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Sapphire Stories Podcast

Sapphire Stories Podcast

By Thomas Ma
Sapphire Stories features top business leaders, entrepreneurs, creators, and innovators. In our episode, we dive deep into how people got to where they are today. The purpose is for listeners to take actionable advice that they can apply to their own endeavors.

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Ziv Haklili: Co-Founder of Scale
Ziv is the CoFounder of Scale, a next-generation DTC house of brands he founded with his childhood friend and business partner, Ben Flohr to create meaningful connections between brands and consumers—and positively impact thousands of lives. With expertise in strategic vision, product development and creative direction, he built a strong organizational and operational infrastructure that quickly positioned the company for mass multi-million-dollar growth. Always conscious of the ever-changing digital landscape, Ziv is able to anticipate what tomorrow’s consumers want and create cutting-edge solutions that meet demand.
June 11, 2021
Lila Stewart: Co-Founder of Hari Mari
Lila, along with her hubby, Jeremy are travellers. They know firsthand that comfortable footwear is an important staple in every adventurer’s pack. Like they tend to do after scampering up miles of mountainous trails and endlessly exploring new cities, theirs wore out. In a futile search for something durable, unique, and free of painful break-in periods, they did what anyone with an unhealthy obsession with flip flops would do ... they designed and built their very own, right here in Dallas, TX! With unique designs, they married color & comfort with premium construction & materials to establish the new standard in footwear and apparel - Hari Mari.
June 05, 2021
Sarah & Christine: Co-CEO & Co-founder of Glow Recipe
Sarah and Christine are both the CEO & Co-founder of Glow Recipe. It has been their mission since 2014 to empower everyone to feed their skin the ingredients it needs, when it needs it. Because no one day is the same. Naturally potent, clean formulations with sensorial, unexpected textures and antioxidant-rich fruit extracts are their thing, and they like to have fun along the way. Take it day by day, skin by skin.
April 29, 2021
Michael Wieder: Co-Founder, President, & CMO at Lalo
Co-Founder of Lalo, Michael Wieder, realized very quickly that when it comes to shopping for baby products, parents tend to get overwhelmed by their unlimited options. As a result, Lalo focuses on two core products, the Daily Stroller ($515), and a 2-in-1 high chair and play chair combo called The Chair ($195). When it came to designing these products, Michael wanted to create solutions that would grow with the baby. Thus, parents are able to decrease the height of the high chair as their child’s height increases, allowing him or her to become a crucial member of the home dining experience. Michael shares his top tips for those looking to start a baby gear brand: Target angel investors and small funds. It is important to do your research and know what sector and stage each fund represent. It is important to choose strategic investors who can add value to your company versus just writing checks. Be smart about managing your cash. Future funding isn’t guaranteed, especially in this time of the coronavirus, so balance your growth and profitability. Don’t compare your growth to other companies. Every company should be focused on building their own playbook. Define your ideal consumer early on. Build a brand in relation to their needs, vernacular, and aesthetic.
April 09, 2021
Cody Levine: Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer at Twice Toothpaste
Cody is in business with his older brother, Julian, who's in L.A. right now, and Lenny Kravitz, who’s their third business partner. They all came together four years ago alongside their family. Cody's dad is a dentist in New York, or more like an oral health expert scientist turned entrepreneur and philanthropist. His father with his mom, launched a company called GLO Science. It’s a professional at home teeth whitening device, it’s a pretty innovative brand. They kind of led the trend of those LED devices. They launch about six years ago, his dad built it in his office and used it on his patients and had all these amazing clinical studies and then went to market with it. Through their marketing, they are taking a holistic approach to oral health — as the mouth truly is the gateway to the body and they believe that improving one's oral health starts with the basics of brushing twice a day.
April 02, 2021
Ben Siedl: CEO & Co-Counder of Neyborly
An entrepreneur who finds opportunity in under-utilized assets and hidden human potential. Ben is currently on a journey building exciting, unique short-term rental spaces by transforming vacant retail spaces into thriving creative hubs for professional and social uses. His business is growing quickly and is always looking for new partnerships, ideas, and passionate feel free to reach out to Ben and he'd be happy to to connect!
