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Startup Story LIVE: Sean Cannell
Jun 2 • 63 min
About this episode In this week's episode, we unpack the power of video content for your business with Sean Cannell of Think Media. Sean is a best selling author, YouTuber, and speaker centered on helping entrepreneurs and creatives build their influence…
Recap: Startup Story LIVE
May 26 • 29 min
About this episode Startup Story LIVE was a livestream event, and it wrapped, and it was a fantastic success. This week on the podcast, I am providing a recap of the event. Initially, the event was supposed to be an in-person conference in Dallas. And…
Michael Coles, founder of Great American Cookie Company
May 19 • 64 min
About this episode This week's featured founder is Michael Coles, founder of The Great American Cookie Company. Michael will share his journey through family hardship and financial ruin, his bankruptcy, and a motorcycle crash that almost destroyed his…
Jaime Schmidt, founder of Schmidt’s Naturals
May 12 • 66 min
About this episode Jaime Schmidt started Schmidt’s Naturals after attending a local recreational class on how to make shampoo. From that class, she grew Schmidt’s Naturals to the point that Unilever bought Schmidt’s Naturals just seven years from when she…
Luke Fox, founder of WhiteFox Defense Technologies
May 5 • 62 min
About this episode WhiteFox Defense Technologies is a drone mitigation technology company founded by Luke Fox. He was building an organization to manufacture drones in an affordable way for research and humanitarian efforts. In doing so, he started to see…
Minnie Ingersoll, partner at TenOneTen Ventures
Apr 28 • 61 min
About this episode TenOneTen Ventures is an early-stage venture fund. The firm personifies entrepreneurial expertise within the technology space. Their mission is to back entrepreneurs who inspire them, then do whatever it takes to help them get the job…
Dave Bolotsky, founder of Uncommon Goods
Apr 21 • 64 min
About this episode Uncommon Goods is an online marketplace that connects makers and their creations with shoppers looking for genuinely unique goods. It's the online marketplace place to go to when looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone…
BONUS: Success Amidst Coronavirus
Apr 20 • 29 min
About the episode This Bonus Episode of The Startup Story is the type of story we should all be hearing in the midst of this Coronavirus. This startup story doesn't have one that is a "lifetime in the making." No, it was forced upon Chef Zach because of…
Eric Bandholz, founder of Beardbrand
Apr 14 • 55 min
About this episode Meet Eric Bandholz, founder of Beardbrand. Beardbrand works to bring high-quality products to beardsmen. And, in case you could not tell from my podcast cover art, I am not a beardsman. So how did Eric and his company appear on my…
Naysa Mishler, founder of Everest Effect
Apr 7 • 61 min
About this episode Our guest this week is Naysa Mishler, co-founder of Everest Effect. Everest Effect is a marketplace that seeks to connect those impacted by disasters directly with brands that can meet the needs of those affected. Including the…
Running a Business During the Coronavirus Crisis
Mar 31 • 35 min
About this episode In this episode, I share a new way to move forward with your business in the face of Coronavirus. Every single one of us has been impacted, in some way, by the Coronavirus. In fact, over the past few weeks, it has been at the top of…
Nate Checketts, founder of Rhone
Mar 24 • 59 min
About this episode This week's featured founder is an entrepreneur who was miserable in his career with the NFL and decided it was time to create a brand that matters. Meet Nate Checketts, co-founder and CEO of Rhone. Rhone is an activewear brand…
Rebecca Lima, founder of The Lieu
Mar 17 • 70 min
About this episode Wouldn’t you love the idea of never having to cart around personal hygiene products to work, ever again? Enter The Lieu. It is a subscription box service dedicated to bringing everything that today’s female hopes their workplace…
Tucker Max, founder of Scribe Media
Mar 10 • 54 min
About this episode Why won’t you let yourself succeed? What is holding you back from growing or starting your business? Those are the questions this week’s guest, Tucker Max, the co-founder of Scribe Media, wants you to ponder. Tucker Max is also a New…
Denise Woodard, founder of Partake Foods
Mar 3 • 56 min
About this episode Denise Woodard started Partake Foods because of an incredibly scary situation involving her daughter and an allergic reaction to food. While Denise’s daughter is now perfectly fine, that event revealed to her the challenges that exist…
Ali Hynek, founder of Nena & Co.
