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The Startup Junkies Podcast

The Startup Junkies podcast is hosted by Jeff Amerine and the team at Startup Junkie. We’ll cover topics ranging from getting started, planning, growing your business, proving your concept, leadership, marketing, exit strategies and so much more. We’ll interview business owners, entrepreneurs, experts and people we think will bring value to our audience. Subscribe, and together we'll take your business to the next level.
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This is the Startup Junkies Podcast. These are the stories of the people that are afflicted with creating the next great products and services that are going to change lives - not just in America, but worldwide. We're going to tell the stories of the next great beer producer, products and apparel makers, and the stories of people that don't accept the status quo and that want to make things better. 

Welcome to the Startup Junkies Podcast.

May 20, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Haley Allgood head to the first ever Shark Tank casting call in Arkansas. Presented by Startup Junkie, the casting call gave local entrepreneurs in the heartland the opportunity to give a one-minute pitch of their business, product or idea. If chosen, local contestants may be featured on “Shark Tank” for a chance to make their dreams a reality. Guests featured in this episode include Mindy Zemrack, casting coordinator for Shark Tank, several companies participating in the casting call (Luncher, Shiphike, dOugh M G, Bristle), and Dmitri Love, a University of Arkansas graduate who was previously featured on Shark Tank with his company Bundil. Shark Tank season 11 premiers this fall on ABC and will hopefully include companies that pitched at the Bentonville Casting Call!

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May 13, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Michael Iseman sit down with the creators of the Purlu App, Brad Cardwell and Caitlin Trickett. Purlu showcases food and drink specials for Northwest Arkansas in an app interface that is easy to use. Brad and Caitlin discuss the challenges of communicating with a development team on the other side of the world while sharing the excitement of gaining momentum by partnering with NWA restaurants.

Download the Purlu app: https://www.purluapp.com/

Connect with Brad: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-cardwell-014a07115/

Connect with Caitlin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caitlin-trickett-4b801799/

Connect with Jeff: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffamerine/

Connect with Michael: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-iseman/

Hosts: Jeff Amerine and Michael Iseman

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Michael@startupjunkie.org

May 6, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Michael Melfi reflect on investing in America’s heartland. This episode was recorded as a live simulcast for Michael Melfi’s Be Investable podcast. In Fayetteville and Detroit, Jeff and Michael are improving the odds of entrepreneurs by building sustainable startup ecosystems. As entrepreneurs turned investors, Jeff and Michael discuss how critical the importance of the team is in increasing the chances of raising money and becoming venture ready.

Check out the Be Investable podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/podcast-be-investable/id1335245597?mt=2#

Connect with Michael Melfi: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelsmelfi/

Connect with Jeff: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffamerine/

Host: Jeff Amerine

Jeff@startupjunkie.org

 

May 2, 2019

This episode of the Startup Junkies Podcasts contains four mini episodes featuring mentors and participants of the 2019 Northwest Arkansas Startup Weekend. Hosts Jeff Amerine, Haley Allgood, and Chandler Abbott sit down with mentors Kent Watson of Metova, Jordan Carlisle of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Aricka Lewis of RevUnit. Kent and Aricka talk about advising the Startup Weekend teams with customer discovery and validation while Jordan reflects on his experience of being involved in over a dozen Startup Weekends. As participants, the Listing Village team returns to the podcast to share the side hustle concept they developed throughout the weekend.

To learn more about Arkansas Startup Weekend: https://www.facebook.com/ArkansasStartupWeekend/

Connect with Kent: https://www.linkedin.com/in/watsonkent/

Connect with Jordan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordantcarlisle/

Connect with Aricka: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arickaclewis/

Connect with Listing Village: https://www.linkedin.com/company/listingvillage/

Hosts: Jeff Amerine, Haley Allgood, & Chandler Abbott

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Apr 18, 2019

In this special edition of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Chandler Abbott sit down with mentors and participants of the 2019 Northwest Arkansas Startup Weekend. Startup Weekend gives aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators a chance to develop a working concept in a weekend and get feedback from experienced mentors. Ryan Frazier and Chuong Nguyen, former co-founders of DataRank, returned to mentor teams at Startup Weekend and share updates on their careers during an on location interview at the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub. As a mentor, Ryan used his experience of gathering user feedback and customer validation from DataRank to advise the Startup Weekend teams as they developed their first prototype. Chuong reflects on how the NWA entrepreneurial scene has evolved from when he first entered in the early 2010’s and a new venture he’s working on with some of the former Datarank founders. Please excuse the background noise of Startup Weekend teams hard at work!

