Enterprise Podcast Network – EPN
Summary: Inspiring & informing entrepreneurs and business owners
Mrs. Shenice Gross, the Owner and Co-founder of Alkali60 a brand of alkaline water that just recently hit the market about 1 year ago and is gaining a lot of traction joins Enterprise Radio. Alkali60 has partnered with brands such as PNC Bank, Tropical Smoothie Café, and DC’s Bike to Work Day 2019. Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Shenice Gross discuss the following: * What lead you to start Alkali60?* What hurdles did you have to overcome while building Alkali60? How did you overcome them?* With no background in the beverage industry, did you find it relatively easy to jump into this market or were you fearful?* What do you wish you had known when you started out in business? * What motivates you the most? Alkali60 is a bottled water distributor that manufactures premium, electrolyte enhanced, bottled water. The Alkali60 brand was established in 2018 and branded under Guardian United Group LLC. In 2018, Alkali60 has sold over 10,000 bottles water and has donated locally to the homeless, adolescent sport teams, and non-profit events. Our products are available online and in various stores and restaurants in the DC, VA, and MD metropolitan area. Currently Alkali60 is available in 2 different sizes; 16.9 oz and 33.8 oz. Our water goes through a process called “reverse osmosis” for filtration then minerals like potassium are added for taste. Our manufacturing capabilities are reputable with the ability to manufacture approximately 15,000 bottles in 1 hour. With these manufacturing capabilities, we can produce for large and small customers nationwide. By 2021, we plan to make changes to our plastic packaging. Moving to biodegradable plant-based packaging, we can lessen our print on the world. Our mission is to spread knowledge of optimal health starting from the inside. We strive to redefine the water industry through our pH balanced water spreading the importance of maintaining a healthy pH and staying hydrated. Website: www.alkali60.com Contact:Phone: 1 (877) 380-1199Email: email@example.com People also listened to this: Interview with Founder and CEO of Dragonfly Coffee Roasters, Tamas Christman
Caroline Woodman, Founder of BathCalm a brand new company that&#8217;s taking your bath time to a whole new level through scent, soak&nbsp;and&nbsp;sound joins Enterprise Radio. Listen&nbsp;to host&nbsp;Eric Dye&nbsp;&amp; guest Caroline Woodman discuss the following: * Can you tell me a little about your product and how it came about?* Is biodegradable packaging important to you?* What would you suggest for people who don&#8217;t have a bath?* Why is meditation good for us?* Where can we buy your products? As a little girl who once stripped her father’s 20 rose bushes clean of every petal to crush up into perfume for her friends, fragrance has clearly always held a fascination for BathCalm founder Caroline Woodman. Fast forward 40(ish) years, and not much has changed. Caroline has created the BathCalm range of blends with you in mind. Lying in a warm bath with Epsom salts and essential oils one winter’s night, the thought came to her that&nbsp;everyone&nbsp;should feel that relaxed in their bath. In that moment, the BathCalm seed had been planted. Caroline’s vision was to create a range of products using only natural ingredients, and packaged in only biodegradable and recyclable materials. No plastic. Caroline wanted something more though… beautiful music to match each blend. Better still, a guided meditation that harmonised with the music and blends. The product needed to be easy to use, so that people who had never tried meditation before were gently guided through the process. It would be a fusion of scent, soak and sound, creating the ultimate bath relaxation experience. Calling on the talents of her three dearest friends to help breathe life into her vision, Caroline asked Sondrine, a gifted composer, to write the music, and Adam and Julia, two talented yoga instructors, to write and voice the guided meditations. Caroline meanwhile, set about experimenting with a multitude of pure essential oils to create the perfect fragrance for each blend. Three beautiful products are now available as the result of Caroline’s dream and her team’s creativity. BathCalm’s&nbsp;Tranquility,&nbsp;Performance&nbsp;and&nbsp;Euphoria&nbsp;blends are each unique in their character and function, all with the purpose of helping you to take a breath… and relax. Website:&nbsp;bathcalm.com Social Media Links:Facebook:&nbsp;facebook.com/BathCalmTwitter:&nbsp;@bathcalm People also listened to this: Interview with Founder and CEO of Dragonfly Coffee Roasters, Tamas Christman The views, ideas, thoughts and opinions expressed on any program are those of the person...