Feb 25 • 74 min
About this episode Nena & Co. makes unique one-of-a-kind artisan purses, bags, and accessories. This week the founder of Nena & Co., Ali Hynek, unpacks her startup journey for us. While her company may be known for beautiful bags and accessories, the…
Brian Carrico, founder of The Guild
Feb 18 • 78 min
About this episode The Guild is looking to bring the 200,000-year-old hotel industry into the new age. In this episode, we highlight one of its co-founders, Brian Carrico. The Guild has over 600 units in 6 major markets and continues to grow. The Guild…
Sean Cannell, founder of Think Media
Feb 11 • 72 min
About this episode I’d like you to meet Sean Cannell, founder of Think Media. Sean Cannell is a best selling author, YouTuber, and speaker centered on helping entrepreneurs and creatives build their influence with online video. Sean’s YouTube channels…
Ju Rhyu, founder of Hero Cosmetics
Feb 4 • 62 min
About this episode This week’s featured founder is Ju Rhyu, Co-Founder of Hero Cosmetics. Hero Cosmetics is an acne and skincare brand. Hero started out with the Mighty Patch, an acne patch which provides you with a real solution for pimple emergencies.…
Jeanne Schaaf, co-founder of Ultra Expeditions
Jan 28 • 56 min
About this episode Meet Jeanne Schaaf, Race Director and Co-Founder of Ultra Expeditions. Ultra Expeditions creates incredible running adventures, organizes races, and develops custom coaching programs for all ability levels. I’ve interviewed several past…
Patrick Curtis, founder of Wall Street Oasis
Jan 21 • 59 min
About this episode This week I am joined by Patrick Curtis, founder of Wall Street Oasis. Wall Street Oasis serves more than 2 million people per month through its free discussion forums and its premium online courses all related to finance careers. Over…
Randi Zuckerberg, founder of Zuckerberg Media
Jan 14 • 53 min
About this episode This week we are featuring Randi Zuckerberg, founder of Zuckerberg Media. If her last name sounds familiar, it should. It’s also the last name of her little brother who had a startup about a book of faces or Facebook or something like…
Tony Kirwan, founder of Destiny Rescue
Jan 7 • 56 min
About this episode To kick off Season 2, we are featuring Tony Kirwan, founder of Destiny Rescue. A listener reached out to me last year and suggested that I highlight his story. Destiny Rescue is a nonprofit organization that focuses on rescuing young…
Key advice from successful entrepreneurs
Dec 31, 2019 • 31 min
About this episode We launched The Startup Story 12 months ago. Over the course of 53 episodes, we've unpacked the authentic and raw entrepreneurial journeys of founders from all industries and stages of growth. During each journey we pause to reflect on…
Tiffany Sorya, founder of Novel Education Group
Dec 24, 2019 • 58 min
About this episode When I started The Startup Story I would have never expected to be interviewing a founder of a homeschool group, but here we are. This week, Tiffany Sorya, founder of Novel Education Group, shares the many unconventional pieces that…
Fraser Hall, co-founder of Article
Dec 17, 2019 • 55 min
About this episode This week’s featured founder is Fraser Hall, Co-Founder and Director at Article. Article is an online-only, direct-to-consumer company that offers beautiful modern furniture that is well made. I speak from first-hand experience as I…
James McKinney, founder of The Startup Story
Dec 10, 2019 • 75 min
About this episode This is a very unique episode of The Startup Story because this week I am sharing my story. Listeners reach out to me often, wanting to know more about my story and why I am passionate about what I am doing with this podcast. The hard…
Ashley Borden, founder of Ashley Borden Fitness
Dec 3, 2019 • 67 min
About this episode This week we are featuring Ashley Borden founder of Ashley Borden Fitness. Ashley is one of the most sought-after experts in her field. She has helped transform some of the biggest names in Hollywood, like Christina Aguilera, Ryan…
Ryan Hogan, co-founder of Hunt A Killer
Nov 26, 2019 • 63 min
About this episode This week Ryan Hogan, co-founder and CEO of Hunt A Killer„, joins me on The Startup Story. Let’s be clear, Ryan is not a bounty hunter that lives a high adrenaline lifestyle. Instead, Hunt A Killer is an entertainment and media platform…
Daniel Alarik, founder of Grunt Style
Nov 19, 2019 • 57 min
About this episode This week’s featured founder is Daniel Alarik, Founder of Grunt Style. Grunt Style is a brand for Patriots; a brand that has reached incredible heights at unbelievable speeds. For the month of November, we have been focusing on Founders…
Andy Mackensen, co-founder of SnackNation
Nov 12, 2019 • 63 min
About this episode This week I’d like you to meet Andy Mackensen, co-founder of SnackNation. SnackNation is a healthy snack delivery service for businesses. In 2018, SnackNation was recognized at #24 on the INC 5000 list of fastest growing companies. They…
Jim Hogan, co-founder of Socks for Heroes
Nov 5, 2019 • 45 min
About this episode This week’s featured founder is Jim Hogan„, co-founder of a program called Socks for Heroes. Jim and his wife Carla started Socks for Heroes after their son, Donald, heroically gave his life in service to his country while deployed to…
