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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 mitchellchadrow.com/show032

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. mitchellchadrow.com/show031

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:

To listenup to our last show with Steve Bazemore and get all the show notes about career advice, personal development head on over to mitchellchadrow.com/show030

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The second is Mitchellchadrow.com 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 mitchellchadrow.com – 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


How to stay in contact and connect

Stradoslabs.net

He enjoys talking about being an entrepreneur.

Product looks like team and blog topics on healthcare and asthma management.

 

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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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easy and simple to use Pre-made templates and all you do is add their hi-tech photos text graphics.

Guess what there is a feature that allows you to Resize your images for all different social media is that cool or what

As a Nondesigner myself, I now use snappa to make beautiful graphics

Mitchellchadrow.com/snappa

check it out you can sign up for free and they have other plans as well

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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 mitchellchadrow.com –

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

You can get all of today’s show notes head to mitchellchadrow.com/show030

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Nov 23, 2016

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
Reduce theft
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!

Visions/vFit

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.

Mission Statement

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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Nov 18, 2016

Marketer Entrepreneur Bootstrapper Graphic Designer Christopher Gimmer, Co-Founder Snappa   In this episode, you’ll learn from Christopher:   1) The goal of Snappa 2) How he went from finance and the Federal government to run his own graphic design startup 3) How he surveyed his customers of his stock image site (stocksnap.io) Which helped Christopher Read More ...

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Oct 20, 2016

Web Application Developer

Joshua Davidson, Chop Dawg

 

So what will we learn today

 

People use and need Apps to balance their business, family and life Joshua is a Web App Developer, & Founder of Chop Dawg

 

How does Joshua help Startups, entrepreneurs, business owners?

 

Joshua founded Chop Dawg in 2009 when he was just 16.

 

Super Monkey Ball was one of the most popular apps back in 2009 when Chop Dawg started out as a web design firm by 23 the company now provides entrepreneurs who have mostly non-technical backgrounds who need someone with the technicals needed to develop web applications.

 

They have over 180 startups clients and if I interviewed these clients they would tell me that Joshua is the go-to source for turning their web app ideas into actual products.

 

How does he do this through a variety of services, like web development, mobile development, user interface design, branding.

 

Some of our trusted friends in our Listenup audience are non-technical entrepreneurs but they have great ideas that may need crowdsourcing or outsourcing or need to hire a company like Chop Dawg and founders such as yourself

 

Our listeners want help turning their validated ideas into a reality

 

Let’s jump right into your personal story so people can get to know Joshua better

 

Tell us a little bit about your background and how it ties in to how you are helping people today.

He says, in the beginning, you could either label him either the most technical, non-technical person or flipping it around the most non-technical, technical person. His talent was building things that other people care about.

He recommends thinking about issues or problems you are dealing with to think about ideas for a business.

Tell us how you got started in business and what should be done in the first 30 days of business

Our last guest John Richards spoke to us about the importance of failing faster and pivoting early – looking back on your own startup what would you have done the first 30 days to startup better

On sales: Sell to those who want to be sold to. Sell on why my team is the best, educate them

Chop Dawg’s goal is to help entrepreneurs build their product that solves real-life problems, and then help them scale it.

 

What are the reoccurring themes that you experience as an entrepreneur that you can summarize for the benefit of other aspiring, startups looking for help and resources to either startup, and grow a business or get experience as an intern or find a job.

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?

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?

How successful are you? Joshua discusses his revenue, costs, and number of clients. He is even focusing on virtual reality and wearables.

 

How did you get featured on MSNBC, NBC, Fox, Technically, AOL, Mashable, EliteDaily, Huffington Post, CBS, the Examiner, and the list continues to grow! (And now, Listenup Show!)

 

You see many startups on the rise in incubators for example, Y Combinator, so when did the light bulb finally go off where you connected all the dots and saw this serious market opportunity to go beyond just doing web design and development for clients.

 

Was it like clients were just reaching out to you and your team? How did you get the media to cover the company ?

 

Q: How do you take those idea or concepts and build them for the client – what’s your process? crowd funding through kickstarter or indigo is a quick economical way to validate physical goods and products but how about apps / digital assets

 

Entrepreneurial education is important yet you decided to drop out of school – after only a short period of time –

 

Discuss the story of the drummer of Metallica to motivate, inspire.

Josh talks to us about education resources available to the startups entrepreneurs.

 

What type of revenue were you earning at that time?.

 

Lightening round is sponsored by

 

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

2) Next the “audible inspirational book” what one book would you recommend as it relates to business family or life – Joshua names several throughout the podcast: Ben Franklin.

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

4) A quote or mantra that you use to inspire and motivate

5) Less than $100 purchase that has impacted your life the most – Joshua recently got a nine week old bull dog.

6) Fun fact about Joshua: Seven time plane jumper and upcoming tattoo to not only motivate but to always stay practical with a purpose.

– – – How did you use social media to build the company ?

—–I hear you have over 699,000 Twitter followers and you following some 200,000 people – thats over the top

 

—deliver personal responses to each and every one of his loyal “Dawgs.”

7) Worse advice being given to young entrepreneurs today?

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

9) What one thing Contributes most to your success?

10) What one main process or system in business family or life do you use that has helped you the most?

11) Looking back on all you have done in business family and life are you happy have their been any regrets?

 

How can you get in contact with Joshua –

 

Email: joshua@chopdawg.com

 

Twitter: @dasjoshua

 

Facebook: @dasjoshua

 

Linkedin: Joshua Davidson

Chop Dawg Website: http://chopdawg.com
To Listen Up to our last Show with John Richards and get the show notes and resource links.

 

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Before we say it’s your business it’s your family it’s your life now go out and live it

 

Lets ListenUp to Joshua as he summarizes his three main points – takeaways that he wants to inspire and motivate us with – Joshua

 

#1) Persistent

2) Consistent

3) Fortitude

Oct 8, 2016

Entrepreneur, educator, advisor, investor John Richards, Startup Ignition   John Richards  is an entrepreneur, educator, advisor, investor, John Richards, startup ignition. He has also been described as a mentor, angel investor, tenacious, helps others succeed and a connector of people. In his home state of Utah he is known as the godfather of Utah's startup scene. Currently he Read More ...

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Sep 10, 2016

Young Serial Entrepreneur

David Zamarin, Founder & CEO Detrapel and Lick Your Sole

Young serial entrepreneur series. David Zamarin is Founder & CEO of startup Detrapel. David sold his first startup Lick Your Sole when he was 15. As a result of his success  Jeremiah Joseph De Leon recommended that I interview David for my Young Serial Entrepreneur startup series.

 

I then read more about him through different media outlets like Philadelphia Business Journal, CBS Philly, Fox 29 Philly and more.  Therefore, I decided to feature him on my Young Serial Entrepreneur startup series.  Most noteworthy, was my interview with  Scott Pecoriello Founder of Know Snow App and Meterology Optics.
We discuss crowdfunding and how he balances business, fun and a long list of extracurricular activities.  Also the key to working with mentors and an outside advisory group.

