Every day, we at Hutchison PLLC work with founders and entrepreneurs as they fight and grind and stress and push to bring their visions to reality. We are inspired by their incredible stories of success, of failure, of reworking and trying again.
Managing Apartment Turnover: From launch to $10M Series A, with Rent Ready's Jonathan Kite
Entrepreneurs are always looking for the next big idea, something that doesn't exist yet. The next Facebook. The next Uber. The next Netflix. But the reality is that the next million dollar idea is a company that simply solves a problem that exists in the world. And for Rent Ready CEO Jonathan Kite, he saw that turnover at apartment complexes was too complicated - the painting, the carpeting, the deep cleans - and he set out to solve that one problem. With a recent Series A round of $10M, he's well on his way.
Startup CEO who coded his way out: Rainway’s Andrew Sampson
Rainway CEO Andrew Sampson doesn't have a conventional path. He's been underestimated throughout his life, has experienced overt racism, been told no more times than he can count, and his doubters continue to believe that he can't. And yet, he's been through Techstars, grown his team to 15+, successfully achieved funding, and built Rainway to revenues over $10M. You won't want to miss his story.
A Feathr Touch: Navigating Customer, Employee and Investor Relations with Aleksander Levental
Aleksander Levental jokes that the first Board Meeting he ever led was the first Board Meeting he ever went to. Before co-founding Feathr, Aleks was a researcher in the physics department, a delivery driver, and a waiter. So fresh out of college, he had to quickly learn how to grow a company and navigate relationships with employees (Feathr now has about 100) and investors (who have put in over $11M). Find out how he did it and lessons he's learned along the way on the latest episode of Founder Shares.
Biggest legal mistakes in your startup, with Hutchison's Justyn Kasierski
Today we have something a little different for you. Justyn Kasierski, partner at Hutchison PLLC, shares some of the biggest legal mistakes that we see startups making - and what you can do to prevent them from happening to you.
Countdown to Launch: Product Design, Fundraising, Marketing and Team Building with Danielle Rushton and Ellery Linder of Wherewithal
As a startup, there’s always that moment in time right before the product launches or the website goes up, when you have worked, and stressed and tested, and re-worked and talked to potential customers and re-worked some more, but you are ready to let your baby out into the world. It’s exciting. It's scary. And this conversation is that moment in time for Wherewithal co-CEOs Danielle Rushton and Ellery Linder.
GIVEAWAY: A few episodes back, Robbie Hardy shared the unbelievable story about how she used a magic 8-ball to help her decide whether or not to sell her company. All signs pointed to yes for her, and she had a successful exit. Well, we all have major decisions to make every day, so Hutchison thought it would be fun to give away one magic 8-ball each month in a drawing. And to enter the drawing, all you need to do is write a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen - and let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hosted by Trevor Schmidt, Founder Shares is brought to you by Hutchison PLLC, and is edited and produced by Earfluence.
The Fracture Startup Journey: Jumping off a Cliff to Learn to Fly with Abhi Lokesh
Abhi Lokesh started Fracture from his college dorm room at the University of Florida. As a young entrepreneur, he made a lot of mistakes - in hiring, in marketing, in leadership, and more - but he learned from those mistakes and is now at over 1M Fractures sold!
Founder Shares, Thanks for interviewing Kristen Hopkins! Her content on Social and Emotional Learning WILL paradigm shift the world. I know it! Thanks too to Earfluence for producing the podcast.
Kristen may have heard water trickle from the apartment above as the second hint from God but thankfully she listened. The download she received and shares in all her ventures unlocks the restrictive mindsets which have bound generations. We all need to impliment the wisdom she uncovered; I'm excited to read Dangers of the Mind.
Trevor Schmidt and Bob Freedman serve up the gold
Enjoyed the discussion with Bob, particularly his plan to pursue entrepreneurship knowing he could return to a job if he had to - but planning to avoid that result if at all possible! Trevor’s conversational style as host is easy on the audience. I look forward to more episodes! Matt Miner