PODCAST

Disruptive CEO Nation

Allison Summers

EXECUTIVE COACH + GLOBAL BUSINESS LEADER ADVISOR. SPEAKER. AUTHOR. GUIDING SMART PEOPLE TO GROW INFLUENCE & CREATE OPPORTUNITIES Over 30 years, I have had the opportunity to work with fantastic organizations, impressive individuals and key industry leaders across six continents. Sitting in the corner office in both corporate and non-profit environments, I’ve attained, delivered and coached success in both the C-Suite and international board rooms. My diverse experience has provided cross-cultural insights into the talents, skills and measures required by individuals not only to get to the top, but to THRIVE at the pinnacle of business… And now I am happy to share that knowledge and support you in your quest for influence, empowerment, and ultimately success.
EP 128: Eliane Luggasy, CEO & Co-founder Witco, Paris, France
Show Notes Disruptive CEO Nation Podcast with Allison K. Summers Episode 128 Eliane Luggasy, CEO & Co-founder Witco, Paris, France Eliane Lugassy is CEO and co-founder of Witco. The company, based in Paris, offers a customizable web and mobile app enabling interactions between tenants and building managers, real-time data, and analytics to improve building maintenance and management, and user metrics to improve tenant satisfaction. The app is proving to be essential, especially with hybrid work expansion. Wito clients and partners include multi-tenants, coworking spaces and managed residential buildings such as Amundi, Swiss Life, IPSEN, Guerlain, AXA IM, Covivio, BNP Paribas Real Estate, Union Investments and Unibail URW. Witco is finalist of the PropTech Europe Awards 2020, winner of the Bouygues Viva Tech Award and has featured on the Wavestone Smart Building Startups since 2019. In our conversation, Eliane shares her journey from studying business law and working in mergers and acquisitions to entering the entrepreneurial tech space. Highlights include: Lessons shared from self-financing to raising $14 million in Series A. Starting in France, now in Spain, Germany, UK and moving to the U.S. Company expansion starts with five team members in each country responsible for sales and marketing. A key to success-hire people with skill sets that are better than yourself. Continuing with self-improvements-networking, having a coach, and listening to podcasts. The importance of having a team and running it properly to be successful. Enjoy the show! Connect with Eliane: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elianelugassy Website: www.witco.io Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #CEO #business #businessstrategy #growthstrategy #entreprenuer #entrepreneurship #entreprenuerlife #tech #technology #startups #startupstory #AI #machinelearning #founder #femalefounder   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3d ago
24 mins
EP 127: Dominic von Trotha Taylor, Chairman & CEO, IOV42, United Kingdom & Austria
Show Notes Disruptive CEO Nation Podcast with Allison K. Summers Episode 127 Dominic von Trotha Taylor, Chairman & CEO, IOV42, United Kingdom & Austria Dominic von Trotha Taylor, Chairman and CEO of IVO42, leads a team which is building blockchain-inspired tools to revolutionize public services, including everything from finance to healthcare. In 2018, the European Commission brought IVO42 in to support the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI). Dominic’s company is based in the UK with a subsidiary in Austria. During this conversation, Dominic was working in Malta. We discussed applications and trend of blockchain today and business insights including: The importance of business trust and reducing fraud through use of blockchain. The value exchange of the Internet and how blockchain supports IP (intellectual property) protection, digital product passports, industrial identity, and verification of workers. A timber industry case study on how blockchain can support credibility and product traceability. His four pillars of advice on leading companies for founding CEOs. His path from years on a navy submarine to leading major tech companies. The work of IOV42 today and the platform’s ability to provide scalability, sustainability, and flexibility. Enjoy the show! Connect with Dominic: Website: https://iov42.com/ Email: dominic@iov42.com Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #CEO #business #businessstrategy #growthstrategy #entreprenuer #entrepreneurship #entreprenuerlife #tech #technology #startups #startupstory #AI #machinelearning #founder #femalefounder   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12 2022
26 mins
EP 126: Jillian Michaels, International Entrepreneur and World’s Leading Fitness Expert
