Ep. 14: INTERVIEW - Dave Idell on building Croissant, a flexible coworking company competing with giants.

Dave Idell is the founder of Croissant, a flexible co-working company beloved by freelancers and entrepreneurs around the world. We talk about the early days - how he tested the idea, how they grew with some counter-intuitive and aggressive decisions, and how he thinks about growth. We also talk through his thoughts on early stage founders and the stuff they should nail down early. Enjoy!

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Ep. 13: INTERVIEW - Rich Fulop on Building Brooklinen, the Internet’s Favorite Sheets

Rich and Vicki Fulop built Brooklinen after realizing there wasn’t an easy way to find and buy high quality sheets. There were no strong brands, no transparency into manufacturing - nothing they valued in a product. This interview is about how two founders turned that core insight and little else (no textile background, no knowledge of the bedding industry, etc.) into a global brand and the sheets I happily sleep on every night (and would whether Rich came on the podcast or not). Hope you enjoy!

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Ep. 11: INTERVIEW - Kim Kaupe on Building Superfan with No Funding

Today, we’re speaking with Kim Kaupe, the founder of Superfan. Superfan was built to give fans unparalleled opportunity for engagement. Superfan works with clients like the Red Sox, Shawn Mendes, Carrie Underwood, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, and way more.

Kim has built Superfan over the past eight years with $0 in funding. Additionally, she’s built a powerful personal brand that has her LinkedIn startup videos amassing 10s of thousands of views, and has placed her on all sorts of 30 under 30 lists. She talks about where personal brand is important for founders, how to build a startup without funding, how to make tough decisions, team building, and more.

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Ep. 10: INTERVIEW - Leo and Oliver Kremer on Building a Burrito Empire at Dos Toros

Today, we’re talking burritos. Leo and Oliver Kremer founded Dos Toros in 2009 because they couldn’t find the Mission-style burritos they grew up with on the west coast anywhere in NYC. However, they weren’t cooks and had never been in the restaurant or food space.

We talk to them about the early days - about validating the need, creating the supply chain, getting into brick and mortar, creating a culture, and growth. It’s an awesome, helpful, and inspiring conversation. Enjoy!

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Ep. 8: Elizabeth Yin - Founder & GP at Hustle Fund, Investing in "Hilariously Early Founders"

Elizabeth Yin is a founder and general partner at Hustle Fund, where she invests in “hilariously early startups.” Prior to Hustle Fund, she ran the accelerator program at 500 Startups, started Launchbit (acq. 2014), and she writes my favorite VC blog @ http://elizabethyin.com

We cover a lot of ground, including who should and shouldn’t raise funding, how to build a customer base pre-product, how to find angel investors, and how to prioritize during the early stages of your startup.

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Ep. 6: INTERVIEW - Ben Conniff on Building Luke's Lobster

Ben and Luke, the founders of Luke’s Lobster, knew how to make a killer lobster roll when they decided to start Luke’s Lobster, a lobster shack in the East Village in 2009. They didn’t know much else. Ben talks through how they were able to build an incredible company with locations all over the globe while keeping sustainability as a top priority. We focus on the early days, discussing tactics and learnings that will be extraordinarily helpful for our early stage founders.

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