By Joe Taylor Jr.
Philadelphia author Joe Taylor Jr. interviews entrepreneurs and innovators about growing their companies, overcoming challenges, and finding the strength to bring new ideas to market.
Episode 44: Stretch (featuring Shannon Binns of Sustain Charlotte)
Managing change isn’t always easy. For industrial engineer and climate change policy expert Shannon Binns, the need to manage change became apparent when he moved to fast-growing Charlotte, North Carolina and observed a major lack of planning in the city’s sustainable growth plans. This observation inspired Shannon to start a journey of a thousand one-on-one conversations with locals about how the region was planning to handle a surge in population, business, and development. Sustain Charlotte was formed and the company quickly turned into the promise for a sustainable future in one of America’s fastest-growing metros. It’s the story of Sustain Charlotte on The Build. Key Takeaways [1:32] All about Charlotte, North Carolina through the eyes of Shannon Binns. [4:33] Thinking about sustainability in one of America’s fastest-growing metros. [7:47] Turning a hobby concept into a team-run organization on a mission. [14:53] Funding a grant, membership, and consultation hybrid business model. [17:34] Upholding the original vision of Sustain Charlotte while navigating the company’s growth. [20:41] Natural demographic shifts that support the mission of Sustain Charlotte. [23:06] Playing the consequence-free convener role for a wide variety of stakeholders. [25:40] Conservation vs. sustainability and helping businesses understand the implications of both. [28:37] Looking ahead to the smart-growth future of Sustain Charlotte. [31:29] Starting up a similar effort in any community starts with one-on-one conversations. Sponsors 2820 Press providing business consulting and content strategy services to customer-obsessed companies nationwide. Mentioned In This Episode Sustain Charlotte Shannon BinnsSpecial Guest: Shannon Binns.
January 29, 2019
Episode 43: Found (featuring Cody and Colton Tapoler of The Lost Bros)
Entrepreneurial inspiration can be found anywhere. Brothers Cody and Colton Tapoler found their inspiration at one of the happiest places on earth — Disney World. Combining Cody’s creative skills and Colton’s operational expertise, the brothers have created park-related merchandise that is more in line with their sensibilities and turned their love of pop culture and theme parks into a thriving fashion and lifestyle brand. The Lost Bros is a fast-growing company and they aren’t slowing down anytime soon. From music and trip planning to their goal of partnering with Disney itself, there isn’t an end in sight to the success that these entrepreneurs have found. It’s the story of The Lost Bros on The Build. Key Takeaways [1:34] Introducing the passion that evolved into a full-blown lifestyle business. [6:09] Keeping ahead of the consumer demand for all things Disney. [9:50] Leveraging the urgency that comes with carrying limited-quantity merchandise. [11:53] Growing the Lost Boys team while honoring their core values. [14:43] The creative process that turns concepts into marketable designs. [19:07] Interacting with fans and keeping on good terms with the parks. [22:40] Scaling to The Lost Bros means growing without an upper ceiling and not burning out. [26:18] Must-see Disney attractions in 2019. [28:55] Brothers building a business versus building a brand. Sponsors 2820 Press providing business consulting and content strategy services to customer-obsessed companies nationwide. Mentioned In This Episode The Lost Bros Cody Tapoler on Linkedin LostBrosTweets on Twitter thelostbros on Facebook thelostbros on Instagram thelostbros on YouTubeSpecial Guests: Cody Tapoler and Colton Tapoler.
January 15, 2019
Episode 42: Hospitality (featuring HEX Coffee)
HEX Coffee is a hospitality company that doesn’t just serve coffee. By focusing on unique experiences that exceed customer expectations, Hex Coffee has grown to a brand that is roasting their own beans, managing a physical cafe, and shipping products across the country. These three partners have positioned themselves in a place of growth and acceptance in the expanding Charlotte, North Carolina community. They admit that they’ve made plenty of mistakes and learned important lessons along their entrepreneurial path and they have tips on how to turn anyone into a lover of high-quality coffee. It’s the story of Hex Coffee on The Build. Key Takeaways [1:30] Introducing HEX Coffee and their journey from pop-up shop to roasting in their own space. [7:32] Are Americans asking for more than ever from their relationship with coffee? [9:47] Growing the skills and setting the milestones required to build a large-market coffee business. [13:47] Defining roles, hiring staff, and sharing responsibilities within a growing company. [20:16] All about the Coffee Shot. [28:06] Carving out a niche in a growing community starts with forming a loyal customer base. [30:20] Looking ahead to the future of HEX Coffee. [34:17] Overcoming obstacles in order to keep moving forward. [40:45] Developing a taste and a love for good coffee. [44:20] Bringing people together is a dream come true at HEX Coffee. Sponsors 2820 Press providing business consulting and content strategy services to customer-obsessed companies nationwide. Mentioned In This Episode HEX Coffee Coffee ShotSpecial Guest: HEX Coffee.
