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Stairway to CEO
Stairway to CEO is a new podcast, hosted by Lee Greene, highlighting untold stories and inspiring content from innovative founders plus expert advice for starting and growing a business.
5 days ago
From Farm to Fortune with Christina Stembel, Founder and CEO of Farmgirl Flowers
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Farmgirl Flowers is a national floral eCommerce brand that features beautiful hand curated arrangements and bouquets wrapped in their signature upcycled burlap coffee sacks. In this episode, Founder and CEO, Christina Stembel, shares with us her incredible journey from growing up on a farm in Indiana to moving to New York City to pursue acting, to working as the Director of Alumni Relations at Stanford Law School, to launching Farmgirl Flowers from her apartment using just her savings. What started as a one woman bootstrapped operation has blossomed into a team of over 160 people that spans 2 continents and 6 distribution centers. We talk about her experience being rejected by investors, how COVID affected her business, and how she's defied all the odds in building a self-funded flower empire expected to hit over $100M in revenue by the end of this year.
1 hr 2 min
Feb 16, 2021
For Better or Purse with Coral Chung, Founder and CEO of Senreve
Named a top 50 brand in DTC by The Lead two years in a row, Senreve was founded by Coral Chung and is a global direct-to-consumer luxury handbag brand for the modern woman. In this episode, Coral shares with us her journey from moving to the US from China at five years old, to working in investment banking and consulting, to having a spiritual experience that ignited her idea to launch Senreve. We talk about her global vision for the business, how she thinks about setting expectations, and how she's grown as a leader.
1 hr 7 min
Feb 9, 2021
First Time CEO with Sarah Landman, CEO of Solid & Striped
Founded in 2012, Solid & Striped is a cult favorite lifestyle brand that creates timeless swim and resort wear pieces that evoke a feeling of vacation and leisure. In this episode, CEO Sarah Landman shares with us her journey from growing up on the Main Line of Pennsylvania with four brothers, to her experience working with Tory Burch for over 10 years, to landing her first CEO role as the CEO of Solid & Striped. She talks with us about her leadership style, the importance of being approachable and how she thinks about accountability.
Feb 2, 2021
Reaching Out, Reaching In with Dawn Dobras, CEO of Credo Beauty
Dawn Dobras is the CEO of Credo Beauty. Credo is the largest clean beauty retailer in the US. With over one hundred and thirty clean beauty brands and over 90 percent of these brands founded or run by women, Credo is on a mission to establish the highest standards in beauty retail by rethinking what goes into products, onto your skin, and down the drain. In this episode, Dawn shares with us her impressive career journey from launching and growing OldNavy.com to over 200 million dollars in sales, to holding numerous leadership positions at both large corporations and startup companies. Dawn talks with us about how she became the CEO of Credo, the importance of surrounding yourself with greatness, and how she works to create her own opportunities.
1 hr 14 min
Jan 26, 2021
Inspiration for Breakfast with Margaret Wishingrad, Co-Founder and CEO of Three Wishes Cereal
Recently winning the Best Clean Label Award by NEXTY this year, Three Wishes Cereal is a high protein, low sugar, grain free breakfast cereal that tastes just like the cereals from your childhood. Founded three years ago by Margaret Wishingrad and her husband, Ian, Three Wishes is completely free of wheat, dairy, soy, oats, corn, rice and peanuts and has 70 percent less sugar, eight times more protein, and better for you ingredients such as chickpeas, pea protein and monk fruit. In this episode, Margaret shares with us her journey from growing up in Brooklyn, to working in real estate, to joining her husband's advertising agency, where they helped brands like Pepsi and AT&T, as well as early stage companies, launch new products. She talks with us about how she came up with the name and concept for Three Wishes, how she spent two years on product development, and why it was important for them to have early conversations with retailers.
