Startup Dad Revolution Podcast: Father | Entrepreneur | Family | Leader | Coach (general)







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Tom Schwab knows how to build an online business. Marketing at its heart is starting a conversation with someone who can be an ideal customer. Tom helps small business owners, entrepreneurs and solopreneurs get featured on leading podcasts their prospects are already listening to. He then shows them how to turn listeners into customers.

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Adam Binder is an innovative entrepreneur, web designer, blogger, life-long student, teacher and father. He is dedicated to assisting businesses in achieving growth through new initiatives and the design and marketing and business development programs.

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Jay Samit is a best-selling author and is a lead technology innovator who has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for startups. He’s sold companies to Fortune 500 firms, taken companies public and partnered with some of the world’s biggest brands.

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Jay Forte is a business and motivational speaker, as well as a certified CEO, family and leadership coach. He's also an author and a nationally-ranked thought leader. Jay combines talent, strength-based and mindfulness tools to help people to discover, develop and live what is best in them to achieve exceptional personal and professional results.

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Robert Hartline is the founder of Call Proof, and as a serial entrepreneur, he’s built his businesses to a point where they generate $24 million in total revenue. His expertise around sales and automated follow up sequences help hundreds of entrepreneurs and salespeople.

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Simon Granner is an independent financial advisor. He and his team help high-performing entrepreneurs reach financial freedom. /

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Russ Ruffino is the founder of Clients on Demand, the most reliable client attraction system in the world. Russ built a multi-million dollar business helping experts create simple, strong and repeatable marketing and sales processes that attract the perfect client at the perfect price, anytime they want. Russ is a proud father and a true lifestyle entrepreneur, only working 20 to 30 hours a week.

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Dennis Brown is a LinkedIn marketing and social selling expert, consultant and speaker who has built three multi-million dollar companies during his career as an entrepreneur. His companies have ranked by Inc. Magazine 6 times as one of the fastest growing companies in America. He's also the author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Successful LinkedIn Users" and lives in Clarence, NY, with his wife and two children.

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Joel spent the majority of 90’s in radio and TV business. He currently hosts the ReLaunch Show (#1 podcast on iTunes N&N). His #1 bestselling book “Finding your Voice” was featured on TV near 50 times.  Joel’s also a Huffington Post and Contributor.

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Tanel Jappinen (TJ) is 31-year- old former sales manager and salesman.Originally from Estonia, Europe. He worked 11 years for US-based corporation and built $1M+ sales organization before leaving that job in October 2015 to stay home and build his online platform. Tanel is married and a new father of a baby girl.

TJ is an entrepreneur dad who shares his journey on fatherhood as well as his recent leap into full-time entrepreneurship.  He also shares why he decided to take the leap and what he has learned so far.  Here are some of the key points Tanel shares in this episode:

  • How putting your family first can provide the clarity you need to taking the leap
  • How sales and entrepreneurship can go hand in hand
  • Having a financial cushion before taking the leap
  • The importance of a supportive spouse
  • Building a business based on fatherhood
  • Managing your time on your business and your home life
  • Managing tasks
  • Monitoring expenses, investing in self-education and spending wisely

Becoming a dad was a very influential experience, it completely changed my priorities in life.

Resources & References Mentioned

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James Jenkins is the founder of Soko Village and ProSoft Consulting Inc. He owns real estate properties and advises for a capital investment company. James is a husband, and a new father to a baby girl.

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Carey Green is a Christ-follower first of all, husband second, and Dad and Grand-pop third. His online business pursuits have taken him from $0 to over $250K in just over 3 years. He has many online money makers but the main bread winner is Podcast FastTrack, an audio editing, show notes, and production service for busy podcasters.

Carey is an entrepreneur dad who shares his journey from the pulpit to owning and operating multiple online businesses.  In this episode, Carey shares his love for his family, his growth into entrepreneurship and the highlight reel of his successful businesses. Here are some of the key points you will learn from Carey:

  • Keeping everything in the right perspective by putting people first
  • The importance of communication with your spouse
  • Finding your niche and being flexible when things don't work out
  • Why building a business can't happen overnight, but in the end it will all be worth it
  • Knowing the difference between what you are passionate about versus doing something you enjoy
  • Embracing the idea of outsourcing to focus on growing your business
  • Putting strict boundaries around the time you spend with your family
  • Sales - getting out of your comfort zone
  • Why sending out cold emails doesn't have to be cold
  • Living by faith without private health insurance

"My passion is to be able to make the kind of money that will enable me to be generous to causes that I care about." Carey Green

The HandyMan Segment: Tips | Tactics | Tools

  • What's your secret sauce? Humility
  • What is one time management tool? Nozbe
  • How do you stand out above the noise: Serving clients with exceptional service
  • What is a habit that attributes to your success as a Husband, Father, and Entrepreneur? Being teachable
  • Manage your health: Eat healthily and exercise every day
  • Book every StartupDad should read from an Entrepreneur Perspective: So Good They Can't Ignore You
  • Book every StartupDad should read from a Fatherhood Perspective: The Effective Father

Resources & References Mentioned

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Daniel Gefen just loves life and is a husband and father to three little ones. He's always been driven to better himself and help others along his journey. He started a call answering service and a virtual office business almost 7 years ago and fully automated it. As a result, the residual income allows him to focus his time on doing what he loves: hanging with his family, playing tennis, picking successful entrepreneurs' brains on his podcast and helping others achieve success. 

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Chris Guillebeau is the best-selling author of The Happiness of Pursuit, The $100 Startup and other books. During a lifetime of self-employment, he visited every country in the world, 193 in total, before his 35th birthday. Every summer in Portland, Oregon, he hosts the Word Domination Summit (WDS), a gathering of creative and remarkable people. You can connect with Chris on Twitter, his blog, or your choice of worldwide airline lounges

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"If You Stay Ready, You Don't Have to Get Ready!" Eric Thomas

In this Episode, I share two quick stories with you and in one of those stories I share how I received a FREE ticket to the Social Media Marketing World 2016 Conference in 6 days. 



  1. The Clock, The Mind, The Compass Guide
  2. The $100 Startup
  3. Born For This
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Michael Stelzner is the founder of Social Media Examiner, author of the books Launch and Writing White Papers and the man behind large events, such as Social Media Marketing World and Social Media Success Summit. He is also host of the Social Media Marketing podcast, founder of the Social Media Marketing Society and host of the weekly Morning Social Media Marketing TALK show. Most importantly, he's a husband and father to three beautiful young ladies.

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Top 3: #1 Single Biggest Struggle StartupDad Face

  1. Energy
  2. Focus
  3. Funding / Validation


A few answers to Question #1 on the Survey:

  • Managing my energy. A few years ago I would have said time, and as a father of 6, time management is still a daily challenge. But I've found that managing my energy and focus is really the only solution to time. I can separate myself and have all day to tackle ideas, but if my energy is low, it will be largely unproductive. Lack of energy is the hallmark of raising small children, the thing we parents all tend to have in common. If you're like me, you listen to something like The Miracle Morning and think - that's great - I could totally get up at 5am and take an hour or two to myself. And I did... for years. It's really not that hard once you get going and have momentum. But as a parents of young children again, we're often up at 11, 1, 3 and 5am feeding babies or soothing bad dreams. What's lost as a business owner is not necessarily time, but the energy the next day to make the most of the time I've been given. The juice to be creative, create content, and negotiate deals.
  • Knowing when to start working and knowing when to stop. The boundaries get blurred a lot with me. Also, sometimes I just don't "feel like" working and hanging with the fam is a convenient option to help me procrastinate.
  • I am brand new to being an biggest challenge is not knowing what I don't know yet or who. Coming from a large company, it was clear who the finance dept was... now I must build my network of talented/honest people to have that relationships with and this will take a lot of time and effort. Before I didn't need to know the tax code, now I need an understanding of it.
  • Focus and balance. There is a spectrum of "outside" influences they weigh on a successful father/husband/CEO. The Dad demands are just a few amongst the many. How do others deal with them effectively?
  • it's probably time and energy. i have a job/career at a global 100 firm. a family with 2 busy kids. it's hard to find time to take care of myself. take care of my relationship with my wife and kids. time to sleep and reboot. ugh.. 3 Ways Entrepreneur Parents Can Reclaim 2 Hours, Daily!

3 Ways Entrepreneur Parents Can Reclaim 2 Hours, Daily!


  • One Word… Compostable! – Savings: 40 minutes
  • Shut Off __________ (insert any mobile device). – Savings: 90 minutes
  • Wake up Before They Do! – Savings: Priceless

Read it HERE

  • Free Ebook: The Clock, The Mind and The Compass: The Ultimate StartupDad Guide to Mastering Time and Living Your Legacy. I’ll give you a hint: Mastering Time is an Inside Job.
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Bryan Flanagan began his career as a delivery boy for IBM Corporation. A dream born in 1972 became a reality in 1984 when Bryan left the corporate world to pursue his passion for teaching and training.  Since that time, he has interacted with 4,096 groups, traveled 3,330,972 miles, and trained 731,451 people.  And, yet, he claims his future is still ahead of him!

