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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Dec1

Kenny Kadar
Kenny Kadar
Night Tap
Founder & CEO

Kenny Kadar is an adventure capitalist born and raised in the wilds of Los Angeles. Back when nightlife meant staying up late to play Super Mario Bros., Kenny scrapped on soccer fields and chugged Capri-Suns. In the 6th grade he started his first business: customized children’s books. He grew up a little and earned a business degree while warming bar stools at the University of Washington.

Kenny launched Night Tap, the nightlife expert, in June 2011. Night Tap gives nightlife enthusiasts, and the venues that serve them, an opportunity to connect. They provide members with deals, content and events to catapult their nightlife experience at a discount through a resonating lifestyle brand. Nightlife venues receive increased exposure and sales.

And if you’re wondering where you’ve seen Night Tap previously, Paris Hilton rocked the iconic I Heart Night Tap sunglasses in early June.

MO: You conceived the idea for Night Tap in September 2010 and then launched in June 2011. What were you doing in the time between conception and the launch? Where did your inspiration come from?

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Dec1

Eric Remer
Eric Remer
PaySimple
Founder & CEO

Eric Remer founded and currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PaySimple. Eric began his career working in investment banking at Kidder, Peabody & Company. Eric graduated with a B.A. in history from the University of Michigan.

PaySimple’s cloud-based accounts receivable software helps small businesses save time and get paid fast through electronic payment acceptance, billing automation across all payment channels and customer management.

MO: Where did the idea of PaySimple come from? What problem are you solving?

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Nov30

Greg Bier
Dr. Greg Bier
University of Missouri College of Business
Ph.D., Associate Teaching Professor

One of the biggest decisions an entrepreneur has to make is when to hire the first employee. As the entrepreneur moves from start-up to growth they reach a tipping point where help is needed. The first hire changes the entrepreneurial mindset and approach. Where once the entrepreneur was able to simply be the creative force behind the venture, success means that the focus shifts to running a business. Many entrepreneurs struggle with the day-to-day details of operating a business or simply dislike managing others. That is why the first employee hired is critical to the continued success of the venture. The new hire must complement the entrepreneur. Not in the sense of, ‘gee, your hair really looks nice today’, but in terms of filling in the skills that the creative force of the venture, the entrepreneur, lacks.

Many times a growing business doesn’t have the cash flow to pay salaries. When that is the case you often don’t get the best employees that can add real value to the venture. However, in today’s economy you may be able to get some surprisingly capable employees at a reasonable rate. No matter what, you’ve got to get the best help possible. When resources are exceptionally tight there are other tools to use that might minimize the costs associated with attracting great help.

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Nov30

Mark Lynn
Mark Lynn
Club W
Co-Founder

This is no stuffy wine-and-cheese party at the Country Club… This is Club W, a brand new wine club and retail site for the contemporary set – a collective of easygoing, affable, stylish drinkers with perhaps a tad more class than cash. This club’s all about bringing fantastic but lesser-known wines at a great value out of obscurity and right into your home. Club W is a revolutionary online business model for a new breed of current, connected consumers. This club does more than just send great wines you might never have tasted right to your door: it educates and unites curious wine-lovers, and popularizes lesser-known boutique vineyards and brands. Club W is about the simple joy of sharing wine with friends and reminding us to give strange and unfamiliar (grapes) a try.

MO: How did you come up with the name Club W?

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Nov30

David Adelman
David Adelman
Reel Tributes
Founder & CEO

David Adelman founded his company, Reel Tributes, after his grandmother passed away and his mother made an incredible film for the family. Seeing the reaction of his family members in the room– at that moment he knew there was something unique about these films. David decided to resist the temptation of returning to finance after his MBA and followed his inspiration and passion instead. And he’s loving it so far.

Last year he founded Reel Tributes, the premier producer of high-end personal history documentaries. Their films uniquely capture what matters most, from an individual’s life story to an entire family’s lineage. Reel Tributes combines, interviews, photographs, music, and other content into artistic, television-quality documentaries.