 

There are so many cleaning and drying products on the market. Detrapel makes it easier as the formula protects your fabrics and materials from getting wet and dirty and helps them appear as they did when you first purchased the item.  David tells us that the spray is hydrophobic which uses nanotechnology to repel almost anything off of almost every surface from water to mud.  The company is once again selling their bottles for retail to consumers.  The product is sold to several industrial business clients and although we didn’t get into any great detail I’m sure consumers could get wholesale prices if they purchased a large enough quantity. DetraPel is 100% eco-friendly, 100% biodegradable, Water based, Portable, and in the past provided consumers a 1 year money- back guarantee. It is also Non-flammable, 100% non-toxic, Non-corrosive, UV resistant, Rustproof, and Ice- proof.
We now live in a stain-free world.  I am sure there have been occassion where you have spilled something on your shirt and couldn’t get the stain out – normally that means ruined shirt.

Our Listenup Podcast guest doesn’t disappoint with several words of wisdom:

—Lessons of a young entrepreneur.

—-Programs for high school entrepreneurship.

— Philosophy on crowdfunding.

—- How he learned to balance business, fun and a long list of extracurricular activities.

—– The key to working with mentors and a board of advisory group.

Lick Your Sole rapidly grew with establishing several distribution channels and hit a peak in revenue after partnering with the different sports teams of Temple, Penn, Drexel and other Universities in Philadelphia. Zamarin made a risk decision often faced by many entrepreneurs, whether to continue or not. Zamarin eventually decided to sell the company to someone who was interested in taking over.

Lick Your Sole was a professional shoe detailing service that specialized in cleaning, conditioning and repairing every type of footwear in an original way.
David’s objective at that time was to deliver quality service while providing customer satisfaction. His business acumen was to combine this service with cleaning technology

The opportunity was in restoring the first fresh look and feel of those out of the box shoes you first purchased.

At 15 he got into a youth entrepreneurship program called Startup Corps.  Zamarin was a star student of the Philly Startup Corps program that helps high school students start their own ventures and create something real.  At some point he realized that his business was scalable.

DetraPel came out of this ah ha moment and yet another new opportunity. Listenup to the rest of this amazing story of a young serial entrepreneur at my website.


Fast Round

 

The best business advice he has received:

A book that has helped you in either business family or life?

One thing that contributes most to his success?

A quote or mantra that he uses to inspire and motivate.

A fun fact about him?

He says that the worse advice being given to young entrepreneurs today is?

The word successful brings what one name to his mind?

Two years from what will he be doing?

 

 

Three Key Takeaways from the show

 

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Sep 3, 2016

Motivational Speaker Zephan Moses Blaxberg, Author, Life Re-scripted, Podcast Host, Year of Purpose

Zephan helps small business owners, entrepreneurs or online marketers who need a professional videographer and video editor. His name is Zephan Blaxberg, he is a self-employed videographer and he has worked with some of the top companies in the world including (but not limited to) AAA, Merrell Shoes, The White House, Netflix, Uber and more.

Zephan provides high quality, fast turn around edits and filming so that professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs, and marketers can get their message out to your viewers. One of the major benefits that you get to enjoy when you work with him is that his background is in direct response marketing. His experience is that he has worked with Dan Kennedy and Bill Glazer (two of the top copywriters and marketers in the world) and now Zephan brings that same unique marketing strategies to help businesses through video!

You probably ask – what is direct response marketing? Direct response marketing is a type of marketing that elicits a specific, measured response resulting from a consumer’s direct response to a marketer. Direct response marketing facilitates the delivery of a call to action and outcome via direct or online interaction for immediate feedback and response. Basically, I make awesome videos that encourage your customers to buy from you.

If you’re looking for a videographer and editor, look no further than ZMBmedia. Whether you need a VSL (Video Sales Letter) for your marketing or a promotional video edited for your business, Zephan can help!

ZMBmedia is a Baltimore based video production company providing online marketing videos a promotional content to high end clients including AAA and Merrill Shoe Company. We have been invited to the White House and the Senate floor to provide photography and video services and produced animations that display at the Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field and the Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center.

Backed by marketing experience from his employment with Dan Kennedy and Bill Glazer as the producer of NO B.S. Live TV and videographer for all of the GKIC (formerly known as Glazer-Kennedy Insider’s Circle) events and conferences, I have built a skill set of invaluable high converting marketing tactics that will allow you to see new leads, new clients and more customers. Using my marketing background and my experience as a cinematographer, I provide top-notch services to marketers nationwide including Bill Glazer, Dan Kennedy, Mara Glazer, Michael Lafido, Pat Mussieux, and many more.

ZMBmedia has also provided services including promotional headshot photography, wedding and event photography, WebTV show production and more.

 

Zephan Moses Blaxberg is also the Author, of Life Re-Scripted (Available On Amazon) on this show 024

 

He is the Host of The Year of Purpose Podcast (Available on iTunes)

 

Zephan, tells us What Every Happy Person Has In Common

 

Why people take risks?

 

Reasons You Should Re-Write Your Story starting Today

 

  • Zephan says, over the past two and half years he has been travel hacking his way around the country*, couch-surfing in strangers homes and redesigning his story (to build a highly successful business and turning a dream life into a reality).

 

he also says that travel, exploring new places he says is only one of the ways you can live on purpose…

 

He works with amazing coaching clients who love what they’re creating in the world.

 

Zephan started from scratch and made $15,000 in his first six months after quitting his job…and close to $60,000 with a little elbow grease and patience (less than 2 years later)

 

  • He was able to “hack” over 25 FREE flights around the country and still run his business from the road (in fact, he booked just as much work on the road as he would at home)

 

  • Zephan has created a free course:

 

“Find Your Purpose in 8 Days“

 

so at the end of the interview, we will tell you how you can Check out Zephan’s course, remember he shows you the right way.

 

  • the next lesson a unique tactic that entrepreneurs use to generate millions in revenue…and he is going to tell us how to use it for your purpose driven life.
  • He tells us the juicy, insider-secrets of lifestyle design (he says, there are many …and he promises to share several of them with you in on his podcast), but he needs you to do two things: so you will have to Listen Up today to find out what they are

 

  • A single tool that will change the way you approach life and tough decisions (I’ve

adopted this from Elon Musk and it works wonders for every aspect of your life)

& How you can apply this single tool to your life…

 

 

1) What one thing Contributes most to your success

  1. Personal Story – Tell us a little bit about your background and how it ties in to how you are helping people today.
  1. Tell us about the mission and vision for your company
  2. What are the reoccurring themes that you experience as an aspiring entrepreneur that you can summarize for the benefit of other aspiring, startups looking for help and resources to either startup, and grow a business or get experience as an intern or find a job.
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. Where does the drive come from to be successful and to make a difference in this world.
  1. Tell us about your ACHIEVEMENTS
  2. Resources for other aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own business – from UD or other things you have used
  1. When did you discover you were a business leaders/that you wanted to help other members and be resourceful
  1. tells us about a challenging moment as a business leader / (owner or entrepreneur)

Fast Round – 

1) Best business advice that you have received / If you had a billboard and could put anything on it what would it be –

2) Next, the “inspirational book” which is sponsored by mitchellchadrow.com/audible – name a book that has helped you in either business family or life

3) What flaws have turned out to be strengths

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

5) A quote or mantra that you use to inspire and motivate

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

7) Fun fact:

8) 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 kind of systems do you have in your life

12) Two years from now what are you doing?

