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Entrepreneurship Shapes The World

Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Release Date: 02/28/2019

Justin Womack - Near Fatal Accident Changed His Life show art Justin Womack - Near Fatal Accident Changed His Life

Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Justin Womack is a digital marketing specialist, copywriter, speaker, and podcast host.

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Episode 500 - Why Join Vistage? show art Episode 500 - Why Join Vistage?

Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

In this episode Thom Singer talks about why entrepreneurs should join a peer-to-peer mentoring group. Be it Vistage, EO, YPO, etc... these groups provide business leaders the opportunity to learn and grow as entrepreneurs.

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Episode 499 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 long-time ATC member (back to the days when it was the Austin Software Council) Jean Anne Booth - CEO and Founder of UnaliWear.

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Lou Diamond is a dynamic speaker and master connector who will energize and motivate your organization to explode your sales, retain your clients and build a thriving culture... 

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Be The Best with Dennis Langlais show art Be The Best with Dennis Langlais

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Check out episode 497. Thom sits down with Dennis Langlais to talk about his unique path from BMX stunt rider to successful entrepreneur.

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Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Listen to episode 486 for a discussion about sales, selling, and sales skills with leading selling consultant Jim Pancero.

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Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Jack Jostes is the President + CEO of Ramblin Jackson, a digital marketing agency based in Boulder, CO that helps landscaping companies throughout the country increase their lead generation through local SEO and digital branding. The author of the Amazon Best-Selling book, Get FOUND Online: The Local Business Owner’s Guide To Digital Marketing, Jack has been featured in Lawn and Landscape, Colorado Green Magazine, Turf Magazine, INC. Magazine, and other industry publications.

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Kevin Eikenberry is a recognized world expert on leadership development and learning and is the Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group (http://KevinEikenberry.com). He has spent more than 25 years helping organizations across North America, and leaders from around the world, on leadership, learning, teams and teamwork, communication and more. 

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Jeremiah Bentley is the vice president of Marketing & Community Affairs at Texas Mutual Insurance Company insurance. He oversees the company’s marketing, public relations, advertising, community relations, education, digital media and customer outreach efforts. He previously worked in corporate communications and government affairs over his 20 year career with the company.

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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.