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Ideas Last

By Danielle Gillespie
It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the start-up world. But what if having a laser-focus on your idea can actually hold your business back?

In the Ideas Last podcast Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders whose success came from obsessively focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it takes to actually build a long-lasting, profitable startup rather than simply launching one...by putting your idea last.
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Designing Technology For Behaviour Change In Nutrition - Emily Hochman, Founder & CEO of Wellory
Emily Hochman is the founder of Wellory, the anti-diet nutrition app on a mission to make personalized nutrition accessible for all. Wellory is a venture-backed startup based in NYC with a network of over 600+ health coaches, nutritionists, and dietitians all over the country. She is a certified health coach, founder of the Movement Young Professional Board and native New Yorker. Hochman has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider and named “13 Under 35 Innovators” by her alma mater, Bucknell University. Earlier this year, Wellory raised $4.2 million in funding. KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE 01:21 The idea and importance behind Wellory 09:20 The initial spark to starting a business 19:55 Building a tech solution to create behavior change 24:42 Lessons learned along the path of an entrepreneur 28:58 Where entrepreneurs tend to go wrong 33:02 Breaking barriers as a female entrepreneur GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW Emily says, “The leading cause of death in the United States is due to poor diet. We are pouring billions of dollars into our healthcare system but not getting to the root cause of the problem - a healthy relationship with food." CONNECT WITH EMILY Wellory - https://www.wellory.com Connect with Emily on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-hochman/ CONNECT WITH DANIELLE Danielle’s Website - https://www.daniellegillespie.net/ Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellegillespie/ Email Danielle - dg@daniellegillespie.net Medium: https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl Send A Text: +1 (412) 207-3851 Connect with Danielle to learn more about how the Ideas Last methodology can help you turn your product into a successful business venture, regardless of product stage: paper napkin, beta, V1, or established product already released into the wild. SUBSCRIBE TO THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ideas-last/id1579391101 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6Fj8K2kEIm8RWNfYzgZs4L If you liked this episode, please don’t forget to tune in, subscribe, and share this podcast! ABOUT THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the startup world. But what if having a laser focus on your idea can actually hold your business back? In the Ideas Last podcast, Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders, whose success came from obsessively, focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it actually takes to build a long-lasting profitable startup, rather than simply launching - by putting your idea, last. Read more about the Ideas Last story - https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl/ideas-last-a-new-way-to-startup-b94a585e35f5 #IdeasLast #DanielleGillespie #StartUpCoach #BusinessConsultant #EmilyHochman #Wellory
41:01
November 25, 2021
Taking Your StartUp From Idea to Investor Ready - Blaine Graboyes, Founder, Investor, Artist, Inventor
Blaine Graboyes (Goldman) is a successful startup founder, early-stage investor, and advisor as well as an artist and inventor with more than 25 years of experience in the technology, media, and gaming industries. Since the early 1990s, Graboyes has produced over 4,000 projects for world-renowned entertainment, business, and fine arts clients such as Blizzard Entertainment, Ubisoft, DreamWorks, Mattel, Sony, Disney, Nickelodeon, DIRECTV, Warner Bros., and The Guggenheim and Whitney Museums. Blaine holds multiple patents for his innovations and inventions primarily focused on skill-based games and video game gambling. In addition to his professional work, Blaine is a mixed media artist and a dedicated supporter of the arts. KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE 01:08 Blaine’s background in business and entrepreneurship 08:16 The most recent venture projects undertaken 15:11 Lessons learnt along the way 22:05 The importance of financial models 26:25 Balancing emotions while growing your business 28:55 Challenge your creative brain GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW Blaine says, “Whether or not an idea will work is always based on a set of assumptions. A key factor for building trust is to provide research from credible sources to validate your assumption." CONNECT WITH BLAINE Blaine Global - https://blaineglobal.com Connect with Baline on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/blaineglobal/ CONNECT WITH DANIELLE Danielle’s Website - https://www.daniellegillespie.net/ Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellegillespie/ Email Danielle - dg@daniellegillespie.net Medium: https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl Send A Text: +1 (412) 207-3851 Connect with Danielle to learn more about how the Ideas Last methodology can help you turn your product into a successful business venture, regardless of product stage: paper napkin, beta, V1, or established product already released into the wild. SUBSCRIBE TO THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ideas-last/id1579391101 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6Fj8K2kEIm8RWNfYzgZs4L If you liked this episode, please don’t forget to tune in, subscribe, and share this podcast! ABOUT THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the startup world. But what if having a laser focus on your idea can actually hold your business back? In the Ideas Last podcast, Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders, whose success came from obsessively, focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it actually takes to build a long-lasting profitable startup, rather than simply launching - by putting your idea, last. Read more about the Ideas Last story - https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl/ideas-last-a-new-way-to-startup-b94a585e35f5 #IdeasLast #DanielleGillespie #StartUpCoach #BusinessConsultant #BlaineGraboyes
