CHYE "K Factor" Podcast


The K-Factor podcast is produced by CHYE - Crown Heights Young Entrepreneurs in partnership with community news website

The K-Factor offers business wisdom that can help future business leaders to make the "Keli" (the Hebrew word for vessel) so they can grow their business aspirations.


Episode # 19 K-Factor with Shmully Wolff  "The making of an App"

Feeling frustrated by the difficulty of phone orders from local Kosher restaurants, and the lack of reliability on the kashrus of the non-kosher ordering apps, Shmuly set out to create a seamless ordering experience by building an app from the ground up. 

With nothing more than grit and creativity, JMenu has been making its way into the lives of kosher consumers throughout the Tri-State area and soon beyond, quickly becoming the go-to place to order kosher takeout and delivery from local kosher restaurants.

In this interview:

* Turning your frustration into a business
* Building an App
* Finding new startup funding
* Brand awareness marketing vs Customer education marketing
* The struggles of a new entrepreneur
* The importance of prioritization

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Episode # 17 K-Factor with  Yehuda Berg  "Planning a business right from the start"


Yehuda has been working as a Business and Financial Consultant for a number of Organizations since 1999. Starting in 2015 he joined the CHYE team as the inhouse business counselor. He has consulted with thousands of fledgling entrepreneurs and has been instrumental in helping hundreds realize their dream of owning their own business. Yehuda is always available to help new and early stage entrepreneurs just shoot an email to to set up a time to meet.

In this interview Yehuda shares:

  • Entrepreneur self-assessment.
  • Testing a business’s viability.
  • Elements of a business plan
  • Business Structure
  • Market research
  • Financial projections
  • Business Loans
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Episode # 16 Common Startup Pitfalls Featuring Chaim Pikarski

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In 2003, former rivals Harry Klein of The Film Exchange and Chaim Pikarski of The Film Shop joined forces to create C&A Marketing, Inc. The company quickly grew and prospered, expanding its repertoire of products, creating new brands, and achieving unprecedented success on e-commerce platforms such as

In this interview Chaim shares:

  • How to test an idea
  • The future of Retail
  • Setting Priorities
  • The importance of the boring stuff
  • The place of a 5-year plan
  • Marketing Rules
  • Key Character Traits


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Episode # 15 Living Through The Elements Of Running A Business Featuring Yitzy Geisinsky

Yitzy Geisinsky has been working since the age of 17 unloading bamboo trucks for a place called Custom Sukkahs. Yitzy worked with them for over 7 years and was able to learn all the elements of business and still manage to finish Yeshiva.

By the time he was 21 he became manager and he was able to work out all the logistics from redesigning the warehouse to customizing their computer system- although it was a seasonal business it was the best education he could had been given in business.

By the time he was 22 Yitzy struck a deal with a major phone company and was able to learn the phone industry. Yitzy understood that even though he didn't own the businesses he worked in he was able to operate as an entrepreneur. One being a small business and the other a corporate bureaucracy giving him a well rounded experience to leverage for his own ventures.

In This Interview Yitzy Shares:

- How his early start as an employee gave him the best business education
- How choosing the wrong business partner proved to be the biggest mistake a company could make
- His approach to marketing
- What it takes to hire good employees
- Why knowing what you're trying to accomplish is the secret to success

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Episode # 13 Born Into A Creative Family Featuring Mendel Meyers

Owner and photographer Mendel Meyers grew up in Amsterdam, Holland, in an atmosphere steeped in the artistic tradition. Counted among the many talented members of his immediate family are painters, designers, photographers, and writers. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that Mr. Meyers chose an artistic endeavor as his life's work. Moreover, his avid interest in people and the excitement of sharing the most important moments in their lives makes event photography the perfect outlet for his creative abilities.

