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In this weekly podcast series, Pat and Posh hit the road to find and sit down with incredible founders, entrepreneurs, and creators who are behind some of the world’s most successful and up-and-coming startups, businesses and movements to document their stories and inspire listeners to turn their ideas into actions. Continue Reading >>
In this weekly podcast series, Pat and Posh hit the road to find and sit down with incredible founders, entrepreneurs, and creators who are behind some of the world’s most successful and up-and-coming startups, businesses and movements to document their stories and inspire listeners to turn their ideas into actions. << Show Less
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Kevin Ryan | Founder of Business Insider, Gilt Groupe, Zola, MongoDB, and More Kevin Ryan is an investor and serial entrepreneur who has founded several businesses including Business Insider, Gilt Groupe, MongoDB, and Zola. He helped grow DoubleClick from 1996 to 2005, first as president and later as CEO. It was acquired by Google for $3.1 billion in March 2008. Kevin continues to found and invest in companies through AlleyCorp, a venture capital firm he founded in 2008.SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER & STAY UPDATED > http://bit.ly/tfh-newsletterFOLLOW TFH ON INSTAGRAM > http://www.instagram.com/thefounderhourFOLLOW TFH ON TWITTER > http://www.twitter.com/thefounderhourINTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? EMAIL US > partnerships@thefounderhour.com
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Kevin Ryan | Founder of Business Insider, Gilt Groupe, Zola, MongoDB, and More Kevin Ryan is an investor and serial entrepreneur who has founded several businesses including Business Insider, Gilt Groupe, MongoDB, and Zola. He helped grow DoubleClick from 1996 to 2005, first as president and later as CEO. It was acquired by Google for $3.1 billion in March 2008. Kevin continues to found and invest in companies through AlleyCorp, a venture capital firm he founded in 2008.SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER & STAY UPDATED > http://bit.ly/tfh-newsletterFOLLOW TFH ON INSTAGRAM > http://www.instagram.com/thefounderhourFOLLOW TFH ON TWITTER > http://www.twitter.com/thefounderhourINTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? EMAIL US > partnerships@thefounderhour.com
Noubar Afeyan | Co-Founder of Moderna & CEO of Flagship Pioneering Noubar Afeyan is the founder and CEO of life sciences innovation firm Flagship Pioneering. He’s also the chairman and co-founder of Moderna, known for its Covid-19 vaccine. He has helped start more than 70 public and private healthcare and life sciences companies over the course of his career.Born in Beirut, Lebanon, to Armenian parents, he and his family fled the Lebanese Civil War to move to Montreal in 1975. Prior to founding Flagship Pioneering, Noubar was the founder and CEO of PerSeptive Biosystems, a leader in bio-instrumentation that grew to $100 million in annual revenues. He has written numerous scientific publications and is the inventor of over 100 patents.SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER & STAY UPDATED > http://bit.ly/tfh-newsletterFOLLOW TFH ON INSTAGRAM > http://www.instagram.com/thefounderhourFOLLOW TFH ON TWITTER > http://www.twitter.com/thefounderhourINTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? EMAIL US > partnerships@thefounderhour.com
Troy Carter | Managing Lady Gaga to Launching Atom Factory, Q&A, and Venice Music Troy Carter rose to prominence representing and nurturing global superstars including Lady Gaga and John Legend as founder & CEO of Atom Factory. He is the former Global Head of Creator Services for Spotify and the current founder and CEO of Venice Music and Q&A, a technology + media company focused on powering the business of music via distribution, services, and data analytics.His latest venture is the Venice Music Collective; an independent membership music community for creators where members are given access, opportunities, and the ability to achieve greater wealth as independent artists. Born from the idea that the current industry models for independent artists are limited and/or broken, the goal of Venice Music Collective is to empower and support independent artists and their careers in a more equitable way than what currently exists.SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER & STAY UPDATED > http://bit.ly/tfh-newsletterFOLLOW TFH ON INSTAGRAM > http://www.instagram.com/thefounderhourFOLLOW TFH ON TWITTER > http://www.twitter.com/thefounderhourINTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? EMAIL US > partnerships@thefounderhour.com
Adrian Aoun | How Forward is Flipping Healthcare Upside Down Adrian Aoun is the founder and CEO of Forward, an AI-based healthcare system combining world-class private doctors with new technology to enable proactive, data-driven primary care.Most recently, he was the head of Special Projects for the CEO of Google/Alphabet, where he founded one of the Alphabet companies Sidewalk Labs. Adrian arrived at Google upon the acquisition of his AI startup Wavii and spent his first year at Google helping to create and build their AI division.Additionally, Adrian is an active angel investor and advisor to a number of technology startups and funds.SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER & STAY UPDATED > http://bit.ly/tfh-newsletterFOLLOW TFH ON INSTAGRAM > http://www.instagram.com/thefounderhourFOLLOW TFH ON TWITTER > http://www.twitter.com/thefounderhourINTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? EMAIL US > partnerships@thefounderhour.com
