On The Just Go Grind Podcast, host Justin Gordon, an entrepreneur, USC MBA alum and Director of Marketing and Community at Vitalize Venture Group, interviews entrepreneurs, CEOs, investors, and other go-getters to pull out the tips, tactics, strategies, and insights to help you build your company.
#309: Annelise Hillmann, Co-Founder and CEO of FRONTMAN, on Reimagining The Men’s Grooming Industry, Cultivating Authenticity in Brand Building, and Designing for Behavior Change
Annelise Hillmann is the co-founder of FRONTMAN, the Gen Z self-care brand for men creating a new grooming category. A story teller at heart, Annelise is an art director and designer focusing on brand identity and marketing strategy for early stage companies. She has a Harvard degree in economics and psychology and lives in Brooklyn. She co-founded FRONTMAN with Nick Bunn in 2018, and also does freelance for companies still in stealth and others post-IPO.
#308: Joseph Heller, Founder and CEO of The/Studio, on Growing a Successful B2B Marketplace for Product Customization and Creating Community Around Building Better Businesses
Joseph Heller is the Founder and CEO of The/Studio, an on-demand manufacturing platform which is also now the parent company of Supplied, creating a network of empowered entrepreneurs through their wholesale platform for small businesses. Joseph founded The/Studio as a marriage between his passion for technology and manufacturing. They are creating an on-demand supply chain for the 21st Century which will democratize manufacturing, and allow their customers to manage the entire supply chain on the cloud.
#307: David Perry, CEO and Co-Founder of E-Commerce Partnership Network Carro, on Overcoming Friction, Thinking Globally, Gamification, and Leveling Up from Entrepreneur to Innovator
David Perry is the CEO and Co-Founder of Carro, a new e-commerce partnership network that over 30K Shopify brands have joined, providing 320M+ visitors a month. GetCarro.com helps brands gain attention, sales, and new customers by partnering with other brands in the network. After 39 years in the business (with founding roles at companies such as Acclaim Entertainment and Shiny Entertainment, both of which were acquired by industry giants), Perry remains one of the best-known video game industry veterans.
#306: Richard Mensah, Co-Founder of EllisX, on Pioneering Authentic Marketing for Tech Startups
Richard Mensah is the Co-Founder of EllisX, which is pioneering authentic marketing, a new market category that allows companies to increase brand awareness without hassle. Their infrastructure empowers creators and writers to connect with the best startup/tech stories. Originally from Ghana, Richard previously founded 3 startups in the Media, Adtech and HR industries, while studying for his college degree in Computer Science.
#305: Matt Jung, CEO of the Luxury Cookie Company Last Crumb, on Unique Brand Development, Creating an Organic Flywheel, and Managing Supply and Demand for an Exclusive Product
Matt Jung is an entrepreneur and generalist with over a decade of experience founding businesses and leading teams with a focus on business development, operations, marketing and brand strategy in both startup, incubator/accelerator, and corporate environments. Currently Matt is the CEO of Last Crumb, the world’s first ultra-premium luxury cookie brand. Their nostalgic flavors are upgraded with the world’s best ingredients, delivered through a premium D2C membership with luxe packaging you can show off.
#304: Alex Simon, Co-Founder of Budget Based Travel Company Elude, on Innovating in an Established Industry and the Power of Partnerships
Alex Simon is the Co-Founder and CEO of Elude, a budget based travel company getting you out of your office and around the world. Alex previously worked as an investment banker, a career he left in 2018 to turn travel hacking into his full-time gig as an entrepreneur with his co-founder, Frankie Scerbo. Elude is a travel search engine & app that allows people to discover and book unique travel packages based only on your budget and date. Think "Where can you go next month for $700."
This show is great! I love how authentic and grounded the host, Justin, is. The most recent episode really stood out to me because entrepreneurs are always looking for the best ways to “level up” and scale their businesses!
Knack for asking questions
About 2-3 times each episode I find myself asking the interviewee a question in my head and Justin follows through by asking that exact question every time. He has a great understanding of how to fill in gaps of information to give the audience a holistic picture of the interviewee’s background, process, goals, etc.
Just go grind-episode 127 with Peter Peng
Justin did a fantastic job in hitting all the keypoints I would have asked. He never interrupted and was very professional.