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Halfstack Highlights Podcast - Exploring the Business of Creativity

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Halfstack Highlights is a podcast dedicated to exploring the business of creativity and showcasing inspiring individuals who are trying to create magic while following their dreams in Chicago and beyond.

Latest Episodes

Halfstack Highlights: Ep. 65 - Meet Prianka Dhir of Beyond the Booth

Hello everyone! Welcome to the latest episode of Halfstack Highlights!! This is Jen Lezan, welcome back to all of you who have subscribed to the series and for those of you who are new here - I am the Editor in Chief of a Chicago based digital magazine called Halfstack Magazine and I am also one of the hosts of our podcast: Halfstack Highlights. I am really excited to share this week’s episode as it features another badass female founder I met through the Project Entrepreneur Alumni group. Project Entrepreneur connected me with more female founders than I would have ever imagined. Over the last year since I attended the 3-day startup workshop and venture pitch competition, I’ve connected with nearly a hundred founders and organizations. Each one has a story that is somewhat familiar, but also incredibly inspirational. I’ve had the opportunity to share their stories with readers on the bl

-1 s2018 APR 4
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Halfstack Highlights: Ep. 65 - Meet Prianka Dhir of Beyond the Booth

Halfstack Highlights: Ep. 64: Meet Designer Phoebe Chen of NOCORI

Hello everyone! Welcome to the latest episode of Halfstack Highlights!! This is Jen Lezan, and I am the Editor in Chief of the Chicago based digital magazine Halfstackmag.com and I am also one of the hosts of our podcast: Halfstack Highlights. I am excited to share this week’s episode as it features another local Chicago entrepreneur and designer: Phoebe Chen. She spends her time between Chicago and New York working for a local Non-profit here in the Windy City, while also designing and manufacturing for her startup in NYC. Images Courtesy of Phoebe Chen/NOCORI Phoebe is the founder of NOCORI. An accessories brand that celebrates the bold, the ambitious and the unabashedly authentic. I learned about NOCORI through the Project Entrepreneur Alumni network and I just had to learn more about the woman behind the gorgeous gym bags that second as your chic handbag. Phoebe created NOCORI in the

-1 s2018 MAR 15
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Halfstack Highlights: Ep. 64: Meet Designer Phoebe Chen of NOCORI

Halfstack Highlights Ep. 63: Meet Chicago Stylist Katie Schuppler

Hello everyone! Welcome to the latest episode of Halfstack Highlights!! I am excited to share this week’s episode as it features a local Chicago entrepreneur and style Icon: Katie Schuppler of KS Style Consulting. She is a Personal Style Consultant and Fashion Blogger/Writer who loves to help others create their own personal style in this fast paced world of fashion and in daily life. After gaining a Bachelors of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandise Management and Business Administration from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, WI she had then gone on to become a Stylist/Style Director at the #1 women’s boutique in Milwaukee, Fred Boutique. She made the trek to Chicago a few years ago and has been building her work in the Windy City. She has been dedicated to helping her clients (Men, Women, Kids, Tall, Petite, and Plus Size) find their own personal style through advice, Styling Sessions, Clo

-1 s2018 FEB 26
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Halfstack Highlights Ep. 63: Meet Chicago Stylist Katie Schuppler

Halfstack Highlights - Ep. 62: Brooklyn-Based Kiirstin Marilyn Sets Her Own Boundaries

Like most creatives, Kiirstin Marilyn has had her ups and downs. It is how the Brooklyn-based songwriter/musician/actress responds to life’s obstacles that makes her special. Kiirstin demonstrates the grit and persistence that a creative needs if she plans to succeed pursuing her dream. Singer/Songwriter/Actress Kiirstin Marilyn Kiirstin was excited to be signed to a small independent record label for the release of her EP, Ghosts. However, when the label wasn’t providing the type of marketing support for her EP that she thought it should, Kiirstin took it upon herself to put together a promotional tour that took her as far away as a music festival in Arizona. She planned to end the first leg of the tour with a show at Brooklyn’s iconic music venue Knitting Factory. Two days before the show was scheduled, Kiirstin was told her slot was “bumped” due to a misstep by the promoter. She could