Mendel says: "Growing up in a creative family had a profound effect on me. From the time I was a teenager I knew that I wanted to express myself through the medium of photography. I feel that my photographic style is the result of a unique combination of European and American influences

In this interview Mendel shares:

  • Harnessing familial talents
  • Thoughts on Marketing
  • Secret to great customer service
  • The power of tzedakah
  • Setting priorities
  • Importance of an advisor
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Episode # 12 Grab The Initiative Featuring Moshe Frank

Moshe Frank,  after completing his yeshiva studies Moshe dabbled in many different opportunities before launching his own travel company.  Needing to fill his entrepreneurial drive Moshe also launched a Website to connect vendors at trade shows with potential customers,  in addition Moshe created the Leviim Judaica Art gallery on Kingston Ave three years ago, specializing in modern and contemporary Judaica art.

In this interview Moshe shares :

How to start a business

Harnessing opportunity 

Utilizing parnerships

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Episode # 11 Building A Private Practice Featuring Dr Levi Reiter



 In this interview Dr Reiter discusses:

  • Breaking into a crowded market
  • Using Chutzpa as a marketing tool
  • Become a subject matter expert
  • Never write off a client
  • Being a chossid during business
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Episode # 10 Running A Restaurant Is No Game Featuring  Berry Horowitz

Berry Horowitz, the founder and proprietor of Bunch o Bagels an Iconic bagel shop in Crown Heights. After spending a year of Kollel in Tzfas Berry came back to the states looking to make his mark. Noticing a void in the Crown Heights Market for Authentic New York Bagels “Bunch O Bagels” was born. From the get go Bunch o Bagels has become a community mainstay offering kettle boiled bagels, fantastic breakfast offerings, a full fish, pasta, sandwiches and salads menu. Berry is the father of 4 and lives with his family in the Five Towns.

 In this interview Berry discusses:

  • Believing in your vision
  • Running two businesses at once
  • Coming up with great recipes
  • Going with your gut
  • Finding the success in failure

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Episode # 9 Life In Business Is A Game Featuring Simcha Gluck

Simcha Gluck, is a father, husband, a life celebrator, game-changer, and a futurist. He resides in Jerusalem, Israel and is the Co-Founder of the game-based entrepreneurial training company Freshbiz. Their company has trained more than 75,000 professionals from top companies across the globe on how to play a smarter, better, and faster game of business. He is also the author of the 5-Star book: “The New Entrepreneurz: Changing the Way You Play Life”.

Key Points:

-What it's like to Build a sales based company.
-How To Do Away with fear based thinking.
-Work smarter not harder.
-What are your action cards?
-Access trumps ownership.

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Episode #8 Mentorship in Business Featuring Shmuly Goldman

Shmuly is a seasoned entrepreneur. As Co-Founder & COO of Intrasphere Technologies he built a Professional Services firm into a Life-Science & Drug Safety focused 170 person global organization with offices in New York, London and India.

In Shmuly’s Role as COO he strategically defined the market and offerings. Drove sales and profitability. Managed HR, Finance and IT and ensured high service levels, scalability and reliability. Negotiated contracts with our clients and our vendors. Drove relationship development with key business partners to mutual success including a key partnership with Oracle. 

In addition, Shmuly has been in significant roles with major corporations and not-for-profits especially special needs community. Always advocating for meaningful change and for performance excellence.


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Episode #7 The Three Rules to a Successful Start Up Featuring Shlomo Haft

Shlomo focuses on providing interest-free business startup and expansion loans to entrepreneurs in the New York City area.

Prior to joining HFLS, Shlomo served for 20 years as Chief Operating Officer and In-House Counsel of Haywin Textile Products, a successful home textile wholesale distributor. He helped grow Haywin’s annual sales from $10-million to $70-million, negotiated strategic joint venture agreements with overseas manufacturers and U.S. based licensors, and oversaw the company’s credit risk decisions. Shlomo received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Yeshiva University and his JD from Cardozo School of Law.

Shlomo manages the microenterprise loan program at HFLS, a 125 year-old non-profit organization. His responsibilities include review of business plans, borrower due diligence, loan underwriting, preparation of financial statements, presentation of loan requests to Board of Directors, and management of loan portfolio, Community Based Organization (CBO) partnerships, media relations, and pro bono attorney program. Since 2005 the microenterprise program has made over 350 micro loans totaling over $8.7 million to low- and moderate small business owners residing in New York City and Long Island.

