The CTStartUP podcasts is all about connecting people who are passionate about the growing Connecticut startup ecosystem. The story of how CTStartUP podcast got started is not unlike how startups begin.
IT BEGAN WITH COFFEE
Two entrepreneurs Mike Kauffman and Eric Francis had been meeting for coffee and discussing everything from what they were working on to what they wanted to see for Connecticut. The two connected over the fact that they are avid podcast listeners and thought it would be fun to start a podcast interviewing entrepreneurs and startups that are based in CT. At the same time Mike and Eric were talking about this, two startups lawyers were having a similar conversation.
Dave Menard and James McLaughlin lawyers for Murtha Cullina LLP are also avid podcast listeners and thought about doing a podcast interviewing startups as well. Then one magical day during a meeting between Eric and Dave they both mentioned their ideas about a podcast interviewing startups and just like that the wheels began turning.
Soon after that meeting, Mike, Dave, James, and Eric got together to sketch out the idea of the CTStartUP podcast. Just over a month later they were recording shows and establishing the team.
WHAT IT IS & WHAT WE HOPE IT TO BE
The CTStartUP podcast is a representation of how the Connecticut startup ecosystem is getting stronger and how when you meet the right people magic can happen. Our hopes are that others within the CT will be able to have the same experience we have had in getting CTStartUP off the ground. We want our listeners to use the podcast to learn about the exciting things happening in the ecosystem and to reach out to our guests.
We are excited to be on this journey and are looking forward to Connecting Connecticut through the Startup ecosystem.
Episode 120: Off the field Marketing with Paul Guarino of PG Sports
Startups and businesses can take many different shapes - some are full-time endeavors, others are more like successful side hustles. For Paul Gaurino of PG Sports, the line has definitely blurred as the sports apparel brand has been flourishing into a beast of its own. Tune in for a discussion about sports, startups, and building a brand from a deeply held passion.
Episode 119: Bottom up Entrepreneurship in New Haven with Collab
One part of a vibrant city and culture is that when people come to or move for work, for school, or an event they fall in love with it and decide to stay. This is the case for both co-directors of the Collab Caroline Tanbee Smith and Margaret Lee who came to school at Yale and decided to make New Haven home after they graduated. The Connecticut innovation ecosystem is lucky to have these two as they founded Collab to bring a Heart based approach to building companies and uplifting entrepreneurs. In this episode Eric speaks to them about the Why behind starting Collab and their upcoming accelerator that starts this spring. You can use this link if you would like to apply.
Episode 118: Be Bolder with The Bolder Company
Dave Menard and Eric Francis sit down with the founders of The Bolder Company. Jenny Drescher and Ellen Ornato first came on CTStartup as Connect and Improv and return in their new form, as The Bolder Company. A fun conversation which highlighted how COVID-19 forced them to focus their energy into the business which they could have the most impact on. Great lessons for businesses in this episode in addition to the case being made that puppets are necessary addons to a zoom call. Check them out at https://www.theboldercompany.com/
Episode 117: The Full Potential Movement with Nick Wagner
Being an entrepreneur comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, and Nick Wagner highlights how you can be an entrepreneur even with 9-5. Eric Francis sat down with Nick to explore his entrepreneurial journey from his first DJ contract with his high school to selling an aftermarket car parts business to starting a nonprofit. Through his non-profit C.I.T.E, Nick launched the Full Potential Movement to share career stories, ideas, and experiences to empower people to reach their full potential. This wide ranging conversation highlights how to cultivate and harness entrepreneurial skills in your career.
Episode 116: Evolution of an Entrepreneur & Company with Michael Cocuzza of Enviro Power
Eric Francis talks with Michael Cocuzza, Founder an CTO of EnviroPower, in his second appearance on the podcasts about the evolution of his company and himself as an entrepreneur. Over the past couple years, Michael has created a manufacturing company which will be releasing their SmartWatt boiler in 2021. Their heating technology, the SmartWatt Boiler, is the next generation heating technology.
Producing high efficiency heat while generating cleaner and inexpensive electricity, the SmartWatt Boiler, is designed to generate significant savings on operating-cost for homeowners, landlords and grid operators and reduce the carbon footprint for millions of buildings. Check them out at https://www.enviropowertec.com/
Episode 115: A digital-literate, human-centric workforce with Al Bhatt of District Arts & Education
Eric Francis sits down with Al Bhatt, Director of District Arts and Education to discuss how he is focusing on digging wells instead of wondering if the glass is half full or half empty. Eric and Al start the conversation talking about the storming of the capital and where the country is at this moment in time. Throughout the podcast, Al showcases how the work District Arts and Education is doing will bring about a better world for New Haven and Connecticut. Please visit their website https://www.transformnhv.org/
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I’ve listened to a few episodes and so far they have been entertaining and informative. The hosts are good and the topics have been interesting.
A great podcast for any seasoned or new entrepreneur. Informative interviews with great guests. Keep em coming guys!
Great interviews, keep them coming
These guys, although it seems like they are new to the podcast world, definitely bring a great chemistry together. They have had some amazing interviews from some crazy startups with really successful stories. I would recommend this to any entrepreneur out there, not just for Connecticut. I have learned a lot so far. Really Digestable!