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Scott Anthony Barlow is the Founder of Happen to Your Career, a company that helps you stop doing work that doesn’t fit, figuring out what does and then teaching you to make it happen! He has been helping people develop their careers and businesses for over 10 years as a Human Resources Leader, Business Development Expert, and Career Coach. With over 2000 interviews worth of experience from his HR career, Scott interviews others telling their story of finding work they love on the Happen to Your Career Podcast.  Scott and his wife Alyssa have 3 children and live in Moses Lake, Washington.

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With more than a decade of customer-facing service and traditional ad agency experience, Andrew Ledell launched Done For You Tech—the Digital Marketing Agency You Can Afford—about a year ago.

Andrew's mix of project management skills, unwavering commitment, online marketing street smarts, country boy charm and a deep bench of talented, creative team members make him your one and only choice when it's time to make your biz look amazing, both online and off.

Married with 2 Kids daughters 11 and 2...


Andrew's Website: Done For You Tech

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Priest Willis is the CEO of Affiliate Mission, the fastest growing affiliate management startup in North Carolina. Priest got his start in affiliate marketing in the early 2000's, where he cut his teeth building a few niche affiliate sites and eventually started managing company programs for large corporations. 

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Kimanzi Constable use to deliver bread for a living, and now he writes. You can see his words in such places as Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, The Good Men Project, Fox News and more. His books have sold over 100,000 copies and his new book, "Stop Chasing Influences" drops later this year. In the last three years, Kimanzi has lost 170 lbs. and moved his family to Hawaii. His goal is to help you create in your work, health and relationships, and live your dream life.

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Julien Marion is a husband, dad of three, speaker, teacher and coach in the area of entrepreneurship, business growth, fitness and personal development. He’s also the founder and owner of Move Dance and Fitness, and dance and fitness center in Houston, Texas. He’s the host of The Path to Unlimited, a weekly podcast with a mission to empower and inspire millions to live without any limits. Julien is passionate about using all that God gave him to lift the lid off of people’s lives by adding value and serving others.

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Gary jumped into the world of online marketing in 1996 when he built his first online store. By 2005, one of his websites was listed in Times Magazine's List of 50 Coolest Websites. Today, Gary owns 25 websites and two online magazines; Podertainment, which he was driven to create because of his love and passion for podcasting, and The Fastpitch Magazine, which is pretty much the only place you need to go to learn anything and everything about softball. Gary and his wife Kathy have been married for 30 years and have two thriving daughters, Lauren and Amanda. 

Here are some of the key points Gary shares in this episode:

  • Navigating through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and marriage by being honest with your spouse
  • How what you put in, is what you get, when it comes to your relationship with your children
  • Creating and building a sustainable business
    • Seeing things like the "average Joe's sees them
    • Figuring out the way things should be done
    • Using your past work experiences to work for you
    • Adapting quickly to change
  • Learning how to master the use of time
  • Running a successful business by putting the time in. 


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  1. Happy Holidays Message
  2. Startup Dad Inner Circle Mastermind Community: HERE
  3. New Episode Schedule for 2016
  4. 1 Week Break
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Shawn Rafferty is a personal protection specialist with over 20 years of experience in the security sector. He has served in the Marines, worked as a correction officer, police officer, security contractor in the Middle East and as a Federal agent. He now specializes in teaching people how to be safer by empowering the individual or organization on how to utilize and harness the key principles of situational and observational awareness to prevent unnecessary victimization.

Shawn joins us as an expert guest who shares his journey from federal agent to entrepreneur, whose experienced advice prevents unnecessary victimization when it comes to you and your family.  Here are some of the key points Shawn shares:

  • Wearing multiple hats as a father, being an entrepreneur, and furthering your education
  • Finding and learning how to harness your passion
  • Using ping points within your career to be the driving force behind the catalyst for change
  • Figuring out the demand for your business
  • Creating what most would consider a traditional service business into a business that provides passive income

On Planning, Prevention and Security

  • Why security and paying attention to your surrounding saves you from being an easy target
  • Awareness is key:
    • Observational Awareness - being aware of your surroundings
    • Situational Awareness - knowing your surroundings and having protective/exit strategies
  • The importance of having situational plans in place with your family before you leave your home

Resources & References Mentioned

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Phillip Carson, President of Carson Natural Health, LLC is a Pharmacist who thinks outside the box of traditional medicine. He believes in helping people find natural alternatives and integrative nutritional solutions to their health problems. He is committed to leading people to finding the root cause of their health problems and not just treating the symptoms. Phillip is passionate about encouraging and teaching people how to live more balanced, healthier and vibrant lives. Phillip and his wife Kim have been married for over 30 years and have 5 happy and healthy children.

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Kate's official title is, the Content Creator and Community Leader at Entrepreneur on Fire w/ John Lee Dumas. But unofficially, Kate is the better half of the dynamic duo. In 2013 she officially took the LEAP from her 9-5 to begin working with John to build the now empire of Entrepreneur on Fire and a massive community called Fire Nation. In addition, to authoring the Eofire blog, Kate is also the host of Kate’s Take: The EOFire Audio Blog, where she share actionable advice for entrepreneurs who are looking to just start and take action today!

Kate is our expert guest on the show today and shares some "how to" advice on being a proactive entrepreneur who spends time and energy investing, learning, and teaching into your business. Here are some of the key points Kate shares in this episode:

  • Investing time and energy into your business
    • Plan properly
    • Make a list of all your tasks and put a time to it
    • The importance of putting the right food into your body
    • Surround yourself with the right people
  • Reflection - step back and reflect on what you are doing
    • Learning on what you are doing right
    • Learning on what you can do better
    • Survey your customers, network, or mastermind group
    • Revisit and improve your content
  • Curing perfectionism by teaching
    • Being real and sharing what worked and what hasn't worked in your business.
    • Start looking outward - look at how many people need your help with the information you have.

Resources & References Mentioned

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Mike Wienick took the leap to entrepreneurship earlier this year and founded CurvedLine. CurvedLine is a growth alignment and management consultancy focused on helping organizations and individuals reach and exceed their goals. Mike has a long and successful history in management, marketing and sales with three successful exits under his belt. 

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How They Got Started: It all started in late 2003 over a plate of nachos. Scott  and John, were commiserating together over their corporate jobs when the conversation migrated to their new-found passion…their babies. They both just entered the new world of fatherhood and were keenly focused on all the  “gear” they had acquired to care for their children – strollers, car seats, cribs, and of course…the diaper bag. They were frustrated in their quest to find a diaper bag that inspired them. Neither of them wanted to carry mom’s flowery diaper bag, but their search for something masculine and functional was futile. So, as dads are known to do, they decided to fix the problem and set out to design some dad gear.

Scott and John have been best friends for over thirty years and business partners for over 10 years.  Today, our StartupDad duo share a bit about their family life, the story behind their leaps and some key expert advice. Here are some of the key points they share in this episode:

  • The benefits of an LLC
  • Creating a contractual agreement when starting a business with a partner
  • The value and benefits of attending a trade show
  • Growing pains of starting a business while being fathers, husbands and full-time employees
  • Creating a line of distinction between work and family
  • How eating a full meal will give you a boost of energy in the wee hours of the morning pulling those all-nighters
  • The importance of knowing your niche and investing your time in creating your product
  • Why telling everyone in your network about your business can help your business
  • The importance of pricing your product and knowing your market
  • Managing your healthcare as a business owner

Resources & References Mentioned


Done For You Tech: is THE one-stop solution for ALL your online marketing tech headaches. Landing pages, sales pages, webinars… the list goes on and on. Check ‘em all off by heading over to and get a FREE sales page designed when you order a new website. 

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Alan Moore is co-founder of XY Planning Network. He is passionate about helping financial planners start and grow their own “feet only” firms to serve the Gen X and Gen Y clients. He currently lives in Bozeman, Montana so he can hit the slopes on powder days.

Alan is a startup dad who shares  in this episode, why the journey to success doesn't necessarily mean there won't be any bumps in the road.  Here are some of the key points you will learn:

  • Moving forward when the unexpected happens
  • Being honest with yourself and doing what you know is right even when it's tough
  • Salvaging a relationship with your former spouse after divorce, so you can continue to be an awesome dad
  • Managing your income and cutting expenses
  • The importance of having a niche and knowing your market
  • Why two maybe greater than one - getting a partner in your business
  • Hiring when you need the help
  • Managing private health insurance

The HandyMan Segment: Tips | Tactics | Tools

  • What's your secret sauce? Start
  • What is one time management tool? Schedule everything
  • How do you stand out above the noise: Content Marketing - show people that you are different
  • What is a habit that attributes to your success as a Husband, Father and Entrepreneur? Focus
  • Manage your health: CrossFit
  • Book every StartupDad should read from a Entrepreneur and Fatherhood Perspective: 4 Hour Work Week

Resources & References Mentioned


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Hans Finzel is all about living your passion; doing what you love and loving what you do. This is the theme of his new book, “The Power of Passion in Leadership.” He has been married to his wife Donna for 40 years and together they have four grown children and 6 grandchildren that they enjoy spending time with.

