Robert Stephens, Founder of GeekSquad

Robert Stephens, Founder of GeekSquad

About the Video

GeekSquad founder Robert Stephens got it so right – from the uniform to the services being offered, to the perfect partner in Best Buy (just about outgrown at this point). You have to hear this interview to get some amazing insights on building a brand and how to grow once inside a large organization.

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  • Robert Stephens, Founder, GeekSquad
  • Robert Jordan, Author, How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America
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When is the Right Time to Sell the Company? Learning From Dave Becker of First Internet Bank and Founder of Four Inc. 500 Companies

When is the Right Time to Sell the Company? Learning From Dave Becker of First Internet Bank and Founder of Four Inc. 500 Companies

About the Video

We stopped in Indianapolis to interview Dave Becker for an all-new Nightingale-Conant audio program. In this video interview Dave discusses the best time to exit and how to see opportunity in times of economic distress.

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  • Troy Henikoff, Founder, SurePayroll
  • Robert Jordan, Author, How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America
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Rick Smith, CEO and Founder, Taser

Rick Smith, CEO and Founder, Taser

About the Video

In this video Rick talks about the company’s start, his approach to problem solving, and how to keep a company moving forward. Looking back, it seems so easy – all public safety agencies now use Tasers. But in the early days it was so bleak that founder and CEO Rick Smith was sure the company was going to fail.

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  • Rick Smith, CEO and Founder, Taser.
  • Robert Jordan, Author, How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America
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Terry Howerton, Founding Chairman of ITA and TechNexus

Terry Howerton, Founding Chairman of ITA and TechNexus

About the Video

In this video interview Terry Howerton, Founding Chairman of ITA and TechNexus, shares how he co-founded ITA 10 years ago to create a place where people could self-identify as a tech community in Chicago.

Featuring

  • Terry Howerton, Founding Chairman of ITA and TechNexus
  • Robert Jordan, Author, How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America

Reese Schroeder, Managing Director of Motorola Solutions Venture Capital

Reese Schroeder, Managing Director of Motorola Solutions Venture Capital

About the Video

In this interview with Reese Schroeder, Managing Director of Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Reese shares Motorola’s thesis on investing. Reese spells out exactly how he wants to be pitched and shares where he sees entrepreneurs mess up when they walk in his door.

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  • Reese Schroeder, Managing Director, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital
  • Robert Jordan, Author, How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America

Michael Alter, CEO Surepayroll

Michael Alter, CEO Surepayroll

About the Video

Michael Alter, CEO of SurePayroll, shares three crucial lessons in this video interview on the sale of his company to Paychex for $115 million.

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  • Michael Alter, CEO, SurePayroll
  • Robert Jordan, Author, How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America
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Ara Bagdasarian, CEO & Co-Founder, Omnilert

Ara Bagdasarian, CEO & Co-Founder, Omnilert

About the Video

Ara Bagdasarian (CEO and Co-Founder of Omnilert) shares how Omnilert got it’s start, how it continues to stay ahead of the competition, and the entrepreneurial lessons it taught him along the way.

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  • Ara Bagdasarian, CEO & Co-Founder, Omnilert
  • Robert Jordan, Author, How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America
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Patrick Spain, Former CEO, Hoover’s

Patrick Spain, Former CEO, Hoover's

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Patrick Spain (former CEO, Hoover’s; Former CEO and Founder, HighBeam; Chairman of the Board, Newser LLC) sits down to talk about the process of launching, growing and selling HighBeam to Gale/Cengage all in the span of 6 years.

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  • Patrick Spain, Former CEO, Hoover’s; Former CEO and Founder, HighBeam; Chairman of the Board, Newser LLC
  • Robert Jordan, Author, How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America
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2011 Great Lakes Entrepreneurial Bash

2011 Great Lakes Entrepreneurial Bash

About the Video

On November 17, 2011, business leaders and entrepreneurs from around the heartland of America attended the Great Lakes Entrepreneurial Bash, a featured event of the Kauffman Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurship Week.

A panel of world class company founders who started from scratch and blazed a trail to success at, or greater than, $100 million shared key insights and ingredients that made their companies extraordinarily successful — as well as the challenges and failures they faced along the way.

Featuring

  • Mike Domek, Founder, TicketsNow
  • Ron Galowich, Founder, Initiate Systems Inc. & First Health Group Corp.
  • Jim Gray, Founder, optionsXpress
  • Dane Miller, Founder, Biomet
  • Robert Jordan, Author, How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America

2011 Mid-Atlantic Entrepreneurial Bash Panel

2011 Mid-Atlantic Entrepreneurial Bash Panel

About the Video

On October 17, 2011 top business leaders, executives, company owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs attended the Mid-Atlantic Entrepreneurial Bash at the Comcast Center at the University of Maryland to celebrate outstanding entrepreneurship.

A panel of world class company founders who started from scratch and blazed a trail to success at, or greater than, $100 million shared key insights and ingredients that made their companies extraordinarily successful — as well as the challenges and failures they faced along the way.

Featuring

  • Troy Henikoff, Co-Founder, SurePayroll, Excelerate Labs
  • Howard Tullman, Founder, Tribeca Flashpoint Media Academy
  • Ted Leonsis, Former President, AOL; Founder, Chairman, Majority Owner and CEO, Monumental Sports & Entertainment
  • Ara H. Bagdasarian, CEO and Co-founder, Omnilert
  • Mark Walsh, CEO and Founder, GeniusRocket
  • Robert Jordan, Author, How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America
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