Episodes

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Sergio Nunez, CEO of Fixi from Austin Texas. Fixi connects stranded drivers with everyday people that have the skills to provide roadside assistance.

    The episode starts with Nick and Sergio talking about his background and journey into entrepreneurship and startups. Why did Sergio choose entrepreneurship? Why create a startup? We then hear about his experience pitching at Founders Live Austin, emerging as the event winner, and his tips on pitching at the Founders Live event. They then go into why her started his company, which has an interesting backstory involving his family. We learn about Fixi, and how it builds on the gig economy. But is it Safe? Can it scale? Where is Fixi available now? We then hear Sergio's vision for the next 5 or 10 years, and where he sees the industry going. Lastly, Sergio shares his advice for founders and early stage startups. Take Notes! This is a fun interview with an emerging startup leader from Austin with a amazing vision for local help, we hope it helps you today.

    https://getfixi.app/

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Julia Arpag, CEO and cofounder of Aligned Recruitment. They make Recruitment easy - Instantly scale your tech company with their senior-level recruiters. They exist so you can bring your organization's vision to life.

    The episode starts with Nick and Julia chatting about her background in the corporate world and then her journey into entrepreneurship and startups. We hear why Julia now chooses entrepreneurship. Next, they talk about why she started her company, and we learn what is Aligned Recruitment? What is so unique about recruiting and why is Julia drawn to it? Nick and Julia talk about what startups need to understand about attracting talent, how to get the best people at the earliest stages. Julia discusses how to put together comp packages, what to think about when hiring, and creating a results based work environment vs time based environment. We hear her vision for the next 5 or 10 years of Aligned Recruitment and then they finish the conversation with her advice for founders and early stage startups. This is a great interview with an recurring expert and we hope it helps you today.

    https://www.alignedrecruitment.com/

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  • Nick Hughes is joined by Matthias Neumayer, CEO and Cofounder of Oscar Stories from Vienna, Austria. Create Personalized Bedtime Stories for your children. Oscar Stories goal is to make bedtime storytelling enjoyable for both parents and children. Using AI technology, Oscar generates unique stories based on user input, resulting in an infinite universe of storytelling possibilities. Their team worked closely with parents to ensure that

    The episode starts with Nick and Mattias chat about his background and journey into becoming a lawyer, and then an entrepreneurship and startups. Nick asks: Why entrepreneurship? Why the artistic approach? We love the answer! Next we hear about his experience pitching at Founders Live Vienna - where he was winner - and Mattias shares his tips on pitching at the event. Then, we hear why he started his company, and what is Oscar Stories? They are bedtime stories, and Mattias shares why these stories important in general, to both children and adults. They talk about other directions planned for the company, entertainment angles they plan to take. Mattias shares his vision of 5 or 10 years for the company and the industry as we enter a new era of entertainment. Lastly, we hear his advice for founders and early stage startups. This is a great interview with an fun startup leader from the Vienna with a amazing vision for entertainment, we hope it helps you today.

    https://oscarstories.com/

  • Nick Hughes is joined by John Starke, Founder and CEO of MyMatR from Raleigh, North Carolina. MyMatR is an affordable and customizable automatic sorting waste container that creates a cleaner recycling stream at the source of disposal.

    The episode starts with Nick and John discussing his background and journey into entrepreneurship and startups. We hear, Why entrepreneurship? And why John wanted to go out on his own. We then hear about his experience pitching at Founders Live Raleigh-Durham, where he was the winner. John shares his tips on pitching and how to best prepare for the experience. Then, they talk about why he started his company and what exactly is MyMatR? We learn how recycling is challenged and not as much is getting to the final destinations. John talks about climate sustainability and importance of cleaner recycling, his vision of 5 or 10 years and where he sees the industry going. Lastly, we hear his advice for founders and early stage startups. This is a great interview with an up and coming startup leader from the East Coast of US with a powerful vision, we hope it helps you today.

    https://mymatrcorp.com/

  • This conversation is from a recent Founders Live Conversations session, Nick Hughes talks with Founders Live Prime Time 2023 Global Winner Elizabeth Arnold of FLIP from Ventura, CA. FLIP app connects users based on sports & hobby interests.

    The episode starts with Nick and Elizabeth talking about her background and journey into entrepreneurship and building a startup. We hear why she chose entrepreneurship and what she likes about creating her own startup. Then we hear about Elizabeth's experience particpiating in both the Founders Live Pitch Challenge and Prime Time 2023. She ended up the global winner! Next, Nick and Elizabeth talk about FLIP, why they built it and what challenges they are trying to solve getting local people to connect offline. Lot's of lessons here! Lastly, we hear her advice for founders and early stage startups when just starting out. This is a great interview with an awesome startup founder from California, we hope it helps you today.

    https://goflipapp.com/

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Haley McClain from Long Beach, CA who is the founder of TORCH Warriorwear. TORCH Warriorwear is a subscription direct to consumer military apparel and lifestyle brand that celebrates, empowers, and serves current and future generations of military warriors.