-1 s2018 FEB 12
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Halfstack Highlights - Ep. 62: Brooklyn-Based Kiirstin Marilyn Sets Her Own Boundaries

Halfstack Highlights Ep. 61 - Kaben Clauson of AOP

Welcome to Halfstack Highlights. This is Jen Lezan Editor in Chief of Halfstack Magazine and one of the hosts of the Halfstack Highlights Podcast. This week I speak with Kaben Clauson the founder of the Chicago based startup behind the Anonymous Opinions app – which can be found in the app store under AOP. The AOP app is all about sharing your thoughts and opinions anonymously. The Anonymous Opinions app is the place to express who you are, what you think, and see how your views connect with others. Every vote is anonymous. From brands to breaking news, pop culture to personal habits, relationships to hobbies and art, science or political polls – your opinion counts. Aop connects you to others around two core ideas: The importance of your opinion and a fun way to understand where your views fit in the world. I wanted to talk with Kaben about launching a startup dealing with technology. S

-1 s2018 JAN 16
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Halfstack Highlights Ep. 61 - Kaben Clauson of AOP

Halfstack Highlights Ep. 60 - Sundance's Manashil Helps Indie Filmmakers Share Their Stories

Like most creative endeavors, pursuing a career as an indie filmmaker is not easy. Lack of financing, time, resources (not to mention that pesky day job) all seem to conspire against you bringing your creative dream to life and sharing it with the world. Liz Manashil is working to try and make the process a little easier. The Manager of Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Initiative is reaching out to indie filmmakers Liz is a microbudget feature writer/director. She is a frequent speaker on film panels and conferences, including South by Southwest 2018. Liz is a former film critic and often serves as a judge/jury member at film festivals. Her debut feature film, Bread and Butter, was released September 1, 2015 on The Orchard and can be seen on video-on-Demand nearly everywhere, including HULU where she once served as a film critic. The film was called “an absolute must watch for

-1 s2018 JAN 15
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Halfstack Highlights Ep. 60 - Sundance's Manashil Helps Indie Filmmakers Share Their Stories

Halfstack Highlights Ep. 59 - Kristen Wiley of Statusphere

Hello Everyone!! Welcome to Halfstack Highlights. This is Jen Lezan Editor in Chief of Halfstack Magazine and one of the hosts of the Halfstack Highlights Podcast. This week is the final episode of the year!! We will be going on a small break and will return with a new episode on January 14th, 2018! It's been a great year filled with many inspiring interviews. I've been so motivated sharing the content this year. We also set up a Patreon account for Halfstack - so if you want to support what we are doing on the podcast, the actual magazine or the blog, feel free to become a patron! The highlight of the year had to be attending the Project Entrepreneur workshops in New York in April and meeting so many strong female founders. Along with that was sharing 9 female founders and their startups through our PE Alumni series. I close out this year with anin-depth interview with: Kristen Wiley, f

-1 s2017 DEC 31
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Halfstack Highlights Ep. 59 - Kristen Wiley of Statusphere

Halfstack Highlights Ep. 58 - Stephanie Benedetto: Queen of Raw

Hello Readers! Welcome to the latest episode of Halfstack Highlights! This is Jen Lezan Editor in Chief of Halfstack Magazine and one of the hosts of the Halfstack Highlights Podcast. This week I am sharing an interview with: Stephanie Benedetto founder of Queen of Raw. Queen of Raw is the premiere online marketplace to sell unused fabrics & buy high end raw materials. They work with retailers, factories, mills, designers, crafters and students. We talk about the current state of the fashion industry, why sustainability is so important and how The Queen of Raw is on a mission to make a positive impact on the industry. Quality raw materials are being wasted every day and it's affecting people, planet, & profit. Queen of Raw is on a mission to fix this. We talk about how brands work with the company, tips for indie designers and what it is like being a startup that combined technology and

