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The CTStartUP podcasts is all about connecting people who are passionate about the growing Connecticut startup ecosystem. The story of how CTStartUP podcast got started is not unlike how startups begin. IT BEGAN WITH COFFEE Two entrepreneurs Mike Kauffman and Eric Francis had been meeting for coffee and discussing everything from what they were working on to what they wanted to see for Connecticut. The two connected over the fact that they are avid podcast listeners and thought it would be f ...
 
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Few people can tell it like it is when it comes to doing business in Connecticut the way Mark Lassoff can. Founder of Framework Tech Media and longtime web/mobile development instructor, Mark reflects with Eric on the past decade of working in Connecticut, the struggles and triumphs that have marked his career, what the future holds post-pandemic, …
 
We have all seen businesses and flyers advertising for ISO ratings - and yet despite it being seemingly everywhere, many businesses don't actually know when they need ISO certification, and what it's used for. Enter Benjamin Trow of ISO Pro, who explains in fascinating detail the process and power of proper ISO ratings, and what businesses ACTUALLY…
 
The gaming world has grown by leaps and bounds, and many entreprenuers have great ideas - but lack the technical skills to implement their vision. That's when they turn to Bernard François, founder of rapid game prototyping company Preview Labs. Bernard's journey may have started across the Atlantic, but his entrepreneurial spirit is the sort of th…
 
Hiring an employee is all about humans - yet the hiring process seems to be more and more automated, and less human, all the time. Enter Jamie Laufer and her recruitment firm Venn, which is grounded in the belief that a person’s greatest potential lives at the intersection of their talent and passion.…
 
Startups and businesses can take many different shapes - some are full-time endeavors, others are more like successful side hustles. For Paul Gaurino of PG Sports, the line has definitely blurred as the sports apparel brand has been flourishing into a beast of its own. Tune in for a discussion about sports, startups, and building a brand from a dee…
 
One part of a vibrant city and culture is that when people come to or move for work, for school, or an event they fall in love with it and decide to stay. This is the case for both co-directors of the Collab Caroline Tanbee Smith and Margaret Lee who came to school at Yale and decided to make New Haven home after they graduated. The Connecticut inn…
 
Dave Menard and Eric Francis sit down with the founders of The Bolder Company. Jenny Drescher and Ellen Ornato first came on CTStartup as Connect and Improv and return in their new form, as The Bolder Company. A fun conversation which highlighted how COVID-19 forced them to focus their energy into the business which they could have the most impact …
 
Being an entrepreneur comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, and Nick Wagner highlights how you can be an entrepreneur even with 9-5. Eric Francis sat down with Nick to explore his entrepreneurial journey from his first DJ contract with his high school to selling an aftermarket car parts business to starting a nonprofit. Through his non-profit C.I…
 
Eric Francis talks with Michael Cocuzza, Founder an CTO of EnviroPower, in his second appearance on the podcasts about the evolution of his company and himself as an entrepreneur. Over the past couple years, Michael has created a manufacturing company which will be releasing their SmartWatt boiler in 2021. Their heating technology, the SmartWatt Bo…
 
Eric Francis sits down with Al Bhatt, Director of District Arts and Education to discuss how he is focusing on digging wells instead of wondering if the glass is half full or half empty. Eric and Al start the conversation talking about the storming of the capital and where the country is at this moment in time. Throughout the podcast, Al showcases …
 
CTStartup founders and co-hosts, Eric Francis and Dave Menard, get back into the swing of podcasting as they discuss how the podcast has evolved, the new 2021 sponsorship from Connecticut Innovations and CTNext, and what topics the podcast looks to explore in 2021. The false start that was 2020 is over and CTStartup will be evolving this year to cr…
 
In this episode, Eric talks with Digital Surgeons co-founders Pete Sena and David Salinas.This podcast is a one of the ones we recorded pre-covid shutdown where we sat down and talked about direct to consumer marketing and product development. Pete dives into actionable tactics you can use even in these uncertain times. David Salinas also hops in a…
 
Welcome back to season 5 of CT Startup! This episode was recorded just before the world was turned upside-down by the COVID-19 pandemic. So much has changed, and very little of the content still makes sense...but hey, we're all bored, stuck inside, looking for something to listen to. So tune in저자 CTStartup Podcast
 
In this episode of CT Startup we have an in-depth exchange with Ben from Hugo & Hoby; a design, fabrication, and delivery company for custom made furniture all along the East Coast. Ben explains to us how he got involved in the furniture business, how he works with fabrication shops on the East Coast, sustainably sources raw materials, and so much …
 
