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NEW EPISODES EVERY TUESDAY, SUBSCRIBE FOR UNBEATABLE ECOM RECON – Explore the world of ecommerce and online business, with a focus on the Shopify platform. Each episode features interviews with successful entrepreneurs, experts, and thought leaders, sharing their insights, tips, and experiences on building and growing a successful online store. Join host Kurt Elster and his guests as they share their stories and learn from each other's successes and challenges. LETS GET PAID.
 
Kara Goldin, founder of Hint, sits down with today’s most fascinating entrepreneurs, disruptors, and change-makers for a no-holds-barred discussion of how they overcame long odds on the road to start-up success. Guests such as Guy Kawasaki (Apple, Canva), Julie Bornstein (The Yes, Stitch Fix), Mindy Grossman (WW), and Amy Errett (Madison Reed) share wisdom and anecdotes that will inspire you – and challenge you to think differently about achieving your goals. For more on the podcast as well ...
 
Weekly Interviews With Successful eCommerce Entrepreneurs. Be mentored by high level business owners. Learn from the entrepreneurs who have already made it, so you won't have to spend years figuring it out on your own. Listen to the real stories of eCom store owners, who speak honestly about building their businesses. They share the highs and the lows, and what it really took to overcome the obstacles. They talk about what kept them going when they felt like giving up. Learn the mindsets, st ...
 
This podcast is all about B2B eCommerce. B2B is a different breed of eCommerce and it needs a different breed of Podcast. We get into the nitty-gritty of integrations, adoption, platforms, data and so much more regarding what makes B2B difficult to make successful for eCommerce! This podcast is hosted by Isaiah Bollinger and Timothy Peterson of https://trellis.co who can help you with all things B2B eCommerce.
 
Mompreneur Lakeshia Williams, teaches women how to build a strong organized businesses for long-term success through technology, education, design and support. You can expect to hear about her experience living in Mexico, being a homeschooler of her 4 out of 5 children, while being a full-time entrepreneur of now 8 years. In hopes of helping you to design your story and create your freedom lifestyle. 💬 Connect With Her On Social Media:: Instagram: @mslakeshiawilliams TikTok: @mslakeshiawilli ...
 
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Pattie Sellers is a force! The energy behind Fortune’s Most Powerful Women’s initiative, she is an award-winning writer, producer, and multimedia journalist and is now the Co-CEO of SellersEaston Media and the Chair of the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. In this conversation, we discuss her journey and lessons learned from meeting and in…
 
Chase Clymer is the CEO and founder of Electric Eye, a Shopify-focused agency. Historically, Shopify was not viewed as a viable b2b eCommerce platform, and most companies would look at other options. Fast forward to 2023, Shopify now has better native b2b features and options for B2B businesses. Whether you want to build a separate b2b site or have…
 
April Gargiulo, Founder of Vintner’s Daughter started the California-based Vintner’s Daughter with just one product – the Active Botanical Serum – which is often name-checked by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracee Ellis Ross. April's mission has always been to create fewer products that do MORE for the skin and she has taken a dream that sh…
 
"Personal branding leads the right people to you." This episode is all about PERSONAL BRANDING FOR ENTREPRENEURS. To discuss it, we're joined by Sigute Zitikyte. Sigute is a personal brand and business coach who believes that being multi passionate is your superpower. She's been doing this over a decade, helping mission driven companies, including …
 
Kym Gold, Co-Founder of True Religion and Founder of Style Union Home, knows how to disrupt. Whether it’s designing a denim revolution or disrupting the home space, she knows all about the ins and outs of founding a company, scaling a company and selling a company and all the lessons and landmines along the way. Kym is also the Author of the terrif…
 
In this episode, Gina Bianchini, Founder & CEO of Mighty Networks and Author of her new book Purpose: Design a Community & Change Your Life, shares all about the importance of purpose and how you can find yours. Gina has built an incredible company with Mighty Networks enabling creators, entrepreneurs and brands to use cultural software to build di…
 
In this episode, Shelley Zalis, Founder & CEO of The Female Quotient, takes us through her journey as a serial entrepreneur, including her many key learnings along the way. Before starting The Female Quotient, Shelley served as the only female CEO of a top 25 Global Research Company, founding and leading the Online Testing Exchange before its sale …
 
