Mike Chan is the founder and host of Go and Grow Podcast, where he speaks with entrepreneurs and industry leaders to learn how they launch and grow products and companies.
This episode marks the end of Season One. We're going to take a break, and I want to talk about why. I’ve been guilty of lacking focus and spreading myself too thin. I haven’t been making enough progress on what really is important to me in the business world: launching and growing a startup. So I’ve decided to make some changes and focus more of my attention on that ONE thing, and, unfortunately, that means something has to give. I love speaking with startup founders and entrepreneurs, engaging with all of you, and working on the podcast – but, right now, I need to make that conscious effort to focus more of my time and energy on launching my startup. Once that gets going, you’ll hear me back on the mic. I’ll continue to leverage this amazing medium to connect with and learn from other entrepreneurs, and I'll share that knowledge with you as well.  If you’re listening right now, thank you so much for joining me. The ride’s not over; it’s just going to sit still for a little while so I can focus on my ultimate goal of launching and growing a startup – just like many of my guests have. You can also access this episode at http://goandgrowpodcast.com/bonus003  
Today's guest, Leonard Kim, is managing partner of InfluenceTree. At InfluenceTree, Leonard and his team teach people how to position their brands, get featured in publications and grow their social media following. Leonard is recognized by Inc. Magazine as a Top Digital Marketer and Top Youth Marketer, and by Red Letter Resumes as a Top Personal Branding Expert. He went from being almost homeless to becoming a personal branding expert whose content has been read over 10 million times. He has amassed a social media following of well over 250,000 people. He’s been featured in too many publications to name, so there's a Wikipedia page about him. We're going to learn Leonard's powerful story about struggle and success, useful and actionable tips for becoming a social media expert, and how a strategy can help overcome both fear and the noise on social media. You can also access this episode at http://goandgrowpodcast.com/060
Today's guest, Larry Kim, is Founder and Chief Technology Officer of WordStream, a marketing software company managing over a half-billion dollars in annual ad spend for over ten thousand customers, and he shares marketing insights to over a million visitors every month at his WordStream Blog. Larry also developed free tools for Facebook ads & AdWords used by over a million marketers worldwide; is a leading contributor to Inc. Magazine and Search Engine Land; keynoted dozens of marketing events; was named "Most Influential PPC Expert" for 2015, 2014 and 2013 by PPC Hero; and won the 2015 Top Search Marketer of the Year awards from both the US Search Awards & Search Engine Land. We're going to learn how Larry validated WordStream, how he built an offer that gets new customers in the door, and how an expert approaches content marketing. You can also access this episode at http://goandgrowpodcast.com/059
Today's guest, Allen Gannett, is a leader in the science of marketing and creativity, and a sought-after investor in innovative technology companies. He is the Founder and CEO of TrackMaven; a General Partner at Acceleprise Ventures; and he is a frequent writer on creativity, leadership, and marketing with his work appearing in Fast Company, The Washington Post, The Next Web, and more. TrackMaven is a marketing data and intelligence platform used by some of the world’s biggest brands, including General Electric, Microsoft, Marriott, Fidelity, and other Fortune 500 companies. Acceleprise Ventures is an early-stage fund that invests in emerging software companies. Through Acceleprise and his personal investments, Allen has invested in nearly fifty startups ranging from language learning disruptors to next-generation artificial intelligence technologies. Gannett has also been honored as a Forbes “30 under 30,” a World Economic Forum “Global Shaper,” a Washingtonian “Tech Titan,” and an Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Finalist. We're going to learn about content marketing and analytics, why marketing is looking less and less like a funnel, and how Allen developed growth strategies for his startup. You can also access this episode at http://goandgrowpodcast.com/058
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