The Savvy Founder show

The Savvy Founder

Summary: Too often Silicon Valley has become the new Hollywood of broken promises and dashed dreams. Is the startup journey weighing you down? Are you searching for your own coffee shop conversation that turns into a $5M check? Weekly, Philip Topham, The Savvy Founder and Armchair sociologist, explores the startup struggle and what it means to be founder and Chief Everything Officer. Philip will be interviewing guests and sharing his own experiences uncovering the raw truths and hard earned “aha” moments. So if you’re feeling locked out of the startup insider secrets and looking for a smoother path then tune in where we help you save you time, money and heartache.

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 Ep 25: Entrepreneurship and Communications – Insights from a Digital Nomad, with Jamie Meyer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:21

In this episode, I interview Jamie Meyer, business communication and leadership coach, and more importantly an entrepreneur and digital nomad. Listen in as we discuss the concepts of whether entrepreneurs are born or made; risk taking; people and passion. We also talk about imposter syndrome; success and failure; finding meaningful investor; delivering bad news to investors; developing leadership skills; problem solving; and communications.

 Ep 24: What Does it Mean to Be a Successful Entrepreneur? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:42

What does it mean to be a successful entrepreneur? Throughout my coaching and talking to entrepreneurs, there is a hidden expectation - “I want to be successful” - but no one really talks about success and failure. In this short episode, I provide my insights on success and failure. I discuss “success/failure” from both the investor's point of view and the founders. I share a personal story about my relationship with success and failure; and my philosophy that success for entrepreneurs is about pursuing a “meaningful struggle.”

 Ep 23: What Advice Do You Have for Talking to Investors? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:07

What advice do you have for raising money and talking to investors?  I get asked this question or a variation quite often from first-time founders seeking to raise money by selling part of their company (i.e. selling equity).  In this episode, I highlight the shows that talk about approaching and networking with investors. Ep 22 […]

 Ep 22: Startup Advice – Failing forward? What does that mean? How to Move on to the Next Big Thing, When the First Thing Wasn’t so Good? with Jon Shower | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:14

“Fail fast. Fail Forward.” We have all heard that Silicon Valley saying. But what does that mean? In this show, Jon Showers, share his brutally honest journey about what it means to Fail Forward. You’ll hear that his founder journey is only just starting. Jon has a great background from a military career, to athletic injury recovery training business owner, to high-tech high-growth founder, and now a serial entrepreneur in the next generation of secure messaging. Jon shares his non-technical founder perspective and lessons learned. We cover what it takes to jump into a high-tech business when all you know is non-technical things. Jon provides advice to founders on finding and hiring a CTO; and outsourcing development to a software company; product development; raising money; building a network; dealing with investors/angels; selecting advisors and much more.

 Ep 21: Co-Founder Conflict – The Number One Reason Early Startups Fail | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:48

In this episode I share the number one problem for startups – “co-founder conflict.”  Co-founders launch their startups full of hopes and dreams, yet I’ve seen first-hand what happens.  I share three examples where none of the founders ever imagined the turn of events that lead them to conflict.  About the Host: Philip Topham is […]

 Ep 20: Entrepreneurship – A decade in Review with Bill Waldo | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:49

In another unscripted conversation, this The Savvy Founder episode looks into the past 10+ years of entrepreneurship to see what we can learn from then and now.  Bill Waldo, entrepreneur turned angel investor, provides those insights from then until now.  We delve into both sides - the entrepreneurial mindset and the investor perspective.

 Ep 19: Startup Founders, Angels, Investment Bankers, and Silicon Valley with Vitaly Golomb | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:52

In this episode, I interview Vitaly Golomb, a technology investment banker. Where he shares insights for entrepreneurs and what it was like growing up in Silicon Valley, and working in a printing shop that both Wozniak and Jobs visited. Vitaly shares his first-hand experiences about Silicon Valley across the decades from the ’90s, the 2001-2003 lack of traffic, thru the mobility revolution and beyond. He touches on the unintended consequences of technology; immigrant entrepreneurship.