Hans Finzel is our expert startup dad who shares advice on exercising leadership in your business and in your home. Here are some of the key points Hans discusses in this episode:

  • Learning from teachable moments  and why spending quality time with your child(ren) create great bonding moments.
  • The importance of separating work from your home life.
  • Sustaining a healthy marriage by dating your spouse and keeping each other as the primary focus in your marriage.
  • Becoming a better leader:
    • Practice the art of leadership and the importance of learning to improve
  • Being a leader at home:
    • Is less about being the boss and more about creating a partnership with your spouse
    • Providing affirmation to your children and correcting the not so good things
  • The formula to leadership
    • Leader + Follower + Situation = Great Leadership
      1. Leader – you as the leader facing your own inner demons and getting healthier
      2. Followers – getting the wrong people off the bus and getting the right people on the bus
      3. Situations – providing the solutions that are not always easy
  • Learning through failure and self-discovery
  • Knowing when you are not good at certain things and being OK with hiring someone that does
  • The importance of recruiting the right people
  • Good leaders listen and learn
"If you’re a leader or a manager, study it and learn to be better." Hans Finzel
Resources & References Mentioned

Done For You Tech: is THE one-stop solution for ALL your online marketing tech headaches. Landing pages, sales pages, webinars… the list goes on and on. Check ‘em all off by heading over to and get a FREE sales page designed when you order a new website. 

"Keep listening and learning and then you will become a great leader." Hans Finzel
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Erik Fisher is the community manager for Social Media Examiner and host of the award-winning podcast, Beyond the To Do List. His podcast focuses on how-to’s about social media, productivity, and podcasting. He has been married for 13 years, and has a 10 year old daughter and a four year old son.

Erik shares in this episode his family life, his StartupDad journey and the keys to his success.  Here is what you will learn from Erik in this episode:

  • Being productive, by saying no to the right things.
  • Trying to find balance with business and family.
  • How to learn from the past by focusing on the future.
  • Finding your niche and sticking to it.
  • Learning your craft through research and personal development.
  • Being secure where you are in your journey.
The HandyMan Segment: Tips | Tactics | Tools
  • What’s your secret sauce? Analytical mind
  • What is one time management tool? Look at it ahead of time
  • How do you stand out above the noise: Be yourself
  • What is a habit that attributes to your success as a Husband, Father and Entrepreneur? Taking the time to unplug
  • Book every StartupDad should read from an Entrepreneur Perspective: Million Miles and A Thousand Years
Resources & References Mentioned
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Shawn Stevenson is a bestselling author and creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 fitness and nutrition show in the world on iTunes. With a university background in biology and kinesiology, Shawn went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a successful company that provides wellness services for both individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn is also a dynamic keynote speaker who has spoken for TEDx, universities and numerous organizations with outstanding reviews. 

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Dan Miller is the President of 48 Days LLC. He specializes in creative thinking for increased personal and business success.  Dan believes that meaningful work blends our natural skills and abilities, our unique personality traits and our dreams and passions.  Dan is active in helping individuals redirect careers, evaluate new income sources and achieve balance living.  He believes that a clear sense of direction can help us become all that God designed us to be.

Here are some key points Dan shares in this episode:

  • Being intentional with success not only in business, but most importantly in the home
  • Balancing his family and business
  • The early years of his entrepreneur journey
  • How he sees simple ideas and turns them into opportunities
  • Why a job never appealed to him and why he considered getting a traditional job a financial demotion
  • The blessing and privilege of an entrepreneur lifestyle
  • Validating an idea before you take the leap
  • Making the right choices regarding private health insurance

Resources & References Mentioned

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Under Construction: November 16th - 22nd
1) New website
2) Startup Dad Service
- Startup Dad Launch Pad
- Startup Dad Inner Circle
- Startup Dad Coaching

Nov 23rd - Episode 101: Dan Miller
Nov 25th - Episode 102: Shawn Stevenson

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Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

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Dr. Tracey Marks is the author of "Master Your Sleep: Proven Methods Simplified." She is a psychiatrist with 18 years experience helping women jump off the hamster wheel and manage life so they can actually enjoy it. As a working mom herself, she noticed that her patients and friends were seeking solutions to help them avoid burnout. She is the creator of Beyond Burnout, a resource for working moms, and she's the host of The Beyond Burnout Podcast.

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Derek Olsen is the author of the #1 best selling book “One Bed, One Bank Account.” Derek and his wife Carrie co-host the Better Conversations podcast. Visit for their free newsletter and get a free e-book.

In this episode Derek shares with us:

  • His why- the work he does supports his family
  • How being on the road for five months, selling everything and doing meet-ups was a live changing experience
  • The behind the scenes journey to his leap
  • How one question helped him realize what he didn't want to do for next five years
  • The importance of having spousal support when making a decision to quit your job
  • Self-publishing their book One Bed, One Bank Account
  • How creating a tight budget allowed them the fuel to continue supporting their family and a self-sufficient business
  • How their world really changed when the two became three
  • The behind the scenes story of Carrie's entrepreneur journey
  • The importance of getting out of your comfort zone to reap the rewards

Resources & References Mentioned

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There is a story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years.
One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit.
"Such bad luck," they said sympathetically.
"Maybe," the farmer replied.
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses.
"How wonderful," the neighbors exclaimed.
"Maybe," replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg.
The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.
"Maybe," answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army.
Seeing that the son's leg was broken, they passed him by.
The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.
"Maybe," said the farmer.
Ratings and Reviews
- Shoutout to Khalil Guinn for his post on the Startup Dad Fanpage
Behind the scenes here at Startup Dad Headquarters. 
- ER Visit
- Going to bed at a set time… I struggle because I feel like I get a second wind at night and all the house is quite, kids in bed, etc… But the morning is rough, lite sleeper 
Grateful for: 
- Story about my daughter: Praying… we are doing something right. 
Current Success/Lessons Learned:
  1. Continuing along the path of essentialism… Cleared out my inboxes: Inbox Zero! 40K emails or so… 
    • Process used to clear out
    • Process used to maintain
  2. Next week Essentialism Focus is mastering my calendar. 
    • I’ve started working on it this week but I’m really going to make serious effort to schedule every bit of my day (no white space) and keep to that schedule. 
  3. Sales for Jaime Tardy spoke to 5… 2 purchased right away 1 pending and the other 2 weren’t good fits. 
  4. StartupDad Fanpage just exploded going over 2500 likes, received about 10 or so Ratings and Reviews 3 emails, the Facebook posts above and twitter… I haven’t even had a chance to look at by my twitter notifications have been blowing up. Hopefully good stuff. 
  5. Interviewed Shawn Stevenson today! TheModelHealthShow and we 
  6. Working on 2016 Plans
    • Really spent the time to outline a mix of my ideal day would look like. 
    • Forecasting 2016
    • Defining my Gross income goal for the year and then breaking that down by months and weeks as well as by prospects (i.e. potential customers0, sales calls, etc… So starting high and drilling down so that it doesn’t see so crazy and undoable… Now I have to figure out the marketing, funnels, etc… to get the potential customers into the door. 
The Journey to the Destination! 
  1. Enjoy the journey
  2. It’s about the journey not the destination
  3. It’s a tough / long road 
  4. Building the character
  5. Figuring out all these pieces is not easy
  6. Is it worth it! So far financially it’s been tough…. 
Book Recommendations: 
Call to action: 
  • Super excited about this call to action… I discovered, thanks to my good friend Brian Shea, that for a few bucks more a month the email marketing application that I use: Called Active Campaign provides an SMS opt-in feature. Basically what that means is that I can provide you guys with a regular telephone number, which I’m about to do and a pin and when you text that number with the pin you can opt-in right over your phone to get on the StartupDad Newsletter list… Like I said I’m really excited to this bad boy out. So the call to action for this week is send me at text message at 646-495-9867 and enter pin startupdad in the text box and hit send. Prompted to provide the email you want to use for the opt-in and BAM! you’re in… It’s awesome! 
Direct download: The_Journey_to_the_Destination___Solo_Friday___Episode_97_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:14am EDT

Brad Baldridge is a late stage college planning specialist. He helps parents of high school students plan and play for college using strategies such as merit aid, need based aid, tax planning, scholarships, loans and many more. Over the past 10 years, Brad has directly helped hundreds of families plan and pay for college and shares his expertise weekly on his podcast, Taming The High Cost Of College.

Direct download: BradBaldridge_mixdown.lite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Marquis C. Jones is a husband, father, mentor, speaker and God-fearing humble servant with average skills, but a phenomenal  will to succeed and help others do the same. He exposes people to a disruptively different opportunity that will allow them to build their very own residual income, acquiring great wealth that will last generations to come. 

