Startup HandMeDowns

Startup HandMeDowns

By Startup HandMeDowns
The ultimate podcast for up and coming entrepreneurs.
A show by up and coming entrepreneur Philip Kasumu from London sits down with investors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders every week to find out what made them a success and how they got to where they are in today. But what makes this show different from any other business/entrepreneurial podcast is how each guest tells their story in detail allowing you to learn step by step how they did it what they did and in some cases why certain things didn't work.
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Episode 62: From raising over £200m to becoming a VC and trying to solve the "pipeline" problem with Ezechi Britton Principal at Impact X Capital and Co-founder of Neyber

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Episode 73: Self Awareness Helped Us Grow Our Direct to Consumer Business - Abhi Lokesh CEO of Fracture (Rebroadcast)
This week in Startup Handmedowns, we chat with Abhi Lokesh, founder CEO of Fracture and down-to-earth world traveler. Fracture is a glass printing company that emerged out of Abhi’s university passion project, an e-commerce art business that donated all of its profits to charity, as well as a trip to Swaziland with his classmate, Alex. A major lesson in this week’s episode, is patience. Abhi talks about refreshing his order intake page and projecting the typical hockey stick growth curve in a naivié way that I’m sure a lot of us can relate too. His dreams for Fracture were pretty idealistic, but the steps to get there actualized in slogging through Facebook marketing campaigns, trying to get on Techcrunch, and really just trying stuff out and seeing what worked. Additionally, Abhi did not take the traditional fundraising route with venture capitalists, advisors, and a bunch of fundraising rounds. He believed in his product and its ability to grow on its own. Startup Handmedowns: startuphandmedowns.co
53:27
February 5, 2020
Episode 72: What I've Learned as An Investor For The last 11 Years with Rodney Appiah Founder and Chairman of Cornerstone Partners and Director at Foresight Private Equity
In today’s episode I had the pleasure of interviewing Rodney Appiah founder and chairman of Cornerstone partners, an angel investment group focused on investing in predominantly black founders. They not only invest in the business but they also provide debt financing to businesses already in operation and generating significant revenues. Rodney is also a Director and venture capital investor at Foresight Private Equity, a leading investment firm focusing on earlier stage UK businesses. He has worked with several entrepreneurial companies over the last 11 years and currently sits on the board of a number of high growth businesses. In this episode, we discuss growing up in Mitcham and working in investment banking straight out of university. We also discuss the funding process when and how startups should be approaching this.
1:25:31
January 29, 2020
Episode 71: How I Sold My Startup for $45m and Why I Started my Next Startup the Following Day with Jude Gomila Founder of Golden
Jude Gomila is a serial entrepreneur and a serial angel investor. He's invested in over 180+ companies including Airtable. In this episode, Philip talks with Jude about early life and "failed" projects to moving to San Francisco and starting Heyzap with his childhood friend which they went on to sell for $45m. We also discuss getting into Y-combinator and the conversation with Paul Graham (PG)  on the sidewall. 
1:30:19
January 22, 2020
Episode 70: Lo Toney Founding Managing Partner of Plexo Capital. Formerly eBay, Zynga Google Venture Partners
Lo Toney is an investor and founding managing partner of Plexo Capital a fund that invests in women and people from minority backgrounds. Plexo Capital, the fund founded by the former GV partner recently closed its first fund of $42.5 million. The plan is to invest in both startups and emerging VC funds, with 60%  of the capital going toward venture capital funds as a limited partner, and 40% going directly to startups. Lo has had an incredible career to date and on this episode, we discuss the work he’s done over the years with the likes of eBay, to the gaming giant Zynga to transitioning into a venture role at Google Venture Partners which led him to create Plexo Capital. Not only do we get all the gems of what an elaborate career such as Lo’s would produce but, we also get super detailed on marketing, consumer brands and more importantly how marketing should be viewed as maths and science and anything else. This episode was sponsored by Blinkist Blinkist.com/handmedowns to start your free 7-day trial and get 25% off of Blinkist Premium membership.
1:06:18
January 15, 2020
Episode 69: Your Life Should Have a Theme, Don't Just Do One Thing with Anthony Frasier Entrepreneur and Strategist
Anthony Frasier is a digital strategist, tech entrepreneur, author, and public speaker. A Newark, NJ native, Anthony has a long history of mentoring, advising startups & community infrastructures, to solve real problems and build solutions. Before joining Newark Venture Partners as their entrepreneur in residence, Anthony was one of the founders behind The Phat Startup. With well over a decade of experience in tech, media, speaking and coaching aspiring entrepreneurs and students from underserved groups, he has developed a thoroughly different worldview. A published author, Anthony believes that success isn’t something external, it comes from within. You can create your own luck, no matter your background or lack of experience. startuphandmedowns.co
49:49
December 18, 2019
Episode 68: Building B2B Products and Why You Shouldn't Get Sucked into The B2C Game with Andrew MacGill, VP of Product at Pager
Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Andrew MacGill who’s an entrepreneur and product director. Andrews has been through 2 exits where the ideas have been in their early stages of development so he knows a thing or two about building meaningful products. Andrew is currently the VP of product at Pager, a New York-based startup that’s transforming the way consumers interact with their healthcare.  Pager has raised over $34m to date. They allow you to interact with your doctor or carer through your phone, at any time from anywhere. It’s super easy. This episode is sponsored by Blinkist. Click the link below to start your 7-day free trial and get 25% off https://www.blinkist.com/nc/partners/startup-handmedowns
1:02:22
December 11, 2019
Episode 67: How I Grew Traffic to Millions of Views and Sold My Blog for $9m with Serial Entrepreneur Ramon Van Meer
Ramon is a serial entrepreneur and in my opinion a serial hustler. He’s a different kind of entrepreneur, not a tech startup tech-savvy kind of guy but more of a methodical "how do I drive traffic and monetize" it kind of guy. In this episode we discuss how to create engaging content and drive huge amounts of traffic to your site and also, how Ramon started a soap opera blog which he went on to sell for $9m without ever watching a single soap opera show. Learn how to pick a topic, start testing content ideas,  grow traffic and monetize your content all on this episode. 
1:04:41
December 4, 2019
Episode 66: Why Startups Need to Get Good at Telling Stories With Tammy Nam COO of PicsArt
Re-run - This week we're sharing our interview with Tammy Nam, COO of PicsArt, a photo-editing platform with over 100 million monthly users. Tammy has worked at tons of cool companies such as Slide, Scribd, and Viki, and has earned quite a name in the consumer-facing tech world. In this episode we discuss: How to deal with different founders The attributes of virally successful companies The role of culture in startups Full of helpful startup marketing tips, this episode is for all non-technical entrepreneurs out there. Voted one of the top 25 women to watch in tech by AlwaysOn, Tammy has a ton of expert advice to share, from how to bring out the best in different founders to navigating the challenges of being a woman in tech. Our favorite part of this episode is her strategic, purposeful marketing and growth strategies. Marketing is often boiled down to storytelling or hacking, but Tammy shows us how you can approach marketing in any stage of your company in a thoughtful, future-focused way. Don't miss this episode if you really want to get into the client-focused side of a product, it is an expert crash course in UX/UI. 
