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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 Scott Paul, founder of Wooly. Wooly allows brands to see who their fans are, what their social reach is, and then reach out to them directly as potential brand ambassadors. It is a startup created to bring authenticity to the influencer marketspace; created by the guy who helped build the influencer marketspace to the heights that it has become today. In this episode, you will hear how Scott’s mobile startup pivoted from what it was to become one that helped leverage social influencers. Later, he shares how that expertise played a key role in becoming part of a firm that Disney acquired because of the impact on the marketspace. I like hyperbole as much as the next hopeful entrepreneur, but this is 100% legit with zero overstatement.Scott’s story will take us through his various startups. Like Scott, I hope you’ll hear how the dots all connect or rather how they started connecting from when he was a very young kid. This is Scott Paul’s startup story.In this episode, you’ll hear:* His childhood, being diagnosed with ADHD at a young age, and having an interest in how to make money, but having no knowledge of what being an entrepreneur actually was* His tenacity and perseverance as a teen, how he started selling products at 17 years old and how not too long after he was running an ecommerce store * Some of his lessons learned from the world of startup, like, “My first startup involved courage and execution, but I had the wrong idea.” Plus lessons about failing and learning from others who are successful * His experiences with startup exits, how they were life changing for him and allowed him to work on the next project* On becoming an angel investor and the kinds of projects he supports, plus some wisdom for those seeking to work with investors * Trying to get traction and eyes on a mobile app in 2012, paying a fashion Instagrammer to help promote the app and what happened next!* The beginnings of Wooly, what they do, and how they help brands find their true influencers“After 10 years of having ideas and seeing someone else bring them to market, I got tired of ‘dabbling’ and jumped all in.” – Scott Paul, WoolyResources from this episode:Wooly: https://www.wooly.com/Scott Paul on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottpaul2/The Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory/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!EPISODE CREDITS:If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.Contact him today at https://emeraldcitypro.com/startupstory Special Guest: Scott Paul.
This week I’d like to introduce you to Nick Justicz, Founder of Gazpacho. No, not the cold soup, a mobile app that “serves up the best of the internet based on your tastes.” The app is what happens if you merge Pandora and Tinder together - swiping action while building up a database of your likes and dislikes, all based on memes. It’s a unique app and incredibly entertaining.Nick’s background is not in technology, it is in stand-up comedy and film making. As we unpacked Nick’s Startup Story it made sense that his first entrepreneurial endeavor would be such an entertaining one. What I love about Nick’s journey is that it is one that I know many of you will resonate with as he still has a 9-5 job and is building Gazpacho on the side. Another area of relatability is that, like many of you, entrepreneurship was not something he became aware of until much later in his life.As we recorded his episode, I was incredibly surprised at how similar film making and entrepreneurship really are… this is Nick Justicz’s startup story.In this episode, you’ll hear:Nick’s early childhood, growing up in upper-middle-class Atlanta, seeing what traditional success looked like (his father was a surgeon)His feeling of never feeling satisfied and yet he had no idea what he wanted to do but did know, with full assurance, what he DID NOT want to doHis decision to go to film school and move to L.A., exploring comedy more in-depth and experiencing a bit of culture shockLife after film school, working at Showtime, becoming Pauley Shore’s assistant, and what he learned from working with PauleyThe importance of returning favors, expressing gratitude or paying it forward to those who help you at the start of any career or endeavor Moving on to working in new media, losing your passion for the entertainment industry and what happened next Starting Gazpacho, his idea, how it all began and how he continues to build it while working a 9-5 jobHow the parallels in film making and entrepreneurship are remarkable“Nobody cares about your idea, they care about whether or not you can execute.” – Nick Justicz, GazpachoResources from this episode:Gazpacho: https://gazpacho.io/Nick Justicz on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickjusticz/Pauley Shore: http://www.paulyshore.com/The Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory/Jason McCann on The Startup Story: https://www.thestartupstory.co/varideskThe 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!EPISODE CREDITS:If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.Contact him today at https://emeraldcitypro.com/startupstory Special Guest: Nick Justicz.
