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The Trep Talk , hosted by Michael S. Melfi, is about those who educate, collaborate and inspire the entrepreneurial spirit. If you are an Entrepreneurs at any stages and interested in learning from successful Entrepreneurs and business leaders, this is for you. We will talk with our entrepreneurs about the mindset and behavior lessons that will translate to any business, at any stage. Our show provides relevant information to entrepreneurs in the way they like it - in easy to digest, bite size pieces of content. We look forward to you joining us on the show..

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Listen to the visionary conversation surrounding entrepreneurship as culture

The Trep Talk
December 15, 2016 3:30 PM

Catching the eye of IBM and having a company incubated by them, with no strings attached, demonstrated to James Felton Keith, founder of the Keith Institute, that predictive analytics was the next wave of technology. James is the guest this week on The Trep Talk. Listen to the visionary conversation surrounding entrepreneurship as culture and defining Personal Data as an asset class and the next wave of valuation.

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Valuation

The Trep Talk
December 9, 2016 1:30 PM

Valuation
By Michael S. Melfi JD, MBA

They often say how much something is worth is based on what someone is willing to pay for it - the ol’ supply and demand rules. However when dealing with inventions and emerging brands, it is important to develop a valuation that is based on industry standards, investor criteria and reliable financial data. A valuation is a financial number generated to various accounting and financial models to create a representative financial value of the idea, invention or business. The reason why this is so important is that any type of funding for lending will typically take into account this financial number. Plus, it is necessary that any inventor or business owner at least understand the value of their business. The tricky part is that many people often overvalue what they have worked on or the amount of sweat equity they have put into a business.

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Stephen Lehtonen shared the secret of Entrepreneurial success

The Trep Talk
December 8, 2016 7:30 PM

This week Stephen Lehtonen, the Engagement Partner for Growthink, is the guest on this week’s The Trep Talk. The secret to Entrepreneurial Success is revealed from someone who had been working with thousands of successful companies. He knows what will get funded, how to break into a market, the things an entrepreneur needs to know to grow and be successful – and he shares them with us!

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Find out what will help your company get funding from Grand Angels

The Trep Talk
November 30, 2016 9:00 AM

Funding advice from one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan and included in Crain’s Top 25 Women in tech in 2015 and current President of Grand Angels is not something to scoff at!

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the most success you have is because you endured the most challenges

The Trep Talk
November 22, 2016 4:00 PM


Laura St. John, co- founder of StrongConfidentLiving.com, believes the most success you have is because you endured the most challenges. She would know; she turned a lost multimillion-dollar deal into a strategic pivot for her company and in the process learned a lesson that has proven useful throughout her many ventures.

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Shinola - Mission Possible!

The Trep Talk
November 16, 2016 5:00 PM


Jacques Panis, President of Shinola is this week's guest on 'the Trep Talk' – find out how this leader keeps his culture alive with the meteoric growth the company "Shinola" has experienced in Michigan as well as continuing the mission of creating great jobs here in the U.S.

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The Real Talk About Crowdfunding

The Trep Talk
November 14, 2016 2:00 PM

The Real Talk About Crowdfunding
By Michael S. Melfi JD, MBA

As many readers know, I have significant experience in the Crowdfunding industry, from authoring a book, to assisting portals with their launch, consulting emerging brands and even speaking to the Chinese Delegates on a recent visit to America. With all this experience, I wish there was a magic pill to a successful fundraise and despite the secrets my recent book alludes to, there definitely needs to be all the right pieces and players in place to run a well orchestrated campaign.

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Crowdfunding: Bringing Angel Investing to Main Street

The Trep Talk
November 11, 2016 4:00 PM


Ken Nguyen, co-founder and CEO of Republic, gives advice needed to be successful in equity – or for that matter any funding campaign. As a spin off of Angels List, Republic gets an assist with mission support and the psychological support of the entire team. But Republic, while a spin off, is entirely independent of Angels List.

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It’s All About Execution for your business

The Trep Talk
November 4, 2016 9:09 PM

The Trep Talk has three-time author, Martin Zwilling as the interview guest this week. Martin discusses what he saw in Bill Gates and why he was successful and why you can be too. Listen to his sage advice to leaders to ‘do the work,’ and what that work entails. Find out the qualities this successful entrepreneur and Angel looks for in any company and see if you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

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Safeguard Your Business!

The Trep Talk
October 28, 2016 1:30 PM

Working with small businesses and entrepreneurs as a mentor and former CEO roundtable facilitator, Scott Sutton, the Vice President of Corporate Development at Safeguard, offers great insight into the needs of business.

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