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Kara Goldin, founder and CEO of Hint, sits down with today’s most fascinating entrepreneurs, disruptors, and change-makers for a no-holds-barred discussion of how they overcame long odds on the road to start-up success. Guests such as Guy Kawasaki (Apple, Canva), Julie Bornstein (The Yes, Stitch Fix), Mindy Grossman (WW), and Amy Errett (Madison Reed) share wisdom and anecdotes that will inspire you – and challenge you to think differently about achieving your goals. For more on the podcast as well as updates on all of Kara’s latest ventures, check out karagoldin.com.
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"We're trying to get kids to be interested in something and develop a passion for it. My goal is to empower kids. I've been working on that my whole life." So honored to have Esther Wojcicki, the Godmother of Silicon Valley, on today’s show! Esther is Co-Founder of TractLearning, Inc. and the Founder of the Palo Alto High School Media Arts Program. In this episode, she shares her inspiring journey from her dream of becoming a journalist to finding her path towards becoming the amazing teacher that she is! Esther also talks about some of her teaching philosophy, her most recent endeavor in education technology, and most especially her “TRICK” in raising successful people. So excited for you to hear this wonderful conversation on #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcasts/159 Enjoying this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow? Let Kara know by clicking on the link below and sending her a quick shout-out on social! Follow Kara on IG: https://www.instagram.com/karagoldin/ Follow Kara on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karagoldin Follow Kara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/karagoldin Follow Kara on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaraGoldin Mentioned in the Episode: Esther Wojcicki’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/EstherWojcicki Esther Wojcicki’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/estherwojcicki/ Tract: https://tract.app/company/about How to Raise Successful People: https://www.amazon.com/How-Raise-Successful-People-Lessons/dp/1328974863  
“I truly believe that if you can get up more times than the next person, or if you just get up one more time, you'll get there. ” Say hello to the amazing Laney Crowell, Founder and CEO of Saie, a simple, clean beauty brand that I absolutely love! Laney shares how growing up in Paris and Northern California led her to want to create her own clean beauty line. We also talk about her career – from Lucky Magazine to the biggest beauty brand in the world, Estee Lauder! In search of a clean ethical makeup, she finally arrived at the conclusion that she needed to start her own brand. Sound familiar? Don’t miss out on this inspiring conversation on the #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcasts/158 Enjoying this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow? Let Kara know by clicking on the link below and sending her a quick shout-out on social! Follow Kara on IG: https://www.instagram.com/karagoldin/ Follow Kara on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karagoldin Follow Kara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/karagoldin Follow Kara on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaraGoldin/ Mentioned in the Episode: Laney’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laney Saie: https://saiehello.com/pages/founding-story Laney’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/helane-crowell  
“90% of venture capital goes to straight white men in the United States. That doesn't make any sense. I could either be really, really mad about it and yell and scream, which I did, or I could also do something about it.” Who builds a VC fund from the ground up while homeless? Get ready to be inspired by this episode! Today we chat with the amazing Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Partner at Backstage Capital and Author of It’s About Damn Time. Her interesting journey from being a band tour manager to starting her own magazine then working on the hit show the Biggest Loser were just the beginnings for this undaunted guest. Her discovery of a whole underserved demographic of unsupported founders inspired her to do something really big! Arlan founded Backstage Capital and has proudly helped so many underrepresented women, LGBTQ, black, latinx, indigineous Asian and so many more get the seed money they need and deserve to make their ideas a reality! Definitely listen in on this amazing conversation on #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcasts/157 Enjoying this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow? Let Kara know by clicking on the link below and sending her a quick shout-out on social! Follow Kara on IG: https://www.instagram.com/karagoldin/ Follow Kara on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karagoldin Follow Kara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/karagoldin Follow Kara on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaraGoldin/ Mentioned in the Episode: Arlan’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArlanWasHere Backstage Capital: https://backstagecapital.com/crew/ Arlan’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arlanhamilton/  
