The Big Idea Box

The Big Idea Box

By The LAB Miami
The Big Idea Box Podcast connects the entrepreneur community by using the power of audio to uplift, empower, and share our varied experiences through creative content delivery. This podcast broadens the listener perspective, supports innovative development, and is the hub for entrepreneurial storytelling.
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Ep 17 - You Are What You Eat
This episode highlights the shifting food industry, our options as entrepreneurs, and the advantages of technology today. Food defines cultures, sparks heated debates and emotions, and drives a trillion dollar industry. Your hosts Rachael, Tami, Sebastian, and Bryant discuss our relationship with food, diets, and mindfully eating on a budget. Join us as we take a moment of introspection to see if you're nourishing yourself to best utilize your time, productivity, and overall mental and physical health.   Here are the topics addressed and timestamps: 1:35 Intro and Personal Diets 18:13 The Flowstate and Nutritional Needs 25:01 Trending Diets and Diet Culture 35:35 New Apps and Meal Replacements 42:36 Meal Prepping, Budget Friendly Options, and Millennial Financial Responsibility 48:36 Changes in the Food Industry 58:09 Mindful Eating 1:06:57 Food Desserts and Community Gardens This episode is packed with tips and perspectives on what we eat. Be sure to share this episode with your friends and family!! Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Connect with our hosts and mentions @ranch.rachael @theonlytamit @arrurru @brybellringer @be_meals @wyncode @littleflowerfarmvt Give us feedback with this link: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!!
2:35:28
September 16, 2019
Ep 16 - Brainfood with Felipe Sommer of NearPod
Felipe Sommer is the president and co-founder, of Nearpod, Inc., a mobile platform empowering educators to create learning experiences that engage and inspire millions of students around the world. This platform enables teachers, schools and districts, to use their iPads to manage content on students' iPads, iPhones, iPods or Macs. It seamlessly combines interactive presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution. Moderated by Matt Haggman, an award-winning journalist at The Miami Herald and Daily Business Review, Miami Program Director at Knight Foundation and, most recently, a candidate for U.S. Congress...Let’s dive in! Here are the topics addressed and timestamps: 2:02 Interview Intro; What is Nearpod? 11:37 Creating a startup in Miami 15:45 B2C to B2B Business service to business product 25:10 Funding and Miami venture investors 44:40 Q & A Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami @knightfdn@startupfiu @endeavormiami #BrainfoodMIA on Instagram and Twitter! Connect with our guest @nearpod Share your feedback with this link: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!! Brainfood Speaker Series is a monthly, hands-on discussion with local entrepreneurs who share the secrets of their success and failures. This monthly event takes place at The LAB Miami, helping Miami startups as well as entrepreneurs understand the opportunities alongside the challenges of launching and growing a business. We’re sharing these amazing stories that provide new ideas and key, practical advice to advancing one’s own entrepreneurial career. Brainfood is brought to you by Endeavor Miami in partnership with The LAB Miami, LAB Ventures, Knight Foundation, and Startup Florida International University (FIU).
1:25:02
September 2, 2019
Ep 15 - Drinkpreneurs with Five Drinks Co.
This episode highlights entrepreneurs in the beverage industry, focusing on challenges, marketing, and growth. As Wynwood, Miami grows as a tourist attraction and hub for drinks, food, and nightlife, local beverage entrepreneurs have found new opportunities worth taking. Your host Bryant sits down with the Founder & CEO of Five Drinks Co., Felipe Szpigel, and Lucas Cravero, Director of Sales and Business Development. Five Drinks Co. is a Miami-based start-up making craft, ready-to-drink cocktails that don’t suck. These drinks are locally farmed and sourced, made with five simple ingredients.  Here are the topics addressed and timestamps: 1:16 Introduction to Five Drinks Co. and guests 3:46 Creating and branding 9:34 Box Cold Brew Coffee 16:20 Business challenges 20:53 Funding options 26:53 Opening a distillery in Wynwood 33:10 Partnerships, marketing, and promotions 44:40 Beverage business laws and licenses 52:24 Advice to other drinkpreneurs This episode dives into the ins and outs of launching a successful beverage business from local experts.  Be sure to share this episode with your friends and family!! Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Connect with our guests @fivedrinksco Give us feedback with this link: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!! 
