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Conversations with leading entrepreneurs, non-profit founders, award winning designers, educators, artists and everything else in between.

We dig deep into their stories, have honest conversations about how they made their ideas come to life and the lessons learned along the way.

Creator Lab - interviews with entrepreneurs and startup founders Bilal Zaidi

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0 • 62 Ratings

Conversations with leading entrepreneurs, non-profit founders, award winning designers, educators, artists and everything else in between.

We dig deep into their stories, have honest conversations about how they made their ideas come to life and the lessons learned along the way.

    Jim Mckelvey, Co-Founder of Square // The Artist Who Became A Billionaire

    Jim Mckelvey, Co-Founder of Square // The Artist Who Became A Billionaire

    Jim McKelvey is an entrepreneur, glass-blowing artist + philanthropist.

    He's the co-founder of Square, the financial payments company he started with Jack Dorsey (Twitter)

    Jim co-founded the non-profit “Launch Code” and is an independent Director of the St. Louis Federal Reserve

    We're giving away 5 copies of Jim's book, details here:
    https://www.creatorlab.fm/jim-mckelvey-square-co-founder/

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Kat Cole, Focus Brands // Leading A $5 Billion Company, International Expansion + Brand Partnerships

    Kat Cole, Focus Brands // Leading A $5 Billion Company, International Expansion + Brand Partnerships

    Kat worked her way up from being a waitress at Hooters aged 17, to an exec at 26 and president of Cinnabon at 31.

    Today, she’s the president of the parent company doing $4-5bil in sales in 60+ countries, across 6500+ locations.

    Their 7 brands including Cinnabon, Carvel & Jamba Juice.

    In this conversation you’ll learn how she thinks about growth, adapting products to emerging trends, using brand partnerships to grow & the factors that go into expanding internationally.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Ryan Begelman, Summit Series // Holistic Entrepreneurship, Philosophy + Buying A Mountain

    Ryan Begelman, Summit Series // Holistic Entrepreneurship, Philosophy + Buying A Mountain

    Ryan co-founded Summit Series, described as “TED meets Burning Man” & “The Davos of Gen Y” by Forbes

    They’ve become known for hosting incredible events with thousands of leading creators like Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos & Jessica Alba. Summit acquired Powder Mountain, America’s largest ski resort after pre-selling the opportunity to their community.

    Ryan also bought into Bisnow Media, became CEO & sold for a reported $50mil+, all without venture capital.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Becoming An Owner + Buying Companies // Ryan Kulp, Fork Equity

    Becoming An Owner + Buying Companies // Ryan Kulp, Fork Equity

    In this episode, we discuss the world of micro private equity, buying existing companies with little money down & the philosophy of becoming an owner.

    Ryan has a growing portfolio of 7 products, including fomo.com, a popular SaaS Shopify app. He’s doing 7-figures in revenue, all while living a nomadic life traveling the world, coding on-the-go & making music.

    Show Notes:
    https://www.creatorlab.fm/ryan-kulp-fork-equity/

    Subscribe + Watch on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/yEaKaxRgjlQ

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Emily Heyward, Red Antler // How To Build A Brand People Love

    Emily Heyward, Red Antler // How To Build A Brand People Love

    “Most Important Entrepreneur of the Decade” – Inc Magazine

    Full Shows Notes + Time Stamps:
    https://www.creatorlab.fm/emily-heyward-red-antler

    Emily is one of the leading brand minds in the world. She's helped to build brands like All Birds, Casper & Boxed.

    WIN A FREE BOOK:
    We're giving away 5 free copies of her new book to our listeners. Sign up on creatorlab.fm for details: https://bit.ly/2Xxh58X

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Emerging Markets, D2C Brands & Evolving The CMO Role // Hassan Yassine, Co-Founder, GAIA

    Emerging Markets, D2C Brands & Evolving The CMO Role // Hassan Yassine, Co-Founder, GAIA

    Hassan is an entrepreneur who co-founded GAIA, one of Mexico’s leading startups that is disrupting the furniture business.

    In just over 5 years, they’ve grown to 18 stores, 350+ employees & built a multi-million dollar business.

    In this conversation, we discuss the opportunities in emerging markets, building a direct-to-consumer brand and the evolution of the CMO role.

    Full show notes:
    https://www.creatorlab.fm/hassan-yassine-gaia-interview/

    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

Andi5100 ,

Entrepreneurial, Inspiring, and Engaging!

This is one of my FAVORITE podcasts out there! As someone who is passionate about entrepreneurship, Bilal has done an amazing job interviewing fantastic founders and visionaries in so many fields. When I started listening back in 2017, I was hooked by the causal and informal tone of his podcasts that were just jam packed with life and business advice and amazing stories.

Bilal is a great story teller and he keeps improving his episodes and podcasting style. I always look forward to what his next episode is about because they are always so different and informative. He makes every topic easy and simple to follow along too, which is great for a podcast.

Listen to Creator Lab be motivated by every episode!

Colbyreutigar ,

One of the best entreneurship podcasts out there

There is SO much rich information in this podcast, and Bilal is a great interviewer. The episodes are thoughtful, inspiring, and full of actionable growth tips which can often be a rarity in this space!

LordReview ,

Good show

Really like this show, thanks for producing new episodes

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