Adam Lieb is the founder and CEO of Duxter, the LinkedIn for Gamers. Duxter is a funded startup in Seattle, Wash., poised to be “the next big thing” in gaming. Rather than listening to the conventional wisdom that “playing games was a waste of time,” Adam turned his passion into a business.
Adam Toren is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, investor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com. He is co-author, with his brother Matthew, of Kidpreneurs and Small Business, BIG Vision: Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right (Wiley). He's based in Phoenix, Ariz.
Adam Toren, and Matthew Toren are serial entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and founders of YoungEntrepreneur.com and Blogtrepreneur.com along with several other internet properties. They are authors of the award winning books, Kidpreneurs and Small Business, BIG Vision: Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right. Their latest project, a free classified ads network called iSell.com.
Adam Wren is a freelance writer in Indianapolis, Ind., where he is a contributing editor at Indianapolis Monthly magazine. He covers topics ranging from entrepreneurship to education, and worked as a researcher on the book Finding the Next Steve Jobs by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell and Gene Stone. He earned his master's in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School. Visit his website: adamwren.net. Follow him on Twitter: @adamwren.
Alanna Francis is the Director of Marketing at Blue Fountain Media, a digital agency in New York City. Alanna leads a department of 18 marketers and consults with clients regarding digital strategy and online presence. Her writing has been featured in Mashable and Business2Community, as well as on Blue Fountain Media's blog, the ROI Factor.
Alina Dizik is a freelance journalist and writer based in New York City. Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, iVillage, More magazine, The Knot, BusinessWeek and the Financial Times. She covers entrepreneurs, consumer trends, business education and careers.
Based in Carlsbad, Calif.,Â Amy PorterfieldÂ is the co-author ofÂ Facebook Marketing All-in-One for DummiesÂ (For Dummies, 2011)Â as well as a speaker and trainer, teaching small businesses and entrepreneurs how to drive more traffic, leads and sales with Facebook marketing.
Amy S. Choi is a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her work has appeared in BusinessWeek, Women’s Wear Daily, and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. She is a regular contributor to Feministing.com and is currently working on a book about her travels through the developing world
Andrew Newberg, M.D., is the new director of research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College and a pioneer of the new interdisciplinary field of neurotheology. Mark Robert Waldman is adjunct faculty at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, where he teaches leadership, neuroscience, communication, and ethics. He is a personal development coach and the author of 12 books.
Andy Havard is the top Marketing Executive at Skeleton Productions, a video production company based in the United Kingdom. Andy is a budding young guest author, who has recently been taking the web by storm with his youthful approach to Internet marketing. Specialising in video marketing, Andy knows his way around a whole host of video and online strategies, targeting brands, businesses and blogs of all niches and sizes. His guest posts discuss a wide array of adoptable topical marketing strategies, from how to grow social media influences, video blogging set ups, quick SEO tips, Internet video hosting and everything in between.
Angela Denby is the founder and CEO of Java Social Networking, an online marketing firm focused in website design, social media strategy and online community management. JSN is comprised of a virtual team of 11 designers and marketing specialists located in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, California and Oklahoma. We work primarily with small businesses and provide them cost-effective marketing solutions that lead to increased sales, exposure and opportunities.
With six years of experience, Annie Mueller has used her attention to detail and standard of excellence to produce high-quality content forÂ businessÂ websites, lifestyle blogs, business and tech blogs, print newsletters, and educational publications. She specializes in helping small businesses and entrepreneurs navigate the world of internet marketing and create effective and affordable strategies for online marketing and social networking. She can be found online atÂ www.AnnieMueller.com.
Antonio Neves is the founder of THINQACTION where he coaches young entrepreneurs to produce exceptional results in their work. A professional opportunity identifier, Antonio regularly speaks at conferences, facilitates masterminds and hosts international retreats. An award-winning business journalist, Antonio has interviewed scores of Fortune 500 CEOs and top entrepreneurs.
Ariana Marsh and Ashley Mason are seniors at New York University where they're studying journalism at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. With graduation right around the corner, Marsh is in the midst of interviewing but is hoping to land a job as a fashion journalist or magazines features writer. Mason is currently freelancing and contributes to restaurant blog Eater.com. Follow them on Twitter at @The__Marshian and @amason_916
Arman is Founder & CEO of digital agency, Blueliner, which services start-ups and established companies such as IZOD, California Closets and Lufthansa. He is responsible for strategic planning, management and the company' s expansion into new markets, such as Latin America, Europe and Asia. Given his entrepreneurial success, Arman has been featured in media over the years, including Crain' s NY, CNN Money, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Time Magazine,Popular Mechanics, and others. Arman is a strong believer in ethical and conscious business practice, which emanates in Blueliner' s operating principles and his leadership values, which are expressed through his business and personal blogs. Of particular significance to Arman is the betterment of opportunity for children. He Founded 401kid, an education funding advisory portal, in 2000 to serve this purpose. Through his work-life balance, Arman is dedicated to setting a positive example for how we can have success while being of service.
Barbara Corcoran is a successful entrepreneur, having started her own real estate company with a small $1,000 loan, which after 25 years became a multi-million dollar firm, gaining her much credibility and popularity. Author of an unlikely business book and national best-seller, If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails, Barbara also is a real estate contributor to the Today Show and CNBC, and is currently on her fourth season as a panel member in ABC's Shark Tank.
