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Hear the stories, learn the proven methods, and accelerate your growth and future through entrepreneurship. Welcome to The Foundr Podcast with Nathan Chan. 
About the show: 
For over a decade, The Foundr Podcast with Nathan Chan has been a leading entrepreneurship podcast for open-book conversations with, by, and for founders. Whether you're starting, building, or dreaming about your business, The Foundr Podcast is where you can access experienced founders who've been in your shoes to learn their proven methods, lessons from failure, and inspirational stories. 
Past guests include Emma Grede, Mark Cuban, Neil Patel, Kendra Scott, Alex Hormozi, Trinny Woodall, Tim Ferriss, Sophia Amoruso, Simon Sinek, Tony Robbins, Amy Porterfield, Ed Mylett, Michelle Zatlyn, Reid Hoffman, Scooter Braun, Dany Garcia, Marc Lore, Ariana Huffington, Pat Flynn, Lewis Howes, Jordan Harbinger, and many more. 
About the host: 
Nathan Chan is the CEO of Foundr and the creator of The Foundr Podcast. Chan literally started from knowing nothing. He was just an average guy working in a 9-5 job he utterly hated. He knew nothing about entrepreneurship, nothing about startups, nothing about marketing, and nothing about online or how to build a business. In the past decade, Chan's built Foundr into a global leader in entrepreneurial education, helping tens of thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs start and scale their businesses. 
Need help with your business? 
Visit foundr.com/foundrplustrial to join a global community of entrepreneurs, gain access to proven strategies, and fast-track your business growth confidently.

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    • 4.9 • 562 Ratings

Hear the stories, learn the proven methods, and accelerate your growth and future through entrepreneurship. Welcome to The Foundr Podcast with Nathan Chan. 
About the show: 
For over a decade, The Foundr Podcast with Nathan Chan has been a leading entrepreneurship podcast for open-book conversations with, by, and for founders. Whether you're starting, building, or dreaming about your business, The Foundr Podcast is where you can access experienced founders who've been in your shoes to learn their proven methods, lessons from failure, and inspirational stories. 
Past guests include Emma Grede, Mark Cuban, Neil Patel, Kendra Scott, Alex Hormozi, Trinny Woodall, Tim Ferriss, Sophia Amoruso, Simon Sinek, Tony Robbins, Amy Porterfield, Ed Mylett, Michelle Zatlyn, Reid Hoffman, Scooter Braun, Dany Garcia, Marc Lore, Ariana Huffington, Pat Flynn, Lewis Howes, Jordan Harbinger, and many more. 
About the host: 
Nathan Chan is the CEO of Foundr and the creator of The Foundr Podcast. Chan literally started from knowing nothing. He was just an average guy working in a 9-5 job he utterly hated. He knew nothing about entrepreneurship, nothing about startups, nothing about marketing, and nothing about online or how to build a business. In the past decade, Chan's built Foundr into a global leader in entrepreneurial education, helping tens of thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs start and scale their businesses. 
Need help with your business? 
Visit foundr.com/foundrplustrial to join a global community of entrepreneurs, gain access to proven strategies, and fast-track your business growth confidently.

    How An Elite Footballer Built A Billion Dollar Sneaker Brand | Tim Brown

    How An Elite Footballer Built A Billion Dollar Sneaker Brand | Tim Brown

    DTC brands have had it hard. But AllBirds co-founder Tim Brown doesn’t care. For him, his business isn’t about labels, trends, or headlines—it’s about striving toward a mission that took seven years to develop. In this episode, Nathan Chan chats to Brown about what gave him the confidence to take on the uber-competitive shoe industry and how the brand plans to bounce back after a challenging year.