“Community building starts with treating customers right.” Interested in being inspired to go out and start your own thing? Then, today’s episode is perfect for you! Meet Gloria Hwang, Founder and CEO of Thousand, a company that creates sustainable, aesthetic, and the perfect functional cycling helmets. Listen to how she found her passion in social enterprise, startups, and the tragic event that inspired the idea of creating Thousand. Gloria also talks about the new mobility trends in the US and what’s truly essential when it comes to community building. Be inspired on your entrepreneurial journey and listen to this episode on #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcasts/156 Enjoying this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow? Let Kara know by clicking on the link below and sending her a quick shout-out on social! Follow Kara on IG: https://www.instagram.com/karagoldin/ Follow Kara on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karagoldin Follow Kara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/karagoldin Follow Kara on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaraGoldin Mentioned in the Episode: Thousand Helmets: https://www.explorethousand.com/ Gloria Hwang’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ghwang/
“It was a marketing mystique that hemp had that drew people in. So instead of getting frustrated, I used it as an opportunity to bring people in and really educate them.” Mike Fata is the Founder and Former Chairman & CEO of Manitoba Harvest, known for their high quality hemp food products and for being one of the originals to take on this category. In this episode, honored to hear Mike’s journey as he shares how an overweight high school dropout transformed his health and discovered the wonders of hemp. We also talk about what fueled him to start a company, overcoming the challenges in starting a new category prior to the legalization of hemp, and the concept of “coopetition” as a way to grow as an entrepreneur. Check out this amazing conversation on #TheKaraGoldinShow! Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcasts/155 Enjoying this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow? Let Kara know by clicking on the link below and sending her a quick shout-out on social! Follow Kara on IG: https://www.instagram.com/karagoldin/ Follow Kara on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karagoldin Follow Kara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/karagoldin Follow Kara on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaraGoldin/ Mentioned in the Episode: Manitoba Harvest Twitter: https://twitter.com/ManitobaHarvest Mike Fata’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/manitoba-mikefata  
“In some scenarios, it's great to have yes people in your life. In other scenarios, it's the worst thing.” Excited to share my interview with Alex Lieberman on #TheKaraGoldinShow! Alex is the Co-Founder, Former CEO, now Executive Chairman of Morning Brew and Host of the incredible Founder’s Journal Podcast. Listen in as we talk about his journey that started with growing up in a family of finance professionals and of course, the humble beginnings of what has become the hottest daily newsletter for young professionals. He also shares what really grew the Morning Brew and how it has evolved since being acquired by Business Insider. Don’t miss this awesome episode! Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcasts/154 Enjoying this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow? Let Kara know by clicking on the link below and sending her a quick shout-out on social! Follow Kara on IG: https://www.instagram.com/karagoldin/ Follow Kara on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karagoldin Follow Kara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/karagoldin Follow Kara on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaraGoldin/ Alex Lieberman’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/businessbarista Alex Lieberman’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-lieberman Alex Lieberman’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexlieb Founder’s Journal Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/founders-journal The Morning Brew: https://www.morningbrew.com/daily  
“I think that there is room for you. If it really is something you love, there is room. You can insist that there be room for you.” So excited for today’s awesome guest, Finnerty Steeves! Finnerty is an actress who has played many iconic roles on stage and on screen including Ms Calvin in “The Shape She Makes” and Beth Hoefler in “Orange is the New Black.” In this episode, she talks about her adventure in the world of TV and theatre and how her stubbornness prepared her for the opportunities that came her way. She heard a lot of “Nos” before she heard, “Yes.” Sound familiar? She also shares about her latest movie, “Before/During/After,” for which she wrote the script, basing it on the story of her own divorce. Check out #TheKaraGoldinShow for this exciting and inspiring conversation! Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcasts/153 Follow Kara on IG: https://www.instagram.com/karagoldin/ Follow Kara on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karagoldin Follow Kara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/karagoldin Follow Kara on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaraGoldin/ Finnerty Steeves Twitter: https://twitter.com/FinnertySteeves Finnerty Steeves Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finnertysphotos Before/During/After the film - https://beforeduringafterthefilm.com/
