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Author: Kara Goldin

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Kara Goldin, founder and CEO of Hint, sits down with today’s most fascinating entrepreneurs, disruptors, and change-makers for a no-holds-barred discussion of how they overcame long odds on the road to start-up success. Guests such as Guy Kawasaki (Apple, Canva), Julie Bornstein (The Yes, Stitch Fix), Mindy Grossman (WW), and Amy Errett (Madison Reed) share wisdom and anecdotes that will inspire you – and challenge you to think differently about achieving your goals. For more on the podcast as well as updates on all of Kara’s latest ventures, check out
145 Episodes
“As an entrepreneur, you can teach yourself. If you can maintain a high level of unacceptance, meaning not willing to stand for the status quo, not willing to land or stay with the circumstances, you're in.” Brandon Steiner is full-on guts and continuing to disrupt! Brandon delightfully shares his tried and true philosophy in business, entrepreneurism and life. We hear his valuable wisdom - what he learned from his childhood and the experiences that helped him become the high level entrepreneur that he is today. Hear how aiming to become extraordinary at something and not stopping at your first success (or challenge) is the way to go! What an incredible episode on the latest on #TheKaraGoldinShow Enjoying this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow? Let Kara know by clicking on the link below and sending her a quick shout-out on social! Show notes at Follow Kara on IG: Follow Kara on LinkedIn: Follow Kara on Twitter: Follow Kara on Facebook: Have a question for Kara about one of our episodes? Reach out to Kara directly at Brandon Steiner’s LinkedIn: Brandon Steiner’s Twitter: Brandon Steiner's Instagram: Brandon Steiner's Website:
“You decide if you want your business to survive. It’s kind of a mental decision that you make. You’re going to just stick with it through thick and thin and just by brute force, make it happen.” Gracing us on #TheKaraGoldinShow today is the incredible Marla Beck, Co-Founder and Former CEO of Bluemercury, the first omni-channel beauty retailer. In this episode, we talk about how she decided to start beauty e-commerce in 1999 and disrupt the beauty industry. Listen to Marla’s insightful stories about the importance of pivoting in business and innovating to fill the gaps in consumer needs. If you’re looking for inspiration to innovate and pivot in your entrepreneurial journey, definitely check this one out! Show notes at
“Every challenge in business gives us an opportunity to grow as a leader, but it's really how we show up in the world, how we show up with our team and then, our own mindset” Today, let's welcome the truly admirable Allison Maslan on #TheKaraGoldinShow! She is the author of the Wall Street Journal best-selling book, Scale or Fail, and the CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, a world leader in scaling companies and empowering business leaders. Listen to Allison’s entrepreneurial journey and the self-discoveries that led to her passion of helping businesses overcome the wall that she once hit. Allison also shares her revolutionary SCALEit Method, her signature process that has been proven to grow, replicate, and expand businesses. You definitely won’t want to miss out on this one! Show notes at
“You just gotta do things that are a little bit beyond people's expectations and imagination.” Meet Jeff Rosenthal, Co-Founder of Summit, an organization best known for its global community of thought leaders from across disciplines. Straight out of college in 2008, Jeff and his friends found the skeleton key to building connections in the midst of the recession. In this episode, Jeff shares his wonderful ventures and the golden nuggets of advice he picked up from some of the world’s most notable innovators. We’ll also talk about what drove Summit to move mountains and eventually own one, the Powder Mountain in Utah. Find out how to keep it surreal and globally impactful like Jeff, on this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at
“We all kind of move at a certain frequency or vibration, and we have to raise it up if we want to grow.” Jon Dwoskin overcame every possible life experience that could’ve gotten him stuck! Today, he is the author of The Think Big Movement, and Founder of The Jon Dwoskin Experience. At the age of 18, Jon already knew what he wanted to do and that was to help people reach their potential. But at age 30, he was diagnosed with cancer. And in 2008, a month after getting into a C-suite exec position, the market crashed. In this episode, Jon shares how he leveraged each tragedy and managed to come out better every time. Hear Jon’s awe-inspiring story on #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at
"Life is not a series of crises to endure, it's to be enjoyed." Tara Schuster, former executive at Comedy Central and best-selling author of Buy Yourselves the F*ckin Lilies, wants you to nurture yourself. At the age of 25, she hit rock bottom and decided it was up to her to take responsibility to nurture herself. To save her life. Her exciting tale of bravery is one incredible story and one that so many can learn from. Incredibly, she found herself with a book that is currently making people feel less alone. We hope you will listen in and learn at #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at
“I think making people feel less alone has never been more important.” Zibby Owens gets it! Moms don’t have time to do anything but share with Zibby. Host of the wonderful Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books podcast has built an inspiring community of Moms or people looking to reach Moms. Her interviews with authors, writers, and talented moms have created stories that all want to listen to. She took stories from the past year, ones shared about challenges throughout the pandemic including her own, and turned those stories into a wonderful book by the same title. On our podcast together she shares even more! This is definitely an episode you don't want to miss! Check it out now on the #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at
“Our success, personally and professionally, is dependent on the people that we surround ourselves with.” Meet the inspiring Ann Shoket, former Editor-in-Chief of the legendary Seventeen magazine. Today, Ann is the author of The Big Life and the Founder of the media and events platform, New Power Media, and the new owner of the very social impact network The Listen to this episode to uncover Ann’s journey and her take on the importance of communities and how connecting the right people together is always the answer. Show notes at