Here are some other key points he shares in this episode:

  • The wake-up call he got from his daughter when he realized he was "trading time for dollars" and being just a number who was helping others achieve their dreams and goals
  • How personal development and being an avid reader provided the knowledge he needed
  • Discusses his launch and why he knew it wasn't going to be an immediate financial success
  • How for a time his personal life was his business
  • The importance of prioritizing his schedule
  • How his business is disrupting the network marketing industries
  • Discusses private health insurance
  • The intersection of where passion and purpose meet
  • Discusses failures and dealing with the loss and getting back up
  • Outsourcing


Resources & References Mentioned

Direct download: MarquisCJones_mixdown.lite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Today's Topic: Chasing Instead of Leading
The Quote for this show...
Ratings and Reviews
This week's shout out goes to Kofi Acquaah-Arohin
Behind the scenes here at Startup Dad Headquarters. 
- Sick Child (6 Days)
Grateful for: 
- My support structure (my mother in law, our nanny, online friends, mastermind and accountability partners). 
Current Success/Lessons Learned:
  1. Reviewed my business plan and was pleasantly surprised that I’m heading in the right direction, although delayed due to all the personal issues I’m not too far off course. 
  2. Launching 3 Services w/ the new website...
    • Startup Dad Personal Coaching
    • Startup Dad Launch Pad (formally know as “Idea to Launch in 3 Months” 
    • Startup Dad Inner Circle 
Feeling Overwhelmed | Chasing Instead of Leading 
  1. Maintaining focus w/ all that’s going on.
  2. Webinar’s 
  3. Additional Programs 
  4. Getting out of the land of obscurity 
  5. Working Out
Book Recommendations: 
  • Essentialism...
Call to action: 
  • Refer the show to 1 friend / fellow StartupDad… 
Direct download: Chasing_Instead_of_Leading_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT

Mark Dillon has spent the better part of the past decade working at the largest and oldest mindfulness meditation retreat centre in the West, where thousands of people a year come to take a vow of silence as they quiet the exterior world and focus on their hearts and minds. He has created a system of organizing and discovered it can be boiled down to 7 simple principles anyone can follow.

Mark shares in this episode:
  • How keeping yourself organized prevents you from wasting your time
  • How an injury created an epiphany on the importance of being organized
  • The definition of mindfulness - "I look at mindfulness as awareness. Awareness in this moment."
  • mindfulness is all about mindfulness and practicing meditation
  • Seeing opportunities to practice mindfulness
  • How closing down one of the senses can make a big difference when practicing mindfulness
  • Benefits of practicing mindfulness
    • fully engaged in living in your life
    • Living in the present rather than focusing on the past
  • The importance of reminding yourself what is it that you want to do
  • How mindfulness supports organizing - Steps to mindfulness
    • When it comes to organizing, mindfulness is first
    • Gather the things that you need to gather
    •  Seeing it all
Direct download: MarkDillonEdited_mixdown.lite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Kevin Jans spent 16 years on the  government side of contracting as a contract specialist and officer. He bought goods and services across a variety of industries totalling over $1 billion. Kevin now hosts the Contracting Officer Podcast and serves as the president of Skyway Acquisition Solutions, which he founded in 2011. Kevin helps people understand this complex market in simple terms. In this discussion Kevin shares: 

  • The importance of having your spouse invested in your business as much as you are
  • How he gets up early to plan out his day and off the computer by 8:30pm
  • How he invest in his health to maintain his journey
  • The behind the scenes story of his leap
  • His 80/20 rule
  • Why he hired team members
  • Investing in his business to promote productivity
  • How podcasting allows an opportunity to reach your audience

Resources & References Mentioned

Direct download: KevinJansEdited_mixdown.lite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Today on LATE NIGHT Solo Friday, it’s literally 11:20pm EST, and I’ll talk about why this episode is coming out so late in a minute. Today, we are going to discuss:

Getting Rid of the NOISE

The Quote for this show...

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” Michael Angelo

Ratings and Reviews

Shout out to Aaron Spearin

Behind the scenes stuff! 


  • Sick Child (6 Days)
  • Taking care of the girls

Grateful for:

  1. NICU RN
  2. Mother making me babysit when I was younger

Current Success/Lessons Learned:

  1. Surviving the past 6 days (kids are alive… so I did okay).
  2. Getting some work done (Kudos to the work at home dads who’s wives work 5/days week).
  3. Getting offered a sales position working for Jaime Tardy… Relationship is developing well and learning a ton.

Get Rid of the NOISE!

  • Essentialism
  • Personal Life: Closet
  • Business

Book Recommendations:

Call to action:

Direct download: Get_Rid_of_the_NOISE__Episode_91.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:34am EDT

Matt Miller started out as an airforce pilot before entering the private sector in both the medical device and advertising industries. A good friend mentioned to him about the gumball machine he and his young daughter owned. That conversation began a ten year business quest that has brought Matt's company, "School Spirit Vending" to the cutting edge of both the vending and school fundraising industries.

Matt shares in this episode:

  • Why his family is his foundation
  • The decision he and his wife made to home-school their three children
  • How homeschooling has given his children life skills they would not have learned in a public school setting
  • The truth behind taking the leap and how reading one book changed his life
  • Using Rich Dad, Poor Dad as a way to filter out his business ideas
  • Using the opportunity to get out of balance to create an atmosphere for change
  • The story behind needing to franchise his business
  • Starting a business that not only benefits you, but also benefits others

Real Dads / Real Talk: Summary

Direct download: MattMillerEdited_mixdown.lite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:05am EDT

Ryan Saplan is a personal trainer, proud father of three, and happy husband to a beautiful wife. He is the definition of a startup dad, building a dream to no longer trade hours for dollars while building something that helps people and leaves a legacy. 

In this episode Ryan shares the behind the scenes story of his decision to take the leap into entrepreneurship as well as:
  • Balancing fatherhood, marriage and a business
  • The importance of courting your wife after marriage
  • Why quiet time and meditating keeps for a healthy state of mind
  • The power of self-development
  • Stepping outside of his comfort zone and getting content out there even if no one is providing accolades
  • Overcoming fear
  • Providing value to world with his business
  • The importance of connecting with other people
  • Why it was OK to set ego aside and ask for help
  • Having his passive income exceed his income

Resources & References Mentioned


Direct download: RyanSaplanEdited_mixdown.lite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

What is an Overnight Success? 
Behind the scenes here at Startup Dad Headquarters. 
Ratings and Review Shout Out! 
  • Frank Espinal: Thank you Frank you are awesome my friend! 
- Waking Up! 
Current Success/Lessons Learned:
  • Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod combined with 5 minute journal
  • 2 Magnesium Pills (knocked out) 
  • Podcast hit the top 30 in Kids & Family WHAT’s HOT and for a minute it was in the top 50 in Business right next to Gary V. 
What is an Overnight Success? 
  1. I think an overnight success is someone who consistently purses a thing (passion, calling, gifts, faith) overtime beyond the point of average. 
    • Bell Curve...
    • Movie Stars 
  2. What are you waiting for? 
Book Recommendations: 
  • Essentialism… I know there we will be a Solo Friday on this alone
Call to action: 


Direct download: What_is_an_Overnight_Success.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT

J. Massey is our startup dad expert who shares his incredible journey of overcoming loss, poverty, and family health issues while he simultaneously looked for ways to provide for his family. In this episode J. Massey not only shares the behind the scenes story of his success, but he also shares his expert advice. Here are some of his key points:

  • The importance of education - teaches us how to recognize opportunity
  • Managing your time to do what you need to do
  • Understanding time to create value
  • How to increase your desire to get what you want
  • 8 Steps - Path to Becoming:
    1. Desire
    2. Time
    3. What do I do with my time?
      • Gain new talents and new skill sets
      • Sales, Marketing, Leadership and Communication
    4. Gaining new relationships
    5. Gaining credit and credibility
    6. Cash flow
    7. Significance
  • The best piece of real estate is proof of concept
  • #1 rule: You must give more in 'use value' than you take from someone in cash value
  • The importance of taking the time to create value
  • One key way to accelerate business relationships

Resources & References Mentioned

Direct download: J_Massey_Edited_mixdown.lite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Patrick South and his son Axel have adventures everyday and show them with the world with their YouTube channel titled "The Axel Show", which has garnered nearly 23 million views in just over a year. 

Here are a couple of other key points Patrick shares in this episode.
  • His definition of family-preneurship: Starting something that we were all going to do together, whether we were going to make money or not
  • How instrumental his wife is to his success
  • How playing with his son led to his business
  • Focusing on a target audience and creating a sustainable income
  • Struggling with promoting his show and at the same time encouraging creativity away from technology
  • Creating a balanced perspective as a startup dad growing your business to also spending time with your family
  • Steps to creating a YouTube business
Resources & References Mentioned
Direct download: PatrickSouthEdited_mixdown.lite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Topic: Making Money Online is! 
Behind the scenes here at Startup Dad Headquarters. 
  • No vacation
  • Spending limited time with the kids
  • balancing everything...
Current Success/Lessons Learned:
  • 1 New Client for my idea to launch in 3 months beta program… 
  • a 2nd sponsor of the show (talk about that a bit more later)
  • Website redesign underway
Book Recommendations: 
  Making Money Online is! 
  1. Different ways to make money online
  2. Building a platform online and making money from that
  3. I’m convinced: Creating Ads vs. Pounding the pavement 
  4. The hard work: 
    • Talking to clients on the phone
    • Cold calling
    • Webinars 
    • Guest posting
    • Getting on TV
    • Is it hard labor? No, but mentally we have a block
  5. If you want to build an online platform, grow your audience, make sales, etc… Social Media is nice but pounding the pavement is where it’s at.
Call to action: 
  • Invite 1 other dad
Direct download: Making_Money_Online_is_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:14pm EDT

John Warrillow is the creator of The Value Build System, a statistically proven methodology for improving a company's value by up to 71%. He is the author of the best selling book "Built to Sell", which was recognized as a top business book in 2011 by both Fortune and Inc. magazines. His new book, "The Automatic Customer" was released earlier this year.

