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Ashley Drummonds is the founder of ABS Protein Pancakes. She has been featured on Shark Tank, the Home Shopping Network, Forbes.com, and much more. In over two years she has sold more than $500,000 worth of pancake mix.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:05] Jeremy’s introduction to his guest, Ashley Drummonds.
  • [2:00] Ashley talks about how ABS Pancakes began.
  • [5:30] A message of body positivity and self esteem.
  • [12:00] How Ashley connected to a positive message.
  • [15:30] Ashley talks about how she perfected the ABS Pancakes recipe.
  • [21:00] How Ashley tests new products and how she secured fulfillment.
  • [27:30] Ashley describes how she prepared her business before Shark Tank.
  • [32:00] How Ashley grew the business and it’s exposure before Shark Tank.
  • [40:00] Tools that have helped Ashley along the way.
  • [42:30] The post Shark Tank impact.
  • [45:00] The proudest point and the lowest point on the journey.

In this episode…

You’d think with all of our advanced technology we’d have more options when it comes to healthy food that actually tastes good. Why is it so hard to find quality, good tasting, healthy food and snacks in the marketplace today? Imagine being able to sit down to a delicious and guilt-free morning breakfast that tasted out of this world amazing! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur Ashley Drummonds as she shares how she came up with the concept of ABS Pancakes. Simply put, Ashley was fed up with the fact that there weren’t any delicious healthy food options readily available - more importantly, they weren’t in pancake form! To hear more of Ashley’s story including her appearance on the hit TV show Shark Tank, make sure to catch this episode!

Body positivity and self-esteem are topics that are growing in popularity in the culture at large. It’s a common subject in high schools and middle schools and it’s even being discussed more and more around the kitchen table at home. Ashley Dummonds is on the frontline doing everything she can as a business leader to leverage her spotlight and give greater exposure to this issue, especially as it pertains to young girls and women. Ashley herself struggled with self-esteem when she was younger and now as an adult, she has found healthy ways to combat those negative thoughts and feelings. Make sure to listen to this episode of Inspired Insider to hear more about Ashley’s journey!

What does it take to create healthy food that actually tastes good? What goes into that process? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur Ashley Drummonds as she walks through the process of figuring out how to create a great tasting health food. Using her family as her test subjects, Ashley went to work trying to unlock the key to create a tasty protein pancake that would help health conscious individuals like her enjoy a delicious breakfast or snack, guilt free. It was a long process but Ashley emerged victorious with three amazing flavors of her now popular and profitable ABS Pancakes. If you’d like to hear Ashley dive deeper into how she was able to pull off this incredible dream, don’t miss this episode!

The key to every success story is usually the non-glamorous aspects of the journey. That principle holds true in Ashley Drummonds’ story. Before all the glamor, attention, popularity, and exposure that appearing on the hit TV show Shark Tank brought, Ashley was hard at work building the infrastructure and components that were necessary to fuel her rise to the top. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear Ashley describe what steps she took before the episode of Shark Tank that she was on aired and how those behind the scene action items helped her prepare for the massive exposure that was coming her way. Get more details on Ashley’s journey by listening to this fascinating episode!

What is it like to go from a relatively small scale operation and market profile to have your business receive a torrent of interest and traffic from the public? What would that mean for you and your business, how would you handle it? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear business leader Ashley Drummonds describe her journey from small scale startup to Shark Tank success story. She shares the before, during, and after aspects of her Shark Tank journey that will leave you even further fascinated with the entrepreneurial journey. This is an episode that you don’t want to miss!

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Today we have Paul Bigham one of the top direct response marketers and founder of the Bigham Agency.

Summed up in a nutshell --Paul Bigham helps make it easy for people to feed the hungry, house the homeless, clothe the naked and heal the sick. No small feat.

Brian Kurtz introduced Paul at a VIP Titan dinner as the largest non-Jewish contributor to the state of Israel. He has raised over a billion dollars for the state of Israel through direct mail.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:00] Jeremy introduces his guest, Paul Bigham.
  • [2:00] Paul talks about the three options he gives people.
  • [7:00] What did Paul want to be when he was younger?
  • [9:00] How Paul got into the world of direct response marketing.
  • [13:00] Paul talks about leaving a legacy.
  • [20:30] How customer service allowed Paul to meet his wife.
  • [23:00] Lessons from a successful and long lasting marriage.

