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266- Anatomy of a successful Joint Venture Partnership serving a targeted niche

March 25th, 2015

This episode has 3 individual entrepreneurs in a single interview, so that we can learn about the lessons learned in this live case study where we review the anatomy of a successful Joint Venture / partnership. The joint venture partners are D’Vorah Lansky and Doug Foresta, and their venture started with the 30-Day Podcasting Challenge, and their web site for the podcast is Podcasting Success Secrets.

Web site - DVorah-n-Doug- 2015-03-25_8-16-23

This was a venture that targeted the authors and entrepreneurs with a non-judgmental and non-intimidating environment to get their message published.

Less than a year old, this venture has many programs within it. One such program is called The Podcast Club.

The attached pdf document will give you an overview of the features, benefits and programs of this venture for the intended audiences of authors and entrepreneurs.

Select this link to view the PDF DOCUMENT “About the PODCAST CLUB.”

As you will hear in this audio episode, we explore:

– how they met and became JV partners;

– how they began their planning and conducted their research for their target audience(s);

– how they planned the potential programs of their new venture — including podcasts, membership site, premium content, interactive calls and webinars, mastermind groups — and more;

– how their podcast became a key piece of their venture (since they were both podcasters).

We also get a quick peek at their future plans for growth and directions for this venture.

Now, in full disclosure, I have been interviewed by each of these two individuals for 2 separate podcast shows in the past. But in this episode, they are the interviewees over the Skype network.

They also deliver the lessons learned and their challenges in starting this venture less than a year ago. From what they mention in the discussion, they seemed to have discovered a strong niche that is hungry for the content and programs that they are delivering. And so far, their venture has met or exceeded its financial goals.

If you wish to become a member of their program, they are offering a special discount to any of our listeners that mention to them that they heard about their venture on this podcast episode.

For more information, you may contact via email at:


or go to the web site of: (for the podcast)


(for the 30-day Podcasting Challenge)


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Copyright (c) 2015, Matrix Solutions Corporation and D’Vorah Lansky and Doug Foresta. All rights reserved.

265- Next episode: An anatomy of a successful Joint Venture for 2 entrepreneurs – and thanks to our listeners

March 24th, 2015


We would like to thank you for your patience during the bit of trouble that we had on our web hosting site.

We believe that the problems have been resolved, and we wanted to let you know that we are going to publish an interview in the next few days about the journey taken by two successful entrepreneurs who have teamed up together to form a JOINT VENTURE.

We will explore this successful type of partnership — how they met, how they began their planning, how they researched their audience and the potential of this new venture (including podcasts, but also with a membership site and plans for a mastermind group and other programs, etc.). We will also get a peek at their plans for the future growth of this venture.

I have been interviewed by each of these two individuals who will be the interviewees of the next episode — that’s right, we shall have 3 people on the interview Skype call, so that you can get all the details from them about the lessons learned that they have discovered as they planned, launched and executed a successful site and program that services a niche that is hungry for the value that they deliver.

Until we post that episode, thank you to all our listeners for your patience while we have addressed the problems of web sites on the internet due to the malice of others.


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264- This episode was FYI only and it has been deleted

March 22nd, 2015

263- New Platform for Entrepreneurs for marketing – Screencast Pro

February 23rd, 2015

In this audio episode, we repurpose content of an episode of the podcast show called Skills In Screencasts and Podcasts.

We deliver a discussion with Lon Naylor about a new offering and program called Screencast Pro.


This offering could be a great one for either aspiring or current Startup owners and Entrepreneurs who wish to extend their skills to increase their audience and customers via the publication of SCREENCASTS.

The key date and times are:  24 February 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern for early-bird content), as well as 11:00 am Eastern (for CART).

ScreencastPro cart date

As you will hear in this audio episode, Lon describes:

– the origin and development of this program with his joint venture partner, Joey Xoto;

– the pre-launch and launch activities (with the CART availability on 24 February 2015) including 3 videos as pre-launch content;

– the inclusion of free resources, hints, tips, tricks and templates that allow an aspiring screencaster, Internet Marketer, Entrepreneur or Podcaster or New Media professional to use the templates and deliver effective screencasts very quickly;

– the availability of a membership site where continuing templates, discussions, demos and other added value content will be available to those who purchase the offering; and

– much more (hint:: go to episode 19 of this podcast show for a detailed look at some pre-launch videos about the benefits of Screencast Pro).

For more information (until the actual CART availability and launch of the offering),  select the link, below:


Or, if you wish to see the pre-launch videos (there are 3) prior to the CART-date availability, select this link:


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Copyright (c) 2015, Lon Naylor and Joey Xoto of All rights reserved.

262- Entrepreneur finds value in Online Conference aka Virtual Event

January 30th, 2015

This is a repurposed audio episode from the podcast show called Podcast Reporter at

This is of value to those who wish to pursue podcasting, as it is a virtual event — that is an online conference via the Internet. There was no travel involved. And there were 6 evenings of 2 presentations each by speakers who delivered their content online — as well as a promise to have materials, slides, audio mp3 files, video replay and chatroom transcripts.

