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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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Building A Community-Based Tech Startup - Jennifer Gomez, CEO of oneKIN
Building A Community-Based Tech Startup - Jennifer Gomez, CEO of oneKIN
Jennifer Gomez is a tech founder and public speaker from Brooklyn, NY. Throughout her professional and entrepreneurial career, she’s helped innumerable brands and startups leverage data-led strategy and creative storytelling to launch products and build authentic relationships with their consumers.  Today, she is Co-Founder & CMO of oneKIN Inc., a mission-driven, retail-tech company powering the future of e-commerce for small businesses. From their award-winning curated e-commerce marketplace for diverse retailers to our soon-to-launch livestream shopping app, oneKIN live, they are hyper-focused on providing small businesses tech-enabled solutions to increase their visibility and grow sustainably.  In addition to scaling oneKIN, she is passionate about empowering entrepreneurs of color, women, small businesses, and tech professionals around the country via workshops, panels, and various on/off-air speaking engagements.  KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE  01:17 How oneKIN came about as a company  12:42 How to get started on your entrepreneurial journey  17:16 Consistently getting feedback from your customers  20:54 Forming a partnership with MasterCard  28:11 Where most founders typically go wrong  35:40 What’s next on the horizon for Jennifer  GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW  Jennifer says, “Most entrepreneurs think that everything has to be perfect when you launch. The first iteration of your product is not going to be perfect. And that's part of the process. The journey of those future optimizations is what's beautiful." CONNECT WITH JENNIFER  oneKIN - www.onekin.co  Connect with Jennifer on LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-gomez-72748224/  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 #startupfounders
41:20
September 09, 2022
Efficient & Effective Fundraising For Your Startup - Nathan Beckford, CEO of Foundersuite
Efficient & Effective Fundraising For Your Startup - Nathan Beckford, CEO of Foundersuite
Nathan Beckford helps startups with strategy, finance, BD, and venture/exit issues. Described as the “wingman to startup CEOs” and as “Biz Dev / CFO to go”, he specializes in pitching deals, raising capital, and getting sh*t done. Nathan is the CEO of Foundersuite, used by 2500+ startups worldwide to bring structure, speed, and efficiency to fundraising and investor relations. KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE 01:14 The story behind Foundersuite 04:32 The power of financial models for your startup 09:05 Common mistakes entrepreneurs make when raising money 14:43 Tips for making a good pitch deck 19:28 You have to be full-time in fundraising 27:33 The Foundersuite Framework 35:24 Advice for new entrepreneurs that are starting out GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW Nathan says, “One of the mistakes I see founders make is that they don't prioritize fundraising. Fundraising is painful. It takes a lot of time and you face a lot of rejection. But if really want to see results, it takes  a full-time commitment of three months for most startups." CONNECT WITH NATHAN Foundersuite - foundersuite.com Connect with Nathan on LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/nathanbeckord 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 #startupfounders
41:13
August 02, 2022
Big Business Impact Through Small Start-Up Shifts - Gary Goldberger, President & Co-Founder of FableVision Studios
Big Business Impact Through Small Start-Up Shifts - Gary Goldberger, President & Co-Founder of FableVision Studios
Gary Goldberger is President and Co-Founder at FableVision, an award winning multi-media development and publishing company specializing in educational interactives for children. He oversees the production of FableVision’s award-winning media products. Since the company's launch, Gary has held many positions, and he approaches each project with a multi-faceted perspective. Gary is an expert in designing and developing innovative games for learners of all ages, and is a frequent speaker nationally on the role of games in education. Gary’s unique blend of technical and creative leadership has been a key reason many FableVision projects have won awards. KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE 01:23 Gary explains the activities undertaken by FableVision Studios 03:21  The starting point for FableVision Studios. 05:29  Making a big impact through small changes 06:51 How to approach learning in a new way 13:04  Partnerships are a key to success 23:07  Every failure is a lesson learned 28:54  Important nuggets of wisdom for new entrepreneurs 34:04 Personal and professional plans for Gary GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW Gary says, “Creators tend to fall in love with with their own ideas, however it is crucial as new entrepreneurs to let their guards  down and be willing to accept criticism and feedback." CONNECT WITH GARY FableVision - fablevision.com Email Gary Goldberger - gary@fablevision.com Connect with Gary on Twitter - @FableGary Connect with Gary on LinkedIn - linkedin.com/in/gary-goldberger-947146 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
40:15
May 09, 2022
Making a difference through your Startup - Alisha McFetridge, Co-Founder & CEO of RainStick Shower
Making a difference through your Startup - Alisha McFetridge, Co-Founder & CEO of RainStick Shower
