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This conversation took place during a Livestreamed Founders Live Center Stage event. Founders Live CEO Nick Hughes talks with Luis Antezana  to give updates and an overview of his 2022 World Tour which takes him to various SE Asia countries. He will spend most of his time in Indonesia, but will also visit the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. Hear his thoughts on travel, how it challenges you and makes you a better leader and human.   
In this Founders Live Conversation with a live audience, Nick and Julie cover Julie's journey into entrepreneurship, why she decided to go out on her own, the purpose behind her new book The 7 Forms Of Respect and lessons of how to work 7 Forms of Respect into your own company. They also take questions from a small group of viewers. Julie Pham, Ph.D. is the Author of the #1 Amazon Best Seller 7 Forms of Respect and the CEO of CuriosityBased, which fosters curiosity in the world, starting in the workplace. She is an award-winning leader who applies her community-building experience to strengthening teams. Dr. Pham earned her PhD as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and her “real-life MBA” by running her family’s Vietnamese-language newspaper, Người Việt Tây Bắc, in Seattle. She has worked as a journalist, a professor, a researcher, a marketer, and nonprofit executive.The 7 Forms of Respect is a practical guide for any team leader and team player in the American workplace. Dr. Julie Pham offers thought-provoking questions and exercises that will transform your communication and relationships with the people you work with in lasting and surprising ways. Available on Kindle now and in paperback by May 31.Find the book here -
Nick Hughes is joined by Fred Joyal, a speaker, author and executive coach from Los Angeles, CA. Fred co-founded the most successful dentist referral service in the country, 1-800-DENTIST, which, in his 30 years as CEO, generated over $1 billion in revenue. Along with this achievement, he has also been awarded the Conrad Hilton Distinguished Entrepreneur Award by Loyola Marymount University. He has written two bestselling books for his industry, and also written and appeared in over 200 television and radio commercials. Fred Started started as an extremely shy person, too timid even to make a phone call, and transformed himself into someone who has done stand-up and improv comedy, spoken to audiences of 5,000 or more, met dozens of celebrities, and, just by being bold, found love, joy, passion, and success. The episode starts with Nick asking Fred about his entrepreneurial journey and building the 1-800-DENTIST business. Why he chose entrepreneurship? And then we hear his insights / lessons from growing that business to such a large level. They then jump to his Book - Superbold: From Under-Confident to Charismatic in 90 Days.  Fred talks about his lack of confidence originally and how he learned to be more bold and confident in his life.  He describes what is happening inside most people. How does one Unleash the Boldness Inside themselves, as well as he touches on the difference between Boldness, confidence and then overconfidence. Then Nick asks, "Will Being Superbold Have A Positive Effect On Our Whole Life?" as well as "What are ways we can relax ourselves in any situation?" Ending the conversation Fred shares his advice on how  early stage founders can leverage boldness in their businesses.  This is an incredible conversation with a leader who is set on making impact and helping others maximize their confidence, we hope it helps you today.
Nick Hughes is joined by Andy Paul, who is an author, speaker and podcast host from San Diego, CA.  Andy's hit "Accelerate Your Sales" podcast was acquired by in 2020. Since re-named "Sales Enablement with Andy Paul", the show continues to inspire thousands of sales professionals each week. Andy has also written two award-winning sales books, "Zero-Time Selling" and "Amp Up Your Sales". And he has consulted with some of the biggest businesses in the world including Square, Philips, Grubhub and more, making him one of the leading voices in the sales industry today. His new Book - SELL WITHOUT SELLING OUT - A Guide to Success on Your Own Terms is a proven framework to increase win rates and shorten decision cycles without the salesy behaviors buyers hate.The episode starts with Nick and Andy talking about his entrepreneurial journey and we learn why he chose entrepreneurship.  Andy shares the personality types of entrepreneurs and common thread he sees with the ones he works with. They then dive into the new Book - SELL WITHOUT SELLING OUT - A Guide to Success on Your Own Terms. Nick asks "Why write this book?" and "What is selling out vs selling in" Andy then talks about quickly developing empathy, credibility, and trust with buyers and Four pillars of Selling, plus the six types of questions that unearth buyers’ deepest challenges. These are golden nuggets! We also learn What to do when a sale goes south or stale and then Andy leaves us with his advice to early authors and entrepreneurs. This is an amazing conversation with an author who has literally written the book on how to sell with purpose and effectiveness, we hope it helps you today.
