Ep 395: Luke Sabis Interview – Filmmaker and Musician

“I learned to be a little more patient” – Luke Sabis

Luke Sabis – Filmmaker 

Luke Sabis is a filmmaker and musician. He has just released his debut feature film, the drama/thriller Missing Child, available on Amazon. He is currently working on his next feature film, Ghost Tenant.

Luke was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Richmond Hill, Queens, NY. He graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in Computer Science. Early in his adult life he worked as a Computer Programmer by day, and pursued his musical dreams at night with his band, “The Take.” He wrote and played original Rock songs, showcasing at clubs such as CBGB’s, The Bitter End and Kenny’s Castaways. Luke continued his stage career as an actor on the Off Off Broadway stages of New York City, including a stint with the Curan Repertory Company, led by Ken Terrell.

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Ep 394: Nancy Hernon Interview – Connecting People Worldwide

“You just need to overcome that fear and not let it get in the way.” – Nancy Hernon

Nancy Hernon, Co-founder/CEO at G3Translate

Nancy came to New York via Ohio and Germany nearly 20 years ago to jump into translation industry providing a global voice to clients across several industries. She has worked with major corporations helping them to roll-out new products, engaging in the launch of global websites, overseeing translations for technical content, branding and advertising content, legal contracts and briefs, as well as trade journals. Nancy’s passion lies in the translation of market research documentation bringing new products to market and helping brands to expand on a global scale.

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Ep 393: Nineveh Madsen Interview – HER Magazine

“A woman’s vision is realized the moment she truly believes in the power of her purpose.”

Nineveh Madsen is a Swedish-born, ethnic Assyrian American television personality. She is the Founder of HER Magazine and VP of Marketing & PR at OpenVPN, a tech company in the Bay Area.

Nineveh spent a decade working as a journalist for local television stations in Arizona (KYMA, NBC) and Utah (KSTU, FOX) and made appearances on Fox News. Her accolades include an Edward R. Murrow, Associated Press Awards, recognition from the Utah Broadcasters Association and Assyrian Community for her excellence in journalism. She was also voted one of the State’s top reporters by Salt Lake’s City Weekly Magazine for more than five years. From TV to Business Woman, Nineveh launched her digital publication in 2015 – which has featured influencers like Tomi Lahren of Fox News, Melissa Hartwig of the Whole30, and Reality TV Star and Business Woman Rasheeda Frost. Nineveh graduated from California State University East Bay with a degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2004. She is married to John Madsen, a former NFL Oakland Raiders TE and successful athletic performance coach in Utah.

 

 

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Ep 392: Steve Benson Interview – Badger Maps

“I feel like my biggest failure as an entrepreneur has been that everything has taken longer than I wanted.” – Steve Benson

Steve Benson – Founder of Badger Maps 

After receiving his MBA from Stanford, Steven worked in Sales at IBM, HP and Google where he was Google Enterprise’s Top Sales Executive in 2009. In 2012, Steven founded Badger Maps, the #1 Sales App in the Apple App Store, which helps Field Sales People be more successful.

 

 

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Ep 391: Sunny Durante Interview – Epic Life

“If you want to build a great empire, you have to start with a solid foundation.” – Sunny Durante

Sunny Durante – Founder of Epic Life

After tasting success young in multiple industries, Sunny took a bold step to trade in his “looks-good-on-paper-life” for one that brought him REAL joy and fulfillment. Now, he helps men in film and high-tech create more freedom and fulfillment, so they can wake up excited again, break through plateaus, and multiply their income + impact… on their terms. 

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Ep 390: Adrien Schmidt Interview – Artificial Intelligence and Entrepreneurship

“If it can be read by humans it should be able to interact with a bot.” – Adrien Schmidt

Adrien Schmidt, CEO of Bouquet, is a successful entrepreneur, engineer and innovator. In 2004 he co-founded Squid Solutions, a software company based in Paris that provides usage analytics to publishers around the world. As Squid Solutions rapidly turned companies into data-driven enterprises, he went on to open offices for Squid Solutions in Beijing in 2006 and San Francisco in 2014. On a mission to become a market leader in a new generation of analytics tools, Adrien co-founded Bouquet in 2015, creating a product that brings a fulfilling experience of analytics to thousands of users in their daily jobs with chatbots powered by artificial intelligence.

