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Jul 31, 2018

Matt McCambridge is a VC turned CEO.

He founded Eden Health 3 years ago to elevate the health & wellbeing of employees everywhere

Based in NYC, it’s a personal health platform comprised of providers & benefits experts. Eden is the starting point to help companies & their employees navigate today’s complicated healthcare landscape across insurance, in-person, and virtual care.

Matt intends to eliminate the hassle of healthcare for employers & employees. This new kind of doctor’s office combines a private primary care practice, 24/7 telemedicine, and personalized insurance navigation into one simple platform.

Prior, he was with Insight Venture Partners.

In this 20-minute conversation, Matt reveals how he’s building the team that’s building this gamechanging company.

Jul 31, 2018

Matt McCambridge is a VC turned CEO.

He founded Eden Health 3 years ago to elevate the health & wellbeing of employees everywhere

Based in NYC, it’s a personal health platform comprised of providers & benefits experts. Eden is the starting point to help companies & their employees navigate today’s complicated healthcare landscape across insurance, in-person, and virtual care.

Matt intends to eliminate the hassle of healthcare for employers & employees. This new kind of doctor’s office combines a private primary care practice, 24/7 telemedicine, and personalized insurance navigation into one simple platform.

Prior, he was with Insight Venture Partners.

In this 20-minute conversation, Matt reveals how he’s building the team that’s building this gamechanging company.

Jul 28, 2018

If you don’t think Ohio’s a place for startups…

Or if you don’t know what a startup nursery is…

Then this episode is for you.

Flavio Lobato & John D’Orazio are Co-Founders of IKOVE Capital, which fills the gap between the Lab and the Market.

As a “venture developer,” IKOVE has already commercialized 10 disruptive startups. They partner with inventor & scientists to bring their intellectual property to market.

With decades of experience in alternative investments & traditional securities markets, Flavio & John have partnered to find a whole new way or bringing innovations to life.

In this 20-minute conversation, they explain how they’re doing it, and of course, the people part of the startup nursery.

Jul 24, 2018

How does a company that started as a simple New Jersey mom & pop storefront in 1956 build a national cult following, willing to travel miles for a taste of its submarine sandwiches?

In case you hadn’t noticed, Jersey Mike’s Subs is now the nation’s #1 fastest-growing sandwich chain, with 1,500 locations. (They opened 173 just last year alone.)

And John Hughes, Brand Ambassador, is part of the secret sauce.

John joined Mike’s 35 years ago in its very first location.

And since then, he’s been helping hire, train, develop, coach, and lead the staff of this rocketship.

In this 20-minute conversation, John reveals the secrets of the DNA that Jersey Mike’s seeks in all of its recruiting efforts, where they find the best candidates, and how they train them to provide a remarkable customer experience.

In short, this episode is Yummy!

You’ll eat it up.

Jul 19, 2018

After working in the medical transportation field for 10 years, Mark Switaj saw a glaring need & decided to do something about it.

So he started RoundTrip.

Based in Philadelphia, RoundTrip is the single touchpoint for non-emergency patient transportation. 

Sure, there are plenty of ambulance services - car & helicopter - for getting a patient to the hospital. (I’ve even seen some blood on the back seats of Ubers.)

But 78% of Americans over the age of 55 require ongoing medical treatment for a chronic condition. And they need wheels for these NON-emergency appointments.

RoundTrip now works with such greats as Mount Sinai in NYC, Cooper/MD Anderson, Crozer-Keystone Health System, Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, and others.

They provide the full spectrum of on-demand and scheduled trips, from lyft rides to wheelchair and stretcher transports via partnered, credentialed transport companies, through a simple, powerful portal. Riders are connected to the right driver.

In short: it saves lives.

In this 20-minute conversation, Mark reveals how he’s building the team that’s building RoundTrip.

Jul 17, 2018

Sandra Gault is CEO & Founder at True Gault, the high-tech fashion company. Using super-cool technologies, True Gault delivers custom-made women’s designer dress shoes in 4 weeks. 

