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Episode 70 - Entrepreneurs Who Create their Own Category with Trae Stephens of Founders Fund

Episode 70 - Entrepreneurs Who Create their Own Category with Trae Stephens of Founders Fund

Today’s episode features Trae Stephens, one of the Partners at Founders Fund. As a venture capitalist, Trae provides excellent insight into what investors are looking for in entrepreneurs. As Trae explains, “we’re looking for outliers.” Find out what that entails and also how Trae measures value by the ability to create abundance and decrease competition. Trae bounces effortlessly between business, theology, and philosophy as he speaks, and we really think you’ll enjoy listening to what he had to share!

Episode 69 - "One Million Followers Wasn’t in My Obituary" with Sanyin Siang of The Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics

Episode 69 - "One Million Followers Wasn’t in My Obituary" with Sanyin Siang of The Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics

We are so excited to get to share today’s interview with Sanyin Siang. She is the executive director of The Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics, and in addition to sharing what makes Coach K such an excellent coach and leader (hint: it has to do with enabling greatness instead of chasing it), she also told us why having 1 million followers on LinkedIn isn’t the thing she wants to be remembered for. It was so encouraging to hear her share how her identity and value is found first and foremost in what God says is true of her—that she is a beloved child of God. We think her energy and passion is contagious and hope you get a chance to listen in!

Episode 68 - How 'Love Thy Neighbor' Turned from a Command to a Business with Pete Kelly of Apartment Life

Episode 68 - How 'Love Thy Neighbor' Turned from a Command to a Business with Pete Kelly of Apartment Life

We’re in Dallas, Texas today talking with Pete Kelly, CEO of Apartment Life—a growing nationwide ministry helping people see their neighbors as their greatest amenity. They help apartment owners care for residents by connecting them in relationships, which pays incredible dividends for everyone. Pete provided some insight into the value of community and how connecting people with one another improves everyone’s quality of life. We think what Apartment Life is doing has the potential to revolutionize the way businesses interact with real estate across the world, and we think you’ll be glad you heard about it now!

Episode 67 - Stewarding the Journey of an Accidental Entrepreneur with Mark McClain, CEO and Co-founder of SailPoint (NYSE: SAIL)

Episode 67 - Stewarding the Journey of an Accidental Entrepreneur with Mark McClain, CEO and Co-founder of SailPoint (NYSE: SAIL)

Join us outside of Austin, Texas where we are connecting with Mark McClain. Mark likes to refer to himself as an accidental entrepreneur. He didn’t grow up as the lemonade stand kid but has since gone on to start two different companies. Today, he leads SailPoint, an identity management business started in 2005 that is publicly traded with a market cap around $2 Billion and 1,200 team members across 33 different companies. Hear Mark share his powerful story of being an “Accidental Entrepreneur” and find out how that path might be more common than you think.

Episode 66 - The Faith Driven Investor with Henry Kaestner and Aimee Minnich

Today’s episode marks the start of something new. We’re launching a brand new website and podcast for the Faith Driven Investor. This episode, and the entire Faith Driven Investor podcast series, is for fund managers, investors, business owners and pastors who believe that God owns it all and who care deeply about how we steward our investments for financial return and gospel-centered transformation. Listen in to hear Henry Kaestner and Aimee Minnich share what God has been doing in this movement and what’s to come.

Episode 65 - How Do You Build a Healthy Family and a Growing Business? with Ben and Liz Bohannon of Sseko Designs

Episode 65 - How Do You Build a Healthy Family and a Growing Business? with Ben and Liz Bohannon of Sseko Designs

Is it possible to have a healthy family while building a successful business? That’s the question at the heart of this week’s episode with Ben and Liz Bohannon of Sseko Designs. Their business began as a way to generate income for high-potential, talented young women in Uganda to continue on to university. Since then, it’s grown rapidly from a Shark Tank phenomenon to a global success. Hear how Ben and Liz are navigating the world of global business while still managing to focus on their home, their marriage, and their family.

Episode 64 - God of the Second Shift with Jeff Haanen from the Denver Institute for Faith and Work

Episode 64 - God of the Second Shift with Jeff Haanen from the Denver Institute for Faith and Work

Join William and Henry in the Mile-High city as they talk to Jeff Haanen from the Denver Institute for Faith and Work. His article, God of the Second Shift, made waves in the faith and work world, and we’re excited to have him on our podcast today to talk more about how we can move this conversation around theology and business from the corner office to the manufacturing floor. Tune in to hear what Jeff has to share about what a theology of work means for those in the working class.

Episode 63 - Finding Peace on the Other Side of Obedience: Around the Table with Henry, William, and Rusty

Episode 63 - Finding Peace on the Other Side of Obedience: Around the Table with Henry, William, and Rusty

Every once in a while we like to take a break from interviewing guests to give our hosts a chance to riff on what God is doing in their lives and what they’re learning through the process. In this episode, you’ll hear about William’s upcoming move to Atlanta, Henry’s journey to India, and some wisdom Rusty has recently picked up from a book he’s reading. Pull up a chair and join our hosts around the table to enjoy a chat about life, God, and entrepreneurship.

Episode 62 - When did Corporations Grow a Conscience? with Lake Lambert, President of Hanover College

Episode 62 - When did Corporations Grow a Conscience? with Lake Lambert, President of Hanover College

It’s common to think of corporate values as a concept that has always been around, but Lake Lambert, President of Hanover College in Indiana, is here to educate us and show that this isn’t actually the case. Lake is the author of Spirituality, Inc—a book that examines the history of religion in the American workplace—and he joins Henry, William, and Rusty to share what he’s learned about workplace spirituality from the past and what we might expect for the future.