March 29, 2021
Richard Henne: Co-Founder of Ivory Ella
Richard Henne is a Temple graduate entrepreneur and the Co-Founder of Ivory Ella, an elephant themed charitable women’s e-commerce brand, as well as the Co-Founder of TM38 LLC, a full-service digital agency servicing entrepreneurs and established businesses alike with its proven grass root marketing strategies. His newest brand; Soothe LLC, is a health and wellness brand providing high quality and transparent CBD consumer products meant to better the lives of humans and animals alike. You can see it now at Richard is always searching for networking opportunities to meet like minded individuals with work ethic and a desire to provide something beneficial to others.
March 24, 2021
Scott Norton: Co-Founder of Sir Kensington's
Scott Norton is co-founder of Sir Kensington's, best known for making condiments with character.  With a mission to bring integrity and charm to ordinary and overlooked food, Sir Kensington's has become an integral offering at the leading retailers and restaurants across the country. In 2017, Sir Kensington’s was acquired by Unilever to join a family of global food brands, and help define the future of good food and good business. Scott has been named one of Fast Company's “Most Creative People in Business” and listed on Forbes' “30 Under 30.” Previous to founding Sir Kensington’s, he began his career at Lehman Brothers in Tokyo and traveled across 23 countries in Asia on a folding bicycle. Scott is an alumnus of Brown University and a member of the University’s Advisory Council on Entrepreneurship. As an angel investor and mentor, he advises purpose-driven startups in food and technology.
March 02, 2021
Ju Rhyu: Co-Founder/CEO of Hero Cosmetics
Ju Rhyu is co-founder/CEO of Hero Cosmetics. Hero Cosmetics was launched in 2017 with one product, Mighty Patch, as a test on Amazon. Now, Hero Cosmetics sells a box of Mighty Patch  every 15 seconds in channels like Amazon, Target, DTC, Neiman Marcus, Goop, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and more. She has been named to the Inc. Magazine 2019 Female Founders 100 list and was named a Yotpo 2019 Amazing Woman in Ecommerce. She is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia Business School and splits her time between Paris and NYC.
February 27, 2021
Bassima Mroue: CEO and co-founder of SkinTē
Bassima Mroue is the CEO and co-founder of SkinTē, the first-ever collagen sparkling tea positioned at the intersection of beauty, beverage and wellness.  The brand is experiencing rapid growth, was Finalist for Best Ingestible 2 years in a row by IBE, and has been recognized by media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Inc, Allure, Goop, US Weekly, Entrepreneur, PopSugar and WWD.  Prior to SkinTē, Bassima worked at heavyweights like Nike and Spanx. As a board member of the Sara Blakely Foundation, she is also an active supporter of female empowerment as shown in her 2012 TEDx Portland talk.
February 20, 2021
Jaime Schmidt: Founder of Schmidt's Naturals / Author of Supermaker
Jaime Schmidt is the quintessential maker-made-good. As the founder and former CEO of Schmidt's, Jaime led the brand to sales in over 30 countries and onto the shelves of Target, Costco, CVS, Walmart, and Whole Foods. The brand was acquired by Unilever in 2017, and Jaime continues to support their global expansion. Today, as an investor with her fund Color, and through her media company Supermaker, Schmidt is elevating emerging and underrepresented entrepreneurs. On this episode, we feature Jaime and hear her humble beginnings. Please support her by reading her amazing book Supermaker!
February 06, 2021
Kara Lynn Joyce: CEO of Lead Sports Co. // Three-Time USA Olympic Swimmer
Kara Lynn Joyce is a three-time USA Olympic swimmer living in Long Beach, CA. Kara competed in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics for team USA winning a total of four medals. As a swimmer for the University of Georgia, Joyce won 18 NCAA titles and set the American Record in the 50 yard and 50 meter freestyle. In 2010 she moved to Denver to train with Olympic star, Missy Franklin, in an attempt to make her third Olympic team. Her journey has been captured in the beautiful film, "Touch the Wall” which has been screened globally in theaters and is available via blue-ray, dvd and amazon prime. In 2017 Kara founded the Lead Sports Co. for teenage girl athletes. Lead focuses on connecting female athletes with accomplished women in sports through yearly summits and regional seminars. Over the last 4 years the Lead Company has grown from not only a yearly event, but an online community and Academy. The Lead Academy is the home base for teenage girl athletes, parents and coaches with comprehensive online courses in Leadership, Confidence, Sports Psychology, and more.
February 02, 2021
Marc Randolph: Co-Founder of Netflix
Marc Randolph is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. As co-founder and founding CEO of Netflix, he laid much of the groundwork for a service that’s grown to 150 million subscribers, and fundamentally altered how the world experiences media. He also served on the Netflix board of directors until retiring from the company in 2003. Marc’s career as an entrepreneur spans four decades. He’s founded or co-founded six other successful startups, mentored hundreds of early stage entrepreneurs, and as an investor has helped seed dozens of successful tech ventures (and just as many unsuccessful ones).  Most recently, he co-founded analytics software company Looker Data Sciences, where he now serves as director. Outside of the tech and startup world, Marc sits on the boards of Chubbies Shorts, Augment Technologies, the environmental advocacy group 1% For The Planet, and the International Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), which he’s been involved with for most of his life. A resident of Santa Cruz, California, Marc travels and speaks all over the world, and still probably manages to go surfing more than you do.
November 22, 2020
Kevin Belbey: The Montag Group:
As an agent at The Montag Group, Kevin represents sports broadcasting clients from national networks to local markets. His clients include play-by-play announcers, analysts, radio hosts, writers and reporters. Kevin is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, his Master’s Degree in New Media Management from Newhouse and his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University’s College of Law. He currently serves on several Syracuse boards including the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association, The Newhouse 44 and the Generation Orange Leadership Council. In March of 2017, Kevin was named to Front Office Sports’ “Rising 25” list of up-and-coming sports business professionals. In September of 2019, Kevin was the recipient of the Generation Orange Award by his alma mater, an award recognizing a young alumnus making major contributions in their field of work. In addition to working as an agent, Kevin is the Founder and General Manager of Boeheim’s Army— a team of former Syracuse Men’s Basketball players who compete in the annual $2million winner-take-all “The Basketball Tournament."
November 18, 2020
Rob Angel: The Creator of Pictionary
Rob Angel is the creator of the popular game Pictionary. On our episode, he shares exciting news about his upcoming book: Game Changer ( Game Changer is the story of how a twenty-three-year-old waiter from Seattle had the outrageous dream of beating industry giants Milton Bradley and Mattel at their own game.  With no experience, Rob Angel used his guts, drive, and intuition to create one of the most beloved board games of all time: Pictionary. Rob did it his way.  He produced the first 1,000 games by hand in his tiny one- bedroom apartment, disrupted the market by selling to nontraditional retail outlets, and did countless demonstrations at the bottom of the escalator at Nordstrom, a store with no game department. Anything to succeed.
September 22, 2020
WEWEARCUTE: TikTok Creators with over 10M followers
Wewearcute has over 6,400,00 followers on TikTok. They consistently achieve millions of views on their account. Hear their story: Learn how they started What it takes to succeed on the platform Where they got their inspiration and more Follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with new podcast episodes: @stackingrowth
April 30, 2020
Liz Hernandez: Founder of WORDAFUL
My name is Liz Hernandez, I’m a Mexican American Emmy-nominated television personality and journalist. As a former radio host and entertainment reporter for Access Hollywood, E! News and MTV, my career has been built on words, but no chapter more meaningful than the one I am currently living with WORDAFUL, a video and live event series that focuses on the importance of how we communicate with others and ourselves. Through WORDAFUL I’ve created a new form of storytelling that I hope will encourage and connect us to the power of words. We can create new realities for ourselves by changing our internal and external dialogue, ones that support more meaningful relationships and lives. Our thoughts and words from yesterday are what make up our lives today. To stay connected with your host, follow @thomas.ma7 on Instagram
April 09, 2020
Laura Hutfless: Co-Founder FlyteVu
