Forbes Under 30 podcast is about young innovators, disruptors and entrepreneurs. This weekly show, hosted by Steve Goldbloom, features guests who are taking big chances to achieve the not-so-small goal of changing the world.
Here's the Latest Episode from Forbes Under 30:
Rachel Sumekh, CEO and founder of Swipe Out Hunger, wants you to be a starfish, not a spider. Steve talks with Rachel about the success Swipe out Hunger is having on 100 college campuses, organizing students to donate their unused meal points to students who need them. And Rachel has strong advice on how you can bring your power to the table, and accelerate your vision.
As founder of the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus, Micah Hendler found an artistic salve to conflict by creating a group of young Israeli and Palestinian talents.
Caitlin is a 30 Under 30 Alum, and is currently a Principal on Lerer Hippeau’s Investment team. Steve Goldbloom has an energetic chat with her about the importance of passion and determination, and why being a coxswain is great training for a successful entrepreneur.
Annie Lawless shares her journey from Suja to “Lawless Beauty” and explains how passion is her key to success.
Mehak Vohra is a Gen Z expert who runs an influencer agency. She's also a vlogger, growth-hacker, Weird Al fan, and mayoral candidate. Straight from VidCon, meet the 21 year old of the moment, and LinkedIn's star creator, Mehak Vohra.
Mayor Michael Tubbs was raised by a single-teenage mother and his grandmother in a rough part of Stockton, CA with an incarcerated dad. Now, he’s the youngest and first African-American mayor of his hometown. At 27, the Stanford grad has been immersed in civic service including interning at the White House, serving as a city council member and now well into his second year as mayor. Hear how he credits the community around him for his rise out of struggle, what life is like as mayor -- and what it was like to be noticed by President Obama, Oprah and Valerie Jarrett (sr. advisor to President Obama).
Inspired by the smart city movement, Alberto Altamirano cofounded Cityflag, a civic technology company. Altamirano says it’s the first social network for 311 services, where citizens can more easily connect with government to report a variety of issues in the neighborhood, like potholes or power outages, by using various tools, including dynamic maps, geo-located photos and the reports of fellow citizens. Hear how Cityflag is fixing what it calls the broken communication between citizen and government – and the heart-wrenching story of what originally inspired Altamirano to get involved civically.
Varun Sivaram, is a Forbes 30 Under-30 listee in Law and Policy, a Philip D. Reed fellow for science and technology at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the soon-to-be-published book, "Digital Decarbonization." Hear Sivaram talk about specific ways to ensure solar energy thrives and what’s standing in its way.
Hear original “Hamilton” cast member, Okieriete "Oak" Onaodowan sit down with Zack O’Malley Greenburg at the Forbes Under-30 Summit last year. He talks about the golden, nascent days of the smash hit, how he found The Theatre and what it was like to have Vice President Mike Pence come to the show. Plus, hear about his commitment to spreading the word on the criticalness of empathy.
Hear how the spirited Daniel Katz, founder of No Cow, applied his relentless focus to build up his million-dollar company almost single-handedly by age 21, the hard-earned business lessons he’s learned along the way and why dropping out of college made total sense to him (and eventually his parents).
A Peace Corps stint cut short by a terrorist attack in Niger didn’t stop Lisa Curtis’s dream of bringing the super green, Moringa, to the United States. Hear Curtis, founder and CEO of Kuli Kuli, talk about building up her business, setbacks that made her think the end was nigh -- and when she decided the time was right to quit her day job.
E-commerce site Touch of Modern hopes to take the modern man to the next level of cool by curating items from LED canvas art to silk ties. Hear from cofounder and CEO Jerry Hum about building the company with his three other cofounders and how they stay ahead of the next trend.
Lea von Bidder, cofounder and CEO of Ava Science, has babies on her mind. That is, how to get her company’s medical device, a fertility bracelet that tracks nine different physiological factors, into as many people’s lives that have babies on their minds. Hear von Bidder talk about how to find compatible cofounders, raising money in male-dominated Silicon Valley and her big plans for developing the science of women’s health.
