Interviews By Segment: "The Businessmakers"
How far would you go to grow your dream? Start really small? Hire family? Give up a kidney?! Carlos Ramos, founder and owner of the very popular Latin Bites Café, certainly had his share of challenges while chasing his dream. But he had family that shared his dream, and for every not-so-good event he faced, something wonderful happened. Russ interviews a man who is grateful for many things. (And what a story!)
We revisit a BusinessMakers favorite: Russ’ interview at SXSW in Austin with Ted Schilowitz, co-founder of Red Digital Cinema, manufacturer of digital cinematography cameras and accessories. Red Digital cameras are the standard for all Hollywood and Independent motion pictures. Ted is a fascinating interview and is proving himself to be one of Hollywood’s movers and shakers.
Since its creation in 2007, Lemonade Day has become one of the most successful entrepreneurship events EVER (it is certainly one of our favorites), reaching thousands of kids in more than 35 cities. It’s all about entrepreneurship and teaching kids how to start and operate their own businesses by setting up and running a lemonade stand. Our “reporter on the street” is Lemonade Day’s national president, Julie Eberly. These great interviews with amazing kids will make your day!
An electrical engineer by training, Bob Metcalfe, PhD, has a list of accomplishments longer than your arm. As a student at MIT, he worked on the ARPANet, then invented Ethernet, founded 3Com Corp., was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame is 2007 and is currently at UT Austin serving as Professor of Innovation, Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise. Russ is at the Texas MIT Enterprise Forum with one of the greatest innovators the world has yet seen. Don’t miss this interview!
The BusinessMakers welcome Lemonade Day’s national president, Julie Eberly. This is one of our favorite events and this year will be held on Sunday, May 5. One of the most successful entrepreneurship events ever, Lemonade Day was first held in 2007 and today reaches kids in more than 35 cities. Don’t think it’s all “small” business—even Google has joined the program, in 2013, as national sponsors. This annual event teaches kids how to start, own and operate their own business by setting up and running a lemonade stand. It’s as simple as setting a goal!
Russ interviews Timothy Duncan, president, CEO and co-founder of Talos Energy. Talos Energy LLC is a newly formed private equity partnership with Apollo Global Management and Riverstone Holdings that buys oil and gas companies in the Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico regions. It’s a financial play—and the timing couldn’t be better. Investing in fossil fuels as a commodity can be complicated and may present its own challenges, but this is still an exciting time for the industry.
Spending time at MD Anderson, whether as a patient or a caregiver, will change your life. Such was the case with Alicia Jansen, who served as caregiver for a family member—and consequently chose to make a career change. Leisa Holland-Nelson discusses brand strategy and big league marketing with Alicia Jansen, associate vice president, marketing, for MD Anderson Cancer Center. MDA’s red line swoosh tells it all: it’s about the elimination of cancer.
Candace Beeke, editor of the Houston Business Journal, returns to the BusinessMakers Show to explain exciting changes happening at HBJ. Our favorite print publication is going multi-channel and you will want to hear this!
Russ is on the road, sending in interviews from the Shell Eco-marathon in Houston. Shell Oil Co. sponsors a series of global competitions that challenge students to design, build and drive the most energy efficient vehicles. Mark Singer, Global Project Manager of the Shell Eco-marathon, provides a tour of this fascinating competition, its requirements and history.
Russ visits with Courtney Jennings, a chemical engineering major and competitor on the team representing Louisiana Tech in the Shell Eco-marathon. At the time of the interview, the team’s roadster held the North American record for fuel efficiency in its category at 647 mpg.
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