Sam Lundin | From Investment Banking to Full Time Entrepreneurship, Ecommerce Trends, and Diversifying During Economic Downturns

Sam Lundin is the Founder and CEO of Vimbly Group, which invests in and grows technology-enabled companies. The company consists of 9 business units and operates a portfolio of businesses where it has contributed its IP and is responsible for technology strategy and infrastructure. He also manages Vimbly.com, which shows available times for thousands of local activities, date ideas, and things to do that can be booked directly with the best price guarantee. 

Sam graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Applied Economics & Management. He is a former investment banker and has been featured in both print and television media such as Fox News, Bloomberg, CBS, and Business Insider. Before launching Vimbly, he was a tech investor at Perry Capital, and a technology investment banker at Lazard specializing in mergers and acquisitions. 

In this episode, Sam Lundin talks to John Corcoran, host of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, about his transition from investment banking to tech and entrepreneurship, his reasons for diversifying into different types of businesses, and he also shares his experience with being infected with COVID-19. 

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Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Learn:

  • The first side business Sam started with his business partner Chris Yeung and the lessons learned about entrepreneurship
  • Sam compares the decisions he made with Vimbly that were different from what he did with his first business
  • The types of deals and activities provided by Vimbly.com
  • Sam talks about realizing that he could license out his backend software system 
  • How Sam manages to grow and oversee different initiatives without losing focus on his core business
  • The possible long-term impact of the COVD-19 pandemic on technology and the importance of pivoting and diversifying into other types of business
  • How Sam evaluates companies, founders, and teams before acquiring their businesses
  • Best tips on how to handle disruptions in supply chain management caused by events such as the pandemic
  • Sam shares what it’s like to have COVID-19 talks about being infected with the coronavirus, the symptoms he had, and how he had prepared himself beforehand
  • Sam shares why he is grateful for his business partnership with Chris

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Sponsor: Rise25

Today’s episode is sponsored by Rise25 Media, where our mission is to connect you with your best referral partners, clients, and strategic partners. We do this through our done for you podcast solution and content marketing. 

Along with my business partner Dr. Jeremy Weisz, we have over 18 years of experience with B2B podcasting, which is one of the best things you can do for your business and you personally. 

If you do it right, a podcast is like a “Swiss Army Knife” – it is a tool that accomplishes many things at once. It can and will lead to great ROI, great clients, referrals, strategic partnerships, and more. It is networking and business development; and it is personal and professional development which doubles as content marketing

A podcast is the highest and best use of your time and will save you time by connecting you to higher caliber people to uplevel your network. 

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John Corcoran  00:40

All right. Welcome, everyone. John Corcoran. Here. I’m the host of the smart business revolution podcast where I get to talk with smart CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs of many different companies and organizations like YPO eo Activision Blizzard. Lending tree Open Table x offer many more. I’m also the co-founder of rise25. We help to connect b2b business owners with their ideal prospects and excited today My guest is Sam London Sam and I connected quite a while back at a conference we got some mutual friends in common like our buddy Chad Rubin, founder of scoop Ana, and Sam is the founder and CEO of Vin blee. He’s a former investment banker. He’s been featured in newer system print and TV media. And Fox, Fox News, Bloomberg, CBS, you name it and sit in vim Li group actually invest in and grows technology-enabled companies. So we’re gonna ask him about that. And some of the different wins and stumbling blocks he’s had along the way. He’s got a portfolio of different companies and acquiring different companies both in technology-enabled and an e-commerce. So we’re gonna get into that in a second.

But first, before we get to that, this podcast is brought to you by rise25 Media and our mission through 25 is to connect you with your best referral partners and customers and we do that through a done for you podcast solution, and I’ve been doing this for about 10 years now. It’s one of the best things you can ever do for yourself personally, or for your business. It’s like a Swiss Army knife. It’s a tool that accomplishes so much at once. And it can and will lead to great clients, referrals, strategic partnerships, and you know, just wonderful relationships. And so I enjoy it. And you will too. If you want to learn more, go to rise 25 Media calm. Alright, so Sam, I’m excited to dive into your background and learn more about the various different wins you’ve had along the way. Now you started in investment banking and working in a hedge fund. And you had this itch to go out and do your own thing. You’re studying the technology companies, and you had an itch to do your own thing. And tell me about the first one that you did, which you actually did as a kind of like a moonlighting gig. You started a business on the side while you’re still holding down a day job. And tell us a little bit about that experience.

