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The Savvy Founder

Too often Silicon Valley has become the new Hollywood of broken promises and dashed dreams. Is the startup journey weighing you down? Are you searching for your own coffee shop conversation that turns into a $5M check? Weekly, Philip Topham, The Savvy Founder and Armchair sociologist, explores the startup struggle and what it means to be founder and Chief Everything Officer. Philip will be interviewing guests and sharing his own experiences uncovering the raw truths and hard earned “aha” moments. So if you’re feeling locked out of the startup insider secrets and looking for a smoother path then tune in where we help you save you time, money and heartache.

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Ep 60: Startup Advice – Failing Forward? What Does That Mean? How To Move on to the Next Big Thing, When the First Thing Wasn’t so Good? with Jon Shower (Encore)
“Fail fast. Fail Forward.” We have all heard that Silicon Valley saying. But what does that mean? In this show, Jon Showers, share his brutally honest journey about what it means to Fail Forward.  You’ll hear that his founder journey is only just starting. Jon has a great background from a military career, to athletic […] The post Ep 60: Startup Advice – Failing Forward? What Does That Mean? How To Move on to the Next Big Thing, When the First Thing Wasn’t so Good? with Jon Shower (Encore) appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
31:14 06/07/2022
Ep 59: What Does Your Startup Do? The Dreaded 30-second Pitch!
The 30-second pitch. You are at an event, meeting, or party and someone asks you, “What do you do?”; “I’m the founder of the so and so company”; “What’s that?”  You’ve just been asked to give your 30-second pitch. In this episode, I cover the key steps to creating a compelling 30-second pitch, that gets […] The post Ep 59: What Does Your Startup Do? The Dreaded 30-second Pitch! appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
20:18 05/31/2022
Ep 58: My Product is Great! So, What’s Wrong?
“Everyone thinks my product is great!”  In this episode, I discuss the biggest problem founders face with their products. This issue falls into the ‘stupid human tricks’ category. I share a story about a recent interview of The Savvy Founder – where I can’t even remember the 4-letter word that every founder should know — […] The post Ep 58: My Product is Great! So, What’s Wrong? appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
16:42 05/24/2022
Ep 57: Founder to CEO?? Investor Says “No Way,” You say “Yes Way!”
“As soon as we finish our Round-A we’ll look for a real CEO.” Sound familiar? All too often there is a belief that Founders just don’t have what it takes to become a CEO and build a big company that makes the investors lots of money. Founders don’t have the skills to lead a big […] The post Ep 57: Founder to CEO?? Investor Says “No Way,” You say “Yes Way!” appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
09:44 05/17/2022
Ep 56: An African Entrepreneurship Journey-with Alex Kalanda-Ceo Ayambe
In this episode, The Savvy Founder interviews Alex Kalanda, CEO and Founder of Ayambe Talent Solutions. This interview is a great example of the entrepreneurial journey and spirit; it’s a lifelong job; entrepreneurs live to solve problems and make things better for other people. In this interview it’s clear Alex won’t stop – even when […] The post Ep 56: An African Entrepreneurship Journey-with Alex Kalanda-Ceo Ayambe appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
40:13 05/10/2022
Ep 55: Solving Big Problems, Best Practices For a Mission-Driven Startup – with  Joshua Wohle CEO Mindstone
Solving big problems takes a different approach – in this interview with Co-Founder Joshua Whole, we dive into the topic from top to bottom. The show is a bit longer than the normal 30’minutes but well worth the insights. Mindstone’s mission and the big hairy problem is “to surface and accelerate the world’s informal learning.” […] The post Ep 55: Solving Big Problems, Best Practices For a Mission-Driven Startup – with  Joshua Wohle CEO Mindstone appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
45:14 05/03/2022
Ep 54: How Do You Save Time? Listen To Your Customers! – Shilpa Sharma, Co-Founder Flyte
How do you save time? Listen to your customers! Not only does Shilpa Sharma share this excellent advice, but she and her co-founder are focused on saving time. FlyteAI.com save sales people 10 hours a week! We discuss: How did you know you had found a real problem? Me [Shilpa] and my co-founder went from […] The post Ep 54: How Do You Save Time? Listen To Your Customers! – Shilpa Sharma, Co-Founder Flyte appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
30:53 04/26/2022
Ep 53: You Don’t Need to Be Venture-Backed to Build a Big Company – Rand Fishkin (Encore)
In this episode, I sit down and interview Rand Fishkin, serial entrepreneur, founder of Spark Toro, and author of Lost and Founder. Rand shares his insights on: The venture capital industry Raising capital and having the right background The odds of raising capital Alternatives to raising capital Stock options and employee compensation Rand’s mental models: […] The post Ep 53: You Don’t Need to Be Venture-Backed to Build a Big Company – Rand Fishkin (Encore) appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
46:31 04/19/2022
Ep 52: Fluent in Startups?  Gavin Dove Will Get You Speaking Startup Journey Success, Fast!
