21 episodes

This is The Founder Formula: Every passing moment, a tech startup disrupts life as it was. In humanity’s pursuit of faster, better, and higher capacity, fresh companies are tackling old problems and modern complexities, all while pushing the bounds of the future.

The Founder Formula brings you in—behind the curtains and inside the minds of executives at Start-ups that have traditionally only been found in Silicon Valley—and the Venture Capital Firms that fund them. Each interview will feature a transformative leader who’s behind the wheel at a fast-paced & innovative tech firm. They’ll bring you an insider's look at what it takes to create a technology company, scaled it, and lead it into the future

You’ll hear topics that cover cybersecurity, AI, blockchain, IoT, quantum computing, cryptocurrency, immersive experience, VR, and overall digital transformation. From time to time, you’ll also hear from Founders outside of the technology industry.

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    • 5.0, 56 Ratings

This is The Founder Formula: Every passing moment, a tech startup disrupts life as it was. In humanity’s pursuit of faster, better, and higher capacity, fresh companies are tackling old problems and modern complexities, all while pushing the bounds of the future.

The Founder Formula brings you in—behind the curtains and inside the minds of executives at Start-ups that have traditionally only been found in Silicon Valley—and the Venture Capital Firms that fund them. Each interview will feature a transformative leader who’s behind the wheel at a fast-paced & innovative tech firm. They’ll bring you an insider's look at what it takes to create a technology company, scaled it, and lead it into the future

You’ll hear topics that cover cybersecurity, AI, blockchain, IoT, quantum computing, cryptocurrency, immersive experience, VR, and overall digital transformation. From time to time, you’ll also hear from Founders outside of the technology industry.

    The Path from Accounting Major to Programmer to Ringing the IPO Bell

    The Path from Accounting Major to Programmer to Ringing the IPO Bell

    George Kurtz is the President, Founder, & CEO of CrowdStrike, but his journey to the CEO of a $20B+ company isn’t one that a lot of people would expect.
     
    On this episode of The Founder Formula, we sit down with George to discuss: 
     
    - What nearly got him fired from PricewaterhouseCoopers
     
    - Why his lack of collegiate tech background makes him a more effective tech CEO
     
    - How CrowdStrike had a remote work force model in place before COVID19 hit
     
    - Why the IPO is the green flag for a company, not the checkered flag. 



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    • 33 min
    Want To Get Early Customers? Send them pizza and 5 hour energy.

    Want To Get Early Customers? Send them pizza and 5 hour energy.

    After growing up in Anne Arbor and attending the University of Michigan, Jon Oberheide and his partner Dug Song started their career as offensive security researchers.
     
    They soon found that it’s really easy to break things in the security space but it's a lot harder to build something resilient.
     
    Jon joins us on this episode of The Founder Formula to share the story of their journey, and some of the simple solutions they were able to identify early on such as:
     
    - Changing the customer experience
     
    - Making free trials available
     
    - Offering a solution that can deploy in 5 minutes
     
    - Purchasing with a credit card (which at that time was unheard of!)
     
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    • 41 min
    A Founder's Two Most important Relationships Revealed

    A Founder's Two Most important Relationships Revealed

    "The only reason to launch a start-up is because you have to!"
     
    In this episode, we talk to cloud entrepreneur and innovator Craig McLuckie.
     
    He talks about the time to launch a startup when you see 2 things:
     
    1) A total addressable market
     
    2) A moment of disruption
     
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    • 42 min
    From Successful Tech Start-up Founder to Successful VC Founder

    From Successful Tech Start-up Founder to Successful VC Founder

    Cindy Padnos has not only done it twice, she's in a great position to advise those who only need to do it once.
     
    Cindy is unique in that she founded her own tech company that was purchased by Oracle. She then found her second company, one that funds entrepreneurs. 
     
    Her advice? Focus on the things that matter - then go off and build a great business!
     
    Cindy believes she has founder genes in her DNA - always thought like a founder. She launched her first company Vivant because, as she put it, she had no more excuses.
     
    When describing starting a company: It was back breaking, gut wrenching work - and the most fun she’d ever had!
     
    What does she look for in a founder? Someone scrappy, resilient, who demonstrates the ability to attract talent and knows how to celebrate wins.
     
    If you take away fear and uncertainty and focus on building a solid business you’ll be the better for it. Focus on getting a few things right then when the uncertainty is lifted you’ll be in a much better position.

    • 31 min
    Software as a Weapon: A Soldier Founds a Cybersecurity Company

    Software as a Weapon: A Soldier Founds a Cybersecurity Company

    “Software is a weapon.” 
     
    And the thing about weapons is, they can be used to attack.
     
    Or they can be used to defend. 
     
    And if you know how they can be used to attack, it only makes them all the easier to defend when the time comes. 
     
    On a recent episode of The Founder Formula, we sat down with Lior Div, who traded his life in the Israeli army, for a life as a CEO & Co-Founder of a cybersecurity company. We talked all about: 
     
    - His time in the Israeli army and how his experiences there set him up for a career as a CEO
     
    - What it was that prompted him to start his own company 
     
    - Why it’s not a matter of IF you get hacked, but a matter of WHEN
     
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    • 39 min
    Think COVID 19 is a bad time to start a company? Think again.

    Think COVID 19 is a bad time to start a company? Think again.

    This is a terrible time to be trying to start a company. 

    Right? 
     
    Maybe not. 
     
    While it might seem like the worst possible time to be throwing your energy, time, and money into starting a company, what if this were the best possible time to embark on this crazy journey? 
     
    Gaurav Manglik thinks this might just be your time. 
     
    And it’s not just about starting a company. If you are starting, what do you need to do? How can you increase your chances of getting funded? 
     
    Gaurav was a guest on The Founder Formula recently, and was kind enough to talk with us all about: 
     
    - Some of the most common myths about working for a VC
     
    - Why your business plan could be the thing that makes the difference between success and failure
     
    - What it was like having your company purchased by one of the largest enterprise tech firms in the word: Cisco 
     
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    • 37 min

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Great Podcast

Very informative, easy to listen and great personalities. Definitely recommend!

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Listening through this series of great questions and discussions! Interesting and innovated discussions that are thought provoking and stimulate how one can make a difference in their business and strategy.

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