Business, Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

Shawn is the Chief Executive Officer of boodleAI, the leading machine learning peer-to-peer platform that empowers nonprofits to connect with and engage new donors and supporters and companies to find their best customers. Shawn started his career in the U.S Army in the 82nd Airborne Division before transitioning to the private sector as a logistics operations and technology consultant as well as an IT strategy management consultant.
Shawn is the Chief Executive Officer of boodleAI, the leading machine learning peer-to-peer platform that empowers nonprofits to connect with and engage new donors and supporters and companies to find their best customers. Shawn started his career in the U.S Army in the 82nd Airborne Division before transitioning to the private sector as a logistics operations and technology consultant as well as an IT strategy management consultant.
Alden Zecha is a founding partner at We Scale Impact, a consulting firm that focuses on supporting early stage social enterprise clients. He is also Managing Director for an angel investment group, Sidecar Angels. Over the course of his career he has raised over $50 million in capital for a variety of ventures.
Shawn is the Chief Executive Officer of boodleAI, the leading machine learning peer-to-peer platform that empowers nonprofits to connect with and engage new donors and supporters and companies to find their best customers. Shawn started his career in the U.S Army in the 82nd Airborne Division before transitioning to the private sector as a logistics operations and technology consultant as well as an IT strategy management consultant.
Shawn is the Chief Executive Officer of boodleAI, the leading machine learning peer-to-peer platform that empowers nonprofits to connect with and engage new donors and supporters and companies to find their best customers. Shawn started his career in the U.S Army in the 82nd Airborne Division before transitioning to the private sector as a logistics operations and technology consultant as well as an IT strategy management consultant.
Serilda Summers-McGee is the Founder and Principal of Workplace Change, LLC, a Human Resources consultancy created to guide, advise, and encourage the business world through internal as well as external growth and transition, while incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into HR systems. Serilda has been an HR/DEI innovator for over 15 years, honing her ability to identify challenges and opportunities while teaching the masses how to be better leaders.
Serilda Summers-McGee is the Founder and Principal of Workplace Change, LLC, a Human Resources consultancy created to guide, advise, and encourage the business world through internal as well as external growth and transition, while incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into HR systems.
Joshua Dick transformed a small family business, Urnex Brands, which sells cleaning products for commercial and household coffee equipment, into one of the worldwide leaders in the coffee industry. Josh was the CEO of Urnex for over 13 years before he sold the business and moved to Florence, Italy with his family.
Courtney Spaeth is the founder and CEO of Growth Period, a strategic business development and transaction advisory services firm. She began her career working as one of the very few women in the national security sector, including several government agencies such as the Department of Justice. 
Joshua Dick transformed a small family business, Urnex Brands, which sells cleaning products for commercial and household coffee equipment, into one of the worldwide leaders in the coffee industry. Josh was the CEO of Urnex for over 13 years before he sold the business and moved to Florence, Italy with his family.
Courtney Spaeth is the founder and CEO of Growth Period, a strategic business development and transaction advisory services firm. She began her career working as one of the very few women in the national security sector, including several government agencies such as the Department of Justice. 
Joshua Dick transformed a small family business, Urnex Brands, which sells cleaning products for commercial and household coffee equipment, into one of the worldwide leaders in the coffee industry. Josh was the CEO of Urnex for over 13 years before he sold the business and moved to Florence, Italy with his family.
Courtney Spaeth is the founder and CEO of Growth Period, a strategic business development and transaction advisory services firm. She began her career working as one of the very few women in the national security sector, including several government agencies such as the Department of Justice. 
Pete Birsinger is the CEO and Founder of Picasso, a program that helps brands with their advertising through the transcription and data collection of nearly one million podcasts. Pete also co-founded Podible, a multi-platform podcast app that learns what you love and suggests new podcasts based on your listening preferences.
