Today, many aspiring MBAs and MBA graduates want to join start-ups or launch such companies themselves. Is entrepreneurship as exciting as it seems? Is it really for you? mbaMission Founder Jeremy Shinewald has teamed up with Venture for America and CBS Interactive to launch Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast. Each week, Shinewald interviews another entrepreneur so you can hear the gritty stories of their ups and downs on the road to success.
In the eighth podcast episode, Shinewald interviews Venture for America Fellow and Banza co-founder Brian Rudolph. Banza offers a twist on regular pasta—it is made from chickpeas and is completely gluten- and grain-free. Listen to the podcast to hear the delicious details of Rudolph’s journey to selling a groundbreaking new product:
- After test cooking the pasta dozens of times, realizing that he might be on to something when his roommate went from merely tolerating the dish to requesting it
- Finishing product development only days before appearing on the reality television show Restaurant Startup
- Burning through $100K in just a few weeks to meet the demand from his first buyer
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