10 episodes

Duos The Co Founders Podcast digs in to the power of two people coming together to build successful partnerships, companies, brands. Co-hosts Michael Czirjak and Justin Marcus will explore how co-founders met, began working together, shared vision and growth in the course of business and life.

Duos The Co-Founders Podcast Michael Czirjak and Justin Marcus

    • Entrepreneurship

Duos The Co Founders Podcast digs in to the power of two people coming together to build successful partnerships, companies, brands. Co-hosts Michael Czirjak and Justin Marcus will explore how co-founders met, began working together, shared vision and growth in the course of business and life.

    Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Co-Founders of Coore & Crenshaw

    Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Co-Founders of Coore & Crenshaw

    In this episode, we sit down with Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Co-Founders of the world class golf architecture design firm, Coore & Crenshaw. These golf legends, take us through the journey of their 34 year partnership and friendship, what it’s like envisioning and designing golf courses like Sand Hills, Friar’s Head and Kapalua Plantation from scratch and how their unique approach to working with the land as it exists has led to their continued success around the globe.

    Coore & Crenshaw

    Bill Coore

    Like his partner, Bill Coore was exposed to traditional golf architecture during his formative years. A native North Carolinian, Coore played much of his early golf at the Donald Ross courses of Pinehurst and the Perry Maxwell designed Old Town Club in Winston-Salem. A 1968 graduate of Wake Forest University, Coore began his professional design and construction career in 1972 with the firm of Pete Dye and Associates. Under the Dyes’ guidance, Coore was introduced to the elements of creative design and physical construction. It was also the Dyes that first introduced Coore to the written classics of golf architecture– the same books that Crenshaw was then collecting and studying. The information within these books was to later form the foundation for the Coore and Crenshaw partnership.

    During the succeeding ten years, Coore was involved in the design, construction and maintenance of golf courses in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Canada, and Texas.

    Coore formed his own design company in 1982. Thereafter, he completed courses at Rockport Country Club in Rockport, Texas (featured in the 1986 issue of the U.S.G.A. Golf Journal), Kings Crossing Golf and Country Club in Corpus Christi, Texas and Golf du Medoc in Bordeaux, France (named one of the ten best courses in France and one of the top fifty courses in Europe). Bill Coore and his wife, Sue, reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Ben Crenshaw

    Ben Crenshaw has long been recognized as a historian and traditionalist. Since seeing The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts at age sixteen, he has held a fascination with golf architecture. His is an appreciation of the game’s subtleties gained from years of study and the experience of a successful playing career spanning over three decades and nineteen P.G.A. Tour victories including the 1984 and 1995 Masters. Competition has taken Crenshaw to many of the world’s most renowned golf courses where he has spent considerable time analyzing their design and construction techniques.

    His entry into the golf architecture business brought closer a life long goal of creating quality golf courses in the classical style. Prior to the formation of Coore & Crenshaw, Inc., Crenshaw served as a player consultant on the design and construction of the TPC Course at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, site of the annual Byron Nelson Classic.

    Crenshaw, a native Texan, attended the University of Texas and still resides in Austin with his wife, Julie, and daughters Katherine, Claire, and Anna Riley.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Porter Braswell and Ryan Williams, Co-Founders of Jopwell

    Porter Braswell and Ryan Williams, Co-Founders of Jopwell

    In this episode we sit down with Porter Braswell and Ryan Williams, cofounders of Jopwell, the leading career advancement platform and end-to-end solution for companies committed to diversity and inclusion. Jopwell helps companies authentically engage and connect with Black, Latinx and Native American candidates, striving to build more representative and inclusive workforces.


    The idea for Jopwell was born when cofounders Porter Braswell and Ryan Williams were working on Wall Street and got called upon to recruit other candidates who looked like them. They knew there had to be a better way to attract top talent at scale, while building a diverse professional community. So in 2015, they left finance to launch Jopwell.

    Under Porter and Ryan’s leadership, Jopwell has developed more than 150 partnerships with America’s leading companies and facilitated tens of thousands of connections between its community and partner companies. Company partners include Spotify, Peloton, UBS, and the PGA, among others (https://www.jopwell.com/partners). Jopwell’s mission is twofold: make a substantial, measurable impact on increasing Black, Latinx, and Native American representation and facilitate a national dialogue about diversity in the workplace.

    Jopwell has been named to Vanity Fair’s Future Innovators Index, Net Guru’s 10 Hottest New York City Startups to Watch, and Forbes 30 Under 30 as one of the most innovative ideas to impact the next century. Porter and Ryan were also named to Business Insider’s 30 Under 30 Innovators in Tech and Crain’s 40 Under 40.

    Jopwell participated in Y Combinator’s summer 2015 class and has raised a total of $12 million in Series A funding. Investors to date include Cue Ball Capital, Y Combinator, Omidyar Network, Kapor Capital, Blue Ivy Ventures, Teneo Ventures, Magic Johnson Enterprises, Andreessen Horowitz, Joe Montana, and the San Francisco 49ers, among others.

    • 56 min
    Mike Alfred and Ryan Alfred, Co-Founders of Digital Assets Data

    Mike Alfred and Ryan Alfred, Co-Founders of Digital Assets Data

    In this episode we sit down with Mike and Ryan Alfred, brothers and Co-Founders of Digital Assets Data, a fintech and data company building enterprise-grade software and data feeds for crypto hedge funds and other market participants.

    These Harvard and Stanford alums take us through the rise and successful exit of their first company BrightScope, what it’s like working with multiple siblings for a second time in a high-growth startup and why the need for higher quality information and more sophisticated tools to track and manage investments, conduct due diligence, and make trading decisions is paramount for the digital asset space to succeed.