I’d like to introduce you to Marika Meeks, founder of IncredibullStella, a nonprofit whose mission is to help rescue dogs (with an affinity towards Pit Bulls) and place them in their forever homes. With a name like IncredibullStella, you may be wondering who Stella is, right? Well, Stella is a Pit Bull that came into Marika’s life when she was recovering from Stage 3 Breast Cancer. In this episode, Marika will unashamedly share how Stella saved her life and now, having fully recovered, how her non-profit (inspired by Stella) helps to save as many animals as possible. In honor of Breast Cancer awareness, I thought it would be appropriate to unpack an entrepreneurial journey of a founder that had to battle through a Stage 3 Breast Cancer diagnosis and come out on the other side of her journey as a cancer survivor and non-profit founder.IncredibullStella is Marika’s first non-profit, but it is not her first venture. Previously she had an incredibly successful chain of sandwich shops, which was expanding up until her cancer diagnosis. Part of the reason I wanted to share Marika’s story is because of the power of her perspective through her battle with cancer.And while the tone of this episode starts off a little heavier than usual, I assure you this episode is one that will encourage and inspire you, assuming you allow yourself to hear about lessons learned from someone who came face to face with her own mortality. This is Marika Meek’s startup story. In this episode, you’ll hear:How Marika’s mom and dad were very instrumental in her desire to not only do my own thing, selling Bubblelicious at school, and her desire to always have a hot dog standImmigrating to America at the age of 6 with her family, how her mom and dad provided the opportunity to live in the U.S., plus the trials, tribulations, and successes of starting a new life in the StatesHer interest in becoming a creative entrepreneur, feeling really lost after high school and her short stint at Community CollegeLeaving college after only the first semester and realizing (now) that you don’t have to have it all figured out right out of high schoolGetting married at 19 and realizing that marriage is not a career path, but it did lead her to start her first business, which she worked in for a yearMoving on from her first business to working for the family business, how doing so made her feel like a fraud, the anxiety she felt, and what she learned during that timeAll leading up to her next venture, a sandwich shop franchiseThe difficulty she had when telling her parents she wanted to follow her passion and learning this very important life lesson: When you’re feeling fearful, that's what makes you brave because you're doing it anywayBeing diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer, navigating life during that time, and how getting cancer at 41 woke her up to understand what was really importantThe inspiration behind IncredibullStella, how it got started, unpacking everything it is today, and Marika’s vision for the future“There is nothing you can ever do that would actually be considered a failure. Every single step or misstep is setting you up for a new opportunity. It’s preparation and not failure.” – Marika Meeks, IncrediBullStellaResources from this episode:IncredibullStella: https://www.incredibullstella.com/IncredibullStella (the book): https://amzn.to/2nbK6rE IncredibullStella on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/incredibullstella/?hl=enMarika Meeks on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marika-meeks-9169b814/The Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory/Alina Vandenberghe, founder of Chili Piper & GipsyBot: https://www.thestartupstory.co/chilipiper10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, Wayne Dyer: https://amzn.to/2lDI5nDJimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches: https://www.jimmyjohns.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!EPISODE CREDITS:If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.Contact him today at https://emeraldcitypro.com/startupstory Special Guest: Marika Meeks.
