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.

E20: Parker & Joe: Twos

Whether it’s a recipe, a list, or an idea, Twos allows users (or as some might call them, Twosers) to track and share information in an organized and user-friendly design. As the best place to write things down, the Twos app is revolutionizing the way we remember things.

I first met co-founders Parker Klein and Joe Steilberg when we worked at a real estate tech startup in 2018. Since moving on from the company, both Parker and Joe have kept the idea of Twos alive, and are now building out the Twos platform, both from technical and branding perspectives. On this week’s episode, I sit down with Parker and Joe to talk all things ideas and the Twos app brand. Interested in writing things down?

Check out the Twos app in the App store today, or visit http://www.twosnotes.com for more info!

E17: Deidre Woollard: Millionacres

Deidre Woollard has always had an passion for real estate. With a background in creative writing, she’s been able to use that passion to fuel her role as editor for Millionacres, a real estate blog and investment service by the Motley Fool. On this week’s episode, we’ll discuss her path to becoming a writer, plus she’ll share her insights on the commercial real estate industry and the future of the work space.

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!

E10: Omri Stern: Jones

Who’s the customer, what’s the problem, how do we solve it? This is the line of thinking that brought Omri Stern to build a company addressing a major problem in the “dusty” space of commercial real estate insurance management.

I first met Omri in 2019, when I attended a founder’s panel at a WeWork Labs event. He discussed the many challenges of launching a company. In tech specifically, many founders run the risk of failure by building products that fail to address a users’ true needs. In this week’s episode, we’ll talk about Omri’s problem-centric approach, how he employed this method in building Jones, and the importance of shifting from a “product and technology first” mentality to “business and problem first.

If you’re interested in learning more about how Jones might be a solution for your property management needs, check out getjones.com for more info today!

E9: Mariah Morales: Amtrak

What role does transportation take in shaping our cities? And, most importantly, how can transportation connect us in more ways than one? 

The incredible Mariah Morales faces these questions, and many more, every day in her work as a Government Affairs manager for Amtrak. After an internship experience in urban planning, Mariah couldn’t stop thinking about the intersection between public policy, city planning, and transportation, so when she found an opportunity with Amtrak, she knew she had to pursue it. I first met Mariah in 2017, when I interned for the Rail Passenger’s Association as a Summer by Rail intern. You may be wondering – what is the relationship between Mariah’s role at Amtrak and the Summer by Rail Internship that I experienced? As an intern for a rail advocacy group, I was able to partner closely with Amtrak in promoting the organization’s rail services on Capitol Hill – she even walked the walk and joined in on a leg of the Summer by Rail journey! I’m so excited to have Mariah as a guest on the program to share a little more about her career path and the challenges and opportunities facing long distance rail travel today. Be sure to tune in to this week’s episode of Yuptown!

E8: Elise Crawford: RINGLET

Elise Crawford Gallagher is the CEO and founder of RINGLET, an integrated marketing agency with a mission to empower female entrepreneurs and small business owners to dream big.

Many owners, female entrepreneurs in particular, voiced to Elise that they needed a marketing agency with inclusive, cohesive services to achieve their goals for growth. Elise quickly realized the importance of a strategic integrated marketing plan for small businesses, and slowly started to build a team committed to serving female owners in the D.C. area.

After learning that just 2% of women-owned businesses earned over $1 million dollars in annual revenue, Elise knew she had to continue to expand her reach in the female entrepreneur community. In response to this statistic, Elise and her business partner, Claire Conway, established RINGLET Resources, a digital subscription offering stock photos, prompts, and even short classes that enable female entrepreneurs to authentically connect with customers, and effectively scale their businesses. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Elise share her RINGLET story!

E5: Kristin Martin, The Magic Schoolbus

Kristin Martin is an Emmy-nominated writer and executive producer of the shows filling any Yuppie’s childhood. From All My Children to The Magic Schoolbus, Kristin has had a wide array of experiences in the production industry. Although she studied English during her undergraduate years, and obtained her Master’s degree in Shakespearean Studies, Kristin eventually decided the world of academia wasn’t for her. Once she broke into the production industry, she fell in love with the creative world of television production, and has been imagining new concepts ever since. Over the years, Kristin has built an incredible career, with her creative mind and determined work ethic to thank. She shares the story of her experience navigating the television production industry here, on this week’s episode of Yuptown.

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!

E2: Matt Dixon

Matt Dixon is a Washington, D.C.- based chocolate maker with a passion for socioeconomic stability in the cacao industry. Matt navigated the culinary world by trial and error, working first in a bakery, next in a brewery, and finally in a chocolate factory. Matt landed his dream job as assistant chocolate maker at Harper Macaw, eventually taking ownership of the company in 2018. Founded on the idea that a good thing should do good for the world, Harper Macaw seeks to promote stability in the world of chocolate making. Through its responsible business practices, Harper Macaw supports sustainable agroforestry, environmental protection, and socioeconomic development for farmers in regions whose economies rely on cacao.