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People of Growth

Vöxtur is all about growth, but growth doesn't look the same for every person. That's why we love to reach out to extraordinary people around the world and pick their brains. What makes them tick? How did they accomplish what they have so far, and what are their plans to continue to excel? We hope their answers can help you to get past a roadblock or answer some questions in your personal journey. Whatever your ambitions, why not see if you can learn a thing or two from our favorite People of Growth?

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Meet Jimmie Whisman

Jimmie Whisman is a comedian and the co-host of the podcasts Small Town Murder and Crime in Sports. In this episode, Nate and Jimmie talk about what it’s actually like being in comedy (it’s not all laughs) and how he got started with his podcasts. Here’s a quick summary! On how he got started podcasting: […]


Meet Chase Björnson

Chase Björnson is a visual arts and creative branding expert who worked in the music industry with artists like Bon Iver, Zeds Dead, and Mumford and Sons. In this interview, Nate and Chase talk about how Chase got into the music industry, what his plans are now that COVID has halted live concerts, and how […]


Meet Brock Booher

Brock Booher is a commercial pilot for Southwest Airlines and a published author. In this interview, he talks about flying into enemy territory for the USAF, what it’s like to fly through hail and thunderstorms, and the process of writing and getting published. Here’s a quick summary! On his journey from Kentucky to Southwest Airlines: […]


Meet Adam Ballinger

  Adam Ballinger is a retired professional basketball player and now professional artist and owner of Adam Ballinger Art. In this conversation, Nate and Adam discuss the transition from athletics to a more creative career as an illustrator. They also talk about the extra motivation having kids brings to the drive to relentlessly grind to […]


Meet Nick Klein

Nick Klein is the founder of Hostile Hare, a company driven to support people from all walks of life to become more self-reliant by learning to, as Nick says, “control what you eat, from seed to meat.” In this interview, Taylor and Nick discuss how anyone can make small steps to be more self-reliant and […]


Meet Wes Kao

Wes Kao is a master marketer and previously was the co-creator of the AltMBA. Wes works with CEOs and their teams to design, build, and launch the first version of a new product or line of business. She has worked with clients like Poo-Pourri, Morning Brew, and Professor Galloway at NYU Stern. Wes explained what […]


Meet Nick Zentner

Nick Zentner teaches geology at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, USA. Nick is an incredible storyteller and speaker who has shared his knowledge with others through a variety of mediums including: a PBS television segment, Nick on the Rocks, a local television program, Central Rocks – Roadside Geology, a series of videos on HUGEfloods.com, […]

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Meet Dario Pizzano ~ Part 2

Dario Pizzano is a professional baseball player, currently playing for the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Prior to joining the Goldeyes, he spent time in the New York Mets and Seattle Mariners organizations. In this interview, Dario shares the realities that minor league players face in the pursuit of their dreams, […]


Meet Joe Wallin

Joe is a Seattle-based startup and corporate attorney, and has worked primarily with early-stage growth companies since the late 1990s. He’s also the author of the brand new book Angel Investing: Start to Finish, published by Holloway. In this interview, we discussed how he found a career that makes him happy, how you can find […]

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Meet Kinsey Grant

  Kinsey Grant is the Business Editor and Podcast Host at Morning Brew, where she hosts Business Casual, an interview based podcast where they ask big questions with big players in the business space. Business Casual has accrued over four million listens in its first year and Kinsey has interviewed big names like Mark Cuban, […]

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Meet Ryan Delk

  Ryan Delk is the co-founder and CEO of Primer, a company helping people homeschool with superpowers. Prior to co-founding Primer, Ryan was the COO of Omni, and also spent time at Gumroad and Square. Ryan shared insights on things he wishes he would have heard in college, how he thinks about mentorship, and how […]


Meet Ingri Pauline

  Ingri Pauline is a women’s nutrition and weightlifting coach. She works specifically with women in order to help meet many of the unique, unmet fitness needs that women have. These issues include post-partum pelvic floor and core rehabilitation, syncing menstrual cycles to training cycles, and the transition from menstruation to menopause. Ingri was also […]


