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Corporate Governance Women Directors Board Bench Entrepreneur Nancy May

We talk about corporate governance, technology, innovation, and so much more.

Nancy May is CEO of The BoardBench Companies a corporate governance advisory, director search, and board succession services firm. I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. May on my Listenup Show Startup Entrepreneur Podcast via mitchellchadrow.com/show044.

Nancy has over 25 years of experience as a strategic advisor to CEOs of high-growth, mid-cap and Global 100 public and private companies and their boards on issues impacting board governance, financial health, rapid growth and sustainability of corporations worldwide. She has worked with some of the most recognized global institutions, mid-sized public and private companies, and investment firms in industries that include: financial services, banking, technology, healthcare, insurance, chemicals, energy, automotive, natural resources, consumer goods, education, , industrial manufacturing, media, communications, biotech, communications, and more.

Ms. May has been honored by the government and industry organizations for her work and support of women, was named in 1998 as Connecticut’s Women’s Business Advocate of theYear, and was invited to meet President Clinton as one of the nation’s top business leaders. She has been a guest lecturer and presenter for numerous business and professional organizations, including the Financial Executive Institute, The Conference Board, National Geographic Films, and numerous college and university graduate and director education programs.

BoardBench gives companies a cost-efficient solution to manage the intricacies of their board succession needs. BoardBench helps companies plan and build custom teams of potential and qualified successors (benches) to fill board positions. It identifies, qualifies, monitors, and ensures the appropriate fit of these executives to each client company’s strategic needs and operating style. BoardBench supplies these services through yearly (or longer) strategic service plans. This delivers an efficient and highly cost-effective tool to manage a Board’s key continuity risks.



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The post Marcus Aurelius Roman Emperor Stoic Philosopher Author Meditations Show 011 was republished at listenupshow.com
IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN:
Marcus Aurelius authored Meditations he was a philosopher and the last good legendary Roman Emperor before its decline – he ruled from 161 to 180 AD, and developed a reputation for being the ideal wise leader Plato termed the “philosopher king.”
President Bill Clinton has said is one of his favorite books.
Wisdom true value and takeaways that we can apply to our everyday business, family and life starting now.
As far as we know, Aurelius wrote these ideas down for himself and had no intention of having it published. In a way, Meditations offers an inside look at the mind of the man who was both governing the Roman empire and struggling with the same issues that you and I do on a daily basis.
It is so applicable with rich advice on day-to-day stuff. Making it as relevant today as it was almost 2000 years ago.

Think about how powerful this man was – At the time he was alive in fact he was the most powerful man on earth, and he still took the time to sit down each day to write himself notes about restraint, compassion and humility. What he left unknowingly for all of us today is a guide for living with purpose and the practical application of his true values. It is not merely some intellectual enterprise but a great tool that we can use to become better entrepreneurs, better family members and better people in life.

We are going to look at a series of quotes and lessons from the famous Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius. brilliant life philosophies, interesting insights on difficult questions, and practical strategies for dealing with the challenges that we all face along the path of life.

He had his own life challenges faced with constant fighting, the rebellion of his general Cassius, the deaths of his wife and close friend, and the realization that his son Commodus was destined to be a bad ruler.

He dealt with these hardships by turning to philosophy, specifically the Stoicism of the ancient Greeks and his contemporary Roman philosophers.

Lessons learned practical application so get started from business owners family members and how to live life – are numerous

When he arose in the morning he said, – “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …”

Meditations chronicles both his strengths and weaknesses – It is perhaps one of the earliest diaries known and shows us today the Importance of keeping a diary both in written form and in audio.

On life: “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.”

Entrepreneurship and the ideas and concepts written thousands of years ago by
(Stoicism) Can Make You A Better Entrepreneur

The philosophical school of Stoicism – it’s an operating system – for teaching you how to thrive in high-stress environments

I have been keeping journals since law school and it helped me by getting my thoughts down

But Instead of a written diary this new concept of an audio diary is interesting and appealing to me – more on that in a later newsletter.

on self confidence “When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you.”

On finding blame or fault on others he instructs “Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?”

So if your still not convinced how these writings are so impactful or why Every Entrepreneur Should Read Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Check out what he says about thinking toward the future “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”

On this same topic he also said “When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you.”

