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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

Tuesday
Jun022015

Jeanette Bronee: Self Nourishment Counselor & Author

My NativeAdVantage:

Bio:

Self-nourishment counselor, emotional eating expert and author of new pocket sized handbook, EAT TO FEEL FULL (and Nourish Yourself for Good), Jeanette Bronée has over ten years of experience helping clients overcome their struggles with eating while avoiding the restrictive nature of dieting.

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Monday
Jun012015

Marty Katz: President of Synapse Partnership

My NativeAdVantage:

Bio:

Marty Katz is a branding and marketing strategist and is the President of Synapse Partnership (www.synapsepartnership.com), a marketing consulting firm.  He develops the strategic steps companies that bring seller and buyer together.

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Monday
Jun012015

Andrea Correale: Founder of Elegant Affairs

My NativeAdVantage:

Bio:

Andrea Correale is a self-made event planner and celebrity caterer. Having starting her own company out of her parents basement at the age of 16, Andrea now leads an off premise-catering empire aptly called Elegant Affairs.  She produces all of her parties “on the road,

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Friday
May292015

Rob Fletcher: Founder of ANGT, "America's Next Great Trainer"

My NativeAdVantage:

Bio:

Recently honored for “Outstanding Martial Arts Achievement” by Action Martial Arts at the Tropicana Resort and Casino. Recognized by Dr. Robert Goldman, and selected as member of the Global Advisory Board to the International Sports Hall of Fame (www.sportshof.org)

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Friday
May292015

Tim Dunn: Founder of Emotional Escapes

My NativeAdVantage:

Bio:

When Tim Dunn first started searching for vacation rental properties as a visitor to Provence in the early 90s, he was surprised by the poor quality of advertising, both in terms of images and descriptions. Several years later, after settling in the region,

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Friday
May292015

Richie Cardona: General Manager of Cantina Rooftop

27-year old Richie Cardona was raised in Long Island by his beloved, Salvadorian parents. Cardona’s start in the hospitality industry can be traced back to his childhood, influenced by his Celebrity Chef, father.  Following in his father's footsteps, Cardona began his flourishing career in the restaurant industry at an early age.  The restaurant that got his foot in the door was Calle Ocho. From there, Cardona went on to earn a degree in Accounting.  After gaining operations experience from his post-grad work at an accounting firm, Richie Cardona decided to get back to his roots. He made the decision to pursue a hospitality degree. At the young age of 21, Cardona was already working as the General Manager at Hudson River Café in Harlem.  Cardona also played a major role in his father’s renowned catering business: Cardona Catering. The family business boomed with Richie's help and gained celebrity clients including Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Preston Bailey, the New York Yankees and the New York Knicks.  Soon after, Richie and a close friend opened a high-profile event group called Lifestyle Event Group.  This success in the event production world made complete sense if one is acquainted it to Richie’s personality.  Ever since High School, Richie Cardona was the man with the plan. He was typically the leader of the pack amongst his group of friends because he harvested the knowledge of neighborhood hot spots and providing a wow experience.

After dabbling in the event planning industry, Richie went on to become the General Manager at Sazon in Tribeca. He raised gross sales at the restaurant exponentially in just a year's time.  At the same time, he also aided in the opening of Sombrero. It’s hard to believe that someone of 27 years of age already accomplished so much, but the list doesn’t stop there. Now, as the General Manager of new hot-spot, Cantina Rooftop, Cardona is striving to take the restaurant and lounge to a whole new level of prosperity. Richie’s plans for the new rooftop include an innovative new brunch experience, delivery service, year-round rooftop dining in addition to mixology and guacamole making classes. Some advice from Cardona: “Never to give up. Always follow your gut. And know that you get to live another day.”  For Richie Cardona, the sky's the limit.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Restaurant Management.  I grew up being immersed in the hospitality industry since my father is a noted chef and I learned the ropes from him and now know how to manage and operate a successful restaurant.

What makes you the best?

Personality, no matter how crazy I maybe I always smile :)

What are your aspirations?

Exceeding every guests expectations and creating that WOW experience.

Favorite:

Motto:

"You will never influence the world by trying to be like it"

People:

Stephen Starr, Preston Bailey, Chef Ricardo Cardona (Father), FAMILY  

Places:

"Thailand and El Salvador"

Products:

Mrs Meyers Products, Votivo Candles, Tod's Shoes, and my favorite type of wine, Pinot Noir

Passions:

Traveling, tasting and experiencing new concepts and cuisines.

http://www.cantinarooftop.com/

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=654531474618066&fref=ts

https://twitter.com/cantinarooftop

https://instagram.com/cantinarooftop

Friday
May292015

Megan Gunderson: Winemaker at WALT

Bio:

WALT Winemaker Megan Gunderson began her career in the Napa Valley in 2001 when she moved from Colorado to California and worked as an intern at the Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville. While working at Mondavi, she discovered a real passion for wine and viticulture. She went on to become a Laboratory Manager for St. Supery Vineyards in Rutherford and Dominus Estates in Oakville. At Dominus, she was able to refine her winemaking skills under the mentorship of Christian Moueix and Jean-Claude Berrouet. Her degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics give her a unique perspective into the scientific aspects of winemaking. Megan has made several trips to France to study wine-making techniques, the most recent to Burgundy in the summer of 2011.

