The Founder Spirit

Jennifer Wu

Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you! In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story. So tune in & be inspired by stories from their life journey! read less
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Jaeson Ma: Power of Forgiveness and Re-defining Success
Feb 10 2024
Jaeson Ma: Power of Forgiveness and Re-defining Success
In this episode of The Founder Spirit, we interview the unconventional Jaeson Ma, serial entrepreneur, hip-hop artist, and venture capitalist in the media, entertainment and technology industry. Growing up in the Bay Area, he reflects on his tumultuous adolescence and run-in’s with the law, recounting the pivotal moment that changed his life trajectory. Merging his deep spirituality with a passion for music, he delves into the vibrant West Coast underground hip-hop scene of the early '90s, narrating his journey as the right-hand of MC Hammer, his lifelong mentor.A former youth minister, Jaeson shares the profound impact of his missionary work on his worldview and values. Stressing the importance of creating meaningful relationships and the power of forgiveness, he talks about his transition to the music industry and collaboration with Bruno Mars following his burnout.He concludes by re-defining success and underscoring that our true destiny flows from our identity, which is grounded in the unconditional love of God.Just how did a troubled youth become the right-hand of MC Hammer, plant over 200 churches in 40 countries, and ultimately emerge as an industry maverick to re-define success in Hollywood?TUNE IN to this mind-blowing conversation with Jaeson Ma & find out.  For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcastFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpiritTwitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spiritIf this podcast has been beneficial or valuable to you, feel free to become a patron and support us on Patreon.com, that is P-A-T-R-E-O-N.com/TheFounderSpirit.As always, you can find us on Apple, Google, Amazon and Spotify, as well as social media and our website at TheFounderSpirit.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Sofia de Meyer and Sofi Khwaja: Disrupting Industries and Systems-Based Approach to Regenerative Economies
Jan 26 2024
Sofia de Meyer and Sofi Khwaja: Disrupting Industries and Systems-Based Approach to Regenerative Economies
The following episode was recorded during the 2023 Villars Symposium held by the Villars Institute, where we recorded several short interviews over a period of three days. The Founder Spirit Podcast is proud to be a partner of the Villars Institute, a nonprofit foundation focused on accelerating the transition to a net-zero economy and restoring planetary health.Join us in this episode of The Founder Spirit as we explore inspiring journeys from Sofia de Meyer, Founder of Whitepod Eco-Luxury Hotel and Opaline, and Sofi Khwaja, Founder and CEO of Thesus, unraveling the systemic approach they've embraced in cultivating a regenerative economy. Discover the insights, challenges, and transformative strategies that have fueled their endeavors, paving the way for sustainable and impactful ventures. How did two former lawyers create businesses to challenge the status quo and disrupt industries characterized by systemic inequalities? TUNE IN to this intimate conversation with two incredible female entrepreneurs as they share their experiences in shaping businesses that go beyond profit, contributing to a future where regeneration and resilience are at the forefront of economic innovation.For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcastFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpiritTwitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spiritIf this podcast has been beneficial or valuable to you, feel free to become a patron and support us on Patreon.com, that is P-A-T-R-E-O-N.com/TheFounderSpirit.As always, you can find us on Apple, Google, Amazon and Spotify, as well as social media and our website at TheFounderSpirit.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Desh Deshpande: On Entrepreneurship and Impact
Jan 12 2024
Desh Deshpande: On Entrepreneurship and Impact
In this episode of The Founder Spirit, we talk to Desh Deshpande, a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. An Indian emigrant best known for founding Cascade Communications and Sycamore Networks and a pioneering figure in the early days of the Internet, Desh emphasizes the importance of building a winning startup culture and reflects on the challenges and lessons learned along the way.Recognizing the wealth gap created by entrepreneurship, he co-founded the Deshpande Foundation with his wife to promote entrepreneurship and make a sustainable, scalable social and economic impact in both North America and India. Desh highlights the importance of relevance and innovation in creating solutions and changing the culture of impoverished communities. He also offers advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and emphasizes the significance of finding one's passion.Just how did an immigrant who arrived with only $8 in his pocket achieve the ultimate American Dream, and then channel his riches into social entrepreneurship? TUNE IN to this thoughtful conversation with Desh Deshpande! & make sure to read his book "On Entrepreneurship and Impact" (available for free on his website), a practical guide for founders at all stages.For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcastFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpiritTwitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spiritIf this podcast has been beneficial or valuable to you, feel free to become a patron and support us on Patreon.com, that is P-A-T-R-E-O-N.com/TheFounderSpirit.As always, you can find us on Apple, Google, Amazon and Spotify, as well as social media and our website at TheFounderSpirit.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Barney Swan: Growing Up Off-Grid, Polar Explorations and Restoring the World’s Oldest Rainforest
Dec 15 2023
Barney Swan: Growing Up Off-Grid, Polar Explorations and Restoring the World’s Oldest Rainforest
The following episode was recorded during the 2023 Villars Symposium held by the Villars Institute, where we recorded several short interviews over a period of three days. The Founder Spirit Podcast is proud to be a partner of the Villars Institute, a nonprofit foundation focused on accelerating the transition to a net-zero economy and restoring planetary health.In this episode of The Founder Spirit, we delved into the stories of the exceptional Barney Swan, a sustainability advocate and Founder of ClimateForce, an explorer and a gifted keynote speaker, on being raised off-grid, polar explorations, restoring the world’s oldest rainforest and hope for the next generation.How did growing up off-grid and polar explorations help Barney bridge outdoor stewardship with conscious business practices, propelling him towards a more sustainable future through ClimateForce?TUNE IN & find out from fascinating conversation with Barney! For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcastFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpiritTwitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spiritIf this podcast has been beneficial or valuable to you, feel free to become a patron and support us on Patreon.com, that is P-A-T-R-E-O-N.com/TheFounderSpirit.As always, you can find us on Apple, Google, Amazon and Spotify, as well as social media and our website at TheFounderSpirit.com.The Founder Spirit podcast is proud to be a partner of the Villars Institute, a non-profit foundation focused on accelerating the transition to a net-zero economy and restoring planetary health.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Zainab Salbi: A Journey of Hope and Resilience, From Conflict Zones To Climate Activism
Dec 1 2023
Zainab Salbi: A Journey of Hope and Resilience, From Conflict Zones To Climate Activism
In this episode of The Founder Spirit, we meet Zainab Salbi, an Iraqi-American women's rights activist making significant strides in humanitarian work and accelerating women-led initiatives for climate actions at Daughters for Earth. Growing up during the Iran-Iraq War, Zainab stresses the importance of recognizing women's experiences during times of conflict and highlights her mother's influence in nurturing her feminist beliefs.Zainab's discusses her passion for aiding women in founding Women for Women International, an organization that has connected a million women and distributed $150 million in 16 countries. Reflecting on her experiences in conflict zones, Zainab highlights the beauty and resilience of humanity amid the horrors of war, and shares inspiring stories of strength and love.Transitioning into her new role as a climate activist and co-founder of Daughters for Earth, Zainab emphasizes the need for new value systems centered around Earth's health and advocates for regenerative agriculture and the importance of women's leadership in addressing climate change. Her latest campaign The Hummingbird Effect uses graphic novels to educate the public and inspire collective action.How did someone who grew up under the shadows of Saddam Hussein went about to transform the lives of millions of people around the world impacted by war? TUNE IN to this moving conversation with Zainab Salbi, and join the movement for positive change by supporting Daughters for Earth and fostering resilience in face of global challenges.For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcastFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpiritX:  https://x.com/founder_spiritIf this podcast has been beneficial or valuable to you, feel free to become a patron and support us on Patreon.com, that is P-A-T-R-E-O-N.com/TheFounderSpirit.As always, you can find us on Apple, Google, Amazon and Spotify, as well as social media and our website at TheFounderSpirit.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!
