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"Top 100 Small Business Podcasts 2014" -- Small Biz Trends. Former Clinton White House Writer John Corcoran shows you how to build relationships intelligently to get more clients, grow your income and advance your career. Discover how you can use win-win networking and intentional relationship-building with Influencers and VIPs, even if you "hate networking" or feel like you have "nothing to offer" people who are successful. Interviews with today's top entrepreneurs and authors such as Dan Pink, Michael Port, Gary Vaynerchuk, Marie Forleo and Guy Kawasaki, who reveal how they use relationships to grow their businesses and their incomes. Find out more at


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"Top 100 Small Business Podcasts 2014" -- Small Biz Trends. Former Clinton White House Writer John Corcoran shows you how to build relationships intelligently to get more clients, grow your income and advance your career. Discover how you can use win-win networking and intentional relationship-building with Influencers and VIPs, even if you "hate networking" or feel like you have "nothing to offer" people who are successful. Interviews with today's top entrepreneurs and authors such as Dan Pink, Michael Port, Gary Vaynerchuk, Marie Forleo and Guy Kawasaki, who reveal how they use relationships to grow their businesses and their incomes. Find out more at



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Redefining Regional Business Growth With Zachary Kushel

Zachary Kushel is the Founder and Managing Partner of Marin Sonoma Impact Ventures (MSIV), a venture capital fund focused on local startups within the North Bay region. With a diverse professional background, including experience at the White House, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley, Zachary has been instrumental in building a thriving local business community. Before founding MSIV in 2020, he served as Head of People and Corporate Operations at SmithRx and held key roles at Glassdoor and Cisco. Zachary's notable achievements include working on Senator John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and holding a master's in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School. He has received numerous accolades, including the Leaders of the North Bay award for Innovative and Entrepreneurial Spirit in 2023. In this episode… Building a thriving local business community can be challenging, especially in areas traditionally overlooked by major startups and investors. Many regions have the potential for economic growth but lack the infrastructure, support, and capital necessary to nurture new businesses. So, how can local connections grow a business in nontraditional entrepreneurial regions? Zachary Kushel addressed this issue by founding Marin Sonoma Impact Ventures (MSIV) in April 2020. Zachary focused on leveraging local talent and capital to foster economic development in the North Bay. By organizing community events, building a network of local founders, and securing investments from residents, he created a support system for startups. His approach involved barnstorming through neighborhoods to gather small groups, pitch his vision, and raise capital, demonstrating how grassroots efforts can lead to substantial economic growth. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Zachary Kushel, Founder and Managing Partner of MSIV, about fostering local economic growth through community-driven initiatives. Zachary shares his journey from working at the White House and Wall Street to founding MSIV and discusses how the pandemic accelerated the relevance of hyper-local job creation.


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Decoding the DNA of High-Performance Teams With Barry Shulman

Barry Shulman is a seasoned talent advisor, executive search expert, and Predictive Index expert with over 30 years of experience working with various executive teams. He began his career in New York City on Madison Avenue as a recruiter before founding his management consulting firm in Silicon Valley during the early 1990s, navigating the ups and downs of the tech boom and bust. Barry is known for his deep understanding of organizational dynamics and innovative use of predictive analytics to enhance workplace performance. His insights are sought after not only for recruiting and placing top executives but also for transforming organizational structures and optimizing team performance. In this episode… In today's business landscape, finding and managing the right talent remains a critical challenge for leaders across industries. The complexities of building cohesive teams that drive organizational success can often seem daunting, especially when traditional hiring practices fail to yield the desired results. So, how do you recruit the right talent without making costly mistakes? Barry Shulman, with his deep expertise in executive search and talent optimization, provides practical solutions to these challenges. By leveraging advanced assessment tools like the Predictive Index, Barry helps leaders design winning teams and secure top talent. His methodology focuses on identifying behavioral and cognitive patterns in employees and aligning their capabilities with the strategic objectives of their employers. Barry’s methods not only refine the hiring process but also enhance overall team performance and organizational health. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Barry Shulman, a talent advisor and executive search expert at Shulman Associates, about how predictive analytics can revolutionize talent management strategies. Barry talked about his strategic move to Silicon Valley and how he navigated the challenges of the dot-com bust. They also discussed the significance of the Predictive Index and how it transforms talent management.


