17 episodes

It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the start-up world. But what if having a laser-focus on your idea can actually hold your business back?

In the Ideas Last podcast Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders whose success came from obsessively focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it takes to actually build a long-lasting, profitable startup rather than simply launching one...by putting your idea last.

Ideas Last Danielle Gillespie

    • Business

It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the start-up world. But what if having a laser-focus on your idea can actually hold your business back?

In the Ideas Last podcast Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders whose success came from obsessively focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it takes to actually build a long-lasting, profitable startup rather than simply launching one...by putting your idea last.

    Building A Community-Based Tech Startup - Jennifer Gomez, CEO of oneKIN

    Building A Community-Based Tech Startup - Jennifer Gomez, CEO of oneKIN

    Jennifer Gomez is a tech founder and public speaker from Brooklyn, NY. Throughout her professional and entrepreneurial career, she’s helped innumerable brands and startups leverage data-led strategy and creative storytelling to launch products and build authentic relationships with their consumers. 

    Today, she is Co-Founder & CMO of oneKIN Inc., a mission-driven, retail-tech company powering the future of e-commerce for small businesses. From their award-winning curated e-commerce marketplace for diverse retailers to our soon-to-launch livestream shopping app, oneKIN live, they are hyper-focused on providing small businesses tech-enabled solutions to increase their visibility and grow sustainably. 

    In addition to scaling oneKIN, she is passionate about empowering entrepreneurs of color, women, small businesses, and tech professionals around the country via workshops, panels, and various on/off-air speaking engagements. 



    KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE 


    01:17 How oneKIN came about as a company 
    12:42 How to get started on your entrepreneurial journey 
    17:16 Consistently getting feedback from your customers 
    20:54 Forming a partnership with MasterCard 
    28:11 Where most founders typically go wrong 
    35:40 What’s next on the horizon for Jennifer 



    GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW 

    Jennifer says, “Most entrepreneurs think that everything has to be perfect when you launch. The first iteration of your product is not going to be perfect. And that's part of the process. The journey of those future optimizations is what's beautiful."



    CONNECT WITH JENNIFER 


    oneKIN - www.onekin.co 
    Connect with Jennifer on LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-gomez-72748224/ 



    CONNECT WITH DANIELLE 


    Danielle’s Website - https://www.daniellegillespie.net/ 
    Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellegillespie/ 
    Email Danielle - dg@daniellegillespie.net 
    Medium: https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl 
    Send A Text: +1 (412) 207-3851 

    Connect with Danielle to learn more about how the Ideas Last methodology can help you turn your product into a successful business venture, regardless of product stage: paper napkin, beta, V1, or established product already released into the wild. 



    SUBSCRIBE TO THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST 


    Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ideas-last/id1579391101 
    Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6Fj8K2kEIm8RWNfYzgZs4L 

    If you liked this episode, please don’t forget to tune in, subscribe, and share this podcast! 



    ABOUT THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST 

    It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the startup world. But what if having a laser focus on your idea can actually hold your business back? In the Ideas Last podcast, Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders, whose success came from obsessively, focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it actually takes to build a long-lasting profitable startup, rather than simply launching - by putting your idea, last. 

    Read more about the Ideas Last story - https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl/ideas-last-a-new-way-to-startup-b94a585e35f5 

    #IdeasLast #DanielleGillespie #StartUpCoach #BusinessConsultant #startupfounders

    • 41 min
    Efficient & Effective Fundraising For Your Startup - Nathan Beckford, CEO of Foundersuite

    Efficient & Effective Fundraising For Your Startup - Nathan Beckford, CEO of Foundersuite

    Nathan Beckford helps startups with strategy, finance, BD, and venture/exit issues. Described as the “wingman to startup CEOs” and as “Biz Dev / CFO to go”, he specializes in pitching deals, raising capital, and getting sh*t done. Nathan is the CEO of Foundersuite, used by 2500+ startups worldwide to bring structure, speed, and efficiency to fundraising and investor relations.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE


    01:14 The story behind Foundersuite
    04:32 The power of financial models for your startup
    09:05 Common mistakes entrepreneurs make when raising money
    14:43 Tips for making a good pitch deck
    19:28 You have to be full-time in fundraising
    27:33 The Foundersuite Framework
    35:24 Advice for new entrepreneurs that are starting out

    GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW

    Nathan says, “One of the mistakes I see founders make is that they don't prioritize fundraising. Fundraising is painful. It takes a lot of time and you face a lot of rejection. But if really want to see results, it takes  a full-time commitment of three months for most startups."

