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NativeAdVantage 10-Q2BA:

(10 Questions 2B Answered)

What do you do best?
What makes you the best?
Biggest success?
What are your aspirations?
Most challenging moment?
Favorite Motto?
Favorite People?
Favorite Places?
Favorite Products?
Current Passions?


Featured NativeAdVantage:

Andy Weir: Author of "The Martian"

John Philipson: VP, Six Senses Resorts

Tom Sito: Chair of Animation, USC Film School

Elizabeth Wynn: Broker, Sotheby's RE

Leonard Greenhalgh: Professor, Tuck-Darmouth)

Ryan Blair: NY Times Best Selling Author/Entrepreneur

 

Featured NativeAdVice:

Shai Reshef: Founder of University of the People

Paul D'Arcy: SVP of Indeed

Susan Hatje: GM of Mandarin Oriental, NY

Dan Laufer: Co-Founder of RentLingo

Hilary Laney: President of Tri-Digital

Greg Marsh: Co-Founder of onefinestay

Omar Qari: Co-Founder of Abacus

Gabriell Weinberg: Founder of DuckDuckGo

Stacy Rauen: E-I-C of Hospitality Design Mag

Jon Gray: CRO of HomeAway

Joe Speiser: Co-Founder of LittleThings.com

Ben McKean: Co-Founder of HungryRoot

John Boiler: Founder/CEO of 72andSunny

Wayne Pacelle: CEO of The Humane Society of the US

Tom Guay: GM at The Sagamore Resort

Dr. Alejandro Junger: Founder of The Clean Program

Rob Flaherty: CEO of Ketchum

Neil Thanedar: Founder/CEO of LabDoor

Andy Grinsfelder: VP of Sales/Marketing, Delaware North Resorts

Laura Frerer-Schmidt: VP/Publisher of Women's Health

Avi Steinlauf: CEO of Edmunds.com

Kathy Bloomgarden: CEO of Ruder Finn

Gabriel Flateman: Co-Founder/CTO of Casper

Mark Bartels: CEO of StumbleUpon

Bill Hagelstein: President/CEO of RPA

Adam Singolda: Founder/CEO of Taboola

Jonathan Plutzik: Proprietor of The Betsy-South Beach

Jessica Scorpio: Founder/VP of Marketing at GetAround

Ralph McRae: CEO of Leading Brands

Warren Berger: Bestselling Author

Liz Kaplow: Founder/CEO of Kaplow Communications

Dave Girouard: Founder/CEO of UpStart

Dave Asprey: Founder of BullectProof Executive

Douglas C. Smith: President of EDSA

Val Difebo: CEO of Deutsch NY

Guido Polito: CEO of Baglioni Hotels

Doyle Graham, Jr.: CEO of Valencia Group

Oscar Farinetti: Founder of Eataly

Angelo Sotira: CEO of DeviantART

Ali Khwaja: CFO of Safecharge

Zach Erdem: Proprietor of 75 Main

Jim Beley: GM of The Umstead Hotel

Alexis Gelburd-Kimler: Proprietor of West Bridge

Elie Georges: Proprietor of Hotel San Regis

Kalen Caughey: Founder o VOKE Tab

Michael Friedenberg: CEO of IDG

Donna Karan: Founder of DKNY

Edward Nardoza: Editor-in-Chief of WWD

Scott Dadich: Editor-in-Chief of Wired

Rhona Murphy: Former CEO of The Daily Beast

David J. Pecker: CEO of American Media

Lilian Roten: VP of Swissotel Hotels

Kenny Dichter: Founder/CEO of Wheels Up

Joshua Tetrick: Founder/CEO of Hampton Creek

Paul James: Global Brand Leader of The Luxury Collection

Dr. James Wagner: President of Emory University

Amy Thompson: President of ATM Artists & Management

Neil Gillis: President of Round Hill Music

Brett Matteson: President of Columbia Hospitality

Jonathan Reckford: CEO of Habitat For Humanity

Phil Harrison: President/CEO of Perkins+Will

Chef Bill Telepan

Tony Horton: Founder of P90X

Beth Weissenberger: Co-Founder of The Handel Group

Michael Fertik: Founder/CEO of Reputation.com

Dana Cowin: Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine

Bob Proctor: Chairman of Proctor/Gallagher Institute

Dennis Turcinovic: Owner of Delmonicos

Vittorio Assaf: Co-Founder of Serafina Restaurant Group

Shafqat Islam: Co-Founder of Newscred

Matt Williams: CEO of The Martin Agency

Bruce Rogers: Executive Chef at Hale & Hearty

Caleb Merkl: Co-Founder of Maple

Candy Argondizza: VP of Culinary at ICC

Neil Sazant: President of The Sagamore

Matt Straz: Founder/CEO of Namely

Terry Couglin: Managing Partner of Marta/Maialino

Andrei Cherny: Co-Founder/CEO of Aspiration

Ronen Nissenbaum: Managing Director of Waldorf Astoria NY

Patrick Godfrey: President of Godfrey Q

Sarah Berman: Founder/President of The Berman Group

Michael Schwartz: Owner of Genuine Hospitality Group

Stephan Aarstol: Founder/CEO of Tower Paddle Boards

Peter Shaindlin: COO of Halekulani Corp.

August Cardona: Founder/CEO of Epicurean Group

Nick Kenner: Co-Founder of Just Salad

Friday
May292015

Andrew Sturge: Head Concierge at Flemings Mayfair

Bio:

After starting at the Flemings Mayfair Hotel in August 2014, I have the responsibility to help rebuild and recruit new members for the Concierge team and to help move the hotel forward in standards and service to take on the other exclusive boutique 5 star hotels in London. My daily tasks include the day to day running of the department, organising rotas, timesheets, appraisal's, interviews and sourcing new suppliers for the Hotel and helping to promote the Flemings. Previously, he was the assistant chief concierge at The Landmark london. After working in small hotels it is a big challenge to work in a 300 bedroom hotel, and in charge of over 22 staff members who look up to me for guidance and direction.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

 I source the impossible tickets for theatre shows and advise on the best knowledge in London. Hopefully I can make someone’s first trip to London the best experience ever.

What makes you the best?

Unfortunately no one person is the best Concierge we all have our own specialties and with our close networking with colleagues we can call on friends to help.

How will you become the best?

We are always learning and building our networking connections and after 20 years there is a wide selection of colleagues who can help. We work together to become the best!

What are your aspirations?

Personal: To be happy with my life and build my own designed house.

