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Introducing the Startup Show

Our first guest made a really cool composter!

I’m doing a new show with my friends at Grit Daily. The podcast, which runs about 15 minutes, features an entrepreneur talking about what they’re building and why. You can read more about the companies here but for now I’ll be sharing the video with this list.

Want to be featured? Ping me at I’m happy to bring on folks who are making cool stuff. Now, for the first episode.

Manali Yavatkar is a self-described “Biomedical Engineer turned AI Software Engineer turned consumer product inventor.” Her product, the Palm Bin, is a clever take on the traditional compost bit and she’s flipped the script by adding a cooler to the system so your scraps don’t get stinky.

 The Palm Bin is designed to cool food waste, making compost collection clean, easy, and odorless. Manali shares her background in biomedical engineering and her passion for sustainability that led her to create this product. She talks about the challenges of hardware development and the importance of using sustainable materials. Manali also discusses her experience with crowdfunding on Kickstarter and offers advice for others looking to launch a campaign.

Why compost? Yavatkar explained:

"I moved to San Francisco. I had curbside composting for the first time and I started collecting my food waste in the kitchen and I found the experience to be awful,” she said.

Check out the podcast above and her Palm Bin here.

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When you're going through Hell, keep going." This is a podcast about failure and how it breeds success. Every week, we will talk to amazing people who have done amazing things yet, at some point, experienced failure. By exploring their experiences, we can learn how to build, succeed, and stay humble. It is hosted by author and former New York Times journalist John Biggs. Our theme music is by Policy, AKA Mark Buchwald. (