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STARTUP TO STOREFRONT brings the stories of stand-out companies and individuals building the future with innovative and forward-thinking ideas. Focusing on leaders and innovators who work harder AND smarter, hosts Diego Torres-Palma and Nick Conrad give the inside track into what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Diego brings his expertise to each show as an angel investor and founder of a fashion/tech company, a data analytics company, and a real estate development company. Interviewing entrepreneurs and other success stories who have built a business or a brand give our audience insight and a roadmap that will generate and motivate more entrepreneurs by simply listening to the podcast.

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STARTUP TO STOREFRONT brings the stories of stand-out companies and individuals building the future with innovative and forward-thinking ideas. Focusing on leaders and innovators who work harder AND smarter, hosts Diego Torres-Palma and Nick Conrad give the inside track into what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Diego brings his expertise to each show as an angel investor and founder of a fashion/tech company, a data analytics company, and a real estate development company. Interviewing entrepreneurs and other success stories who have built a business or a brand give our audience insight and a roadmap that will generate and motivate more entrepreneurs by simply listening to the podcast.

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    Ape Water - Andrew Bragg 🐵 🦍

    Ape Water - Andrew Bragg 🐵 🦍

    About a year ago, NFTs were all anyone could talk about. Mark Cuban, Justin Bieber, and Jimmy Fallon each spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a particular variety of NFTs called Bored Ape Yacht Club. Seth Green also bought in and began writing a TV show around his Ape, while in Long Beach a fast food restaurant opened called Bored and Hungry using the Bored Ape Yacht Club IP. Since then, the news concerning NFTs has not been great. Seth Green lost his Ape in a phishing scam, and a stock market downturn plunged the budding crypto boom into a crypto winter, sending NFT prices tumbling along the way. While many chalked up the NFT craze as nothing more than a flash in the pan, there were those who still saw the potential in the technology. Our guest today is one such person, who saw the communal aspect of NFT ownership as a feature to be harnessed. Today we talk with Andrew Bagg, the cofounder of Ape Water.
    We discuss:
    How they are building a business that isn’t tied to the turbulent NFT markets
    How Ape Water cans are similar to Wheaties Boxes
    How Ape Water uses web3 technology to give its consumers more than just a refreshing beverage

    • 38 min
    "Call Me Anne" 📚 - Heather Duffy (in memory of Anne Heche)

    "Call Me Anne" 📚 - Heather Duffy (in memory of Anne Heche)

    When Anne Heche passed away on August 11, 2022, it shocked the world. After reportedly reaching a top speed of 100 miles per hour, she drove her Mini Cooper into the side of a Los Angeles home. Although emergency responders were able to free her from the wreckage, she passed away in the hospital a couple of days later. Anne Heche left a courageous, complicated past behind.  From standing up for same-sex relationships in the late 90s to an Emmy-winning acting career, she has forever left a mark on modern culture. Today, we are speaking with Anne’s podcast co-host, co-author, and dear friend Heather Duffy.  At the time Anne passed, she and Heather had been working on Anne’s newest book titled, “Call Me Anne.”  They were weeks away from finalizing it when Anne died. Heather was able to finish the book through the notes and outlines that Anne left behind. In today’s episode, we discuss:
    how Anne got escorted out of her own movie premiere for arriving with Ellen DeGeneres as her date
    Getting blacklisted from Hollywood as a result but not letting them have the last word
    how unsubstantiated claims about the fatal crash drowned out the truth in the hours and days that followed

    • 41 min
    Modern Animal 🐾 - Steven Eidelman (a new approach to veterinary care)

    Modern Animal 🐾 - Steven Eidelman (a new approach to veterinary care)

