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Green Business Opportunities with Teddi Davis and TiE Rockies

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Teddi Davis about green business opportunities and the TiE Rockies event Stimulus Funding for Energy, taking place this Thursday, August 6, 2009 in Broomfield, Colorado.

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Teddi Davis’ Bio

Teddi DavisTeddi is Vice President of Strategic Marketing for EcoAlign, a strategic marketing agency focused on energy and headquartered in Washington, D.C.  The near future will be full of fundamental changes for businesses, customers and regulators as we confront carbon legislation, smart and green homes, interactive technologies, clean tech products, re-engineering of value chains, changing customer preferences and values. There is a gap, however, between what customers say they want around energy and what they actually do.  Ecoalign was formed to help fill this gap and help align corporate and consumer behavior with the future of energy and environment

Before joining Ecoalign, Davis was Director of Customer Choice and Renewables Marketing at Xcel Energy, one of the nation’s most progressive and largest investor owned utilities serving customers in eight states. In her position she contributed to the company’s environmental leadership aspirations through the development and management of customer choice options for residential, commercial and industrial customers, such as payment and billing programs, optional rate programs, self service strategies, information programs that helped customers better understand their energy usage, and choice renewables programs such as Windsource–the #1 green pricing program–and Solar*Rewards–the #4 solar rebate program in the nation. She also helped develop marketing strategies for the company’s SmartGridCity program in Boulder, Colorado, and was also responsible for the company’s demand response programs including Saver’s Switch. During her tenure at Xcel Energy, Davis was responsible for Product Development for all conservation and energy efficiency programs, and managed residential DSM programs as Director of Consumer Product Marketing for the company.

Teddi is also co-chair of the TiE-Rockies Sustainable Energy Initiative, with the missing of supporting entrepreneurism in the clean energy space, including energy efficiency.

You can register or find out more about the TiE Rockies presentation: Stimulus Funding for Energy at their website.

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Shortened URLs and Twitter Ads with Joe Moreno of Adjix

Monday, June 1st, 2009

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In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Joe Moreno, President of Adjix, a unique URL shortening service which features click through stats and a unique Twitter advertising program.

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Joe Moreno’s Bio

Joe MorenoJoe Moreno worked for Apple Inc. from 1998 – 2007 in engineering and marketing.

Joe’s past ventures have included Acasero, Inc., designed to give offline consumers the ability to transfer funds via SMS, and IG Photos, where runners could purchase their photos after races such as 5Ks and marathons. IG Photos was unique in that it was the only service to synchronize each photo with the race clock allowing runners to find their photos before their bib numbers were linked to each photo.

Joe is a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He served in the Marines, in both the enlisted and officer ranks, and he made three deployments to the Middle East and Africa in 1995, 1997, and 2005.

He currently sits on the board of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and he is Chairman of SMS Pal, Inc. – the parent company of Adjix.

Joe lives in Carlsbad, CA with his wife, Laura, and beagle, Cocoa while working full time for Adjix.

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Data Mining with Aubice Co-Founder Michael Webb

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

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In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Michael Webb, co-founder of the software technology company Aubice, about how business owners can use Aubice for data mining and data analysis about their market.

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Michael Webb’s Bio

Michael WebbMichael R. Webb is Chairman and Co-Founder of Aubice LLC. Aubice is a software technology company that is changing the way people interact with their data to create meaningful information. It combines a powerful connection engine with search to create new insights of data relevancy in unstructured data. Previously Webb was the Chairman and CEO of The Knowledge Webb, Inc. the world’s premier intellectual capital applications company recognized as one of the top 25 fastest growing companies in Colorado, with clients including 3M, AT&T, BMW-America, Sumitomo Corporation, R.R. Donnelley, The Boeing Company, Imation Corp., Qwest, Ryobi, Pac-West Telecomm, Commerce One, Aprimo and many others. He has served on the boards of Aubice, China First Gas, Japan America Society, and was the Chairman of the Global Leadership Council for Colorado State University.

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Green Electronics Recycling with YouRenew.com

Friday, May 1st, 2009

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In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Rich Littlehale of YouRenew.com, an electronics recycling business that pays you to recycle your old or unwanted cell phones, laptops, gaming systems and more.

