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Founder Storiez
Ron Gura CEO Empathy | Building a mission driven company | Helping bereaved families navigate their loss

Founder Storiez

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2023 39:47


Join us as we sit down with Ron Gura, CEO of Empathy, a company on a mission to help families overcome loss and navigate their grief journey. With a passion for making a difference, Ron is leading the charge in creating a more empathetic society. Tune in to learn how he's building a mission-driven company and the impact it's having on bereaved families. Have a great listen, and if you do benefit please suggest it to a friend who can benefit from it too. 

Your Shopify business is a journey. We help navigate and accelerate growth in the complex world of ecommerce.
Shopify Stores Are Exploiting A Massively Profitable Direct Mail Channel At Scale With Dave Fink Of Postie

Your Shopify business is a journey. We help navigate and accelerate growth in the complex world of ecommerce.

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2023 41:12


In today's Shopify Ecommerce Podcast, my guest is Dave Fink, the Founder and CEO of Postie.com.Dave Fink thinks the best kept secret in marketing is hiding where you least expect it — your mailbox. Over a 20-year career he's generated hundreds of millions of dollars in ad revenue, powered viral sensations like Dollar Shave Club, and helped launch celebrity startups for Jessica Simpson, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Kate Bosworth. Now as founder and CEO of Postie, he's out to reinvent direct mail marketing for a digital world. Building a successful Shopify business requires not only hard work and dedication, but also access to the right information.Take advantage of the information and resources presented in today's ecommerce podcast. You'll learn how to GROW REVENUE and MAXIMIZE PROFIT for your Shopify store.We would love to hear from you! Whether it's a comment or a question about our latest episode, feel free to reach out to us here or through our social media channels. Your feedback is always welcome!TwitterLinkedInFacebookYour feedback is always welcome!Are you hungry for knowledge on the topics of ecommerce and marketing? Then, we recommend visiting the eCommerce Fastlane Insights Blog for valuable and timely information. TOPICS INCLUDE: Advertising, Affiliate Marketing, Amazon, Attribution, Automation, B2B, Brand, Customer Retention, Customer Support, Data + Analytics, Data Trust + Security, Dropshipping, Ecommerce Seo, Email Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Founder Stories, Influencers, Legal, Logistics, Shipping, Loyalty, Rewards, Retention Marketing, Marketing, Sales, Conversion, Money From Home, Operations, Payments, Finance, Tax, People, Personalization, Post Purchase Experience, Print On Demand, Product Development, Retail, Shopify POS, Reviews, Search, SMS Marketing, Social Commerce, Social Media, Live Shopping, Startup Ideas, Store Design, Mobile Apps, Sustainability, TikTok, Trends, Ultimate Guides, Web3, best Shopify apps, and more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Building the Open Web
Making Crypto Accessible and Enjoyable With Meteor Wallet Creators Jonathan Myburgh and Edward Chew

Building the Open Web

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2023 48:05


Jonathan Myburgh and Edward Chew are creators of Meteor Wallet. They met through Tinker Union. Edward also previously worked at one of the largest e-wallet companies in Asia. In this episode Sasha talks with Jonathon and Edward about: • Difference in people who use a wallet for coins versus applications• Making tasks less boring to do in a wallet• Conveying trust to users in web3• What is Tinker Union? • Go-to market strategy for a wallet• Advice for foundersEpisode links: Meteor Wallet: https://meteorwallet.appJonathan Myburgh: https://twitter.com/yohjonoEdward Chew: https://twitter.com/r3ktdegenAliaksandr “Sasha” Hudzilin: https://twitter.com/AliaksandrHHuman Guild: https://humanguild.io

Perfect Pitch by Kickstart
Building Success, One “No” at a Time: A Conversation with Reese Harper, Elements' CEO

Perfect Pitch by Kickstart

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2023 28:50


Founder journeys are never the same. Today we're talking with someone who started their career as a musician, had a layover as a financial advisor, and is now a founder of a startup that is currently raising in one of the toughest fundraising environments we've seen. Join us in today's conversation with Reese Harper, CEO of Elements, and investor Gavin Christensen of Kickstart (a VC firm for startups in Utah, Colorado, and the Mountain West) as we bring you both sides of a Perfect Pitch. In this episode, we'll talk about: How Reese's content creation helps him understand his customer's better Gavin's investor perspective on whether an entrepreneur should invest in thought leadership Reese's tactical approach to attracting top-of-the-line talent to his exec team Advice for fundraising entrepreneurs when an investor says “no”

Build a Business Success Secrets
How I Built an Escort Business with Society Service Founder Marike van der Velden

Build a Business Success Secrets

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2023 62:28


Marike and Brandon talk about the escort business and how she built a world renowned escort service.About  Marike van der VeldenMarike  is an entrepreneur from The Netherlands in a line of business that is not very common; at 21 she founded the fully legal high end escort service  called Society Service. EPISODE LINKS:Society Servicehttps://www.societyservice.com/ CONNECT WITH US Claim Your Weekly EDGE Newsletter. It's FREE!Once a week email written by Brandon with insights and updates that give you an edge.Over 17,200 listeners and counting!-> https://edge.ck.page/bea5b3fda6 Contact Brandon : B at Brandon C White dot com EDGE Website-> https://MyEDGEPodcast.com EDGE on YouTube-> https://www.youtube.com/@brandoncwhite OTHER GREAT PODCASTS FROM THE BEST PODCASTS NETWORK On Business Podcast An unscripted, brutally honest, conversation about running a successful company. For business owners looking to elevate their game and increase revenues.-> https://OnBusinessPodcast.com MARKETING PodcastMarketing science, case studies that reveal successful marketing techniques and teach strategic marketing analysis where we model the data and turn it into financial forecasts so you have predictable revenue.-> https://PodcastOnMarketing.com EDGE is a top podcast fo...

Stairway to CEO
From Debt to Dynasty with MaryRuth Ghiyam, Founder and CEO of MaryRuth's Organics

Stairway to CEO

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2023 47:09


Description: Joining the show today is MaryRuth Ghiyam, the Founder and CEO of MaryRuth's Organics. MaryRuth talks about her childhood growing up in New Jersey to tragically losing both her father and brother, which inspired her to shift career paths, leading to the creation of her business and a book called Liquids Till Lunch. She shares how she went from being in debt to scaling her business without any outside funding in just seven years. She also shares some great insights on building a highly profitable business and why patience and time blocking are keys to success.Exclusive Deals from Our Sponsors:Give the gift of the world's most beautiful spice rack and get 15% off by using the promo code STAIRWAY15 at www.evermill.comGet 20% off luxury fitness equipment that you won't want to hide in your closet by using the promo code STAIRWAY20 at www.equiptmovement.comIn This Episode You'll Hear About:(1:06) MaryRuth's Organics is a rapidly scaling vitamins, minerals, and supplements brand offering high-quality, organic, and vegan nutritional supplements to benefit the entire family.(3:10) What it was like growing up in New Jersey, and why she's always liked being a part of teams(11:20) The different jobs she held from working in real estate to becoming a nutritional coach, which led to the creation of her business and a book called Liquids Till Lunch. (13:00) How she went from being in $700,000 in debt to scaling her business to over $100M in revenue without any outside funding in just seven years. (20:37) Her advice on how to take care of people and be profitable at the same time(28:00) How to know when you should start making new products, and how to keep the business growing(32:00) Why she believes so strongly in time blocking, and why it's a key to success (45:00) What's next for MaryRuth Organics, and the final advice MaryRuth has for aspiring entrepreneursTo Find Out More:https://www.maryruthorganics.com/Quotes:“I've always liked being a part of teams. It's fun to have a coach and to work together with people to try to achieve something difficult and to be on a routine and have structure.”“When I started this company, I wanted to make sure we were profitable from the very first day.”“Profit is a good thing for your company.”“Ebitda or profit comes from all of these very small choices that you make when how you're gonna run the organization.”“It is possible to take care of people and be profitable all at the same time.”“If you yourself believe this is the right thing and if you can afford it and not have to borrow money or whatever else, then you should do it.”“Be patient and put in the real work on a daily basis.”“You want to be involved, not checked out.”“Move forward every day, which is just these small, micro things, and that is why our company still exists.”