In this episode…

Have you ever thought about your role in leaving a legacy? What does leaving a legacy mean to you? Is it something that is far off in the distance that you haven’t given much thought about or is it something that is starting to draw more of your attention? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader Paul Bigham as he talks about what leaving a legacy means to him and the business he’s built. Paul strives toward self-improvement to make an impact here and now but he also believes that as he improves, the people and systems around him will benefit from that positive change. He also talks about how he has been able to involve his children into the life and operation of his business. If you’d like to hear more about leaving a legacy and how to do that effectively, make sure you catch this episode!

Have you ever felt like you couldn’t make a decision because you didn’t have any good alternatives? What would it mean for you uncover the mindset behind giving your customers options in order to help them make a decision on one of your products? Believe it or not, most people will choose between multiple options presented to them over a straight yes or no decision on one single item. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from direct marketing expert Paul Bigham as he describes his process in helping his customers arrive a selection they are comfortable with. You don’t want to miss this helpful episode as Paul shares insights and lessons that can help improve your business practices today!

What legacy did you inherit? Did you grow up hearing stories of your grandparents and the exciting opportunities and jobs they held? What narratives have stuck with you that you will pass on as you consider leaving a legacy? On this episode of Inspired Insider, entrepreneur and business leader Paul Bigham explains how the legacy of his grandfather and his entrepreneurial spirit left an impression on him as a young boy. It's easy to overlook the decisions you make today and forget about how they can have a ripple effect for generations to come. Paul is convinced that what we do today sow seeds of what will happen down the line and into the future. To hear Paul go deeper with the topic of leaving a legacy, make sure to listen to this episode!

One of the best ways to leave a legacy is to pass down a set of personal and family values. Many people would say that the best vehicle for leaving a legacy is with building a strong and long-lasting marriage. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Paul Bigham as he shares the values and principles that have helped him build a 49-year-old marriage with his wife. Don’t overlook the power of a healthy marriage built with the intention of leaving a legacy. Find out what lessons and insights you can take away from the wisdom that Paul shares on this episode!

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Today we have Jake Kloberdanz coFounder and CEO of One Hope, a brand with a mission to serve the world. The company started with an award-winning wine brand OneHopeWine.com and has since expanded into gourmet coffee and other gifts. They have gone from 0 to selling over 750,000 bottles a year since its inception. On the serving the world side of things, One Hope has donated more than $2M to date, helping to provide over 1.1 million meals to people in need, plant 56,000 trees, and much more. 

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:05] Jeremy’s introduction to his guest to Jake Kloberdanz.
  • [5:00] The beginning of Jake’s journey to connect business with social good.
  • [8:30] Jake talks about his mom’s influence on his journey.
  • [12:30] What did Jake want to do when he was younger?
  • [15:00] The beginnings of One Hope Wine.
  • [23:00] Jake tells the story of recruiting a team for One Hope Wine.
  • [28:30] Building the One Hope Wine brand.
  • [33:00] What is Via One Hope?

In this episode…

What if you could drink a glass of wine and know that with each sip you’ve caused a positive impact on the world? Does that sound crazy to you? Jake Kloberdanz and his team at One Hope Wine got that reaction a lot when they first started out, in fact sometimes they still get that response. But creating a positive impact is what One Hope Wine is all about. Jake and his team want to see social good brought about through their business efforts. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear as Jake tells the story of how he started One Hope Wine and how it’s mission to create a positive impact is gaining momentum and resonating with people all over the world. You don’t want to miss this fascinating and encouraging episode!

What does being held to a high standard do for you? Do you thrive in that type of environment or does it drive you crazy? What would it look like for your company to create a culture of excellence and a quality work ethic? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Jake Kloberdanz shares how he got started in the wine industry working at Gallo. From that positive experience, Jake was able to take away key insights and lessons that would help him go on to create his company, One Hope Wine. He was primarily impressed and influenced by the culture of holding employees to a high standard of excellence and a consistent work ethic, those are qualities that he brought with him into his new endeavor. If you’d like to hear Jake share more about his time working at Gallo and the lessons he’s learned along the way, make sure to catch this episode!

