Tag: Entrepreneurship

The Moment When — Episode 04 with Rob Kischuk Now Available

I first met Rob in 2010 when we were exploring how social media and location-based services would change the ways brands interact with customers.

Rob went on to start a company around this theme, and the last half-decade has been an incredible journey for Rob. He’s dealt with all of the stages of being an entrepreneur: the highs of raising money from top-tier investors to the lows of realizing that your product vision isn’t working.

Rob shares how his perseverance has paid off, and his lessons learned, in our latest episode of The Moment When.

The Moment When — Episode 03 Now Available

I first met TJ Muehleman at ThePort Network. TJ was running the engineering team, and I immediately respected his ability to cross between the technical and business worlds.

Not long after I started PlacePunch, TJ launched his own startup, We&Co, with a mission for helping the service industry.

TJ was kind enough to share the We&Co story with me and talk about how after many years, their company evolved into Standard Code. It’s a really incredible story of how TJ and his co-founder persevered for years with no salaries, hung around long enough to find a problem they could solve, and turned it into a growing business.

You can listen to the full podcast below. Thanks TJ!

The Moment When — Episode 02: Jeff Hilimire

I’ve known Jeff Hilimire for 6 years. He was our lead investor and advisor at PlacePunch in 2010, and he’s always been available to help Chris and I whenever we need to talk.

I’m thrilled that Jeff agreed to share his story for The Moment When. If you’re not familiar with Jeff’s work, he’s been at the forefront of digital marketing, mobile and social since starting his first agency, Spunlogic, in the late 1990s.

Jeff’s story is truly one of grit and perseverance. At one point, Jeff was $90,000 in debt with Spunlogic. I have to believe that kind of debt would cause most founders to quit and find a job to start paying off that debt.

But Jeff didn’t quit. He re-oriented his company and found a way to make it work. Listen to his complete story below.

The Moment When


Every entrepreneur faces the moment: nothing is working, and it feels like everything is stacked against you. You have a decision. Should you give up and cut your losses, or do you push through and find a way to make your company work?

In a world of blogs and conferences celebrating the most recent overnight success, these are the tales that aren’t often told.

We’re launching a new podcast, “The Moment When,” that explores these stories. How do you find the strength to carry on and make your company a success when all logic says you have no shot? What does it really take to make your company a success?

In our first episode, I’m delighted to share an interview with my close friend Bill Nussey.

Bill shares some great stories ranging from being a (very) young entrepreneur, starting his second business in college, joining the prestigious Greylock venture-capital firm, and then running several venture-backed companies.

Bill shares his experiences with these different companies, and talks about a few moments when the odds were stacked against him, and how he was able to rally a team to dig their way out.

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