Alexander Muse – Co-Founder, SpringStage, Author, Texas Startup Blog
Alexander is a serial entrepreneur with more than a decade of startup experience. Alexander’s day job is with Big in Japan, where his team builds cool applications for mobile devices, including ShopSavvy built for Google’s open source Android platform. The Texas Startup Blog has been published by Alexander Muse since 2005. With more than 2000 articles on startups, entrepreneurship and venture capital; the blog has garnered international attention with more than 70,000 monthly readers around the globe. The Texas Startup Blog is part of the SpringStage Startup Community.
Alexia Marcous, co-founder Dharma Merchant Services
Dharma Merchant Services was founded by Alexia Marcous and her father Jeff. They wanted to create a business that brought together their spiritual practices and business experience. Dharma Merchant Service, the winner of the 2009 Green Business Leader of the Year, is committed to providing services with integrity that also offer financial support to non-profits who contribute to people and places in need.
Bon Appetit Management Company handle the food service contract for Wheaton Colleges, and have been so successful that they were ranked #1 for best campus food from the Princeton Review last year. Producer Jonah Meadows visited Wheaton College to hear how they’ve been able to do it.
Bill Black is an Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC). He was the Executive Director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention from 2005-2007. He was litigation director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, deputy director of the FSLIC, SVP and General Counsel of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, and Senior Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Thrift Supervision. He was deputy director of the National Commission on Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement. He is also author of the book, The Best Way To Rob A Bank Is To Own One. You can watch the Bill Moyers interview that Black references in his interview with Business Matters here.
Bob Bloomer Regional VP, Chartwells Thompson Hospitality
Bob Bloomer manages Chartwells Thompson’s contract with Chicago Public Schools. In 2005, they became the first single vendor for Chicago Public Schools’ food services, after running several of CPS’s 6 regions since 2000. Chartwells, a division of Charlotte-based Compass Group, provides dining services for over 875 colleges, universities, public and private schools around the Country.
Candace is the founder and CEO of two successful startup companies: Bad Girl Ventures and SoMoLend (somolend.com). Bad Girl Venture is a micro-lending program where individuals can donate money that is used to fuel women owned startups. Bad Girl Venture has linked these loans with a training program that equips participants with the looks for success with her business idea. SoMoLend is new technology platform that connects business borrowers seeking loans with lenders looking to make a return on investment.
Candace also practice as an attorney with Ulmer & Berne LLP with a focus on corporate matters, business advocacy and government relations for startup companies and small
Carolyne Stayton is the Executive Director of Transition US. She is adept at aligning community activities towards unified goals, a skill honed from over thirty years of working with nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. She has successfully galvanized communities around various social issues and has particular expertise in program development, participative leadership and “learning” organizations.
Her background includes serving as Director of New College’s North Bay Campus for Sustainable Living, an innovative educational institution that promoted advanced studies in leadership, community-building and developed the nation’s first “green” MBA program. Carolyne has a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration, resides in Sebastopol, California and is passionate about stewardship and protection of the natural world.
Catherine Austin Fitts has an unparalleled perspective on the current banking crisis, having witnessed the corruption in the market during the first Bush and Clinton administrations. Since then, she’s become the founder and managing member of Solari Investment Advisory Services, LLC.; and President of Solari, Inc. an online media company focused on ethical investment. She’s also been president of The Hamilton Securities Group, investment bank and financial software developer and an Managing Director and member of the board of Wall Street investment banking firm Dillon Read & Co. Inc. (She writes about her experience there in Dillon Read and the Aristocracy of Stock Profits.)
Chef Bobo Executive Chef, Calhoun School
Chef Bobo (aka Robert Surles), a graduate of the French Culinary Institute is currently Executive Chef and Food Service Director for the Calhoun School on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where he is spearheading a revolution in what kids eat for lunch. He is cooking natural and healthy food that features bold flavors and good nutrition as the cornerstone of his menu plan. Everything is made from scratch with the freshest of ingredients.
