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Welcome to The Founder Podcast, where we explore the journeys of some of the most successful and inspiring entrepreneurs from around the world. I'm your host, Chris Lee.
Throughout my career, I've founded multiple nine-figure companies and learned a thing or two about what it takes to succeed in the world of business. Now, I want to share those lessons with you by bringing on guests who have their own incredible stories to tell. I'm on a mission to find the most unique and entertaining individuals that have done it the right way.
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In this heartfelt episode of The Founder Podcast, we dive into the life of Clinton Sparks, a multifaceted individual who has triumphed over adversity to become a beacon of resilience and positivity. Join us as we unravel the layers of Clinton's extraordinary life, from his humble beginnings to becoming a cultural disruptor and music industry veteran. From childhood trauma to entrepreneurial triumphs, Clinton shares candid insights into his remarkable journey, offering invaluable lessons on resilience, purpose, and the relentless pursuit of one's dreams. Throughout the episode, Clinton shares valuable insights on overcoming obstacles, finding purpose, and building a life by design. Discover how he bridged worlds between Wall Street and the streets, MTV and BET, and leveraged his skills to navigate the complex terrain of the entertainment business. Prepare to be inspired, uplifted, and empowered as you listen to the journey of Clinton Sparks. Highlights: "Every answer you need for everything that you question in life is being said to you every day if you just shut up and listen." "Life is easy, people make it hard." "The path to becoming better or healing isn't this long journey... It's merely a decision that only you can make." Timestamps:00:29 - Introduction: Clinton Sparks, a multifaceted individual03:40- Reflecting on childhood trauma and resilience06:34 - Seeking answers and moving forward in life07:43 - The importance of listening and understanding others09:31- Choosing resilience and personal growth14:25 - Adopting a mindset of abundance and resilience22:26 - Leveraging street smarts in business and sales31:44 - Differentiating between real thought leaders and self-proclaimed gurus32:35 - Recognizing one's unique perspective and value43:31 - Making the decision to build a better life by design
Welcome back to The Founder Podcast with special guest, Nolan Molt! In this episode, we explore the dynamic world of content creation, entrepreneurship, and the evolving landscape of digital media. Discover how spending time with content creators can lead to a greater sense of community and creativity. Throughout the episode, we discuss the power of aligning products and services with influencers to generate revenue and the ongoing debate between YouTube and TikTok. We share practical tips for building a personal brand, balancing education and entertainment, and the importance of long-term vision in achieving success. Highlights: "Figure out ways to align yourself with products, with services, with entrepreneurship, whether it's your own product or through a joint venture." "YouTube pays its creators better... YouTube genuinely cares about their creators... when the creators win, we win." "Success on platforms like YouTube often requires patience, consistency, and a genuine desire to provide value rather than focusing solely on immediate results." Timestamps: 00:14 - Content Creation & Entrepreneurship 08:36 - Content Consumption & Relationships 15:42 - Influencer Marketing for Business 22:22 - Viewer Perception & Content Impact 26:16 - Sports Trends: Contracts to Equity 32:02 - YouTube's Future: Updates & Support 36:50 - Growing a Niche Audience 40:28 - Blending Entertainment & Education 45:04 - Tips for Entrepreneurial Content Creators 47:59 - Conclusion: The Value of Long-Term Vision
In this episode of “The Founder Podcast,” we dive into the journey of Bruce Cardenas, a man whose life story takes us from the disciplined ranks of the military and the LAPD to building Quest Nutrition. Throughout the episode, Bruce shares the unexpected twists and turns of his career, emphasizing the power of finding one's purpose, the importance of resilience, and how genuine connections can lead to unforeseen opportunities. Join us as we explore the insights and experiences that shaped Bruce into the influential figure he is today. Highlights: "I hope everyone finds their 'why' in life." "It's never too late to start something new." "I just started bringing value and had no expectations." Timestamps: 00:00 - Introduction to Bruce Cardenas 00:35 - Journey from Military to LAPD 02:42 - Starting a Security Business 04:12 - Chance Meeting at the Gym 06:10 - Involvement with Quest Nutrition 10:27 - Quest Bars Changing Lives 15:11 - Learning from Failure 19:05 - Daily Motivation 20:34 - Success at Any Age 25:38 - Balancing Work and Family Live Links: 🚀 Join my community - Founder Acceleration https://www.founderacceleration.com 🤯 Apply for our next Mastermind https://www.thefoundermastermind.com ⛳️ Golf with Chris https://www.golfwithchris.com 🎤 Watch my latest Podcast Apple - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1e0cL2v... YouTube - / @thefounderspodcast
