Bay McLaughlin, Co-Founder, Brinc - Check out show 035
Working Prototypes - Wearable Technology
WeWork Creator Awards Winner
Temple BYOBB Grand Prize Winner
Hardware Accelerators in Philadelphia (NextFab)
Hong Kong (Brinc)
Investments from Crowd Funding and beyond
Today we are interviewing Danish Dhamani on this show 052. Danish is the founder of Orai a language coaching app.
The app has been featured in Fast Company, Wired Magazine, and Venture Beat, now on the Listenup show startup entrepreneur podcast and will also be featured on the front page of our appssmarter.com website. Orai is an early-stage startup based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their mission is to give people across the world the confidence and skills to speak more powerfully when on stage, in front of a room, or even in everyday life. Orai is an easy to use app, using both on-demand speech and video artificial intelligence that provides you with targeted insights on your speech. For example, the enterprise software has been used in the life sciences industry—but used by any professional in various industries to help boost sales and reps to close more business by leveraging the machine learning algorithms which automatically evaluate a sales pitch on parameters such as content, confidence, clarity, tone, and energy.
Danish founded the company while in college as an engineering student
Danish was born in Pakistan and was raised in Tanzania,
So what are we going to learn on today's show:
How a first-time entrepreneur and college engineer, built an app
Using both artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) to help people hone and solve their public speaking skills considered one of the largest fears in the world: public speaking.
Leveraging and improve your speech and sales with machine learning enterprise software to improve your business sales with on-demand speech and video technology.
Improving your speech and sales with enterprise software
We talk funding raising through various competitions: • Microsoft U.S. Imagine Cup 2nd Place Winner, May 2017 • Drexel Business Plan Comp, Nov 2016 - 1st Place • GSEA Pitch, Nov 2016 - 2nd Place • IBM SmartCamp, Nov 2016 - Finalist • TechCrunch DISRUPT San Francisco, Nov 2016 - Presentation • Shark Tank Auditions, Jun 2016 - 2nd Round • PittJohnstown Live, Jun 2016 - 1st Place • Baiada Business Model Comp, Jun 2016 - 2nd Place • Oh-Penn Pitch, Apr 2016 - 1st Place • Recess Pitch, Apr 2016 - 3rd Place • Startupalooza, Mar 2016 - 3rd Place • College Pitch Philly, Feb 2016 - 2nd Place • Drexel Startup Day, Nov 2015 - 2nd Place • PennApps Hackathon, May 2015 - Top 10 That's over $50,000 in cash, credits, and prizes.
He tell's us why he started his business.
How you can actually improve speech from content, structure to diction.
We talk sales his and how your speech can increase your sales.
We talk about the several articles published on Orai like Fast Company, which had international reach. Others included: Oraiapp.com has been featured in VentureBeat, Fast Company, (and) Wired, and that really helps build an international reach and customer credibility for users. We were getting thousands of new users every day, people from all sorts of backgrounds and people reaching out to me on LinkedIn, offering their services, offering partnerships. These a sample of some of the articles written on Orai: FastCompany: Learn How To Love Talking In Public (And Stop Saying “Um” And “Like”) With This New App JUNE 05, 2017 VentureBeat: Orai app uses AI to help you become a better public speaker MAY 06, 2017 Karissa Fleming: Orai App Review MAY 06, 2017 Philly.com: A Microsoft contest could earn this Drexel speech-coaching start-up $100K MAY 04, 2017 Microsoft: 2017 U.S. Imagine Cup Winners announced APRIL 20, 2017 Drexel NOW: The Drexel Students Who Can Fix Your Fear of Public Speaking APRIL 17, 2017 The Official Orai Blog: Why we created a public speaking app MARCH 21, 2017 Philadelphia Business Journal: Spotlight on smartphone app Orai MARCH 16, 2017 New Learning Times: Before You Make That Speech, Check Out Orai MARCH 10, 2017 The University City Post: Meet Orai - Your personal speech consultant FEBRUARY 15, 2017 Drexel College of Engineering: Student Develops App to Aid Public Speaking FEBRUARY 01, 2017 Technical.ly Philly: The 20 most exciting startups in Philly right now JANUARY 30, 2017 Technical.ly Philly: Pay attention to these 2 language-oriented Drexel undergrad startups JANUARY 18, 2017
another article published in Wired, and that really built their credibility.
Partnerships - Toastmasters International
Orai 2.0 coming out at month end August 2017 - refining Orai and adding more benefits and features.
What is the big vision for Orai. In the next five years,?
Favorite book: Four Hour Work Week, Tim Ferris
who do you use to host your website: Square Space
We know your favorite app: Oraiapp.com now featured on appssmarter.com quote or mantra:
Who does he attribute his success:
The secret to his rise and what has contributed most to his success to date:
His best business advice that he has received:
Wrap up round
Three main take aways:
How can people stay in touch
what is your philosophy in business, family and life -
what guides you most on this entrepreneurial journey? tags: AI, artificial intelligence, VR, Virtual Reality, app development, public speaking, coaching, YouTube Channel Platform: mitchellchadrow.com/youtube mitchellchadrow.com/youtube052
The post Emergency Information Systems Product Designer Developer Jared Therrien Show 051 was re-published on listenupshow.com
We are interviewing Jared Therrien on today's Show 051
Jared is the founder of Emergency Information Systems, LLC The company offers decal and hardware products which increase the situational awareness of emergency responders throughout incidents in high-occupancy buildings.
What are we going to learn:
1) How Emergency Information Systems designs, develops and sells their products. 2) The importance of reducing emergency response times by providing missing information during an incident to responding personnel. 3) How to see a problem then ask yourself specific questions that will help your end user solve their issues! 4) How to find your customer Our startup round:
1) Jared - In real estate, we hear that mantra: Location location location but location is not just for real estate apparently it is also the single most important piece of information that emergency response personnel need to know. Tell us about that -
2) how does the company solve this problem?
3) Manufacture process ? THE BEST MATERIALS
4) What is the Wayfinder™ Safety System?