Meditations — consists of just under 200 pages and it consists of his most personal thoughts and life philosophies. Although it might not have many pages, it might take longer to go through because its so powerful

You just want to start writing things down as you learn so much in this diary

For example, he says that The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”

Strength from within not without – we call that spirit “Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.”

When it comes to business ideas, how to be, and act, personal philosophy on life, advice on being a real with universal practical application

being a man and leader, dealing with difficult angry people, work and duty. As you read each paragraph you really stop to think about all its implications, pondering his words and motivated to use the priceless advice to live a better, more fulfilled life.

On lowering your expectations dealing with others throughout your day he comments: “Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil.”

Next to the lessons in the Bible, I would say this book or diary provides us so much guidance on how to live, lead and treat others. But Meditations is not a religious book.

You want to improve in business, family and life then you run to listen to this book. You can pick up the audio for your free one month trial by going to mitchellchadrow.com/audible

As mentioned in this From getting up in the morning to preparing for your legacy, Meditations is the A to Z on living a full life.

On opinions of others -” I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.”

Why was he the most beloved emperor in the history of the Roman Empire. He ruled for 19 years; and unlike the majority of emperors who came before and after him, Aurelius was deemed and incorruptible leader.

He fought off several threats to the Roman Empire during his reign, and believed life’s purpose revolved around service, duty and respecting the nature of the universe.

He had total control over the empire yet never once used that privilege for his personal gain. Despite being the most powerful man in the world, he remained balanced – stern when needed, but always understanding of others, even his enemies.

He could have had the best of wines, food and companions in the empire during his years as leader (which is what most emperors did), but he abstained from such temptations. He believed such discipline was required of a leader. He explains how one must deal with temptations in life, and that anything which does not make you a better man must be avoided.

Who really knows but maybe he really didn’t want to be emperor you get the impression that during his leadership he was lonely balancing between what was the right thing to do for the empire and what was right for the nature of the universe.

He wrote in his diary but he didn’t do it because he thought it would ever be published.

This diary was written mostly when the Roman Emperor was at war defending itself .

No one knew about the diary while he was alive it was a secret and only discovered after his passing

What an awesome valuable piece of literature. This amazing work was initially published in Greek, the language in which Aurelius wrote it. Since then it has been published in several languages and is deemed to be one of the best pieces of Stoic literature in history.

So what are the lessons that entrepreneurs can learn from Marcus Aurelius’ ‘Meditations’?

On focus – make time for yourself to learn something worthwhile; stop letting yourself be pulled in all directions. But make sure you guard against the other kind of confusion. People who labor all their lives but have no purpose to direct every thought and impulse toward are wasting their time even when hard at work.

So what are the circumstances of Marcus’ life a long with the dismal failure of his son.

Personally there might always be a reason for you not to start , you’ve been planning, thinking but either haven’t or need to take that business to the next level so start doing.

Professionally sometimes you have to do an about face exit what your currently doing and move into a new direction.

On things out of your control – “You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.”

Sure you want to be precise and have a genuine seriousness.

Wants you decide that your all in to start or grow your business, then do it with seriousness. Put all your efforts to it with focus, precision, don’t bandy around. Work toward tasks and goals with care and earnest attention.

Is passion good sure but it’s the nuts and bolts the everyday stuff that is needed to be done cared for as well as about enjoying it loving it.

Some aspects of entrepreneurship you might not enjoy but still, try to love what you do, as much as you can. Maybe you will like 60 percent but that’s reality. You can always delegate as you scale.

“It is not the actions of others which trouble us (for those actions are controlled by their governing part), but rather it is our own judgments. Therefore remove those judgments and resolve to let go of your anger, and it will already be gone. How do you let go? By realizing that such actions are not shameful to you.”

On change: “Observe always that everything is the result of change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and make new ones like them.”

Show your expertise with no pretension.

Quiet confidence and knowledge

“If someone can prove me wrong and show me my mistake in any thought or action, I shall gladly change. I seek the truth, which never harmed anyone: the harm is to persist in one’s own self-deception and ignorance.”

He teaches us that you must change your approach based on what you’re facing. Sure it has to be partly based on experience, knowing what approach to take, based on the situation. So you must either get more experience or get more training. Above all else be flexible.

More on happiness: “Unhappy am I because this has happened to me.- Not so, but happy am I, though this has happened to me, because I continue free from pain, neither crushed by the present nor fearing the future.”

