70 episodes

Tales From The PROS is a business storytelling podcast that interviews top business leaders, founders, and authority figures in their industries telling their stories of how they got to where they are today and the struggles they overcame. These are fireside chats and open conversations hosted by Michael Georgiou, who is the Co-founder at Imaginovation.

Tales From The PROS | Business Leader Stories | Entrepreneurship | Storytelling | CEO's | Business Inspiration | Leadership | Humility | Gratitude | Technology

Tales From The PROS Michael Georgiou: Imaginovation, CMO, Entrepreneur, Podcaster, Influencer

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Tales From The PROS is a business storytelling podcast that interviews top business leaders, founders, and authority figures in their industries telling their stories of how they got to where they are today and the struggles they overcame. These are fireside chats and open conversations hosted by Michael Georgiou, who is the Co-founder at Imaginovation.

Tales From The PROS | Business Leader Stories | Entrepreneurship | Storytelling | CEO's | Business Inspiration | Leadership | Humility | Gratitude | Technology

    Understanding the Market and Setting Your Product for Success

    Understanding the Market and Setting Your Product for Success

    In today’s episode of Tales from the PROS, I talk with Marwan Forzley, who is CEO of Veem.com, a next-generation global B2B payment network that enables a quick and secure way of sending and receiving money. Since its founding in 2014, Veem is backed by Goldman Sachs, Google Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, and many many others.
    In addition, Marwan is an innovator, visionary and enjoys launching new products in domestic as well as international markets through disruptive tech and global strategies. He is the author of “Small Business in a Big World: A Comprehensive Guide to Doing International Business”.
    In this episode, we talk about Marwan’s journey to entrepreneurship and his experience of building a global payment network such as Veem. We talk about how Marwan spotted the gap between SMB and their payment problems, and how Veem disrupted the global payment space.
     
    Don’t Miss:
    1. How did Marwan came up with the idea of ‘Veem’ - 4:15
    2. What sets a business on the path of success - 17:00
    3. What it takes to be a strong business leader - 28:15


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    Topics We Discuss:
    1. Marwan’s inspiring story of how he got to where he is today
    2. Marwan talks about how to establish a market fit for a product or service
    3. The key factors that set a business for success, from startup to an operating and scaling company
    4. Some struggles and obstacles that Veem faced and how you overcame them
    5. The future of payment systems and technology
    6. Thoughts and advice on how to be a strong business leader
    7. Marwan defines his story in ”one-word”
     
    Follow Marwan Forzley
    Website: https://www.veem.com
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marwanforzley
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/forzley/


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    • 32 min
    Using Data to Overcome the Challenges of Growing A Company

    Using Data to Overcome the Challenges of Growing A Company

    In today's episode of Tales from the PROS, I talk with Dan McGaw, who is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and CEO of McGaw.io, an analytics and marketing technology consultancy, and also the founder of a SaaS platform called UTM.io.
    In addition, he also finds time to be a 500 Startups Mentor, and has previously started the first business accelerator in Orlando. He was previously selected to be a United States Ambassador of Entrepreneurship by the United States Department of State
    In this episode, we talk about Dan’s journey to entrepreneurship and his experience of building and growing a tech consultancy. We talk about mistakes businesses make in sales and marketing, and the future of marketing and data.
    Don't Miss:
    1. What it takes to be an industry leader in marketing space - 7:17
    2. Biggest challenges companies face in current times - 13:06
    3. KPIs should look for to grow business revenue - 22:10
     
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    Topics We Discuss:
    1. Dan’s inspiring story of how he got to where he is today
    2. What it takes to be an industry leader like McGaw and UTO.io
    3. The biggest challenges/problems that companies have and how to overcome them
    4. Dan talks about some of the most important data metrics to look for in order to grow in revenue
    5. The future of marketing and data
    6. Thoughts and advice on what it takes to succeed today
    7. Dan defines his story in one-word
     
    Follow Dan McGaw
    Website: https://mcgaw.io/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielmcgaw/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Danielmcgaw
     
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    • 44 min
    Overcoming Challenges and Generating More Business Through LinkedIn

