INspired INsider with Dr. Jeremy Weisz

Steve O’Dell and Robbie Page are the co-founders of Tenzo Tea. They run a matcha tea company based in Santa Monica, CA. Tenzo Matcha Green Tea is grown in Kagoshima, Japan. Their products can be found at various coffee shops and smoothie facilities all over California and online at tenzotea.co and not on Amazon.

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

  • [1:33] Jeremy introduces his guests, Steve O’Dell and Robbie Page.
  • [2:45] How did Steve and Robbie meet? What were there future plans in college?
  • [9:30] Steve talks about some early business ventures.
  • [13:50] Where did the idea of Tenzo Tea come from?
  • [16:30] Steve opens up about dropping out of college and his study habits.
  • [21:10] Key leaders and thinkers entrepreneurs should study.
  • [24:50] Preparing for success.
  • [29:20] Recovering from mistakes.
  • [31:30] Discovering Matcha Tea and coming up with the idea of Tenzo Tea.
  • [37:00] Why did the guys decide not to sell their product on Amazon?
  • [38:30] How did the packaging process go?
  • [40:30] The value of connecting with customers directly and using wholesale.
  • [46:30] Making the transition from professional sports to the business world.
  • [50:00] How did the guys connect with Azriel Ratz?
  • [52:30] Closing the information gap about Matcha Tea.
  • [55:30] What are some common uses of Matcha Tea?
  • [57:00] What are the future plans of Tenzo Tea?
  • [59:20] Low points faced along the way.
  • [1:04:50] High points that came with business growth.

In this episode…

What does it take to perform at the highest level in sports and business? Do you need the right information and training? What role do your diet and your daily habits play in your chances for sustained success? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from high performing athletes and business leaders, Steve O’Dell and Robbie Page. In their conversation with Jeremy, Steve and Robbie open up about how they first met, what they learned from their time playing professional volleyball, how they came up with the idea to start Tenzo Tea, challenges they’ve faced along the way, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Steve and Robbie!

Have you ever performed at the top of your field? What was that experience like? How did you get to that level of competition? For many business leaders, getting to the top is a frustrating and winding road, then there are those who make it look really easy. Steve and Robbie are accustomed to performing in high stakes situations. Both Steve and Robbie played volleyball in college at UCLA, competing at the highest levels. They’ve taken that same dedication and competition to their roles co-founding and leading, Tenzo Tea. What can you learn from Steve and Robbie’s story?

Do you have a system that sets you up for success? How has your system changed and evolved over the years in your career and personal life? Coming from a sports background, Steve and Robbie had ritual and routine built into their days from an early age. Now, instead of turning all that planning and preparation to get their body in shape, they are working on getting the competitive edge over their peers. While the guys will be the first to tell you that Tenzo Tea will help you start the day off right, they also do what they can to learn from other leaders, devouring books on leadership and innovation.

Did you know that fueling your body with the right ingredients is half the battle when it comes to maintaining high performance? It’s true! Too often the average person will get into a health kick and decide to start working out (which is great!) but they’ll fail to go, “All in” and change their diet. Steve and Robbie want to help men and women start the day off right by putting a clean and natural source of nutrients in the form of a hot cup of matcha green tea. At Tenzo Tea, they say that Matcha green tea is the healthiest drink on the planet, described as a fat-burner and cancer-fighter, Matcha dominates the rest of the world of tea.

One of the best ways to stand out from the rest of the competition in the business world is to build a robust and enthusiastic fan base. Its true, some products lend themselves to this business practice better than others, however, many companies are leaving money on the floor by taking a passive approach to customer engagement. Tenzo Tea is taking a much more direct and aggressive approach to cultivating and encouraging their fans to stay connected. They’ve gone so far as creating specialized subscription services, starter boxes, and even an informative blog! Steve and Robbie are really doing an amazing job connecting with their customer base in a meaningful way and the market is rewarding them for it!

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.


Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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[One Question] Charting a Way Forward and The Power of Networking with Mike McKim Co-Founder of Cuvee Coffee

Mike McKim is the co-founder of Cuvee Coffee Roasting Company. Cuvee Coffee Roasting Company has been providing independent coffee houses and coffee enthusiasts with sustainable artisan blends, single origin, and estate coffees since 1998. Mike is also a board chairman at the non-profit, Operation Supply Drop that supports today's active duty military and their families. Cuvee Coffee is a nationally recognized specialty coffee roaster with its roots firmly established in Texas. Cuvee Coffee and cold brew can be found at their website, Whole Foods, Heb, Central Market, Target, and soon to be limited Safeways.

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

  • [1:35] Jeremy introduces his guest, Mike McKim.
  • [3:00] Tools and resources that Mike and his team use to succeed.
  • [4:50] Mike’s lowest moment in his career.
  • [6:30] The power of networking.
  • [8:00] Mike shares some proud moments in his career.
  • [9:45] What led Mike’s son to follow his footsteps?
  • [11:20] What is Operation Supply Drop?
  • [14:00] How to connect with Mike and Cuvee Coffee.

In this episode…

What does it take to get out of a funk and chart a way forward? What role does networking play in sustained, long-term success? How do you know that you have what it takes to thrive in the business world? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader, Mike McKim. In his conversation with Jeremy, Mike opens up about helpful tools and resources they use at Cuvee Coffee, how he endured one of the lowest moments in his career, what he has learned about the power of networking, why his son is following in his footsteps, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a moment of this engaging episode featuring Mike and Cuvee Coffee!

Have you ever hit rock bottom in life or business? What was it like? How did you recover and press forward with your career? Where you able to turn that difficult chapter into a helpful life lesson? For Mike McKim, that low moment came early in his career when he had recently left college. He had no idea what he was going to do with his life and ended up taking a job delivering pizzas. Through this frustrating time where it seemed like there was no way out, Mike held out a small glimpse of hope. Looking back, Mike can see the thread that led him out of that dead end job and back toward charting a way forward.

More often than not, most people achieve the level of success they enjoy in life due to their connections. Not many people are quick to admit that they only have the position they have or the opportunities they’ve enjoyed based on who they’ve been fortunate to know. What about your career? Can you see how your network has helped you get into the position you enjoy today? When Mike McKim looks back at the chapter in his life that he considers the low point, he also admits that the way out was due to his connections. From delivering pizzas to telemarketing with AT&T, Mike was able to chart a path forward with the help of his network. What can you learn from Mike’s story? How will you leverage your network and connections to make a positive impact?

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.

Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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Dan Kurzrock is the Co-Founder of ReGrained. ReGrained leverages technology and culinary science to transform beer waste into food. They call this edible upcycling. I was surprised to learn that only about 10% of the ingredients used to brew beer end up in your glass. ReGrained takes the spent grain waste from local brewery partners and they build recipes around it with other locally sourced ingredients to craft delicious, healthy, and inherently sustainable foods.

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

  • [1:05] Jeremy introduces his guest, Daniel Kurzrock.
  • [2:30] Daniel talks about the first product he created.
  • [8:30] Venturing into snack bars.
  • [12:45] Daniel talks about all the possibilities available with their experimental flour.
  • [15:00] What is the brainstorming process like for Daniel and his team?
  • [17:30] Connecting with Tom and TerraCycle.
  • [20:00] Daniel talks about the influence of his grandfather.
  • [22:30] Early career interests and the budding entrepreneurial spirit.
  • [30:30] Bootstrapping the business.
  • [33:00] What is equity crowdfunding? Credit investors?
  • [36:30] Daniel talks about expanding the team.
  • [38:50] Connecting with breweries to get their discarded grain.
  • [44:50] How has the process changed over the years?
  • [47:00] What has been the lowest point for Daniel and his business?
  • [48:00] Proud moments in business so far.
  • [50:15] How to connect with ReGrained.

In this episode…

It seems like every day there is a breaking news story that stresses how fragile our future is due to global warming. What can business leaders do to offer sustainable solutions to the marketplace? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Daniel Kurzrock. In his conversation with Jeremy, Daniel opens up about the first product he created, how he got involved with creating snack bars, what they hope to do with their experimental flour, challenges they’ve faced along the way, and so much more. Get a good look at the future of sustainable solutions from Daniel’s expert perspective by listening to this fascinating episode!

Don’t you want to be part of a sustainable future? Let’s face it unless we make some significant changes, we are looking at an increasingly dire situation. Thankfully, we have some amazing leaders like Daniel Kurzrock who taking their convictions to the marketplace with helpful solutions! Daniel started ReGrained with his friend and co-founder, Jordan Schwartz with a dream to take discarded beer ingredients and utilize them in a way that was cost effective and appetizing! Since that initial dream, the guys have grown their business and the possibilities with tons of new products coming down the pipeline. What can you learn from Daniel and Jordan’s story?

Where do you go to come up with some of your best ideas? Do you have a process that encourages and cultivates creativity? For Daniel Kurzrock, the process starts with going for a bike ride but it doesn’t end there! From dreaming about innovating leftover beer waste to leading a thriving business, Daniel has always had a bit of a creative edge to his thought process. Part of leading that business is making sure that you continue to come up with ideas and innovations that keep the organization on the cutting edge. The last thing a business leader, especially a small business leader can afford to do is to drift into mediocrity!

Who had the most impact on your trajectory as a child? Was it your big brother or your hard working mother? Maybe for you, it was the constant encouragement of an uncle or a best friend. Looking back, Daniel Kurzrock is thankful for the positive impact that his grandfather had on his ability to cultivate curiosity. He recalls all the times his grandfather would stop and chase down something interesting or make sure that something wasn’t going to waste. Listening to Daniel talk about his grandfather and his family in general, you really get the sense that it was a group effort to pass on important values that led Daniel to create the organization that is ReGrained.

As a business leader, you know that one of the biggest challenges constantly comes back to funding. Established business have to make sure that they are keeping an eye on profits and startups have to make sure they have enough to keep the lights on. It seems that innovation is also needed when it comes to thinking about how startups are funded almost as much as the innovative product they are bringing to market. Daniel Kurzrock and his team at ReGrained have worked hard at making sure they leave no rock unturned or idea unexplored when it comes to funding. In fact, they just recently completed a successful round of equity crowdfunding. This venture allowed Daniel and his team to open up investment opportunities to those who were interested in investing as little as $100. The result from this round of innovative funding netted the company $730,000.

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.


Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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Courtney Nichols Gould is the CEO of SmartyPants Vitamins. SmartyPants Vitamins have a gummy obsession which started because they believed that the very best vitamins are an all in one combination of different nutrients that would save money, time and peace of mind for customers. Their products can be found on Amazon, in Whole Foods, Kroger, Target, Costco and many more locations all over the US. Their bottle is the one with the cute owl winking at you. For every bottle sold they make a 1 for 1 grant to Vitamin Angels to provide children in need with nutrients and they have made over 6.2 million nutrient grants to date.

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

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Courtney Nichols Gould.
  • [2:45] What led Courtney to take SmartyPants Vitamins to retail stores?
  • [7:00] The value of embracing customer feedback.
  • [9:30] Courtney talks about some of their bestselling vitamins.
  • [11:00] Why did Courtney and her team divide their products based on gender?
  • [12:45] Courtney shares her low and high moments in business.

In this episode…

What will it take to get affordable vitamins into the hands of men, women, and children all over the United States? How can affordability and accessibility help improve lives? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator business leader Courtney Nichols Gould. In her conversation with Jeremy, Courtney opens up about why she brought SmartyPants vitamins to retail stores, the value of embracing customer feedback, why she decided to market vitamins for teen boys and girls, and so much more! Don’t miss a minute of this engaging and fascinating episode featuring Courtney and SmartyPants Vitamins!

Let’s face it, most health foods and supplements like vitamins are usually marketed to the upper middle class and the wealthy. What if that could change? What if vitamins were not just a niche product only those with disposable income could afford? Courtney Nichols Gould and her team at SmartyPants Vitamins are hard at work doing what they can to change this narrative. They’ve intentionally sought to get their product on the shelves of stores that everyday people utilize, like Walmart. What can you learn from Courtney’s story and her drive to get vitamins in the hands of as many people as possible?

When you create a consumable product like vitamins, it’s imperative to listen to and take to heart the feedback of your customers. Too often, large companies fail to follow this important advice! Thankfully new companies like SmartyPants Vitamins are leading the way not only with an innovative product but with an approach that values the feedback of its customers. SmartyPants’ founder and CEO, Courtney Nichols Gould speaks very highly of her organization’s approach to reviewing common feedback they receive and adjusting their marketing and outreach accordingly. They’ve shown that in today’s marketplace, the companies that display a willingness to engage and adapt based on their customer’s input will be rewarded!

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.


Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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Kailey Donewald is the co-founder of Sacred Serve, a Chicago-based company innovating ice cream that is fully organic, raw vegan gelato made from whole coconuts. All flavors are dairy-free, vegan, and paleo and strictly free of gluten, dairy, corn, soy, GMOs, stabilizers, fillers and preservatives. They are challenging the conventional route of pint-sized packaging with their super unique looking 10oz containers. They have 40 locations across Chicago.

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

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Kailey Donewald.
  • [2:30] What was the first iteration of Sacred Serve?
  • [4:00] How Kailey ended up in Bali.
  • [7:00] Lessons learned from working in an organics company.
  • [9:45] Experimenting with different batches at home and perfecting the recipe.
  • [18:00] Dealing with slow production and getting the product in retail stores.
  • [21:50] Setting the right cost and figuring out the right packaging.
  • [27:15] Playing to strengths and setting the right roles.
  • [33:00] Different distribution options that Kailey and her team are exploring.
  • [35:20] Tackling the challenge of logistics.
  • [37:20] Finding new ways to market and engage with the right audience.
  • [39:00] Good advice that Kailey has received.
  • [42:00] The biggest mistake made so far.
  • [43:15] Low point - financial restrictions.
  • [44:20] Milestone - signing on with the first distributor and going to vegan events.

In this episode…

Let’s face it, we’ve been conditioned to think that if something tastes great then it’s usually not a healthy food option, right? From snack foods like chips to frozen treats like ice cream, if its an easy choice, it’s likely not a healthy choice. What if there was a way to turn that type of thinking around? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur, Kailey Donewald. In her conversation with Jeremy, Kailey opens up about her efforts to create great tasting vegan gelato, what she learned from the process, challenges she has faced along the way, why it’s important to put together the right team, and so much more! Don’t miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Kailey’s story!

Do you ever find yourself reaching for that one dish of comfort food only to find that you kind of hate yourself for eating it after you’ve finished? It’s past time that we had more healthy food options on the marketplace so we can enjoy snack foods and dessert without the guilt! Creating healthy alternatives was a huge reason behind the work of Kailey Donewald and her team at Sacred Serve. They wanted people like you to find a product that is good for you on store shelves without feeling like they were doing something terrible to their body. From coconut meat to raw dark chocolate, the Sacred Serve team is committed to making their products using the very best ingredients, check them out!

One of the most common aspects of life as a startup entrepreneur is dealing with round upon round of experimentation. Often using friends and family as test subjects, the innovator can quickly find themselves testing the patience of those closest to them. That is of course unless your product is gelato. While the testing phase wasn’t without its challenges, Kailey and her team were finally able to hammer out a solid recipe for their vegan gelato. Soon, Kailey was able to enjoy the fruits of her labor seeing her natural and guilt-free product on the shelves of stores all over the Chicago area.

When you create a solid product from scratch as a small business, a huge hurdle that you often face is getting your product into the hands of the average consumer. What hope do you have to make it big if you can’t compete with the big box names? The truth is, it takes a determined leader who is convinced that their product is worth the struggle to get it across the finish line and in a position to compete. Luckily for Sacred Serve, they had the likes of Kailey Donewald leading the way and doing everything she could to give her fledgling product a shot, and it worked! What can you learn from Kailey’s story?

It has been said that a leader is only as good as the team they’ve built around them. Have you found that to be true in your business career? Do you work with a competent and innovative team? Kailey Donewald knew that if she wanted to scale Sacred Serve from a small and nimble organization into a rolling and productive business, she’d need a top-notch team around her. It’s imperative that a leader knows their limitations for a business to succeed. Kailey knew her limitations and hired a team to work with her that addressed her weaknesses and played to her strengths. Learn from Kailey’s story and make sure that your team is on the right track!

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Rise25 VIP Days have a proven track record of helping companies to get more referrals, increase retention with their VIP customers, and get more engaged new customers without adding extra work to that company’s plate.

Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.


Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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Nathan Resnick is a sourcing pro and the founder of Sourcify. He has built multiple ecommerce companies, 7-figure Kickstarter projects, and speaks fluent Mandarin. Sourcify is the fastest growing sourcing platform backed by YCombinator that helps hundreds of companies manufacture products around the world. Nathan even managed to get a cease and desist from Connor McGregor, yes, the UFC competitor.

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

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Nathan Resnick.
  • [2:20] A low moment in business for Nathan.
  • [8:15] Nathan talks about milestones he’s proud of.
  • [10:30] How did Nathan get a cease and desist letter from Connor McGregor?

In this episode…

What does it take to weather the storm of adversity and personal loss to come out the other side ready to build a business? Most people don’t have what it takes to start a business under the best circumstances let alone personal and professional losses! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur, Nathan Resnick. In his conversation with Jeremy, Nathan opens up about co-founder backing out of the business, struggling with the loss of his grandmother, professional milestones in business, legally wrestling with Connor McGregor, and much more! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Nathan’s fascinating story!

How would you respond if you had a close family member pass away and had a business partner back out of your startup plans on the same day? Sounds like too much for anyone to endure! Somehow, through all the pain and adversity, Nathan Resnick went on to start Sourcify and grow it to one of the most successful sourcing platforms backed by YCombinator that helps hundreds of companies manufacture products around the world. Nathan looks back at those early days of adversity and is thankful that he found the strength to push through the pain, due in large part to what he knew his grandmother would have wanted him to do. What can you learn from Nathan’s story?

What fires you up about the work you do? Does your business provide a service or product that helps people? Are you able to use your business to fund your passion projects? Nathan Resnick’s work with his organization, Sourcify is his passion project! They are able to help ecommerce leaders all over the world follow their dreams by bringing a product they’ve dreamed of to the marketplace. Nathan takes great joy in his ability to maintain a powerhouse of a platform for creativity. Don’t waste your time doing something you can’t be proud of, make sure to connect your passion to your work.

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Dame Stephanie Shirley, known to business contacts as Steve because in a male-dominated business world she would sign letters with her pen name. She has an amazing book called, "Let It Go" where she documents her life and starts with her experience as an unaccompanied child refugee at age 5 where her parents wanted to protect her from perishing in the Holocaust. Her early experience of the 'glass ceiling' at work because of gender discrimination encouraged her to set up her own business which, she did in 1962 with only 6 pounds. Dame created one of UK’s first software startups. She forged the path for not only women but the whole computing industry. While planning to start a family, Dame hit on the idea of offering part-time employment to professional women with dependants. Essentially, she had pioneered freelance driven business and wanted it to be woman-owned. The IT business prospered with a lot of hard work and, in 1996 the company was floated on the London Stock Exchange earning hundreds of millions of pounds and had employed 8,500 people. This wealth has enabled her to devote her time and resources to giving something back to society, Dame ranks among the world's leading philanthropists. In 2013, she appeared on BBC Radio and discussed why she had given away more than £67 million of her personal wealth to different projects. She has supported strategic projects in the fields of autism (her son, Giles was autistic) and IT. Her focus on autism is done via The Shirley Foundation. They facilitate scientific research aimed to understand what Autism is as opposed to what it looks like.

 

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

  • [3:00] Jeremy introduces his guest, Dame Stephanie Shirley.
  • [6:30] Dame Stephanie opens up about her parents sending her on the Kindertransport.
  • [17:15] What is Holocaust guilt? How has it impacted Dame Stephanie?
  • [19:30] How Dame Stephanie got into business ownership and why IT.
  • [24:50] What did the early years of computer coding look like?
  • [27:00] Enduring challenging times and how Derek supported her through it all.
  • [30:50] How fixed prices helped the business grow.
  • [34:00] Why co-ownership was so important to Dame Stephanie.
  • [36:00] What were some of the largest projects Dame Stephanie & her team worked on?
  • [39:00] The challenges of growing the team and building a solid staff.
  • [41:15] What led Dame Stephanie to bring on a CEO?
  • [43:40] Dame Stephanie talks about caring for her son, Giles.
  • [47:45] What is the Shirley Foundation?
  • [50:10] How has the field of autism research advanced over the years?
  • [53:30] AI is the future.
  • [55:00] Why we should embrace the perspective of autistic individuals.
  • [58:40] Dame Stephanie’s high point in her career.

In this episode…

Imagine what it would be like to have door after door of opportunity closed in your face? Would you be able to preserve and find a way to succeed or would it discourage you beyond hope? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from the renowned philanthropist and entertainer, Dame Stephanie Shirley. In her conversation with Jeremy, Dame Stephanie opens up about her early life as a child refugee, how she got started in the IT sector, what led her to start her own business, challenges she has faced along the way, and much more! Don’t miss a minute of this powerful and intriguing episode featuring Dame Stephanie!

How have you responded to adversity and challenges in your life? Have they made you stronger or do they continue to inflict pain? Do you find yourself somehow walking the line between both? Dame Stephanie looks back to her early childhood as a refugee fleeing Germany during World War Two as a source of both pain and strength. The memory is understandably painful as it is tragic, having to say goodbye to her parents and embark on a new life in England, the event has caused Dame Stephanie to live with survivors guilt for most of her life. In spite of all this pain, she also finds a way to draw strength. She views her life as a gift and one she is not willing to waste!

The resilience and perseverance that pushed Dame Stephanie forward from her painful childhood years also fueled her rise as an entrepreneur. Getting told to sit out of certain conversations and areas of influence due to her sex did not sit right with Dame Stephanie, she was determined to forge her own way forward. With the support and encouragement of her husband, Derek, Dame Stephanie went on to start her own organization in 1962 offering part-time employment to professional women with dependants. It’s amazing to hear from someone who was so driven and passionate about paving the way forward, not only for herself but for others as well.

Let’s face it, no one is a powerhouse of success unto themselves. Often behind every wealthy and efficient leader is a team of men and women who keep the organization running. What steps have you taken to build a solid team around you? Dame Stephanie knew that she couldn’t succeed all on her own, she would need to choose the right people to bring on her team and keep the business headed in an upward direction. Though she had some significant struggles with some close individuals leaving her organization, she was able to bounce back. Dame Stephanie also came to the point in her career where she stepped out and placed her trust and the direction of her organization in the hands of a CEO!

As you’ve progressed through your career, have you considered how you can give back to those who are less fortunate than you? In what ways can you leverage your success to give back? For Dame Stephanie, the impulse to give back came from two sources, her career in IT and her son Giles. As a successful businesswoman, Dame Stephanie utilized her authority to empower the women in her organization through her co-ownership strategy. Then she went to work pouring her time and resources into advocacy and research work in the field of autism to help individuals like her son, Giles. What can you learn from Dame Stephanie’s story?

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Jordan Harbinger is a Wall Street lawyer turned talk show host, social dynamics expert, and entrepreneur. After hosting a top 50 iTunes podcast for over a decade that had nearly four million downloads a month, with guests like Shaquille O’Neil it was all taken away (except the relationships). Now Jordan’s interviews can be found on The Jordan Harbinger Show, where he deconstructs the playbooks of the most successful people on earth and shares their strategies and insights with the rest of us. On the personal side, Jordan speaks five languages, traveled through war zones, and has been kidnapped — twice. He also met his wife because of his podcast.

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

  • [2:25] Jeremy introduces his guest, Jordan Harbinger.
  • [4:30] Jordan talks about his wife, Jen and how she impacts his podcast.
  • [15:45] What has it been like rebuilding the podcast from scratch?
  • [26:00] Jordan talks about the team he has built around him.
  • [28:30] What is Jordan’s “Hustle Mode” like?
  • [33:30] Jordan shares why he is so vulnerable about losing his old show.
  • [40:30] Habits and systems that help Jordan succeed.
  • [44:00] What you can expect from Jordan’s new podcast and his live events.
  • [47:20] How Jordan connected with Rob.
  • [51:00] Jordan talks about doing business differently due to his past challenges.
  • [56:15] Low moments and proud moments in Jordan’s career.

In this episode…

Have you ever had to hit the reset button on something you’ve devoted your whole career to building up? Can you imagine how challenging that process would be? What would you do, press forward or walk away? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from podcast host and entrepreneur, Jordan Harbinger. In his conversation with Jeremy, Jordan opens up about rebuilding his podcast from scratch, how his wife is involved with the podcast, why it’s important to have the right team around you, how he leads with vulnerability, challenges he has faced along the way, and so much more! Don’t miss a minute of this powerful episode featuring Jordan!

When you face adversity in life or business, you really only have two choices, let it defeat you or learn from it and move forward. Have you had situations like this in your life? Where did your decision lead you? For Jordan Harbinger, as difficult as the choice was, he decided to push forward and learn from his disappointment. Jordan decided to not only return to broadcasting, but he wanted his show to be bigger and better than it ever was before. He set out to improve every single aspect of his production from audio quality to prep time. His audience noticed and the responses have been overwhelmingly positive. What can you learn from Jordan’s story of resilience and reinvention?

Do you have that right-hand person in your organization who you can trust with honest feedback? How do you know that you can really trust their opinion? Have you built that relationship over years of working together? Jordan Harbinger is thankful to have his wife, Jen on his team and providing valuable input that genuinely makes his podcast better. Hearing from Jordan about how they interact, you really get the sense that they enjoy a shared and specific vision of what they want to accomplish. While working with your spouse may not be ideal for everyone, when done well, they can really serve as a priceless asset.

It has been said that the best way to get from point A to point B is to realize how unacceptable life is at point A to be willing to make that change. Once you focus on this shift in thinking, then you can really start to go to work and strive toward your ultimate objective at point B. Have you locked in on point B in your life or are you still trying to figure out if you want to stay at point A? Jordan Harbinger is done with point A in his life and he is soaring toward point B in an extream “Hustle Mode.” He is determined to map things out and produce the very best podcast on the marketplace, and he is succeeding! What can you learn from Jordan’s relentless drive toward improvement?

When was the last time you heard of someone thriving without a plan in place to make it happen? Let’s face it, success and fame don’t happen by accident! More often than not, as Tony Robbins says, “Success leaves clues.” This saying absolutely rings true when looking at the life and career of Jordan Harbinger. Jordan was kind enough to open up about some of the daily habits he practices that help him to succeed. One of the habits that Jordan mentions is the simple practice of grabbing a contact in his phone who he hasn’t messaged in a while and he takes the time to reach out. Just that simple act has allowed Jordan to build and maintain a robust network of contacts and friends that have helped him to advance both personally and professionally.

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Velana Colon is the co-founder of Kplus Organics and she is on a mission to change the way kids hydrate. Velana created K+ Organic Sports drinks with young athletes in mind because its made with all natural flavors and coloring; it contains only natural and organic sweeteners. Velana Colón and her founding partner, Savannah James, are mamas on a mission to give kids a better option for sports drinks. Velana was a college athlete and was always aware of the impact of nutrition. But after having three children, her interest in healthy food for busy families became a personal passion. Savannah James is a successful businesswoman and she knows hydration all too well, having front row seats with her three kids participating in athletics as well as her husband, Lebron James.

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

  • [1:22] I welcome my guest, Velana Colon.
  • [3:00] Velana talks about competing in division 1 tennis.
  • [6:10] How did Velana’s grandfather impact her view of business?
  • [12:00] What does Velana do to impart her values to her children?
  • [14:00] Velana talks about the early version of Kplus Organics.
  • [17:15] Kplus flavors that are super popular.
  • [19:45] Why it’s so important to get the right people on your team.
  • [22:40] How does Velana keep everything between family life and business balanced?
  • [24:20] Velana shares how she got a partnership with Nike.
  • [26:30] Future plans for Velana and Kplus Organics.

In this episode…

With so many products developed and marketed to children, why has it taken so long sports drinks to catch on? Don’t kids need a healthy and good tasting option for hydration? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Velana Colon. In her conversation with Jeremy, Velana opens up about her experience playing division one tennis as a teenager, lessons she learned from her grandfather, how she imparts important values to her children, what the early version of Kplus Organics looked like, and so much more! Don’t miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Velana and Kplus’ unique story!

Let’s face it, talk is cheap. Too often in our society, we focus on getting the right information into the heads of our children without stopping to understand that it’s our actions that impact our children way more than words! Velana Colon spent a lot of time with her grandfather but many of the lessons she learned from him weren’t in the form of lectures, they were observed in their time spent together. Do you have someone on your life that you learned from by observation? How will you pass on your values to your children?

Did you know that you can learn a lot from failure? It’s true! While no one enjoys failing at something, especially something they are passionate about, the lessons learned are valuable! Do you see failure as a personal teachable moment? For Velana Colon, talking about failure has become something of a family ritual. She wants to own up to her failures and encourage her children to do so as well. How can you learn if you don’t talk about it? Velana’s approach to parenting and learning from her mistakes is a breath of fresh air!

How is it possible that just as recently as a year ago there were no kid-friendly sports drinks on the shelves in most retail grocery stores? This gap in the marketplace was just ripe for the picking! Velana Colon was shocked by the lack of options and decided to take matters into her own hands and started developing delicious sports drinks for her kids. Soon the idea went from a passion project to business concept! Now Velana is moving Kplus Organics forward with the help of Savannah James. What can you learn from Velana’s story? Is a new opportunity for you just around the corner?

Over the course of your business career, did you ever see yourself ending up where you are today? Did you plot out a specific path achieving goals along the way or did you just haphazardly find your way into your position and field? While Velana Colon may not have dreamed of owning a business focused on providing children with a healthy sports drink, she sure is making the most of it! Velana and her team at Kplus Organics have caught the eye of Nike along with other brands and retailers, they are charging ahead with big ideas for the future. Do you have a crazy plan for your career? Where is your business headed?

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Matthew Bertulli is the co-founder of Demac Media Pela Case. Pela Case is the world's first compostable phone case. This helps cut down on the billion cases produced each year that will probably end up in the ocean. Demac Media is an award-winning ecommerce products and services company based out of Toronto, Ontario. They are one of the largest Magento Gold partners in Canada and one of the top Magento partners globally and a Shopify partner as well. Their 90 person staff provides ecommerce platform technology and managed services to retailers, manufacturers, and wholesale distributors selling direct to consumer or business to business. 

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

  • [1:16] Jeremy welcomes his guest, Matthew Bertulli.
  • [3:10] Matthew talks about email notifications and conversion rates.
  • [5:00] Why reviews are so important.
  • [7:45] The biggest mistake that ecommerce leaders are making with data.
  • [11:20] Matthew shares some bumps along the way and building a healthy culture.
  • [15:50] A proud moment in business.

In this episode…

What role does customer feedback play in your organization? Do you value and highlight feedback from your customers or is it only an issue when it’s negative? Could you be wasting a valuable opportunity to build off of reviews and increase your credibility? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Matthew Bertulli. In his conversation with Jeremy, Matthew discusses email notifications, why product reviews are so important, common mistakes ecommerce leaders make with their data, the challenges he has faced along the way, and much more! Don’t miss a minute of this compelling episode featuring Matthew!

As ecommerce businesses continue to expand and dominate large sections of the marketplace, the role of customer reviews will only increase. By utilizing and highlighting customer reviews, small and startup businesses can fast-track their credibility and build public trust. Reviews can also act as a double-edged sword and cut the other way with negative reviews. Matthew Bertulli wants ecommerce sellers to really understand the nature of product reviews and how they can use them to their advantage. To that end, he’s developed Demac Media as a way to empower and equip ecommerce businesses with the tools they need to succeed. What can you learn from Matthew’s efforts?

Did you know that one of the most important aspects of running an organization is building a healthy culture? It’s true! Leader after leader in the ecommerce industry and other sectors are quick to point to the renewed emphasis on workplace culture and what they are doing to stand out in that department. One of Matthew Bertulli’s proudest accomplishments as a business leader is the thriving and enticing workplace environment that he’s built at Demac Media. Their work culture isn’t perfect by any means but they are working toward improving the environment every chance they can get which will only serve their customers better in the long run. Does your organization have a healthy work culture?

