102 episodes

As we hear The Startup Story of some of the most successful companies in the world our focus is singular…
To give you the belief and courage to Start Your Story.
Every successful startup began with a single decision. It’s not about the dream, it’s not about the vision, it’s about having the courage to take that very first step -- to start.
How did UBER grow to $50 billion? How did Spanx become massively successful without one dime of venture capital? The stories are out there. But The Startup Story goes even deeper. What exactly did they do to go from idea to launch? What was that first step and how did they decide to take it?
Each week, hear from the courageous founders behind some of the most successful brands in the world as they share their Startup Story. We’ll unpack the early beginnings, and uncover those first steps that ultimately led them to where they are today.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur who’s in the thick of it and not making much progress, or feeling stuck in the fear of failure, not sure if you have what it takes, this podcast was created for you.

The Startup Story James McKinney

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0 • 413 Ratings

As we hear The Startup Story of some of the most successful companies in the world our focus is singular…
To give you the belief and courage to Start Your Story.
Every successful startup began with a single decision. It’s not about the dream, it’s not about the vision, it’s about having the courage to take that very first step -- to start.
How did UBER grow to $50 billion? How did Spanx become massively successful without one dime of venture capital? The stories are out there. But The Startup Story goes even deeper. What exactly did they do to go from idea to launch? What was that first step and how did they decide to take it?
Each week, hear from the courageous founders behind some of the most successful brands in the world as they share their Startup Story. We’ll unpack the early beginnings, and uncover those first steps that ultimately led them to where they are today.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur who’s in the thick of it and not making much progress, or feeling stuck in the fear of failure, not sure if you have what it takes, this podcast was created for you.

    James McKinney, Episode 100

    James McKinney, Episode 100

    About this episode

    In this episode, we’re reflecting on the key entrepreneurial learnings across our 100 founder interviews. To be honest, when I first started The Startup Story, I had no intention of it becoming a full-time venture. I simply wanted to fill a personal void created by a previous employer. However, it is now two years and 100 episodes later and I am all in.


    Soon after I decided to be intentional about making The Startup Story my full-time endeavor, COVID hit. When this happened, everything got flipped on its head. I’ve had to lean into the learnings from the entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed over the past two years. I know these learnings have impacted all of you, as well. Tune into this episode to hear and reflect on these key truths that have sustained many of us through 2020.


    In this episode, you'll hear.


    How The Startup Story came to be.
    How failure drove me to seek to understand what successful entrepreneurs were doing.
    The worst thing you can do in the midst of challenge or disruption.
    The upside of COVID for business owners.
    Why entrepreneurship is supposed to be hard and how remembering that truth helped me thrive during COVID.
    How entrepreneurship more resembles a journey than a title or role.
    Why even hard chapters in our lives aren’t wasted.


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    The Startup Story Inner Circle: https://www.thestartupstory.co/vip
    The Startup Story on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thestartupstory
    The Startup Story is now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/jamesmckinney
    The Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory


    Share the podcast

    The Startup Story community has been so incredible sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. There are three ways you can help.


    First, the most powerful way you can support this podcast is by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.


    Second, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to share your favorite Startup Story episodes with your friends and on social media. Tag or mention @thestartupstory.co so we can give you a virtual high five and a thank you!


    Lastly, share the podcast on LinkedIn. The Startup Story podcast is for entrepreneurs. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing on LinkedIn so other entrepreneurs can discover us.


    With your support, we hope to further our reach in encouraging and inspiring the founders of today and tomorrow. Thank you!


    EPISODE CREDITS

    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.


    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.


    Contact him today at https://emeraldcitypro.com/startupstory

    • 17 min
    Kelsey Carroll, founder of Stand Up Stations

    Kelsey Carroll, founder of Stand Up Stations

    About this episode

    When COVID hit our country, many businesses were forced to make hard decisions. They had no choice but to respond to the changes that were happening in the marketplace. For Kelsey Carroll and her husband, this was even more true. They owned a live events company called Toss Up Events and had to decide if they would sell all their live assets and fold up shop or come up with something that would meet the needs of their clients. They chose the latter and it became Stand Up Stations.