48:02
November 27, 2019
Episode 65: How I Built the App Vivino to 36 million Users and Raised over $57m with Heini Zachariassen Founder of Vivino Wine App
In today's episode, Philip spoke with serial entrepreneur Heini Zachariassen Founder of Vivino. Vivino is currently the world's largest online wine marketplace with over 36 million users and attracting 20 thousand new users per day. Boosting a very impressive database of over 10 million wines from over 200 thousand producers around the world Heni knows a thing or two about how to build a tech company. To date, VIVINO has raised around $57 million dollars in funding in venture funding. Before founding Vivino he also played a key role in the success of BullGuard an antivirus startup that went on to generate $20m in revenue.  In this episode be prepared to learn everything you need to know about building a successful app, building a startup the right way and when and how to leverage strategic partnerships and more. This episode is sponsored by Blinkist. Click the link to start your 7-day free trial.  https://www.blinkist.com/nc/partners/startup-handmedowns
52:40
November 20, 2019
Episode 64: Stop Taking Programmatic Approaches to Systemic Issues with Ben Hecht President & CEO at Living Cities
This was a slightly different type of interview as I did not interview a serial entrepreneur who’s built multiple tech companies and sold it for millions or a venture capitalist but instead, I spoke with a different type of entrepreneur. Ben Hecht, Ben is an unusual type of entrepreneur because he actually focuses on philanthropy and more specifically on shortening the race pay gap and the racial wealth gap. I don’t think based on his work he’d call himself an entrepreneur but his approach to solving this problem is nothing short of entrepreneurial and it’s been he’s life’s work for over 20 years. From creating a site in the early 2000s allowing people from economically challenged backgrounds to improve their skills to today where he’s the CEO of Living Cities which is collaborating with large corporations and local governments to help achieve dramatically better results for low-income people through investment, research, networks. We talk about everything from systemic issues surrounding low-income households to what can be done to change things over the next 100 years. We also discuss his latest book Reclaiming the American Dream: Proven Solutions for Creating Economic Opportunity for All. site: startuphandmedowns.co
48:50
November 13, 2019
Episode 63: How to Build Successful Tech Companies and Market Them with Dan Sutera, Serial Entrepreneur, Startup Advisor and Investor
In this episode, Philip had the pleasure of speaking with serial entrepreneur, advisor, and investor Dan Sutera. Dan Sutera has started a number of tech companies which he’s either sold or, has created so much meaningful value that it'll eventually sell at some point. When you have a look at Dan Sutera's entrepreneurial resume it looks as if everything he touches literally turns into gold. Amongst his many successes, Dan was the co-founder of Futurism which is a technology-focused media company that boasts over 5m monthly views–– the company was recently acquired by Singularity University. His most recent project is Parallel Markets which brings liquidity to private investors in the cryptocurrency market which is great if you’re sitting on some crypto. In this episode, Philip and Dan talk all things product from ideation to execution to process which Dan seems to have down to a tee. Site: startuphandmedowns.co
1:08:28
November 6, 2019
Episode 62: From raising over £200m to becoming a VC and trying to solve the "pipeline" problem with Ezechi Britton Principal at Impact X Capital and Co-founder of Neyber
In this episode Philip sat down with Ezechi Britton Principal at Impact X Capital and Co-founder of Neyber to talk about his journey so far. From growing up in Lewisham with his parents who were teachers to finding his way into investment banking and later as a co-founder to a startup that would go on to raise £200m. Ezechi touches on moonlighting Neyber while still working as an engineer at an investment bank and why he believes entrepreneurs should keep cashflow coming at all costs until they can transition out and work on a project full time.  visit: startuphandmedowns.co
1:41:19
October 31, 2019
Episode 61: Why The Best Way to Learn is by Doing with Kai Bond, Serial Entrepreneur and VC at Courtside VC
Re-run: This episode originally aired in March 2018 but Kai's lessons in entrepreneurship are timeless. In this episode Philip spoke with serial entrepreneur and now venture capitalist Kai Bond. Kai is the lead investor at Catalyst Fund which is a seed fund based in New York City. Catalyst Fund is an extension of Comcast Ventures and it serves as a unique investment vehicle to elevate minority entrepreneurship by matching capital and resources with underrepresented minority entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Catalyst Fund Kai has had a truly remarkable career as an entrepreneur. He’s had some painful failures and tells Phil about his lowest point where he didn’t even have enough money for a subway ride. Kai talks about building his third startup within 60 days (Pixie Tv) which he would then go on to sell to Samsung within a year. Kai was also the General Manager of Samsung's accelerator and Hatch Labs where the dating app Tinder was incubated during his tenure as GM. Visit our site: startuphandmedowns.co
34:29
October 23, 2019
Episode 60: Investing in Diverse Founders with Eric Collins Founder and CEO of Impact X Capital
Sticking with the theme of Black History Month, Philip sat down with Eric Collins who's the founder and CEO of Impact X Capital which is a venture capital firm based in the UK. They invest in diverse, underserved –– or what Philip likes to say "underestimated"–– founders in the UK and across Europe.  On this longer than usual episode, Eric talks about him growing up in the South and his career as a consultant where he worked on M&A deals. Eric talks about the importance of key partnerships to enable growth, raising capital and why he and his stellar founding members decided to start Impact X Capital. Skip to 1:00:00 if you want to get straight into the Impact X Capital conversation. Site: startuphandmedowns.co Please leave a review and rate us!
2:04:12
October 16, 2019
Episode 59: The Importance of a Strong Brand and How to Create One with Alain Sylvain Founder of Sylvain Labs
Alain Sylvain is the founder and CEO of Sylvain Labs, an innovation and brand design consultancy. They have offices in New York, Amsterdam and Richmond, VA. The company serves as a strategic planning resource for product developers and marketers. They have some of the biggest names as clients including Google, Airbnb, Spotify, General Motors, Samsung, Facebook, Nike, Uniqlo, PepsiCo, Bloomberg, and others. Alain is co-founder and investor of several ventures including: Master + Dynamic, a design-driven, premium audio brand. Lílo, the first-of-its-kind refrigerator-stable açai bowl, and Waynesaw, a mobile game. On the show, we unpack what it takes to get branding right and he gives us an insight into the creative process without giving away too much. If you haven't already please subscribe and leave a review on the show wherever you listen to podcasts! Sponsor: DesignCrowd. A website that helps entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses outsource or ‘CROWDSOURCE’ design. Get $100 off your first project with this link designcrowd.com/hmd
42:48
October 8, 2019
Episode 58: Why I wouldn't want to be a startup founder again with Charles Hudson Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor VC
On this episode, Philip spoke with Charles Hudson. Charles is a serial entrepreneur and is the Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures. Precursor is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investment for the most promising software and hardware companies. They recently closed their second fund at $31m, doubling their first fund which was $15m.  Prior to founding Precursor Ventures, Charles was a Partner at SoftTech VC. In this role, he focused on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure. Before joining the world of venture capital Charles was a budding entrepreneur in the events industry and then the gaming industry. In this episode, they talk startups, diversity in tech and more. This is a rebroadcast to celebrate black history month.