In this episode of The Founder Podcast, Chris Cameron and Ben Harris share their incredible journey from overcoming adversity to achieving success in the entrepreneurial world. With candid insights, practical advice, and heartwarming stories, they explore what it takes to build a resilient mindset and a thriving business. Whether you're a budding entrepreneur or looking for a motivational boost, this episode is packed with valuable lessons on perseverance, innovation, and the power of a positive culture. Highlights: "Transparency is the golden thread that ties our team efforts together and builds unshakable trust." "Our overnight success was years in the making, laying down a foundation of failures and learning." "The true value of integrity, symbolized by a cherished Michael Jordan jersey, transcends personal and professional life." Timestamps:00:00 - The Role of Transparency in Business05:00 - Resilience in Door-to-Door Sales08:27 - Pivoting to Digital Marketing12:17 - Foundations of Success15:00 - Cultivating Positive Company Culture20:00 - Designing an Intentional Work Environment25:00 - Strategic Planning for Business Growth30:54 - The Art of Selling a Business31:12 - Finding Fulfillment Beyond Retirement38:24 - The Lifelong Value of Integrity Live Links: 🚀 Join my community - Founder Acceleration https://www.founderacceleration.com 🤯 Apply for our next Mastermind https://www.thefoundermastermind.com ⛳️ Golf with Chris https://www.golfwithchris.com 🎤 Watch my latest Podcast Apple - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1e0cL2v... YouTube - / @thefounderspodcast
In this episode, we dive into the remarkable journey of Tim Storey, an acclaimed life coach, author, speaker, and pastor. Known for coaching celebrities and leading figures around the globe, Tim shares his story from growing up in Compton to influencing the lives of many with his wisdom on overcoming setbacks. Join us as Tim unfolds the power of perseverance, the importance of being a good listener, and his unique approach to life coaching that has transformed lives worldwide. Highlights: "I'm not good at everything, but I'm the master of this." "Life interruptions usually hit real strong even before the age of 10... Most powerful men in the room... have had huge life interruptions before they were ten." "You have to become awake... take inventory... partner with the right people." Timestamps: 00:00 - Building Your Spotlight: The Genesis of Greatness01:35 - Thinking Big in Small Places: Tim's Early Inspiration06:16 - From Dishwasher to Influencer: The Path Less Traveled08:54 - A Doctorate in World Religion: Beyond Traditional Pastoring12:09 - The Art of Listening: Key to Tim's Coaching Success17:06 - Monumental Speaking Engagements: Global Impact20:09 - Collaborations with Steve Harvey: Celebrity Coaching29:28 - Regrets and Reflections: Personal and Professional Growth34:28 - The Concept of Comebacks: Turning Setbacks into Success40:04 - The Importance of Coaching and Being Coached
In this episode, Chris is interviewed by Solar expert, Taylor Armstrong. He shares his journey from building solar companies to his current day podcast & mastermind success.Chris opens up about the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, the art of selling, and the power of building a personal brand. Tune in for a conversation on entrepreneurship, personal growth, and the power of persistence. Highlights: "The hardest thing about sales is most people are not willing to get to a decision because they're scared of rejection." "I tried the whole retirement thing for about six weeks. And it's not all it's cracked up to be; actually, one of the most depressing moments of my life." "Building a personal brand is all about consistency. Being the same guy or gal, owning who you are, getting your message out to the world." Timestamps: 00:00 - Introduction and Background01:27 - Chris Sells Solgen03:22 - Impact of Podcasting05:30 - Finding Purpose Post-Retirement07:10 - Decision to Sell the Business10:21 - Building a Network15:57 - Personal Branding22:39 - Recruiting Philosophy26:26 - Four Principles of Closing Sales44:10 - Future Plans and Networking Tips
