On this episode we sit down with Ryan Frederick: Principal at AWH, Director at Startup Grind (Columbus), Advisor at Rev1 Ventures, Advocate at i.c.stars, Principal at Stepside Co. LLC, and an all-around household name in the Columbus startup community! We cover everything from Ryan’s background (up to where he is today), his current role and duties at AWH, his influence in the startup community within Columbus, what he’s learned during his time as a Director of Startup Grind (Columbus), and at the end he even finds a way to switch roles and interview us for about 20 minutes… Lol, the whole episode is a blast and packed with knowledge bombs. Enjoy.
00:00:00 – Patreon Plug, AWH Plug, Max Effort Muscle Plug, Conquering Columbus Intro Music
00:02:45 – Background on Ryan, and Mike mispronounces BLK Hack as “Black-Hat” for the first time in the episode
00:03:30 – “… I haven’t really had a career, I’ve been a strategic opportunist…”
00:10:07 – Ryan’s present day activities (AWH, Startup Grind, and more and more and more – The guy stays busy!)
00:12:00 – Startup Grind Columbus!
00:22:00 – Talkin’ bootstrapping
00:25:00 – Wanting the product to be able to do everything
00:30:05 – “Thinking bigger, and trying to solve high impact and high value problems”
00:31:30 – Is being an entrepreneur for everyone?
00:37:00 – What is Startup Grind?
00:41:00 – “I think it becomes more about purpose and fulfillment, that you know you’re getting better because of it”
00:42:15 – Josh says “Escape Goat” and has no idea what is wrong about it…
00:43:30 – Who have been some of the most influential people you’ve spoken with during your tenure with Startup Grind?
00:43:45 – “Average really isn’t that interesting”
00:48:00 – This is where the episode goes off of the tracks, but simultaneously starts dropping some serious life knowledge bombs
00:50:30 – Ryan’s first lesson of putting his ego in-check, and asking himself “What’s the best decision for the group, and not just myself?”
00:55:30 – When you choose a path, you’re also choosing to give some things up
01:00:00 – Talking founders, venture capital, and how hard it is to be a successful startup
01:03:45 – Mike very un-cordially tries to get Ryan to stop talking, then Mispronounces BLK Hack. again.
01:04:00 – BLK Hack
01:07:00 – i.c.stars
01:11:00 – Mike tries to defend himself from his earlier attempt to cut Ryan off from talking, then things get weird and spiral downhill
01:12:30 – Ryan starts interviewing us…?
01:14:00 – “Wrestling groupies”… Lol
01:15:30 – Mike tries to salvage the interview with some final questions – “Ryan, what’s your feelings on the City of Columbus, as a whole?”
01:18:00 – What “Live Uncomfortably” means to Ryan
01:20:00 – Closing remarks
01:20:45 – AWH Plug & Conquering Columbus Intro Music