205 episodes

100% of Entrepreneurs will eventually be the bottleneck in their business. Not just once, but several times!

The hardest bit? Identifying you're being one. The easy bit? Getting out of it. And that's all about awareness.

This podcast is dedicated to getting you unstuck as an entrepreneur. In each episode, I invite seasoned entrepreneurs to speak candidly about how they overcame being the bottleneck in their business.

I don't just hype up their success. I ask the questions you want the answers to but wouldn't dare ask!

By listening to these episodes, you'll discover what it means to be a bottleneck, how it manifests, and most importantly, how to get out of it.

This isn't fluff. We dive deep, get under the hood, and learn what it really takes to blast through the bottlenecks and scale a business.

Join me every week; subscribe now.

How much of the bottleneck in your business are you? Take the Bottleneck Index scorecard to find out https://www.laurentnotin.com/the-bottleneck-index

Inter:views | Cracking The Entrepreneur Bottleneck Laurent Notin

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100% of Entrepreneurs will eventually be the bottleneck in their business. Not just once, but several times!

The hardest bit? Identifying you're being one. The easy bit? Getting out of it. And that's all about awareness.

This podcast is dedicated to getting you unstuck as an entrepreneur. In each episode, I invite seasoned entrepreneurs to speak candidly about how they overcame being the bottleneck in their business.

I don't just hype up their success. I ask the questions you want the answers to but wouldn't dare ask!

By listening to these episodes, you'll discover what it means to be a bottleneck, how it manifests, and most importantly, how to get out of it.

This isn't fluff. We dive deep, get under the hood, and learn what it really takes to blast through the bottlenecks and scale a business.

Join me every week; subscribe now.

How much of the bottleneck in your business are you? Take the Bottleneck Index scorecard to find out https://www.laurentnotin.com/the-bottleneck-index

    The End of A Journey

    The End of A Journey

    This is the final episode of Inter:views, Cracking The Entrepreneur Bottleneck.

    I reflect on over four years of podcasting and nearly 170 interviews with entrepreneurs worldwide. 
     
    While the podcast served its purpose, it's time to transition fully into coaching entrepreneurs. All episodes remain available until the end of 2024, then exclusively on YouTube. 
     
    In this final episode, I share memorable moments and guests, highlighting valuable insights gained. 
     
    Moving forward, I'll focus on coaching and providing resources to empower entrepreneurs to thrive. 
     
    Strategic Resources for Entrepreneurs:
     
    The Bottleneck Index: your first step towards uncovering and addressing your bottlenecks. : 
     
    eBook: "THRIVE": your go-to guide for overcoming bottlenecks and driving your business forward: 
     
    B-weekly newsletter, The Bottleneck Digest
     
    Follow me: 
    Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/@laurentnotin
    LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurentnotin/
    Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/laurentnotin/

    • 8 min
    The Power of Living For a Cause | John and Mark Cronin

    The Power of Living For a Cause | John and Mark Cronin

    John Cronin, now 27 years old, was diagnosed with Down syndrome. That never stopped him from becoming his best version. Together with his father as a business partner, he has defied all odds to become a tycoon in the socks business, impacting millions of people worldwide with their story of resilience, hope, and the power of vulnerability. They host workshops, seminars, and talks to educate people about Down syndrome and how anyone diagnosed with it can reclaim their life.  
     
    Their business is not just about socks. It is an avenue to spread their message of hope and inspiration. Built on five principles, the business aims to showcase the capabilities of people with different abilities. Yet, like any other business, bottlenecks are inevitable. The struggle with perfectionism was one of the main bottlenecks they faced when they started. 
     
    John’s Crazy Socks has a mission of spreading happiness through unique socks. They show the world that disability is not inability, pairing a retail mission with a social one. Donating 5% of earnings to the Special Olympics, they expand their charity partners, creating socks with awareness themes like Autism and Down Syndrome. With fast, personal service and hand-written thank you notes from John, they aim to bring joy through every package, proving what people with differing abilities can achieve. 
     
    Tune in. 
     