See new opportunities in obstacles. Be prepared to change your plans to accommodate new info. Never petrify. Always keep moving.

too much optimism v doubting myself too early, – aim for simple, clear reality.

To many focus on past and future on the present he said: “Do not disturb yourself by picturing your life as a whole; do not assemble in your mind the many and varied troubles which have come to you in the past and will come again in the future, but ask yourself with regard to every present difficulty: ‘What is there in this that is unbearable and beyond endurance?’ You would be ashamed to confess it! And then remind yourself that it is not the future or what has passed that afflicts you, but always the present, and the power of this is much diminished if you take it in isolation and call your mind to task if it thinks that it cannot stand up to it when taken on its own.”

Stoics view a situation with neutrality. They would say an event in itself cannot be good or bad, it’s only an event. But to me you still you’ll have to decide whether you’ll see something as a threat or an opportunity

So how did he stay in control of his emotions based on his beliefs that nature unfolds in a perfect way and that one must accept that they cannot change the past or what other people feel in their hearts.

One key point he writes about is how to recover from massive setbacks.

Here are some of the philosopher king’s timeless lessons on how to be resilient:

Don’t worry about people whose actions don’t affect the common good.
Your energy and time are both limited, so don’t waste them on what inconsequential people are doing, thinking, and saying, when you could be focusing on your own issues.

On Living in the present – Marcus writes

“Each of us lives only now, this brief instant. The rest has been lived already, or is impossible to see,”

Refrain from imposing your feelings onto reality.
. . . none of these are “bad” (or “good” for that matter), according to Marcus’ philosophy. When you see things as what they really are, you’re able to avoid succumbing to your emotions and accept what has happened.

Turn an obstacle into an opportunity.

Which is a Stoic fundamental, which says that we should use inevitable challenges as a chance to become a stronger person.

Good definition of a Stoic, someone who “transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking.”

Find peace within yourself.
Marcus writes that people try to retreat from their problems and responsibilities by going somewhere like the mountains or the beach, but that travel isn’t necessary to recollect yourself. He advocates a kind of brief meditation, where you withdraw into yourself and quiet your mind.

Don’t resent people for their character.
If someone’s character flaw has caused one of your problems, do not exert energy trying to change that person’s character. Let things go. “You might as well resent a fig tree for secreting juice,” Marcus says.

You are the only person responsible for your happiness.

“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts”

“Choose not to be harmed — and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed — and you haven’t been,” Marcus writes. Furthermore, the only way people can truly harm you is if they change your character.

He is like a kindred spirit.

Goal or task don’t sweep away your thoughts that come into your mind – just observe.

He is so up front and honest it’s like he is saying to us – I am a fellow human being trying to make sense of the trials and tribulations of life. It’s like he is down the earth saying it just so happens I came into this role as “Emperor,” but that seemed to matter little to the turmoil in his brain and the yearning in his heart.

It seems, he was just also trying to figure it all out, just like the rest of us. And if one of the most revered leaders of the civilized world was trying to figure it all out almost 2000 years back in his day, then maybe together our community here collectively is doing alright.

Take aways – don’t hesitate to set a new path or new trail because your thinking your not entirely sure you can pull it off or because you think you lack the skills, know how, connections, money, and certainly the confidence we feel like we need to get started. Thus so many never risk starting. Or we give up when things get rough. Or take too long. Especially if the things we hope to do — start a business, move into a new industry, spearhead a movement we care about, reinvent ourselves, build a new career or life from scratch — is something we’ve never, ever done before.
So what separates those, like Marcus who pursue worthy projects and grow enormous empires, from those that do not?
Surely, they must have all their stuff together and “all figured out” before they even get started?
Here’s a secret: they didn’t.
And here’s another: they still don’t.

In my own story from Attorney, Banker Fiduciary Professional to Entrepreneur or whatever else I happen to be doing at the moment.
Far and away the most powerful moments happen when I, someone who tends to look like a bundle of American confidence — all sorted, all figured out, all found, all put together — admit that inside I need to change or go in a new direction . . questioning whether you are the best you or if you have anything useful to add to a situation?
I am figuring a lot out, but still in several ways, I’m still putting it all together. Still developing. Still growing. Still becoming.
Discovery comes with my own vulnerability, my own humanness, my own reality. A reality that is potentially universal.
I’m still, and possibly will always be, figuring this out.

