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Networking and Mentoring with Carol Quinn of 3Lunches

Monday, September 7th, 2009

In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Carol Quinn co-founder of 3Lunches about the importance of networking and one-on-one mentoring in business.

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Carol Quinn’s Bio

Carol Quinn

Entrepreneur, writer and advertising creative, Carol Quinn is the co-creator and author of the upcoming nonfiction book: “3Lunches: How to Change Your Life with Friend-to-Friend Coaching and a Sandwich,” and the blog:

With a degree in Drama from Arts Educational Schools London, and a B.FA. in Film and Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Carol began her career as the co-founder of Angel Entertainment, an independent media development group—producers of educational interactive computer software, computer animation, children’s books, and television projects. Carol held the position of Executive Vice President and led the in-house creative team. She conceived, wrote and produced book manuscripts, teleplays, interactive computer game scripts, and screenplays as well as managing the editorial, design and production staffs. While at Angel Entertainment, she created and sold a series pilot to NBC, and Lifetime Television, followed by several Movies of the Week for CBS and ABC. She represented the company to underwriters and investment groups; together with her partner, took the company public in 1987.

Turning to advertising and marketing, Carol became a Senior Vice President/Creative Director with entertainment advertising company, Air Creative Group (formerly Jacobs and Gerber). She wrote and produced television, radio, print and online campaigns for clients including CBS Television, Paramount Television, Warner Bros. Online, Radio Disney, Disney Channel and DIRECTV before founding her own advertising agency, Benedict Partners, Inc. Carol has also written for film and television, and is the co-creator/author of the first American mass-market graphic novel for girls, Pink Flamingos (Simon & Schuster), and created the Young Adult book series “Palm Beach Prep” (Lynx Books).


From Invention to Product with Hotty Hoody Inventor Aundrea Rosdal

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009


In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Hotty Hoody inventor Aundrea Rosdal about the inspiration behind the Hotty Hoody, a protective sleeve for hot hair styling tools, and how she brought it to market.

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About Hood Inc.

Aundrea RosdalHood, Inc., maker of the Hotty Hoody, is a leading supplier of proprietary safety devices. Their protective products deliver much needed safety for electric hair-styling tools, which can cause burns, fires, and serious injuries. Additionally, they plan to utilize their patent-pending technology with a variety of industrial and commercial safety products.

Hood, Inc.’s passion is to dramatically improve safety for their clients and their loved ones.


Using Twitter to Grow Your Business and Brand with Joel Comm

Friday, March 13th, 2009


In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews internet entrepreneur Joel Comm about his latest book, Twitter Power.  Joel and Rob chat about using Twitter effectively for business.  Rob was fortunate to meet Joel at the Affiliate Summit West in Las Vegas.

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Joel Comm’s Bio

Twitter Power BookJoel Comm is an Internet entrepreneur who has been online for over 20 years. In 1995, Joel launched, a family-friendly portal to the web which enjoys thousands of visitors each day. Joel is the co-creator of, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 1997, and now goes by the name Yahoo! Games. Since then, Joel’s company, InfoMedia, Inc., has launched dozens of web sites which offer online shopping, free stuff, website reviews and more.

Joel is the author of many popular books, including the NY Times Best-Seller, The AdSense Code. He regularly makes appearances at Internet marketing conferences and seminars.  His most recent book, Twitter Power: How to Dominate Your Market One Tweet at a Time teaches people to leverage the power of Twitter for business.


Which Virtual Assistants are Top on Twitter

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Virtual AssistantAs our various business ventures grow, its a total understatement to say that we’re a little overwhelmed with tasks like answering and returning customer calls and setting up appointments.  We place a high value on offering excellent customer service, but we’re also mindful of the need to keep our costs under control.

We’ve been toying with the idea of hiring a virtual assistant for the past few months, but haven’t made the leap yet.  We also know plenty of entrepreneurs and small business owners who are in the same position.

So, to that end, we’d love to hear from our readers about the best virtual assistants in the Twitterverse.  We can’t promise we’ll be making a hire, but we can gaurantee a link and some promotion to our readers’ top picks.

Leave us a comment below with your nomination for the best virtual assistant on twitter.  Be sure to include their twitter handle, and why you think they rock.


Twitter Policy and Philosophy

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

[ad#250by250]Twitter is an amazing tool.  I have been fortunate to connect to some amazing people and great things have developed from the relationships that I have begun on Twitter.

Recently, I have been asked a lot of questions about how I use Twitter, and how I connect with people.  So here is my general Twitter policy and philosophy:

1. Privacy

I will respect your DMs.  Please respect mine.

2. Content and Subject Matter

Your screen time is valuable. I promise to make my tweets as interesting and non-boring as possible.  I am a news junkie and read about a dozen websites and blogs from around the world on a daily basis.  I will regularly post content from sites that I am not affiliated with, because I find the content interesting, and think that you might  too.  I will also periodically post things that I am working on and I will strive to post valuable content over self promotion as much as possible.

