A weekly podcast featuring seemingly ordinary people who accomplish the extraordinary as entrepreneurs.
Nov. 16, 2015
Meet Cory Damon. He, together with his partners Tim Bartlett and Steven Ma, founded The Change Element which seeks to help entrepreneurs and leaders achieve success through holistic coaching, consulting and training.
Cory specializes in working with entrepreneurs in helps them to identify and understand their individual value and then creating and maintaining consistent daily routines and habits that have been proven to lead to change. As entrepreneurs, time management can quickly become friend or foe. By taking a holistic approach to an entrepreneur’s entire day, Cory and his team have discovered that true change can occur to unlock our potential.
In this episode, Cory speaks of his own entrepreneurial journey as shares many candid moments on discovering his own potential.
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Cory's Personal Site: CoryDamon.Me
Nov. 9, 2015
Meet Octavia Gilmore, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Creative Juice – a boutique creative agency located in Atlanta, GA that specializes in helping businesses clearly communicate their brand identity through creative design and packaging.
Octavia has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and in this episode you will hear how, through perseverance and inspiration, Octavia followed her passion and is now helping many others to more aptly express their brand identities through the combined creativity of herself and her team. On her website, itscreativejuice.com you will find words and phrases such as: “small but mighty;” “super powers;” and “juicers” – a moniker that each member of Octavia’s team likes to be referred to as.
It is immediately apparent from the first time you visit her website that she and her team are passionate about their work. Learn how Octavia was initially inspired as she shares great insight throughout the episode on being a young entrepreneur and not being afraid to explore your creativity.
For Episode Highlights and Extras, visit: Entrepreneur Uncovered
Nov. 2, 2015
Meet Brandon Adams, an “entrepreneur’s entrepreneur.” After graduating from Iowa State University in 2012, Brandon developed Arctic Stick which is a small cylindrical plastic stick that once frozen, can fit inside virtually any beverage container and has been proven to keep beverages colder, longer. As his business grew, he turned to crowd-funding to raise additional capital through multiple donors throughout the world. From his experience, Brandon authored Keys to the Crowd which has now become the definitive guide to crowd funding and Brandon has now become largely sought after to help other entrepreneurs launch successful crowd-funding campaigns of their own.
Brandon is also founder and host of University of Young Entrepreneurs, an energetic podcast geared towards any entrepreneur who is young as heart who is seeking actionable takeaways that they can incorporate into their own entrepreneurial ventures. Brandon has been featured in notable publications such as USA Today and Inventor’s Digest and has made multiple media appearances throughout the U.S.
He is launching a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo called Young Entrepreneur Convention which is geared to be the largest event of its kind and will be held in 2016 on April 22nd and 23rd in Des Moines, Iowa. The event will feature many celebrity guest speakers such as John Lee Dumas, Ken Shamrock (The World’s Most Dangerous Man), Des Woodruff and many more.
In this episode, Brandon “gets real” and shares his entrepreneurial journey in almost a one-on-one format that is loaded with valuable insights for any aspiring entrepreneur.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR CONVENTION - DES MOINES, IOWA APRIL 22nd - 23rd, 2016
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Oct. 26, 2015
Meet Matthew Ferrara. Philosopher. Speaker. Writer. Photographer.
Matthew travels the world seeking unique personal experience and perspective and then in turn sharing those insights in a fascinating way through stories that connect history, industry, technology and people. When asked, Matthew views his mission as inspiring others in a noble way. He does so through a combination of speaking, photography and writing, all of which can be found on his website at: MatthewFerrara.com.
At Matthew’s core philosophy, he believes that focusing on strengthening individual relationships and creating unique, positive customer experience for every single customer will lead to a much more successful venture as well as more meaningful living. He finds significant correlation through historical examples and great minds of past centuries that is still highly applicable to today’s challenges in any individual circumstance, organization or industry.
To access episode bonus content and see links to several things mentioned in the episode, go to: EntrepreneurUncovered.com
Oct. 19, 2015
Meet Benj Miller, Founder of Syrup Marketing where his mission is to connect ideas, systems, people and resources to build amazing organizations. Just as the name suggests, Benj focuses on building “brand stickiness” by helping core stakeholders of a particular company to understand (and perhaps even discover) the core fundamentals and identity of their brand and then marketing to their true customers. Benj is also co-founder of two additional companies: Code Smith Development – an agile development team that can bring big ideas to life and Transcend CRE – A Commercial Real Estate Brokerage that utilizes a concierge approach in designing and preparing applicable workspaces that reflect the culture of the business.
In this episode Benj shares his personal story of his own personal journey of discovering his own identity at its core and building his life around that by staying true to who he is. He gives outstanding and poignant advice for anyone aspiring to be an entrepreneur and even perhaps those who are currently struggling in their current business ventures. Benj is based in Atlanta, GA with his wife and four children.
