Jesse Wolfe is 1 cup entrepreneur, ¾ cup aspiring chef, ½ cup motivational speaker, 2 Tbsp. nerd, and dash of risk taker. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes and let cool!
Jesse moved to Orlando from his hometown of Kent, Ohio with ambitions of becoming an overnight success (31 years in the making). He founded O’Dang Hummus in his last year pursuing his BA from the University of Central Florida in Business Management and Entrepreneurship: GO KNIGHTS! He became obsessed with creating BFY (better-for-you) food that was not only healthy but had to taste delicious! Oh and pretty dang cool branding, unlike any other health food, has done before!
His hummus journey included several business plan competitions, tons of chickpeas (seriously), awesome coverage in print and broadcast outlets around the world, including Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Medium, ProjectNOSH, CNBC and even a swim in the “tank” on ABC’s Shark Tank Season 7. You can find Jesse playing “Chopped” in his home kitchen, getting over his fear of flying while traveling the country spreading hummus, and motivating future entrepreneurs to chase their own dreams!
FreeeUp Your Tasklist – Interview with Nathan Hirsch
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Nathan Hirsch, founder and CEO ofFreeeUp.com, lives the life he dreamed of as a high school student. He broke away from the tradition of finding a “real job” and became an entrepreneur who sold over $25 million on the Amazon Marketplace while at college.
Would you like to know how he sold $25 million on Amazon and why he started FreeeUp?
Here is Nathan’s story
For over 15 years now, I have been on the entrepreneurial fast lane building successful multi-million dollar businesses accompanied by an unrelenting commitment to client service excellence and human resource leadership. In 2006, I founded my first online venture out of my college dorm room, selling and buying student textbooks. This idea was born to tackle the challenge of price disparity of textbooks in brick and mortar stores, thereby making it more affordable for students to procure them online. I then rapidly scaled my e-commerce business, bootstrapping from a $20 student – cause initiative to a multi-million dollar e-tailer clocking in revenues in excess of $30 million on Amazon across a 6 year period while serving over 10,000 customers.
Our e-commerce business has employed over 50 workers in the US and has worked with over 150 globally while managing successful partnerships with over 500 distributors and manufacturers across the United States.
Our experience in the hiring process of freelancers gave us the edge. We knew the greatest problem was the time the hiring process took. If only it could be faster, easier…
And Amazon was getting old – pushing products – my entrepreneurial spirit was searching for something new.
That is how the idea of FreeeUp was birthed…
FreeeUp is a marketplace where businesses and companies can hire remote freelancers worldwide.
Last year we paid out over $3 million to freelancers.
Why am I so passionate about FreeeUp? It’s the human aspect of getting to help people, to help freelancers grow their business. I have stories of how freelancers have bought houses and cars, of how they are able to support their families. This means so much to me and Connor. We both wake up every day ready to tackle the next challenge and continue building the business. We want to keep spreading the impact that we’re already making to thousands more people.
Honesty, integrity, ethics and superlative customer experience have always been the four professional cornerstones of my success.
In this interview, we meet Shea who is the Co-Creator of FervorWorks. FervorWorks helps growth-minded companies scale leveraging intentional empathy frameworks. Shea is a growth innovator and marketing strategist driven by financial outcomes and high-impact collaborations. She is guided by a deep understanding of the new rules of the new economy and is an advisor for economic growth through entrepreneurship. Through her company FervorWorks, Shea is a sought-out speaker on systematizing empathy and organizational growth frameworks for forward-thinking founders and leaders.
If you need actionable insights into your customers, market dynamics and key partners Shea’s team at FervorWorks trains your leadership team to leverage technology, empathy, research and influence to gain this insight, drive revenue and chart sustainable growth.
In the community, she is known as a trusted ally in the fight for equality for marginalized groups. Favorite geek-out topics include her messy ‘trifecta of goodness’ (her kids, her cats, and her Bernie pups); or travel, horses, and scotch (for those more sophisticated days of adulting).
Leveling the Playing Field for Car Buyers with Connor Van Elswyk
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On this episode, we have a conversation with Connor Van Elswyk, CEO of an Orlando based SAAS company that is leveling the playing field for people buying cars. His software platform has the largest online inventory of automobiles anywhere. Search and compare from 7,010,782 vehicles to make sure you are getting the best deals when buying a car.
Connor is a software engineer & entrepreneur who is passionate about disintermediating traditional business models, systems, and methods to increase market efficiency, product visibility, and service quality.
Scott Martin is one of a handful of Certified Exit Planners in Florida and specializes in helping owner transition out of their business into the next phase of their life. He also does Value Driver Planning to help owners increase the value of their company.
