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In this weekly podcast series, Pat and Posh hit the road to find and sit down with incredible founders, entrepreneurs, and creators who are behind some of the world’s most successful and up-and-coming startups, businesses and movements to document their stories and inspire listeners to turn their ideas into actions.
 
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Katerina Schneider is the founder and CEO of Ritual, a health technology company that is reinventing the vitamin. Their number one priority is traceability so customers know where all the ingredients come from and why it’s there. We spoke with Kat about her early days immigrating with her family to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union and living i…
 
Todd Carmichael is the co-founder and CEO of La Colombe Coffee Roasters, one of the most innovative coffee brands ever and the inventor of the first-ever draft latte in a can, which he launched with JP Iberti in 1994. During our conversation, we cover everything from Todd’s early days growing up in Washington, being a distance runner and finishing …
 
Alan Fuerstman is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Montage International, a luxury hospitality management company encompassing Montage Hotels & Resorts, Pendry Hotels & Resorts, Montage Residences, Pendry Residences, and management of some of the country’s premiere golf courses and clubs. Starting out as a doorman at a Marriott hotel in New Jersey…
 
Sam Polk is the founder and CEO of Everytable, whose mission is to make sure everyone, everywhere has access to nutritious, fresh food at affordable prices. In this episode, we chat about Sam’s tough upbringing and family life, his college experience and getting kicked out (and reinstated) at Columbia University, working on Wall Street trading bond…
 
Jaime Schmidt is the founder of Schmidt’s Naturals, the natural personal care brand that she scaled from kitchen to acquisition by Unilever in 2017. In the process, Jaime led a movement of modern brands bringing naturals to the mainstream. Today, the brand is sold in over 30 countries and 30,000 retailers, and Jaime continues to support their globa…
 
David Rogier is the founder and CEO of MasterClass, an online education platform where users can learn pretty much anything from top experts in their fields, including Serena Williams, Martin Scorsese, Hans Zimmer, Wolfgang Puck, Bob Iger, and many more. In this episode, we chat about everything David’s childhood and early career, his thoughts on t…
 
Dominique Crenn is a world-famous French chef, restaurateur, and co-owner of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, which was named to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2019. She’s also the first and only female chef in America to attain three Michelin stars and was awarded “Best Chef in the West” in 2018 by The James Beard Foundation. In January of 2020…
 
Jiake Liu is the co-founder and CEO of Outer, a direct-to-consumer outdoor furniture company that’s turning consumers’ backyards into showrooms. In this episode, we chat about everything from Jiake’s early days growing up in China, how he got into computers and electronics, immigrating to the United States in high school, his early career and vario…
 
Pat and Posh sit down for one of the most important conversations they’ve had on The Founder Hour. As Armenians, Pat and Posh are passionate about their culture — in all its vibrancy and peace. This timely discussion with Mihran Toumajan, Director of the Western Region of the Armenian Assembly of America*, sheds light on the conflict between Armeni…
 
Ronnie Fieg is a footwear and clothing designer and the founder of Kith, a retail establishment and streetwear brand that he launched in 2010 with stores in New York, LA, Miami, London, and most recently Tokyo. Over the last decade, Kith has absolutely taken over the streetwear game, collaborating with brands such as Calvin Klein, Versace, Nike, Ad…
 
Ellen Marie Bennett is the founder and CEO of Hedley & Bennett, which specializes in handcrafted premium aprons and culinary gear for the best chefs, home cooks, and makers in the world. Her story is a wild one, full of adventure and discovery, so we were excited to get a chance to hear about Ellen’s early days, moving to Mexico after graduating fr…
 
Steven Galanis is the co-founder and CEO of Cameo. Cameo is a video-sharing platform that allows celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, Caitlyn Jenner, Carole Baskin, and over 40,000 others, to send personalized messages to fans, such as birthday shoutouts, congratulations, and more. The company has seen a meteoric rise since launching in 2017, so we were…
 