Meet Sid Jha

Sid Jha is the author of Sunday Snapshots, a weekly newsletter about the best books, academic papers, and news. He started the newsletter in May 2019 and recently crossed the 1,000 subscriber mark. Sid grew up in India and the Phillippines and recently graduated from Northwestern University. Here’s his story… On building an email newsletter: […]


Meet Byrne Hobart

  Byrne Hobart is the author of The Diff, a daily newsletter about inflections in finance and technology. He began writing online back in high school and has used his writing to drive his career. He even obtained a job at a top-hedge fund, without a college degree, thanks in part to his prodigious writing. […]


Meet Sheel Mohnot

Sheel Mohnot is quite possibly the world’s most interesting man. He’s a founding partner of Better Tomorrow Ventures and a general partner at 500 Fintech. He’s also the Zoom Bachelor, on the upcoming mini-season of The Zoom Bachelor, a fundraiser for racial justice. On top of all that, he also co-founded The Pitch, an incredibly […]


Meet Donegal Fergus

You can find the podcast version of this interview on: Donegal Fergus is the Minor League Hitting Coordinator for the Minnesota Twins. Prior to joining the Twins, he was a college baseball coach for about 20 years. Here are the highlights from our conversation: How did Donegal start coaching? Played at Linfield College and dealt […]

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Meet Robert Berry

You can find the podcast version of this interview on: Apple Podcasts Spotify Most other podcast platforms here. Robert Berry is a gallerist, collector, and curator. He’s also the founder of the Robert Berry Gallery, a virtual art gallery. Before founding his own gallery, Robert obtained a master’s degree in art history from Brooklyn College, […]

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Meet Sam Lachow

You can find the podcast version of this interview on: Apple Podcasts Spotify Most podcast platforms here. Sam Lachow is a producer, songwriter, rapper, videographer, director, and editor of video and music. Based in Seattle, WA, Sam began making music in middle school and has built a career for himself as a musician. In this […]


Meet Marco Marandiz

Marco is a co-founder and the Head of Marketing at Elliot. Before Elliot, he spent time as a product developer at Capital One, a product manager at HomeAway, and a direct-to-consumer consultant. His ultimate goal is to advance humanity and civilization, and he believes that Elliot is on its way to doing just that. Here’s […]

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Meet Tobias Carlisle

Tobias Carlisle is the founder and managing director of Acquirers Funds, LLC. He serves as portfolio manager of the firm’s deep value strategy. Tobias is the creator of The Acquirer’s Multiple®, and the author of the books: The Acquirer’s Multiple,  Concentrated Investing, Deep Value, and Quantitative Value. Tobias has extensive experience in investment management, business valuation, […]


Meet Ashley Brasier

Ashley Brasier is a Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, where she focuses on early-stage consumer companies. Prior to joining Lightspeed, she obtained an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Previous to business school, she was a Category Manager at Thumbtack, and worked at Bain & Company as a Senior Associate Consultant. Learn how […]


Meet Max Ogles

Max Ogles is a product leader, entrepreneur, behavior designer, and writer focused on the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. He is the author of Boost: Create Good Habits Using Psychology and Technology and has been published on TechCrunch, Entrepreneur, The NextWeb, and more. Max obtained an MBA from the University of Oxford. In this […]


Meet Gelena Skya-Wasserman

Gelena is the Founder and CEO of Skya Ventures, Inc., a design centric Real Estate Development company building ground-up multi-family products in core infill areas of Los Angeles. Prior to founding Skya Ventures, she spent time working at major commercial real estate firms in Los Angeles. Gelena’s story is one of determination, hard work, and […]


Meet Ablorde Ashigbi

Ablorde Ashigbi is the founder and CEO of 4Degrees, a company helping you automatically track your relationships & deals with actionable intelligence to help you move them forward. Prior to founding 4Degrees he was a venture capitalist with Pritzker Group in Chicago. He began his career at Bain & Company as a consultant and is […]

