Matthew Wegener is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for getting things off the ground. Not only is he the founder and CEO of ISoft Data Systems, Inc., he also founded Turbine Flats, a local office and co-working space in Lincoln, NE. In this interview, Matthew and I chat about the early days of the local startup community and why sharing a meal with hundreds of your best friends is important when building community.
Starting a business is challenging, but moving a business overseas when starting only multiplies the pressure. Dennis Doerfl met his co-founder while working at Groupon and moved from Germany to launch their company, Fourstarzz Media in Lincoln, Nebraska.
In this episode, I talk with Dennis about influencer marketing and why he decided to grow his business from Lincoln, Nebraska. His fascinating story of overcoming the obstacles of language, business and most importantly, culture, is insightful, witty and fun.
You can connect with Dennis on LinkedIn.
Denise Purtzer is the VP of Business Development of FuturePay, an e-commerce payment solution for the omnichannel shopper. Having worked in e-commerce for over a decade, Denise effectively delivers projects and growth initiatives for companies from startup to revenues in excess of a $1B. She has worked internationally and given presentations at a variety of conferences in Asia, Europe and the USA.
Meghan Ehrke is the owner and founder of Select Style in Lincoln, Nebraska. Established in 2014, Select Style is a fashion boutique for the modern woman. In this episode, Meghan and I talk about her entrepreneurial journey and why she decided to launch a retail business.
“If the dream is there, it’s there for a reason.”
What do you do when somebody lets you down? Can you be friends with your employees? How do you dig out when you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom? In this episode, Ben and I discuss these questions and how thankfulness can impact the health of your business.
Milton Stokes grew up working with his mom in the restaurant industry. Today he is a best selling author, Registered Dietitian and is the director of global health and nutrition outreach at the Monsanto Company. Previously, he was an assistant professor and director of the dietetic internship at the University of St. Joseph and a clinical nutrition manager at health care facilities in New York City. I spoke with Milton about his entrepreneurial journey, what it’s like working at Monsanto and how he uses humor to stay healthy under pressure as a father and busy professional.
This episode contains some serious potty talk. Erin Hamel started her business, Transition Tales about nine months ago. Transition Tales are personalized books that teach young children about potty training by letting children see themselves as the main character in their own transition tale. Erin is also a wife, mom of two children and a full time student. She holds a masters degree in Special Education and is currently a doctoral student in Human Development at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. In this episode, I chat with Erin about how she stays healthy under pressure as a parent, full time student and what it’s like starting a business with your spouse.
As a Registered Dietitian who has completed several triathlons including an Ironman, Caryn Kusleika understands the role nutrition can play in performance during training and on race day. Not only does Caryn work full time for the Midwest Dairy Council of Nebraska, she is also a single mother mother of three children who runs a side business coaching athletes. I sat down with Caryn to discuss what it takes to train for a triathlon and how she stays healthy under pressure as a busy professional.
Lana Zumbrunn is the Director of Innovation and Culture at the H2 Organization in Fort Myers, Florida. Not only does she support female and minority founders, but she also connects startups with capital and builds emerging markets. Lana and I spoke about her recent move to Florida and how she stays healthy under pressure while supporting the local startup community.
Kevin Klatt is a dietetics and molecular nutrition focused PhD student at Cornell University’s division of nutritional sciences. In this episode, I talk with Kevin about what led him to the field of dietetics and how he stays healthy under pressure as a student and nutrition scientist.