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There are lots of podcasts out there. So why’s this one exist? Because 99% of startup founders are getting bad advice, and it's killing their chance to build a meaningful company. I didn't make that number up. Less than 1% of all businesses raise Venture Capital money, and only a small percentage of those (again, less than 1%) end up becoming "unicorns." Yet that's all we hear about. How can you raise money? How can you build something attractive to VCs? This podcast is for entrepreneurs that want to build real businesses. Businesses that are profitable, businesses that customers love, and businesses that will transform the founder's life. We'll focus on early tactics that allow you to go from idea to initial product without relying on funding. These tactics will come from founders of businesses that have done it - we'll interview the founders of companies like Brooklinen, The Wirecutter, Luke's Lobster, and Baron Fig. We'll also have episodes with no guests where we drill down into actionable steps you can take to start making progress. This podcast isn't meant to be something interesting that passes the time. It's meant to help you build your startup. We've been doing this for four years at Tacklebox, helping nearly 200 idea-stage founders build amazing companies. We've seen what it did for them, and we want to help do it for you. Episodes come out each Tuesday, starting April 23rd.

There are lots of podcasts out there. So why’s this one exist? Because 99% of startup founders are getting bad advice, and it's killing their chance to build a meaningful company. I didn't make that number up. Less than 1% of all businesses raise Venture Capital money, and only a small percentage of those (again, less than 1%) end up becoming "unicorns." Yet that's all we hear about. How can you raise money? How can you build something attractive to VCs? This podcast is for entrepreneurs that want to build real businesses. Businesses that are profitable, businesses that customers love, and businesses that will transform the founder's life. We'll focus on early tactics that allow you to go from idea to initial product without relying on funding. These tactics will come from founders of businesses that have done it - we'll interview the founders of companies like Brooklinen, The Wirecutter, Luke's Lobster, and Baron Fig. We'll also have episodes with no guests where we drill down into actionable steps you can take to start making progress. This podcast isn't meant to be something interesting that passes the time. It's meant to help you build your startup. We've been doing this for four years at Tacklebox, helping nearly 200 idea-stage founders build amazing companies. We've seen what it did for them, and we want to help do it for you. Episodes come out each Tuesday, starting April 23rd.
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There are lots of podcasts out there. So why’s this one exist? Because 99% of startup founders are getting bad advice, and it's killing their chance to build a meaningful company. I didn't make that number up. Less than 1% of all businesses raise Venture Capital money, and only a small percentage of those (again, less than 1%) end up becoming "unicorns." Yet that's all we hear about. How can you raise money? How can you build something attractive to VCs? This podcast is for entrepreneurs that want to build real businesses. Businesses that are profitable, businesses that customers love, and businesses that will transform the founder's life. We'll focus on early tactics that allow you to go from idea to initial product without relying on funding. These tactics will come from founders of businesses that have done it - we'll interview the founders of companies like Brooklinen, The Wirecutter, Luke's Lobster, and Baron Fig. We'll also have episodes with no guests where we drill down into actionable steps you can take to start making progress. This podcast isn't meant to be something interesting that passes the time. It's meant to help you build your startup. We've been doing this for four years at Tacklebox, helping nearly 200 idea-stage founders build amazing companies. We've seen what it did for them, and we want to help do it for you. Episodes come out each Tuesday, starting April 23rd.

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English

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9144004469


Episodes

How Do You Find Founder/Startup Fit?

6/12/2019
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You need two things to build a great startup: specific knowledge and a lever to amplify that knowledge. On today’s pod, we’ll start a CBD startup with specific knowledge and leverage mind, and hear how Tejas, founder of Via, (a Tacklebox founder) was able to build a great business on the back of a mental model.

Duration:00:16:30

INTERVIEW: Elizabeth Yin, founder & GP @ Hustle Fund, where they invest in “hilariously early founders”

6/5/2019
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Elizabeth Yin is a founder and general partner at Hustle Fund, where she invests in “hilariously early founders.” Prior to Hustle Fund, she ran the accelerator program at 500 Startups, started Launchbit (acq. 2014), and she writes my favorite VC blog @ http://elizabethyin.com. We cover a lot of ground, including who should and shouldn’t raise funding, how to build a customer base pre-product, how to find angel investors, and how to prioritize during the early stages of your startup.

Duration:00:47:44

How to Prioritize as an Early-Stage Startup

5/31/2019
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Entrepreneurs can do anything, but they can’t do everything. How do you prioritize early on? How do you differentiate? This episode presents a framework that’ll ensure you work on the things that give your startup its best chance at success.

Duration:00:22:30

INTERVIEW: Ben Conniff on Building Luke’s Lobster

5/22/2019
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Ben and Luke, the founders of Luke's Lobster, knew how to make a killer lobster roll when they decided to start Luke’s Lobster, a lobster shack in the East Village in 2009. They didn’t know much else. Ben talks through how they were able to build an incredible company with locations all over the globe while keeping sustainability as a top priority. We focus on the early days, discussing tactics and learnings that will be extraordinarily helpful for our early stage founders.

Duration:00:48:44

How to Choose the Right Customer

5/16/2019
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There’s one decision that early stage founders make that can drastically tip the tables in their favor. This is a tactical episode, helping you push through the critical question of what customer segment to target first. We delve into a framework to help you identify and evaluate customer segments as your startup evolves.

Duration:00:18:20

INTERVIEW: Katherine Krug on Building BetterCo

5/8/2019
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We chatted with Katherine Krug, founder of BetterCo. This conversation is packed with insight - you'll need a notebook handy as you listen. Katherine takes us through the tactics and tools she used to ideate and develop BetterBack, a product that raised over $3mm on Kickstarter (first solo female founder to do so). We then touch on validation techniques, not raising funding, life design frameworks, and prioritization. She also gives an amazing answer to the "Taco Truck" question.

Duration:00:57:39

Is Your Startup Idea Good?

5/2/2019
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A walk down memory lane checking in on Brian's past startups and how you can make sure you're starting a company that has a shot at working out.

Duration:00:19:06

INTERVIEW: Joey Cofone on Building Baron Fig

4/23/2019
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We chatted with Joey Cofone, founder of Baron Fig, about the early days of building the company. He touches on a bunch of helpful topics, from breaking through to your customer with his archetype of the Attention Pie, to how non-designers can prioritize design, to building a company without outside funding.

Duration:00:47:53

Start Here

4/23/2019
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Most startups fail. Entrepreneurs assume there are a bunch of reasons for this, but there's really only one. Your startup will fail because of customer indifference. This episode explores in detail a few examples of startups that have avoided this fate, and lays out a pragmatic approach to avoiding it with your idea.

Duration:00:19:36

Idea to Startup Teaser

4/5/2019
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Less than 1% of all businesses raise Venture Capital money, and only a small percentage of those (again, less than 1%) end up becoming "unicorns." Yet that's all we hear about. How can you raise money? How can you build something attractive to VCs? This podcast is for entrepreneurs that want to build real businesses. Businesses that are profitable, businesses that customers love, and businesses that will transform the founder's life. We'll focus on early tactics that allow you to go from...

Duration:00:03:37