 

How can people get in contact with you:

What we learned today

Write down stuff you always wanted to do for 30 days and circle those items that constantly come up.

Make yourself a resource and become more resourceful.

Develop an awareness and notice and receive those opportunities that present themselves to you.

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Aug 17, 2016

Technology Software Application Entrepreneur

Jeremiah Joseph De Leon, Founder, Align App

What we will discuss on today’s show:

Technology software application entrepreneur Jeremiah Joseph De Leon is CEO and Co-Founder of Align App.

He says,  “It’s not about what you can do; it’s about who you know.” but “its who knows you.”

Growing up in foster care and how he calls his mobile app the tinder for entrepreneurs.

·    The ability to generate great ideas, making connections to move forward but the importance of executing.
·    Creating a product to give to anyone.

The release of their Mobile App this July, 2016 that uses geolocation to match with the exact people you need to make your startup dreams a reality.
·    Their goal accelerate innovation globally by connecting entrepreneurs.
·    How is the App Easy, Fast and Rewarding

 

·    what it means to find your why.
·    We explore Jeremiah’s personal story, the mission of the Align company, lessons he has learned that we all can learn from.

Discuss Success, issues he faces a long with their challenges and how to deal with them – We explore several entertaining points during our lightening round and staying in touch.

 
Now onto the show

 

 

Jeremiah Joseph De Leon – Jeremiah is the CEO and Co-Founder of Align
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1) What one thing Contributes most to your success
2. Personal Story – Tell us a little bit about your background and how it ties in to how you are helping people today.
how does why give purpose and meaning, how why inspires.

how he Inspires people to never give up, no matter

how everyone should make their dreams a reality.

discuss his philosophy of the greatest hope was within myself

he was the only one with the key to my future the whole time.
Life taught him to pivot, adapt to new ideas and perspectives.

he utilized people and resources to attain outcomes that were thought impossible for him

Life has taught him the art of networking. Life has made him who he is today an entrepreneur.
3. Tell us about the mission and vision for Align

 

4. What are the reoccurring themes that you experience as an aspiring entrepreneur that you can summarize for the benefit of other aspiring, startups looking for help and resourcesto either startup, and grow a business or get experience as an intern or find a job.
5. 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?
6. 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?
7. Where does the drive come from to be successful and to make a difference in this world.
8. Tell us about your ACHIEVEMENTS
9. Resources for other aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own business – from UD or other things you have used
10. When did you discover you were a business leaders/that you wanted to help other members and be resourceful
11. tells us about a challenging moment as a business leader / (owner or entrepreneur)
12. failure that has influenced and shaped you to who you are today
Your biggest failure?

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1) Best business advice that your organization has received at one of your events / If you had a bill board and could put anything on it what would it be –
2) Next the “audible inspirational book” which is sponsored by mitchellchadrow.com/audible – name a book that has helped you in either business family or life

3) What flaws have turned out to be strengths

 

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

 

5) A quote or mantra that you use to inspire and motivate

 

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

 

7) Fun fact:

 

8) 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 kind of systems do you have in your life
12) Two years from now what are you doing?

 
How can people get in contact with you:

email: jgarcia8596@students.mc3.edu

 

website: http://ichallengethestatusquo.com

 

 

great ideas, however, I didn’t have the connections to move forward. After watching my ideas come to life through others, I promised myself that I will attend college to create a product to give anyone, anywhere all the connections they need at their fingertips.”

 

inception of align, released this July, 2016, mobile app will use geolocation to match with the exact people you need to make your startup dreams a reality. The goal of align is to accelerate innovation globally by connecting entrepreneurs.

 

 

Skills & Expertise

 

Public Speaking Fundraising Nonprofits Research

Event Planning Team Leadership Customer Service Higher Education
Athletics

Soccer
Education
Drexel University

Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies, 2015 – 2018

Montgomery County Community College

Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies, 2012 – 2014
Activities and Societies: President of Student Government /Sports : (Capt.) Montco’s Soccer team National involvement : President of the American Student Association of Community Colleges (ASACC)

What we learned today
Now Lets Listen Up to Jeremiah as he summarizes the three main points that

 

No.1

No. 2

No. 3

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Aug 7, 2016

Young Nonprofit Leaders

Tiffany Canjura Latino Professionals America Association

Young Nonprofit Leader Tiffany Canjura, President of the Association of Latino Professionals for America and student at the University of Delaware.


What we will discuss on today’s show:

 

Tiffany Canjura is President of the Association of Latino Professionals for America at the University of Delaware.

How the organization helps its members either get internships, jobs or start businesses. The resources the organization provides.

The companies it partners with to get its members interviews. The various events the organization plans to provide their members for success in the business world.

We discuss the other activities Tiffany is involved that help her balance her leadership role. Her day today at the Association and what she does in her role as President. We explore her personal story, the mission of the organization, lessons she has learned that we all can learn from. She discusses success, issues the students face along with their challenges and to deal with them. We explore several entertaining points during our lightning round and staying in touch.

It’s exciting to note that several of the organization's members and the executive board are either thinking of or are in the process of starting their own business.

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The Association also prepares its members for the Business world in a number of ways.

helping with the interview process coordinates networking events with companies like EY, Baker Tilly, J.P Morgan Chase, Bloomberg, Deloitte, KPMG.

Honest and raw business advice holds a number of panels with individuals from various companies to share valuable lessons and success secrets. In the midst of at these events, members have required dress either Business Casual or Business Professional Attire.

The Association teaches its members proper etiquette, formality, professionalism, networking skills as well as valuable lessons that prepare them for business life.

Tiffany is in the Lerner School of Business at the University of Delaware with a concentration in International Business, Business Management, and Business Administration a minor in Advertising.

Its all about a balance as we focus on not only business but family and life – Tiffany is also extremely involved in her work as a lifeguard, Zumba instructor, social media ambassador, and marketing representative.

She is also actively involved in UDress Magazine, Entrepreneurship club, Women in Business club.

As President of the Association of Latino Professionals for America Tiffany Supervises the organization's Social Media accounts; Organizes Fundraisers and Events; Coordinates and collaborates with other on-campus organizations and helps Sponsors other campus events; Recruits new members; Engages with her staff and members; Organizes weekly club meetings; Posts club updates and notifications; Advertising Association events.

Insomnia Cookies – Campus Marketing Rep.


What we learned:

 

Tiffany, I am sure you have an amazing story to tell all of us – so everyone its time for me and all the Trusted Friends out there to Listen Up – Tiffany

1. Personal Story – Tell us a little bit about your background and how it ties in to how you are helping people today.

2. Tell us about the mission and vision of your organization

As it relates to your members, prospective members or students either looking for internships, their first job or helps to start a business:

3. What are the reoccurring themes that you experience as a young leader that you can summarize for the benefit of other aspiring, leaders or members looking for help and resources

to either start up and grow a business or get experience as an intern or find a job?

4. What do you think are the most common mistakes your members or prospective members or students/(entrepreneurs/or students looking for internships or jobs) make that delay or prevent their success?

5. Can you give us some of the essential understandings members/entrepreneurs/students need to have the proper mindset to deal with the daily challenges they face?

