The Startup Story

The Startup Story

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.... Show More

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May 25, 2020 29 min
About this episode Startup Story LIVE was a livestream event, and it wrapped, and it was a fantastic success. This week on the podcast, I am providing a recap of the event. Initially, the event was supposed to be an in-person conference in Dallas. And then, COVID-19 happened. We had to pivot to that event entirely into an online virtual summit. The event surpassed my wildest dreams and expectations. During the two-day virtual summ...
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About this episode This week's featured founder is Michael Coles, founder of The Great American Cookie Company. Michael will share his journey through family hardship and financial ruin, his bankruptcy, and a motorcycle crash that almost destroyed his life. He then takes us through how he started a cookie business, one which would go on to be one of the most successful cookie brands in the country. Due to the Coronavirus, Micha...
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About this episode Jaime Schmidt started Schmidt’s Naturals after attending a local recreational class on how to make shampoo. From that class, she grew Schmidt’s Naturals to the point that Unilever bought Schmidt’s Naturals just seven years from when she started. Since Jaime’s sale of Schmidt’s Naturals to Unilever, she continues to represent the brand as an ambassador. However, she is now working on two new ventures, her book, Su...
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About this episode WhiteFox Defense Technologies is a drone mitigation technology company founded by Luke Fox. He was building an organization to manufacture drones in an affordable way for research and humanitarian efforts. In doing so, he started to see that drones were being sought out by people and organizations that had incredibly sketchy purposes for the use of drones. From those observations, he developed a device that is n...
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About this episode TenOneTen Ventures is an early-stage venture fund. The firm personifies entrepreneurial expertise within the technology space. Their mission is to back entrepreneurs who inspire them, then do whatever it takes to help them get the job done. Minnie Ingersoll is co-founder of Shift and partner at TenOneTen Ventures. This week she joins us to share her entrepreneurial origin story, as well as some of the work OneTen...
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About this episode Uncommon Goods is an online marketplace that connects makers and their creations with shoppers looking for genuinely unique goods. It's the online marketplace place to go to when looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone in your life (hint: like moms, Mother's Day is right around the corner!). In addition to the incredible items sold directly from the makers, Uncommon Goods key sales stra...
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April 20, 2020 29 min
About the episode This Bonus Episode of The Startup Story is the type of story we should all be hearing in the midst of this Coronavirus. This startup story doesn't have one that is a "lifetime in the making." No, it was forced upon Chef Zach because of the pandemic we are all living through. So within just 3-weeks from being laid-off from his restaurant job, Chef Zach established a website that allows normal people, li...
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April 13, 2020 55 min
About this episode Meet Eric Bandholz, founder of Beardbrand. Beardbrand works to bring high-quality products to beardsmen. And, in case you could not tell from my podcast cover art, I am not a beardsman. So how did Eric and his company appear on my radar? I discovered Beardbrand because they were a featured success story during a series of commercials during the most recent World Series. Aside from the exposure they received from ...
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About this episode Our guest this week is Naysa Mishler, co-founder of Everest Effect. Everest Effect is a marketplace that seeks to connect those impacted by disasters directly with brands that can meet the needs of those affected. Including the Nashville tornadoes that destroyed much of a city, the wildfires in Australia or California that seem to occur year after year, or yes, even a global Pandemic like COVID-19. Everest Effect...
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About this episode In this episode, I share a new way to move forward with your business in the face of Coronavirus. Every single one of us has been impacted, in some way, by the Coronavirus. In fact, over the past few weeks, it has been at the top of every headline, discussion forum, and even populated most of the social posts we see. The impact of this virus is far-reaching. Today, I offer a different way of seeing things amids...
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March 23, 2020 59 min
About this episode This week's featured founder is an entrepreneur who was miserable in his career with the NFL and decided it was time to create a brand that matters. Meet Nate Checketts, co-founder and CEO of Rhone. Rhone is an activewear brand specifically for men. You may immediately associate Lululemon as a women's brand. Well, that is what Rhone is for men. Apparel is an incredibly hard industry, and what makes Nate&#...
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March 16, 2020 70 min
About this episode Wouldn’t you love the idea of never having to cart around personal hygiene products to work, ever again? Enter The Lieu. It is a subscription box service dedicated to bringing everything that today’s female hopes their workplace restroom would have. Rebecca Lima is co-founder and CEO of The Lieu, and she is this week’s featured founder. The Lieu delivers beauty, grooming, and personal hygiene products to offices...
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March 9, 2020 54 min
About this episode Why won’t you let yourself succeed? What is holding you back from growing or starting your business? Those are the questions this week’s guest, Tucker Max, the co-founder of Scribe Media, wants you to ponder. Tucker Max is also a New York Times best-selling author and ghostwriter. He is someone who knows a thing or two about book writing, marketing, and selling. And his company, Scribe Media, builds off of his s...
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About this episode Denise Woodard started Partake Foods because of an incredibly scary situation involving her daughter and an allergic reaction to food. While Denise’s daughter is now perfectly fine, that event revealed to her the challenges that exist in the food space today. What makes Denise’s story so interesting is the complexity involved with navigating the food industry, which we unpack in this episode. Denise drops so many...
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February 24, 2020 74 min
About this episode Nena & Co. makes unique one-of-a-kind artisan purses, bags, and accessories. This week the founder of Nena & Co., Ali Hynek, unpacks her startup journey for us. While her company may be known for beautiful bags and accessories, the heart of the company is to support individuals and families in Guatemala by helping to create sustainable income opportunities for everyone they work with. They are changing t...
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February 17, 2020 78 min
About this episode The Guild is looking to bring the 200,000-year-old hotel industry into the new age. In this episode, we highlight one of its co-founders, Brian Carrico. The Guild has over 600 units in 6 major markets and continues to grow. The Guild brings to hotels all the things you love about being home. The goal is to bring all the best of what we desire from a hotel stay and what we love about home into one vacation experi...
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February 10, 2020 72 min
About this episode I’d like you to meet Sean Cannell, founder of Think Media. Sean Cannell is a best selling author, YouTuber, and speaker centered on helping entrepreneurs and creatives build their influence with online video. Sean’s YouTube channels have over one million subscribers, his videos have been viewed over 43 million times and he has been featured as one of the “20 Must Watch YouTube Channels That Will Change Your Busin...
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February 3, 2020 62 min
About this episode This week’s featured founder is Ju Rhyu, Co-Founder of Hero Cosmetics. Hero Cosmetics is an acne and skincare brand. Hero started out with the Mighty Patch, an acne patch which provides you with a real solution for pimple emergencies. When I mentioned to my 14-year-old daughter that I was interviewing the founder of the Mighty Patch, she knew exactly what it was. Ju’s story really paints the picture of how someo...
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About this episode Meet Jeanne Schaaf, Race Director and Co-Founder of Ultra Expeditions. Ultra Expeditions creates incredible running adventures, organizes races, and develops custom coaching programs for all ability levels. I’ve interviewed several past founders who, along their journey, created race companies. They’ve even shared some behind the scenes of what is needed to execute one. Yet, for the very first time, during my con...
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About this episode This week I am joined by Patrick Curtis, founder of Wall Street Oasis. Wall Street Oasis serves more than 2 million people per month through its free discussion forums and its premium online courses all related to finance careers. Over the last decade, Patrick has built Wall Street Oasis into the largest online community focused on careers in finance. Patrick built Wall Street Oasis as a safety net after he was ...
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