Nick Hughes is joined by Chris Maeda is currently the CTO and co-founder of the chatbot company, from Toronto, Ontario in Canada., a conversational marketing platform that helps marketers convert prospects into customers by engaging them in authentic, helpful and informative conversations. While he’s got a PhD from Carnegie Mellon, Chris’s knowledge of AI, ML and NLP goes way beyond the classroom. He has served as CEO of the mail deliverability platform MailMonitor, CTO of the analytics provider Broadbase Software, CTO of the marketing automation platform Rubric Software, and others. The episode starts with Nick mentioning Founders Live previously had his co-founder Rebecca on the podcast - 006 episode - one of the first episodes for the Founders Live podcast. We then hear about his journey and how he came to discover and become a cofounder of the startup. He shares how timing is everything and a chance meeting at a conference changed his life. They then shift to learn more about Botco, why chatbots are good for way more than just customer support and how they contribute to the field of marketing. Chris shares the latest challenges in AI, ML and NLP and how to make NLP more “human”,  as well as the ethical and moral implications of AI. Nick then inquires more about the Botco team, how they found each other, and how they function  as a remote team including remote work tools that rock. They end with a few pieces of advice Chris  gives to early founders. This is a great conversation with a startup leader who has sights on changing the way we interact with techonolgy, we hope it helps you today.
Nick Hughes is joined by Liam Martin, CMO and cofounder of Time Doctor and, from Montreal Canada. Liam is a co-founder of a remote-first company that grew 8 figures with people in 43 different countries and no office. Remote work has been our way of working for more than 10 years, yet Liam observed that almost 99% of new remote companies during the pandemic could not figure out one thing common to all successful remote-first companies. Essentially, it's asynchronous communication, the bedrock of every successful remote business.The episode starts with Nick and Liam talking about his early years and how he got started.  Then we hear how remote working, as opposed to working from home, was before the pandemic and effects of the pandemic has had on it. We hear what Liam see as things moving forward out of the pandemic and Asynchronous work effectiveness.  He specifically talks about Collaboration and the effect remote work has on effectiveness of teams.  We then hear about charismatic leaders are not required; in fact, charisma is one of the biggest barriers to business growth regardless of whether the company is remotely located or not. Liam follows up with his Leadership principles when leading a remote team and interesting thoughts on the rise of the Introverted leader. Lastly, he shares the best Tools for remote teams - communication, collaboration and documentation, as well as his lessons learned in his journey of entrepreneurship. This is a great conversation with a leader who has created amazing tools for all of us as we work more remotely and asynchronous.  We hope it helps you today.*Liam has also co-authored a book - Running Remote - focused on remote work methodology. In this revolutionary guide, Liam and his co-founder, Rob Rawson, have unearthed the secrets and lessons discovered by remote work pioneering entrepreneurs and founders who've harnessed the async mindset to operate their businesses remotely in the most seamless, hassle-free, and cost-effective manner possible.
Nick Hughes is joined by Sarah Miller, CEO Of Axis Entertainment and host of Media Mavens Podcast who joins us from Los Angeles, CA. Sarah has over 15 years of experience creating leaders and defining markets through strategic public relations and marketing within the Tech, Entertainment, Sports, and Lifestyle Industry.The episode starts with Nick and Sarah jumping right into a dynamic and fun conversation ranging from PR to Leadership to startup advice. We hear about her journey from working for a PR firm to choosing to leave and  start her own company. Nick asks Sarah "Why choose entrepreneurship?" What does it mean to her? We also hear what Leadership means to Sarah and her advice on how startup founders can grow their leadership. Sarah then shares her 3 W’s and her foundations of leadership. Next they shift a bit to understanding talent and what Sarah looks for in her clients and leaders. You will hear how to build quality PR from the early stages and how important perception is to establishing one's PR and Leadership. They end the conversation around thoughts of how the pandemic shifted us and since we are now coming out of it, what Sarah is excited about going forward from here! This is a great conversation with a leader who is set on making impact and helping others improve their own leadership qualities, we hope it helps you today.www.axis-entertainment.com
Nick Hughes is joined by Alec Hanson, SVP Production Loan Depot, from Orange County, CA. Alec has funded countless mortgages over his 17-year career, in 2010 alone, he lent over $1 Billion to customers. He has received several awards & achievements, but most recently he received HouseWire's Rising Star award in 2017 and 2019, and has been named to the Top 40 under 40 achievers for the National Mortgage Professional Magazine for the past three years. He is also the author of his own book namely, "Bypass" and LoanDepot's Modern Lending Playbook. The episode starts with Nick and Alec jumping into his early days and why he has chosenentrepreneurship as a lifestyle. We hear his thoughts on building a Dynamic Personal Brand, and why reputation matters. Nick asks, "why is a Personal Brand Important?" Alec responds with pulling from his Seven things you need to do to develop a personal brand. He touches on why going “All in” on Social Media and grow organically is the best approach to improving your personal brand. We hear why he started a podcast and his experience writing a book - Bypassed. Lastly Alec gives his advice to other entrepreneurs and how to continually up your branding game. This is a great  conversation with an entrepreneur who is helping others  level up their personal and company branding , we hope it helps you today.
