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Retail Platform Pixavo Delivers a Unique Digital Concierge Experience

  “If you ask any retailer, 80 percent of their profitable revenue comes from the top 20 percent of of your customer base,” says MaryLiz Lehman, CEO and co-founder of concierge retail technology platform Pixavo.   “What are you doing to differentiate –– personalize, retain, inspire, engage with them? I think that’s where the downfall…

GuardianVets Offers Around-the-clock, Dependable Veterinary Care

  Like many successful startups, this one began with a problem that needed solving.   “Three years ago, I adopted my puppy, Patrick,” says John Dillon, founder and CEO of GuardianVets. “My guy’s a boxer-bloodhound mix. Boxers are super energetic, and bloodhounds are super stubborn.”   Although he’s adorable, Patrick’s particular combo of puppy traits…

Improve Your Sales: How to Lead With Transparency and Vulnerability to Win Customers’ Trust

“Our brains are wired to resist being influenced,” says Todd Caponi, author of the new book The Transparency Sale. “You walk into a room as a salesperson, even if you’re charming and engaging, the customer is thinking, ‘all right, when’s Johnny Salesperson coming out?’”   Salespeople, too, tend to think this way, Todd says. “B2B…

“Flat Organization just works” – How Punchkick’s method helps it flourish

 “It’s crazy. It just works,” says Zak Dabbas of the “flat” organizational structure behind his digital marketing agency, Punchkick Interactive. “Flat just means that everybody has the same opportunity to grow.”   For Zak, flat isn’t just a buzzword. It’s a reflection of his personal journey.   Zak was pre-med in college, intending to…

PediaSource: On-call, vetted childcare experts from neuropsychologists to potty trainers

It Takes a (Trusted) Village: PediaSource Leverages Experts to Offer On-Demand Parenting Support “With families scattered all around the world or the country, it takes a village,” says Hema Raj Trukenbrod, founder and CEO of PediaSource, a child and teen behavioral and developmental platform that offers support by phone from highly vetted experts. “My goal…

Holistic Uses Data to Give Companies an “Employee Happiness” Credit Score

Taking a data-driven approach to changing culture “One of the best things to happen for diversity in the workplace was that everybody realized that diverse and inclusive teams are more successful teams,” says Tom Alexander, whose Chicago-based startup consultancy Holistic uses data to help companies improve their workplace cultures. “And one of the best things…