Reboot Podcast Episode #110 – The Mother of Invention – with Jules Pieri

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.

Episode 110 // August 16, 2019


Jules Pieri

Jules Pieri

author, Co-founder and CEO of The Grommet

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Episode Description

A maker: people or hobbyists who pursue the creation of a business around an individual product.

On this episode of the Reboot Podcast, we welcome Jules Pieri, (Co-founder and CEO of The Grommet) back to the show for the third time. In this dialogue with Jerry, Jules describes the maker space and shares a few stories about entrepreneurs from her new book How We Make Stuff Now: Turn Ideas into Products That Build Successful Businesses. Jerry and Jules note how loneliness often accompanies the maker experience and touch on the importance of peer support in the maker community. Jules expands on how tenacity is integral to a maker’s success and how learning to tackle fear creates more resilient leaders. As Pieri proclaims, “people who manage to pursue their ambitions learn to recognize the fear and walk into, rather than practice avoidance.”

Jules Pieri on Twitter | HOW WE MAKE STUFF NOW: Turn Ideas into Products That Build Successful Businesses | #18 – Taking your Seat – with Jules Pieri | #26 – Finding Your Business Soulmate – with the Grommet Co-Founders 

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“I think that part of the mistake that we make is that we have a relatively narrow definition of what does it mean to be an entrepreneur.” – Jerry Colonna

“The reality is the average age to start a company is 45.” – Jules Pieri

“If only people knew about these companies, these people and their products, they would be interested. They would probably be engaged, if only they could hear the second layer of the story behind the product as well.” – Jules Pieri

“It’s hard to fuel the ambition unless you can see it.” – Jules Pieri

“You won’t have a business unless you can tap people’s hearts and minds and pocketbooks.” – Jules Pieri

“We’re huge fans of encouraging entrepreneurs of all types to connect with their peers to really understand and share the journey.” – Jerry Colonna

“You can be great at selling, but if you don’t have the tenacity behind that- that gets you to be able to show up and do the sale, it is the most enduring, the most central characteristic that matters with these companies.” – Jules Pieri

“We’re not a digital business. We’re a human business.” – Jules Pieri

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