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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Ep 386: Blythe Brumleve Interview – GuysGirl Media

“Take the leap and don’t let fear cripple you.” – Blythe Brumleve

Blythe Brumleve – Founder at GuysGirl Media

Hello—my name is Blythe and I started a sports blog side hustle in 2009 that’s grown into the media brand, GuysGirl. While working a side hustle at night, my days were spent managing the digital marketing efforts for top 3PL’s in the country. It’s been nearly ten years of working in sports media and B2B marketing and I’m here to help you navigate that busy port

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Ep 385: Yigal Adato Interview – Legion of Leaders

“Keep moving forward and take action” – Yigal Adato

Yigal Adato – Entrepreneur, Leadership Expert, & Founder of Legion of Leaders

Yigal is on a mission to guide business leaders to make more, stress less, and have more time doing what they love.

Yigal hails from the city of Istanbul, Turkey and moved to the USA at an early age of 2. Yigal always had a keen interest and immense passion for the art of business leadership and through the assistance of his business knowledge and understanding, he was able to create an incredible culture and thriving business from the ground up. 

Since the age of 15, Yigal has been studying and practicing leadership. He is well aware of what it takes to run a business handling the speed bumps, excuses, stresses, and how to run teams. At the age of 22 he ran a Retail/Service business with his brother that sold over $50 million in 15 years.

His vast experience as a business leader and his immense knowledge inspired him to pursue his passion of motivating and guiding other aspiring entrepreneurs, pave their way to success. After selling out his business share, Yigal went on to become a leadership expert and professional speaker and has trained a numerous number of employees and businessmen in their professional business career. His varied businesses have provided real life experiences in the trenches, achieving success
in going from broke musician to selling over 8 figures in his business endeavors, managing hundreds of employees, raising a family, and having fun in the process. A per his personal and professional successes, he courageously followed the source of his happiness to become a mentor to business owners.

Yigal offers a practical approach to helping people find the truth of what makes them tick and live accordingly to their discovery.

Most importantly, he is a father to his daughter Taly, husband to his wife Sharon, a present son to his mom Tina and dad Neil, and supportive sibling to his brother Moris and sister Daisy.

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Alysia Reiner Sees the Same Gender Parity in Tech, Wall Street and Hollywood

Equity in the workplace has been a growing issue for most fields, and tech is no exception. As the tech industry continues to boom, onlookers wonder why the majority of startups are dominated by men.

To Alysia Reiner, the tech industry isn’t so different from Wall Street when it comes to an unequal representation of women in the workplace. Reiner, best known for her roles on Orange Is The New Black and Better Things, produced a film titled Equity that explored the untold stories of women in Wall Street.

During her time working with these women, Reiner also gained some exposure to the tech world and realized that tech and Wall Street aren’t so different.

“I met so many women in the tech world who experienced really similar things that we talked about on Equity,” she told me during our interview at Collision conference in New Orleans.

After telling the stories of women in Wall Street, Reiner is now turning her gaze to tech. She wouldn’t reveal too much, but she told me that she’s working on a new project that focuses on the stories of these women. “It’s like Silicon Valley meets Sex In The City,” she mused.

But all joking aside, Reiner is passionate about making sure women gain the same representation in all fields, whether it be Wall Street, the entertainment industry or tech.

Women In Tech

Reiner’s experience in the tech world comes more as a user than an investor or entrepreneur. But that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the power of tech.

“The most exciting technology is about activism,” she told me. This has been a growing trend in tech world – apps and services that help you donate to causes, contact senators and empower others. Her passion for activism can be traced back to her Hollywood experience.

Reiner has plenty of Hollywood experience, an industry that she has already noticed a fair amount of inequity. While there are plenty of actresses getting roles, Reiner also points to producers and directors – two fields which are predominantly male.

“Hollywood is 8% women. How do we fix that gender parity?” she asked. Well, if it’s anything like the tech industry, the answer could just be support.

When I asked her the best way to support women in the tech industry, her answer was simple. If you’re an investor, you should make a conscious effort to fund women-based startups at an equal rate of male-based startups.

