By Dan Gonzales
Startup MindsetsDec 13, 2021
WOULD YOU FIRE YOURSELF? 🤯
Entrepreneurship and self-development go hand in hand. We've all likely seen an instagram reel with motivational speaker audio suggesting we can overcome challenges and look cool while doing so. But success is not instant, it takes time, sacrifices, dedication, and hard work.
I also share a lesson in paying monthly sales tax and talk about why not having a boss or immediate consequences can come back to make things harder for you as an entrepreneur. I'm learning how to balance time to recharge with being able to handle the work on my own.
The inspirational story of Ethan A. Poetic Round 2 🏈
The right client will pay you.
Sharing your story is a vulnerable thing but can reap many rewards.
Going from victim to victor.
Ethan A. Poetic LLC, which includes keynote speaking, corporate speaking engagements, poetry workshops and serving as a mental health advocate. To connect with Poetic, he may be contacted on LinkedIn at Ethan Poetic.
SUPPORT Ethan by purchasing and reading his book: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-inspirational-story-of-ethan-a-poetic-ethan-a-poetic/1142654739
E96: Sustainability Sells with Ettitude's President Kat Dey
Kat Dey joins the podcast to talk about how sustainability can be sexy and profitable. We discuss entrepreneurship
Starting a business while working a corporate job and in business school
Meeting consumer demand with a novel solution
Why bamboo is better for textiles and how Ettitude's product supports sustainability
Running a consumer brand
Kat is a serial entrepreneur and executive, named one of “35 People to Watch in New York Tech” and “EY Entrepreneurial Winning Woman” in 2016. Having fallen in love with ettitude's products and mission, Kat joined Ettitude in early 2018 to help expand the company globally. Prior to ettitude, Dey had a decade of experience scaling mission-driven brands. In 2012, Dey founded Try The World, a direct to consumer food subscription company, which disrupted the global artisanal food supply chain. It was named by Crains NY as the #3 fastest growing company in New York before it was acquired in 2017.
Ettitude is a fabric innovation company and a lifestyle brand making the world’s softest, most sustainable materials with our patented and carbon neutral CleanBamboo® fibers. They are on a mission to create next-gen fabrics and products that reduce our impact and support the health of the planet.
CleanBamboo is a lyocell made from bamboo, and uses absolutely zero toxic chemicals in the process, unlike all other bamboo fabrics on the market made using viscose or rayon technology. Bamboo made bedwear such as bed sheets, blankets, pillow cases to name a few.
Bamboo sheets are cool and breathable, allowing you to get the best and most restful sleep every night. Made from sustainably-sourced bamboo, our bamboo sheets are durable, moisture-wicking and unbelievably soft. Bamboo sheets are also naturally temperature regulating so you’ll sleep comfortably without getting too hot at night, no matter what season it is. While bamboo sheets require more specific care than standard sheets, they’re worth the additional maintenance to ensure your best sleep.
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Building Startup Network 🌍 Europe: Adam Fulham ☘️
Startup Network Europe makes conferences for European Startups, which gather thousands of founders, angel investors, and venture capitalists. SNE Conferences attract thousands of founders and investors from all across Europe. Through our events and our robust online communities, we facilitate startup ecosystem stakeholders to connect with each other, and create exciting new opportunities for all parties involved.
Adam and Startup Network Europe have hosted 20+ events in 15+ countries and cities.
Learn more about Startup Network Europe at startupnetwork.eu
Annexus Health 🩺 on Innovating within the Patient Care Journey with Co-Founder/CEO Joe Baffone
Annexus' goal is to generationally disrupt the way patient access is managed through our
innovative, technology-based solutions—so all patients can receive the
treatment they need without compromising their personal and financial
💡Joe shares valuable lessons on optimizing for scale,
Exceeded $3 billion in patient financial assistance awards secured;
released data confirming our impact on patients, healthcare provider
organizations, and life science companies; and earned the Top Workplaces USA award
Closed a $33 million Series B funding round, surpassed $2.6 billion in
patient financial assistance awards processed, and attained SOC 2 Type 2 certification
Helpful links about Annexus Health
Reflections from season 3
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⛏ Breaking the Boundaries to Real Estate with John Green, CEO/Founder of Nada
Tune in to hear John’s expert insights and learn how to navigate the real estate world in an unconventional and unprecedented way.
Go to nada.co to learn more and become an investor in Cityfunds and try out their new platform.
