Business, Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank is a serial entrepreneur and the godfather of the ‘lean startup’ methodology.  In 2013, Forbes listed Steve as one of the 30 most influential people in tech. Later that same year, Steve went on to win the 2013 Silicon Valley Visionary Forum award, and a few weeks later was also honored with the 2013 Northern California Environmental Leadership award.
Dan Moran, president and founder of Concierge Diamonds in Los Angeles, comes from a family of diamond experts: his parents were diamond dealers in NYC's famous diamond district for 30 years and his great uncle was a founder of the Israeli Diamond Exchange.  Dan initially resisted jumping into the family business and originally planned to work in biological engineering, but spent the years after graduating college as a serial entrepreneur in such diverse industries as computer software, online games, and merchant services.
Nick Freshman is the founder of Mothersauce Partners, a venture capital funded ecosystem for the food and beverage industry.  Mothersauce Partners aggressively shortens the traditional timeline to achieve profit for food and drink concepts by bringing to bear experience, connections and a suite of services that is largely absent in investing.
Nick Freshman is the founder of Mothersauce Partners, a venture capital funded ecosystem for the food and beverage industry.  Mothersauce Partners aggressively shortens the traditional timeline to achieve profit for food and drink concepts by bringing to bear experience, connections and a suite of services that is largely absent in investing.
Adam Roseman, CEO of Steady, works with a passionate team to help millions of Americans realize their income potential in a changing work environment. Founded in the summer of 2017 by Adam and two other men, the Steady app allows people to find jobs fast, seek financial advice and save money with deals on everything from healthcare plans to tax help.
Adam Roseman, CEO of Steady, works with a passionate team to help millions of Americans realize their income potential in a changing work environment. Founded in the summer of 2017 by Adam and two other men, the Steady app allows people to find jobs fast, seek financial advice and save money with deals on everything from healthcare plans to tax help.
Peter Newell is a retired US Army colonel of 32 years and a nationally recognized innovation expert whose work is changing how the government and companies compete and drive growth. He is the founder and CEO of BMNT, an innovation consultancy and early stage technology incubator that works with national security organizations to rapidly solve challenging problems.
Pete Newell is a retired US Army colonel of 32 years and a nationally recognized innovation expert whose work is changing how the government and companies compete and drive growth. He is the founder and CEO of BMNT, an innovation consultancy and early stage technology incubator that works with national security organizations to rapidly solve challenging problems.
Peter Newell is a retired US Army colonel of 32 years and a nationally recognized innovation expert whose work is changing how the government and companies compete and drive growth. He is the founder and CEO of BMNT, an innovation consultancy and early stage technology incubator that works with national security organizations to rapidly solve challenging problems.
Peter Newell is a retired US Army colonel of 32 years and a nationally recognized innovation expert whose work is changing how the government and companies compete and drive growth. He is the founder and CEO of BMNT, an innovation consultancy and early stage technology incubator that works with national security organizations to rapidly solve challenging problems.
Josh Adler, founding CEO of Sourcewater, is a successful entrepreneur, angel investor and veteran dealmaker. Josh has founded energy, real estate, medical technology and Internet companies. He served under President George W. Bush as a senior U.S. Economic policy official and the Chief Speechwriter to the United States Treasury Secretaries Paul O’Neill and John Snow from 2002 to 2003.
Josh Adler, founding CEO of Sourcewater, is a successful entrepreneur, angel investor and veteran dealmaker. Josh has founded energy, real estate, medical technology and Internet companies. He served under President George W. Bush as a senior U.S. Economic policy official and the Chief Speechwriter to the United States Treasury Secretaries Paul O’Neill and John Snow from 2002 to 2003.
Phil Villagomez is the Business Development Operations Manager at Shell New Energies. In this role, Phil is responsible for managing the Solar Opportunity Pipeline which includes identifying green fields, co-development, and platform identification for Shells global renewable energy portfolio.
Josh Adler, founding CEO of Sourcewater, is a successful entrepreneur, angel investor and veteran dealmaker. Josh has founded energy, real estate, medical technology and Internet companies. He served under President George W. Bush as a senior U.S. Economic policy official and the Chief Speechwriter to the United States Treasury Secretaries Paul O’Neill and John Snow from 2002 to 2003.
Jane Iredale is the president and founder of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, a company she founded in 1994 which brought the mineral makeup line jane iredale to the aesthetic industry.  She was the first to supply this industry with a line of makeup that had skin care benefits.
Jane Iredale is the president and founder of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, a company she founded in 1994 which brought the mineral makeup line jane iredale to the aesthetic industry.  She was the first to supply this industry with a line of makeup that had skin care benefits.
Jane Iredale is the president and founder of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, a company she founded in 1994 which brought the mineral makeup line jane iredale to the aesthetic industry.  She was the first to supply this industry with a line of makeup that had skin care benefits.
Jane Iredale is the president and founder of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, a company she founded in 1994 which brought the mineral makeup line jane iredale to the aesthetic industry.  She was the first to supply this industry with a line of makeup that had skin care benefits.
