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.
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.
Rudy Willingham is a content creator and director whose work spans all verticals—art, fashion, beauty, sports, food, and more—and adapts effortlessly across platforms, from social channels to TV ads, print ads, billboards. He is the Founder of RudyCorp, which has created content and ads for companies such as Whole Foods, ESPN, Starbucks, and Amazon, to name a few. He has over 4.3M TikTok followers, and can also be seen on Instagram.
Sam Miller the Founder & CEO of Proteus Motion. Proteus has invented an entirely new type of resistance training called 3D resistance that allows for strengthening movements in a way never seen before possible, especially the extreme ranges where people typically get hurt or weakened. Along with this, the company has invented the first-ever way to measure strength and power which has unlocked a new frontier in diagnosing performance and personalizing fitness, training, and rehabilitation. Sam founded the company after drawing inspiration from his own childhood sports rehab experiences and a mechanical prototype developed at MIT by his father, Larry, in the early nineties.
Today's Bootstrapping in America is all about lessons learned from a lifetime of entrepreneurship. Featuring the Founder & CEO of United Scrap Metal and the Founder & Chairman Emeritus of Belgravia Group Ltd. Marsha and Buzz share their wisdom about starting a business to challenges they've faced and conquered along the way.
Scott Lerner is the CEO of the Better Choice Company, which is a rapidly growing animal health & wellness company committed to leading the industry shift toward pet products and services that help dogs and cats live healthier, happier, and longer lives. They take an alternative, nutrition-based approach to animal health relative to conventional dog and cat food offerings and position their portfolio of brands to benefit from the mainstream trends of growing pet humanization and consumer focus on health and wellness. They sell the majority of their dog and cat food and treats under the Halo and TruDog brands
d.RT is a fashion-forward collection of clothing for both teenagers and men. Dylan Thompson is the Founder of d.RT, and is only 18 years old. He credits his gravitation and appreciation towards fashion to his exposure to traveling at a young age. Visiting fashion capitals, such as Milan and New York City, provided him with an early understanding that dressing well is a way of finding out about yourself. That sentiment stayed with Thompson and ultimately became the cornerstone of d.RT.
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