Laura Hutfless is a Co-Founder of FlyteVu, a Nashville-based full-service entertainment marketing agency founded in 2015 that connects brands to consumers through compelling storytelling, unparalleled experiences, and the power of pop culture. In only four years under Laura’s leadership, FlyteVu has experienced 2230% revenue growth and was named to Adweek’s 2019 Top 100 Fastest Growing Agencies List with an impressive roster of clients including Bumble, Enterprise, Jack Daniel’s, Anheuser Busch, Victoria’s Secret PINK, Converse, Norwegian Cruise Line, Drybar, Spotify, and many others. FlyteVu is known for creating first-of-its kind campaigns that give back to the community and/or change culture. Hutfless led Bumble’s very first Super Bowl commercial and campaign titled “The Ball is in Her Court” featuring Serena Williams with music by Rita Ora. The campaign was the first majority female-led creative team in Super Bowl history. Other notable campaigns include Enterprise’s “Share the Code. Hit the Road” with OneRepublic, Bumble’s “Play x Play” with Tiffany Haddish, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple launch hosted by Kesha, Bumble’s ‘Empowered by Bumble Bizz’ with Kacey Musgraves, Bebe Rexha, and Hayley Kiyoko, and a multi-year partnership between Norwegian Cruise Line and Kelly Clarkson. FlyteVu’s campaigns have collectively earned multiple awards including three Gold and two Bronze Clio Awards, an Emmy Award, a GRAMMY Award, and Davey Awards. In 2018 and 2019, Laura was named to Billboard’s Branding Power Player List, and to Billboard’s Country Power Player List in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She was also named to Billboard’s "40 under 40" power player list in 2012 and 2013 and the "30 under 30" list in 2010.  Additionally, Laura has been a featured speaker at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women’s Summit and NextGen Summit, Advertising Week, Billboard Touring Conference, Biz Bash, Who Knew: Women Who Rock, and has been covered in Ad Age, Adweek, Billboard, Forbes, and more.  Laura serves on Boards of the Country Music Association and The Onsite Foundation. After experiencing the unexpected loss of a loved one due to substance abuse as a result of trauma, Laura’s philanthropic efforts have focused on mental health, substance abuse disorder, addiction, and trauma. Laura is currently leading efforts with The Onsite Foundation, as a Board Member, to develop a first-of-its-kind trauma-informed therapeutic program called “Triumph Over Tragedy” that will provide tools, support, and a safe community for survivors of mass shootings to find hope and healing.  The first program is set to launch in March and will provide services, funded by full scholarships, to survivors across the nation regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. To stay connected with your host, follow @thomas.ma7 on Instagram
April 09, 2020
Taiki Green: Co-Founder of Watch Momentum
Taiki Green, co-founder, and former collegiate pitcher, started working at the start-up baseball training company, Driveline Baseball. After working as the head of content there he then left to be a freelance Director/Producer. Taiki has worked with a number of organizations such as ESPN, Fox Sports, MLB, and Parkwood Entertainment.  His goal now is to tell visually powerful stories in and around baseball. With his free time, Taiki enjoys traveling as much as he can (at least 2-3 countries a year), great food, solid-well-curated memes, and being around people that inspire him to do better every day. To stay connected with your host, follow @thomas.ma7 on Instagram
April 09, 2020
Steve Astephen: CEO The Familie, Strategic Partner
Steve Astephen had an entrepreneurial spirit from day one, beginning his career owning 'The Otherside', an iconic snowboard shop in the early 90’s. The shop’s success, along with the loyalty and life long relationships Steve developed within the snowboard community, led him to his passion of managing sports talent. In 1994, Astephen became the Team Manager of Lamar Snowboards and dominated the industry by signing some of the most powerful teams in the sport. Astephen then founded the first action sports agency, fittingly named, 'The Familie.' His success quickly grew a roster of over 30 of the world’s top action sports athletes, spanning across- BMX, motocross, snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, and wake-boarding. By 1999, The Familie was established as the premier action sports marketing and athlete management agency with services that included marketing, public relations, creative, licensing, trend research, event activation and consulting. In April 2003, Astephen partnered with Wasserman Media Group where he served as the Managing Partner for 16 years. Astephen was instrumental to the growth of Wasserman as they became the largest athlete representation agency, growing to over 1,600 athletes and representing countless Fortune 500 brands. During this time Astephen was selected by Sports Business Journal as one of its coveted "Forty Under 40" in sports. Astephen, left Wasserman mid-2019 to revive his own agency, The Familie V2, a representation and brand building agency working across sports, music, art, and media. Astephen remains an active investor and advisor today for brands such as Hoonigan Media Machine, Stance socks, Kopari, Art of Sport and Nixon. He currently resides in Cardiff, CA. To stay connected with your host, follow @thomas.ma7 on Instagram
