Startup Week part 1 Claire Coder & Tom Burden – Episode 15

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This week, we share part one of the show that featured our partnership with our friend Matt Neff from EntreNeato to deliver podcast gold!

We love Columbus Startup Week! We worked closely with Mike Nemeth who organized the event with TechStars and other sponsors like Chase and Rev1 Ventures. So proud of what our city can accomplish when we work together to foster great programming for our most exciting entrepreneurial minds.

Part 1 of these recordings include a conversation with 2 awesome pitch competition winners.

  • Claire Coder – founder of Aunt Flow. Aunt Flow is a for profit social enterprise subscription box business that features 100% cotton pads and tampons delivered to your door AND delivers a box of the same quality to non profits and organizations that need them in the community. They recently launched their B2B business so that customers and employees don’t have to leave when they need a tampon. We love Claire and the entire Aunt Flow team! You can even see her entrepreneurial energy in action on TLCs Girl Starter!

  • Tom Burden – founder of GRYPMAT. “The world’s most versatile tool tray.” Tom spent the last 8 or 9 years in the U.S. Air Force as an F-16 mechanic. His tools slid off his aircraft dozens of times. Then, he had a eureka moment when he saw a flexible grippy material holding his mother’s cellphone effortlessly on her car dashboard. The GRYPMAT was born!

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Wolf’s Ridge – Chris Davison – Episode 014

So this is a very straight forward blog. We are here to talk about BEER!

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Specifically Columbus Craft Beer Week and Wolf’s Ridge Brewing with Head Brewer Chris Davison. Here is a picture of Chris.

If you do not want to listen to the podcast, here is the summation: Chris loves beer more than he loved UPS – so much, in fact that he was going to leave Ohio for Colorado to maybe get a job in beer. Instead, CBC gave him a chance, then Wolf’s Ridge gave him a calling. They are very happy. Now we have sour beers coming out next week! Also, his MBA is not in Master of Beer that’s Amazing – but that would be awesome!

Karim and I agree with half of Columbus (the beer drinking half) – Clear Sky DayBreak is a triumph! Thanks to Chris and his amazing inspired friends at One Line Coffee, we have a Cream Ale infused with vanilla bean and light roast coffee.  

Here is a video of Daybreak being bottled!

Chris is releasing Terre du Sauvage from their Wild Heritage Series on May 18th – right in the middle of Craft Beer Week! These barrels are not that.

Here is a picture of rice hulls. I am not sure what they were for, but Chris assured me they were very important.

And finally a poorly composed panorama of the big stainless things.

We also mentioned these things:

Cheryl Harrison and Drink Up Columbus

Jacob Wooten and Platform

The Saturday Giant



Some pictures were unwittingly borrowed from Wolf’s Ridge.

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Columbus Startup Week and Rev1 – Episode 013

On this lucky 13th episode of Entreprenerds we focus on our core!  COLUMBUS STARTUPS!

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In my article titled Columbus, OH ranks as the best city in the World, I wrote about the great work that rev1 ventures is doing in Central Ohio.

This episode we talk directly to one of the leaders of rev1, COO Kristy Campbell.

We also talk about the all important (and FREE) Columbus Startup Week.

Rev1 is the largest local sponsor of Startup week. With dozens of amazing speakers and events lined up, we here at Entreprenerds cannot stay away!

We have partnered with EntreNeato podcast to record at the event and interview the 6 finalists for the inaugural Pitch Competition! $50,000 in prizes will be awarded to the top 3 pitches!

We will also be looking for other great folks to interview through the 3 hours that we are there: ***1p-4p Monday May 8th***

EntreNeato and Entreprenerds will be distributing those podcasts from both of our channels after the event. Use iTunes to subscribe to us here and to EntreNeato here.

Other things we talk about in this podcast are a couple businesses from rev1 including MentorcliQ and RapChat.

These are some cool pics of the space at rev1:

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What is your PURPOSE? – Episode 012

“Purpose” is a pretty loaded word. Luckily, Storyforge exists to unpack that big idea for your business.

Haley Boehning has over 20 years experience elevating storytelling and aligning cultures with differentiated brand positions for Fortune-500 companies, non-profit organizations and start-ups. Most recently, before co-founding Storyforge, Haley spent 16 years designing strategic, leadership and internal communications to engage the 100,000 global employees of L Brands.

Barry Chandler specializes in business building, brand strategy, and storytelling. Since 2003 he has built a number of strategic consulting businesses and worked with more than 500 businesses from pre-revenue startups to publicly traded organizations. Prior to founding Storyforge, Barry’s background includes luxury hospitality, digital marketing and brand strategy.

Storyforge, the business they founded in Columbus in 2014, is a strategy company helping ambitious businesses grow by discovering their singular purpose, forging their story, and aligning their positioning, people, products and profits with it.