For this episode featuring Doug Evans, founder of The Sprouting Company, dive into a journey of health, discipline, and innovation. Doug shares his transformative path from a health-conscious individual to an entrepreneur on a mission to bring sprouts into the limelight of the dietary world. His story is not just about building a business; it's about nurturing a healthier, more sustainable way of living. Highlights: "Embracing discipline is the first step towards freedom.""Innovation in health isn't just about technology; it's about going back to the roots."“Every sprout I grow is a step towards a healthier planet." Timestamps: 00:00. Health Journey & Inspiration 07:07 Company's Mission 02:23: Writing The Sprout Book 04:42 Lessons from the US Army 11:57. Early Career Influences 14:23. Steve Jobs' Influence 19:14. Plant-Based Diet Impact 23:55 Innovating Sprouting 31:06 Business Philosophy 47:23 Future Plans
Join us in this heartfelt episode where Ken Joslin, a beacon of faith-based leadership, shares his journey of growth, resilience, and transformation. With warmth and wisdom, Ken delves into the essence of true leadership, the power of faith in adversity, and the beauty of living a life aligned with God’s will. Whether you’re seeking inspiration to overcome challenges or insights into integrating faith with professional ambitions, Ken’s story offers a beacon of hope and a roadmap for personal and spiritual development. Highlights: "The Unbreakable Code isn't just about trust; it's a commitment to self-mastery and living a life that honors those principles daily." "Leadership is serving others to success, not just climbing the ladder yourself. It's about lifting as we climb." "Every setback is a setup for a comeback. My faith has taught me that through loss and betrayal, there’s a lesson and a path to greater purpose." Timestamps: **00:59** - Entrepreneurship in the Christian Community **02:54** - Personal Story of Adaptation **05:18** - Developing the Unbreakable Code **07:14** - Core Five Areas **11:05** - Significance Over Success **14:29** - Learning from Scripture **24:38** - Faith in Entrepreneurship **33:21** - Future Plans and Core Five **43:04** - Advice for Entrepreneurs
Dive into the entrepreneurial journey of Jeff Fenster, the inspiring founder behind Everbowl. In this episode, Jeff shares his transition from law school to entrepreneurship, his experiences with successful company exits, and the power of building valuable relationships. His stories are a treasure trove of insights for anyone dreaming of entrepreneurial success. Highlights: "I just follow my success formula and core values over and over again.""Education is important... but you don't need to go to college to get an education." Timestamps: 00:00 - Jeff's Success Formula07:16 - College vs. Entrepreneurship09:13 - Business Lessons from Law School14:10 - First Company Sale Challenges19:17 - The Power of Perspective22:34 - Building Autonomous Teams24:54 - Entrepreneurial Strengths27:10 - Retirement and Passion31:32 - Effective Hiring Strategies34:11 - Scaling and Exiting Businesses
In this episode of the Founder Podcast, we dive into the journey of Brandon T. Adams, founder and CEO of Accelerant Media Group. Originally hailing from a small town in Iowa, Brandon shares his story of hard work, persistence, and the pivotal moments that led him to success in the business world. From his early entrepreneurial ventures to partnering with Shark Tank's Kevin Harrington. Brandon's tale is one of transformation and triumph. He also opens up about his struggles, including a near bankruptcy, and how these experiences shaped his approach to business and life. His insights on the importance of mentorship, building wealth, and the power of positive thinking make this episode a must-listen for aspiring entrepreneurs and business enthusiasts alike! Highlights: "When you make somebody money, they listen." "Most people overestimate what they can do in one or two years but underestimate what they can do in five to ten years." "Be very careful of who you're surrounding yourself with.” Timestamps: 03:00 Providing Value 08:59 Recovering from Financial Loss 10:23 Lessons from Failure 17:58 Mentors and Influencers 23:17 Creating Fair Deals 29:31 Heal AI-Driven Companies 40:19 Top Habits for Success
