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Starting it Up is a podcast that’s devoted to interviewing top entrepreneurs who have built or are building game-changing companies. We take a deep dive into where they came up with the ideas, why they started their ventures, how they pushed through the obstacles, what steps they took in growing their businesses, and where they are right now. Whether you've been dreaming about turning that great idea into a reality, are currently hustling to build up your company, or are just interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, this podcast is for YOU. Starting It Up is hosted by Ben Burman, an avid podcast listener who has spent his career -- albeit a short one so far -- working within the startup ecosystem at organizations like MassChallenge, Roomi, and Wibbitz. Ben digs deep, asking the tough questions, to uncover actionable information that the audience can learn from and use on their own journeys. The start is always the hardest part -- this podcast is here to make it a bit easier.

Starting it Up is a podcast that’s devoted to interviewing top entrepreneurs who have built or are building game-changing companies. We take a deep dive into where they came up with the ideas, why they started their ventures, how they pushed through the obstacles, what steps they took in growing their businesses, and where they are right now. Whether you've been dreaming about turning that great idea into a reality, are currently hustling to build up your company, or are just interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, this podcast is for YOU. Starting It Up is hosted by Ben Burman, an avid podcast listener who has spent his career -- albeit a short one so far -- working within the startup ecosystem at organizations like MassChallenge, Roomi, and Wibbitz. Ben digs deep, asking the tough questions, to uncover actionable information that the audience can learn from and use on their own journeys. The start is always the hardest part -- this podcast is here to make it a bit easier.
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Starting it Up is a podcast that’s devoted to interviewing top entrepreneurs who have built or are building game-changing companies. We take a deep dive into where they came up with the ideas, why they started their ventures, how they pushed through the obstacles, what steps they took in growing their businesses, and where they are right now. Whether you've been dreaming about turning that great idea into a reality, are currently hustling to build up your company, or are just interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, this podcast is for YOU. Starting It Up is hosted by Ben Burman, an avid podcast listener who has spent his career -- albeit a short one so far -- working within the startup ecosystem at organizations like MassChallenge, Roomi, and Wibbitz. Ben digs deep, asking the tough questions, to uncover actionable information that the audience can learn from and use on their own journeys. The start is always the hardest part -- this podcast is here to make it a bit easier.

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English


Episodes

E28: Adi Agashe | Bubble or Revolution - How to Become An Authority on Any Topic

8/27/2019
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Aditya (Adi) Agashe is a Product Manager at Microsoft and the best-selling author of Swipe to Unlock: The Primer on Technology and Business Strategy as well as his most recent book, Bubble or Revolution: The Present and Future of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies. Alongside his two close friends and fellow PMs, Neel Mehta and Parth Detroja, Adi creates content that provides a thorough, yet understandable introduction to complex topics like how to break into tech and what exactly blockchain...

Duration:00:50:22

E27: Alex Boyd | Growing Your Revenue - How to Create A Winning Lead Generation Strategy

8/13/2019
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Alex Boyd is the Founder & CEO of RevenueZen. RevenueZen helps companies build and execute B2B lead generation engines using a powerful, proven blend of inbound marketing, outbound sales, and social strategies. Alex launched his startup a little over two years ago after realizing that he wanted to build out and create a team and culture of his own. Since then he has been able to bootstrap and scale RevenueZen up to a seven-figure ARR organization, with 18 people on the team, and an...

Duration:00:39:46

E26: Dan Demsky | Pack Less, Experience More - How Constant Traveling Inspired Three Friends to Create a New Kind of Clothing Company

8/6/2019
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Dan Demsky is the Co-founder of Unbound Merino. Unbound Merino sources nature's ultimate performance fiber, Australian Merino wool, to create apparel that can be worn for weeks or even months, without ever needing to be washed. Dan started this company alongside his two best friends, with the goal of minimizing the burdens of travel, so that you can maximize the experience of your trip. Dan had previously founded a digital media agency, and another clothing business prior to Unbound, so we...

Duration:00:43:22

E25: Garrett Mehrguth | Unlocking Discoverability - How Directive is Taking Search Marketing to the Next Level

7/30/2019
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Garrett Mehrguth is the Co-Founder and CEO of Directive. Directive is a global B2B search marketing agency specializing in ROI-driven campaigns for clients such as: Cisco, Allstate, Samsung, Tencent and more. Garrett went from completing $5 marketing gigs on Fiverr, to bootstrapping Directive to $10M+ in revenue and 60+ full-time team members, alongside his Co-Founder, Tanner Shaffer,. Their mission is to serve the biggest brands in the world. We dive into topics like what separates a great...

