Outlier On Air | Interviewing Founders, Disruptors, & Mavens

"If it can be read by humans it should be able to interact with a bot." - Adrien Schmidt

Adrien Schmidt, CEO of Bouquet, is a successful entrepreneur, engineer and innovator. In 2004 he co-founded Squid Solutions, a software company based in Paris that provides usage analytics to publishers around the world. As Squid Solutions rapidly turned companies into data-driven enterprises, he went on to open offices for Squid Solutions in Beijing in 2006 and San Francisco in 2014. On a mission to become a market leader in a new generation of analytics tools, Adrien co-founded Bouquet in 2015, creating a product that brings a fulfilling experience of analytics to thousands of users in their daily jobs with chatbots powered by artificial intelligence.


Raised in both the U.S. and France, Adrien has dedicated his career to innovation and entrepreneurship on a global level. In 2013, Adrien served as Chairman of NUMA, France’s most recognized accelerator, supervising the transition from local non-profit to international accelerator, increasing its budget, facilities, and international presence. Additionally, Adrien served as the Vice President of JCI France, an economic empowerment program promoting the cooperation between French SMB’s and large companies in China. In 2010, he went on to serve as Treasurer and Board Member for Comité Richelieu, the leading French lobby for technology SMB’s.
Adrien speaks five languages, is a Huffington Post contributor and most recently a featured speaker at Plotcon and IoT World.

 

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"When somebody sees the Nuuvo logo I want them to associate it with quality." - Lydia Speck

Lydia Speck - Founding Partner, Nuuvo Health

Lydia Speck is an expert in health and wellness and specializes in health management. Raised in the Dallas area, she chose Texas State University where she received a degree in Consumer Science and a minor in Business. Upon graduation, she pursued a career in fitness and personal training. It was there that she realized, when it came to maximizing results, fitness was most advantageous when paired with medicine. Since that realization, she focused on understanding how to apply these new medical approaches with lifestyle changes to achieve maximum results in the pursuit of a healthier and better life.  

 
Lydia has spent the last three years in the medical field she has seen remarkable results from therapies using IV infusions. However, the most common request from clients was to have these treatments in a more convenient setting than a clinic. After extensive market research the idea was born to offer a mobile service, starting with her hometown of Dallas, TX. She Co-Founded Nuuvo Health at the end of 2016 with Dr. John Ruffino and currently acts as the COO. 
 

 

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"Being a successful entrepreneur takes more than just accepting that you do not know everything." - Rana Gujral 

Rana Gujral - Entrepreneur, Executive, and Investor

Rana Gujral is an Entrepreneur, Executive, and Investor. In 2014, he founded TiZE, a Cloud software for specialty chemicals, and held the role of CEO until his exit in 2016. He is currently leading Smart Home Initiatives at Logitech and an advisor to several startups. Rana is a contributing columnist at TechCrunch and Forbes and was awarded the ‘Entrepreneur of the Month’ by CIO Magazine and the ‘US-China Pioneer’ Award by IEIE 2017. He was listed among Top 10 Entrepreneurs to follow in 2017 by Huffington Post and is a sought after international speaker. Rana has most recently been a featured speaker at the World Government Summit in Dubai, the Silicon Valley Smart Future Summit 2017, and IEIE 2017 in New York.



Rana holds degrees in Management, Finance, and Engineering from MIT Sloan, UMass, and TACK U.K. Prior to TiZE, Rana was recruited to be a part of the core turnaround team for Cricut Inc. At Cricut, Rana led the initiative to build a first of its kind, innovative product for the DIY community and prompted the turnaround of Cricut’s EBITDA position from bankruptcy to profitability within a span of 2 years. Previously, Rana held leadership positions at Logitech S.A. and Kronos Inc., where he was responsible for the development of best-in-class products generating billions in revenue and contributed towards several award-winning engineering innovations.



Rana has earned a variety of personal and product awards and has been featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, Inc magazine, Huffington Post, Fast Company, NBC, Fox and CBS.

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"I'm a fighter and I don't know how else to be." - Kelli Tennant

Kelli Tennant - Spectrum SportsNet/SportsNet LA Host

Kelli Tennant grew up in Temecula, California and was a prep volleyball star and high school First Team All-America selection. She went on to The University of Southern California to major in Public Relations and play volleyball for the Women of Troy. She captained her team to the Final Four in 2007. After graduation, she pursued her childhood dream of television, working in sports and entertainment for Fox Sports, ESPN, E! Entertainment and the Pac 12 Networks.

Kelli is currently a host and reporter for Spectrum Sportsnet and Sportsnet LA covering the Lakers, Dodgers, Galaxy and Sparks. She is also the author of "The Transition: Every Athlete's Guide to Life After Sports," which she wrote to aid fellow athletes in their own journeys. Kelli lives with a handful of autoimmune and health conditions, and focuses heavily on health and wellness, living a clean and full life. She is also deeply passionate about helping women live their most authentic, best lives. 

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"Take the leap and don't let fear cripple you." - Blythe Brumleve

Blythe Brumleve - Founder at GuysGirl Media

Hello—my name is Blythe and I started a sports blog side hustle in 2009 that’s grown into the media brand, GuysGirl. While working a side hustle at night, my days were spent managing the digital marketing efforts for top 3PL’s in the country. It’s been nearly ten years of working in sports media and B2B marketing and I’m here to help you navigate that busy port

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"Keep moving forward and take action" - Yigal Adato

Yigal Adato - Entrepreneur, Leadership Expert, & Founder of Legion of Leaders

Yigal is on a mission to guide business leaders to make more, stress less, and have more time doing what they love.

