The Startup Addict

The Startup Addict
Turning ideas into reality with Nick Swinmurn

43: Episode 43 Fated Brands MX
Mar 20 • 37 min
The boys give us a Fated Brands Update. Travels in Mexico and going to College.
42: Episode 42 - Bumpy Flights
Feb 27 • 33 min
This week the boys discuss Las Vegas and bumpy flights.
41: Episode 41 - Josh Thomson
Jan 16 • 88 min
Josh Thomson spends time with the Startup Addict this week.
40 - Stress Tests and Rainbows
Jan 9 • 27 min
Stress tests, rainbows, and the biggest Signing in Fated Brands history!
39: Episode 39 - Minecraft and Business
Jan 2 • 37 min
The Startup Addict discusses a Minecraft approach to business.
38 - Year in Review
Dec 26, 2018 • 34 min
Nick and Dennis review the past year and look ahead to 2019.
37 - Dennis 2.0
Dec 19, 2018 • 48 min
Nick and Dennis discuss the new and improved Dennis or Dennis 2.0. Also advice from Mom. Remember you can subscribe to our podcasts where ever podcasts are found. (we like iTunes)
36 - Doubting One’s Self
Dec 12, 2018 • 39 min
This week on The Startup Addict Nick and Dennis discuss how the Apple Watch just might have saved Dennis's life. Also, self-doubt and the battle between your inner and outer self. Remember, new episodes each Wednesday.
35: Episode 35 - Dozen or Dozen
Dec 5, 2018 • 51 min
In this episode Nick and Dennis discuss" Dozen Boxing Other project updates Personnel Challenges Dennis 2019 Two items of note, we have changed hosting providers and updated the site. Please send along feedback. Also, moving forward there will no longer…
34: Episode 34 - The Return
Nov 11, 2018 • 48 min
After a short pause, Nick and the gents discuss the sale of Basecamp Fitness to Anytime Fitness, the start of Triple X Chicken and a new gym concept.
33 - Setting Expectations
Oct 22, 2018 • 30 min
The Startup Addict hosts a special guest in the Fated Studio this week to discuss expectations. Join Nick, Dennis and Jim as they discuss the finer points of setting, understanding and achieving exceptions in business.
32.5 - Fueled by rage
Oct 19, 2018 • 29 min
The Startup Addict is fired up to lead Fated Brands in a new direction, straight to the top
32 - Julio quits
Oct 15, 2018 • 62 min
The Startup Addict questions Julio’s thought process in his quest for family and job security.
31.5 - Conference best practices
Oct 12, 2018 • 20 min
After a stop in Seattle, The Startup Addict breaks down attending conferences
31 - Lessons from UFC 229
Oct 8, 2018 • 50 min
It was complete chaos at UFC 229 and there are plenty of lessons to learn from following a crazy night of fights.
30.5 - Be honest with yourself
Oct 5, 2018 • 29 min
What can you do when a process you've been following for so long fails? The Startup Addict explains why honesty is your best path forward.
30 - Lessons learned the hard way
Oct 1, 2018 • 37 min
What lessons has The Startup Addict learned the hard way even though people may have tried to tell him in advance?
29.5 - Loyalty
Sep 28, 2018 • 41 min
The Startup Addict explores the depths of sports loyalty and why every business should strive for it.
29 - Decision-making
Sep 24, 2018 • 49 min
The decision-making process is never easy but The Startup Addict says there is one key thing you can focus on to simplify it.
28.5 - Criticism and hate
Sep 21, 2018 • 30 min
The Startup Addict breaks down how to handle criticism and turn it into a positive tool.
28 - Things you would change and lessons learned
Sep 17, 2018 • 54 min
Regrets do not necessarily have to be a bad thing — The Startup Addict breaks down why that is.
27.5 - Why are you here? Plus, Mayans episode 2 review
Sep 14, 2018 • 35 min
The Startup Addict is here to ask you the most important question of your day.Plus, we break down episode 2 of FX’s Mayans.
27 - Legacy
Sep 10, 2018 • 49 min
The Startup Addict breaks down what legacy means and how personal legacy differs from what your business leaves behind.
26.5 - Money and Mayans
Sep 7, 2018 • 55 min
How does The Startup Addict view money? Plus, we break down the series premiere of Mayans.
26 - Focusing on your vision
Sep 4, 2018 • 54 min
Give your business its best possible chance at success by staying true to your vision.
25.5 - The tifo
Aug 31, 2018 • 27 min
The Startup Addict was on a mission last week: to build the first ever Suifo. Find out what lessons we learned along the way.
25 - Ken Martin
Aug 27, 2018 • 77 min
The co-founder and former Chief Creative of BLITZ agency, Ken Martin, drops by and talks The Startup Addict through his entrepreneurial journey.
