Ep 50: The One Thing All Successful Startups Have in Common With Tammy Nam COO of PicsArt


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Ep 50: The One Thing All Successful Startups Have in Common With Tammy Nam COO of PicsArt


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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.

Ep 49: Just Do What You Love and It'll Work Out with David Jamilly Co-Founder of Theme Traders


Ep 49: Just Do What You Love and It'll Work Out with David Jamilly Co-Founder of Theme Traders


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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.

Ep 48: (REPEAT) Why Brands Need Personality with Mat Braddy Former CMO of Just Eat


Ep 48: (REPEAT) Why Brands Need Personality with Mat Braddy Former CMO of Just Eat


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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 favorite 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. .

Ep 47: (REPEAT) Anton Derlyakta Co-founder of Sweatcoin and Managing Partner at Talent Equity VC


Ep 47: (REPEAT) Anton Derlyakta Co-founder of Sweatcoin and Managing Partner at Talent Equity VC


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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!.

Ep 46: Marketing Mistakes Startups Make with Ex-Googler, Gaston Tourn Former CMO of Badoo


Ep 46: Marketing Mistakes Startups Make with Ex-Googler, Gaston Tourn Former CMO of Badoo


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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.

Ep 45: Why Diversity of Thought is Extremely Valuable with Porter Braswell CEO of Jopwell


Ep 45: Why Diversity of Thought is Extremely Valuable with Porter Braswell CEO of Jopwell


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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 color. 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 color 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 favors 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.

Ep 44: The Journey So Far with Patrick Drake Co-Founder and Head Chef of HelloFresh UK


Ep 44: The Journey So Far with Patrick Drake Co-Founder and Head Chef of HelloFresh UK


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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. 

Ep 43: Self Awareness Helped Us Grow with Abhi Lokesh CEO of Fracture


Ep 43: Self Awareness Helped Us Grow with Abhi Lokesh CEO of Fracture


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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.

Ep 42: You Don't Need More Processes - Ryan Walsh Partner at Floodgate VC and Formally Beats by Dre


Ep 42: You Don't Need More Processes - Ryan Walsh Partner at Floodgate VC and Formally Beats by Dre


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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.

Ep 41: Why You Shouldn't Raise Too Much Money with Paul Grossinger


Ep 41: Why You Shouldn't Raise Too Much Money with Paul Grossinger


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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?

Ep 40: What I've Learned Starting Companies with Jack Levine Former CEO of Digg and Electric Objects


Ep 40: What I've Learned Starting Companies with Jack Levine Former CEO of Digg and Electric Objects


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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.

Ep 39: Success takes time - Russ Shaw Founder of Tech London Advocates and Investor


Ep 39: Success takes time - Russ Shaw Founder of Tech London Advocates and Investor


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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.

Ep 38: How my app got 25,000 downloads a day - With Patrick Jackson CTO of Disconnect


Ep 38: How my app got 25,000 downloads a day - With Patrick Jackson CTO of Disconnect


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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 time. Disconnect launched in early 2010 and has gone on to have over 50mill users, they’ve raised 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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Ep 37:How I got 450,000 Newsletter Subscribers - with Sam Parr Founder of The Hustle (Rebroadcast)


Ep 37:How I got 450,000 Newsletter Subscribers - with Sam Parr Founder of The Hustle (Rebroadcast)


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With Hustle Con coming up next week we wanted to resurface this episode with one of the founders Sam Parr. 

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 700,000 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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Ep 36: Success = Reading More with Anthony Frasier from ABF Creative


Ep 36: Success = Reading More with Anthony Frasier from ABF Creative


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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. 

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Ep 35: Why VC's Aren't Racist with Mckeever Conwell, II of TEDCO


Ep 35: Why VC's Aren't Racist with Mckeever Conwell, II of TEDCO


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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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Ep 34: The Art of Branding and the Side Hustle with Alain Sylvain from Sylvain Labs


Ep 34: The Art of Branding and the Side Hustle with Alain Sylvain from Sylvain Labs


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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. 

 Get $100 off your first project with this link designcrowd.com/hmd

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Ep 33:E-commerce Masterclass with Brian Berger CEO of Mack Weldon


Ep 33:E-commerce Masterclass with Brian Berger CEO of Mack Weldon


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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. Brian lives in NYC with his wife and three sons.

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. It's innovative e-commerce store features an easy shopping experience and volume-based pricing.

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Ep 32: I Started Birchbox with Tunnel Vision with Katia Beauchamp


Ep 32: I Started Birchbox with Tunnel Vision with Katia Beauchamp


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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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Ep 31: Why I wouldn't want to be a startup founder again - with Charles Hudson from Precursor Vc


Ep 31: Why I wouldn't want to be a startup founder again - with Charles Hudson from Precursor Vc


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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. 
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Ep 30: What founders of color can do to win- with Kai Bond (Part 2)


Ep 30: What founders of color can do to win- with Kai Bond (Part 2)


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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: designcrowd.com/hmd

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Ep 29: How I Sold My Startup to Samsung within 9 months- with Kai Bond from Catalyst Fund (Part 1)


Ep 29: How I Sold My Startup to Samsung within 9 months- with Kai Bond from Catalyst Fund (Part 1)


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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, 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 where he was heading to a meeting with hopes to sell his failing startup for parts.

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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Ep 28: How we get 12m readers per month with Derek Flanzraich Founder and CEO of Greatist


Ep 28: How we get 12m readers per month with Derek Flanzraich Founder and CEO of Greatist


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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 Miura-Ko from Floodgate ventures and many more.

