Startup Diaries

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Startup Diaries hosted by Pivotal Conversations & Kyle Traynor shares the stories of successful founders and all the valuable lessons they learnt along the way. read less
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Diary: Funday Sweets - How Daniel Turned Confectionaries Biggest problem Into a Multi Million Dollar Business
Aug 8 2023
Diary: Funday Sweets - How Daniel Turned Confectionaries Biggest problem Into a Multi Million Dollar Business
In this episode of Startup Diaries, Kyle explores the inception and growth of Funday Sweets. Founder, Daniel Kitay delves into his personal journey, the challenges of creating a healthier lolly alternative, and the brand's evolution amidst the COVID era. From humble beginnings to managing teams across the globe, this episode unpicks the determination behind Funday Sweets' success. [00:00 - 05:00] Introduction to the podcast and the founder's first encounter with Funday Sweets. [05:01 - 10:00] The founder's professional background, the inspiration behind starting Funday Sweets, and the challenges faced in the initial stages. [10:01 - 15:00] The importance of a strong online presence and the creation of the Funday Sweets website. [15:01 - 20:00] The founder's perspective on making strategic decisions for the business, even if they come at a short-term cost. [20:01 - 25:00] The growth of Funday Sweets, challenges of scaling, managing remote teams, and the importance of having adequate stock to meet customer demands. 50% OFF YOUR FIRST EPISODE WITH PIVOTAL CONVERSATIONS: ENQUIRE NOW | https://form.typeform.com/to/Yip9hyME GET BUSINESS INSURANCE HERE: BIZCOVER | https://www.bizcover.com.au/?utm_source=pivotal_conversations&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=podcast USE CODE: PIVOTAL25 SUBSCRIBE HERE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOIut6UUkQp-xI6YOs8SvWQ FOLLOW PIVOTAL CONVERSATIONS: INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/pivotalconversations TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@pivotalconversations FOLLOW KYLE: INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/kylertraynor FOLLOW DANIEL: LINKEDIN | https://au.linkedin.com/in/daniel-kitay FOLLOW FUNDAY SWEETS: INSTAGRAM | https://www.instagram.com/fundaysweets/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Diary: How July Transformed a Boring Category (Luggage) Into a 22 Million Dollar Gold Mine
Jul 24 2023
Diary: How July Transformed a Boring Category (Luggage) Into a 22 Million Dollar Gold Mine
On this week's episode of Startup Diaries Kyle sits down with Athan Didaskalou co-founder of July, a brand that has revolutionised travel with innovative luggage products. He and his business partner, Richard, have combined their unique strengths to create a brand that resonates with their customers. We delve into the journey of a start-up that has brought a fresh wave of innovation to an industry that was in dire need of it. This episode provides valuable insights into the journey of a start-up, the importance of innovation, and the role of customer experience in building a successful brand. 1:00 - The start-up story, how the idea came about, and the dynamics between Ethan and his co-founder, Richard. How having different strengths complement business partners. 13:00 - The importance of fashion and colour in their product design. How fashion trends and personal style can influence travel accessories and outfits. 44:00 - The value of mentorship and learning from others. The importance of testing strategies, learning from experiences, and seeking advice from others. 16:00 - The challenges faced in the early days of the start-up, including funding and product launch strategies. 35:00 - The importance of every customer touchpoint in building trust with the brand. The role of customer service and the need to invest in customer experience. 50% OFF YOUR FIRST EPISODE WITH PIVOTAL CONVERSATIONS: ENQUIRE NOW | https://form.typeform.com/to/Yip9hyME GET BUSINESS INSURANCE HERE: BIZCOVER | https://www.bizcover.com.au/?utm_source=pivotal_conversations&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=podcast USE CODE: PIVOTAL25 SUBSCRIBE HERE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOIut6UUkQp-xI6YOs8SvWQ FOLLOW PIVOTAL CONVERSATIONS: INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/pivotalconversations TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@pivotalconversations FOLLOW KYLE: INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/kylertraynor FOLLOW ATHAN: INSTAGRAM | https://www.instagram.com/athand FOLLOW JULY: INSTAGRAM | https://www.instagram.com/july Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices