How I Built This Business
040: Marketing Agency transforms into a Podcast Agency (for B2B Brands) | Sweet Fish Media

040: Marketing Agency transforms into a Podcast Agency (for B2B Brands) | Sweet Fish Media

September 6, 2019

Sweet Fish Media | James Carbary is the founder of Sweet Fish Media, a done-for-you service that guarantees new relationships between B2B companies and their ideal clients. He’s a contributor for the Huffington Post & Business Insider, and he also co-hosts the B2B Growth Show: a podcast dedicated to helping B2B executives achieve explosive growth.

 *** For Show NotesKey PointsContact InfoResources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: James Carbary Interview***

039: How this Founder turned Passion into Profit… The YakAttack - Kayak Story

039: How this Founder turned Passion into Profit… The YakAttack - Kayak Story

September 5, 2019

YakAttack | Luther Cifers began YakAttack with an extensive background in product design coupled with a passion for kayak fishing. Since their launch in January 2009, YakAttack has experienced hyper growth every year. Their innovations have changed the way kayak anglers around the world rig their kayaks. YakAttack's uncompromising commitment to their values, manufacturing in the USA, and producing excellence in everything we do have made them the industry partner of choice for major kayak and accessory manufacturers.

*** For Show NotesKey PointsContact InfoResources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: Luther Cifers Interview***

038: Shark Tank Inventor scrubs away his Business Problems using… the Scrub Daddy!

038: Shark Tank Inventor scrubs away his Business Problems using… the Scrub Daddy!

September 4, 2019

The Scrub Daddy | Aaron Krause is an accomplished entrepreneur/inventor with 20+ years of experience in patenting and manufacturing industry.  With patented products in major big-box retailers by such industry giants as 3M Company, Mr. Krause prides himself on hard work, dedication, and imagination.

Aaron received national attention when he appeared on the ABC show Shark Tank with his invention Scrub Daddy. After successfully pitching the sharks Aaron received a capital infusion from inventor and celebrity mogul Lori Greiner. Since then, Aaron and Lori have sold millions of “the smiling sponges” to well-known retailers including QVC, Bed Bath & Beyond, Wal-Mart, ShopRite, and Buy Buy Baby. Scrub Daddy has exceeded $15 million in retail sales and continues to gain recognition as a household brand.

*** For Show NotesKey PointsContact InfoResources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: Aaron Krause Interview***

037: This Real Estate Company turned into an… Employee Owned Company???  Find out How w/ Roost DC.

037: This Real Estate Company turned into an… Employee Owned Company??? Find out How w/ Roost DC.

September 3, 2019

Nest DC | Lisa Wise is the Chief Nester//Wise Owl of the Boutique Property Management firm known as Nest DC (in Washington, DC - multiple puns intended). Lisa’s work has always been cause driven, entrepreneurial, and community focused. She served as...

 

036: How to Hire Salespeople that will Actually Boost Your Sales!!! // Treeline Sales Recruiting

036: How to Hire Salespeople that will Actually Boost Your Sales!!! // Treeline Sales Recruiting

September 2, 2019

Treeline Sales Recruiting | Daniel Fantasia founded Treeline, Inc. in 2001 with an exclusive focus on helping companies build world-class, high-output, sales teams.  They help companies recruit and hire salespeople. Treeline has worked with hundreds of respected companies in the United States and thousands of top-tier sales professionals. The company is consistently recognized by clients and respected sources as an innovative and trusted service partner.

 

035: Converting a Food Truck Business into a Real Business - Cousins Maine Lobster

035: Converting a Food Truck Business into a Real Business - Cousins Maine Lobster

August 30, 2019

Cousins Maine Lobster | Jim Tselikis is a Co-founder of Cousins Maine Lobster. He is from the coast of Maine, where he and his cousin Sabin Lomac grew up surrounded by family and lobster. They both moved away (Jim to Boston and The College of the Holy Cross, then a secure job at Stryker orthopedics; Sabin to New York City to study drama before acting his way into a career in Real Estate in LA), then reunited in 2012 to bring the authentic experience of their childhoods to their customers.

*** For Show NotesKey PointsContact InfoResources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: Jim Tselikis Interview***

034: How to Build an Electric Bike Business w/ Pedego Electric Bikes

034: How to Build an Electric Bike Business w/ Pedego Electric Bikes

August 29, 2019

Pedego Electric Bikes | Don DiCostanzo is Co-Founder of Pedego Electric Bikes.  After 30 years in the automotive world, Don started an electric bicycle shop in Newport Beach, California. This was a labor of love. Over time, he developed an interest in electric cycling and tried to find quality electric bikes for his bicycle shop. His frustration with existing suppliers led him to contact his friend and future Pedego partner Terry Sherry. In 2008, the two men co-founded Pedego Electric Bikes, where quality, innovation, and customer service are among the top core values of the company.

