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A podcast about entrepreneurs and their stories. In Season 1, we travel to Nashville to talk with a diverse group of founders and uncover their story.

Stories Shawn Ketcham

    • Investing

A podcast about entrepreneurs and their stories. In Season 1, we travel to Nashville to talk with a diverse group of founders and uncover their story.

    Bonus 4: Leah La Salla (Astral AR)

    Bonus 4: Leah La Salla (Astral AR)

    Leah La Salla is the Technical Founder & CEO of Astral AR, which builds drones that stop bullets.
     
    In the interview, Leah talks about growing up in Illinois, her dad's influence on her as an engineer and his Hell's Angels affiliation, why she pivoted to drones that stop bullets, and much more.
     

    You can find the show notes and photo I took of Leah on the Stories website (thestoriespodcast.com).

    • 2 hr
    Bonus 3: Mike Maples, Jr (Floodgate)

    Bonus 3: Mike Maples, Jr (Floodgate)

    Mike Maples, Jr. is a founding partner at Floodgate, a venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage investments in tech companies. A few of Mike and Floodgate's notable investments include being the first investor in Twitter, as well as early investors in Lyft, Digg, Taskrabbit, and Twitch, just to name a few.
     
    In addition to being an investor, Mike is a serial entrepreneur. And in the interview, Mike tells us about his first business, how he got into investing, some of his best investments, as well as a couple he regretfully missed out on.
     
    You can find the show notes and photo I took of Mike on the Stories website (thestoriespodcast.com).

    • 2 hr 3 min
    Bonus 2: Matt Loper, Wellth

    Bonus 2: Matt Loper, Wellth

    Matt Loper is the Co-Founder and CEO of Wellth, which uses behavioral economics to drastically improve care plan adherence in patients with chronic conditions. Said more simply, Wellth has a mobile app that helps people to remember to take their medicine. And they have a very high success rate at doing so.

    In the interview, we discuss a lot of things including Matt's experience sleeping three hours a night while working at an investment banking firm prior to founding Wellth, why Matt chose to start this company in particular, how he got his first investor and adviser to the company, and many many more things. This is definitely not an episode you want to miss.

    You can find the show notes and photo I took of Matt on the Stories website (thestoriespodcast.com).

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Lebron James 1st Intern Becomes 1 of 40 Black Female Founders to Raise $1M in Investor Capital -- Ashlee Ammons, Co-Founder of Mixtroz

    Lebron James 1st Intern Becomes 1 of 40 Black Female Founders to Raise $1M in Investor Capital -- Ashlee Ammons, Co-Founder of Mixtroz

    Ashlee Ammons, who is the co-founder of Mixtroz, along with her mother Kerry Schrader, who is also a co-founder of the company, each became one of 40 black female founders ever to raise $1M or more in investor capital. According to Forbes, less than 6% of venture capital goes to women founders.
     
    And if you haven't listened to my interview with Ashlee, I would highly recommend you check it out. It's Episode 2 of Season 1. Ashlee has a very interesting story, including being the first intern to Lebron James, then later working with many other celebrities including Leonardo Dicaprio, Oprah, and Jay-Z, among others, prior to co-founding Mixtroz with her mom in 2014.
     
     
    You can listen to episodes of the show in your favorite podcast app or at http://thestoriespodcast.com

    • 2 min
    Bonus 1: David Mendlewicz, Butterfly

    Bonus 1: David Mendlewicz, Butterfly

    David Mendlewicz is a serial entrepreneur who is the co-founder and CEO of Butterfly, which uses chat bots to offer real-time leadership training to managers based on their team's feedback.
     
    In the interview, we discuss a lot of things including how David had a challenging time with the school system early on, but how he eventually found his footing in entrepreneurship working on passion projects of his, starting and selling multiple businesses, and eventually moving to the US and co-founding Butterfly in 2014.
     
    You can find the show notes and photo I took of David on the Stories website (thestoriespodcast.com).

    • 1 hr 38 min
    S1 E17: Marcus Cobb, Jammber

    S1 E17: Marcus Cobb, Jammber

    Marcus Cobb is the co-founder and CEO of Jammber, whose software helps record labels streamline their payment processes. In the interview, Marcus details his entrepreneurial journey including what he learned from his first exit and how he landed in Nashville.
     
    You can find the show notes and photo I took of Marcus on the Stories website (thestoriespodcast.com).

    • 1 hr 46 min

Customer Reviews

Nycbanker ,

Very interesting to hear founder stories

This podcast is quickly becoming one of my favorites! It’s great to hear the back stories of all these founders.

Redrum1111 ,

Great in depth interviews with entrepreneurs

Stories is a great podcast because it goes beyond your standard entrepreneur interviews and into the mindset, upbringing, and initial career-path. The interesting thing is some of the similarities of entrepreneurs in terms of mindset and best practices. Highly recommend.

Samumiajdghak ,

Incredible podcast for the aspiring entrepreneur

I’m a current second-year law student and an aspiring entrepreneur. Between law school assignments and extracurricular activities, I’m always looking to gain an edge by learning more about business and entrepreneurship. There is no doubt that the best way to learn more about the entrepreneurial process is to hear it from other, successful entrepreneurs. This podcast offers an in depth insight into the methods and processes that successful entrepreneurs endorse, as well as what it took to accomplish their success. Incredible podcast- I highly recommend!

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