Starting a business at age 66 with Paul Tasner

“Recycling is an answer but not the answer.” – Paul Tasner founder of PulpWorks

Paul Tasner, Co-founder and CEO of PulpWorks and more recently, Co-founder of Sort, has more than 40 years of operations experience. He has held leadership positions in ventures ranging from start-up to Fortune 100. For the past decade, his focus has been on sustainability. Paul’s corporate affiliations include The Clorox Company, Clif Bar, Method Products, and Hepagen Vaccines. He has authored numerous papers and presentations on supply chain sustainability and currently lectures on this subject in the MBA Programs at San Francisco State University and Golden Gate University as well as the Packaging Engineering Department at San Jose State University. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Boston University.

In this episode you will learn:

  • How PulpWorks manufactures packaging for consumer goods using fiber waste
  • The story of Paul Tasner starting his first business at age 66
  • The perks of being your own boss as an entrepreneur
  • The specific challenges PulpWorks faces in securing new customers
  • How to pursue investors in the competitive city of San Francisco
  • Critical questions to consider for people nearing retirement that want to start a business
  • How recycling is an answer but not the answer
  • Why Paul is envious of the millennial mindset
  • How rejecting plastic can make a difference
  • What Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is and how EPR regulations could impact society
  • Paul’s new tech-based recycling business

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Kaveh Azartash – Voice Recognition for Kids

We had a really interesting journey coming in from a kids’ language learning background. Understanding the real sound spectrum of different languages, we built a sophisticated sound map.” – Kaveh Azartash, Founder of KidSense.ai

Kaveh Azartash holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University of California, Irvine with a focus on Vision Science. Kaveh’s career has been focused on innovating software applications in the neuroscience and now artificial intelligence domain. He co-founded KidSense.ai in 2015 after realizing children are unable to effectively communicate with the technology around them through voice.

In this episode you will learn:

  • The story of how KidSense.ai was started
  • Kaveh’s professional and academic background
  • The key components of voice recognition software for kids
  • How AIs can recognize changes in kids’ speech patterns over time
  • How KidSense.ai’s model can be applied to other challenges in voice recognition, like speech impediments or non-native English speakers
  • How KidSense.ai maintains privacy and data security
  • The data collection process required to develop complex AI models that mature overtime
  • Both the acoustic and language components that are behind a voice recognition software
  • Why these new AI technologies are considered valuable
  • The future business goals of KidSense.ai

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Allen Smart – Investing in Rural America

“Booming immigrant communities in rural America look very different than what you might expect. This sense of rural and what it means needs further discussion elaboration on how it fits into the larger American profile.” – Allen Smart, Founder of PhilanthropywoRx

Allen Smart is a national spokesperson and advocate for improving rural philanthropic practices under his group – PhilanthropywoRx. He is also the Project Director for a national rural philanthropic project based at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Allen regularly consults with regional and national foundations on rural and philanthropic strategies.

In this episode of Innovation for All, Allen discusses the complexities of rural America and how a lack of acknowledgement of its diversity is holding back the work being done there. 

In this episode you will learn:

  • What diversity looks like in rural America
  • How the misunderstanding of rural communities is a barrier to development
  • How philanthropic, government and businesses can improve their work in rural communities 
  • Why there is a sense of frustration within rural America
  • Whether the sudden interest in investing in rural America is being done right
  • How diversity, specifically immigrants and communities of color, is both an old and new issue that must be addressed in rural America 
  • How to invest in the talent and skills of rural entrepreneurs
  • What the future of rural innovation looks like

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Alex Wolf – Millennials, Media, and Social Interactions

“When we were first introduced to the internet, it was branded as a place to go. And it is no longer a place. It is just with us everywhere. And so it is time to start building technology that can work within that field.”
– Alex Wolf, Founder and former CEO of BossBabe Inc.

A self-made entrepreneurship coach, Alex Wolf is the founder and former CEO of BossBabe INC., an online community that helps millennial women start their own businesses. Members receive a host of advice from the successful social media coach. She is also the author of the book Resonate, a book for entrepreneurs who want authenticity with their audience: for those who want to really connect. 

In this episode of Innovation for All Podcast, Sheana speaks with Alex on how social media is changing human interactions, how companies contribute to the problem, and what needs to change. 

In this episode you will learn:

  • Alex’s background in technology
  • How technology changes interactions among millennials
  • Why texting has become so prolific and what else is changing our interactions
  • Should social media platforms go away from the advertisement business model and why
  • Do consumers need to change the relationship with social media platforms
  • Why millennials feel misaligned with their age

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How are we supposed to teach kids how to interact with the Internet? Featuring Diana Graber

“Almost anything our kids will do in their future, it’s gonna be via the internet or via their digital devices.”
— Diana Graber, Author of Raising Humans in a Digital World and founder of Cyberwise

What is digital literacy and why is it important for our kids to learn these skills? Founder of Cybercivics.com and Cyberwise.org, Diana Graber, joins the show to discuss theses topics and more. Diana is the author of “Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology.” In this episode of Innovation for All Podcast, we take a look at Diana’s book and the Cyber Civics course she developed for schools.

In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • How the Cyber Civics course came to be.
  • What is Digital Literacy?
  • What the Cyber Civics curriculum looks like and why it is important
  • Does the Internet really make new problems?
  • Relationships and development online
  • What to find in the book not covered in the podcast

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