    Headlines will tell you that economic downturns are great times to start a business. However, most of the examples they provide are huge venture-backed companies. Kelsey’s story, on the other hand, provides a real-life example of a startup story in the midst of economic disaster. In just eight months, Stand Up Stations exceeded any and all projections they had for their previous live events business. Tune in to hear their story as we put 2020 in our rearview mirror and start to focus on 2021.


    In this episode, you'll hear.


    How entrepreneurship affected the progression of Kelsey’s relationship with her husband.
    What the transition from owning her own business to being an employee at a PR firm was like for her.
    How she and her husband’s respective journeys intertwined.
    Their plans for their live events business going into 2020.
    The discussions they had as things began to get shut down.
    How they got to Stand Up Stations from there.
    Where they started finding customers and spreading the word.
    How they funded their venture as they grew.
    What makes Stand Up Stations so unique.


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    The Startup Story Inner Circle: https://www.thestartupstory.co/vip
    The Startup Story on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thestartupstory
    The Startup Story is now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/jamesmckinney
    The Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory


    Stand Up Stations: https://standupstations.com/


    Kelsey on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelseycarroll/
    Stand Up Stations on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/standupstations
    Stand Up Stations on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/standupstations/


    Share the podcast

    The Startup Story community has been so incredible sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. There are three ways you can help.


    First, the most powerful way you can support this podcast is by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.


    Second, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to share your favorite Startup Story episodes with your friends and on social media. Tag or mention @thestartupstory.co so we can give you a virtual high five and a thank you!


    Lastly, share the podcast on LinkedIn. The Startup Story podcast is for entrepreneurs. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing on LinkedIn so other entrepreneurs can discover us.


    With your support, we hope to further our reach in encouraging and inspiring the founders of today and tomorrow. Thank you!


    EPISODE CREDITS

    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.


    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.


    Contact him today at https://emeraldcitypro.com/startupstory

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Richard Garriott, Video Game Creator and Astronaut

    Richard Garriott, Video Game Creator and Astronaut

    About this episode

    As a pioneer, there is not a single roadmap to work from. There’s no way to model your success off of another because there is no other--you’re it. You’re the front runner. There must be an internal competition established within your brain to be constantly improving. Richard Garriot has experienced all of this throughout his time in the gaming sector.


    Richard is an investor and private astronaut as well as a pioneer and legend. What drew me to him was his role within privatizing space travel as well as his experience as a video game entrepreneur. However, I had no idea how rich his background in the gaming sector was. Tune into this episode to hear how iconic he truly is and how he reached this level of success.


    In this episode, you'll hear.


    How entering science fairs prepared Richard to be a great independent competitor.
    How he published his first product.
    His experience as a freelance game creator looking for publishers.
    What caused him to start a company with his brother.
    Why packaging was important to him even before building a brand.
    His experience losing the faith of everyone he worked with and making up his own philosophy from scratch.
    How he navigated his business with the emergence of the internet.
    The period of time when he took a break from gaming and pursued space travel.
    His vision for space and the future of space travel.
    The power of being multidisciplinary.
    The key things he learned from his failures.


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    ExpressVPN: Get 3 Months Free → ExpressVPN.com/StartupStory


    Get Emails: https://app.getemails.com/referrals/newaccount?ref=R18HWW5


    The Startup Story Inner Circle: https://www.thestartupstory.co/vip


    The Startup Story on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thestartupstory
    The Startup Story is now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/jamesmckinney
    The Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory


    Richard on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichardGarriott
    Richard’s website: http://www.richardgarriott.com


    Share the podcast

    The Startup Story community has been so incredible sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. There are three ways you can help.


    First, the most powerful way you can support this podcast is by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.


    Second, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to share your favorite Startup Story episodes with your friends and on social media. Tag or mention @thestartupstory.co so we can give you a virtual high five and a thank you!


    Lastly, share the podcast on LinkedIn. The Startup Story podcast is for entrepreneurs. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing on LinkedIn so other entrepreneurs can discover us.


    With your support, we hope to further our reach in encouraging and inspiring the founders of today and tomorrow. Thank you!


    EPISODE CREDITS

    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.


    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.