    Key Highlights from The Show 
    [02:54] John and Mark Cronin’s story behind their Crazy Socks business 
    [05:13] The pillars of their business 
    [09:35] Why they chose a socks business and not any other 
    [15:08] Candies in the socks boxes to win more loyal customers 
    [16:13] The experience of a father-son partnership in business 
    [18:57] The struggles of perfectionism and other bottlenecks in the business 
    [26:54] Parts of the business that John likes the most  
    [29:11] The power of living for a cause and purpose 
    [33:34] Parting words of wisdom and best ways to reach out and connect 
    [34:38] Wrap up and calls to action  
     
    Notable Quotes 
    ·        Never wait for perfection and the perfect time to do something. Get up and go!  
    ·        Being physically challenged does not mean being mentally challenged. 
    ·        Sometimes, you never know how much what you start will grow. The only way is by doing it and pivoting whenever necessary. 
    ·        When delegating roles in a business, don’t start immediately thinking about how you will get something done. Instead, think about who will get it done, and then let them do it. 
    ·        It is so good to wake up in the morning and have something to do that matters.  
    ·        Consider hiring people with different abilities and understand that doing so is good for business. 
     
    Connect With John and Mark Cronin 
    Website: https://johnscrazysocks.com/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnscrazysocks/ 
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChQzvQju2SQiW9rIf5JNsVQ 
    TikTok:https://www.tiktok.com/@johnscrazysocks 
     
     
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    How much of the bottleneck in your business are you? Don’t underestimate the bottleneck’s impact. Take the Bottleneck Index and find out your bottleneck score now! 

    • 35 min
    Scaling Up: The Essentials of Start-up Founder's Success with Feras Alhlou

    Scaling Up: The Essentials of Start-up Founder's Success with Feras Alhlou

    Scaling up a start-up is a delicate balance of Skills and Sacrifice, embodying the essential qualities required to navigate the highs and lows of entrepreneurship. Beyond a visionary idea, founders must possess the skill set and be ready to make the sacrifices necessary with consistency to achieve their vision.  
     
    They must also be able to recognize their limitations and empower others to contribute to their business success. This requires an Entrepreneurial Mindset—a blend of optimism, creativity, and resourcefulness—that fuels founders' drive to overcome obstacles and find opportunities that can propel them toward sustainable success.  
     
    In this episode, we discuss the critical components necessary for entrepreneurs to transition from startup to scalable success with a special guest, Feras Alhlou. Feras has built and sold companies in Silicon Valley and abroad. He helps startup founders make good, informed decisions about entrepreneurship to avoid the pitfalls that derail many new ventures or hinder their growth.  
     
    Feras has served as a mentor, providing guidance backed by extensive experience in business strategy, consulting, marketing, and analytics. 
     
    Tune in. 
     
    Key Highlights from The Show 
    [02:42] One key lesson from Feras for start-up entrepreneurs 
    [03:20] Why passion is optional for start-up founders' success  
    [05:08] Three must-have skills for startup founders  
    [08:21] How to overcome the obstacles of delegating to grow 
    [10:31] Practical tips for delegation and the right time to delegate 
    [13:14] The essentials for entrepreneurship success  
    [15:18] The principles of working with advisors   
    [17:20] The keys to accelerating your business growth: people, processes, and mindset  
    [21:40] How to create a financial runway and when to reach out to investors 
    [25:40] Sacrifices that you should be ready to make as a founder  
    [28:41] Building consistency over motivation
    [30:24] What Feras has learned about himself as an entrepreneur 
    [33:42] Feras’s advice to entrepreneurs trying to get off the ground or scale 
    [35:03] Wrap up and calls to action  
     
    Notable Quotes 
    ·        Passion is optional, but skills and sacrifice are not.  
    ·        If you are doing the same things, you are not growing; you‘ve to find ways to automate and delegate to focus on new and bigger things. 
    ·        Learning from people who have been successful in what you are trying to accomplish will save you a lot of mistakes and headaches. 
    ·        What got you to ten people and a million dollars in revenue will not get you to 20 or 30 and 2 or 3 million dollars in revenue. 
    ·        The mindset of dealing with the unknowns and ambiguity is a muscle you have to grow as a founder ready to scale.  
    ·        Always put a financial plan in place and expect the revenue to be delayed and more expenses than you planned for. 
     
    Connect With Feras Alhlou 
    Website: www.StartUpWithFeras.com/daily-advisor
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/@StartUpWithFeras
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/FerasAlhlou
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StartUpFeras
    Instagram: instagram.com/StartUpFeras
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ferasa
     
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    How much of the bottleneck in your business are you? Don’t underestimate the bottleneck’s impact. Take the Bottleneck Index and find out your bottleneck score now! 

    • 35 min
    The Impact of Coaching in Overcoming Your Entrepreneurship Bottlenecks with Renan Devillieres

    The Impact of Coaching in Overcoming Your Entrepreneurship Bottlenecks with Renan Devillieres

    Have you ever considered hiring a coach for your business, particularly focusing on overcoming bottlenecks? Since Renan Devillieres started working with Laurent, he has achieved remarkable breakthroughs in his business.  
     
