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Cultures within Capitalism

Author: Holly Howard

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This is a podcast looking at all things company culture. Through this series, we’ll speak to entrepreneurs who are part of the Ask Holly How community to understand the different cultures that exist under the broad umbrella of capitalism. We’ll look into how our personal stories impact the cultures we create. Our music is composed and performed by me on the bassoon and Johnny Simon on guitar. It’s inspired by the 5-note pentatonic scale of Scottish folk music in the 18th century - the same time Adam Smith was formulating Capitalism. Our sound engineer is Johnny Simon, and our logo design is by Rodrigo Miguel with illustrations by Rodrigo & Kathleen Scudder. The [w/n] abbreviation is a nod to scientific chart-writing.
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This month on the pod, I welcome Alex Daly and Ally Bruschi of Orchard Street. You may remember Alex Daly as the very first guest on this podcast back in 2022, and now she is back with her partner Ally as they launch Orchard Street—a seed fund that invests in workplace-shaping ideas—pairing funding with deep strategic advising around Comms, Operations, and Culture Building. Alex and Ally tell us about their journey into VC and how they were able to create such a solid infrastructure and cultu...
This podcast holds very special meaning for me. Susan Povich of the Red Hook Lobster Pound was one of my very first clients and the first client I ever got through cold outreach (you'll have to listen all the way to the end to find out how I did it!). Susan and her husband Ralph, partners in RHLP, are an incredible force and are full of wisdom. Susan takes us back to the beginning, before Brooklyn was a brand before the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg were a nationwide brand. This year marks RH...
This month on the pod, I welcome Rachel Van Dolsen, Founder of RVD Communications –– Recently Acquired by Band of Insiders. I'm excited to bring Rachel's story of how she built and sold RVD Communications. She is a 2022 graduate of the Business Growth Program and, during graduation, set a goal to sell her company, so I was thrilled to receive an email from her earlier this year informing me that she made that dream a reality. RVD Communications, an award-winning PR and influencer market...
Harry Doull of Keap

Harry Doull of Keap

2024-02-0601:13:46

This month on the pod, I welcome Harry Doull of Keap. Keap was born from a philosophical question: In an always-on world, how can we reconnect with ourselves and restore our balance with nature? This is a very rich conversation about running a business today. Harry shares what it was like to grow up in a castle! (bed and breakfast) and the business lessons he learned (one of my favorite conversations about marketing), how he decided to leave his job at YouTube to start Keap, why he's committe...
Al Fine of Dame

Al Fine of Dame

2023-11-2701:00:28

This month on the pod, I welcome Al Fine of Dame. Dame is committed to changing the way sexual wellness and pleasure are understood and experienced in the world. Wired named Dame one of the most innovative wellness companies of 2020, and Al was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine's 30 under 30. Al shares what it has been like to usher Dame through its first almost-decade of life, the childhood experiences that inspired her to become a sexologist (it has to do with show and tell!), how she star...
This month, I welcome to the pod Cari Sekendur of Butter Studio and host of the podcast The Spread: Where Sports and Creativity Meet Bottom Line. Cari is a talented designer living out her vision from Berlin. Her work has recently been featured in The Brand Identity, The Creative Review, and AIGA Eye on Design, among many others. A fellow Chicagoan, Cari, shares how her unconventional background led her to launch her studio and have the confidence to pursue her vision of working globally. She...
This month on the pod, I welcome Mandell Conway, founder of Giving Is Like and Coach at Seth Godin's altMBA. This episode holds a special place in my heart as Mandell is also a founding member of Book Club! Mandell shares his journey from learning childhood lessons from his mother about giving, how that informed his approach to generosity, his very winding path to joining the coaching team at the altMBA, and launching his daily newsletter. Though we didn't set out with this intenti...
Sara Berks of Minna

Sara Berks of Minna

2023-09-1101:01:38

This month I welcome to the pod Sara Berks of Minna. Minna is a queer-lead BCorp selling ethically handcrafted goods for you and your home. In this episode, Sara shares generously about what it's like to collaborate with 26 artisan groups throughout Latin America, what her 5th-grade bedroom looked like (hello blow-up couch!), how queerness has been a guiding principle, what she's learned about herself managing a small team—it's a journey!, prioritizing mental health in the middle of a 1...
Chelsea Minola of Grain