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Josh Felber is a Co-Founder of Primal Life Organics and host of the hit show, Making Bank. He is a serial entrepreneur with more than 28 years of starting and growing several multi-million dollar companies (including one with $5 Billion in annual revenues). He is married with 3 kids and has twin boys.

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

  • [1:50] Jeremy introduces his guest, Josh Felber.
  • [3:00] Josh talks about his Bag O’ Supplements.
  • [7:15] How did Josh get started with supplements? How is working with his wife?
  • [10:45] What is intermediate fasting? Why is it helpful?
  • [19:45] Challenges that Josh is facing with Primal Life Organics.
  • [21:45] Spreading the word and gathering a following.
  • [24:00] The challenge of dealing with outsourcing.
  • [26:30] Josh runs through his career in business.
  • [31:30] What has been Josh’s strategy for creating and selling startups?
  • [44:00] The biggest win for Josh in his career. What are his favorite masterminds?
  • [47:45] Josh talks about his vivid vision for Primal Life Organics.
  • [51:00] Who is on Josh’s top 100 list?
  • [55:15] What is Paleo Pets?
  • [57:45] Josh talks about teaching his kids the entrepreneurial lifestyle.

In this episode…

What drives the mind of a successful and high capacity serial entrepreneur? Do they see the world differently from everyone else? Are they born with a gene that pushes them forward where others would hesitate? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from podcast host and entrepreneur, Josh Felber. In his conversation with Jeremy, Josh opens up about his career running various startups, how he got started with supplements, the challenges he has faced along the way, and so much more! Don’t miss a minute of this engaging and powerful episode featuring Josh’s story!

Taking a peek inside the mind of a serial entrepreneur can be quite the experience. One of the first things you notice is that these type of leaders aren’t immune to fear even though it often seems like they are! Instead of shying away from risky and crazy endeavors like most people do, they press into them. Serial entrepreneurs are constantly looking for ways to leverage their position to advance their cause or set the table for their next gambit. Josh Felber’s story is centered on this idea that opportunity is just around the corner for the person who is willing to seize it. What can you learn from Josh’s story?

Did you know that most entrepreneurs not only push themselves in the business realm but they also push the envelope when it comes to their personal lives too? From marathon races to rock climbing, the highest performing leaders look for ways to improve their abilities outside of their boardroom obligations. For Josh Felber, one of those areas is his personal health and eating patterns. Recently, Josh has been experimenting with the practice of intermediate fasting. He does this as a way to condition his body and set personal goals. How will you push the envelope outside of work?

Has your organization caught up with modern marketing methods? Are you still struggling to reach your target audience effectively? When was the last time you reevaluate your approach? Josh Felber and his team at Primal Life Organics are doing everything they can to connect with their tribe in an authentic manner. They’ve pumped tons of content out to their audience that focuses on delivering value in an effort to build trust. Don’t get stuck using old methods that don’t work! Find out what industry leaders are doing to get an advantage over the competition and then commit to making significant changes!

What are you doing to invest in the next generation of entrepreneur and leaders? Have you created leadership development pipelines in your organization? Have you thought about how you can bring your leadership skills to the homefront and pass them on to your children? Josh Felber takes his role of investing in and building up his children seriously. He has sought out the curriculum and championed their opportunities to learn both in a school setting and in the business world with him. Josh’s approach to equipping his children to develop worthwhile business and leadership skills is commendable. What can you learn from his efforts?

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Co-founders of SafeSleeve, Cary Subel and Alaey Kumar are both industrial engineers from Cal Poly. SafeSleeve is a manufacturer of radiation blocking laptop and phone cases and accessories. Their distribution includes major retailers in the U.S, on Amazon, walmart.com, jet.com along with SafeSleeve’s website and distributors in Europe, Australia, and Singapore. What started with a laptop and one cell phone (iPhone) case, has expanded into cases for nearly all mobile devices as the company boasts more than 100 products and is expanding to screen protectors and car mounts. SafeSleeve’s revenue more than doubled and sales are at about 3,000 units per month, up from 500 two years ago. SafeSleeve’s products have reached more than 40 countries, and they are looking to expand to the Middle East.

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

  • [1:12] Jeremy introduces his guests, Carey Subel & Alaey Kumar.
  • [2:00] Low moments in business.
  • [5:00] A significant milestone worth celebrating.
  • [6:30] What is the plan for bringing on the next team member?
  • [9:15] Alaey shares a low moment and a high moment on his journey.
  • [11:00] Unique challenges of running a business as co-founders and business partners.

In this episode…

What does it take to build a thriving ecommerce business centered around the concept of equipping the public with technology that protects them from harmful Electromagnetic Radiation? How do you make safety sexy? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from the brilliant innovators Cary Subel and Alaey Kumar. In their conversation with Jeremy, Cary and Alaey open up about their greatest challenges, some of the milestones they’ve reached, what it’s like running the organization as business partners, and so much more! Don’t miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Cary and Alaey!

Let’s face it, the life of an entrepreneur is often romanticized and glamorized in our culture today but the truth is, it isn’t for the faint of heart! Many people jump headfirst into the entrepreneurial life only to find out that it is not what they expected in the slightest. From sleepless nights to anxiety attacks, the entrepreneur has to deal not only with external struggles but internal ones too! Enduring all of this and more, Cary and Alaey are thankful for the freedom that they enjoy as business partners and owners of their own company. At the end of the day, both say that all the struggles have been worth it. What can you learn from their story?

Can you run a business effectively with two leaders instead of one? How do business partnerships work anyway? Is it worth all the complexity to have two people in charge or is it easier to just allow one act as the key decision maker? For Cary and Alaey, the road hasn’t always been easy, they’ve struggled as they’ve grown their business together over the years. It’s been said that having a business partner is like having an additional spouse, with many of the positive aspects of a partnership along with many of the negative aspects. One key strength that shines through Cary and Alaey’s partnership is the shared vision and the extra set of eyes that the partnership provides when it comes to pulling the trigger on important decisions in the business. What has been your experience with business partnerships?

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Maddy Hasulak is the founder of Love Grown, established in 2009. Love Grown has a mission to make cereals healthier, their tagline is, “Beans for breakfast.” Their cereals are made with a blend of navy, lentil and garbanzo beans with flavors such as Chocolate and Strawberry Power O’s. In addition to cereals for kids and adults, they also have ancient grain granola and regular granola. They can be found in thousands of stores across in the US such as Sprouts, Kroger, Whole Foods, Safeway, Natural Grocer, and many more. 

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

  • [1:25] Jeremy introduces his guest, Maddy Hasulak.
  • [2:30] Maddy talks about the first product she attempted to create.
  • [4:00] Overcoming the growing pains of a new business.
  • [7:15] What were the early days of Love Grown like?
  • [11:30] Maddy opens up about the evolution of production.
  • [15:00] What were the first new products that Maddy rolled out?
  • [18:15] How did Maddy come up with the idea to make cereal out of beans?
  • [21:30] Maddy talks about Love Grown getting featured on Good Morning America.
  • [23:00] Facing marketing challenges and successes.
  • [26:45] Heartfelt feedback from parents.
  • [28:15] Maddy talks about discontinued products.
  • [30:30] Why it’s so difficult to get a food-based startup off of the ground.
  • [32:45] What led Maddy to form a board of advisors for Love Grown?
  • [34:20] Key hires that Maddy made early on.
  • [36:00] Why Maddy focuses on sales and marketing.
  • [39:00] What has allowed Maddy to successfully market her product to retailers?
  • [40:20] Maddy talks about the ecommerce angle for her brand.
  • [41:40] What was the process of acquiring the Love Grown domain name?
  • [43:40] Maddy shares a low point faced along the way.
  • [45:15] Proud moments on the journey.

In this episode…

When was the last time you had sweet beans for breakfast? Usually, when someone thinks of sweet beans, they think of baked beans at a cookout, not for breakfast in the morning! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur, Maddy Hasulak. In her conversation with Jeremy, Maddy opens up about her mission to help people eat beans, why she chose to build a business in the food sector, challenges her business has faced along the way, what it was like for Love Grown to be featured on Good Morning America, and so much more! Make sure you take the time to listen to this engaging and fascinating episode featuring Maddy and Love Grown!

When you go into business as a startup you’ve got to be prepared to go the distance. Too often men and women get fired up and ready to bring their brilliant idea to the marketplace unprepared for the rollercoaster ride that awaits them. Thankfully, leaders like Maddy Hasulak are open and transparent about the struggles and challenges that await the average entrepreneur so others can learn from their victories and their missteps. Maddy’s journey with Love Grown hasn’t been an easy one by any means but through it all, she’s convinced that the opportunity to bring a solid product that improves the lives of her customers has been worth the struggle.

Have you ever wanted to make such an impact on the lives of people around you that you went to the drawing board to find a solution? Where has innovation and creativity led you on your journey? For Maddy Hasulak, this drive to improve the lives of people in her community led her to develop a breakfast product made out of beans. Boring cooked beans wouldn’t do the trick, Maddy wanted to take a familiar breakfast staple like cereal and granola and replace the usual suspects of corn and wheat with more nutrient-dense components like beans. Maddy’s experiment paid off and Love Grown has gone on to produce a whole line of healthy breakfast options that help the average consumer improve their diet.

Did you know that listening to your customer is one of the smartest business decisions you could ever make? It’s true! Many business leaders look back at the early days of their startups lamenting the fact that they didn’t take the time to pay attention to what their average customer wanted to see on store shelves. Thankfully, Maddy Hasulak and her team at Love Grown pivoted from some lackluster products early on in their run and moved toward the type of offerings that their customer base was looking for. What can you learn from Maddy’s experience? Where does your business need to pivot?

Let’s face it, most small business owner daydream of the moment when they can finally afford to hire key individuals to grow their fledgling team. When that moment arrives, what should they look for? Which position should they fill first? Really, what it all comes down to is playing to your strengths. Maddy Hasulak knew that it was in her organization’s best interest for her to focus as much of her energy as possible on sales and marketing. Due to this realization, Maddy built a team to take care of the tasks that would free up her time and focus on what would grow the organization. Make sure you have the right people on your team for the right reasons!

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.

Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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Dave Colina is the co-founder of O2 which started in Columbus, OH in 2014. O2 Oxygenated Natural Recovery drink was created by a CrossFit trainer and a medical doctor who was sick of unhealthy sports and energy drinks. O2 has electrolytes, natural caffeine, and added oxygen to help your body process toxins faster. Dave has gone from slinging O2 out of the back of a Prius to becoming a top seller at hundreds of CrossFit gyms and Whole Foods stores in Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, DC and Maryland as well as Krogers.

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

  • [1:18] Jeremy introduces his guest, Dave Colina.
  • [2:30] Mistakes made along the way.
  • [12:00] Correcting a mistake and sticking to the value of honesty and transparency.
  • [16:00] A high point on the journey.

In this episode…

When was the last time that you learned from a mistake or miss opportunity? Do you make a habit of taking the time to learn from mistakes and challenges you face along the way? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader Dave Colina. In his conversation with Jeremy, Dave opens up about mistakes he’s made, how he solved a massive challenge in his business, a high point that he is especially proud of and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of the valuable insights that Dave has to share!

How have you responded to mistakes and setbacks in your career? Have you turned them into lessons you’ve learned from or do you look back on them bitterly? For Dave Colina, the journey to build O2 has been anything but smooth. The common thread through Dave’s career has been a resilience and a determination to keep going especially when things look bleak. This mindset has served Dave and his team well, though all the highs and lows today, O2 is a thriving business with a bright future. What can you learn from Dave’s story and the struggles they’ve endured at O2?

Every company has a set of values that they build the organization around. Often a company has their values displayed prominently in their building but those aren’t always the same set of values that the company operates under. The amazing thing about startups is the ability to shape these values and the culture from the ground up. Dave Colina and his team at O2 are committed to championing and expressing the values of honesty and transparency. Case in point, when a labeling error occurred on an order of over 300,000 cans, Dave and his team decided that the best solution would be to admit their mistake and put their values on display for the public to see.

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.

Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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Today we have Aimy Steadman co-founder of Beatbox Beverages who started the company with Justin Fenchel, Jason Schiek, Dan Singer, and Brad Schultz. They were drawn together by their love for music and the entrepreneurial spirit of Austin, Texas. the founders of Beatbox Beverages set out to make the world’s tastiest portable party punch, and since 2011 have grown into a million dollar company with distribution in Krogers, 7-11, Walmart, HEB, Ralphs and many more all over the country. They were even featured on the hit TV show Shark Tank!

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

  • [1:20] Jeremy introduces his guest, Aimy Steadman.
  • [3:00] Aimy shares a little bit about her background and childhood.
  • [6:45] How did the idea for Beatbox Beverages come about?
  • [11:20] What was the launch and marketing effort like?
  • [14:45] Amiy talks about the crazy stage of life getting the business off the ground.
  • [17:30] What was it like getting featured on Shark Tank?
  • [23:30] The struggle of growing too fast.
  • [26:00] How did Aimy and her partners grow the team?
  • [29:00] Aimy talks about the marketing strategy for Beatbox Beverages.
  • [30:30] The impact of utilizing brand ambassadors.
  • [33:00] Which celebrities publicize Beatbox Beverages?
  • [37:30] Expanding and experimenting with different flavors.
  • [41:30] What is Beatbox Mixtape?
  • [44:00] The unique challenges of working in the alcohol industry.
  • [45:45] Putting together a compelling video.
  • [48:00] The lowest moment in business so far.
  • [51:30] Managing stress and keeping a healthy mindset.
  • [53:00] Proud moments on the journey.
  • [55:00] Aimy talks about getting her product into retail stores.

In this episode…

Have you ever struggled to figure out which alcoholic beverage to bring to a party? What if there was an instant crowd-pleasing option at your fingertips? The perfect blend of popular and fruity flavors without having to worry about bottles, cans, and glassware? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur Aimy Steadman. In her conversation with Jeremy, Aimy opens up about her business - Beatbox Beverages, how she developed this ultimate party punch, what it was like to be featured on Shark Tank, challenges she faced along the way, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this fascinating and engaging episode featuring Aimy and Beatbox Beverages!

Imagine you are in college hanging out with your friends and you decide to start experimenting with different party punch ideas. Then things go so well in your experiments that you decide to see if this idea could get spun into a business idea. This is what happened for Aimy Steadman and her friends at The University of Texas at Austin. Once they decided to take this idea seriously, Aimy and her friends went to work utilizing all the resources that the university had to deploy through their Texas Venture Labs. What can you learn from the origin story of Beatbox Beverages?

In this day and age, it seems that it is every entrepreneur's dream to appear on the hit TV show, Shark Tank. What would you do if your business got selected to appear on that show? Aimy Steadman and her team were floored to hear that they got the opportunity to pitch their brand, Beatbox Beverages to the sharks. While the process with Shark Tank is multilayered and complicated, Aimy was able to successfully pitch her brand and secure the support of Mark Cuban to the tune of $1 million dollars. What would you do with that type of funding? How can you learn from Aimy’s story and best position your brand for success?

Can you really get too successful too fast? If you ask Aimy Steadman, her answer would be, yes! As her team at Beatbox Beverages worked hard to ramp up for their opportunity to appear on Shark Tank, they were unprepared for the hurdle that they would face when it came to logistics and other challenges. Without missing too much time, Aimy and her team bounced back and learned from the challenges they faced due to their inexperience in the alcoholic beverage industry. Does your business have what it takes to bounce back from setbacks and challenges?

How do you make a splash and stand out in today’s marketplace? Your brand needs to do something to make your product or service pop in the eyes of the public. Aimy Steadman and her team at Beatbox Beverages have developed a robust marketing strategy to engage their clients. They’ve secured celebrity endorsements, created a great brand ambassador program, and they have advertised a video featuring a grandmother going to a music festival! All of these approaches serve to highlight that Aimy and her team are on the cutting edge and fiercely connected to what works with reaching their target audience.

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.


Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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Today we have Maddy Hasulak who is the founder of Love Grown that started in 2009. Love Grown has a mission to make cereals healthier, their tagline is, “Beans for breakfast.” Their cereals are made with a blend of navy, lentil and garbanzo beans with flavors such as Chocolate and Strawberry Power O’s. In addition to cereals for kids and adults, they also have ancient grain granola and regular granola. They can be found in thousands of stores across in the US such as Sprouts, Kroger, Whole Foods, Safeway, Natural Grocer, and many more. 

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

  • [1:25] Jeremy introduces his guest, Maddy Hasulak.
  • [3:00] What has allowed Maddy to successfully market her product to retailers?
  • [4:30] Maddy talks about the ecommerce angle for her brand.
  • [6:00] What was the process of acquiring the Love Grown domain name?
  • [8:00] Maddy shares a low point faced along the way.
  • [10:00] Proud moments on the journey.

In this episode…

What does it take to develop and market a product that utilizes sweet beans? Usually, the last thing you think of when it comes to beans is sweet, right? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Maddy Hasulak. In her conversation with Jeremy, Maddy opens up about getting her Love Grown products on the shelves of grocery stores, why she provides an ecommerce channel for her products, how she acquired the Love Grown domain name, challenges faced along the way, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this fascinating episode featuring Maddy and Love Grown!

As the health food industry continues to grow, many entrepreneurs are looking for ways to jump on the wave and build momentum. Then there are leaders like Maddy Hasulak who work hard to create healthy food products because they care about what they eat and they want others to care about their health too! Maddy and her team at Love Grown have created a whole line of innovative products that can coax even the staunchest critic to give it a try. It sounds crazy to think of breakfast cereal made with sweet beans but they’ve done it! Make sure to check out the full line up of products from Love Grown by clicking the link to their website located at the end of this post!

Are you prepared for adversity as you build your business? Seriously! If you don’t think that adversity will come your way, you are kidding yourself! One of the most constant truths in the business world is the fact that difficult times will come. The question you have to wrestle with is, are you prepared for it? Maddy Hasulak wasn’t completely prepared for the challenges that came her way but she was willing to adapt and learn from them. As she built Love Grown from the ground up, Maddy was prepared to do whatever it would take to make sure her business would keep going. Today, Love Grown is a thriving business with a hopeful plan for the future. What can you learn from Maddy’s story?

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.


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Today we have Sadie Scheffer founder of Bread SRSLY, it’s the Bay area's first gluten-free sourdough bread company. The company began late in 2011 after a bout of gluten-free sourdough experiments in Sadie's home kitchen. The bread is free of any gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, sugar, tree nuts, peanuts, potatoes and some other things I am missing....but I am sure it is not free of good taste! She began to send 40, 60, 100 loaves out into the world, delivered by ladies on bikes. Most weeks she biked 100 miles plus to get the bread out. They are now found in stores all over California and have expanded into Arizona and Idaho including some regional Whole Foods and Safeway. Production has gone from her home kitchen to their 6th commercial kitchen.

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

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Sadie Scheffer.
  • [3:00] Sadie talks about dropping out of MIT and navigating her early career.
  • [13:00] What led Sadie to move from the east coast to the San Francisco Bay area?
  • [16:00] Sadie shares her experience in SF and experimenting with gluten-free recipes.
  • [22:30] The decision to start Bread SRSLY.
  • [30:45] Sadie talks about expanding the business and bringing on a business partner.
  • [34:45] Why did people in Sadie’s social circle deliver bread for free?
  • [40:00] Sadie opens up about the evolution of the sales process.
  • [42:20] Showing up at farmers markets, spreading the word, and stocking grocery stores.
  • [48:00] Experimenting with different products along the way.
  • [50:30] What are some products that Sadie and her team are working on?
  • [54:00] Sadie talks about designing new packaging.
  • [59:15] Getting certified gluten-free from the National Celiac Association.
  • [1:01:30] A low moment in business for Sadie.
  • [1:05:15] Milestones that Sadie is proud of.

In this episode…

What does it take to bring a delicious gluten-free bread alternative to the marketplace? Where does the idea come from? How do you build a business like that from scratch? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur, Sadie Scheffer. In her conversation with Jeremy, Sadie opens up about her time at MIT, why she moved to San Francisco, what led her to start a gluten-free bread business, how the company had evolved and expanded over the years, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this entertaining and fascinating episode featuring Sadie!

Have you ever wanted something so bad that you’d do whatever it takes to achieve your goal? While that same drive may not always pan out when it comes to matters of the heart, it can serve you well in the realm of business! What started out as a love inspired move from the east coast to San Francisco soon turned into an amazing business journey for the young startup entrepreneur, Sadie Scheffer. Sadie didn’t have much when she showed up in San Francisco, but once she established roots, Sadie went to work figuring out her next step. After tinkering and experimenting with a few homemade recipes, Sadie decided to take her bread business to the masses!

When you think of a San Francisco based startup, you usually think of something in the tech industry. While Sadie did attend MIT, she was more interested in bringing a viable gluten-free bread alternative to the marketplace. Before long, Sadie had her fledgling business up and running and she found herself not only baking the bread but delivering it by bicycle too! Through a series of ups and downs, Sadie has been able to stabilize her business and really start to bring it to the next level of growth. With valuable lessons learned along the way, Sadie is eager to share Bread SRSLY’s story so leaders like you find the inspiration you need to get out there and make your big idea a reality!

Let’s face it, in the business world you need good people around you if you have any hope of succeeding. How good is your team? Do you need to make some changes? For Sadie Scheffer, the process of getting the right people in the right positions has been a struggle. At first, Sadie relied on friends and acquaintances to help her deliver her gluten-free bread by bicycle. This method only worked for so long before her friends were pleading with her to find a better solution. These days, Sadie has a solid team around her in the kitchen and delivering product! What can you learn from Sadie’s story?

One of the best things about the free market is innovation. There are so many possibilities and options that leaders like you have available right at your fingertips! What are you doing to push the envelope? Sadie Scheffer decided to take her health into her own hands quite literally and went to work creating a product that she wanted to see on the shelves in her local grocery store. Looking back now, having achieved that goal, Sadie is proud of the work she’s done but she isn’t finished! There are still plenty of gluten-free products that she’d love to bring to the marketplace and there are many areas of the country that need products like Bread SRSLY on grocery shelves!

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.


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Today we have Eddie Levine co-founder a wholesale ecommerce and brand management company which he started in 2012 with his business partner, Greg Gilpin. They have created a multi-million-dollar ecommerce operation in a short period of time and specialize in purchasing products directly from manufacturers, distributors, brand owners, and then warehouse them all under their own roof to sell on various channels. If he were not busy enough, Eddie has an information and consulting arm of his ecommerce business found at WholesaleBreakthrough.com where he teaches others how to tap into the business opportunity. In his limited free time, he also is Director of Operations for the non-profit, Laughs For the Troops which helps raise funds to help increase awareness of traumatic brain injuries and PTSD.

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

  • [1:20] Jeremy welcomes his guest, Eddie Levine.
  • [2:50] Eddie talks about why he created Wholesale Breakthrough.
  • [6:00] Who is a good fit to work with Eddie and his team?
  • [8:00] A low moment that Eddie has faced along the way.
  • [10:15] Eddie shares a moment he is proud of from his career.
  • [11:15] What is Laughs for the troops?
  • [13:50] An innovative idea that Eddie has recently heard.

In this episode…

What would it mean for your business if you could get access to one of the top minds in the ecommerce industry? Imagine the insights and breakthroughs you could achieve with that type of resource! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from ecommerce expert Eddie Levine. In his conversation with Jeremy, Eddie opens up about why he started Wholesale Breakthrough, why he loves giving back to the ecommerce industry, high and low points he’s faced along the way, why he got involved with Laughs for the Troops, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Eddie!

Let’s face it, there is only so much you can learn by reading books and going through courses, at some point, you need to learn from someone who’s been where you are trying to go! You need access to someone who’s got battle scars and war stories, you need to learn from leaders who can identify with your struggles and help you see the big picture. This is where Eddie and his team at Wholesale Breakthrough come in. They have built a reputation around helping high capacity leaders like you cut through all the complexities and get to the heart of what will take your business to the next level. What are you waiting for? Take this opportunity to engage with the best!

How do you plan on giving back and investing in the lives of others in your community? Is it something that is even on your radar? Once you find that one issue or cause that is close to your heart, your time, energy and resources can make all the difference! For Eddie Levine, that cause is Laughs for the Troops. Laughs for the Troops is a non-profit organization that creates events that bring people together in laughter and also increase awareness of the plight that many military members face upon returning from combat. Hearing from Eddie, you really get the sense that he is passionate about not only giving back to the ecommerce community but giving back to help others in any way he can. What can you learn from Eddie’s story?

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.

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Today we have Jon Olafsson, co-founder of Icelandic Water Holdings. He has spent the last 30 years building successful companies from the ground up and transforming them into industry leaders and he has done this in a variety of fields including entertainment, media, construction and many more. Jon started to build a media and broadcasting portfolio when he founded Skifan, Iceland’s largest music recording and distribution company with distributing rights for a variety of music and film companies such as Sony, Universal, Warner Music, Columbia Pictures, Miramax, 20th Century Fox and more. Jon co-founded the Icelandic Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), before moving into television in 1990, when he took over the Icelandic Television Corporation (ITC). In 1999, Jon merged all of his companies (Skifan and IBC) under one umbrella to form Northern Lights Communications, Inc. (NLC) – Olafsson served as chairman until November 2003 when he sold everything and stepped down to co-found Icelandic Water Holdings with his son in 2004. Jon oversees Icelandic Glacial water which is born and bottled in Ölfus, Iceland. It is the world’s first certified CarbonNeutral® natural spring bottled water for both product and operations. Which means it is an environmental pioneer in the industry, using 100% natural green energy in the form of geothermal and hydroelectric power to fuel production.

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

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Jon Olafsson.
  • [3:45] Jon talks about his childhood.
  • [9:10] How did Jon get involved in the music industry?
  • [14:00] What skill set allowed Jon to manage so many bands? When did TV come in?
  • [19:00] Why did Jon decide to merge all his companies into Northern Lights?
  • [20:30] Storytelling is vital.
  • [24:30] Jon talks about the design of Icelandic Glacial’s bottle.
  • [27:30] How have the PH levels of Icelandic’s water helped with health concerns?
  • [30:20] What led Jon and his team to get involved in Flint, Michigan?
  • [32:00] Why did Jon decide to sell his businesses in 2003?
  • [35:30] The hardest aspect of the bottled water industry.
  • [38:15] Jon talks about competition and how his brand is faring in the US.
  • [42:00] What was it like to start building a team from the ground up?
  • [46:00] One of the lowest moments in business so far.
  • [47:20] A proud moment in business for Jon.
  • [48:45] Why you should check out Iceland’s premier music festival.

In this episode…

What role does storytelling play when it comes to marketing? Is it an important aspect or just an add-on? Can storytelling really make much of a difference in business? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Jon Olafsson. In his conversation with Jeremy, Jon opens up about his childhood in Iceland, how he got started in the music industry, why he got into the television industry, the power of storytelling, what led him to disrupt the bottled water industry, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Jon!

What was the opportunity that led you to your current career path? Did you ever think that you’d end up down the path you are on today? For Jon Olafsson, his career started in the music industry then went to the television industry and finally led to where he is now with his work in the bottled water industry. The best part is that he didn’t have any plan for ending up where is today! Jon is a prime example of a leader who has seized every opportunity that has come his way. What can you learn from Jon’s story?

Did you know that storytelling is vital to a brand’s success? It’s true! Think about the way you talk about your service or product, chances are, you are telling a story to convey the significance of your commodity. Too often, businesses don’t realize that they are in the storytelling business and they fail to tell their story well. Jon Olafsson has honed his craft over his many years in business and excels at telling the story of his brand. In fact, he was so efficient in telling Icelandic Glacial’s story that he convinced a large distributor to drop their search for bottled water partner and go with them!

How can your business take part in providing social good? Would you jump at the chance if the opportunity presented itself? Is it part of your business’ makeup to engage in tangible ways to help locally? When the opportunity arose for Jon and his team to help out in Flint, Michigan with their water crisis, they jumped at the chance. Due to their swift action and involvement, a whole wave of businesses decided to get involved and provide helpful solutions. You don’t have to wait for a crisis to arise to do good! Make a plan today to positively impact your community!

What would it mean for you to create a legacy that you could pass on or even share with your children? Imagine what it would be like to empower your children to pursue their goals and work alongside them. Jon Olafsson didn’t have to dream about this possibility for too long before he went to work with his son building Icelandic Glacial. According to Jon, running the business with his son is a dream come true. Together, father and son are striking deals and making a name for the once small bottled water startup. Let the Olafsson’s story serve as an inspiration for you as you look to build your legacy and impact the next generation!

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.


Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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Today we Dame Stephanie Shirley, known to business contacts as Steve because in a male-dominated business world she would sign letters with her pen name. She has an amazing book called, "Let It Go" where she documents her life and starts with her experience as an unaccompanied child refugee at age 5 where her parents wanted to protect her from perishing in the Holocaust. Her early experience of the 'glass ceiling' at work because of gender discrimination encouraged her to set up her own business which, she did in 1962 with only 6 pounds. Dame created one of UK’s first software startups. She forged the path for not only women but the whole computing industry. While planning to start a family, Dame hit on the idea of offering part-time employment to professional women with dependants. Essentially, she had pioneered freelance driven business and wanted it to be woman-owned. The IT business prospered with a lot of hard work and, in 1996 the company was floated on the London Stock Exchange earning hundreds of millions of pounds and had employed 8,500 people. This wealth has enabled her to devote her time and resources to giving something back to society, Dame ranks among the world's leading philanthropists. In 2013, she appeared on BBC Radio and discussed why she had given away more than £67 million of her personal wealth to different projects. She has supported strategic projects in the fields of autism (her son, Giles was autistic) and IT. Her focus on autism is done via The Shirley Foundation. They facilitate scientific research aimed to understand what Autism is as opposed to what it looks like.

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Dame Stephanie Shirley.
  • [4:10] Dame Stephanie talks about caring for her son, Giles.
  • [9:00] What is the Shirley Foundation?
  • [11:20] How has the field of autism research advanced over the years?
  • [14:45] AI is the future.
  • [16:15] Why we should embrace the perspective of autistic individuals.
  • [19:50] Dame Stephanie’s high point in her career.

In this episode…

What does it look like to devote your wealth and influence to leaving a legacy through philanthropy? How do you choose which causes are worth your time and resources? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from renowned philanthropist and pioneer, Dame Stephanie Shirley. In her conversation with Jeremy, Dame Stephanie opens up about caring for her son, Giles, why she started the Shirley Foundation, how the field of autism research had evolved, why society needs to embrace the perspectives of people with autism, and so much more! Don’t miss a minute of this powerful episode featuring Dame Stephanie Shirley!

As a leader, you know what it is like to enjoy certain benefits and privileges because of your status and your position. Have you ever considered leveraging your privileges to positively impact the lives of vulnerable individuals in your community? Dame Stephanie Shirley has committed a significant portion of her personal wealth and resources to the field of autism research. Having raised a son with autism, Dame Stephanie became aware of the lack of resources and research allocated to understanding this topic. She founded Autistica in 2004 which has gone on to raise over £8.5 million in support of autism research. What can you learn from Dame Stephanie's story? How will you leverage your position and power to help others?

What is the future of business? How do some of the most talented and successful minds in the business world view the future? When presented with this question, Dame Stephanie was quick to point to Artificial Intelligence. Having witnessed the rise of modern automation, Dame Stephanie is convinced that the future will only continue to build on these advances. Are you ready to embrace the future? Is your business prepared? Don’t sit on the sidelines, lead the way in your industry! Learn from the likes of Dame Stephanie and other leaders so you can maintain a competitive edge!

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.


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Today I have a force of nature, Adrienne Richardson. First of all, you don't mess with a hockey mom from New Jersey. I like to brag about her that she is one of the top marketing experts around. I don't like to pigeonhole her even though it is on her site that she is a Facebook Ad expert because she is so sharp when it comes to messaging, copywriting, funnels and direct response marketing and there is so much more that goes into the campaigns that she runs for people. What I want Adrienne's tagline to be is "Hi, I am Adrienne and I drive cold traffic (people who don't know you) into an automated webinar and have it spit out millions of dollars on the other side." Of course, Adrienne work with top people who have systems in place to do this and she has spent tens of millions of dollars on Facebook so she knows what works and what doesn't. Adrienne has a laundry list of amazing clients like Russ Ruffino, University of California, and many more.

