IronCEO Video Blog: The Voices in Your Head

Henry Ford famously said ““If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.” We lose perspective by judging ourselves based on expected outcomes, we lose track of what will get us to that outcome and instead focus on a result. How hard is it to perform when that voice is controlling your thoughts and affecting your actions? It creates tremendous pressure that makes you nervous and anxious. Each week I will be posting a blog and video to help CEOs and Entrepreneurs on their journey to success. I applaud all of you that have taken the first step and started a company. Whether it's your first one or your third startup, this is a hard journey. Together we will explore

IronCEO RapidFire: Manu Smadja; CEO, Co-Founder MPOWER Financing

Emmanuel Smadja, CEO and co-founder of MPOWER Financing, calls himself an “Accidental Entrepreneur.” His “calling” is to provide no-cosigner loans and scholarships to remove the financial barriers facing the 1.7 million foreign students who attend the U.S. and Canadian higher education institutions each year. This is not only good business. Its impact is felt by the students and economies around the world. “If we want social breakthroughs, we need the best and brightest from around the planet,” Emmanuel Smadja Manu explains further, “International Students are a vital part of the U.S. economy. We can think of them as an import of people, but in reality, they are an export of the higher educa

IronCEO RapidFire: Juan Luis Betancourt; CEO, Humantelligence

One of the biggest challenges for the CEO of a startup is how to hire talent and fill out your team. Listen to the interesting story of Juan Luis Betancourt. Juan worked for the top executive recruiting companies in the world before becoming CEO of Humantelligence Inc. He talks about the challenge and difference in recruiting for his former clients, typically large corporations, to hiring for his startup. “Instead of hiring more people like the original team and me, I did not want to fall into the trap that most CEOs of startups fall into, which is they keep hiring more of the same. So they never go from the startup phase to a phase of scaling. Going from $0m to $1m is a different team and c

IronCEO Video Blog: The Cone of Silence.

What do you when your customer, prospect, hiring manager goes silent? Let's face it whether you are selling, looking for a new job, or dating, it's inevitable that if they are not "buying" what you are "selling," your audience will become unresponsive and "go dark." My attitude is that I will take a "No" (hopefully with a reason) any day over silence. In my experience, when the deal goes radio silent, it's time to go silent too. I know all to well that it is easier said than done. But how can we learn from their silence? Each week I will be posting a blog and video to help CEOs and Entrepreneurs on their journey to success. I applaud all of you that have taken the first step and started a c

IronCEO Rapid Fire: Sam Jonas, CEO & Founder, Snap2Save

During times of great upheaval, not only are great new companies started, but they can also be sold. Checkout my IronCEO RapidFire Interview with Samuel Jonas, Founder, CEO of Green Piranhas Inc. dba Snap2Save. Snap2Save is a Health and Wellness platform that incents consumers to make the right purchases to improve their health and health outcomes. Sam compares the business climate during the current Corona pandemic to the financial crisis in the last decade. In 2008 Payquick, a remittance technology company that Sam was a board member and investor, was sold to Citibank. "There is an interesting correlation between then and now. The 2008 financial crisis drove a need for strong compliance te

IronCEO Video Blog: We Can All Use Some Humility!

Each week I will be posting a blog and video to help CEOs and Entrepreneurs on their journey to success. I applaud all of you that have taken the first step and started a company. Whether it's your first one or your third startup, this is a hard journey. Together we will explore what it takes! Let's navigate the challenges, both the ones internal in your head and all the obstacles you face out in the world every day. Thanks for listening. Now get out there and crush it!!! 01:56

The IronCEO Rapid Fire: Wole Coaxum CEO, Founder of MoCaFi

To change systemic racism, I have argued that we need to change the systems that discriminate, not the people. One man that is doing just that is Wole Coaxum, Founder, and CEO of MoCaFi a challenger bank and financial services platform that targets those that have been traditionally shut out of traditional banks and financial services. Wole is a special person with a special story. He has recently appeared on CNBC and in a New York Times article titled “Trying to Correct Banking’s Racial Imbalance.” Check out my interview with Wole. Each week, in the IronCEO RapidFire, I will try to find out what makes the entrepreneur tick and try to get you to sit in their seat. 01:56

The IronCEO Rapid Fire: Gary Nowacki, CEO of Tracegains "Food for Thought"

Welcome to the first episode of The IronCEO RapidFire.In a quick rapid-fire style, I will ask my guest, 5 questions, and try to get 1-minute responses. My goal in getting to know great Entrepreneurial CEOs to gain insights and advice to share with you, both CEOs and first-time or aspiring entrepreneurs. We can all learn from each other's stories, challenges, and struggles on the road to success! 01:56

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