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.
Our guest today is Tony Vitale, the Founder & CEO of Vertical Grooves, which is a consumer electronics start-up that reimagines vintage audio design with modern technology using quality manufactured goods with premium materials. The company is in a prime position to ride the wave of excitement in vinyl albums that have seen a year-over-year increase in sales over the last seven years.
Brian Wright is the CEO of Tijuana Flats, is a chain of Tex-Mex restaurants with over 125 in the U.S. They were named to the Top 100 Movers & Shakers, by Fast Casual Magazine, and has received the National Restaurant Association's 2018 Restaurant Neighbor Award.
Gabriel Pinchev is the Founder & CEO of FieldPulse. The company enables service professionals to run their businesses from anywhere in the world. They help trade businesses of all types and sizes achieve rapid growth through automating their operations and maximizing efficiency.
Vijen Patel is the Founding Partner of The 81 Collection, the first founder's fund in Chicago made up of Midwest entrepreneurs who brought online industries. In July of 2018, he sold his company, Pressbox, to Proctor & Gamble which rebranded as Tide Cleaners.
Scott Kitunis the Co-founder of Songfinch. As a co-founder of the personalized music marketplace, their platform enables anyone to discover and collaborate with thousands of professional musicians to create custom, one-of-a-kind songs. They've grown nearly 2,000% since 2020 with more than 1,000 artists on the platform creating over 100,000 songs. Prior to Songfinch, Scott co-founded Technori, a popular media platform.
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.
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