Embracing Remote Work with Ali Greene, Co-Author of Remote Works 🏖
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many companies to quickly adopt remote work, Ali shares her insights on how companies can adapt and thrive in this new environment. We dive into the benefits and challenges of remote work from both employer and employee perspectives, including how to maintain company culture and collaboration among remote teams, staying productive and setting boundaries while working remotely.
Tune in to hear Ali's expert insights and learn how to navigate the new world of remote work.
Purchase Remote Works Book on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Remote-Works-Managing-Freedom-Flexibility/dp/1523003316
Blending the Real and Digital 🌍 with Daniil and David Liberman
We also touch on working at Snap. as product designers where they helped introduce avatars, bitmoji, and animation.
Watch the full episode to gain insight into some of their favorite features including filters and lenses as well as their contribution in pushing the boundaries of Augmented Reality by creating experiences that blend the real world with digital elements.
(1:26) Doing business with family
(5:10) Creating Kernel AR which was sold to Snap. Inc for 40M USD
(10:57) Working as Product Directors at Snap.
(24:07) Working with their family members on multiple companies
(26:09) Letting people buy shares in other people via Humanism
(36:58) Product Science
🔋 Energy is Everything with⚡️Simon Alexander Ong: Author of Energize
How can exerting energy make you feel more energized? This weeks exciting guest, Simon Alexander Ong, answers this question and discusses other interesting topics on the Startup Mindsets Pod.
Simon Alexander Ong is an award winning life coach and author of the book Energize published by Penguin UK.
Today, we spoke about why energy is everything, key points Simon made in his book, and fascinating ideas 💡 that have to do with our Energy. Some of the important topics we discussed were: How does working out give us more energy, when we are lazy to start working out in the first place? How do you recommend people get out of energetic blocks or manage their energy properly? Why people feel exhausted and what they can do to feel energized. The journey from heads to our hearts Selling yourself to yourself before you can sell to others
Grab your copy of the book Energize: https://www.amazon.com/Energize-Find-Spark-Achieve-Better-ebook/dp/B094F5D3BZ
Co Own a Home 🏡 Using Cher: Eric Chebil CEO/Founder
In this podcast, Eric talks about what led him to create this company and what drives him to continue. We also talk about taking out a credit card to fund your company and hear how Cher had helped someone living in a van become a homeowner in the town of Long Beach.
Find out more about Cher at cher.app
Everyone can be a homeowner. Shared homeownership now made affordable and simple.
#90 How Ideaflow Fuels Problem Solving with Author Jeremy Utley (Director of Executive Education at Stanford's Design School)
What if I told you, every problem is an idea problem? Today's guest is the co author of Ideaflow alongside Perry Kleiban, former COO of Patagonia.
Jeremy has also spent over a decade at Stanford in Education as the Director of Executive Education at the Haaso Platner School of Design.
Jeremy Utley graduated the Stanford GSB the same year Earl did, 2009 and we are excited to have him on the podcast for a conversation about why "Ideaflow" is an important way of thinking in today's work environment.I know kung fu moments (8:21) Experience is a Liability The Obsessive Pursuit that characterized the months before Bill Bowerman's waffle maker moment for Nike (13:55) Keep a bug list (15:50 ) Experience is a liability (19:50) Why Jeremy wrote a book (23:17)
Purchase your copy of Ideaflow: The Only Business Metric that Matters on Amazon.
Want to meet a couple quintessential masters of ideaflow? Check out the free bonus chapter, How to Think Like Bezos and Jobs
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Chat GPT Onfolio Yury Byalik on remote work, SEO, and adopting new technology in business
Changing Careers as a Public Health Advocate to Tech Career Coach: Dr. Ghaz Samandari
Happy New Year! 🎊 Ghaz aka Ghazaleh joins Startup Mindsets to discuss how her 2 decades in public health traveling the 🌍 left her burnt out and seeking a new career as a personal coach.
We talk best country chips, how one can get involved in humanitarian efforts, and what it’s like working in Paris.
As the Founder of 9 Paths Development, Dr. Ghaz Samandari, PhD is a Health Behavior Scientist, ICF-certified Integral Development coach and trauma-informed practitioner who has worked with communities of women, government leaders and a variety of organizations in over 30 different countries. With a PhD in Health Behavior Science and extensive experience in the Humanitarian field, Dr. Ghaz Samandari combines health science and evaluation methods with her training in leadership coaching to provide whole-system solutions for organizations seeking to make an impact. How the Humanitarian field can help tech companies build inclusive workplace cultures for everyone to thrive. (Dr. Ghaz Samandari has worked in 30 countries across the world as a Health Behaviour Scientist supporting teams on the ground helping rebuild communities after war, famine
🌳 Grass to Saas: The Story of Drop Delivery with CEO Vanessa Gabriel
Innovation in a highly regulated market such as cannabis can be tricky to navigate. Enter, Drop, the software solution that empowers cannabis businesses to deliver more and manage less. They provide you with the essential tools to take control of your business – from delivery logistics to powerful marketing and inventory management.
