Interviews By Segment: "Flashbacks"
Flashback to a BusinessMakers interview from July 2007. It's a classic immigrant success story as Russ visits with Dr. Alex Khachatryan, founder, president and CEO of Reasoning Mind Inc. When Khachatryan and his family immigrated to the US from Russia, they saw gaps within the American educational experience, specifically in the way math and science were being taught. They set out to correct what they saw, in the process creating a new curriculum and a self-paced education system called Reasoning Mind.
Flashback with Russ to September 2007 and a visit with the founder & chief strategy officer of Pandora, an Internet-based music distribution company. In one of our most intriguing interviews, Westergren explains his Music Genome Project and how it provides the basis for Pandora's customized music delivery system. He has faced some interesting challenges, trying to launch a cutting-edge delivery process amid turmoil within the music industry while also dealing with the chaos of Internet radio.
Flashback to August 2006 and a visit with the COO of Aflac and grandson of the founder of this very successful supplemental insurance company. Paul Amos tells about growing up with the family insurance business in Georgia, and explains the risky decision to use the Aflac duck in an effort to establish the brand.
Flashback with Russ and Erica O'Grady to June 2007 and a visit with the founder & CEO of Brand Autopsy marketing practice and author of Tribal Knowledge. Moore shares his experiences with Starbucks Coffee Co. and Whole Foods to help clients build a business that makes money, makes clients happy and makes employees happy.
Flashback again to August 2007 to revisit another segment of our uplifting interview with Christopher Gardner, founder and CEO of Gardner Rich & Assoc. and the real life character played by Will Smith in the hit movie, The Pursuit of Happyness. Gardner talks about persistence, honesty, choosing his "spiritual genetics" and fighting the odds to embrace who he wanted to be.
Flashback to August 2007 to revisit an uplifting interview with Christopher Gardner, the founder and CEO of Gardner Rich and Associates, and more notably the real life character played by Will Smith in the hit movie, The Pursuit of Happyness. This was an interview about chasing your dreams with humor and a dose of "never say die" attitude.
Flashback to August 2007 for cuts from the BusinessMakers' thought-provoking interview with Michael Oxley, co-author of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, 25-year member of Congress, and presently vice chairman of NASDAQ. Oxley shares thoughts on the cost of implementing Section 404, on American Entrepreneurship, the difficulties and rewards of "going public," and comments on the founding of NASDAQ - one of the ultimate acts of entrepreneurialism.
Flashback to August 2007 and an interview with Michael Oxley, co-author of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, 25-year member of Congress, and presently vice chairman of NASDAQ. Oxley offers his perspective on making the markets honest, on the controversial Section 404, and on the death penalty delivered to Arthur Andersen.
Flashback to October 2005 when two local entrepreneurs and media moguls, Russ Capper and John Beddow, interviewed each other. Beddow, once a wanna-be concert pianist, gave up the pressure of performance for the pressure of the advertising and newspaper industry. Capper, a science buff, built a real estate business with a browser-based technology - and promptly ended up in legal battles that caught the attention of the FTC and Department of Justice.
Successful entrepreneurs tell of the events that pushed them over the edge and gave them the inspiration to start their companies. Flashback to December 2006 as Robert Conrad, founder of Zeno, tells of repeated theft from his garage that prompted him to partner with a friend to launch his invention. Flashback to November 2006 and an interview with Chris Devonshire-Ellis, founder and senior partner of Dezan Shira & Associates, one of the leading advisory and tax accounting firms in China, as he talks about diving into an unknown market. Finally, in this segment from May 2007, Garrett Boone, co-founder of The Container Store, talks about the early ideas that morphed into his 40-store retail operation.
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