It all started with a blender, an ice tray, toothpicks and fresh food -- in a college dorm room. Hear from Jonny Pop cofounders, Erik Brust and Connor Wray about growing their business, competing in an impacted space and how they learned to spot the best strawberry.
Chloe Coscarelli made her mark with an award-winning cupcake. Now, she's published four cookbooks, the latest of which hit the bookshelves just a couple of months ago. Hear all about the recipes of "Chloe Flavor", the labor that goes into creating a cookbook -- and how Coscarelli has trained herself to turn any frown upside down.
The vivacious Amanda Slavin is cofounder and leader of Catalyst Creativ, an “experience studio” with expertise in marketing, events and design. Prioritizing solving internal pain points before creating on and offline campaigns, Catalyst Creativ digs deep into a company's DNA. Hear Slavin talk about running a holocratic-style company, her thoughtful approach to solving conflict – and how she overcame a lukewarm reception from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, who later became an investor.
James Ellsmoor is the director of Solar Head of State, an organization that wants to raise awareness about the advantages of solar power by installing solar photovoltaic systems on high-profile buildings - like government and public structures.
Her shoes caught the eye of Cindy Crawford, an early investor, and from there the momentum kicked in. Now, celebrities including Meghan Markle, Scarlett Johansson and Amal Clooney are sporting her kicks. After establishing her name at high-end department stores, Flint changed her business model to sell her shoes direct to consumer, which makes the price no longer prohibitive for the everywoman. Hear how Flint got her business off the ground in an intensely competitive field and what influences her designs.
Award-winning Chef Chris Coombs owns and runs some of Boston's hottest restaurants through his company, Boston Urban Hospitality. Hear his non-traditional path to success, that included a stint working at a broiled haddock hole in the wall at the age of eleven. Coombs made the Forbes 30 Under 30 Food list in 2012.
Her vocals are praised. Her songwriting has garnered her a Grammy. She's written for high-end artists including: Shawn Mendes, Melanie Martinez and The Chainsmokers. She wrote a love letter that went terribly wrong. Hear all about this 25-year-old New Yorker who clings to creating emotionally-rooted songs while grappling with the necessity of hit making in order to survive.
Molly Hayward, co-founder of Cora, set out to make safe period products for women by using organic and ethically-sourced ingredients -- with an eye for design too. Hear how Hayward took those first baby business steps, what it meant to find a co-founder and why having a social enterprise focus is critical to the Cora brand.
In 2013, Florence Adepoju was whipping up lipsticks, one at a time by hand, in her parents’ garden shed while studying cosmetic science at London College of Fashion. Now, her vibrant and unusual colors, inspired by hip-hop culture, are sold online and at retailers. Hear how Adepoju, founder and CEO of MDMflow, went from curious, to scientist to businesswoman – all by the age of 22.
Meet Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi, cofounders of Shine, an app that sends you a daily thought crafted to lift you up, like what you might expect from your friends that care about you the most.
Jake Rosenberg, co-founder and creative director of Coveteur, wants you to consider the online magazine your style-ly friend that has all the insider knowledge of what to wear, where to go and creative people to inspire you. Hear how Coveteur grew from its humble Toronto-living room roots to leveraging the then nascent social network to work with giant brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
Beatrice Fischel-Bock and her two initial co-founders simultaneously went to college full time, worked part time and on the weekends built their business. It took three iterations to land on its final incarnation – Hutch – an app and online platform that combines 3-D technology and shopping to help consumers design their home. Hear Fischel-Bock talk about tackling conflict, dealing with failure and what it’s been like to present to VCs and run a very social company, despite being an introvert.
Kyle Taylor started blogging when he was penniless to chronicle how he was making ends meet while paying off his $50K dollars of student debt. His blog, The Penny Hoarder, launched in 2010, caught fire and is reported to have made $20.5 million in 2016. Hear Taylor talk about his critical financial lessons learned from his single mom of four, relatable tips on how he pulled himself out of his debilitating debt and his favorite way of earning extra cash. (Like beer? You’ll love this income stream.)