Jane Iredale is the president and founder of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, a company she founded in 1994 which brought the mineral makeup line jane iredale to the aesthetic industry.  She was the first to supply this industry with a line of makeup that had skin care benefits.
Nicki Mayo founded and runs the eponymous Nicki Mayo News, LLC. She is a self-described “multimedia maven” and is also a full-time communications strategist.
Nicki Mayo founded and runs the eponymous Nicki Mayo News, LLC. She is a self-described “multimedia maven” and is also a full-time communications strategist.
John Katzman is an American entrepreneur and education evangelist.  He founded The Noodle Companies in 2012 with the mission of increasing transparency and efficiency across the education landscape and with the goal of lowering the cost of online college tuition. For almost 40 years, John has been a pioneer of innovation in the American educational system.
John Katzman is an American entrepreneur and education evangelist.  He founded The Noodle Companies in 2012 with the mission of increasing transparency and efficiency across the education landscape and with the goal of lowering the cost of online college tuition. For almost 40 years, John has been a pioneer of innovation in the American educational system.
John Katzman is an American entrepreneur and education evangelist.  He founded The Noodle Companies in 2012 with the mission of increasing transparency and efficiency across the education landscape and with the goal of lowering the cost of online college tuition. For almost 40 years, John has been a pioneer of innovation in the American educational system.
Alex Grodnik is a co-founder at Payclub -- a next gen banking platform for Gen Z. Payclub allows you to create an infinite number of groups with friends to help manage and budget money together. Alex is also the founder of Grod Media, a company that produces podcasts to market and partner with brands, and he hosts the Moving Up podcast, a highly rated business podcast with over 500k downloads. Prior to launching Payclub or Moving Up podcast and Grod Media, Alex spent over three years as an analyst for global investment banks like J.P. Morgan and Houlihan Lokey.
Zac Willette is a board certified chaplain and founder and president of Allay Care, a nonprofit organization that guides people through both life and death experiences by helping them become more comfortable talking about and documenting end of life wishes and values. It is his belief that we are never too young or too healthy to get prepared for death, that death is part of life, and that death should be considered with dignity and beauty, similar to the way we view life.
Zac Willette is a board certified chaplain and founder and president of Allay Care, a nonprofit organization that guides people through both life and death experiences by helping them become more comfortable talking about and documenting end of life wishes and values. It is his belief that we are never too young or too healthy to get prepared for death, that death is part of life, and that death should be considered with dignity and beauty, similar to the way we view life.
Zac Willette is a board certified chaplain and founder and president of Allay Care, a nonprofit organization that guides people through both life and death experiences by helping them become more comfortable talking about and documenting end of life wishes and values. It is his belief that we are never too young or too healthy to get prepared for death, that death is part of life, and that death should be considered with dignity and beauty, similar to the way we view life.
Zac Willette is a board certified chaplain and founder and president of Allay Care, a nonprofit organization that guides people through both life and death experiences by helping them become more comfortable talking about and documenting end of life wishes and values. It is his belief that we are never too young or too healthy to get prepared for death, that death is part of life, and that death should be considered with dignity and beauty, similar to the way we view life.
Zac Willette is a board certified chaplain and founder and president of Allay Care, a nonprofit organization that guides people through both life and death experiences by helping them become more comfortable talking about and documenting end of life wishes and values. It is his belief that we are never too young or too healthy to get prepared for death, that death is part of life, and that death should be considered with dignity and beauty, similar to the way we view life.
Episode #200 is a fun and fascinating mashup of some of our favorite T4C episodes as of July 2019 which include (in order of appearance):
Adam Roseman, CEO of Steady, works with a passionate team to help millions of Americans realize their income potential in a changing work environment. Founded in the summer of 2017 by Adam Roseman, Michael Loeb and Eric Aroesty, the Steady app allows people to find jobs fast, seek financial advice and save money with deals on everything from healthcare plans to tax help.
Daniel Sieberg is the CEO and founder of iO Enterprises - an early-stage startup building an empathic A.I./AR experience in service of what humans need. He also leads iO Ventures to advise innovative startups of all stripes including Ground and Pressland.
Joshua A. Adler is the founding CEO of Sourcewater, the world’s largest geospatial data and digital-market hub for viewing, analyzing and understanding wastewater logistics within the crude oil and natural gas industries. Wastewater creates the largest operating costs today for unconventional energy sources like hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
Joshua A. Adler is the founding CEO of Sourcewater, the world’s largest geospatial data and digital-market hub for viewing, analyzing and understanding wastewater logistics within the crude oil and natural gas industries. Wastewater creates the largest operating costs today for unconventional energy sources like hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
Nick Freshman is the founder of Mothersauce Partners, a venture capital funded ecosystem for the food and beverage industry.  Mothersauce Partners aggressively shortens the traditional timeline to achieve profit for food and drink concepts by bringing to bear experience, connections and a suite of services that is largely absent in investing.
