IntelligenceBank

IntelligenceBank

Company Name: IntelligenceBank
Industry: Business Process Management
Year Founded: 2009
Location: Novel Coworking Gaslamp, San Diego

How is your business innovating and providing something new?

“IntelligenceBank is an award-winning SaaS platform that helps teams better manage their business processes online. From a single platform, uniquely IntelligenceBank offers four niche products:  Digital Asset Management for marketing departments, Board Portals for corporate secretaries, Risk and Compliance Platforms for risk managers and Knowledge Management for teams who want an easy way to share and manage information and ultimately reduce operational risk.

Some of our clients include Texas Department of Health and Ageing, Hertz, Two Roads, Carlsberg,  KFC and Baptist Health.”

Why did you choose to move into Level Office’s downtown San Diego offices?

We chose Level due to the great environment, friendly helpful staff, facilities and of course the rooftop garden has been a big plus to host client meetings.”

When did you first feel successful?

Success is a funny concept in the world of startups as there are key moments of success at each stage of the journey. The first ‘success’ milestone was achieving ‘product market fit’ – that is – creating a suite of products, that have high demand for millions of customers. Since that’s been achieved, for IntelligenceBank, it’s all about growth. IntelligenceBank was originally founded in Australia 8 years ago, and 3 years ago, we launched in the US to meet market demand. Since being in the US, our business has literally exploded, now with half of our client base coming from North America.”

What has been the greatest reward in starting a business?

The biggest reward is not only monetary – but the satisfaction of creating something that’s never existed before and of course, building a team of great people.”

What has been the key to your company’s success?

They key to IntelligenceBank’s success has been based on three things: Persistence, 6 Star Customer Service and attracting great people to the business.”

InGen Technologies, Inc.

InGen Technologies, Inc.

Company Name: InGen Technologies, Inc.
Industry: Software & Technology
Year Founded: 1983
Location: Novel Coworking Circle Tower, Indianapolis

Tell the story of how your business was founded.

Almost 35 years ago, the founder at age 26 realized he was not suited for the cultures of large organizations. Through his zeal and the encouragement of colleagues, the company was founded. Consistent attention to relationships and the delivery of great value to clients has enabled the company to withstand the test of time.”


What does the future look like for your company?

“There is a strong tech buzz in the Indianapolis market that is driving opportunity for companies and their teams. The world of software continues to expand while educational institutions strain to deliver needed talent to fulfill the needs of the industry. The business outlook is favorable for our growth as we seek talented people with an eye for creativity and a commitment to craftsmanship.”

Why did you choose to move into Level Office’s Indianapolis office space?

“The primary reason was the awesome view of downtown’s Monument Circle and to be in proximity to Salesforce and other emerging downtown tech companies. The space has a clean and modern feel with an awesome kitchen & amenities!”

What advice would you give someone who wants to start a business?

“Seek many counselors of various ages and backgrounds. Seek out groups of business leaders with a heart and authenticity to share their failures in addition to their successes. Become a student of business through books, periodicals, research, meetups and conferences. Learn from others and listen well.”

How does your team manage working remotely?

“We leverage numerous online tools for chat, project management and videoconferencing. We conduct regular meetings with clients and team members that plan, deliver and measure results on a weekly basis. We have a “high touch” and “high clarity” culture with frequent communication.”

Taylor Solution Group

Taylor Solution Group

Company Name: Taylor Solution Group
Industry: Human Capital Management
Year Founded: 2015
Location: Novel Coworking Theater District, Houston

Tell the story of how your business was founded.

We grew frustrated with how one of the biggest payroll providers treated their clients.”

How is your business innovating and providing something new?

“We combine HRIS (Human Resources Information Systems) Payroll, ACA compliance and Group Health Insurance, all integrated on one platform for our clients.”

What does the future look like for your company?

“We have unlimited potential to disrupt an industry that is used to telling clients what they need instead of providing what they want!”

Why did you choose to move into Level Office’s downtown Houston office space?

“Location, Location and Location. There are so many potential clients within a minute walk in any direction!”

What do you like most about working for your company?

“The ability to actually do what we say and not over promise and underdeliver.”

When did you first feel successful?

“I do not; it’s a journey that really has no destination, maybe a lifestyle but no real destination.”

Ayush Herbs, Inc.

Ayush Herbs, Inc.

Company Name: Ayush Herbs, Inc.
Industry: Dietary and Herbal Supplements and Raw Materials
Year Founded: 1988
Location:  Novel Coworking Groover-Stewart Building, Jacksonville

Tell the story of how your business was founded.

Ayush Herbs, Inc is a family business which was founded by my father and his three brothers. They saw a need and opportunity for high quality and effective Ayurvedic and Herbal products and decided to begin carving a market in the US. We wanted to be unique so we created a vertically integrated approach to our operations in which we control a “seed to shelf,” ensuring quality and transparency in all aspects of the supply chain.”