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Behind the Scenes of Hollywood Marketing With Brett Winn

Brett Winn is the Founding Partner and Executive Creative Director at The Refinery AV, an LA-based entertainment marketing agency that specializes in crafting compelling promotional materials for film and television. He began his career at Ithaca College, studying theater and film, and has since worked with major companies like FX Networks, Fox Broadcasting, and Disney before co-founding The Refinery AV in 2008. Brett is also known as the co-director and editor of the award-winning film "My Date with Drew," which showcases his innovative approach to filmmaking and marketing on a tight budget. His passion for creative storytelling and entrepreneurial spirit have driven his success in the entertainment industry and garnered numerous accolades, including Clio Awards, Golden Trailer Awards, and Promax Awards. In this episode… Many aspiring professionals struggle to transition from academic environments to the highly competitive business side of entertainment, where making a mark often requires a blend of strategic thinking and creative execution. The industry demands not only creativity and innovation but also an entrepreneurial spirit to thrive. How can one navigate these complexities to build a successful career in such a dynamic field? Brett Winn tackled these challenges head-on by leveraging his early experiences and academic background in theater and film. Recognizing his passion for film and understanding the importance of control over creative projects, Brett pursued a degree in film and television at Ithaca College. This foundational decision led him to roles at FX Networks and Fox Broadcasting and to eventually co-founding The Refinery AV, where he innovatively combined his creative talents and business acumen. His entrepreneurial journey was marked by a significant project, "My Date with Drew," which he co-directed and edited, demonstrating his capability to handle multiple roles in production and storytelling effectively. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Brett Winn, Executive Creative Director and Founding Partner at The Refinery AV, about building a thriving entertainment marketing industry. They discuss the strategic challenges of marketing major film projects and balancing creative integrity with commercial success. Brett also shares the impact of industry disruptions like strikes and the transformative role of community organizations like the EO.


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The Future of AI and High-Performance Computing With Rishi Khan

Rishi Khan is the President of Extreme Scale Solutions and the Chief Technology Officer at AKOS Solutions, companies that specialize in large-scale simulation, analysis, and leveraging AI and high-performance computing to solve complex challenges. With a PhD in Computational Biology, Rishi has spearheaded transformative AI projects in collaboration with industry leaders like DARPA and Qualcomm. His expertise spans workload analysis, hardware simulation, and advanced toolchain development, significantly impacting DOE and DoD operations. Rishi's active participation in the Entrepreneurs’ Organization enhances his experience, providing valuable opportunities to connect with and learn from fellow business leaders. In this episode… Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a buzzword, but how much of it is hype versus hope? Revolutionizing productivity and scaling capabilities with AI has become a trending topic across industries. And the stories are as varied as they are incredible, but what’s the real score? Rishi Khan addresses these challenges by emphasizing the importance of utilizing AI in diverse industries, from high-performance computing to practical business applications. He highlights the transformative impact of AI in tasks such as workload analysis, hardware simulation, and the development of advanced toolchains. Rishi's innovative approach includes pioneering Fourier Neural operators, which significantly enhance simulation speeds, demonstrating how AI can not only accelerate but also revolutionize various complex processes. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Rishi Khan, Chief Technology Officer at AKOS Solutions, about harnessing artificial intelligence in modern business and government operations. They also discussed the use of AI for optimizing business operations, guiding drilling and carbon sequestration decisions in the oil industry, and accelerating prospect research and improvement of lead generation strategies.


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How AI Is Transforming Creativity and Business With Lucien Harriot

Lucien Harriot is the Executive Producer at Mechanism Digital, a New York City-based studio specializing in visual effects, animation, innovative media, and marketing within the entertainment sector. With over 25 years of experience in visual effects and creative work, he is a member of the Producers Guild of America and has contributed significantly to feature films and corporate projects. Lucien is known for his ability to explain complex topics simply and ensure clear and concise project goals and deliverables. Additionally, he embraces emerging technologies such as AI, regarding them as essential tools for advancing creative processes and business efficiencies in his industry. In this episode… In today's fast-paced creative industries, professionals grapple with integrating emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) into traditional workflows. Many fear these advancements might replace human creativity and expertise, threatening existing job roles. So, how can creative professionals utilize emerging tools without losing their unique touch? Lucien Harriot addresses these challenges by emphasizing the importance of embracing AI as a tool rather than a threat. He illustrates how AI can enhance creativity and efficiency, offering examples from his experience at Mechanism Digital, where AI assists in conceptual design and project acceleration. Lucien also discusses the balance of running a business while nurturing creative talent, advocating for strong systems and processes to streamline operations without stifling creativity. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Lucien Harriot, Executive Producer at Mechanism Digital, about the integration of AI in the creative industries. They also discussed the importance of early entrepreneurial lessons, balancing creative passions with business demands, and the potential of VR headsets to revolutionize viewing experiences.


