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Welcome to the Alpha M. Podcast, brought to you by Aaron Marino. In 2006, Aaron started Alpha M. Image Consulting to help average men with simple common sense advice; aimed to enhance their image, style, grooming, fashion and most importantly their confidence. Since then, Aaron has gone on to help thousands of men from around the world, helping them with their personal style, image, business and self confidence. From posting weekly videos, Aaron has gained over 5 million subscribers on YouTu ...
 
We interview hard to reach entrepreneurs. (Mark Cuban, Tim Ferriss, Sophia Amoruso, Tony Robbins, Barbara Corcoran, Gary Vaynerchuk, & many more). Unlike most podcast interview series Nathan Chan literally started from knowing nothing. He was just an average guy working in a 9-5 job he utterly hated. He knew nothing about entrepreneurship, nothing about startups, nothing about marketing, and nothing about online or how to build a business. So from launching Foundr Magazine he's gone out and ...
 
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We've been sharing our appreciation for our most impactful businesses and highlighting our community leaders throughout November - and now we're in that time of year where you might be using your Mastercard a little more than usual. Mastercard’s mission is to connect and power an inclusive digital economy that benefits everyone by making transactio…
 
Melisa Vong returns to the Foundr Podcast with her business partner Bryce Alderson to discuss Orphic Nutrition. Bryce is a former professional soccer player, and Melisa is a serial entrepreneur and cofounder of 2 multi-million dollar ecommerce brands. Four years ago, a catch-up over coffee led to the idea of building a nutrition business together. …
 
Your relationship with a supplier is one of the most important aspects of running a business. That’s why we’re chatting with Kian Golzari, a sourcing specialist who has designed, developed, sourced, and manufactured over 2,500 products. Kian has manufactured products for the NBA, United Nations, Olympic Games, Ministry of Defense, and top athletes …
 
Melisa Vong believes that if you’re running an ecommerce business, you can’t ignore Amazon. Melisa started and sold 2 multi-million dollar brands using Amazon FBA’s infrastructure. Now she’s taking her successful strategies and sharing them on the Foundr platform with a new course on how to sell on Amazon. Listen to Nathan and Melisa discuss: How s…
 
November is the month of giving thanks, and we are shining the light on the people, businesses, and parts of our community that make it so special. Every day and especially Veteran's Day, we’re thankful for the opportunity to celebrate our servicemen and women - and in this case, a veteran-owned business. Charles Kachadoorian is a US ARMY veteran a…
 
If you’ve never heard of Derral Eves, you’ve probably watched one of his hundreds of viral videos on YouTube. Derral currently owns 19 YouTube channels with “Gold Play Buttons” and collaborates with record-breaking YouTubers like Mr. Beast. Eves is a lifelong learner and created VidSummit 8 years ago as a conference specialized for YouTube professi…
 
Adam D'Angelo was on the frontlines of the internet-startup boom. A passion for programming, which began in middle school, led him to work at Facebook in 2005 and launch Quora in 2009. Quora is a question and answer site that has 300 million visitors a month. He's experienced the highs and lows of the ever-evolving industry but is still motivated t…
 
Would I ever start a watch brand?! This is another FIRE mash-up episode, as we highlight some of the best questions from the Tiege vlog. I love talking about business and these episodes are often my favourite. In this episode I talk about: - Would I start a watch brand or add watches to the ENEMY brand? - What leadership qualities do I need to impr…
 
Thomas Tull didn’t know anything about Hollywood when he started Legendary Pictures. However, he did know how to build a financial model and reach the untapped market of comic book fans. Legendary Pictures has produced films such as The Dark Knight, The Hangover, and 300. Under Thomas' leadership, they became a disruptor in the film industry by foc…
 
From Quincy Park to Welburn Square, Ballston is a surprisingly green urban environment. But how about taking some of that plant life inside? Joe Ressler is co-owner of REWILD, a plant boutique that has opened their second location just days ago at Ballston Quarter. How does a former poker player open a plant boutique? What’s the difference between …
 