Vanessa previously co-founded Greenlight Technologies, a leading order-ahead and digital loyalty software in the cannabis industry, which was acquired in 2018. She’s been recognized by Forbes Next 1000, Marijuana Venture 40 under 40, and is a part of the Rolling Stone Culture Council.
Choosing Entrepreneurship over college in a Filipino family
How entrepreneurship led to getting a better job
📒 Fostering Valuable Change: Author Brendon Baker (Part 1)
🎉 Creating Unforgettable Team Building Experiences with Confetti: Lee Rubin CEO/Founder
We hear Lee's experience fundraising up to series A with Correlation Ventures participating. Lee tells us what it’s been like scaling this operation, her mindset as an entrepreneur, and so much more. Confetti's platform allows companies to seamlessly book fully-customizable, multi-vendor virtual gatherings for their employees in just a few clicks. From online games and hosted game shows to shippable experiences, our platform contains dozens of interesting and unique virtual experiences to support our customers’ desire for fresh and fun ideas.
Their platform is already loved by 2,500+ companies such as Google, Facebook, Spotify, and many other startups, firms and agencies
Disability is not Inability 👟 Billy Price CEO of Billy Footwear
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Startup Mindsets wants to thank you for listening. As an evolving business we are launching a startup consulting agency.
How VCs Analyze Investment Opportunities in AI/Big Data ~ Kenn So
On the episode we dive deep into how venture capitalists assess early stage startup investments.
Our friend, Kenn So, drops in to provide insight into being an associate at a top tier VC Firm, Shasta Ventures. We uncover how to assess startup deals and what truly goes into making a million dollar investment in early stage startups. Kenn also talks about landing an ultra competitive hard to get associate position at a Venture Capital firm, how VCs can diligence markets and prospective deals, and an overview on the AI and Big data industry. Kenn talks about growing up in Manila, being in a family of restaurateurs, going to Kellogg for his MBA, and charting his own trail in America as an immigrant.
Read Kenn's blog on startups at https://www.quild.xyz/
Crypto to Skincare: Jeremy Gardner Founder of Mademan, Augur, Blockchain Education Network
WE also discuss a variety of topics such as masculinity, handling fame and money, and how to be a successful entrepreneur. Jeremy is one of the most well-known early entrepreneurs and evangelists in the crypto space. In 2014, while in college, he founded the Blockchain Education Network (BEN), a global educational nonprofit. Shortly after, Jeremy cofounded Augur, the decentralized prediction market platform, the first ever ICO, “utility token,” and DeFi app on Ethereum.
Growing Remote Development Teams with Insquad Alex Svinov Founder/CEO
We also talk about how to make difficult decisions, is entrepreneurship more art or science, and startup mindsets.
Scale your team 4x faster with remote Insquad Startup developers
Curated senior remote results-driven talents
Interview tomorrow, hire in two weeks
Keep it lean: legal, tax, and payments covered
Laughter 🤣 at Work with Paul Osincup, Professional Humor Strategist
It turns out that Paul is a former Director of Conflict Resolution at my alma mater UC Riverside and on the show he shares funny stories from being a dean, doing standup comedy, to using humor to create favorable outcomes.
Paul uses his experience in improv and stand-up comedy to entertain and engage audiences, while delivering research-based best practices. Make sure you check out Paul's content and services to find out how he can benefit your organization.
Sweeping Floors to Founding India’s Largest Design Agency: Lollipop
From humble beginnings sweeping classroom floors to founding and scaling Lollypop Design to India's best design studio with offices around the globe, Anil speaks about his life story and how a passion for creating art coupled with patience took him far. His simplicity and goodness with a mix of humour can leave you hypnotized for a lifetime
We hear how anyone can become a good designer and discuss, technology ethics, and the struggles/perseverance required in entrepreneurship.
We also talk about whether entrepreneurship is art or science.