Join us in the man cave for an exciting episode of the Founder Podcast! In this engaging conversation, we sit down with the relationship guru, Keith Yackey, in sunny Orange County. Keith, known for his expertise in reviving the spark in marriages, shares his incredible journey and the philosophy behind MarriedGame.com. Whether it's rekindling romance or understanding the deeper truths of relationships, Keith's insights are not just thought-provoking but life-changing. Tune in for a candid and heartfelt discussion that's sure to leave you with valuable takeaways for your own love life. Don't miss out on this episode that's all about love, understanding, and a bit of fun! Highlights: "Feelings are fleeting but frameworks are forever. So anytime I can put myself up against a framework and go okay where do you stand big guy?" "In order to make the change, you gotta change your identity like what your self-perception of you... When you can change your identity you begin to act in accordance to who you perceive yourself as." "I can't do this to get something from her. I need to do this because this is who I am." Timestamps: 03:11 Being the Problem 09:06 The Five Dials: Parenting 14:56 The Five Dials: Partner 20:29 The Five Dials: Producer 24:38 The Five Dials: Player 32:45 The Five Dials: Power 43:14 Rebuilding Trust and Intimacy 47:41 The Power Dial 50:13 The Mom Matrix 53:33 Becoming a Provocateur 57:49 Changing Your Identity 59:40 Resources for Relationships
The world of networking and building meaningful relationships is the topic of discussion in this episode as Chris shares a treasure trove of tips and tricks as how we can effectively expand our social and professional circles. From the power of consistency in networking, to the art of providing value in every interaction, this episode is packed with practical advice for those eager to boost their career or simply wanting to make more meaningful connections. Highlights: "Your network is your net worth.""The number one rule of success is consistency." "The number one rule of success is consistency." "Whenever you meet someone new, figure out a way to provide them value." Timestamps: 01:23 Consistency is Key in Networking 03:18 Understanding Others’ Needs 05:03 Morning Meetups 06:02 Consistently Following Up 09:22 Creating Real Value 14:06 Continuously Learning
Steve Sims, author of 'Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen,' shares his journey from being a broke bricklayer to working with the most powerful and influential people in the world. Sims emphasizes the importance of thinking big and ‘going for stupid,’ surrounding yourself with the right people and finding opportunities in challenging times. He also highlights the significance of balancing success and family while providing the best practices for making big things happen. In this conversation, Steve Sims shares valuable insights on building meaningful relationships, highlighting the importance of considering what you bring to the table when approaching someone, remembering the need to address the other person's needs and problems. Discussing the power of research and intuition in building connections, Sims shares personal anecdotes and strategies for engaging in conversation and treating people as equals. He encourages listeners to invest in relationships and pay attention to details, as meaningful connections cannot be replaced by transactional interactions. Highlights:“Google doesn't lie to us. There's nothing wrong on Google.”“If they don't pay, they don't pay attention. Okay. And if I give it to you for free, you value it as that.”“When you play with things, you don't lose energy, but when you're fighting things, you do.” Timestamps:03:00 Going for Stupid10:00 The Power of Networking16:00 Making Things Happen23:00 The Right Circle29:00 Opportunities in Challenges38:00 Balancing Success and Family45:01 Approaching relationships48:24 'How can I help you?'53:08 Taking Initiative in Relationships57:24 Value Relationships
In this episode of The Founder, we're chatting with Richard Newman, a pro in communication and storytelling. He's going to dive into what makes a story really stick in the business world, how to structure your content, and the power of body language. You'll learn how to create stories that not only connect but also make a memorable impact. So, tune in for some top-notch advice on mastering the art of storytelling!Highlights:“Success comes from being willing to say yes, put yourself out there, and learn from every situation. ”“So that's the power of story is that it takes hold in our minds in such a special way that we can retell it and recreate what it felt like.”“You have to figure out how to turn a complex or technical message into a story format that anybody around the world can engage with.”Timestamps:00:00 Introduction and Background05:43 The Importance of Storytelling08:04 The Key Attributes of a Story13:26 Storytelling in Personal Pitching26:40 Richard's Journey32:10 Where to Find Richard
