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Co-founders podcast.

December 28, 2019

Co-founding a company with someone you love is no small feat. Every “Co-founder Friday,” we join Alex and Lisa as they, and their guests, get real about what it’s like being partners in both business and life. If you’ve decided to run a company with your spouse, your partner, your family member, or your friend, this show is for you. Think of it as your weekly therapy session and no-nonsense coaching call, all in one. When you Subscribe to Co-founders, you’re joining a community of listeners around the world who are committed to building something as meaningful to the world as they are to each other.



Episodes with Smash Notes

How is social media affecting you? How is it affecting your kids? 

 

Press play to find out!

 

How to keep kids safe on social media— without depriving them of it entirely Are younger kids raised on less strict rules than older kids within the family? What about adults on social media— is it good for us? How to not let social media affect your happiness— or self esteem

 

Optimizer Tip: A Massive opportunity to connect with your kid(s) is to optimize your dialogue. Go through social media with your children, have an honest conversation with them and it opens up a huge opportunity to truly understand each other’s point of view.

 

You can find the video version of every Co-founders episode here on YouTube!

 

Connect with the Mont-Roses online:

Facebook @moncord, Twitter @moncordRE, Instagram @moncordRE, or on their website at http://moncord.com/about

 

Join the Co-founders Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/cofounderscast/

 

And remember! You can help others find the show:

Subscribe and Review on iTunes

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Subscribe and Comment on Castbox

Subscribe on Google Play

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Comment and Subscribe on YouTube

...Or, wherever you listen!

 

Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

Find the full show notes for every episode at www.CofoundersCast.com.

“What you do may work, but you will end up as an antiquated company if you don’t evolve with the times.” 

 

Alex and Lisa discuss the risks of starting a business or introducing a product to the market, and give key insights on how to grow your business and *stay* on top:

 

Vital tip *especially for business owners*: change doesn’t have to be forever  Instead of saying “No” to someone, say, “How can we do this? How can we make this possible?” What did Apple do to capture their market, and WHY it worked Find out what else Alex and Lisa have Co-founded, besides their business!

 

Optimizer Tip: 

If you’re thinking about launching a new product or service, take the time to really understand what your customer wants, and then launch the service. And if you do “fail,” learn to “fail forward.”

 

Episode References:

MVP’s (minimum viable product) 

The Evolution of Apple's iPhone

Alex and Lisa discuss some of the biggest problems blended families face today; and how to overcome them.

Is "The Brady Bunch Family" actually achievable?

 

Lisa tells us why it should be called a “Crockpot Family” instead of a “Blended Family” Alex learns patience on another level, and gives tips on step parenting advice for blended (“a.k.a. crockpot!”) families Learn how to build a lasting, effective system for managing a dynamic family

 

Episode References:

The Brady Bunch 

"But I'm Not A Wicked Stepmother"

 

Optimizer Tip: Having an effective meeting to validate your family’s schedule will help tremendously with expectations and future planning.

 

You can find the video version of every Co-founders episode here on YouTube!

 

Connect with the Mont-Roses online:

Facebook @moncord, Twitter @moncordRE, Instagram @moncordRE, or on their website at http://moncord.com/about

 

Join the Co-founders Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/cofounderscast/

 

And remember! You can help others find the show:

Subscribe and Review on iTunes

Listen and Review on Stitcher

Subscribe and Comment on Castbox

Subscribe on Google Play

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Comment and Subscribe on YouTube

...Or, wherever you listen!

 

Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

Find the full show notes for every episode at www.CofoundersCast.com.

 

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Tracy and Kevin worked together for 9 years as restaurateurs before “breaking up the band” in 2019. So what tipped them over the edge?

 

Find out:

 

What drove Tracy to call it quits on their multiple restaurants Why did Kevin close their final restaurant to transition into real estate? How did Kevin and Tracy end up getting back into a *different* business together? And, how many times can Kevin get teased in this episode?

 

Optimizer Tip: If you’re looking to open a restaurant or other business, it’s important to recognize that there’s so much you don’t know going in. And if you want to scale, there are certain sacrifices you might have to make.

 

Connect with Tracy and Kevin on Instagram @ericksonanderickson + @kme1017, Facebook @Erickson&Erickson, or their website at www.ericksonanderickson.com

 

You can find the video version of every Co-founders episode here on YouTube!

 

Connect with the Mont-Roses online:

Facebook @moncord, Twitter @moncordRE, Instagram @moncordRE, or on their website at http://moncord.com/about

 

Join the Co-founders Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/cofounderscast/

 

And remember! You can help others find the show:

Subscribe and Review on iTunes

Listen and Review on Stitcher

Subscribe and Comment on Castbox

Subscribe on Google Play

Follow on Spotify

Comment and Subscribe on YouTube

...Or, wherever you listen!

 

Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

Find the full show notes for every episode at www.CofoundersCast.com.

 

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If you’re starting a new business venture in 2020, how do you find customers? And when it’s time, how do you hire team members or contractors for your startup?

