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The Early Stage Podcast

42 EpisodesProduced by John ValentineWebsite

The Early Stage Podcast is devoted to interviewing top entrepreneurs at the Seed and Series A stages of their startups. This project is a deep dive into the initial challenges and breakthroughs driven innovators endure as they build their MVP, launch, raise funding, grow their teams, and find produc… read more

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Folia Health - Nell Meosky Luo, Founder & CEO

March 31st, 2019


The Early Stage Podcast pushes forward with a women in digital health takeover! Nell Meosky Luo, Founder & CEO of Folia Health, is today's guest, …

Hall - Albert Nichols, Founder & CEO

March 11th, 2019


When you're not at home, and not in the office...what are you doing?

From setting up family dinners with his friends in college to launching the Back …

Infinite Cooling - Maher Damak, Co-Founder

November 29th, 2018


Today, we hear from Maher Damak, Co-Founder at MIT-spawned startup Infinite Cooling. For a first time founder, Maher comes across as thoughtful and …

Elsen - Zac Sheffer, Founder & CEO

September 4th, 2018


Why hello startup nation, the Early Stage Podcast rolls onwards! It's great to be back in the saddle for a whole new set of episodes.

It's been a …

Joulez - Stephanie Rowe, Founder & CEO [1-Year Lookback]

July 9th, 2018


When I started the pod, one of the things I was super excited about was tracking entrepreneurs closely as they went on the rollercoaster journey that …

OpenView Venture Partners, Blake Bartlett, Partner

June 13th, 2018


Today I bring to you an awesome conversation with Blake Bartlett from OpenView Venture Partners. Born and bred in Southern California with a penchant …

true tickets - Matt Zarracina, Co-Founder and CEO

June 4th, 2018


The sun is finally out in Boston, the weather is getting warmer, and the scent of burgers can be detected around the neighborhood. Summer is officially here!

Today's conversation with true tickets Co-Founder and CEO Matt …

3Derm - Liz Asai, Co-Founder and CEO [1-Year Lookback]

May 7th, 2018


Wow, what a difference a year makes. For Liz Asai and her startup 3Derm, the last twelve months welcomed a bigger team, bigger markets, and more strategic partners. Artificial intelligence, just a gleam in their eye …

Vice Cream - Dan Schorr, Founder & CIO (Chief Icecream Officer)

May 3rd, 2018


Imagine the utter joy and promise of taking a food brand from a regional player to a national powerhouse, meeting the woman of your dreams, getting married, buying your first house, and running 5 New York City …

Cymbal - Charlie Kaplan, CEO

April 22nd, 2018


I record each episode of Early Stage with the hope of discovering someTHING special: a tip for raising capital, a secret strategy for growth hacking or closing big deals, or the even the best way to manage a growing …

CYBRIC - Ernesto DiGiambattista, Founder and CEO

April 9th, 2018


Today's guest, Ernesto DiGiambattista, Founder and CEO of CYBRIC, is helping define a new industry term: DevSecOps. Ernesto and Co-Founder & CTO Mike Kail have been obsessed with figuring out how to bring the …

Night Shift Brewing - Michael Oxton, Co-Founder

March 12th, 2018


Have you ever tried to brew beer in one of those cheap Mr. Beer plastic barrels? How did the batch turn out? Michael Oxton, Co-Founder of Night Shift Brewing out of Everett, MA, started his foray into the beer world in …

Pillar VC - Sarah Hodges, Partner

March 9th, 2018


After interviewing Janet Comenos, CEO of Spotted, for Episode 21, I asked her to introduce me to one of her favorite people in the startup world. That night, she connected me with Sarah Hodges, Partner at Pillar VC. …

Tive - Rob Stevens, Chief Revenue Officer

March 5th, 2018


As I sit here and look around my apartment, it's likely that every single item has been shipped here from across the state, country, or even the world. Supply chain is an essential cog of the global economy, albeit one …

Autonomous Marine Systems - Eamon Carrig, Co-Founder & CTO, and Ravi Paintal, CEO

February 26th, 2018


Why hello Startup Nation, and welcome to Episode 28 of the Early Stage Podcast, the weekly show that gives you a deep dive into startup life right from the source, the founders themselves. I'm @JohnnyStartup, your host.

RadioPublic - Jake Shapiro, Co-Founder & CEO

February 18th, 2018


Why hello startup nation, and welcome to Episode 26 of the Early Stage Podcast. If you're tired of listening to shows full of wildly successful …

Freebird - Ethan Bernstein, Co-Founder & CEO

February 12th, 2018


I have an incredible interview coming at you with Ethan Bernstein, Co-Founder & CEO of Freebird, who, with his growing team, is trying to solve a …

RateGravity [Own Up] - Co-Founders Patrick Boyaggi and Mike Tassone [1-Year Lookback]

February 4th, 2018


If you listen back to the first few episodes, you'll hear me ask founders where they think they'll be in twelve months. One year seems like a long time in startupland, but it actually goes by in a flash. Patrick Boyaggi …

Buoy Health - Andrew Le, MD, Co-Founder & CEO

January 29th, 2018


Navigating the healthcare system in America is so exhausting it could make you sick. The average wait to see a primary care doctor in Boston is 49 …

Embr Labs - Sam Shames, Co-Founder and CEO

January 22nd, 2018


I'm super excited to publish today's founder interview. A group of curious material science students at MIT, while working on a project to help commercial buildings save on energy costs by heating people directly, …

Zemcar - Juliette Kayyem, CEO

January 15th, 2018


It's 3am Monday morning, and I'm hard at work in the editing room, otherwise known as my couch. Tweaking each episode can take four to five hours, but sometimes the content is so good you finish wondering where the time …

Spotted - Janet Comenos, Co-Founder & CEO

January 8th, 2018


How many times have your clients or prospects, when sharing their biggest challenges or deepest desires, given you a brilliant idea for your next big venture? How often do those great ideas go unpursued?

