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Listenup Show I Mitchell Chadrow talks with startups, entrepreneurs, business owners and others on building startups smarter several times a month! Why Listenup? Whether you’re a student, recent graduate, startup entrepreneur, career professional, an employee in transition or a successful business owner, or recent retiree, I want to help people just like you. I interview successful professionals, business leaders, entrepreneurs and find out the resources, tools, tactics, that they use to execute and implement their own personal and business goals. The guest's personal stories provide a roadmap of actionable and executable steps and a wealth of wisdom to help you achieve your own business, family, and life goals and dreams. These stories also provide solutions, practical advice and tips for everyday problems and issues.Startup now at
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Dec 4, 2017

Apps Builder Brady S Acton Appdotly Founder.
Brady is an Inventor, Entrepreneur and Villanova School of Business student.

I spoke with Brady to help my listeners learn to develop an app with little money and experience. For absolutely no charge, Brady who is an experienced developer and entrepreneur and offered to help my Listenup Show the Mitchell Chadrow podcast audience help with their own apps and business.
Some additional things we learn in the episode are on how to create web/mobile apps. Start a technology company. Grow/market an app.
Build an app on a budget.

We also spoke about several resources that include: the Fish Feast App
his non-profit that helps other bootstrapping entrepreneurs: Appdotly Consulting
resources you can find at the Villanova's Center for Entrepreneurship (ICE Institute. He also help with the Orai App and you may recall I interviewed that Founder Danish Dhamani back on show 052.

Brady now works at Deloitte Consulting, he was a semifinalist for PECO "Innovator of the Year"​ and attended The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Topics: graphic designer Canva, hosting company Wix, app company Trivia Note Inc., venture capital private equity firm Ben Franklin Technology Partners
magazine and scholarship Forbes 30 Under 30 Scholar.

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Oct 17, 2017


Strados Labs Teams Up With Brinc and Co-Founder Bay McLaughlin

Nick Delmonico, Founder, Strados Labs - Check out show 031

twitter: @StradosLabs /USA) or @WearStrados

Bay McLaughlin, Co-Founder, Brinc - Check out show 035

Strados Labs Teams Up With Brinc IoT Show 053



Usability Studies
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


Aug 13, 2017


Danish Dhamani founded Orai a language coaching app.  The app has been featured in Fast Company, Wired Magazine, and Venture Beat. Danish was born in Pakistan and was raised in Tanzania.

How to speak with confidence and speak more powerfully when on stage, in front of a room, or even in everyday life.

Learn to use on-demand speech and video artificial intelligence to boost sales, close more business from targeted insights on your speech by leveraging the machine learning algorithms which automatically evaluate a pitch on parameters such as content, confidence, clarity, tone, and energy.

How a first-time entrepreneur and college engineer, built an app.

Using both artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) how you can help people solve a problem like public speaking one of the largest fears in the world.


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

what guides you most on this entrepreneurial journey? tags: AI, artificial intelligence, VR, Virtual Reality, app development, public speaking, coaching, YouTube Channel Platform: 

Aug 10, 2017




The post Emergency Information Systems Product Designer Developer Jared Therrien Show 051 was re-published on


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.


Federal Resources 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)




Emergency Service Department Grants State-by-State Resources Pennsylvania - This list is updated as new funding opportunities become available. -


Fast Pitch:


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 -


#: 860-539-9430 email: Site:


What is your philosophy on balancing business, family, and life


tags: product design, emergency information systems, product development


Guest Recommendation:


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."


Aug 9, 2017





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 to get a sense of common customer complaints. (Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder of, 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.


fast pitch


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


What’s next?


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: facebook page: youtube video twitter: instagram: snapchat: 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: Phone: (626)-710-7432


YouTube Channel Platform: tags: recycled plastic bottles, travel bags, designer t-shirts, manufacturing process, crowdfunding, recycled vinyl billboards, minimum lovable product, minimal viable product
Aug 8, 2017

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!”