“Have the courage to go down your own career path and find champions along the way that will help support you on that journey.” In this episode, @tiffanibova shares where her fearlessness came from, how it all led her to her career path, and ultimately, how she learned to trust the process. As the current Chief Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of GROWTH IQ, she continues to share the art of the possible to inspire companies and executives to think differently about what they're doing in their business. Listen to her wonderful insights in both life and business! Show notes at
“Complacency is what will kill you. Complacency is what puts you at risk.” Whether it’s a mountain you want to climb or a challenge you want to surmount, you’re in for an episode of a lifetime! Today, we’re chatting with a friend and true inspiration, Alison Levine. American mountain climber, sportswoman, explorer and leadership guru. She is the author of On the Edge and the executive producer of a documentary, The Glass Ceiling. Listen to her extreme adventures and life lessons that helped her look at fear and persistence in an entirely new light. Show notes at
“I’ve talked to crazy executives, huge investors by just being a real human and just not pitching.” The business and brand star you all need to know about is joining us on #TheKaraGoldinShow! Growing up in a business-minded family, Sean Holladay knew he would have his own business someday. From running a janitorial company in the early days to launching an app called Crowd Mics alongside his older brother, then finally co-founding The Spacestation. Nonstop! Today, he and his business partner empower hundreds of creators to help brands tell their stories. Learn more about his entrepreneurial explorations before and after co-founding The Spacestation, how you can tap into social media to grow your influence, and some great career advice on the latest episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow Show notes at
"Take the initiative, pound on doors, people want people who are hungry and ambitious” Meet David Novak, former Co-Founder, retired Chairman, and CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc., one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with brands like KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell. Now the Founder and CEO of David Novak Leadership, David is helping people become the best leaders they can be. Listen to his amazing corporate experiences that led him to ultimately discover the awesome power of recognition. Check out the latest episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow now! Show notes at
“The game belongs to those who stay in the game.” You’re in for some fun with this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow. Jane Condon is hysterical! And a comedian and host of the Funny Over50 Podcast and 4 O’Clock Funnies. Her journey from journalist to comedian will have you laughing! The Associated Press has named her “an uppercrust Roseanne” and The New York Times says “Condon had the audience cackling, guffawing and in hysterics.” We all need a bit of laughter and Jane is the perfect remedy. This is an episode you don’t want to miss! Show notes at
“You have to fall in love with the idea or the problem that you’re trying to solve.”  What do you do after co-founding one of the hottest internet companies around? Some become VCs and start their own firm with other powerful entrepreneurs and notable people! Meet Lucy Deland, former COO and Co-founder of Paperless Post. Now as a VC of the super hot Inspired Capital, she is helping lift other entrepreneurs by investing and helping them launch their early-stage companies. This was a great episode. I can’t wait for you to listen. Show notes at  
“Don’t quit on yourself." We all love the story of an underdog and Jayson Waller’s story is no exception.   The founder and CEO of POWERHOME Solar, on a path to become a billion-dollar company btw, AND podcast host of the incredible True Underdog.  Listen to this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow to hear Jayson’s inspiring story. Show notes at
“I wanted to create something that everyone could relate to.” When Tina Wells was 16 she wasn’t sitting still. She was founding an agency.  A BIG agency — Buzz Marketing Group — with big-name clients like The Oprah Winfrey Network, Apple, and Johnson & Johnson. Then she became a best-selling author of the tween fiction series Mackenzie Blue. On today’s episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow, she shares more with us including her spin-off series The Zee Files. Listen for BIG inspiration.
"Fear creates action, inspiration produces change." David Meltzer is the Co-founder of Sports 1 Marketing and formerly served as CEO of the renowned Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment agency, which was the inspiration for the movie Jerry Maguire. His life’s mission is to empower OVER 1 BILLION people to be happy! Tune in to this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow to learn about David’s story and for advice on how you can find the light in every situation. Connect with Kara:  Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: LinkedIn:  Connect with David: Show notes at
“The one thing I recognized early on is that your network is your net worth.” Tracy Holland knows just what it takes to build a product. On this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow, Tracy shares how the challenges she faced only motivated her to co-found her company HATCHBEAUTY. You don’t want to miss this! Show notes at   Connect with Kara: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: LinkedIn:   Connect with Tracy: LinkedIn:  
“People want to be trusted to be able to make the decision about where they need to be at any given time to get their work done.” Karen Mangia has spent her career helping people understand what the customer wants.  Listen to hear Karen’s best tips on how to understand your customer, how to tap into your entrepreneurial roots, and what inspired her to write new books, Listen Up! How to Tune In to Customers and Turn Down the Noise and Working From Home: Making the New Normal Work for You.  Show notes at Connect with Kara:  Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: LinkedIn:  Connect with Karen:
“In every project, I always try to learn something new.” Jayma Cardoso, Founder, and CEO of Surf Lodge created one of the most fun and creative spaces in The Hamptons.  She brought community and creativity to Montauk and opened the Snow Lodge last winter in Aspen.  Hear from this incredible entrepreneur how the pandemic has really impacted the hospitality industry and how she has pivoted during this challenging time. You need to hear this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow! Show notes at
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