Category: Entrepreneurship

Designing, launching and running a new business, which typically begins as a small business, such as a startup company, offering a product, process or service for sale or hire.

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Today's show focuses on startups smarter in 2018 by setting your business goals, align those goals with your personal and family plan, take action and most important execute on those ideas.   You can learn a lot about setting goals, planning your work and executing but reading and listening to other personal stories.
Leason's learned on the show are: setting your goals, aligning with your family and lifestyle goals and defining your why.
Some of the resources we cover during the show is the Startup Checklist and sponsors: Startups Smarter that sponsors our startup round, trustsmarter that sponsors our fastpitch round and banksmarter that sponsors our wrap up round.



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Today's guest is Nav Athwal is the founder of Realtyshare and he talks with us about the future of real estate investing. Nav is a real estate investor and fintech entrepreneur.  Nav is the Founder and former CEO of Realtyshares.

Nav has published Articles on Forbes, he has been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business.

Realty Shares is an Online marketplace for real estate investing with its 120,000 registered investors, surpassing $500 million in capital deployed with over 1,000 projects in 39 states.
. LinkedIn: in/athwal
. Twitter: @realtyshares

What You'll Learn on the Show
*How does realty shares work?

*How do you make a business more accessible, efficient, and transparent.

*What does it takes to build a leading online marketplace for real estate investing

*How Nav took the old real estate model and actually made it easier, simpler and more accessible to everyone and how you can use the same techniques in your own service industry for your own products and solutions

*We speak about the old models and fee structures and how he implemented the new models and thinking about what you will take away so you can apply these concepts to your side hustles, startups or businesses

*How did Nav first come up with the value proposition for his product service or solution and what you need to be thinking about as you Listenup so you can apply what you will learn here to your own businesses

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General Catalyst Boston VC
Menlo Ventures
Union Square Ventures
Equity Residential
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Today's Guest

Ron Suber, Prosper Marketplace President has learned so much during his rewirement as a fintech financial services expert.  Ron Suber is a lending industry legend who is now the Chairman of Credible.  Ron has been called the “godfather of fintech” by San Francisco Business Times, and the “go-to” guy for fintech innovation.
. LinkedIn: in/ronsumber
. Twitter: @ronsuber

What You'll Learn
*what does it take to make things happen?

*How do you overcome hurdles and obstacles

*What are the new barriers to entry

*How do you constantly reinvent yourself, stay current in this ever-changing industry called fintech?

and *the Past, present, and future of fintech!!


You may recall that earlier on our Listenup Show we interviewed Ron Suber, former President of Prosper Marketplace. Ron is also Chairman of an Australian Startup education loan fintech company called  We recently have an opportunity to interview Stephen Dash the Founder of Credible and someone who provided so much information about the student loan lending community.
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Wayne Dyer - Power of Intention and Daily Intention.  Set your intention.

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Today on Show 050 we are interviewing Hamilton Perkins


Hamilton Perkins Collection uses recycled plastic bottles to manufacture travel bag canvas and recycled vinyl billboard material for the duffle bag lining.


Hamilton Perkins is the founder and President of Hamilton Perkins Collection, an e-commerce retailer, offering designer travel bags at an affordable price while holding the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.


What are we going to learn today: how Hamilton came up with his idea, what problem he was solving and testing the product concept. We are going to talk sales and marketing and find out how he does it! From manufacturing to distribution.


The Hamilton Perkins Collection has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Money Magazine. Now on the Listenup Show!


Prior to starting Hamilton Perkins Collection, he was the winner of the 2016 Virginia Velocity Tour business pitch competition hosted by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.


What other things do we learn -


How Hamilton came up with the business idea to solve this problem.


Hamilton Perkins was preparing to travel to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Madrid and Athens with classmates in his executive MBA program when he came across a problem: He couldn’t find the right carry-on bag.

They were either too flimsy, too impractical or too mainstream. So he decided to create his own.

How to build a successful crowdfunding campaign with kickstarter.

Hamilton raised: $14,329 of a $10,000 goal (as of July 14). The campaign began June 30 and ended July 30.

The unique bag making manufacturing process and his successful experience in creating an environmentally sustainable product and supply chain.

At Hamilton Perkins Collection the travel bags, line of duffel bags and backpacks are actually made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles and lined with vinyl from repurposed billboards. Each bag is different, unique.

How Hamilton Perkins got his Collection into the Department stores.

How he tested the idea before launching.

Perkins began setting up focus groups with family members and friends to get their ideas about what they wanted in a bag. He also searched Twitter for ideas and combed through hundreds of one-star luggage reviews on to get a sense of common customer complaints. (Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder of, owns The Washington Post.)

“No one is as serious or as truthful about something until they’re mad about a purchase,” Perkins said. “Customer reviews are a world of their own. They contain so much information.”

Eventually, a theme emerged in his research: “The main things we kept coming up with were duffel bag and backpack, backpack and duffel bag,” Perkins said. “That, and people wanted something that was unique.”
He decided to combine those three things and designed a bag that doubles as both duffel and backpack. (Picture a traditional duffel bag with backpack straps on the bottom. The bag has a three-way zipper so its contents can be accessed from either the top of the bag or its side, and all straps can be zipped away when not in use.)

Perkins researched different types of material, too, and teamed up with Thread International, a company that makes fabric using recycled materials, for his first prototype. The fabric on the outside of the bag is made of recycled plastic bottles, while the inside of each bag is created from repurposed vinyl from old billboards. A factory in Oregon makes each bag.