Marcus Brauchli is co-founder and managing partner of North Base Media, a partnership that invests in highly innovative media and technology companies in key growth markets around the world. He also serves as an advisor or director of several, including leading digital sites in Poland, India and Taiwan, and digital-content analytics and monetization technology companies.
Yarrow is the Founder of HATCH and H360, an Aspen Institute Fellow, and named 2015 top 100 creatives in the U.S. by Origins. As a Filmmaker, he has directed projects for Richard Branson, The Rock, P Diddy, and international brands.  In 1999, Yarrow created the original online community, Superdudes – 3 years before My Space – enabling users to create online identity, profile, friends lists, and play online games, to earn a chance at crowd-voted fame, and get printed in a deck of trading cards. The platform connected and empowered real life superheroes (there is a superhero within us all), and user engagement was higher than any other youth destination site at that time.  The community grew to 1.5 Million users by 2003, when it was acquired by FOX in a bundle with MySpace for $580M. Six months later, Yarrow founded HATCH, a network of influencers accelerating progress on solutions for global challenges.
Francis Hoang — aka France — is a veteran entrepreneur who has used his impressive skills and experience to build companies across the industries of law, aerospace, and technology. Born into war, France fled Vietnam as a refugee to the United States in the 1970’s and eventually attended West Point, where he graduated in the top 1% of his class. As a Partner with FH+H, France represents, advises, and counsels middle market companies on a wide variety of matters, including sensitive government inquiries and internal investigations, corporate compliance, corporate governance, and government contracts law. Holding an active security clearance, France has unique and extensive experience with the defense, intelligence, and homeland security industries.  He has over 20 years of national security experience, including positions in every branch of the US government. Now, France uses his knowledge to help a variety of organizations grow, develop, and function, and has even applied his wide-ranging skill set to establish two of his own startups — Chisel co-working for lawyers and Boodle AI.
Michele Bettencourt is the Co-CEO and Founder of He Said/She Said, a film production company and the Executive Producer of the documentary film, “Beautiful Lie” the story of Michele’s transition from Anthony Bettencourt to Michele a non-binary transgender m2f (male to female).  “Beautiful Lie” is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2019 at various film festivals. Michele’s documentary was filmed while she transitioned professionally, and personally, from the President, CEO and Chairman of Imperva, a cyber security software and services company, and from male to non-binary transgender m2f.  Michele is also a musician who wrote, sang and played drums on the rock album entitled “New Normal” available on iTunes. Michele served in those roles since she joined Imperva in 2014.  Prior to working at Imperva, Michele was President, CEO and Chairman of Coverity from 2010 to 2014, replacing the founder.  Michele has worked in Silicon Valley since 1982 when she dropped out of college at the University of Santa Clara where she was majoring in English. She later went back to Santa Clara in her mid-40’s to complete her B.A. in 2006.
Christina Lukeman is Head of Investor Relations at Agora, an organization founded in 2005 as a modern-day “public square” that brings together key stakeholders to accelerate social entrepreneurship -- in order to create a positive social impact.  Christina’s job is to play a kind of a “cupid” role by building relationships with social entrepreneurs and investors who are looking to put their money towards a worthwhile cause. Agora is among the first impact focused investment funds in Latin America, and serves entrepreneurs in that region. Since its founding in 2005 this organization has been at the forefront of the venture capital world.   Christina is a multilingual MBA who has traveled all over the world - even once hula hooping her way across Latin America. On this fast-paced Espresso Shots episode, Christina shares her best advice for on how to break in (and rise to the top) of the social entrepreneurship world.
Devex founder and CEO, Raj Kumar, shares some quick nuggets of knowledge that can help you break into the world of international aid and social enterprises. Raj went from an ambitious undergrad student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., to an even more driven grad student at the Harvard JFK School of Government, to dropping out of school to create his dream NGO: Devex, a social enterprise and media platform for the global development industry.  Devex aims to connect and inform development, health, humanitarian and sustainability professionals through news, business intelligence and funding & career opportunities in international development. He goes deep into his personal journey in T4C episode #64, but this shorter Espresso Shots episode is all about helping you get started with building your own career in this industry. If you’re in a rush today and don’t have time to check out the longer T4C episode #64 w/ Raj Kumar, check out these Espresso Shots! Press play and enjoy!
Nathalie Molina-Niño is all at once a technologist, coder, entrepreneur, and storyteller. As the CEO of BRAVA Investments, she combines her skills to manage a portfolio which bank-roles startups on the condition that they disproportionately benefit women. The daughter of Latin American immigrants, Nathalia admits to being a Columbian who doesn’t drink coffee, but nonetheless energetically answers Time4Coffee’s rapid fire Espresso Shots questions that Java Junkies interested in breaking into the technology or start-up fields need to know. Nathalie shares how she ended up on the technology track, including how she dropped out of engineering school to pioneer her own start-up when she was 20 years ago, and returned to school years later to study Theatre. Press play for all that and more, on this surprisingly decaffeinated Espresso Shots career conversation!