Pete Birsinger is the CEO and Founder of Picasso, a program that helps brands with their advertising through the transcription and data collection of nearly one million podcasts. Pete also co-founded Podible, a multi-platform podcast app that learns what you love and suggests new podcasts based on your listening preferences.
Joshua Haynes is the founder of Masawa, a mental wellness social impact fund. After living with mental illness for decades Joshua came to realize that his unhealthy relationship with food was linked to his poor mental health. He began to take serious steps to strengthen his own mental health, but noticed that, despite statistics that showed high rates of mental illness in the American public, many investors were not focused on funding technologies that promote mental wellness. Joshua founded Masawa in 2019 in order to invest in innovative mental wellness technologies that will fill in this gap.
Joshua Haynes is the founder of Masawa, a mental wellness social impact fund. After living with mental illness for decades Joshua came to realize that his unhealthy relationship with food was linked to his poor mental health. He began to take serious steps to strengthen his own mental health, but noticed that, despite statistics that showed high rates of mental illness in the American public, many investors were not focused on funding technologies that promote mental wellness. Joshua founded Masawa in 2019 in order to invest in innovative mental wellness technologies that will fill in this gap.
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. For 38 years, John has been a pioneer, innovating new approaches to learning and teaching in higher education.  In 1981, he founded and ran The Princeton Review, which helped thousands of students applying to U.S. colleges and universities each year find, get into, and pay for school. In 2008, John founded 2U (NASDAQ: TWOU), an educational tech company that builds and runs high-quality online degree programs for leading nonprofit colleges and universities.
Tom Davidson is the CEO and co-founder of EVERFI a global educational technology company driving social change through education to address the most challenging issues affecting society ranging from financial wellness to prescription drug safety to workplace conduct to name a few. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) community engagement platform and has reached more than 30 million learners globally. 
Tom Holland is the CEO of Team Holland LLC, a fitness consulting company that works with brands like Bowflex, Beachbody and Sportwater. He is an exercise physiologist, fitness guru and a certified sports nutritionist with over three decades of experience in the fitness world. Tom has designed and produced multiple fitness videos, written articles for a variety of fitness magazines, and appeared on a variety of television programs. He has also authored 7 books including his latest: The Micro-Workout Plan: Get the Body You Want without the Gym in 15 Minutes or Less a Day which was published in April 2020.
Tom Holland is the CEO of Team Holland LLC, a fitness consulting company that works with brands like Bowflex, Beachbody and Sportwater. He is an exercise physiologist, fitness guru and a certified sports nutritionist with over three decades of experience in the fitness world.
Luisa Zhou is the creator of the Employee to Entrepreneur system, which teaches people how to leave their day job and start their own six-figure plus business working for themselves. She’s helped hundreds of students, including health and business coaches, designers, copywriters, and consultants, and shown them how to launch businesses that generate anywhere from $30K to $100K in a matter of months.
Susan Weiner is the founder and CEO of Orange Dot Baking Company, a healthy, flavorful alternative to existing high-glycemic, gluten free breads. Inspired by a review of poverty in her hometown of Charlottesville, VA called the  Orange Dot Report, Susan conceived of Orange Dot Baking Company to generate local employment for single mothers while producing delicious gluten free muffins and breads.
Luisa Zhou is the creator of the Employee to Entrepreneur system, which teaches people how to leave their day job and start their own six-figure plus business working for themselves. She’s helped hundreds of students, including health and business coaches, designers, copywriters, and consultants, and shown them how to launch businesses that generate anywhere from $30K to $100K in a matter of months.
Mei Xu is a Chinese-American entrepreneur, business leader and the founder and CEO of two global lifestyle brands, Chesapeake Bay Candle and Blissliving Home and MeiXu.com. Mei created Chesapeake Bay Candle in 1994, and grew it into a global designer, marketer and manufacturer of home fragrance products sold through major U.S. retailers on Amazon.com including Target, Kohl’s, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. 
