Today’s Guest is a self-professed tech geek and espresso maniac (a word he does not use lightly) who wholeheartedly believes that business should be fun.
Gavin Zuchlinski is the founder of Acuity Scheduling, the slickest way for businesses to automate and manage their appointments online, allowing clients to schedule themselves. Acuity Scheduling supports over 50,000 businesses of all sizes, from people working for themselves to major corporations with thousands of employees.
Co-founder of BAMF Media, Josh Fechter has evangelized growth for a couple of the fastest growing SaaS companies, including Autopilot (top 10).
Author of three growth hacking books. Josh was awarded Top Quora Writer and Growth Hacker of 2017, and has over 50+ million views on his writing in the last year.
Today’s guest is a Commanding and fearless NFL powerhouse, Shawne Merriman never met a quarterback he couldn’t sack, totalling up 45.5 sacks. Regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in the league’s history, this former first-round draft pick and three-time pro-Bowler and All-Pro linebacker is known as “Lights Out” to the world, a nickname originating from his unmatched power on the field and ability to ignite his teammates while intimidating the opposition.
Expanding his brand off the field with his innovative and thriving “Lights Out” (LightsOutbrand.com) athletic apparel collection, Merriman designed the line for both men and women, “Lights Out” is intended and designed to motivate the consumer toward maximum performance.
Merriman founded the “Lights On Foundation” in an effort to help children and families in need, and he hosts the annual “Lights On” Bowling event to raise money for the cause.
Karen Waksman is an Author, Speaker and Consultant. She has sold millions of consumer products to the world’s largest retailers and now dedicates her time to teaching Entrepreneurs how to market and sell their products to Major Retailers, Online Retailers, Catalogs and Small Retailers, too!
Karen has taught tens of 1000’s of product entrepreneurs and companies across the globe on the subject of selling to retailers. Her goal is to empower and inspire companies to transform their businesses by providing them all of the necessary information they need in order to become chain store vendors.
Most importantly, Karen's clients have utilized the Retail MBA time-tested sales formula to get their products into retailers such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowes, Kroger Grocery Stores, Bed Bath and Beyond, BuyBuyBaby, Groupon and much, much more!
Bob Burg is the author of a number of books on sales, marketing and influence, with total book sales of well over a million copies.
His book, The Go-Giver, coauthored with John David Mann has sold over half a million copies and it has been translated into 21 languages. It has been reissued in a new, expanded edition with a foreword by Huffington Post founder and publisher, Arianna Huffington.
Bob is an advocate, supporter and defender of the Free Enterprise system, believing that the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people they serve.
You can find out more about him at thegovergiver.com
Meir Kay, is all about spreading positivity through different mediums. You may have seen his viral Facebook videos, which emphasize the importance of being happy and kind to others, but there’s so much more about him!
When he’s not producing or starring in videos, he often run marathons, volunteering, traveling, and giving motivational speeches.
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Jonathan Crawford is an entrepreneur, startup mentor, designer and engineer based in San Francisco. He founded Storenvy.com in 2009 and raised $7m from top Silicon Valley investors (after being admitted to and kicked out of Y Combinator) to make e-commerce accessible and affordable for the world's creative small businesses. After building a team of 30 and a community of over 100,000 merchants, he sold Storenvy in 2016.
Jonathan mentors startups around the world on product, branding, fundraising, leadership, UX, strategy and founder struggles.
Co-founder & CEO of Cerius Executives and Cerius Advisors, Pam Wasley is a serial entrepreneur with multiple decades of knowledge and experience. She has personally sold companies, led a management buyout, and advised hundreds of companies on strategies for growth and higher shareholder value. Pam has served on several private boards and is a highly sought after speaker.
She’s been featured in prestigious publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fortune, and Bloomberg Businessweek on the topics of mergers and acquisitions, the workforce of the future, and global contingent workforces.
Today’s guest is a Former Marine Officer and F/A-18 fighter pilot (10 years total of military service), Scott Lopez, MBA is an investment banker who helps companies raise crucial capital for growth and expansion. On a daily basis, he works with disruptive tech companies and investors and has deep relationships across the country in numerous innovation eco-systems.
