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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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The Importance Of A Balanced Business Model - Erich Ko, CEO of HopIn Technologies

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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