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Everyone has a superpower... We're here to uncover it. Welcome to the Superpowers Podcast, where you hear real stories from iconic startup founders and industry trailblazers like Kara Goldin (Hint Water), Andy Dunn (Bonobos), and Deborah Wahl (General Motors). Join me, Chris Cunningham, as we dive deep into the trenches and discover how these incredible entrepreneurs used their unique superpower to succeed in business and life. Superpowers; what's yours?
 
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Jake DeCicco and his two brothers have a fascinating story about becoming top entrepreneurs in one of the most saturated consumer goods categories - Coffee. Super Coffee's most recent valuation is $500 million, and its goal is to expand into the International market in the next few years. Super Coffee's core premise was to make a drink that was a t…
 
PREVIOUS INTERVIEW - Kara Goldin started her career at Time Magazine and was quickly recruited by CNN for advertising sales. She then took a role at a small startup company called 2Market, where she was worried that she wouldn't contribute because she knew nothing about tech. But, Kara showed up every day, learning and growing, and when AOL acquire…
 
In The Trenches, this week, we have Ben Cantey, Founder and CEO of Rumby.co, and Nick McHenry, Co-Founder and CEO of OneShop. They are taking the old-school, out-of-date economies and turning them on their heads with new retail tech. "Mobile app engagement is a huge thing. Just as important as local brick-and-mortar store engagement is. So getting …
 
Today, in the trenches, we invited Ian White, Co-Founder of Koffie Labs, and Rashid Galadanci, Founder of Driver Technologies, to talk about what they are seeing in the insurance tech sector. "Somebody first identified trucking insurance to me as Satan's pit of insurance, but I love it." Ian jokes about his love of commercial trucking insurance and…
 
I met Mick Batyske years ago in Barcelona, and I was blown away by his incredible musical talent and entrepreneurial spirit. This guy has DJ'd for some of the biggest names: Cartier, Complex, GQ, Instagram, Jay-Z, LeBron James, Michelle Obama, Miguel, Prince, Spotify, Vanity Fair, and Will Smith. Not only is he one of the most requested DJs, but he…
 
Welcome to the second installment of In The Trenches. In line with our core strategy of traditional old economy sectors looking for productivity solutions, we have started to see a marked increase in the number of solutions aimed at the traditional brick-and-mortar retail space. And in some cases, maybe even the e-commerce space or something in bet…
 
Phil Bronner and I have known each other for the last 15 years. Phil started as a self-described snotty-nosed kid running around Baltimore trying to play ball and became one of the most successful venture capitalists in the D.C. area. "I was leaving for school, and my dad said congratulations. You're going off to college. I really hope it goes well…
 
I want you to meet my partner, Matt Olivo. This year, I am getting him more involved in the Superpowers Podcast because he is a wealth of knowledge for new founders and anyone interested in Venture. Matt and I are starting a series called, In The Trenches, where we talk about things that we find interesting, companies we see killing it in tech, fou…
 
I started playing hockey when I was 5 years old. Now I call myself a midlife crisis hockey player, somewhat (but not NHL level) living out my childhood dreams of being in the league. So, I couldn't wait for Heidi to join me and talk about our shared love of hockey on the podcast. I have known Heidi for over 15 years, since her MySpace and Pandora d…
 
Nathalie Walton's resume is what most people dream of - JP Morgan, eBay, Google, and Airbnb. She had relentlessly pursued every career move with the constant push to keep trying. "I am a black woman, and I think people often underestimate me. That's something I've had in my career." Nathalie re-applied to Google four times before she got accepted. …
 
"I grew up in a Russian household, but in Sweden, which are two very different cultures. My dad was a Russian diplomat, and we stayed in Sweden after the fall of the Soviet Union." Taras shares how his childhood has shaped his journey as an entrepreneur. "My dad left governmental politics and started his company. So I grew up with my dad starting a…
 
"There is this [media] shift from institutions to individuals. People have more connections with other people rather than abstract concepts. And I think that's the promise of the "Creator Economy." Brian Morrissey is well known for his tenure with Digiday, building the company from the ground up. He has spent the last two decades deeply entrenched …
 
Living in a small town south of Tel Aviv, Adam knew he wanted to build things from an early age. His mom bought him a cellular modem to develop apps and software on his home computer. He was always trying to do new and exciting things. When Adam joined the army, it opened his eyes to the world of possibilities that lay ahead. Seven years later, he …
 
"I need to feel like I get to the end and did the most that I could do, or I'm not going to be satisfied. So I need to be great, whatever that's going to be." Katie Schuele, Co-Founder of Boostr, joins the Superpowers podcast to talk about her journey into entrepreneurship. Her career started in sales at IBM, and Katie quickly realized it was not h…
 
My friendship with Andy Dunn started 10 years ago at a conference in Hawaii. Even though we have been in each other's lives for a long time, I had no idea he is a life-long sufferer of depression. When we think about incredible entrepreneurs, like Andy, it is hard to believe that they can be so successful while battling such dark times. Today, on t…
 
Alex Cruz, International DJ, has produced music for almost 30 years. At the age of 18, Alex left his hometown of Amsterdam for life at the beach. He realized he had a passion for music and started making his own. He partnered with a childhood friend who bought a mixing console, and they started djing for friends. He was 22 when he released his firs…
 
Kara Goldin started her career at Time Magazine and was quickly recruited by CNN for advertising sales. She then took a role at a small startup company called 2Market, where she was worried that she wouldn't contribute because she knew nothing about tech. But, Kara showed up every day, learning and growing, and when AOL acquired the company, she be…
 
On this episode of the Superpowers podcast, Bill and Chris talk with Deborah Wahl, Global CMO at General Motors. Growing up, Deborah earned the nickname “Big D” from her siblings for her go-getter attitude and unrelenting pursuit of success. Deborah was born and raised in Detroit. Her father was in the auto industry and she did her first internship…
 