January 7, 2019
Episode 41: Transition (featuring Michele McKeone of Digitability)
A Philadelphia high school teacher working with autistic students realized that, with the right approach, she could help her students learn crucial work skills, get good jobs and gain their independence. Michele McKeone has created a business that helps educators prepare neuro-diverse students for a technology-driven, highly social workforce. Michele joins me today to discuss the proven success and promising future of her forward-thinking, legislative-supported company. She has refined her own skill set of marketing and fundraising and is expanding the reach of her company across the country and around the world. It’s the story of Digitability on The Build. Key Takeaways [1:15] How Digitability prepares people with cognitive and behavioral needs for the workplace. [2:33] Transitioning from technology student to educator to entrepreneur. [6:12] Scaling from a classroom idea to a nationwide business model. [8:45] Turning teacher feedback into a greater product. [10:36] Designing an implementation model that fits with both students and customers. [13:32] How Digitability enables the cultural and legislative shift of embracing diversity in the workplace. [18:38] Changing the product pitch for teachers versus for investors. [21:51] Financial success and scaling Digitability for future growth. Sponsors 2820 Press providing business consulting and content strategy services to customer-obsessed companies nationwide. Mentioned In This Episode DigitabilitySpecial Guest: Michele McKeone.
December 25, 2018
Episode 40: Hitched (featuring Samie and Ryan Roberts of Bustld)
Samie and Ryan Roberts have created a business designed to solve the challenges couples face when planning their wedding day. Based in North Carolina, their company helps connect engaged couples with the vendors and inspiration that will make their wedding day perfect. This husband and wife team join me today to talk about the post-wedding brainstorming session that inspired them to create Bustld. They share details about the team and technology behind the company, how they plan to scale to a national level, and why starting any new business is going to be one hundred times harder than you think it will be. It’s the story of Bustld on The Build.Special Guest: Ryan & Samie Roberts.
December 18, 2018
Episode 39: Path (featuring AJ Bruno of QuotaPath)
Every journey in entrepreneurship includes at least one unexpected detour. But the unexpected changes in our paths sometimes lead us toward the greatest successes. AJ Bruno found himself faced with such a situation while scaling a rapidly growing startup company in Austin Texas. The lessons he learned there turned one of the biggest challenges for his first company into the mission for his second company. Today we’re talking about the business model that makes QuotaPath both unique and sustainable. AJ is confident that he has created a billion-dollar company and they are well on their way. It’s the story of QuotaPath on The Build. Key Takeaways [1:15] The challenge AJ faced in his first company that prompted the creation of QuotaPath. [5:33] Evolving as a leader in various stages and roles with a rapidly-growing company. [12:00] Building a second start-up company was shaped by lessons learned at the first one. [14:49] Comparing contributing factors to the success of a product-led vs. sales-led company. [18:20] How QuotaPath uses data-driven changes — and their instincts — to allow optimal implementation for their users. [22:04] Protecting a start-up feature from being absorbed by more well-established companies. [24:19] Building a team that is spread across the country means aligning everyone’s efforts. [28:33] Managing the work-life balance for a young family and a young company. [30:30] AJ’s vision for making QuotaPath a billion-dollar company. Sponsors 2820 Press providing business consulting and content strategy services to customer-obsessed companies nationwide. Mentioned In This Episode QuotaPathSpecial Guest: AJ Bruno.