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

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Adrienne Richardson.
  • [3:00] Adrienne talks about delivering babies in an ambulance.
  • [5:00] The how Adrienne got the name, “the Latrine Queen” & lessons from the military.
  • [13:15] How Adrianne instills discipline and life lessons in her children.
  • [19:40] Adrienne talks about getting laid off of work while pregnant.
  • [24:00] What was Adrienne’s parenting magazine like? What did she learn?
  • [26:30] The value of expressing vulnerability.
  • [29:45] A lesson in setting your own worth for your work.
  • [40:30] Your funnel is your customer’s journey.
  • [45:00] What are good conversion rates for Facebook Ads?
  • [47:15] Can you send people directly to a sales page and get results?
  • [48:45] What was it like working with the University of California?
  • [51:00] How the right image can drive traffic.
  • [55:45] What makes for compelling sales copy?
  • [59:40] Do’s and don’ts of targeting an audience.
  • [1:02:00] Adrienne talks about how she helps her son adopt a healthy mindset.

In this episode…

What are your skills, talents, and time worth? Do you have a value in mind or do you end up drawing a blank? How do you discover your worth? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and marketing expert, Adrienne Richardson. In her conversation with Jeremy, Adrienne opens up about her experience in the military, what it was like getting laid off while pregnant, how she came up with the idea to start her own magazine, what led her to discover her professional value, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode with Adrienne!

Where do your most important values come from? Did they come from your family or were they shaped by life experiences? How have those values played out in your personal and professional life? For Adrienne Richardson, it was her time in the military that taught her the most about herself and how she’d go on to live her life at home and in her career. The primary values that Adrienne came away with from her time in the military are her work ethic and her commitment to excellence. Not only have these values shaped her career, they’ve also shaped her parenting. How can you learn from Adrienne’s story?

The chances are, if you’ve struggled with something in your life, you aren’t alone! That may sound like a pat answer or a flippant response but at the end of the day, it’s true! Too often people go through life assuming that some of the most difficult challenges they face are unique to their situation and mathematically speaking, that’s impossible. Someone somewhere has experienced what are you are currently struggling with. Adrienne Richardson discovered this truth when she started opening up about her postpartum depression in her parenting magazine. Before long, the letters of support and gratitude started flowing in reminding Adrienne that she was not alone. This episode gave Adrienne profound insight into how people respond that would go on to serve her well in her career as a marketer.

When was the last time you paused in your daily scroll through social media at a section of text? Chances are unless it was an important update from a close friend or family member, you kept on scrolling. These days, images are edging out text more and more when it comes to social media and web advertisements in general. What can you do to make sure your ad or attempt at engagement actually works? According to web marketing expert, Adrienne Richardson, you need to start putting out eye-grabbing photos and not just any photos but positive ones! Over the course of her research, Adrienne has found that positive images of animals, in particular, end up getting the most audience engagement. How will this news impact your strategy?

What is the state of your mindset? Are you out there excelling because you have your head in the game or do you find that you are actually your own worst enemy? Too often business leaders from all backgrounds go through life knowingly engaging in self-sabotage. Don’t let yourself fall that same mistake! Businesswoman Adrienne Richardson knows the value of cultivating a healthy mindset. Going back to her time in the military, Adrienne learned that in order to accomplish what you set out to do, you’ve got to have the mental toughness and fortitude to go the distance. Lessons around creating a healthy mindset have been so formative for Adrienne, she’s even taking the time to pass those hard-fought lessons on to her children. What are you waiting for? Put a plan in place to get your mindset in shape today!

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.

Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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Today we have Habib Salo, CEO of Young Nails. They have been serving the nail care industry for over 20 years. Habib and Greg (Habib’s older brother) run the business and their mom decided to start her own business at the age of 49. She had a passion for the nail industry and they did everything to support her. Greg, the older brother, became a licensed nail technician after switching gears from firefighter training. Habib took a detour from medical school and a life in music. Young Nails Inc., is a professional nail care manufacturing company exporting to over 40 countries worldwide and distributing domestically to over 3000 stores.

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

  • [1:40] Jeremy introduces his guest, Habib Salo.
  • [3:05] What are the future plans for Habib and Young Nails?
  • [5:50] Why Young Nails manufactures their own products.
  • [7:15] How staying connected to social media helps Habib stay on top of trends.
  • [8:15] Habib talks about how he connected with Azriel Ratz.
  • [11:45] Low moments faced along the way.
  • [15:00] What is driving Habib on his journey?

In this episode…

What does it take to track trends and keep your business on the cutting edge of your industry? Why does staying on top of trends matter? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and business leader, Habib Salo. In his conversation with Jeremy, Habib opens up about his plans for Young Nails’ future, why he is so passionate about / house manufacturing, how he stays on top of industry trends, challenges he has faced along the way, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Habib and Young Nails!

Do you have a plan to track trends so your business can keep a competitive edge? Better yet, what can your business do to be the trendsetter? According to Habib Salo, Young Nails keeps a finger on the pulse of industry trends by staying active on social media. By not only cultivating a social media presence but engaging with people on social media, Habib and his team are able to track what direction trends are headed. What can you and your business learn from Habib’s approach? How will you make sure you tracking trends?

One of the buzzwords in society today is authenticity. People are craving real and honest brands and personality to follow. Gone is the reign of superficial and bland brands, raw and authentic is in! Habib Salo and his business, Young Nails seem to be embracing this trend toward honest and transparent brands. One way they embrace this image is by keeping their product manufacturing in-house. Habib is proud of the fact that Young Nails keeps a close eye on their product quality standards so they can assure their customers that they’ve done everything they can to earn their trust and loyalty. Young Nails is a great example of a brand highlighting and leveraging their messaging and values!

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Rise25 VIP Days have a proven track record of helping companies to get more referrals, increase retention with their VIP customers, and get more engaged new customers without adding extra work to that company’s plate.

Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.

Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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Today we have Justin Christianson, he went from bull rider and electrician to eventually co-founding Conversion Fanatics which helps companies double customer sales and profits with A B testing...not in all cases of course..they are a full-service conversion rate optimization company and have worked with companies like Hertz, Paypal, Investors.com, BlueJeans.com and MORE!

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

  • [1:20] Jeremy introduces his guest, Justin Christianson.
  • [3:00] Justin talks about the issue of cart abandonment.
  • [11:00] What was Justin’s start in direct marketing like?
  • [17:00] Maximizing the initial purchase.
  • [23:45] Software applications that Justin recommends.
  • [27:00] What works best when it comes to guarantees?
  • [31:00] Why optimizing product pages can boost sales.
  • [40:00] Justin talks about how he’s built his website to maximize conversions.
  • [47:00] Who uses Conversion Fanatics?
  • [51:00] How Justin and his team help their clients.
  • [54:00] Testing for clients that have failed.
  • [58:00] Justin’s favorite case studies.
  • [1:02:00] One of the lowest moments in business for Justin.
  • [1:05:15] What it takes to get “Unstuck.”
  • [1:08:30] A huge milestone in business.
  • [1:10:30] Justin talks about bull riding.

In this episode…

What can you learn from a website optimization expert? How can your business improve and grow by implementing these time-tested lessons and insights? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from web expert and entrepreneur, Justin Christianson. In his conversation with Jeremy, Justin talks about his background in direct marketing, software that he’s found helpful, what it takes to optimize a website for the best conversations, how to get unstuck in life and business, and so much more! Don’t miss a minute of this helpful and engaging episode!

How has your past business experience helped you in your current role? Are you able to carry some of those lessons into your current work? For Justin Christianson, it was his previous career in direct marketing that helped him cultivate a keen eye for what it takes to get a customer to follow through the sales process. Learning from the likes of Gary Halbert, John Carlton, and others, Justin has been able to hone his approach and that of his business, Conversion Fanatics. What can you learn from Justin’s journey?

Is it really worth it to offer your customers any type of guarantee? Does the payoff of assuring your customers of a risk-free purchase really outweigh the few who will abuse the policy? According to Justin Christianson, the answer is yes! When you are able to put your customer’s natural aversion to risk in the back of their mind, it’s a win! If you are wary of offering a long-term guarantee, consider even a short-term guarantee. Think of the things that put your mind at ease as a customer and do what you can to implement those same practices.

Are you leaving money on the table? Seriously? Have you done everything you can to optimize your website so customers have an easy to use experience? When was the last time you took a critical eye to your sales process? Conversion Fanatics exists to help business leaders like you get the most out of your efforts online. Justin Christianson and his team have worked hard to develop tools and methods that create an environment that benefits both buyers and sellers. How can you take Conversion Fanatics’ approach as inspiration to better your business?

As a business leader, you know that it’s not always easy to find the resources you need to succeed. What led you to the resources you use on a regular basis? What are you doing to give back and invest in the next generation of leaders in your industry? If you want a great place to go for resources to help you when it comes to building a successful ecommerce business, you’ve got to check out Conversion Fanatics. Make sure to check out the resources section at the end of this post for software and tools that Justin Christianson has used!

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Rise25 VIP Days have a proven track record of helping companies to get more referrals, increase retention with their VIP customers, and get more engaged new customers without adding extra work to that company’s plate.

Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.


Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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Today we have the co-founders of Tenzo Tea, Steve O’Dell and Robbie Page. They run a matcha tea company based in Santa Monica, CA. Tenzo Matcha Green Tea is grown in Kagoshima, Japan. Their products can be found at various coffee shops and smoothie facilities all over California and online at tenzotea.co and not on Amazon.

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

  • [1:33] Jeremy introduces his guests, Steve O’Dell and Robbie Page.
  • [2:40] Closing the information gap about Matcha Tea.
  • [5:30] What are some common uses of Matcha Tea?
  • [7:00] What are the future plans of Tenzo Tea?
  • [9:20] Low points faced along the way.
  • [14:50] High points that came with business growth.

In this episode…

What does it mean to close the information gap between what your customers know and what you want them to know? Is it even a practical expectation to have a business leader? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneurs Steve O’Dell and Robbie Page. In their conversation with Jeremy, Steve and Robbie explain how they went to work closing the information gap about their product, Tenzo Matcha Green Tea, challenges and milestones they’ve faced along the way, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this fascinating episode featuring Steve and Robbie!

You’ll have no hope for long-term success if you can’t effectively communicate what your product is and why your customers should buy it! Learn how to communicate succinctly is a huge part of navigating the information gap that exists between businesses and their customer base. Hearing from Steve and Robbie, you get the sense right away that they’ve honed and perfected their approach. They not only understand their product inside and out, they’ve taken extra care to connect their story back to the history and roots of Matcha Green Tea. What can you learn from Steve and Robbie’s story?

What does the journey of an entrepreneur look like? Is it all excitement and growth as magazines and success stories would have you believe? For Steve and Robbie, the journey has been everything but sunshine and roses. While they are quick to point out that they are very fortunate and thankful for the success they’ve been able to build, they also acknowledge the pain and stress they’ve faced as well. It seems that the biggest challenge has been confronting the unknown, not just the unknown when it comes to the future of the business but how it’ll impact the lives of people who depend on its success and growth. The journey of building Tenzo Tea has been rollercoaster for Steve and Robbie but through it all, they are proud of the organization they've built.

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Rise25 VIP Days have a proven track record of helping companies to get more referrals, increase retention with their VIP customers, and get more engaged new customers without adding extra work to that company’s plate.

Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.


Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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Today we have Christopher Lochhead who started his first company at 18 and retired 30 years later. He is a three-time public company CMO, best selling author, and host of Legends and Losers Podcast. He was a co-founder of Play Bigger Advisors, served as Chief Marketing Officer of Mercury Interactive, a $1B software company that was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2006 for $4.5B. He is coauthor with Al Ramadan and Dave Peterson and Kevin Maney of Play Bigger: How pirates, dreamers, and innovators create and dominate markets.

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

  • [1:25] Jeremy introduces his guest, Christopher Lochhead.
  • [3:00] The world doesn’t need more bullshit.
  • [12:30] Where is podcasting going? Is it oversaturated?
  • [17:00] Christopher talks about his Father-In-Law and his fruit orchard.
  • [22:30] What was the motivation for writing the book, “Play Bigger?”
  • [27:20] A healthy disregard for the status quo.
  • [29:00] Christopher talks about getting kicked out of school.
  • [32:00] The value of entrepreneurship and the evolution of Silicon Valley.
  • [36:00] What did Mercury Interactive do? What made it stand out?
  • [42:00] Why you should strive to be a “Category King.”
  • [45:00] Christopher talks about rolling out BTO.
  • [50:30] Testing products and ideas often fail to lead a to breakthrough.
  • [53:30] A great example of creating a new category.
  • [56:30] Position yourself or be positioned!
  • [59:30] Categories make brands not the other way around.
  • [1:02:30] Until someone reimagines the problem, nothing is going to change.
  • [1:06:30] Christopher talks about his work with One Life.
  • [1:10:00] How to connect with Christopher and what inspires him.
  • [1:12:30] Christopher describes all the items he has in his office.

In this episode…

What does it mean to become a category king? Is it wise to branch out and create a new category to become it’s de facto leader? Why is this better than challenging existing competition? You’ll hear the answer to these questions and much more from special guest, Christopher Lochhead on this episode of Inspired Insider. In his conversation with Jeremy, Christopher opens up about his time at Mercury Interactive, why the world doesn’t need more bullshit, what inspired him and his partners to write Play Bigger, and so much more! There is a ton of great insights that Christopher has to share, don’t miss a minute of it!

Be honest, aren’t you sick of all the bullshit that gets passed around as “Cutting edge” and “Innovative” these days? If that’s you, you aren’t alone! It seems that there is a growing number of people who are ready to kick curated sound bites to the curb in search of a more authentic and genuine existence. Helping to lead that charge is accomplished business leader and podcast host, Christopher Lochhead. Christopher is a no-nonsense kind of guy who loves to tell stories and ruffle a few feathers. What can you learn from Christopher's refreshing approach?

What is in the cards for the podcasting industry? Is the market truly over-saturated as many people claim or are the party just getting started? It seems like everyone and their neighbor has a podcast these days, what role does the low overhead aspect play in the equation? Avid podcaster, Christopher Lochhead is convinced that podcasting is just at the beginning of it’s run. He sees a massive potential for podcasting to grow and evolve due to the fact that new categories and creative ways of telling stories continue to pop up left and right.

The message of defeating the competition has been drilled so hard into the minds of business people that many have failed to see the immense opportunity to be found in the alternative. The alternative approach as described by Christopher Lochhead is to completely sidestep the competition and create a brand new category. This is the approach that Google, Netflix, and Apple took and those companies have shaped our economy and our society in ways they would never have if they played it safe! What are you waiting for? Stop playing it safe! Muster up the boldness to get out there and become a Category King!

Let’s face it, you have to be a little discontent with life to be an innovator or entrepreneur. The question is, do you continue to feed off of that discontent or is it simply the spark that starts a chain reaction. Christopher Lochhead strongly believes that leaders who want to make a lasting impact need to stay discontent with the status quo. Don’t settle! Push the envelope, break barriers, and think outside of the box! Either you position yourself in the marketplace or the marketplace will position you. Learn from Christopher’s helpful insights and go even further by checking out his podcast and his book, links to both can be found in the resources section at the end of this post!

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.

Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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Today we have Dan Kurzrock who is the Co-Founder of ReGrained. ReGrained leverages technology and culinary science to transform beer waste into food. They call this edible upcycling. I was surprised to learn that only about 10% of the ingredients used to brew beer end up in your glass. ReGrained takes the spent grain waste from local brewery partners and they build recipes around it with other locally sourced ingredients to craft delicious, healthy, and inherently sustainable foods.

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

  • [1:05] Jeremy introduces his guest, Daniel Kurzrock.
  • [2:15] Daniel talks about how connecting with breweries to get their discarded grain.
  • [7:45] How has the process changed over the years?
  • [10:30] What has been the lowest point for Daniel and his business?
  • [11:30] Proud moments in business so far.
  • [14:00] How to connect with ReGrained.

In this episode…

How in the world can you use discarded grain from breweries for a new and edible purpose? That sounds crazy, right? It’s not! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and grain upcycling expert, Daniel Kurzrock. In his conversation with Jeremy, Daniel opens up about how he connected with breweries to get their discarded grain, why the process has changed over the years, the lowest moment he’s faced on his journey, proud milestones, and more! You don’t want to miss this great opportunity to learn from Daniel’s innovative approach and compelling story!

Did you know that for the longest time many breweries would sell their discarded grain to farmers for animal feed? Then came along the brilliant mind of Daniel Kurzrock and his team at ReGrained who started tinkering with the options that discarded grain provides for human consumption. Since then, they’ve built a thriving business that capitalizes on this discarded grain and repurposes it for use in products like their Honey Cinnamon IPA Immune Supporting SuperGrain Bar. Doesn’t that sound delicious? It’s innovations like this that really highlight the amazing future that entrepreneurs like Daniel have the ability to lead us toward. What can you learn from the ReGrained story?

While the life of an entrepreneur is often glamorized, the truth is, it is full of highs and lows along the way. Some highs are enough to fuel leaders to keep going and some lows are jarring enough to make even the toughest leaders throw in the towel. According to Daniel Kurzrock, the lows where fairly minimal on his journey - the lowest point he could think of was ruining batches of upcycled grain which caused delays in fulfilling customers orders. As for the high point, Daniel points to a recent occurrence at an event where he realized how much trust he has in his team to engage the public and educate them on their amazing product line. Hearing from Daniel, you really get the sense that he is proud of ReGrained and what they’ve built - here is to many more years of success!

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Rise25 VIP Days have a proven track record of helping companies to get more referrals, increase retention with their VIP customers, and get more engaged new customers without adding extra work to that company’s plate.

Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.


Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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Today we have Greg Smith co-founder of Thinkific which is a platform that has everything you need to create and launch courses on your own site. Greg is a recovering lawyer and for the past 10 years he has taught thousands of students online with his own course and now with Thinkific has helped many others create their own online courses. He's worked with companies like Intuit and Hootsuite, including service professionals like accountants, lawyers, doctors, and many more.

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

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Greg Smith.
  • [2:30] What led Greg to create his first online course?
  • [7:30] How did Greg get the word out about his course?
  • [9:15] Greg talks about making the switch to working on Thinkific full time.
  • [14:00] Non-scalable tactics that Greg has used.
  • [18:00] How has Thinkific changed over the years?
  • [21:15] What integrations have Greg and his team added?
  • [23:30] Early challenges faced with building the Thinkific platform.
  • [27:00] Getting back to the basics.
  • [29:30] Building a high-quality team.
  • [34:30] Why does Greg offer a free plan on Thinkific?
  • [38:30] Greg talks about the gamification features they’ve included.
  • [41:30] What marketing tactics have been helpful?
  • [45:00] Why it’s important to add value that the audience wants.
  • [48:00] Common objections that people have to creating a course.
  • [51:00] Popular topics on Thinkific.
  • [54:30] Who should be using Thinkific?
  • [56:00] The lowest point in business for Greg.
  • [58:30] The proudest moment in business.
  • [59:45] Book recommendations from Greg.

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As a business leader, you know that one of the best ways to connect with your audience is to provide a valuable product or content that keeps them coming back for more. In what ways is your organization succeeding with this strategy? Do you need to re-evaluate your approach? Would your client and customers say that you offer a good value? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Greg Smith. In his conversation with Jeremy, Greg opens up about what led him to create his first online course, how he ended up creating Thinkific, challenges he’s faced along the way, why he’s focused on building a solid team, and so much more! Don’t miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Greg!

Did you know that your business could use an online course to educate your customer base? It’s true! Using online courses, your business could position itself as a leader and go-to resource in your industry. It’s actually a lot easier than you might think! Greg Smith and his team at Thinkific have created an amazing platform that can help you create and deliver valuable content to your customers right away! You can learn more about what Thinkific has to offer by checking out the link to their site in the resources section at the end of this post!

While it can be hard to set yourself apart from all the other contenders in your industry there are still ways that leaders like you can think outside of the box and surprise your customers. One of the amazing tactics that Greg Smith used for years included posting his personal cell phone on his company’s website so potential clients could call him anytime to discuss their services. That strategy might sound crazy but Greg’s conversion rates on those calls were through the roof! It’s been said that if you want to get results you’ve never had you’ve got to be willing to do things you’ve never done - that’s true! What ways can you think outside of the box to make your business stand out?

A huge challenge that comes up when you are building a massive platform that is packed full valuable tools and resources is how to engage clients with little to no resources. How do you build something that even businesses on a shoestring budget can use? For Greg Smith and his team at Thinkific, the answer was simple - create a free option. Greg is so confident in the quality of the Thinkific platform that he is willing to give away a ton of value just to help others succeed. This tactic that Greg uses also makes financial sense, as businesses build and expand using the tools provided by Thinkific, they see the value and end up committing to a higher tier of service. What lessons can you draw from Greg’s strategy?

At the end of the day, a healthy business doesn't rest solely on the shoulders of its singular leader. If you have any hope of building a long-lasting and thriving business, you’ve got to start thinking of the team you have around you. According to Thinkific’s co-founder, Greg Smith, having the right people in the right positions has made all the difference in the growth and health of their platform. Greg doesn’t just talk a good game, he pours time and resources into his hiring process, taking it very seriously. Make sure to check out some of the resources that have helped Greg on this vital aspect of his journey by checking out the links provided at the end of this post!

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Kailey Donewald is the co-founder of Sacred Serve, a Chicago-based company innovating ice cream that is fully organic, raw vegan gelato made from whole coconuts. All flavors are dairy-free, vegan, and paleo and strictly free of gluten, dairy, corn, soy, GMOs, stabilizers, fillers, and preservatives. They are challenging the conventional route of pint-sized packaging with their super unique looking 10oz containers. They have 40 locations across Chicago.

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

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Kailey Donewald.
  • [2:20] Tackling the challenge of logistics.
  • [4:30] Finding new ways to market and engage with the right audience.
  • [6:00] Good advice that Kailey has received.
  • [9:00] The biggest mistake made so far.
  • [10:15] Low point - financial restrictions.
  • [11:30] Milestone - signing on with the first distributor and going to vegan events.

In this episode…

Can you think of specific business lessons that have been helpful for you on your journey? Did you have to learn them the hard way or did you have mentors who helped guide you along the way? What does it look like to build a business that goes deep before it spends resources to go wide? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Kailey Donewald. In her conversation with Jeremy, Kailey opens up about the decision to focus on her local market before expanding, advice she’s picked up along the way, some of the challenges she faced, and even some milestones. Don’t miss this fascinating episode featuring Kailey and Sacred Serve!

The impulse that many business leaders follow is the decision to go wide with their brand and business rather than taking the time to go deep. Let’s face it, deep work is hard work! It can take a ton of resources and energy to penetrate a local marketplace, is it even worth it? Kailey Donewald seems to think so! That’s why she's taken deliberate steps to invest in her own community to get the word out about her high-quality brand, Sacred Serve. Kailey is convinced that before she can take her business to a wider marketplace, she needs to make sure her message can connect locally.

Advice can be a tricky thing to follow. How do you know the advice is good advice? Ultimately it comes down to whether or not you trust the person giving you the advice. For Kailey Donewald, the advice that impacted her and her business the most was the advice to get really good at a specific niche. In many ways, this goes back to Kailey’s decision to go deep not wide with marketing her brand. While they could offer a whole range of products at Sacred Serve, they’ve chosen to pour all their time and resources into perfecting just a few select products. Listening to Kailey, you really get the sense that she is taking the time to learn and grow as a leader and that’s infectious!

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Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.


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Michael Eldridge is the founder of Safety Glasses USA. His experience as a U.S. Marine veteran, auto mechanic and assembly line technician amplified the importance of vision safety. In 2000, he turned his knowledge into one of the internet's most popular companies for protective eyewear. They have grown to 20+ employees and have supplied protective eyewear and safety equipment to hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers around the world. In 2012, Michael started an online community forum for people interested in EDC (Everyday Carry) called EDC Planet.

 

 

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

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Michael Eldridge.
  • [2:30] Michael talks about how he first started selling safety glasses online.
  • [9:15] What were the most popular safety glasses then? Now?
  • [12:00] From safety eyewear to expanded safety options.
  • [17:30] Michael talks about getting into private labeling.
  • [23:00] How did Michael move from a Yahoo ecommerce store? Where did he go?
  • [26:30] What systems do Michael and his team use?
  • [27:30] Michael talks about building the business and taking it to the next level.
  • [34:30] The toughest hire and finding space to grow.
  • [40:45] Surprising niches that order safety eyewear and the danger of blue light.
  • [44:20] The value of a good mentor.
  • [46:17] Don’t be a copycat, create unique content!
  • [50:00] Michael shares some lessons he learned as a Marine.
  • [57:00] What is EDC?
  • [59:30] A low moment in business for Michael.
  • [1:00:50] Milestones and proud moments along the way.
  • [1:02:15] Take care of your customer or someone else will!

In this episode…

What does it take to build out a small startup into a growing and thriving ecommerce business? Is it as hard as it sounds? What lessons can be learned from the process? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Michael Eldridge. In his conversation with Jeremy, Michael opens up about the early days of his startup, how they expanded to provide more safety equipment, how he grew the business over the years, the value of a good mentor, why it’s important to create your own content, and much more! You don’t want to miss this fascinating episode with Michael!

What were the early days of building an ecommerce business like? How did businesses thrive without all the tech, tools, and apps that are available today? For Michael Eldridge and his business partner, much of it came down to trial and error. They worked hard to find what would work with their niche audience and they were determined to carve out their own corner of the budding ecommerce marketplace. Fast forward a few years later and now their business is known as the go-to authority on safety glasses and additional helpful safety equipment. What can you learn from Michael’s journey?

Where will you take your next business idea? Do you know a product so well that you know you can improve it and help your target audience? After getting to know a niche product like safety glasses for so long, a natural progression is to branch out and start a private label line of products. That’s exactly what Michael and his team at Safety Glasses USA are working toward. They know safety glasses inside and out and now they are excited to bring their unique spin on the product to the marketplace. Don’t let a great idea and a great idea pass you by! Learn from Michael’s example and put yourself out there!

Who has made a significant impact on your journey as a business leader? Have you been the recipient of a helpful mentoring relationship? According to Michael Eldridge, having the right mentor at the right time made all the difference. Michael was fortunate to connect with prolific entrepreneur, Joe Palko. Over the course of their friendship, Joe has taken the time to help guide Michael as he sought to build and expand his ecommerce business. Hearing Michael, you really get the sense that he’s appreciative and humbled by Joe’s investment. If you don’t have a mentor, now might be a good time to consider finding one or better yet, if you’ve enjoyed success, why not consider passing on your hard-fought wisdom to someone else?

Let’s face it, one of the worst things about the internet and ecommerce businesses if coming across all of the copycats and unoriginal people who go in and copy and paste the hard work of others. What can you do to push back against the growing wave of low-quality content? Produce your own content or hire someone to do it for you! Don’t take the easy way out, learn from Michael Eldridge’s example and lean the power and significance of putting high-quality content out there with your name on it! This goes beyond a legal issue, it speaks to the heart of who you are as a leader. Impress your target audience and take the time to produce content you can be proud of, you won’t regret it!

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Today we have Tom Kulzer founder of AWeber.They are one of the top email marketing providers on the planet and help over 100,000 businesses build their audience. They started all the way back in 1998.

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

  • [1:30] Jeremy introduces his guest, Tom Kulzer.
  • [2:15] Tom talks about the culture he’s created at AWeber.
  • [7:00] The lowest moment in the journey so far.
  • [9:00] Milestones that Tom is proud of.
  • [10:00] Tom talks about how AWeber has impacted client businesses.

In this episode…

Have you ever worked in an environment that sapped your morale? How long did you have to endure working there? What steps have you taken as a business leader to create a positive company culture that people are proud to be part of? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and business leader, Tom Kulzer. In his conversation with Jeremy, Tom opens up about the company culture at AWeber, some of the challenges he faced along the way, milestones he is proud of, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Tom!

Let’s face it, collaboration and communication trumps isolation and confusion any day! So why don’t more organizations work hard to make sure their employees are on the same page and enjoy a collaborative environment? The truth is, creating that type of company culture requires time, energy, and resources while the opposite is the norm. If you want to enjoy a healthy and vibrant work culture, you’ve got to be willing to go against the grain. If you end up going down that path, you’ll discover what Tom Kulzer and his team at AWeber discovered, collaboration is worth the extra effort!

While Tom Kulzer would like to look back at his career and his time building his company, AWeber with a load of milestones he could point to, he says all that stuff is fleeting. The one thing that stands out from all the rest in Tom’s perspective is the core values they’ve been able to build upon over the years. Central to those core values is the concept of connecting people in better and more efficient ways. You can tell, listening to Tom that he is especially proud of that key value enshrined in his company. Tom is able to look back and point to specific examples where that significant value played out and to this day, continues to keep his company delivering top quality service all these years later.

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.


Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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Today we have Erika Szychowski, founder of Good Zebra which is a protein-packed animal cracker set out to challenge the snack food industry. Good Zebra has 12 grams of protein per 2-ounce servings, NO refined sugar – it is sweetened with only organic honey and coconut sugar and has no artificial ingredients or preservatives. The 11 unique spirit animals found in Good Zebra are inspired by street and tattoo art, the flavors include vanilla, lemon, and chai with peanut butter and chocolate not far behind. Good Zebra can be found in Peet's Coffee & Tea across the nation, select retailers, on Amazon and on the Good Zebra website.

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

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Erika Szychowski.
  • [3:00] Launching a brand in China.
  • [6:30] Erika talks about how she came up with the name, Good Zebra.
  • [18:00] What led Erika to branch out and work in the food industry?
  • [23:00] Leaving the corporate world behind and becoming an entrepreneur.
  • [28:00] Why create an animal cracker product?
  • [32:30] What were some of the first Good Zebra snacks like?
  • [35:30] Why did Erika include protein in her product? What source of protein was used?
  • [38:00] How has Erika leveraged her branding background to market Good Zebra?
  • [44:30] Erika talks about connecting with Peet’s Coffee.
  • [47:30] Considering how consumers shop in grocery stores.
  • [50:00] Where is Erika trying to locate her product?
  • [54:00] Erika talks about working with the Rolling Stones.
  • [58:00] How to connect with Erika and Good Zebra.

In this episode…

How does someone go from branding expert to entrepreneur? What caused this career shift? How has the experience as a branding expert applied to life as an entrepreneur? You’ll find out from business leader and innovator, Erika Szychowski on this episode of Inspired Insider! In her conversation with Jeremy, Erika opens up about her time in corporate America, what led her to branch out on her own to start Good Zebra, why she was drawn to the snack food industry, how she’s been able to get her product on grocery store shelves, and so much more! Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn from Erika’s fascinating story!

Have you ever had an idea that you were sure someone else must have capitalized on? What if that was an original idea that you should have followed up on? Sure it sounds crazy but how do you know if you don’t investigate? For Erika Szychowski, that idea was a propionate, healthy, and delicious animal cracker that she eventually created a business around. Erika’s story serves as a prime example of why risk and curiosity is the entrepreneur's best friend! What can you learn from Erika’s story? What great idea do you need to pursue so you can bring your genius to the marketplace?

Erika Szychowski became an entrepreneur reluctantly. After working tirelessly in corporate America for years, she decided to step back for a well-deserved break. As Erika describes it, she was more pushed to break out of the mold and chase the path to lead a startup by those around her than any emotional pull within herself. Four months later, Erika came back to this idea of starting something from scratch because every other option literally made her feel sick. Her story is actually more common than you may think among many entrepreneurs. One of the big takeaways from Erika’s story is how important it is to give yourself the time and space to investigate and then move toward what you know you need to do next.

Where did the idea for a healthy animal cracker come from? Why does the market need a protein packed and adult-oriented animal cracker? Believe it or now, Erika was ready to throw in the towel because her initial idea of a protein cookie faced numerous roadblocks and she felt like it was leading to a dead end. Then in a moment of clarity at 2 am, Erika went back to her drawing board and revisited the idea of a child’s animal cracker snack. From there she went to work crafting and marketing a fun nostalgic idea that would eventually become a protein-packed animal cracker snack for adults.