Luisa Zhou is the creator of the Employee to Entrepreneur system, which teaches people how to leave their day job and start their own six-figure plus business working for themselves. She’s helped hundreds of students, including health and business coaches, designers, copywriters, and consultants, and shown them how to launch businesses that generate anywhere from $30K to $100K in a matter of months. Luisa has also appeared in numerous online and print publications including Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur, Success magazine, and more. A graduate of Princeton University, Luisa majored in electrical engineering and minored in robotics. Before starting her own business, she worked as an International Space Station engineer for Boeing, a mobile payments start-up co-founder, and a digital advertising manager.
Pete Ingram-Cauchi is the CEO of iD Tech, a summer computer camp that specializes in providing computer technology education to kids and children ages 7 through 18. There are iD Tech Camps at more than 150 U.S. college and university campuses focused on coding, game development, robotics, and creative skills. 
Pete Ingram-Cauchi is the CEO of iD Tech, a summer computer and coding camp that specializes in providing computer technology education to kids and children ages 7 through 18. There are iD Tech Camps at more than 150 U.S. college and university campuses focused on coding, game development, robotics, and creative skills. 
Andrew Dana is the co-owner of Timber Pizza, an award winning pizza restaurant, and Call Your Mother, a Jewish deli in Washington, D.C. A few years back at a local tech company, Andrew and his partner, Chris Brady met and became buddies who shared two primary passions in life: pizza and basketball.  Shortly thereafter they agreed that it was their love of pizza they would pursue and decided to go pro at making sauce and dough.
Sarah Polon is the founder of Soupergirl, a Washington D.C.-based company that sells healthy, vegan soups with locally-sourced ingredients.  It was Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, that inspired Sarah to quit her job and start a food business to educate her community on the importance of connecting with the food they eat and properly nourishing their bodies.
Andrew Dana is the co-owner of Timber Pizza, an award winning pizza restaurant, and Call Your Mother, a Jewish deli in Washington, D.C. A few years back at a local tech company, Andrew and his partner, Chris Brady met and became buddies who shared two primary passions in life: pizza and basketball.  Shortly thereafter they agreed that it was their love of pizza they would pursue and decided to go pro at sauce and dough.
Sarah Polon is the founder of Soupergirl, a Washington D.C.-based company that sells healthy, vegan soups with locally-sourced ingredients.  It was Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, that inspired Sarah to quit her job and start a food business to educate her community on the importance of connecting with the food they eat and properly nourishing their bodies. Today, Soupergirl has two brick-and-mortar shops and delivers soups all over the country.
Mitch Berliner, co-founder and owner of Bethesda Central Farm Market, has been a trailblazer and entrepreneur in the food industry for over 30 years. Shortly after graduating from college, he started the gourmet-to-go concept. A few years later he founded Berliner Foods which introduced people in the Mid-Atlantic region to their favorite treats:  Haagen Dazs, Ben & Jerry’s, Dove Bars, and many other high quality and organic frozen products.
Andrew Dana is the co-owner of Timber Pizza, an award winning pizza restaurant, and Call Your Mother, a Jewish deli in Washington, D.C. A few years back at a local tech company, Andrew and his partner, Chris Brady met and became buddies who shared two primary passions in life: pizza and basketball.  Shortly thereafter they agreed that it was their love of pizza they would pursue and decided to go pro at sauce and dough.
Sarah Polon is the founder of Soupergirl, a Washington D.C.-based company that sells healthy, vegan soups with locally-sourced ingredients.  It was Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, that inspired Sarah to quit her job and start a food business to educate her community on the importance of connecting with the food they eat and properly nourishing their bodies. Today, Soupergirl has two brick-and-mortar shops and delivers soups all over the country.
Kevin McMullin--- the founder and Head of Talent at Collegewise, the world’s largest college admissions counseling company. Kevin founded Collegewise in Irvine, California, in 1999 using his last paycheck from his previous job. He started out that fall working with nine students at their kitchen tables to help them find the right colleges and complete their applications. But just one year later, over 100 families were enrolled in the Collegewise program, and Kevin was no longer the only counselor.