    CONNECT WITH NATHAN


    Foundersuite - foundersuite.com
    Connect with Nathan on LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/nathanbeckord

    CONNECT WITH DANIELLE


    Danielle’s Website - https://www.daniellegillespie.net/
    Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellegillespie/
    Email Danielle - dg@daniellegillespie.net
    Medium: https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl
    Send A Text: +1 (412) 207-3851

    Connect with Danielle to learn more about how the Ideas Last methodology can help you turn your product into a successful business venture, regardless of product stage: paper napkin, beta, V1, or established product already released into the wild.

    SUBSCRIBE TO THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST


    Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ideas-last/id1579391101
    Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6Fj8K2kEIm8RWNfYzgZs4L

    If you liked this episode, please don’t forget to tune in, subscribe, and share this podcast!

    ABOUT THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST

    It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the startup world. But what if having a laser focus on your idea can actually hold your business back? In the Ideas Last podcast, Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders, whose success came from obsessively, focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it actually takes to build a long-lasting profitable startup, rather than simply launching - by putting your idea, last.

    Read more about the Ideas Last story - https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl/ideas-last-a-new-way-to-startup-b94a585e35f5

    #IdeasLast #DanielleGillespie #StartUpCoach #BusinessConsultant #startupfounders

    • 41 min
    Big Business Impact Through Small Start-Up Shifts - Gary Goldberger, President & Co-Founder of FableVision Studios

    Big Business Impact Through Small Start-Up Shifts - Gary Goldberger, President & Co-Founder of FableVision Studios

    Gary Goldberger is President and Co-Founder at FableVision, an award winning multi-media development and publishing company specializing in educational interactives for children. He oversees the production of FableVision’s award-winning media products. Since the company's launch, Gary has held many positions, and he approaches each project with a multi-faceted perspective. Gary is an expert in designing and developing innovative games for learners of all ages, and is a frequent speaker nationally on the role of games in education. Gary’s unique blend of technical and creative leadership has been a key reason many FableVision projects have won awards.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE


    01:23 Gary explains the activities undertaken by FableVision Studios
    03:21  The starting point for FableVision Studios.
    05:29  Making a big impact through small changes
    06:51 How to approach learning in a new way
    13:04  Partnerships are a key to success
    23:07  Every failure is a lesson learned
    28:54  Important nuggets of wisdom for new entrepreneurs
    34:04 Personal and professional plans for Gary

    GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW

    Gary says, “Creators tend to fall in love with with their own ideas, however it is crucial as new entrepreneurs to let their guards  down and be willing to accept criticism and feedback."

    CONNECT WITH GARY


    FableVision - fablevision.com
    Email Gary Goldberger - gary@fablevision.com
    Connect with Gary on Twitter - @FableGary
    Connect with Gary on LinkedIn - linkedin.com/in/gary-goldberger-947146

    CONNECT WITH DANIELLE


    Danielle’s Website - https://www.daniellegillespie.net/
    Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellegillespie/
    Email Danielle - dg@daniellegillespie.net Medium: https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl
    Send A Text: +1 (412) 207-3851

    Connect with Danielle to learn more about how the Ideas Last methodology can help you turn your product into a successful business venture, regardless of product stage: paper napkin, beta, V1, or established product already released into the wild.

    SUBSCRIBE TO THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST


    Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ideas-last/id1579391101
    Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6Fj8K2kEIm8RWNfYzgZs4L

    If you liked this episode, please don’t forget to tune in, subscribe, and share this podcast!

    ABOUT THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST

    It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the startup world. But what if having a laser focus on your idea can actually hold your business back? In the Ideas Last podcast, Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders, whose success came from obsessively, focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it actually takes to build a long-lasting profitable startup, rather than simply launching - by putting your idea, last.

