I am sorry about the delayed monthly recap, as it’s almost time for our September recap. Carlyn and I have spent this fall in France, which has been wonderful. Paris, Biarritz, Rennes and now we’re holed up with our parents in a little village in Bretagne. When we get back to the US, I need to stop drinking red wine for a while. But that’s pretty much impossible to do while in France. Same for cheese. Same for chocolate. Sigh…

Anyways, from a business perspective, August was a good month. We did a number of outreach efforts to bring new interviewees to the community, launched a banner advertising campaign and increased our prices for our expedited interviews by 20%. We’re going to continue gradually increasing those prices, as more often than not, we hear that our prices are too low for the value we deliver. Still, as an entrepreneur that’s a scary thing to do as self-doubt tends to creep in. That being said, we’re going to continue to increase our prices over the next six months. So get in while the going is cheap.

Aight, here is our overview of the month:

  • 👩‍💻 73,947 readers
  • 📧 9,193 email subs
  • 💬 85 interviews
  • 📰 0 list post (but we got a few in the works right now)
  • 💰$2,584 in revenues

Great Interviews To Check Out From August

  • Brian Freeman is CEO & Co-Founder of Heartbeat, the leading network connecting 195,000 women ambassadors with over 250 brands on social media to promote their products. Prior to starting Heartbeat, he founded Wyldfire, a women-powered dating app.
    • Our favorite quote: “Ideas are a dime a dozen as CEO, the most important thing you have going for you is your team. If you can get buy-in from the intelligent people around you, and have them run with implementing something, the end result will be better than if you tried to run the ball down the field yourself.”
  • Kathleen Wilson is founder and owner of SwimCalm, an innovative program that teaches adults with fear of water how to swim. This life-altering program combines the mental and physical, proving to the student that the water is a friendly medium and it is well within their capacity to learn to be comfortable in any depth of water and swim.
    • Our favorite quote: “There is a willingness to adopt alternate methods of learning traditional skills in many areas of life. This certainly applies to swimming. We are also coming to terms with the fact that students have differing needs and by placing fearful students in a traditional adult swim class, we are in fact, leaving them behind and marginalizing them.”
  • Rebekka Mikkola is the founder of Nordic Cuddle, a cuddle therapy company based in London. The company prides itself on providing ‘connection through touch’, and has expanded into massage therapy, which offers many of the same benefits as professional cuddling. Both therapies have helped people manage stress, anxiety, and loneliness, with clients coming from a wide range of backgrounds.
    • Our favorite quote: “I’m excited to see how open-minded people are becoming towards cuddle therapy. Other touch-based therapies such as massage have been around for a long time and have become an accepted part of the wellness industry. But we’re increasingly seeing more people who are swapping massage for cuddle therapy because it offers a nurturing and caring element.”
  • Jillian Bridgette Cohen is the CEO & Co-Founder of Virtual Health Partners, Inc. (VHP), a results-based virtual wellness platform that provides live one-on-one nutrition appointments, fitness classes, and lifestyle modification by a team of wellness specialists. Jillian launched VHP with the goal of creating an ecosphere of wellness support, available anywhere and anytime.
    • Our favorite quote: “We are always asked when pitching companies or investors what differentiates VHP. Being able to articulate our key differentiators in a high-level means on this forum was very helpful.”
  • David Graham is co-founder and CEO at Code Ninjas, where kids learn coding by building (and playing!) video games as they progress through levels by earning various belts, from white to black, similar to Karate. Students learn more advanced programming languages as they go and even work with robotics.
    • Our favorite quote: The STEM and tech fields are on fire right now and all signs point to automation in the future so I thought, what better time than now to develop a concept specifically designed to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s tech jobs? Rather than lecturing on algorithms and programming language though, I wanted kids to be able to learn how to code in a way that they didn’t even realize that they were learning.”
  • Jillian Bridgette Cohen is the CEO & Co-Founder of Virtual Health Partners, Inc. (VHP), a results-based virtual wellness platform that provides live one-on-one nutrition appointments, fitness classes, and lifestyle modification by a team of wellness specialists.Jillian launched VHP with the goal of creating an ecosphere of wellness support, available anywhere and anytime.
    • Our favorite quote: “We are always asked when pitching companies or investors what differentiates VHP. Being able to articulate our key differentiators in a high-level means on this forum was very helpful.”
  • Oksana Wright is a co-founder and majority owner of Social Health Registry (SHR), a company created in response to current trends of the swipe right dating culture in combination with continuously rising STD numbers. SHR is a web application that allows registered users to upload their STD/STI results, have them validated, and share their profile with potential sexual partners. Its users subscribe to the theory that personal health and safety cannot be left to chance while living in the age of information.
    • “All the successes in the world would not mean much if a person does not take the time to care for one’s physical, mental and spiritual self. So I am really excited to see more and more people advocating for and accepting the concept of loving oneself, in our communities, families and virtual worlds. When you love yourself, the community benefits.”

Some Actionable Recommendations

  • Joe Robison uses Process Street to center around the idea of checklists as the way to construct SOP (standard operating procedure) docs. It’s different from Asana or a Google Sheet because it allows you to embed other media like videos and image, expand and collapse sections, and run each checklist individually with a timestamp.
  • Korey Kashmer can’t live without BuzzStream, a link building tool for SEO agencies. It does more than just help build links through. The key is the relationship management aspect. It helps his staff communicate with bloggers/thought leaders and third party websites. It helps collect and store that communication.
  • Curt Cronin recently migrated to Pipedrive and find it immensely useful in our business development efforts. Because his company moves at a breakneck speed, it’s been an instrumental component to keeping his team productive in terms of external data mining and execution, as well as structuring internal processes to be more efficient and effective.
  • Caspar Thykier made the switch to Intercom for highly personalized, event-based conversations with his customers. At Zappar, they truly value their customers and feedback of not only their products and services but how they drive the AR/VR/MR conversation forward – Intercom it turns out, is the perfect solution to meet these goals.
  • Marc Gorlin says Highfive makes his list of best productivity apps because it helps him stay connected to his team when he is on the go.
  • Emmanuella Grace loves The Mindbody booking system because it enables her to see what sessions are being taught at her studio when people have attended, do payroll for her team and bill people online or over the phone.

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