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The Misfit Founders Podcast is a genuine and unscripted platform dedicated to delving deep into the world of entrepreneurship, but with a unique twist. Instead of the usual polished and rehearsed interviews, this podcast seeks to spotlight the raw, authentic journeys of founders, highlighting the struggles, setbacks, and lessons that are often glossed over in more traditional mediums.

The primary goal is to offer transparency into the challenges and rewards of building a startup, ensuring that no topic is considered taboo. By doing so, Misfit Founders wishes to bridge a gap in the industry — where the most insightful advice, which is often shared only in private circles, is brought to the forefront for all to benefit from.

The format is less of an interview and more of a fireside chat, fostering genuine conversations between the host and the guest. Both contribute their personal stories, experiences, and teachings, facilitating a dialogue that feels both intimate and enlightening.

A critical aspect of the Misfit Founders Podcast is its focus on inclusivity and diversity, ensuring that voices often sidelined or unheard in the entrepreneurial space are given a platform. This commitment extends to the range of topics discussed, from coping with feelings of inadequacy and "imposter syndrome" to celebrating the small victories that come with building a business.

Moreover, this initiative isn't just about discussing past experiences. It's also about shaping a brighter, more inclusive future for all founders, equipping them with insights, advice, and a sense of belonging that can be pivotal to their success.

The Misfit Founders Podcast is more than just a series of conversations. It's a movement, challenging the norms of the startup world, and offering solace, support, and inspiration to every founder who has ever felt out of place or faced adversity on their entrepreneurial journey.

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The Misfit Founders Podcast is a genuine and unscripted platform dedicated to delving deep into the world of entrepreneurship, but with a unique twist. Instead of the usual polished and rehearsed interviews, this podcast seeks to spotlight the raw, authentic journeys of founders, highlighting the struggles, setbacks, and lessons that are often glossed over in more traditional mediums.

The primary goal is to offer transparency into the challenges and rewards of building a startup, ensuring that no topic is considered taboo. By doing so, Misfit Founders wishes to bridge a gap in the industry — where the most insightful advice, which is often shared only in private circles, is brought to the forefront for all to benefit from.

The format is less of an interview and more of a fireside chat, fostering genuine conversations between the host and the guest. Both contribute their personal stories, experiences, and teachings, facilitating a dialogue that feels both intimate and enlightening.

A critical aspect of the Misfit Founders Podcast is its focus on inclusivity and diversity, ensuring that voices often sidelined or unheard in the entrepreneurial space are given a platform. This commitment extends to the range of topics discussed, from coping with feelings of inadequacy and "imposter syndrome" to celebrating the small victories that come with building a business.

Moreover, this initiative isn't just about discussing past experiences. It's also about shaping a brighter, more inclusive future for all founders, equipping them with insights, advice, and a sense of belonging that can be pivotal to their success.

The Misfit Founders Podcast is more than just a series of conversations. It's a movement, challenging the norms of the startup world, and offering solace, support, and inspiration to every founder who has ever felt out of place or faced adversity on their entrepreneurial journey.

    Award-Winning Horror Film Producer Leroy Kincaide: How to Find Your Creative Calling & Break into the Film Industry Without Going to Film School

    Award-Winning Horror Film Producer Leroy Kincaide: How to Find Your Creative Calling & Break into the Film Industry Without Going to Film School

    This week's guest Leroy Kincaide is the founder of Nocturnal Pictures,  an award-winning film production company who's debut horror film The Last Rite was recently released by Hulu, Amazon and Sky Store, with a glowing score of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.  He shares his amazing story of making the film on a sub £30,000 budget, from taking on multiple roles himself behind the camera, to by-passing film school, and throwing the script-writing rule-book out the window.  

    Oh, and one other thing, he pivoted to this career path from the word of professional wrestling. 

    As we unravel his story,  we discuss the tenacity required for such a leap of faith, and Leroy reflects on his wrestling roots while giving us an insider's look at how he cracked the film industry from such an unlikely position. 

    Leroy's infectious passion for storytelling invites listeners to consider the power of genuine expression and the liberation that comes with it. 

