Welcome to OWNER
OWNER is a digital magazine dedicated to covering the business curriculum for your future. You might be the owner of a business, or just the owner of your cubicle with a lot of goals and intentions. We are for you. Our goal is to help you with insight, instruction, interviews, innovation, and interesting perspectives that will be helpful for your intentions. This isn’t small biz versus big. This is old perspectives versus new. This is a gathering point for all those reinvented wheels, those people who were called crazy. This is the carnival of freaks and those who don’t quite fit in.
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Who is An Owner?
You. If you choose to be. More about that here.
What Is An Owner?
An Owner works constantly on the following:
Core – our responsibility, our self, our dreams and goals going beyond our thoughts and into the world.
Structure – without structure, there’s no way for our core to be expressed.
Communication – we need to express ourselves, to share, to report, and to create (first thoughts, than words, than deeper communication and understanding.)
Capabilities – we work daily to expand our capabilities (personally, professionally, through our network).
Opportunities – we train our eye to see opportunities, and we train our hearts to help others find their way to theirs.
Community – we work from the mindset that we serve our family, friends, our allies, and those who give us their attention.
Worth – we strive to expand our worth and the worth of those around us, in as many facets as that word evokes.
Growth – we grow ourselves, our community, our circle, and all we can help in some way.
And that’s what we’re here to accomplish: create a digital magazine (and newsletter and podcast and events) that help you work on the above-mentioned to grow your capabilities.
Chris Brogan is publisher and acting executive editor, as well as a reporting voice at Owner. He has worked with companies like GM, Coke, Pepsico, Sony, Microsoft, Google, Motorola, and more, as well as worked with several owners of businesses of varying size. This project is the most important that Chris has worked on in his many years of business, and closest to his heart.
Chris is a New York Times bestselling author of six books, including The Impact Equation, Trust Agents, Google+ for Business, It’s Not About the Tights, and more. Visit his author page. He is an established keynote speaker with several hundred speeches delivered to audiences with as many as 3600 in attendance. He has also appeared all over, including The Dr Phil Show and more.
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He is also the COO of Human Business Works, an executive coach and speaker. As a regular contributor to Owner, Rob writes on the topics of productivity, personal management and success.
Rob has over 20 years experience leading organizations and businesses; working in large corporations, entrepreneurial ventures, and directing a non-profit organization serving children with special needs and their families.
He lives in Maine where he trains for triathlons and enjoys life with his wife and four children.
S. Anthony Iannarino is an author, an international speaker, and entrepreneur.
Anthony is the Managing Director of B2B Sales Coach & Consultancy, and the President and Chief Sales Officer of Solutions Staffing.
He also teaches Professional Selling, Persuasive Marketing, and Social Media Marketing at Capital University’s School of Management and Leadership.
Anthony is internationally recognized as a thought leader in sales, with his award winning The Sales Blog being read by 45,000 people each month.
Anthony was named one the 50 most influential people in sales by Top Sales World and one of the 25 most influential people in sales by Open View Partners.
In addition to writing daily at The Sales Blog, Anthony is also a contributing editor at SUCCESS Magazine and ThinkSales Magazine. He also writes a bi-weekly column for Salesforce.com.
Jacqueline Carly, aka Jacq, is a MindBody Medicine Scientist, entrepreneur, and athlete. A self-proclaimed bibliophile, nerd & research addict, she’s spent her life-time studying the inner and outer workings of the body & mind.
Through her popular site Fitarella.com and her work as a mentor, coach and health advocate, Jacq has inspired thousands to rekindle their inner fire through whole foods, conscious movement, and holistic living. Her latest venture is BossFit, a boutique consultancy specializing in the creation of healthier work environments and mind/body performance optimization for disruptive individuals and businesses. BossFit is reinventing the office and changing the way people work.
