36 episodes

From scrap metal to timber, estate planning to freight pooling, this show is a meandering exploration of just how sexy unsexy industries can be. Host Elaine Zelby, investor at SignalFire and eternally curious human being uncovers the stories of niche and esoteric markets understanding the history and looking at the future through the eyes of the pioneering entrepreneurs willing to bring technology and exponential improvements to these often overlooked spaces.

(un)sexy Elaine Zelby

    • Technology
    • 4.8 • 36 Ratings

From scrap metal to timber, estate planning to freight pooling, this show is a meandering exploration of just how sexy unsexy industries can be. Host Elaine Zelby, investor at SignalFire and eternally curious human being uncovers the stories of niche and esoteric markets understanding the history and looking at the future through the eyes of the pioneering entrepreneurs willing to bring technology and exponential improvements to these often overlooked spaces.

    Alek Vernitsky - Co-Founder and CEO, Portside

    Alek Vernitsky - Co-Founder and CEO, Portside

    In this episode, I speak with Alek Vernitsky, Co-founder and CEO of Portside, a next generation financial management platform for private aviation. We discuss how large the private aviation space actually is, who owns private planes, how this space operates separately from commercial aviation, and much more!

    • 31 min
    Dan Josebachvili - Founder & CEO, Silvertree

    Dan Josebachvili - Founder & CEO, Silvertree

    In this episode, I speak with Dan Josebachvili, Founder and CEO of Silvertree, a wearable wellness device for active adults. We discuss his background founding Urban Escapes with his sister and getting acquired by Living Social, how he sees the future of "silvertech", and what Silvertree is doing to provide functional and fashionable wearables to the aging population.

    • 34 min
    Melissa Kwan - Founder & CEO, eWebinar

    Melissa Kwan - Founder & CEO, eWebinar

    In this episode, I speak with Melissa Kwan, Founder and CEO of eWebinar, a platform Helping companies scale demos, lead gen, and customer success by automating webinars with videos. We discuss why webinars still work for converting leads into customers, how she became an "accidental founder" and how companies can automate a lot of manual process involved in running webinars.

    • 29 min
    Sheridan Clayborne - Co-founder, Lendtable

    Sheridan Clayborne - Co-founder, Lendtable

    In this episode, I speak with Sheridan Clayborne, Co-founder of Lendtable, a company that provides cash advances so employees can take advantage of employer benefits. We discuss his life growing up with entrepreneur parents who were never quite successful, graduating high school at 15, making his first $1m by 17 buying and selling Yeezy sneakers, and how he and his co-founder Mitchell Jones are trying to help the average employee take advantage of benefits like 401k match, ESPP (employee stock purchase programs), and HSA accounts.

    • 34 min
    Garrett McCurrach, Co-founder and CEO, Pipedream Labs

    Garrett McCurrach, Co-founder and CEO, Pipedream Labs

    In this episode, I speak with Garrett McCurrach, Co-founder and CEO of Pipedream Labs, a company building a network of underground tubes that offers near-instantaneous delivery of objects to and from homes and businesses. He's taking one of the biggest swings and building one of the most futuristic companies that I've ever seen; creating a series of underground pipes that send RC robots whizzing through carrying payloads of goods to do hyperlogistics in cities. We discuss the technical, regulatory, and logistical challenges of Pipedream, why he is trying to transform last mile logistics, and how consumption patterns could dramatically shift if you could get almost anything instantaneously to your door.

    • 43 min
    Jeremy Hermanns - Co-founder & CEO, Dockworks

    Jeremy Hermanns - Co-founder & CEO, Dockworks

    In this episode I speak with Jeremy Hermanns, Co-founder and CEO of Dockworks, a cloud-based dockside solution that helps simplify and automate marine service businesses. We discuss his sailing trip that found him stranded in Martinique, how big and underappreciated the marine services sector is, and why boat owners end up spending 10% of the value of their vessel per year on maintenance.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

MatthewJ3015 ,

Good stuff

good podcast with solid content

jslove22 ,

Great show!

This is a perfect show for me!

hazelspf3 ,

Super helpful

I can’t recommend this enough! It introduces niche markets I’ve never thought of before and has expanded my interests business wise.

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