Kristi Ross, Amanda Setili, Austin Allison and John Heithaus join Ilyce this week to discuss how to improve your small business on August 17, 2014 on WSB radio.
Kristi Ross – CEO, President of dough, Inc
In April 2014, tastytrade and dough combined to form a new company: dough, Inc. Formerly president of tastytrade and CEO and president of dough, Kristi became the co-CEO and president of the new entity: dough, Inc. She was recently named “Tech Woman of the Year” at the Built in Chicago Moxie Awards.
The tastytrade network is an award-winning online financial media company that produces eight hours of live, entertaining programming. They produce actionable content every day, during market hours for the do-it-yourself investor and have thousands of hours of free VOD (video on demand) archives. In addition, she created dough, an investing app that brings their content to the consumer is a very real, engaging and actionable way, where consumers can Watch-Learn-Do all in one place, free. The dough platform is designed to turn real people into better investors. The company recently announced that it has raised $25 million in funding from Silicon Valley-based Technology Crossover Ventures.
Previously, Ms. Ross was the CFO of thinkorswim where she led numerous mergers, acquisitions and integration. Thinkorswim was sold to TD Ameritrade in 2009. Prior to that Ms. Ross worked with Automated Trading Desk Specialists and the Chicago Stock Exchange. She is also a certified public accountant and has been in the trading business for more than 20 years.
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Amanda Setili – Managing Partner of Setili & Associates
Amanda Setili is managing partner of Setili & Associates, the strategy consulting firm. Organizations like Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot, and Wal-Mart hire her to give them unbiased advice about their strategic direction. Setili has advised organizations in industries as diverse as consumer and industrial products, financial services, technology, non-profit, and retail. Her work has taken her throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Before starting Setili & Associates, she served as director of marketing for Global Food Exchange, consulted for McKinsey & Company (where she planted seeds that became the firm’s Kuala Lumpur office), served as chief operating officer of Malaysia’s leading Internet services company, and developed products and optimized manufacturing operations for Kimberly-Clark.
Setili served as an adjunct professor at Emory’s Goizueta Business School. She earned her degree in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt, and her MBA, with distinction, from the Harvard Business School. She is past president and board chair of the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta.
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Austin Allison – CEO at dotloop
Austin Allison is CEO at dotloop, the fastest growing technology movement in Real Estate.
He is nationally distinguished for his entrepreneurial success, having just been featured on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine, Inman News Innovator of the Year for 2012, a Forbes 30 under 30, and was named as the small business Executive of the Year by Best in Biz.
Austin bought his first home when he was 17, became a licensed real estate agent at 18; and after selling real estate all through undergrad, he started dotloop in his first year of Law School at the Cincinnati College of Law. Due to his first-hand industry experience, Austin and dotloop are passionate about delivering life-changing value to real estate agents and the buyers and sellers they serve.
dotloop is the only company that fundamentally changes how deals get done by providing agents & clients with 1 set of documents, a process that’s 4 times faster and 100% online.
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John Heithaus – CSO, BuyerMLS
John L. Heithaus is the Chief Strategy Officer for BuyerMLS, the industry’s first and only buyer marketplace for the residential real estate industry. It helps brokerages and agents transform their buyer data into an asset, leading to more transactions and new listing opportunities.
A third generation real estate professional, Heithaus has served in executive and “C” level capacities with Coldwell Banker, Prudential, Monster.com and the mega-MLS, MRIS. His entrepreneurial ventures have resulted in nearly $100 million in successful exits from three start-ups and he is widely credited with a number of industry innovations in supplier alliances and supply chain management, along with large scale branding and marketing initiatives.
As a musician and producer of corporate events his work has taken him around the globe performing as a bassist, guitarist and keyboardist. His co-invention, the rock fantasy camp (1991) has been widely adopted worldwide.
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