July 15, 2016
Richard and Joe’s guest was Samantha Urban, a tech leader whose career has been varied and remarkable. Samantha was proficient in math, computers and computing at the early age of 10. Fast forward to her present-day company which has developed a significant and balanced approach to computer engineering best practices coupled with sales, marketing and business analytics expertise. Samantha is CEO of Urban Translations, an enterprise software platform for the hospitality industry.
Urban Translations combines a nimble digital menu application, point-of-sale and property management systems and a 10-inch tablet to translate menu options into any language and drive sales. Customers can read menu options, book appointments or reservations and see more of a hotel or resort’s amenities.
Urban Translations was founded upon the mission of helping visitors to other cultures and giving back to several organizations, both philanthropically and by volunteering.
Urban Translations employs 15 people at its main office in Barrio Logan. In 2013, Urban Translations won Connect’s Capital Competition and was part of that incubator. Urban was invited to become a business adviser for Connect.
Urban started her career as a Patent Examiner for Graphical User Interfaces and then a Software Engineer. She then moved into project management for the 3rd largest social network, myYearbook.com (now meetme.com). When that company was bought for $100MM and went public, she transitioned into managing a digital ad agency working directly with Facebook and several Fortune 500 companies.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Listen to a podcast of Samantha Urban’s interview!
Richard and Joe Interview David Lefkowitz from UBS Wealth Management Research Discuss the Cost of Energy
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April 19, 2012John Cox and Richard discuss the link between financial contributions made to state politicians and the effects those contributions have on their votes on legislation. The Neighborhood Legislature Reform Act (NLRA) addresses the issue of financial contributions by making money unnecessary to legislative campaigns. It does this by subdividing the huge legislative districts (500,000 for ... Read more
April 15, 2012Joe Vecchio interviews 3 guests who are stakeholders in the GMO equation and favor proper labeling of our consumer goods. Michelle Lerach is the proprietor of ‘Cups,’ a popular organic bakery and teaching kitchen in La Jolla. An excerpt from USA Today reads, “Cups, which opened in 2009, brings to mind a swankier, eco-conscious Candyland come ... Read more
April 5, 2012On Sunday April the 8th Richard interviewed Anthony Roth. Tony recommends customized investment strategies for UBS’s high-net worth clients. Prior to this job, Tony served as Co-Head, Advisory Services Division, at Bear, Stearns & Co., where he managed a team that provided customized and scalable solutions to family office and institutional clients with significant means. ... Read more
April 4, 2012Carmel Valley man to run Boston Marathon for blind school Carmel Valley resident Richard Muscio, co-host of a KFMB 760 radio show on finances, will run the 26.2 mile-Boston Marathon April 16 to raise money for the Perkins School for the Blind based in Watertown, Mass. Muscio is one of 10 runners from across the country on ... Read more
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March 28, 2012On Sunday April 1st, Richard interviewed sponsor Carl Sheeler about his approach to business valuation. This excerpt from Business Valuations, Ltd., outlines some of the major issues to consider when hiring a business valuation expert: “You need a business valuation” is the statement made to just about every business owner eventually by an attorney or a ... Read more
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