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Stickers on the Mic Podcast
35 minutes | 7 days ago
Angie Chua Shares How She Developed Bobo Design Studios And How Travel Is Her Passion
Angie Chua is a designer and entrepreneur who truly lives the travel life from her Airstream that doubles as Bobo Design Studios. Her business centers on The Wanderlust Passport, a custom journal that helps document the serendipity and discovery that happens during an adventure. She also has beautiful prints, calendars, stationery, and of course, stickers of all shapes and kinds. Listen in as she shares her creative process and where she gains inspiration, plus how she's turned a passion for travel into a business.
55 minutes | a month ago
David Dewane And Courtney Garvin From Mouse Book Club Talk About Design And Growth
David Dewane is an architect, publisher, journalist, and educator. He is a co-founder and president of Mouse Books. David’s approach to life is part entrepreneur and part journalist. He maintains an ongoing commitment to design theory and regularly publishes essays and interviews. He was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his take on the future of the office. Courtney Garvin is a graphic designer and college professor. She is a co-founder and the vice president and creative director of Mouse Books. Her work has spanned all aspects of design: from strategy and design to final production and implementation. Her clients have ranged from large brands such as Accenture, The Coca-Cola Company, FedEx, Charles Schwab, The Walt Disney Company, Hewlett-Packard, and musician will.i.am. Together they are part of the small team that helps create and develop Mouse Books and the Mouse Book Club. They make books for readers who believe in the power of reading and the how a book can transform humanity. The Mouse Book Club is a quarterly book club of portable books that link human experiences across generations, languages and cultures. The Mouse editors carefully curate selections of literature, short stories, speeches, poetry, and more, all structured around themes that are topical, challenging, and varied. In this episode, they talk about starting their business and how they are taking intentional steps to manage their growth, while simultaneously creating a community of passionate readers through their book club meetings.
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Jon Bjorgo Shares His Chicago Style Food Story and How Jonny's of Longmont Helps the Community
In 2018, Jon Bjorgo started a Chicago Style food stand called Jonny's of Longmont, where he brought a taste of Chicago to Colorado. When Covid-19 spread across America, he was forced to close down his brick-and-mortar shop and focus on his food trucks. Now working out of a commissary kitchen with a can-do attitude, he's pivoted his business, including pitching in to feed firefighters during one of the most devastating fire seasons in Colorado history. Listen in as he shares his passion for the food from the Windy City and how he's grown his community of loyal fans who travel to find his food.
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Anna Costello Shares How Ship Sunshine Has Grown As A Business
Anna Costello is the founder of Ship Sunshine, a business where the goal is to make it easy to brighten somebody's day through thoughtful gifts. While hiking in Bali Anna watched the sun rise over the mountains, and at that moment, she wanted to capture the feeling of being washed over by warmth and light...and Ship Sunshine was born. Now she's developed a collection of different boxes available on the website along with custom options, which means more people can spread joy, one box at a time.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Jenine And Josh Share How Tubby Nugget Went From An Inside Joke To A Full-Fledged Business
Josh and Jenine are the creators of Tubby Nugget. What started off as little doodles to make themselves laugh has reached thousands of people around the world. They went from printing stickers to actualizing a dream of theirs: to create plush toys and t-shirts based off their beloved character, Tubby. The main work they put into the world is their webcomic, which is wholesome, uplifting content for thousands of people to see, and they believe a little nugget-love can make a huge difference in people’s lives. Learn about how they started this business off an inside joke between them and where it's going next.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
Heather Stenner Of Porch Box Talks Custom Storage Solutions That Beautify Your Front Door
Heather Stenner is the National Sales And Marketing Director at Porch Box, a Colorado-based company that builds handcrafted outdoor wooden boxes in standard and custom sizes. A Porch Box is storage for your front door, and they are perfect for home milk delivery, concealing packages from porch pirates or storing frequently used items like dog toys, garden shears or umbrellas. Heather chatted with Andrew about how Porch Box is moving into a scaling stage after a few years of organic growth, and how their brand is expanding in digital marketing strategies. Listen in to learn about how this brand started and what they have planned for the business holiday shopping season ahead.
28 minutes | 3 months ago
Debra From Fluff Trough Shares How Their Business Is Growing And Helping Dogs Eat Healthier
Debra's founders journey started as a way to make Pork Chop's eating more comfortable after he was diagnosed with vestibular disease. Eating from a bowl on the floor made him dizzy, and there wasn't anything on the market that fit his feeding needs. She worked with a product engineer to create the first prototype of the Fluff Trough on her 3D printer at home using food-safe epoxy to safely test the bowl with pets. Once she had the final design, she 3D-printed it in food safe epoxy and started the product testing. Pork Chop loved it. The Fluff Trough became his happy place, and feeding time was enjoyable again. Debra knew she had a success on her hands, so she poured time and money into developing a manufacturing system and then launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that was fully funded in 24 hours, which is a testament to the power of her potential market. Now Fluff Trough is a growing business that's ready to expand product offerings, all from this first innovative, non-toxic and food-safe elevated feeder designed for flat-faced breeds, handicapped pets, and pets with medical issues. Listen in as Debra shares what she learned along her journey and what's next for her brand and she scales the business.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
Damon McLeese Shares How Denver's Access Gallery Offers An Inclusive Creative Space
Damon McLeese is the Executive Director at Access Galley, an inclusive nonprofit organization that engages the community by opening doors to creative, educational and economic opportunities for people with disabilities to access, experience and benefit from the arts. He has taught photography to blind people and dance to deaf people. Damon loves challenging the assumptions people have about those with disabilities—in fact, he thinks the word “disability” is inaccurate, contending that we all have challenges to overcome in life. At Access Gallery, he assists artists with disabilities as they create their own works and take part in the commissioned works the gallery makes for businesses. In 2014, Damon received the Denver Mayor’s Award for Innovation in the Arts. Access Gallery is located in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, located within blocks of other galleries, schools, museums, and countless artist studios. Their is a continual reminder of the equalizing power of art, breaking down social barriers and becoming a place where young adults from the neighborhood – or those without money – feel welcome to create, to question, and to learn from each other.
