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“Apple was an entrepreneurial company where however big your dreams were, you were given the opportunity to achieve them.”

Wanderful Media® is a Silicon Valley company reinventing local discovery shopping. With access to almost 100 million unique visitors per month throughout its network, Wanderful Media helps retailers bring shoppers into local stores and gives shoppers the most convenient way to discover local merchandise.

The company owns and operates the Find&Save® brand of local shopping sites covering all of the top 50 designated market areas (DMAs). Unlike price comparison, daily deal and couponing sites, Find&Save makes discovery shopping engaging, fun and social for shoppers, wherever they are and however they shop – tablet, mobile or web.

Wanderful Media is an independent company financed by a powerful group of media companies that includes Advance Digital, A. H. Belo Corporation, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., Cox Media Group, The E. W. Scripps Company, Gannett Co., Inc., GateHouse Media, Inc., Hearst Corporation, Lee Enterprises, MediaNews Group, The McClatchy Company, and The Washington Post Co.

Wanderful Media represents a media industry initiative to transform the $4 billion business of traditional advertising circulars through digital innovation – just as joint media ventures such as CareerBuilder and strengthened the industry’s position through the use of new technology.

In September 2012, Wanderful Media entered the market, connecting retail advertisers with millions of consumers nationwide. The company was originally formed in November 2011 as ShopCo Holdings.

Wanderful Media is headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif., and has a development and operations office in downtown Chico, Calif.

MO: What issue does your core product help solve and how so?

“Since launching two years ago we’ve grown very quickly to become the world’s largest house sitting website.” helps home and pet owners find reliable sitters to look after their house and animals when they go on vacation.

MO: What inspired you to launch your business?

“I am a builder at heart and am inspired by do it yourselfers.”

Robo 3D Printer is a team of hardworking individuals that complement each other well. Composed of two engineers and a marketing specialist, we have become a group of friends that want to share our experience with the world. We built our first 3D printer back in 2010, and we have been obsessed with the process ever since. Creativity and engineering are the skills that have gotten us this far in life, and hopefully will in the years to come.

MO: What inspired you to launch your business?

“Financial education is crucial for college students, especially since for many students, college is the first time that they are interacting with and managing their finances.”

LifeCounts is a paid, subscription-based online service that allows users to optimize their financial data for greater clarity and control. With a simple, one-time setup, users can securely link all of their financial accounts in one location even if the accounts are held with different financial institutions.

LifeCounts employs bank-level security and is dedicated to responsible data management, and we do not distribute any data to advertisers.

MO: What inspired you to launch your business?

“Entrepreneurship is difficult. It’s not easy and you get many hurdles but if you’re willing to stick it out I think you’ll find it very rewarding.”

SportsFormulator uses analytics to measure team/player performance and predict sporting events.

MO: What inspired you to launch your business?

“Every small business has to contemplate the costs of finding an office space.”

Jay Suites is a leading provider of flexible, fully-furnished office space suites in New York City. The firm specializes in full-service executive suite spaces with all-inclusive pricing; their short and long-term solutions accommodate a variety of businesses across the spectrum, from lawyers and financial managers to entrepreneurs. Jay Suites’ vision is to transform the business center industry by committing an unprecedented amount of attention to design, service and quality.

MO: What inspired you to launch your business?

“You need to have faith in your idea and a real passion to make it happen.”

Redicka Subrammanian and Dakshen R co-founded Interakt Digital Communications Group in January 2004 with just $6,000 in their pockets. Their dream was to be pioneers in the digital space – and they have never lost sight of that.

Today, Interakt is a full-service digital communications firm that delivers creative solutions at the intersection of business, marketing and technology. With its signature approach of “Communications inside out”, Interakt helps leading brands, such as Citibank, The Estée Lauder Companies, Levi’s and Lenovo deliver their brand promise through:

• Internal communications that connect employees with the brand and help them protect and enhance its meaning and value

• External communications that engage audiences, inspire them to action and sustain long-term relationships

MO: Can you talk about the early days of Interakt, the challenges that you faced and how you overcame them?

“Momtrepreneur Gives Hope to Children Battling Learning Disorders”

Momtrepreneur Kristel Thomas is the owner of Brain Balance Achievement Centers of Canton, Ohio. The experience of seeking a drug-free solution for her son’s developmental delay, language and communication disorder led her to a whole new career path. She bought her franchise in 2011 and has joined the revolution of Brain Balance franchise owners who have helped thousands of children between the ages of 4 and 17 reach their academic, social and behavioral potential through a drug free approach. The individualized and customized program utilizes sensory motor exercises, cognitive work and nutritional guidance to address the root cause of many neurobehavioral issues. Today, there are over 50 Brain Balance Achievement Centers nationwide.

MO: What influenced your decision to open a Brain Balance Achievement Center of your own?

“Music Industry Leader Inspires Children to Rock on Stage and In Life”

Chris Catalano has established himself as a leading advisor in the music industry, serving as CEO of School of Rock since July 2010 and Chairman of the Board since June 2009. His passion and commitment to inspire musicians around the nation has helped to establish the franchise as the most prolific educator of young aspiring musicians and the national leader in performance-based music education. School of Rock is an ingenious concept that gets kids and adults rocking out and performing with their peers. With more than 100 locations in seven countries, the franchise proves that Rock & Roll is alive and kickin’.

Additionally, Catalano has recently been elected to join the Board of Governors for the Chicago Chapter of The Recording Academy. In Catalano’s new role, he will support and work with the Chicago music community to help raise awareness about the importance of music education in the development of the next generation of artists and leaders.

MO: Can you share the story behind the School of Rock?

“Success is neither a destination nor an achievement, But it’s a consistent journey guided by vision, hard work, will power and passion, to attain and accomplish milestones in life.”

Dotmach is the product of Cloudion, a highly innovative new generation company focused on developing and delivering enterprise-class, Software-as-a-service Applications. Our vision is to stay as a reliable vendor in developing fast, useful, affordable and scalable enterprise based software services that can provide solutions for most of the challenges faced in the global business scenario. Our goal is to deliver web-based specialized services which helps Business to be More Efficient and thus become a leader in the enterprise computing market.

MO: What inspired you to launch your business?

“I think nearly any business could benefit from being engaged in its community. It is a long term strategy not a quick fix, but it builds a base of support that cannot be built any other way.”

Founded in October 2006 by Jerry Becerra, CPCU, Barbary Insurance Brokerage is an independent insurance broker in San Francisco.

At a time when small independent insurance agencies are being absorbed by larger institutions, he believes that there is a need for smaller agencies that have personal connections with their clients. The staff members at Barbary each bring a different set of skills to help their clients and work as a team to provide the best service possible.

MO: What inspired to you to launch your own insurance brokerage firm?

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