Are you fluent in startups? Need to become fluent? Need to shorten your startup journey? Then listen to this episode with Gavin Dove, co-founder of Fluent.co. His company tagline is “Learn languages by browsing the web” and as you can tell, his company helps people learn a foreign language. More impressively, in this podcast interview, […] The post Ep 52: Fluent in Startups?  Gavin Dove Will Get You Speaking Startup Journey Success, Fast! appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
33:24 04/12/2022
Ep 51: To Build a Better Startup – Keep Changing Your Attitude
In this 51th Episode, The Savvy Founder continues to reflect on the first 50 episodes, and shares his second biggest learning – Attitude The dictionary definition says: attitude is a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically, one that is reflected in a person’s behavior. Philip Topham covers shares his thoughts and experiences on […] The post Ep 51: To Build a Better Startup – Keep Changing Your Attitude appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
16:06 04/05/2022
Ep 50: The 4-Letter Word Every Entrepreneur Should Know!
In this 50th Episode, The Savvy Founder reflects on the journey and shares his top learnings. Philip Topham covers how he came to start the podcast and what he’s learned about doing the show itself. He also shares the one 4-letter word that every startup founder should know! Want to know what is a 4-letter word […] The post Ep 50: The 4-Letter Word Every Entrepreneur Should Know! appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
15:35 03/29/2022
Ep 49: Fundraising, Europe, Gender, Markets, and More – Anna Gudmundson CEO Sensate
In this interview with Anna Gudmundson, CEO Sensate we cover: Entrepreneurship born or made?  When do you get involved with a startup? At the beginning? Seed? Pre-seed? What are the critical factors for a startup? People. Market. Business Model. Business Case. Talking to Humans.  What is Sensate? Infrasonic resonance consumer product aimed at stress response.  […] The post Ep 49: Fundraising, Europe, Gender, Markets, and More – Anna Gudmundson CEO Sensate appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
42:21 03/22/2022
Ep 48: Finding Entrepreneurship in America’s Heartland – Steve Silver Infrawear
In this episode, Steve Silver shares his fast-moving entrepreneurial journey. Steve shares how covid, temporarily ended him organizing entrepreneurial investor conferences across the U.S; Only to wind up in New York at the height of Covid, with a new family on the way.   Steve’s words of wisdom: “Go with the flow where life takes you […] The post Ep 48: Finding Entrepreneurship in America’s Heartland – Steve Silver Infrawear appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
35:41 03/15/2022
Ep 47: Real Entrepreneurs and Raising Money – Advice From Nathan Beckord -Founder Suite
Nathan Bekord and I sit down to discuss how to raise money; and how his own frustration finding and connecting to investors, lead him to create FounderSuite. In this “Fast Course on Raising Money” we cover: What does it mean to be a “real entrepreneur”? When do you engage investors? How to attract investors? What […] The post Ep 47: Real Entrepreneurs and Raising Money – Advice From Nathan Beckord -Founder Suite appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
31:19 03/08/2022
Ep 46: Founder Story – Equity Crowdfunding, Investors, Hiring with Arjun Rai, HelloWoofy
In this episode, Arjun Rai, CEO, and founder of HelloWoofy shares his founder story. He shares what it really takes to build a high-growth high-tech scalable business.  HelloWoofy now leverages augmented reality and artificial intelligence to make an easy-to-use social media content management for small businesses. But as Arjun shares, the journey to success is […] The post Ep 46: Founder Story – Equity Crowdfunding, Investors, Hiring with Arjun Rai, HelloWoofy appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
33:43 03/01/2022
Ep 45: Get Rid of the Competition: Jumping Hurdles with Trevor Thoma, Rideshine
