WeStrive: The Entrepreneurship Podcast

WeStrive: The Entrepreneurship Podcast

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A podcast where an entrepreneur interviews successful people who weren’t supposed to be successful. Entrepreneurship is all about getting places that you weren’t supposed to get to…I’m here to tell those stories. Episodes air ever MONDAY. www.westriveapp.com/podcast to see who we’ve interviewed and click links to their episodes


#70 CEO @ Bouqs | John Tabis
May 26 • 54 min
John Tabis has been at the top of the floral industry for quite some time now…but it wasn’t always that way. After moving on from his first startup, John started working at Disney (not the worst career move lol) and after several years he decided he…
#69 CEO @ Boundless Labs | Chase Dimond
May 18 • 44 min
First off, I want to congratulate Chase on having his first kid đŸ‘¶Chase started off by being a key part of a business that scaled to 300,000 students. After this accomplishment, he created one of the most successful ‘email travel series’ lists in existence…
#68 Co-Founder @ StitchCrew | Erika Lucas
May 11 • 51 min
Erika Lucas is the Co-Founder of the StitchCrew Accelerator program based out of Oklahoma City, OK. Growing up in Mexico with ‘bootstrapping’ entrepreneurial parents, Erika learned early on what it takes to be successful. After moving to Oklahoma, she…
#67 Lead Investor @ Luma Launch | Laurent Grill
May 4 • 50 min
This week I had the privilege of interviewing Laurent Grill with Luma Launch and I’m excited to tell his story. Laurent has been involved with the startup world for years. When the opportunity to become the Lead Investor at Luma Launch presented itself,…
#66 Pitch Deck Mastery | Laurent Grill, Vik Sasi, Farhaj Mayan
Apr 27 • 74 min
Pitch Decks, Pitch Decks, Pitch Decks…that’s pretty much all I’ve heard since I entered the entrepreneurial world years ago. How they look, what pages go where, what investors like what…it goes on and on. That’s why I wanted to have an episode to pull…
#65 Founder/CEO BANDWAGON | Harold Hughes
Apr 20 • 62 min
Shortly after graduating from Clemson, Harold realized he wanted to rewrite the ticketing space. He was upset that so many home fan tickets were sold to opposing teams, so many fake tickets were being sold, and he was just frustrated with the ticketing…
#64 NFL Coach/Public Speaker | Daron K. Roberts
Apr 13 • 56 min
Daron Roberts has an incredible story. He went from being the Student Body President at the University of Texas (which at the time had over 50,000 students and was the biggest school in the country), to applying to Harvard Law 4 times before finally…
#63 CEO - Boardsi | Martin Rowinski
Apr 6 • 56 min
Martin Rowinski is the CEO of boardsi.com (Pronounced Board-Z) which is a platform that connects top-level executives with startups looking to fill out their advisory board. Martin has spent years in the tech industry advising countless companies and…
#62 Million Dollar Exit Founder - Vadi Efe
Mar 30 • 70 min
Vadi Efe was the co-founder and COO of Dekatlon Buzz which was based out of Istanbul, Turkey. After years of working in the media and tech industry, he decided to create his own media empire. After close to 7 years of working with some of the biggest…
#61 Co-Founder Holistapet | Charlotte Hodgson | $6K - $500K/month in 6 months
Mar 23 • 45 min
This week we have Charlotte Hodgson and basically everything she touches turns to Gold. She grew up with loving parents who she later found out were addicted to hard drugs. At an early age, she was responsible for taking care of her siblings, eventually…
#60 Founder - Surkus, Co-Founder - Groupon | Stephen George
Mar 16 • 38 min
Stephen George has been an entrepreneur his entire life. In his early 20’s, he was one of the Co-Founders of the company Groupon and managed hundreds of employees at the age of 21. After Groupon’s multi-billion dollar IPO, he decided to leave the company…
#59 CEO - Toasty | Kevon Cheung
Mar 9 • 38 min
Kevon Cheung grew up in Hong Kong and at just 15 years old he flew by himself to Boston so he could attend school. He ended up staying in the US for 8 years before heading back to China to pursue entrepreneurship. Kevon has been involved with countless…
#58 Founder - First Text | Cory Levy
Mar 2 • 28 min
Cory Levy (@Cory on Instagram) is the founder of First Text, Internapalooza, After School, and is involved in countless additional projects. In his younger days, Cory was smart enough to start his career out by interning at incredible companies like…