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Russ Rosenzweig | Inventing the $150 Million Expert Witness Search and Referral Industry and Paving the Way for the Gig Economy

Russ Rosenzweig is the Founder and CEO of Round Table Group, a company he founded as a senior at Northwestern University. Round Table Group is an expert witness search and referral company that helps connect lawyers with expert witnesses in all fields. Russ grew and sold the business to a publicly-traded company but bought it back a couple of years later.

Russ is also a speaker and seasoned mediator who is very good at resolving sticky business disputes. He is an MBA graduate of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Northwestern University.

In this episode, Russ Rosenzweig talks about creating his expert witness services company as a senior in University, his strategies for managing through a recession, and how he helps in resolving disputes.





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Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Learn:

  • How Russ Rosenzweig came up with the idea of creating an expert witness company
  • What inspired Russ and his colleagues to go full-time with the company and how they recruited professors
  • How the firm got their first client litigators looking for expert witnesses
  • How Russ and his team grew their company and utilized emails to introduce their firm to lawyers in the 90’s
  • Russ’ approach to managing the business in the current coronavirus recession compared to previous recessions
  • Russ’ advice to businesses that are not virtual on being innovative and in dealing with competition
  • Russ talks about his decision to sell and then buy back his own company
  • Russ’ approach and philosophy on being a mediator and resolving disputes
  • The people Russ acknowledges for his achievements

Resources Mentioned:

Sponsor: Rise25

Today’s episode is sponsored by Rise25 Media, where our mission is to connect you with your best referral partners, clients, and strategic partners. We do this through our done for you podcast solution and content marketing.

Along with my business partner Dr. Jeremy Weisz, we have over 18 years of experience with B2B podcasting, which is one of the best things you can do for your business and you personally.

If you do it right, a podcast is like a “Swiss Army Knife” – it is a tool that accomplishes many things at once. It can and will lead to great ROI, great clients, referrals, strategic partnerships, and more. It is networking and business development; and it is personal and professional development which doubles as content marketing.

A podcast is the highest and best use of your time and will save you time by connecting you to higher caliber people to uplevel your network.

To learn more, go to Rise25.com or email us at [email protected].

To learn more, book a call with us here.

Check out Rise25 to learn more about our done-for-you lead generation and done-for-you podcast services.

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John Corcoran  00:40

All right. Welcome everyone. JOHN Corcoran here. I’m the host of the smart business revolution podcast where I talk with CEOs founders and entrepreneurs of companies and organizations like YPO, eo Activision Blizzard, lending tree, Open Table, x software, and many more. I’m also the co-founder of rise25, where we connect b2b business owners to their ideal prospects and I’m excited today because My guest is Ross Rosenzweig. He’s the founder of round Tabor table group, which he founded while serving as a senior and at Northwestern University. And it’s not often you get to talk to someone who invents an industry that generates hundreds of millions of dollars, but that’s effectively what he did expert witness search and referral, which is a new industry that he basically invented with that company, grew it up, scaled it up, sold it to a publicly-traded company, bought the company back a couple of years ago, and he’s back again serving as CEO. And he’s also a really seasoned hand. And expert mediator is really good at resolving sticky business disputes. No doubt has something to do with the work that he’s been doing over the years. So we’re going to ask him about that as well. But first, before we get into that this episode is brought to you by my company rise 25 Media and our mission through 75 is really to help you to connect in deepen relationships with your best referral partners, customers, strategic partners, the people that fulfill you that light you up that excite you.

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Abe Crystal | How to Leverage Digital Courses in the post-COVID World


Abe Crystal is an expert in online coursework. He is the co-founder of Ruzuku, a software company that makes it ridiculously easy for passionate experts to create, host, sell, and teach online programs. Ruzuku was built from the ground up with a focus on streamlining the course creation process.

