The Build

The Build
Interviews about the surprising events on the path toward success.
43: Found (featuring Cody and Colton Tapoler of The Lost Bros)
Jan 15 • 34 min
Entrepreneurial inspiration can be found anywhere. Brothers Cody and Colton Tapoler found their inspiration at one of the happiest places on earth — Disney World. Combining Cody’s creative skills and Colton’s operational expertise, the brothers have…
42: HEX Coffee
Jan 7 • 46 min
HEX Coffee is a hospitality company that doesn’t just serve coffee. By focusing on unique experiences that exceed customer expectations, Hex Coffee has grown to a brand that is roasting their own beans, managing a physical cafe, and shipping products…
41: Transition (featuring Michele McKeone of Digitability)
Dec 25, 2018 • 25 min
A Philadelphia high school teacher working with autistic students realized that, with the right approach, she could help her students learn crucial work skills, get good jobs and gain their independence. Michele McKeone has created a business that helps…
40: Hitched (featuring Samie and Ryan Roberts of Bustld)
Dec 18, 2018 • 29 min
Samie and Ryan Roberts have created a business designed to solve the challenges couples face when planning their wedding day. Based in North Carolina, their company helps connect engaged couples with the vendors and inspiration that will make their…
39: Path (featuring AJ Bruno of QuotaPath)
Dec 11, 2018 • 32 min
Every journey in entrepreneurship includes at least one unexpected detour. But the unexpected changes in our paths sometimes lead us toward the greatest successes. AJ Bruno found himself faced with such a situation while scaling a rapidly growing startup…
38: Giving (featuring John Gossart of Goodworld)
Nov 20, 2018 • 36 min
Making a charitable donation online is now as simple as posting a hashtag comment on your favorite social media post, thanks to the innovative idea behind John Gossart’s startup company Goodworld. Goodworld has eliminated expensive processing fees and…
37: Physical (featuring Sara DuMond of Pediatric Housecalls)
Nov 13, 2018 • 35 min
Many entrepreneurial ideas for new companies are based on the latest technology, but not Pediatric Housecalls. They are redefining the patient experience and bringing back the old-fashioned way to practice medicine, but with a modern twist. This mobile…
36: Workout (featuring Lauren Foundos of FORTË Fitness)
Oct 23, 2018 • 28 min
After recognizing how hard it is for fitness instructors to scale their business within the walls of a gym, FORTË founder Lauren Foundos built a platform that streams live videos from top trainers directly to students all over the world. FORTË now offers…
35: Notice (featuring Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media)
Oct 16, 2018 • 35 min
Finding the intersection between advertising, speaking engagements, and social and digital media can be a daunting task in today’s overloaded internet landscape. Rakia Reynolds is tackling the non-traditional media space at Skai Blue Media, a public…
34: Timing (G-Squared Partners featuring Gene Godick)
Oct 9, 2018 • 31 min
Gene Godick is the founder of G-Squared Partners, a service designed to help early-stage companies get CFO level support. Gene spent his early career years building experience across a variety of industries and recognized the need for every start-up…
33: Insecurity (featuring Megha Kulshreshtha of Food Connect Group)
Oct 2, 2018 • 34 min
Megha Kulshreshtha took what she learned as a corporate data analyst and focused on the growing problem of food insecurity in America’s urban centers. She launched an organization that is using mobile technology to make it easier to collect food donations…
32: Concert (featuring Sam Bodkin of GroupMuse)
Apr 11, 2017 • 33 min
Listening to live music doesn’t always require a huge crowd. For centuries, people gathered in small rooms to listen to chamber music. As part of the genre we now know as classical, you usually only get to hear it performed in symphony halls and other…
31: Train (featuring Katlyn Grasso of GenHERation)
Mar 14, 2017 • 30 min
Train. The word means two important things to this week’s guest. It’s the big machine that can take you from one end of the country to another. And it’s also what you need DO do to ensure that your community’s packed with the right kind of talent. Katlyn…
30: Cause (featuring James Brobyn of CauseEngine)
Mar 7, 2017 • 51 min
Cause. It’s what drives you. It’s the reason you make the choices you make. James Brobyn found a cause in his work as a helicopter crew chief and infantry officer for the United States Marine Corps. Then, something happened that would change his life —…
