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Class E Podcast

The Class–E Podcast hosts conversations with leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship and sheds light on all the amazing accomplishments of students, faculty, and alumni in the Furman University Family.

We strive to help innovative thinkers share their stories, their expertise, and experience in hopes of creating an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Our mission is to educate and inspire our listeners to engage in innovative thinking, connect with Furman Innovation and Entrepreneurship and launch their own ventures.

Nov 23, 2021

He may be young, but media company owner, Nathaniel DeSantis ‘19 has a plan and he’s working it.  During the pandemic, DeSantis grew his company, Amalfi Media tripling their output and their income.  He shares his story in this episode of the Class E Podcast.    

Guest: Nathaniel DeSantis

Host: Mary...


Nov 4, 2021

Mezzo Creative was remote before remote was cool. In this episode of the Class E Podcast, we talk with founder Cynthia Krantz '07 about how her mentor pushed her out of the nest which lead to the growth of her remote company during the pandemic.  The balance of being an entrepreneur and a mom is not an easy one,...


Jul 7, 2021

In this episode of our Class E Podcast special series, Pathfinders in Purple, we speak with JJ Fowler. During the day, he is a Furman staff member working in the ITS department, but after hours, he owns his own business, Vanzeppelin Aerial. Fowler shares his experience in using drones to show different...


May 19, 2021

In this episode of the Class E Podcast, we talk to Melissa Packman '92. She shares her knowledge on how to adapt to fill a need, and how overcoming struggles can make your company that much stronger. She talks about her philosophy of managing people and creating entrepreneurial opportunities with her two companies,...


May 5, 2021

In this episode of the Class E podcast, we talk with Furman alum Mark Kaiser ’79 about his varied career. Kaiser is an expert in deploying M&A, innovation, and corporate venturing to drive meaningful growth. He has been involved in the acquisition of over 100 companies and designed and supported over 40 Fortune 500...