Here are some of the key points shared in this episode:

  • The first goal to create a business that can thrive without you, is to identify a product or service that can be teachable to your employees, repeatable and valuable.
  • Look at the products you sell and rate those that are teachable, repeatable, and valuable. The ones that score the highest has the best potential to sale.
  • The most valuable companies sell a few products to lots of customers.
  • Some of the best ways to teach your employees:
    1. Make it clear: Employees thrive when the expectations are clear.
    2. Write it down.
    3. Create a software.
  • Identifying your products and ensuring it is valuable to your customer.
  • Finding a recurring revenue source.
  • Finding and using a subscription model that works for you.
  • Providing specific proof points to your marketing.
  • Lastly, John shares five of his eight unique drivers of a valuable company
    1. Financial performance - revenue
    2. Growth potential
    3. Your company needs to be independent
    4. Making sure there is a high proportion of recurring revenue
    5. Having systems and employees to drive revenue besides the entrepreneur

Resources & References Mentioned

Are You Ready to go from Idea to Launch in 3 months?

Direct download: JohnWarrillowFullEdit.lite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Aaron Walker is a veteran entrepreneur that started his first business at 18 years old, selling it 9 short years later to a Fortune 500 company. He has since started and sold 8 successful companies over the past 36 years and with that type of success it’s no surprise that Aaron has been in a weekly mastermind group for more than a decade with Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, Ken Abraham, and seven other notable Nashvillians. Aaron now helps men grow in success and significance as president and founder of "View From The Top", a premiere life and business coaching resource.

Here are some more key points shared in this episode:

  • If you don't ask, you don't get
  • The effectiveness of delaying gratification to pour back into the business
  • Accepting the seasons of life and adjusting accordingly
  • Embrace the tension of wanting to work a little more, it will hold you in the center of the road
  • The danger of tying your identity to what you are doing
  • Happiness is a choice, not a trait
  • Failure is not trying
  • The importance of reaching out and meeting the needs of other people outside of your family
  • Write down what you want and be true and real with your circumstances
  • Get realistic with communication with your spouse, be transparent and write it down
  • The importance of being a servant leader with your mate
  • The importance of spending time with your family and enjoying your kids today

Resources & References Mentioned 

Direct download: AaronWalkerFullEdit.lite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Whatever it takes!
  1. What does that mean?
  2. The eye of the tiger… You’ve got to be hungry! 
  3. J Massey Episode 87
  4. Matt Miller Episode 95
  5. Friend who just got laid off from his Job after working there for nearly 10 years. Change in management and he has been miserable the last 2 years.
What’s your fallback plan and are you willing to do whatever it takes? 
Direct download: What_Ever_it_Takes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

John Murphy is a results-oriented coach and mentor to senior executives and CEOs. He's a great communicator with broad experience and who is skilled at discussing issues that makes businesses and individuals grow and thrive.

Direct download: JohnMurphyEdited_mixdown_29Sep15_145540.lite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Dave Sanderson is an inspirational survivor, speaker and author. His thoughts on leadership has made him a nationally sought-out speaker. On January 15th, 2009, he was the last passenger on US Airways Flight 1549, known as "The Miracle on the Hudson." 

Dave shares what he learned about himself, his family, and his business, after the miracle. Here are some of the key points he touches on this episode:
  • Fatherhood before and after the plane crash
  • The importance of slowing down and being there for your family
  • Finding that defining line between home and office
  • How the "miracle on the Hudson," changed his life
  • The importance of getting the right people around you and getting systems in place
  • Journey through private health insurance

Resources & References Mentioned

  • Dave Sanderson Speaks - Contact Dave!
  • Dave Sanderson - LinkedIn
  • The Fourth Turning - By William Strauss and Neil Howe
Direct download: DaveSandersonFinalEdited.lite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Perfection is a Killer… 
In this 1st episode of of Solo Friday I share some behind the scenes here at Startup Dad Headquarters. 
Ratings and Reviews
- Webinar Setup 
- Growing the Podcast
- Cold Calling
Current Success/Lessons Learned:
- Webinar Completed
- Interviewed Dan Miller
- Securing an Interview with Shawn Stevenson of The Model Health Show
Call to action: 
- Invite 1 other dad
Books & Resources: 
Direct download: Perfection_is_a_Killer___Joel_Louis___Episode_79_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:52pm EDT

Adam Hommey is the founder and creator of Help My Website Sell and The Business Creators Insitute. Adam's mission is to help emancipate the power of information, increase your website conversions and simplify the technology you use.

Direct download: AdamHommeyFullEpisodeEdit.lite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Roger Whitney is a Startup Dad who shares his journey from pursuing success in his career, to building a financial cage, and finally realizing why it wasn't enough.  Roger shares how he became the "Retirement Answer Man" and how he pursued his passion and purpose into a successful business twenty four years later.  Here is a snippet of what Roger shares in this episode:

  • The importance of family regarding his wife and two children
  • How financially downsizing was the best thing that happened to them
  • The importance of letting your side-hustle income build up as proof of concept before you decide to remove your steady income
  • His idea of actual proof of concept- Revenue first and then net income
  • A behind the scenes look into his business
  • The story behind his leap
  • Three things to do to plan for your retirement:
    • Think about the age you really want to retire
    • Not to focus on investment entirely for your retirement
    • Focus on your income and cash flow
  • The number one biggest mistake in managing finances - lifestyle creep.
  • His definition of success

Resources & References Mentioned

Direct download: RogerWhitneyFullEpisodeEdit.lite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

If this is your first time tuning in, welcome, Startup Dad Headquarters where we are exploring the intersection between Fatherhood, Entrepreneurship and Life and at the heart of it all we are in pursuit of the answer to this question. “How can one be an awesome father, engaged, involved in every aspect of their childs life and at the same time purse their dreams of building a business that will not only afford them the life style they want for their family but also leave a MARK on this world and a legacy for years to come.” That’s our mission here  at Startup Dad Headquarters. So thank you for tuning in, hold on tight and lets GO! 

In this 1st episode of of Solo Friday I share some behind the scenes here at Startup Dad Headquarters. 


  • Daughters Surgery
  • Finding Balance
  • Podcast Editing
  • Making Money

Current Success:

  • 1st Sponsorship Locked in for Q4 2015
  • Beta Launch
  • My First Official Client
  • Working w/ Jaime Tardy and Interviewing Dan Miller
  • 5 Star Reviews

Call to action: 

  • Beta Launch
  • Invite 1 other dad
  • Join the Community 
Direct download: The_Struggle_is_Real_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Jessica Rhodes is our startup MOM expert guest, who shares her journey to entrepreneurship as well as her expertise on podcasting and podcasting interviews. Here are some of the great key points Jessica drops on the startupdad community on building a successful podcast through interviews and guest:


  • Building a business with a balanced approach to parenting
  • The importance of working smarter and not harder
  • The future of podcasting and how it works for entrepreneurs
  • Success stories from podcast interviews
  • The importance of being in front of your niche audience through podcast interviews
  • The advantages of being a guest on a podcast
  • Links, links, and more links. The importance of linking people back to your website
  • Confidence is key to being featured as an expert on a podcast
  • Updating your online presence
  • Getting yourself booked by building relationships
  • How to prepare to be guest on a podcast
  • Finding a podcast that's a good fit for your business
  • Podcast etiquette
  • Tips that you can do after your interview

Resources & References Mentioned

Direct download: JessicaRhodesFullEditNewA.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Koy McDermott is a motivational speaker and founder of a Millennial leadership company, Leaders Inspire Leaders. This weekly show gives influential entrepreneurs a platform to tell their stories. Koy helps others do what they love, while making money doing it, and encourages the process of self-discovery for everyone.
"Motivation is not enough...motivation will get you started, discipline will keep you going." Koy McDermott

Resources & References Mentioned


Direct download: KoyFullEpisodeEditedNewArt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

"Comparison Steals Joy" Darryl Lyons

Darryl is the owner of Small Business Big Pressure which is also the title of his latest book which has been endorsed by 2 NY Times bestselling authors (Dave Ramsey & Dan Miller), an NBA Hall of Famer, and 16 successful business owners.  

Darryl's business is considered one of the best places to work in San Antonio and one of the fastest growing companies in the city and he was recognized as one of the top 40 business people under 40 and the mayor of San Antonio named a park, the Darryl W Lyons Park, after his work helping to redevelop part of the city. 

