Category Archives: Start Ups

Episode 43: Authentic Storytelling



Ryan Williams, the author of The Influencer Economy: How to Launch Your Idea, Share it With the World, and Thrive in the Digital Age, has built an actionable framework for telling better business and personal stories. His storytelling structure is a new approach for crafting and scripting your 3 authentic stories to tell in any room, anytime, to anyone.

Los Angeles-based author Ryan Williams teaches his step-by-step guide to telling your authentic brand story. He instructs how to build a core community around your idea, collaborate with key influencers to grow your base, and build a brand that changes the world. For the last three years, Ryan interviewed over 100 influencers who have built culture-changing online such as: Seth Godin, Brad Feld, Derek Sivers, Troy Carter, Jemele Hill and many others. His authentic storytelling framework helps brands, leaders, and companies anchor their brand stories, grow their influence, and thrive in the digital age.

Bio

About Ryan: Ryan Williams is an author, keynote speaker, and former stand-up comedian. He authored the book, The Influencer Economy, a top-seller on Amazon. In his book, he teaches readers how to launch their stories, collaborate with influencers, and thrive in the digital age. For more book info, visit theinfluencerbook.com (http://theinfluencerbook.com/). Ryan’s work and writing has been featured in Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, The Observer, Success Magazine, Business Insider, Social Media Examiner, and USA Today. On his podcast, also titled The Influence Economy, Ryan has interviewed over 100 influencers who have successfully built ideas online, including Seth Godin, Willie Geist, Derek Sivers, Troy Carter, Jemele Hill and many others. You can listen to his show at www.influencereconomy.com (http://www.influencereconomy.com/).

Ryan was an early team member at social media marketing firm, DigiSynd (acquired by Disney for $16 million), and Machinima.com (acquired by Warner Bros. for $100 million). He has given keynote talks and led panels at SXSW, VidCon, TIE-Con Canada, & Google. He’s also lectured classes at Vanderbilt University, City University of London, USC and Loyola Marymount.

 


Episode 42: Women in Blockchain



Blockchain is poised to become one of the seminal developments in technology, and some talented women are leading the way in adapting blockchain technology across a wide array of industries.

Blockchain spending is expected to grow 81.2% annual from 2016 – 2021. $945 million was spent on blockchain solutions in 2017, with the spending expected to skyrocket to $2.1 billion this year. Women in Blockchain and Crypto want to enable women to thrive in the booming blockchain space by growing our network of like-minded women to create opportunities for networking, education, and professional advancement in the blockchain space.

Two female leaders in blockchain will give a presentation on the current landscape of blockchain, the applications of blockchain technology across a variety of industries, and also discuss their own projects including putting AI on the Project PAI blockchain and exploring uses for blockchain in healthcare.

Bios:

Sho Guo

Sho Guo is the VP of Marketing and Partnerships at ObEN, an artificial intelligence company developing Personal Artificial Intelligence (PAI), a 3D intelligent avatar that looks, talks and behaves uniquely like its human counterpart. ObEN is an early adopter of Project PAI, a fully decentralized blockchain based network designed to give people trackable ownership and management rights to their PAI. Prior to ObEN, Sho was the Director of International Marketing for Caesars Entertainment and spent 5 years working in television and production, including work on the Beijing Olympics for NBC. Sho is an Emmy award winner with an MBA from UCLA Anderson, B.S. in Management Science and B.A. in Film from UC San Diego.

Stacy Jain

Stacy Jain is a Director of Strategy and Program Execution at Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s largest and most innovative integrated health care providers. An experienced executive consultant with a demonstrated history of delivering large, complex healthcare systems and programs in the hospital & health care industry, Stacy has continuously driven business solutions via technological innovations along with her exceptional leadership in building trusting partnerships across multi-disciplines. Previously she has worked with other healthcare organizations such as Dignity Health, Catholic Healthcare West, and L.A. Care Health Plan. Part of her current mission is to execute an agile transformation strategy to enable the business to quickly adapt, make investments at the right places and to improve speed to market. With more than 15+ years in defining, shaping and evolving the delivery of patient care, she has a relentless passion to stretch and advance digital healthcare, especially in mental/behavioral health care.

Stacy has recently been looking at applications of blockchain in healthcare with an emphasis on security, medical record sharing and humanistic information economy. Stacy is also working on building women-led communities in AI and blockchain. Her goal is to build communities in the Los Angeles area which would empower more women to participate in the blockchain industry.