When today's …

Analytical Space - Co-Founders Dan Nevius and Justin Oliveira

January 2nd, 2018


Here we are in 2018, and the startup world has never been more intriguing. Early stage startups raised more money in 2017 in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) than venture funding, and seed investment rounds have fallen for …

Sh*t That I Knit - Christina Fagan, Founder and CEO

December 26th, 2017


Today's guest is Christina Fagan, Founder and CEO of Sh*t That I Knit, a Boston-based knitwear startup. A serial knitter starting in her youth, she put up a simple e-commerce website at the beckoning of her friends, …

Neurala - Massimiliano (Max) Versace, Co-Founder and CEO

December 18th, 2017


The holidays are upon us, and with that comes family gatherings, delicious food, and a ton of presents. From my vantage point, this also seems like …

Petasense - Arun Santhebennur, Co-Founder and COO

September 5th, 2017


Today, I have the pleasure to sit with Arun Santhebennur, Co-Founder and COO of an industrial IoT (IIoT) startup based in San Jose called PetaSense. Industrial IoT has really come to the forefront through efforts by …

Tranquilo Mat - Melissa Gersin, Founder & CEO

August 28th, 2017


This episode finds us in a unique space, retail for babies. Joining me is Melissa Gersin, Founder & CEO of Boston-based startup Tranquilo Mat. …

Vesper - Matt Crowley, CEO

August 1st, 2017


Hello and welcome back to the Early Stage podcast, where we listen to some of the most dynamic Founders in the startup scene talk about the origins of their companies, what makes them special, and the unique challenges …

LearnLux - Co-Founders Rebecca Liebman and Michael Liebman

May 29th, 2017


You're all in for a special Memorial Day episode, one that almost never saw the light of day. Just a couple days after taping with Rebecca and Michael Liebman from LearnLux, I spilled green tea on my Macbook, rendering …

TellusLabs - David Potere, Co-Founder and CEO

May 15th, 2017


Hello and welcome back to the early stage podcast, the show that takes a deep dive into rising young startups and their founders.

For today's conversation, I brought onboard David Potere, Co-Founder and CEO of …

Tyme - Arnar Larusson, Co-founder

April 24th, 2017


In this episode, I spend time with Arnar Larusson, Co-founder at Tyme, a Boston-based startup that integrates sensors into clothing to measure various biometrics signals, including breathing and movement.

Our …

Tank Utility - Amos Epstein, Co-Founder & CEO

April 17th, 2017


When evaluating all the potential founders to ask on the show, I came across one I hadn't heard of before, Tank Utility. Founded by a few guys from EnerNOC, a smart metering startup that went on to great success, this …

3Derm - Liz Asai, Co-Founder and CEO

April 9th, 2017


Liz Asai, Co-Founder and CEO of Boston-based digital health startup 3Derm, joins me on the pod this week. From the dorm rooms of Yale to product launches with some of the top hospital systems and payers in the country, …

Mighty Well - Maria Gomez, Co-Founder

March 27th, 2017


How does a class project in college become a funded, scaling startup? Just ask Maria Gomez from Mighty Well. Maria, CEO Emily Levy, and team blew the …

ReferralMob - Co-Founders Joseph Schwendt and David Samuels

March 20th, 2017


ReferralMob Co-Founders Joseph Schwendt and David Samuels aren't new to big business and the startup game. Before teaming up, they led startups like EnerNOC and Apperian and corporations like Verisign and Intel. Despite …

Wellist - Ashley Reid, Founder & CEO

March 12th, 2017


Where were you the moment you decided to leave your career behind, follow a passion, and build a startup? Ashley Reid, Founder and CEO of digital …

Fortified Bicycle - Tivan Amour, Co-Founder & CEO

March 6th, 2017


Boston-based @FortifiedBike Co-Founder and CEO @TivanAmour is no stranger to big challenges. Launching "The Defender" on Kickstarter as a test netted thousands of orders for the theft proof bike light and gave him the …

Looop - CJ Bertam, Founder & CEO

February 27th, 2017


Imagine if you had x-ray vision, being able to see into spaces before you arrive. CJ Bertam, Founder and CEO of Looop, has a vision to help the masses decide where to go so they can spend more time enjoying themselves …

Humon - Alessandro Babini, Co-Founder & CEO

January 29th, 2017


In this episode, Forbes "30 Under 30" honoree Alessandro Babini shares his journey from growing up in Paris, France, to launching his own startup, …

3DFortify - Co-Founders Josh Martin, Phil Gregory, and Karlo Reyes

January 24th, 2017


3DFortify founders Josh Martin, Phil Gregory, and Karlo Reyes have set out to turn the promise of additive manufacturing into reality through their patented process that combines 3D printing and magnetics to create …

Joulez - Stephanie Rowe, Founder & CEO

January 16th, 2017


Joulez Founder Stephanie Rowe (@StephanieLRowe) is giving tween girl permission, and a medium, to learn STEM skills while expressing their …

RateGravity [Own Up] - Co-Founders Patrick Boyaggi and Mike Tassone

January 6th, 2017


When Patrick Boyaggi (@patrickboyaggi) and Mike Tassone (@mike_tassone) left Leader Bank to create RateGravity, their goal was to make the home mortgage process easier by providing transparency, cutting human processes …

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