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Motivational Speaker Zephan Moses Blaxberg, Author, Life Re-scripted, Podcast Host, Year of Purpose

Zephan helps small business owners, entrepreneurs or online marketers who need a professional videographer and video editor. His name is Zephan Blaxberg, he is a self-employed videographer and he has worked with some of the top companies in the world including (but not limited to) AAA, Merrell Shoes, The White House, Netflix, Uber and more.

Zephan provides high quality, fast turn around edits and filming so that professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs, and marketers can get their message out to your viewers. One of the major benefits that you get to enjoy when you work with him is that his background is in direct response marketing. His experience is that he has worked with Dan Kennedy and Bill Glazer (two of the top copywriters and marketers in the world) and now Zephan brings that same unique marketing strategies to help businesses through video!

You probably ask - what is direct response marketing? Direct response marketing is a type of marketing that elicits a specific, measured response resulting from a consumer's direct response to a marketer. Direct response marketing facilitates the delivery of a call to action and outcome via direct or online interaction for immediate feedback and response. Basically, I make awesome videos that encourage your customers to buy from you.

If you're looking for a videographer and editor, look no further than ZMBmedia. Whether you need a VSL (Video Sales Letter) for your marketing or a promotional video edited for your business, Zephan can help!

ZMBmedia is a Baltimore based video production company providing online marketing videos a promotional content to high end clients including AAA and Merrill Shoe Company. We have been invited to the White House and the Senate floor to provide photography and video services and produced animations that display at the Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field and the Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center.

Backed by marketing experience from his employment with Dan Kennedy and Bill Glazer as the producer of NO B.S. Live TV and videographer for all of the GKIC (formerly known as Glazer-Kennedy Insider's Circle) events and conferences, I have built a skill set of invaluable high converting marketing tactics that will allow you to see new leads, new clients and more customers. Using my marketing background and my experience as a cinematographer, I provide top-notch services to marketers nationwide including Bill Glazer, Dan Kennedy, Mara Glazer, Michael Lafido, Pat Mussieux, and many more.

ZMBmedia has also provided services including promotional headshot photography, wedding and event photography, WebTV show production and more.



Zephan Moses Blaxberg is also the Author, of Life Re-Scripted (Available On Amazon) on this show 024



He is the Host of The Year of Purpose Podcast (Available on iTunes)



Zephan, tells us What Every Happy Person Has In Common



Why people take risks?



Reasons You Should Re-Write Your Story starting Today



Zephan says, over the past two and half years he has been travel hacking his way around the country*, couch-surfing in strangers homes and redesigning his story (to build a highly successful business and turning a dream life into a reality).


he also says, that travel, exploring new places he says is only one of the ways you can live on purpose...



He works with amazing coaching clients who love what they're creating in the world.


Zephan started from scratch and made $15,000 in his first six months after quitting his job...and close to $60,000 with a little elbow grease and patience (less than 2 years later)

He was able to “hack” over 25 FREE flights around the country and still run his business from the road (in fact, he booked just as much work on the road as he would at home)

Zephan has created a free course:

"Find Your Purpose in 8 Days“

so at the end of the interview we will tell you how you can Check out Zephan's course, remember he shows you the right way.

the next lesson a unique tactic that entrepreneurs use to generate millions in revenue...and he is going to tell us how to use it for your purpose driven life.
He tells us the juicy, insider-secrets of lifestyle design (he says, there are many ...and he promises to share several of them with you in on his podcast), but he needs you to do two things: so you will have to Listen Up today to find out what they are

A single tool that will change the way you approach life and tough decisions (I've
adopted this from Elon Musk and it works wonders for every aspect of your life)

& How you can apply this single tool to your life...