Meagan Fallone: From Empowering Illiterate Women To Championing Climate Justice
Nov 17 2023
Meagan Fallone: From Empowering Illiterate Women To Championing Climate Justice
The following episode was recorded during the 2023 Villars Symposium held by the Villars Institute, where we recorded several short interviews over a period of three days. The Founder Spirit Podcast is proud to be a partner of the Villars Institute, a nonprofit foundation focused on accelerating the transition to a net-zero economy and restoring planetary health.In this episode of The Founder Spirit, we talk to Meagan Fallone, an award-winning social entrepreneur, Founder of Step Up Advisers and former CEO and now Board Member of Barefoot College International about a wide range of topics, from growing up in New Zealand and running a heli-skiing company, to scaling Barefoot to 93 countries and championing climate justice at CARE.How did a former art consultant and founder of a heli-ski expedition company become an award-winning social entrepreneur? TUNE IN & find out from this delightful conversation with Meagan Fallone! For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcastFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpiritTwitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spiritIf this podcast has been beneficial or valuable to you, feel free to become a patron and support us on Patreon.com, that is P-A-T-R-E-O-N.com/TheFounderSpirit.As always, you can find us on Apple, Google, Amazon and Spotify, as well as social media and our website at TheFounderSpirit.com.The Founder Spirit podcast is proud to be a partner of the Villars Institute, a non-profit foundation focused on accelerating the transition to a net-zero economy and restoring planetary health.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Ahmad Joudeh: Dance or Die, From Stateless Refugee To International Ballet Star
Nov 3 2023
Ahmad Joudeh: Dance or Die, From Stateless Refugee To International Ballet Star
In this episode of The Founder Spirit, we talk to Ahmad Joudeh, a dancer and choreographer who overcame immense obstacles. His life story is a true testament to the power of art and the human spirit.Born in Syria as a stateless refugee, he faced opposition from family and received death threats for pursuing his passion as a ballet dancer. With help from the Dutch National Ballet, he moved to Amsterdam, founded the Dance or Die Foundation and fulfilled his dream.  Ahmad shares how dance helped him survive in a war-torn country. Despite violence and devastating loss, he found solace in his art, offering free lessons to help children cope with trauma and build resilience. He also talks about his transition to Europe with culture shock and PTSD, while leaving family behind battling to stay afloat. Against overwhelming odds, he continues to thrive and perform internationally as an artist. How did Ahmad persevere through life’s unimaginable adversities and go from a stateless refugee to an international ballet star? TUNE IN & find out from this heartening conversation with Ahmad Joudeh, a survivor, who shares his remarkable story about the power of dance, spreading hope and resilience around in world.For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcastFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpiritTwitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spiritIf this podcast has been beneficial or valuable to you, feel free to become a patron and support us on Patreon.com, that is P-A-T-R-E-O-N.com/TheFounderSpirit.As always, you can find us on Apple, Google, Amazon and Spotify, as well as social media and our website at TheFounderSpirit.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Bill Shufelt: Crafting Fulfillment with Non-Alcoholic Brew
Oct 21 2023
Bill Shufelt: Crafting Fulfillment with Non-Alcoholic Brew
Bill Shufelt, Founder and CEO of Athletic Brewing Company, left his job as a hedge fund trader to pursue a more meaningful venture with positive societal impact, even when no one in the industry saw the market potential. In this episode of The Founder Spirit podcast, Bill shares his enthusiasm of brewing fulfillment in revolutionizing the non-alcoholic beer segment and his journey of building a health-conscious brand.A former hedge fund trader and college athlete, Bill stopped drinking a decade ago and felt enormous positive effects on his life. But he was also frustrated by the lack of great tasting, non-alcoholic alternatives, and determined to craft an innovative beer for today’s active, healthy adults. Just how did Athletic Brewing Company turn one of the most unappealing, underwhelming beverages into a booming business over a short span of 5 years? TUNE IN & find out from this delightful conversation with Bill on the significance of building something you're passionate about and creating a meaningful impact on society!For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcastFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpiritTwitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spiritIf this podcast has been beneficial or valuable to you, feel free to become a patron and support us on Patreon.com, that is P-A-T-R-E-O-N.com/TheFounderSpirit.As always, you can find us on Apple, Google, Amazon and Spotify, as well as social media and our website at TheFounderSpirit.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Venerable Monk Burin: Wisdom From the Silent Mind and World Peace Through Inner Peace
