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35 EpisodesProduced by Social StartsWebsite

Hosted by Social Starts/Joyance Partners Managing Partner Mike Edelhart, Inception is a series of conversations about the beginning of things - of companies, careers, new science, breakthrough technology, and a peek into the future. Each episode features an intimate talk between Mike and a founder o… read more

35 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

S1E1: The Inception of Inception with Guest Charles Smith, Social Starts Venture Partner

March 29th, 2019


In the very first episode of Inception, Social Starts/Joyance Partner Managing Partner Mike Edelhart talks with Venture Partner Charles Smith about the remarkable spark of aspiring entrepreneurs, the key factors that …

S1E2: Guest Chieh Huang, CEO of Boxed

March 29th, 2019


Chieh Huang is CEO of Boxed, the bulk delivery service. In this episode, Chieh talks about making your dream come alive, the grit it takes to keep …

S1E3: Guest Austen Allred, CEO of Lambda School

March 29th, 2019


Austen Allred is CEO of Lambda School, the online software engineering training school for no up-front cost. In this episode, Austen shares the …

S1E4: Guest Tina Hedges, CEO of LOLI Beauty

March 29th, 2019


Tina Hedges is CEO of LOLI, the world's first zero waste beauty brand. In this episode, Tina talks about the tumultuous transition from the corporate …

S1E5: Guest Daniel Chait, CEO of Greenhouse

March 29th, 2019


Daniel Chait is CEO of Greenhouse, the talent acquisition company. In this episode, Daniel talks about the pros and cons of rapid growth, how he leverages his leadership position as a "flamethrower," and that one time …

S1E6: Guest Jun Deng, Investment Partner at Joyance Partners

March 29th, 2019


Jun Deng is an Investment Partner at Joyance Partners, the first VC fund focused on health-driven happiness. In this episode, Jun talks about what …

S1E7: Guest Hunter Rosenblume, CEO of Sweet

March 29th, 2019


Hunter Rosenblume is CEO of Sweet, an app that can save you up to 50% on your monthly phone bill. In this episode, Hunter talks about his phone-themed bar mitzvah, the challenges of pivoting his company three times, how …

S1E8: Guest Tyler Shultz, CEO of Flux Biosciences

March 29th, 2019


Tyler Shultz is CEO of Flux Biosciences, a company that repurposes the tech used to read and write computer hard drives to perform sensitive and …

S1E9: Melanie Travis, CEO of Andie Swimwear

March 29th, 2019


Melanie Travis is CEO of Andie, a swimwear brand made for women, by women. In this episode, Melanie talks about the bright moment she realized the key to her success, the surprising pros of having zero swimwear …

S1E10: Guest Sam Parr, CEO of The Hustle

March 29th, 2019


Sam Parr is CEO of The Hustle, a media company that produces a wildly popular tech and business newsletter for young professionals. In this episode, …

S1E11: Guest Jared Feldman, CEO of Canvs

May 6th, 2019


Jared Feldman is CEO of Canvs, the industry standard in emotion measurement. In this episode, Jared talks about the powerful art of interpreting …

S1E12: Guest Polly Rodriguez, CEO of Unbound

May 6th, 2019


Polly Rodriguez is CEO of Unbound, an erotic product brand changing how feminists explore and enjoy their sex lives. In this episode, Polly discusses …

S1E13: Guest Tigran Sloyan, CEO of CodeSignal

June 4th, 2019


Tigran Sloyan is cofounder and CEO of CodeSIgnal, the most advanced technical assessment solution on the market. In this episode, Tigran talks about …

S1E14: Guest Dimitri Sogoloff, CEO of Horton Point

June 20th, 2019


Dimitri Sogoloff is CEO of Horton Point, providing accredited investors worldwide with an easy, cost-efficient way to construct customized portfolios …

S1E15: Guest Renato Circi, Co-founder of Caura

June 24th, 2019


Renato Circi is the co-founder of Caura, the first ever molecular tracker providing instant, real-time performance feedback. In this episode, Renato …

S1E16: Guest Suren Markosian, CEO of Epic!

