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Join University of Washington professor Jeff Shulman for a seventh season exploring the far-reaching impacts of Seattle's physical and cultural transformation. Notable guests from earlier seasons of Seattle Growth Podcast include Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens, 3-time NBA All-Star Detlef Schrempf, NBA champion Wally Walker, Sonics legend Slick Watts, Pete Nordstrom, Craig Kinzer, Port Commissioner John Creighton, Paul Lawrence, City Councilmember Tim Burgess, SDOT director Scott Kubly, Tim Burg ...
 
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On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Howard Behar, former Starbucks President of North America, Founding President of Starbucks International, and Starbucks Board Member. Howard is the author of It's Not About the Coffee and The Magic Cup. For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights What…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Detlef Schrempf, Director of Business Development at Coldstream and NBA legend. For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email To learn more about Detlef's Erase the Hate campaign on Cauze. Episode Highlights How the Sonics built a winning culture in the 90s. Why he got lo…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with James Coyle, CEO at RealSelf. For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights How he made the transition from Amazon to startup executive. The unconventional career choices that have paid off. Lessons from watching great leaders at Amazon. How he creates …
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Peter Hamilton, former CEO at TUNE and startup advisor. For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights How responding to a Craigslist post changed his life. Why you can't predict the future. The transition from CMO to CEO. How they bootstrapped a chef pr…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Maria Colacurcio, CEO at Syndio (synd.io) For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights The precision required to create a category. The parallels and differences between Smartsheet and Syndio. Why pay equity matters / why now. What really matters when …
 
WHAT IS REVENUE DIARIES? Join Kyle Lacy as he interviews the top revenue leaders from some of the fastest growing companies in the world about everything OTHER than work. 5 questions about family, life, fears, challenges and faith. No wrong questions. No wrong answers. Anything goes. The only catch? The questions are not shared ahead of the intervi…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Elissa Fink, Board Director and Former CMO at Tableau. For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights The joy of building something from nothing in the long-term. Why the Tableau leadership stayed together from startup to IPO. What motivated Elissa to mo…
 
Today’s episode features Mari Horita, Seattle Kraken’s VP of Community Engagement and Social Impact, who discusses how the pandemic has impacted her community work. Her interview gives insight into adapting the evolving needs. The episode also features Ben Petter, President of Avara Construction. His interview gives insight into the construction bu…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Grant Goodale, Co-Founder and CTO at Convoy (convoy.com) For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights How Grant scaled himself by being humble and asking for help. Why title shouldn't define your work as a founder. How getting into the weeds outside hi…
 
NBA champion and former GM & CEO of the Seattle Supersonics, Wally Walker. Walker gives an update on his quest to bring an NBA franchise to a SODO arena and shares his perspective on whether the pandemic makes it more or less likely that Seattle gets an NBA franchise. You will also hear from longtime Seattle Growth Podcast listener and Seattle Supe…
 
Stories from two industries hit hard by the pandemic: retail and restaurants. Interviews with Lisa Bridge, the president and CEO of Ben Bridge Jeweler, and restaurateur Bernie Garcia, the president of Moctezuma’s Restaurants. The interviews give lessons of resilience and offer distinct perspectives on the changes in Seattle…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Galen Ward, co-founder and former CEO at Estately, Startup Advisor, and builder. For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights Why he had no business starting a company. The co-founder dynamics that worked for Galen and Doug. Why creative people need a …
 
UW Foster professor Jeff Shulman interviews the executive director of the SODO Business Improvement Area, Erin Goodman. SODO is home to Starbucks headquarters, many industrial companies, and an active port. The episode also features an interview with musician Marco Antonio de Carvalho. The interviews give insight into different ways the people and …
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Kristen Hamilton, co-founder of Onvia and Koru, SVP at Guild, and startup Board member. For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights How she realized that experience matters. Why she was operating from fear and what happened. The real magic of teamwork…
 
