Michael Blake is Host of the Decision Vision podcast series and a Director of Brady Ware & Company. Mike specializes in the valuation of intellectual property-driven firms, such as software firms, aerospace firms and professional services firms, most frequently in the capacity as a transaction advisor, helping clients obtain great outcomes from complex transaction opportunities. Mike is also a specialist in the appraisal of intellectual properties as stand-alone assets, such as software, trade secrets, and patents.
He has been a full-time business appraiser for 13 years with public accounting firms, boutique business appraisal firms, and an owner of his own firm. Prior to that, he spent 8 years in venture capital and investment banking, including transactions in the U.S., Israel, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.
Decision Vision is a podcast covering topics and issues facing small business owners and connecting them with solutions from leading experts. This series is presented by Brady Ware & Company. If you are a decision maker for a small business, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us at [email protected] and make sure to listen to every Thursday to the Decision Vision podcast. For additional episodes, visit the Decision Vision library. Decision Vision is produced and broadcast by Business RadioX®.
Michael Blake, Director of Brady Ware & Company and Host of the Decision Vision podcast, interviews Jackie Hutter on when it may be best to forego the patent process, the steps in a patent process and the cost, how an entrepreneur should select and manage their patent attorney, and other key topics related to patents.
The Hutter Group enables start ups and small companies to generate and deploy intellectual property that can enhance revenue and exit goals. While working with innovators to obtain meaningful patent protection that “makes it cheaper to go through you than around you,” we work with our clients to identify IP Strategies that are meaningful to their businesses, with the objective of creating IP that is aligned with real value.
Jackie Hutter has been recognized for each of the last 8 years for her innovative insights in creating value from IP Strategy with the peer-awarded Top Global IP Strategist by Intellectual Asset Magazine. Ms. Hutter’s IP Strategy clients have been varied, and include a Fortune 500 consumer hardware company, a large alternative energy company, several funded medical device ventures and dozens of startup companies with diverse technology offerings. From 2011-2015, Ms. Hutter also served as a the CEO of a startup battery-related company, which has provided her with a unique vantage point among her experienced colleagues about what it means to work with counsel to generate the critical IP necessary to prevent competitors from “knocking off” the innovator’s technology. Her experience extends beyond the IP realm: she frequently handles contracts and related matters for her clients, especially those relevant to clients’ IP rights.
Michael Blake, a Director at Brady Ware & Company and Host of the Decision Vision podcast, interviews Jim DeBetta on how to recognize when a client might be a bad fit, why it’s best to part ways, and how to do it gracefully.
Jim DeBetta is the Founder and President of DeBetta Enterprises which specializes in coaching and consulting for inventors and consumer products start-up companies. DeBetta Enterprises also assists clients with product development and engineering of consumer products as well as sales and marketing representation to major retailers for our select clients. Recently, Jim was Vice President of Retail Distribution for TV Goods which is owned by Kevin Harrington from the ABC show Shark Tank. I headed up a team of retail specialists that called on the world’s most prestigious retailers and TV shopping networks including HSN and QVC.
Jim is the author of the top-selling book, The Business of Inventing, former Staff Writer for Inventors Digest, and has sold over 100 million dollars of products for product entrepreneurs and inventors alike. His podcast, Get Retail Ready, is a valuable resource for those just starting out or looking to scale their business.
DeBetta Enterprises has formed a solid network of product engineers, factory brokers, angel investment firms, licensing experts, and sales and marketing professionals among many other areas of expertise. The firm works with Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, and individual inventors alike. They specialize in finding factories to produce products, create pricing strategies, marketing and public relations, and selling products to major retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond, Michaels, Walgreens, HSN, Macy’s, Amazon, and many others.
Prior to forming DeBetta Enterprises, Jim led a successful start up company which produced sport optics such as binoculars and hand held magnifiers. Jim was President and COO as the company grew from insignificant revenue to nearly $50 million dollars in sales in under 8 years.
For more information on Jim DeBetta and DeBetta Enterprises, go to http://www.jimdebetta.com/.
