It only takes one idea or one story to change the whole trajectory of your life, career, and work. In each episode of The Journey, we talk to entrepreneurs of all stripes, so you can prime yourself with the knowledge and mindset you need for your own journey.
Getting to Market with Robert Patton
Robert Patton is an Army veteran and the founder of SHEATH Underwear. He has faced one manufacturing misstep after another. And while each stumble was tough to swallow — financially and personally — he’s persevered through the hard times, perfected his processes, and built a business that is growing every day.
Taking the Pulse of the Market with Marissa Limsiaco
Marissa Limsiaco is a West Point grad, an Army veteran, and a multi-time entrepreneur. She’s no novice to business and no stranger to hard work. But she will be the first to tell you that there’s absolutely no fighting the market. No amount of work will turn passion into dollars if the business model isn’t there. The good news? When the market is telling you there is a need, your success is only limited to your imagination.
Success, One Customer at a Time with Glenn Gonzales
In entrepreneurship, big moves matter - what market to target, which investors to work with, what to name your business and product. But Glenn Gonzales would argue that it's the everyday decisions that matter so much more.
Glenn is an Air Force Academy graduate, a Lt Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, and the founder and CEO of Jet It. In today's episode, Glenn shares his story as a veteran-turned-entrepreneur, discusses his mindsets around scale and growth, and explains the role that great customer (and employee) experience plays in it every day.
Season 8: The Inspiring Stories of Veterans-Turned-Entrepreneurs
The Journey is back for another season! Season 8 focuses on the stories of veterans-turned-entrepreneurs. We’ll dive into the backgrounds of men and women who chose to dedicate themselves to service to their country, and then took on another difficult role when they re-entered civilian life and became entrepreneurs, business owners, and CEOs. Episode 1 of Season 8 drops on Veteran’s Day, November 11, with a new episode releasing every Wednesday thereafter.
From Venture Capital to Social Capital with Kobie Fuller
We live in a diverse world full of different cultures, new ideas, fresh perspectives, and uniquely-themselves people. But oftentimes those who are seated around boardroom tables or walking up and down corporate halls don’t reflect this same level of diversity. In Kobie Fuller’s experience, this disconnect between what we see in our day-to-day lives versus what we witness in the antiquated world of business isn’t necessarily due to a lack of desire to bridge the gap – it’s more about the need for a more educated effort. “There is this prominent corporate VC that I met with who had the aspirations to fund more black founders. And he then would say, ‘I have no idea where to find them.’ … Then I started rattling off names of people … that frankly, given someone whose mission [was to fund more black founders], he should've known. And he was like, ‘I have no idea who those people are.’ Well, the problem is that you're not spending time interacting with the black community and the networks by which you actually tap into these people.” Kobie is the co-founder of Valence and a General Partner at Upfront Ventures. He’s been involved in venture capital since college, and he regularly comes face-to-face with this problem of “I want to hire black talent, but I don’t know where to look.” It’s a multi-pronged issue that requires a multi-pronged solution, which is what Kobie is working toward at Valence, a network that he is helping build which connects, showcases, and empowers the global black professional community. Building this community is not a typical nine-to-five job, though. It’s a massive undertaking that he’s putting on his shoulders while still working as a full-time VC. So how does Kobie do it all – balance all the work needed to achieve this big vision with his daily responsibilities all the while also prioritizing being a great husband and father? As Kobie shares today, it's all about mindset and focus. --- Learn more about The Journey at mission.org/thejourney. The Journey is sponsored by our friends at Salesforce Essentials. We use Salesforce Essentials every day and it’s part of our own business journey. Essentials combines sales and service tools in a single app to help small businesses win customers and keep them happy. See how Salesforce Essentials can help you be your best business at salesforce.com/thejourney.
A System for Success with Shelly Bell
Embracing a certain amount of delusional optimism is the hallmark of every entrepreneur. But what separates the dreamers from the doers? What differentiates those who would like to reach their goals and those who do reach their goals? “At that point I had three children, and staying the course was really me dedicating myself to not going back to work for anyone. … There's nothing about it that makes logical sense, [but] as an entrepreneur, you are always operating with this level of delusion.” That’s Shelly Bell, the Founder and CEO of Black Girl Ventures. Over the course of her nontraditional career, Shelly has listened to one playlist on repeat: test, iterate, pivot. And while each pivot seemed like an impulsive decision to her peers, at the heart of every choice was a system. And as Shelly shares today, it's that system which draws the line between those who say and those who do. --- Learn more about The Journey at mission.org/thejourney. The Journey is sponsored by our friends at Salesforce Essentials. We use Salesforce Essentials every day and it’s part of our own business journey. Essentials combines sales and service tools in a single app to help small businesses win customers and keep them happy. See how Salesforce Essentials can help you be your best business at salesforce.com/thejourney.
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I enjoy these real and inspiring stories that encourage me on my entrepreneurial journey. Makes me feel like I’m not alone in my thoughts. Love the quotes that Chad gives at the end as well! Thank you for being an encouragement by sharing other’s journeys!
Very inspiring stories!
I'm lin ove with this new show! The short format is great and each episode is inspiring, helping me to start my day off right. :)
Everyone really does have their own story.