Brent is a serial entrepreneur and has a passion for start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, innovation- focused altruism and strategic planning. Brent is the Owner/ CEO of AdVentures, which was founded to create, enable or acquire companies that offer transformative communications solutions. He blogs at InnovateAndCurate.com
Brian Ballan is co-founder of A&B American Style, a new condiment company focused on highlighting the nuanced flavors of natural chili peppers. Before founding A&B American Style, he worked in business development and product management at foursquare, as a line cook at Buddakan NYC and as an internal and external management consultant advising on all manner of strategic and tactical business issues. He is currently pursuing an MBA at Columbia Business School and is VP of Sourcing for InSITE and holds a BS in engineering management systems from Columbia Engineering.
Brian Cohen is chairman of the New York Angels and was the first investor in Pinterest. He co-founded GlobalComm/TSI which was acquired by a division of the Interpublic Group of Companies in 1997. Since then, he cofounded Launch.it, a free online newsroom and he developed Good Cause Communications, a PR firm that helps struggling non-profits.
Cam Jacox is president and co-founder of software firm Jacox-Hilton whose flagship product lifeAssist is an insurance data mining tool. The system generates opportunities for agents to act from within an existing client base, presenting fully quoted, automated sales packages through a powerful UI to bring costs down for policyholders and increase commissions simultaneously. Jacox was born in Peterborough, Canada and now attends Babson College.
A southern California native, Carol now lives on an island near Seattle with her husband and three children. Who have talked her into getting a dog. In more than 15 years of reporting on businesses large and small, she's gone on more than 100 business trips, filing stories from Anchorage to Atlanta. Her work has appeared in the Seattle Times, Nation's Restaurant News, Wall Street Journal, Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Magazine, and many others. More than 1,000 of her articles are floating around the Internet...and she has no idea when she had time to write them all. She is proud CEO and Janitor of TiceWrites Inc., and blogs about freelance writing at Make a Living Writing. She is reachable at email@example.com
Chris J.Snook is an author, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He has spent the last five years in the investment community incubating media startups as the Managing Partner of TLEC Ventures. He co-authored the international best-selling books,WealthMatters 2007 and 2011Â (2nd Edition) and Burnout: How to Transform Frustration to Fortune in 2005.
Christian Arno is the founder of professionalÂ translation servicesÂ provider Lingo24, experts in the foreign language internet. Launched in 2001, Lingo24 now has over 150 employees spanning three continents and clients in over 60 countries. In the past 12 months, they have translated over 40 million words for businesses in every industry sector, including the likes of MTV, American Express, and World Bank.
Dave Clarke is the founder and lead strategist at AuthenticMatters, a digital strategy firm that helps companies - from web startups to brick & mortars - acquire the right customers to the right products for the right reasons. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or grab a beer if you're ever in Philly or New York.
Dave Lavinsky is the co-founder of Growthink, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm that helps entrepreneurs identify and pursue new opportunities, develop business plans, raise capital and build growth strategies. He is the author of Start at The End (Wiley, 2012). Lavinksy has guest lectured at universities, developed more than 100 business plans and has written hundreds of articles on entrepreneurship, business planning and raising capital. He is also a serial entrepreneur, having started and exited multiple Internet and product-focused ventures.
Dave Lerner is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, blogger and host of Venture Studio where he engages with major players in the flourishing New York entrepreneurial ecosystem and beyond. He's also an adjunct professor in entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School as well as the director of the Venture Lab at Columbia University Tech Ventures where he's spun-out 70-plus technology start-ups over the last six years.
David Donner Chait is a second-year student at Columbia Business School and the co-founder of Travefy, a free online tool that helps groups simplify their travel. He previously served as senior policy advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration and worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He holds a B.A. in economics-political science from Columbia College.
David Gabeau is a freshmen at NYU, double majoring in psychology and economics. Though born in Maryland, Gabeau attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire where he developed his love for entrepreneurship. He is the co-founder of Spero, a startup that pays school-age students in developing countries to take online courses.
David Weber is the Brooklyn-based founder and president of the NYC Food Truck Association and a cofounder of Rickshaw Dumplings, a chain that operates multiple food trucks. This excerpt is adapted from his book, The Food Truck Handbook: Start, Grow and Succeed in the Mobile Food Business (Wiley, 2012).
Denise Keller is COO and founding partner of Benchmark Email, one of the world's leading email marketing services for small businesses. Keller served as Vice President of Finance for restaurant chain Seafood Broiler and CEO of Accor's U.S. Ticket Services Division before transferring into the COO position at Benchmark, where she has been instrumental in bringing in numerous small business customers, as well as high-profile clients that include Mercedes Benz, Siemens and Kaiser Permanente.
Entrepreneur, Business Advisor, Strategist, Speaker, Author, Blogger and Business Coach are some of the many hats Devesh wears. Devesh, an entrepreneur since he was 14, has founded, co-founded, and advised multiple businesses. An MBA with near perfect GPA and a former cubicle prisoner at multiple Fortune 100s in Corporate America, Devesh now helps the cubicle imprisoned aspiring entrepreneurs get out and start their business through his site, Entrepreneur In Making.