“SEO is an opportunity to actually move your opponent's chess pieces, not just your own.” Excited to welcome SEO Expert, Founder of Netconcepts & Co-Author of the book The Art of SEO, Stephan Spencer. In this episode, we break down the use and importance of SEO, how to compete in Google’s content playing field, and the ways in which AI is changing the landscape of everything we’ve ever known. Stephan also shares valuable tips and resources in creating viral-worthy content, using hashtags, and much more. Wouldn’t sit this one out if I were you! Hear more about Stephen’s journey on #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcasts/152 Enjoying this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow? Let Kara know by clicking on the link below and sending her a quick shout-out on social! Follow Kara on IG: https://www.instagram.com/karagoldin/ Follow Kara on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karagoldin Follow Kara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/karagoldin Follow Kara on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaraGoldin/ Stephan Spencer’s Website: https://www.stephanspencer.com/ Stephan Spencer’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sspencer
“Entrepreneurs see things others don't see, and they create companies to solve them.” Divya Gugnani! Divya is the CEO and Co-Founder of Wander Beauty, a company that’s been trailblazing new paths for clean, cruelty-free, and essential beauty products. We talk about how she got bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and how a personal pain point in her beauty routine led to Wander Beauty. Hear more about her inspiring story on #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcasts/151 Enjoying this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow? Let Kara know by clicking on the link below and sending her a quick shout-out on social! Follow Kara on IG: https://www.instagram.com/karagoldin/ Follow Kara on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karagoldin Follow Kara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/karagoldin Follow Kara on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaraGoldin/ Divya Gugnani’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/divya-gugnani Divya Gugnani’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dgugnani Divya Gugnani’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/dgugnani Wander Beauty: https://www.wanderbeauty.com
“There is nobody better to take a risk on and bet on that than yourself.” What a powerful conversation with the awe-inspiring Cate Luzio! Cate is the Founder and CEO of Luminary, the premier NYC space and membership hub for people looking to grow their professional development and network. She shares valuable learnings from her 20-year journey from the banking industry to starting her own company after recognizing what was missing for people like herself and finally, how she managed during the pandemic. If you’re looking for inspiration and empowerment, it’s time to check out this episode on #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcasts/150
“You could have the greatest product in the world, but if you don’t have great people behind it, then it may not go anywhere.” Today we’re chatting with the brave and amazing Stacy Madison, Founder & Creator of Stacy’s Pita Chips (which was bought by PepsiCo). In this episode, we talk about her journey in building this incredible brand, challenges along the way and finally selling it. and her next venture she has launched called BeBOLD Energy Bars. Such a great interview from someone who followed her gut to build a brand that people love! And here about the next venture she has launched called BeBOLD Energy Bars. Don’t miss this exciting conversation on #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcast/149
“What people don't realize is that 7, 8, 9-year-olds, they do not want to be talked down to. They do want you to enter into their world.” So inspired by our next guest, author Timmy Bauer of the terrific book Billy the Dragon! How do you inspire kids to be entrepreneurs? You start them thinking early about what they “can” do! Timmy shares his journey of pursuing his passion for art and how the story he wrote for his little brother led to his career as a children’s book author. Listen and discover his journey doing what he loves and teaching skills to the next generation along the way. In addition, how his business turns industry execs and their stories into something that is ready for even the younger generation to read! Next on #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcast/148
“You have to ask less to learn more. You don't do that with multiple-choice questions. You don't do that by just surveying people. You do it by observing and listening and thinking and understanding.” What’s the difference between a satisfied customer and a loyal customer? Rob Markey, Creator of the Net Promoter System and Partner at Bain & Company shares so many nuggets in the latest episode! Want to really understand your customer? Listen for the treasure trove of advice waiting for you today on #TheKaraGoldinShow #Customers #Loyalty #AlwaysBeLearning Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcast/147
“Literacy is the key to everything. If you can't read a ballot or read a medicine bottle, read a storytime to your child, you can't be a full participant, a full parent in society, a full citizen, a full worker.” Let’s have an inspiring chat with the incredible British Robinson, President & CEO at Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. We talk about her present mission to raise awareness and bring to light the issue of low literacy in America today. She shares the foundation’s technological efforts to disrupt and reach Americans wherever they are. Listen in and hear her amazing journey as a visionary leader and how her experiences brought her back full circle. It’s definitely an episode full of golden nuggets and inspiration on #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcast/146
