E22: Tim Herman: UpEquity

Tim Herman’s career has been dedicated to serving the American Dream, first as a fighter pilot in the US Navy, and today, in the world of business. While on duty to duty service, Tim and his family moved often, and experienced the challenges that come with buying a home. It was during his time as an MBA student at Harvard that Tim decided to confront these challenges, and build a wider, better, path towards wealth creation. On this week’s episode, Tim shares the founding story UpEquity, a tech-enabled mortgage platform disrupting the U.S. mortgage loan market and empowering buyers and realtors alike.

E18: Josh Kaplan: Morning Brew to Thinking Is Cool

Early in his career, Josh Kaplan took a chance on a budding media company with a mission to deliver digestible business news to subscribers’ inboxes every morning. Fast forward a few years and a few million subscribers, the Morning Brew has established itself as a leading source of business headlines, valued at $75 million by now majority stakeholder Insider Inc.

After an incredible journey with the Brew, Josh decided to pursue his own new venture, Thinking Is Cool. On this week’s episode, Josh shares some thoughts on thinking plus his take on the creator economy.

E16: Emma Hartley: Today’s Twenties

Emma Hartley has always been interested in a lot of things, and has pursued those interests with incredible drive. From theater to politics, medicine to marketing, Emma has had a variety of valuable experiences early in life, all in the pursuit of finding her passion.

On this week’s episode, we’ll talk to Emma about her career journey, and her latest interest in podcasting about career development! For more information about Emma’s show, be sure check out today’s twenties wherever you get your podcasts, or follow her Instagram @todaystwenties.

E12: Ashwini Aburajan: 22x Fund

From campaign coverage to cryptocurrency, Ashwini Anburajan has done it all. Her wide array of impressive experiences include public policy work, a fellowship with NBC News, and an MBA at Cambridge University. 

From Cambridge, Ashwini pivoted into the business side of media. Eventually, she joined a small company of 90 employees called Buzzfeed and after experiencing the company’s explosive growth, Ashwini “caught the startup bug,” and sought to pursue her own venture.

On this week’s episode of Yuptown, Ashwini shares the story of her incredibly exciting career, of starting her own venture, of being a founding partner of the 22x Fund. 

E11: Sam Cooper: Mt. Joy

If you’re like me, or, I think I can safely say any other person in the working world, you’ve day dreamed about quitting your job to move to a new city or pursue an ambitious dream.

Sam Cooper was brave enough to do just that when he quit his job as a lawyer, moved from Philadelphia to LA, and pursued a new career entirely. The result was a band called Mt. Joy, and a hit single that received over a million downloads within its first month of release.

With what’s been called a “fast and furious 21st-century success story,” Mt. Joy has since exploded in popularity, with a monthly listener count now totaling over 2 million on Spotify.

On this week’s episode, I had the honor of speaking with Sam about his major career transition, what it was like to build a brand for a band, and Sam’s Spotify Wrapped playlist!

E6: Chelsie Noble, General Assembly

Today’s employment market is incredibly demanding, and requires any competitive employee to be equipped with a wide array of technical skills. In order to meet this need and to close the skills gap, General Assembly established itself as a pioneer in career education, offering coursework ranging from  software engineering and data science to digital marketing and project management on a part or full-time basis..

Tune in to this week’s episode of Yuptown for a discussion with General Assembly career coach Chelsie Noble about the organization’s many course offerings, plus a discussion on career navigation, including tips and tricks!

Interested in enhancing your own resume or learning a new skillset for fun? Check out https://generalassemb.ly/ for more info!

E3: Julie Larkin, Girl Talk

Julie Larkin is an entrepreneur, coach, and storyteller. Through founding and fostering Girl Talk, she is most passionate about building a sisterhood of self-worth. Girl Talk began for Julie in college, when she noticed the women in her residence hall experiencing loneliness, worthlessness, and shame. To combat this crisis of self-worth, Julie hosted her first Girl Talk Coffeehouse in 2012. Over the years, Julie continued to develop the Girl Talk concept and model, and by 2015, established Girl Talk as a non-profit organization. In the 5 years since its founding, Girl Talk programming has taken on a variety of forms, ranging from content for girls in middle school to college women to mothers, all with the same message: you are enough, you are worthy, you are loved. Julie speaks to a variety of audiences on entrepreneurship and authenticity, and coaches young professionals to master their motivations. On today’s episode, we’ll speak with Julie about the Girl Talk story, the importance of mentorship, plus the best piece of advice she’s ever received as an entrepreneur! Feel free to learn more about her work and mission through: julielarkin.org or ourgirltalk.org

E4: Al Goldberg, Mess Hall

This week’s episode of Yuptown features Al Goldberg, a food entrepreneur with a mission of launching food concepts from kitchen to market. From his own experience in starting his own venture, Al noticed a gap in the market for early-stage food entrepreneurs and sought to fill it with the Mess Hall concept. 

Mess Hall is Mess Hall is a culinary incubator fostering a community of food entrepreneurs. The food startup studio offers its members shared kitchen spaces, educational programming, and community events, as well as access to a diverse and powerful network in the local food scene. 

To learn more about Mess Hall and its community, visit http://www.messhalldc.com!