Found
Being the steady hand in market uncertainty with Sebastian Siemiatkowski from Klarna

Found

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2023 46:18


This week Darrell and Becca are joined by Klarna's Co-founder and CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski to talk about how the company is expanding beyond by now pay later space to become a neobank. Sebastian walks us through his European startup journey, breaking into the US market, how the importance of calm leadership through a market downturn, and what's next for Klarna. Subscribe to Found to hear more stories from founders each week.Connect with us:On TwitterOn InstagramVia email: found@techcrunch.com

Cashing Out
Built It, Sold It, and Built It Back Up Again... | Greg Packer

Cashing Out

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 42:04


Today I have a fantastic guest from my men's league hockey team and serial entrepreneur, Greg Packer.  Greg was born in Detroit. He graduated from the University of Michigan, and went on to build two large Professional Employer Organizations (or PEOs). Greg built his first PEO, Amstaff right out of college and eventually sold the business to ADP, which rebranded as ADP Total Source.  At ADP Greg built the business to over $700 million in annual payroll which created one of the most profitable business lines for ADP. After a professional break to help coach his kids' hockey and lacrosse teams, in 2000 he decided to get the band back together and build another PEO - AccessPoint.  Today, AccessPoint services more than 330,000 work site employees across all 50 states.  In our conversation, Greg describes his entrepreneurial journey and how company culture, recurring revenue, and HR due diligence helped him to not only sell his companies, but how he measures the companies he acquires today. A few episode highlights:(6:10) ... Thinking about value creation and handling inbound M&A interest. (15:10) ...  Getting prepared for an 8-figure exit, and becoming one of the most profitable business unit within ADP.(22:38) ... Greg Packer's superpower, and how that led to the creation of his next PEO(25:06) ... The role of culture in M&A(36:56) ... In business and sports, "act like you've been there before"...I hope you enjoy my conversation with Greg Packer.

Founder Storiez
Arik Solomon CEO Cypago | Launching a startup at 46 | Why every company needs compliance | Lessons from a first time founder | Creating Goals & meaning

Founder Storiez

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 38:20


CypagoConversation with Arik Solomon co-founder & CEO Cypago.Have a great listen, and if you do benefit please suggest it to a friend who can benefit from it too.

Growth Marketing Camp
Client Is King: Building a Marketing Agency That Drives Growth with Tyler Jordan

Growth Marketing Camp

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 29:43


Are you ready to level up your digital marketing game? Tyler Jordan, the Founder and CEO of a thriving remote-first marketing agency, Jordan Digital Marketing, is here to help! With a rich digital marketing background and experience at top companies like Hired, Weebly, and 3Q Digital, he's got the know-how to take your business to the next level. In this episode of Growth Marketing Camp's Founder Stories, Tyler shares tons of advice on building and managing a successful marketing agency, insights on what drives growth, and the importance of the mantra he firmly believes, "client is king." Tyler advocates for being accountable for every dollar, showing the impact of your marketing efforts, and shares why he prioritizes goal alignment and transparency in his work.We're kicking off 2023 in a big way, so don't miss out on the chance to learn from Tyler and take your marketing strategy to new heights!

Found
Modernizing the live music industry with Mir Hwang from GigFinesse

Found

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 50:08


Mir Hwang is the co-founder and CEO of GigFinesse. Mir talks about how his struggles to book music gigs as a teenager pushed him to launch the company that connects artists with venues for live shows. Mir also talked about how hard it was to steer the live music-focused business through the pandemic in an industry that was reticent to adopt tech to begin with. Plus, we learn about a fun venue that couldn't be more perfect for Darrell's future poetry residence.Subscribe to Found to hear more stories from founders each week.Connect with us:On TwitterOn InstagramVia email: found@techcrunch.com

Cashing Out
M&A Experience At Every Position On The Field - How To Prepare For An Exit in 2023 | Brian Scanlon

Cashing Out

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 40:43


Today I have a special guest, M&A expert, and serial entrepreneur, Brian Scanlon. Brian started his career by founding a marketing agency, Social Mediators, a full service digital marketing agency, which he sold in 2014. Brian's exit was not life changing, but he was able to put an entrepreneurial win on the board and much like myself he then decided to focus his attention on helping his fellow founders sell their businesses by entering the world of sell side M&A advisory after helping several business owners orchestrate their exit. In 2017, Brian saw his next entrepreneurial opportunity on the buy side of M&A and launched Deal Gen Partners, an origination company, discovering opportunities for private equity funds and strategic acquirers to acquire great companies.Deal Gen Partners currently manages 2.7 billion in buy side mandates, which gives Brian real insight on how buyers are thinking about M&A in 2023 and. So today Brian will share his full entrepreneurial story and offer his advice to our fellow founders about how to make their companies attractive to buyers right out of the gates.A few highlights:(10:53) ... The importance of bringing experts into any M&A process (24:05) ...  Brian's unique perspective seeing both buyer and seller motivations during M&A(27:02) ... How Deal Gen Partners is similar to an MLB scouting department serving every major league team at the same time(35:28) ... 2023 M&A OutlookI hope you enjoy my conversation with Brian Scanlon. 

The Business of Open Source
Using Metrics to Keep Your Open Source Community Healthy with Georg Link

The Business of Open Source

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 30:10


Georg Link, Director of Sales at Bitergia, joins me to chat about how open source startups can use metrics to keep their communities healthy, why he approaches his role as an educator first, and how a company's culture impacts the way they sell for open source. In this episode, Georg and I discuss how he started the CHAOSS (Community Health Analysis Open Source Software) project to evaluate the health of open source communities and how to use metrics to gain that understanding. We also get some insight into Georg's passion for open source, his views on sales, and Bitergia's company culture.Highlights: Georg introduces himself and Bitergia (0:48) What metrics are helpful for an open source startup to track? (4:33) How Georg approaches his role as Director of Sales primarily as an educator (11:48) How Biturgia's company culture impacts the way they sell for open source (17:41) Ideal use cases for open source metrics (24:15) Links:Georg LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/georglink/ Twitter: @georglink Email: georglink@bitergia.com Company: https://bitergia.com/

Found
Solving the looming lithium shortage with Sheeba Dawood from Minerva Lithium