Alisha is the co-founder and CEO of Rainstick, a clean technology company committed to cutting residential water usage in half. Rainstick is a high-flow shower system of 3GPM that saves 80% water and 80% energy through point-of-use recirculation and real-time cleansing. Alisha holds an MSc in Climate Change and Development and a Bachelor in International Business, majoring in Sustainability. In 2020, she came first place in the Communitech's Fierce Founder's Competition and is also the recipient of the Caldwell Partner's Future CEO Award, Royals Roads Leadership Award, and the TD Sustainability Award. She has spent time working, studying and living in Kenya, China, The Netherlands, the United States and Canada, where she currently lives today. KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE 02:20 Alisha explains the circumstances leading to start of RainStick Shower 07:14 Alisha explains about RainStick Shower 08:37 Entrepreneurs need to maintain a timeframe for their progress in their entrepreneurial journey. 10:01 Facing the initial challenges are a part of startups 14:28 How to identify the market for your product 19:56 Feedbacks help shape the health of your startup 25:54 Plans ahead for RainStick Shower GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW Alisha says, “Startups can be slow and challenging, however it is important to believe in your startup, build the team and constantly reiterate and update the technology as needed." CONNECT WITH ALISHA RainStick Shower - www.rainstickshower.com Email Alisha McFetridge - alisha@rainstickshower.com Connect with Alisha on Instagram - Instagram.com/rainstick.shower Connect with Alisha on LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/rainstickshower 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
27:44
March 14, 2022
Navigating the Entrepreneurial journey in a Startup - Steve Hoffman, Venture Investor, Author & CEO of Founders Space
Navigating the Entrepreneurial journey in a Startup - Steve Hoffman, Venture Investor, Author & CEO of Founders Space
Steve Hoffman is the CEO of Founders Space, one of the world’s leading startup accelerators, with over 50 partners in 22 countries. Hoffman is also a venture investor, founder of three venture-backed and two bootstrapped startups, and author of several award-winning books. Hoffman went on to launch Founders Space, with the mission to educate and accelerate entrepreneurs. Founders Space has become one of the top startup accelerators in the world. Hoffman has trained hundreds of startup founders and corporate executives in the art of innovation and provided consulting to many of the world’s largest corporations. He currently resides in San Francisco but spends most of his time in the air, visiting startups, investors, and innovators all over the world. KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE 01:19 Steve explains his journey as an entrepreneur 06:11 Steve explains about Founders Space - a global startup and incubator 11:36 Customer response plays a big role in every startup 15:20 Entrepreneurs need to have an open approach towards their startup 20:55 When do you quit and try something new 27:19 Being an entrepreneur is a process of discovery and repeated failure 28:02 How to identify a dysfunctional team or leader 32:09 An idea can originate from anyone in the startup team 39.05 Why build a platform and not a product 46.16 Relentless optimism and positivity paves the way to success 49:52 Plans ahead for Founders Space GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW Steve says, “The brilliant ideas don’t always have to come from the CEO of the company, rather it needs to be a shared collaboration of the entire team to ideate and drive change" CONNECT WITH STEVE Founders Space - https://www.foundersspace.com/contact/ Email Steve Hoffman - steven.s.hoffman@gmail.com Connect with Steve on Twitter - @FoundersSpace Connect with Steve on LinkedIn - https://LinkedIn.com/in/FoundersSpace/ 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
52:06
February 21, 2022
Supporting Wellness And Health For 50 Million Women In America  - Alessandra Henderson, Co-founder & CEO of Elektra Health
Supporting Wellness And Health For 50 Million Women In America - Alessandra Henderson, Co-founder & CEO of Elektra Health
Alessandra Henderson is the Co-Founder & CEO of Elektra Health, a next-gen women’s health platform on a mission to smash the menopause taboo. Elektra empowers the 50M women in the US navigating menopause with evidence-based education, virtual care, and a supportive community. Prior to Elektra, Alessandra began her career in technology as the sixth employee at Artsy, where she built the content partner business from the ground up. From there, she went on to found and serve as Executive Director of the MIT NYC Startup Studio, and VP of Network at Human Ventures. She has been featured in leading publications including Fast Company, Forbes, Techcrunch, and more. She has also been a recipient of quite a few laurels like the Martin Trust Community Fellow Award '16 and the Patrick J. McGovern, Jr Entrepreneurship Award '16. Beyond the office, Alessandra is passionate about taboo-smashing, all things art, and supporting & elevating women.  KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE  01:26 Alessandra explains the Elektra Health  03:23 Symptoms of Menopause and the challenges faced by women  06:07 Creating safe spaces for women to speak about their health  08:24 Having personal connections to your startup serves as a driving force  15:57 Entrepreneurs need to be in a constant state of evolution  17:03 How to build your team and starting out  23:17 Additional features of Elektra Health  31:29 Investing into your team is essential 36:10 Plans ahead for Elektra  GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW  Alessandra says, “Understanding and paying attention to people and the level of interest and curiosity they bring to the table helps to build the right team and culture in any startup."  CONNECT WITH ALESSANDRA  Elektra Health - https://www.elektrahealth.com/  Connect with Alessandra on Twitter - @acphenderson  Connect with Alessandra on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/alessandrahenderson/  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
38:55
February 09, 2022
How To Help A Billion People Improve their Mental Health - Leon Mueller, Co-founder & CEO of Bloom
How To Help A Billion People Improve their Mental Health - Leon Mueller, Co-founder & CEO of Bloom