This episode is simply this interview. The information is that important.

OK, we do mention Jeni’s and Jeni Britton Bauer a few times. Side note: if you do not follow Jeni on instagram, you must begin today.

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Thank you to Karim who came back from Egypt and Adam who edited this podcast from a boat in the ocean!

Last note: the podcast was recorded in an acoustic shoebox that was great for meetings and bad for recording BUT it was a pretty cool place. Check it out.


Social Media and Engagement with Idegy – Episode 10

Episode 10!! What??!! This time we talk about Social Media Digital Strategy. We recorded this through Facebook LIVE as well. The big Interview this week is with entrepreneur Matthew Grossman of Idegy. 23 years of running Idegy has taught him a lot about how to run a business successfully – and what NOT to do. Turns out his ideas sound a lot like Conscious Capitalism! We like him 🙂

Check out some photos from his office:

Other cool stuff we talked about:

Facebook live…


Wendy’s social media

Alaina Shearer, Cement Marketing has a podcast called Slings & Arrows.

casey neistat

apple fritter tweet

Check out IDEGY!

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Columbus, OH ranks as Best City in the World

When Urban Meyer tweeted this article around the same time as signing day, plenty of people perked up! The article, written by our own Daniel the Retailer, was a collection of accolades from the past few years. It was shared over 115,000 times on facebook and viewed 850,000 times (as of this writing) on LinkedIn.

We talk about some other great things going on like:


Blind Lady Tavern

And articles from  the Washington Post and from the Dallas News.

After all the Columbus HOOPLA, we talk about SPLIT from M. Night Shyamalan.

Go see it. You will love it.

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Macy’s Twilight Zone – Episode 008


We have a great show for you.

We begin talking about an article I published on LinkedIn regarding the demise of Macy’s. Just under 2000 people have read the article and continue to engage with me with comments and messages regarding the news.

We cover sincerity, and my upcoming book: Make Them Feel Important.

Find a way to engage your customers with sincere interest in them as individuals.

Great example of service from Sunglass Hut.

Karim introduced the idea of showrooming – where consumers identify the product in a brick and mortar store, then they use Amazon or another website to purchase it.

Finding great people related – I referenced the article written by the head of recruiting of LinkedIn. He asks all his job applicants the same question: “What are you most passionate about? Using the whiteboard, explain to me the process of how it works.”

We also mentioned the 100,000 new jobs at Amazon.

This led to a conversation of how Jeff Bezos is the guy everyone wants to grow up to be...

Of course, Conscious Capitalism found its way into the podcast.

We even covered bad service experiences….most movie theaters and SiriusXM. (although I then mentioned a GREAT place to check out a movie – The Drexel).

Moral of the story is: Listen to your customers, pay attention, and do the right thing.

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True Originals – Episode 007

True Originals – in this episode (30 minutes): Adam Grant, Casey Neistat, Warby Parker, Wagner, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and their Mascot BEE-thoven, Chocolate Rain, and of course James Bond! As a special treat, Adam, our producer, joins the podcast in front of the mic.

Adam Grant and his ted talk about original thinkers. He discusses: Procrastination, Irons in the Fire, Doubt the Idea/Don’t doubt yourself among other things:

Casey Neistat, greatest year of his life:

Also, one of the coolest Casey videos just came out:

Original Chocolate Rain video – 111 million views:

In honor of 007 episode we also picked out favorite James Bond actors. Pierce and Sean were the winners of that poll.

In case you didn’t believe me, here is the photo of Putin and Steven Seagal as Putin signed his passport:

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Franchiseeeee – Episode 006

This episode – the boys are back!

In this episode we talk about the loony origins of the franchise and then we interview SNAP Columbus franschisee Tony Capuano!

photo credit (Hannah Capuano via The Metropreneur)

We ran into Tony while blasting our quads at Snap Fitness Bexley and loved his story and the new space!

here is a link to the origin of franchising story:

We also mentioned:

Claire AnettAunt Flow

Joe DeLossHot Chicken Takeover – Link to the TED talk about loving HR

ECDI – Economic & Community Development Institute

Jim Grote/Jane Grote Abell/Tom Krouse – Donatos

Tanisha RobinsonPrint Syndicate LLC

until next time…

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Drag-trepreneur – Episode 005

YOU BETTER WORK! Yes, the first 30 seconds of this podcast is an excerpt from Rupaul’s Supermodel (You Better Work).

There has been a lot of local and national news around Drag Queens.  We wanted to talk about these performers and how they really embody the pure spirit of entrepreneurship – creating something out of nothing, overcoming obstacles, facing fear and failure, developing a brand, marketing/sales, building an audience, etc.

News stories we covered:

Enjoy the show!