Found

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 52:19


This week we're mixing it up on Found and welcoming special guest cohost, Neesha Tambe, the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Editor. And we happen to be talking with Sheeba Dawood, the co-founder and CEO of Minerva Lithium—the 2022 Startup Battlefield winner. Minerva Lithium is a clean energy technology that has developed a Nano Mosaic membrane filter system for critical materials extraction from non-traditional water resources. In this conversation, Sheeba speaks candidly about the struggles she's faced as a woman of color trying to innovate in the mineral manufacturing industry and what's next for the company coming off of several pitch competition wins.Subscribe to Found to hear more stories from founders each week.Connect with us:On TwitterOn InstagramVia email: found@techcrunch.com

The Business of Open Source
Reaping the Benefits of Community-Led Growth with Jonathan Reimer

The Business of Open Source

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 23:05


Jonathan Reimer, CEO & Co-Founder at Crowd.dev, joins me to chat about community-led growth and cultivating a community around an open source startup.In this episode, Jonathan and I discuss the differences between community-led growth and product-led growth, review the meaning of community, and explore the challenges of building a community around an open source startup. We also get into how community-led growth can benefit a company, the biggest mistakes startups make around community building, and the origins and operations of Jonathan's company, Crowd.dev.Highlights: Jonathan introduces himself, and his definition of community-led growth (0:45) The motivation behind community-led growth strategies (3:04) Gauging the health of a community (8:14) The origins of Crowd.dev and how it works to make community building easier (12:47) Common pain points in community building and how to keep cultivating a healthy one (16:17) Jonathan's path to starting his own company (18:08) Links:Jonathan LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathimer/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonathimer Company: https://www.crowd.dev/

Found
Two CEOs is better than one with Henrique Dubugras from Brex

Found

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 47:50


This week Darrell and Becca are joined by Brex co-founder and co-CEO Henrique Dubugras to chat about his corporate credit card and expense management startup. Henrique talked about what made him and his co-founder (Pedro Franceschi) decide to launch the company and why the friends, who met online as teenagers, decided to be co-CEOs. Henrique also talks about how Brex navigated changes at the startup this year, and how he personally handled layoffs, all while Darrell and Becca do a questionable job of hiding their disdain for Brex's legacy competitor.Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FoundSubscribe to Found to hear more stories from founders each week.Connect with us:On TwitterOn InstagramVia email: found@techcrunch.com

Menswear Style Podcast
Lutz Schwenke, Founder of TWOTHIRDS / Sustainable Eco-Friendly Clothing

Menswear Style Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 28:25 Transcription Available


When Lutz Schwenke spent a year in Hawaii as a teenager, he started to see the ocean differently. It became a source of joy and motivation. He later worked for the UN, informing his vision of the sustainable brand he would go on to found in 2010 out of a deep love for the ocean. TWOTHIRDS has evolved into a community of like-minded people. The brand wants to create clothing with zero impact on the planet and its oceans. They use fabrics that save water, turn plastic waste into quality garments and wrap orders in paper packaging. Their operations are all Climate Neutral. Their search for sustainable fashion began in the Basque country, but it was when they moved to Barcelona that things really took off. They pioneered pre-order. They found better materials. They grew. TWOTHIRDS is about the personal touch, craftsmanship, and making change that ripples out across the industry. In this episode of the MenswearStyle Podcast we interview Lutz Schwenke, Founder of Sustainable Eco-Friendly Clothing brand TWOTHIRDS about the founding story of his brand which he describes as for the gentleman surfer.  Our host Peter Brooker and Lutz talk about working within the fashion industry without prior experience, design process and inspiration, being a sustainable brand, positively reacting to setbacks, the pre-order concept, and growth plans for 2023. Whilst we have your attention, be sure to sign up to our daily MenswearStyle newsletter here. We promise to only send you the good stuff.Support the showOur new store shop.menswear.style is now live!

The Business of Open Source
Verbs Not Nouns: Writing Effective Documentation with Brian MacDonald

The Business of Open Source

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 28:59


Brian MacDonald, Manager of Technical Editing at DigitalOcean joins me to discuss the importance of writing efficient documentation for any product.In this episode, Brian and I chat about his talk at All Things Open entitled Verbs Not Nouns and covering the importance of writing documentation that instructs your users on how to use your product to solve the problem it intends to solve for them. We also cover common mistakes in writing documentation and tips for ensuring yours is effective. Listen to hear Brian's advice and resources to improve your documentation. Highlights: Brian introduces himself and his role at DigitalOcean (0:47) Why does documentation matter? (3:29) The most common mistake people make with documentation (7:07) Why are docs frequently neglected? (11:37) Who should write the docs? (15:47) How to ensure your docs are efficient (20:21) When should you start writing your documentation? (24:32) Links:Brian LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/macdonaldeditorial/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bmac_editor Company: https://www.digitalocean.com/ Resources:  Verbs Not Nouns Slides: https://archive.org/details/verbs-not-nouns-ato-2022 Write The Docs Community: https://www.writethedocs.org/

Day Zero
"Start Here"

Day Zero

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2022 18:47


Meet Eric Langshur:Eric is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Abundant Venture Partners, a purpose-based incubator focused on improving the human condition by creating companies that improve Human Wellness, Human Performance and Human Engagement. He is also a New York Times best-selling author. His book Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing was published by Simon and Schuster: North Star Way in 2017 and has been translated and released internationally by Hachette/Larousse.Key Insights:Eric Langshur has founded multiple healthcare companies and has written a book on wellbeing that draws from the best of philosophy and science.● Industry Changes. As margins dwindle in healthcare, Eric sees opportunity, noting that “the same plays that worked yesterday aren't necessarily going to carry us through tomorrow.”● Purpose and Accomplishment. Concern for material needs can bring us to work every day, but to accomplish something meaningful, Eric advises us to discover our purpose. ● Science of Wellbeing. Eric has traced the science behind ancient wisdom, and affirms that mindfulness and meditation practices can improve bodily health. This episode is hosted by Rick Lemoine. He is the Chief Medical Information Officer for Sharp HealthCare.Relevant Links:o Follow Eric on Twittero Order a copy of Start Hereo Read about Abundant Venture Partners

Found
Checking back in with a few favorite founders (re-release)

Found

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2022 46:18


Happy holidays! The found crew is taking a week off to relax so we are throwing it back to our anniversary episode. To celebrate our anniversary, we welcomed back four founders whose stories really stuck with us since we talked to them. In what Jordan called a “founder smoothie”, we talked with Brie Code from TRU LUV who was on our second episode, Earl Cole from SMART Tire Company who was on the following episode, as well as Aditi Shekar from Zeta, and Jelani Memory from A Kids Company About who joined us a few months later. They talk about perspective shifts they've experienced in the past year, their different takes on fundraising, and how they stay true to their respective core missions. Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND.Connect with us:On TwitterOn InstagramVia email: found@techcrunch.comCall us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

Cashing Out
In M&A, Time Is Not Your Friend | Jeff Durso

Cashing Out

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 38:24


Today I have a special guest, fellow podcaster and serial entrepreneur with multiple exits under his belt, Jeff Durso.  Jeff is a Massachusetts native who after attending MIT, sold his first business at the height of the internet bubble in 2000. We'll hear how a strategic partner can turn into an acquirer without any notice and how a well-timed silence during the subsequent negotiation with that buyer was worth an extra $1 million to Jeff. On his second exit, Jeff describes the incredible hurdles he and his team overcame to get multiple investors in. With signatures in place to not blow up a deal. Jeff shares his lessons learned on keeping your cap table clean and how time is not your friend in any M&A engagement. Currently, Jeff is the host of the Founder Breakthroughs Podcast, interviewing fellow founders on their incredible stories, as well as running Startup Mastermind, helping new founders get their businesses off the ground.A few highlights:(5:30) ... How a throwaway bullet point and a timely moment of silence created another $1M to Jeff and his partners (9:00) ... The cars that became the motivation for Jeff and his partner (and brother) to sell their first business - Acura NSX and a red Ferrari 355 Spider (17:17) ... Selling at the top of the NASDAQ(22:29) ... In Jeff's 2nd company, the 43 investors and an error by the State of Delaware that almost killed the deal.I hope you enjoy my conversation with Jeff Durso.