Show Notes Disruptive CEO Nation Podcast with Allison K. Summers Episode 126 Jillian Michaels, International Entrepreneur and World’s Leading Fitness Expert Welcome to 2022! To kick off the new year, we have a conversation with the remarkable and brilliant entrepreneur Jillian Michaels, as well as provide some tips to set yourself up for success in the new year. As the world’s leading fitness expert, Jillian Michaels is committed to helping people to be the best versions of themselves and live their happiest and healthiest lives. Jillian has dominated the health and wellness space in every realm of media–apps, podcasting, streaming, television, print, publishing, and social media with a collective community of over 100 million strong. The Fitness App created by Jillian is the top-rated diet and exercise app for women, having won best-of awards from both Google and Apple. In 2008, Jillian launched her company, Empowered Media, LLC, with her business partner Giancarlo Chersich. Over the past decade, Empowered Media has become a monumental wellness empire dedicated to total-life solutions comprising all aspects of living well, including nutrition, fitness, self-help and overall lifestyle. The company has invested in like-minded companies, including Thrive Market, Lucky Jack Coffee, AQUAHydrate, Flywheel, and Alaya Naturals. In this episode we discuss: Jillian’s first big, bold move when she started her company and how she financed it. The relationship of ‘pivot, adapt and shift’ to long-term relevancy for your business. The philosophy that how you deliver on your brand promise is EVERYTHING in the success of your business. That you are the brand, so you need to pay attention to all that you do. Jillian is an Emmy nominated television talent. Her extensively successful fitness DVDs are the highest grossing, best-selling home workouts in history. She is the author of 8 New York Times best-selling books, and host of the Apple award-winning podcast, Keeping It Real: Conversations with Jillian Michaels. Enjoy the show! Connect with Jillian: Websites: www.jillianmichaels.com, www.fitfusion.com  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jillian-michaels-6795b3165/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jillianmichaels/ Instagram: Instagram: @jillianmichaels @thefitnessapp Twitter: @JillianMichaels YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/JillianMichaels Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/keeping-it-real-conversations-with-jillian-michaels/id418368811 Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #CEO #business #businessstrategy #growthstrategy #entreprenuer #entrepreneurship #entreprenuerlife #tech #technology #startups #startupstory #AI #machinelearning #founder #femalefounder   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 5 2022
17 mins
EP 125: Sagi Eliyahu, CEO & Co-founder, Tonkean, Israel
Show Notes Disruptive CEO Nation Podcast with Allison K. Summers Episode 125 Sagi Eliyahu, CEO & Co-founder, Tonkean, Israel Sagi Eliyahu, CEO and co-founder of Tonkean, has created a software that is known as the operating system for business operations. Tonkean AI autonomously coordinates, executes and manages business workflows across data and people, so nothing falls through the cracks. Tonkean is a platform that allows companies in different industries and sizes to take ownership of how they solve problems in their organization and improve their business processes.  Instead of buying software products that don’t integrate with each other, Tonkean offers a solution that enables teams to build and compose their own customized solutions that is easy to execute and does not require coding.  In our conversation, we discuss:  The importance of recognizing that business processes are about people, not data. The concept of how the software works as a composable building block. Sagi’s journey in the software industry from serving in the Israel Defense Force to startups. Growing with his co-founder, Offir Talmor. Building a network of mentors and learning from their experiences. The vision of helping to close digital divides. Enjoy the show! Connect with Sagi: Website: https://tonkean.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tonkean/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eliyahusagi/ Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #CEO #business #businessstrategy #growthstrategy #entreprenuer #entrepreneurship #entreprenuerlife #tech #technology #startups #startupstory #AI #machinelearning #founder #femalefounder   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29 2021
31 mins
EP 124: Alex Young, Founder & CEO Virti, U.K. & USA