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Scaling Your Passion Into Profit With Carson Wagner

Carson Wagner is the Founder and CEO of Lifetime of Love Nannies, a 24/7 nanny and babysitting agency that serves the Reno, Tahoe, Truckee, and Las Vegas areas. Since its inception in 2019, the agency has grown significantly, employing over 60 people and expanding its services to include special needs care, pet sitting, and housekeeping. Carson has a notable background in behavioral therapy and a strong commitment to providing premium, inclusive care, which has driven the company's mission to ensure every child experiences unparalleled love and care. Her entrepreneurial journey began at a young age with early ventures like selling seeds to neighbors. Shaped by personal experiences, including witnessing her mother's struggles after her parents' divorce, she's driven to create a sustainable business. In this episode… Many young entrepreneurs face the daunting challenge of turning a simple idea into a thriving business, especially in sectors like childcare, where demand is high, but trust and quality are paramount. Moreover, managing a team and scaling operations in response to rapid growth and unforeseen market changes, including global events like pandemics, can overwhelm even the most ambitious. Carson Wagner tackled these hurdles by first identifying a gap in inclusive childcare services. Her approach involved creating a membership model that offers flexible, reliable care and leveraging technology through a partnership with Engine Hire to streamline operations and scale efficiently. Carson's strategy for growth also included geographic expansion, initially tapping into the community's needs in Reno before moving into Las Vegas and managing the complexities of remote business operations. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Carson Wagner, Founder and CEO of Lifetime of Love Nannies, about building a successful childcare service across different cities. The insightful discussion also covers Carson's innovative use of a membership model to differentiate her business, the challenges of managing a high growth phase during the pandemic, and the strategic use of technology to maintain quality service as the company expands.


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Old-School Methods and Cutting-Edge Tech in Business With Mike Hutzel

Mike Hutzel is the Co-founder and CEO of EagleONE Group, a technology-enabled company specializing in customer experience, lead generation, digital marketing, and the PSP marketplace. Under his leadership, EagleONE is renowned for its comprehensive business development solutions, utilizing top-tier technology and expert knowledge to boost client customer experiences and market expansion. With a background in English and literature, Mike transitioned from academia to entrepreneurship, leveraging a unique combination of relationship-building, consulting, and operational skills. He is also the Co-founder of The Templar Group LLC, actively involved in men’s ministries, and renowned for his expertise as a premier gummy bear connoisseur. In this episode… With the breakneck speed of today's business environment, companies struggle to integrate traditional business strategies with rapidly evolving technological innovations. Balancing these can be challenging, particularly in sectors like customer experience and digital marketing, where the pressure to remain competitive and innovative is intense. How can businesses harmonize these elements to avoid missed opportunities and achieve sustainable growth? Mike Hutzel shares actionable strategies to effectively blend traditional business wisdom with cutting-edge technology. From his extensive experience, Mike emphasizes the importance of understanding diverse market demands and utilizing technology to enhance customer engagement and market reach. He highlights how personal experiences and backgrounds can significantly influence and strengthen leadership and decision-making in business. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Mike Hutzel, CEO of EagleONE Group, about leveraging technology and AI to innovate and lead in business. They also delve into the importance of adaptability, strategic relationship building, and innovative thinking for business growth and examine the potential of Frintz, a new marketplace merging photography and advertising.


