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My Company Story

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.

Creating a Business for the Right Reasons with Marc Pierce

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In this episode, Don interviews Marc Pierce! He is the CEO of GTFO It’s Vegan, the largest online vegan/plant-based wholesaler and retailer in the country. The company was started by Marc and his wife Tanya, the co-founder of GTFO It’s Vegan, after she told him they were going vegan in 2015. Back then, Marc looked at her with skeptical eyes and said “GTFO, are you serious!?!”  As a loving and devoted husband, he of course said he was open to the idea, but wanted to know why. Tanya went on to explain how she had read about the cruelty of animals, the negative impacts on the environment and our health, and as spiritual human beings – it does not align with what is right, just, and why we are on this planet.  

Therefore, Marc and his wife Tanya sought to start a company that would give others the benefits that she gave him 5 years ago — another chance at life.  And of course, innovation in vegan food has come so far along that the options are limitless and new vegan food innovations are available that we could never have imagined before so living a vegan lifestyle is easy. The goal with GTFO Vegan is to make living a vegan lifestyle easy, fun, and delicious.

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About My Company Story

A Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Apr 28 2021

23mins

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How Your Mission Impacts Your Business with Anna Ready

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In this episode, Don interviews Anna Ready! She is the Founder and CEO of Accrew. Accrew is an accounting and consulting firm leveraging smart systems and fun people to help clients at any stage of their journey. They are a crew of approachable experts who partner with businesses and nonprofits to build and grow remarkable organizations. Accrew started with one goal in mind: running a business and still getting to live life. And as they grew, they realized just how many of their clients were looking for the same thing. 

They believe your business shouldn’t crumble when you step away. They want you to be able to go on vacation or go to your kids’ sports ball games. Their team is passionate about solving problems so that executives can spend less time on their business finances and more time showing up for the things that really matter. They want to focus on what they do best, so you can focus on what you do best, and together they can grow your business.


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About My Company Story

A Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Apr 14 2021

22mins

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The Story Behind the Meteoric Rise of Happy Masks with Melinda Hwang

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In this episode, Don interviews Melinda Hwang! She is the Founder of Happy Masks. Happy Masks is an innovative mask company birthed in the pandemic, and has always been a family affair. 20 years ago in Taiwan, Melinda’s father partnered with a scientist to develop a powerful nanofiber membrane filter to protect against the airborne SARs epidemic in 2003. Fast forward to March 2020, and Melinda’s mom was worried about the family’s safety as COVID spread in the U.S., so she sent them a box of these masks. As Melinda and her kids started wearing them around the neighborhood, friends and neighbors started noticing the advantages of these unique “parrot beak” shaped masks. Soon friends of friends, and friends-of-friends-of-friends, started asking for them.

Melinda was able to combine her past in marketing with her future as a business owner, and used her father’s technology to meet demand with supply. Hence, Happy Masks was formed. Happy Masks was created because they wanted to make these masks available for all families. Whether it’s going to the grocery store or visiting a grandparent, their mission is to make it possible for you to do the things you love with the people you love.

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About My Company Story

A Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Mar 31 2021

23mins

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Creating Convenience with Style and Simplicity with Daniel Smith

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In this episode, Don interviews Daniel Smith! He is the Founder at JIMMYCASE, a company that handcrafts iPhone cases in Los Angeles and ships them directly to customers around the world. The engine that drives JIMMYCASE and enables them to grow consistently, without outside investment, is a marketing method that Dan developed as a creative executive in Hollywood. JIMMYCASE focuses almost exclusively on conversion rate and has developed methods to drive consistent conversion rate growth and grow profitably.

Daniel talks about his transition from the Hollywood entertainment business to starting his own company. He also shares what it was like going from a well-established brand and big company to bootstrapping on his own. And how a completely self-funded company survived the stark economic realities of the pandemic.

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About My Company Story

A Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Mar 17 2021

22mins

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Matchmaking Employers with Candidates with Brittany Dolin

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In this episode, Don interviews Brittany Dolin! She is the CEO of Pocketbook Agency. Pocketbook Agency is a leading recruiting firm that places support level and administrative roles for domestic and corporate clients across the US. They offer exceptional talent for companies and families in various industries across the United States. They apply years of industry experience and relationship-building to curate the very best talent pool available in today’s market.

Brittany talks about how Pocketbook Agency forms bonds with both sides, client and job seeker, to see who’s most compatible not only in terms of skill sets, but also character and personality. They are determined to consistently source the very best support-level talent across the US in order to provide unparalleled, long lasting placements. Brittany also talks about the impact of the pandemic, and how now that they are in the first quarter of 2021, and they have seen a substantial uptick in hiring especially when it comes to administrative and support roles.

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About My Company Story

A Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Mar 03 2021

21mins

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Focusing On People First And All Else Later with Vivek Kartha

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In this episode, Don interviews Vivek Kartha! He is the CEO of Workspace. They build portfolio management software for investors, owners, and operators of commercial real estate. Their goal is to make the lives of commercial real estate professionals easier  and to help them operate with confidence and simplicity.

Vivek outlines the way that his company’s software helps streamline communication and processes between commercial real estate assets, from the property manager, building engineer, owner all through to tenants and service providers. 

He also talks about the impact that the COVID 19 pandemic had on the real estate market, plus the critical moves that they as a company made to retain their client base and even go on to thrive and grow. 

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About My Company Story

A Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Feb 10 2021

23mins

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Creating An Entirely New Market with Steven Munatones

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In this episode, Don interviews Steven Munatones! He is the CEO and Co-founder of KAATSU Global. Steven and his team created the BFR or Blood Flow Restriction market that is now used by the US military, professional sports teams, and aging Baby Boomers.