College admissions expert Dr. Katherine Cohen is CEO and founder of IvyWise, an internationally recognized education consulting company. A former reader in the Yale University Office of Admissions, she has taught SAT prep classes for The Princeton Review and has written two books about the college admissions process published by Hyperion: The Truth About Getting In and Rock Hard Apps. Dr. Cohen is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), the Independent Educational Counseling Association (IECA), the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC), and the Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC). She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and continued her studies at Yale University, receiving two Master's degrees and a PhD. Dr. Cohen received a certificate in College Admission Counseling from U.C.L.A.
Dush RamachandranÂ is Business Tranformation Coach forÂ The Net Momentum. He has built, grown and sold two of his own companies and most recently served at Vice President of Sales andÂ BusinessDevelopmentÂ at ClickBank where he was instrumental in growing the company's revenues nearly 500% in five years. Dush is the host of the ËœEntrepreneurÂ Effect' radio show and is the author of an upcoming book on entrepreneurial success.
Ekaterina Walter is a Portland, Ore., social innovator at Intel. She is the author of Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook's Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2013).
Eric Muli is a junior at Babson College studying finance and economics. Born in Boston and raised in both Jamaica and Kenya, Eric is a serial entrepreneur and an avid philanthropist. He is the co-founder of Jossle, a startup that allows college students to market for companies targeting college students. He is also the co-founder of Ratifye, a platform that blends reviews with social media. Follow him on twitter at @ChartifiedJr.
Katie Finnegan and Erica Bell are the co-founders of hukkster, an online shopping tool that helps you track products on sites you love, get notified when those products go on sale and gives you the ability to buy when the price and time are right.
Franco Capurro is a Chilean graduate student at Babson College and CEO ofÂ OneKey Ventures. Before joining his graduate program he gained experience as a financial and management consultant, startup founder, international trade researcher and university professor in South America, Europe, the U.S., and China. His international experiences have provided him with critical knowledge on how to build businesses and work across different cultures. He holds a Master of Science in global entrepreneurship at Babson College and a Bachelor of Science in business and economics from the University de Chile.
Gabriel Shaoolian is the founder and CEO of Blue Fountain Media, a results-driven website design and online marketing company based in Union Square, Manhattan. Shaoolian has grown Blue Fountain Media from a one-man operation to a full-service agency with over 70 employees. Clients range from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Shaoolian is an entrepreneur who loves working with hungry, entrepreneurial clients.
Gina Roberts-Grey is a freelance writer in snowy, but scenic, upstate New York. For more than a decade, she’s covered consumer issues and health topics for Glamour, Family Circle and NextAvenue.org. She’s also interviewed hundreds of celebrities, including Larry King, Trace Adkins, Jessica Alba, Jewel and others.
Dr. Greg Bier is a Professor of Management at the University of Missouri. He leads the newly formed Entrepreneurship Alliance at the University of Missouri University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business. He is also a partner with Entrepreneur MO.
Serial entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal sold his first online advertising startup ClickAgents at 18 for $40 million. His second company BlueLithium was purchased by Yahoo Inc., for $300 million. His latest venture is RadiumOne, a fast-growing ad network that leverages social data on the Web. Chahal also published a memoir, The Dream (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
Heather Payne is the founder of Ladies Learning Code, a Toronto-based not-for-profit startup that runs workshops for women (and men) who want to learn computer programming and other technical skills in a social and collaborative way. She's also working on a project for the Mozilla Foundation: her job is to build a community of people in Toronto who care about raising youth as web makers. She's an investor in ShopLocket, and in a former life, Heather helped startups like Pinpoint Social and Shopcastr to acquire their first users. Follow her on Twitter @heatherpayne.
Irving Fain is the CEO & co-founder of CrowdTwist, a multi-channel customer relationship and loyalty platform that gives marketers the ability to incentivize, recognize and reward people based on their combined engagement, social influence and spend -- online and off. Earlier, Fain ran Digital Marketing & Social Platforms for Clear Channel Radio Digital, developing and implementing an online marketing and social strategy for 1,000+ radio stations. Prior to his life as a media entrepreneur, Fain wore a suit everyday in the world of finance. He spent time both as a venture investor here in New York as well as an investment banker, specializing in raising capital for early stage companies. He holds a B.A. from Brown University.
Ivan Misner is founder and chairman of BNI, a professional business networking organization headquartered in Upland, Calif. He is co-author, with Hazel Walker and Frank De Raffele, of Business Networking and Sex: Not What You Think (Entrepreneur Press, 2012). Misner is also chairman of the board for the Referral Institute, an international referral training company, and on the board of directors of the Colorado School of Professional Psychology. He is also the founder of the BNI Misner Charitable Foundation.
As a freelance journalist and photographer in New York City, Joseph spends most of his time with camera in one hand and notebook in the other. His writing and photography have appeared in the daily print publications including the New York Daily News and online publications. He is also immersed in the world of underwater photography as the Associate Editor of Scuba Diver Through the Lens, the world's first print underwater-imaging magazine.
James Hilton founded The Simplus Group, a leading technology entrepreneurship company that helps entrepreneurs and companies innovate and develop high impact mobile and web applications. He started the company while pursuing his degree at Babson College, and often speaks and writes on the topic of student entrepreneurship.
New York City-based James Wedmore is the author of The YouTube Marketing Book (Level 5 Publishing, 2012) and founder of Video Traffic Academy, a community of video marketers. When he's is not creating his own fun videos, Wedmore holds bootcamps and workshops teaching business owners how to use video and YouTube effectively.
