Are you good at putting names with faces? Have a look at the 5 entrepreneurs below. The first person to correctly name these past MO.com interviewees, in the comments section of this post, will win a FREE VXI headset from VoIP Supply. Be sure to include first and last names of each entrepreneur and only respond as a comment. No emails, please. – Good luck!
Expat Workforce is an online meeting place for businesses looking to outsource work to Americans living abroad in low cost of living countries.
Andrew Motiwalla, Founder and Interim CEO, created this company with the idea that hiring expats living in low cost of living countries offered a variety of benefits to US based companies. The site makes it easy to meet the expats, discover their skills and availability, and get to work!
MO: Tell us about your experiences that led you to creating this unique business?
Christopher J. DesBarres, CFO of Help Unlimited has created a business around helping senior citizens manage their money. Help Unlimited provides daily money management services to senior citizens — helping seniors and their families tackle day-to-day financial chores. They assist with tasks like sorting the mail, paying bills, tracking medical claims, and keeping important tax documents organized.
They are proud to be the company that keeps senior citizens safe in cases of fraud or exploitation. Help Unlimited is currently in two locations, and they are excited to expand to more.
MO: Why is a company like Help Unlimited an absolute necessity?
One of the biggest obstacles non-profits face is making it as easy as possible for people to help. Zealous Good removes all obstacles to giving! Zealous Good is a web platform that connects people that have goods or services to donate to the local non-profits with a matching need. The donation matching results in donors having a simple, efficient way of getting rid of items they no longer need and the donors getting to know exactly who their goods are benefiting and how. For non-profits it results in increased access to in-kind donations and a consistent platform to request donated items.
Brittany Martin Graunke is the founder of Zealous Good. They currently employ 1 full time employee, three interns and 1 free lance developer. Their current website works great as a pilot but they are excited to announce that they are soon launching a new website!
MO: Tell us about the inspiration behind Zealous Good?
Mike: Hey everyone, it’s Mike Sullivan and this is MO.com. Joining me today is Brock Blake of Lendio. He’s our small business expert, and Brock is here to talk to you about small business loans. Brock, thanks a lot for joining us.
Brock: Glad to be here with you again today. We’re excited about working with MO talking about small business loans. There are so many business owners out there in the United States that are going through this process of I want to grow my business and I want to be guided on how I get a business loan.
In an environment where the American furniture industry has dramatically declined over the past two decades, Simplicity Sofas is a refreshing change from the norm. Simplicity Sofas has introduced a blueprint for how American furniture manufacturers can survive and thrive in the current economic climate. They produce furniture through old- fashioned hand-craftsmanship and premium materials with a modern modular customization process. They sell the product directly to consumer taking out the middleman costs, and they introduce the furniture industry’s first “extreme customer service model.
Jeff Frank, CEO of Simplicity Sofas believes that customer service should not be a “cost of doing business” but instead is a “revenue-generating” profit center. This is accomplished by executing a level of customer service so high that it results in an extraordinary level of return customers and new customers who have been personally recruited by former customers.
MO: Tell us about the decision to start a furniture company while the industry was declining and recession was just setting in?
Matt Peters, Co-Founder & Creative Director
Brennan White, Co-Founder & Managing Director
Pandemic Labs is NOT just another social media company. This Boston-based social media marketing agency co-founded by Matt Peters and Brennan White, is dedicated to helping brands navigate the ever-changing world of new media to create marketing success.
What makes them different is that although technology is central to many of their
service offerings, they do not define themselves by any specific set of technologies.
Instead the theme at the core of their services is the belief that marketing is a dialogue not a monologue.
MO: I love the statement that marketing is a dialogue not a monologue. Can you explain this concept further?
Bombfell.com tells its customers “Upgrade your look – no shopping or fashion knowledge required”. This is a great thing to hear for men considering 90% of women think guys should dress better. Bombfell’s the subscription clothing service that’s like having a fashion-savvy girlfriend send you stylish clothes every month. With Bombfell you can find awesome things to wear without shopping and discover the best brands carried in menswear boutiques — all with Zappos-style free shipping and returns.
Bernie Yoo and Jason Kim, Co-Founders of Bombfell are proud to boast that they captured the #1 Google search result for “junderwear” – and yes this does mean jean underwear. While they don’t actually send junderwear to subscribers, writing tongue-in-cheek about clothing and style from the perspective of the “normal guy” has resulted in a flood of inbound traffic.
MO: Tell us about the need you saw for a company like Bombfell and the beginnings of making your idea a reality?
Large and small business alike are moving at a rapid pace toward a remote workforce. In many cases, it just makes good business sense. You can have a staff around the country, or around the world for that matter and not be limited to the talent pool in your geographic area. Technology lets us work from just about anywhere, anytime. While this can be highly effective and desirable in many cases, it doesn’t come without significant risks.
Alan Wlasuk joined us back in August to talk about his business. Alan is the CEO of 403 Web Security, a full service, secure web application development company. He recently contacted me with these 7 tips he wanted to share with all of you. If you have any questions or comments…
Peter Kelly, Co-Owner/Operator and Integrated Communication Specialist
Jeremiah Sullivan, Co-Owner/Operator and Integrated Communication Specialist
Framework Media Strategies is a unique company in that they serve small businesses, non-profit organizations and entertainment-based clients using the same bank of services. Framework Media Strategies, co-owned by Peter Kelly and Jeremiah Sullivan, specializes in helping their clients understand and capitalize on the benefits of utilizing traditional outreach techniques, including print and broadcast media, along with advancing new media tools like social networks and microblogs to aid their public relations, marketing and promotional initiatives.
Framework Media Strategies believes that there are many ways to tell a story, and they want to make sure their clients are choosing the right avenues in their efforts to raise awareness.
MO: Tell us about both of your backgrounds and how it has led you to creating Framework Media Strategies?
Helen Pastorino has been a real estate and business visionary in Silicon Valley for over 35 years. She was a co-founder and past-President of Alain Pinel Realtors (currently one of the highest volume real estate firms in the United States) and currently the founder and president of Pertria, a real estate investment firm representing residential, commercial and investment real estate sales, acquisition and portfolio management.
After departing from Alain Pinel Realtors Helen has come back as a prominent business leader and created a dynamic wealth management and real estate services firm based in Los Gatos, CA, with three offices (Los Gatos, Los Altos and Santa Cruz) more than doubling in size this past year.
Helen has been featured in major business media including Forbes ASAP and the New York Times, as well as several books including “Jumping the Curve: Innovation and Strategic Choice in an Age of Transition” and “Objects In Action: Commercial Applications Of Object-Oriented Technologies”.
MO: Reports and indices constantly remind us that real estate is a contracting market. How is it that Pertria is able to expand in this economy?