Run With It - Business Ideas from Successful Entrepreneurs

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Imagine you make incredible salsa. You think to yourself, “I should sell this?” What do you do? Sam Davidson and Matt Verlinich walk through a business idea to help artisan entrepreneurs scale.

Show Notes


  • Create a grassroots community before anything else.
  • “Identify the minimum to get started and go from there.”
  • How you start is not how you’re going to end up; allow space to grow.
  • The best way to retain customers is by continually giving them value.
  • Shape a community based on its own needs: keep track of your data, know who your customers are, make sure you know what they need, and charge accordingly.

Action Steps:

  1. Perform a comprehensive market study to establish existing competition in your city and what’s missing from them in order to determine which specific services you would offer. 
  2. Evaluate how many potential members there may be in your area and establish a minimum vital number of members.
  3. Find the “Matt” in your city (someone who runs a maker space in your area) and meet with them to glean information about your potential market.
  4. Build up a community (create a Facebook group, attend Meetup events, go to local farmers markets or festivals, in order to drum up interest. Potentially pre-sell memberships. Find those existing businesses who have the need that you can meet).
  5. Consider running a Mastermind with a small core group in order to start building a grassroots community
Follow through on these action steps and email us your results at You'll get exclusive access to a private Facebook group of action takers and one listener will earn a free mentorship call with our guest, and potentially, a business partnership.


Sam Davidson
Starter Story Interview of Sam Davidson
Sam Davidson LinkedIn
Matt Verlinich LinkedIn
On The Rocks
Innovation Works

Sam Davidson has a passion for taking ideas and turning them into reality. His journey into entrepreneurship began over 13 years ago. In 2006, he cofounded Cool People Care, which connected people online in a world before Twitter and Instagram who wanted to make a difference with non-profit organizations who badly needed members, volunteers, donors, and supporters. More recently, in 2013, Davidson cofounded Batch, a gift and retail company whose unique offering allows customers and companies to experience a taste of iconic cities. Overseeing the company’s rapid and changing growth as CEO, Davidson has helped Batch cross the $1M annual revenue mark in less than two years. Batch is headquartered in Nashville with operations in Austin and offers gifts from iconic southern cities.  

Matt Verlinich has an MS in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Pennsylvania State University. He was the founding General Manager of TechShop Pittsburgh, and after helping dozens of individuals start their own businesses at TechShop, he decided it was time to try and build his own business. Matt then prototyped, developed, crowdfunded, mass produced and distributed On The Rocks to over 55 countries. On The Rocks is an ice mold system that allows consumers to make crystal clear ice cubes, spheres and diamonds at home. Now Matt is putting his diverse experience to work for Innovation Works as their Manufacturing Program Associate where he helps local entrepreneurs build scalable businesses by consulting and connecting them with appropriate manufacturing resources.

What is Run With It - Business Ideas from Successful Entrepreneurs?

Successful CEOs have plenty of new business ideas. Aspiring entrepreneurs are in need of them. Run With It bridges this gap, bringing you business ideas and action steps from established entrepreneurs. Follow through and you can earn a free mentoring session with our guest, and potentially, a new business partnership.