The Business of Open Source
Developing Commercial Open Source Companies with Joseph Jacks

The Business of Open Source

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 31:56


Joseph Jacks joins me to share his enthusiasm for Open Source and what he calls Commercial Open Source Companies, how the idea of Open Source is changing with new technologies, and what that means for the definition of Open Source.In this episode, Joseph gets specific about the definition of Open Source and new technologies building on the original concept while sharing his excitement about the developments in and around the Open Source community. We also discuss the pros and cons of building an Open Source company and his philosophy on investing in Open Source Startups.Highlights: Joseph introduces himself and discusses his background and how he started OSS Capital (0:48) How open source is beneficial and critical to any business (6:12) The origins and definition of open source and how to differentiate new technologies that expand on the concept (7:58) What most people think of when they say "Open Source Company" and Joseph's suggestion for a more accurate name (11:31) Why Commercial Open Source Companies are awesome (13:21) The challenges of building a Commercial Open Source Company (17:21) The importance of differentiating between your users and your customers (19:57) Freemium vs. Open Source (22:04) Links:Joseph  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/josephjacks/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JosephJacks_ Company: https://oss.capital/

40 Minute Mentor
Part 2: 10 Lessons From 10 Years Of Scaling JBM, with James Mitra, Founder & CEO of JBM

40 Minute Mentor

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 24:43


“Where it does become an issue for you, the people around you, your team and your family, is when you are burning out, getting stressed and ill, because you're not finding any balance at all.” In this second part of our new 40 Minute Mentor mini-series, we learn more about the lessons our Founder, CEO and host of this podcast, James Mitra, learned over the last 10 years of building and scaling JBM. If you haven't caught up with the first part of the series, yet, make sure you check it out here:  https://40-minute-mentor.simplecast.com/episodes/part-1-10-lessons-from-10-years-of-scaling-jbm-with-james-mitra-founder-ceo-of-jb-VKWGjvCD Today, we learn about: ➡️ The importance of long-term partnerships [01:08] ➡️ The impossible task of finding balance as a Founder [05:16] ➡️ Why you need to listen to your gut more [10:18] ➡️ Learn more about our Series Sponsors, Alchemist [14:52] ➡️ Why hiring is incredibly difficult, even when recruitment is your day job [15:34] ➡️ The importance of letting your hires leave on good terms, when it doesn't work out [19:23]  ⛳ Helpful links:➡️ More about James Mitra: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesmitra-jbm/➡️ More about JBM: https://jbmc.co.uk/

Stairway to CEO
Entrepreneurship and Efficacy with Liz Whitman, Founder and CEO of Exponent Beauty

Stairway to CEO

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2022 53:17


Description: Liz Whitman joins the show today to talk about her journey to becoming the Founder and CEO of Exponent Beauty. Liz spoke about what it was like growing up in New York City as an only child, to building an apparel business with a friend before earning her MBA, working for American Express and Beauty Bar, to building her second startup Manicube, which The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden acquired, to having an aha moment that inspired her to reimagine what truly effective skincare could look like.Exclusive Deals from Our Sponsors:Give the gift of the world's most beautiful spice rack and get 15% off by using the promo code STAIRWAY15 at www.evermill.comGet 20% off luxury fitness equipment that you won't want to hide in your closet by using the promo code STAIRWAY20 at www.equiptmovement.comIn This Episode You'll Hear About:(1:54) More about Exponent Beauty, the first skincare system that fully preserves active ingredients for peak effectiveness.(3:14) What it was like growing up in New York City as a kid, and how she grew up wanting to go into environmental chemistry(6:15) Why she chose to go to Harvard for school because it provided a lot of different academic opportunities, and the first few jobs she had that led to an entrepreneurial journey(10:30) How she and a friend started a fashion line together in college and ran it for two years, which began to ignite her entrepreneurial spirit(16:24) Her career journey from working at American Express to Co-Founding Manicube, with her Co-Founder Katina, who we had on Episode 102.(22:30) Where the inspiration came from for Exponent(30:00) The first steps she took begin building the brand, from uncovering the problem to solving it(37:12) Liz walks Lee through assembling the product, and how to use it(52:30) Some of the most challenging things she's had to overcome in building Exponent(57:00) How she built herself a community of founders, and what keeps her going through the tough times(1:01:00) What specific skill sets she thinks makes a great Founder(1:05:00) Her advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and what's next for ExponentTo Find Out More:https://exponentbeauty.com/Quotes:“The intertwining of how your business affects your actual life is just something that's part of the process.”“Learning by doing is exactly what entrepreneurship is.”“I have this fascination with what people and culture can actually do in terms of driving impact in a business”“Being an entrepreneur is a very specific personality type who sees these open doors and these opportunities as they come.”“We traded convenience and scalable distribution with efficacy.”“I'm somebody who thrives on getting a product out there and having consumers and seeing how they're interacting with it.”“You can get sucked up in these reactive tactical needs, and so carving out time in your schedule for the important but not urgent keeps you focused.”“Be clear with yourself on why you're doing this.”“Investors get excited about huge growing categories that can be very profitable and that have logical exits. If you can do something truly differentiated in that space, that's exciting.”“Being true to why you're doing it. That has to be your north star when times are tough and they will be tough. This is not glamorous at all. There're ups and downs all around”“Our whole entire premise is taking fantastic ingredients and innovating on form factors. So we're delivering the best clinical results to you.”

Day Zero
Bust Then Boom

Day Zero

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2022 20:06


Meet Gene Dantsker:Dr. Gene Dantsker is President and Chief Operating Officer of EvoNexus. He has been involved with EvoNexus since its founding as selection committee member, mentor to numerous portfolio companies, Executive-in-Residence and most recently Chief MedTech Officer. Gene is a seasoned entrepreneur, board member, advisor, operational executive and angel investor. He holds B.S. degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Maryland, M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from San Diego State University, where he was class valedictorian. He is an inventor on over 60 issued patents. Key Insights:Gene Dantsker works at EvoNexus helping entrepreneurs turn good ideas into commercially-viable companies. ● Picking Winners. Because they are selective in their application process, EvoNexus has produced very positive results, with total capital raised approaching $1.7 billion for the 260 companies they've incubated.● Market Timing. Gene suggests that it is actually a good time for startups in general right now, as opposed to even six months ago. ● Diversity is Profitable. Offering examples like pre-diabetes, hypertension, or particular forms of therapeutics or diagnostics, Gene suggests that different strategic plans can be used to find and deliver healthcare to diverse markets. This episode is hosted by Rick Lemoine. He is the Chief Medical Information Officer for Sharp HealthCare. Relevant Links:o Learn More about EvoNexuso Read more about Gene Dantsker

Beat the Often Path
Ep. 128 - Paul Gross: Capturing Carbon from Diesel Trucks as They Drive!