    We delve into the Law of Attraction; and and how it's really possible to use manifestation to achieve your dream career. 

    Whether you're in search of artistic motivation or a push towards self-realization, our conversation will definitely inspire you on your own personal journey. 

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    MISFIT FOUNDERS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL'S USE OF, REFERENCE TO, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS PODCAST OR THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS PODCAST.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    From Pharmaceutical Expert to Innovating Sustainable Packaging - Misfit Founders Ep 19

    From Pharmaceutical Expert to Innovating Sustainable Packaging - Misfit Founders Ep 19

    When Loïc traded his lab coat for the life of a startup maverick, he wasn't just stepping into the unknown; he was stepping up to improve the e-commerce world with sustainable packaging. Our latest episode takes you through the courageous pivot of this former pharmaceutical pro into entrepreneurship, designing eco-friendly solutions. His collapsible, returnable boxes aren't just a triumph of design; they're a testament to the power of adaptability and customer engagement in shaping a greener future.

    The entrepreneurial ecosystem in Switzerland buzzes with the energy of innovation, and it's here that Loïc finds his stride. Our discussion unpacks the vital role of networking, not the stiff corporate kind, but the vibrant, genuine connections that underpin startup success. From leveraging government support, to the emotional backing of family, we explore the multifaceted support network that can propel a venture from idea to reality. And when it comes to product launches and strategic growth, Loïc's approach to early user engagement exemplifies the symbiotic relationship between a business and its customers. 

    Taking the leap from a secure career trajectory into the maelstrom of startup life requires a special kind of resilience and an appetite for challenges. Loïc's journey is peppered with tales of setbacks, from goods detained at borders to the mental gymnastics of financial planning. But it's his infectious enthusiasm for mentoring and sharing knowledge that truly captivates. So, if you're curious about the alchemy of turning a scientific mind towards sustainable entrepreneurship, you'll want to join us for this conversation.

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    MISFIT FOUNDERS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL'S USE OF, REFERENCE TO, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS PODCAST OR THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS PODCAST.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    The Challenges of Selling on Amazon and How to Balance Parenting and Entrepreneurship - Misfit Founders Ep 18

    The Challenges of Selling on Amazon and How to Balance Parenting and Entrepreneurship - Misfit Founders Ep 18

    In this episode we cover the e-commerce landscape with Vicky Weinberg, an Amazon consultant with plenty  of insights and experiences. From the myths surrounding dropshipping to the vital considerations when selling on Amazon, Vicky unpacks a candid narrative of her professional evolution. As an author and podcast host herself, she brings a wealth of knowledge, especially to those who might be teetering on the edge of bringing their product idea to life. The topic is as much about the intricacies of online sales as it is about the broader themes of diversity, inclusion, and the balance between work and parenting, an episode sure to resonate with entrepreneurs at any stage.

    Vicki doesn't shy away from the personal hurdles she faced when juggling her ambitions with the demands of family life, touching on her transition from the corporate sphere to entrepreneurship after grappling with postnatal depression. She speaks on the importance of acknowledging when we need help, and the transformative power of delegating, both at home and in our businesses. We also talk about our entrepreneurial journeys, emphasizing that strategic decision-making and knowing when to pivot are not just business acumen—they're life skills.

    We also cover Vicky's transition from managing a product business to diving into consultancy full-time, sharing the rollercoaster of navigating manufacturing snags during a pandemic and the unexpected fulfillment found in helping others achieve their Amazon dreams. The episode also celebrates the organic charm of podcasting, as Vicky shares her passion for fostering unscripted dialogues with guests and the minimalistic approach that keeps her podcast authentically engaging. For anyone captivated by the ebbs and flows of entrepreneurship or the bustling world of e-commerce, this episode is a good listen.