Scott Martin, CFP®, CExP™ Certified Exit Planner™ is helping business owners to sell their business when they want, for the money they need to the person they choose. He has been helping business owners since 1988 to prepare for their eventual exit from their company while they maintain control to the very end.
Making Advertising Interactive and Fun with Alfred Espidol
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In this episode, we have a conversation with Alfred Espidol, the CEO and founder of an immersive technology company called Team Launchable. Launchable provides digital products and services for brands looking to gain a competitive advantage through integrating emerging and immersive technologies in alignment with each brand’s mission and business plan.
Launchable is an Orlando, Florida based company that started with a simple question; how can we revitalize our physical world through the use of digital technology?
As the rise of online sales and digital media continues, we set our sights on helping brands differentiate in this new digitally competitive landscape.
As a diverse team of creatives, developers and tacticians that thrive on innovative solutions, we align with other businesses to continuously improve our technology for various use cases and add value back to our client’s brand. Every project is powered by function-driven design and the ideals of the user’s experience in mind.
On today’s show, David and I interview the CEO of IZEA, Ted Murphy. He shares his entrepreneurial story of how he began designing and selling shirts in his school to now representing some of the biggest influencer marketers and content creators on the planet. Join our conversation which is packed full of wisdom and advice.
Ted Murphy is a serial entrepreneur who has founded six companies since 1994. Today he is Founder, CEO and Chairman of IZEA. Murphy has been called the father of paid blogging and is largely credited for creating the social sponsorship industry. In 2006 Murphy launched PayPerPost.com, the first online marketplace that paid bloggers to create content on behalf of brands. Ted’s vision for democratizing content and influencer compensation is now a reality in most marketing strategies, from top brands and agencies to small businesses.
Murphy has bootstrapped companies off credit cards, been VC backed and most recently brought IZEA public. His disruptive approach and leadership have enabled him to raise over $50 million in equity for his entrepreneurial endeavors in both public and private markets. Murphy’s backers have included top tier VCs Draper Fischer Jurvetson and Village Ventures as well as billionaires John Poppajohn and Dr. Phillip Frost.
Murphy has consulted for some of the world’s largest marketing organizations including FOX, Bombardier, General Motors, SeaWorld and Disney. He has also negotiated deals with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Diddy and Mario Lopez. Murphy is a prominent TV commentator on tech and social media marketing trends and platforms. His unique point of view from the intersection of media and technology, has led to frequent appearances on Fox Business’s Varney & Co, CNBC and Bloomberg TV.
On today’s show, we interview CEO of THREATLOCKER, Danny Jenkins. Danny has two decades of experience building and securing corporate networks. A technical guru with a deep understanding of corporate I.T. and security, with an entrepreneurial background. Danny has founded and held multiple previous C.E.O and C.T.O positions in cyber companies.
Here at ThreatLocker™, we believe that you should choose what’s happening on your network. Join us to regain control of your computer systems from cybercriminals and control your own destiny. ThreatLocker™ has built a suite of tools that help businesses, government agencies, and schools to take control of their networks.
Monetizing Live Streamers Passions with Clayton Mamele
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On today’s show, we highlight Clayton Mamele, the CEO and CoFounder of StreamFluence who’s mission is to help live streamers turn their passion into a career. He is a serial entrepreneur, an experienced marketer, and leader. Clayton previously served as the Media Director for an international esports organization before setting out on his own to found StreamFluence.
StreamFluence is the micro-influencer marketplace for Twitch. We connect brands with streamers whose message and audience resonate with the brand’s goals. Our platform promotes authenticity, transparency, and trust between brands and streamers. These tenets produce high campaign engagement and ensure a positive experience for both marketers and influencers.
Building a Social Enterprise: Interview with Ron Ben-Zeev
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On today’s episode, we interview Ron Ben-Zeev, Ron Stocknopf Ben-Zeev is the founder, president, and CEO of World Housing Solution Inc., a company that focuses on building sustainable structures for the United States military. He shares his journey full of pivots and how a business can do well and do good in the world. Pay special attention to the three P’s of social enterprises.
RonStocknopf Ben-Zeev is the founder, president, and CEO of World Housing Solution Inc., a company that focuses on building sustainable structures for the United States military. Along with Ben-Zeev’s entrepreneurial endeavors, he is also very active in the Central Florida community. He organizes local TEDx events, is an adjunct professor (and served as an entrepreneur in residence) at Rollins College and is the founder of several entrepreneurial groups, such as 1 Million Cups and Startup Weekend. Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Before graduating from the Wharton School in 1986, he lived and worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and Europe. Ben-Zeev is fluent in four languages and uses his entrepreneurial skills to grow and build his businesses by building relationships around the world.