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Entrepreneurship Shapes The World

Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Release Date: 02/28/2019

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Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Check out episode 518 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" as Thom Singer interviews Dr. Margaret Rutherford, the author of "Perfectly Hidden Depression". 

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Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Episode 517 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive.  This episode is an in-depth interview with Lionel Felix, the CEO and Founder of Felix Media Solutions.  Check out this conversation about life, entrepreneurship, and Austin.

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Adam Lewis Walker is a TEDx keynote speaker/coach and 2 x best-selling author. He hosts the top-ranked podcast Awaken Your Alpha, interviewing the world’s elite minds in over 350 episodes since early 2014. In addition, Adam recently launched The TalkXcelerator Podcast for aspiring TEDx Speakers to learn how to achieve their talk. This accompanies The TalkXcelerator Program that takes clients hand in hand to achieve their goal.

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Their story begins with two strangers in the sun, at The Amazing Race starting line, emerged Team Fun! Despite their differences they made their big debut and raced around the world. They maneuvered through the obstacles, discovered what is possible experienced phenomenal, now they’re Funstoppable!

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Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Episode 514 features and interview with Alex Martin, founder and CEO of Athletes.gg.  If you are not familiar with the the world of esports, you want to listen to this podcast. 

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Episode 513 focuses on the Association Business.  Thom Singer interviews Scott Grayson, Executive Director and CEO for both the American Public Works Association and the Canadian Public Works Association.  Thom has known Scott for several years, as he has worked as a speaker and master of ceremonies for the association's PWX Expo for the past three years.

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Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Episode 512 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" features Will Young from Sana Benefits.  Will chats with host, Thom Singer, about how he started the company and the changes he wants to make in the world of benefits (a topic that is important to all entrepreneurs).

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Episode 511 - Thom Singer sits down with Morgan Oaks to talk about business and the spiritual journey. They talk about how Morgan Oaks went from small town, to college, to business, to becoming a chiropractor, to being a shamanic practitioner. You gotta hear his story.

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Episode 510- Thom Singer sits down with Heather Hansen and talks about her entrepreneurial journey from laywer, to TV personality, to speaker, to engaging entrepreneur.  

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Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Episode 509 of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive. This conversation is with ATC member Jason Ragolli – People Analytics Consultant with Your6.

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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.