Founding Lollypop Design, first customer stories to how Lollypop achieved the success it has today. Some stats on Lollypop: One Billion+Lives Touched, 30+ Global Awards, 300+ Clients
Karissma Yve CEO/Founder of Gildform on Creating a Jewlery Startup, Meeting Richard Branson, and Finding Inspiration
Gildform is the all in one jewelry 3D print on demand jewelry design technology and manufacturing platform empowering creators to create jewelry products from concept to creation.
We hear about pearls of wisdom from going on a bike ride with Richard Branson in the Virgin Islands to her operating style as a CEO. She also speaks about bringing innovation to the jewelry industry and creating opportunities for jewelry creators and jewelry CAD designers to monetize their passions
Karissma's passionate about helping all jewelry creators transform their ideas into reality with clients like the Detroit Pistons. Karissma speaks about how she practices having a startup mindset by focusing on progress over perfection.
Thinking about all of the things that can get in your way of achieving your goal and asking what's going to stop you, 9 out of 10 times the answer is yourself.
Enjoy and don't forget to follow Gildform or find out how you can be a user.
Ukrainian Founder Anna Stepura on Following your heart, business, and AI Sport
Ethan A. Poetic's Inspirational Comeback Story
Ethan tells us how he went from "victim" to "VICTOR."
Creating the Creator and Business Marketplace with Madison Long CoFounder/CEO of Clutch
Madison shares invaluable advice for new entrepreneurs. She says to embrace the chaos and uncertainty.
Sign up for Clutch and Transform the future of work by empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs to launch, market, and grow their side-hustles.
Clutch is a side-hustle marketplace that connects the next generation of creators to small businesses looking for affordable digital marketing services. Gen-Z (18-24-year-old) creators have a natural aptitude for social media and graphic design. Still, these companies don't have a central place to seek them out. We bridge that gap while empowering students financially. If you want to hit your target audience, hire your target audience.
Serendipity Meets Tech? Clyx CEO - Alyx Van Der Vorm
Alyx tells Dan how the team is making this a reality and how she manages the tasks getting Clyx off the ground.
Find all your friends’ plans in one place by making sure to follow Clyx on social and download the app to try them out.
Founding Freefuse - Mike Liu on Lessons Along The Way From PhD to SASS Startup
Mike Liu started freefuse off an idea when a good friend called him about a breakup. Mike wanted to help his friend’s music career and started creating software to do so. Today we learn about how his time at UC Riverside and Texas A&M shaped his career path.
Register to use FreeFuse and tell them Startup Mindsets sent you.
Connect with Mike on Linkedin
Rami Essaid CEO of Finmark on Being a Serial Entrepreneur, and Financial Modelling for Startups/SMBs
Rami had a goal of helping founders have a better sense of what their company's future financial picture looks like.
Finmark integrates with your accounting software and CRMs to give a better understanding of current expenses and allows for accurate forecasts of growth.
Rami details pitching 120 investors before getting Finmark's first check and eventually raising a seed round with Bessemer Venture Partners and Draper Associates. We also hear about early entrepreneurship tales like selling shoe polish as a kid and creating a startup with friends.
If you're a founder tired of managing your financial projections with spreadsheets, sign up for Finmark.
Being a Lawyer and Entrepreneur- Brian Potts: Partner at Perkins Coie, Founder of Goods Unite Us & Creator of Legal Keyboard
Thoughts on the Economy, Startups, and Podcast
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Mental Health is Wealth: Tamar Blue Founder of Mental Happy YC'18
Tamar talks about what led her to create Mental Happy and what truly taking care of your emotional wellness looks like using Mental Happy's platform. We hear how support groups are a solution to people's mental struggles and why they are worth exploring.
If you're interested in trying Mental Happy, they have a 14 day free trial and can be found: www.mentalhappy.com
Tamar also tells us how she prioritizes her mental health with the demanding role of CEO of a startup, why the demand for mental health care has risen recently, being part of YCombinator, and where she wants to take the company in the future.
Become an investor in Mental Happy for as low as $500 via www.startengine.com/mentalhappy
Invest in Startups via Wefunder with VP of Fundraising Jonny Price
Investing in startups was traditinally reserved for the rich or people with access to capital such as VCs. But enter Wefunder, founded by Nick Tomarello in 2013 in an apartment in Noe Valley.
Today we sit down with Jonny Price VP of Fundraising at Wefunder and learn what it's like helping startups raise Community Rounds, persevering internally at Wefunder despite growth challenges. We also learn more about how the public can invest as low as $100 in startups on the platform. Notable companies who've raised on Wefunder include Mercury, Checkr, and Zenefits to name a few.