#57 CEO - Marketli | Forrest Hosten
Feb 24 • 45 min
Forrest has been an entrepreneur his entire life. He started working on his own business when he was just a kid and now he’s only 23 and has run multiple companies. He’ has a great understanding of what it takes to grow a business and his current…
#56 Founder - Roper | Maeve Garigan
Feb 17 • 47 min
Maeve Garigan is an extremely successful entrepreneur who holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Her company, Roper, is Leading the development and commercialization of high-value technology for smart and sustainable beef…
#55 Founders - Lazarus 3D | Jacques & Smriti Zaneveld
Feb 10 • 74 min
Smriti & Jacques Zaneveld are two of the most brilliant minds that I’ve ever had the privilege of speaking to, let alone interviewing. Combined, they have about 40 awards, degrees, masters, PhD’s, etc. and they have brought their powers together for the…
#54 PinkDear CEO | Heather Pink
Feb 3 • 50 min
For the past 10+ years Heather Pink has worked in the world Sports and now she’s moved on to create her own company. Heather spent years as a reporter and editor for Fox Sports & Time Warner until she was hired by the NFL. Heather quickly rose the ranks…
#53 CEO - SurviVR | Brian Hoang
Jan 27 • 42 min
Brian Hoang is a master of VR and AR technology….so much so that in college he founded the Society for VR and the Society for AR. During his college career he also got started on his first VR company and the rest is history. Since then, Brian has worked…
#52 Founder - Labdoor | Neil Thanedar
Jan 20 • 55 min
Neil Thanedar graduated from college and immediately got to work. His company, Labdoor, is arguably the best company on the planet when it comes to independent research of the supplement industry. I actually purchased a pre-workout off of their website…
#51 Co-Founder @ CrossNet | Chris Meade
Jan 13 • 41 min
The storyline for the company that was created by Chris Meade and his friends almost sounds made up. They wrote out a list of company ideas and the final thing they didn’t erase was ‘4-way Volleyball’. They quit their jobs, moved away from home, and years…
#50 CEO of Kanna - Farhaj Mayan
Jan 6 • 46 min
This week I interviewed Farhaj Mayan, CEO & Founder at Kanna (hirekanna.com), and their company helps people find gigs/jobs in the Cannabis industry. Farhaj is one of those stop-at-nothing-to-succeed entrepreneurs and he actually fell on this new company…
#49 Co-Founder InHouse produce | Andrew Blume & Trevor Hudson
Dec 2, 2019 • 54 min
Andrew Blume & Trevor Hudson are two amazing entrepreneurs that are transforming the ag-tech industry. Trevor is a software engineer who grew up in Asia and speaks fluent Mandarin. Andrew has amassed 10,000 ag-tech hours and has worked in the ag-tech…
WeStrive: The Entrepreneurship Podcast (Trailer)
Nov 27, 2019 • 0 min
#48 Cory Mckane - WeStrive Founder
Nov 25, 2019 • 51 min
For our 50th episode, I’m flipping things around and actually posting an interview of myself getting interviewed by Axel York (episode 49). Throughout the episode, I speak about my journey to get WeStrive to where it is today, all the hurdles I’ve had to…
#47 CEO - Qloud Sherpas | Axel York
Nov 18, 2019 • 60 min
Axel has been ambitious and adventurous all his life so it makes that when his boss brought up expanding into Asia, he was the first one to raise his hand to volunteer. Moving a business, getting office space, hiring employees, and growing a company may…
#46 CEO - JetCet Lifestyle Backpacks | Nick Ordoñez
Nov 11, 2019 • 41 min
Nick Ordoñez was introduced to me by a previous interviewee, Brodi Nicholas (episode #35), since Nick’s company does a lot of work with Brodi’s Cancer charity, campaignoaat.org. Nick runs an amazing travel/lifestyle backpacking company called Jetcet that…
#45 Kanye’s CTO, CEO - Number 5 | Adam Ayers - Part 2
Nov 4, 2019 • 41 min
Adam Ayers is a legend in the tech world. He’s lead tech teams all over the world and this week he sat down with WeStrive to tell his story. From an early age, Adam was obsessed with technology and that obsession led him into the entrepreneurship world.…
#44 Kanye’s CTO, CEO - Number 5 | Adam Ayers - Part 1
Oct 28, 2019 • 54 min
Adam Ayers is a legend in the tech world. He’s lead tech teams all over the world and this week he sat down with WeStrive to tell his story. From an early age, Adam was obsessed with technology and that obsession led him into the entrepreneurship world.…
#43 SEO Legend, CEO-GoPure Brands | Alex Keyan
Oct 21, 2019 • 33 min