UW Foster professor Jeff Shulman interviews UW Husky Football Hall of Fame Running Back Greg Lewis who is the executive director of the Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA. The episode also features an interview with musician Tekla Waterfield. The interviews give insight into how non-profits and musicians are navigating the pandemic.…
 
UW Foster School of Business professor Jeff Shulman interviews the president/CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association, Jon Scholes, and a long-time Central District entrepreneur and advocate Jesdarnel “Squirt” Henton. Scholes and Henton share how they are navigating the changes in Seattle and their outlook for the future of the city.…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Joe Heitzeberg, CEO & Founder at Crowd Cow (crowdcow.com). For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights Why tech insiders laughed at the idea. What it looks like when you have more demand than supply. How to test a startup by talking to strangers at St…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Juliana Stancampiano, CEO at Oxygen (oxygenexp.com) For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights The value of a beginner's mind when making big decisions. The story behind Oxygen's turnaround from bankruptcy to serving clients like Microsoft, F5, Red B…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Kelly Breslin Wright, Board Director and Former EVP of Sales at Tableau. For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights What really mattered in the journey from $0 to $850M in revenue. How long-term relationships were the biggest pay-off from success. Wh…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Kirby Winfield, Founding General Partner at Ascend (ascend.vc) For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights How his identity and ego got into an unhealthy state. How he hit reset on his mental and physical health Why founders should be able to ask for …
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Matt McIlwain, a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group. For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights Assessing founder/market fit and why it matters. Lessons from the dot-com boom and bust. Why Madrona wants to build a bigger pie of success in the…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Yadhu Gopalan, CEO & co-founder at Esper (esper.io). For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights Why the pandemic forced quick changes at Esper. How shifting strategy led to new, bigger opportunities. Day in the life of startup CEO managing a global t…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Sidney James, Founder at Inyore (inyore.com). For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights The experiences that led to the idea for Inyore. Transitioning from school teacher to tech founder. The results of his A/B test to indicate race (and not) on job…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Vetri Vellore, CEO & Founder at Ally (ally.io). For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights What really matters in the long-term and why it's easy to lose track. Why messing up values is hard to fix later. The tactics of values. How he builds values i…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Leslie Feinzaig, Founder & CEO at Female Founders Alliance (FFA). For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights: Leslie's personal experiences raising VC that inspired FFA. Why FFA is a business, not a non-profit or "charitable cause." How Leslie knew s…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Craig Unger, Founder and CEO at Hyperproof (hyperproof.io). For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights: Hyperproof raised $5.8M early on and pilled up customer logos almost overnight. They made it look fast + easy from the outside. It turns out it wa…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Liz Pearce, co-founder and CEO at Fresh Chalk (freshchalk.com). For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights: How a spreadsheet that everyone wanted led to the insight for Fresh Chalk. Why Liz believes in "getting your fingernails dirty," even when you…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Prem Kumar, co-founder and CEO at Humanly (humanly.io). For extras from this interview, subscribe to my weekly email Episode Highlights: How he got accepted to Y Combinator from Seattle. The story that led Lisa Brummel to become an advisor. How culture can be built like a product. Think…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Ambika Singh, the founder and Chief Bosslady at Amoire (amoire.style). Highlights: The controversy of her "Chief Bosslady" title. Getting the confidence to share her ideas. Learning to pitch her product to friends and why it's important. How the idea for Amoire stood out from her other …
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Aaron Bird, former CEO and co-founder at Bizible. Highlights: 0:00 - 1:41 - Introduction 2:16 - 4:28 -Aaron is an epic grinder, was his company an overnight success? 5:03 - 7:30 - How the acquisition of Bizible happened 7:55 - 10:50 - The mechanics of building relationships with third p…
 
On today's episode: Zan Fiskum, a Seattle singer-songwriter who burst onto the national music scene as a finalist on the recent season of The Voice. Alec Shaw, an emerging artist in Seattle's music community. Both talk about Seattle's music scene, adapting to COVID-19, and their upcoming performance in the St. Jude Songwriters Showcase.…
 
