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It takes a village to... raise a startup? As we go through the journey of bringing a business from inception to success, it's important to be open to feedback: from trusted advisors, from would-be investors, from your team and community. But when everyone has an opinion, how do we cut through the noise? Debbie Fortnum has some ideas. As she and her cofounder built their AI workplace optimization platform Macondo Vision, they had to learn how to wade through all the (ofttimes-conflicting) advice they were getting and filter it down to just the most meaningful bits. Listen in for tips on incorporating feedback while remaining authentic to your vision, establishing boundaries, prioritizing your pitches, and more. https://www.macondovision.com/
Sometimes a business is just an idea, and sometimes it's a calling. As Sasha Seymore joins Brett Kistler to share his story, it's easy to see how every step along the way led him toward founding Learn to Win. From early experiences uncovering the power of sports as a means of conflict resolution, to struggles memorizing plays as a college athlete, to a fortuitous reunion with an old friend (now co-founder) in grad school, Sasha has synthesized those experiences and passions to help bring Learn to Win where it is today. Learn to Win provides a platform for government agencies, sports teams, businesses, and more to build science-driven trainings and deliver the "last mile" of learning in an effective, engaging way. https://www.learntowin.com/
When COVID-19 emerged on the global landscape, Emmanuel Elmajian and his team at Spinzo were amongst the hardest hit. Their platform is designed to help teams and venues move unsold tickets using "crowd pricing" and incentive schemes, and overnight the in-person event world blew up. Venues were canceling and refunding their events haphazardly and no one knew what was coming next. Emmanuel joins Brett Kistler on the show to talk about how he leaned into his strengths - as a customer service-obsessed, tech developer first. Almost overnight, Spinzo rolled out a new product to address their customers' need to communicate the rapidly-changing situation to ticketholders, and have emerged from the early chaos of the pandemic charged up and ready to thrive. http://www.spinzo.com
We're doubling down on Founder Vision today. Kevin Mackey and Tim Metzner, two of the cofounders of Coterie Insurance, join Brett Kistler as well as today's cohost Brian Gupton - Clearview's own VP of Sales. Drop in to a fun, flowing conversation as the four explore a number of topics. Kevin and Tim discuss how they build teams that balance their members' strengths: the value of experience vs the fire of fresh ideas, the drive to push a new startup forward vs the steadiness to lead it in the long run. They discuss how they assess potential hires for their competency as well as for cultural fit, how to "disagree and commit" in the face of differing opinions, keeping their core values of humility and intelligence at the forefront, and so much more. https://coterieinsurance.com/
A common adage in founding a business is that you should begin with your exit strategy in mind. Nathan Kelleher understands that intimately; he helped found business verification platform Detected - in the middle of a pandemic lockdown, no less! - and within a year had stepped aside to let it grow without him. He is now focusing his energies as a cofounder and director at True Altitude, a UK-based venture capital fund. Through his experience starting and supporting new businesses, he's learned plenty of what to do - and sometimes more importantly, what not to do. He joins Brett Kistler on the podcast to give us a sneak peak into what he's learned, including establishing a new business culture when you're locked in your houses, knowing when to dig in and when to step aside, managing conflicts amongst founding teams, supporting the next generation of founders, and more.
How can we tackle big, challenging energy issues? By attracting a diverse, passionate team and putting that passion to use. Imran Noorani and his team at Peak Power are taking on the ambitious project of making the climate polluters part of the climate solution in a revenue-positive way. They design AI-powered energy solutions to help building owners put the environment on the balance sheet. He joins Brett Kistler to discuss how Peak Power strives to gel their diverse team together through JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) principles, transparent communication, practice-what-you-preach mental health support, and more. https://peakpowerenergy.com/
In 20+ years of working with startups and scale-ups, Matt Wilkinson has learned a few things. He joins Brett Kistler on the show to talk about how he is applying those lessons to his newest endeavor: SameSide (sameside.io). SameSide aims to remove the friction and time-wasters from business-to-business commerce by creating a solutions-based blueprint to tackle business problems, then linking businesses with the right experts and partners, the first time. It's a whole new way to approach B2B commerce, and attempting to shift such a massive industry can feel like a herculean task. Matt shares his philosophy about carving out a path for startup success, what inspires him to keep tackling this problem, and more.