In this episode, we discuss the subscription business model and how to make it successful on Shopify. Our guest is Andriy Rudnyk, founder of Good Subscription Agency, who shares his insights on common mistakes brands make with subscriptions, the difference between good and bad subscription strategies, and advanced tactics for boosting subscriber co…
 
In this episode, Uri Levine, serial entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Waze shares some of his key learnings from the Waze startup journey; from starting from scratch to a successful exit. Uri has helped build more than a dozen startups and in doing so has seen everything ranging from failure to immense success. You'll also hear the processes that he a…
 
Liz Fisher, Founder and CGO of Lavva, shares her journey starting a company that makes delicious dairy-free, plant-based yogurt using a very interesting ingredient, pili nuts. Liz took the plunge to start Lavva after having her own health scare. Her own journey of healing through food resulted in bringing her creation to the shelves. Liz is a veter…
 
Emily Hikade, Founder and CEO of Petite Plume, designs sleepwear fit for royalty—quite literally. Before Emily dreamt of the coziest sleep essentials, she lived a drastically different life focused on counterterrorism as a member of the CIA. And while Hikade certainly loved her position in the CIA, it took a near-death situation for her to complete…
 
Our guest today acquired a business, grew it from $90,000 in sales to $2 million, and created a category selling luxury flasks in the process. We're joined by CEO of Jacob Bromwell, Sean Bandawat the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of luxury flasks and kitchenware, established in 1819. GUEST BIO: Sean Bandawat is a second generation entre…
 
Jan Marini, Founder and CEO of Jan Marini Skin Research, is an icon in the professional skincare industry. Today her products are used worldwide to treat common skin conditions such as aging and sun-damaged skin, acne, and rosacea. Jan Marini pioneered the use of glycolic acid to improve the skin’s appearance and texture. She was also the first to …
 
Ken Cruse set out to fill a void in the boutique hotel industry, and we are sure happy he did. Soul Community Planet Hotels offers an experience that satisfies – community-based, sustainable, comfortable luxury in an affordable stay. I interviewed Ken Cruse, the Co-Founder & CEO of Soul Community Planet Hotels, and learned all about his terrific co…
 
Danny Warshay, Founding Executive Director of the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University and the Author of the new book See, Solve, Scale: How Anyone Can Turn an Unsolved Problem Into a Breakthrough Success, shares his belief and wisdom on entrepreneurship, including how entrepreneurship is not a spirit or a gift restricted to busin…
 
We all love subscriptions, the allure of recurring predictable revenue is too hard to pass up. They're hard to get right. We need an experienced subscription veteran who's been there and can tell us what what works and what's a waste of time. John Roman, CEO of subscription box companies BattlBox and Carnivore Club, joins us to go deep on how to do…
 
On today’s episode, we talk with James Clear, who is the Author of Atomic Habits. James focuses on habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement. He’s the Author of the #1 New York Times best seller Atomic Habits, a book that has sold over 5 million copies worldwide, has been translated into more than 50 languages and it is truly one of my fa…
 
In this week’s all-new episode of THE IDEALISTS. podcast, host, and entrepreneur, Melissa Kiguwa, speaks with Kara Goldin. Kara is the founder and CEO of Hint, a $220 million beverage producer of fruit-infused waters and lifestyle goods, offering a healthy alternative to sodas and artificially sweetened drinks. Melissa sits down with the former AOL…
 
What's a mom of 4 to do? Oh, who knows...Maybe change drinking habits forever for the world?! Come check out our interview with Kara Goldin, Founder of Hint Water - Share and enjoy! Kara Goldin is the Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., best known for its award-winning Hint® water, the leading unsweetened flavored water. She has been named one of InStyl…
 
Here's how I shop from a new brand. I see an ad on Facebook, I click through, if the site is on Shopify and looks legit, maybe I'll buy. When I do buy, I'm going to wait until I'm on my desktop so that I can use a browser extension to painlessly check for coupon codes and apply the best one. Every single time. The bigger the discount, the bigger th…
 