Michael Blake, Director of Brady Ware & Company and Host of the Decision Vision podcast, interviews Scott Burkett on the decision process for building an app, understanding the business problems an app will solve, working with an app developer, and more.
Demonstrating a passion and commitment to quality and process improvement, Scott holds a certification in Six Sigma, and is a former director on the Board of the Carnegie-Mellon sponsored Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN). He played an instrumental role in a key client (AT&T Universal Card Services) winning the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, as well as a 2,000+ person consulting firm achieving Ford Motor Company’s Q1 Quality Certification. An original contributor to the Linux kernel, Scott co-authored The Linux Programmer’s Guide, The New Linux Book, and Linux Programming Whitepapers. He was also a key contributor to the now legendary comp.lang.c USENET group.
Scott has been featured, quoted, or published in Money Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Computerworld, TechJournal South, Datamation, WebSmith Magazine, The Linux Journal, and TechLINKS. He has been featured as a lecturer/speaker at events sponsored by such organizations as Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), The University of Georgia, ATDC, Draper-Fisher Jurveston, NASAGA, APRA, ACPI, The Kettering Executive Network, ExecuNet, 400 Technology Connection, and i-Compass.
Incursus, Inc. is a boutique creative-design and open-source software solutions studio headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. In short, “We Create Thingz®,” as they like to say! The Incursus team focuses on four key areas: creative design, custom application development, managed cloud services, and technical due diligence. Additionally, they have a program for startup companies aimed to help them affordably satisfy their technology needs.
They do not aspire to be the biggest provider of these services in the world. They simply aim to be the best. Period.
The Latin word Incursus (which can be translated into raid, attack, or invasion) represents their attitude towards their work—with swift forward movement into projects to get them done efficiently with skill and finesse.
Michael Blake, a Director at Brady Ware & Company and Host of the Decision Vision podcast, interviews Anita Anand, a Director at Brady Ware & Company on the decision process on a corporate form.
Anita Anand, Esq. is a licensed attorney and has over 10 years of experience consulting with businesses to help them align their long-term business and financial objectives with a tax strategy that minimizes their overall exposure. Anita specializes in technical international, federal, state, and local tax research and consulting. She provides taxpayer representation in matters requiring federal and state private letter rulings and is responsible for international, federal, state, and local technical tax support involving a range of clients and industries.
Anita works closely with the tax team to provide quality control in all aspects of Brady Ware’s tax division. Anita is also the author of articles and white papers on various subject matters. She has presented at conferences and led training sessions and initiatives. Anita is a graduate of Georgia State University College of Law.
It’s a question for which all businesses should have an affirmative answer. Businesses large and small have all the means to collect and store significant amount of data on every aspect on their business. In this interview with Decision Vision host Michael Blake, Angela Culver and Micky Long theorize that business success in coming years will be determined by a company’s ability to analyze the data they collect.
Angela Culver is the Chief Marketing Officer of Mobile Labs. Since the first install in 2012, Mobile Labs remains the leading supplier of in-house mobile device clouds that connect remote, shared smartphones and tablets to Global 2000 mobile web, gaming, and app engineering teams. The company’s patented GigaFox™ is offered on-premises or hosted, and solves mobile device sharing and management challenges that arise during development, debugging, manual testing, and automated testing. A pre-installed and pre-configured Appium server with custom tools provides “instant on” Appium test automation. GigaFox enables scheduling, collaboration, user management, security, mobile DevOps, and continuous automated testing for mobility teams spread across the globe and can connect cloud devices to an industry-leading number of third-party tools such as XCode, Android Studio, and many commercial test automation tools. For more information please visit www.mobilelabsinc.com.