Yigal hails from the city of Istanbul, Turkey and moved to the USA at an early age of 2. Yigal always had a keen interest and immense passion for the art of business leadership and through the assistance of his business knowledge and understanding, he was able to create an incredible culture and thriving business from the ground up. 

Since the age of 15, Yigal has been studying and practicing leadership. He is well aware of what it takes to run a business handling the speed bumps, excuses, stresses, and how to run teams. At the age of 22 he ran a Retail/Service business with his brother that sold over $50 million in 15 years.

His vast experience as a business leader and his immense knowledge inspired him to pursue his passion of motivating and guiding other aspiring entrepreneurs, pave their way to success. After selling out his business share, Yigal went on to become a leadership expert and professional speaker and has trained a numerous number of employees and businessmen in their professional business career. His varied businesses have provided real life experiences in the trenches, achieving success
in going from broke musician to selling over 8 figures in his business endeavors, managing hundreds of employees, raising a family, and having fun in the process. A per his personal and professional successes, he courageously followed the source of his happiness to become a mentor to business owners.

Yigal offers a practical approach to helping people find the truth of what makes them tick and live accordingly to their discovery.

Most importantly, he is a father to his daughter Taly, husband to his wife Sharon, a present son to his mom Tina and dad Neil, and supportive sibling to his brother Moris and sister Daisy.

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"Your biggest obstacle is obscurity" - Brielle Takacs-Senske

Brielle Takacs-Senske - Co-Founder of Get Featured

Brielle Takacs-Senske has been working in public relations for over a decade. She was featured on the front page of the newspaper the day after she was born and the rest was destiny.  She is a firm believer that public relations is the art of making good works well-known, leading her to become the co-founder of Get Featured and Slate Media Productions.  She has a love for animals and has a horse, toy poodle, borer collie/corgi and a pet pig. 

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"The best advice I received recently is that I should learn to prioritize my life and only do what I love and is most essential to me." - Heather Wilde

Heather Wilde - CTO at ROCeteer

Heather Wilde is CTO of ROCeteer, and is also known as the “Unicorn Whisperer” due to her special focus on entrepreneurs. She is a personal and professional growth expert, executive coach, author, and speaker. 

As a founding employee of Evernote, she oversaw the company’s growth from thousands to 100,000,000 customers. She is one of the only women to have wholly programmed, designed, produced and published a game at the company THQ. Additionally, she has worked with the U.S. Navy, NASA and state and local governments around the world. She has led development, scalability, and reliability engineering of web sites with 60+ million unique monthly visitors, 1.7+ billion monthly page views, and 99.99% uptime SLA requirements. 

Among her other awards, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid selected her for a commendation in 2016 for her work in increasing STEM education in schools. 

Wilde's writing and speaking spans social media, entrepreneurialism, startups, leadership, cybersecurity, customer experience, fundraising, and diversity issues. She writes for Forbes and hosts the "Entrepreneurial Revolution" column for Inc Magazine.

Heather currently lives in Las Vegas, NV.

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"It really doesn’t matter how many people see your logo if they don’t remember it." - Brian Halley

Brian Halley - Branding Expert of Right Think

Brian Halley is the founder of Right Think, a company dedicated to helping small businesses access the secrets of branding that have traditionally been only available to big brands with big marketing budgets. In order for small businesses to gain ground and grow in today’s overcrowded marketplace, it is imperative that business owners receive a sound branding education and apply branding principles to their businesses.

With 20 years of design experience, working with brands like Reebok, Nordic Track, Harry Potter, Jelly Belly and the NBA, and building his own brand from scratch, Brian brings extraordinary value to small businesses by helping them understand that a brand is much more than a logo, and how creating a brand strategy based on his 4 Pillars of Branding, will advance a brand visually, drive effective, targeted marketing plans and guide important business decisions throughout the life of a brand.

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"As long and I'm creating something I can maintain a balance of happiness." - Brittney Bertier

Brittney Bertier - Actress |  Co-Creator of TRANSPLANTS

Brittney Bertier (co-producer/TRANSPLANTS) resides in Los Angeles and can currently be seen in the world premiere of King of the Road: The Roger Miller Story at Laguna Playhouse, in the upcoming Netflix original series Atypical, and in the feature film Along The Way. She was recently seen as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Sierra Repertory Theatre) and is the voice of Alice in the recording of Hello! My Baby. In addition to starring in TRANSPLANTS, she also writes and records the music for the series alongside Grammy award winner Ted Pearlman. Off Broadway: O Night Divine. National Tour: Seussical. Film: The God Question, Wild Horses. BFA in Music Theatre from The Hartt School. 

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TRANSPLANTS is a comedy about a guy and a girl (friends) who relocate from New York City to Los Angeles and utterly fail to adapt to their new environment. Each episode deals with a new challenge that the average New Yorker is thrown by once setting foot on dusty LA soil, including the definition and appropriate time table for brunch, finding an apartment when it appears every broker is on a life long vacation, and transportation in the world's least sensibly planned city. Pointing fun at New York and LA with an emphasis on the latter, audiences will adore Bri and Trey's endearing ridiculousness as they navigate new territory.

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