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Barbara Vercruysse 🧗🏼‍♀️the best work & life advice for startup founders (#11)
In this episode Adi Soozin of MD9 interviews Barbara Vercruysse. Adi first met Barbara via LinkedIn after this LinkedIn post popped up in her newsfeed. It is impressive, motivational, authentic and for all of these reasons Adi asked Barbara to join us on the 9x90 show. Barbara is: A survivor of stage 4 cancer, A quality manager for BMW, A thought Leader at the Thought Leader School A member of the Selection Committee at the Peace Prize Foundation A contributing writer at Thrive Global The founder & creator of the online class The Journey Mentor & personal growth coach for entrepreneurs & corporate leaders alike. During the show 3 books were mentioned, here are their links: 1. 2. 3. For those of you looking to learn more from Barbara here are all of the places you can connect with her online: Fb page: IG: Salespage Inspiration Cards: LinkedIn : Personal coaching : Courses: How Surviving a Stage 4 Skin Cancer Taught Me All About Self-Care, About the Preciousness of Life and The Courage To Be Me : To view more episodes like this go to To watch the video of this interview go to
April 18, 2020
Jan Farrell ⛷️ the real life Tony Stark (#10)
In this episode Adi Soozin of MD9 interviews Jan Farrell.  Jan Farrell is the quad-lingual professional athlete who founded Liberalia Spain, a TPA for mobile phone insurance, specializing in claims management. He is not only a professional athlete, angel investor and startup founder but also a graduate of one of the world's top business schools, IE Business School, where he now serves as an adjunct professor. If you were wondering why people refer to him as the "real-life-Tony-Stark" here it is. When he is not busy with his responsibilities as CEO of Liberalia Spain, Jan is: A Board Member of the International Ski Federation in Bern, Switzerland The Director of Production at Farrell Import in Madrid, Spain A Brand Ambassador for: LEKI Lenhart GmbH, Amber Sports Corporation & MÁSMÓVIL An Advisor & Investor of The Little Car Company in London, UK An Investment Manager at BRETHIL INVESTMENT SL in Madrid, Spain A Professional Speed Skier for GB Snowsport You can learn more about Jan via his YouTube channel here. Checkout the video & show notes here. 
November 25, 2019
Olivia Ramos 🎻 the female pioneer powerhouse behind Deepblocks
In this episode Adi Soozin of MD9 interviews Olivia Ramos.  Olivia Ramos the founder and CEO of Deepblocks, an AI platform for modeling and analyzing commercial real estate development projects. She is a graduate of all three Singularity University startup programs, GSP, Incubator, and Accelerator, and was the only female participant in the DARPA Innovation House program. Among her many accomplishments, Olivia holds the following degrees: A Master's of Architecture from Columbia University, A Master's of Real Estate Development from the University of Miami, A Bachelor's in Architecture from The University of Florida and A degree from The Design and Architecture Senior High. Recently added to her long list of achievements, Olivia just ranked among Inc's top 100 Women Building America's Most Innovative and Ambitious Businesses! Are you ready to meet Olivia in today's episode? You can unlock your free trial of Deepblocks over here.  View the show notes here. 
September 08, 2019
Gopi Rangan ☂️ Here to answer your biggest Venture Capital questions (#8).
In this episode Adi Soozin of MD9 interviews Gopi Rangan, her mentor and Silicon Valley based venture capital investor.  Gopi Rangan is the founder and General Partner at Sure Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm investing in insurtech startups. The mission of the firm is to enable peace of mind for individuals and businesses. Portfolio: Blitzz, Decent, Hi Marley, Mile Auto, Rocket Dollar and SpotAngels. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD. Gopi has an M.B.A. from INSEAD, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University, and a B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Coimbatore Institute of Technology in India.  View the show notes here.
August 13, 2019
Timothée Demoures & the new heavy weight champion of the customer acquisition arena (#7).
In this episode Adi Soozin of MD9 interviews Timothée Demoures.  Timothée Demoures is a French Entrepreneur and the Managing Director of Bio After a successful run at Strategy&, Tim decided to take a dive into the startup ecosystem of Paris. Fueled by adrenaline and passion he is the Managing Director of, the world's leading marketplace for ready-to-use tools and business know-how (in finance, strategy, marketing, startups, legal, technology & more). Tim is also the VP of Key Projects at the startup studio adVentures. Tim's experience includes: managing a wide spectrum of business projects and investor relations for startups as noteworthy as Wimi.  IN THIS EPISODE, HE SHARES:  The crucial questions he asked himself when he first joined Eloquens A few surprising lessons that he learnt when he took over the team How he motivates the team throughout the highs and lows of the start-up journey What obstacles he was surprised to face in the earliest stage of Eloquens A few bits of wisdom on how to manage funding Your links, as promised:  Connect with Timothée Demoures HERE via LinkedIn The Y Combinator channel on Eloquens The link to TMDP's channel on Eloquens View the show notes here.
July 05, 2019
Karen Bohrer 🖨️ How to manage and grow a family owned and operated business (#6).