5) Window Appliquies?
Wayfinder™ Window Appliques are a stylish wayfinding option. Vinyl creates a modern look and makes a great addition to any renovation project. We use a reflective film to frost the entire window and then cut large numbers out of the film. This option also increases privacy on ground-floor windows.
Windows are great points of access and egress for school buildings, but without proper markings, they cannot be used effectively during emergency situations. Campus security experts around the country recommend placing decals in classroom windows, indicating which window belongs to each classroom. This helps response crews to gather important information about the incident location and increase situational awareness, speeding egress from windows and operations overall.
Reflective Numeral Decals?
Wayfinder™ Reflective Numeral Decals are highly visible. They are the only inside-glass mount/interior-installation reflective decals on the market. The high-intensity Prismatic film is used to increase visibility and durability, ensuring proper exterior wayfinding for your school for years to come.
Why Wayfinder™ Decals?
Taking into account the principles of Environmental Graphic Design, which blends elements of the interior, architectural, and wayfinding/navigational design, we have optimized our decals to best serve the functional needs of first responders and the aesthetic needs of the school customer. High Visibility Reflective Vinyl Unlike many other existing options, WAYFINDER™ Reflective Numeral Decals and Window Appliques are reflective, ensuring maximum visibility at all times of the day and night, and in all-weather conditions. Our decals are made of a premium-grade retro-reflective vinyl.
We proudly make all decal products out of the highest quality vinyl films and materials available on the market. Durable & Attractive WAYFINDER™ Window Appliques provide a modern look to your school while increasing safety. These beautiful decals often outlast their 10-year rated life, resisting damage and fading caused by constant sunlight exposure. Strong, permanent adhesives prevent peeling and vandalism.
Funding & Grant Opportunities
Our goal at EIS is to reduce emergency response times and save lives. We know budgets are tight and funding is hard to come by. To make our school security and wayfinding products affordable for everyone, we price our products competitively. Additionally, we have prepared a list of School & Campus Security grants and funding resources to help offset costs. Be sure to check with your local and state governments for grant opportunities.
Grants.gov Department of Education Department of Homeland Security U.S. Dept. of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services Grant Writing Resources Grant Basics and Definitions - U.S. Dept. of Education A simple guide to grant writing (with examples)
FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES
Emergency Service Department Grants State-by-State Resources Pennsylvania - This list is updated as new funding opportunities become available. -
Book recommendation -
What contributes most to your success
app productivity business finance Best business advice you ever received
Who do you use to host your website
Wrap up round:
Three main take aways -
How can people stay in touch -
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What is your philosophy on balancing business, family, and life
tags: product design, emergency information systems, product development
Inspirational + Motivational Show By Jared Therrien
"I started 'listening up' when I heard a few Drexel classmates and professors were interviewed by Mitchell. After listening to their stories, I ended up listening to over 20+ episodes while driving to job sites for my own start-up. Hearing other entrepreneurs' stories and struggles are extremely motivating. The show makes you think critically about your own journey. I have applied the advice learned on this show to my business and will surely continue to listen."
Today on Show 050 we are interviewing Hamilton Perkins
Hamilton Perkins Collection uses recycled plastic bottles to manufacture travel bag canvas and recycled vinyl billboard material for the duffle bag lining.
Hamilton Perkins is the founder and President of Hamilton Perkins Collection, an e-commerce retailer, offering designer travel bags at an affordable price while holding the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
What are we going to learn today: how Hamilton came up with his idea, what problem he was solving and testing the product concept. We are going to talk sales and marketing and find out how he does it! From manufacturing to distribution.
The Hamilton Perkins Collection has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Money Magazine. Now on the Listenup Show!
Prior to starting Hamilton Perkins Collection, he was the winner of the 2016 Virginia Velocity Tour business pitch competition hosted by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
What other things do we learn -
How Hamilton came up with the business idea to solve this problem.
Hamilton Perkins was preparing to travel to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Madrid and Athens with classmates in his executive MBA program when he came across a problem: He couldn’t find the right carry-on bag. They were either too flimsy, too impractical or too mainstream. So he decided to create his own. How to build a successful crowdfunding campaign with kickstarter. Hamilton raised: $14,329 of a $10,000 goal (as of July 14). The campaign began June 30 and ended July 30. The unique bag making manufacturing process and his successful experience in creating an environmentally sustainable product and supply chain. At Hamilton Perkins Collection the travel bags, line of duffel bags and backpacks are actually made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles and lined with vinyl from repurposed billboards. Each bag is different, unique. How Hamilton Perkins got his Collection into the Department stores. How he tested the idea before launching. Perkins began setting up focus groups with family members and friends to get their ideas about what they wanted in a bag. He also searched Twitter for ideas and combed through hundreds of one-star luggage reviews on Amazon.com to get a sense of common customer complaints. (Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, owns The Washington Post.) “No one is as serious or as truthful about something until they’re mad about a purchase,” Perkins said. “Customer reviews are a world of their own. They contain so much information.” Eventually, a theme emerged in his research: “The main things we kept coming up with were duffel bag and backpack, backpack and duffel bag,” Perkins said. “That, and people wanted something that was unique.” He decided to combine those three things and designed a bag that doubles as both duffel and backpack. (Picture a traditional duffel bag with backpack straps on the bottom. The bag has a three-way zipper so its contents can be accessed from either the top of the bag or its side, and all straps can be zipped away when not in use.) Perkins researched different types of material, too, and teamed up with Thread International, a company that makes fabric using recycled materials, for his first prototype. The fabric on the outside of the bag is made of recycled plastic bottles, while the inside of each bag is created from repurposed vinyl from old billboards. A factory in Oregon makes each bag. “Personally, I think the days of everyone buying the same cookie-cutter product are over,” Perkins said. “People want things that are unique and special.” Perkins has already invested more than $25,000 of his savings into the one-man company and says he was looking for a way to get the word out about his bag. He set a $10,000 goal on Kickstarter and was surprised when the money began rolling in right away. Within a week, he’d met his goal. “You really don’t know what’s going to happen on a site like that,” he said. “This could have done great or it could have bombed.” Luckily for Perkins, it was the former. About halfway through his campaign, he has raised nearly $15,000 from 100 backers. A $95 pledge gets donors a duffel bag, while $295 gets them the company’s convertible backpack.
