’t recognise it or maybe you are just really lucky. I don’t know what other reason there would be… And just consistently keeping your head up and moving forward and always, always just keeping an ion the future is extremely beneficial”…[Listen for More]
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Mark Firth is the founder of Linkedpreneurs, a 7-figure business that helps business owners and solopreneurs to make more money, have more time and freedom using LinkedIn. He believes it is possible to change your life with LinkedIn relationships, just like he did. Mark Firth spent a large portion of his life working a corporate job in London, but he was left feeling unfulfilled and in need of creating an impact. He decided to take an extended break and visit Colombia, not knowing it would be one of the best decisions of his life. Mark met, fell in love and quickly started a family in Columbia, but he didn't have a job. To support his new family, he wanted to start an online business and remembered that when he worked for corporate companies, like IBM and Siemens, he used LinkedIn to prospect and book qualified sales calls through a personalized approach based on human-to-human connection. In 2017, he founded Linkedpreneurs where he combined traditional B2B sales and online marketing to generate leads. He has helped thousands of business owners and solopreneurs to consistently book qualified calls that become clients through LinkedIn using their personal connection system called Emotional Brand Intelligence. In return, his clients have more time, money and freedom to make an impact and change their life.
“We cannot become what we want by remaining who we are. We have got to become familiar with the unknown, we’ve got to get mentors and coaches. But overall, I think the biggest lesson I’ve taken is by changing your internal state we can exchange our external results. Too many people focus on tactics without focusing on their external state. Focus on your mind, focus on your control of emotions, focus on your beliefs. Start expecting success instead of believing that it might fail, start believing in what you do and charging what you are worth. And that all comes from the internal game influencing the external game. That’s the best advice I can give from my personal experience ”…[Listen for More]
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Jeff Wilkinson is a longtime Austin entrepreneur, currently serving as the chairman and CEO of Keystone Bank. With his personal and unique human-centric approach to banking, Jeff leads Keystone Bank to focus on integrity, honesty and resilience. Jeff has over 28 years of experience in the financial and business industries with a focus on finance and business development. He has led various organizations in their expansion of locations and increased their assets.
“Just kill it. Get out there and kill it. What are you waiting for…? You got to take every call and you got to answer call and you got to take every meeting. And I would say the modern-day entrepreneur/CEO founder you need to be accessible. People need to know that it’s okay to reach out to you. And you need to be accessible to everybody. I just think that’s so critical going forward. The old days of the veil of secrecy behind the leader and the inaccessibility being a key trait that people feel privileged to get the time with you I just think that’s bullshit”…[Listen for More]
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With two decades of HR leadership, consulting, facilitation & coaching experience Tilman Rieger founded 8C Consulting to help his clients reach more effective communication. Today, Tilman works as an executive coach and trainer in Shanghai where he moved in 2015 after having left his corporate career at General Motors Europe.
“Prepare, invest, invest into yourself, transition slowly maybe like what I did with part-time. Don’t take too big steps at the beginning and attend Toastmasters, become a good networker, share openly and take risks that can be calculable. And create positive self-filling prophecies by trusting people you believe you can trust”…[Listen for More]
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Surinder Kumar is currently Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at TruEats Modern Baking Company. Surinder has more than forty years of experience in senior management positions in Fortune 100 companies. He has been a global R&D and innovation leader at some of the finest consumer product and pharmaceutical companies in the world, including Quaker Oats, Mead Johnson, PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, Warner Lambert, and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. He is an honored and distinguished member of Who's Who worldwide. He has been awarded 17 patents, published many scientific papers, and has served on several advisory boards. These include a Board of Trustees member, International Life Sciences Institute; Scientific Advisory Board Member at Penn State University, DePaul University, Rutgers University, and The Ohio State University. He has also worked as an adviser to the CEOs of many non-profit associations including IEEE and ISACA. Surinder received the Distinguished Alumni award from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, where he received his Ph.D. He has an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago. He has taught innovation and leadership courses at the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University; University of Chicago, DePaul University, and the University of North Texas. He has authored several papers on innovation and leadership and a book on leadership, Riding the Blue Train: A Leadership Plan for Explosive Growth, which has been published in the USA, India, Turkey, and South Korea. His third book, "Everything You Need is Within You," is scheduled for release on April 6, 2021. He and his family reside in Flower Mound, Texas.
