Cynthia Del'Aria

Cynthia Del'Aria is a serial entrepreneur and tech startup ninja, specializing in product-market fit and idea validation and helping new entrepreneurs reserve their time and money for the idea with the best shot at success. With two successful exits before 30, an active high-profit-margin SaaS in the commercial airline space, and two additional startups in the works, she knows what it takes to traverse the entrepreneur journey, the highs, and the challenges of turning a vision into a successful, viable business.

Episode 48 - Founders Session: Not all advice is equal

Founders Session: Not all advice is equal

Hey hey hey, the gang’s all here! Back again for another wisdom-packed episode, Precursa’s co-founders Paige Goss, Sarah Jolly, and Cynthia Del’Aria dive into what is good advice, what’s bad advice, how do you know the difference, and how do you find good mentors and advisors. And are all incubator and accelerator programs created equal? How about everyone who sits on a panel or has a seat of “authority”? In this episode, you’ll find out who is worth your precious time to help you build your company and how to find them. We also bust a couple of “overnight success” myths and give you some good advice on finding good advice. Listen now!

Episode 47 - Entrepreneur Experience: Gary Tong, First-Time Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur Experience: Gary Tong, First-Time Entrepreneur

In today’s episode, we get to talk to first-time founder Gary Tong, who is a dentist by trade and an aspiring entrepreneur by choice. Our conversation ranges from whether the entrepreneurial spirit is generational or not, to how to find a painful problem to solve as an entrepreneur, to whether an introvert can be a successful entrepreneur. If you’re waffling and wondering what taking the plunge looks like in its infancy, then Gary’s your guy. Listen now!

Episode 46 - Entrepreneur Experience: Deb Chromik, Serial Founder and Wise Woman

Entrepreneur Experience: Deb Chromik, Serial Founder and Wise Woman

What does it take to be an intentional entrepreneur, instead of an accidental one? And is there value in partnership vs going it alone? In today’s episode, guest Deb Chromik shares her wisdom on when (and how) to partner successfully, how to figure out what you really want to do with your life (and your business), and the importance of knowing yourself and listening to your audience when building something new. Plus, we hear a new strategy that just might change your fundraising journey for the better… Listen now!

Episode 45 - Starting (Up) a New Chapter

Starting (Up) a New Chapter

Sometimes in the life of a startup, there’s a pivot… A lightning strike… Or even a slow creeping up… something that shifts your trajectory, maybe a tiny bit or maybe a complete 180. For Precursa, we’ve had some realizations, recognized some truths, and had some hard conversations with ourselves. And it’s led to the start of a new chapter. If you’re the founder or CEO of a startup, you’ll likely be face with making tough decisions at some point in your journey, and this episode will help you navigate this (potentially challenging) situation, too.

Episode 44 - Entrepreneur Experience: William Loopesko, Co-Founder of Aclymate

Entrepreneur Experience: William Loopesko, Co-Founder of Aclymate

In this episode, we are joined by William Loopesko, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of CleanTech company Aclymate, which is helping small businesses offset their footprint to be carbon neutral. William is no stranger to the entrepreneurial journey, and he walks us through the trials of a failure, the triumphs of a comeback, and the extreme difference a co-founder can make through all of it. Listen now!

Episode 43 - Thievery and Pie-Eating (The Stealth Mode Myth Revisited)

Thievery and Pie-Eating (The Stealth Mode Myth Revisited)

Maybe you’ve felt it: that feeling of fear or dread when you realize that something you’ve worked hard on might be slipping from your grasp; or worse, has been taken from you in broad daylight. In this episode, we talk about our recent experience with a fellow entrepreneur encroaching on Precursa’s land, how we responded, and what’s next for our journey. If you’ve wondered how strongly we feel about the advice and teaching we give, this episode is where the rubber meets the road.

Episode 42 - Entrepreneur Experience: Tom Cooke, Founder of Spacely

Entrepreneur Experience: Tom Cooke, Founder of Spacely

This episode goes beyond the terrestrial into the final frontier as we sit down with Tom Cooke, founder of Spacely, the open-talent marketplace for the future of space work. From career Air Force to space engineering to entrepreneurship, Tom shares his journey of building a retail kickboxing gym with his wife and then building a platform to advance the future of space work for all heavenly dreamers. Tom’s passion is connecting people with opportunities, and he’s showing the aerospace industry how it’s done. Listen now!

Ep 41 - Entrepreneur Experience: Paige Goss, Strategic Spark Plug

Entrepreneur Experience: Paige Goss, Strategic Spark Plug

In this episode, we sit down with Precursa co-founder and CEO of Point Solutions Group Paige Goss, our favorite business development guru and strategic spark plug. Our conversation ranges from the realities of being an entrepreneur, to what early-stage investors are looking for in a startup, to what really creates change and diversity in a company culture. And Paige shows us it’s possible to move halfway across the country, have twins, and start a business… in just 43 days! Good things come in small packages, and Paige is proof… Listen now!

EP# 40 - Confidence and Humility

Confidence and Humility: Trademarks of an Entrepreneur

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? We ask everyone who comes on the podcast that question, and today we drill into the two traits that seem to be at the heart of all the others: confidence and humility. It might appear at first blush that these traits are diametrically opposed, but take a second look. In this episode, we dive into how this balance is manifesting in our journey at Precursa and why it’s important to pay attention to what you’re hearing from all angles in your market.

EP 39 - Entrepreneur Experience: Mary Grothe, Sales and Growth Ninja

Entrepreneur Experience: Mary Grothe, Sales and Growth Ninja

Everyone likes to talk about scale and growth, but few people have dialed in the skill the way our guest on this episode has. Mary Grothe, founder of House of Revenue and host of Revenue Radio, joins us today to talk about how to build a winning go-to-market strategy, what it really takes to scale and grow your company, and the impact of the pandemic on practically every market in the world (and what to do about it). She’s brilliant, passionate, and can sell like no one we’ve ever met… This one’s a real treat!

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