As if coming up with the idea and going through the creation process of a protein-packed animal cracker wasn't hard enough, Erika Szychowski had to go to work convincing grocery stores why they should give her product a chance. Too often, these grocery stores wanted to put her product with snack foods when she wanted to see it marketed alongside energy bars and other healthy snacks she was competing against. Erika is still fighting the good fight to help us change the way we shop, in the meantime she is working hard to get her product in the best position as possible to succeed.

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.

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Today we have Josh Felber, Co-Founder of Primal Life Organics and host of the hit show, Making Bank. Josh is a serial entrepreneur with more than 28 years of starting and growing several multi-million dollar companies (including one with $5 Billion in annual revenues). He is married with 3 kids and has twin boys.

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

  • [1:50] Jeremy introduces his guest, Josh Felber.
  • [2:45] Josh talks about his vivid vision for Primal Life Organics.
  • [6:00] Who is on Josh’s top 100 list?
  • [10:30] What is Paleo Pets?
  • [12:45] Josh talks about teaching his kids the entrepreneurial lifestyle.

In this episode…

What does it look like to pass on and cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit in the next generation of leaders? How can you build up and invest in the young leaders around you? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and business leader Josh Felber. In his conversation with Jeremy, Josh touches on his vivid vision for Primal Life Organics, who is on his top 100 list to interview, how his kids are catching the entrepreneurial bug, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Josh!

Have you ever been so moved by a vision and dream for the future that you work tirelessly to achieve it? What was that like? How did you create tangible goals along the way? For Josh Felber, his vivid vision for Primal Life Organics is to reach 50 million in revenue in three years, foster a vibrant culture of health with people fired up about helping others, and create a sustainable approach to the products they are putting out on the marketplace. What can you learn from Josh’s vivid vision? Where will your vivid vision take you and your organization?

Let’s face it, at the end of the day just about everyone wants to leave a positive impact on the world around them, right? From foundations and living trusts, wealthy and successful individuals are hard at work to ensure that their monetary influence lasts longer than they will live. Beyond money, is there a way that leaders like you can impact the next generation? What if there was a way to fan the flames of the entrepreneurial spirit in the next generation? Josh Felber is doing just that with his children! He doesn’t want to see the freedom and joy of life as an entrepreneur end with him, he wants his children to take this gift and run with it! Josh has been able to utilize some great resources to help prepare his children for a life seen through an entrepreneurial lens, make sure to check out the resources section at the end of this post to learn more!

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Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.

Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.

Rise25 was cofounded by Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran.

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Today we have Sarah Chalos co-founder of I Heart Keenwah with Ravi Jolly. I Heart Keenwah makes "superfoods" accessible to consumers with a range of tasty food products, including quinoa based snacks such as Himalayan pink salt chocolate quinoa puffs, peanut butter chocolate quinoa puffs and many more. They can be found in thousands of stores across the U.S. and globally in places like Whole Foods, CVS, 7-11 and of course on Amazon and their website. Before I Heart Keenwah, Sarah studied engineering at MIT, worked in R&D, manufacturing at Abbott Laboratories, earned her MBA at Chicago Booth and consulted for big corporate clients at Bain & Company. The most impressive part is that Sarah does all this while raising 2 kids.

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Sarah Chalos.
  • [2:30] Juggling life as a professional and a parent.
  • [5:30] How did past business experience help Sarah with launching her startup?
  • [7:30] Why did Sarah go get her MBA?
  • [9:30] How did the idea to build a business around quinoa come about?
  • [12:15] Sarah talks about early quinoa creations and going to the farmers market.
  • [17:00] Taking the product to Whole Foods and expanding production.
  • [20:00] Advice that Sarah has for leaders considering their first startup.
  • [21:30] How did things change once Sarah was able to go full time?
  • [24:30] What was the next line quinoa snacks that Sarah and her team developed?
  • [30:00] Sarah talks about getting different labels and certifications for her product.
  • [31:00] Why is Bolivian quinoa a superior crop?
  • [34:45] Sarah’s go-to quinoa recipe.
  • [36:00] What is on the horizon for I Heart Keenwah?
  • [37:00] What made Sarah decide to grow her team? Who did she hire first?
  • [38:45] Which conferences and trade shows do Sarah and her team attend?
  • [39:45] What’s worked and hasn’t worked on the marketing front.
  • [41:00] The lowest moment in business so far.
  • [42:30] Sarah talks about a proud moment in her business.

In this episode…

How have you been able to learn and adapt along the way in your professional career? Have you been put in many situations where this was necessary? What worked and what didn’t? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Sarah Chalos. In her conversation with Jeremy, Sarah opens up about her business career, what led her to start I Heart Keenwah, adjustments she has had to make along the way, why quinoa is such an awesome product, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode!

One of the biggest struggles as a professional is maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Do you think that work-life balance is even possible? How do navigate both roles without one suffering? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Sarah Chalos shares her experience as a mother and a driven business professional. According to Sarah, her role as an entrepreneur actually empowers her as a parent. When family obligations come up, due to her role, she is able to move things around and be there for her family. To hear more about Sarah’s story and how she rocks both her professional and personal life, make sure to listen to this episode!

If you have any hope of advancing as a business leader, you’ve got to be willing to evolve, adapt, and learn along the way. In what ways have you done this? Have you seen leaders that you want to emulate display a willingness to adapt and adjust to new information and new situations? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Sarah Chalos as she goes over how she’s adapted and evolved as an entrepreneur. One of the most impressive aspects of Sarah’s story is the fact that she went to school to get her MBA because she knew that she’d need it to pursue her dreams. Find out what valuable lessons you can learn from Sarah’s story by listening to this helpful episode!

The struggle that many startup entrepreneurs face is deciding when to start paying a full-time salary to the business owner. For many, this narrow window comes and goes and the business is worse off. If done with the right timing, a small business can capitalize on this growth opportunity to have its innovative leader dedicated to full-time involvement. What can you learn from this pivotal moment in the life of a small business? Find out on this episode of Inspired Insider as Sarah Chalos reveals the moment she was able to focus on I Heart Keenwah in a full-time capacity and the impact that decision had!

Let’s face it, developing a food product is not for the faint of heart. Even if you develop a product that tastes amazing, you still have to fight tooth and nail to get that product on grocery store shelves. Entrepreneurs and innovators that enter the consumable products arena are some of the toughest leaders on the marketplace today! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll get the chance to learn from one of those tough as nails leaders, Sarah Chalos. Sarah and her team have worked hard to bring delicious and healthy quinoa snacks to kitchen tables all over the country. Discover what drives Sarah and how she’s been able to get her product in stores like Whole Foods by listening to this exciting episode, you don't’ want to miss it!

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Today we have Aimy Steadman co-founder of Beatbox Beverages who started the company with Justin Fenchel, Jason Schiek, Dan Singer, and Brad Schultz. They were drawn together by their love for music and the entrepreneurial spirit of Austin, Texas. the founders of Beatbox Beverages set out to make the world’s tastiest portable party punch, and since 2011 have grown into a million dollar company with distribution in Krogers, 7-11, Walmart, HEB, Ralphs and many more all over the country. They were even featured on the hit TV show Sharktank!

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

  • [1:20] Jeremy introduces his guest, Aimy Steadman.
  • [3:00] The unique challenges of working in the alcohol industry.
  • [4:00] Putting together a compelling video.
  • [6:00] The lowest moment in business so far.
  • [9:30] Managing stress and keeping a healthy mindset.
  • [11:00] Proud moments on the journey.
  • [13:00] Aimy talks about getting her product into retail stores.

In this episode…

How do you grapple with stress in the workplace? Have you discovered healthy coping mechanisms and behaviors that help you thrive in some of the most stressful environments? Are you still looking for ways to help you cope? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Aimy Steadman. In her conversation with Jeremy, Aimy opens up about the story behind Beatbox Beverages, why they decided to create a video of an older woman going to a music festival, how she copes with stress in the workplace, and much more! Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn from Aimy!

One helpful way of dealing with stress in the workplace is by focusing on helpful practices like mindfulness and meditation. For Aimy Steadman, meditation and a book called “Mindsight” have been helpful tools she's used as she ran into high levels of stress while building up her business, Beatbox Beverages. What can you learn from Aimy’s story? How will you cope with stress in a healthy and productive way? Learn more helpful insights on stress management and more by listening to this informative episode of Inspired Insider, you don’t want to miss it!

Branding has been a big buzzword in the business world lately, and for good reason! Branding is simply how your business tells their story and communicates it to the public. How would you rate your business when it comes to branding? Do you have a compelling brand? Does your brand take risks when it comes to storytelling? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Aimy Steadman as she explains why Beatbox Beverages chose to feature the story of a 78-year-old woman going to her first music festival on their website. While it may sound crazy, Aimy and her team decided to feature 78-year-old Sue’s story as a way to showcase their brand’s retro vibe and that it can appeal to all age groups. Learn more about Beatbox Beverages and their unique brand strategy by listening to this exciting episode!

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Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.

If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.

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Franz Jordan is the Co-Founder of Sellics which is a powerful all-in-one tool that combines everything sellers need to be successful on Amazon. Sellics evolved from Franz’s first company Marketplace Analytics, a German data analytics company that was the first of its kind to focus on Amazon SEO back in 2014. You can manage and optimize your Sponsored Product campaigns entirely in the Sellics PPC Manager. Other features include a profit dashboard, keyword ranking optimizer, competitor monitoring, and much more. Companies such as Bosch appliances, Lego, and Brita are some of the businesses that use Sellics. 

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Franz Jordan.
  • [2:20] Why did Franz start Sellics?
  • [6:15] Franz explains why he pivoted from his first business.
  • [11:20] What was the first version of Sellics like?
  • [13:00] Landing the first big client and setting a price point.
  • [20:30] What is working to improve rankings on Amazon? What is a super URL?
  • [25:30] How sellers and use autocomplete to identify keywords and other tips.
  • [27:30] Franz talks about Sellics’ review management tool.
  • [29:45] Addressing client’s pain points and creating new solutions.
  • [32:00] How are sellers using Sellics’ profit dashboard?
  • [35:30] Franz talks about Sellics’ inventory control tool.
  • [38:30] Biggest mistakes that sellers make with using Pay Per Click campaigns.
  • [42:40] Tips for optimizing a PPC campaign strategy.
  • [49:00] Franz talks about using negative keywords.
  • [51:50] The three options to consider when your ecommerce product isn’t selling.
  • [54:50] What is Sonar? Why is available for free?
  • [58:15] Pushback Franz and his team have received to using Sellics.

In this episode…

What does it take to build a business that helps ecommerce sellers make the most of their brand and compete in some of the toughest marketplaces? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Franz Jordan. In his conversation with Jeremy, Franz opens up about his journey of starting several businesses, why he loves helping fellow entrepreneurs, challenges he faced along the way, what it was like landing that first big client, why they give away one of their tools for free, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Franz!

Have you ever taken a risk only to fall flat on your face? Sure you have, it’s part of the human experience! What do you do when that failure is tied up in your business? How do you recover? How do you learn from that experience and move forward? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Franz Jordan as he explains how he pivoted from his first business and ended up launching Sellics. While it was a frustrating and heartbreaking experience, Franz explains that he learned valuable lessons from the failure of his first business that has led to exponential growth with Sellics. To hear the full story from Franz’ perspective, make sure to listen to this powerful episode!

When was the last time that your organization pushed the envelope? How can your business stay relevant and stand out from all of your competition? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Franz Jordan as he explains how Sellics keeps up with market demand by introducing innovative solutions. Staying relevant in the ecommerce industry can be expensive but Franz and his team are passionate about developing solutions that matter to the pain points faced by their clients. Hear all about the amazing tools and platforms that Sellics offers to ecommerce businesses and more by listening to this informative episode!

How did you know that your company was headed for stable ground? Did that moment come when you were able to hire those first key team members? Or did that moment come when you landed that one client that made you realize that you were making an impact on your niche market? For Franz Jordan and his team at Sellics, that moment came when they landed their first large-scale client. While they waited on pins and needles for the client to get back to them about their bid, Franz wasn’t sure what would happen and what the outcome would mean for their business. When the response finally came, they were all elated! Get the inside view of how this all unfolded from Franz’ perspective by listening to this episode of Inspired Insider!

Why would a business give away tools for free? How is this a sustainable business model? What does this practice communicate to a business's customer base? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Franz Jordan. Franz believes that serving his customer base with great value tools like Sonar will show them that Sellics is about more than making a profit. At the end of the day, Franz and his team genuinely want to help sellers get their products out to the marketplace with the best tools available. To hear more about Franz’ innovative approach, make sure to check out this engaging episode, you don’t want to miss it!

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Today we have Sadie Scheffer founder of Bread SRSLY, it’s the Bay area's first gluten-free sourdough bread company. The company began late in 2011 after a bout of gluten-free sourdough experiments in Sadie's home kitchen. The bread is free of any gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, sugar, tree nuts, peanuts, potatoes and some other things I am missing....but I am sure it is not free of good taste! She began to send 40, 60, 100 loaves out into the world, delivered by ladies on bikes. Most weeks she biked 100 miles plus to get the bread out. They are now found in stores all over California and have expanded into Arizona and Idaho including some regional Whole Foods and Safeways. Production has gone from her home kitchen to their 6th commercial kitchen.

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

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Sadie Scheffer.
  • [2:55] Sadie talks about designing new packaging.
  • [8:15] Getting certified gluten-free from the National Celiac Association.
  • [10:30] A low moment in business for Sadie.
  • [14:15] Milestones that Sadie is proud of.

In this episode…

They say it’s never a good idea to judge a book by its cover, what about a product by its packaging? Should product packaging be an area of concern for business leaders? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Sadie Scheffer. In her conversation with Jeremy, Sadie explains why and how she changed her product’s packaging, why it was so important to get a “Gluten Free” certification from the National Celiac Association, key milestones for Bread SRSLY, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Sadie!

When was the last time you really put some critical thought into the packaging of your product? Do you think your clients and customers pay close attention to your packaging and branding? According to Sadie Scheffer packaging was so important that she ended up redesigning it to help eliminate concerns about her product. The last thing you want people to do is to make snap judgments in the negative direction about your product based on its appearances alone! Find out why Sadie and her team made the change and how it impacted her business by listening to this helpful episode of Inspired Insider!

Did you know that you can tell a lot about a leader from the way they handle adversity? It’s true! Take a look at some of the leaders you admire, chances are they faced a difficult and challenging time in their career and rose above it. How can leaders like you tap into that same strength and determination? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Sadie Scheffer as she opens up about a recent low point in the life of her business and how she persevered. While it wasn’t easy, Sadie points to the amazing team she was able to gather around her as the reason why she has been able to keep her business growing and maintaining momentum during a challenging period. Discover more of Sadie's story and the lessons you can learn from it by listening to this episode!

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Today we have Nathan Hirsch Co-Founder of FreeeUp which is a marketplace connecting business owners with the top 1% of freelancers in ecommerce, digital marketing, web development, and much more. They have helped companies like Payability, Sharkk and many ecommerce companies with staffing needs. Over the past 15 years, Nathan has built several successful multi-million dollar businesses. In 2006, he founded his first online venture out of a college dorm room, selling and buying student textbooks and he was able to scale his ecommerce business, bootstrapping from a $20 investment to over $30 million of sales on Amazon across a 6 year period while serving over 10,000 customers.

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Nathan Hirsch.
  • [2:45] Nathan talks about his time at Firestone and how it impacted him.
  • [5:10] How FreeeUp works to make clients and workers happy.
  • [6:30] What did Nathan learn from watching his mother?
  • [7:50] Nathan talks about his desire to become an entrepreneur.
  • [10:40] How did Nathan get started selling on Amazon?
  • [14:20] Nathan describes how his small business ran into significant challenges.
  • [16:30] Why did Nathan start FreeeUp? How does it work?
  • [19:30] Nathan’s pet peeves and tasks that he delegates.
  • [24:00] Areas where most entrepreneurs should consider outsourcing.
  • [25:30] Common tasks that businesses hire contractors for.
  • [29:00] Value related interview questions. What are some red flags?
  • [33:30] How has Nathan and his team hired such high quality workers?
  • [34:30] Why it’s tough to hire web developers.
  • [36:00] Nathan talks about his working relationship with his business partner.
  • [39:00] How do you build a work culture with remote contractors.
  • [41:30] A low point in the business so far.
  • [44:30] A proud moment in business.
  • [45:40] Who should use FreeeUp?

In this episode…

Where does the desire to deliver top-notch, excellent customer service come from? Why would a business leader zero in on this aspect of business over all others? Is it really that important? Can executing great customer service make that much of a difference to the bottom line? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Nathan Hirsch. In his conversation with Jeremy, Nathan opens up about his time working for Firestone, what led him to start FreeeUp, how he keeps up consistent quality among his contractors, challenges faced along the way, and so much more! Don’t miss a minute of this informative and engaging episode featuring Nathan!

What aspect of your early professional career impacted you the most? Did the first job you held leave an impact on you that you still carry today? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Nathan Hirsch as he shares how working for Firestone made a mark on his outlook. If it weren’t for his time at Firestone, Nathan most likely wouldn’t have as much of an emphasis on customer service as he has today. Working for Firestone gave Nathan an eye-opening look at how a good company can leave a powerful impression on its customers simply by delivering excellent customer service. To hear more about how this experience shaped Nathan and the lessons you can learn from it, make sure to listen to this episode!

Let’s face it, every business leader who is worth their salt will run into challenges and difficulties at some point in their career. The real question is, how will they respond when adversity comes their way? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Nathan Hirsch shares how he responded to a particularly trying time in his career. While in college, Nathan ran a successful startup that was running so smoothly that he took a well-deserved vacation. By the time he returned, Nathan had several fires that needed to be extinguished right away or he would have to shut down the entire operation. Instead of tucking tail and running away, Nathan rolled up his sleeves and went to work. How would you respond in a similar situation? Hear the details of Nathan’s story and how this moment had far-reaching implications on his leadership style by listing to this episode!

Did you know that you can take deliberate steps early on to make sure you have the right people for your organization? It’s true! While some leaders leave it up to a roll of the dice, you don’t have to! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur, Nathan Hirsch as he shares some helpful tips on how he hires the right people. For Nathan, it all starts with the interview process, he’s spent a lot of time and energy devising the right questions to ask potential contractors for his business, FreeeUp. To hear about how Nathan uses these questions to build the right team, make sure to listen to this helpful episode!

What do you need to do to take your business to the next level of growth? Do you need to land that next big client? Do you need to spend time strengthening relationships with your current clients? What if you could free up some of your time to focus on the big picture? There is a way for leaders like you to free up your time and energy with the help of virtual assistants. Learn how enlisting the service of a virtual assistant works and how they can help you expand your business in ways you never thought possible! Get all the details from FreeeUp co-founder and CEO, Nathan Hirsch on this episode of Inspired Insider!

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Today we have Jon Olafsson, co-founder of Icelandic Water Holdings. He has spent the last 30 years building successful companies from the ground up and transforming them into industry leaders and he has done this in a variety of fields including entertainment, media, construction and many more. Jon started to build a media and broadcasting portfolio when he founded Skifan, Iceland’s largest music recording and distribution company with distributing rights for a variety of music and film companies such as Sony, Universal, Warner Music, Columbia Pictures, Miramax, 20th Century Fox and more. Jon co-founded the Icelandic Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), before moving into television in 1990, when he took over the Icelandic Television Corporation (ITC). In 1999, Jon merged all of his companies (Skifan and IBC) under one umbrella to form Northern Lights Communications, Inc. (NLC) – Olafsson served as chairman until November 2003 when he sold everything and stepped down to co-found Icelandic Water Holdings with his son in 2004. Jon oversees Icelandic Glacial water which is born and bottled in Ölfus, Iceland. It is the world’s first certified CarbonNeutral® natural spring bottled water for both product and operations. Which means it is an environmental pioneer in the industry, using 100% natural green energy in the form of geothermal and hydroelectric power to fuel production.

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

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Jon Olafsson.
  • [3:00] The hardest aspect of the bottled water industry.
  • [6:00] Jon talks about competition and how his brand is faring in the US.
  • [9:30] What was it like to start building a team from the ground up?
  • [13:30] One of the lowest moments in business so far.
  • [15:00] A proud moment in business for Jon.
  • [16:20] Why you should check out Iceland’s premier music festival.

In this episode…

What does it take to challenge the big corporate bottled water brands and create a new offering that connects with people? Can a startup product like Icelandic Glacial water really challenge the big guys and make a difference? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from seasoned business leader and entrepreneur Jon Olafsson. In his conversation with Jeremy, Jon explains how Icelandic Glacial has expanded recently, why they’ve enjoyed so much success, how they deal with competitors, what it’s like building a team from scratch, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging and informative episode featuring Jon!

How does a business leader from Iceland land a substantial arrangement to sell their bottled Icelandic water in partnership with a giant in the beverage industry like Anheuser Busch? According to Jon Olafsson, it all comes down to relationships, timing, and the quality of the product. Jon and his son were fortunate enough to make the right connections and get a meeting with executives at Anheuser Busch at the precise moment when they were exploring partnerships with bottled water brands. The quality of Icelandic Glacial water made such a strong impression on the executives that they ended up canceling all of their other meetings with bottled water brands and decided to go with Jon and his son. Hear more of Jon’s story and the growth of his brand by listening to this fascinating episode of Inspired Insider!

Can you imagine how difficult it would be to build a successful team from scratch? That’s exactly what Jon and his son had to do when they started Icelandic Water Holdings! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Jon as he explains how he built his bottled water brand and competed with some of the heavy hitters in his industry. While it wasn’t always easy, Jon knew that if he wanted to build a brand that would go the distance and make a name for itself, he’d have to find top-tier leaders who could help him get across the finish line. Discover what worked and what didn’t for Jon and his team as they led Icelandic Water Holdings to increased exposure and lucrative partnerships over their 10 plus year run by listening to this episode, you don't’ want to miss it!

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Albert Swantner is an award-winning maker. With a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a software background, he is able to create products bridging these disciplines. Albert has led projects with companies like Adidas, FOX, Charity Miles, Moxxly, Socrative, and his own angel-funded startup Sway Water, among others. His work has earned companies like Charity Miles a Webby and an SXSW Interactive award, and his work has been covered by Wired UK, The Today Show, Forbes and Fast Company.

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Albert Swantner.
  • [2:30] Albert talks about working with Adidas and Derrick Rose.
  • [5:50] Working with startups and helping to flesh out creative ideas.
  • [9:00] Albert talks about utilizing AI.
  • [11:00] How the work varies for Albert and his team.
  • [15:30] What led Albert to start Sway Water?
  • [17:30] Some of the first Sway Water flavors and the marketing process.
  • [20:00] Albert talks about getting his product into stores and his logo design.
  • [24:30] Why selling through stores is helpful.
  • [26:30] Balancing work and family life.
  • [28:00] Milestones that Albert has set for Sway Water.
  • [30:00] Albert talks about giving back and his partnership with Big Brother, Big Sister.
  • [33:30] What was it like working in a food pantry?
  • [35:20] Albert talks about how he got involved with “Latinitas,” a non profit magazine.
  • [36:30] The lowest point in business for Albert.
  • [37:40] How did Albert get the entrepreneurial bug? Albert’s proudest business moment.

In this episode…

How have your past experiences influenced your current path in life and business? Did you have a moment that you can trace back and identify as leading you to where you are in your career today? For Albert Swantner, his time working in the tech industry helped foster his innovative and creative tendencies which led to creating Sway Water. While Albert loves his work with Bohemian Innovation, you really get a sense of his passion for experimentation and creativity when you hear him talk about Sway Water and the awesome products they've been able to bring to the marketplace. Hear more about Albert’s fascinating story by listening to this engaging episode!

When was that moment where you realized that you wanted to offer a product or service that would make a difference? How did your idea come to you? Have you acted on it? For Albert Swantner, that moment came when he was enjoying some refreshing cucumber water and started to wonder about the availability of healthy drink options on the marketplace. Before long, he and his wife had their first child and he circled back to this idea of healthy options and what choice his child would have as they got older. This curiosity and common concern led Albert to start Sway Water. What can you learn from Albert’s story? Make sure to listen to this episode of Inspired Insider for more information about Sway Water!

Is there a good solution when it comes to work-life balance? Have you tried a regime in your schedule that works well? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Albert Swantner as he shares his story and how he’s found a way to maintain a healthy embrace of both. Working with his wife as a business partner, Albert discovered the necessity of creating healthy boundaries between work and family life early in his marriage. One solution that works well for Albert and his family is sticking to a strict cutoff time for all work-related issues so he can be fully present with his family at the end of the day. Discover additional insights and lessons from Albert’s story by listing to this episode!

What is it that sets average performers from high capacity and high achieving leaders? While the answer to this question can have a thousand different responses, an important one to consider is a relentless pursuit of excellence. Albert Swantner is dedicated to getting Sway Water to the milestone of one million dollars in revenue that he clearly envisions and is working hard to reach. Too often leaders settle for small goals, achieve them, and never set new ones or ambitious ones at all. Don’t fall into that trap! Learn from Albert’s example and hear more of his story and the journey he’s been on with Sway Water by listing to this exciting episode of Inspired Insider!

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Michael Eldridge is the founder of Safety Glasses USA. His experience as a U.S. Marine veteran, auto mechanic and assembly line technician amplified the importance of vision safety. In 2000, he turned his knowledge into one of the internet's most popular companies for protective eyewear. They have grown to 20+ employees and have supplied protective eyewear and safety equipment to hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers around the world. In 2012, Michael started an online community forum for people interested in EDC (Every Day Carry) called EDC Planet.

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

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Michael Eldridge.
  • [2:00] Michael shares some lessons he learned as a Marine.
  • [9:00] What is EDC?
  • [11:30] A low moment in business for Michael.
  • [13:00] Milestones and proud moments along the way.
  • [14:30] Take care of your customer or someone else will!

In this episode…

Did you know that one of the most important aspects of running a healthy business is providing the best customer service? It’s true! Take a look at some of the top performing businesses on the marketplace today and you’ll see that many if not most of them are known for top-notch customer service. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur Michael Eldridge. In his conversation with Jeremy, Michael opens up about his time serving with the U.S. Marines, what lessons he learned from that experience, high and low points in business so far, why customer service is so important and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode with Michael!

How have some of the most challenging chapters in your life helped shape the leader you are today? Do you embrace these aspects of your story or do you prefer to keep them in the background? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from former U.S. Marine turned businessman, Michael Eldridge. The biggest take away that Michael came away with from his time in the service is the mantra, “Never give up.” This fierce determination to see everything you do through to the end translated well from his time with the Marines to his time running his own business. To hear more of Michael’s story and to find out which lessons you can apply to your journey, make sure to listen to this episode!

If you aren’t going to serve your customer with the utmost care, someone else will! As you build up your business, you’ve got to have a plan in place to serve and value your customers. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from seasoned professional and entrepreneur Michael Eldridge. Don’t get sucked into the false belief that if you build it, they will come! Just because you provide a service or a product, that doesn’t automatically mean that you will build a following. One of the best ways to grow your reputation in the marketplace is to find innovative ways to serve your customers. To hear more about the importance of providing the best customer service, make sure to learn from Michael on this powerful episode!

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Today we have the co-founder of Easyship, Tommaso Tamburnotti. He started the company with Augustin Ceyrac and Paul Lugagne Delpon. Easyship is a Hong Kong-based ecommerce platform that aims to simplify logistics for small to medium-sized ecommerce sellers to help them become globally competitive. Easyship works with more than 100 couriers and provides visibility on international shipping regulations, taxes and duties from one account. They have a team of 38 people in four offices around the world and are used by over 15,000 businesses.

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

  • [1:35] Jeremy welcomes his guest, Tommaso Tamburnotti.
  • [3:30] What is needed to take your brand global?
  • [5:00] How Easyship helps ecommerce businesses.
  • [10:30] Pain points Tommaso and his team addressed when they started Easyship.
  • [13:30] Tommaso talks about his family and childhood.
  • [15:30] Should ecommerce brands get on Lazada?
  • [19:00] Following the data and incorporating ecommerce platforms along the way.
  • [22:30] Tommaso talks about working with Go Fish Cam.
  • [28:00] How did Tommaso and his team get their early clients?
  • [31:30] What was Tommaso’s mindset that allowed him to persevere?
  • [34:30] Expanding the team and bringing on more developers.
  • [36:30] Which events and conferences does Tommaso like to attend?
  • [38:30] The decision to spend big on a domain name and plans for the future.
  • [41:30] Were some markets harder to get started in than others?
  • [44:00] The lowest moment in business for Tommaso.
  • [47:20] The proudest moment for Tommaso so far.

In this episode…

What will it take to make your ecommerce business globally competitive? Is it wise to move your company in that direction? What steps are necessary to begin the transition? What are the risks? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Tommaso Tamburnotti. In his conversation with Jeremy, Tommaso opens up about his childhood, how Easyship can help your business go global, what it takes to build a company from the ground up, and so much more! You don't’ want to miss this engaging episode featuring Tommaso and Easyship!

With the rate that the global economy is growing and the increasingly interconnected nature of the business sector, how will your company remain competitive? Do you have a strategy to keep ahead of your competitors? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Tommaso Tamburnotti as he shares how his company, Easyship can help your organization go global. While it sounds scary and intimidating, taking your brand to the next level by going global doesn’t have to be. Tommaso and his team at Easyship are experienced professionals who know what it takes to expand into new markets because they've been there themselves. To hear from Tommaso and how Easyship can help businesses like yours, make sure to listen to this helpful episode!

One of the best ways to judge the health of an organization is to look at how they adapt to challenges and changes that they face along the way. What grade would your organization receive when it comes to this important area? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Tommaso Tamburnotti shares how Easyship has adapted to new opportunities and challenges as they've grown over the years. Due to the constantly growing and expanding nature of the ecommerce industry, Tommaso and his team were forced to learn how to adapt to new integrations and changes from the onset. Now, Tommaso and his team are seasoned professionals who can handle just about anything the market or a client brings their way. Learn more about Easyship and the amazing work they are providing by listening to this episode!

When you start a new business, you are hungry for any work that comes your way. What does it take to get clients to take a chance on a new organization? How does a fledgling business grow and expand their customer base? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Tommaso Tamburnotti shares what he and his partners did to grow Easyship from its early days into the thriving business it is today. Tommaso recalls going door to door to ecommerce businesses on the streets of Hong Kong giving them his sales pitch and facing rejection after rejection. Thankfully, Tommaso’s perseverance paid off and enough businesses gave Easyship a chance to prove themselves. What can you learn from Tommaso’s story? Discover more great insights and lessons from Tommaso by listening to this episode!

What is it that your business needs right now to take it to the next level of growth? Do you need to set some serious stretch goals that cause you and your team to do some heavy lifting in ways you haven't’ in a long time? Do you need to bring on new team members to grow your reach and your capacity? For Tommaso Tamburnotti and his team at Easyship the next step became clear when their business really started to take off. In quick order, they needed to build more systems and structures and bring on more developers to keep up. To get the full scoop on what Tommaso and his team had to do to make sure Easyship kept growing, make sure to listen to this exciting episode!

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Today we have CEO and founder of Inflow, Mike Belasco. Inflow is a national provider of cutting-edge ecommerce inbound marketing and search engine optimization services including conversion optimization and paid search marketing. Inflow works hard to provide clients with unique and valuable positioning strategies that drive bottom-line results. 

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

  • [0:45] Jeremy introduces his guest, Mike Belasco.
  • [1:20] How Inflow helps ecommerce sellers.
  • [2:30] Common mistakes that ecommerce leaders are making.
  • [4:30] Mike shares a case study that stands out.
  • [8:00] How can Inflow help with SEO optimization?
  • [9:30] Who should use Inflow? What are some success stories?
  • [12:00] Inflow’s popular services and why Mike started Inflow.
  • [14:00] How does Mike keep a healthy team environment at Inflow?
  • [17:00] Core values at Inflow.
  • [18:20] Asking for help and learning from coaches.
  • [20:20] Milestones reached along the way.

In this episode…

What does it take to create a holistic ecommerce marketing strategy? Is it even possible to have a streamlined approach? What does an organization that focuses on ecommerce marketing look like? How do they push innovation in their organization? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Mike Belasco. In his conversation with Jeremy, Mike opens up about why he started Inflow, how they help ecommerce businesses, some of the most popular services that Inflow provides, what they’ve done to cultivate a healthy team environment, milestones they’ve reached along the way, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode with Mike!