recommend a book: The Bible
What contributes most to your success
app productivity business finance
Best business advice you ever received
Wrap Up Round
How can people stay in touch
Three main take aways
In parting leave us with your philosophy in business, family and life
Perkins said it will take until December to manufacture his first batch of 1,000 bags for Kickstarter backers. From there, he plans to add four more colors to his line-up and eventually look into creating other products. “There are a lot of interesting things going on with technology and fabrics, so we could look into integrating conductive fabric into our products or making it possible for them to communicate with smartphones and other devices,” he said. “Bags are just a starting point.” Hamilton was an Investment Advisor at Merrill Lynch and, earlier, worked as an Analyst at Bank of America. He has also served in a leadership capacity with various non-profit organizations and has been recognized for his volunteer work and service hours assisting low-income populations. Hamilton is also a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post. has hosted trunk shows at Bloomingdale’s was a financial planner for Merrill Lynch. Lives Norfolk, Va. He is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in Business Administration and he earned his M.B.A. from William and Mary. Huffington Post Turning Trash Into Fashion The Problem In 2014, I thought carefully about my quest to find a unique and socially responsible backpack. It all started when I was having a personal problem while earning my MBA at William and Mary. I was planning to travel on global immersion experiences to Asia and Europe and felt that my options to find a bag that I could be proud to carry were severely limited. Before the vision to turn plastic bottles into bags at Hamilton Perkins Collection, we simply were not satisfied with the selections available in the growing global bag market. We came to the industry from a customer’s point of view and we sought to use this as an advantage. In the beginning, we thought a lot about establishing a for-profit organization that would be driven by social progress. We thought that this could be the catalyst to support the vision for building a better bag. We surveyed friends, family, and prospects to understand the market opportunity and saw a big gap between the ubiquitous bags that sold for less than $100 and the high-end luxury bags that sold for north of $500. Additionally, we were passionate about solving problems and noticed first hand the modern inconvenience of waste in the form of plastic bottles. At the time it just seemed as if the benefits of recycling were not fully addressing concerns in our everyday lives. Moreover, we saw how this affected social and environmental issues and we knew we had to start building our proposition around carrying a bag that looks good and that makes a difference. A key finding from our research was that most bags were one dimensional, not giving the traveler the option to choose the version of the bag that was most suitable for them. We formed our thesis around the pain points that our focus groups were voicing to us and turned to one star Amazon reviews and algorithms for deeper unfiltered data. The Solution We developed the Hamilton Perkins Collection Earthbag, an all-in-one convertible backpack made out of recycled plastic bottles and lined with vinyl from repurposed billboards. The Hamilton Perkins Collection Earthbag features a 3-way zippered compartment that allows easy access to laptops, books, and travel documents. The Value Our bags are the perfect pick if you’re looking for the right blend of style and function. 1. Recycled Plastic Bottles - Hamilton Perkins Collection Earthbags are the world’s first impactful and transparent bags: made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles. 2. Repurposed Billboards - The Hamilton Perkins Collection Earthbags are lined with repurposed billboard vinyl. Each bag’s lining is different, each bag is unique. 3. Design, transparency, and impact - Hamilton Perkins Collection bags reduce waste, cut carbon emissions in the environment, and conserve water. A New Perspective Fast forward to 2016, Hamilton Perkins Collection earned its status as a Certified B Corporation® by offering designer travel bags at an affordable price, while holding the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Starting at $95, we are proud to make exceptional products that make a difference one bag at a time. Design Thinking Design and function are two driving forces behind our product line. Our approach to design has been customer-centric from day one. We take great pride in seeing the world from the customer’s point of view first and then taking it upon ourselves to be the change that we seek. We prototype and ideate dynamically to find what works for the traveler and what doesn’t. We get excited about making something that doesn’t exist and seeing it bring change and make a difference. At the end of the day, it’s about people for us and when they trust us to design the bag that they carry we don’t take the opportunity lightly. Our level of care sets us apart in a market where there are so many options to choose from. Hamilton Perkins Collection was born out of a simple necessity: the need for affordable designer bags that look good, perform well and make a difference. Similar to many travelers in the world we had trouble finding a socially conscious bag that met our basic needs in a practical and responsible way. We researched the industry and found that most options were average quality. The majority of the bag makers maintain low prices with high levels of secrecy around how they can achieve it. Other bags are excellent quality and their cost is way too much for the price. What is available to the modern traveler looking to find purpose in every journey? We founded Hamilton Perkins Collection to be an alternative. We stripped down the traditional walls of the retail world and invited our customers to share their comments and thoughts with us in a way not previously feasible. We interviewed countless travelers to start new authentic relationships and they told us how we could best serve their needs when re-engineering a classic travel bag. Most brands look at philanthropy and giving as an afterthought but we see it as an essential part of running a business today. In collaboration with our workshops and suppliers, we are committed to supporting fair wages and delivering value to less developed nations by sourcing raw materials that divert thousands of plastic bottles, save water, add revenue, and create jobs in parts of the world that need it the most. We track our progress and submit to rigorous third party review to ensure accuracy and accountability. With billions of plastic bottles thrown away each year, the average person still throws away as much as 180 pounds of plastic in the same period of time. It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade. We address these issues by partnering with organizations like Thread, to turn trash into fashion with every bag we sell. When you buy our bags, together we reduce waste levels, cut carbon emissions, conserve water - and create jobs. Final Thoughts Change is a funny thing. We’ve experienced change and its many benefits by carrying the Earthbag in our everyday lives. We have sparked lifestyle adjustments that were not evident until examining a simple travel bag. Although we successfully funded our debut Kickstarter campaign in under a week and were selected a Kickstarter “Project We Love” you can still reserve a Hamilton Perkins Collection Earth Bag until July 29, 2016, and learn more about how our epiphany is changing lives. Follow us on Snapchat: hamiltonperkins