Before you even approach customers, get really clear on 1) what you offer and 2) who your audience is Refine your customer avatar, and use it to write your customer journey How (and why) to implement a 90-day trial period with new hires And… why Lisa is Rapunzel, and Alex is Gru

Optimizer Tip: No need to reinvent the wheel! Google “buyer persona” and “customer journey map” to walk through designing these step-by-step.

Episode References: Gary Keller podcast

You can find the video version of every Co-founders episode here on YouTube!

 

Connect with the Mont-Roses online:

Facebook @moncord, Twitter @moncordRE, Instagram @moncordRE, or on their website at http://moncord.com/about

 

Join the Co-founders Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/cofounderscast/

 

And remember! You can help others find the show:

Subscribe and Review on iTunes

Listen and Review on Stitcher

Subscribe and Comment on Castbox

Subscribe on Google Play

Follow on Spotify

Comment and Subscribe on YouTube

...Or, wherever you listen!

 

Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

Find the full show notes for every episode at www.CofoundersCast.com.

 

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With a whole new decade on the horizon, many of us are setting goals for this year and beyond. But is this really the best way to get the results we desire? 

 

Today Alex and Lisa share insights about:

The difference between a goal and a system  How to turn a goal into a milestone with measurable systems And, what happens when you take your progress for granted

 

Optimizer Tip: On paper, define the systems you can implement to achieve your milestone goals.

 

Episode References: 

Atomic Habits book by James Clear

Scott Adams’ podcast, Coffee with Scott Adams 

 

You can find the video version of every Co-founders episode here on YouTube!

 

Connect with the Mont-Roses online:

Facebook @moncord, Twitter @moncordRE, Instagram @moncordRE, or on their website at http://moncord.com/about

 

Join the Co-founders Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/cofounderscast/

 

And remember! You can help others find the show:

Subscribe and Review on iTunes

Listen and Review on Stitcher

Subscribe and Comment on Castbox

Subscribe on Google Play

Follow on Spotify

Comment and Subscribe on YouTube

...Or, wherever you listen!

 

Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

Find the full show notes for every episode at www.CofoundersCast.com.

 

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So if bad employees don’t make good entrepreneurs (see Ep21 of Co-founders)… who do?

 

When Lisa met Alex, she was thrust into a whole new way of approaching things—a way that occasionally involves Alex taking apart toasters and scattering the pieces all over the counter while he talks excitedly about a business idea. 

 

Today, Lisa turns the table on Alex to ask him about what shaped him to be the natural entrepreneur he is.

 

Why you can’t be an entrepreneur without being a salesperson The abundance mindset that Alex and Lisa take when it comes to making money Why growing up as a latchkey kid gave Alex the inner resourcefulness to make a great life for himself now If you came from adversity, don’t hold back from sharing your story to inspire others

 

Optimizer Tip: Don’t shy away from adversity, because that’s ultimately what will shape your success. And, don’t give into believing that your past will determine your future.

“I just want to work for myself!” People say it all the time—but they don’t necessarily realize that just because they don’t like being an employee DOESN’T mean they should be an entrepreneur….

 

In this episode, Alex and Lisa offer real life perspective on the Entrepreneur.com article, “If You Suck as an Employee, You Will Probably Suck as an Entrepreneur.”

 

Even if you run your own business, you’re always accountable to someone — clients, partners, employees, etc. The difference between challenging the status quo constructively, and being challenging for the sake of it Entrepreneurship has been romanticized, and that can be a big problem for people considering it  The qualities that make a good employee AND a good entrepreneur

 

Optimizer Tip: Check out these two books to optimize your business & life: Atomic Habits and Extreme Ownership

 

Episode References:

Video/Article from Carlos Gil on Entrepreneur.com: “If You Suck as an Employee, You Will Probably Suck as an Entrepreneur”

Book: Atomic Habits by James Clear

Book: Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Book: Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

 

You can find the video version of every Co-founders episode here on YouTube!

 

Connect with the Mont-Roses online:

Facebook @moncord, Twitter @moncordRE, Instagram @moncordRE, or on their website at http://moncord.com/about

 

And remember! You can help others find the show:

Subscribe and Review on iTunes

Listen and Review on Stitcher

Subscribe and Comment on Castbox

Subscribe on Google Play

Follow on Spotify

Comment and Subscribe on YouTube

...Or, wherever you listen!

 

Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

Find the full show notes for every episode at www.CofoundersCast.com.

 

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If you’re into shows like Black Mirror, this is your episode! Today, Alex and Lisa delve into why there are so many modern TV shows about technological advancements bringing about the downfall of society. And—is that really what the future holds?

 

This industry-spanning conversation includes:

At what point does a job become obsolete because of AI? Which roles and industries will always require a human touch? Will convenience take precedence over human connection?

 

Episode References: 

Moore’s Law

Wired article: “AI and the Future of Work”

MIT article: “Machine learning will redesign, not replace, work”

Shows: 4th Citizen, The Feed, The Island, The Great Hack, + Black Mirror

 

You can find the video version of every Co-founders episode here on YouTube!

