Today we are interviewing Danish Dhamani on this show 052. Danish is the founder of Orai a language coaching app.
The app has been featured in Fast Company, Wired Magazine, and Venture Beat, now on the Listenup show startup entrepreneur podcast and will also be featured on the front page of our appssmarter.com website. Orai is an early-stage startup based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their mission is to give people across the world the confidence and skills to speak more powerfully when on stage, in front of a room, or even in everyday life. Orai is an easy to use app, using both on-demand speech and video artificial intelligence that provides you with targeted insights on your speech. For example, the enterprise software has been used in the life sciences industry—but used by any professional in various industries to help boost sales and reps to close more business by leveraging the machine learning algorithms which automatically evaluate a sales pitch on parameters such as content, confidence, clarity, tone, and energy.
Danish founded the company while in college as an engineering student
Danish was born in Pakistan and was raised in Tanzania,
So what are we going to learn on today's show:
How a first-time entrepreneur and college engineer, built an app
Using both artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) to help people hone and solve their public speaking skills considered one of the largest fears in the world: public speaking.
Leveraging and improve your speech and sales with machine learning enterprise software to improve your business sales with on-demand speech and video technology.
Improving your speech and sales with enterprise software
We talk funding raising through various competitions: • Microsoft U.S. Imagine Cup 2nd Place Winner, May 2017 • Drexel Business Plan Comp, Nov 2016 - 1st Place • GSEA Pitch, Nov 2016 - 2nd Place • IBM SmartCamp, Nov 2016 - Finalist • TechCrunch DISRUPT San Francisco, Nov 2016 - Presentation • Shark Tank Auditions, Jun 2016 - 2nd Round • PittJohnstown Live, Jun 2016 - 1st Place • Baiada Business Model Comp, Jun 2016 - 2nd Place • Oh-Penn Pitch, Apr 2016 - 1st Place • Recess Pitch, Apr 2016 - 3rd Place • Startupalooza, Mar 2016 - 3rd Place • College Pitch Philly, Feb 2016 - 2nd Place • Drexel Startup Day, Nov 2015 - 2nd Place • PennApps Hackathon, May 2015 - Top 10 That's over $50,000 in cash, credits, and prizes.
He tell's us why he started his business.
How you can actually improve speech from content, structure to diction.
We talk sales his and how your speech can increase your sales.
We talk about the several articles published on Orai like Fast Company, which had international reach. Others included: Oraiapp.com has been featured in VentureBeat, Fast Company, (and) Wired, and that really helps build an international reach and customer credibility for users. We were getting thousands of new users every day, people from all sorts of backgrounds and people reaching out to me on LinkedIn, offering their services, offering partnerships. These a sample of some of the articles written on Orai: FastCompany: Learn How To Love Talking In Public (And Stop Saying “Um” And “Like”) With This New App JUNE 05, 2017 VentureBeat: Orai app uses AI to help you become a better public speaker MAY 06, 2017 Karissa Fleming: Orai App Review MAY 06, 2017 Philly.com: A Microsoft contest could earn this Drexel speech-coaching start-up $100K MAY 04, 2017 Microsoft: 2017 U.S. Imagine Cup Winners announced APRIL 20, 2017 Drexel NOW: The Drexel Students Who Can Fix Your Fear of Public Speaking APRIL 17, 2017 The Official Orai Blog: Why we created a public speaking app MARCH 21, 2017 Philadelphia Business Journal: Spotlight on smartphone app Orai MARCH 16, 2017 New Learning Times: Before You Make That Speech, Check Out Orai MARCH 10, 2017 The University City Post: Meet Orai - Your personal speech consultant FEBRUARY 15, 2017 Drexel College of Engineering: Student Develops App to Aid Public Speaking FEBRUARY 01, 2017 Technical.ly Philly: The 20 most exciting startups in Philly right now JANUARY 30, 2017 Technical.ly Philly: Pay attention to these 2 language-oriented Drexel undergrad startups JANUARY 18, 2017
another article published in Wired, and that really built their credibility.
Partnerships - Toastmasters International
Orai 2.0 coming out at month end August 2017 - refining Orai and adding more benefits and features.
