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From Founder To CEO

From Founder To CEO

Author: Todd Uterstaedt

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If you are a Founder who loves the company you started, and you want to be the CEO that pilots it to sustained success, you’re in the right place! Hear from dynamic, inspiring, and successful Founders as they share their insightful stories and practical tips that make becoming the CEO more fun, stress free, and easier to build and scale the company and life of your dreams. Your guide, Todd Uterstaedt, is super passionate about Startup CEO success and wants to help boost your leadership capabilities, confidence, and mindset so that you can: 1) Build, scale, and lead your company commensurate with your dreams and aspirations 2) Maintain control of your company 3) Enhance your company’s valuation for possible succession or a profitable exit. It’s leadership development for the busy Founder and CEO.
211 Episodes
SPONSORED BY: Maria is a proud New Yorker and a skillful Founder. She has successfully navigated and pivoted her business through the dot-com bust, 9-11, the 2008 recession and now the COVID-19 crisis. She shares the 4 actions you can take to successfully lead through crisis and come out winning.
Charlynda's grandfather, Charlie "Mutt" Ferrell, Jr. created an all-purpose specialty sauce in 1956. In 2013, she learned that she inherited the coveted recipe. He didn't leave her any instructions, but she used her Air Force leadership experience and business background to create Mutt's Sauce, LLC, and they now distribute four flavors of Mutt's Sauce across the U.S. What you'll hear from Charlynda is this interview is the wisdom of many years. Her mentor, Daymond John (yes, that Daymond John), shares some key advice that helped her get through some difficult times. Hear what he told her and how you can apply the same knowledge.
Financial projections for a Founder CEO are quite precarious. On the one hand you want to be careful not to over promise because others are relying on your predictions. On the other hand, you want to also send that message that you are optimistic about the future potential of the, in the short-term, and of course in the long-term. Listening to William describe his personal experience with a very "humbling" episode of this situation. He adroitly explains the Founder role and the CEO role when it comes to forecasting startup financial results. We can all learn from William's story. But, I also invite you to listen to something that William doesn't say. He doesn't describe himself as smart, humble, and hungry. But, I can. He is all of that and more...listen and you'll hear why.
It takes a special person to be a wife, mother, physician, AND Founder. That special person is Dr. Allison Hull. Listen as Allison explains her passion for health and well-being. And, I also encourage you to listen as she explains her personal challenge in keeping engaged with her team, using meetings effectively, and keeping her team motivated and inspired. It all comes back to being a great Founder/Team Leader when YOU are a high achieving Founder. How does she handle this? What does she recommend for you? Listen and learn.
Wow. Shae! She will inspire you and move your heart. She shares her divinely inspired story as well as a few other really interesting topics: How and why she hired a CEO. Moving away from being a "doer" What allows her to get into a "listening space" And more... She is a wealth of wisdom that I know you'll enjoy.
Justin's enthusiasm for success is infectious. However, beneath that enthusiasm is a lifetime of struggles, challenges, and unique experiences that few have had quite like he has. Justin makes a great case why it's so important to take care of yourself as a Founder, so that you have the capacity to take care of your team and customers. Listen to what happened to him and what advice he has for you.  
Who you let in and out of your life is VERY important. Who you let in and out of your networks is VERY important. Who you let into and out of your company is VERY important. Liz has seemed to master these expertly. With backing from Sequoia, she and her co-founders have carved out servicing an important piece of tech...controlling access to any infrastructure at the ID-level. And, in this interview, Liz is super transparent about the challenges in building a hiring process that scales...especially considering cybersecurity has never been more important. NOTE: She and her team are also hiring right now. Check out the opportunities HERE.
