March 13, 2017
Philip Tadros is a true serial entrepreneur and restauranteur. He is the founder of Doejo, a digital agency, Dollop Coffee, a cafe and bakery, Bow Truss Coffee, a coffee roastery and cafe, The Budlong, a hot chicken restaurant chain, SPACE, a coworking space, and Aquanaut Brewing, a craft brewery. He opened his first coffee shop at 19 after dropping out of college and now runs the largest network of independently owned coffee shops in Chicago.
Crain’s recently ran a special report questioning some of Phil’s business practices titled One of Chicago’s Most Connected Entrepreneurs has Made More Than a Few Enemies. We dive into what really happened in the second half of this episode and what he’s learned from the experience.
In this episode, we touch on a wide range of topics, including how Phil got his start as an entrepreneur after dropping out of college, the differences between the beer and coffee community, and how he differentiates himself in the competitive food industry. Plus, we’ll hear about Phil’s side of the story on the Crain’s special report, what he’s learned from the experience, and how he and his team handled the bad press.
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