Oct 7 2023
Venerable Monk Burin: Wisdom From the Silent Mind and World Peace Through Inner Peace
In a world where many chase perfection and accumulate material possessions,  "less is more" shows how inner peace can make the world better, reminding us that real riches are inside us.In this episode of The Founder Spirit, Venerable Monk Burin, the Executive Director of the global NGO The Middle Way Meditation Institute, discusses his journey of becoming a monk and how he realized that financial success does not guarantee happiness. He highlights the importance of inner peace and a simple life. He talks about his upbringing in Thailand, why he gave up his initial worldly desires to follow a monastic path. Monk Burin shares wisdom from his teacher, who taught him that "less is more" and finding the Buddha nature insides leading to true happiness. And he talks about The Middle Way Meditation Institute, aligning Buddha’s teachings with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Monk Burin also shares the Middle Way Meditation technique and the importance of having a Daily Mind Shower to foster peace of mind. How can Buddha’s teachings impact personal growth and societal change?TUNE IN & find out from this profound conversation with the Venerable Monk Burin & embark on a beautiful journey to inner peace!For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcastFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpiritTwitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spiritIf this podcast has been beneficial or valuable to you, feel free to become a patron and support us on Patreon.com, that is P-A-T-R-E-O-N.com/TheFounderSpirit.As always, you can find us on Apple, Google, Amazon and Spotify, as well as social media and our website at TheFounderSpirit.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Professor Elaine Pagels:  The Gnostic Gospels and the Divine Within
Sep 16 2023
Professor Elaine Pagels: The Gnostic Gospels and the Divine Within
We all believe in something greater than ourselves, and with that belief, we are able to overcome obstacles, no matter how hard life gets sometimes.In this episode of The Founder Spirit, Professor Elaine Pagels, a historian of religion at Princeton University and a Trustee of the Aspen Institute, discusses the significance of the Gnostic Gospels. These ancient texts (nearly 2000 years old), believed to be the secret teachings of Jesus, were discovered in 1945 buried in the deep desert of Upper Egypt and were denounced as heresy in the early Christian era. They suggest that within each of us, there is the ability to access divine energy.The episode also explores the concept of inner light as key to Gnosis (knowledge in Greek) and living a fulfilling life. It also discusses the role of women in early Christian societies and their impact on religious practices. Elaine explores the idea of God as both masculine and feminine emanations of energy, as well as her personal story with the tragic deaths of her young son Mark and her late husband Heinz.TUNE IN to this incredibly enlightening episode! Join us for a thought-provoking journey with Professor Elaine Pagels whose heart not only healed from unimaginable losses, but also continues to blossom in her new-found bliss.For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcastFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpiritTwitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spiritIf this podcast has been beneficial or valuable to you, feel free to become a patron and support us on Patreon.com, that is P-A-T-R-E-O-N.com/TheFounderSpirit.As always, you can find us on Apple, Google, Amazon and Spotify, as well as social media and our website at TheFounderSpirit.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Season 1 Wrap Up: Overcoming Fear and Finding Flow - My Personal Journey of Launching The Founder Spirit Podcast
Jul 28 2023
Season 1 Wrap Up: Overcoming Fear and Finding Flow - My Personal Journey of Launching The Founder Spirit Podcast
