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Culture: Founders, Entrepreneurs & Innovators

Conversations with Business Founders, Innovators & Entrepreneurs on how their Journey has Inspired, Created & Evolved CULTURE. Hear the background of these leaders, pick up on tips for growth, lessons learned, raising capital, company culture and their words to live by. Get Inspired.

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Leaders Live: Lo Toney, Founding Partner at Plexo Capital

Lo talks about his mentors Shellye Archambeau & Ken Coleman (Mentor to Ben Horowitz) & starting Plexo Capital, a venture fund formed inside GV (formerly Google Ventures). The fund is based on GV's strategy to increase access to differentiated deal flows and seeks to make investments into women and minority seed stage VCs. This Live show was broadcasted from Studio at Rock Center! Plexo Capital invests as an LP into emerging seed stage VCs and also invests directly into select companies sourced from the Plexo Capital VC Network.  www.CharlieNYC.com


18 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Ep#20: Rob Krauss, CoFounder of Fortina | Founder of BoomLetsGo

Interview w/ Rob Krauss CoFounder of Fortina which has 5 tri-state restaurant locations and growing. Rob used his digital marketing experience and customer retention strategies to create BoomLetGo, a new data/ mobile restaurant payment app. Rob talks about his affection for entertaining, pizza, rolling up dead bodies, his sports legacy & how his grandfather may have invented sausage? Rob gives his pro tips for growth, best advice & words to live by. Fortina https://fortinapizza.com Instagram: @fortinapizza Facebook: www.facebook.com/fortinaPizza Rob on Social: Instagram: @bobbypizzas Ense: @bobbypizzas Download Ense: https://ense.nyc/install


7 Jun 2018

Rank #2

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Ep#48: Lilu Founders, Adriana Catalina Vazquez Ortiz & Sujay Kumar

An MIT grad & an electrical engineer meet at UPENN grad school to form a powerful team in building technology for new moms. We talk their business journey into winning numerous start up contests and tips for presenting to investors. Sujay and Adriana explain the company values that supports mom and the science to help them.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/666138126/lilu-massage-bra-pump-more-milk-hands-free Lilu, a company that's setting out to make breast-pumping better for all moms. Lilu is developing a breast pumping bra that automates breast compression for pumping mothers, so mothers can pump truly hands free.


5 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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Ep#26: Vincent Bragg & Janeya Griffin, CoFounders of ConCreates

Discussion w/ ConCreates CoFounders Vincent Bragg and Janeya Griffin about giving inmates a purpose and helping rehabilitate into contributing members of society. ConCreates is a unique Creative Agency that crowd sources its ideas from the untapped talent pool currently locked up behind bars. Vincent Bragg, the Co-Founder and CEO of Concreates, has shaken off the title of Felon & redefined himself as an executive and innovator. Bragg has over 15 years’ experience in the entertainment and marketing industry, leading dozens of teams and overseeing hundreds of projects, including raising the listenership of X-Radio.Biz by over 37 million listeners during his time as VP of Marketing. Janeya Griffin, CoFounder & Chief Innovation Strategist of ConCreates balances her work with her day job at the National Aeronautics Space Agency (NASA). Her direct ties to this nation’s criminal justice system stem from her life story, where both of her parents were incarcerated at the young age of 16, leaving her to temporarily care for her 6 year old younger brother. https://concreates.com/ info@concreates.com Twitter: @CONCREATES_ Instagram: @concre8tes www.JaneyaGriffin.com

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17 Jul 2018

Rank #4

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Leaders Live: Aidan Kehoe, CEO SKOUT CYBERSECURITY

Live show w/ Aidan about SKOUT CyberSecurity, having a thoughtful company culture, hiring process, the importance of service & growing your network through relationships. Hear some take aways from business partners Stephen Ross of Related Properties & Miami Dolphins and Matt Higgins at RSE Ventures/ Shark Tank. Also Aidan give 3 great pro tips for growth!  https://getskout.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/aidankehoe/ Past Video Episodes: https://www.charlienyc.com/leaderslive


9 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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Leaders Live: Mark French, Serial Entrepreneur

