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Kym McNicholas On Innovation

All of us have the power to create change. The advances in technology are now such that if you have an idea, it’s easier than ever to execute on it. “Kym McNicholas On Innovation” shares the journeys of successful entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors from around the world who will inspire you to create your own financial independence. The show also features some of the most advanced technologies you’ve never heard of that could be have an impact on your life, your business, and your career. Regular featured segments include “The Edge” which highlights businesses that are game-changing in the enterprise. Plus, each week in “HealthTech”, you’ll hear about a company that’s creating better, safer, faster, and cheaper technologies that will improve patient care and lower costs. And in our “Female Seeking Startup” series hear the success stories of some of the most powerful women who are creating game-changing technologies.
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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!
Oct 1, 2016
The first entrepreneur to win investment from every single shark on ABC's hit show, "Shark Tank" has teamed up with the biggest name in tooth and gum care, PhilipsSonicare, to release the first-ever breath testing device in conjunction with its platinum kit. Breathometer Co-founder and CEO Charles Michael Yim talks about how the reality show led to the biggest partnership yet in his career, why he and his team had to make the tough choice to eliminate their first product which was an app-enabled blood alcohol level breathalizer, their upcoming release of a device to help people with weight control using breath to test for ketone levels, and his vision to create a device that diagnoses serious diseases such as Lung Cancer.
Sep 23, 2016
Kym McNicholas is at the VIVA conference in Las Vegas where she talks to doctors about the rise in outpatient facilities, how they're democratizing medicine to reduce amputations in lower income communities, and increasing safety with less invasive procedures. Also, the latest in treatments for Peripheral Artery Disease and Heart Failure. Plus, a new Zero Gravity Radiation Protective System that could save your doctor's life.
Sep 16, 2016
Serial Entrepreneur Trevor Traina shares his journey to creating a website that curates once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as a $4.8 million balloon ride over Mt. Everest and a 4-day heli-skiing trip with John F. Kennedy. How Traina and his team offers some of the coolest opportunities you can’t find anywhere else such as throwing a football with former 49er Joe Montana or even simply learning how to be a barista or chef from some of the top names in the world. Plus, meet Kunal Agarwal, co-founder and CEO of big data performance platform, Unravel Data, who just exited stealth mode with a $7.2 million dollar Series A venture capital round of funding. How he’s creating the ultimate digital dashboard for data at some of the biggest names in Corporate America. Also, a marketing genius responsible for strategies for big brands such as Budweiser and Milkbone talks about the best ways to make your message and product viral. Ben Kaplan, founder and CEO of PR Hacker offers tips on becoming an effective thought leader, gain media attention, and capture millions of eyeballs. And a 12-year-old girl coder gives us an exclusive first interview about her trip to the White House this week.
Sep 9, 2016
Get ready for a digital welcome and full-fledged customer experience at stadiums and large entertainment venues. Quylur Intelligent Systems has created a large device that not only scans your ticket, shares promotional offers, and screens your bag, but it also is customizable by its customers depending on the venue. For example, Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, can program the machine to discover selfie sticks, which are not allowed. The Founder and CEO of Qylur Intelligent Systems is Lisa Dolev, who also served in the Israeli military performing counter terrorism operations. She’ll not only talk about the technology but also how she’s built a team to create LARGE hardware the Elon Musk way. Plus, she explains why she’s never had to raise Venture Capital money and yet has brought in more than $32 million in funding. She offers great advice for entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs on the importance of bringing ideas to paper, creating a core mission, having conviction in that mission, and how to develop a technology that truly solves a problem for customers and their patrons. Later in the show, meet another rockstar entrepreneur who served in the Israeli Military as an F16 pilot who’s now developing a real estate app, Stiya. Ilana Golan explain how her service has helped her to build a successful startup team, has created a no nonsense and unstoppable mindset, and has taught her to implement a solution-oriented approach to business no matter how dire the circumstances. And in our weekly “HealthTech” series, meet Connor Landgraf, CEO of Eko Devices, which has created the world’s smartest stethoscope. He’ll talk about the FDA approved device which is now being used in more than a dozen clinical studies and in 400 hospitals.
