The Startup Story

35 EpisodesProduced by James McKinneyWebsite

As we hear The Startup Story of some of the most successful companies in the world our focus is singular…To give you the belief and courage to Start Your Story.Every successful startup began with a single decision. It’s not about the dream, it’s not about the vision, it’s about having the courage to… read more

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Welcome to The Startup Story

January 7th, 2019


As we hear The Startup Story of some of the most successful companies in the world our focus is singular…

Jason McCann, founder of Varidesk (replay)

August 20th, 2019


This episode marks our 34th episode since we launched in January 2019. When The Startup Story launched we had no audience. Yet, even with not having an audience, Jason McCann, the Founder and CEO of VARIDESK, was …

Founder's Depression

August 13th, 2019


This week instead of featuring a founder’s story, we are going to focus on part of a story that many founders go through — founder depression. Yes, founders can get depressed, very much so, and yet not too many talk …

Brian Burke, founder of Sell Your Mac

August 6th, 2019


Brian Burke is the founder of, a website that helps you to sell your Apple products in a way that ensures you receive top dollar. …

Michael Littig, co-founder of the Zuckerberg Institute

July 30th, 2019


Meet Michael Littig, Co-founder of the Zuckerberg Institute. Their mission is to establish a community of entrepreneurs that encourage and inspire other entrepreneurs as they build their business or start their next …

Danielle Salinas, founder of Maison de Papillon

July 23rd, 2019


I’d like you to meet Danielle Salinas, Co-founder of Maison de Papillon. Maison de Papillon is Danielle’s 2nd venture and it started when she lost her sleep mask during her trip at the London Olympics. Yes, you read …

James Fratzke, co-founder of Fratzke Media

July 16th, 2019


Our guest today is James Fratzke, co-founder of Fratzke Media. Fratzke Media is a digital marketing consultancy based in Southern California. What …

Paige Robinson, founder of Will Reed

July 9th, 2019


This week’s featured founder is Paige Robinson, founder of Will Reed. Will Reed is a recruiting firm that partners with innovative tech companies and VC-backed startups to scale sales organizations and actualize growth …

Josh Stine, founder of Seat Insiders

July 2nd, 2019


Our guest this week is Josh Stine, CEO and co-founder of Seat Insiders. Seat Insiders is a concierge ticketing firm that makes ticket buying for sporting events, theater, or concerts unbelievably easy and …

Catherine Stiles, founder of Barbecue Wife

June 25th, 2019


Our guest this week is Catherine Stiles, founder of Barbecue Wife. Barbecue Wife is a cocktail mixer brand that began as a platform to tell the unique stories of some amazing women within the barbeque industry. …

Meghan Asha, founder of FOUNDERMADE

June 18th, 2019


This week on the podcast my guest is Meghan Asha, founder of FOUNDERMADE. Meghan and the FOUNDERMADE team are focused on bringing consumer brand companies together with some of the largest retail buyers in the world. …

Chad Phillips, co-founder of Highpoint Brewing Co.

June 11th, 2019


This week’s featured founder is Chad Phillips, co-founder of Highpoint Brewing Company in San Dimas, California. This episode combines a few things that I love dearly, small business and creativity. When it comes to …

Michael Alvarez Jr., founder of Vision Media

June 4th, 2019


I’d like to introduce you to Michael Alvarez Jr., founder of Vision Media. Vision Media is a fulfillment and logistics company that services movie …

Zack Swire, founder of Good Grains

May 28th, 2019


This week I welcome Zack Swire, founder and CEO of Good Grains, to the show. Good Grains delivers better cereal, better coffee, and better gear for a happier and healthier day. As you’ve heard in this podcast from …

Eva Gerrits, founder of Energetek

May 21st, 2019


This week I would like to introduce you to the co-founder and CEO of Energetek, Eva Gerrits. Energetek is an energy brokerage and consultant company …

Ladan Davia, founder of Beeya

May 14th, 2019


This week’s featured founder is Ladan Davia of Beeya. Beeya is a company that is changing the way recruiters and job searchers are connecting. Improving the job search process has been attempted numerous times, it’s …

Mia Plecic, founder of Her Organics

May 7th, 2019


Our guest this week is Mia Plecic. Mia is 27 years old and has started 6 companies all leading her towards her current startup, Her Organics …

