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Rusty Jones and Tom Bushkie are the founders of Hello Water. Hellowater is fiber infused with zero grams of sugar and five grams fiber to help with a healthy lifestyle. Hellowater is also a fresh delivery system for fiber with exciting flavors such as Dance, which is their orange mango version. You can find Hellowater at Target, Jewel Osco, Woodmans, on Amazon and many more retailers across the country.
Ryan Lee is the founder of REWIND and the Superfood bar. The company can be found on rewindtoday.com – Ryan has over twenty-two years in the health and fitness industry (Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, Created the world’s fastest workout video, ect). Anyone who follows Ryan knows he is obsessed with living a good and healthy life with his wife and four kids at the forefront.
Mike McKim is the co-founder of Cuvee Coffee Roasting Company. Cuvee Coffee Roasting Company has been providing independent coffee houses and coffee enthusiasts with sustainable artisan blends, single origin, and estate coffees since 1998. Mike is also a board chairman at the non-profit, Operation Supply Drop that supports today’s active duty military and their families. Cuvee Coffee is a nationally recognized specialty coffee roaster with its roots firmly established in Texas. Cuvee Coffee and cold brew can be found at their website, Whole Foods, Heb, Central Market, Target, and soon to be limited Safeways.
Dan Meadors is a co-founder of The Wholesale Formula with Eric Lambert. They began selling on Amazon as a hobby with an original investment of only $600. They worked nights and weekends buying products on clearance at local retail stores and selling them on Amazon for a profit. It only took a few months before they saw the potential to turn this hobby into a business as they both left their day jobs to sell on Amazon full-time. Since then they have been able to generate over $20,000,000 in sales on Amazon. Dan and Eric have developed their own unique system to take advantage of wholesale opportunities called The Wholesale Formula.
Tara Bosch is the founder of SmartSweets, her mission is to help you kick sugar! She started SmartSweets after forming an unhealthy relationship with food and seeing the negative effects sugar has on our health. After spending months recipe testing in her kitchen with a gummy bear mold from Amazon, Tara created a healthy gummy bear. Tara and her team were able to raise 3.6 million dollars to get their business off the ground. Today, you can find SmartSweets in over 10,000 stores like Whole Foods, Target, GNC and many online channels.
Why We Need More Transparency in Business with Courtney Nichols Gould Founder of SmartyPants Vitamins
Courtney Nichols Gould is the CEO of SmartyPants Vitamins. SmartyPants Vitamins have a gummy obsession which started because they believed that the very best vitamins are an all in one combination of different nutrients that would save money, time and peace of mind for customers. Their products can be found on Amazon, in Whole Foods, Kroger, Target, Costco and many more locations all over the US. Their bottle is the one with the cute owl winking at you. For every bottle sold they make a 1 for 1 grant to Vitamin Angels to provide children in need with nutrients and they have made over 6.2 million nutrient grants to date. Click to Watch – Learn about the value of transparency!
Tom Kulzer is the founder of AWeber. AWeber is one of the top email marketing providers on the planet and helps over 100,000 businesses build their audience. Tom started AWeber all the way back in 1998.
Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:
- [1:30] Jeremy introduces his guest, Tom Kulzer.
- [2:30] Why does AWeber have live customer support?
- [5:30] Tom talks about growing the business and making his first hire.
- [8:45] How does Tom hire the right people?
- [13:30] What is the process for collecting and incorporating customer feedback?
- [16:00] Tom talks about the categorizing and tagging aspects of AWeber.
- [23:00] Tom gives a little peek behind the process at AWeber.
- [28:30] How does Tom stay productive?
- [31:00] Why did Tom drop out of school? How has it impacted him?
- [34:30] Tom talks about email back in 1998.
- [39:00] How AWeber has evolved over the years.
- [43:45] Tom talks about the culture he’s created at AWeber.
- [49:00] The lowest moment in the journey so far.
- [50:45] Milestones that Tom is proud of.
- [52:00] Tom talks about how AWeber has impacted client businesses.
In this episode…
What is the impact of automation on your sector of the business community? Are you thriving due to automation or is your organization suffering? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Tom Kulzer. In his conversation with Jeremy, Tom opens up about the early days of AWeber, how he scaled the business, the challenges he faced along the way, how he built his team, what it takes to stay productive, and so much more. Don’t miss this valuable behind the scenes look at AWeber and Tom’s fascinating story!