Ep 27: Raising money comes with strings attached - with Victor Penev Founder of Edamam


Ep 27: Raising money comes with strings attached - with Victor Penev Founder of Edamam


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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.  He sold info.bg 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 helps 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.

Ep 26: Facilitating the personal branding revolution - with Brian Schechter Founder of SelfMade


Ep 26: Facilitating the personal branding revolution - with Brian Schechter Founder of SelfMade


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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

Ep 25: How I Judge Startups for Investment - Jesse Middleton WeWork Labs Cofounder


Ep 25: How I Judge Startups for Investment - Jesse Middleton WeWork Labs Cofounder


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Co founder of Wework Labs and Investor at Flybridge Capital. 

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 which he exited. 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.

Ep 24: Step by Step Guide to Raising Venture Capital - with VC Sumeet Shah from Brand Foundry VC


Ep 24: Step by Step Guide to Raising Venture Capital - with VC Sumeet Shah from Brand Foundry VC


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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. 

Ep 23: How I started the world's 1ST SOCIAL NETWORK, SixDegrees - with Andrew Weinreich


Ep 23: How I started the world's 1ST SOCIAL NETWORK, SixDegrees - with Andrew Weinreich


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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.

Ep 22: How I started Birchbox with tunnel vision and cold emails - with Co-founder Katia Beauchamp


Ep 22: How I started Birchbox with tunnel vision and cold emails - with Co-founder Katia Beauchamp


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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 Beauty Category, among others. Katia was recently featured as an investor on the first season of Lifetime TV’s series, “Project Runway: Fashion Startup.”
A native Texan, Katia lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

Ep 21: How I got 450,000 Newsletter Subscribers- with Sam Parr founder of The Hustle


Ep 21: How I got 450,000 Newsletter Subscribers- with Sam Parr founder of The Hustle


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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!

Ep 20: How to build amazing products - with Ian White of Business Insider and Co founder of Sailtru


Ep 20: How to build amazing products - with Ian White of Business Insider and Co founder of Sailtru


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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 Sailtru 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.

Ep19: Why I hate the word patience - With Tom Bilyeu Co-founder of Quest Nutrition and Impact Theory


Ep19: Why I hate the word patience - With Tom Bilyeu Co-founder of Quest Nutrition and Impact Theory


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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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Ep 18: Pushing retail fashion into the 21st century - With CTO Josh Builder from Rent the Runway


Ep 18: Pushing retail fashion into the 21st century - With CTO Josh Builder from Rent the Runway


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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.

Ep 17 - How we raised £1 million in 4 days via Crowdfunding- with JustPark's Alex Stephany


Ep 17 - How we raised £1 million in 4 days via Crowdfunding- with JustPark's Alex Stephany


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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

Ep 16: How my app got 500 million downloads and exited for £70million - Jack Bowman


Ep 16: How my app got 500 million downloads and exited for £70million - Jack Bowman


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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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Ep 15: What you learn from chilling with millionaires- Season one finale


Ep 15: What you learn from chilling with millionaires- Season one finale


In this End Of Season 1 group episode, we 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's entrepreneurial dilemma.

This time it's personal.

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Ep 14: Can you trade part time to support your startup? - With Zak Mir


Ep 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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Ep 13: The Insane Hustle: Why Founder James Poulter slept on the floor to get Pronto off the ground


Ep 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 de-risking, and how to do it
2. How to push investors over the line
3. When NOT to raise investment

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Ep 12: The new metric all founders need to know- with Dreamstake's Paul Dowling


Ep 12: The new metric all founders need to know- with Dreamstake's Paul Dowling


In this episode with Dreamstake's Founder  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.

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Ep 11: Why we kidnapped a chef to explore JustEat's inner voice- with Mat Braddy (Sorry Connor)


Ep 11: Why we kidnapped a chef to explore JustEat's inner voice- with Mat Braddy (Sorry Connor)


With a Vipe stick in his hand, beer in the other, sunglasses on and shoes off; me and Phil 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

We then discuss how Mat's new startup RockPamperScissors is planning to usurp the world of haircare.

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Ep 10: How I went from Cab Driver to Founder of $1Billion Startup- Hailo's Russ Hall


Ep 10: How I went from Cab Driver to Founder of $1Billion Startup- Hailo's Russ Hall


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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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Ep 9: Are Good Leaders Born or Made? How I Learnt To Manage- With 500 Startups' Matt Learner


Ep 9: Are Good Leaders Born or Made? How I Learnt To Manage- With 500 Startups' Matt Learner


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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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Ep 8: The Complete Guide on How to Do Your Own PR- With GeekGirl's Cathy White


Ep 8: The Complete Guide on How to Do Your Own PR- With GeekGirl'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

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Ep 7: How we raised £15 million & why it was a mistake- with Conrad Poulson


Ep 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 partnership

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Ep 6: App Marketing Masterclass With Moshi Monsters' Ed Relf


Ep 6: App Marketing Masterclass With Moshi Monsters' 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!

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Ep 5: Starting a business abroad with 91Springboard's Varun Chawla


Ep 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.

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Ep 4: Life of a Serial Entrepreneur with Oleg Fomenko


Ep 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.

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Ep 3: Catching a VC's attention with Anton Derlyatka


Ep 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.

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Ep 2: The Late Intro


Ep 2: The Late Intro


This episode is all about us, Ranbir, Phil & Teej, and our lives leading upto this podcast. (Viewer discretion: Innuendo Abundancy). 

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Ep 1: How I won 18 grants to get my Augmented Reality business off the ground- Silas Adekunle


Ep 1: How I won 18 grants to get my Augmented Reality business off the ground- Silas Adekunle


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

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