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My Company Story

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My Company Story is a podcast for business owners by business owners.Each episode will examine the journey of business owners, the challenges they faced, and how they overcame them.

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My Company Story is a podcast for business owners by business owners.Each episode will examine the journey of business owners, the challenges they faced, and how they overcame them.

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My Company Story

Latest release on Nov 18, 2020

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My Company Story is a podcast for business owners by business owners.Each episode will examine the journey of business owners, the challenges they faced, and how they overcame them.

The World’s Fastest Video Production Company with Nick Lange

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In this episode, Don interviews Nick Lange! He is the CEO of Everpost, the world’s fastest video production company. 

Nick talks about how over the last year, they have completely re-engineered the company’s video production process to remove the “friction” and pain points that, frankly, take the fun out of the traditional video production process. Everpost takes a much more efficient path, which allows them to produce broadcast-ready commercials in as little as 24 hours at a significantly lower cost than brands are used to paying. Learn More About Nick Lange: Stay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Nov 18 2020

22mins

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Disrupting Traditional Retail Apparel with Premium Resale Concept with Johanna Zlenko

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In this episode, Don interviews Johnna Zlenko. She is the CEO of The Closet Trading Company, a luxury resale and consignment brand with five brick-and-mortar locations and an e-commerce platform. TCTC specializes in the resale of authentic ladies' designer clothing and accessories.

Johnna talks about her experience in franchising. After her college graduation she had already opened two stores in California and she continues to open more stores. She also emphasizes the importance of finding good mentorship to help shape your business and forecast challenges.  Learn More About Johanna Zlenko Stay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Nov 11 2020

18mins

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Food-Tech Startup Disrupts The Vending Industry with John Yanyali

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In this episode, Don interviews John Yanyali! He is the CEO of JuiceBot, a food-tech company that disrupts the distribution and delivery of the beverage industry by enabling healthy beverages to be served from unattended self-service machines.

After seeing unhealthy eating habits dominating the lives of thousands of people, Yanyali created the first-ever robotic JuiceBot vending machine. A system for fresh and healthy beverages by combining unique food safety technology.  Learn More About John Yanyali Stay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Nov 04 2020

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Why Impossible Doesn’t Have To Exist with Cameron Chell

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In this episode, Don interviews Cameron Chell! Cameron is a serial entrepreneur with his very first venture beginning at age 14. He has launched numerous tech start-ups and is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Business Instincts Group (BIG). 

Cameron’s biggest piece of advice is to “Just take the next step.” Cameron emphasizes that execution is key. If you can master execution, then you can avoid overwhelm, which Cameron believes is the number one killer of start-ups and entrepreneurial dreams. Never let perfection get in the way of progress. Learn More About Cameron Chell Stay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Oct 28 2020

19mins

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Prioritizing Passion Over Profits with Arash Kalantari

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In this episode, Don interviews Arash Kalantari! He is the Founder and CEO of Med Results Inc. dedicated to providing innovative solutions in the aesthetic industry by bringing high-class products and technologies to people’s fingertips. 

Arash reminds all business owners: “You need to be passionate about what you do and you need to love what you sell.” He attributes success to be measured not by money, but by the love you are willing to put into your craft.  Learn More About Arash Kalantari Stay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Oct 21 2020

17mins

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Building A CBD Luxury Wellness and Beauty Empire with Olivia Alexander

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In this episode, Don interviews Olivia Alexander. She is the CEO and Founder of Kush Queen, a luxury wellness and beauty brand making the finest cannabidiol (CBD) infused personal care products.

Olivia talks about her journey and humble beginnings as an actress but one day she realized her potential and wanted more. Now, she has turned Kush Queen into a multi-million dollar and award-winning company thanks to her bath bombs, pain relief lotions, edibles, wellness supplements, and skincare products. Learn More About Olivia Alexander: Stay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Oct 14 2020

18mins

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Creating A New Standard of Telemedicine with Dr. Mohan Ananda

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In this episode, Don interviews Dr. Mohan Ananda. He is the Executive Chairman of Second Opinion Expert, a healthcare technology company facilitating telemedicine and health services to patients anywhere in the world. Before this venture, he was the founding chairman, CEO and President of Stamps.com starting back in 1996.  