Rob Volk, Founder of Foxbox Digital, an engineering-focused product development agency based in Chicago, Illinois joins Enterprise Radio. Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Rob Volk discuss the following: * You started your career in Enterprise Consulting and then went on to co-found startups as a CTO before starting your current digital agency. How did that prepare you for starting Foxbox Digital?* You recently wrote an article about how most companies should be choosing “React Native” as their development platform. Can you expand on that?* You recently started helping enterprises with Agile and Agile transformations. Why do companies need this?* Enterprise companies are trying to mimic how startups operate and grow. What are your tips for enterprise companies are looking to become more Agile?* You just published an article called “Slack is Ruining Employee Productivity” which is quite the title. Tell me more about that and what your productivity tips are. Rob Volk founded Foxbox Digital, an engineering-focused product development agency based in Chicago with clients such as Home Chef (#3 on Inc. 5000 in 2018, acquired by Kroger). Prior to starting Foxbox Digital Rob helped Fortune 100 clients, including Pfizer, USPS, and Morgan Stanley build and scale enterprise apps using Agile. Rob was the CTO of Beyond Diet and implemented technology that scaled to over 350k+ customers, and was the CTO and Co-Founder of Detective (detective.io), a venture-backed intelligence platform that amassed 200k+ users in a short time frame. Website: http://foxbox.co Social Media Links:Facebook: facebook.com/foxboxstudiosTwitter: @foxboxdigital People also listened to this: The Evolution of Audio with Travis Michael Scott
Tamas Christman, Founder and CEO of Dragonfly Coffee Roasters, the award winning specialty coffee roast company joins Enterprise Radio. Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Tamas Christman discuss the following: * You started brewing coffee at a young age, how did your passion start?* You’ve traveled to a variety of countries, how have your travel experiences impacted your brand?* Explain your education. How did your extensive education help build your brand and company?* Can you please elaborate why the sustainability of your coffee is so important?* Where can one find your coffee, where is it sold and why is it a stand out from its competitors?* What advice can you give to a young entrepreneur? Founder Tamas Christman applies his unique upbringing to influence his coffee innovation & expertise, food & beverage knowledge and world travel exploration. Christman was born in Boulder, Colorado and grew up in the remote wilderness of the southern Rocky Mountains. While a young boy, his parents started and to this day still operate, a wildlife refuge called Mission: Wolf. Within the isolated mountains, surrounded by captive wolves and colorful characters, Christman grew up in a primitive cabin with no electricity or running water. Tamas, armed only with his imagination and the inspiration of volunteers who called Mission: Wolf their home, discovered his passion for coffee, the culinary arts, music and adventure. Tamas founded DragonFy Coffee Roasters in 2011 as he set out on a quest to bring the world the finest coffees possible. Tamas’ formal background is in Chemical Engineering & Computer Science. He first learned to roast coffee at eight years old, in the remote mountains of Southern Colorado. He grew up on a wildlife refuge called Mission: Wolf, and it was there that Christman and a volunteer names Joey would roast Kona coffee in a pan over a propane powered stove. Tamas’ passion for coffee began at this instant. He was immediately fascinated by the aroma, the science, and the incredible history and culture associated with coffee. “My deep rooted passion for coffee finally overpowered my ability to hold down my day job as an engineer, and I subsequently founded Dragonfly Coffee Roasters in 2011.” Website: dragonflycoffeeroasters.com Social Media Links:Facebook: facebook.com/dragonflycoffeeInstagram: instagram.com/dragonflycoffee People also listened to this: The First Shoe Shapers Invented By A Woman, For Women: Meet the Founder of Formé