“Personally, I think the days of everyone buying the same cookie-cutter product are over,” Perkins said. “People want things that are unique and special.”

Perkins has already invested more than $25,000 of his savings into the one-man company and says he was looking for a way to get the word out about his bag.

He set a $10,000 goal on Kickstarter and was surprised when the money began rolling in right away. Within a week, he’d met his goal.

“You really don’t know what’s going to happen on a site like that,” he said. “This could have done great or it could have bombed.”

Luckily for Perkins, it was the former. About halfway through his campaign, he has raised nearly $15,000 from 100 backers. A $95 pledge gets donors a duffel bag, while $295 gets them the company’s convertible backpack.


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What contributes most to your success


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Wrap Up Round


How can people stay in touch


Three main take aways


What’s next?


In parting leave us with your philosophy in business, family and life


Perkins said it will take until December to manufacture his first batch of 1,000 bags for Kickstarter backers. From there, he plans to add four more colors to his line-up and eventually look into creating other products.
“There are a lot of interesting things going on with technology and fabrics, so we could look into integrating conductive fabric into our products or making it possible for them to communicate with smartphones and other devices,” he said. “Bags are just a starting point.”

Hamilton was an Investment Advisor at Merrill Lynch and, earlier, worked as an Analyst at Bank of America.

He has also served in a leadership capacity with various non-profit organizations and has been recognized for his volunteer work and service hours assisting low-income populations.

Hamilton is also a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post.

has hosted trunk shows at Bloomingdale’s

was a financial planner for Merrill Lynch.

Lives Norfolk, Va.

He is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in Business Administration and he earned his M.B.A. from William and Mary.

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Turning Trash Into Fashion

The Problem

In 2014, I thought carefully about my quest to find a unique and socially responsible backpack. It all started when I was having a personal problem while earning my MBA at William and Mary. I was planning to travel on global immersion experiences to Asia and Europe and felt that my options to find a bag that I could be proud to carry were severely limited.
Before the vision to turn plastic bottles into bags at Hamilton Perkins Collection, we simply were not satisfied with the selections available in the growing global bag market. We came to the industry from a customer’s point of view and we sought to use this as an advantage.

In the beginning, we thought a lot about establishing a for-profit organization that would be driven by social progress. We thought that this could be the catalyst to support the vision for building a better bag. We surveyed friends, family, and prospects to understand the market opportunity and saw a big gap between the ubiquitous bags that sold for less than $100 and the high-end luxury bags that sold for north of $500.

Additionally, we were passionate about solving problems and noticed first hand the modern inconvenience of waste in the form of plastic bottles. At the time it just seemed as if the benefits of recycling were not fully addressing concerns in our everyday lives. Moreover, we saw how this affected social and environmental issues and we knew we had to start building our proposition around carrying a bag that looks good and that makes a difference.
A key finding from our research was that most bags were one dimensional, not giving the traveler the option to choose the version of the bag that was most suitable for them. We formed our thesis around the pain points that our focus groups were voicing to us and turned to one star Amazon reviews and algorithms for deeper unfiltered data.
The Solution

We developed the Hamilton Perkins Collection Earthbag, an all-in-one convertible backpack made out of recycled plastic bottles and lined with vinyl from repurposed billboards. The Hamilton Perkins Collection Earthbag features a 3-way zippered compartment that allows easy access to laptops, books, and travel documents.
The Value

Our bags are the perfect pick if you’re looking for the right blend of style and function.

1. Recycled Plastic Bottles - Hamilton Perkins Collection Earthbags are the world’s first impactful and transparent bags: made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles.

2. Repurposed Billboards - The Hamilton Perkins Collection Earthbags are lined with repurposed billboard vinyl. Each bag’s lining is different, each bag is unique.

3. Design, transparency, and impact - Hamilton Perkins Collection bags reduce waste, cut carbon emissions in the environment, and conserve water.

A New Perspective

Fast forward to 2016, Hamilton Perkins Collection earned its status as a Certified B Corporation® by offering designer travel bags at an affordable price, while holding the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Starting at $95, we are proud to make exceptional products that make a difference one bag at a time.

Design Thinking

Design and function are two driving forces behind our product line. Our approach to design has been customer-centric from day one. We take great pride in seeing the world from the customer’s point of view first and then taking it upon ourselves to be the change that we seek. We prototype and ideate dynamically to find what works for the traveler and what doesn’t.
We get excited about making something that doesn’t exist and seeing it bring change and make a difference. At the end of the day, it’s about people for us and when they trust us to design the bag that they carry we don’t take the opportunity lightly. Our level of care sets us apart in a market where there are so many options to choose from.
Hamilton Perkins Collection was born out of a simple necessity: the need for affordable designer bags that look good, perform well and make a difference.

Similar to many travelers in the world we had trouble finding a socially conscious bag that met our basic needs in a practical and responsible way. We researched the industry and found that most options were average quality. The majority of the bag makers maintain low prices with high levels of secrecy around how they can achieve it. Other bags are excellent quality and their cost is way too much for the price. What is available to the modern traveler looking to find purpose in every journey?

We founded Hamilton Perkins Collection to be an alternative.
We stripped down the traditional walls of the retail world and invited our customers to share their comments and thoughts with us in a way not previously feasible. We interviewed countless travelers to start new authentic relationships and they told us how we could best serve their needs when re-engineering a classic travel bag.