Megan joined the relatively new HALL winery in June of 2005 as an Enologist. HALL had just unveiled a state-of-the-art winery in the hills near Rutherford, dedicated to producing single vineyard and limited production Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc. In the fall of 2007, Megan assumed the role of Assistant Winemaker for HALL. As an Assistant Winemaker, she works on all stages of the winemaking process from visiting the vineyards, to helping select the winemaking methods, to monitoring the fermentation process and overseeing the cellar and bottling.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Make Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

What makes you the best?

Attention to detail at all levels – vineyard, harvest, sorting, processing, fermentation, elevage, blending.  We have the very best vineyards and cutting edge technology at our winemaking facility in St. Helena.  We also conduct and extensive research program from year to year that gives us an edge in the competitive arena of viticulture and winemaking.

How will you become the best?

Continuing to push the envelope at all levels.

What are your aspirations?

Personal: to be a great Mom.  Having children has been one of the most rewarding and fun experiences of my life so far.

Business: to create exceptional wines that are true expressions of our unique vineyard sites.  And to be part of an exceptional winemaking team.

(Megan’s husband Juan Paredes and daughter Lily – & Megan’s stepdaughter Vianny)

Favorite:

Motto:

“Do the very best you can every day.” And “Keep Calm and Carry On”.

People:

Hilary Clinton

Places:

Italy

Products:

A small house in the middle of a large vineyard.

Passions:

I ran two marathons when I was in my twenties.  I would like to get back into running seriously again, and complete more marathons across the US.  Running a marathon is a very cool experience.

http://www.waltwines.com/

https://instagram.com/waltwines/

https://twitter.com/WALTwines

Friday
May292015

Adam Ritchie: LED Source Franchisee 

Bio:

I graduated with a BGS in Economics and a minor in Psychology from the University of Kansas. I’ve built roads, produced 3D animation for broadcast, remodeled homes and coached tennis players to regional and national rankings. In 2011 I opened LED Source of Lawrence, Kansas providing state-of-the-art LED lighting technology to local business owners.

I’m also a graduate of the 2013 class of Leadership Lawrence and serve on the City of Lawrence Sustainability Advisory Board.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Quite simply, I learn and create. I learn about my customers needs and wants and, if possible, create solutions that address those needs and wants. By providing lighting solutions that can last for 100,000 hours and provide electricity bill saving of up to 85% over fluorescent and incandescent counterparts,  we care providing customers the chance to not only save money, but reduce their carbon footprint as well.

What makes you the best?

I care about my customers and their success and I won’t recommend a solution that isn’t right for them just to get the sale.

What are your aspirations?

To help my community understand that being green is an investment rather than an expense. Sustainable practices positively impact our bank accounts, our community and our planet. The U.S. Department of Energy projects that 74% of all lighting sold by the year 2030 will be LED lighting. I want to continue to be a part of a growing industry while being able to provide my community with a positive service and experience.

Favorite:

Motto:

Never forget the possibility that you might be wrong.

People:

Albert Einstein

Thomas Edison

Friends, Family and Fiancé

Places:

Spain.

Products:

Philips Hue

Wilson Tennis Racquets

Passions:

Tennis, beer and a good book!

http://www.ledsource.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ledsource

https://twitter.com/LEDsource

Friday
May292015

David Bartos: CEO of RED.SYSTEMS 

Bio:

David Bartos is the CEO of RED.SYSTEMS software Ltd., a company specializing on smartphone app development established in January 2015. Since 2003, David has been working in advertising industry and since 2008, he has been involved in outdoors OOH advertisement, creating campaigns for brands such as Unilever, HTC, IBM, Sony, Heineken, Opel, Mercedes Benz, BMW etc. In 2013 David co-founded Magazino, a tablet oriented publishing house. He is enjoying working on his new project Babysitting.today, an Uber-style app for instant connection of parents and babysitters, and on creating marketing campaigns targeted at parents. David is a proud father of a 5-year-old.

What’s your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I strive to accomplish all my goals and tasks as dutifully as possible, but my biggest advantage is that I can surround myself with great people of all kinds who believe in my ideas and, like me, are willing to do all they can to succeed.

What makes you the best?

My never-ending desire to learn, explore, discover and get to know new facts, trends and information. I’ve always been a curious person with the drive to make the most out of life.

What are your aspirations?

As a CEO of a company based in a country with no coastline, I wish one day all of us on my team had the chance to work in a place overlooking the ocean.

Favorite:

Star Wars, my motorcycle, cheese, ice cream, listening to music loudly

Motto:

Do, or do not. There is no try.

People:

Master Yoda, Morgan Freeman, Forrest Gump

Places:

anywhere by the sea

Products:

Ducati, Hästens, Haagen Dasz, Bose

Passions:

speed, gastronomy, scuba diving

http://www.babysitting.today/

https://www.facebook.com/babysitting.today

https://twitter.com/BabysittinToday

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