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The Story Exchange

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Showcasing the stories and strategies of entrepreneurial women from San Diego to New York and beyond.

If you run your own business, or think you want to, The Story Exchange podcast series will inspire you and help you grow.

We tell real stories of real women, and how they built real -- and sometimes really original -- businesses. You’ll hear from the dreamer who started the crowdfunding revolution. The digital detective who can remember your social security number, but not your name. The woman who built a $21-million-dollar empire on pet food you could feed your husband.

Each episode of The Story Exchange podcast will explain winning business strategies, through the journeys of fascinating female entrepreneurs, so you can sharpen your own entrepreneurial skills.

Get ready to hear from women who are busting the myths of entrepreneurship and starting and running companies that fill their lives with meaning, purpose and passion. The Story Exchange podcast is written and hosted by Colleen DeBaise. Visit us at TheStoryExchange.org. Hide full description

If you run your own business, or think you want to, The Story Exchange podcast series will inspire you and help you grow. We tell real stories of real women, and how they built real -- and sometimes really original -- businesses. You’ll hear from the dreamer who started the crowdfunding revolution. The digital detective who can remember your social security number, but not your name. The woman who built a $21-million-dollar empire on pet food you could feed your husband. Each episode of The Story Exchange podcast will explain winning business strategies, through the journeys of fascinating female entrepreneurs, so you can sharpen your own entrepreneurial skills. Get ready to hear from women who are busting the myths of entrepreneurship and starting and running companies that fill... Show full description


14 Pieces

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2015
  • Length: 01:18
Caption: Felena Hanson, Hera Hub
The San Diego entrepreneur launched Hera Hub, a co-working space company supporting women entrepreneurs, after a near-fatal car crash pushed her to...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2015
  • Length: 13:37
Caption: Alison Chung, TeamWerks
The Chicago businesswoman parlayed a phenomenal gift for numbers into a successful computer-forensics firm called TeamWerks.

  • Added: Sep 08, 2015
  • Length: 22:32
Caption: Danae Ringelmann, Indiegogo
The San Francisco native was inspired by her small-business-owner parents to create the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform. Little did she know her bi...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2015
  • Length: 18:39
Caption: Shaan Kandawalla, PlayDate Digital; Melody McCloskey, StyleSeat; Amy Sheng, CellScope
If there were more women in tech, would women enjoy better tech products? We look for answers through three women who are succeeding in the tech in...

  • Added: Sep 22, 2015
  • Length: 28:52
Caption: Kimberly Crupi Dobbins, SIMPLE Squares
How one woman turned a corporate sabbatical and kitchen dream into a snack company and new career.

  • Added: Oct 06, 2015
  • Length: 19:15
Caption: Kristine Jones, New England Flagger Services
Kristine Jones started a business on a whim in an obscure, cutthroat industry. Then she got serious about building a strong company.

  • Added: Jan 21, 2016
  • Length: 13:45
Caption: Jody Adams, Rialto; Ana Sortun, Oleana
Hear how two Boston chefs overcame bias to rise the ranks — and what they learned along the way.

  • Added: Jan 21, 2016
  • Length: 21:30
Caption: Lucy Postins, The Honest Kitchen
This San Diego entrepreneur turned “human-grade” pet food into a multimillion dollar business.

  • Added: Jan 21, 2016
  • Length: 20:49
Caption: Traci Phillips, Natural Evolution
How Native American roots inspired Traci Phillips to turn an environmental mission to stop toxic electronic waste into a successful business.

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2016
  • Length: 14:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Anne Dowling, Ridge Street Wine
For Anne Dowling, a former member of the U.S. Ski Team, successful entrepreneurship means having the flexibility to live a life she loves.

  • Added: Feb 17, 2016
  • Length: 10:06
Caption: Jan Erickson, Owner of Janska
Jan Erickson was hounded by vivid dreams about a jacket -- so she decided to start an outerwear company. It was a prescient move.

  • Added: Mar 02, 2016
  • Length: 12:20
Caption: Melissa Austria, Founder of GotStyle
Toronto retailer Melissa Austria has created thriving menswear stores that appeal to guys who hate to shop but want to look good.

  • Added: Nov 10, 2016
  • Length: 11:44
Caption: Kryshon Bratton
Hear how Houston pool-builder Kryshon Bratton has used the entrepreneurial "pivot" to stoke growth and create the work-life balance she wants.

  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 11:57