Jason Green has more than 15 years of venture-capital experience under his belt. As the founder of San Mateo, Calif-based Emergence Capital, he invests exclusively in early- and growth-stage tech companies, manages $575 million across three funds and is actively seeking new investment opportunities. Green has led early investments that became market-leading public companies like SuccessFactors, DoubleClick and Ask Jeeves.
Each day at IWearYourShirt, Jason HeadSetsDotCom (formerly, Sadler) and a team of professional T-shirt wearers represent a different company online using an array of social-media sites. Before getting paid to wear T-shirts, he co-owned a web-design company. HeadSetsDotCom is an automotive enthusiast that loves playing Scrabble, watching terrible movies and has been known to dominate a basketball hoop or two. He lives at the beach in Jacksonville, Fla., which gives him the freedom to prance around in T-shirts 365 days out of the year with his Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Plaxico. Follow Jason @IWearYourShirt and Plaxico @PlaxicoTheDog.
Jeff R. Lamb is the founder and chief Nerd atÂ QStart Labs, a web developmentÂ and startup advisory-services firm Columbus, Ohio. The team at QStart Labs launches 10 or more newÂ technology startups each and every year. A serial entrepreneurÂ with multiple exits himself, Lamb is passionate about helping entrepreneursÂ and is always willing to take time to share thoughts and advice over aÂ coffee or (better yet!) a beer.
Jennifer Wang is a staff writer at Entrepreneur magazine in Southern California. She's been writing about business for newspapers and magazines since 2004, beginning with a stint in the publications department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, where she realized that economics could, in fact, be cool.
Jim Sheils is the co-founder of Board Meetings International, a company that specializes in parent/child retreats for entrepreneurs and their children. Board Meetings International uses a combination of experiential education and fun activities like surfing and other oceanfront adventures to deepen their relationships and teach vital life lessons not taught in school.
Joe Barton is the founder of Barton Publishing and other websites that promote natural health through teaching people how to cure themselves using alternative home remedies (using simple grocery store items, herbs, vitamins, exercises, and more), instead of expensive and harmful prescription drugs.
Joel Goldstein is a speaker, author and SEO consultant at Peer Marketing Group in Orlando, Fla., where he specializes in developing marketing campaigns for online businesses. He was nominated for SCORE's Entrepreneur of the Year Award when he was 24-years-old, and, by 26, he wrote the Amazon bestselling book A Professional's Guide to Social Media. Follow him on Twitter @JoelGoldstein.
Jonah Lupton is a serial entrepreneur, advisor and investor. He is the founder of Cauzly.com, a new social fundraising and crowdfunding platform. Lupton is also the founder of NextGen Leaders Council, Inspired Futures Foundation, Parabolic Ventures and InterCapital Group.
Joseph Draschil is the co-founder of SpyGames.me, a live action, choose-your-own adventure game where you are the hero and the game takes place around you and your team as you embark across your city on a series of missions. Draschil is currently participating in Start-Up Chile and is pursuing an MBA in the top-ranked entrepreneurship program at Babson College.
Josh Turner is the founder of Gateway CFO Solutions, a St. Louis based consulting and media firm specializing in helping small business owners reach their profit potential. GatewayCFO.com offers free resources and tutorials for business owners to improve their financial performance, outsourced or part-time CFO services, and is the home of the Gateway to Profits show featuring expert interviews and business analysis. Josh has served as Chief Financial Officer for companies in a variety of industries, from startups to mature, stable businesses.
Joshua Medcalf is an entrepreneur who founded Train to be CLUTCH, a business and life consultancy through which he works with top performers all over the world from many different professions. Medcalf has created some of the first mental training apps in the world for soccer, basketball and golf and started a nonprofit that trains athletes in one of the toughest housing projects near his home in Los Angeles. He is also the director of mental training for UCLA women’s basketball. And when time permits, he travels around the country doing workshops for a variety of business, sports and school groups.
Justin Hedge is the cofounder of JNJ Online Stores LLC, a Houston, TX based e-commerce company. With online stores like ModernChairs.com and LoveModern.com, JNJ Online Stores continues to expand its presence as a leading online retailer of high quality modern furniture, home dÃ©cor, accessories, and more.
Justin Moore is a San Francisco-based serial entrepreneur, early-stage advisor and angel investor. Among other companies, Moore is the founder and CEO of Axcient, a leading provider of backup, business continuity and disaster recovery services to the SMB market. He also serves on the advisory board and councils of numerous private and public companies. Follow him on Twitter @justinrmoore
Karen Leland is an author and president of Sterling Marketing Group, a marketing and brand-strategy firm based in San Rafael, Calif. Her clients have included American Express, AT&T, Apple, Cisco and Capital One. Her forthcoming book, Ultimate Guide to Pinterest for Business, will be published by Entrepreneur Press in May 2013. Find Leland on Pinterest.
Karim Abouelnaga is a public speaker, social entrepreneur, and student at Cornell University. He is the founder of Practice Makes Perfect, Inc., a nonprofit that works to narrow the achievement gap by providing low-income students with mentorship and resources that are beyond the reach of their inner-city public schools. With the support and guidance from mentors, Karim has won more than $300,000 in scholarships and awards to make his studies possible. In addition to being immersed in student life, he is a Cornell Presidential Research Scholar and focuses his time examining the implications of financial incentives on academic performance.