After over two decades of working in entrepreneurship and finance, our host, Jennifer Wu, found herself in an utterly different line of work than she had previously imagined. In this episode of The Founder Spirit, we explore her personal journey in launching this podcast. Though her initial experience was filled with much doubt and fear, she managed to overcome these challenges by ignoring the negative self-talk and shifting her focus to the journey itself. By creating a platform that amplifies diverse causes and featuring a wide-ranging array of guests, hosting this podcast has been incredibly fulfilling and inspiring for her.By conquering her fears and pursuing her dream, it is her greatest hope that the podcast will inspire each one of us to pursue our passion, live more authentically, and become better versions of ourselves.TUNE IN to uncover her journey as Jennifer reflects on the challenges of her entrepreneurial pursuit and how it has changed her perspective on leading conversations in her personal life. The concept of "The Founder Spirit" is also explored, encompassing commitment, persistence, mental resilience, and embracing failures.For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcastFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpiritTwitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spiritThis episode is brought to you by NIANCE, Deeper than Beauty. NIANCE is a science-based Swiss luxury skincare and nutritional supplement brand focused on activating the body's natural ability to rejuvenate and regenerate for a more vital, useful, and energetic appearance. Powered by groundbreaking furnace biotechnology, its award-winning formulas, with the exclusive Swiss Glacier complex, combine over a hundred powerful natural active ingredients with leading clinical research. As listeners of my podcast, you can benefit from 15% discount by using the promo code “TheFounderSpirit15” on niance.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Sarah Cameron Sunde: Galvanizing Climate Action with 36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea
Jul 14 2023
Sarah Cameron Sunde: Galvanizing Climate Action with 36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea
The climate crisis and its impact on rising sea levels pose significant threats to coastal communities, ecosystems, and infrastructure worldwide. To raise awareness about this pressing issue, climate art has emerged as a powerful way to engage audiences, provoke dialogue, and inspire collective action. In this episode of The Founder Spirit, we feature Sarah Cameron Sunde, an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of art and activism. Sarah is best known for masterminding 36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea, a series of performances and video artwork spanning nine years and six continents, where she stands as the water engulfs her and then recedes for over 12 hours a full tide cycle as a metaphor for the rise in sea level. She works with scale and duration to explore the profound connections between humans and the natural world.TUNE IN and uncover Sarah’s artistic journey from a theater maker to an activist, and what inspired her to connect art with environmental challenges in catalyzing a broader conversation to promote positive change as we confront the climate crisis.For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcastFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpiritTwitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spiritThis episode is brought to you by NIANCE, Deeper than Beauty. NIANCE is a science-based Swiss luxury skincare and nutritional supplement brand focused on activating the body's natural ability to rejuvenate and regenerate for a more vital, useful, and energetic appearance. Powered by groundbreaking furnace biotechnology, its award-winning formulas, with the exclusive Swiss Glacier complex, combine over a hundred powerful natural active ingredients with leading clinical research. As listeners of my podcast, you can benefit from 15% discount by using the promo code “TheFounderSpirit15” on niance.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Sara Jane Ho:  Transforming Lives Through the Power of Etiquette
Jun 29 2023
Sara Jane Ho: Transforming Lives Through the Power of Etiquette
With deep conviction that etiquette is an essential aspect of life, Sara Jane Ho is an accomplished entrepreneur and etiquette expert who calls herself a microcultural anthropologist. Sara is the star of her Emmy-nominated reality makeover show on Netflix, “Mind Your Manners”, a fascinating series that portrays etiquette as the utmost form of wellness, a way to promote genuine and healthy individual growth. Sara also announces her new venture, Antevorta Laboratories, a women's wellness brand formulated with ingredients from traditional Chinese medicine. TUNE IN as we explore how Sara helps her students become their better selves by teaching them manners, letting go of the inner obstacles holding them back, and giving them the confidence to shine in any situation.For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcastFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpiritTwitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spiritThis episode is brought to you by NIANCE, Deeper than Beauty. NIANCE is a science-based Swiss luxury skincare and nutritional supplement brand focused on activating the body's natural ability to rejuvenate and regenerate for a more vital, useful, and energetic appearance. Powered by groundbreaking furnace biotechnology, its award-winning formulas, with the exclusive Swiss Glacier complex, combine over a hundred powerful natural active ingredients with leading clinical research. As listeners of my podcast, you can benefit from 15% discount by using the promo code “TheFounderSpirit15” on niance.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Coach Leighroy: Thriving Through Growth, Structure, and Overcoming Burnout - Insights from Peak Performance Sport
