In this episode of Built to Stay, Bart interviews two solopreneurs who are currently in the process of building their businesses. Craig Rabin, creator of Airhooks, tells his story of how he got the idea for Airhooks and how he raised the money needed to fund the project through Kickstarter. Chelsie Tamms, founder of Lettering Works, talks about being an artist and an entrepreneur. She shares her experience of winning an entrepreneurial contest in college and using those funds to back her design business. Chelsie also highlights the reasons why many creative individuals tend to avoid starting a business within their specialty. For more about this episode, check out builttostay.com and @builttostay.
In this episode of Built to Stay, Bart interviews Trevor McKendrick. Trevor received media attention, including a cameo on Gimlet’s Startup podcast, because he started a Spanish Bible app even though he himself is an atheist. After noticing an unfilled niche in the app store, Trevor build the app hoping to make a couple hundred bucks a month. His app ended up making him 10x that and he continued to build his company which he eventually sold. Trevor discusses how he sold his business and the current projects he is working on at the Lambda School as well as his experience with content marketing.
A college graduation trip to Costa Rica had major implications for Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman when they bought a couple hundred bracelets to take home. Their side hustle has turned into a multi-million dollar company with 1.8 million Instagram followers. Listen to the incredible Pura Vida story!
If you’re looking for a business idea, start by looking for a problem to solve. That’s what college friends Hector, Eddy, and Omar did when they started Instasize, an app that automatically cropped your photos for Instagram. In the past 6 years, they’ve grown Instasize into a full visual toolkit for content creators. Last year, Instasize reached some impressive milestones: $14 million in revenue, 12 million monthly active users and 500,000 paid subscribers.
You might not know the name Bill Macaitas but he’s changed your life. As the former CMO of some of the fastest-growing SaaS companies, Bill has changed the way we communicate with each other, customers, and potential customers. Today he shares his story and practical advice for marketing your business with more personality.
Zack Oates runs Ovation, a customer experience and engagement platform for brick and mortar businesses. He is an entrepreneur, author, consultant, and blogger. He started a non-profit assisting battered women’s shelters in Ukraine. Listen to how Zack’s business can help stores build to stay.
Kenny Nguyen was inspired after he sat through 3 hours of the world’s worst presentation. He co-founded an agency built on making compelling presentations and he now runs the full service, award-winning ThreeSixtyEight agency. This year he was named as one of Forbe’s 30 under 30.