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Chris Voss spent 24 years in the FBI and was the FBI’s lead international kidnapping and hostage negotiator for 4 years. He was an Instructor of International Business Negotiation at Harvard and is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown and University of Southern California MBA programs. He is coauthor of Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as If Your Life Depended on It by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz. He founded the Black Swan Group which is a negotiating consulting firm that applies his field tested lessons of hostage, crisis and kidnapping negotiation to the business negotiation world.
Global Food Sources are now being used to create healthy and in-demand products and Brian Oaks, founder of Global Goods uses the demand to generate a supply in struggling areas where the economic boost is most needed. Global Goods is a company that sources and manufactures Agave Nectar, Coconut Oil, and mexican Vanilla products. The company also produces its own Natural Skincare line Cocave. Global Goods sells all over the world and do this by also providing local jobs to struggling areas in Africa , Asia, the Dominican Republic and many other nations.
Effective delegation is a skill any founder has to learn or the company will not grow. Brian Goulet co-Founder of The Goulet Pen Company learned the lesson of delegation in the trenches. He and his wife Rachel run an online retail store focusing on fountain pens, ink, paper, and other tools for the writing enthusiast. They have grown it from a mom-and-pop startup from their dining room table to a multi-million dollar operation with over 40 team members and a 12,000+sf office/warehouse space.
Mom entrepreneurs fill one of the hardest roles on the planet. Laura Fuentes founder of Momables.com and food and lifestyle brand LauraFuentes.com knows the struggle of balancing home and work intimately.Big brands hire her – brands like Sabra Hummus, Nestle, Bobs Red Mill, and many more. As well, her brands reach over 700,000 unique visitors per month. Momables helps parents feed their children great tasting healthy foods without spending an eternity in the kitchen or breaking the bank. Her sites also provide weekly recipe plans, cookbooks like “The Best Homemade Kids Snacks on the Planet,” and she even offers a done for you meal delivery service. She runs all of this while raising 3 kids.
If you want to master your craft you’ve got to hear this conversation with Jay Papasan. Jay co-authored The ONE Thing – The Surprisingly simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results with Gary Keller. It has been translated into 24 languages and has more than 275 national bestseller list appearances, including #1 on the Wall Street Journal and has sold millions of copies. When I ask many top entrepreneurs one of the most impactful books they read, “The One Thing” comes up over and over. The journey for Jay has been interesting from translator to teacher of poetry and creative writing at NYU to HarperCollins to Keller-Williams Realty and best selling author.
To start from scratch is never easy, but Peter Rahal, co-founder of RxBar didn’t know any other way to do it. He and his team manufacture whole food protein bars with a “No B.S” value proposition since the base of the bar only includes whole food ingredients like egg whites, almonds, cashews, and dates. They sell more than 175,000 bars per month and can be found in Trader Joe’s across the country as well as Wegman’s Grocery, Whole Foods and many more. Today’s you’ll hear Peter’s success story – from apartment workshop to national distribution.
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Healthy food matters to Kimberly Crupi Dobbins. A lot. It was her own health needs that motivated her to found Simple Squares, a supplier of premium organic nutrition bars. She bootstrapped the company after going on a sabbatical from Morningstar. She went from making the bars in her kitchen to selling over 1 million bars in year. They are sold in Whole Foods, Starbucks, and many more.
The natural foods industry didn’t see Jim Simon and his sister Annette coming. They are the co-founders of JimmyBar. JimmyBar is Jim’s 6th start up and he decided to tackle the food & obesity problem by creating a natural foods company. The company only uses wholesome ingredients that are gluten free and dairy free that people can actually pronounce. Jimmy Bars can be found in Whole Foods, Walgreens, Target, Kroger, and many more.
Excellent customer service is a hallmark of every company Jason Friedman runs. Jason is founder of CXFormula™. Through CXFormula he helps fast-growing, entrepreneurial companies gain an unfair advantage over their competition. His clients range from solopreneurs to companies like …in retail include (Foot Locker, Adidas, Nike), hospitality (W Hotels, Universal Studios, Disney,), financial services (Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Fidelity), higher education (Stanford & Harvard Universities) and Online Services / Information Products. In 2008, Jason sold his first company (Creative Realities) in the high 8-figures. He has started and successfully exited 4 other businesses:
Product Shipping is Divey Gulati’s specialty. Divey is Co-Founder of ShipBob, a company he started with his partner Dhruv Saxena. ShipBob provides automation and on demand shipping and packaging for small businesses. They have shipped out over 500,000 packages to date and the company has raised over $5million to date and serves businesses in Chicago, New York, and LA.
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