The Founder’s Cut

Focused on the stories of early-stage founders.

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Tuesday Feb 14, 2023

Recent research has made a bold claim: prolonged social isolation and loneliness are equivalent to smoking three-quarters of a pack of cigarettes daily. Being part of a community is essential for health and well-being. It provides a sense of belonging and connection, reduces stress, and increases happiness and physical health. It also has a positive effect on mental health, offering comfort, support, and self-esteem while reducing loneliness and providing a sense of purpose.
I spoke with Larissa, Co-Founder, and CEO of Coteria (www.activecoterie.com). Larissa saw an opportunity to build a solution for the growing number of women looking for a community based on sports. Coterie is creating an online community hub to empower women by making sports more accessible through technology. If you’re interested in learning more about Larissa’s journey to starting a company and how Coterie is tackling community building, find the links to the episode below!
 
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#entrepreneurship #startup #business #invest #founder #adamtheory My name is Adam Choe, and this is my channel. I'm an investor, recovering entrepreneur, former managing director of a startup accelerator, an adjunct professor, a former research fellow, and a curious learner testing the theories of everyday life one theory at a time. This channel is dedicated to talking about all things entrepreneurship, investing, relevant current events, and other random topics that I think could be interesting or helpful to talk about. I'm a first-generation Asian-American, and my family came from South Korea 40+ years ago. Just trying to figure out this game called life one day at a time. Thanks for checking out the channel. If you like the content, like, subscribe, and stick around!

Tuesday Feb 07, 2023

Allisa Song is the CEO and co-founder of Nanodropper, a commercial-stage medical device company offering high-value solutions to adherence barriers in glaucoma and other eye disease management. Its flagship product is a micro-volume delivery adaptor for eye drop bottles that reduces medication waste and financial barriers to vision-saving medications. With a focus on improving patient outcomes, Nanodropper adds value to every stakeholder of the healthcare system with the potential to save billions of dollars, one drop at a time.
Allisa received her degrees in Psychology and Biology at the University of Washington and is a peer-reviewed author in neuroscience, genetics, plastic surgery, and ophthalmology. She is currently pursuing her medical degree at Mayo Clinic. She is driven by her passion for creating patient-centered solutions to close health equity gaps and combat disparities in care delivery. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her bunnies and dogs, painting, snowboarding, and playing board games with her friends.
 
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My name is Adam Choe, and this is my channel. I'm an investor, recovering entrepreneur, former managing director of a startup accelerator, an adjunct professor, a former research fellow, and a curious learner testing the theories of everyday life one theory at a time. This channel is dedicated to talking about all things entrepreneurship, investing, relevant current events, and other random topics that I think could be interesting or helpful to talk about. I'm a first-generation Asian-American, and my family came from South Korea 40+ years ago. Just trying to figure out this game called life one day at a time. Thanks for checking out the channel. If you like the content, like, subscribe, and stick around!

Monday Jan 30, 2023

What if you could analyze hundreds, if not thousands, of articles almost instantly? What if you could use that data to make better investment decisions? That is the goal of Babbl, a startup that uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) to digest the vast amount of information online and turn it into actionable investment insights. NLP is a popular tool for investors, allowing them to quickly and accurately analyze data for valuable insights. Machine learning algorithms help identify patterns and trends, enabling investors to make informed decisions for better returns and reduced risk. As technology advances, NLP will become an even more powerful tool for beating the market.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Sam Cartford, CTO and Co-Founder of Babbl. Their startup is striving to provide investors with AI stock market news and social media monitoring tools to help them find market-moving news 100x faster.
 
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My name is Adam Choe, and this is my channel. I'm an investor, recovering entrepreneur, former managing director of a startup accelerator, an adjunct professor, a former research fellow, and a curious learner testing the theories of everyday life one theory at a time. This channel is dedicated to talking about all things entrepreneurship, investing, relevant current events, and other random topics that I think could be interesting or helpful to talk about. I'm a first-generation Asian-American, and my family came from South Korea 40+ years ago. Just trying to figure out this game called life one day at a time. Thanks for checking out the channel. If you like the content, like, subscribe, and stick around!