If you're a startup thinking about a community round, DM Startup Mindsets and we can consult you for free.
Northstar: Enabling Employee Financial Wellness with Will Peng Founder/CEO
Our guest today is Will Peng born in Taiwan and immigrating to the U.S. he went to Princeton University. It was at his first job out of college that he realized it was hard to understand compensation packages from his employer on top of his personal challenges around student debt.
Will's worked at Red Swan Ventures an early investor in Oscar, Warby Parker, Coinbase prior to creating Northstar. Since 2016 Will has made it his mission by founding Northstar to guide people in their financial journeys.
Everyone deserves the best financial advice to make the best decisions for themselves. Employers who use Northstar give their employees access to certified financial planners. There's this unique intersection of financial advice and compensation/benefits from work.
We talk about landing top clients like Zoom, Snap, Serviceitan, and Nerdwallet to his first customer in the early days. Will also sheds light on what it was like founding the company doing uncomfortable sales calls and how design and sales are closely related.
Bootstrapping and Selling Your Startup for an Exit - MicroAcquire CEO Andrew Gazdecki
Ukraine Startup Feature: Alyona Mysko CEO of FuelFinance
Alyona describes working from a bomb shelter and managing a team while trying to move the needle forward as a founder. Alyona talks about the importance of following a mission during a crisis and what's being done to look out for the team as they navigate Russia's attack.
If you're a startup exec and want the value a CFO can bring without having to hire one, check out Fuelfinance's product as they were also feature #1 on ProductHunt.
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Neurodivergent/Autistic Entrepreneur & Investor Greg Shepard Founder of BOSS Capital on Pushing Passed Internal & External Barriers
Meet Greg Shepard, he's been featured on TedX talks and university lectures worldwide. Founder of BOSS Capital Partners, a boutique investment firm focused on Series Seed through Series B technology businesses.
We uncover his mindset which is unique because he is neurodivergent. Not being able to land a job led him to become an entrepreneur, finding out he could make money from an early age, he chose entrepreneurship. This included selling a snake and doing interesting things.
He's also former CTO at Pepperjam.
Greg's been able to achieve some wild feats like being the heaviest person to base jump, meeting Obama, dead-lifting 500lbs on his 50th birthday, running a marathon with asthma and we learn what made all this possible. Every year he does an annual challenge which are pretty gnarly.
Greg is a 20 year startup veteran and serial entrepreneur with 14 liquidity events under his belt in BioTech, TransitTech, AdTech and MarTech industries, two of which were sold as part of a $925M transaction that won 4 private equity awards for transactions between $250M-$1B
Greg recommends starting with the end in mind so you'll be able to back into your goals.
Hip Hop Artist to Attorney: Jim Narvios
Information Security as a Service: Girish Redekar CEO of Sprinto (Backed by Accel)
Meet Girish Redekar, he founded Sprinto to ensure software companies meet information security compliance requirements like GDPR, HIPPA, SOC2 without having to hire a consultant. Sprinto’s software does most of the work. We find out how security can be a sales asset in that it can allow deals to be approved faster and enhance a product's overall performance.
We hear about Sprinto raising from Accel, Blume Ventures, and Elevation Capital as well valuable tips for startups like going from months to days to get something done or enhance a product.
Girish talks about how his mindset towards business changed once he became a founder, learning that startups actually grow the size of the economic pie.
Quitting Google to Be a Content Creator & Entrepreneur Stefanie Pinsley: Roadmap to Rise
Currently Stef is an personal branding coach for her own company Roadmap to Rise and you can check it here.
We have thought filled discussion on the content creator lifestyle, building a personal brand, being a coach, and most importantly finding happiness and fulfillment in her career. Follow Stef @stef.pinsley on TikTok and Instagram. We learn that the value of your self worth doesn't come from what school you went to or what company you work for but instead how you align your passion with your purpose.
We also touch on the emotional cycle of change and what you can do to make great content.
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Mendoza Ventures’ Senofer Mendoza on investing in minority entrepreneurs
Senofer founded the first LatinX venture capital firm on the East Coast in 2016 and has since been leading the charge for investing in more diverse founders ever since! She is a former enterprise sales executive selling into large brands including Marriott, Fairmont, and Starwood. On today's show we catch up on market trends and have a thought based discussion on why there is a lack of real diversity in the tech industry and why women and minorities don't receive funding as easily.