April 09, 2020
Alice Woo: Senior Director Of Growth At Honey
Alice Woo is an entrepreneurial professional specializing in all things digital marketing, customer acquisition, and creative strategy. She currently leads paid media for Honey, a technology company recently acquired by PayPal. To stay connected with your host, follow @thomas.ma7 on Instagram
April 09, 2020
Candy Harris: CEO of Unlisted / Brand Lab
Candy Harris has spent her career developing the visual marketing language of leading lifestyle brands.  Her professional journey began as she developed a youth marketing division at The Familie, a renowned action sports athlete management firm.  Having worked with clients such as Nike and ESPN, she honed her craft developing marketing strategies and brand partnerships around the world’s top surf, skate, moto, and BMX athletes. Her love of crafting stories, and strategies, around athletes, led her to the role of Brand Director for iconic lifestyle company Billabong.  There she spent a decade developing iconic global events, campaigns, and collaborations, helping to expand Billabong from its passionate endemic audience to become a recognizable global lifestyle brand. Following her time at Billabong, Candy pursued her passion for building brands from the ground up and joined Stance Socks, as one of the first dozen employees on board. Candy was a part of the executive team who grew the brand from start-up disrupter to category phenomenon.  Prior to founding Unlisted, Candy most recently played both Chief Marketing and Creative Officer roles at Stance, overseeing the Marketing, Creative and Experiential teams.  Having over 20 years of marketing and creative experience, Candy has developed her skills across various brand touch points from product category development, to events and campaign execution.  While at Stance she led a marketing team through several high-profile collaboration launches ranging from the likes of Rihanna and Jean-Michel Basquiat to crafting global Brand Campaigns and influencer strategies. Unlisted Brand Lab has been a long time coming; a brand incubator and creative marketing agency that draws together her 20 years of experience and connections throughout the industry. To stay connected with your host, follow @thomas.ma7 on Instagram
April 09, 2020
Wesley ter Haar: Founder MediaMonks & S4 executive director
Wesley ter Haar is the Founding Monk of MediaMonks and board member of S4, Martin Sorrell's new era, new age services company. He co-founded MediaMonks in 2001 to wage war on mediocre digital production, working tirelessly to grow MediaMonks into a creative production powerhouse with global reach and recognition. Working from MediaMonks’ LA office, Wesley acts as MediaMonks’ COO, making him a self-described ‘lifeline for deadlines’ and ‘Project Manager of Project Managers’. Wesley also sits on the boards of SoDA. He’s a sought-after speaker and jury member, most notably serving as the inaugural president of Cannes Lions' Digital Craft jury in 2016. He was inducted into the ADCN Hall of Fame in 2018 and was named an AdAge creative All Star and part of the Adweek50 executives leading the way in transforming the industry. To stay connected with your host, follow @thomas.ma7 on Instagram
April 09, 2020
Lavinia Errico: Founder of Equinox Fitness Clubs and the Inside Out Movement
Lavinia Errico, the visionary founder behind Equinox Fitness Clubs and the Inside Out Movement, is a nationally acclaimed workplace and wellness entrepreneur and a speaker of essential truths on the subjects of Values-Driven Entrepreneurship, Developing Next Generation Leadership, The Women Led Workplace, Spiritual Entrepreneurship, Keeping the Soul in Success, The Habits of Success, Building Your Brand, Culture Shifts, and Joy in the Hustle.  A sought after board member, consultant and angel investor in diverse startup companies across a multitude of industries, Errico inspires and transforms individuals and organizations with her unique and often disruptive take on how to create a richer, more authentic, inspiring and joyful career and life journey. To stay connected with your host, follow @boxwithtom on Instagram
April 09, 2020
David Meltzer: Co-Founder of Sports 1 Marketing
David Meltzer is the Co-founder of Sports 1 Marketing and formerly served as CEO of the renowned Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment agency, which was the inspiration for the movie Jerry Maguire.  His life’s mission is to empower OVER 1 BILLION people to be happy! This simple yet powerful mission has led him on an incredible journey to provide one thing…VALUE.  In all his content and communication that’s exactly what you’ll receive. He is a three-time international best-selling author, a Top 100 Business Coach, the executive producer of Entrepreneur‘s #1 digital business show, Elevator Pitch, and host of the top entrepreneur podcast, The Playbook.  His newest book, Game-Time Decision Making, was a #1 new release, David has been recognized by Variety Magazine as their Sports Humanitarian of the Year, awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and most recently at the Super Bowl David was honored as the Most Valuable Philanthropist. To stay connected with your host, follow @thomas.ma7 on Instagram