“I think people like their habits. I think people like their engagement. So I would say we're going back a lot more than we think with a little bit more flexibility.” What’s going to change when we all go back to the office?  Will we go back to the office 5 days a week?  What new tools will we be using too? Listen in on this fun, interesting, and insightful conversation with Lindsey Pollak, New York Times Best-selling Author and Leading Career & Workplace Expert. In this episode, she shares valuable advice on how to figure out your career - especially if the pandemic affected your job. We will talk about her latest book, Recalculating: Navigating Your Career Through the Changing World of Work too.  Listen in with Lindsey on #KaraGoldinShow Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcast/145
“As an entrepreneur, you can teach yourself. If you can maintain a high level of unacceptance, meaning not willing to stand for the status quo, not willing to land or stay with the circumstances, you're in.” Brandon Steiner is full-on guts and continuing to disrupt! Brandon delightfully shares his tried and true philosophy in business, entrepreneurism and life. We hear his valuable wisdom - what he learned from his childhood and the experiences that helped him become the high level entrepreneur that he is today. Hear how aiming to become extraordinary at something and not stopping at your first success (or challenge) is the way to go! What an incredible episode on the latest on #TheKaraGoldinShow Enjoying this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow? Let Kara know by clicking on the link below and sending her a quick shout-out on social! Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcast/144 Follow Kara on IG: https://www.instagram.com/karagoldin/ Follow Kara on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karagoldin Follow Kara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/karagoldin Follow Kara on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaraGoldin/ Have a question for Kara about one of our episodes? Reach out to Kara directly at karashow@drinkhint.com Brandon Steiner’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandonsteiner/ Brandon Steiner’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrandonSteiner/ Brandon Steiner's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brandonsteiner/ Brandon Steiner's Website: https://brandonsteiner.com/
“You decide if you want your business to survive. It’s kind of a mental decision that you make. You’re going to just stick with it through thick and thin and just by brute force, make it happen.” Gracing us on #TheKaraGoldinShow today is the incredible Marla Beck, Co-Founder and Former CEO of Bluemercury, the first omni-channel beauty retailer. In this episode, we talk about how she decided to start beauty e-commerce in 1999 and disrupt the beauty industry. Listen to Marla’s insightful stories about the importance of pivoting in business and innovating to fill the gaps in consumer needs. If you’re looking for inspiration to innovate and pivot in your entrepreneurial journey, definitely check this one out! Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcast/marla-beck
“Every challenge in business gives us an opportunity to grow as a leader, but it's really how we show up in the world, how we show up with our team and then, our own mindset” Today, let's welcome the truly admirable Allison Maslan on #TheKaraGoldinShow! She is the author of the Wall Street Journal best-selling book, Scale or Fail, and the CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, a world leader in scaling companies and empowering business leaders. Listen to Allison’s entrepreneurial journey and the self-discoveries that led to her passion of helping businesses overcome the wall that she once hit. Allison also shares her revolutionary SCALEit Method, her signature process that has been proven to grow, replicate, and expand businesses. You definitely won’t want to miss out on this one! Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcast/allison-maslan
“You just gotta do things that are a little bit beyond people's expectations and imagination.” Meet Jeff Rosenthal, Co-Founder of Summit, an organization best known for its global community of thought leaders from across disciplines. Straight out of college in 2008, Jeff and his friends found the skeleton key to building connections in the midst of the recession. In this episode, Jeff shares his wonderful ventures and the golden nuggets of advice he picked up from some of the world’s most notable innovators. We’ll also talk about what drove Summit to move mountains and eventually own one, the Powder Mountain in Utah. Find out how to keep it surreal and globally impactful like Jeff, on this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcast/jeff-rosenthal
“We all kind of move at a certain frequency or vibration, and we have to raise it up if we want to grow.” Jon Dwoskin overcame every possible life experience that could’ve gotten him stuck! Today, he is the author of The Think Big Movement, and Founder of The Jon Dwoskin Experience. At the age of 18, Jon already knew what he wanted to do and that was to help people reach their potential. But at age 30, he was diagnosed with cancer. And in 2008, a month after getting into a C-suite exec position, the market crashed. In this episode, Jon shares how he leveraged each tragedy and managed to come out better every time. Hear Jon’s awe-inspiring story on #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at https://karagoldin.com/podcast/jonathan-dwoskin
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Jen Tong

Functional Medicine KL that brings together conventional medicine, nutritional medicine, and bio-identical hormone therapy to restore health and enhance youth. Our doctors are here to educate, inspire & empower you to make better decisions regarding your health.

Jun 14th
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Kriti

Everything you want to learn about entrepreneurship is on this podcast! Great guests with inspiring stories. 🙌🏼

May 8th
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