25 episodes

Proofing Stage examines the origins, progress, struggles, and setbacks of entrepreneurs through the lens of its founders, who, among other things, have run a bagel business for the past 8 years. Join us, as we share wins and cautionary tales from that space between “atta girl” and “I told you so!” Co-hosted by Joan Kanner and Michelle Bond, with Season 1 contributions by Amanda Schwarz.

Proofing Stage Joan Kanner, Michelle Bond

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    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Proofing Stage examines the origins, progress, struggles, and setbacks of entrepreneurs through the lens of its founders, who, among other things, have run a bagel business for the past 8 years. Join us, as we share wins and cautionary tales from that space between “atta girl” and “I told you so!” Co-hosted by Joan Kanner and Michelle Bond, with Season 1 contributions by Amanda Schwarz.

    From False Urgencies to Force Multipliers

    From False Urgencies to Force Multipliers

    “There is so much false urgency I have fallen prey to that I’ve learned about through this business. I don’t want to see other people making those mistakes, especially women,” says Joan Kanner on past challenges in business. Alongside co-host Michelle Bond, they kick off the second season of Proofing Stage. Likening the podcast to a business self-defense course, Michelle and Joan aim to equip female business owners with the necessary knowledge to fend off unexpected or unfair obstacles.The du...

    • 33 min
    BONUS: Interviewer Inspo

    BONUS: Interviewer Inspo

    Some pods offer a peek behind the curtain. But in today's bonus episode, Michelle and Joan give peeks inside their heads!Now that they're doing the asking, whose asking acts as examples to emulate?And, yes, you'll be left asking yourself "wait, who had their own talk show?!"Some delicious samples from this bonus served up in paper soufflé cups below:Michelle:"These are things you maybe you talk about with your friends over a happy hour and you commiserate and then you go on to do something el...

    • 5 min
    The Art of a Well-Placed ‘No’

    The Art of a Well-Placed ‘No’

    Guests - Kait Klusewitz (she/her), Muralist/Artist | Caroline Lampinen (she/her), ArtistBringing art to business and business to art, hosts Michelle Bond and Joan Kanner dive into a vibrant discussion on "Proofing Stage" with two extraordinary creatives. Kait Klusewitz and Caroline Lampinen join the episode to unpack the powerful intersection of creativity and social impact. Celebrated for their engagement with community and social movements—particularly their support for the Black Lives Matt...

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Trailer 2.0: Welcome to Proofing Stage

    Trailer 2.0: Welcome to Proofing Stage

    Not just business as usual!Proofing Stage provides real talk, actionable guidance, lessons learned (don't make the mistakes we did) and the validation that YOU ARE NOT CRAZY (like when you've been gaslit) for female business owners. Season 1 laid the foundation by unpacking 8 years of running a successful food business. Now Joan and Michelle continue the discussion with a cadre of brilliant, straight-shooting guests. Available now anywhere you get your pods. Listen. Subscribe. ...

    • 2 min
    "So, why are we doin' this?"

    "So, why are we doin' this?"

    Michelle and Joan are doers. They don't just have ideas, they go after them - sometimes too hard and for too long. Sometimes to great success and following. This first episode of Proofing Stage lays the groundwork for why, after a professional lifetime of going after things, creating and improving, it's time to take a look back and figure out where to go from here. And, why doing it with others is the only way to do it. As the episode title suggests, we answer the question: "Why are we d...

    • 43 min
    Bootstrapping: "I was powered by The Drug"

    Bootstrapping: "I was powered by The Drug"

    You're getting to know our founders a little more everyday. The context provider. The cut-to-the-chase-er. The outside observer. While the businesses we've begun are in different industries, the hustle is similar - living the literal dream while trying to make ends meet, and having the right tools for the job. Were we getting ready for a dog show? Nope. A theater performance? Nope. A farmers market? YES! This week, you'll learn about Bottoms Up Bagels' (BUB's) first sales day - which was...

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Jimmymacb ,

Not just business as usual

If you are looking for a how to podcast, this is for you. If you are looking for a honest look at bootstrapping, this is for you. If you are an old hand in the business world (as I am), this podcast is for you.

The first episode is a bit all over the place but it coalesces in the second and gets its rhythm. As one who represents the traditional face of the business world. I found this engaging and enlightening as Joan and Michelle bring you along on their start up journey.

Really excited to be following, laughing, cringing, and learning from them.

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