Scott earned his MBA at the Thunderbird School of Graduate Management, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, and the single father of two teenage daughters. He is passionate for his home state of New Mexico and his second home, Newport Beach, CA.
Dan Norris is a serial entrepreneur, award-winning content marketer, international speaker and the author of 4 number 1 Amazon best selling business books.
In June 2013 after failing at entrepreneurship for 7 years, he founded wpcurve.com, a worldwide team of WordPress developers, providing unlimited small fixes and support, 24 / 7 for a low monthly fee. After becoming profitable in 23 days, WP Curve grew to a team of 40, 850+ customers and passed an annual run rate of over $1m AUD within 2 years and a year laster was sold to GoDaddy.
With over 65,000 copies sold, Dan’s books have been translated into 13 languages and inspired thousands of people around the world to launch their businesses, with may resulting in 6 and even 7 figure businesses.
Dan is also the co-founder of Black Hops Brewing, a craft beer brewery located on the Gold Coast, Australia. In 2015 Black Hops brewed the world’s first beer for the biggest entertainment franchise on earth, Call of Duty.
Dan is passionate about helping people launch entrepreneurial projects. He has a paid 7 Day Startup group as well as a free Facebook group with over 12,000 members.
Valorie Hubbard, life-long actress, is founder and CEO of Actor’s Fast Track. Our mission is to change the world one actor at a time. Actor’s Fast Track consults with working actors on their career paths. We help actors get the career of their dreams faster --WAY FASTER -- by helping them understand that they are entrepreneurs, and teaching them the skill-set to be successful as business-people.
Valorie attended The Goodman School of Drama has enjoyed a prolific career on both coasts. Valorie is a veteran of stage, film and TV, having appeared theatrically on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional touring companies, and internationally, with The Lab Theatre in Poland
Valorie has been on some of the top shows and movies in Hollywood including Sex, Death and Bowling, The Hannah Montana Movie, Smell of Success, Resident Evil: Extinction, An American Christmas Carol, Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D, How I Met Your Mother, Glee, American Horror Story, Workaholics, True Blood, 90210, ER, Desperate Housewives, The Middle, recurring on Kickin It and General Hospital, HUGE, and Comedy Central's American Body Shop and Chocolate News. She also plays the “hot” Rhonda in the recent release of video game Dead Rising 3.
Mirza Cifric is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer or Veritas Genetics, one of the most innovating companies in the biotech industry. Mirza is a life sciences entrepreneur. Formerly CEO AbVitro, Head of Corp. Dev. FORMA Therapeutics.
About Veritas Genetics:
Veritas is a passionate and dynamic group of scientists, engineers, genetic counselors, business folk, and designers. Their goal: empower people to live healthier, longer.
But, their story began in the 1970s with a young student passionate about one thing, DNA. George Church's work set in motion countless genetic discoveries, including the Human Genome Project, the first initiative to map all genes in the human genome.
George, along with a group of visionaries and scientists, including leaders from Harvard Medical School's Personal Genome Project, co-founded Veritas.
Garrett Gunderson is Chief Wealth Architect at Wealth Factory and author of the NY Times best-seller, Killing Sacred Cows. Wealth Factory helps entrepreneurs optimize cash flow, streamline their finances and keep more of their hard-earned money so they can make more powerful investments in their best wealth creator: their business.
Garrett has appeared multiple times on ABC News Now, Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox, CNBC’s Squawk on the Street and more — and his first firm made the Inc 500.
Ryan Daniel Moran is the founder of Capitalism.com, an online accelerator for internet business owners.
He has built and sold several ecommerce companies totaling more than $10 million in cash received, and he has helped over 100 new entrepreneurs start seven figure businesses.
He has spoken alongside Gary Vaynerchuk, Robert Herjavec, Tom Bilyeu, and Peter Diamandis at his yearly event, called The Capitalism Conference, which attracts more than 500 high end entrepreneurs from around the world.
You can find out more about him at www.thecapitalismconference.com
Today’s guest has Consulted for Golden State Warriors...