December 11, 2018
Episode 38: Giving (featuring John Gossart of Goodworld)
Making a charitable donation online is now as simple as posting a hashtag comment on your favorite social media post, thanks to the innovative idea behind John Gossart’s startup company Goodworld. Goodworld has eliminated expensive processing fees and security hurdles and kept charitable donations where they belong — within the moment that inspired the generosity behind them. John joins me today to discuss the ‘right idea at the right time’ concept behind Goodworld. He shares the strategies that have kept them on equal playing grounds with big businesses and reminds us that starting any company comes with challenges that simply can’t be solved with hustle alone. It’s the story of Goodworld on The Build. Key Takeaways [1:38] The journey that took John from military life to civilian life and entrepreneurship. [4:25] The mission and execution of the Goodworld donation movement. [9:01] Thriving as a startup will require careful management and strategic navigation among big businesses. [12:27] The contextual differentiation of Goodworld that makes their idea so simple and so effective. [15:14] An overview of the user experience for a Goodworld customer. [17:20] Using Goodworld as a platform to increase awareness across multiple charities. [19:26] Maintaining integrity with the charities and keeping the donations secure. [23:36] Scaling this growing company and what John looks for in Goodworld recruits. [27:02] Balancing the entrepreneur lifestyle with personal life. [29:19] Overcoming the challenges that every startup company is destined to face. [34:00] Forecasting the future of Goodworld. Sponsors 2820 Press providing business consulting and content strategy services to customer-obsessed companies nationwide. Mentioned In This Episode GoodworldSpecial Guest: John Gossart.
November 20, 2018
Episode 37: Physical (featuring Sara DuMond of Pediatric Housecalls)
Many entrepreneurial ideas for new companies are based on the latest technology, but not Pediatric Housecalls. They are redefining the patient experience and bringing back the old-fashioned way to practice medicine, but with a modern twist. This mobile Urgent Care practice takes their medical staff on the road, allowing patients to diagnose and treat common childhood illnesses without leaving the comfort of home. I’m joined today by Pediatric Housecalls founder Sara DuMond. We take a look at the technology and the community that makes this company work. Sara shares how she can maintain a high-quality staff without ever working in the same office, and ways she has overcome the obstacles that come with building any new company. Sara has thrown conventional wisdom out the window, and as a result has turned her dream job into a thriving medical practice. It’s the story of Pediatric Housecalls on The Build. Key Takeaways [1:20] The concept of, and inspiration behind Pediatric Housecalls. [5:43] What it took to form an all-mom staff that delivers high quality in-home medical care. [8:48] How Pediatric Housecalls found their niche in the Charlotte medical community. [11:00] The distinction of the patient experience with in-home medical care. [15:05] Overcoming obstacles while disrupting the medical industry. [18:01] Leveraging technology to make Pediatric Housecalls work outside the doctor’s office. [20:32] Balancing all of the facets of a business starts with effective scheduling. [23:12] Finding staff that shares Sara’s vision for quality modern-day in-home care business. [28:56] Scaling a business for growth starts with perfecting the current process. [31:16] How Sara has succeeded in making week-to-week scheduling work. Sponsors 2820 Press providing business consulting and content strategy services to customer-obsessed companies nationwide. Mentioned In This Episode Pediatric HousecallsSpecial Guest: Sara DuMond, MD, FAAP.
November 13, 2018
Episode 36: Workout (featuring Lauren Foundos of FORTË Fitness)
After recognizing how hard it is for fitness instructors to scale their business within the walls of a gym, FORTË founder Lauren Foundos built a platform that streams live videos from top trainers directly to students all over the world. FORTË now offers at-home access to boutique gyms all over the country, and the company has only just begun to realize Lauren’s vision for it. Her success proves that validating your business concept when you’re still small will allow you to scale to something big. Lauren shares her tried-and-true methods for securing new partners, identifying and fulfilling her customers’ needs, and scaling a business in a way that allows incredible growth in the future. Her business tactics may not be the most traditional, but her success has proven that they definitely work. This is the story of FORTË with Lauren Foundos on The Build. Key Takeaways [1:28] How this day-trader evolved into a virtual fitness class entrepreneur. [3:48] Building the technology and marketing stack behind an idea like FORTË. [6:30] What Lauren looks for in potential partners and talent. [10:46] The technology and automation that make workouts feel fully immersive for viewers. [14:50] Seeking investors and keeping a business profitable. [16:30] Building a wide customer base starts with identifying their needs. [18:52] Preventing burnout while growing an entrepreneurial idea. [20:41] The best communication for gaining new customers may not be the most tactful. [23:58] Looking to the future of streaming with 360 or VR technology. [26:14] Lauren’s vision for the future of FORTË. Sponsors 2820 Press providing business consulting and content strategy services to customer-obsessed companies nationwide. Mentioned In This Episode FORTË @Forte.ForeverFit on Facebook @forte.fit on InstagramSpecial Guest: Lauren Foundos.