To learn more about Arkansas Startup Weekend: https://www.facebook.com/ArkansasStartupWeekend/

Connect with Ryan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryfraz/

Connect with Chuong: https://www.linkedin.com/in/phodamentals/

Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Chandler Abbott

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Chandler@startupjunkie.org

Mar 21, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, the co-founders of MORE Technologies, Canon Reeves, Kaushik Ramini, and Peyton Smith, join Jeff Amerine and Michael Iseman to reflect on the first year of MORE Technologies and share their excitement from their recent launch on Kickstarter. MORE Technologies, an Edtech company that provides affordable robotics education, went from an idea to a full business in 54 hours with 75 pre orders after winning the 2018 Northwest Arkansas Startup Weekend. Canon, Kaushik, and Peyton outline the lessons learned in refining the design, developing a strategic advantage, and finding target customers that lead up to the Kickstarter launch and their goal of transforming robotics education.

To learn more about MORE Technologies and the Kickstarter campaign: http://www.moretech.co

Connect with Canon: https://www.linkedin.com/in/canonreeves/

Connect with Kaushik: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaushik-ramini-uark/

Connect with Peyton: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peytonsmith/

Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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michael@startupjunkie.org

Mar 14, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Carter Malloy, Founder and CEO of AcreTrader, joins hosts Jeff Amerine and Michael Iseman to detail the recent launch of their farmland investment platform. AcreTrader pairs the high performing investment of farm land with a transparent and approachable platform which makes it easy for investors to add farmland to their portfolio without buying a whole farm. Carter grew up on a family farm, and has an impressive background as an entrepreneur, researcher, musician, and hedge fund manager. He shares some of his story that led him to this venture and details his vision for the company and culture forming around AcreTrader.

 

Learn more or invest with AcreTrader: https://www.acretrader.com

Connect with Carter Malloy: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carter-malloy-610a422/

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Feb 25, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Will Gilbrech joins Jeff Amerine and Michael Iseman to reflect on his entrepreneurial journey that began when Will and Michael were taking Jeff’s New Venture Development course at the University of Arkansas. Since then, Will has led sales development for Arkansas’s first Y Combinator startup, DataRank, and now co-owns a fast growing HVAC company, Franklin Heating & Air. Tune in to learn more about Will’s journey as well as his philosophy on cost effectively growing a business.

To learn more about Franklin Heating and Air: https://www.savewithfranklin.com/

Connect with Will Gilbrech: https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-gilbrech/

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Feb 18, 2019

February 18th, 2019

Michael Brown, CEO of Insight Leadership Group and Lead Minister of Thrive Christian Church, joins this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast to detail how an early morning epiphany began an entrepreneurial journey to become a business and spiritual counselor. Insight Leadership Group uses data driven strategies to work with CEOs and leadership teams to diagnose goals and then execute a plan for improving the workplace culture. In business and church, Michael’s mission is to help people enjoy finding their dream and he is rewarded by a career that empowers him to do both.

To learn more about Insight Leadership Group, visit http://www.insightlg.com/.

Connect with Michael Brown: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelbinsight/

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Jan 14, 2019

152: Celebration and Restoration at Markham & Fitz Chocolate

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Lauren Blanco, CEO of Markham & Fitz Chocolate joins the team to discuss her passion behind creating a company and her spirit for bringing people together through chocolate. Lauren believes that businesses can be a driver towards making the earth a better place. In doing so, she ensures that Markham & Fitz leaves an environmentally friendly footprint, and takes a conscious effort towards zero waste. Lauren details her story about where she started; the changes that take place in a growing business, and everything that she learned in order to create a flourishing chocolate company. Markham & Fitz recently won a Good Food Award for their Ooh La Lavender bar, and are soon to be distributed internationally with some of the best chocolate in the world.

Good Food Awards: https://goodfoodfdn.org/awards/winners/2019/chocolate/

Connect with Lauren: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-blanco-06982372/

Markham & Fitz: https://www.markhamandfitz.com/

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Jan 7, 2019

151: Ecosystem Building with the AEDC

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Michael Iseman and Jeff Standridge sit down with Clark Cogbill and Jeff Moore of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to discuss business retention and expansion in the State of Arkansas. This episode is actually a simulcast airing here on the Startup Junkies Podcast, and also on the Arkansas Inc. Podcast run by the AEDC. Be sure to subscribe to both for more stories of entrepreneurs and innovators from Arkansas and around the world!

