Entrepreneur Network Podcast

Entrepreneur Network Podcast


These lively discussions bring Entrepreneur Media's journalists together with the most interesting, intriguing minds and leaders to discuss the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship and innovation.

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1358 episodes

Shawne Merriman: From NFL Star to Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

In the world of professional sports, few athletes successfully transition into the world of entrepreneurship. However, Shawne Merriman, a former NFL player turned entrepreneur, has defied the odds and carved out a remarkable career beyond the football field. In a recent podcast interview with Jeff Fenster, Merriman shared his journey, highlighting his ventures in MMA, apparel, and insurance. His story serves as an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs, emphasizing the importance of dedication, continuous improvement, and creating a supportive environment for success.  Tune into this episode to learn all about Shawne and the great lessons he has to share with our audience.

Apr 01
What Are Your Customers Watching While They Wait? Learn How To Improve Your Business Atmosphere.

is the CEO of , a leading streaming TV service for businesses. He wants to build the future of business television by creating an engaging out-of-home media experience tailored for brands of all types. Listen now to learn more about business television, creating the right atmosphere for your business, and how the company has grown and pivoted. Sponsored by - Toast All-In-1 Restaurant POS:  #business #entrepreneur #atmospheretv  

Mar 26
How To Find Your First Customers

You've built a product, but how do you take it to market? And who even wants it? To answer that, we've set up a unique call between an entrepreneur and an expert. Birna Dröfn Birgisdóttir built a brainstorming tool called Bulby, and is now ready to take it to market — but isn't sure who her ideal customer is. She gets advice from Brent Tworetzky, SVP of Product at Peloton, who has decades of experience building consumer and SaaS products.

Mar 25
Exposure Leads to Expansion: Interview with the Mathis Twins

In the world of entrepreneurship, success stories often emerge from the most unexpected places. The Mathis twins, Jeremy and Joshua, are a prime example of individuals who have overcome adversity and turned their challenging upbringing into a foundation for real estate success. In a recent podcast interview with Jeff Fenster, the Mathis brothers shared their journey, highlighting the impact of resilience, resourcefulness, and the importance of instilling an entrepreneurial mindset in children.  Growing up in a less-than-privileged environment, the Mathis twins faced numerous obstacles. However, they credit their difficult upbringing for shaping their resilience and resourcefulness, traits that have been instrumental in their entrepreneurial journey. They emphasize the role of parental support and exposure to entrepreneurship in their development, highlighting the importance of surrounding oneself with positive influences.  Tune in now to listen into their powerful success journey!

1h 7m
Mar 25
Building Community Intentionally: A Conversation With 3 Yelp Community Managers

It takes a village to raise a small business, as any entrepreneur will tell you. It sounds like a solo act, but the more advocates in a business’s corner, the more likely their success. This week Emily sits down with three of Yelp’s community managers to talk about their roles and what they can do to help make a small business successful — everything from making connections in the community, hosting events on site, to promoting the business on Yelp’s local social media pages. Theme Music by and

Mar 21
Frank McCourt Jr, Founder of Project Liberty, Discusses Protection in the New Age of Tech and AI

Frank McCourt Jr, former CEO of McCourt Global and current owner of French Football Club Olympique de Marseille, delves into the realm of digital privacy and autonomy. We'll discuss McCourt's founding of Project Liberty, a groundbreaking endeavor dedicated to safeguarding individuals' information on the web. Project Liberty aims to empower users with greater control over their digital footprint, ensuring their data remains private and secure in an increasingly interconnected world.

1h 7m
Mar 20
Wisdom and Wicked Good Barbecue from Champion Pitmaster Andy Husbands

For , the renowned Pitmaster, , and owner of , the food path has been a lifelong pursuit fueled by passion. Since the 4th grade, he set his sights on becoming a chef, navigating a hard but rewarding journey. Listen now to learn about following early inspirations, making award-winning barbecue, and the benefits of switching to Toast. Sponsored by - Toast All-In-1 Restaurant POS: #entrepreneur #andyhusbands #thesmokeshop  

Mar 19
The Journey from Gridiron Glory to Business Brilliance: Interview with Austin Ekeler

