From Zero to A National Brand

from zero to a national brand

Agatha Achindu is the founder of Yummy Spoonfuls, an innovative company that makes flash-frozen baby food from fresh, organic and wholesome ingredients. In this episode, Agatha shared about how she went from making healthy baby food out of her own kitchen to starting a business borrowing money from her own 401(k), to … Continue reading

How to Build A Disruptive Product

how to build a disruptive product

Jonathon Perrelli is the CEO and co-founder of LifeFuels, a health technology company in Virginia. Their main product is smart water bottles with customized nutrition injections, which also allows you to track your consumption of water and nutrients with an app. In this episode, Jonathon shared how he brought LifeFuels from idea to prototype … Continue reading

How to Become More Resilient as An Entrepreneur

HOW TO BE MORE RESILIENT AS AN ENTREPRENEUR

Tim Hwang is the founder and CEO of FiscalNote, a software company in Washington DC that helps organizations build and manage their relationships with all levels of government, through their analytics and machine learning tools. Tim started Fiscal Note at the ripe old age of 21. And in 2016, he … Continue reading

Startup Marketing Tips from the Trenches

startup marketing tips from the trenches - Kevin Alansky

Kevin Alansky is the Chief Marketing Officer of Logi Analytics, a software company in Northern Virginia. Kevin was one of the early employees at DC tech scene’s superstar, Blackboard Inc. He was also the cofounder of startup SocialRadar. In today’s interview, Kevin share his marketing insights, including how to develop … Continue reading

How to Validate Your Business Ideas with Minimal Cost

how to validate your business idea with minimum cost

Earlier this year, our host Natasha Che started Soundwise, a mobile marketplace for on-demand audio courses in business and personal development. She and her cofounders want to build the Netflix for learning-on-the-go. In today’s episode, Natasha and Founders Nextdoor producer, Xue Bai, sit down and chat about how Natasha got the idea for … Continue reading

Building A Business from Scratch as An Industry Outsider

building a business from scratch as industry outsider - Danielle Vogel

Danielle Vogel is the founder of Glen’s Garden Market. Glen’s is not your average grocery store. Almost all of what they sell are locally sourced. And they’re on a mission to combat climate change. In her pre-entrepreneur life, Danielle was a successful lawyer. She started Glen’s from scratch, with no … Continue reading

How Bree Ryback Turned A Hobby into A Thriving Business

How Bree Ryback Turned A Hobby into A Thriving Business

Bree Ryback is the founder of Capitol Romance, a wedding coordination and e-commerce business in DC. When Bree was getting married in 2010, she struggled to find local resources that would help her plan the wedding the way she wanted. So when the wedding was over, she decided to start blogging … Continue reading

How to Grow A Consulting Business

HOW TO GROW A CONSULTING BUSINESS

Cenk Sidar is the founder and CEO of Sidar Global Ventures (SGV), a global macro research and strategic advisory firm. After graduate school, Cenk started doing risk analysis research for the American-Turkish Council, where not only did he hone his expertise but also built a steady client base. Encouraged by … Continue reading

How to Bootstrap A Media Empire by Curating Shareable Content

HOW TO BOOTSTRAP A MEDIA EMPIRE BY CURATING SHAREABLE CONTENT

Svetlana Legetic is the co-founder of Brightest Young Things, an online publishing, event production and marketing company. Svetlana moved to Washington DC for an architect job in 2003. She and her cofounders initially started BYT as a simple blog writing about events happening around town. But BYT quickly got so popular … Continue reading

Creative Strategies to Get Customers and Grow Your Brand

Melanie Spring is the Chief Inspiration Officer of Sisarina, a Washington DC-based brand strategy agency with purpose. Melanie had the entrepreneurial blood in her since she was a kid. She started out in the web-design and marketing business, and found her true passion in helping companies grow their brands and build … Continue reading

How to Leverage Your Brand’s Story in Marketing

How to Leverage Your Brand's Story in Marketing

Ann Yang and Phil Wong are the co-founders of MISFIT Juicery, a business with the social mission to reduce food waste by turning misshaped fruits and veggies into nutritious cold-pressed juices. Ann and Phil started Misfit while they were college students at Georgetown University. They’ve quickly developed a network of distributors and … Continue reading

How to Create A Viable Business with Tangible Social Impact

Colin Hartman is the co-founder and CEO of Harper Macaw, a fine chocolate factory in Washington DC that is turning delicious cocoa into a force of social good for rainforest restoration. Colin is a Marine Corps officer turned MBA turned food entrepreneur. In this interview, he talked about how to create a business … Continue reading

How to Get the First Customers for Your Fitness Business

how to get first customers for your fitness business, Mariska Breland

Mariska Breland is the founder and creative director of Fuse Pilates®, a pilates studio and fitness brand in NW DC that offers mat, reformer and chair classes using their unique “Fuse” method. In today’s interview, Mariska talked about how she went from being a part-time pilates teacher to starting her own studio. As an … Continue reading

How to Grow Your Creative Design Business Organically

Rachel Pfeffer is the founder of Rachel Pfeffer Designs and also the co-founder of Stitchta (formerly Stitchtagram). She designs beautiful and quirky handmade jewelry in addition to running a creative business making pillows and bags with photos from Instagram and elsewhere. In today’s interview, Rachel shared her journey from making jewelry … Continue reading

