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The Seed – The Startup Journey is a series of interviews with startup founders. It is made for YOU, the curious student, talented innovator, and aspiring entrepreneur. 

Our mission is to explore the startup journeys and advice of founders and share what we learned, in hopes of inspiring and planting the seed of innovation & creativity in the minds of our audience

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The Seed – The Startup Journey is founded by Rick Liu, along with his graphic designer sister Cynthia Liu. It started in May 2020 as a way for Rick to learn more about entrepreneurship and meet more people. He decided to bring value by sharing what he has learned with aspiring entrepreneurs in a quick, engaging, and informative manner. 

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Building The Sandbox Metaverse – Sebastien Borget, Co-Founder & COO
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Building The Sandbox Metaverse – Sebastien Borget, Co-Founder & COO

What if there’s a world where YOU can hang out with The Smurfs, chill with Snoop Dogg, become a Rollercoaster Tycoon, AND fight off The Walking Dead? A world where you can build anything you want, play games, build games, and at the same time... make money? Today we’ll be chatting with the Co-Founder of The Sandbox, Sebastien Borget, who’s building a blockchain-based gaming world alongside some incredible partners. Even Adidas recently bought land in The Sandbox and will begin to build their own experience within the metaverse. How did they start, and where are they headed? Let's explore Sebastien's startup journey! Check out The Sandbox here: https://www.sandbox.game/ Interested in learning more about NFTs? Check out our previous video with the Founder of The Metakey NFT Project: https://youtu.be/coNFcDmhZWg Magic Portal: 00:00 – Intro 00:49 – Sandbox & Spending $10,000+ on virtual land? 06:24 – Becoming an entrepreneur 09:43 – How did you get started? 11:52 – Hardest challenges along your journey 13:07 – What does the future look like? 17:22 – Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs 19:30 – This or That! 20:58 – Learn more about NFTs! ______________________ Welcome to The Seed – The Startup Journey – THE entrepreneurship podcast sharing the origin stories of amazing founders in less than 20 minutes. This podcast is made for YOU, the curious student, talented innovator, and aspiring entrepreneur! Throughout this series, we will explore various startup journeys by discovering the genesis story behind these startups and gathering advice. Through our conversations, we hope to inspire and plant the seed of innovation in the minds of our listeners. Let's grow together! 🌱 For the latest previews, highlights, and takeaways from each interview, go here! https://instagram.com/seed_startupjourney To listen to this podcast on Apple/Google Podcasts, or Spotify, follow this link: http://start.seedstartupjourney.com/ #SandboxGame #Metaverse #VirtualLand
Corporate vs. Startup – Allan Chow, CTO at Bucket Listers
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Corporate vs. Startup – Allan Chow, CTO at Bucket Listers

If you’re a student like me who's interested in startups, you might have this question… What do I do after graduation? Should I start my own company right away, or get some experience at a larger company? Or maybe I should work at a startup? Well, today we’ll be chatting with Allan Chow. Allan has worked at a large corporation – Boeing, was at Grubhub when it was transitioning to a public company, and was also one of the first few employees at Chowbus. Now, Allan is the CTO at Bucket Listers. I hope that through exploring his journey, you can derive some insights as to what you might wish to do with your career! Magic Portal: 00:00 – Intro 00:52 – Deciding on a career path fresh out of college 03:40 – Making websites for restaurants in exchange for food 05:18 – Scaling making websites into a venture? 06:05 – Joining Grubhub 06:51 – Joining Chowbus & Launching it in St. Louis 08:12 – Challenging moments at a startup 10:03 – Work at a Corporate vs. Startup? 12:58 – What attracts you to a company? 15:33 – Goal in 5-10 years 17:09 – This or That! 20:44 – Best Advice Ever Received 22:24 – Takeaways ______________________ Welcome to The Seed – The Startup Journey – THE entrepreneurship podcast sharing the origin stories of amazing founders in less than 20 minutes. This podcast is made for YOU, the curious student, talented innovator, and aspiring entrepreneur! Throughout this series, we will explore various startup journeys by discovering the genesis story behind these startups and gathering advice. Through our conversations, we hope to inspire and plant the seed of innovation in the minds of our listeners. Let's grow together! 🌱 For the latest previews, highlights, and takeaways from each interview, go here! https://instagram.com/seed_startupjourney To listen to this podcast on Apple/Google Podcasts, or Spotify, follow this link: http://start.seedstartupjourney.com/
The KEY To The Metaverse – Matty, Founder of The Metakey (NFT Project)
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The KEY To The Metaverse – Matty, Founder of The Metakey (NFT Project)