JSHealth is one of the fastest-growing companies in Australia and sells a bottle of vitamins every 20 seconds. But for founder Jessica Sepel, JSHealth’s success is defined by how its products and philosophy change the lives of its customers. JSHealth began as a health and recipe blog Jessica started at university while studying nutrition. The blog'…
 
Running a travel company in the middle of a global pandemic is not something Brian Kidwell would suggest for aspiring entrepreneurs. But Brian and his team were able to endure by trusting their product market fit and member base. Scott’s Cheap Flights started in 2015 when Brian teamed up with his cofounder, Scott Keyes, to build a flight-tracking t…
 
After growing up around a failed family business, Verne Harnish was determined to use his experience to help young entrepreneurs succeed. 40 years later, he’s helped startups across the world scale to become multi-million dollar businesses and worked with some of the most famous entrepreneurs of our time. Verne, known as the "Growth Guy,” founded t…
 
Emma Violand-Sánchez has used her life experiences and acquired knowledge to change the lives of children in Virginia. She was Arlington’s first Latina teacher, Arlington County School Board’s first Latina member, and a staunch advocate for support and resources for the latino community in Arlington and beyond. In 2011, she founded the Dream Projec…
 
Tim Draper, one of the most successful venture capital investors on the planet, thinks all entrepreneurs should read science fiction. He believes anticipating what the world needs in 15 years is critical to creating an innovative business idea. As the founder of Draper Associates, DFJ, and Draper University, Draper has been an early investor in Tes…
 
Gabby started Catch of the Day in a garage with his brother in 2011. Within 4 years they were Australia’s most viewed online shopping site. Since then, Gabby and his brother have invested in 20 startups and are hungry for more opportunities. In this interview, Foundr CEO Nathan Chan sits down with Gabby to discuss: Starting his entrepreneurship jou…
 
September 15th marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month, and the perfect opportunity to speak with Susana Marino, Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and one of our region’s most influential businesswomen. As CEO of the Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber, Susana has educated and empowered hun…
 
After going bankrupt and losing his business, Aaron Marino launched a men’s lifestyle YouTube channel in 2008. Now he has over 6 million subscribers and is building his channel through sponsorships and ecommerce. ​​Aaron is obsessed with optimizing his videos for YouTube and continues to test and tune to grow his audience. Now he’s ready to share w…
 
Ballston is home to some of the most innovative, influential, and impactful organizations - not just in our region, but across the country. Each year we see more Ballston businesses recognized for their incredible growth and influence. Today, we’re thrilled to share one of Inc Magazine’s Top 500, recognizing the top-growing companies in the United …
 
Ann McFerran met Kevin Gould at a photoshoot in LA and immediately connected on his shared passion to start a brand. Together they launched Glamnetic in 2019, which sells magnetic and fake eyelash extensions. In their second year, they went from $1 million to $50 million in annual revenue. In this episode of the Foundr podcast, learn how a seemingl…
 
Want to create successful YouTube ad campaigns? Of course you do! YouTube boasts an audience of two billion (yes, billion) monthly users. The right ads can help you reach a big audience, build relationships with prospects, and enjoy a stellar return on ad spend (ROAS). If you need help getting started, this episode of the Foundr podcast will empowe…
 
You’ve heard data has the power to make or break a business. Nobody knows this more than Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of biotech giant 23andMe. After 15 years of leveraging data to build a game-changing company, Wojcicki made headlines this summer when she became the latest self-made billionaire in the United States. In this episode of the Foundr podc…
 
It’s time to get the facts straight on how you can make money selling on Amazon. Scott Needham, founder of SmartScout and co-founder of BuyBoxer, shares how he built a top 25 worldwide Amazon seller and what practical steps you can take to grow your business on the platform. In this episode of the Foundr podcast, Nathan Chan chats with Scott to dis…
 
Ballston is home to over 80 bars, restaurants, and eateries: which means a ton of great food options and varieties… and ALSO a ton of talent in the kitchen. On today’s podcast, we’re speaking with someone who can help us all get better in the kitchen. Maria Kopsidas is the creator and owner of Cookology, a recreational culinary school located in Ba…
 
