Freshmen Founders

Freshmen Founders
A high-level take on specific business topics for first time entrepreneurs. The hardest part is getting started, but Channing + Makenzie provide resources, anecdotes, and lessons learned to ease that process.

Q&A with Makenzie + Channing
Jul 3, 2019 • 30 min
In this final episode we answered questions that were submitted throughout the season via [email protected]
Partnerships with Gordon Droitcour pt. 1
Jun 14, 2019 • 43 min
We have found that one of the most exciting yet difficult parts of growing a business is determining what kind of partnerships actually make sense for your company.
Building a Sales Team with Chris Becker
Jun 5, 2019 • 42 min
There is truly a method to the madness when it comes to executing sales goals and building a sales team. Not only are there metrics to base your goals off of, but also intrinsic motivators that are unique to each individual that’s a part of your team.
Passion → Full Time Business with Nathan Brown
May 30, 2019 • 32 min
Attention all creators: if you’re wondering how to take the next steps in making your passion/creative outlet/hobby a full time business, this is the episode for you.
Digital Strategy with Michael Sloane
May 22, 2019 • 41 min
In this episode we discuss all things digital strategy (and what that actually even means) and how to effectively market your business as a brand.
Traditional Capital with Brad Peterson
May 15, 2019 • 40 min
This is our third episode on Fundraising for your startup (Part 1 and Part 2 are in Season 1). We dive into traditional capital options like utilizing a line of credit or a loan to grow your business, and why this might be more beneficial than initially…
A Few Things We Wish We’d Known Earlier
May 8, 2019 • 26 min
This episode is short and sweet. We learned the hard way on a few finer business details that are need to know, so we wanted to share them with you. Some would say it’s boring stuff, we agree, but at least try to make it semi fun.
Expanding with Clint Smith
May 1, 2019 • 52 min
Clint Smith, former co founder and CEO of Emma, joins us and shares how he and his team strategically took their company from start to acquisition.
Hiring with Tyler Newkirk
Apr 24, 2019 • 31 min
Freshmen Founders hears from the VP of operations at, Tyler Newkirk, on how hires well for their clients and for their own business. There is so much that goes into hiring the best candidates for your team, and we learn about what to pay…
Branding with Brian O’ Connor
Apr 17, 2019 • 39 min
Season 2 kicks off with Good Dye Young co founder, Brian O’ Connor, as our special guest. We talk through building a timeless brand and how it should evolve with your company’s growth.
Season 1 Finale: Q+A
Jun 6, 2018 • 19 min
In the final episode of season one on Freshmen Founders, Channing and Makenzie answer questions that listeners have sent in and asked in the past few weeks.
How to Create Your Network + Press
May 30, 2018 • 22 min
Half of a startup’s initial success is based on meeting the right people and having a compelling story. In this episode, Channing and Makenzie talk through how they effectively built their network and grew awareness solely on press.
Office Space
May 23, 2018 • 18 min
When is the right time to get office space? Is it necessary for startups to have a dedicated space to work? Channing + Makenzie talk about their experience with getting an office, co working spaces, and working from home.
Don’t Be Afraid to Pivot
May 16, 2018 • 19 min
Entrepreneurs are often scared to admit they need to “pivot” in their business, but Channing and Makenzie believe it is a must! This episode is all about how to test and edit your business model effectively.
Building Your MVP
May 9, 2018 • 10 min
Startups can die by never leaving the idea phase. We have to get out of our own head and showcase our business to customers, review the feedback, and then revise when needed. It’s a never ending process that all starts with your Minimum Viable Product. In…
Raising Investment Pt. 2
May 2, 2018 • 21 min
This episode continues the conversation on investment. Channing and Makenzie discuss angel investors, convertible notes, raising money in different parts of the country, and venture capital.
Raising Investment Pt. 1
Apr 25, 2018 • 20 min
This episode is an introduction to raising investment for your business the first time. Channing and Makenzie talk through bootstrapping, family and friends money, bank loans, and a few extra fundraising options.
Identify Your Weakness to Maximize Your Team
Apr 17, 2018 • 21 min
Two or more is greater than one when it comes to building a business. As much as we would like to think it’s possible, a solo venture is seriously difficult. But then how do we choose the right people to join the team? In this episode, Channing and…
Validating Your Idea
Apr 3, 2018 • 21 min
Channing + Makenzie have learned and identified 6 key questions that every entrepreneur must answer in order to determine if their idea can become a viable business.
Freshmen Founders: Our Story
Mar 28, 2018 • 21 min
If we are going to talk all about the major mistakes made and lessons learned while building our business, we figured we should give some background on who we are and how we got started.