Twitter Handles: @ObenMe @ProjectPAI

Speaker emails:

Sho Guo: sho@oben.com

Stacy Jain: Stacy.Jain@gmail.com


Episode 41: The Death of Innovation



Over the course of my career in both fortune 500 companies and start-ups, I’ve had the privilege of working on a few special, innovative teams that disrupted markets. I’ll talk about some of my favorite innovations and their origin stories. In each of these stories, I hope to highlight how fragile a new great idea can be and how in each case they almost didn’t happen. That way we are all better equipped recognize them and come to the rescue.

Bio

Rob Kent is CEO of First Wave Partners, where he actively invests in, manages, and consults tech and med-tech start-ups. Rob considers himself an “inventor’s best friend,” bringing significant development, finance, supply-chain, and distribution expertise to a business plan. He is the first to admit that he rarely has a good idea, but loves to help make good ideas great. He is currently shepherding two companies to market, a stem cell harvesting company Synova Life Sciences, and a clean-energy company Power Hero.

Previously Rob was CEO of O2 Concepts, a start-up medical device manufacturer of portable oxygen equipment. Rob and his team disrupted the industry by launching the first connected portable oxygen devices in a partnership with Verizon. This allowed caregivers to monitor equipment location and patient compliance, and propelled O2 Concepts to 5X growth in three years.

Prior to that he’s led sales and operations teams of over 200 people and operating budgets of over $40M, launched over 10 complex Medical Devices through FDA and European approval, and building out sales and operations teams in start-up and high growth environments.


Episode 40: Building Companies While Running Startup Accelerators on Three Continents



From Hong Kong, to Los Angeles, to the Vatican. How running three very different startup accelerators over five years changed the way I think about entrepreneurship. Multiple program formats, 100+ companies, tens of millions in funding, lots of customers, exits, all across three continents. The talk will focus on:

• Commonalities growing companies face across locations.

• Getting results: How I try to trick people into learning.

• Next steps in thinking about the future of company growth.

Bio

Paul Orlando enables companies to grow. He is Incubator Director and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at USC. Paul has founded and operated successful startup accelerator programs in Hong Kong (focused on mobile development), Los Angeles (focused on growing a wide range of companies with founders affiliated with USC), and Rome (the Laudato Si accelerator, partnered with the Vatican and focused on environmental technology). Companies Paul has worked with have raised tens of millions in capital, served millions of customers, and have been acquired. He has authored several related academic case studies available on Harvard Business Publishing. Paul also helps larger institutions innovate, develop, and grow, especially in lowering the risk of innovation projects, speeding up learning cycles, and transitioning past legacy business models and products.

Paul has been featured in media including Forbes, TechCrunch, Fast Company, and the Wall Street Journal. He was a winner at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. Paul has a BA from Cornell, an MBA from Columbia, and speaks Mandarin.

Twitter handle: @porlando

Speaker email: paul.orlando@gmail.com


Episode 39: Pasadena Startups: Past, Present and Future



Talk a walk down memory lane with Gene as he tells stories of Pasadena Startups Past, Present and Future.

I am the Forrest Gump of Internet – I have worked in the worked with some of the pioneers and innovators all with origin stories to Pasadena: GoTo, Overture, Yahoo, YP, Chegg, WhatsApp, Tinder, Google Adword/AdSense/Photos, Sellbrite. So come take a seat on the bench and listen to my story. Pasadena tech is like a box of chocolates – you’ll never know what you’re gonna get.

Bio:

Gene is a software veteran and Internet executive known for his expertise in mobile, social, cloud, Big Data, search marketing and eCommerce. He is currently VP of Engineering at Sellbrite.com a eCommerce SaaS startup in Pasadena. Before that he was CTO of Synctree.com a Ruby/Node and DevOps-as-a-Service boutique development shop. He was the CTO of Oversee.net a $100M Consumer Mobile and Domain Monetization company. Before that he was Director of Engineering at Chegg, an online network for college students that offers assistance with homework, course selection and textbook rentals. He was also Executive Director of AT&T Interactive, building and leading teams for YP Mobile, Data Systems and Buzz.com. He also served as Director of Engineering at Yahoo Search Marketing/Overture where he built large-scale search marketing platforms. Gene is currently a on Board of Directors for Innovate Pasadena, a mentor for Mucker Labs, as well as advisor to mobile startups. Gene is a frequent speaker at tech industry events and has received numerous industry awards. He graduated Magna cum Laude with a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles and lives in San Marino with a very supportive wife Jacki and 3 kids.