Sep 2, 2016
Kym McNicholas and Co-Host Fran Maier talk to successful women in technology. This week we take a detour to talk to Fran’s former colleague, Gary Kremen, about Founders, Co-Founders and why it makes a difference! And we bring on Angela Pan, CEO of Ashley Chloe who shares the story behind her wearable fashionable Bluetooth headphones. Finally we share our favorite tech, here what speakers we love in our homes!
Sep 2, 2016
New FAA regulations could lead to nearly $100 billion added to the U.S. economy and more than 100,000 new jobs. Skycatch, a company that turns 3D photos captured by a drone into 3D models, is one of the Bay Area companies benefiting from this new rule. A Skycatch employee is one of the first in the nation to get a new Federal license to fly drones. Hear about how Skytch is not only helping to automate bulldozers but also map exotic island such as that of Sir Richard Branson. Plus, KRON 4 television News Director Aaron Pero talks about how the new FAA regulations benefit breaking news coverage. And in our weekly “The Edge” series, find out how the Dropbox data breach of more than 70,000 emails/passwords, could’ve been prevented. Soha Systems CEO Haseeb Budhani explains how third party data breaches can be prevented. Plus, don’t miss the perfect gifts to give in honor of Kym’s birthday. Some say HTC Vive VR Headset, Ringly, Apple TV, Tesla X, and drones are the best gifts of the year. The perfect celebration libation? One caller pitched an adult Otterpop called, Sloshee.
Aug 26, 2016
Kym McNicholas and Co-Host Fran Maier talk to successful women in technology. After marking Women’s Equality Day – 96 Years of Female Right to Vote in US, we talk to Ilana Golan, CEO of Stiya. Ilana stated out in Israel as an engineer and F16 Fighter Pilot and instructor. Now she’s a veteran entrepreneur and brings her considerable leadership skills to running Stiya, a new way for real estate agents and buyers to enhance and enrich the home buying process. She shares how she pivoted her company from travel and blogging to supporting the large real estate market. We talk about management, leadership, fundraising and more. And we share our favorite tech – from Audible to Waze to a new app to get any flight- to make your Labor Day travels even better!
Aug 26, 2016
Is it the Hillary Clinton effect? Alfresco’s CEO Doug Dennerline talks about a new Federal law that will require all government employees to retain and store their emails, both business and personal. Alfresco’s Enterprise Content Management software platform is at the forefront of that, already helping agencies to collect critical that content. Also, how many Silicon Valley companies do you know of with four women in their C-suite? Probably not many – nearly half of firms globally still have NO female C-level executives, even though research has shown parallels between gender diversity and financial returns. Alfresco CEO, Doug Dennerline, talks about the benefits of a gender-balanced C-suite as the company sets out to deliver the fastest path for people to interact with – and act on – information that drives their business. We also chat with two of Alfresco’s four C-suite women – Andrea Lagan and Sydney Sloan – about what it takes to connect billions of documents for organizations like Amnesty International, Cisco, NASA and more.
Aug 19, 2016
Soma Water Founder and Chief Hydration Officer Mike DelPonte was on the path to priesthood but now he’s on an entrepreneurial journey building a multi-million dollar consumer brand which has caught the attention of First Lady Michelle Obama. This week he announced his newest product, a glass water bottle, taking on a $1.5 billion, very crowded, industry. He’s taking the same approach as Apple’s Steve Jobs by evoking a feeling that creates strong brand identity and loyalty from consumers. He shares his journey, how to create a successful crowdfunding campaign, the secret to aligning with your true purpose in life, and successful marketing strategies that can apply to every brand. Also, in our “Luxe Networking” series, Elite International Master Networker Candice Bar shares the five secrets to creating a solid connection with anyone in less than five minutes.