Digital trends For the members of a generation raised on instant gratification, it can be difficult to see the benefits of recycling. After all, how do we really know where those plastic bottles go after we've separated them? Hamilton Perkins has an answer -- they go into designer travel bags that are as sleek as they are safe for the environment. Reaching its Kickstarter goal in under a week, Hamilton Perkins and its 100-percent eco-friendly bags promise luxury at an affordable price, "while holding the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency." Every bag from this green atelier is made from recycled plastic bottles, but that's not where the reusing ends. The lining of all Hamilton Perkins bags is made of repurposed billboards, and while each bag is unique and different (no really, look inside), they all share the same green DNA. Designed to reduce waste levels, cut carbon emissions in the environment, and conserve water, these bags are a purchase you don't have to feel bad about. And because they start at just $95, your wallet probably won't be too offended either. The company's signature Earth bag is branded as an "all-in-one bag that converts into a backpack or duffle bag." With its three-way zippered compartment, you can easily access laptops, books, travel documents, and more. Noting that the average person throws away up to 180 pounds of plastic in a year, Hamilton Perkins looked to turn trash into fashion with each of its products. "In collaboration with our workshops and suppliers, we committed to supporting fair wages and delivering value to less developed nations by sourcing raw materials that divert plastic bottles, save water, add revenue, and create jobs in parts of the world that need it the most," the company says on its Kickstarter page. "We track our progress and submit to rigorous third-party review to ensure accuracy and accountability." So if you're looking for a new bag for your vacation season this summer, Hamilton Perkins just may be your solution. Special thanks to Daniel Zhu, Operations department for team Hamilton Perkins Collection. He told me that the company produces one of the world's first impactful and ethical designer bags made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles and billboard vinyl. The Hamilton Perkins Collection Earth bag reduces waste levels, cuts carbon emissions in the environment, and conserves water. I'm writing on behalf of Hamilton, the company founder, to ask if you would consider having him as a guest on your podcast. He would love the opportunity to discuss the unique bag making process and his successful experience in creating an environmentally sustainable product and supply chain.
Wrap up round:
website: hamiltonperkins.com facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HAMILTONPERKINS/ youtube video https://youtu.be/ESwySLVaDEk twitter: https://twitter.com/HamiltonPerkins instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hamiltonperkins/ snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/hamiltonperkins Let us know if you are interested, and we can have a quick phone call. I've included my contact information below. Thank you for your consideration. Email: email@example.com Phone: (626)-710-7432
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Caffeine Guru Javazen Health Entrepreneur Eric Golman Show 049
Eric is the co-founder of Javazen, a brand of tea-infused coffee blends that combines the power of coffee with the health benefits of tea.
We talk coffee, caffeine, green tea, zen, caffeinated mindfulness.
Eric talks how he met Arianna Huffington CEO of the Huffington Post.
2016 Cupid’s Cup Entrepreneurship Competition delivering a five-minute pitch for $75,000.announced by Kevin Plank, the Founder, and CEO of Under Armour, guess what he also won the Audience Choice award.
The company mantra: “Javazen! It makes you feel good!”
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The post NFL Sports Entertainment Talent Advisor and Commercial Real Estate Agent James A McCormick IV Show 040 republished on listenupshow.com
What do we discuss with James in this show 040:
Commercial Real Estate; deep ties to the sports & entertainment; time as league executive in the NFL national football league; experience as a director of all player & talent marketing initiatives for the league; time at NFL films; days at Valley Forge military college
James tells us about:
Troy Vincent - Executive Vice President of Operation for the NFL & the 2003 infamous Eagles NFC Championship year*
His three Motto's in life and what contributes to his success: Be Prepared, Be Ready for the Opportunity, Over Deliver
His coined phrase: Outwork the work - for all the things that must be done you must be the last person standing.
Building his character at an early age from church, music and his family.
NFL Films - Steve Sable, mentor, Player Relations 80 producers, 12 networks: CBS, ESPN, HBO, NFL Network, the science of contacting current and former players, building trust and relationships, owners: Cris Carter & Bobby Taylor,
Lifestyle brand and setting up a digital enterprise - the media membership side and merchandise side.
Three take aways:
1) Look within an introspective; 2) Center yourself to focus; 3) Master the key to execute on your ideas.
Be your own visionary, knowing where you are going.
Wrap up Round:
How to stay in touch with James:
Instagram: Sauter Fly Society and also on Group Page Facebook. Sperry Van Ness commercial real estate www.svnahia.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Brian Westbrook - returned that punt against the Giants and went on to win their next 9 games that season, Donovan McNab, Duce Staley Playoffs Green Bay Packers 4th and 26th at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, no timeouts with the clock at 1:12 seconds pass to Freddie Mitchell David Akers made a field goal went into overtime Brian Dawkins intercepted a pass by Brett Favre returned it 35 yards set up another field goal for David Akers giving Eagles win 20-17 sent Eagles to third straight NFC Championship Game but they lost to the Carolina Panthers.
Governance, strategy meets growth, sage advice from Thomas L. Doorley, Chairman, CEO, Cofounder. Tom tells us it’s satisfying to help entrepreneur's across the full cycle of Stage 0 (idea) through to Stage 4 (sustainable enterprise).All young companies have to face the daunting task of “crossing the Valley of Death”, also known in academic circles as “crossing the Chasm”. This is the fact that describes the competitive dynamics in a business sector where lots of small, high-growth, young companies exist and a few much larger, more established companies have scale and scope. The challenge: How to go from young/small (Stage 1-2) to the other side of the Valley (Stage 4) where they have enough process, structure, and scale in place to be ‘sustainable’
In the case of his first startup, Braxton Associates, a strategy consulting firm launched after the Boston Consulting Group defined the consulting space they named”Strategy” and Bain & Co followed suit, we were half a decade late to the game. They grew organically from their Boston base to a second office in London and a joint venture in Tokyo (he knew they had to be global). They grew rapidly to about 100 professionals. His Valley to jump was the challenge to be 10X the size to meet the competition in the battle for major clients. They were approached by the then CEO of Touche Ross (prior to their merger with Deloitte) to become their operational and IT consultancy into the sphere of C-Suite advisors. Two years after they joined the merger with Deloitte was consummated.
