50 episodes

Made by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Off the Record is about the journey. It’s about fears, doubts, wins, and devastating losses. It’s about how people kept going no matter what to build their businesses, raise cash and hire the team.
Here battle-tested CEOs and VCs share how they jumped out of the airplane and tried to assemble it on the way down.
I hope you like it.

- Aram, CEO @ Crowdlinker.

Off the Record with Aram Aram Melkoumov

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Made by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Off the Record is about the journey. It’s about fears, doubts, wins, and devastating losses. It’s about how people kept going no matter what to build their businesses, raise cash and hire the team.
Here battle-tested CEOs and VCs share how they jumped out of the airplane and tried to assemble it on the way down.
I hope you like it.

- Aram, CEO @ Crowdlinker.

    Koii - The blockchain project built for media - Al Morris, Koii Network

    Koii - The blockchain project built for media - Al Morris, Koii Network

    Koii is a new method to design communications infrastructure and build an internet owned by everyone.
    In this episode, our co-host Sergey Ross and Koii Network co-founder Al Morris speak about Al’s journey going from teaching career to being a founder of Koii, different hiring challenges, and what privacy looks like ten years in the future.

    • 28 min
    The Ugly Side of Unintentional Growth with Mark Rickmeier, TXI

    The Ugly Side of Unintentional Growth with Mark Rickmeier, TXI

    Mark Rickmeier, CEO at TXI, and Aram discuss the ugly side of growth. They explore what growth for the sake of growth does to employee and customer retention, why your competitors are worthy rivals that you can teach and learn from, why investing in experience pays you dividends, how being humble allows you to avoid being tunnel visioned, and how to strike a balance between time spent running a business and time spent with loved ones.

    • 46 min
    Premature Scaling: Why It Kills Startups and How to Avoid It - Ron Benegbi, Uplinq

    Premature Scaling: Why It Kills Startups and How to Avoid It - Ron Benegbi, Uplinq

    Ron Benegbi, founder and CEO of Uplinq, speaks to our co-host Sergey about what it’s like to grow a startup without unnecessary hiring sprees, inexplicably large teams, and being unintentional with how resources are allocated.

    • 39 min
    What Most People Don’t Tell You About Exiting Your Company - Mark Achler & Mert Hilmi Iseri

    What Most People Don’t Tell You About Exiting Your Company - Mark Achler & Mert Hilmi Iseri

    Mark Achler and Mert Hilmi Iseri join us to discuss what they learned digging through the unknown world of mergers and acquisitions while writing their book. Confidentiality, bad outcomes, and wanting to keep things private are some of the many reasons the world of mergers and acquisitions are so opaque.


    Throughout the conversation, we explore why to view pitching as the beginning of a relationship rather than a mere transaction, why vulnerability and empathy should be at the root of your relationship with your board, the 4 components that make acquisitions work, and why you need to get used to rejection if you plan to sell your company.

    • 47 min
    Transitioning from a Pro Service Company to SaaS one - Jordi Torras, Inbenta

    Transitioning from a Pro Service Company to SaaS one - Jordi Torras, Inbenta

    Jordi Torras, Founder & CEO at Inbenta shares his entrepreneurial transition from a service into a product company. Talks about the challenges of starting a software company, how he overcame the limited startup ecosystem in Barcelona and how Inbenta started on international markets in France and Brazil.

    • 40 min
    Celtic House VC talks hiring, raising money and failed businesses, Jonathan Graff

    Celtic House VC talks hiring, raising money and failed businesses, Jonathan Graff

    Jonathan Graff, VC @ Celtic House joins Aram to talk about what he looks for in founders before investing, building scalable businesses and hiring a leadership team.

    • 50 min

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Love the guests Aram brings on the show. They give some great insights. Highly recommend giving it a listen. This is a fast track to a Founder MBA.

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