-1 s2017 DEC 30
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Halfstack Highlights Ep. 58 - Stephanie Benedetto: Queen of Raw

Halfstack Highlights Ep. 57- Georgene Huang of FairyGodBoss

Welcome to Halfstack Highlights! This is Jen Lezan Editor in Chief of Halfstack Magazine and one of the hosts of the Halfstack Highlights Podcast. This week I am sharing an interview with: Georgene Huang founder of Fairygodboss. It's not always easy being a woman in the workplace. The fairgodboss concept was born in 2015 while their now CEO was interviewing while 2 months pregnant (and hiding it), Fairygodboss helps women get hard-to-ask questions answered. We help you get the inside scoop on pay, corporate culture, benefits and work flexibility. We offer company ratings, job listings, discussion boards and career advice. We talk with Georgene about her journey in the corporate world and what led up to the launch of fairgodboss. We explore her journey thus far as the founder of startup, and talk about the realities and challenges that women face in the workforce. The good bad and ugly. W

-1 s2017 DEC 25
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Halfstack Highlights Ep. 57- Georgene Huang of FairyGodBoss

Halfstack Highlight Ep. 56 - Tampon Tribe: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Welcome to Halfstack Highlights! This week we are talking to Jennifer Eden , the Co-Founder of Tampon Tribe. Yes, you heard that right. We are featuring an AMAZING subscription service that caters to those who are in need of monthly feminine hygiene products. We are going there, we are talking about periods this week. Tampon Tribe is a Southern California based startup that is shaking up the period industry by creating a product that is meeting certified organic standards, taking out all the chemicals found in traditional feminine hygiene products and making sure tampons and pads are accessible to all women. In the developed world, the idea of going without a basic need type product such as tampons or pads seems almost unthinkable. Yet, for those who live in poverty, lack of access to menstrual health care is a hindering reality. Going beyond the hindrance, poormenstrual hygiene can be d

-1 s2017 DEC 15
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Halfstack Highlight Ep. 56 - Tampon Tribe: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Latest Episodes

Halfstack Highlights: Ep. 65 - Meet Prianka Dhir of Beyond the Booth

Hello everyone! Welcome to the latest episode of Halfstack Highlights!! This is Jen Lezan, welcome back to all of you who have subscribed to the series and for those of you who are new here - I am the Editor in Chief of a Chicago based digital magazine called Halfstack Magazine and I am also one of the hosts of our podcast: Halfstack Highlights. I am really excited to share this week’s episode as it features another badass female founder I met through the Project Entrepreneur Alumni group. Project Entrepreneur connected me with more female founders than I would have ever imagined. Over the last year since I attended the 3-day startup workshop and venture pitch competition, I’ve connected with nearly a hundred founders and organizations. Each one has a story that is somewhat familiar, but also incredibly inspirational. I’ve had the opportunity to share their stories with readers on the bl

-1 s2018 APR 4
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Halfstack Highlights: Ep. 65 - Meet Prianka Dhir of Beyond the Booth

Halfstack Highlights: Ep. 64: Meet Designer Phoebe Chen of NOCORI

Hello everyone! Welcome to the latest episode of Halfstack Highlights!! This is Jen Lezan, and I am the Editor in Chief of the Chicago based digital magazine Halfstackmag.com and I am also one of the hosts of our podcast: Halfstack Highlights. I am excited to share this week’s episode as it features another local Chicago entrepreneur and designer: Phoebe Chen. She spends her time between Chicago and New York working for a local Non-profit here in the Windy City, while also designing and manufacturing for her startup in NYC. Images Courtesy of Phoebe Chen/NOCORI Phoebe is the founder of NOCORI. An accessories brand that celebrates the bold, the ambitious and the unabashedly authentic. I learned about NOCORI through the Project Entrepreneur Alumni network and I just had to learn more about the woman behind the gorgeous gym bags that second as your chic handbag. Phoebe created NOCORI in the