1) What one thing Contributes most to your success

Personal Story - Tell us a little bit about your background and how it ties in to how you are helping people today.
Tell us about the mission and vision for your company
What are the reoccurring themes that you experience as an aspiring entrepreneur that you can summarize for the benefit of other aspiring, startups looking for help and resources to either startup, and grow a business or get experience as an intern or find a job.
What do you think are the most common mistakes other startups or entrepreneurs or students interested in business make that delay or prevent their success?
Can you give us some of the essential understandings entrepreneurs/students need to have the proper mindset to deal with the daily challenges they face?
Where does the drive come from to be successful and to make a difference in this world.
Tell us about your ACHIEVEMENTS
Resources for other aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own business - from UD or other things you have used
When did you discover you were a business leaders/that you wanted to help other members and be resourceful
tells us about a challenging moment as a business leader / (owner or entrepreneur)

Fast Pitch -

1) Best business advice that you have received / If you had a bill board and could put anything on it what would it be -

2) Next the " inspirational book" which is sponsored by mitchellchadrow.com/books - name a book that has helped you in either business family or life

3) What flaws have turned out to be strengths

4) App that you use to help you in business, family or life

5) A quote or mantra that you use to inspire and motivate

6) Less than $100 purchase that has impacted your life the most -

7) Fun fact:

8) Worse advice being given to young entrepreneurs today -

10) When you think of the word successful what first name comes to your mind

11) What kind of systems do you have in your life

12) Two years from now what are you doing?


What we learned today

Write down stuff you always wanted to do for 30 days and circle those items that constantly come up.

Make yourself a resource and become more resourceful.

Develop an awareness and notice and receive those opportunities that present themselves to you.


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The post Startup Angel Robin Hood Ventures Temple University Ellen Weber Executive Director Show 036 Startup Entrepreneur Podcast Listenup Show first appeared on mitchellchadrow.com

Robinhood Ventures Executive Director Ellen Weber and she is also Executive Director: Temple University’s Fox School of Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute

In my interview with Ellen Weber I discuss:
– how she helps startups startup and the resources her organization provides
– steps she had taken to Build great companies
– what drives her passion to innovate and what are we going to see coming out of this tri state Philadelphia area over the next several years


Ellen – What’s the one thing that contributes most to your success?
Ellen is really active in the Philadelphia startup community:
and you are involved in so many organizations :

What are the reoccurring themes that you experience as an
entrepreneur that you can summarize for the benefit of aspiring entrepreneurs,

current startups looking for help and those looking for resources to either startup, grow or take their business to the next level or someone who just wants to get experience as an intern or find a job.

What is the one best piece of business advice you ever received?

so people can get to know you better
fill in the gaps a tell us more about your personal story –
Tell us a little bit about how this background and ties into how you are helping people today?
4. What do you think are the most common mistakes other startups or entrepreneurs or students interested in business make that delay or prevent their success?
5. Can you give us some of the essential understandings entrepreneurs/students need to have the proper mindset to deal with the daily challenges they face?
Q: Your Best business practices
Q: So what things do you delegate to others because your not so good at it

I know
(www.robinhoodventures.com), as a leading angel group in the Philadelphia region helping startups scale and grow –
Since 1999,
Tell us about the process companies go through from initial startup through excite –
Robin Hood Ventures has invested in over 60 early-stage, high-growth startups, en route to building great companies. Our investments generally range from $250,000 to $1 million, and we syndicate with venture capitalists, institutions, and other angels in our network. We are passionate about using our expertise to build great companies. Our members boast a wealth of experience in a range of industries from IT to financial services to healthcare, and they are able to leverage their knowledge and networks to add real value to our companies.

These are some other organizations that you help – Philly Startup Leaders, Philly Tech Meetup, and the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs.
Talk to us about the resources you provide them and what it takes to become a success

So how did you get started in business??
Co-founder several companies
also COO and VisionMine (www.visionmine.com), which provides a specialized Open Innovation portal to large corporations. VisionMine is a subscription service that allows corporate clients collaborative access to early start-up innovations, new technologies, and entrepreneurs that solve business problems.
You have over 25 years of experience creating strong teams and building strong leaders for emerging companies as well as Fortune 500 clients. Can you talk to us about specific names and what you did

Also Managing Director Antiphony Partners, LLC, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in helping companies create sustainable value through innovation.

I was involved in the growth of Investor Force, a provider of technology-based solutions for institutional investment professionals, where I created the company’s initial human resources department, facilitated strategic planning, and managed the organizational aspects of the company’s mergers and acquisitions.

Shared Medical Systems (12 yrs) where I was responsible for initiatives encompassing organizational development, customer support and corporate communications.
senior consultant for Andersen Consulting.
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Book:
Quote : John Quincy Adams: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” antiphony.com
App:
Resource under $100
Fun fact:
Temple’s Be Your Own Boss Bowl business plan competition is well on its way this year, and we have a record number of teams that have applied for mentors.
graduated Wharton School with a B.S. in economics.