Nick Hughes is joined by Dr. Chandler Chang , a clinical psychologist and the Founder of Therapy Lab from Los Angeles, CA. In her effort to rethink how we access and utilize therapy, Dr. Chandler became an entrepreneur to change the way we look at mental health by developing new systems for receiving mental health support. She realized that she’d need to dive into her entrepreneurial side and develop new systems for accessible therapy by starting Therapy Lab and offering something new: evidence-based therapy with a plan.  The episode starts with Nick and Chandler discussing how she started her journey  and why she choose entrepreneurship as a lifestyle. Nick asks why she decide to start the company and what is the a story behind it. We then hear more about Therapy Lab Kids and what problem Chandler saw in the market, especially for families.  They talk about the current times… and what are we dealing with globally as to mental health crises. Nick and Chandler then dive into mental health for entrepreneurs. They wonder, what happens when entrepreneurs push too hard? And what are the new systems for receiving mental health support, especially as a high achiever. Lastly, we hear about her biggest obstacles she has overcome and her lessons and tips for early stage entrepreneurs. This is a very important conversation with an entrepreneur who has set out to help  many other people improve their mental and emotional wellness, we hope it helps you today.
Nick Hughes is joined by Nik Tsoukales, founder and chief strategist of Realtop, from Boston MA. Nik is a 3-time inc. 5000 winner and the founder of Realtop, one of the fastest-growing digital marketing agencies in North America that currently has $30 million in marketing dollars managed.  As the episode starts, Nick and Nik jump into the conversation around his founder journey and why choose entrepreneurship. They discuss nature vs nurture of entrepreneurship, and we hear how he grew up with parents as entrepreneurs and learned the lifestyle from an early age. We then hear more about Realtop and  the creation process and of how he started his Agency. More specifically, we hear Nik's thoughts on how startups should approach using Google search ads, why using Google Forecast is smart, and why Nik prefers google ads over social media ads. They end with lasting Advice to early startup founders and some fun tips. This is a great conversation with an entrepreneur who has clearly made an impact in his industry, we hope it helps you today.
Nick Hughes is joined by Tiffani Higgins, Founder of Stay at Home Bookkeeper Academy from Houston, TX.  Tiffani started her career out as a CPA working 60 hours a week during tax season, feeling guilty for “choosing” her career over her family.  She realized 80% of what she was doing in bookkeeping data entry could be done from anywhere, so why was she working for a corporation away from her family?  Now, she works for herself for 10 hours a week, makes nearly the same pay with no more long days, no stress, and, most importantly, she gets to spend valuable time with her sweet family.  She started the Stay at Home Bookkeeper Academy to teach thousands how to make money while pursuing the freedom in life they desire, whether working from home or on the road in an RV.As the episode starts, Nick and Tiffani get to know each other by talking about her background and journey into entrepreneurship, how she started her own booking business and hear why she is ultimately attracted to Entrepreneurship.  They then talk about what is the mindset needed to go from employee to entrepreneur. Tiffani talks about time management and allocation - how to work balance during working remote and flexible hours. We then hear about the company,  The Stay At Home Bookkeeper Academy program that will walk you through the process of setting up and running your own bookkeeping business from home. Tiffani shares the secrets to gaining clients as an early entrepreneur and her lessons learned , and why she believes done is better than perfect!. This is a great conversation with an entrepreneur who has set out to help  many other people into a life of entrepreneurship, we hope it helps you today.