NFTs? The Metaverse? MILLION-dollar sales of ape pictures?? You've probably wondered... WHY? Are these people crazy?? Well, today we’ll be chatting with the founder of a popular NFT project – Matty, also known as DCL Blogger, and hopefully our conversation will answer some of your questions. Matty is the Founder of The Metakey, an NFT project that gives you the key to the metaverse. The Metakey is ONE token that can be used across multiple platforms to transform into avatars, game items, exclusive game perks, course material, virtual land access, activate discounts, and much more! Check out Matty and The Metakey below: https://themetakey.com/ https://twitter.com/DCLBlogger Magic Portal: 00:00 – Crazy animation and intro 01:21 – What are NFTs?? 02:52 – Why are people spending millions on ape pictures? 04:42 – Crypto to the moon & crashing back – Matty's venture into NFTs 07:19 – What is The Metakey? 09:28 – Conception of The Metakey 11:39 – From Civil Engineering to Building the Metaverse 13:37 – Lessons from starting The Metakey 15:26 – Building a following 16:53 – How do you identify good NFT projects? 18:39 – Where are we headed? The future of NFTs 20:23 – Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs 22:00 – This or That? ______________________ Welcome to The Seed – The Startup Journey – THE entrepreneurship podcast sharing the origin stories of amazing founders in less than 20 minutes. This podcast is made for YOU, the curious student, talented innovator, and aspiring entrepreneur! Throughout this series, we will explore various startup journeys by discovering the genesis story behind these startups and gathering advice. Through our conversations, we hope to inspire and plant the seed of innovation in the minds of our listeners. Let's grow together! 🌱 For the latest previews, highlights, and takeaways from each interview, go here! https://instagram.com/seed_startupjourney To listen to this podcast on Apple/Google Podcasts, or Spotify, follow this link: http://start.seedstartupjourney.com/
From Zero To One... SIX Times – Jeff Solomon
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From Zero To One... SIX Times – Jeff Solomon

One of the hardest things to do is to create something from nothing. To go from zero to one. Today we’ll be chatting with someone who has done that SIX times – Jeff Solomon. Jeff is a 6-time serial entrepreneur with 3 exits, the most notable one being the selling of his SaaS CRM company Velocify in 2017 for $128M. Jeff also Co-Founded the accelerator Amplify.La, and he is also a high school entrepreneurship teacher! Okay, that's making entrepreneurship sound too easy... it's not! Jeff's first venture actually crashed and burned! Let’s explore his startup journey! Magic Portal: 00:00 – Intro 00:38 – Have you always known you wanted to become an entrepreneur? 01:41 – Failing Macroeconomics & Switching to English Major?? 03:23 – The first venture (crashed and burned) 06:07 – After that failure... what did you do next? 07:14 – What motivates you? 08:44 – When do you decide to exit your company? 10:45 – Most challenging part about entrepreneurship 12:50 – Common qualities between successful entrepreneurs 14:15 – Common mistakes entrepreneurs make 16:14 – Advice for students interested in startups 18:29 – This or That! 21:58 – Takeaways Learn more about Jeff and his companies below! Personal Website: https://bak.me Markup Hero: https://markuphero.com If you'd like our weekly episodes summarized in one-minute startup droplets, subscribe at https://www.seedstartupjourney.com/ ______________________ Welcome to The Seed – The Startup Journey – THE entrepreneurship podcast sharing the origin stories of amazing founders in 20 minutes. This podcast is made for YOU, the curious student, talented innovator, and aspiring entrepreneur! Throughout this series, we will explore various startup journeys by discovering the genesis story behind these startups and gathering advice. Through our conversations, we hope to inspire and plant the seed of innovation in the minds of our listeners. Let's grow together! 🌱 For the latest previews, highlights, and takeaways from each interview, go here! https://instagram.com/seed_startupjourney To listen to this podcast on Apple/Google Podcasts, or Spotify, follow this link: http://start.seedstartupjourney.com/
Starting... and SELLING Companies at 16 – Calix Huang
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Starting... and SELLING Companies at 16 – Calix Huang