Listenup to the full show

Jul 23, 2017

Startup Round: Wendy and Eric are not only husband and wife have two children but after careers on Wall Street, Eric as a technologist working for a $10 billion dollar hedge fund and Wendy working as a Bond trader. Their co-founded company is called DIY.Fund providing professional investment management software fintech tool and resources for individual investors. Wendy Garfinkle Nissan and Eric Nissan were both Wall Street Veterans now with DIY.Fund they are ready to show you how easy it is to Do-it-yourself! It's FREE #fintech. The Nissan's were honored via #BZAwards for their @Diyfund investment best #FinTech tools and resources "Level the Playing Field" award! Check them out on the Red Carpet!!. What we learn on today's show: so you help people invest professionally using do-it-yourself tools? how they left Wall Street to Startup, what their differentiator is in the do-it-yourself investment platform niche, how their web platform actually helps the average listener in our audience manage their own portfolio, understand risk, and keep track of their performance; Starter Studio Incubator, 6 easy, simple straightforward Steps: DESIGN A PORTFOLIO, SET INVESTMENT GOALS, MONITOR THE PORTFOLIO, SO WHAT IS RISK ANYWAY, OVERSEE ALL INVESTMENTS, HEY NOW - INVEST LIIKE A PRO!; holistic approach to managing money. Fast Pitch Round: Book recommendation: Wendy: Lean Startup - Eric Reis Eric: A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Gordon Malkiel, a Princeton economist, App recommendation: Personal Capital Net Worth Calculator Wrap Up Round: How can people stay in contact The website, without a “com” at the end. The blog at Twitter handle is @Diyfund. Email: Three main take aways 1) Investments: Understand what it means to invest and how things work. 2) Startups:the ability to adapt, think what else can I be doing. 3) Customers: Foucs on what your customers want by constant feedback not what you think they want.

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Jul 4, 2017


Startup Round JD Carlson CEO of Plan Design Consultants their motto and service model: Rockin, Smart, Easy, and Awesome. JD is the host of Retireholi(k)s, Father, Husband, Surfer. Located in San Diego Carlsbad, California. A former professional surfer and now focused entrepreneur. Proud and motivated to take this his family's company to new levels, he lives, breathes and sleeps retirement plans. He is leading PDC's charge of becoming a new kind of TPA that is disrupting the status quo and inventing a better client/advisor experience. JD leads his team of PDCers into their 5th decade as a Third Party Administrator for retirement plans. They embrace a smart, easy process centered on the needs of our clients. As an independent company, client advocacy is a major strength of our firm. We partner with Financial Advisors to offer our mutual clients the very best in options. A strong understanding of fees and services allows PDC to help clients find the perfect fit. PDC is reinventing what it means to be a Third Party Administrator. We challenge the status quo by inventing new ways that improve and modernize the client experience. He writes a retirement plan blog not like many others you might read, it's at He also hosts a webshow called Retireholi(k)s, they are laid-back videos on 401k retirement plan industry topics. Geared towards Financial Advisors that are used to suffering through boring corporate webinars. JD brings a youthful insight, energy and results to the company. He learned from his father quickly and over time the company went from joint control with his dad to now JD being fully in charge. The Financial Advisors who call upon JD and his wife Tracy and their marketing/consulting team will get everything they need in proposals, competitive analysis and point-of-sale support to do a great job for their clients and prospects. JD is a walking encyclopedia of competitive industry knowledge. Plan Design Consultants, Inc. is now being run by JD now that his father the founder has retired. JD's father started the business back in 1975 and today they have over 24 other seasoned retirement plan professionals. Wrap up Round Retireholi(k)s

