The Investable Podcast, hosted by Michael, digs deep into the biggest problem emerging companies, entrepreneurs and businesses face today – funding. Our show is about learning how to Be Investable in every area of your life. Learn from our guests what key investors are really looking for in leadership and management. Our guests are experienced, successful leaders and pioneers happy to discuss the road map for hacking fundraising, and attracting the right mentors and investors. We look forward to you joining us on the show.
As the founder of YOUMAXA, Mazen Baisa delivers the truth about what flat out works against your energy, metabolism, neurobiology, vitality and everyday relationships. Through his products and programs, he gives the tools you’ve always needed but never had to run your professional life like an elite athlete and to be at the top of your game without the burnout.
Connect with Mazen at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mazen-baisa-6836975/
Fred Schonenberg has helped over 100 companies, from General Mills to Beam Suntory to Netflix, discover and implement new technologies and innovations to deliver breakthrough results. As founder of VentureFuel, he has created a repeatable innovation framework, that bridges his deep relationships with the VC, Angel and Startup ecosystem with his C-suite corporate relationships to deliver first-to-market, tangible solutions that drive growth for all involved.
Connect with Fred at www.linkedin.com/in/fredschonenberg
Jeff has 27 years of deep technology and business leadership and early-stage investment experience that has included P&L responsibility in Fortune 500 firms along with startups. Current activities include leading Startup Junkie Consulting, teaching entrepreneurship at the University of Arkansas, and managing the Tonic Regional Fund.
Judy Robinett is a business thought leader who has been profiled in Fast Company, Forbes, Vogue, CNN, and Bloomberg Businessweek. For more than 30 years, she has helped entrepreneurs find needed capital by connecting them with venture capitalists, angel investors, and other sources of funding.
Judy is also an author and has a new book coming out - Crack the Funding Code: How Investors Think and What They Need to Hear to Fund Your Startup published by AMACOM/Harper Collins Leadership.
To pre-order a copy, check out: https://www.harpercollinsleadership.com/crackthefundingcode/ and also receive the additional pre-order bonuses.
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Judy’s website: www.judyrobinett.com
Having worked with leading Universities (Cal, Stanford, Wharton, etc.) and top accelerators (Y-Combinator, TechStars, 500Startups, etc.), Angel Funds, Family Offices and other investors, Richard Swart is focused on the application of cutting-edge technology to solve many of the structural problems in venture capital and creating pathways for truly inclusive and outcome-based access to capital. During […]
In this episode, we get to chat with Falon Donohue about all things entrepreneurial in the Midwest. Falon is a community organizer, veteran and the Chief Executive Officer of VentureOhio, a for-impact organization created to facilitate a collaborative statewide entrepreneurial ecosystem and increase access to angel and venture capital for Ohio entrepreneurs. Prior to VentureOhio, and while serving her country in the Ohio Air National Guard, she began her career in technology solution sales and business development.
This week we talk with Vitaly Golomb, a tech investment banker and angel investor who started as a serial entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley trenches as a teenager. We dive into where the tech sector is going and how to get a startup off the ground. He is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of GS […]
Venture for America Alum, Co-Founder and CEO of Ash & Erie Steve Mazur is on the Be Investable podcast discussing his clothing company for men 5’8″ and shorter. He also talks about his time on Shark Tank and how he struck a deal with Mark Cuban.
