In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview has been Rob Kosberg, CEO and founder of Best Seller Publishing, a company that helps experts position themselves within their marketplace with a bestselling book. It had been conducted and condensed by The Oracles.

1. Who was simply your biggest influence growing up?

My first mentor was my father. He was a business owner with his own property company and taught me the worthiness of effort. At 18, I started selling property and didn’t know any thing. Dad took me aside and said, “To reach your goals, arrive at any office at 7 a.m. each morning, print out the expired listings, get the newspaper (remember, this is pre-internet) and can get on the telephone by 8 a.m.”

Last March, I acquired the chance to speak to Robert Herjavec about his involvement as a mentor with the first Frito-Lay Dreamvention competition and the advice he has for inspiring young entrepreneurs. Since that time, thousands of kids beneath the age of 15 submitted ideas they wished to see become more active. From the masses, five finalists were selected and so are competing head-to-head for chance to win $250,000. Herjavec has continued his involvement with the project.

Then, the other day, I got to speak to Herjavec again to share with you his experiences with the youngsters, the Dreamvention competition and his advice for all entrepreneurs in terms of bringing an idea alive. His joy for dealing with the youngsters and his excitement in relaying the experiences of seeing each child’s idea manifest right into a physical prototype were palpable.

Robert Hall Winery bears the name of its founder, Robert Hall, an industrious entrepreneur who decided he wished to own a winery throughout a family visit to France in the late 1970s. Robert was used particular to Rhône varietals and — after an intensive search — he knew the terroir he wanted was in Paso Robles. With the vision of creating a winery that could handle a case production of 100,000 or even more, he acquired his first vineyard, Home Ranch, in 1995, and Terrace and Bench vineyards shortly thereafter.

Robert Herjavec doesn’t have confidence in work-life balance, not with regards to starting a business.

“Initially there is absolutely no work-life balance,” the CEO and founder of Toronto-based Internet security firm Herjavec Group tells Entrepreneur. “There is absolutely no, ‘I’ll do it when I wish to do it,’ and ‘I’ll take my time and move on to it.’ Everything is at this time.”

That’s because raising your small business is similar to raising a baby, he says. “It’s a full time income, breathing thing," he says. "When it really wants to eat, it really wants to eat. It doesn’t care for those who have a dinner date or someplace else to go. It requires what it requires when it requires it.”

The ‘Shark Tank’ star offers guidelines to safeguard your business from hacks, leaks and the expense of clearing up afterward.

“There are forget about excuses. We’re all alert to internet-based threats and also have a responsibility to safeguard our corporate data in addition to the data of our customers.” That’s according to Robert Herjavec, star of Shark Tank and among the country’s most well-known entrepreneurs. He’s also the founder and CEO of the Herjavec Group, an internationally recognized cybersecurity firm.

Although you may think you understand everything, you don’t.

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Microsoft’s Home windows OS isn’t one thing. It comes from a patchwork of finely tuned features. Every individual feature is, subsequently, the consequence of a staff of committed engineers who create the very best (often personalizable) encounter possible. Thus, with such a intricate, nuanced and vast software application, it makes sense there are little techniques and UI flourishes that a lot of people don’t even understand about.

The main decision Robert Herjavec available wasn’t ditching the 9-to-5 and entering business for himself. It wasn’t adapting to a complete new language and life-style after moving to Canada from communist Yugoslavia. And it wasn’t selling his first company to AT&T for millions in cash.

It had been rejecting the “virus” he calls mediocrity, refusing to be average in its many easy-to-fall-into forms.

“The world doesn’t reward mediocrity,” Herjavec recently told Entrepreneur from the Culver City, Calif., group of Shark Tank. “You’ve surely got to be great at something. There is nothing ever ‘good enough.’ It’s either excellent or inferior.”

With films like El Mariachi, Desperado, Spy Kids and LAS VEGAS, Austin-based filmmaker Robert Rodriguez has carved out a career on Hollywood’s fringe. He’s a key person in the digital filmmaking revolution and the initial indie film bootstrapper, having funded his debut movie with cash he earned from being truly a medical test dummy. Now, he’s turning his focus on the world of television along with his own network, El Rey, bringing his tastes to a mass audience and completing a few gaps for the Hispanic population along the way.

And how he learned this the hard way.

In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview has been Robert Martinez, founder and CEO of Rockstar Capital , a genuine estate investment firm in Houston, Texas. It had been condensed by The Oracles.

Who are you? Robert Martinez: I am an investor in multi-family property and the founder and CEO of Rockstar Capital. We’ve $285 million in assets under management and $71 million in investor capital – and we’re still growing.

Robert Scoble’s finger is on the pulse of technology. He not merely blogs about tech and publicly speaks about any of it, he follows almost 33,000 people and organizations on Twitter. He’s passionate about social media and emerging technologies — and the entrepreneurs in it — to the idea of obsession.

After serving as a technical evangelist at Microsoft in the first 2000s and later as a vice president of a video podcasting network called PodTech, the favorite tech blogger works as a managing director of Rackspace, a cloud-based internet hosting company in San Antonio, Texas. We sat down with Scoble to discuss tech startups and the trends that are guiding the industry.