Karly Pavlinac - CEO of WAAM - Creating Access to the World's Best Celebrity Trainers for $19 / month
May 18 2020 • 49 min
Karly Pavlinac is building a platform called WAAM that allows everyday people to subscribe to workouts conducted by the world’s best celebrity trainers for $19 / month. She has a growing list of customers asking for access to her apps beta and ½ million dollars in funding. But road has not been easy. From sleeping on a mattress in her parent's living room, to having a loan of money essentially stolen by a disreputable app development company, Karly's story is about perseverance.
Don Shin - CEO of CrossComm on The Most Common Pitfalls Startups Experience When Building an App or Platform
May 04 2020 • 64 min
Don Shin is the CEO of CrossComm, an app development studio which is applying some of the most cutting edge technologies to the business problems of its' customers. In this episode we discuss augmented reality, virtual reality, AI, Bitcoin and the market opportunities these technologies open up. Also, Don describes the most common pitfalls that startups experience when building out an app or technology platform. Check out this episode with Don Shin, the CEO of CrossComm.
Eli Sheets, Founder of IdeaBlock - Using Blockchain to Protect Intellectual Property Rights
Mar 30 2020 • 78 min
Eli Sheets is the founder of IdeaBlock, an innovative new technology platform that leverages the power of blockchain to provide immutable and provable timestamps for intellectual property. Essentially, IdeaBlock's customers can prove when they first had their ideas, which helps them defend their intellectual property rights.
Joe Colopy, Co-founder and CEO of Bronto sold for $200M in 2015
Jan 09 2020 • 95 min
Back in early 2000’s, Joe Colopy left his job to build a software product - without funding or without even a firm idea of what to build. 15 years later Joe sold his company for $200M to Netsuite, without diluting his share with venture investment or debt. In this episode we talk about Joe’s upbringing, how he founded his company, found his first customers, partnered up with his co-founder, as well as how and why he sold the company and what it like to be on the other side.
Mark Johnson - Founder of Hotel Chatter, Jaunted and Vegas Chatter which was sold to CondeNast
Sep 09 2019 • 92 min
Back in the early 2000s, Mark started writing reviews for hotels. When he saw it start to gain traffic, he thought there could something bigger in this. Over the course of 10 years, Mark turned that idea into content business that he eventually sold to Conde Nast. I talk with Mark about what it was like to build and exit that business. But before we get into all that we spend time talking about Mark’s newest project Foodboro, angel investing and what its like to be a limited partner in a venture fu
James Avery - CEO of Adzerk, ad serving platform earning +$5M a year
Apr 22 2019 • 80 min
In this episode, I talk to James Avery founder and CEO of Adzerk about how he turned a small ad network doing 1 thousand dollars a month in revenue into an ad platform doing over 5 million a year. James talks about the different ways he priced the product and how unexpected invitation to stick around in a meeting at a customer’s office led him realize his key product differentiator and helped formulate the product strategy. James describes his company as “seed-strapped”. Listen on!
Allison Wood - CEO of LCMS+
Jul 18 2018 • 84 min
I interview Allison Wood, the CEO of LCMS Plus, an enterprise software solution that helps medical schools streamline accreditation reporting and gain insight into medical programs. Spun-out from Duke, LCMS Plus tracks educational components of medical school, including keeping track of student schedules, grades and evaluations. In this episode, Allison discusses how the company was created, how she manages life with her business partner husband, and how she has come to see the value her software provides
David Hadden - Co-CEO of Pro-ficiency
Jul 18 2018 • 59 min
David Hadden is the co-CEO of Pro-ficiency, a maker of simulation learning technology for the healthcare industry. Using Pro-ficiency’s technology, doctors, patients and clinical trial investigators can face real life scenarios and make decisions in a consequence free environment. David talks about how he came up with the idea for the company after helping train doctors in Africa and how simulation is a superior learning construct for those in jobs where people face life or death decisions.
Clarence Bethea - Founder of Upsie
Jul 18 2018 • 62 min
Founded in 2015 by Clarence Bethea, Upsie is an insurance technology company changing the way device warranties are purchased, managed and serviced. In this episode, Clarence tells the story of how he learned about his opportunity in the marketplace, how he got the first version of his product made, and what it was like to raise money via TechStars. Clarence also explains the thing that keeps him motivated and excited everyday.
Nathan Clendenin - Founder of StoryDriven
Jul 18 2018 • 71 min
Nathan Clendenin is the Founder of StoryDriven, an 8-time Emmy Award winning video marketing firm that specializes in telling human centric stories. In this episode Nathan, tells how he develops stories for his customers, what a "brand journalist" is, how StoryDriven comes up with their core values, and what it was like to get an Emmy. We also talk about what kind of stories he wants to tell.
Joe Bell - CEO of Cultivate
Jul 18 2018 • 68 min
Joe Bell is the CEO of Cultivate, a social media management platform that helps companies plan organize and execute social campaigns. Cultivate was featured in SXSW’s 2017 Startup Spotlight and won North Carolina Technology Association’s Top Tech Startup to Watch for 2017. In this episode, Joe shares his experience evolving his marketing company into a software company. He talks about bringing on co-founders and raising money from investors. He also gives his advice for how to land those first custo