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 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
6d ago
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
EP 108 Tess Cosad, CEO and Co-founder Bea Fertility, UK
The advancements of healthcare technology are changing the way people have accessibility and affordability to healthcare. Tess Cosad has tremendous insights into the disruptive health tech space. She is a FemTech founder based in the UK, the CEO and co-founder of Bea Fertility, a venture-backed startup which brings fertility treatment that’s affordable, safe and administered at home. Tess previously founded Emberson Ventures, a B2B marketing agency specializing in tech sectors. She also created Hers By Design, a female-led, female-focused FemTech brand, and in 2018 was the first woman to lead a digital marketing-focused accelerator program in Saudi Arabia, on behalf of the Growth Velocity Academy. In our conversation, Tess shares her passion for being able to solve anything that doesn’t strike her as fair, the behind-the-scenes work required in a startup, marketing insights and more. We discuss:  ·        The co-founder’s responsibility to sell and keep the vision. ·        Being a medical device company going direct to consumers. ·        Putting a spotlight on FemTech is necessary, but someday the focus should just be on healthcare. ·        Funding the pre-seed round and now ready to start the seed round. ·        Product positioning and strategic marketing based on market segmentation. Enjoy the show! Connect with Tess: Website: www.beafertility.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/beafertility/ Twitter: @beafertility Instagram: @beafertility LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tess-isabelle-cosad/   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 1 2021
27 mins
EP 107 Marina Tran-Vu, Founder &  CEO EQUO, Ho Chi Minh City
Marina Tran-Vu is an environmental super hero based in Viet Nam. She is the founder of EQUO, a company that creates better solutions for plastic and paper products. Marina has an incredible story of being a female founder, a Viet Nam TechStars and Shark Tank contestant, and a marketing expert who understands what it takes to innovate and bring eco-friendly products to market. For over 10 years, Marina worked in brand management, including Unilever, Bacardi, LG Electronics and Spin Master. She is a recipient of the SME100 Fast Moving Companies Award, featured on FORBES, admitted as the first Vietnam-based company backed by TechStars, named to Vegpreneur’s 25 Vegan Companies You Need to Know, and is one of Flik’s 21 Women Entrepreneurs to watch in 2021.  Our conversation covers a range of topics from Marina’s initial product idea to global execution, including: ·        The path to innovation, starting EQUO, and manufacturing opportunities in Viet Nam. ·        The Viet Nam TechStars and Shark Tank experiences. ·        Branding sustainable, eco-friendly products to be fun and attractive. ·        The responsibility of being a sole female founder and encouraging investors to support women. ·        Working in both the B2B and consumer markets. ·        Using experts in a variety of distribution channels to scale responsibly. Enjoy the show! Connect with Marina: Website: https://equointl.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marina.tranvu Twitter: @marinatv_ Instagram: @marinatv_ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marinatranvu/   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
Aug 25 2021
19 mins
EP 106 Blake Sherwood, Strategic Partner Nix Covid
American Blake Sherwood was 17 years old and living in Shanghai as part of the National Security Language program sponsored by the US State Department. After graduating and back in the States, Blake checked in with his Chinese host family and heard about COVID-19 months before it was on the radar of North Americans. When he saw nurses stapling masks together, he knew there was a better way to do things. His friends in China sent him 500 masks, and he began his PPE journey. Blake immersed himself in learning supply chains, shipping logistics, government relations, quality control, and fraud in the industry.  His first major client was the State of Illinois and thorough networking, he became a Strategic Partner with Nix Covid, a leading medical equipment provider. Now, at age 22, Blake continues his consulting and working with the team to introduce a Covid detection technology using AI. Blake’s story as a young entrepreneur is remarkable and inspirational. In our conversation, we cover a wide range of topics, from how he executed this project to insights on what it takes to be a successful businessperson. We discuss: ·        The study and process of supply chains and logistics. ·        Essential entrepreneurial fundamentals. ·        The unique partnership and how Nix Covid operates. ·        Overcoming PPE industry fraud. ·        The next Covid detection technology using AI. ·        Giving back to the community by donating PPE. Enjoy the show! Connect with Blake: Website: www.nixcovid.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nixcovid LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/blake-sherwood/   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
Aug 18 2021
26 mins
Ep 105 Nevsah Fidan Karamehment, President, International Breath Coach Federation
I’ve interviewed entrepreneurs and leaders from all over the world, and the successful ones are those who keep to their core values, find that inner wisdom to keep focused, and remain calm under pressure. My guest, Nevsah Fidan Karamehmet, helps everyone from leaders, business owners, corporate employees, and celebrities tap into self-mastery through her courses and breathing techniques.  Based in the UK, Nevsah is the President of International Breath Coaching Federation and meditation expert who launched a unique meditation with breath app during the lock down called Breath Hub. She is a faculty member at The Breathing Sciences Faculty - Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences, the Vice President responsible for UK and European Operations of the Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences, and the national representative of the International Breathwork Foundation. Nevsah is also the author of best-selling book, Awakening is Not What You Think. In our conversation, we discuss: ·        Living and working wisely. ·        The shortcut to self-mastery. ·        Lessons learned from Ted Baker. ·        Launching the app with celebrities, influencers and raving fans. ·        The importance of having a personal connection to the brand. ·        A breathing exercise to practice any time of day. Enjoy the show! Connect with Nevsah: Website: https://nevsah.co.uk/ App: www.breathhub.app   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
Aug 11 2021
26 mins
EP 104 Frans Johansson, Founder and CEO – The Medici Group