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Strategic Messaging for Market Success With Ginger Zumaeta

Ginger Zumaeta is the Founder and CEO of Motive3, a brand positioning, communications, and storytelling firm helping f advising businesses on effectively positioning and communicating big ideas. With over 20 years of experience in marketing and brand design, she is a three-time Emmy Award-winning writer and producer recognized for her innovative approach to marketing and storytelling. Starting her career in television and rising to Vice President at NBC, Ginger transitioned into entrepreneurship, crafting effective strategies for startups to Fortune 500 companies. She has worked with renowned brands such as Coca-Cola, Verizon, Union Bank, and Infinity Insurance, and her insights have appeared in Business Insider, TheNextWeb, Better Marketing, Storius, and Marketing Profs. In this episode… Businesses often face the challenge of crafting compelling stories that attract clients and customers. Without a clear and strategic approach, companies struggle to differentiate themselves in a crowded market. How can brands develop influential positioning and messaging strategies that resonate with the target audience and drive engagement? Ginger Zumaeta shares her actionable insights on overcoming this challenge. She emphasizes the importance of understanding the company's story and building a solid messaging framework. Ginger also discusses her journey from television to entrepreneurship, highlighting the value of perseverance and adaptability. She provides practical advice on restructuring business models, such as transitioning from a partnership to a solo consultancy and focusing on core strengths like messaging strategy to provide improved client service. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Ginger Zumaeta, the Founder and CEO of Motive3, about her experiences developing effective positioning and branding strategies. They discuss Ginger’s entrepreneurial journey, her rise from receptionist to VP at NBC, and the value of strategic messaging in business. They also delve into the impact of joining the Entrepreneurs' Organization and consulting for major brands like Kaiser Permanente.


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Building a Lasting Agency in a Digital World with Andrew Eklund

Andrew Eklund is the Founder of Ciceron, a digital agency established in 1995 that has been at the forefront of the online marketing industry, helping brands navigate the complexities of the digital landscape. Ciceron is celebrated for its innovation and recognized as one of the fastest-growing digital agencies by AdWeek, Inc. 5000, and the Business Journal's Fast 50, highlighting significant contributions to the field. Currently, Andrew is steering Ciceron through another evolutionary leap by integrating AI technology to enhance marketing strategies and customer engagement. A seasoned speaker, Andrew has shared his expertise at industry-leading events such as Digiday, MediaPost Summits, and the Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Las Vegas, among others. In this episode… In today's fast-paced digital landscape, agencies and entrepreneurs often struggle to adapt to rapid technological changes and market shifts. These challenges can lead to missed opportunities and potential business downturns, especially when economic crises hit. The ability to pivot and innovate while maintaining resilience is crucial for survival and success in this volatile environment. But how did these elements combine to ensure the agency's success over the years? Andrew Eklund's story begins with his early exposure to entrepreneurship, influenced by his father's leadership roles and his youthful ventures. His agency, Ciceron, established at the dawn of the internet era, has navigated through the dot-com bubble, the 2008 financial crisis, and the recent COVID-19 pandemic by continuously reinventing itself and embracing new technologies, notably AI. Andrew's leadership and forward-thinking approach have allowed Ciceron to remain at the forefront of the digital marketing industry, adapting to changes and seizing opportunities to grow. A significant part of their evolution involved making tough decisions during economic downturns while understanding the importance of empathy towards employees and clients alike. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Andrew Eklund, Founder of Ciceron, about building an agency that will last for decades. Andrew reflects on how hustling from childhood shaped his entrepreneurial spirit and discusses the transformative shifts in the digital pre-press industry. He also delves into the significant impacts of economic downturns on digital marketing strategies, and leveraging AI in digital marketing and entrepreneurship.


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Unlocking Professional Growth Through Focus and Effective Management With Dan Longhouse

Dan Longhouse is the Founder and President of LHT Learning, a professional eLearning consulting firm providing innovative training services to Fortune 500 companies. With over 25 years immersed in the learning industry, Dan has a strong passion for leveraging technology and creativity to enhance organizational learning and impact. Under his leadership, LHT Learning has earned a reputation for its customized eLearning solutions and personal touch, which have garnered the team numerous accolades, including over 100 industry awards. Outside of LHT Learning, Dan co-founded Soundsmack and Compliance Cartoons, expanding his influence in educational technology. In this episode… Many entrepreneurs and business leaders face difficulties growing their businesses without compromising their commitment to innovation and learning. The challenge often lies in integrating advanced technologies with traditional business models and finding the right balance between growth and stability. This is especially true in the eLearning industry, where keeping up with technological advancements is crucial for business success. With extensive experience in corporate training and eLearning, Dan Longhouse emphasizes the importance of implementing professional management systems and fostering a culture of continuous learning within organizations. He shares actionable insights on how books like E-Myth Revisited and Traction have transformed his approach to business management, facilitating the effective growth of his operations while fostering innovation. Dan also discusses his entrepreneurial journey, from childhood ventures to founding LHT Learning, highlighting the pivotal roles of passion, focus, and strategic partnerships. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Dan Longhouse, the Founder and President of LHT Learning, about integrating innovation and technology in corporate learning environments. They also discuss the challenge and triumph of shifting from solo work to building a team, the impact of strategic management literature on his business philosophy, and the importance of customization in eLearning solutions.