CEO and president of the Sandler organization Dave Mattson is on the Be Investable podcast talking about this journey in sales and management thought leadership, as a best-selling author, and as a keynote speaker for training events all around the world. Dave talks about the three things it takes to be successful from a sales […]
Bryan Finnerty, co-founder and CEO of ProtectCell, and current CEO of High Velocity Sports, is on the Be Investable podcast discussing how he took his company from zero dollars in revenue to $125 million in six years. Find out the key to getting traction and why success to Bryan is not looking at some type […]
Mike Paton brings his worldwide experiences with EOS to the show to discuss how his role as Visionary for EOS Worldwide and certified EOS Implementer has allowed him to work with hundreds of companies and thousands of full-day sessions. In this show, we discuss the one attribute that sets successful entrepreneurs apart and the biggest […]
Jordan Harbinger was once referred to as “The Larry King of podcasting,” and is a Wall Street lawyer turned talk show host, social dynamics expert and entrepreneur. He currently hosts The Jordan Harbinger Show and owns various companies including Advanced Human Dynamics (www.AdvancedHumanDynamics.com). Listen to this episode to learn how he made money the first […]
JT McCormick overcame the odds to become the President of two multimillion-dollar companies. Learn how he did it in this episode of the Be Investable podcast. Join us as JT talks about what it takes to be successful, why most salespeople suck and the importance of finding someone who will say “YES!” Click Here to […]
Greg Reid is a Master Storyteller Bestselling Author. Acclaimed Speaker. Filmmaker. As an entrepreneur, Greg is known for his giving spirit and a knack for translating complicated situations into simple, digestible concepts. As an action-taking businessman, his strategies turn into results fast and furious, and relationships are deep and rich in the space he orbits. […]
Dana Cavalea is the former head trainer for the New York Yankees and has the opportunity to work with some of the greatest athletes in the world including Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Justin Verlander, and more. In addition, he was the recipient of the 2009 MLB Nolan Ryan Award. This award is […]
Bob Burg is a sought-after speaker at company leadership and sales conferences on topics at the core of the Go-Giver books. A former television personality and top-producing salesperson, Bob has shared the platform with some of today’s top business leaders, broadcast personalities, coaches, athletes, and political leaders, including a former U.S. president.
Bob is an advocate, supporter, and defender of the free enterprise system and believes that the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people one serves.
Errol Arkilic was the lead program director for the National Science Foundation I-Corps, which uses Steve Blank Lean Launchpad curriculum to teach scientists and engineers how to make their technology out of the lab and into the marketplace. He is also the founder of M34 Capital, a seed capital fund that focuses on early-stage project being spun out of academic and corporate research labs.
Christy Whitman was thirty pounds overweight, nearly $90,000 in debt and unhappy in virtually every aspect of her life until one day she achieved greater self-discovery, mastery, and personal empowerment. As a two-time New York Times best-selling author she has created a library of personal development programs and works with many celebrities (who she cannot name) to assist them in having it all!
Brooke Dukes, President of Align To Thrive (www.AlignToThrive.com) talks culture and the secret to growth and success for entrepreneurs and emerging companies. Based on the programs and training used with the Girl Scouts of America, Quicken Loans and McClures Pickles, Brooke explains what an ISMs and how these are used in establishing a culture for an organization.
Known around the world as the CEO Whisperer, Cameron Herold joined Michael Melfi to talk about his early entrepreneurial days starting at age 7, phoning dry cleaning locations to pay him to collect coat hangers and having 14 employees at age 21 to helping build two $100 million dollar companies, writing multiple books, and founding the COO Alliance.
In this episode, Harold talks about how diseases can be superpowers, why the second-in-command in a company is so important, and the right formula for an entrepreneur and their second-in-command. He even spills on his secret to success, and spoiler alert: it has to do with investing, but find out exactly what kind of investing when you listen to the Be Investable podcast today.
Michael Melfi is joined by Richard Simtob, serial entrepreneur and Partner at Zoup!
From his high school days of owning and managing a disc jockey entertainment company and a t-shirt company in college to Wireless Toyz and now Zoup!, Richard credits his successes to the passion he exudes with every project. When he found himself with a family of four to feed and jobless because of a bad business deal, he did what every entrepreneur does: picked up the pieces, learned from his mistakes and carried on. Richard has always stood by having a good management team with a good operating process in place to take your company to new heights.
If you are someone who loves a good defining-moment story and wants to learn more about collaboration and good management skills, you're going to want to tune in.
