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Entrepreneur Stories 4⃣ Business Inspiration*

Mar 30, 2020

Emmanuel Straschnov is the co-founder of Bubble, a visual programming language for web and mobile applications. Born in Paris, Emmanuel studied at Polytechnique and got his MBA from Harvard. Prior to Bubble, he was a consultant in China. He is committed to breaking the economic limits of technology and devising...


Mar 23, 2020

Jason Zilberbrand is an aircraft valuations expert and the President of VREF Aircraft Value Reference & Appraisal Services. He is an Accredited Senior Aircraft Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), former broker, former inventorying dealer, acquisition agent, aircraft owner, aircraft operator,...


Mar 16, 2020

Gary Swart is a partner at Polaris Partners, investing in technology and healthcare companies, out of their San Francisco office. He represents Polaris on the boards of Quantcast, SimplyInsured, FloQast, Falkonry, Faro Health, and Qstream. He also served on the board of CliQr (Cisco).

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Mar 9, 2020

Bejan Douraghy made his way from New York City to Chicago with $1,000 in his pocket, big dreams, and the ambition to start a new kind of staffing agency... at the age of 25.  He wanted to start a firm that nurtures long-lasting relationships with clients and talent alike. With that in mind, he launched Artisan...


Mar 2, 2020

Heath Ritenour joined Insurance Office of America in 1996. He was named Chief Executive Officer in 2008 and became Chairman in 2019. Since taking the helm, Heath has helped IOA grow to the 13th largest privately held insurance agency in the country. He firmly believes in serving IOA’s clients passionately,...