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If you are a Founder who loves the company you started, and you want to be the CEO that pilots it to sustained success, you’re in the right place! Hear from dynamic, inspiring, and successful Founders as they share their insightful stories and practical tips that make becoming the CEO more fun, stress free, and easier to build and scale the company and life of your dreams. Your guide, Todd Uterstaedt, is super passionate about Startup CEO success and wants to help boost your leadership capabilities, confidence, and mindset so that you can: 1) Build, scale, and lead your company commensurate with your dreams and aspirations 2) Maintain control of your company 3) Enhance your company’s valuation for possible succession or a profitable exit. It’s leadership development for the busy Founder and CEO.

From Founder To CEO Todd Uterstaedt

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 130 Ratings

If you are a Founder who loves the company you started, and you want to be the CEO that pilots it to sustained success, you’re in the right place! Hear from dynamic, inspiring, and successful Founders as they share their insightful stories and practical tips that make becoming the CEO more fun, stress free, and easier to build and scale the company and life of your dreams. Your guide, Todd Uterstaedt, is super passionate about Startup CEO success and wants to help boost your leadership capabilities, confidence, and mindset so that you can: 1) Build, scale, and lead your company commensurate with your dreams and aspirations 2) Maintain control of your company 3) Enhance your company’s valuation for possible succession or a profitable exit. It’s leadership development for the busy Founder and CEO.

    Co-Founder of #1 Catholic App: Surrender

    Co-Founder of #1 Catholic App: Surrender

    Alex experienced a spiritual awakening that led him and his co-founders to build the the most downloaded and used Catholic app in the world.

    As the business was transforming, so was Alex.

    Alex learned how important it is to "surrender" as you transition From Founder To CEO.

    • 33 min
    Founder of Spartan Races: "The Obstacle Is The Way" & His New CNBC TV Show

    Founder of Spartan Races: "The Obstacle Is The Way" & His New CNBC TV Show

    Joe is as real as it gets. He is a Founder and CEO who tells it like it is and pushes himself to get better and be better...every day. What I truly appreciate about Joe is his embrace of the idea that, "The obstacle is the way."
    As Founders, we know this, practice this, and embrace this...everyday.
    So, I was super excited to have Joe on the podcast to share his experiences as Founder of Spartan Races and his biggest obstacles shifting From Founder To CEO.
    Spartan came from Joe's mind as a former equities and derivatives trader on Wall Street. He turned his passion for extreme sports into a lifestyle for his family — and then into a business.

    • 33 min
    Why Relinquish The Role Of CEO? - Award Winning Founder

    Why Relinquish The Role Of CEO? - Award Winning Founder

    Enlisted Marine.

    Marine Officer.

    Husband.

    Father.

    Pharmaceutical Salesman.

    Firefighter.

    Founder & CEO.

    City Councilman.

    COVID-19 survivor.

    International Bestselling Author.

    These are just some of the roles that Zachary has excelled in during his short life.

    He certainly has had a big and growing impact on the firefighting profession, building safety, and now with his new book, "Warrior Entrepreneur," a big impact on thousands of Founders around the world.

    In this very candid interview, Zachary details why and how he relinquished day to day operations to a CEO, why his business is better for it, and advice to Founders, like you, who are considering such a decision.

    • 33 min
    How this Founder powered back from a $100,000 lawsuit that nearly destroyed his business

    How this Founder powered back from a $100,000 lawsuit that nearly destroyed his business

    When you meet Chideha for the first time, you immediately know.

    You know he is a special person.

    You know he cares about every person he comes into contact with.

    You know that he strives for excellence in everything his does.

    You know he actually is learning from YOU and incorporating YOUR life's lessons into HIS life.

    And, these are also the many reasons why I like his book.

    In this interview, Chideha talks about:

    ---> How his grandfather's assault from KKK members impacted him as a man and entrepreneur

    ---> The valuable lesson he learned about the power of referrals

    ---> What he did to recover from a painful "non-compete" lawsuit that nearly destroyed him and his business

    It's an incredible interview because Chideha is so transparent and willing to share HIS life's lessons.

    • 23 min
    25 Years As Founder Of #1 Blinds.com: Jay Steinfeld - "Be As Generous As You Can"

    25 Years As Founder Of #1 Blinds.com: Jay Steinfeld - "Be As Generous As You Can"

    Blinds.com is an incredible business story and Jay is an incredible Founder CEO.

    In his new book, he talks about the 4 Es...the foundational principles on which his success was built.

    After he and his team successfully built Blinds.com, he sold the company to Home Depot and continued leading for quite some time after.

    In this interview, Jay talks about:

    ---> What generosity looks like to him as a Founder & CEO.

    ---> A significant story about a time he felt short of his own expectations of a focus on humanity.

    It's an incredible interview because Jay is so candid and transparent about his own journey From Founder To CEO.

    • 29 min
    What to do when you make a BIG BAD decision

    What to do when you make a BIG BAD decision

    Donnie is as transparent as you might expect, being a Marine.

    His amazing company is helping thousands of business owners connect with the right people.

    So, I found it really interesting that he made a decision as a Founder & CEO that initially did not connect with his people.

    Sometimes, as Founders, and as we grow, we need to augment our decision-making with a bit more data and insight.

    The gut instincts that got us to launch and reach traction becomes insufficient over time.

    Listen to what happened to Donnie, how he fixed the situation, and what you can learn from his mistake.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
130 Ratings

130 Ratings

Adarcus ,

Extraordinary listen!

It’s obvious Todd Uterstaedt puts extraordinary effort into every single episode of From Founder to CEO. But what makes this show a true standout is the quality of the guests, stories, and tactics. Todd finds guests that truly care about being a positive force for other founders, and shares insights from their journey. Don't miss it!

TMetzner ,

Getting real

There are very few publications that poke the bear like Todd does. It’s easy to put on a good face and pretend to have it all figured out, but we don’t. We stumble, make mistakes (sometimes over and over), and can only grow when we acknowledge and understand those mistakes. Todd helps us do that.

Ima listener ,

AWESOME!

Todd is an awesome host and wealth of knowledge! He always keeps each show engaging and fun! Do yourself a favor and take a listen!

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