Entrepreneur Profiles

Podcast Episode 39 - The Partnership Factor: Part One with David Morken, CEO of Bandwidth

Podcast Episode 39 - The Partnership Factor: Part One with David Morken, CEO of Bandwidth

In this edition of the FDE Podcast, we get a peek into the longtime friendship and partnership (let’s just call it what it is – a bromance) between David Morken and Henry Kaestner, co-Founders of Bandwidth and Republic Wireless. They share with us the divine origins of their relationship (Henry was a direct answer to David’s prayer) and how their relationship translated into a successful business where people are promoted as much as the product.

Generosity Path's Entrepreneur Profile: The Opprecht Family

Generosity Path's Entrepreneur Profile: The Opprecht Family

We are excited to share with you some of the great Entrepreneur Profiles from around the world compiled by our friends at Generosity Path. Below, we meet a Christian family who is on the generosity path and ask them what God has taught them about giving.

This week, meet Juerg and Benzli Opprecht from Switzerland!

Calling versus Business Decision

Calling versus Business Decision

“I was in search of my Calling (upper case “C”), my purpose and I was not getting any younger. I had narrowed things down to two possibilities.  I could go into vocational ministry (working for my home church in the states) or join a good friend of mine and start a business.” In this post, Rick West shares his journey to discovering his own calling and gives advice to budding entrepreneurs and Christians alike, to “skip the pros/cons list. Jump right to prayer, spend time with your spouse and find someone with some gray hair to impart truth into your life…”

Podcast Episode 37 - Hey Kid, Wanna Test Something on the Space Station? - Valley Christian School's Entrepreneur Program

Podcast Episode 37 - Hey Kid, Wanna Test Something on the Space Station? - Valley Christian School's Entrepreneur Program

The team spends some time with the students and teachers from Entrepreneur Program and Valley Christian School (VCS) in San Jose, CA. Spearheaded by Hannah and Danny Kim, entrepreneurs in their own right, the program has launched high school students into the world of entrepreneurship in the midst of a community invested in seeing biblical values and principles impacting the world.

Generosity Path's Entrepreneur Profile: Surya Gunadi

Generosity Path's Entrepreneur Profile: Surya Gunadi

We are excited to share with you some of the great Entrepreneur Profiles from around the world compiled by our friends at Generosity Path. Below, we meet a Christian who is on the generosity path and ask them what God has taught them about giving.

This week, meet Surya Gunadi from Indonesia.

Podcast Episode 35 - God Loves Idiots too: John Marsh of Marsh Collective

Podcast Episode 35 - God Loves Idiots too: John Marsh of Marsh Collective

The team sits down with John Marsh of Marsh Collective, of Opelika, Alabama to discuss storytelling, what it’s like to run 10+ businesses (the collective part of Marsh Collective) and how to be the steward of 10 square city blocks for the glory of God and Kingdom while being totally unqualified to do so.

Purposed worKING: Bold Moves pt.2 - Taking It To the Streets

Purposed worKING: Bold Moves pt.2 - Taking It To the Streets

In this post, Rusty Rueff shares one of his daily devotional blog posts. Jesus told us to go and make disciples. Rusty was reminded of this fact with the inspiring strategy Coco Channel used in her initial marketing plan to launch her business. Take a look to read more.

A Second Chance at Weifield Electrical

A Second Chance at Weifield Electrical

In this Monday’s video, we take a look at Weifield Electrical’s amazing work to end poverty in Denver — through its hiring. The company offers 4 years of job training and a long career to those out of the penal system. A win for the company’s own workforce development but as Karla Nugent (Partner and Chief Business Development Officer) emphasizes — it’s a second chance for someone to get their life back on track!

Podcast Episode 31 - Interview with David Brickner (Executive Director of Jews for Jesus)

Podcast Episode 31 - Interview with David Brickner (Executive Director of Jews for Jesus)

David Brickner, Executive Director of Jews for Jesus, spends time with the team in this week’s podcast. He gives perspective on the tragic events in Pittsburgh and shares a bit on how people of the faith can best share the gospel with Jewish neighbors through relationship building and honoring the common elements between Judaism and Christianity.

Founder’s Manifesto

Founder’s Manifesto

This post is an example of a process you might want to go through as you’re developing in your entrepreneurship idea or project.

Patrick Lowndes’ Founder’s Manifesto serves as a great example of being rooted in scripture and purpose in beginning a new business venture. We hope you’ll take a look at his Founder’s Manifesto: the company Values and how Patrick & his co-founder intended to use them as we operated their company, VendorHawk, and be inspired to write your own.

The Power of Questions

The Power of Questions

Brandon Napoli explores the value of questions in our life. He dives deep into how they influence the choices we make and help others to make. Finally he reminds us that God is okay with us asking questions, in fact He wants us to. Maybe one of the 22 suggested daily questions will also help you to grow in your faith or calling…

Podcast Episode 27 - Interview with Jason Johnson (CEO of August Smart Homes)

Podcast Episode 27 - Interview with Jason Johnson (CEO of August Smart Homes)

Jason Johnson, serial entrepreneur and founder of August Smart Homes, talks to Rusty and William about when the entrepreneurial itch first hit him while working at a large tech company. From humble beginnings, Jason explains how receiving a scholarship to Pepperdine University introduced him to the responsibility of calling and that entrepreneurship was a natural expression of that calling.

Following Jesus = Saying Less in Business

Following Jesus = Saying Less in Business

Seeking God first in business with spiritual disciplines of prayer and fasting, daily scripture reading, and regular fellowship will always yield the best results. Ryan Derfler shares how he discovered that these disciplines help him to succeed in his business by talking less, trusting God for results, avoiding exaggeration, and waiting for God’s prompting of his next moves.

Podcast Episode 26 - Live from the Alpine Inn Part 2

In part two from the Alpine Inn, Henry, Rusty, and William field more questions from our guests but first gave some background on Inklings, the gathering of faith driven entrepreneurs in the Bay Area who meet regularly in the same vain of the original Inklings gathering of faith driven thinkers C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, Dorothy Sayer and others. 

Podcast Episode 24 - Interview with Nancy Duarte

Podcast Episode 24 - Interview with Nancy Duarte

This is a special episode for us. One, we think, definitely worth hearing. Why? Well there are few things more important in our lives than effective story telling.

There are few better people (maybe no one??) that do a better job at helping people tell their stories than Nancy Duarte from Duarte Design. They help CEOs of Fortune 100 companies tell their stories, and maybe something more impressive: they are the “go-to” firm to help TED presenters tell their stories well.