business infrastructure

132: How I Scaled & Sold 2 Businesses to Fortune 500 Companies featuring Jeff Wald

“Don’t grow alone. Ask for help.” Wise words from serial tech entrepreneur and investor, Jeff Wald. And he would know. After studying the causes of his first company’s failure, he resurfaced, and, in true entrepreneur fashion, started another company. And then another. When he founded WorkMarket, he knew that scaling from 8 to 8,000 salespeople required business infrastructure. Eventually, Jeff sold two of his companies to ADP and Salesforce.

Special Guest: Jeff Wald, Bestselling Author, & Co-Founder of WorkMarket –    JeffWald.com

Location: New York City, NY  USA

Show Notes:

  • The End of Jobs: The Rise of On-Demand Works and Agile Corporations: Jeff’s book featuring a compilation of essays from the world’s greatest thinkers on the future of work.
  • Future of Work Prize Competition: learn more about Jeff’s competition, launched in conjunction with his End of Jobs book. Modeled after the X Prize, he challenged the contributors to his book to imagine what the “…future of work holds for workers, companies, and society.” On Jan. 1, 2040, the contributor that is most correct in his/her prediction will be awarded $10 million.
  • XPrize: a non-profit organization that designs and hosts public competitions around technological development to benefit humanity. The grand prize is $10 million.
  • Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell: a book by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle.
  • Stacklist: a community-based organization that documents the insights and learnings of startup founders and experts. They host weekly panels where entrepreneurs share their best advice, lessons, and insights.

Watch Jeff’s 2020 presentation at Stacklist on Founders & Failures:

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 012: How to Find the Right Person for Your Process Improvement Initiative with Tony Curtis
  • Episode 028: Managing Virtual Teams in a Freelance Economy with Sherry Heyl
  • Episode 061: The One Thing You Need to Know About Exit Planning with David Shavzin
  • Episode 066: Diana Wu David’s Pricing Process

 

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  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Ade
  • Sponsor: Equilibria, Inc.

 

More About Jeff Wald:
Jeff Wald is the Founder of Work Market, an enterprise software platform that enables companies to manage freelancers (acquired by ADP). He has founded several other technology companies, including Spinback, a social sharing platform (eventually purchased by Salesforce.com). He began his career in finance, serving as Managing Director at activist hedge fund Barington Capital Group, a Vice President at venture capital firm GlenRock, and various roles in the M&A Group at JP Morgan.

Jeff is an active angel investor and startup advisor, as well as serving on numerous public and
private Boards of Directors. He also formerly served as an officer in the Auxiliary Unit of the New York Police Department. Jeff is the author of The Birthday Rules and The End of Jobs: The Rise of On-Demand Workers and Agile Corporations. He frequently speaks at conferences and in media on startups and labor issues. Jeff holds an MBA from Harvard University and an MS and BS from Cornell University.

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc.. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 38+ countries.

 

More About Sponsor, Equilibria:
Equilibria, Inc. is a 15-year-old boutique operations management consulting firm. We build the business infrastructure necessary for fast-growing businesses to scale with less pain. With a range of services and products, entrepreneurs can get the operational support and resources they need on-demand.

120: Let’s Visualize Data with Piktochart featuring Ai Ching Goh

Following her last corporate job Ai Ching Goh vowed, “No more Monday blues!” She knows the tedium of digesting reports filled with mounds of numerical data. There had to be a more impactful way to represent this data. This led to her co-founding Piktochart, a web-based visual storytelling app now used by over 8M people. In this episode, Ching gives a demo of Piktochart to show its use in visualizing data as infographics, presentations, and more!

Special Guest: Ai Ching Goh, CEO – Piktochart

Location: Penang, Malaysia

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Show Notes:

  • Piktochart Tutorials: learn how to create infographics, presentations, social media graphics, and more on Piktochart’s YouTube channel.
  • Business Storyteller Summit ’20: learn from the world’s most inspiring leaders on how to bring your business story to life through visuals. Registration is FREE. The conference is from Nov. 4 – 6, 2020.
  • Below is the infographic Ching created live for us during the session!

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 029: Minimizing Risk with Decision Science – Robert Brown
  • Episode 046: Leveraging Your Story for Team Cohesion with Hasani X
  • Episode 074: Love Hudson Maggio’s Data Management Process
  • Episode 111: Leading Data-Driven Improvements with Christine Yeager

 

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  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Ade
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Sponsor: Equilibria, Inc.

 

More About Guest, Ai Ching Goh:
Ai Ching Goh co-founded Piktochart, a web app offering users without intensive graphic design experience to easily create professional-grade visuals using themed templates. As CEO, Ching oversees a number of areas at Piktochart and takes an unconventional approach to startup growth. She goes against the grain of what the startup world teaches passionate entrepreneurs in areas including bootstrapping, talent management, and culture ”shaping.”

   

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc.. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the Kasennu framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 38+ countries.

 

More About Sponsor, Equilibria, Inc.:
Equilibria, Inc. is a 15-year-old boutique operations management consulting firm. We build the business infrastructure necessary for fast-growing businesses to scale with less pain. With a range of services and products, entrepreneurs can get the operational support and resources they need on-demand.

118: Let’s Streamline Video Editing with rVidi – Featuring Janice Jensen

When Twitter burst onto the scene in 2006, Janice Jensen studied its use of 140 characters. She figured video would be the next big thing. And her sister agreed. Their foresight led to the creation of rVidi – a phone app that records videos in short, 30-sec soundbites. In this episode, Janice gives a demo of rVidi and shares its multiple uses as an efficient recording, editing, and communications tool.