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Rich Littlehale’s Bio

Rich LittlehaleRich Littlehale is one of the founders of YouRenew.com, a website that pays you to sell back or recycle your old electronics. Rich took time off from Yale to work on developing and running YouRenew.com full time. He also was a varsity rower at Yale. He’s originally from outside of Boston, MA and a devoted Red Sox fan.

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Consumers Loyalty Programs with Roger Toennis of Loyal2Me

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

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Rob McNealy interviews Liquid Media CEO Roger Toennis about Loyal2Me, a unique business to consumer loyalty program.

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About Liquid Media

Liquid Media LLC formed in 2007 with a focus on delivering innovative
and powerful business & consumer solutions that combine the ease of
use of the web/internet with the rich and nuanced character of the
human voice. The company’s founders have extensive experience in the
integration of enterprise class Voice over IP (VoIP) solutions with
web-based business applications having worked previously at companies
such as Avaya, Nortel, Lucent, Carrier Access, Intrado, Roving Planet
and Surfnet. Liquid Media is headquartered Arvada, CO with an
engineering operation in Beijing, China. The company is operating on a
seed investment round and is currently seeking Series A investment to
scale it’s operations and achieve profitability.

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TiE, Serial Entrepreneurship and Mentoring with Guy Cook

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

In this Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy takes time out at a recent TiE Rockies event to interview serial entrepreneur and former senior officer for Qwest Communications, Guy Cook, about TiE, serial entrepreneurship and mentoring.

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Guy Cook’s Bio

Guy CookGuy Cook was President and CEO for SuperNet, Inc., the dominant provider of Internet services in Colorado.  From 1992-1997, SuperNet grew to over fourteen thousand Internet access customers. The company also provided web hosting, consulting and web development services with a staff of over 80 people, gaining a national reputation with accounts such as Gartner Group and the Discovery Channel. Mr. Cook had reporting responsibility for all aspects of company operations and also served on the Board of Directors. The company was profitable with over $12 million in recurring annual revenues.

Cook led the negotiation team that sold the company to Qwest Communications in 1997 for $24 million dollars. He then served as a senior officer for Qwest Communications, responsible for design, rollout, operation and sale of Data Products, including Internet Services (residential access, business access, hosting, web design services). In this capacity Mr. Cook managed the P&L statement for each individual data product and reported directly to the Qwest CEO. Mr. Cook led the Qwest Internet business to become the 5th largest Internet traffic provider in the United States. Mr. Cook was a key member of the Qwest acquisitions management team that examined roughly 20 companies for acquisition from 1997-2000. In this capacity Mr. Cook was responsible for due diligence for the successful acquisition of EUnet, the largest business ISP in Europe with over 60,000 aggregate internet access business customers.

From 2000-2002, Mr. Cook was responsible for the strategy Qwest International Data Products, with an emphasis on Internet Services in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, ROC, Singapore and other Asian countries. Mr. Cook was a key member of the Qwest Asian venture and acquisition team, which reviewed approximately 40 companies for acquisition or Internet joint venture opportunities during this time. He was also a key industry representative in the effort to create “Internet 2.”

Cook has lectured worldwide on Internet related topics in over 100 forums, including Keynote speeches at ISPCON and the Next Generation Networks conference (McQuillin). He has been quoted extensively in Internet related and business press.
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RFID Implants with Amal Graafstra, RFID Toys Author

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

In this Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Amal Graafstra, author of RFID Toys, about implantable RFID technology and his own RFID implants.

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Amal Graafstra’s Bio

Amal GraafstraRFID Toys author Amal Graafstra, is the owner of several technology and mobile communications companies and a double RFID implantee. Amal loves thinking up interesting ways to combine and apply various technologies in his daily life.

Since learning about RFID technology used in cats and dogs for identification, Amal wanted to leverage that technology himself. Getting implants meant there was no need to carry an RFID access card around and he could implement his own RFID access control systems instead of buying expensive off-the-shelf products. Soon after getting his first implant and posting some pictures of the process for a few friends, word quickly spread over the Internet and soon he found himself talking to everyone from industry players to clergy to book publishers about RFID technology and its possibilities.

Amal has been interviewed about his adventures in RFID by television, print, and online news media from around the world, including the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet program. He uses his RFID implants to log into his computer, access his front door and opening his car door.
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Guy Kawasaki on Alltop and Reality Check

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

In this Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews author, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki about his latest book, Reality Check and his internet projects including Alltop.com.

