Jan 13, 2017
The future of servicing the tech within your homes may soon be in the hands of your savvy neighbor. Coresystems has created software that will allow major telecom, cable companies, and more to empower their tech-savvy users to set-up their technology and services. The goal is to increase the human touch and decrease the time customers typically spend talking to call-centers or automated services, as well as decrease the wait time to have problems fixed. Coresystems CEO Manuel Grenacher explains how he’s taken his successful software from Europe and hoping for adoption in the U.S. Also, Curt von Badinski, co-founder and CTO of Motiv, talks about why his health tracking ring won the hearts of attendees and press at the world’s largest consumer technology show in Las Vegas, CES.
Jan 6, 2017
We’re off campus this week! Kym and Fran met at The Modernist, a private club in San Francisco and enjoyed “mocktails” made by the owner and expert mixolisgist Carlo Spendorini who shares what makes a good club and cocktail! We are then joined by Sarika Batra, creator of natural beauty product site, Lavish Life. Over “Mocktails” Sakira reflects on her journey as an entrepreneur (from tech recruiter to media to maven and now leading Lavish Life) and reminds us to pay attention to what we put on our body, not just in our body, can make a difference to our health and well-being.
Jan 6, 2017
1-6-17 - Hacking Your Life with Brian Wong, Kaazing CEO Bob Miller by Kym McNicholas On Innovation
Dec 31, 2016
Fran shares with Kym some of the ways it is easier to be an entrepreneur now compared to 20 years ago when Fran co-founded Match.com. Key differences include the many accelerators or incubators available to entrepreneurs, the emergence of angel investing and Angel groups, and the low cost now with cloud services (no longer have to buy servers!). We then interview technology leader Sandy Carter about a new survey that is trying to get at why female entrepreneur are less likely to get funding even though they are more likely to have successful companies. We end the talk on things we can do to help more women succeed and make that our joint resolution for 2017!
Dec 31, 2016
We talk to cPacket CEO Brendan O’Flaherty about their technology, which monitors critical networks such as those proided by Verizon or AT&T. They ensure these networks are working properly so that for example, people can buy Holiday gifts online on Cyber Monday, or make sure massive stock purchases/sales go off without a hitch. They also help service providers in the UK to help identify cyber criminals and terrorists. He explains how during the show. Also, if you’ve broken the screen on your phone, have no fear! ICracked is here! We talk to the CEO about not only how this company makes getting your phone fixed quick and easy, but how he’s helping people to become entrepreneurs and create their own business out of fixing phones.
Dec 16, 2016
OUR FEMALE SEEKING STARTUP SERIES COHOST FRAN MAIER, COFOUNDER AND CEO OF BABY GEAR RENTAL COMPANY BABIERGE, COFOUNDER OF MATCH.COM AS WELL AS THE COFOUNDER OF TRUST-E, joins us in a conversation with Lindsay Holden, cofounder and CEO of savings lottery Long Game. She talks about how you get a shot at winning money simply by investing in your future. Before starting Long Game, Lindsay Holden co-founded the Applicant Auction, the primary auction for Top Level Domain names which held over $500M in auctions and over $1B in escrow before being acquired.
Dec 16, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump visits Silicon Valley to meet with some of the biggest names in technology and that got me to thinking… what will come of the expanded White House Smart Cities Initiative that was announced in September, which allocates more than $80 million in new federal investment and a doubling of the participating cities and communities to more than 70. The initiative makes it easier for cities, federal agencies, universities, and the private sector to all work collaboratively to research, develop, deploy, and testbed, new technologies designed to help make our cities more inhabitable, cleaner, as well as more equitable. For example – developing new data and analytics tools to help buildings reduce their energy footprint. Creating an entire urban network of connected and autonomous vehicles that can automatically cooperate to improve safety and travel efficiency, such as the one being funded in Chattanooga. And most importantly, implementing more effective warning systems to help first responders act more rapidly to save lives. It’s all about connectivity! One of the companies at the heart of the Smart City is Silver Spring Networks. This company has deployed nearly 25 million ‘smart’ enabled devices across five continents – deployments of which are enabling smart cities, smart utilities, iOT, and industrial internet of things applications. To tell us what this means, who better than the Chief Technology Officer, or CTO of Silver Spring Networks, Don Reeves, who joins us to talk about why our cities are behind the times in implementing new technologies and what's being done to expedite adoption and impact.
