Amazing founder Stories
By Vijay Peduru: A Student of extra-ordinary, world-class entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs,Richard Branson,Jeff Bezos and others. He is inspired by “How I built this”, “Side hustle School”,Marie Forleo,John Dumas(EOFIRE),Tim Ferriss,James Altucher and
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This show hosted by Vijay Peduru is about the amazing stories of world-class multi-millionaire and billionaire founders , how they started and how they succeeded. Founder Stories include the founders of Facebook(Mark), Linked-in(Reid), WhatsApp(Jan), Ben and Jerry Ice creams(the name says it), Instagram(Kevin), Amazon(Jeff), Pandora(Tim), Hershey Chocolates(Milton) and more. You will hear their struggles and seemingly insurmountable problems and how they emerged victoriously, so you too can succeed as a founder. Keep Rocking.. my friends.
||Clean045: Subway Restaurants - A poor kid who started with a borrowed $1000 and built a billion dollar restaurant empire||Before he turned 20, Fred used a borrowed $1,000 investment to open a sandwich shop in Connecticut. Today, Subway has more than 40,000 locations worldwide and Fred became a billionaire. Holy Macaroni, How did he do it, Let us find out.||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean044: Tickle - How two college friends sold their company for $90+ million with a simple idea of Personality tests||James and Rick were studying at Harvard and they accidentally hit upon an "Personality Testing" idea. They were close to shutting it down, but they persisted. They sold the company for $90+ million. Let us check out how they did it||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean043: IKEA - How a poor farm-boy rose to become a world-famous billionaire||Ingvar was a poor boy and his poverty propelled him to work hard and become entrepreneurial from a very young age. He later broke the rules of retail and created the world-famous IKEA and became a billionaire. Let us check out this awesome story.||6/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean042: RedLaser - How Two Geeks who failed miserably multiple times and ran out of money became multi-millionaires||Vikas and Jeff wanted to build an app for receipt scanning, but it failed. They had another idea and that too failed. Finally they built Redlaser which was a hit and sold to eBay for multiple millions. Let us check out how they did it.||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean041: Mary Kay Ash Cosmetics - A poor girl with tough childhood to a billionaire||Mary kay Ash had a very tough childhood growing up as a poor girl. She faced many personal and professional setbacks and was depressed. She finally started a cosmetics company with $5000 and became a billionaire. Let us check out, how she built it.||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean040: WireCutter.com - A laid-off tech worker to Gym trainer to a multi-millionaire blogger||Brian Lam was laid-off from his tech job and he trained himself as a professional fighter, but he switched careers and finally started the Wirecutter website. He sold it to The New York Times for $30+ million. Let us see how he did it.||5/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean039: Nantucket Nectars: How two guys with no clue about business, started a multi-million dollar Juice empire||Tom Scott and Tom First started by delivering food and other stuff to boats in a harbor. They ultimately started a Juice company by accident which was sold for $100+ million dollars. Holy Choco, Let us check out how they did it.||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean038: LinkedIn: A bad student always playing video games to starting LinkedIn and selling it for $20+ billion||Reid Hoffman was bad at academics , then he started and failed at his first startup. Yet he persevered and later started Linkedin. He sold it to Microsoft for $20+ billion. Holy Tasty Strawberry pie. How did he do it. Let us check it out.||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean037: Firehouse Subs - Two firefighters with no money to a multi-million dollar restaurant empire.||Two firefighter brothers Chris and Robin were always looking for ways to increase their income. They failed many times and finally built a multi-million dollar restaurant empire. Holy Pecan Pie, Let us check out how they did it.||4/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean036: GrubHub - How two programmers bootstrapped a side hustle and made billions||Mike and Matt started GrubHub as a side project while working on their day jobs as computer programmers. They bootstrapped it with their own money and took GrubHub to a 3+ billion IPO. Holy Chocolatey Doughnut. How did they do it. Let us check it out…||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean035: Jer's Chocolates - How a software sales person turned his chocolate making hobby into a $10+ million business||Jerry was a sales manager but he did not like it. He wanted to start a software business but he ended up starting a chocolate business. He did not know anything but he made it into a $10million business. Let us check out how he did it.||4/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean034: Plenty of Fish - How a one-Person startup generated millions in profits and later sold for $500+ million||There were huge dating websites with plenty of cash and thousands of employees. Can one person and a new entrant take on these giants and still succeed and make millions with zero employees. Markus did it with PlentyofFish.com. Holy Apple Pie!,...||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean033: Whistle: How a seemingly gimmick business - Fitbit for dogs got started and sold for $100+ million||If you look at it , Fitbit for dogs seems like a gimmick business. Who would think that this will become successful. Yet Ben Jacobs proved that this is a worthwhile business and started it and finally sold it for $100+ million. Let us see how he did it.||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean032: StubHub: How Jeff started StubHub at the worst possible time, survived and sold to eBay for $300+ million||Jeff ran out of money and was not able to pay his employees. On top of this, his company got sued, yet he kept pushing forward and succeed and sold StubHub to ebay for $300+ million. Let us check out how he did it.