What is the big vision for Orai. In the next five years,?
Favorite book: Four Hour Work Week, Tim Ferris
who do you use to host your website: Square Space
We know your favorite app: Oraiapp.com now featured on appssmarter.com quote or mantra:
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what guides you most on this entrepreneurial journey? tags: AI, artificial intelligence, VR, Virtual Reality, app development, public speaking, coaching, YouTube Channel Platform: mitchellchadrow.com/youtube mitchellchadrow.com/youtube052
The post Emergency Information Systems Product Designer Developer Jared Therrien Show 051 was re-published on listenupshow.com
We are interviewing Jared Therrien on today's Show 051
Jared is the founder of Emergency Information Systems, LLC The company offers decal and hardware products which increase the situational awareness of emergency responders throughout incidents in high-occupancy buildings.
What are we going to learn:
1) How Emergency Information Systems designs, develops and sells their products. 2) The importance of reducing emergency response times by providing missing information during an incident to responding personnel. 3) How to see a problem then ask yourself specific questions that will help your end user solve their issues! 4) How to find your customer Our startup round:
1) Jared - In real estate, we hear that mantra: Location location location but location is not just for real estate apparently it is also the single most important piece of information that emergency response personnel need to know. Tell us about that -
2) how does the company solve this problem?
3) Manufacture process ? THE BEST MATERIALS
4) What is the Wayfinder™ Safety System?
5) Window Appliquies?
Wayfinder™ Window Appliques are a stylish wayfinding option. Vinyl creates a modern look and makes a great addition to any renovation project. We use a reflective film to frost the entire window and then cut large numbers out of the film. This option also increases privacy on ground-floor windows.
Windows are great points of access and egress for school buildings, but without proper markings, they cannot be used effectively during emergency situations. Campus security experts around the country recommend placing decals in classroom windows, indicating which window belongs to each classroom. This helps response crews to gather important information about the incident location and increase situational awareness, speeding egress from windows and operations overall.
Reflective Numeral Decals?
Wayfinder™ Reflective Numeral Decals are highly visible. They are the only inside-glass mount/interior-installation reflective decals on the market. The high-intensity Prismatic film is used to increase visibility and durability, ensuring proper exterior wayfinding for your school for years to come.
Why Wayfinder™ Decals?
Taking into account the principles of Environmental Graphic Design, which blends elements of the interior, architectural, and wayfinding/navigational design, we have optimized our decals to best serve the functional needs of first responders and the aesthetic needs of the school customer. High Visibility Reflective Vinyl Unlike many other existing options, WAYFINDER™ Reflective Numeral Decals and Window Appliques are reflective, ensuring maximum visibility at all times of the day and night, and in all-weather conditions. Our decals are made of a premium-grade retro-reflective vinyl.
We proudly make all decal products out of the highest quality vinyl films and materials available on the market. Durable & Attractive WAYFINDER™ Window Appliques provide a modern look to your school while increasing safety. These beautiful decals often outlast their 10-year rated life, resisting damage and fading caused by constant sunlight exposure. Strong, permanent adhesives prevent peeling and vandalism.
Funding & Grant Opportunities
Our goal at EIS is to reduce emergency response times and save lives. We know budgets are tight and funding is hard to come by. To make our school security and wayfinding products affordable for everyone, we price our products competitively. Additionally, we have prepared a list of School & Campus Security grants and funding resources to help offset costs. Be sure to check with your local and state governments for grant opportunities.
Grants.gov Department of Education Department of Homeland Security U.S. Dept. of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services Grant Writing Resources Grant Basics and Definitions - U.S. Dept. of Education A simple guide to grant writing (with examples)
FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES
Emergency Service Department Grants State-by-State Resources Pennsylvania - This list is updated as new funding opportunities become available. -
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Inspirational + Motivational Show By Jared Therrien
"I started 'listening up' when I heard a few Drexel classmates and professors were interviewed by Mitchell. After listening to their stories, I ended up listening to over 20+ episodes while driving to job sites for my own start-up. Hearing other entrepreneurs' stories and struggles are extremely motivating. The show makes you think critically about your own journey. I have applied the advice learned on this show to my business and will surely continue to listen."