    Read more about the Ideas Last story - https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl/ideas-last-a-new-way-to-startup-b94a585e35f5

    • 40 min
    Making a difference through your Startup - Alisha McFetridge, Co-Founder & CEO of RainStick Shower

    Making a difference through your Startup - Alisha McFetridge, Co-Founder & CEO of RainStick Shower

    Alisha is the co-founder and CEO of Rainstick, a clean technology company committed to cutting residential water usage in half. Rainstick is a high-flow shower system of 3GPM that saves 80% water and 80% energy through point-of-use recirculation and real-time cleansing. Alisha holds an MSc in Climate Change and Development and a Bachelor in International Business, majoring in Sustainability. In 2020, she came first place in the Communitech's Fierce Founder's Competition and is also the recipient of the Caldwell Partner's Future CEO Award, Royals Roads Leadership Award, and the TD Sustainability Award. She has spent time working, studying and living in Kenya, China, The Netherlands, the United States and Canada, where she currently lives today.



    KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE


    02:20 Alisha explains the circumstances leading to start of RainStick Shower
    07:14 Alisha explains about RainStick Shower
    08:37 Entrepreneurs need to maintain a timeframe for their progress in their entrepreneurial journey.
    10:01 Facing the initial challenges are a part of startups
    14:28 How to identify the market for your product
    19:56 Feedbacks help shape the health of your startup
    25:54 Plans ahead for RainStick Shower



    GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW

    Alisha says, “Startups can be slow and challenging, however it is important to believe in your startup, build the team and constantly reiterate and update the technology as needed."



    CONNECT WITH ALISHA


    RainStick Shower - www.rainstickshower.com
    Email Alisha McFetridge - alisha@rainstickshower.com
    Connect with Alisha on Instagram - Instagram.com/rainstick.shower
    Connect with Alisha on LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/rainstickshower



    CONNECT WITH DANIELLE


    Danielle’s Website - https://www.daniellegillespie.net/
    Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellegillespie/
    Email Danielle - dg@daniellegillespie.net Medium: https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl
    Send A Text: +1 (412) 207-3851

    Connect with Danielle to learn more about how the Ideas Last methodology can help you turn your product into a successful business venture, regardless of product stage: paper napkin, beta, V1, or established product already released into the wild.



    SUBSCRIBE TO THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST


    Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ideas-last/id1579391101
    Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6Fj8K2kEIm8RWNfYzgZs4L

    If you liked this episode, please don’t forget to tune in, subscribe, and share this podcast!



    ABOUT THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST

    It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the startup world. But what if having a laser focus on your idea can actually hold your business back? In the Ideas Last podcast, Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders, whose success came from obsessively, focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it actually takes to build a long-lasting profitable startup, rather than simply launching - by putting your idea, last.

    Read more about the Ideas Last story - https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl/ideas-last-a-new-way-to-startup-b94a585e35f5

    • 27 min
    Navigating the Entrepreneurial journey in a Startup - Steve Hoffman, Venture Investor, Author & CEO of Founders Space

    Navigating the Entrepreneurial journey in a Startup - Steve Hoffman, Venture Investor, Author & CEO of Founders Space

    Steve Hoffman is the CEO of Founders Space, one of the world’s leading startup accelerators, with over 50 partners in 22 countries. Hoffman is also a venture investor, founder of three venture-backed and two bootstrapped startups, and author of several award-winning books. Hoffman went on to launch Founders Space, with the mission to educate and accelerate entrepreneurs. Founders Space has become one of the top startup accelerators in the world. Hoffman has trained hundreds of startup founders and corporate executives in the art of innovation and provided consulting to many of the world’s largest corporations. He currently resides in San Francisco but spends most of his time in the air, visiting startups, investors, and innovators all over the world.



    KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE


    01:19 Steve explains his journey as an entrepreneur
    06:11 Steve explains about Founders Space - a global startup and incubator
    11:36 Customer response plays a big role in every startup
    15:20 Entrepreneurs need to have an open approach towards their startup
    20:55 When do you quit and try something new
    27:19 Being an entrepreneur is a process of discovery and repeated failure
    28:02 How to identify a dysfunctional team or leader
    32:09 An idea can originate from anyone in the startup team
    39.05 Why build a platform and not a product
    46.16 Relentless optimism and positivity paves the way to success
    49:52 Plans ahead for Founders Space



    GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW

    Steve says, “The brilliant ideas don’t always have to come from the CEO of the company, rather it needs to be a shared collaboration of the entire team to ideate and drive change"



    CONNECT WITH STEVE


    Founders Space - https://www.foundersspace.com/contact/
    Email Steve Hoffman - steven.s.hoffman@gmail.com
    Connect with Steve on Twitter - @FoundersSpace
    Connect with Steve on LinkedIn - https://LinkedIn.com/in/FoundersSpace/



    CONNECT WITH DANIELLE


    Danielle’s Website - https://www.daniellegillespie.net/
    Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellegillespie/
    Email Danielle - dg@daniellegillespie.net Medium: https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl
    Send A Text: +1 (412) 207-3851

    Connect with Danielle to learn more about how the Ideas Last methodology can help you turn your product into a successful business venture, regardless of product stage: paper napkin, beta, V1, or established product already released into the wild.



