Too often Silicon Valley has become the new Hollywood of broken promises and dashed dreams. Is the startup journey weighing you down? Are you searching for your own coffee shop conversation that turns into a $5M check? Weekly, Philip Topham, The Savvy Founder and Armchair sociologist, explores the startup struggle and what it means to be founder and Chief Everything Officer. Philip will be interviewing guests and sharing his own experiences uncovering the raw truths and hard earned “aha” moments. So if you’re feeling locked out of the startup insider secrets and looking for a smoother path then tune in where we help you save you time, money and heartache.
Ep 34: Long Beach Accelerator, a Public-Private Endeavor- With Andrea White-Kjoss
In this episode, I interview Andrea White-Kjoss from the Long Beach Accelerator. The accelerator is a unique public-private partnership, that in 4-months helps the start-up identify and focus on the 3 most impactful time-bound activities that will move them forward.
They are off to a stellar start with some fantastic results with $5M total funding and 25% funding rate for the first 12 companies
They were started in July 2020, their first cohort began in Feb 2021
We also cover:
• Andrea’s background.
• What it means to be a public-private accelerator and why it works
• Being a “start-up” accelerator serving “start-ups”
• The accelerator application requirements
Focus on building great companies, not great investments.
Ep 33: What’s the Most Important Startup Founder Skill? Communications
What is the most important startup founder skill? Communications
In this episode, I talk about the 6 critical Savvy Founder “soft skills” And why I think communications is the most critical.
• Critical Thinking
• Time Management
Ep 32: Passion Lets You Connect with Amazing People with Dina Abdul Majeed
In this episode, I sit down with Dina Abdul Majeed. Dina is a female entrepreneur, building an international startup in a male-dominated Middle East world. She shares her inspiring startup journey and many insights. This episode is fantastic for all entrepreneurs worried about starting the entrepreneurial journey when they don’t know anything about business; and will be particularly inspiring if you are disadvantaged and having to fight discrimination and cultural prejudice - wrong gender, wrong profession, wrong country.
Ep 31: How to expand from Europe to the United States? With Gaetano Volpe-Latiduo40
In this interview Gaetano Volpe, CEO of Latitudo40 shares his startup journey. This episode is particularly relevant to European companies expanding into the United States; as well for those founders later in their career or anyone building an ESG (environmental social and governance) startup.
How did you come up with the idea? Working in the satellite industry for the past 20 years, I've always focused on making satellite data easier, but I realized that most of the world doesn’t have access to the massive amount of data. There are more than 600 satellites and will probably be 2000-3000 very soon.
How do you make satellite data easier? We use artificial intelligence to make a cube of data (geographic region) easy to understand what changes are happening over time, such as crop growth and pollution, urbanization, deforestation, and greenhouse gases.
Ep 30: How Do You Build a Scalable High-Growth B2B Business? With Sri Subramanian –ShoppinPal
In this episode Sri (short for Sriram) Subramanian, CEO of ShoppinPal shares his journey from happy PayPal employee to startup founder. ShoppinPal today serves as the glue to stitch together web applications for the food, restaurant, and service industries. On the first pass, you might think ShoppinPal is just another Zappier or IFTTT –but Sri’s strategy is fundamentally different. […]
Ep 29: How Do You Go From Idea To Accelerator? With Adam Young
In this episode I sit down with Adam Young, to understand how you go from idea to accelerator in less than 18 months. Adam shares how his drive to make an impact on the world quickly, steered him away from a life pursuing physics to pursuing business and people problems.
Be sure to listen to the entire show. Adam has a simple, an authentic way of sharing insights. Adam is the latest to join the Savvy Founder Elite, and be willing to share his own startup journey so your’s can be shorter.
Adam shares some tremendous words of wisdom-Adam shares some tremendous words of wisdom -
If people don’t want whatyour selling, start talking to your customers.
Let go, trust your people. You don’t need to control everything.
If I didn’t go full-time then the idea wouldn’t go anywhere, so when the numbers and traction prove themselves, I went full-time.
It takes a lot of effort to build an MVP (minimal viable product) when no one is getting paid, especially since video chat has to work. It can’t be buggy.
To recruiter people to your startup, especially when you are not paying them, you need to inspire and share compelling vision. You need to have trust, so I focused on recruiting from my network of friends and family.
We are all humans, somethings like being social are just who we are –Varty taps into this.
Being focused in a startup is hard, I had to learn to time block and work on one thing at time.
To apply to an accelerator, you must have a product, and then you can sell the vision even if you don’t yet have sales. But you also need to be all in. (full-time)
Constantly be learning. There is so much to learn about building a business.
Sales. Learn how to do it right. Use a CRM.
So much knowledge
I think this show is fantastic, Philip has whit and he has knowledge and in the short time this show has been out I’ve listened to quite a few insights that were worthy of me pulling out pen and paper and pressing pause to write them down! Thank you Philip well done!