Tuesday Jan 24, 2023

About Flora: Flora is a plant-care ecosystem that provides a community, an app, and a remote monitoring device that saves your plants!
About the Founder: Aabesh is an ex-serial plant killer who's found his passion for plants through Flora. He started Flora at the height of the pandemic, after killing his mother's rose bush plant that she had for years, in just 8 short days. He took it upon himself to create a device that would take the guesswork out of plant-care, and Flora soon began to sprout.
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#entrepreneurship #startup #business #invest #founder #adamtheory My name is Adam Choe, and this is my channel. I'm an investor, recovering entrepreneur, former managing director of a startup accelerator, an adjunct professor, a former research fellow, and a curious learner testing the theories of everyday life one theory at a time. This channel is dedicated to talking about all things entrepreneurship, investing, relevant current events, and other random topics that I think could be interesting or helpful to talk about. I'm a first-generation Asian-American, and my family came from South Korea 40+ years ago. Just trying to figure out this game called life one day at a time. Thanks for checking out the channel. If you like the content, like, subscribe, and stick around!

Tuesday Jan 17, 2023

Amir is the CEO of REM5 Studios, a MN-based agency focused on empowering its partners with emerging technologies like augmented reality, virtual reality, WEB3, and the metaverse. Having worked with a broad range of partners, from schools to fortune 500 companies, Amir is a global thought leader in designing, creating, and implementing immersive technology at scale. Prior to founding REM5 in 2018, Amir was an investment banker focused on middle-market mergers and acquisitions. ___________
 
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My name is Adam Choe, and this is my channel. I'm an investor, recovering entrepreneur, former managing director of a startup accelerator, an adjunct professor, a former research fellow, and a curious learner testing the theories of everyday life one theory at a time. This channel is dedicated to talking about all things entrepreneurship, investing, relevant current events, and other random topics that I think could be interesting or helpful to talk about. I'm a first-generation Asian-American, and my family came from South Korea 40+ years ago. Just trying to figure out this game called life one day at a time. Thanks for checking out the channel. If you like the content, like, subscribe, and stick around!

Tuesday Jan 10, 2023


Mandy Poston is the Founder and CEO of Availyst. A successful startup veteran, Mandy has over 15 years of experience growing companies and a passion for spicy food and puns. 
 
Availyst is a food discovery platform that helps consumers find and compare grocery, restaurant, and alcohol options and surface results with preference-driven AI. Think of it like Spotify for food.
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My name is Adam Choe, and this is my channel. I'm an investor, recovering entrepreneur, former managing director of a startup accelerator, an adjunct professor, a former research fellow, and a curious learner testing the theories of everyday life one theory at a time. This channel is dedicated to talking about all things entrepreneurship, investing, relevant current events, and other random topics that I think could be interesting or helpful to talk about. I'm a first-generation Asian-American, and my family came from South Korea 40+ years ago. Just trying to figure out this game called life one day at a time.
 
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Thursday Dec 22, 2022

Rahul Tiwari is the CEO and co-founder of Spooky Action. Before Spooky Action, Rahul developed star-tracking navigation systems for suborbital observatories at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Now Rahul is leading the team at Spooky Action as they try to build out plug-and-play capabilities of unlimited flight time in drones.
 
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#entrepreneurship #startup #business #invest #founder #adamtheory My name is Adam Choe, and this is my channel. I'm an investor, recovering entrepreneur, former managing director of a startup accelerator, an adjunct professor, a former research fellow, and a curious learner testing the theories of everyday life one theory at a time. This channel is dedicated to talking about all things entrepreneurship, investing, relevant current events, and other random topics that I think could be interesting or helpful to talk about. I'm a first-generation Asian-American, and my family came from South Korea 40+ years ago. Just trying to figure out this game called life one day at a time. Thanks for checking out the channel. If you like the content, like, subscribe, and stick around!

Monday Dec 19, 2022

In this episode, I sit down and speak with the founder and CEO of Geneqty, Dionne Gumbs.
GenEQTY is an open banking fintech founded by Dionne Gumbs, a twenty-year banking executive, and current community bank board member. The company's core technology makes it easier for financial providers and innovators to extract insights from raw, unstructured SMB data to build relevant products and services that match SMB customer needs.
GenEQTY's modern, flexible platform provides a low code white label solution and a growing suite of APIs that can be integrated or layer alongside a company's core system. Its mission is to transform the delivery of capital, advice, and financial products to SMBs efficiently at scale.
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My name is Adam Choe, and this is my channel. I'm an investor, recovering entrepreneur, former managing director of a startup accelerator, an adjunct professor, a former research fellow, and a curious learner testing the theories of everyday life one theory at a time. This channel is dedicated to talking about all things entrepreneurship, investing, relevant current events, and other random topics that I think could be interesting or helpful to talk about. I'm a first-generation Asian-American, and my family came from South Korea 40+ years ago. Just trying to figure out this game called life one day at a time. Thanks for checking out the channel. If you like the content, like, subscribe, and stick around!