Business: To be a Head Concierge in one of the big five Hotels in London (Dorchester, Savoy, Mandarin Oriental, Le Meridian, Landmark Hotels)

Favorite:

Motto:

Treat people the way you wish to be treated; speak to people the way you wish to be spoken to.

People:

Barack Obama, Glen Hoddle (Spurs football player), Prince Harry.

Places:

Middle East, Maldives and Asia, I love to travel.

Products:

I have no allegiance to one product but any that is good quality

Passions:

Go Karting, Rally Driving or Formula 1 Racing Cars

http://www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/FlemingsHotelMayfair

https://twitter.com/FlemingsMayfair

Thursday
May282015

Dale Noelle: President & Founder TRUE Model Management

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Connect people and businesses who have synergy.

What makes you the best?

I’m the best at connecting people because I genuinely care about others, have a passion for meeting interesting people and want others to succeed.  I believe in Win-Win-Win situations.

How will you become the best?  

By meeting many people, remembering their interests and goals and following up to make connections.

What are your aspirations?

Personal: Support doctors, scientists and researchers to find cures for cancer

Business: to make TRUE a household name

Motto: What do you want to live by?  “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

People: Who do you want to meet? Richard Branson , Warren Buffet & ​Angelina Jolie​.​

Places: Where do you want to go?  Space

Products: What do you want to have? Comfortable, sexy shoes and A mind reader.

Passions: What hobbies/interests do you want to learn/excel at?

I have a passion for the outdoors…I love boating, all water sports, art projects and carpentry

Want to excel at Real estate development and Communications.

Learn computer programming and to speak Italian

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A doctor and a fashion designer

Why did you start your own business?

My clients and friends encouraged me to start TRUE to bring more professional, well-educated and caring models into the fashion industry.

You Control Your Own Destiny: One reason to own a small business is the ability to direct the culture of your company.   When you're in the driver's seat, you are making the decisions on how best to steer your company into the future. This might be overwhelming for some and one must know when and how best to delegate. However, when you are able to make your own decisions about how best to operate day-to-day, this leads to creating a culture, a brand and an organization like we have at TRUE.  

Did you experience a pivotal moment on your way to success? 

It was a pivotal moment when we moved into our first office on 7th Avenue/Fashion Avenue in New York City and when TRUE won Full Figured Fashion Agency of the year..

What’s the best small business advice you ever gave and/or received?

Be Resilient, Be Optimistic and Be Fearless

Entrepreneurs are likely to face many hard choices in the process of getting a business off the ground. When you encounter obstacles, having these qualities - resilience, optimism and courage - are key.

What’s one “best practice” more entrepreneurs should be embracing?

Hire the Right People: Hiring the right people is crucial to building a thriving business.  People are truly the backbone of any successful company, and I credit my success to my teams. As President of TRUE, I've opted for a hands-on approach to the hiring process to ensure we hire the best.  

Do you have a small business prediction for 2015?

Small Business Revival: There's going to be a revival in small business start ups as more Americans get back to their entrepreneurial spirit. They are going to embrace owning their own business because it offers freedom and opportunity to help others and to create their own wealth. 

What’s your favorite book?

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Book by Malcolm Gladwell

Is there a quote you find particularly inspiring?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

http://www.truemodel.net/

Thursday
May282015

Stephanie Boutet-Fajol: Founder of Sacrebleu Paris

Bio:

Stephanie Boutet-Fajol is a third generation entrepreneur, walking in the footsteps of her grandfather and mother who both successfully ran the most famous French mustard company for over a century. Throughout her childhood, Stephanie learned a great deal about hospitality and business from her family, growing up above the mustard factory. Stephanie now applies these lessons to her own business, Sacrebleu Paris, including maintaining relationships with best gastronomic restaurants in Paris and the art of entertaining international clients. Passionate about her city, she left her legal career behind to find what has become a unique and rewarding experience creating luxury stays for amazing clients in Paris. Sacrebleu Paris is Stephanie’s way to share her insights, knowledge and relationships with discerning visitors… and hopefully make a few dreams come true along the way.

Sacrebleu Paris is an incoming travel service specialized in VIP custom trips to Paris and surrounding regions. Paris visitors looking for specialists who can craft the trip of a lifetime, are the ideal match for Sacrebleu Paris. The team at Sacrebleu Paris have been serving the world’s most sophisticated travelers for several generations, offering them the most exclusive experiences to match their interests in French gastronomy, art and culture, shopping and lifestyle. www.sacrebleu-paris.com

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I have always been fantastic at organizing to an extreme - my home, my business and now my clients’ Paris trips. This is a tremendous asset in crafting trips of a lifetime to the City of Lights.

What makes you the best?

When planning itineraries, I ensure that nothing is left to chance. No client request is too large or too small.

What are your aspirations?

I aspire to be a successful female entrepreneur while still enjoying quality time with my family.

Favorite:

Motto:

“Live your Paris dreams with exclusive service”

People:

My three boys at home (my husband and two sons)

My grandfather

Catherine Deneuve, a true beauty

Coco Chanel

Jeff Leatham, “rock and roll” florist/ artistic director at the Four Seasons Georges V, Paris

Places:

Royal Monceau Hotel for its perfect bar

Bristol Hotel where my son takes swimming lessons with private coach, Luc Richard

David Mallet for his ultra luxurious and incredibly relaxed hair salon

Joelle Ciocco’s salon: French skincare guru

My lovely apartment near Arc de Triomphe and its amazing outside food market.

Hotel Normandy in Deauville, Normandy

Products:

Sauvignon white wine

iPhone 6+ : my  lifesaver day and night

My new Celine bag

Caudalie cream products with extracts of grapes from the vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

Caroline de Maigret’s new book “How to be a Parisian Wherever You Are”

Cire Trudon’s candles, a brand created in 1643 and that uses a motto that I love, “They work for god and the King”

Passions:

French history

Pink peonies and floral arrangement

French etiquette

Hermes vintage bags

www.sacrebleu-paris.com

https://www.facebook.com/sacrebleuparis

https://twitter.com/SacrebleuParis

Thursday
May282015

Sairam Chilappagari: Founder and CEO of Jukebox.io 

Bio:

Sairam Chilappagari is a Founder and CEO of an NYC based music startup, Jukebox.io, believes in giving people control over the music they listen to, in any social setting with a simple touch. Jukebox.io makes it easy for venues to host a jukebox and patrons to play their favorite music right from their smartphones. Simply put - a smartphone based social jukebox. He loves to create and evolve services from ideas into something truly valuable to the end user. He is a technologist with demonstrated success designing and implementing services for more than ten years. Before Jukebox.io, he built/lead teams at Jetsetter and Disney interactive media group.

www.jukebox.io

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jukebox.io-bring-your-own/id928327605?mt=8

What’s Your NativeAdvantage:

What do you do best?