Cannabusiness is booming and LeafLink is at the forefront by connecting pot shops and brands. Hear from Ryan Smith, co-founder and CEO, talk about the origins of starting a business in an industry he knew little about, the fast growth the company is experiencing -- and what the most popular product is in mature marijuana-legal states (like Colorado and Washington).
Farmer’s Dog delivers prepared and portioned food for your four-legged friend, to your door. The subscription-based program offers a menu that includes a protein, veggies, starches and nutrients so pooch gets balanced meals that master can envy. Hear co-founders, Jonathan Regev and Brett Podolsky talk about their business model, their missteps and the incredible success of their gourmet doggie food delivery service.
Some might say Peter Boyce II (and team) is the rich uncle a college kid wishes they had – the one that will put resources and capital behind a young entrepreneur’s brilliant business idea. During his last year at Harvard, Boyce started Rough Ventures to support student founders. Hear how the firm, which is run by students and backed by General Catalyst, chooses what ideas to support.
Moira Forbes, Executive Vice President of Forbes Media, moderates a panel including John Sculley, the former Apple CEO who worked with a 20-something Steve Jobs to launch the Mac computer. Also joining the discussion are two young and incredibly successful entrepreneurs, Carl Pei, co-founder and head of global at OnePlus and Ryan Williams, founder and CEO of Cadre, offering up business lessons learned and inspiration.
Eben Bayer says growing up on a farm taught him a whole lot about mechanical engineering, the career he has ultimately grown into. In college, Bayer stumbled upon a kind of glue that comes of mixing mycelium (mushroom roots) and agricultural waste. Bayer's company, Ecovative, hopes to use that mushroom material to replace plastics used for packaging and all sorts of other stuff.
Nicolas Bijan, son of late, iconic fashion designer Bijan Pakzad, took over his father’s business in 2011. Now, the weight of carrying on his father’s legacy of exclusive, luxurious suits for men is on his shoulders. A few of the powerful who have worn House of Bijan threads are five U.S. presidents, Prince William, Richard Branson and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hear how Bijan balances the delicate task of respecting the past (only one customer at a time and by appointment only), while simultaneously recognizing the current climate of fast-fashion and the new normal -- online shopping.
Yearning for a bag of chips but can’t get off the couch to pick it up yourself? The desperate plight of snackers with a lack of motivation and a yearning for munchies inspired Yakir Gola and his best pal Rafael Ilishayev to develop and launch their online convenience store and app, goPuff. Hear Yakir Gola talk about building his delivery business, cornering the coveted college market and fakin’ it until makin’ it.
Unbridled enthusiasm to solve intractable problems is what drives Teju Ravilochan, the CEO and cofounder of Uncharted (formerly The Unreasonable Institute).Ravilochan and team are staring down issues like access to nourishing food, education, healthcare and affordable housing by providing issue-specific boot camps that bring together entrepreneurs, mentors, funders and corporations to develop doable plans to drive solutions.
When young students return to school in the fall, they might have lost around three months of math and reading learning that teachers have to spend valuable time reteaching. Karim Abouelnaga is a product of the public school shortfalls and triumphs as he struggled his way through his early education. With the support of key mentors, non-profits and his own persistence, he graduated from Cornell. His time there was transformative, and he wanted to give back to young students like himself to help them thrive in the world. So, he started Practice Makes Perfect, a summer school reframed so that kids want to go to it. He's taking on one public school system at a time starting with the behemoth that is New York.
Deeply concerned by the high percentages of college students who go hungry, Rachel Sumekh, CEO and founder of Swipe Out Hunger, set out to solve the problem with her non-profit which allows students to donate their unused meal points to students in need. Hear Sumekh reveal the entrepreneurial tips that accelerated her organization all the way to national recognition from President Obama. And -- she shares what the President said that can inspire us all.
Like so many immigrants, Peche Di left her native country for the U.S. to create a better life. In America since a teenager, the Thai beauty queen now owns and runs a modeling agency representing trans models, Trans Models NYC, and cofounded a trans dating app, Teadate, all to give the trans community opportunities to thrive in love and life.
