Michael Horvath is the co-founder and board member of Strava.
“If you sweat, you're an athlete. It's as simple as that.”Mark Gainey & Michael HorvathRiding up a local canyon climb back in what must have been late 2009, my Airstream-dwelling, frequent cycling compadre Stu Bone couldn't stop talking about this brand new social network specifically aimed at the 2-wheel community.Always eager to test new tech, I signed up immediately, quickly fell in love and have been evangelizing the platform every since.Meet Strava – the fitness social network designed by athletes for athletes.Evolving beyond it’s cycling roots as a platform for all who sweat, today Strava is widely embraced as the premier workout sharing fitness network — a rapidly expanding ecosystem of Olympic, professional, elite, amateur and beginner athletes that boasts over 1 million new registered new users every month and growing.What distinguishes Strava from other fitness trackers and social media platforms is the positive emotional connection it engenders. Encouraging and community oriented, it’s devoid of the negativity and toxicity that plagues most sharing networks. There’s something uniquely special about being privy to the daily grind of my favorite multi-sport athletes. Their transparency holds me accountable. In turn I help hold my community accountable. And openly sharing our collective fitness experience – the highs and the lows — makes all of us better.So just how did Strava become the only fitness app that matters?To get the story behind the story, today I sit down with Mark Gainey and Michael Horvath — the dynamic duo co-founders who gave birth to Strava and continue to guide it's ongoing growth and evolution.Currently Strava’s interim CFO, Michael Horvath previously served as Chief Executive Officer from 2010-2013 and President from 2014-2017. Holding a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University and an A.B. in economics from Harvard (where he was men’s lightweight crew team captain), Michael is a former Stanford economics professor and entrepreneurship professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Prior to Strava, Michael co-founded enterprise software firm Kana Communications and was the CFO and VP of Operations at GlycoFi, a biotech company.Mark Gainey currently serves as the co-founder and chairman of Strava. Also a Harvard graduate, Mark is a former venture capital executive and seasoned entrepreneur who has been building successful companies for nearly 20 years, including Kana, which he co-founded alongside Michael as CEO, president, and chairman. In addition, Mark sits on the board of Alter-G, BoardVantage, Daum, Clari, and Coaching Corps.Michael and Mark initially met on the crew team at Harvard. Friendship ensued, but after graduation they pursued disparate paths. Mark went into venture capital in Palo Alto. Michael became an academic. Reunited when Michael took a professorship at Stanford, they hatched their first startup. Kana Communications was a massive triumph. Little did they know that their follow up act — a passion project born out of a mutual love for fitness — would eclipse their first company's success, reshaping the fitness landscape for millions of athletes across the world.This exchange canvasses everything from technology, business and entrepreneurship to fitness, sports and social media.But at it’s core, it's a conversation about community. How to create it. How to nurture it. And why the integrity of community is paramount.I love Strava. As an early adopter (I was the 14,443 person to sign up for the service), it's my pleasure to share Mark and Michael's story with you today.Disclosure: In the interest of total transparency, I have run ad campaigns for Strava on this podcast in the past. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
Our interviews this week with Strava Co-founder Michael Horvath.  Bill and I caught up with Michael about 6 weeks ago.  We released the interview on 303Radio, but thought it would be a good interview to share with the MHE audience. Thanks to last week's guests,  Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Heidi Strickler.  I think you'll learn a bit from the interview.  If you missed it, go back and listen to episode #132. Michael Horvath, as you will hear shortly, graduated from Harvard with a degree in Economics.  While at Harvard he was on the Crew team, which really is a big influencer in the story you are about to hear.  What you will not hear in the interview is that Michael went on to get his PhD in Economics at Northwestern University.  He co-founded Strava and served as CEO from 2009-2013, then became Chairman and President 2014-2017 and now serves on the Board. I think the rest of the Michael Horvath story is better told by Michael himself.  Here's the interview.  We'll catch you on the other side. Revisit the Michael Horvath interview briefly and discussion on favorite Strava features. Non premium One of the things that seems most understood are the Privacy Settings that are available and how they impact functionality.  I have to admit that I was not too familiar with the Privacy settings until doing some research before the interview.  https://www.strava.com/settings/privacy I did a group ride last week and one of the guys forgot to start his Strava recording until half way into the ride.  I don't him not to worry, that I could add the activity with "Add friend that didn't record". He was blown away.  It's super easy.  The person who did successfully recorded just goes to their activity after completing it.  Click edit and below the Activity Privacy Settings, you'll see Add Friends to this Ride or Run or whatever. Premium Beacon which is great if you have family members who are training or concerned about your safety when training. Live segments are pretty cool  There is a segment on Deer Creek that pops up for me when I pass Valley Rd. just after the dirt parking lot.  My watch beeps at me and I get a "Bill Plock Go!" message. Filtered Leaderboards.  If I don't like the Leaderboard standards, I can filter out all the younger and skinnier guys. Haute Route Did it have a Tour-like feel? Pikes Peak or Bust 4th of July Ride Zebulon Pike Pikes Peak https://www.strava.com/activities/1680981291 Boulder Peak Quick project "Fat Burn" update Food log at https://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/soares3711 Upcoming Interviews Alison Freeman on training and racing in the heat We will have Simone Cordrey Cotter joining us to talk about Rudy Project Project Podium Our show is also supported by 303 Endurance Network, which includes 303Triathlon and 303 Cycling, which covers the endurance culture, news and events on triathlon and cycling.  Be sure to subscribe to the 303Radio podcast for great interviews. How to support with Patreon It takes a good 5-10 hours per week to keep the show going There are a number of services that we pay for including website hosting, podcast content storage and streaming, etc https://www.patreon.com/milehighendurance Only one level right now which is a $5 donation to the show Your donations will go directly into equipment and services to make the quality of the show better   Please support our affiliate brands that support the show and help you get faster! The Halo Sport from Halo Neuroscience will help you learn the technique and form to get faster.  20 minutes of neural priming with the Halo Headset gives you an hour of neural plasticity to work and lock in the muscle movement that leads to strength, power and endurance.  Use code MHE150 to save $150. Total Immersion -Use code MHETI10 to get 10% off items in your cart Rudy Project has the helmets, glasses and gear to help you ride safe and look great.  Use code MHE30 to get 30% off your full price items. Do you know who else wears a Rudy helmet like mine?  Matt Smith TrainingPeaks Premium is the full featured version of the app.  Unlock the full featured app for 30 days using the code MHE30 All of these discounts can be found at milehighendurance on the Sponsors page. We hope you enjoyed today's show.  Please rate us on iTunes or your podcast player.  Be sure you are subscribed in iTunes so you get the show automatically downloaded on Saturday evening and recommend Mile High Endurance to a friend.  Happy Independence Day to our listeners in the U.S.  Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!    
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