Who has made the biggest impact in your life? Do you look back to a particular point in time that they made that impact or has is been an ongoing continual presence in your life? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Jake Kloberdanz as he shares the impact his mother has had on this journey toward success. Because Jake grew up with an entrepreneurial mother and two sisters he started off with a very positive and egalitarian view of women and their place in the world. This has translated to the environment that he’s building with One Hope Wine. Jake pointed to the example of his mother as having a huge impact on his journey as an entrepreneur. If you’d like to hear more about Jake and One Hope Wine’s story, listen to this episode!

Can you imagine getting recruited to sell a product that could help change the world? What would that pitch look like? What would it mean for you to know that your sales and marketing efforts could help bring someone the shelter, water, food, or medicine they need to live? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from cause entrepreneur and business leader, Jake Kloberdanz as he tells the story about gathering his team to start One Hope Wine. Jake’s offer resonated with his prospective team and they jumped in and were thrilled to join a cause, a brand with a mission that was dedicated to making a positive impact on the world and those in need. If you’d like to hear more about Jake’s journey, make sure to catch this episode!

The marketplace is changing and companies that want to keep a competitive edge have to adapt. This approach helped share Jake Kloberdanz’s approach as he built One Hope Wine. Not only are Jake and his team connecting with a new generation of consumers who appreciate a brand that provides a positive impact, they are also creating avenues for other cause entrepreneurs to get in on the process. To hear all about One Hope Wine’s amazing program called Via One Hope, make sure to listen to this episode of Inspired Insider to catch all the details. You don’t want to miss it!  

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Lindsey Laurain is the founder of Ezpz where she has created silicone placemat products that suctions to the table like the Happy Mat. After leaving corporate America, she built Ezpz into a multi-million dollar business in a short time and has been featured on the hit TV show Shark Tank. She does all of this while raising her three wild boys and four if you count her husband.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:05] Jeremy’s introduction to his guest, Lindsey Laurain.
  • [3:00] Lindsey tells her story.
  • [8:15] Lindsey’s Shark Tank experience before and after.
  • [12:30] Software and tools that Lindsay and her team use.

In this episode…

How would you respond to a business crisis? Can you remember a time when your heart sank and you started to panic because of an issue that came up with your business? Imagine getting the notification that someone has hijacked the project that you’ve poured your heart and soul into. How would you respond? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader, Lindsey Laurain as she tells the story of her response to seeing her product hijacked. Lindsey’s takeaway from this experience is understanding that there is no one who has your back in the business or legal world, you have to become your own advocate. If you’d like to hear more about Lindsey’s story and how she overcame this difficult moment, make sure to catch this episode!

You’ve heard the term, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? Too often that is WAY easier said than done. Would you be able to spin a negative experience into a net positive one? What would you do to start that turnaround? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Lindsey Laurain talks about her less than positive experience on Shark Tank and how she was able to overcome and reap some good out that situation. Not every 15 minutes of fame is a fun or positive one - some individuals get exposure for negative reasons, and for others, what seems like a great opportunity, can be painful. Even though they’ve encountered difficulty and had to overcome a business crisis, Lindsey and her team at Ezpz have persevered. To get the details on Lindsey’s story and how appearing on Shark Tank challenged her and pushed her company to greater exposure, don’t miss this episode!

What are the tools and ingredients for success? Some people will point to luck or providence, others will point to hard work and determination. How have you experienced success and business growth in your life? Where do you attribute it to? What tools have helped you get there? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader Lindsey Laurain as she shares which tools and software have helped her and her team succeed. If you want to get all the tips and insights that successful leaders like Lindsey have to offer, make sure you listen to this episode with pen and paper ready!

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Today we have Eric Bandholz coFounder of Beardbrand. They sell products for the bearded lifestyle such as beard oils, beard wash, beard softener, beard combs. They have built the company to over $120K per month in revenue and were featured on the hit TV series Shark Tank and even had Lori touch his beard.

