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Making Waves at C-Level

Release Date: 02/28/2019

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Making Waves at C-Level

Episode 575 marks the name change of the podcast.  "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" officially is now called "Making Waves at C-Level".  Host Thom Singer has made some business changes, and is working closer with larger companies in his career....and thus the re-branding and new focus of the podcast. 

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Making Waves at C-Level

Episode 574 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" is the last episode of the podcast under that name. Beginning with the next show, the podcast will become "Making Waves at C-Level".  To learn more about the change, check out episode 573.  Thanks for being part of the show community for almost 6 years, and we look forward to you staying on the ride of this podcast under the new name. 

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Making Waves at C-Level

Episode 572 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" is an in-depth chat with Stuart Ruff-Lyon.  He is the VP of Events adn Exhibits for RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society) and the current chair of PCMA (the Professional Convention Management Association).  In both these roles he is seeing all that things that are happening in the world of live meetings, conventions, and other events.  There is a lot going on in this industry.

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Making Waves at C-Level

While the world has been in flux for the past four months, that does not mean that companies have not been looking for strategic hires.  Also, many individuals have been laid off or are looking for new opportunities.  But how do companies and people find the right match in a virtual world?  Can you find a job and interview via Zoom?  Can you start a new job from your kitchen?  This episode is a conversation with David Harap from Stanton Chase.

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Making Waves at C-Level

Russ Agrusa is the Founder, President and CEO of ICONICS, Inc. (www.iconics.com), a world-leading software developer of open-connectivity and standards-based visualization software, HMI SCADA, and MES solutions for energy, manufacturing, industrial, and building automation. With more than 375,000 installations worldwide, ICONICS counts 70 percent of Global 500 companies as its customers.

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Making Waves at C-Level

Karen Wright has coached top business leaders and helped individuals and teams from Fortune 500 companies manage change, increase productivity, integrate their personal and professional lives and achieve their own definitions of success.

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Making Waves at C-Level

Dinah Lin is now living her latest dream, being an inspirational speaker and best selling author of “Daring to Dream Once Again - “It’s Never Too Late!”

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Making Waves at C-Level

Jessica Thiefels helps people leverage the power of intention in marketing, business, career, and life.

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Making Waves at C-Level

Robert MacPhee is the Founder and President of Heart Set, Inc. in Sonoma California.  He works with individuals and organizations that desire or face significant changes, helping them improve their productivity, satisfaction and profitability.

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Making Waves at C-Level

Helen Chang is a bestselling author, speaker and entrepreneur. As the founder and CEO of Author Bridge Media, she has assisted more than 400 authors to write, brand and publish their books for credibility, revenue and raving fans.

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Michael Smerklo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Austin-based venture capital firm Next Coast Ventures. NCV provides early-stage capital to high-growth startups in ‘Next Coast’ markets, using macro trends and themes to guide their investment strategy.
 
 
Michael has been in the technology industry for almost 20 years as an operator, investor and board member/advisor. Michael currently sits on the board of NCV portfolio companies Tenfold, Navegate, LeanDNA and AlertMedia. He serves as a board observer for NCV portfolio companies EverlyWell, Stoplight and Cloverpop. Previously, he served on the board of OnRamp (acquired in July 2018) as well as SPS Commerce (NASDAQ: SPSC).  
 
 
Prior to founding NCV, Michael was an investor and advisor to emerging growth companies in Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas from 2014-2015 via his personal entity, True North Ventures LLC. From 2003 to 2014, Michael served as CEO (and Chairman from 2008-­2015) of ServiceSource International, a company he acquired via a search fund, at a time when the company had one office, 35 employees and a few million dollars in revenue. Under Michael’s direction, ServiceSource grew from a groundbreaking idea into a publicly-traded company that is the market leader in Recurring Revenue Management (NASDAQ: SREV). Michael was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Award Finalist in Northern California in 2010. Michael retired as CEO in 2014 and from the Chairman role in 2015 as part of his planned relocation to Austin.

Prior to ServiceSource, Michael was an early employee at Loudcloud (renamed Opsware), working closely with Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz in Business Development. He previously worked at Morgan Stanley (Silicon Valley Technology Investment Banking), Lehman Brothers (M&A) and Ernst & Young (Audit, CPA). 
 
Michael received his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern (with distinction) and a BS in Accounting from the Miami University (Ohio). Michael is an active member of Young President Organization (YPO) in Silicon Valley. He is also an active blogger, focused on the Entrepreneur’s Journey, on his personal site www.mikesmerklo.com.