Chris Denson, award-winning innovator, marketer, recovering comedian and host of the Innovation Crush interview series, joins Michael Melfi on the Be Investable podcast.
An expert at uncovering the best thinking and commonalities across a diverse array of cultures, Chris has applied his knowledge and expertise tot he likes of The White House, Google Launchpad, and Omnicom Media Group. Chris touches on the shining moments in his career, great innovation and the importance of the ability to be nimble in business. Listen today for great insight on Chris's experiences, successes, and failures in business.
Dave Meltzer is the CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, one of the world’s leading sports & entertainment marketing agencies, which he co-founded with Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon.Prior to S1M, he was CEO of the world’s first smartphone, the PC-E Phone, and later became CEO of the world’s most notable sports agency, Leigh Steinberg Sports and Entertainment. Dave is an award-winning humanitarian, an international public speaker, best-selling author, and is profiled by national publications such as Forbes, ESPN, Bloomberg, CNBC, Yahoo, SB Nation and Variety.
Jacques Panis, President of Shinola share is us how this leader keeps his culture alive with the meteoric growth the company "Shinola" has experienced in Michigan as well as continuing the mission of creating great jobs here in the U.S.
The Detroit-based company has expanded from producing watches to leather goods, personalized jewelry and their next offering is audio equipment starting with a high quality turntable that can be preordered now. But they aren’t stopping there, they have plans to expand that line and in 2018 will open a hotel promising to offer the exceptional hospitality that falls in line with their culture and mission.
Ken Nguyen, co-founder and CEO of Republic, gives advice needed to be successful in equity – or for that matter any funding campaign. As a spin off of Angels List, Republic gets an assist with mission support and the psychological support of the entire team.
Ben Cogleton, CEO and Founder of Olark, had a powerful response to his employee, Madalyn Parker, when she asked for a few sick days to focus on her mental health. The small act was shared on Twitter and ended up being retweeted tens of thousands of times and became a beacon for the importance of mental health and the power of personal days.
As a female pioneer in Silicon Valley, Ann Winblad enjoyed some great opportunities and experiences with us about her early days with Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, as well as, gave some insight on how her firm, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, looks at investing.
If we mention the book series Rich Dad, Poor Dad, most of our readers are familiar with it and it’s co-author Sharon Lechter. If we mention the book by Napoleon Hill entitled Outwitting the Devil, most may know Sharon annotated the 1937 manuscript for today’s business world. Think and Grow Rich is also another famous book that Sharon has reworked for today’s businesswomen, Think and Grow Rich for Women.
Sharon’s work is well known, spanning more than 100 countries, selling more than 30 million copies, she has become a name known by entrepreneurs looking to be successful.
This week’s podcast episode was a little different – Michael S. Melfi (https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelsmelfi/) lists his top 50 reads, and why they are important to entrepreneurs and professionals. Faced with shelf after shelf of business books, an entrepreneur may want a recommendation before spending valuable time perusing the pages of a book. Grab one from each list and read them at the same time to get your brain firing and thinking.
This week Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of Priceline.com, uBid.com, CTI and ColorJar to name a few, was our guest on the show. Jeff knows what it’s like to be a successful entrepreneur and what it takes for a company to be investable.
Josh Luber turned an interest in collectible sneakers into a company that collects, analyzes and publishes data and insight into the unregulated sneaker resale industry. Find out why anyone would – and should - care about such a niche area. It’s nothing to run away from – it is thought to be a $6 billion global industry.
This week Stephen Lehtonen, the Engagement Partner for Growthink, was a guest on the show. During our discussion, we talked about the secret to entrepreneurial success based on Stephen’s teams experiences working with thousands of successful companies. He knows what will get funded, how to break into a market, the things an entrepreneur needs to know to grow and be successful – and he shares them with us!
If you are an inventor, an entrepreneur or small business with a tight budget for your legal services, this show is full of great information and resources you can use – today! The United State Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been open for 227 years and has resources that can save you some money.