In this episode Adi Soozin of MD9 interviews Karen Bohrer.  An exclusive interview with Karen Bohrer the founder of the family owned and operated business Copy Connection, LLC.  Karen launched her business May 3, 1993. In the past two and a half decades she has grown her humble copy shop into a large B2B printing service center. Copy Connection, which is located across from the Marriott Convention Center of Norfolk, is owned and operated by Karen and her three adulting children.  IN THIS EPISODE, SHE SHARES: How she first got into the printing business.  How she gained the knowledge and experience needed to launch her own venture. How she designed her schedule so she could chose both (a meaningful career & quality family time)!  How her faith plays an integral role in her daily work.  Her secrets to high customer retention rates.  & MORE View the show notes here.
June 06, 2019
Ortal Shlomo 💍 From Etsy Jewelry Designer to Highly Profitable Business Owner (#5).
In this episode Adi Soozin of MD9 interviews Ortal Shlomo.  Ortal Shlomo is the founder and designer of The Faint Hearted jewelry line. She founded her company less than 5 years ago, and was profitable within 6 months. Ortal was gracious enough to devote a full hour to answering our listeners questions, so this interview has been broken down into three episodes for your listening convenience. Join us in discovering how Ortal brilliantly handled the turbulent path from “Etsy jewelry designer” to “highly profitable business owner”. If you’d like to know more about Ortal, subscribe to her monthly “letter from the designer” HERE via her website. IN THIS EPISODE, ORTAL SHARES: What made her decide to launch How long it took her to make a profit How forums helped her MORE than mentors The tactics she uses to increase customer retention How the Etsy algorithm almost tanked her business View the show notes here.
April 09, 2019
Colleen Sande ⛵How to turn a multi-family investment property into a powerful customer acquisition funnel (#4).
In this episode Adi Soozin of MD9 interviews Colleen Sande.  Colleen Sande is a licensed real estate agent and the co-owner of SI Rentals. Colleen & her husband have been active real estate investors for decades. A few years ago, Colleen realized that she could use one of their investment properties as a client acquisition strategy, if she became a licensed realtor. Since then, Colleen has broken local records with referrals, new and returning clients. In this episode she shares a few of the ways that she brilliantly funded and created SI Rentals. If you'd like to know more about Colleen, you're welcome to reach out to her HERE on Quora. IN THIS EPISODE, SHE SHARES: How a degree in computer science led to her opening a company in the multi-family residential real estate space. How she used a multi-family investment property to fill her sales funnel.  A few of the ways she works with her clients to build loyalty and foster organic referrals.  & MORE.  View the show notes here
April 01, 2019
Jerry Levey 👨‍💼 How to turn your small business into a profitable franchise (#3).
In this episode Adi Soozin of MD9 interviews Jerry Levey.  Jerry Levey is a retired business attorney whose Manhattan law practice included - in addition to business formation, financing, purchase and sale - real estate development, construction, management, purchase and sale; also stock brokerage, factoring, publishing, international trade and commercial transactions. For the past ten years, he has been actively working, as a franchise consultant, helping successful, ambitious business savvy people to use franchising to finance business expansion. Through his work as a franchising consultant he has also had the opportunity to help aspiring business owners find the best franchise to fit their lifestyle and leverage their natural strengths.  IN THIS EPISODE, HE SHARES:  How an entrepreneur can prepare his or her business for franchising. If you are interested in transforming your business into a franchise, this episode will provide you with a quick overview of what you need to start doing and preparing for, now. View the show notes here.
March 26, 2019
Harvey Ardman 📚 the author with more than 5,000,000 answer views on Quora (#2).
In this episode Adi Soozin of MD9 interviews Harvey Ardman.  Harvey Ardman is a journalist and novelist with 50 years of experience.  He has written 22 books, both fiction and non-fiction, along with dozens of documentary films for PBS and other television outlets. Now, Harvey can be found answering questions here on Quora on the topics of 20th century history, politics, scientific development, social change, religion and the Internet.  Harvey has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. IN THIS EPISODE, HE SHARES:  How he discovered his calling How he structures his workflow to successfully complete each book How and when a new writer should self-publish His secrets to writing effectively and clearly How your emotions directly impact the success of your work.  View the show notes here. In this episode Adi Soozin of MD9 View the show notes here.
March 14, 2019
Bonnie Wells 🌊 How she grew her latest company to 9 figures in total sales, in less than 4 years (#1).
In this episode Adi Soozin of MD9 interviews Bonnie Wells.  An exclusive interview with Bonnie Wells the founder of the Coastal Living Real Estate Group Bonnie Wells is a licensed real estate broker and the sole founder of the Coastal Living Real Estate Group. She launched and grew her company to #10 in a highly sought after luxury market that had not seen a single new and successful entrant in more than two decades! IN THIS EPISODE, SHE SHARES: How she gained the knowledge and experience needed to launch her latest venture. What life looked like her first year. How she attracted and trained raw talent to grow her business cheaper and faster. The most difficult lessons she was surprised to learn along the way. The tactics she uses to lock in & keep new clients. Her secrets to high customer retention rates. How she uses automation to address passive shoppers. How her team uses careful color choices in clothing as a competitive differentiator. & MORE. View the show notes here. 
March 11, 2019