||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean031: Clark's Botanicals: How Francesco who was paralyzed, sad and dejected built a multi-million dollar business||Francesco Clark was living a happy life but suddenly his life was hurled and turned upside down by an accident leaving him paralyzed and not able to move 95% of his body, Yet he built a multi-million dollar business. Let us check out how he did it.||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean030: Mint.com: How Aaron started part-time and made a "sure-to-fail" business successful and sold for $160+ million.||Microsoft and Quicken were leaders and giants with lots of cash and marketing power in the personal finance software business. Yet, Aaron took on the giants and built a "sure-to-fail" business and sold to Intuit for $160+ million.Let us see how he did it.||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean029: Instagram: How he got the idea from a girl in a beach and sold it for $1 billion in 2 years||Kevin worked on his startup idea close to 2 years but it didn't take off. He took a risk, scraped his old idea and went with a new idea, which he found almost by accident. It was a hit and Facebook bought it for $1 billion. Let us check out how...||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean028: Hershey's Chocolates: A fourth grade dropout ,and a farm boy to a world-famous billionaire chocolatier||Milton Hershey started many business and failed in all of them. Any one else would have been crushed by these failures but not Milton. His passion kept him going and he became one of the richest person in America. Let us find out how he did it.||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean027: Auntie Anne's Pretzels: One woman with unbearable grief, started in a farmers market and making multi-millions.||Pretty inspiring story. Anne Beiler had to face an agonizing, intolerable personal loss. Yet this 8th grade dropout,courageously came out and built one of the most enduring Pretzel stores dotting across the world.Let us find out how she did it.||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean026: Wufoo : A simple form-creation idea started with little money and later sold for $30+ million||Three friends started Wufoo with less than 20k, while still working on their day jobs. They faced lot of hurdles with lots of uncertainties. Finally they sold the company for $30+ million. Let us find out how they did it.||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean025: ShutterStock: One person , a $800 initial investment to $2+ billion IPO||Jon needed photographs for his websites and when he couldn't find cheaper photographs, he sensed that others will have the same problem and started ShutterStock. He started with less than $1000 and took it to $2+ billion IPO.Let's...||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean024: Minecraft Games: How a depressed, introverted Geek started a side hustle hobby game and sold it for $2+ Billion||Markus started the game Minecraft as a side project, while working on his day job. He had personal tragedies during this time.Yet he kept pushing. Later he sold for 2+ billion. Let us see how he did it.||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean023: HotOrNot.com: How two friends totally broke and inexperienced became millionaires with their super-simple dating site||Can you be cheap and scrappy and yet build a business that is both fun and makes millions. James and Jim built HotorNot by bootstrapping all the way and came out with creative ideas to save themselves from shutting down. Let us check out how they did it.||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean022:Pandora Music: The extra-ordinary story of how Tim went from a Penniless Nanny to a billionaire||Tim started his career as a Nanny and was playing in bands as a side hustle. He saw the agonizing problems his fellow musicians were facing and he started Pandora. He faced several problems and he came very close to shutting it down, but...||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean021: Ben and Jerry ice Cream: The wonderful story of two Guys, their love of ice cream, a $5 investment to a multi-million doll||Two friends turned their passion of ice creams into a multi-million dollar empire. They just started with $5 investment and did not know anything about how to start a business. Yet they became wildly successful. Let us see how they did it.||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean020: FUBU: How Shark Tank's Daymond John went from a Restaurant waiter to multi-millionaire founder||Daymond John was an ordinary guy working as a waiter in a restaurant and in his spare time started FUBU(For us by Us) a sports apparel company with just $40 and turned it into $350+ million in revenue. Let us check out how he did it.||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean019: Method : How two friends started in their stinky little apartment and grew Method to $100+ million||Household cleaning products were dominated by giant companies with their toxic and harmful products. Two friends created "non-toxic" and "cool-looking" cleaning products and they beat the giants and are making $100+ million. Let us check out how...||12/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean018: LifeisGood: Living in a van, eating peanut butter sandwiches to a $100+ million company – The story of Life is Good and||Is it possible to invest $200 and make millions from a simple message of “Do what you like, like what you do” and also bring happiness to millions of people. Let us check out how two brothers Bert and John Jacobs did it.||12/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean017: CDBaby: A small-time musician with no background in tech and business, started with $500 and sold his business for $19+ mi||Derek did not know anything about programming, he did not know how to start and run a business. He did not have enough money. He just started with $500 and eventually sold his business CDBaby for $19+ millions. Let us check out, how he did it.||12/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean016: 1-800-flowers.com : The rags-to-riches story of Jim - A Bartender to a highly-successful multi-millionaire||How did a bartender became a millionaire, Jim McCann transformed 1-800-FLOWERS from a small struggling floral shop into a multi-million dollar flower and gift business. Did he plan it and did he have the desire to become a millionaire?. Let us check out.