Dec 9, 2016
From SpaceX Director of Recruiting to developing the next big breakthrough in women’s shoes, Dolly Singh has founded Thesis Couture. She talks about how she's using space age theories, technology, and materials to create the ultimate stiletto. Also on the show… Are you prepared for success? In other words, do you think you deserve it? If you had unconscious beliefs keeping you from success wouldn’t you want to know what they are and how to address them? Susan Davis with NewResolution.com talks about how you can get into the right mindset to finish off 2016 and start fresh in 2017.
Dec 9, 2016
Gaurav Dhillon, Founder/CEO SnapLogic - Two decades after starting a company which went public then sold to a group of investors including Microsoft, Salesforce Ventures for more than $5 billion, Gaurav Dhillon embarked on a new entrepreneurial adventure, SnapLogic, which focuses on seamlessly integrating business applications. We had him on our show this past summer to share his journey transitioning from a business suit to a hoodie…and starting a business in a very new day and age of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. He talks about landing a $40M round of funding to help SnapLogic disrupt the integration market. Also on the show, Nicki Klein talks about revolutionizing the job recruitment industry with Betagig, the world's first and only digital platform to streamline job shadowing. Her innovative idea won the Launch Festival of 2016, and has since influenced Fortune 500 companies such as Transamerica to remodel the hiring process. And Alex Petrov, founder and CEO of YesHealth talks about his innovative way to help people with diabetes get on a healthier track. He'll also explain how his disruptive platform can expand into helping people with other chronic diseases.
Dec 2, 2016
We talk to the founders of some of the companies competing in the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), a global startup competition where the ultimate prize is to pitch Virgin brands billionaire Sir Richard Branson on his private island in the British Virgin Islands. The companies featured in today's show include LISNR, which sends data over audio, sending packets of data every second between any device with a speaker and microphone. The WTFast Gamers Private Network makes online game traffic faster and smoother to help you win. ActiveProtective is smart belt that protects the hips of older adults using 3D motion sensors and wearable airbags. They aim to make hip fractures a preventable condition. Praiseworthy is the Yelp for employees. The XTC top ten is being selected December 3, 2016 at a non-profit event held by XTC's parent organization, MaiTai Global. The event is called the Ocean Gala and one of the organizers explain how you can win a trip to play on the island as well. Our Guest Co-host for the day is Grieg Coppee. He is an independent advisor and early stage investor for many established and newly formed businesses. He has served on the board of directors or advisors of several companies, including Accuvant, Fuhu, Xero, as well as, numerous start-ups that he has invested in. As an advisor, he has provided strategy and corporate development services to several private equity, Fortune 500, and VC portfolio companies. Most recently, Grieg Coppe was the Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer for Intuit, the financial management software and service provider. There he led a team setting strategy for the company’s $4B business and overseeing the acquisition of several key assets.
Dec 2, 2016
Jumio's CEO Stephen Stuut talks about how biometric facial recognition is helping to combat identity fraud by making sure you are who you say you are when opening a bank account, for example. This means that on a mobile phone, you could use a “selfie” to help prove that you’re a real person on the other end of the phone.
Nov 25, 2016
11-23-16 by Kym McNicholas On Innovation
Nov 18, 2016
We have eight of the top 25 startups from around the world vying for a chance to present live on stage at the world’s largest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, CES, for the ultimate prize of pitching Virgin brands billionaire sir Richard Branson on his private island. They include a company that allows you to create the materials used for 3D printing and recycle the scraps to use again, a new gel technology that stops traumatic bleeding on contact, and an intellegent Electric Vehicle charging system designed for multi-tenant facilities.
Nov 18, 2016
While companies throughout Silicon Valley boast about their big raise of Venture Capital to fund their startups, Colin Earl, CEO of Agiloft, which creates business applications that don’t require you to code in order to implement, touts his bootstrapping roots. He and his co-founder and wife, have taken the road less traveled these days, building a company organically with NO VENTURE CAPITAL support…and get this…. Operating the business off of its own revenue to this day with 2.5 million users worldwide. He also shares the secret to employee retention during a time when developers are always looking for the next bigger, better deal. Also, get ready to break the sound barrier once again as you travel overseas as Boom is poised and ready to send you to London, Tokyo, and Australia in a supersonic jet much more efficient and cost-effective than the Concorde. Boom founder/CEO Blake Scholl talks about how new developments in technology and materials have paved the way for “affordable” supersonic travel, while key investor Peter Truwit with Seraph Group, talks about the potential for innovation in aviation.