Jon Verlee, founder of Breeze

April 30th, 2019


Jon Verlee is the founder of Breeze Church Management Software. I was given Jon’s name from a friend who was emphatic about Jon’s story being told. …

Emma Rose Cohen, co-founder of FinalStraw

April 23rd, 2019


This week’s featured founder is Emma Rose Cohen, CEO and co-founder of FinalStraw. FinalStraw is a collapsible and reusable straw for a sucking …

Darbie Angell, founder of Darbie Angell

April 16th, 2019


This week’s featured founder has a remarkable story and provides powerful inspiration for other entrepreneurs. Today I welcome Darbie Angell, …

Goli Kalkhoran, founder of USIE Booth and Creator/Host of the Lessons From A Quitter Podcast

April 9th, 2019


Goli’s journey brings many different elements together for one dynamic story. She was born in Iran and moved to the United States. She is a …

Neely Powell, founder of Charleston Shoe Company

April 2nd, 2019


This week’s guest is an absolute fireball of a human being. I’d like to introduce you to Neely Powell, the founder of The Charleston Shoe Co. Her …

Ilana Zivkovich, founder of WERQ

March 26th, 2019


In January, I posted a call for Female Founders on our LinkedIn company page with hopes of being introduced to more female founders to feature on The Startup Story. Today’s guest was mentioned more times than any other …

Tiffany Sorya, founder of Novel Education Group

March 19th, 2019


When I started The Startup Story I would have never expected to be interviewing a founder
of a homeschool group, but here we are. This week, Tiffany …

Clint Harp, co-founder of Harp Design Co.

March 12th, 2019


This week’s episode was a special one for me to create. Why? Well it was not due to the celebrity status of our featured founder nor was it due to his gift for handcrafted woodworking (although I am fascinated by …

Barry Stiles, founder of TRUEGRID Pavers

March 5th, 2019


This week’s featured founder is Barry Stiles, Founder and CEO of TRUEGRID Pavers. Yes, a paving company. My hope in exploring stories like Barry’s is that you will process his challenges and triumphs to see the …

Eric Solis, founder of Movocash

February 26th, 2019


As you may already know, The Startup Story is a new podcast. And if you are an avid podcast listener, then you know that the production quality of many new podcasts can be...well, less than stellar. But what you …

Brandon "Monk" Muñoz, founder of Monkwood Studio

February 19th, 2019


I'm huge fan of incredibly creative individuals, especially those involved in woodworking. And my guest this week, Brandon "Monk" Muñoz, is a …

Bryan Elliott, founder of The Goodbrain Digital Studios

February 12th, 2019


Today, you will hear the startup story of Bryan Elliott, founder of The Goodbrain Digital Studios and creator of Behind the Brand Show. I’ve been …

Steve Glaveski, founder of Collective Campus & author of Employee to Entrepreneur

February 5th, 2019


This week we’d like to introduce you to Steve Glaveski, CEO and Co-Founder of Collective Campus and author of Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Earn …

Zach Knickerbocker, founder of 14th Floor Apparel

January 29th, 2019


In today’s episode you will hear the startup story of Zach Knickerbocker, Founder of 14th Floor Apparel. He’s an Amazon reseller who is very early in his startup journey. While we’ve shared the stories of several …

RT Custer, CEO and co-founder of Vortic Watch Co.

January 22nd, 2019


This week’s guest on The Startup Story has a bit of a different perspective when it comes to business and startup. Why? Well, because his startup exists in a space where he has had to stand toe-to-toe with watch …

Dr. Jen Esquer (DocJenFit), founder of the Mobility Method

January 15th, 2019


This episode of The Startup Story features Dr, Jen Esquer or as she is known by her hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram, Doc Jen Fit. Doc …

Larry Namer, founder of E! Entertainment Television

January 15th, 2019


This episode of The Startup Story features Larry Namer, founder of E! Entertainment Television. When you think of E!, you may instantly think of the show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Now for the record, Larry had …

Jason McCann, founder of Varidesk

January 15th, 2019


Today’s startup story comes from Jason McCann, founder and CEO of Varidesk. While Varidesk is a global company today, Jason's story is not one where you assume everything he has ever done has been a success. Today he …

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