Kara Goldin is the founder of Hint Water and the author of the book Undaunted. Kara has worked for companies like Time Magazine, CNN and AOL. She had a bad habit during her time working in corporate America drinking diet soda. When she decided to kick the habit and turn to water, she felt better but found that plain water was boring. So, she spruce…
 
Allison McNamara, Founder and CEO of the cult beauty brand MARA Beauty, shares a story of taking an idea that she was passionate about and turning it into not only a reality but a fledgling business. She shares all about how she came up with the algae-infused skincare line and how she has taken an idea that she was passionate about and turned it in…
 
David Greenfeld, Founder and CEO of Dream Pops, launched his company in 2018 with a mission to reinvigorate the dessert category with plant-based products that taste great and satisfy the 21st century consumer. Before this, he started his first company, Just Wine, as a junior in college. Between that company and Dream Pops, he had quite an interest…
 
"Business, like life, is about how you make people feel. It's that simple, and it's that hard." –Daniel Meyer Authenticity & community are buzzwords we here often when discussing brand marketing in 2022, but what does community look like? Caitlin Teed, a creative marketer who helped make Shopify's community what it is today, discusses her experienc…
 
Maya Smith, Founder & CEO of The Doux, couldn’t find the product that she was looking for so she created it! Sound familiar? This buzzy, natural hair care line has taken off! Maya’s story from licensed cosmetologist to Founder and CEO of her own multi-million dollar company is a story we all want to hear. She shares all about her journey creating t…
 
Olivia Landau, a fourth-generation diamond expert, began The Clear Cut as a blog. An educational resource. But it wasn't long before she and her Co-Founder husband Kyle Simon realized the blog’s potential to become much more. Now as Founder and CEO of The Clear Cut, Olivia leads a multi-million dollar, direct-to-consumer, diamond jewelry company th…
 
Lauren Godfrey is the Founder of the stunning jewelry brand Harwell Godfrey. She has taken an idea that she was passionate about and turned it into not only a reality but a fledgling business. Each Harwell Godfrey piece is designed with references to the Four Elements and the collection essentially is modern day precious heirlooms with most pieces …
 
In 2016, Facebook opened up messenger bots. And in 2017, it felt like we hit peak chat bots. We didnt hear about them as much in 2019, but that doesnt mean they ever went away, and now there is a resurgence of chat bots. I love automation and AI, so let's revisit chat bots! At the very least, you’ll benefit from this talk if you want to use Instagr…
 
In this episode of The Kara Goldin Show, we meetJackie Summers. He is best known for the award winning Sorel Liqueur and is the Founder and CEO of the parent company Jack From Brooklyn. Jackie is also a James Beard Finalist. We hear from his story super valuable lessons he has gained through his entrepreneurial journey. His story of launching a new…
 
In this episode of The Kara Goldin Show, we learn more from Carolyn Dewar, coauthor of CEO Excellence and Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company San Francisco. Carolyn founded and co-leads McKinsey's CEO excellence work which includes coaching many Fortune 100 CEOs to maximize their effectiveness. She works extensively with clients to drive organizat…
 
Adam Nash believes everyone can be a philanthropist and he’s on a mission to make it simple. After launching some seriously impressive tech innovations in top leadership positions at Dropbox, LinkedIn and eBay, Adam has turned his sights toward the nonprofit sector. This isn’t your grandma’s donor-advised fund. Daffy is changing the landscape of gi…
 
"Which theme should I use for a store that sells..." is a common question from Shopify merchants. With 97 themes currently in the Shopify Theme Store, thousands mores floating around the web, and very few of them made to the same standard, what's the right answer? How do you go about picking a theme? What about custom themes? That adds infinite var…
 
Neil Grimmer, President of Source Global, pulls water out of the air we breathe, captures the vapor and transforms it into drinking water. Neil joined Founder, Cody Friesen, who invented the solar-powered device that is behind this company to produce ‘hydropanels’ that today are used in more than 50 countries worldwide. You will love hearing about …
 
Brittany Fuisz, Founder and CEO of Malibu Mylk, grew up on the beaches of Malibu eating local produce and appreciating starting at a very young age that food is fuel. Little did she know that she would create the world’s first organic flax milk AND create a new category in the natural food industry. We hear all about what it takes to create a tasty…
 