April 09, 2020
Stephane de la Faverie: Global Brand President of Estee Lauder
Stéphane de la Faverie is the Global Brand President, Estée Lauder, a position he assumed in July 2016. With a proven track record of building and leading global brands, deep expertise across categories and channels, and a keen understanding of local relevance, Stéphane is the ideal leader to strengthen the Company’s namesake brand for its next stage of growth.  Stéphane led Origins and Darphin from 2014, most recently in the role of Global Brand President. During this time, he led Origins’ rapid double-digit growth in China, while simultaneously invigorating the brand’s footprint in heritage markets such as North America through innovative retail capabilities. Additionally, he has spearheaded Darphin’s trend leadership, ultimately securing the brand’s position as a skin care opinion leader in the fast- growing oil category. Prior to this, Stéphane played a leadership role on the Company’s fragrance portfolio as Senior Vice President, Global General Manager, Aramis and Designer Fragrances. Prior to joining the Estée Lauder Companies, Stéphane served as General Manager, Giorgio Armani USA, a division of L’Oreal Paris, where he successfully launched several men’s and women’s fragrances. During his tenure, he was also responsible for the development of the beauty portfolio throughout North America. Stéphane began his career within the Lancôme Global brand in Paris. He then joined the Travel Retail division as Area Manager for the Luxury Products Group, North America, overseeing the Lancôme, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Biotherm beauty brands. Soon after, he was appointed General Manager, Lancôme, Australia and in 2006 joined Lancôme USA as Vice President of Marketing, overseeing both the skin care and fragrance categories. Stéphane was educated at ESC Bordeaux Business School, where he studied Marketing and Finance. In addition to speaking French, he is also fluent in English and Spanish. Stéphane lives in New York City and has three children. To stay connected with your host, follow @thomas.ma7 on Instagram
April 09, 2020
Ryan Cummins: Founder of Heroic, Co-founder of Omaze
Ryan Cummins is the Founder of Omaze, a charitable fundraising platform that partners talent and brands to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Since launching in 2012, Omaze has launched over 350 campaigns with the world’s biggest influencers, from Bono to Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Lawrence, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Meryl Streep, President Clinton, Serena Williams, Star Wars and many more. Omaze has raised over $75 million from donors representing 175 countries. In addition to international expansion, Omaze is now convening global foundations and family offices with its celebrity and brand partners to radically amplify the funds and awareness raised through its civic engagement campaigns. Prior to Omaze, Ryan was an executive producer of “Decade of Difference”, the Clinton Foundation’s 10-year anniversary and globally-televised concert event. Prior to that he created Untitled Thinkers, a media property based on a series of intimate conversations filmed with over 120 Nobel Prize and Fields Medal winners, MacArthur Geniuses, Pulitzers, Political Dignitaries and Internet Pioneers. Ryan received a BA in economics from Stanford University, and was awarded a fellowship to receive his MBA from UCLA Anderson. To stay connected with your host, follow @thomas.ma7 on Instagram
April 09, 2020
Ryan Kingman: Co-founder of Stance, Partner at Studio Remains & VP Partnerships at Igloo
Entrepreneurial brand founder and marketing executive recognized for his ability to visualize untapped opportunities in a multitude of unique platforms with proven firsthand knowledge of how to specifically engage both the youth and creative classes. Merging sports, music and art cultures into an effective programming and content mix that brings to life creative, marketing and partnership ideas, Ryan’s contributions have forever changed the game for prestigious brands, consumers and retailers alike, fueling phenomenal sales growth while reinventing entire brand categories in the process. To stay connected with your host, follow @thomas.ma7 on Instagram
April 09, 2020
Josh Shapiro is the founder & CEO of Baseball Lifestyle 101 - an online community for baseball fans of all ages and an online retailer. Josh started Baseball Lifestyle 101 when he was 15 years old, and launched it into a 7 figure business in the years that followed.
