Bethel student gains traction from nation’s top brands with podcast he started in his basement

Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 8:03 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - The sounds of a podcast, all come from the basement of Bethel University senior Cameron Nagle.

“We are headed to the basement where Starting Small was created in 2020,” Nagle told 16 News Now Monday as he walked down to his home studio.

It is the same spot where he hosts his podcast that he found during the pandemic called “Starting Small.”

“My classes were shut down at Bethel, and I wanted to interview people remotely and figure out how I can do that and it was the perfect chance. The executives that I interviewed, the founders that are on my board here, they had more time open,” Nagle says.

Founders of businesses that all started small like Cameron and are have become some of the biggest brands around the country.

“I’ve had the opportunity to talk to the founder of North Face, Lippert Components, Reebok, the founder of Cards Against Humanity, Lovesac, Stacy’s Pita Chips, Kodiak Cakes, the founder of Next Door,” Nagle explained.

To his surprise, Cameron says he came up with the idea of the podcast in from a bottle of syrup.

“I don’t remember what I was eating but I remember I was eating breakfast one time and I remember looking -- I think it might have been a syrup bottle -- and I was like what is the story behind this? I saw the back label and it shared a heritage piece and I recalled I know so many close friends that have amazing stories and just their upbringings. I couldn’t even imagine what the upbringing or the story might look like for one of these founders,” Nagle said.

More than two years and 75 guests later, Cameron no longer has to wonder what his podcast could look like.

“This is the Jimmy Fallon show to me here at the home office,” Nagle said.

Instead, Nagel is taking his show on the road for the very first time with his first “Starting Small Summit.”

“It’s pretty much taking my show live, the structure that I interview, on a live experience on a stage,” Nagle says.

The summit will be held in the Bethel University Auditorium from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13th where Nagel is expected to interview Reebok founder Joe Foster, Stacy’s Pita Chips Founder Stacy Madison and JBL New York City GLO Science Founder Dr. Jonathan Levine.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased here.

The “Starting Small” podcast can be streaming on all platforms including Apple Podcast, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, and more.

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