Show Notes Disruptive CEO Nation Podcast with Allison K. Summers Episode 124 Alex Young, Founder & CEO Virti, U.K. & USA Alex Young, Founder and CEO of Virti, is a former surgeon turned human performance expert, who specializes in revolutionizing the way people learn, train and perform through immersive technology. His company is unique in how it builds training tools to improve how employees learn and retain skills. Virti is a cloud-based training platform which incorporates AI, computer-generated avatars, videos, gamification techniques, experiential learning and virtual reality. The backend includes measurement of employee engagement and retention.  Virti has being named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2020 and Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2021.  The company started with a focus on healthcare, but clients are using the technology in a variety of settings, leading the company to grow from a team of 10 to 50 people in six months.  Highlights of our conversation include: Alex’s thoughts on why everyone should have a side hustle and how his side hustle while working as a surgeon changed his life. Virti’s funding journey from pre-seed to a $10-million Series A investment. The importance of company culture to human performance and success. Learning how to be a great CEO and leader and the critical action of delegating. Enjoy the show! Connect with Alex: Website: https://www.virti.com/ Twitter: @alexanderfyoung   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-f-young/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1QnKYxNXosv9ykUt_6wCMg   Blog: https://blog.alexanderfyoung.com/   Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #CEO #business #businessstrategy #growthstrategy #entreprenuer #entrepreneurship #entreprenuerlife #tech #technology #startups #startupstory #AI #machinelearning #founder #femalefounder   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22 2021
30 mins
EP 123: Zak Holdsworth, Co-founder Hint Health
Show Notes Disruptive CEO Nation Podcast with Allison K. Summers Episode 123 Zak Holdsworth, Co-founder Hint Health In both technology and vision, Zak Holdsworth’s story is inspirational on how he went from a small farming community in New Zealand to fulfilling his dream of making it in Silicon Valley. Today he is working on democratizing the world of primary care physicians to free them from the complex world of US insurance carriers. Zak is a change maker, helping physicians cut out the insurance process by going direct to consumers and using the new model for direct primary called subscription as a service.  Prior to co-founding Hint, Zak was VP Business Development at WellnessFX, the first direct-to-consumer clinical diagnostics/telemed company in the US, a startup he invested in during his time at Voyager Capital. Zak holds a BE (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Highlights of our conversation include:  Complexities of disrupting any existing system, especially one with a trillion-dollar risk.  How transformation requires support from the communities of people on the path of change with you. Challenges facing physicians who choose to  step outside of the status quo and take the leap of faith to restart their practice from scratch under the new model. The relationship Zak has with his co-founder - how they went from professionals who butted heads to synchronized collaboration and trust. How the Hint platform provides a total business solution and integrations for physicians wanting a one-to-one relationship with their clients. How a mission-based sales process and providing an annual Hint Summit builds relationships with physicians that results in referrals and retention. Enjoy the show! Connect with Zak: Website: www.hint.com Website: www.summit.hint.com   LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/hint-health/ LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/zakholdsworth/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/HintHealth Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #CEO #business #businessstrategy #growthstrategy #entreprenuer #entrepreneurship #entreprenuerlife #tech #technology #startups #startupstory #AI #machinelearning #founder #femalefounder   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15 2021
30 mins
EP 122: Salil Pande, CEO & Founder, VMock, Chicago, USA and New Delhi, India
Show Notes Disruptive CEO Nation Podcast with Allison K. Summers Episode 122 Salil Pande, CEO & Founder, VMock, Chicago, USA and New Delhi, India Salil Pande, CEO and Founder of VMock, has a passion to use AI and machine learning to create better career systems for candidates and corporations. The SMART Career Platform technology provides students and professionals with instant feedback and guidance. The company employs 120 people and operates between Chicago and New Delhi, India. Before founding VMock, Salil was the Head of Emerging Markets for Siemens, where he led the firm’s emerging market strategy. Prior to that, he was Director of Sales at the Corporate Executive Board, where he worked with Fortune 2000 clients. He is a frequent speaker at the Kellogg School of Management.  In our conversation, Salil shares his founder’s journey, including a focus on: How VMock helps individuals in their ‘learning to earning’ journey by harnessing technological ‘tutoring’ through automated tools for resumes, interview skill feedback, and coaching. What it has been like building the company with a co-founder spouse and how undivided trust will pull you along. The value of placing a pause on investor money if you can accelerate the strategies and get your company to stand on its own. Envisioning the long game, securing patents, and the focus on constant improvement as a growth strategy. Viewpoints on trends for educational institutions to survive and thrive in the future - think fewer offerings and more highly branded expert programs. Enjoy the show! Connect with Salil: Website: https://www.vmock.com/site LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vmock-inc/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/salilpande01/ Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #CEO #business #businessstrategy #growthstrategy #entreprenuer #entrepreneurship #entreprenuerlife #tech #technology #startups #startupstory #AI #machinelearning #founder #femalefounder   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 8 2021