Special Guests: Janice Jensen, Creator – rVidi 

Location:  Denver, CO  USA

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Show Notes:

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 040: Lowering Overhead & Increasing Revenue with Forrest Tuff
  • Episode 098: Producing a Hit TV Show with Janice Jensen
  • Episode 117: Let’s Design a Commercialization Process with Clarence Levy & Derek Gauthier

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  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Ade
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Guest Relationship Manager: Monique Inge
  • Sponsor: rVidi

 

More About Guest, Janice Jensen:
Janice Jensen is a former TV investigative journalist turned seasoned TV series showrunner, writer, and director.  She specializes in creating pilots and producing TV series for networks including HGTV, DIY Network, Discovery, Animal Planet, and more. Genres include documentary, reality TV, crime reenactment, and sports. Latest hits Tiny House, Big Living and Tiny Paradise chronicle passionate DIY’ers and builders as they create some of the most tricked-out and clever tiny houses out there. The two series have led to multiple spin-offs and one-hour specials.

Janice also recently launched a regular podcast series, Fixin Vixens, directed toward the female DIY’er — hosted by two amazing flippers from Kentucky. She also created the revolutionary video collaboration app, rVidi.

   

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. – a 15-year-old operations management consulting firm. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the Kasennu framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 38+ countries.

 

More About Sponsor, rVidi:
rVidi is the easy app that lets you communicate via video soundbites in your own time in a public or private group setting. Learn more and download for free at rVidi.com.  Currently available for iOS; Android development coming soon!

117: Let’s Design a Commercialization Process with Clarence Levy & Derek Gauthier

Go big or go home – a fitting mantra for Clarence Levy and Derek Gauthier. As the Co-Founders of MorTec Innovation, these engineers turned entrepreneurs have big plans for their emerging company. It began with their debut product, Protect My Cell. After favorable testing results, they now want a repeatable process to scale their success. In this Season 10 kickoff, Alicia gives them a foundation to start building their commercialization process.

Special Guests: Clarence Levy III & Derek Gauthier – Co-Founders, MorTec Innovation

Location:  Atlanta, GA  USA

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Show Notes:

  • Protect My Cell: MorTec Innovation’s debut product. Protect My Cell is a cover designed to protect smartphones from viruses, dirt, dust, germs, and other unwanted fluids.
  • Lean Canvas: “Lean Canvas is a 1-page business plan template…that helps you deconstruct your idea into its key assumptions.”
  • Calendly: streamline your meeting setup process with this web-based scheduling tool.
  • Marketing Mind Map for Small Business: the mindmap Alicia shared during the interview as a starting point for designing MorTec Innovation’s commercialization process. Download here: Marketing_MindMap_Alicia Butler Pierre

 

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 020: Striking the Perfect Balance Between Marketing and Operations
  • Episode 051: Designing a Digital Content Management Process with Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Episode 054: The One Thing You Need to Know About Social Media – Marie Incontrera
  • Episode 071: Damon Burton’s Scaling with Quality Control Process
  • Episode 114: Validating Software Product Ideas with Ronan Walsh

 

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Credits_______________

  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Guest Relationship Manager: Monique Inge
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Ade
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Web Administration: Gregory Brown
  • Sponsor: rVidi

 

More About Guest, Clarence Levy III:
Clarence Levy is a results-driven Sr. Project and Program Manager as well as an Electrical/Telecommunications Engineer with 20 years of professional experience. He has proven success in NPI project management, leadership, implementation, resource management, and customer consulting/management. In June 2020, Clarence co-founded MorTec Innovation, LLC. – a tech company offering products and services that positively impact mankind and aims to establish a STEAM program for students in lower-income communities. Their tagline is ENGINEERING DIFFERENT.

    

More About Guest, Derek Gauthier:
Derek Gauthier is a passionate and seasoned Electrical Engineer. He graduated from Georgia
Institute of Technology and also has a Bachelor’s Degree in General Science from
Morehouse College. He has spent over 20 years leading, designing, and testing smart metering devices for Landis+Gyr and Toshiba. Derek is currently leading the Reliability Engineering Team for Coca-Cola Freestyle. Derek recently partnered with Clarence Levy and started MorTec Innovation, LLC. Derek is a husband to Tyekeysha Gauthier, and a father to Alani and Charles Gauthier. He enjoys playing tennis and golf when he is away from the office.

    

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. – a 15-year-old operations management consulting firm. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago working as a chemical engineer in various manufacturing facilities. She invented the Kasennu framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 38+ countries.

 

More About Sponsor, rVidi:
rVidi is the easy app that lets you communicate via video soundbites in your own time in a public or private group setting. Learn more and download for free at rVidi.com.  Currently available for iOS; Android development coming soon!

116: Developing a Framework to Scale Your Idea with Alicia Butler Pierre

When Alicia Butler Pierre started Equilibria, she provided a hodgepodge of various services. A friend challenged her to figure out how to streamline and package her services. This gave birth to the Kasennu framework for business infrastructure. Since then, thousands of entrepreneurs use the framework to structure and scale their businesses. In this Season 9 Finale, Alicia tells the story (and process) of how she created it.

Monologue: Alicia Butler Pierre, Founder & CEO – Equilibria, Inc.

Location:  Atlanta, GA  USA

Show Notes:

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 031: Brainstorming Your Million Dollar Idea with Kymone Hinds
  • Episode 108: Improving I.T. Project Delivery with Joseph Garfield

Video Explaining the Kasennu Framework:

 

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Credits_______________

  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Editor: Olanrewaju Ade

More About Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. – a 15-year-old operations management consulting firm. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the Kasennu framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 35+ countries.