On this episode of the Superpowers podcast, Bill and Chris bring on Lizzie Widhelm, SVP Ad Innovation and B2B Marketing at Pandora. Lizzie is a witty and influential executive in media technology whose experiences as a mother have helped guide her career and vice-versa. As she told the hosts, “Raising boys is like running a sales team. You set clea…
 
On this episode of the Superpowers podcast, Bill and Chris talk with Howard Lindzon, Founder and Partner at Social Leverage. Howard is a kind-hearted Canadian entrepreneur, author, and investor whose superpower is his social intelligence and self-understanding. A product of his Jewish upbringing in Toronto, Howard calls himself a “Larry David meets…
 
In this episode of the Superpowers podcast, Bill and Chris bring on Ian Rapoport, author of the Boston Herald blog, “The RapSheet” and National Insider at the NFL Network. Ian had aspired to follow in the footsteps of his favorite writers at sports-centric publications like Sports Illustrated even before attending Columbia University, where he cove…
 
On this Episode of the Superpowers Podcast, Bill and Chris talk with Matt Lombardi, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of beam, a CBD wellness startup. Matt went from winning two NCAA Division I Hockey championships at Boston College, to a brief professional career in the NHL’s minor leagues, to becoming a passionate entrepreneur. Matt shared his experiences pl…
 
In this episode of the Superpowers podcast, Bill and Chris talk with Jeff Nicholson, the charismatic and fiercely passionate CEO of the data processing platform, Tracer. A Boston native and former basketball standout at Babson College, Jeff has an entrepreneurial spirit that led him from starting a small lobster business with his dad to becoming a …
 
On this episode of the Superpowers podcast, Bill and Chris have a passionate conversation with the infectiously optimistic David Kidder, New York Times Best-selling author of The Startup Playbook and The Intellectual Devotional, and the co-founder of Bionic, a company that installs models and strategies to help large businesses grow. David’s profes…
 
In this episode of the Superpowers podcast, Bill and Chris talk with the hilarious Terence Kawaja, Founder and CEO of the investment bank LUMA Partners. Terence brightened the video conference with his engaging storytelling and unique views on the intersection between digital media and marketing. A native of Quebec, Terence was an entrepreneur from…
 
On this episode of the Superpowers podcast, Bill and Chris invite Deirdre Lester, Chief Revenue Officer at Barstool Sports, to share her experience moving up the ranks of the sports industry as a mother and competitive digital marketing icon. Deirdre was born in New Jersey as the middle child between two brothers before attaining her BA in English …
 
On this episode of the Superpowers podcast, Bill and Chris have a socially distanced video conference with Michael Katz, the level-headed and value-oriented Founder and CEO of the consumer data platform, mParticle. Michael is a Boston native and Syracuse University graduate who began his career at internet consulting firms like Zephyr and Accenture…
 
To kick off season 2 of the Superpowers podcast, Bill and Chris invite Beeswax CEO and AdTech pioneer Ari Paparo to discuss how his whit, transparency, and skillful communication have guided him to extraordinary success at both start-ups and tech giants. Ari shared his story, starting with his upbringing in New York and college days at Georgetown, …
 
In the eighth episode of Superpowers, Bill and Chris bring on Alison Wyatt, an angel investor who supports and advises female entrepreneurs. Alison’s superpower is her ability to create a strong ecosystem of women leaders while managing the responsibilities of motherhood. Before becoming an angel investor, Alison led several companies in the media …
 
On episode 7 of Superpowers, Bill and Chris have a motivating discussion with Matt Capizzi, the CEO and co-founder of Zenrez, a software startup that offers innovative, data-powered business solutions to yoga studios. Matt’s superpower is his irrational confidence. A charismatic and confident entrepreneur, Matt’s career in product management starte…
 
On Episode six of Superpowers, Bill and Chris dive into data markets with an entrepreneur who traversed the competitive landscape of computer science during the Dot-com bubble: Nick Jordan, now the founder and CEO of Narrative, a data marketplace for companies to acquire and monetize raw data sets. Nick took Bill and Chris on his journey from devel…
 
On episode five of the Superpowers podcast, Bill and Chris look to uncover Felicity Conrad’s superpower, and how she’s used it to redefine the meaning of pro bono legal counsel. As the CEO of Paladin, Felicity is blazing the trail for the emerging justice technology industry. The idea for Paladin came to Felicity while studying abroad in East Afric…
 
In episode three of Superpowers, Bill and Chris share the mic with a Silicon Valley veteran turned venture capitalist. From founding startups to holding leadership positions at giants like Google and Twitter, Josh McFarland has navigated the full gamut of the tech sector’s fast-paced product development ecosystem. Through it all, Josh has consisten…
 
On the fourth episode of the Superpowers podcast, Bill and Chris sit down with Max Snow, the 23-year-old CEO of Yobi Ventures, a data analytics firm that helps “everything that isn’t Amazon” compete by combining all sources of user data under one roof. Throughout the interview Max’s superpower was on full display. His charisma, confidence, and inna…
 
On the second episode of Superpowers, Bill and Chris set out to explore what superpowers propel an entrepreneur to success at a young age. Enter Journy Co-Founder and CEO Susan Ho, whose modest determination has grounded her with a sense of humility as she navigated the highs and lows of entrepreneurship. Her journey began in 2015, when as a travel…
 
When Mediaocean CEO Bill Wise and C2Ventures CEO Chris Cunningham set out to unmask the talents of leading entrepreneurs, innovators and entertainers, they knew their first guest would have to bring something special to the studio. Enter Josh Beckerman, AKA “The Foodie Magician.” Josh has been performing magic and mentalism since he was five years …
 
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