“Unless you are really passionate about an idea don’t even start a business. Starting a business to make money is not the best way to start. Passion alone is not sufficient either. So, you need to ask yourself what gives you the right to succeed in the marketplace? Does your product or service have a sustainable product or competitive advantage? Many entrepreneurs dream of success, they may even have a clear vision, they may be really passionate about their business, they may even have a plan in mind. Now however when you look at businesses and when you look at products the path to successful business is littered with good ideas and good intentions. I would say without hard disciplined work and executing that plan, and without resilience and persistence success is very tough to come by”…[Listen for More]
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DeAndrea Byrd, is the owner of a super girly niche store for girls in Atlanta GA. Tutu Maniacs is a specialty girl-focused party and pampering shop. “Tutu Maniacs creates an environment that demonstrates that luxury is within. Tutu Maniacs is located in Greenbrair Mall in SW Atlanta, GA.
“turn off the background noise. Everybody is going to think you are crazy or not be down with your dream until they see successful. But your success is for you it’s not for anybody else. Make sure that you turn off the background noise, don’t give up. Get started because if you don’t get started somebody else will and you will be 10 years from now living a life of regrets because somebody just got started before you”…[Listen for More]
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Debbie Lynn Grace is a Transformational Leader, Author, 30+ year marketing and business growth expert. Besides being an energy worker and intuitive. Debbie’s online business and transformational programs on removing energy blocks to create massive success have impacted hundreds of thousands of people worldwide over the last 27 years.
“stay true to your values. Don’t work with anybody, don’t align with anybody, don’t develop a relationship with anybody, don’t hire anybody that’s not in alignment with your personal values because it just won’t work out. Ultimately it won’t work out. Don’t ever ever, ever override your gut instinct. If you got a good instinct about something about a direction to go that’s completely different than what you were doing but it’s definitely gut instinct, follow it. If you have a gut instinct not to work with somebody or take somebody’s money even though you have to pay your bills don’t do it because it will cost you more”…[Listen for More]
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Sean Hopwood is the CEO of Day Translations, a thriving translation and localization company operating in over 100+ languages worldwide. He built it from scratch by going door to door asking people if they required translations, and today he has a fully remote team from all over the world & is helping individuals and companies expand their operations abroad. He has worked with Fox News, TED, Bayer, Facebook, HBO, AT&T, and more.
“do something you love and have compassion. Always be willing to adapt and adjust. Be willing to admit that you are wrong. But bring on a team of people who complement you. If you are very disorganised person, bring on more organised people. If you are a very quiet person, bring on some very verbose and loquacious people who are willing to speak to customers. If you are a very financial oriented person, bring on a more creative person. Bring on people who complement you because obviously as an entrepreneur you probably don’t have skills in every single thing. So bring on people who are better than you at things you are not good at”…[Listen for More]
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John Williams is founder of The Ideas Lab, the company that has helped thousands of people to find something they love, get it started, and make a living out of it. John started his career in creative technology as a developer on pioneering special effects software (including on-site work at Disney Feature Animation, LA) and became Digital Media CTO at a startup before moving to head up a media technology consultancy team at Deloitte. John quit, declaring he never wanted another job for the rest of his life. John consulted independently to the BBC and other broadcasters around the world before finally founding The Ideas Lab, running a popular London event called Scanners Night, and writing his first bestselling book. His latest book 'F**k Work Let's Play: Do what you love & get paid for it' is WHSmith business book of the month and has now been translated into 10 languages.