Tom has helped successful entrepreneur's like Matthew Marolda who is now Chief Analytics Officer at Legendary Entertainment. He formed and runs Legendary’s Applied Analytics division, which uses data and analytics to drive strategic decisions across all aspects of the company. Prior to Legendary, Matt Marolda founded StratBridge LLC in 1999. StratBridge had two software solutions businesses: “moneyball” player analysis software used by many organizations in the NFL, NBA, European Football and Major League Soccer (sold to XOS Digital in 2012), and dynamic pricing and revenue analysis software used by many professional sports teams (acquired by Legendary in 2014, after Mr. Marolda had joined Legendary). He earned his MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth where he won the Adams Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship. Matt Marolda graduated from Bowdoin College with Honors, earning majors in economics and mathematics and a minor in art history.
Tom's other clients: Northrop Grumman, Deloitte, and Abeam Consulting (Japan). Most recently the New England Region of Deloitte for Retired Partners honored Tom in their Hall of Fame – this past December 2016. Tom spoke to a group of 2000 employees about a balanced life.
New England Region of Deloitte for Retired Partners Honored Tom in their Hall of Fame - this past December 2016. Spoke to the group of 2000 employees about a balanced life.
Keep in contact with Tom on Twitter, Linkedin & back at his website.
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You're listening to the listen up show startup entrepreneur podcast show 036
Today we're talking with Robinhood Ventures Executive Director Ellen Weber
She is also Executive Director: Temple University's Fox School of Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute
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what are we going to actually talk about today - well we're going to talk:
To our Ellen Weber about:
- how she helps startups startup and the resources her organization provides
- steps she had taken to Build great companies
- what drives her passion to innovate and what are we going to see coming out of this tri state Philadelphia area over the next several years
Ellen How are you this evening - it's great to have you on the show
We have tons to un pack here and I want to cover it all so let's jump right in
Ellen - What's the one thing that contributes most to your success?
You are really active in the Philadelphia startup community:
and you are involved in so many organizations :
What are the reoccurring themes that you experience as an
entrepreneur that you can summarize for the benefit of aspiring entrepreneurs, current startups looking for help and those looking for resources to either startup, grow or take their business to the next level or someone who just wants to get experience as an intern or find a job.
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What is the one best piece of business advice you ever received.
so people can get to know you better
fill in the gaps a tell us more about your personal story -
Tell us a little bit about how this background and ties in to how you are helping people today?
4. What do you think are the most common mistakes other startups or entrepreneurs or students interested in business make that delay or prevent their success?
5. Can you give us some of the essential understandings entrepreneurs/students need to have the proper mindset to deal with the daily challenges they face?
Q: Your Best business practices
Q: So what things do you delegate to others because your not so good at it
(www.robinhoodventures.com), as a leading angel group in the Philadelphia region helping startups scale and grow -
Tell us about the process companies go through from initial startup through excite -
Robin Hood Ventures has invested in over 60 early-stage, high-growth startups, en route to building great companies. Our investments generally range from $250,000 to $1 million, and we syndicate with venture capitalists, institutions, and other angels in our network. We are passionate about using our expertise to build great companies. Our members boast a wealth of experience in a range of industries from IT to financial services to healthcare, and they are able to leverage their knowledge and networks to add real value to our companies.
These are some other organizations that you help - Philly Startup Leaders, Philly Tech Meetup, and the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs.
Talk to us about the resources you provide them and what it takes to become a success
So how did you get started in business??
Co-founder several companies
also COO and VisionMine (www.visionmine.com), which provides a specialized Open Innovation portal to large corporations. VisionMine is a subscription service that allows corporate clients collaborative access to early start-up innovations, new technologies, and entrepreneurs that solve business problems.
You have over 25 years of experience creating strong teams and building strong leaders for emerging companies as well as Fortune 500 clients. Can you talk to us about specific names and what you did
Also Managing Director Antiphony Partners, LLC, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in helping companies create sustainable value through innovation.
I was involved in the growth of Investor Force, a provider of technology-based solutions for institutional investment professionals, where I created the company's initial human resources department, facilitated strategic planning, and managed the organizational aspects of the company's mergers and acquisitions.
Shared Medical Systems (12 yrs) where I was responsible for initiatives encompassing organizational development, customer support and corporate communications.
senior consultant for Andersen Consulting.
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Bay McLaughlin has supported technology startups for the last decade. Over half of this time was spent at Apple as a founding team member of their global SMB channel and as the founder of their first Entrepreneurship Evangelism channel. To support startups at Apple, Bay partnered with the world’s best founders, venture capitalists, incubators and accelerators to identify and solve their most pressing strategic issues. The other half of his career has been spent inside of or founding startups, two of which failed, one of which exited successfully. Currently, Bay has equity positions in 19 companies across seven countries, ranging from B2B SaaS platforms to the number one website in surfing technologies to some of the hottest new IoT products.
As COO & Co-Founder of Brinc, Bay brings his operations abilities and startup insight to support all of Brinc’s teams and connects the dots from Asia to Silicon Valley. Bay’s excitement comes from supporting startup’s from all around the world who have never been to China or understood how easy it really is. He took the big step of packing his bags and moving out to HK & Mainland China and believes everyone should do the same who really wants to drive the future of the hardware space.
Aaron is an accomplished fintech entrepreneur with a proven record. He is the founder and CEO of Vestwell. Prior to founding Vestwell, he created FolioDynamix. FolioDynamix was sold for $199 million to Actua who at that time in 2014 had a market value of $600 million ( ACTA).
