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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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Founder's Depression

Founder's 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
Brian Burke is the founder of SellYourMac.com, a website that helps you to sell your Apple products in a way that ensures you receive top dollar. Brian recently received an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year nomination. Ernst & Young is one of the largest firms in the world and since Brian’s firm was nominated, I definitely wanted to invite him to unpack his story on this podcast.Brian and his business have a very grassroots storyline, which we go through in its entirety. Why? It helps us understand what it’s like to grow a business without investment capital. Moreover, it allows us to see what it is like to startup a business that is so cash flow dependent. How do you recover from a situation that steals five years of profits from you? We’ll find out in this episode. Brian shares his encouraging journey, which I hope will give you enough strength to continue on yours, if you are already running your own business. His journey had very clear indicators from his early childhood that SellYourMac.com was going to be his destiny. But I will let him share it all with you and allow you to connect the dots. This is Brian Burke’s startup story. In this episode, you’ll hear:* Brian’s early childhood, how his father’s work ethic left an impression on him, and his early aspirations* Creating an income for himself through selling beaded jewelry as a kid and selling cellphones in college * Brian’s interest in the stock market and trading at a young age, his desire to work in an investment bank or for a hedge fund after college and what actually happened once he graduated* His start with selling items on eBay, how it happened, what he sold, and how it paved the way for his future business, SellYourMac.com* The importance of finding something you're passionate about and figuring out how to make a business out of it* Working to prove that his phone business idea was viable to his parents (who wanted him to continue to find a career in finance) * About the burden that debt can play when desiring to launch your business and how it is a ball and chain that will slow down anyone's progress* Getting kicked out of his parent’s after his phone business inventory started taking over their basement, what he learned, how it motivated him, and the eventual birth of SellYourMac.com* How and when his attention turned from phones to Apple products, from selling phones to Apple products on eBay, and what happened next“If you are building your business in response to your ego it will inevitably fail.” - Brian Burke, Sell Your MacResources from this episode:Connect with Brian on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianburke4/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianburke4/)Sell Your Mac: https://www.sellyourmac.com/ (https://www.sellyourmac.com/)Sell Your Apple Products at SellYourMac.com/startupstory (https://www.sellyourmac.com/?promo=startupstory) and receive an additional $10 bonus when you sell your item.The Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory/ (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: Brian Burke.
Meet Michael Littig, Co-founder of the Zuckerberg Institute. Their mission is to establish a community of entrepreneurs that encourage and inspire other entrepreneurs as they build their business or start their next venture. Sound familiar? It should because that's what I am hoping to build with this podcast, too.Michael's journey includes living among Shaman and nomads, speaking before the UN, and even performing in live theater. We're going to hear one of the more unique entrepreneurial journeys we’ve shared to date in this episode. While his story is incredible, you will hear some themes pertinent to all entrepreneurs that I want to highlight. First, the idea of community, even among entrepreneurs, is the key to survival. Additionally, you’ll hear all about the importance of our experiences, good and bad, and how they can be lifelong lessons which can bring incredible value to our entrepreneurial ambitions. Lastly, you will hear how critical it is to not walk this journey alone. Michael is a master storyteller and I am honored to get to share his story with you today. As always, we start at the very beginning. This is Michael Littig’s startup story. In this episode, you’ll hear:* His early childhood traveling between cities to spend with parents (who were divorced), growing up in a single-parent home, his early ambitions of wanting to be an astronaut, and his deep interest in forming disciplines* His growing interest in leadership in high school, how he entered high school wanting to be an astronaut and wanting to join the military, and leaving high school wanting to pursue acting and become a theater artist* Theater life and how he went from auditioning for a Broadway show to traveling to Italy to do theater, and how it shifted his life drastically* His time in Italy and how it shaped him for the experiences he’d go through when he returned* Following his passion to understand belief systems, rituals, performance, and how they all interact with a community. * Some lessons he learned while living and experiencing nomadic culture* Asking the question, “Where am I needed in the world?”* His experience speaking to the United Nations and teaching theater to a refugee camp on the border of Somali* How he went from a transformational period in Somalia to co-founding the Zuckerberg Institute“Most entrepreneurs are driven toward autonomy, yet community is an absolute key tosurvival.” - Michael Littig, Zuckerberg InstituteResources from this episode:Connect with Michael on LinkedIn:Zuckerberg Institute: 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: Michael Littig.