24.5 - Take control
Aug 24, 2018 • 37 min
When life throws you off your paddle board, remember that you’re in control.
24 - Time to quit your job?
Aug 20, 2018 • 64 min
Are you thinking of taking the plunge into entrepreneurship? Then you do not want to miss this episode.
23.5 - Party with Dennis
Aug 17, 2018 • 19 min
The Startup Addict breathes new life into an idea once thought dead. Sign up for Party with Dennis at
23 - Idea breakdown: Damion’s restaurant
Aug 13, 2018 • 71 min
The Startup Addict interviews budding entrepreneur Damion Stansberry about his restaurant concept.
22.5 - Quality Control with Dennis
Aug 10, 2018 • 17 min
<p>The Startup Addict runs a couple of new ideas by Dennis to see how they hold up to his quality control process.</p>
22 - Maurice Clarett
Aug 6, 2018 • 85 min
Maurice Clarett drops by and shares his motivating story of perseverance and triumph.
21.5 - Q&A with Damien
Aug 3, 2018 • 35 min
The Startup Addict takes listener questions from someone trying to start their own restaurant concept.
21 - Mindset
Jul 30, 2018 • 46 min
How you think is how you’ll do.
20.5 - Regret’s role
Jul 27, 2018 • 25 min
We all have regrets — but they don't have to be a bad thing.
20 - Business lessons from Hawaii
Jul 23, 2018 • 52 min
Hawaii isn't just beautiful beaches and palm trees. There is plenty to learn from the Aloha State.
19.5 - Dealing with stress
Jul 20, 2018 • 16 min
Stress is inevitable — The Startup Addict outlines six ways to fight through it.
19 - The definition of success
Jul 16, 2018 • 66 min
The Startup Addict reveals his six levels of success.
18.5 - When to take a vacation
Jul 13, 2018 • 26 min
It can be tough to know when to take a vacation — The Startup Addicts breaks down the pros and cons.
18 - 20 business lessons from UFC 226
Jul 9, 2018 • 76 min
Business lessons are everywhere, including the octagon.
17.5 - How hard to sell
Jul 6, 2018 • 18 min
We examine the fine line between selling too hard and not hard enough today on The Startup Addict.
17 - Licensing deals with the NBA and Conor McGregor
Jul 3, 2018 • 79 min
On this episode, The Startup Addict breaks down what it takes to land a licensing deal with some of sports biggest names.
16.5 - Business lessons from the World Cup
Jun 29, 2018 • 17 min
The World Cup is in full swing. Are there lessons to be learned from the first round of games? The Startup Addict dives in on this episode.
16 - Josh Koscheck interview
Jun 25, 2018 • 74 min
The Startup Addict talks with former UFC fighter Josh Koscheck about his transition from fighter to CEO.
15.5 - Speedquarters update; passion argument
Jun 22, 2018 • 14 min
On this mini-episode, we have an update on SQ3, turtlenecks, and passion.
15 - The Sticker Farmer
Jun 18, 2018 • 60 min
The Startup Addict welcomes The Sticker Farmer to the podcast and learns how he turned his lifestyle into a thriving business
14.5 - The love stamp
Jun 15, 2018 • 15 min
This episode of The Startup Addict is dedicated to those who stay unequivocally authentic
14 - Decision making in business
Jun 11, 2018 • 53 min
When your business faces a major decision, what process do you undergo to keep it all moving forward? The Startup Addict breaks all of that down in Episode 14.
13.5 - Self-doubt
Jun 8, 2018 • 13 min
If you ever wake up in the middle of the night asking yourself "what the hell am I doing?!" then episode 13.5 of The Startup Addict is for you.
13 - What is Fated Brands?
Jun 4, 2018 • 51 min
On this episode, The Startup Addict takes you through the ins and outs of Fated Brands and how all of their projects complement one another.
12.5 - The business of soccer
Jun 1, 2018 • 30 min
On this episode, The Startup Addict details the life and death of San Francisco Football Club and why starting a professional soccer team in the Bay Area is an uphill battle.
12 - Judgment Day
May 28, 2018 • 57 min
On this episode, The Startup Addict breaks down the pros and cons of having an exit strategy and why knowing what you’ll be judged on when that day comes is one of the more important lessons you’ll learn in business.
11.5 - Let’s play: Name that business acronym
May 25, 2018 • 18 min
ROA? LTM? EBITDA? Ever wonder what these things mean? We test The Startup Addict on his knowledge on this episode.
11 - Q&A with Business & Biceps
May 21, 2018 • 58 min
On this episode of The Startup Addict, we take questions from the Business & Biceps and Max Effort Muscle crews.
