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Entrepreneurship does not always take the traditional path. In each episode, we try to capture and share the essence of how interesting people sometimes take unconventional paths to build their business. We will delve into how they get their inspiration, drive, and persistence. Hear how successful entrepreneurs, who you never heard of, discuss their successful businesses, you never heard of. These are conversations with entrepreneurs who are just like us, ones we can all relate to. Send us y ...
 
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In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Brant Cooper. He is a New York Times bestselling author of “The Lean Entrepreneur and CEO” and founder of Moves the Needle. Brant works as a trusted adviser to startups and large enterprises around the world. With more than 25 years of expertise in changing industrial age mindset into digital age opp…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Gary Frey. Gary has served as president of four successful companies, including Bizjournals.com, a business news portal that he helped transform from a three-person organization to a $100 million company. He has done two turnarounds and held executive positions in two Fortune 100 companies. Gary lead…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by retired Major General Robert W. Mixon, Jr. has achieved over three decades of extraordinary leadership success in diverse organizations, including the United States Army where he commanded the 7th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, Colorado prior to his retirement in 2007. Subsequently, he served in …
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Ben Knegendorf. He founded Paramount Pet Health. An e-comm store for cats and dogs. He started a business with $500 and after 2 years has achieved $11M in revenue. It is quite a contrast to the VC-backed businesses that raise $20-$30M and still do not make it to $11M in revenue after 2 years. So give…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Steven Adjei. He is a fascinating, multi-faced individual who is an author, poet, healthcare consultant, and entrepreneur. He is the founding partner of BlueCloud Health (www.bluecloudhealth.com), a UK-based, African-focused healthcare firm that exists to provide solutions to health businesses in Sub…
 
In this episode of the podcast, Mike and I chat about what is going on in our lives and some current events. This is another one of those pre-podcast recordings that we decided to upload for those of you who are interested. We talk about sailing, family, life in general, the economy, politics, the Jan 6th hearings, and energy prices in both the USA…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Michelle Seiler Tucker. She is a 20-year veteran of the mergers and acquisitions industry where she is a leading authority on buying, selling, financing, and growing businesses. We had a fascinating conversation about how founders and company leaders often do not think about positioning the company f…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Devon Watson, Devon is the Executive Vice President of Global Banking & Chief Marketing Officer at Diebold-Nixdorf. Within his organization, he is also responsible for business development and acquisitions. The most common exit for entrepreneurs is being acquired or merged with another company. In my…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Brad Svrluga. Brad is co-founder of primary Ventures based in New York City. Primary is one of the premier early-stage VC firms in the United States. He has over 20 years of experience in early-stage investing and Primary is the second VC firm Brad has co-founded. We discuss how differentiating Prima…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Jim Senall. Jim runs the Rochester Angel Network, (RAN) in Rochester NY. We discussed how angel investing plays a critical role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Jim also described how RAN has evolved during the last 20 years, both in terms of its structure and the characteristics of the investments …
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Mark Drager. He is a branding expert and helps entrepreneurs and companies refine their brand strategy and ensure their brand is consistent across everything they do. Your brand is how the world views you. We had a great conversation about how to make sure your brand is not an afterthought. It is exc…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Billie Shepard. She founded Billie Shepard Associates, where she leverages her acting experience and training methods in the business sector. Her one-on-one coaching and group workshops help transform corporate speakers into influential leaders. We had a fascinating conversation on how many leadershi…
 
Hello and welcome to The Unconventional Path: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Stories and Ideas podcast. Today we have a very different podcast topic for you. If you have been listening to this podcast you know that Mike and I like to try new things, well this one is way out there. It is about how the experience of losing my 95-year-old mother comp…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Andy Binns. Andy is a corporate innovation guru, co-founder of Change Logic, and the co-author of “Corporate Explorer: How Corporations Beat Startup at the Innovation Game”. We had a fascinating conversation about innovation and entrepreneurship, both in large corporations and start-ups. So give the …
 
This is another pre-podcast discussion episode. As mentioned before, these episodes were inspired by a listener. When Mike and I get together, to record a podcast, before we hit the RECORD button, we typically have a conversation about what's going on in our lives and the world. It’s basically, two good friends catching up. Back in EP 128, Mike and…
 
This is our second, pre podcast discussion episode. As mentioned before, these episodes were inspired by a listener. When Mike and I get together, to record a podcast, before we hit the RECORD button, we typically have a conversation about what's going on in our lives and the world. It’s basically, two good friends catching up. Back in EP 128, Mike…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Matt Kopko, the VP of Public Policy at Daily Pay. We have a great conversation about on-demand pay and how it can positively impact the ability of employees to receive their pay daily and not have to wait 2 or 3 weeks for a paycheck. It’s an industry I did not know existed. Also, for the first time e…
 
