The UC 053: Disciplined Entrepreneurship with Bill Aulet

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There is a ton of advice out there on starting a company. Some of the advice is sage, but much of it is inappropriately projective, often capricious, and even wayward. Starting and growing a company demands diligence, patience and most of all productivity. The Unapologetic Capitalist has an earnest discussion with Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship http://entrepreneurship.mit.edu, on following the optimal path for building a venture in the current … [Read more...]

TheUC 049: Is Venture Capital Right for Your Company?

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The Unapologetic Capitalist revisits with Jordan Schindler, CEO of Textile Based Delivery and Nufabrx to check in on the growth and progress since previously profiling the venture. Jordan talks about the evolution of the company from its inaugural Nufabrx product into developing opportunities for licensing the proprietary technology of Textile Based Delivery. The discussion continues to explore the most appropriate avenues from angel investment to venture capital investment as they seeking … [Read more...]

TheUC 045: 2 Simple Strategies to Generate Revenue

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The Unapologetic Capitalist relays 2 simple strategies to plant seeds for quick, low risk and profitable ways to generate revenue in your business. As industries, economies and marketplaces emerge and evolve, businesses can stagnate.  Margins get squeezed, the shine of innovation wears off, and economies of scale can turn to dis-economies.  In an attempt to generate revenues, many companies err in seeking strategies that seduce in the short term, but thwart generating revenues and value for the … [Read more...]

TheUC 044: Is Your Social Media Helping or Hurting Your Business?

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Megalomaniac CEO's overuse their social media so their addicted egos can get the continuous adulations they need from their many manufactured ‘fans.’ Studies show the more time they spend on social media, the more they sink the value of the company they are supposed to lead. Others are so private or fearful of connecting with the users on social media that their scarce presence makes consumers dubious. In times of crisis, these leaders are ineffective because they lack credibility.  Is your … [Read more...]

TheUC 043: Is Media Your Friend or Foe with Special Guest Davidson Goldin of Goldin Solutions

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Can the media be an effective tool in building value in your company? How does media build your company’s brand and personal reputation?  Can the media be used to proactively or even reactively manage your reputation?  Special Guest: Davidson Goldin founder of Goldin Solutions specializing in corporate communications, public affairs and crisis based in Manhattan shares his insights on how to make media your friend and not your foe. Introduction of Show Topic: Can Social Media Be an Effective … [Read more...]

This Year Resolve to Be A Better Leader

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What is it about the New Year that causes us all to feel obligated to ‘resolve’ to be better that somehow escapes us on the other 364 days of the year?  The reality is that the New Year is just another day that ends in ‘y.’ Yet, somehow the flipping of the calendar to a New Year lights some sort of beacon summoning home the Prodigal Son. So we will all spend a few weeks making quasi-earnest attempts to eat better, exercise more, communicate better, etc. only to fall back into our pathetic abyss … [Read more...]

TheUC 041: What Kind of CEO Are You?

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Are you a good CEO? What kind of leader are you? Many CEOs sink the value of their company by getting distracted by their own media. A good leader and CEO will prioritize the needs of the venture over their personal wants. It is important to learn what outlets and assets to properly leverage to build value in the venture rather than unwittingly destroying the company’s value by indulging in their personal megalomania. The 4 archetypes of CEOs: Naked Emperor/Megalomaniac CEO: Typically … [Read more...]

TheUC 039: Selling Innovation with CEO John Kawola of Harvest Automation

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CEO John Kawola of Harvest Automation discusses the challenges of selling innovation to a traditional marketplace that is generally slow to adopt new technologies. John Kawola talks about the need to invest in building face-to-face relationships with the customer and utilizing ‘old school’ sales techniques such as product education and trials to convert sales. Selling innovation is key to generating long term venture value. Introduction of Show Topic: How High Growth Ventures Can Bridge the … [Read more...]

TheUC 037: Preparing for Product Launch with CEO Robert Frisch of Firelight Camps

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An excellent product launch is critical for venture success. Robert Frisch, CEO of Firelight Camps, discusses the key challenges of preparing for a product launch. Firelight is bringing ‘glamping’ (a high end camping experience) to unique hotel properties and vineyards. The UC and Robert discuss the product launch of an innovative product in the traditional hospitality market space. Key product launch challenges include identifying valuable core customers, gaining market traction, and finding … [Read more...]

TheUC 036: CEO Jordan Schindler Discusses Growing His Venture Nufabrx

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CEO Jordan Schindler of Nüfabrx discusses bringing his venture to the next major milestone by balancing investment in sales and inventory management. The discussion hits the 3 key impediments towards achieving the critical milestones in a high growth venture and discusses solutions for building a venture of significant value. Nufabrx Overview: This venture has created a new way to administer essential oils, medications, vitamins and cosmeceuticals. Their approach embeds medications into any … [Read more...]