Jan 19, 2021
Revolutionizing Hand Happiness with Andrea Lisbona, Founder and CEO of Touchland
Andrea Lisbona is the Founder and CEO of Touchland. Years before hand sanitizer became a daily essential for all of us, Andrea set out to disrupt the industry following the Swine Flu outbreak back in 2010. She created Touchland, a revolutionary brand of hand sanitizers that combine sleek, functional packaging with non sticky, fast evaporating formulas to keep your hands moisturized, clean, and smelling great. In this episode, Andrea shares with us her journey from growing up in Barcelona, to attending USC, to spending five years on product development for Touchland. She talks with us about moving to the US in 2018, fundraising from investors as a hand sanitizer brand pre COVID, and why she believes CEO should stand for Chief Energy Officer.
Jan 12, 2021
Brand Voice and Category Choice with Benjamin Witte, Founder and CEO of Recess
Benjamin Witte is the Founder and CEO of Recess. Recess is a consumer wellness and lifestyle brand, creating products and experiences designed to help people feel calm, balanced, and inspired despite an increasingly stressful world. In this episode, Ben shares with us his journey from growing up in Laguna Beach, to attending Boston University, to working with a few tech startups in San Francisco, which led him to discover his passion for entrepreneurship, design, and customer experience. We talk about some things to consider when building a brand, how to find founder market fit, and why it's important to market feelings rather than ingredients.
1 hr 5 min
Jan 5, 2021
Putting Out Fires with Bailey Farren, Co-Founder and CEO of Perimeter
Bailey Farren is the Co-Founder and CEO of Perimeter. Perimeter is a real time disaster visualization and collaboration platform for public safety agencies. The Perimeter platform allows first responders to map incidents in real time, gain access to information posted by other emergency personnel, and issue alerts to the public. As the daughter of both a firefighter and a paramedic, Bailey realized the challenges that first responders face in using paper maps to navigate their way to fires and other emergency incidents. Inspired to help solve this problem and bring public safety agencies into the 21st century, Bailey started Perimeter in 2019. She talks with us about her take on what it means to be an entrepreneur, how she thinks about leadership, and what it's like selling to government agencies.
1 hr 6 min
Dec 29, 2020
Build Once, Brush Twice with Julian Levine, Co-Founder and CEO of Twice
Julian Levine is the Co-Founder and CEO of Twice. Twice is an oral care brand, also Co-Founded by Lenny Kravitz, that donates 10% of profits to the Glo Good Foundation, which provides underserved communities with dental care, education, and supplies. On a mission to promote oral health and encourage brushing twice a day, Twice offers premium toothpaste with high quality ingredients in two different flavors, one for morning and one for night. In this episode, Julian shares with us his journey from helping his entrepreneurial parents ship products for their first company, Go Smile, as a young 13 year old, to playing lacrosse at Cornell University, to working as an investment banker where he felt inspired and compelled to become an entrepreneur himself. We talk about his experience fundraising, his book recommendations and his volunteer mission to the Bahamas in 2015, which sparked the idea for Twice.
Dec 22, 2020
Creating Buzz and Beverages with Alix Peabody, Founder and CEO of Bev
With crisp, fizzy, canned wines, Bev is a female first brand on a mission to transform the alcohol industry. Offering three flavors, all with zero grams of sugar, Bev is available online and in select retailers, including Total Wine, BevMo, and Target. In this episode, Bev Founder and CEO, Alix Peabody, shares her journey from attending boarding schools in Europe as a teenager to working as a headhunter in San Francisco for a recruiting firm, to experiencing some serious reproductive health issues which led her to take the leap into entrepreneurship and launch Bev. Alix talks with us about raising a seven million dollar seed round, the challenges that come with growing 200% month over month, and how she met her husband, now also her head of marketing, at an airport.