Aline Kamakian is a renowned restaurateur, entrepreneur, author, and founder of Mayrig. Mayrig, which means “mother” in Armenian, Aline’s native language, is one of Beirut’s most beloved restaurants specializing in authentic Armenian cuisine, which she founded in 2003. As you may know, the city of Beirut was hit with a massive explosion on August 4…
 
Opal Tometi is a human rights activist, writer, strategist, community organizer, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter. Starting out as a hashtag on social media in 2013, Black Lives Matter has grown to become the largest movement in U.S. history, as reported by the New York Times. We had the unique pleasure of speaking with Opal and learning about …
 
Warren Hogarth is the co-founder and CEO of Empower, a mobile app that helps consumers retake control of their financial lives by offering automated savings, personalized coaching, cash advances, and much more. In the episode, we chat with Warren about his childhood growing up in Australia, his college experience and where he got his entrepreneuria…
 
GT Dave, a.k.a. the “King of Kombucha,” is the founder of GT’s Kombucha (now known as GT’s Living Foods), the #1 selling Kombucha brand in the world and the originator of bottled kombucha. Born and raised in LA, GT dropped out of high school and started the company at just 15 years old, and over the past 25 years, they’ve pioneered and dominated a …
 
Alexa von Tobel is the founder of LearnVest, a personal finance company that made financial planning affordable and accessible for everyone, which was acquired by Northwestern Mutual in 2015 for $375 million. She’s now the founder and Managing Partner of Inspired Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the next wave of …
 
Josh Luber is the founder of StockX, the world's first online consumer “Stock Market of Things” for high-demand, limited-edition products featuring a live marketplace where participants anonymously buy and sell limited-edition consumer products such as sneakers, watches, clothing, handbags, and trading cards. In this episode, we talk about everythi…
 
Blake Mycoskie is the founder of TOMS, a for-profit company that designs and markets shoes, as well as eyewear, coffee, apparel, and handbags, that he founded in 2006 after a trip to Argentina. He recently launched his new company, Madefor, a simple 10-month program that harnesses the proven power of neuroscience to elevate your mental and physical…
 
Jim McKelvey is the co-founder of Square, a financial technology company powering millions of small businesses that he launched in 2009 with Jack Dorsey, who’s also the founder and CEO of Twitter. The company debuted on the New York Stock Exchange in 2015 and is currently worth about $53 billion. Jim is also the author of “The Innovation Stack: Bui…
 
Bedros Keuilian is the founder and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp, one of the nation’s fastest-growing franchises, as well as a best-selling author, speaker, consultant, and investor in startups. In this episode, we spoke with Bedros about his early days and immigrating to the United States at 6 years old, what influenced his path to entrepreneurship, t…
 
Trevor Milton is the founder and executive chairman of Nikola Corporation. Founded in 2014, Nikola is an energy technology company that designs and manufactures hydrogen-electric semi-trucks, pickup trucks, and more. In June 2020, the company debuted on the Nasdaq and is worth over $20 billion. They are expected to fully reveal the Nikola Badger, t…
 
Chip Wilson is the founder of Lululemon Athletica, the athletic apparel company that pioneered a whole industry in performance clothing, which he launched in 1998. In this episode, we talk to Chip about his upbringing and younger years as a troubled student in school, how he was able to make $750,000 at 19 years old working on the Alaska pipeline, …
 
Paolo Pirjanian is the founder and CEO of Embodied, Inc. Founded in 2016, Embodied is an industry-leading robotics and AI company creating state-of-the-art companion robots to revolutionize human-centric care and wellness by enhancing quality of life for individuals and families. They recently developed Moxie, a revolutionary new animate companion …
 
Vicky Tsai is the founder and Chief Treasure Hunter of Tatcha, a modern skincare brand rooted in timeless Japanese beauty rituals. In this super candid conversation, Vicky opens up about what she was like growing up and her early personal struggles and insecurities and why she never fit with her surroundings. We chat about how she got her start on …
 