Is your business prepared to engage an increasingly mobile target audience? What have you done to make your brand more compatible with your mobile users? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Mike Belasco as he highlights the need for mobile engagement. Mike says that the lack of a well thought out mobile engagement strategy is a common mistake that many ecommerce businesses are making in the marketplace today. Don’t let that be true for your company! Learn how Mike and his team at Inflow can help businesses like your stay ahead of the competition and incorporate mobile engagement by listening to this helpful episode!

What steps has your organization taken to create a healthy work environment? Can you honestly say that your business is attracting and retaining the best talent in your industry? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Mike Belasco shares how he has developed and nurtured a thriving work environment at Inflow. While it hasn’t always been easy, Mike says that this focus on listening to and learning from his team members through the use of innovative tools has helped him keep key leaders and develop new ones. Find out what you can learn from Mike’s story and the awesome culture they are building at Inflow by listening to this exciting episode!

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Today we have Eddie Levine co-founder of a wholesale ecommerce and brand management company which he started in 2012 with his business partner Greg Gilpin. They have created a multi-million-dollar ecommerce operation in a short period of time and specialize in purchasing products directly from manufacturers, distributors and brand owners and warehouse them all under their own roof and sell on various channels. If he were not busy enough he has an information and consulting arm of his ecommerce business found at WholesaleBreakthrough.com where he teaches others how to tap into the business opportunity. In his limited free time, he also is Director of Operations for the non-profit Laughs for the Troops which helps raise funds to help increase awareness of traumatic brain injuries and PTSD. 

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

  • [1:20] Jeremy introduces his guest, Eddie Levine.
  • [3:00] Eddie talks about early struggles in business.
  • [5:30] Challenges for brands that want to get into ecommerce.
  • [9:00] Surprising pain points for sellers.
  • [11:00] Eddie talks about his love for logistics.
  • [13:00] Why hasn’t Eddie hired out more responsibilities?
  • [15:30] Challenges that come up on a daily basis.
  • [17:30] Embracing automation and hiring the right team.
  • [20:00] How did Eddie’s current business start out?
  • [23:00] Why did Eddie and his business partner get into wholesaling?
  • [26:00] Eddie shares his thoughts on the Private Label aspect of Amazon.
  • [29:00] What other platforms does Eddie sell on?
  • [31:30] Difficulties with sourcing products overseas.
  • [33:30] Eddie talks about working with the US government.
  • [37:00] Researching new products to wholesale.
  • [41:00] Categories that Eddie stays away from selling.
  • [43:00] Eddie talks about Wholesale Breakthrough.
  • [48:30] A low moment in business for Eddie.
  • [50:30] What milestone is Eddie the most proud of?

In this episode…

What can you learn from a business leader who had dedicated his career to his love for logistics and bringing wholesale merchandise to the ecommerce marketplace? How can you apply some his insights and lessons to your business? What aspects of his story will resonate with yours? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Eddie Levine. In his conversation with Jeremy, Eddie opens up about his background, how he got started with wholesale distribution, the challenges with sourcing products overseas, categories that are more trouble than they are worth, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode with Eddie!

Is there an aspect of your job do you absolutely love? Is it something that you’ve learned to love over the years or is it the reason why you went into the career field that you pursued? What can you learn from the passion and excitement that other leaders express from their own journey? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Eddie Levine shares his love for logistics and how that plays out in his work with wholesale merchandise. While logistics doesn’t sound like a sexy subject, Eddie lights up when he gets to explain how this subject matter resonates with him. To learn more about Eddie’s story and his passion for logistics, make sure to listen to this informative episode!

How has your organization embraced automation? Are you moving closer to the cutting edge, stuck back in the stone age, or somewhere in the middle? What would it mean if you and your team were able to adopt tools and systems that allowed you to move forward with greater efficiency? According to Eddie Levine, automation is the key to future business growth not only in the ecommerce sector but all across the board. Find out what Eddie and his team are doing to stay on the cutting edge and ahead of their competition by listening to this powerful episode of Inspired Insider, you don’t want to miss it!

Do you understand your industry inside and out? Do you know where the most money and resources go or do you find yourself always playing catch up? How can leaders like you keep your finger on the pulse of what is going on in your sector of the business world? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur, Eddie Levine. Eddie prides himself on keeping up to date with all the changes, big and small in his corner of the ecommerce industry. Discover how Eddie’s lessons and insights can help you and your team perform at the top of your game by listening to this exciting episode!

At what point in your career do you plan on giving back and investing in others who are on their way up? Have you already started? What can you do right now to help empower and encourage the next crop of young leaders? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and innovator Eddie Levine. In his conversation with Jeremy, Eddie shares his passion for showing budding leaders how to effectively market wholesale merchandise through his project, Wholesale Breakthrough. Learn more about what Eddie is up to with Wholesale Breakthrough and much more on this fascinating episode!

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Today we have Dylan Whitman co-founder of BV Accel - full name Brand Value Accelerator (BVAccel). They are one of the fastest growing Shopify focused agencies in the world. Acquisition + Conversion + Retention which are the three pillars of their ecommerce philosophy and when you go to their site BVAccel.com that is front and center. They provide disruptive ecommerce strategy and implementation and have served high-growth brands including MVMT Watches, Red Bull, Mizzen and Main, Bark Thins, and many more. BVAccel is headquartered in San Diego, California with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Columbus and Mexico and Melbourne.

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

  • [1:30] Jeremy introduces his guest, Dylan Whitman.
  • [2:50] Dylan talks about his favorite Shopify apps.
  • [9:30] Why did Dylan decide to focus on solving retention difficulties?
  • [18:30] The future of ecommerce is automation!
  • [20:30] Some helpful subscription apps.
  • [24:30] Where is ecommerce tech going?
  • [27:00] Dylan talks about email service platforms.
  • [29:30] Why did Dylan join the Navy?
  • [36:30] Dylan’s post Navy career path.
  • [51:00] Bootstrapping a business vs. growing quick!
  • [53:00] Milestones and challenges faced along the way.
  • [55:30] Cutting through the BS and growing the business.
  • [1:03:00] Staying hungry and pushing forward toward excellence.
  • [1:05:00] What was it like acquiring Rocket Code.
  • [1:12:00] Dylan talks about the impact of his family history.
  • [1:16:00] Acquisition, conversion, and retention.
  • [1:20:00] How can BV Accel help with retention?
  • [1:22:00] What can BV Accel do to help with acquisitions?
  • [1:25:00] Who are the best-fit clients for BV Accel?
  • [1:32:30] The lowest point in business for Dylan.
  • [1:33:30] Landing the first big client.

In this episode…

What does it take to build an ecommerce business from the ground up? How do you, as a leader, stay hungry and pursue growth? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Dylan Whitman. In his conversation with Jeremy, Dylan opens up about his childhood, his favorite Shopify applications, the future of the ecommerce industry, milestones and challenges faced along the way, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging and informative episode featuring Dylan and his company, BV Accel!

Did you know that many ecommerce businesses are leaving too much money on the table each and every day? It’s true! What would it take to solve this common problem in the ecommerce industry? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Dylan Whitman as he explains how BV Accel has provided helpful market solutions to this issue. Dylan and his team have devoted their time and energy to develop solutions that most ecommerce businesses can implement right away that will end up saving them valuable resources down the road. To hear more about BV Accel and their great work in the area of retention, make sure to check out this episode!

While new ecommerce businesses rise and fall on a rapid basis, have you ever stopped to wonder what the future of ecommerce may hold? What will be the next great wave of innovation in this skyrocketing industry? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Dylan Whitman takes the time to provide his insights on this important question. As Dylan sees it, automation is the driving element that will continue to pave the way for innovation in the ecommerce industry. Much of Dylan’s observations come from his work with Shopify but he is seeing automation quickly move to the forefront in other areas of ecommerce. Learn more from Dylan’s valuable perspective by listening to this episode, you don’t want to miss it!

Would you describe your attitude toward personal and professional growth as “Hungary?” Seriously?! Do you continue to work hard and strive not only for personal growth but growth for your business as well? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from a leader who prides himself on staying hungry as his own personal goal for growth and success. Dylan Whitman says that he hates losing more than he loves to win! Think about that for a minute, can you say the same? If you don’t have the drive to push yourself and your business forward like Dylan describes, you may end up on the “Average” performance side of things. Find out more about Dylan’s mindset and how learning from him may help you up your game by listening to this episode!

What is your level of tolerance for BS? Do you have the patience to see things through in a slow and methodical way or do you need to see immediate impact and action? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Dylan Whitman. It’s part of Dylan’s signature style to cut through the BS and push toward growth. How can you learn from Dylan’s unique perspective? At the end of the day, each leader has to find out what works best for them and their team they are responsible for. What’s the best way forward for your team? Should you take it up a notch or do you need to enter into a season of patience? Learn more from Dylan’s depth of experience and expertise by listening to this helpful episode!

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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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Today we have the co-founder of Easyship, Tommaso Tamburnotti. He started the company with Augustin Ceyrac and Paul Lugagne Delpon. Easyship is a Hong Kong-based ecommerce platform that aims to simplify logistics for small to medium-sized ecommerce sellers to help them become globally competitive. Easyship works with more than 100 couriers and provides visibility on international shipping regulations, taxes, and duties from one account. They have a team of 38 people in four offices around the world and are used by over 15,000 businesses. 

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

  • [1:35] Jeremy welcomes his guest, Tommaso Tamburnotti.
  • [3:15] The decision to spend big on a domain name and plans for the future.
  • [5:00] Were some markets harder to get started in than others?
  • [7:30] The lowest moment in business for Tommaso.
  • [10:45] The proudest moment for Tommaso so far.

In this episode…

What does it take to help ecommerce businesses expand into new markets? How does an organization help other businesses expand while they face that same challenging leap themselves? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur, Tommaso Tamburnotti. In his conversation with Jeremy, Tommaso shares how he and his team decided to make the purchase of their domain name, why some markets are harder to get into than others, high and low points in the history of Easyship, and so much more! You don’t want to miss this great opportunity to learn from Tommaso’s fascinating insights!

Have you been wondering what it would take to bring your ecommerce business to the next level of growth and expansion? What strategies have worked for you in the past? Do you think they can work for you if you plan on expanding your organization into new markets? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Tommaso Tamburnotti opens up about his company Easyship and the services they provide to help ecommerce businesses streamline their approach and expand their reach. While expanding to a new market isn’t always easy, Tommaso and his team have the expertise and skill set to help leaders like you tackle your goals and move forward on the journey toward success. To hear more about Easyship and the great services they provide, make sure to check out this engaging episode featuring Tommaso!

As your business has grown and developed over the years, what challenges have you had to face? Did you ever run into some early personnel losses that felt like a gut punch? How did you recover? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Tommaso Tamburnotti shares one of the most difficult periods in Easyship’s history that caused him and his leadership team to do some serious soul-searching. Tommaso describes a time when a key team member left Easyship in the early stages of the business. This loss had the potential to cause a ripple effect throughout the young company but Tommaso and his team rallied and decided that they’d do everything they could to press forward in a healthy manner. Learn more from Tommaso’s valuable lessons by listening to this helpful episode, you don’t want to miss it!

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The Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition – better known as IRCE – is your one-stop-shop for all of your e-retail needs. This conference and trade show offers you everything your business needs to stay ahead of your competition, in one simple location. IRCE is right around the corner in Chicago so go to www.irce.com to find out more.

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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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Today we have Amit Bivas, Head of Marketing at Optimove. In addition to serving as a key member of Optimove’s management team, Amit is a seasoned marketing executive with extensive experience planning, developing and executing B2B and B2C marketing strategies from the ground up. Optimove’s mission is to help marketers drive measurable growth by autonomously transforming customer data into actionable insights, which then power thoughtful customer communications, at scale.

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

  • [0:45] Amit Bivas joins the podcast to talk about Optimove.
  • [2:45] How did Optimove get off the ground?
  • [5:00] Who is the ideal client for Optimove?
  • [8:30] Customer success stories.
  • [10:00] Amit talks about partnering with Stitch Fix and onboarding new clients.
  • [12:30] What is it like operating an international business?

In this episode…

Is there a role for relationship marketing in the ecommerce industry? Would you say that your organization engages in relationship marketing? What if there was a way to for marketers to outsource the tech aspect of their job so they can focus on creatively engaging with their clients? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from marketing expert Amit Bivas. In his conversation with Jeremy, Amit explains what solutions to relationship marketing Optimove brings to the table, who are Optimove’s ideal clients, customer success stories, what it’s like operating an international business, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Amit!

One of the most important aspects that are needed for an ecommerce business to grow is to focus on efficiency. You don’t have any chance of profitability or expansion if you have multiple places in your organization where multiple people or processes are doing the same thing. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader Amit Bivas as he shares how Optimove is helping their clients embrace automation. The software that Optimove has developed is specifically designed to empower marketers with the tools they need to hone their process and eliminate redundancies. To hear more about Optimove and their amazing services, make sure to check out this fascinating episode!

In an increasingly interconnected marketplace, what can organizations do to leverage their position and get an edge over their competition? Are there advantages for businesses that remain small and nimble? What advantages exist for more international organizations? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Amit Bivas shares how Optimove embraces its international image. While it’s not always easy, Amit and Optimove know that the challenges and difficulties of running an international organization are outweighed by the benefit of operating on a global stage. Learn more about the great work that Amit and his team are providing by listening to this exciting episode!

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The Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition – better known as IRCE – is your one-stop-shop for all of your e-retail needs. This conference and trade show offers you everything your business needs to stay ahead of your competition, in one simple location. IRCE is right around the corner in Chicago so go to www.irce.com to find out more.

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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: Optimove.mp3
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Today we have Dylan Whitman co-founder of BV Accel - full name Brand Value Accelerator (BVAccel). They are one of the fastest growing Shopify focused agencies in the world. Acquisition + Conversion + Retention which are the three pillars of their ecommerce philosophy and when you go to their site BVAccel.com that is front and center. They provide disruptive ecommerce strategy and implementation and have served high-growth brands including MVMT Watches, Red Bull, Mizzen and Main, Bark Thins, and many more. BVAccel is headquartered in San Diego, California with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Columbus and Mexico and Melbourne.

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Dylan Whitman.
  • [2:30] Dylan talks about the importance of retention.
  • [4:30] What can BV Accel do to help with acquisitions?
  • [7:00] Who are the best fit clients for BV Accel?
  • [10:30] Why many ecommerce businesses struggle with Shopify.
  • [14:30] The lowest point in business for Dylan.
  • [16:00] Landing the first big client.

In this episode…

What does it look like to build a company around helping ecommerce businesses accelerate their growth and save money? How does that type of organization maintain their own levels of growth? What are some of their unique challenges? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur, Dylan Whitman. In his conversation with Jeremy, Dylan opens up about the importance of retention, what BV Accel does to help with acquisitions, who their ideal clients are, why many ecommerce businesses struggle with Shopify, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode with Dylan!

Did you know that many businesses miss out on a large number of profits each year because they don’t have a plan in place to re-engage and retain their clients and customers? It’s true! So what’s the answer? What can organizations do to shore up this huge gap and make sure they don’t miss out on vital profits? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Dylan Whitman discusses BV Accel’s solution to this important issue. Dylan and his team have made a name for themselves in the ecommerce space by becoming experts in the area of retention among other vital areas. They specialize in helping businesses identify key areas where they can improve and connect with customers who are in their target audience. To hear more from Dylan and the great service they provide at BV Accel, make sure to check out this exciting episode!

Can you remember that one moment in your career that made all the struggle and difficulty you faced along the way worth it? What was that moment for you? How did you celebrate? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur Dylan Whitman. For Dylan and his team at BV Accel, that moment came when they were able to land an arrangement with Red Bull. This deal couldn’t have come at a better moment for Dylan and his team as they were going to some significant difficulties at that time. Looking back, Dylan is grateful for that moment but also shares that his passion for finding more organizations to partner with and provide solutions to have only increased. Get more helpful insights from Dylan’s story by listening to this episode, you don’t want to miss it!

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The Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition – better known as IRCE – is your one-stop-shop for all of your e-retail needs. This conference and trade show offers you everything your business needs to stay ahead of your competition, in one simple location. IRCE is right around the corner in Chicago so go to www.irce.com to find out more.

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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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Today we have Steve Denner, the co-founder and COO of Adestra. Adestra is an email and marketing automation platform that helps companies take people through a customer journey to give them exactly what they want. They make a distinction that it is a software and a service. I see why because all of the customer videos about Adestra talk about their high touch approach with dedicated account managers.

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

  • [1:30] Jeremy introduces his guest, Steve Denner.
  • [2:30] Steve talks about the internet landscape in 2004 and the opportunity he saw.
  • [5:45] Where did the idea for Adestra come from?
  • [9:30] Challenges faced along the way.
  • [11:30] Popular features for Adestra starting out.
  • [17:30] How Steve’s team serves their clients.
  • [23:30] Incorporating customer feedback.
  • [27:00] Why it’s important to hire the right people. What is Scrum Methodology?
  • [30:00] Steve talks about developing an automation suite.
  • [34:30] How are people using Steve’s heat mapping tool?
  • [39:00] Steve talks about working with Incisive Media.
  • [42:00] Who are the best clients to use Adestra?
  • [44:00] How to connect with Adestra.
  • [45:30] What does it take to attract talented team members?

In this episode…

What would an automation platform that has a heart look like? Seriously! Is it even possible? Doesn’t automation imply that it’s all about efficiency and results not about providing a human touch? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur, Steve Denner. In his conversation with Jeremy, Steve opens up about how Adestra got started, why he made the leap to start the company, challenges that he and his team have faced along the way, why they’ve chosen to incorporate customer feedback, who the best clients are to use Adestra’s services, how they are able to attract top-level talent, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Steve!

When was the last time you saw a great opportunity and seized upon it? How did it turn out? Are you glad you took action on what you saw? How would you respond if you saw a significant opportunity in the marketplace today, would you take the risk and go for it? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur, Steve Denner. Steve shares about what it was that he saw back in 2004 when he surveyed the internet landscape and decided to create what would become, Adestra. You don’t want to miss this great opportunity to learn from a key leader who was able to see what others couldn’t at a critical time. Make sure to check out this fascinating episode!

How would you respond if you’ve been in an industry for years churning out high-quality results for your clients but still had to fight tooth and nail to convince new clients that you could handle their business? Would you throw your hands up in frustration or would you find a way to prove them wrong? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Steve Denner shares how he and his team used the challenging moments they faced as fuel to keep them motivated and pushing the envelope of excellence. While it wasn’t always easy, Steve and his team remained committed to making a name for themselves and serving their clients with dedication and professionalism. To hear more about Steve’s journey with Adestra and the challenges they faced along the way, make sure to listen to this informative episode!

One of the best ways to gauge the quality of an organization is to look at the people they employ. How would your company rank in this regard? Do you have the best people in your field? What could you do to up your game and attract top talent to your organization? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader Steve Denner. Steve is convinced that the quality of their team members at Adestra is what really sets them apart in their industry. Find out how Steve and his leadership find the right team members and create a culture of success by listening to this exciting episode, you don’t want to miss it!

Did you know that listening to your customers and incorporating their feedback can help you build a rock-solid reputation in the marketplace? It’s true! According to Steve Denner, the way their team members treat their clients and listen to their concerns is one of their secret weapons. At Adestra, they take pride in being one of the top quality automation platforms in the marketplace today but they also hold in high regard their reputation for how they treat their clients. To hear more about their approach as an automation platform with a heart, make sure to listen to this powerful episode of Inspired Insider!

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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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Today we have Tom Montgomery, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Chubbies Shorts. Chubbies is the most radical shorts company on the planet: an irreverent lifestyle brand focused on revolutionizing the shorts industry. The company revolves around a customer service-focused business model offering free three-day shipping, free returns, social advertising campaigns, and dedicated human customer service lines.

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

  • [0:45] Tom Montgomery joins the podcast to talk about his company, Chubbies.
  • [4:00] What was the first version of Chubbies Shorts like?
  • [6:00] Tom talks about the creative process and surprising products that took off.
  • [8:00] How Tom and his team are innovating when it comes to social media engagement.
  • [9:45] Challenging moments in the business so far.
  • [12:00] Building a healthy team environment with good values and transparency.
  • [15:00] Lessons learned along the way.

In this episode…

When was the last time your company conducted an audit of its social media engagement strategy? Is your organization pushing the envelope and innovating on that front or are you simply doing what everyone else is doing? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur Tom Montgomery. In his conversation with Jeremy, Tom explains how Chubbies got started, what their creative process is like, how they lead the way with social media engagement, challenges they’ve faced along the way, why they place such an emphasis on team culture, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this fascinating episode featuring Tom!

Did you know that social media engagement should be fun? It’s true! At least that is what the perception should be. If you take a look at some of the top businesses that are excelling at social media engagement you’ll see that they are succeeding because they have fun with their content. What can your organization learn from the example that Tom Montgomery and his team at Chubbies have highlighted with their expert use of social media engagement? Find out by listening to this informative episode of Inspired Insider, you don't’ want to miss it!

What is the status of your team environment? Would you say that it’s healthy? What emphasis do you place on values and culture? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Tom Montgomery. From the onset, Tom and his team have worked hard to maintain a thriving work environment at Chubbies. According to Tom, this robust environment is due to the level of empowerment and positivity that flows through the culture they’ve built. Learn more about Tom’s story and the amazing business they are building at Chubbies by listening to this engaging episode!

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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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Today we have Oscar Sachs, co-founder and CEO of Salesfloor. Oscar is an operations and process guy with strong focus and strategic thinking, mixed with the creativity and determination of an entrepreneur. Specifically, Oscar specializes in strategy, process, retail, ecommerce, digital media, and business startups. Salesfloor is on a mission to unlock the power of today’s omnichannel sales associate by connecting them with shoppers online and in-store.

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

  • [0:50] Oscar Sachs joins the podcast to talk about his company, Sales Floor.
  • [2:30] Customer success stories.
  • [4:00] Where did the idea for Sales Floor come from?
  • [5:50] Milestones along the way.
  • [6:40] Incorporating customer feedback.
  • [8:00] Oscar talks about the research he and his team have been working on.

In this episode…

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could have a sales associate help you from the comfort of your own home? Can you imagine how helpful that would be? When will this knowledgeable role get updated for the 21st century? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur, Oscar Sachs. In his conversation with Jeremy, Oscar explains how his organization, Salesfloor empowers sales associates to make the most of their job and serve their customers in innovative ways. You don’t want to miss a minute of this fascinating episode featuring Oscar!

It takes a lot of innovation and creativity to update a role like sales associate that has been taken for granted for so long. What does updating this role look like? Why would a business want to invest the time and resources to make such an update? At the end of the day, it all comes down to how people perform in their roles and how they can serve the customer in a more efficient and effective manner. The creative minds at Salesfloor have created a way for sales associates to keep serving their clients even when they walk out of the store. To hear more about this innovative approach, make sure to listen to this episode with Oscar Sachs!

When it comes to creating a product that relies heavily on the customer experience, taking feedback seriously is crucial! One of the quickest ways you can alienate your target audience is by ignoring what they have to say about your product. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Oscar Sachs as he explains how Salesfloor has taken customer feedback to heart and used it to further improve their product. As a business leader, this is an important lesson to take to heart. Learn more from Oscar’s perspective including an exciting project that he and his team have been working on by listening to this episode, you don’t want to miss it!

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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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Suresh Dakshina is the President and Co-Founder of Chargeback Gurus. A pioneer in data analytics and industry-specific risk management, he is a certified ecommerce fraud prevention specialist and Certified Payments Professional. He understands first hand the challenges that business owners face, especially when it comes to chargebacks and fraud. Chargeback Gurus exists to help online merchants fight back against costly, time-consuming chargebacks—and win. They have been leading the charge against chargebacks for over 10 years including operating as an online merchant themselves.

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

  • [0:45] Suresh Dakshina joins the podcast to talk about his business, Chargeback Gurus.
  • [2:00] The impact of chargebacks and fraud.
  • [3:30] How Suresh and his team bring on a new client.
  • [5:00] Uncovering internal issues.
  • [6:20] The proudest moment for Suresh with Chargeback Gurus.
  • [7:50] Tips for growing an ecommerce startup.

In this episode…

How can business leaders like you avoid ecommerce fraud? What options are available on the market to equip businesses with the right tools to make sure their information and their client's information is safe from abuse? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Suresh Dakshina. In his conversation with Jeremy, Suresh explains how Chargeback Gurus can help ecommerce businesses, what kind of impact chargebacks and fraud has on a company, how he and his team have helped uncover internal issues for their clients, tips for growing an ecommerce startup, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this fascinating episode featuring Suresh!

What type of damage can fraud and chargebacks inflict on an ecommerce business? Is it really worth the hassle to safeguard against these type of threats? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Suresh Dakshina as he explains how Chargeback Gurus can help your ecommerce business avoid disaster. In his previous role, Suresh saw his company lose on average $50,000 a month in lost revenue due to chargebacks and fraud. In light of that experience, Suresh became passionate about solving this significant problem that many businesses face. To hear more about the damage that fraud causes and the answer that Suresh and his team at Chargeback Gurus have developed, make sure to listen to this episode!

Wouldn’t it be great to get a glimpse into what makes an ecommerce business so successful? Are there certain best practices that cause one company to succeed rather than others? You’ve come to the right place! On this episode, you’ll hear from Suresh Dakshina as he reveals his tips for building a thriving ecommerce startup. According to Suresh, it all comes down to providing a high-quality product or service that really stands out. He also points to gaining traction via Google ads and maintaining a great reputation on Amazon. Get more helpful insights from Suresh on this informative episode of Inspired Insider, you don't’ want to miss it!

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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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Today we have Joel Gold representing Eye4Fraud. Eye4Fraud screens, verifies and guarantees your online orders so you can sell and ship with confidence. By offloading your orders to Eye4Fraud, you are tapping into the most complete consumer shopping data pool in the world.

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

  • [0:45] Joel Gold joins the podcast to talk about Eye4Fraud.
  • [2:00] Joel shares some customer success stories.
  • [3:30] What led Joel to start the company? What are common causes of fraud?
  • [4:50] Proud moments in business.
  • [5:50] Why ecommerce leaders need fraud prevention services.

In this episode…

How can business leaders like you make sure that your company is up to date when it comes to fraud prevention? Did you know that by investing in fraud prevention you can end up saving a significant amount of money down the line? It’s true! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Joel Gold as he shares how Eye4Fraud can help service organizations like yours. In his conversation with Jeremy, Joel goes over some customer success stories, how Eye4Fraud got started, proud moments in business so far, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode!

Fraud prevention sounds like a passive service, can it really help businesses in a proactive way? Is it really worth the investment? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Joel Gold as he explains how Eye4Fraud can help ecommerce businesses safeguard their and their customer’s data. According to Joel, companies can save time and resources by using Eye4Fraud to deal with issues like chargebacks. Citing one example, Joel shares how Eye4Fraud helped a client by freeing up their personnel to focus on what they were trained to do while Joel and his team and go to work tracking down fraudulent charges and other breaches of security. To hear more about Joel and his work with Eye4Fraud, make sure to listen to this episode!

What is it that keeps you motivated to do the work you do each and every day? Is your product or service really helping people or is it providing your with resources to do good in your community and live your life to the fullest? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Joel Gold as he shares why he loves the work he does at Eye4Fraud. Joel explains the work as stopping the bleeding for startups and ecommerce businesses who jumped into business without a solid fraud prevention plan in place. To hear more about Joel and why he is so passionate about the work he does with Eye4Fraud, make sure to listen to this informative and educational episode!

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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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Today we have Mor Lavi, co-founder of Cymbio. Mor is a visionary entrepreneur with a proven track record making innovative ideas into real-life products and services. Cymbio is on a mission to reach optimized symbiosis between brands and retailers. Their aim is to help facilitate true partnerships between brands and retailers. Established in late 2014 by a team of experienced retail, wholesale and technology executives, Cymbio is the technological bridge between brands and retailers enabling new sales opportunities like never before.
 

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

  • [0:35] Mor Lavi joins the podcast to talk about his company, Cymbio.
  • [1:15] What gave Mor the idea for Cymbio?
  • [1:40] Who is the best client for Cymbio?
  • [2:10] Mor’s tip for sellers looking to boost sales.

In this episode…

What does it take to create an organization that exists to help businesses excel at driving sales and push forward with innovation? Where does a business like this come from? How will they be received in the marketplace? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Mor Lavi. In his conversation with Jeremy, Mor opens up about his inspiration for creating Cymbio, which clients are the best fit for Cymbio’s services, Mor’s tips for boosting sales, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this helpful and informative episode featuring Mor!

What is it that leads some of the best minds in the business world to innovate and create solutions to problems that exist in the marketplace? Do they have some elaborate method of finding the right ideas for these solutions? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Mor Lavi shares how he came up with the idea for Cymbio and how that insight led to a new way for businesses to expand their reach. While it may not be the sexiest story, Mor says that the idea for Cymbio came from an internet search for a product that his wife asked him to find. Because Mor was unable to find the product that he was looking for, an idea was sparked that eventually became Cymbio. To hear how Cymbio serves the marketplace, make sure to listen to this engaging episode!

What tips and insights have you learned in your business career when it comes to boosting sales? Have you taken the opportunity to learn from other sales leaders to get their answer to that question? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Mor Lavi as he goes over his top tip for business leaders who want to boost their sales. According to Mor, it all comes down to staying persistent in your approach and refusing to give up. While that may sound simple, consider giving Mor’s advice a shot. He’s been through the highs and lows of business and he genuinely wants to see leaders like you succeed. To hear additional thoughts and insights from Mor, make sure to listen to this episode!

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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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Jai Rawat is a successful serial entrepreneur and an investor, advisor, and mentor to several startups. Jai has over 24 years of industry experience and has a track record and deep passion for creating exceptional online consumer products. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Zinrelo. Jai is also a charter member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and sits on the advisory boards of several companies. He has received several awards and recognition for his contributions.

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

  • [0:45] Jeremy welcomes his guest, Jai Rawat.
  • [1:20] Why did Jai start Zinrelo?
  • [3:00] Where did the name Zinrelo come from? Who is the ideal customer?
  • [5:00] The best practices for companies using Zinrelo.
  • [7:00] Jai talks about his experience with startups.
  • [8:30] Seizing an opportunity to leverage social media.
  • [10:00] Future plans and how to connect with Zinrelo.
  • [11:00] Jai talks about his background and why he came to America.

In this episode…

How do you jumpstart and breath new life into a dated and often neglected concept like loyalty rewards? Is there a way to make this old tool relevant again? What role does social media engagement have to play when it comes to loyalty rewards? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Jai Rawat as he opens up about his career and the work he is doing at his most recent startup, Zinrelo. In his conversation with Jeremy, Jai talks about his background with startups, how he seized the opportunity to leverage social media, who the perfect client is for Zinrelo, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Jai!

Have you been able to marry your skills with your passion? What did that look like for you? How have you built your passion into the day to day responsibilities of your career? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Jai Rawat as he goes over his passion and skill for creating new and exciting startups. While the journey hasn’t always been easy, Jai loves to find a missing service or product in the marketplace and find a way to address it with an innovative solution. To hear more about Jai’s background and what he’s done to build a successful career around his passions, make sure to listen to this powerful episode!

When was the last time you saw a missing product or service in the marketplace that you knew would take off if you could find a solution? What does it take to identify and exploit those opportunities to your advantage? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Jai Rawat as he reveals how he identified how social media could be leveraged to help businesses engage with their target audience. For too often, Jai saw that businesses were missing the critical aspect of consumer to consumer interactions and impressions on social media and he decided that he’d create a way for businesses to break into this important channel. To hear more about Zinrelo and how they’ve been able to provide an intriguing solution to consumer engagement, make sure to listen to this episode!

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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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Jonathan joined BVAccel in 2017 as CEO and is the founder and former CEO of Rocket Code, an eCommerce infrastructure agency focused on strategy and design. Prior to Rocket Code, Jonathan led eCommerce for HOMAGE, and prior to that, served as a technical business analyst and an information architect for Dynamit. Jonathan received a B.S. in Business and Marketing from Miami University.