October 23, 2018
Episode 35: Notice (featuring Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media)
Finding the intersection between advertising, speaking engagements, and social and digital media can be a daunting task in today’s overloaded internet landscape. Rakia Reynolds is tackling the non-traditional media space at Skai Blue Media, a public relations company that provides business development, marketing, and message strategy to a wide variety of companies around the country. Rakia has joined me to talk about what it takes to get your business noticed in today’s digital environment. She shares her experience with finding businesses that are willing to take a risk on a start-up, helping clients understanding the metrics of success in today’s online marketplace, and the importance of taking time to focus on your company’s brand, image, and future. Rakia also shares her vision to change the world, one digital media platform at a time, today on The Build. Key Takeaways [1:23] Helping a client get noticed in an excessive media landscape without losing their focus. [6:08] Rakia’s transition from editor to multimedia business owner. [9:50] Finding businesses that are willing to take a risk on your start-up. [11:06] Identifying your ideal client requires narrowing your focus. [15:00] Various tools that can help clients measure their success. [20:57] Helping clients understand the benefit of working with platforms they don’t understand. [24:30] Why you need to focus on your brand just as much as you focus on your clients. [28:36] Casting your organization for success and looking to the future. [32:38] Rakia’s favorite elements of Skai Blue and her hopes for changing the world. Sponsors 2820 Press providing business consulting and content strategy services to customer-obsessed companies nationwide. Mentioned In This Episode Skai Blue Media @skaibluephilly on Facebook @skaibluemedia on InstagramSpecial Guest: Rakia Reynolds.
October 16, 2018
Episode 34: Timing (G-Squared Partners featuring Gene Godick)
Gene Godick is the founder of G-Squared Partners, a service designed to help early-stage companies get CFO level support. Gene spent his early career years building experience across a variety of industries and recognized the need for every start-up company to have access to expert financial help. He has created an outsource finance team in a box that is available to any size company. Today we’re taking a look at the importance of your company’s financial well-being. We talk about the right time to hire a financial advisor, scaling your business for success, and the main concerns investors have about start-up companies. Gene shares coaching advice he has offered CEOs, lessons he’s seen in the boardroom, and how to grow any business the smart way. Key Takeaways [1:13] Why every start-up company needs expert financial help from the beginning. [5:55] A look at the critical role of CFO for a growing company. [8:55] The main concern investors have about startup companies. [10:57] Coaching CEOs beyond financials includes identifying priorities, allocating time and managing resources. [14:49] The advantages of having access to a part-time financial team. [18:00] Securing a high-capacity team means hiring out of college and training future leaders. [21:00] Two points to consider when structuring any start-up company for success. [25:40] Examining the advantages of bootstrapping founders versus traditional funding. [27:26] Growing and scaling a business while preparing for the future. Sponsors 2820 Press providing business consulting and content strategy services to customer-obsessed companies nationwide. Mentioned In This Episode G-Squared PartnersSpecial Guest: Gene Godick.
October 9, 2018
Episode 33: Insecurity (featuring Megha Kulshreshtha of Food Connect Group)
Megha Kulshreshtha took what she learned as a corporate data analyst and focused on the growing problem of food insecurity in America’s urban centers. She launched an organization that is using mobile technology to make it easier to collect food donations on demand so they can reach people who need them the most. Together we discuss the innovation and technology that Food Connect uses to make it easy for restaurants to donate excess food to shelters and other hunger-fighting organizations. Megha shares lessons she has learned while forming a non-profit, how she manages the logistics of handling inconsistent donations, and a look at the impact that Food Connect could have in cities around the country. Key Takeaways [1:17] The reality of food insecurity and how it inspired the Food Connect movement. [4:54] The process of turning food waste into donations starts with educating the community. [7:34] How Food Connect utilizes innovation and technology in their surplus food gathering efforts. [9:24] The process of converting an organization from an LLC into a 501(c)(3). [12:54] Megha shares the lessons she has learned while transitioning from the driver to the leader of Food Connect. [15:28] Tips for securing the resources and funding that any organization needs to grow. [22:15] The value of creating consistent systems that work in an inconsistent donation environment and utilizing a volunteer network. [24:44] A list of current needs at donation sites and looking ahead to the future of Food Connect. [31:20] The long-term impact on families that are receiving the donations from Food Connect and how listeners can get involved. Sponsors 2820 Press providing business consulting and content strategy services to customer-obsessed companies nationwide. Mentioned In This Episode Food Connect Group @foodconnectgroup on Facebook @foodconnectgrp on TwitterSpecial Guest: Megha Kulshreshtha .