June 24th, 2019


Suren Markosian is CEO of Epic!, the leading digital media brand for kids. In this episode, Suren talks about how his strong creative spirit fuels his work, the three key elements essential to entrepreneurial success, …

S1E17: Guest Lindsay Jurist-Rosner, CEO of Wellthy

August 13th, 2019


Lindsay Jurist-Rosner is CEO of Wellthy, a healthcare concierge. Wellthy connects family caregivers with their own private care coordinator — that means on demand expertise support, simplified family communication, and …

S1E18: Guest Dalton Combs, CEO of Boundless Mind

August 15th, 2019


Dalton Combs is CEO of Boundless Mind, a company that uses neuroscience and artificial intelligence to personalize your app for every user. In this …

S1E19: Guest Shiv Gaglani, CEO of Osmosis

August 29th, 2019


Shiv Gaglani is the co-founder and CEO of Osmosis, which empowers the world's clinicians and caregivers with the best learning experience possible. In this episode, Shiv talks about what it's like to be the only tech …

S1E20: Guest Richard Lin, CEO of Thryve

August 30th, 2019


Richard Lin is CEO of Thryve, the first gut health company to provide personalized probiotics and microbiome testing. In this episode, Richard talks about the deeply personal experience that inspired him to start his …

S1E21: Guest David Tze, CEO of NovoNutrients

November 6th, 2019


David Tze is CEO of NovoNutrients, transforming waste industrial CO2 into feed using industrial biotech. In this episode, David shares what inspired …

S1E22: Guest Christian Brucculeri, CEO of Snaps

November 8th, 2019


Christian Brucculeri is CEO of Snaps, the leading conversational AI platform for global consumer brands. In this episode, Christian talks about how …

S1E23: Guest Mike Dudas, CEO of The Block

November 15th, 2019


Mike Dudas is CEO of The Block, the first and final word in digital assets. In this episode, Mike talks about how the realization that crypto can't …

S1E24: Guest Camille Richman, CEO of Hamama

November 26th, 2019


Camille Richman is CEO of Hamama, a fail-proof kit for growing microgreens in the kitchen. In this episode, Camille talks about how her free-spirited upbringing influenced her drive toward entrepreneurism, the …

S1E25: Guest AJ Keller, CEO of Neurosity

December 23rd, 2019


AJ Keller is CEO of Neurosity, a company building computers controlled by thought. In this episode, AJ talks about the remarkable synergy between …

S1E26: Guest Igor Telyatnikov, CEO of AlphaPoint

January 3rd, 2020


Igor Telyatnikov is CEO of AlphaPoint, a white label software company enabling customers to launch crypto exchanges and tokenize assets. In this episode, Igor talks about the motivation behind the founding of the …

S1E27: Guest Mike Selden, CEO of Finless Foods

January 6th, 2020


Mike Seldon is CEO of Finless Foods, bringing sustainable, delicious seafood to the world without having to farm or harvest live fish. In this episode, Mike talks about how growing up watching Miyazaki films affected …

S1E28: Guest Owen Phillips, CEO of BrainKey

February 19th, 2020


Owen Phillips is co-founder and CEO of Brainkey, transforming MRI scans into personal brain dashboards. In this episode, Owen talks about giving …

S1E29: Guest Erika Mozes, Co-Founder of Hyr

March 24th, 2020


Erika Mozes is co-founder of Hyr, a mobile app-based platform that allows merchants across the U.S. and Canada to instantly connect with skilled and experienced workers. In this episode, Erika talks about how Hyr is …

S1E30: Guest Ed Likovich, CEO of Nymbl

May 5th, 2020


Ed Likovich is CEO and co-founder of Nymbl, preventing falls by combining medical science with mobile technology to deliver a proven, fun balance …

S2E1: Anniversary Episode: Incepting and Investing in the New Startup Landscape

May 8th, 2020


In this special anniversary episode, Managing Partner Mike Edelhart celebrates the veracity and resilience of the remarkable companies in the Social Starts/Joyance Partners family of funds and shares words of hope and …

S2E2: Guest Jordan Miller, CEO of Volumetric

May 19th, 2020


Jordan Miller is CEO and co-founder of Volumetric, building 3D printers that can create human tissue. In this episode, Jordan delves into the …

S2E3: Guest Erika Milczek, CEO of Curie Co

May 22nd, 2020


Erika Milczek is CEO of Curie Co, an enzyme engineering company replacing banned chemicals with safe and sustainable ingredients. In this episode, Erika talks about tackling a market that hasn’t undergone any innovation …

S2E4: Guest Nell Luo, CEO of Folia Health

June 23rd, 2020


Nell Luo is CEO of Folia Health, harnessing the power of patient and caregiver experiences to enable individuals to live their healthiest lives. In …

S2E5: Guest Oded Kraft, CEO of Gray Matters Health

July 1st, 2020


Oded Kraft is CEO of Gray Matters, developing an adjunct to standard of care digital therapeutics solution for treating mental and neurological …

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