In this heartwarming episode of The Founder podcast, we're chatting with the inspiring Richard Taite, the mind behind Cliffside Malibu. He opens up about his emotional journey, including the highs and lows of selling his beloved business. Richard shares his personal struggles with addiction and how it led to the creation of Carrara Treatment Wellness and Spa. His approach to addiction treatment, blending top-notch care with a focus on co-occurring disorders, is truly insightful. Get ready for an episode filled with genuine reflections and Richard's unique perspective on recovery and wellness! Highlights: "Just because you have money doesn't make the problems go away." "We're teaching self-care and self-love because... I've never met a person who wanted to kill themselves with drugs and alcohol who loved themselves." "You have to understand that there's nothing to get, there's only to give." Timestamps: 01:22 Selling the Business and the Aftermath 06:27 Richard's Battle with Addiction 09:54 Childhood Trauma and the Root of Addiction 13:19 First Encounter with Drugs and Escaping Trauma 16:00 Homelessness and the Cycle of Addiction 21:31 Overcoming Guilt and Building a Strong Culture 29:34 Preventing Addiction and Fixing the Family Unit 34:48 Building a Strong Culture and Accountability 41:25 Carrera Treatment Wellness and Spa 48:19 Overcoming Depression and Finding Purpose Live Links: 🚀 Join my community - Founder Acceleration https://www.founderacceleration.com 🤯 Apply for our next Mastermind https://www.thefoundermastermind.com ⛳️ Golf with Chris https://www.golfwithchris.com 🎤 Watch my latest Podcast Apple - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-founder-podcast/id1687030281 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1e0cL2vI1JAtQrojSOA7D2?si=dc252f8540ee4b05 YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@thefounderspodcast
In this episode of The Founder Podcast, we're talking all about the six must-have hires if you're thinking of exiting your business.  No matter what your industry, these roles are absolute game-changers. Chris is going to walk you through each of these key positions, explaining why they're so crucial and how they can help take your business to the next level! Highlights: "The executive assistant is absolutely imperative for you to be able to scale and be able to go and sell your business." "Marketing provides opportunities. Sales actually closes the deal down." "You have to have clean books in order to scale your business and ultimately be able to sell." Timestamps: 00:41 Hire #1: Executive Assistant 01:33 Hire #2: Marketer 02:31 Hire #3: Salesperson 03:01 Hire #4: Fulfillment 03:29 Hire #5: Management 04:29 Hire #6: Finance 05:24 Focus on Strategy and Vision Live Links:  🚀 Join my community - Founder Acceleration https://www.founderacceleration.com 🤯 Apply for our next Mastermind https://www.thefoundermastermind.com ⛳️ Golf with Chris https://www.golfwithchris.com 🎤 Watch my latest Podcast Apple - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-founder-podcast/id1687030281 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1e0cL2vI1JAtQrojSOA7D2?si=dc252f8540ee4b05 YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@thefounderspodcast
In this episode of The Founder Podcast, host Chris Lee interviews Noah Kagan, the founder and CEO of AppSumo. Kagan shares the story of how he built AppSumo from a side project launched in 2010 to a company now doing nine figures in annual revenue. Kagan discusses his early career working at companies like Facebook and what he learned from being fired from both roles. He talks about starting AppSumo as a way to capitalize on opportunities in the Facebook platform and iPhone app markets. Kagan also shares tactics like using elite advisors to accelerate his learning. Listeners will learn about Kagan's philosophy on work, including his belief that everyone should aim to become an entrepreneur. He discusses principles like getting started now rather than worrying about how something will work. Kagan also talks about overcoming the two biggest fears holding most people back - starting and asking. The episode provides valuable insights for entrepreneurs, including Kagan's view that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary success through consistent application of the right principles. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at Kagan's journey to build AppSumo into a nine-figure business through relentless experimentation and getting outside his comfort zone. Highlights: "Most innovation does not come from experts." "I would argue that everyone wants to be rich and have the ability to be rich." "What do you wanna work on for free? And how do you make that your career." Timestamps: 00:00: Introduction 04:35: Mark Zuckerberg's Leadership 11:23: Time Managment 18:50: Overcoming Fear 24:56: Asking For Sucess 29:24: Consitent Effort 38:12: Your Purpose 48:48: Mindset 55:00: Personal Growth Live Links: 🚀 Join my community - Founder Acceleration https://www.founderacceleration.com 🤯 Apply for our next Mastermind https://www.thefoundermastermind.com ⛳️ Golf with Chris https://www.golfwithchris.com 🎤 Watch my latest Podcast Apple - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-founder-podcast/id1687030281 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1e0cL2vI1JAtQrojSOA7D2?si=dc252f8540ee4b05 YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@thefounderspodcast