I’d like you to meet Danielle Salinas, Co-founder of Maison de Papillon. Maison de Papillon is Danielle’s 2nd venture and it started when she lost her sleep mask during her trip at the London Olympics. Yes, you read that correctly and that is what I love about The Startup Story. Our businesses are birthed out of a need in our lives, yet pivot as we learn more about where the opportunities really lie.Maison de Papillon is not a sleep mask company but is a luxury clothing line with reach in most of the globally recognized resort brands, like Four Seasons.In this episode, Danielle gets incredibly vulnerable and shares her story openly and honestly. Her journey includes the loss of a son, something that many of us will never have to process. But for those of you that have, you may just find some encouragement through Danielle’s transparency. Today you will also hear just how incredibly hard one’s journey can be, but it is far from impossible. This is Danielle Salinas’s startup story. In this episode you’ll hear:Danielle’s upbringing in one of the poorest regions in South Texas, her long lineage of entrepreneurs, and how her father instilled boldness and empowerment for her pursuitsHow her father instilled in her to go to college and get a long term career, how she deviated from that plan when at the age of 18 she got married and decided to start a family firstAbout how after three months of motherhood and marriage, she realized she couldn’t do it anymore and started a new life, with her son, working in a pharmacy and going to schoolSome advice for single moms trying to start a business venture of their ownThe story of the loss of her second son and how it was such a difficult time in her life and also how it helped her put into perspective what was importantThe catalyst for her first entrepreneurial venture (a dentistry practice) with her second husbandHow the Olympics of 2012 and the need for a night mask led to the start of her second (and current)venture, a high-end fashion business called Maison de PapillonThe launch of Maison de Papillon, learning to work in the fashion industry, trials, tribulations, and successes along the way“Do not let anyone tell you that you are not able to accomplish your goals and dreams. It might be hard, but it is absolutely possible!” - Danielle Salinas – Maison de PapillonResources from this episode:Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielle-salinas-9b2a165bMaison de Papillon: https://www.maisondepapillon.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: Danielle Salinas.
Our guest today is James Fratzke, co-founder of Fratzke Media. Fratzke Media is a digital marketing consultancy based in Southern California. What piqued my interest in Fratzke Media was that James and his brother are identical twins. That said…it was not long into our conversation that I realized James’s startup story is much deeper than the fact that his co-founder is his twin.What I appreciated most about James’s story was how well he articulated the challenges that come from comparison to those around you. The complexities and benefits of being raised by entrepreneurs, and the importance of looking out for family at all times. I think that last point is a unique byproduct that comes from co-founding with your family. The entrepreneurial journey will sometimes lead us to a place where the only people around us to help are those closest to us…and oftentimes that is our family.In this episode, you will hear what James thinks about seeking validation and affirmation from those around you and how you respond to their reactions. You will also learn the importance of staying focused and how it is key for any small business in the first few years of growth. I hope you find James’s story of value and benefit to you. And now, here is James Fratzke’s startup story. In this episode you’ll hear:James’s entrepreneurial origin story, how his mom was a visionary and his dad was a hard worker, watching his parents succeed and fail in their business ventures and when he first had aspirations to become a business ownerHis time with Disney and Brandify and when he began thinking of what his own venture might beHis transition from employee to entrepreneur and then later, co-founding Fratzke Media with his twin brotherThe difference between agency and consultancyWhat Fratzke Media does, who they serve, and how they helpThe importance of staying focused and not letting the outside noise come inUnderstanding that if any decision you make forces you to go into debt, you should think long and hard about that decision“I can be a visionary to a fault. I need to be intentional with staying focused.” - James Fratzke – Fratzke MediaResources from this episode:Connect with James on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesfratzkeFratzke Media: https://www.fratzkemedia.com/Book Recommendation:Daring Greatly: https://amzn.to/2JuXWy5The 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: James Fratzke.