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Scaling Your Agency for Exponential Growth With Jesse Gilmore

Jesse Gilmore is the President and CEO of Niche In Control, an agency helping overwhelmed agency owners simplify operations, develop their teams, and rapidly scale without sacrificing their lives. With a rich background in various businesses and extensive experience in corporate HR and systems, he brings a unique perspective to the agency landscape. He's the author of "The Agency Owners Guide to Freedom," which provides agency owners with strategies to escape the time for money exchange. Jesse also hosts the "Leverage for Growth" podcast and has created a popular digital newsletter for agency CEOs. In this episode… Have you ever wondered what it takes to scale an agency's business effectively? The journey from startup to growth involves mastering the right mindset, systems, and team dynamics. But how exactly does one navigate the complexities of expansion while ensuring sustainability and avoiding the common pitfalls of overworking and underplanning? Jesse Gilmore addresses these challenges by emphasizing the importance of systems, proper time management, and strategic simplification. He shares his journey of transitioning from a hands-on agency owner to a strategic leader who empowers his team and implements robust systems to enhance efficiency. Jesse highlights the transformative approach of taking regular breaks to reassess business strategies and ensure that the company's growth is sustainable. He emphasizes the importance of drawing lessons from diverse experiences to refine business acumen and the capacity to adapt and deploy effective strategies for growth and sustainability. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Jesse Gilmore, President and CEO of Niche In Control, about his strategies for scaling and sustaining growth in marketing agencies. They delve into the significance of learning from previous business failures, how to balance personal relationships with entrepreneurial pursuits, and how to identify and address bottlenecks in your agency business.


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Fueling Business Growth Through Meaningful Connections With Chris Yates

Chris Yates is the Founder of Rhodium Network, a community and events platform designed to support digital entrepreneurs through facilitating business deals, partnerships, and connections. Before his current venture, he made waves in the digital marketing agency realm and was instrumental in a series of online businesses, culminating in impressive profits. With roots in an entrepreneurial family, Chris learned the business from his father's publishing enterprise and various subsequent ventures. He later channeled this upbringing, combined with his tech-savvy skills, into cultivating an environment where business deals and partnerships flourish among members. Chris owns and manages a portfolio of income-producing websites and teaches others the best practices for securely purchasing established websites. In this episode… Building a sustainable and profitable online business today is challenging, especially when buying and managing existing websites. Entrepreneurs often struggle with identifying valuable investment opportunities, navigating the complexities of digital transactions, and scaling their operations effectively without substantial resources. The risk of scams, due diligence failures, and the volatility of digital markets only add to the uncertainty for digital entrepreneurs. Chris Yates addresses these challenges by sharing his journey and strategies for acquiring under-monetized websites and turning them into profitable ventures. By focusing on buying websites with substantial quality traffic but poor monetization, Chris shows how to boost revenue with enhanced advertising and affiliate tactics. He emphasizes building a community-based business platform that fuels connections and growth, and why surrounding yourself with like-minded entrepreneurs can be a game-changer. Have you ever wondered what happens when entrepreneurs make connections beyond networking events? Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Chris Yates, Founder of Rhodium Network, about building and scaling online businesses through strategic acquisitions and networking. The discussion also covers Chris’ childhood experiences in an entrepreneurial family, the evolution of the Rhodium community from an annual meet-up to a full-fledged entrepreneurial network, and how the community has facilitated over $100 million in business deals among its members.