Beat the Often Path

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2022 50:59


Paul Gross is the Co-CEO & Co-founder of Remora, a start-up that captures carbon emissions directly from semi-trucks as they drive. This tech, called a “mobile carbon capture system”, is the first of its kind to be commercialized anywhere in the world.  Remora's system can be retrofitted onto existing diesel trucks, capturing and storing their carbon. And this is a big deal, because there are over 2 million semis in the US alone. They've raised millions in funding, and they're already working with major brands to help reduce total carbon emissions globally. Paul himself was listed to Forbes 30 Under 30, and he has an inspiring story for us all. 

40 Minute Mentor
Part 1: 10 Lessons From 10 Years Of Scaling JBM, with James Mitra, Founder & CEO of JB

40 Minute Mentor

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 18:29


“I'm ashamed to say I was a bit embarrassed at times when I went to dinner parties and told people what I did for a living. There was always this reputation of sharky, dishonest recruiters.” This week, we're launching the first of a special two-part Series on 40 Minute Mentor. JBM turned 10 years old this year and we're officially turning the microphone and sharing our own Startup story. In today's episode, our Founder, CEO and Host of this podcast, James Mitra, will share how JBM was started and the ups and downs along the way, including: ➡️ The importance of building relationships [2:08] ➡️ JBM's mission and how this drives us as a team [04:00] ➡️ The mistakes James made along the way and how he overcame them [06:12]➡️ Learn more about our Series sponsors, Alchemist [11:26] ➡️ The power of mentorship and why that's always been the foundation of JBM [12:08] ➡️ How personal branding has made all the difference over the years [14:07] For more startup lessons, tune back in next week for part 2 of this mini-series.  ⛳ Helpful links:➡️ More about James Mitra: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesmitra-jbm/➡️ More about JBM: https://jbmc.co.uk/ 

Equity
The impact of hype with Clubhouse's Paul Davison

Equity

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 29:50


This week, Natasha is bringing one of her favorite panels from Disrupt to your ears. She sat down with Clubhouse co-founder and CEO, Paul Davison, to talk about the core of Clubhouse, competition, and the impact of hype.The conversation touches on the company's hyper growth, celebrity power, and navigating social platforms and social patterns, with a round of questions from the audience at the end. If you love the conversation, share it with a friend. And if you want more on Clubhouse, Natasha dove deeper into the conversation here.Equity drops every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7 a.m. PT, so subscribe to us onApple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify and all the casts. TechCrunch also has agreat show on crypto, ashow that interviews founders, ashow that details how our stories come togetherand more!

Cashing Out
Creating a "Second Bite of the Apple" in M&A | Chris Meso

Cashing Out

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 31:13


Today I have a special guest, friend, and forward-thinking entrepreneur, Chris Meso.  In 1989 while still in his twenties, Chris founded Mobile Air, which after more than 30 years of growth has become the largest private, portable HVAC specialty services business in North America. What's special about Chris's story is that not only did he know the right time to sell the business, but Chris also helped the private equity firm who acquired his business envision a strategy to roll up his competitors.Chris believed so much in this roll up strategy that he negotiated significant equity in the overall business platform, which created a substantial "second bite of the apple" for him when the private equity firm sold the platform just two years later.  On today's episode, Chris and I talk about the importance of preparing to sell a business and choosing the right buyer with the right strategy to maximize your ultimate outcome.Today, Chris runs T Rex Advisory helping business owners implement simple, proven organizational frameworks to tone down chaos, earn more and go back to falling in love with their business.A few highlights:(4:30) ... Working in an ultra-competitive industry and building the moat that changed his future (11:15) ... Trying to understand what Mobile Air was worth (22:53) ...  The Kumbaya Dinner, and negotiating the next bite of the apple (29:44) ... As an entrepreneur, "I left nothing on the field...  and got off the field at the right time to enjoy the fifth quarter of my life."I hope you enjoy my conversation with Chris.------------------------------------------------------------------------This episode is brought to you by Exitwise:  https://www.exitwise.comExitwise helps business owners create the exits they deserve by assembling the best teams of industry specific, M&A experts, who will help maximize the sale of each business.How Does It Work:1. Schedule A Call:  Schedule a call with one of our M&A Advisors and we'll walk you through the entire process of selling your business, from market valuations to M&A expert fees and from due diligence to the signing of your purchase agreement. We're here to answer any questions you may have.On this call, we'll want to learn about the history of the business, your financial performance, your management team and listen to your thoughts and requirements for selling the business so we can make sure to find the best M&A experts to help maximize your exit.2. Review Top Experts:  Once we've had a chance to process all your business information, we'll share with you, our top choices for investment bankers, M&A attorneys, and tax accountants to help maximize the sale of your business.We'll present each M&A expert's transaction history, estimated valuation range for your business and their fee structures. Then we'll talk through the pros and cons of each choice to help you prioritize and make the best decisions.3. Negotiate & Hire:  Finally, when we've narrowed it down to your top choices, we'll negotiate your engagement letter with each M&A expert to make sure fees and terms are fair for everyone. We know what to look for and we know how to keep everyone incentivized for your optimal outcome.Once your M&A experts have been selected and you're ready to move forward, we'll collect signatures and get everyone to work.

Menswear Style Podcast
Scott Lancaster, Founder of Emerton Scott / Stoic Inspired Jewellery

Menswear Style Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 21:59 Transcription Available


Emerton Scott is a British company driven by a love for quality and simplicity in design. They're a socially aware brand which handcrafts unique necklaces inspired by stoicism to help tackle mental health. For every necklace purchased, a portion is contributed to a chosen charity in the mental health space to help support the 8 million yearly deaths attributed to mental health illnesses. In 2018 Emerton Scott founder, Scott Lancaster, asked his martial arts coach for book recommendations to strengthen his mindset. He was told to read The Obstacle Is the Way, by Ryan Holiday. After reading this first book on Stoicism, Scott began making his way through the rest of Holiday's books and then every other book he could get his hands on related to Stoic Philosophy.In this episode of the MenswearStyle Podcast we interview Scott Lancaster, Founder of stoic inspired jewellery brand Emerton Scott about the success of the brand's Kickstarter launch which became the fastest funded crowdfunding campaign ever. Our host Peter Brooker and Scott talk about how to launch a successful Kickstarter project, the unique idea behind the jewellery brand, the importance of packaging, stoic philosophy, design inspiration, and manufacturing.  Whilst we have your attention, be sure to sign up to our daily MenswearStyle newsletter here. We promise to only send you the good stuff.Support the showOur new store shop.menswear.style is now live!