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Guy Kawasaki’s Bio

Guy KawasakiGuy Kawasaki was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1954. His family lived in a tough part of Honolulu called Kalihi Valley, where he attended Iolani School. After Iolani, he attended Stanford University, where he graduated in 1976 with a major in psychology – the easiest major he could find.

After Stanford, Kawasaki succumbed to the wishes of his Asian American parents, and enrolled in law school at UC Davis.  He only lasted a week before he left, but the following year he entered the MBA program at UCLA.  While completing his MBA, he worked for a fine-jewelry manufacturer called Nova Stylings, where he learned how to sell.

Guy remained at Nova for a few years, until he was bit by the computer bug and took a job with an educational software company called EduWare Services. After Peachtree Software acquired the company, he got a job at Apple with the help of his Stanford roommate, Mike Boich. He spent four years evangelizing Macintosh to software and hardware developers and led the charge against world-wide domination by IBM.

Kawasaki left Apple to start a Macintosh database company called ACIUS, which published a product called 4th Dimension. from there he moved on to pursue writing, speaking, and consulting.  Eventually, Guy returned to Apple as an Apple fellow, in order to help maintain and rejuvenate the Macintosh cult.

Currently, Guy is a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures and co-founder of Alltop, as well as a husband, father, author, speaker, and hockey addict. In addition, he’s also written nine books, including his latest called Reality Check.
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Enterprise Social Networking with George Atha of WordFrame

Monday, November 10th, 2008

In this Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy takes time out at Defrag Conference 2008 to interview George Athannassov of WordFrame about how he got his start in enterprise social media software, as well as technology outsourcing to Bulgaria.

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George Athannassov’s Bio

George AthaGeorge started his first private company in 1993 and since then he is constantly involved in the IT sector. One of his companies – ConsultCommerce has been nominated by ZDNet as the developer of one of the best financial applications on the planet – LoanAmortizer. ConsultCommerce and ITBrix, companies where George is a managing partner have over 20 applications and online services that have over 25,000 customers spread all over the world. Almost all major banks and financial institutions are clients of LoanAmortizer while major government security organizations use TalkSpread.

The applications and services developed by the companies George is involved with include but are not limited to working time management and payroll solutions with ManuPlus and AutoPayRoll Applications, Online communication and collaboration – TalkSpread, NewzSpread and iNetMail, business process and revenue management with Cash Control Manager and PMA – Project Management App, financial applications with LoanManager, FloorPlan and LoanAmortizer, QView and QStat for Cisco’s Unified Contact Center, Freight Expert Software and Mobile devices software solutions and many others…

George and ITBrix funded Blogtronix in 2005 and was an active COO of the company till December 2007 when he sold his shares.

George’s and ITBrix’ latest endeavor is WordFrame Community Platform. WordFrame Community provides an out-of-the-box solution that allows teams to create Web communities for information sharing and document collaboration, benefits that help increase individual and team productivity. WordFrame Community is based on Microsoft asp.net 2.0 Framework. It includes IT resources such as community workspaces, blogs, user profiles, e-mail, document management, wiki, audio and video publishing, all secure and easily managed via a feature-rich administration shell. WordFrame Community enables users to locate distributed information quickly and efficiently, as well as connect to and work with others more productively.

George holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Business from the University of Plovdiv and have been managing software development companies since 1995.
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Enterprise Social Networking Software with Puneet Gupta of Connectbeam

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

In this Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy takes time out at Defrag Conference 2008 to interview Puneet Gupta about enterprise social networking software and his company, Connectbeam.

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Puneet Gupta’s Bio

Puneet GuptaPuneet brings over 16 years of enterprise software experience to Connectbeam. Prior to founding Connectbeam, Puneet served as CEO of CourseCafe, an online social collaboration application company for researchers around the world to collaborate around academic and coursework related research. Prior to CourseCafe, Puneet was Director of Product Marketing at Selectica (NASDAQ: SLTC) – an enterprise sales and solutions pricing software company. During Puneet’s tenure the company grew from 70 employees to over 900, and had one of the top ten IPOs in Nasdaq’s history. Prior to Selectica, Puneet spent several years at Peoplesoft and Oracle Corporation in engineering and product marketing roles where he brought several new products to market. He received the Best Innovative Product of the Year award at Oracle.

Puneet holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Ohio State University, Management of Technology from UC Berkeley, and MBA from Columbia University in New York.
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