    Contact him today at https://emeraldcitypro.com/startupstory

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Steve Jurvetson, co-founder of Future Ventures

    Steve Jurvetson, co-founder of Future Ventures

    About this episode

    In our entrepreneurial journeys, we need to think much bigger and therefore set our expectations and goals much higher. By doing so, we’re forced to shift our perspective to play the long game. Steve Jurvetson knows this well and has a comparable perspective when it comes to investable technologies. While most investors want to know what your three to five-year plans are, Steve wants to know what your company will look like in 50 years.


    Steve is the co-founder of Future Ventures, current board member of SpaceX, and former board member of Tesla. Prior to Future Ventures, Steve was the co-founder and managing director for Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where he led the firm's investments in SpaceX, Tesla, Planet, Memphis Meats, Hotmail, and Skype. In 2016, former President Barack Obama announced Steve's appointment as a presidential ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. He has also been honored by Forbes as one of the text best venture investors and by Deloitte as the venture capitalist of the year.


    Steve is arguably one of the most brilliant individuals I have ever spoken to. Tune in and enjoy a conversation that will blow your mind.


    In this episode, you'll hear.


    What Steve thought he wanted to do as a kid and what his parents encouraged him to do.
    His experience in electrical engineering and business school.
    How he progressed from Bain to venture capital.
    The moment he realized he wanted to do venture capital for the rest of his life.
    How he developed an intuitive approach to the market.
    How he connected with Elon Musk for an investment opportunity.
    The core areas he invests in now.


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    The Startup Story Inner Circle: https://www.thestartupstory.co/vip
    The Startup Story on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thestartupstory
    The Startup Story is now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/jamesmckinney
    The Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory


    Steve on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevejurvetson/


    Learn more about Future Ventures: https://future.ventures/


    Share the podcast

    The Startup Story community has been so incredible sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. There are three ways you can help.


    First, the most powerful way you can support this podcast is by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.


    Second, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to share your favorite Startup Story episodes with your friends and on social media. Tag or mention @thestartupstory.co so we can give you a virtual high five and a thank you!


    Lastly, share the podcast on LinkedIn. The Startup Story podcast is for entrepreneurs. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing on LinkedIn so other entrepreneurs can discover us.


    With your support, we hope to further our reach in encouraging and inspiring the founders of today and tomorrow. Thank you!


    EPISODE CREDITS

    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.


    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.


    Contact him today at https://emeraldcitypro.com/startupstory

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Adam Robinson, founder of GetEmails

    Adam Robinson, founder of GetEmails

    About this episode

    In this episode, we’re talking about anonymous emailing, a topic that may be considered controversial for some people. This is because many of us don’t understand the established laws as it relates to email marketing. Many of us know GDPR because it is the most restricting, but CAN-SPAM, CCPA, and CASL relate to your organization, too. Today, Adam Robinson will teach you how.


    Adam is the founder of GetEmails, an identity resolution service that has the ability to identify one-third of your anonymous website traffic. The GetEmails solution can obtain email and postal information for your anonymous traffic so that you can market to those potential customers immediately. An ongoing challenge for many entrepreneurs is brand awareness and marketing, but GetEmails solves all of that by pointing you to those who have visited your site but not submitted their email on a lead magnet or made a purchase. Tune in to learn more about Adam’s origin story and the incredible service he provides.


    In this episode, you'll hear.


    Adam’s experience working on the floor of the stock exchange and with the founders of Vimeo.
    How he got into email marketing with no technology background.
    The things he had to learn the hard way that helped him start GetEmails.
    What GetEmails is.
    The privacy rules around opt-in/opt-out.
    His greatest challenges since day one.
    The real-time acquisition and integration of emails that GetEmails provides.
    How he solves the churn rate issue.


    Resources from this episode

    Join Grindology: https://grindology.com/


    ExpressVPN: Get 3 Months Free → https://www.expressvpn.com/startupstory


    Get Emails: https://app.getemails.com/referrals/newaccount?ref=R18HWW5


    The Startup Story Inner Circle: https://www.thestartupstory.co/vip
    The Startup Story on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thestartupstory
    The Startup Story is now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/jamesmckinney
    The Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory


    Adam on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-robinson-64409348/


    GetEmails on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChgG1qKmdGDFF96bL2b08gg


    Share the podcast

    The Startup Story community has been so incredible sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. There are three ways you can help.


    First, the most powerful way you can support this podcast is by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.