Resources & References Mentioned

Direct download: DarrylLyons_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

"... a lot of times we can date and get married and quite possibly even have kids w/ someone before we've even had 1 real deep conversation with them." Rick Gabrielly

Rick is a passionate husband, father and entrepreneur. His program, “The Marriage BOSS” helps couples around the world start the money conversation, resulting in more vibrant marriages, stronger families and businesses that matter.

His top-selling book, Uncovering the Hidden Currency of Marriage helps men and women celebrate each other’s gifts and his runaway hit podcast provides tips and insights for managing your money AND your marriage.

Direct download: Rick_GabriellyFinal_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

Joshua is the founder of whichis one of the most respected online real estate networking and information resource platforms, created for professionals, investors and homeowners. With over 300,000+ members, over 950,000 monthly unique visitors 1,250,000+ forum posts, and tens of thousands of articles, BiggerPockets is changing an industry, one investor at a time.

Joshua and team are on a mission to help educate people in all aspects of real estate and real estate investing and to provide tools, data, and resources to enhance real estate knowledge, networking, deal making, marketing, and other day to day real estate activities.

Resources & References Mentioned

Direct download: Aug16th_JoshuaDorkinsFinal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Startup Dad Headquarters vers 3.0

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places." Ernest Hemingway

Update on Startup Dad Headquarters version 3.0

  1. My 2 year old daughter surgery
  2. Podcast Movement 2015 Conference 
  3. The launch of "Early Stage Business Development" Service. 
  4. Changes coming to the Startup Dad HQ Podcast
    • 2 Episodes/Week
    • Interview Flow


Early Stage Business Launch:

My email:

Direct download: Podcast_Movement_2015_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT

"Your dream is your dream and if you don't work your dream, no one else will" Asa Leveaux

Asa Leveaux is a 'side hustle' startup dad who shares his story on how he built his business by being an answer to prayer. Asa shares with us the importance of being successful not only in his business but also as a father who still finds the time to serve his country. Here are some of the topics Asa shares in this episode:
  • How he manages to balance it all
  • The difference between life rhythm and balance
  • How asking his son questions evolved their relationship and allowed for more communication
  • His start on his entreprenuerial journey
  • How reading Rich Dad/Poor Dad changed his mindset
  • How he came back from the military and opened three businesses
  • Coming back from failure
    1. Stop blaming others for your problems --your passion in your problem
    2. Understanding elements of entrepreneurship better
    3. Accountability - who and what are you answering to
      1. Asa's definition of accountability - the marriage of intention, integrity, and implementation
  • How he jumped all in when things weren't perfect
  • Being the answer to prayer and how he identified those prayers
  • His whys: His son and that person in line
  • How to not worry about the competition
    • Scarcity
    • Specialty
  • What the leap looks like to him
  • What it means to spend time with his primary investor as a side hustle startup dad.

Resources & References Mentioned


Direct download: Asa_Leveaux_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Rodrigo Fernandez and Startup Dad Headquarters Logo


In this episode of Startup Dad HQ I chat with Rodrigo Fernandez husband and Father of one with another one on the way (Sept 2015). Rodrigo shares: 

  • Balancing it all with business, family, and a wife who works full-time
  • When he realized he was not meant to work a 9 to 5
  • How he built multiple businesses and sold them off
  • How things changed once his son came into the picture
  • Rearranging his work/life balance in his business by focusing on this one thing:
    • Training employees- making sure instructions are clear, allow them room to grow, recognize strength and weaknesses, and train them to think on their feet.
  • Why he started the Podcast "Way of the Father."
  • The Pivotal point when his business finally took off
  • Going through challenges and overcoming fears
  • Where he sees his business in the next five years

Resources & References Mentioned

Direct download: RodrigoFernandez_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:42pm EDT

“When you take an entrepreneur leap more often than not the people in your vicinity don’t understand. They don’t understand why you want to do it. You’ve got a job that’s fine, that’s comfortable, go of to work each day. That’s what other dads do!" David Ralph of Join Up Dots Podcast and Podcast Mastery 


Direct download: DavidRalph_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:09am EDT

 Larry Hagner and Startup Dad Headquarters Logo

"If you have a passion for something... carve out time for it and don't give up" Larry Hagner

Larry is a 'side hustle' startup dad who is taking full advantage of his 24 hours as a husband, father of 3, author, coach, and entrepreneur who still works a 9-5.

Larry shares his journey with us and talks about growing up fatherless and how that impacted his ability to father his own children. 

He also talks about how he achieves being a balanced dad; how he started his journey into entrepreneurship; he shares some advice on how to start writing your own books; how to overcoming barriers; fears/doubts; and what his leap will eventually look like.

Resources & References Mentioned

Direct download: Larry_Hagner_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT


"You don't make money by focusing on making money. Money is a byproduct of the service that you render to the marketplace." Gary Smith

Gary Smith is today's 'Expert' guest, who is also an expert dad! Gary is a father to three girls who are all grown up and successful in their fields but, he doesn't take all the credit. He credits his supportive wife and the power of prayer for his success at home and in his business. Today, he shares with the startup dad audience the importance of intentional parenting, as well as how to identify those gaps in your business between where you are now and where you need to be. He also touches on how to design and implement solutions to close those gaps.  Here are some of the key points Gary shares in this episode:

  1. He defines the customer conundrum- The disconnect between what companies believe they are offering as customer service and what the customers are actually receiving. The goal is to address those "gap" issues.
  2. Addressing the real goal of your business
  3. What it means to create wins for your customers that will eventually be wins for your business
  4. Looking at what your customers sees (the front office):
    • Quality
    • Cost
    • Delivery
    • Demand
  5. Building and maintaining relationships
  6. Looking at the back office of your business and how it impacts your customers. 

Resources & References Mentioned

Direct download: GarySmith_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:44pm EDT

Brian Mays and Startup Dad Headquarters Logo

 "Find your cheerleaders, they are the ones that will help you be better than you think you are." Brian Mays

Brian is a startup dad who recently took the leap as a graphic designer for over twenty years. He shares his journey with us on family life and how he manages to find some sort of balance with being an active father/husband while simultaneously growing his business.

Brian expounds on the reasons why he does what he does; what a perfect day would be like; how turning 40 and getting a new device turned into a business; building a business with what you have; how his wife's support encouraged him to take the leap; what are some of the scalable products he hopes to launch; what his runway looks like; his doubts/fears; and what success looks like to him.

 Resources & References Mentioned


#StartupDad #Parenting #GraphicDesigner

Direct download: Brian_Mays_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:16pm EDT



"You have to create environments that will pull you to your goal." Todd Tresidder

Todd Tresidder is an 'Elite' startup dad who is a former hedge fund trust investor turned financial mentor.  Todd shares with us how he made the move from investor to mentor, and how he does it all with family first.

In this 'elite' episode, Todd delves into how he juggles weighing out priorities and tradeoffs; how he tries to find things to say "no" to; how a challenge from his wife challenged him into his business; building a content marketing system on the internet; the key to understanding your target market and how they buy; delivering on the content he serves his customer; defining his avatar; his doubts/fears; the price he has paid to be where he is today; what it truly means to him to be happy; and the struggle of healthcare as an entrepreneur.

Resources & References Mentioned


#StartupDad #Parenting #Financial


Direct download: ToddTresidder_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm EDT

Andrew Ledell and Startup Dad Headquarters logo

"At the end of the day life is full of choices... you have to look at the equation and at some point focus on the priorities."

Andrew Ledell is a 'leaper' startup dad who shares his journey with us as a father, husband and entrepreneur.  Andrew and his wife who is also an entrepreneur do it all by doing the best they can and realizing balance really doesn't exist.

Andrew also shares with us how he adjusted to life after his leap; how his business grew out of his wife's business; how he found the courage to take the leap; how he validated his business; how he finds his customers; his doubts/fears; also, what success looks like to him and how he is going to get there.

Real Dads / Real Talk: Summary

Direct download: Andrew_Ledell_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40pm EDT

Kevin Caldwell and Startup Dad Headquarters Logo

"Overall success can't truly be enjoyed if you can't enjoy it with the people in your household." Kevin Caldwell

Kevin Caldwell is a 'side hustle' startup dad who's found his PURPOSE and is ready to share it with the world. He stops to talk to us about the love he has for his 8-year-old daughter Imani, his business and how he aims to take the LEAP and what it may look like when he does.

Kevin also expounds on his journey to entrepreneurship; how he manages business, fatherhood and his 9 to 5; his love for writing books; his passion in coaching; the process it took to defining who he is; and starting the process to finding your purpose by:

  • Analyzing your passions.
  • Focusing on that thing that makes you come alive.

Resources & References Mentioned



#StartupDad #Parenting #Purpose

Direct download: KevinCaldwell_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:36pm EDT

Clint Arthur and Startup Dad Headquarters Logo

"If this was going to be the last year of your life, what would you want to accomplish?" Clint Arthur

Clint Arthur is an 'expert' startup dad who shares his roller coaster journey with us from a 4.0 GPA, to driving a taxi, to having been on major network television shows promoting his business. 