38:07
October 2, 2019
Episode 57: We Raised $1m and Sold our App for $48m in Less Than 2 years with Jordan Fliegel MD of TechStars Sports and Serial Entrepreneur
Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Jordan Fliegel who’s an early-stage investor and serial entrepreneur with a focus on sports tech.  Before Jordan started investing he co-founded a number of successful startups, including Draft, a fantasy league app which he started with his best friend and went on to be acquired by Paddy Power. At the time of the acquisition, they had a team of fewer than 15 employees.  Jordan also co-founded CoachUp which he raised $15m for with the likes of Steph Curry from the Golden State Warriors later investing in the company. A calm and humble entrepreneur Jordan talks nothing but facts about what it actually takes to start and run a company and how marketing is really about maths. These days, Jordan Fliegel heads up TechStars as the MD of their first-ever sports tech-focused accelerator based out in Indiana. We recorded the show at BetaWorks studios in meatpacking New York.
51:43
September 25, 2019
Episode 56: (Re-run) Why you don't need to burn the ship to be an entrepreneur - Tom Bilyeu Co- Founder of Quest Nutrition and Impact Theory
This was one of my first interviews when I was still getting into podcasting. This interview was first aired in 2017 and you can hear just how bad of an interviewer I was! But luckily, I was interviewing an OG! Tom Bilyeu brought that fire regardless of my poor interviewing skills! SO many great insights and killer pieces of advise for startup founders that he drops here. If you haven’t already checked out Impact Theory–– Tom’s Youtube and podcast–– make sure you do, he has some of the best interviews and with some of the highest performers in the world. Quick background on Tom, Tom was one of the co-founders of Quest Nutrition which was recently acquired $1bn in cash and is now the founder and host of Impact Theory. Before Quest Nutrition he ran a successful tech company for 7 years before he started working on Quest on evenings and weekends. What’s crazy is that at the time of this Quest was only valued at a billion dollars so for them to have actually recently sold for a billion dollars is incredible.
39:15
September 18, 2019
Episode 55: Sales Masterclass with Adam Liebman - VP of Sales at Seated
Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Adam Liebman who's currently VP of Sales at Seated who is known in New York City as one of the top sales executives in the tech ecosystem. Adam has built and grown sales teams for some of the largest tech startups in New York City such as Yext (YEXT) which is now a publicly traded company where Adam was sales hire number one and SinglePlatform where he also played an integral role in craft the sales experience before rapidly growing the team. Adam started out wanting to be a journalist before getting into sales which turns out to be a pretty interesting story. This is definitely a sales 101 episode as Adam drops some serious bombs on this one so make sure you got your notes app at the ready.
52:35
May 8, 2019
Episode 54: Nathalie Molina Niño- Founder of BRAVA Investments and Author of Leapfrog: The New Revolution For Women Entrepreneurs
Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Nathalie Molina Nino. Nathalie is an impact investor targeting high-growth businesses that economically benefit women and the planet. A confessed but recovering serial entrepreneur, Nathalie launched her first tech startup at the age of twenty and like most of us got hooked. She's the co-founder of Entrepreneurs@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies of Barnard College at Columbia University, where the idea for LEAPFROG was first born. Before that, she spent over a decade sharing her no-BS, opinionated flavor of business advice and growth strategy with folks like Disney, Microsoft, MTV, Mattel, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Everyone needs to hear this episode and if you know a vc then share this with them. Just prior to launching her last venture, BRAVA Investments, Molina Niño led the launch of Nely Galán’s New York Times bestselling book and online education venture, Self-Made, and stepped in as CRO of PowerToFly, the fastest growing hiring platform for women in tech and beyond. Leapfrog Book: http://bit.ly/NathalieLeapfrog
53:35
April 9, 2019
Episode 53: Why You Don't Need Another Book with Angel Gambino
Angel Gambino is a WIRED Top 100 executive who has built companies on three continents. She's also an urban regeneration pioneer, a visionary investor, a passionate environmental lawyer, and a dedicated and loving mother. The technology phase of her career has included co-founding investment partnership Prehype Partners, senior roles at the BBC and MTV Networks, and leading the pioneering UK social network Bebo. She has also played pro soccer, and she ran logistics for the USWNT at the Olympics. Raised in Detroit, she recently returned to San Francisco as founder-CEO of a social artificial intelligence startup called Sensai. This is fitting as it’s Women’s Month and Gambino is nothing short of an incredible entrepreneur and investor. Her background should inspire you to take more risks, pursue your goals and do whatever you feel passionate and compelled to do.  Check out our site: Startuphandmedowns.com
1:09:35
April 2, 2019
Episode 52: (Re-run) How to build amazing products - with Ian White of Business Insider and Co-founder of Sailthru
This week is a repeat episode with Ian White who’s the co-founder and former CTO of Sailthru. Recorded June 2017 On this episode, we discuss: - How to build a product - The importance of talking with users - Speed to market Ian White was the CTO and Co-Founder of email service provider Sailthru. They’ve raised over $48m and now staff over 200 people in New York City. He also helped build Silicon Valley Insider which later grew to become Business Insider. He’s known for building the famous slideshows feature in Business Insider articles. Ian is now the Founder of Stardog which is his consultancy business for startups. In this episode of Startup Handmedowns Philip and Ian talk about the early days of Business Insider and building Sailthru whilst still at Business Insider. They talk about product managers, CTO’s and more Listen on Spotify, iTunes and anywhere else you listen to podcasts!
49:50
December 14, 2018
Episode 51: Transforming Education and How We Learn with Austen Allred Founder and CEO of Lambda School
This week we sat down with Austen Allred of Lambda School, Fit Marketing, Grasswire, and Lendup. On this episode we discuss: - Growth marketing galore - The free upfront model - When to invest Austen Allred has a super interesting origin story, having dropped out of university himself, he went on to co-found his own school and pushing the envelope for the future of education. For those of you who are out of the loop, Austen created Lambda School, a coding school that asks for no money up front in an exchange for a percentage of your salary after you get a job making more than 50k. Austen got his start in the business world at Stubtopia, a ticket brokering company that he started with his brother at 18. After handing over the reins to his brother, he went on to complete an LDS mission in Ukraine which ended up setting a tone of dedication and perseverance for his whole career. If you’re an entrepreneur trying to make your move, I suggest listening to what Austen has to say as he gives honest advice about growth, product market fit, fundraising, and how to take the right advice. Listen on Spotify, iTunes and anywhere else you listen to podcasts!   