Abe has a degree in Economics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction.





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Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Learn:

  • The best practices and the common mistakes people make when creating online courses for the first time
  • Examples of businesses that are embracing digital courses
  • How to identify and reach out to potential customers online
  • How to adapt to the current needs of customers
  • Why Abe decided to create a software company around digital courses
  • How the online courses market and level of awareness on digital courses have changed over the years
  • How the education industry can design online courses that fosters & facilitates intuitive learning
  • The best practices for corporate training programs

Resources Mentioned:

Sponsor: Rise25

Today’s episode is sponsored by Rise25 Media, where our mission is to connect you with your best referral partners, clients, and strategic partners. We do this through our done for you podcast solution and content marketing.

Along with my business partner Dr. Jeremy Weisz, we have over 18 years of experience with B2B podcasting, which is one of the best things you can do for your business and you personally.

If you do it right, a podcast is like a “Swiss Army Knife” – it is a tool that accomplishes many things at once. It can and will lead to great clients, referrals, strategic partnerships and more. It is networking and business development; and it is personal and professional development which doubles as content marketing.

A podcast is the highest and best use of your time and will save you time by connecting you to higher caliber people to uplevel your network.

To learn more, go to Rise25.com or email us at [email protected]. To learn more, book a call with us here.

Check out Rise25 to learn more about our done-for-you lead generation and podcast services.

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John Corcoran  00:40

All right. Welcome everyone. John Corcoran here. I’m excited to be here. I’m the co-host of the smart business revolution podcast where I talk with CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs of companies and organizations like YPO eo activation, Blizzard lending stream many others. I’m also the co-founder of rise 25, where we help to connect b2b business owners to their ideal prospects. I’m excited today, because we’ve got an expert in online course work, which is something that a lot of people think about now, how do you create a digital course? How do you create an online property? How do you take your knowledge and expertise and make it something that is digital that people can consume from anywhere. And so I brought Avon here, Dr. Abe Crystal, he actually has a PhD in human-computer interaction. He actually studied this stuff. And now he has a software company called resue that had for many years now has helped people and professionals and companies to create online coursework to capture that expertise. So this is an incredibly relevant topic right now. [Read more…]

Taylor Trusty | Lessons Learned from Building and Selling an Agency in a Small Market

Taylor Trusty is the CEO and Co-founder of Signal Insights, a competitive intelligence software platform. He is an entrepreneur, speaker, and strategist, and he has started several companies, most notably Blackstone Media, which is a digital creative and marketing agency that helps brands such as Toyota Material Handling, Sonoma-Cutrer / Brown-Forman, Mercer, PetFirst Pet Insurance, and others to grow their businesses online. He later sold Blackstone Media in 2018.

Taylor currently lives in New York but he is originally from Kentucky where he was named Emerging Entrepreneur by The Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.





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Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Learn:

  • Why Taylor Trusty decided not to go to college, and why how he decided at a young age that he was going to focus on running his own business
  • What Taylor did after failing his freshman year in high school, how he learned software programming, and how he started working as a sales rep at 16 years old
  • How Taylor started his own e-commerce company and a website-building agency
  • Why recruiting locally made Taylor stand out from his competition
  • How being better equipped at handling questions and objections makes someone better at sales
  • Why Taylor joined Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and what he learned from it
  • Why Taylor split his time between New York and Louisville
  • Why Taylor sold his business in 2018, the lessons he learned from it, and how he informed his team about it
  • How Signal Insights was influenced by his previous businesses and his vision for it
  • Taylor shares his experience in Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and what he did to move on after selling Blackstone Media
  • Taylor’s insights on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting his business and the economy
  • The people Taylor acknowledges for his success and achievements

Resources Mentioned:

Sponsor: Rise25

Today’s episode is sponsored by Rise25 Media, where our mission is to connect you with your best referral partners, clients, and strategic partners. We do this through our done for you podcast solution and content marketing.

Along with my business partner Dr. Jeremy Weisz, we have over 18 years of experience with B2B podcasting, which is one of the best things you can do for your business and you personally.