Welcome to the second episode of Issues Series with CT Startup. This weeks guest is Ryan Keating of Keating Insurance and we discuss his background of growing up in Connecticut, leaving, and then returning with motivation to improve his family business and grow as an entrepreneur. Following his general introduction we discuss issues Ryan has faced …
 
Welcome to our inaugural Issues podcast, a new series that falls under the CTStartup umbrella. We'll discuss a wide variety of topics and issues that Connecticut residents face and experience on a day-to-day basis. Kicking off this new series is Jim Strange, a Connecticut native who has experienced extensive change during his multiple decades of li…
 
Our guest this week is David, who started a mask insert company with the primary goal to fight malodor (aka unpleasant odor) in particular medical and non-medical situations. That company was Rhino Guard. Learn how it's changing the way people handle disharmonious scents. https://www.rhinoguardmask.com/…
 
This week's guests come from the Middletown Chamber of Commerce (MEWS). We had the honor of seeing and recording our guests from the comfort of their chamber; The Middletown Entrepreneur Work Space. We discuss the background of this new workspace, where it is now, and where it's headed.https://www.middlesexchamber.com/…
 
This week we sit down with Dana Bucin of Murtha Cullina Attorneys at Law, the same law firm where co-host David Menard is a partner.Dana specializes in immigration law, and in this podcast she breaks down how being an immigrant entrepreneur gave her (and others) a leg up when it came to applying for legal residency. Dana also takes time to teach us…
 
We're doubling up on original content this week with this special episode of CTStartup Podcast. We chat live with one of the founders of Connecticut's largest makerspace during their final construction kickoff party. Learn about the long road that led them to this point and the latest news on the Makerspace(including the grand opening date) by list…
 
We're happy to introduce Kelly Helmuth of Bestest the polling app. We sat down with Kelly and learned about the ins and outs of her development process while getting hands-on experience with it. Tune in to find out what makes this app so addictive, and be sure to download and try it out yourself at the link below.https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bes…
 
We were lucky enough to get a hands-on look at Spheregen's up and coming augmented reality headset. Come virtually join us in this week's podcast as we learn about this fascinating new form of virtual reality. For more information on Spheregen click the link below:http://www.spheregen.com/저자 CTStartup Podcast
 
Introducing NewHaven.io -- The water cooler of the New Haven tech sceneThe creators' ultimate goal is to bring a human element to the New Haven tech scene by creating a unified community for people working within it. They explain to us how the current local tech scene features an expansive catalog of different types of tech and how they are working…
 
We are celebrating our 100th Episode with an extended cast and an all-new logo!It's hard to believe we've already done 100 episodes of the CT Startup Podcast - we couldn't have made it this far without your support and we just want to say thanks, and here's to the next 100 episodes!------------------------------------------------In this episode we …
 
If you are trying to build a business, then you are trying to become a leader. But what defines leadership, and more importantly, what separates the good leaders from the great leaders?That is what we are exploring in a new podcast series being produced in partnership with Janis Collins and The Refinery in Stamford.In this talk Janis speaks with Je…
 
Life doesn't care for your excuses, and neither does Chris Brennan of fitness startup JEKL out of Plainville. JEKL trains students about the mind-body connection and how it affects every aspect of our lives.A former Olympian trainee, Chris shares with us his journey and perspective on how your attitude can be the difference between success and fail…
 
Janis Collins has been helping companies innovate, create and quickly launch new businesses for more than 25 years. First, through her own company, which focused on helping high tech startups and then later advising and funding new financial service companies. In this podcast Janis helped us kick off our new series which will be revolving around th…
 
When we last spoke with Andrew Ginsberg at the UCONN TIP program, his video streaming app Loki was still in its infancy. Now a year and a half later, Loki has launched on both Android and iPhone, and his startup is gaining steam throughout the state.Join Chris and Eric as they talk to Andrew about his journey from dorm-room app designer to startup …
 
This week we talk with co-host Chris Demoro, who recently returned from Florida for a project that was part work, part play, and all fun. Chris fills us in on the spirit of Suwannee Hulaween, his passion for music festivals, and how what he learned about growing a community helped him grow his business.Informative with a touch of comedy, this episo…
 
Hartford has been gaining a lot of momentum lately, in part because of the hard work of groups such as Innovation Destination: Hartford (IDH). IDH represents a coalition of entrepreneurs and service professionals dedicated to enhancing the Hartford region’s ability to support startups and second-stage entrepreneurs, and their efforts have not gone …
 
This week we take a break from our normal interview schedule for a laid-back roundtable discussion on a rather serious subject – climate change. The conversation revolves around the IPCC's recent (and dire) climate change report, how much carbon emissions need to be reduced, and the obligation of business owners to do something about it. We are onc…
 
