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The Founder Hour

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In this weekly podcast series, Pat and Posh hit the road to find and sit down with incredible founders, entrepreneurs, and creators who are behind some of the world’s most successful and up-and-coming startups, businesses and movements to document their stories and inspire listeners to turn their ideas into actions.

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In this weekly podcast series, Pat and Posh hit the road to find and sit down with incredible founders, entrepreneurs, and creators who are behind some of the world’s most successful and up-and-coming startups, businesses and movements to document their stories and inspire listeners to turn their ideas into actions.

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By kirst927 - May 20 2020
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The hosts ask intriguing questions and have me hooked and inspired! I love hearing how business are built and grown, and hearing about the struggle along the way makes it REAL! Keep up the great work pat and posh!

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By dariencw - Apr 21 2020
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I’ve learned so much from the insightful discussions on this podcast. Well done!

iTunes Ratings

162 Ratings
Average Ratings
159
2
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Inspiring!

By kirst927 - May 20 2020
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The hosts ask intriguing questions and have me hooked and inspired! I love hearing how business are built and grown, and hearing about the struggle along the way makes it REAL! Keep up the great work pat and posh!

👍

By dariencw - Apr 21 2020
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I’ve learned so much from the insightful discussions on this podcast. Well done!
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The Founder Hour

Latest release on Oct 19, 2020

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In this weekly podcast series, Pat and Posh hit the road to find and sit down with incredible founders, entrepreneurs, and creators who are behind some of the world’s most successful and up-and-coming startups, businesses and movements to document their stories and inspire listeners to turn their ideas into actions.

Rank #1: Arman Oganesyan | How Dave’s Hot Chicken Went from a Parking Lot to Nationwide Franchise

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Arman Oganesyan is the co-founder of Dave’s Hot Chicken, a Nashville-style hot chicken joint based in LA which he started with his two childhood friends, Tommy Rubenyan and David Kopushyan.

Before getting into the food and hospitality business, Arman was an actor and comedian who also created videos on Vine and YouTube. After discovering hot chicken following a visit to Howlin’ Ray’s and being inspired by the concept, the three friends got together and started selling their own out of a parking lot in Hollywood in May 2017.

After just a few days of being open and an EaterLA article, Dave’s quickly became a popular go-to spot for locals and started amassing a large Instagram following. After just 6 months, they moved into their first brick-and-mortar on Western Avenue. Fast forward almost a year later, they have some BIG plans in the making including locations #2 and #3 and a nationwide franchise rollout!

Pat & Posh sat down with Arman to hear about his upbringing, how he met his co-founders, founding Dave’s, and the struggles and successes they’ve endured along the way. We also chat about their vision for expanding the concept, how they plan on scaling the business, and his thoughts on the hot chicken craze in LA.

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Jul 29 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #2: Robert Greene | NYT Bestselling Author of The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction & More

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Robert Greene is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law (with rapper 50 Cent), Mastery, and most recently, The Laws of Human Nature.

In this episode, Pat & Posh sat down with Robert to hear his incredible story. They cover everything from his early childhood to what he’s doing now, what inspired him to write his world-famous books, his biggest advice to young people, and much, much more!

This was one of the show’s most insightful episodes yet. Hope you enjoy!

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May 13 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #3: Johnny Ray Zone | How Howlin’ Ray's Brought Nashville Hot Chicken to Los Angeles

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Chef Johnny Ray Zone is the founder and owner of Howlin’ Ray's, the famous restaurant known for bringing Nashville Hot Chicken to Los Angeles. Originally starting out as a food truck, Howlin’ has quickly become one of the hottest spots in town - literally. Ever since opening their doors in Chinatown in 2016, they’ve had 2+ hour lines every single day with hundreds of people just waiting to get their hands on a delicious hot chicken sandwich!

In this episode, Pat and Posh hang with Chef Johnny to hear about his childhood growing up in LA, what inspired him to become a chef, and the various jobs he’s had up to the launch of Howlin’ Ray's. We also learn about what Nashville Hot Chicken REALLY is, the wild journey he’s had from being $80,000 in debt to growing one of the most popular food concepts ever, and what’s to come next!

Whether or not you’re a foodie, make sure to tune in for an amazing story and conversation with Chef Johnny!

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May 20 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #4: Kelis Rogers | Singer, Songwriter, Chef and Founder of Bounty & Full

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We know her as the “Bossy” singer whose milkshake brought the boys to the yard. Tune in as Pat & Posh sit down with musical artist and chef, Kelis, to share her story of growing up in Harlem, signing her first record deal at 17, triumphs and tribulations in the music industry, and how she ultimately followed her passion for food and community to become a chef and launch her own line of gourmet sauces called Bounty & Full!

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Mar 02 2018

57mins

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Rank #5: Zack Honarvar | Industry Insiders: Talent Management

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Zack Honarvar is the founder of One Day Entertainment, the team that manages Yes Theory, a talented group of content creators who believe that life can be as authentic and fulfilling as you wish if you seek discomfort.

