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The Startup Story

Author: James McKinney

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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 about the vision, it’s about having the courage to take that very first step -- to start.
How did UBER grow to $50 billion? How did Spanx become massively successful without one dime of venture capital? The stories are out there. But The Startup Story goes even deeper. What exactly did they do to go from idea to launch? What was that first step and how did they decide to take it?
Each week, hear from the courageous founders behind some of the most successful brands in the world as they share their Startup Story. We’ll unpack the early beginnings, and uncover those first steps that ultimately led them to where they are today.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur who’s in the thick of it and not making much progress, or feeling stuck in the fear of failure, not sure if you have what it takes, this podcast was created for you.
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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 don’t think many people would have thought about the creative side of it all. Chad will discuss just how personal beer making is to him and how his beers are a personal expression of his creativity.In this episode, you will hear how important it is to maintain long-term focus even if it means you’re starting out with immediate health issues. You will learn, firsthand from Chad, just how critical it is to develop a thick skin when creating a product that is susceptible to public opinion. And lastly, this episode also features a more tactical conversation as we walk through the launching of a brewery, which is fascinating. Every single founder we have had on The Startup Story has someone in their family they point to as an entrepreneurial influence. Chad’s story is no different. So, here is Chad Phillip’s startup story. In this episode you’ll hear:His childhood and upbringing, watching his grandfather run his own business (a machine shop) and how his interest in engineering was bornHis journey to becoming an engineer, going to college, what he did after he graduated, and how he climbed fast in one of his first jobsHow chronic migraines plague him for many years following college and how the talk of permanent disability gave him a push to start a company and go out on his own Some of the things that went through Chad’s mind when he thought of entrepreneurship His love for welding and how it is what drove the idea of handcrafting something as a business, and how that led him to homebrewing. Learning to homebrew, what he did and how long it took him before he got a batch that was palatableSharing his homebrew with the public for the first time, what it was like, and how he went about testing public reception of his own beer before he committed to opening up a breweryHow and when he decided to open up a brewery, plus what went through his mind as he was processing this realization that he was actually going to do itDealing with doubt, and the first steps he put into motion to make his vision a realityThe business of running a brewery: who, what, how, and whenGrowth and growing of Chad’s brewery business, plus what’s next“For me, brewing our beers is an expression of my creative talents. It really is more personalthan many would think.” - Chad Phillips, Highpoint Brewing Co.Resources from this episode:Connect with Chad on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chad-phillips-b66aa2b7/Highpoint Brewing Co. website: http://highpointbrewco.com/The Startup Story community has been so incredible sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. There are three ways you can help.First, the most powerful way you can support this podcast is by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.Second, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to share your favorite Startup Story episodes with your friends and on social media. Tag or mention @thestartupstory.co so we can give you a virtual high five and a thank you!Lastly, share the podcast on LinkedIn. The Startup Story podcast is for entrepreneurs. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing on LinkedIn so other entrepreneurs can discover us. With your support, we hope to further our reach in encouraging and inspiring the founders of today and tomorrow. Thank you! Special Guest: Chad Phillips.