Rob Karp, a 20-year old senior at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, is the founder of MilesAhead, a luxury travel concierge.  At 14, Rob developed a passion for the travel industry and a drive for delivering a best-in-class customer experience. Initially, he began helping family and friends turn their frequent flyer miles into inexpensive plane tickets for family trips. What began as a hobby and one man operation throughout his high school years developed into MilesAhead. He took $600 he had earned refereeing soccer games as a high-school freshman to start the company. Currently, Rob’s company is run by more than 10 dedicated employees across the country, employing part-time college students and full-time “adults.” MilesAhead is on pace to generate revenues in excess of $1,000,000. Rob and his team have visited over 300 hotels since 2016, spanning from Italy to Bora Bora to Japan, and utilize their time off from school to travel the world and deliver that first-hand knowledge to their 500+ clients. Rob plans to grow MilesAhead after he graduates from college in May 2019 and follow his dream to create the world’s best travel advisor. Buckle up and hold on tight to this Espresso Shot ‘cause we’re about to take flight!
Mitch Purgason is a fashion blogger, entrepreneur, former college athlete, and designer from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the founder of Stitched By Mitch, a custom suit company that designs and creates custom suits of high quality and innovative design. In college, Mitch’s friends began asking him to style them, which is when he started Styled By Mitch, a personal-design business. This would later evolve into Stitched By Mitch. During his college career, Mitch used his tenacity and hustle to land an internship under Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban. Mitch has also worked on designing clothing for professional athletes like Doug Middleton, Brandon Chubb, DJ Reader, and Carlos Watkins, as well as college coaches such as Jason Capel, Wes Miller, and Jim Fox. Mitch received a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Management at Appalachian State University, where he also played on the basketball team.
Craig Vachon is the founder and managing partner of Chowdahead Growth Fund, a seed investment firm based in California. Vachon has dedicated the last 12 years to investing in companies whose mission is to make the world a better place, profitably. One of the first companies Chowdahead invested in almost a decade ago is AnchorFree, a company providing technology for consumers to access an unfettered, but safer and more secure Internet.  This was years before any whiff of problems with Facebook or Google selling consumers data as a revenue generator. Before becoming passionate about the intersection of venture capital and entrepreneurship, Craig was fascinated with the world of telecommunications specifically with digital devices which can be traced back to the ‘90s, when he worked in Japan for companies including Dentsu, Sony, McCaw and AT&T. While he took on roles as a numbers guy, analyzing data in many of his jobs, Vachon actually studied communications at Emerson College as both an undergrad and graduate student.
Danny Iny is the founder and CEO of Mirasee and best-selling author of nine published books, including his newest book: Leveraged Learning. He is the host of the Business Reimagined Podcast and is also the creator of the acclaimed Course Builder’s Laboratory training program, which provides all the instruction, coaching, and support that entrepreneurs need to build and launch a profitable online course.  All of this grew out of humble beginnings; Danny dropped out of high school at age 15 because he was bored. And while he made several wrong turns, he’s fond of saying that failure isn’t the end of the story—it’s a “plot twist.”  Back in 2011, Danny started Firepole Marketing with less than nothing; he had no traffic, no subscribers, no relationships with any influencers in the industry, and over a quarter million dollars in personal debt, left over from his last failed startup.    In just a few short years, he transformed Firepole Marketing into Mirasee and grew the business to multiple-seven figures in revenue.
Mike Steep is the Executive Director of Stanford Universities’ Digital Cities Program and in this Espresso Shots episode he breaks down the ways to get started in both the corporate and start-up sectors of the disruptive technology industry. Mike is a highly experienced expert in this field and he shares some of the vast knowledge he’s accumulated in his 40+ years of academia and first-hand experience working in this industry. He got his B.A. in American Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School and went on to get his M.B.A. in General Management and Finance from the University of Virginia Darden Business School. After graduating, he worked at Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, Apple, Microsoft Corporation, PARC, and a variety of other tech companies and startups. Impressive degrees and work experiences aside, Mike Steep is not just a seasoned professional, he’s a voice from the future hoping to enlighten Java Junkies about the changes they need to be ready for right around the corner. So, what are you waiting for? On the way to your next class? Take a second to listen to these Espresso Shots! Press Play!
Lindy Morris Fishburne is the Managing Partner of Breakout Ventures, a venture capital fund, or in layman's terms, the pot of “seed” money that investors give startups to get their ideas off the ground. Lindy, who specifically works with STEM startups, focuses getting budding science and tech companies out of the lab and into the market. Lindy is also the Executive Director of Breakout Labs which is re-shaping the way early-stage science is funded so that independent researchers and early-stage companies can advance their most radical ideas.  Breakout Labs is not a typical foundation grant—they are a revolutionary, revolving funding model where successful projects fund the next generation of audacious scientific exploration. Lindy has come a long way since her Anthropology Major at Duke University, where she learned that although the social sciences interested her she didn’t have the patience or interest in doing field research herself.  In her role as the Managing Partner of Breakout Ventures and Executive Director of Breakout Labs, Lindy works with the leaders of tomorrow to get them where they need to be today.
