Interviews By Segment: "Flashbacks"
Russ and John celebrate the two year anniversary of The BusinessMakers Radio Show by sharing several of their favorites of the 350 interviews that have been broadcast over the past 104 shows.
Flashback a few weeks to Erica O'Grady's interview with Jeremiah Owyang, web strategist, social media advocate and current Director of Corporate Media Strategy at PodTech.net. Jeremy talks about his role in helping PodTech's client's understand social media and strategizing these tools to connect with their customers. His policy of letting go to gain more has helped client's like Intel become more personally involved with their customer base. He also warns companies not to be too structured; be authentic in your communications with customers and listen to the good and bad.
For this week's Flashback segment Russ talks with Erica about her experience interviewing the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, over dinner last week. Erica talks about Jimmy's initial shyness over the family style dinner and how he opened up with her about being a 39 year old rock star in the world of technology.
Today The Business Makers rewind to their interview with Jay Steinfeld, Founder and CEO of Blinds.com, the world's leading online supplier of blinds to consumers and decorators. Russ and John play excerpts of Jay talking about how his website grew from an online brochure to an online powerhouse and pulling off the side of the freeway to conduct business when he first tried out his web experiment. His customers save money by doing their own measuring and installing and now can get help with videos and 3D renderings online.
For our 100th show, we're presenting key excerpts from two of our favorite interviews. Hear Rod Canion describing his successful attempt to persuade Bill Gates to standardize DOS, and listen to Tri La, part of the Kim Son restaurateur family describing the escape from Viet Nam.
Flashback with The BusinessMakers to Sept 2006 and an interview with Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine and author of The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More. It's a fast-moving world out there and Anderson, a blogger, offers his perspectives on the digital economy, his new book and the future of social - and published - media.
Flashback to interviews with Colleen Barrett and Carly Fiorina. Hear Colleen tell the story of how Southwest's open boarding policy was born and explain how she used her need to "just make a positive difference" to progress her career from secretary to President of Southwest Airlines. Carly, former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett Packard and also a former secretary, advises aspiring business persons that success requires passion. Neither guest started out with a plan, but achieved their success by learning as they climbed the business ladder.
Hear about some of the early signs of entrepreneurship from five of the big name guests on The BusinessMakers Show: Truett Cathy, Founder and Chairman of Chick Fil A; David Saperstein, Founder and former CEO of Metro Networks; Paul Sarvadi, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Administaff; Ric Campo, Chairman and CEO of Camden Trust; and Dan Steppe, serial entrepreneur and Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Houston.
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