29: Esquire (featuring Julia Shapiro of Hire an Esquire)
Feb 14, 2017 • 29 min
Esquire is the term that American lawyers use to set themselves apart from other professionals. But it’s also emblematic of the challenges that many young attorneys face in today’s crowded job market. Julia Shapiro founded a talent platform that leverages…
28: Explore (featuring Rob Frantz of Kinetic Ceramics)
Feb 7, 2017 • 32 min
When Rob Frantz was growing up, he wanted to explore uncharted territory. His childhood dream of becoming an astronaut gave way to another daring career as a Navy fighter pilot. And after years of helping teams make fast, critical decisions, Rob made one…
27: Potential (featuring Chris Diaz of Serve1)
Jan 31, 2017 • 31 min
Over the course of his career in the United States Navy, Chris Diaz grew fascinated with studying the differences between his fellow fighters. What made one person successful in their role, and what caused other folks to struggle? After wrapping up a tour…
26: Fix (featuring Stacey Mosley of FixList)
Jan 24, 2017 • 34 min
Think of all the things you’ve got to repair around your home right now. All the little paint chips, the projects you’ve been putting off. Now think about all the things you need fixed on your block. How about your neighborhood. Or your whole city? How…
25: Cash (featuring Benjamin Pitts of MyFinancialAnswers)
Jan 17, 2017 • 30 min
Cash. No matter what kind of job you have or business you build, everything comes down to the amount of cash you can hustle together. Benjamin Pitts thinks about that for a living. When this one-time West Point cadet discovered that a health issue would…
24: Roadmap (featuring Earl Knight of GoBabl)
Jan 10, 2017 • 35 min
Roadmap. It’s the term developers use for the document that helps determine what new features will go into a piece of software. But it’s also the perfect metaphor for the kind of tool that Earl Knight wants to build to help his customers navigate social…
23: Bridge (featuring Tracey Welson-Rossman of TechGirlz)
Dec 13, 2016 • 33 min
Bridge. It’s a great metaphor when you’re talking about the journey between where you are now and where you want to be. While growing teams at a few different companies, entrepreneur and marketing executive Tracey Welson-Rossman noticed a big gap in…
22: Small (featuring Rayce Rollins of Grow Small Analytics)
Dec 6, 2016 • 37 min
Small. It’s the opposite of what most businesses strive to become. Usually, when you start a company, you try to figure out how to get as big as you can, as fast as you can. However, in an era where leaders like Paul Graham advise startups to do things…
21: Development (featuring Michael Rappaport of Chariot Solutions)
Nov 23, 2016 • 46 min
Development refers to the process of writing the software you need to keep things moving. Like the code that manages a business, or the infrastructure that keeps a nation rolling. But it also refers to the process of growing, learning, and adapting with a…
20: Media (featuring Christopher Wink of Technically Media)
Jun 9, 2016 • 54 min
On his journey from beat reporter to startup co-founder, Christopher Wink has learned how journalism can positively impact communities and sustain careers—without resorting to clickbait. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Christopher Wink.
19: Workspace (LIVE at The Curtis)
May 3, 2016 • 57 min
Our panel of experts examines the trends and offers insight into what founders can do now to ensure their teams have the right space to grow and thrive. Text TranscriptSpecial Guests: Daniel Gummel, Elizabeth Morrow, Jerre Riggs, and Michael Dolan.
18: Ambition (featuring Melissa Alam of Femme & Fortune)
Apr 26, 2016 • 28 min
Melissa Alam's ambition helped drive the launch of a branding agency, a coworking community, a live conference, and a set of lifestyle businesses that have brought her all over the world. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Melissa Alam.
17: Design (featuring Vanessa Chan of studio)
Apr 19, 2016 • 44 min
Vanessa Chan left a high profile job to building prototypes for her first product, a mashup of tangle-free headphones and jewelry she calls loopit. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Vanessa Chan.
16: Students (featuring Jen Devor & Chuck Sacco)
Apr 12, 2016 • 43 min
Jen Devor and Chuck Sacco help entrepreneurial students in Philadelphia prepare for new careers leading and building startups—especially when they don't have a traditional business background. Text TranscriptSpecial Guests: Chuck Sacco and Jen Devor.