John Wilson, founder of STANCE
Oct 29, 2019 • 64 min
About this episode Meet John Wilson, co-founder of STANCE. STANCE has turned socks into one of the world's most exciting accessories in less than five years. If you think about denim you instantly think of the brand Levi’s. If I were to ask you to think…
Chris Brownridge, founder of GawkBox
Oct 22, 2019 • 71 min
About this episode This week I’d like to introduce you to Chris Brownridge„ co-founder and CEO of GawkBox. GawkBox was a third party platform that allowed people to tip their favorite live streamers without having to pay anything. They did this through…
Scott Paul, founder of Wooly
Oct 15, 2019 • 62 min
About this episode This week’s featured founder is Scott Paul„ founder of Wooly. Wooly allows brands to see who their fans are, what their social reach is, and then reach out to them directly as potential brand ambassadors. It is a startup created to…
Nick Justicz, founder of Gazpacho
Oct 8, 2019 • 58 min
About this episode This week I’d like to introduce you to Nick Justicz„ Founder of Gazpacho. No, not the cold soup, a mobile app that “serves up the best of the internet based on your tastes.” The app is what happens if you merge Pandora and Tinder…
Marika Meeks, founder of IncredibullStella
Oct 1, 2019 • 68 min
About this episode I’d like to introduce you to Marika Meeks, founder of IncredibullStella, a nonprofit whose mission is to help rescue dogs (with an affinity towards Pit Bulls) and place them in their forever homes. With a name like IncredibullStella,…
Nick Alexander, co-founder of Yoshi
Sep 24, 2019 • 60 min
About this episode This week’s featured founder is Nick Alexander„ co-founder of Yoshi. Yoshi is disrupting an industry that I am sure NONE of you ever thought about disrupting: gas stations and auto maintenance. Did you ever say to yourself, “You know,…
Alina Vandenberghe, founder of Chili Piper & GipsyBot
Sep 17, 2019 • 47 min
About this episode I’d like you to meet Alina Vandenberghe, co-founder of Chili Piper and Gipsybot. (Yes, that’s right, she co-founded TWO startups.) Chili Piper is an incredibly powerful sales tool for enterprises. Her second startup, Gipsybot, is a…
Anna Victoria, founder of Fit Body App
Sep 10, 2019 • 59 min
About this episode This week I would like you to meet featured founder, Anna Victoria. She is the founder of Fit Body App. The health and fitness app launched in January 2018; then in 2019, Apple featured it in their “Apps We Love” section. Since then it…
John Paul Taylor, founder of Real Life Poets
Sep 3, 2019 • 52 min
About this episode I’d like you to meet John Paul Taylor, founder of Real Life Poets. Real Life Poets is a nonprofit that leverages the creative process of poetry and spoken word as a means to empower youth, that otherwise might find themselves in prison…
Larry Namer, founder of E! Entertainment Television (replay)
Aug 27, 2019 • 54 min
About this episode This episode marks our 35th episode since we launched in January 2019. When The Startup Story launched we had no audience. Yet, even with not having an audience, Larry Namer, founder of E! Entertainment Television, was gracious enough…
Jason McCann, founder of Varidesk (replay)
Aug 20, 2019 • 49 min
About this episode This episode marks our 34th episode since we launched in January 2019. When The Startup Story launched we had no audience. Yet, even with not having an audience, Jason McCann, the Founder and CEO of VARIDESK, was gracious enough to…
Founders Depression
Aug 13, 2019 • 13 min
About this episode This week instead of featuring a founder’s story, we are going to focus on part of a story that many founders go through — founder depression. Yes, founders can get depressed, very much so, and yet not too many talk openly about it. The…
Brian Burke, founder of Sell Your Mac
Aug 6, 2019 • 49 min
About this episode Brian Burke is the founder of SellYourMac.com, a website that helps you to sell your Apple products in a way that ensures you receive top dollar. Brian recently received an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year nomination. Ernst &…
Michael Littig, co-founder of the Zuckerberg Institute
Jul 30, 2019 • 63 min
About this episode Meet Michael Littig, Co-founder of the Zuckerberg Institute. Their mission is to establish a community of entrepreneurs that encourage and inspire other entrepreneurs as they build their business or start their next venture. Sound…
Danielle Salinas, founder of Maison de Papillon
Jul 23, 2019 • 57 min
About this episode I’d like you to meet Danielle Salinas, Co-founder of Maison de Papillon. Maison de Papillon is Danielle’s 2nd venture and it started when she lost her sleep mask during her trip at the London Olympics. Yes, you read that correctly and…
James Fratzke, co-founder of Fratzke Media
Jul 16, 2019 • 52 min
About this episode Our guest today is James Fratzke, co-founder of Fratzke Media. Fratzke Media is a digital marketing consultancy based in Southern California. What piqued my interest in Fratzke Media was that James and his brother are identical twins.…
Paige Robinson, founder of Will Reed
Jul 9, 2019 • 54 min