Dr. Ananda talks about his journey as a serial entrepreneur. He talks about the technical hurdles and challenges that he faced to build the multiple ventures in which he is involved. Dr. Ananda makes a prediction that the standard will soon become telemedicine and eventually the medical offices become obsolete. Tune in to hear Dr. Ananda talk about his top 4 takeaways to be a successful entrepreneur. Learn More About Dr. Mohan Ananda: Stay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Oct 07 2020

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People First Approach to Marketing with Cynthia Johnson

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In this episode, Don interviews Cynthia Johnson. She is the Co-Founder and CEO at Bell and Ivy, a company focusing on a people first approach to marketing. Her mission is to create strong leaders and proliferate influence from enterprises to achieve goals for their brand.
Cynthia talks about how important it is to have an organizational structure when running a business. She also lays out the pros and cons of having a business partnership but most important how to identify the perfect partnership to succeed. Learn More About Cynthia Johnson: Stay Connected with Don Burdge About My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Sep 30 2020

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Solving The Opioid Epidemic with Dr. John Hsu, CEO and Co-Founder of iPill Dispenser

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In this episode, Don interviews Dr. John Hsu! He is the CEO and Co-Founder of iPill Dispenser, a solution to the opioid epidemic. Dr. Hsu has been an anesthesiologist and pain management physician for over 20 years. Through his experience as a physician, he’s seen the first-hand effects of opioid addiction. Dr. Hsu created a pill dispenser that is only accessible to the prescribed person through facial recognition registered by smartphone. 

Dr. Hsu talks about the next steps his company needs in order to go to market. His biggest piece of advice is to “think several steps ahead, because as you solve one problem, two or three more pop up.”  Learn More About Dr. John Hsu Stay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Sep 23 2020

20mins

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Learn To Sell & Enjoy Selling with Ryan Born, Founder and CEO of HAAWK, Inc.

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In this episode, Don interviews Ryan Born! He is the Founder and CEO of HAAWK, Inc., managing music rights on Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram. Put simply, HAAWK helps people who own music to collect and get paid on other people using their music. 

HAAWK represents over 1,000 record labels, music publishers, publishers, and independent music producers and artists. Ryan talks about his previous company exit and successfully selling a company for over $25 million dollars. Ryan’s biggest piece of advice is to: “Learn to sell, and learn to enjoy selling.”  Learn More About Ryan Born Stay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Sep 11 2020

21mins

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Adapting To The Rise of Amazon with Dieter Ammann, CEO of Fulfillment Express Inc.

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In this episode, Don interviews Dieter Ammann! He is the CEO at Fulfillment Express Inc, an inbound and outbound international shipping company located in Montebello, California. The company’s mission is to provide the highest quality services making sure to preserve competitive fees.

Dieter Ammann talks about all the challenges he has faced throughout his 27 years in business. Especially when the internet emerged in the early 1990s, Dieter struggled to compete with the online shipping industry because he was doing his business through phone calls. Amazon was one of the biggest obstacles for Dieter and so he came with a philosophy of “If you can’t fight them, join them.” He also emphasizes the importance to make customers and employees happy as he considered these two his major assets to succeed as a business owner. Learn More About Dieter Ammann: Stay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Sep 04 2020

20mins

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Staying Nimble Through Challenging Times with Sharone Hakman, CEO of Chef Hak’s

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In this episode, Don interviews Sharone Hakman! Sharone is the CEO of Chef Hak’s, a chef-centered clean and organic food company. Sharone stepped into the culinary scene when he earned a spot on FOX’s Masterchef.

Sharone talks about staying nimble through these challenging times. His top pieces of advice are to trust your intuition and to learn from your mistakes by implementing systems. He speaks on the challenges that many entrepreneurs face - comparison. Sharone reminds listeners to understand that we are all on our own individual paths. You have the choice to either embrace your journey or let it consume you - it’s completely up to you.

Learn More About Sharone HakmanStay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Aug 28 2020

24mins

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Using Shortcomings As An Opportunity to Innovate with Alper Cakir, CEO and Founder of Xtensio

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In this episode, Don interviews Alper Cakir! Alper is the CEO and Founder of Xtensio, a collaboration platform for creating and sharing beautiful living business documents. 

After experiencing a disjointed experience collaborating on documents at his agency, Alpersaw the opportunity to start Xtensio which allows anyone to design and create professional documents like pitch decks, case studies, and more. Alper talks about being able to empower your team: “You need to be able to let things go. Set up your team in a way that they take charge in those areas that you’re letting go.”

Learn More About Alper Cakir Stay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Aug 21 2020

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Transitioning To CEO In A Family Business with Leiman Chan, Owner and CEO of Nonstop Printing

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In this episode, Don interviews Leiman Chan! Leiman is the Owner and CEO of Nonstop Printing. Nonstop Printing is on a mission to help creatives design more fearlessly and for businesses to only make what they need with no minimums while providing high quality print. “We make prints that make you stop.”