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

  • [0:35] Jeremy welcomes his guest, Jonathan Poma.
  • [2:00] Jon talks about customer success stories.
  • [3:30] Creating solutions that no one thought was possible.
  • [4:30] What led Jon to create Rocket Code?
  • [6:00] What has been the hardest part of business so far?
  • [7:30] Why transparency and vulnerability are so important.
  • [8:30] Mistakes ecommerce businesses are making.
  • [10:00] Who is the ideal Rocket Code client?
  • [11:30] The most unusual client Jonathan has so far.
  • [12:30] Tools that Jon and his team use.
  • [13:30] Building a quality team.
  • [15:00] How to connect with Rocket Code.

In this episode…

What does it take to provide innovative market solutions to ecommerce businesses? Is there a way to push past the impossible and deliver fresh answers to problems that most people had written off as impossible? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur, Jonathan Poma. In his conversation with Jeremy, Jonathan explains how his work with Rocket Code helped clients find innovative solutions, what led him to his work with Rocket Code, the ups and downs faced in business, how he’s been able to assemble a quality team, and much more. You don’t want to miss a minute of this fascinating episode featuring Jonathan!

When was the last time you truly believed that you could push past the impossible? Seriously! Why is it that so many individuals and leaders give up or accept “No” as a valid answer to difficult problems? Is there a way to build a culture that challenges those perceptions and achieves the what many have deemed impossible? For Jonathan Poma, solving the impossible has been an exciting challenge that he continues to encourage his team at Rocket Code and BVAccel to work toward. Find out why Jonathan is so passionate about pushing the boundaries and achieving the impossible on this powerful episode of Inspired Insider, you don't want to miss it!

What good is an ambitious goal if you don’t have the right team around you to help you achieve it? It’s like trying to climb a mountain with poor planning, the wrong team, and no equipment. What does a high-quality team look like? How to build a culture that they thrive in? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear business leader and entrepreneur Jonathan Poma. Jonathan has led a successful in his career where he has gathered the right talented people around him to achieve his goals to provide innovative market solutions. While it hasn't always been an easy road for Jonathan, he is proud of the work he does and the team he has gathered around him. To hear more about his journey, make sure to listen to this engaging episode!

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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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Today we have Jeff Moore President of International Pacific Seafoods, which is a Specialty Importer of Premium Quality, Chef Ready Frozen Seafood to the foodservice and retail segments. Jeff has led the company expansion from $11MM to over $30MM in the past few decades. They have customers such as Cheesecake Factory, BJ’s Restaurants, House of Blues, and many others. 

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Jeff Moore.
  • [2:30] The five questions that Jeff asks his clients.
  • [10:30] Jeff talks about successful products.
  • [15:30] Asking the right questions.
  • [20:30] Lessons learned from Jay Abraham.
  • [25:00] How mentors can improve your mindset.
  • [31:30] Jeff talks about family life and entrepreneurship.
  • [45:30] Having fun with the business to consumer side.
  • [51:00] Jeff shares wisdom that he learned from the founder of Claim Jumpers.
  • [54:00] Why context is so important.
  • [57:00] Jeff talks about how influential his mother was on his writing.
  • [58:30] Taking away the jargon and writing with the reader in mind.
  • [1:02:30] Jeff talks about his passion for philanthropy.

In this episode…

How can knowing when to ask the right questions give you an advantage in life and business? What if you were armed with five specific questions that will enable and empower you to serve your clients and succeed in reaching your goals? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur, Jeff Moore. In his conversation with Jeremy, Jeff shares the five questions he asks his clients, why asking the right questions is so important, lessons he’s learned from Jay Abraham, how mentors can help expand your mindset, why context is so crucial, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode with Jeff!

If you were tasked with composing five of the most important questions to ask your clients, what would they be? Seriously! Would you launch into unpacking their goals and strategies? Would you target their felt needs? What are the right questions to ask when you meet with current and potential clients? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Jeff Moore opens up to share his famous five questions and how you can use them to succeed in business.

What are you using right now?

What are you doing with it?

How much of it are you using?

Where are you getting it?

What are you paying for it?

Make sure to listen to this episode as Jeff breaks down each of these questions and how to utilize them to their fullest potential. You don’t want to miss it!

Who has the most influence on your life? Is it a family member? Close friend? Or have you connected with a mentor that is able to steer you toward the right decision and help to expand your mindset? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and business leader Jeff Moore. Jeff has been fortunate to spend time connecting with some of the most influential and brilliant business leaders. He is convinced that taking the time to learn from wise leaders who have been through the highs and lows of business has contributed significantly to his level of success he enjoys today. What could connecting with the right mentor do for you? Learn more on this powerful episode!

What will your story be when all is said and done? What legacy will you leave behind both personally and professionally? Have you given this subject considerable thought? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Jeff Moore provides his thoughts on life, family, and how it all connects to his journey as an entrepreneur. Jeff recalls learning from the example that both his father and grandfather set for him through their careers in business. Learn how their story influenced Jeff’s story and how he is making an effort to do the same with his kids by listening to this episode!

When was the last time you worked on something that you were really passionate about? Do you get to do that on a daily basis in your business right now? What would it take to incorporate your passion into your workflow? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Jeff Moore as he shares one of the areas in his business that lights him up. After working for so long in business to business contexts, Jeff branched out and worked on the business to consumer side and absolutely loved it. In his conversation with Jeremy, Jeff launches in a passionate explanation of how that time in his career allowed him to have tons of fun. Find out what you can learn from Jeff’s story on this episode!

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Today we have Erika Szychowski, founder of Good Zebra which is a protein-packed animal cracker set out to challenge the snack food industry. Good Zebra has 12 grams of protein per 2-ounce servings, NO refined sugar – it is sweetened with only organic honey and coconut sugar and has no artificial ingredients or preservatives. The 11 unique spirit animals found in Good Zebra are inspired by street and tattoo art, the flavors include vanilla, lemon, and chai with peanut butter and chocolate not far behind. Good Zebra can be found in Peet's Coffee & Tea across the nation, select retailers, on Amazon and on the Good Zebra website.

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

  • [1:20] Jeremy introduces his guest, Erika Szychowski.
  • [3:00] Erika talks about connecting with Peet’s Coffee.
  • [6:00] Considering how consumers shop in grocery stores.
  • [9:30] Where is Erika trying to locate her product?
  • [12:30] Erika talks about working with the Rolling Stones.
  • [16:30] How to connect with Erika and Good Zebra.

In this episode…

What does it look like to market and sell good tasting protein products? How can they be different than protein bars and shakes? What will it take to get it in the hands of consumers? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur Erika Szychowski. Erika is on a mission to help make her protein product, Good Zebra available to as many people as possible. In her conversation with Jeremy, Erika touches on how she got her product in Peet’s Coffee shops, why she had to consider how consumers would find her product in the grocery store, and much more! You don’t want to miss this fascinating and engaging episode featuring Erika and Good Zebra!

If you were creating a healthy protein product for consumers to snack on, where would you try to have your product featured? How about a coffee shop? It makes sense, right? Who doesn’t want a tasty treat while they sip on their coffee or tea? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Erika Szychowski explains how she partnered with Peet’s Coffee to carry her product, Good Zebra. For Erika, Peet’s was always on her radar as a store that she wanted to get her product featured in. At the end of the day, it was Erika’s boldness and persistence that led to her meeting with Peet’s leadership to test the product and eventually stock it on their shelves. To hear more from Erika about her journey and the success of Good Zebra, make sure to listen to this episode!

When was the last time you took a risk or discovered a new product you’d be willing to try at the grocery store? Chances are, you haven’t done that in a long time. Most people go grocery shopping with a clear idea of what they want to buy and where it’s located. Erika Szychowski is trying to get retailers and grocery stores in particular to rethink the way they market products like her healthy protein product, Good Zebra. Because this effort seems to be more of an uphill battle with big box grocery stores, Erika and her team have focused their efforts on getting their product into coffee shops, fitness centers, and airports. Learn more from Erika’s unique perspective and how she’s trying to shake things up in the snack world by listening to this episode!

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Today we have Randi Brill founder of Quaracore and Teacher Peach. QuaraCORE is a full-service creative agency that helps companies dream up the right products, solutions, and strategies. In 2012, she started her own e-commerce company, TeacherPeach.com. The part-time experiment is now a top seller of teacher gift totes and classroom products on Amazon. She is the author of "99 Creative WOWs - Words of Wisdom for Business".

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Randi Brill.
  • [2:15] Randi talks about writing her first sales order.
  • [4:10] Lessons that Randi learned from her father.
  • [7:00] Randi opens up about her book, “99 Creative WOWs.”
  • [12:30] The role of listening in the creative process.
  • [17:30] Keeping clients open to suggestions and new ideas.
  • [20:00] She who names it, owns it.
  • [26:00] Getting clarity and embracing creative problem solving.
  • [33:00] Randi talks about getting perspective and working on something she loves.
  • [38:30] Going big!
  • [40:30] What are some popular products that Randi sells?
  • [45:30] Randi talks about the lowest moment in business.
  • [49:30] Props and other items that inspire Randi.
  • [52:30] Creativity is everywhere!

In this episode…

What can you learn from the creative process? Do you have your own approach to embrace seasons of creativity in your business? How the can the creative process impact other areas of business? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur Randi Brill. In her conversation with Jeremy, Randi opens up about her childhood, what she learned from her father, the role of listening in the creative process, what it takes to keep clients open to new ideas, the ins and outs of creative problem solving, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Randi!

Who has made a significant impact on your journey toward success? Was it a mentor, friend, or family member who you looked up to and held as a role model? What have you done to make that sort of impact on others? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Randi Brill as she shares about the person in her life that influenced her and led her toward the business career she enjoys today. When Randi’s father assigned her to create the logo for a new business he purchased, he inadvertently sparked an impulse in her go out and create a business on her terms. Hear more about Randi’s story and the lessons she has to share on this episode!

What do you think is the most important aspect of the creative process? Is it skill? Or maybe experience? What about listening? Where does that fit into the equation that makes up a successful creative process? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and business leader, Randi Brill. Randi loves to engage with her clients and help them find the right creative solutions to their projects. While she engages with her clients, she utilizes one of the most important tools she’s learned over the years, listening. This simple discipline has helped Randi serve her clients more effectively and produce high-quality results. Learn more about this fascinating topic from Randi on this episode!

Do you have an approach to creative problem-solving? What do you like about it? What could be improved? When was the last time you gave it an evaluation? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Randi Brill as she describes her approach to creative problem solving and why it’s been so successful. While Randi’s approach isn’t easy, she has had the opportunity to refine and perfect it over the years. Her goal is to engage with her clients in a very small group format to get to the heart of their creative needs. She remains adamant that this group should never consist of more than six individuals. Learn more about Randi’s approach and why it works so well by listening to this episode!

When was the last time you had to reevaluate your business? Seriously! When was the last time you sat down and considered what you were spending your time and resources on and if it was worth it? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Randi Brill as she describes a moment in her career where she had to stop and get really clear on what mattered most to her. Randi says that this moment was difficult but she was glad to walk away with a new sense of clarity and focus that she hadn’t had before. Her decision to change some priorities in her life and business breathed new energy into her career. What would it take for you to do something similar? Find out on this informative episode!

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Today we have Sarah Chalos co-founder of I Heart Keenwah with Ravi Jolly. I Heart Keenwah makes "superfoods" accessible to consumers with a range of tasty food products, including quinoa based snacks such as Himalayan pink salt chocolate quinoa puffs, peanut butter chocolate quinoa puffs and many more. They can be found in thousands of stores across the U.S. and globally in places like Whole Foods, CVS, 7-11 and of course on Amazon and their website. Before I Heart Keenwah, Sarah studied engineering at MIT, worked in R&D, manufacturing at Abbott Laboratories, earned her MBA at Chicago Booth and consulted for big corporate clients at Bain & Company. The most impressive part is that Sarah does all this while raising 2 kids.

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Sarah Chalos.
  • [3:00] Sarah talks about getting different labels and certifications for her product.
  • [4:00] Why is Bolivian quinoa a superior crop?
  • [7:30] Sarah’s go to quinoa recipe.
  • [8:30] What is on the horizon for I Heart Keenwah?
  • [9:30] What made Sarah decide to grow her team? Who did she hire first?
  • [11:30] Which conferences and trade shows do Sarah and her team attend?
  • [12:30] What’s worked and hasn’t worked on the marketing front.
  • [14:00] The lowest moment in business so far.
  • [15:00] Sarah talks about a proud moment in her business.

In this episode…

What is the process of successfully marketing and building a business around a superfood? How do you make sure your product stands out among all the others on grocery store shelves? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Sarah Chalos. In her conversation with Jeremy, Sarah explains how she markets her product, challenges she’s faced along the way, her favorite quinoa recipe, how she built her team, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this fascinating episode with Sarah!

When it comes to marketing a superfood or a food product in general, what are some of the best practices? Is there a magic formula or is all up to chance? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Sarah Chalos as she goes over some marketing efforts with her superfood product that worked and a few that didn’t. One of the methods that worked out well for Sarah and her team is spending time in grocery stores and providing demonstrations of their quinoa products. Sarah also mentions the importance of having a lot of funding available as food products don’t often have a good return on investment starting out. To hear more tips about marketing food products from Sarah and so much more, make sure to listen to this episode!

Have you ever worked in a horrible team environment? How did you survive it? What would you have done differently? What can you do to ensure that your organization has a healthy team environment? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Sarah Chalos opens up about her experience building her business, I Heart Keenwah and when she decided to start brining in a team. While it wasn’t easy, Sarah says that her first hire made a huge difference in her work load. Her first hire was to get a team member who could focus on outreach and growing the business while Sarah and her business partner could focus on making sure the business itself stayed profitable. Learn more about building a team from Sarah by listening to this informative episode!

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Today we have Audrey Darrow who founded Earth Source Organics in 2006. Earth Source Organics manufactures Righteously Raw Chocolate. Audrey has been on a mission to make certified organic, vegan, kosher, gluten-free, allergen and nut free, raw, Non-GMO, no refined sugar chocolates more affordable for everyone. A raw chocolate bar was $14.00 when she started and she could not afford that even with the discount so she set out to build her own certified facility. Her products are in over a thousand stores across the country and can be found in Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, and many others. She is a 2003 breast cancer survivor and had to undergo radical surgeries, long-term radiation, and chemotherapy. Audrey feels that eating healthy is a major key to her improved health.

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

  • [1:20] Jeremy introduces his guest, Audrey Darrow.
  • [3:00] Why did Audrey get involved with health foods?
  • [6:30] What was the first health food Audrey produced?
  • [9:00] Audrey talks about the health benefits of Maca and when started to dip her products in chocolate.
  • [13:00] Product development and learning from customers.
  • [16:00] Audrey talks about her tribute to her daughter on her product.
  • [19:30] Working out of a run down facility.
  • [23:30] What was the first really big order like?
  • [25:30] Expanding to a new facility.
  • [27:00] How did Audrey get her product into Whole Foods and other businesses?
  • [32:00] Audrey talks about demonstrating products in health stores and why she does it.
  • [34:00] Pitfalls and challenges.
  • [35:30] Keeping track of accounts and orders.
  • [37:30] Audrey talks about her employees and retaining talented team members.
  • [39:00] What are Audrey’s strengths?
  • [41:00] What future trends does Audrey see coming down the line?
  • [45:30] What works and doesn’t work with promoting products?
  • [49:00] Audrey talks about co-packing products for other retailers.
  • [55:00] Problems along the way are really lessons in disguise.

In this episode…

What does it mean to really connect with customers in a way that draws them in and makes them feel like your brand or product is something special that they get to be a part of? How can you tell your story in a way that resonates? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Audrey Darrow. In her conversation with Jeremy, Audrey opens up about her journey to create her own line of health foods, challenges she faced along the way, how her daughter gives her daily inspiration, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this exciting episode featuring Audrey!

What inspired you to get started in the line of work you are in today? Do you have a dramatic story that could really connect with customers? How are you sharing your story? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Audrey Darrow goes over her story and what led her to create Earth Source Organics. For Audrey, it all started at a point in her life where she had just gone through radical surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy for breast cancer and was working at a health food store in San Diego. She did this to get the employee discount to be able to afford the healthy foods she loved and believed would help stay her cancer-free. Even with that discount, the products remained way too expensive for her to enjoy. That moment sparked a fire in Audrey that led her on the journey to create high quality and affordable health foods. Hear more about her story on this episode!

Everyone loves a good underdog story, right? That is exactly what Audrey Darrow’s journey was from the start. As she looks back on how it all started, she remembers securing her very first facility to begin producing her health food. That facility was run down and depressing but Audrey had a dream and quickly went to work rehabilitating the space to get it certified as a location that could produce organic health food. While the path wasn’t an easy one to travel, Audrey learned a lot of valuable lessons along the way. Learn from her valuable insights on this powerful episode of Inspired Insider, you don't’ want to miss it!

One of the ways that Audrey Darrow and her team have been able to remain so successful over the years is their relentless desire to stay connected to their customers. This serves as both a practical and principled commitment. On the practical side, Audrey and her team continue to show up to supermarkets and health food stores to offer demonstrations of their product so customers and stores keep the products fresh in their minds. On the principled side, Audrey remembers her humble beginnings and wants to stay connected to the place she came from on an emotional level. Learn more about Audrey and Earth Source Organics on this episode of Inspired Insider.

Whether it’s connecting with customers or helping other health food products get on the shelves, you can tell that Audrey Darrow is passionate about improving the lives of others. This passion extends to her generosity in providing a facility that small heath food startups can utilize to get their operations up and running. What can you do to give back and build up the community that you are a part of? How can you internalize the lessons from Audrey’s story? Find out on this powerful and engaging episode of Inspired Insider, you don't’ want to miss it!

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Franz Jordan is the Co-Founder of Sellics which is a powerful all-in-one tool that combines everything sellers need to be successful on Amazon. Sellics evolved from Franz’s first company Marketplace Analytics, a German data analytics company that was the first of its kind to focus on Amazon SEO back in 2014. You can manage and optimize your Sponsored Product campaigns entirely in the Sellics PPC Manager. Other features include a profit dashboard, keyword ranking optimizer, competitor monitoring, and much more. Companies such as Bosch appliances, Lego, and Brita are some of the businesses that use Sellics. 

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Franz Jordan.
  • [3:00] Franz talks about using negative keywords.
  • [5:50] The three options to consider when your ecommerce product isn’t selling.
  • [7:50] Franz explains several ecommerce strategies.
  • [11:30] What is Sonar? Why is available for free?
  • [14:30] Pushback Franz and his team have received to using Sellics.

In this episode…

Without extensive knowledge of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) ins and outs, how do most ecommerce business leaders succeed at keyword optimization? Do they just wing it and hope that something sticks? Are there tools ecommerce leaders can use so they don’t have to know how SEO works but can still get the results as if they do? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Franz Jordan. In his conversation with Jeremy, Franz opens up about the correct usage of negative keywords, what sellers can do when their product isn’t gaining the traction they’d had hoped for, why he continues to provide tools like Sonar for free, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this valuable episode with Franz!

What does it take to get the most out of keyword optimization? How can running negative keyword campaigns help your product listing reach more of the right clients for your brand? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Franz Jordan as he explains what negative keyword campaigns are and examples of how they can be used. While it may sound counter-intuitive, running a negative keyword campaign can be really useful. If you want to clearly disassociate your product from a phrase the won’t help the searcher find what they are looking for, a negative keyword campaign might be right for you. To hear more about his important topic, make sure to listen to this episode.

It may sound crazy but some leaders are convinced that the more value you add and the easier you make it for potential clients to try your product, the more successful you’ll become. When was the last time you heard of a free trial for a product without the requirement of a credit card? Never, right? For Franz Jordan and his company Sellics, it comes down to earning credibility and trust with their clients, right off of the bat. Learn more about Franz’s story and his innovative approach to engaging his customers on this exciting episode of Inspired Insider!

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Today we have Kara Goldin, founder of San Francisco based Hint Inc. Hint products can be found at places like Whole Foods, Starbucks, and many more locations because they produce one of the leading brands of unsweetened flavored waters and their products include Hint Water, Hint Fizz, Hint Kick and even Hint Sunscreen. Hint Water is flavored only with natural fruit, without unnecessary additives and sweeteners and even has zero calories. Since its launch in April 2005, Hint has grown to an estimated $90 million beverage company.

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Kara Goldin.
  • [2:30] What caused Kara to go on the journey of changing the beverages she drinks?
  • [10:00] Early attempts to create Hint Water.
  • [12:30] Impossible challenges that Kara overcame.
  • [15:30] How did Kara get her product into Whole Foods?
  • [27:00] Kara talks about developing Hint Sunscreen.
  • [35:00] Launching Hint Water in the New York marketplace.
  • [41:00] Consumer advocacy and providing a product that connects with cancer patients.

In this episode…

Did you know that different drinks you consume can have an impact on your health? It’s true! Whether you drink coffee, tea, soda, or energy drinks, depending on the volume and frequency, you can expect various changes in your overall health. Are your drinking habits healthy or could they use a reevaluation? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur, Kara Goldin. In her conversation with Jeremy, Kara opens up about her personal health journey, her initial attempts at creating Hit Water, how she got her product onto the shelves of Whole Foods, why she developed Hit Sunscreen, and so much more! Don’t miss a minute of this informative and engaging episode featuring Kara!

Can you imagine getting the news that you the only way to address your recent health challenges is to start taking strong prescription drugs? How would you respond? Would you take the news at face value or would you do your own research before you took the plunge? In Kara Goldin’s case, she wanted to try making changes to her diet before she took the risk of subjecting her body to powerful medications. This decision led Kara to try different drinks to replace her strong addiction to soda and other sugary beverages. The results were shocking, she noticed a huge transformation and became passionate about helping others experience the health breakthrough she had discovered. Learn more details about Kara’s journey on this episode of Inspired Insider!

When was the last time you took on a challenge that others had deemed impossible? Have you considered what common assumptions could be holding you and others in your industry back from massive breakthroughs and successes? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and business leader Kara Goldin. As Kara sought to create a drink that tasted good, included fruit juice, and avoiding preservatives and added sugar, she was continually told she was trying to accomplish the impossible by beverage industry insiders. Determined to achieve the impossible, Kara found a way to beat the odds and create the product of her dreams. Discover what you can learn from Kara’s impressive journey on this episode!

One of the best tools that a business leader can have in their toolbelt is boldness. Would you consider yourself bold? How can a leader’s boldness help a business stand out and make an impact on the marketplace? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Kara Goldin as she shares how her boldness enabled her to get Hint Water on the shelves at Whole Foods. While it wasn’t easy, Kara was confident that there would be more consumers, like her, who were looking to try different drinks that would reduce their sugar consumption. When she presented this information to Whole Foods, they were willing to give her product a chance. Learn more about Kara and how her boldness helped her market Hint Water on this exciting episode!

Isn’t it amazing how one really good idea can have the ability to spark additional creative ideas? When was the last time you had a good idea that continued to inspire you? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur Kara Goldin. While most of Kara’s creative focus had been on developing and marketing Hint Water, should couldn’t help herself when the idea came to apply her same approach to developing a safe and effective sunscreen. To hear Kara’s passion for advocating for consumers and producing high-quality products that can make a difference in their lives is really encouraging. Learn more about Kara and Hint products on this powerful episode!

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Today we have Nathan Hirsch Co-Founder of FreeeUp which is a marketplace connecting business owners with the top 1% of freelancers in ecommerce, digital marketing, web development, and much more. They have helped companies like Payability, Sharkk and many ecommerce companies with staffing needs. Over the past 15 years, Nathan has built several successful multi-million dollar businesses. In 2006, he founded his first online venture out of a college dorm room, selling and buying student textbooks and he was able to scale his ecommerce business, bootstrapping from a $20 investment to over $30 million of sales on Amazon across a 6 year period while serving over 10,000 customers.

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Nathan Hirsch.
  • [2:30] Why it’s tough to hire web developers.
  • [3:30] Nathan talks about his working relationship with his business partner.
  • [7:00] How do you build a work culture with remote contractors.
  • [9:30] A low point in the business so far.
  • [12:00] A proud moment in business.
  • [13:30] Who should use FreeeUp?

In this episode…

What does it take to build a healthy organizational culture? How can leaders like you start taking steps to ensure your work environment is positive and constructive? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Nathan Hirsch. In his conversation with Jeremy, Nathan opens up about his experience working with web developers, how he built a positive working relationship with his business partner, what it takes to grow a healthy organizational culture, highs and lows in his career so far, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this fascinating and engaging episode featuring Nathan!

When was the last time you were part of a thriving and positive organizational culture? What made that culture so healthy? What steps are you taking to implement a good work environment in your company? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Nathan Hirsch shares some insights about his organization, FreeeUp and how they’ve focused keeping a positive work culture there. Nathan says that half of the battle of building a positive work environment comes down to getting the right people in the right positions. Another key piece of having a good work environment comes down to how the leadership communicates with the rest of the organization, are they on the same page? If they send mixed messages, that spells doom for any hopes of a positive organizational culture. To hear more about this critical topic, make sure to listen to this episode!

What is the best way to maintain a good relationship with your peers or business partners? Have you had a working relationship in your career turn ugly? How do you avoid that from happening, especially in a business partnership? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader Nathan Hirsch as he shares his experience through the highs and lows of a business partnership. Nathan will be the first to tell you that his business partnership hasn’t always been perfect, at one point he and his partner, Conor decided to hash it all out four years into their working relationship. Ever since they had that tough conversation going over each other's strengths and weaknesses, the relationship has flourished. Learn more about this episode from Nathan’s career and the lessons you can come away with on this episode!

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Today we have David Sasson who founded overstockArt.com and Artistbe.com. Since founding overstockArt.com in 2002, David has grown the company from its modest start to an international organization with offices located in two countries. They sell hand-painted reproductions of famous paintings and have sold millions of oil paintings from its inception. 

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

  • [1:30] Jeremy introduces his guest, David Sasson.
  • [2:30] Why does David’s company create hand-painted reproductions?
  • [7:30] Surprising best selling paintings.
  • [9:30] What does David do to drive online marketing?
  • [12:00] David talks about why his email strategy works so well.
  • [14:00] What is David’s view of business growth?
  • [18:00] David talks about what it takes for a business to be more profitable.
  • [22:00] Why hiring the best people can make all the difference.
  • [24:00] David talks about leveraging innovation in his business.
  • [28:00] The differences between US and Israeli cultures.
  • [31:00] What was growing up in Israel like?
  • [37:30] David talks about the different offices and departments in his business.
  • [41:30] Challenging moments in business for David.
  • [47:00] David talks about losing over $40,000.
  • [50:30] Why it’s important to resist the urge to react quickly to bad situations in business.
  • [52:30] David shares some proud moments in business.

In this episode…

What is your organization’s approach to embracing and engaging innovative ideas? How do you encourage those ideas from within and adopt innovative ideas from outside of your organization? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur David Sasson. In his conversation with Jeremy, David opens up about his childhood in Israel, how he started Overstock Art, the ups and downs of leading a startup, navigating online marketing, embracing innovation, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this fascinating episode featuring David!

When was the last time your company adopted an innovative idea? Was it recently or do you have to stretch your memory to find the last time you took a leap with innovation? On this episode of Inspired Insider, David Sasson shares how embracing innovation has helped his business in many ways. Like a good leader, David doesn’t take all the credit for embracing the latest successful and innovative business idea. That credit goes to his brother, Amitai who got the ball rolling for Artistbe.com which is an online platform for established and up-and-coming artists to present their art to the world. To hear more about David’s approach to embracing innovative ideas, make sure to listen to this engaging episode, you don’t want to miss it!

As a business leader, you know how important it is to drive traffic and new customer engagement with your business, but what is the best way to do that in the digital age? Are there steps that leaders like you can take to make your business more accessible to your target audience? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur David Sasson. According to David, it all comes down to email and social media interactions that continue to show themselves as profitable and productive channels. To hear more about David’s approach to connecting with his prospective customers, listen to this exciting episode!

What is your view of business growth? Does it all come down to counting up the profits at the end of the day or do you use a different metric? Is there a way to look at business growth that incorporates a multifaceted approach? On this episode of Inspired Insider, David Sasson goes over his view of business growth and how it’s impacted the trajectory of his organization. David is very intent on making sure he doesn’t grow his company out of business. He says that it is important to keep an eye on the bottom line and make sure the business doesn’t get too bloated or over committed that it loses sight of the goal of profitability. Make sure to catch this episode as David expands on this topic and much more!

The life of a startup business owner can be a hectic one, to say the least. Full of ups and downs, successes and failures, few entrepreneurs make it to the promised land of success. What lessons can be learned from those who have made it? Do they have special insights that can help guild others toward similar success and away from similar failures? On this episode of Inspired Insider, David Sasson reveals some of the most difficult and challenging moments in business as well as some of the milestones. Don’t buy the lie that you can strike it rich overnight! It takes hard work and determination to build a business that has the roots to weather the toughest storms. Discover what you can learn from David’s unique story on this powerful episode!

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Today we have Justin Christianson, he went from bull rider and electrician to eventually co-founding Conversion Fanatics which helps companies double customer sales and profits with A B testing...not in all cases of course..they are a full-service conversion rate optimization company and have worked with companies like Hertz, Paypal, Investors.com, BlueJeans.com and MORE! 

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

  • [1:20] Jeremy introduces his guest, Justin Christianson.
  • [3:00] One of the lowest moments in business for Justin.
  • [5:30] What it takes to get “Unstuck.”
  • [9:00] A huge milestone in business.
  • [11:30] Justin talks about bull riding.

In this episode…

What does it take to get unstuck when life deals you a tough or impossible hand to play? Is there a way out or do you just have to hit reset? What strategies have worked well for you or other leaders you know? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Justin Christianson. Justin opens up and reveals one of the lowest periods in his career, how he found his way out of that dark time, what milestone he is most proud of, how he got involved with bull riding, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Justin!

Have you ever hit rock bottom in business or life? What did you do to make it out of that circumstance to find hope on the other side? How do you fight back the voices of doubt and discouragement? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Justin Christianson shares how he faced one of the lowest moments in his life and was able to recover. While it wasn’t an easy road back from depression and disappointment, Justin looks back on the particular intervention of one friend who was able to cut through the noise and help him get back on track. Everyone faces a dark period like this at some point in their life, what can you learn from Justin’s story? Find out on this powerful episode!

How important is it to work with the right people at the right time? Most business leaders would say, it’s HUGE! Why is it so difficult to find the right person to join your team? When was the last time you found the perfect fit? On this episode of Inspired Insider, business leader Justin Christianson explains how getting the right person on his team made all the difference. Through ups and downs in the personnel department, Justin and his business partner finally found someone who could sell their service without needing their assistance. This was a game-changer for Justin’s company, Conversion Fanatics. To hear more of their experience and the lessons they learned, make sure to listen to this episode, you don't’ want to miss it!

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Today we have Ben Arneberg who Co-Founded two quickly growing 7 figure ecommerce companies, Willow & Everett and CubeFit. He did all of this while working full time in the United States Air Force helping to develop cutting-edge space technology.

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

  • [1:20] Jeremy introduces his guest, Benjamin Arneberg.
  • [2:30] How did Benjamin get started in the ecommerce industry?
  • [4:30] Benjamin talks about his experience with his first startup.
  • [10:00] Getting two startups off the ground while working in the Air Force.
  • [13:00] How does Benjamin systemize processes?
  • [15:00] Benjamin talks about working with Virtual Assistants.
  • [18:30] Time saving tips from Benjamin.
  • [27:00] Benjamin talks about his Kickstarter campaign and lessons learned.
  • [34:30] How Benjamin and his team adapted their product.
  • [37:30] The game plan for after a Kickstarter campaign.
  • [42:30] Driving traffic to your Amazon listing.
  • [45:30] The most important steps in launching a product.
  • [47:30] Common mistakes ecommerce sellers make.
  • [50:30] Difficulties Ben has faced along the way.
  • [53:00] Navigating business with your spouse.
  • [57:30] One of the proudest moments in business for Ben so far.