Today’s episode was inspired by a listener. When Mike and I get together, to record a podcast, before we hit the RECORD button, we typically have a conversation about what's going on in our lives and the world. It’s basically, two good friends catching up. Back in EP 128, Mike and I did an experiment and we hit the record button as soon as our conv…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined excited to be joined by James Quinn. He is a managing director at JLL, a Fortune 500 company that assists organizations in developing and implementing their real estate strategies in the ever-changing world. He also recently wrote a book titled “Tech Trends 24/7”. We have a great conversation about tech…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined excited to be joined by Misha Rubin. He is a mix of a psychologist, career coach, and job coach. It's one of those topics I never thought much about during my career. Maybe I should have. He started his career working at one of the major accounting firms for 20 years and one day came to the realization …
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by serial entrepreneur Andy Mowat, founder of Gated. At Gated, they are changing the way email gets delivered and read. We are all burdened by receiving way too many emails. With Gated you can apply some economic theory to sending and receiving emails with some very interesting results. Give the episode…
 
In this episode of the podcast, Bela and Mike trying a new format for the podcast. It’s been a while since we posted a new episode, that’s because, with over 120 interviews under our belt, we were not sure anything new was popping up. When we record a podcast, we usually spend 15 to 30 minutes talking about what’s going on in each other’s lives. Th…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Chris Bursey. He is the founder of Direct Communications Solutions. Direct Communication Solutions is a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) products and services. The Internet of Things is a term that generally means the coordination of sensors that sit on devices or vehicles or structures (that tel…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Kizzy Parks. She is the founder and president of K Parks Consulting, a firm that provides corporate training, executive coaching, analytics, diversity and inclusion guidance, leadership development, and team building services mainly to US federal government clients but also they partner with large co…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Sean Folkson. He founded Nightfood, a company that produces sleep-friendly and nutritional evening snacks. After a few rough starts, Nighfood is running full speed with a line of sleep-friendly ice cream. The ice cream is formulated by leading sleep and nutrition experts to satisfy our nighttime crav…
 
In today's podcast, we are excited to be joined by Tarin Calmeyer. Tarin is the founder of Remote Team Wellness...a startup that provides live digital wellness coaching, retreats, and workshops for corporate clients. We discussed the large pivot Tarin had to make with the onset of the COVID epidemic, the valuable lessons she learned, and how it has…
 
In today's podcast, we are excited to be joined by David Jay, founder, and CEO of Warm Welcome, a company that uses video to customize an initial customer experience to go beyond generic emails. David is a serial entrepreneur, also having founded Agree.com. We had a great conversation about the importance of building solid customer relationships an…
 
Today we are excited to be joined by author Nathan Perez. Nathan co-wrote The 20-Minute Networking Meeting. He is an executive career and job-search coach at Career Innovation, LLC. Nathan is a formally trained actor with a BFA in Theatre. Nathan’s 20-year career in the arts and entertainment world prepared him well for connecting with people. He a…
 
Today we are excited to be joined by joined Dan Burcaw. He is a serial tech entrepreneur founding several software technology companies He is currently the Co-Founder & CEO of Nami ML. Nami ML develops machine learning software to enhance mobile application subscriptions for a wide spectrum of businesses. We discussed the challenges in starting tec…
 
Today we are excited to be joined by joined Anthony Minessale. Anthony is a pioneer of internet-based communications, having started 3 companies in the internet space. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of SignalWire. SignalWire is a three-year-old company that provides internet-based telecommunication (voice and video) to companies. Anthony ha…
 
Today we are excited to be joined by Ed Vincent, founder of FestivalPass, which is a global subscription marketplace for the live events industry. Ed is a serial entrepreneur and has a background in data analytics and the media industry. We discussed how he funded the business and the impact COVID has had on his plans. It’s a crowded space and Ed’s…
 
Today we are excited to be joined by Sam Holmes. Sam is a sailor and has a YouTube channel to help fund his passion for sailing. While working for Disney during the week, on the weekends Sam discovered sailing. He sailed from California to Hawaii solo. During the trip, he recorded some videos, which he uploaded to YouTube, to share with his friends…
 
Today we are excited to be joined by Yael Joffe. Yael is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of her current business, 3X4 Genetics, a nutrigenetics company that launched in 2018. 3X4 Genetics does genetic testing and focuses on genetic aspects of diet, exercise, lifestyle, and health. Yael has co-authored two books on genetics and is also an adju…
 
Today we are excited to be joined by Jason Forrest. Jason is the CEO of the Forrest Performance Group. Jason works with companies to maximize their sales effectiveness, through a combination of training, hiring, and culture building. We also discuss compensation strategies and building a high-performance sales team. You can check out Forrest Perfor…
 
