Ilya Bodner is a first generation immigrant & a serial entrepreneur with a life vision to simply “build something bigger than himself”. With a goal like that, you can imagine he’s been a part of some really special companies over his life thus far. He graduated from tOSU, started as an insurance agent, and has since started several successful insurance based companies, his latest being BOLD PENGUIN. Ilya believes that BOLD PENGUIN is his billion-dollar-idea, and in this episode he takes us through what the company does, who’s a part of it, and where it’s headed!
(00:00:00) Ilya Bodner
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(00:00:45) The SunDown Group
(00:01:10) Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
(00:02:00) Conquering Columbus Intro
(00:02:55) Intro to Ilya Bodner
(00:03:45) Background on Ilya Bodner & path to the U.S. from the former U.S.S.R.
(00:09:55) The Ohio State University
(00:11:40) The Wiener Mobile, Ilya’s first business
(00:12:45) Ilya’s path to insurance
(00:15:30) The bottom line, I was sick and tired of being poor
(00:17:50) What Ilya learned from being an insurance agent
(00:21:15) Ilya’s second company centered around the insurance industry
(00:22:50) BOLD PENGUIN
(00:27:20) The entire customer experience with BOLD PENGUIN
(00:31:30) BOLD PENGUIN vs Ilya’s other entrepreneurial ventures – Is this his billion dollar idea?
(00:32:55) Scaling BOLD PENGUIN
(00:36:40) The future of BOLD PENGUIN – Everything we build is in the lens of a 100-year old company
(00:38:30) It all comes down to people!
(00:41:00) Live Uncomfortably
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(00:42:50) The SunDown Group
(00:43:12) Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
(00:43:42) Conquering Columbus Outro