Dennis Whittle has worked for the past 30 years in philanthropy and aid. He is currently the co-founder and CEO at Feedback Labs a consortium which aims to change the norms in development, aid, and philanthropic policy to be more responsive to the people that those policies aim to help.  Dennis also co-founded and was the CEO of GlobalGiving, a global crowdfunding platform for grassroots charitable projects. Forbes magazine called GlobalGiving “one of the 10 startups changing the world.”  Before those ventures, Dennis worked for 14 years at the World Bank where he worked in Indonesia, Russia, Papua New Guinea, and Niger on projects and issues including: agriculture housing reform, structural adjustments, innovation, and energy efficiency.  Dennis Whittle has an incredible breadth of experience within the world of nonprofits, philanthropies, as well as the startup world. He hopes to encourage Java Junkies to push themselves outside their comfort zones and learn how to embrace failures as the key to unlocking their true potentials.
Mick Ebeling is an award-winning film, television, and commercial producer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of The Ebeling Group, an international production company and creative think tank representing some of the world’s leading design/director collectives. He is also the founder of Not Impossible Labs, an online crowd-sourcing platform instigating the creation of low-cost, open-source, DIY devices to help people in need. Not Impossible Labs (NIL) was founded based on Mick’s firm belief that ideas that once seemed impossible turned out to be possible. That momentum led to the formation of Not Impossible Labs, which was launched in 2013 in San Francisco. Since launching, the volunteer community of makers, engineers, hackers, and producers continues to grow, and new devices are already being created.
Naren Aryal co-founded Mascot Books, where he is CEO & Publisher, in 2003 with a single self-published book about about a collegiate mascot and zero experience in the publishing industry. When that book took off he was more than happy to quit his job as a corporate attorney and dive headfirst into the dynamic world of books.  Since then Mascot Books, a full-service hybrid book publishing company, has published more than 3,000 fiction, nonfiction, children’s, and cookbooks and has established itself as one of America’s fastest growing and most respected independent publishing houses. Today Naren leads a team of 25 professionals who provide authors a platform and the know-how to get their books out to the general publish.  Naren is also the author of: How to Sell a Crapload of Books: 10 SECRETS of Building a Killer Author Platform. Naren has a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech and earned his J.D. from the University of Denver. He practiced law for seven years before publishing his first book and establishing Mascot. He’s never looked back.
Sanam Rastegar is a Senior Associate at McLarty Associates in the field of strategic advising.  She received her B.A. in Global Affairs from Yale University in 2016. Before graduating, she had the opportunity to intern at Independent Talent Group Limited in London, Maclaren and Hermès. In these positions, she tried her hand at marketing, merchandising, and assisting employees in important tasks. Sanam learned the basics of how to succeed at a well known organization before she even received her college degree. In addition, besides her hard work in the academic and work environments, Sanam spent all four years on the Yale Sailing Team. Despite earning valuable recognition in this aspect as well, Sanam says that this experience taught her to be a leader and how to work as a member of a close knit team. She even planned a sailing regatta that gave her useful skills to help plan the McLarty 20th Anniversary Party in 2018. Once she had her degree in hand, Sanam applied for an entry level associate position at McLarty Associates and was hired. Her time spent as an assistant to the Chairman gave her the chance to soak up valuable knowledge from her boss and learn the ins and outs of the industry. Two years into her professional career, Sanam has already been promoted to a Senior Associate position at the firm and continues to be passionate about the company. Tune into this episode to learn how you can be successful right out of the university gate!
Ladan Davia is the CEO and Founder of BEEYA, a meta-search engine and employee matching platform that has partnerships with Zip Recruiter, Indeed and Nexxt.  She graduated from Chapman University in 2014-- yes, 2014-- with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. Ladan’s dream, or so she thought, was to become a hard news reporter.  Fortunately, she realized before she graduated the lifestyle wasn’t for her. After landing a job at Entertainment Tonight she decided to scrap the TV thing altogether. It wasn’t until she started searching for another job online that Ladan realized something was missing. She spent hours browsing multiple job search sites and still couldn’t find a good fit for her professional interests.  Instead, she got recommendations for jobs to be a gardener or nanny. So, being the bad-ass 20-something that she is, Ladan decided to do something about it! She decided to use DATA to match job seekers with the jobs they actually want. What a concept, right? With her past experience as a co-founder of the test prep company Excelerate Test Prep and the help of some engineers, Ladan founded Beeya in 2015.  So, press PLAY and learn how you can search for the jobs you WANT or even start your own business in your 20’s!
Jason Wachob is the Founder and CEO of mindbodygreen, the leading independent media brand dedicated to wellness with 10 million monthly unique visitors. He is also the author of Wellth: How to Build a Life Not a Résumé. Before founding MBG in 2009, Jason launched 3 other startups that ended up failing. He also worked as an equity trader on Wall Street.  He has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Goop, and Vogue.  Jason has a BA in history from Columbia University, where he played varsity basketball for four years. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter, and loves German Shepherds, Chuck Taylors, and guacamole.