15: Press (featuring Tom Cridland)
Apr 5, 2016 • 27 min
When Tom Cridland couldn't find a publicist to help launch his startup clothing line in London, he launched his own PR agency—and now helps fellow fashion entrepreneurs. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Tom Cridland.
14: Clean (featuring Daniel Tobon of StarchUp)
Mar 29, 2016 • 32 min
Daniel Tobon's early experiences growing up in an entrepreneurial family shaped Starchup, a business that helps big brands and mom-and-pop laundry operations compete on a level playing field. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Daniel Tobon.
13: Dreams (featuring Austin Haines of Free Will Dream)
Mar 22, 2016 • 32 min
Austin Haines decided to make discovering people's real-life dreams his life’s work. His dream? To impact the lives of at least 10,000 more people. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Austin Haines.
12: Sustainable (featuring Morgan Berman of My Milkcrate)
Mar 15, 2016 • 32 min
Morgan Berman launched My Milkcrate to help give company leaders tools they can use to run sustainable businesses, and consumers the ability to find them. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Morgan Berman.
11: Kids (featuring Sylvester Mobley of Coded by U)
Mar 8, 2016 • 53 min
Veteran Sylvester Mobley founded Coded by Kids to bring technical training into neighborhoods where access to new economy jobs can make a huge difference. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Sylvester Mobley.
10: Experience (featuring Interactive Mechanics)
Mar 1, 2016 • 41 min
Interactive Mechanics specializes in bringing the best practices from app design back into physical spaces, like museums and libraries, so patrons can enjoy rich, multi-sensory experiences. Text TranscriptSpecial Guests: Amelia Longo, Christina Deemer,…
9: Hackathon (featuring Pranav of PennApps)
Feb 23, 2016 • 37 min
Joe talks to Pranav, the undergraduate leading the team that stages the massive PennApps event twice each year. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Pranav Vishnu.
8: Pizza (featuring Mason Wartman of Rosa’s Fresh Pizza)
Jan 5, 2016 • 36 min
For Mason Wartman, a "dollar slice" shop in Philadelphia offered a way to downshift into a lifestyle business after a stint on Wall Street. He never expected that a customer's suggestion would land him global attention, and a new mission. Text…
7: Access (featuring Ather Sharif of EvoXLabs)
Dec 28, 2015 • 42 min
At the moment when he thought he might never get to write another line of code, Ather Sharif found a community and a process that inspired him to make technology accessible to everyone. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Ather Sharif.
6: Impossible (featuring Yasmine Mustafa of ROAR for Good)
Dec 8, 2015 • 40 min
Yasmine Mustafa talks about the challenges of growing two companies and a thriving nonprofit, and about a trip she took that could change how women think about their personal security. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Yasmine Mustafa.
5: Portfolios (featuring Rodney Goldston of Jughead Media)
Jun 29, 2015 • 46 min
We're used to associating portfolios with creative professionals, like artists or writers. However, the concept of a "Portfolio Life" has become essential for career survival. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Rodney Goldston.
4: Snacks (featuring Lalit Kalani of Bandar Foods)
Jun 22, 2015 • 34 min
On a tight budget, but with backing from retailers like Whole Foods, the Bandar Foods team's showing how lean startup ideas could help change how new products get to store shelves. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Lalit Kalani.
3: Love (featuring Amber Wanner of CandiDate)
Jun 15, 2015 • 40 min
We talk about being "in love" with our careers, but can use skills from the job hunt to help find a real relationship? Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Amber Wanner.
2: Goals (featuring Anthony Maher of Benjamin’s Desk)
Jun 8, 2015 • 42 min
Former professional soccer player Anthony Maher made over 150 goals on the pitch. Now, he's helping startup companies hit their own goals as the CEO of Philadelphia coworking network Benjamin's Desk.Special Guest: Anthony Maher.
1: Coffee (featuring Ben Levin of Ninja Goat Nutritionals)
Jun 1, 2015 • 42 min
Turning his hobby into a viable business taught Ben Levin some lessons about staying ahead of trends, competitors, and regulators. It's the story behind fatCoffee, on Episode 1 of The Build. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Ben Levin.