Micky Long is Vice President and Practice Director, Lead Nurturing at Arketi Group. Arketi Group is a public relations and digital marketing firm that helps business-to-business technology organizations accelerate growth through intelligent strategy, public relations, messaging, branding and demand generation. Consistently recognized by Chief Marketer magazine as one of the nation’s “B2B Top Shops” and a “Chief Marketer 200” firm, Arketi helps its clients use marketing to generate revenue. Companies benefiting from this approach to B2B marketing include Cox, First Data, Featurespace, Mobile Labs, NCR and Snapfulfil. For more information, call 404-929-0091 ext. 210 or visit www.arketi.com.
Michael Blake, a Director at Brady Ware & Company and Host of the Decision Vision podcast, interviews Jay Ruhm on when to hire a CFO, what a good CFO offers a growing company, and whether there’s a role for the fractional CFO.
Jay Ruhm recently retired from Dinova, where he was CFO for the past 8 years and is currently offering financial consulting services to startups, early stage, and venture companies through his newly launched firm, JCR Financial Consulting.
As CFO of Dinova, he worked closely with the Founder and CEO as they took a bootstrap startup through several funding rounds of both debt and equity, culminating in a $40 million equity investment by Frontier Capital in 2017. Finding the startup and venture world the most exciting environment of his career, Jay is looking to share the benefits of this experience with today’s aspiring entrepreneurs.
Jay received his MBA from Columbia Business School in NY. He spent the formative years of his career at American Express where he rose from Financial Analyst to Southern Region Financial Officer of the Corporate Services Division. As Financial Officer, he also had financial oversight responsibilities for several other Amex businesses based in Atlanta. Jay led several major strategic initiatives including a major pricing initiative that saved Amex $125 million of at-risk annual revenues.
Between his stints at Dinova and Amex, Jay spent time as a Senior Managing Consultant at Huron Consulting, leading varied teams of up to 40 people working on the Delphi bankruptcy from the initial filing to post-emergence. At the time it was the largest manufacturing bankruptcy in US history. He also initiated and led the development of a system to coordinate the claims across multiple parts of the case. He also spent time as a Division CFO at Kelly Services improving back office systems and pricing methods.
Michael Blake, a Director at Brady Ware & Company and Host of the Decision Vision podcast, interviews Randy Domigan, Director of Brady Ware & Company, on different types of fraud, why a normal financial audit doesn’t usually detect fraud, and signs your business might be a victim of fraud.
Randy is a Certified Fraud Examiner and can identify the warning signs and red flags that indicate evidence of fraud and fraud risk. He uses his expertise to help dealerships improve fraud prevention, detection, and deterrence. He has been trained to uncover and illuminate fraud when it occurs, and even more importantly to deter fraud before it starts. In addition to his fraud expertise, Randy has over 20 years of experience in tax and financial planning and internal control consulting.
Should I hire a recruiter? What’s the best way to work with a recruiter? Michael Blake, Director of Brady Ware & Company and Host of the Decision Vision podcast, interviews Joanna Cheng on these questions and much more in this edition of Decision Vision.
Joanna Cheng, Managing Director and Branch Manager, Creative Financial Staffing (CFS)
Joanna Cheng is a Managing Director and Branch Manager with Creative Financial Staffing (CFS). CFS is a leading, employee-owned accounting and financial staffing firm—the largest one founded by CPA firms. With more than two decades of experience helping companies locate, attract and hire exceptional accounting and finance professionals, CFS has unique resources to better understand hiring needs, attract higher-caliber candidates and assess candidate potential. Established in 1994, CFS today operates 30+ offices across 21 states and the Caribbean. Serving most major U.S. markets and beyond, CFS connects companies with candidates, from entry-level to executive level, temporary to direct hire and project support to interim management.
CFS has twice been named to Forbes’ list of “Best Professional Recruiting Firms” and twice cited by LinkedIn as one of the “Most Socially Engaged Staffing Agencies.”
How do you assess the pros and cons of bringing a suit or defending against one? How do you know “when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em?” What’s the best way to work with your attorney in a lawsuit? In this episode of Decision Vision, litigator Jessica Wood speaks with host Michael Blake, Director at Brady Ware & Company, on these questions and much more.