1:00:27
August 19, 2019
Ep 14 - Brainfood with Romero Britto
Romero Britto is an international artist that uses vibrant, bold and colorful patterns to reflect his optimistic view of the world around him. His playful themes and hard‐edged compositions, combined with his unique talent, unshakable resolve and belief in his art, has granted him worldwide recognition, with exhibitions in galleries and museums in over 100 countries and counting. Moderated by Laura Maydon, former Managing Director of Endeavor Miami. She’s a business executive with experience in sales, product and business development, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), investor relations and private equity within multinational environments. Without further a due, let’s dive in!  Here are the topics addressed and timestamps: 2:11 Interview Intro, choosing Miami & becoming an artist 7:35 Collaborations, future projects, and philanthropy 20:18 What is unique about Miami? 21:10 Q & A   Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami @knightfdn@startupfiu @endeavormiami #BrainfoodMIA on Instagram and Twitter! Connect with our guest @romerobritto Share your feedback with this link: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!!   Brainfood Speaker Series is a monthly, hands-on discussion with local entrepreneurs who share the secrets of their success and failures. This monthly event takes place at The LAB Miami, helping Miami startups as well as entrepreneurs understand the opportunities alongside the challenges of launching and growing a business. We’re sharing these amazing stories that provide new ideas and key, practical advice to advancing one’s own entrepreneurial career. Brainfood is brought to you by Endeavor Miami in partnership with The LAB Miami, LAB Ventures, Knight Foundation, and Startup Florida International University (FIU).
52:43
August 5, 2019
Ep 13 - Millennial Financial Responsibility
This episode highlights financial responsibility today as millennials lead our shifting economy. According to a recent Charles Schwab survey, almost two-thirds of millennials say they are living paycheck to paycheck and only 38% feel financially stable. This statistic alone brings up some questions. Your hosts Tami, Rachael, Sebastian, and our special guest, Marty Jacobs, discuss the various factors that affect our financial decisions today. Marty is a high school senior who provides marketing and advertising services. He shares vital financial tips and advice throughout this episode.  Here are the topics addressed and timestamps: 3:10 What is financial responsibility and irresponsibility? 14:54 Value of Money 24:41 Emergency funds and retirement 35:05 Investments 41:05 Cryptocurrency and other new technologies 54:34 Healthy credit 1:03:50 Resources and financial freedom  This episode is jampacked with tips, factors, and perspectives on how millennials handle their finances.  Be sure to share this episode with your friends and family!! Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Connect with our guest @martyjacobss Give us feedback with this link: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!! 
1:13:36
July 21, 2019
Ep 12 - Brainfood with Albert Santalo of 8Base
Albert Santalo is a computer scientist, Internet entrepreneur and angel investor with experience in high growth, venture-backed technology companies. He is the founder and CEO of 8base, a developer acceleration platform that enables web and mobile developers to create enterprise applications on a serverless back-end. His passion lies in designing products and building companies that disrupt traditional business models. Moderated by Matt Haggman, an award-winning journalist at The Miami Herald and Daily Business Review, Miami Program Director at Knight Foundation and, most recently, a candidate for U.S. Congress...Let’s dive in!  Here are the topics addressed and timestamps: 2:15 Interview Intro 4:15 Why become an entrepreneur? 10:25 Why launch a tech business in Miami? 18:00 Importance of new information 26:40 Challenges and reason 8Base was created 36:00 Present and future of 8Base 43:15 Q & A  Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami @knightfdn@startupfiu @endeavormiami #BrainfoodMIA on Instagram and Twitter! Connect with our guest @8Base Share your feedback with this link: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!!   Brainfood Speaker Series is a monthly, hands-on discussion with local entrepreneurs who share the secrets of their success and failures. This monthly event takes place at The LAB Miami, helping Miami startups as well as entrepreneurs understand the opportunities alongside the challenges of launching and growing a business. We’re sharing these amazing stories that provide new ideas and key, practical advice to advancing one’s own entrepreneurial career. Brainfood is brought to you by Endeavor Miami in partnership with The LAB Miami, LAB Ventures, Knight Foundation, and Startup Florida International University (FIU).
