The Build

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.

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    February 7th, 2017

    And after years of helping teams make fast, critical decisions, Rob Franz made one of his own — he bought a company. Today, he’s helping to develop tools that can help save lives in a heartbeat

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    January 31st, 2017

    Over the course of his career in the United States Navy, Chris Diaz grew fascinated with studying the differences between his fellow fighters. While earning a PhD in clinical psychology, he discovered 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.

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    January 24th, 2017

    For five years, data scientist Stacey Mosely worked on software that helped city engineers by designing tools that tracked 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.

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    January 17th, 2017

    When one-time West Point cadet 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.

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    January 10th, 2017

    Roadmap; it’s the term developers use for the document that helps determine what new features will go into a piece of software but it’s also the perfect metaphor for the kind of tool that Earl Knight wants to build to help his customers navigate social media

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    December 13th, 2016

    Entrepreneur and marketing executive Tracey Welson-Rossman noticed a big gap in hiring between men and women for technology jobs. As a result, she founded a nonprofit dedicated to overcoming that gap by building a bridge.

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    December 6th, 2016

    Rayce Rollins shares how the deeper connections you make with individuals along the way will define how sustainable your company can become, and whether you're likely to survive over the long haul.

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    November 23rd, 2016

    Michael Rappaport of Chariot Solutions has led his company to 15 years of growth, despite the recession, some geographic challenges and pressure from competitors who wanted to steal the talent that he spent so much effort developing.

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    June 9th, 2016

    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.

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    May 3rd, 2016

    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.

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    April 26th, 2016

    Melissa Alam's ambition helped drive the launch of a branding agency, a coworking community, a live conference, and a set of lifestyle businesses that have brought her all over the world

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    April 19th, 2016

    Vanessa Chan left a high profile job to building prototypes for her first product, a mashup of tangle-free headphones and jewelry she calls loopit.

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    April 12th, 2016

    Jen Devor and Chuck Sacco help entrepreneurial students in Philadelphia prepare for new careers leading and building startups.

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    April 5th, 2016

    When Tom Cridland couldn't find a publicist to help launch his startup clothing line in London, he launched his own PR agency—and now helps fellow fashion entrepreneurs.

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    March 29th, 2016

    Daniel Tobon's been to the battlefield and to the board room, yet his early experiences growing up in an entrepreneurial family led this veteran to launch a new career launching companies.

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    March 22nd, 2016

    Austin Haynes is helping clients uncover their true passions and building action plans that lead to significant goals.