6: Where does the drive come from to be successful and to make a difference in this world.

7: Tell us about your ACHIEVEMENTS

8: Resources for students to start their own business – from UD or other things you have used

9: When did you discover you were a business leaders/that you wanted to help other members and be resourceful

10) tells us about a challenging moment as a business leader / (owner or entrepreneur)

11) failure that has influenced and shaped you to who you are today

Your biggest failure?

Fast Round

1) What one thing Contributes most to your success

2) Best business advice that your organization has received at one of your events / If you had a billboard and could put anything on it what would it be – Be Yourself

3) Next, the “audible inspirational book” which is sponsored by mitchellchadrow.com/audible – name a book that has helped you in either business family or life

4) What flaws have turned out to be strengths

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

6) A quote or mantra that you use to inspire and motivate

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

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 kind of systems do you have in your life

12) Two years from now what are you doing?

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Jul 23, 2016

Digital Real Estate Expert

Michael Giangiordano, II, Founder & CEO Rental Rater

 


What we will discuss

 

Digital Real Estate Expert, Michael Giangiordano, II Founder & CEO of Rental Rater born and raised in South Philadelphia

He provides community involvement through the various schools that he has attended and church.

He grew up around his father’s real estate business.

We discuss the mission and vision for Rental Rater and launching the company.

How Michael came up with the idea for Rental Rater and registering the domain name.

What real estate apps or websites are out there which are easy to navigate and use, are universal and simple to operate where all you have to do is just  type in where you live and put a review up.  Determine the right ingredients to make such a real estate platform successful.  The website is not just for landlords, it discusses the property and neighborhood and informs prospective tenants before they rent the place.  Tenants want to know what others think like students want to know about their professors or services from Angies List thus the real estate market wants  Rental Rater.  This will include  rental properties – both at the macro and micro level not just row home, duplex not just commercial read review from all of that.

Dean Salas Show 014 – Resources students have on campus LeBow Business College what type of resources on Drexel campus but in your community – discuss my idea with them passion – Close School

Ian assistant Dean providing connections, people, developer, free legal services – legal aspects must be thought of – lend helping hand to get venture off the ground – Phil & Bonnie

 

What we learned

Ready willing and able to face challenges and be willing to fail and people will push back and you need to be ready to answer them or find the answers.

Talk to other people get their opinions from as many people do research must know what your talking about before you start.

Answers to questions from the Audible Fast Round

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Resource Links

 

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LinkedIn:

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Jul 10, 2016

Young Nonprofit Leaders Sobel & Rojas What we will discuss:   Starting a Non-Profit and structuring the organizations. Mission and Purpose of Lazarus Rising. Creating a Volunteer College Network of Students. Challenges faced by the organizations. Building up resumes for start up profit v homeless and at risk individuals for non profits. Power of bootstrapping. Outside Read More ...

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Jul 4, 2016

The mobile phone has been transformed into a genius plus scanner with a great application from the Grizzly Labs.

Bruno is an entrepreneur and programmer who loves building simple, easy-to-use products. He received his engineering degree from Supélec and a Master in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduating, he joined Amazon.com in Seattle where he worked on large-scale projects. He then moved to the Silicon Valley as a lead engineer for 1000memories which was later acquired by Ancestry.com. He is now working full-time on The Grizzly Labs focusing mainly on iOS (@bvirlet, email).

 
Numerous applications for use as a document scanner. The principle is simple: you take a photo of the document, the application then allows to crop, retreat the image and allows to export or send it in various formats including PDF.
People use these applications for expense reports or urgent shipments are generally chargeable. But it was important for me to interview Bruno Virlet the Founder behind the Genius series of applications.
Genius Scan: A scanner in your pocket. More than 20 million people have decided to trust Genius Scan for iOS to digitize close to a billion documents. It’s fast, simple in terms of ergonomics, it offers rotation, export in image or in PDF and effective in image processing.
Genius Sign: How often have you had to print, sign, date, scan and send back a document? Instead, just open the document to sign with Genius Sign and send it back a few seconds later with a signature.
Genius Fax: Nobody has a fax machine anymore. It’s expensive and you have to maintain a line. Yet there is always an emergency when you have to fax a document. Meet Genius Fax, friendly and easy to use.

Genius Scan is very simple to use. You simply take a photo, and and the app places an orange grid where it thinks the important bits are. You can then drag the boundaries around to crop off unwanted areas or to include areas where Genius Scan didn’t guess right.

From there you can rotate the image, if necessary, then render the scan as color, greyscale or black-and-white. I find that black-and-white works best for the type of documents I scan. This also sharpens up the text and makes it more legible. Overall, the app’s scan quality is very good, but a tradeoff I discovered is that the size of the files it produces are from 50 percent to 100 percent larger than similar scanner apps.

When your adjustments are complete, you can save your document either as a standalone image or—if you’re working with a multiple page document—to an existing document in order to stitch the images together.

If you want, you can upload your documents to a variety of cloud services, including Google Drive, and Expensify. Additionally, you can enable Wi-Fi sharing to copy documents directly from your device to a computer or, of course, you can print or email your scanned documents.

If you’d like to try the app before plopping down your $3, then you can download the free, Genius Scan app. Scanning functions are identical to Genius Scan+, but the free version includes ads and limits your output options.

We have been promised a so-called paperless office and home for many years, but it has never quite happened. Printers, photocopiers, scanners and even fax machines still play a role in many of our working lives, although they feel more 20th century by the day.

But with the right mobile apps, you should be able to eliminate some of that paper and use some of those devices less. Document scanner apps can capture an accurate image of a paper document, save it securely as a PDF, email it and in some cases even recognize the printed text.

The app automatically detects the edge of the paper, then rotates and straightens the image. Adjusting the image quality to make the text easier to read is easily done by changing brightness and contrast with simple sliders. When you are ready to save your document image, you can keep a color version, a grayscale version or a pure black-and-white version. Clicking the Done button creates an archived image file. You can share the image file by email, print it out, store it in cloud storage like Dropbox or Google Drive or send it to another app like a word processor.

Genius Scan, free on iOS, is very similar. Its interface looks different but it has the same straightforward and businesslike feel that Scanner Pro has. This app has a few extras, like the ability to tag documents with keywords to make it easier to search by type of document, like scanned receipts. It also has Wi-Fi sharing of scanned files, which makes it easy to transfer scans to a PC connected to the same wireless network.

Bruno and his business partner were roommates at the University of Illinois, and they wanted to do a project together, both were into compilers and optimizations and his roommate was also into image processing and so together they said let’s make an app.

The first step take a photo and to be able to detect the frame of the picture. However, the whole photo recognition was complicated. But they were able to create a good frame detection code, the main question was what could they use it for? The aha moment came in 2010, we they both started working on that question, and the fun part is that when Bruno was to fly to Europe for a friend’s wedding he got stuck in Chicago because of the volcano in Iceland. So Bruno bought a MacBook and started working on that question. That’s how it happened.

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Jun 21, 2016

  LAW DEAN Jay Mootz, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific What we will discuss: Law Dean, Jay Mootz discusses his journey over the last 26 years of his career and becoming dean. The high cost of administration overhead in academia. How the silo effect can trap you in certain frame of reference and the need Read More ...

