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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 Jun 26, 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.

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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Weston LaBar, CEO of Harbor Trucking Association and Ventures 52

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In this episode, Don interviews Weston LaBar! Weston is the CEO of Harbor Trucking Association. He is also the CEO and President at Ventures 52. Harbor Trucking Association is the largest drayage specific association in North America. Ventures 52 is focused on early stage innovations in the goods-movement, supply-chain, and transportation industry.Weston talks about his early beginning of entrepreneurship. He recommends any business owner to not be afraid to put themselves out there. Over years of networking and building his expertise, he found a way to connect the dots by helping other businesses grow: “What better opportunity than building a business that’s founded on the principle of helping grow other businesses.”

Learn More About Weston LaBarStay 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 19 2020

22mins

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Jon Reed, President and Co-Founder of IA MED

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In this episode, Don interviews Jon Reed! Jon Reed is the President and Co-Founder of IA MED, delivering digital professional-grade training and educational services. 
Jon talks about his military training in the Special Forces and the way his training attributes to his ability to do very well in times of crisis. He recites a common quote in the military, “Get comfortable being uncomfortable.”
Jon talks about speaking out against racial injustice and the way his team navigated taking a stand with the Black Community. He says, “This is not an issue of politics, this is an issue of humanity.”
Learn More About Jon ReedStay 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 12 2020

20mins

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Marina Martins, CEO and Co-Founder of Pigmental Studios

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In this episode, Don interviews Marina Martins! Marina Martins is the CEO and Co-Founder of Pigmental Studios, a film animation studio primarily focused on branded content in animation. 

Marina shares the backstory of how Pigmental Studios came to be. Along with her passion for creative storytelling, she also has a mission to teach. Her studio employs and engages with the deaf community. Marina talks about the behind-the-scenes development phase of what it takes to run an animation studio. 

She says, “The challenge of how you communicate is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted.”

Learn More About Marina MartinsStay 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 05 2020

24mins

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Jeff Boodie, President and Co-Founder of JobsSnap

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In this episode, Don interviews Jeff Boodie! Jeff is the President and Co-Founder of JobsSnap, a social enterprise platform offering “jobs in a snap” helping people get hired with more efficiency. JobsSnap helps people create 30-second videos to replace traditional resumes and applications processes. This allows the personality of an individual to be expressed to the employer. JobSnap also facilitates the hiring process for employers.

Jeff talks about adjusting to the COVID-19 market. As hiring has pivoted for many businesses and unemployment is at an all time high, Jeff sees opportunity for growth coming out of the quarantine.  He says, “Make sure you have an advisory team if you don’t already. Friends are great, but they’re not advisors.”

Learn More About Jeff BoodieStay 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.

May 29 2020

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Phoebe Yu and Kat Dey, Co-Founders of Ettitude Holdings Inc.

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In this episode, Don interviews Phoebe Yu and Kat Dey! Phoebe Yu (CEO) and Kat Dey (President) are the co-founders of Ettitude Holdings Inc. Ettitude is a sustainable lifestyle brand, offering home essentials that are soft on your skin and gentle on the planet. 

They have set out to innovate the home and lifestyle industry for sustainable products. Phoebe Yu and Kat Dey uniquely met online on AngelList and began their business endeavors completely remote. They initially grew Ettitude through an incubator and tell the story of how they strategically sought out funding. 
Use discount code mycompanystory to get 15% off Ettitude (valid until Sept 30th and one use per customer.)

Learn More About Phoebe Yu and Kat Dey
  • Visit Ettitude’s Website
  • Follow @ettitudestore on Instagram
  • Follow @katerinadey on Instagram
  • Follow @phoebeeyu on Instagram
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.

May 22 2020

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Yuval Selik, CEO and Co-Founder of Promomash

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In this episode, Don interviews Yuval Selik! Yuval Selik is the CEO and co-founder of Promomash. Promomash is the world’s most comprehensive SaaS solution for CPG brands to manage their sales and marketing presence in retail stores.

Yuval helps brands navigate a complex sales and marketing program by taking the entire supply chain and managing inefficiencies. By using Promomash, brands have the information to make intelligent decisions in uncertain times. During the current COVID-19 pandemic many businesses have been cutting back without understanding the full scope of their finances. 
Learn More About Yuval SelikStay 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.