“make sure that you create a business you enjoy so that when it actually pays off and it makes money you don’t discover that you’ve sacrificed what you actually want out of life just to make the money ”…[Listen for More]
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Jerry Fetta is the owner and founder of Wealth DynamX, a company that has taught thousands of families the truth about money and given them a simple & applicable blueprint to financial freedom.
“Do it anyways. And it’s a very simple quote and a very simple piece of advice but if you think about the entrepreneurial journey there is going to be plenty of times where we know we should do and we don’t want to do it. And in those cases, we need to be able to do it anyways. Then on the opposite side of that we know these things we shouldn’t do and we want to do them anyways but shouldn’t. And so, it really comes down to kind of sticking to your guns and having that personal ethic to be able to continue on the right path anyways because it’s usually the path less travelled. It’s not as easy but if you do it anyways the payoff is always there”…[Listen for More]
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Sean Folkson is the founder and CEO of Nightfood, a line of sleep-friendly ice cream formulated by leading sleep and nutrition experts to satisfy nighttime cravings in a better, healthier, sleep-focused way. Sean is an industry outsider challenging the status quo in the food and beverage industry.
“just do it. Get out there, get started, recalibrate. But get out there with a vision and an end in mind. If and when you really believe then you will be able to persevere… I think that finding that conviction, finding something inspires that conviction and then just getting out there and getting started I think that’s the combination for most people. At least is the advice I would give anybody one-on-one”…[Listen for More]
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Bill Bloom is a simplifier by nature. Family Man, sailor, strategic coach, money enthusiast and author
“never stop learning. We are all going to reach certain milestones in our lives and you are going to get comfortable. One way out of that in my mind is to join groups like Strategic Coach or Abundance 360 or Go Abundance… There is a ton of them. But joint groups, join organisations, join different people that help expand your mind. Because when I jumped up into the 10X program at strategic my mind grew instantly ”…[Listen for More]
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Dr. Larry Davis is a Co-Founder of XChainZ.io. He holds a bachelor's degree from Florida A&M University and a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida, all in Electrical Engineering. His areas of expertise include artificial intelligence, software engineering, cloud configuration, and virtual and augmented reality.
“learn to say no. Distraction is your biggest enemy. And the problem isn’t that there isn’t a path to your goal. There is a path that’s there. Sometimes you have got to find that path. There is always a path. The problem is that there is so many other interesting distracting other parts. So, learning to say no is your biggest thing. Say no. No, no, no, no.”…[Listen for More]
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Paul Ace is popularizing the concept ‘C-Com’ through the science of conversion conversation, and automation. He founded Amplify C-Com which helps grow businesses past seven figures through 80% human-like and 20% human experience. Amplify combines human psychology and automation to create more profits in their customer's pockets.
“keep going because you are going to have some hard times. You are going to have sometimes where you are just like you know I want to give up and not do this ever again. And then other times you are going to be absolutely on top of the world. But here is the thing it’s better than the alternative. It’s about the alternative that looking back in 50 years’ time and you are in a 9 to 5 job that you didn’t like all of the way through and you get to the end of it and you go okay was that worth it. So, live for today and also grow for tomorrow”…[Listen for More]
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Greg Ballard has held many unique titles in his professional career and has seen many ups and downs in his life. During these transitions he discovered his passion for mentoring and leadership development. As the CEO and founder of Five C Consulting, Greg works with CEOs to small business owners to improve their mindset, business habits and overall approach in order to improve productivity, communication, strategic decision making and many other challenges leaders face. With Greg’s help, clients are more prepared and better equipped to deliver difficult feedback, navigate politics and influence their peers. Greg helps to pave the way for personal development with his clients as well. He serves and supports his clients by offering the right tools and insight to set them on a clear path and helps them understand how to maintain their progress.
“take the value you bring into the market very seriously but don’t take yourself too seriously. Have fun with this process, really be open to understanding what people need on the ground and be weary of the solution that you have created in your mind. Make sure that you test them and make sure that you can validate them with your market”…[Listen for More]
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Dr Shirag Shemmassian is the Founder of Shemmassian Academic Consulting and a sought-after expert on medical school admissions, college admissions, and graduate school admissions. For nearly 20 years, he and his team have helped thousands of students get into medical school and top colleges using his systematic and proprietary approach.
