Mike Raab on startups, storytelling and manufacturing serendipity

Episode 122:
Mike Raab on startups, storytelling and manufacturing serendipity

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This is an episode for: entrepreneurs, startup nerds and anyone that’s made a pitch deck.

Molly Geoghegan, Narrative Strategist

Molly Geoghegan

May 30, 2024

Mike Raab is good at starting things. 

Executive Director of Northwestern University’s “The Garage”, an entrepreneurial community and startup hub, Mike is known in the startup community for his smart mentorship and mantra, “manufacturing serendipity.”  

Mike is also the co-author of Founded: The No B.S. Guide for Student Entrepreneurs.

With a background in television and film, Mike’s journey to startup and ventures is unique. He joins Mikey and Molly (Mike, Mikey & Molly!) for a conversation around storytelling, pitch decks and what risks are worth taking.

What’s in the Spice Cabinet?? 

Learn more about Northwestern University’s “The Garage”!

Want to read Mike and Melissa Kaufman’s book?

Mike’s walkout song? 

Where to follow Mike?

Parting Pitch advice?

"I think the most important thing is just to get confident in the presentation and the pitch that you put together in a way that feels comfortable to you, not in what other people are telling you to do, including myself.

So I'd say that's one of the most important things so that when you're actually delivering it, you believe it yourself and you're excited to share it with others."

About The Author

Molly Geoghegan, Narrative Strategist

Molly Geoghegan is a writer, organizer, and film school dropout. She hikes frequently with her dog, Guinness, and signs up for too many email newsletters. Having lived in Chicago, Paris, Dublin and Galway, Molly has made her way back to the Rockies and calls Denver, CO home.

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Mike Raab on startups, storytelling and manufacturing serendipity