Get things done.

What makes you the best?

I always try to surround myself with people smarter than me and have an open mind to listen to the industry experts.

How will you become the best?

By hiring smart people. In Steve Jobs’s words, “It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”

What are your aspirations?

Personal:

Lead a healthy life style

Travel across the world – meet people & experience cultures

Read more books

Business:

Lead more by examples

Provide as many jobs as possible and help people to reach their full potential

Make Jukebox.io a household name across the world.

Motto: What do you want to live by?

Touch as many people’s lives as possible through service and philanthropy

People: Who do you want to meet?

I would like to meet Elon Musk (or) Richard Branson

Places: Where do you want to go?

Istanbul, Turkey – has over 2500 years of history. Whether it’s people, culture, architecture or food; it offers something for everyone. It’s a road where eastern and western worlds meet.

Products: What do you want to have?

More than what I want to have; products that I cannot live without - smartphone & laptop

Passions: What hobbies/interests do you want to learn/excel at?

Interests

Photography (www.chilzapphotography.com)

Cycling (participated in Seattle to Portland bike ride)

Tennis

Things you want to learn/excel?

Hiring smart people

Guitar playing

https://music.jukebox.io/#

Thursday
May282015

Jeremy Gardner: Director of Operations at Augur

Bio:

Jeremy attended both Bard College and the University of Michigan, where he developed a multidisciplinary study in political strategy. While at Michigan, he founded the College Cryptocurrency Network, an international educational nonprofit, and began to work with several blockchain-related startups. He served as organization’s first executive director, and remains chairman of the board of directors. Before entering his senior year, he left school to found  Augur, the world's first peer-to-peer prediction market platform, where he oversees business and operations. Gardner also serves on the advisory board of several companies, and has small portfolio of angel investments in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is located in his “Crypto Castle.”

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Talk. While not given to following through on tiny details and recurring tasks, I live for deep intellectual engagement and the development of powerful ideas and endeavors. The term “superconnector” has been used to describe what I do in the past, as I frequently bring different individuals together to make good ideas a reality.

What makes you the best?

In developing my study of “political strategy” in college, I created a course of study that drew its inspiration from Sun Tzu’s ancient military treatise, Art of War. Microeconomics, primarily game theory, social psychology, political studies, and military strategy were the cornerstones of the academic pursuit. For a brief stint, I was even one of the first non-cadets to ever study at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The point is that I have taught myself to think tactically, no matter what the situation, and this serves me in a multiplicity of ways that extend far beyond academia.

What are your aspirations?

Right now, it’s hard to look beyond what I’m doing in the present. But I definitely want to emulate Bill Gates’ second life as a full-time philanthropist. Giving back is perhaps the most important value I hold, and I want to be able to dedicate a significant chunk of my life to improving this planet.

Favorite:

Motto:

Veni, vidi, vici

People:

Ben Franklin, Martin Luther King Jr., Hunter S. Thompson, Voltaire, Elon Musk

Places:

Japan, San Francisco, Northampton, MA, Berlin, Bali, London, Hong Kong, NYC

Products:

iPhone, Macbook Air, SIM cards, Google Maps, Uber, Skateboard

Passions:

Philanthropy, Race in America, Income Inequality, Bitcoin/Blockchain tech,

http://www.augur.net/

https://www.facebook.com/augurproject

https://twitter.com/AugurProject

Wednesday
May272015

Nils Chudy: Co-Founder of Miito

Bio:

Originally from Berlin, Germany, Nils received a Bachelor degree in Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. With his natural curiosity and strong passion for technology, Nils enjoys taking things apart and rethinking how to make things new from the ground up. Most recently, this has led to him landing back in Berlin to help lead the launch of MIITO into full-scale production.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I learn quickly!

One of my teachers at the Design Academy Eindhoven said: “make mistakes – and make them fast” – he meant: you will make mistakes no matter what. The trick though is to make the mistakes fast and learn from them – you will most likely never repeat the same mistake twice! And that's exactly what I live by: go full speed and once I hit a wall running, I get back up and reflect what just happened – I will never hit that same wall again, that's for sure!!! 

What makes you the best?

My co-founder!

Jasmina and I give each other the energy needed to found a company together! Everyday she tries to surprise me with another great and new idea, and I try the same! At the same time this eagerness to always surprise and do something even better pushes each of us to reach levels we could have never thought we could reach before.

How will you become the best?

CURIOSITY – I will never quit on my passion to learn new things.

What are your aspirations?

I want to leave a mark in the world – even if it is just a scratch!

Motto:

It is never good enough: 110% or nothing!

People: Who do you want to meet?

I would love to meet Jonathan Ive, designer at Apple. I admire the vision of their design department and the way Jonathan leads!

Places: Where do you want to go?

I would love to experience outer space – the absolute emptiness and the infinite distance – that's something that triggers me a lot!

Products: What do you want to have?

I love watches! The absolute precision and beauty of simple and minimal watches capture my whole attention at once! I am in love with the minimal and beautiful aesthetics of Braun watches – I would love to have one!

Passions: What hobbies/interests do you want to learn/excel at?

I have started to notice that there is one key thing I need to learn: I need to learn to shut off my work-brain almost at the push of a button. I noticed that I can do this very well while doing sports where I need to concentrate and be able to adapt to a new situation very quickly: such as Kitesurfing. So I guess if I were to do Kitesurfing more frequently, I could be efficient and achieve two goals at once: learn to shut my work-brain off and enjoy Kitesurfing

http://miito.de/

https://www.facebook.com/projectmiito

https://twitter.com/projectmiito

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/747044530/miito-the-sustainable-alternative-to-the-electric

 

Tuesday
May262015

Joe Lupo: Co-Founder & Creative Director Visual Therapy

Joe Lupo unofficially began his career in fashion working in a high-end department store while still in high school. Moving to Chicago to study finance at DePaul University, he began working at a bank where he quickly advanced, becoming vice president at the precocious age of 25. Unable to contain his love for fashion and style, he would spend his Saturdays on Oak St, renowned for its luxury boutiques, spending countless hours discussing style at Ultimo with friend Jesse Garza. Leaving the world of banking in 1995 to start Visual Therapy with Garza in New York, Lupo was able to realize a long-held dream of making a business out of his passion for fashion.  

