Printing Ideas: Interview with Andy Tran

By: Josh Wilson

Printing Ideas: Interview with Andy Tran

 
 
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Andy Tran is the founder and CEO of Millebot Inc., a modular digital-manufacturing platform. He describes himself as being a keen observer, utilizing his skillset to provide unconventional solutions to contemporary challenges.  His team converts ISO shipping containers into mobile digital-manufacturing systems. The machine has the potential to disrupt the manufacturing and production workflows for any industry that uses prototyping, modular design or requires on-demand components. The massive 3D printing machine has the ability to print in recycled materials, plastics, polymers, metals, and cement.  Andy believes that Millebot is the ultimate tool to give both himself and others the ability to create more opportunities and solve even more challenges. Millebot’s standardization proves itself in regard to scalability – its abilities range from the creation of body panels for aircraft to housing for traditional consumer products.

Headquartered in Winter Park, Millebot has cemented their roots in Central Florida, where companies like Disney and Lockheed Martin, and universities such as the University of Central Florida, Valencia College and Seminole State College, provide a wide talent pool for innovative partnerships.  To learn more about Millebot Inc., visit https://www.millebot.com.

Andy Tran Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andyttran/

Andy Tran Twitter: https://twitter.com/moderninventor

Millebot Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/millebot/

Millebot specs: https://www.millebot.com/machines

Millebot website: https://www.millebot.com/home

Technology You Ingest: Interview with Harry Travis

By: Josh Wilson

Technology You Ingest: Interview with Harry Travis

 
 
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Harry J. Travis is an accomplished senior executive with over 25 years experience in all aspects of pharmaceutical distribution channel management. He has held senior leadership positions with Baxter Healthcare, Cardinal Health, Accredo/Medco and Aetna. At Aetna, he held the position of vice president of the Aetna Specialty Pharmacy, and Mail Order Pharmacy. This multi-billion dollar business is ranked in the top-five specialty pharmacies in the US. Additionally, Mr. Travis led the development of the first-ever large-scale cross-corporate central fill operation dedicated to specialty pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Travis is a sought after national speaker on trends in specialty pharmacy and medication adherence and a former board member for sPCMA. He holds a BS in pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy, and an MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia.

etectRx™ is a privately held digital health company seeking to advance patient medication adherence and improve medication ingestion tracking technology. etectRx’s flagship product, the ID-Cap System, is an ingestible event marker that is comprised of a gelatin capsule containing a wireless ingestible sensor, which transmits signals to a wearable reader and then to a smartphone-based app and secure cloud-based server to enable reliable tracking of ingestion events.

etectRx submitted a premarket notification (510(k)) application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its ID-Cap System as an ingestible event marker in late 2018 and anticipates FDA clearance for marketing in 2019. The ID-Cap System is currently only available for investigational use in IRB-approved clinical studies. To learn more about etectRx, visit https://etectrx.com/.

– Harry Travis Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hjtravis/

– etectRx Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/etect-inc-/

– etectRx website: https://etectrx.com/
– etectRx Twitter: https://twitter.com/etectRx

How To Spot Trends: Interview with Matt Certo

By: Josh Wilson

How To Spot Trends: Interview with Matt Certo

 
 
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Matt Certo serves as CEO & Principal of Findsome & Winmore, an Orlando, Florida-based digital marketing agency. Originally called WebSolvers, the company’s first client was his alma mater, Rollins College. Matt built the college’s first website out of his dorm room in 1995 at the age of 19.

Since then, Matt has grown the company into a fully-integrated digital marketing agency with experienced professionals, a diverse client base, and an ever-increasing suite of services. Apart from the growth of the company, Certo’s work in the industry has been extensive: he co-authored a book in 2001 (Digital Dimensioning: Finding the ebusiness in your Business). He is also the author of Formulaic: How Thriving Companies Market From the Core and Found: Connecting with Customers in the Digital Age. Matt was asked by The White House to speak at a domestic economic forum with President George W. Bush in 2002 and spoke at The White House in 2016 concerning President Barack Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative.