Dan Simerman, head of financial relations for global non-profit IOTA Foundation, dedicated to delivering a new, open-source digital infrastructure joins Enterprise Radio. Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Dan Simerman discuss the following: * Explain the IOTA Foundation and its social impact mission.* What do consumers need to understand about the (M)IOTA token, how does it differ from other cryptocurrency?* What industries or mission areas is IOTA Foundation creating the greatest disruption in?* Who are the founders of IOTA and what was the genesis of the idea?* The IOTA website indicates it is not offering a blockchain, can you explain what you are offering in its stead?* Where do you see cryptocurrencies roles in the world 5 years from now? Dan Simerman is an investor and technical product manager well versed in consumer psychology, digital assets and open source software development. Dan has a history of building software for Fortune 50 financial institutions, multinational media companies and strategic consulting firms. As Head Of Financial Relations at the IOTA Foundation, Dan’s goal is to support the technology for a new type of digital infrastructure, one where IOT devices and humans can seamlessly exchange value and data in a safe, secure, and decentralized economy. IOTA is a global not-for-profit foundation incorporated and headquartered in Germany. The IOTA Foundation’s mission is to support the research and development of new distributed ledger technologies (DLT), including the IOTA Tangle. The Foundation encourages the education and adoption of distributed ledger technologies through the creation of ecosystems and the standardization of these new protocols. The IOTA Tangle moves beyond blockchain by providing the world’s first scalable, feeless and fully-decentralized distributed ledger technology. The Tangle uses its own unique technology to solve three fundamental problems with blockchain technology: high fees, scaling and centralization. It is an open-source protocol connecting the human economy with the machine economy by facilitating novel Machine-to-Machine (M2M) interactions, including secure data transfer, fee-less micropayments, and secure access control for devices. Website: www.iota.org Social Media Links:Youtube: Click HereTwitter: @iotatoken People also listened to this: Consum...
Tito Pombra is the President of Core Compliance & Legal Services, Inc.SM (“Core Compliance”), a compliance consultation firm which services broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, hedge funds, private funds, investment companies, and financial professionals joins Enterprise Radio. Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Tito Pombra discuss the following: * What’s the first thing a consumer should do when looking for a financial/investment advisor?* Is there a notable recently case that will give listeners of an idea of how big fraud can get?* How does a consumer conduct a background check?* What are common red flags they should be aware of?* What should you do if you have an advisor and suspect fraud? Tito Pombra is the President of Core Compliance & Legal Services, Inc.SM (“Core Compliance”), a compliance consultation firm which services broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, hedge funds, private funds, investment companies, and financial professionals. Over the years, Mr. Pombra has garnered extensive experience in the global asset management industry, which includes over twenty-two years in the Investment Company/Investment Adviser and international compliance areas. Mr. Pombra specializes in investment company and investment adviser regulatory compliance programs. His consultation practice is focused on the areas of regulatory exams, annual reviews, creating a strong culture of compliance, policies and procedures development, testing of compliance programs, performance advertising, and mentoring and training compliance professionals. As the former Chief Compliance Officer of Matthews International Capital Management, LLC (“Matthews Asia”) and Matthews International Funds (d/b/a Matthews Asia Funds), Mr. Pombra established his command of the compliance industry. As the CCO for Matthews Asia he was responsible for managing the compliance and anti-money laundering programs of the Investment Company, Investment Adviser and off-shore funds, and assisted with the compliance programs of Matthews Global Investors, Hong Kong and UK, registered broker-dealers. In addition, he oversaw the Matthews Asia Funds service provider’s compliance program under Rule 38a-1. During his tenure, Mr. Pombra was also the AML Officer for the Matthews Asia Funds and MLRO for the Matthews Asia Funds (Luxembourg). Website: www.corecls.com Social Media Links:Facebook: facebook.com/coreclsTwitter: @CoreCLS People also listened to this: The Prepared Investor with Christopher R. Manske
