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6 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Espey. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Espey, often where they are interviewed.

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6 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Espey. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Espey, often where they are interviewed.

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8. Be a Maniac about Listening (with John Espey, Defiance Ventures)

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John Epsey is the co-founder of Defiance Ventures here in Charlotte. A software developer by trade, John has started and exited several companies and advised tech startups across numerous industries, and in this episode we talk entrepreneurship, sales, and so much more. A few topics that we cover:

  • How John answers the question, "what do you do?"
  • John's journey to becoming a "Serial Entrepreneur."
  • The importance of programming/software development as a skill set.
  • What makes a person, or a company, "good at selling?"
  • Best practices for managing projects and people.
  • The importance of cultivating "intellectual curiosity."
  • Health and fitness.
  • How John hopes to "Do Better This Year."

Cheers, John!

Jul 05 2020 · 34mins
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Content Series W/John Espey | The Reality of Being of An Entrepreneur

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This is part of a content series on topics requested by all of my followers. On this episode of Next Level Minds, I had the opportunity to sit down with serial entrepreneur, John Espey. John has an incredible story of grit and determination and has founded numerous successful companies in the South East. We walk through his story of how he built them and the lessons he learned along the way! 

John's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnespey/

John's Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-defiance-ventures-podcast/id1460400766

Jan 20 2020 · 1hr 24mins

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John Espey - Ep 3 - CEO of Multiple Companies, Building a Credit Card Rewards App, Fasting for 96 Hours & Avid Fitness Enthusiast

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In Ep 3 we get to hear how fitness has transformed John Espey's Life. He takes us down memory lane to hear how John was introduced to fitness at 9 years young. He also explains the story of how John started Levvel, an IT consulting firm here in Charlotte NC, and how he had to stop building a credit card rewards app to do so. On another note John explains how he went on a 96 hour fast and why he decided to do so. 

Aug 16 2019 · 1hr 20mins
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Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 046: John Espey CEO and Co-Founder of Levvel, Part II

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Today we welcome back John Espey, Co-Founder and CEO of Levvel.  Levvel has started getting some much deserved press locally for the fast growth track they have burned over the last 5 years.  Last week we spent the majority of our time talking about the track of Levvel over the last 6 to 7 years as it morphed from Reward Summit and into Levvel.

This week I wanted to spend some time with John exploring entrepreneurship in general and specifically in Charlotte.  He’s been with several successful companies and several that weren’t so he’s seen success and failure in Charlotte.  As such, he’s got great perspective and insight into doing things here.

Stay tuned to the end as John and I discuss why Charlotte can’t seem to promote its own startup successes like Avid, Passport, DealCloud, MapAnything, Stratifyd, etc.

What is necessary to grow Charlotte’s entrepreneurial community: more investors or more entrepreneurs?

How do you get more entrepreneurs into Charlotte?

Do we need home grown talent or do we need to import a bunch of millennials and future founders to come to Charlotte and start companies?

What does John say to a younger version of himself – the 36 year old John who started Reward Summit (which eventually became Levvel)?

What advice does John have for the young entrepreneur in Charlotte trying to raise capital?

What does John have to say to potential Charlotte area investors who are interested in venture capital or angel investments?

Charlotte doesn’t have a huge research presence yet – though UNCC is making big inroads – and we don’t have a medical university.  What does John think we have as a community to promote as great for entrepreneurs?

Does John have a hard time finding talent in Charlotte given everyone says there isn’t enough talent in Charlotte?

Hopefully you enjoyed our podcast interview with John today.  I thought it was a great discussion on entrepreneurship in the Charlotte area and entrepreneurship in Charlotte in general.  I thought was it was a really good two part interview.  Next week, we welcome Curtis Watkins, CEO of BovaMetrics to the podcast to talk about his company - delivering a virtual assistant to help financial advisors add value to your portfolio through use of performance harvesting.
William Bissett is an Investment Advisor Representative with Secrest Blakey & Associates, a Registered Investment Adviser.  Opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect those of Secrest Blakey & Associates. The topics discussed and opinions given are not intended to address the specific needs of any listener. 
Secrest Blakey & Associates does not offer legal or tax advice, listeners are encouraged to discuss their financial needs with the appropriate professional regarding your individual circumstance. 
Investments described herein may be speculative and may involve a substantial risk of loss. Interests may be offered only to persons who qualify as accredited investors under the Securities Act, and a Qualified Purchaser as defined in Section 2(a)(51)(A) under the Company Act or an eligible employee of the management company. There generally is no public market for the Interests.  Prospective investors should particularly note that many factors affect performance, including changes in market conditions and interest rates, and other economic, political or financial developments. Past performance is not, and should not be construed as, indicative of future results.
Mar 22 2018 · 35mins

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Charlotte Angel Connection Episode 045: John Espey, Co-Founder and CEO of Levvel

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Today we have John Espey, Co-Founder and CEO of Levvel.  Levvel has started getting some much deserved press locally for the fast growth track they have burned over the last 5 years.  Recently John and I got together to discuss what’s most important for the Charlotte ecosystem: more entrepreneurs or more early stage money.  A heated debate ensued and I think we all know who won the argument.  Regardless, we had a really good lunch and a great discussion and I feel in love with the Levvel story.  As such, we agreed it would make great sense to continue the conversation on the podcast.

In today’s podcast, we spent most of the time talking about Levvel because despite the fact that it’s getting covered in the press, I don’t think many people know much about the story.  This allowed us to fill up the time talking about the awesome ride Levvel has had since 2012 and 2013.

What’s the back story to how Levvel got to where it is today?

How did John and Chris Hart, his original co-founder, first meet?

Levvel came out of Reward Summit.  How long did it take them to realize Reward Summit wasn’t going to be the home run they wanted it to be?

How does the conversation to pivot out of Reward Summit and into consulting go?

How has Levvel gone from 2 people (John and Chris) in 2013 to 170 employees in early 2018?

It’s oftentimes talked about the vital role that ‘first customers’ play in a young company’s growth.  What were the first customers like for Levvel?

What’s the benefit of being a mature entrepreneur, rather than a young, fresh recent college graduate?

Hope you enjoyed today’s podcast with John Espey and you agree the story of Levvel and the impact it will have on the Charlotte economy over the course of the next 5, 10 years and beyond.  Next week, we tackle the discussion over what’s more important – more entrepreneurs or more early stage capital and the general Charlotte startup scene.  It’s a really good discussion and if you enjoyed John’s story today and I think you’ll enjoy the perspective he brings to the startup ecosystem discussion.
William Bissett is an Investment Advisor Representative with Secrest Blakey & Associates a Registered Investment Adviser.  Opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect those of Secrest Blakey & Associates. The topics discussed and opinions given are not intended to address the specific needs of any listener. 
Secrest Blakey & Associates does not offer legal or tax advice, listeners are encouraged to discuss their financial needs with the appropriate professional regarding your individual circumstance. 
Investments described herein may be speculative and may involve a substantial risk of loss. Interests may be offered only to persons who qualify as accredited investors under the Securities Act, and a Qualified Purchaser as defined in Section 2(a)(51)(A) under the Company Act or an eligible employee of the management company. There generally is no public market for the Interests.  Prospective investors should particularly note that many factors affect performance, including changes in market conditions and interest rates, and other economic, political or financial developments. Past performance is not, and should not be construed as, indicative of future results.
Mar 15 2018 · 38mins
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S1 E04: JOHN ESPEY

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S1 E04: JOHN ESPEY “You don’t sell a $300 stereo to Jay Meadows!”
Jan 16 2018 · 1hr 14mins