Thursday Dec 15, 2022

Edward Routh is an enterprise technology entrepreneur who strives to leverage emerging technologies to solve conventional challenges. A Co-Founder of Relloe, Inc., Edward is driven by a passion to make high-quality, sustainable, and ethical manufacturing available to everyone through a state-of-the-art platform that is revolutionizing how businesses manufacture products.
Relloe is a manufacturing platform that offers an ecosystem of services, including sourcing, manufacturing, shipping, warehousing and distribution. Relloe specializes in apparel, footwear and home goods, with manufacturing capabilities across 15 countries and a footprint of 6,500 people.
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My name is Adam Choe, and this is my channel. I'm an investor, recovering entrepreneur, former managing director of a startup accelerator, an adjunct professor, a former research fellow, and a curious learner testing the theories of everyday life one theory at a time. This channel is dedicated to talking about all things entrepreneurship, investing, relevant current events, and other random topics that I think could be interesting or helpful to talk about. I'm a first-generation Asian-American, and my family came from South Korea 40+ years ago. Just trying to figure out this game called life one day at a time. Thanks for checking out the channel. If you like the content, like, subscribe, and stick around!

Tuesday Dec 13, 2022

Esker was launched in 2018 by Shannon Davenport. After a decade of working in New York City as a trend forecaster, where she helped major corporate brands shape their identities based on her research across beauty, design, art, and consumer trends, she decided to launch Esker as a way to act on her own ideas and build the brand she wanted to see in the world. She knew she wanted to create a brand with integrity and honesty as its cornerstones, and to make clean, safe products that nourish the body and elevate the way we care for it.
As she discovered the benefits of plant-based beauty and body care, she fell in love. She enrolled at the New York Institute of Aromatherapy, where she received her certification in aromatherapy and became a NAHA Aromatherapy Advocate. She soon realized that the beauty industry didn’t seem to take the clean movement seriously and that body care was consistently an afterthought. Esker was born right around the same time as Shannon's first child. She introduced the line with three custom-crafted body oil formulas carefully formulated with responsibly-sourced ingredients to nourish skin from head to toe.
By leveraging high-quality, natural essential oil formulations beneficial to the skin, Esker aims to transform simple body care routines into meditative rituals that heal, restore, and hydrate skin. Esker is carefully crafted in the US. Our family-operated business was created in Los Angeles, and the brand is now based in Austin.
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#entrepreneurship #startup #business #invest #founder #adamtheory My name is Adam Choe, and this is my channel. I'm an investor, recovering entrepreneur, former managing director of a startup accelerator, an adjunct professor, a former research fellow, and a curious learner testing the theories of everyday life one theory at a time. This channel is dedicated to talking about all things entrepreneurship, investing, relevant current events, and other random topics that I think could be interesting or helpful to talk about. I'm a first-generation Asian-American, and my family came from South Korea 40+ years ago. Just trying to figure out this game called life one day at a time. Thanks for checking out the channel. If you like the content, like, subscribe, and stick around!

Tuesday Dec 06, 2022

As Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Orme leads Creatively Focused's strategic growth and vision of supporting the career success and retention of special educators. Her background as a researcher, special education teacher, and district special education director fuels her work to make sure every special educator feels their job can be a career. Creatively Focused was founded in 2016 as a service organization for school districts across Minnesota. In 2021, Creatively Focused launched axis3, a national, web-based platform providing special educators with intentional, on demand support.
Elizabeth was part of the Lunar Startups Accelerator, which uplifts underrepresented business owners, particularly women, nonbinary people, and people of color. Creatively Focused was named a Top 20 Startup to Watch and Startup on Fire by MinneInno. Elizabeth was recently a featured guest on Edmentum's September 2022 Podcast: Realizing the Promise of Special Education. Research has led Elizabeth to projects with the University of Kansas, and published articles with the University of Chicago's Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center. Elizabeth holds an Education Specialist degree with Principal and Special Education Director licensure at the University of St. Thomas, a Masters in Elementary and Special Education from DePaul University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Iowa.
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#entrepreneurship #startup #business #invest #founder #adamtheory My name is Adam Choe, and this is my channel. I'm an investor, recovering entrepreneur, former managing director of a startup accelerator, an adjunct professor, a former research fellow, and a curious learner testing the theories of everyday life one theory at a time. This channel is dedicated to talking about all things entrepreneurship, investing, relevant current events, and other random topics that I think could be interesting or helpful to talk about. I'm a first-generation Asian-American, and my family came from South Korea 40+ years ago. Just trying to figure out this game called life one day at a time. Thanks for checking out the channel. If you like the content, like, subscribe, and stick around!