If you do it right, a podcast is like a “Swiss Army Knife” – it is a tool that accomplishes many things at once. It can and will lead to great clients, referrals, strategic partnerships and more. It is networking and business development; and it is personal and professional development which doubles as content marketing.

A podcast is the highest and best use of your time and will save you time by connecting you to higher caliber people to uplevel your network.

To learn more, go to Rise25.com or email us at [email protected]. To learn more, book a call with us here.

Check out Rise25 to learn more about our done-for-you lead generation and podcast services.

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Episode Transcript

John Corcoran  00:40

All right. Welcome everyone. John Corcoran. Here. I’m the host of the smart business revolution podcast where I talk with CEOs founders and entrepreneurs of companies and organizations like YPO eo Activision Blizzard lending tree Open Table x offer many more. I’m also co-founder of rise25, where we help connect b2b business owners to their ideal prospects and I’m excited today to talk to Taylor trustee Taylor and I connected we met at Startup Grind in Silicon Valley about a month or two ago before the whole Corona craziness descended upon us and live events went by the wayside for the time being. We connected and met through eo entrepreneurs organization, which we’re both involved in. And Taylor is an entrepreneur, Speaker strategist. He’s really passionate and honest guy. I love my conversation with him and I said, this is a smart guy that I got to bring onto the podcast so I can share some of his wisdom. He started several companies, most notably Blackstone media, which is a digital creative and marketing agency helping brands such as Toyota material handling Sonoma contraire, Mercer to grow their business online. And he also sold that business in 2018. He’s originally from Kentucky, he was named in emerging entrepreneur into the Kentucky entrepreneur Hall of Fame. And now based in New York, and now running a company by the name of wait for it signal insights, which we’ll talk about a moment And how he ended up starting that new business and how he’s working on that, as well.

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Brent Freeman | The 5 Lessons Companies Need to Follow to Survive in a Post-COVID World

Brent Freeman is a serial entrepreneur who has been running his own digital startups for almost 15 years. He is the Founder and President of Stealth Venture Labs, a digital marketing team for hire that helps subscription brands to find product-market fit, push through growth plateaus, and integrate social good into their business models. They have a team of proven digital marketing veterans who has worked with brands such as JustFab, Fab Athletics, ThriveMarket, ShoeDazzle, Evite, and Uber and they have generated over $2 billion in online sales throughout their careers.

Brent started Stealth Venture Labs 6 years ago after being frustrated by outside digital marketing agencies and all the empty promises they made. In the last 5 years, his company has generated over $250M in recurring revenue for its brand partners and manages over $1M+ per month in media spend.





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Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Learn:

  • The business model of Stealth Venture Labs which is focused on helping outside clients as well as launching their own internal companies
  • Brent’s experience and learnings after starting an international trading company right after college
  • Brent Freeman talks about his digital marketing company, Roozt, and what it was like to enter into a business partnership with his best friend
  • Why subscription box model are booming in recent years
  • Brent’s process for incubating and validating a new idea
  • How Stealth Venture Labs evaluates and adjusts concepts to fit their minimum viable product (MVP) criteria for successful consumer brands
  • Why entrepreneurs need to start inventory before creating a store on Shopify
  • How the current supply chain is disrupting subscription box companies
  • The people Brent acknowledges for his achievements
  • The history of Agile and how a group of software developers came up with the idea
  • How Agile philosophies disrupted the technology space
  • The four guiding principles of Agile
  • The different types of companies that have adopted Agile techniques
  • Things to consider before adopting and implementing Agile in your company
  • How Agile can impact real estate and media companies
  • Tips on how to put together and manage a large team efficiently
  • How Agile compares to Traction by Gino Wickman in managing teams

Resources Mentioned:

Sponsor: Rise25

Today’s episode is sponsored by Rise25 Media, where our mission is to connect you with your best referral partners, clients, and strategic partners. We do this through our done for you podcast solution and content marketing.

Along with my business partner Dr. Jeremy Weisz, we have over 18 years of experience with B2B podcasting, which is one of the best things you can do for your business and you personally.

