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Gritty Founder is a daily podcast series where business founders share their stories of grit, determination, and success. The podcast celebrates the heroes who build the companies of their dreams and never quit along the way. The podcast features some of the top founders in Silicon Valley and has been in the making for a long time. Gritty Founder is the first daily podcast in the business category that is currently live. It is meant to encourage founders and provide a daily dose of entrepreneurial wisdom and strategic advice for founders all over the world. You can learn more at https://grittyfounder.com

Gritty Founder is a daily podcast series where business founders share their stories of grit, determination, and success. The podcast celebrates the heroes who build the companies of their dreams and never quit along the way. The podcast features some of the top founders in Silicon Valley and has been in the making for a long time. Gritty Founder is the first daily podcast in the business category that is currently live. It is meant to encourage founders and provide a daily dose of entrepreneurial wisdom and strategic advice for founders all over the world. You can learn more at https://grittyfounder.com
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Gritty Founder is a daily podcast series where business founders share their stories of grit, determination, and success. The podcast celebrates the heroes who build the companies of their dreams and never quit along the way. The podcast features some of the top founders in Silicon Valley and has been in the making for a long time. Gritty Founder is the first daily podcast in the business category that is currently live. It is meant to encourage founders and provide a daily dose of entrepreneurial wisdom and strategic advice for founders all over the world. You can learn more at https://grittyfounder.com

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@KreigKent

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English


Episodes

00068. How Bart Lorang Exited His First Company at Age 16 and Is Now the Founder & CEO of FullContact

11/10/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Bart Lorang about his journey as an entrepreneur and how he built FullContact. Bart shares valuable insights on emotional intelligence and the importance of staying lean as your business grows. Bart Lorang is co-founder and CEO of FullContact, managing director of v1.vc, lifelong tech entrepreneur and investor. He is the husband to Sarah Lorang and the father of Greyson and Sophie Lorang. He is also passionate about helping fellow...

Duration:00:46:51

00067. How Futuristic Visionary VOIP Founder Alex Mashinsky Is Innovating with Celsius Network — After Building Seven Companies with Total Exits over $3 Billion

11/9/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Alex Mashinsky about his journey as an entrepreneur and his vision for Celsius Network. Alex shares fascinating insights on the Silicon Valley mindset and decentralization. Alex is a serial entrepreneur and founder of seven New York City-based startups, raising more than $1 billion and exiting over $3 billion. Alex founded two of New York City’s top 10 venture-backed exits since 2000. Some Questions Kreig asks Alex: - When did...

Duration:01:04:57

00066. How Farmgirl Flowers Founder & CEO Christina Stembel Bootstrapped and Built a Successful Floral Empire

11/8/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Christina Stembel about how she built and grew Farmgirl Flowers. Christina shares terrific advice on bootstrapping a company, marketing your business in the early days, and the work ethic needed to be successful. She is the founder & CEO of Farmgirl Flowers. She used every penny she had to bootstrap her successful floral empire. Experiencing 50% year over year growth, the 9-year old brand has been self-funded since day one. You...

Duration:00:58:47

00065. How Luis Perez Built Remoov to Make Your Clutter Disappear

11/7/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Luis Perez about his journey as an entrepreneur and how he built Remoov. Luis shares valuable advice on hustle, perseverance, and finding the right team. Originally from Venezuela, Luis moved to the US for university. He is passionate about bringing efficiencies to industries lacking it. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, also an entrepreneur, and daughter. Some Questions Kreig asks Luis: - Tell us about Remoov, what does...

Duration:00:44:39

00064. How Paul Berberian — Serial Entrepreneur and CEO of Sphero, Sold His First Business for Millions and Subsequently Built Several More

11/6/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Paul Berberian about his journey building seven businesses over the course of his career. Paul shares valuable advice on staying future-focused, optimistic, and gritty. Paul Berberian is the former CEO and co-founder of Raindance Communications, a web and phone conferencing services company acquired by West Corporation in 2006. Before founding Raindance, he was co-founder and CEO of LINK-VTC, a video teleconferencing company, which...

