18 episodes

Memorable Stories from the Leaders and Best

South U Stories Rishi Narayan

    • Personal Journals

Memorable Stories from the Leaders and Best

    Ari Weinzweig: Zingerman's Sandwich Stories - #1 & #23 (Plus Bonus Roadhouse Story!)

    Ari Weinzweig: Zingerman's Sandwich Stories - #1 & #23 (Plus Bonus Roadhouse Story!)

    In Ann Arbor, Ari Weinzweig needs no introduction. The founder of Zingerman's Deli is a legend in the worlds of entreprenuership and food, and the story of Zingerman's is a source of pride for Ann Arbor Townies and UM Alumni around the globe. In late January of 2020, Rishi sat down with Ari at Zingerman's Roadhouse to get the story behind some of the Deli's most iconic sandwiches (and also an amazing story about Big Bad Voodoo Daddy!)

    • 32 min
    Anthony Taylor: The Legend of Axe Ventura

    Anthony Taylor: The Legend of Axe Ventura

    College is tough. But going to the University of Michigan after serving your country for almost a decade? That takes a dedication not often found. And starting your first business from scratch while you are in your second career as an undergrad? That's downright amazing, and exactly what Anthony Taylor did. Anthony and his partner Shannon Kozyra come on the pod to tell us the their personal journey, and the legend of Axe Ventura.

    • 20 min
    Matt Nolan: The Origin Story of Fall Break at Michigan

    Matt Nolan: The Origin Story of Fall Break at Michigan

    For over 15 years, students at UofM enjoy a study break during the Fall semester in order to refresh and rejuvenate after midterms. However, for many older alumni, there was no such thing as "Fall Break". Matt Nolan (LSA '03, LAW '06) comes on the podcast to tell the story of how Fall Break was conceived and brought to life.

    Shoutout to Good Time Charley's for letting us record the episode at their place! https://www.charleysannarbor.com/

    • 32 min
    Jason Berry: Tales from the Blind Pig

    Jason Berry: Tales from the Blind Pig

    We all know that Pearl Jam and Nirvana played the Blind Pig. But do you know any actual stories from the legendary music venue? Jason Berry, managing partner and longtime talent buyer, welcomes Rishi and Mason to green room at the Pig to tell them some epic stories from its storied history.

    • 29 min
    Mary & Nick Lemmer: Lessons from Gelato

    Mary & Nick Lemmer: Lessons from Gelato

    Mary & Nick Lemmer are proud UofM alumni, and the sibling team behind Iorio's Gelato in Ann Arbor. Mary & Nick recount their tasty startup story, how they started the business as kids, the difficulties of running a store as college students and young graduates, and some lessons learned along the way.

    • 25 min
    Michele Fraser Wing & Lois Harden: Fact or Fiction - Law Quad Edition

    Michele Fraser Wing & Lois Harden: Fact or Fiction - Law Quad Edition

    We all think we know interesting facts about the Law Quad...but do we? This week we play mythbusters with Michele Fraser Wing, Chief Operating Officer, and Lois Harden, Facilities Manager, of the UM Law School. Michele, Lois, and Rishi run through some of the most common rumors heard throughout the decades and unearth the origin of one of campus' most well known traditions.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

The new green ,

Great stories of entrepreneurship and accomplishment

Great podcast. I love stories of entrepreneurship and accomplishment. It’s often the small moments that in hindsight are the BIG ones in both life and business. It’s cool to see/hear examples of that in this podcast. I grew up in Ann Arbor but have lived in other parts of the country. While this podcast is hyper local it’s content is universally appealing. I’ll be introducing my friends from all over to it. Particularly loved the B2B story and Phil Brabbs story. Also, the Dominick’s/Dominoes story was out of the blue and awesome. I had no idea.

Keep them coming! #subscribed

mvansu ,

Outstanding podcast

Rishi is uniquely qualified to share these stories. His entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with his love of Ann Arbor, bring out informative and interesting tales. There are lessons to be learned in every podcast and they are conveyed in a a wonderfully captivating way.

I look forward to hearing more...

thehienlam1 ,

Why didn’t I already know these stories?!

As a Michigan alum and an Ann Arbor resident, I think it’s crazy that I was so unfamiliar with these stories.

Rishi does a great job of sharing these stories to make sure more people know about them so we can all keep them alive. Truly stories from the leaders and best.

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