Since Zack joined Yes Theory as their manager, they’ve grown their YouTube channel from 100,000 subscribers to 3.5 million, bungee jumped with Will Smith for his 50th birthday, and spent 4 days in Poland with Wim Hof learning his method to becoming superhuman by training the mind, among other challenges.

On the last few episodes, we heard from Zack about his upbringing, meeting and ultimately managing Yes Theory, his thoughts on the future of content creation, and who is biggest inspirations are.

In this segment, Zack gives us an inside look into the day-to-day of being a talent manager and what to expect if you’re trying to break into the field. If this is something that interests you, tune in for an insightful conversation!

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Mar 28 2019

11mins

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Rank #6: Catherine McCord | Former Supermodel Turned Author & Founder of Weelicious and One Potato

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Catherine McCord wasn’t your average teenager. While in middle school, she began modeling and traveling the world to be on runway shows and magazine covers such as Glamour, Elle and Vanity Fair, eventually being discovered by the likes of Calvin Klein and Patrick Demarchelier. She was also one of the 15 original Victoria’s Secret Angels. Her modeling career eventually turned into a career in journalism, as she hosted shows such as Extra, The Big Moment, and Loveline. All throughout, Catherine always had a passion for food, so she decided to go to culinary school and gain experience working at various restaurants.

It wasn’t always easy balancing school and a full-time career, and modeling at such a young age and traveling on her own often had its lonely moments. Being a woman in the culinary scene in the early-2000s also had its challenges.

Shortly after graduating from culinary school, Catherine became pregnant and started a blog for mothers where she posted all the homemade baby food that she had made. Weelicious was born. As the blog grew, Catherine decided to write a cookbook and landed a publishing deal to make her dream into a reality.

Since then, Catherine has written 3 books, including her latest book “Smoothie Project: The 28-Day Plan to Feel Happy and Healthy No Matter Your Age,” and launched a company called One Potato, which is a meal delivery kit for healthy, home-cooked meals designed for the entire family.

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Mar 23 2020

54mins

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Rank #7: Matthew O’Connor | Future of Advertising

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Matthew O’Connor is the co-founder and CEO of AdQuick, a marketplace for buying and selling outdoor advertising.

In the last episode, we learned about Matt's upbringing and what inspired the idea for AdQuick.

In this episode, Matt sheds light on the future of advertising and what to look out for. Whether you're an advertiser, business owner, or anything in between, there's a ton of valuable insight in this segment that you just won't want to miss!

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Feb 19 2019

16mins

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Rank #8: Christopher Gavigan | How The Honest Company is Betting on Ethical Consumerism

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For Episode 31, Pat & Posh sit down with Christopher Gavigan, the co-founder of The Honest Company.

Early on, Christopher discovered his passion for the environment and delved deeper into environmental science and behavioral psychology in college. He always knew he wanted to solve big problems which led to his involvement in the nonprofit space, eventually leading to meeting Jessica Alba and partnering with her to start The Honest Company, a consumer goods company that emphasizes household products to supply the marketplace for ethical consumerism.

Christopher also talks about being a husband and father, managing his time, his thoughts on social media and what he defines as “success.”

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Aug 06 2018

39mins

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Rank #9: Hayden Slater | How an 8-Month Trip to Southeast Asia Led to Pressed Juicery

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For Episode 38, Pat and Posh sit down with Hayden Slater, founder and CEO of Pressed Juicery, the company that has taken the country by storm with their delicious cold-pressed juice.

They talk about Hayden’s journey of graduating film school in New York and embarking on an 8-month trip to Southeast Asia where the inspiration for Pressed came about after doing a 30-day juice cleanse. He tells the story of how Pressed first opened its doors, got shut down multiple times by the FDA, and eventually found its way to becoming one of the fastest growing retailers in America.

They also discuss what success means to Hayden, how he views competition, what keeps him up at night, and the impact that Pressed has had on the community and beyond.

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Sep 24 2018

48mins

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Rank #10: Matthew O’Connor | Business School to Billboards

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Matthew O’Connor is the co-founder and CEO of AdQuick, a marketplace for buying and selling outdoor advertising.

Matt grew up in Washington D.C. and attended the University of Notre Dame to study political science. After realizing he had a passion for business, he decided to forgo going to law school to start a company called Footprint Free.

To further his pursuit of business, Matt enrolled at the University of Virginia for his MBA. In this episode, he shares his experiences and the lessons he learned while going to business school, as well as his thoughts on if it’s a good investment.

His first business ultimately didn’t end up working out so Matt went on to be an early employee at Instacart, working with the team to launch new markets and improve existing ones.

After leaving Instacart, Matt worked at Amazon in Seattle for a brief time before moving to Los Angeles to start AdQuick in 2016.

Matt talks about what inspired the idea for AdQuick, the early challenges he’s had to face, raising his first 2 rounds of funding (investors include Alexis Ohanian’s Initialized Capital and Tony Hsieh’s VTF Capital), and thoughts on the future of advertising.

