Scaling Up: Lessons from the OG Franchise Founder - Dan Claps, Christian Dadulak
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In this episode of the "I Fired My Boss" podcast, the hosts Dan and Christian introduce their guest, Matt Friedman, who is the OG and real franchise founder. They share how they met at a franchise event and their initial concerns about the name of their podcast coinciding with Matt's company name. However, they announce a pivot in their podcast towards featuring more franchisees and changing the name to "I Fired My Boss: A Franchise Podcast." They express their intention to delve into the challenges and struggles faced by franchisees, while also highlighting the benefits and motivations behind their entrepreneurial journeys.

Matt then provides a brief background about his own experience as a franchisor. He co-founded a chicken wing franchise called Wing Zone with his fraternity brother in 1993, eventually expanding it into multiple locations. After selling the majority equity interest in Wing Zone, he transitioned into his current role as the CEO of Franchise Founders. He emphasizes the importance of having the right team and skill sets in place as an emerging franchisor, highlighting how Franchise Founders aims to support and guide new franchisors through the process of scaling their businesses. Matt also discusses the significance of having a strong leadership team and the credibility it brings when attracting prospective franchisees.

Overall, this episode introduces Matt Friedman, an experienced franchisor, and sets the tone for the podcast's new focus on franchisees' stories, challenges, and successes, providing valuable insights and guidance for emerging franchisors.

Welcome to the I Fired My Boss Franchise podcast, hosted by Dan Claps and Christian Dadulak. Dan Claps is the founder and CEO of Franchise Playbook, a franchise or platform that creates, owns and operates dynamic franchise brands in the mobile services space. His life's goal is to help people just like you fire their boss and become a business owner. Christian Dadulak is a top franchise consultant and co-founder of Real Franchising, a leading franchise consulting firm. And together they're on a mission to help people fire their boss, hire themselves, and live the American dream through franchise ownership.

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