Roxanne Petraeus, Co-Founder & CEO of Ethena, makes “compliance” something you won’t want to forget. Much more interesting, easy, engaging and of course effective. Roxanne shares all about her journey graduating from Harvard’s Reserve Officer Training Program, her years in the U.S. Army serving a combat deployment to Afghanistan plus her experience…
 
The great lockdown of 2020 seems like a lifetime ago. At that time, a lot of took on hobbies. Some of us baked. I made a lot of homemade pizza. Today's guest also picked up a pandemic hobby, and then, unlike my homemade pizza, she turned it from a passion to a business. Talia Boone, founder of Postal Petals, a store that sells “do it yourself” flow…
 
Courtney Somer, Founder & CEO of an amazing brand called Lake & Skye, started her company to help others discover the wonder of fragrance through products consisting of handcrafted therapeutic-grade essential oil blends, fragrances, and floral waters. The creation is a company you want to pay attention to, products you must have and a story that yo…
 
In this episode of The Kara Goldin Show, we meet Chanda Bell, Co-Founder of The Elf on the Shelf franchise and Co-CEO of the parent company, The Lumistella Company. Chanda, along with her mother and twin sister, like to say that they bring Santa’s North Pole to life through consumer products, brand experiences and original entertainment. We learn a…
 
At just 19 years old, Adina Kamkhatchi and her brother Mayer used $1,000 of their savings to start their own jewelry business. What once began as a hobby making jewelry at their parents' kitchen table has now become a multi-million dollar jewelry company with a cult following of fans including many well known celebrities and influencers. I can’t wa…
 
Made with Local started as a simple farmer’s market table and is now a B-Corp certified food provider available at stores across Canada–but it’s still baked at home (that is Dartmouth, Nova Scotia!), by locals with local ingredients. Founder & CEO Sheena Russell is on a mission to inspire mindfulness and conscious consumption through community conn…
 
Marina Khidekel saw just how comforting a weighted blanket could be. But why not a stuffed animal that could hug back? Marina founded Hugimals to bring comfort & calm to many by creating high-quality weighted stuffed animals for kids & adults that do just that – hug you back. At a time when we could all use a hug or two, Hugimals helps with sleep w…
 
Serial entrepreneur, Founder & CEO of Basemakers, Max Baumann, knows all about success, challenges, and learning from the journey. Max shares his newest success, Basemakers, and how this retail sales & merchandising organization has supported over 250 of the top food & beverage companies to help make them successful. Max launched his first business…
 
Arno Ham has been at Sana Commerce for over 17 years and has seen the evolution of B2B eCommerce firsthand. Sana Commerce has developed into a robust B2B eCommerce provider for distributors, brands, and manufacturers looking to sell online that use Microsoft Dynamics or SAP. They have an ERP-first approach that allows them to use all the ERP data i…
 
Interested in learning about some of the initiatives that the US Patent and Trade Office is focused on? Well, you need to tune into this conversation with Kathi Vidal, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, also known as USPTO. As the Chief Executive of the USPTO, she…
 
This episode is also available on YouTube: youtu.be/eyGIORYpio4 Before Harley Finkelstein was President of Shopify, he was one of their first customers, selling t-shirts on a Shopify store sixteen years ago. In 2010, he joined the company as a "jack of all trades" and now serves as its president. Today, Shopify as a platform is the second largest o…
 
Listen and learn from Patrick Schwarzenegger, Co-Founder of MOSH, as he shares all about his entrepreneurial journey, including Co-Founding a company with his Mother, Maria Shriver. We hear all about MOSH, why he created it, and how building a company from scratch is tougher than he imagined. Plus, he shares about growing up with famous parents who…
 
Listen to Founder & CEO Alison Cayne of Haven's Kitchen share how she created a cooking company on a mission to help home cooks feel like CHAMPIONS was the backdrop to creating Haven's Kitchen's delicious products today. Now available online and in over 2000 stores across the U.S., Alison is also an author of Haven’s Kitchen Cooking School, and she…
 
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