The Launching Point with Mike O'Toole

The Launching Point is a one-day a week interview-based podcast designed to uncover the transformative nature of launching into entrepreneurship through the telling of successful entrepreneurs' before and after stories of what it’s really like launching into the world of entrepreneurship. Each episode features a different entrepreneur weaving a narrative of who they were as a person before making the life-changing decision to launch into entrepreneurship, what obstacles they had to overcome to reach their launching point, and ends by hearing about who they are today and them providing actionable advice.
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Jul 31, 2015

After meeting each other while working for a Fortune 100 company, Lorena Monde and Diana Karpowicz of Truly You realized they were soul sisters and weren't satisfied with the corporate lifestyle.  They leaned on each other and launched into entrepreneurship together.

Jul 29, 2015

When Lisa Kroese's husband took a dream job in Mojave, California, they moved across the country where they didn't know anyone.  She leveraged her previous experience to start an estate sales company and has turned it into one of the premier businesses of its kind nationwide.

Jul 27, 2015

Rick Goodfriend is an author and public speaker that has endured a lifelong battle with ADHD and recently had a stroke that has changed the trajectory of his life.  Even through his personal struggles, Rick has become a successful entrepreneur even if he is unable to stay focused on one idea for too long.

Jul 26, 2015

After receiving advice after a recent interview with Allen Vaysberg, he got me thinking about what it means to establish authority.  Also, how I'm using an unlikely social media strategy to grow my audience.

Jul 24, 2015

Erna Kay is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author.  She realized quickly after working at a banking job that all of her efforts were for the benefit of the company.  After that realization, she never looked back.

Jul 22, 2015

Joe Nicassio is a marketing expert and mentor for startup business owners.  He was building a promising career in technology, but it never sit well with him that the company could get rid of him at any time. He found a mentor and pursued his passion in marketing.

Jul 20, 2015

Brad Raney, the CEO of Personal Performance Partnership discusses the struggles he had prior to nailing down his personal brand and how he took the seven habitual characteristics he developed as a way to encourage his coworkers and turned it into a book and business.

Jul 17, 2015

Michael McManus talks about turning his passion into a successful photography business after nearly hitting rock bottom financially. Through the kindness of his in-laws during this time, it inspired and motivated him to start Gethrr whose mission is to improve, inspire, and impact positive change in the world.

Jul 15, 2015

Dr. Thomas E. Boyce talks about breaking free from his traditional upbringing after becoming a PHD holding professor at a university.  He went against his parents advice and his life has improved tremendously.

Jul 13, 2015

Stephen Owens left his promising career at a CPA firm right after obtaining his masters degree to start, and change the perception of, a bail bonds business.

Jul 10, 2015

Mayer Dahan, owner of Dahan Properties and Prime Five Homes talks discusses seizing an opportunity to build eco-friendly homes before other builders and why it's important to make a big impact more than big profits.

Jul 8, 2015

Jim Sweeney talks about going from a safe and successful corporate sales job to owning his first computer sales rep business and then completely changing directions with his MIKE sports cartoon character.

Jul 6, 2015

Guthrie Chamberlain grew up on an apple orchard in Ohio, but today is the owner of the Venture Consulting Group and has started his own podcast dispensing wisdom.

Jul 6, 2015

Taylor Trusty is the Owner of Blackstone Media and talks about the challenges of being a young and young-looking entrepreneur.

Jul 6, 2015

Dr. Taylor Clark developed a severe skin rash that kept him from being a full time dentist and able to support his business and family. He siezed the opportunity and opened a weekend dental school.

Jul 6, 2015

Seth Carlson of SRC Amplifiers talks about getting laid off from a well paid position after the auto warranty company he worked for went out of business and how that forced him to go after what he's always wanted.

Jul 6, 2015

Jed Reese - Owner of STRIVE Wealth and Protection Planning talks about how he left his 9 to 5 job with a large corporation by turning a hobby into a successful financial planning business.

Jul 3, 2015

This is the about me and about The Launching Point episode. I deep dive into why I'm doing this podcast and my hope to add value to people's lives.