    In this interview, you’ll learn: 

    How Brown’s sporting career helped him bring AllBirds to life

    The slow seven years burn of AllBirds as a side hustle 

    How doubt can be an advantage in business 

    Why Kiwi culture keeps Brown grounded

    The benefits of criticism 

    Tackling the competitive shoewear industry 

    Why celebrating the little wins leads to long-term success 

    How Brown’s reacted to recent setbacks at AllBirds 

    Why “DTC” doesn’t matter 

    The best parts of entrepreneurship 

    Why founders need to refresh their vision over time 

    And much more founder and brand advice…

    
    Click here to start your business for $1. You’ll get all-access foundr+, where you’ll find more in-depth, proven strategies from founders like our guest today and support and advice from our global community of 30,000 founders.

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    • 49 min
    In Retrospect - Tony Robbins

    In Retrospect - Tony Robbins

    Today, we're going deep into the Foundr Podcast archive to bring back possibly one of my most memorable interviews with Tony Robbins, featured way back in episode 60 of the Foundr Podcast.

    Tony Robbins talks fast. Conversing with him is like riding Space Mountain: You get in, you hang on, and before you know it, it’s over and you’re left feeling bewildered, slightly euphoric, and wanting to smooth your hair.

    Robbins has become a household name as the man who popularized life coaching. Imagine your client list including Oprah, Princess Diana, and Bill Clinton—all before you hit your mid- 30s. He’s spoken to more than 50 million people in 100 countries. To call Tony Robbins just a self-help guru would be like calling Muhammad Ali just a boxer. It doesn’t quite cut it. He is a force of nature, an industry, and a global brand. His advice is still sought by the likes of professional athletes, CEOs, movie stars, rappers and world leaders.

    When Foundr interrupted Robbins’ schedule for an interview, he was 40 miles from the Arctic Circle, racing Lamborghinis across a frozen ice lake. As you do. “I was eaten up by my crazy schedule, going to 15 countries a year, so I decided, ‘I’m going to find a little time to play,’ and this was on my list. So it’s nice to be able to experience it.”

    It’s a fitting vacation. Robbins is best known for his high-intensity seminars. To say he’s bursting with enthusiasm is an understatement. It seems as though he’s sitting atop an erupting volcano of energy and optimism. His voice is booming, with its trademark rasp. He makes each point with the force of an artillery bombardment.

    In this interview you will learn:

    How to deduce your market to the metrics that matter

    The steps you need to take in order to be financially free

    Turning past pain into pure motivation and a hunger for success

    Tony's ethos in living for impact, and how the money will follow

    How to serve your client in the best possible way

    & more more!


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    • 39 min
    The Craziest Stories

    The Craziest Stories

    I love a crazy story, and if you’re building a business, these stories will happen all the time. I’ve had a few myself, and it always makes me feel better when I hear from fellow founders who go through a wild experience and end up learning something. That’s why before we record every episode of the podcast, I always ask our guests to share crazy stories from their journeys. 
    Today, you’re going to hear some of those stories. 

    In this episode, you’ll learn from: 


    Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist at Canva 

    Daniel Winer, CEO and co-founder of Hexclad

    Holly Thaggard, founder of Supergoop!

    Suneera Madhani, founder and CEO of Stax Payments

    Michelle Zatlyn, co-founder, president, and COO of Cloudflare 

    Jessica Rolph, co-founder of Lovevery and Happy Family Organics 

    Cody Ko and Noel Miller, founders of TMG Studios


    Alight, it’s time to get crazy…

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    • 28 min
    We Made $400K In 6 Months Selling Sunscreen | Ava Chandler-Matthews and Bec Jefferd

    We Made $400K In 6 Months Selling Sunscreen | Ava Chandler-Matthews and Bec Jefferd

    Ava Chandler-Matthews and Bec Jefferd spent their entire careers building an unfair advantage before starting Ultra Violette. The former product development colleagues at Mecca spent two and a half years creating their “skinscreen” formula before launching. In 2019, when they launched, the market was ready. In the first six months, they sold 40,000 units and disrupted the medicinal sunscreen category with their sexy and fun branding. Ultra Violette now sells its skincare-infused SPF products in 28 countries, and it recently raised $15M. In this episode, Nathan Chan chats with Chandler-Matthews and Jefferd about developing a regulated beauty product, standout branding advice, and knowing what good looks like.

