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INCUBATOR, LIFESTYLE, PERSONAL GROWTH, WELLNESS

Matteo Franceschetti: Discover a better way to sleep

Joined on intrepidLIFESTYLE today by Matteo Franceschetti, co-founder and CEO of Eight Sleep. Learn more about Eight Sleep here!

What is Eight Sleep? A sensored mattress cover designed to personalize and improve sleep for every body. Eight senses and analyzes over 15 factors from your sleep patterns and bedroom environment, to determine the conditions that help you rest your best.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Matteo Franceschetti:

Matteo Franceschetti1. How can technology help people sleep better and live healthier lives?

2. How is Eight guiding people to sleep the right number of hours?

3. How can consumers benefit from tracking their sleep?

4. What does the scientific community think of the science of sleep tracking?

5. Have you discovered any unique trends on how sleep impacts your users wellbeing?

About Matteo Franceschetti:

Matteo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Eight, a proprietary technology reinventing the way people sleep. Eight is backed by some of the best venture capitalist in Silicon valley including Y Combinator (YC S15) and StartX, Stanford University’s accelerator.

Prior to Eight, Matteo co-founded and led as Co-Ceo two clean-tech companies – GIR in the US (acquired by Coronal Management, a Panasonic company) and Global Investment in Europe (acquired by Relight).

Matteo is a Co-Chair at FWD.us and has been a Mentor at Techstars, Microsoft Bizpark and the NYU Summer Launchpad Program. He continues to actively mentor and invest in early stage startups in the tech space.

Matteo graduated magna cum laude with a Law degree from University of Ferrara, and was a member of the Italian Bar Association while working as a lawyer in the finance practice of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy, both part of the Magic Circle of British’s elite law firms.

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Jeff Loucks: How to beat disruptive competitors at their own game

Joined in studio today by Jeff Loucks of the Cisco Digitization Office, and co-author of Digital Vortex: How Today’s Market Leaders Can Beat Disruptive Competitors at Their Own Game.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Jeff Loucks:

Jeff Loucks1. We discuss the research behind the book.

2. We hear a lot about digital disruption. Is it real or is it hype? How does competition change in the age of disruption?

3. You compare digital disruption to a vortex. How does this explain how disruption works? And what will be affected?

4. Digital disruptors focus on the value, not the value chain when they innovate.

5. Organizations must be agile to respond to disruption. “Digital business agility.”

6. Are digital disruptors always the enemy? Can established organizations use them to their advantage?

Find Jeff Loucks’ book here!

About Jeff Loucks:

Jeff is a director with the Cisco Digitization Office and a visiting scholar at the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, an IMD and Cisco initiative.

Jeff works with Global 500 firms and innovative startups to explore the strategies and concrete steps companies must take to thrive in an era of digitization. Through fifteen years of research, writing, and consulting, Jeff has helped companies capitalize on technological change by transforming their business models. Jeff is especially interested in the strategies organizations use to adapt to accelerating change. An extensive academic background complements his technology expertise. He wrote his PhD dissertation on Machiavelli (one of the world’s great strategists) and draws upon philosophy, psychology, and political science to understand both institutional and human responses to today’s escalating challenges.

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Management Selection for Innovative Companies

Part 6: Guest Josh Berry in a new #KeyPointPodcast series discusses Management for Innovation
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HR Latte, episode 97


Series:
 When HR Kills Innovation Efforts

The right management for innovative companies is instrumental in achieving. Econic helps corporations map and execute innovation. After working with many corporations in many different industries, Josh Berry, Co-Founder of Econic has discovered some barriers to successful innovation that have their roots in HR.

In Part 6 of this series, Rayanne and Josh discuss how management selection can make a difference in organizational growth and innovation efforts. Getting the right leadership and management in place is fundamental company success.

Tune in as Josh discusses what he has discovered from his years of consulting and working with hiring and HR departments.

Discussion Points for this episode:

  • What a Calculated Risk Taker Looks Like
  • What Hinders Decision-Making
  • Capturing Strategy – understanding the long-term view
  • Are People Born with the Ability to Think Strategically?
  • Model Thinking and support materials to undertsand model thinking
  • Identifying those Who Are Collaboratove Leaders
  • Silo Smashing

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Lori Cheek: The digital dating disruptor

Joined on the show today by Lori Cheek: Architect turned Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Cheekd, a hyper-speed mobile dating app that makes missed connections obsolete. Lori, a Shark Tank Veteran, was recently listed as “The Digital Dating Disruptor” and “One of the Top 10 CEOs to Watch.”

Find Cheekd in the app store here!