    SUBSCRIBE TO THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST


    Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ideas-last/id1579391101
    Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6Fj8K2kEIm8RWNfYzgZs4L

    If you liked this episode, please don’t forget to tune in, subscribe, and share this podcast!



    ABOUT THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST

    It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the startup world. But what if having a laser focus on your idea can actually hold your business back? In the Ideas Last podcast, Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders, whose success came from obsessively, focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it actually takes to build a long-lasting profitable startup, rather than simply launching - by putting your idea, last.

    Read more about the Ideas Last story - https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl/ideas-last-a-new-way-to-startup-b94a585e35f5

    • 52 min
    Supporting Wellness And Health For 50 Million Women In America - Alessandra Henderson, Co-founder & CEO of Elektra Health

    Supporting Wellness And Health For 50 Million Women In America - Alessandra Henderson, Co-founder & CEO of Elektra Health

    Alessandra Henderson is the Co-Founder & CEO of Elektra Health, a next-gen women’s health platform on a mission to smash the menopause taboo. Elektra empowers the 50M women in the US navigating menopause with evidence-based education, virtual care, and a supportive community. Prior to Elektra, Alessandra began her career in technology as the sixth employee at Artsy, where she built the content partner business from the ground up. From there, she went on to found and serve as Executive Director of the MIT NYC Startup Studio, and VP of Network at Human Ventures. She has been featured in leading publications including Fast Company, Forbes, Techcrunch, and more. She has also been a recipient of quite a few laurels like the Martin Trust Community Fellow Award '16 and the Patrick J. McGovern, Jr Entrepreneurship Award '16. Beyond the office, Alessandra is passionate about taboo-smashing, all things art, and supporting & elevating women. 



    KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE 


    01:26 Alessandra explains the Elektra Health 
    03:23 Symptoms of Menopause and the challenges faced by women 
    06:07 Creating safe spaces for women to speak about their health 
    08:24 Having personal connections to your startup serves as a driving force 
    15:57 Entrepreneurs need to be in a constant state of evolution 
    17:03 How to build your team and starting out 
    23:17 Additional features of Elektra Health 
    31:29 Investing into your team is essential
    36:10 Plans ahead for Elektra 



    GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW 

    Alessandra says, “Understanding and paying attention to people and the level of interest and curiosity they bring to the table helps to build the right team and culture in any startup." 



    CONNECT WITH ALESSANDRA 


    Elektra Health - https://www.elektrahealth.com/ 
    Connect with Alessandra on Twitter - @acphenderson 
    Connect with Alessandra on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/alessandrahenderson/ 



    CONNECT WITH DANIELLE 


    Danielle’s Website - https://www.daniellegillespie.net/ 
    Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellegillespie/ 
    Email Danielle - dg@daniellegillespie.net Medium: https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl 
    Send A Text: +1 (412) 207-3851 

    Connect with Danielle to learn more about how the Ideas Last methodology can help you turn your product into a successful business venture, regardless of product stage: paper napkin, beta, V1, or established product already released into the wild. 



    SUBSCRIBE TO THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST 


    Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ideas-last/id1579391101 
    Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6Fj8K2kEIm8RWNfYzgZs4L 

    If you liked this episode, please don’t forget to tune in, subscribe, and share this podcast! 



    ABOUT THE IDEAS LAST PODCAST 

    It has long been said that ideas are everything, especially in the startup world. But what if having a laser focus on your idea can actually hold your business back? In the Ideas Last podcast, Danielle Gillespie interviews startup founders, whose success came from obsessively, focusing on execution instead of ideation. Each episode dissects what it actually takes to build a long-lasting profitable startup, rather than simply launching - by putting your idea, last. 

    Read more about the Ideas Last story - https://medium.com/@dgillespie_irl/ideas-last-a-new-way-to-startup-b94a585e35f5

    • 38 min

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