39:60
November 11, 2021
The Power Of Learning Platforms - Josh Fabian, CEO of Metafy
Josh Fabian is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Metafy, an online platform connecting gamers with the top 1% of today’s players in the world for one-on-one coaching. Metafy is on a mission to provide opportunities for players to monetize their talents, with the freedom of setting their own hours and rates for their expertise. Metafy helps gamers of all levels, from casual players to aspiring professionals, start winning more. Metafy launched in December of 2020. A former high-school dropout, Josh’s dedication to creating jobs in the passion economy has led to Metafy coaches earning more than $100K in only eight months. KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE 01:15 What is Metafy 08:50 How the idea of Metafy came about 12:27 Pursuing the mission at any cost 18:03 Key lessons from difficult experiences 25:36 The potential of Pittsburg 27:53 Advice to young entrepreneurs GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW Josh says, “For every entrepreneur, there comes a point in their journey where they have to transition from being a founder to a CEO.  It comes with the humility of being willing to build a team of people that are better than you." CONNECT WITH JOSH Metafy - https://metafy.gg Connect with Josh on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshfabian/ CONNECT WITH DANIELLE Danielle’s Website - https://www.daniellegillespie.net/ Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellegillespie/ Email Danielle - dg@daniellegillespie.net Medium: https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl Send A Text: +1 (412) 207-3851 Connect with Danielle to learn more about how the Ideas Last methodology can help you turn your product into a successful business venture, regardless of product stage: paper napkin, beta, V1, or established product already released into the wild. SUBSCRIBE TO THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ideas-last/id1579391101 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6Fj8K2kEIm8RWNfYzgZs4L If you liked this episode, please don’t forget to tune in, subscribe, and share this podcast! ABOUT THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the startup world. But what if having a laser focus on your idea can actually hold your business back? In the Ideas Last podcast, Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders, whose success came from obsessively, focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it actually takes to build a long-lasting profitable startup, rather than simply launching - by putting your idea, last. Read more about the Ideas Last story - https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl/ideas-last-a-new-way-to-startup-b94a585e35f5 #IdeasLast #DanielleGillespie #StartUpCoach #BusinessConsultant #JoshFabian #Metafy
34:41
November 1, 2021
Hiring a CEO to Turn a Company Around - David Siegel, CEO of Meetup
David was selected by both WeWork and Meetup’s founder to succeed him as CEO in 2018. He has quickly become a sought-after expert on community building. Prior to his role as CEO of Meetup, he was the CEO of Investopedia. He has more than 20 years of experience in growing revenue and profit in digital media, subscriptions, and e-commerce. He is a motivational leader with experience in mergers and acquisitions, turnarounds, scaling operations, and growing businesses in the post-startup phase. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and he earned his M.B.A. from The Wharton School. KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE 02:51 Meetup helping people around the world connect together 05:06 How David became the CEO of Meetup 08:20 Restructuring the focus and product with a leadership transition 14:43 Knowing when to transition from the entrepreneur to hiring a CEO 17:20 Embracing failures helps build a culture of vulnerability and trust 23:27 Building focus and learning to de-prioritize as a growing startup GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW David says, “Imposter syndrome is a very real struggle. There's a certain level of confidence and self-esteem that's required to get to the point where you feel comfortable where you are and can be vulnerable." CONNECT WITH DAVID Meetup - https://www.meetup.com Connect with David on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidmsiegel/ CONNECT WITH DANIELLE Danielle’s Website - https://www.daniellegillespie.net/ Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellegillespie/ Email Danielle - dg@daniellegillespie.net Medium: https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl Send A Text: +1 (412) 207-3851 Connect with Danielle to learn more about how the Ideas Last methodology can help you turn your product into a successful business venture, regardless of product stage: paper napkin, beta, V1, or established product already released into the wild. SUBSCRIBE TO THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ideas-last/id1579391101 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6Fj8K2kEIm8RWNfYzgZs4L If you liked this episode, please don’t forget to tune in, subscribe, and share this podcast! ABOUT THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the startup world. But what if having a laser focus on your idea can actually hold your business back? In the Ideas Last podcast, Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders, whose success came from obsessively, focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it actually takes to build a long-lasting profitable startup, rather than simply launching - by putting your idea, last. Read more about the Ideas Last story - https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl/ideas-last-a-new-way-to-startup-b94a585e35f5 #IdeasLast #DanielleGillespie #StartUpCoach #BusinessConsultant #DavidSiegel #Meetup
41:33
November 1, 2021
The Dangers of Growth - Jason Sherman, CEO of TapRm
