1871 is a hub of technology and entrepreneurship in Chicago. This is a place where founders from all industries gather to support each other. This week on The Founder’s Mind, we’re trying something a little different. Before the COVID craziness started, Adam found himself with an extra day in Chicago. He put out a call to any founders at 1871 to come to the recording studio and chat. Aaron Filous, David Pawlan, and Dana Todd answered the call.Today, we’re sharing three conversations with three founders from very different industries. Adam asks each founder what they wish they had known when they started and how their previous job experiences prepared them for their newest challenges. Their answers will surprise you.[01:09] - Aaron Filous, Founder and CEO of Promotable[01:34] - What is Promotable[04:40] - Why feedback is important and how to bridge the gap between the tech and non-tech sides of a business[11:15] - What it’s like contributing to someone else’s success[13:18] - David Pawlan, Co-Founder at Aloa[13:56] - David Pawlan explains the concept of Aloa[15:25] - Why Aloa is a relationship focused company[18:40] - Aloa’s mission[20:25] - What David wished he knew before founding Aloa[24:45] - Dana Todd, CEO of Balodana[25:02] - Dana Todd on what it’s like to be on her third business, Balodana[28:53] - Challenges of slow fashion[35:11] - The difficulty of getting people to try new things[36:05] - Educating the customerThe Founder's Mind is a podcast for entrepreneurs wanting to gain insights and tactics from founders of all kinds to learn, grow, and be better equipped to navigate the inherent challenges of entrepreneurship. The podcast is hosted by Adam Mutschler, a Leadership Coach and COO at The Kedar Group.If you'd like to receive new episodes as they're published, please subscribe to The Founder’s Mind in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider leaving a review in Apple Podcasts. It really helps others find the show.This podcast episode was produced by Dante32.
Charles Ashley III has given up dream jobs because he has a fire in his belly to help as many people as he can. His company, Cultivating Coders, seeks to bring coding camps to people who don’t usually have easy access to digital tools we take for granted – those living in poverty, as well as people of color. But what do you do when you have an in-person business model and a pandemic hits?This week on The Founder’s Mind, we’re talking to Charles about how he successfully migrated his business to the virtual realm and even added compelling new offers such as his Code Crush Crew. Charles also speaks passionately on how we can overcome the digital divide and how the implementation of small business loans has put inequality in the spotlight.Listen to the episode and remember to shop local![04:48] – Charles explains his background and road to Cultivating Coders[13:48] – Community equity[18:37] – A hard lesson in business[24:33] – What drives Charles[32:24] – Issues with the disbursement of SBA money[37:09] – Entrepreneurs know that you eat what you killCharles Ashley III is President & Founder of Cultivating Coders, a New Mexico based company that provides technical training and curriculum in web and mobile application development to K-12 schools in tribal, rural and overlooked urban areas that lack resources in coding and computer science education. Prior to his current role, Charles was a Marketing & Strategy Consultant for several clients including Harmonix Technologies, VARA Wines and DeVry University. He previously served as Film Liaison & Marketing Manager for Bernalillo County’s Economic Development Department in New Mexico and was Manager of Marketing for CNM’s STEMulus Center. Charles currently sits on the US Eagle Federal Credit Union Advisory Board, Learning Alliance and has served on variety of boards such as New Mexico AIDS Services, Albuquerque Youth Basketball League Board, Mayor Berry’s Albuquerque Deep Dive Council for Arts & Culture and Mayor Keller’s Education Transition Team.The Founder's Mind is a podcast for entrepreneurs wanting to gain insights and tactics from founders of all kinds to learn, grow, and be better equipped to navigate the inherent challenges of entrepreneurship. The podcast is hosted by Adam Mutschler, a Leadership Coach and COO at The Kedar Group.If you'd like to receive new episodes as they're published, please subscribe to The Founder’s Mind in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider leaving a review in Apple Podcasts. It really helps others find the show.This podcast episode was produced by Dante32.
