Bootstrapped Index

The Dingman Center’s Bootstrapped podcast includes episodes ranging on topics from fundraising and marketing to team formation and customer acquisition. This index is designed to help listeners learn the startup fundamentals that are most relevant to their needs and interests.

(s) = Social Venture

Startup Fundamentals Learned

Episode Name Guest Name/Company Guest’s Industry Product/Service
Coffee Talk with Javazen: Building a Lifestyle Brand Eric Golman ’15 & Ryan Schueler ’15 / Javazen Consumer Product Product
Social Venture MISFIT Juicery on Leveraging Your Social Capital Ann Yang & Phil Wong / MISFIT Juicery (s) Consumer Product Product
How to Navigate Disruptions in Retail Brian Taff ’89 / Streetsense Retail Service
Going Green: Bolstering Your Brand with Social Activism Scott Nash / MOM's Organic Market Food Service
Building Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment into your Brand Identity Jasmine Snead '17, MPP '19/MBA '21 & Imani Rickerby '17 / Aurora Tights Apparel Product
Turning Passion for Politics Into a Thriving Business Andy Shallal, EMBA '19 / Busboys and Poets Restaurant Service
Building a Kombucha Brand with Mobtown Fermentation Sergio Malarin / Mobtown Fermentation Food Product
Customer Acquisition
Startup Snags Success with for Boaters Dan Cowens EMBA ’14 & Paige Holden EMBA ’14 / Snag-a-Slip Transportation Service
Finding a Niche in a Crowded Market Ursula Mead / InHerSight (s) Technology Service
Making Customer Acquisition an Easy Sell Elise Whang / SnobSwap Apparel Product
Finding Funding and the Unlikely Customers Matt Furstenburg ’12 & Chanda Arya PhD ’14 / Grip Boost Consumer Product Product
Guts, Grit and Gifts: Finding a Niche in the Digital Market Jignesh Shah MBA ’05  / Rybbon Technology Service
From Doctor to Entrepreneur: Launching a Recruiting Service for Caregivers Dr. Charlene Brown / Caregiver Jobs Now (formerly ReciproCare Jobs) Technology Service
Entrepreneurial Journeys
Follow Her Lead: Amy Millman as a Pioneer for Women in Business Amy Millman / Springboard Enterprises Venture Capital Service
Investment Criteria from an NFL Superstar Turned Angel Investor Domonique Foxworth ’05 / The Undefeated, The Morning Roast Sports  
Seasoned CEO Turned Silicon Valley Investor Gary Swart ’83 / Polaris Partners Technology Service
A Serial Entrepreneurs Journey into Cybersecurity John Czupak ’89 / ThreatQuotient Technology Service
Building Your Own Luck as an Entrepreneur Jennifer Lee-Harrison MBA ’12 / Perfect Hair International Fashion Product
Gaming for Grades: Finding Success for Founders and Funders Josh Goldberg ’03 & Vadim Polikov / Legends of Learning Technology/Education Service
Developing a Sustainable Social Venture Pam Rothenberg & Chris Finlay / Shelters to Shutters (s) Housing Service
Applying a Business First Approach to Social Venture Melissa Bradley / Project 500 (s) Consulting Service
From Broadcasting to Podcasting: How to Leverage Unfair Advantages Oscar Zeballos MBA ’16 / Podcast Village & Bootstrapped Technology Service
Lessons on E-Commerce and Pivoting from a Y Combinator Alumnus Daniel Sugarman '10 / Zentail Technology/Retail Service
Flipping the Mental Switch from Entrepreneur to CEO Jay Sunny Bajaj '99 / DMI Technology Service
From Brothers to Co-Founders: Building Businesses with Family Truebill / Zeki Mokhtarzada '00 Technology Service
An Airline Pilot Turned Entrepreneur Pramod Raheja '91 / Airgility, Inc. Technology Service
Crowdfunding a Cat Café Kanchan Singh ’12 / Crumbs & Whiskers Retail Service
Getting Social Media Users to Give Back Dale Pfeiffer / GoodWorld (s) Technology Service
A Personalized Approach to Investing Kathryn Stewart / Cranbrook Capital Technology Service
From Bootstrapped to Series D in Seven Years with EverFi Jon Chapman MBA ’07 / EverFi Technology/Education Service
Bootstrapping a Green Cleaning Solution for Smelly Sports Gear Stephen Steinberg '10 / Raw Athletics Consumer Product Product
How to Pitch
Nervous About Your Elevator Pitch? Don’t Sweat It Glen Hellman / Driven Forward LLC Consulting Service
Understanding Equity: What Entrepreneurs Need to Know Andrew Sherman / Seyfarth Shaw LLP Legal Service
Startup Marketing: Betas, Pilots, Customers Liz Sara ’80 / Best Marketing, LLC Consulting Service
Put Your Social Media Skills to Work Ali von Paris ’12 / Route One Apparel Apparel Product
Not Getting Customers? Try Asking Why Bob London ’83 / Chief Listening Officers Consulting Service
Maximizing Your Marketing on a Startup Budget Hillary Berman MBA ’14  / Popcorn & Ice Cream Consulting Service
How to Monetize Your Startup Ed Barrientos / Brazen Technology Service
How to Monetize When Everything is Free Aviva Goldfarb / The Six O’Clock Scramble Technology Product
Product Development
Parking & Technology Collide Sam Medile ’80 / Unified Parking Partners Transportation Service
Can Entrepreneurship Be Elegant? Danielle Tate & Culin Tate / Technology Service
Taking Hungry Harvest from the Dorm Room to Shark Tank Evan Lutz ’14 / Hungry Harvest (s) Food Service
From T-Shirts to Crowdsourcing, Founder Talks about Launching 2 Very Different Ventures Micha Weinblatt ’05 / Crooked Monkey & Betterific Apparel Product
Computer Science Background Not Required Brad Sayler / Spotluck Technology Product
The Ins & Outs of Food Startups Jason Cohen ’96 / Halen Brands Consumer Product Product
Finding Funding and the Unlikely Customers Matt Furstenburg ’12 & Chanda Arya PhD ’14 / Grip Boost Consumer Product Product
Streamlining Customer Experiences and Saving Pet Lives Mark Olcott MBA ’13 / VitusVet Technology Service
Monetizing the Social Gaming Industry Paul Capriolo ’06 / Social Growth Technologies Technology Service
Waste Not Want Not: The Importance of Adaptability Jason Gates ’11 / Compology (s) Technology Product/Service
Managing Public-Private Partnerships as an Entrepreneur Eddie Inlow MBA ’09 / Shift Transit Transportation Service
Serial Entrepreneur Turns Struggle to Scalable Spices Ori Zohar '07 / Burlap & Barrel Food Product
Seed Funding
Government Funding for Startups: A Best Kept Secret Mark Walsh / US Small Business Association Venture Capital  
Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor Talks Exits & Investing Jason Shrensky / Complex Interests Technology Service
Real Estate Finance & his Journey from Founder to Angel Investor Tien Wong / CONNECTpreneur Venture Capital  
From Touchdowns to Startups: Lessons on Success, Failure and Investing from an NFL Star Santana Moss / Radio and Television Host Venture Capital  
From Founder to Funder: An Entrepreneur's Transition to Investing Bill Boyle '81 / Dingman Center Angels Venture Capital