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In this digital first world, the old ways of recruiting are becoming obsolete. Or are they? The talent demands on every business has put TA squarely in the hot seat. Welcome to Talent Acquisition In The Trenches, a real dialogue podcast with talent acquisition pro’s closest to the front line. We want to talk to our peers who are actually doing the heavy lifting day in and day out.
 
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Those Who Dare

Sherman Williams, Emily McMahan

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Welcome To Those Who Dare, where we amplify the voices of military veterans who consistently step outside their comfort zone, and go above and beyond society's expectations. If you’re a military veteran and want to learn about the innovation ecosystem and how to participate in it as an investor, employee, or entrepreneur, then you’ve come to the right place. This series is brought to you by the team at AIN Ventures, a seed-stage venture fund founded by Service Academy graduates. Subscribe to ...
 
Welcome to “Build Your A-Team” a podcast powered by MilSpec Talent, where we educate Small Business owners on how to attract, recruit, and retain high-impact, low-ego talent. I’m your host Freddie Kim, founder of Milspec Talent, I’m am a West Point grad, former Green Beret, Kellogg MBA, and more importantly, I’m passionate about championing the value and leadership of Veteran 2.0s in our workforce.
 
The Consumer VC takes a look into early-stage consumer investing and venture capital. If you are interested in learning about consumer trends, have a b2c business and interested in learning about the fundraising process at the early stage, you have come to the right place. Mike interviews some of the top venture capitalists in the world that focus on B2C and consumer type companies or have a deep track record investing in these categories such as marketplaces, SaaS, social, CPG and non-tech ...
 
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I respond to a listener’s question requesting advice as he prepares for his transition in 2024. Be sure to subscribe to the Transition Newsletter on Substack here: https://bit.ly/37Bb8Ne Order my book, “Black Veteran Entrepreneur” here: https://amzn.to/3gme7kg Apply for The Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship Workshop Series here: https://bunkerl…
 
Today on DWB, I’m joined by Marine Veteran and Business Advisor, Doug Minter, Head of Canada’s Black Chamber of Commerce and a serial entrepreneur. Like my own business coach, Bill Watkins, Doug has worked with hundreds if not thousands of entrepreneurs and knows more than a thing or two about branding, and the importance of creating experiences an…
 
Our guest today is Adam Ross, Founder & CEO of Heyday. Heyday is a skincare establishment that is overhauling the facial experience. We discuss how he got interested in skincare, why he only wanted to focus on facials, how he thought about expanding foot print with a combination of corporate and franchise stores and much much more. ***Sponsor*** In…
 
Our guest today is Ryan Woodbury, co-founder of Needed. Needed is on a mission to empower every woman with the fundamental nutrition information, products, and community they need to be optimally nourished before, during, and after pregnancy. We discuss how she got involved / started in nutrition, why she decided to create a prenatal supplement com…
 
In this episode of the Transition, I’m joined by Army Veteran and Executive Coach Charlie Gilkey, Founder of Productive Flourishing, which helps creators, business owners, and leaders thrive, through award-winning tools and services. Additionally, Charlies is also the author of “The Small Business Lifecycle: A Guide for Taking the Right Steps at th…
 
Dr. Perry Maynard is a board certified chiropractic neurologist that specializes in the management of complex neurological cases, including post concussive syndrome, vertigo, balance disorders, movement disorders, dysautonomia, and a variety of autoimmune conditions. Dr. Maynard also enjoys taking principles from cutting edge neuroscience and apply…
 
In this episode we sit down with Harry Tebay. Harry has been quietly running around the greater teton/yellowstone region with a fly rod or a set of oars in his hands for the last 25 years. In the offseasons Harry has also quietly mixed in a 15 year plus career guiding in the Florida Keys. Originally from West Virginia and spending much of his youth…
 
Our guest today is Lydia Jett, Managing Partner and Head of eCommerce / Consumer Internet at SoftBank Investment Advisors. Some of her investments include Coupang, Fanatics, and Misfits Market. We get into quite a few topics all centered about investing and the future of ecommerce. how she approaches investing at a global scale, particularly in eme…
 
Thank you Taylor Foxman for the introduction to our guest today Aimy Steadman. Aimy is is the COO of BeatBox Beverages. the World's Tastiest Portable Party Punch. Some of the questions I ask Aimy: How did you found Beatbox? What was the reason why you founded it? You were early with the RTD trend? What’s the difference between wine and spirits vs. …
 
On today’s episode, Sherman and Mike interview Brad Harrison, Founder & Managing Partner of Scout Ventures. They discuss Brad’s time at West Point, what pushed him to leaping into the VC world, and how he is pushing the envelope of technology innovation at Scout Scout VC: https://www.scout.vc/ Subscribe to Those Who Dare on iTunes, Spotify, or your…
 
On today’s episode, Sherman and Mike interview Bruce Cahan, co-founder and president of Urban Logic, Inc., a New York nonprofit qualified in California, an Ashoka Fellow social entrepreneur and a Stanford CodeX Fellow. Bruce explores his personal history, how that informs his mission of equality today, and how the new wave of entrepreneurship can t…
 