March 31, 2020
Menagerie: Tiffany Stone & Harlan Milkove
Tiffany is an experienced entrepreneur, growth strategist and startup mentor. She has been helping venture-backed startups build, launch and scale consumer products, with roles in product management, marketing and strategy. In 2015, she co-founded Menagerie to provide modern couples with personalized financial guidance and vendor recommendations. Currently, she is part of the 5G Labs strategy team and responsible for investigating and incubating next-generation products and businesses. Tiffany continues to advise BrightEyes, the organization she founded to empower student entrepreneurs, and is actively involved as a mentor to startups (and sometimes investor!). Harlan Milkove is a repeat VC-backed startup founder, and Managing Partner at Foundational where he works with early-stage startups plan and implement their fundraising strategies. His prior venture, Reonomy, has raised $125M+ for its industry-standard commercial real estate data analytics platform. Harlan has also been a founding member of companies in the blockchain, IoT, and on-demand labor verticals. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
March 27, 2020
Lisa Chin Mollica & Aaron Graves
Lisa Chin Mollica has over 20 years of experience in product design and growing startups. She is currently the Founder of KidCash and two platforms that are launching, Vote In Or Out and Pepperizer. She is also currently the Principal Product Design for Arianna Huffington's Wellness Company at Thrive Global. She is a mother of two, is married to a firefighter serving as a Lieutenant in the FDNY and resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. Aaron Graves is a founder based out of NYC. He taught himself BASIC in grade school, and ran a small business building computers and teaching people about the internet in high school. He went on to work as a developer, founder and CTO. He designed & launched a successful gamified sustainability company called WeSpire, and is now hard at work on his not-yet-launched project.
March 27, 2020
Steven Galanis: CEO of Cameo
Steven Galanis is the CEO of Cameo, the world’s leading marketplace for personalized video shoutouts. He launched the company in 2017 with co-founders Martin Blencowe & Devon Townsend with the idea that the selfie was the new autograph. To date the company has sold over half a million Cameos and seen over 25,000 athletes, actors, and influencers join the platform.  In 2018, Cameo was named one of the "50 Genius Companies on Earth" by Time Magazine. Steven was named Chicago Inno's 2018 B2C Innovator of the Year and Crain's "40 under 40." He is a LinkedIn alum who previously worked as a trader on the floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and founder of two film investment companies where he produced movies featuring stars such as Bruce Willis and Robert De Niro. Outside of work he is an avid Chicago sports fan and serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Chicago. Steven is a 2010 graduate of Duke University where he majored in History.
March 27, 2020
Jim Decicco: CEO and Co-Founder of Super Coffee
Jim DeCicco and his two brothers, Jake and Jordan, were recently named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Food & Drink category for the company they co-founded, Kitu Life. Kitu Life also appeared on Season 9 of Shark Tank as the three brothers pitched their product, SuperCoffee, a healthy, performance-motivated energy drink. On this episode, hear the following: -How Jim and his brothers started the company from the college dorm rooms -The hustle stories that him and his brothers had to do to get the company to run -Lessons that he learned along his journey
March 24, 2020
Fabrice Sergent: Managing Director and Co-Founder of Bandsintown
On this episode, we interview the CEO of Bandsintown. We dive deep into how he started the company, entrepreneurship advice, and challenges he had to overcome to get where he is today. With 50 million monthly users, Bandsintiown has the reach to drive that concert discovery, and “because we enable fans to manually track artists or connect their accounts to their streaming service accounts," says Sargent, "we get a very strong understanding of their preferences.” "(Bandsintown) enables fans to go to many more shows through alerts when their favorite artists come to town and through recommendations that Bandsintown provides, he continues. "The platform also enables artists to publish their tour dates and display them on their own properties, and therefore sell more tickets, because we also provide a free messaging tool they can use to directly email or send push notifications to their fans, which we call “trackers.” "We send about 500,000 people to ticketing sites every single day, and 50 percent of our fans go to shows by artists they have never heard of after a Bandsintown recommendation," concludes Sargent.
March 20, 2020
Barney Waters: President of K-Swiss
Full episode recording can be found here ->> Learn from the president of K-Swiss and how they are tackling the shoe space with entrepreneurs!