Miles Ceralde understands the power of design. As the Head of Product Design at SetSail (https://www.setsail.co/), he is building a team to support their AI-driven Revenue Execution Platform - and building it his way. Join Brett Kistler on Founder Vision with Clearview to hear how Miles uses design principles to structure team expectations, and how you can "design delight" into everything from mundane meetings to cocktail parties. (By the way, when is the last time you reticulated your splines?) Miles has some great insight into what it takes to build a winning product from a user experience standpoint - hint: build the airplane round the users, don't ask them to change planes in midair.
Caleb Avery from Tilled has been on every side of the fundraising arena. He's successfully bootstrapped a business from the ground up to >100 salespeople, he's been an investor for 22 different startups, and now he and the team at Tilled have successfully raised over 13 million dollars in funding to support their PayFac-as-a-Service product. He joins Brett Kistler on the show to discuss the perspective he's gained about the benefits and potential pitfalls of VC funding, lessons learned in listening to the data and ensuring your project has true market fit, scaling up while maintaining team cohesion, and more.
Tamas Cser from Functionize has never been afraid of change. That kind of boldness and optimism is crucial for entrepreneurship. He joins Brett Kistler on the podcast to talk about his journey from a professional violinist in Budapest to the founder of a successful tech startup in San Francisco. Along the way, he shares how his familial history inspired him to cultivate intrinsic skills rather than extrinsic gains, how he tries to incorporate an abundance mindset into his company culture, and more. Tamas has learned to trust that if you do your best, everything will probably work out, and that philosophy has empowered him to take risks and chase his passions across the world. functionize.com
How do you go from zero to contemplating serving two and a half million users in a few short years? Aaron Enten from Insight Optics has some ideas, and he joins Brett Kistler on the show to share. Here's a hint: it's all about teamwork. Aaron believes that a leader's job is to find people who know more than he does, bring them on, and then get out of their way as fast as possible. Tune in to hear about how leadership looks at Insight Optics, including the hard parts: recognizing your own shortcomings and weaknesses, trusting your advisors even when they're telling you things you may not enjoy hearing, and incorporating ideas and vision from the bottom-up as well as top-down. With this culture of leadership and teamwork, Insight Optics has a developed a fascinating technology that is leading the way in preventing preventable diseases by decentralizing medicine and getting quality diagnostic imaging into expert hands - even if those experts happen to be on the other side of the world. Insight Optics: io.care
Tea could be considered humanity's first international currency, and its complex entrenchment with politics, culture, and colonization reflects that history. Elyse Petersen and her team at Tealet are bringing modern technology into an ancient trade with a mind for disrupting the darker sides of the market by linking family farms with international buyers and tracing every leaf from field to cup. Elyse joins Brett on the podcast to discuss how contemporary blockchain technology can help promote transparency and equity in the tea trade, and shares some personal lessons she's learned about balancing confidence with humility on a quest for success.
In today's rapidly-moving world, it's common to quickly form engineering teams who are used to working with a variety of technologies and processes. In the race to develop, deploy, and move on to the next project, it can be difficult to identify where our teams are struggling, why they're burning out, and how we can improve our processes. That's where Pablo Ferrari and his team at ProcessLabs.ai come in. Pablo joins Brett to discuss how ProcessLabs is using data-driven metrics to help engineering teams succeed and optimize both product quality and engineer satisfaction. He also shares how he applies the same principles that drive ProcessLabs in his personal life to accomplish his own goals.
