Welcome to our podcast series, From Day One. Each weekly episode features a conversation with the founder of a pioneering Brooklyn business or civic organization, who reveals what it takes to launch, persevere and thrive. From Day One is hosted by Nick Baily, founder and principal of Dumbo-based Complex Ventures. The podcast was launched with a grant from the Made in New York Media Center, where the series is recorded. Please join us for an intriguing look at how things get started in New York City’s most innovative borough.

From Day One host Nick Baily interviews Brooklyn Bowl founder Peter Shapiro (Photo by Kim Thornton)

5/18/2018 | Episode 25 Roberto Gil, founder and chief designer, Casa Kids The former architect found a market for his well-crafted children's furniture
5/7/2018 | Episode 24 Erik Johnson, co-founder and president, Argosy Designs The painter-turned-craftsman is launching a bold new line of hand-crafted furnishings
4/26/2018 | Episode 23 Penda Aiken, founder and CEO, Penda Aiken Inc. Her staffing agency has been a pioneer in bringing diversity to the workforce
4/10/2018 | Episode 22 Marissa Evans Alden, co-founder and CEO, Sawyer She created a solution for scheduling your kids' educational adventures
3/30/2018 | Episode 21 Jim Munson, co-founder and CEO, Brooklyn Roasting Co. He launched a coffee brand that pays tribute to the borough's past and present
3/16/2018 | Episode 20 Chelsea Brownridge, co-founder, Dog Parker Her venture created a safe place to put your pet while you're shopping
3/8/2018 | Episode 19 Emma Straub, co-founder, Books Are Magic How a Brooklyn novelist and her husband launched a thriving indie bookstore
2/27/2018 | Episode 18 Steve Koepp, editor and founder, The Bridge As the Brooklyn business-news site marks its first year, the editor reflects on a changing borough
2/13/18 | Episode 17 Dave Bolotsky, founder and CEO, UncommonGoods His e-commerce marketplace for arts and crafts is a company with a conscience
2/7/18 | Episode 16 Nasir Memon, co-founder, NYU Center for Cybersecurity A pioneer in computer science aims to make the field affordable and open to all
1/11/18 | Episode 15 Jenna Weiss-Berman, co-founder, Pineapple Street Media The podcast pioneer has come up with ideas so crazy, they actually work
12/21/17 | Episode 14 Jeremy McCool, founder and CEO, HEVO Inc. He envisioned cordless charging for electric vehicles–and he's making it happen
12/12/17 | Episode 13 Allison Kopf, founder and CEO, Agrilyst She created a digital dashboard for indoor farmers to fine-tune their crops
12/5/17 | Episode 12 Joseph Lubin, founder, ConsenSys A visit with the tech wizard behind Ethereum, a new vision for the internet
11/9/17 | Episode 11 Steve Hindy, co-founder, Brooklyn Brewery He pioneered the craft-beer revolution and helped turn Brooklyn into an icon
10/26/17 | Episode 10 Peter Shapiro, founder, Brooklyn Bowl This precocious nightclub impresario created a whole new kind of venue
10/18/17 | Episode 9 Sean Hoess, co-founder, Wanderlust Festival How he turned the yoga boom into a healthy, eco-friendly party
10/11/17 | Episode 8 Brian Streem, co-founder and CEO, Aerobo drones How a former art student helped create an industry that puts movie cameras in the sky
10/3/17 | Episode 7 Regina Myer, president, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership How a pioneering urban planner is shaping the face of Brooklyn today
9/26/17 | Episode 6 Michael Lebowitz, founder and CEO, Big Spaceship How he launched into digital marketing in Dumbo at a time long before either one was cool
9/19/17 | Episode 5 T.R. Ludwig, CEO, Brooklyn SolarWorks At a time when solar power is coming of age, he found a way to make it work on urban rooftops
9/8/17 | Episode 4 Meghan Ritchie, founder, Megpies pastries How the baked creation she first sold on a Brooklyn stoop became a national brand
8/31/17 | Episode 3 Gerard Masci, co-founder, Lowercase eyewear He leaped into a business that had become virtually non-existent in America: manufacturing frames
8/25/17 | Episode 2 Hana Getachew, creative director, Bolé Road Textiles Her products are designed in Brooklyn and hand-made in Ethiopia, with vibrant results
08/16/17 | Episode 1 Peter Lawrence, principal owner, the Wythe Hotel How a visionary in the hospitality business launched Brooklyn's first boutique hotel and helped shape a famous neighborhood
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