Clint tells us how to truly make your business stand out, to make a difference, and a fortune on television. Here are some of the key topics Clint focuses on:

  • The importance of media- being on local news shows and national television 
  • Going out and making things happens
  • The difference between an instant local celebrity vs. celebrity launch pad 
  • The formula to getting on television
  • The importance of raising your status and your power
  • The importance of high price & high quality
  • The importance of status over merit
  • How to monetize celebrity and local television 

Resources & References Mentioned

Direct download: ClintArthur_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

Anthony Lee Witt and Startup Dad Headquarters Logo

"You have it in you, you have the ability to be a Champion!" Anthony Lee Witt

Anthony Lee Witt is the founder and creator of The Champion Entrepreneur where he provides valuable information and resources to help individuals become the champion that deep down inside they know that they are. 

Anthony believes there are one or two struggles, which holds individuals back from becoming the champions they are meant to be and he works tirelessly to help you overcome these struggles. 

Anthony want’s to know: What is holding you back? What are you afraid of? What or who has stopped you in the past?

He is a father, a husband, a brother, a son, and an entrepreneur. In all, he strives to be a Champion one-day at a time.

Resources & References Mentioned


Direct download: AnthonyWitt_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Mario Brown and Startup Dad Headquarters Logo 


"It all comes down to why do you want to build a business in the first place, what is your driving force behind it." Mario Brown

Mario Brown is an 'elite' startup dad who shares his nine-year entrepreneurial journey with his supportive family at the center of it all.

Mario tells us how he balances it all; how he came to America from Germany with only $600 to his name; how he got started on his business; his definition of a lifestyle business; how to stand out from the crowd -- providing something in the marketplace that other people don't provide; his business model; how he generates income; the tipping point to his success; his biggest fear; and the importance of growth and not getting complacent.

Resources & References Mentioned

Direct download: MarioBrown_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:10am EDT

James Oliver and Startup Dad Headquarters Logo

"Choose to live a purpose driven, passionate life, not to just make the safe choice, but to do what you were put on this earth to do" James Oliver Jr.
James is a 'leaper' startup dad who shares his journey from an MBA graduate to a successful entreprenuer; whose business has been featured on The Today Show, and major home decor sites like
James describes how being a father of twins and having a super supportive wife has been his reason behind why leaving a legacy is important.  He also shares the importance of focusing on the "why" and not the "what;" his desire to be on the hit TV show Shark Tank; how he built his business from ground up, twice; and how he lives his life doing what he was born to do. 
#startupdad #parenting #startup
Direct download: JamesOliver_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:43am EDT

Matthew Anderson and Startup Dad Headquarters Logo 

"Sometimes we have to do things that go beyond safe." Matthew Anderson

In this episode of Startup Dad Headquarters Matthew shares his #StartupDad Journey: 

  1. How he juggles being a husband, father, a job and building a business where he helps business where they are with what they have.
  2. How entrepreneurship has made him a better husband and father; how courage grows over time; making connections outside of social media; and his vision for taking the leap.

In addition to being a father of two kids both under the age of two, Matt is a devoted husband, entrepreneur, and full time head of audio for a local theater in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Matt is currently building an audio, video, and lighting consulting company called 314 AV Consulting focusing on helping clients to get the most out of their a/v systems, and helping train their a/v teams.

#startupdad #parenting #smallbiz

Direct download: MatthewAnderson_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:52pm EDT

Brian Shea & Startup Dad Headquarters Logo


Brian gives business owners systems to do sales & marketing right. He looks at it this way... You can’t build a healthy business when you’re scrambling from task to task. 

That’s why he helps you put the sales & marketing systems in place to efficiently land more clients and grow.

In this episode we cover 3 Key Points:

  1. Strategy 
  2. Content
  3. Systems 

As well as: 

  • Taking multiple LEAPs
  • Outsourcing
  • Focusing on Income Generating Efforts
  • Saying NO to projects

and much more...

#startupdad #parenting #sales #marketing

Direct download: BrianShea_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:19pm EDT

Jim Adams & Startup Dad Headquarters LLC

"A dad has to be intentional...every day he has to do something that will move him closer to his goal." Jim Adams

Jim shares his roller coaster journey from building a businesses, to making millions, to bankruptcy, and all of this with his family as the center focus.

We also discuss: 

  1. Dealing with doubts
  2. Know your WHY
  3. Circle of control

and much more...

#startupdad #parenting #smallbiz



Direct download: JimAdams_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20pm EDT

Jim Palmer & Startup Dad Headquarters Logo 

 "You have to build your business and structure your lifestyle so that it can help you live the life you want." Jim Palmer

Jim Palmer is an 'Elite' Startup Dad, who shares his journey from being laid off from his corporate job, then being unemployed for over a year and battling cancer, to finally listening to the call to take the leap and becoming a successful entrepreneur that helps businesses move to the next level.


In this episode you will learn: 

1) what it means to maintain balance in the home.

2) how to learn from your challenges and the courage to continue even when things seem slow. 

3) how to find virtual assistants, 

4) what it means to truly make sacrifices to reach your goals.

and so much more. 


#StartupDad #Parenting #Coach


Direct download: JimPalmer_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:03am EDT

Justin Worsham and Startup Dad Headquarters Logo


"Let's get algebra out of high school and let's teach courses on building your own business." Justin Worsham

Justin is a family man from Modesto, CA. His three albums, “I’m a Good Husband,” “Paternally Challenged,” and “I Love My Kids…I Swear” are featured on Blue Collar Radio on SiriusXM. 

He has also been seen on Comic Without Borders with Russell Peters on Showtime and Played Jimmy Kimmel in Not Another Celebrity Movie. 

Justin is the host of a comedy podcast for Dads called “The Dad Podcast” that is featured as one of Stitcher’s Top Parenting podcasts.

He lives in Burbank, CA with his High School sweetheart and their two boys.


#StartupDad #Parenting #Comedy

Direct download: Justin_Worsham_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:16am EDT

Benjamin Carlson & Startup Dad Headquarters Logo

"Fatherhood is working for myself and showing my son he can do the same." Ben Carlson

Ben grew up in rural Minnesota where he spent the majority of his free time around his grandparents farms. 

Armed with a high school diploma, a few credits from a technical college and a desire to learn and better himself he taught himself how to program in PHP and In 2000 he turned his love of programming into a job building custom websites back in Minnesota, for a failed startup during the dot-com bust. 

After missing a few paychecks at the startup, he went to work for Dennis Kirk, Inc. and ran the development team which took the site from $900k/year to $36MM/year. Ben lives with his son in Frisco, Texas

Ben's Website: HERE

#StartupDad #Parenting #WebDesign


Direct download: BenCarlson_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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As promised a, #StartupDad Life, bonus episode... In this episode I share some behind the scenes of Startup Dad Headquarters and how I'm managing, balancing, STRUGGLING, with everything going down here... 


  1. I talk a little bit about how you can support the show by leaving a review HERE
  2. Doctors Visits (GI Specialist)
  3. Unexpected 4hrs getting new cell phones (switching providers).
  4. Date night with the wife.
  5. Resources mentioned:
  6. Upcoming guest on the show:
    • Ben Carlson: Monday
    • Justin Worsham: Tuesday
    • Jim Palmer: Wednesday
    • Jim Adams: Thursday
    • Brain Shea: Friday
Direct download: BonusEpisode1_June28th.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:03pm EDT

Armando Cruz


"Concentrate on the things that matter and eliminate all the fluff." Armand Cruz

Armando is a husband, father, entrepreneur, adventurer, lifestyle physical therapist, ultra-runner, & performance coach.

He is the owner of Cruz Country Fitness & Physical Therapy and the creator of the R.I.C.H. Man Experience. 

Armando has climbed mountains, has ran over 50 miles in a day in the swamps, has lived out of his car, and has rollerbladed and surfed in hurricanes but his biggest adventure has been fatherhood.


Direct download: ArmandoCruz_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:05pm EDT

Lane Fournerat & Startup Dad Headquarters

"If you want to do YouTube, open up your camera and do it. Bust-out the camera and start talking to it." Lane Fournerat

Lane Fournerat (AKA LaneVids & TheFunnyrats) is a family of four who have been documenting their lives on YouTube for 6+ years now every day. 

They Fournerats believe that families are meant to learn, explore, and be together and they show individuals how to do that in their daily family Vblogs! 

Next step for the Fournerats is selling their home, buying and living full-time in an RV, exploring and learning about the world around us. 

#StartupDad #Parenting #Children #Smallbiz #podcast

Direct download: LaneFournerat_Final_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Stephen Furnari & Startup Dad Headquarters Logo

"One of the best things about taking the leap the first time, once you do will never be afraid to do it again." Stephen Furnari

Stephen Furnari is a corporate attorney and the founder of Law Firm Suites, an operator of executive suites for law firms, currently with two locations in New York City. 

Through its unique peer-based community, Law Firm Suites, has helped dozens of attorneys launch and grow successful law practices, and generates approximately $3 million in legal business for its attorney clients every year.