April Rinne is a global citizen in every sense of the word — she is an adventurer, a lifelong learner, and an inspiration to those around her through her global ethos and mindset. She has helped startups, policymakers, and even international organizations identify social and economic trends and become more responsible as a result. Although April’s experienced a great deal of obstacles and challenges in her life, her work and life have brought her deep satisfaction and joy because they’ve truly bridged borders and boundaries. A self-proclaimed travel junkie who ‘belongs to the world’, April works in more than 20 countries each year and has some incredible career advice every Java Junkie should hear. Spoiler alert:  April believes (and has the data to prove it) that the days of staying at one company, or in one career your entire life, are behind us. So grab your mug and take a chug, and get ready to the world as you know it flipped upside down!
Mark Metry, 21 years old, is nothing short of a prodigy. The child of Egyptian immigrants who moved to the US when he was a baby, Mark first became an entrepreneur at age 12 when he started a hit Youtube channel focused on Call of Duty.  Today Mark is the founder of VU Dream, a marketing agency focused around virtual reality and mixed reality worlds. He took to the internet at a young age and taught himself both the technical skills and management techniques to grow successful businesses. At age 15, he had created and was profiting from the world’s most popular Minecraft server, something he developed after simply playing the game and thinking he could improve on it. In addition to founding VU Dream, Mark also hosts the Top 100 podcast Humans 2.0, the aim of which is to help people conquer their inner demons and live a life free from mental and emotional setbacks. He became passionate about this after escaping his own self-proclaimed “socially anxious prison”. Wise beyond his years, Mark Metry joins us for an honest and insightful conversation about finding the life you want to live and how he hacked his way to professional and personal happiness.
Larry Cohen is the Founder and CEO of Axis Promotions, a full-service marketing agency, based in New York City, focused on brand development in the promotional products marketplace. Larry started Axis Promotions in 1992 at his kitchen table, after he saw a need for disposable binoculars for the NBA, and managed to sell the NBA on that idea.  Larry graduated from Duke University as pre-med with a B.A. in Political Science because he thought he was going to head off to medical school. But after a conversation with a college mentor his senior year, Larry decided to change course and eventually went to the University of Pennsylvania law school. Today, Axis Promotions is an award-winning agency with five locations across the country serving clients from Zappos to Nickelodeon to Jet Blue to the USA Network.  Axis Promotions specializes in brand development in the promotional products marketplace. Axis has been named Counselor Magazine’s Top 40 Distributors 5 years in a row, Promo Marketing Magazine Top 40 Distributor, and PPB Greatest Companies to Work For.  
Dylan Gambardella is the co-founder of Next Gen Summit and previously co-founded Students4Students.  He is an accomplished entrepreneur, speaker, investor, and activist. The 22-year-old Duke University alumnus has addressed global audiences at events including TEDx, Yale University, and UCLA, and is passionate about supporting young people in creating lasting, positive impact in our world.   Dylan was born and raised in Westchester, New York and graduated as the valedictorian of his high school class.  While at Duke, he majored in Economics and Public Policy and was named a Melissa & Doug Scholar and was elected as Senator for the student body. Dylan was also a member of the Duke Basketball Practice Team and a Director of Campus Enterprises, Duke’s oldest student-run company.   Dylan was the 2017 recipient of the New York Wunderkind award.  But Dylan’s entrepreneurial journey began at age 17 when he co-founded Students4Students, a higher-education consulting firm designed to provide applicants an advantage in the collegiate admissions process. After successfully helping over 120 clients in the first two years, Dylan co-founded Next Gen, where he aims to support innovation by providing the resources young entrepreneurs need to change the world.  To date, Dylan and Next Gen have hosted thousands of attendees at more than a dozen events across the country - including the international Next Gen Summit - and have attracted an online network of over 5,000 young entrepreneurs.
Francis Hoang — aka France — is a veteran entrepreneur who has used his impressive skills and experience to build companies across the industries of law, aerospace, and technology. Born into war, France fled Vietnam as a refugee to the United States in the 1970’s and eventually attended West Point, where he graduated in the top 1% of his class. As a Partner with FH+H, France represents, advises, and counsels middle market companies on a wide variety of matters, including sensitive government inquiries and internal investigations, corporate compliance, corporate governance, and government contracts law. Holding an active security clearance, France has unique and extensive experience with the defense, intelligence, and homeland security industries.  He has over 20 years of national security experience, including positions in every branch of the US government. Now, France uses his knowledge to help a variety of organizations grow, develop, and function, and has even applied his wide-ranging skill set to establish two of his own startups — Chisel co-working for lawyers and Boodle AI. France is an entrepreneurial star with a heck of a lot of sage advice on being your own boss.
Raj Kumar is the founding President & Editor-in-Chief of Devex, the media platform for the global development community. A social entrepreneur and digital media executive, he's been a part of nine presidential campaigns and was a co-founder of a successful financial information company. Raj saw the world-shaping potential of Devex while a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School and promptly dropped out to build it. He has been profiled in Forbes, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and the Washington Post, where Devex was called the Bloomberg of foreign aid. Raj is also an active investor in ground-breaking startups, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Clinton Global Initiative, and is the former chair of the World Economic Forum's humanitarian council.
