Dave Whelan of Bespoke Business Strategy on the Cult/Tech Podcast

Joining us today is the Managing Director of Bespoke Business Strategy, Dave Whelan. Bespoke is a strategic consulting firm focused on strategy, operations, business development, and marketing in start-ups and growing organizations, with an emphasis on the intersection of technology, health and wellness. As a consultant, advisor, entrepreneur, and operating executive, Dave has devoted his career to building successful businesses.

Key Takeaways:

“I would say the commonalities take a certain amount of curiosity passion and persistence on the part of the entrepreneurs.” Dave at 1:52 “Every leader really needs to set the tone for the organization and help inspire their team members and help connect them to the bigger vision especially as companies get bigger.” Dave at 2:48 “So what are you doing to drive the business toward that moment when you’ve got paying repeat customers.” Dave at 4:50 “And the technology entrepreneurs and healthcare need to realize that disrupting healthcare is not like disrupting music. Health care is really hard and it’s going to take a lot of work and an evolution rather than a revolution sometimes.” …

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Startups Playing to Win

Ron Miller is a self-described “entrepreneur’s entrepreneur” who has visualized, founded, built, and sold five companies. Speaking in rapid-fire sentences, he gracefully guides the listener through the river of his ideas, and always with a passion for cause-based entrepreneurship. (Ron holds the trademark on the phrase “Doing well by doing good.”) He and Howard Marks founded StartEngine in 2014, originally as a startup accelerator. Since then, it has become one of the best-known sites online to raise money for startups using equity crowdfunding.

You Must Deliver a Message to Win

“My partner and I are both serial startup guys, and we raise capital in just about every form you could imagine—venture capital, private equity, angels, commercial banks, credit cards; I mean, we’ve done it all,” Miller said, “and when we saw this opportunity, we thought it was probably the greatest advancement for entrepreneurship in our generation. Because what makes America great is that we’re innovators, but the thing that holds innovators back is capital, and I think there needs to be a fair and reasonable way where people …

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