1 hr 8 min
Dec 15, 2020
Pili Nut Epiphany with Liz Fisher, Founder and CEO of Lavva
Elizabeth Fisher is the Founder and CEO of Lavva. After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer and enduring chemotherapy not just once, but unfortunately, twice, Liz decided to follow a strict Keto diet to help heal her body and discovered the world's lowest carb, highest fat nut called the Pili nut. Blown away by the Pili's smooth, delicious, buttery flavor, nutrients, and high fat content, Liz began blending them with coconut milk, which sparked the idea for Lavva. In over 2,000 grocery stores nationwide Lavva currently offers superfood yogurts in six flavors, including best selling vanilla, original, and strawberry. In June 2020, Lavva launched the first ever vegan keto certified yogurt called Molten Lavva, and recently debuted a line of plant milks and creamer exclusively in Whole Foods. In this episode, Liz shares with us her journey from running away from home at age 14 to launching her first business Muffin A Day and building a career working in sales for numerous health food compa…
1 hr 1 min
Dec 8, 2020
Smelling the Roses with Sunny Chadha, Co-Founder and CEO of Venus ET Fleur
Founded in 2015 by Sunny Chadha and his wife, Seema, Venus ET Fleur takes a modern approach to floral design. Inspired by beautiful Parisian hat boxes and featuring Eternity Roses, which are real roses that last a year, the brand hit 20 million dollars in revenue in its first three years and has grown to over half a million followers on Instagram. In this episode, Sunny shares with us his entrepreneurial journey from growing up in New Jersey and working for his father's electronic company, to a disappointing Valentine's Day that sparked the idea for his company. Sunny talks with us about how Instagram posts from the Kardashians affected the business, why he believes in vision boards, and what it's like to run a business with your spouse.
1 hr 14 min
Dec 1, 2020
Beauty, Business, and Bravery with Terri Bryant, Founder of GUIDE Beauty
As a professional makeup artist and beauty educator, techniques that had been second nature during her whole career became suddenly much more challenging for Terri Bryant, Founder of Guide Beauty. Shortly after losing the precision that she had always had, Terri was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, where she experienced firsthand the frustrations of applying makeup and created Guide Beauty, a collection of makeup tools and products that reimagine the application process. Awarded Best of Beauty by Allure magazine and ranked one of Oprah Magazine's Best Beauty Products of 2020, Guide Beauty provides an easier and better way to apply makeup. In this episode, Terri shares with us her career journey from working behind the Estée Lauder beauty counter at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York to working at top beauty brands, including Stila Cosmetics, Dior, and Smashbox, to creating and launching Guide Beauty during the pandemic. We talk about the importance of building an inclusive brand, what s…
1 hr 4 min
Nov 24, 2020
Fertility and Vulnerability with Afton Vechery, Co-Founder and CEO of Modern Fertility
Afton Vechery is the Co-Founder and CEO of Modern Fertility. Modern Fertility is a women's health company focused on making fertility information more accessible to women everywhere. Providing fertility hormone essentials from at home tests to digital tools and an online community, Modern Fertility is designed to inform women about their reproductive health so they can own the decisions impacting their bodies and future. In this episode, Afton shares with us her entrepreneurial journey from growing up in Maryland, to participating in a science fair in high school that ignited the launch of her first company, to working in private equity in New York where she dug into women's health issues surrounding fertility, to joining a number of health tech startups, including 23andMe which she left to start Modern Fertility, raising over 22 million dollars to date and recently launching her products in over 1500 Walmart stores.
1 hr 7 min
Nov 17, 2020
From Punches to Profits with Steve Weiss, Founder and CEO of MuteSix
In this episode, Steve Weiss, the Founder and CEO of Mutesix, shares with us his incredible journey, starting from his humble beginnings growing up in New Jersey to accidentally punching his principal at school, which led to a discovery of digital marketing and the development of his first company selling mortgage leads to mortgage companies. We talk about his experience working in the stockroom at Victoria's Secret, his stint as a stand-up comedian, and how running ads on Facebook to bring people to his comedy shows in LA led him to create MuteSix, growing the business 265% year over year, and ultimately getting acquired. Founded in 2014, MuteSix, now an iProspect company, is an award winning full-funnel digital and creative studio providing intelligent ad solutions that grow disruptor brands into enterprise market leaders. As the most awarded Facebook advertising agency with more Facebook and Instagram marketing case studies than any other agency, MuteSix was recently acquired by Den…
Nov 10, 2020
Sex Apps and Gender Gaps with Isharna Walsh, Founder and CEO of Coral
With a mission to give people easy and affordable access to a happier, healthier intimate life, Coral is a sexual wellness app that offers evidence-based guides created by experts. In this episode, the Founder and CEO of Coral, Isharna Walsh, shares with us her entrepreneurial journey from moving to Jakarta to launch a meal delivery startup, to landing a role at Steel House in LA, to working as an investor at Embark Ventures, and then leaving to start her own company, Coral. We dive into her experience working in management consulting, how she came up with the name Coral, and what it was like to raise over $3 million by talking to investors about sex.
