A Practical Growth Podcast for Entrepreneurs & Marketing Leaders

FROM TV PRODUCER TO 7-FIGURE STARTUP W/ TOM ROWLAND & BUILDER BROCK | TSS EPISODE 24

On today’s episode we sit down with Tom Rowland and Builder Brock from WayPoint TV.

These guys have such a fun story, and a very unique perspective on applying lessons learned while producing real tv shows for over a decade, and bringing those principles and business ideas to digital.

I think a lot of times we can get caught in the hype of digital/social and forget all of the success that happened and that is happening on TV, and these guys have deep experience creating tv shows that you’ve probably seen.

9:50 – STARTING A TV SHOW
17:00 – BOOTSTRAPPING WITHOUT INVESTMENT
27:00 USING YOUR NETWORK TO SCALE 

VALIDATE & GROW YOUR STARTUP W/ WILLIE MORRIS | TSS EPISODE 23

On this episode, we discuss how to validate and grow a startup idea from the ground up.

Willie Morris is an entrepreneur who has experience building companies and collaborating with brands and people like Amazon, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin.

Willie shares his experience on starting, validating, and growing startups into companies that provide value and create real revenue.

HOW TO USE A PODCAST TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS W/ JAMES CARBARY | TSS EPISODE 22

On today’s episode, we talk with the “Podfather” James Carbary about how to use a podcast to grow your business.

James is the CEO of Sweet Fish Media as well as the host of the B2B Growth Show, which is a podcast focused on teaching businesses how to drive sales and growth in a B2B environment.

James is an O.G. podcaster and he shares the lessons he’s learned while publishing over 600 episodes of his own show as well as developing shows for his clients.

SCALE YOUR STARTUP W/ EMAIL MARKETING FEAT. MICHAEL SMITH: TSS EPISODE 21

On this episode, we talk with Michael Smith who is the brand design team lead at the email marketing platform, AWeber.

He’ll tell us a little about what that means, but more importantly – Mike gives us some really good practical advice on how to best use email, some free tools and templates that AWeber offers, and gives us an example of what a well executed campaign can look like in action.

BUILDING A GOVERNMENT LIKE A STARTUP | TSS EPISODE 20

Governments are massive, bureaucratic, filled-with-red-tape organizations that can’t move the needle to effectively serve their constituents, right?

Well, maybe not.

This week’s guest, Bruce Katz and his co-author Jeremy Nowak challenge starters to think about government differently and to approach their local communities as a Startup that can be built from the bottom-up.

We discuss their brand new book “The New Localism” and discuss what it looks like when the principles of entrepreneurship are applied to developing cities (and city-states) both in America and abroad.

This episode is a must-listen for those of you who want to improve your city, be a part of real political change, or just enjoy social economics. Enjoy!

SOCIAL MEDIA SUCKS: A CONVERSATION W/ JASON ZOOK | TSS EPISODE 19

Jason Zook built his career on social media.

As a young entrepreneur, he hustled his way into making a million bones ($$$) by wearing branded tshirts, selling his last name, and now by selling his future at www.buymyfuture.com.

But now? He’s had enough. Listen as we talk to this best-selling author, entrepreneur, and social media veteran talk about why he’s bailing on social – and how his businesses have been affected as result.

Check out Jason’s work : www.buymyfuture.com & jasondoesstuff.com

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VOICE-FIRST TECH REVOLUTION W/ BRADLEY METROCK | TSS EPISODE 18

My friend got me an Amazon Alexa for Christmas this year. Despite being against the idea of Alexa and terrified of secret government agencies invading my privacy/home – the technology has been incredibly impressive. So impressive, in fact, that I absolutely see how voice-first tech is going to dominate over the next decade.

Today’s guest is Bradley Metrock of Score Publishing. Bradley founded and runs the Alexa Conference, which is an annual conference to discuss, brainstorm, and collaborate on exciting innovation for a voice-first world.

On this episode, we discuss the implications of voice-first technology, how entrepreneurs get take advantage/get involved, and the upcoming Alexa Conference happening THIS WEEK in Chattanooga, TN.

INNOVATION & SMART CITIES W/ MAYOR ANDY BERKE | TSS EPISODE 17

On this episode, we sat down with the Mayor of Chattanooga, Andy Berke.

Mayor Berke is responsible for leading Chattanooga to become the first mid-sized city to house an Innovation District. He was gracious enough to take some time to talk about how that process has gone, what Chattanooga is doing to stay relevant and grow our appeal to bigger companies, and how entrepreneurs can help grow the quality of life and business in the city.

Thanks so much to Mayor Berke for coming on. Enjoy!