Today on Show 050 we are interviewing Hamilton Perkins
Hamilton Perkins Collection uses recycled plastic bottles to manufacture travel bag canvas and recycled vinyl billboard material for the duffle bag lining.
Hamilton Perkins is the founder and President of Hamilton Perkins Collection, an e-commerce retailer, offering designer travel bags at an affordable price while holding the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
What are we going to learn today: how Hamilton came up with his idea, what problem he was solving and testing the product concept. We are going to talk sales and marketing and find out how he does it! From manufacturing to distribution.
The Hamilton Perkins Collection has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Money Magazine. Now on the Listenup Show!
Prior to starting Hamilton Perkins Collection, he was the winner of the 2016 Virginia Velocity Tour business pitch competition hosted by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
What other things do we learn -
How Hamilton came up with the business idea to solve this problem.
Hamilton Perkins was preparing to travel to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Madrid and Athens with classmates in his executive MBA program when he came across a problem: He couldn’t find the right carry-on bag. They were either too flimsy, too impractical or too mainstream. So he decided to create his own. How to build a successful crowdfunding campaign with kickstarter. Hamilton raised: $14,329 of a $10,000 goal (as of July 14). The campaign began June 30 and ended July 30. The unique bag making manufacturing process and his successful experience in creating an environmentally sustainable product and supply chain. At Hamilton Perkins Collection the travel bags, line of duffel bags and backpacks are actually made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles and lined with vinyl from repurposed billboards. Each bag is different, unique. How Hamilton Perkins got his Collection into the Department stores. How he tested the idea before launching. Perkins began setting up focus groups with family members and friends to get their ideas about what they wanted in a bag. He also searched Twitter for ideas and combed through hundreds of one-star luggage reviews on Amazon.com to get a sense of common customer complaints. (Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, owns The Washington Post.) “No one is as serious or as truthful about something until they’re mad about a purchase,” Perkins said. “Customer reviews are a world of their own. They contain so much information.” Eventually, a theme emerged in his research: “The main things we kept coming up with were duffel bag and backpack, backpack and duffel bag,” Perkins said. “That, and people wanted something that was unique.” He decided to combine those three things and designed a bag that doubles as both duffel and backpack. (Picture a traditional duffel bag with backpack straps on the bottom. The bag has a three-way zipper so its contents can be accessed from either the top of the bag or its side, and all straps can be zipped away when not in use.) Perkins researched different types of material, too, and teamed up with Thread International, a company that makes fabric using recycled materials, for his first prototype. The fabric on the outside of the bag is made of recycled plastic bottles, while the inside of each bag is created from repurposed vinyl from old billboards. A factory in Oregon makes each bag. “Personally, I think the days of everyone buying the same cookie-cutter product are over,” Perkins said. “People want things that are unique and special.” Perkins has already invested more than $25,000 of his savings into the one-man company and says he was looking for a way to get the word out about his bag. He set a $10,000 goal on Kickstarter and was surprised when the money began rolling in right away. Within a week, he’d met his goal. “You really don’t know what’s going to happen on a site like that,” he said. “This could have done great or it could have bombed.” Luckily for Perkins, it was the former. About halfway through his campaign, he has raised nearly $15,000 from 100 backers. A $95 pledge gets donors a duffel bag, while $295 gets them the company’s convertible backpack.