1:15:47
July 8, 2019
Ep 11 - Destigmatizing Mental Health
This episode highlights mental health and better understanding trauma in a society that faces high suicidal rates alongside issues from heavy social media use. Your host, Rachael, sits down with James Garcia, a Marine veteran and therapist who is the CEO and co-founder of Starts Here Wynwood. His startup business, based in The LAB Miami, focuses on providing research-based trauma informed care in the heart of Wynwood.  Here are the topics addressed and timestamps: 1:56 Intro; 2:24 Why Mental Health?; 4:00 Mental health today; 10:04 Understanding therapy; 18:18 Trauma informed care; 24:36 What is trauma?; 26:39 What to look for in a therapist; 36:24 Avoidance tactics This episode covers a sensitive topic that is truly relevant and provides vital information to seek the proper help. Be sure to share this episode with your friends and family!! Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Connect with our guest @startsherewynwood Give us feedback with this link: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!! 
46:45
June 24, 2019
Ep 10 - Brainfood with Classpass and MealPal
Mary Biggins is co-founder of MealPal, a lunch subscription service  launched in Miami in 2016. Biggins is also co-founder of ClassPass, where she helps thousands of fitness studios grow their businesses by facilitating over 10 million reservations for ClassPass customers in 35 cities around the world. Alan Norton, Director of Engineering at MealPal, joins Biggins in the conversation and discusses his technical perspective. Moderated by Thomas “Tigre” Wenrich, CEO of The LAB Miami alongside the CEO and co-founder of LAB Ventures; a B2B venture builder company. Tigre is also an active angel investor and a mentor to several local emerging technology companies, having invested in more than two dozen startups...Let’s dive in!  Here are the topics addressed and timestamps: 1:58 Intro to Classpass and Mealpal; 7:09 Starting a business in Miami; 11:24 Fundraising for a startup; 14:08 Advice on how Miami can better support its ecosystem; 15:51 Q & A 35:58 Growth vs Profitability followed by Q & A  Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami @knightfdn @startupfiu @endeavormiami #BrainfoodMIA on Instagram and Twitter! Connect with our guest @classpass @mealpal Share your feedback with this link: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!!   Brainfood Speaker Series is a monthly, hands-on discussion with local entrepreneurs who share the secrets of their success and failures. This monthly event takes place at The LAB Miami, helping Miami startups as well as entrepreneurs understand the opportunities alongside the challenges of launching and growing a business. We’re sharing these amazing stories that provide new ideas and key, practical advice to advancing one’s own entrepreneurial career. Brainfood is brought to you by Endeavor Miami in partnership with The LAB Miami, LAB Ventures, Knight Foundation, and Startup Florida International University (FIU).
1:01:06
June 10, 2019
Ep 9 - Bathroom Talks 1
Welcome to our first Bathroom Talks bonus episode! This segment covers the interactions women tend to have in the bathroom. That space is a sacred, safe place where sudden conversations lead to understanding, healing, and solutions. Today, your host Tami dives into menstruation in the workplace with her guests, Kat and Alina. Our guests are influencer campaign managers working with Stargazer out of The LAB Miami. They share the realness of our current everyday lives and discuss the following topics: typical menstrual cycle and symptoms, sharing with colleagues, birth control, resources and the Pink Tax. Bathroom Talks shares the reality of women's everyday lives and how we process our experiences. Feel free to share this with all your lady friends!  Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Connect with our guests via @stargazer.co @theonlytamit @a_marvelous90 @gurlzwithcurls @katrinagroov @socialgroov Share your feedback with this link on our LAB website: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!! ________________ Stargazer is a social media influencer marketing platform that uses growth marketing to execute high performing campaigns to increase brand awareness. By using performance-focused apps, the platform has proprietary access to influencer audience demographic, topic and engagement data. Influencers join a unique community to collaborate with brands and connect with other creators.