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Jun 17, 2016

Product designer, Chris Lin, Flip Wallet, Founder.

What you will learn from the show:

 

Chris Lin - He is Not just the Founder but also the product designer of Flip Wallet.

He is a mechanical engineer by education, but an entrepreneur at heart.

Although his time as an undergraduate was spent focusing on getting a degree, he always found time to work on the various prototypes of designs including the flip wallet.

He recently graduated from the University of Delaware and was the winner of a Hen Hatch pitch competition, now he is in the process of launching his first product.

For Chris creating products for his own design firm isn't just a dream but a passion.

We discuss the journey for him becoming an entrepreneur upon graduation to building his startup.

What contributes to his success

What hs been his challenges.

How he found his testers for the flip wallet.

Discussion on his product, could not discuss cost of goods and services but importance of negotiating cost per unit up front negotiate price after tooling not a sticker but your mark logo is in the tool
Outsourcing manufacturing internationally: use Skype for international discussions  - find a virtual assistant internationally for better communication - use text so helps with loss of translation.  For international mailing use an upfront signed contract with DHL.

Testing product; prototype - patent; Logo design; website development; Advisory Board;  attorney and accountant

Minimal design:  "Minimal design could be defined as using less to do more. But it’s time we start pushing the envelope, and using more to do more."

Reach application and how to apply your philosophy to your startup and products that you development -

Quotes: Life entrepreneurship "I’m always looking for advice! I’m a little fish in a big pond, as they say." Chris Lin in his blog post says "having your back against the wall never hurts."
Anyone saying don't do this or get a job working for someone else - advisors mentors accountants lawyers parents

For our next interview show Jay Mootz Dean of the McGeorge Law School University of Pacific in Sacramento CA.

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Jun 11, 2016

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What we learn in this show:

Our guest, Amira Idris, is CEO and Founder of Vibrating Therapeutic Apparel (VTA) that integrates wearable technology with vibration therapy. The patent pending technology is being used to create a line of therapeutic apparels that improve blood/fluid circulation and tissue activity in the body.  This patent pending technology is a wearable therapeutic product that uses vibration technology to improve performance, health, and quality of life.
The Vibrosleeve is a device that helps amputees to keep their limbs healthy through massage that increases tissue activity, blood and fluid flow.

Amira tells us that she is a tinkerer at heart who is constantly seeking ways to improve on products that she interacts with daily. She observes her environment to search for unmet needs, and she also enjoys the user-centered research that serves those needs. Her passion is prototyping and designing new devices.

Amira earned a Master’s of Science degree in Entrepreneurship and Design at the University of Delaware (UD), with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering, with minors in Biomechanical Engineering, and Bioelectrical Engineering from UD.

The Story behind VTA:

When VTA CEO Amira Idris was interning at a prosthetic clinic during her undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware, she came into contact with a disheartened amputee that would leave a lasting impact on her.

She saw how depressed he was and came to understand of the 2 million people in the United States living with limb loss, a large percentage also feel the same. Part of the 80% of amputees also experiences a condition known as phantom limb pain (PLP).

Concerned, Idris worked closely with prosthetic clients and discovered that this severe pain can lead to insomnia, difficulty functioning, and a decreased quality of life.

Treatments for phantom limb pain include prescription drugs, massage, and physical therapy, but these methods aren’t always effective. Idris also noticed that there weren’t any solutions designed specifically for amputees to alleviate pain.

Through research, interviews, and support, Vibrating Therapeutic Apparel was founded!

Wear VTA and Pitch Competitions:

Vibrating Therapeutic Apparel wins at the USASBE Student Exposition and Pitch Competition at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia. VTA competed with other schools around the Tri-State Area (NJ, PA, DE). The pitch was a business and entrepreneurship professional conference. They won the $5,000 grand prize, which will be going towards funding the research and continual development of VTA!

VTA is making great progress on product development!

Members of the team are collaborating with amputees to test and develop the vibrating sleeve. CEO Amira Idris and apparel technologist Danielle Dubay-Betters work together to fit and test a product prototype with a volunteer amputee. Idris explains how the sleeve works.

VTA works with clients in the development of the vibrating sleeve and depends on client feedback on the sleeves effectiveness, quality, and overall feel to assist her in making products and achieve the VTA’s goal to build products that meet the needs of their clients.

Resources from this Show:
University of Delaware Horn Program – on Twitter – @UDHornProgram

You can contact Amira on LinkedIn by email business website and personal website.

On our next show 017 I interview Chris Lin inventor of Flip Wallet – now you know Chris as also going to the University of Delaware at the University of Delaware Horn Program and Amira you know him as being a fierce competitor during those pitch presentations – so we are really looking forward to that show 017. The University of Delaware Horn Program is really helping many Young and new entrepreneurs.

Subscribe at mitchellchadrow.com/signup for a full transcript of today’s interview, free premium resources to get your business started. Listen up to today’s interview at mitchellchadrow.com/show016. There are numerous ways to listen to the podcast by going to mitchellchadrow.com/signup – also an iTunes Review of the Podcast means so much as it helps with the rankings and allows others to find our Podcast so they can gain for these inspiration stories, get the resources they need to get started and join a growing community of Trusted Friends that can also provide help, advice and who knows maybe some crowdsourcing. So go to mitchellchadrow.com/itunes it will only take two minutes but it means so much.

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Jun 5, 2016

 

Crowdsourcing, Crowdfunding, entrepreneurial ventures.  Equity crowdfunding and crowdsourcing in the next ten years is going to be the next big thing. I have a friend who is a professional, smart, successful whose son is starting a software company. Guess what, they are going to use it. They are not going to use the big banks or VC's to fund them and they could if they really wanted to. For passive income this same friend has bought a lifestyle franchise / so for his next franchise purchase he is going to sell a share of the franchise store using, that's right, you guess it right, crowdfunding and he may consider crowdsourcing.

So what is Crowdsourcing anyway and why should you Listen Up Trusted Friends to this viable alternative for obtaining those needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a larger group of people online rather than from traditional employees or suppliers.

Now Crowdfunding its the use of small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals to finance your new or next business venture, startup. Crowdfunding makes use of your networked platforms through social media and other websites that get the word out about your new business and attracts investors. So why you ask? Crowdfunding - it increases entrepreneurship by expanding your pool of investors from whom funds can be raised beyond your traditional circle of owners, relatives and empower you to focus beyond the big banks and venture capitalists by using alternative means to expand your reach. Remember your smarter than most.

Kickstarter IndieGoGo just to name a few.

Take small donations for charitable, artistic endeavors or contributions to launch your new or existing business in return for the product being made, service, or some type of a thank-you

So how can all this be done now you may ask - well the JOBS Act - so let me educate you but keep it entertaining - this Act creates a special exemption for crowdfunding so that companies can sell securities by way of crowdfunding. Generally, under the Act, companies are limited to raising $1 million in any 12-month period using crowdfunding and $2 million with audited financials. Companies cannot crowdfund on their own but will have to engage an intermediary that’s registered with the SEC as a broker or funding portal. These intermediaries will be required to vet the company seeking to fund.