Nov 11, 2016
Fran Maier and Kym McNicholas interview Portfolia CEO Trish Costello. Portfolia.com is an investing platform for the 5 Million plus accredited women to invest in the companies they want to succeed in the market. These innovative companies are often led by women and / or target the large women’s market. Trish shares her journey and her observations that wealthy women want to invest differently and how Portfolia makes that happen!
Nov 11, 2016
Host Kym McNicholas and Bill Tai, co-founder of the world's largest startup competition, the Extreme Tech Challenge, shares the quarter finalists vying for a shot at pitching on stage at the world's largest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas this January, CES. The startups, which are each at a key inflection point, poised and ready to scale, will compete there for the chance of a lifetime: To pitch Sir Richard Branson and an esteemed panel of judges on his private island, Necker. Hear some of the most innovative startups representing some of the biggest trends in technology from around the world, including the next electric sports car, the world's smartest stethoscope, a big breakthrough in beer brewing, and cancer screening with your mobile phone. For more on these companies, go to http://extremetechchallenge.com/top25/ .
Nov 4, 2016
In the first half of the show, Mark Weiner, the Chief Marketing Officer at Versa shares his wealth of 20 years of wisdom and expertise, as well as the latest trends on what’s going on with software and Cloud networks. He says we're not even close to the potential for transitioning hardware into software. He'll explain what to expect and how it could impact your business. Plus, he explains how Versa’s executive team managed to secure $43.35M in new funding from three large Silicon Valley venture firms. And find out how this successful CMO is balancing business and winemaking and how you can do the same in creating wines that truly suit your taste. No more wasted tastes! In the second half of the show, the Founding CEO of MainTool, Hussein Ahamed. MainTool has developed the world's first leather smart straps for classic watches that give your traditional timepiece the same features and connectivity as today's best wearables. MainTool's vision is to seamlessly embed technology everyday accessories that are already a part of people's daily lives. With their first product, they want to connect the 1.3B unit watch industry and become one of the most adopted wearables in the world.
Nov 4, 2016
The ultimate networking app is about to launch. Candice Bar owns the largest face-to-face networking company in the world, Vision Aires, that connects high net worth business professionals together and helps solidify relationships. Candice is about to launch her life’s work bottled up into a new networking app. You'll hear all about how face to face communication and technology can help improve your business and create connections that count. Dr. Robert Nathanson talks about the newest addition to the beverage industry, which is an adult Otter Pop called, Sloshee. It's all natural ingredients, except for the Blue Agave Tequila. He talks about his first major retail outlet adoption, which is Beverages & More. Plus, he explains the secrets to getting an alcoholic beverage on to a crowded shelf and to market it in the very tough to break into consumer market and create mass adoption.
Oct 21, 2016
Travel time on Female Seeeking Start-up! Margot Schmorak, CEO and Co-Founder of Hostfully, a virtual travel concierge aimed at vacation rental hosts, shares her journey from high tech marketing exec to CEO and Co-founder of a fast growing start-up.
Oct 21, 2016
The Foresight Institute is at the cusp of the 4th industrial revolution. Technology is evolving at an accelerated pace and there’s a lot of RESPONSIBILITY that goes along with that. It’s so easy for technology to be used for good or for evil. The Foresight Institute is at the forefront of what’s next and has created a non-profit to empower scientists, engineers, and the like to continue to create in a way that serves humanity. During the show, the organization’s President Julia Bossmann talks about the Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry, which is all about molecular machines and nanotechnology. She talks about how artificial intelligence is being used and the guidelines the White House has set for the future in this space in terms of healthcare and employee. Plus, you don’t want to miss Bossmann’s view of robotics, and the oath she believes we may have to create and make robots take in order to maintain civility in our world. In the second half hour, we talk about RESPONSIBILITY to yourself. THINKup co-founder Irit Wald shares her app that will help you to create a successful healthy mindset. Learn how your voice is critical in the process. In this week's "The Edge" series featuring companies that are impacting the enterprise: we are featuring Zen Ecosystem, which has created a platform that gives you insight into how much electricity you're using, where you're using it, and how you can save. The EPA estimates that commercial buildings across the US waste approximately $60B in energy costs each year. Of the 5.5 million commercial buildings in the United States, less than 20 percent have installed energy management systems to monitor and manage energy use to contain those costs. ZenHQ shares their new platform that CEO James McPhail claims will save business 30% on their energy bills.