Jun 18 2023
Coach Leighroy: Thriving Through Growth, Structure, and Overcoming Burnout - Insights from Peak Performance Sport
Given today’s tough economic environment, many startups are now struggling to survive after having raised record amounts of capital. In this episode of The Founder Spirit Podcast, we'll take a deep dive into Coach Leighroy's story as an elite triathlete turned tech founder and startup coach, and uncover how he leverages his athletic background to assist entrepreneurs in achieving their goals. At Hillspeed Group, a coaching platform for early-stage technology, Coach treats founders like athletes and empowers them for success by pursuing a more efficient path to growth and offering tech founders a more supportive, performance-focused environment.TUNE IN now as we explore Leigh's distinctive approach to coaching while emphasizing the importance of commitment in both sports and business.For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcastFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpiritTwitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spiritThis episode is brought to you by NIANCE, Deeper than Beauty. NIANCE is a science-based Swiss luxury skincare and nutritional supplement brand focused on activating the body's natural ability to rejuvenate and regenerate for a more vital, useful, and energetic appearance. Powered by groundbreaking furnace biotechnology, its award-winning formulas, with the exclusive Swiss Glacier complex, combine over a hundred powerful natural active ingredients with leading clinical research. As listeners of my podcast, you can benefit from 15% discount by using the promo code “TheFounderSpirit15” on niance.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Tom Szaky: Unlocking the Value of Waste
Jun 2 2023
Tom Szaky: Unlocking the Value of Waste
Every year we generate over 2 billion tons of waste, most of which ends up either in landfills or being burned, resulting in disastrous consequences on our planet. While these facts are alarming, have you ever paused to wonder what is the root cause of waste? And how can someone build a profitable business based on something so repulsive? In this episode of The Founder Spirit Podcast, Tom Szaky, Founder and CEO of TerraCycle, shares his entrepreneurial journey as a Princeton dropout and the important lessons he learned along the way. Tom's passion for waste reduction and his innovative approach to waste management can help us save the planet. He talks about his pivot from selling liquid worm poop in the early days to unlocking the value of garbage, and emphasizes the importance of empathy and having purpose in business.Join us as we explore the fascinating world of garbage according to Tom Szaky and learn how his unique perspective on trash can help us tackle this critical global issue. TUNE IN now!For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcastFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpiritTwitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spirit This episode is brought to you by NIANCE, Deeper than Beauty. NIANCE is a science-based Swiss luxury skincare and nutritional supplement brand focused on activating the body's natural ability to rejuvenate and regenerate for a more vital, useful, and energetic appearance. Powered by groundbreaking furnace biotechnology, its award-winning formulas, with the exclusive Swiss Glacier complex, combine over a hundred powerful natural active ingredients with leading clinical research. As listeners of my podcast, you can benefit from 15% discount by using the promo code “TheFounderSpirit15” on niance.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Tristan Lecomte: Revolutionizing Supply Chain Sustainability & Climate Change
May 20 2023
Tristan Lecomte: Revolutionizing Supply Chain Sustainability & Climate Change
Consumerism and profitability are often prioritized over sustainability and ethical practices. It's refreshing to see entrepreneurs who are committed to making a positive impact on the planet. Tristan Lecomte, a serial social entrepreneur and pioneer in supply chain sustainability and climate change, is leading the way toward a more renewable future. Recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine, he shares his insights and adventures from selling Fair Trade products at Alter Eco to planting trees to offset carbon footprint at PUR Projet and cleaning up ocean plastic with Second Life. In this episode of The Founder Spirit, we'll delve deeper into Tristan's entrepreneurial journey and explore the challenges he faced while working with smallholder farmers around the world and tackling ocean plastic waste. We will also examine his belief in the importance of developing a collective consciousness towards simplicity and sustainability as the key to solving the environmental crisis. TUNE IN & be inspired!For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcast Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpirit Twitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spirit This episode is brought to you by NIANCE, Deeper than Beauty. NIANCE is a science-based Swiss luxury skincare and nutritional supplement brand focused on activating the body's natural ability to rejuvenate and regenerate for a more vital, useful, and energetic appearance. Powered by groundbreaking furnace biotechnology, its award-winning formulas, with the exclusive Swiss Glacier complex, combine over a hundred powerful natural active ingredients with leading clinical research. As listeners of my podcast, you can benefit from 15% discount by using the promo code “TheFounderSpirit15” on niance.