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The Defiance_ Ventures Podcast

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John Espey, a serial entrepreneur, MBA, and early stage investor interviews founders and investors at innovative companies. Defiance_ invests in, consults, and starts companies that defy conventional wisdom, and this podcast explores that world.

John Espey, a serial entrepreneur, MBA, and early stage investor interviews founders and investors at innovative companies. Defiance_ invests in, consults, and starts companies that defy conventional wisdom, and this podcast explores that world.
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Location:

Charlotte, NC

Description:

John Espey, a serial entrepreneur, MBA, and early stage investor interviews founders and investors at innovative companies. Defiance_ invests in, consults, and starts companies that defy conventional wisdom, and this podcast explores that world.

Language:

English

Contact:

7049410299


Episodes

Episode 7 - Austin Rosenfeld Trailer

5/23/2019
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Austin Rosenfeld tells his story of leaving a well paying consulting job to create his own consulting company and building it into a 150 person shop. He also talks about his days as an early employee at Appian and the lessons he's learned along the entire journey. This trailer highlights five or six interesting bits from the full interview: https://anchor.fm/defiance-ventures/episodes/Episode-7---Austin-Rosenfeld-Full-Interview-e44gc7 Send in a voice message:...

Duration:00:11:16

Episode 7 - Austin Rosenfeld Full Interview

5/23/2019
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Austin Rosenfeld tells his story of leaving a well paying consulting job to create his own consulting company and building it into a 150 person shop. He also talks about his days as an early employee at Appian and the lessons he's learned along the entire journey. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/defiance-ventures/message

Duration:01:44:29

Episode 7 - Trailer - Scott Lien from GrandPad

5/20/2019
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Scott Lien started GrandPad, the leading communication solution for 8o years and older adults. 5 years after starting the company it is now available at Target and Best Buy and has been advertised on cable TV. Scott discusses the experience, how his corporate career prepared him for success, and shares his philosophy on product development. https://www.grandpad.net/ Twitter: @grandpad_social https://twitter.com/grandpad_social Instagram: @grandpad_social...

Duration:00:22:15

Episode 7 - Scott Lien from GrandPad

5/20/2019
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Scott Lien started GrandPad, the leading communication solution for 8o years and older adults. 5 years after starting the company it is now available at Target and Best Buy and has been advertised on cable TV. Scott discusses the experience, how his corporate career prepared him for success, and shares his philosophy on product development. https://www.grandpad.net/ Twitter: @grandpad_social https://twitter.com/grandpad_social Instagram: @grandpad_social...

Duration:02:31:31

Episode 6 - Ben Simon from Windsor Jewelers

5/9/2019
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John interviews Ben Simon, owner of Windsor Jewelers. Windsor is an upscale two location jewelry seller that offers some of the top watch and jewelry brands in the world. John and Ben discuss working in a family business, building culture across multiple locations, balancing the needs of your own brand while also selling literally some of the top brands in the world, cross selling, sales excellence, and a host of other topics. Ben also indulges John on sharing his personal thoughts on...

Duration:02:18:59

Episode 5 - Bryan Bellamy

5/7/2019
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John interviews Bryan Bellamy, founder and CEO of The Refinery Haus (https://therefineryhaus.com/). John and Bryan cover a range of topics, including starting a company while in college and selling it to FourSquare, starting multiple companies and pivoting, growing a digital agency and consulting practice under the same roof, investing in other startups, and Bryan's car collection. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/defiance-ventures/message

Duration:02:12:37

Episode 4 - David Watkins from Abbeydale

5/3/2019
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John interviews David Watkins, founder of Abbeydale, an upscale mens clothing shop in Charlotte, NC. They discuss starting the business, growing it, some difficult decisions along the way, branding, building a global supply chain, and leveraging CRM and marketing automation to better serve customers. They also get into a detailed conversation about how men should build their wardrobe to maximize their...

Duration:01:33:59

Episode 3 - Derek Wang

4/30/2019
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John interviews Derek Wang, founder and CEO of Stratifyd, a machine learning and artificial intelligence startup that is achieving escape velocity just 4 years into its existence. Derek discusses finalizing four rounds of funding (including a recent $30 million round led by Georgian Partners), being an immigrant founder, the history of ML/AI, the future of tech, China vs Europe vs the US, women in tech, and many other fascinating topics. Send in a voice message:...

Duration:01:20:13

Episode 2 - Meggie Williams

4/29/2019
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John interviews Meggie Williams from the Hygge podcast studio in Charlotte. Meggie is the founder and CEO of startup Skipper, a dog walking service operating out of multiple US cities. John and Meggie discuss fundraising, transitioning from IBM to a scrappy tech startup, building software without a technical background, starting a company with a spouse, being a woman in tech, and much much more. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/defiance-ventures/message

Duration:01:28:37

Episode 1 with Stu Brauer

4/19/2019
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In the first episode of the Defiance Podcast, John interviews Stu Brauer, owner of Urban Mvmnt and WTFGymTalk. John and Stu discuss fitness, Crossfit, and the future of micro gyms. For anyone looking to start a business based on their passion, Stu is an inspirational story and someone they should follow on social media: WTF Gym Talk: www: https://www.wtfgymtalk.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wtfgymtalk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WTFGYMTALK/ Urban MVMNT: www:...

Duration:01:49:32