47:37
December 7, 2018
Episode 50: Tony Conrad - Serial Entrepreneur and Partner at True Ventures with over $2bn AUM
This week we're interviewing Tony Conrad of True Ventures, Sphere, about.me, Wordpress and many other great startups.  On this episode we discuss: - The turning point of modern startup culture - Expert level networking - The emotional intelligence necessary to excel in the startup landscape The theme of this episode is networking, networking, networking! And no, you aren't just going to hear the obvious "just get out there and meet people!", Tony has some concrete advice for how to surround yourself with people that will guide you along your journey as an entrepreneur. Coming from a tiny midwestern farming town, Tony was not set up for the life as an entrepreneur that he went on to lead. His startup experience more or less fell into place after a decision to move to California after working in the corporate world for 8 years, and he's been killing the game ever since which is why we call him the Godfather of Silicon Valley. Having invested in companies such as Blue Bottle Coffee, Bandcamp, Fitbit, Peloton and more, Tony seriously knows what he's doing and you won't want to miss out on the expert advice on this episode. Visit our site: startuphandmedowns.co
1:40:17
November 30, 2018
Episode 49: The One Thing All Successful Startups Have in Common With Tammy Nam COO of PicsArt
This week we're sharing our interview with Tammy Nam, COO of PicsArt, a photo editing platform with over 100 million monthly users. Tammy has worked at tons of cool companies such as Slide, Scribd, and Viki, and has earned quite a name in the consumer-facing tech world. On this episode we discuss: How to deal with different founders The attributes of virally successful companies The role of culture in startups Full of helpful startup marketing tips, this episode is for all non-technical entrepreneurs out there. Voted one of the top 25 women to watch in tech by AlwaysOn, Tammy has a ton of expert advice to share, from how to bring out the best in different founders to navigating the challenges of being a woman in tech. Our favorite part of this episode is her strategic, purposeful marketing and growth strategies. Marketing is often boiled down to storytelling or hacking, but Tammy shows us how you can approach marketing in any stage of your company in a thoughtful, future-focused way. Don't miss this episode if you really want to get into the client-focused side of a product, it is an expert crash course in UX/UI. Signup to our newsletter at startuphandmedowns.com
52:43
November 23, 2018
Episode 48: Just Do What You Love and It'll Work Out with David Jamilly Co-Founder of Theme Traders
This week we've interviewed David "DJ" Jamilly, co-founder of Theme Traders, a creative event production business (emphasis on the creative) which grew to the impressive from his party entertainment gig as a teenager! On this episode we discuss: The social aspect of doing business Setting client expectations Kindness (both the not-for-profit organization David founded and just kindness in general) David is just a super nice guy who has figured out how to make millions off of having fun. You know when people tell you "just do what you love and it'll work out" and you don't believe them? Well, it actually worked out for David! He founded an event production business with his sister called Theme Traders which has worked on events such as Pride London 2018, album launches for Island Records, and much more. David is equally as dedicated to his philanthropic work, which has led to him founding Pod Children's Charity, The Good Deeds Organization, and Kindness Day UK. If you are disheartened by the cold nature of a business or just having an off day, give this episode a listen, because David "DJ" Jamilly will seriously restore your faith in humanity. Signup to our newsletter at startuphandmedowns.com
41:27
November 16, 2018
Episode 47: (Re-run) Why Brands Need Personality with Mat Braddy Former CMO of Just Eat and Founder of Updraft
Ok I know last week we promised a new episode but you're going to have to wait one more week... this week we're playing a rerun of one of our favorite interviews with Mat Braddy, former CMO of Just Eat and current mentor extraordinaire. On this episode we discuss: - Why Mat Braddy ran for office - Eating the Big Fish by Adam Morgan - The importance of bold marketing as a brand competitor - Some marketing tips and tricks (read: how to not waste your whole marketing budget on an ineffective ad) Mat is a pretty funny guy which is why 30% of this episode is Phil laughing, and it's also why Just Eat got to be one of the biggest takeaway brands ever! From ads such as "give hunger the finger" and bold marketing stunts such as kidnapping celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson, Mat Braddy could be described as a marketing genius. My favourite bit of advice in this episode is to consciously try and take in every ad you see on your walk home, and in the morning, ask yourself which ones you remember because those are the ads that made you think. 
44:59
November 9, 2018
Episode 46: (Re-run) Anton Derlyakta - CEO & Co-founder of Sweatcoin and Founder & Managing Partner at Talent Equity VC
This week we are reairing and old episode- our interview with Anton Derlyakta, CEO & co-founder of Sweatcoin and founder & managing partner at Talent Equity Ventures. On this episode we discuss: How to tell when someone is going to be a success The best qualities of an entrepreneur The contextual nature of the startup world This episode was aired two years ago and since then, he’s been busy. For those of you out of the loop, Sweatcoin is an app that pays you in Sweatcoins to move outside. SweatcoinsThis interview is full of great venture capital insights as well as his origin story. Anton tells us that he wasn’t a natural born entrepreneur (though technically he did have a startup at university). He didn’t go to business school until he’d already had a significant career as a marketer in a large company. But, in the past decade, he’s funded countless startups at his VC, Talent Equity Ventures are their own cryptocurrency and can be exchanged for real stuff on their app like a fitness watch, gift card, ebooks, etc. The app has over 20 million downloads and the founders are now working on expanding their cryptocurrency, but at the time of this interview they were just starting out!.
42:31
October 26, 2018
Episode 45: Marketing Mistakes Startups Make with Ex-Googler, Gaston Tourn - CMO of Badoo
This week on Startup Handmedowns, we sat down with Gaston Tourn, CMO of Badoo which for those of you who don’t know is a dating app that is most popular in Europe and South America. Gaston describes himself as a writer and a poet, creating the narrative of the customer and integrating their stories into the product in question. Like many of us, Gaston once had the belief that marketers go out and trick people, that it’s more of a "slimy job", which makes his journey to marketing even more interesting. Hear how he didn’t set out to become a marketer at all, and how he was actually convinced by Google to try it out. I mean, if Google told me what job I’m meant for, I’d believe them too. Gaston talks about his time working on projects such as Google Adwords and Youtube before joining Badoo as CMO. The work he’s doing at Badoo is pretty impressive, and from the way he describes it in the interview, it totally makes sense that he sees himself as a writer and a poet. Gaston is working to fix online dating, on the whole, adding safety measures within the app and features to rid some of the common online dating problems and ultimately, get the users on more dates. As well as trying to mend online dating’s failures, he is focusing on the stories of couples who have found each other on Badoo and telling their stories. Gaston is super interesting and has a lot of great tips, especially if you’re marketing a new startup with a limited budget.
