Founder Shares

Hosted ByTrevor Schmidt

At Hutchison PLLC, we work with founders and entrepreneurs as they fight and grind and stress and push to bring their visions to reality. We are inspired by their incredible stories of success, of failure, of reworking and trying again.

We get to see this every day through our work, helping technology and life science companies start up, operate, get funded, and exit, but we want a chance to share some of these stories with you, our listener. So whether you already are an entrepreneur, have an idea that someday you want to start a business or are just fascinated by the stories of how a business goes from idea to success... or not such a success, this podcast is for you. 

Welcome to the Founder Shares Podcast from Hutchison PLLC, where we share stories of what it’s like to be just crazy enough to meet the challenges of entrepreneurship. Hosted by Hutchison attorney Trevor Schmidt.


All Episodes

No Fear: Lessons from Lebanon to Life Sciences with Dr. Moise Khayrallah

Moise Khayrallah grew up in Lebanon, and saw firsthand what real danger looks like as bombs exploded nearby during the Lebanese Civil War. Upon coming to America, Moise had...

The Rare Air of Elevation Oncology: Raising Nearly $200M in 2 Years, with CEO Shawn Leland

Elevation Oncology has raised nearly $200M since its launch just two years ago. $200 million! That sounds like an enormous amount of investment capital, but when the company is...

The Legal Side of Raising Money: Startup Funding Questions Answered, with Anna Tharrington

As a startup founder, raising money can feel like an enormous mountain to climb. Many go through dozens or hundreds of pitches before they find the investors that will...

Managing Apartment Turnover: From launch to $10M Series A, with Rent Ready’s Jonathan Kite

Entrepreneurs are always looking for the next big idea, something that doesn’t exist yet.  The next Facebook. The next Uber. The next Netflix.  But the reality is that the...

Startup CEO who coded his way out: Rainway’s Andrew Sampson

Rainway CEO Andrew Sampson doesn’t have a conventional path. He’s been underestimated throughout his life, has experienced overt racism, been told no more times than he can count, and...

A Feathr Touch: Navigating Customer, Employee and Investor Relations with Aleksander Levental

Aleksander Levental jokes that the first Board Meeting he ever led was the first Board Meeting he ever went to. Before co-founding Feathr, Aleks was a researcher in the...

Biggest legal mistakes in your startup, with Hutchison’s Justyn Kasierski

Today we have something a little different for you.  Justyn Kasierski, partner at Hutchison PLLC, shares some of the biggest legal mistakes that we see startups making – and...

Countdown to Launch: Product Design, Fundraising, Marketing and Team Building with Danielle Rushton and Ellery Linder of Wherewithal

As a startup, there’s always that moment in time right before the product launches or the website goes up, when you have worked, and stressed and tested, and re-worked...

The Fracture Startup Journey: Jumping off a Cliff to Learn to Fly with Abhi Lokesh

Abhi Lokesh started Fracture from his college dorm room at the University of Florida.  As a young entrepreneur, he made a lot of mistakes – in hiring, in marketing,...