41 episodes

SelfMade CEO Brian Schechter hosts SelfMade Stories, capturing honest conversations with e-commerce entrepreneurs. Providing tangible tips and real-life inspiration, this podcast covers the ins and outs of growing your business.

Each journey is distinct, full of surprises and growth. SelfMade Stories immerses you in the experience and propels you towards your own goals.

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    • 5.0, 85 Ratings

SelfMade CEO Brian Schechter hosts SelfMade Stories, capturing honest conversations with e-commerce entrepreneurs. Providing tangible tips and real-life inspiration, this podcast covers the ins and outs of growing your business.

Each journey is distinct, full of surprises and growth. SelfMade Stories immerses you in the experience and propels you towards your own goals.

    Adam Schwartz, Part II: TeePublic

    Adam Schwartz, Part II: TeePublic

    Adam Schwartz is a natural-born entrepreneur. From creating a candy ring in middle school to scaling his business to 8-digits, you could say it’s in his blood — even his wife is an entrepreneur. Adam is the co-founder and CEO of TeePublic and an advisor to Bombas. TeePublic is a marketplace for everything from apparel to home goods, all made by independent creators.

    In Part II, Adam and Brian dig deep into how to break through $100k, the necessity of space when building your business, and the nuances of digital marketing in relation to your LTV. If you’re in the early stages of building your business this episode is full of actionable insights into how to best breakthrough to your next revenue benchmark.

    • 39 min
    Adam Schwartz, Part I: TeePublic

    Adam Schwartz, Part I: TeePublic

    Adam Schwartz is a natural-born entrepreneur. From creating a candy ring in middle school to scaling his business to 8-digits, you could say it’s in his blood — even his wife is an entrepreneur. Adam is the co-founder and CEO of TeePublic and an advisor to Bombas. TeePublic is a marketplace for everything from apparel to home-goods, all made by independent creators.

    In Part I, Adam and Brian discuss what entrepreneurship means and why it’s so difficult, how to understand your wins and losses, and the importance of diving into problems one at a time. Adam is a master of discipline and company building and has a ton of insight into how to manage your business towards scale.

    • 31 min
    Nick Ling, Part II: Pattern Brands

    Nick Ling, Part II: Pattern Brands

    Nick Ling is the co-founder and CEO of Pattern Brands, formerly known as Gin Lane. Gin Lane was founded in 2015 and helped launch over 50 startups, creating $15B of market value over 4.5 years. At the peak of their entrepreneurial success, Nick and his co-founder Emmett took a step back to find a solution to the burnout they and their peers were collectively feeling. This is what ultimately led to Pattern.

    Pattern Brands was founded with a central mission: to provide people with products and a community that creates space away from work and brings back a degree of mindfulness.

    In Part II, Brian and Nick discuss Pattern’s launch strategy and how to turn your first customers into evangelists for your brand.

    Pattern’s first brand, Equal Parts, launched in September of 2019. Its aim is to get more people in the kitchen and make home cooking an easily accessible activity for all. They provide thoughtfully designed, reasonably priced cookware and access to coaches who can give guidance from cooking tips to easy recipes based on what’s in your fridge.

    Pattern’s next brand is set to launch early 2020.

    • 31 min
    Nick Ling, Part I: Pattern Brands

    Nick Ling, Part I: Pattern Brands

    Nick Ling is the co-founder and CEO of Pattern Brands, formerly known as Gin Lane. Gin Lane was founded in 2015 and helped launch over 50 startups, creating $15B of market value over 4.5 years. At the peak of their entrepreneurial success, Nick and his co-founder Emmett took a step back to find a solution to the burnout they and their peers were collectively feeling. This is what ultimately led to Pattern.

    Pattern Brands was founded with a central mission: to provide people with products and a community that create space away from work and brings back a degree of mindfulness.

    In Part I, Brian and Nick discuss the importance of mission in giving your brand a centralized focus and path towards success.

    Pattern’s first brand, Equal Parts, launched in September of 2019. Its aim is to get more people in the kitchen and make home cooking an easily accessible activity for all. They provide thoughtfully designed, reasonably priced cookware and access to coaches who can give guidance from cooking tips to easy recipes based on what’s in your fridge.

    Pattern’s next brand is set to launch early 2020.

    • 36 min
    Dave Heath, Part II: Bombas

    Dave Heath, Part II: Bombas

    Dave Heath is the co-founder and CEO of Bombas, the sock company that took the consumer market by storm. Over the past 8 years, Dave and his team have managed to scale the company to over $100 million in annual revenue. It all started with a simple mission, make a better sock that gives back. For every pair of socks purchased, Bombas donates a pair to communities in need. To date, Bombas has donated over 25 million pairs to homeless outreach programs all over the country.

    The business Dave has built behind Bombas is almost as inspiring as their social mission. With an intense focus on product innovation and quality, investing in brand story, and putting together an amazing team, Dave has created something exceptional.

    In Part 2 of Dave's story, he talks with Brian about what’s next for Bombas, the necessity of maintaining perspective and the struggles of adding additional channels distribution channels.

    You can check out Bombas online at bombas.com or on Instagram @bombas to learn more about how to make your feet happy.

    • 32 min
    Dave Heath, Part I: Bombas

    Dave Heath, Part I: Bombas

    Dave Heath is the co-founder and CEO of Bombas, the sock company that took the consumer market by storm. Over the past 8 years, Dave and his team have managed to scale the company to over $100 million in annual revenue. It all started with a simple mission, make a better sock that gives back. For every pair of socks purchased, Bombas donates a pair to communities in need. To date, Bombas has donated over 25 million pairs to homeless outreach programs all over the country.

    The business Dave has built behind Bombas is almost as inspiring as their social mission. With an intense focus on product innovation and quality, investing in brand story, and putting together an amazing team, Dave has created something exceptional.

    In Part I of Dave's story he talks with Brian about what inspired him to start Bombas, how he's scaled responsibly, and how attention and a willingness to learn have been key to his success.

    You can check out Bombas online at bombas.com or on Instagram @bombas to learn more about how to make your feet happy.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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85 Ratings

85 Ratings

sasha from LA now in NYC ,

Necessary for any entrepreneur

Very interesting and educational. Anybody who is working on starting their own business or is currently a small business owner should give it all a listen.

Lex from BK ,

Learning so much!

It’s been so great hearing from various entrepreneurs and their out of the box thinking. As an e-comm entrepreneur myself, it’s motivating and inspirational. Great tangible takeaways. Especially loved the F Project episode where fundraising gets discussed. Definitely have a listen!

kenzie123!! ,

great new podcast

Awesome new podcast. It's so interesting to hear the stories of the founders of the futures biggest brands. Humbling to hear their challenges and their perserverance.Excited for more!!

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