Four of a Kind Podcast

Four of a Kind

Learn from real-life experiences of amazing female founders, investors, business leaders and male allies who support our mission to increase women representation in leadership. Hear about the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, including our own journeys too! We want this podcast to empower you to start that business, take that big job, and do it with confidence. Join us and exciting guests and let's figure out what we can do to get there! Disclaimer: The views and opinions of the hosts of this show do not represent the views and opinions of the organizations they work for.

Entrepreneurship in a COVID World - Turning Challenges into Successes
Oct 2 2020
Entrepreneurship in a COVID World - Turning Challenges into Successes
This week’s episode is a check-in with some of the wonderful female founders we interviewed on prior episodes of Four of a Kind Podcast.  We wanted to see how they were holding up during COVID and also how their businesses were faring with such a major shift in the way we are conducting business during the pandemic.   We asked our guests to answer the same four questions about the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses, and during the episode we share their answers with you.How has COVID impacted your business? What changes, if any, have you had to make in the short term?What have you learned so far from this experience?What surprised you the most about your business / your team / yourself during this time?Is there anything that you have had to do differently that you might keep doing?Note: We recorded this episode earlier this summer - we know the entrepreneurs we discussed have been managing their response to COVID realtime, so please make sure to checkout their platforms for the latest on new projects, products, and updates. Here’s how you can get in touch:Shruti Joshi, CEO/Co-Founder, Compell'dInstagram: @compelldTwitter:  @compelldnow Website: Compelld.com LinkedIn Company Page: Compell'dDownload the App!!Shruti on LinkedIn: Shruti Joshi, CEO and Co-Founder at Compell'dAshley Connell, CEO/Co-Founder, Prowess ProjectInstagram: @ProwessProjectTwitter: @ProwessProjectWebsite: ProwessProject.comLinkedIn Company Page: Prowess ProjectCassy Saba Shovak, CEO/Co-Founder, Cassy Saba JewelryInstagram: @cassysabajewelryWebsite: Cassy Saba JewelryQuestions or comments? Email us at fourofakindpodcast@gmail.com. Also, don’t forget to hit subscribe and follow us on Instagram for updates!
Experience Collector, CEO, Founder, Mom, and Overall Boss Lady: Interview with Shruti Joshi
Feb 21 2020
Experience Collector, CEO, Founder, Mom, and Overall Boss Lady: Interview with Shruti Joshi
This week’s episode features an interview with Shruti Joshi, CEO and Co-Founder of Compell'd.  Compell'd is an app that changes the way we experience and share authentic, personal recommendations.In this episode, we talk to Shruti about how she built a career in marketing - working in corporate America, in startups, and in consulting - before founding her own company.  We also discuss Shruti's journey from intrapreneur to entrepreneur and how she found ways to drive innovation before starting Compell'd.  We finally of course dive into the world of Compell'd.  You will definitely want to become an experience collector after this episode.  We didn't hesitate to jump onto this bandwagon!Shruti began her career at Verizon Communications.  She was a Partner at Altman Vilandrie & Company, a consulting firm where she built the firm’s Marketing Analytics practice.  She holds board positions with a number of organizations, including TVision Insights, Facet Wealth, Syntactx and the David Lynch Foundation. Shruti has an M.B.A from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Business from the University of Southern California.  Here’s how you can learn more about Compell'd and get in touch with Shruti:Instagram: @compelldTwitter:  @compelldnow Website: Compelld.com LinkedIn Company Page: Compell'dDownload the App!!Shruti on LinkedIn: Shruti Joshi, CEO and Co-Founder at Compell'dQuestions or comments? Email us at fourofakindpodcast@gmail.com. Also, don’t forget to hit subscribe and follow us on Instagram for updates!
Algorithms for the Future of Hiring: Interview with Prowess Project CEO and Founder Ashley Connell
Jan 24 2020
Algorithms for the Future of Hiring: Interview with Prowess Project CEO and Founder Ashley Connell