This week’s featured founder is Nick Alexander, co-founder of Yoshi. Yoshi is disrupting an industry that I am sure NONE of you ever thought about disrupting: gas stations and auto maintenance. Did you ever say to yourself, “You know, gas distribution really needs to be revamped?” Well, Nick and his co-founders did and are making significant waves in 20 major markets.Nick is an alum of Y Combinator, not just one time but THREE times. So prepare to learn from an incredible founder who is doing big things. Y Combinator is an accelerator that provides guidance to early-stage companies to help them get to a point where they have built something impressive enough to raise money on a large scale. It is not easy to get into as the competition is very high. Companies like Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, Instacart, DoorDash, and many, many more have gone through Y Combinator. All that to say…Nick’s three tours through YC is so incredibly impressive.Have I hyped his story enough? Are you as excited to unpack his entrepreneurial journey as I am? Awesome! I mean, with a resume like his, entrepreneurship must have been on his radar from the very beginning, right? Well, let’s find out. This is Nick Alexander’s startup story. In this episode, you’ll hear:Nick’s early childhood, wanting to be a doctor and how entrepreneurship never had crossed his mind at a young ageHis first taste of entrepreneurship right before college when he began working at a newspaperHow and why he made the switch from premed to computer engineering his second year at Duke UniversityHis very first startup while in college, going viral on campus, followed by his next several startups, including a music service called BlueTunes and exitingAbout getting a call from a friend that was accepted into Y Combinator, asked to join him to build a product, accepting, and flying outHis first time through Y Combinator, equating it as an extension of college, developing an idea that became TinyCoupon, the largest coupon index in the worldHis philosophy when creating his first startups, building something cool that people might want and how that changed (or didn’t) over timeThe creation of Yoshi, a subscription service that makes it so you never have to worry about stopping for gas or routine maintenanceTesting the Yoshi business model outside the Silicon Valley bubble and how that led to Nashville being one of their most successful marketsLearning to appreciate the journey“The story is ALWAYS much more glamorous on the outside than it is on the inside. This is the case for even the most successful startups.” – Nick Alexander, YoshiResources from this episode:Yoshi: https://www.startyoshi.com/Nick Alexander on LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/ndalexander/Y-Combinator: https://www.ycombinator.com/The Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory/Get the Yoshi app today and Start Moving!iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yoshi!/id992735679?mt=8Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.callyoshi&hl=enThe 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!EPISODE CREDITS:If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.Contact him today at https://emeraldcitypro.com/startupstory Special Guest: Nick Alexander.
I’d like you to meet Alina Vandenberghe, co-founder of Chili Piper and Gipsybot. (Yes, that’s right, she co-founded TWO startups.) Chili Piper is an incredibly powerful sales tool for enterprises. Her second startup, Gipsybot, is a productivity tool to help you prioritize what is important to you, not what others delegate to you. The reason I wanted to unpack Alina’s story is multi-faceted. First, she is running two startups at the same time, and I find that to be incredibly impressive, as well as quite uncommon. Oh, and one of those startups just closed on a Series A round of funding. Secondly, she is an immigrant from Romania. Immigrant founder stories have a unique layer to them that help frame all of our perspectives. Lastly, she is royalty in the mobile development space. Now, she would never say that about herself, but when you develop one of the first apps for the “yet to be released” iPad and Steve Jobs chooses to use your app from the Apple stage as he is revealing the all-new, never before seen iPad…that is quite a remarkable accomplishment.Alina’s Startup Story is fascinating and begins unlike any other founder we have had on the show, so let’s get started. This is Alina Vandenberghe’s startup story.In this episode, you’ll hear:* Alina’s early ventures (beginning around age 9!) featuring her entrepreneurial spirit and how she didn’t even realize it was entrepreneurship* Her frustration with the corporate world, how others recognized her skills/personality traits as perfect for a startup and encouraged her to begin that journey* The challenges of operating a fully distributed workforce and the benefits of being able to tap into a larger talent pool* How culture is managed with staff members in remote locations and the need for attendance on company calls and occasional meetings in person* The importance of managing mental health during the “founder’s depression” period and having a plan to avoid burnout* How GipsyBot was developed from a need to accurately manage priorities and goals to change the way people work so they can achieve their own goals and not just the priorities of others* The fact that managing two startups is possible * For businesses to succeed and meet future goals, a positive environment must be created for workers and clients so that customers can get the results they want and a big return on their investment“I know how hard it is to get back up when you’ve been completely knocked down, but it is at that moment in time when big things happen.” – Alina Vandenberghe, Chili Piper & GipsyBotResources from this episode:Our Sponsor Podcoin: https://www.podcoin.com - Listen to this episode to grab your special discount codeChili Piper: https://www.chilipiper.com/GipsyBot: https://gipsybot.com/Alina Vandenberghe on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alinav/The Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory/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!EPISODE CREDITS:If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.Contact him today at https://emeraldcitypro.com/startupstory Special Guest: Alina Vandenberghe.