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Feb 18 2019

30mins

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Rank #11: John Terzian & Brian Toll | Building a Global Hospitality Empire with The h.wood Group

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Growing up in Los Angeles, John Terzian and Brian Toll met in high school while they were both throwing parties for their friends and eventually found themselves in the nightlife business. They both promoted for local LA nightclubs until their passion for hospitality led to them eventually partnering and launching their own restaurant concept which was out of business in 3 months, losing $2 million. In Episode 16, hear the story of how the impresario duo overcame multiple failed venues, launched The h.wood Group in 2008, and quietly built a hospitality empire in LA and beyond, ranging from restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and hotels and attracting top performers and A-List guests on a nightly basis.

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Apr 23 2018

49mins

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Rank #12: Lilit Caradanian | The Power of Social Media and Influencer Marketing

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Lilit Caradanian is the founder and CEO of Elcie Cosmetics.

Throughout her career, she has leveraged the power of social media to build her own brand as a make-up artist and eventually her own product line, Elcie, and has amassed over 1 million followers on Instagram.

Tune in to hear Lilit’s thoughts on the power of social media and influencer marketing, the current state of the industry, and what the future looks like.

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Feb 12 2019

17mins

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Rank #13: Jeni Britton Bauer | The Visionary Behind Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

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Jeni Britton Bauer joins Pat and Posh to share her inspiring story of resilience and relentlessness as she built Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, a household name across the country.

After discovering her deep connection with scent at a young age, Jeni set out to make a difference in the world through the power of ice cream. As she grew her business and expanded into new territories, she was overcome with several difficult challenges including a listeria-related recall in 2015 that almost crumbled her life’s work.

Since then, Jeni’s is bigger than ever, in over 40 “Scoop Shop” locations and 1,500+ groceries and markets nationwide.

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Jan 28 2020

1hr 15mins

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Rank #14: Leigh Steinberg | Legendary Sports Agent for 300+ Pro Athletes Including Steve Young, Evander Holyfield, and Patrick Mahomes

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Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Tony Gonzalez, Drew Bledsoe, Warren Moon, Evander Holyfield, Oscar De La Hoya, Lennox Lewis, Patrick Mahomes. These are just a few of 300+ pro athletes that Leigh Steinberg, founder of Steinberg Sports & Entertainment, has represented throughout his 45-year career as a sports agent.

Growing up in LA, Leigh attended UC Berkeley in the late 1960s during the historic Free Speech Movement era. While a dorm counselor, he met Steve Bartkowski, who was the starting quarterback for the UC Berkeley football team and would later become the #1 pick in the 1975 NFL Draft (Steve Wozniak, co-founder and creator of Apple, was also a student on his floor).

Leigh, fresh out of law school with zero professional legal experience, was asked by Bartkowski to represent him and the rest is history. Leigh went on to negotiate the largest rookie contract in NFL history for Bartkowski and has successfully negotiated over $3 billion in contracts ever since. He was also the real-life inspiration behind the movie, Jerry Maguire, starring Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding, Jr. ("SHOW ME THE MONEY!").

In this episode, Pat and Posh sit down with Leigh to hear the incredible story of how he pioneered the sports agent world and was able to represent such successful talent across several sports, his approach to finding the right athletes to represent, the massive successes as well as setbacks he’s faced throughout his life, and the accomplishments he’s most proud of.

He also shares his thoughts on the parallels between sports and life, athletes as today’s biggest influencers, advice for those who are looking to have a successful career as a sports agent, and the nationwide debate around college athletes getting paid.

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Nov 11 2019

56mins

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Rank #15: Brent Bolthouse | The Man Behind Hollywood's Most Famous Nightclubs and Bungalow Hospitality Group

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For Episode 28, Pat & Posh sit down with Brent Bolthouse, CEO of Bungalow Hospitality Group and creator of Neon Carnival, the ultimate Coachella afterparty with high-end brands and celebrities in attendance year after year.

Brent grew up in Southern California and eventually settled in LA in the 1980s. After meeting a friend while going to cosmetology school, they started promoting at nightclubs and throwing parties together. They were a major success from the start, and Brent eventually branched out and started Bolthouse Productions and continued to throw parties and corporate events for A-list celebrities for decades.

He’s since been involved with the creation and growth of many of Hollywood’s most famous nightclubs. Tune in to hear Brent’s incredible story!

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Jul 16 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #16: Dr. Drew Pinsky | Celebrity Doctor and Media Personality Behind Loveline, Teen Mom & More

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For Episode 37, Pat and Posh had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Drew Pinsky, celebrity doctor, addiction medicine specialist, and media personality. He’s been the host of nationally syndicated shows such as Loveline, Dr. Drew on Call, Lifechangers, Teen Mom, and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, among many others. He’s also a former Medical Director at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, a staff member at Huntington Memorial Hospital, and a private practitioner.