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 today, I am confident that all marketing collateral you see has come through one of Michael’s warehouses. Vision Media has experienced some tremendous success, but Michael’s journey in bringing it to its current state was not without incredible trials.In today’s episode, you’ll hear how important it is to not allow traumatic events in your life to define your future. You will also hear just how critical it is to have a support system in your life when traveling the road to entrepreneurship. Finally, you will discover how powerful having a deep-rooted self-belief can be to achieve success.All of our Startup Stories begin with our featured founder unpacking their childhood because I truly believe it plays a role in how we handle the entrepreneurial journey. What I love about Michael’s startup story is how much he values the lessons his parents taught him as a child and how critical those were to his entrepreneurial journey. This is Michael Alvarez’s startup story.In this episode you’ll hear:How and when he realized he wanted to be an entrepreneur and his early childhoodHis desire to do something great with, to play on a major league baseball, or own a major league baseball team.Michael’s experience getting drafted by the Saint Louis Cardinals, how it changed his lifeHis baseball journey, plus his experience with a career-ending injury and what he did nextHow he got his start in the movies and marketing industry and his early days in fulfillmentThe early days of his business, how it was a grind, figuring out what the heck they were doing and realizing his company was really an extension of marketing departments within the studios How he went about balancing entrepreneurship and raising a young familyGrowing his fulfillment company in the 90s, the growth pattern for you, plus selling it in 2002Being urged to buy his company by his wife and working hard to not let traumatic events define his futureThe importance of realizing we are all flawed and how that realization allows you to be more successful“The greatest gift my dad gave me was the importance of respect, and this gift allowed me to get into doors many couldn’t.” - Michael AlvarezJr. , Vision MediaResources from this episode:Connect with Michael on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-alvarez-6a981476/Vision Media website: https://visionmedia.comDonate to: http://www.varietysocal.orgThe Startup Story community has been so incredible sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. There are three ways you can help.First, the most powerful way you can support this podcast is by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.Second, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to share your favorite Startup Story episodes with your friends and on social media. Tag or mention @thestartupstory.co so we can give you a virtual high five and a thank you!Lastly, share the podcast on LinkedIn. The Startup Story podcast is for entrepreneurs. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing on LinkedIn so other entrepreneurs can discover us. With your support, we hope to further our reach in encouraging and inspiring the founders of today and tomorrow. Thank you! Special Guest: Michael Alvarez.
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, there are some aspects of their journey that are similar. And yet, there are others unique to their story. For Zack, his entrepreneurial mindset started at a young age. In fact, by the time he was 16, he already had his second business. Zack’s story is one underlined by familial motivations and aspirations.In today’s episode, you will hear how early childhood can pave the way for what is to come. You will also learn, firsthand from Zack, the importance of choosing your own path despite the hardships and obstacles you may face. Finally, you will understand how the impact of those that surround you, family, friends, and associates can help make or break your journey. This is Zack Swire’s startup story.In this episode you’ll hear:* How early childhood laid the foundation for his entrepreneurial journey and why it was so important to him to forge a different path than that of his family* How his brother made a huge impact on his life* About his college years, his love for marketing, and what he wanted to do after he graduated* His experience as a sales and marketing manager for a new startup, right out of college* Realizing when you are not fitting in and knowing when it’s time to pivot* About his first agency, Swire, and how with one ultrasound his entire world shifted* His hopes, dreams, and motivations as a father first and an entrepreneur second* The importance of not putting all your eggs into one basket* The spawn of his next business, which had some very highs and some very low in terms of his business life* How Good Grains was born, taking it from an idea to an actual company, how the original focus shifted to what it is today and Zack’s hope for the future“In the startup life you never know if it’s ‘going to happen’ until it does; it’s so volatile.” - ZackSwire, GoodGrains.comResources from this episode:Connect with Zack on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/swire/Good Grains website: https://goodgrains.com/The Startup Story community has been so incredible sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. There are three ways you can help.First, the most powerful way you can support this podcast is by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Second, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to share your favorite Startup Story episodes with your friends and on social media. Tag or mention @thestartupstory.co so we can give you a virtual high five and a thank you! Lastly, share the podcast on LinkedIn. The Startup Story podcast is for entrepreneurs. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing on LinkedIn so other entrepreneurs can discover us. With your support, we hope to further our reach in encouraging and inspiring the founders of today and tomorrow. Thank you! Special Guest: Zack Swire.