Today we are excited to be joined by Trevor Crotts. Trevor is the founder and President of BuddyBrands, it started as a high-end pet mattress company and has expanded to include several other pet-related brands. We discuss the challenges of entering a crowded market with a premium brand, the importance of brands, and how having multiple, related br…
 
Today we are excited to be joined by Mike Begg. Mike is the Co-founder of AMZ Advisors. AMZ Advisors focuses on helping entrepreneurs maximize their e-commerce effectiveness. He also helps entrepreneurs with setting up nearshoring operations in Mexico, and he is actively involved in a variety of consumer goods startups. Mike shared some great tips …
 
Today we are excited to be joined by Carl Allen. Carl is the co-founder of Dealmaker Wealth Society and PROX Capital. He helps entrepreneurs acquire an existing business as an alternative to starting a business from the ground up. He is also a coach who helps entrepreneurs acquire other companies as a tool for growth. We had a great conversation an…
 
Today we are excited to be joined by Ryan Green. Ryan is the co-founder and CEO of Gridwise, which helps ridesharing drivers optimize their income and monitor and manage their performance using an app. Ryan is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and has had banking industry experience. He has created a unified data platform that brings key informati…
 
This week's guest is Joe Hagen. After retiring from the corporate world, Joe started Offshore Adventure Sailing. It's a business that takes people out on ocean sailing trips. This is a wonderful example of a lifestyle or hobby business that we all cal learn something from. It's not Joe's primary stream of income. It's a way of doing what you love a…
 
This week's guest is Andrew Hutton He is the founder and CEO of Day One, which helps new entrepreneurs launch businesses. This business incubates entrepreneurs that are outside the tech world. He combines his experience in the tech world, venture capital, design, and innovation into providing valuable support for entrepreneurs that do not fit into …
 
This week we have a special episode of our podcast. To start off the 2021 New Year, Mike and I have looked over our 100+ episodes and pick the ones we think are the most interesting or thought-provoking. We also want to thank all of our super guests and you, our listeners. In the 2 plus years, we have been doing this podcast, we have had over 17,00…
 
This week's guest is Jeroen Corthout. He co-founded Salesflare, a CRM company that competes with the likes of Salesforce, Hubspot, and Pipedrive. We have a great conversation about how a small company that makes mission-critical products can compete against much larger players. Jeroen discussed how they started small, understood the customer's crit…
 
This week's guest is Drew Cappabianca. Drew is the founder of The Hub, in Brant Lake NY, which is a combination bike shop and restaurant. It's located in a small town in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY, with lots of access to bike trails, some of which were developed by Drew as part of his vision to create a bike-centered ecosystem in his pa…
 
This week's guest is Maddie Brown. Maddie is a CPA and CEO of Smashing Numbers, which is an Accounting, Payroll, Tax, and Consulting firm in Bronson, Iowa. Maddie focuses on providing strategic financial guidance to small firms all across the United States. We had a great conversation about her early career working at a public sector job and how le…
 
This week's guest is Eric Reed. Eric is founder and CEO of Reed5Group. His company works with client organizations to improve performance through a better understanding of organizational dynamics, leadership, and culture. We have a wonderful conversation on corporate culture and Key Performance Indicators. (KPIs) You can check out Reed5Group here:R…
 
This week's guest is Tyler Ornstein. Tyler founded Tylers Coffee - the first acid-free coffee. Why acid-free coffee, well for certain individuals, it's the only type of coffee they can drink without causing serious gastrointestinal issues. And he did this as a 15-year-old! It's a really fascinating story and as you will hear, Tyler's story is very …
 
This week's guest is Tony Guarnaccia. Tony has vast experience in working with companies is helping them best utilize their marketing dollars. We all know how complex this has gotten for companies. From search engine optimization to social medial to email campaigns. Tony helps us understand how do you break through all of the clutter. You can check…
 
This week's guest is Lance Graulich. Lance founded and runs Ion Franchising. He helps individuals sort through the vast number of franchising options. We had a great conversation where Lance shared some great tips and ideas on franchising. This is a must-listen for those who have an interest in buying a franchise or franchising their current busine…
 
This week's guest is Dan Demsky. Dan, along with his two best friends, founded Unbound Merino. The company offers the highest quality merino wool clothing. Pack light, save money & enjoy the comfort of our merino wool t-shirts, socks & underwear. It's a great story on how to start a business, use crowdfunding to get launched and constantly build yo…
 
We did it, we hit 100 podcasts! It took a bit over two years to get here and it's been a blast. Getting to 100 is a significant milestone in the podcasting world. In this episode, we reflect a bit on things we have learned and make a few observations. We then discuss taking the podcast through a pivot and changing things up for the future. As alway…
 
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