Monthly Archives: November 2018

Will a back-of-the-napkin business plan work? – LOB 045

When planning a startup, do you need a full-fledged 50-page written Business Plan…or will a “back of the napkin” approach work just as well? The language of Business host Greg Stoller talks with three entrepreneurs and gets three different takes on the need for a Business Plan from Tony Solomons, President of Ideal Marketing Group; Jeff Hulton, entrepreneur, and Digital Artist; Cindy Brown, CEO of Boston Duck Tours.

Host Greg Stoller

Tony Solomons

Jeff Hulton

Cindy Brown


48 web sites in 48 hours – LOB 044

The Language of Business looks at 48 in 48: a nonprofit that works to build websites for local nonprofits. Lots of them. In fact, they come to a market and build 48 web sites in 48 hours. The started in Atlanta, came to Boston this year, and look to go international next year.

Greg Stoller talks with 48 in 48 Executive Director Carole Williams; 48 in 48 Co-Founder and sponsor Adam Walker; Karley Ausiello, Sr. VP of Community Impact at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.

Carole Williams

Adam Walker

Karley Ausiello


Fashion for the boss lady, investment ethics, Boston oldest distillery – LOB 043

Fashion for the boss lady. Update your work wardrobe every month without buying new clothes. On this episode of The Language of Business, host Greg Stoller talks with Ambika Singh, CEO of Armoire. She’s an entrepreneur who got started with an MIT Delta V Accelerator; Darby Hobbs, CEO of Social 3, talks about how to be ethical when dealing with nonprofit investors; Scott Allen, VP/General Manager of MS Walker, Boston’s oldest distillery. It’s a 5th generation business that puts a high value on employees.

Ambika Singh

Darby Hobbs

Scott Allen

Language of Business visits Beijing – LOB 042

A student in China is about to get her undergraduate degree. Her next plan is to go to the US to earn an MBA from Boston College, work in America, then return to China. Asset valuation in China is different from the US. Business development is different. Investing in China is different than investing in the US. Government control has a lot to do with it.

The Language of Business travels to Beijing. Greg Stoller talks with Ning Qiu, an undergrad student at Beijing University; Jian Min Sun, Chair of Pan China Asset Appraisal; Josie Zhang, Sr. Consultant at China Consultants of Accounting and Finance; Da Xian Gu, a private investor in Beijing.