He is a frequent guest speaker on topics on marketing, Web strategy and search engine optimization, an area for which he has also served as a testifying expert witness. His clients have included the likes of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, National Retail Properties, Darden Restaurants, Newman’s Own Organics, Fiserv and McGraw-Hill. He is a frequent guest speaker to various marketing, advertising and public relations trade associations and has been widely quoted in publications including Inc. Magazine, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, The San Diego Union Tribune, The Boston Globe and The Orlando Sentinel.

An active community participant, Matt has served as Board Chairman of a number of non-profit organizations including Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, Nemours Florida Board of Managers, Elevate Orlando, and The First Tee of Central Florida, an organization which he founded. He has also served for over a decade on the Board of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation as well as Chairman of its endowment committee. He has been recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as one of its Most Influential Men to Watch and its 40 Under 40 list 3 times.

At Findsome & Winmore, we never stop exploring. We are marketers, creatives and strategists. We build brands and we build relationships. We pursue ideas and tactics to solve problems in unique ways. No matter what we do, our pursuit is the same: To FIND and WIN new customers for our clients. We do that by helping them to connect, gain exposure, present the right image, create foot traffic and attract attention.

 

Being A Kid-Preneur: Interview with Lillie Wilson

By: Josh Wilson

Being A Kid-Preneur: Interview with Lillie Wilson

 
 
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Lillie is an author, sales consultant, student, and philanthropist.  She is 6 years old and now that she graduated kindergarten she is going to work and helping dad with his business.

Some of the questions she answers during the interview:

  • How do you write a book?
  • How do you stay organized?
  • Do you have enough toys?
  • What do you do when you are sad?
  • How do you make money?
  • Why do you give to people in need?

Business is my Worship: Interview with Ryan Smith

By: Josh Wilson

Business is my Worship: Interview with Ryan Smith

 
 
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Ryan Smith serves as a Principal of Elevation Capital Group, bringing more than 15 years of extensive business experience in market evaluation, property analysis, management systems, due diligence and finance.

Elevation Capital Group, and its affiliates, (“Elevation”) have grown into a well-respected leader in the alternative real estate investment space. Elevation focuses exclusively on cycle-resilient real estate strategies and niche property types, including manufactured housing communities and self-storage. Elevation, through its affiliates, has acquired properties worth more than $475 million and has an interest in over 175 assets across more than 30 states.

A seasoned and engaging public speaker, Ryan has spoken to audiences ranging from 20 to more than 10,000, sharing the stage with names such as Steve Forbes, Kristen Armstrong, Rudy Giuliani, Colin Powell, Sarah Palin, Ben Stein and other notable industry leaders.

Ryan graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science.
A highly recruited athlete, Ryan was drafted as a high school senior by the Baltimore Orioles, and again in college by the Anaheim Angels, but ultimately made the decision to pursue an entrepreneurial business career.

Links

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryansmithelevation/

http://elevationcapitalgroup.com/

Timing and Luck: Interview with Troy Johnston

By: Josh Wilson

Timing and Luck: Interview with Troy Johnston

 
 
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Personal Bio
Troy Johnston is a Co-Founder of Seller.Tools and passionate about exponential results and automation in the Amazon and e-commerce space. He’s previously consulted for 9-figure brands in the health and wellness industry. Prior to his time consulting he was building and eventually sold his natural skin and hair care brand for a 7-figure exit.
Company Bio
Seller.Tools is a full suite of Amazon optimization tools created and used by the top 1% of Amazon sellers. Each unique feature empowers sellers to make the most of their Amazon presence while automating the highest value activities in a FBA business.
Links
Website: https://seller.tools/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SellerToolsApp/

Congratulations to Capacitech Energy for Winning 2nd Place at Florida Venture Forum

By: Christina Fleming

Congratulations to Capacitech Energy LLC for receiving 2nd Place at the Florida Venture Forum (2019). Founded by CEO, Joe Sleppy, Capacitech Energy is an Orlando-based company that specializes in advanced energy storage technology. Capacitech Energy’s cable-based capacitor technology (CBC) is an energy storage component that is unique because it looks like a wire and stores energy. The CBC can be customized, giving it an exclusive value. Capacitech Energy was one of three Orlando-based companies to participate in this year’s Florida Venture Forum. This was their second consecutive year of participating.