We talk about how Dr. Drew got his start on radio while a student in medical school, his passion for singing and music, and how he has been able to manage burnout throughout his incredible career.

Dr. Drew also sheds light on many of today’s most important topics such as happiness and meaning in life, mental health, therapy, the future of media, and the current political climate from a psychological perspective.

Tune in to hear Dr. Drew’s amazing story of how he took the unconventional route and put himself in uncomfortable situations to become who he is today.

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Sep 17 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #17: Jenefer & Melissa Palmer | How OSEA Was Born Out of Necessity and Became a Multi-Million Dollar Skincare Business

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For the first time ever on the show, we have a mother-daughter power duo, Jenefer and Melissa Palmer, founders of OSEA. OSEA is a line of high-quality, naturally sourced skincare products that are also vegan, gluten-free and biodegradable.

Jenefer, the visionary behind the company, originally came up with the formulations for OSEA’s products in the 1980s while she was a spa director, but the discovery of seaweed as an active ingredient in skincare dates back to her grandparents. After realizing the massive benefits it had for her clients, she and her daughter Melissa decided to team up and officially launch the company in 1996.

In this episode, Pat & Posh sat down with Jenefer and Melissa to learn about their origin story, the journey to building a successful skincare business, their approach to creating high-quality consumer products, and the lessons and challenges they’ve experienced along the way.

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Nov 04 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #18: Brent Bolthouse | Neon Carnival, Hollywood's Biggest Party...in the Desert

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For the first time ever, we are sitting down for a SECOND time with a guest who has already been on the show!

Brent Bolthouse is the CEO of Bungalow Hospitality Group and the creator of Neon Carnival.

Neon Carnival is dubbed “the official afterparty of Coachella”, although not affiliated with the festival, and is considered one of the biggest private parties in the world with Hollywood’s top celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Drake, Clint Eastwood, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Paris Hilton attending in the past.

This year, Neon Carnival is expanding to Stagecoach weekend as well!

Pat & Posh hung out with Brent to catch up and see what he’s been up to in the past year, what to expect from The Bungalow in the future along with some exciting announcements, what sparked the idea for Neon Carnival, and what goes into throwing such a big event.

We also hear from Brent on what he would do if he was in charge of throwing a festival (take notes, Billy McFarland!) along with what he believes is the future of nightlife.

Brent also had a ton of insights and advice to share for anyone who feels stuck and wants to follow their passion in life.

The first episode with Brent, Episode 28, was one of our biggest episodes yet and this one is EVEN BETTER so make sure to tune in!

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Apr 10 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #19: Daniel & Michael Broukhim | How Two Brothers Skipped a Legal Career to Launch FabFitFun

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For Episode 39, Pat and Posh hung out with the ultimate brother duo, Daniel and Michael Broukhim, co-founders of FabFitFun. FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription box that covers just about everything from beauty to fashion to fitness and sends full-size products to its members instead of just samples.

Before the Broukhims launched FabFitFun, they both graduated from law school, but neither planned on practicing law. They instead partnered together and started a digital agency with some friends from college and eventually began working with political candidates such as Rudy Giuliani all the way to Hollywood icons like Rachel Zoe and Giuliana Rancic.

Tune in as they talk about how the idea for FabFitFun came about, the early challenges and struggles they faced getting the company off the ground, the two’s relationship as brothers and co-founders, and what drives happiness for them both. They also talk about the future of FabFitFun and the effect that consumer adoption of new brands has on their business.

If you want to give FabFitFun a try, use our special code “FOUNDER” for $10 off your first box!

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Oct 01 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #20: Ryan Hudson | Creating Honey Overnight to Save Money on Pizza

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Who doesn’t love saving money? If you’ve ever found yourself searching for promo codes and coupons while shopping online, you probably should download Honey. The idea came about when Ryan Hudson, co-founder of Honey, was curious if he could save just $1 while ordering pizza. The same day, he built and launched Honey, a Chrome extension that has been downloaded well over 5 million times from the Chrome Web Store. Tune in to hear Ryan’s story of tinkering with countless products as a kid, to becoming a tech entrepreneur after stumbling across an opportunity to help everyday online consumers get the most bang for their buck.

UPDATE: In November 2019, PayPal acquired Honey for $4 billion - its biggest acquisition ever! Congrats, Ryan and Honey team!

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May 07 2018

51mins

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Dominique Crenn | The Only Female Chef in America to Attain 3 Michelin Stars with Atelier Crenn

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Dominique Crenn is a world-famous French chef, restaurateur, and co-owner of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, which was named to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2019. She’s also the first and only female chef in America to attain three Michelin stars and was awarded “Best Chef in the West” in 2018 by The James Beard Foundation. In January of 2020, she launched VitaBowl with the mission of universalizing access to wholesome, plant-based meals in an effort to cultivate resilient communities.

In this episode, we had a chance to chat with Dominique and learn about her adventurous childhood growing up in Paris, how her relationship with food has evolved throughout the years, her incredible career as a chef and why she’s not the biggest fan of culinary school, the early challenges she faced opening her first restaurant Atelier Crenn in 2011, her thoughts on the future of hospitality and food, and much more.

