Telling the stories of entrepreneurship in Cleveland. Every Thursday, Jeffrey Stern helps map the Cleveland business ecosystem by talking to founders, investors, and community builders to learn what makes Cleveland special.
#42: Charlie Lougheed (Axuall)
Charlie Lougheed — Co-founder & CEO of Axuall — on serial entrepreneurship, building in Cleveland, and his most recent endeavor, Axuall, an HR data network that empowers providers to manage and share their verified career data and credentials with healthcare organizations, which recently closed on $10.4mm in financing.
#41: Aaron Grossman (TalentLaunch)
Aaron Grossman — Founder & CEO of TalentLaunch — on building a growing network of independently operated staffing firms from scratch to >$100mm in sales en route to a $1 billion, and the importance of culture as the foundation for how they operate.
#40: Brian Zimmerman (Cleveland Metroparks)
Brian Zimmerman — CEO of The Cleveland Metroparks — on leading the renaissance of Cleveland’s most beloved hidden gem, the Cleveland Metroparks. We cover the history of the Metroparks, the importance of nature and preservation, and how he and his team have successfully managed and grown one of the most renowned park systems in the country.
#39: AC Evans (Drips)
AC Evans — co-founder & CEO of Drips — on building the first conversational texting company of its kind, founding a new market category and leading the way for some of the biggest brands in the world to use automated, humanized conversations at scale.
#38: Dan Collins (Wastebits)
Dan Collins — Founder & CEO of Wastebits — on building a software waste-management company and bringing technology to the trash industry.
#37: Brent Zimmerman (Saucy Brew Works)
Brent Zimmerman — Co-Founder & CEO of Saucy Brew Works — on starting and building one of Ohio’s fastest growing breweries and Cleveland-based brewpubs, now valued at over $100mm.
Great podcast that’s filling a void
I’ve really enjoyed the interviews and conversations that have been had on the podcast so far! It’s great to hear the perspective and experiences of different individuals in the Cleveland entrepreneurial and start up scene. The podcast provides helpful information for current entrepreneurs in The Land or those considering an entrepreneurial venture. There have been so many great take always in just the few episodes I’ve listened to.
As a new Clevelander (and non-boomerang!), this podcast has been an incredible way to get to know what’s happening on the city. Each voice and guest is unique, but as it goes on a clearer picture of the local fabric is forming for me. Thank you for putting this together!
The inside scoop on the CLE startup scene
An important podcast for the Cleveland startup scene— helping to weave together everything going on across the ecosystem without a hidden agenda.