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Avanti Entrepreneur Podcast

Are you a mainstreet entrepreneur who doesn't want to use other people's money to grow your business? Do you want to roll up your sleeves and do the hard work yourself? Are you excited about controlling your own destiny? We aren't here to make your business the next Uber, but instead to help you grow your business so that it provides a good life for you, your family, and your employees.
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Jun 28, 2017

Kevin Harrington has been a successful entrepreneur for over 40 years. He is an original member of the cast of ABC’s hit, Emmy Award-winning TV show, “Shark Tank.” Also known as the “Inventor of the Infomercial” and pioneer of the “As Seen On TV” label, he co-founded the Electronic Retailers Association (ERA) and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). Kevin has launched over 20 businesses now worth over $100 million in sales, been involved in more than a dozen public companies, and launched over 500 products generating more than $5 billion in sales worldwide with iconic brands and celebrities such as Jack Lalanne, Tony Little, George Foreman, and the new I-Grow hair restoration product on QVC.

Kevin got his start as a young entrepreneur in the early 80's when he launched Quantum International with $25,000. Entrepreneur Magazine has called him, “one of the top entrepreneurs of our time.” As a business thought leader he is often featured and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, CNBC, Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, Fortune, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Morning News, The View, Squawk Box, Fox Business, and more. He is a regular contributor to Forbes.com and Inc.com and has published acclaimed books like, “Act Now! How I Turn Ideas Into Million Dollar Products” and the best-seller, “Key Person of Influence.”

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why you need to get the right people around you
  • How Kevin avoided crashing and burning early in his career
  • Kevin’s one piece of advice for new entrepreneurs and how you can use it
  • Why disruption in your industry means opportunity has arrived
  • How to build a $40 billion company with 20 people
  • What you can do with other people’s capital like servers or web clients
  • The best way to develop and utilize your Dream Team
  • How to find “The One Thing” you do and how to use it

Ways to contact Kevin Harrington:

Jun 21, 2017

Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), with over 12,000 members worldwide, and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” held at MIT, a program in which he still teaches today. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with over 200 partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scaleup. The “Growth Guy” syndicated columnist, he’s also the Venture columnist for FORTUNE magazine. He’s the author of the bestseller Mastering the Rockefeller Habits which is translated into 9 languages; and along with the editors of Fortune, authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times," for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. His latest book Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) has won eight major international book awards including the prestigious 2015 International Book Award for Best General Business book. Verne also chairs FORTUNE Magazine’s annual ScaleUp and Growth Summits and serves on several boards including chairman of The Riordan Clinic and the newly launched Geoversity. A private investor in many scaleups, Verne resides in Barcelona, Spain, with his wife and four children and enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. 

What you’ll learn in this episode:

 

  • How Verne used frank and honest self-assessment to find the best people
  • The value of not being “the smartest person in the room” and what to do if you are
  • Ten habits of the most successful scaleups
  • How and why to implement a daily huddle in businesses of any size
  • Figuring out your own strengths and knowing what your role should be in your company
  • The most important abilities to have as a corporate leader
  • About “energy management” and how to use your gifts 

Ways to contact Verne

Jun 14, 2017

Kandia Johnson is a Communications Strategist with a sweet spot for helping people turn their knowledge into influence, impact and income. She's helped her clients launch global campaigns and events, get booked on TV shows, and featured in print and online publications.

She also teaches corporate leaders and business professionals how to stand out from the crowd and communicate to win at life and work.

Kandia has an M.S. Ed. in Secondary Education and B.A. in Communications. When she’s not working you can find her traveling around the world in search of the best crème brûlée and 4 inch heels.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • The moment when Kandia decided to leave her corporate job to be an entrepreneur
  • How writing for Black Enterprise magazine helped Kandia find her niche
  • Redefining success and the important feedback of failure
  • How honest feedback helped Kandia go from standing in line for foodstamps to being a successful entrepreneur
  • The importance of your daily routine
  • Kandia’s schedule as an example of good habits
  • Work-life integration instead of work-life balance
  • Tips to building your network
  • Sacrifice as part of the entrepreneur equation

Ways to contact Kandia:

Jun 7, 2017

As a millennial himself, Javier Montes has spent his entire entrepreneurial journey working almost exclusively with a millennial workforce. He has built a successful event entertainment company in South Florida and now he is sharing how he experienced such success with a team of millennials.

Javier is on a mission to bridge the gap between Gen X’ers and Millennials in the world. He writes and speaks regularly on this topic, and recently published his first book “Millennial Workforce: Cracking the Code to Generation Y in Your Company.”

As one of the most dynamic speakers on the planet, Javier’s passion, drive, and excitement is obvious from the moment he takes the stage. His energy is highly contagious and he has an uncanny ability to engage and connect with his audience.

Javier currently lives in sunny Miami with his wife and 2 gorgeous daughters. On his free time, he enjoys almost any activities that involve water.  He is a pizza connoisseur and enjoys networking with other like-minded entrepreneurs. Javier is a proud member of the EO South Florida chapter and currently sits on the Board of the Accelerator Program.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Javier's background and why he got started as an entrepreneur
  • Bridging the gap between Millennials and other generations
  • How becoming a DJ as a child taught Javier the basics of creating a business
  • Why working in corporate America made Javier finally follow his dreams
  • The questions Javier most frequently gets about working with Millennials
  • The definitions of Gen-X, Gen-Y, and Gen-Z
  • Why Javier's combination of the Millennial experience and the Gen-X mindset is the key to his success
  • Why Millennials cannot be ignored in the workforce
  • The important differences between Gen-X and Gen-Y
  • Why it matters to your business that Millennials are considered "tech-dependent"
  • Three actionable plans for working with Millennials
  • The difference between managing and leading
  • How to be the "right person" for talented employees
  • The changing definition of entrepreneurism  
  • The advantage of the "startup" mindset
  • The importance of articulating your company's purpose  
  • How Millennials define success and how to meet their needs
  • Why great experiences may be more valuable than money
  • The early mistakes Javier made in his career and what he learned from them
  • How focusing on results and having clear KPIs yields the best work
  • Javier's favorite charity

Ways to contact Javier:

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