I am a reluctant Cincinnati Bengals fan. (see their record for my reluctance justification). But, then again, I am not really a big football super fan anyway. But, I live in Ohio and I have seen (and heard) football superfans...especially from the school that starts with "THE." :) Despite this lack of interest, I was VERY interested to learn from my latest podcast guest about what he is doing to democratize the sports commentary world. I see no reason that a few talking heads can rake in a lot of money...especially when many fans like you have more informed opinions. Enter Frankie, his Co-founder, and team. They are helping YOU monetize your sports content. And, I LOVE this. Frankie's passion about the subject, and in general, and palpable. And, it's this passion that something detracts from his ability to lead effectively. Listen as he explains his person challenge on the road from Founder to CEO and what he does to channel that energy when it may cause a bit of a problem with his team members.
My wife was a military spouse for a short time period. It's a very challenging role to be in, for sure. Michelle and her co-founder have harnessed the incredible skills and experiences of this force amazing group of people to help another amazing group of people...Founders like you. Michelle details how the company started and a surprising admission from someone who leads a virtual assistant firm.
CB Insights lists the company that Mike Praeger founded as a FinTech unicorn. Take a look here. Mike has some incredible insights about the history, the industry and of course one of the big lessons he learned on the journey From Founder To CEO.
I must admit...I could eat burgers from Sonic for every meal. So, when the former CEO of Sonic agreed to come on the show to help YOU learn from his experiences, I certainly could not say no. Cliff talks about his new book (Master of None: How a Jack-of-All-Trades Can Still Reach the Top) and its relevance to Founders. In fact, we specifically talk about his struggles "letting go" as the company grew and his feelings when when the company was sold...the ultimate "letting go." I know you will learn a lot from Cliff. I sure did.
Being an entrepreneur is challenging. Being an entrepreneur AND a parent is even more challenging. For some, being a black entrepreneurial parent can be even tougher. James knows this. As a Founder himself, he understands the struggle and partnered with people like Brad Feld and many others to build this amazing startup Foundation. He's also quite candid about his personal struggles. In this interview, listen how James battled through depression and came out on top. As you look toward 2021, I hope James' story brings you hope for a great year ahead.
Mario and his team are the real deal. His passion for people and culture is quite inspiring. He and his company's work is legendary. That's why his story about hiring the wrong person seemed so interesting to me. It's not something he takes lightly. And, his lesson is profound.
Dr. Choi shares some incredible insights and actions you can take to leverage neuroscience in order to improve YOUR performance. His LinkedIn Profile: His Website: His Podcast:      
If you are looking to be inspired by a Founder's startup story, look no farther than this interview with Gwen. She sure does have grit and a lot of other positive qualities. And, like the rest of us, she also has more to learn about herself on the journey From Founder To CEO. In this interview she discusses how she has handled the difference between being friendly and friends with team members.
We all lose loved ones. This year seemed particularly difficult. You might say I was quite touched by Joe's mission. He and his team are really trying hard to make it easier to stay connected to our loved ones. As Joe has scaled the company, he has had to deal with his own challenges reaching out to "significant people." I'm sure you can relate Listen as he describes he advice on how to get over the intimidation of speaking with key people that will make your business grow.
COVID-19 has made it even more difficult for artists to launch and sustain a living. That's why I LOVE what Nicholas and his team are doing for artists. They have created a platform that helps take the middle man out and add the profits in for artists who have traditionally not gotten a fair shake. Nicholas is tackling a big issue, at a relatively young age. Listen as he describes his 2 biggest challenges shifting from Founder to CEO. The first is his own health and well-being, The second is his relationship with his developer as they hashed it out over development strategy.
Some of you dream about building a great company and achieving a great exit by having your company bought by a company like Berkshire Hathaway. That exactly what Vic did...more than one company. In this candid interview, Vic speaks about the journey to those sales and how a piece of feedback about "loosening his grip" led to great success.  
Dan Soviero, Founder of Signature, discusses how he and his team focused on simplicity for his customers AND his business and how that generated a lot more success.
Dan is one of those guys that you immediately like. He is a former lacrosse players who just wants to help other lacrosse players. He explains why his company has been so successful and why he and his Co-Founder parted ways Co-Founder relationships are tricky. Dan speaks to this issue with a high degree of emotional intelligence.
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