47:27
October 19, 2018
Episode 44: Why Diversity of Thought is Extremely Valuable with Porter Braswell - Co founder and CEO of Jopwell
Welcome to another episode of Startup Handmedowns! We promise this episode was worth the wait! This week, we chat with Porter Braswell, co-founder and CEO of Jopwell, a career advancement platform for people of colour. As Porter describes, Jopwell was created out of necessity. When Porter entered the finance industry, he noticed that there were very few people in the industry that looked like him, and as a black man who had many opportunities that most people of colour are systematically barred from, he allocated the responsibility onto himself to fight for diversity in the workforce. Part of the reason why Jopwell is so successful is that Porter is able to foster a community that is about more than just finding a job. He knows that bigotry isn’t something that is just felt in a controlled environment like work or school; being a marginalized person means that you experience the world differently, giving you a unique perspective on the world around you. This can make it very hard to find success in a workforce that heavily favours white men, but what many companies are discovering with the help of Jopwell is that the diversity of thought resulting from a diverse workforce is extremely valuable.
34:40
October 9, 2018
Episode 43: The Journey So Far with Patrick Drake Co-Founder and Head Chef of HelloFresh UK
This week we sit down with Patrick, founder/CEO at HelloFresh. An all around foodie, Patrick talks us through his road to success and the difficulties of bringing a new product to market. For those who haven’t tried it yet, HelloFresh is a meal kit service that brings portioned packages of food to your door with easy recipes to follow, and it’s actually the first meal kit service of its kind. Being the first of your kind in any sphere is tough, and Patrick really brings to light the process of educating the public about your product, which can be a real struggle when your product fills a need that people don’t yet realize they have. Patrick’s origin story is also quite interesting and pretty entertaining, as he started his career as a lawyer in a buttoned-up law firm. He would literally sneak out of his office to cook at various restaurants downtown and he basically kept up a double life until he resigned to be a full-time foodie.
54:40
August 19, 2018
Episode 42: Self awareness helped us grow - Abhi Lokesh CEO of Fracture
This week in Startup Handmedowns, we chat with Abhi Lokesh, founder CEO of Fracture and down-to-earth world traveler. Fracture is a glass printing company which emerged out of Abhi’s university passion project, an e-commerce art business which donated all of its profits to charity, as well as a trip to Swaziland with his classmate, Alex. A major lesson in this week’s episode is patience. Abhi talks about refreshing his order intake page and projecting the typical hockey stick growth curve in a naivié way that I’m sure a lot of us can relate too. His dreams for Fracture were pretty idealistic, but the steps to get there actualized in slogging through Facebook marketing campaigns, trying to get on Techcrunch, and really just trying stuff out and seeing what worked. Additionally, Abhi did not take the traditional fundraising route with venture capitalists, advisors, and a bunch of fundraising rounds. He believed in his product and its ability to grow on its own.
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August 14, 2018
Episode 41: You Don't Need More Processes with Ryan Walsh Partner at Floodgate VC and Formally Beat by Dre
In this week’s episode of Startup Handmedowns, we sit down with Ryan Walsh who is currently a partner at Floodgate. Ryan has had a very rich career history, from starting out as a performing DJ in San Francisco to co-founding his own startup, and working as the VP of product at Beats by Dre. His origin story is wild, as Ryan got his start as a raver in Pittsburg, taking pictures of the polished DJ’s equipment with a disposable camera to figure out how to emulate that sound. After figuring out that the party life of a DJ was not for him, Ryan went on to found a company called Pulselocker, which was meant as a DJ tool to cooperate with streaming services. If you’ve ever talked to a musician who has been playing pre-Napster, you’ve heard all about how much the music business has changed and how rapidly the way we buy and sell music shifts. Well, the way music was being consumed and DJ’d changed even faster than his company could develop a product, and he eventually left Pulselocker.
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July 30, 2018
Episode 40: Why You Shouldn't Raise Too Much Money with Paul Grossinger
In this week’s episode, we interview Paul Grossinger, an angel investor and co-founder of Gaingels Syndicate, Blue Jay Syndicate, A-Level Capital, and Pervasive Group Inc. Gaingels Syndicate is a group offering investment opportunities to LGBT founders and Blue Jay Syndicate offers investment to founders in the Johns Hopkins community, which Paul started partially as a way to give back to his community. During this interview, Paul challenges the idea that there is a perfect startup formula of funding and encourages founders to think critically about their company’s funding strategy. We are taught to go after big-name venture capitalists, but are founders really going to benefit when they sell their company for a huge chunk of cash and investors take their share first?
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July 23, 2018
Episode 39: What I've learned starting companies with Jack Levine former CEO of Digg and Electric Objects
Jake Levine is the former Founder & CEO of Electric Objects, named one of Time Magazine's 25 Best Inventions of 2014. He started the company in 2013 to explore ambient computing and the future of art. In 2017 Electric Objects was acquired by GIPHY, which is basically the Google of gifs. Before Electric Objects, Jake was the General Manager of Digg, a Betaworks company which they acquired in 2012. Jake is a part-time VC at Notation Capital and is also a product manager at Square. We cover a lot of ground in this very chilled interview with Jake. we talk about his time at Digg and the painful process of starting a company. This episode was recorded at Betaworks.
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July 10, 2018
Episode 38: Success takes time - Russ Shaw Founder of TLA and Investor
Russ Shaw is the founder of Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates. He originally founded Tech London Advocates in 2013 to establish an independent voice for the technology sector which would focus on the private sector. Since then he has been championing London as a global tech hub and campaigning to address some of the biggest challenges facing tech companies in the UK – diversity, digital skills, immigration, infrastructure and of course access to funding. Tech London Advocates is a network of more than 6,000 tech leaders, entrepreneurs, and experts in London, across the UK and in over 50 countries worldwide and Philip actually joined Tech London Advocates a few years back. Before starting TLA Russ was previously the Chairman of The Marketing Group of Great Britain following senior positions at Skype, Telefónica, O2, and CEO of a later stage startup called Mobileway. He’s an angel and venture investor.
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July 1, 2018
Episode 37: Getting 25,000 downloads a day Patrick Jackson of Disconnect
Patrick Jackson who is the Chief Technology Officer at Disconnect, which allows people to browse the web without being tracked. given the new GDPR regulations you could say these guys launched way before their tme. Disconnect launched in early 2010 and has gone on to have over 50mill users, they’ve raised a millions of dollars and have google chrome and Firefox extensions of the product. Before joining Disconnect Patrick founded a number of startups through his company imaginary feet which received over 8 million downloads across various apps that they launched. Like one of our previous guests, Mckeever Conwell the 2nd Patrick also worked at the NSA, in fact they worked together and then went on to launch a number of startups together. In this episode we talk about how to launch an app quickly and also when to kill your project , why press releases don’t matter and why you shouldn’t buy into the hype.
