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Episode 37: Physical (featuring Sara DuMond of Pediatric House Calls)

11/13/2018
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Many entrepreneurial ideas for new companies are based on the latest technology, but not Pediatric House Calls. They are redefining the patient experience and bringing back the old-fashioned way to practice medicine, but with a modern twist. This mobile Urgent Care practice takes their medical staff on the road, allowing patients to diagnose and treat common childhood illnesses without leaving the comfort of home. I’m joined today by Pediatric House Calls founder Sara DuMond. We take a look...

Duration:00:35:36

Episode 36: Workout (featuring Lauren Foundos of FORTË Fitness)

10/23/2018
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After recognizing how hard it is for fitness instructors to scale their business within the walls of a gym, FORTË founder Lauren Foundos built a platform that streams live videos from top trainers directly to students all over the world. FORTË now offers at-home access to boutique gyms all over the country, and the company has only just begun to realize Lauren’s vision for it. Her success proves that validating your business concept when you’re still small will allow you to scale to...

Duration:00:28:46

Episode 35: Notice (featuring Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media)

10/16/2018
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Finding the intersection between advertising, speaking engagements, and social and digital media can be a daunting task in today’s overloaded internet landscape. Rakia Reynolds is tackling the non-traditional media space at Skai Blue Media, a public relations company that provides business development, marketing, and message strategy to a wide variety of companies around the country. Rakia has joined me to talk about what it takes to get your business noticed in today’s digital environment....

Duration:00:35:53

Episode 34: Timing (G-Squared Partners featuring Gene Godick)

10/9/2018
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Gene Godick is the founder of G-Squared Partners, a service designed to help early-stage companies get CFO level support. Gene spent his early career years building experience across a variety of industries and recognized the need for every start-up company to have access to expert financial help. He has created an outsource finance team in a box that is available to any size company. Today we’re taking a look at the importance of your company’s financial well-being. We talk about the right...

Duration:00:31:10

Episode 33: Insecurity (featuring Megha Kulshreshtha of Food Connect Group)

10/2/2018
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Megha Kulshreshtha took what she learned as a corporate data analyst and focused on the growing problem of food insecurity in America’s urban centers. She launched an organization that is using mobile technology to make it easier to collect food donations on demand so they can reach people who need them the most. Together we discuss the innovation and technology that Food Connect uses to make it easy for restaurants to donate excess food to shelters and other hunger-fighting organizations....

Duration:00:34:58

Episode 32: Concert (featuring Sam Bodkin of GroupMuse)

4/11/2017
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Listening to live music doesn’t always require a huge crowd. For centuries, people gathered in small rooms to listen to chamber music. As part of the genre we now know as classical, you usually only get to hear it performed in symphony halls and other large venues, where ticket prices and cultural norms can sometimes make the experience feel exclusionary. That’s what Sam Bodkin set out to change, by building a platform that connects chamber music performers to audiences through intimate...

Duration:00:33:41

Episode 31: Train (featuring Katlyn Grasso of GenHERation)

3/14/2017
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Train. The word means two important things to this week’s guest. It’s the big machine that can take you from one end of the country to another. And it’s also what you need DO do to ensure that your community’s packed with the right kind of talent. Katlyn Grasso’s been spending a lot of time with both versions of the word “train.” She’s journeyed on the Millennial Trains Project, an adventure designed to cultivate dozens of new social entrepreneurs. And she’s been traveling all over the...

Duration:00:30:04

Episode 30: Cause (featuring James Brobyn of CauseEngine)

3/7/2017
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Cause. It’s what drives you. It’s the reason you make the choices you make. James Brobyn found a cause in his work as a helicopter crew chief and infantry officer for the United States Marine Corps. Then, something happened that would change his life — leading him to leave the military and enter the nonprofit world. Today, he’s leading a company designed to help nonprofits solve complex technology problems so they can focus on their own causes. It’s the story of CauseEngine, coming up next,...

Duration:00:51:44

Episode 29: Esquire (featuring Julia Shapiro of Hire an Esquire)

2/14/2017
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Esquire is the term that American lawyers use to set themselves apart from other professionals. But it’s also emblematic of the challenges that many young attorneys face in today’s crowded job market. Julia Shapiro founded a talent platform that leverages those changes in the legal industry. By matching short-term law gigs with skilled experts, she’s creating a new path forward for law school grads who can’t find — or don’t want — the traditional partner path at big firms. It’s the story of...