Individual investors will be limited in the amount they can invest by way of crowdfunding in any 12-month period to: if your annual income or net worth is less than $100,000 – the greater of $2,000 or 5 percent of annual income or net worth, or if your annual income or net worth is more than $100,000 – 10 percent of annual income or net worth up to a maximum of $100,000. When calculating net worth, you should not count the value of your primary residence or any loans secured by the residence (up to the value of the residence).

Many other new and young entrepreneurs startups, franchises will want to do the same with their products and businesses as well.  Maybe our guests or Trusted Friends in the Listen Up Podcast audience.

Just look at all the crowdfunding sites there are so many entrepreneurs that need help. I currently interview startups, young and new entrepreneurs on my podcast.  Take my recent interview with Scott Pecorello Show012 and next Friday I am interviewing Amira Idris on Show016. These startups are so interesting to listen to, they have a wonderful outlet right here on the Listen Up Podcast, the Mitchell Chadrow Show and mitchellchadrow.com, to increase their visibility, with all the Free Premium Resources that we provide right here as they get going.  All you have to do is subscribe at mitchellchadrow.com

So the take away Listen Up Now the startup news - you to can raise crowdfunding and sourcing from non-accredited investors since 2012. So what, you may ask? This is a really big deal! Don't let someone scare you out of this possible and extremely appealing viable option instead of going directly to the big banks or VC's.

Do you have to know what you are doing? Sure thing! That's why we have this community of Trusted Friends.  Education, Trust, not just saying we are authentic but in the actions as well not just the words.

Doesn't matter if you can raise money from accredited investors, big banks or VC's. You can't rely on these entities to help you in the new economy and you must take action to consider other alternative options to raise your own funds. The crowd funding and sourcing way. Sure there can be a lot of noise in the Crowd but your crowd is smarter, right? Maybe. You'll get funded as well - they whisper? No guarantee but there are not many guarantees in life. There's no problem here - you are just trying to stack the deck in your favor.

Naysayers will say beware caution ahead - well dealing with the big banks and VC's but maybe just maybe there are better opportunities to empower yourselves.

So what must you and your non accredited know right off the bat? Yes, its the collective crowdsourcing experience of the group.  Well your a new or young entrepreneur so we are all on notice - correct!  The non accredited investors  are not the big banks or VC's - precisely - why we want them - by our side - I hope that is obvious.   The non accredited investors may have collective crowdsourcing sales or distribution experience and have experience in purchasing stocks in companies with great ideas. That's not the point. We are tired of relying on big banks and VC's for our education, training and thought control on what is or is not a good investment . These non accredited investors do love your startup concept, and do envision one in every household, thats the point of our interest in you and your company and our CrowdSourcing and the Group collectively is smarter and may even know more about getting it to the market, how to run the business, or achieve positive cash flow. We know that startups write business plan and the non accredited investors use that to fund it, but our experienced business owner guests and collective non-accredited investors are smarter then you may think, they know cash flow is important as well which at the end of the day provides the business with a viable business not merely a business plan.

Do you really think that the big banks and the VC’s are the only individuals that can drill down and ask the right questions of our startups or are the only people that have the secret sauce to success about just how these products will be brought to market and become sustainable. Well, think again! Our Trusted Friends and the non-accredited investors out there are being educated right here and will know about the importance of the cash flow plan in addition to the business plan of these startups as an essential focus point for success in their investment. We interviewed Damian Salas in Show 014 from the Close School of Entrepreneurship and as these Young Entrepreneurs and new startups need to tell there story they know they have a wonderful platform right here on our show. Our Trusted Friends the Non-Accredited Investor is not as naive we know that sales are an essential part of a good idea of the startup - we have the Crowd and Sourcing here for education, training, and wisdom from past experiences.

While we enjoy focusing on the product we are smart enough through proper crowdsourcing, delegating and listening to these startup management stories of the company. Sure we believe in our guest products and solutions especially when we are given a sample product so that these entrepreneurs can continue to grow, yes we believe that the startup will be able to manufacture and distribute the product in the future. By the way that's why smarter non-accredited investors are investing smaller amounts in many companies which help them diversify their own investment portfolio.  We are smarter then you think we believe in the management team and the story of the startup which determines the success or failure of the product.

No, we are not going to oversimplify the sales process to lull us into a false sense of security in the product or startup. There is a lot of information out there online, in the stores and each day we can be overwhelmed by it. Yes, we are consumers but also entrepreneurs and Trusted Friends of a Community where we pride ourselves on educating ourselves, learning from one another right here right now. Yes, we are also producers and have faith that it takes more than just a positive response to the company offering.

We must be realistic of the timing between the product time offering and when it's actually available to the public.    You know as a startup that the costs and time of production and distribution can be greater than you anticipate and build that into your plan. It will not deter nor discourage you as this Trusted Friends Community is here for support.

Meanwhile, you now get that publicity right here, providing you and your companies with Free Premium Resources and better access to the market non-accredited investors with the Jobs Act can level the playing field and move on good ideas and have those new ventures and startups move first to market.   This can help the startup’s idea get to market so that does not becomes outdated.

The guest startups here don't get a false sense of security after a successful Crowd Funding. You are well grounded and realistic especially when you get constructive feedback news – such as the idea can be much improved with better management, delivery, and achieving a positive cash flow. So launching the business is merely the starting point as well as what kind of money you can raise.  It’s all about the startups education and lessons learned which are required for what it takes to get to market and quantifying the actual cost of sales.  We are smarter than you think regardless of what is raised for the company.

 

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May 16, 2016

ENTREPRENURIAL DEAN Entrepreneur Educator Drexel University Close School of Entrepreneurship Damian Salas Show 014 IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN: Entrepreneurial Dean, Damian Salas, Entrepreneur, Educator and at Drexel University Charles D. Close School.  The first freestanding school of entrepreneurship in the nation to offer degrees. Damian has also taught Strategy and Management at the Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. Read More ...

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May 14, 2016

Digital Marketing Industry Agency SEO, Social, Paid, And Content Foxtail Founder Mike Templeman via http://mitchellchadrow.com/show013

I discuss content marketing, paid advertising, search engine optimization, inbounding marketing, SaaS Marketing Services, Social Media Marketing, and so much more.

Mike is an entrepreneur, writer who enjoys startups, scaling service based businesses and content marketing. He is also the founder of Foxtail Marketing, a digital demand generation firm – with locations in Canada, Australia, London and NYC and other locations. He has regular columns at Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine and others.
Subscribe via mitchellchadrow.com, Review my Podcast mitchellchadrow.com/iTunes,  Today's show is sponsored by Audible Go To mitchellchadrow.com/audible for your free 30 day trial. TrustSmarter.com - For all your personal relationships. BankSmarter.com - For alternatives to big bank and banking. We look forward to interviewing Damian Salas, Assistant Dean of Drexel University Entrepreneurial Program, Close School for Show 014. Read More ...

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May 14, 2016

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May 10, 2016

Marcus Aurelius authored Meditations he was a philosopher and the last good legendary Roman Emperor before its decline – he ruled from 161 to 180 AD, and developed a reputation for being the ideal wise leader Plato termed the “philosopher king.”

