Spotlight: Austin, Texas

Spotlight Interview: Dave Mattson

Dave Mattson - Sandler Systems, Inc

Dave talks about innovation, learning from customers, and success in sales.

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Spotlight Interview: David Allen

David Allen - Getting Things Done

David talks about GTD and how it can help you, your business, and your success.

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Spotlight Interview: Gordon Logan

Gordon Logan - Sport Clips

Gordon talks about Sport Clips and the success of the franchise model he built.

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Mar19

Brent Warrington
Brent Warrington

With over 18 years of experience in advancing commerce in the payments industry, Brent Warrington delivers skilled leadership for SecureNet’s growth initiatives and market expansion strategy as Chief Executive Officer.

SecureNet is streamlining the way thousands of businesses accept payments. Their integrated suite of payment tools is the simplest and most advanced way for merchants – from small businesses to enterprises – to manage commerce in any environment: in-store, online and via mobile devices. The platform is backed by detailed business analytics that help merchants make informed decisions to grow their business. SecureNet has a direct connection to card networks, which allows them to offer the most transparent and straightforward pricing in the industry.

BusinessInterviews.com: What are some ways that you help pass on significant cost savings to merchants?

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Jul24

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Melissa Pickering
iCreate to Educate
Founder & CEO

iCreate engages kids in the K12 classroom through simple technology that bridges hands-on exploration with digital creativity. Founded on education research, iCreate’s flagship software uses stop-motion animation as a medium for students to express and develop conceptual understandings through all subject areas. Integrated into existing curriculum by thousands of teachers around the world, iCreate fosters the young innovators of our future.

MO: What inspired you to launch your business?

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Jun28

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Bill Frink
Frink Inc. Advertising
Founder

Frink Inc. Advertising was founded in 2002 and since then the agency has helped retail businesses and professional services increase sales and profitability through highly focused advertising and promotional campaigns. Their expertise in local advertising strategy, production and media planning and buying enables their clients to identify and target their customers and maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of their advertising and marketing budgets.

Bill Frink has background encompasses both advertising and retail business management. His previous experience includes 10 years with Time Warner Cable as an account executive and one year in the same capacity with the CBS affiliate in Austin. As a top producer for both organizations, he earned a reputation for reliability, integrity and his focus on the priorities of my clients.

He also founded and served as the General Manager for Whip In Convenience stores, a profitable chain of convenience stores based in Austin, Texas in the 1980s.

MO: How did your previous experience with Time Warner Cable as an account executive help prepare you for launching your own advertising agency?

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Jun26

Don-Fornes-Founder-and-CEO-of-Software-Advice

Software Advice is a trusted resource for software buyers. The company’s website, www.softwareadvice.com, provides detailed reviews, comparisons and research to help organizations choose the right software. Meanwhile, the company’s team of software analysts provide free telephone consultations to help each software buyer identify systems that best fit their needs. In the process, Software Advice connects software buyers and sellers, generating high-quality opportunities for software vendors.

Since its founding in 2005, the company has assisted more than 115,000 software buyers. Software Advice is headquartered in Austin, Texas where it employs a team of 60 (and growing). It has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States by Inc. Magazine.

MO: What inspired to you launch Software Advice?

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Feb28

Jesse Cannone
Jesse Cannone
The Healthy Back Institute
Co-Founder

Jesse Cannone has been helping people eliminate their pain and regain control of their lives for more than a decade. As a successful personal trainer and post-rehabilitation specialist in the greater Washington, D.C. area, Jesse was not content with seeing so many clients come to him with lower back pain and sciatica. He decided to focus his attention on helping the millions of people who struggle with back pain, neck pain, and sciatica.

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Feb27

Katie Niemeyer
Katie Niemeyer
Handana
Founder

Handana is a fashion meets function fitness accessory that has changed the lives of so many, including my own. I invented Handana after being diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a reaction causing your skin to blister to the point that you have 2nd and 3rd degree burns.

MO: What inspired you to launch your business?

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Feb27

Chris Strand
Chris Strand
Stan's Heating and Air Conditioning

Stan’s Heating & Air Conditioning is a HVAC company providing air conditioning repair, maintenance, and heating services for both commercial and residential customers in the greater Austin area.

MO: What inspired you to launch your business?

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Feb1

Greg Fox
Greg Fox

MO: What has been your biggest challenge as a business owner and how have you met that challenge?

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Jan23

Craig Bryant
Craig Bryant
Bryant Electric
Owner

Bryant Electric is a family owned electrician service that has been serving the Austin, Texas area since 1986.

MO: What inspired you to launch your business?

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Jan8

Guillermo Ortiz
Guillermo Ortiz
Geek Powered Studios
CEO & Founding Geek

Geek Powered Studios is an Internet Marketing company based in Austin, TX. They provide search engine optimization services, Pay-Per-Click management, and web design.

MO: What inspired you to launch your business?

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Jul27

Entrepreneur Joy Schoffler
Joy Schoffler
Leverage PR
Principal

written by MO.com Subject Matter Resource Joy Schoffler

Over the past few years, most of us have had to innovate in one way or another in order make it through the market crash. People have had to change career paths, organizations have had to change product development direction. Even our government leadership has seen the need to innovate and focus more on the entrepreneurs and innovators. If we as a culture have learned anything from the crash, it is that we all must constantly change and reinvent ourselves in order to grow. We must innovate. But how can we achieve this? How can we change our businesses when we can barely get through today’s task list? The answer is through creating innovation first from within ourselves, within our workplaces, within our families, and the list goes on.

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