Alex is actually the former Co-Founder of David Levich’s (Episode #1) earlier company before SunStaches. David introduced me to Alex and told me that Alex is not only one of the best guys he knows, but he’s also a wizard with SEO…so, of course, I wanted…
#42 Top Angel Investor | Christopher Grey
Oct 14, 2019 • 41 min
After founding/selling multiple companies, Christopher Grey decided to get into Angel investing. Now, he has one of the best angel rates there is with only 3 out of 40 of his investments failing. Typically, around 50-90% of Angel investments end up…
#41 Founder Instasteam | Ari Hirsch
Oct 7, 2019 • 37 min
Ari was traveling through Europe when he realized that his closed were constantly wrinkled. He thought to himself, “why isn’t there a portable solution for steeming your clothes?”. Well, after he got back to the United States, he started working on just…
#40 COO/Co-Founder @ FitSpot | Sammy Courtright
Sep 30, 2019 • 48 min
Sammy Courtright and her Co-Founder have taken FitSpot from nothing and transformed it into one of the top Corporate Fitness Platforms on the planet. They recently raised their Series A funding (Congrats to them) and are in the process of revamping…
#39 Founded 15+ Companies | Gabriel Stein
Sep 23, 2019 • 36 min
Gabriel Stein has been around the block a few times. This guy has started more than 15 successful companies and he isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Basically, he finds a problem in the world and then he solves it. At the core of entrepreneurship, this is…
#38 Over $200M Ad Spent | Jack Paxton
Sep 16, 2019 • 42 min
Jack Paxton has been involved in the marketing world for years. After gaining almost a decade of experience, he decided it was time to open his own shop. His marketing company, including his own experience, have spent nearly 200 Million Dollars on ads…
#37 Celebrity Trainer/Founder- Zoned | Phil Catudal
Sep 9, 2019 • 49 min
Phil Catudal is many things. He’s a father of three, has his MBA, is a celebrity personal trainer, he survived cancer, he created and exited a nutrition company, and he still finds time in life for friends & family. This podcast takes you on a journey…
#36 Former SEO Lead AirBnb/PayPal | Tommy Griffith
Sep 3, 2019 • 55 min
Tommy ran SEO for both AirBnb & PayPal so he obviously knows what he’s doing when it comes to Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Several years ago he decided to branch off on his own and create the company ClickMinded. To date, ClickMinded has helped…
#35 | $800K Indiegogo/PrepDeck Founder | Alexander Eburne
Aug 26, 2019 • 39 min
Alexander created Prepdeck based on his love for cooking and the need he found for more organization/tools in the kitchen. After a long creation/design/building process, they decided to launch an Indiegogo. To date, they’ve raised over $800,000 for…
#34 CEO of Vinder | Sam Lillie
Aug 19, 2019 • 54 min
After hiking from Mexico to Canada, Sam found himself in Port Orchard, WA. During a Town Hall meeting, he noticed that people in his city had a very difficult time getting fresh fruits and vegetables. On his way home he asked a guy with an apple tree if…
#33 Cancer Charity CEO | Brodi Nicholas
Aug 12, 2019 • 61 min
Brodi Nicholas is a wonderful human being who runs a company that helps kids with cancer and other deadly diseases. It all started when he noticed that the girl who lived across the street from him, who used to play Basketball outside everyday, all of a…
#32 CEO of RARI Nutrition | Sean Kelly
Aug 5, 2019 • 27 min
After spending years in the fitness industry, Sean noticed that none of the supplements he was taking were doing the trick…so he decided to create his own. What started off as mixing certain BCAA’s together has now become one of the most up-and-coming…
#31 CEO FreeeUp.com | Nathan Hirsch
Jul 29, 2019 • 26 min
Nathan started off his entrepreneurship journey by selling things online. It started with re-selling college textbooks and led to selling millions of dollars on Ebay. Now, he runs one of the best Freelancer business on the planet, Freeeup.com. The best…
#30 Accelerator/CEO Alum | Tom Jackson
Jul 22, 2019 • 32 min
Tom has been a powerful force in the entrepreneurial world for years now. His previous company, Locus Insights, got accepted into two of the top accelerator entrepreneur programs in the country. After only a year of work from company inception, both…
#29 Music Industry Leader | Jerry Deifer
Jul 15, 2019 • 53 min
