At The Driven Entrepreneur, we sit down with business visionaries, leadership trailblazers, and successful entrepreneurs every single week. You get their origin stories, plus life and leadership lessons that shaped them in life. Each and every Friday an Interview with a new guest drops just for you!
Pillowcube Founder Jay Davis on Finding Your Entrepreneur Sweet Spot
EP #311 -This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Jay Davis, Owner at stairslide, Founder/CEO at Pillow Cube, and Founder of Creatably as we discuss Finding Your Entrepreneur Sweet Spot!
Jay Davis was born at a very young age in Utah. When he was 3 years old, his family made the decision to move to Chicago, then eventually found his way to Highlands Ranch, Colorado. After some more growing up, Jay graduated from BYU with a BS in Business Management and Entrepreneurship in 2008. Jay’s first job after BYU was managing business and product development for Vivint. But Jay knew something else held his heart: marketing.
Soon, Jay started creating viral videos for clients like it was his job, because it was. Jay’s online videos for Color Run got more than 8 million views across YouTube and Facebook. In 2012, he and Scott Winn created a YouTube channel that combined stunning visual experiences with original music and comedic situations. Their first 5 videos gained over 25 million views in less than 7 months.
As much as Jay loved viral videos, he knew he could do more. So, in 2017, Jay founded the advertising agency, Creatably, which is all about driving sales and increasing brand awareness. You may have seen their work with such brands as Manly Bands, Gabb Wireless, Homie, Owlet, and more. They’re kind of a big deal.
But again, Jay wanted to do more … and sleep more. So, he launched his own product, Pillow Cube, to billions of tired side sleepers around the world. Then Jay snagged the opportunity to improve the indoor slide experience and bought StairSlide. And clearly people liked what he was selling, because both brands experienced high 7-figure revenue in the first year.
Currently, Jay’s chillin’. Not really. He’s still building new companies, investing in startups, and hanging out with his family.
Nothing Can Stop Your Dreams with Studio Owner Kari Anderson
EP #310 -This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Kari Anderson, a CrossFit trainer, Spanish teacher, real estate agent as we discuss Nothing Can Stop Your Dreams!
She has lived through, first-hand the ravages of anxiety and depression in two of her four children and is passionate about helping others navigate these difficult spaces. She has trained organizations such as Marriott, Ritz Carlton and Keller Williams.
She is now a recognized expert on conquering anxiety, stress and depression. She has worked with hundreds of clients, adults and children and teens to help them quit wasting energy on anxiety and overwhelm so they can have peace and feel more in control. She does this work privately and in groups at her yoga and meditation studio, she speaks at conferences and runs transformational retreats where she gets to do the work she loves one on one.
Kari helps people go from panic attacks, not sleeping and chronic pain, to living lighter, sleeping better and feeling free. Kari makes her home in Ogden, Utah, where she lives with her husband Russ, her youngest son Dylan, and their Goldendoodle Marlie.
Prioritizing YOU with Dr. Laleh Talebian
EP #309 -This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Dr. Laleh Talebian, a cancer research scientist, nutrition specialist, podcaster, author, and professional bodybuilder as we discuss Prioritizing YOU!
You may have caught her on TV or seen her featured in Health Watch Magazine. As a research scientist with more than two decades of experience, she earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology of Cancer from Dartmouth Medical School in 2005. Her research has been published in ten major peer-reviewed scientific journals.
She founded her customized-health consulting business in 2010 and has served more than 700 clients and patients. Her patients and clients include people with various types of cancer, Olympic athletes, doctors, oncologists, body builders, and other athletes, moms, dads, youth/ teens, as well as couch potatoes.
She has guided her patients to lose over 100 pounds, go from unsolvable chronic pain to living pain free, and to leave death’s doorstep to thrive under her care.
When she’s not transforming lives, you might find her on her road bike in Vermont where she lives with her partner Eric and her cat Bowie.
How Generosity Reduces Stress with Dr. Katrina Nguyen
EP #308 -This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Dr. Katrina Nguyen, an award-winning, board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist, founder of a nonprofit to fight childhood obesity, and author of Live to Give as we discuss How Generosity Reduces Stress!
She was just 14 months old when her family escaped by boat from communist Vietnam in April 1975 after the Fall of Saigon. She nearly died twice during her journey to freedom and the American Dream.
She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford. She has shared her expertise via EWTN Global Catholic Network, YMCA podcast, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Her Christian faith drives her to serve others. She established a charity fund with Raymond James and her nonprofit’s sponsors include Chick-fil-A and Panera Bread. Dr. Nguyen lives in Illinois with her husband Marconi. She enjoys being a dog mom, gardening and traveling.
Building Community In Your Business with Pat Miller
EP #307 -This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Pat Miller, Founder of the Idea Collective Small Business Incubator as we discuss Building Community In Your Business!
After over 20 years in broadcast radio, Pat left the industry to launch a business consulting small business Owners. While helping clients better understand their ideal customer, branding and positioning, Pat realized small business owners were underserved.
In the past two years, Pat has launched a leading Small Business Incubator to address what is missing: a place for Small Business Owners to get the information, inspiration and transformation partners they are missing with traditional support systems. This digital group has expanded to 10 states and 6 countries while helping its members make a bigger impact and achieve their dreams.
Falling In Love With Your Business Budget! With Nancy Abramson
EP #306 -This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Nancy Abramson, Success Coach and Speaker as we discuss Falling In Love With Your Business Budget!
Nancy Abramson is on a mission to help overwhelmed service-based business owners who once struggled with not being able to take any time off to increase their revenue, add employees, and become business owners who don’t have to do it all or wait to start enjoying their lives.
After decades working crazy hours in corporate accounting and living for vacations, Nancy started a business with total time freedom to finally love her life, and created her T.H.R.I.V.E system is the foundation through which Nancy guides clients to name and claim their ideal clients, set and achieve big goals and establish healthy work/life boundaries.
I stumbled upon this podcast and so glad I did. What a great show for entrepreneurs looking to have a better business. Matt, you are so personable and provide great value… keep up the great work!! I love the combination of answering specific questions as well as interviewing other experts. I especially loved the metaphors with your superhero’s when you flipped it and let Dean Casin interview you. Fun and memorable lessons!!
The Driven Entrepreneur with Matt Brauning
Loved the show where you described leadership traits according to the super heros. So relatable! Also the superhero mistakes were enlightening. Especially identifying what is the kryptonite that could bring you down. Now I am aware that one of my strengths can also be my weakness so I need to watch to make sure it doesn’t take over. Great show!
Matt hosts a great show! I love hearing stories from successful entrepreneurs on how they got to where they are today. Lots of wisdom and lessons to be learned!