29 mins
EP 121: Lindsey Allard, CEO & Co-Founder Playbookux, New York
Show Notes Disruptive CEO Nation Podcast with Allison K. Summers Episode 121 Lindsey Allard, CEO & Co-Founder Playbookux, New York Lindsey Allard, CEO and co-founder of PlaybookUX, knows the importance of finding unbiased user research. Lindsey is a former product manager for three innovation-based startups and has built a product that primarily serves product managers and user researchers.  Her software is a video-based user feedback application that streamlines the user feedback process. The company started by serving small and medium-sized businesses, freelancers, and nonprofits and offers multiple price points. Major corporations are now part of the company’s growing portfolio.    Highlights of our conversation include: The importance of user research democratization. How AI can provide a new level of user testing to companies of all sizes.  Using AI can also remove creeping bias in user testing results. The slow and steady approach to building the company with her co-founder spouse led them to be fully self-funded.  The philosophy of product excellence and how it led to organic, product-based growth.  Being an entrepreneur is a marathon, not a sprint, and consistency is a key to success. Enjoy the show! Connect with Lindsey: Website: https://www.playbookux.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindseyallard2/ Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #CEO #business #businessstrategy #growthstrategy #entreprenuer #entrepreneurship #entreprenuerlife #tech #technology #startups #startupstory #AI #machinelearning #founder #femalefounder   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 1 2021
24 mins
EP 120 Brian Roland, Rounder and Social Entrepreneur
Show Notes Disruptive CEO Nation Podcast with Allison K. Summers Episode 120 Brian Roland, Rounder and Social Entrepreneur Brian Roland is a natural entrepreneur who immediately started by building new sales methods by looking for gaps and figuring out to fill them. Following that method, his first clients included the US Army, Walt Disney Company and Oracle. Abenity, his privately funded company, co-founded with his brother, helps businesses large and small bring perks and benefits to employees and coordinates the complex partnerships on the backend. The technology handles data, privacy, changing tax rates, corporate compliance and more.  The social mission for the business is a long-time partnership with World Vision that now exceeds $1-million in giving to fight extreme poverty.  Highlights of our conversation include: The incredible partnership with his brother and why it works. Leading a remote team across 30 States. How being a people first company contributes to its success. The importance of giving teams a “why” and purpose, especially remote teams. Recognizing when it was time to hire a CEO for the company he built. Favorite resources to stay energized about business. Enjoy the show! Connect with Brian: Book: Text Rules to +1 615 802 6853 Free Rules of Engagement to help you build a connected remote team. Abenity.com – Use coupon DISCOUNT CODE to save $150. off first month’s service Free Giveaway: https://abenity.com/?utm_source=p_disruptiveceo&utm_medium=podcast&utm_interview_9/28&utm_content=brian Website: https://www.brianroland.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianroland/ Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #CEO #business #businessstrategy #growthstrategy #entreprenuer #entrepreneurship #entreprenuerlife #tech #technology #startups #startupstory #AI #machinelearning #founder #femalefounder   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24 2021
29 mins
EP 119: Shawn Harper, International, corporate motivational speaker