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Power of Personal Branding for Business Leaders With Wandia Chiuri

Wandia Chiuri is the CEO and Head of Global Digital Marketing Strategy at Reactionpower, a firm that boosts business performance by enhancing executive personal brands. With over two decades of experience, she has combined her passion for global markets, science, and people into innovative strategies at Fortune 500 corporations like Google, Samsung, and Johnson&Johnson. Wandia has served on the boards of two nonprofit organizations and spearheaded digital marketing initiatives using high-touch, low-cost technology to uncover customer needs and expand engagement channels. She is passionately focused on advancing executives and entrepreneurs in the digital age, specializing in digital transformation, diversity in tech, and strategic social media utilization. In this episode… In today's fast-paced business environment, executives face the challenge of distinguishing themselves and their companies in a crowded marketplace. Building a personal brand is essential for business leaders aiming to enhance their influence and authority. It is crucial for driving business performance, attracting top talent, and securing customer loyalty, yet many leaders struggle to use their brand to foster business growth. Wandia Chiuri, CEO of Reaction Power, addresses this challenge by providing executives with strategic insights on using personal branding to their advantage. With her extensive experience, including roles at Google and Samsung, Wandia emphasizes the importance of data-driven strategies in shaping a leader's online presence. She advocates combining personal values and professional objectives to create compelling, authentic personal brands that resonate with audiences and drive engagement. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Wandia Chiuri, the CEO of Reaction Power, about leveraging personal branding for business success. They delve into how leaders can utilize social media effectively, the impact of personal branding on business growth, and strategies for maintaining authenticity online.


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Leveraging AI for Business Success With Ab DeWeese

Ab DeWeese is an entrepreneur, polymath, and AI enthusiast, paving the way for technological transformation in business. He founded Good Automation and successfully automated its operations, allowing him to retire at 37. Coming from a family business background, Ab discovered his passion for technology, software development, and sales, which he converged to navigate the realms of automation and AI, addressing complex business challenges. Presently, he shapes the future as a Co-founder and Chief AI Officer for several enterprises while leading a private advisory practice that aids medium-sized to Fortune 500 companies in capitalizing on AI. Ab's journey took him back to academia, pursuing a PhD and inspiring him to integrate AI ventures into Good Automation's future path. In this episode… Have you ever wondered about the intersections between passion, business, and high-level thinking? Can mathematical models truly dictate the future of global industries? What if the answers lie within the entrepreneurial spirit of one visionary individual? Ab DeWeese, a mastermind in entrepreneurship and AI, shares his journey from his father's woodworking shop to chasing the most perplexing physics problems. His narrative is not just a career chronology but a testament to transformation, highlighting the strategic pivot points that propelled him from handcrafting quality oak toilet seats to architecting AI solutions that revolutionize industries. Sharing essential insights on business and product development learning curves and his ADHD discovery, Ab guides entrepreneurs through the AI-influenced future landscape. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Ab DeWeese, a polymath, about leveraging the breakthrough power of AI in business. They explore the nuances of AI implementation, the significance of market validation, and the importance of blending technical expertise with entrepreneurial acumen.


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Future of Synthetic Biology and Business by Dr. John Cumbers

Dr. John Cumbers is the Founder and CEO of SynBioBeta, a vibrant community and conference centered around the synthetic biology field. With a background in molecular biology, biochemistry, and bioinformatics, including a stint at NASA, he made a dramatic leap from science to creating a thriving industry community. Dr. Cumbers' efforts at SynBioBeta have led to an annual conference attracting thousands of global participants, whereas as a dedicated connector, he passionately facilitates introductions that result in significant scientific advancements. He retains a robust academic background with a PhD in molecular biology, yet his childhood entrepreneurial spirit has fundamentally shaped his career. In this episode… Ever wondered how a single idea can spark a global movement, bringing together innovators worldwide to revolutionize an entire industry? What if the key to pioneering change was not just the idea itself but connecting the right minds to make it happen? How did one man's journey from playing with conkers to shaping the future of synthetic biology exemplify this transformative power of community and connection? Dr. John Cumbers turned his childhood entrepreneurial spirit into a mission to build a community at the forefront of synthetic biology. His journey from selling conkers as a child to founding a premier biotech conference exemplifies how a vision can evolve into a dynamic, worldwide hub of innovation. Through SynBioBeta, Dr. Cumbers has created a platform where the brightest minds in biotechnology converge, sharing ideas and sparking collaborations that drive the industry forward. This episode dives into how he harnessed his passion for connecting people to foster an ecosystem where groundbreaking scientific advancements are the norm. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Dr. John Cumbers, the Founder and CEO of SynBioBeta, about building influential networks and fostering innovation in the biotech industry. They delve into Dr. Cumbers’ entrepreneurial journey, from his early days of selling conkers to leading a significant player in the synthetic biology arena, and how strategic connections and persistent vision can lead to monumental achievements in science and business.