Oct 15, 2016
Judge Faith visits Female Seeking Startup and shares how she brings a new tech-informed social media awareness to her tv court room. Also Fran and Kym answer questions from entrepreneurs on how to get funding and media attention. Great tips for everyone. Next week Margot Schmorak, co-founder of Hostfully, producer of local guidebooks for vacation rental hosts.
Oct 15, 2016
This is an impactful hour for any startup that needs to grow a company from idea to profitability without debt and WITHOUT VENTURE CAPITAL! Melissa Burstein is a sales/marketing genius of a medical device company, Ra Medical, that you will be hearing about A LOT over the next year as they have developed breakthrough medical laser technology. She hit the ground running when her co-founder Dean Irwin developed a breakthrough laser technology to send dermatological diseases such as vitiligo and psoriasis into remission and is now in the middle of an FDA study for a cardiovascular laser to unclog arteries, which doctors have told me is a 'GAME CHANGER'. They had NO BUDGET in the beginning for a sales or marketing team, and so she shares some CREATIVE ways she was able to get attention and drive revenue for their dermatology business! They became profitable just a couple of years in and thanks to frugality as well in accepting hand-me-down furniture such as desks, lights, and more, they were able to reinvest all of that into R&D for their cardiovascular laser. During the show you’ll hear about how her background, including time at pharmaceutical company, Eli Lily, and marketing Cialis, the erectile dysfunction drug, and her marketing tactics she used to get consumers to buy into a brand they’d never heard of and didn’t want to admit they needed. She also offers some fantastic approaches to building relationships, getting attention for your brand, and creating the ultimate sales team on a limited or no budget.
Oct 7, 2016
Our featured guest is Bill Tai, the brainchild behind and co-founder of the world’s largest startup competition, the Extreme Tech Challenge, with Sir Richard Branson as the anchor judge. More than 4,000 companies have applied over the last three years, and more applications are expected before this year’s competition closes. The top ten present live on stage at the world’s largest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, CES. The top three go on to present on Sir Richard Branson’s private island. Tai takes calls in this show from startups who are applying for the competition. He talks about how to create product/market fit, how to target the right demographic for your product, how to answer to your team and investors in the boardroom when something goes terribly wrong, and how to find the best funding and networking sources. We take questions from startups that include: XzrTech, the maker of an airport sky-bridge for oceanfront homes; UGo Smooothie, which has developed an automated smoothie store - a full smoothie store that needs no human operator; DirectTech Labs, which has developed Artificial Intellgence (AI) to help companies with independent sales reps to better engage and retain their people by accurately predicting what will happen in their business tomorrow, and helping them act preemptively.
Oct 7, 2016
HardGamma Ventures Partner Krzysztof Kowalczyk talks about the biggest trends he’s seeing in technology, particularly in solar, automotive, and artificial intelligence. He attended an executive leadership program at the San Francisco Bay Area’s Singularity University, this past week and he shares what he’s learned. He has more than 100 startups from around the world in his portfolio. So, he also talks about some of the biggest exits, which includes an Uber for housecleaning. Plus, we’ve all used GPS systems to navigate the roadways, hear about a GPS system for indoors, including shopping malls and airports. Also, HardGamma Ventures is the leading investor in a breakthrough for sleep. It’s called Neuroon and we have the CEO Tomasz Kolodziejak in studio to talk about the technology that powers this product that helps you get a better night’s sleep that you can not only buy online, but you first class travels could have access to on some overseas flights on KLM.
Oct 1, 2016
Mommy can we go to Gymboree? Listen to the first mom-prenuer and author of Play It Forward: From Gymboree to the Yoga Mat and Beyond, Joan Barnes share her story as Founder of Gymboree, its journey from a family fun time play gym to leading apparel brand. Joan shares with Kym McNicholas and Fran Maier her struggles with bulimia and how she eventually, with lots of work, got to a better place of personal balance. We’ll also share how we like to unwind!