50 episodes

Founders Nextdoor features stories of local entrepreneurs who created successful, main street businesses that make a positive difference in their community. This podcast is all about entrepreneurship knowledge-sharing. We believe that you can learn the most about starting and running your business not from industry tycoons, but from people who are 1-2 steps ahead of you, i.e. your neighbors. FN's founder interviews provide inspirations, resources, and practical tips for entrepreneurs and freelancers on how to build a great business while making an impact. No matter whether you own a business or are thinking of starting one, you will get something out of Founders Nextdoor.

Founders Nextdoor: Entrepreneurship | Small Business | Startups | Freelancing | Washington DC Natasha Che: Entrepreneur, Writer, and Software Engineer

    • Business
    • 4.9, 14 Ratings

Founders Nextdoor features stories of local entrepreneurs who created successful, main street businesses that make a positive difference in their community. This podcast is all about entrepreneurship knowledge-sharing. We believe that you can learn the most about starting and running your business not from industry tycoons, but from people who are 1-2 steps ahead of you, i.e. your neighbors. FN's founder interviews provide inspirations, resources, and practical tips for entrepreneurs and freelancers on how to build a great business while making an impact. No matter whether you own a business or are thinking of starting one, you will get something out of Founders Nextdoor.

    How to Be Creative in Growing Your Business, Ep 60

    How to Be Creative in Growing Your Business, Ep 60

    Allen Gannett is the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a marketing analytics platform whose clients have included Microsoft, Marriott, Saks Fifth Avenue, any many other well known names. He has been on the “30 Under 30” lists for both Inc. and Forbes. He is a contributor to FastCompany.com and is the author of the new book The Creative Curve, on how anyone can achieve moments of creative geniu

    In this episode, Allen talks about how he attracted early investments in TrackMaven, got initial customers from referrals, and grew the company using paid advertising. He also gives tips on how companies and entrepreneurs can become more creative in marketing by leveraging consumer psychology.

    “When you’re trying to raise money, it’s more about identifying the right problem to solve in your market, rather then coming up with the perfect solution right away.”

     

    – Allen Gannett

     



    Reference:

    thecreativecurve.com


    allen.xyz


    trackmaven.com


    Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin



    Reference

    Soundwise: innovative podcast publishing platform that helps you capture, keep and convert listeners

     

    • 32 min
    How To Have Customers Line Up At Your Door On Launch Day, Ep 059

    How To Have Customers Line Up At Your Door On Launch Day, Ep 059

    Melissa Biggins is the owner of Sweeter Hue, a popular bakery in Washington DC’s Shaw neighborhood. In this episode, Melissa talks about what it’s like to start a brick-and-mortar business in a very competitive industry, and what she did to make sure she had a successful launch day and beyond.

     

    “If you’re in an industry that has a lot of competition, that means there’s a lot of demand also. You’ve just got to set yourself different.”

     

    – Melissa Biggins

     



     

    Sweeter Hue


    Facebook

     



    Reference

    Soundwise: innovative podcast publishing platform that helps you capture, keep and convert listeners

    • 33 min
    How to Build Your Business Brand Online And Offline, Ep 058

    How to Build Your Business Brand Online And Offline, Ep 058

    Elise Crawford is the founder of Ringlet Studio, a digital marketing agency in Washington DC that helps women entrepreneurs build their brand online.

    As an expert in online marketing, branding, and event hosting, Elise has a lot to teach entrepreneurs and small business owners about marketing. In this episode, she talked about her own entrepreneurial story and how to build a consistent brand image for your business online and offline. She also gives plenty of tips for Instagram and event marketing.

    “Instagram is a long game. It took us about a year to see a translation from social followings to clients.”

     

    -Elise Crawford

     



    Ringlet Studio


    Instagram


    Planoly



    Reference

    Soundwise: innovative podcast publishing platform that helps you capture, keep and convert listeners

    • 34 min
    How to Launch And Grow A Food Business, Ep 057

    How to Launch And Grow A Food Business, Ep 057

    Kim Bryden is the CEO and founder of Cureate, a company that helps emerging food and beverage businesses grow and scale, and also helps big brands and institutions connect with their target audiences through local food and drink. In this episode, Kim talked about how she started her consulting business focusing on the food industry, and the common mistakes entrepreneurs make in launching and growing a food business.

    “Getting local and granular in your launch strategy is super important.”

     

    -Kim Bryden

     



    Cureate


    Cureate Connect


    School of Food

    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

     



    Reference

    Soundwise: innovative podcast publishing platform that helps you capture, keep and convert listeners

    • 31 min
    From Government Employee To Software Company Founder, Ep 056

    From Government Employee To Software Company Founder, Ep 056

    Ahmad Ishaq is the founder and chief innovation officer of ByteCubed, an IT consulting firm in Arlington Virginia. In 2017, ByteCubed was ranked No 46 on the Inc magazine’s list of fastest growing companies. It was also voted one of the best places to work in DC by the Washington Post.

    In this episode, Ahmad talked about how he built a successful company in the very competitive government contracting space, the challenges of managing hyper-growth and the importance of having a unique value proposition.

     

    “You need to have clear, concise stories of who you are and what your unique value proposition is.”

     

    -Ahmad Ishaq

     

     

     



    ByteCubed


    Facebook,Linkedin, Google Plus,Twitter

     



    Reference

    Soundwise: innovative podcast publishing platform that helps you capture, keep and convert listeners

    • 26 min
    How to get and keep customers for service-based businesses, Ep 055

    How to get and keep customers for service-based businesses, Ep 055

    Mina Fies is an award-winning designer, remodeler, and the founder and CEO of Synergy Design & Construction. She is also the author of the Renovation Roadmap system. In this episode, Mina told the story of how she started a business in an industry that she had little prior experience in, how she built a successful business by really focusing on the customers’ needs, and gave lots of tips on business development and networking.

    “You can’t be in entrepreneurship for the money alone. You have to have the passion and see the vision ahead of you. That needs to be fuel for everything.”

     

    – Mina Fies

     



    Reference:

    Synergy Design & Construction





    Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, Youtube, Google Plus, Houzz 

    Renovation Roadmap system





    Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram



    Resources:

    SCORE

    BNI- Business Networking International

    Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business

    Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business

    Soundwise: innovative podcast publishing platform that helps you capture, keep and convert listeners

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

BossLady1972 ,

Owner

Great interviewer and subjects. Inspiring to hear so many different approaches to busines and Natasha has a great way of asking really compelling questions

Cassie Scales ,

Inspiring & Informative!

This podcast is full of tips for doing business and life and I love that it a range of different types of businesses. Hearing about others' creativy, persistance, and hustle inspires me to continue in my own entrepreneurial journey. Thank you Natasha, for bringing these interviews into the world and especially to the DC entrepreneur community!

VvvvvOrban ,

Vvvvvvv

Such an inspiring and helpful podcast for fellow entrepreneurs!!

Top Podcasts In Business

Listeners Also Subscribed To