Most brands look at philanthropy and giving as an afterthought but we see it as an essential part of running a business today.

In collaboration with our workshops and suppliers, we are committed to supporting fair wages and delivering value to less developed nations by sourcing raw materials that divert thousands of plastic bottles, save water, add revenue, and create jobs in parts of the world that need it the most. We track our progress and submit to rigorous third party review to ensure accuracy and accountability.

With billions of plastic bottles thrown away each year, the average person still throws away as much as 180 pounds of plastic in the same period of time. It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade. We address these issues by partnering with organizations like Thread, to turn trash into fashion with every bag we sell.

When you buy our bags, together we reduce waste levels, cut carbon emissions, conserve water - and create jobs.
Final Thoughts

Change is a funny thing. We’ve experienced change and its many benefits by carrying the Earthbag in our everyday lives. We have sparked lifestyle adjustments that were not evident until examining a simple travel bag. Although we successfully funded our debut Kickstarter campaign in under a week and were selected a Kickstarter “Project We Love” you can still reserve a Hamilton Perkins Collection Earth Bag until July 29, 2016, and learn more about how our epiphany is changing lives.

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For the members of a generation raised on instant gratification, it can be difficult to see the benefits of recycling. After all, how do we really know where those plastic bottles go after we've separated them? Hamilton Perkins has an answer -- they go into designer travel bags that are as sleek as they are safe for the environment.

Reaching its Kickstarter goal in under a week, Hamilton Perkins and its 100-percent eco-friendly bags promise luxury at an affordable price, "while holding the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency."
Every bag from this green atelier is made from recycled plastic bottles, but that's not where the reusing ends. The lining of all Hamilton Perkins bags is made of repurposed billboards, and while each bag is unique and different (no really, look inside), they all share the same green DNA.

Designed to reduce waste levels, cut carbon emissions in the environment, and conserve water, these bags are a purchase you don't have to feel bad about. And because they start at just $95, your wallet probably won't be too offended either.

The company's signature Earth bag is branded as an "all-in-one bag that converts into a backpack or duffle bag." With its three-way zippered compartment, you can easily access laptops, books, travel documents, and more.

Noting that the average person throws away up to 180 pounds of plastic in a year, Hamilton Perkins looked to turn trash into fashion with each of its products. "In collaboration with our workshops and suppliers, we committed to supporting fair wages and delivering value to less developed nations by sourcing raw materials that divert plastic bottles, save water, add revenue, and create jobs in parts of the world that need it the most," the company says on its Kickstarter page. "We track our progress and submit to rigorous third-party review to ensure accuracy and accountability."

So if you're looking for a new bag for your vacation season this summer, Hamilton Perkins just may be your solution.

Special thanks to Daniel Zhu, Operations department for team Hamilton Perkins Collection. He told me that the company produces one of the world's first impactful and ethical designer bags made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles and billboard vinyl. The Hamilton Perkins Collection Earth bag reduces waste levels, cuts carbon emissions in the environment, and conserves water.

I'm writing on behalf of Hamilton, the company founder, to ask if you would consider having him as a guest on your podcast. He would love the opportunity to discuss the unique bag making process and his successful experience in creating an environmentally sustainable product and supply chain.


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Let us know if you are interested, and we can have a quick phone call. I've included my contact information below. Thank you for your consideration.

Phone: (626)-710-7432


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Fintech Entrepreneur

Vestwell, Founder Aaron Schumm

Fintech Entrepreneur, Aaron Schumm on Show 034.

Aaron is an accomplished fintech entrepreneur with a proven record. He is the Founder and CEO of Vestwell.  I asked him what the one best piece of business advice he has ever received. His response:  he truly believes in what you are doing he never looked at himself as an entrepreneur but someone who was passionate about a few things and wanting to solve a problem he is passionate about.

Designing technology used by advisors trust side transferred to tech side turnkey solutions to better serve their clients 401k 403b defined benefit contributions remove barriers when small to medium offering to their employees make it easier for advisor to do so offer a plan a remove all friction points turnkey touch point financial advisor owner and employee flows quick and eloquent so it's not confusing reduced cost name you as entity responsible for doing all this help from a fiduciary point of view they are comfortable an architect what it looks like and good for all of them owners employee plan sponsors there is a need
How he provides financial advisors with a modern platform which reduces fees, increases transparency and ensures compliance in a quickly shifting regulatory landscape.

believe in what you are doing never looked at myself as an entrepreneur passionate about a few things look at it as a person who wants to solve a problem I am passion about

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So what contributes most to his success:

refusal to fail highly competitive side that drives him if I didn’t have to sleep with wife and a newborn so driven business is a success that it benefits every person it touches

Aaron’s new company Vestwell is all about knowing which part of the market is underserved

Aaron discusses the key challenges that he faces market as whole advisory world two bucks financial advisor understand retirement advisors to company owners other side don’t service them but company owner has a relationship with advisor vestwell comes in advisor want s to service but not always easy for them so remove options to just walk away or just take something off self like John Hancock risky for company owner high cost employer doesn’t like or can find components recordkeeping admin custody broker investment and piece together solutions but can be laborious and expense advisors want to service their client but not that easy so we will put it together to better serve the customer

Prior to Vestwell, you Founded, FolioDynamix.