October 2, 2018
Episode 32: Concert (featuring Sam Bodkin of GroupMuse)
Listening to live music doesn’t always require a huge crowd. For centuries, people gathered in small rooms to listen to chamber music. As part of the genre we now know as classical, you usually only get to hear it performed in symphony halls and other large venues, where ticket prices and cultural norms can sometimes make the experience feel exclusionary. That’s what Sam Bodkin set out to change, by building a platform that connects chamber music performers to audiences through intimate house parties. With over 300 events in the past year alone, Sam’s team is building a modern appreciation and a new accessibility for rarely-peformed works. It’s the story of GroupMuse, coming up next on The Build.Special Guest: Sam Bodkin.
April 11, 2017
Episode 31: Train (featuring Katlyn Grasso of GenHERation)
Train. The word means two important things to this week’s guest. It’s the big machine that can take you from one end of the country to another. And it’s also what you need DO do to ensure that your community’s packed with the right kind of talent. Katlyn Grasso’s been spending a lot of time with both versions of the word “train.” She’s journeyed on the Millennial Trains Project, an adventure designed to cultivate dozens of new social entrepreneurs. And she’s been traveling all over the world, empowering young women to grow into community leaders. It’s the story of GenHERation, coming up this week, on The Build.Special Guest: Katlyn Grasso.
March 14, 2017
Episode 30: Cause (featuring James Brobyn of CauseEngine)
Cause. It’s what drives you. It’s the reason you make the choices you make. James Brobyn found a cause in his work as a helicopter crew chief and infantry officer for the United States Marine Corps. Then, something happened that would change his life — leading him to leave the military and enter the nonprofit world. Today, he’s leading a company designed to help nonprofits solve complex technology problems so they can focus on their own causes. It’s the story of CauseEngine, coming up next, on The Build.Special Guest: James Brobyn.Links:CauseEngine
March 7, 2017
Episode 29: Esquire (featuring Julia Shapiro of Hire an Esquire)
Esquire is the term that American lawyers use to set themselves apart from other professionals. But it’s also emblematic of the challenges that many young attorneys face in today’s crowded job market. Julia Shapiro founded a talent platform that leverages those changes in the legal industry. By matching short-term law gigs with skilled experts, she’s creating a new path forward for law school grads who can’t find — or don’t want — the traditional partner path at big firms. It’s the story of Hire an Esquire, this week on The Build.Special Guest: Julia Shapiro.
February 14, 2017
Episode 28: Explore (featuring Rob Frantz of Kinetic Ceramics)
When Rob Frantz was growing up, he wanted to explore uncharted territory. His childhood dream of becoming an astronaut gave way to another daring career as a Navy fighter pilot. And after years of helping teams make fast, critical decisions, Rob made one of his own — he bought a company. Today, he’s helping to develop tools that can help save lives in a heartbeat. It’s the story of Kinetic Ceramics, on this week's episode of The Build.Special Guest: Rob Frantz.Links:Kinetic Ceramics
February 7, 2017
Episode 27: Potential (featuring Chris Diaz of Serve1)
Over the course of his career in the United States Navy, Chris Diaz grew fascinated with studying the differences between his fellow fighters. What made one person successful in their role, and what caused other folks to struggle? After wrapping up a tour in Afghanistan, Chris pursued the answers to questions like those at Drexel University. On his way toward earning a PhD in clinical psychology, he discovered how to help athletes and other kinds of professionals reach their peak performance. Now, he’s running a business that helps leaders understand the parallels between the playing field and the boardroom. It’s the story of Serve1, on The Build.Special Guest: Chris Diaz.
February 1, 2017
Episode 26: Fix (featuring Stacey Mosley of FixList)
Think of all the things you’ve got to repair around your home right now. All the little paint chips, the projects you’ve been putting off. Now think about all the things you need fixed on your block. How about your neighborhood. Or your whole city? How would you even keep track of all that? For five years, data scientist Stacey Mosely worked on software that helped city engineers do just that. She designed tools that tracked everything from potholes to problem properties. Now, she’s pouring her knowledge into a business that helps real estate developers identify where they can fight blight—while making a profit—through targeted investment. It’s the story of FixList, coming up next, on The Build. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Stacey Mosley.