Why is it that every time we chat with a 16-year-old, their stories just get crazier and crazier? At 16, Calix Huang has already started... and SOLD TWO of his companies. How did he do that? Let’s find out! Check out Calix and his company Hours below! https://calix.dev/ https://hours.zone/ If you'd like our weekly episodes summarized in one-minute startup droplets, subscribe at https://www.seedstartupjourney.com/ Magic Portal: 00:00 – Intro 00:46 – Calix – an Entrepreneur? 01:12 – Homeschooling 02:18 – Tennis, Ethical Hacking & Entrepreneurship 05:34 – Origin Story of Hours 07:52 – Growth Hacking Hours 10:39 – Acquisition of Hours 15:21 – Thoughts on Entrepreneurship after Acquisition 16:47 – Advice to Aspiring Entrepreneurs 18:38 – Next Steps 19:14 – This or That! 21:14 – Takeaway ______________________ Welcome to The Seed – The Startup Journey – THE entrepreneurship podcast sharing the origin stories of amazing founders in less than 20 minutes. This podcast is made for YOU, the curious student, talented innovator, and aspiring entrepreneur! Throughout this series, we will explore various startup journeys by discovering the genesis story behind these startups and gathering advice. Through our conversations, we hope to inspire and plant the seed of innovation in the minds of our listeners. Let's grow together! 🌱 For the latest previews, highlights, and takeaways from each interview, go here! https://instagram.com/seed_startupjourney To listen to this podcast on Apple/Google Podcasts, or Spotify, follow this link: http://start.seedstartupjourney.com/
By Founders, For Founders – Jamie Lin, Founder of AppWorks & President of Taiwan Mobile
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By Founders, For Founders – Jamie Lin, Founder of AppWorks & President of Taiwan Mobile

Did you know that the person who founded the “Y Combinator” of Taiwan is also the youngest telecom President? Today we’ll be chatting with Jamie Lin, a serial entrepreneur, investor, and a father. Jamie is the founder of AppWorks – an accelerator, VC, and school, built By Founders, For Founders. AppWorks has currently helped over 400 startups valued in total at over $17.4B!! Oh, and did I mention Jamie is also the President of Taiwan Mobile? This is a startup journey you don't want to miss! If you'd like our weekly episodes summarized in one-minute startup droplets, subscribe at https://www.seedstartupjourney.com/ Magic Portal: 00:00 – Intro 00:49 – Becoming an Entrepreneur 02:10 – Leaving the US for Taiwan? 04:24 – What is AppWorks? 06:44 – Mastermind since 2009? 08:45 – Failures & Challenges 11:31 – It's not the clock that wakes me up, it's my dream 13:05 – Traits for successful entrepreneurs? 3H & Delta 14:37 – What would you be doing if you didn't start AppWorks? 16:11 – Time travel – what would you say to the young Jamie? 16:35 – Managing Stress 18:48 – Recommendation to 100x your learning 20:16 – This or That! 21:19 – Takeaways Check out Jamie, AppWorks, and Taiwan Mobile below! https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamielin/ https://appworks.tw/ https://www.taiwanmobile.com/ ______________________ Welcome to The Seed – The Startup Journey – THE entrepreneurship podcast sharing the origin stories of amazing founders in less than 20 minutes. This podcast is made for YOU, the curious student, talented innovator, and aspiring entrepreneur! Throughout this series, we will explore various startup journeys by discovering the genesis story behind these startups and gathering advice. Through our conversations, we hope to inspire and plant the seed of innovation in the minds of our listeners. Let's grow together! 🌱 For the latest previews, highlights, and takeaways from each interview, go here! https://instagram.com/seed_startupjourney To listen to this podcast on Apple/Google Podcasts, or Spotify, follow this link: http://start.seedstartupjourney.com/
Personal Trainer For Your Mind? Mental Health with Lynette Seow, COO of Safe Space
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Personal Trainer For Your Mind? Mental Health with Lynette Seow, COO of Safe Space

Starting a company is like going on a roller coaster ride. According to Forbes, 72% of entrepreneurs are affected by mental health issues, and even if you’re not a founder, that number is still close to 50%. So… How do we deal with stress? Today, we’ll be chatting with Lynette Seow, the COO of Safe Space – a mental health startup in Singapore that’s providing online and offline counseling, and creating a safe space to process, understand, and heal. Check out Lynette and her startup Safe Space below! https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynetteseowhx/ https://safespace.sg/ For our weekly episodes summarized in one minute droplets delivered to your inbox, head over to https://www.seedstartupjourney.com/ and subscribe to our Startup Droplets! Magic Portal: 00:00 – Intro 00:49 – Lynette & Safe Space 01:35 – Corporate to startup 04:00 – Common mental health challenges entrepreneurs face 05:45 – Imposter Syndrome 06:50 – Does being an entrepreneur in the mental health space make it easier to deal with the challenges? 08:08 – Drink & Chill to deal with stress? 09:33 – Calm/Headspace or Therapy? 11:16 – COVID & Remote Therapy 13:03 – Where are you now along your startup journey? 14:42 – Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs 17:28 – This or That! 18:16 – Takeaways ______________________ Welcome to The Seed – The Startup Journey – THE entrepreneurship podcast sharing the origin stories of amazing founders in less than 20 minutes. This podcast is made for YOU, the curious student, talented innovator, and aspiring entrepreneur! Throughout this series, we will explore various startup journeys by discovering the genesis story behind these startups and gathering advice. Through our conversations, we hope to inspire and plant the seed of innovation in the minds of our listeners. Let's grow together! 🌱 For the latest previews, highlights, and takeaways from each interview, go here! https://instagram.com/seed_startupjourney To listen to this podcast on Apple/Google Podcasts, or Spotify, follow this link: http://start.seedstartupjourney.com/
Thiel Fellow, Y Combinator, and Molding Raspberries? James Graham
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Thiel Fellow, Y Combinator, and Molding Raspberries? James Graham

Imagine switching high school five times (one of which is a school for pregnant teenagers), and getting into NONE of the colleges you wanted to go to... What do you do next? Today, we'll be chatting with James Graham, Founder and CEO of Community Phone. This is probably one of the best conversations on The Seed so far. Not just because James used to charge people to see molding raspberries in his locker, but because of his amazing journey going from what most people would consider a failure, to now a founder who’s gone through both the Thiel Fellowship and Y Combinator, both of which have a lower acceptance rate than Harvard. Check out James and his company Community Phone below! https://www.jamesg.me/ https://www.communityphone.org/ Magic Portal: 00:00 – Intro 00:44 – Molding Raspberries 01:19 – Have you always known that you were going to be an entrepreneur? 03:03 – Clearing the confusion 05:02 – Community Phone 06:25 – Why this idea? 09:33 – Thiel Fellowship & Y Combinator 13:36 – Darkest moments 16:40 – Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs 19:49 – Underrated vs Overrated 21:40 – Takeaways If you want our weekly episodes summarized in one-minute droplets, delivered to your inbox, head over to https://www.seedstartupjourney.com/ and subscribe to our Startup Droplet! ______________________ Welcome to The Seed – The Startup Journey – THE entrepreneurship podcast sharing the origin stories of amazing founders in less than 20 minutes. This podcast is made for YOU, the curious student, talented innovator, and aspiring entrepreneur! Throughout this series, we will explore various startup journeys by discovering the genesis story behind these startups and gathering advice. Through our conversations, we hope to inspire and plant the seed of innovation in the minds of our listeners. Let's grow together! 🌱 For the latest previews, highlights, and takeaways from each interview, go here! https://instagram.com/seed_startupjourney To listen to this podcast on Apple/Google Podcasts, or Spotify, follow this link: http://start.seedstartupjourney.com/
T-Mobile was once BANKRUPT?? Startup Journey of Alan Bender, Co-Founder of T-Mobile USA
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T-Mobile was once BANKRUPT?? Startup Journey of Alan Bender, Co-Founder of T-Mobile USA

T-Mobile went from 5 people in the early 90s, to now over 75,000 employees, with a market cap of over $180B dollars... But did you know that it once had to file for bankruptcy, and its Co-Founder had to wait in a freezing room for weeks, begging their vendors for money? Today we'll be chatting with the Co-Founder of T-Mobile USA – Alan Bender. This is one of the coolest startup journeys so far, and not only would Alan share his success and how he got there, he also talks about some of his darkest moments, as well as advice to aspiring entrepreneurs! Magic Portal: 00:00 – Intro 00:55 – Have you always known you were going to start a business? 01:34 – Origin story of T-Mobile 03:12 – Finding the right Co-Founders 04:37 – Darkest (and coldest) moments 07:18 – What kept you going? 08:48 – The $52 Billion Acquisition 13:25 – What makes a great entrepreneur? 17:14 – What advice would you give to the 20-year-old Alan? 20:10 – This or That 21:21 – Takeaways If you want our weekly episodes summarized in one-minute droplets, delivered to your inbox, head over to https://www.seedstartupjourney.com/ and subscribe to our Startup Droplet! ______________________ Welcome to The Seed – The Startup Journey – THE entrepreneurship podcast sharing the origin stories of amazing founders in less than 20 minutes. This podcast is made for YOU, the curious student, talented innovator, and aspiring entrepreneur! Throughout this series, we will explore various startup journeys by discovering the genesis story behind these startups and gathering advice. Through our conversations, we hope to inspire and plant the seed of innovation in the minds of our listeners. Let's grow together! 🌱 For the latest previews, highlights, and takeaways from each interview, go here! https://instagram.com/seed_startupjourney To listen to this podcast on Apple/Google Podcasts, or Spotify, follow this link: http://start.seedstartupjourney.com/

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