FolioDynamix was sold for $199 million sold to Actua who had a market value of $600 million back in 2014( ACTA)

Aaron’s payday? It was Ok still wants a few more dollars in the bank before he retires

People are interested in what the entrepreneur does but reasons to go into business goes to his personal story

Prior to joining FolioDynamix, he was vice president at Citigroup focused on global asset manager solutions.
how it made the shift

Checkfree/FISERV early 2000 he ran product MSP multi-strategy portfolios then unified managed account he ran product side moved to new york on trust side ERISA and moved to NY to be investment manager had no APL program cumbersome platform dos company who build it hired him thinking he would be investment person but started in tech side he is some developers UMA world his boss ran all different product segment his last day quit Fiserv two hours a night of sleep for a few years last day having a drink with his boss last day at Fiserv was in grad school wrote it out on a bar napkin concept draw up concept

Few months later he was moving to London to launch mutual fund wrap program boss called do you want to do this he was ready to leave pulled him in Bisys this company could help us sandbox wealth management solution outsource to wealth side it became his sandbox for folio dynamic have autonomy it was sold to Citi they slid out did it on their own.

Other past positions include the head of wealth solutions products at BISYS (now part of Citigroup) and product manager at CheckFree Investment Services (now part of Fiserv).

Amazing story what do you tell people with fear on last day want to go forward

You have to have a stomach for it it’s a roller coaster ride those early days at folio we struggled couldn’t make payroll been in very dark days could pay employees couldn’t pay rent and said I don’t think we can do this and you have to pay employees and they need money for their family nothing sexy glorious about it boots on the ground spend time doing things you didn’t want to do at a bigger company you would delegate you must be pushed in the pool and find a way out roller coaster we good days it’s a rush and bad days while someone just kicked you down make sure you spouse understands they are in it as well because their in it as well

When he ran out of cash in early days of folio wasn’t married it is a timing thing - had a successful exit and learn a lot what to do what not now with Vestwell he says I must do this create this and wife now knows if I don’t do it I would be miserable in corporate knowing I could make an impact she said I will give it one year if not she said you are getting something more stable

Not sexy in the investment world everyone wants to do investments your niche don’t know it don’t want to do

Jazy idea maybe idea is not so sexy ideas can come from anywhere he was interviewing someone for a position why retiring side what drives you why w0nt it be boring - he says distinct knowledge giving them an advantage all the moving parts you can dig in but you can take the time little nuisance in seeing it knowing war stories to piece it together

Department of Labor / Securities Exchange Commission: Investment advisor fiduciary
balance it all on boards he says it's exhausting just from reading it how is he doing it married new born big interest both he and his wife high energy sleeps well in small spurts

Companies he is passionate about Board member advisor helps out Quova account aggregation performance analytics dashboards out to advisors - full wallet they have as an investor he is passionate about met founders before they launched met and someone introduced them and help them is important to
Vestorly - content marketing financial services industry cool articfillial intelleige platform content market to communicate dialogues more receptive to investor
One wish in this world extend the days 36 hours days time and maturity figure out whats important and balance that the important things you are there for - thought leader - other companies are leveraging

Larger clients he is focusing on 3-7 years out - target work through financial advisory firms we give them tools for their client plan sponsors and end user employee but work through Trust Company broker-dealers RIA firms want to retain independent do what's right to clients fiduciary oversight cost not robo advisor automated technology with a human touch people phone number to chat through platform take it step further robo offerings great market for that service people that need it but new plans they are working with those who have existing plans scale from legal 1-20 million plan size different
Q: Causes Aaron cares about: passionate about other things growing up loving family brought into parents were very different adopted at birth build my own path learn a lot of my own fall down get up on my own mistakes along the way teach so not a lot of time for charity but buddy started inner city children to fail and get up and become mature to become adults snowboard in winter and skateboarding in summer have confidence to be knocked down and get up and they have been excepted to college and not make
Animal Welfare

Arts and Culture

Disaster and Humanitarian Relief

Economic Empowerment




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Business / Family or Inspirational book - Brief History of Time loves physics aspect loves political books money power politics Bloomberg, not an inspirational book reader likes nonfiction take information and see how it applies in my life and relate it to me

Quote - “Always put yourself in the other person shoes” “things can always be worse” “you are where you are because you need to be there right now”
Impactful purposeful under 100 bucks laptop charger -

Fun fact : He was adopted at birth and so was his sister but not his brother and that has really shaped him and raised by great parents, CEO, Co-Founder, Writer/Producer

Red Flavored Records DJ passion became a record label music but he didn't like the industry so he gave up the business to his partner and the record label still exists today.

Startup but actually thinking about good to great how to build a scalable business over multi channels - wisdom - it's very easy to be distracted there's a lot you can we can do so much stay focus myopia other things will come over time but be strategic know several steps ahead be impactful out don’t be reactive think how this will impact other aspects and this will take you to scale inner section points don’t have to do them now but down the road

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3 main Takeaways

1) Be thoughtful in what you do and make sure it impacts people in a positive way and how that plays out in the world how it impacts other people in a positive way because there is a lot of noise out there so leave it a little better

2) Be passionate: if your thoughtful and passionate then you have something

3) Work hard to get it done, your going to fail and make mistake but just pick yourself up, so if you thoughtful passionate and work hard you will be successful

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Entrepreneurial Leadership

PQ Corporation, Stan Silverman

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Stan Silverman has spent decades serving in leadership roles and as a CEO as well as a board member of successful global corporations which provided our listeners with a unique perspective on leadership. As founder and CEO of Silverman Leadership and as a speaker, advisor and nationally syndicated writer on leadership, entrepreneurship and corporate governance for the Philadelphia Business Journal and 42 sister publications across the U.S., he shares his unique insights and techniques helping people and organizations to be more effective.

