What I Learned About Business Strategy From Interviewing 25 Tech Entrepreneurs and Startup Investors

Posted April 25, 2017

Matt Hunckler

CEO & Founder

 

On the first 25 episodes of Powderkeg: Igniting Startups, we’ve been able to share dozens of best practices and actionable insights through interviews with leading tech entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders. We’ve also learned the personal stories of each guest and have witnessed some powerful moments of vulnerability and authenticity.

Some of our favorite segments on the show have come from these great spur-of-the-moment stories told by our guests. In this week’s special episode, we revisit six of the most engaging stories that provide crucial advice for founders and entrepreneurs. You’ll learn how to effectively tell your company’s story, start building an audience of followers, nail your pitch to investors, deal with rejection, and reframe your perception of adversity.

This episode features the most compelling snippets from six conversations, but we highly encourage you to listen to the full interviews for even more knowledge and practical advice from some of the brightest minds in tech. You can find links to the full interviews in the “Links and Resources” section below, as well as a selection of related Powderkeg episodes that touch on the same topics. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

In this episode featuring the Best of Powderkeg, you’ll learn:

  • All great entrepreneurs are also great storytellers (KA)
  • How to tell your story in a way that will interest others (CH)
  • Why you need to build and audience and tips to help you get started (PS)
  • Best practices for nailing your pitch to investors (KN)
  • The importance of socializing ideas and dealing with rejection (JL)
  • Why you should stop worrying and view challenges as opportunities (MY)

Please enjoy the snippets from our favorite segments since we launched Powderkeg podcast!

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Quotes from This Episode of Powderkeg:

Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Featured Powderkeg Episodes:

PK001 with Kristian Andersen

PK005 with Cooper Harris

PK010 with Kara Nortman

PK014 with Paul Singh

PK019 with Max Yoder

PK023 with Jeff Leventhal

Related Powderkeg Episodes:

On building an audience:

PK008 with Luis Garcia

PK024 with Brian Clark

On pitching to investors:

PK004 with Chris Heivly

PK020 with Erica Duignan Minnihan

On dealing with rejection:

PK013 with Jay Baer

living well and overcoming adversity:

PK003 with Cole Hatter

PK007 with Jordan Wirsz

PK017 with Jenny Blake

Companies and Organizations:

Walmart

J.B. Hunt

Tyson

Dillard’s

Acxiom

Studio Science

Klickly

CarMax

Procter & Gamble

AOL

Sweetwater Sound

Seedling

Hewlett-Packard

Lessonly

Venture Capital Firms:

High Alpha

500 Startups

Upfront Ventures

Websites:

Product Hunt

Reddit

Facebook

1000 True Fans

Huffington Post

Magazines and Publications:

Forbes

Inc.

People:

Kristian Andersen (@kristianindy)

Cooper Harris (@CooperHarris)

Paul Singh (@paulsingh)

Kara Nortman (@karanortman)

Jeff Leventhal (jeffreyleventhal)

Max Yoder (@MaxYoder)

Scott Dorsey (@ScottDorsey)

Eric Tobias (@erictobiasIN)

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Matt Hunckler

CEO & Founder

Matt is the founder and CEO of Powderkeg, a network of local communities with global reach for tech entrepreneurs, investors, and top talent. Powderkeg entrepreneurs have collectively raised more than $500 million in capital and are disrupting industries, creating wealth, and changing the world from areas beyond Silicon Valley. Hunckler has led successful teams with his own ventures, as well as Inc. 500 companies and venture-funded tech startups. He's been named an Under 30 CEO Entrepreneur to Watch and an IBJ Forty Under 40 Honoree for his entrepreneurial endeavors. @hunckler