    Digital Assets Data

    Mike Alfred, CEO and Co-Founder of Digital Assets Data

    Mike is co-founder and CEO of Digital Assets Data. He is a persistent and driven business leader, previously holding the position of Co-founder and CEO of Brightscope, Inc., which was acquired by Strategic Insight in 2016. He received his bachelor’s degree in History from Stanford University. He lives in Denver, CO with his family and enjoys participating in local ultramarathons.

    Ryan Alfred, President and Co-Founder of Digital Assets Data

    Ryan is President of Digital Assets Data. He is also a co-founder of Distributed Global, where he holds a seat on the Investment Committee. Previously, he was Co-founder, President and COO of Brightscope, Inc. He has been included in Forbes’ “Top 30 under 30” in Finance, and the Smart Money “Power 30”. Ryan received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co.® Co-Founder Dennis Riedel

    Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co.® Co-Founder Dennis Riedel

    In this episode Michael and Justin sit down with Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co.® Co-Founder Dennis Riedel.

    Dennis takes them through the early days, when he was caddying alongside fellow co-founder and chef Blair Swiler, who shared his homemade jerky and the inspiration for Chef’s Cut Real Jerky was born.

    From selling their first batches of products in plastic baggies at New Jersey’s Bayonne Golf Club & Callusa Pines Golf Club, to being named the 58th fastest-growing privately owned U.S. company and the 4th fastest-growing in Food and Beverage on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list, their success is nothing short of legendary.

    Chef’s Cut Jerky Co.®

    Blair Swiler needed a break from the kitchen. He was caddying alongside co-founder Dennis Riedel and shared his homemade jerky with him. Real cuts of premium beef, right there on the golf course, was all Dennis needed. And with some convincing, Chef Blair shared his recipe and the pair began smoking and selling Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co® to golf and country clubs across the U.S.

    Dennis Riedel, Co-Founder of Chef’s Cut Jerky Co.®

    Blair Swiler, Co-Founder of Chef’s Cut Jerky Co.®

    • 58 min
    Legendary Broadcaster Bob Costas

    Legendary Broadcaster Bob Costas

    In our Season 2 opener, Michael and Justin along with Justin’s 7-year old son Logan, sit down with the one and only, legendary broadcaster Bob Costas. Bob shares his early passion for baseball, what it was like to meet and interview his heroes including Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, as well as working the booth with Mets Hall of Famer, Tom Seaver. We also touch on some controversial topics including the concussion rate in the NFL as well as meeting with the infamous OJ Simpson when he was first incarcerated following the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

    Twenty-eight-time Emmy Award winner and Hall of Fame award-winning broadcaster Bob Costas is a host and announcer for MLB Network, serving as host of the documentary series MLB Network Presents and the lead play-by-play announcer on MLB Network Showcase. Costas also appears on the Emmy Award-winning flagship studio show MLB Tonight and MLB Network’s special event coverage throughout the year.

    Regarded as one of the best interviewers in broadcasting, Costas has spoken with the biggest names in baseball and beyond for MLB Network, including Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout; Hall of Famers Yogi Berra, Bob Feller, Bob Gibson, Reggie Jackson, Ferguson Jenkins, Tony La Russa, Don Larsen, Juan Marichal, Tom Seaver and Joe Torre; Hall of Fame Award-winning broadcaster Ernie Harwell; and President Barack Obama at the 2009 All-Star Game.

    In 2018, Costas was honored with the Ford C. Frick Award for major contributions to baseball, voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, and awarded during the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown, New York.

    In 2011, Costas co-hosted with Tom Verducci MLB Network’s landmark series MLB’s 20 Greatest Games, which ranked the top-20 games of the previous 50 seasons. The series featured interviews with key players, managers and broadcasters from each game, including Jack Morris and John Smoltz discussing Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, the No. 2-ranked game, and Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, 1975 MVP and Rookie of the Year Fred Lynn, Pete Rose, Bernie Carbo, Dwight Evans, Pat Darcy and Denny Doyle talking about Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, which was ranked by MLB Network as the No. 1 greatest game of the previous 50 seasons.

    Costas also contributes to MLB Network’s breaking news coverage throughout the year. In January 2010, Costas conducted the exclusive first television interview with Mark McGwire following his admission of steroid use during his playing career. Costas also secured the first interview with Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts after she broke the news in February 2009 of Alex Rodriguez’s use of performance enhancing drugs.

    Throughout his career, Costas has hosted coverage of many significant baseball events, covering the American League Championship Series in 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2000. Costas covered the NLCS in 1999, and called the 1995, 1997 and 1999 World Series and the 2000 All-Star Game. From 1982 to 1989, Costas was the play-by-play announcer on NBC’s Baseball Game of the Week telecasts.

    Costas is the author of Fair Ball: A Fan’s Case for Baseball, which received excellent reviews and made the New York Times Best Seller list in 2002. The book’s net proceeds were donated to B.A.T. (Baseball Assistance Team), a charity providing financial assistance to those in need in the baseball family.

    Outside of MLB Network, Costas served as NBC’s primetime host for a U.S.-television record 11 Olympic Games – every Olympics on NBC since 1992, including the 2012 London Games, which is the most-watched television event in U.S. history, reaching 217 million viewers – before passing the torch to Mike Tirico in February 2017. From 2006 to 2016, Costas served as the host of the critically acclaimed and most-watched weekly stu

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Duos Co-Founders Podcast Season 1 Recap with Hosts Michael Czirjak and Justin Marcus

    Duos Co-Founders Podcast Season 1 Recap with Hosts Michael Czirjak and Justin Marcus

    In this episode, Justin and Michael sit down to recap the first season of Duos. We discuss what we learned about our guests, what we learned about ourselves and the common and uncommon traits we uncovered with our co-founders. We also preview some highlights of what’s to come in Season 2.

    • 13 min

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