The Undefeated Underdogs

👉🏼 About the Guest:

Brian Swartz (ex-Startup Chile, NeighborSchools) is a 2x venture-backed founder who sold his last company NeighborSchools. He is currently working on a stealth startup improving remote work and the way we show up as teams. They are on a mission to improve connectivity & real-time collaboration among remote teams. Brian is all about building startups, teams, and software products to solve big hairy real-world problems.

👉🏼 About the Host:

Sharath is a founder, creator, and community builder. He is also a serial maker who built and shipped 15+ projects using no-code tools. His SaaS product Shoutout generates $30k ARR which was sold to a UK-based product studio. Prev, Sharath worked for world-changing startups like Product Hunt and On Deck, where he helped build and nurture communities. He also grew his audience on Twitter from 200 to 20,000 using give-first principles and creating high-value content. Currently, he is the Head of Community at Threado and runs a newsletter called Sharath's CliffNotes alongside hosting this podcast.

👉🏼 Description:

Tune in as Sharath and Brian discuss pivoting from international development to the startup world, what it takes to be a good CEO, remote work, and more!

  • 0:00 | Episode highlight
  • 0:29 | Intro to Brian Swartz
  • 1:54 | Brian's journey creating and navigating NeighborSchools through covid
  • 12:02 | How Brian's experience in Uganda international development impacted his journey as a founder
  • 15:00 | Creating a product with empathy - even if it has nothing to do with your personal experience
  • 20:32 | Brian's failed startup ideas
  • 23:50 | Brian's newest startup: Remote work and connectivity
  • 29:50 | Swivel's platform for impactful work: What does productivity mean?
  • 39:50 | Why did Brian choose to work in stealth instead of building in public?
  • 41:15 | Brian's transition from international development to working in startups on remote work
  • 46:20 | Swivel's next steps: Beta testing, team building, and coming out of stealth!
  • 50:00 | Brian's important lessons for next-gen founders
👉🏼 Where to find Brian Swartz:
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What is The Undefeated Underdogs?

The Undefeated Underdogs is a podcast unpacking the underdog stories you never heard of!

It highlights the underdog mentality and brings authentic conversations with people who play the long game, take action with a chip on their shoulders, and convert obstacles into opportunities!

Buckle up, as I will be bringing some authentic founders, VCs, community builders, and content creators who got underestimated their whole life, and yet they beat the odds and became insanely successful!