This week I would like you to meet featured founder, Anna Victoria. She is the founder of Fit Body App. The health and fitness app launched in January 2018; then in 2019, Apple featured it in their “Apps We Love” section. Since then it has become one of 2019’s best fitness apps. Just because numbers are impressive…when Apple featured the Fit Body App in the “Apps We Love” section it generated over 1 million impressions within 24 hours!I am really excited to share her story with you because of how relatable it is to each of us. In fact, Anna’s journey is one that we can all replicate today. Within a 2-year period Anna grew an email list of close to 1 million people, and most of them were because they purchased something from her. This episode is an opportunity to learn from someone who has done amazing things with creating a community and understanding how to deliver real value so they keep coming back.If you are wondering how her story is relatable to you, especially if you aren’t in the fitness industry; fitness was never a part of her life until her “aha moment” in 2012, where it all started to come together for her. The lesson? Your “aha moment” can come at any time. What you do with it, that’s simply part of your story. Oh, and fitness wasn’t the only thing that was new to Anna, so was entrepreneurship. Let’s find out how her journey began, this is Anna Victoria’s startup story. In this episode, you’ll hear:* Her early childhood, growing up with her father and learning an important life lesson that would serve her well later, “Don’t be a salesman, don't try to sell people.”* About her first job after high school in sales, taking her father’s advice to heart, and prioritizing the needs of customers and offering them beneficial solutions* How at a young age she had no real concept of what she wanted to do with her life* The importance of seizing opportunities when they arise, for Anna it included going to community college in Sacramento, soon after moving to San Diego, getting into University of San Diego, studying abroad in Rome, moving to China (that’s just to name a few)* How working out or eating healthy was not a part of her life and how and why that all changed in 2012* Her research on how to live a healthy lifestyle that's balanced and why she still hated living ‘healthy’ * Starting her Instagram account as an anonymous user, growing it to about 250,000 followers in 6 months, then finally posting the first photo of herself and what happened next, all the while she still did not have any plans to launch a business or app* And turning a corner: monetizing her Instagram page, launching an ebook, moving to a new Instagram account and essentially ‘starting over’* Building a community of encouragement and accountability and launching the Fit Body Guide in 2015, and how that led to the creation of the Fit Body App* Realizing that many times opportunities come from seeing a need that you have and addressing that need first“Don’t try to sell people. Just talk to people, figure out what they need, and provide them with solutions.” – Anna Victoria, Fit Body AppResources from this episode:Our Sponsor Podcoin: https://www.podcoin.com - Listen to this episode to grab your special discount codeFit Body App (use code: STARTUPSTORY for 20% off the already discounted price): https://bodylove.com/Fit Body App for iPhone (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fit-body-with-anna-victoria/id1281856473)Fit Body App for Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bodylovegroupllc.bodylove&hl=en_US)Anna Victoria on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annavictoria/The Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory/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!EPISODE CREDITS:If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.Contact him today at https://emeraldcitypro.com/startupstory Special Guest: Anna Victoria.