So What are the key challenges you face


Fun fact:
Temple’s Be Your Own Boss Bowl business plan competition is well on its way this year, and we have a record number of teams that have applied for mentors.
graduated Wharton School with a B.S. in economics.

So What are the key challenges you face

We all go through adversity what actions did you take to overcome it

Mentors – expectations – participate in weekly calls or in-person meetings – support and guide the teams.
Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures Forum is February 1st. (MADV) assists early-stage technology and innovation-based companies acquire funding and build sustainable businesses. MADV prepares the companies for investment, helps ensure their investment materials are as defensible and compelling as they can be, and provides networking connections plus coaching around critical aspects of entrepreneurship and building a business.
http://www.madv.org

What are your three main takeaways
You want to leave our audience with

Ellen – How we can keep in contact with you any special links and resources you can provide for the audience so I can place s link in the show notes



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Mobile Phone Application Developer Programmer The Grizzly Labs Bruno Virlet, Genius: Scanner ESign Fax Show 019
The mobile phone has been transformed into a genius plus scanner with a great application from the Grizzly Labs.
Bruno is an entrepreneur and programmer who loves building simple, easy-to-use products. He received his engineering degree from Supélec and a Master in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduating, he joined Amazon in Seattle where he worked on large-scale projects. He then moved to the Silicon Valley as a lead engineer for 1000memories which was later acquired by Ancestry.com. He is now working full-time on The Grizzly Labs focusing mainly on iOS (@bvirlet, email).

Numerous applications for use as a document scanner. The principle is simple: you take a photo of the document, the application then allows to crop, retreat the image and allows to export or send it in various formats including PDF.
People use these applications for expense reports or urgent shipments are generally chargeable. But it was important for me to interview Bruno Virlet the Founder behind the Genius series of applications.
Genius Scan: A scanner in your pocket. More than 20 million people have decided to trust Genius Scan for iOS to digitize close to a billion documents. It’s fast, simple in terms of ergonomics, it offers rotation, export in image or in PDF and effective in image processing.
Genius Sign: How often have you had to print, sign, date, scan and send back a document? Instead, just open the document to sign with Genius Sign and send it back a few seconds later with a signature.
Genius Fax: Nobody has a fax machine anymore. It’s expensive and you have to maintain a line. Yet there is always an emergency when you have to fax a document. Meet Genius Fax, friendly and easy to use.
Genius Scan is very simple to use. You simply take a photo, and and the app places an orange grid where it thinks the important bits are. You can then drag the boundaries around to crop off unwanted areas or to include areas where Genius Scan didn’t guess right.
From there you can rotate the image, if necessary, then render the scan as color, greyscale or black-and-white. I find that black-and-white works best for the type of documents I scan. This also sharpens up the text and makes it more legible. Overall, the app’s scan quality is very good, but a tradeoff I discovered is that the size of the files it produces are from 50 percent to 100 percent larger than similar scanner apps.
When your adjustments are complete, you can save your document either as a standalone image or—if you’re working with a multiple page document—to an existing document in order to stitch the images together.
If you want, you can upload your documents to a variety of cloud services, including Google Drive, and Expensify. Additionally, you can enable Wi-Fi sharing to copy documents directly from your device to a computer or, of course, you can print or email your scanned documents.
If you’d like to try the app before plopping down your $3, then you can download the free, Genius Scan app. Scanning functions are identical to Genius Scan+, but the free version includes ads and limits your output options.
We have been promised a so-called paperless office and home for many years, but it has never quite happened. Printers, photocopiers, scanners and even fax machines still play a role in many of our working lives, although they feel more 20th century by the day.
But with the right mobile apps, you should be able to eliminate some of that paper and use some of those devices less. Document scanner apps can capture an accurate image of a paper document, save it securely as a PDF, email it and in some cases even recognize the printed text.
The app automatically detects the edge of the paper, then rotates and straightens the image. Adjusting the image quality to make the text easier to read is easily done by changing brightness and contrast with simple sliders. When you are ready to save your document image, you can keep a color version, a grayscale version or a pure black-and-white version. Clicking the Done button creates an archived image file. You can share the image file by email, print it out, store it in cloud storage like Dropbox or Google Drive or send it to another app like a word processor.
Genius Scan, free on iOS, is very similar. Its interface looks different but it has the same straightforward and businesslike feel that Scanner Pro has. This app has a few extras, like the ability to tag documents with keywords to make it easier to search by type of document, like scanned receipts. It also has Wi-Fi sharing of scanned files, which makes it easy to transfer scans to a PC connected to the same wireless network.
Bruno and his business partner were roommates at the University of Illinois, and they wanted to do a project together, both were into compilers and optimizations and his roommate was also into image processing and so together they said let’s make an app.
The first step take a photo and to be able to detect the frame of the picture. However, the whole photo recognition was complicated. But they were able to create a good frame detection code, the main question was what could they use it for? The aha moment came in 2010, we they both started working on that question, and the fun part is that when Bruno was to fly to Europe for a friend’s wedding he got stuck in Chicago because of the volcano in Iceland. So Bruno bought a MacBook and started working on that question. That’s how it happened.

