James McKinney

James McKinney

Creator & Host, The Startup Story

James McKinney is the Founder & Host of The Startup Story, a multi-channel brand platform that brings the lessons of highly successful founders directly to the everyday founder. Whether it is through The Startup Story podcast or via the Startup Story LIVE event series, entrepreneurs everywhere can receive tactical and practical guidance from founders who are a few steps ahead.

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This SaaS Founder Sold His Business to Oracle for $9.3 Billion

In November 2016, NetSuite was acquired for $9.3 billion. Founder Evan Goldberg explains how it happened.

He Came Up With a $2 Billion Business Idea While Making $7 Per Hour

When Vlad Magdalin accidentally stumbled upon the fact that his design agency was charging six figures for his $7-per-hour work, he knew something needed to change.

How Do You Start a Business When You Have a Great Idea But No Experience in the Industry?

Melanie Travis was inspired by a 'horrendous' experience to start her swimwear and intimates company for the modern woman.

The Chief Designer of Beats by Dre Breaks Down What Great User Experience Means to Him

User experience isn't just a buzzword for tech companies, but an essential aspect of every business.

This Founder Doesn't Want His Employees Working More Than 40 Hours Per Week

Duncan Hamra started building things with his co-founder in kindergarten, but he wants his employees to have a good work-life balance.

This Founder Actually Turned Down a 6-Figure Investment Offer From Mark Cuban on 'Shark Tank'

Here's how Lindsay McCormick founded her company, Bite, in her living room and how she grew the business to what it is today.

This Entrepreneur Wants to Help You Grow Sustainable Food in Your Apartment or Even Your Office

It's possible to grow foods like bok choi or celery indoors with just a planter and a few pods.

4 Things You Should Consider Before Launching a Consumer Packaged Goods Brand

Elizabeth Stein created her top-ranked product by accident, but she knows a few things about running a CPG company.

This Founder and Inventor Overcame Early Setbacks to Create a Successful Company (and a Temperature-Controlled Coffee Mug)

Cold scrambled eggs actually became the catalyst for Ember's first product, a temperature-controlled coffee mug.

Can Media Platforms Excel by Promoting Empathy Rather Than Fear or Division?

This founder hopes his media company can create a movement of empathy and connection.

Is No-Code the Future of Technology?

'No-code' is a popular buzzword in the tech industry right now, but what does it mean and how can you use it?

Why Are Americans Illiterate When It Comes to Mental Health, and How Can We Change That?

Ariela Safira founded her digital therapy company after a friend experienced a traumatic event.

This Founder Pitched Almost 100 Investors, and They All Told Her 'No.' Now, Christina Stembel's Business Is Approaching $100 Million in Revenue.

James McKinney interviews Christina Stembel, the founder of Farmgirl Flowers, about her experience and why she dislikes the term 'female founder.'

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