Actress Kate Katzman discusses her rise in the industry, getting her start with the late Burt Reynolds at his acting school, and working with legendary performers such as Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones. Kate also shares with us her beauty and fitness secrets! Follow Kate on Instagram! About Kate Katzman: Kate Katzman stars as ‘Megan Albert’ opp…
 
Prerna Gupta is a serial entrepreneur who entered the tech spotlight when her Songify app hit #1 in the app store. She’s gone on to co-found several startups focused on music, dating, and short stories, and in 2011 Fast Company named her one of the most influential women in technology. She hasn’t slowed down since. Gupta is currently the CEO of Tel…
 
Ashik Ahmed doesn’t like the term “tech unicorn.” As the CEO and cofounder of Deputy, a homegrown workforce management solution, Ashik’s priority is creating impact for their customers. To date, the company has partnered with 250,000 workplaces across 100 countries. Ashik is aiming for more. In this episode of the Foundr podcast, Nathan Chan chats …
 
Shane Pomajambo, owner of WHINO in Ballston Quarter, is a Former New Yorker and has been an active and transformative member of the Washington region’s art scene for the past 15 years. Now, with WHINO in Ballston, he’s combining his passion for art with his appreciation for entertainment around exceptional food and drink. How did his New York City …
 
You know him as Alpha M… it’s lifestyle expert and YouTube super star Aaron Marino! With over 6 million subscribers on YouTube, and over five companies that he has created, you will want to learn how he built his business into a mini empire. Aaron gives his honest advice on business, style, and life. Follow Aaron on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and …
 
Labeled the “Steve Jobs of Investing”, Ray Dalio is easily one of the most successful investors of our time. The Principles: Work & Life author is the larger-than-life mentor we all need in our day-to-day life. It’s incredible to learn that the founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world's biggest hedge fund firm which manages roughly $150 billion…
 
Matt is such a cool guy. From being a teacher to now running a 7 figure online fitness business he's someone who inspires me! In this interview, we discuss fitness, business and general self-improvement. SUBSCRIBE TO THE YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa3yDAHlpUSjwIZ2KzxRreQ Listen to the podcast: http://wavve.link/aaronmarino Ma…
 
Full of wonderful ideas but don’t know how to make them a reality? Our next guest had the same problem…until he managed to turn them into MULTIPLE startups, most of which he’s sold. Paul English bought and sold his first business Boston Light Software for $33.5 million, within just 7 months of its founding. Paul went on to co-found the popular trav…
 
Funny man actor, writer, and producer Steve Mallory started his career at the Groundlings in Los Angeles, where he met actress Melissa McCarthy. On this episode he shares personal stories about writing and starring in the hit movie ‘The Boss’ starring Melissa McCarthy, writing the HBO show ‘Super Intelligence', and the new soon-to-be released serie…
 
What do you get when you mix Daymond John, cozy toes, and a charitable mission? Bombas. That's right, you get the world's best sock company. Foundr CEO Nathan Chan recently sat down with Randy Goldberg and David Heath to learn how Bombas went from a growing ecommerce business to a Shark Tank sensation. Randy and David talk about growing Bombas from…
 
What does a savvy entrepreneur do when she sells her startup for $125 million? She starts another business, of course. Radha Agrawal, cofounder of Thinx, has launched another passion project: Daybreaker. Daybreaker is a wellness community that offers sober dance parties in 100 countries around the world. With events at the top of the World Trade Ce…
 
Jenny Packham is a world-renowned high fashion and wedding dress designer who sells throughout the world at some of the most prestigious stores such as Saks Fifth Ave, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods and Selfridges- just to name a few. She is the go-to celebrity designer for A-List talent, such as Oprah Winfrey, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, …
 
How do you raise capital for your startup? Well, if you ask the co-founder of Airbnb Joe Gebbia, he’ll tell you what worked for him: Cereal. That’s right, the company that started with a single air mattress and grew to a $100 billion empire was kept afloat by selling custom cereal boxes. It was bizarre but it worked. Gebbia muses in this episode of…
 