In a world where the glitz and glamor of professional sports often overshadow the harsh realities of life after the game, Austin Ekeler stands out as a beacon of adaptability and foresight. His story, detailed in a captivating conversation with Jeff Fenster on his podcast, is not just one of athletic prowess but of strategic planning and execution in the realm of business. Austin Ekeler's narrative begins in the rugged, competitive landscape of college football, a world where thousands of hopefuls dream of NFL stardom, but few make it. Ekeler's relentless work ethic and determination set him apart, propelling him from a promising college athlete to a distinguished professional in the NFL. However, what makes Ekeler's story particularly compelling is not just his success on the field but his visionary approach to life beyond it. Make sure to tune in to listen to all this and more! Enjoy.

1h 13m
Mar 18
Want A Great Business Idea? Find A "Cohort"

When you're looking to solve a problem or start a new business, Future CEO Rishi Mandal has a brilliant tactic: Find cohorts of people who already solved the problem for themselves, so you can understand their solution, why it works, and how you might scale it. On this episode, Rishi explains how to do this, and how he used it to build his company Future, which is the largest provider of personal training in America.

Mar 18
Counter Service and Community Building: Yo’ Mama’s Recipe for Success

Crystal Peterson, owner of Yo’ Mama’s, has kept service at the forefront of her strategy from day 1. Located in downtown Birmingham, the family-run comfort food restaurant targets the city’s busy visitors and workers during lunch hour with quick and friendly counter service. Reviewer Delia S. shares how her first experience in Yo’ Mama’s welcoming community space made the restaurant a staple in her rotation. Theme Music by and

Mar 14
Extreme Hospitality is a Way of Life for this ‘Disruptive Chef’

, an , culinary coach, and stalwart in the hospitality industry, emphasizes the gravity of hospitality in his life. For the chef, hospitality is not just a profession. It’s ingrained in him through his upbringing in Austrian culture.  Listen now to learn about hospitality being in your blood, helping chefs become authors, and how to give back to your industry. #entrepreneur #christianjfischer #disruptivechef Sponsored by - Toast All-In-1 Restaurant POS: 

Mar 12
From Super Agent to Inspirational Advocate, Interview with Darren Prince

In a world often consumed by material success and external achievements, Darren Prince's remarkable journey serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of inner growth, resilience, and making a positive impact on others. From his early days as a young entrepreneur to representing some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment, Darren's story is one of triumph over adversity.  Let's delve into his inspiring journey. Darren Prince's path to success was not without its challenges. Behind the glitz and glamor of the sports agent world, he battled his own demons, struggling with drug addiction that led him down a dangerous path. However, a near-fatal overdose became a turning point in his life. It was a wake-up call that made him realize the need for change and embark on a journey of recovery. Throughout his recovery journey, Darren Prince discovered the power of seeking support. He surrounded himself with a strong support system, including mentors, therapists, and fellow recovering addicts. This support was instrumental in his healing process. You can also search “The Jeff Fenster Show” on all your favorite platforms to listen into more of our past episodes with other phenomenal entrepreneurs and success stories that we’ve had the pleasure of having on!

1h 3m
Mar 11
Start Sales Pitches With Stories. Here's Why!

It's one of the greatest sales tactics, and also one of the most overlooked. In this episode, I explain why stories are so powerful, why you should start with them, and where to get the best stories to tell.

Mar 11
Brewing Community : Nirvana Soul's Mission of Connection

Nirvana Soul in San Jose isn’t your ordinary coffee shop. It’s loud, vivacious, and encourages community expression, whether in their regular open-mic nights or the colorful art on the walls. Sisters and co-owners Jeronica and Be’Anka created their coffee shop to serve up unique flavors like the White Rose Latte and a Hazelnut Mocha. But the more important mission is to combat one of the big epidemics facing our country — loneliness. Customer Camy shares what she loves about Nirvana Soul. Theme Music by and

Mar 07
7 Mind-Bending AI Trends of 2024: What Every Business Must Prepare For

Welcome to a world where AI SEO hijackers plot to seize your web traffic and customers, unauthorized cloning becomes a chilling reality, and massive AI model failures lead to unexpected domino effects. Brace yourself for a glimpse into a new reality as AI continues to dominate. Today, bestselling author Ben Angel explores seven powerful AI trends that aren't just making waves, they're flipping the boat entirely.