If there's one thing we know about business, it's that timing is everything. Marshall Mosher and his team at Vestigo got to experience that firsthand as they took their adventure-based team building platform virtual - just in time for a global pandemic to send teams across the world into the virtual workspace. He joins Brett Kistler to share the extraordinary coincidence of technological advancements and timely innovation that allowed Vestigo to charge boldly forward into their latest adventure. Vestigo - vestigo.co Singularity University - su.org
Is three a crowd? Most startups are begun by a single founder, one person who is trying to bring his or her vision to fruition. In the case of uDroppy, that responsibility and opportunity was shared by three co-founders: Carlo Bellati, Luca Borreani, and Nicolo Manica. Carlo joins Brett Kistler on Founder Vision to share his unique perspective on the challenges and benefits of founding a company as a team of friends. https://www.udroppy.com/
Founding a startup is no easy task, and it's common to be plagued with worries and self-doubt during the process. Albert Santalo from 8base knows this better than most, and he joins Brett Kistler to share lessons he's learned about the faith it takes to drive a startup through to maturity, the importance of defining a successful exit point as a founder, the role of ego in startup decision making, and more. https://www.8base.com/
The journey from initial idea to viable product is rarely straightforward. In the case of Nod, Joel Robbie and his team found that out the hard way: after their initial product didn't quite fit what users were looking for, they had to go back to the drawing board, throw out all their initial code, and rebuild from the ground up in three months. How do you keep your team motivated and engaged through such disheartening times? Joel shares these lessons and more in his interview with Brett Kistler. www.noddocs.com
Starting a business is difficult enough. Now imagine building two startups simultaneously... all while battling cancer. Mike Yewdell from BEAM and CampusProtein joins Brett Kistler to tell his story and share how he learned to let go and trust his team, turn his challenges into purpose, and build not just a business but a philanthropic legacy. You don't want to miss this one. youcanbeam.com campusprotein.com
You hired your new software engineer because you need them - right now. Far too much of a new hire's time when they first come on is spent repeating the same onerous tasks and asking the same repetitive questions, looking for answers in out-of-date documents, and learning how to integrate with the team. That translates to time lost - and money lost - for your business. Jayme Rabenberg joins Brett Kistler on Founder Vision to discuss how she and the team at Edify are using learning science and engineering best practices to remove the friction in onboarding so your new hire can focus on doing their best work from day one. Edify http://getedify.co/ Life in View: Connection over Protection https://view.life/2021/02/13/episode-10-connection-over-perfection-aoa-series-3/
Companies spend a lot of time and effort recruiting, hiring, and training professionals. So why is it that traditional employment structures then turn around and hobble those professionals by being paternalistic, opaque, and controlling? Gareth Jones and his team at Headstart.io have a simple philosophy when it comes to team management: build a team of adults, create a culture of transparency, and trust your people. He joins Brett Kistler on Founder Vision to share the management style that has allowed Headstart to weather the turmoil of COVID-19 and build a fascinating tool that leverages data science to help businesses break free from implicit bias in the recruiting process.
Xavier Moretti from Koala knows a thing or two about being told "no." In the process of securing funding for Koala's kid-friendly virtual classroom startup, he made 256 pitches and received 240 rejections. He joins Brett Kistler on Founder Vision to share how he learned to turn rejection into personal power and momentum to drive the dream forward.
Dogmatic, prescriptive education inspires no one. Sam Walder joins our host Brett Kistler to talk about what his team at Trala is doing to expand global access to music education. Using AI and Machine Learning technology, they are taking violin instruction out of its traditional, in-person, classical-is-king box and putting it in the hands of users around the world. Tune in to hear what his team is up to, what keeps them inspired, and how it all started from a hackathon.
Data is useless if not utilized. Activeloop.ai optimizes your database for deep learning operations. Shashank Agarwal joins Brett Kistler to discuss the origins of Activeloop, choices and challenges in balancing open-source traction vs profitable enterprise solutions, and share his story of becoming CTO by stepping into the role first and letting the title follow naturally.
Learning a new language can be challenging. Brett chats to Bryan Riester from Univoice about how they have gamified the learning experience. Univoice provides users with a library of music along with lyrics and translation.
July is Lost Pet Prevention Month. How can we keep our pets safe and get them home quickly if they do get lost? Brett speaks to Lorien Clemens the CEO of Pethub about how they have created a centralized digital identity for pets.
Managing professional services internally is often not cost-effective and can result in a large headcount. Scope matches you with an expert who will implement the product of your choice while providing the tools to manage the project. Xander Oltmann, CEO of Scope. chats to Brett about what it takes to create these partnerships and scale teams effectively.
In this episode, Russ Wilcox the CEO of Quantum Analytica chats with Brett about the idea of democratizing data science. During the Covid-19 pandemic, many businesses were faced with a decision, close or evolve. Did businesses close because of the pandemic, or was the real reason that they didn't have the opportunity to evolve?
In today's episode, Spencer Elliott joins us from Viewstub to discuss how they are revolutionizing the way organizers can handle events to move forward into a hybrid live + virtual future.