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June 17, 2018
Episode 36: Success = Reading More with Anthony Frasier from ABF Creative
Anthony Frasier is a digital strategist, tech entrepreneur, author, and public speaker. A Newark, NJ native, Anthony has a long history of mentoring, advising startups & community infrastructures, to solve real problems and build solutions. Before joining Newark Venture Partners as their entrepreneur in residence, Anthony was one of the founders behind The Phat Startup. With well over a decade of experience in tech, media, speaking and coaching aspiring entrepreneurs and students from underserved groups, he has developed a thoroughly different worldview. A published author, Anthony believes that success isn’t something external, it comes from within. You can create your own luck, no matter your background or lack of experience. startuphandmedowns.co
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April 29, 2018
Episode 35: Why VC's Aren't Racist with Mckeever Conwell II of TEDCO
Mckeever Conwell, 2nd, AKA Mac is a Baltimore native serial entrepreneur. He’s currently a Deal Team Coordinator at TEDCO which is an independent organization that strives to be Maryland’s lead source for entrepreneurial business assistance and seed funding. Prior to joining TEDCO Mac worked with the Department of Defense where he achieved Top Secret Security Clearance. He also went on to co-found two startups going through a number of accelerators including NewME. Mac sold of those startups back in 2014. We talk about life as a programmer to life a CEO and why it’s hard to be a founder of color in tech. This is a huge topic in the industry right now and I’m so glad that we got to dive into with and get Mac’s perspective.
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April 22, 2018
Episode 34: The Art of Branding with Alain Sylvain CEO of Sylvain Labs
Alain Sylvain is the founder and CEO of Sylvain Labs, an innovation and brand design consultancy. They have offices in New York, Amsterdam and Richmond, VA. The company serves as a strategic planning resource for product developers and marketers. They have some of the biggest names as Clients including: Google, Airbnb, Spotify, AB-InBev, General Motors, Samsung, Facebook, Nike, Uniqlo, PepsiCo, Bloomberg and others. Alain is co-founder and investor of several ventures including: Master + Dynamic, a design-driven, premium audio brand. Lílo, the first-of-its-kind refrigerator-stable açai bowl, and Waynesaw, a mobile game. On the show we unpack what it takes to get branding right and he gives us a brief insight into the creative process without giving away too much. Ok, let’s jump into the action. Sponsor: DesignCrowd. A website that helps entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses outsource or ‘CROWDSOURCE’ design. Get $100 off your first project with this link designcrowd.com/hmd
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April 15, 2018
Episode 33: E-commerce Masterclass with Brian Berger CEO of Mack Weldon
Brian Berger is the founder and CEO of menswear basics brand, Mack Weldon. With over a decade of success in the digital world, Brian created Mack Weldon in 2012, a men’s specialty line consisting of underwear, socks and t-shirts with a focus on design, performance and functionality. Mack Weldon has grown to become one of the leaders within the industry. Brian served in several leadership positions within consumer internet and media companies including Comcast, WebMD and Excite@Home. Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Colorado and continued his education at Columbia University where he received a Masters in Business Administration. About Mack Weldon - Mack Weldon is reinventing men's essentials with smart design, performance fabrics, and a simple customer experience. The brand's signature line of underwear, socks, t-shirts, sweats, and polo shirts are engineered to promote comfort, mobility, and performance.
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April 8, 2018
Episode 32: I started Birchbox with tunnel vision with Katia Beauchamp
Katia cofounded Birchbox in 2010, driven by a fascination with the business dynamics of the beauty industry and a mission to redefine the way people discovered and shopped for beauty online. Today she is more passionate than ever about building the beauty destination for the average woman who is not passionate about beauty. Birchbox, which is best known for its monthly subscription of personalized samples, now has more than 1 million subscribers, 4 million total customers, 800 beauty and grooming brand partners, operations in six countries and a flagship store in New York City. This episode is brought to you by DesignCrowd. DesignCrowd is a website that helps entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses outsource or ‘CROWDSOURCE’ design. DesignCrowd has over 600,000 designers from Sydney to San Francisco ready to help you with awesome creative ideas. Get the perfect custom design, every time. Get $100 off your first project with this link designcrowd.com/hmd
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April 2, 2018
Episode 31: Why I wouldn't want to be a startup founder again - with Charles Hudson from Precursor Ventures
On this episode, Philip spoke with Charles Hudson. Charles is a serial entrepreneur and is the Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures. Precursor is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investment for the most promising software and hardware companies. Prior to founding Precursor Ventures, Charles was a Partner at SoftTech VC. In this role, he focused on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure. Before joining the world of venture capital Charles was a budding entrepreneur in the events industry and then the gaming industry. In this episode, they talk startups, diversity in tech and more. precursorvc.com Startuphandmedowns.com
44:19
March 25, 2018
Episode 30: What founders of color can do to win - With Kai Bond (Part 2)
This is Part 2 of Philip's interview with serial entrepreneur and now venture capitalist Kai Bond. Kai is the lead investor at Catalyst Fund which is a seed fund based in New York City and an extension of Comcast Ventures. The second half of this interview Kai talks about his experience as a founder of color and also what founders of colors can do to increase the 1% of venture capital funding that goes to founders of color. This episode is brought to you by DesignCrowd. DesignCrowd is a website that helps entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses outsource or ‘CROWDSOURCE’ design. DesignCrowd has over 600,000 designers from Sydney to San Francisco ready to help you with awesome creative ideas. Get the perfect custom design, every time. Get $100 off your first project with this link designcrowd.com/hmd
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March 19, 2018
Episode 29: How I Sold My Startup to Samsung within 9 months- with Kai Bond from Catalyst Fund (Part 1)
Today Philip spoke with serial entrepreneur and now venture capitalist Kai Bond. Kai is the lead investor at Catalyst Fund which is a seed fund based in New York City. Catalyst Fund is an extension of Comcast Ventures and it serves as a unique investment vehicle to elevate minority entrepreneurship by matching capital and resources with underrepresented minority entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Catalyst Fund Kai has had a truly remarkable career as an entrepreneur. He’s had some painful failures and tells Phil about his lowest point where he didn’t even have enough money for a subway ride. Kai talks about building his third startup within 60 days (Pixie Tv) which he would then go on to sell to Samsung within a year. Kai was also the General Manager of Samsung's accelerator and Hatch Labs where the dating app Tinder was incubated during his tenure as GM.
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March 12, 2018
Episode 28: How we get 12m readers per month with Derek Flanzraich Founder and CEO of Greatist
On this episode, Philip spoke with his former boss Derek Flanzraich who is the CEO and Founder of Greatist. Greatist is health and wellness media startup for millennials. Derek is the son of 2 medical doctors and he grew up on the west coast before moving to Miami at age 11. He later went on to study at Harvard University where he found his passion for media and content creation. After graduating from college he went on to work at a high flying startup which would go on to exit just after 6 months of him joining. As someone who openly admits to struggling with his weight, he decided he would start a health and wellness blog with a group of friends which wasn’t intimidating but informative where every post was backed by a scientific study. Today, Greatist has 12 million readers per month and what’s really impressive is... it’s all organic. They’ve raised $8m to date and have some rockstar investors including; Gary Vanerchuck, Ramit Sethi from I Will Teach You How To Be Rich, Ann Mi
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March 5, 2018
Episode 27: Raising money comes with strings attached with Victor Penev of Edamam
On this episode, Philip Kasumu speaks to serial entrepreneur Victor Penev. Victor founded Bulgaria's largest internet company info.bg which has been called the the Yahoo and Google of Bulgaria by Forbes which he sold to 2 of Bulgaria's largest media companies in a multi-million dollar deal. He's also co-founded 3 other companies including his current startups Edamam which is about helping people eat better by making daily food choices simple and easy. The company has set itself the ambitious goal of organizing all the food knowledge in the world! Victor has some interesting views when it comes to raising money for your startup and what you need to have figured out before you start knocking on doors.