About this episode This week’s featured founder is Paige Robinson, founder of Will Reed. Will Reed is a recruiting firm that partners with innovative tech companies and VC-backed startups to scale sales organizations and actualize growth strategies. In…
Josh Stine, founder of Seat Insiders
Jul 2, 2019 • 66 min
About this episode Our guest this week is Josh Stine, CEO and co-founder of Seat Insiders. Seat Insiders is a concierge ticketing firm that makes ticket buying for sporting events, theater, or concerts unbelievably easy and cost-effective. Josh’s story…
Catherine Stiles, founder of Barbecue Wife
Jun 25, 2019 • 51 min
About this episode Our guest this week is Catherine Stiles, founder of Barbecue Wife. Barbecue Wife is a cocktail mixer brand that began as a platform to tell the unique stories of some amazing women within the barbeque industry. Barbecue Wife has grown…
Meghan Asha, founder of FOUNDERMADE
Jun 18, 2019 • 52 min
About this episode This week on the podcast my guest is Meghan Asha, founder of FOUNDERMADE. Meghan and the FOUNDERMADE team are focused on bringing consumer brand companies together with some of the largest retail buyers in the world. Meghan has helped…
Chad Phillips, co-founder of Highpoint Brewing Co.
Jun 11, 2019 • 46 min
About this episode This week’s featured founder is Chad Phillips, co-founder of Highpoint Brewing Company in San Dimas, California. This episode combines a few things that I love dearly, small business and creativity. When it comes to beer and brewing, I…
Michael Alvarez Jr., founder of Vision Media
Jun 4, 2019 • 48 min
About this episode I’d like to introduce you to Michael Alvarez Jr., founder of Vision Media. Vision Media is a fulfillment and logistics company that services movie studios and television networks. In fact, if you walk into almost any movie theater…
Zack Swire, founder of Good Grains
May 28, 2019 • 70 min
About this episode This week I welcome Zack Swire, founder and CEO of Good Grains to the show. Good Grains delivers better cereal, better coffee, and better gear for a happier and healthier day. As you’ve heard in this podcast from numerous founders,…
Eva Gerrits, founder of Energetek
May 21, 2019 • 47 min
About this episode This week I would like to introduce you to the co-founder and CEO of Energetek, Eva Gerrits. Energetek is an energy brokerage and consultant company that is also focused on renewable alternatives. If you are unaware of the commercial…
Ladan Davia, founder of Beeya
May 14, 2019 • 51 min
About this episode This week’s featured founder is Ladan Davia of Beeya. Beeya is a company that is changing the way recruiters and job searchers are connecting. Improving the job search process has been attempted numerous times, it’s true. But so has…
Mia Plecic, founder of Her Organics
May 7, 2019 • 71 min
About this episode Our guest this week is Mia Plecic. Mia is 27 years old and has started 6 companies all leading her towards her current startup, Her Organics Australia. Her Organics is a subscription service through which women can sign up to have…
Jon Verlee, founder of Breeze
Apr 30, 2019 • 51 min
About this episode Jon Verlee is the founder of Breeze Church Management Software. I was given Jon’s name from a friend who was emphatic about Jon’s story being told. Part of her enthusiasm for Jon’s story is that it is one that so many people can look to…
Emma Rose Cohen, co-founder of FinalStraw
Apr 23, 2019 • 52 min
About this episode This week’s featured founder is Emma Rose Cohen, CEO and co-founder of FinalStraw. FinalStraw is a collapsible and reusable straw for a sucking alternative that will help reduce plastic waste across the globe. The inspirational and…
Darbie Angell, founder of Darbie Angell
Apr 16, 2019 • 63 min
About this episode This week’s featured founder has a remarkable story and provides powerful inspiration for other entrepreneurs. Today I welcome Darbie Angell, creator/designer/founder of Darbie Angell, a brand icon and maker of bold and fashionable…
Goli Kalkhoran, founder of USIE Booth and Creator/Host of the Lessons From A Quitter Podcast
Apr 9, 2019 • 54 min
About this episode Goli’s journey brings many different elements together for one dynamic story. She was born in Iran and moved to the United States. She is a self-professed perfectionist and steered her life based upon the praise of others. When she…
Neely Powell, founder of Charleston Shoe Company
Apr 2, 2019 • 60 min
About this episode This week’s guest is an absolute fireball of a human being. I’d like to introduce you to Neely Powell, the founder of The Charleston Shoe Co. Her story runs at 100 mph from the minute her journey gets rolling. She started her business…
Ilana Zivkovich, founder of WERQ
Mar 26, 2019 • 65 min
About this episode In January, I posted a call for Female Founders on our LinkedIn company page with hopes of being introduced to more female founders to feature on The Startup Story. Today’s guest was mentioned more times than any other person. After…
Tiffany Sorya, founder of Novel Education Group
Mar 19, 2019 • 56 min
About this episode When I started The Startup Story I would have never expected to be interviewing a founder of a homeschool group, but here we are. This week, Tiffany Sorya, founder of Novel Education Group, shares the many unconventional pieces that…
Clint Harp, co-founder of Harp Design Co.