But for many people in the tech world, this amount of investment isn’t financially feasible. Fortunately, Reiner had an answer for that as well: mentorship.

She pointed out that not only is mentorship free, but both men and women can take promising women in tech and take them under their wing.

This type of mentorship enables women to do more, and it gives them a better chance of eventually finding that funding that they need to build their startup.

Understand Your Value

My main takeaway from our conversation was to understand your value. Reiner has a unique approach to tech thanks in part to her time in Hollywood. To understand your value, you need to have a better awareness of yourself and what you do.

“Know your own weaknesses,” Reiner advised. That advice can be applied to just about any field, tech included. But the point she was trying to make was that you have to know yourself before you can take action and make a difference.

This same idea fits into businesses. If your business has a weakness, then you’ll do your best to understand the weakness and either improve it or build a model that avoids needing to address your weakness.

Currently, a weakness in the tech world is gender parity. Women have promising ideas, but many of them don’t get the representation they deserve because the field is male dominated.

Women certainly have value in tech, but our predisposition as an industry tends to place more value on male entrepreneurs. This is because tech was largely dominated by men in its early stages, and now the field is playing catch-up to try and increase the representation of women.

It’s time to be more aware of the decisions we make as entrepreneurs, investors and consumers. Who is behind the next big app, and are they working to make the tech world an equally represented space?

Getting more women actively involved in the tech world isn’t going to happen overnight, but being aware of this weakness is the first step to fixing the problem.


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Ep 384: Brielle Takacs-Senske Interview – Get Featured

“Your biggest obstacle is obscurity” – Brielle Takacs-Senske

Brielle Takacs-Senske – Co-Founder of Get Featured

Brielle Takacs-Senske has been working in public relations for over a decade. She was featured on the front page of the newspaper the day after she was born and the rest was destiny.  She is a firm believer that public relations is the art of making good works well-known, leading her to become the co-founder of Get Featured and Slate Media Productions.  She has a love for animals and has a horse, toy poodle, borer collie/corgi and a pet pig. 

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Ep 383: Heather Wilde Interview – The ROCeteer

“The best advice I received recently is that I should learn to prioritize my life and only do what I love and is most essential to me.” – Heather Wilde

Heather Wilde – CTO at ROCeteer

Heather Wilde is CTO of ROCeteer, and is also known as the “Unicorn Whisperer” due to her special focus on entrepreneurs. She is a personal and professional growth expert, executive coach, author, and speaker. 

As a founding employee of Evernote, she oversaw the company’s growth from thousands to 100,000,000 customers. She is one of the only women to have wholly programmed, designed, produced and published a game at the company THQ. Additionally, she has worked with the U.S. Navy, NASA and state and local governments around the world. She has led development, scalability, and reliability engineering of web sites with 60+ million unique monthly visitors, 1.7+ billion monthly page views, and 99.99% uptime SLA requirements. 

Among her other awards, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid selected her for a commendation in 2016 for her work in increasing STEM education in schools. 

Wilde’s writing and speaking spans social media, entrepreneurialism, startups, leadership, cybersecurity, customer experience, fundraising, and diversity issues. She writes for Forbes and hosts the “Entrepreneurial Revolution” column for Inc Magazine.

Heather currently lives in Las Vegas, NV.

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Ep 382: Brian Halley Interview – Right Think

“It really doesn’t matter how many people see your logo if they don’t remember it.” – Brian Halley

Brian Halley – Branding Expert of Right Think

Brian Halley is the founder of Right Think, a company dedicated to helping small businesses access the secrets of branding that have traditionally been only available to big brands with big marketing budgets. In order for small businesses to gain ground and grow in today’s overcrowded marketplace, it is imperative that business owners receive a sound branding education and apply branding principles to their businesses.

With 20 years of design experience, working with brands like Reebok, Nordic Track, Harry Potter, Jelly Belly and the NBA, and building his own brand from scratch, Brian brings extraordinary value to small businesses by helping them understand that a brand is much more than a logo, and how creating a brand strategy based on his 4 Pillars of Branding, will advance a brand visually, drive effective, targeted marketing plans and guide important business decisions throughout the life of a brand.

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