James Shani was a college kid with a dream when he spontaneously sent a branded Tesla video to Elon Musk. The last thing he expected was for the visionary to call. On this episode of the "Forbes Under 30" podcast hear Shani talk about the call that changed it all, how he's built up his digital studio and some intense and personal struggles along the way.
Two Yale graduates threw their combined education of math and chemistry into making healthy, just-add-water pancake mixes with their company, Birch Benders. Currently, their paleo mix is the #1 natural pancake best-seller in the United States. Hear how the now-married couple, gripped onto their idea and built their business without knowing anything about food, the piece of advice that rocketed their sales and disasters in the kitchen along the way.
In 2012, Annie Lawless co-founded the phenomenally successful Suja Juice. Since then, she's been building up her blog, BLAWNDE and just two days ago launched her new beauty product line, Lawless. Hear from the entrepreneur how she got Suja off the ground, the business lessons she's applying to Lawless and her expert thoughts on leveraging social.
The self-deprecating David Litt, author of the newly released, "Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years," shares his unconventional path to the White House, his days as an initially junior speechwriter and what happened when his nerves overtook him the first time he met the 44th president.
Using statistics, Davina Durgana works for the Walk Free Foundation and tracks human trafficking to support nonprofit and law enforcement efforts around the world. Hear about the many forms in which modern-day slavery exists, which countries have the most prevalence and what conscientious people can do to help put an end to it.
Patrick Woodyard, co-founder and CEO of Nisolo shoes moved to Peru to work in microfinance. He was helping out Doris Quispe with her grocery store, when he met her husband Willan Ulloa, a shoemaker. Captivated by the craftsmanship and classic beauty of Ulloa's shoes, Woodyard set out to start Nisolo (with Ulloa ultimately playing an integral role as master shoemaker), a company dedicated to providing fair trade wages, healthcare and a healthy working environment to its producers.
Brian Wong saw a marketing opportunity in people's willingness to have their behavior tracked through apps. The company he founded and leads is Kiip (pronounced: keep). It aims to catch people on their app in the act of accomplishment and then match them with a branded reward that relates to their activity. For the past three years, Wong says the company has grown by 40% annually leading to the impression that his pioneering idea is here to stay.
Michael Shoretz, founder and CEO of Enlightened, was a personal trainer whose clients found ice cream to be the hardest craving to quit. So, enduring much trial and error, he created an ice cream that is both tasty and nutritious. Impossible? Thats up to us to judge. Hear Shoretz talk about making an indulgence less guilt-inducing and what it's like working with family. (His mom, dad and sister work with him!).
Josh Muccio, podcast host of Gimlet Media's, "The Pitch" joins us to chat about the entrepreneurial lessons he's learned on the show, common mistakes founders make when pitching and how a cold email changed his career trajectory for the better.
After delighting in the flavor of crunchy caterpillars and scorpions while traveling abroad, Rose Wang and college roomie Laura D'Asaro, hatched their startup: Chirps. Chirps makes food products infusing chips, dry cookie mix and protein powder with cricket flour. Nutritious and sustainable - hear why the melodious bug might be the next big thing.
Wife and husband team Laura and Michael Dweck are working together to solve a relatable problem: a lack of inexpensive and quality basics for men. Hear how their company, Basic Outfitters, wants to change the way guys buy clothes on this episode of Forbes Under 30 podcast.
Hear how James Heller, CEO and cofounder of Wrapify, leverages his twin passions of tech and marketing to pay people to dress their cars up in advertisements. His pitch: make bank while running your errands.
Getting knocked down is inevitable. Everyone has life lows, even Gabby Bernstein, spiritual guide and public speaker who has leveraged her robust online presence into her #1 New York Times bestselling book, "The Universe Has Your Back." Bernstein shares that it's all about building the spiritual muscle to work the way out of the muck that will turn our lives around on this episode of the "Forbes Under 30" podcast.