Episode 38: Where the future demands will be for jobs and what skills will be most needed



Some of the topics addressed will be why technical skills and programming are necessary for all majors. The importance of including goal achievement in higher education. Creating the right environment for learning and moving education toward a solution based model as opposed to subject based.

Bio:

Dr. Tao founded the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development and was Director of the school of Computing and Design at California State University, Monterey Bay. Under his leadership, the school grew to have over a thousand students, 50 faculty, staff and researchers, receiving multi-million dollars of funding annually from public and private sources, including a $43 million dollars funding to construct the Gambord/BIT building on campus.

Supported by Economic Development Administration of United States, the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development serves the Greater Monterey Bay region by providing a venue for innovative ideas, the commercial transfer of research and technology, and a support network for start-ups and entrepreneurs. Many companies that supported by the Institute grow to be successful ventures.

Dr. Tao teaches and conducts research in computer engineering, innovation, e-learning and globalization. He has published numerous papers and articles in innovation, high-tech entrepreneurship, educational technology, globalization, medical image processing and higher education. He often speaks at international conferences on global technology, innovation and education issues. He also serves as judges at many business plan competitions.


Episode 37: How to Ask for It



Learn 2 simple + effective ways to get more of what you want for your business. (As learned the hard way by one social entrepreneur).

After 10 years starting, running, and growing a national organization I learned two critical things.

First, I learned the difference between “pitching” people an idea and enrolling them in making an idea thrive. Second, I learned that if I wasn’t hearing NO, I wasn’t asking for enough.

I’ll share my painfully awkward stories (don’t judge!) and the simple tools I was forced to master in order to raise the 10 million I needed to scale my idea.

Bio

Niko Everett (https://www.nikoeverett.com/) is a coach + strategist to leaders and entrepreneurs, supporting them to achieve audacious dreams and undo habits of exhaustion, overwhelm, and doubt. She’s a social entrepreneur and change agent who started and grew her first venture, Girls For A Change, from her kitchen table to serve 20,000 girls globally. She raised millions in growth capital along the way.

She’s a TEDx (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOrzmFUJtrs) presenter and diplomatic speaker for the US State Department. She was named by The Silicon Valley Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” social innovator and acknowledged by Fast Company magazine’s Social Capitalist Award. Her accomplishments have been featured in Newsweek, The San Jose Mercury News, NPR, and Fast Company Magazine and her blog is published in Mindbodygreen (https://www.mindbodygreen.com/search?q=niko+everett) + Elephant Journal (https://www.elephantjournal.com/2017/06/9-mindful-beauty-lessons-to-empower-women-at-any-age/). You can connect with Niko on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/luvnikoeverett/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/nikoeverett15) and LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikoeverett/).

Instagram: @nikoeverett15

Speaker email: niko@nikoeverett.com


Episode 36: SBA Loans: The Alternative to Venture Capital



Want to grow your business or create start-up? Well you are going to need capital – it’s the key to your success.

Whether you are a start-up or an existing business looking to grow and expand, there are a multitude of options available for consideration. One such option is a Small Business Administration Loan (SBA). It’s a great alternative to venture capital and you won’t have to give up any ownership in your company or start-up. In a collaborative presentation by representatives from the Small Business Administration and E-Central Credit Union, you will hear how a SBA loan works, how to get started, and why an SBA loan may be an excellent financing option.

Bio:

Andrew Ten, Lender Relations Specialist

U.S. Small Business Administration

Andrew Ten is a financial and business development professional with extensive front line experience in building and managing successful financial service teams. Mr. Ten started his career in the business and commercial banking industry with institutions such as Wells Fargo Bank, Citizens Business Bank, and US Bank. In 2008 Mr. Ten transitioned to the public sector, which included work at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Disaster Office and 7(a) Loan Guaranty Processing Center. In addition, Mr. Ten has worked as a Federal Examiner for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and also worked with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) as a financial analyst. Mr. Ten’s background is complemented with a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside.

