Interviews By Company: "Efficient Living, Inc"
Russ and John present the show about the innovators who are the backbone of our economy. Our government might be growing FASTER (sigh), but the entrepreneurs are the real job creators. Includes: The BusinessMakers Quote of the Week—math logic from Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw; This Week in Business History includes creative geniuses Cyrus McCormick, Samuel Morse and Larry Ellison; the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak that you don’t know; and Dumb Moments—a school in California gets creative and the Chevy Volt is a loser.
Houston is a ‘happnin’ place. So much so that non-Houstonians are probably sick of hearing it. We’re in “the Top Ten” of every list: for our diversity, our economy, our cool mayor and we’re one of the most entrepreneurial cities ever. But the acclaim is not without merit and it didn’t happen overnight. We looked into how the University of Houston has contributed to Houston’s entrepreneurial economy and what they are planning for the future to keep up the flow of new brain power. (Hint: they are not just watching from the sidelines.) Russ visits with Dr. Latha Ramchand, Professor of Finance at and Dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.
What’s your biggest entrepreneurial goof? Russ interviews Laura Gibson, founding partner of law firm Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall.
Houston is booming, diverse and on every “Top 10” list. Dr. Latha Ramchand, Professor of Finance and Dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business, explains how the University of Houston is working hard to supply the intellectual capital Houston needs. In our vignettes, Leisa visits with Newport Board Group’s Irene Helsinger; Robin interviews Monica Silva at Phillips 66; and Russ chats with Laura Gibson of Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall.
Russ and John present the show about the heavy lifters, the guys that create jobs and grow our economy. Includes: The BusinessMakers Quote of the Week—fun from Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw; This Week in Business History includes the year 1650 when the board of Harvard became the first U.S. corporation, the invention of bourbon, and the first sandpaper; the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak that you don’t know; and Dumb Moments—a survey shows that many Americans do not expect to buy insurance by the deadline for ObamaCare.
Russ visits with David Anderson III, serial entrepreneur and founding partner of marketing and design company 20.10 Media LLC. Twenty-ten LLC specializes in marketing strategies that focus on an event’s most unique aspects. David’s first concert production was for Destiny’s Child (remember Beyonce’s first group?).
Serial entrepreneur Kirk Coburn, co-founder and CEO of Surge Accelerator, returns to The BusinessMakers to give us an update on his mentor-driven seed accelerator. Surge invests in energy and IT start-ups with a goal toward next round funding. It’s a “hit it big” or “fail fast” scenario. At this point, Class I has completed to rave reviews, and Class II has recently been selected.
Diversity among board members is important, especially where women are concerned. Robin Tooms interviews Janet Gurwitch, operating partner of Castanea Partners and board member of La-Z-Boy Inc.
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