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Stan Silverman is the former president and chief executive officer of PQ Corporation, a family owned global company operating in North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific in two core businesses â chemicals and engineered glass materials. Stan rose through the ranks at PQ over nearly 35 years
He is vice chairman of the board of trustees of Drexel University, and a member of the Drexel Close School of Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. Stan writes a weekly guest column on Effective Leadership for Philadelphia Business Journal.
He is the former chairman of the board of the Drexel University College of Medicine and former chairman of the Soap and Detergent Association. He has served as a guest lecturer on Executive Leadership at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at the LeBow College of Business of Drexel University, where he holds the position of executive in residence.
He is a director on the boards of Drummond Scientific where he serves as lead director, Femco Holdings, LLC, Exocor, Inc. and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He formerly served on the boards of General Chemical Corporation, A. Schulman, Inc., innRoad, Inc., C&D Technologies, Inc., Met-Pro Corporation, and PQ Corporation.
Other key points for discussion: Entrepreneurship, leadership, preferred provider, on leadership the good and poor (Wells Fargo an example of poor leadership). Building a leadership culture where you have high trust and true teamwork
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Baiada (Bi-odd-ah) Institute for Entrepreneurship (Incubator) at Drexel its not just about resources but being with other startup entrepreneurs where everyone may have different goals but it's a community of business minded people seeing that fact others are doing it provides the knowledge and wisdom that you can as well.
If you missed our last show with Nick Delmonico his company is creating wearable technology to manage asthma and on our next show it's our year in wrap up. mitchellchadrow.com/show031
Nick is developing a smart asthma management patent pending technology. He currently is getting a Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare at the Fox School of Business and Management Temple University.
What we will discuss on today’s show:
Nick is developing a smart asthma management patent pending technology. He is currently getting a Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare at the Fox School of Business and Management Temple University.
We talk to Nick about his personal story, background and what he is doing to help people. He also tells us why he got into the business of asthma management.
Our in-depth interview also touched on sales and distribution channels and the strategy for building it out in the future and raising money, pivoting from the initial design, how to commercialization and various go to market strategies.
For Nick, it’s about solving problems not just coming up with a rockstar idea. As a child asthma impacted Nick sending him to the nurse’s office and to the hospital. He dealt with it and played sports actively. We also talked to him about targeting the end user and making key changes on the device from feedback. The first version was going to be a necklace piece of jewelry but he had to pivot and iteract quickly.
He first pitched the idea to solve the problem to help people find out and learn more about asthma at a Jefferson Hospital Health Hackathon sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield. He created a real rough prototype and pitched it to the judges.
With the original prototype he needed to pivot and made changes. His team consists of a biomedical engineer now an MD, neurologist at Jefferson Hospital and lead technologist. A software engineer from the hardware side.
It’s not a diagnostic test like sounds of your lungs for asthma management. Nick did online asthma surveys as well as in person. Determined that a necklace with an adhesive type of device was not going to work but a chest strap idea would work better as it was able to stay clean so the process of iteration and leverage and focusing on what the end user really wanted was key as they came up with rapid prototyping.
So how do they plan on patenting the technology and raise money?
It’s all about leveraging resources – the group first went to the Drexel Law Club who work with entrepreneurial early stage startups but they did not have an FDA focus on technologies. However, Temple University Institute of Entrepreneurial Innovation helped provide a local patent attorney.
Strados Labs won a business competition this past spring and received an in-kind gift for that patent attorney which was provided pro bono to help them with the provisional patent. It was sponsored by Be Your Own Boss Bowl competition.
In additional to working with intellectual law firm Ceaser Rivise Temple University provides Strados Labs with working space. They college creatively packages these resources together in one bucket so that startup entrepreneurs can leverage all the resources. The competition provides three tracks: undergrad, grad, faculty, social tracks.
Strados came in second only for Nick to lose to his professor.
Ellen Weber is the Director of the Temple University Institute for Entrepreneurial Innovation who work with other venture capital firms like Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners , Robinhood, Mid-Atlantic Ventures who work with startups
We discussed the prototype and patent as well as how the company will get the technology to their end users, distributing and selling the technology. They anticipate having the provisional patent filed by the end of this year. Once the provisional patent has been filed with their end claims which give them first file rights if someone else comes up with the concept the first to file has a better claim to the idea. Strados Labs will have 12 months to spend finalizing the software and hardware algorithms –
When dealing with a patent it’s important to note what a company can say and what they keep secret
It comes down to what is proprietary or internal v what they can mention to the public. We know the company is developing a wearable device but they keep the sound capture feature private.
Their goal is to provide extra value in this narrow niche. Focus on those end users to help them manage their asthma, provide advice and feedback from the device,
survey done signs symptoms of an asthma attack of wheezing – sometimes wheezing starts slowly in lungs and you try through your own will to identify those signs and alerting them it’s not a diagnostic but alert something is happening to them alert to phone and message to parent or someone else take inhaler stop exercises breath deeply its an alert monitor track and monitor on back end but focus now is on front end – how they are bringing in people to do research – test it – market service – white papers how asthma needs to be better managed and that 2/3 can be prevented by not medicines but just managing it better – market research targeting asthmatics online forum Reddit American asthma foundation aaii – healthcare, MBA take quick survey for feedback to validate get qualitative information on people’s condition some type of technology to better manage people’s disease work with asthma research in NY how environment effects and how such technology would help doing focus groups up in Harlem pre-testing phase using this technology get feedback early then use it for testing.
We asked about some of the challenging moments the company has faced as a new startup and Nick being a business leader – they are entering a high regulatory, high barrier, high capital intensive business and also managing individuals. Nick working his day job and doing this at night and on weekends also while he was in California during the summer while the doctor neurologist was back in the Philadelphia area. Nick had to find the time and make sure he was communicating effective and quickly needed to find the right people and manage the work stream and also maintain his current job.