On today’s episode, Sherman and Mike break down the origins of “Those Who Dare”, the goal of creating the show. They discuss their journeys to their individual ventures, the importance of bringing your whole self to entrepreneurship, and the shared goal of lifting as we climb Subscribe to Those Who Dare on iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite listenin…
 
"Healthcare’s mission inspires you to become a better person. You cannot help but go into your communities and do better." Angela Ramos Angela Ramos is a Branding & Engagement Specialist for Harris Health System who joined me for Episode #11 of TA in the Trenches, powered by NAHCR. Links: NAHCR Matt Rimer on LinkedIn…
 
On this episode of The Transition, I share a framework to help you drive revenue now. There’s no magic pill for revenue, but what you can do is build a repeatable process that puts you in the best possible position to get it. Be sure to subscribe to the Transition Newsletter on Substack here: https://bit.ly/37Bb8Ne Order my book, “Black Veteran Ent…
 
Dr. Michael DeStefano is a neuro-developmental optometrist practicing at Visual Symptoms Treatment Center in Arlington Heights, IL. Dr. DeStefano received his Bachelor of Science in biology and his Bachelor of Arts in Italian from Loyola University Chicago, where he graduated with high honors. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Midwest…
 
Today on DWB, I chop it up with my fraternity brother and fellow Marine, Andre Truss, a serial entrepreneur based in Jacksonville, NC.Truss talks about his omnipresent social media strategy to stay top of mind with prospects, how he uses teaching to drive his lead generation, and his plans for his new restaurant. Be sure to subscribe to the Dog Whi…
 
Our guest today is Wyatt Taubman, Founder of Vive Organic. Vive Organic is fresh pressed wellness shots from organic superfoods. Some of the questions I ask Wyatt: What led to the founding of Vive Organic? How did you approach your supply chain? How did you envision the brand? How did you think about distribution channels? How did you think about p…
 
Thank you CJ Fowler for the introduction to our guest today, Yanni Hufnagel, Founder & CEO of Lemon Perfect. Lemon Perfect is a super-refreshing, full-flavored, hydrating lemon water with no sugar, artificial flavors, or sweeteners. Some of the questions I ask Yanni: Why did you become a coach? Why did you leave college basketball to found Lemon Pe…
 
"Without a doubt, your chief executive officer must know that if the people don't take precedence over all else, absolutely nothing will." - Colin Lyle. Colin is the System Director of TA at Advent Health. Advent Health is one of the largest non-profit health systems in the nation. It operates 50 hospitals in nine states, with over 8,200 licensed b…
 
On this episode of the Transition, I’m joined by Bunker Labs Ambassador Courtney Zaugg, Founder & CEO of Plaka Associates, an Indiana based economic developing consulting firm that collaborates with innovators in economic development to design entrepreneurship-led strategies that shape talent, community, and industry ecosystems. She’s also the Co-F…
 
Today on DWB, I discuss why poor positioning can kill your revenue. If your sales and marketing isn’t working, then your positioning is broken. Luckily, we’re going to discuss how to fix it. Be sure to subscribe to the Dog Whistle Brand Newsletter on Substack here: www.dogwhistlebranding.com Order my book, “Black Veteran Entrepreneur” here: https:/…
 
Our guest today is Elly Truesdell, Founder & Managing Partner at New Fare Ventures. a venture capital fund centered on the modern eater and evolving American palate. Some of the investments include Made By Nacho, Mid-Day Squares, Foxtrot and Tacombi. We discuss her time at Whole Foods, how she ended up meeting Bobby Flay and founding Made by Nacho,…
 
Our guest today is Annie Kadavy, Managing Director at RedPoint Ventures. Redpoint partners with exceptional entrepreneurs starting at the earliest stages of the climb some of her investments include Tend, Shash, and SIlk & Sonder. We discuss her introduction to entrepreneurship building in her garage, tiptoeing the line throughout her career betwee…
 
Do you know your brands category? Specifically how customers are positioning you in their mind? If not, this is an episode you don’t want to miss. Be sure to subscribe to the Transition Newsletter on Substack here: https://bit.ly/37Bb8Ne Order my book, “Black Veteran Entrepreneur” here: https://amzn.to/3gme7kg Apply for The Breaking Barriers in Ent…
 
Today on DWB, I go over a simple marketing framework called The Hawke Method, coined by Hawke Media CEO Erik Huberman. Be sure to subscribe to the Dog Whistle Brand Newsletter on Substack here: www.dogwhistlebranding.com Order my book, “Black Veteran Entrepreneur” here: https://amzn.to/3gme7kg Purchase “The Hawke Method” here: https://amzn.to/3W20A…
 
Our guest today is Chris Ashenden, Founder & CEO of Athletic Greens and AG1. AG1 is the world’s most comprehensive and convenient daily nutrition product in green powder form. We discuss: Why he founded Athletic Greens Approach to formulation How he met Tim Ferriss How he built relationships with customers Scaling online Creating a subscription bus…
 
