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52 Founders


A weekly podcast series with tech entrepreneurs that aims to uncover the founder's DNA.

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*FINALE* Episode 52: Mickey Costa, Atlas

Nov 28 • 38:11
In this episode, you’ll hear about:
-How Atlas operates on the ground, and how Mickey, who’s from New York, discovered this opportunity halfway across the globe
-The challenges to building a company in West Africa, and why it was critical that the team lived there when they first were getting started
-Mickey’s childhood growing up in Westchester, and why he originally aspired...

Episode 51: Christina Sass, Andela

Nov 21 • 31:14
In this episode, you’ll hear about:
-How Andela’s cofounders, Christina and Jeremy Johnson, came together over shared values and vision about the opportunity in Africa
-What it was like pitching to early stage investors, and why it was critical that they accompanied them to Africa to see the magic firsthand
-The company’s headquarters in Lagos and New York, and why both citie...

Episode 50: Ryan Denehy, Electric

Nov 14 • 24:06
In this episode, you’ll hear about:
-How Electric was born from Ryan’s own frustrations with IT in his previous company, and why he was on the look out for hardships during that time
-Why Ryan decided to start his next company in NYC vs SF, where his former company Swarm was headquartered, and the big takeaways he learned from running his past startups
-Ryan’s first childhood...

Episode 49: Ro Gupta, Carmera

Nov 7 • 26:13
In this episode, you’ll hear about:
-The autonomous vehicle stack, and why companies aren’t building everything in house
-Why Carmera decided to build its headquarters in New York versus the Bay, and the benefits of doing so
-The entrepreneurial genes that run in Ro’s family, and why his parents ended up leaving India to come to the States
-When Ro started thinking about entre...

Episode 48: Yifan Zhang, Loftium

Nov 1 • 29:25
In this episode, you’ll hear about:
-How Loftium was inspired by Yifan’s own experience when she and her husband moved to Seattle and started renting out a spare bedroom
-The new market Loftium has created for home buyers, and the company’s initial traction since its recent launch
-The pros and cons to growing a real estate, and fintech, focused start up in Seattle
-Yifan’s pa...

Episode 47: May Habib, Qordoba

Oct 24 • 22:48
In this episode, you’ll hear about:
-How May’s travels to Asia while living in Abu Dhabi inspired the creation of Qordoba, in addition to growing up as a non-native English speaker
-Why the company is named after the historic Spanish city Cordoba during the time of the Enlightenment, and examples of how language has continually unified people
-How being the oldest of eight ch...

Episode 46: Rebecca Sholiton, Wise Apple

Oct 18 • 27:25
In this episode, you’ll hear about:
-Rebecca’s time spent living in Lima, Peru working with female entrepreneurs, and why she left to go to Kellogg School of Management
-How Rebecca’s friends’ experiences with “mom guilt” inspired the idea for Wise Apple
-Why Wise Apple chose to go after the consumer segment of the problem rather than the B2B side (i.e. school supplied lunche...

Episode 45: Pete Janes, ShieldPay

Oct 10 • 28:18
In this episode, you’ll hear about:
-The story behind ShieldPay’s origin, and why the company isn’t targeting the friends and family transaction space
-How many UK startups use the country as a testing ground for ideas before scaling out into alternative markets such as the U.S.
-Why Pete decided to enter the Techstars Barclays accelerator, even though he -already was a seria...

Episode 44: Ben Gilbert, Pioneer Square Labs

Oct 3 • 33:11
In this episode, you’ll hear about:
-How the Pioneer Square Labs model works, and why the team views the people that eventually run the company as the true founders
-What qualities PSL looks for in these founders, and why domain knowledge is key
-The startup ecosystem in Seattle, and why the big tech incumbents are largely to thank for it
-How Taunt currently operates, and the...

Episode 43: David Rabie, Tovala

Sep 26 • 24:01
In this episode, you’ll hear about:
-How Tovala controls the entire end-to-end experience of each meal, from sourcing the ingredients to creating unique recipes with its in-house chefs
-David’s background in the food industry, and how he found himself creating Tovala shortly after arriving at Chicago Booth
-How the advice David received from the founders of Airbnb helped him ...

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