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David Koretz: Catching the Wave

When you come up with an idea for a business, how do you know when it’s the right time to bring it to the market? David Koretz, the CEO of Plum, learned a great deal about the challenges of timing throughout his career. He joins us on ENTREPRENEURradio’s “Inside The Entrepreneurial Mind” to discuss his entrepreneurial experience and how he learned to be resilient despite struggles selling an idea.
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Deborah Richman: Courageous Through Crises

When you build your own business for the first time, the business often becomes an extension of yourself. Many entrepreneurs find that their company becomes an integral and often central part of their lives; they cannot imagine what they’d do if they lost the business they’d worked so hard to create and scale. But sometimes, we do not have control over whether or not our business remains under our control. Losing control of the company you created makes an entrepreneur reach deep inside to redefine their unique competitive advantage. Deborah Richman joins us on ENTREPRENEURradio to discuss what she learned to do-- and stop doing-- in order to remain resilient in the face of this kind of crisis.
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MICHAEL GRIMMÉ: PIVOT AND OPPORTUNITY MASTER

Eighteen years ago, Michael Grimmé returned from Europe, where he had been working in the oil trading industry. He relocated his family to Ft. Lauderdale, where he bought and ran a chain of boutique hotels. With the dramatic freeze in the tourism industry after the events of September 11, 2001. Michael had to reassess his assumptions about the hotel industry in an inventive way, and embraced the opportunity for change. The economic downturn, Michael realized, triggered hotels and resorts to sell excess stock and furniture as a source of revenue. In the midst of this economic crisis, he reassessed his business strategy and pivoted into a new market: furniture liquidation.
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Steve McKean: All-Encompassing Entrepreneur

Steve McKean defines an entrepreneur as “someone who sees an opportunity or a problem to be solved and marshalls the people and resource to build a product or service to solve that problem.” Over an expansive career, he embodies that definition. His most recent success, Acceller, was built entirely for the purpose of solving a problem: Acceller negotiates bills with major telecommunications companies for their customers. He’s also working with two additional companies built on the philosophy of solving problems for customers: BillShark, a personal finance company similar to Acceller, and a robotics software company that focuses on private data.
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Brian Brackeen: Technological Innovator

How do you find the courage to make the leap into entrepreneurship? Brian Brackeen had a comfortable job with a highly successful company. But Brackeen felt a calling to build something of his own. He is the founder of Kairos, a technology responsible for facial recognition and emotional analysis. ENTREPRENEURradio shares his story on “Inside the Entrepreneurial Mind.”
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