Leon is the Co-Founder & CEO of Bloom, the world's first self-guided therapy platform on a mission to empower 1 billion people to be their own therapists. Leon was born in Germany, taught himself design in high school, and became a product designer. He built several businesses from HR tech to Voice Technology and Mobile Apps. His company Bloom builds tools to unlock human potential.  KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE  01:23 Leon explains the Bloom online therapy app  07:17 The challenges and obstacles that came with launching Bloom  17:13 Every entrepreneur should understand your product market  19:08 How to sustain your business through challenges  23:09 Innovation is the best way forward  26:53 Covid has caused many positive changes  28:18 The future of mental health in our society  30:32 Developing different perspectives through which we look at life is key  31:41 What every new entrepreneur should be prepared for  35:06 How to recognize trends in the larger market and industry  36:44 Plans ahead for Leon  GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW  Leon says, “It is important to think what we as humans have always done and what can we do even better - making therapy accessible and affordable"  CONNECT WITH LEON  Bloom - https://www.enjoybloom.com/  Connect with Leon on Twitter - @iamleonmueller  Connect with Leon on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/leonmueller/  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 #LeonMueller #MentalHealth #Bloom #Therapy
40:16
January 24, 2022
How To Build And Scale World-Changing Companies - Chris Yeh, Investor, Writer, Mentor, Entrepreneur
How To Build And Scale World-Changing Companies - Chris Yeh, Investor, Writer, Mentor, Entrepreneur
Chris Yeh is the co-author of Blitzscaling, the book that explains how to build world-changing companies like Amazon, Alibaba, and Airbnb in record time. A writer, investor, and entrepreneur, Chris has had a ringside seat in the world of startups and scaleups since 1995. His books help founders, venture capitalists, corporate leaders, policymakers, and everyday people better understand how the internet has changed the way we work together to build amazing organizations. Chris is also the founding partner of Blitzscaling Ventures, which helps rapidly growing companies in winner-take-most markets become global leaders by providing in-depth scaling advice and capital. Hundreds of companies, from garage-dwelling startups to Fortune 50 titans have tapped his knowledge and insights to accelerate and transform their businesses. Chris holds a BS/BA from Stanford University and MBA from Harvard.  KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE  01:17 How Chris started off his career  06:41 The value in every entrepreneur having a mentor 12:43 How to find the right mentor for you  18:19 Advice for entrepreneurs starting out  20:48 The obstacles to scaling your business  23:10 How to evaluate if your solution is scalable  27:16 The idea behind Blitzscaling Ventures  33:09 Why is the Great Resignation occurring  37:48 Great entrepreneur Chris has mentored  42:09 The Ted Lasso craze  48:14 Plans ahead for Chris  GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW  Chris says, “A key nugget for entrepreneurs is that it's so important to have an orientation towards action. One of the things that holds people back is this belief that they have to get everything right before they do anything, but the most important thing is to just do stuff."  CONNECT WITH CHRIS  Blitzscaling - https://www.blitzscaling.com/  Website - https://chrisyeh.com  Connect with Chris on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisyeh/  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 #Danie
52:03
December 23, 2021
How I Started America’s Largest Solar Energy Marketplace - Yaniv Kalish, Founder & CEO of SolarKal
How I Started America’s Largest Solar Energy Marketplace - Yaniv Kalish, Founder & CEO of SolarKal
Yaniv Kalish is a solar energy veteran, with over 15 years of developing more than $200M valued solar projects. He is the founder & CEO of SolarKal - the largest B2B solar marketplace in the United States. SolarKal streamlines the switch to solar energy for organizations across the U.S. while saving them time, money and internal resources. With dedicated advisory services powered by the largest marketplace of over 125 vetted solar providers across the U.S., SolarKal empowers organizations to go green with ease. Yaniv is a Boston Consulting Group Alum and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School focused in Energy and Entrepreneurship.  KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE  01:11 The story behind SolarKal and what it does  04:25 The initial spark into entrepreneurship  07:51 The steps to getting started when launching a company  11:39 Should you bootstrap or raise funding?  14:51 Learning what is beyond your skillset as an entrepreneur  17:12 Building a strong initial team  21:48 The next big thing for Yaniv  27:02 Where most entrepreneurs tend to go wrong and make mistakes  30:41 Advice for young entrepreneurs that are starting out  GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW  Yaniv says, “Every entrepreneur starts off being a "jack of all trades" in the beginning. It is important to transition towards delegating and building your team as you grow so that you don't become a bottleneck to the growth."  CONNECT WITH YANIV  SolarKal - www.solarkal.com  Connect with Yaniv on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/yanivkalish/  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 #Entrepreneurship #YanivKalish #SolarKal
34:09
December 14, 2021
Designing Technology For Behaviour Change In Nutrition - Emily Hochman, Founder & CEO of Wellory
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
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
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 01, 2021
Hiring a CEO to Turn a Company Around  - David Siegel, CEO of Meetup
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 01, 2021
The Dangers of Growth - Jason Sherman, CEO of TapRm
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 07, 2021
The Building Blocks of Startup Success - Nicos Vekiarides, CEO of Attestiv
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
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
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