    Overcoming Challenges and Generating More Business Through LinkedIn

    In today's episode of Tales from the PROS, I talk with Anthony Blatner, who is the founder of Speedwork Social, a top LinkedIn Advertising agency. He is known as one of the top LinkedIn ads experts in the industry, having managed millions in ad spend and generating over 100,000 new sales opportunities.
    As a previous tech founder and ex-IBMer, he has seen a lot of companies have explosive growth with good technology and good marketing, while others (even though they had a great product or service) fail without effective marketing.
    In 2016, this successful entrepreneur started Speedwork to help those companies unlock their B2B marketing potential. By blending his experience in marketing and software, he is able to help businesses reach high-level decision-makers at scale using LinkedIn Ads and technology.
    In this episode, we talk about Anthony’s journey to entrepreneurship and his experience of building and growing a B2B LinkedIn advertising agency. We talk about mistakes businesses make in sales and marketing, and the future of LinkedIn.
     
    Don't Miss:
    1. Why Anthony chose LinkedIn as a platform for his business - 7:50
    2. Mistakes businesses make in their sales and marketing efforts - 20:50
    3. Growing an advertising agency with the LinkedIn platform - 35:15
     
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    Topics We Discuss:
    1. Anthony’s inspiring story of how he got to where he is today
    2. Why Anthony started a B2B LinkedIn advertising agency
    3. What it takes to really succeed in generating leads from LinkedIn
    4. Anthony explains what he is learning while growing and scaling an agency
    5. The biggest problems and issues that people make with their sales and marketing efforts
    6. The future of LinkedIn and where lead generation is headed in today’s market
    7. Some of Anthony’s toughest obstacles and how he overcame them
    8. Anthony defines his story in one word
     
    Follow Anthony Blatner
    Website: https://speedworksocial.com/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthonyblatner/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anthonyblatner/?hl=en
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/anthonyblatner
     
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    • 47 min
    Shifting the Paradigm of Members-only Social Clubs

    Shifting the Paradigm of Members-only Social Clubs

    In today's episode of Tales from the PROS, I talk with Rob Charles, who is the Founder and CEO of Goldfingr, a vetted and exclusive social network of business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, and influential thought leaders working together and supporting one another for the common good and with intention.
    His expertise is exhibited in a long track record of always executing, being an entrepreneur for over 30 years, and investing for over 18 years.
    Goldfingr is a modern paradigm of social clubs - a think tank, incubator, and socially conscious business accelerator. They have integrated raising capital, investing, business, the arts, entertainment, and social, adding unbelievable value to their members, with a complete VIP experience 
    In this episode, we talk about Rob’s journey to entrepreneurship, his experience of building and growing a members-only social club, the startup game in today’s digital age, and what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur.
     
    Don't Miss:
    1. The story of Goldfingr and how it is different from other social platforms - 7:51
    2. How pandemic has affected the various forms of communication - 15:33
    3. Sectors and companies investors are looking to invest in - 24:55
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    Topics We Discuss:
    1. Rob’s 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐨𝐰 he 𝐠𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐡e𝐫𝐞 he 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲
    2. What is Goldfingr? How did the idea for Goldfingr begin?
    3. Shifting the paradigm of members-only social clubs
    4. Rob’s thoughts and advice on the investment and startup game in today’s digital age
    5. What it takes to succeed as a startup and entrepreneur
     
    Follow Rob Charles
    Website: https://www.goldfingr.net/rob-charles
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-charles/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/goldfingr_official/
     
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    • 29 min
    What It Takes For A Company To Become SaaS Industry Leader

    What It Takes For A Company To Become SaaS Industry Leader

    In today's episode of Tales from the PROS, I talk with Mike Welsh, who is a veteran leader in sales and revenue growth and has been named CEO of Uptime.com, a leader in website monitoring software
    He brings more than two decades of sales and revenue leadership experience to Uptime.com, driving growth for numerous public and private software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies, such as Chargify, Rackspace Cloud, and Inspired eLearning. 
    In this episode, we talk about Mike’s journey to entrepreneurship, his experience of building and growing a SaaS business, overcoming the challenges of running a SaaS company, the future of websites, and how to be a strong leader.
     