Originally from NYC, Jacqueline is now based out of Boston. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business & Leadership, a Masters in Nutrition, and is currently completing a PhD in MindBody Medicine. She holds multiple certifications in fitness, personal training, yoga, and crossfit endurance, because she’s a certification junky. She speaks spanish and portuguese, sings Sanskrit chants & opera, and was once a flight attendant. Connect with Jacq on twitter @jcqly or her latest addiction, instagram @jcqly.
Marsha Collier is a best-selling author, speaker and radio host in the areas at ecommerce, eBay, customer service and social media. Since her first book, eBay For Dummies, she has published over 42 titles in hardcover and in the Wiley “For Dummies” series. In 2007 she passed one million books sold, establishing herself as one of the foremost eBay and online educators worldwide.
Her advice has appeared in almost every top publication including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal – and don’t be surprised if you’ve seen her on television – as a guest on CNN, The View or the Today Show and in her own PBS special, Making Your Fortune Online.
She is a popular keynote speaker, inspiring business to online success, at conferences worldwide, and runs a successful online business. She’s on a mission to educate current and future online entrepreneurs.
In social media, website and blog, Marsha uses her years of experience to instruct online citizens on selling and marketing. @MarshaCollier was named one of the Top 10 Women Influencers by Forbes, and the 25 Most Influential in Customer Service.
Donna Maria Coles Johnson is an attorney, award-winning entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, a nationwide trade organization for artists and creative entrepreneurs — particularly in the beauty industry.
She is the author of “Making Aromatherapy Creams & Lotions,” the host of the #IndieCruise MasterMind, an annual Caribbean retreat where she personally coaches and mentors women entrepreneurs from around the nation, and the host and producer of #IndieBusiness Podcast.
Donna Maria has been hailed by Black Enterprise.com as a “Haven for small business owners.” Her expertise and/or story have been featured in dozens of media outlets including Working Mother Magazine, Ebony Magazine, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, Global Cosmetics Industry Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and more.
She was named by Forbes.com as one of the top 20 women in the country Tweeting about small business and entrepreneurship. She is the winner of the United States Small Business Administration Home-Based Business of the Year Award.
She is a guest writer for Small Biz Trends and American Express Open. Her mission, both personally and professionally, is, “To empower women and their families to maximize their potential through small business ownership.”
Her slogan is: Break all the rules, Build your own corporate ladder, and Create the life you love!
Tom Terwilliger is known as “The Achievement Mentor,” a leading authority on the Science of Achievement, international speaker and empowerment trainer and the author of the acclaimed #1 bestsellers, 7 Rules of Achievement and Why Smart Goals May Be Dumb. He has been speaking for the better part of 30 years in the areas of achieving greatness, mindset and health & fitness.
Tom’s unique background as a former Mr. America, longtime Fox Sports Net TV show host and Clear Channel radio show host has allowed him the opportunity to reach and impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. His authentic love of people and my strong belief in their ability to achieve far more than they believe possible has fueled his passion over the years.
Tom’s inspiring story of pulling himself from the world of drug and alcohol abusing outlaw biker to National Bodybuilding Champion (Mr. America) and high achiever has inspired countless others to reach for their own limitless potential.
Dorie Clark is the author of “Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future” (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013). A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she is also a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Forbes. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Clark is a marketing strategy consultant and speaker for clients including Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity, and the World Bank.
She is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and has guest lectured at the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, and more. She frequently appears in worldwide media including NPR, the BBC, and MSNBC. Learn more at dorieclark.com or follow her on Twitter @dorieclark.
Adam Bornstein is a New York Times bestselling author, writer, editor, speaker, and consultant. He is the CEO of Born Fitness, LLC, a company that specializes in viral content creation, publishing, online coaching, and branding. Bornstein is an award-winning fitness and nutrition writer and editor, and writes for some of the largest publications in the world. Named “one of the most influential people in health,” Bornstein was previously the editorial director for LIVESTRONG.COM and before that the fitness editor for Men’s Health. He currently is a columnist for Men’s Fitness, and a contributing editor for SHAPE Magazine, STACK Magazine, and an editorial advisor for Greatist.com, Schwarzenegger.com, and Examine.com. Bornstein is also the author of six health and fitness books.
