20 episodes

The Unsexy Startup talks about what it truly takes to build a company, and not just the highlights. Every week, we interview Founders who have raised successful rounds, and / or have sold a company prior to their current venture. Topics cover the Unsexiest time founders had, while growing their startup. The podcast also talks about how to handle Unsexy challenges such as creating more emotional intelligence, raising funds at an early stage, how to deal with frustrations at an early stage, and these are just to name a few. The overall goal of the podcast is to help new coming founders develop more awareness and resilience, so they can overcome the Unsexy challenges that come in the early stages of creating their company. 

The Unsexy Startup Sumay Parikh

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The Unsexy Startup talks about what it truly takes to build a company, and not just the highlights. Every week, we interview Founders who have raised successful rounds, and / or have sold a company prior to their current venture. Topics cover the Unsexiest time founders had, while growing their startup. The podcast also talks about how to handle Unsexy challenges such as creating more emotional intelligence, raising funds at an early stage, how to deal with frustrations at an early stage, and these are just to name a few. The overall goal of the podcast is to help new coming founders develop more awareness and resilience, so they can overcome the Unsexy challenges that come in the early stages of creating their company. 

    “Testing and Reiterating” with founder and CEO of Unacast, Thomas Walle

    “Testing and Reiterating” with founder and CEO of Unacast, Thomas Walle

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    • 30 min
    The balance of Ego and Humility as an entrepreneur w/ Founder & CEO of Electric.ai, Ryan Denehy

    The balance of Ego and Humility as an entrepreneur w/ Founder & CEO of Electric.ai, Ryan Denehy

    This was a very special episode as we brought on 3x founder, Ryan Denehy to talk about all his challenges, mistakes, and successes of starting his first company to his third.
    Stay tuned for an amazing ride, as Ryan takes you through some of his worst times as a founder and some of his best. We focus on the topic of humility and how the ego can tear a company and its founder down.
    Ryan's current company is backed by the likes of, Primary Ventures, Bowery Capital, BVP, and many more.
    A huge thank you to our sponsors, BREX. BREX is the worlds first corporate credit card for startups. For any listeners that have raised up to 100k, please click this link and use the code "unsexy" to receive a discount on your startup credit card.
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    • 43 min
    Cracking into Unsexy industries w/ Co Founder & CEO of Fabric Technologies, Adam Erlebacher

    Cracking into Unsexy industries w/ Co Founder & CEO of Fabric Technologies, Adam Erlebacher

    On this episode of The Unsexy Startup, we interview Adam Erlebacher, Co Founder & CEO of Fabric Technologies.
    Unfortunately, the current system of agents and brokers can make what should be a straightforward process complex, time-consuming, and expensive. Fabric was built to make life insurance for new parents easy by automating this process and simplifying the steps.
    Backed by the likes of BVP, Box group and many more, Fabric continues to help more new parents.
    We dive into Adam's journey cracking into Unsexy Industries such as Insurtech. Tune into this episode if you are building a company that is focus on innovating an old and stodgy industries.
    A huge thank you to our sponsors, BREX. BREX is the worlds first corporate credit card for startups. For any listeners that have raised up to 100k, please click this link and use the code "unsexy" to receive a discount on your startup credit card.
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    • 33 min
    VC and Founder fires w / GP of UpSlope Ventures, Kate Shillo Beardsley

    VC and Founder fires w / GP of UpSlope Ventures, Kate Shillo Beardsley

    On this episode of The Unsexy Startup, we interviewed the General Partner of UpSlope Ventures, Kate Shillo.
    Kate talks about her transition as the Chief of Staff at Huff Post to going into a scrappy environment building out Lerer Hippeau. LH is one of the biggest VCs based out of NY with investments such as Venmo, Buzzfeed, Casper, and the list goes on.
    After seeing many deals and working with many founders, Kate goes over some of the most common fires she sees founders make from an investor viewpoint.

    A huge thank you to our sponsors, BREX. BREX is the worlds first corporate credit card for startups. For any listeners that have raised up to 100k, please click this link and use the code "unsexy" to receive a discount on your startup credit card.
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    • 39 min
    Mistakes Young Founders Make w/ Brex Co Founder & CEO, Henrique Dubugras

    Mistakes Young Founders Make w/ Brex Co Founder & CEO, Henrique Dubugras

    After taking a few months off we are back with another season! We wanted to make sure we had our branding down and strategy together to create the best show possible.
    In our first episode back, we have Co-Founder & CEO of Brex, Henrique Dubugras.
    Henrique sits down with us to talk about common mistakes young founders make when scaling a company.
    Here are a few of the points he went over:
    PR doesn't really mean you've gotten anywhere, the work still has to be done.Don't discount the boring stuff like HR, Admin, or Accounting. Focusing on these tasks early on will be a huge pay off down the road.Just because you raise funding doesn't mean you are anywhere. If the business isn't break even or profitable, you still have a way to go.
    Brex is the world's first corporate credit card for startups, backed by the likes of Y Combinator, Peter Thiel, and many more.
    For any founders interested in signing up for Brex, please click here, and use the discount code "unsexy"!
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    • 28 min
    Episode 15: The challenges of being a founder from both sides of the table w/ Former VC @ GV, and CEO/ Founder of Modsy, Shanna Tellerman

    Episode 15: The challenges of being a founder from both sides of the table w/ Former VC @ GV, and CEO/ Founder of Modsy, Shanna Tellerman

    Shanna Tellerman sold her company, transitioned in VC when she was an investor @ GV. She quickly transitioned back into being a founder and scaled her second company, Modsy. Tune in to hear the challenges Shanna faced when transitioning from VC back to Founder! Would really appreciate the feedback so I can build a better podcast for our listeners. Shoot me an email here, I would love to hear what you have to say :) (sumaytoo@gmail.com) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A huge thanks to Go Moment, Quake VC, Strtupboost for helping me put this together: For founders who have a seed stage company, looking for funding, please apply to the Quake Accelerator (link below). www.quakecapital.com/ www.gomoment.com/ www.strtupboost.com/ www.rothemedia.audio/ Subscribe and leave a review! Sign up for updates and our newsletter: https://www.theunsexystartup.com/

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Customer Reviews

armymedic2006 ,

The must listen to podcast for any would be entrepreneur

Before you decide to start a company this is the podcast for you. Real and gritty you learn from their guests’ mistakes and triumphs.

Geeks63 ,

Great content with very insightful and inspirational stories

Truly unique podcast showing a different side of the startup world and what it (really) means/takes to be an entrepreneur - thanks Sumay and all the team involved in it!

Joyous Michael ,

Great podcast!

I love listening to this podcast - it’s refreshing to hear about the difficulties and what it really takes to make a startup happen when so many people think you can get millions in funding with nothing but an idea. Great content!!!

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