Story In A Bottle Podcast

Dorothy Chang's journey from Long Island to becoming a pivotal figure in the New York tech ecosystem is a story of adaptability, perseverance, and innovation. Growing up with high expectations in a musical family, she found her way into PR and tech, eventually transitioning into venture capital. Dorothy's career highlights include working at renowned firms like Edelman and Brew, co-founding Liberty City Ventures, and playing a crucial role in Foursquare's pivot to a data intelligence company. Currently, she focuses on supporting early-stage founders through Lynx Collective and Next Wave Ventures, leveraging her extensive network and expertise to bridge gaps in the startup ecosystem.

Key Takeaways

  • Adaptability in Career Shifts: Dorothy's career path showcases the importance of being open to new opportunities and industries, from PR to tech to venture capital.
  • Supporting Underrepresented Founders: Through Lynx Collective, Dorothy emphasizes the need to create pathways for diverse founders who might not have direct access to startup ecosystems.
  • The Power of Networking Building strong relationships across different sectors has been crucial to Dorothy's success, from PR to venture capital.
  • Importance of Mental Health for Founders: Dorothy highlights the often-overlooked aspect of mental health in the startup world and the value of peer support.
  • Embracing Technological Change: From the early days of social media to the current AI boom, staying ahead of technological trends has been a consistent theme in Dorothy's career.


Notable Quotes

    • "You don't build company culture by buying a ping pong table. That's not culture."
    • "I tried to give my team so much autonomy that it was too much stress for them."
    • "Founders need to find the people that are going to disagree with them. It's really important."
    • "You have to hustle harder in the startup world and try to make a little something out of nothing."
    • "We're looking for ways to connect founders and investors, making it easier for early-stage founders to get the access they need."
Direct download: DH.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:16pm EDT

  • Episode Overview

Stacy Spikes, the entrepreneurial force behind MoviePass and the Urbanworld Film Festival, shares his incredible journey from the music industry to creating one of the most controversial subscription services in entertainment. Growing up in Houston, Stacy's ambition led him to LA, where he started as a gopher at American Video, quickly rising through the ranks at Motown and Sony. Transitioning to film, he worked with the Weinsteins at Miramax and then moved to October Films. Stacy's story is one of relentless perseverance and groundbreaking innovation. During our conversations over several Diet Cokes, Stacy delves into insights from his book, *Black Founder*, and reflects on the lessons he's learned throughout his multifaceted career.

Key Takeaways:

  • Career Evolution: Stacy's journey from music to film highlights the importance of adaptability and seizing opportunities.
  • Innovation in Entertainment: Founding MoviePass, Stacy demonstrated how disruptive ideas can reshape industries despite challenges.
  • Community Impact: The creation of the Urbanworld Film Festival underscores Stacy's commitment to supporting and showcasing diverse voices in film.
  • Lessons in Leadership: Stacy’s experiences at major companies like Motown, Sony, and Miramax offer valuable insights into effective leadership and navigating corporate dynamics.
  • Resilience and Perseverance: Stacy’s ability to pivot and persevere through industry changes and personal challenges is a testament to his resilience.

Memorable Quotes

  • "If you're going to be an app, you need to own an activity. Once I heard that, it changed everything."
  • "We increased moviegoing by 111% month over month. It's all about creating a habit."
  • "There’s a language to funding. They speak their own language. You need to know how to get in that person's mind quick."
  • "Our job is to help streamline that friction and extend the life of smaller films."
  • "You don't want to build with a million customers; you want to get your kinks worked out with a community that’s very forgiving."
Direct download: Stacy_FINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:24pm EDT

Episode Overview

Heather Wagner Reed is a force to be reckoned with in the world of PR. We caught up with her at 77 Degrees in North Austin over some tropical tiki drinks to hear about her journey from working as Beyoncé’s right hand to founding her own boutique agency, Juice Consulting. Heather dives deep into the essence of community engagement, the power of storytelling, and the strategic alliances that have fueled her 17 years of success.

With anecdotes from her career and insights into the PR industry, Heather shares the challenges and rewards of managing a boutique agency. She emphasizes the importance of understanding each client's unique story and translating it into a compelling narrative. This conversation is packed with energy and valuable lessons for anyone interested in the art of PR and marketing. 

Key Takeaways

  • Community engagement and strategic alliances are crucial in PR.
  • Storytelling is at the core of building a strong brand identity.
  • Heather’s career evolved from working closely with Beyoncé to running Juice Consulting.
  • Navigating the challenges and rewards of managing a boutique agency.

Notable Quotes

  • "It's all about understanding the unique story behind each client and translating that into a compelling narrative."
  • "Community engagement isn't just a strategy; it's the heart of successful PR and marketing."
  • "From Beyoncé's right hand to my own agency, it's been an incredible ride filled with learning and growth."
  • "Connecting people and creating those 'million dollar meetings' is what truly excites me."
Direct download: Heather_Wagener_Reed_FINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:26am EDT

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