Lay of The Land

Lay of The Land

Telling the stories of entrepreneurship and builders in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio.

Recent Episodes

#120: Brendan Anderson & Donnie Bedney (ScaleCo)

June 1, 2023

Brendan Anderson and Donnie Bedney on their work at ScaleCo — a Cleveland-based entrepreneurship-through-acquisition organization that has invested more than $165 million in over 20 regional companies. In our conversation to…

#119: Tanya Budler (Rise Together)

May 25, 2023

Tanya Budler, Founder of Rise Together, on building an impact consulting firm based here in Cleveland that partners with civic, public, private, and nonprofit organizations to create systems-level change that enables and emp…

[GREATEST HITS] #30: Lindsay Watson PT, MPT (Augment Therapy)

May 18, 2023

Our conversation this week is with Lindsay Watson, CEO & Founder of Augment Therapy. Augment Therapy was founded in 2017 when Lindsay — who is a pediatric physical therapist from Chagrin Falls, Ohio — was searching for a way…

#118: Dr. Onas Bolton (Octet Scientific)

May 11, 2023

Dr. Onas Bolton — Founder and CEO of Octet Scientific, a specialty Cleveland-based chemical manufacturer unlocking the full power of safe, economical, and sustainable energy storage by providing better electrolyte chemistry …

#117: Anees Pretorius & Cono Onorato (Bean)

May 4, 2023

Anees Pretorius and Cono Onorato — co-founders of Bean ($1.7mm in funding) — on the pursuit of their vision to reimagine the global accounting industry and elevate the profession into the digital age. Anees Pretorius, a form…

#116: Julia Solooki & Lior Shafir (Smart Soda)

April 27, 2023

Julia Solooki & Lior Shafir — the co-founders of Smart Soda, headquartered here in Cleveland — on revolutionizing the beverage industry! The revolution is taking the water and soft drink industry by storm where for many cons…

#115: Adrian Bota (ORIGIN Milk)

April 20, 2023

Adrian Bota — co-founder and CEO of ORIGIN Milk — on creating the superlative, regenerative A2 heritage milk company! Adrian’s roots in farming go back to his father working on a farm in Romania. Adrian’s parents and four si…

About the Host

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Jeffrey Stern

Telling the stories of builders in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio. Jeffrey is a NYC transplant, entrepreneur (co-founder @ Axuall; founding team @ Votem), product manager, investor, and optimist who believes telling the stories of those most inspiring builders around us is one of the best ways to learn and to inspire more to build.