Meet Ethan and Annaka, the hosts of the Startup Savants podcast, where we interview real startup founders to gain impactful business insights, valuable industry knowledge, and a unique perspective on what it’s like to launch a startup.
Entrepreneurship Rooted in Empathy with Courtney Werner of KOYA
#15: Courtney Werner joins Annaka and Ethan to share her story founding KOYA, a platform that works to spread kindness from afar by letting customers send gifts and messages that arrive at the right place or the right time. Courtney shares her journey running a business with her family, leveraging digital communities to grow a client base, changing business models, and growing up surrounded by entrepreneurs.
Say Goodbye to Debt Shame with the Co-Founders of Debbie
#14: Frida Leibowitz and Rachel Lauren join Annaka and Ethan to discuss their startup Debbie, a company working to combat debt cycles by helping borrowers transition to wealth builders. Frida and Rachel walk us through their personal stories dealing with debt, the process of using current psychological research to model product designs, the transition from a side project to a full-time company, and how they leveraged their network to fundraise a $1.2 million pre-seed round.
Evan Buist of Melodie: Your Startup's Secret Weapon? Building Relationships
#13: Evan Buist joins Annaka and Ethan to discuss his startup Melodie Music, a music licensing platform and publisher that partners with musicians to create high-quality, copyright-safe music. Evan walks us through the process of pivoting business strategies, fundraising, establishing business models, and the importance of establishing relationships.
How Can We Make Insurance More Human? With Gregory Rozdeba of Dundas Life
#12: Greg Rozdeba joins Annaka and Ethan to share his story founding Dundas Life, a startup providing life insurance coverage that aims to make life insurance both accessible and affordable. Although it may not be the flashiest industry, Greg is working to disrupt the insurance industry, which has yet to see many technical innovations and can play an important role in our day-to-day lives.
How a Year-Old Startup Secured $124M in Funding: Christine de Wendel of Sunday
#11: Christine de Wendel joins Annaka and Ethan to share her story of founding Sunday, a company looking to disrupt the restaurant industry by giving customers the ability to pay their bills with the touch of their phone.
Kaylin Marcotte of JIGGY: The Puzzle Startup Empowering Female Artists
#10: Kaylin Marcotte joins Annaka and Ethan to share her story founding JIGGY, a jigsaw puzzle company that collaborates with artists to transform a fun pastime into a decorative work of art. Kaylin touches on her experience creating a product from scratch, imposter syndrome, and leveraging media outlets to grow a community around her brand.
Inspiration and sensational
I feel inspired to start an empire after listening to this podcast. It’s very motivational to hear how other founders launched their startups. 10/10 bravo
Interesting and insightful
I love listening to this on my way home from work. I have a long commute and it really helps to pass the time. I like to hear about different entrepreneurs and how they got their start. The questions that Annaka and Ethan ask are always really good. They always ask the questions that I want to hear as well as some that I wouldn’t think to ask.