President Bill Clinton has said is one of his favorite books.

Wisdom true value and takeaways that we can apply to our everyday business, family and life starting now.

As far as we know, Aurelius wrote these ideas down for himself and had no intention of having it published. In a way, Meditations offers an inside look at the mind of the man who was both governing the Roman empire and struggling with the same issues that you and I do on a daily basis.

It is so applicable with rich advice on day-to-day stuff. Making it as relevant today as it was almost 2000 years ago.

 

Think about how powerful this man was – At the time he was alive in fact he was the most powerful man on earth, and he still took the time to sit down each day to write himself notes about restraint, compassion, and humility. What he left unknowingly for all of us today is a guide for living with purpose and the practical application of his true values. It is not merely some intellectual enterprise but a great tool that we can use to become better entrepreneurs, better family members and better people in life.

 

We are going to look at a series of quotes and lessons from the famous Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius. brilliant life philosophies, interesting insights on difficult questions, and practical strategies for dealing with the challenges that we all face along the path of life.

 

He had his own life challenges faced with constant fighting, the rebellion of his general Cassius, the deaths of his wife and close friend, and the realization that his son Commodus was destined to be a bad ruler.

 

He dealt with these hardships by turning to philosophy, specifically the Stoicism of the ancient Greeks and his contemporary Roman philosophers.

 

Lessons learned practical application so get started from business owners family members and how to live life – are numerous

 

When he arose in the morning he said, – “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …”

 

Meditations chronicles both his strengths and weaknesses – It is perhaps one of the earliest diaries known and shows us today the Importance of keeping a diary both in written form and in audio.

 

On life: “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.”

 

Entrepreneurship and the ideas and concepts are written thousands of years ago by

(Stoicism) Can Make You A Better Entrepreneur

 

The philosophical school of Stoicism – it’s an operating system – for teaching you how to thrive in high-stress environments

 

I have been keeping journals since law school and it helped me by getting my thoughts down

 

But Instead of a written diary this new concept of an audio diary is interesting and appealing to me – more on that in a later newsletter.

 

on self confidence “When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you.”

 

On finding blame or fault on others he instructs “Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?”

 

So if you're still not convinced how these writings are so impactful or why Every Entrepreneur Should Read Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

 

Check out what he says about thinking toward the future “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”

 

On this same topic, he also said “When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you.”

 

Meditations — consists of just under 200 pages and it consists of his most personal thoughts and life philosophies. Although it might not have many pages, it might take longer to go through because it's so powerful

 

You just want to start writing things down as you learn so much in this diary

 

For example, he says that The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”

 

Strength from within not without – we call that spirit “Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always looks.”

 

When it comes to business ideas, how to be, and act, personal philosophy on life, advice on being a real with universal practical application

 

being a man and leader, dealing with difficult angry people, work, and duty. As you read each paragraph you really stop to think about all its implications, pondering his words and motivated to use the priceless advice to live a better, more fulfilled life.

 

On lowering your expectations dealing with others throughout your day he comments: “Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil.”

 

Next, to the lessons in the Bible, I would say this book or diary provides us so much guidance on how to live, lead and treat others. But Meditations is not a religious book.

 

You want to improve in business, family, and life then you run to listen to this book. You can pick up the audio for your free one month trial by going to mitchellchadrow.com/audible

 

As mentioned in this From getting up in the morning to preparing for your legacy, Meditations is the A to Z on living a full life.

 

On opinions of others -” I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.”

 

Why was he the most beloved emperor in the history of the Roman Empire. He ruled for 19 years; and unlike the majority of emperors who came before and after him, Aurelius was deemed and incorruptible leader.

 

He fought off several threats to the Roman Empire during his reign and believed life’s purpose revolved around service, duty and respecting the nature of the universe.

 

He had total control over the empire yet never once used that privilege for his personal gain. Despite being the most powerful man in the world, he remained balanced – stern when needed, but always understanding of others, even his enemies.

 

He could have had the best of wines, food, and companions in the empire during his years as a leader (which is what most emperors did), but he abstained from such temptations. He believed such discipline was required of a leader. He explains how one must deal with temptations in life, and that anything which does not make you a better man must be avoided.

 

Who really knows but maybe he really didn’t want to be emperor you get the impression that during his leadership he was lonely balancing between what was the right thing to do for the empire and what was right for the nature of the universe.

 

He wrote in his diary but he didn’t do it because he thought it would ever be published.

 

This diary was written mostly when the Roman Emperor was at war defending itself.

 

No one knew about the diary while he was alive it was a secret and only discovered after his passing

 

What an awesome valuable piece of literature. This amazing work was initially published in Greek, the language in which Aurelius wrote it. Since then it has been published in several languages and is deemed to be one of the best pieces of Stoic literature in history.

 

So what are the lessons that entrepreneurs can learn from Marcus Aurelius’ ‘Meditations’?

 

On focus – make time for yourself to learn something worthwhile; stop letting yourself be pulled in all directions. But make sure you guard against the other kind of confusion. People who labor all their lives but have no purpose to direct every thought and impulse toward are wasting their time even when hard at work.

 

So what are the circumstances of Marcus’ life a long with the dismal failure of his son.

 

Personally there might always be a reason for you not to start , you’ve been planning, thinking but either haven’t or need to take that business to the next level so start doing.

 

Professionally sometimes you have to do an about face exit what your currently doing and move into a new direction.

 

On things out of your control – “You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.”

 

Sure you want to be precise and have a genuine seriousness.

 

Wants you decide that your all in to start or grow your business, then do it with seriousness. Put all your efforts to it with focus, precision, don’t bandy around. Work toward tasks and goals with care and earnest attention.

 

Is passion good sure but it’s the nuts and bolts the everyday stuff that is needed to be done cared for as well as about enjoying it loving it.

 

Some aspects of entrepreneurship you might not enjoy but still, try to love what you do, as much as you can. Maybe you will like 60 percent but that’s reality. You can always delegate as you scale.

 

“It is not the actions of others which trouble us (for those actions are controlled by their governing part), but rather it is our own judgments. Therefore remove those judgments and resolve to let go of your anger, and it will already be gone. How do you let go? By realizing that such actions are not shameful to you.”

 

On change: “Observe always that everything is the result of change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and make new ones like them.”

 

Show your expertise with no pretension.

 

Quiet confidence and knowledge

 

“If someone can prove me wrong and show me my mistake in any thought or action, I shall gladly change. I seek the truth, which never harmed anyone: the harm is to persist in one’s own self-deception and ignorance.”

 

He teaches us that you must change your approach based on what you’re facing. Sure it has to be partly based on experience, knowing what approach to take, based on the situation. So you must either get more experience or get more training. Above all else be flexible.

 

More on happiness: “Unhappy am I because this has happened to me.- Not so, but happy am I, though this has happened to me, because I continue free from pain, neither crushed by the present nor fearing the future.”

 

See new opportunities in obstacles. Be prepared to change your plans to accommodate new info. Never petrify. Always keep moving.

 

too much optimism v doubting myself too early, – aim for simple, clear reality.

