11 episodes

Insights into hidden challenges of launching new businesses, creating brands, and releasing ideas into the public sphere.

Ready For Launch Ian Black

    • Business

Insights into hidden challenges of launching new businesses, creating brands, and releasing ideas into the public sphere.

    011 - Launching a Headless Commerce Company, with Bryan Mahoney, Co-Founder and CEO at Chord Commerce

    011 - Launching a Headless Commerce Company, with Bryan Mahoney, Co-Founder and CEO at Chord Commerce

    This week we're taking a trip down memory lane with Byran Mahoney, CEO of Chord Commerce (formerly CTO at Glossier, and Co-founder of Dynamo). We discuss his journey launching multiple businesses over the course of his career, and what he's learned along the way. From his first job scrubbing toilets and cutting grass at age 13, through to the launch of his latest endeavour Chord, a commerce-as-a-service company.

    As well as many great throwback stories from Byran's life, we discuss:


    What headless commerce means
    The importance of business partners,
    The benefits of side projects
    Advice on pursuing venture capital
    Why wine is so important

    https://chord.co/

    • 1 hr
    010 - Launching an online community for Designers, with Danielle Thompson, founder of Design Club

    010 - Launching an online community for Designers, with Danielle Thompson, founder of Design Club

    This week I'm learning from the wonderful Danielle Thompson about how she's transforming her existing online community Design Club into a more focussed service called Design Match. We discuss :


    What it takes to become a confident designer
    Tips and tricks for managing your time
    Creating an online community that people want to engage in
    Avoiding the busy trap
    The benefits of fear, and the power of vulnerability

    https://www.designclub.co/

    https://www.instagram.com/danielletom/



    Also mentioned on the show:

    https://www.rescuetime.com/

    https://sunsama.com/

    • 56 min
    009 - Launching a #1 Bestselling book, with Charlotte Cramer, author of The Purpose Myth

    009 - Launching a #1 Bestselling book, with Charlotte Cramer, author of The Purpose Myth

    This week I had a wonderful conversation with the author of the number 1 bestselling book The Purpose Myth, Charlotte Cramer.  We dive into the world of vulnerable storytelling, self publishing, and plagiarism, and the effects of ego on decision making.

    Listen to learn about:


    The three fundamental needs of humans for their careers,
    How to feel more purpose in your life.
    The importance of honesty in your writing.
    Keyword advice for Amazon's algorithms
    The value of accountability in communal pursuits

    https://charlottecramer.com/

    • 58 min
    008 - Launching a London-based Design Studio, with founder Andrew Burton

    008 - Launching a London-based Design Studio, with founder Andrew Burton

    This week I'm talking to Andrew Burton, founder of Creative agency Shoreditch design studio. We get into the pros and cons of running a product business versus a service business, the importance of picking the right business partners, tips for hiring outside your area of expertise, and how to approach sales.

    Andrew is the Creative Director & Founder of Shoreditch Design Studio. Creative agency for your next big thing. Before launching Shoreditch Design Studio, he co-founded a fitness app called Tona, which was then acquired by another company.

    https://shoreditchdesignstudio.com/

    • 40 min
    007 - Launching a Healthy Kids Lunch Delivery Business, with Ryan McKee, Founder of Elemeno

    007 - Launching a Healthy Kids Lunch Delivery Business, with Ryan McKee, Founder of Elemeno

    This week I'm talking with Ryan McKee, founder of Elemeno, a company that delivers healthy hassle-free kids lunches to Vancouver parents. We discuss what it's like to try and completely reinvent yourself and your career, while also building up a business from nothing.

    Topics:


    The benefits of an MBA
    Failed side hustles
    Benefits of customer research
    Reinventing yourself
    The slow pace of launching
    Having self-belief
    Staying nimble for the future.

    https://www.elemeno.co/

    • 1 hr
    006 - Launching a Luxury Watch Shopping Product, with JP Holecka, co-founder of Luxxee

    006 - Launching a Luxury Watch Shopping Product, with JP Holecka, co-founder of Luxxee

    My guest this week is a veteran in the Vancouver agency world. JP Holecka, founder of PowerShifter. After 12 years building digital product for clients with his team.

    Now he's taken the plunge to become a product founder in the luxury watch space with his new business venture, Luxxee.

    We discuss what it takes to find product-market fit, attract a diverse audience, and how company culture keeps talent from walking out the door.

    getreadyfor.luxx.ee

    searchluxxee.com

    • 52 min

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