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    • 1 hr 42 min
    Working at Uber and Atlassian, Growing a Business Bootstrapped & Regrets Selling - Misfit Founders Ep 17

    Working at Uber and Atlassian, Growing a Business Bootstrapped & Regrets Selling - Misfit Founders Ep 17

    In this episode we dive into the layers of Boris's journey, from electrifying concert photography to the offices of tech giants like Atlassian and Uber, before venturing into the thrilling world of entrepreneurship. A renegade spirit in the tech consultancy realm, Boris recounts the evolution of his career with candid vulnerability, sharing the lows of financial instability and the highs of building a company from the ground up.

    A masterclass in strategic business transitions as it is a personal odyssey through cultural heritage and professional growth. Boris unveils the intricate dance of aligning one's skills with market needs, the shift from being a solo founder to helming a team of sixteen, and the crucial balance between risk-taking and savvy decision-making. From the art of self-funding to understanding the intricacies of venture capital, he unravels the knots of startup finance with wisdom only experience can impart.

    This episode weaves laughter through the tales of persistence and adaptability. That's the spirit you'll find  as we wrap up our vibrant session.  Boris, doesn't just tease us with the anticipation of what's to come but emphasizes that the entrepreneurial path is a continuous quest for significant success, navigating through obstacles with determination. resilience and an eye firmly set on the prize. 

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    • 1 hr 58 min
    Reflections on Building a Startup Culture of Attitude, Acceptance and Adaptability - Misfit Founders Ep 16

    Reflections on Building a Startup Culture of Attitude, Acceptance and Adaptability - Misfit Founders Ep 16

    In this episode we go deep in the heart of startup resilience and human connection, guided by the wisdom of James Mayes. The visionary face behind Rodeo Global dives into the facade of entrepreneurship to reveal the perseverance and camaraderie needed to cultivate a thriving digital media business.

    We explore philosophical realms of leadership, discussing  how hiring for attitude can outshine raw skills, and how one can navigate personal challenges like ADHD to foster a creative and productive work environment. Our conversation honors the revelatory power of feedback and the necessity for reflection to catapult professional growth. We also tackle the seismic shift in work dynamics post-pandemic, evaluating the intricacies of remote interactions and the potential benefits of a four-day workweek in cultivating a balanced, thriving workforce.

    Closing the loop, we scrutinize the role luck and personal branding play in the tapestry of success while navigating the diverse challenges European startups face against the backdrop of the American market. James  emphasizes the transformative power of failure and the richness brought by diverse voices to the entrepreneurial narrative. We are left with a vision of the future that not only promises the continued growth of Rodeo Global but also an indelible impact on the broader startup community.

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    • 1 hr 49 min
    Leaving a Dangerous Home Country, Dealing with Severe Illness and Startup Failure - Misfit Founders Ep 15

    Leaving a Dangerous Home Country, Dealing with Severe Illness and Startup Failure - Misfit Founders Ep 15

    When the very fabric of personal identity weaves into professional endeavors, the result can be as complex as colorful. Our latest episode features a startup founder whose narrative is a testament to the resilience required in the face of crime, health battles, and the rollercoaster of entrepreneurship. From the harrowing streets of South Africa to the boardrooms of innovative spaces like Hotjar and Churn FM, Andrew unpacks the lessons learned in audience building, network leveraging, and the perpetual quest for balance. He shares the pressures that come with crafting an identity separate from one's professional achievements while juggling the societal expectation to outdo oneself constantly.

    Andrew takes us through his journey, shedding light on the significance of prioritization and strategic focus over time. He reveals how experience begets a tactical approach to growth and the pivotal role that experimentation plays in even the most seasoned founder's playbook. He shares the diversity of his early career and a rich history of diverse roles that ultimately circled back to a profound passion for programming and the creation of life-changing technologies.

    Andrew emphasizes a universal truth that resonates with many founders: the unshakable importance of health and well-being in an otherwise demanding professional life. Often seen merely as a physical activity, exercise emerges as a linchpin for mental fortitude in the stressful world of startups. He shares a powerful story of overcoming physical ailments through sheer determination and lifestyle changes, which catalyzed recovery and propelled him forward in conducting his day-to-day approach. This narrative goes beyond just exploring startup success; it's a realistic and honest portrayal of the determination and resilience necessary to manage the challenges of entrepreneurship.

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    • 1 hr 27 min

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