Duration:00:29:21

Episode 28: Explore (featuring Rob Frantz of Kinetic Ceramics)

2/7/2017
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When Rob Frantz was growing up, he wanted to explore uncharted territory. His childhood dream of becoming an astronaut gave way to another daring career as a Navy fighter pilot. And after years of helping teams make fast, critical decisions, Rob made one of his own — he bought a company. Today, he’s helping to develop tools that can help save lives in a heartbeat. It’s the story of Kinetic Ceramics, on this week's episode of The Build. Special Guest: Rob Frantz.

Duration:00:32:23

Episode 27: Potential (featuring Chris Diaz of Serve1)

1/31/2017
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Over the course of his career in the United States Navy, Chris Diaz grew fascinated with studying the differences between his fellow fighters. What made one person successful in their role, and what caused other folks to struggle? After wrapping up a tour in Afghanistan, Chris pursued the answers to questions like those at Drexel University. On his way toward earning a PhD in clinical psychology, he discovered how to help athletes and other kinds of professionals reach their peak...

Duration:00:31:16

Episode 26: Fix (featuring Stacey Mosley of FixList)

1/24/2017
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Think of all the things you’ve got to repair around your home right now. All the little paint chips, the projects you’ve been putting off. Now think about all the things you need fixed on your block. How about your neighborhood. Or your whole city? How would you even keep track of all that? For five years, data scientist Stacey Mosely worked on software that helped city engineers do just that. She designed tools that tracked everything from potholes to problem properties. Now, she’s pouring...

Duration:00:34:25

Episode 25: Cash (featuring Benjamin Pitts of MyFinancialAnswers)

1/17/2017
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Cash. No matter what kind of job you have or business you build, everything comes down to the amount of cash you can hustle together. Benjamin Pitts thinks about that for a living. When this one-time West Point cadet discovered that a health issue would prevent him from taking on a role in the military, he turned his attention to solving financial problems. Today, he’s building a business designed to help Americans protect their financial futures. It’s the story of My Financial Answers,...

Duration:00:30:02

Episode 24: Roadmap (featuring Earl Knight of GoBabl)

1/10/2017
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Roadmap. It’s the term developers use for the document that helps determine what new features will go into a piece of software. But it’s also the perfect metaphor for the kind of tool that Earl Knight wants to build to help his customers navigate social media. This former professional basketball player has worked all over the world, and learned that what we post online can have an even more meaningful impact in our local communities than on the global stage. And he’s assembled a team to help...

Duration:00:35:42

Episode 23: Bridge (featuring Tracey Welson-Rossman of TechGirlz)

12/13/2016
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Bridge. It’s a great metaphor when you’re talking about the journey between where you are now and where you want to be. While growing teams at a few different companies, entrepreneur and marketing executive Tracey Welson-Rossman noticed a big gap in hiring between men and women for technology jobs. As a result, she founded a nonprofit dedicated to overcoming that gap by building a bridge — in the form of hands-on training workshops that help middle school-aged girls grow their technology and...

Duration:00:33:45

Episode 22: Small (featuring Rayce Rollins of Grow Small Analytics)

12/6/2016
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Small. It’s the opposite of what most businesses strive to become. Usually, when you start a company, you try to figure out how to get as big as you can, as fast as you can. However, in an era where leaders like Paul Graham advise startups to do things that don’t scale — hockey stick growth isn’t always the right goal to chase. In fact, according to author and consultant Rayce Rollins, the deeper connections you make with individuals along the way will define how sustainable your company can...

Duration:00:37:39

Episode 21: Development (featuring Michael Rappaport of Chariot Solutions)

11/23/2016
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Development refers to the process of writing the software you need to keep things moving. Like the code that manages a business, or the infrastructure that keeps a nation rolling. But it also refers to the process of growing, learning, and adapting with a changing market — both as a business and as a professional. Excelling at either one of those is hard enough for most companies. But when you put both of them together, you can achieve some really significant results. That’s what Michael...

Duration:00:46:35

Episode 20: Media (featuring Christopher Wink of Technically Media)

6/9/2016
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On his journey from beat reporter to startup co-founder, Christopher Wink has learned how journalism can positively impact communities and sustain careers—without resorting to clickbait. Text Transcript Special Guest: Christopher Wink.

Duration:00:54:18

Episode 19: Workspace (LIVE at The Curtis)

5/3/2016
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Our panel of experts examines the trends and offers insight into what founders can do now to ensure their teams have the right space to grow and thrive. Text Transcript Special Guests: Daniel Gummel, Elizabeth Morrow, Jerre Riggs, and Michael Dolan.

Duration:00:57:42

Episode 18: Ambition (featuring Melissa Alam of Femme & Fortune)

4/26/2016
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Melissa Alam's ambition helped drive the launch of a branding agency, a coworking community, a live conference, and a set of lifestyle businesses that have brought her all over the world. Text Transcript Special Guest: Melissa Alam.

Duration:00:28:22