Show Notes Disruptive CEO Nation Podcast with Allison K. Summers Episode 119 Shawn Harper, International, corporate motivational speaker Shawn Harper is a seven-year former NFL offensive lineman who played with the Rams, Oilers, Colts, and NFL Europe. He now owns and operates American Services and Protection, a multi-million-dollar security services firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Shawn is a leading motivational speaker whose lessons from the NFL locker room to the corporate culture of the boardroom prove that one can win both worlds by using the same principles and strategies. Shawn has a high energy and spirit that makes our conversation so memorable. He shares his journey of overcoming adversity and deciding to win in life. That decision took him from barely making it out of high school, to the NFL and outstanding success in business. Our conversation includes Shawn’s journey from being a silent investing partner in a security business, to becoming a leader, taking personal responsibility and ownership, and navigating challenges. We also discuss insights from his book, The Winning Edge, including: How winners look for the edge in tactics and strategies. The best leaders know their opponents and competition even better than themselves. How to center yourself and build capacity. Enjoy the show! Connect with Shawn: Book: The Winning Edge https://shawnharperspeaking.clickfunnels.com/opt-in Website: https://www.shawnharper.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shawnharperspeaks Instagram: @shawnharperspeaker LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawnharper75/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/shawnharper075 Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #CEO #business #businessstrategy #growthstrategy #entreprenuer #entrepreneurship #entreprenuerlife #tech #technology #startups #startupstory #AI #machinelearning #founder #femalefounder   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17 2021
23 mins
EP 118: Robert Kaul, Founder and CEO Cloud DX, Canada and USA
Show Notes Disruptive CEO Nation Podcast with Allison K. Summers Episode 118 Robert Kaul, Founder and CEO Cloud DX, Canada and USA Robert Kaul is founder and CEO of Cloud DX, a leading North American provider of virtual care and remote patient monitoring solutions. The Cloud DX tech platform uses virtual care to address chronic illness, post-surgery care and maternal/natal care.  Chronic illness is the number one healthcare challenge worldwide and is the largest cost in healthcare budgets. The company’s mission is to deliver quality healthcare that improves outcomes for patients on a large scale, is easier for clinicians to use and is less expensive.  Robert has nearly 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations leadership, including a successful 17-year track record of leading early stage technology companies. Founded in 2014, Cloud DX is Robert’s sixth startup. Robert has a BSc in Biology and a certificate in Operations Strategy from MIT-Sloan. In our conversation, Robert shares how Cloud DX is disrupting the healthcare space and insights learned as an entrepreneur. We discuss:  Overcoming barriers to disrupt the healthcare industry. How COVID-19 helped accelerate the transition to virtual care. The strategy for finding the right market fit. Advice for entrepreneurs: team up with a great co-founder, use investors who can be mentors, and find the right team. Pitching investor insights: find networks of people who understand your mission. Next marketing steps: educating and finding patients qualified for virtual chronic care. Enjoy the show! Connect with Robert: Website: https://www.clouddx.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clouddxinc/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cloud.dx/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cloud-dx/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/CloudDX Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #CEO #business #businessstrategy #growthstrategy #entreprenuer #entrepreneurship #entreprenuerlife #tech #technology #startups #startupstory #AI #machinelearning #founder #femalefounder   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10 2021
29 mins
EP 117: Muna AbuSulayman, Saudi Arabian Entrepreneur and Media Icon
Show Notes Disruptive CEO Nation Podcast with Allison K. Summers Episode 117 Muna AbuSulayman, Saudi Arabian Entrepreneur and Media Icon It’s a privilege to have a conversation with one of the most influential woman from Saudi Arabia, a serial entrepreneur and media superstar, Muna AbuSulayman. Muna continues hosting the seven years running, number on television show in the Arab world that centers on social issues.  Muna is internationally recognized as an expert in management, education, sustainable development, female empowerment, and has spoken at the World Economic Forum, UN, and The World Bank. Muna created five centers of Islamic Studies at Harvard, Georgetown, Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities. She has also launched, managed, and scaled multiple businesses and is running a consultancy that focuses on solving problems in education, gender issues, media, and entrepreneurship. Muna’s mission is to transfer outside knowledge to Saudi Arabia, especially to female entrepreneurs who are bringing transformation to the country. She shares her story of being a media icon to entrepreneurship, and explains how being a social impact investor, and the importance of social entrepreneurism, can provide solutions from both profit and non-profit sectors.  