    The episode starts with Nick and Haley talking about her background and journey into entrepreneurship and building a startup. After the military and some corporate experience, why entrepreneurship?! Next she shares her experience pitching at Founders Live Minneapolis, and winning! Haley also provides a few helpful tips when preparing to pitch at a Founders Live event. Then, they about why she started her company - TORCH warriorwear. We hear what problems she experienced in the military and what pushed her to start a clothing brand. They talk about how to create a brand and unique marketing strategy in this crowded and loud market, and Haley shares here vision 5-10 years out of she sees with her company. Lastly, we hear her advice for founders and early stage startups when just starting out. This is a great interview with an awesome startup leader from California with a powerful vision, we hope it helps you today.

    https://torchwarriorwear.com/

    https://www.instagram.com/torch_warriorwear

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Felix Ochefu, founder and CEO of Kahana from London, UK. We're building the world's first Superapp for Group Travel. Kahana brings together all the separate parts of organizing and booking your group trip into one place.

    The episode starts with Nick and Felix talking about his background and journey into entrepreneurship and building a startup. Nick asks, Why entrepreneurship? You will enjoy Felix answer! They talk about how to balance freedom to explore and focus on startup results, which is not easy. Felix then shares his experience pitching at Founders Live London, and winning! He also provides tips for others when pitching at a Founders Live event. Next, we hear why Felix and his team started your company - Kahana. What problems did they see in the group travel experience? Why is it so hard to book group trips and multiple people at once? We also here where Felix sees the travel market going and what the vision of Kahana is 5-10 years out. Travel will not be going away! Lastly, we hear Felix's advice for founders and early stage startups and why you just need to get started. This is a great interview with an awesome startup leader from the UK, we hope it helps you today.

    Join Kahana Here.

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Meg White, CEO of To The Mountain Shuttle from Seattle, WA. To The Mountain Shuttle provides private charters and public transportation to event and recreation in Washington State.

    The episode starts with Nick and Meg sharing about her background and journey into entrepreneurship and startups. We hear why she chooses entrepreneurship, rather than a typical job. Next, we hear about her experience pitching at Founders Live Seattle, she emerged as the winner, and her tips on preparation and pitching at the event. They then shift to talk about why Meg started her company - To The Mountain Shuttle - and why she is so passionate about outdoor recreation. They want to Connect people to nature, climate sustainability and emphasis the importance of Recreation - active lifestyles. We hear about her Vision for the next 5 or 10 years and how to improve sustainable transportation not just in Washington State build around the country. Lastly, we hear her advice for founders and early stage startups and what she wished her earlier self would have been told. This is a fun interview with a startup leader from Seattle, we hope it helps you today.

    https://tothemountainshuttle.com/

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Sean Gigremosa founder CEO of Claritiv from Las Vegas, Nevada. Claritiv.ai is a product management platform powered by LLM and AI.

    The episode starts with Nick and Sean jumping into his background and journey into entrepreneurship and startups, where he started by building websites in the early internet. We hear why he chose entrepreneurship, why build startups? Next, they talk about his experience pitching at Founders Live Las Vegas, he was the winner and his tips on pitching at the event. Next we hear about why they started their company, what problems did he and his team see in the market, and how AI is helping automating documentation process. The areas they focus on are Distractions which Amplify Challenges in Remote Meetings, Slow Decision Making, andThe Blind Spots of Manual Documentation. We hear how they improve team communication and execution and Sean's vision 5 years from now. Lastly, he shares his advice for founders and early stage startups for validating their ideas. This is a great interview with an awesome startup leader from Vegas, we hope it helps you today.

    https://claritiv.ai/

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Jeff Wickert, who is CEO of Quoala from Seattle, WA. People are quitting their jobs and companies don't know why. That's a problem for businesses, but when these people are essential workers, it's a problem for society. Essential workers like Nurses and Police don't sit at a desk and they don't have time to write reasons why they are ready to quit. We know employees are talking, so Quoala makes it easy to listen. By listening regularly, Quoala customers will establish a baseline based on words, track movement in employee attitudes, and take action to retain essential employees.