Mar 07
Fran Maier, Founder of BabyQuip and Co-Founder of Match.com, on Resilience and the Power of Timing

Fran Maier is the entrepreneurial powerhouse behind BabyQuip, as seen on SharkTank, and is also the co-founder of Match.com. In this episode, Fran delves into the pivotal moments shaping her journey, including her decision to join Match.com in its early stages and the launch of BabyQuip, a platform connecting traveling families with baby gear rental services. Fran highlights the transformative power of innovation in entrepreneurship, inspiring others to push boundaries and redefine industries.

Mar 06
How To Build a Nourishing Brand and Community Using Social Media Storytelling

With a family legacy steeped in courage, becoming an entrepreneur was almost inevitable. As the founder of , a smoothie and health food shop in New York City, Kelly's small business journey began with big dreams.  Listen now to learn about her entrepreneurship journey, how the past informs the future, and building community through sharing on social media. #entrepreneur #thenourishspot #healthyliving Sponsored by -  Toast All-In-1 Restaurant POS: 

Mar 05
The Power of Building Relationships and Leading with Value in Business: Interview with Roland Frasier

In the fast-paced world of business, success often hinges on more than just skills and expertise. It is the power of relationships and the ability to add value that can truly set individuals apart. In a series of engaging podcast episodes, Jeff Fenster and Roland Frasier delve into the significance of building relationships, adding value, and seizing opportunities in business.  Their discussions shed light on the strategies and approaches that can help individuals create wealth, ownership, and long-lasting connections. One of the key takeaways from these conversations is the importance of building strong relationships. Fenster and Frasier emphasize that cultivating meaningful connections can lead to unexpected opportunities and upgrades. By investing time and effort into building relationships, individuals can open doors to new possibilities and create a network of valuable contacts. They stress the importance of making meaningful deposits in relationships by offering assistance, expertise, and resources. By being a valuable resource to others, individuals can create long-lasting, mutually beneficial connections. This approach not only helps in building trust but also positions individuals as go-to experts in their respective fields.  If you want to level up your relationships and access to what you need to accelerate your success then be sure to tune into this episode!

1h 13m
Mar 04
Serving Happiness: Building a Business on Customer Feedback

Most people open their own business with a solid plan and a firm idea of what that business offers. Tomeka Wallace opened Happy Cafe with exactly that, but her ability to learn as she goes, pivot when needed, and “just roll with it,” as she says, led to many changes to her menu and her operating hours. Listening to her customers and reviewers gave her new ideas, has expanded her offerings, and is one of the keys to the success of her beach town sandwich shop. e about the episode Theme Music by and

Mar 01
Serving Salsa With a Smile: How Lisa and Miguel Became Local Food Celebrities

Lisa and Miguel Segura, owners of Miguel’s Artisan Recipes, always have an open seat at their table. The couple has spent the last three years finding new ways to share their jarred salsas and fresh Mexican recipes with their community. What started as pandemic deliveries to their circle of friends turned into a full-fledged brick-and-mortar operation in Clovis, CA. Yelp user and Community Director Nathen M. shares his experience meeting Miguel and Lisa and falling in love with their business. Theme Music by and

Mar 01
Mastering the Setback Cycle for Growth: Amy Shoenthal's Expert Approach

Entrepreneurship is a rollercoaster, marked by dizzying highs and daunting setbacks. But what if we told you that these setbacks, the glitches in your matrix of success, can be your most potent breakthroughs? Today we unpack the secret art of embracing setbacks with Amy Shoenthal, renowned journalist, ForbesWomen top contributor, marketing executive, and author of 'The Setback Cycle'.

