Teray Stephens is CEO and Managing Director of Invision Group, a company that helps entrepreneurs get prepared to get funding by making sure they have all the right information packaged correctly for investor review. Here we talk about some of the questions startups have such as "How much money should I try to raise?" and "How much of my company will I have to give up to get this funding?"
Andy Wibbels is a blogger and author who wrote Blog Wild - A Guide for Small Business Blogging. Here he talks about how a blog works, who should be using blogs to build their reputation and small business and what tools are available to start one. We also discuss the importance of blogs in keyword searches - ways your blog will bring more visitors to your website and physical business as well.
Romanus Wolter, The Kick Start Guy, who reaches over 2 million small business owners monthly with his column in Entrepreneur Magazine as well as his books and speaking engagements. Here he talks about the four action steps small business owners can take to get them on track toward positive thinking and progress. We also discuss what a "grumble buddy" is and why you need an "accountability partner."
Adam Slutsky is the CEO of Mimeo.com, an online printing service for businesses. Prior to Mimeo.com, Adam co-founded Moviefone which was sold to AOL in 1999 for 550 million dollars. Adam is no stranger to developing disruptive business ideas. Here we talk to him about his experiences as an entrepreneur and how he is working to differentiate Mimeo.com from competitors by focusing on the value and convenience of the service rather than pricing.
Gay Gaddis is Founder, President and CEO of T3, an advertising agency with offices in Austin and New York with a very unique work environment. About 10 years ago, Gay decided to allow infants to come to work with mothers in an effort to keep several key employees on board who were pregnant. The unusual effort paid off for the company and soon a formal policy was in place. Here Gay talks about the benefits of a non-traditional workplace that allows employees to incorporate family into a career and how it has helped her become a "best place to work" in the Austin area.
Doug Hall is America's #1 Idea Guru according to Inc. Magazine. Doug is the founder and CEO of Eureka! Ranch, an "invention & research think tank" that specializes in igniting bold thinking on new products and services for corporate clients and entrepreneurs. You may also know Doug as one of the judges of the TV show "American Inventor." Here Doug talks about why innovation is so important and how small business owners can beat "the big guys" by moving quickly and thinking boldly.
Nelson Carbonell of Snowbird Capital is an entrepreneur who bootstrapped his previous company, Cysive, with $10K in personal credit card debt before ultimately taking it public in 1999. Now, as Founder and CEO of Snowbird, he bridges the gap between senior debt and private equity by providing mezzanine capital to small to medium-sized cash flow positive businesses. Here Nelson talks about how that financing option works and what his organization looks for in entrepreneurs they do business with.