The Founders Mentality

“People with ‘founder mentality’ can’t rest once a problem or opportunity is identified. They take on personal responsibility without complaint, learn and recruit skills as needed, and deliver results despite politics. There is unlimited global demand for founder mentality”. - Naval Ravikant
EPISODESMEET THE HOST
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EPISODES

RECENT EPISODES

These are our most recent episodes. Further down the page you will find our entire list of previous episodes from our first year.

EP 16.

More Than One Way

Release Date August 12th 2019
Founder of Living On A One Way

Shayla Christine

In Episode 16 “More Than One Way” Josh is joined by Shayla Christine of YouTube fame for her Living on a One Way series. Since 2015, Shayla has been traveling full-time, posting videos of her travels every Wednesday. Today she is helping others develop their YouTube & social strategy and looking for what’s next in her career.

One thing I see many entrepreneurs struggle with is the feeling of losing ones identity when in transition. But change is something we all need to learn to embrace. At some point, we all transition away from the businesses we have built. It might be after a successful sale, a catastrophic loss of revenue, retirement or just simply because it’s time for something new. Shayla is currently in the “what’s next” process of her life, but after speaking with her I am confident that the next thing will be epic.

This is not a story of getting rich as a YouTube celebrity. This is a story of living the life you want to live. And isn’t that what we all want?

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EP 15.

Leaving The Corporate Treadmill

Release Date July 26th 2019
Co-Founder of SureSwift Capital

Kevin McArdle

In Episode 15 “Leaving the Corporate Treadmill” Josh is joined by Kevin McArdle, co-founder of SureSwift Capital to discuss the origin of SureSwift, the decision to leave corporate America and strike out on his venture and their strategy for growth through acquiring profitable SaaS based, bootstrapped companies.
Additionally, we were joined by Jac Stark who was hired to help lead the growth of their most recent acquisition of Tech.mn, an important part of the local Minnesota tech scene.
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EP 14.5

The Long & Lonely Journey

Release Date July 23rd 2019
Founder of United World Challenge

Terence Steinberg

In Episode 14.5 “The Long & Lonely Journey” Josh is joined by Terence Steinberg of United World Challenge who is gearing up to row a 23-foot boat 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean by himself. This journey – the United World Challenge – is his attempt to show that with the right preparation and attitude, anything is possible, even crossing an ocean using just the power and inspiration gifted to us as human beings.

The parallels between launching and running a business were immediately obvious. How many of us feel all alone in the middle of the ocean at least once a week?

Let’s help support him in his mission by donating to his GoFundMe campaign in the link below!

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MEET THE HOST

A two-time founder, I have been working in digital technology, marketing & sales for over 20 years.

My current business SalesReach.io was formed in 2017 and is a SaaS based sales acceleration and enablement tool for business development representatives. I was able to raise $275k pre-product, pre-revenue to fund the initial growth and closed our Seed round 12 months later at a 5M valuation bringing in another 625K to accelerate development efforts for integrations.

Entrepreneurship is my life blood. I hope this series encourages others that have been considering taking the plunge to go for it. It's an incredible experience every time.

This series was inspired by my own journey of building my current business. In an effort to minimize risk, I decided to reach out to inspiring local business leaders for informal meetings in the hopes of learning the things I didn't know. What I found was a wealth of knowledge that has made every difference for me personally. I hope that all listeners can find the same answers and inspiration that I found through the shows.

Cheers,

Josh Fedie
Founder of SalesReach.io | Host of ``The Founders Mentality``

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PAST EPISODES

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EP 14.

Rally Around Your Co-Founder

Release Date July 15th 2019
Co-Founders of Rally Registry

Kate Moss & Liz Wheaton

In Episode 14 “Rally Around Your Co-Founder” Josh is joined by Liz and Kate of RallyRegistry.com to discuss how the Rally team went from a group of coworkers/employees at a previous company to a group of business partners with an idea and a goal. The company has a clear mission. Inspired by their personal experience helping one of their co-founders through cancer treatment, Rally Registry exists to make it easier to bring thoughtful gifts to loved ones facing cancer. It is also an incredible portal for individuals suffering from cancer to find the products they need while going through treatment. 
When bad things happen to our loved ones, we all want to help. We just don’t always know the best way. Rally Registry makes helping easier. 
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EP 13.

Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Release Date June 18th 2019
Founder of Founders Live

Nick Hughes

In Episode 13 “Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone” Nick & Josh catch up as Nick passes through Minnesota at the mid-way point of his 12-month world tour supporting Founders Live. Founders Live started in 2016 in Seattle to give startup founders a platform to share the businesses they are building and seek the support they need to grow. Their 99 second pitch events have become a favorite format of founders across the world ever since.

After a life change in late 2018, Nick decided to hit the road in a deliberate 12 month hiatus from his normal life to learn more about what his company has become in states and places in the world he has never been. Not previously a world traveler, this has been an incredible lesson for him both physically and mentally as he continues working towards as far-off lands as Africa on his tour schedule.

Talk about jumping off a cliff and building a plane on the way down!

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EP 12.

Equity, Standardization & Vesting

Release Date June 12th 2019
Partner; Chair, M&A, Venture Capital and Emerging Company Teams at Gray, Plant, Mooty

Chris Carlisle

In episode 12 “Equity, Standardization & Vesting” Chris & Josh dive into some of the legal considerations and fundraising mechanisms startups can consider while incorporating, launching and raising during their business growth. One of the big takeaways is planning for the future in every decision from day 1. Chris has been practicing for 18 years and works exclusively in startup and emerging technology for the oldest law firm in Minnesota. His resume is impressive to say the least and the knowledge shared in this 30 minutes is invaluable.

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EP 11.

Conviction in your Strategy

Release Date May 29th 2019
Co-Founder of BETA.MN

Reed Robinson

In episode 11 “Conviction in your Strategy” Reed & Josh talk about accelerators, the Minnesota startup scene, startup week, building your team and losing a co-founder. Reed has had a front-row seat for the last 5 years to the Minnesota startup scene. He is a wealth of knowledge in this space and it was an absolute pleasure having him in the studio.

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EP 10.

Being Accountable

Release Date May 15th 2019
Founder of deltPRO

Kara Rios

In episode 10 “Feeling Accountable is not Being Accountable” Kara & Josh dive into the process Kara employed to get here technology vetted and built, where her passion for helping employees/employers find the right fit came from and how personal hardships can be the fuel you need to push through and reach your goals. Kara is one serious badass with an incredible amount of strength. Her story is proof that nothing can get in your way when you have a dream and keep a laser focus on the destination.

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EP 09.

The Sales Entrepreneur

Release Date May 1st 2019
Founder of Coffee & Closers, Otium Outdoors, BeBG

Mickeli Bedore

In episode 9 “The Sales Entrepreneur” Mickeli & Josh discuss (among other things) becoming a media outlet and the impact that can have on your personal branding and sales efforts. Building trust is the number one job of any sales professional. Providing value, being seen as a thought leader and/or a credible resource to your prospects by building a media outlet around yourself is just one of the many ways to advance the sale and build your pipeline in todays environment.

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EP 08.

Be Intentional

Release Date April 15th 2019
Founder of Upsie

Clarence Bethea

In episode 8 “Be Intentional” Josh welcomes guest Clarence Bethea of Upsie. Since participating in Techstars in 2017, Upsie has been a rocket securing the customers and funding needed to disrupt the warranty industry. A beacon of grace, humility, humanity and inspiration, Clarence walks listeners through his journey from lightbulb moment to growing business and discusses what helped him get there.

I highly recommend that you watch Clarence on his Coffee & Closers episode with Mickeli Bedore first before watching this episode.

EP 07.

Growth Mindset

Release Date April 1st 2019
Founder of Forage

Garrio Harrison

In “Growth Mindset”, the 7th Episode of The Founders Mentality, Josh and guest Garrio Harrison of Forage discuss the importance in providing mentorship to the entrepreneurial community, lessons learned from other local founders, a key trait that successful founders share (A Growth Mindset) and the lifelong pursuit of education.

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EP 06.

It's Not All Glamorous

Release Date March 15th 2019
Speaker, Tech Entrepreneur, Founder of Modern Foundation

Tyler Olson

In “It’s Not All Glamorous”, Tyler and Josh discuss new ways to build wealth leveraging the sharing economy, the importance in building thought leadership and speaking engagements to build awareness and credibility for your business and the life long pursuit that is known as entrepreneurship. The title is a little tongue-in-cheek, but this is a seriously good conversation with a local startup legend.

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EP 05.

Mapping Out The Process

Release Date March 1st 2019
Nice.Healthcare, Relate, RetraceHealth

Thompson Aderinkomi

In “Mapping Out The Process”, Thompson and Josh discuss the process of creating your minimum viable product (MVP) leveraging existing technologies, starting a business in a heavily regulated industry and being intentional with your time.