John Michael Morgan is known as the Chuck Norris of success. He’s spent the last 12 years helping businesses and entrepreneurs achieve success. His book Brand Against The Machine spent 8 months at the top of Amazon.com’s Top-Rated Marketing books. John is an in-demand keynote speaker and consultant who has worked with some of the world’s largest brands.
John has been compared to the popular TV character “House” for his ability to get to the root of the problem without any fluff. His passion is helping entrepreneurs overcome their struggles and teaching them how to achieve and sustain the success they deserve. John began studying success principles when he was a teenager which did not make him popular with the ladies.
Jeff Goins is a full-time author, speaker, and consultant. A former nonprofit marketing director, he now helps communicators and artists find the audience their messages deserve. Jeff is the author of three books: The In-Between, Wrecked, and You Are a Writer.
Originally from Chicago, Goins graduated from Illinois College and spent a year on the road with a band. He speaks Spanish, plays guitar, and makes homemade guacamole every week.
Jeff regularly writes about creativity, the spread of ideas, and making a difference in the world. His work has been featured on Copyblogger, ZenHabits.net, and the Huffington Post. His award-winning website is one of the fast-growing blogs on the web and a well-respected resource for writers.
Charles H. Green is an author, speaker, and world expert on trust-based relationships in sales and complex businesses. Charlie is the author or co-author of The Trusted Advisor, the Trusted Advisor Fieldbook, and Trust-based Selling. He founded Trusted Advisor Associates in 1997, after a 20-year career in general management consulting and an MBA from Harvard. He also drove a taxi in New York while in college.
A prolific writer, Charlie has written his blog Trust Matters since 2007. He has been published in Harvard Business Review, Directorship Magazine, Management Consulting News, CPA Journal, Huffington Post, American Lawyer, BusinessWeek, Forbes.com, Investments and Wealth Monitor, and Commercial Lending Review, and is a contributing editor at RainToday.com.
Originally from the midwest, Charlie makes his home these days in West Orange, New Jersey. Find out more about him at TrustedAdvisor.com, read the blog Trust Matters, or follow him on twitter at @charleshgreen and Google+ at +CharlesHGreen.
Bob Burg is an internationally-acclaimed speaker, bestselling author and popular blogger.
Although for years he was best known for his book Endless Referrals, over the past few years it’s his business parable, The Go-Giver (coauthored with John David Mann) that has captured the imagination of his readers.
The Go-Giver shot to #6 on The Wall Street Journal’s Business Bestsellers list just three weeks after its release and reached #9 on BusinessWeek. It’s been translated into 21 languages. It is his fourth book to sell over 250,000 copies.
Bob’s newest book, Adversaries Into Allies will be released October 31st. Drawing on his own experiences and the stories of other influential people, Burg offers five simple principles of what he calls Ultimate Influence™ — the ability to move people to your side in a way that leaves everyone feeling great about the outcome… and about themselves!
Bob is an advocate, supporter and defender of the Free Enterprise system, believing that the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people they serve.
He is also a lover of animals. Okay, more like a fanatic.
James Altucher has started over 20 businesses, failed at most of them but succeeded at a few. Has been an entrepreneur, a venture capitalist, a hedge fund manager, and author of 11 books including his latest, “Choose Yourself”. His motto is, “I save lives, including my own.” He just made that motto up.
Every Thursday he does a Q&A on twitter @jaltucher, where he answers questions about every aspect of “ownership” including taking responsibility for your own dreams and how to make them manifest.
Alan Weinkrantz is a technology public relations advisor serving startups, funded companies, VCs and accelerators.