 Ep 18: How Do I Build Investor Relationships? Networking Advice for Startup Founders with Tallal Gondal | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:44

Startup founders. Do you have trouble with networking or connecting with investors? Listen to this fantastic episode with Tallal Gondal author of TurboCharged Networking for networking tips on building relationships and networking. For founders everywhere, having connections is critical. Connections help you find employees, investors, form partnerships, solve problems and so much more.

 Ep 17: A European Perspective on Financing and Raising Money for Scalable Startups with Craig Alexander Rattray | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:35

I wanted to know if there were differences in Europe and their approach to equity and scalable startups; So in this episode, I interview Craig Alexander Rattray, a chartered accountant (that’s the UK's version of the Certified Public Accountant) from Glasglow, for some answers. Overall startups have the same issues and concerns in Europe as in The U.S.

 Ep 16: What’s the Best Advice for a New Startup Founder? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:26

The Savvy Founder answers the question. “What is my number one best advice for a new startup founder?” You are the keeper of the flame. Take care of yourself. Take care of the flame.

 Ep 15: Calendars, Scheduling, and Time – A Conversation with Liam Rose on a Better Way | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:41

Someday, I might say I knew Liam Rose, CEO and Founder Catalina Seven maker of Horus, when he was just starting. Join me in a fantastic discussion into calendaring and time management. What are you building? What problem are you solving? You should really be able to schedule your time in one tool, if you're going to make decisions, if you're going to look at your life. It really doesn't make sense that you should need, four to up to 10 tools. Now, that sounds crazy. Where did the idea come from? A road trip; When I came back, I was overbooked. I had no idea where I was spending my time. Where did the product name “HORUS” come from? Horology is the study of time. HORUS stands for the five time-categories health, occupation, responsibility, unique and social. HORUS has a unique “spiral” design, were did that come from? During that road trip, I realized time is just keeps on going forever; somethings closer, other further; and it's like a spiral to a nautilus shell. The biggest part is the opening, then further you go into the spiral is further ahead into the future. But very importantly, spiral shows time continuously, it's not chopped up into these little pieces. Where are you in the release process? We have a closed Beta. What have you learned about scheduling and time? Liam reveals a ton here so make sure to listen to the whole episode, but in short; your schedule is like a skeleton; with the routines and how you mange that can affect everything else in your life. What was a surprise about building a startup? We’re not unique, but when we experienced the lack of structure; we added structure; so, we make lots or little changes and keep checking to make sure we validate everything.

 Ep 14: Startup Accelerators 101 and Success Tips with Brian MacMahon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:42

Have you ever wondered how an accelerator works? Or what an accelerator looks for? Then this episode is for you. I sit down with Brian MacMahon, Founder Expert Dojo, an accelerator for early-stage high-growth potential startups. Brian shares how he came to found Expert Dojo; and shares his insights on what it takes to be an entrepreneur and make it. We cover the chances of making it; and how the investor community really works. We also discuss Brian’s new crowdfunding program to allow everyday investors to participate and invest in startups.

 Ep 13: Being Prepared to Start Your Business VS Just Starting Your Business – An Interview with Varag Gharibjanian | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:09

In this episode I speak with Varag Gharibjanian, CEO and Founder of ActuateTech. Actuate helps companies discover tech that accelerates growth. They are a B2B platform that help enterprises create faster, easier, and better partnerships with deep tech companies. Varag shares some wonderful “Nuggets of Truth.” And we cover the following topics:   Whats important about launching a startup? […]

 Ep 12: Engage with Purpose. Engage your Investors. Build for the Long Term. A Conversation with Scott Sandland | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:13

In this episode I sit down with Scott Sandland, CEO and Co-founder for where we discuss: How does a Non-technical founder build a successful technical AI company? Focus on the problem. How do you manage your investors, especially when you are building for the long term and not fast growth? Make sure they are […]

 Ep 11: Scott Fox on Building a Diverse Startup Community in Orange County | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:57

In this episode we discuss what it was like to raise money just before the dot bomb and what it’s like today; how to get more entrepreneurs capable to launch, build and grow their startup business; and how the Scott founded the OC Startup Council to help startups. We talk about how to build an Orange County startup culture in, where people are excited to help startups.


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