Nick Hughes is joined by Bryan Clayton, CEO and co-founder of GreenPal from Nashville, TN. GreenPal an online marketplace that connects homeowners with local lawn care professionals, and has been called the “Uber for lawn care” by Entrepreneur magazine with over 200,000 active users completing thousands of transactions per day. As the episode starts, Nick and Bryan quickly jump into the conversation starting with Bryan's journey into entrepreneurship and how he learned what Agency over our life really is. We then hear the insight for GreenPal and  what challenges did Bryan face building the company and what was the hardest part to overcome. Bryan shares his thoughts on how to get started on your business when you have little money, why one would  move forward self funded vs VC funding, and how did they grow and expand to additional markets/cities/states? Next, we hear the plans for expanding GreenPal and what’s is Bryan's  ultimate vision for the company. Lastly, we hear Bryan’s advice to early stage entrepreneurs, which is great! This is an awesome conversation with an entrepreneur who has made significant impact and created a high growth company, we hope it helps you today.
Nick Hughes is joined by Julia Arndt of Peak Performance Method from Lake Tahoe, CA.  Julia Arndt is a stress management trainer, sought-after international speaker, and the founder of the Peak Performance Method. Julia is a perpetual high performer— top of her class and having landed her “dream job” at Google. Long hours, long drive and too many cups of coffee later, Julia found herself experiencing burnout. She wants to share her story to help others learn what she wishes she had known at the beginning of her career. As the episode starts, Nick and Julia get right into her background and journey into entrepreneurship, how she was working at Google but then dealt with burnout.  They talk about what anxiety actually feels like and how one can identify if they are trending that way. Nick then shifts the conversation to why Julia chose Entrepreneurship, we hear how she started Peak Performance Method and they discuss the  mindset needed to go from employee to entrepreneur. The crux of the conversation is around what does Peak Performance Actually Feel Like. They touch on limiting beliefs & ideas of breaking the habits holding people back, how mental health is just as important as physical health, strategies on how to avoid & overcome burnout. They end the conversation with lessons learned, what would Julia tell her younger self just starting this journey. This is an incredible conversation with an entrepreneur who has set out to help all of us understand burnout and mental health, we hope it helps you today.
Nick Hughes is joined by Bobby Marhamat, CEO of Raydiant from San Francisco. Bobby is the co-founder and CEO of Raydiant — a brick and mortar technology startup that helps brands manage and deliver experiences at their physical locations. To date the company has raised over $20M from investors such as 8VC, Atomic, and actor Mark Walhberg. As the episode starts, Nick and Bobby jump into the discussion around his background and why he chose entrepreneurship. We hear about his early experience and lessons of scaling with Revel systems, a high growth startup he had the opportunity to work at earlier in his career. Bobby discusses how to hire A people into your team and how to look for and attract the best talent possible. Then they shift to Raydiant - what problem are they solving, and what is an experience platform? Given Raydiant is operating in the retail space, Nick wonders how did the company endure through the  Challenges during the pandemic? They end with Bobby's lessons learned from raising his $13M Series A in the middle of a pandemic, and his advice to early stage startups and entrepreneurs - as well as how he connected with the actor Mark Wahlberg and brought him in as an investor. This is a fun, inspiring and interesting conversation, we hope it helps you today.
Nick Hughes is joined by Brianna Dickey, founder and CEO of CropConex from San Francisco, CA.  CropConex connects agriculture supply chains on the all-in-one platform for collaborative commerce. List your products and services on CropConex and develop lasting customer relationships on the platform that’s humanizing global trade. As the episode starts, Nick and Brianna start by talking about Her journey into entrepreneurship resulting from her travels around the world. We hear the latest from CropConex, how they have made it through the pandemic, and how they dealt with (and helped with) supply chain issues as we as adjusting through rough waters of the pandemic. Brianna details how she started with an idea, worked to an MVP and tested her early products in the wild, with real customers. Nick and Brianna then discuss having a large impact on the world and building toward the ultimate vision of the company. Brianna shares some of her  lessons learned, how to operate globally with various partners and customers in many different countries , and ultimately what she has learned over the last few years as a startup founder. This is a very inspiring conversation with strong entrepreneur in the supply chain industry, we hope it helps you today.
Nick Hughes is joined by Jimmy St Louis, Founder of Franchise123 joining us from Tampa, FL. Jimmy is the founder of Franchise123 and just released a new book. He's also a former tight end for the NFL's Tennessee Titans and a member of the 2016 United States Rowing Team. Franchise123™ is your start-to-finish platform for franchise success! You’ll find everything you need to discover the right franchise opportunity for you all in one place, right here. Nick and Jimmy get right into the conversation starting with his background and early days / journey and learnings of an athlete. Jimmy shares his thoughts about being an athlete turned entrepreneur - and they discuss the similarities and how the experience of high level performance translates over to business performance.  We then hear what drew him into the entrepreneurial path,  and why Jimmy considered the franchising as a business model. We hear more in depth on he franchising model and what types of businesses are a good or aren’t a good fit for franchising. They then talk more about  Franchise123  and Jimmy's ultimate vision of the future of the company and franchise industry in general. Jimmy shares his thoughts and recommendations if someone is thinking about franchising and then offers advice to early stage entrepreneurs. This is a jam packed conversation full of wisdom, tips and lessons to inspire entrepreneurs around the world, we hope it helps you today.