With a natural eye for style, and an expert in color, he decided to further develop his passion branching into interiors.  In 2012, he began studying interior design at The New School at Parsons School of Design in New York, launching VT Home in 2014.  In addition to interior design and styling some of the most influential leaders in America, Lupo and Garza travel the globe speaking to groups of women on their philosophies and the significance of the power of style.

What do you do best?

The thing I do best is work with individuals and brands to identify their style, and then help them to articulate their image in a concise but powerful way through fashion and/or surroundings.

What makes you the best?

What makes me the best is my belief that "it can be done".

How will you become the best?

I will become the best through consistence, persistence, intention and most important faith.

What are your aspirations?

Personally I aspire to live a life filled with Love (friends, a spouse and child), Light (being peaceful and open inspiring others to live life to the fullest), and Joy (laughter and happiness).

In business I aspire to continue to build on the brand we created that helps others to be the best version of themselves in all areas of style.

Motto: What do you want to live by?

Your life is your message to the world - be sure it's inspiring.

People: Who do you want to meet?

I would love to meet Dolly Parton - I love that she created herself and exudes such authentic goodness.  (A national treasure)

Places: Where do you want to go?

I have been around the world but have never gone on safari in Africa. Definitely next on my list.

Products: What do you want to have?

I want to have excellent health and inner peace always.  Without these, life is very difficult.

Passions: What hobbies/interests do you want to learn/excel at?

I would love to learn to play guitar.  I recently lost my father who played very well and I think he may have passed it on to me.

http://visual-therapy.com/

https://www.facebook.com/VisualTherapyNY

https://twitter.com/VisualTherapyNY

https://instagram.com/visualtherapyny

https://www.pinterest.com/VisualTherapyNY/

Tuesday
May262015

Tom Ottaiano: CEO of Today's Business

Bio:

Tom Ottaiano is the spark of uniqueness that shines through Today’s Business, setting it apart from the rest. It all starts with his remarkable personal story. After all, how many companies can say their CEO played in the NFL.

As his football career began to wind down, Tommaso shifted his focus and energy into founding an innovative digital marketing company called Today’s Business, where he currently serves as the CEO and Managing Partner. With the help of Tom’s leadership skills and drive for success, Today’s Business is quickly becoming a leader in the ever-changing digital world. Three years since its inception, Today’s Business serves over 70 clients in nearly every business sector, and continues expand its reach.
When Tom isn’t perfecting his craft in the office, you can find him out networking, working out at the gym and spending time with his fiancé.

Tom Ottaiano’s Highlights
-NY Jets and Vikings NFL Professional Football Player (2011)
-Co-founder of award winning Today’s Business
-Three time Colonial Athletic Association Academic all-conference member
-Nominated for 30 under 30 by Power Under 30
-Volunteer coach at high school alma mater and local camps
-Jersey’s Best Marketing and Communications Professional Under 40 (Class of 2015)

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I would say the best thing I do is a lead. A mentor of mine always told me, “Leaders do not create followers, true leaders create other leaders.” I feel that my biggest asset is motivation and I am dedicated to developing and lead my team!

What makes you the best?

This is an interesting question. In my professional opinion, I say that what makes us the best at what we do is our approach to customer service. Building and maintaining relationships with our clients is solely my number one goal.

How will you become the best?

I have a true addiction. My addiction is SUCCESS!!! I will do whatever it takes to succeed. Perfecting my craft is an ongoing investment for myself.

What are your aspirations?

Personal:

My aspirations personally would be to leave a legacy. My legacy will be defined by my actions to lead my team, my company, and my family. I want to be remembered by everyone that I did whatever I had to do in order to get to where I want to be and guided everyone along the way

Business:

This might sound a little cliché but I want to BUILD AN EMPIRE!

Motto: What do you want to live by?

I do not work, I build.

People: Who do you want to meet?

I would have loved to have had a conversation with Steve Jobs.

Places: Where do you want to go?

Australia

Products: What do you want to have

A vacation home down the shore

Passions: What hobbies/interests do you want to learn/excel at?

I want to travel as much as possible throughout my lifetime.

http://tbsmo.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TBSMO

https://twitter.com/todays_business

Tuesday
May262015

James Shimell: Founder and CEO of Shutta

Bio:

James is the founder and CEO of Shutta – a photo from video app that makes sure you never miss a moment again. Shutta aims to revolutionise how we take photographs by showing that images from video more truthfully reflect how dynamic our lives really are. Whether it is sporting action shots or the antics of pets and children, Shutta turns everyone into an action-photographer.
James grew up in London, has since lived all over the world and is now based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He is a self-taught software engineer who has worked in web application development for 8 years. In addition to heading up Shutta, James is currently also the managing director of Codeforce Vina, a Vietnamese software house.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Creating innovative and highly intuitive software solutions with a strong emphasis on design.

What makes you the best?

Always develop with the end-user in mind. A thorough understanding of both the end-to-end product requirements on the one hand and the ultimate user- experience on the other, gives me the ability to develop beautiful looking solutions that are performance efficient and incredibly user friendly.

What are your aspirations?

To live and work in as many places as I can; to experience, first-hand, the ideas and concepts of as many cultures as I can fit into my life. I don't believe in borders, we are all citizens of the same world and I have gained so much from the perspectives of different cultures. I have only one life, one game, and I want to fill it with as many of these learning curves as possible.

Favorite:

Breakfast: early mornings by the waterfront, indulging in great food and company.

Motto:

You only have one game, play it well.

People:

I love to be inspired by people's views and opinions – everybody has a story to tell.

Places:

Anywhere with a good climate and good food, my top 5 so far is:

Hakone - Japan,

Amsterdam – The Netherlands,

Hong Kong Island,

Hue - Vietnam,

Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Products:

Sector 9 slalom board, I love taking trips on my long board. Too old to trick skate, it hurts so much more than when I was a teenager.

Passions:

Travelling

Skateboarding

Photography

Coding

New tech

Web:     shutta.co

App Store:     https://appsto.re/es/4WvLU.i

https://www.facebook.com/shuttaapp

Wednesday
May202015

Graham Dodge: Co-Founder & CEO of SickWeather

Bio:

Graham is an entrepreneur with diverse experience in design, marketing and business development. In 1998, he was a member of the team that created the first online Crime Map, a visualization of aggregate crime data for the web portal Crime.com. Throughout his career he has worked in varying capacities for such brands as GlaxoSmithKline, Discovery, GEICO, AOL & MTV. He is a board member of PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, an independent affiliate of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, that provides services for medically fragile kids. He was named a "Social Innovation Rockstar" by Yoxi/BOLD, and featured among Broadband for America's "Faces of Innovation."