I am very interested in many topics and have strong opinions about politics, government and religion.  I will restrain my opinions as much as I can, though I am only human and reserve the right to  jump into any debate if I feel I can add a salient point.  However, I am here to make friends, not to argue with people on a daily basis. When I am asked, I will be honest.

For the record, I am an independent politically, and sometimes will feel obligated to discuss the failings in the current two party system. I am not religious or an atheist.  I have a strong belief in God, however, I feel God belongs in church, not the schools, my doctor’s office or in government.  Conversely, I think government should stay out of churches, doctors’ offices and bedrooms. I think that is fair.  You can find out more about my background on the Rob McNealy Bio page.

3. Responses, Replies, and Pitches

I will do my best to respond to all @ replies and direct messages.  However, due to my limited bandwidth, I may not always get to them, and sometimes, a few will slip by and I may not see them.  Please do not take it personally if I do not respond.

I openly accept all pitches for Startup Story Radio, but please use the Startup Story Radio Contact Form to send them to me.

4. Following/Unfollowing

I am very Libertarian when it comes to following people.  I look at Twitter like a large cocktail party, and the more people at the party the more interesting it is for me.  Therefore, I will periodically follow people based on common interests, mutual followings, and areas of expertise.  I regularly use the search function of Twitter, as well as other available tools to locate people that I may want to follow.

There is a debate in social networking about quality versus quantity of connections, followers and friends.  I think there is quality in quantity and therefore like to grow my online networks.  The more people I can connect with, the greater the content will be and more varied the prospective I learn from.

I reserve the right to unfollow you at anytime, for any reason.  I regularly unfollow people that do not follow me, are rude, or not active on Twitter.  It’s hard to dialogue with you if you aren’t listening.  I also respect your right to unfollow me at anytime.

5. Spam, Self Promotion, and Commercialization

I am not big on Twitter spam.  I will unfollow and or block you if you are DM spamming me or just keep following me to get me to follow you.  I am pretty open to following most people.  If I don’t follow you, there is a reason.

I don’t mind if you promote your content and are reasonably self promoting.  I followed you to get to know you, and your business is part of you.  However,  if you go over the top, I may unfollow you.  If you are close to me, I will tell you ahead of time.

I have no moral issue with you using Twitter advertising services such as Magpie or TwitAd, just as long as you provide valuable content as well.  If you are only on twitter to run ads, I most likely will unfollow you.  Again, I am here to make friends.

This policy is subject to change at anytime.

Oh, and if you’d like to connect with me, I’m @RobMcNealy on Twitter.


TiE-Rockies and Colorado Entrepreneurship with President Melodie Reagan

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

In this Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Melodie Reagan, CEO of AuromiraTM Executive Advantage and President of TiE-Rockies, about what the Rockies chapter of TiE is doing to foster entrepreneurship in Colorado.

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Melodie Reagan’s Bio

Melodie ReaganMelodie Reagan, CEO of AuromiraTM Executive Advantage, a national  recruitment, staffing and workforce management firm, is an international business leader and entrepreneur, having led teams throughout the US, Europe and Asia. Her 20+ years of Communications and Information industry experience includes line of business management with profit and loss accountability, product management and development, marketing, eCRM, and systems development. Previously, she was Sr. Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales Operations and Sr. Vice President of Transport Services for Level(3) Communications; a global practice leader and industry analyst with Telechoice; and she held marketing leadership positions with Wiltel, Sprint, and US West.

Her business achievements span starting and leading a successful staffing and recruitment firm, having up to $1 billion product line responsibility serving consumers, all size businesses and government, and leading a top performing international consultancy. Melodie has managed operating budgets of up to $35 million, directed technical and non-technical staffs of more than 130 throughout the globe (US, EU and Asia). She has consistently won performance awards including President’s Club, Women Legislator’s Outstanding Women of Colorado, and NAFE’s Women of Excellence for Outstanding Entrepreneur Achievement.

TiE Rockies LogoMelodie has a passion for serving her community.  In addition to regularly speaking on leadership, workforce trends and career development, she founded WBE (Women Business Executives), served as a judge in both 2005 and 2006 for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards – Rocky Mountain Region, was Board Director for ACG (Association for Corporate Growth) Denver and is currently President of TiE-Rockies.  Melodie graduated magna cum laude with a BSBA in Marketing, Management Information Systems and Management Science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has two wonderful sons, Aaron and Bryce.


Thin Air Summit New Media Conference with Goldie Katsu

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

In this Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews podcaster and security analyst, Goldie Katsu, about the Thin Air Summit, a new media conference happening in Denver from November 7-9.

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About the Thin Air Summit

Attend Thin Air SummitThe Thin Air Summit, which is being organized by Goldie Katsu and Kit Seeborg, was born from the idea that getting Colorado’s New Media professionals and out-of-town guests in the same venue for two days of intensive learning and collaborating is a win-win for the area’s New Media community!  Conference speakers include Dave Taylor, Jeremiah, Owyang, and Startup Story’s own Rob McNealy.

The conference is organized in three tracks – blogging, audio and video.  An optional introductory workshop on new media will be presented on Friday.  Seating for the conference is limited to 100 attendees, in order to provide a comfortable and intimate setting for attendees to ask questions and engage in discussions on any number of topics. The opportunities to interact with presenters and fellow attendees are endless.

