Christmas in July is tonight!!! Get your tickets and enjoy some Margarita drinks from Mr. Margarita and network with many area professionals. 5pm to 8:30pm at TPepin Center, tickets are found here www.tbbo.org/cij!
Opening up the program today was Brian Kornfeld, Founder of PopKorn Apps. Brian is a Regular Contributor to #ThatBusinessShow and is well known in the area for app design and development but elaborates on the opening segment that his company is more than just app design. Brian has assisted with many businesses in development and can help companies with the early stages and growth stages from a COO type of standpoint as he describes it. The CEO is in charge but he can provide his expertise and support functions to ensure the business grows steadily while the CEO steers the ship. Brian has produced many apps and can get that idea to the marketplace for you and knows the ins and outs of the rules of each platform as well as how to get the app on the market quickly and reduce rejections which are bound to occur up front he notes. We also touch on iOS vs Android operating systems for apps and we learn some of the nuances of each of the operating systems in this segment, and again we manage to work in #PokemonGo to the discussion. The field is wide open for app development ideas – from entertainment to business, apps are a great way to drive new business to yourself so reach out to Brian Kornfeld today at 727-415-6705 or visit them online at www.popkornapps.com!
At 7:30, we continued the app discussion as we welcomed the brothers Andreas and Thomas Neuert to the program. They have developed the Kyngo app and just launched the 2nd stage of the app last week in Tampa. The app, which has received investment from Silicon Valley, is an app that is geared to getting the word out about what is happening in an area in real time. The idea was born out of their experience at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. Lost by what to do in the city that was fun and happening, they had the idea for the app which they immediately put into production. They spent time out in Silicon Valley studying the investors and the marketplace and received funding for the app in July 2015. From there they returned to Tampa because of their love for the area as which Thomas talks about in the last segment. The app highlights local business owners, entrepreneurs, events, bars and anything and everything that is worth exploring in a City and knowing about. Users of the app can download the app for free now on the iOS operating system and on October first, it will be available for Android use too. When asked about how the app differs from general social media outlets they elaborate on how with the current mix of social apps, there are no adequate tools to find and connect with locals at events and social gatherings happening right now. Current solutions are ineffective and do not deliver a satisfying user experience. Event Apps only deliver on content, yet fail on user experience and connectivity. Messaging Apps deliver on communication, but fail on content discovery. Social Media Apps offer some of these solutions, but the execution is clumsy, disjointed and noisy. Kyngo wants to uncover the true heartbeat of any city by building a fun and easy. Check them out on the iOS system and you can learn more at www.getkyngo.com!
At 8am, I welcomed the team of Aimee and Shelton Radebaugh and Renan Debarros. Aimee and Shelton own Lloyd’s of Shelton Auto Glass and Renan is the Vice President of Marketing. Renan shares with us the story of how he sold his auto glass company to Shelton and Aimee and was impressed with their business and stayed on as Vice President in charge of Marketing. Their business provides mobile auto glass service at your home or office and their certified technicians regularly perform services on all types of cars including domestic and foreign models as well as luxury vehicles. Lloyd’s of Shelton Auto Glass is a reliable vendor for commercial fleet vehicles, too. For companies that use heavy equipment, such as front end loaders and excavators, they can handle your glass needs as well. For people that have been around Tampa Bay for awhile, you will recall an old auto glass company that gave out free steaks when you used their service, that was Shelton’s fathers company and he explains on this segment that they had to discontinue that ad because of FDA regulations they were not expecting. As a Florida car owner with comprehensive insurance, windshield replacement is covered 100% by the insurer so if you have a knick, crack or other damage to a windshield, there is no reason not to replace it. Learn more at www.lloydsofshelton.com or give them a call today at 855-458-8490 and they come to you too for replacement!
Closing out the show today was Len Russek and Mike Ertel, business brokers now working with the Mergers and Acquisitions division here in Tampa Bay with Transworld M&A Advisors. Transworld Business Advisors LLC specializes in the sale of businesses and helps thousands of clients in buying and selling their companies with an award-winning sales force of more than 80 professionals in Florida including Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Lee, Miami-Dade, Orange, and St. Lucie counties. The company has 110 offices worldwide with international headquarters in South Florida. According to Mike Ertel, it is estimated that the average business owner has 70 percent to 90 percent of their personal net worth tied up in or pledged to personal guarantees that support the business. Often, the quality of the business owner’s lifestyle in retirement, their capacity for charitable giving, and the size of the legacy to ultimately pass onto heirs, will be impacted for better or worse by their success in selling and transitioning the business. While most successful business owners are experts at running their own businesses, they are relative novices when it comes to selling their business, and recognize that they will likely realize a much better result if they engage a professional mergers and acquisitions advisor to assist them in this process. That’s where Mike and Len come in! They provide sellers and buyers of mid-sized, privately held businesses with the high-quality resources and sophisticated services traditionally reserved for firms valued over $100 million and will specialize in transactions among companies and business organizations or their operating units that are transferred or combined. Find them online at http://www.transworldma.com!