Travis Michael Scott of Trav Media, Founder of On Air, an audio-based social sharing platform joins Enterprise Radio to talk about the evolution of audio. Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Travis Michael Scott discuss the following: * How did you start designing? * What inspires you when you design? * How have you evolved as a designer? * When did you start designing software?* Why is the audio industry so fascinating to you?* How did you see the evolution of how we consume media? * Graduate of Waynesburg University 2008, Digital Media/Graphic Design and Marketing* Resident of Johnstown, PA – currently living in Pittsburgh* Spent 11+ years in the digital media field, designing logos, brochures, animations, websites, billboards, tradeshow booths, and UX/UI for mobile apps.* Started Traventures Media in 2017 – shortened to Trav Media; Branding, Marketing, Designing, Building, Communication, and Advertising Strategies.* 2018 – Attained Group Fitness Instructor certification – teaches free Core and Stability classes in downtown Pittsburgh on the weekends. * Listened to a podcast of Dane Cook and Bert Kreischer talking about the market in the audio sharing space in lieu of SayNow being acquired by Google – Feb 2019.* Contacted Dane Cook to see if he would be interested in the project – same day* One week later I sent him some concept art to see if he was interested.* He loved it – scheduled a phone call with Dane and his business manager where we talked about some key functionalities that he’d like to see in it and a further prospectus* One week later, I reached out to TEDTalk alum, Mike Hruska, President of Problem Solutions; added Mike as CTO and interim CFO as we build out the platform.* I’m now on my 3rd version of the app with some key User Experience upgrades – Walkie-Talkie-like interaction.* Currently seeking funding and in-talks with “the right” investors* Growing marketing company in the Pittsburgh region through networking with EOFire alum Michael Marra and his startup app called Entre. Website: http://trav.media Social Media Links:Facebook: facebook.com/TraventuresMediaTwitter: @TRVMedia People also listened to this: Merchant Surcharging: Turn on profits from your shopping cart
Robert Maynard, Co-Founder of Lifelock and Founder/CEO of SurchX will be talking to us today about how merchants can benefit from surcharging and still remain compliant with regulatory bodies joins Enterprise Radio. Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Robert Maynard discuss the following: * What’s the most important thing merchants need to know about surcharging?* What does your experience say about whether customers accept surcharges?* How does SurchX work?* What led you to start the company?* Tell us a little about your bouts with mental illness. Robert is a father, grandfather, serial entrepreneur, and lives with Bipolar Disorder. His business successes include LifeLock, DotSafe, Internet America and his most recent, SurchX. Over his career, Robert’s companies have returned nearly $7 billion worth of capital value to their investors, created more than 2,000 jobs and sold more than $10 billion worth of goods and services to American consumers and businesses. Two of his companies have gone public and been listed among the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies. Robert served as an enlisted Marine where he was as a combat engineer. He describes his duties as “building some things and blowing others up.” He also served as a commissioned officer in the Army, ending his career as a team leader in the 12th Special Forces Group. He graduated in 1987 from Northern Arizona University with a BSBA in Finance. He received many honors and awards including the 1986 nomination as Truman Scholar, Wall Street Journal Award and Distinguished Military Graduate, among others. Website: www.surchx.com Social Media Links:Facebook: facebook.com/surchxTwitter: @surchx People also listened to this: The First Shoe Shapers Invented By A Woman, For Women: Meet the Founder of Formé
Christopher R. Manske, a CFP® as well as owner and operator of Manske Wealth Management and the Author of the upcoming book, The Prepared Investor joins Enterprise Radio. Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Christopher R. Manske discuss the following: * Tell us about your background and how you got into the wealth management field? * What compelled you to write your upcoming book The Prepared Investor and did your military background play a part in writing it? * What is the premise of the book? * In the book you demonstrate that there’s more to crisis investing than the typical Wall Street dogma everyone already knows. Tell us more about that. * How will the next crisis affect one’s financial independence whether it is N. Korea, Russia, a terrorist attack or the latest drama in the White House? * How is this book different from other financial self-help books? * What are three tips you can impart to anyone who wants to write a book but doesn’t know where to start? * You already have several endorsements on the book. Whom are some of those that have endorsed you already. * When can we expect the book to come out and where can one go to reserve an advanced copy? Christopher R. Manske, CFP® is owner and operator of Manske Wealth Management and the Author of the upcoming book, The Prepared Investor. Over his twenty-year investing career, Manske spent two of them as the Lead Financial Advisor to the University of Texas Employee Assistance Provider where he served a public and private population of over 100,000 people. He also spent over