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 and industrial industry space then know that Eva is paving a way for other female entrepreneurs and leadership as this industry is heavily dominated by males.As a male, I am well aware that there are certain challenges that I am not going to encounter. Very early on in her career, she was faced with sexism that had career-altering implications. But let me be clear, Eva’s story is not a victim story, it is one of strength, focus, and determination to get the goals that she desired. In today’s episode, you will hear how important it is to reflect on all phases of your journey because each phase plays a key role in your growth. You will also hear from Eva, how challenging it can be to stay the course in the pursuit of your dreams when it is within an industry that is fraught with sexism. Finally, you will discover that regardless of the challenges, your dreams are your dreams and nobody should detour you from your pursuit. Like every startup story we have told thus far, we need to start at the beginning, and for Eva, it was her early upbringing that set the foundation for her strength and determination. This is Eva Gerrits’ startup story. In this episode, you will hear:Eva’s early years, being the oldest sibling, having the freedom to make choices, and her early childhood experiences What Eva thought she wanted to do in her early twenties, what she ended up doing and how it got her to where she is today The reality that other people's opinions play no role in building your dreams Her experience at a small company and how it helped her learn many skills she utilizes in her business today and how the big perks to a small company are that you can learn a ton of different aspects of an enterprise that you can't get in a huge organization.Eva’s experience with unfairness and sexism in the workplace as a woman, including how her work responsibilities were greater than someone who was actually getting paid much, much more and how she dealt with it allHer mindset during the six months where she was strategically planning her exit from a volatile work environment Her transition from employee to entrepreneurEnergetek, a female lead company, who they are and what they doWhat excites Eva about her work today“If it was not for the challenges and experiences I’ve had during my journey I would not be the person I am today.” – Eva Gerrits, Energetek“Do not ever stop sharing your ideas and your strengths regardless of whatever industry you find yourself in. That industry needs the authentic YOU.” – Eva Gerrits, EnergetekResources from this episode:Connect with Eva on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eva-gerritsEnergetek’s website: https://energetek.biz/Energetek on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/energetekbiz/Energetek on Twitter: https://twitter.com/energetekbizThe Startup Story community has been so incredible sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. There are three ways you can help.First, the most powerful way you can support this podcast is by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Second, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to share your favorite Startup Story episodes with your friends and on social media. Tag or mention @thestartupstory.co so we can give you a virtual high five and a thank you! Lastly, share the podcast on LinkedIn. The Startup Story podcast is for entrepreneurs. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing on LinkedIn so other entrepreneurs can discover us. With your support, we hope to further our reach in encouraging and inspiring the founders of today and tomorrow. Thank you! Special Guest: Eva Gerrits.
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 online dating and that never stopped innovation. Beeya is the real deal and so is its founder, Ladan Davia. In this episode, you will hear just how important it is to prioritize correctly to ensure the protection of your startup. Plus, you’ll learn firsthand from Ladan the importance of vetting referrals, even if the referrals come from people you trust. Lastly, you’ll discover that nobody will promote or believe in your venture and dreams more than you. Ladan’s story is an encouraging one because where she is now is very different than where she expected herself to be. Her story helps us to see that it is okay to change our goals and direction regardless of how long we’ve been following a particular path. It takes a tremendous amount of strength and courage to pivot your entire life. Where does that strength and courage come from? Let’s find out...this is Ladan Davia’s startup story. *In this episode, you will hear:** About how and when Ladan caught the entrepreneur bug, hint: it was not as a child! * How at age 20, after receiving a degree in Broadcast Journalism, she realized it was not what she wanted to do and what she actually did instead * Her first experience with tech startup, creating a product, and winning a competition * Ladan shares about her first startup, how it “died,” and what she did next* The beginnings of Beeya, how and when the idea for the software first came to her when she was 21 years old * The first steps she took to take Beeya from an idea into an actual software product and how she went about creating a technology solution when she’s not a “tech” person* Investors, programmers, and building a team - the trials and tribulations of building a startup * Second-guessing and questioning your startup journey* The importance of being a good judge of character when it comes to team building, because NDAs are great, but many startups don’t have the funds to enforce them * What make Beeya different or stand out in the crowd of the various job searching tools and websites available today“You have to be able to endure the rollercoaster that is entrepreneurship.” – Ladan Davia, BeeyaResources from this episode:Connect with Ladan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ladandavia/Beeya website: https://www.beeya.com/Beeya on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beeyaofficial/Beeya on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beeyaofficial/Beeya on Twitter: https://twitter.com/beeyaofficialThe Startup Story community has been so incredible sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. There are three ways you can help.First, the most powerful way you can support this podcast is by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Second, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to share your favorite Startup Story episodes with your friends and on social media. Tag or mention @thestartupstory.co so we can give you a virtual high five and a thank you! Lastly, share the podcast on LinkedIn. The Startup Story podcast is for entrepreneurs. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing on LinkedIn so other entrepreneurs can discover us. With your support, we hope to further our reach in encouraging and inspiring the founders of today and tomorrow. Thank you! Special Guest: Ladan Davia.
