In this episode, David and John catch up with Melissa Asevado, CEO of Preferred Voice Data Networks, a Star2Star top ten partner. The team is also joined by Joel Greer who supports Melissa's region in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Melissa shares her roots in the industry and tells the story of the many changes in telecom over the years and how she's adapted her business. Learn her success strategy, what challenges she predicts for the industry, how she's dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, and what the LSU Tiger's scores have to do with sales.
In this episode, David and John speak with Theresa Caragol, CEO of AchieveUnite Inc., a consulting and education company. Theresa shares how she works with vendors, distributors, and at times, directly with partners to enable their business for success in the channel. Learn about topics such as building trust with partners and customers, delivering engaging content, providing resources that partners actually want, and how to build-up a better co-selling environment. You will also discover key findings in Theresa's research project with CompTIA, the forecast for growth of the channel, and hear Theresa's one recommended sandwich to order to-go during lockdown!
In this episode, David and John speak with Dave Sobel, show host of "Business Of Tech" and long time expert in the field. Starting his career with a computer science degree, Dave shares his journey from working in businesses throughout their lifecycle to launching his very own successful company to be sold. Join the conversation as the team delves into topics of Big Tech's reputation with consumers, why Amish companies are crushing business success metrics, and how COVID19 is affecting the technology industry and its customers. You'll also discover a valuable tool to help build desired values and ethics into your business core, what prized possessions Dave collects, and the favorite video games of the group!
In this episode, David hosts with Frederick Weiss, in a special appearance to speak with Gordon Smith, President and CEO of Sagent. Discover how Sagent helps customers optimize their investments on hardware with a focus on transparency for the client's best interest. You'll learn how Sagent is able to remotely test every repair, save customers $3 on every $1 spent, and stop e-waste. Grab a coffee and enjoy the group's chat on the need for 5G speed, and a tongue twister challenge on fish sticks.
In this episode, David and John speak with two of BetterWorld's leaders, John Jordan, General Manager, and Matthew Bauer, Co-founder and Director. Learn how the practice of giving back inspired this company to become the successful and purpose-driven full-service IT organization that it is today. The conversation covers what "The Power Of One" means to BetterWorld, how they manage a world-wide customer base and tap into new verticals, and what today's most common customer needs are for IT services. End the show with a few questions that will have you craving a vacation!
In this episode, David and John speak with Matt Stevens, CEO of AppNeta. Discover how AppNeta helps some of the largest cloud providers perfect network performance in the areas of delivery, usage, and experience. Keep an ear open to learn how AppNeta's services differ from SDWAN, what classic mistakes companies make when setting up new wireless networks, and what technology Matt expects to see phasing out in the next few years.
In this episode, David and John speak with Jay McBain, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, Inc. As an individual in high demand for more than 50 keynote presentations, Jay's insights and words of advice are not to be missed! Get Jay's expert analysis on the pulse of the industry, learn how smart businesses are structuring their companies to grow upward with the market, and get answers on the most popular questions being asked by technology professionals. Prepare for an inspiring side-topic covering world travel as you learn how Jay visited 15 countries in a 21-day trip, along with his wife and 2 daughters!
In this episode, David and John speak with long-standing Star2Star partner, Rick Tamberrino of Logic Found. In addition to learning a little about Rick, his business, and his relation with Star2Star, learn about which verticals are hot, some tips for selling Desktop as a Service, and who should and should not follow an MSP model. Stay to the end for vacation destinations, wine, and cocktails!
In this episode David Portnowitz and Graham Potter interview celebrity Chef Christopher Covelli for a second round (with a few rounds of world-class cuisine tastings). While your taste buds tingle, feast on some industry knowledge behind what goes into operating a restaurant, designing a top-notch menu, and upholding customer service that is as fine as the food! You’ll also get to hear about each of the chefs at Sage restaurant’s background in cooking, and how they came to cook under head chef Christopher Covelli.
In this episode, David and John are joined by Jeffrey Pearl, CEO Managing Partner at OTG Consulting for an intriguing talk focused on the effects of the RingCentral-Avaya merger. Settle in for some insight on Jeffrey's background as a pioneer in the hosted VoIP space, what OTG is all about, top customer concerns with cloud migration, and then get the scoop on the reactions of partners and customers since the RingCentral/Avaya merger. Find out what questions have been raised, who the real winners are since the merger, and what is needed to take advantage of the disarray. End with some inspiration for travel, what pie causes vegans to cheat their diet, and Jeffrey's road trip playlist.
In this episode, David and John are joined by Matt Rosenthal, CEO of Mindcore Group; Mindcore is a tech services firm for businesses of all sizes that solves IT problems. Matt shares his strategy for giving his customers an extra dose of value through incorporating something he calls "operations as a service", and tells us why this method truly gives him a foot up. More of Matt's outline for success includes the importance of hiring the right people and instilling the right process, gaining high visibility online with captivating content, and offering services that no other provider could easily replace. The conversation also covers the biggest IT challenges faced by business owners, Matt's tips on how to overcome them, and a pop-quiz on planets.