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EP 04.

Copper Bullets

Release Date February 13th 2019
Travel Labs

Parker Schlank

This is a perfect episode for anyone looking to leave their corporate role and chase greatness. In “Copper Bullets”, Parker and Josh will discuss where ideas come from, leaving corporate America, establishing domain expertise, building digital products and the importance of balancing family in your startup.

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EP 03.

Ideation

Release Date January 30th 2019
Reemo Health | CLUTCH SOS

Muhammad Abdurrahman, PH.D.

In Episode 3 “Ideation”, Josh & Muhammad focus the discussion on ideation. Launching a business can be tough, what you do in the early days of ideation, formation and creation of your product or company is important. We’ll also talk about the personal background that lead to some of the companies Muhammad has been a part of.

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EP 02.

CEO Sales

Release Date January 14th 2019
Code42 , Aftercode, Rambl.ai

Mitch Coopet

In “CEO Sales”, Mitch and Josh discuss the process of raising investments, building your first team and what it should look like and your first sales as a company.

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EP 01.

Testing Resilience

Release Date January 2nd 2019
Authentic Brand

Jennifer Zick

In “Testing Resilience”, Jennifer and Josh will touch upon the struggles that exist in getting your company started, imposter syndrome, knowing when to launch and the importance in giving back.

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GUESTS

PREVIOUS & UPCOMING GUESTS

Interested in learning more about any of the guests on The Founders Mentality? Feel free to follow the links below to visit their company websites or view their personal LinkedIn pages.
Jennifer Zick
Jennifer Zick
Founder | Authentic Brand
Featured in Episode 1: ``Testing Resilience``
Mitch Coopet
Mitch Coopet
Co-Founder Code42 , Aftercode, Rambl.ai
Featured in Episode 2: ``CEO Sales``
Muhammad Abdurrahman, Ph.D.
Muhammad Abdurrahman, Ph.D.
Managing Founder | ClutchSOS
Featured in Episode 3: Ideation
Parker Schlank
Parker Schlank
Co-Founder | Copper Bullets
Featured in Episode 4: Copper Bullets
Thompson Aderinkomi
Thompson Aderinkomi
Co-Founder | Nice Healthcare, RetraceHealth, RELATE, Healthcare.MN
Featured in Episode 5: Mapping Out The Process
Tyler Olson
Tyler Olson
International Speaker | Technology Entrepreneur | Founder of Modern Foundation
Featured in Episode 6: It's Not All Glamorous
Garrio Harrison
Garrio Harrison
Founder | Forage
Featured in Episode 7: Growth Mindset
Clarence Bethea
Clarence Bethea
Founder & CEO at Upsie, Techstars Retail, 17
Featured in Episode 8: Be Intentional
Mickeli Bedore
Mickeli Bedore
Coffee & Closers
Featured in Episode 9: The Sales Entrepreneur
Kara (Bergan) Rios
Kara (Bergan) Rios
Founder & CEO at deltPRO
Featured in Episode 10: Feeling Accountable is not Being Accountable
Reed Robinson
Reed Robinson
Co-Founder | Executive Director at Beta.MN
Featured in EP.11: Conviction in your Strategy
Christopher Carlisle
Christopher Carlisle
Partner at Gray Plant Mooty | Mergers & Acquisitions, Venture Capital and Emerging Company Teams
Featured in EP.12 Equity, Standardization & Vesting
Nick Hughes
Nick Hughes
Founder | Founders Live
Featured in EP.13: Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone
Elizabeth Wheaton
Elizabeth Wheaton
Co Founder | Rally Registry
Featured In EP.14: Rally Around Your Co-Founder
Katie Moss
Katie Moss
Co Founder | Rally Registry
Featured In EP.14: Rally Around Your Co-Founder
Terence Steinberg
Terence Steinberg
Founder | United World Challenge
EP.14.5: The Long & Lonely Journey
Kevin McArdle
Kevin McArdle
Founder | SureSwift Capital
Featured In EP.15: Leaving The Corporate Treadmill
Shayla Christine
Shayla Christine
Founder | Living on a One Way
Featured In EP.16: More Than One Way
Aaron Eggert
Aaron Eggert
Founder | BACKforty
Upcoming Guest
Jason Mitzo
Jason Mitzo
Advokyt | Fision | The Social 360 | Volerro
Upcoming Guest
Colin Graves
Colin Graves
Founder | North Labs
Upcoming Guest
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