The Florida Venture Forum is the largest statewide support organization for entrepreneurs and investors in Florida. It helps growing companies to connect with investors and sources of capital from all around the country.

 

Duplicate Success: Interview with Mike Wright

By: Josh Wilson

Duplicate Success: Interview with Mike Wright

 
 
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Michael Wright is an attorney with over 30 years’ experience, specializing in commercial real estate investment. He established MMI Development to acquire, invest in, develop, and manage commercial real estate properties, either through land assemblage or purchasing existing income-producing properties, including multifamily, office, and retail. His strategy has always been to buy, improve, operate, and sell.

Before founding MMI Development, Mr. Wright was a partner at Gray Robinson, P.A., Of Counsel at Smith Mackinnon, P.A., and an Associate at Akerman Senterfitt, P.A. and Senior Real Estate Counsel at Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company. During that time and in those positions, he handled well over two billion dollars in commercial real estate transactions focusing on complex finance transactions, land use and development, and title insurance claims and defense. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi and his undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Southern Mississippi. Michael is also an Instrument Rated Private Pilot with 1,000+ hours.

Website

http://www.mmi.com/

Stage Not Age: Interview with Lilian Myers

By: Josh Wilson

Stage Not Age: Interview with Lilian Myers

 
 
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Lilian Myers is a founder and principal with EconomyFour, a social impact organization that assists public and private sector enterprises to rethink a future of long life and life stage for the workforce, product innovation, and investment. Prior to EconomyFour, Myers was IBM’s Global Leader for Ageing and the Longevity Economy where she brought 25 years of health and consumer commerce as a co-founder and early-stage executive with several companies, including ones acquired by Siemens, Aetna, and Google.

A passion for startups, leadership in areas including corporate development, marketing, product management and internationalization has kept her close to entrepreneurs in roles including coach and mentor at  the University of Central Florida in Orlando’s Venture Lab, board member at StarterStudio.org, advisory board member at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, and advisor at the Guidewell Innovation Center in Lake Nona, FL.  Lilian regularly conducts workshops, speaks, and publishes on longevity, long-life, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Economy Four – https://economyfour.com/

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/lilianmyers/

 

Orlando startup scene builds momentum as Rise of Rest finalists compete for $100k

By: David Brim

Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, is visiting cities around the country to find markets ripe with entrepreneurial talent that have been left behind by the greater tech investment community. At each stop local entrepreneurs pitch to win a $100k investment.

Case and his team visited Orlando as their first stop on their road trip to see what our startup scene had to offer.

Orlando had roughly 150 submissions, the most received from any city. Eight finalists were selected:

Rise of Rest Finalists

AireHealth: Drug delivery for respiratory illnesses through a portable and connected nebulizer.

Alertgy: The company has developed a blood-glucose monitor and alert system.

Doghead Simulations: The company’s Rumii platform is a social VR product that conducts virtual meetings in a simulated 3D environment.

Edukate: Financial wellness platform has personalized guidance and benefits information.

FleetZoo: A platform for vehicle fleet owners to track their assets.

InitWeather: Using artificial intelligence, InitWeather has developed weather forecasting products for the energy and finance industries.

Millebot: This company specializes in large-scale 3D printing for on-demand production.

Pangian: An AI-powered social network for telecommuters.

The Rise of the Rest Pitches

The quality of the pitches were very strong. Each entrepreneur only had four minutes to pitch. Knowing from experience judging and winning pitch competitions, that is not an easy task. It is often much easier to give a 15 minute pitch than cover all of the relevant points in only 4 minutes! The finalists all did a great job – there was not a weak pitch in the bunch and the judges definitely had their work cut out for them!

 

The Rise of the Rest pitch winner!

Congrats to the winner of $100k AireHealth!

CEO quick pitch: AireHealth’s connected-portable nebulizer is designed to help you be proactive with your therapy, even on the go. Our goal is to help you catch and prevent worsening symptoms.

 

Final Thoughts

I’m happy that Orlando shared some of our finest emerging entrepreneurs and startups with Steve Case, and the Rise of the Rest crew.

Big props to all finalists! Everyone did a great job.

I was also very pleased with how our community came together for the Rise of the Rest event. Let’s continue to build on this momentum and show the world that Orlando is a great place to start, scale and invest in startups.