1 hr 25 min
Nov 3, 2020
From Film to Furniture with John McDonald, Founder and CEO of Semihandmade
John McDonald is the Founder and CEO of Semihandmade. Ranked among Inc. Magazine's fastest growing private companies in the US every year since 2015, Semihandmade makes high-end replacement doors for Ikea cabinets and has showrooms in New York, LA Minneapolis, Palm Springs, and Chicago. In this episode, John shares with us his incredible journey from growing up on the East coast, to working in the mailroom at Paramount Pictures, to attempting to join the Los Angeles Police Department, to ultimately transitioning into the furniture business. We talk about the impactful relationship he had with his father, why he gave up his dream to be a writer, and how he accidentally cut off two of his fingers while making furniture, but persevered and built Semihandmade into a multimillion-dollar business.
1 hr 5 min
Oct 27, 2020
Be Daring, Not Chicken with Ross Mackay, Co-Founder & CEO of Daring
Founded in 2018, Daring produces plant-based chicken with a mission to create a more sustainable, delicious, and nutritious option for chicken loving consumers. In just their first year in the US, Daring has already locked in nationwide retail partners, including Sprouts, Gelson's, and Bristol Farms and recently closed an $8 million series A round led by Maveron Ventures. In this episode, Ross shares with us his entrepreneurial journey from dropping out of college, to working at a branding agency in the UK, to launching a menswear brand in the Middle East, to partnering with his friend, Elliott, to build Daring.
Oct 20, 2020
Superfoods and Super Founders, with Kristel de Groot, Co-Founder of Your Super
Recently named one of Forbes 30 under 30 and Inc. Magazine's 30 under 30, Kristel de Groot is the Co-Founder of Your Super. Your Super was created when Kristel's boyfriend, Michael, was diagnosed with cancer at just 24 years old. Together with her nutritionist mom and aunt, she developed five superfood and two vegan protein mixes to help boost Michael's immunity following chemotherapy. Shortly after the mixes worked, the couple formed the company in Berlin, Germany, and quickly grew to shipping over a million products from their website with the direct to consumer-first business model. In this episode, Kristel shares with us her entrepreneurial journey, her experience with raising over $17 million to date, and a new company policy she put into place to help support the women who work at her company.
1 hr 15 min
Oct 13, 2020
Type A All Day with Allison Moss, Founder & CEO of type:A Brands
Allison Moss is the Founder and CEO of type:A Brands. Known for their award-winning aluminum-free deodorant, which features sweat-activated technology, type:A is on a mission to help people lead healthier lives without sacrifice. In this episode, Allison shares with us her career journey from working in marketing for top beauty brands, such as Estee Lauder, Mac Cosmetics, and L'Oreal Paris, to launching her first company and hitting a million dollars in revenue in just their first year. After recently raising $2.4 million from investors, Allison shares some helpful advice about the fundraising process and some personal mantras that help keep her positive and confident each day.
Oct 6, 2020
From Match.com to Marketplaces with Fran Maier, Founder & CEO of Babyquip
Founded in 2016, Babyquip is the world's leading baby gear rental service delivering clean quality baby gear items, from car seats to strollers and more, to traveling families throughout the US and Canada. In this episode, Fran Maier, Founder and CEO, shares with us her experience as a serial entrepreneur from building and selling Match.com in the late nineties, to raising $10 million to transform Trustee from a nonprofit organization into the leading privacy compliance provider now known as TrustArc. We talk about her recent appearance on Shark Tank with her son and CTO, Joe, and how being an early adopter of Airbnb inspired her to lead Babyquip.
