Launch Lessons

Launch Lessons

We have honest conversations with the world’s brightest founders to unpack the good, bad and ugly lessons that will help you become a better founder, leader and visionary.


October 5, 2022 67 min

Today, Sam is talking to Jim Rose, the CEO of CircleCI. Today, we'll be discussing the various pivots Jim had to make as the co-founder of fast-growing businesses, including the time when Facebook turned off his distribution model literally overnight. Jim also shares his lessons on building resilient teams and how he's navigated the market cycle.

Jim is a prolific entrepreneur and has founded eight companies over his 20-plus...

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Today, Sam is talking to Stuart Lombard, Founder and CEO of ecobee. Today, they'll be discussing the struggles of bringing the first WIFI-connected thermostat to market, both the early hurdles and excitement when Google's nest came to market, and the importance of resisting impulses to maintain focus and discipline.

ecobee is the global leader of WIFI connected thermostats that help millions of consumers save money, save ene...

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Today, Sam will be talking to Shannon Lincoln, Chief Financial Officer at Oyster HR. They discuss how she navigated the challenges of growing the team from 17 to 500 employees in under two years, how they've leaned into asynchronous work practices, and tips on how startups can build a diverse workforce.

Shannon and the team at oyster built a unicorn in just over two years, scaling the team and product at a rapid pace. It's n...

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Today, Sam is talking to Larry Gadea, CEO and Founder workplace platform used by the likes of Slack, Pinterest, and Airwallex. Today, we'll be discussing Larry's working in Silicon Valley before founding Envoy, how Envoy pivoted and reached unicorn status during the height of the pandemic, and how engineers can learn to become better leaders.

Larry was born in communist Romania before fleeing to Germany and then Canada, wher...

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Today, Sam will be talking to Brett, Chief Product Officer at MX and they discuss the early days of MX, the legacy of their recently passed Co-Founder and CTO Brandon Dewitt, and how he is striving to follow in Brandon's footsteps.

Brett Allred is the Chief Product Officer at MX, a fintech company that aims to connect people with their financial data in a way that automates their money experience. Brett started his career as an ...

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Today, Sam is talking to Kevin Spain, General Partner at Emergence Capital and they talk about Kevin's experiences as a founder and CEO during the .com crash, his time as an investor, healthy mechanisms for dealing with failure, the value of coaches, the launch of Xbox Live, and what venture capital firms look for in startups. All of this and more, on the Launch Lessons podcast.

Kevin Spain is the founder of and a ...

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Today, Sam is talking to Ajeet Singh, Co-founder and Executive Chairman at ThoughtSpot, and they discuss the importance of hiring people that will thrive at your company, what scaling culture looks like, and what it means to have an owner's mindset.

Ajeet Singh is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of ThoughtSpot, a business intelligence analytics search company that some have dubbed "The Google for Numbers". Ajeet st...

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