May 15 2020

23mins

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Dr. Lois Lee, Founder and President of Children of the Night

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In this episode, Don interviews Dr. Lois Lee! Dr. Lois Lee is the world’s leading expert in rescuing child sex trafficking victims. She is the Founder and President of Children of the Night, which was the first child sex trafficking program in North America.

Dr. Lois Lee began her journey in this field over 40 years ago when she had found that a disproportionate amount of victims were arrested compared to the customers of the sex industry. Dr. Lois Lee quickly became a resource to help sex workers, runaways, and children. She shares her story, how she gained massive support among a controversial issue, and tips on leading a non-profit organization. Learn More About Dr. Lois Lee 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.

May 08 2020

20mins

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Bob Gold, Founder and CEO of Bob Gold and Associates

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In this episode, Don interviews Bob Gold! Bob Gold is the Founder and CEO of Bob Gold and Associates, a PR and marketing agency dedicated to delivering guaranteed results. For over 20 years, Bob Gold and Associates have helped their clients cut through the noise to get their message across.

Bob and Don talk about the reality of pivoting your business in times of uncertainty in order to stay relevant. Bob Gold and Associates had recently begun aiding in bankruptcies and lawsuits due to COVID-19 and the increase in the need for these services. Bob says, “All business is the business of relationships.”  Learn More About Bob Gold 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.

May 01 2020

20mins

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Joe Wang, Co-Founder of Opus International LLC and Encore Labs

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In this episode, Don interviews Joe Wang! Joe is the co-founder of two companies - Opus International and Encore Labs. Opus Intl. is an ecommerce import-export business specializing in the wellness space. Encore Labs is a cannabis testing lab, offers full panel testing service for cannabis, CBD, and hemp products.

Joe tells his personal backstory starting from his college days leading up to the very beginning of finding great products for Opus Intl. He entered the cannabis industry when he realized there was a scarcity of testing labs. Joe says that it’s not about the skills you may or may not have, if you have an idea it’s about hiring the right people. 
Learn More About Joe WangStay 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.

Apr 24 2020

22mins

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Dr. Sean Whalen, Co-Founder of Flexogenix

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In this episode, Don interviews Dr. Sean Whalen! Dr. Whalen is the co-founder of Flexogenix, a non-surgical clinical approach to the management of osteoarthritis helping patients to avoid joint replacement and receive management of orthopedic conditions.

Dr. Sean Whalen talks about being in the medical industry and managing patients during this time of COVID-19. He says, “There’s no room for error in this type of environment.” He discusses the strategies of entering new markets and studying details like medical insurance coverage in each state. Due to the nature of insurance in his business, Dr. Sean Whalen talks about the struggles of growth and financing. Learn More About Sean WhalenStay 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.

Apr 19 2020

25mins

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Eric Frankel, CEO of AdGreetz

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In this episode, Don interviews Eric Frankel! Eric is the CEO of AdGreetz, on a mission to build more engaging relationships with customers and increase revenue by producing and deploying data-driven ads. AdGreetz deploys millions of relevant, hyper-personalized ads on 22 channels using AI/machine learning proprietary technology.

Eric talks about the need to continuously innovate and personalize. He believes that this is the future of advertising. The abundant amount of data that is collected on an individual will soon eliminate irrelevant ads. Eric says you should always be asking yourself, “What’s a better way to do this?” Learn More About Eric FrankelStay 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.

Apr 12 2020

24mins

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Jose Flores, Co-owner and U.S. Managing Director of King’s Education

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In this episode, Don interviews Jose Flores! Jose is the Co-owner and U.S. Managing Director of King’s Education, an international education company based in the U.K. and the U.S. King’s Education was established in the U.K. and in 2011 the education brand was brought to the United States. The company works with international students looking to enrich their English-proficiency.

Jose and Don dive into the nature of international business, particularly navigating political uncertainties like Brexit and Donald Trump’s agenda. Specifically in the U.S., travel bans had impacted the number of international students. Jose shares that despite the adversities, the company has come out stronger than ever. One piece of advice that Jose shares is that when you are facing adversity, get back to basics and gain advice from your employees - transparency is key! Learn More About Jose FloresStay 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.

