Last week on Friday Live, Matt Given and Ashley Podoll shared some exciting news coming next month! For the second year in a row, Intelivideo will be participating at Denver Startup Week (DSW), the largest entrepreneurial event in North America, and there we’ll be hosting the DSW Live show on September 24th – 28th. Even better? We’ll be live streaming exclusive interviews with some of the most influential entrepreneurs in the Denver, CO area.
In light of our exciting news with DSW, Episode 46 of Friday Live was a special edition with Ashley Podoll and Matt Given. They shared a couple of their favorite interviews from last year’s Denver Startup Week to give you a little taste into the 2018 DSW Live show. Intelivideo calls the beautiful state of Colorado home, and it means so much for us to be a part of this gathering once again to celebrate the startup growth in the Mile High City.
Watch the on demand version of Friday Live: Episode 46 here and read into all of our top highlights below.
Ryan Harris, Former NFL Player & Super Bowl 50 Champion
The first interview we highlighted from last year was with Super Bowl 50 Champion, Ryan Harris, who shared some NFL experiences and how they shaped his athletic and professional career. Harris was first drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2007 from the University of Notre Dame. He then moved on to other teams including the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs until he was brought back for the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 Championship year.
Along the way, there were some difficult milestones that lead Harris to reevaluate his goals and work ethic. He applies everything he learned on the field to his everyday life and his post-retirement career as an inspiring spokesperson to help make the world more extraordinary.
How to become a Super Bowl Champion
Harris graciously spoke further with us on his behind-the-scenes experience as an offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos. As a reigning Super Bowl 50 Champion, he saw it was the team culture that ultimately led them to glory that season. The team would practice hard to strengthen their foundation for the game and also connect with each other off the field to fortify their bond as a team. Along with that, the Broncos had a group of leaders who were selfless and wanted to share a space where everyone had the chance to succeed.
Harris paralleled his experience as a Super Bowl champion with entrepreneurship, saying, “I believe great companies have leaders that want smart people around them and want everyone to succeed. Some leaders may want to be the the sole teller of the story and, at the end of the day, that’s not going to work because it takes everyone to be successful.”
Simply put, this can easily be translated into the startup grind because whether you’re an NFL football team or an emerging business, you need friends, community and connection to pull off a successful company.
Lee Mayer, CEO of Havenly
The next interview Matt and Ashley called attention to was with Lee Mayer, CEO of Havenly. Havenly is a rapidly growing Denver-based startup that provides the easiest way for consumers to decorate their homes. For a flat fee of $79 per room, Havenly connects users with an online interior designer, who then provides suggestions for household pieces and how to arrange them.
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Mayer started Havenly after making the big move from New York to Denver. She was surrounded by images and ideas for home decor from HGTV and Pinterest and was discouraged by her inability to replicate these ideas for her own home. She even reached out to designers for their ideas and home decor suggestions but she didn’t have the budget for their services. Since there was no one in the home space who offered the service she was needing for a reasonable price, her idea of Havenly was born!
Havenly performed a few fundraising rounds to help finance their business plans. The feedback received was very useful information from their market and helped shape the business to become more consumer-friendly. Lee explained that it’s easy to get caught up in a bubble and become so focused on growing a business – so don’t forget that feedback from your audience can really help and build a better understanding of how people respond to your product.
Managing a Startup Team
Mayer shared valuable insight into managing a team and how it’s not always easy to find employees who are a perfect fit. It’s a bit of a painful subject but, at a startup, there’s not a ton of room for error so you have to be sure you’re keeping the right people on board when your business is in the beginning stages. It’s a tough call sometimes but it’s always best for the individual and for the company to part ways if neither will grow successfully as a linked unit.
When it comes to running a startup, always listen to your audience and be prepared to make some tough decisions. Doing so will help keep your business growing. Take it from Mayer, Havenly is a nationally recognized company and she has elevated it to the next level in the home space industry.
Question of the Week
If I’m interested in Denver Startup Week where do I go for information and how do I register?
If you’re interested in attending Denver Startup Week, you’re in luck – it’s a free event! You won’t want to miss this event to learn more from the greatest entrepreneurial minds in the Denver area. Check out all the events and register online at www.denverstartupweek.org.
Here’s the Denver Startup Week Live
And if you can’t make it, don’t worry! Intelivideo has you covered and will be sharing all of the exclusive footage from the Denver Startup Week floor on the DSW Live channel.
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