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Turning Childhood Dream Into Billion-Dollar Reality With Tomer London

Tomer London is the Chief Product Officer and Co-founder of Gusto, a comprehensive platform offering payroll, benefits, and human resource management for small to medium-sized businesses. By the age of 12, he had taught himself programming and created an inventory management system for his father's small clothing business, marking the beginning of his journey in software development. With an electrical engineering background from Stanford University, Tomer channeled his passion for technology into founding several successful ventures. He went on to co-found Gusto, which has grown into a multibillion-dollar enterprise that is changing the way businesses care for their teams. In this episode… From a young age, a boy's entrepreneurial spirit emerged as he used computers to solve real-world problems in his father's clothing store. His journey wasn't smooth; facing rejection and challenges, he crafted his path through technology and innovation. Could these early experiences have paved the way for a revolutionary business idea? Tomer London, CPO at Gusto, transformed these formative experiences into a thriving enterprise. His journey from a curious child in Haifa, Israel, to a tech entrepreneur in Silicon Valley is a testament to the power of resilience and innovation. At Gusto, Tomer and his team tackled the complex world of payroll and benefits, driven by a mission to simplify and humanize the process for small businesses. By focusing on customer pain points and leveraging technology, they reshaped how small businesses operate and manage their teams. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Tomer London, the Co-founder of Gusto, about the origins and evolution of Gusto. They explore how Tomer's early experiences with technology and entrepreneurship shaped his approach to business, leading to the creation of a company that profoundly impacts the small-business ecosystem.


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A Tale of Mentorship and Growth With Anthony A. Luna

Anthony A. Luna is the CEO of Coastline Equity, a firm specializing in commercial real estate advisory and property management. Growing up in a challenging environment in San Pedro, California, Anthony faced the hardships of gang violence and a single-parent upbringing. Despite these obstacles, he became the first in his family to graduate high school and pursue higher education. Anthony honed his leadership and mentorship skills at the Boys and Girls Club, transitioning from grant management to real estate under the guidance of Holocaust survivor George Mayer. Committed to community service, he continues his involvement with the Boys and Girls Club, writes on real estate for Forbes, and serves as a trusted industry thought leader. In this episode… Have you ever wondered how a challenging childhood environment shapes a person's future? How does one transition from such adversity to becoming a leading figure in the corporate world? Anthony A. Luna, growing up amidst economic hardships in San Pedro, California, transformed these obstacles into stepping stones for success. Through his journey from the Boys and Girls Club to the helm of Coastline Equity, Anthony's story is one of resilience, mentorship, and unexpected opportunities. His encounter with a Holocaust survivor, who became his mentor, fundamentally altered his career path and instilled in him a profound sense of purpose and direction. This pivotal experience catalyzed Anthony's rise in the real estate industry and significantly amplified his community contributions. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Anthony A. Luna, CEO at Coastline Equity, about navigating life's challenges and leveraging mentorship for success. They delve into Anthony's childhood and how his resilience and relentless work ethic led him to balance multiple jobs from a young age. They also discussed why George Mayer chose Anthony to take over his business, and how to overcome fear and embrace massive opportunities.


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Overcoming Personal Tragedy To Achieve Business Triumph With Jeff Hill

Jeff Hill is a seasoned entrepreneur with an inspiring narrative of resilience and determination. He successfully established and grew a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise into one of the most prosperous ones in the system, boasting over two decades of business experience with the brand. Jeff's early life was marked by challenges, including the loss of his father and personal struggles, yet his positive attitude remains intact, making him a tough and resilient figure. Currently semi-retired, he still plays a primary role in his company, always seeking new and sustainable ways to drive the business forward. Jeff is also the President of RePurpose Center, where he leads a network of diversion partners committed to redistributing reusable, recyclables, and donatable items to and with community partners. In this episode… In a world where setbacks often define our path, have you ever wondered what it takes to turn adversity into a launching pad for success? How can someone emerge from hardships not just unscathed but thriving, building a business empire from the ground up? Jeff Hill, a semi-retired entrepreneur, turned his challenges into opportunities, resulting in a successful 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise. Imagine a young boy cutting firewood to help his family make ends meet, navigating through personal and business failures, and battling cancer, all while maintaining a positive outlook on life. Jeff's resilience and entrepreneurial spirit remained steadfast as he navigated challenges and found joy and purpose in creating a business that reflected his values and commitment to community service. Now Jeff delves into the mindset and strategies that propelled him from adversity to success, offering insights into the power of perseverance, positive thinking, and strategic business acumen. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Jeff Hill, Franchise Owner at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, about turning life's challenges into business success. They discussed how he evolved his company to an eight-figure success by adeptly managing young employees, implementing controls against embezzlement, and navigating economic hurdles.