#StartupDad #Parenting #Children #Smallbiz #Fatherhood


Direct download: StephanFurnari_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Geoff Woods & Startup Dad Headquarters Logo

"When I seek advice from people on how to launch a business, I go to people who've already done it." Geoff Woods

Geoff (Jeff) Woods is the host of the Mentee Podcast. After hearing the Jim Rohn's quote that "you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with" 

Geoff set out on a mission to surround himself with high level CEOs and entrepreneurs. Fast forward, he is a now being mentored by many of these heavy hitters and he publishes the real conversations he has with his mentors on in his top business podcast The Mentee.  

Geoff has been featured in and is considered the authority on building meaningful relationships with high level influencers and mentors.

Direct download: GeoffWoods_Final_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Mark Eckdahl & Startup Dad Headquarters Logo


"Create a vision of what you want your life to be like once you're successful, and then break it down to steps." Mark Echdahl

Husband to lovely Natalie Eckdahl, Dad to Aurora (13), Tahoe (3) and Jett (9 mo).  Co-Founder of ScheduleMax Online Scheduling, Podcast Producer, and now Podcast Host for Wisdom From Dads - a new perspective on creating memorable wisdom moments with your family.


#lean, #validation, #leanstartup

Direct download: MarkEckdahl_final_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Susan Burns & Startup Dad Headquarters Logo

"It doesn't matter if it's one person and they're making $10,000 a year or if it's five people and they're making $5 Billion a year. The law still applies." Susan Burns

Susan Burns is an attorney and professional speaker who believes that a business worth building is worth protecting. 

She also believes that small businesses make the world go round and continuously moves the needle of the legal field in helping entrepreneurs protect what matters most – their business. Susan’s focus is on providing practical legal advice to small businesses. 

To make that advice easily accessible, she founded Small Business Legal School. She regularly advises small businesses on expanding to Mexico and loves the creativity of small business owners.

Direct download: SusanBurns_Final_mixdown1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Ryan Battles & Startup Dad Headquarters Logo

"I'd rather be poor with a healthy family, then rich, successful and all alone." Ryan Battles

Ryan went from being a private school computer teacher at the age of 30, to a stay at home dad, to a web developer, and to a lead engineer for a venture backed startup in San Francisco over the course of 4 years. After 2 years there he decided to leave to build his own products, and share his experiences with others. 

Ryan has since built a small arsenal of online properties that combine to provide for a full-time income. 

Direct download: RyanBattles_Final_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

Wes Schaeffer & Startup Dad Headquarters Logo

Wes Schaeffer is a proud father of 7 and a loving husband to his wife, Shannon. 

Wes is an open-mic comedy performer, keynote speaker, Air Force vet, T e d X p r e s e n t e r , a u t h o r , salesman, business owner, and copywriter, Wes is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in his field. 

He has influenced the lives of millions through his keynote speeches, podcast, books, training programs, CDs and videos, many of which have been utilized by Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, government agencies, churches, school districts and nonprofits

Direct download: WesSchaeffer_Final_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:20am EDT

Paul Angone & Startup Dad Headquarters Logo

Paul Angone is one of the leading experts in the nation on the unique challenges facing the Millennial generation and how they overcome them. He’s the author of All Groan Up: Searching For Self, Faith, and a Freaking Job!  and 101 Secrets For Your Twenties. 

He is also the creator of, which has received millions of views from 190 countries, a sought-after national speaker, and is the dad of two girls under four years old. 

Author, Startup Dad, Entrepreneur, National Speaker



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Startup Dad HQ 2.0 is a podcast focused on the importance of fatherhood and entrepreneurship. Our mission is to help extraordinary fathers figure out how to purse their dreams of entrepreneurship and build a legacy for their children.

So if you're a dad trying to figure it all out and an Entrepreneur, Solopreneur, Small Business Owner or Wantreprenur looking for inspiration + motivation + step by step how to + ACTIONABLE advice then Startup Dad Headquarters is the podcast for you.

Startup Dad HQ hosted by Joel Louis delivers a consistent 5-days per week interview program. Each episode, Mon-Fri takes us through the journey of our guest as he shares his failures, bumps and bruises, and eventual rise to success as he navigates through the complexities of Fatherhood, Entrepreneurship and Life.

Each week we cover 3 stages of the Startup Dad Journey, which are:

Side Hustle Monday’s – Dads who are working a 9-5 and building their business on the side. |

Leaper Tuesday’s and Thursday’s – Dads who have taken the LEAP (1 – 5yrs) and earning between $50,000 - $250,000 per year.  |

Elite Wednesday’s – Dads who are crushing it in their business, earning $250,000 plus per year and most importantly they have obtained their definition of Freedom and on Friday’s we bring in the Experts (Expert Friday’s) to discuss Entrepreneur and/or Fatherhood.

The Startup Dad episodes are divided into 4 Segments | Segment 1: Family First - We make a connection between you and our guest | Segment 2: E! True Startup Dad Story - We dive deep into the early stages/behind the scenes of our guests entrepreneur journey | Segment 3: Real Dads Real talk - We asked the tough question (i.e. failure/fear/quitting, private health insurance, etc...) | Segment 4: Handy Man Toolbox - We ask our guest to provide you with tools to help you along your journey. Lastly we end with our most powerful question designed to "Inspire You Beyond" the episode.



Direct download: June_15th_Launch_Startup_Dad_Headquarters_2_0_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:51am EDT

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- Monday's: StartupDad, Side Hustlers (30 minutes):Short chats (10-15 minutes) with Dads who have started building a business on the side, very early stages, while still working a full time job. I will wrap up these episodes by answering 1 or 2 questions (Q&A’s) submitted by Dad’s online through: Social Media, Directly on website, Email, Phone calls. etc… And you can access all the different ways to ask a question on the show notes page for this episode at

- Tuesday's & Thursday's: StartupDad, Leapers (45 minutes): Dad’s who have fully taken the leap (1-5yrs), and generating an income ($50,000 - $250,000/ year).

- Wednesday’s: StartupDad Elite (30 minutes):Highly successful Dad’s who have been crushing it for (3+ yrs),generating over $250,000/year and most importantly they have obtained their definition of Freedom.

- Expert Friday’s (1 hour) :Workshop/Webinar style conversation with EXPERTS in all subjects related to building an awesome business and being an awesome dad.

  • Business examples include: Legal, Accounting, Private Health Insurance, Website Design, Branding, Social Media, Marketing, Virtual Assistance, etc…
  • Fatherhood examples: Daddy bloggers, Authors, Dads with high performing/successful children, etc...
Direct download: StartupDadHQ_Version2_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

David Thompson & Startup Dad Headquarters Logo

Today’s Startup Dad Episode "From Leap To Success In 6 Months!” with David Thompson husband and father of 4 (2 foster). 

A little bit about David and his WHY: "I was brought up to walk up the corporate ladder to achieve SUCCESS. So, of course, I did. I spent 10 years working very closely with one successful entrepreneur within his company, and I did climb the corporate ladder, and did achieve much SUCCESS. But I realized that I didn't want to commute 2 hours a day to make an above average wage. I believed that I could do that myself, by living out my God-given purpose and passion, which is Financial Advising. 

So, after putting it off for two years, I took pen to paper 2 years ago, wrote out what SUCCESS was to me, took a class to help me understand my purpose, and how to attain it, and then made a plan to make it happen.  And last October, I left a VERY stable career in Human Resources to help people attain financial happiness. And today, my business is beginning to take-off, and I'm excited to see where God takes us, but one of the greatest assets to this lifestyle has been the ability to take and pickup my kids from daycare, instead of dropping them off at daycare at 7am, and not seeing them until 6pm. 

To me, I am already 'living the good life'.  And, 6 months from now, a year from now, 3 years from now, life gets better...the wife quits her full-time job, etc."

Direct download: DavidThompson_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Jia Jiang & Startup Dad Headquarters Logo

"…I was once 22 I didn’t do it. After graduate school I was 28, I didn’t do it. I got married, I didn’t do it. But now my son is about to be born and I thought to myself this is it! I lost my chance because I was too comfortable. And if I couldn’t do it as a young guy out of college, someone who just finished graduate school, how could I do it as a father.” by Jia Jiang
Jia is the founder of the popular blog and video series 100 Days of Rejection. A native of Beijing, China, Jia came to the U.S. as a teenager to pursue his dream of becoming the next Bill Gates. But despite early success in the corporate world, his first attempt to pursue his entrepreneurial dream ended in rejection. Jia was crushed, and spiraled into a period of deep self doubt. Thus was born his "100 days of rejection" experiment, during which he willfully sought rejection on a daily basis --from requesting a lesson in sales from a car salesman which resulted in a no, to his famous request to get Krispy Kreme doughnuts in the shape of Olympic rings which resulted in a yes, with a viral video - over 5 Million to prove it. Jia’s story has been covered by dozens of news outlets, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Yahoo News, the Huffington Post, Forbes,, MTV, and many more… Jiang holds an MBA from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in computer science from Brigham Young University.


Direct download: JiaJiang_Final.mp3
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