Ann Mei Chang is the Executive Director of Lean Impact at Lean Startup Co., a company that  encourages all organizations, especially ones seeking solutions to social problems, to think like startups. She is also the author of the new book LEAN IMPACT: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good, which takes a closer look at the idea of applying entrepreneurial thinking to social problem solving and explores examples of how these theories have played out in advocacy organizations around the world. Ann Mei came to this work through a winding path of both social and technological innovation. After graduating from Stanford with a degree in computer science, she went to work in Silicon Valley as a software engineer, and quickly climbed her way up the management ladder as she moved between tech startups. But after 20+ years in fast-paced Palo Alto, Ann Mei decided it was time to use her skills as an engineer and innovator to truly make the world a better place. More specifically, she set out to end global poverty. She began a career in government work and again climbed the management ladder quickly, becoming the Chief Innovation Officer at USAID and later the first Executive Director of the US Global Development Lab. She also served the US Department of State as Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and, after moving from government to NGO work, Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps. Today, Ann Mei combines the skills she’s developed over her two illustrious careers to bring a new approach to solving global social issues by thinking like the innovator and engineer she always will be.
Dennis Whittle has worked for the past 30 years in philanthropy and aid. He is currently the co-founder and CEO at Feedback Labs a consortium which aims to change the norms in development, aid, and philanthropic policy to be more responsive to the people that those policies aim to help.  Dennis also co-founded and was the CEO of GlobalGiving, a global crowdfunding platform for grassroots charitable projects. Forbes magazine called GlobalGiving “one of the 10 startups changing the world.”  Before those ventures, Dennis worked for 14 years at the World Bank where he worked in Indonesia, Russia, Papua New Guinea, and Niger on projects and issues including: agriculture housing reform, structural adjustments, innovation, and energy efficiency.  Dennis Whittle has an incredible breadth of experience within the world of nonprofits, philanthropies, as well as the startup world. He hopes to encourage Java Junkies to push themselves outside their comfort zones and learn how to embrace failures as the key to unlocking their true potentials.
Christina Lukeman is Head of Investor Relations at Agora, an organization founded in 2005 as a modern-day “public square” that brings together key stakeholders to accelerate social entrepreneurship -- in order to create a positive social impact.  Christina’s job is to play a kind of a “cupid” role by building relationships with social entrepreneurs and investors who are looking to put their money towards a worthwhile cause. Agora is among the first impact focused investment funds in Latin America, and serves entrepreneurs in that region. Since its founding in 2005 this organization has been at the forefront of the venture capital world.   Christina is a multilingual MBA who has traveled all over the world - even once hula hooping her way across Latin America. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Christina spent a few years traversing the world before earning her MBA and filling out hundreds of job applications to find the career that fit her best. For this ‘caffeinated career conversation’ Christina joins us all the way from sunny California, rather than Mexico City where she’s now living,  to share the story of how she got to where she is today, and what its like to work in the influential and exciting world of venture capital.
Nathalie Molina Niño is the CEO of BRAVA Investments where she is committed to delivering returns to investors while making a catalytic impact on women in the world. She is also the author of the new book: LEAPFROG, The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs. In LEAPFROG, Nathalie provides her readers and aspiring entrepreneurs with 50 read more>>>
In his teens and early 20s, Levi Meeuwenberg was flipping off of walls, somersaulting over railings, and performing impossible stunts across the US as a professional parkour and stunt man. His extraordinary acrobatic skills helped him land gigs as a parkour dancer on one of Madonna’s World tours, as a star competitor on Japan’s Sasuke Ninja Warrior, and even as a stunt man in The Avengers (he briefly doubled Captain America) and in the movie The Bourney Legacy (he doubled Jeremy Renner)! But after all of this success, Levi grew disillusioned with his parkour career and decided to pursue a lifestyle that he felt could produce something of more lasting value. Enter: permaculture. Leaving his parkour career behind, Levi developed a deep concern about climate change and discovered permaculture — the development of self-sustaining agricultural systems. Levi moved back to his hometown in Michigan and applied his new love for ecology and sustainable living, and has since become successful enough to share his knowledge with others. Supplementing his permaculture lifestyle with his own web design business, Hog the Web, Levi is on a mission to show other Americans the importance of living sustainably in communities in which neighbors not only regularly support one another but also eschew the trappings of so-called successful lives in order to build truly happy lives. 
Joe De Sena has always been guided by his entrepreneurial drive. Before applying to Cornell University, Joe had already built a multimillion dollar pool business in his hometown New York City. After his studies at Cornell, where he majored in Textiles, Joe’s passion took him to Wall Street and then to Vermont, where his business acumen helped him operate and manage an organic farm among other ventures. It was here where Joe first developed his idea for the Spartan Races – the international fitness phenomenon that’s gaining popularity in more than 30 countries across the world. These races are rooted in his own mantras of motivation. In an age of luxury and technology, it’s important that people stay active and embrace the Spartan lifestyle. Two-time New York Times bestselling author of the cultural hits Spartan Up and Spartan Fit, Joe has a thing or two to say about getting off the couch, on the move, and to a better future. Listen up, Java Junkies!