Jason Sherman is TapRm’s Founder & CEO. TapRm is a platform for everything beer. By collapsing the supply chain, TapRm enables beer brands to sell to their consumers more directly through licensing that allows them to act as the wholesaler, retailer, delivery courier, and marketer. Prior to TapRm, Jason managed investments and acquisitions decisions into a host of beverage businesses including e-commerce, CPG, technology and logistics startups at Zx Ventures, the global incubator and venture capital team funded by Anheuser Busch InBev, the leading global brewer. Jason also holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Harvard in economics.  KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE  01:27 The idea behind TapRm 05:43 Growing from the beta solution  12:12 Managing the hyper growth 15:58 Getting investment through crowdfunding 21:18 Advice to startup entrepreneurs 26:43 Developing focus for effective problem solving GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW  Jason says, “The best advice I received while rapidly growing my business "Focus on a key issue that you are facing, solving that, and then move on to the next problem. Don't try to solve everything at the same time."  CONNECT WITH JASON  TapRm - https://taprm.com  Connect with Jason on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasondsherman/  CONNECT WITH DANIELLE  Danielle’s Website - https://www.daniellegillespie.net/  Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellegillespie/  Email Danielle - dg@daniellegillespie.net  Medium: https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl  Send A Text: +1 (412) 207-3851  Connect with Danielle to learn more about how the Ideas Last methodology can help you turn your product into a successful business venture, regardless of product stage: paper napkin, beta, V1, or established product already released into the wild.  SUBSCRIBE TO THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST  Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ideas-last/id1579391101  Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6Fj8K2kEIm8RWNfYzgZs4L  If you liked this episode, please don’t forget to tune in, subscribe, and share this podcast!  ABOUT THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST  It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the startup world. But what if having a laser focus on your idea can actually hold your business back? In the Ideas Last podcast, Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders, whose success came from obsessively, focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it actually takes to build a long-lasting profitable startup, rather than simply launching - by putting your idea, last.  Read more about the Ideas Last story - https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl/ideas-last-a-new-way-to-startup-b94a585e35f5  #IdeasLast #DanielleGillespie #StartUpCoach #BusinessConsultant #JasonSherman #TapRm
33:11
October 7, 2021
The Building Blocks of Startup Success - Nicos Vekiarides, CEO of Attestiv
Nicos Vekiarides is the Chief Executive Officer & co-founder of Attestiv. He has spent the past 20+ years in enterprise IT and cloud, as a CEO & entrepreneur, bringing innovative new technologies to market. His previous startup, TwinStrata, an innovative cloud storage company where he pioneered cloud-integrated storage for the enterprise, was acquired by EMC in 2014. Before that, he brought to market the industry’s first storage virtualization appliance for StorageApps, a company later acquired by HP. Nicos holds 6 technology patents in storage, networking and cloud technology and has published numerous articles on new technologies. Nicos is a partner at Mentors Fund, an early-stage venture fund, a mentor at Founder Institute Boston, where he coaches first-time entrepreneurs, and an advisor to several companies. Nicos holds degrees from MIT and Carnegie Mellon University.  KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE  01:20 The idea spark that created Attestiv to address the problem of fake information  05:31 Entering into the insurance market  10:36 Creating the beta version for Attestiv  14:33 Finding the right talent for your team  17:45 The differentiating factor in the journey of Attestiv 20:33 The road ahead for startups  GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW  Nicos says, “Passion is what drives the entrepreneur, but it's also what can push them off a cliff as well. You can become too passionate about the product and forget that you're supposed to be building a business."  CONNECT WITH NICOS  Attestiv Inc - https://attestiv.com  Connect with Nicos on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicos-vekiarides-4574723/  CONNECT WITH DANIELLE  Danielle’s Website - https://www.daniellegillespie.net/  Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellegillespie/  Email Danielle - dg@daniellegillespie.net  Medium: https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl  Send A Text: +1 (412) 207-3851  Connect with Danielle to learn more about how the Ideas Last methodology can help you turn your product into a successful business venture, regardless of product stage: paper napkin, beta, V1, or established product already released into the wild.  SUBSCRIBE TO THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST  Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ideas-last/id1579391101  Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6Fj8K2kEIm8RWNfYzgZs4L  If you liked this episode, please don’t forget to tune in, subscribe, and share this podcast!  ABOUT THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST  It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the startup world. But what if having a laser focus on your idea can actually hold your business back? In the Ideas Last podcast, Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders, whose success came from obsessively, focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it actually takes to build a long-lasting profitable startup, rather than simply launching - by putting your idea, last.  Read more about the Ideas Last story - https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl/ideas-last-a-new-way-to-startup-b94a585e35f5  #IdeasLast #DanielleGillespie #StartUpCoach #BusinessConsultant #NicosVekiarides #Attestiv
23:49
August 16, 2021
How a Steady Paycheck Can Change the World - James Herbert, CEO of Hastee