Duration:00:35:05

E24: Kristen Tyrrell | The Future of Work - How Catch is Creating The Ultimate Benefits Platform

7/23/2019
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Kristen Tyrrell is the Founder & COO of Catch, a rapidly growing FinTech startup combining savings, investment, and insurance for those without access to employer benefits. The relationship between employers and employees is changing. Multiple jobs at once, side hustles, and full-time freelancing mean more and more people aren’t being served by existing models. This is where Catch comes into play. Catch was founded in 2017, participated in Y-Combinator’s Winter 2019 batch and has raised $8M+...

Duration:00:45:41

E23: JT McCormick | The American Dream - How The Son of a Pimp & an Orphan Went From Broke to CEO, Speaker & Author

6/25/2019
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JT McCormick isn’t your typical startup CEO. He was born in the 1970s to an orphaned, impoverished mother and a drug-dealing, pimp father. JT struggled since day one. Abused and overlooked by society, he was expected to fall into the poverty trap and fail, but JT persevered. After barely finishing high school, JT took a job cleaning toilets but determined to change his life for the better. JT ended up getting a job at a software company, where in a few years he went from the lowest paid...

Duration:00:55:31

E22: Jonathan Frederick | Heart Healthy Hustle - How to Tackle Life As a Young Professional

6/18/2019
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Jonathan Frederick is the host of The Heart Healthy Hustle Show, a podcast with the mission to equip, inspire, and connect driven and proactive young professionals. Jonathan is a curious learner who loves learning something new from every single conversation he has and that love for dialogue has led him to build a top-rated podcast where he’s interviewed world-class performers like Ed Mylett, John Lee Dumas, Jeff Hoffman, and many others. We dive into what it’s like to host and run a...

Duration:00:57:01

E21: Rick Plaut | From Intrapreneur to Entrepreneur - How to Be Innovative in Any Environment

6/11/2019
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Rick Plaut is an intrapreneur turned entrepreneur and startup advisor. He began and spent the bulk of his career in sales and marketing where he was always finding ways to improve how things were getting done - Rick didn’t know it at the time, but he was something called an Intrapreneur (an entrepreneur within an organization). Eventually, Rick discovered the startup ecosystem through an angel investing group and began making investments in startups and taking on mentorship and teaching...

Duration:00:32:41

E20: Steve O’Dell | Tea Time - How Curiosity, Drive, and An Adventure to Japan Led to the Founding of Tenzo Tea

6/3/2019
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Steve O’Dell is the co-founder and CEO of LA-based, Tenzo Tea. Tenzo Tea is on a mission to create a better world by sharing the healthiest energy on the planet and donating one year of clean water for every bag purchased. Steve dabbled in entrepreneurial endeavors while in college, and after learning about the benefits of Matcha, knew that this could be a huge opportunity. He and his co-founder went on a karate-kid style trip to Japan where they found a tea master and learned how to create...

Duration:00:33:59

E19: Tom Marchant | The Luxury Travel Experts - How Black Tomato Is Creating the Ultimate Travel Experience

5/27/2019
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Tom Marchant is an entrepreneur known for launching some of the fastest growing brands in the luxury travel and lifestyle sector. He’s the owner and co-founder of The Black Tomato Group, parent company of the travel brands Black Tomato and Epic Tomato, along with The Black Tomato Agency and Studio Black Tomato, the award-winning content and strategy agency. Tom and his friends were inspired by their travel experiences and wanted to start a company where they could travel and guide others...

Duration:00:53:44

E18: Nick Mathews & Ben Blieden | Investing in Main Street - How MainVest is Making it Easier Than Ever to Back the Entrepreneurs in Your Community

5/20/2019
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Nick Mathews and Ben Blieden are college friends and roommates who after going down different paths post-grad, ended up reconnecting and co-founding MainVest together. Ben went down the financial analyst track at companies like Brown Brothers Harriman and Grant Thornton, while Nick joined Uber as an early-employee, leading their launch in the New England market. MainVest brings crowdfunding to Mainstreet by allowing people to invest in and support the small businesses around their...

Duration:00:41:30

E17: Ryan Croft | The Future of Transportation - How TransitScreen Is Making It Easier to Navigate Your City

5/6/2019
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Ryan Croft is a former professional baseball scout and adventure tourism guide turned technology entrepreneur. He’s currently the co-founder and COO of TransitScreen, a B2B software that provides real-time mobility, curated for specific locations. Ryan learned about the transportation issues that cities have from his time traveling the world and wanted to create a product that would make it easier for people to get around. TransitScreen is currently live in 60 cities throughout six countries...

