Entreprenerds, featuring Daniel the Retailer and Karim the Realtor, investigates, discusses, and interviews all things entrepreneur. We keep it fun and try to ask the questions others don't. Its business and its funny, but not funny business. Also, we don't censor ourselves or our guests. You know, because this is real talk. Check us out!
The Saturday Giant – Episode 25 The Saturday Giant - Episode 25
I met Phil Cogley 17 years ago. We shared a street corner in front of the Federal building in downtown Columbus in a group protesting the military action in Iraq. This was before he became The Saturday Giant.
About 3 years ago we sat down to chat about his latest album he was working on, Bytes/Blues. The album was a long process like these types of things often are. In 2015, Phil ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to get started and dropped a few songs to backers for early access. (These versions of the songs were used in this podcast recording.)
Since then, he has been touring and working – and building the rest of the album. During that time he also performed some epic sets with Queen cover band Mr. Fahrenheit and the Loverboys and Weezer cover band The Pinkertones. Not to mention Phil’s regular supporting vocals, musical talent and crowdsurfing at the annual Sgt. Peppercorn Beatles Marathon.
On March 1st of 2019, Phil and a collection of legendary local musicians held the live release party for Bytes/Blues at Rumba Cafe. The group included Joe Peppercorn, Sean Gardner, Dan Gerken, David Murphy, Casey Cooper and a string trio led by Samantha Schnabel.
″[Initially], I decided to do music alone because if I did it alone, then nobody could take it from me. It eventually became an artistic choice, but that was not the motivation. … I think if I had had other people around me when I was on tour, I probably would not have become so disconnected and isolated,” Cogley said. “I don’t want to be alone in my room playing these songs 10 times in a row. I want to release it with my friends.” – Columbus Alive
On April 21st this year, I received an email from The Saturday Giant.
Phil here of The Saturday Giant. You might have thought I disappeared into the wilderness, or passed on to the spirit realm, or moved to Trinidad & Tobago to while away my days. But no such luck! I’m still alive and kicking.
I owe you some stuff, for your generous support of my album. I know I’m appallingly behind schedule in getting it to you. But get it to you I will, nonetheless!
I do not remember what swag I was owed, but I owed Phil this episode.
So, here it is. Episode 25, and likely the last Entreprenerds episode for a while.
Thanks Phil for the music and the reminder that good things come to those who wait.
Songs used in this recording:
* You Snooze, You Lose
* Bert Parks
* Mining Song
Also, enjoy this video from The Saturday Giant’s submission for consideration for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series:
Other topics covered:
* El Fantasmo and the Chicken Quesadilla
* Eagles of Death Metal
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The Sexual Harassment Episode – Episode 24
Season 2 begins with a round up of the movement to expose and topple evil and powerful men who have histories of harassing and assaulting people.
We talk about Matt Lauer’s button, Charlie Rose’s robe, and Garrison Keillor’s “prairie home companion.”
Karim and I take a close look at the “Silence Breakers” TIME People of the Year.
We focus our discussion on explaining how these men are NOT Conscious Leaders. In fact, they are not leaders at all. They come from a long line of men who hide behind their power and practice constant sexual harassment and often sexual violence.
This is not a fun topic, but I hope you will find it interesting as we break down the crazy times we are in. We make fun of the ridiculous things these men did and how stupid they are to try and deny the crescendo of accusations.
We talk about some other stories you have not heard in the news – Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Andy Signore of Honest Trailer & Screen Junkies.
There are a lot of female voices lifting up the chorus of victims. It is important for us to recognize the power and place for men to also speak out and raise the alarm when we see these abuses.
English is your first Language – Episode 23
English is probably your first language. For a few generations now, English has been the language of business and science. This means that energetic and promising young minds around the world want to learn English.
Karim, our co-founder, speaks English as a second language. He speaks Arabic fluently and probably a few others. Fluency is not asking where el baño is. Karim literally can understand complex engineering concepts in more than one language. Pretty sweet.
While at college in Columbus at The Ohio State University, Karim met Daniel Montague.
Today’s episode, we interview Daniel about his new business as a matchmaker for aspiring teachers of English as a foreign language (TEFL).
TEFL Recruits has been in business for over a year. This is a critical time for an entrepreneur. Daniel and his wife are working on expanding their business to help even more English speaking college grad to navigate the waters of a career teaching English.
His approach is personal and engaged. Best of all for recruits, his services are FREE! The schools pay him to find quality recruits to fill their positions. Having spent years teaching in these locations himself, he is able to make sure that the school that he is sending recruits to is high quality and exceeds certain standards.
From TEFL Recruits Facebook Page:
I knew nothing about this part of the global economy before spending an hour with Daniel who was on a quick trip in Ohio on his way back to South Africa.
