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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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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.

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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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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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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 creates 100% outsourced VIP days for software companies and conference organizers to serve their highest level customers.

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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