Alle Fister – Principal of Bollare Communications

[quote style=”boxed”]Taking big ideas down to action-able tasks that feel manageable and approachable for myself or our team members is key![/quote] Alle Fister is the Principal of Bollare Communications, a bi-coastal beauty, fashion and lifestyle public relations and communications firm. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a dual-degree in Communications and Marketing, Fister began her […]

David Saunders – President and Chief Idea Officer of Madison+Main

[quote style=”boxed”]This sounds silly coming from a new media guy, but I constantly recommend that young professionals read a newspaper. [/quote] Dave Saunders is President and Chief Idea Officer of Madison+Main, an integrated communications agency that provides creative marketing solutions for emerging companies. Based in Richmond, Virginia, Dave is a nationally recognized expert in branding & […]

Dan Merritts – CEO of F#

[quote style=”boxed”]I have a ton of bad ideas. Each idea should be assessed before jumping in and executing. Ideas are cheap. Execution is expensive. Always better to kill bad ideas quickly.[/quote] Nearly 15 years of innovative, industry-shaping experience leading product management, marketing, sales and operations for diverse, venture-backed startups. Dan helped pioneer contextual advertising at […]

Jasmine Kaloudis – Director at Synergy By Jasmine

[quote]I start my day by doing affirmations and incantations. It’s easy to throw yourself a pity party every day, so I refuse to indulge in this.[/quote] Jasmine Kaloudis has a background in movement, bodywork and spiritual inquiry that lends itself to fostering an atmosphere of dynamic play, nurturing and growth. She has lived all over […]

Tara Agacayak – Co-Founder and COO of

[quote style=”boxed”]Ideas come to life when they’re ready. I find they hit me when I’m washing dishes or vacuuming or meditating. They might come to mind right as I’m waking up in the morning or just as I go to sleep at night.[/quote] Tara Agacayak likes to call herself a problem-solver, which she says is […]

Alex Hillman – Co-Founder of Indy Hall

[quote style=”boxed”]My personal credo, which is literally tattooed on my right forearm, is “JFDI” : Just f***ing do it.[/quote] Alex Hillman starts things: businesses, conversations, parties—and, once in a while, a revolution. Hillman is best known for starting Philadelphia’s Indy Hall coworking community in 2006, years before coworking became a darling of the mainstream press […]

Brandon Chicotsky – Founder of

[quote style=”boxed”]Inundate your mind with information. Read everything.[/quote] In an article for, Brandon Chicotsky wrote about his American generation raised with the Internet as “digital natives.” At age 27, Chicotsky has immersed himself in the online space and managed cash-positive startups. One such startup included a training center that contracted gaming professionals and statisticians […]

John Meyer – Co-founder of 9 Clouds

[quote style=”boxed”]Ask for help. I think having the title of “entrepreneur” makes us believe we’re all alone and need to do it by ourselves.[/quote] John T. Meyer is the CEO and Co-Founder of, a visual marketing firm that specializes in infographics, interactive graphics and UI/UX design. His mission is to make the world an […]

Raphael Caldas – Creator of Aherk!

[quote style=”boxed”]I would focus on following my passion. It’s a stupid mistake to think that you need to give up what you love in order to make ends meet.[/quote] Raphael Caldas is a Brazilian entrepreneur, a lawyer by profession (and by accident), and an amateur musician. He loves being a father and wants to make […]

Steven Dziedzic – Founder and CEO of Hoppit

[quote style=”boxed”]My philosophy has three pillars: 1) know the market, 2) know your consumers, and 3) trust your lens.[/quote] Steven Dziedzic is an innovator and adviser in consumer Internet searching. Currently, he is the founding CEO (and “head foodie”) of Hoppit, an angel-backed search engine and social network that enables consumers to find and share […]