I’d like you to meet John Paul Taylor, founder of Real Life Poets. Real Life Poets is a nonprofit that leverages the creative process of poetry and spoken word as a means to empower youth, that otherwise might find themselves in prison or on the streets. John Paul started Real Life Poets because writing saved him and he wanted to do the same for youth in situations similar to his.Real Life Poets is the very first nonprofit that we have featured on The Startup Story, as well as the only business out of Alabama that we have featured.John Paul’s journey is much different than mine, and I suspect much different than yours. But that is the beauty of entrepreneurship. While his journey might be different, his experiences are relatable. He had to overcome friends and family thinking he was crazy for wanting to pursue Real Life Poets. He had to push through personal challenges, including a dissolved marriage. And, he had to have 2-4 different side hustles to try to make things work until he truly understood what it was that he was supposed to be building. This episode is an example of the diversity of entrepreneurship and a true testament to following a passion and building a business for good. This is John Paul Taylor’s startup story. In this episode, you’ll hear:John Paul’s early childhood in Birmingham, AL and how being in foster care helped him find his gift for writingWhen he began to actually use writing as an outlet and how it helped himThe ‘having nothing to lose’ mentality and how it helped John Paul grow as a writerJohn Paul’s first corporate job, realizing he wasn’t going to conform to corporate life, getting fired and his shift into entrepreneurshipThat writing was his saving grace and how he processed that into something that creates a livingPerforming, creating CDs of his poetry, and what Pootie Tang has to do with it allStarting a nonprofit, learning the rules, following the rules, and building a nonprofit from the ground upThe 10 year anniversary of Real Life Poets and reflecting on the vision he had for the organization when it started, to what it is today“Once people started telling me that I could not do it, I became driven to prove them wrong.” -John Paul Taylor, Real Life PoetsResources from this episode:Our Sponsor Podcoin: https://www.podcoin.com - Listen to this episode to grab your special discount codeReal Life Poets: http://reallifepoets.org/Real Life Poets on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reallifepoetJohn Paul Taylor on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-paul-taylor-48a94835/The Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory/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!EPISODE CREDITS:If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.Contact him today at https://emeraldcitypro.com/startupstory Special Guest: John Paul Taylor.
This episode marks our 35th episode since we launched in January 2019. When The Startup Story launched we had no audience. Yet, even with not having an audience, Larry Namer, founder of E! Entertainment Television, was gracious enough to share his Startup Story for our launch. There is a high chance that you have not heard our first few episodes. For that reason, we are going to bring our first two episodes off the shelf to ensure they make your podcast queue. This week is the first of those two episodes. I hope you enjoy this episode as it originally aired on our launch date of January 15, 2019.This episode of The Startup Story features Larry Namer, founder of E! Entertainment Television. When you think of E!, you may instantly think of the show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Now for the record, Larry had nothing to do with the Kardashians phenomenon. He did, however, have everything to do with the building of this media network giant, which eventually sold for approximately $3,000,000,000 in 2007. In this episode, you will learn how Larry maneuvered the early days of his startup and how he built his company with little to no funding. Larry also shares openly about how he constantly adapted his business to ensure success, regardless of the external circumstances he faced. Wherever you in your entrepreneurial journey, Larry's story will provide you with a fresh perspective to take into your own endeavors. In this episode you’ll hear:* Larry’s start, not in the limelight of Hollywood, but in the sewers of NYC * How he went from blue collar labor to management, negotiating with unions and how he began to develop a leadership mindset* How qualifying for pension at 30-years old eventually led him to the West Coast* His time at Valley Cable in California helping build the first two-way 61 Channel Cable System ever built* The start of “Movie Time”, the obstacles Larry faced and why he was so convinced to keep moving forward with his idea* How a leap of faith by an investor led to the launch of E! Entertainment Television’s beginnings and how he went on to build E!’s first studio on a freight train rail station* Selecting their first five hosts, like Greg Kinnear, getting coverage and establishing credibility as a network* The origins of E!’s first original content show, Talk Soup (a show that makes fun of other television shows) with host Greg Kinnear and later Joel McHale* Larry fondest memory from his startup story* Larry’s advice to entrepreneurs who may be struggling with getting traction or establishing credibility in their industryResources from this episode:Connect with Larry Namer on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/larry-namer-18b6a/)E! Entertainment Television (https://www.eonline.com/)Yuzzl.com (http://yuzzl.com)Full Episode Transcript (https://www.thestartupstory.co/articles/larrynamer)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!EPISODE CREDITS:If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.Contact him today at https://emeraldcitypro.com/startupstory Special Guest: Larry Namer.