Duration:00:59:22

00063. How R.T. Custer Turned a Kickstarter Project into a Booming Manufacturing Business Called Vortic Watch Company

11/5/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with R.T. Custer about how he built and grew Vortic Watch Company. R.T. shares fascinating insights on the watch industry as well as advice on staying gritty and handling emotions as an entrepreneur. R.T. Custer, Founder of Vortic Watch Company, is a 28-year-old Colorado-based entrepreneur who's spent his entire adult life building the coolest watch company on planet earth. Some Questions Kreig asks R.T.: - What was it like growing up...

Duration:01:01:56

00062. How Visionary Entrepreneur David Hose Built Seven Businesses and Is Now the CEO of AirMap

11/4/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with David Hose about his journey as an entrepreneur. David shares valuable advice on setting goals, finding a great team, and knowing your customers. David Hose is CEO of AirMap, the world’s leading airspace management platform for drones. He’s a seasoned technology leader and has founded seven businesses over the course of his career. Some Questions Kreig asks David: - How did you persevere when you would build an idea and not see...

Duration:00:53:06

00061. How Rob Biederman Is Helping Companies Go from Strategy to Execution with Catalant Technologies

11/3/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Rob Biederman about his entrepreneurial journey and how he built Catalant Technologies. Rob shares valuable advice on fundraising, productivity, and the type of mindset founders need to achieve success. Rob Biederman is the Co-Founder and CEO of Catalant Technologies, the market leader enabling the world’s leading organizations get from strategy to execution faster. Biederman is also co-author of a book titled Reimagining Work:...

Duration:01:02:32

00060. Ask Kreig: Ep 1. Should I Raise Venture Capital?

11/2/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent answers a listener’s question and shares insights on why and how to raise venture capital. The question asked was: Kreig, I’ve been listening to your podcast for the past several weeks, and I’m in the early stages of building a B2B startup. I’m not sure whether or not to start the fundraising process, and I would really like to hear what you think. Should I raise money from a VC? Connect with Kreig Kent: LinkedIn Twitter Personal Website

Duration:00:11:47

00059. How Mike Townsend Raised $23 Million with HomeHero, and Is Now Bootstrapping a Crypto Gift Card Exchange Called Redeeem

11/1/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Mike Townsend about his journey as an entrepreneur and how he built Redeeem. Mike shares valuable advice on finding cofounders, hiring, and building long term relationships. Mike is a serial entrepreneur, and host of Around the Coin fintech podcast. He raised $23 Million with his last startup HomeHero, and is now bootstrapping a crypto gift card exchange called Redeeem. Some Questions Kreig asks Mike: - What influenced you to...

Duration:00:54:45

00058. From Cleaning Toilets to $60 Million, How Amiad Soto Saw an Opportunity to Capitalize on the Growing Airbnb Economy with Guesty

10/31/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Amiad Soto about how he built Guesty. Amiad shares advice on having perseverance, being optimistic, hiring, and the importance of taking care of your health as a founder. Amiad Soto is co-founder and CEO of Guesty, one of the world’s largest property management platforms for short-term rentals that simplifies and automates all aspects of the property management process. After launching the disruptor in 2013 with his identical twin...

Duration:00:43:26

00057. Why the Future of Learning is the Future of Work — How Mike Adams Co-founded Grain to Make Voice More Collaborative

10/30/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Mike Adams about his journey as an entrepreneur and how he cofounded Grain. Mike shares advice on emotional intelligence as well as some valuable insights on building a company in the education space. Mike Adams is a three time co-founder and the CEO of Grain, a start-up based in San Francisco that’s bringing live voice and video communication into the collaborative age. Mike lives in the Bay Area with is wife and 3 kids. Some...

Duration:01:31:25

00056. How John S. Kim Built SendBird from a near Death Company to More Than $120 Million in Funding

10/29/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with John S. Kim about how he built and grew SendBird. John shares terrific advice on staying positively tenacious and building a strong relationship with cofounders. John sold his previous startup and was Korea's number one player in Unreal Tournament. He is now the CEO of SendBird, the number one chat API, and they've raised more than 120 million dollars. Their customers include companies and organizations like Reddit, Yahoo!, GO-JEK,...