In this audio episode, we deliver a review of the Business Podcaster Summit online conference — aka a Virtual Event — for podcasters who want to establish podcasting as a business or take their podcasts to the next level in monetization or profit strategies.

As you will hear in this audio episode, this virtual event took place during the last two weeks of January, 2015. With a dozen sessions delivered by speakers chosen by two of the folks that started Podcast Movement (the conference), the topics ranged from Building Podcast Communities and Creating Mailing lists via Podcasting to Crowdfunding — and more.

I myself attended the conference online during the live presentations. I tried to get some of the materials, slides and download the audio episode and chatroom transcripts — although some of these were not readily available, even after a few days of the live session.

Overall, I feel that the summit provided great value to those who could not attend the previous Podcast Movement conference (or get the content from the virtual ticket) — as most of these selected speakers also spoke at the August, 2014, conference (many times with the same or related presentation). In fact, this review highlights what I considered the top 3 sessions.

Of course, even though there were only 12 sessions of 50 to 60 minutes each, an attendee always wishes that there had been more sessions — especially from well-known business successes and thought leaders with monetization in podcasting, such as Paul Colligan, Daniel J Lewis and others (whose absence was considerably noticed by experienced podcasters).

Indeed, for those who could not attend the live sessions, the replays have a web page for those paying customers — and as soon as they are available, they will add more value to the podcasters who want to consume the content from this virtual event.

It will be interesting to see the content and sessions from the upcoming Podcast Movement 2015 conference and the subsequent Business Podcaster Summit.


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Copyright (c) 2015, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.

261- Entrepreneur Paul Colligan finds success in Content Creation and delivery

January 28th, 2015

This audio episode of PODCAST REPORTER delivers the final installment episode of the mini-series that we have started in mid-year 2015, in which we interview those who were the early podcasters (who started podcasting in 2004 and 2005). In addition, this episode will be repurposed in other podcast shows (e.g., Struggling Entrepreneur, Boomers for Startups and Skills in Screencasts and Podcasts). This is following the method of ISYOT (“I see you out there”) that is mentioned during the interview.

Top among these early podcasters is Paul Colligan — someone who is not only a subject matter expert, but also a published author, public speaker, course-creator and educator, problem-solver, a trusted advisor, a thought leader, a visionary and luminary, as well as a pundit for the New Media space — including podcasting, videocasting (especially YouTube(R)) and other New Media content creation and delivery systems.

Paul has also been a mentor for various podcasters — including myself for the last 9 years.

Paul Colligan - public speaker As you will hear in this audio episode, Paul discusses his entry in 2004-2005 into the Podcasting space and the New Media Environment and his direction in making a business in this arena of content creation and delivery. He has never lost sight of “following your customers and delivering your MESSAGE” (i.e., content) to them in whatever channel or delivery method of consumption that they choose.

As a published author for both Podcasting and YouTube strategies, Paul is now working on his latest book titled–

How to Podcast: Broadcast Your Message in 4 Simple Steps to the World of Smartphones, Connected Cars, Tablets and more — Even if you don’t really know what Podcasting is.

Paul-Colligan-book-for-2015-2014-12-20_13-23-16This book is scheduled for launch in February-March of 2015 and will be a different type of writing than just a lot of technical hardware and software specifications and recommendations (which can become obsolete very quickly). Paul describes the purpose for his book and his unique style and content that it will contain — including some contributions from key podcasters with their stories of how they podcast. Also, Paul discusses the wealth of bonus material that will come with the book (which is worth a great deal, as they are current offerings today that will be available with the book). In addition, pre-orders are being accepted for those interested in getting a copy of it immediately upon availability in whatever format they choose from this link at

Paul also gives his ideas of podcasting in terms of whether it is an industry or just a community or just a vehicle for delivery.

And finally, Paul describes his current 2 podcast shows: The Podcast Report and Thinking Out Loud.

Paul’s information can be found at:

and speaking engagements can be booked at (503) 822-3486.


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Copyright (c) 2015, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Paul Colligan of All rights reserved.

260- Entrepreneur funding via Portal from Hall Martin of T.E.N.

December 29th, 2014


Here we deliver a great opportunity for Entrepreneurs seeking funding for their startup. It includes not only Angel Investors, but also Crowdfunding and live events of what is called called the FUNDING FORUM PROGRAM.

Hall T. Martin is the founder of  the Texas Entrepreneur Network also called T.E.N., which is at the URL of:

TEN web site

What does T.E.N. do?
In helping Entrepreneurs, Hall Martin describes it very simply:  “We help Texans raise funding.”