Visit Entrepreneur Uncovered to read Episode Highlights, Extras and Link to Resources
Oct. 12, 2015
Meet Shantel Khleif, founder of Imagine Media Consulting based in Atlanta, Georgia. Shantel founded her company based on a “light bulb moment” in which a trip into a local Atlanta Pie Shop aptly named: The Pie Shop; sparked an idea that has turned into a full fledged, growing business. Having recently moved Chicago, Shantel was initially seeking to expand her wedding business into the Atlanta market. As an important aside, serving pie instead of cake at weddings has become a growing trend and Shantel was seeking a boutique pie shop to work with and of course, to try the pie.
Despite the incredible tasting pie, Shantel noticed that the owner had not done anything to justly advertise her amazing pies, especially on social media. Shantel asked if she could help the owner communicate her brand in a different way so that other people could discover the pies. Almost overnight, Shantel’s social media experiment took off and Imagine Media Consulting was born. Shantel has since expanded to add a team of social media experts who focus on helping small business communicate the core tenets of their businesses in an entirely different way on popular social media platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
Listen to Shantel share her experience as in entrepreneur in taking a true “ah-hah” moment and turning that into a full-time growing business that focuses on building relationships, not profiles. Shantel shares wonderful insight that is applicable to any aspiring entrepreneur interested in starting a business from a simple, well-founded idea.
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SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Twitter – @ImagineMediaCon
Oct. 5, 2015
Meet Matt Beall, Founder of Hawai'i Life - a different kind of residential real estate brokerage serving the Hawaiian islands of Kauai, Maui, Oahu and the Big Island. Hawai'i Life was founded in the heart of the recession in 2008 with a singular focus on incorporating a clean, designer marketing approach together with the tenets of what is most important to Hawaiians - building lasting relationships.
In this episode, Matt shares the importance of building a brand focused on core values and culture. The Hawai'i Life brand has grown to embody the very essence of its name and Matt explains how all people, especially entrepreneurs, can live a "Hawai'i Life" by keeping focused on life-style equity and "be expressed in whatever your motivation and your creativity and your self expression" may be.
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Twitter - @MattBeall
LinkedIn - HawaiiLife
Instagram - MGBeall
Sept. 28, 2015
Meet Brett Hagler, Co-Founder and CEO of New Story; a non-profit charity organization that is seeking to build sustainable communities within the developing nations. New Story's concept is simple and powerful:
Families experiencing life-threatening homelessness are identified and introduced to New Story.
A picture of the family is taken and posted on NewStoryCharity.org together with a bio about their background, interests and talents.
Donors fund each individual home through a crowd-sourcing campaign (either individually or through multiple donors)
New Story's local Partner, Mission of Hope Haiti builds the home
Upon completion, a video is taken of the family moving into the home and shared with donors... thus creating a "New Story" for the family to rebuild their lives.
Brett shares the experience that moved him to create New Story together with his partners and also provides sound and actionable advice to any aspiring entrepreneur looking to create their own story in the world.
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Sept. 21, 2015
Meet Josh Dorkin, Founder of Bigger Pockets, a online real estate investment networking and information resource platform for real estate professionals, investors, homeowners and any one else really who is interested in learning how to safely invest in real estate.
Josh founded Bigger Pockets on one guiding principle - Trust. He wanted to create a community of real estate professionals and investors that could openly share and communicate ideas without the advent of paying large fees. In addition, he wanted to create a safe community of professionals and beginners a like who could educate themselves through active forums, relevant and accessible information and free tools.
Bigger Pockets has now grown to over 350,000 members, has over 1,200,000 unique monthly visitors as of June 2015, and has over 1,400,000 forum posts and tens of thousands of articles all geared towards real estate investment education. Josh additionally co-hosts a podcast, simply named The Bigger Pockets Podcast with his Senior Vice President, Brandon Turner.
In this episode, Josh shares his story of launching his company and gives personal insight on some of his most valuable lessons in being an entrepreneur. He also shares the importance of staying true to his company's foundational principle of building trust among his community.
Read Show Notes and Extras at EntrepreneurUncovered.com
On Twitter - @jrdorkin
Sept. 14, 2015
James Nuttall, one of four original founders of the Indian beverage company, Hector Beverages, initially sought out to compete against RedBull by creating a lower cost, yet premium quality energy drink called Tzinga (pronounced Zeen-ga) which originally debuted as a natural lemon mint flavor. After repeated momentum shifts and failed attempts to significantly break into the market, the partners took a different direction and created "functional drinks" made of traditional flavors of cultural favorites that promote immunity, digestion, health restoration, relaxation and the like under the brand name: PaperBoat Drinks. Their idea took off and just last year, PaperBoat Drinks sold and distributed over 12,000,000 drink pouches.
James explains how after graduating from Wharton Business School with his MBA and having a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from BYU, he turned down an employment offer from Bain and Company and moved his young family to India to pursue an opportunity to create a national beverage brand in India.
In this episode, James shares almost play-by-play events as he recounts his entrepreneurial journey including his most heart breaking failure and finally triumphant success with PaperBoat Drinks.