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Oct 19 2020

1hr 28mins

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Jiake Liu | Disrupting Outdoor Furniture with Outer

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Jiake Liu is the co-founder and CEO of Outer, a direct-to-consumer outdoor furniture company that’s turning consumers’ backyards into showrooms.

In this episode, we chat about everything from Jiake’s early days growing up in China, how he got into computers and electronics, immigrating to the United States in high school, his early career and various entrepreneurial ventures, what sparked the idea for Outer, and the valuable lessons he’s learned throughout his journey.

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Oct 13 2020

1hr 23mins

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After Hours | Armenians Are Fighting to Exist

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Pat and Posh sit down for one of the most important conversations they’ve had on The Founder Hour. As Armenians, Pat and Posh are passionate about their culture — in all its vibrancy and peace. This timely discussion with Mihran Toumajan, Director of the Western Region of the Armenian Assembly of America*, sheds light on the conflict between Armenians in Artsakh and Azerbaijan, backed by Turkey.

The discussion focuses on Azerbaijan and Turkey’s recent bombing of Artsakh, a region governed by Armenians. They delved into the Armenian Genocide and how lack of recognition has played a role in today’s conflict, the United States’s role in brokering peace, how Turkey and Azerbaijan’s dictatorial regimes have impacted the region, and what comes next for the Armenian people.

This is a packed episode and very much different than any we’ve ever done. We believe as Armenians, this is a small part of our responsibility to educate others about our people, our history, and our existence.

Thank you for tuning in and helping spread the word. If you would like to learn more or donate to help those on the front lines, please visit armeniafund.org or email us at hello@thefounderhour.com.

*The Armenian Assembly is the largest, non-partisan Armenian-American advocacy organization in the United States. Since 1972, the Assembly continues to promote public awareness of Armenian issues, encourage greater Armenian-American participation in the American democratic process, and assist in humanitarian and development programs in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, while strengthening the U.S.-Armenia and U.S.-Nagorno Karabakh relationships.

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Oct 09 2020

1hr 31mins

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Ronnie Fieg | Building a Multi-Brand Streetwear Empire with Kith

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Ronnie Fieg is a footwear and clothing designer and the founder of Kith, a retail establishment and streetwear brand that he launched in 2010 with stores in New York, LA, Miami, London, and most recently Tokyo.

Over the last decade, Kith has absolutely taken over the streetwear game, collaborating with brands such as Calvin Klein, Versace, Nike, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, and many others, as well as launching their own collections of men’s, women’s, and kid’s clothing.

In this episode, we did a deep dive into Ronnie’s humble beginnings growing up in Jamaica, Queens, NY, falling in love with fashion and hip-hop culture at a young age, how he got his start working in retail, how his very first collaboration with footwear brand Asics came about, launching Kith and the early days of building out the brand, his insane work ethic and mindset when it comes to the brand’s evolution, and much more.

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Sep 28 2020

1hr 28mins

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Ellen Marie Bennett | Creating the World’s Greatest Apron with Hedley & Bennett

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Ellen Marie Bennett is the founder and CEO of Hedley & Bennett, which specializes in handcrafted premium aprons and culinary gear for the best chefs, home cooks, and makers in the world.

Her story is a wild one, full of adventure and discovery, so we were excited to get a chance to hear about Ellen’s early days, moving to Mexico after graduating from high school and creating a whole new life for herself there, why she decided to move back to the U.S. and pursue a career in the culinary world, what sparked the idea for Hedley & Bennett, and some of the early challenges she had while launching the company. We also talk about the impact of Covid-19 on the business and what she believes the future of food and hospitality will look like.

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Sep 21 2020

1hr 7mins

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Steven Galanis | How Cameo is Changing the Way Celebrities Interact with Fans

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Steven Galanis is the co-founder and CEO of Cameo. Cameo is a video-sharing platform that allows celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, Caitlyn Jenner, Carole Baskin, and over 40,000 others, to send personalized messages to fans, such as birthday shoutouts, congratulations, and more.

The company has seen a meteoric rise since launching in 2017, so we were excited to sit down with Steven to see what it’s all about. We talk about everything from Steven’s upbringing and various entrepreneurial ventures leading up to Cameo, the biggest takeaways from his experience working at LinkedIn, the skills he gained early in his career that helped his development as a leader, his timely advice for entrepreneurs, and what sparked the idea that ultimately became Cameo.

Steven also shares how they were able to acquire top talent early on, the importance of founder-market fit, their innovative pricing model that allows celebrities to capitalize on their fame while providing value for their users, and how he sees the ever-changing social media landscape as a farm system for Cameo.

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Sep 14 2020

1hr 8mins

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Aline Kamakian | Rebuilding Mayrig After the Explosion in Beirut

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Aline Kamakian is a renowned restaurateur, entrepreneur, author, and founder of Mayrig. Mayrig, which means “mother” in Armenian, Aline’s native language, is one of Beirut’s most beloved restaurants specializing in authentic Armenian cuisine, which she founded in 2003.