    Though surprised by how smoothly the process has been, he acknowledges the importance of having someone for accountability and guidance, which is why Laurent's services are invaluable. 
     
    Before meeting Laurent, Renan felt a gap between where his business was and where he wanted it to be. Perhaps you have experienced this, too. You might have tried various strategies to improve your business without much success. What could be the issue? Could you be struggling with delegation and letting go of certain responsibilities?  
     
    Renan is a seasoned entrepreneur who is the co-founder and CEO of OSS Ventures, a pioneering French firm dedicated to fostering start-ups tailored to manufacturers. With a background as an economist at the OECD and as a co-founder of a successful start-up in Brazil, Renan established OSS Ventures with a vision to facilitate the digital transformation of manufacturing facilities, enabling them to thrive in the modern landscape. In this episode, we dive into his inspiring transformation journey through coaching to scale his business. 
     
    Tune in. 
     
    Key Highlights from The Show 
    [02:09] Episode intro 
    [02:54] Renan’s mindset and bottlenecks level before working with Laurent 
    [04:26] Business and personal impact of a business that was not at par with its vision 
    [06:24] Aspects that have changed since he started working with Laurent   
    [08:19] Why coaching is inevitable for your business success 
    [10:30] The value of dedicating time to coaching 
    [12:50] How far the business is from the original vision 
    [15:40] Where did the business dream come from? 
    [20:50] The motivation for Renan to become an entrepreneur 
    [23:43] The diverse business experiences he had before founding OSS Ventures 
    [27:47] How entrepreneurship has been transformative in his life 
    [30:25] Renan’s one practical recommendation to entrepreneurs from all his experience 
    [31:36] How to reach out and connect with Renan  
    [31:58] Wrap up and calls to action  
     
    Notable Quotes 
    ·        You must practice and change your roles as the company grows and get the leaders to take responsibility and make more decisions. 
    ·        The biggest risk entrepreneurs face is themselves; being a bottleneck is about self-limitation. 
    ·        A business that is not at par with the vision of where it should be will always impact the entrepreneur’s mindset and personal life.  
    ·        In entrepreneurship, always embrace doing it faster and with more intensity. The more you procrastinate on making decisions, the harder it gets to go past the analysis paralysis. 
     
    Connect With Renan Devillieres 
    Website: https://www.oss.ventures/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/renan-devillieres/ 
     
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    How much of the bottleneck in your business are you? Don’t underestimate the bottleneck’s impact. Take the Bottleneck Index and find out your bottleneck score now! 

    • 32 min
    Entrepreneurial Resilience: The Path Beyond Self-Limitation

    Entrepreneurial Resilience: The Path Beyond Self-Limitation

    Embracing resilience and overcoming self-limitations requires a combination of mindset shift, determination, and strategic action. It is all about acknowledging and understanding the self-limiting beliefs that contribute to self-imposed barriers, reframing them, and cultivating a mindset that can support resilience and growth.   
     
    As an entrepreneur, the journey involves consistently pushing the boundaries of comfort and consistently challenging and expanding your potential to overcome limiting beliefs, unlock opportunities, and pave the way for personal and professional success. Additionally, being part of a community, letting go, and following your dream to serve your purpose can help keep the momentum going and navigate this journey with determination, fulfillment, and success. 
     
    In this episode, we dive into the inspiring journey of Patricia Boral, the visionary entrepreneur behind Boral Branders.  We explore her mindset shift, overcoming self-limitations, the power of letting go, and the pivotal role of delegation in scaling her business.  
     
    Despite facing challenges stemming from her background and accent, she has risen above them, leveraging her unique perspective and experiences to fuel her entrepreneurial journey. Patricia's ability to connect with clients on a personal level, coupled with her strategic insights, has earned her the trust and loyalty of a diverse clientele.  
     
    With a forward-looking approach and a commitment to innovation, Patricia continues to lead Boral Branders toward new heights. Her story is a testament to the power of honoring dreams, inspiring others, and staying committed to growth and innovation.  
     
    Tune in.  
     