Do you have to be a college graduate to be successful? If you take a quick look at some of the most notable leaders in business, the answer is no! Leaders like Steve Jobs and Michael Dell enjoyed massive success without finishing higher education. On the other hand, leaders like Tom Kulzer stress the value of education beyond grade school, and that doesn’t have to mean traditional higher education either. Don’t put yourself in a box or others, if you don’t have the “Right stuff” on paper that doesn’t preclude you from going out there and building something you can be proud of.
How do you scale a business from the ground up? Do you secure the best team money can buy right away or do you bide your time looking for the right moment to reinvest your profits back into the company? Tom Kulzer built AWeber from the ground up and knew very quickly that he couldn’t do it alone. When Tom reached out to find his first team member, he was so nervous about getting this important role wrong. Thankfully it all worked out for Tom, and AWeber grew from that moment on, bringing on a whole team of talented individuals. What can you learn from Tom’s story?
When was the last time that your organization took a serious look at how they review and respond to customer feedback? Is this something that your business does on a regular basis or in a more happenstance manner? For Tom Kulzer and his team at AWeber, responding and incorporating customer feedback is critical. They have learned the value of keeping a close tab on what their users want to see from their platform and what they can do to meet those needs. The fact of the matter is, if you don’t work hard to keep the customers you have, someone else will do whatever it takes to win them over.
One of the hot topics in the business world today is automation. Some sectors are embracing automation with open arms, and some are decrying it as the death knell of their industry. Love it or hate it, automation is the wave of the future. Embracing the ingenuity of automation, AWeber is leading the way with their take on email marketing. AWeber is built for time-strapped content creators, small business owners, and entrepreneurs. They’ve created easy-to-use automation tools to launch automated email sequences, tag and segment subscribers based on their behavior, send remarkable one-time promotional emails or newsletters, and track the success of various campaigns. Automation isn’t always a scary word when it comes to email marketing; it’s helping businesses work smarter, not harder.
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Rise25 creates 100% outsourced VIP days for software companies and conference organizers to serve their highest level customers.
Rise25 VIP Days have a proven track record of helping companies to get more referrals, increase retention with their VIP customers, and get more engaged new customers without adding extra work to that company’s plate.
Rise25 partners and collaborates with entrepreneur-focused communities, with particular emphasis on creating events for high volume Amazon sellers, Walmart sellers, multichannel ecommerce sellers, and founders who want to take their business to the next level.
Rise25 has hosted VIP events in cities such as Austin, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Diego, New York, Sonoma, and Las Vegas to name a few.
If your company appreciates the value of bringing your highest level customers together to connect and collaborate, you can learn more and contact us to find out if your company qualifies at Rise25.com.
Insider Stories from Top Leaders & Entrepreneurs…
Dave Colina is the co-founder of O2 which started in Columbus, OH in 2014. O2 Oxygenated Natural Recovery drink was created by a CrossFit trainer and a medical doctor who were sick of unhealthy sports and energy drinks. It has electrolytes, natural caffeine, and added oxygen to help your body process toxins faster. They’ve gone from slinging O2 out of the back of a Prius to becoming a top seller at hundreds of CrossFit gyms and Whole Foods stores in Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, DC and Maryland as well as Krogers.
Matthew Bertulli is the co-founder of Demac Media and Pela Case. Pela Case is the world’s first compostable phone case. This helps cut down on the billion cases produced each year that will probably end up in the ocean. Demac Media is an award-winning ecommerce products and services company based out of Toronto, Ontario. They are one of the largest Magento Gold partners in Canada and one of the top Magento partners globally and a Shopify partner as well. Their 90 person staff provides ecommerce platform technology and managed services to retailers, manufacturers, and wholesale distributors selling direct to consumer or business to business.
Nathan Resnick is a sourcing pro and the founder of Sourcify. He has built multiple ecommerce companies, 7-figure Kickstarter projects, and speaks fluent Mandarin. Sourcify is the fastest growing sourcing platform backed by Y Combinator that helps hundreds of companies manufacture products around the world. Nathan even managed to get a cease and desist from Connor McGregor, yes, the UFC competitor.
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