-1 s2018 MAR 15
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Halfstack Highlights: Ep. 64: Meet Designer Phoebe Chen of NOCORI

Halfstack Highlights Ep. 63: Meet Chicago Stylist Katie Schuppler

Hello everyone! Welcome to the latest episode of Halfstack Highlights!! I am excited to share this week’s episode as it features a local Chicago entrepreneur and style Icon: Katie Schuppler of KS Style Consulting. She is a Personal Style Consultant and Fashion Blogger/Writer who loves to help others create their own personal style in this fast paced world of fashion and in daily life. After gaining a Bachelors of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandise Management and Business Administration from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, WI she had then gone on to become a Stylist/Style Director at the #1 women’s boutique in Milwaukee, Fred Boutique. She made the trek to Chicago a few years ago and has been building her work in the Windy City. She has been dedicated to helping her clients (Men, Women, Kids, Tall, Petite, and Plus Size) find their own personal style through advice, Styling Sessions, Clo

-1 s2018 FEB 26
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Halfstack Highlights Ep. 63: Meet Chicago Stylist Katie Schuppler

Halfstack Highlights - Ep. 62: Brooklyn-Based Kiirstin Marilyn Sets Her Own Boundaries

Like most creatives, Kiirstin Marilyn has had her ups and downs. It is how the Brooklyn-based songwriter/musician/actress responds to life’s obstacles that makes her special. Kiirstin demonstrates the grit and persistence that a creative needs if she plans to succeed pursuing her dream. Singer/Songwriter/Actress Kiirstin Marilyn Kiirstin was excited to be signed to a small independent record label for the release of her EP, Ghosts. However, when the label wasn’t providing the type of marketing support for her EP that she thought it should, Kiirstin took it upon herself to put together a promotional tour that took her as far away as a music festival in Arizona. She planned to end the first leg of the tour with a show at Brooklyn’s iconic music venue Knitting Factory. Two days before the show was scheduled, Kiirstin was told her slot was “bumped” due to a misstep by the promoter. She could

-1 s2018 FEB 12
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Halfstack Highlights - Ep. 62: Brooklyn-Based Kiirstin Marilyn Sets Her Own Boundaries

Halfstack Highlights Ep. 61 - Kaben Clauson of AOP

Welcome to Halfstack Highlights. This is Jen Lezan Editor in Chief of Halfstack Magazine and one of the hosts of the Halfstack Highlights Podcast. This week I speak with Kaben Clauson the founder of the Chicago based startup behind the Anonymous Opinions app – which can be found in the app store under AOP. The AOP app is all about sharing your thoughts and opinions anonymously. The Anonymous Opinions app is the place to express who you are, what you think, and see how your views connect with others. Every vote is anonymous. From brands to breaking news, pop culture to personal habits, relationships to hobbies and art, science or political polls – your opinion counts. Aop connects you to others around two core ideas: The importance of your opinion and a fun way to understand where your views fit in the world. I wanted to talk with Kaben about launching a startup dealing with technology. S

-1 s2018 JAN 16
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Halfstack Highlights Ep. 61 - Kaben Clauson of AOP

Halfstack Highlights Ep. 60 - Sundance's Manashil Helps Indie Filmmakers Share Their Stories

Like most creative endeavors, pursuing a career as an indie filmmaker is not easy. Lack of financing, time, resources (not to mention that pesky day job) all seem to conspire against you bringing your creative dream to life and sharing it with the world. Liz Manashil is working to try and make the process a little easier. The Manager of Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Initiative is reaching out to indie filmmakers Liz is a microbudget feature writer/director. She is a frequent speaker on film panels and conferences, including South by Southwest 2018. Liz is a former film critic and often serves as a judge/jury member at film festivals. Her debut feature film, Bread and Butter, was released September 1, 2015 on The Orchard and can be seen on video-on-Demand nearly everywhere, including HULU where she once served as a film critic. The film was called “an absolute must watch for