Discussion guide from my conversation with Lori Cheek:

Lori Cheek1. Ignore the naysayers.

2. “NEVER miss a connection.”

3. Hyper-local engagement.

4. Real-time veres virtual time.

5. How is Lori building a user base.

6. We talk technology and her development team.

7. Lessons learned from her appearance on Shark Tank.

8. Advice on how to successfully bootstrap a startup.

9. How Lori deals with customer feedback.

10. Advice for new and current startup founders.

11. Taking the leap a faith, and how to deal with that fear.

More about Cheekd, from their website:

Cheekd reimagines online dating with a new app that makes missed connections obsolete. Cheekd uses a cross-platform low energy Bluetooth technology, which fosters hyper local engagement. The app connects people in real time, versus virtual time. Connections begin in person; Cheekd helps you take the next step and continue the conversation online.

Cheekd ensures you ‘Never Miss a Connection’; thanks to this new Bluetooth technology, the app works on the train; on a plane…anywhere—You’ll get a notification if someone who meets your criteria is within 30 feet of you. If you’re near a potential spark, Cheekd makes sure you know about it.

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Liam Shanahan: Shopify for the fitness professional

Joined in the Incubator today by Liam Shanahan, the Founder + CEO of HIDEFperformance: Online Coaching Simplified…

Discussion Guide from our conversation with Liam Shanahan:

1. Fitness technology.
2. Startup growth.
3. Building online communities.
4. Consumer marketing.
5. “Shopify for the fitness professional.”
6. Recruiting talent.
7. Helping people help people.
8. Leveraging your knowledge.

About Liam Shanahan:

HIDEF is Liam Shanahan’s 2nd entrepreneurial venture. Previously he founded and managed operations of one of the fastest growing Training Academy’s in the South between 2010-2014. He developed over 1,000 youth, amateur, and professional athlete’s. HIDEF was founded to serve similar professionals after going through the struggles of growing a brick and mortar, service based business.

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Mimmer: Crowd Technology for Political Activism

Joined on the show today by Gavin MacDonald, Co-founder and President, and Scott Graham, CEO and Co-founder, of Mimmer, a community platform for political cause organization and fundraising.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Mimmer:

Mimmer1. “Can we power democracy in a new way?”

2. Why do we need a platform like Mimmer? Do we no longer have a voice to affect real change?

3. How technology can be a disruptive force in the political realm…

4. How millennials engage in their communities right now…

5. How does Mimmer actually work?

6. How did you come up with this idea?

7. What does the future hold for Mimmer?

8. Is Mimmer still in Beta?

9. We discuss the technology behind Mimmer…

10. Do you have to be a professional activist to do this right?

About today’s guests:

Mr. Gavin MacDonald is a serial entrepreneur, with an emphasis in media and content management. A graduate of Auburn University, Mr. MacDonald has been in involved with several successful business ventures. An Atlanta native, he cares deeply about the future of the start-up scene and is working hard to help put Atlanta on the scene for technology start ups. Mr. MacDonald is an avid sports fan, you can find him most Sundays cheering on the Falcons with a cold beer accompanied by his two dogs, Remy and Jamison.

Mr. Scott Graham is an expert in product development, growth marketing, and business strategy with past experiences as a successful entrepreneur, management consultant, and private equity director. He has spent the past several years developing and teaching growth marketing methodologies that integrate his deep knowledge in technology, cognitive behavior, and data analysis. His reputation for incubating new businesses and delivering innovative product advances has elevated him as a leader in the field. He is an author and frequent seminar lecturer with past engagements at Emory University, Suffolk University, and North Georgia College.

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Monty Hamilton: The exciting future of domestic outsourcing

Joined on the show today by Monty Hamilton, CEO of Rural Sourcing Inc.

From their website: Every day, organizations across the United States turn to offshore outsourcing providers to fulfill their IT development and support needs. The general perception is that offshore IT companies provide a service at a cost that their American counterparts simply cannot match. In many cases, not only can onshore outsourcing provide a faster and higher-quality product, but it can be done at around the same total cost.