This week’s episode features an interview with Ashley Connell, CEO and Founder of Prowess Project.In this episode, we talk with Ashley about the founding of Prowess Project, and how she is working to meet the needs of women who are reentering the workforce after time away.  Ashley jumped into this challenge after working in Marketing roles in Tech companies, and also at her own marketing consultancy, and hasn't looked back.  As Ashley says, she found it harder to stop working on Prowess Project during that first year, than it was to build it, so she continued to go with her gut and get Prowess Project up and running.  Ashley also tells us about her experience working with Founder Institute in Austin - an incubator for startup ideas.  Listen in to hear great advice from Ashley on starting a business, and get energized by her clear passion for her work! Here’s how you can get in touch with Ashley and learn more about Prowess Project:Instagram: @ProwessProjectTwitter: @ProwessProjectWebsite: ProwessProject.comLinkedIn Company Page: Prowess ProjectForbes article here: "Social Entrepreneur Creates Unique Talent Algorithm To Ensure Seamless Onboarding and Increased Business Team Success"Built In Austin's 50 Startups to Watch in 2020 article hereHere's how you can learn more about Founder Institute:Website: or comments? Email us at fourofakindpodcast@gmail.com. Also, don’t forget to hit subscribe and follow us on Instagram for updates!
Mini-Sode: What is your Myers-Briggs type?
Dec 13 2019
Mini-Sode: What is your Myers-Briggs type?
In this week's Mini-Sode, we answer the question "What is your Myers-Briggs type?". We all took the test in advance, so the question was not quite off the cuff this week, but there is still so much to discuss with Myers-Briggs (MB) tests, and personality tests generally.  Tell us your Myers-Briggs type by sending an email to fourofakindpodcast@gmail.com!Given this mini-sode is a little longer than the others, we have some time markers below if you want to jump to a particular part of the episode!If you already know what all about MB personality types and you're just dying to learn about our results, feel free to skip through our introduction straight to 6:15.If you're really in a rush today and want to skip to the discussion, including how we think MB and other personality tests can impact women in leadership individually and holistically head to 18:25.Here are links to the Myers-Briggs test and the 16 Personalities test result descriptions - which both use the same E/I N/S T/F J/P format.  Note you have to pay to take the official Myers-Briggs test, but we found the 16 Personalities test to be very similar (and it is free!).Myers Briggs FoundationMBTI BasicsMBTI Online Test - We suggest checking with your employer or if your career center if you are a student to see if they have an access code or other discount for the test16 Personalities 16 Personalities Free Test16 Personalities Type DescriptionsOther facts we mentioned:Approx 2% is ENTJ ( 1% is INTJ ( or comments? Email us at fourofakindpodcast@gmail.com. Also, don’t forget to hit subscribe and follow us on Instagram for updates!
From Investor to Founder: Farther Farms Co-Founder and CEO Mike Annunziata
Dec 6 2019
From Investor to Founder: Farther Farms Co-Founder and CEO Mike Annunziata
This week’s episode features an interview with Mike Annunziata, Co-Founder and CEO of Farther Farms.In this episode, we talk with Mike Annunziata about all things investing and startups.  Mike is the Co-Founder and CEO of Farther Farms, and they are building technologies to improve the way food is made. Before Farther Farms, Mike spent his career on the investing "side of the table".  Mike also continues to do his own investing as well, as he says, paying it forward, and talks about one of the female-founded companies he has invested in, Atolla.  Tune in to this week's episode to listen to our discussion with Mike and his unique perspective as both a Founder pitching his business, as well as an investor looking to bet on the right business partners.  Here is the Lines, not Dots article Mike referenced during the episode, as well as some other useful links:"Invest in Lines, Not Dots" by Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures Dorm Room FundFirst Round Fast Track Mentor ProgramHere’s how you can get in touch with Mike and learn more about his company:mike@fartherfarms.comFarther FarmsHere’s how you can get in touch with Meg and Sid and learn more about Atolla (Atolla is a female-founded company that Mike is an investor in).@atollaskinlab on InstagramAtolla - Meg and Sid create personalized serum based on a proprietary skin evaluationQuestions or comments? Email us at fourofakindpodcast@gmail.com. Also, don’t forget to hit subscribe and follow us on Instagram for updates!