Joining us this week we have Franz Hochstrasser and Matthew Moroney of Raise Green, an "...online portal of financing and support by connecting communities with investors interested in putting their money to work – protecting people and the planet." A crowdfunding platform for green energy projects, Raise Green wants to leverage the "crowd" part of…
 
Meet John Fiorello of RecordME. Like most of our guests, John is busy juggling the life of a startup founder as he focuses on producing and capturing professional sounding audio for musicians at a cheaper rate and in a more compact manner. His work could have a profound impact on the audio and music streaming industry, making professional recording…
 
This week our very own host Eric Francis brings on his business partners Spencer Curry and Kieran Foran to update us on their aquaponic farming business. Learn more about how this trio of modern farmers wants to create "The City That Feeds Itself". Subscribe Today:http://trifectaecosystems.com/저자 CTStartup Podcast
 
Holding yourself accountable is a crucial aspect in being a successful entrepreneur, but straying away from the goals you set for yourself is all too easy. In this week's episode, we are joined by Vincent Miceli of New York City. He tells us a little about his personal background and then gives us the rundown of his current startup business.-------…
 
Launching a startup is no simple task, and even the smallest decisions can have the largest impacts. But the right advisor or mentor can help fledgling companies avoid common pitfalls and problems, enabling them to grow their companies faster and farther.In this special roundtable episode, our two resident advisors Dave Menard and Andrea Stalf disc…
 
This week David Kooris of the DECD joins us to discuss the versatility of Connecticut's Startup Ecosystem and how it's a cheaper alternative to Boston and New York. Along with that we discuss the pros and cons of Connecticut's infrastructure and it's vast types of towns. "We need to simultaneously find ways to grab onto Boston and New York but do i…
 
Growing up has never been so complicated or competitive, and today's kids are encountering mature issues at an ever younger age. These kids can use all the help they can get, and none too soon either.Enter Success Prep Partners, a trio of talented and successful women offering long-term life coaching to boost their academic and life success. Listen…
 
As Connecticut's startup ecosystem has grown, so has the need for new coworking spaces where founders can learn and grow their companies. District - New Haven is the latest "innovation campus" to open doors in the state, encompassing work and play in a single massive facility that is drawing founders from every corner of Connecticut.Dave and Eric s…
 
Startups come in all shapes and sizes, and while each industry poses its own unique set of challenges, founders often face the same issues. That's true for retail stores, tech companies, and musicals.Yes, musicals.In this episode of CTStartup, Chris and Andrea speak with Ryan and Sam Ratelle of RRR Creative about the difficulties of starting a new …
 
Today's kids face challenges many of their parents couldn't have even imagined, and for teenage girls, school can be a particularly negative and difficult experience. Many parents and guidance counsulers are ill-equipped to deal with the complexity of social media, self-esteem, and stress.Enter Denise Barats, a Certified Teen Life Coach, former hig…
 
It's no secret that making anything in America is a costly endeavor, but many people are willing to pay that "Made in America" tax for the right product.After a career in advertising and marketing, Naomi Tussin set out to created a jewelry collection that not only appeals to the aesthetic sense of those "Made in America" customer’s aesthetic sense,…
 
Once upon a time, public libraries were the cornerstone of many communities, providing easy access to knowledge, and knowledgeable people. They still do too, and increasingly startup founders are turning to their local libraries as resource centers for the first steps in their entrepreneurial journies.Today we take a brief respite from the fast-pac…
 
Connecticut isn't exactly known for being business-friendly, and our residents generally aren't considered the warmest people around. But for Ohio native Elyse Ryan, Connecticut transformed her small jewelry business into a QVC staple known for helping charities such as Alex's Lemonade stand. Tune in as we discuss how Connecticut residents helped E…
 
Serial entrepreneur, innovator, and inventor Eric Knight has been around the business block more than once, and when he isn't busy invent, the founder and president of Remarkable Technologies is helping new entrepreneurs young and old find their footing.So what does it take to be both a serial business builder AND a mentor to the next generation of…
 
Since the dawn of time, mothers have breastfed their children without ever knowing exactly how much milk their offspring are actually getting. It's always been a guessing game at best, and when it comes to one's kids, most people aren't comfortable estimating how much nutrition their baby is getting.Enter Brittany Molkenthin, CEO of Lactation Innov…
 
In this episode we speak with Mark Lassoff, President and CEO of LearnToProgram. LearnToProgram is a technical learning resource for web, mobile, and game development with over 1,000,000 students worldwide. In this episode, Eric speaks with Mark about the Connecticut ecosystem, how he became an entrepreneur, and what budding startups should hope to…
 
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