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39 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
The Big Box Retailer’s Perspective with Alexa Driansky, SVP Retail Consultant at AlixPartners
Big Box Retailers are under fire from multiple angles. Consumers are shopping online, startups are driving up marketing costs and stealing market share, and COVID forced retail to shut down in 2020. Alexa Driansky explains how the large, traditional retailers are responding.
32 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
The Grind to a Successful Exit with Ethan Song, Co-Founder of Frank & Oak
Ethan Song co-founded Frank & Oak in 2012 and within 12 months had 7-figure monthly sales and a team of over 70 people. Over the next 8 years, he learned that to truly disrupt the men’s fashion industry would take more than several rounds of funding – it would take time and a path that differed from his original vision. Ethan discusses his path to a successful exit in 2020 and lessons learned along the way.
31 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Painting Differently with Caleb Ebel, Co-Founder of Backdrop
Caleb Ebel discusses starting a company with his wife, creating a differentiated paint company, ignoring the competition, and he takes a guest question from a former colleague at Warby Parker.
33 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
A Thoughtful Approach to Growth with Lee Mayer, Co-Founder and CEO of Havenly
Lee Mayer describes how patient, disciplined growth was the key to building Havenly, the only online interior design company that has not only survived where competitors failed, but also flourished.
34 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Know Thyself with Matt Scanlan, Co-Founder and CEO of Naadam
Matt Scanlan discusses how his success as an entrepreneur stems from his ability to operate on his own terms and at his own pace. 8 years into his entrepreneurial journey, Matt is now the CEO of Naadam, Something Navy, and Thakoon.
29 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Raise Capital When You Don’t Need It with Songe LaRon, Co-Founder & CEO of Squire
Squire Technologies raised $93 million in 2020 and are now valued at $250 million, but it wasn’t always that easy. Songe talks about constantly scraping for funding, moving HQ to Buffalo, and all the things they had to do to keep the business alive in the early days to put themselves in the position they’re in now.
37 minutes | Dec 19, 2020
Fundraising in a Pandemic with Sagan Schultz, Co-Founder & CEO of WellWell
This week Stephen and Phineas sit down with Sagan Schultz, Co-Founder & CEO of WellWell, to discuss Sagan's recent decision to raise capital on Republic (ep. 5) and his strategy for growing his CPG business in a pandemic. Link to the Republic page: https://republic.co/wellwell
39 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
Hot Takes From the Show Thus Far
Stephen and Phineas go back through the season and give some hot takes and updates on each topic and guest.
37 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Co-Founder Relationships and Mental Health with Narie Foster, Co-Founder of M.M.LaFleur
Stephen and Phineas discuss the importance of mental health and treating co-founder relationships like romantic relationships with Narie Foster, co-founder and former COO of M.M. LaFleur.
37 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
Relationships Lead to Acquisitions with Ryan Babenzien, Founder of GREATS
Ryan Babenzien talks with the guys about how he utilized collaborations to hack early growth for his sneaker brand GREATS, and how he leveraged strategic relationships to ultimately sell GREATS to footwear giant Steve Madden.
37 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
eCommerce for Life - The COVID Episode
In this week’s episode, Phineas puts Stephen in the hot seat to learn what Burrow’s journey through COVID has been like and how the global pandemic is going to permanently change the way people shop and companies operate.
36 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
IPOs vs. SPACs: Going Public with Philip Krim, Co-Founder & CEO of Casper
Casper Sleep went public in February 2020 by way of an Initial Public Offering (IPO). Co-Founder and CEO Philip Krim discusses the process and explains both what a SPAC is and why so many startups are going public via SPAC (vs. IPO) in 2020.
38 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
Word of Mouth Marketing with Ted Wright, Founder & CEO of Fizz Marketing
Stephen and Phineas have a fascinating conversation with an OG in word of mouth marketing, Ted Wright. They discuss the science behind why authentic, unpaid brand advocates are the difference maker for consumer brands that win in the long run.
38 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Innovating by Doing the Right Thing with Gregg Renfrew, Founder & CEO of Beautycounter
Stephen and Phineas speak with Gregg Renfrew, Founder & CEO of Beautycounter, about how she’s built a health and beauty empire by advocating for clean ingredients and selling through a community of over 60,000 independent consultants.
39 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
Advice for Early-Stage Founders
Stephen and Phineas try out a new format where they answer questions from listeners and give advice to Alex Bertman, founder and CEO of Field Tiles. They help Alex think through pricing, marketing, and fundraising strategies. field-tiles.com/ instagram.com/field_tiles/
38 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
When Founders Leave with Slava Rubin, Co-Founder of Indiegogo
Successful startups quickly evolve from ideas to massive, high-growth machines. The skillsets required to lead at one stage are rarely the same for the next. Stephen and Phineas sit down with Slava Rubin to discuss how he and his co-founders at Indiegogo navigated their own paths throughout the company’s evolution.
40 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
The Age of Employee Empowerment
The employee empowerment movement we’re witnessing is driving positive changes in workplace culture. Stephen and Phineas discuss the pros and cons of employees speaking up, and how founders should respond.
44 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
Knowing When to Pull the Plug with Josh Bobrowsky, Co-Founder & CEO of Ignitia Office
Ignitia Office was a thriving co-working company, fundraising for its second location in September 2019 when WeWork imploded and investors disappeared. 6 months later, COVID-19 erased 80% of the company’s revenue. In July 2020, Ignitia closed its doors forever. Co-founder and CEO Josh Bobrowsky discusses with Stephen and Phineas how he navigated the many tough decisions he had to make and what he’s working on next.
40 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
Marketing your Business Model
This week Stephen and Phineas discuss how consumer startups successfully market their business models, and put the latest example of this, Italic, under the microscope. They then aim this critical lens at the industry of Public Relations.
59 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
The Art and Science of Boards and Venture Capital with Liza Landsman, General Partner at NEA
This week Stephen and Phineas chat with Liza Landsman, General Partner at NEA. They discuss the role of venture capitalists as investors and board members, how important culture is at startups, and the art and science of operating and investing the right way.
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