    Don't Miss:
    1. Mike’s advice to handling the role of CEO the right way - 06:30
    2. What are the challenges that SaaS companies encounter - 25:13
    3. How to execute your website’s performance check the right way - 36:41
     
    Listen and Subscribe on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tales-from-the-pros/id1371067192
     
    Topics We Discuss:
    1. Mike’s inspiring story of how he got to where he is today
    2. What it takes to be a CEO of a growing and thriving company
    3. What it takes for a company to be an industry SaaS leader like Uptime
    4. The biggest hurdles/problems that SaaS companies have and how to overcome them
    5. Mike talks about some of the major problems that website's face today and how to overcome them
    6. The future of website monitoring and performance
    7. Thoughts and advice on how to be a strong business leader
    8. Mike defines his story in "one-word"
     
    Follow Mike Welsh
    Website: https://uptime.com/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miwelsh/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/UptimeDotCom
     
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    • 52 min
    The Mistakes Businesses Make That Ultimately Lead to Failure

    The Mistakes Businesses Make That Ultimately Lead to Failure

    In today's episode of Tales from the PROS, I talk with Michelle Seiler Tucker, who is the Founder and CEO of Seiler Tucker Incorporated.  She owns many other businesses in several different industries. As a 20-year veteran in the Mergers & Acquisitions industry, she is regarded as the leading authority on buying, selling, fixing, and growing businesses. She and her firm have sold over a thousand businesses in almost every vertical and have a remarkable track record of success.
    In addition to being featured in INC, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, and USA Magazine, she is an international keynote speaker and makes regular radio and TV appearances on Fox Business News and CNBC. 
    She has spoken alongside many prominent speakers: Eric Trump, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathy Ireland, Randi Zuckerberg, Steve Wozniak, and more. She is the Best-Selling Author of the book “Sell Your Business for more than It’s Worth” and has a new book coming out called “Exit Rich®.”
    In this episode, we talk about Anastasia’s journey to entrepreneurship, her experience of building and growing a merger & acquisition business, how to really succeed as a leader, and how to overcome challenges.
     
    Don't Miss:
    1. Michelle’s inspiration to becoming an entrepreneur - 09:18
    2. How to know if a company is ready for a merger? - 17:14
    3. Mistakes business owners make while scaling a company - 24:27
     
    Listen and Subscribe on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tales-from-the-pros/id1371067192
     
    Topics We Discuss:
    1. Michelle’s inspiring story of how she got to where she is today
    2. What it takes to build and scale a successful business
    3. How to know when a business is ready for a merger or acquisition
    4. The mistakes businesses make to make them go out of business
    5. She describes her thoughts and advice on how to truly succeed as a leader
    6. Michelle explains some of her toughest challenges in his career and how he overcame them
    7. Michelle defines her story in "one-word"
     
    Follow Michelle Seiler Tucker
    Website: https://seilertucker.com/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelleseiler/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MSeilerTucker
     
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    • 46 min

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40 Ratings

Tragic Windows lol ,

Amazing insight!

Michael is a great host and I really enjoy listening in on the conversations he has with business leaders. This podcast is great for anyone wanting to borrow ideas for their own business and looking to expand professionally!

PanosGLuvsSpurs ,

One of the best business podcasts! 🚀

I have listened to several business podcasts over the years and I have to say that Tales from the PROS is within my top three favorites. Michael does a GREAT job creating an authentic and real conversation and atmosphere with the amazing guests he has on the show. If you want to learn about the realities of business, insights on how to be successful, the power of storytelling, and how overcome the business struggles that life throws at us, then this podcast is for you. I highly recommend checking it out and be ready to learn and be inspired! 🎙🎯

svm29977 ,

An Educational Delight

This podcast presents fascinating insight into the world of business and entrepreneurship. I am in no way, privy to these topics and have found these interviews to be incredibly educational. Michael talks with trailblazers from all walks of the business world and I am here for it!!!

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