a decade with Merrill Lynch where he was often recognized in the top fraction of one percent of financial advisors. He was selected to help train thousands of financial advisors across the country so they could better build a world class wealth management practice within the Merrill Lynch platform. Manske graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1995 and served in the Army for six years while achieving the rank of Captain. After leaving the military, he did his post-graduate work at Rice University and today is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ leading a disciplined and well-credentialed team providing sophisticated wealth management and individualized investment advice. Manske has been quoted in the Wall street Journal, US News and World Report, Financial Advisor Magazine among countless others for his thought leadership in the financial space. Website: www.chrismanske.com Linkedin: linkedin.com/company/manske-wealth-management People also listened to this: What It Takes To Disrupt A Segment of An Industry
Eric Kapfhammer, Founder and CEO of LogosBlock, a Seattle-based startup created to provide cryptocurrency traders a fully-developed trading technology platform joins Enterprise Radio. Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Eric Kapfhammer discuss the following: * Tell us what circumstances led you to create LogosBlock and what’s the vision behind your company?* How big is today’s cryptocurrency trading universe and what distinctive aspects make it challenging? * Can you talk about your team and others you worked with to help bring your vision to life? * I understand, prior to launching LogosBlock, you led a data science team for Microsoft. Tell us a little bit about that? * How did you progress from your tech background to your involvement in the world of cryptocurrencies, crypto trading and blockchain technology? * Let’s talk about cryptocurrencies. It’s been over ten years since bitcoin was first introduced and there are still a lot of naysayers out there. What do you say to skeptics?* Should the average investor be concerned about the volatility in the crypto market? * Back to LogosBlock: I understand you’re beta testing a core product, correct? Your team is looking for seasoned traders to participate. Tell our listeners how they can participate in the beta. * Finish this sentence for our listeners: “LogosBlock helps cryptocurrency traders succeed by …” Eric Kapfhammer is the Founder of LogosBlock, a blockchain-based alternative investment and wealth management platform focused on bridging the current financial landscape to the emerging digital and crypto asset space. Prior to launching LogosBlock, he led a data scienceteam at Microsoft focused on applying statistical and machine learning methods to computer and network security. He offers more than a decade of experience in systematic quantitative trading, primarily as a portfolio manager and researcher. He also served in software engineering and program management roles for Starbucks, Expedia and Boeing. Kapfhammer is a member of the board of directors of Ibis Security, a blockchain-focused payments and security firm. He is also the founder of Illumination AI, a startup studio focused on applying AI and ML to novel combinations of data across a diverse range of industries. He is a frequent guest speaker at industry events where he discusses a variety of topics including information security, machine learning and AI. Kapfhammer earned his BA in Business and International Relations from the University of Puget Sound and an MSc in Finance from Seattle University. Website: logosblock.com People also listened to this: Why digital transformation is so important
Maureen Stockton, Founder and Inventor of Formé Comfort, the world’s first shoe shapers and stretchers specifically engineered for women’s shoes joins eCommerce Radio. Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Maureen Stockton discuss the following: * Can you tell us a bit more about what inspired you to invent this product? * What makes Formé different from other shoe stretchers? * Who is the Formé customer?* As an inventor, what does your creative process look like and how did you bring this idea to life?