The title search marketplace has changed. Nobody picks titles as a place to innovate, but that’s the point. Don saw an industry comfortable and complacent; he stalked opportunity and struck. Within weeks NextAce went from a bar napkin to a working model backed by investors. Now as Next Ace sits in the driver’s seat, Don is looking to push the market to be faster, more ubiquitous with more value. In the brilliant idea Hall of Fame, Don sits by Fred Smith among the guys who went to a bar for drinks and came out with an idea of a lifetime.
We recently spoke with Matt Greeley, CEO of Brightidea a 16 year old “start-up” that has been leading the charge in solving an important problem for many global F500 companies, that of innovating in a scalable and repeatable way. While that may not seem like a tough problem for many of us in StartupLandia where innovation is the norm, for bigger companies leveraging new technologies and navigating the many ways to innovate is a huge challenge but one that is critical to survival.
It was not that long ago companies experienced the longevity of markets represented through an average time spent on the S&P 500 of more than 50 years today that number has shrunk down to the teens.
Unlike traditional accelerators that are in business to help developers create product and raise money, GrowthX is focused on companies with already developed technologies and customers and helping those companies grow exponentially.
The GrowthX academy experience is open to companies that are vetted by first being part of the fund’s portfolio. Unlike the typical batch process of many Silicon Valley accelerators, GrowthX accepts 1-2 companies each month to participate in the hands-on and very intensive process.
Myles Weissleder CEO of SF New Tech drops in to the Popping the Bubbl studio to sit with co-hosts Sandra Ponce De Leon and Pete A Turner.
They discuss SF New Tech's role in providing a launch pad for the next tech company.
SF New Tech has been so successful, it spawned TechBytes an agricultural tech meet up that travels internationally, looking for the next tech breakout in the ag-world
We flip the mics and find out a little more about Sandra
Rania Hoteit is the Co-Founder and CEO of ID4A Technologies. In this episode she dive deep into her philosophy of life, work and design thinking.
Nathan Beckord who is CEO "Captain" of Founder's Suite provides entrepreneurs with the critical tools they need to start, run and fund their business.
Andy Wiedlin former CRO of Buzz Feed discusses the state of modern advertising and news consumption.
Sarah Kunst is the Founder and CEO of Proday. Which allows consumers to workout alongside their favorite athletes. Sandara Ponce De Leon and Pete A Turner sat with Sarah and talked about Proday, Los Angeles Dodgers' sports based accelerator and a program that seeks to improve the quality of talent working in "Rising" cities.
Slywia is a force. She's the producer and host of Valley Talks a show that reveals real stories of Silicon Valley starups. She keeps herself busy as a founder, entrepreneur, traveler...we could go on, but the point is clear. Sylwia is busy and makes her own breaks.
Seeing the Lean
She’s the author of “Lean Out,” a collection of essays that chronicle the experiences of women, LGBTQ folks, and people of color in the start-up world. In contrast to Sheryl Sandberg's widely read Lean In, Elissa’s main message is not that women (and other groups) need to change their behavior, but rather it is the companies themselves that must change and reach these groups that are leaning out because of marginalization.
FastCompany article, “As former Google employee Jamesha Fisher told Fast Company, when she landed in the Bay Area, she became aware of a systematic stigmatism for being both black and female, which made her feel like "the odd egg." She had to work to develop a support circle of peers and mentors, in part through social media, so she could feel more a part of a community.”
In the micro, Elissa’s evocative personal vignettes about her own experiences are shocking. The disregard for her talents, the targeted bullying, these barriers that exist belie our expectations of companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook.
From my view on the edges of the industry (I live in the SF Bay and have consulted with dozens of local tech based clients) my impression was that start-ups and tech giants were leading the way, with some exceptions, in terms of including diversity groups—I was wrong.
One of the baseline tools I bring clients is to re-orient with other perspectives in mind. If the perspective of your target/partner/customer would improve how you approach your objective, it’s critical to obtain and accept their perception to open collaboration.
Recognizing another’s perception isn’t agreeing with it. I don’t agree with a lot of things I experience, but I do accept that someone else’s reality was formed in a different environment; and that matters in ways that create wonderful opportunities.
In a recent interview with Rob Bell we discussed “the furniture of the mind.” If we run through someone’s “mind room,” blindfolded and unaware of their furniture, we disrupt or ignore their world. Leaving them to wonder what they are supposed to do to prevent our chaotic influence...then, they put their room back just as it was, and then begin to lean outside the organization.
Our institutional and personal cultural perceptions tend to revert back to a comfortable setting similar to a compass—in the case of the Silicon Valley, the archetype of Brogrammer with Mark Zuckerberg as its poster boy or “white male nerd” is celebrated and actively sought out by Angels and VC’s.
The trick is realizing you are stuck on magnetic north when you intend to work off of true north. The hard work comes in actually improving the culture of an organization. That improvement requires discomfort, mistakes, patience and a guide.
Illustrating this, Elissa’s stories exposed my own dis-perception of diversity. I realized my experience was shallow and white male (hi, I’m a white dude) based…and dismissive of other experiences; and I know better.
She talked to us about Squinky. I had no idea who or what a Squinky was, I immediately judged simply based on the name. That position, is completely wrong, dismissive and unfair to Squinky. Elissa afforded me the chance to see the “lean” and evolve. I’m thankful to Elissa for coming on Popping the Bubbl, and for her wonderful book.
Elissa is a passionate advocate and recruiter at Kearney, Boyle and Associates delivering underrepresented candidates to companies looking bring diversity to their workforces. Elissa is available and excited to give talks on her book, if you are interested in booking her, please reach out to her agent Melissa Broadway.
In this episode I mention Anthony Iannarino, who writes “The Sales Blog.”
Sean Ryan has founded or been the CTO for a number of companies. In this episode Sean discusses how his 25 years inside the "Bubbl" enables him to balance innovation with proven models for success.
Some how we cover a lot of ground in this episode: distractions in the workplace, mountain biking, Sly Stone, and Jay Mohr. Bubbl Up!
Hosts: Sandra Ponce De Leon, Pete A Turner, Jon Leon Guerrero
In our inaugural episode of Popping the Bubbl, Stewart Rogers of VentureBeat joins us to talk Prince, Mobile Marketing, PR and the Future of tech. As Director of Marketing technology for Venture Beat, it’s Stewart’s job to be at the forefront of new technologies that bring more transparency and insight to today’s modern mobile and digital marketer.