Trevor Thoma, CEO, and Co-founder for Rideshine, authentically shares some fantastic advice on product-market-fit; over-coming competition; hiring; market size; listening to the customer; showing up like you belong. On competition – “We treat hurdles like opportunities. If you were running from point A to point B with 100 other people, and there were no hurdles, […] The post Ep 45: Get Rid of the Competition: Jumping Hurdles with Trevor Thoma, Rideshine appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
29:29 02/22/2022
Ep 44: Are Some Founders Just Luckier? Make Your Own Luck
In this episode, we expand on Episode 42, Neil Shah’s “Surface Area of Luck” – Are some founders just luckier?  We share two different examples of how luck works. The first is the “lucky” pivot. Second, you might already be in a “sea of luck” and just not know it’s there. The post Ep 44: Are Some Founders Just Luckier? Make Your Own Luck appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
24:39 02/15/2022
Ep 43: Startup Founder from Apprentice, Journeyman towards Master – With Neil Shah
In this episode, Neil Shah shares his startup founder journey from apprentice to journeyman and towards master.  Neil shares stories about his first startup, a social enterprise; and then joining a corporate job, only to realize entrepreneurship was his path forward.  He also shares an early mistake – the right major, the wrong school, but really it […] The post Ep 43: Startup Founder from Apprentice, Journeyman towards Master – With Neil Shah appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
42:39 02/08/2022
Ep 42: How to Build a Better Startup? The Covid Pivot, Turning Down Money, a Conversation with Ethan Glass
Another real conversation with a real entrepreneur, Ethan Glass. In this episode, Ethan shares his journey on what it takes to tackle industry and build a great business.  In that journey, Ethan has become nationally recognized serving as the chair for the 40Under40 National Parking Association board. Ethan talks about his early days, just volunteering and […] The post Ep 42: How to Build a Better Startup? The Covid Pivot, Turning Down Money, a Conversation with Ethan Glass appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
33:00 02/01/2022
Ep 41: Founders Need Passion and Focus, Right?
In this Episode, Shark Tank Season 13 Episode 11- teaches us something about Focus and Coachability. On Shark, Lori Greiner asked Leila Sham, founder of TA3, would you consider licensing your swimsuit shaping product. The response “I’d never do that”.  With that, the last shark was “out” and Leila didn’t get a deal. I’m sure the […] The post Ep 41: Founders Need Passion and Focus, Right? appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
07:07 01/25/2022
Ep 40: NFTs, Travel and Startup Advice with Justin Myers – Explorest
Be inspired. Take a listen to some excellent advice from someone who left corporate, as a linear thinker to become a successful blue ocean creative entrepreneur. Justin’s advice: Building is intense, subdue intensity, by breaking things into small steps Focus on one thing at a time Share your aspiration with the world and put it […] The post Ep 40: NFTs, Travel and Startup Advice with Justin Myers – Explorest appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
34:47 01/18/2022
Ep 39: The Top 3 Tips to Shorten your Startup Journey
In this episode, we share the three most important tips to shorten your startup journey. No matter if you are seasoned CEO, startup founder, or future leader – these three tips, what we call a mental model, will serve you well. We cover: Mental Models – what are they?  Google-like keyword phrases to help us […] The post Ep 39: The Top 3 Tips to Shorten your Startup Journey appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
11:14 01/11/2022
Ep 38: Exploring the Venture Studio, Startup Accelerator Model with Operate Studio’s Carey Ransom
Silicon Valley Bank reports that there are over 200 startup accelerators in the United States. They each have a different model and value proposition. In this conversation, I sit down with Operate Studio’s founder and president Carey Ransom, to understand their approach to the venture studio model, to get startups thru the J-curve (an initial […] The post Ep 38: Exploring the Venture Studio, Startup Accelerator Model with Operate Studio’s Carey Ransom appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