What's Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

My wife says I’m best at starting things and making friends, so I’m working hard at being less friendly while finishing things. My company Sickweather is best at understanding real-time disease trends and public health prediction.

What makes you the best?

The people with whom I surround myself.  Likewise my team of epidemiologists, data scientists, designers, programmers and problem solvers are what makes Sickweather the best.

What are your aspirations?

To live sustainably off the grid and be more helpful at home with the kids. If I can do that while also building Sickweather into a global leader in real-time disease surveillance, then that’s even better.

Favorite:

Motto:

Don’t assume – it makes an ass out of you and me.

People:

Everyone at Techstars and Foundry Group

John Prine

Marc Steiner

David Simon

Michio Kaku

Heather Brown Dodge to name a few.

Places:

KCMO

Old Town Ellicott City in Maryland

VT/NH/ME

Little Italy

Ladew Topiary Gardens

Products:

Everyman Jack shampoo and deodorant

Kaylala Ouch Ointment

Fiat 500

Apple Watch

Juniper Ridge Backpacker Cologne

Passions:

Epidemiology, American History, Genealogy, Theoretical Physics, Theater, Music, Folding Bikes, Farming, Family.

http://www.sickweather.com/

https://www.facebook.com/sickweather

https://twitter.com/sickweather

Wednesday
May202015

Vinay Patankar: CEO of Process Street

Bio:

Vinay Patankar is an ex digital nomad and startup growth specialist. He is the CEO of Process Street, a platform that manages recurring processes for teams and turns businesses into automated, self growing machines. Find him on Twitter, Google+ or his Blog. Sign up for a free trial of Process Street here: http://process.st

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Hustle.

What makes you the best?

I don’t give up, even if I fail.

What are your aspirations?

To be free.

Favorite:

Motto: “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

People:

Richard Branson

Tim Ferriss

Places:

New York

Vang Vieng

Budapest

Products:

Process Street

Evernote

Slack

Passions:

Travel

Food

Technology

Tuesday
May192015

Melissa Joulwan: Author & Paleo Advocate

Bio:

Melissa Joulwan is the author of the cookbooks Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat and Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat, and the blog The Clothes Make The Girl, where she writes about her triumphs and failures in the gym, in the kitchen, and in life.

After a lifetime of yo-yo dieting and food as the enemy, Melissa found the paleo diet in 2009 and has been happily following it ever since. That year, she also underwent a thyroidectomy. In the aftermath, she became particularly interested in how diet affects hormones, body composition, mood, and motivation. These days, Melissa’s workouts are just as likely to include yoga and meditation as lifting heavy things and sprinting to stay ahead of the stopwatch.

Well Fed 2 was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon.com and was a Washington Post best seller. In 2014, it won the grand prize in the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Her first cookbook Well Fed appeared on the Wall Street Journal best sellers list, and she’s the author of the recipes in the New York Times bestselling book It Starts With Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. She writes a column for Paleo Magazine, is a Community Ambassador for Experience Life magazine, and has been a featured chef for U.S. Wellness Meats and Lava Lake Lamb, as well as an instructor at Whole Foods.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I help people feel excited about adopting healthy eating habits by sharing delicious recipes and helpful tips. I encourage my audience to eat well so they can live their best life.

What makes you the best?

I’m empathetic; I have a history of yo-yo dieting and treating food as punishment/reward. I communicate with my audience from a place of kindness and compassion, with a dose of sassy fun. I enjoy food as a pleasurable, nutritious part of life — but it’s not my whole life. It fuels me and feeds me so I can do the other things I love. My recipes and advice help my audience find that same balance and peace in their lives.

What are your aspirations?

I’d like nothing more than to continue to do what I’m doing: learning about international cuisine, improving my cooking technique, and translating all of that into paleo recipes that any cook can master in their own kitchen.

Favorite:

Motto:

Comparison is the thief of joy. -- Theodore Roosevelt

People:

My husband Dave, my parents, and my cat Smudge.

Places:

Prague is my favorite city, and I love a comfy corner of a couch (anywhere!) with a copy of Jane Eyre in my lap.

Products:

I love duck fat because it makes everyday food taste special; potatoes roasted in duck fat make any meal a celebration. I always have Primal Pacs and RX Bars in my pantry for snack emergencies (or to fuel outdoor adventures like hiking and skiing). I’m also a big fan of truffle salt; it turns eggs -- hard-boiled, fried, scrambled -- into magic.

Passions:

I love love love to move every day: heavy weight lifting, running, yoga, belly dancing, hiking, skiing, ice skating, walking... I love it all. And I balance that with meditation every day. I find creativity and joy in cooking, especially for other people, and I end every day with my favorite thing: reading a novel that transports me to other places and introduces me to people I’d never meet otherwise.

Web site: The Clothes Make The Girl - http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com

Cookbooks: http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/cookbooks/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheClothesMakeTheGirl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/meljoulwan

Instagram: http://instagram.com/meljoulwan

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/melissajoulwan/

Tuesday
May192015

Josh Chetwynd: Journalist, Author & Broadcaster

Bio:

Josh Chetwynd is an author, journalist, broadcaster, lawyer and former baseball player. The varied mix of undertakings has led to numerous interesting life experiences, including (but not limited to): flying on Air Force One, walking down the red carpet at the Academy Awards, doing live radio color commentary at the World Series, co-hosting a national TV show, arguing a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, negotiating professional contracts for athletes, and representing Great Britain in baseball -- in addition to playing the sport as a professional on two continents. Chetwynd has written five books on such eclectic topics as the origins of all things nice, the stories behind our favorite sports and recreation balls, European baseball, and the history of accidental discoveries and unexpected inspirations in the kitchen.

His most recent effort, The Book of Nice: A Nice Book About Nice Things for Nice People, was described as a “smart look at all things … nice” by Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine. The Huffington Post said: “Chetwynd explores being nice through chapters on gestures, songs, words, characters and offerings that spread the love and does so with wit and intelligence. It's an important book ..." Another of his books, The Secret History of Balls: The Stories Behind the Things We Love to Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce and Bat was named one of the “Best Books of 2011” by NPR. (His next book is slated for release in May 2016 for Random House’s Ten Speed Press.)

As a journalist, he has worked as a staff reporter for USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter and U.S. News and World Report. His writing has also appeared in such publications/websites as The Wall Street Journal, The Times (of London), Chicago Tribune, MLB.com, The Harvard Negotiation Law Review, The Observer Sport Monthly, and Variety. He’s a two-time winner of the Los Angeles Press Club Award for best newspaper article written by a correspondent (1999 and 2000).