    The veterinarian industry is changing, but you probably haven't noticed unless you’ve been paying close attention. For years, the vet industry has been defined by small mom-and-pop clinics. However, large investment firms have been buying up practices, yet offering nothing new or innovative. These old practices still keep their patient records on paper, don’t offer 24/7 access, and if you are out of town, it’s nearly impossible to book an emergency appointment. And this is all while, according to Time, suicide rates among veterinarians are incredibly high, and as a matter of fact, women vet suicide rates are 3.5x the national average. Our guest today is changing all of that, from how the clinics are built to waiving exam frees for members, Modern Animal is redefining what it means to practice veterinary medicine from the ground up. In today’s episode, we talk with Steven Eidelman, the founder of Modern Animal. We discuss:
    - How Modern Animal is working to avoid vet burnout with this new approach
    - Setting up a tattoo parlor at a vet conference
    - The nationwide vet shortage, and what that means for the pet industry in the coming years

    • 45 min
    StoryFile - Heather Maio Smith (preserving history through AI)

    StoryFile - Heather Maio Smith (preserving history through AI)

    Welcome to season five. For centuries, mankind has been obsessed with the possibility of immortality. After Walt Disney’s death, reports of his body being frozen in liquid nitrogen spread like wildfire. The thought was that he could be brought back to life by future, more advanced civilizations. These reports turned out to be false, but they didn’t stop people from thinking about the concept of living forever. While immortality is still science-fiction, Storyfile has created the next best thing. By having subjects answer upwards of 1,600 questions, a subject’s memories are preserved and created into an artificial intelligence so that future generations can hold a conversation in real-time with the deceased. From helping teach social skills to kids with autism to leveling up corporate training modules, the applications of this technology extend way beyond just immortality. In today’s episode, we speak with Heather Maio-Smith, the founder of Storyfile. She explains:
    How Storyfile is preserving history by interviewing holocaust survivors
    The applications for interactive adult videos, if you know what I mean
    And The importance of keeping the human element in AI interactions

    • 42 min
    Scout - Adam Bent 🦞 🐙 🐟

    Scout - Adam Bent 🦞 🐙 🐟

    Canned Octopus, mussels, and squid. In Europe, tinned seafood is a delicacy. But here in North America consumers don’t eat as much canned fish. As a matter of fact, most people only know of canned tuna, and that’s it. Scout is a craft seafood company that is bringing this tradition back to the North American table. They can lobster, trout, and mussels and take it from the Startup to Storefront team, it tastes delicious. Today we are talking with Adam Bent, the co-founder of Scout. We discuss:
    Why tuna is the #1 canned fish in the United States How kelp became the new kale Why ever major seafood brand is being forced to change how they fish

    • 39 min
    Part 3/3 - How to Build a Distinct Brand: Navigating Setbacks (ft. Founders of Lettuce Grow, Sweet Loren's and Alpha A)

    Part 3/3 - How to Build a Distinct Brand: Navigating Setbacks (ft. Founders of Lettuce Grow, Sweet Loren's and Alpha A)

    In 1996 Apple had lost $867 million, and by 1997 they were on the verge of bankruptcy. According to the New York Times, they cut 1/3 of their workforce and were about 90 days out from running out of money. In a Hail Mary attempt to survive, the board brought back Steve Jobs as CEO. He eliminated 70% of their product plans, launched the now-famous “Think Different” ad campaign, and reimagined their entire product line. Just a few short years later in 2001, they launched the iPod which propelled them out of the red and into the black. Fast forward to today, and Apple is now worth over $2.3 trillion. Every company has to navigate setbacks. It’s an inescapable part of the journey. This is the final installment of a 3 part BrightLive podcast series where we break down how to build a distinct brand. In this episode, we are focusing on navigating and overcoming setbacks. On the panel, we have Jacob Pechenick, the founder of Lettuce Grow, Manu Seve, the founder of Alphaa.io, and Loren Brill-Castle, the founder of Sweet Loren’s.In this segment of the series we discuss:
    dealing with implicit bias while raising capital
    why embracing big problems can lead to big growth
    how making the decision to become an entrepreneur is like switching religions

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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92 Ratings

92 Ratings

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