Kate Jillings is the co-founder of BusinessBecause and EngineeringBecause, specialist news, networking and jobs sites for business and engineering students around the world. Previously Kate worked in marketing for pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline and French investment bank BNP Paribas, where she was responsible for launching a variety of new products and services in the UK and internationally.
Kathleen Davis is an Associate Editor at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, she has worked as an editor at Howcast.com, WomansDay.com and Popular Photography magazine. Her freelance work as appeared in AAA New York magazine, American Photo, Popular Science, Time Out New York and more. She is also a registered Vinyasa yoga teacher, and holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. Email her at email@example.com
Keith Petri is the SVP of business development at eDealya, a mobile data company in New York and Israel that aims to help companies better understand, engage and target their customers. He previously owned CNSLT.us and founded iGottaGuide. And in addition to having studied business, economics and studio art, Petri is passionate about marketing and technology, as well as connecting with like-minded entrepreneurs.
Ken Oboh is the co-founder of REMIX.com and UMIX.com, two revolutionary music sites that allow users to be their own DJs. Ken is a serial entrepreneur in the entertainment industry.Ken Oboh is the co-founder of REMIX.com and UMIX.com, two revolutionary music sites that allow users to be their own DJs. Ken is a serial entrepreneur in the entertainment industry.
Kevin Hiser is the president of QStart Labs, a web development and startup advisory-services firm Columbus, Ohio. There, he and his team assist in the launch of 10 or more startups each year. Hiser is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and is always willing to take time to share thoughts and advice over a beer or coffee, so feel free to contact him anytime you want to bounce ideas around. And follow him on Twitter @khiser0001.
Kristin Luna is a Nashville-based journalist who has written travel and news features for Newsweek, Forbes, Redbook, Self and countless others, as well as several guidebooks for Frommer's. Kristin previously sailed with Semester at Sea in 2011 as the assistant field office coordinator. You can follow her global exploits via her award-winning blog Camels & Chocolate.
Lambeth Hochwald is a freelance journalist and a contributing editor at Scholastic Parent & Child magazine. A lifestyles writer who also reports stories for Coastal Living, HGTV magazine, O The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple and Redbook, Lambeth started her career covering the magazine business at Folio: and is an adjunct professor at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Lauren Cannon is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, N.Y. She has written about startups and entrepreneurship for Inc.com and Fast Company magazine in addition to contributing editorial content to Scoutmob. She is currently spearheading UpendED, a project focused on creating community and educational opportunities for people interested in launching mobile businesses and pop-up shops. She can always be found on Twitter.
Lauren Perkins is a digital evangelist and tastemaker who delivers integrated solutions from a unique entrepreneurial perspective. Best known for combining her entrepreneurial experience with a 360 degree integrated approach, Lauren has provided solutions for start-ups to growing brands including, Crunch Fitness, Nike and Laser Cosmetica. She is currently the CEO and Founder at Perks Consulting, a full-service marketing agency specializing in the fusion of lifestyle and technology based in New York City.
A former professional athlete, New York City-based Lewis Howes is author of LinkedWorking (418 Press, 2009) and creator of the LinkedInfluence training program. He creates educational courses about social marketing for entrepreneurs and plays handball for The USA National Team.
Lila Wilson is a freelance writer, photographer and student entrepreneur in Washington D.C. She has worked in organizational development in Los Angeles, London and Kabul. She was a semi-finalist in Georgetownâ€™s Hoya Challenge and is part of the inaugural Georgetown Summer Startup Program. She is currently spearheading MÅdefy Labs, aiming to democratize the fashion industry by expanding access points in the design, feedback and production phases.
Lisa Promise is the founder of Promise Consulting Group, a full-service marketing, advertising, and communications consulting company for small businesses. Based in Boston, MA, Lisa started Promise Consulting when she realized the growing number of small businesses that are experts in their particular field, but donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know the first thing about marketing. Her goal is to help small businesses get off the ground and grow beyond word of mouth, as well as teach them the skills to follow-through on the developed marketing strategy. Lisa graduated from Bentley University, with degrees in Marketing & Global Perspectives. In addition to managing Promise Consulting Group, she works at a large marketing solutions company for small businesses, focusing on new customer acquisition in the Online & Affiliate channels.
Liz Elam is the founder of Link Coworking, a co-working space located in Austin, Texas. Besides her day-to-day duties at Link Coworking, Elam is the president and founder of co-working network group The League of Extraordinary Coworking Spaces and producer of the Global Coworking Unconference Conference. Previously, Elam was at Dell where she was a top sales executive.
Logan Kugler is a 22 year-old entrepreneur and technology writer based in Silicon Valley. He's written for more than 60 major publications including Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Men's Journal, Autoweek, Computerworld, PC World, and PC Magazine and he's been hired by Fortune 500 companies including IBM, CDW, BMW, and Oracle. He started his first business when he was 10 and turned a five-figure profit within the first year. He's currently working on getting humanity into space.
Lyneka Little is a freelance writer in New York. She's written about personal finance and small business for such publications as The Wall Street Journal, MainStreet.com, Walletpop.com, People magazine. She also works as a freelance producer covering money at ABCNews.com. Little attended Howard University where she studied journalism. She loves drinking wine and tweeting, preferably at the same time. Follow Little on Twitter @Lyneka.