When COVID happened, Steven talks about the pivotal moment when he had to shift his company overnight. It was either that or go under. He moved all operations online, transitioned the team to work from home, and created an online education program: “We went completely from a person to person sales pitch to everything online.”  


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About My Company Story

A Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Feb 03 2021

22mins

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How Social Media Is Revolutionizing Politics with James Creech

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In this episode, Don interviews James Creech! He is the CEO and Co-Founder of   Measure Studio, a social analytics tool that benchmarks content performance across Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Finding a successful content strategy isn’t easy, but with Measure Studio, brands, publishers, and creators can identify which posts are doing well and what can be improved.

James talks about Measure Studio’s social media data tracking, which helps businesses understand what types of their social content perform best with target audiences, and how changes in social media trends affect this. He also highlights the impact the pandemic has had on social media, including the role it played in campaign tactics during the US presidential elections in 2020.

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About My Company Story

A Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Jan 27 2021

21mins

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From Side Hustle to Multi-million Dollar Exit with Ryan Wenger

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In this episode, Don interviews Ryan Wenger! He is the CEO of WhereTo, a cost-saving business travel platform that uses Artificial Intelligence to help employees book business trips in minutes. WhereTo has about 30 employees, but was recently acquired by a 20,000 employee company, Flight Centre.

Ryan talks about how WhereTo transitioned from being a small 30 person startup to operating within a 20,000 employee global agency, and some of the changes that came with having more resources available as a result.

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About My Company Story

A Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Jan 20 2021

21mins

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The Power of Reciprocity in Business & The Golden Rule with Elan Sudberg

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In this episode, Don interviews Elan Sudberg! He is the CEO of Alkemist Labs, one of the last remaining family owned and operated third-party analytical labs, focusing on botanical analysis for the dietary supplement industry.

Elan gives some insight about what the company does, and also shares some of the tips and tricks he has learnt about maintaining healthy family relationships outside of work while operating a family business. He also talks about the challenges they faced when the pandemic hit, and how being on the right side of the ‘essential worker line’ saved the company from the kind of fate that quite a lot of businesses have faced this past year.

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About My Company Story

A Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Jan 13 2021

21mins

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Leveling Up Your Startup with Paula Sweis

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In this episode, Don interviews Paula Sweis! She is the Founder of SILVERWEISS International, an American commercial financing and business advisory firm. As a business consultant, she helps startups, entrepreneurs and established businesses expand through private capital and strategic planning.

Paula talks about how she helps entrepreneurs and business owners,especially those geared towards tech/blockchain, through the strategic planning and forecasting process. She also gives examples of the kinds of clients and businesses that her company helps.

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About My Company Story

A Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Jan 06 2021

20mins

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A Story of Passion and Drive with Self-Made Millionaire Jenny Ta

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In this episode, Don interviews Jenny Ta! Jenny Q. Ta is a veteran of Wall Street, self-made millionaire, and seasoned entrepreneur with two highly successful early ventures to her credit. She is the Founder and CEO of CoinLinked and the Co-Founder and Managing Director of VCNetwork. 


CoinLinked is an online social commerce platform powered by decentralized Blockchain allowing users to purchase any product from any website in the world by paying with cryptocurrencies or stablecoins. VCNetwork is a virtual “E-Harmony meets Shark Tank” matching entrepreneurs with VCs.


As a self-made millionaire, Jenny’s success speaks volumes, but she also goes into detail about some of the challenges she’s faced particularly as a woman in a largely male-dominated industry.  Her biggest piece of advice for any entrepreneur is: “Keep your passion and your drive. Without passion, you will not go far.”

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About My Company Story

A Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Dec 16 2020

21mins

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Healing The Badly Broken Trucking Industry with Rick Burnett

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In this episode, Don interviews Rick Burnett! He is the CEO of LaneAxis, the freight industry’s first shipper to carrier direct network, eliminating the need for costly and inefficient freight brokers. This ushers in a new era of trust, transparency, and efficiency in the freight trucking industry.

Rick expounds on the challenges of a freight industry that was “...badly broken, very inefficient, and one of the weak links in the supply chain…”, and how LaneAxis was created to address these issues. He also talks about the challenges of knowing how to choose your company’s marketing strategy, with all the options out there.


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About My Company Story

A Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Dec 09 2020

19mins

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Follow Your Passion, Not the Money with Laila Marshall

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In this episode, Don interviews Laila Marshall! She is the CEO and Founder of Beebizy, a service search engine that connects clients with freelancers who are vetted and reviewed, in 3 to 4 clicks. Their goal is to create a vibrant community of passionate go-getters who love what they do and are happier because of it.

Laila talks about how Beebizy started. The platform was birthed out of the frustration of not having a service that could equally empower the freelancer and entrepreneur as well as the customer. She also talks about the challenges of balancing starting and running a business alongside starting a family, and how she overcame them.

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About My Company Story

A Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Dec 02 2020

20mins

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Building Senior Housing in Luxury Zipcodes with Paul Griffin III

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In this episode, Don interviews Paul Griffin III! Paul is the CEO of Griffin Living, a real estate development company committed to crafting innovative communities in partnership with community stakeholders, and apply their value-driven development philosophy to ensure that these properties represent strong investments for their capital partners.

Paul talks about the trends that led his company to transition from master plan communities into building senior housing. He also talks about the challenges they faced in building luxury senior living facilities in cities.

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About My Company Story

A Podcast for business owners by business owners. Each episode will explore the challenges business owners face and how they’ve overcome them.

Nov 25 2020

19mins

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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.

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About My Company Story

A 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. 

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A 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.

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A 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

19mins

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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.

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A 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. 

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About My Company Story

A 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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