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November 19, 2017
Episode 26: Facilitating the personal branding revolution with Brian Schechter of SelfMade
On this episode, Philip Kasumu spoke with serial entrepreneur Brian Schechter. Brian, a former high school teacher turned successful entrepreneur loves to watch people grow whilst supporting them in their own version of self-expression. He previously co-founded and sold dating site 'HowAboutWe' and he's currently the founder and CEO of SelfMade. SelfMade’s a platform that connects members with expert and affordable professional image editors and brand strategists. Members elevate their brands on Instagram, which results in follower growth, business opportunity and increased revenue. They've raised $11m to date from top investors such as Primary VC, BoxGroup, FirstMark and many more. You can check out SelfMade by following this link http://selfmade.refr.cc/philipk
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November 9, 2017
Episode 25: How I Judge Startups for Investment - With WeWork Labs Cofounder Jesse Middleton
Co founder of Wework Labs and Investor. Jesse’s investment interests includes mobile, SaaS, big data, consumer and e-commerce. Prior to joining Flybridge in 2016, Jesse was an early executive at WeWork, one of the fastest growing and most valuable startups in history. He co-founded WeWork Labs in 2011, which became WeWork’s global startup incubator, and ran WeWork X, M&A, startup investments, business and digital product development as well as inside sales during his five-year tenure at the company. Prior to WeWork, Jesse was the co-founder and CEO of Backstory, a venture backed startup. Jesse began his career traveling across the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Israel and China as a network security engineer based in Philadelphia. He moved to New York City where he became the head of information technology at LivePerson in 2010.
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June 27, 2017
Episode 24: Step by Step Guide to Raising Venture Capital - with VC Sumeet Shah from Brand Foundry VC
Step by step guide to raising VC money from a VC with Sumeet Shah from Brand Foundry. Sumeet Shah is a principal at Brand Foundry VC. Brand Foundry VC have invested companies such as Warby Parker, Birchbox, Harry’s, Peloton and more. Sumeet graduated from Columbia university in 2008 with a bachelors in biomedical engineering focusing on biomechanics. He has over 6 years of experience across the startup and private equity industries, formerly running new business strategies at Gist Digital and handling business development and project work at Gotham Consulting Partners. He also assisted in the creation of XRC Labs, a consumer and retail accelerator, as the Program Manager for their inaugural class and was Head of Strategic Partnerships for their second class. In this episode Sumeet lays out the blueprint for anyone who wants to raise Venture capital or anyone who is considering a career as a venture capitalist. This was a really informative show so make sure you’ve got your note-tak
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June 17, 2017
Episode 23: How I started the world's 1ST SOCIAL NETWORK, SixDegrees - with Andrew Weinreich
Hear the incredible journey of Andrew Weinreich with SixDegrees, the first ever social network that sold it's patent to LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman. Andrew Weinreich is a serial entrepreneur, social networking pioneer, and active presence in NYC’s Silicon Alley for 2 decades. To date, he’s founded 7 startups and has been awarded 2 software patents. Since 2013, he has sold 2 businesses, including Xtify to IBM, while advising 5 tech startups such as Classpass. He is currently the co-founder and Chairman of Indicative, a data analytics startup. He leads Predicting Our Future, a podcast about the next revolutions in technology.
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May 20, 2017
Episode 22: How I started Birchbox with tunnel vision and cold emails - with Co-founder Katia Beauchamp
Katia cofounded Birchbox in 2010, driven by a fascination with the business dynamics of the beauty industry and a mission to redefine the way people discovered and shopped for beauty online. Today she is more passionate than ever about building the beauty destination for the average woman who is not passionate about beauty. Birchbox, which is best known for its monthly subscription of personalized samples, now has more than 1 million subscribers, 4 million total customers, 800 beauty and grooming brand partners, operations in six countries and a flagship store in New York City. Katia holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in International Studies & Economics from Vassar College. Prior to graduating business school, she worked in structured finance and commercial real estate. She has been honored with accolades including Advertising Age Women to Watch, CEW Achiever’s Award, Fortune 40 Under 40, Inc. 30 Under 30, and WWD Digital Innovator of the Year in the Prestige Beau
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May 7, 2017
Episode 21: How I got 700,000 Newsletter Subscribers- With Sam Parr founder of The Hustle
On this episode, Philip interviewed Sam Parr the Founder of The Hustle and Hustle Con. Sam Parr is a serial entrepreneur who’s started a range of businesses from selling whisky online, to selling hotdogs, to then starting one of the most relevant business newsletters for millennials - The Hustle. They talk about being aqui-hired for his Roommate app. Sam then talks about taking a 6 month month trip across America on his motorcycle where he was in solitude for the majority of that 6 months and what that did for him. They also talk about starting Hustle con which then led to The Hustle newsletter being created which now has 1,000,000 subscribers. Sam also explains why he doesn’t care about the website and why they’re going all in on the newsletter. They also talk about closing a crowdfunding campaign of $300k for The Hustle in less than 50 hours! Must listen!
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April 17, 2017
Episode 20: How to build amazing products - with Ian White of Business Insider and Co founder of Sailthru
Ian White was the CTO and Co-Founder of email service provider Sailthru. They’ve raised over $48m and now staff over 200 people in New York city. He also helped build Silicon Valley Insider which later grew to become Business insider. He’s known for building the famous slideshows feature in Business Insider articles. Ian is now the Founder of Stardog which is his consultancy business for startups. In this episode of Startup Handmedowns Philip and Ian talk about the early days of Business Insider and building Sailthru whilst still at Business Insider. They talk about product managers, CTO’s and how speaking to users was crucial in the early days and more.
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April 9, 2017
Episode 19: Why I hate the word patience - With Tom Bilyeu Co-founder of Quest Nutrition and Impact Theory
Tom Bilyeu is the co-founder of 2014 Inc. 500 company Quest Nutrition — a unicorn startup valued at over $1 billion — and the co-founder and host of Impact Theory. Tom’s mission is the creation of empowering media-based IP and the acceleration of mission-based businesses. Personally driven to help people develop the skills they will need to improve themselves and the world, Tom is intent to use commerce to address the dual pandemics of physical and mental malnourishment. Tom regularly inspires audiences of entrepreneurs, change makers, and thought leaders at some of the most prestigious conferences and seminars around the world, including Abundance 360, A-fest, and Freedom Fast Lane. Tom has also been a guest on the Tony Robbins podcast and The School of Greatness podcast and has been featured in Forbes, Inc., Success, and The Huffington Post. Tom is currently on the Innovation Board of the XPRIZE Foundation.