In the broadcasting world, Chetwynd has appeared extensively in the British media. He co-hosted a show on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 2010 to 2013, and also served as the BBC’s live, on-site color commentator for the World Series five times (2003, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2013). In addition, Chetwynd was a TV sports analyst and host on the national terrestrial network Channel 5 between 2002 and 2008.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Work hard. It’s the easiest aspect of a person’s professional life that one can consistently control. I’ve also found it helps cultivate talents and assures that you’re never left asking yourself, “What if, I’d tried a little more?” 

What makes you the best?

Not sure I can call myself the best. In fact, if that’s what you’re shooting for (being the best just for the sake of being on top), you probably won’t get there. For instance, great baseball players like Hall of Famer Cal Ripken and current superstar Mike Trout have said publicly they never try to hit home runs…if they did, they’d rarely achieve that goal. Instead they try to hit the ball as squarely as possible and if it leaves the ballpark then so be it. The off-the-field upshot to that approach is rather than looking to be the best, strive to be the best you can be because that’s what you can control. That’s what I’m always trying for – to be the best version of myself.

What are your aspirations?

To be a compassionate, loving and useful part of my family; to consistently do the best I can; to contribute something to this world that is interesting and has some staying power; and to ultimately be remembered fondly by the people who knew me best.

Favorite:

Motto:

I have a couple of saying/passages that guide me that I’m afraid are both a bit cliché (but I argue they got that way because they’re so good). The first is the piece of a Teddy Roosevelt 1910 speech that most people know as “The Man in the Arena”. It speaks to sticking your neck out, working hard out and striving to be your true self. The language is so wonderfully evocative that it should move anyone who has tried to write. For those who don’t know the speech, the excerpt starts: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…”

The other that I love and has long been co-opted by Alcoholics Anonymous is the one known as the “serenity prayer”. It’s been attributed to many thinkers (including St. Francis), but I believe Reinhold Niebuhr deserves credit. It goes, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.” AA is not an organization I’m involved with, but the prayer is one that I believe is still applicable to my life (and everyone’s for that matter). It’s a reminder of the importance of self-awareness, among other things.

People:

I will always say my family. Each of them are good, smart people with big hearts. Those are the type of people, in my opinion, we should look to for inspiration! 

Places:

There are so many I love! I grew up in Los Angeles and the pull of home is always inspiring. I was born in London and lived there during a very happy time as an adult so going back brings me great joy. The same goes for Washington, D.C., which is a city I love. Truthfully, it’s rarely the place itself, but the memories and feelings a place draws out of you based on experiences there that tend to offer inspirations for me.

Products:

Gosh. I’m not really a material-driven person. I played baseball most of my life so I guess a great glove is always an inspiration. For an infielder’s gloves, I’d have to go with Rawlings’ Heart of the Hide (they make fancier gloves, but that was the one I always aspired to get as a kid/teenager). For catcher’s mitts (I primarily played catcher), I’d probably go with a good Wilson model…although I know the folks at All Star, which is a competing company, and they are such good people so I regret never using their glove as it might have been quite inspiring.

Passions:

First and foremost is my family, but beyond that, I love learning and challenging myself. My proof for this is that I’m highly over-educated! That said, I don’t think formal education is required for this passion. I write books because I like discovering facts, concepts, attitudes that I wasn’t familiar with (and, hopefully, if I do my job right, others also find illuminating as well).

http://joshchetwynd.com/chetwynd/

 

Monday
May182015

Bartosz Gonczarek: Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Explain Everything, Inc.

Bio:

Bartosz Gonczarek is Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Explain Everything, Inc., an innovative company that created a popular interactive screencasting whiteboard app used by over 2 million students and teachers worldwide.

Passionate about technology and problem solving, during early days of his professional career in IT Bartosz decided to change his focus to people and surrounding issues of leadership. Shortly after, being a consultant and advisor to boards of directors of public and private European companies, he realized that he could use his experiences to start a business. And so, together with his longtime friend Piotr Sliwinski (currently the CTO of Explain Everything), their first startup came to be: MorrisCooke, a software development studio that created several iPhone and iPad apps based on an innovative animation engine invented by Piotr and developed in-house. One of those apps, created in cooperation with Reshan Richards, a US-based educator and researcher, became an immediate success. Since 2012 Bart led the company as it was growing, started a new US-based venture, Explain Everything Inc., with offices in New York and Wroclaw, Poland, and finalized a $2M Round A investment.

Bartosz is a native of Poland, speaks 4 languages, and holds degrees in math, computer science and economics. Privately, he’s a very competitive sportsman, passionate reader, and thinker.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I don’t have the luxury of calling myself as the best at something. Instead, I’m mediocre at more than the average number of things a single person can conceive. However, I feel that this range gives me an advantage. You can certainly achieve the status of being “the best” at something, but only if you are narrowly focused. Such focus can limit you to one, single field. However, there are some exceptions such as the astronomer Edwin Hubble who was exceptional in many fields, both athletic and intellectual.

In software innovations, such as our app - Explain Everything, versatility and broad interests are necessary to make the best use of separate viewpoints and opposite ideas to push innovations forward. Organizing this versatile process is something I try to do best.

What makes you the best?

Since I’m aware that I don’t excel on each and every field, I know how to measure my limits. This knowledge allows me to find and recruit others that are better than me, to fill existing gaps. Teams that I have managed to assemble could probably be named “the best”.

How will you become the best?

You become the best in a process of small consecutive improvements. If you’re able to direct your efforts in a proper direction, becoming best is merely a matter of time. So formula for becoming the best in my opinion has something to do with patience (as at the beginning you won’t see the signs of improvements) and persistence.

What are your aspirations?

Personal:

My personal aspirations have much to do with results in sport. In business we’re all about team effort and team achievements, you can’t isolate single person responsible for our company success.  Therefore my personal aspirations are related to results in endurance sports. Only there I’m the solely responsible person for the end race result. Currently I aim for sub 3h marathon next year and to finishing half-Ironman triathlon distance under 4h20min. If I prove that I can accomplish that - everyone might as well.

Business:

All aspirations are related to our product – Explain Everything. For me it’s not just a drawing app or an animation app. I like to see it as something more profound – a next big thing in evolution of media that we use for explanations. All previous technology breakthroughs were related to hardware – stone tablets, paper, now tablet devices. Starting with the iPad, each consecutive breakthrough will happen in software and here lies our chance. I hope that we can make Explain Everything the tool of choice for those that need to explain their thinking to others – whether it be locally or remotely.

Motto: What do you want to live by?

Conceivable goals can be achieved. Not knowing “how” proves that you need to keep looking for a way to do it.