We discuss a wide variety of topics, including: ·        The launch of Adri with her New Zealand co-founder. ·        Using AI to translate thousands of pages in minutes. ·        Muna’s personal ethics of how she works with people. ·        Invest in the legal documents for setting up a business and set roles properly. ·        The media pressures of an entrepreneur and the downside when creating a “successful image.” Enjoy the show! Connect with Muna: Website: https://adri.nz/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adriinstitute Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/muna_abusulayman/ Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #CEO #business #businessstrategy #growthstrategy #entreprenuer #entrepreneurship #entreprenuerlife #tech #technology #startups #startupstory #AI #machinelearning #founder #femalefounder   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 3 2021
38 mins
EP 116: Disruptive CEO Nation Podcast with Allison K. Summers
Show Notes Disruptive CEO Nation Podcast with Allison K. Summers Episode 116 David Wood, Founder, Focus CEO Who would think that so much wisdom could be shared from discussing and smiling about Dracula and The Gong Show! This episode is with the world’s number one life coach David Wood, founder of Focus CEO. David has thousands of coaching hours with high-performers from around the world. He explains his philosophy of what it means to be “living in” business by moving from a pure money and systems focus to being more “human.”  David shares relatable examples, plus thoughts from his new book, The Mouse in the Room. Highlights from our conversation include:  ·        A framework for courage-if you wait for competence, nothing happens. ·        Overcoming the imposter syndrome and being more courageous. ·        Prep like a bad ass and get the win! ·        How focus propels you to succeed faster. ·        The importance of a coach and what to consider when hiring yours. ·        Why you need to be aware of the small things around you.  Take advantage of David’s gift basket listed in the notes. Enjoy the show! Connect with David: Website: https://focus.ceo/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/focus-ceo/ Freebie Goodies: http://www.myfocusgift.com Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #tech #SAAS # business #designthinking #AI #creativesociety #teambuilding #CEO #startup #startupstory #founder #futureofwork    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27 2021
34 mins
EP 115 Mitch Russo, CEO and Consultant
Mitch Russo has been featured in Forbes, Inc. Entrepreneur and Fortune throughout his career as a CEO and thought leader. In 1989 and 1991, he was nominated for Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year.  In 1985, Mitch co-founded Timeslips Corp, which grew to become the largest time tracking Software Company in the world. Ten years later, Timeslips was sold to Sage Plc. and while at Sage he served as Chief Operating Officer, a division with 300 people with a market cap over $100-million.  Mitch also worked behind the scenes as CEO with Chet Holmes and Tony Robbins. Together they created Business Breakthroughs, Int’l, a company serving thousands of businesses a year with coaching, consulting and training services, generating over $25-million a year in revenue.  Today, Mitch serves world-class leaders who want to take their business to the next level with his coaching and wisdom. Here are some highlights of our conversation: ·        The most important role when you’re a CEO. ·        How to build your team culture and tribe. ·        Sell nothing unless you know what you’re selling next. ·        How a podcast can solidify your brand and start client conversations ·        Three critical traits of a disruptive CEO. Mitch also shares how he balances business with being a world class photographer. You can view his work at https://lenstraveler18.smugmug.com/Travel Enjoy the show! Connect with Mitch: Website: www.MitchRusso.com Books: www.InvisibleOrganization.com and www.PowerTribesBook.com Software App: www.ClientFol.io Podcast: YourFirstThousandClients.com Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #tech #SAAS # business #designthinking #AI #creativesociety #teambuilding #CEO #startup #startupstory #founder #futureofwork  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20 2021
27 mins
EP 114 David Fink, CEO and Co-Founder, Postie