24 minutes | 5 months ago
Leslie Reyes Is Building Her Cocina De Leslie Brand One Happy Customer At A Time
Leslie Reyes has always loved food, and a few years back "with $19 bucks and a blender," she started the Cocina de Leslie with homemade salsa and a dedicated delivery business. Now she's got customers lined up around the block as she serves a custom menu that she promotes through Instagram. Leslie dialed in from Thermal, California, where fans in the Coachella Valley flock to her custom drinks and her unique Mexican dishes. Her story is one of dedication to her craft and the passion of her customers.
23 minutes | 5 months ago
Devon Rodriguez Talks Fine Art, Popular Culture And How He Learned To Paint
Devon Rodriguez is an artist and painter from the South Bronx. He initially gained recognition for a series of realistic painted portraits of riders on the New York City Subway system, including a profile in the New York Times Style Magazine. He got his start doing graffiti with his friends, but he transitioned to portraits as a teenager. His work has been featured in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Students League of NY, and the National Arts Club. Devon has a passion for the details of everyday life, and his realistic style communicates life in the city with a keen eye for the small moments that make us human. Listen in as he talks about his artistic path and how he's staying busy with commissions and special projects.
35 minutes | 5 months ago
Brittanie And Marcus Jones Talk About How They Live The Fineapple Vegan Lifestyle
Brittanie and Marcus Jones made a decision to adopt a vegan lifestyle and create a brand around healthy meal planning and engaging cooking videos. They created a YouTube channel called Fineapple Vegan, and Brittanie served as the video talent and inspiration for the brand, while Marcus serves as the producer and creative director. Their newest product Liquid Gold is coconut milk-based cheese sauce that's free of gluten, soy, nuts, sugar and dairy making it a great option for people with common food allergies or intolerance. We chatted with them about developing their company and the early stages of scaling their production, all while raising four young boys.
35 minutes | 5 months ago
Laura McLeod Discusses How 99designs Connects Expert Designers With Clients
Laura McLeod leads Partnerships Marketing at 99designs. She was a History of Art major at University College London, and she is passionate about the visual arts, design and aesthetics. Laura has over a decade’s experience of B2B & B2C marketing for global brands, and she brings that insight to partnerships at 99designs, including the partnership with StickerGiant. That's right, StickerGiant has partnered with 99designs so our customers can create beautiful, print-ready sticker and label designs, and Laura shared how 99designs works with customers in many different industries and what's next for 99designs as they add services to their product suite.
26 minutes | 6 months ago
Jim Pollock Of Pollock Prints Shares His Creative Influences And His Work With Phish
Jim Pollock of Pollock Prints is best known for his art for the band Phish, starting with his iconic album cover art for the band's first album Junta. Since the mid-1980s, when he met members of the band at Goddard College in rural Vermont, Jim's artistic journey has been motivated by a singular urge: to create unique pieces that evoke a spirit of discovery and that are open for interpretation. These days, fans line up for hours before shows to get a poster from that night's shows, and Jim's live art-making installations have become a defining fixture of their festival experience. Listen in as Jim discusses his evolving creative process and how he first started making concert art for Phish in their early days. His recent work centers on their Dinner And A Movie series, with a graphic that serves as the animation for each episode of the weekly live archival concert broadcast.
48 minutes | 6 months ago
Darnell Brown Co-Founder Of LETELLIER Skincare Shares His Entrepreneurial Journey
Darnell Brown has always loved entrepreneurship. Since age 12, he's been working hard, whether he was selling pecans in the fall, mowing lawns in the summer or drawing family portraits. His current projects demonstrate his entrepreneurial range. He co-founded LETELLIER Skincare, a brand conceived by his wife Kim who is a master aesthetician. He has his own brand & entrepreneurship coaching business, and he started a podcast called Bulletproof Hustle. His goal is to help high-achievers turn their life stories into thriving businesses through brand coaching and design consulting. During his time on the show, he spoke about how his early days led him into startups and then into consulting with clients of all shapes and sizes. His story about the LETELLIER Skincare brand was a highlight of the show, as he spoke about how they use StickerGiant labels for their newest product and what the future will hold for this business that's still in the "larva" stage as he likes to call it. Darnell's passion is contagious, and his drive is unmatched. Listen as he shares his entrepreneurial journey and how he's building something to last in LETELLIER Skincare.
