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Ep. 32 – Mike Stelzner’s biggest success is the Social Media Marketing World conference: I realized that going to conferences is really the secret sauce to success for so many of us.

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Michael Stelzner is the founder of Social Media Examiner, author of the books, Launch and Writing White Papers, and the man behind Social Media Marketing World–the industry’s largest conference. He’s also the host of the Social Media Marketing podcast, founder of the Social Media Marketing Society, and host of the weekly Social Media Marketing Talk Show.

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Ep. 31 – Richard Chowning opened Africa Mentor to help businesses get into the continent, succeed, and create jobs, to lift Africans’ standard of living

Richard Chowning

Richard Chowning is the founder and director of Africa Mentor whose mission is to help businesses put their best foot forward in Africa. Chowning is located in Texas. Africa Mentor has official representatives in the Ivory Coast and Ethiopia and has relationships with governments and private sector businesses throughout Africa.

Chowning has worked in Africa for 25 years (16 in Kenya and 9 in Benin) and has been involved in project management and leadership training in Africa for more than 40 years. He is fluent in three African languages (Swahili, Aja, and Kalenjin).

Past and current clients come from the automotive, pharmaceutical, mining, architectural, hospitality, technology, construction, and manufacturing sectors.

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Ep. 30 – Tomas Laurinavicius says his biggest success happened by accident two year ago, with his post, 12 habits that I have stolen from ultra-successful people, Time, New York Observer, and others found and published it. Six months later, he got an offer to write his book.

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Tomas Laurinavicius is a lifestyle entrepreneur and blogger from Lithuania. He writes about habits, lifestyle design, and entrepreneurship. Right now, he’s traveling the world with a mission to empower 1 million people to change their lifestyle for good.

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Ep. 29 – Corey Poirier – used to say “YES” to everything he could, but learned along the way that the high achievers actually say “NO” to most things so they can say “Yes” to the right things, things that move the needle.

Corey Poirier

Corey Poirier is a multiple-time TEDx, PMx and MoMonday’s Speaker. He is also the host of the top rated ‘Conversations with PASSION’ Radio Show, founder of The Speaking Program, and he has been featured in multiple television specials. A columnist with Entrepreneur Magazine, he has featured in/on CBS, CTV, NBC, ABC, and is one of the few leaders featured twice on the popular Entrepreneur on Fire show.

Corey has interviewed over 4,000 of the world’s top leaders.

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EP. 28 – Nicole Holland is most fired up about the Business Building Rockstars virtual summit, starting on October 31st, and invites us all to take part in the most beneficial summit she has ever done. It is especially beneficial for you if you already have a viable business

Nicole Holland

Nicole Holland is the host of two hot podcasts; The Business Building Rockstars Show & Get Guest Ready, Nicole Holland helps subject matter experts increase their visibility exponentially through podcast guesting to create greater impact, influence, and income. We’re about to find out why industry super-stars consider her a genius at what she does!

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Ep. 27 – David Beebe – “Believe it or not consumer don’t care what you do. They want to know how it benefits them, what do they get out of that.” From Hollywood to Brands Marketing it’s the same rule today: Be customer centric

David Beebe

Emmy-winning Branded Content Producer | Keynote Speaker
Co-Founder, Content Decoded

Declared by AdWeek as a “Branded Content Master Who Makes it OK to Love Marketing,” and named by Ad Age as a Top 40 “forward thinker, risk-taker, and rainmaker in marketing,” Emmy-award and Cannes Lions winner David Beebe, who founded and led the Disney/ABC Television Group Content Studio and Marriott Content Studio, and produced branded content for Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, LOST, Scrubs and original series for Showtime, DIRECTV, Yahoo, and PBS is one of the entertainment and marketing industries most influential producers, brand storytellers, marketers, advisors, and keynote speakers with real world experience.

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Ep. 26 – Mike Allton – The award-winning social media blogger and author has turned his successful website into a testing ground where he executes online marketing tests and writes about it for his audience

Mike Allton

Mike Allton is a Content Marketing Practitioner, award-winning Blogger and Author in St. Louis, and the Chief Marketing Officer at SiteSell. He has been working with websites and the Internet since the early ’90’s, and is active on all of the major social networks. Mike teaches a holistic approach to content marketing that leverages blog content, social media and SEO to drive traffic, generate leads, and convert those leads into sales.

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Ep. 25 – Alex Baker – Partner at Relay Ventures, says their differentiation comes from their CEOs & the 60+ portfolio companies they invested in, but thinks almost all startup companies over spend about at least 25%

Alex Baker

Alex joined Relay Ventures in 2008, after eleven years of management consulting with global credit card and payment companies.

Summary: Alex joined Relay in 2008, bringing a consulting background specialized in financial services. Prior to his experiences at BearingPoint and PwC Consulting, Alex studied at the Schulich School of Business (York University). With Relay, he works with mobile-focused software and hardware entrepreneurs across a variety of industries. He is also an active part of the venture capital community in Canada and abroad as a Kauffman Fellow, as well as an advisor, and a frequent speaker/panelist.

Current: Alex’s background in strategy and finance lends well to his roles overseeing Relay Ventures’ investments in a broad range of mobile platform and connected device companies.

Location: Toronto

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Ep. 24 – Russell Rothstein – didn’t understand how people wouldn’t book anything (like restaurants, hotels, etc.) without review sites but businesses make decisions about technology without reviews of their peers. So, he founded IT Central Station, and led the change of a 3 trillion dollars industry

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Russell Rothstein is founder and CEO of IT Central Station, the leading product review site for enterprise technology. Before founding IT Central Station, Russell worked in senior product roles at enterprise tech vendors Nolio (acquired by CA) and OPNET Technologies (acquired by Riverbed). He was co-founder and CEO of Zettapoint (acquired by EMC), and was co-founder of Open Sesame (acquired by Bowne/RR Donnelley). Russell received a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University, an MS in Technology and Policy from MIT, and an MS in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Follow Russell on Twitter @RussRothsteinIT (11,000+ followers).

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Ep. 23 – My biggest failures with customers

My biggest failures with customers

John Lee Dumas, Chris Brogan, Joe Pulizzi & more sharing their entrepreneurial biggest failures with customers, and they’re all talking about the same mistake: “Going with what I thought is the biggest problem, instead of listening to customers”.

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