by Jay Clouse and Eric Hornung

October 16, 2019 6:00 pm

Named a top 27 business podcast by Fortune, upside examines startup investing outside of Silicon Valley.

Every Wednesday, we speak with an early stage founder. We interview them as if we are angel investors considering the company as an investment opportunity.

Each show has three segments:

1.) Intro: independent research of the company
2.) Interview: interview with the founder
3.) Debrief: breaking down the opportunity

On Mondays, we share Coffee Chats interviewing venture capitalists, community builders, and later-stage founders. Interview begins: 6:13
Debrief begins: 52:10

Max Farrell and Andrew Kirpalani are the co-founders of Workhound.

Workhound is a platform that allows frontline workers to provide feedback to the companies for whom they work. Max and Andrew began Workhound in the hopes of eliminating a barrier that exists between the workers and the companies, with the ultimate goal of increasing worker retention rates and thus the success of the companies. Originally designed for truck drivers, Workhound has since expanded to other professions such as technicians, mechanics, construction workers, and visiting healthcare providers.

We discuss:
– Founders’ story and Workhound’s inception (10:50)
– Workhound today and it’s evolution (16:38)
– Use of Workhound by companies (18:08)
– Company model (26:25)
– Workhound’s successful for a business (30:50)
– Usability of the Workhound platform (33:50)
– Potential opportunity (38:34)
– Dual-location in Des Moines and Chattanooga (44:00)
– Autonomous trucks and the future of Workhound (47:30)

Workhound was founded in 2015 and based in both Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Des Moines, Iowa.

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