* What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs looking to start their own company? Maureen Stockton is a Los Angeles native and UCLA graduate with a successful +30 year entrepreneurial track record. Her passion and career as an entrepreneurial inventor started at UCLA with her founding of the Undergraduate Entrepreneurs Association. Following her graduation, her corporate career began in commercial real estate where she directed the marketing and leasing efforts of several premier office buildings in Chicago and Los Angeles. Next, she honed her marketing skills at JAKKS Pacific Inc., the publicly traded toy company, where she created innovative products and new retail merchandising techniques. Subsequently, Maureen created and launched a new category of children’s holiday decorating products under the Disney Princess and Barbie brands where she earned “Vendor of the Year” recognition from Toys “R” Us. In 2015, Maureen founded Formé Comfort, a new consumer products company focused on addressing women’s desire for enhanced shoe comfort and improved shoe wardrobe maintenance. Maureen invented the first women’s high heel shaper and stretcher so that its unique and patented design can help women comfortably wear all the shoes in their closet. The company’s first product, the Formé Shoe Shaper, launched in 2018. Formé Comfort will ultimately offer a full line of products for women and men. Website: formecomfort.com Social Media Links:Facebook: facebook.com/formecomfortInstagram: @formecomfort People also listened to this: Creating The Perfect Chef Knife
Jerry Koller, Owner and broker of International Home Realty, a full service real estate firm with global reach based in Southern California joins Enterprise Radio. This episode of Enterprise Radio is in conjunction with the Real Estate Channel. Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Jerry Koller discuss the following: * What countries are buying real estate in Southern California?* How are these buyers different than a local buyer?* What is the best way for a buyer from overseas to understand the home buying process in Southern California?* What assurances do buyers have that they are not being taken advantage of?* Are there loans available to international buyers to purchase real estate? Jerry Koller started in real estate at 18 years old when he bought a 4-family apartment building in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He flipped it in 6 months and made over $25,000 in 1982. His interest in Real Estate continued with investing and eventually relocating to California. Obtaining his DRE license in 1989, he pursuit a career in lending that ended up landing him in a VP of sales position at one of Americas top consumer direct lenders. After a ten-year stint in mortgage, Jerry moved to the real estate side. Building an Internationally recognized brand, International Home Realty, with a team of multilingual agents that can work with clients in their native language. In the 5 years International Home Realty has been operating in Irvine California, Jerry and his agents have sold Hundreds of Millions in residential and commercial real estate. Jerry and International Home Realty have been featured in local business journals, National trade publications and internationally with his latest book being published on Amazon “China- Understanding the Nuances of Chinese business culture”. With over 30 years of Real Estate and Mortgage experience, Jerry is a well-known expert in Real estate and real estate finance. Website: www.ihrealty.com People also listened to this: Real Estate from Offer To Close
Tabitha Britt, the Founding editor-in-chief of DO YOU ENDO, the first Bs-free endometriosis magazine for individuals with endometriosis by individuals with endometriosis joins Enterprise Fit Radio. Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Tabitha Britt discuss the following: * What is Endometriosis? * What are the symptoms of Endometriosis? * What is the biggest misconception about Endometriosis? * How long does it take to get a diagnosis? * What is your No. 1 tip for individuals who think they may have Endometriosis? Tabitha Britt is the founding editor-in-chief of DO YOU ENDO – the first BS-free magazine for individuals with Endometriosis by individuals with Endometriosis. You can find her byline in a variety of publications including CBS NY, Taste of Home, Luna Luna, Thought Catalog, and Elite Daily. DO YOU ENDO is an online magazine for individuals with Endometriosis by individuals with Endometriosis. DO YOU ENDO was founded in hopes of helping those who have been affected by Endometriosis – whether you’re a clueless husband, fiancé, boyfriend, or a frustrated woman, girl, or trans individual wondering what’s going on with your body, I want to help. This site consists of a collection of articles, interviews, and studies dedicated to this dreadful condition that makes each month a living nightmare.What is Endometriosis?Endometriosis, in a general sense, is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. The result? Inflammation. While Endometriosis is usually found in the pelvic cavity, it can attach to any of the female reproductive organs including, but not limited to, the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterosacral ligaments, the peritoneum, or any of the spaces between the bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum. Endometriosis can also involve the bowel, intestines, appendix or rectum. Website: doyouendo.com Donate: doyouendo.com/donate-do-you-endo Social Media Links: Facebook: facebook.com/DOYOUENDOTwitter: @DOYOUENDOInstagram: instagram.com/doyouendo People also listened to this: Jani Tuomi of Microdrop’s imaware at-home health testing