Zack Rago travelled with documentary filmmakers determined to record coral bleaching. Giant swaths of the colorful animal (yes, coral qualifies as an animal) turns white because of overly warm ocean temperatures. Coral can survive this startling transformation, but Zack says it will require a galvanization of human will. Hear him talk about the innovative underwater camera he helped build, the "Chasing Coral" screening parties the filmmakers are supporting and how what he witnessed impacts us humans and our world.
Joslyn Davis was there at the beginning of Clevver, when the nascent YouTube idea was run out of a proverbial garage. Now, with over eleven million subscribers across four active Clevver YouTube channels, she and cohost Erin Robinson are riding and building that wave, producing content that captures the hearts of the highly-coveted millennial and Gen Z female set. Hear how these digital/pop culture/social media mavens manage all the work while growing their audience and brand.
Jessica Alba talks about how her sickly childhood inspired her to start the very successful The Honest Company, a nontoxic household goods startup. Also, she shares how she tackled starting and building a company, with little knowledge of traditional business. And we have a segment with Benny and Rafi Fine, known as the Fine Brothers. They're digital and traditional producers, writers and directors who, on their Fine Brothers Entertainment (FBE) YouTube channel, have a whopping over 15 million subscribers. They talk about scaling their business and what it's like to work with a sibling. Both interviews are exclusives from the 2016 Forbes Under 30 Summit.
Authors, podcasters and filmmakers Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus had lucrative, corporate careers until they didn't. Childhood friends, together they went in search of seeking less material, but more meaning. Now, they're spreading the word about their mission to remove all the unnecessary in our lives so we, if we choose to, can live a minimalist lifestyle too.
Galen Welsch started Jibu, a for-profit social enterprise with the intention of making money and an impact at the same time. Hear how he is building up his company, training people in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya to own Jibu franchises, which bring clean drinking water to their communities.
YouTube was mega-influencer Bethany Mota's initial mode of communication, but the Forbes Under-30 List alum is branching out creatively by writing a book, Make Your Mind Up. Tune in to hear more about the ancient days of YouTube and the sensational social media road Mota continues to travel.
Manager Michael George has been scouting talent since he was a teenager in New York. Nearly five years ago, he spotted then 17-year-old Martin Garrix, now an international sensation in the electronic dance music (EDM) scene, and brought him into the fold at Scooter Braun's SB Projects. Hear about George's approach to management and how he finds talent.
Moziah "Mo" Bridges is the 15-year-old CEO of Mo's Bows. The Memphis-based company, which he launched at the ripe young age of nine, specializes in handmade bow ties. The entrepreneur discusses his family business and industry takeover.
Founder & CEO of Swipe Out Hunger, Rachel Sumekh reveals the entrepreneurial secrets that accelerated her non-profit all the way to national recognition from then President Obama.
Award-winning musician, singer and songwriter Lights discusses her career and latest project, Skin and Earth. The concept album and comic book series was written and illustrated all by Lights and is being teased out monthly from May through September.
As founder of the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus, Michah Hendler found an artistic salve to conflict by creating a group comprised of young Israeli and Palestinian talents.
Hello Alfred, an errand-service company founded by Marcela Sapone, will grab your groceries and pick up your dry cleaning -- any chore that will save the customer time. The business has tested well in Boston, New York and San Francisco. Sapone shares what inspired the company and how it's primed to spread nationwide.
New to the Hollywood big time, rising star Charles Rogers is the co-creator of TBS's breakout comedy, "Search Party." Rogers came onto the scene after his film "Fort Tilden" picked up the grand jury prize at SXSW in 2014. He and fellow NYU collaborator Sara-Violet Bliss have been on a tear ever since. Listen to Rogers discuss his creative partnerships and whirlwind career.
Once conservative and now unabashedly liberal, Ana Kasparian is co-host and producer of the provocative and politically-charged online news and commentary show, The Young Turks. On this episode, she talks about climbing the very competitive broadcast-journalism ladder, politics and dealing with especially aggressive trolls.
Want to talk the edgiest new video game? Love pontificating on the drama of K-Pop? Ben Anderson, CEO and founder of Amino Apps, wants to connect you to others that feel the same way. His company houses thousands of communities bonded together by an interest. The mobile native app is ramping up and catching on.