    Second, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to share your favorite Startup Story episodes with your friends and on social media. Tag or mention @thestartupstory.co so we can give you a virtual high five and a thank you!


    Lastly, share the podcast on LinkedIn. The Startup Story podcast is for entrepreneurs. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing on LinkedIn so other entrepreneurs can discover us.


    With your support, we hope to further our reach in encouraging and inspiring the founders of today and tomorrow. Thank you!


    EPISODE CREDITS

    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.


    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.


    Contact him today at https://emeraldcitypro.com/startupstory

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Cristina Lynch, founder of Mi Golondrina

    Cristina Lynch, founder of Mi Golondrina

    About this episode

    Entrepreneurship often comes from a desire to make a difference in the world. Once we recognize a problem and realize we can be the one who solves it for someone, a fire is lit within us. Crinstina Lynch is somebody who developed a passion like this and decided to do something about. Out of her desire to respect artisan traditions and empower women in Mexico, she founded Mi Golondrina.


    For those that don’t speak Spanish, “golondrina” is the Spanish word for swallows. Mi Golondrina is a fashion brand that weaves the beauty and artistry of Mexican artisans throughout their entire line. Cristina believes that the work quality of these artisans rivals that of high-end fashion. The success of Mi Golondrina is truly remarkable. Tune in to hear all that Cristina has achieved and still desires to accomplish.


    In this episode, you'll hear.


    The entrepreneurial family in which Cristina was raised.
    How she shifted from video production to fashion.
    How and when she decided to start her own business.
    What Mi Golondrina is.
    How knowing the stories of her artisans has impacted her branding and messaging.
    How she makes century-old pieces of art relevant in today’s culture.
    How she brought the story of each artisan into the buying experience and actual creation of the apparel.
    The biggest challenge she’s encountered in bringing her brand to the market.


    Resources from this episode

    Join Grindology: https://grindology.com/


    ExpressVPN: Get 3 Months Free → ExpressVPN.com/StartupStory


    Get Emails: https://app.getemails.com/referrals/newaccount?ref=R18HWW5


    The Startup Story Inner Circle: https://www.thestartupstory.co/vip
    The Startup Story on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thestartupstory
    The Startup Story is now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/jamesmckinney
    The Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory


    Cristina on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cristina-lynch-436500b/


    Mi Golondrina’s website: https://www.migolondrina.com/


    Share the podcast

    The Startup Story community has been so incredible sharing our podcast with others, and we thank you! We do have more stories to tell and more people to reach. There are three ways you can help.


    First, the most powerful way you can support this podcast is by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.


    Second, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to share your favorite Startup Story episodes with your friends and on social media. Tag or mention @thestartupstory.co so we can give you a virtual high five and a thank you!


    Lastly, share the podcast on LinkedIn. The Startup Story podcast is for entrepreneurs. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing on LinkedIn so other entrepreneurs can discover us.


    With your support, we hope to further our reach in encouraging and inspiring the founders of today and tomorrow. Thank you!


    EPISODE CREDITS

    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.


    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.


    Contact him today at https://emeraldcitypro.com/startupstory

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
413 Ratings

413 Ratings

johngraham2 ,

Great podcast!!!

The first episode I listened to was with Jeff Biggars, and it truly was inspiring. It gives hope to some of us who are hesitant about getting started, and it pushed me to get into entrepreneurship myself. I now own Woodland Watch Company, and although it’s a slow start and I only have one style, I’m eager to push it forward and see what I can do. Thanks!

BrandonStover ,

One Of The Best Startup Podcasts

The Startup Story is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to weekly. James is a phenomenal storyteller and does a fantastic job revealing each entrepreneurs true passions while mining out the key insights we all need to succeed as entrepreneurs. I was so impressed with James' story that I had to interview on my podcast Evolve, an interview podcast diving into the stories, mindsets, and tactics of founders building mission driven businesses aimed at solving complex problems in the world. If you want to hear just how driven James is, head over to evolvethe.world/james-mckinney for his episode.

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The Start Up Story Podcast James McKinney

I was searching for information on someone and found they had an interview on this podcast. I was so delighted with the interview. The length is perfect for a morning walk or commute. The length also enables a better deeper conversation. I was so engaged I subscribed and found the next one equally as fascinating. This is my new go podcast for inspiration, motivation and education!

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