1 hr 6 min
Sep 29, 2020
Jackfruit Genius with Bryony Tinn-Disbury, Co-Founder and CEO of Jack & Bry
Jack & Bry is revolutionizing the plant-based meat market by developing products that don't rely on highly processed soy or pea powder but instead are made from the flavor hugging qualities and the meaty texture of jackfruit. In this episode, Bry Tinn-Disbury, Founder and CEO of Jack & Bry, shares with us how her entrepreneurial father inspired her to become a founder herself, why she decided to close her first company Lilly Loray, and how an experience she had eating jackfruit at a music festival inspired her to start Jack & Bry. We dive into her experience with fundraising from investors and how she sold over 20 million slices of jackfruit pepperoni in just her first year. Tune in to hear all of this and more.
Sep 22, 2020
From Ashes to Diamonds, with Adelle Archer, Co-Founder and CEO of Eterneva
Adelle shares with us how the passing of her close mentor and friend, Tracy, led to the realization that she could make a diamond from the carbon in her ashes, sparking the idea for her company Eterneva. We talk about her experience working in product marketing at companies such as BigCommerce and TrendKite, how earning her MBA at Acton School of Business helped prepare her for being an entrepreneur, and what it was like to be on Shark Tank, where she received a $600,000 investment from Mark Cuban. Tune in to hear all of this and more.
1 hr 2 min
Sep 15, 2020
Steadfast and Built to Last with Jordan England, Founder and CEO of Industry West
Founded in 2011 by Anne and Jordan England, Industry West is the leading eCommerce furniture retailer offering highly curated, contemporary furniture and home accessories for residential and commercial spaces. Industry West furniture is a favorite within the startup and tech community furnishing workspaces for companies such as Google, Facebook, Airbnb Untuckit, Booking.com, and Breather. In this episode, Jordan shares with us how he went from working in real estate and economic development to starting Industry West with only $288. We dive into how he bootstrapped his company and built a long-term, sustainable, multimillion-dollar business without any capital from investors.
Sep 8, 2020
Leadership and Legacy, with Christine Mei, CEO at Gathered Foods
Christine Mei is the newly appointed CEO of Gathered Foods. Gathered Foods conceives and launches brands that revolutionize the way people eat. You may have even heard of one of their brands called Good Catch, a plant-based seafood brand, offering delicious tuna fish, crab cake, and fish cake alternatives, providing the taste texture, nutrition, and experience of seafood without harming the environment. Gathered Foods is on a mission to propel change through craveable plant-based alternatives. In this episode, Christine shares with us her inspiring career journey from climbing the corporate ladders at Procter & Gamble, Nike, Coca Cola, and more to landing her first CEO role at Gathered Foods. She shares with us her personal leadership legacy statement, which she created while working at Coca Cola, and talks with us about what it takes to be an influential leader.
1 hr 9 min
Sep 1, 2020
Pets, Vets and Startup Threats with Brandon Werber, Founder and CEO at Airvet
Brandon Werber is the Founder and CEO of Airvet. Airvet is a telehealth platform that connects pet owners with veterinarians live and on-demand through video and chat anytime, anywhere. With thousands of veterinarians on the platform, Airvet is on a mission to make pet care more accessible to pet owners across the country. In this episode, Brandon shares with us his entrepreneurial journey from growing up in LA to learning some hard lessons from his first failed startup, to building Airvet, and recently closing a $14 million Series A round during a global pandemic.
1 hr 9 min
Aug 25, 2020
Brainpower and Cauliflower with Gail Becker, Founder and CEO at CAULIPOWER
In this episode, we have an insightful and fun interview with Gail Becker, the founder and CEO of CAULIPOWER. Within its first two years, CAULIPOWER became a top 10 frozen pizza brand and captured over 2% of the $5 billion US pizza market. Known today as the number one cauliflower crust pizza, CAULIPOWER is now the third fastest-growing company of all food brands in the US. Gail speaks with us about how she left her job in corporate America to launch her business, CAULIPOWER, with a mission to reinvent America's favorite comfort foods. Tune in to hear about all of this and more.