James Herbert is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of Hastee, the financial wellbeing benefit that helps employers get the best from their workers and workers get the most from their money. James set up his first business, Brightsparks, while studying Economics at Durham University. Connecting students with work opportunities through Brightsparks, James was inspired to find a fairer way for people to access their pay so they don’t have to miss out on life’s opportunities or get into debt when unexpected bills pop up. Hastee was founded in 2017 in an attempt to reduce financial stress and empower individuals. He figured out a way to use technology to distribute money to workers in real time so they wouldn't have to wait for a paycheck. What he didn’t realize was how much effort it would take to educate people that this was possible and important.  KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE  01:25 How James started Hastee as a financial support  05:23 Managing workforces in the service and hospitality industry  18:48 Pivoting through different business models  22:49 Using data and feedback to develop insights into the business  32:27 Brainstorming product development  34:15 Building a dream team for your company  GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW  James says, “One of the hardest things to do as a growing startup is maintaining balance. The best decision-making is usually done with the lens of opportunity cost."  CONNECT WITH JAMES  Hastee - https://www.hastee.com  Connect with James on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/herbertjames/  CONNECT WITH DANIELLE  Danielle’s Website - https://www.daniellegillespie.net/  Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellegillespie/  Email Danielle - dg@daniellegillespie.net  Medium: https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl  Send A Text: +1 (412) 207-3851  Connect with Danielle to learn more about how the Ideas Last methodology can help you turn your product into a successful business venture, regardless of product stage: paper napkin, beta, V1, or established product already released into the wild.  SUBSCRIBE TO THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST  Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ideas-last/id1579391101  Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6Fj8K2kEIm8RWNfYzgZs4L  If you liked this episode, please don’t forget to tune in, subscribe, and share this podcast!  ABOUT THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST  It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the startup world. But what if having a laser focus on your idea can actually hold your business back? In the Ideas Last podcast, Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders, whose success came from obsessively, focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it actually takes to build a long-lasting profitable startup, rather than simply launching - by putting your idea last.  Read more about the Ideas Last story - https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl/ideas-last-a-new-way-to-startup-b94a585e35f5 #IdeasLast  #DanielleGillespie #StartUpCoach #BusinessConsultant #JamesHerbert #Hastee
37:55
August 16, 2021
The Importance Of A Balanced Business Model - Erich Ko, CEO of HopIn Technologies
Erich Ko is the CEO and Co-Founder of HopIn Technologies. What started as a business idea discussed between a few friends, evolved into a startup with a real purpose: to improve economic development issues and make transportations more accessible for workers everywhere. Hop In is a DMZ Incubator company that provides logistics software services to offer customized corporate shuttle solutions for the daily commute. The startup helps companies retain more talent and access a larger hiring pool while providing employers with a comfortable and efficient commute to work. Erich is a former athlete whose background stretches from public sector PR all the way to fintech. Erich has a Bcom in Law & Business from the Ed Rogers School of Management with a Bilingual Certificate in French.  KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE  01:25 The story behind starting HopIn Technologies  03:43 The initial design to the product solution  10:24 The key to getting customers to buy your product  13:04 Where startup entrepreneurs often go wrong  15:15 The importance of having mentors and advisors  21:33 The road ahead - dreams and challenges  GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW  Erich says, “When designing products in the B2B SaaS industry, you have to create a solution that is a necessity, not a "nice to have."  CONNECT WITH ERICH  Hop In Technology - https://www.hopintech.com Connect with Erich on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/erich-ko/  CONNECT WITH DANIELLE  Danielle’s Website - https://www.daniellegillespie.net/  Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellegillespie/  Email Danielle - dg@daniellegillespie.net  Medium: https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl  Send A Text: +1 (412) 207-3851  Connect with Danielle to learn more about how the Ideas Last methodology can help you turn your product into a successful business venture, regardless of product stage: paper napkin, beta, V1 or established product already released into the wild.  SUBSCRIBE TO THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST  Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ideas-last/id1579391101  Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6Fj8K2kEIm8RWNfYzgZs4L  If you liked this episode, please don’t forget to tune in, subscribe, and share this podcast!  ABOUT THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST  It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the startup world. But what if having a laser focus on your idea can actually hold your business back? In the Ideas Last podcast, Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders, whose success came from obsessively, focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it actually takes to build a long-lasting profitable startup, rather than simply launching - by putting your idea, last.  Read more about the Ideas Last story - https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl/ideas-last-a-new-way-to-startup-b94a585e35f5  #IdeasLast #DanielleGillespie #StartUpCoach #BusinessConsultant #ErichKo #HopInTechnologies
26:30
August 16, 2021