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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.

    Designing Technology For Behaviour Change In Nutrition - Emily Hochman, Founder & CEO of Wellory

    Designing Technology For Behaviour Change In Nutrition - Emily Hochman, Founder & CEO of Wellory

    Emily Hochman is the founder of Wellory, the anti-diet nutrition app on a mission to make personalized nutrition accessible for all. Wellory is a venture-backed startup based in NYC with a network of over 600+ health coaches, nutritionists, and dietitians all over the country. She is a certified health coach, founder of the Movement Young Professional Board and native New Yorker. Hochman has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider and named “13 Under 35 Innovators” by her alma mater, Bucknell University. Earlier this year, Wellory raised $4.2 million in funding.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE


    01:21 The idea and importance behind Wellory
    09:20 The initial spark to starting a business
    19:55 Building a tech solution to create behavior change
    24:42 Lessons learned along the path of an entrepreneur
    28:58 Where entrepreneurs tend to go wrong
    33:02 Breaking barriers as a female entrepreneur

    GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW

    Emily says, “The leading cause of death in the United States is due to poor diet. We are pouring billions of dollars into our healthcare system but not getting to the root cause of the problem - a healthy relationship with food."

    CONNECT WITH EMILY


    Wellory - https://www.wellory.com
    Connect with Emily on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-hochman/

    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 #EmilyHochman #Wellory

    • 41 min
    Taking Your StartUp From Idea to Investor Ready - Blaine Graboyes, Founder, Investor, Artist, Inventor

    Taking Your StartUp From Idea to Investor Ready - Blaine Graboyes, Founder, Investor, Artist, Inventor

    Blaine Graboyes (Goldman) is a successful startup founder, early-stage investor, and advisor as well as an artist and inventor with more than 25 years of experience in the technology, media, and gaming industries. Since the early 1990s, Graboyes has produced over 4,000 projects for world-renowned entertainment, business, and fine arts clients such as Blizzard Entertainment, Ubisoft, DreamWorks, Mattel, Sony, Disney, Nickelodeon, DIRECTV, Warner Bros., and The Guggenheim and Whitney Museums. Blaine holds multiple patents for his innovations and inventions primarily focused on skill-based games and video game gambling. In addition to his professional work, Blaine is a mixed media artist and a dedicated supporter of the arts.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE


    01:08 Blaine’s background in business and entrepreneurship
    08:16 The most recent venture projects undertaken
    15:11 Lessons learnt along the way
    22:05 The importance of financial models
    26:25 Balancing emotions while growing your business
    28:55 Challenge your creative brain

    GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW

    Blaine says, “Whether or not an idea will work is always based on a set of assumptions. A key factor for building trust is to provide research from credible sources to validate your assumption."

    CONNECT WITH BLAINE


    Blaine Global - https://blaineglobal.com
    Connect with Baline on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/blaineglobal/

    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 #BlaineGraboyes

    • 39 min
    The Power Of Learning Platforms - Josh Fabian, CEO of Metafy

    The Power Of Learning Platforms - Josh Fabian, CEO of Metafy

    Josh Fabian is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Metafy, an online platform connecting gamers with the top 1% of today’s players in the world for one-on-one coaching. Metafy is on a mission to provide opportunities for players to monetize their talents, with the freedom of setting their own hours and rates for their expertise. Metafy helps gamers of all levels, from casual players to aspiring professionals, start winning more. Metafy launched in December of 2020. A former high-school dropout, Josh’s dedication to creating jobs in the passion economy has led to Metafy coaches earning more than $100K in only eight months.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE


    01:15 What is Metafy
    08:50 How the idea of Metafy came about
    12:27 Pursuing the mission at any cost
    18:03 Key lessons from difficult experiences
    25:36 The potential of Pittsburg
    27:53 Advice to young entrepreneurs

    GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW

    Josh says, “For every entrepreneur, there comes a point in their journey where they have to transition from being a founder to a CEO.  It comes with the humility of being willing to build a team of people that are better than you."

