Entrepreneur Uncovered

By Brad Clayton

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A weekly podcast featuring seemingly ordinary people who accomplish the extraordinary as entrepreneurs.
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Episodes published before Sept. 14, 2015
Sept. 7, 2015
Meet Travis Johnson - Entrepreneur, Comedian, Speaker.  Among his many ventures, Travis founded his company, Learn2Win in which he trains and motivates entrepreneurs to establish and work towards their goals, change their mindsets and present themselves and their ideas more effectively. Travis himself is an accomplished speaker and comedian and in this episode he shares brutal insight on his own personal journey as an entrepreneur and how he transformed one of the worst days in his life into inspiring others.  Travis also gives step by step advice on how to deliver a great speech and effectively present a concept or idea.   Visit Travis at: http://travisPHX.com On Instagram: TravisPHX   To see interview highlights and extras, go to: Entrepreneur Uncovered 
Aug. 31, 2015
Meet 24 year-old entrepreneur, Sam Forline. Sam attended college originally for soccer and discovered that he had a real knack for Chemistry and Math. He decided that he wanted to become a doctor, but reality struck when Sam realized the amount of time and debt that he would accrue over the course of his studies in pursuing that profession so he dropped out of school all together. Falling back on soccer, he coached other soccer players to make ends meet as he figured out what he wanted to do with his life. Through significant trials and setbacks, Sam landed on doing odd jobs for people around their yards when suddenly an idea struck - Sam would go on to create an enterprise level network of college students looking for work to clean yards, remove trees, mow lawns, wees gardens, shovel snow, etc. called Blue Collar Scholars. The business became (and is) so successful around greater Washington D.C. that Sam self-funded a software development company called Scholar Era, that is a consortium of app developers for any entrepreneur with an idea for "the next greatest app." Scholar Era is quickly growing and Sam is continually exposed to upcoming technology and app innovations. In this episode, Sam shares his personal journey of becoming and entrepreneur, gives insight on understanding the Millennial generation and provides many instances of pertinent advice for anyone seeking to become an entrepreneur.  Read Interview Highlights and Extras at Entrepreneur Uncovered  
Aug. 24, 2015
Meet Will Caldwell, Co-Founder of Dizzle; columnist for Entrepreneur Media and writer for Elite Daily. In this episode, Will candidly and humbly shares his story of being an entrepreneur including lessons learned from his first company ending poorly to his mounting success with Dizzle - an app exclusively designed for real estate professionals and organizations that empowers them to become local experts within their respective communities by creating a trusted network of local vendors and professional services that can be shared with new home owners. Examples include: Insurance Agencies, Plumbers, Contractors, Landscapers, Pool Professionals, Doggie Day Care, Hair Stylists, etc.  
Aug. 17, 2015
Meet Payton LaCivita: Entrepreneur, Restauranteur, and co-founder of MiaBella - a Traditional Balsamic Vinegar or in Italian, 'Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale' from Modena Italy. MiaBella is DOP certified (Denomicanzione di Origine Protetta) as being a true, traditional balsamic as each 8.5 ounce bottle contains only one ingredient - grape must, resulting from the reduction of Trebbiano grapes aged in wooden barrels over time. Each bottle of MiaBella is hand-signed and numbered and is treated with tremendous care. Perhaps that is Payton's trademark, but MiaBella is unique in that it is sweet, thick and has a robust, full flavor. It has been awarded as the #1 Best Seller Balsamic Vinegar on Amazon.  In this episode, Payton shares his experience in being a part of his family-owned restaurant, Cogburn's located in Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona - a local neighborhood bar known for its hot wings,  as well as his passion for launching MiaBella. You will learn about the difference between traditional balsamic vinegar versus commercial grade balsamic and Payton shares great insight and advice on marketing to different generations, go-to resources that have made a great difference to him that can prove valuable to other entrepreneurs as well as  sensible advice for anyone aspiring to be an entrepreneur. Payton walks the listener through his own entrepreneurial journey that is hugely insightful. Contact Payton on: Instagram Twitter LinkedIn Visit Miabella.co Cogburn's Bar Read Interview Highlights and Extras at: Entrepreneur Uncovered  
Aug. 10, 2015
Meet Co-Founder of Student-Tutor, Todd VanDuzer, a private in-home tutoring organization that has a genuine desire to help students "Spark Bright Futures." Together with his partner, Laura Petersen, Student-Tutor is proving to help students achieve substantially better results through time-tested principles of setting, reviewing and being held accountable to their goals. Throughout his life, Todd has found success through following "SMART Goals", that are: Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic, and Time-based.  In seeking to change his own life, Todd began holding himself accountable to personal goals that he set through writing them down and regularly reviewing them.  Not even five years later from doing so, he has earned over $85,000 in scholarships to put towards his schooling, has visited over 33 countries, took up rock climbing where he has frequently summited over 2,000 ft. cliff faces and even found himself 3,200 feet in mid-air, tethered to a highline between two fjord's in Norway and founded a non-profit, Yoga and More in the Park, in Tempe, Arizona.  Learn how Todd has taken the SMART Goal process to transform his own life as he now seeks to help others do the same.  Learn more by visiting: Student-Tutor.com ToddVanduzer.com For interview highlights and links and resources to content mentioned in the episode, visit: Entrepreneur Uncovered Share Episode on: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
Aug. 3, 2015
