CLP27: How Ludlow Ventures is Doing VC The Right Way, with Jonathan Triest (Founder, Ludlow Ventures)


This week on Crewlab, we hear from Jonathan Triest of Ludlow Ventures.

Based out of Detroit, Ludlow Ventures is a VC firm that has investments in Product Hunt, AngelList, our friends at Point, and many more.

Jonathan and company pride themselves on running an entity that specializes in “VC Done Right”.

Jonathan Triest - Ludlow Ventures

Jonathan and I dig into the details of his background and how he got started in Venture Capital, and how he started the firm. We also discussed investing and what his overall approach is, including how he finds leads and people to work with.

As this is our first interview with an investor, I can safely say that Jonathan is the coolest, friendliest, and best Venture Capitalist we’ve ever had on Crewlab ;)

Enjoy the episode!

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Remember the things you appreciate in 2015.

Awesome idea for 2015 that I’m adapting from a Reddit “Life Pro Tip” thread.

Basically, by the end of every year, it’s easy to forget about all the awesome things that have happened to you during the year.

Big things – like getting a promotion, reaching a business milestone, or paying off your student loans, and even little things like catching the bus right on time, or hitting all the green lights on your way to work one day… it’s important to take note of these things and reflect on them when they happen!

Important, because it’s easy for us to normalize the good things that happen to us. A raise is only a raise for a few weeks, and then it becomes your salary. Your 50th customer is only exciting until your focus turns to hitting 100 and onward from there.

So the Reddit thread I mentioned suggested making a jar and hand-writing notes every time something awesome or just a little thing that you appreciates happens.

But I’m adapting it a little for 2015.

I’m going to make a private email address. Call it or something, and then email myself little notes every time something I appreciate happens. Big, small, and anywhere in between.

Then – don’t look at it for the entire year. Wait for New Years 2015 > 2016, and go back in there and reflect on all the awesome things that happened during the year.

It’s an amazing way to remember what to appreciate, and is sure to help for the times when you feel down and need a pick-me-up in the future.


CLP26: From Prison Inmate to $3M+ Annual Recurring Revenue, with Frederick Hutson (Co-Founder, CEO – Pigeonly)


Frederick Hutson has one of those stories that just captures you when you hear it.

A born hustler, one of Frederick’s earlier businesses in the marijuana distribution industry landed him a 4+ year sentence in prison in his early 20s, back in 2007.

From inmate to entrepreneur - Frederick Hutson of Pigeonly

Today, just a few years out of prison, Frederick is now the co-founder and CEO of a $3M+/year software business… it’s a twist that grabs you. You can’t help but tune-in, at least a little curious.

That’s Frederick Hutson’s story – my guest on this week’s Crewlab podcast.

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CLP25: Learning from John D. Rockefeller, with Vincent Guidry


We like to mix it up a little bit here on the Crewlab podcast, and for this episode, we’re keeping it fresh with a new take.

This week, I sat down with my buddy Vincent Guidry to talk all things John D. Rockefeller.

John D Rockefeller - Standard Oil

For years now, John D. Rockefeller was one of those historical names that I recognize as important and with great legacy, but I wasn’t 100% sure what he was all about.

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CLP24: Spirituality and the Art of Building Million-Dollar Businesses with Jason Cohen (Founder, WP Engine)


Hey everyone, and welcome back for another episode of Crewlab!

This week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jason Cohen, the Founder of, and a prolific startup, entrepreneurship, and life blogger at his blog

Jason Cohen - WPEngine
A couple months back, Jason shared an inspiring piece on his blog, titled “The only way to guarantee startup success“. The piece inspired me in a way that I’ve rarely felt from other startup and entrepreneurship content, so I was thrilled when Jason accepted an invitation to join me for an episode on Crewlab.

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The Art of Negotiation, and The Positive Impact of “Humans of New York”

I’m listening to a talk right now, “The Art of Negotiation” with Stan Christensen.

Stan Christensen - The Art of Negotiation

Stan Christensen – The Art of Negotiation

It’s one of the presentations made available for free, from Stanford’s “Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders” series.

Stan’s talk in particular came highly recommended to me by a couple different sources recently, so I had to check it out.

During the talk, one of the topics Stan covers is the importance of building relationships in any negotiation.

“Agreements are worked out in the context of relationships,” he says.

To illustrate the point, Stan pulls a great story from one of the political conflicts he was involved in mediating in South America:

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