Based in NYC, True Gault addresses 2 major problems: standardized shoe sizing leads to ill-fitting shoes; and shoes are nearly impossible to buy online with confidence.

To solve the problem, True Gault uses 3D imaging software & patent-pending fit formula to create custom-fit shoes, hand made in Spain.

Her customers simply take 3 pictures of each foot via the iPhone app. The smart technology generates her unique size & a 3D model of each foot, obliterating past reliance on traditional sizing. 

The result? An innovative shopping experience & a custom pair of heels, made to order, delivered in 4 weeks and backed by a 100% Fit Guarantee.

Sandra took her experience as an executive at Kodak Imaging & applied it to making high heels more comfortable.

She & her team recently secured funding from legendary venture capitalist Tim Draper, who invested via True Gault’s innovative equity crowdfunding campaign.

In this 20-minute conversation, Sandra reveals how she’s building an organization combining left-brained & right-brained talent.

Jul 12, 2018

Stephen George is CEO of Surkus, based in West Hollywood.

And he took an unusual path. Starting as an investor in Surkus, he then joined full-time as Chief Operating Officer once he saw the magnitude of the opportunity. He was later named CEO.

Previously, Stephen served as head of operations at Groupon.

Surkus is a 2-sided marketplace for events & experiences on a local basis. It connects its clients (major brands) & consumers.

The platform curates a targeted group of tastemakers for client events - such as nightlife, comedy shows, classes, product launches, etc. In turn, Surkus members are invited to explore & discover these new experiences, with invitations tailored just for them. 

In this 20-minute conversation, Stephen reveals how he’s building the team at Surkus, now backed by $20M in venture capital.

Jul 10, 2018

Guy Friedman was fed up with waiting to see his physician.

So, he set out to reimagine the process.

He started the company SteadyMD, based in St. Louis, which recently closed a sizable round of venture capital.

After a comprehensive 1-hour video appointment in which the SteadyMD doctor & patient get to know each other, that same doctor is available anytime via secure text messaging, phone calls, and video appointments. 

The SteadyMD platform hosts all the patient's medical records, including those from past doctors and hospitals.

This is - literally - a physician in your pocket.

In this 20-minute conversation, Guy reveals how he’s built the team behind SteadyMD. Full-time employees. Software developers. Contract physicians. The whole enchilada.

And he didn’t have to be in Silicon Valley to do it.

Jul 5, 2018

If you’re tired of your opened wine bottles going bad - and you’re tired of hiring B-Players - this interview is for you.

David Koretz is the Founder & CEO of Plum, the company that makes the first automatic wine appliance that lets you enjoy a bottle, one glass at a time, preserved for up to 90 days. And it’s automatically served at the perfect serving temperature, just as the winemaker intended.

David was previously the Founder & CEO of Mykonos Software, which was acquired by Juniper Networks in 2012 for $80 million. Mykonos was awarded the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award.

The inventor of a dozen technology patents, David was recognized as an innovator by Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Under David’s leadership, Plum has raised $19M in funding by Khosla Ventures & Las Olas Venture Capital.

In this 20-minute interview, David reveals how he’s built the team that built this super-cool product.

Jul 3, 2018

We have Brendan Carroll to thank, for safeguarding our nation’s crops of grapes that become wine.

He’s President & CEO of Skycision, which offers a solution to the global agriculture industry that helps farmers identify crop stress weeks earlier than the naked eye can.

By analyzing aerial spectral imagery, Skycision’s drones aid growers in responding faster to threats, save them time in scouting, and enhance the scouting coverage of their operation to ensure the security of their bottom line.

And it’s not just wine. 

Brendan is on a mission to help the global agriculture industry grow more efficiently. Food production needs to increase 70% by 2050 to feed the anticipated 2B increase in the global population. 

In this 20-minute conversation, we cover a lot of ground - pun intended - including how Brendan is building a bi-coastal company of Pittsburgh & Silicon Valley.

 

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