He is the former president and CEO of PQ Corporation, a chemicals and engineered glass materials company operating in North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Currently he is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Drexel University and the former chairman of the board of Drexel University College of Medicine as well as the former chairman of the board of the Soap and Detergent Association. Stan has served on several boards of public company, private company, private equity company and non-profit boards.

He has been a speaker on leadership and governance issues at Private Company Governance Summits and at numerous other events. In addition, he has been a guest lecturer on leadership at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University. Further, Stan has served as a member of the faculty of Board Advisory Services of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

His experience and education are vast which has formed the basis of his successful career. His Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and an MBA degree was earned from Drexel University. As well, he is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Stan can be reached at:

Google: Stan Silverman / Stanley W. Silverman
Twitter: @StanSilverman

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Web Application Developer

Joshua Davidson, Chop Dawg


So what will we learn today


People use and need Apps to balance their business, family and life Joshua is a Web App Developer, & Founder of Chop Dawg


How does Joshua help Startups, entrepreneurs, business owners?


Joshua founded Chop Dawg in 2009 when he was just 16.


Super Monkey Ball was one of the most popular apps back in 2009 when Chop Dawg started out as a web design firm by 23 the company now provides entrepreneurs who have mostly non-technical backgrounds who need someone with the technicals needed to develop web applications.


They have over 180 startups clients and if I interviewed these clients they would tell me that Joshua is the go-to source for turning their web app ideas into actual products.


How does he do this through a variety of services, like web development, mobile development, user interface design, branding.


Some of our trusted friends in our Listenup audience are non-technical entrepreneurs but they have great ideas that may need crowdsourcing or outsourcing or need to hire a company like Chop Dawg and founders such as yourself


Our listeners want help turning their validated ideas into a reality


Let’s jump right into your personal story so people can get to know Joshua better


Tell us a little bit about your background and how it ties in to how you are helping people today.

He says, in the beginning, you could either label him either the most technical, non-technical person or flipping it around the most non-technical, technical person. His talent was building things that other people care about.

He recommends thinking about issues or problems you are dealing with to think about ideas for a business.

Tell us how you got started in business and what should be done in the first 30 days of business

Our last guest John Richards spoke to us about the importance of failing faster and pivoting early – looking back on your own startup what would you have done the first 30 days to startup better

On sales: Sell to those who want to be sold to. Sell on why my team is the best, educate them

Chop Dawg’s goal is to help entrepreneurs build their product that solves real-life problems, and then help them scale it.


What are the reoccurring themes that you experience as an entrepreneur that you can summarize for the benefit of other aspiring, startups looking for help and resources to either startup, and grow a business or get experience as an intern or find a job.

What do you think are the most common mistakes other startups or entrepreneurs or students interested in business make that delay or prevent their success?

Can you give us some of the essential understandings entrepreneurs/students need to have the proper mindset to deal with the daily challenges they face?

How successful are you? Joshua discusses his revenue, costs, and number of clients. He is even focusing on virtual reality and wearables.


How did you get featured on MSNBC, NBC, Fox, Technically, AOL, Mashable, EliteDaily, Huffington Post, CBS, the Examiner, and the list continues to grow! (And now, Listenup Show!)


You see many startups on the rise in incubators for example, Y Combinator, so when did the light bulb finally go off where you connected all the dots and saw this serious market opportunity to go beyond just doing web design and development for clients.


Was it like clients were just reaching out to you and your team? How did you get the media to cover the company ?


Q: How do you take those idea or concepts and build them for the client – what’s your process? crowd funding through kickstarter or indigo is a quick economical way to validate physical goods and products but how about apps / digital assets


Entrepreneurial education is important yet you decided to drop out of school – after only a short period of time –


Discuss the story of the drummer of Metallica to motivate, inspire.

Josh talks to us about education resources available to the startups entrepreneurs.


What type of revenue were you earning at that time?.


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1) Best business advice you would put up on a bill board

2) Next the “audible inspirational book” what one book would you recommend as it relates to business family or life – Joshua names several throughout the podcast: Ben Franklin.

3) App that you use to help you in business, family or life

4) A quote or mantra that you use to inspire and motivate

5) Less than $100 purchase that has impacted your life the most – Joshua recently got a nine week old bull dog.

6) Fun fact about Joshua: Seven time plane jumper and upcoming tattoo to not only motivate but to always stay practical with a purpose.

– – – How did you use social media to build the company ?

—–I hear you have over 699,000 Twitter followers and you following some 200,000 people – thats over the top


—deliver personal responses to each and every one of his loyal “Dawgs.”

7) Worse advice being given to young entrepreneurs today?

8) When you think of the word successful what first name comes to your mind?

9) What one thing Contributes most to your success?

10) What one main process or system in business family or life do you use that has helped you the most?

11) Looking back on all you have done in business family and life are you happy have their been any regrets?


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#1) Persistent

2) Consistent

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Startup Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur, educator, advisor, investor

John Richards, Startup Ignition


John Richards  is an entrepreneur, educator, advisor, investor, John Richards, startup ignition. He has also been described as a mentor, angel investor, tenacious, helps others succeed and a connector of people. In his home state of Utah he is known as the godfather of Utah’s startup scene.

Currently he is co-founder of Startup Ignition with his son Tyler.

