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Inc. Founders Project with Alexa von Tobel

The Inc. Founders Project brings you the stories of the entrepreneurs building our future. Hosted by Alexa von Tobel (Founder/CEO of LearnVest and now Founder + Managing Partner of Inspired Capital), listen to the tales of guts, inspiration, and drive behind the people and companies at the forefront of technology. Each weekly conversation digs into each founder's professional playbook — and startsRead More

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How to Know You're Ready to Launch, with Julie Bornstein of The Yes

Jul 8, 2020
26 min
Julie Bornstein is a seasoned e-commerce executive, who has spent her career building major retailers online, including Nordstrom, Sephora, and Urban Outfitters. After scaling Stitch Fix to over $1 billion in revenue as COO, Julie has launched The...
Jul 8, 2020 • 26 MIN

How to Build a Company Remotely, with Wade Foster of Zapier

Jul 1, 2020
37 min
After their day jobs wrapped, Wade and his co-founders spent their nights building what would eventually become Zapier, the workflow automation tool. Originally based in Missouri, they decided to put their full focus onto their budding startup by...
Jul 1, 2020 • 37 MIN

How to Pursue Audacious Goals, with Marcelo Claure of SoftBank

Jun 24, 2020
39 min
When he was a child, he set up a stand in front of his house to sell his mom's clothes. In college, he ran an airline miles business with 17 friends working out of his apartment. And post-college, he started Brightstar, which became the world's...
Jun 24, 2020 • 39 MIN

How to Be Your Customer's First Call, with Zach Reitano of Ro

Jun 17, 2020
30 min
When each member of his family grappled with a life-threatening illness—himself included—Zach Reitano found his mission as an entrepreneur: to provide personalized health care to everyone on the planet. In 2017, Zach and his co-founders started Ro....
Jun 17, 2020 • 30 MIN

How to Be a Present Parent and a CEO, with Jessica Rolph of Lovevery

Jun 10, 2020
36 min
After co-founding the top organic baby food brand in the country, Jessica Rolph got her second startup idea from an unlikely source: a doctoral thesis on child development. Jessica launched Lovevery in 2015 to offer products to help parents feel...
Jun 10, 2020 • 36 MIN

How to Trust Your Gut, with Adam Nathan of Almanac

Jun 3, 2020
33 min
When you sit down to work, do you often find yourself starting at a blank page? Adam and his team at Almanac are trying to fix that. Just as Github has allowed engineers to access a database of code, Almanac is doing the same for knowledge workers...
Jun 3, 2020 • 33 MIN

Why Execution Is More Important Than Ideas, with Milind Mehere of YieldStreet

May 27, 2020
37 min
After co-founding and selling ad-tech platform Yodle, serial entrepreneur Milind Mehere had identified a new pain point. After Seeing his investments plummet during the last recession, he wanted to create a digital wealth-management platform that...
May 27, 2020 • 37 MIN

How to Build a Marketplace That Scales, with Steven Galanis of Cameo

May 20, 2020
42 min
Steven had a big realization: Selfies with celebrities are the new autograph. With strong conviction in his idea, he and his co-founders set out to launch Cameo, the marketplace that allows fans to book video shoutouts from a library of over 30,000...
May 20, 2020 • 42 MIN

How to Tap Into What Makes Your Business Special, with Bryan Murphy of Breather

May 13, 2020
32 min
Bryan came up with the idea for his first startup on the back of a cocktail napkin—and went on to sell the resulting business, WHI solutions, to eBay. Now, he's at the helm of Breather, the company providing flexible workspaces that are as easy to...
May 13, 2020 • 32 MIN

How to Integrate Work and Childcare, with Chriselle Lim of Bumo

May 6, 2020
33 min
Chriselle Lim built a fashion empire—replete with a YouTube channel that has gotten more than 29 million views, a collection at Nordstrom that sold out in 48 hours, and a Barbie modeled after her. But after becoming a mom, she realized how hard it...
May 6, 2020 • 33 MIN

How to Chase Your Passion, With Shane Curran of Evervault

Apr 29, 2020
29 min
At age 7, he learned to code. At 12, he started his first company. Now, 19-year-old Shane Curran is working to make data privacy simple and accessible for everyone through his startup Evervault. With seed funding from the likes of Sequoia and...
Apr 29, 2020 • 29 MIN

How to Turn Feedback into a Business Model, with Austen Allred of Lambda School

Apr 22, 2020
28 min
Austen spotted a major disconnect: a labor market in need of specialized talent and inaccessible education programs to train future employees. Enter Lambda School, a fully remote tech school with Income Share Agreements (ISAs) at its center. Rather...
Apr 22, 2020 • 28 MIN

Why Failure is a Path to Progress, with Will Ahmed of WHOOP

Apr 16, 2020
40 min
As a D1 athlete, Will Ahmed became obsessed with the idea of recovery. How do you unlock human performance, and what data would you need to do so? This interest led to the creation of WHOOP, the next gen wearable technology. Will started WHOOP in...
Apr 16, 2020 • 40 MIN

How to Manage Risk, with Marla Beck of Bluemercury

Apr 8, 2020
36 min
Armed with a lifelong passion for cosmetics, Marla Beck saw an opportunity to transform the makeup shopping experience. In 1999, she founded Bluemercury, and then went on to scale the company into hundreds of stores and multiple product lines—while...
Apr 8, 2020 • 36 MIN

How to Speak to a Niche Audience, with Samantha Fishbein of Betches

Nov 27, 2019
30 min
In 2011, Samantha Fishbein came together with two college classmates to start an anonymous website, "Betches Love This." When the site took off, Betches quickly went from a fun project to a meaningful business known for deeply resonating with its...
Nov 27, 2019 • 30 MIN

How to Craft a Viral Product, with Ivan Zhao of Notion

Nov 20, 2019
35 min
As we all strive to increase our productivity, it's no wonder that productivity startup Notion has taken off. Since co-founder and CEO Ivan Zhao launched a prototype a few years ago, Notion has gained a cult following of over one million users....
Nov 20, 2019 • 35 MIN

How to Build Community, with Jonathan Neman of Sweetgreen

Jun 12, 2019
35 min
After meeting as freshmen at Georgetown, Jonathan and his two-cofounders set out to open a healthy fast food restaurant in a 500 square feet storefront. From those quaint beginnings, Sweetgreen has grown into a massive food platform, with over 100+...
Jun 12, 2019 • 35 MIN