Maria Muto-Porter is a freelance writer in Phoenix. Her career began in broadcasting as a reporter and producer where she covered local news and features in Toledo, Ohio. Muto-Porter served as editor for two publications including a national design magazine. She has also written and edited books, magazine articles and other business materials.
Marissa Hu is a first year MBA student at Wharton and the co-founder of Co-Ed Supply, the college care package on autopilot. She's currently studying entrepreneurial management and marketing, while being involved in the Entrepreneurship Club as the VP conference chair.
Mark J. Kohler, a certified public accountant in Irvine, Calif., is a partner in the accounting firm Kohler & Eyre, and the law firm Kyler, Kohler, Ostermiller, & Sorensen LLP, specializing in business, estate and tax. He is the author of What Your CPA Isn't Telling You from Entrepreneur Press.
Martin 'Finch' Osborn is a marketing entrepreneur who started his own business at 21, and now works from a laptop while traveling the world. He is a fierce critic of the 'get rich quick' online phenomenon and strives to bridge the gap between those who believe starting a business is far too complicated, and those who expect it to become an overnight success. Martin gives back to the entrepreneur community through his popular blogs, notably Filthy Rich Mind and Finch Blogs.
Martin Zwilling is the founder and chief executive officer of Startup Professionals, a company that provides products and services to startup founders and small business owners. Check out his daily blog, follow him on Twitter @StartupPro or email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt Villano is a freelance writer and editor in Healdsburg, Calif. He is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur, and has covered startups and entrepreneurship for The New York Times, TIME and CIO. He also covers a variety of other topics, including travel, parenting, education and -- seriously -- gambling. He can be found on his personal website, Whalehead.com, and on Twitter.
Matthew Fishman is an entrepreneurship student at Farleigh Dickinson University and heads up marketing and PR at Agent Anything, a services networking company that makes it easy for businesses and individuals to hire students for errands, odd-jobs and temporary positions. Matthew is also a Start-Up Of You student fellow and the founder of Launchpad, FDU's first student-led entrepreneurship organization.
Matthew Toren is an award winning author, serial entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded YoungEntrepreneur.com along with his brother Adam. Matthew is co-author of the newly released book:Small Business, Big Vision: 'Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right‚ and also co-author of Kidpreneurs.
Michael Halper is Founder and CEO of Launch Pad Solutions, LLC, a sales consulting and outsourcing firm that helps businesses to take off and get to the next level. Michael Halper has spent the past twenty years working on the front lines in sales, customer service, marketing, and business development roles. During this period, he has seen just about everything in terms of what to do and what not to do when it comes to establishing and maintaining clients and building businesses.
Michael Phillips Moskowitz is the founder the Bureau of Trade, a luxury shopping portal that blends retail opportunities with style and cultural criticism. He was previously a senior communication designer at IDEO, and the co-founder of TODO Monthly (a lifestyle guide in San Francisco) and Gytha Mander (a designer menswear label acquired in 2006). Prior to publishing and fashion, he served on the research staff at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford.
Michele Welch is the founder of NewBiz Media, a full service online business solutions company. She is an Online Business Trainer & Social Media Marketer helping small business owners and entrepreneurs create an online business presenceÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ one step at a time. She does this with the help of her blog where she share tips on how to start your online business and grow it using SEO, Social Media Marketing and various other techniques. She is also the founder of the Online Business Head Start Blueprint: The 10 Step System to Boosting Your Online Business EffortsÃ¢â€žÂ¢.
Long-time entrepreneur and former CEO of Myspace, Mike Jones now serves as the CEO of Science, Inc., a Los Angeles-based technology studio that nurtures successful digital businesses by bringing together the best ideas, talent, resources and financing through a centralized platform. As a serial internet entrepreneur, Jones has founded, advised, invested in and sold numerous businesses, including application platform Userplane, which he led from startup to its acquisition by AOL, Tsavo Media, Movoxx, PeopleMedia, Brizzly and Myspace. He is actively involved with early-stage startups as an advisor, board member and investor. Among others, Jones has personally invested in more than 30 startup businesses including Klout, Betterworks, Formspring, ShoeDazzle and LunchMoney.
Nadia Goodman is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. She is a former editor at YouBeauty.com, where she wrote about the psychology of health and beauty. She earned a B.A. in English from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. She blogs at Birds with Brains.
Natalie Sisson is the founder of the Suitcase Entrepreneur the number one destination for entrepreneurs wanting to create freedom in business and adventure in life. Her mission is to ensure you use social media, outsourcing and online tools to be able to run your business from anywhere in the world and create the lifestyle you want. A Kiwi Entrepreneur and adventurer, Natalie previously co-founded a technology company that produced FundRazr a Social Commerce Application for Facebook. She has 9 years of international integrated marketing experience and is also a Social Media evangelist and personal trainer for businesses. She's a nominee for Canada's Top 40 Under 40, a contributor to Forbes, The Visa Business Network and Entrepreneurial Woman.ca. In addition, Natalie is a Regional Body Sculpting Champion, a World Record holder in Dragon Boating and a Gold Medal World Beach Ultimate Frisbee player.