This episode marks our 34th episode since we launched in January 2019. When The Startup Story launched we had no audience. Yet, even with not having an audience, Jason McCann, the Founder and CEO of VARIDESK, was gracious enough to share his Startup Story for our launch. There is a high chance that you have not heard our first few episodes. For that reason, we are going to bring our first two episodes off the shelf to ensure they make your podcast queue. This week is the first of those two episodes. I hope you enjoy this episode as it originally aired on our launch date of January 15, 2019.Today’s startup story comes from Jason McCann, founder and CEO of Varidesk. While Varidesk is a global company today, Jason's story is not one where you assume everything he has ever done has been a success. Today he shares his early beginnings from selling beach chairs all the way to the burst of the dot.com bubble and later, how Varidesk came to be. Jason’s startup story is one of resilience. You will learn that every challenge or obstacle has a key learning principle. In fact, Varidesk’s success is a result of Jason's ability to listen and learn. This episode is your opportunity to be mentored by a founder who has built a company with over 270 employees and ships product over 30 different countries daily. Get ready to learn and be inspired. Here is Jason McMann with his Startup Story. In this episode you’ll hear:* Jason’s early beginnings in Galveston, TX, including being introduced to the first entrepreneur/CEO in his life; his mom and how her energy, passion and leadership had an impact on him* How he started his very first business at the age of 14* His start in the hotel management industry and how it led to owning his first restaurant* Moving on from the restaurant industry to selling pogs while working on his Masters degree, plus his time at DSI Toys* Creating a dot.com business, recognizing the dot.com bubble was bursting, his mental space after the ultimate collapse and what happened next* How the idea of Varidesk started with a cardboard box* Prototypes, presentations and adrenaline rushes in the early days of Varidesk* Varidesk’s customer and employee relationship mentality and Jason’s vision for the futureResources from this episode:Share your Varidesk Story: Varidesk.com/startupstoryConnect with Jason McCann on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-mccann-varidesk/)Varidesk (https://www.varidesk.com/)Good to Great by Jim Collins https://amzn.to/2HgRID1Thrive, by Arianna Huffington https://amzn.to/2CYIiYy Podcoin code: startupstoryFull Episode Transcript (https://www.thestartupstory.co/articles/varidesk)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!EPISODE CREDITS:If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.Contact him today at https://emeraldcitypro.com/startupstory Special Guest: Jason McCann.
Founders Depression

Founders Depression

2019-08-1300:13:02

This week instead of featuring a founder’s story, we are going to focus on part of a story that many founders go through — founder depression. Yes, founders can get depressed, very much so, and yet not too many talk openly about it. The catalyst for this topic occurred when I read an article, recommended to me by Kate Edwards, Co-Founder of Heartbeat, in which she was cited. The article was about founders’ depression. After I read it and reflecting on the past 32 episodes of this podcast, I recalled numerous founders that would talk about anxiety or significant self-doubt that impacted the way they related to their family members. This article struck a chord because I've been realizing that in our founders’ stories, some may have been battling founder depression, but it wasn't given a name, so it was easy to skirt the issue or just chalk it up to being stressed or overwhelmed. Some areas of a founder’s journey, like mental health, we may easily feel uncomfortable with and not want to discuss. But all facets of our journeys, especially mental health or founder depression, are so very important to talk about because it’s my belief that we can all learn from each other’s journey. And so this week, I’d like to bring attention to founder depression, what it is, how to spot it, and what you can do about it. In this episode, you’ll hear:* The difference between depression and founders’ depression* Why we isolate ourselves and back off from sharing our feelings* We are not meant to go through this journey alone* Not being afraid to identify founders’ depression if you think that is what you are experiencing* The importance of seeing the journey for what it isResources from this episode:Founder's Depression Article: https://www.inc.com/wanda-thibodeaux/1183-words-you-need-to-read-before-starting-your-first-business.html?cid=searchThe Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory/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!EPISODE CREDITS:If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.Contact him today at https://emeraldcitypro.com/startupstory
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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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