“get started. And that doesn’t mean you don’t have a business so start a business. But that also means okay business is making 100,000 dollars a year and you know that the next step to get it to 200,000 dollars or 250,000 dollars a year is doing X. Do it, just start. That’s going to be a huge thing… It’s really making sure to document why things are working for you and why things aren’t working for you. To constantly iterate. So a goal is not oh just do it, it will work out but study the patterns”…[Listen for More]
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Amanda Rabideau built her career growing businesses using effective marketing, strategy, and sales practices. She has worked with enterprises like Dell & Microsoft. Her passion for helping entrepreneurs led Amanda to start Arch Collective. She now devotes her career to empowering entrepreneurs and business leaders to grow their companies.
“Be patient and hustle. Things might not have been overnight and so that’s where the patience comes in but you’ve got to hustle, you have got to keep pushing forward. It’s a balance of the two were you have to keep the hustle going but be patient to and one day it will happen”…[Listen for More]
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Bryan Clayton is CEO and cofounder of GreenPal an online marketplace that connects homeowners with Local lawn care professionals. GreenPal has been called the “Uber for lawn care” by Entrepreneur magazine and has over 200,000 active users completing thousands of transactions per day. Before starting GreenPal Bryan Clayton founded Peachtree Inc. one of the largest landscaping companies in the state of Tennessee growing it to over $10 million a year in annual revenue before it was acquired by Lusa holdings in 2013. Bryan‘s interest and expertise are related to entrepreneurialism, small business growth, marketing and bootstrapping businesses from zero revenue to profitability and exit.
“Act small but be ambitious. Entrepreneurship is full of these dichotomies and it’s like you have to have this grand vision but you have to be willing to humbly act small… If you are willing to really get in there and do things that don’t scale and hand crank and hustle your way through every level of the game but have this grand ambitious goal and be able to hold those two things in your awareness at the same time. I think it’s a talent that most successful entrepreneurs and business owners have”…[Listen for More]
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Christina Lenkowski is a forward-thinking publicity strategist and educator for entrepreneurs, speakers and authors looking to expand their credibility and go from “best-kept secret” to “go-to expert” in their industries through being a guest on other people’s podcasts.
“keep going and build a business that you enjoy. That I think is the thing that I see happening is that people get really caught up in the cycle of well this is what makes me money or XYZ. And that’s great we all want money, I understand that. But if you want to be doing this business long-term that needs to be something that works for you, works for your family, and just makes you want to get up and do it – maybe not every day but the majority of days ”…[Listen for More]
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Daniel McQuade has successfully founded three companies, the latest being a DTC platform. Described as a 'Thought Leader, Visionary, Innovator and a Misfit,' he has traveled globally lecturing and teaching innovation/entrepreneurship in emerging economies for the Columbia Business School. Recently asked why at his age, why another start-up…'I'm not finished yet!'
“Understand that this is a journey that passion alone is not going to get you through. There is peaks and valleys is why did I do this. But you are going to go through those and they are learning. You want to minimise the downside risk absolutely. But just understand this is a journey. There is going to be days you are just going to shake your head and say why did I do this. But there is going to be days when you are going to be so happy. The second thing I would do is seek out expertise. Smart people find smart people. That is the difference between successful people and people who aren’t… Three don’t be in a silo, stick your head out there, ask questions. If you don’t know ask, even if you know or you think you know ask. The fourth thing, don’t risk all of your own money. A lot of entrepreneurs do that… You have got an 85 percent chance of failure here. You can have some of your risk, you have got to have skin in the game, a lot of it but it shouldn’t be all you. The last thing I would say is build something that people want. That’s the key thing you’ve got to do. If you are not doing that you don’t have a business. And don’t fear failure, it should push you forward”…[Listen for More]
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Vadim Rogovskiy is a co-founder and CEO of 3DLOOK, serial tech entrepreneur and investor with deep roots in mobile tech and enterprise software. Partner at pre-seed fund WannaBiz, angel investor, advisor and mentor at 500 Startups. Named one of the ‘Forbes 30 Under 30’ in Ukraine.