As you may know, the city of Beirut was hit with a massive explosion on August 4th of this year that decimated the city, causing at least 190 deaths, 6,500 injuries, and destroying half of the city’s homes and businesses which left 300,000 people homeless.

Located in the heart of Beirut just 500 meters from the blast, Aline found herself in the middle of an unthinkable situation. With her restaurant completely destroyed, team members severely wounded, and no time to even think about the devastation, she has become a hero in her hometown as she works to rebuild the homes of her employees that were lost and feed 2,500 meals a day to those in need.

In this episode, Aline joins from her hometown of Beirut to share stories about her upbringing, how she became interested in food, building a successful hospitality franchise spanning several countries, and the work she’s doing now to help rebuild all that was lost as a result of the explosion. Her story is truly one of passion, perseverance, and resilience and we hope you take away as much as we did during our conversation.

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Sep 08 2020

1hr 16mins

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Opal Tometi | How #BlackLivesMatter Became the Largest Movement in U.S. History

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Opal Tometi is a human rights activist, writer, strategist, community organizer, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter. Starting out as a hashtag on social media in 2013, Black Lives Matter has grown to become the largest movement in U.S. history, as reported by the New York Times.

We had the unique pleasure of speaking with Opal and learning about her personal background and upbringing, what inspired her to become a human rights activist, how Black Lives Matter ultimately came together, what the organization’s goal and purpose is, and much more.

We received an overwhelming amount of questions from our audience for Opal and we definitely tried our best to ask her what most of you were curious to know, so thank you for sending us your questions & we hope you enjoy!

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Aug 31 2020

1hr 2mins

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Warren Hogarth | Co-Founder of Empower and Former VC at Sequoia Capital

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Warren Hogarth is the co-founder and CEO of Empower, a mobile app that helps consumers retake control of their financial lives by offering automated savings, personalized coaching, cash advances, and much more.

In the episode, we chat with Warren about his childhood growing up in Australia, his college experience and where he got his entrepreneurial bug from, his biggest learnings from investing in early-stage startups as a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital, why he’s so passionate about fintech and managing one’s personal finances, where he got the idea for Empower, his long-term vision for the company, and his thoughts on the broader global financial system and where it’s headed.

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Aug 24 2020

1hr 16mins

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GT Dave | How GT’s Kombucha Created & Dominated a Whole New Category of Beverages

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GT Dave, a.k.a. the “King of Kombucha,” is the founder of GT’s Kombucha (now known as GT’s Living Foods), the #1 selling Kombucha brand in the world and the originator of bottled kombucha. Born and raised in LA, GT dropped out of high school and started the company at just 15 years old, and over the past 25 years, they’ve pioneered and dominated a whole category of beverages that merely didn’t exist before GT bottled his first kombucha in 1995. Today, the company is worth over $1 billion.

In this episode, we talk to GT about his upbringing and the roles spirituality and faith have played throughout his life, dropping out of high school after going through an identity crisis, his thoughts on the education system in America, how going against the grain and challenging the status quo helped him as an entrepreneur, the multiple signals he received that inspired him to start bottling kombucha, and some of the early challenges he faced getting the business off the ground.

Towards the end, GT also shares what some of his personal aspirations are outside of running his company and how he got into art collecting and architecture.

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Aug 17 2020

1hr 22mins

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Alexa von Tobel | Founder of LearnVest and Inspired Capital

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Alexa von Tobel is the founder of LearnVest, a personal finance company that made financial planning affordable and accessible for everyone, which was acquired by Northwestern Mutual in 2015 for $375 million.

She’s now the founder and Managing Partner of Inspired Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the next wave of tech entrepreneurs.

In this episode, we chat with Alexa about her early life and college days, dropping out of Harvard Business School to launch LearnVest in the middle of a recession, what has helped her become a better leader of people, her thoughts on the current venture capital climate and what she’s most excited about as far as the future goes, and much more.

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Aug 10 2020

55mins

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Josh Luber | Building the “Stock Market of Things” with StockX

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Josh Luber is the founder of StockX, the world's first online consumer “Stock Market of Things” for high-demand, limited-edition products featuring a live marketplace where participants anonymously buy and sell limited-edition consumer products such as sneakers, watches, clothing, handbags, and trading cards.

In this episode, we talk about everything from Josh’s formative years and how going to law school helped him become a better problem solver, the various business ventures he’s had throughout his life, how the industry for sneakers and trading cards has evolved over the last 30 years, the insane story of how he met Dan Gilbert (owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and founder of Quicken Loans) who he ultimately co-founded StockX with out of pure serendipity, why building a stock market model makes so much sense for the business, why certain sneakers and trading cards resell for thousands or millions of dollars, building a $1 billion company in just 3 years, why he stepped down as CEO in 2019, and what he envisions the future of the company as well as e-commerce and new product launches, in general, to look like.