Leiman talks about his experience and struggles transitioning into the role of owner and CEO of his family’s business. His parents started the company in 1993 and initially it was not quite clear where Leiman saw his role in the company. He talks about his mindset shift and taking ownership, which has led him to continuing the success his parents began. Leiman talks about his passion, “I think I was put on this Earth to help people create. To help remove obstacles to help them be more creative. Helping creatives become their best selves.”
Learn More About Leiman ChanStay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Aug 14 2020

23mins

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Logan Gelbrich, CEO of Deuce Gym

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In this episode, Don interviews Logan Gelbrich! Logan is the CEO of Deuce Gym. Deuce Gym is an aspiring “deliberately developmental organization” in which the core business is human performance. The brand has multiple locations and is a resource for men and women to be coached in classic strength and conditioning disciplines. 

Logan brings light to the dynamic of the fitness business and the general health of the population. He says, “We spend a lot of money on not a lot of results.” He wanted to address this problem to bring people to achieve results and maintain accountability.
Learn More About Logan GelbrichStay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Aug 07 2020

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Ashley Crowder, CEO and Co-Founder of VNTANA

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In this episode, Don interviews Ashley Crowder! Ashley is the CEO and Co-Founder of VNTANA. VNTANA brings products to life, from design to 3D shopping, across web, augmented and virtual reality platforms in minutes rather than weeks. Using augmented reality, consumers can try and experience products prior to purchase and make informed decisions. 

Ashley talks about her company both pre-COVID and how it has changed post-COVID. She talks about having to make pivotal decisions shifting from events to software and having to layoff employees as a result. Ashley talks about certain biases and struggles she faced, “I think it’s about having open and honest and hard conversations. And I think a lot is going on in the world to make that better.”
Learn More About Ashley CrowderStay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Jul 31 2020

21mins

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Don Burdge, Host of My Company Story Podcast (1-Year Anniversary Episode)

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To celebrate My Company Story’s 1-year Anniversary, we throwback to the very first episode of My Company Story! Don welcomes guest Host Bill Black (from the Exit Coach Radio) so that Don can sit in the hot seat. 
Don dives into his incredible 30+ year entrepreneurial journey and how he was inspired to create My Company Story podcast. After purchasing his company from his father back in 1988, Don explains how certain areas of his printing business had become less in demand, which required him to quickly pivot into new strategies. Don had become largely successful and had worked with huge brands such as Disney, AOL, and Hanna-Barbera.
Don was at the front of pushing the printing industry into the 21st century. Tune in to learn how Don led his fresh strategy to eventually become an attractive acquisition and exit. Don credits a lot of his success to his involvement with Vistage, an executive mentoring and coaching group with the key purpose of solving high-level problems for individual business leaders.

This episode was originally recorded and published in July 2019.
Stay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Jul 24 2020

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Lou Caron, CEO and President of Printing Industries Association of Southern California

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In this episode, Don interviews Lou Caron! Lou is the CEO and President of Printing Industries Association of Southern California, a trade association for the graphic communications in Southern California representing printing, graphic design, and other related businesses. Today, the association is joined by 750 member companies.

Lou talks about the trends and changes in the printing industry. He says the industry is morphing, not dying. Printing is all around us and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Lou says, “The best business advice is common sense. Communication is paramount to success.”

Learn More About Lou CaronStay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Jul 17 2020

20mins

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Stephen George, CEO and Founder of Surkus

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In this episode, Don interviews Stephen George! Stephen is the CEO and Founder of Surkus. Surkus is a consumer activation platform that enables businesses of all sizes to acquire, engage and retain their ideal customers. Through Surkus, businesses can source authentic feedback on products, promote events and drive in-store foot traffic.

In 2008 at the age of 20, Stephen joined Groupon as one of the Founding Members. It was at Groupon that he was able to quickly understand what it took to grow a company. Stephen talks about the strategies he has carried into his own company. He emphasizes investing in your team.

Learn More About Stephen GeorgeStay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Jul 10 2020

21mins

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Jaison Morgan, Founder and CEO of Common Pool

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In this episode, Don interviews Jaison Morgan! Jaison is the CEO and Founder of Common Pool. Common Pool has been designing and running competitions for 10 years. They have worked with notable clients such as National Geographic, Bill and Melinda Gates, and NASA. 

Common Pool is commissioned to create competitions that use prizes and reward systems to motivate people to solve complex problems. Their incentive-based competitions have produced the solutions to many large issues. Jaison calls it “reinventing philanthropy”.

Learn More About Jaison MorganStay Connected with Don BurdgeAbout My Company StoryA Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each Episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Jun 26 2020

21mins

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