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Jul 1, 2017

Supply Solutions Enterprise Six Sigma Business Success Planning Meredith Reuben Show 046 Start up Round We discussed supply solutions, Six Sigma and Business Success Planning with Meredith Reuben, CEO of EBP Supply. A quick glimpse into the legacy of her family business helps reveal why Meredith’s pull to lead it was so strong. In 1918, her grandparents, Samuel and Sadye Baum, started EBP Supply Solutions as Easter Bag & Paper in Bridgeport, CT. BP Supply Solutions is a leading distribution partner that provides a broad range of cleaning and foodservice supplies and services for businesses that rely on best-in-class insight, products & tools, and demand custom, transparent relationships. The company services organizations in the eastern United States across buildings, institutions (including government and education), healthcare, recreation, and food service markets. Headquartered in Milford, CT, it operates out of three distribution centers (Milford CT, Tewksbury, MA, and Cranbury, NJ) and achieves national distribution in partnership with Network® Distribution Services. EBP is fully-owned and operated by Meredith Reuben, CEO; is classified as a Women’s Business Enterprise; and holds WBENC National Certificate Number 243449. For more information, listenup to the interview. Meredith Reuben left her job as a lawyer to lead the family business, EBP Supply Solutions into its third generation of ownership. During her tenure, EBP Supply has grown from a local distributorship servicing a small area in Connecticut to a regional supply solutions enterprise. Meredith reveals how natural curiosity, undeterred perseverance and focus can help you achieve whatever goals you wish to reach. Meredith was in her late 20s when she walked away from her law career to join the family business. EBP Supply Solutions, which was known as Eastern Bag & Paper at the time. EBP continues to grow by making smart acquisitions like Salem Paper in the Boston area. These continued smarter acquisitions strengthened their ability to service the entire State of Connecticut. As Meredith worked to grow the business, she was also growing her family. She admits that it was a challenging time as she balanced the demands of the business and the needs of her young children and hard working lawyer husband. “As a mother, you are in operational mode when your kids are young,” she said, “It can be stressful. But early on, learned to set an annual priority list. That really helped me to allocate my time between career and family. Sure, I felt the guilt, I was there to drive them to school, and I made it a point to be home for dinner so I could hear about their day and do homework with them. Making that the priority and aligning the rest of my activities around that helped me tremendously.” While she credits having a Supportive spouse, she also started a walking group with other women in the neighborhood. This sisterhood helped offer support as she worked to balance the challenges of career and family. Meredith led her EBP Supply Company a new 166,00 square foot facility in Milford Connecticut just 12 miles north of Bridgeport. This enabled them to consolidate operations into a centralized warehouse. They also have two additional facilities each with 166,000 square feet. Meredith represents the third generation of leadership in the family business and now how son represents the fourth generation. Looking back, she recognizes the many challenges she overcame during that period, including the difficulties of identifying how she wanted to approach her management and leadership style. “Whether or not you are inheriting the company from your mother or father, or succeeding in your position from a strong manager, one of the biggest challenges- particularly, if it is going from male to female- is what kind of persona or style should you assume?” Her father and mother had great names in the industry and quickly learned that she did not have to copy their styles or strengths. What she needed was to be congruent to her own personality and utilize her strengths, and surround herself with people who supplemented areas where she wasn’t strong, contribute all of her efforts in her own unique way. That effort proved to be ambitious- she led the Company through several subsequent acquisitions and along with her team, grew EBP to be a regional distributor which now serves enterprises in all of New England and the Middle Atlantic States, The desire to help people grow and success had helped drive EBP’s strategic plan. Recognizing that an organization can only be its best when driven by a diverse group of stakeholders with different voices and backgrounds, she is working with the leadership of EBP to set goals around diversity, Meredith works to empower women through mentorship programs within EBP, Locally and internationally. She does this through local family business groups, the ISSA Hygieia Network, and through WIN, which is a group within Network Distribution, an international buying and selling organization. She wants to see more women in leadership positions throughout the cleaning industry. She has surrounded herself with a highly capable team of professionals who have brought skill sets to continuously improve the efficiency, productivity, Culture and operations in place. Her son Andrew is currently the Vice President of Marketing,: One of her favorite poems, which she keeps on her desk to inspire her daily, is “if,” written by Rudyard Kipling On the best advice, she’s received: “Understand the objectives and ignore all the noise.” – Jerry Rueben, her father. Meredith on leading: if you’re going to survive and thrive, you need to read, be Curious, and constantly have a learning and open mentality. She surrounds herself with people who share this same quality. It’s whom she hires. Fast Pitch Books Islands of Profit in the Sea of Red Ink by Jonathan Burne Connected - Nicholas Christakis the Surprising Power of our Social Networks Wrap Up

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Jun 24, 2017

FRED THIEL - Advisor, Board Member, and Value Creator has offered the listeners of the Listenup Show Startup Entrepreneur Podcast a free 30-minute consultation so book your free resource today! or connect directly with him - website - Thiel Advisors twitter - linkedin - medium - Or click on one of my social links below.. Why take Fred up on his offer that is simple: Fred has spent his career creating and helping others create and grow their businesses. Along the way he has generated hundreds of million of dollars in shareholder value for investors and founders -- Thiel Advisors focuses their efforts on advising private equity and venture capital firms, investors, boards of directors, founders and management teams on trends and innovative avenues and strategies for growth and value creation. Fred is also a frequent speaker and writer/blogger on the topics of business strategy, value creation, digital transformation, innovation as well as the disruptive waves of technology and how they impact all businesses regardless of size or location. Some technologies that he is particularly focused on and that we discussed on the show include IoT (Internet of Things), as well as predictive, collaborative and autonomous systems.

