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Welcome to The Protagonist, a new podcast
from Hugh & Crye, featuring interviews
with entrepreneurs and inspiring individuals
who champion change.

Ep 9: The grit (& credit cards) it takes to build a disruptive start-up with Adam & Tobin of Optoro

Tobin Moore and Adam Vitarello, co-founders of Optoro, talk about the evolution of their company from eBay resale shop in a Georgetown garage to one of the fastest growing start-ups revolutionizing the retail returns industry.

Ep 8: Providing a tech-saavy solution to gourmet food delivery with Alan Clifford of Galley

Alan Clifford, co-founder of gourmet food delivery app Galley and a former LivingSocial exec, talks about balancing supply and demand as a young startup, approaching recruiting like a marketing problem, and bridging the gap between tech and food startup.

Ep 7: Building startup ecosystems and hosting President Obama with Donna Harris, Co-Founder of 1776

Donna Harris, co-founder of DC startup incubator and seed fund 1776, talks about building startup ecosystems across the US, the relationship between government and entrepreneurs, and the single skill all founders need.

Ep 6: What it means to be a serial entrepreneur with Eric Koester of Main Street Genome & Zaarly

Eric Koester, founder of Main Street Genome and Zaarly, talks about serial entrepreneurship, how Zaarly went from idea to app in a matter of weeks, and his dedication to the small business economy.

Ep 5: Pivoting from a marketplace business model with Sam Pollaro, CEO of Venga

Sam Pollaro, CEO of Venga, talks about pivoting his second startup, the yin and yang between co-founders, and learning the value of "hire slow, fire fast" the hard way.