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Be Investable , hosted by Michael S. Melfi, and Jesse Henry (link to GetInvestable.com) digs deep into the biggest problem emerging companies, entrepreneurs, and businesses face today – funding. Our show is about learning how to Be Investable. Learn from our guests what key investors are really looking for in leadership and management. Our guests are experienced, successful leaders and pioneers happy to discuss the road map for hacking fundraising, attracting mentors and manifesting investors. We look forward to you joining us on the show..

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Stars of the Techstars 2017 Mobility Cohort

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September 14, 2017 4:00 PM

Be Investable gets the inside scoop 2017 Class of Techstars Mobility three of the eleven were interviewed in this PodCast. Hear from start-ups Busbot, Derq and Fathom, why they came to Detroit, all about their projects, what they're getting out of this experience, and inspiration of what it takes to be investable!

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A State of the Union Live from Ford Field!

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September 14, 2017 3:00 PM

Join Be Investable for the State of the Union, live from Ford Field with Techstar Mentor, Ted Serbinski. The new partnership with Rocket Fiber is discussed. This partnership will bring gigabit internet to Techstars Detroit offices and the House for Founders… Internet that’s 1000 times faster than standard cable companies.

Ted talks about what is new at Techstars as well as introduces the 2017 Techstars Mobility Accelerator Class. The new cohort is the most diverse class yet, with 11 exciting start-up companies from around the world representing 5 different countries. Four new partners are joining the consortium: next 47, Bosch, InMotion and AAA. They join existing partners Ford, Verizon, Dana, Honda, Munich Re and Michelin.

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12-Steps to Employee Onboarding Success

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August 30, 2017 2:00 PM

Onboarding in a company is an employee's chance to make a stellar first impression. Often overlooked, it is also the company's opportunity to onboard the new employee and make them feel welcome. How an employee is brought into the company can leave a lasting positive or negative impression. In this podcast, author, coach and consultant, Terri Kelly offers listeners a 12-step process for onboarding someone in the first 90-days. Listen in and share this within your organizations to ensure success from the moment an employee walks through the door!

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CEO Supports Mental Health of Employees

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August 24, 2017 1:00 PM

Many of us know Ben Congleton, CEO of Olark Live Chat, as the CEO who supports the mental health of his employees. His employee emailed the company that she was taking a mental health day and with permission tweeted his supportive reply. It was since retweeted tens of thousands of times. People all over the world found value in a CEO who truly cares about the mental health of his employees. Listen in to hear more about this amazing story and what we can all learn from it.

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Don't Do What It Takes, BE What It Takes

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August 16, 2017 4:00 PM

This week Michael S. Melfi, host of 'The Trep Talk' and 'Be Investable' takes over the airwaves solo. Doing one of his periodic Q&A sessions, he reflects on questions he has heard frequently in recent months.

Michael discusses how to create success and the notion that you shouldn’t do what it takes, you should be what it takes. He uncovers how to be successful with fundraising and the importance of A.S.K. - Attitude, Skills and Knowledge.

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Venture Capitalist is Auditioning the Future

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July 26, 2017 5:00 PM

Ann Winblad - Co-Founder, Managing Director Hummer Winblad Venture Partners - bottom line she is a rock star with over 30,000 followers on Linkedin. Here are a few take aways from the interview:

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Tapping into a Money Mindset

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July 20, 2017 9:00 AM

Jesse Henry Co-Founder ‘Be Investable’ has been all around the country in recent years learning and speaking on what it takes to be successful. He researches investable businesses and investable entrepreneurs.  With Michael they discuss about tapping into the mindset of what generates interest for those with money, resources and capital in 2017.

Those with success are not sitting there waiting for things to happen, they are problem solvers, and speak in a language that resonates appropriately for the customer, the investor or their associates and co-workers. He also cites a fresh air of authenticity for these individuals and companies. He does warn there does need to be a balance for personality traits and business acumen. And with funds sitting on the sidelines today waiting for ideas, mitigating risk through great teams that stand out, is a strategy which helps.

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The Abundant Life of Steve Acho

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July 20, 2017 9:00 AM

Steve Acho is a Detroit-based singer-songwriter-pianist. He honed his stage skills performing standup comedy starting at the age of eight, and continued through high school. He taught himself to play piano, after being inspired by a Billy Joel concert his parents took him to.

A self-taught singer and piano player, he began performing in coffee houses, restaurants, bars, and private events in the Detroit area starting in 1993.

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MEDC Goes to School

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July 19, 2017 11:00 AM

This week’s guest on Be Investable is the University Relations at theMichigan Economic Development Corporation Director (MEDC), Denise Graves.

Denise shares what the MEDC is and how it works. As a successful entrepreneur Denise works on transferring new innovative technologies that have been developed in universities and getting them into the work field via business start-ups. 

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Fund of Funds

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June 26, 2017 1:00 PM

The first, and now the model of a fund of funds, the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund (RVCF) invests in the very best venture capital funds in the country and brings them to Michigan to invest in the hot entrepreneurial ecosystem. The unique model of investing in funds instead of individual companies has helped create interest and growth in the ecosystem in Michigan, attracting funds from around the country.

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