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This is The Founder Formula: Every passing moment, a tech startup disrupts life as it was. In humanity’s pursuit of faster, better, and higher capacity, fresh companies are tackling old problems and modern complexities, all while pushing the bounds of the future.The Founder Formula brings you in—behind the curtains and inside the minds of executives at Start-ups that have traditionally only been found in Silicon Valley—and the Venture Capital Firms that fund them. Each interview will feature a transformative leader who’s behind the wheel at a fast-paced & innovative tech firm. They’ll bring you an insider's look at what it takes to create a technology company, scaled it, and lead it into the futureYou’ll hear topics that cover cybersecurity, AI, blockchain, IoT, quantum computing, cryptocurrency, immersive experience, VR, and overall digital transformation. From time to time, you’ll also hear from Founders outside of the technology industry.

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This is The Founder Formula: Every passing moment, a tech startup disrupts life as it was. In humanity’s pursuit of faster, better, and higher capacity, fresh companies are tackling old problems and modern complexities, all while pushing the bounds of the future.The Founder Formula brings you in—behind the curtains and inside the minds of executives at Start-ups that have traditionally only been found in Silicon Valley—and the Venture Capital Firms that fund them. Each interview will feature a transformative leader who’s behind the wheel at a fast-paced & innovative tech firm. They’ll bring you an insider's look at what it takes to create a technology company, scaled it, and lead it into the futureYou’ll hear topics that cover cybersecurity, AI, blockchain, IoT, quantum computing, cryptocurrency, immersive experience, VR, and overall digital transformation. From time to time, you’ll also hear from Founders outside of the technology industry.

    How do you solve a problem before you even know it exists? This Founder has the answer.

    How do you solve a problem before you even know it exists? This Founder has the answer.

    How do you know when you’ve built a winning culture? More importantly, how do you know when you’ve succeeded in instilling your core values across the entire company?
    We’re talking this week to Ian Tien, CEO at Mattermost, an enterprise messaging workspace for teams to collaborate securely and effectively. His career has taken him through various areas of the entertainment industry including founding Spinpunch, an independent game studio.
     
    Our conversation on this episode centered all around:

    Building a company to address a customer need when YOUR company is the customer
    Listening to the market
    Building open source platforms and why they’re so beneficial
    The 5 core pillars of culture at Mattermost and why each one is crucial to their success

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    • 43 min
    Creating Voice Robots and Making Them Video Stars w/ Evan Macmillan

    Creating Voice Robots and Making Them Video Stars w/ Evan Macmillan

    When was the last time you or your company made a product video?

    If you’re not using video to communicate your message, odds are that you’re missing a huge array of potential investors, consumers, and users. And before you make excuses about your company not being exciting, or your product not sexy enough for video, take a listen to this episode of The Founder Formula.
    We’re talking this week to Evan Macmillan, CEO and Co-F ounder at Gridspace, an AI-driven, voice automation company. Evan has an incredibly rich background. He was born in Silicon Valley, and his dad worked at Sun Microsystems and rubbed shoulders with legends like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Evan went on to Stanford University at the same time as another famous alumni, Mark Zuckerberg. Evan even spent some time at Stanford's version of the Harvard Lampoon called the Stanford Chaparral
     

    Our conversation on this episode centered all around:
    What Silicon Valley USED to be like before it became the tech playground that it is today.
    What he learned from Product Design
    Seeing a problem that needed solving… Better voice based customer service
    leveraging video as a MUST for your company and your product
    What it looks like to scale, and the hardest part of scaling effectively
    lessons learned from his previous successful start-up


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    • 48 min
    Part 2: Bushnell and Jobs: Two Titans Cross Paths

    Part 2: Bushnell and Jobs: Two Titans Cross Paths

    Last Episode we spoke with a man who has been called the Father of Video Games. Silicon Valley legend Nolan Bushnell. If you haven’t listened to that interview, make sure you go back and do so, because we talked all about his career up through his time at Atari, and ultimately the sale of Atari to Warner Media. So again, if you haven’t listened to that episode, make sure to go back and do that.
     
    In part 2 of our interview with Nolan, we’re covering the second half of his career. With someone as storied and experienced as Nolan is, he wasn’t content to just sell Atari and fade into the background.
     
    The second part of our conversation centered around:

    Nolan’s first adventure after leaving Atari
    His fascinating relationship with the iconic Steve Jobs
    Why Chuck E Cheese was more of an arcade business than a restaurant business
    The technology that he sold that became the bedrock of Pixar
    Did Steve actually solicit help from his Buddy Steve Wozniak
    How would Nolan describe their relationship?
    What percentage of Apple did Steve offer Nolan when seeking investment?
    Why did Nolan turn him down?

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    • 26 min
    A Crash Course in Founding from one of the Greats

    A Crash Course in Founding from one of the Greats

    For the 25th episode of The Founder Formula, we thought we’d pull out all the stops, and invite one of the most famous founders in Silicon Valley history on the show for a two part extravaganza. If you spent any amount of time in the 1970’s & 1980’s playing Atari, you have our guest, Nolan Bushnell to thank.
    Nolan founded Atari, and brought video games to the home user, selling over 30 million units. As if changing the video game industry wasn’t enough, Nolan also went on to found Chuck E. Cheese, which at the height of its popularity, had over 200 locations. Not to mention the countless boards he sits on, advisory roles he’s taken, and incubators he’s founded.
    The first part of our conversation centered around:
    - The history of Atari and what led to it’s founding
    - The concept of “eat your babies” (Don’t worry, it’s not what it sounds like)
    - Straddling the line between leading a company and inventing forward at the same time
    - How the University of Utah & Silicon Valley had equal impact on his career
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    • 26 min
    Making Company Culture a Priority

    Making Company Culture a Priority

    On this week’s episode of The Founder Formula, we talk with Renen Hallak, Founder and CEO of VAST Data. In 2019, he was honored for entrepreneurship by Goldman Sachs at their annual Innovator Summit. His company also recently made the news by raising $100M in Series C Funding — so it’s safe to say that Renen knows a thing or two about being a successful founder.
    Our conversation was incredible, and we were fortunate that Renen was so generous with his time. We discussed, among other things:
    The key differences between the hardware and software company and how those experiences differ greatly.

    The journey to four successful fundraising cycles and why the most recent $100M cycle was so unique.

    The complex decisions that go into selecting a board of directors for your company.

    Making the company culture a foundation from day 1.
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    • 39 min
    When launching a company, start by knowing and never lose sight of your customer

    When launching a company, start by knowing and never lose sight of your customer

    On this week’s episode of The Founders Formula, we talk with Rehan Jalil. Rehan is a successful three-time founder, holds an AMP from Harvard Business School, has over 25 patents either granted or pending, and was named one of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year finalists. So it’s safe to say that Rehan knows a thing or two about the founder’s journey, and we were blown away with the wisdom and practical advice he had for us during this interview. We discussed, among other things:    - What to look for when assembling the winning founding team   - The most important part of the pitch   - The most gratifying moments for a founder   - The lessons he’s learned along the way that all founders should keep in mind   Listen to this and all of The Founder Formula episodes at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or our website.

    • 43 min

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