Past Guests

Here is a short list of past podcast guests we had on the Positive Phil Podcast

Bill Masters is an American engineer, inventor, manufacturing entrepreneur, and business advisor and mentor. He is widely known as the father of modern kayaking, but lesser known is he’s also the father of 3D printing, holding the first 3D patent filed with the USPTO. Today, Bill works to share his experience and insights with young people and a range of commercial enterprises. 

Issac Saldana– Co-Founder Sendgrid

SendGrid recently closed a $33 million Series D funding round and now boasts more than 350 employees and a brand new, state-of-the-art office in downtown Denver. However, SendGrid’s humble origins stem from three passionate founders, Isaac Saldana, Tim Jenkins, and Jose Lopez, who set out to solve the problem of email deliverability in 2009.

Nina Vaca is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civic leader. She is best known as the Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Group, which was named the Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Business in the United States in 2018. 

Jigar Shah is a clean energy entrepreneur in creating market-driven solutions and eliminating market barriers to address climate change.  Founder and pAst CEO of Sun Edison ( nasdaq) and Co-Founder of Generate Capital, a finance company based in San Francisco, California. Its partners with project developers and technology manufacturers globally to finance sectors in renewable energy, technology, finance, and sustainability sectors.

Neil Patel is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics. He helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world. 

Sarina Prabasi was appointed Chief Executive of WaterAid America in May 2014. Over the course of the last year, the organization worked with local partners to reach two million people with clean water, three million people with toilets and sanitation, and over eight million people with hygiene education. Under Sarina’s leadership, WaterAid has been recognized by GuideStar’sPhilanthropedia as the number one ranked international water and sanitation nonprofit.

Wayne Kimmel is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, philanthropist, tireless networker, and the author of Six Degrees of Wayne Kimmel. 

He is the Managing Partner of SeventySix Capital, the venture capital firm he founded in 1999, and has invested in over 40 startup technology and healthcare companies, including SeamlessWeb (now public as GrubHub), Take Care Health Systems and NutriSystem

Thuuz CEO and Venture Capitalist from DFJ – Delivering sports meta-data that is contextual, exciting, informative, and unique. Thuuz enables MVPDs, broadcasters, rights holders, and consumer electronics companies to deliver a cutting-edge sports entertainment experience to their fans.

JJ Ramberg is the co-founder of the Good Shop and the host of msnbc’s Your Business. For the last 10 years, Ramberg has hosted a successful show called “Your Business.” She is MSNBC’s longest serving female host and second only to Chris Matthews

Chris Kuenne is a successful business builder, growth capital investor and member of Princeton University’s entrepreneurship faculty. Fascinated by the question of what motivates people to act as they do in a commercial context, he built Rosetta, a digital marketing firm where he and his colleagues translated insights about customer motivation into personalized sales and marketing techniques designed to accelerate growth.

After Rosetta sold to the Publicis Group in 2011, he now teaches these techniques to his students at Princeton and applies them to drive the enterprise value of companies at Rosemark Capital, the private equity firm he founded. The task of building a business from the ground up is enormously challenging, whether in a stand-alone start-up or a new venture inside a larger corporation.

Chad Sahley – Founder & Chief Executive Officer,Social Bluebook was founded by creators to empower the community with a starting point for negotiations. Chad has served as Chief Executive Officer and one of the directors since the Company’s inception in 2014. Chad started his first Company out of his garage, Hieroglyphic Productions (Sold for $600 Million)  Over the next 10 years, he built that company to become one of Disney’s largest vendors, producing branded content for shows like Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place and Take Two with Phineas & Ferb. He also directed many A-list celebrities including Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Ben Stiller, Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox.

Jason Nazar, Influential Tech Entrepreneur CEO & Founder of Comparably. Most Admired CEOs in Los Angeles” by the LA Business Journal. He’s also a popular and regular writer on Forbes, WSJ, and Business insider.An active tech entrepreneur, investor, and writer. Jason is the Co-founder and CEO of Comparably, the online platform to understand compensation and culture. He was the co-founder and CEO of Docstoc (Acquired by INTUIT

Jon R. Sabes, co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of our company, is a financial professional with over 20 years of experience in the fields of finance, venture capital, business development, managerial operations, and federal taxation. Since 1999, Mr. Sabes has served as Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity Finance, LLC, a family investment company specializing in structured finance. Over his career, Mr. Sabes has been active in receivable financing, life insurance financing, and casualty insurance financing, structuring over $900 million in financing commitments for his related businesses.

JEFF THOMPSON, MD, who is an executive advisor and chief executive officer emeritus at Gundersen Health System, pediatrician, author, and speaker on values-based leadership.Jeff’s experience in leadership is far-reaching, having led diverse teams, projects, and divisions, before holding multiple senior executive roles, including fourteen years as a CEO responsible for a staff of seven thousand, hundreds of thousands of patients, and a billion dollars of thecommunity’s money within the Gundersen Health System. His long experience as intensive care pediatrician and senior executive has shown him over and over again how leading from one’s values has the power to affect long-term meaningful change.

Tafa Jefferson was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1997, the 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle expected a long career in professional football. But a year later, career-ending ankle and shoulder injuries prompted a career reset. Sports also taught him hard work, teamwork and productive use of his competitive nature – traits valuable in business.

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