10.5 - Risk versus reward
May 18, 2018 • 16 min
The Startup Addict discusses the risk you take by betting too low (or too high) on your business.1
10 - Top 3 things I’ll never do again in business
May 14, 2018 • 39 min
Over the course of 20 years, The Startup Addict has made plenty of mistakes. On this episode, he goes over the top 3 you’ll want to avoid as you turn your idea into reality.
9.5 - You chose this
May 11, 2018 • 17 min
On today's episode, The Startup Addict kindly reminds you (and himself) that the stress you feel as an entrepreneur is self-inflicted. So toughen up, cupcake.
9 - Raising capital
May 10, 2018 • 64 min
On this episode, The Startup Addict breaks down the pros and cons of raising money to start your business. He also chips away at the myth that you need large sums of cash to turn your idea into reality.
8.5 - Invest in yourself
May 4, 2018 • 17 min
On this episode, The Startup Addict explains why he’s not smart enough to invest in a lot of companies.
8 - Idea to company: Speed Quarters
Apr 30, 2018 • 56 min
On this episode, we’ll examine what happens when we decide to turn an idea into reality and why timing isn’t always the most important thing when trying to bring you business concept to life.
7.5 - Timing isn’t everything
Apr 27, 2018 • 13 min
What is greater than when. On this episode, The Startup Addict discusses the advantage of rebuilding momentum for ideas that might have gotten lost over time.
7 - Mind, body and fitness
Apr 23, 2018 • 66 min
On this episode, The Startup Addict discusses the role of fitness in business. How can you optimize your mind by taking some time to focus on your body? The Startup Addict cuts through all the fat in Episode 7.
6.5 - Developing focus and discipline
Apr 20, 2018 • 16 min
On this episode, The Startup Addict reminds listeners of the important focus and discipline plays in your business' development. It's easy to forget that focus is something you need to constantly work on. How does The Startup Addict do it? You'll want to
6 - Seeds of Failure
Apr 16, 2018 • 60 min
On this episode, The Startup Addict discusses failure. Along with providing business and real-world analogies, The StartUp Addict pinpoints three main causes of failure, and what can be done to stop it. Failure doesn't have to be catastrophic — The Star
5.5 - Learning how to fail
Apr 13, 2018 • 11 min
Failure isn't always black-and-white. On this episode, The Startup Addict discusses why learning how to fail can be valuable to your startup and how identifying the early signs of failure can be critical to long term success.
5 - Be your own Startup
Apr 9, 2018 • 47 min
The Startup Addicts welcomes Brandon Schneider for episode 5. Now in his 16th season with the Warriors, is responsible for all strategic planning and execution related to the organization’s ticket and suite sales, services, and operations efforts. He also…
4.5 - How your perspective can change everything
Apr 6, 2018 • 11 min
How can two people with similar opportunities end up seeing completely different things? In this episode, The Startup Addict examines the importance of perspective and why having the right outlook can be the difference between fulfilling your potential or…
4 - What motivates The Startup Addict?
Apr 2, 2018 • 67 min
Motivation can be a hard thing to define. On this episode of The Startup Addict, we break down how to stay motivated with your idea by going through real-life scenarios of past successes and failures. Where does true motivation come from? How does…
3.5 - Identifying your true motivation
Mar 31, 2018 • 14 min
In this episode, The Startup Addict dives into discovering true motivation. What does it mean to be truly motivated? What is the process to discovering that? How do you take negative situations and turn them into positives? All this and more in this bonus…
3 - I co-founded, with Chad Hurley
Mar 26, 2018 • 53 min
It's a very special episode of the Startup Addict as one of the most successful members of the PayPal Mafia and co-founder of, Chad Hurley, joins the show. Chad talks the fellas through the inception of YouTube all the way through its meteoric…
2.5 - The importance of speed and timing for your startup
Mar 23, 2018 • 9 min
Don't forget to listen to episodes 1 and 2 and hit the subscribe button! On this bonus episode of the Startup Addict, Nick and Dennis queue you up for a big episode 3 with co-founder Chad Hurley. The fellas also discuss how speed and timing…
2 - How to invest in the Golden State Warriors
Mar 20, 2018 • 46 min
In episode 2, Nick Swinmurn talks you through how he was able to fulfill a childhood dream and become a member of the Golden State Warriors ownership group. How did he first contact the team? What was the pitch like to be a part of the group? What's it…
1.5 - Putting true passion into your startup
Mar 16, 2018 • 9 min
In this bonus episode of The Startup Addict Podcast, Nick Swinmurn breaks down what it means to turn your passion into a business and why it's so important that any plans for a startup start with passion. Make sure to catch Episode 2 when it drops as Nick…
1 - I founded
Mar 7, 2018 • 90 min
Welcome to The Startup Addict. In this episode, Nick Swinmurn - the founder of, discusses how he started and what led him to leave the company seven years later. This is the first of many can't-miss episodes. Make sure you subscribe!