VIDEO SERIES: Zane Tarence, Founders Advisors

VIDEO SERIES: Zane Tarence, Founders Advisors

Building Enterprise Value  Zane Tarence loves helping entrepreneurs build value. Which has been a very good thing for a lot of entrepreneurs. Zane founded his first company at the age of 32 — Virtual Learning Technologies, which sold for $15 Million in May, 2000 to Boston’s Houghton Mifflin. Since then, he’s led and completed 85 […]

VIDEO: Jim Cavale, INFLCR

VIDEO: Jim Cavale, INFLCR

Clip 1 (2:06) Jim recalls his most important career & life decision ever — followed by a brief overview of creating a television network from scratch at the University of Montevallo. The first in a series of Jim’s profiles.  

Josh Gates, Saturday Down South

Josh Gates, Saturday Down South

Fourth and long. No timeouts. Go for it. Josh Gates enlisted in the Army in 2000 at the age of 18. He earned a place in the elite 75th Ranger Regiment. He led Post-911 combat missions across the Middle East. But the hardest thing he’s ever done was save Saturday Down South — the website […]

David Wu, Motus Nova

David Wu, Motus Nova

Go with the flow. Or make your own flow. Entering his final semester as an Emory undergrad, David Wu’s future as a doctor was all-but a given. He had the grades, he’d scored well on his MCATs, and was in the Essay phase of applying to med schools when he met Andy Butler. And everything […]

Jim Cavale, INFLCR

Jim Cavale, INFLCR

Self-Made Man? “Hardly.” The single most important career and life decision Jim Cavale ever made was to transfer from Ithaca College to the University of Montevallo. He still remembers the moment. “It was after normal business hours in my baseball coach’s liquor store. Which he still owns, and sleeps in, every night.” Cavale pauses briefly, […]

Ashlee Ammons & Kerry Schrader, Mixtroz

Ashlee Ammons & Kerry Schrader, Mixtroz

Can we talk? It’s safe to say that the Mixtroz brand did not get off to the most auspicious start. Ammons remembers, “We’d come-up with dozens of name combinations. Any number of which involved the word Intro. I dreamed the word Mixtroz, which combines ‘mixer’ with ‘introduction,’ and I added the Z because I love […]

Tony Summerville, Fleetio

Tony Summerville, Fleetio

BirminghamTech, Generation 2.0 In 1982, a novelty band calling itself The MBAs released the album “Born To Run Things” — a title which fairly well describes Tony Summerville. “Growing up, I always knew I would start my own company. It runs in the family. My father and my grandfather both started their own businesses.” That […]

Mark Roberge, HubSpot

Mark Roberge, HubSpot

Can you believe he actually would do it differently? As HubSpot’s former SVP of Worldwide Sales — who helped take the company’s customer base from 1 to over 12,000, and revenues from near-zero to more than $100 million — it’s safe to say Mark Roberge can sell anything. Anything, that is, except vacuum cleaners. Yes, […]

Tom McDougal, AlternaVisit

Tom McDougal, AlternaVisit

Routine healthcare that’s anything but routine Tom McDougal is wearing a long sleeve Nike t-shirt, Mountain Khaki pants, Dockers shoes and Nike socks. Not just the day he and I met for lunch. Right now. Assuming “right now,” as you’re reading this article, is a weekday. Weekends, Tom dresses down a bit. Call him predictable. He’ll […]

Joe Wortmann, QuiNovas

Joe Wortmann, QuiNovas

A Take-The-Hill Guy. Assuming You Need The Hill. It’s about 9:30 in the morning local time on a Monday in March, 2006. After 20+ hours in the air, Joe Wortmann lands at the Hamburg Airport — where he takes a cab straight to the I.T. offices for Awarix’s first European customer, and starts work on a […]