 

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [0:40] Jeremy’s introduction to his guest, Eric Bandholz.
  • [3:00] Eric talks about going to a beard competition.
  • [8:00] What is Urban Beardsman all about?
  • [10:30] Eric talks about growing a YouTube presence.
  • [14:00] Sharing personal struggles in public.
  • [18:00] Eric talks about participating in Shark Tank.
  • [25:30] What are the best selling products? What does Eric use personally?
  • [29:30] From content creation to product creation.
  • [34:00] Expanding growth and creating new products.
  • [38:00] Connecting with suppliers and vendors.
  • [41:00] Responding to customer feedback.
  • [43:00] Eric talks about “Black Marble.”
  • [47:00] What has worked best to increase sales?
  • [52:30] The best YouTube video from Eric and Beardband.
  • [54:00] Mistakes to avoid along the way. Lessons learned from failure.
  • [58:00] Fighting through self-doubt.
  • [59:00] Software that Eric and his team uses.

In this episode…

If you pay attention to popular culture you may have noticed the resurgence of the beard. From musicians to actors, and right down to the average guy, beards are making a HUGE comeback. On the cutting edge of beard care is Eric Bandholz and his team at Beardbrand. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear Eric share Beardbrand’s story and how they came to be known as the leader in providing high quality products in the beard care industry. It all started with building a culture of beard care and celebration that lead to a dream to present a high quality product that stands out and makes a difference in men’s lives. To hear more, make sure to catch this episode!

Do you ever splurge and treat yourself with a special meal or gadget? Maybe for it’s that high scale dinner you treat yourself to once a year or maybe it’s indulging in buying that high quality product. The truth is most people treat themselves from time to time. Eric Bandholz and his team at Beardbrand have created a high quality product called “Black Marble.” It’s the company's most exclusive and premium offering and has the potential to make a guy feel like a million bucks. If you’d like to hear more about Black Marble and how Eric and his team rolled out a high quality product, don’t miss this episode!

What does it take to grow a YouTube presence for your brand? Is it as simple as putting together a potentially viral video or does it take more effort? Image how solidifying a presence on a social media platform like YouTube could impact your brand and position you for success and increased growth. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Eric Bandholz as he shares how he was able to slowly but successfully grow his company, Beardbrand’s presence on YouTube. Eric gives his key tips and suggestions for leaders like you who are looking to make an impact on social media platforms. To find out more, don’t miss this episode!

Do you ever wonder what it is like to have your brand featured on the hit TV show, Shark Tank? How would you pitch your product, how would you present yourself and your team? Is the process really as impactful for brands and it seems to be? On this episode of Inspired Insider, business leader and entrepreneur Eric Bandholz discusses his experience pitching his company, Beardbrand to the Shark Tank investors. According to Eric, it was a positive experience but there are a few misconceptions that many viewers hold and he gives a little bit of insight on that subject. If you’d like to hear more about Eric’s experience on Shark Tank and how it impacted his product sales, make sure to catch this episode!

How does your company respond to customer feedback? Do you actively seek it out and adjust your products accordingly or do take a more passive approach? Many companies are paying attention to how they respond to customer feedback both positive and negative, especially in the age of social media engagement. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Eric Bandholz as he describes his company’s approach to engaging with customer feedback. As you can image, with any company creating products that the public uses that contacts with their skin there will be a lot of feedback. If you’d like to hear how Eric and his team handle feedback, don’t miss this episode!

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Ray Nolan is one of Irelands most successful internet entrepreneurs. He founded Raven Computing (later known as Coretime Ltd) in 1989. Coretime Ltd was sold to Sage in 2004. In 1999, he founded the hugely successful online room reservation group Hostelworld.com. It was a leading worldwide brand with distribution contracts in 170 countries and more than 12MM visitors a month. He sold it in November 2009, returning more than $500MM on just $150K total investment.

Ray is also the former chairman of Skyscanner. He founded and is acting CEO for XSellco Software, they provide market-leading eCommerce SaaS tools.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [0:50] Jeremy’s introduction to his guest, Ray Nolan.
  • [2:00] Stories from Ray’s days in the travel industry.
  • [5:00] Adjusting from customer feedback.
  • [11:00] Kissing Frogs to find the Prince.
  • [15:00] The advantage of being a Irish Entrenpuner.
  • [19:00] Why does Ray only have 9 toes?

