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Startup of the Year Podcast raises the bar for startups around the world by providing further insight on the emerging companies featured in our Daily Dealflow newsletter, and by highlighting newsworthy stories and global trends affecting the startup ecosystem.

Startup of the Year Podcast raises the bar for startups around the world by providing further insight on the emerging companies featured in our Daily Dealflow newsletter, and by highlighting newsworthy stories and global trends affecting the startup ecosystem.

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United States

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Startup of the Year Podcast raises the bar for startups around the world by providing further insight on the emerging companies featured in our Daily Dealflow newsletter, and by highlighting newsworthy stories and global trends affecting the startup ecosystem.

Language:

English


Episodes

#0044 - Discussing Non-Obvious Trends with Rohit Bhargava

1/21/2021
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Rohit Bhargava about business, marketing, and his book “Non-Obvious Mega Trends.” Rohit is an innovation and marketing expert and the founder of the Non-Obvious Company. He is also a Wall Street Journal best selling author of six business books and also teaches marketing and innovation at Georgetown University. His most recent book is titled “Non-Obvious Mega Trends” and it is the culmination of a decade of...

Duration:00:37:42

#0043 - Navigating the Startup World with Aaron Froug of Grifin

1/12/2021
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast we’re going to hear an interview that Rich Maloy, our VP of Engagement at Established, did with Aaron Froug. Aaron is the Co-Founder and CEO of Grifin, which is a cool new fintech app that makes investing as energizing as buying your morning coffee. Basically, the app allows users to invest a dollar in every company where they spend money. It is pretty amazing and I’ve never really seen anything quite like it. Grifin was the People’s...

Duration:00:28:52

#0042 - Startup Stories with Kara Goldin, CEO of Hint, and Bestselling Author of Undaunted

12/22/2020
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Kara Goldin about her journey as an entrepreneur and her new bestselling book “Undaunted,” which was just released in October of 2020. Kara is the Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., the leading unsweetened flavored water and they also make hand sanitizer She has been named one of InStyle’s Badass 50, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, amongst other notable...

Duration:01:03:28

#0041 - Valuable Lessons from GrubHub Founder Mike Evans

12/11/2020
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Mike Evans at our 2020 Summit. Mike shared his story behind starting and taking GrubHub to IPO. He also talked about his new startup Fixer.com, and forthcoming book Hangry. Frank also takes a moment to share that the Established team has been mourning the recent loss of Tony Hsieh, the former CEO of Zappos and author of Delivering Happiness, and the man behind the Downtown Project to revitalize downtown Las...

Duration:00:56:38

#0040 - 2020 Startup of the Year Summit Recap and Winners

11/24/2020
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, we included a recap of highlights from the 2020 Startup of the Year Summit. During the episode, we also hear commentary from some of our Established Team members. Rich Maloy from Established Ventures pitches in with the “VC Minute.” Our Director of Partnerships, Jacqui Dietrich, also provides an update about our partner programs and specifically discusses the following...

Duration:00:39:33

#0039 - Funding Strategies with Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene of PopCom

10/27/2020
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, we talk with Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene, the Founder & CEO of PopCom, which has developed software to make kiosks and vending machines intelligent through data and analytics at the point of purchase. PopCom uses facial recognition, A.I, and blockchain technology to help retailers collect valuable customer insights. We first met Dawn when she participated in the Startup of the Year program with a company called Flat Out of Heels. We also hear...

Duration:00:39:25

#0038 - Powerful Black Founder Pitch Event

10/12/2020
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, we included a recap of our Startup of the Year online pitch event that we hosted, where we featured Black Founders. We had an amazing group of companies presenting their pitches. The startups included: CPRWrap, Freeman Capital, SoLo Funds, Thermaband, and Youth Enrichments Additionally, the event was presided over by an incredible group of judges that included Shila Nieves Burney the Founding and Managing Partner at Zane Venture Fund;...

Duration:00:38:15

#0037 - The Polly Rodriguez of Unbound Interview - Startup of the Year Podcast

9/29/2020
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, we hear from Polly Rodriguez, the founder, and CEO of Unbound, a sexual wellness company for women. They make and sell vibrators, lubricants, and accessories online along with their digital magazine. Polly and Unbound competed in the 2017 Startup of the Year program and finished in the Top 5 that year. We also hear some segments from some of our Established Team members. Our Co-CEO, Jen Consalvo, provides advice for startup founders that...

Duration:00:42:29

#0036 - Startup Wisdom From Stephanie Lampkin of Blendoor

9/22/2020
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear some startup wisdom from the Founder and CEO of Blendoor, Stephanie Lampkin. Blendoor is inclusive recruiting and people analytics software that mitigates unconscious bias. Candidates are sourced from hundreds of strategic partners and universities and presented to recruiters without the candidate’s name, photo, or dates. Blendoor was also the winner of the Startup of the Year pitch competition in 2015. We also hear some segments...