What wanted to know what contributes to his success – he said a relationship with his co-founders the neurologist and although Nick is the face of Strados Labs his co-founder makes things smooth when running ideas past him or acting as a sounding board for being a devil’s advocate which balances the good with the bad. Its good to be positive but things are not always rosy so his co-founder is a good balance keeping him well grounded.
Insurance reimbursement of the device for asthma management.
The problem is that once a year people with asthma can be admitted to the ER with cost of $2500 and where it costs $20,000 a device for their solution $150 bucks can reduce risk to go to hospital and reduce those high-risk individuals by 60% less reduce asthma and reduce potential death or going to ER. The plan on having the insurance company reimburse through ins company and promoted by doctor hard time managing we will provide you pluma ware system reimbursed end users, not the person using it but doctors new business development force
Build a relationship with insurance area health technology comp who work with Medicaid and chronic diseases – use reminders to become more engaged with asthma management to leverage their device to partner with health systems improve health understand educate them innovation partnership spoke at hackathon non-hackathon sponsored by BCBS.
Advice for others he gives – to startup overwhelming most common mistakes students or preventing them from starting – coming up with a rockstar idea best idea and they stop if they think it’s not the best – for him ideas change so much focus on problem and improvement upon those issues or problems – he started with wanting to solve the problem now is developing the solution focus on problems v ideas –
Recurring themes resources – help – people here to help – at top-ranked entrepreneurial program Philadelphia meet ups network events talk to them about ideas – Philly startup leaders – new in CC – new tech meetup Philly – leverage through temple Univer entrepreneur network summer studio incubator reach out to those you know in entrepreneurship – intellectual property hardship creating things v creating apps people want to invest in electrons v atoms –
Fully functional is challenge for things apps that is coding but here you have to build it and test it so more difficult to get funding federal grant challenging to get through Kickstarter IndieGoGo developing things medical devices – if he knew about these resources 6 months ago – doesn’t want to fail but will now know them federal funds natural science foundation SBIR funding process dept of engineer institute of health all have funds for small business who want to start businesses
who will help him write the grants trying to leverage innovation partnership through the small business association dev a tech national science foundation and they like your idea resources pre-proposal key components of stuff and how to develop commercialization of it
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A book Nick recommends – The Alchemist, written by Paulo Coelho de Souza – It’s about an individual on his journey to find a treasure. His entire motivation as a shepherd is to be rich but he goes on journey not where you get but how you get there he ends up the same – for him, it’s about the journey what he has learned and get to place he wants to go and help asthma
Three take-aways from show:
Don’t be afraid to ask questions even as a new entrepreneur just talk to people about your idea to many people get caught up it being secreative or having to much concern about signing NDA, your idea will get stronger if you talk more about it; Focus on who you are working with, some people want to work with their friends but be careful who you work with and who you bring onto your team they might have a certain skill set but focus on the person beyond just their skill set and make sure it’s aligned with your vision; Have fun it’s an exciting journey, it’s risky but just be smart.
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Career Advice, Personal Development, Coaching, legacy planning, habits with Steve Bazemore on today’s show 030 where he tells us about his personal story, provides career advice, personal development coaching and tells us a wake-up call story.
It’s all about startups, entrepreneurs, business owners and those with careers who deep down inside really do want to startup
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Steve talks to us about his personal story enjoying life, find your calling and his wake up to call in 2012.
He tells us about the process he developed as a how-to guide for individuals working on their own transformations. He calls it 36 Days to an Extraordinary Life.
The reoccurring themes that he experiences as a Coach and someone in a long term career that he summarizes for the benefit of other aspiring side hustle entrepreneurs, career transition-minded or those looking for help and resources to either startup and grow a business or get something going as you call your side hustle.
So what is personal development coaching
What he thinks are the most common mistakes other career minded or people trying to startup on the side interested in business make that delay or prevent their success?
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How to startup. Process and steps to becoming an entrepreneur.
The vision for vFit.
Founders background, the role of team and coming together.
I speak with Savanna Leavitt, Co-Founder, and her other four Co-Founders of vFit an online shopping technology for shoppers. Savanna is a student enrolled in the Biomedical Engineering program at Drexel University with a focus on Biomechanics and Human Performance. She was raised in a very rural area of Maine. Savannah’s mother is entrepreneurial and runs her very own beauty salon with a line of makeup she has branded, Savannah learned a great deal about entrepreneurship and being passionate about what you do from her mom. Savannah has always been intrigued by the sciences and how things worked and she found her interested in a medical degree at a young age, that’s when she discovered biomedical engineering and as they say she was hooked. Since beginning at Drexel, her interest grows in her major. She feels blessed to have been given the opportunity to work with this diverse group of individuals for the development of vFit. The idea is something the group of five co-Founders has dreamt about since they were young, and now the excitement rises as they will bring their idea to the public for use. You should all keep up with their progress of the online shopping design and technology for shoppers like you.
The CMO will be overseeing the marketing, graphics and client relations department. This role guarantees that the application is well advertised, designed as well as aesthetically pleasing and maintains a rock solid reputation for meeting the user’s criteria.
Startup Entrepreneurs, Online Shopping for Shoppers.
vFit: sizing charts, online shopper, guessing the size of clothes across different brands and styles. the best way to decide on an article clothing is to try it on, and let’s be honest trying on clothing can be exhausting and impossible if you’re buying online! has recognized the frustration most people feel when it comes to choosing the right size and style and is trying to change that.
create 3D models of human bodies, technology will use the anthropometric dimensions of the user and create an avatar like a model
The idea is to help resolve a problem:
Use existing photographic technology to create realistic images with legitimate dimensions.
With these images create three-dimensional models of an individual’s body from the accurate photographs taken
Create holographic projectable images with the 3D models.
Long-term beyond 10-week span
Create a better shopping experience
Save customer time and trouble
The vFit design will use body scanning technology to scan the body of the user and create a 3D model of it along with dimensions. By using this technology the user will be able to project the holographic image into a mirror to display how an article of clothing will appear in one’s body.