Whether your business has been around for years or you just got in the game, no one could have anticipated the COVID-19 pandemic to effectively wipe out business revenues by 50% or more overnight. But that’s the situation we’re in right now - our new normal - and it’s time for you to take a step back to figure out what routines to put in place and what decisions need to be made to keep your company afloat.This week on The Founder’s Mind, Adam talked to Scott Case, Founder of Upside Travel and a sponsor of this show. Scott is a serial entrepreneur and also has experience with public health thanks to years serving as CEO and as a board member of Malaria No More. Scott shares his deep knowledge and offers concrete strategies that every business should take right now to ensure they weather this storm. Listen in to learn about the similarities to the fight against malaria and how the CARES Act can help businesses.[02:17] – Why companies need to plan for the worst right now[06:18] – Don’t wait for new information, start making decisions[09:08] – Establishing new routines for work and social connections[17:51] – Playing offense against the disease: CARES Act[18:31] – How fighting malaria is similar to fighting COVID-19[24:08] – Identify how your unique business can contribute[31:02] – A breakdown of steps to be taken to secure your businessScott Case is a technologist, entrepreneur and inventor and was founding CTO of priceline.com, the "Name Your Own Price" Internet service. At the Walker Digital Invention Laboratory, he helped build a portfolio of intellectual property. In November 2015, he rejoined Jay Walker to transform the way we buy business travel at Upside (www.upside.com).In 2006, Scott joined the Malaria No More team (www.MalariaNoMore.org) to inspire individuals and institutions to end deaths caused by malaria. He also serves as the Chairman of Network for Good (www.NetworkForGood.org), a national nonprofit that has distributed more than $1.4 billion to 100,000 nonprofits.The Founder's Mind is a podcast for entrepreneurs wanting to gain insights and tactics from founders of all kinds to learn, grow, and be better equipped to navigate the inherent challenges of entrepreneurship. The podcast is hosted by Adam Mutschler, a Leadership Coach and COO at The Kedar Group.If you'd like to receive new episodes as they're published, please subscribe to The Founder’s Mind in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider leaving a review in Apple Podcasts. It really helps others find the show.This podcast episode was produced by Dante32.
People always think that startups do just that: start right up. But in reality, it can take years of planning and prep work before a business is truly up and running. Such was the case for Civic Eagle, an app that helps policymakers easily track legislation. Civic Eagle co-founder Yemi Adewunmi joined Adam to discuss what it’s like as a founder of color, how to foster a business culture with a remote team, and how much planning it took before they raised millions in funding.Yemi is an avid traveler, but as a remote worker, she sometimes finds it difficult to turn off the digital nomad lifestyle. Listen for her tips on how she, and Civic Eagle, are trying to get more intentional with their time away from work.[02:00] – What Civic Eagle does[03:34] – How the Civic Eagle co-founders met[05:27] – Learning new skills and building Civic Eagle while pursuing other jobs[13:52] – Launching Civic Eagle[18:04] – Raising millions in funding[22:35] – Hedging bets and intentional decision-making[29:55] – Managing a distributed team[33:48] – Memorable travel[35:29] – Your Time Off[40:11] – Lifelong learningYemi Adewunmi is the co-founder and product designer for Civic Eagle, an app that streamlines the legislative process for policymakers. She is an avid photographer. Connect with her on Instagram @yemi.adewunmi. Civic Eagle is on a mission to use technology to promote better democratic outcomes for people and their communities. Their product Enview brings state and federal bills together with team communications so that organizations can unlock efficiency in their policy workflow. Are you working from home on state or federal policy? Try Enview for remote teams for free.The Founder's Mind is a podcast for entrepreneurs wanting to gain insights and tactics from founders of all kinds to learn, grow, and be better equipped to navigate the inherent challenges of entrepreneurship. The podcast is hosted by Adam Mutschler, a Leadership Coach and COO at The Kedar Group.This season of The Founder’s Mind is sponsored by Upside Business Travel - free travel management for companies like yours. Find out more about Upside Business Travel at www.upside.com/tfm.If you'd like to receive new episodes as they're published, please subscribe to The Founder’s Mind in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider leaving a review in Apple Podcasts. It really helps others find the show.This podcast episode was produced by Dante32.
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