 

 

BUILDING BRANDS & BICEPS W/ CORY GREGORY & JOHN FOSCO | TSS EPISODE 16

On this episode, we sat down with two of my personal heroes: Cory Gregory and John Fosco.

Cory and John are the co-founders of Max Effort Muscle and the hosts of the Business & Biceps podcast. Additionally, Cory has become a fitness icon over the past two decades and has commanded the cover of Muscle & Body, Fitness RX, Physical, & more.  These guys are incredibly high-energy and we had a blast talking about their humble beginnings, how they’ve leveraged Cory’s celebrity and John’s hustle to build a brand, and some of their best advice for entrepreneurs or anyone in the fitness industry.

I’ve looked up to these guys for a long time, and really enjoyed getting to talk shop with them. They’re both incredible performers and I think you’ll learn a lot from listening to their success story to this point.


Cory’s Website: https://corygfitness.com/

Max Effort Muscle: https://www.maxeffortmuscle.com/

Business & Biceps Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/business-and-biceps/id1072159330?mt=2

 

GET OFF THE COUCH W/ SHAWN NELSON | TSS EPISODE 15

On this episode, we got to chat with Shawn Nelson who is the Founder and CEO of Lovesac as well as a youtube vlogger where he documents his journey of growing LoveSac to a $100 million dollar business. He’s been featured on CNBC’s “Make Me a Millionaire Investor” been awarded  Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and won a $1 million dollar award for surviving and winning Richard Branson’s “rebel billionaire” tv show.

We got to talk about how he started LoveSac as a joke, how he’s kept his focus through the severe highs and lows of starting and running a business, and his vision for growing business and using retail in the future.

Shawn’s Vlog: https://www.youtube.com/user/shawnydlovesac
LoveSac’s brand site: www.https://www.lovesac.com/
Shop for beautiful gifts here (use code STARTUP): www.ugmonk.com 

OLYMPIC CLASS PRODUCTIVITY W/ JOCELYN K. GLEI | TSS EPISODE 14

On this episode, Adam sits down with productivity guru and podcast host Jocelyn K. Glei. Jocelyn started and hosts the hit “Hurry Slowly” podcast which has taken Apple podcasts by storm and was recently named a “Top 100 Podcast in 2017.”


Jocelyn digs into when she started noticing a productivity/mindset problem in our work culture and how it has affected her personally. She also dives into the top lessons learned from some of her incredible guests, and shares her thoughts on moving slower to speed up in life.


This episode is a a must-listen for entrepreneurs/humans who find themselves asking what they’ve done with their day and looking to make some changes heading into the new year.

Huge shoutout to our sponsors Ugmonk and Onsight Fitness! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

HUSTLE + HUMILITY W/ GARY VEE | TSS EPISODE 13

On today’s episode I got to catch up with my former boss and mentor, Gary Vaynerchuk.

Gary’s reputation speaks for itself as he has built a multi-million dollar digital agency, created an international brand, written multiple New York Times bestsellers, and is now releasing his signature shoe as part of a collaboration with KSwiss.


During this conversation, we talk about how Gary views his shoe release in the context of his vision,  what drives him to keep hustling hit after hit, and how staying grounded in humility is the key to reaching your greatest potential. Plus he breaks some news about his future shoe releases. 😉


I’m personally very grateful to Gary for what he’s done for me, and for making time to come on the show. As his legacy continues to grow, it’s really fun to have a behind the scenes look at how he’s building the biggest building in town. Hope you guys thoroughly enjoy – if you do please leave us a review and share!!


Thanks to our sponsor Ugmonk and Dynamo for sponsoring this episode. Use the code “STARTUP” to receive a 10% discount on your entire order from www.Ugmonk.com

BUILDING A LEGACY THAT LASTS WITH TED ALLING | TSS EPISODE 12

On this episode we get to hear from a man who has built and sold multiple companies (including being part of the biggest acquisition in UPS history), started an accelerator, & is now working on several projects that will impact an entire city.


Ted Alling​ was kind enough to join us as we talked about his immeasurable passion and energy toward each topic he’s followed. Success has followed him throughout his career, from building Access America to starting a logistics accelerator in Chattanooga, and serving as a mentor for Tech Stars.


We got to talk about his career to this point, what he looks for in a founder, and how he plans on continuing to grow the city of Chattanooga through projects like Dynamo VC​ and Chattanooga Prep​. Enjoy!

RAISING OVER $20 MILLION & BUILDING A CULTURE W/ STEPHEN VLAHOS

On this episode we sit down with Stephen Vlahos aka “the Truth” to discuss how he started Bellhops Moving, how they developed their world-famous culture, and the hall of fame Boston Celtic he strangely resembles in work style.
 