Prior to taking the position at the Calhoun School, Chef Bobo, whose nickname is a derivative of Bob, worked for almost two years as an Assistant Chef Instructor at the French Culinary Institute. He is the Chef/Owner of Chef Bobo Catering Co, which he started in 1988. His goal is to develop young palates toward understanding good food so that eating well becomes a lifelong skill. Many of his flavorful and nutritious recipes can be found in his book, Chef Bobo’s Good Food Cookbook. (Meredith Books)
Chris Anderson – Editor, Wired Magazine; Author, Free: The Future of a Radical Price
Chris Anderson is the author of the international bestseller The Long Tail. He is the editor in chief of Wired magazine and was a U.S. business editor at The Economist. He began his career at the two premier science journals Science and Nature. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from George Washington University and studied Quantum Mechanics and Science Journalism at the University of California.
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Dan Hoffner – Co-founder, Couch-Surfing
Three of the four co-founders, Casey Fenton, Daniel Hoffer, and Sebastien LeTuan, became close friends while working together at a dot com Daniel founded in 1999. Several years later, the idea for CouchSurfing solidified when Casey bought a cheap ticket to Iceland for a long weekend one April. He came up with the ‘brilliant’ idea of e-mailing over 1500 Icelandic students in Reykjavik and asking them if he could crash on one of their couches. Exchanging emails with many of the students, he then had several groups of friends offer to show him ‘their’ Reykjavik. After spending an amazing, crazy weekend just south of the Arctic Circle, Casey decided he would never again get trapped in a hotel and tourist marathon while traveling. Casey then invited Dan, Seb, and another friend and colleague of his, Leonardo Silveira, to co-found CouchSurfing.org with him.
Daniel Peak is the CEO of World-Check, a global risk intelligence information company. Mr. Peak joined World-Check in 2003 from Thomson Financial where he was General Manager of Thomson Sheshunoff and prior to this he served as Managing Director for Thompson Financial Publishing joining Thomson in 1998. From 1992 Mr. Peak was Vice President of Product Management for McGraw-Hill Construction Information Group which he joined after his previous employer, Computer Aided Planning, was acquired by McGraw-Hill. Mr. Peak is a graduate of the University of Florida.
As Publications Director of Post Carbon Institute, Daniel is the lead editor and manager of the Institute’s major print publications—most recently the four-book Community Resilience Guide series (2012), a report series on shale gas production (2011), and The Post Carbon Reader (2010), a sixteen-author compilation on our interconnected sustainability crises. He is also the author of Post Carbon Cities (2007), the first major local government guidebook on the end of cheap oil.
Daniel has presented to professional, government, and public audiences across the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. He has been interviewed in numerous radio, video, and print outlets, and has been quoted in major publications including The New York Times and Business Week. He has a Master of Urban Studies from Portland State University in Oregon, and has worked with urban sustainability and planning issues for over fifteen years in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
After a successful 20 year career in the management and technology consulting business, David has become a national leader in strategy and framing, focused on the non-profit sector and on sustainability issues.
He is a co-founder of American Sustainable Business Council, a network of business associations that promotes sustainability through public policy, largely at the federal level. David also writes a weekly column for U.S. News.
David Gumpert is a journalist who contributes regularly to BusinessWeek, Grist and The Nation. Faced with a diagnosis of prostate cancer, David found out first hand about the business of health care. This motivated him to share what he has learned in his popular blog, The Complete Patient Blog. He has also written a number of books about small business and entrepreneurship, including Burn Your Business Plan! His latest book is, The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights
David is the Executive Director of the National Crowdfunding Association, which is the association of almost all crowdfunding portals in the United States along with a growing number of venture capitalists, investment banks, attorneys, accountants, software companies and other interested parties.
David has 25 years experience as an attorney and CPA putting together financing an array of industries, including: film and other media (his specialty), energy (oil, gas and alternative), health care, banking, real estate, high tech, retail, service providers, artists and designers, and engineers and inventors.
He speaks and writes regularly in the press and trade publications, and is a frequent speaker at entrepreneur and entertainment industry conferences across the U.S.