*What you can do to invest in women without being a VC
* That the ideal pie chart for diversity looks like the census
Pitch Mendoza Ventures
Changing How Companies Sort & Understand Their Data with Ahmed CEO/Founder of Narrator YC S'19
Ahmed Elsamidisi founded Narrator.ai when he experienced the problem of not knowing how to answer/taking too long to answer data queries at WeWork as a Data Engineer. He realized that he had to be the one to solve this problem after talking to companies who might be solving this but weren't. In the episode we discuss Ahmed's "Ah ha" moment💡, Getting into YCombinator, Living with your co-founders in the same house, funny stories while pitching venture capitalists and customers, and much more! We welcome guest host, Jovanni Lara, to go more in depth about the product and his experience trying to make sense of data.
Narrator powers self-service analytics across all your data. It allows anyone to get answers in minutes instead of weeks, using the same data as your data team. Narrator helps your data team build a full customer 360 that covers every interaction customers have with your business (opened emails, paid invoices, new support tickets, etc...), Anyone can answer quick questions and self-serve requests across all your data without needing SQL and then integrate that data with your existing tools (spreadsheets, BI, and SaaS tools like email providers). Provide the foundation for a comprehensive self-service experience for your company by going to Narrator.ai
Freddie Van Huynh's Story of Creating & Scaling Absolute Internship
Building The Twilio For Fintech: Solid CEO Arjun Thyagarajan
Arnaud Henneville Wedholm Author of How Hard Can It Be: Lessons From Trying to Take Down Facebook
How Hard Can It Be author, Arnaud Henneville Wedholm, joins startup mindsets to talk about his new book, How Hard Can It Be, Lessons From Trying to Take Down Facebook. Inspired from his efforts to build a startup that would be better than Facebook. Arnaud tells his story on how his startup, InternalDesk, became a "Broken Unicorn." We hear about what it's like to struggle as an entrepreneur and why success comes from trying and failing. InternalDesk was created to incentivize people to complete challenges to better themselves.
Noteworthy Discussion PointsThe Social Media "Like" is the modern day tiger. Why we should seek failure so we can prepare for it more. Overcoming fear and mental blocks Why motivation comes from within and relating to purpose.
Learn more about Arnaud and purchase his book: https://howhardcanitbethebook.com or at Amazon & Barnes & Noble.
David Ongchoco: Founder, Investor, Operator
Earl met David when he was in high school in the Philippines starting YouthHack, an international nonprofit helping students learn how to code in the Philippines. We discover the success a simple cold email to Huffington Post could have where he ended up becoming a contributing writer in college. David’s also been a part of Dorm Room Fund, First Round Capital’s fund for university entrepreneurs, Growth and Analytics at Amplitude and a recent investor and now operator at Rutter building the e-commerce API layer.
Rene Morkos: CEO/Founder of ALICE Technologies & Professor at Stanford
For this episode, we bring on Rene Morkos founder of ALICE an AI construction simulation and optimization software. The value Alice brings to construction planners is how they are able to simulate over a million ways to build a building. We talk in depth about Rene attaining a PhD in construction management at Stanford, creating Alice from his thesis, and life as a professor at Stanford. Meaningfully we found out what kept Rene pushing forward often spending 20 hour days working on getting a PhD and after hearing 300 rejections from potential investors. Today, Alice is backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Merus Capital to name a few. Lastly we learn that Rene's startup mindset is pushing the boundaries and finding out when his breaking point would be. Leave us a review and share us on social!
Creating the Kayak for Cars, TopMarq's Founder: Quinn Osha
Quinn takes us through his experience graduating CalTech and learning how to code on his own, where he gets the ability to tackle new obstacles in business such as learning marketing for the first time, raising funding, and championing progress over perfection.
Revolutionizing Personal Fitness: Matt Spettel CEO/Founder of CoPilot
We learn about his route to entrepreneurship as a kid who would make his own video games and sell them at school to pretending to be a personal trainer. Fresh off a 6M Series A Round led by Hyde Park Venture Partners with Maven Ventures and TenOneTen Ventures participating.
Give CoPilot a try!
Product Management for Startups: Karthik Suresh CoFounder of Ignition
Karthik Suresh joins us for this episode of Startup Mindsets. Having a career that's varied from being an engineer on Wall Street writing code for algorithmic trading he wanted to pursue a profession that meant more than making money. This lead to an eventual career in product management having worked for Facebook as a product manager before leaving to start Ignition. Listen to learn how early stage product management differs from large corporations and why having more flexibility plays to your advantage as an entrepreneur.
Ignition makes launching a product easier by bringing different times together.