Duration:00:31:41

E16: Jason Massey | Dungeons and Randomness - How To Turn Your Hobby/Passion Into Your Career

4/15/2019
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Jason Massey is a serial podcaster who’s most notably known for being the founder and host of one of the world's largest Dungeons and Dragons communities, Dungeons & Randomness. Dungeons and Randomness is a D&D actual play podcast with a bit of a twist. Several groups of adventurers make their way in the world of Theria at the same time and it’s not a campaign, it’s a living, breathing world. Jason began his podcasting career around a decade ago and eventually turned something he grew a...

Duration:00:45:08

E15: Christian Chasmer | Elevating Your Systems - How To Improve Your Business and Your Life Through Systemization

4/8/2019
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Christian Chasmer is the founder of Elevate Advisors, a consulting program that empowers entrepreneurs to increase profitability, reduce stress, and scale their business to 7 figures and beyond. Starting in college, Christian built a franchise from $0 to $1.2 million in annual revenue. He then co-founded the real estate development company CC Solutions and grew it to $6 million in revenue in under 2 years. He’s also the author of the best-selling book, Lose the Limits. Christian credits his...

Duration:00:35:35

E14: David Liebowitz | Uncovering Opportunity - How David Went From Intern to Founding Team Member at Everipedia

4/3/2019
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David Liebowitz is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and founding team member at Everipedia, a decentralized encyclopedia that’s building the largest knowledge base on the internet. David got his foot in the door by volunteering to help out during Everipdia’s very early stages. Fast forward a few years, Everipedia has raised $30M+ and since joining full-time in 2016, David has been at the forefront of recent developments at the nexus of technology, media, and culture. We discuss topics...

Duration:00:42:52

E13: Charles Nick | A Better Cup Of Coffee - How With A Little Innovation, Third Wave Water Is Improving Your Morning Joe

3/25/2019
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Charles Nick is a serial entrepreneur that’s passionate about three things: Aviation, Entrepreneurship, and Coffee. He’s the Co-Founder and President of Third Wave Water, the Founder & CEO of The Wright Cup, and the Founder & Manager of Douvalis Labs. Charles mainly spends his time focusing on Third Wave Water which creates mineralization capsules for your water to create richer flavors for your coffee. Third Wave has run a successful Kickstarter campaign, appeared on Shark Tank where they...

Duration:00:39:29

E12: Nathan Latka | How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital

3/18/2019
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Nathan Latka is a SaaS entrepreneur, author, investor, podcaster, reality TV star, and so much more. At nineteen, he founded a software company, Heyo, with $119 in his bank account. Five years later, it was valued at $10.5 million. Although he passed up on a larger acquisition, Nathan sold the business and launched The Top Entrepreneurs podcast, which has more than 10 million downloads and is one of the fastest growing business podcasts in the world. Nathan’s most recent endeavor, his book:...

Duration:00:27:49

E11: [Part 2] Michael Martocci | The SwagUp Story - How Resourcefulness and a Passion for Entrepreneurship Can Take You Anywhere

3/11/2019
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Michael Martocci is the Founder and CEO of SwagUp. SwagUp focuses on creating high-quality swag packs for employee welcoming, client gifting, event attendees, and more. Although just under two years old, they’ve done over $3M worth of sales in 2018 and are on track to break $10M in 2019. SwagUp works with some of the biggest brands in the world including SalesForce, WeWork, and Samsung. So how did Michael, a college dropout who originally thought he would to go into finance, manage to...

Duration:00:38:11

E10: [Part 1] Michael Martocci | The SwagUp Story - How Resourcefulness and a Passion for Entrepreneurship Can Take You Anywhere

3/8/2019
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Michael Martocci is the Founder and CEO of SwagUp. SwagUp focuses on creating high-quality swag packs for employee welcoming, client gifting, event attendees, and more. Although just under two years old, they’ve done over $3M worth of sales in 2018 and are on track to break $10M in 2019. SwagUp works with some of the biggest brands in the world including SalesForce, WeWork, and Samsung. So how did Michael, a college dropout who originally thought he would to go into finance, manage to create...

Duration:00:41:44

E09: Regina Ye | Turning an Idea into a Tangible Product - How Regina Created Zirui

2/28/2019
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Regina Ye is the founder and CEO of Zirui, a secure, sleek, and simple case to make your personal care routines portable and accessible wherever you go. Regina came up with this idea while on a trip -- she experienced what so many of us have at one point -- her liquids spilling all over the inside of her bags. Regina set out to fix this issue by creating a functional AND stylish product that people will actually want to use and show off. Although her background is in software engineering,...

Duration:00:37:48