Episodes

November 23, 2021

E032: Passion Lets You Connect with Amazing People with Dina Abdul Majeed

In this episode, I  sit down with Dina Abdul Majeed. Dina is a female entrepreneur, building an international startup in a male-dominated Middle East world.  She shares her inspiring startup journey and many insights.

November 16, 2021

Ep:31- How to expand from Europe to the United States? With Gaetano Volpe-Latiduo40

In this interview Gaetano Volpe, CEO of Latitudo40 shares his startup journey. This episode is particularly relevant to European companies expanding into the United States; as well for those founders later in their career or anyone building an ESG (env...

November 02, 2021

E029: How Do You Go From Idea To Accelerator? With Adam Young

In this episode I sit down with Adam Young, to understand how you go from idea to accelerator in less than 18 months. Adam shares how his drive to make an impact on the world quickly steered him away from a life pursuing physics to pursuing business an...

October 26, 2021

E028: How Do You Find Product-Market-Fit? With Rajesh Iyengar

In this episode, I interview Rajesh Iyengar. With 20 years in technology working at various startups, Rajesh shares how his deep knowledge and connections in the manufacturing industry allowed him to just ask them “What’s are your problems?

October 19, 2021

Ep 27: How to Fix the Biggest Pitch Deck Mistake?

What is the biggest mistake founders make when pitching their startup to investors? Pitching a product, and failing to pitch an investment. I also cover the investor perspective and the two main types of investors: those investing their own money and t...

October 12, 2021

Ep 26: How Do You Get Investors? Build the Business First! with Nick Lynch

Do you need to raise money to build a startup? In this episode, I interview Nick Lynch CEO and Co-founder of Collidescope.io.  Nick shares his journey about building the business first rather than raising money.

October 05, 2021

Ep 25: Entrepreneurship and Communications – Insights from a Digital Nomad, with Jamie Meyer

In this episode, I interview Jamie Meyer, business communication and leadership coach, and more importantly an entrepreneur and digital nomad. Listen in as we discuss the concepts of whether entrepreneurs are born or made; risk taking; people and pass...

September 28, 2021

Ep 24: What Does it Mean to Be a Successful Entrepreneur?

What does it mean to be a successful entrepreneur? Throughout my coaching and talking to entrepreneurs, there is a hidden expectation - “I want to be successful” - but no one really talks about success and failure.

September 21, 2021

Ep 23: What Advice Do You Have for Talking to Investors?

What advice do you have for raising money and talking to investors?  I get asked this question or a variation quite often from first-time founders seeking to raise money by selling part of their company (i.e. selling equity).  In this episode,

September 14, 2021

Ep 22: Startup Advice – Failing forward? What does that mean? How to Move on to the Next Big Thing, When the First Thing Wasn’t so Good? with Jon Shower

“Fail fast. Fail Forward.” We have all heard that Silicon Valley saying. But what does that mean? In this show, Jon Showers, share his brutally honest journey about what it means to Fail Forward.  You’ll hear that his founder journey is only just start...

September 07, 2021

Ep 21: Co-Founder Conflict – The Number One Reason Early Startups Fail

In this episode I share the number one problem for startups – “co-founder conflict.”  Co-founders launch their startups full of hopes and dreams, yet I’ve seen first-hand what happens.  I share three examples where none of the founders ever imagined th...

August 31, 2021

Ep 20: Entrepreneurship – A decade in Review with Bill Waldo

In another unscripted conversation, this The Savvy Founder episode looks into the past 10+ years of entrepreneurship to see what we can learn from then and now.  Bill Waldo, entrepreneur turned angel investor,

August 24, 2021

Ep 19: Startup Founders, Angels, Investment Bankers, and Silicon Valley with Vitaly Golomb

In this episode, I interview Vitaly Golomb, a technology investment banker. Where he shares insights for entrepreneurs and what it was like growing up in Silicon Valley, and working in a printing shop that both Wozniak and Jobs visited.

August 17, 2021

Ep 18: How Do I Build Investor Relationships? Networking Advice for Startup Founders with Tallal Gondal

Startup founders. Do you have trouble with networking or connecting with investors? Listen to this fantastic episode with Tallal Gondal author of  TurboCharged Networking for networking tips on building relationships and networking.

August 10, 2021

Ep 17: A European Perspective on Financing and Raising Money for Scalable Startups with Craig Alexander Rattray

I wanted to know if there were differences in Europe and their approach to equity and scalable startups; So in this episode, I interview Craig Alexander Rattray, a chartered accountant (that’s the UK’s version of the Certified Public Accountant) from G...

August 03, 2021

Ep 16: What’s the Best Advice for a New Startup Founder?

The Savvy Founder answers the question. “What is my number one best advice for a new startup founder?”  You are the keeper of the flame. Take care of yourself. Take care of the flame. About the Host: Philip Topham is The Savvy Founder.

July 27, 2021

Ep 15: Calendars, Scheduling, and Time – A Conversation with Liam Rose on a Better Way

Someday, I might say I knew Liam Rose, CEO and Founder Catalina Seven maker of Horus when he was just starting. Join me in a fantastic discussion on calendaring and time management. What are you building? What problem are you solving?

July 20, 2021

Ep 14: Startup Accelerators 101 and Success Tips with Brian MacMahon

Have you ever wondered how an accelerator works? Or what an accelerator looks for? Then this episode is for you.  I sit down with Brian MacMahon, Founder of Expert Dojo, an accelerator for early-stage high-growth potential startups.

July 13, 2021

Ep 13: Being Prepared to Start Your Business VS Just Starting Your Business – An Interview with Varag Gharibjanian

In this episode I speak with Varag Gharibjanian, CEO and Founder of ActuateTech. Actuate helps companies discover tech that accelerates growth. They are a B2B platform that help enterprises create faster, easier,

July 06, 2021

Ep 12: Engage with Purpose. Engage your Investors. Build for the Long Term. A Conversation with Scott Sandland

In this episode I sit down with Scott Sandland, CEO and Co-founder for Cyrano.ai where we discuss: How does a Non-technical founder build a successful technical AI company? Focus on the problem. How do you manage your investors,

June 29, 2021

Ep 11: Scott Fox on Building a Diverse Startup Community in Orange County

In this episode we discuss what it was like to raise money just before the dot bomb and what it’s like today; how to get more entrepreneurs capable to launch, build and grow their startup business; and how the Scott founded the OC Startup Council to he...

June 22, 2021

Ep 10: The NoCode Movement and Other Ways to Speed Your Startup Success with Christian Peverelli

In this episode of the Savvy Founder, I interview Christian Peverelli, CEO and founder of WeAreNoCode. Christian shares some background on what led him to be in the technology startup world and shares what lead him to start the WeAreNoCode along with s...

June 15, 2021

Ep 09: You don’t need to be venture-backed to build a big company – Rand Fishkin

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 right background The odds of rai...

June 08, 2021

Ep 08: The Savvy Founder “FAST” Framework Explained and Launch Show Recap with Philip Topham

In this episode, Philip Topham, The Savvy Founder and Armchair Sociologist, recaps insights and key learnings from 7 launch episodes. These guests cover a wide range of the high-tech high-growth entrepreneurial perspective.