In 1994 the early days of the internet John Richards took his and the print business online/with the Yellow Pages later Info Space purchased his online business and he continued to work at Info Space until 2001.

John became founder and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at Brigham Young University, At BYU he was a professor of entrepreneurship and pursued angel investing.

What we will learned on the show was how his company Startup Ignition teaches entrepreneurs what they need to know to launch their startup. Its an entrepreneurship bootcamp. How he works with his sons and backed his son Tyler’s business DevMountain which is a coding bootcamp.

Prior to startup ignition he was involved with boom startup which was a mentorship bootcamp.

Recently he left Google late last year heading up their Business Operations for Fiber which was Googles entry into Utah via the purchase of the iProvo fiber network.

We learned his secret for building networks – and how he helps provide other entrepreneurs that special connection to other people.

Some of the things that contributes most to his success: honesty, hard work ethic, tenacity and perseverence.

His advice to those startups in their first 30 days you need to first validate your idea. Validate your market for your business, pivot until you arrive at a place that you know when to launch your service or product and then take it to market.

We do a deep dive into his personal story where he tells us a little bit more about your background and how it ties in to how you are helping people today. John tells us about the mission and vision for Startup Ignition boot camp. We discuss the common set of problems that startups face and that startup ignition helps to resolve. He provides valuable advice to those in the middle of their career who want to startup a business and speaks directly to young college age students who can take the risk in starting something new. What are reoccurring themes aspiring entrepreneurs face and he summarizes them to help provide resources.

We also do a deep dive into what happens when you have several shareholders in the business or partners that raise issues of control and management before you even startup.

Other covered subjects in our interview:

What is the role in higher education for entrepreneurship – Bringham Young University

John raises the concept of the Lean Startup model – lean startup process and how that model helps angel investors find companies to invest.

We have talked about crowd funding and using Kickstart and Indiegogo to economically valide an idea. Why raising capital to early can actually hurt the entire entrepreneurial process.

What do you think are the most common mistakes other startups or entrepreneurs or students interested in business make that delay or prevent their success?

What do you mean that entrepreneurs are constantly on the lookout for pains and problems.

What is the role of formal education in entrepreneurship?

“The best, best thing that entrepreneurs get about attending a university is the collisions with other peers and likeminded people, where they can have their ideas, get together and merge ideas, form teams and do great things.”

Raises a story of one of his students at BYU, Garrett Gee who was the founder of Scan, a QR code-scanning mobile app and sold company to Snapchat for $54 million.

Fast Round 


1) Best business advice that you would place on a bill board.
Authenticate your business idea before you go full force and launch your product or service.

2) name a book that has helped you in either business family or life


John Mullins – The New Business Road Test – Before you even think about writing that business plan validate your idea first.

3) App that you use to help you in business, family or life

A group of Google employees left the company to form Asana.

4) A quote or mantra that you use to inspire and motivate

motto “learn, earn and return”

5) Less than $100 purchase that has impacted your life the most –

Ever Contact – integrates well with gmail and keeps track of all your contacts in one place.

6) Fun fact:

John is an avid pickle ball player.

7) Worse advice being given to young entrepreneurs today –

8) When you think of the word successful what first name comes to your mind

John Huntsman

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Jeremiah Joseph De Leon, Founder, Align App

What we will discuss on today’s show:

Technology software application entrepreneur Jeremiah Joseph De Leon is CEO and Co-Founder of Align App.

He says,  “It’s not about what you can do; it’s about who you know.” but “its who knows you.”

Growing up in foster care and how he calls his mobile app the tinder for entrepreneurs.

·    The ability to generate great ideas, making connections to move forward but the importance of executing.
·    Creating a product to give to anyone.

The release of their Mobile App this July, 2016 that uses geolocation to match with the exact people you need to make your startup dreams a reality.
·    Their goal accelerate innovation globally by connecting entrepreneurs.
·    How is the App Easy, Fast and Rewarding


·    what it means to find your why.
·    We explore Jeremiah’s personal story, the mission of the Align company, lessons he has learned that we all can learn from.

Discuss Success, issues he faces a long with their challenges and how to deal with them – We explore several entertaining points during our lightening round and staying in touch.

Now onto the show



Jeremiah Joseph De Leon – Jeremiah is the CEO and Co-Founder of Align
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1) What one thing Contributes most to your success
2. Personal Story – Tell us a little bit about your background and how it ties in to how you are helping people today.
how does why give purpose and meaning, how why inspires.

how he Inspires people to never give up, no matter

how everyone should make their dreams a reality.

discuss his philosophy of the greatest hope was within myself

he was the only one with the key to my future the whole time.
Life taught him to pivot, adapt to new ideas and perspectives.

he utilized people and resources to attain outcomes that were thought impossible for him

Life has taught him the art of networking. Life has made him who he is today an entrepreneur.
3. Tell us about the mission and vision for Align


4. What are the reoccurring themes that you experience as an aspiring entrepreneur that you can summarize for the benefit of other aspiring, startups looking for help and resourcesto either startup, and grow a business or get experience as an intern or find a job.
5. What do you think are the most common mistakes other startups or entrepreneurs or students interested in business make that delay or prevent their success?
6. Can you give us some of the essential understandings entrepreneurs/students need to have the proper mindset to deal with the daily challenges they face?
7. Where does the drive come from to be successful and to make a difference in this world.
8. Tell us about your ACHIEVEMENTS
9. Resources for other aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own business – from UD or other things you have used
10. When did you discover you were a business leaders/that you wanted to help other members and be resourceful
11. tells us about a challenging moment as a business leader / (owner or entrepreneur)
12. failure that has influenced and shaped you to who you are today
Your biggest failure?