After finishing his time with the marines, Jerry set off to become a part of the music industry. After standing outside of MTV, he befriended an employee there and that led to a lifelong business partnership and friendship. The pair have since opened up…
#28 Famous to Homeless to Millionaire | Garrain Jones
Jul 8, 2019 • 76 min
Starting from a rough childhood, homelessness in his 20’s, close to three years in a French prison, signing with Ludacris’s label, and all the ups and downs of life…Garrain has been through it all. Now, he’s at the top of his game and wants to help…
#27 Number One NightLife App Founder | Ian Chen
Jul 1, 2019 • 45 min
Ian Chen runs the number one nightclub app on the planet, Discotech. Discotech dominates the nightlife market & Ian is at the forefront leading his team to now feature over 900 clubs worldwide. Ian started off by wanting to solve a problem in the clubbing…
#26 SEO Wizard, Google Alum | Mac Frederick
Jun 24, 2019 • 31 min
Mac started an entrepreneurship club, a tech startup, a repair company, and even a party bus all while at Penn State. After getting recruited by Google and working there for a year, he decided to start a digital agency and another repair business. Through…
#25 Filmocracy Founder | Paul Jun
Jun 17, 2019 • 35 min
Paul has entrepreneurship in his blood. His father has successfully purchased 20+ run-down businesses, rebuilt them, and sold them for a profit. After years in the film industry, Paul decided he wanted to help films that don’t have as much cash or…
#24 Entrepreneur Legend | Nancy Coblenz
Jun 10, 2019 • 47 min
Nancy is one of the most incredible entrepreneurs on the planet. She breaks down what it’s like hosting a festival for the first time, growing a business, managing dozens of interns, and much more. She is the founder of Rebel Role Model & Female Founders…
#23 European Fitness Giant | James Golden
Jun 3, 2019 • 30 min
James Golden AKA TheFitnessPro has dominated the fitness industry in Europe for the past several years. He’s trained some of the biggest European celebrities you can think of and currently is building a unique startup of his own. Him and his team run Yolo…
#22 Changing The Hotel Industry | Yannis Moati
May 28, 2019 • 64 min
Yannis is actively changing the hotel industry by filling in the gaps of a typical hotel schedule. If you aren’t checking into a room until 11 PM then what’s happening to your room from that 11 am checkout time until 11 at night? Absolutely nothing.…
#21 Lord of Tech | Yannick Lord
May 20, 2019 • 37 min
Yannick is a tech guru and an incredible human being. He’s run multiple tech companies, traveled around the world, and currently is in Denver building an incubator to help combat global warming. At one point, he was hired by Toyota to run a 60+ person…
#20 SAT Prep. Mark Cuban Deal | Shaan Patel
May 15, 2019 • 44 min
Very few people make in on Shark Tank, even less get their episode aired, and a much smaller percentage of people can land a deal with Mark Cuban. Shaan Patel has done all of those things. Shaan is the founder of Prep Expert, one of the nation’s largest…
#19 Shark Tank Advisor | Richard Lofgren
May 13, 2019 • 34 min
Richard has founded and advised for countless companies throughout his career. He currently is an advisor for one of the original Sharks on Shark Tank, Kevin Harrington. Richard discovered that he was incredible at making connections and finding potential…
#18 Ukrainian Tech Guru | Andrew Vasylyk
May 6, 2019 • 44 min
Alex has started a handful of dominating companies over the past several years. He’s sort of a tech/entrepreneur guru. Him and his brother, Alex, are Co-founders of the Tech company StartupSoft.org and they are my favorite people on the planet. Without…
#17 All 5 Sharks Deal, Drone CEO | JD Claridge
May 1, 2019 • 41 min
Take a tech nerd who’s passionate for creating and building…and definitely doesn’t want the spotlight. Now, take that same techie and put him on Shark Tank in front of millions of people. How do you think he’ll do? If you guessed he would do poorly then…
#16 Pentatonix Social Manager | Jake Updegraff
Apr 24, 2019 • 40 min
Jake started off wanting to be a part of radio and ended up going in a completely different direction. When you move to LA it’s always hard to find work and get started on your dream. Jake started by interning with Ryan Seacrest and rose the ranks from…
#15 Badass Tech Lawyer | Jessica Vittorio
Apr 22, 2019 • 45 min
Who’s Jessica V? Oh, I don’t know, she’s just one of the best lawyers in the game. Jess brings an exciting twist to the boring world of law. She left her corporate & government jobs so that she could start her own practice. She primarily focuses on…