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Entrepreneurial Leadership
Business Leader,

The post Entrepreneurial Leadership Business Leader Show 033 Stan Silverman on Startup Entrepreneur Podcast first appeared on mitchellchadrow.com

Stan Silverman has spent decades serving in leadership roles and as a CEO as well as a board member of successful global corporations which provided our listeners with a unique perspective on leadership. As founder and CEO of Silverman Leadership and as a speaker, advisor and nationally syndicated writer on leadership, entrepreneurship and corporate governance for the Philadelphia Business Journal and 42 sister publications across the U.S., he shares his unique insights and techniques helping people and organizations to be more effective.

He is the former president and CEO of PQ Corporation, a chemicals and engineered glass materials company operating in North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Currently, he is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Drexel University and the former chairman of the board of Drexel University College of Medicine as well as the former chairman of the board of the Soap and Detergent Association. Stan has served on several boards of public company, private company, private equity company and non-profit boards.

He has been a speaker on leadership and governance issues at Private Company Governance Summits and at numerous other events. In addition, he has been a guest lecturer on leadership at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University. Further, Stan has served as a member of the faculty of Board Advisory Services of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

His experience and education are vast which has formed the basis of his successful career. His Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and an MBA degree was earned from Drexel University. As well, he is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. 

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Web App Developer

Web App Developer, Joshua Davidson, is the Founder of Chop Dawg. Super Monkey Ball was one of the most popular apps back in 2009 when Joshua created his company when he was only 16 years of age. He has helped over 180 startup clients all over the world and and is the go-to source for turning your web app ideas into actual products.

He does this through a variety of services, like web development, mobile development, user interface design, branding.

Some of our trusted friends in our Listenup audience are non-technical entrepreneurs but they have great ideas that may need crowdsourcing or outsourcing or need to hire a company like Chop Dawg and an entrepreneur like Joshua Davidson. As featured on MSNBC, NBC, Fox, Technically, AOL, Mashable, EliteDaily, Huffington Post, CBS, the Examiner, and the list continues to grow! mitchellchadrow.com/show027

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Recruiting meets matchmaking. The Candidate Story:

CandiDate plays on your wants, needs, desires, goals, and more. Think Maslow Hierarchy of Needs from a candidates primary or physiological needs to ultimately reaching Self-Actualization in life. The company through their owners and board of advisors know the five stages well:

1. Biological and Physiological needs - air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep.

2. Safety needs - protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear.

3. Love and belongingness needs - friendship, intimacy, trust and acceptance, receiving and giving affection and love. Affiliating, being part of a group (family, friends, work).

4. Esteem needs - achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, self-respect, respect from others.

5. Self-Actualization needs - realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences.

CandiDate is taking a holistic approach to the way things are historically done. CandiDate has taken the craft of Recruiting and combined it with the art of Matchmaking. We use the same process and technique that we use to find someone a job, in finding them a date.

CandiDate is NOT exclusive to either service, but the idea is to fulfill the aspect of our candidate’s lives that has not been fulfilled yet, whether it is professional (job), personal (date), or both.

At the end of the day, our candidates are our main focus and working with the tech community in Philadelphia to attract, maintain, and build Philadelphia to be a place they want to work, play, and start their family.