January 24, 2017
Episode 25: Cash (featuring Benjamin Pitts of MyFinancialAnswers)
Cash. No matter what kind of job you have or business you build, everything comes down to the amount of cash you can hustle together. Benjamin Pitts thinks about that for a living. When this one-time West Point cadet discovered that a health issue would prevent him from taking on a role in the military, he turned his attention to solving financial problems. Today, he’s building a business designed to help Americans protect their financial futures. It’s the story of My Financial Answers, coming up next, on the Build. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Ben Pitts.
January 17, 2017
Episode 24: Roadmap (featuring Earl Knight of GoBabl)
Roadmap. It’s the term developers use for the document that helps determine what new features will go into a piece of software. But it’s also the perfect metaphor for the kind of tool that Earl Knight wants to build to help his customers navigate social media. This former professional basketball player has worked all over the world, and learned that what we post online can have an even more meaningful impact in our local communities than on the global stage. And he’s assembled a team to help businesses learn how to harness that knowledge to get more people through their doors. It’s the story of GoBABL, coming up next, on The Build. Text TranscriptSpecial Guests: Earl Knight and E.M. Ricchini.Links:GoBabl
January 10, 2017
Episode 23: Bridge (featuring Tracey Welson-Rossman of TechGirlz)
Bridge. It’s a great metaphor when you’re talking about the journey between where you are now and where you want to be. While growing teams at a few different companies, entrepreneur and marketing executive Tracey Welson-Rossman noticed a big gap in hiring between men and women for technology jobs. As a result, she founded a nonprofit dedicated to overcoming that gap by building a bridge — in the form of hands-on training workshops that help middle school-aged girls grow their technology and entrepreneurial skills. It’s the story of TechGirlz - coming up next, on the Build. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Tracey Welson-Rossman.
December 13, 2016
Episode 22: Small (featuring Rayce Rollins of Grow Small Analytics)
Small. It’s the opposite of what most businesses strive to become. Usually, when you start a company, you try to figure out how to get as big as you can, as fast as you can. However, in an era where leaders like Paul Graham advise startups to do things that don’t scale — hockey stick growth isn’t always the right goal to chase. In fact, according to author and consultant Rayce Rollins, the deeper connections you make with individuals along the way will define how sustainable your company can become, and whether you’re likely to survive over the long haul. It’s the story of Grow Small Consulting, coming up next on the Build. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Rayce Rollins.
December 6, 2016
Episode 21: Development (featuring Michael Rappaport of Chariot Solutions)
Development refers to the process of writing the software you need to keep things moving. Like the code that manages a business, or the infrastructure that keeps a nation rolling. But it also refers to the process of growing, learning, and adapting with a changing market — both as a business and as a professional. Excelling at either one of those is hard enough for most companies. But when you put both of them together, you can achieve some really significant results. That’s what Michael Rappaport learned as he led his company through fifteen years of growth — despite a recession, some geographic challenges, and pressure from competitors who wanted to steal the talent that he spent so much effort developing. It’s the story of Chariot Solutions, coming up next, on the Build. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Michael Rappaport.
November 23, 2016
Episode 20: Media (featuring Christopher Wink of Technically Media)
On his journey from beat reporter to startup co-founder, Christopher Wink has learned how journalism can positively impact communities and sustain careers—without resorting to clickbait. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Christopher Wink.
June 9, 2016
Episode 19: Workspace (LIVE at The Curtis)
Our panel of experts examines the trends and offers insight into what founders can do now to ensure their teams have the right space to grow and thrive. Text TranscriptSpecial Guests: Daniel Gummel, Elizabeth Morrow, Jerre Riggs, and Michael Dolan.
May 3, 2016
Episode 18: Ambition (featuring Melissa Alam of Femme & Fortune)
Melissa Alam's ambition helped drive the launch of a branding agency, a coworking community, a live conference, and a set of lifestyle businesses that have brought her all over the world. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Melissa Alam.
April 26, 2016
Episode 17: Design (featuring Vanessa Chan of re.design studio)
Vanessa Chan left a high profile job to building prototypes for her first product, a mashup of tangle-free headphones and jewelry she calls loopit. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Vanessa Chan.
