7 episodes

This is a REAL show where REAL founders pitch REAL businesses.*
No matter what Taylor in legal say's, it is not a improv show where comics, improv performers, and podcasters pitch implausible and insane businesses that they threw together in the 30 minutes before we hit record. It is NOT actually based on an improv card game coming to Kickstarter this spring.

BRANDSTANDING Balthazar Games

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This is a REAL show where REAL founders pitch REAL businesses.*
No matter what Taylor in legal say's, it is not a improv show where comics, improv performers, and podcasters pitch implausible and insane businesses that they threw together in the 30 minutes before we hit record. It is NOT actually based on an improv card game coming to Kickstarter this spring.

    Eat People Dry Cleaners | A Brandtastic Bonus Episode!

    Eat People Dry Cleaners | A Brandtastic Bonus Episode!

    When local amateur sausage maker and anatomy enthusiast Dr. Ken Sagendorf brought his dry cleaning idea to us, something smelled a little funny. It seemed like some people were dying to make a mark in the dry cleaning industry, while others were chomping at the bit to invest. So we decided to bring this special brand challenge to you our listeners to see if you would INVEST in the dark dry cleaning company, or ARREST its founder. Only you can decide! Voting closes on May 1st.


    Vote at Brandstanding.Show or send a text! Just text "Invest" or "Arrest" to 63566.


    Look for the game on Kickstarter this May!


    BrandStanding is a 100% REAL Pitch show with REAL founders pitching their REAL early stage startups*. We searched across the US for four feisty founders to pitch their innovative ideas to our Investor Judges, but more importantly to YOU, our listening audience. That’s right on Brandstanding our listeners, not the judges, who choose which of these four scrappy startups has what it takes to be the last brand standing and walk away with a full year of funding to bankroll their breakout business. So check out the brands below and vote on which one you think should win this total #PitchFest.




    The Announcer was played by Mark Guiney, Creative Director of Sounder & Key.


    Taylor from Legal was played by Tricia Vasinda.


    Tony Vasinda is the Head Game Designer of Balthazar Games and host of The Threshold Podcast.


    Jen Brown was played by herself, Jen Oleniczak Brown. Jen is the founder of The Engaging Educator and Fearless Winston-Salem and can be online-stalked on Instagram at [@yesandJenBrown](www.instagram.com/yesandjenbrown) or Twitter at [@JenOleniczak](www.twitter.com/jenoleniczak).


    Ken Sagendorf was played by himself, DOCTOR Ken Sagendorf, Professor of the Anderson College of Business and Director of the Innovation Center at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Find out more about the great work Dr. Ken does with REAL startups at www.regis.edu/anderson.


    BrandStanding is produced by Sounder & Key, in partnership with Balthazar Games and the iO Theater. The iO Theater is home to Chicago's best improv comedy with shows 7 nights a week. They offer classes in improv, writing and more!




    If you’re looking for more fun podcasts by iO, check out Killer Conversations, in which host Brittany Book binder teleports famous killers into her uncle’s attic and makes casual conversation with them.
    Visit ioimprov.com or find them on social at @iochicago.

    • 24 min
    Mingle Bells | Brandstanding Season One

    Mingle Bells | Brandstanding Season One

    Do you love a man in uniform? From a young age Leah Lamarr was fascinated by two things. Helping people fall in love, and everything about Christmas and holiday season. So when she heard about the struggle that most mall Santas have making personal connections she knew it was time to launch Mingle Bells. Will this swipe nice on this dating service disruptor? Or will you be put coal in this investment option?


    Vote at Brandstanding.Show or send a text! Just text "MingleBells" to 63566.


    Look for the game on Kickstarter this May!


    Brandstanding is a 100% REAL Pitch show with REAL founders pitching their REAL early stage startups*. We searched across the US for four feisty founders to pitch their innovative ideas to our Investor Judges, but more importantly to YOU, our listening audience. That’s right on Brandstanding our listeners, not the judges, who choose which of these four scrappy startups has what it takes to be the last brand standing and walk away with a full year of funding to bankroll their breakout business. So check out the brands below and vote on which one you think should win this total #PitchFest.




    The Announcer was played by Mark Guiney, Creative Director of Sounder & Key.


    Taylor from Legal was played by Tricia Vasinda.


    Tony Vasinda is the Head Game Designer of Balthazar Games and host of The Threshold Podcast.