March 01, 2020
Capturing moments from top celebrities such as Tyga, Usher, Drake, Wiz Khalifa, and many more Ft. Armen Keleshian
Armen is a Complex top 30 music photographer He has taken photos for the biggest name in the music industry such as Drake, Tyga, Wiz, Usher, and many more. You can see his full portfolio on his website --> His work has landed on Complex, New York Times, Billboard, and many more.  On our podcast, Armen shares what it took for him to dive into the industry and how he was able to get himself in the right spot at the right time. This podcast is perfect for anyone looking to learn how to take determination to the next level in pursuit of your dreams. Follow Armen --> @armenkeleshian
June 28, 2019
How to EXECUTE in the Real Estate space Ft. Antonio Edwards
A former truck driver turned Real Estate Expert, Antonio Edwards has flipped and consulted on more than 400 properties. Antonio remains an extremely active Real Estate Investor who buys, sells, and rents properties. Antonio is also an international speaker, educator and mentor. Antonio is the CEO and founder of REI Rich and Famous. On this episode, we interview Antonio and learned how he was able to start his career in the real estate space and build up his reputation. Nuggets dropped: 1. How college students can venture into this space without capital 2. How you can network your way to gain mentors to help you in the space To connect with Antonio, follow him -->
June 07, 2019
How I turned @nbamemes (Top Facebook Page) into a top NBA sports network with Clutchpoints Ft. NISH PATEL, CEO [EPISODE 006)
This podcast was recorded at a Stacking Growth event in LA, California. Nish Patel is the creator of @nbamemes, a popular Facebook NBA fan page. Today, he leads a top sports network with his company Clutchpoints. His company is backed by Baron Davis and other top investors.  On this podcast, you can learn how Nish started his Facebook page and eventually leveraged it into a top media network.  If you'd like to reach out to Nish, here is his Linkedin: To contact me, reach out to me on Instagram @itsthomasma
May 30, 2019
Reaching your customers directly with Facebook Messenger Bot with Arri Bagah, CEO of Conversmart
On this episode, you will learn how Arri started his own agency out of Los Angeles. What is impressive is how he picked up a skill with the Facebook Messenger Bot and built a business out of it. Arri has worked with large brands like GUESS and crushed it for them.  Arri believes that the way consumers communicate has changed. So, the way we market has to also change. He created Conversmart to help DTC brands reach their customers directly using messaging. Arri Bagah became an expert in the conversational commerce space and is invited to speak at large conferences including Conversations Conference, and Traffic and Conversions Summit, the biggest marketing event in North America. Arri also served in the United States Army. To stay in touch with Arri, follow him on Instagram @arribagah
May 23, 2019
How you can get started with Facebook Ads without any experience Ft. Tim Burd, Nick Shackelford, and Scott Krammer [Experts who have spent generated millions in ROAS] [Episode 004]
This episode was recorded at a Stacking Growth event at AdQuadrant in February 2019. The purpose of this episode was to bring in top Facebook advertisers to share what's working in Facebook Ads in 2019 and how people can get started. Facebook ads has been a proven tool to have internet brands scale what they do. Anyone can start, and all it takes to start is to create a Facebook Business Manager account.  Collectively these guys have managed millions of dollars on Facebook.  To connect with them, you can follow them on Instagram: Tim Burd - @timburd Nick Shackelford - @iamnickshackelford Scott Kramer - @skitestscott
May 06, 2019
Going from 10k+ followers to over 100k followers on Instagram with Kendra Zager (Episode 002)
Kendra Zager is a social media influencer on instagram. She has accumulated over 150,000 followers.  On our podcast, she shares what it takes to build up your following. How one can leverage their following to work with top brands and earn opportunities. To connect with Kendra, follow her @kendrazager
April 24, 2019
From zero to 7 figures + in less than one year via drop shipping as a teenager with Vince Wang
Vince Wang is a 20 year old entrepreneur from California. He built a 7 figure drop shipping brand in less than one year.  On the podcast, Vince shares tactics that he used to elevate his brand and some of the mistakes that he learned. He discusses what it takes to sell a product.   This is a 100% tactics talk, if you're looking to dive deep into this space, take notes and execute. If you have any questions, feel free to dm me @itsthomasma or Vince @vince_wang_ceo
April 09, 2019