In this episode of The Founder Podcast, host Chris Lee and his guest, Levi Ringo, sit down to discuss the early days of building Solgen from the ground up. They share colorful stories from the company's origins in Chris's home garage in rural Washington. Listeners get a first-hand look at the challenges of bootstrapping a solar installation business with no outside funding.  Chris and Levi reminisce about crazy experiences like taking on an ill-advised tree removal job and facing down a potential $1 million fine in their first year. They also celebrate the divine interventions that helped the fledgling company grow, from recruiting key early employees to securing a pivotal lease. Listeners learn how the founders' relentless vision and grit kept Solgen powered through adversity. Fans of the show will enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at entrepreneurial grit in action. Business owners will gain valuable lessons in problem-solving, pivoting and building a successful startup culture from the ground floor.  With humor and honesty, Chris and Levi take listeners on the wild ride of the early days that established Solgen as an industry leader in solar energy. Highlights: "Your level of belief is the biggest limiting factor that's keeping you from networking to the top." "I was just miserable. I just gotten out of like a failed sales venture. I was down I was living in my car for like six months at this time trying to figure out what the heck I'm going to do with my life."  "I think it's really the power of living in the moment, right? Like, let me just take this thing, one bite at a time, because I'm gonna keep biting, right?"  Timestamps: 00:00: Introduction 08:45: Importance Of Culture  16:40: Energy Crisis  26:04: Early Mistakes  36:14: Solar Business Day To Day 41:39: Tree Removal  50:24: Managing Stress  1:10:16: Personal Growth  Live Links:  🚀 Join my community - Founder Acceleration https://www.founderacceleration.com 🤯 Apply for our next Mastermind https://www.thefoundermastermind.com ⛳️ Golf with Chris https://www.golfwithchris.com 🎤 Watch my latest Podcast Apple - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-founder-podcast/id1687030281 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1e0cL2vI1JAtQrojSOA7D2?si=dc252f8540ee4b05 YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@thefounderspodcast
For this weeks episode of The Founder Podcast I join Bridger Rodgers on her show, Bridging The Gap! This episode features an inspiring interview where Chris shares his story of filing for bankruptcy at a young age with $2.2 million in debt, and how he was able to bounce back from that low point. He discusses the lessons he learned around living for external validation versus his own goals. Chris also details how he grew his solar installation company Soldier Energy to $233 million in annual revenue and a $100 million acquisition, becoming one of the fastest growing companies in the US. Listeners will learn Chris's insights on skills like sales, marketing, team building and culture that he attributes to his success. It's an empowering story of perseverance and what it takes to scale a business to nine-figure exits! Highlights: "I stopped caring about what other people thought., it's been a gradual process. It wasn't all at once. But, you know, early in my career, I was doing things to like, look at me, business owner, drive the nice car, have the nice this or that or whatever, create the facade of success rather than being a successful person." "I want to be the highest priced in any industry I ever operating from, there's really only two ways that you can operate an industry either you got to be the cheapest, you got to do a make a sliver of profits across large scale billions and billions of dollars, or you got to be the most expensive otherwise, you're screwing yourself." "As a business owner, you have to understand sales, and I'm not talking retail sales, I'm talking high ticket getting being able to identify pain, create a motion, and close based off of a gap of pain and a solution that you provide." Timestamps: 00:00: Introduction 05:01: Growing Up 10:11: Overcoming Bankruptcy 15:31: Skill Development 20:09: Building Winning Culture 24:16: Leadership 35:51: Partnership 45:08: Mentorship 54:30: Building A Business Live Links: 🚀 Join my community - Founder Acceleration https://www.founderacceleration.com 🤯 Apply for our next Mastermind https://www.thefoundermastermind.com ⛳️ Golf with Chris https://www.golfwithchris.com 🎤 Watch my latest Podcast Apple - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-founder-podcast/id1687030281 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1e0cL2vI1JAtQrojSOA7D2?si=dc252f8540ee4b05 YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@thefounderspodcast