In this episode…

What does it take to become an effective leader? How can you use your leadership to empower others and run a growing and thriving business? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Benjamin Arneberg. In his conversation Jeremy, Benjamin opens up about how he started with ecommerce businesses, the challenges of getting a business started while serving in the Air Force, how he systematizes his processes, lessons he's learned to become a more effective leader, and so much more! If you are ready to take your leadership and your business to the next level, make sure to check out this informative episode featuring Benjamin!

Have you ever wondered what it is that makes an entrepreneur tick? If you are one yourself, have you considered what makes you stand out from other business leaders? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Benjamin Arneburg. Benjamin knows that he thinks a little bit differently than the average business leader. From his early beginnings getting two startups up and running while he served in the Air Force to now looking for ways to help new ecommerce business leaders succeed, Benjamin is passionate about business. To hear more of his story and what lessons you can come away with, make sure to listen to this engaging episode!

How would you describe an effective leader? Does it come down to the way they spend their time? Or maybe it’s the tools and resources they use to make their business succeed. On this episode of Inspired Insider, Benjamin Arneberg shares some key insights and lessons he’s picked up along the way that has shaped him into the effective leader he is today. Benjamin wouldn’t come out and say that he is an effective leader, he is quite modest but you don’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity to hear from his conversation with Jeremy and the helpful tools that they go over. Make sure to check out the resources section at the end of this post for many of the tools they mention!

One of the many reasons that so many startups fail to get off the ground is due to the fact that they don’t have a fully fleshed out plan in place once their product or service starts gaining momentum. What is the solution? How do you make sure this doesn’t end up being the fate of your business startup? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and innovator Benjamin Arneberg. Benjamin is passionate about helping leaders like you get your business in the best possible position for success. Listen to this episode as he breaks down common mistakes made by many ecommerce leaders and how you can avoid them!

How important are those around you to your success? Do you think they play an important factor or do you look at yourself as the goose that laid the golden egg? It may sound like a funny question but many leaders don’t take the time to consider the impact that other people have had on their level of success. On this episode of Inspired Insider, Benjamin Arneberg shares how instrumental his wife has been on his entrepreneurial journey. While it hasn't always been an easy road for Benjamin, he is incredibly grateful and aware of how fortunate he has been on his journey. To hear more from Benjamin and the powerful insights he has to share, make sure to listen to this episode!

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Albert Swantner is an award-winning maker. With a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a software background, he is able to create products bridging these disciplines. Albert has led projects with companies like Adidas, FOX, Charity Miles, Moxxly, Socrative, and his own angel-funded startup Sway Water, among others. His work has earned companies like Charity Miles a Webby and a SXSW Interactive award, and his work has been covered by Wired UK, The Today Show, Forbes and Fast Company.

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Albert Swantner.
  • [2:30] Albert talks about giving back and his partnership with Big Brother, Big Sister.
  • [5:30] What was it like working in a food pantry?
  • [7:30] Albert talks about how he got involved with “Latinitas,” a nonprofit magazine.
  • [8:30] The lowest point in business for Albert.
  • [10:00] How did Albert get the entrepreneurial bug? Albert’s proudest business moment.

In this episode…

What drives thriving business leaders to start giving back to their community once they’ve reached a degree of success? Can they really make a difference? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur Albert Swantner. Albert shares his story and why giving back to his community means so much to him. He also opens up about some significant low points and high points in his career as well as how he caught the entrepreneurial bug in the first place. You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Albert!

As a business leader, where does giving back to the community fit into your plans for local engagement? Have you had success in this area? Is it an area you haven't put very much time or resources into? Should every organization feel obligated to give back to the community? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Albert Swantner as he explains how he gives back to his community and where that desire comes from. For Albert, the concept of giving back is rooted in his upbringing, his father is a Lutheran minister. From working at a food pantry for several years to working with Big Brother Big Sister, Albert takes this aspect of his life very seriously. To hear more about Albert’s story and the amazing organizations he works with, make sure to listen to this episode!

For you, what was that moment that signaled a major milestone in your business career? Was it the first time you saw someone in public with your product that you didn’t know? Was it being able to hire someone to take the daily pressures of the job off of your shoulders? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Albert Swantner. Looking back at all the ups and downs of his journey, Albert is most proud of the first time he walked into his local grocery store and saw a random customer drinking a bottle of Sway Water. Albert has a lot of great insights to share about all the low points and successful moments of his journey, make sure to learn them on this powerful episode!

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Ben Jacobsen founded Jacobsen Salt Co. in 2011. They are the first company to harvest salt in the Pacific Northwest since Lewis & Clark. The company has transformed from a local small business to a nationally recognized brand and one of America’s leading premium salt makers. Their products can be found at such retailers such as William-Sonoma, Whole Foods, and many more.

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

  • [1:25] Jeremy introduces his guest, Ben Jacobsen.
  • [2:30] Ben talks about the start of his small business.
  • [4:30] Unexpected uses of their salt and how they come up with flavors.
  • [10:00] From a hobby to a business.
  • [13:30] Ben talks about hauling salt water by hand.
  • [15:00] What type of salts do Ben and his team create?
  • [18:00] Ben talks about business milestones.
  • [20:00] Personal sacrifices Ben has made along the way.
  • [21:00] Ben talks about his team.
  • [23:30] How did Ben and his team develop their process? What are they doing with byproducts?
  • [26:00] Managing the logistics of selling a product.
  • [30:30] Ben talks about acquiring a small local honey company.
  • [32:30] Low and high points in journey so far for Ben and his team.
  • [35:30] The milestone of getting health insurance for the whole team and Ben’s plans for the future.



In this episode…

How do many business success stories get their start? Is it an innate desire that business leaders have to make a name for themselves? Or could it be something as simple as a new hobby that ends up being a great business idea? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Ben Jacobsen. Ben takes the time in his interview with Jeremy to go over how his new hobby of making salt lead him down the path of creating a new business that has since grown and developed into a thriving brand. What can you learn from Ben’s fascinating story? Find out on this exciting episode, you don’t want to miss it!

Does the sound of innovation and experimentation excite you or does it stress you out? For some people, the process of testing and experimenting is too messy and convoluted. But that’s not the case for Ben Jacobsen. Ben loves to experiment, that’s what led him down the path of salt making as a hobby and now as a business. His love of experimenting lives on even as his business is established and growing. Now, Ben channels his desire for experimentation into blending new and exciting flavors into his company's flagship product, salt. Listen to this episode of Inspired Insider to hear all about Ben’s passion for experimentation.

What is your biggest goal in business besides making a profit? Do you dream of your service or product really improving the lives of others? Do you want to use your success as a platform to make a difference in the world? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur Ben Jacobsen. When asked about the biggest milestone in his business so far, Ben points to the moment he was able to provide healthcare insurance to his team members. Listening to Ben describe that moment, you really get the sense that he cares about his team and wants to see his organization become a source of good in their lives. Make sure to listen to this episode to hear more about Ben’s story!

Few things can make a huge impression on someone better than delicious food. The one thing that all delicious food has in common is high-quality ingredients. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Ben Jacobsen as he shares the amazing story of how his company, Jacobsen Salt has made a name for themselves. While the journey wasn’t challenge free, Ben is proud of the fact that they’ve been able to get their product in fine dining establishments, elegant retail stores, and even some of Portland’s popular food trucks. Discover the amazing lessons and insights that Ben has to share by listening to this engaging episode, you don’t want to miss it!

One of the most important decisions that a business can make as it seeks to continue its path toward success is to diversify and expand its offerings. What can your organization do to expand its reach and influence in the marketplace? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur Ben Jacobsen. While Ben’s company, Jacobsen Salt has made a name for itself through it’s high-quality salt products, they’ve recently decided to expand their efforts by acquiring a line of premium honey products. To hear why Ben and his team decided to acquire this line of products and how it fits into their overall business model, make sure to listen to this episode!

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Today we have Greg Smith co-founder of Thinkific which is a platform that has everything you need to create and launch courses on your own site. Greg is a recovering lawyer and for the past 10 years he has taught thousands of students online with his own course and now with Thinkific has helped many others create their own online courses. He's worked with companies like Intuit and Hootsuite, including service professionals like accountants, lawyers, doctors, and many more. 

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

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Greg Smith.
  • [2:30] Popular topics on Thinkific.
  • [5:30] Who should be using Thinkific?
  • [7:00] The lowest point in business for Greg.
  • [9:30] The proudest moment in business.
  • [11:00] Book recommendations from Greg.

In this episode…

Have you ever considered expanding your brand’s presence and depth by utilizing course creation services? Imagine being able to market and provide rich content to your new and existing customers that wow them. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from course creation expert, Greg Smith. Greg takes the time to go over some popular topics covered by Thinkific clients, who he’d love to get involved with Thinkific, his lowest point in business, his highest point in business, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Greg’s unique perspective!

If you had all the tools at your disposal right now, what type of content would you create to serve and educate your audience? Do you think they’d respond to your efforts to engage them with relevant content? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur Greg Smith. Greg wants to make it as easy as possible for business leaders like you to create content that adds value and expands your brand’s reach. If you think that course creation is too far out of your wheelhouse, think again! Greg and his team have taken all the complexity out of the equation so you can focus on delivering great content. To hear more about Thinkific amazing services, make sure to listen to this episode!

As a business leader, you know that getting a successful and profitable organization off the ground is a difficult task. How much more difficult is that task when family or friends are involved? How do you keep the relationship healthy through all the ups and downs of running a startup? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Greg Smith opens up about some of the difficulties of starting a business with his younger brother. While the journey wasn’t always easy, Greg and his brother were able to keep their relationship on good terms even as they but heads at the office. Now both Greg and his brother are running their own, separate businesses which have worked out well for all involved. To hear more about Greg’s experience and additional insights he has to share, make sure to listen to this episode!

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Today we have Bedros Keuilian founder of Fit Body Boot Camps, currently the world's fastest growing fitness chain and listed as one of the Inc. 5000’s fastest growing businesses. He is one of the go-to people in the fitness industry and I know top people in many industries that seek Bedros’s advice because he has helped so many business owners go from 6 to 7 figures and beyond.  

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

  • [1:05] Jeremy introduces his guest, Bedros Keuilian.
  • [2:20] Bedros talks about his childhood and how he came to America.
  • [7:00] What brought Bedros to living out of his pickup truck?
  • [9:30] A scary moment from Bedros’ childhood.
  • [13:30] Starting off the day with appreciation.
  • [17:00] Bedros talks about Man Up.
  • [23:30] How does Bedros plan to get the Man Up message out there?
  • [25:00] Bedros talks about the Fit Body Boot Camp.
  • [32:00] How Tony Robbins’ teachings helped Bedros expand his business.
  • [34:30] Creating a solid product ladder to customers at multiple entry points. 

In this episode…

What impact would you say that the practice of gratitude has had on your success as a business leader? Have you taken the time to incorporate that practice into your daily routine? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Bedros Keuilian. Bedros opens up about his childhood escaping communism and coming to America, why he starts his day off practicing gratitude, what made him finally decide to “Man up,” how he has found success with his Fit Body Boot Camp, and much more! If you are ready to take your business to the next level and really grow as a leader, you don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Bedros!

Can you even imagine what it would be like to flee your country of birth and find a new way of life in a country you’ve never been to before? Imagine the struggles, challenges, and hurdles that situation would put on a family and a young child. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Bedros Keuilian as he goes over his story of coming to America to find new opportunities and safety for his family. While the journey wasn’t an easy one and Bedros and his family had to struggle to get by, ultimately his story is one of success and flourishing. Discover what motivated and kept Bedros going as he and his family worked hard to build a life for themselves by listening to this powerful episode!

When was the last time you sat down and focused on expressing your gratitude for something or someone in your life? Has practicing gratitude come easy for you or do you struggle to find things to be grateful about? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Bedros Keuilian shares how this simple but powerful daily practice ended up transforming his life. From big things in his life to small things, Bedros wakes up each day and takes note of three things in his life that he is grateful for that day. Not only that, Bedros takes it a step further and thinks specifically about three people in his life that he is grateful for and then texts them an encouraging message. Imagine the transformative power this daily exercise has! Hear all about it on this episode, don’t miss it!  

What do you think of when you hear the phrase, “Man up?” Does it encourage your try harder in life and business or does it only make you think of what you’ve been unable to achieve? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur Bedros Keuilian. Bedors came across this message to “Man up,” after he realized that he had created a terrible work environment in his business. To “Man up,” according to Bedros is to cut your excuses, seize the opportunity, and reach your fullest potential. He is excited to bring this powerful message to as many business leaders as possible. Hear more about this impactful message on this episode! 

How can business leaders create an environment of trust and cooperation in their organizations? What have you seen work in your business career? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Bedros Keuilian as he shares some of the aspects that make Fit Body Boot Camp so successful. For Bedros, it all came down to the relationship he wanted to create with his franchise owners. He didn’t want to see them as competition but rather wanted to create a harmonious and supportive relationship. To hear how Bedros was able to build a growing and expanding franchise business, make sure to listen to this informative episode!    

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Today we have David Sasson who founded overstockArt.com and Artistbe.com. Since founding overstockArt.com in 2002, David has grown the company from its modest start to an international organization with offices located in two countries. They sell hand-painted reproductions of famous paintings and have sold millions of oil paintings from its inception.

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

  • [1:30] Jeremy introduces his guest, David Sasson.
  • [2:30] Challenging moments in business for David.
  • [7:30] David talks about losing over $40,000.
  • [9:30] Why it’s important resist the urge to react quickly to bad situations in business.
  • [13:00] David shares some proud moments in business.

In this episode…

What does it take to build a resilient company that can endure even the most harrowing challenges? How do you prepare yourself as a leader and empower those in your business to weather the toughest storms? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader David Sasson. David opens up about the two organizations he leads, some of the most difficult challenges he has run into as a business leader, milestones and successes along the way, and much more! You don’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to learn from David’s unique perspective. Make sure to listen to this episode!

Did you know that one of the worst things you can do in a bad business situation is to respond and react immediately? Sure there will be those moments where you need to be fast acting but by and large, most decisions and reactions to significant business-related events can be postponed until the emotion and adrenaline subside. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from David Sasson as he explains how he came to discover and learn this truth first hand. For David, this lesson came through experience and time with a strategic coach. Now he is in the regular practice of getting away from the office to think through business solutions and allow time and distance to contribute to his overall state of mind. To hear David expand on this topic and much more, make sure to listen to this episode!

As a business leader, you set the tone for the culture and environment of your organization. How would you describe the current climate in your company right now? What steps can you take to continue pushing it forward in a positive direction? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator David Sasson. Looking back, David is proud of the milestones and accomplishments both of his organizations have made along the way. He never dreamed of creating these businesses so he could run a one-man show, it was always his dream to create businesses that provided for others to thrive in. To hear more about David's journey and why he is enjoys going to work each day with the people on his team, make sure to listen to this engaging episode!

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Today we have someone who people whisper about behind closed doors in high-level entrepreneur groups because they want his advice. Roland Frasier founded, scaled or sold almost two dozen different businesses ranging from consumer products to industrial machine manufacturing companies with adjusted sales ranging from $3 million to $337 million. He has completed infomercial deals with Guthy-Renker and K-Tel Direct, publishing deals with Simon & Schuster and Random House, negotiated shows with major hotels on the Las Vegas strip, he's been involved in over 100 private and public offerings, and much more. Roland currently is a principal in Idea Incubator which owns both DigitalMarketer.com and NativeCommerce.com and works in marketing businesses with Ryan Deiss, Perry Belcher, Frank Kern and many other digital marketing thought leaders.

 

 

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Roland Frasier.
  • [3:00] Roland talks about his childhood and family.
  • [6:30] Why is it so important to know how to negotiate?
  • [10:00] Don’t let people label you!
  • [11:30] How did Roland come to work with Tony Robbins?
  • [15:00] What did Roland start working on after he left his law firm.
  • [20:30] Lessons learned from working with Tony Robbins.
  • [23:00] How did Roland start working with Ryan Deiss and Perry Belcher?
  • [29:30] Roland talks about meeting and working with Gary Halpert.
  • [38:00] Roland’s three “M’s.”
  • [40:00] Why the Traffic and Conversion Summit is so successful.
  • [54:00] How selling from the stage can hinder profitability.
  • [57:00] Roland talks about his booth at War Room.
  • [59:30] The challenge of working with partners who have different management styles.
  • [1:05:00] Roland talks about Founder’s Board.
  • [1:08:00] Where did the 1892 Society web domain come from?
  • [1:12:00] What do Roland’s kids want to do?
  • [1:16:00] Will Roland write a book?
  • [1:20:30] One of Roland’s favorite stories that he shares with friends and family.

In this episode…

As a business leader, wouldn’t you love to learn the ins and outs of effective negotiation skills? Imagine the impact that would have on your abilities to lead and make deals as a business owner. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Roland Frasier. Roland opens up about his background, why effective negotiation is so important, the influential leaders who have shaped his skills as a businessman, dealing with partners who have different management styles, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Roland!

What is that one piece of wisdom that has served you well as you’ve grown and developed as a business leader? Where did it come from? Why do you continue to trust it? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Roland Frasier shares an important lesson he learned from his father that has served him well all of his years in business. The wisdom that Roland learned is to not take things personally when people say something out of stress or fear. In light of the truth, Roland values his ability to give people the benefit of the doubt. He says that is the best gift we can often give people in stressful situations. To hear more from Roland and more great insights and lessons he’s collected over the years, make sure to listen to this episode!

How do you approach business relationships and contacts? Are you always looking for ways to get something from someone else, trying to figure out the strategic angel? Or are you one of those crazy individuals who actually likes to help other people without any promise of return? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Roland Frasier as he shares why he is so passionate about helping others. Roland says that sincerely helping others without hope for a return is one of the most self-interested things you can do because it almost always ends up turning out good for you. As Jeremy attests though, these aren’t just empty words from Roland, he actually loves to help others in any way that he can. To hear more about Roland and his passion for helping others, don’t miss this episode!

Wouldn’t it be great to learn from a world-renowned leader like Tony Robbins? Imagine what insights and lessons you could learn from getting to know him on a personal basis. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Roland Frasier as he goes over the key lessons he learned from his time with Tony. Roland likes to distill the three lessons he learned from Rony into the three “M’s.”

  • Mentoring
  • Modeling
  • Masterminding

Roland is convinced that if leaders like you can wrap your mind around these three important concepts, then the sky will be the limit for your success. To hear Roland expand on these three important lessons and more, make sure to listen to this informative episode!

How would you respond if you found yourself in a work environment that had several leaders with different management styles? Do you think that you could have a positive impact in such a seemingly hectic environment? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Roland Frasier shares how he was able to navigate working with Ryan Deiss and Perry Belcher who both came from very different management style approaches. While it wasn’t always easy, Roland learned to work with both of these bold personalities and find a way forward that played to everyone’s strengths. To hear more about the valuable lessons that Roland learned from negotiating and navigating that unique environment, make sure to listen to this episode!

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Today we have Andrew Johnson and Michael Fleming from the CPA firm, Peisner and Johnson. Peisner Johnson & Company is the largest registered CPA firm that focuses exclusively on state and local tax issues. They have a proven track record of experience and an extensive knowledge of state tax law. They have consulted with thousands of companies doing business across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Their client list reads like a "who's who" of companies in just about every industry. 

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

  • [0:45] Andrew and Michael share how their CPA firm can help sellers.
  • [2:00] Why Andrew and Michael love educating their clients.
  • [2:40] Success stories from clients.
  • [4:00] Horror stories from clients that Andrew and Michael work with.
  • [8:30] Celebrating 25 years in businesses, a huge milestone!

In this episode…

Let’s face it, most ecommerce business leaders dread having to deal with the complexities of sales taxes. Where do you have to pay it? When do you have to pay it? How often? In every state? There are so many ins and outs of this complicated topic that there seems like there is no easy way to handle it. But that’s not true! There are uniquely gifted individuals who specialize in sales taxes and who love to untangle this seemingly complicated topic. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Andrew Johnson and Michael Fleming from the CPA firm, Peisner and Johnson. In their conversation with Jeremy, they go over how they can help ecommerce sellers, why they love to educate their clients, customer success stories, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode!

As more and more commerce shifts from brick and mortar storefronts to the ecommerce business realm, many state governments are cracking down on ecommerce sellers and coming after them for sales taxes. Chances are if you are an ecommerce seller, you’ve already started wondering and possibly stressing about this issue. What are your options? How can you protect yourself, stay in compliance, and make a profit? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from the CPA wizards at Peisner and Johnson. Andrew and Michael open up about how their firm specializes and is uniquely positioned to help ecommerce sellers. Don’t go through this complicated issue alone! Get all the info you need to get started in the right direction on this episode!

No one likes to get overwhelmed by a topic that seems impossible to understand like sales taxes. But the problem is, most business leaders don’t have the time to pour over dry textbooks and professional articles to brush up on this topic. The CPA firm Peisner and Johnson has worked hard to help educate their clients so they don’t feel overwhelmed and in the dark on this subject that has such an important bearing on their business. Listen to this episode of Inspired Insider as Andrew and Michael discuss why they enjoy educating their clients and how that process has led to valuable savings. You don’t want to miss this powerful episode!

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Today we have Brent Ohlendorf. Brent helped to co-found and launch the shipping, customs-clearing, and freight-forwarding firm, FBA Forward, aimed towards supporting the growing Amazon FBA-sellers and entrepreneurs community. He has supported the growth of the firm to 25+ employees and dedicated licensed customs broker team in San Diego and has worked closely with shipping agents located in every major port city in China and elsewhere to support their mission.

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

  • [0:45] Brent talks about what FBA Forward does and why he started it.
  • [1:45] Who is the ideal customer for FBA Forward?
  • [2:10] Customer success stories.
  • [2:40] Milestones along the way.
  • [3:00] What was it like starting the business out of a garage?

In this episode…

What does it take to build a thriving business that specifically addresses an issue many ecommerce leaders dread? That issue, of course, is shipping! So many ecommerce businesses dread having to work out all the ins and outs of this laborious aspect of their organization. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur Brent Ohlendorf as he talks about why he helped found FBA Forward. For Brent and his team, it all came down to identifying a huge need in the marketplace that no one was addressing. Like any good entrepreneur worth their salt, Brent and his team seized on the opportunity to create shipping solutions for ecommerce businesses. To hear more about Brent’s journey, make sure to listen to this exciting episode!

Are you an ecommerce business owner that is looking to take your business to the next level? Maybe you struggle with shipping and logistics like most private label sellers do. Did you know that there is a company that is committed to helping you solve those issues so you can focus on what will move your organization forward? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Brent Ohlendorf as he goes over the many ways that FBA Forward can help ecommerce leaders use their time and energy efficiently. The guys at FBA Forward love to handle shipping nuances and would like nothing better than to take this difficult task off your desk. Hear all about FBA Forward and what they have to offer on this engaging episode!

What lessons can you learn from an organization that started from humble beginnings in a garage to now facilitating the shipping and logistics of millions of dollars worth of merchandise each month? Not only that, they accomplished all of this without the help of outside funding, in other words, they bootstrapped their success all by themselves. Don't’ miss this wonderful opportunity to hear the amazing success story of FBA Forward. The inspiration found in Brent’s story could be just what you need to stay focused and driving toward your goals. Hear more on this powerful episode of Inspired Insider!

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Today we have Brent Bellm, CEO of Big Commerce. BigCommerce is the world’s leading cloud ecommerce platform for established and rapidly-growing businesses. Combining enterprise functionality, an open architecture and app ecosystem, and market-leading performance, BigCommerce enables businesses to grow online sales with 80% less cost, time and complexity than on-premise software. BigCommerce powers B2B and B2C ecommerce for more than 50,000 SMBs, 2,000+ mid-market businesses, more than 25 Fortune 1000 companies, and industry-leading brands including Assurant, Ben & Jerry’s, Gibson, Paul Mitchell, and Toyota. 

 

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

  • [0:45] What does Big Commerce do?
  • [1:45] The importance of diversification.
  • [2:30] Customer success stories.
  • [3:30] Brent talks about his background as an ecommerce leader.

In this episode…

What can leaders like you learn from a massive organization that is built on creating innovative and productive market solution? How is an ecommerce platform using branded stores helping ecommerce businesses succeed? Imagine the insights and lessons you could learn and walk away with to improve your business's efforts. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader Brent Bellm. Brent takes the time to explain the unique role that Big Commerce plays in the marketplace, how they are advancing the ecommerce industry, success stories from some of their customers, his personal ecommerce background, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode with Brent!

Did you know that the average ecommerce seller can triple their sales by diversifying their approach and embracing a multichannel strategy? Are businesses like yours leaving money on the table? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from top business leader Brent Bellm. Brent opens up about how his company, Big Commerce is uniquely positioned to help ecommerce sellers expand their business to multiple ecommerce platforms instead of relying solely on Amazon. Brent and his team are dedicated to helping as many ecommerce sellers succeed as possible, the primary way they do this is by empowering them with access to more buyers than ever before! To hear more about the Big Commerce story, make sure to listen to this episode!

How have you made sure that you are on the top of your game as a business leader? Do you read books on leadership or attend conferences? Maybe you listen to podcasts that have world-renowned leaders as guests, either way, if you want to grow as a leader, you have to be committed to learning. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from one of the savviest ecommerce leaders in the marketplace, Brent Bellm. Brent has spent many years in the industry helping ecommerce giants like Ebay grow and expand. Discovery what insights and lessons you can learn from Brent’s perspective on this fascinating episode!

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Today we have Brandon Checketts. Brandon has been a lifelong entrepreneur - starting as far back as elementary school when he sold candy to other kids in the neighborhood. His technical skill now has him firmly in the tech industry where he runs BookScouter.com and Seller Labs, as well as RoundSphere which operates their office space in Athens, Georgia. Seller Labs has expanded its product offerings to solve many problems for sellers. They offer tools for Amazon keyword research, Sponsored Products advertising, product discovery and inventory management.

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

  • [0:45] Brandon talks about what Seller Labs does for ecommerce businesses.
  • [2:30] Customer success stories.
  • [3:30] Why you should check out Seller Labs.
  • [4:00] Brandon’s bucket list items.

In this episode…

How does a business leader build a company around offering groundbreaking ecommerce and Amazon tools? What is the future of such a niche business model? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Brandon Checketts as he goes over the tools and software programs he and his team have developed to help ecommerce sellers succeed. It’s amazing to hear how they’ve grown and developed as an organization, they’ve recently come out with a new tool called “Promote” which Brandon spends a moment talking about. To hear about what Seller Labs and Brandon are cooking up, make sure to listen to this exciting episode, you don't’ want to miss it!

As the ecommerce industry grows, more and more sellers are looking for ways to free up their time and energy using Amazon tools and software that will help them automate steps and processes. Seller Labs is an industry leader when it comes to ecommerce tools that empower sellers via automation. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and business leader, Brandon Checketts. Brandon is passionate about his work developing and refining tools that help ecommerce leaders succeed. While the process isn’t always smooth sailing, Brandon and his team are committed to putting high-quality software and Amazon tools on the marketplace to grow the industry’s potential. Hear more about Brandon’s story on this engaging episode!

At the end of the day, your product or service is only as good as value and benefit you can bring to your customers. What do your customers have to say about your businesses? Do you have success stories from your customers that you can proudly share? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Brandon Checketts. Brandon is quick to tell the stories of customers who have used Seller Labs tools like Ignite to expand their business potential and reach more buyers. To hear how the Seller Labs tool, Ignite helped on ecommerce business see skyrocketing results, make sure to listen to this episode!

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Today we have Bernie Thompson founder of Efficient Era. Bernie has worked as a programmer for IBM, software manager at Microsoft and much more. He is also the author of "FlyWheels and Feedback Loops: A Guide to Success for Amazon Private Label Sellers."

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

  • [0:45] What does Efficient Era do? Why did Bernie Thompson start it?
  • [1:50] Pain points solved by Efficient Era.
  • [2:50] Customer success stories.
  • [3:50] The best way to turn around a negative review.
  • [4:30] A milestone that Bernie is proud of.
  • [5:00] What you need to know about Efficient Era.
  • [6:00] A bucket list item.

In this episode…

What does it take to build a robust and thriving brand? How can business leaders like you learn from the example and story of a business built on helping others create a focused and dedicated brand for their organization? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Bernie Thompson. Bernie opens up about why he founded Efficient Era, the great work they do with brand building, customer success stories, how to turn around a negative review, milestones reached, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this fascinating episode with Bernie!

If you follow tech news at all, you may have noticed that Amazon is taking over the world. But did you know that with all of their rapid growth and new innovations, they still miss some important steps that could help ecommerce sellers and brands that use their platform succeed? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Bernie Thompson reveals some of the ways Efficient Era comes in and solves these gaps that Amazon has yet to address. Efficient Era comes in and helps sellers automate important tasks that free them up and allow them to focus on other areas of growing their brand. To hear more about Bernie’s story, make sure to listen to this engaging episode!

When a business is built on serving other organizations, it can take awhile to reach a point where you can look back and celebrate how much your business has grown. For Bernie Thompson and his team at Efficient Era, they’ve recently been able to celebrate a huge milestone, over 200 businesses now use Efficient Era tools! That’s a great accomplishment to look back on, but Bernie and his team won’t stop there! They are committed to providing the best tools that help ecommerce businesses build their brand and stay ahead of their competition. To hear more about Efficient Era and how they’ve been able to identify and serve a niche customer group, make sure to listen to this episode of Inspired Insider!

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Today we have Scott Galvao. Scott is a co-founder of InterCultural Elements (ICE), a Germany based company with over 50 employees which helps retailers expand e-commerce sales internationally. Before InterCultural Elements, he cut his teeth working on a wide range of international ecommerce businesses. Scott worked for more than 6 years at AuktionMaster and ChannelAdvisor UK as an Implementation Manager.

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

  • [0:45] Scott describes how Intercultural Elements serves its customers.
  • [2:00] Customer success stories.
  • [3:10] How Intercultural Elements is an A to Z solution service.
  • [4:10] Fear of the unknown keeps business leaders from expanding.
  • [5:00] A milestone for Intercultural Elements that Scott is proud of.
  • [5:30] A bucket list item for Scott.

In this episode…

What does it look like to build an organization that specializes in helping other businesses succeed? How does a business like that market itself and promote its services? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur, Scott Galvao. Scott and his team at Intercultural Elements work hard at helping ecommerce businesses and others take their business to an international market. In his conversation with Jeremy, Scott opens up about the services Intercultural Elements provides, milestones they’ve reached, customer success stories, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Scott!

As a business leader, have you run across issues and problems where you needed an outside expert? What if you’ve reached the point where you can’t find an expert to help you out of your problem? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and leader Scott Galvao. Scott along with his co-founders saw a hole in the marketplace for sellers and other businesses looking to take their company to an international market. That’s when they developed Intercultural Elements to serve as a one-stop shop and complete solution to help sellers bridge the divide and navigate all the hurdles. To hear more about how Intercultural Elements expertly positioned themselves in the marketplace, make sure to listen to this episode!

What is the one thing that is holding your business back? Does it come down to resources? Are you struggling with strategy and direction? For many business leaders, the one thing holding them back is the fear of the unknown. Do you struggle with a fear of the unknown? How do you do fight against that fear? For Scott Galvo and his team at Intercultural Elements, they’ve had to face this fear and help other business leaders do the same. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear Scott’s story and how he’s helped leaders like you push past their fear to take their business to new markets to reach levels of unprecedented growth. What can you learn from Scott’s story? Listen to this episode to find out!

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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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Today we have Charlie Moyer who went from an unemployed military veteran with no eCommerce or online marketing experience to growing his men’s grooming company, Badass Beardcare from $3000 per month to $375,000 in monthly sales. It all started with a simple $20 investment, and now he employs over 12 people in their El Dorado Hills facility.

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

  • [0:45] Why have samples been so effective for Badass Beardcare?
  • [2:20] New and popular scents.
  • [5:00] Plans to expand internationally & lessons learned at Prosper Show.
  • [7:30] How do negative keywords work?
  • [8:30] How Prosper Show has been helpful.
  • [9:30] Bucket list items.

In this episode…

What does it take to develop a growing and expanding business? How do you take that business model and launch it in an overseas marketplace? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and innovator Charles Moyer. Charles goes over the Badass Beardcare model, what new and seasonal scents they are developing, how they are taking their business to international markets, what they’ve learned from attending Prosper Show, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of Charles’ unique insights and great takeaways from this special event!

