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ContenderCast with Justin Honaman

Welcome to the ContenderCast with Justin Honaman, a leadership and entrepreneurship conversation centered on shining a light on bright ideas. Justin Honaman is a digital technology leader, leadership author, communicator, story-teller, and co-founder of Contender Brands based in Atlanta, Georgia. For additional information, visit contenderbrands.com. Every winner started as a contender!
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Jan 31, 2019

Wynd Technologies, Inc. is based in Redwood City, California and was founded by Raymond Wu in 2014. Wynd creates products that help people breathe healthier air wherever they go. Ray joins Justin to discuss making the move from investment firm and strategy consultant to entrepreneur. Use code “WyndxContender” for 10% off orders.

Jan 28, 2019

TripOutside was founded by Julie and Reet Singh out of a shared enthusiasm for outdoor adventure and travel. TripOutside allows customers to discover top outdoor destinations and rent the gear they need to experience them. No more searching for and contacting shops, checking gear availability, booking over the phone, waiting for bikes, skis and kayaks to be prepared, and tedious waiver processes.  Customers find their favorite activities and destinations on TripOutside.com and book their gear online quickly and easily. Julie joins Justin to discuss launching the business.

Jan 21, 2019

Urban Axes is the country’s leading indoor recreational axe throwing facility. Founded in 2016 in Philadelphia, PA by four friends, Urban Axes combines the excitement of axe throwing with friendly competition in a social atmosphere. Urban Axes is an experience unlike any other that everyone (21+) can enjoy and a founding member of the National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF). Krista Paton joins Justin to discuss leaving the corporate world to launch this exciting new entertainment concept.

Jan 17, 2019

What do you do with an idea!? The answer is in today’s podcast! Inventor Brian Fried is a product inventor, author, radio host, consultant and Executive Director of the United Inventors Association (UIA). He is the author of Inventing Secrets Revealed, You & Your Big Ideas, and Invention Playbook for Inventors with Big Ideas. Brian joins Justin to discuss bringing ideas to life.

Jan 14, 2019

DYLN, is a company that creates reusable water bottles that turn water into alkaline water. Since 2015, DYLN has eliminated more than 80 million plastic bottles worldwide by preventing the need to buy single-use alkaline bottles. Dorian Ayres is the founder of the company and his life journey and the story of the brand are both very inspiring. Dorian joins Justin to discuss building the business, preserving the environment, and inspire healthy lives, one bottle at a time.

Jan 7, 2019

Science fiction has become reality. Imagine downloading any electronic device that you want then printing it in minutes. That’s what’s possible with the Electronic Alchemy eForge. Dr. Chance Glenn joins Justin to discuss the 3D Printing industry, launching a NASA-backed business in the space, and the growth potential for the market.

Jan 3, 2019

For decades, the only cases available for contact lens wearers have been plastic, cheap and disposable. Not anymore. Meet the Lenspod. Entrepreneur, Avi Sharoni, wants to create a cleaner, greener and more premium option – Lenspod is one of the first innovations in contact lens storage in years. Avi joins Justin to discuss launching the business.

Dec 27, 2018

Kim Paciotti is a certified professional dog trainer; a canine scientist specializing in puppies. Her research within the field of puppy training led Kim to create The Empowered Puppy Program, an exciting approach to training the whole puppy- mentally, physically, and socially. Kim believes that solving the ongoing issue of dog surrenders to shelters and rescues begins with a solid foundation in puppyhood. Kim joins Justin to discuss building the business –one puppy at a time!

Dec 20, 2018

Tend is an innovative new event staffing platform that recently launched in the Los Angeles region. Tend is the first-ever digital marketplace for event staffing, connecting event hosts to a network of Tenders (bartenders, servers, and wait staff). Davis Waddell joins Justin to discuss launching this new marketplace.

Dec 17, 2018

Joe Meyer is the Founder & CEO of ExecThread – a premium, peer-to-peer job sharing network and the leading aggregator of unpublished executive-level job opportunities in the world. Joe joins Justin to discuss launching the business, and how his company is providing a level playing field for underrepresented professionals.

Dec 10, 2018

Janine Iannarelli is the Founder & President of Par Avion Ltd and is the top female representative selling and purchasing business aircraft internationally. Janine joins Justin to discuss launching and growing her business, the growth of business aviation, the importance of STEM/STEAM education and workforce development, and much more.