“Just don’t be afraid to try and test your ideas… Always test your ideas on people around you”…[Listen for More]
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Elliott Holland has 10+ years of experience executing middle market deals as an entrepreneur. He fully understands the challenges in executing good deals and avoiding lemons. He is a Harvard Business School (HBS) trained, seasoned buy-side deal advisor who spent almost a decade as an independent sponsor & business buyer
“Create a future you actually want to live in. I think a lot of people follow previous models of success or put absolute dollar creation as the success metric because the world uses it as that. And they end up creating a future that they hate. But had they looked at the people who are living in that future when they started, they would have known those people hated it. And so why would they think they would like it when most of the people who are in it hate it. So, the advice I would give is think about what is the future you want to be living in? And part of it will be business and part of it will be personal and part of it will be other things that are important to you. And if you are going to build something why not build that?”…[Listen for More]
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Alex Williams is the founder and CEO of Holistic Hyperbarics. Having spent her professional life focused on health and wellness, Alex brings a unique combination of medical skills, equity activism, philanthropic values, and exceptional customer service to Holistic Hyperbarics. A Bay Area native, her career began when she launched her first business as a certified at-home healthcare aid, using her specialized training in surgical recovery and Kinesio taping to serve and support a diverse range of clients. Inspired to heighten her expertise and abilities to provide effective patient outcomes, Alex pursued concurrent work as an EMT. Treating under-served patients ignited Alex’s passion and commitment to providing exemplary care in an industry that lacks personalized attention to a patient’s well-being, highlighting Black and Brown bodies at rest. Understanding that time, care, and curated space for people to relax can expedite rehabilitation, Alex prides herself in turning a once-exclusive procedure into an affordable, accessible treatment option for the general public. Paying equal attention to the power of emotional and physical support that facilitates and accelerates healing, Alex offers clients the proven medical benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in a relaxing spa-like setting.
“you need to believe in what you are doing and have that belief be beyond anything that you want. You have to be so hungry for what you want that you are willing to not eat for days to focus on this thing. If you are so hellbent on making this business happen and this is what you dream about, this is what you talk about, this is what you make lists about in your phone, do it. Go with your gut and do it and don’t let anyone tell you that it’s not going to work. You need to find that for yourself … So go after it”…[Listen for More]
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Jeremy Pollack is a leader in the field of workplace conflict resolution and peacebuilding. He is the Founder of Pollack Peacebuilding Systems, an international conflict resolution consulting firm. Jeremy is a master coach, master trainer, mediator, and author. He coaches and trains executives and employees at a variety of levels and industries, from Fortune 500 companies to major non-profits. Jeremy has mediated conflicts between business partners, co-executives, and coworkers at all levels of organizations, aiming as often as possible to transform relationships and create Win-Win resolutions for all parties involved. Jeremy is a regular contributor on the topics of leadership and organizational conflict management to publications such as Forbes.com, Fast Company, Industry Week, and many more. He is also the author of the recently released book The Conflict Resolution Playbook: Practical Communication Skills for Preventing, Managing, and Resolving, Conflict by Rockridge Press. Jeremy holds a Master's degree in Evolutionary Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton and a Masters degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding (NCRP) from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Currently, he is completing dissertation work for his PhD in Psychology at Grand Canyon University. Jeremy is also a research fellow at Stanford University, where he leads research projects in social psychology and conflict resolution.
“put care first. I believe that business is all about relationships and if you put care first both with your employees as well as your customers, put care before money, that’s really important… And I don’t mean I need to care for these individuals so I need to keep them in the wrong position but I mean care for all of your employees. If one person is in the wrong position it’s going to affect everyone. So, caring for your workforce as well as for your customer base first and then money comes second”…[Listen for More]
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