April 19, 2016
Episode 16: Students (featuring Jen Devor & Chuck Sacco)
Jen Devor and Chuck Sacco help entrepreneurial students in Philadelphia prepare for new careers leading and building startups—especially when they don't have a traditional business background. Text TranscriptSpecial Guests: Chuck Sacco and Jen Devor.
April 12, 2016
Episode 15: Press (featuring Tom Cridland)
When Tom Cridland couldn't find a publicist to help launch his startup clothing line in London, he launched his own PR agency—and now helps fellow fashion entrepreneurs. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Tom Cridland.
April 5, 2016
Episode 14: Clean (featuring Daniel Tobon of StarchUp)
Daniel Tobon's early experiences growing up in an entrepreneurial family shaped Starchup, a business that helps big brands and mom-and-pop laundry operations compete on a level playing field. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Daniel Tobon.
March 29, 2016
Episode 13: Dreams (featuring Austin Haines of Free Will Dream)
Austin Haines decided to make discovering people's real-life dreams his life’s work. His dream? To impact the lives of at least 10,000 more people. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Austin Haines.
March 22, 2016
Episode 12: Sustainable (featuring Morgan Berman of My Milkcrate)
Morgan Berman launched My Milkcrate to help give company leaders tools they can use to run sustainable businesses, and consumers the ability to find them. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Morgan Berman.
March 15, 2016
Episode 11: Kids (featuring Sylvester Mobley of Coded by U)
Veteran Sylvester Mobley founded Coded by Kids to bring technical training into neighborhoods where access to new economy jobs can make a huge difference. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Sylvester Mobley.
March 8, 2016
Episode 10: Experience (featuring Interactive Mechanics)
Interactive Mechanics specializes in bringing the best practices from app design back into physical spaces, like museums and libraries, so patrons can enjoy rich, multi-sensory experiences. Text TranscriptSpecial Guests: Amelia Longo, Christina Deemer, and Michael Tedeshi.
March 1, 2016
Episode 9: Hackathon (featuring Pranav of PennApps)
Joe talks to Pranav, the undergraduate leading the team that stages the massive PennApps event twice each year. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Pranav Vishnu.
February 23, 2016
Episode 8: Pizza (featuring Mason Wartman of Rosa’s Fresh Pizza)
For Mason Wartman, a "dollar slice" shop in Philadelphia offered a way to downshift into a lifestyle business after a stint on Wall Street. He never expected that a customer's suggestion would land him global attention, and a new mission. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Mason Wartman.
January 6, 2016
Episode 7: Access (featuring Ather Sharif of EvoXLabs)
At the moment when he thought he might never get to write another line of code, Ather Sharif found a community and a process that inspired him to make technology accessible to everyone.Special Guest: Ather Sharif.
December 29, 2015
Episode 6: Impossible (featuring Yasmine Mustafa of ROAR for Good)
Yasmine Mustafa talks about the challenges of growing two companies and a thriving nonprofit, and about a trip she took that could change how women think about their personal security. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Yasmine Mustafa.
December 9, 2015
Episode 5: Portfolios (featuring Rodney Goldston of Jughead Media)
We're used to associating portfolios with creative professionals, like artists or writers. However, the concept of a "Portfolio Life" has become essential for career survival. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Rodney Goldston.
June 29, 2015
Episode 4: Snacks (featuring Lalit Kalani of Bandar Foods)
On a tight budget, but with backing from retailers like Whole Foods, the Bandar Foods team's showing how lean startup ideas could help change how new products get to store shelves. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Lalit Kalani.
June 22, 2015
Episode 3: Love (featuring Amber Wanner of CandiDate)
We talk about being "in love" with our careers, but can use skills from the job hunt to help find a real relationship? Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Amber Wanner.
June 16, 2015
Episode 2: Goals (featuring Anthony Maher of Benjamin’s Desk)
Former professional soccer player Anthony Maher made over 150 goals on the pitch. Now, he's helping startup companies hit their own goals as the CEO of Philadelphia coworking network Benjamin's Desk.Special Guest: Anthony Maher.
June 8, 2015
Episode 1: Coffee (featuring Ben Levin of Ninja Goat Nutritionals)
Turning his hobby into a viable business taught Ben Levin some lessons about staying ahead of trends, competitors, and regulators. It's the story behind fatCoffee, on Episode 1 of The Build. Text TranscriptSpecial Guest: Ben Levin.
June 2, 2015