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On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Kara Goldin about her journey as an entrepreneur and her new bestselling book “Undaunted,” which was just released in October of 2020.

Kara is the Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., the leading unsweetened flavored water and they also make hand sanitizer She has been named one of InStyle’s Badass 50, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, amongst other notable awards. You can find more information about Kara at:

We also hear some segments from some of our Established Team members. Our Director of Strategic Operation, John Guidos, provides some tips for startup founders, and Rich Maloy of Established Ventures provides some tips for our startup founder listeners during the “VC Minute.”

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Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year.

The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the Year winner is announced, along with an opportunity at a potential investment.

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