Register for the Thin Air Summit now.  Don’t wait.  Seats are filling fast, and this event WILL sell out.

Goldie Katsu’s Bio

Goldie KatsuOnce an explorer always an explorer.  Goldie Katsu has been playing with technology since her childhood.  She first explored social networking and “new media” back in the dark ages of the network through usenet newsgroups and UNIX system forums. In the latest incarnation of social networking and new media she has been an early adopter and explorer of how to use and benefit from social networking tools and new media. On her blog she explores themes in technology, society, law and how all this relates to our increasing public and connected world.

In addition to writing she is actively involved in web video on streaming video sites such as Blogtv and Ustream, stored video sites like Viddler, and conversational video sites such as Seesmic and, and was an early user of many of these sites.

Her participation and content is valued by others and she has been an integral part of the growth of new media. In a recent newsletter Chris Brogan stated in reference to Goldie’s blog  “Goldie’s Gabs – Want a grab bag of thoughtful, personal, touching, and insightful stories? In video, text, and beyond, Goldie Katsu delivers. She’s a great producer of content, and someone you feel you know after just a few posts.”

Located in Boulder, Colorado, Goldie joined the Denver Area Podcaster’s meetup. It was at this meetup that the idea of a new media conference for Colorado first came up. Inspired by the idea she gathered a team of interested community members and this has become the Thin Air Summit.

Goldie Katsu can be found on and at her blog at


Using New Media to Make Connections with Chris Brogan

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

In this Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Chris Brogan, a new media expert and co-founder of PodCamp, about using new media to build connections in business.

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Chris Brogan’s Bio

Chris BroganChris Brogan is a new media guru with ten years of experience using social media and technology to build relationships for businesses, organizations, and individuals. He is also the co-founder of the PodCamp conference series, which explores the use of new media community tools to extend and build value.  Chris’ own blog, where he works with all kinds of new media, is in the top 200 on Technorati.

Chris Brogan currently serves as VP Strategy & Technology at CrossTech Media, an integrated media and events business. He frequently speaks at and attends marketing and social media events, sharing his passion for all things social media. In fact, you can catch both Chris and Rob in a panel discussion on blogging as a business at Blog World Expo on September 21st.

Prior to working in the media and events space, Chris had over 16 years of telecommunications experience in wireless and landline technologies.


Social Media Training with Mike ONeil of Integrated Alliances

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

In this Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interview Mike O’Neil, founder of Integrated Alliances (IA) about the social media training courses offered by IA.

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Mike O’Neil’s Bio

Mike O'NeilMike O’Neil, 48, is a technologist, a visionary and a leader in the world of technology, on-line social media and the application of these important elements to the area of business in 2008 and beyond. He has a BSE in Industrial Engineering, is a Cisco Certified Design Associate and he resides in Denver, Colorado. Mike is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie program.

Mike started Integrated Alliances (IA), a business and social networking and training company, in 2003. At IA, Mike has taught over 100 LinkedIn Workshops and Webinars.

Mike O’Neil got started in speaking and training in the mid 80′s. In the 90′s, Mike worked with computer and related manufacturers to deliver internal training to the large systems integrators. Mike also spoke at annual conventions as a technology expert.

As the industry matured and networking expanded into telecom and Internet, Mike began to deliver internal training on technology, telecom and Internet related topics. Mike also taught channel partners on how they could incorporate his company’s solutions with the offerings of the channel partners. These trainings were to the executive teams, the partner managers, the sales team and often to the technical staff.

Mike has been repeatedly featured in the press on the topic of technology, LinkedIn, recruiting, sales training and business networking. Mike usually has his picture included in the stories. Mike is near completion on a book about using LinkedIn for Sales and Marketing.

Integrated Alliances

Mike can be reached at or by phone at 303-683-9600. Integrated Alliances can be found on the web at


Organizing Your Online Life with Matt Galligan of Socialthing!

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

In this Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Matt Galligan, CEO and Co-Founder of Socialthing, Inc., producer of Socialthing!, a digital life manager that pledges to make your online life easier.

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Matt Galligan’s Bio

Matt GalliganMatt Galligan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Socialthing, Inc., a company that was chosen to be part of the inaugural year of TechStars, a program that provides seed capital and mentorship for startups. Socialthing, Inc. produces Socialthing!, a first-of-its-kind digital life manager that pledges to make your online life easier.

Currently in private beta, Socialthing! created a strong buzz at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2008, and since then, the Socialthing! team has been working hard on creating, and releasing version 2.0 of their digital life manager.

Matt’s background is in graphic design and user interface, working for MonsterCommerce, now Network Solutions, based out of St. Louis, MO. He got his start in computers and design while working for Evans Services, Inc., a disaster restoration company out of Illinois before he turned 16.


Socialthing! is a Boulder, Colorado based provider of services and applications that make interacting with web-based content easier and more productive. The company’s first service is a digital life manager designed to offer a single, interactive window into multiple social networks and make interacting with social networks more efficient.