recommend a book: The Bible
What contributes most to your success
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Best business advice you ever received
Wrap Up Round
How can people stay in touch
Three main take aways
In parting leave us with your philosophy in business, family and life
Perkins said it will take until December to manufacture his first batch of 1,000 bags for Kickstarter backers. From there, he plans to add four more colors to his line-up and eventually look into creating other products. “There are a lot of interesting things going on with technology and fabrics, so we could look into integrating conductive fabric into our products or making it possible for them to communicate with smartphones and other devices,” he said. “Bags are just a starting point.” Hamilton was an Investment Advisor at Merrill Lynch and, earlier, worked as an Analyst at Bank of America. He has also served in a leadership capacity with various non-profit organizations and has been recognized for his volunteer work and service hours assisting low-income populations. Hamilton is also a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post. has hosted trunk shows at Bloomingdale’s was a financial planner for Merrill Lynch. Lives Norfolk, Va. He is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in Business Administration and he earned his M.B.A. from William and Mary. Huffington Post Turning Trash Into Fashion The Problem In 2014, I thought carefully about my quest to find a unique and socially responsible backpack. It all started when I was having a personal problem while earning my MBA at William and Mary. I was planning to travel on global immersion experiences to Asia and Europe and felt that my options to find a bag that I could be proud to carry were severely limited. Before the vision to turn plastic bottles into bags at Hamilton Perkins Collection, we simply were not satisfied with the selections available in the growing global bag market. We came to the industry from a customer’s point of view and we sought to use this as an advantage. In the beginning, we thought a lot about establishing a for-profit organization that would be driven by social progress. We thought that this could be the catalyst to support the vision for building a better bag. We surveyed friends, family, and prospects to understand the market opportunity and saw a big gap between the ubiquitous bags that sold for less than $100 and the high-end luxury bags that sold for north of $500. Additionally, we were passionate about solving problems and noticed first hand the modern inconvenience of waste in the form of plastic bottles. At the time it just seemed as if the benefits of recycling were not fully addressing concerns in our everyday lives. Moreover, we saw how this affected social and environmental issues and we knew we had to start building our proposition around carrying a bag that looks good and that makes a difference. A key finding from our research was that most bags were one dimensional, not giving the traveler the option to choose the version of the bag that was most suitable for them. We formed our thesis around the pain points that our focus groups were voicing to us and turned to one star Amazon reviews and algorithms for deeper unfiltered data. The Solution We developed the Hamilton Perkins Collection Earthbag, an all-in-one convertible backpack made out of recycled plastic bottles and lined with vinyl from repurposed billboards. The Hamilton Perkins Collection Earthbag features a 3-way zippered compartment that allows easy access to laptops, books, and travel documents. The Value Our bags are the perfect pick if you’re looking for the right blend of style and function. 1. Recycled Plastic Bottles - Hamilton Perkins Collection Earthbags are the world’s first impactful and transparent bags: made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles. 2. Repurposed Billboards - The Hamilton Perkins Collection Earthbags are lined with repurposed billboard vinyl. Each bag’s lining is different, each bag is unique. 3. Design, transparency, and impact - Hamilton Perkins Collection bags reduce waste, cut carbon emissions in the environment, and conserve water. A New Perspective Fast forward to 2016, Hamilton Perkins Collection earned its status as a Certified B Corporation® by offering designer travel bags at an affordable price, while holding the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Starting at $95, we are proud to make exceptional products that make a difference one bag at a time. Design Thinking Design and function are two driving forces behind our product line. Our approach to design has been customer-centric from day one. We take great pride in seeing the world from the customer’s point of view first and then taking it upon ourselves to be the change that we seek. We prototype and ideate dynamically to find what works for the traveler and what doesn’t. We get excited about making something that doesn’t exist and seeing it bring change and make a difference. At the end of the day, it’s about people for us and when they trust us to design the bag that they carry we don’t take the opportunity lightly. Our level of care sets us apart in a market where there are so many options to choose from. Hamilton Perkins Collection was born out of a simple necessity: the need for affordable designer bags that look good, perform well and make a difference. Similar to many travelers in the world we had trouble finding a socially conscious bag that met our basic needs in a practical and responsible way. We researched the industry and found that most options were average quality. The majority of the bag makers maintain low prices with high levels of secrecy around how they can achieve it. Other bags are excellent quality and their cost is way too much for the price. What is available to the modern traveler looking to find purpose in every journey? We founded Hamilton Perkins Collection to be an alternative. We stripped down