A podcast that will take a deep dive into the traits, values, beliefs, and skills of all sorts of entrepreneurs to learn how to build a more ethical, inclusive, and resilient world
The podcast is based on my book, The Entrepreneur Ethos — How to Build a More Ethical, Inclusive, and Resilient Entrepreneur Community.
Episode 20: Always be Nurturing: Nathan Beckord, co-founder and CEO of FounderSuite as well as a podcaster over at How I Raised It, which I had the honor of being on — episode 5 to be exact. We talk about the fundraising process and why he feels it’s just like any other B2B sales process that needs to be nurtured.
Episode 19: Coachable: On this episode of the podcast, I speak with Amandeep Khurana. Right now, he’s helping me out with the San Francisco Chapter of Founders Network while he is plotting his next move. We talk about as a kid, we wanted to be an industrialist, which back then, he didn’t even know what that meant.
Episode 18: The Perfect Fit: Amy Wister. Amy is the co-founder of RevShopp. RevShopp is a platform that helps retailers and customers reduce the number of returns on clothing. They do this with their unique shape intelligence software that makes it easier to know ahead of time if something will fit.
Episode 17: Monumental Moments — Mark Strathdee, founder of Sherpa Digital Media, a video platform designed to engage and entertain your audience. Think of a webinar platform that’s engaging. Mark and I talk about some of his daily habits, notebooks, and how COVID-19 has made Sherpa insanely busy.
Episode 16: Bridge the Gap — Marvin Raab. Marvin is an avid board and card gamer with a collection of over 250 games in his living room and recently discovered Bridge as an avenue to increase his social circle. He relocated to Las Vegas in 2014 after 26 years in Silicon Valley.
Episode 15: A Sense of Belonging — Jarod Morris. Jerod is a podcaster, entrepreneur, and all-around awesome community organizer. I met Jerod as a member of The Unemployable Initiative which is a place to build your perfect business in a community of like-minded people and expert coaches. Jerod runs it along with Brian Clark of Copyblogger fame for those of you who are Gen-Xers like me.
Episode 14: Practice Good Actions — Greg Marcus. Greg and I have known each other for the better part of ten years. Greg is one of the most thoughtful and introspective people I know. I always love talking to him about life. Currently, he’s studying to be a Rabbi after a career in biotech that left me struggling to find balance. His website, American Mussar, is a great resource for the Jewish self-help tradition of Mussar.
Episode 13: The Water You Swim In — Kevin Homes is the Founder, and CEO of Founders Network, a peer mentoring network for tech founders. We talk about his journey from history major to semiconductors to almost going to Guatemala to founding Founders Network nine years ago. We talk about how hard it is to be a startup founder and how that inspired for Founders Network.
Episode 12: Ideas Worth Funding — Nathan Rose is an entrepreneur and author. We dig into crowdfunding and how lots of people use it to fund their ideas. Nathan is a world traveler who now lives in George (not the state). His experience with the digital nomad life has given him some great insights on how to stay productive.
Episode 11: Always be Leveling Up — Marc Guberti is an author, podcaster, and all-around online media guru. We talk about how he got into writing books and YouTube — all while going to college. He has published over 27 books and hosts 3 podcasts. In fact, he starting podcasting before he went to college and he just recently graduated with a finance degree even though he’s known for marketing.
BONUS: Lessons Learned — My First 10 Podcasts — I take a look back at the first ten episodes of the podcast and reflect on what I learned and why I decided to do a podcast in the first place. I always like to take a step back and figure out what’s working, what’s not, and what I plan on doing about that.
Episode 10: Time [Off] Well Spent — DJ DiDonna is an entrepreneur and author. We talk about why sabbaticals are a powerful tool for both companies and individuals. I met DJ at the Story Grid Nonfiction workshop in Nashville right before the COVID-19 shutdown.
Episode 9: Meaningful Conversations — Candice Smith is co-founder and CEO of Caregiven. She founded Caregiven after her experience caring for her father during his end of life. Her experience was similar to mine while I was a caregiver for my late wife Jane. Her vision is to get caregiving away from the transactional communications that dominate the end of life to make them more meaningful.
Episode 8: Get Out and Explore — Khiry Kemp, founder, and CTO of Oppti, a SaaS platform that gives high school students access to opportunities like internships and volunteering. He got the startup bug after a brief stint in consulting. He’s also a Guinness Book of World Records holder along with his co-founder Weston.
Episode 7: Mind + Body Connection — Anji Desai is the co-founder of Dezen, a planet-friendly fashion brand that’s transforming the idea of fast fashion into sustainable fashion. Anji has been at a wide variety of startups — all of which had nothing to do with fashion. That wide variety of experiences has made the challenge of learning fashion a lot easier.
Episode 6: Sharpen Your Ax — Marvin Liao is a recovering startup, big tech, and VC guy. He worked at Yahoo during its heyday and most recently left 500 startups where he was a venture partner and in charge of their San Francisco accelerator program. His daily routine is something that gives him an edge in his deep thinking and learning as well as allows him to sharpen his ax.
Episode 5: Now is the time — Mark ‘Ski’ Struczewski (“Mister Productivity”) helps entrepreneurs & executives get the right stuff done in a distracted world. In addition to being a productivity expert, Mark is a speaker, host of The Mark Struczewski Podcast and an online trainer.
Episode 4: Have a Routine — Leslie Watts, a certified story grid editor, and a former lawyer tells us the three things she tries to do every day to make her day more happy and productive. I spoke with Leslie in Nashville, where both of us were attending Story Grid for Nonfiction and launching her new book, What’s the Big Idea? , who she co-wrote with Shelley Sperry.
Episode 3: Be Persistent — Ravi Kurani, founder and president of Sutro Connect joins me from his office at FOCUS Innovation Studio to talk about safe water, aliens, coronavirus, and persistence. Well, I talk more about aliens then Ravi but we do find out why he’s no longer a rocket scientist.
Episode 2: Find Your Time Confetti with Grant Faulkner — Grant Faulkner, executive director of NaNoWriMo, joins me from the San Francisco Writers Conference to talk about how writing a novel in a month is a great metaphor for being a productive leader and artist.
Episode 1: Introduction — Author and entrepreneur Jarie Bolander gives an introduction to the podcast. He’ll explore why he wants to look at the traits, values, beliefs, and skills that all of us can learn from the entrepreneur community.