Raised in both the U.S. and France, Adrien has dedicated his career to innovation and entrepreneurship on a global level. In 2013, Adrien served as Chairman of NUMA, France’s most recognized accelerator, supervising the transition from local non-profit to international accelerator, increasing its budget, facilities, and international presence. Additionally, Adrien served as the Vice President of JCI France, an economic empowerment program promoting the cooperation between French SMB’s and large companies in China. In 2010, he went on to serve as Treasurer and Board Member for Comité Richelieu, the leading French lobby for technology SMB’s.
Adrien speaks five languages, is a Huffington Post contributor and most recently a featured speaker at Plotcon and IoT World.

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Ep 389: Lydia Speck Interview – Mobile Rejuvenation

“When somebody sees the Nuuvo logo I want them to associate it with quality.” – Lydia Speck

Lydia Speck is an expert in health and wellness and specializes in health management. Raised in the Dallas area, she chose Texas State University where she received a degree in Consumer Science and a minor in Business. Upon graduation, she pursued a career in fitness and personal training. It was there that she realized, when it came to maximizing results, fitness was most advantageous when paired with medicine. Since that realization, she focused on understanding how to apply these new medical approaches with lifestyle changes to achieve maximum results in the pursuit of a healthier and better life.

Lydia has spent the last three years in the medical field she has seen remarkable results from therapies using IV infusions. However, the most common request from clients was to have these treatments in a more convenient setting than a clinic. After extensive market research the idea was born to offer a mobile service, starting with her hometown of Dallas, TX. She Co-Founded Nuuvo Health at the end of 2016 with Dr. John Ruffino and currently acts as the COO.

 

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Ep 388: Rana Gujral Interview – Entrepreneur, Executive, and Investor

“Being a successful entrepreneur takes more than just accepting that you do not know everything.” – Rana Gujral

Rana Gujral – Entrepreneur, Executive, and Investor

Rana Gujral is an Entrepreneur, Executive, and Investor. In 2014, he founded TiZE, a Cloud software for specialty chemicals, and held the role of CEO until his exit in 2016. He is currently leading Smart Home Initiatives at Logitech and an advisor to several startups. Rana is a contributing columnist at TechCrunch and Forbes and was awarded the ‘Entrepreneur of the Month’ by CIO Magazine and the ‘US-China Pioneer’ Award by IEIE 2017. He was listed among Top 10 Entrepreneurs to follow in 2017 by Huffington Post and is a sought after international speaker. Rana has most recently been a featured speaker at the World Government Summit in Dubai, the Silicon Valley Smart Future Summit 2017, and IEIE 2017 in New York.



Rana holds degrees in Management, Finance, and Engineering from MIT Sloan, UMass, and TACK U.K. Prior to TiZE, Rana was recruited to be a part of the core turnaround team for Cricut Inc. At Cricut, Rana led the initiative to build a first of its kind, innovative product for the DIY community and prompted the turnaround of Cricut’s EBITDA position from bankruptcy to profitability within a span of 2 years. Previously, Rana held leadership positions at Logitech S.A. and Kronos Inc., where he was responsible for the development of best-in-class products generating billions in revenue and contributed towards several award-winning engineering innovations.



Rana has earned a variety of personal and product awards and has been featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, Inc magazine, Huffington Post, Fast Company, NBC, Fox and CBS.

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Ep 387: Kelli Tennant Interview – The Story Teller

“I’m a fighter and I don’t know how else to be.” – Kelli Tennant

Kelli Tennant – Spectrum SportsNet/SportsNet LA Host

Kelli Tennant grew up in Temecula, California and was a prep volleyball star and high school First Team All-America selection. She went on to The University of Southern California to major in Public Relations and play volleyball for the Women of Troy. She captained her team to the Final Four in 2007. After graduation, she pursued her childhood dream of television, working in sports and entertainment for Fox Sports, ESPN, E! Entertainment and the Pac 12 Networks.