Monday Nov 28, 2022

Do you know what agrivoltaics is? In this episode, I sit down with Sam Schierloh of Solesca. Solesca designs software that optimizes land use for solar developers. As sustainable forms of energy become more readily available and accepted, it comes at the cost of use cases for the lands that is sits on. Solesca is working to solve the problem of deciding between energy and crops. Their goal is to create a win-win situation for energy producers and farmers.
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#entrepreneurship #startup #business #invest #founder #adamtheory
My name is Adam Choe, and this is my channel. I'm an investor, recovering entrepreneur, former managing director of a startup accelerator, an adjunct professor, a former research fellow, and a curious learner testing the theories of everyday life one theory at a time. This channel is dedicated to talking about all things entrepreneurship, investing, relevant current events, and other random topics that I think could be interesting or helpful to talk about. I'm a first-generation Asian-American, and my family came from South Korea 40+ years ago. Just trying to figure out this game called life one day at a time.
 
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Monday Nov 21, 2022

BettorEdge is an online social betting marketplace that was founded in 2019 following a University of Minnesota Sportradar Innovation Challenge. Iowa native founders, now Minnesota residents, had a vision of creating a more efficient sports betting marketplace that offered a better fan experience at no fee to the consumer within the US. BettorEdge has a strong emphasis on giving the edge to the bettor through offering a fair market, providing data and analytics and creating a seamless social community. Access to their webapp can be found at app.bettoredge.com and additional information at BettorEdge.com.
 
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#entrepreneurship #startup #business #invest #founder #adamtheory
My name is Adam Choe, and this is my channel. I'm an investor, recovering entrepreneur, former managing director of a startup accelerator, an adjunct professor, a former research fellow, and a curious learner testing the theories of everyday life one theory at a time. This channel is dedicated to talking about all things entrepreneurship, investing, relevant current events, and other random topics that I think could be interesting or helpful to talk about. I'm a first-generation Asian-American, and my family came from South Korea 40+ years ago. Just trying to figure out this game called life one day at a time.
 
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Tuesday Nov 15, 2022

The Netflix of mobile gaming.
Diego Kafie is the CEO and co-founder of Playbite, a mobile app where users play fun games and win cool prizes. Think of Playbite as an arcade on your phone!
Diego was born and raised in Honduras and migrated to the US to go to college. His background is in digital marketing, product, and business development.
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#entrepreneurship #startup #business #invest #founder #adamtheory
My name is Adam Choe, and this is my channel. I'm an investor, recovering entrepreneur, former managing director of a startup accelerator, an adjunct professor, a former research fellow, and a curious learner testing the theories of everyday life one theory at a time. This channel is dedicated to talking about all things entrepreneurship, investing, relevant current events, and other random topics that I think could be interesting or helpful to talk about. I'm a first-generation Asian-American, and my family came from South Korea 40+ years ago. Just trying to figure out this game called life one day at a time. Thanks for checking out the channel. If you like the content, like, subscribe, and stick around!

Tuesday Nov 08, 2022

Nicole Toole is the CEO and founder of ECGO (Eek-Go). This clean-tech company helps universities, municipalities, and corporate offices improve their recycling and waste programs and ESG scores. ECGO was recently accepted into the AWS Impact Accelerator Program for Women Founders and is on its way to scale to multiple universities across the U.S.
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My name is Adam Choe, and this is my channel. I'm an entrepreneur, former managing director of a startup accelerator, an amateur investor, and a curious learner testing the theories of everyday life one theory at a time. This channel is dedicated to talking about all things entrepreneurship, investing, relevant current events, and other random topics that I think could be interesting or helpful to talk about. I'm a first-generation Asian-American, and my family came over from South Korea 40+ years ago. Just trying to figure out this game called life one day at a time. Thanks for checking out the channel. If you like the content, like, subscribe, and stick around!

Monday Oct 31, 2022

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In this episode, we talk to Juan of Clockout. Clockout is helping workers get their money faster. Clockout enables millions of restaurant employees to break free from paycheck-to-paycheck schedules.
A word from Juan: Raised in Venezuela, and moved to the USA 8 years ago. Started my startup journey last January 2021 with Walla, my first attempt at a fintech startup. Walla was intended to be a multi-currency Venmo for the unofficially dollarized economy. In parallel, I was working as a server at a restaurant where Clockout came about. With the support of family members, raised friends, and family started building Clockout to empower low-income earners to take control of their compensation for the rest of their lives. Went through techstars farm to fork this past summer, and dropped out from University of Florida.
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