Go check Ignition out on Product Hunt and see how they can benefit your next launch!
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Ferret: Matt Heisie Head of Product
The global risk management market is 17 billion and expected to grow exponentially by 2027. Ferret.ai runs a background check that ensures business is done with the right people to deter being taken advantage of. We hear about his experience at UCLA Anderson and how what's learned in the classroom gets applied directly into the startup the next day then brought back to class to make an ultimate feedback loop. Matt tells stories of when deals have gone wrong and what Ferret can do to prevent this from happening.
From Nanny to CEO of WEVE Acceleration: Frances Simowitz
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Texas Entrepreneurial Network with Hall T. Martin
22:30 Being a Professor at University of Texas, Austin
25:50 Is Entrepreneurship born or made?
27:00 Trying to be innovative in corporations
29:00 It's the "WHY" that gets you through
31:00 Startup Team Skills
34:50 Picking out the white spaces and having a technology roadmap
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Jurny's Journey: Luca Zambello Founder/CEO
What's up Startup Mindsets Fam! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, in the spirit of hospitality we have Luca Zambello, Founder of Jurny on the show today. Jurny is a hospitality tech company offering SaaS-based management solutions for the modern traveler. We discuss what it was like during Jurny's most difficult months in operation during covid and how they made it through.
Luca discusses growing up in Italy and moving to attend UCLA, what inspired him to start Jurny, and how he build the company without coding himself. Jurny's raised over 10M USD with notable VCs such as Mucker Capital.
Be sure to try them out the next time you're looking for a vacation!!!
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Dermatology Tech in Germany: Dr. Alice Martin, Founder of Dermanosatic
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Coverr Founder/CEO Kobina Ansah
(2:45) What is Coverr? (4:00) Inspiration to build Coverr. (7:00) Commentary on why the gig economy experienced growth. (15:50) First experiences with entrepreneurship
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Quitting Investment Banking to start a Data Driven Research Platform: James Giancotti, Founder of Oddup
After years of working at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan in equity research, James Giancotti felt the desire to create a product that solved problems he experienced as a banker from a technology standpoint. Oddup is a data driven research platform that rates startups primarily in Asia. With headquarters in Hong Kong, we get to know more of the startup scene in China, ie what makes it so unique and according to James, the hardest working place for entrepreneurs.
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Raising Capital from Zoom: Richard White CEO of Fathom YC'21
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Hacking International Shipping w/ Shelvie Fernan
Investor Relations For Dummies: Founder of Incued, Josh Furstoss
Uploading the first video on Instagram EVER & making Jay Leno’s TikTok’s with Rayson Esquejo
Most recently, Rayson worked with Jay Leno to create TikToks for an upcoming film.
This episode dives into over a decade of social media use to drive engagement in the entertainment industry.
Changing the Aesthetics of Angel Investing
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LastBit YC'20 CEO/Founder Prashanth B.
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We also discuss the Berkeley Skydeck Accelerator and virtual Y Combinator experience.
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Startup Lessons from Alluxo Founder, Safa Mahzari
We learn the importance of creating a process and pointing back to the process instead of to the individual.
Executive Coach and Author: Meredith Whipple Callahan
Meredith Whipple Callahan joins us on this episode to discuss what catalyzed becoming a 2x author and her journey as a religious studies major at Yale to a career as a consultant for Bain & Co. and now an executive coach at Evolution.
We talk about how religion intersects with business and the power of saying "YES" to fear.
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Owning a Chick-Fil-A with Craig Stokes
Welcome to episode 31! Our guest, Craig Stokes, is the owner/operator of Chick Fil A in Canoga Park. But it didn't always start that way, we hear Craig's inspiring career journey from starting at KFC to spending more than a decade in the Air Force, and recently as a TV personality.
As we all know, Chick Fil A's hospitality is on a different level. We talk about overcoming overwhelming odds to becoming a franchisee with 70k applications and being 1 of 100 selected.
We also dive into:
Why every moment is a once-in-a-lifetime moment, being willing to take the first steps, It's not about who you know, it's about who knows you. You have the power to create the opportunities you've been waiting for.
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Curology’s Head of Talent: Derrick Gellidon
In our conversation, we understand what hiring looks like from 0 to 100, to 100 to 1000+ and how the recruiting landscape has changed over recent years.
Building The Future of Work - Rajiv Ayyangar, Founder of Tandem
Remote work and the future of work are hot topics nowadays as distributed workforces took shape during the pandemic. Tandem is a virtual office for remote teams that powers collaboration. We have an exciting conversation with Rajiv Ayyangar, Founder/CEO about how their product reimagines working in an office virtually, product thinking, Y Combinator, and closing a mega seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz. We also play a fun game of this or that.