Meet Greg Rudolph, Founder and CEO of Board Blazers - an LED underglow lighting system for Skateboards, Longboards or Scooters. Greg started the company after having had a chance encounter on campus at Arizona State University one evening when he happened upon an excited skateboarder who had duct-taped Christmas lights to the bottom of his skateboard. The skateboarder was so excited in fact that he purposely stopped to show Greg, a complete stranger to him, his novel idea. Greg was so impacted by the chance encounter in terms of how cool it really looked at night that he immediately began researching more permanent methods, other than duct tape, (although some would argue that duct tape is in fact permanent), to reproduce the effect. Greg settled on super durable LED lighting and had many skateboarders test his product and was satisfied that none had to sacrifice their tricks such as flips, slides or grinds in order to light their boards at night. Board Blazers can be purchased on Amazon or BoardBlazers.com and can be affixed to the underside of any skateboard, longboard or scooter and come in a variety of 8 blazing colors to choose from, such as: Radical Red Crazy Color-Changing Lightning Lime Popping Pink Wild White Blazing Blue Outrageous Orange; and Boss Black Light Board Blazers has been featured in many news media publications including USA Today and Greg himself has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine. Due to his success, Greg has also been asked to speak on multiple occasions and as a result, he has found a passion in helping other entrepreneurs in following their dreams as well. As such, Greg additionally founded Beyond Business Institute so that he can continue to coach, speak and teach on the finer points of successfully launching a business.  In the episode itself, Greg shares practical and timely advice that can be meaningful to entrepreneurs at any level.  Episode Links: - Visit BoardBlazers.com - Order Board Blazers directly for your Skateboard, Longboard or Scooter - Read select interview highlights and view interview extras at Entrepreneur Uncovered - Visit Beyond Business Institute Share on Social Media: Share on: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
July 27, 2015
Jake Pfeiffer, Founder and CEO of EXP Trips based out of Tempe, Arizona has created a business out of simplifying student group travel for large student organization events around the country.  EXP Trips specializes in planning, organizing, coordinating and orchestrating well executed trips for large student organization events such as: DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, HOSA, Skills USA and many more.  In this episode, Jake shares group travel tips and tricks and expounds upon his experience in launching his company and shares direct insight for aspiring entrepreneurs that is candid and profound. He has always associated himself with the proverbial story of "the underdog" and Jake shares how his challenges during the early years of his business had a profound impact on figuring out the right formula for success.    Visit EXPTrips View Trip Leader App Read select interview highlights and extras of the interview at Entrepreneneur Uncovered, including Rudyard Kiplings Poem, "If" Visit EXPTrips Blog
July 20, 2015
Listen to NeatCheeks Founders, Danielle Stangler and Julia Rossi share their experience on launching an entirely new product within the baby wipe industry.  Several years ago, Danielle was out to dinner with her family and needed to wipe her 18- month-old daughter's face after being covered in macaroni. Not wanting to create a scene because her daughter particularly hated having her face wiped, she asked her husband to dip his napkin in his drink instead of using a baby wipe.  Upon wiping her daugter's face, she joyously exclaimed "Nummy, Nummy!"  This is not the reaction that Danielle had anticipated.  Come to find out, Danielle's husband had dipped his napkin in lemonade and suddenly an idea struck!! Danielle quickly recruited her friend, Julia Rossi, a former work colleague and new Mom to launch her new found idea.  Danielle and Julia set out to create the industry's first ever, flavored face wipe with the tag line:  "Wipe on a Smile." Danielle and Julia went through multiple tests before finally settling on Stevia as the key ingredient to reproduce the sweet effect that finally made face wiping fun for kids.  Most notably, NeatCheeks emerged onto the national scene in April 2015 after appearing on Shark Tank. NeatCheeks had two offers: one from Lori Greiner and a second from Barbara Corcoran and ultimately Danielle and Julia decided to work with Barbara. Listen to their experience in launching their company as two full-time Mom's out of Danielle's garage as well as some behind-the-scene moments on Shark Tank.  Both founders offer genuine and candid advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. Visit NeatCheeks Read Interview Highlights and Extras at Entrepreneur Uncovered Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn
July 13, 2015
Shawn Nelson, founder of LoveSac shares his uncanny story of turning a simple idea, practically on a whim, into a international company that is set to change the way most people think about family and TV room furniture alltogether. Shawn shares how he invented the very first LoveSac in 1995 by seeking to build the world's largest bean bag chair out of his living room. In discovering that filling up a massive fabric, self-made "bean bag cover" with beads was going to take him a long time coupled with a lot of trips to the store on a limited teenage budget, he instead began chopping up old foam sleeping bag mattresses to fill the space.  Upon completion, a surprisingly comfortable discovery was made. Learn how Shawn turned his discovery into a national retail business frought with twists and turns along the way. Shawn also shares his experience in 2005 in winning Richard's Branson's "The Rebel Billionaire" as well as what he learned while working so closely with Richard while briefly serving as President of Virgin World Wide.  Lastly, Shawn gives insight to entrepreneurs that is often not talked about, but is much needed to hear. Learn how Shawn transitioned his company to launch a new line of products called Sactionals that will change the face of how you think about furniture.  Visit LoveSac Read Shawn's Blog, Life on a Couch Read interview extra's on Entrepreneur Uncovered Podcast Notes Page Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn
July 6, 2015
Parker MacDonell, Managing Director of the Ohio Tech Angel Funds (OTAF), explains how to appropriately prepare and position yourself or your company as a candidate for funding by an Angel Investor.  OTAF was founded in 2004 and is comprised of 340 angel investors who have invested approximately $13.6M dollars in close to 50 different companies through four funds. OTAF invests only in Ohio-based companies within the IT, Advanced Materials and Life Sciences industry sectors.  In the episode, Parker explains the history of angel investing and gives direct insight on when to consider angel funding.  He also shares the do's and don'ts of presenting your product or service. The conversation is highly informative and educational for any entrepreneur seeking funding.  Link to Ohio Tech Angel Funds  Link to Angel Capital Association Link to Podcast Notes Page for Resource Extras Share on FaceBook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn
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