1 hr 7 min
Aug 18, 2020
Donuts, Drive, & Distribution, with Luke Peters, Founder and CEO at NewAir
NewAir makes unique appliances that make your life more fun. Think wine coolers, beer coolers, ice makers, along with a bunch of other heating and cooling products. NewAir is featured in the leading retailers such as The Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, and many more. In this episode, Luke Peters, Founder and CEO of NewAir, shares with us how he started the company with his wife out of their garage 19 years ago and grew the business to become America's most trusted brand in compact appliances.
Aug 11, 2020
Award Winning Leadership with Jessica Hawthorne-Castro, CEO of Hawthorne Advertising
As a leading technology and data-driven advertising agency, Hawthorne Advertising specializes in integrated campaign solutions for brands. As CEO, Jessica Hawthorne-Castro has prioritized company culture and has received numerous awards for her career accomplishments, most recently winning the CEO of The Year award for technology-based advertising by Corporate Livewire. In this episode, Jessica shares with us her incredible journey and what it takes to be an award-winning CEO.
Aug 4, 2020
Inner Strength and Outer Bounds with Jiake Liu, Co-Founder and CEO of Outer
Named the #1 fastest-growing direct-to-consumer company in the US for Q2 this year by Business Insider, Outer is a venture-backed outdoor furniture brand based in Santa Monica on a mission to build a community around outdoor living, one backyard at a time. In this episode, you’ll hear about co-founder and CEO, Jiake Liu's childhood in moving from China to Alabama, how he faced a tough fallout with his first startup’s cofounders and explains how a visit with his cousin sparked the idea for Outer. He shares with us his experience in building a DTC company and how, instead of opening stores, he created the novel Neighborhood Showroom concept. Tune in to hear about all of this and more!
1 hr 18 min
Jul 28, 2020
Matchmaking and Business Creating with Talia Goldstein, CEO and Founder of Three Day Rule
Three Day Rule is a matchmaking service that helps singles take charge of their dating, customizing their matches to fit members’ lifestyles and introducing them to only the best dates. In this episode, Talia shares with us her entrepreneurial journey from playing varsity sports and running for class president to quitting her job in TV at E! Entertainment to start her own business. She talks with us about her experience in raising capital for her company while pregnant and how she inherited the CEO seat from her former co-founder. She also describes her obsession with matchmaking and gives us dating advice for finding true love as well as business lessons she’s learned along the way.
Jul 21, 2020
From Fired to Acquired with Chris Tolles, Co-Founder and CEO of Sundaily
Originally called SunDots, Sundaily provides ingestible skincare gummies that protect and repair your skin. In this episode, Chris shares with us his entrepreneurial journey from studying Furniture Design at Rhode Island School of Design to getting fired from his job and meeting his co-founder, to crowdfunding over $100,000 to launch his business, and ultimately getting acquired by the leading eCommerce platform for natural home and personal care products, Grove Collaborative. Tune in to hear about all of this and more.
1 hr 28 min
Jul 14, 2020
Trailblazing in Style with Brian Ree, Co-Founder & CEO of DAILYLOOK
DAILYLOOK is a personal styling service that sends you a box of hand-picked fashion items right to your door every month. In this interview, Brian shares with us how he started his first business at 15 years old, created and then sold a newsletter with over 450k subscribers to a poker company, and then raised over $11M to build his company DAILYLOOK. Brian uncovers the challenges he faced from pivoting his business and shares some important red flags he looks out for when hiring.
1 hr 18 min
Sep 9, 2019
Dreams and Popsicles with David Greenfeld, the Co-Founder & CEO of Dream Pops
In this episode, David Greenfeld and I chat about his entrepreneurial journey from being a hip hop artist, to working for Tesla, to living in Italy where he became inspired to build Dream Pops. Dream Pops is changing the game in the ice cream world by providing a delicious, modern, plant-based frozen dessert that looks really cool, tastes incredible, and is good for you- so go grab a Dream Pop from your local Whole Foods and tune in to hear David’s incredible story.