Discussion guide from our conversation with Monty Hamilton:

1. Challenges companies face now and into the future in terms of hiring/retaining IT talent

2. Overview of the current IT outsourcing marketplace

3. General business benefits of domestic outsourcing

4. The role agile development plays in domestic outsourcing and why it’s necessary in today’s digital landscape

5. How domestic outsourcing is helping not only re-invent the U.S. technology marketplace, but also re-invigorate rural American business and communities

6. Future trends/events/issues/legislation that impact the growth of domestic outsourcing

7. The true value of Tier 2 cities

About Monty Hamilton:

Domestic outsourcing

Monty Hamilton leads the executive team and drives the overall strategy for Rural Sourcing Inc. Hamilton is responsible for leading the strategic direction and the growth of RSI including the launch of 10 new development centers with 2,000 colleagues across low cost of living, high quality of life locations in the United States. This is Hamilton’s second entrepreneurial start-up venture after leaving Accenture in 1995. He joined together with four other colleagues to build Clarkston Consulting where he was instrumental in growing Clarkston into a global strategic and systems integration firm with offices across the US and Europe. After Clarkston’s acquisition of RSI, he became the CEO in 2009.

Hamilton is a sought-after speaker on outsourcing, domestic sourcing and workforce development topics and has been featured on CNBC, BBC, NPR radio and at various industry conferences, including IAOP, Gartner, Digital Georgia and others. In addition, articles depicting RSI’s innovative outsourcing model have appeared in Business Week, CNN Money magazine, CFO magazine, and CIO magazine.

His achievements were recognized by being named as a regional finalist for the 2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Hamilton is active in the community and civic circles as well. He is on the Advisory Boards for Mobile Chamber of Commerce, the Bond Group and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Hamilton believes in giving back to the community, specifically to special needs programs. He is currently involved with the Special Olympics and is a former Board Chair for the Adaptive Learning Center.

Hamilton holds an M.B.A. from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and a B.B.A. in business from Millsaps College.

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Howard Love: Embracing failure and rocketing through the Start-Up J Curve

Joined today on the show by Howard Love, lifelong entrepreneur, angel investor, and author of a new book called The Start-Up J Curve: Six Steps to Entrepreneurial Success.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Howard Love:

1. “Your original idea is an hypothesis.”

2. We discuss the six phases of the J-Curve:
Create
Release
Morph
Model
Scaling
Harvest

3. What is the most important phase? [Hint: Morph, and why…]

4. Why do we get so spooked and freaked out by failure, setbacks, and mistakes? And how do we learn to actually embrace failure?

5. “Whether you want to admit it or not, most startups unfold in a very predictable pattern (the J-Curve). You have no excuses.”

6. “The most common path…”

7. Why did we need another book on start-ups? What compelled you to write the Start-up J Curve?

Find Howard Love’s book here:

About Howard Love:

Howard is a life-long entrepreneur who has founded, co-founded, funded and managed startups for over 30 years. He has founded or co-founded over 15 businesses and invested in over 50 startups.

Love was born in Detroit in 1960, and attended Phillips Exeter Academy (1974-1978) and Colgate University (1978-1983). He completed his first Ironman competition at the age of 51 in Lake Placid, NY. His first book The J Curve for Start-Ups will be published by Greenleaf Book Group in the fall of 2016. Love resides in Silicon Valley, CA.

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INCUBATOR 030: Jane Curth: Improve health by combining the power of an activity tracking device with expert evaluation

Joined in studio today by Jane Curth, Founder + CEO, of Healthyou. Healthyou improves users’ health by combining the power of an activity tracking device with expert evaluation. With data analysis, weekly feedback, and personal encouragement, users embark on a lifelong trajectory of healthy living.

Jan Curth

Discussion guide from our conversation with Jane Curth:

1. Healthyou background–including Jane’s background…what lead her to create Healthyou! And how was it started?

2. What does Healthyou do?

3. Importance of a healthy lifestyle. And why you have to set goals…

4. Importance of accountability in pursuing a healthy lifestyle.

5. We discuss the technology behind Halthyou. And its integration with FitBit.

6. Who is Healthyou’s target audience?

7. We discuss Healthyou’s ONLINE COURSES, who they are for… Hint: Continuing Education1

8. New initiative of Healthyou — starting a new initiative in education to enhance the work they are already doing. Online courses are being developed that will give pertinent information to clients. Also, online elite courses are being developed that will provide continuing education credits to personal trainers and fitness professionals.

9. We wrap up with THE WELA question of the week: “What is the best piece of financial advice you have ever received for given?”

About Jane Curth:

Jane started Healthyou amidst a life dedicated to educating and encouraging people on the benefits of living an active and healthy lifestyle. She has been an ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified Personal Trainer since 1998. She is also a retired college professor and has served for over 20 years in the field of Health and Kinesiology.

She has presented at over 18 state, regional, and national conferences on various health and fitness topics. She developed many online courses in her career and turned those experiences into her wellness coaching company, Healthyou. She is an active Baby Boomer living a wellness lifestyle and wants to help others in her generation, and younger, to live life to the fullest.

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