340 episodes

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.

Just Go Grind with Justin Gordon Justin Gordon

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 160 Ratings

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.

    #337: Herb Coakley of Courial, on Building People-First Technology, Learning to Code, and Persevering through Failures

    #337: Herb Coakley of Courial, on Building People-First Technology, Learning to Code, and Persevering through Failures

    Herb Coakley is the Founder and CEO of Courial, a last-mile courier service that’s empowering gig workers nationwide with their people-first approach to technology. Created by gig-workers for gig-workers, their state of the art technology has modernized the courier industry by allowing any business or person to seamlessly connect with their community of on-demand couriers to deliver anything. They’re on a mission to change the on-demand gig economy paradigm. Better pay, true partnership, live dispatch support, paid PTO, transparency and a seat at the table, while reducing CO2 emissions in their communities.
    Herb is a serial entrepreneur, former physicist and film producer, with degrees from Howard University, UCLA and Columbia University. He’s also a self-taught developer, designer and former gig-economy driver with over 20,000 gigs. At his previous start-up, he created technology that allowed seamless app switching for gig drivers, enabling them to earn much more money while drastically reducing distracted driving. He is now considered an evangelist in the on-demand, gig economy sector, a distinction that has earned the admiration and trust of gig drivers nationwide.
    Topics Covered by Herb Coakley in this Episode How Courial is empowering frontline communities and gig workers Herb’s journey from physicist to filmmaker to entrepreneur Courial’s origin story and getting investors & the connection into Y Combinator while driving for Uber From stealth mode to launching their MVP and participating in climate tech incubator Elemental Courial's core concept, pivoting from B2C to B2B, and serving a variety of stakeholders Doing good while doing well What Herb learned from his first business as an inexperienced founder and going through Y Combinator How Herb taught himself to code How Herb has leveraged inexperienced talent How they’re diversifying investors Launching in new markets Herb’s unorthodox approach to being a people-first tech company Listen to all episodes of the Just Go Grind Podcast: https://www.justgogrind.com
    Follow Justin Gordon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/justingordon212

    • 40 min
    #336: Josh Dorkin of BiggerPockets, on Building One of the World’s Top Business Podcasts and Real Estate Communities, Trusting your Gut, and Knowing When to Exit

    #336: Josh Dorkin of BiggerPockets, on Building One of the World’s Top Business Podcasts and Real Estate Communities, Trusting your Gut, and Knowing When to Exit

    Josh Dorkin is the Founder, former CEO (2004 - 2018), former podcast host, and current board member of BiggerPockets, a complete resource for learning and succeeding in real estate investing, bringing education, support, and tools together in one place. Aspiring and experienced investors alike can tap into the knowledge of more than 2 million members, and learn from content spanning across podcasts, blog, webinars, videos, virtual bootcamps, and more. BiggerPockets’ mission is to help people find personal freedom and financial flexibility through real estate investing.
    Josh created the platform in 2004 to create a place where investors could learn, network, market and make deals in a safe online environment. Growing, bootstrapping, and exiting BiggerPockets after 14 years taught him innumerable lessons. He overcame the countless challenges and learned how to build a nationally recognized brand, launch products, build teams, create partnerships, remain profitable (every year since launch), fail fast and pivot, challenge the status quo, and much more, ultimately helping to transform how real estate investors connect, collaborate, partner, and learn via best in class web, mobile, audio, and video content.
    Topics Covered by Josh Dorkin in this Episode Josh’s background and why he originally started BiggerPockets in 2004 The journey from almost quitting to growing and scaling to a successful exit Why Josh waited 8 years to hire his first employees and his advice for other founders Hiring his first employee directly from the BiggerPockets community The evolution of creating engaging content and expansion into different media platforms The “chicken or the egg” challenge of building a thriving community and being selective about partnerships What drove Josh to persevere throughout a decade of challenges even when he wanted to quit The tipping point Josh came to once he hired middle management and began to establish infrastructure within the company What Josh attributes BiggerPockets’ success to Josh’s thoughts on investing in the current real estate market Josh’s perspective on defining success How and why Josh got involved in startup investing Listen to all episodes of the Just Go Grind Podcast: https://www.justgogrind.com
    Follow Justin Gordon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/justingordon212