    The episode starts with Nick and Jeff discussing his background and journey into entrepreneurship and startups. Nick asks, Why entrepreneurship?! His answer is very interesting. They then talk about his experience pitching at Founders Live Seattle, winner and his tips on pitching at the event. Next, Nick and Jeff talk about why he started the company, and what is Quoala? We learn how AI is helping this, and what are the biggest challenges with employee engagement. Looking forward, Jeff and his team have some interesting ideas of how to improve employee experience and engagement! The end with his advice for founders and early stage startups. This is a great interview with an emerging startup leader from Seattle, we hope it helps you today.

    https://quoala.co/

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Martha Santos, CEO of Ryōken Instinct from Seattle, WA in a recent Founders Live Conversations episode. Ryōken Instinct is a community-driven brand on a mission to inspire owners to chase after outdoor experiences by fueling them with their four-legged best friends with high quality, sustainably sourced canine energy bars.

    The episode starts with Nick and Martha talking about her journey into Entrepreneurship, why she chose this lifestyle, some tips of pitching, and the background on why she started Ryōken Instinct. Nick and Martha talk about the current pet industry, why it's so important to keep your pets healthy with proper food, and what she sees into the future growth of the entire industry. This is a great interview with a startup leader from Seattle, we hope it helps you today.

    Learn more at https://www.ryokeninstinct.com/

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Mostafa Dawoud, cofounder and CEO of Dentolize from Cairo, Egypt. Dentolize: You & Your Patients, Deserve a Better Experience. The Dental Practice Management Solution that can be customized to suit any practice method.

    The episode starts with Nick and Mostafa talking about his background and journey into entrepreneurship and startups. We hear Why Mostafa chose entrepreneurship rather than a traditional career path. He then shares his experience pitching at Founders Live Cairo, emerging as the winner, and his tips on pitching at Founders Live. Next, we hear about Dentolize, and what problems he and his team see in the market. Why dentistry? And what other industries are they looking to change with their new software solution. Mostafa shares his vision 5-10 years out, along with AI and other technologies included. Lastly, Nick asks for his advice to founders and early stage leaders. Listen up everyone, these tips are good. This is a great interview with a startup leader from Cairo, we hope it helps you today.

    https://dentolize.com/

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Joshua Leavitt, founder and CEO of Intagley from Las Vegas, Nevada. Simplifying 3D Printing - Intagly is a two-sided marketplace that provides a platform for people that need 3D printing to folks in their community that have 3D printers.

    The episode starts with Nick and Joshua discussing his background growing up in Vegas, and journey into entrepreneurship and startups. We hear why he chose entrepreneurship over other career paths. They talk about his many projects such as Tech Alley, a community organization that has grown out of Vegas to other cities. Joshua then talks about Pitching at Founders Live Las Vegas where his startup won, and provides some tips to other founders thinking about pitching as well. We then hear about Intagly, what is it and how are they impacting the Las Vegas community with access to 3D printing technology. We hear his vision for the next 5-10 years and the massive impact they want to make around Nevada and beyond. Lastly, Joshua shares his advice for founders and early stage leaders. Listen up! This is a great interview with a startup leader from Las Vegas, we hope it helps you today.

    https://www.intagly.com/

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Maggie Olson, owner and founder of Nova Chief of Staff from Lincoln, Nebraska. Nova Chief of Staff offers Chief of Staff services to CEOs / Founders looking to maximize their time and impact, remain focused on large-scale initiatives rather than tactical execution, improve business planning and preparedness, elevate their executive team, and drive major process improvements and efficiencies across their organization…without full time labor costs or specialist hiring.

    The episode starts with Nick and Maggie discussing her background and journey into entrepreneurship and startups. We hear what she learned when working with major companies and corporate leaders and then why she choose entrepreneurship. They then talk about why she started her company, and learn what is a chief of staff. A Chief of Staff allows you as a CEO or Founder to stay focused on your vision— the “what,” while we step in to focus on the execution—the “how.” Then they discuss when a leader knows it’s time to bring someone on and what are the biggest challenges CEOs and founders face and how can a chief of staff help? They end the conversation with Maggie's advice for founders and early stage leaders. This is a great interview with an inspiring lead and Chief of Staff, we hope it helps you today.

    https://www.maggieolsonconsulting.com/

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Alexander Allin, CEO and founder of Trales from Stockholm Sweden. Trales lets travelers experience their destination through immersive audio and location based stories.