Yunha Kim, CEO and founder of Simple Habit, created an app that gives members a plethora of five-minute meditations to be used in an abundance of situations. Hear about how she built the company, find out the most popular topics on the platform and bonus -- experience a five-minute meditation from the app.
Conflict is inevitable between friends -- and cofounders. This is the case for Ilan Zechory and Tom Lehman, cofounders of the annotation site Genius.com. But conflict doesn't get them down. Instead, they allow it to influence better decision making. Tune in to hear the duo talk about the origins of their startup, what it takes to get along and the pressure that comes with managing millions of investment dollars.
An IRS enrolled agent, private pilot and ham radio operator, Jessica Mah caught the entrepreneurial bug when she sold trace drawings on a playground in second grade. Fast forward to today, she's the co-founder and CEO of inDinero, a company that provides accounting software plus bookkeeping and tax services to small business. Hear about her company's early setbacks and how she learned to overcome them.
Tatiana Birgisson went from making tea in a giant pasta pot in college to producing her MATI energy drinks in a 30,000 square foot factory in North Carolina. A bout of depression is what unwittingly started Birgisson on her path to entrepreneurship. Hear the story of how she turned her homegrown drink for friends into profit.
Matthew Ramirez was a teacher with a problem to solve. Frustrated with giving the same writing critiques to different students repeatedly, he set out to automate his responses. He figured this would save him time, and give him the ability to phrase his criticism constructively and consistently. He hit pay dirt. Students flocked to his office to build on his feedback. Hence, the idea for WriteLab, the company he cofounded, was born.
Idaho-native Anna Therese Day was in the right place at the right time. A young journalism student studying in the Middle East, she observed the Arab Spring eruption first-hand. Hear why she's willing to put herself in high-conflict zones for journalism and how she narrowly evaded a two-year jail sentence in Bahrain.
Plastics are out. Mushrooms are in. Raised on a working farm, Eben Bayer is the cofounder and CEO of Ecovative, a company developing home-compostable bioplastics, based on mushroom materials. His company, which made the 2015 Forbes Under 30 Manufacturing list, is making plastic-like materials that are compatible with the earth's ecosystem like: packaging, particle board, building insulation and even furniture.
Jeffrey Martìn is founder, president and CEO of HonorCode. The non-profit organization was the recipient of $425,000 for winning the Forbes Change the World Competition. HonorCode is dedicated to bringing coding curriculum and social-emotional learning to public school kids and teachers in Atlanta. Hear Martìn share his personal story of poverty, drug-addicted parents and how devoted teachers gave his future possibilities.
Former Department of Energy employee turned stand-up comedian, Trae Crowder, has been on the comedy scene for over six years. One viral Facebook video changed Crowder's life and uprooted him from his Tennessee home to a new life as an entertainer in Los Angeles.
Andrew Au, President of Intercept Group, a full-service marketing agency, has cornered the coveted millennial market. Hear from Andrew about what marketing agencies need to do to survive, what the core values are for the 18-34 year-old set and what's on their bucket list. Yes, their bucket list.
The Founder and CEO of Nationbuilder, Jim Gilliam, is making software to help leaders lead better and more easily. He's also a two-time cancer and double-lung transplant survivor, all by the time he was 29. Hear what this walking miracle of science says about finding a life purpose, the spiritual power of the internet and why, as a leader, it's okay not to be liked.
Despite the discomfort of stares from her young peers in post 9/11 America, teenage Amani Al-Khatahtbeh chose to wear a headscarf, so to declare her Islamic faith. This effervescent Jersey-girl who relishes make-up and fashion, started the blog, muslimgirl.com, to humanize the everyday, law-abiding and America-loving, Muslim.
Martellus Bennett, the hulking and talented tight-end of the New England Patriots, is way more than a football player. Off the gridiron, Bennett, known for his lack of pretense, is a creator at heart. In this conversation, discover his playful and artistic-side as well as who he considered writing in for President.
Forbes Under 30 launches Wednesday, February 1, 2017