“The Three Rules to a Successful Start Up”

  • Importance of experience
  • Reinvesting in the business
  • Know your Money
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Episode #6 Making the hard choices Featuring Avraham Metal

Avraham Metal is a top producing real estate professional in Las Vegas Nevada.

In under a year, Avraham has found his niche as an agent in the Las Vegas housing market and has quickly become a top producing Real Estate Agent. Avraham can guide first time home buyers as well as experienced real estate investors.  He specializes in sales, acquisitions and Property flipping.       Avraham has gained the reputation of being an agent that is there for his client’s best interest.

Avraham dedicates himself to his community.  He acts as a coach and mentor to other entrepreneurs that are just embarking on the journey of building their own successful businesses.  He helps others recognize their strengths and come up with creative ways to monetize on them.

Avraham is proud of all his accomplishments however he is most proud of his supportive school teacher wife and 2 children.


  • Advantages of the sales industry
  • The value of climbing the ranks
  • Making a clutch decision
  • Life in the Real Estate Industry
  • The importance of acquiring a specialty
  • The power of the early morning

Episode # 5 Authentic Entrepreneurial Journey Featuring Mr Bentzion Raskin

After fleeing Russia as a child with his siblings and mother via France reached America’s shores before his bar mitzvah. In 1976 he started Benz’s gefilte fish company. At first he went from store to store selling Benz’s fish from his van. Since then Benz’s foods has grown into an international brand , offering many more items , such as herring , tuna , horseradish and a food service division. 

In the last 15 years Benzy changed the face of the kosher market again with the introduction of Benz’s gourmet. A one a of a kind strictly kosher epicurean wonderland. Stop by and meet Benzy yourself at 332 Albany Ave in Crown Heights Brooklyn, it’ll be worth the trip  and you’ll be greeted with a smile and possibly a hug.

In this interview Bentzy discusses:

  • Virtues of perseverance
  • Bringing family into the business
  • The need for constant innovation
  • How to view competition
  • Importance of a set schedule

Episode #4 "It’s all about the journey" Featuring Dov Brafman

Dov got his start in business in the Morristown Public Library turning his curiosity for the blooming e commerce industry into a thriving online business. Utilizing his unique relationships with Chinese manufacturers a new electronics lifestyle company was born. Sharkk quickly became a nationally recognized brand sold in major box retailers across the country. After developing a unique company culture and an amazing team Sharkk was acquired by WeWork international. Dov now heads the WeWork retail department where he works with his team on developing products and programs for the next generation of Retail.

In this fascinating episode of the CHYE/ COLLIVE Kfactor podcast Dov discusses

  • Where vision fits in to a company
  • The role of business books
  • The Value of Flexibility
  • How to create a great company culture
  • Allowing your personality to craft your company culture
  • On overcoming self-inhibition

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Episode #3 The Power Of Listening Featuring Zalman Stock

As a proud member of the CHYE community, Zalman Stock is an accomplished entrepreneur CEO  and Creative Director of Spotlight Design. Running his successful design company for over 22 years now -- Rabbi Werde interviews Zalman Stock about the wisdom that guided his path and vessel.

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Episode #1 The Many Paths To Education and Success Featuring Yossi Apfelbaum

The mantra of go to school, get your degree and then you succeed didn't apply to Joe Apfelbaum. 

Although he was able to build several businesses that generated hundreds of thousands of dollars -- Joe says it wasn't until he was determined and focused on cultivating one idea long enough for it to take off, and this is what helped Joe break into the millions of dollars in revenue.

Joe found that even though he focused on building a type of business and was able to generate large revenue his biggest challenge was trusting people -- fearing that a sales rep might take his business model and start their own business Joe's fear was eventually calmed when he realized that not everybody wants to deal with the types of problems that come with owning a business. Tune in and hear the whole interview with Joe Apfelbaum.

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