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Masha Gordon: The Explorer's Grand Slam & Conquering Personal Mountains
Apr 28 2023
Masha Gordon: The Explorer's Grand Slam & Conquering Personal Mountains
In today's complex and multi-dimensional world, success can seem elusive and unattainable. However, there are individuals who have managed to achieve remarkable success in multiple domains, defying the odds and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps. In this episode of Founder Spirit, we are delighted to bring you the story of one such individual - Masha Gordon., who at the age of 42, became the fastest woman to complete the Explorer's Grand Slam in just 7 months and 19 days, ascending to the highest peak in each continent, as well as skiing the last degree on both the North and South Pole. Not only does she hold two Guinness World Records as the fastest woman to scale the Seven Summits and to complete the Three Poles Challenge, she also had an impressive career on Wall Street and has consistently demonstrated the spirit of determination and resilience in her professional life and mountaineering accomplishments. In this candid conversation, Masha shares her insights on a range of topics, from investing and the importance of mentorship to self-reinvention and navigating turbulent times. So TUNE IN, and get ready to be inspired as we delve into the multi-dimensional world of Masha Gordon!For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcast Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpirit Twitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spirit This episode is brought to you by NIANCE, Deeper than Beauty. NIANCE is a science-based Swiss luxury skincare and nutritional supplement brand focused on activating the body's natural ability to rejuvenate and regenerate for a more vital, useful, and energetic appearance. Powered by groundbreaking furnace biotechnology, its award-winning formulas, with the exclusive Swiss Glacier complex, combine over a hundred powerful natural active ingredients with leading clinical research. As listeners of my podcast, you can benefit from 15% discount by using the promo code “TheFounderSpirit15” on niance.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Amit Munshi: The Secrets of His Success in Biotechnology
Apr 14 2023
Amit Munshi: The Secrets of His Success in Biotechnology
Some people say that biotechnology is similar to speculative oil drilling for PhDs. We are joined today by Amit Munshi, a serial entrepreneur and a turnaround expert with over 30 years of remarkable experience in biotech. From founding Kythera Biopharmaceuticals (sold to Allergan for $2.1 billion) to leading a successful turnaround at Arena Pharmaceuticals (sold to Pfizer for $6.7 billion), Amit truly knows what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in this industry. In today's episode, he shares his insights on taking risks, finding the right capital structure for your company, and the ultimate goal of bringing life-saving drugs to market. So, grab your headphones and TUNE IN to Amit's magical journey through life.For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcast Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpirit Twitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spirit This episode is brought to you by NIANCE, Deeper than Beauty. NIANCE is a science-based Swiss luxury skincare and nutritional supplement brand focused on activating the body's natural ability to rejuvenate and regenerate for a more vital, useful, and energetic appearance. Powered by groundbreaking furnace biotechnology, its award-winning formulas, with the exclusive Swiss Glacier complex, combine over a hundred powerful natural active ingredients with leading clinical research. As listeners of my podcast, you can benefit from 15% discount by using the promo code “TheFounderSpirit15” on niance.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Claudia Romo Edelman: The Modern-Day Mafalda & We Are All Human
Mar 31 2023
Claudia Romo Edelman: The Modern-Day Mafalda & We Are All Human