Seth Goldman | How Honest Tea Became the World’s Best-Selling Bottled Tea Brand Seth Goldman is the co-founder and former CEO of Honest Tea, a bottled organic tea company he started with his college professor, Barry Nalebuff, in 1998. After selling the company to Coca-Cola, he stepped down from his role as CEO in 2015 and became the executive chair of Beyond Meat.In February 2020, he co-founded Eat the Change (along with PLNT Burger) which is on a mission to create chef-crafted and nutrient-dense snacks that are kind to the planet. In May 2022, Coca-Cola announced they would discontinue Honest Tea.SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER & STAY UPDATED > http://bit.ly/tfh-newsletterFOLLOW TFH ON INSTAGRAM > http://www.instagram.com/thefounderhourFOLLOW TFH ON TWITTER > http://www.twitter.com/thefounderhourINTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? EMAIL US > partnerships@thefounderhour.com
Kenneth Cole | Fashion Designer and Founder of Kenneth Cole Kenneth Cole is an American fashion clothing designer, entrepreneur, and founder of the eponymous company and brand. He founded Kenneth Cole Productions in 1982, which designs men’s and women’s footwear, clothing, and accessories, and has been running the company ever since.Aside from his business, he has been openly involved in publicly supporting AIDS awareness and research throughout his career. In 2020, he launched The Mental Health Coalition to end the devastating stigma surrounding today’s most prevalent public health crisis.We really enjoyed getting to know Kenneth and learning about his upbringing, how he started his brand, his key learnings and takeaways over 40 years, why he launched The Mental Health Coalition, and much more.SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER & STAY UPDATED > http://bit.ly/tfh-newsletterFOLLOW TFH ON INSTAGRAM > http://www.instagram.com/thefounderhourFOLLOW TFH ON TWITTER > http://www.twitter.com/thefounderhourINTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? EMAIL US > partnerships@thefounderhour.com
T.K. Pillan | Changing American Food Culture for the Better with Veggie Grill T.K. Pillan is the founder and chairman of Veggie Grill, the largest 100% plant-based restaurant company in the United States. Founded in 2006, Veggie Grill’s mission is to change American food culture for the better. T.K. is also a founding partner of PowerPlant Partners, a growth equity fund investing in emerging consumer food, beverage, and food service companies. Prior to Veggie Grill, T.K. was co-founder of Guidance Solutions, one of L.A’s first end-to-end web development and e-commerce systems integration firms which he ran from 1995 to 2004.SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER & STAY UPDATED > http://bit.ly/tfh-newsletterFOLLOW TFH ON INSTAGRAM > http://www.instagram.com/thefounderhourFOLLOW TFH ON TWITTER > http://www.twitter.com/thefounderhourINTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? EMAIL US > partnerships@thefounderhour.com
Ross Mackay | How Daring Foods Created a Plant-Based Chicken Ross Mackay is the co-founder and CEO of Daring Foods. Founded in Los Angeles in 2018, Daring Foods produces plant-based chicken aimed to provide a healthy food alternative. The company's products include vegan meat products that are dairy and egg-free as well as contain no palm oil, genetically modified organisms, hormones, or antibiotics, thereby creating a sustainable, delicious and nutritious plant-based option for an audience that consumes chicken multiple times a week. The company has raised over $100M over 3 rounds of funding from investors such as Founders Fund, Drake, Steve Aoki, Naomi Osaka, Cam Newton, and others.SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER & STAY UPDATED > http://bit.ly/tfh-newsletterFOLLOW TFH ON INSTAGRAM > http://www.instagram.com/thefounderhourFOLLOW TFH ON TWITTER > http://www.twitter.com/thefounderhourINTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? EMAIL US > partnerships@thefounderhour.com
Toni Ko | Founder of NYX Cosmetics & Bespoke Beauty Brands Toni Ko is the founder of NYX Cosmetics, a cosmetics brand offering a wide range of vegan-friendly products which are sold in over 70 countries at thousands of retailers. Toni immigrated from South Korea to Los Angeles in 1986 and in 1999, founded the company that was later acquired by L’Oréal (in 2014) for a reported $500 million.Following the acquisition and five-year non-compete agreement with L’Oréal, Toni founded Bespoke Beauty Brands, a cosmetics-focused company that helps launch brands in cooperation with various celebrities and social media influencers. She’s also the founder and CEO of Butter Ventures, a principal venture firm investing in female-founded startups.SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER & STAY UPDATED > http://bit.ly/tfh-newsletterFOLLOW TFH ON INSTAGRAM > http://www.instagram.com/thefounderhourFOLLOW TFH ON TWITTER > http://www.twitter.com/thefounderhourINTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? EMAIL US > partnerships@thefounderhour.com
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