40 episodes

Too often Silicon Valley has become the new Hollywood of broken promises and dashed dreams. Is the startup journey weighing you down? Are you searching for your own coffee shop conversation that turns into a $5M check? Weekly, Philip Topham, The Savvy Founder and Armchair sociologist, explores the startup struggle and what it means to be founder and Chief Everything Officer. Philip will be interviewing guests and sharing his own experiences uncovering the raw truths and hard earned “aha” moments. So if you’re feeling locked out of the startup insider secrets and looking for a smoother path then tune in where we help you save you time, money and heartache.

The Savvy Founder Philip Topham

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Too often Silicon Valley has become the new Hollywood of broken promises and dashed dreams. Is the startup journey weighing you down? Are you searching for your own coffee shop conversation that turns into a $5M check? Weekly, Philip Topham, The Savvy Founder and Armchair sociologist, explores the startup struggle and what it means to be founder and Chief Everything Officer. Philip will be interviewing guests and sharing his own experiences uncovering the raw truths and hard earned “aha” moments. So if you’re feeling locked out of the startup insider secrets and looking for a smoother path then tune in where we help you save you time, money and heartache.

    Ep 42: NFTs, Travel and Startup Advice with Justin Myers – Explorest

    Ep 42: NFTs, Travel and Startup Advice with Justin Myers – Explorest

    Be inspired. Take a listen to some excellent advice from someone who left corporate, as a linear thinker to become a successful blue ocean creative entrepreneur.



    Justin’s advice:

    • Building is intense, subdue intensity, by breaking things into small steps

    • Focus on one thing at a time

    • Share your aspiration with the world and put it out there

    • Linear thinkers can be creative entrepreneurs

    • Go as fast or slow as your comfortable

    • Explore new ideas and technology for use in your business

    • Do the right things at the right time

    • Believe in your own resilience

    • Consider an accelerator to help you build a clear strategy

    • Intelligent effort to iterate, revise and listen.



    In this startup story, Justin shares how the Explorest idea came to be “helping people discover the world's greatest places recommended by world-class photographers.” Of course, we cover Justin’s background, but he also talks about, how he really built a community of over 140 “world-class photographers” through having good authentic conversations.



    Justin busts the myth that linear thinkers cannot be entrepreneurial. He talks about how he transitioned to be a creative “blue ocean” entrepreneur that’s achieved freedom of time and place; to build a fantastic community and company, with a competitive moat.



    He talks about using an accelerator to develop a clear strategy and navigate as a travel app, during Covid.



    Justin announces Explorest will be offering NFT in 2022. And we talk about the strategy of partnering to create an NFTs experience and marketplace.

    • 34 min
    Ep 39: The Top 3 Tips to Shorten your Startup Journey

    Ep 39: The Top 3 Tips to Shorten your Startup Journey

    In this episode, we share the three most important tips to shorten your startup journey. No matter if you are seasoned CEO, startup founder or a future leader – these three tips, what we call mental model, will serve you well.



    We cover:



    • Mental Models – what are they?

     Google-like keyword phrases to help us remember and distill our understanding.

    • Begin with the End in Mind

     Stay focused, understand your goal, but talk about your next step.

    • Slowdown to Speed Up

     Rather than running or working 80 hour work weeks, slow down so you can find the shorter, quicker path forward.

    • People, People, People

     With the End in Mind, Slow Down and ask People!

     Its not about the technology, its all about the people – your customers, your employees, your investors, your vendors, your partners, your community and everything your business does people are at the center.

    • 11 min
    Ep 37: Even Startup Founders Need an “Exit Rich” Mindset- with Michelle Sieler Tucker

    Ep 37: Even Startup Founders Need an “Exit Rich” Mindset- with Michelle Sieler Tucker

    In this episode of The Savvy Founder, I have great conversation with Michelle Seiler Tucker, author of “Exit Rich: The 6 P Method to Sell Your Business for Huge Profit.



    Founders might think building a great business begins with the idea; but Michelle says to “Exit Rich” begin with the exit in mind. To have a great exit there are 6 P’s that every business needs.



    • Why is “People” first on the list?

    • What’s important about your “Product”?

    • Managing the “Process” not people.

    • Using “Propriety” to protect your business with a competitive moat

    • Maximizing customers diversity or “Patrons” to reduce risk

    • A lack of “Profits” is always a symptom of not operating on one of the five Ps correctly



    Michelle’s Exit Rich book is available; and if purchased on her https://exitrichbook.com/ site includes a lifetime membership to the Exit Rich book club and includes access documents to help you run your business including samples for letters of intent, org charts, policies and procedure manuals, non-compete contracts, purchase agreements, due-diligence checklists and lots more. The book is also available on Amazon.

    • 35 min
    Ep 36: Angels and Getting Funded- Things to Know with David Friedman [Replay]

    Ep 36: Angels and Getting Funded- Things to Know with David Friedman [Replay]

    As the year winds down, and I reflect on all the conversations and brilliant guests. I realized the “founder” attitude is a remarkable mindset. Our world is changing rapidly – socially, economically, technologically. Small businesses that were successful and had a great business model are struggling to keep up with the pace of change. To manage this great change business owners can learn much from how the ‘startup founder” deals with change. To get you thinking like a founder – or if you are already a startup founder to shorten your journey – this conversation with David Friedman President of Tech Coast Angels is a fantastic place to start.



    The Savvy Founder interviews David Friedman, the current President of Tech Coast Angels of Orange County. David provides insights on the following topics:

    • What are angel investors?

    • When to approach an angel?

    • What does it mean to be investable?

    • What does it mean to be coachable?

    • What and who is Tech Coast Angels?

    • How many pitch decks do you review a year?

    • What are the odds of getting funding?

    • What is a good elevator pitch?

    • What’s a good story?

    • How do you decide what to invest in?

    • What advice would you give yourself?

    • How do you meet an angel investor?

    • 45 min
    Ep 35: A Conversation on Startup Founders and Communication- with Rachel Randolph

    Ep 35: A Conversation on Startup Founders and Communication- with Rachel Randolph

    Worried about communicating well? Worried about presenting your pitch deck? Then listen up. It’s no wonder that this episode is an easy flowing conversation with communications coach, Rachel Randolph. We discuss what how to become a better communicator. We cover how communications impacts everything the founder does from pitching to investors, to communication to customers. We cover what it means to be present and authentic. Rachel covers a four-step process Awareness, Introspection, Reflection and Applications. Rachel shares how to use mind-mapping technique to effectively help improve your communications quickly. You’ll be certain to come away with a new perspective on the simple act of communicating.

    • 34 min
    Ep 34: Long Beach Accelerator, a Public-Private Endeavor- With Andrea White-Kjoss

    Ep 34: Long Beach Accelerator, a Public-Private Endeavor- With Andrea White-Kjoss

    In this episode, I interview Andrea White-Kjoss from the Long Beach Accelerator. The accelerator is a unique public-private partnership, that in 4-months helps the start-up identify and focus on the 3 most impactful time-bound activities that will move them forward.

    They are off to a stellar start with some fantastic results with $5M total funding and 25% funding rate for the first 12 companies

    They were started in July 2020, their first cohort began in Feb 2021



    We also cover:

    • Andrea’s background.

    • What it means to be a public-private accelerator and why it works

    • Being a “start-up” accelerator serving “start-ups”

    • The accelerator application requirements



    Insights:

    Focus on building great companies, not great investments.

    • 26 min

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