We reveal, elevate & celebrate the best of humanity. We Are All Human celebrates our differences, it is because of them, not despite them, that we are strong. Joining us today is Claudia Romo Edelman, a social entrepreneur, an advocate, and a catalyst for social change. She is a global mobilization expert, as well as a leader of inclusion, focused on unifying the U.S. Hispanic community and promoting sustainability and purpose-driven activities. She is the founder of We Are All Human Foundation, a New York-based non-profit dedicated to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity. Claudia has a track record in launching global movements and creating collective action and is a master of agenda-setting. She has been in the driving seat of some of the most successful global campaigns of the last decade, including the launch of Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations. Claudia is a visiting fellow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a published author and sits on the board of several not-for-profit organizations. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and has been listed as one of "Most Powerful Latinas" for three consecutive years by the Association of Latino Professionals For America, as well as People Magazine's "25 Most Powerful Latinas" in 2020. TUNE IN now and be inspired! For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcast Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpirit Twitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spirit This episode is brought to you by NIANCE, Deeper than Beauty. NIANCE is a science-based Swiss luxury skincare and nutritional supplement brand focused on activating the body's natural ability to rejuvenate and regenerate for a more vital, useful, and energetic appearance. Powered by groundbreaking furnace biotechnology, its award-winning formulas, with the exclusive Swiss Glacier complex, combine over a hundred powerful natural active ingredients with leading clinical research. As listeners of my podcast, you can benefit from 15% discount by using the promo code “TheFounderSpirit15” on niance.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!
Mike Ang: Pursuit of Happiness Across His Land of Dreams
Mar 17 2023
Mike Ang: Pursuit of Happiness Across His Land of Dreams
We live in a volatile, complex world. It's easy to get stuck in our daily routines, and even easier to never start something or give up when things don’t go as planned. For one man, however, taking the road less traveled has been a journey of self-discovery and limitless creativity. Joining us in this episode is Mike Ang, a serial entrepreneur in the lifestyle and entertainment industry. Trained as a civil engineer, Mike never gave up pursuing his dreams in music, creative writing and entertainment. He is the Founder of Planet X, a successful international multi-media production and product marketing agency based in New York, currently launching an ultra-premium, zero-additive tequila brand, Tierra de Ensueño. As a published author of a children's book, Mike is a first-time screenwriter of a romantic comedy Asian Persuasion, produced and directed by Jhett Tolentino, a Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway producer. Through his various endeavors, Mike is also a tireless advocate of advancing culture and creating greater opportunities for youth, women, and minorities. During his spare time, Mike runs a successful manufacturing facility for rolling paper in the Philippines, still consults professionally as a civil engineer, and is also the producer of a Netflix documentary premiering in April 2023. Is there something else that Mike doesn't do? Where does the innate desire to create something out of nothing come from? TUNE IN now and be inspired! For detailed transcript and show notes, please visit TheFounderSpirit.com. Also follow us on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-founder-spirit-podcastInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefounderspirit_podcastYouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@TheFounderSpiritPodcast Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheFounderSpirit Twitter:  https://twitter.com/founder_spirit This episode is brought to you by NIANCE, Deeper than Beauty. NIANCE is a science-based Swiss luxury skincare and nutritional supplement brand focused on activating the body's natural ability to rejuvenate and regenerate for a more vital, useful, and energetic appearance. Powered by groundbreaking furnace biotechnology, its award-winning formulas, with the exclusive Swiss Glacier complex, combine over a hundred powerful natural active ingredients with leading clinical research. As listeners of my podcast, you can benefit from 15% discount by using the promo code “TheFounderSpirit15” on niance.com.About This Podcast:Whether you are an entrepreneur, a mid-career professional or someone who's just starting out in life, The Founder Spirit podcast is for you!In this podcast series, we'll be interviewing exceptional individuals from all over the world with the founder spirit, ranging from social entrepreneurs, tech founders, to philanthropists, elite athletes, and more. Together, we'll uncover not only how they manage to succeed in face of multiple challenges, but also who they are as people and their human story.So TUNE IN & be inspired by stories from their life journey!