In this episode…

There are few things more frustrating than being ignored. But in today’s business industry many companies still don’t fully understand how to respond or adjust to client feedback. Does your company have a process in place to address client feedback and change your policies accordingly? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Ray Nolan as he walks through how his company, Xsellco responds to client feedback. They have a streamlined process in place that will help give you an idea of how you could respond to feedback from your clients. This is a helpful episode that you don’t want to miss!

One of the qualities that sets entrepreneurs apart is their constant drive to innovate and disrupt the status quo. This means that many entrepreneurs will “Kiss a lot of frogs before they find their prince.” Does that describe you? Do you push through failure to find success? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and disruptor Ray Nolan. He has built a career around innovating and pushing the limits to find what works best in the marketplace. There are some fascinating lessons to learn from Ray as he shares insights from his years as business leader. Make sure you bring your pen and paper to catch all the helpful tips from Ray and so much more on this episode!

With an ever changing and evolving marketplace, what role does location play in your ability to interact and influence key industry leaders? With the new global economy facilitated by the interconnectedness of the internet, does location really matter anymore? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear why Ray Nolan believes his location in Ireland positions him in a huge advantage on the global stage. He also shares how his cultural upbringing as an Irishmen helps him connect with other leaders in a unique way. After hearing from Ray, you’ll have a new appreciation for the role that location still plays in today’s marketplace. Find out more about Ray and his company, Xsellco on this fascinating episode!

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Colt Cobana, once a professional WWE wrestler, has the longest running wrestler to wrestler podcast in existence. He has been doing The Art of Wrestling podcast weekly since 2010 and has interviewed people like CM Punk, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and many more. He has been entertaining crowds around the world as a professional wrestler for over 17 years, in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico and all over the US. He even wrestles in cult underground places like Insane Clown Posse’s Gathering of the Juggalos. He has been featured on Marc Maron’s podcast and a cartoon version of Scott is even on a billboard off the highway here in Chicago.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [0:40] Jeremy’s introduction to his guest, Colt Cabana.
  • [8:30] How did Colt get involved with the Insane Clown Posse?
  • [10:30] Colt talks about the challenges and risks he endures physically.
  • [12:30] A visit to India gives perspective.
  • [16:00] The most hostile environment Colt has wrestled in.
  • [19:30] At what point did Colt start his path to become a professional wrestler?
  • [24:30] The psychology of professional wrestling.
  • [28:00] Colt’s favorite wrestlers.
  • [30:00] The influence Colt’s family had on how he does business.
  • [33:30] Some of Colt’s best selling merchandise.
  • [37:30] The Wrestling Road Diaries.
  • [41:00] Colt talks about starting his podcast.
  • [51:00] How Colt taught himself the technical aspects of running his podcast.
  • [1:13:00] Colts upcoming projects.
  • [1:19:00] How Colt takes care of himself.
  • [1:22:00] Colt talks about his relationship with CM Punk.
  • [1:24:00] Mishaps and lessons from podcasting.
  • [1:36:00] The lowest moment in Colt’s career.
  • [1:40:30] The proudest moments in Colt’s career.

In this episode…

Talk about putting it all on the line, Pro Wrestlers like Colt Cabana but their bodies through unbelievable amounts of stress and risk. How does someone sustain that kind of a lifestyle? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Colt as he shares how he adjusted his style of wrestling so he could stay in the industry longer. He also talks about how he has been able to build a thriving business that includes his career as a successful podcast host. Make sure you listen to this episode to catch all of Colt’s fascinating stories, insights, and advice to new podcast hosts just starting out!

How does someone get started in the professional wrestling world? What sets them apart from fans and superfans that makes them want to go into wrestling as a career? It’s not like there is a clear and often discussed career path for becoming a wrestler, right? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Pro Wrestler Colt Cabana as he talks about how he got his start in the wrestling world. This is a guy who has built a successful career and a loyal fan base and has transitioned from life as WWE star to continue his wrestling career and put out content as a podcast host. You don’t want to miss his amazing story on this episode!

They say you can tell a lot about someone from looking at their family background. You can trace certain patterns and habits that show up from the lives of parents into the lives of their children later on. What habits and values are you passing on to your children? What was passed down to you? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Pro Wrestler turned podcast host Colt Cabana talks about the influence his father had on how he conducted business early on in his wrestling career. Colt’s story is a fascinating one filled with great stories, interesting lessons, and so much more - don’t miss it!