    • 54 min
    #335: Linda Lian of Common Room, on Navigating Foundational Pivots on the Path to Product Market Fit and Building a Pandemic-Age Startup Serving Modern SaaS Companies

    #335: Linda Lian of Common Room, on Navigating Foundational Pivots on the Path to Product Market Fit and Building a Pandemic-Age Startup Serving Modern SaaS Companies

    Linda Lian is the CEO and Co-Founder of Common Room, the first and only intelligent community growth platform that gathers community engagement, product usage, and customer data into a single place.
    They use intelligence to surface insights from across your entire community and provide tools to act on those insights directly from the app. This allows teams to discover what’s most important, nurture key personas, measure the impact of their programs, and collaborate across their organization. They’ve raised over $50 million from top-tier investors including Greylock, Index, and Madrona to build the community platform for modern SaaS companies. They’re also backed by 25+ operators from community-first organizations such as Stripe, Airtable, Slack, Notion, Loom, and more.
    Topics Covered by Linda Lian in this Episode Common Room as an intelligent community growth platform serving modern software companies Common Room’s origin story and building a product to enable this new engagement model Idea evolution on the path to product market fit and getting feedback from early stakeholders before building anything Navigating foundational pivots How the pandemic and the current market correction have fueled Common Room’s growth The 3 main buckets of Common Room’s ideal users and their primary use-cases Listen to all episodes of the Just Go Grind Podcast: https://www.justgogrind.com
    Follow Justin Gordon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/justingordon212

    • 26 min
    #334: Ryan Buick of Canvas, on Democratizing Data for Business Intelligence, Leveraging Unique Market Positioning, and Building an MVP while Fundraising

    #334: Ryan Buick of Canvas, on Democratizing Data for Business Intelligence, Leveraging Unique Market Positioning, and Building an MVP while Fundraising

    Ryan Buick is the Co-Founder of Canvas, a collaborative data exploration tool for business teams to automate manual reporting, build dashboards, and answer ad-hoc questions without SQL.
    Growing up in San Francisco, Ryan watched the technology industry explode in his hometown and always wanted to be a part of it. He started out his career as a Marketplace PM helping SaaS vendors distribute their products through third-party channels at AppDirect. Then he joined Flexport as one of their first PMs to help digitize the world of trade. It was there that he saw how spreadsheets could be used as an interface for anyone, regardless of technical ability, to access data. This led him to start Canvas, a data exploration tool for business teams to make decisions without SQL.
    Topics Covered by Ryan Buick in this Episode What Canvas does for operators The pain point Canvas is solving and their origin story Getting the first customers for Canvas The early product and the challenges they faced in its evolution Simultaneously fundraising and building an MVP Implementing feedback from early adopters Canvas’ business model and determining pricing Leveraging unique market positioning Fueling growth and content creation’s value accruement How Canvas serves existing data teams and enables early-stage startups to get data-driven Transitioning from product management to founding a startup Listen to all episodes of the Just Go Grind Podcast: https://www.justgogrind.com
    Follow Justin Gordon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/justingordon212

    • 25 min
    #333: Harry Campbell of The Rideshare Guy, on Building a Lifestyle Media Company for Gig Workers, Finding Quality Content Contributors, Hacking Referral Systems, and Diversifying Revenue Streams

    #333: Harry Campbell of The Rideshare Guy, on Building a Lifestyle Media Company for Gig Workers, Finding Quality Content Contributors, Hacking Referral Systems, and Diversifying Revenue Streams