Jessica Wood is a Principal with Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein, P.C. one of the top 100 Super Lawyers™ in Georgia. She has won all of her trials in her 24-year practice. Jessica is also known for achieving outstanding results for her clients without going to trial. She helps individuals (including doctors, lawyers, CPAs, and entrepreneurs) and companies begin, maintain, and end business relationships. Her advice relates to contracts, employment issues, officer and director duties, and trade secrets.
In addition to practicing law, Jessica teaches law students and attorneys. She lectures on contract drafting, expert depositions, mindfulness in the practice of law, networking, pro bono work, trial techniques, and wellness. In her free time, Jessica enjoys volunteering, 80s new wave/pop/punk, and compulsive punning.
More on Jessica’s professional affiliations, awards, publications, and representative cases can be found here.
What is a quality of earnings report?
Why would I want one done for my business?
How does a quality of earnings report help as I’m getting ready to make an acquisition or sell my company?
These questions and more are answered in this episode of Decision Vision, as host Michael Blake, a Director at Brady Ware & Company, interviews Teresa Snyder, a fellow Director at Brady Ware & Company.
Teresa Snyder is a Director at Brady Ware & Company. Teresa has over 25 years of experience in public accounting and private industry. Her experience includes not-for-profit organizations, professional service firms, wholesalers, manufacturing and importers/exporters of various industries. Teresa has assisted her clients in a broad range of general management and financial consulting services, accounting systems design, and accounting and financial reporting issues.
In addition to providing client service, Teresa serves as the Atlanta Audit Leader for the firm. She has earned the AICPA IFRS Certificate. Prior to joining the firm, Teresa specialized in software consulting and implementation of fully integrated accounting software for various types of organizations including wholesalers and manufacturers, and importers/exporters.
Teresa is a CPA in Georgia and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Teresa has served as a coach for youth sports and is involved in a variety of not-for-profit organizations where she holds leadership positions.
Startup investor and mentor Gordon Rogers speaks with “Decision Vision” host Michael Blake on the history and development of the Atlanta startup ecosystem, the pivotal role of Sig Mosley in this community, and the “Siggie Awards,” which honor Sig’s contribution and recognize other noteworthy Atlanta investors.
Gordon Rogers is a three decade veteran in the Atlanta startup community, particularly in the field of education technology and online learning. In 1992, he founded a company that created one of the industry’s first learning management systems. He led the start-up from the bootstrapped stage to an IPO, through a merger with Paul Allen’s company, Asymetrix Learning in 1998, now part of SumTotal Systems, a SkillSoft company. He has spent the past 15 years working with startups in the ed-tech sector, including K-12, higher-ed, and career and tech ed programs.
He mentors early stage ventures at Georgia Tech’s ATDC incubator and Flashpoint programs. As a social impact investor and entrepreneur, he advises Village Capital’s Ed-Tech Accelerator and Points of Light Civic Accelerator programs. He’s served as an advisor to over a dozen startups, including Authentica Solutions (now BrightBytes), Crescerance, ExceptionALLY, and RapidLD. In his role as advisor to CTE Portfolio, he works with Career & Technology Education directors to streamline Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship Programs. CTE Portfolio can be thought of as a student-friendly version of LinkedIn.
He is Past President of Atlanta Technology Angels, and serves on the TAG Top 40 committee. He co-founded Teachers & Techies, a group of educational innovators working to improve technology in schools. He also serves as a guest lecturer and business competition judge at Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Emory, University of Georgia and Kennesaw State University business schools.
The Avondale Innovation District™, located in downtown Avondale Estates, is a place-based urban development designed specifically to support entrepreneurs and creative professionals, foster open innovation, attract and accelerate new business ventures. It is the venue for the inaugural Siggie Awards. The “Siggies” are a way to recognize some of the unsung heroes in the Atlanta startup community: early-stage investors. The Siggies are named after Sig Mosley, Managing Partner of Mosley Ventures. To nominate an Atlanta investor for a Siggie award or to get more information on the inaugural event on May 15, 2019, click here.