People: Who do you want to meet?

We receive tremendous amount of positive feedback from our users. The people that we don’t know in person thank us for improving the way they work or share knowledge. That’s the pinnacle of experience for each creator. If I had a chance - I’d love to meet each of them and observe the very instant of user’s appreciation, when he or she realizes that with Explain Everything something that was previously complicated can be achieved effortlessly.

Places: Where do you want to go?

To places related to birth of our best ideas… as I prefer dimension of ideas than space. I can’t say that for that purpose I like the office or any meeting place - It’s not always there we ideas come. But I can honestly say that I remember each and every place where we had a breakthrough idea – those moments and places I treasure, remember and want to return to.

Products: What do you want to have?

I’d like to have a future release of Explain Everything – let’s say that it’s the 2020 edition, to check how it works and how our todays discussions were involved in it! :)

Passions: What hobbies/interests do you want to learn/excel at?

I have a great interest in what ancients would call ‘know thyself”. This Delphic maxim inscribed on the wall of Temple of Apollo has nowadays a new meaning – “quantified self”. It’s a movement to incorporate technology into data acquisition on aspects of a person's daily life - biochemistry, moods or performance of your body. I already have years of data stored, would love to find new ways of making sense of it and… explain myself using Explain Everything!

http://explaineverything.com/

https://www.facebook.com/explaineverything

https://twitter.com/explainevrythng

Monday
May182015

Raz Wasserstein & Doron Oded: Co-Founders of Remini

Bio:

Raz Wasserstein, Co-Founder: Graduated from Ben Gurion University, and holds B.Sc & M.Sc in Information System Engineering including a master thesis in information privacy. Raz has vast experience in technological positions in the ministry of defence, and the IDF.

Doron Oded, Co-Founder: Graduated from Ben Gurion University, and holds B.Sc & M.Sc in Information System Engineering including a master thesis in machine learning. Doron has vast experience in technological positions in the ministry of defence, and the IDF

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Remini uniquely combines the ease of instant group messaging and sharing, with the long term storing and documenting which is done seamlessly, in a private, secure cloud. Thus creating a new mix at just the right proportions of sharing, storing wrapped as one central platform with a dedicated meaning of the child’s life story. At any time there is an option to look back at all the special moments and memories and create beautiful slide shows, presentations, decorations and order prints with a tap of a finger. Some of our direct competitors (lifecake, tadpoles, etc..) offer features and experience which are more similar to Remini, but none of them uniquely integrates the early child education with the child’s life story. In Remini, each child can be linked to several classes, which in turn donate a lot of content, exciting moments and memories to their life story, which is then, very simply shared with the rest of the family.

What makes you the best?

Remini is always going through improvement and modifications according to our users feedback. We don’t believe there are other companies that pay THAT much attention to it’s users, and change the product accordingly. All of Remini’s development plan actually comes from the users themselves. In addition we pay much effort in making the app safe and private, one of Remini’s founding pillars are the privacy and security parents and teacher won’t find in facebook or other solutions.

What are your aspirations?

We aspire to become a billion dollar company, where the most common answer to the question “where should I store and share my children’s precious moments” is “Remini of course!”.

Favorite:

Children

Motto:

The customer is always right

People:

Shimon Peres- because he never gives up and always look at the future and what can be done to improve the world.

Golda Meir- the first Israeli female prime minister from 1969-1974. She contributed and encouraged women to take leadership roles.

Places:

New York

Products:

Smartphone

Passions:

Remini of course

https://remini.me/

https://www.facebook.com/weloveremini

https://twitter.com/reminiapp

Monday
May182015

Jon Katz: President & Co-Founder of eDivv Inc.

Bio:

I’m a hard-working & passionate person.  As a kid growing up, my passion was basketball.  I played on 3 state championship teams in AAU, was 1st Team All-State Group 4 in NJ, and 2005 Somerset County Player of the Year.  I was a walk on at Binghamton University in my Freshman year and decided after only a few months that it was time for me to call it quits and begin pursuing my academic and professional career.  At that point, I put all my efforts towards becoming a great businessman.  I went to work for McGladrey & Pullen as an Audit Associate upon graduation, passed the CPA exam, and 9 months later, decided to join my father in his startup, Ektio Inc, athletic footwear with ankle support technology.  In 2014, I started eDivv with my long-time girlfriend, Casey Casterline and in May 2014, we were accepted into the Start Co. Accelerator Program where we lived in Memphis Tennessee for 5 months.  We met a ton of great people and were fortunate enough to raise an angel round coming out of the accelerator.  Now, we’re raising our seed round and have 10,000 users on the site.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Stay motivated and work-hard.  Being an entrepreneur, it’s easy to get down and let your emotions take over.  I feel I’m good at staying level headed and keeping my eye on the goal.

What makes you the best?

Seeing other people succeed.  I get motivated when others are successful, it makes me want to get out and work harder to have the same kind of success.

What are your aspirations?

I aspire to be a great person at all times.  I like making people happy and doing the right thing.

Favorite:

Motto:

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take

People:

Steve Jobs

Places:

NYC

Products:

iPhone

Passions:

Overcoming challenges

NY Jets

A Good Meal

https://www.facebook.com/edivvofficial

https://twitter.com/edivvofficial

https://instagram.com/edivvofficial

Friday
May152015

Uwe Boll: Director

Bio:

Born on June 22nd, 1965, in Wermelskirchen, Germany, Uwe Boll was only 10 years old when he started filming short films on his Super 8 camera. His drive to become a filmmaker was undeniable. However, it wasn’t until 1995, when he began working with Taunus Film Production GmbH as a producer and director that Boll’s film career truly took off. Having since financed, produced and directed over 35 feature films with volumne of 700 Mio. $ , Boll’s body of work has continuously proven to be as divisive and controversial as it has diversely creative. His earlier film's based on videogames, came under extremely harsh criticism. The opinion of Boll's work changed in 2009’s with the release of Darfur, a film following the Sudanese genocide. Darfur received critical claim and was lauded as a successful new direction for the director, as well as deemed an extremely personal project close to his heart. The film won the Best Film Award at New York Film festival and was Amnesty International listed the movie as one of the best movies about Africa ever shot.  Boll's movies are shown in over 100 countries in the world, distributed by FOX, UNIVERSAL, LIONSGATE, E1 and have been screened in over 70 international film festivals.