This week’s featured founder is Paige Robinson, founder of Will Reed. Will Reed is a recruiting firm that partners with innovative tech companies and VC-backed startups to scale sales organizations and actualize growth strategies. In other words, they hire the best people to help the best people find the best jobs. It became very apparent that her startup story was going to shake up many preset ideas within our entrepreneurial audience and even within me. Paige’s story is one of perspective, a perspective that I hope will provide strength and freedom to many listening. In this episode, you will hear Paige talk about flexing your moral compass, how there are things you can do legally and there are things that are right and distinguishing between the two. You will also hear us discuss the idea that if you only live with ambition (and nothing more) then you will miss out a lot on the joy and the journey. I hope you find real value in her journey. Here is Paige Robinson’s startup story. In this episode you’ll hear:Paige’s childhood, being supported by loving parents and siblings, and when entrepreneurship became a part of her journeyHow she grew up with a higher risk tolerance than other people her age because she saw that you could bet on an idea and have the potential to lose it all, but if you had your family, it would be okayAbout how high school was actually her first run-in with failure and deciding whether or not you press onThe story of when, not long after graduating college, a VP of a Bank she was interviewing at stopped her mid-sentence and said, “We would crush you.” And how that instance played a role in continuing to direct her path, what it taught her, and why she pressed onAbout quitting her job in 2012 and evaluating what she wanted to do nextThe beginnings of her first startup, which was aimed at helping students find a better way to share their full story and help companies better understand the people they are recruitingHer journey as a 25-year-old woman raising money in Texas and learning how to put together a pitch deck for VC capitalistsThe power of authenticity in leadershipDoing what is right in business, both from a moral and legal perspectivePaige shares her thoughts on balancing ambition with contentment“Being forced to have those really hard conversations due to my failed startup taught me the power of authenticity in leadership.” - Paige Robinson, Will ReedResources from this episode:Connect with Paige on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paigesrobinson/Will Reed website: https://www.willreed.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: Paige Robinson.
Our guest this week is Josh Stine, CEO and co-founder of Seat Insiders. Seat Insiders is a concierge ticketing firm that makes ticket buying for sporting events, theater, or concerts unbelievably easy and cost-effective. Josh’s story was compelling because when you think of ticketing you immediately think of Ticketmaster and StubHub. And one has to wonder why you would want to take on those monsters of industry? But that’s the interesting part, Josh isn’t taking them on, he is filling a gap that those companies cannot address, the human aspect of ticketing.In today’s episode, you will hear how important it is to maintain a learning mindset to maximize your opportunities. You will learn firsthand, from Josh, just how critical it is to establish great physical and mental health disciplines if you want to play the long game with your business. Josh’s story also discusses a topic that I do not think gets enough attention within entrepreneurship, and that is the topic of mental health. But like all Startup Story episodes, I know you don’t want to hear from me, you want to hear from our founder. This is Josh Stine’s startup story. In this episode you’ll hear:* Josh’s early days, his upbringing, looking towards the technology field as a child, and the fact that entrepreneurship wasn't on his radar until his senior year of college* His desire to create a club for consultancy in college and what it taught him* The importance of recognizing the small things and how these small victories can leave bread crumbs for what’s to come * Josh’s origin story to his side hustle and how he met his business partner Nick (in college) * Realizing that college is not necessary, but if you are going to go to college, Josh believes the highest value it brings is the community and the network. * About how six months into his consulting career, he battled with terrible anxiety and mental health challenges, which led to him realizing consultancy was not for him* How he developed an exit strategy for his job, including a plan to pay off student debt, build an emergency fund, and have some money to invest in a business and why doing so was so important to him* What anxiety looked like for Josh, what drove him to the doctor to figure out what was going on, and the various practices he’s developed to help cope with mental and physical strains* The ticketing industry, Seat Insiders, and what they do (and how Josh got it started), plus the next generation technology for ticketing“You need to have really sound physical and mental health disciplines if you want to be able to go the distance.” - Josh Stine, Seat InsidersResources from this episode:Connect with Josh on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshstine/Seat Insiders website: https://www.seatinsiders.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: Josh Stine.
