In this episode of the Birthing of Giants podcast I interview Digital Trends co-founder and CTO, Dan Gaul, a passionate entrepreneur with a story to tell that’ll take you from the mean streets of Tacoma to a $30 million company in the City of Roses and back again. (more…)
These days, Darragh Fitzpatrick seems to have his head in the clouds…. But he’s no daydreamer! As a partner and executive vice president at The Tabush Group, Darragh and his company have innovated a cutting edge approach to IT services that relies on cloud technology to provide a better, more responsive product for their clients.
Darragh and his partner, founder Morris Tabush, believe that cloud-based IT is a step forward for their industry. But maneuvering their company to be ready for the success that their new product – Boxtop – is bringing has presented some real challenges for Darragh to overcome. (more…)
In an industry that changes as fast as internet technology, time is a blessing and a curse. No one knows that better than Scott Seltzer, founder and CEO of ConnectMe, LLC. As a hosted voice over IP (VoIP) and unified communications service provider, business has boomed in the last decade as reliable internet and better routers have become more affordable – and more commonplace – among ConnectMe’s target audience. But as the market continues to grow, Scott finds himself lying awake at night worrying about staying ahead.
Internet Technology – A Fast Moving Industry
To give ConnectMe the infrastructure it needs to constantly improve and develop its offering, Scott has made a series of operational improvements and strategic hires this year, including bringing on a partner identification manager and partner engagement manager. With their help he hopes to more effectively target the sales channel that offers the biggest opportunity: managed service providers. After joining us at Duke University for the Birthing of Giants Fellowship Program last April, Scott set a lofty one-year goal for his business: Become the name on every major player within the telecommunications and internet technology channels. (more…)
How many “best friends” do you have? Social scientists say most people count just four friends with whom they can discuss very important matters, but the maximum possible number of such friends is around six. With rare exceptions, it’s just not practical for anyone to maintain close, truly meaningful relationships with more than six people. (more…)
Everybody loves a win-win answer to a problem. It’s great when a potentially-contentious situation ends up with everybody coming out ahead. And isn’t that the way most business deals should go, too? Let’s all sit down and find a way for everyone to win. What could be better? (more…)
I’ve had the chance to sit down recently for some intensive mentoring sessions recently with seasoned entrepreneur Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and his close business collaborator and co-founder of their corporate consulting firm, Delivering Happiness, Jenn Lim. They shared with me ten vital, hard-won lessons that they’ve learned while helping dozens of other businesses, from Facebook to Audi adopt the methods that helped turn Zappos into a multi-billion dollar company. I wrote about the last one here. This week, I share a new one. (more…)