Aggregated 120 Billion Impressions on Facebook for a massive case study…
AND Once ran a 70 mile marathon.
Dennis Yu is the Chief Technology Officer of BlitzMetrics, a digital marketing company which partners with schools to train young adults. Dennis’s program centers around mentorship, helping students grow their expertise to manage social campaigns for enterprise clients like The Golden State Warriors, Nike, and Rosetta Stone.
He’s an internationally recognized lecturer in Facebook Marketing and has spoken in 17 countries, spanning 5 continents, including keynotes at L2E, PubCon, Conversion Conference, and Marketo Summit.
There was a time when James Altcuher was losing a million dollars a week… In just a few months, his bank account went from $15 million to $143. Also he was in the middle of a divorce. He had to sell his apartment. He had nowhere to live, no job, no friends to turn to. Then he began to realize something: success in today’s world ONLY happens you choose yourself. And when he began to understand that, little by little, he started to pull himself off the floor.
That was many years ago and a lot has happened since then. He now gets to do what he loves every day. He gets to write books that mean something to him, and he gets to share his thoughts on his blog. He gets to interview really incredible people on his top-10 rated podcast, “The James Altucher Show.”
He contributes articles to sites like The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Finance, and Business Insider. And it’s all in pursuit of his greatest mission: to help other people choose themselves, too.
Rick Sterger aka “the immigration guy” is an attorney practicing immigration law with an emphasis on removal defense. Rick brings broad professional experience to his immigration practice having worked developing business strategies for some of the world’s largest corporations: Samsung, Motorola, Sprint, and Dell.
His career pivot came at the convergence of a failing economy, a failing marriage and a plunge into a dark abyss of self-sabotage. It led him to a new and awakened approach to life, business, service, and relationships resulting in a rise to the top of his pivot profession as an immigration attorney. A graduate of Antioch University, Rick holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota, and is admitted to the Minnesota Bar, The Federal Bar and the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and a multi-year recipient of the California State Bar award for pro bono service to indigent clients. From his offices located in San Diego California, Rick serves clients throughout the U.S. and the world.
Steve Sims is an ugly kid from the outskirts of London, wasn’t born into the world of luxury but certainly holds his place there now!
Founder of the super exclusive, membership only personal concierge service for VIPs and executives seeking the ultimate in unique experiences and travel for themselves and their companies, Steve Sims is an unlikely expert marketer within the luxury industry. But his secret to success is that he’s build a life out of keeping his word, and not taking no for an answer. Profiled and often quoted in international publications including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, London’s Sunday Times, and South China Morning Post, TV and Sims is a sought after speaker at a variety of prestigious organizations such as the Pentagon and Harvard!
Whether you want to sing with your favorite rock star, have lunch with Donald Trump, get married in the Vatican, or dive to the wreck of the Titanic, Steve Sims is the guy who gets to yes when the answer for anyone else would be no.
He is well regarded for his marketing within the luxury world but be prepared, he does things his way!
The man who created Bluefish, the internationally famous company that makes once in a lifetime events happen for the rich and famous reveals to the rest of us his trade secrets for making things happen.
Steve Sims’s day job is to make the impossible possible. With his help and expertise, his clients’ fantasies and wildest dreams come true. Getting married in the Vatican, being serenaded by Andrea Bocelli, and connecting with powerful business moguls like Elon Musk are just a few of the many projects he has worked on. He rarely reveals how he accomplishes the feats that make his clients so happy. But now for the first time, Steve shares his practical tips, techniques, and strategies to help readers break down any obstacle and turn their dreams into reality.
The core of his philosophy focuses on simple, yet effective ways to sharpen the mind and gain practical skills that can help you learn a new perspective and accomplish anything. Whether it’s climbing Mount Everest, launching a business, or applying for a dream job, you can make incredible things happen for yourself by applying his insightful advice such as:
-Ask Why Three Times
-Never be the First Call
-Don’t be Easy to Understand, be Impossible to Misunderstand
With colorful and enlightening stories of people driven to achieve the impossible, this book will inspire you to transform your life and aim for the unthinkable.