    Daniel Spencer is a musician,improv comedian, and the GM of Kids on Bikes (which is not a charitable foundation, but a let’s play podcast). He can be found on Twitter at @dantendo64!


    Leah Lamarr is an actress, comic, writer, director and podcast host living in the heart of LA! She is the host of the Falling in Love with Leah Lamarr. You can find more of Leah's work on instagram at @LeahLamarr.


    Brand$tanding is produced by Sounder & Key, in partnership with Balthazar Games and the iO Theater. The iO Theater is home to Chicago's best improv comedy with shows 7 nights a week. They offer classes in improv, writing and more!




    If you’re looking for more fun podcasts by iO, check out The Bat, in which a team of iO performers improvise for your amusement entirely in the dark. Visit ioimprov.com or find them on social at @iochicago.

    • 27 min
    SnakeHoles | Brandstanding Season One

    SnakeHoles | Brandstanding Season One

    Who loves holes? Business brothers Robert and Bobert Costas had two different answers, “Snakes” and “minigolf enthusiasts”. So rather than hiss at each other about it, they decided to put their eggs and golf balls in one basket and create Snakeholes. The first American owned miniature golf course for people who love snakes. Are their plans to scale this business a hole in one? Or is this serpentine startup going to be a boa-gey?


    Vote at Brandstanding.Show or send a text! Just text "SnakeHoles" to 63566.


    Look for the game on Kickstarter this May!


    Brandstanding is a 100% REAL Pitch show with REAL founders pitching their REAL early stage startups*. We searched across the US for four feisty founders to pitch their innovative ideas to our Investor Judges, but more importantly to YOU, our listening audience. That’s right on Brandstanding our listeners, not the judges, who choose which of these four scrappy startups has what it takes to be the last brand standing and walk away with a full year of funding to bankroll their breakout business. So check out the brands below and vote on which one you think should win this total #PitchFest.




    The Announcer was played by Mark Guiney, Creative Director of Sounder & Key.


    Taylor from Legal was played by Tricia Vasinda.


    Tony Vasinda is the Head Game Designer of Balthazar Games and host of The Threshold Podcast.


    Theresa Bova is a student of Theology and Catechetics at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. And fun fact, while she may not be a billionaire investor, her family DOES own a pizza company. Find her on Instagram at (@theres.akarol)[https://www.instagram.com/theres.akarol).


    Robert Costas was played by Tim Lyons. Tim is a part of FUDGE and the Marketing Director at the iO Theater! You can find him on Twitter at @TimLyons.


    Bobert Costas was played by Mike Gehraghty. Mike plays in many shows at iO Theater, find him especially on Harold Team: Big Spoon at 10:30 PM and Dumb John at 8 PM every Saturday.


    Brand$tanding is produced by Sounder & Key, in partnership with Balthazar Games and the iO Theater. The iO Theater is home to Chicago's best improv comedy with shows 7 nights a week. They offer classes in improv, writing and more!




    If you’re looking for more fun podcasts by iO, check out Killer Conversations, in which host Brittany Book binder teleports famous killers into her uncle’s attic and makes casual conversation with them.
    Visit ioimprov.com or find them on social at @iochicago.

    • 23 min
    Cafe Splash | BrandStanding Season One

    Cafe Splash | BrandStanding Season One

    What do mom’s want? Some want bespoke artisanal lattes, others want a morning mimosa, and still others want a little something extra in their morning pick me up. However, founder of Cafe Splash, Rasheda Crockett, says the main things her mom wants are bottomless Folgers, a hook for her purse, and someone to help her reset the password on her Facebook profile. Is Cafe Splash brewing up success? Or has the coffee trend cooled off?


    Vote at Brandstanding.Show or send a text! Just text "CafeSplash" to 63566.


    Look for the game on Kickstarter this May!


    BrandStanding is a 100% REAL Pitch show with REAL founders pitching their REAL early stage startups*. We searched across the US for four feisty founders to pitch their innovative ideas to our Investor Judges, but more importantly to YOU, our listening audience. That’s right on Brandstanding our listeners, not the judges, who choose which of these four scrappy startups has what it takes to be the last brand standing and walk away with a full year of funding to bankroll their breakout business. So check out the brands below and vote on which one you think should win this total #PitchFest.




    The Announcer was played by Mark Guiney, Creative Director of Sounder & Key.


    Taylor from Legal was played by Tricia Vasinda.


    Tony Vasinda is the Head Game Designer of Balthazar Games and host of The Threshold Podcast.