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2) Next the “audible inspirational book” which is sponsored by – name a book that has helped you in either business family or life

3) What flaws have turned out to be strengths


4) App that you use to help you in business, family or life


5) A quote or mantra that you use to inspire and motivate


6) Less than $100 purchase that has impacted your life the most –


7) Fun fact:


8) Worse advice being given to young entrepreneurs today –


10) When you think of the word successful what first name comes to your mind
11) What kind of systems do you have in your life
12) Two years from now what are you doing?

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great ideas, however, I didn’t have the connections to move forward. After watching my ideas come to life through others, I promised myself that I will attend college to create a product to give anyone, anywhere all the connections they need at their fingertips.”


inception of align, released this July, 2016, mobile app will use geolocation to match with the exact people you need to make your startup dreams a reality. The goal of align is to accelerate innovation globally by connecting entrepreneurs.



Skills & Expertise


Public Speaking Fundraising Nonprofits Research

Event Planning Team Leadership Customer Service Higher Education

Drexel University

Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies, 2015 – 2018

Montgomery County Community College

Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies, 2012 – 2014
Activities and Societies: President of Student Government /Sports : (Capt.) Montco’s Soccer team National involvement : President of the American Student Association of Community Colleges (ASACC)

What we learned today
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The mobile phone has been transformed into a genius plus scanner with a great application from the Grizzly Labs.

Bruno is an entrepreneur and programmer who loves building simple, easy-to-use products. He received his engineering degree from Supélec and a Master in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduating, he joined in Seattle where he worked on large-scale projects. He then moved to the Silicon Valley as a lead engineer for 1000memories which was later acquired by He is now working full-time on The Grizzly Labs focusing mainly on iOS (@bvirlet, email).

Numerous applications for use as a document scanner. The principle is simple: you take a photo of the document, the application then allows to crop, retreat the image and allows to export or send it in various formats including PDF.
People use these applications for expense reports or urgent shipments are generally chargeable. But it was important for me to interview Bruno Virlet the Founder behind the Genius series of applications.
Genius Scan: A scanner in your pocket. More than 20 million people have decided to trust Genius Scan for iOS to digitize close to a billion documents. It’s fast, simple in terms of ergonomics, it offers rotation, export in image or in PDF and effective in image processing.
Genius Sign: How often have you had to print, sign, date, scan and send back a document? Instead, just open the document to sign with Genius Sign and send it back a few seconds later with a signature.
Genius Fax: Nobody has a fax machine anymore. It’s expensive and you have to maintain a line. Yet there is always an emergency when you have to fax a document. Meet Genius Fax, friendly and easy to use.

Genius Scan is very simple to use. You simply take a photo, and and the app places an orange grid where it thinks the important bits are. You can then drag the boundaries around to crop off unwanted areas or to include areas where Genius Scan didn’t guess right.

From there you can rotate the image, if necessary, then render the scan as color, greyscale or black-and-white. I find that black-and-white works best for the type of documents I scan. This also sharpens up the text and makes it more legible. Overall, the app’s scan quality is very good, but a tradeoff I discovered is that the size of the files it produces are from 50 percent to 100 percent larger than similar scanner apps.

When your adjustments are complete, you can save your document either as a standalone image or—if you’re working with a multiple page document—to an existing document in order to stitch the images together.

If you want, you can upload your documents to a variety of cloud services, including Google Drive, and Expensify. Additionally, you can enable Wi-Fi sharing to copy documents directly from your device to a computer or, of course, you can print or email your scanned documents.

If you’d like to try the app before plopping down your $3, then you can download the free, Genius Scan app. Scanning functions are identical to Genius Scan+, but the free version includes ads and limits your output options.

We have been promised a so-called paperless office and home for many years, but it has never quite happened. Printers, photocopiers, scanners and even fax machines still play a role in many of our working lives, although they feel more 20th century by the day.

But with the right mobile apps, you should be able to eliminate some of that paper and use some of those devices less. Document scanner apps can capture an accurate image of a paper document, save it securely as a PDF, email it and in some cases even recognize the printed text.

The app automatically detects the edge of the paper, then rotates and straightens the image. Adjusting the image quality to make the text easier to read is easily done by changing brightness and contrast with simple sliders. When you are ready to save your document image, you can keep a color version, a grayscale version or a pure black-and-white version. Clicking the Done button creates an archived image file. You can share the image file by email, print it out, store it in cloud storage like Dropbox or Google Drive or send it to another app like a word processor.

Genius Scan, free on iOS, is very similar. Its interface looks different but it has the same straightforward and businesslike feel that Scanner Pro has. This app has a few extras, like the ability to tag documents with keywords to make it easier to search by type of document, like scanned receipts. It also has Wi-Fi sharing of scanned files, which makes it easy to transfer scans to a PC connected to the same wireless network.

Bruno and his business partner were roommates at the University of Illinois, and they wanted to do a project together, both were into compilers and optimizations and his roommate was also into image processing and so together they said let’s make an app.

The first step take a photo and to be able to detect the frame of the picture. However, the whole photo recognition was complicated. But they were able to create a good frame detection code, the main question was what could they use it for? The aha moment came in 2010, we they both started working on that question, and the fun part is that when Bruno was to fly to Europe for a friend’s wedding he got stuck in Chicago because of the volcano in Iceland. So Bruno bought a MacBook and started working on that question. That’s how it happened.