Boll has continued in the vein of Darfur over the last few years with Auschwitz and Max Schmeling and his critically acclaimed drama-thriller Assault on Wall Street, starring Dominic Purcell and Edward Furlong (Terminator II). Never one to slow down, Boll recently released In The Name Of The King: The Last Job and his sequel to Rampage Rampage 2 Capital punishment. Uwe Boll on IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0093051/

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I’m a very good multitasker and can switch very easily from father, to cook, to drafting a contract or talking to an actor.  In addition to making and selling movies, I just added a big restaurant to my life (www.bauhaus-restaurant.com) which turns into a lot of work and two different businesses to run.

What makes you the best and how will you become the best?

I’m actually not the best in anything but I’m very competitive in everything that I do.  I was a really good boxer, handball and soccer player  …I’m good at tennis , squash, table tennis, poker, cooking, making movies and running a business but in nothing I’m the best.  My movies are not super successful or critically acclaimed but every single movie I have made on budget and on schedule and have gotten  them sold around the world. 

What are your aspirations?

Personal: I want to be a happy and healthy person, a good friend, son, brother, father, and husband.

Business: I want to still make movies and have one of the best restaurants in Canada. I handled productions from 50.000 $ to 65 Mio. $ budgets and I made my investors more revenue than any other German Film funds but now I’m happy to only use my own money to make or buy movies.

Motto: What do you want to live by?

"What you don’t want other people to do to you – you don’t do to other people."

People: Who do you want to meet?

Obama

Places: Where do you want to go?

I don’t like travel to much and I traveled a lot already but I want to go to NOMA in Copenhagen to eat there and the Mugaritz in San Sebastian.

Products: What do you want to have?

A TESLA but I need a station wagon (dogs and kids).

Passions: What hobbies/interests do you want to learn/excel at?

I read a lot and watch documentaries. My biggest hobby is watching boxing and I mean I follow up on boxing worldwide on all fights and fighters. I just love it.  The fights of Gatti – Ward can make me cry and nothing makes me normally cry. If I would go bankrupt I would not cry – to bring that in perspective.

http://www.eventfilm.us/ALL-MOVIES1.html

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2063316815/rampage-3-no-mercy/video_share

Thursday
May142015

Spandy Andy

Bio:

Born and raised in Red Deer, AB, Canada, Spandy Andy has enough energy and zest for life to spread happiness to everyone he meets. His mission is to encourage and excite those around him through his zany personality and quirky dance moves. Spandy is recognized internationally as a world class entertainer. From performing on the street, to hosting major festivals, Spandy’s ultimate goal is to leave everyone smiling, and maybe a bit confused as well.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I make people smile. I show people there is nothing to be afraid of and that we all have the ability to dance and make others happy.

What makes you the best?

I have zero shame. When I first started Spandy Andy, someone asked me what my talent was once and I simply said ‘Nothing embarrasses me’.

What are your aspirations?

I would love to dance everywhere and anywhere that I can. I want to share my message with unsuspecting public and be able to impact someone’s life each day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16bX7kBRnmw

Favorite:

Motto:

Keep it TIGHT & BRIGHT!!

People:

Jim Carrey

Places:

Canada

Australia

UK

USA

Products:

JORD Wood Watch

Budgy Smugglers

Spandex

Passions:

Dancing, yoga, dogs, my girlfriend and sharing love.

http://spandyandy.com/

https://www.facebook.com/spandyandyfanpage?_rdr

https://twitter.com/spandyandy

https://instagram.com/spandyandy/

Tuesday
May122015

Frank Pears : Founder & CEO of MakerBloks 

Bio:

Francois is the founder and CEO of MakerBloks. In July 2014, he graduated with the best grade in Canada from the Founder Institute, which is the largest entrepreneurial accelerator in the world, and is now putting all his energy to change the way children are introduced to electronic circuits. With MakerBloks, Francois has been cumulating various achievements and awards, his latest being the first Montreal TechCrunch Pitch-Off. He is also now a mentor at the Founder Institute and helps the Montreal startup community and its young entrepreneurs grow to it’s full potential.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I’m a problem solver. I am never faced with a dead-end and always find a way to “make it happen”.

What makes you the best?

I have a clear vision of the big picture and always try to think 3-4 moves ahead. That way, we don’t lose focus of the main goal and features and the tons of possibilities ahead of us do not distract us.

What are your aspirations?

I want to create a strong brand that will be a reference in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) learning for children. Education and knowledge are our biggest assets and it should be an every day priority. I want all children to have the best tools possible to become the best human being possible.

Favorite:

Enjoying good food with my girlfriend. I like to explore and discover new ingredients, recipes or little restaurant where we share an experience.

Motto:

It’s better to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission… in all legality.

People:

My parents: my biggest supporters, fans, counsellors and friends.

My brother: my first role model and he still are.

My girlfriend: my rock, my lighthouse, she is the one that allow me to push the limits and to be bold because I know she will always have my back.

My friends: a bunch a really funny people

My mentors: people dedicated to see me and other succeed to make Montreal a place where ideas come to life.

Places:

Montreal: My home and the place that defines me.

New York: The place I always love to go and would never want to leave.

Panama: The place that gets me back to reality.

Ireland: Where I learned the best things in life comes in the most unexpected way.

Products:

I love tech, but not at all cost. My iPhone is glued to me, my laptop and iPad almost never leaves my sight.

All “one-bite” food: Sushi, oysters, piece of cheese, crackers… and candies.

A good old-school cocktail.

I almost always wear a hoody… I need more of those.

Passions:

Exploring new (or old) places that I’ve never been to, especially small snack places.

Making, building and hacking stuff. 3D printing.

Walking in a new city.

Playing any type of games.

http://makerbloks.com/en/about

https://twitter.com/frankpearsid

https://www.facebook.com/makerbloks

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1981918570/makerbloks-kids-electronics-powered-by-imagination

Tuesday
May122015

Jacob Roz: Co-Founder & CEO of Flow Media

Bio:

Jakub Roz is the CEO & co-founder of Flow Media and mySchoolNotebook.com. He is an internet entrepreneur since his 14 and he already acquired a lot of experience doing either commissions for important clients like Vodafone CZ, Czech Radio, Pilsner Urquell, BRIT, T.M. Lewin, T-Mobile or his own projects.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I am able to solve the problems and see opportunities everywhere. So I am constantly inventing new solutions and have ideas how to improve our lives.

What makes you the best?

Passion for what I am doing and ability to execute things fast. I prefer fast decisions and I can definitely say it works for me very well.

What are your aspirations?

I want to build something which change the world, which change how people live!

Favorite:

Motto:

The best things happens out of my comfort zone

People: None

Places:

Prague

Chicago

Products:

iPhone

Macbook

BMW cars

Passions:

Technology

Business

http://flowmedia.cz/