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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Aug 19, 2015

Linda Leon, a media specialist, went from a successful career in commercial television to becoming an elementary school teacher to her husband and her both being laid off.  She rediscovered her love for video production, started her own business, and never looked back.

Aug 17, 2015

Gene Robinson is an author and the owner of Positive Concepts Publishing Company.  After growing up being told he would never amount to anything and struggling with obesity for the better part of his life, he took control. changed his thoughts, and wrote a book to help others do the same.

Aug 14, 2015

Brian Hills is the owner of a tech support company for computers and mobile devices and started his business on the side while he had a full-time job working in the wireless industry.  He eventually took the leap and quit his job.  Today, he is looking to expand his offerings and find ways to monetize online.

Aug 12, 2015

Emily Filloramo worked in pharmaceutical sales for 27 years, sleep walking through her corporate job, before she was laid off.  A financial advisor planted the idea that she should be an entrepreneur and she has never turned back.

Aug 10, 2015

Adam Dicker is a Domain Name Expert and former VP of GoDaddy.  He has been voted one of the top ten most influential people on the internet and got his start in entrepreneurship by running two side businesses while he had a full-time job.

Aug 9, 2015

In this bonus episode, I peel back the curtain some more and share some wins, what I've learned about calls to action, provide an Instagram update, and talk about controlling what you can control and embracing imperfection.

Aug 7, 2015

Rachna Jain is the owner of considers herself an accidental entrepreneur after helping build a psychology practice, asking for and receiving a raise, and four weeks later having that raise retroactively rescinded.  That happened on a Thursday and by Monday she had her own practice.

Aug 5, 2015

Naresh is a young entrepreneur and author that started in the corporate world after getting a solid education.  He ran into some serious struggles early on, including a nasty lawsuit, and persevered after re-thinking being an entrepreneur.

Aug 3, 2015

Victor Clarke, owner of Clarke Incorporated, went from the cutthroat sales industry in the hustle and bustle of Washington DC to buying a printing business in a small town in central Virginia after having a boss that made his life miserable.

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.

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