29 episodes

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.

The Savvy Founder Philip Topham

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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.

    E028: How Do You Find Product-Market-Fit? With Rajesh Iyengar

    E028: How Do You Find Product-Market-Fit? With Rajesh Iyengar

    In this episode, I interview Rajesh Iyengar. With 20years in technology working at various startups, Rajesh shares how his deep knowledge and connections in the manufacturing industry allowed him to just ask them “What’s are your problems?” This lead to him finding a product that customers would buy, and hence Lincode.ai was formed. Its initial product uses vision intelligence (computer vision and artificial intelligence) to improve the quality assurance processes for manufacturing companies.

    Raj shares how even an introverted technical person can transform themselves to go on and build a startup; by learning to engage and socialize with others and even do a podcast interview!


    There is an age-old question, “are entrepreneurs made or born?” From selling firecrackers as a kid to building customer computers, and building custom software Raj has had a long-time interest in business. As a serial entrepreneur, we cover his early businesses and the sale of his first business in 2011; and his second sale in 2017. Raj is back at it and we discuss how he started Lincode and his journey so far.

    • 36 min
    Ep 27: How to Fix the Biggest Pitch Deck Mistake?

    Ep 27: How to Fix the Biggest Pitch Deck Mistake?

    What is the biggest mistake founders make when pitching their startup to investors? Pitching a product, and failing to pitch an investment. I also cover the investor perspective and the two main types of investors: those investing their own money and those investing someone else’s money. Along with some insights into how an investor thinks. […]

    • 14 min
    Ep 26: How Do You Get Investors? Build the Business First! with Nick Lynch

    Ep 26: How Do You Get Investors? Build the Business First! with Nick Lynch

    Do you need to raise money to build a startup? In this episode I interview Nick Lynch CEO and Co-founder of Collidescope.io. Nick shares his journey about building the business first rather than raising money.

    This show is particularly valuable for founders needing to learn how to find product market fit and uncover the ‘pain’ in a market. Founders in the social enterprise space, conscious capital or ESG (Environmental Social Responsible and Governance) markets should also tune in.

    • 30 min
    Ep 25: Entrepreneurship and Communications – Insights from a Digital Nomad, with Jamie Meyer

    Ep 25: Entrepreneurship and Communications – Insights from a Digital Nomad, with Jamie Meyer

    In this episode, I interview Jamie Meyer, business communication and leadership coach, and more importantly an entrepreneur and digital nomad.



    Listen in as we discuss the concepts of whether entrepreneurs are born or made; risk taking; people and passion. We also talk about imposter syndrome; success and failure; finding meaningful investor; delivering bad news to investors; developing leadership skills; problem solving; and communications.

    • 34 min
    Ep 24: What Does it Mean to Be a Successful Entrepreneur?

    Ep 24: What Does it Mean to Be a Successful Entrepreneur?

    What does it mean to be a successful entrepreneur? Throughout my coaching and talking to entrepreneurs, there is a hidden expectation - “I want to be successful” - but no one really talks about success and failure.



    In this short episode, I provide my insights on success and failure. I discuss “success/failure” from both the investor's point of view and the founders. I share a personal story about my relationship with success and failure; and my philosophy that success for entrepreneurs is about pursuing a “meaningful struggle.”

    • 14 min
    Ep 23: What Advice Do You Have for Talking to Investors?

    Ep 23: What Advice Do You Have for Talking to Investors?

    What advice do you have for raising money and talking to investors?  I get asked this question or a variation quite often from first-time founders seeking to raise money by selling part of their company (i.e. selling equity).  In this episode, I highlight the shows that talk about approaching and networking with investors. Ep 22 […]

    • 21 min

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Michelle Abraham ,

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!

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