What do you like most about working for your company?

“I love the fact that every single day we are able to positively impact people’s health through the products we sell and the education we provide. That is the greatest ROI of all.”

What has been the key to your company’s success?

“Never ever sacrificing on quality in our products.”

When did you first feel successful?

“The moment people started sharing with us how much our products had positively impacted their lives and how thankful they are for what we do and how we do it.”

What does the future look like for your company?

“Future looks very bright as we are in an industry which continues to grow, innovate, gain awareness and rapidly change and through hard work and dedication, we have established ourselves as a leading player in our respective niche.”

Code Platoon

Code Platoon

Company Name: Code Platoon
Industry: Coding Boot Camp
Year Founded: 2014
Location: Novel Coworking The Loop, Chicago

How is your business innovating and providing something new?

“Code Platoon is a nonprofit organization that trains veterans to become professional software developers. We offer a best-in-class training program, and give our veterans $10,000+ scholarships to go through our 14 immersive programs. We also partner with tech-enabled companies to offer paid scholarships to our students upon graduation. This model is unique.”

What does the future look like for your company?

“We plan to slowly increase class sizes, and offer remote attendance.”

When did you first feel successful?

“When we graduated our first class of eight veterans. They were all beginners when they started our program, and now all of them work as professional software developers.”

What has been the greatest reward in starting a business?

“Taking an idea, and creating a real business.”

Why did you choose to move into Novel Coworking’s Loop coworking space?

“Best value we could find in a professional coworking space.”

Judd Financial, LLC

Judd Financial, LLC
Industry: Media & Entertainment
Year Founded: 2015
Location: Novel Coworking The Loop, Chicago

Tell the story of how your business was founded.

“In my early twenties, I set a goal for myself to be my own boss by the time I turned 30.

I had spent the first five-and-a-half years of my career working in entertainment business management. Business management is just an industry term for multi-family office for high net worth entertainers. I loved the industry and the ability to work on several different clients, but I disliked the lack of influence we had with our clients.

I then took my skill set and industry knowledge to a large publicly traded roll-up company in the entertainment industry. I spent two years managing the accounting and finance departments for two of the parent company’s recent acquisitions. I loved the work and influence I had with subsidiary management, but I missed working on several different types of clients.

It was at this point I recognized a need in the market. Companies in the media and entertainment industries who had outgrown their basic bookkeeping and tax services, but weren’t large enough to justify an in-house staff of accounting and finance professionals, had few firms available to meet their specific needs.

Launching Judd Financial, LLC to fill this space in the market was a no-brainer. It perfectly aligned with both my skill set and the aspects of my career I most enjoyed. Our official date of formation and the moment I became my own boss was November 30, 2015, less than three weeks from my 30th birthday. I met that personal goal and we have been meeting our clients’ goals ever since.”

What does the future look like for your company?

The future looks great! We have clients who love us and who support our vision. We are growing and have been cash positive for some time now. Our current focus is filling out our media and entertainment company roster. Once we have built a client base in that sector to support a full team, we will begin looking to expand into other industries. By the time I retire, I hope to have grown the firm into many different verticals and to have offices in several major cities.”

When did you first feel successful?

Never. My mentors talk to me a lot about this, but I don’t know if I ever want to have that feeling. I guess when I retire I would like to look back and feel successful, but for now I am too focused on expanding my business and providing my current client roster with a level of service that far surpasses their expectations.”

What has been the key to your company’s success?

In the beginning, it was networking. Five years ago, I launched Entertainment Talk Shop, an entertainment industry networking event production company. It was and is a passion project that was never designed to generate any profit. My team and I host free networking events every quarter. Over the years, these events have grown in size to routinely serve 100+ guests. Through hosting these events, I have built a list of industry contacts measured in the thousands. If it wasn’t for my ability to reach out to so many professionals in my target market, I never would have picked up enough clients to become cash positive before I ran out of savings.

Now that we are a going concern, I would say the key to our success is building close, interpersonal relationships with our clients, and consistently exceeding their expectations.”

What advice would you give to startups?

There is so much advice to give that it is hard to find a place to start!

I guess first is to surround yourself with the best people possible. I am not just talking about employees either. I mean employees, partners, vendors, mentors, and even customers. Starting off with the right people will pay huge dividends as you start to grow and encounter turbulence, as all startups will.

Second, create a well thought-out game plan with built in flexibility, and keep it updated. Sometimes the differences between life or death for a startup is the ability to anticipate problems before they happen. A well thought-out game plan will aid you in this. However, not all problems are foreseeable. In those circumstances, it’s important to be able to adapt on the fly. If you are forced to pivot due to one of these problems, then make sure to update your game plan to account for this. You don’t want to successfully navigate one large problem only to be caught off guard by another that occurs shortly thereafter.

Last, but not least, when you follow the first and second pieces of advice above and have grown to the point where you need advanced financial services, don’t forget who gave you those two pieces of advice in the first place.”