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 tampons delivered automatically each month. The company, Her Organics, is Mia’s 6th startup and her 5th e-commerce startup. In fact, when she was just 22 years old she launched her first e-commerce product and reached $30,000 in daily revenue within 6 months! However, that success did not come without some very serious challenges, which we discussed in this fascinating episode.What makes Mia’s story so incredibly unique is that because she is only 27, we can see how the challenges she overcame as a child played such a significant role in her current success. After all, her teen years were only a decade ago! This is Mia Plecic’s startup story. In this episode, you will hear:How Mia learned about business and leadership and decided that business was where she wanted to be, and how e-commerce came into her lifeHow important it is to believe in yourself and know that with your hard work, things can get better if you believe in your goals and are motivated to go after them How helpful it can be to follow others on social media who have the same goals as you and to recognize that if someone else can do it, so can youThat she discovered branding, marketing, and finding a gap in the market are skills at which she is very good, and how those skills led to her early successesAbout the challenges of going from nothing to $1million in revenue in 6 months and how working with a partner can create huge problems, especially when you are inexperiencedA reminder that others go through failure, and you are definitely not alone in those experiencesHow amazing new ventures can be born after terrible lossesThe importance of bringing a product to the market that fills a nicheEntrepreneurship is not easy, but you must keep on persevering“I'm never short of an idea. And that's one thing that I pride myself in more than anything is...you can outsource paid marketing, you can outsource branding and marketing, but you cannot buy visionary. And that is my biggest strength...being able to have that ability to visualize a gap in the market or find an everyday product and market it and brand it in a way that targets certain demographic that I want to target or...having the ability to just kind of create a feeling through a product more so than anything else.” –Mia Plecic, Her Organics AustraliaResources from this episode:Connect with Mia on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mia-plecic-33830899Her Organics Australia website: https://herorganics.com.au/Her Organics Australia on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/her.organics/The Startup Story community has been so incredible sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. There are three ways you can help.First, the most powerful way you can support this podcast is by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Second, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to share your favorite Startup Story episodes with your friends and on social media. Tag or mention @thestartupstory.co so we can give you a virtual high five and a thank you! Lastly, share the podcast on LinkedIn. The Startup Story podcast is for entrepreneurs. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing on LinkedIn so other entrepreneurs can discover us. With your support, we hope to further our reach in encouraging and inspiring the founders of today and tomorrow. Thank you! Special Guest: Mia Plecic.
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 as a potential template for their journey. We discussed Jon’s very intentional pathway to entrepreneurship. We talked about how important it is to have a passion and motivation beyond money when you start your business. You will discover that anyone, at any age, under any family dynamics can pursue their entrepreneurial dreams in a way that places family first. In talking with him, it was apparent that he was never seeking to launch a business that would make a fast buck or establish overnight fortunes. No, he was playing the long game with a strong desire to build a great product. This is Jon Verlee’s startup story.In this episode, you will hear:The importance of satisfying the need of restless creativity and exploring what you feel called to doWhat it means to not trade great for good The importance of recognizing a spark that ignites you even though you may have to wait to act on it - you can see the growth of the passion but wait for the right time to go for itEntering into a dialogue with a spouse when deciding to follow an entrepreneurial journey and the trust that comes with itThe stages of going from MVP - minimum viable product - to meeting with potential customers offering free trials of the product and looking at the broader picture when paying customers are actually onboardThe importance of not underestimating what customer support levels will be needed and looking into advertising to grow the businessAbout the challenges of holding a full-time job and traversing the ups and downs of a startupThe slow path of Jon’s startup while hanging on to his stabilityThe balance that Jon focused on so that he would not sacrifice his family for his business“Our culture idolizes the story of the entrepreneur that cuts ties of stability and throws all caution to the wind to pursue their dreams. That narrative suffers from a selection bias because you only hear the stories of the survivors.” – Jon Verlee, Breeze“Start something. Start it small, no need to risk everything for it. Just simply start something.” – Jon Verlee, BreezeResources from this episode:Connect with Jon on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jon-verlee-a42106b4Jon on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonverleeBreeze: https://www.breezechms.com/Breeze on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/breezechms/The Startup Story community has been so incredible sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. There are three ways you can help.First, the most powerful way you can support this podcast is by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Second, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to share your favorite Startup Story episodes with your friends and on social media. Tag or mention @thestartupstory.co so we can give you a virtual high five and a thank you! Lastly, share the podcast on LinkedIn. The Startup Story podcast is for entrepreneurs. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing on LinkedIn so other entrepreneurs can discover us. With your support, we hope to further our reach in encouraging and inspiring the founders of today and tomorrow. Thank you! Special Guest: Jon VerLee.
