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Founder Shares

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Every day, we at Hutchison PLLC work with founders and entrepreneurs as they fight and grind and stress and push to bring their visions to reality. We are inspired by their incredible stories of success, of failure, of reworking and trying again.
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How can a founder transition from a successful entrepreneur, to empowering other entrepreneurs by becoming a key figure in building startup communities? Join host Trevor Schmidt as he talks to Chris Heivly, Co-Founder of MapQuest and The Startup Factory and author of the book “Build the Fort”, about the importance of self-awareness, curiosity, and customer understanding for startup success--and how that success can, in turn, lead to building successful communities. What are some of the many ways that these startup communities can be beneficial? Find out on today's episode, as Trevor and Chris discuss the value of entrepreneurial communities, mentorship, and technology in navigating the entrepreneurial landscape effectively.Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
At the end of every Founder Shares episode, host Trevor Schmidt poses the question, “If there's one piece of advice that you would share with somebody who's thinking about starting a company or who's currently running their company, what would that advice be?” In this "Best Of" episode of Founder Shares, that question is answered with a collection of insightful advice from various founders and professionals who have graced the show throughout the season. Covering topics from taking the first step into entrepreneurship as discussed by Philip Freeman, Tina Tang, and Josh Owen, to the necessity of decisive action discussed by Tierney Schmidt, Scot Wingo, and Susan Cates, these discussions provide invaluable tips on overcoming business challenges and staying flexible within entrepreneurship. Tune in for information on strategic planning and building strong teams, with insights from Dan O’Korn, Neal Shah, Donald Thompson, and Joe Colopy, along with advice on the importance of leveraging networks highlighted by Jason Caplain, Charlie Banks, and Bill Spruil. Kurt Sysock, Tom Droege, Keith Daniel, and Dr. Nehemiah Mabry. If you want to learn the best ways to embrace the challenges of entrepreneurship, seek support, and remain resilient in pursuit of goals, look no further than today’s episode of Founder Shares.Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
Have you ever wondered about the myriad of ways your personal data can be utilized by artificial intelligence? What important legal considerations should you make when using AI professionally?On today's episode of Founder Shares, we talk to attorney Lucas Beal and dive deep into the legal implications of AI on data privacy, copyright, and patents. Can you legally copyright AI output for your business? And is it possible to own content created by artificial intelligence? Find out about individuals' rights as they pertain to AI, and discover the important distinctions between personally identifiable information and de-identified data. Additionally, hear more about the use of protected health information (PHI) in AI training and the impact on consent and compliance with evolving regulations like the EU AI Act. Tune in to this thought-provoking episode to get some assistance navigating the complex world of AI.Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
Ever wondered how successful entrepreneurs navigate through challenges and achieve groundbreaking success? In our latest podcast episode, we dig into the remarkable journey of Scot Wingo. From founding companies like Stingray and ChannelAdvisor to revolutionizing traditional business models with Spiffy, Scot embodies the spirit of innovation. But what sets him apart? Join us as we uncover Scot's secret sauce – mentorship, seizing opportunities, and strategic decision-making. Looking to carve your path to success? Tune in to discover how Scot's experiences and insights can guide you through the maze of entrepreneurship.Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to navigate the labyrinth of venture capital and emerge as a true industry luminary? Join host Trevor as he takes us into the dynamic world of venture capital with industry titan Jason Caplain, Co-Founder and General Partner of Bull City Venture Partners. With a career spanning over twenty years, Jason's investments have catalyzed the success of renowned companies like Channel Advisor, Wedding Wire, Spiffy, and Spoonflower. Find out as Trevor and Jason embark on a journey through the heart of entrepreneurship and investment, offering insights that promise to reshape your perspective on the power of purpose in business.Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
Ever wondered how startups in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors navigate the maze of university licensing agreements? Join us as we sit down with Dan O'Korn, a seasoned attorney specializing in life sciences. Dan sheds light on the critical role of legal counsel in securing fair agreements and avoiding potential pitfalls early in the licensing process. From dissecting license fees to understanding royalty rates and milestone payments, Dan offers practical advice for startups diving into this complex terrain.Tune in as Dan shares his insights on the power of early connections and navigating the dynamic world of university licensing agreements.Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
Ever wondered what it takes to navigate the dynamic landscape of technology ecosystems? How about fostering a workplace revolution or leaving an indelible mark on the entrepreneurial scene? Well, today's guest, Bill Spruil, has the answers. Welcome into the mind of a true entrepreneurial icon, someone who not only sold a company for hundreds of millions but also orchestrated a windfall that created 25 new millionaires in the Triangle area. Bill shares his insights on shaping a legacy, spearheading diversity initiatives, and, most importantly, catalyzing a workplace revolution. From his roots as employee number five at CED, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, to founding and selling Global Data Consortium, Bill's journey is a roadmap for success in the ever-evolving tech world.Stay tuned for an eye-opening conversation that delves into the nitty-gritty of entrepreneurship, leadership, and the future of technology in the Triangle area. Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
Hey, fellow dreamers and doers, welcome to Founder Shares! Today's rooftop rendezvous at the American Underground has us pondering a crucial question: Where does the magic of entrepreneurship truly begin?We've dissected founders' journeys and investors' insights, but today, we're turning our gaze to the spaces where ideas incubate and collaborations bloom—coworking spaces. As we soak in the Durham skyline, we're joined by Alison, Carl, and Tim, each a maestro orchestrating innovation in their unique coworking realms.So, here's the question: Can the space you work in shape the success of your venture? Join us on this special episode as we unravel the secrets of coworking, exploring how the right environment can be the catalyst for your entrepreneurial symphony. Get ready for insights, anecdotes, and solutions that might just redefine your workspace narrative. Founder Shares—the podcast that not only asks the questions but provides the answers. Let's dive into the coworking cosmos together!Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