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March 25, 2017
Episode 18: Pushing retail fashion into the 21st century - With CTO Josh Builder from Rent the Runway
In this episode, Rent the Runway CTO Josh Builder walks us through how the founding team launched Rent the Runway, their journey to changing the way consumers think about fashion, and all the challenges along the way.
50:52
February 25, 2017
Episode 17: How we raised £1 million in 4 days via Crowdfunding- with JustPark's Alex Stefani
Should you approach investors or attempt to raise money from the crowd? In this episode, we talk to JustPark's Ex-Ceo Alex Stefani about what it took to raise the largest Crowdfunding campaign of it's time, and to lead JustPark to becoming a household name. We discuss: 1. Tips and tricks to a successful crowdfunding campaign 2. How to make it easier to launch projects when starting out 3. Why focus groups are dangerous, and reliable alternatives for collecting data
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September 11, 2016
Episode 16: How my app got 500 million downloads and exited for £70million - with Jack Bowman
Kicking of Season 2 with a blast, Ranbir & Phil interview Jack Bowman who has had 3 exits before the age of 29, with his last business getting 500 MILLION downloads and selling for £70million. We talk: 1. Strategic partnerships 2. Explosive growth 3. Acquisitions
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July 24, 2016
Episode 15: What you learn from chilling with Millionaires - Season 1 Finale
In this End Of Season 1 group episode, Ranbir, Phil and Omar sit down to discuss: 1. The highlights of learnings from the guests in seasons one 2. How Omar is generating 100 new followers a day on social media 3. Phil entrepreneurial dilemma. This time it's personal.
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July 5, 2016
Episode 14: Can you trade part time to support your startup? - With Zak Mir
With Zak Mir, we explore whether entrepreneurs can trade part time to support their startup dreams. In this episode we discuss: 1. The different types of trading and their pros/cons 2. Is it benefitial to trade part-time? 3. Where & how to start with reduced risk
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June 28, 2016
Episode 13: The Insane Hustle: Why Founder James Poulter slept on the floor to get Pronto off the ground
With an incredible story like this, no wonder James is shaking up the food industry. Having worked in Venture Capital, and then gone on to be a founder and raising Venture Capital, James has some unique hacks into raising money. Listen out for: 1. What is Derisking, and how to do it 2. How to push investors over the line 3. When NOT to raise investment
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June 18, 2016
Episode 12: The new metric all founders need to know- with Dreamstake's Paul Dowling
In this episode with Dreamstake's Paul Dowling, we discuss: 1. What is founder-market fit and why it's so important for angels 2. How to conduct the right tests with your MVP to set yourself up for the next round 3. The next big trends in tech, and where money will be injected. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!
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May 11, 2016
Episode 11: Why we kidnapped a chef to explore JustEat's inner brand voice- with Mat Braddy Ex CMO of JustEat
We sit down with the former CMO of JustEat and allround business-playboy Mat Braddy and talk: - The importance of creating a personality behind your brand - Why JustEat ran for parliament & kidnapped a chef - How they managed to turn JustEat into a household name
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May 1, 2016
Episode 10: Special Story Episode: How I went from Cab Driver to Founder of $1Billion Startup- Hailo's Russ Hall
Today me and Phil have a very special story edition of Startup Handmedowns in which Russell Hall walks us through his unbelievable life-story from a cab driver to founder of Hailo Cabs- Europe’s BIGGEST startup, which is now valued at over $1Billion. There’s ups, there’s downs, and a whole lot of comedy in-between. So sit back, strap in, and enjoy the journey!
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April 19, 2016
Episode 9: Are good leaders born or made? How I learnt to manage- with 500 Startup's Matt Lerner
Matt Lerner, London Distro Parnter of world's largest VC fund- 500 Startups- talks us through his experiences on learning how to manage people. Highlighted topics we discuss: 1) The secrets to becoming a great manager 2) What’s a more effective way to guide your business- by human feeling or by numbers 3) The types of people he invests in Enjoy the episode!
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March 26, 2016
Episode 8: The Complete Guide on How To Do Your Own PR- with GeekGirl Meetup's Cathy White
Today me & Phil get a complete guide on how to do our own PR from Seedcamp's Communications & Marketing Manager, and host of Geek-Girl Podcast, Cathy White. With her background in leading PR agencies, and getting press in the likes of Techcrunch, she is the ideal candidate to answer all of our lingering PR questions. We discuss: 1) Should you do your own PR vs hiring a PR agency 2) How to catch a journalists' attention and build a relationship 3) How to create a story that the world will share
56:31
March 8, 2016
Episode 7: How we raised £15 million & why it was a mistake- with Conrad Poulson
Today me & Phil speak to serial founder of multiple million-dollar companies and techstars mentor Conrad Poulson about: 1) How he raised £15m for Xtempus 2) Why it was a terrible mistake and his learnings 3) How to win high-hitting partnerships
27:54
February 28, 2016
Episode 6: App marketing masterclass with Moshi Monster's Ed Relf
In this episode we learn: 1. Conducting a kpi-centered approach to marketing 2. The most efficient marketing channels 3. How to know when your mvp is ready for launch. Ed gives pure marketing gold guys, enjoy the episode!
50:02
January 31, 2016
Episode 5: Starting a business abroad with 91Springboard's Varun Chawla
In this episode we talk to Varun Chawla, founder of the incubator 91Springboard about starting a tech business abroad, and how to streamline & hack your way to success in an international market.
31:44
January 23, 2016
Episode 4: Life of a Serial Entrepreneur with Oleg Fomenko
In this episode, we talk to serial entrepreneur Oleg Fomenko, about creating an entrepreneurial career path, and bouncing back from setbacks.
39:06
December 23, 2015
Episode 3: Catching a VC's attention with Anton Derlyatka
In this episode, we talk to Venture Capitalist Anton Derlyatka about common mistakes while raising investment, and strategies to catch the interest of the top VC firms.
43:22
December 23, 2015
Episode 2: The late intro
So usually introductions come first, but as Tai Lopez says, there's nothing wrong with eating the desert first. This episode is all about us, Ranbir, Phil & Teej, and our lives leading upto this podcast. (Viewer discretion: Innuendo Abundancy).
31:20
December 21, 2015
Episode 1: How I won 18 grants to get my Augmented Reality business off the ground- Silas Adekunle
Silas Adekunle launched his business Reach Robotics while still in University, and is today poised to disrupt the games industry by bringing Augmented Reality to physical toys. In this episode we discuss: 1. How he secured 18 grants to launch his business 2. How he got press in the likes of Bloomberg and the Financial Times before even launching 3. How he managed being younger than all of the people he employs
36:44
December 21, 2015