    The episode starts with Nick and Alexander discussing his background and journey into entrepreneurship and startups. We hear his passion for travel. And why start a company? We then hear about his experience Pitching at Founders Live, he was the Stockholm winner. Next, they talk about why Alexander started the company Trales. Why travel? How does it work and what is the user experience? Where is Trales available and who can use it? We hear the vision, and what Alexander sees in 5 to 10 years from now, including AI enhancements and data security. Lastly, Alexander gives his advice for founders and what to do when getting started with a team. This is a great interview with an inspiring founder from Stockholm, we hope it helps you today.

    https://trales.io

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Walter Brown, CEO and owner of Aware Strategies LLC, from Washington, DC. Aware Strategies LLC is a company that provides technical, program or consulting solutions to address the challenges facing our society today.

    The episode starts with Nick and Walter talking about his background and journey into entrepreneurship - from government and the military to the world of startups. Walter then describes his experience Pitching at Founders Live DC in Apr 2022 and his awesome tips for pitching at the event. They then talk about why he started his company and what actionable intelligence really is? Aware Strategies has a very interesting vision of how to make our world a safer place, and Walter touches on the vision, and what he sees 5 to 10 years from now, including AI enhancements. Lastly, we hear his advice for founders and early stage startups, how to market your business. This is a great interview with an inspiring founder from Astana, we hope it helps you today.

    https://awarestrategies.net/

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Chingiz Dauletbayev, CEO and founder of TrustContract from Astana, Kazakhstan. TrustContract helps you Sign contracts in 90 seconds via SMS.

    The episode starts with Nick and Chingiz covering his background and journey into entrepreneurship and startups in Kazakhstan. What is it about entrepreneurship that keeps Chingiz going? We then hear about his experience Pitching at the first Founders Live Astana, and coming out as the winner of the event. Chingiz shares a few tips for pitching and preparing for the experience. Then, they shift to talk about why he started the company TrustMe. We hear about what a TrustContract is? How does it work and how do they help people digitally sign agreements and contracts in less than 2 minutes. Chingiz shares his vision, what does he see in 5 to 10 years from now, including AI enhancements and usage of the blockchain for smart contracts. Lastly, Chingiz gives his advice for founders and early stage startups, and how to know your mission! This is a great interview with an inspiring founder from Astana, we hope it helps you today.

    thesafecontract.com

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Fernando Corral CEO of Gabu from Guadalajara, Mexico. Where children have fun safely on the internet, Gabu is a safe online platform for children where they play Roblox, Minecraft and Fortnite supervised by adults.

    The episode starts with Nick and Fernando giving bit of background and his journey into entrepreneurship and startups. Why did he go from a full time job to jumping into starting his own company? We then hear about his experience Pitching at Founders Live, as he was the Guadalajara winner - and Nick was also at the event in Mexico as well. They then talk about why he started the company Gabu, and why he feels its so important to improve the safety of children when they are online gaming. Fernando shares the status of the company, where they are going and some good news about being accepted into an accelerator. Lastly, we hear about the vision, what does Fernando see in the next 5 to 10 years from now, including AI enhancements to the gaming experience. To end the conversation, Fernando shares his advice for founder and early stage entrepreneurs. This is a great interview with an inspiring founder from Mexico, we hope it helps you today.

    https://playgabu.com/

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Saul Tarazona, cofounder and CEO of eJet Aerospace from Miami, FL. eJet Aerospace revolutionizes aviation with our patented proven technology, enabling 100% electric, affordable, and high-performance air transport.

    The episode starts with Nick and Saul discussing his background and journey into entrepreneurship and startups. Saul shares his passion for flight and aviation, and how he couldn't help but start this company. We hear how he went about starting such an ambitious concept, why build electric transportation, and why he believes it is the future of aviation. We next hear about the status of the company, what they have built thus far and what's next. Saul shares with Nick his vision, what he sees in the next 5 to 10 years from now for personal travel. Lastly, Saul gives his advice for founders and what to do when getting started. This is a great interview with an inspiring founder from Florida, we hope it helps you today.

    https://ejet.tech/

  • Nick Hughes is joined by Joseph Terrell founder and CEO of Eat Unbound from Phoenix, AZ. Find your next meal. Local, Tasty Food. Eat Unbound helps restaurant-goers with dietary restrictions take the guesswork out of finding menu items they can safely eat.

    The episode starts with Nick and Joseph uncovering his background and journey into startups, and we hear why he chose entrepreneurship. They then talk about Joseph pitching at Founders Live Phoenix, where he was the winner of the event. Next we hear more about why he started the company Eat Unbound, and the unique story that led to the founding of the company. We learn how people use it, why, and how this fit into the evolution of local commerce over the next 5 to 10 years from now. It's interesting to think about how people will search for food around them in the coming years. Lastly, we hear Joseph's advice for founders and what to do when getting started. This is a great interview with an exciting up and coming founder from Arizona, we hope it helps you today.

    https://eatunbound.com/