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The Moonlighters’ Club: Entrepreneurs Living As Employees

Sometimes having a job just isn’t enough. Welcome to the Moonlighters' Club where we interview aspiring entrepreneurs who work full-time jobs. Our host, Joel Edwards, would spend his down time at work building a mobile app. He then realized he wasn't the only employee there with dreams that went beyond a 9-to-5. Join him as he discusses living on a steady diet of ambition and no sleep, with a new guest every month.
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Nov 23, 2021

Meet Jared.

Jared is the founder of Pineapple AF.

Tools for people to have healthy relationships.

After college, Jared started a career in film, working on all kinds of projects and specializing in documentaries. He then pivoted into tech after learning how to code.  Through mentorships and friendships, he found a way to craft his own brand.

Nov 16, 2021

Meet Nate.

Nate is the founder of Blue Collar Blades.  Handcrafting tools that elevate the cooking experience.

"We believe that the way to create a better world is to help people do meaningful things. We do this by handcrafting quality tools that bring people together around good food & great memories."

Nate started with a love for working on cars. This eventually turned into crafting blades from scratch. A business he has formed and operated with his family.

Nov 9, 2021

Meet Andre Burton.

The founder of Threads by Dre.  A black-owned, streetwear company operating in Chicago.

"Our mission is to celebrate the culture and lives of black people. Our products give a voice without the need to speak."

This was a great conversation. I talked to Andre about his career and the stress that came from it. We then talked about finding out what makes you happy and how you can build on that.

Nov 2, 2021

Meet Jean Nei.

The founder of Turnaction.io.

"We connect conscious consumers with socially conscious brands through our online platform."

This isn't Jean's first run of entrepreneurship.  This time around, he's using his tech experience from working at startups to help him on his journey.

All while working a full-time job and getting a masters degree.

 

Oct 26, 2021

Meet Taja Ricketts.

Founder of Satin Kiss.  

"Satin Kiss was established with the desire to create the curated shopping experience that pleasure-seekers deserve.

We believe that people who enjoy sexual health and pleasure products should be able to find products that represent them, while catering to their elevated tastes, protecting their health and empowering their decisions."

In this episode we talk about sex, the taboos around it and starting a business to change those norms.

 

Oct 19, 2021

Meet Jake Roundy.

Co-founder of the Couch Bandits,  a gaming publication that celebrates the creative magic of gaming.

Jake is a gamer and an editor. He's everything creative.

Why can't work just be work?

 

Oct 12, 2021

Nice guys don't finish last.

Meet Big Ty. A man with a lifetime of experience in the radio business. A career that has taken him from Boston, to Baltimore and to Pittsburgh.

He's been inside the corporate machine and eventually spread his own wings in the radio circuit. Now he's dropping knowledge with us.

 

 

Oct 4, 2021

The Moonlighters' Club has teamed up with The Boston Ujima Project and Ujima's Business Support Member Team to produce a new podcast: Yours, Mine, and Ours!

Yours, Mine, and Ours spotlights the businesses of Ujima's Good Business Alliance, created for the community, by the community, with a special emphasis on Ujima's good business standards.

In this episode, host Joel Edwards sits down with Cassandria Campbell, the Founder of Fresh Food Generation (@freshfoodgeneration), a Caribbean American farm-to-plate cafe. Fresh Food Generation believes everyone deserves to eat well, no matter where they live.

Take a listen to hear about Fresh Food Generation's journey, how they define impact, and how they work to create great jobs in our communities.

Sep 21, 2021

Shaun and Stephond are Moonlighter veterans. They personify everything that is good about this club.

We first interviewed both 4 years ago. Since then, Shaun relocated to Los Angeles. He's taking a break from standup to focus on acting and writing. He was making solid headway until COVID hit.

Stephond still makes music. He's also the creator of Somerfest, a premier, multi-genre event that occurs every year in the city of Somerville.

It's good to connect.

Sep 21, 2021

We're three episodes into the new season so I thought I would give an update. More interviews are on the way!

Sep 14, 2021

Meet Stephen Hopkins. Founder of part/Whole.

part/WHOLE is a design exploration.

"The name part/WHOLE comes from the general phrase, “part to whole relationship” that is commonly used in design and architecture. I see a part to whole relationship as a design intent or idea that supersedes both scale and discipline."

Steve is all things design. From architecture to fashion.

Quote of the day: "Work comes from work." 

Sep 7, 2021

Meet Shana Bryant. Founder of Shana Bryant Consulting.

"Providing constructive ideas to help entrepreneurs and corporations implement efficient, effective, and memorable practices." 

This is Shana's full-time occupation. Empowering her community and creating dope events.

Sep 2, 2021

Meet Alex Bennett, The founder of smoking statues.

"Smokin' Statues are two part ceramic figurines that hold an incense cone. The Head & Body design uses a penny to protect the piece of art as the incense cone burns inside, to spread the freshest smells."

Trade by Day: Solutions Consultant

Reading Suggestion: the Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation

Advice to Entrepreneurs: "Don't Stop."

Sep 1, 2021

We're Back.

Welcome to season three of the Moonlighters' Club.  I'm excited to be releasing new episodes and to ready grow this network out.

I'm just getting everyone caught up on what I've been up to. New city, new house, new job, new outlook.

It's good to be back.

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