Entrepreneurship and building a startup comes with a long list of challenges. Rewarding challenges, but unpleasant challenges nonetheless. Entrepreneurs, particularly first-timers, experience a whole list of startup challenges in their beginning years. A lot of them attempt to establish the brand, change and develop to match or surpass the competition, and try to be extremely profitable. And the challenges of starting a startup doesn’t stop just there. But it’s possible to move past the challenges, as long as you have the right mindset and build the right team.
On today’s episode of the Igniting Startups podcast, you’ll get to hear from two fantastic founders who met in college. Channing Moreland and Makenzie Stokel are the co-founders of EVAmore, a Nashville, Tennessee based company that connects event planners with vetted live entertainment. Since launching EVAmore in 2015, they have expanded into several different markets including Austin and Atlanta, with additional cities underway.
In this episode, Channing and Makenzie will share their experience of going through Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the many challenges they faced along their entrepreneurial journey. Along with how it’s possible to move past these difficult entrepreneurial challenges, as long as you have the right mindset and a great team. Tune in for more!
In this episode with Channing Moreland and Makenzie Stokel, you’ll learn:
- How Channing and Makenzie founded EVAmore
- Advice on how to face challenges as an entrepreneur
- What’s it like working in music tech industry
- What makes Nashville’s / Tennessee’s tech industry so unique
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Channing Moreland and Makenzie Stokel quotes from this episode of Igniting Startups:
“I feel like the first mistake a lot of entrepreneurs do. Is that they build what they want, not what others want.” — @ChanMoreland on @PowderkegCo
“I remember on day two, we come in and Makenzie and I really start to look at “What are we actually even doing?” And that is a question that is so important to ask. And it was just a breakthrough moment. Now we have the mental capacity of space and time to look at our business and see all the holes.” — @ChanMoreland on @PowderkegCo
“I mean, we were the youngest in the program by far and also the only female founders, so it was just kind of, you know, thrown into this accelerator program, thrown into these opportunities and we had to just figure it out every day.”— @MStokel on @PowderkegCo
“I feel like some of the biggest “aha” ones were I mean, certainly the biggest one probably was that we didn’t necessarily see who is the customer of this. Do we actually have a model? Do we have a plan to make money? We didn’t think those things out before building it.”— @MStokel on @PowderkegCo
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