 

Connect with the Mont-Roses online:

Facebook @moncord, Twitter @moncordRE, Instagram @moncordRE, or on their website at http://moncord.com/about

 

And remember! You can help others find the show:

Subscribe and Review on iTunes

Listen and Review on Stitcher

Subscribe and Comment on Castbox

Subscribe on Google Play

Follow on Spotify

Comment and Subscribe on YouTube

...Or, wherever you listen!

 

Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

Find the full show notes for every episode at www.CofoundersCast.com.

 

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Is it okay for a romantic relationship to start at work? And as a business owner, what rights and responsibilities do you have (or not have) to interfere in that relationship developing?

 

This juicy conversation includes:

The dangers of intimate relationships that start at work, especially if there’s a power imbalance involved The priority should, first and foremost, be on protecting employees against sexual harassment and abuse The potential positives of a couple forming within your business

 

Optimizer Tip: Seek HR guidance early on; you can use an outsourced firm, even as a small business.

 

Episode References: 

Roger Ailes (former Fox News CEO) #metoo

And, in recent news, the McDonald’s CEO was recently fired for having a relationship with an employee!

 

**Let us know what you think of this episode, and what rules business owners should or shouldn’t put in place!**

 

You can find the video version of every Co-founders episode here on YouTube!

 

Connect with the Mont-Roses online:

Facebook @moncord, Twitter @moncordRE, Instagram @moncordRE, or on their website at http://moncord.com/about

 

And remember! You can help others find the show:

Subscribe and Review on iTunes

Listen and Review on Stitcher

Subscribe and Comment on Castbox

Subscribe on Google Play

Follow on Spotify

Comment and Subscribe on YouTube

...Or, wherever you listen!

 

Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

Find the full show notes for every episode at www.CofoundersCast.com.

 

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Before Grace and Tarl came together as business partners, they were a couple who desperately wanted to spend more time together. Today, they’ve certainly gotten their wish! Together, the Yarbers run “Fixated On Real Estate,” a real estate community created for investors, by investors. 

Get ready for a top-notch episode; Grace and Tarl Yarber have insights galore about how to navigate the blurred lines between love and business.

 

This charming episode includes:

What it took for Grace and Tarl to join forces in business, including Grace quitting her job The mind-blowing perspective shift that changed the structure of their working lives Everyone on their team is allowed to openly disagree, even with Grace and Tarl How they let each other know if they’re in business partner mode, or husband-and-wife mode

 

Optimizer Tip: Use “time blocks” to condense your time spent working, and help with procrastination tendencies! Try out the Pomodoro technique (also referenced in Ep16 of Co-founders).

 

Connect with Tarl and Grace Yarber on Instagram @tarlyarber + @yarbergrace, and with Fixated On Real Estate on Instagram @fixatedre, Facebook @FixatedRE, or their websites at www.fixatedonrealestate.com and www.pnwrealestateexpo.com

If you want to learn more about real estate investing, watch Tarl’s videos on the Bigger Pockets Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BiggerPockets/videos

 

You can find the video version of every Co-founders episode here on YouTube!

 

Connect with the Mont-Roses online:

Facebook @moncord, Twitter @moncordRE, Instagram @moncordRE, or on their website at http://moncord.com/about

 

And remember! You can help others find the show:

Subscribe and Review on iTunes

Listen and Review on Stitcher

Subscribe and Comment on Castbox

Subscribe on Google Play

Follow on Spotify

Comment and Subscribe on YouTube

...Or, wherever you listen!

 

Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

Find the full show notes for every episode at www.CofoundersCast.com.

 

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It’s almost Thanksgiving in the U.S., and we’re entering the beloved—and sometimes dreaded—holiday season. As a business owner, how do you carve out time for holidays and vacations? And for some of us, how do we convince ourselves we should?

 

Explore:

How to set up your systems in advance, as the business owner, to really take time 100% OFF for your holiday or vacation The different types of freedom you have as an employee vs. an owner The problem with wearing our “grind, hustle, 50-hour workDAY” as a badge of honor—especially if it’s done all year round The addiction to checking email on vacation; Alex challenges Lisa to not check her email at all on their upcoming company getaway

 

Optimizer Tip: Structure your pre-vacation prep so that you can relax, knowing your work is covered, with a truly free mindspace when you’re away.

 

You can find the video version of every episode here on YouTube!

 

Connect with the Mont-Roses online:

Facebook @moncord, Twitter @moncordRE, Instagram @moncordRE, or on their website at http://moncord.com/about

 

And remember! You can help others find the show:

Subscribe and Review on iTunes

Listen and Review on Stitcher

Subscribe and Comment on Castbox

Subscribe on Google Play

Follow on Spotify

Comment and Subscribe on YouTube

...Or, wherever you listen!

 

Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

Find the full show notes for every episode at www.CofoundersCast.com.

 

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Episode Resources:

Check out the Business.Com article, “Can Small Business Owners Take Vacation?