Kelli is currently a host and reporter for Spectrum Sportsnet and Sportsnet LA covering the Lakers, Dodgers, Galaxy and Sparks. She is also the author of “The Transition: Every Athlete’s Guide to Life After Sports,” which she wrote to aid fellow athletes in their own journeys. Kelli lives with a handful of autoimmune and health conditions, and focuses heavily on health and wellness, living a clean and full life. She is also deeply passionate about helping women live their most authentic, best lives. 

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Changing the World One Face at a Time with Fam Mirza

 

Fam Mirza is a 27-year-old self-made millionaire with a wealth of lessons to share. Best known as the founder and CEO of charity watch brand, 1:Face, Mirza is a serial entrepreneur with several successful brands under his belt, including Azaan Shoes, named after his son.

Born in Qatar, Mirza was raised in India by his aunt, while his parents worked to support the family. Growing up in the slums, he experienced extreme poverty first hand. This made him resolute, not only to better his station in life, but to change the lives of others around the world.

“Resilience is the core quality of an entrepreneur.” – Fran Mirza

Settling in the United States at the age of eight, and following the inspirational example of his father, who showed him that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, Mirza was empowered to pursue a path of entrepreneurship. One that would make him a lot of money and allow him to give back to people less fortunate than himself. “Resilience is the core quality of an entrepreneur,” he firmly believes.

Setting an Example for His Generation

1:Face Watches has been a popular hit with millennials, a demographic with a demonstrated preference for socially responsible products. Millennials are cautious about what they buy and care about how they spend their money. In fact, 70 percent of them will pay more for a product made with sustainable materials or in a socially responsible manner.

Through his fashionable timepieces, the 1:Face consumer receives an affordable and stylish fashion accessory. They also get the chance to select the charity of their choice. They can give back through one of Mirza’s eight different causes that have changed over one million lives so far. This business model has proved so successful that Mirza is applying it to Azaan Shoes as well.

Mirza sets a true example for his generation. Not only by embodying the American dream and entrepreneurial path, but by building a brand around philanthropy. Through a deep understanding of his customer, Mirza has made over $10 million with his brands and donated millions to multiple charities.

Understanding the Need for Transparency

94 percent of all consumers are more likely to be loyal to a brand that demonstrates complete transparency. Millennials in particular, the target of Mirza’s watches and footwear, are concerned about brands that operate ethically.

A study by the Stanford Graduate School of Business showed that nine in ten MBA business graduates in North America and Europe showed a preference for working with organizations committed to social responsibility. Ethical operations and transparency are high on the list for this powerful demographic.

And Mirza practices what he preaches. Customers can monitor where their money is going through social media, blogging and video marketing updates. Whether they choose to support HIV, cancer, world hunger, or sustainable development, they can actually see what their money is used for. Mirza is also meticulous when it comes to his selection of charities, personally vetting each one he gets involved with and following those that resonate more deeply with his customers.

A Passion for Giving Back

Without doubt, Mirza’s formative years were a catalyst for creating his brands, his desire to change the world, and the lives of others in need. You won’t find Mirza with his feet up behind a desk in his Los Angeles office. More likely, he’ll be involved at a grassroots level with one of his projects. Whether that takes him to remote parts of Africa or India, he’ll be overseeing the development of drinking water wells or sustainable farming.

“We’ve changed more than a million lives so far with 1:Face and are set to do the same for the next million and the next.”

This social entrepreneur has also taken influence from successful mentors who have good before him, including TED speaker, Joe Madiath. Mirza sought advice and counsel from a man famous in philanthropy circles, who could teach him the best way to bring sustainable sanitation systems to life.

“We’ve changed more than a million lives so far with 1:Face and are set to do the same for the next million and the next,” he enthuses.

Whether you admire Mirza for his grit determination, success against all odds, or strong dedication to doing good in the world, this is one young entrepreneur to watch. Not only has he got his business head screwed firmly on, understanding how to make use of social channels and tools to build a loyal customer base; but he also taps into the mindset of a generation. Continually innovating to change the world one face at a time.


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