-1 s2018 JAN 15
Comments
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 60 - Sundance's Manashil Helps Indie Filmmakers Share Their Stories

Halfstack Highlights Ep. 59 - Kristen Wiley of Statusphere

Hello Everyone!! Welcome to Halfstack Highlights. This is Jen Lezan Editor in Chief of Halfstack Magazine and one of the hosts of the Halfstack Highlights Podcast. This week is the final episode of the year!! We will be going on a small break and will return with a new episode on January 14th, 2018! It's been a great year filled with many inspiring interviews. I've been so motivated sharing the content this year. We also set up a Patreon account for Halfstack - so if you want to support what we are doing on the podcast, the actual magazine or the blog, feel free to become a patron! The highlight of the year had to be attending the Project Entrepreneur workshops in New York in April and meeting so many strong female founders. Along with that was sharing 9 female founders and their startups through our PE Alumni series. I close out this year with anin-depth interview with: Kristen Wiley, f

-1 s2017 DEC 31
Comments
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 59 - Kristen Wiley of Statusphere

Halfstack Highlights Ep. 58 - Stephanie Benedetto: Queen of Raw

Hello Readers! Welcome to the latest episode of Halfstack Highlights! This is Jen Lezan Editor in Chief of Halfstack Magazine and one of the hosts of the Halfstack Highlights Podcast. This week I am sharing an interview with: Stephanie Benedetto founder of Queen of Raw. Queen of Raw is the premiere online marketplace to sell unused fabrics & buy high end raw materials. They work with retailers, factories, mills, designers, crafters and students. We talk about the current state of the fashion industry, why sustainability is so important and how The Queen of Raw is on a mission to make a positive impact on the industry. Quality raw materials are being wasted every day and it's affecting people, planet, & profit. Queen of Raw is on a mission to fix this. We talk about how brands work with the company, tips for indie designers and what it is like being a startup that combined technology and

-1 s2017 DEC 30
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Halfstack Highlights Ep. 58 - Stephanie Benedetto: Queen of Raw

Halfstack Highlights Ep. 57- Georgene Huang of FairyGodBoss

Welcome to Halfstack Highlights! This is Jen Lezan Editor in Chief of Halfstack Magazine and one of the hosts of the Halfstack Highlights Podcast. This week I am sharing an interview with: Georgene Huang founder of Fairygodboss. It's not always easy being a woman in the workplace. The fairgodboss concept was born in 2015 while their now CEO was interviewing while 2 months pregnant (and hiding it), Fairygodboss helps women get hard-to-ask questions answered. We help you get the inside scoop on pay, corporate culture, benefits and work flexibility. We offer company ratings, job listings, discussion boards and career advice. We talk with Georgene about her journey in the corporate world and what led up to the launch of fairgodboss. We explore her journey thus far as the founder of startup, and talk about the realities and challenges that women face in the workforce. The good bad and ugly. W

-1 s2017 DEC 25
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Halfstack Highlights Ep. 57- Georgene Huang of FairyGodBoss

Halfstack Highlight Ep. 56 - Tampon Tribe: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Welcome to Halfstack Highlights! This week we are talking to Jennifer Eden , the Co-Founder of Tampon Tribe. Yes, you heard that right. We are featuring an AMAZING subscription service that caters to those who are in need of monthly feminine hygiene products. We are going there, we are talking about periods this week. Tampon Tribe is a Southern California based startup that is shaking up the period industry by creating a product that is meeting certified organic standards, taking out all the chemicals found in traditional feminine hygiene products and making sure tampons and pads are accessible to all women. In the developed world, the idea of going without a basic need type product such as tampons or pads seems almost unthinkable. Yet, for those who live in poverty, lack of access to menstrual health care is a hindering reality. Going beyond the hindrance, poormenstrual hygiene can be d

-1 s2017 DEC 15
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Halfstack Highlight Ep. 56 - Tampon Tribe: The Gift that Keeps on Giving