32 minutes | 6 months ago
Ellie Lum Founder Of Klum House Inspires And Educates Makers Through Custom DIY Bag Kits
Ellie Lum is the founder, pattern designer, and head educator at Klum House. With over twenty years of professional bag making experience, she draws on her roots in the industrial sewing industry to make heavy-duty bag making fun and accessible to home stitchers. Ellie has taught hundreds of makers to sew over the years and is passionate about inviting makers to work with their hands, build new skills, and get lost in the flow of making. For Ellie, it's more than just bags, it’s about helping makers build confidence and establish a sense of efficacy in the world. Ellie's goal is for makers to discover that they are capable of so much more than they ever thought possible. Listen in as she shares how she started the business and how she is evolving her products and classes to meet the needs of her customers.
25 minutes | 6 months ago
Izzy Fischer Founder Of Plant Bites Discusses Plant Based Nutrition And Early Stage Entrepreneurship
Izzy Fischer is Colorado-born entrepreneur and endurance athlete that found a plant-based lifestyle through a combination of her personal battles with inflammation and food allergies while training for triathlons. Currently, she lives in Boston and works as a data analyst at the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University while pursuing her Masters in Science in Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. These experiences led her to start her first company, Plant Bites, whose mission is to take processed sugar and food out of endurance sports. Fischer's goal is to change the mindset in athletics where fuel equals candy. Her business acumen and entrepreneurial nature is a family trait, as she was one of the first video personalities for StickerGiant where she played a big part in the early days of marketing at StickerGiant. Listen in as she shares how her business has gained funding and what it's like to build a startup in the sports nutrition space.
35 minutes | 7 months ago
Sergio Ojeda Who Plays Accordion As TexMexChex Talks About His Musical Roots
Sergio Ojeda is the musician behind TexMexChex, an inventive folk dance project offering up soul-filled music packed with electrifying melodies and the drumbeats of the cumbia norteña. TexMexChex channels the joyous communal experience of a Mexican dance and Ojeda’s Tex-Mex roots. Ojeda’s work showcases his deep passion for Latin American folk music as well as his fine-tuned ear for production, superior musicianship and sense of pure joy. He is a master at bringing out the distinct voices of each instrument he incorporates into his compositions, which overflow with lush Gabbanelli accordion, bright tenor saxophone, lively organ and infectious rhythms. The larger-than-life TexMexChex sound sparkles during playful performances and recordings that reflect Ojedo’s magnetic personality and mission to create shared memories and moments through music. TexMexChex’s debut single, “Que Tengas Suerte” is a fresh, dynamic instrumental interpretation of a Tex-Mex/Tejano folk dance tune. Offering up tropical rhythms, cheerful melodies and lush harmonies, the song invokes the lively spirit of the classic cumbia with a modern twist.
40 minutes | 7 months ago
Jenny Penton Founder Of Planner Perfect Teaches Women To Write A Better Story
Jenny Penton is the founder of Planner Perfect, a company whose mission is to inspire women to Write a Better Story and become a visionary that can and map a life they love. She's sold over 200,000 planners, notebooks, journals and leather traveler's notebooks; plus countless rolls of washi tape and stickers. Planner Perfect ships to all 50 states and numerous countries world wide. Jenny created the Planner Perfect Method with corresponding planners and journals that are set-up as a tool to give anyone structure for their day and to give purpose for their lives. These planners, journals, and accessories are made with the finest paper, stitched with beautiful red thread and Jenny's artwork is featured on all of the books. Listen in as Jenny shares the Planner Perfect story and where the business is headed next.
27 minutes | 7 months ago
Merline Engle From Haiti Partners and Merline's Hot Sauce Talks About Education and Community
Merline Engle is a Haitian-American who is passionate about education, hospitality and entrepreneurship. She’s committed to continuing her family’s legacy of giving back to her motherland. Merline remembered well how her grand father would make his students repeat: “Education is the only key to a better life.” Growing up in a diverse and international household helped Merline learn to serve as a bridge between Haitian and other internationals. She founded Wozo in 2006 to act as the Haiti Partners’ community choir, then started the Bellevue guest house, and she is the designer behind the handmade Haitian greeting cards crafted at the Children’s Academy. Merline is also a Co-founder of the Children’s Academy where she continues to play an active role. Merline is many things, the creator of Merline’s Hot Sauce, a foodie, a nature lover, a lifelong learner and a mentor. Listen in as we talk about starting an educational non-profit and a hot sauce brand that honors the past to build the future.
48 minutes | 7 months ago
Harris And Shawn From Hello Blink Show Chat Podcasting And Business Consulting
Co-hosted by Harris Kenny and Shawn Hymel, Hello Blink Show is a practical podcast for technical people who want to start their own company. From founding to building your business, Harris and Shawn are there to help. We spoke about business strategy and growth planning and how they strive to give aspiring entrepreneurs value through their podcast. We also touched on how their professional experiences brought them together and how that informs their own business.
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