Jennifer Gin, Member Business Loan Officer

E-Central Credit Union

Jennifer Gin specializes in commercial and SBA lending. Ms. Gin has over 15 years of business lending experience having worked as a credit analyst and commercial loan officer for a number of community banks. In 2015, she joined E-Central Credit Union as a member business loan officer. She is responsible for strengthening and enhancing the Credit Union’s small business lending and SBA programs. Ms. Gin is a graduate of California Bankers Association’s Commercial Lending School and University of California, Riverside with a degree in Business Administration and Political Science.

About E-Central Credit Union

E-Central Credit Union is a Pasadena-based credit union celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary. As a local, financial institution and SBA lender, E-Central offers a multitude of affordable services tailored to meet the needs for just about anyone or any business.

jgin@ecentralcu.org


Episode 35: Cannabis vs. High Tech



A Side by Side Comparison of the Two Industries discussing their similarities and differences. How well do high tech experiences transfer to the cannabis industry? How do the obstacles differ? How are they similar?

Rich spent much of his career in high tech and online ventures. The last few years he’s been involved in the cannabis industry. Although all new business startups share significant similarities, he’ll contrast the unique challenges, the future trends, and the possible opportunities.

Bio:

Rich Rygg started his career at tech giants IBM and Hewlett-Packard gaining big company and big iron experience. Eventually he ended up in the online industry in 1990 well before the Internet was released. He lived through both the rise and deaths of online companies like CompuServe, Prodigy, and AOL, as well as the birth and growth of the Internet and the many companies that have come and gone.

He opened the first AOL office in California, but shortly after joined the early top #3 Internet site GeoCities where they raised multiple rounds of VC funding, went public with a successful IPO, and then were acquired by Yahoo! He moved to Palo Alto, and launched a number of Yahoo! properties. Since then he’s been involved in many startups, ranging from online sites to telephony technology, to hemp oil, to soccer, to licensed dispensaries. He recently returned from a strategic consulting project in China related to its One Belt, One Road initiative.

Always curious, he loves the startup process and opportunities in the early stages of any industry. On Saturday mornings you’ll likely find him watching English Premiere League soccer at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena, YNWA.

Speaker email: RichRygg@gmail.com


Episode 34: “TGIM”: A new look at how to create the best work environment



Baby Boomers and Millennials are the two largest work forces in the history of our country, yet they approach work happiness from completely different viewpoints. Why is this? It’s not necessarily what you think or have read about in the news. There are distinct imprints that each generation brings into the working world and in this talk you will leave looking at your own work/life happiness in a new way. Whether you are a Baby Boomer, a Generation X, a Millennial or Centennial, you will take away practices that you can implement today at your place of work. When we are happy at work, productivity rises and employees don’t leave. Let’s make your work life happier today and every day.

Bio:

Jody B. Miller is one of the country’s leading Career/Life Coaches and Company Culture Strategists. She is known as “The Work Happiness Expert.” She is also a Bestselling Author and Keynote Speaker. Her passion is helping people achieve Work/Life Meaning and Happiness. Jody’s books and articles are read worldwide and she is interviewed regularly on television, radio and global podcasts. She contributes to publications including Entrepreneur Magazine, Bloomberg BNA, CEO Magazine, HR.com (http://hr.com/), Thrive Global, Huffington Post, LinkedIn, and many more.

Jody has helped thousands of people find their dream job so that their work and life has meaning and happiness. She also helps companies develop corporate cultures that increase employee engagement and decrease departures.

Jody is the head of Dream Job Academy; an online portal of courses and personal coaching that help job seekers find true meaning and happiness in their work, and Company Culture Academy: courses that help companies create thriving cultures that invite employee engagement and collaborative productivity within the organization.

Her newest book, “From Drift to SHIFT: How Change Can Bring True Meaning and Happiness to Your Work and Life,” (https://www.amazon.com/Drift-Shift-Change-Brings-Meaning/dp/1683502922) has just been released worldwide. It follows the stories of amazing people who have gone through major challenges and shifts in order to find true meaning and happiness in their work. Because of these shifts, happiness flowed over into their personal lives and into their businesses and communities. It is an inspirational book that will give you the courage to make a shift in your life in order to achieve happiness and meaning, even if that means finding a way to love your current job. Remember – You Matter!

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/jbmillerauthor

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/JodyBMillerAuthor

EMAIL: jmiller@c2cexecutivesearch.com