Feb 29
Biz Bites #8 : How to Get Yelp Reviews Without Asking

In ep. 8 of the “Biz Bites'' series, we talk about how to get reviews without asking. An important part of managing your online reputation, especially on Yelp. From providing memorable experiences, responding to reviews publicly, and making the most of Yelp’s free features, this episode breaks down 5 things businesses can do to encourage customers to share their experiences in a review. We also dig into creating photo opportunities for customers, and weaving Yelp into your marketing materials. e about the episode Theme Music by and

Feb 27
Behind a Curtain at his Izakaya, this Innovative Sushi Chef Hosts a 17-Course Omakase for 8 Seats

Acclaimed Chef Jesse Ito and Owner of , , carries a legacy of excellence and rich tradition. Jesse embarked on an apprenticeship at the tender age of 14 at his family’s Japanese restaurant, before immersing himself in the intricate world of restaurant ownership and high-end sushi.  Listen now to learn about the power of learning on the job, following in his father’s footsteps, and his unique Omakase vibe. Sponsored by - Toast All-In-1 Restaurant POS:

Feb 27
LinkedIn's Algorithm Changes, Explained

If you want to gain an edge on LinkedIn, there are two people you need to hear from: LinkedIn editor in chief Dan Roth and senior director of engineering Tim Jurka. In this episode, we discuss the impact of LinkedIn's ongoing algorithm changes, how to adapt your content strategy, new LinkedIn features to help you gain visibility, and an interesting new feature called “suggested posts” that could help boost your best posts for years.

Feb 26
The Power of Authenticity and Accountability: interview with Gary Vaynerchuk

In a world where success is often equated with material wealth and external validation, Gary Vaynerchuk, popularly known as Gary Vee, stands out as a beacon of authenticity and accountability, Gary shares his invaluable insights with us on personal growth, entrepreneurship, and creating a positive impact.  In this episode, we delve into the key takeaways from our conversation, highlighting the importance of authenticity and accountability in achieving success and personal development. We also hear about the announcement of VeeFriends collaboration with Jeff Fenster and everbowl and how the partnership came to be. You’ll also hear the announcement of the meet and greet with Gary and the team that went on at everbowl San Marcos, CA store #2 location to bring the community together in hopes to introduce the two colliding brands to a shared gathering of amazing humans.  We hope you enjoy the show, please feel free to leave us a review and let us know how you liked the show!

Feb 26
Driving the Future: AI, Ethics, and Jobs in the Age of Automation

Venture into the epicenter of innovation with Jonathan Campos. In this electrifying episode, we dissect the titans of tech, steer through the self-driving revolution, and grapple with AI's impact on jobs. Plug into our journey as we sculpt a fearless ethical blueprint for tomorrow's tech.

Feb 22
A Farmers Market with a Mission to Nourish and Educate the Community

Located in Humble, TX, Fall Creek Farmers Market is the perfect place to pick up produce and fresh foods while learning more about sustainable agriculture. Jonathan and Andrea, the husband-and-wife duo behind the market, integrate integrity and education about sustainable farming and the importance of food quality into everything they do. Reviewer Forest shares what stood out during his visits to the market. And what keeps him coming back. Theme Music by  and

Feb 22
Lois Robbins, Actor and Founder of Watskin, on the Power of Passion and Persistence

Lois Robbins is an actor and the founder of Watskin, a clothing brand that uses UPF 50+ fabrics for their designs. Known for her daytime television roles on All My Children and One Life to Live, Lois decided to create Watskin out of necessity when she learned of a cancerous cell on her face. Watskin now sells over 10 different types of sun-protective products and donates 5 percent of every purchase to the Melanoma Research Alliance.

Feb 21
This is How Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan Became a Food Media Star

is a celebrated culinary artist, , philanthropist, and restaurateur. The star and founding partner of traces her culinary inspiration to the vibrant streets of India. “I really want to be the voice of Indian food throughout America,” she says. Listen now to learn about the essence of being a chef, sharing stories online, and becoming a food TV personality. Sponsor: Toast: All-In-1 Restaurant System —

Feb 20
Why Workers Are Disengaged, and How to Fix That

Why are workers disengaged? Scott Greenberg has an answer: It's because of poor leadership, poor management training, and poor company culture. In this conversation, he offers a solution to all of that — by diagnosing his own one-time leadership failures, and the importance of understanding and relating to employees on a human level. Greenberg is the author of the new book Stop The Shift Show.

Feb 19