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 educational side of her story includes a Kickstarter experience that many hope for when they launch their Kickstarter campaign. In fact, FinalStraw raised $1.89 million during their campaign.Today you will hear about Emma’s very high-level pre-launch strategy that helped FinalStraw to raise so much money during their campaign. We also discussed how she spent significant time researching the writers and influencers in the straw movement. In fact, prior to launching her campaign, she had hundreds of authors at-the-ready to help promote the campaign. She knew what thought streams to insert her product into to get people talking about it. You will learn how Emma kept her focus amidst all the noise and the negativity. Finally, we talked about how challenging growth can be for a startup after having such a successful Kickstarter campaign. But, we’ll start at the beginning of Emma’s story. This is Emma Rose’s startup story.In this episode, you will hear:When Emma started thinking about how privileged she was in the world that she realized she had to figure out what her contribution to the world would beAbout her visit to Thailand and how it changed her life as she picked up abandoned straws on the beachHow to maintain your perspective and passion as you begin to work on a new ideaThat timing is everything - you can have an idea that you think will change the world, but the timing is so important because the world has to be ready for itThe importance of a pre-launch strategyHow important the valleys are in the process and the need to keep things together with a support networkGood entrepreneurs realize that failures are valuableThat every habit is like a muscle, and with fear of failure it is important to learn to let go of those boundaries and channel your inner self to overcome fearThe importance of having a goal and a symbol for it so that you know when you have succeeded in your mission and don’t accidentally pass it upCelebrating wins along the way is critical to keeping everything exciting on the journey“I would walk along a remote beach in Thailand every morning and pick up abandoned straws. Each morning I would collect two handfuls. I had to be part of the change” - Emma Rose Cohen, FinalStraw“I pivot in my approach quite a bit, but I am ALWAYS moving forward.” - Emma Rose Cohen, FinalStraw Resources from this episode:Connect with Emma on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmarosecohenFollow Emma on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emmasirena/?hl=enFinalStraw on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finalstraw/?hl=enFinalStraw: https://finalstraw.com/Tim Ferris 4-Hour Work Week: https://amzn.to/2GlPa2oTim Ferris Kickstarter Plan: https://tim.blog/2012/12/18/hacking-kickstarter-how-to-raise-100000-in-10-days-includes-successful-templates-e-mails-etc/Principles: LIfe and Work by Ray Dalio: https://amzn.to/2Pptt5QThe Startup Story community has been so incredible sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. There are three ways you can help.First, the most powerful way you can support this podcast is by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Second, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to share your favorite Startup Story episodes with your friends and on social media. Tag or mention @thestartupstory.co so we can give you a virtual high five and a thank you! Lastly, share the podcast on LinkedIn. The Startup Story podcast is for entrepreneurs. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing on LinkedIn so other entrepreneurs can discover us. With your support, we hope to further our reach in encouraging and inspiring the founders of today and tomorrow. Thank you! Special Guest: Emma Rose Cohen.
