The Founders Live Podcast tells stories of unique and inspiring entrepreneurship from around the world.
228 - Felix Ochefu of Kahana: The Future of Simple and Easy Group Travel Is Here
Nick Hughes is joined by Felix Ochefu, founder and CEO of Kahana from London, UK. We're building the world's first Superapp for Group Travel. Kahana brings together all the separate parts of organizing and booking your group trip into one place.
The episode starts with Nick and Felix talking about his background and journey into entrepreneurship and building a startup. Nick asks, Why entrepreneurship? You will enjoy Felix answer! They talk about how to balance freedom to explore and focus on startup results, which is not easy. Felix then shares his experience pitching at Founders Live London, and winning! He also provides tips for others when pitching at a Founders Live event. Next, we hear why Felix and his team started your company - Kahana. What problems did they see in the group travel experience? Why is it so hard to book group trips and multiple people at once? We also here where Felix sees the travel market going and what the vision of Kahana is 5-10 years out. Travel will not be going away! Lastly, we hear Felix's advice for founders and early stage startups and why you just need to get started. This is a great interview with an awesome startup leader from the UK, we hope it helps you today.
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227 - Meg White of To The Mountain Shuttle: Creating Sustainable Transport and Recreation
Nick Hughes is joined by Meg White, CEO of To The Mountain Shuttle from Seattle, WA. To The Mountain Shuttle provides private charters and public transportation to event and recreation in Washington State.
The episode starts with Nick and Meg sharing about her background and journey into entrepreneurship and startups. We hear why she chooses entrepreneurship, rather than a typical job. Next, we hear about her experience pitching at Founders Live Seattle, she emerged as the winner, and her tips on preparation and pitching at the event. They then shift to talk about why Meg started her company - To The Mountain Shuttle - and why she is so passionate about outdoor recreation. They want to Connect people to nature, climate sustainability and emphasis the importance of Recreation - active lifestyles. We hear about her Vision for the next 5 or 10 years and how to improve sustainable transportation not just in Washington State build around the country. Lastly, we hear her advice for founders and early stage startups and what she wished her earlier self would have been told. This is a fun interview with a startup leader from Seattle, we hope it helps you today.
226 - Sean Gigremosa of Claritiv: 10X Productivity For Product Teams and Companies with AI
Nick Hughes is joined by Sean Gigremosa founder CEO of Claritiv from Las Vegas, Nevada. Claritiv.ai is a product management platform powered by LLM and AI.
The episode starts with Nick and Sean jumping into his background and journey into entrepreneurship and startups, where he started by building websites in the early internet. We hear why he chose entrepreneurship, why build startups? Next, they talk about his experience pitching at Founders Live Las Vegas, he was the winner and his tips on pitching at the event. Next we hear about why they started their company, what problems did he and his team see in the market, and how AI is helping automating documentation process. The areas they focus on are Distractions which Amplify Challenges in Remote Meetings, Slow Decision Making, andThe Blind Spots of Manual Documentation. We hear how they improve team communication and execution and Sean's vision 5 years from now. Lastly, he shares his advice for founders and early stage startups for validating their ideas. This is a great interview with an awesome startup leader from Vegas, we hope it helps you today.
225 - Jeff Wickert of Quoala: Here's The Best Way To Keep Your Employees Happy
Nick Hughes is joined by Jeff Wickert, who is CEO of Quoala from Seattle, WA. People are quitting their jobs and companies don't know why. That's a problem for businesses, but when these people are essential workers, it's a problem for society. Essential workers like Nurses and Police don't sit at a desk and they don't have time to write reasons why they are ready to quit. We know employees are talking, so Quoala makes it easy to listen. By listening regularly, Quoala customers will establish a baseline based on words, track movement in employee attitudes, and take action to retain essential employees.
The episode starts with Nick and Jeff discussing his background and journey into entrepreneurship and startups. Nick asks, Why entrepreneurship?! His answer is very interesting. They then talk about his experience pitching at Founders Live Seattle, winner and his tips on pitching at the event. Next, Nick and Jeff talk about why he started the company, and what is Quoala? We learn how AI is helping this, and what are the biggest challenges with employee engagement. Looking forward, Jeff and his team have some interesting ideas of how to improve employee experience and engagement! The end with his advice for founders and early stage startups. This is a great interview with an emerging startup leader from Seattle, we hope it helps you today.
224 - Martha Santos of Ryōken Instinct: We Keep Your Dogs Healthy and Happy
Nick Hughes is joined by Martha Santos, CEO of Ryōken Instinct from Seattle, WA in a recent Founders Live Conversations episode. Ryōken Instinct is a community-driven brand on a mission to inspire owners to chase after outdoor experiences by fueling them with their four-legged best friends with high quality, sustainably sourced canine energy bars.
The episode starts with Nick and Martha talking about her journey into Entrepreneurship, why she chose this lifestyle, some tips of pitching, and the background on why she started Ryōken Instinct. Nick and Martha talk about the current pet industry, why it's so important to keep your pets healthy with proper food, and what she sees into the future growth of the entire industry. This is a great interview with a startup leader from Seattle, we hope it helps you today.
Learn more at https://www.ryokeninstinct.com/
223 - Mostafa Dawoud of Dentolize: Changing The Way Dental and Medical Practices Operate
Nick Hughes is joined by Mostafa Dawoud, cofounder and CEO of Dentolize from Cairo, Egypt. Dentolize: You & Your Patients, Deserve a Better Experience. The Dental Practice Management Solution that can be customized to suit any practice method.
The episode starts with Nick and Mostafa talking about his background and journey into entrepreneurship and startups. We hear Why Mostafa chose entrepreneurship rather than a traditional career path. He then shares his experience pitching at Founders Live Cairo, emerging as the winner, and his tips on pitching at Founders Live. Next, we hear about Dentolize, and what problems he and his team see in the market. Why dentistry? And what other industries are they looking to change with their new software solution. Mostafa shares his vision 5-10 years out, along with AI and other technologies included. Lastly, Nick asks for his advice to founders and early stage leaders. Listen up everyone, these tips are good. This is a great interview with a startup leader from Cairo, we hope it helps you today.
Very informative especially for those who are launching or looking to grow their business!
Great resource/platform for Entrepreneurs
FoundersLIVE provides visibility and resources to help Founders achieve more success. Startup Founders have tons of challenges to work through; I think that by hearing the experiences of of other founders, you can learn from and get inspired by their stories and advice. This is a great podcast- interesting guests, useful tips, and Nick Hughes is very passionate about helping other entrepreneurs be successful. I highly recommend it!!
Great content for startups. I’ve learned a lot, always topical.