Our guest this week is Catherine Stiles, founder of Barbecue Wife. Barbecue Wife is a cocktail mixer brand that began as a platform to tell the unique stories of some amazing women within the barbeque industry. Barbecue Wife has grown to be a well-recognized cocktail mixer within the state of Texas. After researching the barbecue industry and the beverage industry, I became incredibly intrigued by Catherine’s story and knew it would make for a great episode!Catherine is an amazing storyteller and entrepreneur. In our time together it became apparent that all of her life’s experiences have never left her and have truly helped shape how she is building her company. In today’s episode, you will hear how important it is to understand that consumers today want the personal story of your brand and not just the imagery. And, you will learn how critical it is to accept help when needed in order to ensure your own personal survival in the early days of your startup.In hearing Catherine’s startup story you will see this ever-present theme of confidence in the midst of uncertainty. It’s a theme that was instilled in her from a very young age by her mother…but I know you don’t want to hear Catherine’s story from me, so let’s hear it from her… This is Catherine Stiles startup story. In this episode you’ll hear:* Her childhood, being very creative and the daughter of a real-estate developer and how that prepared her for her entrepreneurial journey as an adult* How she went to college and graduated with a degree in Marketing, what she did after college, and how she got onto the path to becoming an entrepreneur* Her crash course in Business 101 and real-world learning how businesses worked* Barbecue: her husband’s barbecue restaurant, how she became involved in the industry, turning an idea (which came to her at 4am) into a true vision, and executing on it* How powerful collaborations with similar brands can be and how validating it is when the larger brands want to help your startup* How important it is to pay kindness forward* Practicing confidence in the face of uncertainty* Growing Barbecue Wife, the Barbecue Bloody Mary mixer and taking it to retail* Understanding consumers want the personal story of your brand and not just the imagery“I think the largest hurdle for an entrepreneur is our fear of failure. That fear delays so many founders from getting started.” - Catherine Stiles, Barbecue WifeResources from this episode:Connect with Catherine on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-stiles-97380815/Barbecue Wife website: http://www.barbecuewife.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: Catherine Stiles.
This week on the podcast my guest is Meghan Asha, founder of FOUNDERMADE. Meghan and the FOUNDERMADE team are focused on bringing consumer brand companies together with some of the largest retail buyers in the world. Meghan has helped hundreds of startups in the consumer product space elevate their brand. She also has a real passion for connecting the right people together for mutual value. I love what this can do for startups in this space and I loved hearing Meghan’s personal startup story.In this episode, you’ll find out just how important it is to stay focused on, as Meghan puts it, “your 90-year-old self” so that you can build a life you will be proud of when you’re, well, 90 years old! You will also hear how critical it is to shut down all the negative self-talk if you want any chance of success. And finally, you’ll see how important it is to have grace for yourself on this journey of entrepreneurship.What is so interesting about Meghan’s startup story is that it took various people in her life to see her passion for connecting people together as a business, before she ever saw it as a business herself. But like all Startup Stories, we need to start at the very beginning to understand the full journey. This is Meghan Asha’s startup story. In this episode you’ll hear:* About the Cycle of Entrepreneurship and how it affected Meghan’s decision to become an entrepreneur * How Meghan learned from her past and made specific changes within her business* Her journey from having a big job on Wall Street and her decision to leave to be at CES and start her path to entrepreneurship* How her parents had a big influence on her journey* The art of staying focused * The importance of shutting down negative self-talk* Meghan’s work with advisors, how they shaped her work and the growth of FounderMade“I had people believing in me long before I believed in myself.” - Meghan Asha, FOUNDERMADEResources from this episode:Connect with Meghan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meghanasha/FOUNDERMADE website: https://www.foundermade.com/The Startup Story featuring Emma Rose Cohen: https://www.thestartupstory.co/finalstrawFOUNDERMADE Events: https://www.foundermade.com/events-1The 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: Meghan Asha.
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.
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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!

Jan 20th
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