Duration:00:31:29

#0035 - Talking About Starting Up With David Aronson of Peanut Butter

9/9/2020
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we catch up with David Aronson, the Founder & CEO of Peanut Butter, a company that helps employers offer student loan assistance as a benefit. David has over 20 years of business experience and has founded 6 ventures as an entrepreneur. He previously served as Senior Director of Business Development for Sears Holdings, and Director of Corporate Development for Gevity HR, beginning his career at the Aronson family's Tasty Bakery. We also...

Duration:00:31:19

#0034 - Cooper Harris of Klickly

8/31/2020
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we catch up with Cooper Harris, the founder, and CEO of Klickly, an A.I. impulse-payments platform. Cooper invented a payment layer that leverages machine-learning to make purchasing directly within digital UIs possible. This significant innovation creates a huge efficiency in the market – the platform's machine-learning identifies payment situations and uses sophisticated cross-origin calls to facilitate the transaction. As such, she...

Duration:00:48:31

#0033 - Honoring U.S. Veteran Founders

8/24/2020
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast we are featuring our virtual event that we hosted, Honoring U.S. Veteran Founders. We had a great group of veteran-led companies presenting their pitches. The STARTUPS included: Govlia (Fort Lauderdale, FL); Milk Money Kitchens (New York, NY); Target Arm (Ridgefield, CT); TCare (St. Louis, MO); and TruGenomix (Rockville, MD). Additionally, the event was presided over by an incredible group of amazing judges that included Burunda Prince...

Duration:00:39:48

#0032 - Celebrating Female Founders

8/9/2020
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast we are featuring our virtual event that we hosted, Celebrating Female Founders. We had a great group of female-led companies presenting their pitches. The STARTUPS included: Cherry Blossom Intimates (Washington, D.C.); MITO Material Solutions (Indianapolis, IN); Pocketnest (Ann Arbor, MI); PredictivCare (Bethesda, MD); and ReThink Words (Chicago, IL) Additionally, the event was presided over by an incredible group of esteemed judges...

Duration:01:12:46

#0031 - Navigating 2020 with the Founders of ShearShare, Courtney Caldwell and Dr. Tye Caldwell

7/8/2020
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear from Courtney Caldwell and Dr. Tye Caldwell, the co-founders of ShearShare, which is the first on-demand salon and barbershop space rental app, which is also of the Startup of the Year Alumni company and Established Ventures portfolio company. During the episode, we hear some interesting insights from two Black startup entrepreneurs as they navigate the COVID-19 landscape and provide their thoughts about the Black Lives Matter...

Duration:00:40:46

#0030 - Investment Trends and Strategies with Investor Josef Merrill

6/12/2020
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, Frank Gruber talks with investor Josef Merrill about investment trends and strategies and his work at Sputnik ATX, an Austin based accelerator that funds makers and founders and helps people reach their full potential by creating an ecosystem to attract hard-working nerds, connect them with investors, and train them for success. Sputnik ATX's accelerator application deadline is June 30th, so make sure to apply now at:...

Duration:00:13:26

#0029 - Virtual Office Hours Highlights

5/27/2020
On this episode, we hear highlights highlights from our Virtual Office Hours, where we answered questions from multiple startups. The office hours were hosted by Rich Maloy from our team and also included commentary from Jen Consalvo and Frank Gruber. We plan to do more of these virtual office hour events in the future so keep a lookout for upcoming events, as we look forward to continuing to offer opportunities to startups. On another note, please join us as we celebrate female...

Duration:00:19:47

#0028 - Highlights from the Startup of the Year Special Event: Startups & COVID-19

5/11/2020
On this episode, we hear highlights from the Startup of the Year virtual event, where we learned about various efforts by startups in the Startup of the Year community that are doing great work to help during this COVID 19 pandemic. The startups that participated in the event were involved were Aperiomics, Fiveable, Kamana, Lazarus 3D, and OneMilo. The amazing panel of experts that were involved with the event included: As always, please check out the Established website and...

Duration:01:00:40

#0027 - Investor and Product Discussions with Rafiq Ahmed and Mitul Patel of Dipalo Ventures

4/21/2020
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Rafiq Ahmed and Mitul Patel about their new fund at Dipalo Ventures and about their experiences developing products. Rafiq Ahmed is the Managing Director at DiPalo Ventures, an early-stage investment fund interested in connected hardware and hard tech. Rafiq also has experience developing mobile products expertise including design of Motorola Mobility's first apps, which was acquired by Google. Lastly, he was also...

Duration:00:37:09

#0026 - Veteran Entrepreneurs and Startup Founders

4/14/2020
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with US veteran startup founders Blake Hall and Kimberly Citizen about how their military experience helped them with their roles as startup entrepreneurs. Blake Hall is the founder of ID.me, a digital identification platform where individuals can verify who they are online and receive discounts and benefits if they are part of groups like first responders, the military, students or teachers. Blake was awarded the Bronze...

Duration:00:39:37

#0025 – Mentoring with Larry Berlin of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

3/27/2020
In this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Larry Berlin, an entrepreneur and angel investor, who teaches and mentors at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Larry also talk about his work with the "New Venture Challenge” every year, where 30 teams compete for a total of $1M for the tops winners. Frank also catches up with Reed Alexander the Relationship Manager, SMB Partnerships at American Airlines. The two talk about the products and travel...

Duration:00:18:35