31:28
May 27, 2019
Ep 8 - Brainfood with Boxycharm
Yosef (Joe) Martin is a self-made entrepreneur. Currently the Founder and CEO of BoxyCharm, #176 on Inc’s 5000 list of fastest growing companies. BoxyCharm is an online beauty subscription that delivers 4-5 full and luxury-size products from popular and upcoming brands valued at over $100 for $21 monthly. Moderated by Aryan Rashed, the co owner of JETSET MIAMI, a chain of boutique fitness studios with 8 operating locations in South Florida and growing...Let’s dive in! Here are the topics addressed and timestamps: 2:40 - What is Boxycharm?; 8:38 - How he grew his consumer base?; 16:38 - Influencer Marketing; 26:06 - Building a Team; 30:35 - Creating a Startup without funding; 32:30 - How to approach large clients; 38:35 - Failures and successes of the startup journey; 43:35 Investments; 53:10 Future of Boxycharm; 59:00 Q&A  Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami @knightfdn @startupfiu @endeavormiami #BrainfoodMIA on Instagram and Twitter! Connect with our guest @yflmartin @boxycharm Share your feedback with this link: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!!   Brainfood Speaker Series is a monthly, hands-on discussion with local entrepreneurs who share the secrets of their success and failures. This monthly event takes place at The LAB Miami, helping Miami startups as well as entrepreneurs understand the opportunities alongside the challenges of launching and growing a business. We’re sharing these amazing stories that provide new ideas and key, practical advice to advancing one’s own entrepreneurial career. Brainfood is brought to you by Endeavor Miami in partnership with The LAB Miami, LAB Ventures, Knight Foundation, and Startup Florida International University (FIU).
1:13:54
May 13, 2019
Ep 7 - Mindful Dreaming
Your favorite cast, Rachael, Tami, Sebastian, and Bryant, are back and we're talking about dreams in this episode!! With Rachael leading the conversation, we discuss the following topics: The Dream Dictionary, what do your dreams mean, can you control your dreams, sleep paralysis and other occurrences being out of control, recurring dreams, and the evolution of the virtual reality industry. While sharing our personal experiences and vital information on another realm we activate daily, we encourage to jot down your dreams and explore this world further.   Be sure to share this episode with your friends and family!! Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Give us feedback with this link: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!! 
1:04:56
April 29, 2019
Ep 6 - Brainfood with Jetset
Today's episode highlights our Brainfood Speaker Series featuring Aryan Rashed, the co-owner of JETSET MIAMI, a chain of boutique fitness studios with 8 operating locations in South Florida and growing. An alumni of UC-Berkeley, Stanford, and the University of Miami, Aryan focuses primarily on operations, strategy, and vision for the company. She works with a wide range of diverse clientele, from beginners to professional athletes and celebrities. JETSET MIAMI was also named the Best Group Fitness in the Miami New Times and featured amongst top influencers as a favorite workout. Aryan is enthusiastic about expanding JETSET MIAMI nationwide. Moderated by Alix Aspe, an Emmy-award winning  producer and digital reporter for Telemundo's news team where she presents El Pulso and Power Up! a weekly tech segment in partnership with Mashable in "Un Nuevo Día," an online product review series in English and in Spanish. Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami @knightfdn @startupfiu @endeavormiami #BrainfoodMIA on Instagram and Twitter! Connect with our guest @jetset_miami_fitness Share your feedback with this link: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!!  ______  Brainfood Speaker Series is a monthly, hands-on discussion with local entrepreneurs who share the secrets of their success and failures. This monthly event takes place at The LAB Miami, helping Miami startups as well as entrepreneurs understand the opportunities alongside the challenges of launching and growing a business. We’re sharing these amazing stories that provide new ideas and key, practical advice to advancing one’s own entrepreneurial career. Brainfood is brought to you by Endeavor Miami in partnership with The LAB Miami, LAB Ventures, Knight Foundation, and Startup Florida International University (FIU).
42:42
April 15, 2019
Ep 5 - A Hol New World
This episode highlights two mindfulness leaders and curators of Daybreaker Miami who share the importance of holistic living in our time! Your host, Sebastian, sits down with photographer, Daniel Quintana, and University of Miami medical student, Kunal Chohan. They unfold and discuss the following topics: definition of holistic living, mindfulness, meditation, secular spirituality, and what would encompass a perfect world. Sebastian leads the discussion into sensitive topics that have evolved due to enlightened understanding. Join us as we share these perspectives! Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Connect with our guests via @daybreakermiami @dybrkr Share your feedback with this link: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!! ________________ Daybreaker is an early morning dance movement that takes place in 25 cities globally starting with a one hour yoga session plus other fitness experiences. The workout is topped off with a 2 hour, life-filled dance party and a meditation to close. This organization promotes and cultivates wellness, dance, and community. Join the movement in your city! 