We’re kicking off the New Year with Army Veteran and Bunker Labs Ambassador, Vic Hill, CEO of Hillvision, a boutique, family-owned holding firm that features a diverse portfolio of companies, including real estate, technology, and media, just to name a few. Vic recently secured a 100k pre-seed investment for his tech startup, My Ruck, an API servic…
 
Thank you Luke Vernon for the intro to our guest today Davis Smith, Founder & CEO of Cotopaxi. Cotopaxi builds gear that fuels both outdoor experiences and global change. We discuss: Why he founded digitally native businesses Founding businesses with his cousin The mission behind Cotopaxi How he was able to raise capital Early approach to promotion…
 
Dr. Shane Steadman became a Chiropractic Neurologist in 2003 and is one of only a small handful of Chiropractic Neurologists in the entire state of Colorado. Dr. Steadman is the owner of Integrated Brain Centers in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Steadman is an expert in treating and supporting “tough cases” such as Concussions, Migraines, Vertigo, Periphera…
 
Today, we interrupt your regularly scheduled programming, to talk about execution with Bill Watkins, in particular scoreboards, because this is my show and there are no rules in audio. But in all seriousness, at IRONBOUND, we like to teach you how to bridge the gap between brand strategy and execution, and measuring your performance with scoreboard…
 
Today’s guest is Matt Higgins, Founder and CEO of RSE Ventures. RSE is a private investment firm that focuses on sports and entertainment, media and marketing, food and lifestyle, and technology. Most recently he wrote the book “Burn The Boats”, which is a counterintuitive formula for a life of perpetual growth can find a link in the shownotes to g…
 
Our guest today is Josh Cliffords, Founder & CEO of FreeWater. FreeWater is exactly what you think it is. FreeWater. Where they give away water and make money on selling ads on the bottle. We discuss the origin story of FreeWater, the economics of an ad-based physical product business, how he approached his distribution and finding sponsors, reacti…
 
Our guest today is Sean Riley, co-founder and CEO of DUDE Wipes. DUDE Wipes makes flushable wipes—billions of 'em—assembled right here in the USA. DUDE is bootrapped, only taking outside investment of $300k from Marc Cuban on SharkTank and are set to do $90 million this year in sales. We discuss his entire journey from the aha moment up until scali…
 
My guest today is Mike Ghaffary who is a partner at Canvas Ventures, a firm that specializes on leading Series A. Some of their investments include Flyhomes, Nubrakes, and Zola. This is Mike’s second time on Consumer VC and is our first second time guest. His first appearance we went deep on how to evaluate and invest in marketplace businesses. On …
 
This is a recap episode of my conversation with Greer Terrler and Cara Kaufman, founders of Simple Food Ventures. Simple Food Ventures is an early stage venture firm that invests in the future of healthy foods and products. We discuss how they both began investing in better for you products, do they only invest in better for the planet or better fo…
 
Today, we’re celebrating a huge accomplishment here at Bunker Labs, and that’s 100 Episodes in the book for The Transition. I’d like to personally thank each and everyone of you for tuning into this show, and supporting our efforts to build the next generation of veteran military spouse entrepreneurs. I’d also like to give a special shoutout to our…
 
On this episode of DWB, I continue our conversation on Category Design, by discussing The Law of Category from the book, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Reis and Jack Trout. Be sure to subscribe to the Dog Whistle Brand Newsletter on Substack here: www.dogwhistlebranding.com Order my book, “Black Veteran Entrepreneur” here: https://amzn.to…
 
This was our first LIVE episode, which we recorded at Cosmic Coffee & Beer Garden in Austin, TX during SXSW. I chatted with Jason Karp, Founder of Hu Kitchen, Hu Chocolate and CEO of HumanCo. HumanCo is a holding company that’s invested in healthy living. We’re going to learn more about their brands Snow Days, Against the grain and Cosmic Bliss. We…
 
On today’s episode, Scott talks with Paul Bergeron, Commercial Real Estate Reporter at GlobeSt. Scott and Paul dive deep into Paul’s perspective of the property management industry, where he predicts upcoming challenges will appear in the coming years for owners and managers, and how technology is changing the rental landscape. Thanks for listening…
 
Today’s highlight episode features Nagraj Kashyap, Managing Partner of SoftBank’s Vision Fund one of the world's largest venture capital firms, with over $100 billion in capital. Nagraj leads their consumer investment practice for north America. It was amazing chatting with him about how Vision Fund 2 is different from fund 1, his thesis around the…
 
Thank you Anna Whiteman for the introduction to our guest today, Sarah Foley, Partner at SWAT Equity Partners. SWAT Equity Partners is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in emerging consumer brands across various product, service, and commerce sectors. Some of the investments include Supergoop!, Banza, and Mad Rabbit. We discu…
 
On this episode of the Transition, I talk about why spreading yourself too thin is holding you back and what to do about it. Be sure to subscribe to the Transition Newsletter on Substack here: https://bit.ly/37Bb8Ne Checkout “The Official 2022 Bunker Labs Holiday Gift Guide” here: https://bit.ly/3U1bvpZ Order my book, “Black Veteran Entrepreneur” h…
 
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