There’s a wealth of information in this episode for start-up entrepreneurs building consumer brands, and those who value using automation and quantitative analysis in marketing tools. David Fink gives insights to both worlds, first from being a founding partner at Science Inc. and working with over 75 consumer internet companies, including the Dollar Shave Club, Jessica Simpson and other top brands. Today he is CEO and Co-Founder of Postie, where his team uses direct mail to transform brands including Lyft, Casper, Warby Parker and more.  The conversation starts with David giving a great perspective in explaining the difference between a new business being opportunistic versus a disruptor or problem solver, and which has a better chance of succeeding. We also cover other topics, including: ·        The elements that predict a successful startup: Solution, TAMS (Total Addressable Market Size) Clear business model, Team players. ·        The rise of social media as a transformative place and the Dollar Shave Club example. ·        Postie delivers direct mail solutions for data conscious digital marketers. ·        Marketers need to control engaging brand storytelling in impactful ways. ·        Brands are investing in budgets to use storytelling on social channels. ·        Platforms like Tech Crunch keeps his thinking sharp. So does his library of 2-thousand books! Enjoy the show! Connect with David: Website: https://postie.com/index.html LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidlfink/ Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #tech #SAAS # business #designthinking #AI #creativesociety #teambuilding #CEO #startup #startupstory #founder #futureofwork  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13 2021
29 mins
EP 113 Nora Herting, International Visual Strategist, CEO, Co-Founder of ImageThink
Oct 6 2021
21 mins
EP 112 Dan McGaw, CEO, McGaw.io
Dan McGaw, CEO of McGaw.io, is an award-winning entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in marketing technology and marketing analytics. Dan was formerly the head of marketing at Kissmetrics and was head of growth at CodeSchool.com which was acquired by Pluralsight. He’s also a 500 Startups Mentor. Dan has been called one of the original growth hackers and godfathers of marketing technology. He has helped thousands of companies over his career, and in today’s episode he helps to demystify marketing tech. His company helps customers choose their tools, integrate and operate them, and then leverage their tech stack to grow their business.  Check out the notes below as Dan is giving listeners a free download of his latest book, Build Cool Sh*t. Think of it as a short executive guide on how to use your tech stack to grow your business. Highlights of our conversation include: ·        Being an entrepreneur is tough, but you get to Build Cool Sh*t. ·        An entrepreneurial ecosystem requires building a culture that allows for failure. ·        Your brand value must be clear on the customer journey. Make things easy for the customer. ·        Design marketing systems and funnels to measure and track. ·        Dan’s practice of being an avid reader and how that can help you grow. Enjoy the show! Connect with Dan: Free Book Offer: Build Cool Sh*t. Text Martech to 1.415.915.9011 Website: https://mcgaw.io/ Website: https://web.utm.io/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielmcgaw/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/danielmcgaw   Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #tech #SAAS # business #designthinking #AI #creativesociety #teambuilding #CEO #startup #startupstory #founder #futureofwork  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29 2021
23 mins
EP 111 Benjamin Talin, CEO and Founder, More Than Digital, Switzerland
Benjamin Talin is truly a technology disruptor and digital futurist. Based in Switzerland, Benjamin is the founder and CEO of More Than Digital.info, which helps companies survive the tech future by providing access to knowledge about technology trends.  Benjamin and his team have over 1.7 million people in 100 countries sharing expertise about the digital world. His team is also working on highly scalable solutions to help companies and individuals with new technologies and services. Their goal is to be sure that no company is left behind and that every individual has access to education and knowledge sharing.  Benjamin promotes the topics of digitization, digital transformation and innovation internationally. He is an Advisory Board Member for the University of Digital Science in Berlin and a member of the Digital Society Initiative, University of Zurich. As a Member of the Global Panel of Massachusetts Technology Review and the Harvard Business Review, he works with leading executives around the world to share knowledge on technology trends and the impact on businesses.  Highlights of our conversation include: ·        The journey of building the More Than Digital community. ·        The truth of platform building-99% of businesses fail and it takes five years to see revenue. ·        Starting as a young entrepreneur, the “f*ck ups” along the way, including fighting the status quo, bouncing back and listening to criticism. ·        Why CEOs and C-suite executives need to network with other industries. ·        Future vision–to change the education system. Enjoy the show! Connect with Benjamin: Website: https://morethandigital.info Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #tech #SAAS # business #designthinking #AI #creativesociety #teambuilding #CEO #startup #startupstory #founder #futureofwork  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22 2021