Aug 19, 2016
It’s like the Da Vinci Code but better. It’s a new book called “The Cheat Code” written by your typical Silicon Valley overachiever. It’s a modern collection of cheat codes for our personal and business life. One of the youngest founders to receive venture capital in Silicon Valley, Brian Wong, shares his journey, the lessons he’s learned along the way, and ‘The Cheat Code” which he says will help you jump levels in life and your career and beat enemies just as you did in your favorite video games growing up. In this week’s “The Edge” series, it’s not about hacking life, but instead, who’s hacking your health. It’s cyber criminals. Healthcare hackers are costing hospitals millions per breach and your information is in jeopardy. TrapX CEO Gregory Enriquez explains how they’re trying to protect you with deception. Plus, a 16-year-old CEO talks about how he turned his 3rd place science fair project into a real product to help paralysis patients regain control of their muscles.
Aug 12, 2016
Kym McNicholas and Co-Host Fran Maier talk to successful women in technology in this series. They’re first guest in the show is disrupting real estate. What would you do with an extra $20,000? A lot, right?!? That’s why more and more homeowners are choosing to sell their homes “For Sale By Owner”. They don’t have to pay commission. A new site is capitalizing on this popular trend by bringing together buyers and sellers, and closing deals with the click of a button. Sidedoor founder and CEO Shelley Janes explains how she’s going against the grain in the real estate industry. Plus, Princeton student Paige Shaw shares her favorite back-to-school technologies picks that help students stay in touch as well as make the grade. And Elite Master Networker Candice Bar shares the characteristics of the most impactful business card.
Aug 12, 2016
When Michael Phelps bought a ring for his girlfriend at a small retail shop then shared it online, thousands of his more than one million followers flooded the website of this small jewelry shop. That massive increase in traffic could’ve caused the site to crash. But as a customer of WebScale, the site was ale to adapt. Businesses dream of having their website flooded with orders. But for some, when it happens, it’s a nightmare! Everything comes to a stop in the surge of traffic. Why? Because they don’t have the infrastructure to support the number of people creating transactions on their site. Webscale CEO Sonal Puri talks about how her company is helping businesses of all sizes leverage the cloud to avoid crashes. In our “HealthTech” series, Stroll Co-founder and COO Matt Maurer talks about how he’s helping doctors guide their patients on the best, most cost-effective options for medical tests. If you have to get an MRI or an ultrasound, prices can vary by as much as $10,000 within a few miles. His technology provides that information to your doctor before you even leave their office. Plus, UpRamp Managing Director Scott Brown shares four startups that have the potential for disrupting the Cable industry.
Aug 5, 2016
In our “Female Seeking Startup” series, find out how Tania Zapata helped build the largest voiceover marketplace, Torre, and the company’s strategic plan to expand to all creative talents. Tania talks about the move to rebrand from “VoiceBunny” and also how to create and scale any marketplace. Plus, she offer advice on how to find the perfect voicover talent for your brand. In this week’s Tech Candy segment, featured products include a smart alert nightlight Leeo, which monitors your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. We’ll also tell you about a startup competition for a good cause, to raise money to benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS). Plus, in our” Luxe Networking” series with Elite Master Networker Candice Bar, find out what questions to ask at a networking event to develop long-lasting business relationships.
Aug 5, 2016
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 is embarking on a new entrepreneurial adventure, SnapLogic, which focuses on seamlessly integrating business applications. Dhillon shares how spending his year off between Informatica and SnapLogic, travelling to Argentina and learning a new language, investing and advising startups, and transitioning from a suit to a hoodie, helped pave the way for starting a new company in a very different day and age. He also discusses the differences between starting a company 20 years ago versus now. Plus, he shares what entrepreneurs can learn from fly fishing to build a better business. And, in the “HealthTech” series, how Dr. Michelle Longmire, a Stanford-trained physician with a background in bioformatics and genomics, is creating powerful tools that provide improved patient care and enable analytics-driven medicine. Basically, Dr. Longmire is taking your doctor from the Stone Age to the Digital Age
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