Tom Smith – VP of CloudEntr

[quote style=”boxed”]Externally, I talk to people about how they think about a problem rather than trying to “sell” them a product. That allows me to stay focused on creating innovative solutions for real problems rather than following the “feature wars” of my competitors.[/quote] Tom Smith has over 30 years of experience with security, mobile, and […]

Jock Purtle – CEO of

[quote style=”boxed”]Doing some work every day. Moving projects forward slowly. There is a great saying: “How do you eat an elephant?” and the answer is one bite at a time. I think success comes down to a couple of things. Firstly goals and then habits and persistence, combining all of those things and you are […]

Cody McLain – President and CEO of PacificHost

[quote style=”boxed”]Businesses are built around copying each others ideas and improving on them. By understanding how your competitors sell products you can compile a list of what works and what doesn’t. [/quote] Since the age of 15, cody has set out on many entrepreneurial endeavors. After selling several companies he has gone on to start […]

Carol Scott – Director of Marketing at Mattr

[quote style=”boxed”]Be optimistic. Startups are generally hard work, and you’re not guaranteed success. With a negative attitude, you’ll surely fail.[/quote] Carol Scott is Director of Marketing at Mattr. Mattr believes that personalities tell powerful stories. Mattr provides brands with a deeper and more colorful view into their social audiences. Through a unique mix of personality […]

Tim Edwards – CEO of NSR Holdings

[quote style=”boxed”]Promote from within. It’s the best way to motivate and maintain your environment.[/quote] Tim Edwards is the CEO of NSR Holdings, a company that acquires underperforming or undervalued businesses, provides capital for fast-growing or high-potential startups, and creates holistic teams focused on strategy and execution in operations, finance, and human resources. NSR subsidiaries offer […]

John McLellan – Chief Revenue Officer of EBQuickstart

[quote style=”boxed”]Listen. C-level leaders, VPs, and salespeople tend to do most of the talking. You can learn a lot more about a situation and the motivations of people if you just don’t talk. So what should everyone do? Stop talking and listen.[/quote] John McLellan is the Chief Revenue Officer of EBQuickstart, the ultimate source for […]

Billy Murphy – Founder of EcomLab

[quote style=”boxed”]Find a need. Figure out how to solve it. Then do it. A lot of people try to overcomplicate it, but it’s kind of straight forward.[/quote] Billy Murphy is a serial entrepreneur who’s created several online businesses. He’s a former professional poker player who started, a poker training site, in 2009. In 2011 […]

DuAnne Redus – Owner of Maui Wowi Hawaiian

[quote style=”boxed”]Never be afraid to go after wild dreams, you can achieve so much more than you ever imagined.[/quote] After losing her husband suddenly and arriving home on a flight from a business trip just hours before the 9/11 attacks, DuAnne Redus decided it was time to stop putting off her entrepreneurial dreams. She opened […]

Jack Holt – Founder and CEO of

[quote style=”boxed”]It’s important to listen to the “right” people so you’re neither falsely encouraged by a bad idea nor discouraged from a great idea hiding under a simplistic UI.[/quote] Jack Holt is founder and CEO of MATTR. Jack founded S3 Matching Technologies in 2001, bringing to market big data SaaS products with matching algorithms. Tens […]

Matt Clark – Founder of Matt Clark

[quote style=”boxed”]I’m a big believer in not trying to reinvent the wheel. A lot of people in business, especially just-starting entrepreneurs, think you have to do something that’s “never been done” to be successful. With seven billion people on this planet, no idea you have is new.[/quote] Matt Clark is a serial entrepreneur, author, speaker, […]

Adriana Rodriguez – Founder of Jardín de Niños Interlingua

Adriana founded Jardín de Niños Interlingua, the Austin, Texas Spanish Immersion Day school, in 2007 with 20 preschool students. Since then, the school has undergone rapid growth from enrollment and staffing to the addition of higher grade levels, new amenities and a third Austin area location in Lakeway. Rodriguez was born in Mexico City and […]