Luisa Zhou is the creator of the Employee to Entrepreneur System, which teaches people how to leave their day job and start their own six-figure plus business working for themselves. She’s helped hundreds of students, including health and business coaches, designers, copywriters, and consultants, and shown them how to launch businesses that generate anywhere from $30K to $100K in a matter of months.
Teri Ijeoma is the Founder and CEO of “Invest with Teri”, an online courses teaching you how to make money day trading on Wall Street. She began her professional career working in education and for nonprofits.  When she started trading stocks nine years ago, she initially saw it as an opportunity to simply supplement her income. However, she was so successful with this side hustle that in 2017, she decided to quit her job, travel the world, and begin trading full-time.
Susan Weiner is the founder and CEO of Orange Dot Baking Company, which is a healthy, flavorful alternative to existing high-glycemic, gluten free breads. Inspired by a review of poverty in her hometown of Charlottesville, VA called the  Orange Dot Report, Susan conceived of Orange Dot Baking Company to generate local employment for low-income single mothers while producing delicious gluten free muffins and breads.
Mei Xu is a Chinese American entrepreneur, woman business leader, and the founder and CEO of two global lifestyle brands, Chesapeake Bay Candle and Blissliving Home and MeiXu.com. Mei established Chesapeake Bay Candle in 1994, and grew it into a global designer, marketer and manufacturer of home fragrance products sold through major U.S. retailers on Amazon.com including Target, Kohl’s, and Bed, Bath & Beyond, and enjoyed by millions of people around the globe.
Susan Weiner is the founder and CEO of Orange Dot Baking Company, which is a healthy, flavorful alternative to existing high-glycemic, gluten free breads. Inspired by a review of poverty in her hometown of Charlottesville, VA called the  Orange Dot Report, Susan conceived of Orange Dot Baking Company to generate local employment for low-income single mothers while producing delicious gluten free muffins and breads.
Mei Xu is a Chinese American entrepreneur, woman business leader, and the founder and CEO of two global lifestyle brands, Chesapeake Bay Candle and Blissliving Home and MeiXu.com. Mei established Chesapeake Bay Candle in 1994, and grew it into a global designer, marketer and manufacturer of home fragrance products sold through major U.S. retailers on Amazon.com including Target, Kohl’s, and Bed, Bath & Beyond, and enjoyed by millions of people around the globe.
Susan Weiner is the founder and CEO of Orange Dot Baking Company, which is a healthy, flavorful alternative to existing high-glycemic, gluten free breads. Inspired by a review of poverty in her hometown of Charlottesville, VA called the  Orange Dot Report, Susan conceived of Orange Dot Baking Company to generate local employment for low-income single mothers while producing delicious gluten free muffins and breads.
Mei Xu is a Chinese American entrepreneur, woman business leader, and the founder and CEO of two global lifestyle brands, Chesapeake Bay Candle and Blissliving Home and MeiXu.com. Mei established Chesapeake Bay Candle in 1994, and grew it into a global designer, marketer and manufacturer of home fragrance products sold through major U.S. retailers on Amazon.com including Target, Kohl’s, and Bed, Bath & Beyond, and enjoyed by millions of people around the globe.
Susan Weiner is the founder and CEO of Orange Dot Baking Company, which is a healthy, flavorful alternative to existing high-glycemic, gluten free breads. Inspired by a review of poverty in her hometown of Charlottesville, VA called the  Orange Dot Report, Susan conceived of Orange Dot Baking Company to generate local employment for low-income single mothers while producing delicious gluten free muffins and breads.
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. However, put to a vote back in his New York City high school, Steve jokes that he might have been chosen ‘least likely to succeed.’
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. However, put to a vote back in his New York City high school, Steve jokes that he might have been chosen ‘least likely to succeed.’
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.
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. However, put to a vote back in his New York City high school, Steve jokes that he might have been chosen ‘least likely to succeed.’
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.
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.
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!
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