    Jen Brown was played by herself, Jen Oleniczak Brown. Jen is the founder of The Engaging Educator and Fearless Winston-Salem and can be online-stalked on Instagram at [@yesandJenBrown](www.instagram.com/yesandjenbrown) or Twitter at [@JenOleniczak](www.twitter.com/jenoleniczak).


    Rasheda Crockett is a writer and creator living in New York City. You can find her on Instagram at [@shedaface](www.instagram.com/shedaface).


    BrandStanding is produced by Sounder & Key, in partnership with Balthazar Games and the iO Theater. The iO Theater is home to Chicago's best improv comedy with shows 7 nights a week. They offer classes in improv, writing and more!




    If you’re looking for more fun podcasts by iO, check out Killer Conversations, in which host Brittany Book binder teleports famous killers into her uncle’s attic and makes casual conversation with them.
    Visit ioimprov.com or find them on social at @iochicago.

    • 20 min
    The Flying Dead | Brandstanding Season One

    The Flying Dead | Brandstanding Season One

    How much would you pay to have your loved one, turned zombie, shipped to an exotic location far far away? When Mandy Tollhouse and here husband Chuck found themselves asking this question they knew just what to do. Buy fleet of second hand airplanes and launch the first airline service designed to get zombies where you want them to go. AWAY! Will The Flying Dead take flight? Or are their aspirations brain pie in the sky?


    Vote at Brandstanding.Show or send a text! Just text "TheFlyingDead" to 63566.


    Look for the game on Kickstarter this May!


    Brandstanding is a 100% REAL Pitch show with REAL founders pitching their REAL early stage startups*. We searched across the US for four feisty founders to pitch their innovative ideas to our Investor Judges, but more importantly to YOU, our listening audience. That’s right on Brandstanding our listeners, not the judges, who choose which of these four scrappy startups has what it takes to be the last brand standing and walk away with a full year of funding to bankroll their breakout business. So check out the brands below and vote on which one you think should win this total #PitchFest.




    The Announcer was played by Mark Guiney, Creative Director of Sounder & Key.


    Taylor from Legal was played by Tricia Vasinda.


    Tony Vasinda is the Head Game Designer of Balthazar Games and host of The Threshold Podcast.


    Theresa Bova is a student of Theology and Catechetics at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. And fun fact, while she may not be a billionaire investor, her family DOES own a pizza company. Find her on Instagram at (@theres.akarol)[https://www.instagram.com/theres.akarol).


    Mandy Tollhouse was played by Gretchen Eng. Gretchen is a producer and performer of The Armando Diaz Experience and other shows at the iO theater. She appears as Jayme Rangoon on the Podcast Hello from the Magic Tavern. Find her on Twitter at @GretchenEng.


    Chuck Tollhouse was played by Trevor Knickerbocker, a Chicago-based performer. You can find him @TrevKnick on Twitter.


    Brand$tanding is produced by Sounder & Key, in partnership with Balthazar Games and the iO Theater. The iO Theater is home to Chicago's best improv comedy with shows 7 nights a week. They offer classes in improv, writing and more!




    If you’re looking for more fun podcasts by iO, check out The Armando Podcast, a long-form show in which a guest tells true stories from their life, and a cast of improvisers act them out in hilarious fashion. Visit ioimprov.com or find them on social at @iochicago.

    • 23 min
    Brandstanding Live @ Podcon2!

    Brandstanding Live @ Podcon2!

    An amusement park for snake-lovers? A clothing line for Stormtroopers? A record label for former American Idol judges? Which brand in our (completely real) business pitching show will make the cut? You decide! Recorded live at Podcon 2019 in Seattle, Washington.


    = Vote for your favorite company on Instagram! =


    Brandstanding is a completely REAL business-pitching podcast. It is DEFINITELY not an improvised show designed to amuse you and your friends, based on the fabulously fun improve game of the same name. Find Brandstanding on Kickstarter this Spring!


    This episode featured...


    Kyle Hunter as STD117, find him on the The M Word podcast
    Morgan Spatola as herself, find her on Instagram
    Jordan Cobb as our snakiest founder, find her in her starring role on the Janus Descending podcast
    Tony Vasinda as himself, find him on The Threshold Podcast
    Mark Guiney as The Announcer, also Creative Director at Sounder & Key
    And Tricia Vasinda as Taylor from Legal.

    • 17 min

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The intro had me grinning ear-to-ear, like dang, it’s so real, and it’s so funny.

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