TGIM: The Essential Podcast for Ambitious Entrepreneurs


The word entrepreneur means so much more than just “someone who starts a business.”

It’s about wanting more from life than other people think you deserve. It’s about learning, failing, and continuing to push forward. It’s about achieving your own goals, on your own terms, in your own way.

Most of all, it’s about having ambition

And here at Shopify, we’re all about fuelling ambition. In fact, it’s a key part of our mission to inspire and spread entrepreneurship across the world. 

Which brings us to our latest project.

Introducing TGIM

TGIM is a new podcast for people who can’t wait for the week to start. It’s for people who want to unlock their creativity and passion so they can make a living being themselves. It’s for the rising class of DIY creative entrepreneurs who are building new, unique businesses and sharing value with the world. 

In each episode we’ll be bringing you inspirational stories about entrepreneurs who have overcome obstacles, built incredible businesses, and are now living the life they want. Plus, you’ll hear from some of the world’s top entrepreneurs as they offer their advice and wisdom to help you accelerate your success. 

Season one kicks off today with new episodes coming every other Monday.

Choose Your Adventure With TGIM Shorts

Each episode of TGIM is comprised of a variety of segments and stories which we’re also making available as individual “Shorts”. Here’s a Short from episode one to give you an idea of what we’ve got in store for you:

"Everything I Needed to Know About Running a Successful Business… I Learned in Prison"

Almost every entrepreneur has had to overcome some serious obstacles before finding success, but there aren’t many whose obstacles include spending much of their adult life in prison. And while almost all entrepreneurs have learned valuable lessons from mentors, there aren’t many whose mentors were convicted murderers.

Meet Robert Nava, one of the most amazing rags to riches stories you’ll ever hear.

Here’s what else you’ll find inside episode one:

  • Are Five Year Plans a Waste of Time? Find out the essential first step to a creating a successful business that almost every entrepreneur misses.
  • Market Testing Horrible Business Ideas: We hit the streets with some inspired business ideas and talk to potential customers.
  • Star Trek + Rob Ford + High Tech Bras = Killer Crowdfunding: What do Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu, crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford, and bras have in common? They’re all part of the surreal story behind Kickstarter’s most funded fashion project of all time.
  • 3 Crucial Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Business School: Venture capitalist and author Chris Haroun offers his advice to entrepreneurs.

Sound interesting? Head over and listen to episode one now.

Whether you’re someone with an idea and ambition, or you’re an experienced entrepreneur, you won’t want to miss a single episode of TGIM. 

Subscribe in iTunes now

Android users can subscribe to the show on Soundcloud here.

About the Author: Mark Macdonald is a Content Creator at Shopify. Get more from Mark on Twitter.