As you will hear in this brief audio episode (which is basically the audio portion of a brief, 2-minute video), Startups need to raise funding to launch their business. Traditional funding sources such as banks no longer lend to early stage companies especially to startups that are pre-revenue.
T.E.N.  has over 1000 investors in its network, and helps entrepreneurs find funding to grow their business. Entrepreneurs who have used our program have raised over $120 Million dollars,  and it continues to grow daily.
Hall continues:  “At T.E.N.,  we help you get the company ready, the investor documents ready, and then the campaign ready for engaging investors.  We coach you through the process of identifying, engaging, and following up potential investors for your deal.  We can show you where to find funding and how to access it.”
In addition, the state of Texas recently passed an intrastate crowdfunding law which lets anyone in the state of Texas invest in startups.  This opens up a new source of capital to entrepreneurs.
The T.E.N. Funding Program can work for entrepreneurs that are just starting or are well on the way to growing the business.

Hall also mentions:  “We have been helping Texas entrepreneurs raise funding for over 5 years.  We started by helping launch and build angel networks.   We ran funding forums across the state from Austin, to Dallas, to Houston, to El Paso, and more.  Today, we help entrepreneurs through the TEN Funding portal where we offer nine types of campaigns.”

Hall Martin of TEN

If you’re seeking funding, you can sign up to learn more about how you can raise funding by visiting the T.E.N. portal at:

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Copyright (c) 2014, Texas Entrepreneur Network (T.E.N.) at and Hall Martin. All rights reserved.

259- Building a Brand in a niche broadcast and podcast- Jason Bryant

December 26th, 2014

As a very young man, Jason Bryant always wanted to be a sports broadcaster. In his youth, he acquired the skills and experience to pursue his dream. And with the advent of podcasting, he is accomplishing his dream as an entrepreneur while being fully engrossed in the world of college wrestling and sports podcasting.

Image-jason-bryant_HOFAs you will hear in this audio interview, Jason Bryant is the founder of the show called Mat Talk Online. In addition, Jason has also created his own podcast network with seven podcast shows — all within his niche of sports podcasts, especially wrestling. The network can be located at:

MatTalkOnline-podcast-shows-2014-12-23_15-19-37Jason’s experience in the sphere of wresting also shows his credentials:

– President, National Wrestling Media Association;


– former W.I.N. Magazine Wrestling JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR;


His small business that he started rather recently brings in revenue with the offerings and services which he provides to his customers, the schools with wrestling programs.

A family man with his wife and young child, he is struggling at this time to strengthen his brand building with awareness, as well as delivering proofs-of-concept to his network of contacts (which he develops, nurtures and engages with professionalism).

As you will also note in this audio episode, Jason has been successful without having to go the route of a formal business plan. Indeed, he does have his self-developed  “marketing kit” which he uses to prepare the engagement of new clients to his programs.

And even though the road may be filled with all sorts of related opportunities, it is clear that his passion for sports broadcasting in the wresting arena (i.e., the wresting “mat”) will not be diluted by chasing after other types of “distractions.” That is, he has no plans to start a podcast about podcasting or other topics that may have become saturated in the podosphere.

However, he does consider himself a mentor that will talk to others interested in the niche and technology, and he will offer his counsel and advice, just to help out and “give back” to the podcast community. But his direction is to stay firm on the road of podcasting for his clients and to stay on the wrestling “mat.”

You can contact Jason Bryant at:

– email:

– twitter:  @jasonmbryant and also @mattalkonline

– telephone:  cell => 612-812-5983 and skype studio => 651-315-6171


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Copyright (c) 2014, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.

258- Veteran becomes Entrepreneur, author and podcaster- Tom Morkes

December 20th, 2014

Discipline, drive, organization, integrity and professionalism — these are the characteristics for successful entrepreneurship. These are also the cornerstones of Tom Morkes for his successful career in the US Army in logistics, especially in the war zone of the Middle East. Tom was deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Infantry Division.  Also, he joined the 5th Special Forces Group (an airborne unit) as an S-3 in the GSB (a logistics support battalion) in the last year in which he was in the Army, although he did not deplay with that unit.

Now once again a civilian, Tom has successfully made the transition to an entrepreneur — publisher, podcaster, author and role model. This is his story.

 Tom Morkes- then and now

 As you will hear in this audio episode, challenges and obstacles and problems are expectations that are met with adjustments, changes and creativity in adapting viagra to the new situation — which are the manners to overcome.

Tom is pursuing his entrepreneurship and provides consultation to veterans and others about strategies for success.

Tom can be contacted at:

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Copyright (c) 2014, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.

257- Entrepreneur uses skills to promote brand worldwide- Jonathan Li

December 15th, 2014

This episode delivers an interview with another international guest, Jonathan Li, who is a public speaker,  podcaster and the author of a free ebook titled The Expressive Leader: How to get over your fear of Public Speaking to gain credibility and to spread your message to more people.


 Jonathan Li

 From Hong Kong, this Entrepreneur early entrant used his skills that he polished in the area of public speaking to branch out and develop services, consulting and podcasts to enhance his own brand.

As you will hear in this episode, not only does Jonathan offer you a free ebook, but for those who sign up for the ebook, he will schedule a one-on-one consultation for free after you sign up for his list.

You can get your free copy of his 56-page ebook at the following link:

You may contact Jonathan Li via email at:

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Copyright (c) 2014, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.

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