    Key Highlights from The Show 
    [01:04] Episode intro 
    [02:55] How Patricia's personal life inspired her entrepreneurial journey  
    [05:47] Patricia’s delegation limitations and how she overcame them 
    [08:06] Mindset shift: Overcoming self-limitations and Patricia's triumph  
    [12:28] Putting yourself out there to practice and get better  
    [13:12] How to find the right model and scale your business 
    [15:05] Patricia’s Perspective on AI versus Human Intelligence 
    [18:10] Letting go and Paticia’s story of entrepreneurial resilience in 2018 
    [21:44] What Patricia has learned about herself as an entrepreneur  
    [24:08] How coming from Bolivia ignited her entrepreneurial spirit 
    [27:10] Patricia's dream for her business and how she plans to achieve it  
    [29:56] Patricia’s one recommendation to entrepreneurs 
    [30:21] The dream that Patricia followed to serve her purpose 
    [34:02] How to reach out and connect with Patricia  
    [34:24] Wrap up and calls to action 
     
    Notable Quotes 
    ·        How our mindset is working is how our business is going to be working. 
    ·        The biggest risk entrepreneurs face is themselves; being a bottleneck is about self-limitation. 
    ·        Delegation and letting go start in our heads, and it’s not just about trust but also about hiring the right people and being realistic.  
    ·        If you stop growing, you start dying. 
    ·        Honor your dreams, follow them, and do them in a way that inspires others, not just for monetary gain. 
     
     
    Connect With Patricia Boral 
    Website: https://www.boralagency.com/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patriciaboral/ 
     
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    How much of the bottleneck in your business are you? Don’t underestimate the bottleneck’s impact. Take the Bottleneck Index and find out your bottleneck score now! 

    • 34 min
    How To Integrate Positive Impact In Your Business Strategy with Simon Schillebeeck

    How To Integrate Positive Impact In Your Business Strategy with Simon Schillebeeck

    Integrating positive impact into your business strategy is a fundamental shift in mindset and operations that can drive long-term success and societal benefit. It is about identifying areas where your business can make a meaningful difference and aligning your business mission and values with causes that resonate authentically with employees, customers, and the community. By weaving positive impact into the fabric of your business strategy, you not only contribute to a better world but also enhance brand reputation, customer loyalty, and, ultimately, your bottom line.  
     
    In this episode, Simon Schillebeeck shares his entrepreneurship journey, how to make a positive impact, contribute to sustainability, and strategies to help you grow your potential and increase your revenue base.  
     
    Simon is an academic entrepreneur and the founder and chief strategy officer of Handprint with a genuine commitment to effecting positive change and revolutionizing business frameworks for a regenerative economy. Under Simon's visionary leadership, Handprint serves as a pioneering platform that bridges corporations with causes. It automates, integrates, reports, and visualizes the constructive actions corporations undertake, aligning with their values. Rather than merely minimizing harm, Handprint is dedicated to fostering ecosystem regeneration and community revitalization. 
     
    Tune in.  
     
    Key Highlights from The Show 
    [02:48] Episode intro and a bit about our guest, Simon Schillebeeck 
    [03:17] How Simon got into the entrepreneurial world  
    [06:10] How to overcome the challenges that come with the business hat  
    [08:02] Balancing academic integrity with entrepreneurial pursuit  
    [09:54] Simon’s bottlenecks as a startup founder  
    [11:41] How to shorten the sales cycles and move to revenue-making  
    [15:22] Maintaining strategic stability while staying flexible for Unbounce shifts  
    [17:42] Being overly optimistic and Simon’s experience as a startup looking to scale  
    [21:55] How to strategically allocate resources and pursue opportunities as a startup  
    [23:08] The impact that Simon craves to make as an entrepreneur  
    [26:00] Simple things companies can do to be more sustainable  
    [34:57] Simon’s recommendation to aspiring entrepreneurs  
    [36:45] Best ways to reach out and connect with Simon  
    [37:38] Wrap up and calls to action 
     
    Notable Quotes 
    ·        Working with a startup is always a risk, and companies need to be willing to take risks because they believe in the potential of it. 
    ·        The most important thing companies can do to be more sustainable is decarbonize and optimize their processes. 
    ·        There are a lot of positive businesses that can come out of using impact to change your relationships. 
    ·        You need a passion for your business; running a business from 0 to 1 and from 1 to 100 is hard.  
    ·        You are not an expert in everything, and the faster you let go of what you are not good at, the better you will perform.  
     
    Connect With Simon Schillebeeck 
    Website: https://handprint.tech/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonschillebeeckx/?originalSubdomain=sg 
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    How much of the bottleneck in your business are you? Don’t underestimate the bottleneck’s impact. Take the Bottleneck Index and find out your bottleneck score now! 

    • 38 min

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