Neil Parmar's work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, SmartMoney Magazine, The Huffington Post and Psychology Today, and he's been interviewed on CNN, ABC News, Fox News and radio shows in the U.S. and U.A.E. In 2012, former President Bill Clinton announced that Neil was among one of three winning teams, out of 4,000 applicants, who won the Hult Global Case Challenge and $1 million to help SolarAid, Habitat for Humanity and One Laptop per Child. Most recently, Neil was an assistant business editor and writer for The National, a newspaper based in the Middle East. Follow Neil on twitter: neil_s_parmar
Nina Foroutan is currently pursuing her MBA at Babson College focusing on entrepreneurship, while building her Youthful Chef brand, an innovative health food company that will be served at Babson dining halls in Fall 2012. For her undergraduate education she attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated with a dual degree in journalism and international studies. She has worked as the assignment desk editor for the evening news programs and WHDH Channel 7 in Boston and WCVB Channel 5 News in Needham, Mass. Follow her on Twitter.
Patrick Ambron is the CEO and co-founder of BrandYourself.com, the first DIY platform that makes it simple for anyone to take control of their own search results. Patrick is recognized as the leading expert in online reputation management and Search Engine Optimization. Patrick's technology innovations in online reputation were named New York's # 1 Emerging Tech in 2011. He was recognized by the White House as one of their Empact 100 Top CEO's under 30 and named Young Entrepreneur of the year by the SBA. His technology is licensed by some of the top universities in the country and he co-developed the online reputation management curriculum at Syracuse University.
Perry Marshall and Bryan Todd are the authors of The Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords, 3rd Edition, published by Entrepreneur Press in 2012. Marshall is the founder of Perry S. Marshall & Associates, a Chicago-based company that consults with online and brick-and-mortar companies on generating sales leads and web traffic, and maximizing advertising results. Todd is an international marketing consultant and Google AdWords specialist based in Lincoln, Neb.
Peter S. Cohan is a strategy consultant, startup investor, teacher, corporate speaker, pundit and author. He has invested in six startups, three of which were sold for a total of $2 billion. Before founding Peter S. Cohan & Associates in 1994, he worked with HBS strategy guru Michael Porter. Cohan has run more than 150 consulting assignments for corporations and governments and engaged corporate audiences from Barcelona to Beijing. He teaches business strategy at Babson College and entrepreneurship at Olin College of Engineering. His eleventh book is Hungry Start-up Strategy.
Preetam Kaushik is a freelance writer/independent columnist and an avid blogger. He is a web 2.0 expert and writing consultant serving a wide array of clients. He is an offshore journalist covering the industry trends of Social media, Ecommerce, Business and Technology. Visit his blog at Dictum-is-Digital.blogspot.com.
Rebekah Iliff is the director of product for AirPR, a technology platform to increase PR performance. Previously, she was the CEO of talkTECH Communications, one of the fastest growing, launch-only PR firms in the U.S. As co-founder of talkTECH, she created an industry-first methodology for emerging technology companies. She's also a technology blogger for The Huffington Post focusing on trends related to startup culture and job creation.
Riva Richmond is a freelance journalist who has covered technology for more than a decade. She focuses on computer security, privacy, social networking and online business and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other national publications. Previously, Riva was a technology reporter at Dow Jones Newswires and regular contributor to The Journal's "Enterprise" small business column.
Roman Jelinek had his own business and then he sold it. Now he is hoping to start another successful business. He is putting all his efforts into his website How This Website Makes Money. The website is not making any money now but with luck and the entrepreneurial spirit he hopes to turn it into a full time business. A few years ago Roman went to Prague for a vacation and liked it so much he stayed. His other website provides travel tips like assuring visitors that Prague is safe.
Ryan Kuhel is a co-founder and account manager at Hublished where he designs and administers marketing campaigns, strategies for customer acquisition, and community outreach initiatives. He is a B.A. candidate at New York University pursuing an individualized concentration in computer science and economics to investigate online, distributed problem-solving and production models. Kuhel is also a coffee lover and amateur foodie eating New York one bagel at a time.
Sarah Haselkorn is an undergraduate senior studying systems engineering and entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis. During her junior year, she opened Green Bean, a fast-casual, sustainable salad and wrap restaurant located a few miles from campus. Haselkorn competed in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards and was a finalist in 2012. She is currently working on expanding Green Bean, and starting an e-commerce business sock company.
Sarah J. Robbins is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor whose work has appeared in Newsweek, Glamour, Marie Claire, Real Simple, and Publishers Weekly magazines, among others. She coordinates Glamour magazine's annual Women of the Year Fund initiative and is the former managing director of Girls Write Now, Inc., a New York-based mentoring program. An adjunct professor with the Bard Prison Initiative, Robbins is the co-author of Dr. Hawa Abdi's autobiography, forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing in 2013.
Sarah Max is a freelance writer in Bend, Ore. She has covered business and personal finance for more than a decade for such publications as BusinessWeek, CNNMoney.com, Money and The Wall Street Journal. In 2009 Sarah got a first-hand look at the ups and downs of entrepreneurship when she helped launch 1859 Oregon’s Magazine, a quarterly magazine and website for which she is executive editor.
Scott Gerber is the founder of Sizzle It!, a New York based sizzle reel production company specializing in promotional videos for PR and marketing professionals. He is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, public speaker and author of Never Get a "Real" Job: How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke (Wiley, 2010).