Most people don’t think of a career as a Pro Wrestler as that of a small business owner. In order to succeed and have a thriving career, many professional wrestlers have to adopt that posture. What does that look like? How do someone who is so tuned into entertainment and physical prowess have the time to also wear the hat of a business person? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Colt Cabana reveals how he has successfully navigated a career as a professional wrestler while adopting this business-minded approach. Colt is humorous and wise with the insights and stories he tells, you don’t want to miss a minute of this episode!

What does it take to build a robust and growing podcast following? How do you find your niche? What style and aesthetic will resonate with a broad audience? What are the best practices and tools needed to get it off the ground and sound like something a professional put together? On this episode of Inspired Insider, podcast host and professional wrestler Colt Cabana shares how he got his podcast off the ground and built a huge following. Colt also shares the strategies and tools he uses along with how he builds relationships with sponsors and much more! If you have ever wanted a peek into what makes a podcast tick, make sure you catch this episode!

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Today we have Elliot Moskow co-founder of Pricefalls, LLC where he currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Pricefalls employs a subscription-based model for online retailers and has been growing rapidly. They have raised over $4million in venture funding and has received coverage by FOX Business, Forbes, The Chicago Sun Times, and TechCrunch.

Elliot graduated in May 2010 from Bates College majoring in Economics and in June 2013 from Lee Business School with his MBA. He is currently enrolled in the Evening Program at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [0:45] Jeremy introduces his guest, Elliot Moskow.
  • [1:15] How Price Falls started.
  • [2:40] Elliot talks about how his father influenced him.
  • [3:40] Common mistakes among ecommerce leaders.
  • [4:30] How to boost sales.
  • [4:50] Price Falls’ biggest success so far.
  • [5:10] The importance of valuing your customer base.
  • [5:40] Building brand recognition.
  • [6:10] Proudest moment for Elliot so far.

In this episode…

Wouldn’t it be great to get some inside information on how to boost sales and better position your business for success? Look no further! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Elliot Moskow as he shares one key lesson that will help you boost sales and increase your business growth. From Elliot’s perspective, it’s all about dynamic pricing. He encourages business leaders to really take a look at their pricing model and consider how they can optimize their price for maximum profitability. If you’d like to hear Elliot expand on this topic and explain how his company helps leaders explore viable solutions, make sure to listen to this episode!

What does it look like to take on industry giants like Amazon and Ebay? Is it even feasible to launch such an ambitious endeavor? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and disruptor, Elliot Moskow. Elliot and his team at Price Falls are presenting an alternative take on ecommerce and challenging household names like Ebay and Amazon. If you’d like to hear how Price Falls started and the awesome efforts they are engaged with that have the potential to change the ecommerce industry, make sure to catch this episode!

When it comes to small business startups, every bit of early support is vital. For business leader Elliot Moskow, that early supporter was his father, a serial entrepreneur himself. Elliot points to his father as a great example he had growing up who instilled a solid work ethic and championed his early efforts with Price Falls. One of the biggest lessons he learned from his father early on is the importance of building upon small advantages and taking deliberate steps toward an end goal that makes sense. If you’d like to hear more of Elliot’s story and how early support from people like his father helped propel Price Falls to success, don’t miss this episode of Inspired Insider!

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This is part of the Skubana Ecommerce Mastery Series where top Sellers and Experts teach you what really works to boost your ecommerce business. Skubana is a platform to manage your entire ecommerce operation.

Rise25 is where entrepreneurs of 6,7, and 8 figure businesses come together live and in person every few months to solve their biggest business challenges through this high-level Mastermind group. Each member leaves each week with lifelong friendships and actionable steps to take their business to the next level. Check out Rise25.com - a group run by myself and cofounder John Corcoran. Rise 25 is application only.

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Ray Nolan is one of Irelands most successful internet entrepreneurs. He founded Raven Computing (later known as Coretime Ltd) in 1989. Coretime Ltd was sold to Sage in 2004. In 1999, he founded the hugely successful online room reservation group Hostelworld.com. It was a leading worldwide brand with distribution contracts in 170 countries and more than 12MM visitors a month. He sold it in November 2009, returning more than $500MM on just $150K total investment.