Today's Founders Shares podcast episode presents a unique perspective that I'm sure will resonate with many of you. We typically delve into the stories of seasoned entrepreneurs and their businesses. However, this time, we're flipping the script.In this episode, we're going to embark on a journey with someone who's at the starting line, someone who's young, and full of potential, but hasn't yet launched a full-fledged business. We're exploring the nascent stages of entrepreneurship, and it's a privilege for me to introduce our special guest – my own daughter, Tierney Schmidt.Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
In the world of radiation oncology, precision is paramount. Every millimeter matters when it comes to treating cancer patients with radiation therapy. But what happens when the very technology designed to save lives becomes a source of potential errors and inefficiency?Today, we're delving into the fascinating world of radiation oncology and the critical role technology plays in patient care. Our guest, Kurt Sysock, co-founder and CEO of Radformation, has a solution that not only saves valuable time but also eliminates planning errors in the treatment process.Stay tuned for an episode that not only reveals the challenges but also provides the keys to solving them, right here on Founder Shares. Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
Today we welcome our guest Neal Shah, who is the CEO at CareYaya Health Technologies Inc.Are you frustrated with the challenges of finding reliable and affordable home care for your elderly loved ones or medically vulnerable children? The current system might leave you overwhelmed and underwhelmed.Tune in to this episode to discover how Neal Shah's extraordinary journey led to the creation of CareYaya, a visionary health-tech startup. And if you’re a founder, you’ll learn some valuable lessons from Neal as he navigates his way through growing his startup. Learn how CareYaya is revolutionizing the home care landscape, connecting families with trustworthy caregivers through an innovative marketplace. By the end, you'll have the insights you need to transform your approach to home care. Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
Ever wondered what the UK startup scene looks like compared to the US? Today we welcome Henry Humphreys, the managing partner of Humphreys Law, a London-based law firm specializing in technology, media, and startups. The episode delves into the differences between the UK and US startup scenes, highlighting London's emergence as a leading European hub for venture investment. Henry discusses the challenges and opportunities faced by UK startups, including the importance of successful exits and the impact of government policies and regulations. The conversation also touches on the rise of AI, climate tech, and other exciting technologies driving the future of the tech startup ecosystem.Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
Tina Tang has made a lot of noise recently in the Triangle (Raleigh / Durham NC) startup community, having secured funding from well-known local investors NC IDEA, the Triangle Tweener Fund, and Primordial. Here's how she did it.---Tina Tang is is the co-founder and CEO of Bristles, a startup that’s developed a mobile app to help design home DIY projects.Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
As a poor kid, Geraud Staton became an entrepreneur out of necessity, initially selling Blow Pops to the rich kids at school. He's hustled and he's seen how to grow a business, and he wanted to give back. So he started Helius (now Echo) because he wanted to level the playing field when it came to minority and women owned businesses. According to Geraud, "There are too many knowledgeable business people in our community for anyone to not have the skills they need to survive as hard working entrepreneurs." ---Geraud Staton is the CEO of Echo, Coach, Actor and Painter.Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
In the startup world, you're moving 100 miles an hour at all times, and data privacy rules aren't exactly high on the daily to-do list. But what happens if you're not compliant? And more importantly, what happens if that non-compliance leads to negative consequences to your clients, partners, and the company as a whole?   Lucas Beal is an attorney at Hutchison PLLC who specializes in privacy and security, employment law, contract negotiation, and corporate law. Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
At NC State's Entrepreneurship Clinic through the Poole College of Management, Haley Huie helps train the next generation of founders by both teaching entrepreneurship and having students gain real life experience.Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
Melissa Katrincic is the President and CEO of Durham Distillery, home of Conniption Gin and Corpse Reviver Cocktail Bar and Lounge. She’s the first female distiller inducted into the Gin Guild (founded in 1638), and today she shares her story of how she and her husband Lee decided to become gin distillers, the challenges of getting liquor onto shelves, the trademark headaches they went through, and what's next in spirits.Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
Hannah Weisberg is the founder and CEO of The Women’s Social Club,  a women supporting women platform and community that has expanded from 1 location in Raleigh to 10 locations in 2 years. It’s a movement that’s spreading throughout the southeast and throughout the country. But The Women’s Social Club is not Hannah’s first venture - it all started with a dream that turned into a pandemic nightmare.Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
As a structural engineer and PhD student at NC State University, Nehemiah Mabry was asked to put together a video for the Stay With It Campaign, which would encourage students to stick with their engineering passion. The video was a smash hit and was even played on MTV, and all of a sudden people started asking Nee to produce videos. So he did, and he had a business.  But how could he take that business from side hustle to scalable?Dr. Nehemiah Mabry is the Founder and CEO of STEMedia and host of the STEMedia Podcast.Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
Keith Daniel and Tom Droege saw a problem in the startup and investment community - Black founders are not on equal ground when trying to build a business. They saw it in their interactions with founders and investors, but they also looked at it from a historical context. The oppression of the Black community in America starting with slavery, then barriers to owning land, and barriers to vote. That takes decades to overcome - but Keith and Tom are trying to accelerate that process.Keith Daniel and Tom Droege are the Co-Founders of Resilient Ventures, a committed capital fund dedicated to disrupting systemic economic injustice by expanding access to capital, networks, and opportunity to African American founders. Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
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