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May 08, 2024

First Time Founders: Reaching $1M in ARR, Rising Above the Competition, and Knowing Your Purpose — ft. Tyler Denk of Beehiiv

We’re finishing off our three part series on the future of entrepreneurship.

In the episode we share today, we feature a First Time Founders episode, in which our co-host Ed chats with Tyler Denk, the cofounder and CEO of Beehiiv, a newsletter publishing and monetization platform. They discuss Tyler’s background at Morning Brew, his thoughts on selling secondary shares, and dealing with the death of one of their early employees.

May 05, 2024

First Time Founders: First Time Founders with Ed Elson – This Animal Rights Activist is Changing the Meat Industry

Ed speaks with Paul Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of The Better Meat Co., a food company that makes meat through fermentation. They discuss how Paul’s career in animal advocacy led him to start a company, his advice on fundraising, and why he believes saving animals can help save the planet.

March 03, 2024

First Time Founders: Could this AI Founder Replace Investment Bankers?

Ed speaks with Gabe Stengel, Co-founder and CEO of Rogo, about the potential for AI to disrupt the banking sector. They also discuss Gabe’s experience pitching his financial services AI company to VCs, the importance of willpower, and how he finds balance between work and his personal life.

February 04, 2024

First Time Founders: Why Caroline Spiegel Built an Audio Erotica App

Ed speaks with Caroline Spiegel, founder and CEO of Quinn, an app for listening to audio erotica. They discuss what differentiates her company from existing adult content sites like Pornhub and OnlyFans, what it's like to raise money for a company that VCs might not take seriously, and how to get over embarrassment as a founder.

January 07, 2024

First Time Founders: Tyler Denk of Beehiiv

Ed speaks with Tyler Denk, the founder and CEO of Beehiiv, a newsletter platform. They discuss Tyler’s background at Morning Brew, his thoughts on selling secondary shares, and dealing with personal loss while running a company.

December 03, 2023

First Time Founders: Ryan Petersen of Flexport

Ed speaks with Ryan Petersen, the founder and CEO of Flexport, a supply chain management company. They discuss shipping logistics, the company’s $8 billion valuation, finding fame as an entrepreneur, and how Ryan thinks about money.