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Aug 03 2020

1hr 31mins

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Blake Mycoskie | How a Trip to Argentina Inspired TOMS

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Blake Mycoskie is the founder of TOMS, a for-profit company that designs and markets shoes, as well as eyewear, coffee, apparel, and handbags, that he founded in 2006 after a trip to Argentina. He recently launched his new company, Madefor, a simple 10-month program that harnesses the proven power of neuroscience to elevate your mental and physical baselines while cultivating a mindset that allows you to achieve everything you are truly made for.

In this episode, we talk about everything from his upbringing and being a top tennis player in the country well on his way to going pro, how an Achilles injury in college completely changed the trajectory of his life, traveling around the world as a contestant on The Amazing Race and almost winning the $1 million prize, the valuable lessons he’s learned from his successes and failures, the trip to Argentina that sparked the idea for TOMS, why he walked away from the business after 8 years when the company was doing $500M in sales, the toxic side of the public acclaim he had received throughout his career and why he ultimately started Madefor.

If you’re interested in giving Madefor a try, we have a unique discount code for our listeners - go to www.getmadefor.com and use the code “FOUNDERHOUR” for 20% off!

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Jul 27 2020

1hr 9mins

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Jim McKelvey | Co-Founder of Square and Author of “The Innovation Stack”

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Jim McKelvey is the co-founder of Square, a financial technology company powering millions of small businesses that he launched in 2009 with Jack Dorsey, who’s also the founder and CEO of Twitter. The company debuted on the New York Stock Exchange in 2015 and is currently worth about $53 billion.

Jim is also the author of “The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time,” where he breaks down what it truly means to be an entrepreneur and build a world-changing business. It’s one of our personal favorite books that we’ve read in a very long time and we wanted to dive deep into some of the concepts and stories Jim shares in the book, so we definitely recommend picking up a copy if you enjoy this conversation.

We talked about everything from Jim’s personal story and how being an outcast at a young age helped him as an entrepreneur, how he got into glass blowing and eventually opened up his own studio which he still runs today, hiring Jack Dorsey as an intern at his first company and how their relationship has evolved, how losing a sale at his studio gave him the idea for Square, the evolution of the word “entrepreneur” and what it truly means, experience vs. naïveté when it comes to innovation, how he literally built the Square reader and went against Apple’s rule and regulations, the meeting with Steve Jobs that never happened, how they went up against Amazon and won, managing fear and staying motivated, and what his definition of success is.

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Jul 20 2020

1hr 22mins

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Bedros Keuilian | How Fit Body Boot Camp Became One of the Fastest-Growing Franchises in America

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Bedros Keuilian is the founder and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp, one of the nation’s fastest-growing franchises, as well as a best-selling author, speaker, consultant, and investor in startups.

In this episode, we spoke with Bedros about his early days and immigrating to the United States at 6 years old, what influenced his path to entrepreneurship, the valuable lessons he learned from his mentors growing up, the worst and best deal he ever made, what inspired the idea for Fit Body Boot Camp, why he decided to franchise the business, and how they got to over 800 locations worldwide in just 10 years.

Bedros also shares how he’s been able to build a world-class team, the few books that changed his life and made him a better leader, what his insanely regimented daily schedule looks like, know what your “zone of genius” is, and how people can ultimately be better following the Covid-19 crisis and everything that’s going on in the world right now.

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Jul 13 2020

47mins

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Trevor Milton | Building the Future of Transportation and Energy with Nikola

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Trevor Milton is the founder and executive chairman of Nikola Corporation. Founded in 2014, Nikola is an energy technology company that designs and manufactures hydrogen-electric semi-trucks, pickup trucks, and more. In June 2020, the company debuted on the Nasdaq and is worth over $20 billion. They are expected to fully reveal the Nikola Badger, the company’s first pick-up truck built with hydrogen fuel-cell technology, at their highly-anticipated event, Nikola World, in December 2020.

In this episode, Trevor joins Pat and Posh to share stories about his upbringing and what his childhood was like, how an unexpected encounter with a train engineer when he was 6 years old shaped the trajectory of his life, learning to survive on his own and never to give up, his lifelong fascination with machines and the electric motor, his experience in school and overall thoughts on the American education system, and the difference between instinct and knowledge when it comes to learning.

Trevor also opens up about the successes and failures he’s had throughout his career, what inspired him to start Nikola, how he views entrepreneurship as a game of chess, his true feelings about Elon Musk and Tesla, the early challenges Nikola faced, why he decided to take the company public in the midst of a global pandemic, his long-term vision for the company, what he thinks of $NKLA’s current valuation despite ongoing criticism, and much, much more.

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Jul 06 2020

1hr 8mins

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Chip Wilson | The Story of Lululemon and How It Changed Apparel Forever

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Chip Wilson is the founder of Lululemon Athletica, the athletic apparel company that pioneered a whole industry in performance clothing, which he launched in 1998.