Glenn Sanford is the founder of eXp Realty, CEO of eXp World Holdings, Inc. and Chief Strategy Officer for VirBELA. After being involved with a number of internet start-ups in the 1990s and early 2000s, including a stint at AOL, Glenn started a highly successful real estate career in 2002. In 2006, his fourth full year in the business, Glenn and hi…
 
Join us as we try and unpack everything that’s going on in America right now - from protests to riots to the systemic racism that is so prevalent in our country today. The recent killing of George Floyd was truly a tragedy and we are optimistic that we can all make a change by coming together and standing up for what is right and condemning racial …
 
Stuart Landesberg is the founder and CEO of Grove Collaborative (formerly known as ePantry), an online platform that delivers eco-friendly home essentials, including household cleaning, personal care, baby, kid, and pet products. In this episode, we chat about everything from Stuart’s upbringing to his experience working on Wall Street during the e…
 
Gaby Dalkin is a cookbook author, chef, entrepreneur, and writer. Founded in 2009, her website What’s Gaby Cooking established her as the go-to source for all things California, including delicious recipes, videos, and travel guides. After graduating from college, Gaby worked in fashion marketing and PR for less than a year before the financial cri…
 
Born and raised in Canada and fresh out of college, Simon Huck found himself in New York City in the company of A-list celebrities after landing the job of his dreams in PR with Lizzie Grubman and Jonathan Cheban. After quickly establishing himself in the industry as a savvy PR executive, Simon grew to eventually take over Command PR from Cheban in…
 
Known as the “Father of Modern Wellness,” Dr. Howard Murad is one of the world’s leading authorities on skincare and healthcare and has been practicing in the field of dermatology for almost 50 years. In 1989, he founded Murad, a global prestige skincare brand that he sold to Unilever in 2015. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Murad about his humble …
 
George Arison is a serial entrepreneur and the founder & CEO of Shift, an online peer-to-peer marketplace for buying and selling used cars. Prior to Shift, George spent time as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and a Product Manager at Google before starting Taxi Magic (now known as Curb & acquired by Verifone), the first on-demand mobi…
 
Marc Randolph is the co-founder and first CEO of Netflix. He’s also the author of “That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea,” where he shares the untold story of what became known as one of the most successful companies in history. In this episode, Marc joins Pat and Posh to share stories from his upbringing that h…
 
For our first-ever virtual episode of The Founder Hour (thanks, Coronavirus!), we sat down with Melanie Wolff and Darien Williams, co-founders and co-CEOs of Brella, an on-demand and high-quality center-based child care. A little over 3 years ago, Darien met Melanie on a blind friend date. Darien was an architect living in New York, who brought up …
 
It’s a challenging time in our world right now, but we must be optimistic and work towards a more positive future together. A lot will change, but we will ultimately be better for it. In this episode, Pat and Posh (while sitting 6 feet apart) talk about what they’ve been up to while quarantining, as well as a deep discussion about the after-effects…
 
Yancey Strickler is the co-founder and former CEO of Kickstarter, a global crowdfunding platform that has helped bring hundreds of thousands of creative projects to life since its launch in 2009. As of today, the platform has received more than $4.6 billion in pledges from 17.2 million backers to fund 445,000 projects, such as films, music, journal…
 
IN-Q is a National Poetry Slam champion, award-winning poet, and multi-platinum songwriter. His groundbreaking achievements include being named to Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 list of the world’s most influential thought leaders, being the first spoken word artist to perform with Cirque Du Soleil, and being featured on A&E, ESPN, and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.…
 
Catherine McCord wasn’t your average teenager. While in middle school, she began modeling and traveling the world to be on runway shows and magazine covers such as Glamour, Elle and Vanity Fair, eventually being discovered by the likes of Calvin Klein and Patrick Demarchelier. She was also one of the 15 original Victoria’s Secret Angels. Her modeli…
 
Greg Steltenpohl is the co-founder and CEO of Califia Farms, one of the fastest-growing plant-based beverage companies in the world. However, Greg wasn’t always an entrepreneur; in fact, he got a degree from Stanford in Environmental Science and at one point in his younger days, set out to be a musician. However, when that didn’t work out, a series…
 
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