the traditional walls of the retail world and invited our customers to share their comments and thoughts with us in a way not previously feasible. We interviewed countless travelers to start new authentic relationships and they told us how we could best serve their needs when re-engineering a classic travel bag. Most brands look at philanthropy and giving as an afterthought but we see it as an essential part of running a business today. In collaboration with our workshops and suppliers, we are committed to supporting fair wages and delivering value to less developed nations by sourcing raw materials that divert thousands of plastic bottles, save water, add revenue, and create jobs in parts of the world that need it the most. We track our progress and submit to rigorous third party review to ensure accuracy and accountability. With billions of plastic bottles thrown away each year, the average person still throws away as much as 180 pounds of plastic in the same period of time. It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade. We address these issues by partnering with organizations like Thread, to turn trash into fashion with every bag we sell. When you buy our bags, together we reduce waste levels, cut carbon emissions, conserve water - and create jobs. Final Thoughts Change is a funny thing. We’ve experienced change and its many benefits by carrying the Earthbag in our everyday lives. We have sparked lifestyle adjustments that were not evident until examining a simple travel bag. Although we successfully funded our debut Kickstarter campaign in under a week and were selected a Kickstarter “Project We Love” you can still reserve a Hamilton Perkins Collection Earth Bag until July 29, 2016, and learn more about how our epiphany is changing lives. Follow us on Snapchat: hamiltonperkins
Digital trends For the members of a generation raised on instant gratification, it can be difficult to see the benefits of recycling. After all, how do we really know where those plastic bottles go after we've separated them? Hamilton Perkins has an answer -- they go into designer travel bags that are as sleek as they are safe for the environment. Reaching its Kickstarter goal in under a week, Hamilton Perkins and its 100-percent eco-friendly bags promise luxury at an affordable price, "while holding the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency." Every bag from this green atelier is made from recycled plastic bottles, but that's not where the reusing ends. The lining of all Hamilton Perkins bags is made of repurposed billboards, and while each bag is unique and different (no really, look inside), they all share the same green DNA. Designed to reduce waste levels, cut carbon emissions in the environment, and conserve water, these bags are a purchase you don't have to feel bad about. And because they start at just $95, your wallet probably won't be too offended either. The company's signature Earth bag is branded as an "all-in-one bag that converts into a backpack or duffle bag." With its three-way zippered compartment, you can easily access laptops, books, travel documents, and more. Noting that the average person throws away up to 180 pounds of plastic in a year, Hamilton Perkins looked to turn trash into fashion with each of its products. "In collaboration with our workshops and suppliers, we committed to supporting fair wages and delivering value to less developed nations by sourcing raw materials that divert plastic bottles, save water, add revenue, and create jobs in parts of the world that need it the most," the company says on its Kickstarter page. "We track our progress and submit to rigorous third-party review to ensure accuracy and accountability." So if you're looking for a new bag for your vacation season this summer, Hamilton Perkins just may be your solution. Special thanks to Daniel Zhu, Operations department for team Hamilton Perkins Collection. He told me that the company produces one of the world's first impactful and ethical designer bags made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles and billboard vinyl. The Hamilton Perkins Collection Earth bag reduces waste levels, cuts carbon emissions in the environment, and conserves water. I'm writing on behalf of Hamilton, the company founder, to ask if you would consider having him as a guest on your podcast. He would love the opportunity to discuss the unique bag making process and his successful experience in creating an environmentally sustainable product and supply chain.
Wrap up round:
website: hamiltonperkins.com facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HAMILTONPERKINS/ youtube video https://youtu.be/ESwySLVaDEk twitter: https://twitter.com/HamiltonPerkins instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hamiltonperkins/ snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/hamiltonperkins Let us know if you are interested, and we can have a quick phone call. I've included my contact information below. Thank you for your consideration. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (626)-710-7432
YouTube Channel Platform: mitchellchadrow.com/youtube mitchellchadrow.com/youtube050 tags: recycled plastic bottles, travel bags, designer t-shirts, manufacturing process, crowdfunding, recycled vinyl billboards, minimum lovable product, minimal viable product
Caffeine Guru Javazen Health Entrepreneur Eric Golman Show 049
Eric is the co-founder of Javazen, a brand of tea-infused coffee blends that combines the power of coffee with the health benefits of tea.
We talk coffee, caffeine, green tea, zen, caffeinated mindfulness.
Eric talks how he met Arianna Huffington CEO of the Huffington Post.
2016 Cupid’s Cup Entrepreneurship Competition delivering a five-minute pitch for $75,000.announced by Kevin Plank, the Founder, and CEO of Under Armour, guess what he also won the Audience Choice award.
The company mantra: “Javazen! It makes you feel good!”
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