Some of the most interesting stories around are from entrepreneurs willing to take an idea and turn it into a business. From web apps to workouts to Barron's and babies, we’ve got it covered.
Megan Roudebush is the founder and CEO of keepwith, a networking platform with their latest app that was recently launched. Headquartered in Chicago, keepwith ®, a certified woman-owned business, is a SaaS platform helping the world network better. Through technology and education, keepwith ® empowers people to form relationships that matter. Unlike other networking platforms, the keepwith app goes well beyond simply connecting people. Keepwith teaches you how to make the most of those connections and build meaningful relationships.
Nick Marckwald is the Founder & CEO, and Brady Delong is COO of Hen of the Woods. They strive to be a better snack food company committed to carbon-neutral & efficient operations, ethical sourcing, using low-impact ingredients & environmental packaging. They are online and in thousands of stores such as Whole Foods and Amazon, among others.
Quinn Taber is the Co-founder & CEO of Immerse, the leading virtual reality language learning platform in the metaverse. Its mission is to transform how English is taught and learned using virtual reality. They are a team of linguists and virtual reality engineers building the first VR experience that connects students and teachers in virtual places. A student can learn French while walking with a tutor along the Champs-Elysees.
Glencrest Global is an early-stage venture capital firm that looks for interesting investments with founders & entrepreneurs. Some of them include high-profile names, like Aaron Rodgers, Kevin Garnett, and Jaleel White, to name a few. John Cerasani is the Founder.v All investments are funded from a single source (Cerasani Family Office). This allows flexibility to adapt funding to a business without creating an artificial lifespan on investment or pressure to answer to a potentially conflicting LP base.
Hawaiian Bros Island Grill is a chain of 30+ restaurants spread throughout the U.S. that serves Island-inspired Hawaiian fare. Cameron McNie and his brother Tyler are two of the Co-founders. They're from the West Coast, but they relocated to Kansas City, Missouri to launch the business, and in less than five years they have grown the company ten-fold.
Masa Kabayama is the Co-founder & CEO of Uplift, whose technology delivers real-time movement tracking and 3D analysis to enhance performance and health using only your smartphone. Their user-friendly, patented solutions provide coaches, trainers, and physical therapists with the tools and analytics they need to optimize human performance while mitigating the risk of injuries in sports, health, and wellness. Masa is the former President of Tesla Japan, GoPro's Advanced technology senior leader, and a machine learning scientist from Carnegie Mellon University.
Filemon Schöffer is the Co-founder of Hubs, formerly known as 3D Hubs, which is an online manufacturing platform that provides engineers with on-demand access to a global network of premium manufacturing services. To date, they have produced over 7 million parts. Services include CNC machining, 3Dprinting, injection molding, and sheet metal fabrication. The company was founded in 2013 in Amsterdam and was acquired by Protolabs in early 2021.Filemon is also the author of The 3D Printing Handbook.
Steve Dolinsky has won 13 James Beards Awards for journalism. He is the food reporter for NBC 5 Chicago. Even though he has reviewed all different types of restaurants, he has a passion for a certain type of food... pizza - he has a pizza podcast, has authored two books on pizza, and is the founder of Pizza City Tours, and now he's launching the inaugural Pizza City Festival in Chicago on July 23rd & 24th. There will be 40 pizzerias serving some of the most famous pizzas from around the world.
Our guest today immigrated from Bolivia to the U.S. when he was 18-years-old, and after a successful exit of his last company, Carlos Antequera founded Novel Growth Partners, which is a revenue-based financing firm for growing B2B software companies. Based in Kansas City with the goal of providing entrepreneurs with the capital and support needed to maximize their value, they have funded over 50+ companies across a wide variety of verticals in just 3 years.
Darren Powderly is the Co-founder of CrowdStreet, which is the largest online real estate investment platform for institutional quality real estate in the country. In 2021 and 2022, the company was recognized as the Best Overall Real Estate Crowdfunding Site by Investopedia.
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