What does this mean? Well, IF you are in the tech space and looking for a job OR you are in the tech space and are looking for a date, OR you are looking for both we are here to help. We are going to be holding fun tech events, and private mixers for our members, and free consultations so you can see exactly what CandiDate can offer you.

Amber Wanner Founder & CEO
Prior to starting the company, Amber spent 4 years working with the Philly tech community, to find and deliver exceptional tech talent to growing companies.

She founded the company on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs with the goal to fulfill not only her candidate's professional goals (jobs) but their personal goals as well (dates).

She is passionate about providing her candidates with the best possible opportunities, so they can have a fulfilling career, and also have a fulfilling life outside of work.

Find a Tech Job

Find a Date

Find Both

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Startup Vibrating Therapeutic Apparel on Track to Solve Big Medical Issues.


Medical apparel startup Amira Idris, is the CEO and Founder of Vibrating Therapeutic Apparel (VTA) is interviewed on the Listenup Show Startup Entrepreneur Podcast via mitchellchadrow.com/show016. The Medical Apparel that integrates wearable technology with vibration therapy. The patent pending technology is being used to create a line of therapeutic apparels that improve blood/fluid circulation and tissue activity in the body. This patent pending technology is a wearable therapeutic product that uses vibration technology to improve performance, health, and quality of life.

The Vibrosleeve, is a device that helps amputees to keep their limbs healthy through massage that increases tissue activity, blood and fluid flow.

Our guest, Amira Idris, is CEO and Founder of Vibrating Therapeutic Apparel (VTA) that integrates wearable technology with vibration therapy. The patent pending technology is being used to create a line of therapeutic apparels that improve blood/fluid circulation and tissue activity in the body.  This patent pending technology is a wearable therapeutic product that uses vibration technology to improve performance, health, and quality of life.
The Vibrosleeve, is a device that helps amputees to keep their limbs healthy through massage that increases tissue activity, blood and fluid flow.

Amira tells us that she is a tinkerer at heart who is constantly seeking ways to improve on products that she interacts with daily. She observes her environment to search for unmet needs, and she also enjoys user-centered research that serve those needs. Her passion is prototyping and designing new devices.

Amira earned a Master’s of Science degree in Entrepreneurship and Design at the University of Delaware (UD), with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering, with minors in Biomechanical Engineering, and Bioelectrical Engineering from UD.
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The Story behind VTA:

When VTA CEO Amira Idris was interning at a prosthetic clinic during her undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware, she came into contact with a disheartened amputee that would leave a lasting impact on her.

She saw how depressed he was and came to understand of the 2 million people in the United States living with limb loss, a large percentage also feel the same. Part of the 80% of amputees also experience a condition known as phantom limb pain (PLP).

Concerned, Idris worked closely with prosthetic clients and discovered that this severe pain can lead to insomnia, difficulty functioning, and a decreased quality of life.

Treatments for phantom limb pain include prescription drugs, massage and physical therapy, but these methods aren't always effective. Idris also noticed that there weren't any solutions designed specifically for amputees to alleviate pain.

Through research, interviews, and support, Vibrating Therapeutic Apparel was founded!

Wear VTA and Pitch Competitions:

Vibrating Therapeutic Apparel wins at the USASBE Student Exposition and Pitch Competition at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia. VTA competed with other schools around the Tri-State Area (NJ, PA, DE). The pitch was a business and entrepreneurship professional conference. They won the $5,000 grand prize, which will be going towards funding the research and continual development of VTA!

VTA is making great progress on product development!

Members of the team are collaborating with amputees to test and develop the vibrating sleeve. CEO Amira Idris and apparel technologist Danielle Dubay-Betters work together to fit and test a product prototype with a volunteer amputee. Idris explains how the sleeve works.

VTA works with clients in the development of the vibrating sleeve and depends on client feedback on the sleeves effectiveness, quality, and overall feel to assist her in making products and achieve the VTA's goal to build products that meet the needs of their clients.

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engagement, education, and empowerment of girls who are passionate about technology. Create a support framework to help girls advance to a career in technology. Helping grow innovative girls entering into the high-tech industry and one-day building startups. Providing girls with an interest in technology, those who will startup providing a platform for learning and growing.
Facilitating learning and skill building through technology curriculum and programming. Utilizing the power of technology to bring girls together to shape their future and build leaders in the US.
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