30:09 01/04/2022
Ep 37: Even Startup Founders Need an “Exit Rich” Mindset- with Michelle Sieler Tucker
In this episode of The Savvy Founder, I have a great conversation with Michelle Seiler Tucker, author of “Exit Rich: The 6 P Method to Sell Your Business for Huge Profit.  Founders might think building a great business begins with the idea, but Michelle says to “Exit Rich” begin with the exit in mind.  To have a […] The post Ep 37: Even Startup Founders Need an “Exit Rich” Mindset- with Michelle Sieler Tucker appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
35:41 12/28/2021
Ep 36: Angels and Getting Funded- Things to Know with David Friedman [Replay]
As the year winds down, and I reflect on all the conversations and brilliant guests. I realized the “founder” attitude is a remarkable mindset. Our world is changing rapidly – socially, economically, technologically. Small businesses that were successful and had a great business model are struggling to keep up with the pace of change. To […] The post Ep 36: Angels and Getting Funded- Things to Know with David Friedman [Replay] appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
45:40 12/21/2021
Ep 35: A Conversation on Startup Founders and Communication- with Rachel Randolph
Worried about communicating well? Worried about presenting your pitch deck? Then listen up. It’s no wonder that this episode is an easy-flowing conversation with communications coach, Rachel Randolph.  We discuss how to become a better communicator. We cover how communications impact everything the founder does from pitching to investors, to communicate to customers. We cover what […] The post Ep 35: A Conversation on Startup Founders and Communication- with Rachel Randolph appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
34:52 12/14/2021
Ep 34: Long Beach Accelerator, a Public-Private Endeavor- With Andrea White-Kjoss
In this episode, I interview Andrea White-Kjoss from the Long Beach Accelerator. The accelerator is a unique public-private partnership, that in 4-months helps the start-up identify and focus on the 3 most impactful time-bound activities that will move them forward.   They are off to a stellar start with some fantastic results with $5M total funding and […] The post Ep 34: Long Beach Accelerator, a Public-Private Endeavor- With Andrea White-Kjoss appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
26:54 12/07/2021
Ep 33: What’s the Most Important Startup Founder Skill? Communications
What is the most important startup founder skill? Communications In this episode, I talk about the 6 critical Savvy Founder “soft skills” And why I think communications is the most critical. Communications Critical Thinking Leadership Teamwork Flexibility Time Management About the Host: Philip Topham is The Savvy Founder. Philip has an inquisitive mind and a […] The post Ep 33: What’s the Most Important Startup Founder Skill? Communications appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
15:27 11/29/2021
Ep 32: Passion Lets You Connect with Amazing People with Dina Abdul Majeed
In this episode, I  sit down with Dina Abdul Majeed. Dina is a female entrepreneur, building an international startup in a male-dominated Middle East world.  She shares her inspiring startup journey and many insights.  This episode is fantastic for all entrepreneurs worried about starting the entrepreneurial journey when they don’t know anything about business; and will be particularly […] The post Ep 32: Passion Lets You Connect with Amazing People with Dina Abdul Majeed appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
30:48 11/23/2021
Ep 31: How to expand from Europe to the United States? With Gaetano Volpe-Latiduo40
In this interview Gaetano Volpe, CEO of Latitudo40 shares his startup journey. This episode is particularly relevant to European companies expanding into the United States; as well for those founders later in their career or anyone building an ESG (environmental social and governance) startup. How did you come up with the idea? Working in the satellite industry for […] The post Ep 31: How to expand from Europe to the United States? With Gaetano Volpe-Latiduo40 appeared first on Philip Topham Personal Site.
34:35 11/16/2021