#14 West LA Fitness Guru | Adam Friedman
Apr 17, 2019 • 62 min
Adam has over 30 years of personal training, nutrition, and strength coaching experience. He’s trained 100’s of people over the years, countless celebrities, and dozens of famous athletes. He’s one of the greatest personal trainers on the planet. Listen…
#13 Accelerator Founder/Lifetime Entrepreneur | Brian Mac Mahon
Apr 15, 2019 • 40 min
Brian is the founder of Expert Dojo, a Santa Monica Entrepreneur Accelerator, and stands as an industry leader for entrepreneurship. He runs one of the top accelerators in Los Angeles, he’s one of the hardest workers there is, and there are few people on…
#12 NFL/Usher’s Performance Coach | Tim Adams
Apr 10, 2019 • 81 min
Coach Tim Adams is one of the greatest fitness, strength, health, mental, wellness, etc… coaches on the planet. He’s coached for the Oakland Raiders, The Los Angeles Kings, and was Usher’s personal coach for tours. To top it all off, he doesn’t have 90%…
#11 Shark Tank & App Guru | Tim Krauss
Apr 8, 2019 • 40 min
If you’ve watched the ‘Bear Minimum’ episode of Shark Tank then you’ve already seen Tim Krauss. Tim was the man behind the big bear costume and he’s also the man behind many prominent companies. He’s founded two companies, has consulted for many, and now…
#10 World-Renowned Strength Coach | Lee Brandon
Apr 3, 2019 • 53 min
Lee was the first ever female Strength & Conditioning in the NFL. Throughout her career, she has accomplished so many things and broken down countless barriers. She’s trained dozens of gold, silver, & bronze olympic athletes and has coached with multiple…
#9 VR/AR CEO | Hayes Mackaman
Apr 1, 2019 • 41 min
Hayes was homeless at 22, has worked for 3 of the 4 biggest Accounting firms on the planet, and is now the CEO of 8i. 8i is one of the world leaders in virtual & augmented reality. They have a laundry list of patented technology and are untouchable in the…
#8 Conscious Boss CEO | Emily Gallagher
Mar 27, 2019 • 42 min
Emily is a Ted-X Speaker, a connector, coach, presenter, experience creator & obsessive collaborator. She has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs and is the creator of the Conscious Boss Entrepreneur network. Listen in to find out how she’s changing…
#7 200+ lbs Weight Loss | Jordan Grahm
Mar 25, 2019 • 53 min
What is there to say? I mean this guy lost over 200 pounds and now competes in bodybuilding competitions. It takes some pretty big balls to push yourself so hard that you cut your weight literally in half. I’m still out here trying to lose 10 pounds…and…
#6 NFL VP/Creative Director | Bill McCullough
Mar 20, 2019 • 56 min
Bill started off in music and worked his way to become the Vice President & Creative Director of NFL Media. Follow this crazy journey through HBO, GoPro, QVC, GoFundMe, 11 Emmys, and so much more. Be sure to check out the WeStrive App on IOS, Android, and…
#5 Badass Trainer & Model | Davey Fisher
Mar 18, 2019 • 82 min
He might look like a model (and is one) but there’s more than meets the eye to this Santa Monica celebrity personal trainer and social media star. Davey has spent years perfecting his craft and has more certifications than I have fingers (counting my…
#4 The Last Ship Actor | Kevin Michael Martin
Mar 13, 2019 • 61 min
Moving to Los Angeles to become an actor is one of the hardest things to do on the planet. The competition in this city is endless so when you have an opportunity…take advantage. Learn about Kevin’s rise in the industry and his growth into a key role on…
#3 Reality TV & Entrepreneurship | Lauren Schwab
Mar 11, 2019 • 48 min
Lauren is one of the most badass people I know. She has opened multiple gyms, has trained hundreds of people, and is known in West-LA as a personal training guru. Lauren has one of the coolest life stories of all time. She’s been on multiple reality TV…
#2 Golds Gym Challenge Creator | Blair McHaney
Mar 4, 2019 • 77 min
Believe it or not, Blair McHaney, from the small town of Wenatchee, WA, is the reason why fitness challenges exist today. Over 20 years ago he started the Gold’s Gym Challenge which eventually led to millions of gym members transforming their bodies and…
#1 Shark Tank & Millions | David Levich
Mar 4, 2019 • 65 min
The first episode of WeStrive wouldn’t be so great if it weren’t for David. I’m so grateful he took the time to sit down with me before I even had bought the podcast microphone. David is the founder of SunStaches, a Shark Tank Success, and has seen…