Stephen is someone I’ve looked up to for a long time, and was absolutely THRILLED to get the chance to sit down with him. I think you guys are really going to enjoy the show! Please take a minute to listen to what Stephen and others are doing with Keep Fighting: The Journey of Nathan Sexton — premiering this Sunday, Oct. 22 at 6 pm.
 
Also, don’t forget to stop by our LIVE episode of The Startup Show TODAY at 2 pm over at Miller Plaza. Can’t wait to see you there 😉

BUILDING A COMMUNITY PT. 2 | TSS EPISODE 9

It’s Startup Week in CHA-Town!

With a ton of events going on, we want you to join us for part two of our conversation on building community with our friends from Atlas Local. Chattanooga is going through many of the same transformations that Greenville is/has gone through and these guys are at the forefront of what’s changed.

We also discuss some upcoming events and a very special opportunity to help a local hero fighting brain cancer right here in Chattanooga.

Enjoy!

DESIGNING A MILLION DOLLAR BRAND WITH JEFF SHELDON | TSS EPISODE 10

4:30 – HOW HE GOT STARTED
13:50 – ONLY WORKING WITH FAMILY?!
17:30 – SCALING THE BUSINESS
21:00 – INTRODUCING UGMONK’S NEWEST PRODUCT “GATHER”

 

On this episode, we get to sit down with Jeff Sheldon, Founder and CEO of Ugmonk.

*****

Jeff and I went to the same university and both hail from the Philadelphia area, but had never met prior to this show. Regardless, we quickly discovered we had a lot in common aside from our shared love of the Philadelphia Eagles. During our conversation, we talk about how Jeff didn’t notice his entrepreneurial gifts at an early age, the role his family plays in building Ugmonk (his mom still sends each product), and the lessons he learned from successfully raising money on Kickstarter for a new product called “Gather.”

*****

Jeff is an incredible person and an inspiration personally. His laser focus on creating real value over hype is something I specifically appreciate about him. I hope you enjoy our conversation and are inspired to design your life as well!

BUILDING A COMMUNITY PT. 1 | The Startup Show

Man, what a fun interview.

Matt and Chris are friends of mine in Greenville, SC who have built a community and coworking space called Atlas Local. Along with their third partner Matthew Smith, the group has cultivated a really unique family of designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and startups who work and live together in community through a shared work space.

In Part 1, we talk about what “building community” really means, how work/life balance looks to them, and the effect a committed group of individuals can have on a city.

I really enjoyed and learned a lot from this conversation. Part 2 coming soon. Enjoy!

FINDING A PARTNER | TSS EPISODE 8

Finding a partner is tough.

Whether you’re looking for a complement in life (hello Tinder), on a basketball court (hello Kyrie/Lebron), or in a business – finding the right fit can make or break the opportunity in front of you.

On this week’s episode, we talk to two guys who left one incredibly successful startup venture (Bellhops) to start a new one together. Matt Patterson and Matt Harb started “The House” back in January and are already expanding to three cities in the Southeast.

We sit down with the guys to discuss how they got started, how they found each other, 90’s basketball, and of course food.

Also, we announce a very special guest coming on for the Startup Show Live on October 19th! Enjoy!

WATCH EPISODE 8 HERE

Why Are We Doing This | TSS EPISODE 7

In this episode, we talk briefly about what it means to be a startup and how to move past those who would detract or deter from what you’re building. Hope you enjoy! 

We often get asked what the “WHY” behind this show/our work is. It’s an outstanding question to tackle, so instead of a new interview – this week we talk about why we’re doing this and what we hope to build together through this community.

A “startup” is the term many folks use for a new business (or sometimes an idea) that they plan to pursue as a part of their career and work. Many, MANY startups have become successful and provided sustainable careers for thousands of people while providing a service or offering that is welcomed by the marketplace.

The problem comes when “startups” are placed on an altar as the end-all, be-all of worth or success in business.

I’ve run into this regularly while working on building Strafire. Many people (likely innocently) will make statements like, “oh you’re just doing professional services? That’s nice.” Or, “So, you guys didn’t really invent anything, huh?” Or, my favorite: “You’re basically just a little Gary Vee trying to run around and copy his style.”

Nope. No. Nah.

Starting a business and building something of value is so much more than just inventing an idea or creating an app. Sure, those are some of the most successful iterations of a “startup,” but they’re not the only ones who have found success.

We spend some time talking through this concept during episode 7. Curious to hear what you all think!

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