*** For Show NotesKey PointsContact InfoResources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: Don DiCostanzo Interview***

Fabulous 4 Questions:

  1. 📖 📚 Favorite Book(s)? Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike Book by Phil Knight Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance.
  2. 🙌😎 Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Christmas Gifts.
  3. 🌱💸 Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Social Media.
  4. 💭💡 BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Ignorance in the traditional cycling industry.
033: Software that uses Gamifying for Company Wellness | Sonic Boom Wellness

033: Software that uses Gamifying for Company Wellness | Sonic Boom Wellness

August 28, 2019

Sonic Boom Wellness | Danna Korn-Van Noy is CEO of Sonic Boom Wellness, a software company specializing in corporate wellness.  Danna began her work in the wellness industry in 1991, with a focus on nutrition and medical conditions that benefit from a gluten-free diet. She is a best-selling author of six books on nutrition, including three in the prestigious “For Dummies” series. Renowned as the country’s “Gluten-Free Guru,” Danna is respected as one of the leading authorities on the gluten-free diet and medical conditions that benefit from it.

*** For Show NotesKey PointsContact InfoResources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: Danna Korn-Van Noy Interview***

 

Fabulous 4 Questions:

  1. 📖 📚 Favorite Book(s)?  Since I’ve written several, it’s hard not to choose my own 😀 … but I’m getting super into car racing now and absolutely love Speed Secrets by Ross Bentley!
  2. 🙌😎 Favorite Amazon.com purchase?  Oh boy. I purchase almost daily now (a love-hate relationship with Prime). Maybe the “peg leg” I bought when I had ankle surgery this year – it gave me back my hands, which can’t be used when crutching. I mean seriously – HOW do you carry a martini with crutches?  The iWalk 2.0 is how!
  3. 🌱💸 Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? We use Asana as our project-management tool. It provided a great way to get everyone on the same page for collaborative projects, and it provides transparency into workloads.
  4. 💭💡 BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Finding awesome sales people. We find it tough to hire them because sales people are natural BS’ers, so they kill it in the interviews and then – well, they don’t always kill it in real life. They can also be super expensive, and because we’re self-funded, we don’t have gobs of money to throw their way. We regret not beefing up our sales team years ago.
032: Custom Canvas Prints… that are Printed Online… via CanvasPop

032: Custom Canvas Prints… that are Printed Online… via CanvasPop

August 27, 2019

Canvas Pop | Adrian Salamunovic Co-founder of CanvasPop, PopKey, & DNA11.  He took $2,000 and launched two multi-million dollar, profitable companies without any outside investment.  With his business partner, Adrian launched a DNA art company DNA11, a large format printing company CanvasPop, and PopKey, the first GIF keyboard. What is fascinating is that these companies were built by observing behavior, building the first company, and then building new businesses on top of that without killing the old one.

*** For Show NotesKey PointsContact InfoResources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: Adrian Salamunovic Interview***

Fabulous 4 Questions:

  1. 📖 📚 Favorite Book(s)? Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets by Christopher Lockhead, Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups by Jason Calacanis, Purple Cow by Seth Godin, & The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
  2. 🙌😎 Favorite Amazon.com purchase? Apple Airpods
  3. 🌱💸 Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Pipedrive, MailChimp, & Growbots
  4. 💭💡 BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? Myself. At the end of the day the leaders have to take responsibility and ownership for making the right decisions and hiring the right people and keeping the “eye on the prize”.
031: Putting Profit First, So You’re Around for the Long-Term… Profit First Professionals

031: Putting Profit First, So You’re Around for the Long-Term… Profit First Professionals

August 26, 2019

Profit First Professionals | Mike Michalowicz is founder of Profit First Professionals.  He's also the author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, The Pumpkin Plan, Profit First, and Surge. His books have been translated into 10 languages. Profit First Professionals is an organization designed to support accountants, bookkeepers and other financial professionals to substantially differentiate themselves in the market - so they can dictate a premium for their services and attract more clients.

*** For Show NotesKey PointsContact InfoResources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit here: Michael Michalowicz Interview***

Fabulous 4 Questions:

  1. 📖 📚 Favorite Book(s)? Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini, Purple Cow: Transfor Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin, & How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie.
  2. 🙌😎 Favorite Amazon.com purchase? The Echo 2. I have about 7 of them now. I have them all linked. Amazing multi-room sound. Cool functions. I use for some smart home stuff.
  3. 🌱💸 Favorite Tool that's GROWN your Business? Best tool is my bank accounts. I look at them daily, and precategorize my money by putting them in different accounts. The impact has been massive. That is why I wrote Profit First.
  4. 💭💡 BIGGEST Challenge keeping your Business from GROWING? It is always my mind. Limiting beliefs are the only thing that stop me, and I have them all the time.