BAD BITCH EMPIRE
How to Master A Career Pivot and Reprogram A Perfectionist Mentality

BAD BITCH EMPIRE

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 33:40


Kendra Cole is the CEO and co-founder of Crypto Mom, a Black-owned and female-run app focused on helping diverse, millennial women and mothers to enter the crypto space and take financial charge. Kendra shares her journey to becoming a confident Bad Bitch, including how she pivoted in the economic downturn to switch careers and used the pandemic as an opportunity to dig deeper into crypto. In that learning process, she shares the realized gaps for women in the financial services space and how that led to creating an app to better serve women's needs and financial plans. She even shares insights on how Crypto Mom development caters specifically to women, from taking into account women's investment strategies to ‘thumb reach'.Lisa and Kendra discuss: How good girl brainwashing impacts the way women operate, advocate, and work with othersWomen's obstacles to gaining financial knowledge and access to the financial services and crypto spaceThe investment profile and preferences of women and mothers and how those were taken into account to develop a more inclusive appBuilding user adoption for a crypto app in launching and taking up market spaceThe “default setting” of society focusing on men's needsReprogramming the perfectionist mentality for ambitious women

The Business of Open Source
Investing in The Next Generation of Developers

The Business of Open Source

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 28:13


Jon Gottfried, Co-founder of Major League Hacking, joins me to chat about community building, open source as a career accelerator, and how Major League Hacking began.In this episode, Jon and I discuss the role of open source in Major League Hacking and the lessons maintainers can learn from new developers and vice versa. Jon also shares his thoughts on community, sharing responsibilities, and tips for ensuring the future of open source. Listen to hear his perspective and learn how Major League Hacking came to be. Highlights: Jon introduces himself and Major League Hacking (0:42) How Open Source fits into the work MLH does with developers entering the industry (1:44) How to be a successful open source contributor (3:20) Lessons maintainers can learn from the new developer experience (6:07) Jon shares his thoughts on community building (13:06) Jon shares his views on meeting in person vs. virtually (15:40) Sharing responsibilities in a business vs. an open source project (18:03) How contributing to an open source project can accelerate a career trajectory (21:48) How Major League Hacking began (24:01) Links:Jon LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonmarkgo/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonmarkgo Company: https://mlh.io/

Day Zero
Finding the Right Partners

Day Zero

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 7:37


Meet the Guests:Chris Severn is the CEO and Co-founder of Turquoise Health. Brad Smith is the Founder and CEO of Russell Street Ventures. Tom Stanis is the Founder and CEO of Story Health. This episode is about finding potential partners and making good partnerships.• Saying No. If you are committed to a principled vision, you may face enticing offers that would bring significant financial gain, but in some circumstances, accepting may gradually lead you away from your mission. Consider carefully.• Partnering with Incumbents. The healthcare economy is evolving rapidly, and it's difficult to start something from scratch. Accept how the landscape looks in order to identify viable potential partnerships. • Knowing Yourself. When you partner with large companies, you may have to adjust what you're trying to do to fit their goals. Aim to maintain clear self-awareness about what role you want your company to play in relation to a larger partner.This episode is a mash-up of previous Day Zero guests. Relevant Links:Check out Chris Severn's full interviewCheck out Brad Smith's full interviewCheck out Tom Stanis' full interview 

Menswear Style Podcast
Alex Orr, Founder of JAGO / Functional Adventure Clothing

Menswear Style Podcast

Play Episode Play 30 sec Highlight Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 22:47 Transcription Available


JAGO is a menswear brand creating versatile, functional and timelessly styled products to be worn everyday and beyond - worn For Life's Adventure. The brand embraces adventure in its broadest sense - far beyond outdoor adventure only - living for variety and spontaneity. They believe their versatile approach to style and function is particularly well suited to the flexible work-play lifestyle so many of us now live in this post-Covid world. In a world of too much complexity and too much consumption, and in an industry suffering from an over-specialism gear fad, never has there been a more appropriate time to have fewer, better, longer lasting, more sustainable products.  In this episode of the MenswearStyle Podcast we interview Alex Orr, Founder of JAGO about the founding story and purpose of his outdoor clothing brand. Our host Peter Brooker and Alex talk about upstart funding, working with Bear Grylls, relaunching the brand after the Covid-19 pandemic, the new Totum Cotton Gilet made with British Millerain fabric, and the 'A Life of Adventure' hardback book.Whilst we have your attention, be sure to sign up to our daily MenswearStyle newsletter here. We promise to only send you the good stuff.Support the showOur new store shop.menswear.style is now live!

Found
Trusting your gut microbiome with Cheryl Sew Hoy from Tiny Health

Found

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 47:12


Take our listener survey for a chance to win a free year of TC+ at bit.ly/tcpodsurvey.When Ceryl Sew Hoy had her first child, she discovered the importance of the infant gut microbiome. As a research-driven entrepreneur, she learned everything she could about gut health and how to help infants avoid the chronic health issues that occur if they don't receive the essential microbiomes from the mother. Tiny Health was started to fill a gap in OBGYN care and provide the first-ever gut health test for babies and toddlers along with educational materials needed to course correct and set up infants for optimal gut health.  Darrell, Becca, and Cheryl also talk about being a product-focused founder, building customer trust, and Darrell's constant tummy aches. Subscribe to Found to hear more stories from founders each week.Connect with us:On TwitterOn InstagramVia email: found@techcrunch.com

Perfect Pitch by Kickstart
Insights on the Future of Work with Dan Bladen

Perfect Pitch by Kickstart

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 43:38


Confused about the future of work? So are we. Until we talked with a founder who has advice on how entrepreneurs can bring their startups up to speed. Join us in today's conversation with Dan Bladen, Co-Founder & CEO of Kadence, and investor Kat Kennedy of Kickstart (a VC firm for startups in Utah, Colorado, and the Mountain West) as we bring you both sides of a Perfect Pitch. In this episode, we'll talk about: Dan's pandemic pivot from Chargifi to Kadence Kat's advice on how a founder can know whether they should “hang the towel” or pivot Details on Kadence's fundraising announcement What Kat and Dan anticipate for the future of work

Cashing Out
Selling Two Digital Marketing Platforms to Cars.com | Joe Chura

Cashing Out

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022 76:02


Today we have a special guest and good friend of Exitwise, Joe Chura.Joe has had an incredible entrepreneurial journey starting on the Ford Motor Company assembly line to founding two automotive digital marketing platforms, which he sold to cars.com in 2018 for a walk off home run outcome. Joe is an exceptional leader, marketer and lifelong learner who has taken on many different challenges well beyond the businesses he's most widely known for.He's recently run a marathon, hosts an incredible podcast called, Not Almost There, and he recently launched a new non-alcoholic brewery Go Brewing in Illinois. A few highlights: (10:35) ... Working at an auto dealership during the day, and building a digital marketing company at night (36:34) ... September 28, 2017 - a Wedding Anniversary, and a fateful phone call from Cars.com (45:50) ...  October 31, 2017 - Halloween, and the most important text of his professional life  (1:07:42) ... what success means to Joe, and what surprised him most after the sale of his business.(1:11:18) ...  the launch of Go Brewing I hope you enjoy my conversation with Joe Chura.------------------------------------------------------------------------This episode is brought to you by Exitwise:  https://www.exitwise.comExitwise helps business owners create the exits they deserve by assembling the best teams of industry specific, M&A experts, who will help maximize the sale of each business.How Does It Work:1. Schedule A Call:  Schedule a call with one of our M&A Advisors and we'll walk you through the entire process of selling your business, from market valuations to M&A expert fees and from due diligence to the signing of your purchase agreement. We're here to answer any questions you may have.On this call, we'll want to learn about the history of the business, your financial performance, your management team and listen to your thoughts and requirements for selling the business so we can make sure to find the best M&A experts to help maximize your exit.2. Review Top Experts:  Once we've had a chance to process all your business information, we'll share with you, our top choices for investment bankers, M&A attorneys, and tax accountants to help maximize the sale of your business.We'll present each M&A expert's transaction history, estimated valuation range for your business and their fee structures. Then we'll talk through the pros and cons of each choice to help you prioritize and make the best decisions.3. Negotiate & Hire:  Finally, when we've narrowed it down to your top choices, we'll negotiate your engagement letter with each M&A expert to make sure fees and terms are fair for everyone. We know what to look for and we know how to keep everyone incentivized for your optimal outcome.Once your M&A experts have been selected and you're ready to move forward, we'll collect signatures and get everyone to work.