Welcome to another episode of the Founder Podcast with your host, Chris Lee. Today, get ready to be inspired by Amin Shaykho, a trailblazing entrepreneur and software engineer.  Amin is the mastermind behind Kadama, an educational platform that soared to immense popularity with millions of users and a staggering social media following. His achievements have landed him a coveted spot on Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and he's also a TED speaker. With tech expertise honed at Apple, where he contributed to projects like iMessage, Amin raised a remarkable $1.7 million seed round for Kadama. In this episode, Chris welcomes Amin Shaykho to the show. Amin, at just 25 years old, is a bit different from other founders featured on the podcast. His tech platform, Kadama, connects students and tutors to get homework help. Chris dives into Amin's journey, discussing his background, experiences at Apple, and the evolution of Kadama through three distinct phases. Amin shares the challenges of the initial phase, where Kadama aimed to be an affordable platform connecting users with various services. The startup faced a chicken-and-egg problem, leading them to pivot and focus solely on tutoring. Just as they were gaining traction in the in-person tutoring space, the pandemic hit, prompting a second pivot. Kadama adapted to the virtual environment and quickly became the most downloaded Gen Z tutoring app in 2020. With millions of users, Kadama is not only an educational platform but also a social media powerhouse, boasting the second-highest follower count in the education category, just behind Duolingo. Amin emphasizes the flexibility of Kadama for both students and tutors, allowing them to connect whenever needed and setting their own rates. Chris delves into Amin's background, including his time at Apple and the significant impact he made with the development of a feature in iMessage. Amin's entrepreneurial spirit shines as he reflects on the differences between corporate life and the thrill of being a startup founder. Tune in to discover Amin's remarkable journey from a young entrepreneur with a vision to the founder of a groundbreaking education platform with global impact. Don't miss this episode filled with insights, lessons, and the entrepreneurial roller coaster experienced by Amin on the Founder Podcast.. Highlights: "He is a very young founder, and he's got a really cool technology platform that he is building with Kadama. And 25 years old. Yeah. Man. So my listeners know, when I was 25 years old, like I was in the middle of my first startup, and about a year away from bankruptcy has, you know, it's always a physical roller coaster, to be honest, that's what I call it." "I'm always intrigued by young entrepreneurs. Because, you know, really, the rule in entrepreneurship is, is a lot of time a lot of effort over a long period of time usually leads to results.   His achievements have landed him a coveted spot on Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and he's also a TED speaker. Amin raised a remarkable $1.7 million seed round for Kadama, which achieved a number to peak ranking in the app stores' education category, amassing over 2.5 million followers and 1 billion views on platforms like TikTok and Instagram." Timestamps: 00:00: Introduction 04:15: Apple Experience 13:31: Tutoring Platform 17:10: Bootstrapping A Tech Company 25:38: Leadership  28:43: Future Plans Language Learning  33:50: What is Education? 40:44: Content For The Masses 46:35: Finding Solutions Vs. Who Has The Solutions  Live Links:  🚀 Join my community - Founder Acceleration https://www.founderacceleration.com 🤯 Apply for our next Mastermind https://www.thefoundermastermind.com ⛳️ Golf with Chris https://www.golfwithchris.com 🎤 Watch my latest Podcast Apple - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-founder-podcast/id1687030281 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1e0cL2vI1JAtQrojSOA7D2?si=dc252f8540ee4b05 YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@thefounderspodcast
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