29 mins
EP 110 Achal Patel, CEO and Co-Founder Cabinet Health Care Brand
Achal Patel, Co-founder and CEO of Cabinet Health Brand, has a vision to provide high-quality medicine with environmentally sustainable packaging that makes people feel cared for. Along with his co-founder, they started with two over-the-counter products on Amazon, and within a year became an eight-figure healthcare digital brand. Achal attributes part of the company’s early success to listening and communicating directly with customers. Cabinet Health is committed to showing transparency that every medicine sold is free of carcinogens, toxic metals and allergens such as gluten and soy. Both partners have previous experience in the supply chain process, which gives Cabinet the advantage to oversee quality control, purity and traceability of ingredients. In our conversation, we discuss:  ·        Growing and serving customers with a product first mentality. ·        Communicating to consumers that Cabinet’s products have extra quality controls, including third party testing. ·        The responsibility of a B corp to its team, partners, and customers. ·        Creating packaging to combat the estimated 150 billion bottles of waste from medications. ·        The three-part vision for the company. Enjoy the show! Connect with Achal: Website: https://cabinethealth.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/achalapatel/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cabinet-health/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wearecabinet/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wearecabinet  Twitter: https://twitter.com/achal_patel1   Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #tech #SAAS # business #designthinking #AI #creativesociety #teambuilding #CEO #startup #startupstory #founder #futureofwork  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15 2021
27 mins
EP 109 Galiano Tiramani, Co-Founder Boxabl, Las Vegas, NV
Everything about the Boxabl story is disruptive and unconventional. It answers the problem of the major housing shortage in America. It is being funded by investors sourced from social media. It has multiple patents because of how it’s constructed and shipped, developed and launched with team members found on freelance Internet sites, and that’s just part of the story!  Galiano Tiramani is the co-founder of Boxabl, a patented system that delivers factory-built rooms, all fabricated and ready to open on-site in just hours. Boxabl is the world’s most advance modular house that provides versatile residential and commercial solutions, with floor plans and architectural styles chosen by the customer at extremely competitive prices.  Galiano started Boxabl with just ideas on paper, doing Internet research and is now ready to open the manufacturing facility in Las Vegas. Galiano shares his incredible story, including: ·        How Boxabl solves a major problem in the US. ·        How the California market immediately responded with open arms. ·        Designing with shipping concerns immediately addressed. ·        This is not a tiny house. It’s a building block process. ·        The investment strategy and scaling up. ·        The patent process. ·        40-thousand people are already on the waitlist.  Look at the great videos listed below to spark your imagination. Enjoy the show! Enjoy the show! BOXABL IS CONSIDERING UNDERTAKING AN OFFERING OF SECURITIES UNDER TIER 2 OF REGULATION A. NO MONEY OR OTHER CONSIDERATION IS BEING SOLICITED, AND IF SENT IN RESPONSE, WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. NO OFFER TO BUY THE SECURITIES CAN BE ACCEPTED AND NO PART OF THE PURCHASE PRICE CAN BE RECEIVED UNTIL THE OFFERING STATEMENT FILED BY THE COMPANY WITH THE SEC HAS BEEN QUALIFIED BY THE SEC. ANY SUCH OFFER MAY BE WITHDRAWN OR REVOKED, WITHOUT OBLIGATION OR COMMITMENT OF ANY KIND, AT ANY TIME BEFORE NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE GIVEN AFTER THE DATE OF QUALIFICATION. AN INDICATION OF INTEREST INVOLVES NO OBLIGATION OR COMMITMENT OF ANY KIND. A COPY OF OUR PRELIMINARY OFFERING CIRCULAR MAY BE OBTAINED HERE, https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1816937/000109690621000494/box_1aa.htm Connect with Galiano: Website: https://www.boxabl.com/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/boxabl/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/_boxabl Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_boxabl/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/boxabl/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/boxabl Connect with Allison: Website: allisonksummers.com #tech #SAAS # business #designthinking #AI #creativesociety #teambuilding #CEO #startup #startupstory #founder #futureofwork  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 8 2021
18 mins

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