Chris Walker is the Director of Social Innovations at Mercy Corps, where he manages the Innovation Investment Alliance, a partnership between the Skoll Foundation and USAID that finances the scale-up of social enterprises. He also advises Mercy Corps’ Social Venture Fund, which invests in and accelerates impact-oriented, for-profit businesses.  Prior to joining Merc Corps in 2015, Chris directed the Innovative Finance Program at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), an international organization dedicated to ending malnutrition. He designed and built innovative initiatives that attracted investment capital to address malnutrition, including impact investment partnerships that provide equity and debt financing to companies having a positive impact on nutrition.
Vivek Wadhwa researches exponentially advancing technologies that will soon change our world.  These advances--in fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine and nanomaterials--are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health and security.  Vivek Wadhwa is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, engineer, computer software programmer, author and professor. Professor Wadhwa is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School and Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering at Silicon Valley.
Lindy Morris Fishburne is the Managing Partner of Breakout Ventures, a venture capital fund, or in layman's terms, the pot of “seed” money that investors give startups to get their ideas off the ground. Lindy, who specifically works with STEM startups, focuses getting budding science and tech companies out of the lab and into the market. Lindy is also the Executive Director of Breakout Labs which is re-shaping the way early-stage science is funded so that independent researchers and early-stage companies can advance their most radical ideas.
Mick Ebeling is an award-winning film, television, and commercial producer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of The Ebeling Group, an international production company and creative think tank representing some of the world’s leading design/director collectives. He is also the founder of Not Impossible Labs, an online crowd-sourcing platform instigating the creation of low-cost, open-source, DIY devices to help people in need. Not Impossible Labs (NIL) was founded based on Mick’s firm belief that ideas that once seemed impossible turned out to be possible.
Hold onto your coffee cups …the Time4Coffee summer interns are loose in this special episode of T4C showcasing the insights, lessons learned and behind the scenes experiences of the freshman class of T4C interns: Julia Pekala (Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, Class of 2019), Alexandra Radifera (University of Oregon, Class of 2021) and Michael Ellick (Elon University, Class of 2020). 
Entrepreneurs and digital marketing experts Michael and Marc Guberti have been driven to achieve their dreams since they were teenagers.  Now, as successful young men, they hope to spread their message: Age is NOT a limit to success. Michael is a social media strategist and the founder of SmartBizPeople a full-service digital marketing agency, who just graduated from the Fordham University Gabelli School of Business in May 2018 with a degree in Marketing. While his brother, Marc who is 20-year old has just started his junior year at Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business majoring in Finance.
Rob Karp has been passionate about the travel industry, and building his own business, since he founded the high-end luxury travel company, MilesAhead, the day before his 15th birthday.  Today, Rob is 20 years old, and has just started his senior year at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. As CEO of MilesAhead, a luxury travel concierge in partnership with the Valerie Wilson Travel,  Rob is the youngest travel advisor in the Virtuoso network.
Ladan Davia graduated from Chapman University in 2014-- yes, 2014-- with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science.  Her dream, or so she thought, was to become a hard news reporter. Fortunately, she realized before she graduated the quality of life (there isn't any) of an entry-level hard news reporter wasn’t for her. After landing a job at Entertainment Tonight she decided to scrap the whole TV thing altogether.  It wasn’t until she started searching for another job online, one that would ideally match her interests, that Ladan realized something was missing. She spent hours browsing multiple job search sites and still couldn’t find a good fit for her professional interests. Instead, she got recommendations for jobs to be a gardener or a nanny. So, being the bad-ass 20-something that she is, Ladan decided to do something about it!  
Seth Goldman, co-founder of Honest Tea, dipped his tea bag into the world of entrepreneurship when he started Honest Tea with one of his Yale Business School professors, Barry Nalebuff. That was way back in 1998 in the kitchen of Seth's Bethesda, Maryland home. Today, 20 years later, Seth is a multi-millionaire and Honest Tea is owned by the Coca-Cola company and is sold nationwide in 170,000 retailers and is expanding globally ...
Sarah Robb O’Hagan learned the hard way why professionals who thrive must ‘step up’, ‘stand out’ and ‘kick ass’. And, oh yeah, why it’s essential to repeat all of the above if you want to succeed!  As CEO of Flywheel Sports, the fast growing indoor cycling company, O’Hagan is on the cutting edge as a leader in the fitness industry which is currently experiencing a major transformation through digital content and services.
Time4Coffee is a podcast (and website: Time4Coffee.org) where the professionals in the jobs that matter most to you, always have time to grab coffee 24/7, no matter where you live.    Time4Coffee’s mission is to help 18-25 year olds:  college students, recent graduates, grad students and those still looking for the right professional fit, navigate a rapidly changing global job marketplace.

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