Podcast: DailyHunt: New Products, Startups & Founder Stories


Hear stories behind the hit products. We bring you interviews with founders and talk about startups, side-projects, and what they've learned along the way. Whether it's a new iOS app, Kickstarter campaign, eBook, or the latest SaaS offering; we'll interview the maker and tell their story. Startups - App Development - SaaS - Technology - Growth Marketing

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Joseph Croot

Joseph Croot joined a technology startup just over a year ago with no previous development work experience and only 5 months of self-taught skills. Now, Joe is thriving due to his talent, drive and determination to succeed in the industry he was meant to excel within - despite a background in hospitality and a degree in music.

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Gregg Parise

Known for forward-thinking financial strategies and outstanding business results, Gregg Parise has built a reputation as a leader within the entrepreneurial business community. Leveraging his world-class investment background, Gregg is keenly aware of trends and changes in markets that potentially affect the profitability of operations in large organizations. Gregg’s background contains a distinctive and strategic combination of visionary leadership and business acumen which has allowed him to be instrumental in building multimillion-dollar revenues, establishing successful financial operations, securing competitive positions and effectively leading teams through periods of growth, volatility and change. As a prolific problem solver and team builder, Gregg demonstrates a high level of prowess tackling a problem from detection to resolution. His success is directly attributable to his ability to unify organizations, initiate action, and deliver results. Core strengths include: Entrepreneurship Brand Development Startups Executive Management Strategy Business Development Venture Capital - Next generation Gregg is currently the CEO of Events.com, an event management platform that facilitates and enhances the experience of hosting and attending events.

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