Nick Hughes is joined by Yael Joffe, Founder and Chief Science Officer of 3X4 Genetics from Seattle, WA. 3X4 Genetics is a venture-backed genetics testing company that helps doctors and dietitians integrate genetics into their practice.  As the episode starts we hear Nick and Yael quickly jump into an engaging conversation first learning  her background and why she chose entrepreneurship. What was it about running her own business she could not get away from? Was there a turning point in her life that shifted how she approached life? We then hear more about Genetics, and Yael's founding story and how she managed to raise over $4m in funding from investors across the world. She breaks down the elements of Genetics she saw that needed to be fixed as well as her outlook on the industry and the ultimate vision for the industry and company. Also, we hear how to adapt and survive when your business changes, as Covid happened, forcing her to totally rethink the entire business plan. Finally, Yael shares her lessons for other female founders — especially those starting a business in health and science as well as her view as the biggest personality traits of successful entrepreneurs. This is an incredibly packed conversation full of wisdom and tips to inspire entrepreneurship globally, we hope it helps you today. Future of Health Will Be Personalized. And Genetic Testing Is The Tool That Will Make It Possible.
Nick Hughes is joined by Rodwell Tambade of Two Brothers Inn from Harare, Zimbabwe. Rodwell is a long time supporter and member of Founders live.  He also has been busy growing Two Brothers Inn, which is a fast food outlet in Zimbabwe. Nick and Rodwell quickly dive into a fun conversation around entrepreneurship and what it means to two people on different sides of the world. We start by hearing about Rodwell's discovery of Founders Live, his path as a student at Chinhoyi University of Technology and his experience and story of getting going with his business. We learn more about Two Brothers Inn and why he decided to start the company in the food business. Rodwell shares his lessons of what he learned from entrepreneurship. Then Nick and him went back and forth asking each other questions and advice, with Rodwell asking Nick a few questions that were on his mind as well.  Finishing off the conversation, we learn more about how to find and pitch investors and how to develop and hire a team of great employees. This is a fun and touching conversation of inspiring entrepreneurship both from perspectives in the United States and in Zimbabwe, we hope it helps you today. 
Nick Hughes is joined by Brian Will, an entrepreneur and author from Atlanta, Georgia. Brian is a serial entrepreneur who has spent the last 35 years building and operating 6 different companies across 4 different industries. Now he is a high-performance sales and management consultant and owns a growing chain of restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia. He also just released a new book called The Dropout Multi-Millionaire. Nick and Brian start this conversation with hearing more about his journey, as he dropped out from school and jumped into business. We learn his definition of success and why he choose entrepreneurship. Brian shares what is the most important thing a founder should know, what’s the difference between being self-employed and being a business owner, and what are the different personalities in a successful business. They then get into more details on Brian's thoughts on the biggest mistakes startups and entrepreneurs make as well as his tips and advice to early stage entrepreneurs. Lastly, we hear a bit about Brian’s experience of writing his books. This is a fun and educational conversation of inspiring entrepreneurship, we hope it helps you today. Find Brian's Book Here:
Nick Hughes is joined by Genevieve Brazelton, a Portland, OR native and the CoFounder and CMO of The Bitter Housewife where the best drinks are made with real ingredients, exactly how you like them, regardless of the rules. Nick and Genevieve jump into a very fun and engaging conversation starting with the start to her journey and how she dove into entrepreneurship. We ask her, "why jump into entrepreneurship and start her own business?" We learn the importance of Storytelling? And  Why it's so important to startups. The talk about the art of branding and setting yourself apart from the rest. They then shift to  the origin story of The Bitter Housewife, and cover the coolness of the birth of a brand and the product.  Genevieve notes "It's Okay, Your idea Is Not Going To Appeal To Everybody!" We hear why they choose to offer non-alcoholic beverages as well as spirits.  Closing the conversation we hear the experience and lessons of the pandemic in the food and beverage industry as we as her quick advice to entrepreneurs. This is a fun and enjoyable story of unique and inspiring entrepreneurship, we hope it helps you today.
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