American Monetary Association

Tim Sullivan is the Chief Executive Officer of MicroVentures. He joins the show to discuss how early-stage funding has changed from the 90's to today. He also explains the differences between angel investors and VCs.

 

Sullivan then digs deep into the JOBS Act and how the SEC is regulating it. 

 

Sullivan's firm, MicroVentures, is the biggest crowdfunding platform. It's done about $40 million in deals with companies that have become big, like Facebook, Palantir, and Twitter. Sullivan shares his strategy in finding such companies.

 

Sullivan finishes the interview by talking about whether Twitter's current valuation is fair.

 

Visit MicroVentures at www.microventures.com.

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Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 5:23pm EST

A national leader in bringing transparency to government spending, Adam Andrzejewski, (Angie-f-ski) the eldest of seven children, was born in rural Herscher, IL-- a hardworking small town, and family farm community.

After working his way through Northern Illinois University, Adam and his brother successfully built a $20 million dollar business which employed 160. Today, HomePages® is the nation’s largest publisher of community telephone directories. Selling his share of the business to his brother in 2007, Adam began to focus on a life of public service.

In 2010, Adam ran for Governor of Illinois in the Republican primary. Adam was proud to be endorsed by Nobel Peace Prize winner and Solidarity founder Lech Walesa, among others. Adam promised he would post “every dime online in real time.” Despite a close loss on Election Day, Adam founded OpenTheBooks.com to fulfill his campaign pledge.

Today, OpenTheBooks.com contains over 300 million lines of government spending with the goal of acquiring 1 billion lines within the year. Currently posted is nearly all disclosed federal checkbook vendor spending since 2000; 2.5 million federal employee salaries with five year salary histories; 40/50 states checkbook vendor spending; 31/50 states with public salaries and/or pensions; and all federal campaign donations since 1979.

On May 29, 2013, Andrzejewski’s editorial was published in The Wall Street Journal, “Track Government Spending on Your Phone.” The editorial showcased our first-to-market technology enabling taxpayers to search federal spending by ZIP code. Thereafter, the Open The Books app ranked as high as 3rd in Apple’s The App Store.

In September 2013, John Stossel’s Special- Innovation Nation on the FOX News Channel featured a segment on OpenTheBooks.com. In the week following the show, 80,000 people rendered 750,000 pageviews on the website & mobile app. Adam is happily married to his wife Kerry and the proud father of three beautiful little girls. He is an avid runner, having run the Chicago Marathon on four occasions. Adam is a lector at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Hinsdale, IL.

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Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 2:41pm EST

Lowell Ponte is the co-author of the new book, "The Great Withdrawal: How the Progressives' 100-Year Debasement of America and the Dollar Ends."

 

Ponte joins the show to discuss how dishonest Obamacare is and whether Obama should be penalized for such an Act. 

 

Ponte also shares his predictions for 2014. 

 

Find out more about Lowell Ponte's previous book, "The Inflation Deception," at www.inflationdeception.com.

 

Lowell Ponte's diverse background includes being a reporter in Washington, D.C., a legislative aide in the California Assembly, one of two co-owners of a successful Hollywood public relations firm, a consultant and speaker for various corporations and trade associations, and dean of a distance-learning university.  

 

He worked for 15 years as a roving editor for Reader’s Digest magazine. He has done reporting in 33 countries, from Indonesia and Israel to Communist Cuba. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and many other publications.  

 

Ponte, a native of Southern California, hosted radio talk shows in Los Angeles for 17 years. More than 300 radio stations have carried his nationally syndicated radio shows.  On television, Ponte worked for four years as commentator and reporter on KCET-TV, the West Coast Production Center of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in Los Angeles.  

 

Ponte is author of "The Cooling" (Prentice-Hall), a prophetic investigation of global climate change and environmental modification warfare that has been used as a textbook at the U.S. military’s National Defense College. He is a former futurist for a Pentagon-consulted think tank, where he developed scenarios for exotic kinds of warfare and high-tech terrorism.  

 

Ponte, who holds the equivalent of a master's degree in international relations and a Ph.D. in English, also is founder and President of several organizations, including the Jefferson’s Birthday Committee dedicated to making Thomas Jefferson’s April 13 birthday a “National Holiday for Taxpayers.”  

 

He and his wife, Ellen, a screenwriter and veteran script analyst for several major Hollywood studios, live at the beach in Southern California.  

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Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 7:15pm EST

Jack Gerard is the CEO of the American Petroleum Institute. He joins the podcast to discuss the economic impacts of the predicted capital investments in oil and natural gas. He also gives his outlook on the oil & gas industry in 2014 and beyond. 

Gerard explains how the latest oil numbers affect jobs. He dissects whether the Obama energy agenda is that of "command and control", and if the U.S. is becoming self-reliant?

Gerard finally addresses the myths about prices at the pump being controlled by market factors out of the oil industry's control.

Find out more about the American Petroleum Institute at www.api.org.

Jack N. Gerard is president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, the national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry.  

