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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

#0052 - Dave Dworschak of Kamana Explains How to Build a Startup For Acquisition

4/7/2021
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Dave Dworschak, the Co-founder and CEO of Kamana (www.kamanahealth.com), about their recent acquisition by Triage Staffing in 2020. Kamana is an alumni of the Startup of the Year program and was an Established Ventures portfolio company. More specifically, Kamana is is customer-centric, feedback-driven software for the healthcare staffing industry and it enables the healthcare workforce to manage their credentials...

Duration:00:41:44

#0051 - Tim Draper Tells Stories From His Life As A Venture Capitalist

3/25/2021
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we listen to Frank Gruber’s interview with Tim Draper at the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020. Tim is a top global venture capitalist, founder of Draper Associates, DFJ and the Draper Venture Network, a global network of venture capital funds. Tim’s investments include Coinbase, Robinhood, TwitchTV, Skype, Tesla, Baidu, Focus Media, YeePay, Hotmail, SolarCity, Athenahealth, Box, SpaceX, Cruise Automation, Carta, Planet, PTC,...

Duration:01:01:13

#0050 - Meredith Fineman Teaches Us How To Brag Better

3/19/2021
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we listen to Frank Gruber’s interview with Meredith Fineman at the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020. Meredith is an entrepreneur, writer, best-selling author, speaker, podcast host, and women's advocate. She is also the founder and CEO of FinePoint, a leadership and professional development company with a focus on visibility and voice. Meredith is also the author of Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion. It’s...

Duration:00:38:30

#0049 - Lo Toney Details Various Venture Capital Investment Opportunities

3/9/2021
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we listen to Frank Gruber’s interview with Lo Toney at the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020. Lo is the founding managing partner at Plexo Capital, which is an institutional investment firm he incubated and spun out from Google Ventures. Plexo Capital invests in emerging seed-stage VCs led by diverse teams and invests directly into companies sourced from the portfolios of VCs where Plexo Capital has an investment. Prior to...

Duration:00:36:34

#0048 - Dr. Ximena Hartsock Discusses Ideas That Change The World

3/3/2021
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we listen to Frank Gruber’s interview with Dr. Ximena Hartsock at the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020. Ximena is the Co-founder of Phone2Action, the world's leading technology company for civic participation and stakeholder engagement. The platform has empowered millions of advocates to make over 40 million connections with elected officials. She is passionate about education and about empowering people to take action to...

Duration:00:42:09

#0047 - Suneel Gupta Explains How To Be "BACKABLE"

2/24/2021
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talked with Suneel Gupta at the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020. Suneel teaches innovation at Harvard University and is the author of the upcoming book, “BACKABLE,” which just came out on February 23rd. The book is rooted in Suneel’s journey from first-time entrepreneur to being named “The New Face of Innovation” by the New York Stock Exchange, and explores how to get people to believe in your ideas. "BACKABLE"...

Duration:00:42:13

#0046 - Zvi Band Talks About Scaling a Company

2/18/2021
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Zvi Band, the co-founder CEO of Contactually, a top CRM which empowers professionals in real estate, consulting, and other professional industries to build authentic relationships. He is also the author of the book Success is in Your Sphere. Zvi co-founded Contactually in 2011, and led the company to $12M in venture backing, 75 employees, and tens of thousands of customers, including 8 of the top 20 real estate...

Duration:00:38:25

#0045 - Whitney Johnson Explains How To Disrupt Yourself

1/26/2021
On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with acclaimed author and the CEO of WLJ Advisors, Whitney Johnson. Whitney is a former Wall Street Analyst and is the cofounder of the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen in which they invested in at least one unicorn. She is also an executive coach, speaker, and innovation thinker who was recently named one of the most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50. She...

Duration:00:33:06

#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