61 episodes

Too often Silicon Valley has become the new Hollywood of broken promises and dashed dreams. Is the startup journey weighing you down? Are you searching for your own coffee shop conversation that turns into a $5M check? Weekly, Philip Topham, The Savvy Founder and Armchair sociologist, explores the startup struggle and what it means to be founder and Chief Everything Officer. Philip will be interviewing guests and sharing his own experiences uncovering the raw truths and hard earned “aha” moments. So if you’re feeling locked out of the startup insider secrets and looking for a smoother path then tune in where we help you save you time, money and heartache.

The Savvy Founder Philip Topham

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Too often Silicon Valley has become the new Hollywood of broken promises and dashed dreams. Is the startup journey weighing you down? Are you searching for your own coffee shop conversation that turns into a $5M check? Weekly, Philip Topham, The Savvy Founder and Armchair sociologist, explores the startup struggle and what it means to be founder and Chief Everything Officer. Philip will be interviewing guests and sharing his own experiences uncovering the raw truths and hard earned “aha” moments. So if you’re feeling locked out of the startup insider secrets and looking for a smoother path then tune in where we help you save you time, money and heartache.

    Ep 60: Startup Advice – Failing Forward? What Does That Mean? How To Move on to the Next Big Thing, When the First Thing Wasn’t so Good? with Jon Shower (Encore)

    Ep 60: Startup Advice – Failing Forward? What Does That Mean? How To Move on to the Next Big Thing, When the First Thing Wasn’t so Good? with Jon Shower (Encore)

    “Fail fast. Fail Forward.” We have all heard that Silicon Valley saying. But what does that mean? In this show, Jon Showers, share his brutally honest journey about what it means to Fail Forward.  You’ll hear that his founder journey is only just starting. Jon has a great background from a military career, to athletic […]

    • 31 min
    Ep 59: What Does Your Startup Do? The Dreaded 30-second Pitch!

    Ep 59: What Does Your Startup Do? The Dreaded 30-second Pitch!

    The 30-second pitch. You are at an event, meeting, or party and someone asks you, “What do you do?”; “I’m the founder of the so and so company”; “What’s that?”  You’ve just been asked to give your 30-second pitch. In this episode, I cover the key steps to creating a compelling 30-second pitch, that gets […]

    • 20 min
    Ep 58: My Product is Great! So, What’s Wrong?

    Ep 58: My Product is Great! So, What’s Wrong?

    “Everyone thinks my product is great!”  In this episode, I discuss the biggest problem founders face with their products. This issue falls into the ‘stupid human tricks’ category. I share a story about a recent interview of The Savvy Founder – where I can’t even remember the 4-letter word that every founder should know — […]

    • 16 min
    Ep 57: Founder to CEO?? Investor Says “No Way,” You say “Yes Way!”

    Ep 57: Founder to CEO?? Investor Says “No Way,” You say “Yes Way!”

    “As soon as we finish our Round-A we’ll look for a real CEO.” Sound familiar? All too often there is a belief that Founders just don’t have what it takes to become a CEO and build a big company that makes the investors lots of money. Founders don’t have the skills to lead a big […]

    • 9 min
    Ep 56: An African Entrepreneurship Journey-with Alex Kalanda-Ceo Ayambe

    Ep 56: An African Entrepreneurship Journey-with Alex Kalanda-Ceo Ayambe

    In this episode, The Savvy Founder interviews Alex Kalanda, CEO and Founder of Ayambe Talent Solutions. This interview is a great example of the entrepreneurial journey and spirit; it’s a lifelong job; entrepreneurs live to solve problems and make things better for other people. In this interview it’s clear Alex won’t stop – even when […]

    • 40 min
    Ep 55: Solving Big Problems, Best Practices For a Mission-Driven Startup – with  Joshua Wohle CEO Mindstone

    Ep 55: Solving Big Problems, Best Practices For a Mission-Driven Startup – with  Joshua Wohle CEO Mindstone

    Solving big problems takes a different approach – in this interview with Co-Founder Joshua Whole, we dive into the topic from top to bottom. The show is a bit longer than the normal 30’minutes but well worth the insights. Mindstone’s mission and the big hairy problem is “to surface and accelerate the world’s informal learning.” […]

    • 45 min

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I enjoyed one of the earliest episodes on personal branding with Ash Kumra and using your authentic voice to communicate your values. One of my favorite ideas mentioned there is "It's not what you know. It's not who you know. It's not even who knows you. It's mostly who talks about you in a nice way when you're not even there."

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