    In this episode, you’ll learn:

    Why they spent two and a half years in the ideation phase

    How they accidentally overordered their first product batch

    The origins of their fictional marketing character “Vi”

    The marketing challenges around a regulated product

    Why having a global mindset is critical for beauty brands

    The pros and cons of owning your formula

    What you need to pitch mass retailers like Sephora or Mecca

    How to test formulations with real people

    Product development and formulation timing tips

    And much more beauty brand advice…


    Click here to start your business for $1. You’ll get all-access foundr+, where you’ll find more in-depth, proven strategies from founders like our guest today and support and advice from our global community of 30,000 founders.

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Why You Shouldn’t Pay Influencers in 2024 | Gretta van Riel

    Why You Shouldn’t Pay Influencers in 2024 | Gretta van Riel

    Listener favorite Gretta van Riel returns to the podcast to share the influencer strategies that helped her scale three million-dollar ecommerce brands. Van Riel chats with Nathan Chan about her early days with SkinnyMeTea and ecommerce milestones, including being featured on Oprah’s “Favorite Things” and winning Shopify’s “Build a Business” contest. Then, she reveals the strategies behind her influencer marketing agency, Hey Influencers, and offers practical advice for early-stage founders on using influencer marketing to scale effectively on a lean budget.

    In this episode, you’ll learn:

    What happened during the first 60 days of SkinnyMeTea

    To conduct a product-for-post campaign

    How to negotiate with influencers

    The tiered micro influencer approach

    To track conversions through personalized codes and cost-per-click

    How to do a return for gifting through Instagram Stories

    Van Riel’s definition of creator vs. influencer

    Why working with an influencer co-founder is the fastest way to grow

    The “3 Rs” of finding quality influencers

    Why Twitch is an influencer gold mine

    The importance of direct-to-camera selling

    Why post-purchase surveys help track influencer impact

    And more influencer marketing tips…



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    • 32 min
    Building Yeezy with Kanye and Why He Left Adidas | Eric Liedtke

    Building Yeezy with Kanye and Why He Left Adidas | Eric Liedtke

    When Kanye calls you on a Sunday night, you pick up. That was Eric Liedtke’s life for years as the head of global brands at Adidas, where he was instrumental in building the Yeezy brand and scaling the Adidas ecommerce platform to a multi-billion dollar business. After a 26-year corporate career, Liedtke gave it up and started from scratch as the CEO and co-founder of UNLESS Collective, a plant-based streetwear brand designed to leave zero plastic waste. Nathan Chan and Liedtke go deep into his war stories from Adidas, working with celebrity talent like Kanye, and why starting UNLESS was a humbling experience.
    In this episode, you’ll learn:

    How Liedtke climbed from a sweeper to a board member at Adidas

    The origins of Yeezy, its growth, and what went wrong

    That Adidas built Kanye a sample room in Calabasas

    What Kanye taught him about branding

    Why UNLESS partnered with skate, surf, and snow influencers

    The different skills between a corporate leader and an entrepreneur

    Why he thought starting a business would be easier

    Why Kanye almost bought UNLESS

    Why you always need to have a Plan B

    Supplying t-shirts for Robert Downey Jr.

    And much more product branding advice…


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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
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562 Ratings

mrvaluead ,

Amazing Content!

As far as business podcast go! This is such an amazing #podcast. I’ve been a loyal listener and listened to tons of episode and learned so much and has made me much more competent in business and I feel has helped sculpt me I to a better individual. Thank you to Nathan Chan and the #Foundr team!

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Wow!!!

Everything about Foundr is simply amazing! Love this podcast, it’s super impactful.

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This is a terrific Podcast!!

Loved this podcast and really enjoyed the episode with Kathryn Finney and learning about her Genius Guild venture that invests in black entrepreneurs building scalable businesses in black communities and beyond. Amazing episode and take aways!

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