Mar 12, 2019 • 96 min
About this episode This week’s episode was a special one for me to create. Why? Well it was not due to the celebrity status of our featured founder nor was it due to his gift for handcrafted woodworking (although I am fascinated by woodworking). This…
Barry Stiles, founder of TRUEGRID Pavers
Mar 5, 2019 • 65 min
About this episode This week’s featured founder is Barry Stiles, Founder and CEO of TRUEGRID Pavers. Yes, a paving company. My hope in exploring stories like Barry’s is that you will process his challenges and triumphs to see the commonality within your…
Eric Solis, founder of Movocash
Feb 26, 2019 • 67 min
About this episode As you may already know, The Startup Story is a new podcast. And if you are an avid podcast listener, then you know that the production quality of many new podcasts can be…well, less than stellar. But what you probably have noticed is…
Brandon “Monk” Muñoz, founder of Monkwood Studio
Feb 19, 2019 • 65 min
About this episode I'm huge fan of incredibly creative individuals, especially those involved in woodworking. And my guest this week, Brandon "Monk" Muñoz, is a handcrafted furniture designer and artist. He is the founder of Monkwood Studio where he…
Bryan Elliott, founder of The Goodbrain Digital Studios
Feb 12, 2019 • 57 min
About this episode Today, you will hear the startup story of Bryan Elliott, founder of The Goodbrain Digital Studios and creator of Behind the Brand Show. I’ve been following Byran’s work for few years now with intrigue. He has helped to build audiences…
Steve Glaveski, founder of Collective Campus & author of Employee to Entrepreneur
Feb 5, 2019 • 68 min
About this episode This week we’d like to introduce you to Steve Glaveski, CEO and Co-Founder of Collective Campus and author of Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Earn Your Freedom and Do Work that Matters. Unlike some of the past founders we’ve featured…
Zach Knickerbocker, founder of 14th Floor Apparel
Jan 29, 2019 • 48 min
About this episode In today’s episode you will hear the startup story of Zach Knickerbocker, Founder of 14th Floor Apparel. He’s an Amazon reseller who is very early in his startup journey. While we’ve shared the stories of several founders who have been…
RT Custer, CEO and co-founder of Vortic Watch Co.
Jan 22, 2019 • 71 min
About this episode This week’s guest on The Startup Story has a bit of a different perspective when it comes to business and startup. Why? Well, because his startup exists in a space where he has had to stand toe-to-toe with watch industry giants since…
Dr. Jen Esquer (DocJenFit), founder of the Mobility Method
Jan 15, 2019 • 61 min
About this episode This episode of The Startup Story features Dr, Jen Esquer or as she is known by her hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram, Doc Jen Fit. Doc Jen is the founder of The Mobility Method. After spending some time with Jen, I…
Larry Namer, founder of E! Entertainment Television
Jan 15, 2019 • 52 min
About this episode This episode of The Startup Story features Larry Namer, founder of E! Entertainment Television. When you think of E!, you may instantly think of the show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Now for the record, Larry had nothing to do with…
Jason McCann, founder of Varidesk
Jan 15, 2019 • 46 min
About this episode Today’s startup story comes from Jason McCann, founder and CEO of Varidesk. While Varidesk is a global company today, Jason's story is not one where you assume everything he has ever done has been a success. Today he shares his early…
Welcome to The Startup Story
Jan 7, 2019 • 3 min
As we hear The Startup Story of some of the most successful companies in the world our focus is singular… To give you the belief and courage to Start Your Story. Every successful startup began with a single decision. It’s not about the dream, it’s not…