With this technology, the process of trying on clothing can be properly simulated to make it more efficient for the online shoppers. With the time spent shopping in stores greatly decreasing, online shopping will be more user-friendly with the technology available to be able to simulate trying clothing on from home. vFit is expected to make the process of finding a clothing size easier as the sizes in stock and best fit for the body dimension projected will be provided. So, if you are tired of non-fitting clothes and constant returns, this is the right solution for you, a stress-free experience!
vFit is the revolutionary new application that will change the way people shop forever. Have you ever ordered clothing online and then received it in the mail only to find out it wasn’t what you thought it would be or just didn’t fit in general? Or have you ever been in the store and unsure if you should purchase something because you didn’t know what it would look like paired with something you already owned? Well vFit can do all that for you. Using virtual reality and metrics software this app can tell you exactly what that cute sweater will look like on you, because we are not using avatars, but instead take a video or picture of yourself and that piece of clothing will be displayed so you can see yourself from all angles and have confidence that what you are buying online will look the same when you receive it at home. Not to mention you can browse multiple catalogs and mix and match it with clothing that already exists in your closet. Never be afraid to buy clothes online again with vFit.
Resources relied on by startup entrepreneurs: GoPro, Autodesk,
Holographic Imaging, Adobe, SmartPhone, Anthropometric Measurements
Riddhi Ameser, Co-Founder: freshman computer engineering major at Drexel University from Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Born into a family of computer engineers, from day one technology, innovation, and thinking. One day aspires to be a leader who can manage her employees and effectively communicate from a technical and mechanical standpoint. She is honored to be a part of this team.
CEO is also responsible to oversee the board as well as develop and maintain relationships with business partners. To ensure the business side of the application is prosperous by developing the best strategies to make sure that vShop is able to compete with similar apps on the market and take a hold of the total market share.
Juliana Kocibelli, Co-Founder: born in Germany and raised in Albania, a small and beautiful country in Southeastern Europe. She is currently studying Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University with a concentration in Tissue Engineering. Always been fascinated by science and technology. Since I was very young I wondered how the heart pounds continuously and how the brain can control the body and make it function. With the years passing, the interest for science grew even more, especially when she was first introduced to Biology and Chemistry. That was the point when she started to realize that she loves studying the human body and serving the society by developing technology that would help people live a better life. Being part of a project like vFit she says is very exciting to her because it is a technology that she has always wanted to have access to, so why not create one!
So you should like and support the idea of vFit design as much as they do.
The CFO will be overseeing the finance and legal teams.Must manage the company’s finances to keep the operation afloat as well as searching for new outlets and sources of revenue allowing for future expansion and development of the application.
Joti Saha, Co-Founder: freshman enrolled in the Biomedical Engineering program at Drexel University. She plans to major in Biomechanics and Human Performance. Born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to a small suburb outside of the Philly area at a young age. She is passionate about dance and trained in an Indian classical dance form, called Bharatnatyam, for ten years. Her team fundraised for underprivileged kids in India with their annual charity shows. This experience has brought me closer to my future aspiration of making a difference in the world and helping others. Aside from dance, I became fascinated with math and science during my years in middle school. Around that time, my dad was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and needed a pacemaker implant. The surgery was successful and he gradually recovered. Since then, the marvels of this heroic device forever piqued my interest. With more research, I found a deeper appreciation for the amount of time and effort put into this intricate, yet small device. It was fate when I discovered biomedical engineering. During my time here at Drexel University, I have become more aware of global and household problems. With that being said, I look forward to developing vFit with my team and eager to see where this project will take us. I hope you find our design useful and interesting.
The COO’s role is crucial to the day-to-day operations of the application as well as overseeing the human resources department. The duties of this role include setting up meetings, making sure that things run smoothly among the different departments as well as internal and external deadlines and goals are being met.
Ada Wang, Co-Founder: currently a freshman enrolled in the College of Engineering program at Drexel University with a focus on Mechanical Engineering. She was born in Newburgh, New York and moved to a very suburban area in Lancaster, PA. Growing up she enjoyed watching and playing sports, such as basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, and golf. Her parents are co-owners of a Chinese restaurant. Because this was a family business, Ada grew up at a very fast age, mentally. Through the work experience and through the constant hardship that her parents had to suffer, as well as the fact they did not have the option to go to college, she fully devoted myself to take advantage of the opportunity to go to school and to choose a major that I felt fulfilled not only my interest in designing but also to make my parents proud. Through the courses that she has taken at Drexel, Ada slowly begun to find what really made her special and thus given the amazing opportunity to attend college, she also feels truly blessed to have met such an amazing group of women engineers who not only share the same passion as her but as excited to present their design: vFit. So join them on a journey that will change the way you shop today!
The role of the CTO is to work with IT and R&D departments and to make sure that the app is working and giving the user the best experience possible by using the most cutting edge technology. Initially, the CTO will be in charge of the massive data migration that will be taking place between the partnered clothing companies and the application’s platform.
While some may consider shopping to be one of their favorite hobbies, others dread just the mere thought of being in a department store for more than 5 minutes. Over the years, online shopping has provided some relief to those who hate stepping into the mall; however, it has yet to fully satisfy all of its customers. With over 25% of all items bought online, returned, nearly 80% of that being clothing, it seems as if trying to pick a size on an article of clothing shouldn’t have to be a gamble for your money. With the wide variety in sizing charts among different brands, some with more generous size charts and others less so, it is almost impossible for an online shopper to feel confident guessing the right size across different brands and styles. Not to mention, in-store shopping can take up too much time and energy. But if there was a mobile application that ensures both fit and quality, would you believe it? LAWKS Graphics is proud to introduce vFit, an application designed to accommodate the needs of consumers and the gap within the clothing industry. As of today, there are virtually no applications that allow an individual to see how a piece of clothing would look on them in real time. vFit brings the live shopping experience to you, whether it be in the office, home or public. vFit is the way the next generation will shop. *
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