    Harry Campbell is the Founder & CEO of The Rideshare Guy: a blog, YouTube channel, podcast, course, and book for Uber and Lyft drivers and others in the gig economy, dedicated to empowering them and helping them earn more money by working smarter, not harder. His content reaches hundreds of thousands of drivers per month, with over 80,000 e-mail subscribers. Harry also works with start-ups and F500 companies on marketing, consulting, advising and more. He’s the only person to have driven for Uber and also interviewed their CEO. Over the past 5+ years, he has talked to over 50,000 drivers. Harry started driving for Uber and Lyft all the way back in 2014 and after a year of part-time driving, left his job as an aerospace engineer to cover the industry full-time through his blog The Rideshare Guy.
    Topics Covered by Harry Campbell in this Episode What The Rideshare Guy is Why Harry loves working online in content and media Making his first dollar online  Harry’s business model and approach to value creation and capture How Harry ended up in online marketing The journey to becoming a full-time entrepreneur and the early days of The Rideshare Guy Strategies Harry has used to grow The Rideshare Guy and knowing when to scale Harry’s hacks to finding high-quality, reliable content contributors Balancing high-performing versus long-lasting content on different channels Reaching sustainable revenue, hacking the referral system, and diversifying revenue streams The Rideshare Guy’s business model Navigating the world of SEO Building a lifestyle business and Harry’s approach to entrepreneurship Harry’s journey investing in startups Listen to all episodes of the Just Go Grind Podcast: https://www.justgogrind.com
    Follow Justin Gordon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/justingordon212

    • 55 min
    #332: Yassamine Ebadat of Vityl, on Building Belonging, Hiring Tech Talent, Fundraising Advice, and Community-Based Organic Sales

    #332: Yassamine Ebadat of Vityl, on Building Belonging, Hiring Tech Talent, Fundraising Advice, and Community-Based Organic Sales

    Yassamine Ebadat is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vityl, an employee engagement SaaS solution designed to foster a foundational culture of belonging and drive stronger business performance. Vityl leverages machine learning to connect survey data to automated goals and nudges that inspire greater feelings of acceptance, recognition and connection in the workplace.
    Vityl was founded by a team of human capital consultants with an acute understanding of their users' pain points. With experience guiding landmark companies through organizational transformations, they saw an opportunity to deliver a simple solution to complex culture challenges.
    Prior to Vityl, Yassamine brought HR leadership experience and strong communication skills to her advisory work with clients as a Partner at Greater Human Capital. Previously, she served as the Director of People and Culture at Echo Energy in Oklahoma City, where she led the HR department; optimized recruiting, onboarding, and performance management processes; and served as a strategic advisor to the C-suite. She has also worked in employee engagement, social impact, and communications at JPMorgan Chase, Macmillan Publishers, and Publicis Groupe. Yassamine earned her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, with a concentration in Social Enterprise Administration. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from The George Washington University.
    Topics Covered by Yassamine Ebadat in this Episode How Vityl is transforming how people build culture together while growing individually Vityl’s origin story and Yassamine’s journey to becoming a founder Developing Vityl’s big vision Product development for Vityl’s platform Getting their first users and launching beta testing Yassamine’s first experience fundraising Yassamine’s advice on fundraising for other founders Navigating the advice of others while trusting your gut Growing Vityl’s team, hiring technical talent as a non-technical founder, and being deliberate about culture-building Vityl’s evolving business model and pricing Vityl’s GTM strategy Their community-based organic approach to sales Leading with persona vs. product What’s on the horizon for Vityl Listen to all episodes of the Just Go Grind Podcast: https://www.justgogrind.com
    Follow Justin Gordon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/justingordon212

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
160 Ratings

160 Ratings

Harry Campbell ,

Great pod, great guests and actionable advice!!

Enjoyed the episode with Andrew Gazdecki of Microacquire! 3x founder, so was cool to learn from his experience and expertise - love the focus on marketing!

Excited to join JG as a guest on the show next week!

oliviabaker13 ,

What are you waiting for? Tune in now! 🔥

If you’re currently an entrepreneur or investor on your grind, then this podcast should definitely be part of your weekly content diet! No matter the guest, you’ll gain a golden nugget of advice or strategy. Not to mention, Justin is consistently giving us a masterclass on what it means to be a fantastic interviewer.

Arlie K ,

Let's go!!

Justin and his talented guests offer actionable advice around building a business and getting through the grind. Thanks so much for putting out such a spectacular show, Justin - keep up the great work!

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