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Growth Stage

22 EpisodesProduced by One Industry. One Investor. One Operator.Website

Growth Stage discusses the potential successes and failures of growth-stage industries and companies through the eyes of their biggest stakeholders. Each episode combines one investor, one operator, and lots of expertise to dissect hot-topic companies via their opportunities, challenges, and potenti… read more

22 Episodes | 2018 - 2021

Check Yourself (Payroll Infrastructure)

September 10th, 2021


It's hard to get money, so why should paying be difficult too? Turns out, the red tape and process for payroll is wildly complicated (taxes, filings, …

Do Ghost Kitchens Use (Dead)Pans? (Ghost Kitchens)

August 6th, 2021


Ghost kitchens certainly aren't a thing of the past. In fact, the market for these dark kitchens is alive and well, and they are fueling the fire for food delivery growth across the globe. From your favorite fast-food …

Fry Dolla $ign (Food Tech)

July 11th, 2021


Food tech has received a cornucopia of attention recently. But have we bitten off more than we can chew with lab-grown meats or vertical farming? These ideas are important, without doubt, but they’re a small piece of …

Space Jam (Space Industry)

May 28th, 2021


Taking a "moonshot" used to mean something. But in recent years, private industry has not-so-quietly begun to pile into what was once reserved for …

Four Wheel Tive (Supply Chain Visibility)

May 3rd, 2021


We've all asked ourselves at one time or another "Where the f*ck is my package?" The truth is, there's a host of people who care a lot more than you …

Go Go Gadget Me (Quantified Self / Digital Health)

April 9th, 2021


We'd all like to use our bodies like a Ferrari, but maybe end up treating it like a trash compactor (T-1000 vs. Bender). Solutions are obvious …

APItude Adjustment (APIs)

March 19th, 2021


It's obvious smaller businesses can have fewer digital touchpoints, but that doesn't mean they have less data...or that this data is less valuable. Connecting the unconnected is still just in its infancy, as a growing …

Grocery Understated (Micro Fulfillment)

February 26th, 2021


The fresh foods aisle has needed a cleanup for a while. Grocery stores have hardly changed in 100 years, and many delivery startups have chosen to …

Banking on Banking (Digital Banking)

November 24th, 2020


The sad thing about the banking industry is no one has given it credit for evolving. But it's obvious Silicon Valley isn't leaving this one a loan. …

Big Baller Betting (Sports Betting)

October 22nd, 2020


Money Ball vs. Liar's Poker - the data and analytics of sports betting. For as long as there have been sports, people have been trying to figure out how to bet on them. And as these markets have grown (although we still …

Make Money Moves (Social Investing)

September 30th, 2020


Stocks are back! And you don't need a three-piece suit and a huge tie to be a trader don't even even need a computer or to own a whole …

Invasion of the Product People (Product)

July 7th, 2020


Don't even trip dawg, this one's a bit meta, but we got you on this one, broh. The Growth Stage Podcast explores the nature of problems being solved …

Kids In The Backseat, Chillin

June 12th, 2020


Times are weird. That's all we need to say right now. We checked in with a few familiar faces to see what they're up to, and how their business has adapted.

We're in the car with Will Szczerbiak (and his kids) on this …

Not Really an Update (Rick Zullo, Equal Ventures)

May 28th, 2020


Times are still weird. So we’re gonna continue being different...

Last week we checked in with a familiar face, this week we're introducing a new …

From the Bathrobe Newsroom!

May 13th, 2020


Times are weird. That's all we need to say right now. We checked in with a few familiar faces to see what they're up to, and how their business has adapted. Have a listen, we've all got the time.

  New longer form …

WeDontMakePuns, WeMake $ (Coworking)

February 14th, 2020


The moronic circus of rearview mirror watching WeWork haters (who also seem to have a knack for lumpish puns) are to be moving on to the next town (Gloatsburg?). But they've left behind all the good stuff - the …

The Long Haul (Trucking)

August 29th, 2019


Trucking has an almost mythological American cultural status. And there's a reason. It's got it all - the "American Dream", "Rags to Riches", "David …

The Process Miner's Daughter

June 27th, 2019


Companies are hoarding data now. And good for them, cus, well…it’s f*cking everywhere. And hidden amongst and in between the zettabytes of data …

Whatever Helps You Sleep At Night

November 6th, 2018


What do starting a disruptive game-changing business and writing a hit screenplay have in common? Lots of assholes think they can do it. While the …

The Robots Are Our Friends

August 2nd, 2018


As it turns out AI is hardly artificial anymore (slaps knee). The hardest part is making an intelligent decision about what to do with it (slaps knee …

Born-Digital Skepticism

August 2nd, 2018


Has the tidal wave of born-digital upstart brands killed traditional retail? Are these “game-changing” newbies everything they seem, or is something else going on? Scott Friend and Mark Weikel, two serious OGs, still on …

The World Will Be A Parking Lot

August 2nd, 2018


Most people you know are barely fully autonomous, what makes you think cars are anywhere close? This industry is so new, so dynamic and so clever, …

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