Apr 05 2020

23mins

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Trevor Testwuide, CEO of Measured

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Trevor Testwuide – CEO of Measured

In this episode, Don interviews Trevor Testwuide! Trevor is the CEO of Measured, helping marketers understand the incrementality of paid media to inform cross-channel media investment decisions. Measured is a portfolio management tool for marketers powered by incrementality measurement.

Trevor and Don dive into the specifics of how Measured helps companies and why now more than ever digital strategies count. They talk about the nature of businesses having to quickly pivot completely away from brick and mortar and lean on online digital resources. Trevor discusses being a leader to both your employees and your clients in these times of uncertainty: “Right now we need to be the roadmap to guide them.”

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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.

Mar 29 2020

20mins

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Gabe Middleton, Co-Founder and CEO of Human-I-T

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In this episode, Don interviews Gabe Middleton! Gabe is the co-founder and CEO of Human-I-T. Human-I-T is a non-profit social enterprise empowering people who are on the wrong side of the digital divide. The digital divide defines those who have a computer and internet access in their homes and those who do not. 

Gabe talks about shrinking this divide by helping more households get connected. Don and Gabe talk about the impact of COVID-19 and the way that online connectivity is necessary now more than ever. Gabe mentions that 80 million Americans do not have access to internet connection. He says, “It’s really unfortunate what’s going on, but it’s really put a spotlight on the digital divide and how big of an issue this really is.”

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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.

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Mar 22 2020

21mins

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Julie McDonald, Co-owner of McDonald Selznick Associates (MSA)

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In this episode, Don interviews Julie McDonald! Julie is the co-owner of McDonald Selznick Associates (MSA). MSA is a creative talent agency representing a unique class of artists, including dancers, choreographers, creative directors, producers, and educators in the education industry. 

She takes us through her story stemming from her love of dance and starting her own talent agency with her partner Tony Selznick. Julie talks about the grit and perseverance behind maintaining her place in the entertainment industry among the competition. She attributes the growth and success of her business to her team.

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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.

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Mar 15 2020

24mins

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Nicola Geretti, CEO of Super Bit Machine

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In this episode, Don interviews Nicola Geretti! Nicola is the CEO of Super Bit Machine. Super Bit Machine is a cross-platform multiplayer game development company. Nicola started off as a pro gamer, which eventually led him to becoming a game developer.

Super Bit Machine offers cutting edge gaming technology that allows multi-platform gaming. Nicola shares how the e-Sports industry fosters a social and international connectivity between people. Learn how Nicola pivoted from being a pro gamer to corporate life to CEO entrepreneur.

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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.

Produced by LIT Media

Mar 08 2020

24mins

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Mattan Danino, CEO of WEBITMD

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In this episode, Don interviews Mattan Danino! Mattan is the CEO of WEBITMD. WEBITMD is a Digital Marketing and Sales Agency based in Los Angeles, California with offices in Dallas and New York City. They provide end-to-end marketing and sales programs helping businesses grow while being more efficient.

Mattan talks about the future of marketing involving a larger utilization of marketing automation in order to do more with less. He also dives into the idea that technology helps drive sales with less friction. Mattan says, “It’s not about what you sell, but how you sell it.” 

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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.

Produced by LIT Media

Mar 01 2020

27mins

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Tony Wong, CEO of Digital Onion and Applied Agile

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In this episode, Don interviews Tony Wong! Tony is the CEO of two different companies – Digital Onion and Applied Agile. Digital Onion manages and implements a culture change around agile values and processes. Applied Agile is the coaching process that individual executives, VPs, and c-level leaders undergo to change their leadership style and emotional intelligence.  

Tony shares his insight behind elevating emotional intelligence. He says that emotional intelligence is more than just mindset, it takes empowering, ownership, and “getting over one’s desires for control”. The most successful companies do not deter conflict, rather fosters healthy discourse.

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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.

Feb 16 2020

22mins

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Mike White, CEO of Lively Worldwide

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In this episode, Don interviews Mike White! Mike is the CEO of Lively Worldwide. Lively is a creative agency specializing in live marketing; integrating content, digital, and event production. Mike has built a future-focused agency that connects brands with their clients through live experiences.

Mike wants brands to realize that the world is changing and physical/digital experiences are what’s important to consumers. His agency builds live experiences based on three key factors: how their audience consumes media, their brand story, and their business product. Mike says that being creative and leveraging entrepreneurial skills are the best way to approach any sort of challenge.

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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.

Feb 09 2020

20mins

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