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Carey Ransom, Aspiration

June 14th, 2018 · Comments

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Carey is an experienced Internet and software entrepreneur and executive, having started, grown and led many technology companies during their startup and growth phases. He’s currently COO at Aspiration, the leading consumer financial firm with a conscience.  Previously, he was Chief Product & Innovation Officer of Experian Consumer Services, where he led the new portfolio of consumer credit, financial and identity products, as well as partnership across other Experian business units.  He was also Chief eXploration Officer (CXO) of Payoff, a venture-backed consumer-focused digital financial services company, where he led new initiatives and strategic partnerships; and he was previously the CEO at RealPractice, a venture-backed marketing software and services company, which he sold in 2012 to ReachLocal (RLOC).

Carey's 20-year career spans executive roles in product, marketing, business development, strategy and corporate development. Prior to RealPractice, he was VP of Business Development at Brand Affinity Technologies (BAT), an Internet advertising and celebrity endorsement business. Carey was VP, Marketing and Corporate Development at WebVisible, forging new partnerships with companies such as AT&T and Microsoft, creating new lines of business, and helping WebVisible triple its revenue during his tenure. While at MessageRite (acquired by Frontbridge Technologies), Carey was VP of Sales & Marketing, leading the online storage and security start-up’s business, which was eventually acquired by Microsoft in 2005.

Carey is active in the Orange County startup and business community and is a long-time board member of OCTANe. He has frequently spoken at software, financial technology, and online media conferences such as AltFI, Innovation Project, INBOX, The BIA/Kelsey Group, OMMA, and others. Carey’s expertise is identifying the key enterprise value drivers for a business and delivering outsized growth through new revenue opportunities, product and technology initiatives, and creating and leveraging market trends.

Carey is an MBA graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In addition, he holds a B.A. in Economics from Indiana University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa.

 

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Michael Levin, Business Ghost

June 7th, 2018 · Comments

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Michael Levin is a New York Times bestselling author who founded and runs BusinessGhost.com, a national book ghostwriting firm. In 24 years of existence, BusinessGhost, has written, co-written, edited, or ghosted more than 700 books. 
 
Michael also serves as a regular columnist for Forbes.com, the New York Daily News, Thrive Global, and FoxNews.com, where his January, 2017 piece on the DNC hacking trended number one, and his October, 2017 piece on Daylight Saving Time attracted more than 1.5 million readers. 
 
Michael appeared on the first episode of Season Three of ABC’s ​Shark Tank, has made appearances on Fox News, and BBC worldwide TV and radio, as well as having been quoted in Inc. Magazine, in Bloomberg Businessweek, and in Tim Ferriss’ best seller, ​The Four Hour Body. He serves as a regular contributor to numerous major news organization - and takes great pride in having edited Zig Ziglar’s final book, ​Born To Win.
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Michael is most proud of being able to help so many people bring their stories, thoughts, and ideas to the printed page - and to the public’s attention. Michael recently launched his video podcast, The Manifesto, which can be seen on the new PikMobile App. 

 

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