Dec 6, 2018

Wai-Loong Lim is founder and principal of Y Studios, a San Francisco-based design and research consultancy he launched with his wife/top design researcher in 2003. Wai is a hybrid creative: equally obsessed making 2-D and 3-D, spanning graphic, interface and industrial product design. He’s innovated the most successful consumer tech today includingTiVo, Sonos, and Philips, along with lifestyle and cultural groundbreakers—from footwear to coffee. Wai joins Justin to discuss product innovation and bringing ideas to life.

Dec 3, 2018

The Abele Group is a finance and technology company leading the financial industry into the digital age. It is made up of two subsidiary business units that work together leveraging blockchain and AI to increase security, efficiency, transparency and adoption of cryptocurrencies and digital assets. Phil Woods, Abele Group’s CEO, joins Justin to discuss launching this next-gen digital finance business.

Nov 26, 2018

Twenty-one years ago, founder and actor Lynne Lambert created the iconic NYC Subway Line under license from New York's MTA. Those cool products were her first foray into maps as art and include T-shirts and accessories featuring the NYC subway system. For years, customers had asked to create map-themed bags and other products for their locations. The concept is now reality with the new MAP'T GEAR division. Lynne joins Justin to discuss launching and growing the business.

Nov 19, 2018

Maxwell Cohen is the founder and CEO of Peel Away Labs, the innovative start-up company that developed Peelaways, the bedding industry’s first multilayered, disposable, waterproof fitted sheet designed for the home, industrial and healthcare markets. Maxwell joins Justin to discuss how he started the company and how he is growing it globally.

Nov 15, 2018

Husband and wife duo Kathy Larchian and Marco Perry are the founders of Brooklyn-based design and invention firm PENSA—a visionary product design firm known for creating the most groundbreaking tech innovations today. Marco joins Justin to discuss product development and how PENSA brings ideas to life.

Nov 12, 2018

Americans use 500 Million straws every single day. And Miles Pepper and Emma Cohen decided to do something about it. They founded FinalStraw – a company centered on creating the world’s first reusable, collapsible straw. In business now for over a year, they raised nearly $2m in Kickstarter funding and have been on Shark Tank. Miles joins Justin to discuss this new high-growth business.

Nov 8, 2018

Career paths are not linear. Starting in healthcare, moving into Consumer Goods, and now in the Venture Capital products space, Doug Rammel has navigated the twists and turns and is helping to fuel growth with companies like Suavecito Tequila, Didgebridge, and more. Doug joins Justin to discuss the industry at the Consumer Goods Technology League of Leaders event.

Nov 5, 2018

Dan Barry believes brands should be more like the people we love and respect. Brands should have the ability to laugh at themselves and own their personality, but display strong character and live with purpose. Marc Skid was created to fulfill that mission. Dan joins Justin to discuss launching Marc Skid.

Oct 29, 2018

Picture a bike equipped with a freezer and/or sink, perfectly suited for catering or product sampling, and a cool alternative to a food truck or push cart. That’s what Ferla Bikes is bringing to the market. Their mission is to bring the entrepreneurial spirit to people looking to start their own small business, or expand their larger sized one. Feras Bashnak and Kaity O’Keefe join Justin to discuss growing the business.

Oct 22, 2018

A serial entrepreneur and part of Techstars 2018, Ori Zohar is the co-founder of Burlap & Barrel, the first comprehensive single origin spice company in the United States. Ori joins Justin to discuss launching Burlap and Barrel and the lessons learned in growing the business.

Oct 15, 2018

Well-Kept Beauty, a mobile platform empowering consumers to track and monitor cosmetic ingredients and performance was launched in the last year by Sheena Franklin. Sheena joins Justin to discuss making the move from lobbying, government relations, and political science to entrepreneurship.

Oct 8, 2018

As the author of The Membership Economy: Find Your Superusers, Master the Forever Transaction & Build Recurring Revenue, a book that has been named a top 5 Marketing Book of the Year by Inc.com, Robbie coined the popular business term ͞Membership Economy͟. Robbie joins Justin to discuss the Membership Economy and its impact on Consumer Goods and Retail companies.

Oct 1, 2018

If you like craft beer and pretzels, you will love hearing about the snack foods from Boardwalk Food Company! Andy Yochum joins Justin to discuss launching the business. Come hungry!

Sep 24, 2018

Imagine the possibilities…Uber for the skies! That’s the big idea behind GoSkyRyde. JB Adkins looks to build his brand as a flying taxi service with commercial small planes and pilots first, then add helicopters, then the same flying drones as Uber once they are Federally approved. JB joins Justin to discuss this high-flying start-up!

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