Memphis Gold’s journey has lasted over half a century - spanning four full-length albums, nine international tours, and the covers of almost every leading blues magazine. You can find him at our first Cars & Coffee, 7/26/21. How did he first get his start - and how did he parlay it into such an impactful international career? What’s it like to shar…
 
Tommie Powers is a legend in digital paid advertising. He's consulted on $100+ million in ad spend, including $30 million on YouTube ads alone. So when Tommie talks about paid YouTube ad strategies, we listen. In a recent interview on the Foundr podcast, Tommie talked with us about everything from diversifying ad spend to crafting a powerful messag…
 
You know her and you love her- It's Fran Dresher!! Fran shares personal stories about growing up in Queens, NY, her first role with John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, how she came up with the hit show idea of The Nanny, and her organization Cancer Schmancer. Love the Nanny’s fashion?! Fran shares some of her favorite looks from the show, as wel…
 
Would I ever quit YouTube? Would I walk away from 6 million subscribers and 1 billion views? This is another FIRE mash-up episode, as we highlight some of the best questions from the Tiege vlog. I love talking about business and these episodes are often my favourite. In this episode I talk about: - When you first started doing promotions on product…
 
Inc. Magazine called her the most important entrepreneur on the planet. Fast Company called her the "brand whisperer." Emily Heyward of Red Antler is a master at helping a brand stand out from the crowd. Heyward has elevated some of the biggest brands on the planet, including Casper, Yumi, Four Square, BirchBox, and All Birds. In this episode of th…
 
In this episode of the Foundr podcast, we speak with Omaze’s Matt Pohlson to discuss how a near-death experience taught him a powerful lesson about optimism—and how it changed his perspective on business forever. Pohlson is cofounder and CEO of Omaze, an online fundraising platform that supports causes by offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences. So…
 
VIDA Fitness is one of our region’s premiere health and fitness clubs, and has emerged as a staunch advocate of equality and a dedicated supporter of people in need. Their Ballston location opened in March of 2020, and was a local leader for innovative health, safety, and sanitization processes throughout the pandemic. Aaron Moore - the Director of…
 
Alicia Quarles is a trailblazer in the media world. She started her career with the Associated Press, becoming the Global Entertainment Director for the outlet. Alicia then went on to be a correspondent for E! News, and now hosts two national television shows: Daily Mail and Good Morning America. She’ll share with us behind the scene stories from h…
 
As the CEO and founder of TrendHunter, Jeremy Gutsche is at the forefront of trendspotting, innovation, and creating the future. In this ground-breaking interview, the New York Times Bestselling author reveals everything he knows about entrepreneurship and ideas. Gutsche’s TrendHunter is the world's largest, most popular trend spotting firm with bi…
 
This was such a cool episode, I had a blast interviewing Charlie from Charisma on Command! We spoke about his journey into entrepreneurship and YouTube, we broke down his revenue streams and even spoke about the importance of therapy! SUBSCRIBE TO THE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa3yDAHlpUSjwIZ2KzxRreQ Don't forget to leave a rating a…
 
In this episode of the Foundr podcast, Nathan Chan speaks with Jeff Raider and Andy Katz-Mayfield to find out how they scaled Harry’s into a $20 million brand, and how they created other multiple million-dollar brands. The idea for Harry’s came about after Katz-Mayfield had a disappointing late-night shopping experience at the chemists, and noticed…
 
Stand-Up Comedian and Actor, Tone Bell, discusses his role in the Oscar-nominated drama The United States VS. Billie Holiday, and working with actress Andra Day and famed director Lee Daniels. Tone also talks about his personal style, and how he puts his stand-up look together vs his red carpet style. Follow Tone Bell on Instagram, Twitter, and Fac…
 
Quitting her promising job at Google, Heidi Zak decided to take the plunge and launch ThirdLove, an ecommerce brand for women’s underwear. Today, thanks to Zak’s masterful approach to scaling, ThirdLove is the third biggest ecommerce lingerie brand in America with no signs of slowing down. Zak’s journey into the entrepreneurial space began after sh…
 
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