Episode 34: Yellowbrick.me

Episode 34: Yellowbrick.me

The saying "It takes a village to raise a child" has been around for a long time, yet it rings just as true today as any other period in human history. Yet despite social media and and the Internet, the "village" mentality has suffered as parents have taken on new roles and tasks in their daily lives. 

Thankfully, the rise of parenting experts has given parents new resources to guide them through the journey of raising children, and online community Yellowbrick.me is helping share this wealth of information.

Founded by Matt Connell and John Christiansen, Yellowbrick.me gives both experts and parents a place where their voices, questions, and advice can be heard. In our interview, we discuss how this Bloomfield-based startup is applying new technology and ideas to parenting.

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Innovation Summit Series: Language Zen

Innovation Summit Series: Language Zen

New year, new you, same CT Startup podcast! We're still working through a backlog of content, including Language Zen, another of the innovative startups we met at the Innovation Summit put on by the Connecticut Technology Council.

Language Zen utilizes a unique AI program to help users learn Spanish in a fun, unique and natural way. We spoke with Language Zen CEO Micah Greenberg and asked him what makes his second language-learning software so special. 

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Innovation Summit Series: WillowWorx

Innovation Summit Series: WillowWorx

Exercise equipment is a huge, international market with many well-established players, but it is also one of the markets most prone to disruption by clever startups.

For the third entry in our Innovation Summit Series, we spoke with Dr. Marien Zanyk about her unique exercise device, the WillowWorx. Inspired by her favorite tree, which Dr. Zanyk frequently used for stretching, the fiberglass tree that "enables freeform workouts that improve overall fitness, flexibility and balance"

It's a step away from "intimidating" metal machines and crowded gyms, it takes up comparatively little space, and it's both durable and maintenance free. We spoke with Dr. Zanyk to see where she got her inspiration, and the challenges of building an exercise startup from scratch. 

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Episode 33: Conscious Capitalism in Connecticut

Episode 33: Conscious Capitalism in Connecticut

Enter Conscious Capitalism, and organization that “...builds on the foundations of Capitalism - voluntary exchange, entrepreneurship, competition, freedom to trade and the rule of law.” Following four guiding principles of purpose, culture, stakeholder, and leadership, Conscious Capitalism recognizes that today’s businesses need a purple beyond simply making money.  

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CT Startup Podcast: Season Two

CT Startup Podcast: Season Two

Wondering where your favorite podcast about Connecticut’s startup ecosystem has been? Well, we’ve been busier than ever, revamping and reworking our podcast to delve deeper into the Nutmeg State’s fledgling startup community. Over the summer, Eric, Dave, and Mike invited me to join their startup about startups and to help expand their reach across this great state.

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#27 Hiring employees and what that means for your startup

#27 Hiring employees and what that means for your startup

On this weeks podcast Dave and Eric are joined by Jennifer Corvo an attorney at Murtha Cullina about what startups should know about hiring employees.  Ms. Corvo fits right in and gives us the rundown of what startups should be doing when hiring employees and what to do if you want to have "Interns".  

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#25 ConnectAnd Improv: How to make genuine connections at networking events

#25 ConnectAnd Improv: How to make genuine connections at networking events

This episode is somewhat different then the others.  We normally try to learn as much about the founding of the company and their challenges and successes.  What ended up happening is that we talked a lot about something all entrepreneurs have to go through..Networking Events!!

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