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Think Like a Founder is a series of conversations with leaders, thinkers, inventors, revolutionaries, problem-solvers, and smart, nice people. Hosted by Maureen Taylor, co-founder of SNP Communications, this podcast dives deeper into a founder’s mindset and mentality -- what makes them tick? The curiosity. The relentlessness. The crazy. The sacrifice. The loneliness. Host, Maureen Taylor (or Mo, as most know her) started SNP Communications with her husband, Renn Vara more than 25 years ago, during the birth of Silicon Valley. Since then, they've been behind the scenes, supporting the world's top companies to grow and mature through the art of authentic communication.Mo looks at what it means to think like a founder. Why? Because, she believes great leaders can change the world.
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How do you cultivate a happy and productive place to work with a remote workforce? Hashicorp, a software company with a Freemium business model based in San Francisco, utilizes a remote workforce spread across the globe. Kevin Fishner, Hashicorp’s Chief of Staff, talks with Maureen about the ways they’ve found to embrace a remote workforce as the world continues to decentralize. 
Think Like a Founder is a series of conversations with leaders, thinkers, inventors, revolutionaries, problem-solvers, and smart, nice people. Hosted by Maureen Taylor, co-founder of SNP Communications, this podcast dives deeper into a founder’s mindset and mentality -- what makes them tick? The curiosity. The relentlessness. The crazy. The sacrifice. The loneliness. Think Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Host, Maureen Taylor (or Mo, as most know her) started SNP Communications with her husband, Renn Vara more than 25 years ago, during the birth of Silicon Valley. Since then, they've been behind the scenes, supporting the world's top companies grow and mature through the art of authentic communication. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
"We find holes in the ground and then we…explore them. And it kind of feels like maybe what Neil Armstrong felt like when he first stepped foot on the moon."SNP’s founder Maureen Taylor talks to Cindy Wu, co-founder of Experiment and Jelly Labs. They talk about how Hawaii has changed how she designs software, her belief in science equity, and her unusual love of caves.Think Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
“There’s a guy named Dave Smith. He was the first Disney archivist, and I’ve been reading his stuff for twenty years now, and that’s what I wanted to do when I grew up. I wanted to be the librarian at the Disney archives, which is a really weird thing.” SNP’s founder Maureen Taylor talks to Greg Koberger, founder and CEO of ReadMe, about the difference between a CEO and a founder, the inspiration behind challenge coins, and how his ideal role is Chief Whimsy Officer.Think Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
"I am a 30 year old woman without a bio degree proposing to do these crazy projects about engineering biology and creating new biological functions in an office of electrical engineers, mostly men, all forties and 50s and one of those individuals said to me, we're still trying to figure out what you're doing here... I'm here to do what I came to do" On this episode of Think Like A Founder, Maureen talks to Alicia Jackson, founder of Evernow, a company with a vision to cure menopause. Alicia talks about her unusual journey from academia to government to becoming a founder. She also talks about the drive and grit she learned during her first year at MIT, as well as the importance of wit - that’s W- I- T - as a business value.Think Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
"So I think the biggest difference between somebody who's a founder and somebody who isn't is that there's no longer an off switch when you're a founder."On this episode of Think Like A Founder Maureen talks to Roderick Morris, co-founder of Lovevery, a child development toy company. Roderick talks about how becoming a parent shifted his approach as a founder, his time in the Peace Corps, and his dream job as an orchestra conductor. Think Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
"When I was in middle school I wanted to be a broadcast journalist, which is humorous and I was obsessed with Katie Couric and this is, you know, the heyday of when she was on the today show and I did a book report on her. My mom still has it." SNP Communications founder Maureen Taylor sits down with Heidi Zak, co-founder and CEO of ThirdLove, a women’s underwear company, created by women for women. Heidi talks about her grade school book report on Katie Couric and how her young daughter has been her business inspiration.Think Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
"I found that there was this small association based in Switzerland, the North Korean Friendship Association. So I reached out to them...I was very honest, like, hey,..I would like to develop my own idea of that place and see it...And that's always something that I try to do in my life..before believing the stories that people tell me. Try to gather evidence from both sides and develop my own impression."SNP’s founder Maureen Taylor sits down with Christian Almenar, founder of Intrinsic, recently acquired by VMWare. They talk about growing up in Spain as a curious and inventive child with five older siblings, tricking computers and satellites to watch free soccer, and how his entrepreneurial spirit has steered his personal and professional growth, bringing him all over the world, including North Korea. Think Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Photo Credit: Kike Taberner - Valencia PlazaSeries Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
"I freaking love the chaos. Like I think I was born for war time, more than I was for peace time. When all the rules are out, that's when I feel like I'm the most excited and most like alive."SNP co-founder Maureen Taylor talks to Chris He, co-founder and CTO of Bravado about elevator push-ups, flying cars, and how he was built for chaos. Think Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
"I grew up on a farm. It was more of a ranch than a farm, with a bunch of apple trees and every morning I'd wake up and there was this little white pad of paper with scribbled chores that we could barely read. We were never bored. Bored is lack of imagination and especially growing up on this ranch, we had no connectivity. We had no internet. It was just us in our imagination and dirt and rocks and seedlings."SNP co-founder Maureen Taylor talks to Celestine Schnugg, founder of Boom Capital about breaking rules, growing up on a farm and writing your own obituary.Think Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
"Does virtual connection actually make us crave physical connection more? Yes, without a doubt. I, for one, am very much looking forward to being able to hug people and kiss people again when the future, you know, when, when that's safe to do. So there's something about physical presence, whether it's in a place or with people that you just cannot replicate it with the very best of technology."SNP co-founder, Maureen Taylor talks to Hicham Alaoui, co-founder of Experience Morocco about the importance of co-founder relationships, wanting to be the Morococan Ambassador to the US as a kid, and growing up with Clifford the Big Red Dog. Think Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