Ray is also the former chairman of Skyscanner. He founded and is acting CEO for XSellco Software, they provide market-leading eCommerce SaaS tools. 

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [0:50] Jeremy’s introduction to his guest, Ray Nolan.
  • [2:00] What is going on with Xsellco?
  • [3:50] Trends that Ray sees in the ecommerce industry.
  • [7:00] How did Xsellco get started?
  • [12:30] How does Ray manage his time?
  • [15:30] Ray talks about rolling out successful products.
  • [19:00] Bootstrapping vs. Raising Money when starting a business.
  • [23:00] Ray talks about building his team for Xsellco.
  • [25:30] Ray’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • [30:00] Valuing employees.
  • [32:00] High points and low points for Ray and Xsellco.
  • [35:00] Ray talks about acquiring smaller companies.
  • [37:00] Ray talks about acquiring Hostels.com
  • [42:00] Difficulty in the travel industry after terrorist attacks.
  • [45:00] Responding to feedback from customers.
  • [51:00] Kissing Frogs.
  • [54:30] The advantage of being an Irish entrepreneur.
  • [59:00] Why does Ray only have 9 toes?

In this episode…

What is the best startup strategy? Is it bootstrapping or raising money? Which method is best for you and your product to get maximum exposure and investment? There are a lot of people out there that will point to this example or that one but what about someone who has been there and experienced the actual effect of each methodology? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear entrepreneur and business leader Ray Nolan discuss his approach to starting and growing a small e-commerce business back in the late 90’s and how his approach has changed as he builds products and businesses in the e-commerce space today. You don’t want to miss Ray’s valuable insights that can help you understand the marketplace and how to best proceed on your journey toward success!

A clear mark of a successful and wise leader is one who knows their strengths and weaknesses. Do you know not only what your strengths and weaknesses are but how to build a team that adapts to them? Don’t neglect this essential step in cultivating a healthy team and thriving work environment! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear how business leader Ray Nolan has identified his weaknesses and built a team that helps him in those areas so his strengths and shine unhindered. Find out how you and leverage your own strengths and weaknesses to better position your business for success on this episode!

In a fast paced and ever growing marketplace, you’ve got to be prepared to respond to opportunities to acquire businesses that would expand your company’s reach and influence. Alternatively, you’ve got to be prepared for the likelihood that if you succeed as a small business, you might be on the radar of your competitor as a company to acquire. On this episode of Inspired Insider, Ray Nolan explains his perspective on business acquisitions and how he has taken advantage of this business practice in the e-commerce industry. Don’t miss this fascinating episode!

One of the biggest mistakes that many e-commerce businesses make is failing to adapt to customer feedback. In what ways could your business create an avenue for and begin to implement changes that would instill loyalty and appreciation from your customer base? On this episode, you’ll hear from business leader Ray Nolan as he shares how his company has adjusted their practices based on customer feedback. This implementation has served their customer base better and allowed them to stand out among other competitors in the marketplace. To hear Ray go deeper with this topic, make sure to listen to this episode of Inspired Insider!

Sometimes you have to kiss a bunch of frogs before you get a prince. The idea behind this truth is that you have to try and risk before you find the idea or product that will bring you success. Rarely will you get to experience a trouble free or frog free path along your journey. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will hear from business leader and entrepreneur Ray Nolan. Ray walks through how he’s pushed through difficulty and failure to eventually get his shot at success. This is an encouraging episode that you don’t want to miss!

Resources Mentioned on this episode

Sponsor for this episode

This is part of the Skubana Ecommerce Mastery Series where top Sellers and Experts teach you what really works to boost your ecommerce business. Skubana is a platform to manage your entire ecommerce operation.

Rise25 is where entrepreneurs of 6,7, and 8 figure businesses come together live and in person every few months to solve their biggest business challenges through this high-level Mastermind group. Each member leaves each week with lifelong friendships and actionable steps to take their business to the next level. Check out Rise25.com - a group run by myself and cofounder John Corcoran. Rise 25 is application only.

Direct download: raynolanlong.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am CST

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