Kyle Gray is the author of The Story Engine An entrepreneur’s guide to content strategy and brand storytelling without spending all day writing. He was named a top 30 Entrepreneur Under 30 by Influencive…
His agency Conversion Cake helps startups and small businesses grow by telling their story and helping their audience through content marketing.
After overcoming drug addiction, PTSD from fighting the war in Iraq with the US Marines and alcoholism that pushed him to the brink of suicide, Akshay Nanavati has since explored the most hostile, and awe-inspiring environments on the planet and built a business helping people live limitless lifestyles.
Combining his life experience with years of research in science and spirituality, he wrote a book called “Fearvana: The Revolutionary Science of How to Turn Fear Into Health, Wealth and Happiness.” Of the book, The Dalai Lama said “Fearvana inspires us to look beyond our own agonizing experiences and find the positive side of our lives.”
Doug Sandler is an entrepreneur and industry leader. His book, Nice Guys Finish First is a #1 ranked Amazon Best Seller.
As a podcast host of The Nice Guys, Doug has interviewed Gary Vaynerchuk, Arianna Huffington from HuffPost, Dan Harris from Good Morning America, Ron Klain, White House Chief of Staff and dozens of celebs.
Doug is a nationally recognized speaker, writer, and founder of TurnKey Podcast Company, providing podcast production, editing and launch services
Molly Montgomery is the founder of Ascension, a startup advisory firm that helps high performing entrepreneurs and visionary leaders grow or scale their company with confidence. Using forensic techniques to help clients fuel growth and increase profits, Molly helps entrepreneurs develop, manage and grow the financial foundation of their company, while helping them understand their financial data and discovering new ways to measure and assess performance.
After spending over a decade providing reactive advisory services through forensic investigations, litigation support, compliance and financial audits, Molly recognized the large gap in resources available to younger companies when those resources are needed the most. Ascension was created to help bridge that gap, while taking a strategic approach in helping drive value for the entrepreneurial community.
Today’s guest has been labeled as the World’s leading authority for millennials and entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur.com.
Peter Voogd’s sole mission for the last decade has been to re-invent entrepreneurship by taking on the task of shifting our culture to better align with what is required in the 21st Century to become a World-Class individual in all aspects of life - not just business.
Peter is a two-time best-selling author and his self-published book “6 Months to 6-Figures” started his millennial revolution and has already sold over 250,000 copies. Peter is also the founder of the prestigious Game Changers Academy.
Peter is always trying to innovate and his novel motivational mixtapes have paved the way for a new type of medium to help educate and motivate people to unleash their true potential.
Peter is known for his No BS approach
Nick is an author, entrepreneur, and a lifelong student in the game of business. His latest role is as Chief Side Hustler at SideHustleNation.com, a growing community and resource for aspiring and part-time entrepreneurs.
He's been making his living online since before it was cool. Along the way he's picked up a thing or two about small business, marketing, and outsourcing -- and is happy to share the experience with fellow entrepreneurs and those working hard to make their side hustle dreams a reality.
As the host of the top-rated Side Hustle Show podcast, Nick explores a different business idea each week and helps listeners discover the path to new job-free income streams.
If there's a common theme to Nick's books, it's helping readers get more done so they can live happier and healthier lives.
To learn 25 more random facts about Nick and see how you can join Side Hustle Nation for free, copy and paste this link in a new browser tab: http://www.sidehustlenation.com/about/
Maria Whalen is the world’s leading authority on invincible wellness™. Pioneer, Innovator, Inventor and Warrior – all describe her. She fights for personal health freedom, sustainability and independence in all things – offering autonomy for your health, finances, business and lifestyle. Maria invented the revolutionary Invincible Wellness™ System that gives each of us the power to handle almost anything – right now – when it comes to our health.
When Maria isn’t traveling the world helping people become healthier, she resides in southern California with her 10-year-old daughter (her child that doctors said she would never be able to have). Maria has been disease and illness free for well-over two decades. Her daughter doesn’t even know what sickness means.