Day Zero
Automating the Patient's Journey

Day Zero

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022 22:54


Meet Matt Hollingsworth:Matt Hollingsworth is CEO and founder of Carta Healthcare. The son of a five-time cancer survivor, Matt has developed a passion for improving patient care. Matt holds an MBA from Stanford University, where he worked in the Systems Utilization Research for Stanford Medicine lab, researching methods for using information technology to reduce equipment waste and improve patient care. Previous to his time at Stanford, he spent time as a researcher at CERN as a member of the team that discovered the Higgs Boson particle. Matt received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Physics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Key Insights:Matt Hollingsworth is improving the work experience for doctors, nurses, and administrators.● AI Utility. Carta Healthcare has discovered ways to use new AI technologies to solve problems that, historically, people had to solve with elbow grease. ● Data Management. Getting trustworthy, usable data is difficult because it has required an army of nurses to fill out the forms. Carta's software significantly streamlines this process.● Remember to Sell. Matt offers important advice for engineers considering a startup: don't get buried in writing software if it causes you to forget to sell the product. Find people who can pay you for a product that meets their need.This episode is hosted by Gary Bisbee, Ph.D. He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Think Medium.Relevant Links:o Learn more about Carta Healthcareo Read more about Matt Hollingsworth

Found
Starting the tampon revolution with Valentina Milanova from Daye

Found

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022 54:24


We're so excited to be back with new episodes of Found and to introduce you to our brilliant new co-host Becca Szkutak! In this episode, we talk with Valentina Milanova, the founder and CEO of Daye, a gynecological health company that's working to close the gender pain gap and raise industry standards when it comes to women's health products.While researching menstrual pain relief and tampon manufacturing, Valentina found there was a shocking lack of innovation, research, and health and safety standards in gynecological products. So she started Daye and created the most absorbent organic tampon on the market and the only one that uses CBD to relieve menstrual pain that was designed with women in mind. Within the company,  Valentina is infusing her values into every aspect of the business from implementing a 4-day work week to improve mental health to hiring survivors of human trafficking to work in their manufacturing centers. In this episode, we  also touch on the challenges of fundraising when your product requires you to say “vaginal canal” at least once in your pitch, why Valentina will not be a serial entrepreneur, and why they don't keep any tampon trade secrets.Subscribe to Found to hear more stories from founders each week.Connect with us:On TwitterOn InstagramVia email: found@techcrunch.com

BAD BITCH EMPIRE
Release External Validation with Leigh Cuen

BAD BITCH EMPIRE

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 37:44


Leigh Cuen is the co-founder of the Association of Cryptocurrency Journalists and Researchers (ACJR) and Des Femmes a female-led community magazine creating media and networking experiences for women who are thriving at the intersection of tech and finance. She shares her journey from working as an international correspondent and staff journalist to her entrepreneurial ventures in creating content accounting for the actions and reactions of a globally-conscious audience. To date, Leigh's work has been featured across major publications, including TechCrunch, Vice, Business Insider, and Teen Vogue. In this episode, Leigh and Lisa delve into everything from analyzing the superpower of “thinking outside the box”, to the process of putting a print magazine in Whole Foods and Barnes & Noble, and creating sustainable programs that truly put community first. Lisa and Leigh discuss:How to release comfort and external validation to define and attain successSacrifice vs. skill sets: How women's roles and value are defined within the crypto industry and society as a wholeBeing aware of personal boundaries and priorities and how to surround yourself with people who respect themThe norm of masculine energy in business building and how women can best honor their natural rhythm in navigating life and businessThe thought process and actions involved in overhauling a business model

Cashing Out
Part II - Exitwise CEO, Todd Sullivan's Entrepreneurial Journey - Hockey, Building Companies, and 20+ Years of Exit Stories

Cashing Out

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 41:52


This episode is Part II of a two-episode series.  If you haven't listened to Part I, we invite you to listen to it first before enjoying this episode.Today, based on multiple requests from our listeners, my friend, fellow entrepreneur, and co-founder of Exitwise, Brian Dukes is going to interview me, Todd Sullivan, to help our listeners learn a little bit more about my background and how we came to start Exitwise. We'll take you through the four companies I've started and sold while sharing a few memorable stories about my co-founders, investors, customers, and acquirers that have made my professional journey worth the risk, the sacrifices, and the emotional rollercoaster that is entrepreneurship.A few highlights: (3:53) ... How Todd found himself on the "Tech Crunch 50" stage with Jason Calacanis(9:19) ... How Peter Karmanos helped Todd get Crowd Zone installed in the Carolina Hurricanes stadium(22:02) ... Getting Dan Gilbert's business card, and how Dan helped Todd relaunch Spirit Shop(33:42) ... The creation of ExitwiseWe hope you enjoy our conversation.------------------------------------------------------------------------This episode is brought to you by Exitwise:  https://www.exitwise.comExitwise helps business owners create the exits they deserve by assembling the best teams of industry specific, M&A experts, who will help maximize the sale of each business.How Does It Work:1. Schedule A Call:  Schedule a call with one of our M&A Advisors and we'll walk you through the entire process of selling your business, from market valuations to M&A expert fees and from due diligence to the signing of your purchase agreement. We're here to answer any questions you may have.On this call, we'll want to learn about the history of the business, your financial performance, your management team and listen to your thoughts and requirements for selling the business so we can make sure to find the best M&A experts to help maximize your exit.2. Review Top Experts:  Once we've had a chance to process all your business information, we'll share with you, our top choices for investment bankers, M&A attorneys, and tax accountants to help maximize the sale of your business.We'll present each M&A expert's transaction history, estimated valuation range for your business and their fee structures. Then we'll talk through the pros and cons of each choice to help you prioritize and make the best decisions.3. Negotiate & Hire:  Finally, when we've narrowed it down to your top choices, we'll negotiate your engagement letter with each M&A expert to make sure fees and terms are fair for everyone. We know what to look for and we know how to keep everyone incentivized for your optimal outcome.Once your M&A experts have been selected and you're ready to move forward, we'll collect signatures and get everyone to work.

Founder Storiez
VC on Founder StorieZ | Pranav Pai Founding Partner 3one4 Venture | How India is becoming the largest startup ecosystem | Investing in India

Founder Storiez

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 48:36


Conversation with Pranav Pai co-founder & managing partner 3one4 Venture. Have a great listen, and if you do benefit please suggest it to a friend who can benefit from it too.

Startup To Scale
74. Founder Stories - Junita's Jar

Startup To Scale

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 21:34


Junita Flowers created her cookie company as a way to help herself and others heal from domestic violence, and is now selling in stores across the country, including Target. Join me for a conversation and learn why she created her company, her decision to self-manufacture with the pros and cons, and how she's planning to scale her enterprise. Startup to Scale is a podcast by Foodbevy, an online community to connect emerging food, beverage, and CPG founders to great resources and partners to grow their business. Visit us at Foodbevy.com to learn about becoming a member or an industry partner today.

