Category Archives: Episodes

Growing a body part from your own body – LOB 073

Growing a body part from your own body. It’s called regenerative medicine. Medical devices – not making them, buying and selling them. How does a knee replacement work? And who makes it? Plus, how doctors can check your cardiac rhythm on the cloud.

The Language of Business takes a deep dive into the world of medical devices. Greg Stoller talks with Nancy Briefs, CEO of InfoBionic; Bruce Blessington, medical device company executive; Jonathan Lieber, CFO of Histogenics..


A business in the family for generations. Nothing like a startup – LOB 072

A business that’s been in the family for generations is a lot different than a startup.  One acts like a bank to control cash flow. When it’s not the career they’re dreaming about…how do you talk the kids into joining the business? The company that’s been distilling liquor in Boston since the 21st amendment passed.

Greg Stoller talks with Dan Weller of Weller Carpets; Anthony DiRico of Hub Folding Box Company; Scott Allen of MS Walker Distributors in Somerville.

The 60-year-old cocktail party problem solved. Thanks, Angel – LOB 071

Solving a 60-year-old cocktail party problem: keeping background noises out and the conversation easy to hear. Two men from UNH did it…thanks to an Angel investor. Does an Angel think 10% success means getting 1 out of 10 right…or getting 10 out of 100 right? You’d like an Angel investor? How does an Angel find you? You go looking, that’s how.

The Language of Business looks up to learn about Angel Investing. Host Greg Stoller talks with Kevin Short, CTO and Jochen Meissner, CEO of Setem Technologies, part of Xmos;
Ben Littauer, management consultant and Angel Investor; Gus Lawlor, Managing director of HealthCare Ventures.


When a business crisis hits – LOB 070

When a crisis hits your business…what do you do first? How quickly do you have to react? What if the story is fake news? Do people forgive you when you tell the truth about a mistake?

In this episode, The Language of Business looks at using PR firms. Host Greg Stoller talks with John Houle, CEO of JH Communications; Janey Bishoff, CEO of Bishoff Communications; Brett Carney, CEO of Carney Communications.


A new idea that works – LOB 069

She started a business from scratch…and at first, it wasn’t working. Then a web site reboot quadrupled the business. Plus, managing a lawsuit on the cloud…when you’re not even a lawyer. And video games that are fun for your kids, and help them stay healthy.

The Language of Business Podcast looks at businesses starting from scratch with a new idea that winds up working. Host Greg Stoller talks with Jeannine O’Neil, Founder of JO Social Branding; Cash Butler, CEO of ClariLegal; Nikita Virani, CEO of Wizdy Games.


How restaurants old and new make money – LOB 068

The restaurant business isn’t easy. 90% of new ones fail. But that also means some succeed. Here are a few success stories as The Language of Business looks at restaurant profitability.

Host Greg Stoller interviews three different restaurateurs: Rafael Barbosa, CEO for Fire+Ice Interactive Grill & Bar in Boston’s Back Bay; John Akar and Greg Sessler, Co-owners of Cava Tapas and Wine Bar in Portsmouth, NH; Andrew Weiner, Owner of Catering by Andrew in Brookline, MA.

Cold open “Olympia Deli” clip courtesy of NBC Saturday Night Live (1975).


The movie You’ve Got Mail…reversed – LOB 067

A reversal of the movie “You’ve Got Mail.” The little bookstore around the corner fought a challenge from a big box store…and won. She went from a one-woman brokerage to managing 700 million dollars in investments. Actually getting the keys to a candy store – your own.

The Language of Business looks at small businesses that made it. Host Greg Stoller interviews Dana Brigham, retired Co-Owner of Brookline Booksmith; Debra Brede, CEO of DK Brede Investment Management; Linda Gilman, owner of Indulge!

Fashion and more from young women entrepreneurs – LOB 066

The Language of Business looks at fashion and more…designed by young women entrepreneurs.

Host Greg Stoller talks with Ambika Singh, CEO of Armoire-fashion for the boss lady; Melanie Berger, CEO of Mariwear Braless Comfort; Kate Aiken and Devin McMahon, Co-Founders of Lilli Pads, the new organic menstrual pad technology.

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Ambika Singh

Melanie Berger

Kate Aiken

Devin McMahon


Made in the USA – LOB 065

How a shirtmaker can afford to pay $12 an hour when workers in China are making $2.50 a day. How much sun do you need? Here’s an app that can let you know. A manufacturer who has made suits for every POTUS since Lincoln…with so many immigrant workers they speak 15 languages in the factory. The Language of Business looks at products Made in the USA. Host Greg Stoller talks with Bob Kidder, President of New England Shirt Company; ar; Ed Likovitch, CEO of Goodlux Technology, makers of Sunsprite; John Martynec, CEO of Southwick, makers of Brooks Brothers suits.


To the left, to the left – LOB 064

Business pivots. When the technology you’re using is no longer the best out there…how do you fix that?

The Language of Business looks at a craft brewery named for an island in South Boston that isn’t really an island, and the beer isn’t brewed there anyway. But it has a great name. And how do you choose a memorable name for your company? Pick one that’s fun to say.

Host Greg Stoller talks with Adam Romanow, President of Castle Island Brewing Company; David Teplow, CEO of Integra Technology; Scott Hunter, CEO of Vedavoo Better American Gear<//a>.