From Founder To CEO

From Founder To CEO

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April 6, 2021 47 min

Wool. An old friend with a new twist from a team that is on fire.

Dan chronicles the rise of Unbound Merino and also the merits of being "The Lazy Co-Founder."

What exactly does that mean? Listen and hear for yourself.

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Matt's tech is terrific. Matt is too. :)

He not only talks about why personalized video emails have such high conversion rates, but he also talks about why some co-founder relationships have such high failure rates.

He shares a particularly painful time period when he and his CTO were having some clashes. And, he shares his advice if this happens to you as well.

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Live events seem like a distant memory. But, not to Evan. He is a leading expert on the thing that keep live events going...ticket sales.

Listen as he describes his journey and the decision points he used to sell his company...before COVID-19 hit.

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Krista has beat cancer...twice. And, she worked her way through some shady characters undermining her business.

These very challenging situations led her to greater discoveries about herself AND a new path for her business.

She is an inspiration to us all. Listen and you'll see why.

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Have you ever wondered why some investors invest in your company and some don't? Have you ever wondered why some people buy into your ideas and some don't? Well, this successfully excited Founder and Former CEO might be able to help you.

Suneel Gupta wrote an amazing book entitled, "Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take a Chance on Yo...

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Todd walks through Myth #3 of Founder Fundraising

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Todd walks through Myth #2 of Founder Fundraising

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Todd walks through Myth #1 of Founder Fundraising

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This was such a FUN interview, with two people who quickly captured my heart.

Nicole and Mario are the Emmy Award Winning Co-founders you will want to listen to twice. They share so much wisdom in this episode that I thought about breaking it up into two episodes.

First, they talk about how they built this very unique company.

Secondly, they shared their secrets about b...

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Tyler is incredible. What he has been able to accomplish as a Founder while being a college student and college athlete is incredible.

You can probably hear in his voice that Tyler is very humble. And, he admits that does not like asking for help...or money. So, raising capital was challenging or him. So, what worked? Just telling stories.

Listen has he describes how he r...

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Financial projections for a Founder CEO are quite precarious. On the one hand you want to be careful not to over promise because others are relying on your predictions. On the other hand, you want to also send that message that you are optimistic about the future potential of the company...now, in the short-term, and of course in the long-term.

Listening to William describe his personal experience with a very "humbling" ...

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It takes a special person to be a wife, mother, physician, AND Founder. That special person is Dr. Allison Hull.

Listen as Allison explains her passion for health and well-being. And, I also encourage you to listen as she explains her personal challenge in keeping engaged with her team, using meetings effectively, and keeping her team motivated and inspired.

It all comes back to being a great Founder/Team Leader when YOU are a...

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Wow. Shae! She will inspire you and move your heart.

She shares her divinely inspired story as well as a few other really interesting topics:

  • How and why she hired a CEO.
  • Moving away from being a "doer"
  • What allows her to get into a "listening space"
  • And more...
  • She is a wealth of wisdom that I know you'll enjoy.

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    Justin's enthusiasm for success is infectious. However, beneath that enthusiasm is a lifetime of struggles, challenges, and unique experiences that few have had quite like he has.

    Justin makes a great case why it's so important to take care of yourself as a Founder, so that you have the capacity to take care of your team and customers.

    Listen to what happened to him and what advice he has for you.

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    Who you let in and out of your life is VERY important. Who you let in and out of your networks is VERY important. Who you let into and out of your company is VERY important.

    Liz has seemed to master these expertly. With backing from Sequoia, she and her co-founders have carved out servicing an important piece of tech...controlling access to any infrastructure at the ID-level.

    And, in this interview, Liz is super transparent ab...

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    I am a reluctant Cincinnati Bengals fan. (see their record for my reluctance justification). But, then again, I am not really a big football super fan anyway. But, I live in Ohio and I have seen (and heard) football superfans...especially from the school that starts with "THE." :)

    Despite this lack of interest, I was VERY interested to learn from my latest podcast guest about what he is doing to democratize the sports co...

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    My wife was a military spouse for a short time period. It's a very challenging role to be in, for sure.

    Michelle and her co-founder have harnessed the incredible skills and experiences of this force amazing group of people to help another amazing group of people...Founders like you.

    Michelle details how the company started and a surprising admission from someone who leads a virtual assistant firm.

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    CB Insights lists the company that Mike Praeger founded as a FinTech unicorn. Take a look here.

    Mike has some incredible insights about the history, the industry and of course one of the big lessons he learned on the journey From Founder To CEO.

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    I must admit...I could eat burgers from Sonic for every meal. So, when the former CEO of Sonic agreed to come on the show to help YOU learn from his experiences, I certainly could not say no.

    Cliff talks about his new book (Master of None: How a Jack-of-All-Trades Can Still Reach the Top) and its relevance to Founders. In fact, we specifically talk about his struggles "letting go" as the company grew and his feelings whe...

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    Being an entrepreneur is challenging. Being an entrepreneur AND a parent is even more challenging. For some, being a black entrepreneurial parent can be even tougher. James knows this. As a Founder himself, he understands the struggle and partnered with people like Brad Feld and many others to build this amazing startup Foundation.

    He's also quite candid about his personal struggles. In this interview, listen how James battl...

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