One Idea Can Change Everything!

Get free weekly interviews, inspiration, strategies & insights.


 The bigger picture

1908344_10152008820549037_650149525_nThe Startup Sessions is more than a business, it’s a personal mission to empower purpose-driven entrepreneurs to do their greatest work. It’s about creating an extraordinary life while building a meaningful business. It’s about being a creator, a leader, a teacher, a giver, and a doer. It’s a quest to empower visionary business builders to create world class companies.

One thing I know for sure is that more and more people are aspiring to create purpose-driven businesses. By changing what we aspire to, we change the game of business – for good.

I want to live in a world where people get handsomely paid to deliver high value solutions they love. I want more people waking up feeling alive and going to sleep feeling fulfilled because they are giving their greatest gifts to the world in a way that allows them to enjoy more freedom and adventure.

I want to live in a world where business is an expression of our greatest talents and desires. A world where people are recognized and respected for their brilliance.

The Startup Sessions is more than a business,
it’s a personal mission to empower purpose-driven entrepreneurs to do their greatest work.

The Startup Sessions is dedicated to the art of aligning meaningful desires with business results. This idea was born out of my own ambition to create a meaningful business beyond my software sales career. It’s about creating your life’s work…and doing it in a way that’s highly profitable and deeply rewarding.

I believe there is no better time to create the business that you are truly meant to have. It should be pretty clear by now that the status quo is no longer an option. It’s time that we take a serious look at what’s really important and face the most dangerous risk of all – the risk of playing it safe and doing what's expected or making the commitment stretch your edges and create the business and life that makes you feel most alive.

Are you ready to create an extraordinary business and life?

The podcast

michael-knouse-about-2The Startup Sessions is a weekly podcast hosted by business + performance coach, adventurer, entrepreneur, and yours truly: Michael Knouse. I hand-select show guests based on their experience with designing and creating their own meaningful businesses. Each episode is about 45 minutes long, allowing us time to dive deeper, with a focus on the people, tools, trends, mindset, and practical steps needed to create a truly meaningful business.

My guests include acclaimed entrepreneurs, authors, and thought leaders who are making waves in their industries and having a big impact in the world. The common theme is people following their heart and building deeply meaningful businesses, movements and careers, as well as world-class experts.

The common theme
is people following their heart
and building deeply meaningful businesses.

I am strongly committed to sharing the stories of people who have made sacrifices and taken risks to create businesses that are purpose-driven. In a culture that revere’s the steady 9-5 job and living paycheck-to-paycheck, it’s more important than ever to hear the stories of people who are in the trenches, succeeding at their craft and doing it while doing good.

I grew up in an environment where everyone worked for somebody else. I didn’t have any entrepreneurs as role models. And when I began looking for powerful examples of men and women creating meaningful businesses, I became incredibly frustrated by the lack of coverage for visionary entrepreneurs – those of us who believe that business can be used as a force for good and that empathy for people is just as important as profits.

So, I decided to create a podcast featuring the people that I wanted to meet. If I couldn’t sit down face-to-face with the entrepreneurs that were inspiring me, then I would leverage my podcast to do it and make it available to everyone else. Which is why one of the core values of The Startup Sessions is a deep commitment to sharing the most valuable and current wisdom about what it takes to succeed as a visionary business builder.

Be sure to join the excitement and subscribe to receive each new episode.

My story

michael-knouse-about-3Not so long ago I was in a job selling software to corporate clients. I had been doing this type of work for nearly 14 years. It wasn’t work that I necessarily hated although I knew there was something more for me and it had become increasingly difficult to stay focused. I knew deep down that I had more to give. I knew that my mind and body were made to create and teach and build and explore. And instead I had been sitting in conference rooms, sitting on airplanes, and sitting at a computer answering emails all day.

I also knew deep down that I was not made to compete for a soul-sucking occupation where I was only as good as my last quarter.

It’s a fact that we have been socialized to relinquish our joy for 8 or 10 hours a day in exchange for a sum of money just big enough that it keeps us chained to a miserable existence. One of the things I’ve always known is that it’s almost impossible for me to achieve my full potential by working for someone else. While I’ve enjoyed many aspects of my corporate and startup roles, I’ve always known that I could only be truly fulfilled by creating a meaningful business of my own. I crave the freedom and autonomy of setting my own hours and working on things that excite and inspire me.

Now, I’m living the life that I envisioned.

Now I’m living the life that I envisioned. I’m a full time business + performance coach and producer of The Startup Sessions podcast. I work with visionary business builders and emerging thought leaders to create world class companies.

My home base is Portland, Oregon; a quirky city known for it’s hipsters, beautiful scenery, food trucks, obsessive barista’s, urban farms, bike lovers, foodies, creative entrepreneurs, and of course ‘Portlandia.’

When I’m not coaching, strategizing, or building something meaningful, I can be found enjoying a trail run, skiing, traveling, doing yoga, enjoying an IPA or spending time with friends, family and my beautiful wife, Jill.