How to Test Your Restaurant Concept with Minimal Cost

Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern

Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern are the co-founders of Chaia, a very popular, fast-casual vegetarian restaurant in Georgetown, DC that features delicious plant-based tacos. Despite their different professional backgrounds, a common passion for food brought the two lady bosses together. In this interview, Suzanne and Bettina shared their story from food blogging to … Continue reading

How to Find A Market Niche for Your Business by Being You

My guest today, Geoff Woliner, is Founder and CEO of Winning Wit, a company that specializes in writing and presentation coaching for roasts, wedding speeches, and custom workshops for corporate team-building. With a team of award-winning comedians, Winning Wit helps clients incorporate well-timed humor and storytelling into their communication. In … Continue reading

How Creativity Can Help You Become A Happier and More Productive Entrepreneur

Monica Kang is the founder and CEO of InnovatorsBox®, a company that offers creative educational workshops, services, and products for professionals to learn why creativity is critical, how to integrate and hone it in work and life. Before starting the company, she had a steady job specializing in nuclear nonproliferation … Continue reading

How to Master the Startup Pivot

Lou Aronson, Startup pivot

Lou Aronson is the cofounder and CEO of Discourse Analytics. Lou has an interesting career path. He was originally a lawyer and at one point had his own law firm, before he completely changed career and started a company in the data analysis industry. Despite having a group of early … Continue reading

How to Run A Successful Food Business while Keeping Your Sanity

Today on the show, I interview Kirk Francis, who is the Captain of Captain Cookie and the Milkman, a mobile bakery and dessert shop in Washington DC. By popular votes, they have the best ice cream sandwiches in town, and Kirk has an inspiring entrepreneurial story to tell. In this … Continue reading

How to Get Traction as A Two-Sided Marketplace

how to get traction as a market place, ric fleisher

Ric Fleisher is the Chief Operating Officer of UpsideDoor, a real estate platform that helps you sell your house without paying high commissions. Previously he cofounded Urgent.ly, a company that runs a mobile road-side assistance marketplace. Ric has more than 25 years of experience in business development, sales and technology … Continue reading

From Drum Teacher to Successful Music Studio Owner

7drumcity, miles ryan

My wonderful guest on the show today, Miles Ryan, started his business by teaching drum lessons in his living room with a make-shift website. He is now the proud owner of 7DrumCity, an amazing music studio in central DC and is inspiring people to live a creative and balanced life … Continue reading

How to Build A Successful Business Offering A Creative Experience

Today on the show I interview Michael Clements, who is the founder and CEO of ArtJamz, an art studio in DC that makes a viable business out of inspiring people to be artistic. In this interview, Michael talks about how he bootstrapped the business with very little capital, how he … Continue reading

How to Crush Large Competitors by Building A Strong Community

Jane Brodsky and Katie Geffken are the lady bosses of Biker Barre, the first-ever indoor cycling and Barre studio in Washington DC. Since opening in 2012, Biker Barre has won various awards, rave reviews, and is very much loved by its local community. Jane and Katie left their traditional corporate … Continue reading

From Home Kitchen to Whole Foods: How to Turn A Passion in Organic Food into A Growing Business

Gouter, V Orban, Raw Organic

Today on the show, I interview V Orban, who is the founder and CEO of Gouter, a DC company that produces made-to-order, raw organic tonics using alkaline water. V started the company with $3000, after being sick and discovering alkaline water, which saved her life. Today, V’s tonics are sold … Continue reading

How to Turn $5000 into A Profitable Urban Farm

Mary Ackley is the founder and chief veggie officer of Little Wild Things City Farm, an urban farm in Washington DC that uses biologically intensive agriculture principles to sustainably achieve high yields from very small growing space in the city. In this interview, Mary talks about how she started the … Continue reading

How 9/11 Made Josh Konowe A Serial Entrepreneur

Our distinguished guest today is Josh Konowe, who is currently the Chief Product Officer at Canvas, a mobile app company in Reston, VA. Josh is a serial entrepreneur and has successfully started and sold multiple companies, among other achievements. And Josh decided to quit his job and become an entrepreneur after … Continue reading

Creating A Premium Retail Brand with Barth and Mary deRosa

At Founders Nextdoor, we believe that entrepreneurship is hard work, day in and day out. We believe the most amazing entrepreneurs are ordinary people living in every community. And those people, your neighbors, are the people you can learn the most from regarding how to run your business. Because just … Continue reading

Thor Cheston’s Epic Story of Fundraising for His Dream Brewpub

We’re living in the renaissance age of entrepreneurship. Starting a business and being your own boss is easier than ever. But even though it’s easier, it’s still hard, especially if you want to start a business in a relatively capital intensive industry. And today on the show, I interview a … Continue reading

How to Start A Yoga & Wellness Business with Amanda Shipe

Amanda Shipe is the founder and CEO of Mind Your Body Oasis, a beautiful yoga studio and wellness center in Crystal City, Virginia that has a wide variety of offerings including yoga, spa services, nutrition coaching, and yoga teacher training. On this episode, Amanda offers tips on the steps you should … Continue reading

000: Prologue

Founders Nextdoor is all about entrepreneurial knowledge-sharing. On this show I interview local entrepreneurs in Washington DC who have created successful businesses that make a positive impact on their communities. My selection criteria for interview candidates are 1) they started something interesting and unique; 2) they have a vision and are … Continue reading