From the LeadersLive on LinkedInLive show with serial entrepreneur Mark French Co-Founder of Twenty App, Founder of Mission Athletecare, Inventor of Court Grip, Member of the Board of Advisors at Block Six Analytics, Member of the Board of Advisors at Ad Age, Board of Advisors at The Players Tribune, Board Member at K+ Organics.  Follow Mark on Insta @markfrench1 http://markfrench.info/ Mark on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-french-28a37049/ https://www.charlienyc.com/leaderslive


4 Jun 2019

Rank #6

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Ep#21: Trevor Sumner CEO of Perch Interactive | NYC Entrepreneur, Advisor & Angel

Interview w/ Trevor Sumner CEO at Perch Interactive. Previously Trevor was the President, CMO and CoFounder of LocalVox, a local social & mobile marketing platform for local businesses that was named one of the top startups in NYC by Business Insider, Forbes and Huffington Post, & was acquired by The Blackstone Group. Trevor is a NYC-based entrepreneur, product and marketing executive and recognized startup advisor and angel. We discuss growing up in NYC, tips for the hiring process with 'TopGrading', growing startups, being methodical, the company culture at Perch and words to live by aka the Trevorisms. Also Trevor tells a few great stories that include a live or death situation while scuba diving in Antartica. Perch is the leader in interactive retail marketing technology with proprietary 3D sensing technology and cloud platform enable traditional retail displays to detect and react whenever a customer approaches, touches or picks up a product - and deliver an experience that surprises and delights. www.perchinteractive.com Trevor on Social Twitter: @TrevorSumner Ense: @TrevorSumner http://www.accessoriesgal.com/


12 Jun 2018

Rank #7

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Leaders Live: Chris Kelly CoFounder Convene

Christopher J. Kelly Co-Founder & Vice Chairman Convene Convene offers award-winning flexible-term office spaces, coworking locations, meeting spaces, and event venues across the country.  https://convene.com/www.CharlieNYC.com 


6 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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Ep#30: Jason Fox, CEO & Founder of EarBuds Music

Jason Fox is the CEO & Founder EarBuds Music, a social music platform that offers fans a way to connect with their favorite athletes and musicians to share moments. The idea came from when Jason played in the NFL and saw Cam Newton warming up across the field jamming with his headphones on. What was he listening to? Jason wanted to find out and share it with fans across the world.  Jason is a natural born leader who has built a solid team around him and is looking to grow EarBuds Music across the globe by connecting fans and friends through sharing music.    Website: https://earbudsmusic.comInsta: @EarBudsMusicTwitter: @EarBudsLive Recommended Book: Traction: How to run your business https://www.amazon.com/Traction-Get-Grip-Your-Business/dp/1936661837


14 Aug 2018

Rank #9

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Leaders Live: AJ Vaynerchuk CoFounder VaynerSports & VaynerMedia

Talking how to handle rapid growth at VaynerMedia, inception of VaynerSports and providing maximum value for the NFL players he's representing. AJ discusses the importance of patience, communication and perspective. VaynerSports is the top sports agency for modern day athlete. http://www.vaynersports.com/   Check out the CCFA https://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/chapters/newyork Full Video: www.CharlieNYC.com


21 Aug 2019

Rank #10

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Leaders Live: Jared Augustine, CEO Thuzio

From helping grow Seamless, to CoFounding Julius with Tiki Barber and becoming the CEO of Thuzio, Jared lays out the playbook on how to create a great product, lead and grow. Thuzio is hiring & Jared talks about what he wants in an ideal employee, collaborating with other companies and tips on how he built his network. Thuzio is currently partnered with Seedvest in a crowdfunding campaign to grow Thuzio into new markets.  https://www.thuzio.com/ www.CharlieNYC.com 


28 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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Leaders Live: David Chen, Founder GTIF Capital

Leaders Live on LinkedIn Live show. Talking Venture Capital, E-Sports team FazeClan, E-commerce and disrupting industries. David was one of the youngest partners at Deloitte before starting his new VC fund. David is rapidly becoming a leading advisor, visionary and investor.  https://www.gtifcapital.com/ www.CharlieNYC.com


24 May 2019

Rank #12

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Leaders Live: Heather Hartnett Human Ventures

Heather Hartnett CEO & Founding Partner Human Ventures a venture fund & startup studio investing in exceptional founders who are defining our future. We talk about her mentors Chris Sacca , David Z. Solomon & Beth Comstock - She explains the fund strategy, the type of talent the they like to back, what is the StartUp Studio & the Importance of Adding Value to others first.  http://humanventures.co Check out Past Episodes here: https://www.charlienyc.com/podcast


4 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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Leaders Live: Stephanie Manning, Lerer Hippeau

Stephanie Manning, Director of Platform at Lerer Hippeau talks about her early business life at AppNexus and WorkBench into her current role at NYC's top VC Fund. We discuss the funds values, networking tips, business growth, pitch decks, raising capital and being a dot connector. Gems all around on this episode!  lererhippeau.com @steph_manning07 www.CharlieNYC.com 


15 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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Ep#31: Growth Tips from 20+ Founders, Entrepreneurs, VCs & StartUps

In this special episode we go back and hear all the previous guests protips and advice on growth both professionally and personally. Hear the Founders of Venmo, the USA Network, Brooklyn Boulders, VaynerSports and many others including VC's .  Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of this special episode! Thanks  www.CharlieNYC.com 


21 Aug 2018

Rank #15

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Leaders Live: Nihal Mehta, ENIAC Ventures

Live at Microsoft Start Up Investor Series w/ Nihal Mehta, Founding General Partner, Eniac Ventures talking StartUps, Fundraising, Networking, Company Culture, & Partnerships. So many Gems in this one! Nihal is a 5x Tech Founder & Highly Successful Investor in Uber, Admob and Tapad. Eniac Ventures leads seed rounds in bold founders who use code to create transformational companies.  Past Shows: www.charlienyc.com/leaderslive

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20 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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Leaders Live: Sean Petterson CEO StrongArm Tech

Sean Petterson CEO StrongArm Tech on LinkedInLive at New Lab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard! Sean is a Forbes 30 under 30 nominee and CEO of StrongArm Technologies, Inc. develops data collection, assessment, and safety solutions for the industrial worker. The company offers a risk monitoring device that uses machine learning to capture and analyze physiological and environmental risk; and FUSE Risk Management Platform, a cloud-based IoT enabled software informed by an array of motion-interpreting sensors that allow organizations to monitor, assess, and intervene StongArm Tech  http://www.strongarmtech.com Watch Full Video https://www.charlienyc.com/leaderslive 


10 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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Leaders Live: Lio Slama CEO SquarePlan

Two Time Founder Lio Slama is launching SquarePlan out of the NYC TechStars Accelerator Program. Revolutionizing Property & Facility Management, SquarePlan is making intelligent properties through ai and better communication between landlords and tenants. Check out this episode on the company that is bringing tech to the real estate world straight outta NYC.   http://www.thesquareplan.com www.CharlieNYC.com 


2 Oct 2019

Rank #18

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Ep#47: John Laramie, CEO & Founder of Project X

John has been named to Business Week's List of Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs and Silicon Alley's List of Top People in NYC Tech. John's company Project X has been recognized by Crain's Fast 50 list and named Top 10 on Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies. Listen to his journey, his mentors along the way, growth tips and the culture he's creating at Project X.  Project X brings brands'​ stories to life in the physical world by using its industry leading tech platform to launch Out-of-Home (i.e. billboards, transit/airport ads, etc.) advertising campaigns.  PJXmedia.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnlaramie/ 


26 Feb 2019

Rank #19

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Ep#4: Aleksey Kernes, CoFounder of HOOCH

Interview w/ Aleksey Kernes, CoFounder of HOOCH mobile subscription based cocktail app. From growing up in the Ukraine to managing multiple NYC clubs & restaurants and eventually creating the wildly popular cocktail app HOOCH. https://hooch.co/ HOOCH Invite Code: fromaleksey Twitter: @AlekseyKernes @hoochapp Aleksey speaks about the power of networking, growth Tips, Power of Habits, New Rock Bands, and reading an impressive amount of books. Record & submit questions to Aleksey on ENSE app. Alekesy @mrhooch Follow @Culture on ENSE Download the ENSE app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ense/id1136044148?mt=8 How to make Aleksey's favorite drink, the Gold Rush. https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2015/03/gold-rush-bourbon-honey-cocktail-drink-recipe.html The Regal. 163 Hope St, Brooklyn, NYC. https://www.theregal.nyc/ Hotel Chantel. 92 Ludlow St, NYC. www.hotelchantelle.com/


28 Feb 2018

Rank #20