His “Above The Code” method of approaching PR as being in a rock and roll band, is based on his following and playing music for half a century, which started with watching American Bandstand and seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Alan will cover his insights and experiences when he had to re-start his business, start over much of his life, and began to discover the rise of The StartOver Economy, a term inspired by Owner Magazine’s own Chris Brogan (thank you Chris!)
Becky McCray is a small town business owner; she and her husband Joe co-own a retail liquor store and a cattle ranch. She uses her real-world owner experience to be a better speaker and writer about small town business. Becky and Chicago entrepreneur Barry Moltz are the authors of the award-winning book Small Town Rules, based on the wisdom of small town business people. Her site on rural business, Small Biz Survival, ranks in the top 20 small business blogs worldwide.
Becky believes we learn from both our successes and our failures, even when those failures are printed in the local newspaper. Between her international travels, she makes her home base in Hopeton, Oklahoma, a community of 30 people. If you won’t be in Hopeton any time soon, you can find her on Twitter @BeckyMcCray and see glimpses of her small town life and travels on Flickr.
Raúl Colón is a technologist at heart, entrepreneur, and proud dad. After working for consulting firms such as KPMG LLP as an IT security consultant he decided to shift his energy into helping small business owners build their businesses online.
He is also CEO and founder of Limonade Inc., his latest venture helping other entrepreneurs and executives turning sour situations into sweet opportunities. He also works as a Strategic Partner of Human Business Works on specific projects.
Raúl has over 15 years of experience working in different leadership positions environments including web development, instructor (U.S. Army), project management, business consulting, and business process improvement.
He lives in Puerto Rico near the beach where he eats organic vegan fare and enjoys life with his life and business partner and their daughter.
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Sophie Lizard is the editor of Owner, wrangling words and exterminating typos with glee. A freelance writer passionate about neuroscience, anthropology, hot chocolate and getting shit done, she’s the final destination for Owners who want to revive limp copywriting or snap an ebook into shape.
Sophie’s written for more than 150 publications on topics as varied—yet secretly related—as sex, marketing, productivity and LARPing. Through her site Be a Freelance Blogger and her mentoring and training programs, she teaches writers to boost their income and find their freedom by blogging for hire. Talk to her on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.
Brigitta Toruño’s love of her native Spanish fueled her desire to work with languages and launch UNO Translations and Communications, LLC (UNO). Her personal experience seeing her parents struggle in learning another language and culture gives Brigitta a true passion for her work and has formed the basis for her company’s philosophy and mission.
Brigitta is a much sought-after speaker, sharing her expertise in Hispanic culture, the importance of language translation, cross-cultural competence, cultural awareness and international business etiquette. She writes for Modern DC Business magazine on these subjects.
Brigitta is a lifelong Washingtonian, where the heart of the city is made up of every country in the world. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Averett College and successfully completed the Minority Business Executive Program from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. She currently serves on the board of directors for Loudoun Interfaith Relief, Mobile Hope, and Devotion to Children. Brigitta also is on a meditation and yoga journey that is a lifetime quest that brings her much joy.
Tania Dakka’s chief copywriter and troublemaker at TaniaDakka.com, slinging web ink for hip sites who know how important confidence and personality are for their businesses. Her blog content has donned sites like Problogger, Make A Living Writing and The Renegade Writer just to name a few. She also co-authored a little book inspired by Chris Brogan entitled “What We Know About Bravery: A Lesson Book from the Front Lines”, for people who need help getting their CAPE on.
Tania’s written copy and strategies that helped small businesses step up to the next rung on their success ladder, actually watching as sales for her clients roll in on their Facebook page once they implemented her ideas. She’s also had the pleasure of working with amazing authors like Chris Brogan, Sean Platt, and Patti Larsen on various projects.
When she’s not splaying words that make businesses’ readers fall madly in love with them, you’ll find her saddled up on her Sportster, rolling through the flatlands of NW Ohio.
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