Episodes

Ep 58: My Product is Great! So, What’s Wrong?

May 24, 2022

“Everyone thinks my product is great!”  In this episode, I discuss the biggest problem founders face with their products. This issue falls into the ‘stupid human tricks’ category. I share a story about a recent interview of …

Ep 57: Founder to CEO?? Investor Says “No Way,” You say “Yes Way!”

May 17, 2022

“As soon as we finish our Round-A we’ll look for a real CEO.” Sound familiar? All too often there is a belief that Founders just don’t have what it takes to become a CEO and build a big company that makes the investors lots …

Ep 56: An African Entrepreneurship Journey-with Alex Kalanda-Ceo Ayambe

May 10, 2022

In this episode, The Savvy Founder interviews Alex Kalanda, CEO and Founder of Ayambe Talent Solutions. This interview is a great example of the entrepreneurial journey and spirit; it’s a lifelong job; entrepreneurs live to …

Ep 55: Solving Big Problems, Best Practices For a Mission-Driven Startup – with  Joshua Wohle CEO Mindstone

May 3, 2022

Solving big problems takes a different approach – in this interview with Co-Founder Joshua Whole, we dive into the topic from top to bottom. The show is a bit longer than the normal 30’minutes but well worth the insights.

Ep 54: How Do You Save Time? Listen To Your Customers! – Shilpa Sharma, Co-Founder Flyte

April 26, 2022

How do you save time? Listen to your customers! Not only does Shilpa Sharma share this excellent advice, but she and her co-founder are focused on saving time. FlyteAI.com save sales people 10 hours a week!

Ep 53: You Don’t Need to Be Venture-Backed to Build a Big Company – Rand Fishkin (Encore)

April 19, 2022

In this episode, I sit down and interview Rand Fishkin, serial entrepreneur, founder of Spark Toro, and author of Lost and Founder. Rand shares his insights on: The venture capital industry Raising capital and having the rig…

Ep 52: Fluent in Startups?  Gavin Dove Will Get You Speaking Startup Journey Success, Fast!

April 12, 2022

Are you fluent in startups? Need to become fluent? Need to shorten your startup journey? Then listen to this episode with Gavin Dove, co-founder of Fluent.co. His company tagline is “Learn languages by browsing the web” and …

Ep 51: To Build a Better Startup – Keep Changing Your Attitude

April 5, 2022

In this 51th Episode, The Savvy Founder continues to reflect on the first 50 episodes, and shares his second biggest learning – Attitude The dictionary definition says: attitude is a settled way of thinking or feeling about …

Ep 50: The 4-Letter Word Every Entrepreneur Should Know!

March 29, 2022

In this 50th Episode, The Savvy Founder reflects on the journey and shares his top learnings. Philip Topham covers how he came to start the podcast and what he’s learned about doing the show itself. He also shares the one 4-…

Ep 49: Fundraising, Europe, Gender, Markets, and More – Anna Gudmundson CEO Sensate

March 22, 2022

In this interview with Anna Gudmundson, CEO Sensate we cover: Entrepreneurship born or made?  When do you get involved with a startup? At the beginning? Seed? Pre-seed? What are the critical factors for a startup? People. Ma…

Ep 48: Finding Entrepreneurship in America’s Heartland – Steve Silver Infrawear

March 15, 2022

In this episode, Steve Silver shares his fast-moving entrepreneurial journey. Steve shares how covid, temporarily ended him organizing entrepreneurial investor conferences across the U.S; Only to wind up in New York at the h…

Ep 47: Real Entrepreneurs and Raising Money – Advice From Nathan Beckord -Founder Suite

March 8, 2022

Nathan Bekord and I sit down to discuss how to raise money; and how his own frustration finding and connecting to investors, lead him to create FounderSuite. In this “Fast Course on Raising Money” we cover: What does it mean…

Ep 46: Founder Story – Equity Crowdfunding, Investors, Hiring with Arjun Rai, HelloWoofy

March 1, 2022

In this episode, Arjun Rai, CEO, and founder of HelloWoofy shares his founder story. He shares what it really takes to build a high-growth high-tech scalable business.  HelloWoofy now leverages augmented reality and artifici…

Ep 45: Get Rid of the Competition: Jumping Hurdles with Trevor Thoma, Rideshine

Feb. 22, 2022

Trevor Thoma, CEO, and Co-founder for Rideshine, authentically shares some fantastic advice on product-market-fit; over-coming competition; hiring; market size; listening to the customer; showing up like you belong.

Ep 44: Are Some Founders Just Luckier? Make Your Own Luck

Feb. 15, 2022

In this episode, we expand on Episode 42, Neil Shah’s “Surface Area of Luck” – Are some founders just luckier?  We share two different examples of how luck works. The first is the “lucky” pivot. Second, you might already be …

Ep 38: Exploring the Venture Studio, Startup Accelerator Model with Operate Studio’s Carey Ransom

Feb. 11, 2022

Silicon Valley Bank reports that there are over 200 startup accelerators in the United States. They each have a different model and value proposition. In this conversation, I sit down with Operate Studio’s founder and presid…

Ep 43: Startup Founder from Apprentice, Journeyman towards Master – With Neil Shah

Feb. 8, 2022

In this episode, Neil Shah shares his startup founder journey from apprentice to journeyman and towards master.  Neil shares stories about his first startup, a social enterprise; and then joining a corporate job,

Ep 42: How to Build a Better Startup? The Covid Pivot, Turning Down Money, a Conversation with Ethan Glass

Feb. 1, 2022

Another real conversation with a real entrepreneur, Ethan Glass. In this episode, Ethan shares his journey on what it takes to tackle industry and build a great business.  In that journey, Ethan has become nationally recogni…

Ep 41: Founders Need Passion and Focus, Right?

Jan. 25, 2022

In this Episode, Shark Tank Season 13 Episode 11- teaches us something about Focus and Coachability. On Shark, Lori Greiner asked Leila Sham, founder of TA3, would you consider licensing your swimsuit shaping product. The re…

Ep 42: NFTs, Travel and Startup Advice with Justin Myers – Explorest

Jan. 18, 2022

Be inspired. Take a listen to some excellent advice from someone who left corporate, as a linear thinker to become a successful blue ocean creative entrepreneur. Justin’s advice: Building is intense, subdue intensity,

Ep 39: The Top 3 Tips to Shorten your Startup Journey

Jan. 11, 2022

In this episode, we share the three most important tips to shorten your startup journey. No matter if you are seasoned CEO, startup founder, or future leader – these three tips, what we call a mental model, will serve you we…

Ep 38: Exploring the Venture Studio, Startup Accelerator Model- with Carey Ransom of Operate Studio

Jan. 4, 2022

Silicon Valley Bank reports that there are over 200 startup accelerators in the United States. They each have a different model and value proposition. In this conversation, I sit down with Operate Studio’s founder and presid…

Ep 37: Even Startup Founders Need an “Exit Rich” Mindset- with Michelle Sieler Tucker

Dec. 28, 2021

In this episode of The Savvy Founder, I have a great conversation with Michelle Seiler Tucker, author of “Exit Rich: The 6 P Method to Sell Your Business for Huge Profit.  Founders might think building a great business begin…

Ep 36: Angels and Getting Funded- Things to Know with David Friedman [Replay]

Dec. 21, 2021

As the year winds down, and I reflect on all the conversations and brilliant guests. I realized the “founder” attitude is a remarkable mindset. Our world is changing rapidly – socially, economically, technologically.