Episode 61 - The Scoreboard of the Monday Church with Tom Nelson of Made to Flourish

Episode 61 - The Scoreboard of the Monday Church with Tom Nelson of Made to Flourish

Today, we’re in Kansas City with Tom Nelson. Tom is the visionary pastor of a multi-site church called Christ Community, and he’s been widely recognized in the Faith Driven Entrepreneur community for his book, Work Matters. He also serves on the board of The Gospel Coalition and is President of Made to Flourish—a network of pastors trying to establish what it looks like to be a Monday church. What we love about Tom, and why we had him on today, is that he is working on a replicable model for what it looks like for the average church to affirm and encourage entrepreneurs. Join Henry, William, and Rusty to hear how Tom’s work could affect the way you worship, the way you work, and even the way you live.

Episode 60 - How an Interview with Hulk Hogan on Their Wedding Day Started a $40 Million Business with Jeff and Ally Davidson of Camp Gladiator

Episode 60 - How an Interview with Hulk Hogan on Their Wedding Day Started a $40 Million Business with Jeff and Ally Davidson of Camp Gladiator

When Ally Davidson woke up on the morning of her wedding day, she had no idea the journey that God had prepared for her, nor did she anticipate it would start with a tryout for the television show American Gladiator that very same day. Fast forward a few years and Camp Gladiator has over 3500 locations across the country with over 100,000 members. Tune in to hear the story of Jeff and Ally Davidson—how interacting with Hulk Hogan jump started their business, how they’ve seen community and exercise drastically affect people’s lives, and how their faith impacts everything they do.

Episode 59 - Saying No to Sam Walton and other Entrepreneurial Stories with Drayton McLane of the Houston Astros

Episode 59 - Saying No to Sam Walton and other Entrepreneurial Stories with  Drayton McLane of the Houston Astros

Today we learned that Sam Walton was persistent (very persistent), that you don’t have to know a lot about baseball to successfully own a Major League Baseball team, and that stories are best told by the one who have lived them. And that’s exactly who Drayton McLane is—a serial entrepreneur with a knack for storytelling. Pull up a chair, get comfortable, and prepare to hear story after story of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur for over half a century.

Episode 58 - Becoming Bilingual: Fluency in Metrics and Story with Matt Bird

Episode 58 - Becoming Bilingual: Fluency in Metrics and Story with Matt Bird

Today we’re connecting with Matt Bird, who is based in the United Kingdom. Matt is the author of several books, including Relationology, The Secrets of Story, and Freedom: How to Live Your Life for Jesus Free From Anxiety and Worry. Another one of his books, Transformation, takes a look at how God is connecting churches across communities, cities, and countries to bring about social, political, economic, cultural, and spiritual transformation. This book is the product of Matt’s work with businesses and churches in helping them both improve one another as they increase their impact, which is the subject of this episode. Listen in to hear how they do it!

Episode 57 - Combating Loneliness with Community: Scott Weiss from Ocean Accelerator

Episode 57 - Combating Loneliness with Community: Scott Weiss from Ocean Accelerator

Today we’re in Cincinnati, Ohio connecting with Scott Weiss from Ocean Accelerator. They have an incredible birth story—coming from the lobby of Crossroads Church in Cincinnati they launched into an accelerator for fast-growing tech companies. For the past few years, they’ve been on a mission to equip faith driven entrepreneurs and owners that bravely step out to change the world. Whether it's their Ocean Conference or their accelerator, they’re committed to investing in entrepreneurs who have a faith in God and a passion for success. Tune in to hear more about Scott’s journey!

Episode 56 - The Entrepreneurial Journey of the Museum of the Bible to the US Capital: Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby

Episode 56 - The Entrepreneurial Journey of the Museum of the Bible to the US Capital: Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby

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In this episode we’re on the road in Oklahoma City, connecting with Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby. He shares with us the story behind the Museum of the Bible—a 430,000-square-foot museum just three blocks from the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Hear what brought about this world class exhibit, as well as the entrepreneurial lessons Steve learned along the way.

Episode 55 - Have you ever had a dream?: Phil Vischer, Creator of VeggieTales

Episode 55 - Have you ever had a dream?: Phil Vischer, Creator of VeggieTales

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In this episode we’re just outside of Chicago connecting with Phil Vischer, the visionary, creative who founded Veggietales. To date it's the most popular direct to DVD series of all time with more than 65 million copies sold. It led to feature films, Netflix Original series and became a cultural icon.

Episode 51 - God Owns it All: Alan Barnhart, CEO of Barnhart Crane and Rigging

Episode 51 - God Owns it All: Alan Barnhart, CEO of Barnhart Crane and Rigging

This week’s guest is Alan Barnhart of Barnhart Crane and Rigging of Memphis, TN. Originally a small family business started by his parents, Alan and his brother, Eric, grew the company into one of the largest Heavy Lift and Heavy Transport organization in the United States with 1,000 team members in more than 40 locations across the country and a nationwide reputation for solving problems (Even if it means building a 200+ wheel truck!).

Episode 49 - A Rule of Life for Redemptive Entrepreneurs: Andy Crouch, Author, Journalist and Partner at Praxis

Episode 49 - A Rule of Life for Redemptive Entrepreneurs: Andy Crouch, Author, Journalist and Partner at Praxis

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On this episode, the team spends time with Andy Crouch, partner for theology and culture at Praxis, an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship, as well as an accomplished writer and journalist, having authored several books as well as articles published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine.

Episode 45 - How to Shorten Your Time in the Desert: Julie Barrios, Founder of Nuos Foundation

Episode 45 - How to Shorten Your Time in the Desert: Julie Barrios, Founder of Nuos Foundation

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We find the team chatting with Julie Barrios, of Nuos Formation, a spiritual formation enterprise focused on helping the entrepreneur develop healthy inner lives as part of purposeful living as a faith-driven entrepreneur.