About the Show
Philadelphia author Joe Taylor Jr. interviews entrepreneurs and innovators about growing their companies, overcoming challenges, and finding the strength to bring new ideas to market.
Episode 32: Concert (featuring Sam Bodkin of GroupMuse)
April 11th, 2017
33 mins 41 secs
GroupMuse, Sam Bodkin, classical, house concerts, music
Sam Bodkin launched GroupMuse, a platform that connects chamber music performers to audiences through intimate house parties. With over 300 events in the past year alone, Sam’s team is building a modern appreciation and a new accessibility for rarely-peformed works.
Episode 31: Train (featuring Katlyn Grasso of GenHERation)
March 14th, 2017
30 mins 4 secs
GenHERation, Katlyn Grasso, Women, empowerment, inspiration, millennial
Katlyn Grasso’s been spending a lot of time with both versions of the word “train.” She’s journeyed on the Millennial Trains Project, an adventure designed to cultivate dozens of new social entrepreneurs. As the founder of GenHERation, she’s been traveling all over the world, empowering young women to grow into community leaders.
Episode 30: Cause (featuring James Brobyn of CauseEngine)
March 7th, 2017 | 51 mins 45 secs
James Brobyn leads a company designed to help nonprofits solve complex technology problems so they can focus on their own causes.
Episode 29: Esquire (featuring Julia Shapiro of Hire an Esquire)
February 14th, 2017
29 mins 22 secs
Julia Shapiro, attorneys, law, legal
Julia Shapiro founded a talent platform that leverages those changes in the legal industry. By matching short-term law gigs with skilled experts, she’s creating a new path forward for law school grads who can’t find — or don’t want — the traditional partner path at big firms.
Episode 28: Explore (featuring Rob Frantz of Kinetic Ceramics)
February 7th, 2017
32 mins 23 secs
Kinetic Ceramics, Rob Frantz, health care, military, veterans
After years of helping teams make fast, critical decisions, Rob Frantz made one of his own — he bought a company. Today, he’s helping to develop tools that can help save lives in a heartbeat.
Episode 27: Potential (featuring Chris Diaz of Serve1)
January 31st, 2017
31 mins 16 secs
Serve1, coaching, performance, psychology
Over the course of his career in the United States Navy, Chris Diaz grew fascinated with studying the differences between his fellow fighters. On his way toward earning a PhD in clinical psychology, he studied how to help athletes and other kinds of professionals reach their peak performance. Now, he’s running a business that helps leaders understand the parallels between the playing field and the boardroom.
Episode 26: Fix (featuring Stacey Mosley of FixList)
January 24th, 2017 | 34 mins 25 secs
For five years, data scientist Stacey Mosely worked on software that helped city engineers track everything from potholes to problem properties. Now, she’s pouring her knowledge into a business that helps real estate developers identify where they can fight blight—while making a profit—through targeted investment.
Episode 25: Cash (featuring Benjamin Pitts of MyFinancialAnswers)
January 17th, 2017
30 mins 2 secs
MyFinancialAnswers, entrepreneur, fintech, personal finance, retirement
When Benjamin Pitts discovered that a health issue would prevent him from taking on a role in the military, he turned his attention to solving financial problems. Today, he’s building a business designed to help Americans protect their financial futures.
Episode 24: Roadmap (featuring Earl Knight of GoBabl)
January 10th, 2017 | 35 mins 42 secs
Former pro basketball player Earl Knight launched a tool to help brands learn what folks are saying about them online.
Episode 23: Bridge (featuring Tracey Welson-Rossman of TechGirlz)
December 13th, 2016
33 mins 45 secs
TechGirlz, Tracey Welson-Rossman, entrepreneurship, gender gap, training
Entrepreneur and marketing executive Tracey Welson-Rossman founded TechGirlz — a nonprofit dedicated to overcoming technology's gender gap through hands-on training workshops for middle school-aged girls.
Episode 22: Small (featuring Rayce Rollins of Grow Small Analytics)
December 6th, 2016
37 mins 39 secs
Grow Small Consulting, Philadelphia, Rayce Rollins, analytics, research
Scaling your business doesn't always mean getting "hockey stick" growth. According to author and consultant Rayce Rollins, the depth of your connections will define how sustainable your company can become, and whether you’re likely to survive over the long haul.
Episode 21: Development (featuring Michael Rappaport of Chariot Solutions)
November 23rd, 2016
46 mins 35 secs
Chariot Solutions, Michael Rappaport, Philadelphia, development, entrepreneurship, software
Michael Rappaport has led Chariot Solutions through fifteen years of growth under challenging conditions. He shares his insight on building a business that can survive a recession, while fending off competitors from around the world.
Episode 20: Media (featuring Christopher Wink of Technically Media)
June 9th, 2016 | 54 mins 19 secs
On his journey from beat reporter to startup co-founder, Christopher Wink has learned how journalism can positively impact communities and sustain careers—without resorting to clickbait.
Episode 19: Workspace (LIVE at The Curtis)
May 3rd, 2016 | 57 mins 42 secs
Our panel of experts examines the trends and offers insight into what founders can do now to ensure their teams have the right space to grow and thrive.