Gerard has led API since November 2008, expanding its membership and influence in all 50 states and globally, adding offices in Dubai and Singapore to its operations in Beijing, enabling API to better inform the public and policymakers on important energy issues. API's Washington presence is the foundation for the oil and natural gas industry's advocacy and outreach at state, federal and global levels on public policy, standards and certification programs, and as the source for information on industry best practices.  

Gerard is recognized by numerous publications and his peers as one of Washington's most influential advocates. Washington Life magazine named him one of the city's "Power 100" and a Fortune magazine profile said Gerard's effort to build a 50-state advocacy network for the oil and natural gas industry was "showing signs of success" through its outreach to workers and non-traditional allies.  

Prior to joining API, Gerard served as president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council, and earlier held the same position at the National Mining Association. Gerard also spent close to a decade working in the U.S. Senate and House. He came to Washington in 1981, and worked for Rep. George Hansen. He also worked for Sen. James A. McClure, who chaired the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  

Sen. McClure retired in 1990, and Gerard joined him in founding McClure, Gerard & Neuenschwander, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based government relations consulting firm. Gerard served as Chairman and Chief Executive officer and focused on issues such as international sports, telecommunications, energy and mining.  

He serves as a board member and is a past chairman of the National Capital Area Council - Boy Scouts of America, is a board member and former chair of The George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, is chairman of the board of directors for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, and is a member of the Conservation Fund's Corporate Council.  

As the industry's national trade association, API has over 500 members. They range from the largest major oil company to the smallest of independents and represent all segments of the industry.  

Gerard was born and grew up in Idaho. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from George Washington University. Gerard lives in Virginia with his wife, Claudette, and their eight children, including twin boys the family adopted from Guatemala. 

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Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 7:33pm EST

Mark Langerman is the Managing Director of the Patriot Fund and CEO of the Empowerment Financial Group. He joins the podcast to discuss some household items that are helping the State fund terrorism. He also explains what Terror-Free Investment (TFI) vehicles are and how investors can invest terror free.

Langerman also believes American people need to do their part to punish companies that are willing to help Iran’s economy. he sees Iran having major threats against the US and the world.

Visit the Patriot Fund at www.patriotfund.com. Find out more about the Empowerment Financial Group at www.empfg.com.

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Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 6:01pm EST

Mary Mazzio is an award-winning documentary film director, Olympian, and former law firm partner. She's also the Founder and CEO of 50 Eggs, Inc. and director of the new documentary, "Contrarian."

Mazzio's new film, "Contrarian," chronicles the life of philanthropist and legendary investor, Sir John Templeton. Mazzio explains Templeton's investment philosophies and he influenced Warren Buffett. 

The film is narrated by former Senator Fred Thompson. Mazzio explains his involvement.

John Templeton was also one of the first to begin investing in advancing spirituality. Templeton also funded research in the concepts around love and forgiveness. 

Find out more about the film, "Contrarian," at www.tennesseecontrarian.com. Visit 50 Eggs, Inc. at www.50eggs.com.

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Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 12:16pm EST

"The Cow Guy" Scott Shellady is the Senior Vice President of Derivatives at the Trean Group. He joins the show to discuss where people should start when investing in tangible assets.

Shellady believes in SWAGER for investing, standing for Silver, Wine, Art, Gold, Energy and Real Estate. He thinks SWAGER investments are a good choice for current investors. 

The topic then shifts to how boomers can prepare for retirement. Shellady explains the most common mistakes baby boomers make with their finances and what they do if they were laid off or fired during the recession to protect their retirement.

Visit the Trean Group at www.treangroup.com.

Direct download: ama-71-ScottShellady.mp3
Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 1:40pm EST

John J. Murphy is an award-winning author, speaker, business consultant, and “zentrepreneur”. He's the author of, "ZENTREPRENEUR: A Culture of Innovation and Fearlessness."

Murphy joins the show to explain what people can do to combine the power and discipline of Zen thinking with the execution of business and entrepreneurship. 

Murphy believes people can capture good ideas and turn them into great results using kaizen. He explains how they can build trust and develop positive relationships with the gemba method.

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Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 12:38pm EST

Jeffrey Hirsch is President of The Stock Trader's Almanac, Chief Market Strategist of Magnet Æ Fund, and President of the Hirsch Organization. He's the author of "The Little Book of Stock Market Cycles" and "Stock Trader's Almanac 2014.

Hirsch tells us if we can expect a Santa Clause rally at the end of the year. He also explains whether the market is oversold. 

He shares how traders can navigate political gridlock in 2014 and the effects the mid-term elections will have on the markets.

Finally, Hirsch gives his predictions on the Fed's moves for 2014.

Visit the Stock Trader's Almanac at www.stocktradersalmanac.com. Find out more about Jeffrey Hirsch at www.hirschorg.com

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Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 6:33pm EST

Jim Bruce is the writer, director, and producer of "Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve." He tells Jason some of the mysterious workings of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Janet Yellen is featured prominently in the film. Bruce shares his thoughts on her becoming the next Chair. He also discusses why he was so hard on Bernanke.

For more information on "Money for Nothing," visit www.moneyfornothingthemovie.org.

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Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 1:29pm EST