What we learn in this show:

Our guest, Amira Idris, is CEO and Founder of Vibrating Therapeutic Apparel (VTA) that integrates wearable technology with vibration therapy. The patent pending technology is being used to create a line of therapeutic apparels that improve blood/fluid circulation and tissue activity in the body.  This patent pending technology is a wearable therapeutic product that uses vibration technology to improve performance, health, and quality of life.
The Vibrosleeve, is a device that helps amputees to keep their limbs healthy through massage that increases tissue activity, blood and fluid flow.

Amira tells us that she is a tinkerer at heart who is constantly seeking ways to improve on products that she interacts with daily. She observes her environment to search for unmet needs, and she also enjoys user-centered research that serve those needs. Her passion is prototyping and designing new devices.

Amira earned a Master’s of Science degree in Entrepreneurship and Design at the University of Delaware (UD), with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering, with minors in Biomechanical Engineering, and Bioelectrical Engineering from UD.

The Story behind VTA:

When VTA CEO Amira Idris was interning at a prosthetic clinic during her undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware, she came into contact with a disheartened amputee that would leave a lasting impact on her.

She saw how depressed he was and came to understand of the 2 million people in the United States living with limb loss, a large percentage also feel the same. Part of the 80% of amputees also experience a condition known as phantom limb pain (PLP).

Concerned, Idris worked closely with prosthetic clients and discovered that this severe pain can lead to insomnia, difficulty functioning, and a decreased quality of life.

Treatments for phantom limb pain include prescription drugs, massage and physical therapy, but these methods aren’t always effective. Idris also noticed that there weren’t any solutions designed specifically for amputees to alleviate pain.

Through research, interviews, and support, Vibrating Therapeutic Apparel was founded!

Wear VTA and Pitch Competitions:

Vibrating Therapeutic Apparel wins at the USASBE Student Exposition and Pitch Competition at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia. VTA competed with other schools around the Tri-State Area (NJ, PA, DE). The pitch was a business and entrepreneurship professional conference. They won the $5,000 grand prize, which will be going towards funding the research and continual development of VTA!

VTA is making great progress on product development!

Members of the team are collaborating with amputees to test and develop the vibrating sleeve. CEO Amira Idris and apparel technologist Danielle Dubay-Betters work together to fit and test a product prototype with a volunteer amputee. Idris explains how the sleeve works.

VTA works with clients in the development of the vibrating sleeve and depends on client feedback on the sleeves effectiveness, quality, and overall feel to assist her in making products and achieve the VTA’s goal to build products that meet the needs of their clients.

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University of Delaware Horn Program – on twitter – @UDHornProgram

You can contact Amira on LinkedIn by email business website and personal website.

On our next show 017 I interview Chris Lin inventor of Flip Wallet – now you know Chris as also going to the University of Delaware at the University of Delaware Horn Program and Amira you know him as being a fierce competitor during those pitch presentations – so we are really looking forward to that show 017. The University of Delaware Horn Program is really helping many Young and new entrepreneurs.

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E & J Gallo Winery Buys Iconic Brand Barefoot Wine

Bonnie Harvey, Michael Houlihan Founders

Survive when your small
Turn debts into assets
How to grow into a national brand
How to make your values part of your success
Start small in a small territory
Spend less and monetize faster.
How you too can bootstrap your next business.
Coming up with a label concept logo.
Competing with big known brands.
Customer engagement, sales, and marketing - talk to everyone.
Ask questions from the bottom up.  Naturally, engage not only end users but suppliers vendors - Tell us your practical way you did this throughout the life cycle of your product
Practical lessons that can be implemented even if you don't have a lot of money or initially don't want to spend a lot until you try that idea -
How not having experience in your niche idea may be an asset.
Speak to as many people about your idea as possible including entrepreneurial students, teaching your entrepreneurship lessons from students, startups and growth-phase businesses.
Learn their Spend Less-Monetize Faster with the Entrepreneur’s Guiding Principles for Success (GPS) TM.
Inspiration and encouragement for all those contemplating starting a brand or wanting to improve their existing brand.
Whats on your mind: Success defined; Quote - Thomas Edison.

They co-authored the New York Times Bestselling Business The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand.  An entrepreneurial guidebook and lessons learned for building a popular national brand.  From their start up to taking the business to the next level their book chronicles the journey plus it's very entertaining.  It's become reading at several universities that teach entrepreneurship.

Bonnie Harvey & Michael Houlihan Founders of Barefoot Wine.  The entrepreneurial couple bootstrapped the business with next to no money, no wine experience and facing bankruptcy the first year in business.  They sold the iconic brand to E & J Gallo Winery but that is only the beginning of their journey.





Read the LinkedIn Article on this story.

Book:  The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America's #1 Wine Brand -Their other book The Entrepreneurial Culture: 23 Ways to Engage and Empower Your People, (is a companion to The Barefoot Spirit).

Robert Mondavi in Napa Valley:

E & J Gallo Winery:
Bethenny Frankel Skinnygirl cocktail company started in April 2011 and later sold to Fortune Brands' Beam Global (now a part of Suntory) for an estimated $100 million.
School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
World Conference on Entrepreneurship; Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum

Thomas Edison: Their hero and influencer.  Find the success of each failure and mistake that you make.


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