1:23:19
April 1, 2019
Ep 4 - Brainfood with Zak the Baker
Today's episode highlights our Brainfood Speaker Series featuring Zak Stern, CEO & Founder of Zak The Baker. The bakery and cafe offers kosher fresh bread, pastries, and sandwiches located in Wynwood. At 22, Zak wasn’t living the life he wanted. Graduate school. Organic chemistry. Fluorescent lights. Life, he thought, was too short to be spent on the things in which he had no interest. He wanted to go back to basics, to work with his hands. Today, Zak the Baker is a evidence of this simple desire. With a full service bakery and restaurant as well as wholesale distribution to multiple WholeFoods and endless local restaurants, Zak the Baker is undoubtedly a Miami staple. Hear first hand from the man behind the vision and his insights on entrepreneurship, business integrity, and the endless pursuit of your passion. Moderated by Margo Bettencourt, Director of Sales Marketing at Zak the Baker. Margo is committed to getting more good food to more people (and happy to chat about what “good food” means). She has led Zak The Baker’s Wholesale Department since 2016, a period during which sales have roughly doubled annually. Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami @knightfdn @startupfiu @endeavormiami #BrainfoodMIA on Instagram and Twitter! Connect with our guest @zakthebaker Share your feedback with this link: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!! ______ Brainfood Speaker Series is a monthly, hands-on discussion with local entrepreneurs who share the secrets of their success and failures. This monthly event takes place at The LAB Miami, helping Miami startups as well as entrepreneurs understand the opportunities alongside the challenges of launching and growing a business. We’re sharing these amazing stories that provide new ideas and key, practical advice to advancing one’s own entrepreneurial career. Brainfood is brought to you by Endeavor Miami in partnership with The LAB Miami, LAB Ventures, Knight Foundation, and Startup Florida International University (FIU).
1:04:16
March 17, 2019
Ep 3 - Mompreneurs
This episode highlights three Mompreneurs in The LAB community who share their experiences, challenges, and decisions as hardworking businesswomen! Your host, Tami, sits down with the following guests: Johanna Mikkola, CEO and co-founder of Wyncode, premier coding bootcamp in Miami; Kalyn James, CEO and founder of Lit Pilates, renowned celebrity Pilates instructor with more than 10 years of experience transforming bodies; and Florencia "Fufi" Anaya, CEO and founder of Fufi's Empanadas, delicious artisanal hand-made empanadas. We discuss the following topics: journey to career, business decisions and interactions, children age groups, balancing work and parenting, parenting styles, education options, maternity and paternity leave, lactation stations in the workplace, Mompreneur tips Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami on Instagram and Twitter! Connect with our guests @wyncode @litpilates @fufiempanadas Share your feedback with this link: https://bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!!
1:14:18
March 7, 2019
Ep 2 - Brainfood with Joe Furst
Today's episode highlights our Brainfood Speaker Series featuring Joe Furst, former Managing Director and Principal of Goldman Properties Wynwood portfolio, which consists of over 30 properties comprising over 400,000 square feet of land. He serves as the Chairman of the Wynwood Business Improvement District and currently has investments throughout Florida, including Wynwood, Doral, and St. Petersberg.  Moderated by Wilfredo Fernandez, co-founder and former CEO of The LAB Miami; who is currently a public interest Law scholar and J.D. Candidate at the University of Miami...Let’s dive in!  #BrainfoodMIA @thebigideabox @thelabmiami @knightfdn @startupfiu ______ Brainfood Speaker Series is a monthly, hands-on discussion with local entrepreneurs who share the secrets of their success and failures. This monthly event takes place at The LAB Miami, helping Miami startups as well as entrepreneurs understand the opportunities alongside the challenges of launching and growing a business.  We’re sharing these amazing stories that provide new ideas and key, practical advice to advancing one’s own entrepreneurial career. Brainfood is brought to you by Endeavor Miami in partnership with The LAB Miami, LAB Ventures, Knight Foundation, and Startup Florida International University (FIU). 
1:14:40
February 18, 2019
Ep 1 - Learn, Act, and Build!
Welcome to Episode 1 of The Big Idea Box Podcast featuring your hosts Tami, Rachael, Bryant, and Sebastian! In this episode, we discuss the following:  The Big Idea Box cast and The LAB Team What is The LAB Miami? The story of Miami's first co-working space  What is The Big Idea Box podcast? Programming and content to expect  Follow us @thebigideabox on Instagram and Twitter! Enjoy the show!!
1:06:22
January 31, 2019
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