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The Art of Deal-Making and Business Growth With Jay Jung

Jay Jung is the Founder and Managing Partner of Embarc Advisors, a disruptive corporate finance advisory firm focused on supporting startups, SMBs, and middle-market firms. Over the past six to seven years, Jay and Embarc Advisors have become renowned for bringing Fortune 500 financial expertise to small and medium-sized businesses. An alumnus of the prestigious Wharton School, his career includes prestigious roles at Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Company, and other leading companies across the globe. Jay's entrepreneurial spirit was kindled by engaging in childhood business ventures. Before pivoting to corporate finance, he co-founded Evixar, a technology startup that raised capital from Softbank and other VCs. His journey from business owner to finance expert has given him a vantage point in financial advisory for cutting-edge startups. In this episode… Can childhood ventures reveal the blueprint of a future business mogul? From an early age, the knack for recognizing demand and seizing opportunity can set the stage for monumental success. How does a journey from selling pizza slices to advising firms on multi-million-dollar deals unfold? Jay Jung, starting with his early entrepreneurial ventures, transitioned from a clever youngster leveraging unit economics to a financial wizard at the helm of Embarc Advisors. His narrative includes stops at prestigious firms like Goldman Sachs and McKinsey, where he developed his corporate finance and M&A advisory skills. Jay's journey is not just about his ascent to financial expertise but also a reflection of his unique ability to apply his childhood lessons on value and investment to the complex world of business finance. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Jay Jung, Founder and Managing Partner at Embarc Advisors, about transforming early entrepreneurial instincts into a successful career in financial advisory. They delve into Jay's unique background, the importance of unit economics, and how he pivoted from co-founding a tech startup to finance. It covers the effects of travel on consultancy work, the joy of aiding startups and niche sectors, and the efficacy of hourly billing in M&A.


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A Master’s Guide To Acquiring Millions of Customers With Dan Engel

Dan Engel serves as the Managing Partner and Founder of Santa Barbara Venture Partners, an early-growth VC firm focusing on technology startups. Renowned for his expertise in B2B and B2C domains, he has emerged as a luminary in devising customer acquisition strategies. Early in his career, he played a primary role in significantly growing Picasa, which Google later acquired before its public debut. Moreover, Dan co-founded FastSpring, a SaaS fintech platform that achieved remarkable revenue exceeding $100 million despite minimal funding. With a track record of successful exits, Dan's entrepreneurial journey traces back to his upbringing in New York, where he embarked on diverse side ventures ranging from neighborhood services to operating an ice cream truck. In this episode… In a world driven by the ambition to scale, attracting millions of customers becomes the ultimate quest for businesses aiming to leave a mark on the competitive landscape. What secrets fuel successful customer acquisition strategies? How does a company transform from a concept to a household name amidst market saturation and consumer indifference? Software entrepreneur Dan Engel unravels the complexities of customer acquisition with the precision of a seasoned strategist, offering a roadmap for capturing and retaining a vast customer base. Dan's approach, characterized by innovative thinking and relentless adaptation in the entrepreneurial battlefield, underscores the significance of deeply understanding market signals and customer behavior. Through his stories, listeners gain a front-row seat to the tactical maneuvers and strategic pivots that have propelled companies from the fringes of obscurity to the center stage of their industries. Tune in to this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast as John Corcoran interviews Dan Engel, the Managing Partner and Founder of Santa Barbara Venture Partners, about attracting millions of customers in a saturated market. Dan shares his journey from childhood ventures to becoming a seasoned tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist, the power of community in entrepreneurship, strategies for scaling startups, challenges in B2B fintech, and how to navigate the evolving venture capital landscape.