There is a global resonance, a societal energy behind the topic of diversity and inclusion. Yet it remains a challenge for people to get the diversity inclusion equation correct in the workplace. Frans Johnasson, Founder and CEO-The Medici Group is creating a great disruption to changing organizations, especially large-scale global companies meet the diversity challenge with his successful program called Renaissance.  Frans knows that diversity inclusion drives innovation. He is a breathing testament with his long-time work on the subject and is influenced with his own background of being raised in Sweden by a Swedish father and an American/Cherokee mother. Frans is also the author of two books–The Medici Effect and The Click Moment. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Brown University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He is an international speaker and has been published in Harvard Business Press. Diversity inclusion is an urgent challenge in the world today, and so is the need to innovate, grow and adapt. I hope you will accept the challenge and learn from this very insightful conversation. We discuss: ·        Diversity looks differently depending on where you are in the world; however, working with teams from many countries doesn’t mean you’re inclusive. ·        How do you activate diversity? ·        How do you activate innovation? ·        How to make behavioral shifts in the workplace to scale ideas forward and generate positive business impact. ·        The necessity of building community and networking in the technology industry. ·        How the Renaissance program removes the pain points of change management. Enjoy the show! Connect with Frans: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fransjohansson/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Frans_Johansson   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
Aug 4 2021
25 mins
EP 103 Nicolas Mendiharat, Founder – Palate Club
French native Nicolas Mendiharat is on a mission to democratize and demystify the world of fine wine. In 2017 he founded Palate Club and developed an unheard-of approach of using data science to help match individual tastes and preferences with sustainable wines. In our conversation, Nicolas shares a real behind-the-scenes look at how the North American wine industry works, and how he is disrupting both supply change issues and opening the door for the average consumer to truly enjoy consuming wonderful wines without the snobbery. And Palate Club members have a great time learning about their palate!  Nicolas previously launched and led five startups, including Europe’s most successful ski vacation booking site with over $100-million revenue, and 300 thousand customers during his leadership. Nicolas shares his insights on topics including: ·        Being successful depends on customer service and satisfaction. ·        The US wine supply chain - insights on markups, marketing, and subpar products. ·        The science of Taste Matching Technology. ·        Combing talent-mathematicians, sommeliers, neuroscientists, and mathematicians. ·        How blind tasting kits create a curated portfolio of wines to satisfy your palate. ·        The App #1 AOS ranking in Android for “Wine” ·        #1 AOS ranking in Android & iOs for “Wine Club” Enjoy the show! Connect with Nicolas: Website:  https://www.palateclub.com/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mendiharat/ Instgram: @mendiharat Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mendi 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
Jul 28 2021
21 mins
EP 102 Thejo Kote, Founder-Airbase
Thejo Kote was a co-founder of Automatic, which was sold to Sirius XM for $110 million. Although Thejo was a success, he experienced a lot of painful lessons about running a company and knew he wanted to do it better next time. The most inefficient area he saw was non-payroll spend and that no one had designed a fully articulated, consolidated software solution to fix this broken process. That gave Thejo the idea to start Airbase.  Today, Airbase is the leading spend management platform for small and midsize companies. It combines comprehensive accounts payable, an advanced corporate card program, and employee expense reimbursements into one system. Airbase automates accounting and operational workflows for a faster close, real-time reporting, and a consistent platform experience for all non-payroll spend. So far, the company has raised $30.8 million in venture funding. Highlights from our conversation include: ·        Team collaboration over nine countries and 100 individuals. ·        The reason behind having a free tiered version for smaller companies. ·        Favorite tools for working remotely, Slack, Notion and Asana. ·        Insights on venture funding. ·        Asking people in your network to open doors for your business. ·        The value of case studies to sell your brand. Enjoy the show! Connect with Thejo: Website:  https://www.airbase.com/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thejo/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/airbaseinc/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AirbaseHQ 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
Jul 21 2021
26 mins
EP 101 Christian Giordano, President & Co-Owner, Mancini Duffy
Christian Giordano, Co-Owner of Mancini Duffy, is one of the most innovative and influential people in the architecture and design space today. Christian is revolutionizing the industry with Toolbelt, a patent-pending software that allows users to explore and manipulate 3D models collaboratively. It enables clients to put on VR goggles and stand in 3D models of their architectural projects and change plans in real-time.  Christian has put Mancini Duffy, a 100-year-old company, into the forefront of design and is listed as one of Building Design + Construction’s “40 Under 40” for his leadership. He has also launched Design Lab, an incubator which brings together designers, technologists, and clients to leverage technologies like Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, Drones, Generative Design, and Artificial Intelligence.  Highlights of our conversation include: ·        Defining a new model of differentiation for customers using new technologies. ·        Eliminating the need or desire for flat drawings. ·        How the gamification of architectural design accelerates the understanding and consensus for client approval and sign off. ·        The power of finding great intrapreneurs to drive brand success. ·        Being a leader requires setting a vision for your brand. Enjoy the show! Connect with Christian: Website:  https://www.manciniduffy.com Website: https://thetoolbelt.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/manciniduffy/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cdgiordano/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mancini_duffy/ 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
Jul 14 2021
25 mins