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#164 – How to make great decisions in times of uncertainty with radical open-mindedness

Show notes from Episode #164 of the Sweaty Startup Podcast. As we’ve navigated the past four weeks, it’s shocking how much things have changed and how many times Nick has changed his mind on something. The unpredictable news cycle means that your opinion today may be proven wrong tomorrow, as new facts are constantly coming […]

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April 29, 2020 3 mins read

#163 – It’s a beautiful time to be an entrepreneur

Show notes from Episode #163 of the Sweaty Startup Podcast. Something feels different now. People are losing their jobs and their businesses, and those that are still in place are suffering. Storage Squad is on pace for a horrible year already, full of mania and frenzy just to pull together the deals and revenue that […]

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April 27, 2020 2 mins read

#162 – The debt crisis and why the biggest risk to our economy is the inability to borrow money

Show notes from Episode #162 of the Sweaty Startup Podcast. We’re living in historic and uncertain times right now, with a lot to consider. How will the current pandemic shape how we shop, how we work, and affect our economy in the long-run? The top concern for Nick in the current economic climate is a […]

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#159 – Why lead generation is a HORRIBLE business model

Show notes from Episode #159 of the Sweaty Startup Podcast. We constantly talk on this show about the gap in supply and demand of services. Whether it be lawn care, plumbers, cleaning services, or other popular industries, there’s a constant issue in people that are willing to pay for a service needing to jump through […]

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April 14, 2020 3 mins read

#155 – Three things (aside form COVID) that could wreck our economy

Show notes from Episode #155 of the Sweaty Startup Podcast. Nick has spent the past two weeks talking to as many smart people as would take his call; business owners, entrepreneurs, private equity managers, real estate owners, logical thinkers and truth-seekers alike, he asked them what they’re afraid of and what they think the future […]

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#151 – We have some customers!

Show notes from Episode #151 of the Sweaty Startup Podcast. Nick called his banker and pulled out the necessary funds to make his $200k gamble on boxes. Now, Storage Squad officially has Emory University on board as their first customer in this pandemic. They have boxes ordered to Atlanta and will be loading them into […]

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March 13, 2020 1 min read

#150 – A $200k Gamble

Show notes from Episode #150 of the Sweaty Startup Podcast. Nick didn’t sleep a wink last night. He’s hoping that within a couple hours he’ll have a few universities that say they want their services, but they’ll need boxes immediately. He’s worried that with how fast things are moving, Storage Squad is going to order […]

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#149 – Fighting to save the company

Show notes from Episode #149 of the Sweaty Startup Podcast. The whole team is fighting to save Storage Squad. Today was not a good day. Schools have issued mandatory student evacuations, and Storage Squad’s future is at risk. The team spent the whole day fighting to reach administrators at their market universities, as different schools […]

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CALL TO ACTION – #148 – My world is upside down

Show notes from Episode #148 of the Sweaty Startup Podcast. Harvard announced they would be closing dorms and evacuating students before their spring break due to the coronavirus outbreak. Then Tufts, and then Cornell, and Boston College, and dozens of other schools, including most of Storage Squad’s market. An hour after Harvard’s announcement, the Storage […]

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#147 – Businesses I Love #4 – Coronavirus Opportunities

Show notes from Episode #147 of the Sweaty Startup Podcast. Continuing with the Businesses I Love series, Nick talks about the opportunites created by the recent coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19 has officially been labeled a pandemic among the World Health Organization and we’ve seen sporting events, concerts, conferences, and classes get canceled across the world. No […]

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