New Business Thought Leaders Series Launched on the PI Window on Business Show

Posted on February 19, 2010

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As announced in my December 31st, 2009 post “Exciting New Vistas Await the PI Window on Business Show in 2010” on the PI Window on Business Blog, we have launched the new Business Thought Leaders Series in which we will be joined by industry experts to share their perspectives on the key areas of everyday business including Venture Capital investment, logistics and supply chain practice as well as personal & corporate branding, sales & marketing and workforce motivation.

We will of course be expanding the series to address other areas of business, so I would encourage you to use our new subscription service* to receive updates on both new segments as well as Thought Leaders through the PI Window on Business Blog.

* simply click on the Subscribe button in the upper right hand index of the Blog’s main page.

Our Business Thought Leaders:

High Tech & Venture Capital Investment (Brad Feld)

Brad Feld

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Brad Feld has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for over twenty years.  Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies and later became a venture affiliate of the predecessor to Mobius Venture Capital.

Brad currently serves on the board of directors of Gist, Gnip, Oblong, Standing Cloud, and Zynga for Foundry Group. Previously, Brad served as chief technology officer of AmeriData Technologies. AmeriData acquired Feld Technologies, a firm he founded in 1987 that specialized in custom software applications. Brad had grown Feld Technologies into one of Boston’s leading software consulting firms prior to the acquisition. He also directed the diversification into software consulting at AmeriData, a $1.5 billion publicly-traded company which was acquired by GE Capital in 1995.

In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chairman of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and co-chairman of the Colorado Governor’s Innovation Council. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes widely read and well respected blogs at www.feld.com and www.askthevc.com.

Notable companies that Brad has invested in and/or sat on the boards of include Abuzz (acq. NYT), Anyday.com (acq. PALM), Critical Path (CPTH), Cyanea (acq. IBM), Dante Group (acq. WEBM), DataPower (acq. IBM), FeedBurner (acq. by GOOG), Feld Group (acq. by EDS), Harmonix (acq. VIA), NetGenesis (IPO), ServiceMagic (acq. IACI), and ServiceMetrics (acq. EXDS).

Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brad is also an avid art collector and long-distance runner. He has completed fourteen marathons as part of his mission to run a marathon in each of the fifty states.

First Episode: Tuesday, February 23rd at 4:00 PM EST.

Broadcast Frequency: Quarterly, 30-Minutes

Logistics and Supply Chain Practice (Bill Michels)

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Bill Michels, CEO ADR North America LLC

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Joining me today to discuss the GM situation as well as its broader implications in terms of emerging supply chain practices is Bill Michels. Michels, a three time honoree as a Supply and Demand Chain Executive’s “Pros To Know,” is also co-author of the book “Transform Your Supply Chain.”

Bill Michels is Chief Executive Officer of ADR North America LLC, a specialty consulting firm that focuses on purchasing. Bill is also a partner of ADR International Purchasing Consultants, Ltd.

Well known in the purchasing and operations management community and the food and pharmaceutical industries, Bill is a sought-after speaker and writer with many publications, including co-authorship of the book Transform Your Supply Chain. He was recently honored for the third time in the Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s group of “Pros to Know.”

Bill earned a BS in Business Administration with honors from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College. He holds a lifetime C.P.M. from the Institute for Supply Management.

First Episode: Wednesday, February 24th at 12:30 PM EST.

Broadcast Frequency: Quarterly, 30-Minutes

Sales & Marketing (Jennifer Allan)

Jennifer Allan

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Jennifer Allan is a top producing real estate broker, a published author, a speaker and a trainer.

She has written five books about the business of selling real estate, including her flagship book: Sell with Soul: Creating an Extraordinary Career in Real Estate without Losing Your Friends, Your Principles or Your Self-Respect. Her book shows new agents how to jumpstart their career so that they can experience success before they become discouraged and risk being just another real estate statistic.

Jennifer began her writing career after ten years of selling real estate successfully in Denver, Colorado. She was dismayed at the low level of professionalism she frequently encountered in the real estate industry and, with her “soulful” message, hopes to encourage the real estate community to self-correct the negative stereotypes of the profession.

Jennifer’s message to agents is that they should strive to be competent real estate advisors, rather than competent real estate prospectors. Her books are written with this philosophy in mind. The title – Sell with Soul – is really just a catchy phrase for following the Golden Rule in the day-to-day practice of real estate. Treating clients and prospects respectfully, as the salesperson him or herself would like to be treated. Being competent, reliable and fair, and motivated by a true desire to earn a commission, not just show up at closing with hand outstretched.

During her real estate career, Jennifer worked at several brokerage firms and eventually opened her own company, New Precedent Real Estate, in 2004. From 1999 through 2002, she was the top producer in her office, and a member of the RE/MAX Platinum Club, which is awarded to the company’s highest producers. In her first year of selling real estate, she was the second highest producing rookie agent out of approximately 75 other new licensees.

She is a regular columnist at Realty Times and RIS Media, and one of the industry’s most popular bloggers.

First Episode: Thursday, February 18th at 12:30 PM EST

Broadcast Frequency: Monthly, 45-Minutes