How do you cultivate a thriving brand that can grow a hardcore following while staying innovative and fresh? What does that type of business model look like? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Charles Moyer as he opens up about Badass Beardcare and the amazing work they are doing with keeping their products relevant and in demand with their customer base. From capitalizing on awesome pairings like beards and beers, the guys at Badass Beardcare know what they are doing. What can you learn from their accurate and on message branding? Learn more from the Badass Beardcare story on this engaging episode!

As a business leader, you have to be willing to learn new concepts and strategies if you want to keep your organization competitive. What steps are you taking to maintain your competitive edge? How can you do your part as a leader to put your company in the best position to succeed? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business owner Charles Moyer. Charles shares his perspective and what he’s learned by attending Prosper Show, you may not think you have the time to attend an event like this one, but the truth is, you may not be able to afford missing out! Don’t let your competition get the advantage over you, stay sharp by learning at events like Prosper Show! Hear how this event has impacted Charles and his team by listening to this episode!

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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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Today we have a wonderful guest, Eytan Wiener. As COO and Co-Founder of Quantum Networks, Eytan has overseen the company’s expansion from a startup in 2008 to a 25 million dollar company by 2014. His oversight gained the company a 4,566% increase in revenue, a rise deemed unprecedented in the industry, earning Quantum a place on the INC. 500 list for the three years in a row, as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Eytan is also a partner with Tradeport, and a board member of PROSPER Show.

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

  • [1:00] What did it take to put on Prosper Show?
  • [2:00] What is the gap that is filled by Prosper Show?
  • [2:45] The big takeaway from Eytan’s talk at Prosper Show.
  • [3:45] Ideas and insights that are worth the price of admission to Prosper.
  • [6:30] What you need to know about Prosper Show and why you should attend.

In this episode…

How do you put together an event that brings all types of leaders and organizations to focus on sharing best practice education? What would that type of collaborative and networking event look like? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur, Eytan Wiener. Eytan opens up about his experience creating Prosper Show, why he is so excited about the environment they’ve created, key insights and lessons that are worth the price of admission, and so much more. You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging and eye-opening episode featuring Eytan!

As a business leader, you do everything you can to position your organization to answer the needs of your customer base. Don't you want to fill the gaps that no one else can fill in your industry? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear why Eytan Wiener believes Prosper Show is an amazing solution to the gaps that all the other shows and conferences leave unaddressed. At the heart of what separates Prosper Show from all the rest is an emphasis on education and value, not trying to push or sell products or services. What can you learn from Eytan and the unique approach of Prosper Show? Find out on this exciting episode!

Everyone wants to get the most value out of the events they attend, no one likes to waste their time. How can leaders like you maximize your time at conferences and events like Prosper Show? Are these events really providing content that makes it worth the price of admission? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Eytan Wiener as he goes over the valuable lessons and insights you don’t want to miss out on that can only be found at Prosper Show. The two points that Eytan makes are regarding saving ecommerce sellers money in their business. Don’t leave money on the table! Listen to Eytan’s insightful takeaways and find out why you shouldn't miss the next Prosper Show!

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Jason Guerrettaz is the co-founder and Marketing Strategist for Website Closers. Jason is a former corporate counsel to Mid-Market as well as Fortune 500 companies. His duties have also included serving as General Manager of the largest digital marketing firm in its industry. This experience motivated him to found his own company, United Commerce Group, Inc., which is the parent company for a number of web properties including GunSafes.com, Saunas.com, MassageChairs.com, and Melondipity.com.

Ron Matheson is the co-founder and Experienced Broker for Website Closers. Ron has been in the business of buying and selling online companies for over 20 years. For several years, he was affiliated with the largest business brokerage in the world. Out of several hundred Brokers in the country, he was consistently in the top 10 and even ranked as high as number 4. He has won several awards and rightfully earned the reputation as one of the Top Brokers in the country.

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

  • [0:45] Jeremy introduces his guests, Jason Guerrettaz and Ron Matheson.
  • [1:20] What does Website Brokers do?
  • [2:00] Biggest mistakes ecommerce business owners make.
  • [2:30] Customer success stories.
  • [3:15] Common reasons why ecommerce business owners want to sell.
  • [4:15] The advantage that Website Brokers brings to the table.
  • [5:30] Objections people have when they consider selling their business.
  • [6:00] Significant milestones for Website Brokers.
  • [7:30] Bucket list items for Jason and Ron.

In this episode…

What does it take to build an organization that specializes in evaluating website properties? How do they go about their evaluations? What can ecommerce business owners do to make their properties as valuable as possible? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Jeremy sits down with Jason Guerrettaz and Ron Matheson as they share their story and how Website Closers got started. Jason and Ron also cover customer success stories, common reasons why ecommerce business owners want to sell, milestones they’ve reached along the way, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode!

How can ecommerce sellers get the most out of their ecommerce business when they are ready to sell it? What are some best practices they can adopt so that the sale of their business goes smoothly? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leaders Jason Guerrettaz and Ron Matheson as they explain how Website Closers can help ecommerce sellers. Both Jason and Ron reveal that it is best for ecommerce sellers to approach Website Closers months before they think they are ready to sell their business. This advanced preparation allows Jason and Ron’s team to get the business ready and find the best buyer. To hear more about how Website Closers operates, listen to this episode!

As a business leader, it’s important to take a step back from time to time and recognize and celebrate the milestones you’ve been able to accomplish as an organization. On this episode of Inspired Insider, Jason Guerrettaz and Ron Matheson go over the milestones they are most proud of from their journey of building up Website Closers. They both point to the amazing network of buyers they’ve been able to build and the 300 companies they’ve been able to represent. While the journey to grow Website Closers hasn’t always been easy, Jason and Ron look back with pride at what they’ve been able to build together. How can you learn from Jason and Ron’s story? What milestones will you celebrate with your organization? Learn more on this fascinating episode!

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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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SellerActive was launched in 2011 by Jason Harra and Bryan Hockett of Salem, Oregon. Coming from an e-commerce background themselves, the founders knew well the thousands of small tasks that burden online retailers. The dream of SellerActive was to offer a set of user-friendly tools to e-commerce businesses, services that could simplify and automate online listing, processing, and shipping. While SellerActive is officially still young, its tools and services have been tested and refined in online marketplaces for well over a decade. (SellerActive's tools began as internally developed solutions for textbook retailer Bookbyte.) Customers can rest assured knowing our services have been tried, tested, and proven through over 12 years of success in online marketplaces.

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

  • [0:45] Jeremy introduces his guest, Jason Harra.
  • [1:30] How does SellerActive serve their clients? What are their success stories?
  • [2:00] Who should use SellerActive? What are some milestones?
  • [2:30] Mistakes many ecommerce sellers make.
  • [3:00] Pride in a great team delivering quality customer service.
  • [3:30] Jason’s bucket list.

In this episode…

What lessons can you learn from the success of a business built on order management and multi-channel inventory? How can you take the lessons of this success story and use it to fuel your own venture in business? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader, Jason Harra. Jason opens up about his company, SellerActive, some of the success stories they’ve helped create, milestones reached, what sets them apart from their competition, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this valuable and informative episode featuring Jason!

Is there an issue in the marketplace that you think you and your organization could help solve? How do you communicate your solution in a crowded marketplace? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear the story of SellerActive from their co-founder Jason Harra. While not every story is a success story, Jason and his team are proud of the work they’ve been able to do for ecommerce sellers like Dollar Hobbyz. How can you learn from SellerActive’s story and what they’ve been able to do for successful companies in the ecommerce industry? Find out on this exciting and engaging episode!

What is one thing that your organization should be known for? How can you create loyal customers and raving fans of the product or service that you provide? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Jeremy sits down with entrepreneur and business leader Jason Harra. Jason shares why SellerActive has been so successful and why they’ve been able to help their clients find massive success. In Jason’s mind, it all comes down to the team they’ve built at SellerActive. He is convinced that providing a top quality customer experience is vital to a thriving and growing company. Learn more from Jason and the great work his team is doing at SellerActive on this powerful episode!

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Today’s guest is David Lahme, co-founder of Tradeport. David has built this nationally recognized reverse logistics provider focusing on a completely integrated returns management and processing solution for major E-commerce, retail, OEM, and distribution supply chain partners, including: JET, Sennheiser, Sears, Accell NA, SquareTrade and GoWireless. He is a highly effective executive with proven experience in business strategy, sales and development, partnership alliances, and client account management.

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

  • [0:45] Jeremy introduces his guest, David Lahme and he shares why Tradeport started.
  • [1:15] How Tradeport serves their clients.
  • [1:45] Who should use Tradeport?
  • [2:15] Mistakes ecommerce sellers are making.
  • [2:45] David shares how Tradeport creates success stories.
  • [3:00] David’s proudest milestone for Tradeport.
  • [3:30] How Tradeport helps ecommerce leaders.

In this episode…

How can you and your organization identify and take advantage of a massive vacuum on the marketplace and seize that opportunity to serve your clients and customers in a unique and meaningful way? What would that type of innovation look like? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and innovator David Lahme. David shares the story of how Tradeport jumped on the opportunity to help ecommerce sellers by providing product return solutions. Discover why Tradeport is going on 15 years strong as an important part of the ecommerce community. You don’t want to miss this fascinating episode!

Many ecommerce businesses do not have a return policy in place, they find themselves at the mercy of third party return facilities that end up being a hit or miss quality. What is the solution for these hardworking and innovative ecommerce businesses? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader, David Lahme as he shares how Tradeport is working hard to earn the trust and business of ecommerce businesses for all of their needs regarding returns. What can you learn from Tradeport’s helpful and business forward approach? Find out on this engaging episode featuring David!

How can you set your business apart from the rest of the crowd? What will it take for you to become the go-to business in your industry? On this episode of Inspired Insider, David Lahme shares how he and his team at Tradeport have made a name for themselves in the ecommerce industry when it comes to handling returns. For David, it all comes down to providing enormous value to his clients, he prides himself in the fact that they are able to help many of their customers recoup value from products that they normally would have lost. What can you learn from Tradeport’s fierce commitment to serving their clients with excellence? Learn more on this helpful episode!

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Rick Cesari was the first person to use an infomercial to build a national brand name (Juiceman®) and then apply the same strategy to launch a number of other products and brands into the stratosphere: The Sonicare Toothbrush, the George Foreman Grill, OxiClean, and Orange Glo®, as well as Fortune 500 clients Microsoft and Clorox®. He is the founder and CEO of Cesari Media, a full-service direct-response marketing agency that provides production, media buying, interactive, and campaign management services.
 

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

  • [0:45] I introduce my guest, Rick Cesari.
  • [1:30] Must have components of an infomercial.
  • [2:30] How to get testimonials for your product.
  • [3:30] Surprising stories from infomercials.
  • [4:30] Why it’s important to educate the consumer.
  • [5:30] Rick talks about working with Billy Mays.
  • [7:00] Rick shares lessons from selling The Juiceman juicer.

In this episode…

What lessons can you learn and take away from a renowned marketing expert? How can you benefit from the perspective of someone who knows how to use the customer education approach and many other methods? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Jeremy sits down with entrepreneur and marketing expert Rick Cesari. Rick opens up about his experience with infomercials, what it was like working with Billy Mays, why you should use the customer education approach, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this interesting episode featuring Rick!

Think back to one of your recent most enjoyable buying experience. Most likely, that experience was enjoyable because the seller took their time and focused on customer education. Most people do not want to be on the receiving end of a “Hard sell.” How can you communicate with your buyers in a way that educates and helps them figure out an issue they are desperate to have resolved? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Rick Cesari as he goes over the time-tested customer education approach. You’ll walk away from this episode with a good idea on how to serve your customers in a helpful way and give them a clear opportunity to choose your product. Make sure to listen to this fascinating episode with Rick!

Have you ever wondered what the essential components of an infomercial are? How do you successfully market a product in a way that appeals to a broad audience? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from experienced marketer, Rick Cesari. Rick says that marketing a quality product is paramount to a successful marketing campaign, you want to advertise something that people need. He also says that a great strategy to market your product is to go out and gather testimonials so your audience can see that other people are using your product and that it works! To get more great insights from Rick’s unique perspective, make sure to listen to this episode!

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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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Danny and his brother Rob Kole have been in the importing and wholesale business for over 30 years. They built Kole Imports literally from the ground up. They started out selling items at swap meets and quickly realized there was a new trend emerging - dollar stores. They immediately took a trip to China and began selling Wholesale dollar store merchandise - becoming one of the lead suppliers in the Dollar Store Supply industry. Kole Imports is now a booming company with a constantly changing product line - on average 7,000 items are sold under the Kole Imports name. 

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

  • [0:45] Jeremy introduces his guest, Danny Kole.
  • [1:20] Popular items at swap meets 20 years ago.
  • [2:00] Milestones along the way and lessons learned.
  • [3:00] Private labeling on Amazon.
  • [4:00] Success stories from sellers who partner with Kole Imports.
  • [5:30] Pride in the ability to change with the times.
  • [6:30] What Amazon sellers need to know about Kole Imports.

In this episode…

How does a wholesale supply business that started over 30 years ago stay relevant and competitive in a modern marketplace? What changes, innovations, and trends have they had to embrace over the years to make sure they were moving along with the landscape? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Danny Kole. Danny shares how he and his brother started Kole Imports, milestones they’ve achieved over the years, how they help Amazon sellers, and so much more! You don’t want to miss this great opportunity to get an inside look at how a successful business has grown and expanded over the years!

Don’t you love to hear stories of success and innovation? There is so much to learn from business leaders and other role models who have risen from relative obscurity to lead great organizations that have a huge impact on their industry. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll get a brief glimpse at humble beginnings of Kole Imports, operating out of the bathroom of a sandwich shop owned by Danny’s parents. Now, Kole Imports is a leading supplier, serving Amazon sellers and shipping to over 100 countries worldwide. Make sure to listen to this episode to hear more about Danny’s inspirational story!

What have you learned in your years in business? How have you implemented what you’ve learned and observed to help your organization stay competitive in a constantly changing environment? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and innovator Danny Kole. Danny says that he takes great pride in his company’s ability to embrace change and innovation over the 30 years that they’ve been in business. It would have been so much easier to continue to apply the same tactics and strategies that worked in the 80’s and 90’s but Kole Imports took the hard road and fought to stay relevant and market their services to budding sectors of the economy. Danny also talks about how Kole Imports serves private label Amazon sellers as they try to build their own ecommerce businesses. Hear more about Kole Imports and all they have to offer on this engaging episode!

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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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Today we have Jim Edwards who is a top direct response marketer and entrepreneur. Jim started back in 1997 writing ebooks and today has a very popular software product that helps shortcut the process of writing copy for ecommerce, webinars, and much more. Jim helps people discover how to turn ideas into income with books, ebooks, video, sales copy, and blogging. Jim's successes are compelling because he went through a lot of challenges. After having success in real estate and mortgage banking, Jim left the industry to launch his own business. In just a few short years, he lost all he acquired, and he struggled. Jim developed a heart condition and landed in the hospital staring death in the face. Thereafter, he declared bankruptcy. After 2-3 years he made it all back and kept going.

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

  • [1:20] Jeremy introduces his guest, Jim Edwards.
  • [3:00] Jim talks about his early career and experiencing low points.
  • [9:00] How did Marlon Sanders influence Jim?
  • [13:00] Finding an audience that is desperate for your help.
  • [14:30] Jim talks about some early sales copy software he’s developed.
  • [17:30] What are people using Funnel Scripts for? What’s the most popular?
  • [22:00] Using Funnel Scripts for ecommerce businesses.
  • [26:30] Why does Jim use the webinar method to promote Funnel Scripts.
  • [33:30] Trends in sales copy.
  • [39:00] Jim talks about creating a script for case studies.
  • [41:00] Jim opens up about a health scare.
  • [46:00] Using resources to help others.

In this episode…

How can lessons learned from a career of writing effective sales copy teach you and your organization how to take your business to the next level? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and sales copy expert Jim Edwards. Jim opens up about his career, how he helps businesses connect with their audience, why it’s vital to solve real and pressing issues that customers face, trends he sees in sales copy, and so much more! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn some valuable insights and lessons from Jim on this informative episode!

Have you ever thought about how your life experiences have shaped and molded your journey to cause you to end up right where you were meant to be? What episodes from early on in your life prepared you for where you are today? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Jim Edwards. Jim is kind enough to share some of the early difficulties, failures, and successes that set him on his path to working as a top direct response marketer and sales copy expert. You can tell that Jim has learned a lot on his journey and he’s eager to help leaders like you gather as many insights and lessons from his story so you can have similar success without the bumps along the way. Learn more about Jim’s story on this episode!

If you want to grow your business and really connect with your customer base, you’ve got to identify an issue or problem that they are desperate to solve. What steps has your business taken to address this important factor? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Jim Edwards explains why it’s vital for businesses to tap into the critical needs, not just the inconveniences of their target audience. Jim says that if organizations can embrace this approach, they will see their business grow exponentially. Discover what additional insights and lessons you can learn from Jim’s unique perspective on this engaging episode!

Imagine what it would look like if you could take an aspect of your industry and automate it in a way that makes you money and leaves your customers highly satisfied. What level of impact would that type of innovation have on your organization? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and innovator Jim Edwards. In his conversation with Jeremy, Jim shares how he came up with the idea to automate and build a software that helps business leaders like you create an effective sales copy. Whether you are interested in an efficient sales copy service or if you want to learn from Jim’s experience of embracing automation, you’ve got to check out this fascinating episode!

How can your organization stand out in your industry? What will it take for your message to succeed and help you stay ahead of the competition? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from sales copy expert and business leader Jim Edwards. Jim is here to help leaders like you hone your message and communicate effectively to your audience. One way to stay ahead of the competition is to make sure your message is relevant and crafted for today’s social media audience. The days of long-form sales copy and messaging are gone! You and your organization need to learn how to send out tweets and other messages that are clear and concise. Hear more from Jim about communicating in the age of social media and more on this episode!

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Today we have someone who people whisper about behind closed doors in high-level entrepreneur groups because they want his advice. Roland Frasier founded, scaled or sold almost two dozen different businesses ranging from consumer products to industrial machine manufacturing companies with adjusted sales ranging from $3 million to $337 million. He has completed infomercial deals with Guthy-Renker and K-Tel Direct, publishing deals with Simon & Schuster and Random House, negotiated shows with major hotels on the Las Vegas strip, he's been involved in over 100 private and public offerings, and much more. Roland currently is a principal in Idea Incubator which owns both DigitalMarketer.com and NativeCommerce.com and works in marketing businesses with Ryan Deiss, Perry Belcher, Frank Kern and many other digital marketing thought leaders.

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Roland Frasier.
  • [2:30] Roland talks about Founder’s Board.
  • [6:00] Where did the 1892 Society web domain come from?
  • [7:30] Who should connect with Founder’s Board?
  • [9:30] What do Roland’s kids want to do?
  • [14:00] Will Roland write a book?
  • [18:30] One of Roland’s favorite stories that he shares with friends and family.

In this episode…

What does it take to help businesses grow? In order for a business to grow, a leader has to grow and learn from the best mentors available. Are you and your business growing? What have you done to take proactive steps toward growth? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur, Roland Frasier. Roland opens up about one of his passion projects, Founder’s Board and how it can help put leaders like you in the right position with the right mentors to succeed. Roland also shares about the book he is working on and a fascinating story of when he visited Africa. You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Roland!

When was the last time that you intentionally connected with mentors or a mastermind that would help you grow both personally and professionally? What kind of impact did the experience have on you? On this episode of Inspired Insider, innovator and leader Roland Frasier shares why he started Founder’s Board and how it helps leaders get connected to the best advice and input they need to take their business to the next level. You really get a sense of Roland’s passion and excitement for this project as he shares what it can do and why it’s so important. Learn more about Founder’s Board including the story behind its web domain name on this episode!

Have you ever considered what legacy you will leave behind for your family, friends, and community? What part of your legacy will you be the proudest of? How does your business factor into your thoughts about your legacy? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Roland Frasier goes over the thoughts and stories that he has collected over the years and hopes to include in a new book. Roland sees this book as a way to share with his family, friends, and the rest of the world what he’s learned and observed as a business leader. Make sure to listen to this episode as Roland shares additional insights and lessons he’s learned over the years!

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Today we have Justin Jacobs founder of Refunds Manager.com. He is software developer turned Amazon refunds hero. When I heard about what Justin offers I thought it was a no-brainer to use their company but they obviously only work with sellers who have a certain volume of sales and there is an objection he gets that I did not expect. The reason it is a no-brainer is they charge you nothing upfront and only get paid when they collect funds from Amazon's mistakes.

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

  • [0:50] Jeremy introduces his guest, Justin Jacobs.
  • [2:00] Common errors that Amazon makes.
  • [5:30] Justin talks about how he came up with the idea for Refunds Manager.
  • [8:30] How did Justin get the business started?
  • [14:30] Why Justin and his team tackle older orders first.
  • [16:00] Justin shares some horror stories from some of his clients.
  • [20:00] Building a team and delivering quality customer service.
  • [22:30] Getting the word out and increasing brand awareness.
  • [24:30] What gets people’s attention at conferences?
  • [26:30] How did Justin come up with the cost for his services?
  • [28:00] Justin talks about his love for books.
  • [30:00] Challenges Justin has faced along the way.
  • [32:30] Responding to setbacks caused by Amazon’s policy changes.
  • [36:30] Proud moments on the journey for Justin and his plans for the future.
  • [39:30] Who should connect with Justin’s services?

In this episode…

Wouldn’t you love to have someone who would go to bat for you and your business? Imagine if there was a service that would comb through your records in order to save you money? Sounds too good to be true, right? It’s not! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur Justin Jacobs. Justin and his team at Refund Manager have positioned themselves to service Amazon FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) sellers by getting them more reimbursements for common but hard-to-detect FBA issues. Listen as Justin shares how he got the idea for Refund Manager, what it took to get the business started, horror stories from their clients, how they get the word out about their services, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode!

What was it that led you to start your business or take on that risky idea? Did you do it because you had a hunch or was there someone who encouraged you to step out and try something new? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear how entrepreneur and innovator Justin Jacobs came across the idea to that eventually became his company, Refund Manager. Justin says that it occurred to him rather innocently, as he was helping a client with a separate project he was working on. He and his client were going over inventory numbers and saw that what they had in stock didn’t match what Amazon was reporting, this led to the birth of Refund Manager. To hear more about Justin's story, make sure to listen to this episode!

How do you get business owners and sellers on Amazon to hand over access to critical data about their company to an outside organization? You have to build credibility, show that the risk is worth it, and prove that you aren’t a threat. These were exactly the steps that business leader Justin Jacobs had to take as he created a new way to save Amazon FBA sellers more money. The common objection he faced as he would pitch his services to sellers is why should they hand over their data to someone who could be their competition? In light of this objection, Justin had to assure his clients and potential clients that neither he or his family would sell on Amazon. Listen to this episode of Inspired Insider as Justin expands on the unique challenges he faced and what he was able to do to overcome them!

What is one way that your business can stand out from the rest of the competition in the marketplace today? As much as consumers enjoy premium products and good value, one way to really make a mark and stand out is by providing quality customer service. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Justin Jacobs as he shares why providing great customer service is so important. For Justin, it all comes down to creating an experience that he would want to have as a customer. By providing live customer service, Justin and his team have created a customer experience that they can be proud of. Make sure to listen to this episode to hear more from Justin!

They say that you can tell a lot about a person and even an organization by the way they handle adversity. What would people say about you or your organization? Have you faced a difficult or trying time in the past? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Justin Jacobs shares how his company responded when Amazon made a sudden change that impacted their business dramatically. From this experience, Justin and his team had to learn how to respond quickly to save their business. They were successful and they were able to retain most of their clients through this jarring change. To hear more details about the situation and how Justin responded, listen to this fascinating episode!

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Today we have Christopher Lochhead who started his first company at 18 and retired 30 years later. He is a three-time public company CMO, best selling author, and host of Legends and Losers Podcast. He was a co-founder of Play Bigger Advisors, served as Chief Marketing Officer of Mercury Interactive, a $1B software company that was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2006 for $4.5B. He is coauthor with Al Ramadan and Dave Peterson and Kevin Maney of Play Bigger: How pirates, dreamers, and innovators create and dominate markets.

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

  • [1:30] Jeremy introduces his guest, Christopher Lochhead.
  • [2:30] Christopher talks about his work with One Life.
  • [6:00] How to connect with Christopher.
  • [7:00] What inspires Christopher?
  • [8:00] Christopher describes all the items he has in his office.

In this episode…

One of the greatest investments that a successful person can make is to help others find financial success. It’s not about a handout, it’s about equipping and helping others learn the best practices that will lead to personal and professional wellbeing. Have you thought about how you can help others in this regard? Business leader and entrepreneur, Christopher Lochhead is doing his part by partnering with One Life. One Life is an organization that exists to empower people of all ages to create their best life possible through an inclusive approach that provides holistic support in the areas of life planning and purpose, personal health, relationships, wealth building and investments, entrepreneurship, and mindfulness and spirituality. Learn more about Christopher’s story and his passion for the work of One Life on this episode of Inspired Insider!

Did you know that your environment has a profound impact on how you perform? It’s true! Think about it, would you be more successful in a cold, harsh, and unforgiving climate or would you be more likely to succeed in a warm, sunny, and pleasant environment? It doesn’t just come down to the weather, it comes down to people in your community and more importantly, the people you allow to have access to your life. Take this opportunity to really consider how your surroundings, starting small and then working your outward in concentric circles, can impact your productivity and potential for success. Hear more about the power of your environment from business leader and podcaster, Christopher Lochhead on this episode of Inspired Insider!

What inspires you to continue to pursue your dreams? Is it family, friends, being part of a bigger mission in life? Do you find enjoyment and inspiration in little things that connect you to a larger picture or represent something that you value? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and innovator Christopher Lochhead. Christopher was kind enough to open up his office to Jeremy and share the various items that bring him personal and professional motivation. These objects connect Christopher to people, places, and eras that inspire him and help fuel his passion for the people he connects with on a daily basis. Make sure to listen to this episode to hear more about Christopher and his fascinating story!

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Today we have Paul Johnson co-founder of Seller Labs with Brandon Checketts. They make valuable tools for Ecommerce Sellers including Feedback Genius, Snagshout, Scope, and Quantify. In the past four years, Seller Labs has grown to more than forty staff and they develop applications for modern Ecommerce businesses. Last year Seller Labs helped their customers transact over seven billion dollars on Amazon. 

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

  • [1:00] Jeremy introduces his guest, Paul Johnson.
  • [2:00] Paul talks about the ecommerce tool, Scope.
  • [10:30] What problems does Scope solve?
  • [14:00] Common mistakes that ecommerce businesses make.
  • [18:00] Best practices for following up with ecommerce customers.
  • [20:30] Paul talks about launching Feedback Genius.
  • [29:00] Is it best to start a private label business or resell products on Amazon?
  • [31:00] Paul talks about his initial success as a liquidator and where he went from there.
  • [41:30] More common mistakes made by ecommerce businesses.
  • [46:30] Paul talks about SnagShout and changes that came down from Amazon.
  • [55:00] How did the pricing model and direction for SnagShout change?
  • [1:02:00] What are super URLS?
  • [1:05:30] Paul talks about his musical abilities.
  • [1:09:30] Ecommerce tools that Paul recommends.
  • [1:20:00] One trend that Paul sees unaddressed in the marketplace.

In this episode…

What does it look like to build a company with the goal to help ecommerce brands succeed? Where does that motivation come from? What products and tools will come from such a focused and determined approach? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Paul Johnson. Paul goes over how Seller Labs got started, what tools they’ve developed to help ecommerce brands succeed, hurdles they’ve faced along the way, and much more! Make sure to grab pen and paper, you don’t want to miss a minute of this great opportunity to learn from an industry leader like Paul on this episode!

If you want to succeed as a business leader you’ve got be able to communicate effectively what problem your product or service solves for the consumer. Has your organization focused in on the right messaging to put your brand in position for success? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and innovator Paul Johnson as he goes over how his company, Seller Labs has honed in on messaging that speaks to their customers. Part of the reason why the messaging works so well as Seller Labs is due to the fact that Paul and his business partner have been in the shoes of most ecommerce leader having started out running an ecommerce business. To hear more about Paul’s story, make sure to listen to this episode!

The last thing your customers and clients want is a spammy and over the top pitch to use your product or service. What can you do to make sure that you aren’t turning away potential clients unnecessarily? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Paul Johnson shares some of the common mistakes he sees ecommerce sellers make and how leaders like you can avoid them. According to Paul, it all comes down to following the simple rule, “Market toward others as you would have them market to you.” Join Paul on this episode of Inspired Insider as he reveals additional tips and insights that will help leaders like you stay competitive!

As the ecommerce industry grows and expands, which path is the best to follow, starting a private label business or reselling products online? Which approach will provide the most success and profit? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from ecommerce industry expert and business leader Paul Johnson. Paul opens up about his perspective and why each approach will differ depending on the individual and their goals. He goes over the benefits of starting a private label business and also presents why it can be cost-effective to go the reselling route. To hear more about this fascinating topic, make sure to catch this episode featuring Paul!

What was it that caused you to go into business in the first place? Was it a desire to become the captain of your own destiny? Or was it to become successful and make a name for yourself? Paul Johnson got his start as a liquidator and grew a small scale ecommerce business into the dream that eventually became Seller Labs. That dream became a reality because Paul had the desire to help ecommerce leaders succeed and follow their dream of growing a business using platforms like Amazon. As Paul tells it, he could have kept the business small and nimble to continue generating a sizeable profit margin but it was his desire to innovate and help others succeed that led to more tools and the growth Seller Labs, in part. To hear more about Paul’s story, make sure to listen to this episode!

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Today I have a force of nature, Adrienne Richardson. First of all, you don't mess with a hockey mom from New Jersey. I like to brag about her that she is one of the top marketing experts around. I don't like to pigeonhole her even though it is on her site that she is a Facebook Ad expert because she is so sharp when it comes to messaging, copywriting, funnels and direct response marketing and there is so much more that goes into the campaigns that she runs for people. What I want Adrienne's tagline to be is "Hi, I am Adrienne and I drive cold traffic (people who don't know you) into an automated webinar and have it spit out millions of dollars on the other side." Of course, Adrienne work with top people who have systems in place to do this and she has spent tens of millions of dollars on Facebook so she knows what works and what doesn't. Adrienne has a laundry list of amazing clients like Russ Ruffino, University of California, and many more.

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

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Adrienne Richardson.
  • [3:00] Adrienne talks about the use of pictures in ads on social media.
  • [8:00] What makes for compelling sales copy?
  • [11:30] Do’s and don’ts of targeting an audience.
  • [14:30] Adrienne talks about how she helps her son have a healthy mindset.

In this episode…

Have you ever struggled with reaching your target group for your company’s products or services? What steps have you taken to hone in on and accurately market to your target customer group? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from marketing and ad expert Adrienne Richardson. Adrienne opens up about the use of images in ads on Facebook, how to craft compelling sales copy, the do’s and don’ts of targeting an audience, the importance of mindset, and much more! Make sure you have pen and paper ready, you don’t want to miss a minute of this fascinating episode featuring Adrienne!

How can leaders like you make sure your business is connecting with the right target group? Does it come down to having the right sales copy? Do you need to run ads in the right places digitally speaking? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Adrienne Richardson as she breakdown how business leaders like you can reach the right target group. Adrienne says the best way to reach your target audience is by targeting the problem, not the person. It may sound counter-intuitive, but the last thing you want to do is make an inaccurate assumption about your prospective customer. Learn more about how to connect with the right target group from Adrienne on this fascinating episode!

What will it take for business leaders and other driven individuals to succeed in the new year? Does it all come down to luck or are there certain practices and habits that will put you in the best position to succeed? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur, Adrienne Richardson. Adrienne goes over the power and importance of cultivating a healthy mindset. If you can take steps and incorporate certain practices each day that will grow and strengthen a healthy mindset, you’ll be in the best possible position for success. Learn from Adrienne’s insights and how she helped her son grow and make huge strides with the right mindset. Make sure to listen to this helpful episode!

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