"As I was approaching the end of my twenties, there was more of this idea that I could keep moving and I could keep looking at the world as if the grass was green or somewhere else."SNP’s founder Maureen Taylor talks to Taj Campbell, co-founder of Tonari, a technology company creating high quality life-sized video and audio options for remote working. They talk about his almost getting fired from Google, how Japan’s bullet trains inspired how he built his company, and the importance of family.www.tonari.no/en/www.medium.com/straylightThink Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
"For the first time I felt I couldn't come even close to being perfect. I just decided to let go and not try to be the best student in the class, but rather just listen and learn and understand, and also in a way, enjoy myself without that pressure."On this episode of Think Like a Founder, SNP’s founder Maureen Taylor talks to Karla Gallardo, co-founder and CEO of Cuyana, a sustainable women's fashion brand based on the mantra, fewer better. They talk about about her childhood in Ecuador and making her own clothes as a girl, her first job on wall street and how she feels a responsibility to do good in the world.www.cuyana.comThink Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
"I was everybody's emergency contact in college. I had friends who I was the easiest person to put down as their emergency contact because their parents were in other States or didn't speak English that well. And so I would usually find out after the fact, they're like, 'Oh, I went skydiving and I put you down as the emergency contact.' I was like, thanks?!"On this episode of Think Like A Founder, Maureen talks to Justin Fishner-Wolfson, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of 137 Ventures. 137 Ventures is a VC firm that invests in growth-stage companies, like Wish, SpaceX, Airbnb, Uber, and many more. They talk about about his grandfather's work at the New York stock exchange, building a team with the right people, and how he got his first taste for venture capital while working at Founders Fund, with friends from Stanford.www.137ventures.comThink Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco, California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation thereSeries Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas.Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
On this episode of Think Like A Founder, Maureen talks to Ann O’Dea––Co-Founder and CEO of Silicon Republic, an award-winning online publication for science and technology news. Silicon Republic also runs an annual event called "Future Human," formerly "InspireFest," bringing the top minds from technology, science, and the arts together.  Hear Ann talk about her chronic shyness as a child, how the only way to do business is with integrity, and her love of birdwatching.www.siliconrepublic.comwww.futurehuman.xyzThink Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
"I'm bored if there's not a problem, which is why running a company is, you know, amazing slash heart wrenching. And it's why I say to the team all the time, it's, you know, don't expect there not to be a problem on the other side of this one. Cause there will be, it's just a different one. Um, and the fun is how are we going to solve it?"SNP Communications co-founder, Maureen Taylor sits down with Aneeqa Kahn, founder and CEO of eporta, wich helps designers manage their interior design projects in one place and source high-quality products from small businesses.On this episode of Think Like A Founder, I talk to Aneeqa Kahn about helping her Dad with his small business as a kid, her love of problem-solving, and how good design makes people happy - even if they don’t know it. Think Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
"I finished college and actually got an internship, not a full time job, cause I wanted to travel for a year and I had this specific, crazy idea of wanting to go to the South pole and the way to get there. I got hired as a dishwasher to wash dishes at the research station there."SNP’s co-founder Maureen Taylor sits down with Chris Hulls, co-founder and CEO of Life360. Life360 is a family safety app with over 25 million users that offers you peace of mind, with location sharing, support from live agents, and immediate access to 24/7 emergency dispatchers. Chris joins Mo from his home in a small town called Point Reyes, California, where his office is under a large tree alongside his chicken coop. They talk about going to the South Pole, driving a tractor on his lunch break, and how he didn’t actually want to be a founder. www.life360.com Think Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
"Anj:I saw a little spark in Brit. And I actually remember saying to Dave, like, I want to hang out with that girl that we met, I wished all the dudes would talk a little bit less at this dinner so that I could get to know her a little better.Brit:There was the love at first sight thing that we saw in each other. But I loved that she also seemed like a curious person who was scrappy learning how to do things. And so that was the start of our beautiful friendship and professional relationship."SNP Co-founder Maureen Taylor talks to Brit Morin and Anj Temple, co-founders of Brit + Co, a digital media company with online classes and products that seek to inspire and educate women. They talk about how they met on a couples' blind date, the yin and the yang of their co-founder relationship, and how creativity is an instinct we all have.Think Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
SNP co-founder Maureen Taylor talks to Stefan Richter and Claudia Dietze, co-founders of freiheit.com technologies, a software company based in Germany. They believe in creating digital platforms to enable a better future for everyone. On this episode of Think Like a Founder, they talk about curiosity, grit, and how honesty is key to their co-founder relationship.www.freiheit.com/en/Product Management Leadership Program with SNP and freiheit.com technologies: www.now.snpnet.com/pmThink Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes, and Renn Vara.
SNP co-founder, Maureen Taylor talks to Mainul Mondal, co-founder and CEO of Ellipsis Health. Ellipsis Health uses artificial intelligence to identify depression and anxiety through natural speech patterns. They are committed to solving the unmet needs of mental health for everyone. In this episode, Mainul and Mo talk about how creative outlets developed his curiosity as a child, democratizing mental health care, and how empathetic listening is fundamental to his mission. www.ellipsishealth.comhttp://bit.ly/Ellipsis_Health_Authority_Mag_ArticleThink Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco California. Learn more by visiting us at www.snpnet.com or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. Series Producer: Roisin Hunt. Sound design: Marc Ream. Creative Producer: Eli Shell. Content and scripting: Mike Sullivan. Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas. Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, John Hughes and Renn Vara.
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