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Travis Owens – Curio at Harvest – Episode 22
One of our favorite activities in Columbus is sitting across a bar from Travis Owens. Usually it means a fine cocktail crafted by hand with fresh ingredients. Drinks at Curio at Harvest are inspired by the days of the speakeasy, like a white whiskey sour, or the day’s news, like the “Bad Hombre”. (The Bad Hombre, a jab at 45, sounds tasty as hell – tequila, mezcal, grapefruit liqueur, lime, honey, and bitters – topped off with a $2 donation to the ACLU.) Curio has been ranked, objectively of course, as the “Best Cocktail Bar in the Western Hemisphere.”
Travis spent his college years in Columbus and Florida studying plants and sound engineering – all while working in the bar business. Judging by his Instagram page, you would assume he studied fine art as well.
Below: frozen water attracts hundreds of social media likes- the most liked picture on Curio’s whole Instagram, in fact.
In this podcast, in addition to our lengthy discussion about ice, we talk about bars that inspire Travis, the great people he has worked with over the years, and the passion that drives him.
Travis has surrounded himself with great people including his wife, Emily, and their 1 year old (TODAY!) Oliver – next time you are in the bar, ask Travis to see a picture of this adorable nugget of cuteness.
Today is Sunday – go get a Ramos Gin Fizz from your favorite boozy brunch spot.
Bars and Speakeasies mentioned by Travis:
The Silver Dollar in Louisville
Death and Co. – NYC
Giuseppe’s Ritrovo – Bexley – aka Best Italian Restaurant in the Midwest
Porco Lounge in Cleveland
Travis also mentioned a favorite Columbus entrepreneur:
Joe DeLoss of Hot Chicken Takeover.
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The Goulet Pen Company – Episode 21
Pop quiz! What do you talk about on youtube to get 75k subscribers or 640k views on a single video…
The answer, of course, is FOUNTAIN PENS!
Today we are joined by Brian Goulet of The Goulet Pen Company. A business founded by Brian and Rachel Goulet.
Karim is kind of a pen nerd. Brian is a pen entrepreNerd!
Brian, educated in commercial real estate, tired of traveling and business suits, began a woodworking hobby. Slowly, the shape of a pen emerges from his lathe and a business is born!
Listen to the full interview to understand how a hobby turns into a business. Plus hear Karim geek out over the personal note he received in his first fountain pen purchase.
Visit The Goulet Pen Company’s youtube channel if you need to understand hooded nibs a bit more.
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Raj Sisodia, founder of Conscious Capitalism – Episode 20
Our ONE year anniversary
We have talked to some amazing people over the year and are so grateful to all of them. Along the way, Conscious Capitalism and purpose have been the connecting theme.
Karim and Adam and Daniel thank you with this awesome interview!
The man who co-founded Conscious Capitalism joins us for an enlightening and entertaining podcast. 45 minutes of solid truth!
Raj Sisodia is F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College, and Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc. He has a Ph. D. in Marketing from Columbia University. He has been cited as one of “50 Leading Marketing Thinkers,” noted as one of the “Ten Outstanding Trailblazers of 2010,” and one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior.”
Raj has published many books and over 100 academic articles. His books include some of our required reading favorites: Firms of Endearment, Conscious Capitalism, The Rule of Three, Shakti Leadership, and Everybody Matters.
We hear his thoughts on:
* the evolution of his thinking about the power of business
* local businesses including: Hot Chicken Takeover, Aunt Flow, Homage, and Storyforge.
* the Amazon/Whole Foods merger.
* inviting Jeff Bezos to a Conscious Capitalism conference
* and even President Drumpf
We can’t express how important this interview will be for you.
We want to take the time to thank some amazing people that have spent time behind the mic on our show this year:
Stuart Hunter of roll bicycle company
Tony Capuano of Snap Fitness cbus
Matthew Grossman of Idegy
Haley Boehning & Barry Chandler of Storyforge
Kristy Campbell of rev1 Ventures
Chris Davison of Wolf’s Ridge Brewing
Claire Coder of Aunt Flow & Tom Burden of Grypmat
Matt Helt of Techstars & Dan Rockwell of Big Kitty Labs
Justin Johnston of Wild Goose Creative
Elaine Grogan Lutrull of Minerva Financial Arts
Danielle Evans of Marmalade Bleue
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This podcast features alot about Columbus and the entrepreneurs within. The hosts can be funny and cheesy. The sound quality is amazing. The content is worth the listen.
Great content, great sound quality and hilarious hosts!
Entreprenerds is a hilarious name for the show! It doesn't have just a catchy title, the hosts are witty and knowledgeable and the content they share is relevant and applicable. And the sound quality is great, which is important to me! Thanks guys!
Well worth your time!
I dig the organic and insightful conversations on business, startups, and the road to success, but the real highlight here is the humor Karim and Daniel have sprinkled throughout. There are great interviews with the minds behind local businesspeople also, which gives you a look behind the scenes that you would never see as a consumer. These Columbus dudes are onto something, and that's why I subscribed - so should you.