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May 9, 2017

Nancy May is President and CEO, The BoardBench Companies, LLC (, Greater New York City Area a woman-owned board governance consulting group focusing on the advanced development and execution of public, private and not-for-profit board organization, company board quality, continuity, board succession and director placement. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York, the World Affairs Council and served on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scout Council of Connecticut. She also serves on the advisory council of NeuroSonics, Inc. and is listed in Who’s Who of Global Business Leaders and has been a guest lecturer for business and professional organizations, The Conference Board, National Geographic Films and numerous University graduate school programs. BoardBench Competencies and Offerings: - Board of Director succession planning, strategic board recruitment, and placement - Board evaluation and assessment - Board structure and development - Business alliance development and exchange - Director/Candidate advisory services - Governance and director technology assessment 1) What is the one thing that contributes most to your success 2) What is Board Bench Companies BoardBench ® gives companies a cost-efficient solution to manage the intricacies of their board succession needs. BoardBench helps companies plan and build custom teams of potential and qualified successors (benches) to fill board positions. It identifies, qualifies, monitors, and ensures the appropriate fit of these executives to each client company’s strategic needs and operating style. BoardBench supplies these services through yearly (or longer) strategic service plans. This delivers an efficient and highly cost-effective tool to manage a Board’s key continuity risks. 3) - How did you come up with the idea, 4) - who helped you with the launch and execution of her startup 5) tell me about your struggles with starting your own business - 6) who are your customers - your market strategy 7) distribution channel 8) The best business advice you ever received 9) Talk to us more about your personal story how you got started professionally 10) tell us about your past and current experiences with several other groups you are involved and take us through from start to now what you experienced get that startup off the ground - NeuroSonics, Inc. (Advisory Board) - EconimicVentures (Chairman of the Board) - International Women’s Forum - Economic Club of New York - World Affairs Council - American Women’s Economic Development Corporation - The Entrepreneurial Women’s Network - Women in Management 11) what inspired the startup idea: 12) Lessons learned from running for 13) What it takes to Manage and operate 14) the mission and goals behind - 15) and your community involvement - Girl Scout Council of Connecticut (Board of Directors, Executive Committee) - U.S. Small Business Administration: Honor as State of Connecticut's Women’s Business Advocate of the Year - Guest lecturer for business and professional organizations, including - The Conference Board: guest lecturer - National Geographic Films and numerous university graduate school programs Board and senior level executives representing large, mid-cap and private corporations worldwide. 16) resources used books hosting photos graphic design - Invited to meet President Clinton as a Nation’s top business leader 17) team 18) Three main takeaways 19) How can people stay in touch

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Apr 8, 2017

In this show 043, I interview David Benzaquen Founder of PlantBased Solutions, a Vegan Food Business Strategist, brand management, and marketing agency for plant-based consumer product companies, headquartered in New York. David started out in the business working for an animal protection non-profit and as a natural products broker but in 2012 founded the plant based business. The company offers a range of services for pre-market startups through to huge global brands, including opportunity assessments, business planning and forecasting, new product development, market research, brand creation and a full range of marketing planning and execution. David has also brought together a large network of angel investors keen to support plant-based businesses. In this show he discusses: • marketing, branding, product development, finance, operations • Push marketing v pull marketing • broker v agency model (scaling), revenue, overhead/expenses, • The pros and cons of working with distribution companies and brokers • Digital marketing, social marketing, in-store samplings or events • Outsourced chief marketing officer - branding, distribution strategy, packaging design, • using employees v outside contractors. And much more Visit the PlantBased Solutions website Brands mentioned in the show roundup: plant based protein meal options chicken, beef, field marketing, PR, Events, social media - Gardein Ocean Hugger Foods, LLC Parent Company of Tomato Sushi, LLC

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Mar 23, 2017

The post Divorce Expert, Small Business Incubator Startup Entrepreneur Karen Chellew show 042 first appeared on Links & Resources Divorce U Solutions Per Diem Space LLC Sisters U email Karen Book recommendation: The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz Sisters U uses Blue Host for hosting their website.

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Mar 16, 2017

Video Resume Platform Rezzio was founded at the heart of Drexel University's college of entrepreneurship, Close School of Entrepreneurship. The school provides students with the tools and knowledge to help bring their concepts to fruition. Rezzio started in a Drexel University classroom and today has helped Rezzio showcase their personality. Jessica Sarkisian, founder graduated from Drexel University in June of 2015. Jessica knew there was more to getting a job than submitting a simple resume and application. Jessica played Division 1 soccer for four years at Drexel, leaving her resume full of nothing more than soccer accomplishments. Though she worked over forty hours a week dedicating her time to a sport, her resume did not reflect her hard work, devotion, and personality. 80% of people do not believe their paper resume reflects their capabilities or personalities. Referring back to Life Strategies entrepreneurship class at Drexel University, video resumes were a class requirement. Though it was a requirement to create a video many students did not know where to start. How do I make a video resume that shows my personality and lands me the job? Thus, Rezzio was born. Rezzio began as a video resume platform, showing candidates how to create a video resume that best depicts their personality. After a year of research and development, Rezzio has perfected its 3-step process to LAND THE JOB. Enhancing individuals personal profiles (such as LinkedIn) and changing the way people show their personality when applying for jobs. Wrap up round:

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tags: job process, video resume platform, video interviewing, job application, video CV, video resume technology, job search, recruiters, video interview technology
Mar 4, 2017

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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 email:


*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.


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Feb 28, 2017



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.


Feb 16, 2017

The post Girls Technology Leader Techgirlz Founder Tracey Welson Rossman Listenup Show 038 Startup Entrepreneur Podcast was first published on engagement, education, and empowerment of girls who are passionate about technology. Create a support framework to help girls advance to a career in technology. Helping grow innovative girls entering into the high-tech industry and one-day building startups. Providing girls with an interest in technology, those who will startup providing a platform for learning and growing. Facilitating learning and skill building through technology curriculum and programming. Utilizing the power of technology to bring girls together to shape their future and build leaders in the US. Techgirlz Philly Startup Leaders Chariot Solutions Women in Tech Summit
Feb 10, 2017

CandiDate Founder Amber Wanner Show 037 The post Candidate Philly Find a Tech Job and Date Listenup Show 037 Startup Entrepreneuyr Podcast was first published on Recruiting meets matchmaking. The Candidate Story: CandiDate plays on your wants, needs, desires, goals, and more. Think Maslow Hierarchy of Needs from a candidates primary or physiological needs to ultimately reaching Self-Actualization in life. The company through their owners and board of advisors know the five stages well: 1. Biological and Physiological needs - air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep. 2. Safety needs - protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear. 3. Love and belongingness needs - friendship, intimacy, trust and acceptance, receiving and giving affection and love. Affiliating, being part of a group (family, friends, work). 4. Esteem needs - achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, self-respect, respect from others. 5. Self-Actualization needs - realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences. CandiDate is taking a holistic approach to the way things are historically done. CandiDate has taken the craft of Recruiting and combined it with the art of Matchmaking. We use the same process and technique that we use to find someone a job, in finding them a date. CandiDate is NOT exclusive to either service, but the idea is to fulfill the aspect of our candidate’s lives that has not been fulfilled yet, whether it is professional (job), personal (date), or both. At the end of the day, our candidates are our main focus and working with the tech community in Philadelphia to attract, maintain, and build Philadelphia to be a place they want to work, play, and start their family. What does this mean? Well, IF you are in the tech space and looking for a job OR you are in the tech space and are looking for a date, OR you are looking for both we are here to help. We are going to be holding fun tech events, and private mixers for our members, and free consultations so you can see exactly what CandiDate can offer you. Amber Wanner Founder & CEO Prior to starting the company, Amber spent 4 years working with the Philly tech community, to find and deliver exceptional tech talent to growing companies. She founded the company on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs with the goal to fulfill not only her candidate's professional goals (jobs) but their personal goals as well (dates). She is passionate about providing her candidates with the best possible opportunities, so they can have a fulfilling career, and also have a fulfilling life outside of work. Find a Tech Job Find a Date Find Both
Jan 31, 2017

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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


I know
(, as a leading angel group in the Philadelphia region helping startups scale and grow -
Since 1999,

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 (, 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.

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
Audible an amazon company sponsors our
fast pitch. I also started my own book club with all my recommendations and the recommendations of our guests at
Quote : John Quincy Adams: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader"
Resource under $100

Fun fact:

Temple’s Be Your Own Boss Bowl business plan competition is well on its way this year, and we have a record number of teams that have applied for mentors.
graduated Wharton School with a B.S. in economics.
So What are the key challenges you face

Snappa sponsors our wrap-up Round I was so impressed with this company and what they can do to help you with all your graphic design needs check out I interviewed the Founder of Snappa Christopher Gimmer and that interview is at

We all go through adversity what actions did you take to overcome it

Mentors - expectations - participate in weekly calls or in-person meetings - support and guide the teams.

Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures Forum is February 1st. (MADV) assists early-stage technology and innovation-based companies acquire funding and build sustainable businesses. MADV prepares the companies for investment, helps ensure their investment materials are as defensible and compelling as they can be, and provides networking connections plus coaching around critical aspects of entrepreneurship and building a business.