Chelsea Minola of Grain

2023-08-1101:09:19

This month on the podcast, I welcome Chelsea Minola of Grain in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Chelsea and her husband, James Minola, run a creative partnership exploring the poetic objects of an intentional life. Chelsea shares her experience with design, becoming a certified BCorp, deciding to run a design studio outside of a major city, investing in robots to expand their practice, her deep devotion to the environment and their stunning new cork collection, what it's like to wo...
Alex Schmidt (b. Chicago, IL) is an artist and MFA candidate at Hunter College (anticipated graduation F/W 2023). Alex has been a guest lecturer for my business growth programs on the topics of both feedback and improvisation for leaders. I find Alex’s work brilliantly helpful when it comes to thinking more openly about what feedback is and how improv can help you create a crack through which an unexplored version of yourself can emerge—very helpful when you find yourself growing as a leader....
This month, I welcome my fellow Irish Midwesterner ;) Molly Fitzpatrick of Dittohouse and Molly Fitzpatrick Studio. Molly is that rare entrepreneur who truly operates from a place of wholeness and integrity. Molly shares her wisdom about how she used her values to guide the creation of systems of solidarity with her manufacturing partners—Trama Textiles in Guatemala—her commitment to the profit-first model, her deep reverence for American textiles, and what it's like to unschool her children ...
This month I'm excited to welcome Brent Young of The Meat Hook and Cozy Royale to the pod. Brent is one of my longest-standing clients, and it's always a joy and a privilege to witness someone's growth over a long period of time. Brent shares so much wisdom, including what it's like to start out as four business partners and be the last man standing, why culture doesn't just replicate itself in a new venture and how intentional you need to be, how his commitment to regenerative agriculture in...
This month I'm excited to welcome Erica Weiner and Lindsay Salmon of Erica Weiner to the pod. Erica and Lindsay are a dynamic duo and one of the rare examples of business partners who achieve longevity. Hear their experience of what it's like to go through couples therapy as business partners, completely transform their business model from a table at the original artists and fleas to two brick and mortars to an online-focused business, to what it's like to let go of their entire team and rebu...
Luis Mojica is the founder of Holistic Life Navigation. Unlike the previous episodes, Luis is neither a graduate of the Business Growth Program nor a private client. Luis is my former therapist and a dear colleague. In this episode, we talk about his journey to Somatic Therapy, what couples therapy can teach you about leadership, non-charged capitalism, and changing how you relate to your business and your employees. I share a bit about my own experience with this work (there are tears) and h...
Mike Duesenberg is a 2021 graduate of the Business Growth Program. Mike is the founder of Blank Studio in Chicago, IL (#wootwoot). Mike is our first solopreneur on the pod. We talk about everything from his family history with the Duesenberg Car, Indy Racing, Starter Jackets, his first record label in 2002, powerlifting, and our favorite Real Housewives, lol! He shares his wisdom about learning the difference between inspiration and discipline (so valuable), the difference between truth and t...
Ellie Lum of Klum House

Ellie Lum of Klum House

2022-08-2101:02:43

Ellie Lum of Klum House joins the pod to share her journey from friendship-bracelet maker to psychedelics dealer to graffiti artist, bike messenger, industrial sewer to educator and entrepreneur. She shares her feelings and insights about rules & structure, the difference between leadership & management, the importance of seeing yourself as separate from your company, using your values as major decision-making criteria, how graffiti informed her thoughts about marketi...
Culture^2 Episode 1

Culture^2 Episode 1

2022-08-0901:06:33

This is a new series under the Cultures [w/n] Capitalism umbrella. We're bringing together pop culture and business culture to learn valuable lessons about growth. In this episode, Matt Little returns to discuss:JLo’s Halftime Documentary on NetflixBeyonce’s Break My SoulMartha Stewart’s new podcast with Snoop episode #1We'll dig into psychographics versus demographics, leadership, visioning, operations, values culture, and so much more! Be sure to download the worksheet and think about ...
St. John Frizell is the founder of Fort Defiance, and partner at Gage & Tollner and the Sunken Harbor Club, all in Brooklyn, NY. This episode talks about visioning, perseverance relating to regeneration and growth, and creating jobs with dignity.
Alex Daly of Daly

Alex Daly of Daly

2022-06-0959:07

For our first official interview, I’m super excited and honored to share this episode with Alex Daly, founder of Daly. When it comes to communication, nobody does it better than Alex and Daly. Daly is a communications agency that digs deep to tell untold stories for people and companies who truly believe and invest in what they're doing. Alex is inspiring and thoughtful and her words of wisdom are generous. We talk about all things company culture, building a company, pivoting a company, vuln...
Ask Holly How Turns 10

Ask Holly How Turns 10

2022-06-0801:10:58

Matt Little interviews Holly about her story and the first 10 years of Ask Holly How. A transcript of this episode can be found here.
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