If you do it right, a podcast is like a “Swiss Army Knife” – it is a tool that accomplishes many things at once. It can and will lead to great clients, referrals, strategic partnerships and more. It is networking and business development; and it is personal and professional development which doubles as content marketing.

A podcast is the highest and best use of your time and will save you time by connecting you to higher caliber people to uplevel your network.

To learn more, go to Rise25.com or email us at [email protected]. To learn more, book a call with us here.

Check out Rise25 to learn more about our done-for-you lead generation and podcast services.

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John Corcoran  00:40

All right. Welcome everyone. JOHN Corcoran here and the host of the smart business revolution podcast where I talk with CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs of companies and organizations like YPO, eo Activision Blizzard, lending tree, Open Table, software, and many more. Also, the co-founder of rise25, where we help connect b2b business owners to their ideal prospects and I’m really excited today. My guest is Brent Phoenix. Freeman, excuse me Freeman, who is a serial entrepreneur. He’s the founder and president of stealth venture labs. It’s a digital marketing team for hire that helps subscription bands to find product-market fit. He’s doing some really interesting things, with big brands and small companies, helping them to evolve and adapt in today’s post COVID-19 world that we live in now. They’ve assembled an amazing team of proven digital marketing veterans that generate over $2 billion in online sales throughout their careers at brands such as just fab athletics who really Thrive Market shoedazzle, Eva, Uber, all kinds of different companies like that as well.

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Bill Raymond | Live Episode: What Is Agile? And How Can My Business Use It?

Bill Raymond is the Founder of Cambermast, a boutique consulting firm focused on helping organizations run their most complex technical programs. Bill is an expert in Agile, a philosophy that has been taking the world by storm for the past 15 to 20 years. Agile is not just limited to the use of technology companies because it has now become the newest and most efficient way of getting work done no matter what industry you’re in.

Bill is also an author and he hosts the T-Suite, a podcast that features leaders in the tech industry who share their insights about the past, present, and future of information technology.





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Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Learn:

  • The history of Agile and how a group of software developers came up with the idea
  • How Agile philosophies disrupted the technology space
  • The four guiding principles of Agile
  • The different types of companies that have adopted Agile techniques
  • Things to consider before adopting and implementing Agile in your company
  • How Agile can impact real estate and media companies
  • Tips on how to put together and manage a large team efficiently
  • How Agile compares to Traction by Gino Wickman in managing teams

Resources Mentioned:

Sponsor: Rise25

Today’s episode is sponsored by Rise25 Media, where our mission is to connect you with your best referral partners, clients, and strategic partners. We do this through our done for you podcast solution and content marketing.

Along with my business partner Dr. Jeremy Weisz, we have over 18 years of experience with B2B podcasting, which is one of the best things you can do for your business and you personally.

If you do it right, a podcast is like a “Swiss Army Knife” – it is a tool that accomplishes many things at once. It can and will lead to great clients, referrals, strategic partnerships and more. It is networking and business development; and it is personal and professional development which doubles as content marketing.

A podcast is the highest and best use of your time and will save you time by connecting you to higher caliber people to uplevel your network.

To learn more, go to Rise25.com or email us at [email protected]. To learn more, book a call with us here.

Check out Rise25 to learn more about our done-for-you lead generation and podcast services.

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Episode Transcript

John Corcoran  00:40

All right. Hey, welcome everyone. JOHN Corcoran here. And I’m the host of the smart business revolution podcast where I talk with CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs and companies and organizations like YPO, eo activation, Blizzard, lending tree, Open Table x software, and many more. I’m also the co-founder of rice 25, where we help connect b2b business owners to their ideas. prospects and we’re recording this live today I’m gonna be interviewing bill Raman bill is an expert in Agile if you’ve heard that term before, or if you’ve heard the term Scrum or new manufacturing, or lean methodology or any of those related philosophies. Agile is a philosophy that has been taking the world by storm in the last 15 to 20 years or so. And it’s not just for tech companies, but is a new approach a new way of getting work done more efficiently. And it has applications in any kind of business. So Bill is really one of the foremost experts in that area. And I wanted to take some time to ask him about how that can work for different companies out there as well.

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