Apr 22, 2019
From Fashion to Beauty CEO with April Uchitel, the CEO of Violet Grey
Violet Grey is a luxury beauty brand and online retailer known for its expert curation of industry-approved beauty products. April shares with us her impressive career journey, from climbing the corporate fashion ladder at DVF where she helped build the brand from a $6M company to a $300M company to diving into the startup world working as Chief Brand Officer for Spring to becoming CEO of Violet Grey.
1 hr 15 min
Jan 22, 2019
Marketing Magic with Erik Huberman, Founder and CEO of Hawke Media
Today, on the Stairway to CEO podcast, I’m hanging out with Erik Huberman, the Founder & CEO of Hawke Media. Erik has been named one of Inc Magazine’s “Top 25 Marketing Influencers” and was on Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2016. In this episode, Erik shares with us his entrepreneurial journey from selling beanie babies at 8 years old to building Hawke Media into an award-winning marketing agency valued at over 75 million.
Dec 19, 2018
Entrepreneurship as Art with Katie Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO of Carbon38
Welcome to Episode 6 of the Stairway to CEO podcast, I’m your host Lee Greene and today I spoke with Katie Johnson, the Co-Founder & CEO of Carbon38. Katie talks about how she learned to bring out her inner alpha while working as a fitness instructor, how moments of crying in the shower can lead to pushing through boundaries she never thought she could, and how a vision setting workshop in LA helped her create her 5 year vision for the future, which has already begun to unfold.
1 hr 4 min
Dec 14, 2018
Grit, Moxie, and a Good Idea with Courtney Reum, Co-Founder of M13 and Veev Spirits
In this episode, I interviewed Courtney Reum, the Co-Founder of M13, a consumer product-focused, brand development, and venture capital firm based in Los Angeles. Along with angel investing, he also Co-Founded Veev Spirits with his brother Carter and is a best-selling author of the book “Shortcut Your Startup." Courtney shares how he went from working at Goldman Sachs to building Veev Spirits from a 2-person startup to one of the fastest growing independent liquor brands in the US.
Dec 4, 2018
Breaking Through Barriers with Brian Garrett, the Co-Founder of Crosscut Ventures
Welcome to the fourth episode of the Stairway to CEO podcast! In this episode, I interviewed Brian Garrett, the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Crosscut Ventures, a top VC fund in LA where he's been investing in startups for over 10 years. Brian shares his story—from a family tragedy that happened at age 13 to a recent healing experience that helped him break through the barriers that have been holding him back.
Nov 21, 2018
From High School Dropout to CEO with Sahil Jain, Co-Founder and CEO of AdStage
Welcome to the third episode of the Stairway to CEO podcast! In this episode, I interviewed Sahil Jain, the young and brilliant Co-Founder and CEO of AdStage. Sahil shares his journey from dropping out of high school to work for Yahoo! at age 17 to building his own company and the many invaluable lessons and insights he learned along the way.
1 hr 6 min
Oct 4, 2018
Jumping Out of the Conventional with Ariel Kaye, the Founder and CEO of Parachute Home
Ariel Kaye has known from a young age that she wanted to learn, improve and move forward in all aspects of life. Today, she talks with us about her journey in starting Parachute Home, a popular direct consumer brand offering bed and bath linens as well as other home essentials for the modern home. We discuss the challenges and rewards of fundraising, how to build a collaborative environment and ways to tell a story in a big, bold and undeniable way.
Sep 14, 2018
Following Your Gut with Daina Trout, the Co-Founder & CEO of Health-Ade Kombucha
Welcome to the first episode of Stairway to CEO! I am your host, Lee Greene. In this week’s episode, we are joined by Daina Trout, Co-Founder and CEO of Health-Ade Kombucha. Daina not only has one of the most successful kombucha drinks on the market, but she is a candid and powerful business owner that tells the truth about building a business from the ground up. You will hear the raw, fermented truth on fear, insecurity, imperfections and why it’s okay to have them while working towards your vision.