 

To many focus on past and future on the present he said: “Do not disturb yourself by picturing your life as a whole; do not assemble in your mind the many and varied troubles which have come to you in the past and will come again in the future, but ask yourself with regard to every present difficulty: ‘What is there in this that is unbearable and beyond endurance?’ You would be ashamed to confess it! And then remind yourself that it is not the future or what has passed that afflicts you, but always the present, and the power of this is much diminished if you take it in isolation and call your mind to task if it thinks that it cannot stand up to it when taken on its own.”

 

Stoics view a situation with neutrality. They would say an event in itself cannot be good or bad, it’s only an event. But to me you still you’ll have to decide whether you’ll see something as a threat or an opportunity

 

So how did he stay in control of his emotions based on his beliefs that nature unfolds in a perfect way and that one must accept that they cannot change the past or what other people feel in their hearts.

 

One key point he writes about is how to recover from massive setbacks.

 

Here are some of the philosopher king’s timeless lessons on how to be resilient:

 

Don’t worry about people whose actions don’t affect the common good.

Your energy and time are both limited, so don’t waste them on what inconsequential people are doing, thinking, and saying, when you could be focusing on your own issues.

 

On Living in the present – Marcus writes

 

“Each of us lives only now, this brief instant. The rest has been lived already, or is impossible to see,”

 

Refrain from imposing your feelings onto reality.

. . . none of these are “bad” (or “good” for that matter), according to Marcus’ philosophy. When you see things as what they really are, you’re able to avoid succumbing to your emotions and accept what has happened.

 

Turn an obstacle into an opportunity.

 

Which is a Stoic fundamental, which says that we should use inevitable challenges as a chance to become a stronger person.

 

Good definition of a Stoic, someone who “transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking.”

 

Find peace within yourself.

Marcus writes that people try to retreat from their problems and responsibilities by going somewhere like the mountains or the beach, but that travel isn’t necessary to recollect yourself. He advocates a kind of brief meditation, where you withdraw into yourself and quiet your mind.

 

Don’t resent people for their character.

If someone’s character flaw has caused one of your problems, do not exert energy trying to change that person’s character. Let things go. “You might as well resent a fig tree for secreting juice,” Marcus says.

 

You are the only person responsible for your happiness.

 

“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts”

 

“Choose not to be harmed — and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed — and you haven’t been,” Marcus writes. Furthermore, the only way people can truly harm you is if they change your character.

 

He is like a kindred spirit.

 

Goal or task don’t sweep away your thoughts that come into your mind – just observe.

 

He is so up front and honest it’s like he is saying to us – I am a fellow human being trying to make sense of the trials and tribulations of life. It’s like he is down the earth saying it just so happens I came into this role as “Emperor,” but that seemed to matter little to the turmoil in his brain and the yearning in his heart.

 

It seems, he was just also trying to figure it all out, just like the rest of us. And if one of the most revered leaders of the civilized world was trying to figure it all out almost 2000 years back in his day, then maybe together our community here collectively is doing alright.

 

Take aways – don’t hesitate to set a new path or new trail because your thinking your not entirely sure you can pull it off or because you think you lack the skills, know how, connections, money, and certainly the confidence we feel like we need to get started. Thus so many never risk starting. Or we give up when things get rough. Or take too long. Especially if the things we hope to do — start a business, move into a new industry, spearhead a movement we care about, reinvent ourselves, build a new career or life from scratch — is something we’ve never, ever done before.

So what separates those, like Marcus who pursue worthy projects and grow enormous empires, from those that do not?

Surely, they must have all their stuff together and “all figured out” before they even get started?

Here’s a secret: they didn’t.

And here’s another: they still don’t.

 

In my own story from Attorney, Banker Fiduciary Professional to Entrepreneur or whatever else I happen to be doing at the moment.

Far and away the most powerful moments happen when I, someone who tends to look like a bundle of American confidence — all sorted, all figured out, all found, all put together — admit that inside I need to change or go in a new direction . . questioning whether you are the best you or if you have anything useful to add to a situation?

I am figuring a lot out, but still in several ways, I’m still putting it all together. Still developing. Still growing. Still becoming.

Discovery comes with my own vulnerability, my own humanness, my own reality. A reality that is potentially universal.

I’m still, and possibly will always be, figuring this out.

 

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Check out show 012 where we interview Young Serial Entrepreneur, Scott Pecoriello.

Apr 29, 2016

E & J Gallo Winery Buys Iconic Brand Barefoot Wine

Bonnie Harvey, Michael Houlihan Founders Show 010

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN:   Entrepreneurial spouses, Bonnie Harvey & Michael Houlihan, Founders of Barefoot Wine.   How Michael Houlihan & Bonnie Harvey sold Barefoot wine to EJ Gallo Winery.  The story of barefoot from inception through its acquisition. They co-authored the New York Times Bestselling Read More ...

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Apr 23, 2016

Startups Smarter Plan Business Estate Legacy Show
Digital assets, family legacy plan, estate plan.


Choice your Business Entity wisely, know how your assets are titled, whether you have probate or non-probate assets whether you need a beneficiary and the importance of keeping your Business Assets from separate from your Personal Assets. Create your legacy family plan start with a Will, POA, Living Will and Trust.

Apr 15, 2016

Career Expert Guru

Harvey Mackay, Founder Mackay Mitchell Envelope Company

 

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN:

 

Career expert guru, Harvey Mackay, Founder of Mackay Mitchell Envelope Company

MackayMitchell Envelope Company has become one of the nation’s largest envelope manufacturing corporations, now creating five billion envelopes per year in three facilities. We’re in the business of providing timely and economical solutions, and our Sales Representatives and Customer Service staff are highly experienced direct mail professionals. We take pride in taking very good care of our clients.
Founded in 1959, Harvey Mackay purchased a small, existing company with twelve employees and a few folding machines. In the ensuing years, the direct mail business flourished, and in 1993, Scott Mitchell joined the company as President and became Harvey’s business partner and CEO in 2001.

Our main facility and corporate headquarters are in Minneapolis, with additional manufacturing plants in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and Portland, Oregon. As the fifth largest envelope manufacturer in the country, we have over 440 employees and make up to 25 million envelopes per day.

Who is MackayMitchell Envelope Company?

Harvey Mackay founded our company in 1959 when he purchased an insolvent company with twelve employees and a few ancient folding machines.
Harvey is currently the Chairman of the board, as well as a NY Times best selling author.
Now CEO, Scott Mitchell was hired more than a decade ago by Harvey as President and later invested in the company becoming Harvey’s business partner.
The company now has three manufacturing locations and more than 400 employees making up to 25 million envelopes a day.
Harvey Mackay

Harvey founded Mackay Envelope in 1959.
New York Times #1 bestselling author of Swim With the Sharks
His first two books have been named among the top 15 inspirational books of all time.
His books have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 40 languages and distributed in 80 countries
Nationally syndicated columnist
One of America’s most popular and entertaining business speakers
Toastmasters International named him one of the top five speakers in the world.
MackayMitchell Envelope

Scott Mitchell joined Harvey Mackay as President of Mackay Envelope in 1993
In 2000, Scott bought Mackay Envelope from Harvey
Harvey bought a 50% stake in 2007, and together they changed the name to MackayMitchell Envelope to reflect the partnership
Throughout all of these changes, the original mission has endured: To be in business forever.

 

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