Episode Notes On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Emily Carrion, CMO at Rubica. Highlights: A day in the life of a the elusive startup CMO. How Emily made the transition into a new, complex industry. How she learned a new space and why her lack of inside knowledge was a benefit. How the Rubica leadership team put a focus …
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Matt Oppenheimer, CEO and co-founder at Remitly. Highlights: Matt's path on the road less traveled from Business School to Kenya to finding a customer problem. "Willful ignorance" and the irrational decision to start. Uncommon differentiation - respecting customers more than the competi…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Dan Shapiro, CEO and co-founder at Glowforge. Guest Bio Dan Shapiro is the CEO and cofounder of Glowforge, the iconic 3D laser printer. Starting with the biggest 30-day crowdfunding campaign on record, designers have now used their Glowforge printers to create millions of products like …
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Julie Sandler, Managing Director at Pioneer Square Labs (PSL). Links Mentions: Brad Feld on "The Thee Crises" https://feld.com/archives/2020/03/the-three-crises.html The Founder's Dilemna by Noah Wasserman: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007AIXKUM/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0 The …
 
On this episode of The Build in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Aviel Ginzburg, General Partner at Founders Coop. FC is an early stage VC dedicated to the Pacific Northwest. Aviel is a founder turned investor. Links: https://twitter.com/aviel https://www.trymystery.com/由Adam Schoenfeld, Aviel Ginzburg
 
On this episode of The Build in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Sara Icutas, COO and Co-Founder at LegalPad (legalpad.io). She's an immigrant founder herself and her story is at the core of the company’s mission. They just raised $10M and tripled the team size. The team felt like the world was their oyster. Then a global pandemic started. We talked …
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Michel Feaster, CEO and Co-Founder at Usermind. Before Usermind, Michel was VP of Products at Apptio. Highlights: Michel's learnings from her famous mentor, Ben Horowitz. Mistakes and learnings in making the transition from operator to founder. Michel's journey building enterprise softw…
 
Joe Davy's first venture was feeding chickens in North Carolina. He came to Seattle to join Avalara. Then, at 26 years old, he co-founded Banzai. In just 4 years, he's bootstrapped the business to millions of ARR, grown his team to 50 employees, and been named to Forbes 30 under 30. We got behind the scenes on Joe's journey, the benefits and challe…
 
On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Sandi Lin, CEO and co-founder at Skilljar. Highlights: How she struggled to raise a seed round, but then had a highly competitive series A. The mechanics of fundraising and the challenges for Seattle companies getting money from Sand Hill Road. The crazy story of her car breakking down …
 
On this episode of The Build in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Glenn Kelman, CEO at Redfin. The highlights: The ways Glenn reinvents himself and challenges himself with each stage of growth to become a new CEO every year. Why humility matters for leaders. The 14-year journey of building Redfin, the big mission, and why Glenn is more motivated than …
 
On this episode of The Build in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Daniela Luzi Tudor, CEO and co-founder at WEconnect Health. The highlights: Daniela's personal story of substance abuse that led to the idea for WEconnect. How she met her co-founder, Murphy Jensen, former professional tennis player while on Richard Branson's island. The challenges buil…
 
On this episode of The Build in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Manny Medina, CEO and co-founder at Outreach.io. The highlights: The story behind Outreach's successful pivot after struggling with their first business. Why keeping the team together after 2 years of "nothing" was Manny's proudest moment as CEO. Life as a $1B+ SaaS unicorn. How Manny h…
 
Today’s extra episode of Seattle Growth Podcast features an interview with a small business owner, an artist, and someone who wants to see a positive shared future for the people of Seattle as the city transforms. The episode tells a story of a community-led effort to make the Rainier Farmer Market a desirable place to visit and buy fresh produce. …
 
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