||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean015: Nobu Restaurants: Chef Nobu’s fabulous rise from Suicide-attempting Restauranteur to HollyWood Celebrity Restauranteur t||Nobu a poor boy , dreamt of opening his own sushi restaurant. He started a few restaurants, but all of them failed He attempted suicide but it was averted . He pulled himself up and opened a fourth one and it became wildly successful...||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean014: Club Penguin: Bootstrapped by borrowing from credit cards, focused on one niche area and sold to Disney for $325+ million||Can a simple kid's game with penguins become a blockbuster hit , and then attract Disney to buy them for $325+ million. Here is how three guys, Lane Merrifield , Dave Krysko and Lance Priebe did it with Club Penguin.||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean013: TwitTV: How Leo Laporte accidentally bootstrapped a multimillion dollar empire From Podcasts||Is it possible to do what we love..have fun and.. also make money. Leo Laporte of the famous “TWIT TV” podcast did it by bootstrapping his podcast empire almost by accident. Let us check out how he is doing it.||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012: Amy's Kitchen: How one couple turned their frozen food problem into a multimillion dollar organic powerhouse||When Rachel, a healthy vegetarian food lover, injured herself during pregnancy, her husband got her a frozen vegetarian dinner, which tasted Yucky. They started their own vegetarian frozen dishes business and grew big into a 200+ million business. How?||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011: PetFinder.com: How Betsy started a hobby pet website and sold for $25+ million||Betsy Saul did not set out to make money. She couldn't see bad things happen to Pets. She started as a service to help pets and it grew into a business and produced millions as a side benefit. Here is who she did it.||10/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010: Chobani: How an immigrant with simple yogurt business beat the giant companies and became a billionaire.||We all heard about internet unicorns --the billion dollar-- valuation companies. but can that be done with a non-internet business that too with a simple Yogurt business. Hamdi Ulukaya an immigrant proved it can be done and became a billionaire. ...||10/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009: Kiss My Face : Not knowing anything about the business to a 75+million year business||Can you start a business without knowing anything about the business and still make millions. Most people will say No, but Bob MacLeod and Steve Byckiewicz proved that it can be done. They just started and learnt along the way. Let...||10/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008: IMDB: Movie watching hobby business Sold to Amazon for multiple millions||Can a movie watching hobby be turned into a serious business that too a multimillion dollar business. Col Needham did this with one of the world’s top entertainment website IMDB.com and sold to Amazon. Let us check out how he did it.||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007: LittleMissMatched: Wacky Mismatched socks idea to a smash hit with 30+ million in revenue||Can an insane idea of selling mismatched socks succeed?. Who would want to wear them.. right? Wrong..,Jonah Staw proved it will succeed by building LittleMissMatched and generating multiple millions. Let us see how he did it.||9/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean006: Geox: Hole-in-shoe idea to Billion Dollars||While there are already big players in the shoe business, Can someone come with a new idea for shoes and succeed and also make tons of money. Mario Polegato did it with Geox and made it a billion dollar company. with a weird idea —having...||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005:TreeHugger: Tiny Green movement blog to a $10million blog||Can you build a high trafficked blog with your passion and also make money. Graham Hill did it with TreeHugger.com and sold for $10 million. Here is how he did it.||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004: Monster Audio: From Jobless and broke to a multi-millionaire||Can a person born to Chinese immigrants who was broke and no job, build a 100million-plus business with his passion for music. Check out how Monster Audio's Noel Lee did it.||9/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003: GeekSquad: Starting with $200 and selling to Best Buy for multiple millions||Robert Stephens started Geek Squad with just himself and $200 investment. He did some fascinating marketing without any money. and he grew to thousands of employees and sold Geek Squad to Best buy for Millions. How did he do it. Let us check out.||9/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002: Build-a-Bear: How Maxine quit her lifeless job-followed her passion and built a multi-million dollar business||Maxine had a good job with pretty good money. Years passed by and she felt a void in her heart. She wanted to do something which she loved and leave her mark in this world. Find out how she quit her job, started her passion business called...||8/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001: California Pizza Kitchen(CPK) : How two friends built the multimillion-dollar restaurant chain by quitting their stressful||Two Friends were stressed out by their Lawyer Jobs and wanted to do something which they loved and they loved Restaurants. They did not know anything about restaurants. but how did they succeed? Check out the founders story of...||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Incredible Show! :)
Really really enjoying the show. It's fun and I love learning about how other great founders struggled and succeeded. Keep up the enlightening work :)
Love this show!
From start to finish this show was captivating. Other podcasts are in interview format and I am getting a little bored with these interview formats.
This show was very refreshing because Vijay tells the stories of founders.
It is like watching a movie.
As a founder, listening to the failures and how other founders overcame them helps me save myself from the pain I would have faced. Listening to these founder stories helps me make the right decisions and move forward in my startup.