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Meet Jake Chapman

Jake Chapman is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Alpha Bridge Ventures. A former attorney, he spent time at Cooley before founding a few start-ups. After one of his companies was acquired he began his transition into venture investing. Read how Jake got in touch with his “Why?” and began investing in the future that […]

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Meet Alexa Bailey

Alexa Bailey, LMSW is a clinical therapist specializing in trauma, mood disorders, and adolescent treatment. She obtained a Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Northern Arizona University. Alexa is caring, kind, and friendly. She is an advocate for self-care and healthy habits. Here is […]

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Meet Delian Asparouhov

Delian is a venture capitalist based in San Francisco. Prior to joining Founders Fund, he was a Thiel Fellow working on an enterprise healthcare startup. He also spent time as the VP of Growth at Teespring, before beginning his career as an investor at Khosla Ventures. Delian is also the host of Operators, a podcast […]


Meet Nikhil Krishnan

Nikhil is the Founder of Get Real, a company making it easier to make friends via structured online-offline relationships. He also writes Out Of Pocket, a newsletter exploring the intersection of healthcare and comedy. In this interview, Nikhil shares insights on effective networking, relationship building, and much more! Find him on Twitter @nikillinit. Here’s his […]


Meet Ezra Levine

Ezra is a father, husband, and the CEO of a startup that will allow you to buy shares of iconic sports memorabilia just like you buy shares of public companies. Ezra started his career in a sales role at Bloomberg before transitioning to a New York hedge fund. He’s also helped build The Spring League, […]


Meet Joe Magee

Meet Joe Magee, a husband, father, and entrepreneur. An avid surfer and snowboarder, Joe recently sold a company and is now considering what the next phase of his life will look like. He finds importance in breaking down obstacles and goals into manageable pieces and seeks to minimize risk as an entrepreneur. Here’s his story! […]

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Meet Ellen DaSilva

Ellen is a wife, mother, and the Director of Strategic Partnerships at hims & hers. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Ellen has spent time working at Barclays Capital and Twitter. Ellen was also a Partner at Rough Draft Ventures where she invested in student teams from the Boston area. She also co-authored the book […]


Meet Tony Xiao

Meet Tony Xiao, an entrepreneur bringing mindfulness to finance. Tony was born and raised in China before moving to Canada for high school. Prior to starting Alka, he attended Princeton University and was a member of the Summer 2012 batch of Y Combinator. Here is his story! Who are you and what are you working […]


Meet Ed Latimore

Ed Latimore is a bestselling author and former professional heavyweight boxer. He is a U.S. Army Veteran and at the age of 33 obtained a degree in physics. Ed wrote the book Sober Letters To My Drunken Self, and recently celebrated six years of sobriety. Ed shared how he used adversity to his advantage, what […]


Meet Jason A. Churchill

Jason A. Churchill is a podcaster, writer, and editor. A native of the Seattle area, he spent time covering local prep and college sports before making the jump to ESPN. From there he joined CBS Radio where he co-hosted a show with Steve Sandmeyer. He currently works at Data Skrive, while also hosting his podcast […]


Meet Eric Jorgenson

Eric Jorgenson is a product strategist at Zaarly, where he was one of the very first employees. Outside of his time at Zaarly, he has spent time writing and condensing ideas on his blog Evergreen and compiling information for an exciting book about Naval Ravikant. He is also the author of a mini-book: Career Advice […]


Meet Kayla MacNeille

Kayla MacNeille is the author of several works of fiction in progress and a snarky blog called Your Resident Writer. She and her surgery resident husband have two beautiful kids that keep her busy and give her inspiration. Read on to see why Kayla’s so passionate about writing! What are some projects you’re currently working […]


Meet Chris Hines

Chris is a podcaster, father, author, and basketball nut. As Coach Chris, he helps entrepreneurs and small business owners build their brands through content marketing and social media advertising. Learn how Chris went from high school drop-out to successful podcaster, with pit stops in the middle as a college basketball player and then a college dropout. […]


