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Happy Ending (Season 3, Episode 7)

June 9, 2016

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Show Notes

The Story


Coss Marte is getting ready to pitch his company to a panel of prominent entrepreneurs and an audience of hundreds. He’s competing against five other startups for a chance at $100,000. With this money, Coss hopes to grow his small exercise studio in the Lower East Side of Manhattan into an international fitness brand.

But this isn’t his first experience with scaling up. In his early twenties, Coss ran a business that brought in nearly $4 million in annual revenue, a business that catered to doctors, judges and lawyers. A business that landed him a seven year prison sentence.

This is part one of Coss’s story on his path from felon to founder.

 

Correction: The original version of this episode contained a factual error. It stated that Jose Lallave, or Joey, was the ninth member arrested as part of Coss Marte's case. Joey was actually arrested in a separate case in 2011.  

 

The Facts


Matthew Boll mixed the episode.

Our theme song was written and performed by Mark Phillips.

The special ad music, Microliters, was written and performed by Build Buildings. 

Additional music from the band Hot Moms Dot Gov.

Our logo was designed by Elias Stein.

 

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