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 dinnerware.Darbie started her company without a single contact in the industry. While she was working at one of the largest law firms in the country she went into labor with her daughter when she was five months pregnant. It was then that Darbie was put on bed rest for four months, and while on bed rest, she decided that she wanted to start a company by combining her passion to impact the world with her knowledge in design. The real startup story of Darbie Angell is that Darbie wanted to show her soon-to-be daughter how to dare to dream big! Darbie’s company was started under very unusual circumstances - on bed rest, without the support of her ex-husband, with no business mentoring, and with no initial capital to fund her business. However, her passion and her purpose - her “why” - fueled her, and she refused to let fear hold her back. As she says, “You have to be willing to face your fear and find your way through it.” That’s exactly what she did. This is Darbie Angell’s captivating startup story. In this episode, you will hear:How being involved in many things teaches you that it’s okay to fail and how important it is to teach our children that lesson as wellHow you can never let fear hold you back from your dreamsWhat it’s like to deal with different cultures in business and be a woman in businessWhat challenges she faced as a female founder but also the blessings, and the importance of choosing your “circle”That no matter what is happening or failing around you, you must go do what you feel you are being called to doHow her factory in Bangladesh is changing the lives of thousands of people and the amazing positive impact it is having on their livesThat persistence pays off when you are trying to get yourself in front of the people you need to meet to move forward with your businessThat it is most important to trust your gut and learn how to face your fearsIf you have doubts, reconnect with what your passion is, then your reason/driver will keep you focused on your pathResources from this episode:Connect with Darbie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darbie-angell-33667729/Darbie Angell on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darbieangellDarbie Angell website: https://darbieangell.com/The Startup Story community has been so incredible sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. There are three ways you can help.First, the most powerful way you can support this podcast is by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Second, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to share your favorite Startup Story episodes with your friends and on social media. Tag or mention @thestartupstory.co so we can give you a virtual high five and a thank you! Lastly, share the podcast on LinkedIn. The Startup Story podcast is for entrepreneurs. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing on LinkedIn so other entrepreneurs can discover us. With your support, we hope to further our reach in encouraging and inspiring the founders of today and tomorrow. Thank you! Special Guest: Darbie Angell.
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 realized that it was her concern for other people’s opinions that kept her from leaving the career she hated, she had a decision to make. Should she continue to live a life that pleases others or should she live the life she was capable of? She obviously chose the latter. In this episode, you will hear how hard it is to realize you’ve spent your entire life driving for a singular goal only to realize how miserable you truly are. Plus, Goli will share just how crippling a perfectionist mindset can be. Goli’s story is a unique one for The Startup Story because it is the first one where our featured founder was not born in the United States. Goli is an Irani-American immigrant, and if there is anything we have learned in our Startup Story journey, it is that our early childhood is incredibly influential in the shaping of our entrepreneurial future. This is Goli Kalkhoran’s startup story. In this episode, you will hear:There are strengths in perfectionism, but there is bondage with it as wellGetting away from being a slave to other people’s opinionsThe challenge of admitting that you want a change and mentally preparing to even say it out loudWrestling with the narrative in your mind that blocks you from doing something How looking at your skills in the past can be paralyzing until you examine what you like and discover what you want to work towardsThe fundamental shift in Goli’s mindset once she started listening to entrepreneurial podcasts, knowing that everyone has the same fears, and slowly building confidenceLearning in entrepreneurship there is no set path and dealing with some of those frustrations as learning experiences“Perfectionism is your fear of failure disguised”Realizing future ventures will be more successful because you’re further from where you startedResources from this episode:Connect with Goli on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/golikalkhoranFollow Goli on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lessonsfromaquitter/?hl=enLessons From A Quitter Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lessons-from-a-quitter/id1412305413?mt=2Lessons From A Quitter Website: http://www.lessonsfromaquitter.com/Usie Booth: https://www.usiebooth.com/The Startup Story community has been so incredible sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. There are three ways you can help.First, the most powerful way you can support this podcast is by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Second, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to share your favorite Startup Story episodes with your friends and on social media. Tag or mention @thestartupstory.co so we can give you a virtual high five and a thank you! Lastly, share the podcast on LinkedIn. The Startup Story podcast is for entrepreneurs. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing on LinkedIn so other entrepreneurs can discover us. With your support, we hope to further our reach in encouraging and inspiring the founders of today and tomorrow. Thank you! Special Guest: Goli Kalkhoran.
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Carey Pott

Phenomenal podcast, excellent host and conversations, deep insights and very encouraging for us early-stage entrepreneurs. Keep up the good work James!

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