In this episode, we talk to Chip about his upbringing and younger years as a troubled student in school, how he was able to make $750,000 at 19 years old working on the Alaska pipeline, what motivated him to have his own business by age 30, his advice for entrepreneurs and anyone who wants to enjoy long-term success, his entrepreneurial journey and what sparked the idea for Lululemon, the evolution of women’s clothing since the 1980s and why he thinks Lululemon was successful, his feelings about the term “athleisure,” how Lululemon gained a cult-like following, why he stepped down as CEO in 2005, what he would’ve done differently had he stayed with the company, and much more.

Chip also shares what he feels is the biggest opportunity in the next 5-10 years and what he’s been up to since leaving Lululemon.

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Jun 29 2020

1hr 12mins

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Paolo Pirjanian | Revolutionizing Child Development with Embodied’s “Moxie” Robot

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Paolo Pirjanian is the founder and CEO of Embodied, Inc. Founded in 2016, Embodied is an industry-leading robotics and AI company creating state-of-the-art companion robots to revolutionize human-centric care and wellness by enhancing quality of life for individuals and families. They recently developed Moxie, a revolutionary new animate companion for children designed to help promote social, emotional, and cognitive development through play-based learning and captivating content.

In this episode, Paolo shares his incredible story of being smuggled out of Iran during the Iranian Revolution in the late 1970s, living as a refugee in Denmark for 15 years and earning his Ph.D. in Robotics, the pressures and challenges he and his family had to deal with as immigrants, falling in love with technology and teaching himself how to code at a young age, where the concept of robotics comes from, starting his first company and selling it to iRobot, being iRobot’s CTO and developing one of the world’s leading technologies for robotic navigation which completely transformed iRobot’s Roomba, the importance of innovating fast, and why he always wanted to be an entrepreneur.

He also shares how the idea for Embodied and Moxie came about, how he and his team stay motivated through uncertainty and complexities, the evolution of robotics throughout his career and what the future of the space looks like.

Stay tuned towards the end as we get a chance to chat with Moxie (available now for pre-order and shipping in late 2020) LIVE on the show to see what it’s all about!

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Jun 22 2020

1hr 17mins

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Vicky Tsai | How Tatcha Reimagined the Meaning of Beauty

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Vicky Tsai is the founder and Chief Treasure Hunter of Tatcha, a modern skincare brand rooted in timeless Japanese beauty rituals.

In this super candid conversation, Vicky opens up about what she was like growing up and her early personal struggles and insecurities and why she never fit with her surroundings. We chat about how she got her start on Wall Street as a credit derivatives trader after college, how being at Ground Zero during 9/11 changed her life forever, getting her MBA from Harvard, and how a spontaneous trip to Kyoto, Japan while seeking treatment for her acute dermatitis led to her founding Tatcha in 2009.

We also talk about the importance of her dual heritage as an Asian-American woman, the journey to finding meaning and purpose in her life, hitting rock bottom and choosing to follow her heart, Tatcha’s value system and what makes it different from other beauty brands, being over $500,000 in debt and not paying herself a salary for 10 years, why she ultimately decided to sell the company to Unilever in 2019 for a reported $500M, and much more!

Stay tuned towards the end as the tables turn and Vicky asks Pat and Posh a question about the unifying trait amongst the founders who have been guests on the show!

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Jun 15 2020

1hr 27mins

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Glenn Sanford | Pioneering the Future of Real Estate with eXp Realty

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Glenn Sanford is the founder of eXp Realty, CEO of eXp World Holdings, Inc. and Chief Strategy Officer for VirBELA. After being involved with a number of internet start-ups in the 1990s and early 2000s, including a stint at AOL, Glenn started a highly successful real estate career in 2002. In 2006, his fourth full year in the business, Glenn and his team closed over $60,000,000 in real estate almost entirely from online lead generation and was ranked as one of the top 50 teams nationally with Keller Williams. After the downturn in 2008, he and his team developed the first cloud-based brokerage model that uses a 3D avatar-based online office to collaborate and communicate while abandoning the physical bricks and mortar infrastructure normally associated with real estate brokerage. In the last 9 years, since launching with 25 agents, eXp Realty has grown to nearly 30,000 agents in all 50 states and beyond.

In this episode, we chat with Glenn about his upbringing and how he fell in love with technology at an early age, the various jobs he held before starting eXp Realty, what made him a successful real estate agent and salesperson, what inspired him to become an entrepreneur, his thoughts on the current residential real estate market and where he sees it going post-Covid-19, his experience as a public company CEO, and pioneering the future of real estate as well as virtually-distributed work with VirBELA.

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Jun 08 2020

1hr 24mins

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By kirst927 - May 20 2020
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The hosts ask intriguing questions and have me hooked and inspired! I love hearing how business are built and grown, and hearing about the struggle along the way makes it REAL! Keep up the great work pat and posh!

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By dariencw - Apr 21 2020
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I’ve learned so much from the insightful discussions on this podcast. Well done!