Billy Goldberg - Partner at The Buckeye Group

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Billy Goldberg and I connect really smart people with other really smart people who are working on interesting projects in media, entertainment, sports and branding. www.thebuckeyegroup.com

We are working with DirecTV, CBL Properties and The Entertainment Industry Foundation, among others. We are also working with several startups.

How do you bring ideas to life?

Slow down. Consider the opportunity or problem that is presenting itself. Match smart ideas with smart people and watch them flourish. It is all about connecting the dots. We connect, collaborate and create.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

Rework by Jason Fried is a must read. It boils business and the way people work down to their most simple and effective basics.

What is one piece of advice that you’d like to give?

Love to hear the word “no.” That means you are scaring someone and you are on to something.

What is one idea that you’re going to bring to life in 2012?

Business: I am going to partner with some smart women from around the world to help empower other successful women to make a difference.

Philanthropic: Break ground on Melissa’s House and work to end the stigma surrounding mental illness. www.melissashouse.org

Personal: I am going to continue my quest to see all 120 Division I FBS college football teams play. I have seen 81. www.divisionquest.com