Duration:01:07:44

00055. How Emmanuel Straschnov Co-Founded Bubble, a Programming Tool That Makes Code Obsolete

10/28/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Emmanuel Straschnov about how he built and grew Bubble. Emmanuel shares valuable advice on launching a product, working with cofounders, and building a team. Emmanuel Straschnov is founder of Bubble, a visual programming software. People have used it to get into YC or raised multi-million dollar rounds. Emmanuel studied at Ecole Polytechnique and received his MBA from Harvard. Some Questions Kreig asks Emmanuel: - How did you get...

Duration:00:52:45

00054. How Peter Rojas Founded Gizmodo and Engadget, Two of the Biggest Blogs in Tech, and Ultimately Forged a Career as a Venture Capitalist

10/27/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Peter Rojas about how he built and grew Gizmodo and Engadget. Peter shares valuable insights on what investors look for in founders as well as tips for building a great product and business. Peter Rojas is a partner at Betaworks Ventures, a seed stage venture fund. He was previously the founder of Gizmodo/Gawker, Engadget/Weblogs Inc, RCRD LBL, and gdgt. Some Questions Kreig asks Peter: - When did you catch the entrepreneurial...

Duration:01:15:33

00053. How Former US Marine Anthony Vennare Built Fitt, the Discovery Platform for Health and Fitness Experiences

10/26/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Anthony Vennare about how he built Fitt. Anthony shares terrific advice on staying focused and true to your mission as well as tips for building a business in the fitness space. A 2018 honoree of Forbes 30 Under 30 and United States Marine, Anthony is a sales- and product-driven CEO who has closed $10M-plus in partnerships and successfully exited a media startup. Some Questions Kreig asks Anthony: - What went wrong with your...

Duration:00:52:57

00052. How Andrea Loubier Co-Founded Mailbird and Built an Email Software Empire from the Tropical Island of Bali

10/25/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Andrea Loubier about how she built and grew Mailbird. Andrea shares valuable advice on finding cofounders, running a remote company, and creating work-life balance. Andrea Loubier is the CEO of Mailbird and among the top tech leaders in Southeast Asia. She's passionate about the future of work, building a healthy relationship with technology. Some Questions Kreig asks Andrea: - How did you come up with the idea for Mailbird?...

Duration:00:58:18

00051. How Greg Mercer Ditched His Dream Job to Build Jungle Scout and All His Entrepreneurial Lessons in Between

10/24/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Greg Mercer about how he built and grew Jungle Scout. Greg shares valuable advice on building a product, as well as tips for those interested in becoming Amazon sellers. Greg Mercer is the Founder and CEO of Jungle Scout, the leading software for Amazon sellers. Greg is a leader in the Amazon selling community, who built Jungle Scout from a Chrome extension into a robust suite of SaaS solutions. Greg is a graduate of Auburn...

Duration:01:01:35

00050. How Eugenio Pace Built Auth0 into a Billion Dollar Company in Less Than Seven Years

10/23/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Eugenio Pace about how he built and grew Auth0 into a billion dollar company. Eugenio Pace shares valuable advice on taking risks, building a great team, and the importance of being optimistic in life. Eugenio Pace is co-founder and CEO of Auth0, a company that provides an authentication and authorization service for application builders. Before Auth0, Eugenio worked for Microsoft's Developer Division. A native from Argentina, he...

Duration:01:09:34

00049. How Garrett Dimon Built and Sold Sifter While Dealing with Health Issues That Ultimately Led to Amputating His Left Leg

10/22/2019
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On today's episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Garrett Dimon about how he built and sold Sifter. Garrett shares terrific advice on the importance of listening to customers as well as some tips for selling your business. Garrett spent eight years building Sifter before selling it while dealing with health issues that led to a left below-knee amputation. Now he's turning his experience into a site to help other amputees be more active. Some Questions Kreig asks Garrett: - At...

Duration:00:53:47