    CONNECT WITH JOSH


    Metafy - https://metafy.gg
    Connect with Josh on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshfabian/

    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 #JoshFabian #Metafy

    • 34 min
    Hiring a CEO to Turn a Company Around - David Siegel, CEO of Meetup

    Hiring a CEO to Turn a Company Around - David Siegel, CEO of Meetup

    David was selected by both WeWork and Meetup’s founder to succeed him as CEO in 2018. He has quickly become a sought-after expert on community building. Prior to his role as CEO of Meetup, he was the CEO of Investopedia. He has more than 20 years of experience in growing revenue and profit in digital media, subscriptions, and e-commerce. He is a motivational leader with experience in mergers and acquisitions, turnarounds, scaling operations, and growing businesses in the post-startup phase. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and he earned his M.B.A. from The Wharton School.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE


    02:51 Meetup helping people around the world connect together
    05:06 How David became the CEO of Meetup
    08:20 Restructuring the focus and product with a leadership transition
    14:43 Knowing when to transition from the entrepreneur to hiring a CEO
    17:20 Embracing failures helps build a culture of vulnerability and trust
    23:27 Building focus and learning to de-prioritize as a growing startup

    GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW

    David says, “Imposter syndrome is a very real struggle. There's a certain level of confidence and self-esteem that's required to get to the point where you feel comfortable where you are and can be vulnerable."

    CONNECT WITH DAVID


    Meetup - https://www.meetup.com
    Connect with David on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidmsiegel/

    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 #DavidSiegel #Meetup

    • 41 min
    The Dangers of Growth - Jason Sherman, CEO of TapRm

    The Dangers of Growth - Jason Sherman, CEO of TapRm

    Jason Sherman is TapRm’s Founder & CEO. TapRm is a platform for everything beer. By collapsing the supply chain, TapRm enables beer brands to sell to their consumers more directly through licensing that allows them to act as the wholesaler, retailer, delivery courier, and marketer. Prior to TapRm, Jason managed investments and acquisitions decisions into a host of beverage businesses including e-commerce, CPG, technology and logistics startups at Zx Ventures, the global incubator and venture capital team funded by Anheuser Busch InBev, the leading global brewer. Jason also holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Harvard in economics. 



    KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE 


    01:27 The idea behind TapRm
    05:43 Growing from the beta solution 
    12:12 Managing the hyper growth
    15:58 Getting investment through crowdfunding
    21:18 Advice to startup entrepreneurs
    26:43 Developing focus for effective problem solving



    GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW 

    Jason says, “The best advice I received while rapidly growing my business "Focus on a key issue that you are facing, solving that, and then move on to the next problem. Don't try to solve everything at the same time." 



    CONNECT WITH JASON 


    TapRm - https://taprm.com 
    Connect with Jason on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasondsherman/ 



    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 #JasonSherman #TapRm

    • 33 min
    The Building Blocks of Startup Success - Nicos Vekiarides, CEO of Attestiv

    The Building Blocks of Startup Success - Nicos Vekiarides, CEO of Attestiv

    Nicos Vekiarides is the Chief Executive Officer & co-founder of Attestiv. He has spent the past 20+ years in enterprise IT and cloud, as a CEO & entrepreneur, bringing innovative new technologies to market. His previous startup, TwinStrata, an innovative cloud storage company where he pioneered cloud-integrated storage for the enterprise, was acquired by EMC in 2014. Before that, he brought to market the industry’s first storage virtualization appliance for StorageApps, a company later acquired by HP. Nicos holds 6 technology patents in storage, networking and cloud technology and has published numerous articles on new technologies. Nicos is a partner at Mentors Fund, an early-stage venture fund, a mentor at Founder Institute Boston, where he coaches first-time entrepreneurs, and an advisor to several companies. Nicos holds degrees from MIT and Carnegie Mellon University. 



    KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EPISODE 


    01:20 The idea spark that created Attestiv to address the problem of fake information 
    05:31 Entering into the insurance market 
    10:36 Creating the beta version for Attestiv 
    14:33 Finding the right talent for your team 
    17:45 The differentiating factor in the journey of Attestiv
    20:33 The road ahead for startups 



    GOLDEN NUGGET FROM TODAY’S SHOW 

    Nicos says, “Passion is what drives the entrepreneur, but it's also what can push them off a cliff as well. You can become too passionate about the product and forget that you're supposed to be building a business." 



    CONNECT WITH NICOS 


    Attestiv Inc - https://attestiv.com 
    Connect with Nicos on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicos-vekiarides-4574723/ 



    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 #NicosVekiarides #Attestiv

    • 23 min

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