Scott Shane is the A. Malachi Mixon III professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University. His books include Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live by (Yale University Press, 2008) and Finding Fertile Ground: Identifying Extraordinary Opportunities for New Businesses (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005).
Sheena Lindahl is Co-Founder and President of Empact, an organization facilitating entrepreneurship throughout the world through exposure, celebration and connection. She has been named by Inc. Magazine as a 30 under 30 entrepreneur and by Business Week as one of the country's top 25 entrepreneurs under the age of 25. She is a graduate of New York University.
Is the host and executive producer of the weekly, live interactive show and 24/7 news hub, What's Trending. Shira is also the host and creator of YouTube talk show, Partners Project, where she interviews the biggest YouTube stars. Named one of Fast Company's 2011 most influential women in technology, Shira regularly speaks about social media, Internet culture and digital trends at conferences around the world. She is also a contributor to the Huffington Post and appears frequently on networks like Bloomberg TV, CNN and Fox News Channel.
Stephen Key is an inventor, author, speaker and co-founder of InventRight, LLC., a Glenbrook, Nev.-based company that educates entrepreneurs in how to bring ideas to market. In the last 25 years, he has liscenced more than 20 new products. He is author of the One Simple Idea series of books including One Simple Idea for Startups and Entrepreneurs, (McGraw-Hill, 2012).
Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe are the founders of EepyBird LLC, a viral video studio based in Buckfield, Me., that in 2006 created "The Extreme Diet Coke and Mentos Experiments," which garnered over 120 million YouTube viewers. EepyBird has created videos for major brands including Coca-Cola, ABC Family and OfficeMax, and received four Webby Awards and two Emmy nominations. They are the authors of The Viral Video Manifesto: Why Everything You Know Is Wrong and How to Do What Really Works (McGraw-Hill, 2013).
Steve is a technology entrepreneur with more than 15 years of CEO experience in Silicon Valley. Together with Eduardo Vivas, Bright's founder, Steve provides the strategy, direction and vision for Bright.com. He was the founder of Plum District (backed by Kleiner Perkins, General Catalyst and Comcast), PacketTrap (backed by August Capital and acquired by Quest Software), Lasso Logic (backed by Outlook Ventures and acquired by SonicWALL) and Learning Productions (acquired by SkillSoft). Steve earned his M.S. in Computer Science from George Washington University.
Steve Mariotti is the founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and he’s dedicated his life to helping low-income children learn how to launch and grow a business. In 1982, Mariotti left his corporate job to become a special education teacher in some of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. Since the organization’s inception in 1987, NFTE has helped more than 450,000 inner-city youngsters in 21 states learn how to run a business through entrepreneurship training courses and educational programs.
Boston-based freelance journalist Susan Johnston has covered entrepreneurship, small business and personal finance for publications including Bankrate.com, The Boston Globe, Learnvest.com, Portfolio.com (now Upstart Business Journal) and US News and World Report.
Susan Schreter is a 20-year veteran of the venture finance community and a university educator in entrepreneurship. She is the founder ofÂ TakeCommand, a community service organization that offers the largest centralized database of venture capital funds, angel investment clubs, incubators and microfinance lenders in the U.S. Ask her your questions atÂ email@example.com.
Suzanne Tulien is Principal and co-Founder of The Brand Ascension Group, a multi-faceted consulting and training firm specializing brand perception. BA Group partners with organizations in getting them laser-focused on defining their brand DNA and achieving sustainable brand success from the INSIDE OUT. They do this by guiding them to define, create, and build powerful brand experiences that engage, captivate and inspire customers, employees and all stakeholders. She is author of The 6 Myths of Small Business Branding, and co-author of Brand DNA. She is also on the Expert Panel of YoungEntrepreneur.com.
Ted ProdromouÂ is the author ofÂ The Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Business, published by Entrepreneur Press in 2012. Prodromou is an online marketing/SEO analyst for Sitecore, a San Francisco-based content-management software and systems firm, and specializes in search-engine optimization, pay-per-click management and social media marketing.
Tim Berry is president of Palo Alto Software Inc. and author of several books, including The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan and 3 Weeks to Startup, published by Entrepreneur Press. He has been a professional business planner since 1974, and has presented seminars on business planning in 13 countries. Berry holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MA with honors from the University of Oregon, and a BA magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. He's also an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Oregon.
Tim Gray is content strategist with Blue Fountain Media. He has wide ranging background in the online marketing space and writes about his experiences with SEO, Social Media and all aspects of web design for the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blog, The ROI Factor. As a writer, journalist and marketer with over a decade of experience reporting for some of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most respected publications, he often writes about the innovative tools small businesses and entrepreneurs can use to be successful.
Will Caldwell is currently a senior majoring in accounting at the University of San Diego. He's the founder of Rivolix, an enterprise software company for the real estate industry that focuses on property management, MLS/IDX integration and residential realtors.
Yanik Silver, a serial entrepreneur based in Potomac, Md., is the author of Maverick Startup: 11 X-Factors to Bootstrap From Zero to Six Figures and Beyond from Entrepreneur Press.
Zeke Camusio is a serial entrepreneur. The Outsourcing Company, his sixth endeavor, is an online marketing agency that helps businesses make money online.Camusio also pens the blog "Let's Do It!" a down-to-earth approach to online business and entrepreneurship. If you have an Internet marketing question, ask Zeke. He'll be happy to help you.