Build a Business Success Secrets
From Tinder to B2B SasS with Scott Hurff Founder of Churnkey

Build a Business Success Secrets

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 82:29


Scott shares his founder's story of how we went from working on one of the first independent content distribution platforms on the Internet, to Tinder and on to founding his own company.Scott and Brandon talk marketing, churn and building a company.You'll enjoy this episode because Scott is a peak performer in the product and marketing world and drops tips on how you can build a better product and reduce churn.About Scott HurffScott is an entrepreneur, product creator, designer, writer, and dad.  He has seen it all in Startupland: VC-backed rocket ships, VC-backed rocket explosions, marketplaces, consumer apps, and one of the first independent content distribution platforms on the internet. He was on the founding team of Tinder's first acquisition, where he created some of the app's most successful early revenue features. Previous to that he was on the founding team of Casa, the world's first consumer-friendly Bitcoin self-custody provider. O'Reilly published his book, Designing Products People Love, which Scott Berkun called “a thoughtful and charming guidebook for making great things.”Scott now helps SaaS operators build healthier subscription businesses with his latest company, Churnkey.CONNECT WITH USSign up for our NewsletterOver 17,200 listeners and countinghttps://edge.ck.page/bea5b3fda6SHOW NOTES 00:00:00 Intro and beginning of Scott's Story00:07:25 Marketing Analysis at AOL and Churn Management00:24:18 Back to Scotts story01:16:00 Scott's High Percentage Tips (HPTs) for YouEPISODE LINKS:ChurnKeyhttps://churnkey.coEDGE PODCAST INFO:Apple Podcastshttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/edge/id1522407349Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/show/7a3WcnSn9PlvwwF5hn4p4SYouTube Channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCabV9Rcw4MohWvTGr3OTzFwWebsitehttps://MyEDGEPodcast.comEDGE Podcast A top podcast for entrepreneurs!https://myedgepodcast.com Other Great Podcasts From the Best Podcasts NetworkOn Business Podcast On Business Podcast is an unscripted, brutally honest, candid, sometimes ugly, conversation about running businesses & successful companies, for aspiring entrepreneurs, current startups, or experienced business owners looking to elevate their business. https://OnBusinessPodcast.comMARKETING PodcastThe MARKETING podcast brings you marketing science, case studies that reveal successful marketing techniques and teach strategic marketing analysis where we model the data and turn it into financial forecasts so you have predictable revenue.Brandon can't promise you instant marketing success after each episode. But...he guarantees that you will find each MARKETING episode always reliable, always actionable, and always useful for your marketing efforts. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/marketing/id1653276478

Cashing Out
Part I - Exitwise CEO, Todd Sullivan's Entrepreneurial Journey - Hockey, Building Companies, and 20+ Years of Exit Stories

Cashing Out

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 42:15


Today, based on multiple requests from our listeners, my friend, fellow entrepreneur, and co-founder of Exitwise, Brian Dukes is going to interview me, Todd Sullivan, to help our listeners learn a little bit more about my background and how we came to start Exitwise. We'll take you through the four companies I've started and sold while sharing a few memorable stories about my co-founders, investors, customers, and acquirers that have made my professional journey worth the risk, the sacrifices, and the emotional rollercoaster that is entrepreneurship.A few highlights: (9:36) ... How professional hockey led to the creation of the first big product of Todd's career(18:10) ... The creation of Capball, a meeting with Toys R Us, and a chaotic trip to pitch the product(29:03) ... The Michigan (Ross) MBA program, and the creation of Spirit ShopThis is the first part of a two-part series. We hope you enjoy our conversation.------------------------------------------------------------------------This episode is brought to you by Exitwise:  https://www.exitwise.comExitwise helps business owners create the exits they deserve by assembling the best teams of industry specific, M&A experts, who will help maximize the sale of each business.How Does It Work:1. Schedule A Call:  Schedule a call with one of our M&A Advisors and we'll walk you through the entire process of selling your business, from market valuations to M&A expert fees and from due diligence to the signing of your purchase agreement. We're here to answer any questions you may have.On this call, we'll want to learn about the history of the business, your financial performance, your management team and listen to your thoughts and requirements for selling the business so we can make sure to find the best M&A experts to help maximize your exit.2. Review Top Experts:  Once we've had a chance to process all your business information, we'll share with you, our top choices for investment bankers, M&A attorneys, and tax accountants to help maximize the sale of your business.We'll present each M&A expert's transaction history, estimated valuation range for your business and their fee structures. Then we'll talk through the pros and cons of each choice to help you prioritize and make the best decisions.3. Negotiate & Hire:  Finally, when we've narrowed it down to your top choices, we'll negotiate your engagement letter with each M&A expert to make sure fees and terms are fair for everyone. We know what to look for and we know how to keep everyone incentivized for your optimal outcome.Once your M&A experts have been selected and you're ready to move forward, we'll collect signatures and get everyone to work.

Stairway to CEO
From Selling Ice Cream to Skincare with Vimla Black-Gupta, Co-Founder and CEO of Ourself

Stairway to CEO

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 60:49


Description: Today, Lee sits down with Vimla Black-Gupta, the Co-Founder and CEO of Ourself, the first-ever sub-topical skincare system. In this episode, Vimla talks about her childhood growing up in Washington, DC, to realizing her passion for business at a young age. She shares her impressive career journey, from working at Proctor and Gamble to Bobby Brown Cosmetics to becoming the global CMO of Equinox and then starting Ourself.Exclusive Deals from Our Sponsors:Give the gift of the world's most beautiful spice rack and get 15% off by using the promo code STAIRWAY15 at www.evermill.comGet 20% off luxury fitness equipment that you won't want to hide in your closet by using the promo code STAIRWAY20 at www.equiptmovement.comIn This Episode You'll Hear About:(1:34) More about Ourself,  the first ever sub-topical skincare system defining a new beauty category. By bridging the gap between traditional skincare products and clinical procedures, Ourself formulations leverage biotechnology to provide an at-home alternative to needles and lasers, delivering clinical-level results without the clinic.(3:25) She talks about her childhood growing up in Washington, DC where one of her first jobs was selling ice cream from a cart at a local mall where she grew to become a manager and realized her interest in business. (14:00) Her impressive career journey, from working at Proctor and Gamble, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, and Equinox.(16:40) The biggest takeaways from her experience at Proctor and Gamble and how she uses it today as a Co-Founder and CEO(28:30) Why she had the sudden change from the beauty industry to the fitness & health industry(33:50) How she got the idea for Ourself, based on a desire to do something different(40:00) Lee's experience trying the products, and Vimla walking Lee through how to use the lip filler gloss(51:00) What it's been like to become a Co-Founder and now CEO(53:00) The limiting beliefs and fears she has, but how she uses it to propel the business (55:00) The final advice she has for aspiring entrepreneurs, and how to overcome some of the biggest strugglesTo Find Out More:https://www.ourself.com/Quotes:“Talk to your consumers, test with your consumers, really get the feedback from them.”“All customer feedback is a gift.”“Whether you're working on a new brand or existing brand, you like don't wanna break it.”“The idea of the fusion of wellness and beauty was becoming this new thing.”“Keep the old cause the old is still really prescient when it was created but also meaningful today, but just make sure that you're keeping it fresh and making it resonate with where your consumer is at.”“Ourself is a call to action to be yourself, but just a better version.”“We're a company that is developing true science that is going to deliver the results.”“It is the fear that makes me wanna leap out of bed.