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Jan 20, 2017

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.

Jan 12, 2017

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).

We covered many important topics: Entrepreneurship, Product Marketing, Software Technology, Marketing, Brand Management, Operational Efficiencies, Strategic Consulting, Financial Services, International Management, Strategy, Financial Services, Start-ups, Business Strategy, Portfolio Management, Management, Business Analysis, Strategic Planning, Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions,

Jan 6, 2017

Entrepreneurial Leadership

PQ Corporation, Stan Silverman


On today's show 033 


What will we discuss on today's show: - Startup sponsored by Hostgator

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 – 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

Our last show 032 was with Jeff Nowak of Boost Linguistics for a recap from last year lessons learned from our terrific guests and plans this year for the show as we continue to grow. Go to

Leaving a legacy: member of The Close School of Entrepreneurship’s Advisory Board - Silverman Donates $2 Million for Close School Dean Professorship -

Annual Drexel startup day - passion - impressed by their stories of journey as entrepreneurs

Change agent: - change is the only constant in life, and you had to be comfortable with change to be successful
Lessons learned in today's show:

Be different, learn to take risks.  Have the passion for what you decide to do whether work, career or in business.  Build competitive advantage: become preferred provider in your market -

Fast round - fast pitch - Sponsored by Audible

Best business advice
Bad business advice
Quote mantra



3 main lessons takeaways

How can people stay in touch


Dec 31, 2016

Jeff Kowak is from Boost Linguistics on this Show 032 - Get all the show notes and Jeff's special offer by going to

Boost Linguistics is building an awesome writing tool text editor designed to create and automatically edit marketing content, provide audience engagement.

Their software helps persuade and analyze your templates to help suggest changes make your writing more appealing to the reader and more impactful by

Improving the way people write marketing material.


Lessons learned in today's show:

Don't just focus on SEO and keywords Focus on the Google Quality Score - SEO is becoming saturated with keywords so they are banking off the quality score pay per click by raising quality score it lowers your pay per click

how to use software to re-writing content provide emotion joy trust on your website to connect with your audience and help in your
rankings using google analytics

Drexel Startup Day and the Close School of Entrepreneurship is not just a startup entrepreneur competition it might be a different way to help entrepreneurs boot strap

Other Resources mentioned in this episode:

Jeff makes an offer the listenup audience should take him up on there were be a link toward the end of the show

and providing a concept marketing class

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.

Nov 27, 2016

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
Voucher stipend to write grant, someone, to help SBIR agency to send to –

Lightning round sponsored by audible.

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.

Last show:

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The second is our listeners are looking for those special resources to help startup a business, generate ideas for family and life or to or to help them gain employment until they startup So join other trusted friends of the Listenup Show, the Mitchell Chadrow Podcast and join my email list now at – and as a thank you I will send you an outline for the Startup entrepreneur and the ebook 30 Tools and Resources to Startup just for joining today it’s great whether you are using it for business family or life so grab it today – guess what Snappa is on that list

Strados Labs is incorporate his business an LLC in DE but operates in PA in an incubator space at temple

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Nov 25, 2016

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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

What we discuss on today’s show:

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?

All about career advice.

The essential understandings entrepreneurs/students need to have the proper mindset to deal with the daily challenges they face?

This is our Fast round

So the Next fast round question is sponsored by “audible” your inspirational book” what one book would you recommend as it relates to business family or life

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1) Best business advice you would put up on a bill board

2) Give us a Book in business, family or life:

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

3) Your Best business practices

4) Everyone wants to know what’s the secret ingredients to your success

5) App that you use to help you in business, family or life

6) A quote or mantra that helps you be purposeful and practical – you use to inspire and motivate

7) Less than $100 purchase that has impacted your life the most –

8) Fun fact:

9) Worse advice being given to young entrepreneurs today –

10) When you think of the word successful what first name comes to your mind

11) What one thing Contributes most to your success


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today’s show is also sponsored by

Our listeners are looking for those special resources to help startup a business, generate ideas for family and life or to or to help them gain employment until they startup

So join other trusted friends of the Listenup Show, the Mitchell Chadrow Podcast and join my email list now at –

and as a thank you I will send you an outline for the Startup entrepreneur the same one we discuss on our last show 029 with our Co-Founders of vFit and the ebook 30 Tools and Resources to Startup just for joining today it’s great whether you are using it for business family or life so grab it today – guess what snappa is on that list

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