Lynne Viscio who architects culture-shaping strategy for leaders and top teams for MGStrategy and the co-author of the new book “Five Frequencies: Leadership Signals That Turn Culture into Competitive Advantage” joins Enterprise Radio. Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Lynne Viscio discuss the following: * Can you tell us what the Five Frequencies are and their essential purpose?* The subtitle of your book is: “Leadership signals that turn culture into competitive advantage.” Can you explain that?* How do the Signal Boosts shared throughout the book help leaders broadcast their culture-defining messages?* Throughout the book you provide examples of well-known companies and leaders that failed in leadership and others far less known that have succeeded. Can you touch on a few of them?* Do the Five Frequencies apply only to leaders of large companies or are they applicable to small and mid-sized organizations?* Could you share with us a couple of Signal Boosts (or coaching points) that might be most relevant for leaders in small to mid-sized organizations? Lynne Viscio architects culture-shaping strategy for leaders and top teams for MGStrategy. She brings her 25+ years of business experience as she works with clients from problem identification to customized design through to successful implementation, making sure they are equipped for long-term, sustained results. She has graduate degrees from the University of New Hampshire, New York Medical College, and Temple University. Website: mgstrat.com | fivefrequencies.com People also listened to this: The Most Powerful Employee Motivation Technique Ever!
Diishan Imira, CEO & Founder of Mayvenn Hair Extensions, an offline-to-online retail solution for the salon industry joins Enterprise Radio. Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Diishan Imira discuss the following: * Can you share your background before you started Mayvenn?* Why did you decide to get into the hair business?* Can you explain how your brand is supporting community growth, specifically with women of color?* Why did you create the Free Install Program and how is it different from anything else out there today?* What is your advice to other brands and founders seeking funding? As an Oakland native, Mayvenn CEO & Founder Diishan Imira understands the importance of economic mobility and building from the ground up. His experiences as a Hampton University alum led him to go on to attain his MBA in International Business. He later studied in Brazil, France, China, and Ethiopia, further solidifying his professional background in international trade, logistics and supply chains. Yet, his work in Shenzhen, China laid the groundwork for what would later become the creation of the largest Black-owned hair extension company in the world. It wasn’t until his sister, a professional hairstylist, asked him to buy her extensions from China that the idea for Mayvenn was born. It was a space, he immediately realized, that was not touched by technology in a meaningful way. Founded in 2013, Mayvenn has generated over $80 million in revenue and recently closed its series B round with a $23 million investment. To date, the company has raised $36 million in funding led by Andreessen Horowitz and Essence Ventures with other investments from Serena Williams, Steve Stoute, Andre Iguodala, Jimmy Irvine, Cross Culture Ventures, Trinity Ventures, Impact America, and Core VC. As an offline-to-online retail solution for the salon industry, Mayvenn is a technology company re-shaping traditional distribution models. They provide web and mobile point-of-sale applications that allow salons and stylists to retail products without having to buy or hold inventory. The company empowers the 95% of African American salons that do not retail their own extension and wig products. This commerce solution eliminates a salon’s cost, opening a new revenue stream for their business. As a result, Mayvenn is more than a hair company to Diishan. It’s a movement. He believes in delivering quality products to consumers and empowering community growth by supporting women of color’s innate talents and unique points of view. To bring this mission full circle, he launched Mayvenn Install in May 2019 – the latest development in the company’s dedication to helping hairstylists develop entrepreneurial talents and grow their own businesses – all while making beauty accessible and affordable for all. With the launch of Mayvenn Install, the program allows customers to buy hair directly from the company online. Then, Mayvenn matches customers with a local stylist who will install the hair for free – all for the cost of the hair itself. It is essentially hair + service (shampoo, condition, braid down, sew-in,