Meet Ben Christensen

Ben Christensen is a father, husband, and photographer. He is a lover of the outdoors and old Western films. Ben started the #LivingMyOwnWestern movement, where he encourages people to live their own Western in their own way, just like he is living his. He recently shot a short Western film with country singer Charley Crockett. […]

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Meet Jacob Merkley

Jacob Merkley is a financial head-hunter, father of two killer girls, and husband to an amazing wife. He’s got an accounting degree and an MBA, and he knows how to use them! After gaining experience working in accounting at a Fortune 500 company, Jacob has put his skills to use, starting multiple businesses, with plans […]


Meet David Newell

David is an entrepreneur, computer engineer, and alum of Y Combinator. After teaching himself to code as a teenager, he worked for Basecamp and Intercom before founding his own company. David is from Ireland and is a huge rugby fan! Here’s his story: What is the current role/passion/project you find yourself in and where can […]

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Meet Tim Virgilio

Tim is the founder of Signatures For Soldiers, an effort to raise money for homeless and disabled veterans. He’s a husband, dog-dad, and licensed clinical social worker. Tim turned his hobby of sports card and autograph collecting into a mission for good. Here’s his story! What is the current role/passion/project you find yourself in and […]


Meet Dr. Jake Veigel

Jake is a physician, father and husband. An expert in sports and exercise medicine, he’s the team physician for the U.S. Figure Skating Team. He’s also an avid cyclist and mountain biker, Jake’s story is one full of growth and progress, as the Utahn learned to believe in himself and his ability. Here’s his story! […]


Meet Maia Bittner

Maia is an entrepreneur, investor, and start-up advisor. She co-founded two companies and now does Business Operations at Chime, who acquired her last company, Pinch. She graduated from the Olin College of Engineering and taught herself HTML so that she could spice up her eBay listings in high school. Here’s her story! What is the […]


Meet Shane White

Shane is the founder of Whylite Fitness Studio, a competitive body builder, and ACE certified trainer. A former manager in the oil industry, Shane left the oilfield a few years ago to pursue his passion for fitness. Shane is a proud husband and father and enjoys running his fitness studio with his wife. Here’s his […]


Meet Mat Sherman

Mat works at Prenda, a startup that is rethinking education, is the host of the Forward Thinking Founders podcast, and the founder of PubLoft, a content marketing marketplace. Mat was an aspiring musician before diving headfirst into entrepreneurship. Here’s his story! What is the current project or role that you find yourself working on? Right […]

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Meet Scott Knudson

Scott is the co-host of Steal This Idea, a podcast that encourages its listeners to steal their brilliant business ideas. He’s a career sales professional, and his sales career started with selling alarm systems door-to-door in Oakland, CA at age 17. He is currently working in sales enablement at Divvy, and is a dedicated father […]


Meet Anskar Lenzen

Anskar is a wildlife photographer and nature conservationist. He spends his time traveling and studying, and is passionate about wildlife management and responsible photography. What is the current project you find yourself in and where can our readers find you? My name is Anskar Lenzen and my current large-scale project is finding a way to […]


Meet Kyle Gleed

Kyle is an avid mountaineer and rock climber. A former college football player and state champion wrestler, Kyle has taken his athletic prowess and focused it on conquering the mountains. He’s also taken advantage of the unique views he has access to as a mountain climber to capture some incredibly stunning photos. What is the […]

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Meet Dario Pizzano

Dario is a professional baseball player and Columbia University graduate. Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2012, he was a minor league all star in 2013 & 2015 and received an invitation to big league spring training in 2016. The outfielder played in the New York Mets organization in 2019. What is the current role/passion/project […]


Meet Graham Bunt

Graham is a UX design student and section lead at Lambda School. A former chef and city planner, Graham is a University of Utah graduate and an avid skier. Read his inspirational story here! What is the current role/passion/project you find yourself in and where can our readers find you? My name is Graham Bunt […]

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