Episode 40 - Kim Kunzler: Someone Could Play the Cards You Were Dealt and Still Win

Uber yet again saving the day allowing me to meet this week’s guest, Kim Kunzler. I have a feeling that we’re going to see marriages of couples in the near future that met via Uber pool or someway another of one being the driver and the other being the passenger. The concept of working when you want as much as you want and being able to connect with tons of people in your city has forever changed my life.

Not only are we ringing Episode 40 (Lets go!!!!) of the podcast, but we also have quite the guest with a story to celebrate it with. Kim grew up in Chicago, went to Indiana University approximately 40,000 undergraduates students and with an open mind of trying different business ventures she found her love for entrepreneurship and the startup world. After graduating and having 0 connections or ties to anyone that lived in Boston and having not visit the city once in her life, she signed a lease packed her bag and flew out to Beantown with a vision. She had launched a prior venture in college which focused on connecting startups to mentors and students looking for jobs into one network. With wanting to be more face to face with people instead of behind the screen of a laptop running a website, she launched TREPI Vlogs, a platform that told the stories of different starts up every Tuesday via Youtube, their values and the problem they were out to solve. 18 weeks later, she is just getting warmed up.

The episode from start to finish is full of helpful, inspirational and interesting information that I think would help anyone on the pursuit of their passion or who is trying to find it. I’m not just saying that because I’m the host/producer of the podcast but I truly believe that every episode shows one commonality: there is no better time to chase your dreams then now and these are the people that’re doing so.


One of the main takeaways from this episode is the idea that there is someone else out there that could win with the hand you were dealt. What Kim means by that and something that she learned after moving to Boston and surrounding herself with what some would argue the most intelligent people in the world, Harvard, M.I.T., Tufts students etc, is that we’re all on the level playing field. It doesn’t matter where you grew up, how much money you have, what your parents do for a living… it simply does not matter. You have to make the best of the available resources that you have and ultimately find a way to

Podcast Outline

  • Who is Kim Kunzler today and how young is she?

    • 23 years old, runs a YouTube vlog called “TREPI” that introduces you to a new startup every week that gives you insight on what they do

  • From Downers Grove, Illinois (Greater Chicago)

  • Went to Indiana University

    • At business school but wasn’t sure exactly what she wanted to do so she tried getting a taste of everything (Investment banking workshops, design courses etc till so she could see what she liked/disliked) (4:10)

    • Checked out an Entrepreneurship festival called RECESS that Mark Cuban was affiliated with (I.U. graduate), fell in love with the energy of the people

  • Entrepreneurship is all about the journey, it's the fun part

    • You learn a lot about yourself before any recognition (8:20)

  • Best lesson learned outside the classroom for Kim was learning to  be confident and be sure of what you’re doing

    • Nobody is going to have a perfect product or service

  • You only get more responsibility as you get older, push yourself to learn as much as you can now while you’re able to (11:20)

    • Make a conscious effort to do it now, life is unpredictable you might never get to that moment you’re “waiting” for

    • You think you know where your life is going to go but you really never know

  • The 5 or 6 people that you’re surrounded by are the people that you will become

    • Keep the people that will support you and move you forward around you at all times (14:55)

    • Being around passionate people gives off an energy

  • Graduated from school, moved to Boston knowing nobody and having never visited the city before (18:20)

    • Interviewed at a bunch of startup places, ended up at Viral Gains (centered around video distribution)

    • Loved working with video and had this vision of Boston as a city full of intellectuals that she wanted to be a sponge and soak up as much information as she possibly could and be surrounded by these types of people hence how TREPI Vlog was born (20:40)

    • City is full of resources to help people start businesses ex: MassChallenge, Greentown Labs, Harvard Innovation Labs, Harvard Launch Lab, M.I.T. Trust Center etc

  • Meeting these intelligent people living in Boston/Cambridge made her realize that these people were no different than any of the smart people back home

    • They just don’t have access to similar resources/opportunities  

  • Had a startup (website) in college that connected startups to mentors for mentorships and students for jobs

    • Worked on it for 8 months, did an investor pitch but stopped it because she didn’t love maintaining a complex website

    • Wasn’t able to communicate with people face to face as much as she’d hope  

  • People are chosing to the startup/entrepreneur route more often than the Corporate world

    • Everyone has a bigger and broader idea of what their life could be like because of technology

    • Millennials are independent oriented versus listening to authority and has influenced where people look for work

    • Entrepreneurship is not for everyone and the actual process will weed people with time who’re just in it for the money (28:15)

  • Kim loves the type of person who starts a business

    • Smart in their own way, very down to earth, willing to help other people, willing to work 2 jobs, super hard working and has a “make it work” type attitude (29:00)

    • “Somebody could take the hand you’ve been dealt and win”

    • Entrepreneurship is a total mental game, it's tricking your brain into you can create a successful business, it doesn’t matter what every around yourself is doing or what your family is doing… you need to put in the work

  • 17 episodes into the vlog, some of the biggest takeaways have been

    • Since moving here Kim has learned that everyone is on the same playing field no matter where you’re from or what your background is (33:35)

    • Have a goal and make day by day steps of what you need to do to accomplish them

    • You have more advantages than you probably think regardless if you’re a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond (35:30)

  • Aside from the actual content of the vlog, Kim hopes there are other takeaways

    • Gives people an insight of the technology that is being build

    • Some people are there for inspiration and for role models

    • People can relate to other people based on their stories and where they’re coming from

  • If money was no concern, Kim would still be doing the vlog

    • Structure your life that you wouldn’t be doing anything differently if money was involved

    • Wants to take the Vlog worldwide to different countries

  • When Kim is feeling unmotivated she’ll change it up because you won’t be in love every single moment (40:00)

    • She’ll go out with friends or something that is a change of pace

  • The next big adventure is meeting more cool people for the vlog, eventually would like to move away from Boston just not sure where to next

  • Kim is always looking to expand in her life, look for new challenges and new things (44:25)

  • Ask Bobbbaaay 1 question

    • What’re you most nervous about moving to LA?

  • Picture frame on the wall 10 years from now, what/who do we see?

    • Will be 33, hope that she would be more traveled, always involved with startups

  • Where to find Kim / Trepi

    • @TREPIVideos Facebook/Instagram/Twitter

      • Website: trepivideos.com/home

    • @KimKunzler Instagram/Twitter

  • 2-3 pieces of advice for someone trying to find their passion/purpose

    • Try as many different things as you possibly can until you find something that resonates with you

    • Be true to yourself and try to figure out who you’re, don’t think your life has to be similar to anyone else

    • Really try not to compare yourself to other people because it is a waste of your time