MO: Who do your main clients tend to be?

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Nov30

Margelit Hoffman
Margelit Hoffman
Hoffman Productions
President & Head of Marketing

Margelit Hoffman taught herself online marketing in between three consecutive pregnancies and childbirths to help her husband’s video production business take off.

Margelit founded Hoffman Productions with her husband in 2006. She creates and teaches online marketing strategies with a focus on social media, email marketing, blogging and video marketing. Her clientele has included large nonprofits, small-to-medium sized businesses, and solopreneurs.

MO: I’ve never come across the word solopreneur before. How is it different than an entrepreneur?

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Nov29

Kent Lewis
Kent Lewis
Anvil Media
President & Founder

With a background in integrated marketing, Kent Lewis left a public relations agency in 1996 to start his search engine marketing career. Since then, he has focused on helping clients solve business problems via the Internet.

Lewis founded digital marketing agency Anvil Media, Inc. in 2000, to help clients grow their businesses via search engine and social media marketing. In 2008, he created Formic Media, a sister agency to Anvil, specializing in digital marketing and website development for small business.

Lewis enriches his personal and professional life by co-hosting a weekly Internet radio show, DadsUnplugged, and honing his business acumen via The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).

MO: What was the turning point in having a secure agency job to starting your own business?

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Nov29

Matt Chevy
Matt Cheuvront
Proof Branding
Co-Founder

Matt Cheuvront embraces that good brands aren’t simply born; they’re carefully crafted by a team of skilled experts in order to elicit a specific, desired response in a target market. A self-made entrepreneur, Matt has helped countless companies and groups think creatively, strategically, and articulate their brand both on-and-offline in order to grow well.

Proof Branding is a full service branding and design firm located in Nashville, TN. They provide brand solutions for small to mid-size businesses, organizations, startups, and entrepreneurs. He’s also the author of Life Without Pants, a blog about living life less restricted.

MO: I saw that your title on the Proof site is ‘brand craftsman.’ What makes you view the process of branding as a craft?

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Nov28

David Merry
David Merry
Castle Entertainment Ltd
CEO

David Merry spent the first part of his professional career in the building strategy team at the London based search marketing company Greenlight Search. Now at the young age of 22, he co-founded CastleCasino.com when he was 21 and now heads the online marketing team there, focusing the majority of his time on SEO and their affiliate program.

Castle Entertainment has capitalized on the introduction of live streaming technology and allows casino enthusiasts to play games streamed directly from a casino or studio with real life dealers. This is all done through the customer facing website CastleCasino.com, which also contains 50 other casino games.

MO: What was your inspiration for using a live gaming model and what platform have you used to provide this experience?

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Nov28

Mitch Gordon
Mitch Gordon
Go Overseas
CEO & Founder

Mitch Gordon is from upstate NY and lived in Taipei, Taiwan for four years before moving to San Francisco, where he currently resides. Mitch is an entrepreneur, starting a number of companies in the field of education. His most recent company, Go Overseas, has quickly become the most trusted resource on the internet for researching study, teach and volunteer abroad programs around the world. Mitch is currently an MBA candidate at Berkeley.

Go Overseas is a Yelp!/Trip Adviser style review site listing every volunteer, study, teach and intern abroad program in the world. They’ve quickly become an authority in their field through a number of unique marketing and promotional campaigns.

MO: Are you seeing an increase in the number of people who want to study and volunteer abroad? If so, what do think the increase can be attributed to?

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Nov27

Lisa Sorrell
Lisa Sorrell
Sorrell Custom Boots
Owner

Lisa Sorrell, owner of Sorrell Custom Boots, is a custom cowboy boot maker, which means she builds cowboy boots from flat pieces of leather. She specializes in making dress boots of exotic leathers–boots to wear to the office. Her typical client is a businessman who’s bored with black or brown dress shoes and wants a footwear choice that expresses some personality.

Lisa and her incredible boots were recently featured on the program “Craft in America” on PBS television.

MO: How did you ever get into the craft of boot making?

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