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Strategic Entrepreneurism with Jon Fisher

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Jon Fisher, author of Strategic Entrepreneurism: Shattering the Start-Up Entrepreneurial Myths about entrepreneurship.

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Jon Fisher’s Bio

Jon FisherJon Fisher is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, adjunct professor and analyst. Fisher co-founded and was Chief Executive Officer of Bharosa, an Oracle Corporation company, which produced the Oracle Adaptive Access Manager. Fisher served as an Oracle VP until December 2007. In April 2008, Fisher predicted U.S. unemployment would rise to 9% by April 2009.

An entrepreneurship aficionado, Fisher is a media commentator and lectures frequently at university business schools. Fisher was named Ernst & Young’s 2007 Entrepreneur of the year in California and has served as CEO of three technology companies in the Silicon Valley over the past 17 years.

Strategic Entrepreneurism BookFisher writes for and the Belvedere Tiburon Chamber Of Commerce and is a trustee of the Nueva School, Buck Institute For Age Research, the Foundation For Accelerated Vascular Research and the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society (Emeritus).

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Marketing and Entrepreneurship with Monique Reece

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

In this Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy takes time out at a recent TiE Rockies event to interview Monique Reece, founder of the MarketSmarter management and marketing firm, about her business and entrepreneurship.

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Monique Reece’s Bio

Monique ReeceMonique Reece is the founder of MarketSmarter, a management and marketing firm that helps companies develop effective strategies to achieve revenue, growth, and profitability goals. MarketSmarter specializes in creating marketing and business plans to help companies find new customers, increase revenues from current customers, and grow their business to the next level.

Monique has more than 20 years of marketing and executive management experience working with both Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial businesses in dozens of industries. Her work in business strategy and planning has helped companies’ launch, reposition, and turnaround marketing and sales programs resulting in multi-million dollar increases.

Monique is the creator of the P•R•A•I•S•E Marketing Process™ model that has been adopted by companies in over 100 industries. She is the author of a book about marketing planning utilizing this process called Market Smarter Not Harder, a book endorsed by leading industry experts Ken Blanchard, Jay Conrad Levinson, Jack Stack and Guy Kawasaki. Monique enjoys teaching entrepreneurs how to write their own marketing plan with expert assistance and guidance, while networking and gaining insight from other entrepreneurs.

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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.


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.


Blog Action Day: Entrepreneurship Bringing People out of Poverty

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Last week, my daughter and I were reading a fairy tale about a town where everyone was about to to lose their job because the mill owner was very old, and no one had enough money to buy the mill when he retired. The towns people in the story became very sad and angry when they heard the news, and things in town got a little out of control.

At that point, I stopped, and asked my daughter, “What could the people in the town do to get more money.” She made me proud when she answered “sell things and start a business.”

We’ve all heard stories about amazingly successful entrepreneurs who used their last dollar to turn their lives around and ended up making it big. Real estate investor Armando Montelongo of Flip This House fame is one example that comes to mind.  Sometimes the success stories are smaller, but no less awe inspiring, like the people who have brought themselves out of poverty by starting businesses with microloans from places like Kiva.

Entrepreneurship is amazing.  It can allow people in the worst circumstances to overcome the odds in a way that a minimum wage retail job never will, allowing them to bring THEMSELVES out of poverty.


50 Entrepreneurs with Brian Schwartz

Friday, July 18th, 2008

In this Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Brian Schwartz about his 50 Entrepreneurs interview project, which has served to inspire him towards a goal of entrepreneurship himself.

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Brian Schwartz’s Bio

Brian SchwartzBrian Schwartz has been a loyal, dedicated employee for 15 years, never taking more than 2 weeks off since the day he left college, raised with a strong work ethic and always striving to be a people pleaser.

According to Brian:

“I’ve always been a good employee, evidenced by surviving every layoff and merger I’ve been through over the years. Circumstances never arose where I had a needed to create employment for myself. But, shortly after I turned 37, I started to feel that something was missing. Two questions that really caused me to think were, ‘where do you see yourself in 10 years?’ and ‘if you could know the exact moment when you were going to die, would you want to know?’ My answer to those questions: If you had asked me that 10 years ago, I would have said ‘not here’ and yes, because there are a lot of things he still wants to do!”

In searching for his passion, he asked himself what he enjoys doing most when he’s not getting paid to do it. Writing and meeting with others were the answers, and thus the idea of 50 interviews was born.


My Small Business Startup Inspiration

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

I’ve admitted it before, but in case you haven’t heard, I am a reformed MBA who’s recovered from time spent in the corporate world. I’ve always had big ideas, and I’ve done a lot of side work, first in construction, then web design and programming, and pretty much anything in between. When I got married, my wife supported my side endeavors, and the extra income they brought, but she was risk adverse, and couldn’t really stomach the idea of me going it on my own full time. There were stints between contract work where I did my own thing, but as soon as the next big opportunity came along, I usually jumped at it.

Then, about 4 years ago, my wife was starting her clinical years of medical school, I was getting more frustrated by the day with my job, and we had a daughter who was spending way too much time in daycare. In short, between the guilt we felt over sticking our daughter in daycare 10+ hours a day, and the long and difficult hours we were both working, we were all miserable. Close to our breaking point, we lasted about 3 days in this situation before my wife took an emergency leave of absence from school, and by the end of the week, I had also left my job. I’m not sure if it was more of an act of inspiration or desperation, but at that moment, we finally took the plunge into making our own business a full time endeavor.

It took some adjustment, but by the start of the next quarter, my wife was back at school, and I was home balancing life as a full time Dad and a business owner. My company, Neraida Vision Systems didn’t take off like I hoped, but it was a huge learning experience. Because failure was not an option, necessity caused me to take a step in another direction. As a result, my next company, Natural Wood Floors, was born about a year later.

So that, in a nutshell, is how I ended up taking the big leap into full time entrepreneurship. I always love to hear startup stories, so jump in and share what inspired you to take charge of your own life, quit that day job, and start a company of your own!


Scott Shane Author of Illusions of Entrepreneurship

Friday, May 9th, 2008

In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews author and Case Western Reserve University Professor, Scott Shane, about his book The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By.

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Scott Shane’s Bio

Illusion of Entrepreneurship on AmazonDr. Scott Shane is the A. Malachi Mixon III, Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, in the Department of Economics at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of over sixty articles and ten books on topics about entrepreneurship around the world. He is also an angel investor, and a member of the Northcoast Angel Fund.

Dr. Shane received his Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His previous faculty appointments include University of Maryland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Georgia Institute of Technology. His current research examines: (1) how entrepreneurs discover and evaluate opportunities, assemble resources, and design organizations; (2) university spin-offs and technology transfer; (3) business format franchising; (4) angel investing; and (5) genetic factors in entrepreneurship. Dr. Shane has consulted to numerous large and small organizations, and has taught in executive education programs around the world.

The Illusions of Entrepreneurship is an excellent and essential resource for anyone who has dreamed of starting a new business, for investors in start-ups, policy makers attempting to facilitate the formation and survival of new businesses and researchers interested in the economic impact of entrepreneurial activity. Scott Shane offers research-based answers to these questions and many others:

  • Why do people start businesses?
  • What industries are popular for start-ups?
  • How many jobs do new businesses create?
  • How do entrepreneurs finance their start-ups?
  • What makes some locations and some countries more entrepreneurial than others?
  • What are the characteristics of the typical entrepreneur?