Meet the Panelists
Jesse Lear – Co-Founder, V.I.P. Waste Services
Jesse Lear, SBA's 2014 Young Entrepreneur of The Year, is CoFounder of V.I.P. Waste Services. Headquartered in Columbus, V.I.P. Waste contracts with apartment communities as a luxury amenity to pick up trash and recyclables from every resident's door.
Since its launch in 2010, the company has grown rapidly and now serves more than 30,000 units with operations in 5 cities across 3 states. In 2014, V.I.P. Waste was named one of the Top 30 Startups to Watch by Entrepreneur and was also recognized at the United Nations as one of the top companies in the U.S. run by entrepreneurs under age 35.
Jesse is also the Founder of Nellie's Natural Ice Pops, an Ohio based company that manufactures and distributes handcrafted ice pops with gourmet flavors, and Party For A Reason, a nonprofit that throws unforgettable theme parties to support worthy causes.
Question: What are some easy ways to do competitive analysis?
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Sabrina Parsons – CEO - Palo Alto Software
Sabrina has served as CEO of Palo Alto Software since 2007. She and her husband, Noah, founded a UK software distribution company in 2001 that was acquired by Palo Alto Software in 2002. Sabrina is a successful Internet expert, having served as Director of Online Marketing at Commtouch, Senior Producer at Epinions, and founder of her own Web consulting company, Lighting Out.
A staunch supporter of entrepreneurs, she supports several entrepreneurial organizations, as well as serving as President of the Princeton Entrepreneurs Network. She has also chaired and sponsored both the Princeton Business Plan Competition and the Willamette Angel Conference in Eugene, Oregon for several years. Additionally, she gets invited regularly to participate as a judge for business plan competitions across the U.S., as well as to speak on business planning, leadership, and women in technology.
Question: What's the most important part of a business plan?
Hear Sabrina's answer:
Allan Christensen – COO - ToDoist
Allan is the COO of Doist. He was born in Denmark and is a professionally trained Pipe Organ Builder. He originally planned to follow in his family’s footsteps and join their pipe organ business, but instead decided to pursue his MBA from HTW University in Berlin.
He met Amir, the founder of Doist, while finising his thesis in Chile. Amir needed someone to help him build the business around Todoist and Wedoist, and Allan was up for the job – and the rest is history.
Allan has lived close to 8 years abroad in countries such as the US, Germany, Chile & Portugal. He speaks Spanish, German, and English, in addition to his native language Danish.
Question: What questions should be answered in a business plan?
Hear Sabrina's answer:
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