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Music Tech w Founder of Piinky
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Sales Connoisseur: Whitney Sales, Partner at Acceleprise Ventures
She joins us to breakdown the sales method, what mindset to have when selling, and her career journey from graduating UC San Diego to having a rockstar career in sales. We also talk about how Acceleprise is accelerating women founders and leading the charge in bringing diversity into the venture-backed ecosystem.
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Power of Place: Bluedot Founder/CEO Emil Davityan
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Building Startups without being an Engineer with Mohara
Sports Betting Innovation w/Dan Healy CEO/Founder of PickUp
The Online Gambling market is growing with 6 new states in 2020 granting approval. With sports becoming a completely digital experience due to the pandemic we talk about how PickUP enables fans to play the headlines.We hang out with CEO Dan Healy and pick his brain on entrepreneurship, fundraising, and the day to day of running a startup. He tells us about the startup he founded, Pickup, and how they are enabling fans to play the headlines. We hear an important lesson of getting into different environments and being open minded. Check them out at playpickup.com
Entrépreneurship with Elodie de Marchi Head of Growth at Kaiko
The word entrepreneur has French origins and it means to start something. Today, Elodie de Marchi, Head of Growth at Kaiko joins us from Paris to talk about entrepreneurship and her career journey. We talk aboutLeaving VM Ware, a 30,000 employee company to join Kaiko a scrappy startup with 16 employees Why direction is vital in entrepreneurial environments Her work in Corporate Venture Capital and Silicon Valley Bank The contrast between France's startup scene and SV
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Biology and Entrepreneurship with Anil, CEO of Mekonos
FidoCure Founder Christina Lopes YC'18
Do the Difficult: Amit Garg - Managing Partner of Tau Ventures
Wearing Different Hats - Kelly Lei of Delivering Happiness
If companies focused on ensuring workplace happiness and alignment, turnover rates would be lower and a happy workforce equals growth.
Chief Innovation Officer of San Jose - Jordan Sun
Plentina x Techstars
South East Asian Startup Scene w/Madhu Iyer of Rocketship.vc
The Entrepreneur Bug with Line CEO, Akshay K.
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ScienceVest General Partner, Ramphis Castro
Learn about why and how ScienceVest is solving the problem of access to capital for science fiction based founders.
AI/ML at AWS: Tingwei Huang
Sustainability w/Maia Tekle of Dispatch Goods
Dispatch Goods allows for on-demand restaurant food pickup in reusable containers! Maia Tekle, COO of Dispatch Goods, joins Startup Mindsets to share the work she is doing with Dispatch Goods in making the environment more sustainable.
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Harvard Business School, Senior Lecturer, Euvin Naidoo
Performance Marketing with Ping Rivero of Cognity Labs
Hustle feat. Cube Wealth's Bez Bajrami
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We also discuss the digitalization of consumer behavior, the value of a dollar, Covid19's impact on the stock market and much more!
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Taking Spotify From 25M to 75M users: Patrick Moran
SMP #8: Hardware is hard with Founder/President of Sutro, Ravi Kurani
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SMP #7: The Utlity Mindset w/John Morada VP at Agile Stacks
Ron Ro: Founder of Awair
Throughout this episode, we cover Awair's Inception, growth, trials, and tribulations and how inspiration from his dad's "kimchee dream" catalyzed Ron's Startup Mindset and Inspiration." Today, Awair is a 20 plus team with their products in office buildings and homes across the country.
Find Awair's smart home devices at getawair.com and become an air quality expert today.
SMP #5: Ishan Gupta, Serial EdTech Entreprenuer/Global Head of Student Ops at Udacity
Earl Valencia, Fintech Founder/Co-Host
Coins PH Founding Team: Beryl Chavez
SMP #3: Leezel Tanglao Senior Editor/Membership & Innovation at Huffington Post
CEO/Founder of Wonsulting, Jonathan Javier
Jojo Flores Co-Founder of Plug and Play Tech Center
In this episode, we discuss:
-How a start in the water bottle industry created Silicon Valley's most active VC.
-Plug and Play's origin story and a tiny rug store on University Avenue, Leasing Google their first office
-The Sales Startup Mindset
-What's needed to prosper as a Startup and VC in an economic downturn -
-The southeast Asian venture scene - Philippine-based startup growth