There is an incredible amount of activity going on in the State of Arkansas to foster an environment across the state the encourages entrepreneurialism and creativity. We dive into specific opportunities, grants, and tax credits available to entrepreneurs through the AEDC, and programs run by the Venture Center, Winrock, the Conductor, and Startup Junkie.

Arkansas EDC: www.arkansasedc.com

Get your Free Copy of Jeff's Book: http://info.arkansasedc.com/the-innovators-field-guide
 
Check out this blog written by Startup Junkie's Haley Allgood detailing business incentives from the AEDC and beyond: https://www.startupjunkie.org/it-pays-to-be-an-arkansas-based-company/

Fuel Accelerator: https://www.fuelaccelerator.com/

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Host: Michael Iseman

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Dec 17, 2018

Greg Tehven is an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder in Fargo, North Dakota, and Executive Director for Emerging Prairie. Emerging Prairie works as a similar concept to Startup Junkie, connecting and building their entrepreneurial community - and they do it in some big ways, like organizing the world's largest 1 Million Cups chapter, hosting a TEDx event with over 2,000 attendees, and bringing people together for brunch at midnight. In this episode, Michael and Greg discuss the value of hard selling the connectedness of the community and leveraging the assets a region has to build on the bright spots. Greg is married to his city; he takes the long view and works tirelessly to build community and bring the best out of himself and those around him. Through humor, hard work, and humility Greg and many others are turning Fargo, North Dakota into a premiere, startup destination.

Emerging Prairie: http://www.emergingprairie.com/

A Silicon Valley for Drones: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/26/technology/a-silicon-valley-for-drones-in-north-dakota.html

TEDxFARGO: http://tedxfargo.com/

Greg’s Website: http://gregfromfargo.com/

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Host: Michael Iseman

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Dec 10, 2018

David Tominsky is the Chief Relationship Officer at The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He's also an active Facilitator and Organizer at Startup Weekends across the country, and he joins Michael & Jeff on the Startup Junkies Podcast while he was in Northwest Arkansas facilitating the firs Maker Edition of Startup Weekend. David and the team discuss how the catalytic work ethic combined with the resources and network at Startup Weekend lead to endless possibilities.

Connect with David: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tominsky/
Learn More about Startup Weekend: http://communities.techstars.com/usa/bentonville-ar-usa/startup-weekend/13241

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Nov 19, 2018

Dr. Mary Lacity and Dr. Zach Steelman, join this episode of The Startup Junkies Podcast to discuss practical business applications of blockchain, and the different paths that led them to work together. Mary shares her story of missing out early on Microsoft, a near miss on the boom of the world wide web - and her internal declaration that she would not let this third major opportunity pass her by once she learned about blockchain technology. Zach's experience has been more of a practitioner with an insatiable appetite since Bitcoin launched a decade ago - and he is now teaching students in the Walton college, working with them to develop practical business applications on the Ethereum platform.

These two have teamed up to lead the Blockchain Center of Excellence they at the University of Arkansas - a program funded by a Governor Asa Hutchinson initiative on a mission to develop research partnerships, educate the community, and accelerate industry adoption of blockchain technology. https://walton.uark.edu/enterprise/blockchain.php

Connect with Mary on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-lacity-37713616/

Connect with Zach: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachsteelman/

Mary’s Book Blockchain for Business: https://www.sbpublishing.org/blockchain.html

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

 

Nov 12, 2018

In this episode Michael sits down with Jeff & Phyl Amerine to discuss the early beginnings of what grew to become Startup Junkie, and the journey that led to today. Jeff takes us back, almost 10 years to the day, to when Tom Dalton and Jeff began Innovate Arkansas in NWA. This is what began the non-traditional business model that Startup Junkie still operates under - High-quality consulting at no cost to the entrepreneurs. Jeff shares stories of different triumphs and plenty of hurdles the team's encountered along the way, and how he's never lost sight of the values that were cultivated from the very beginning. We cap off the conversation inviting everyone from the Startup Junkie team to share some of their favorite memories of Jeff and the Startup Junkie team. Enjoy!

Learn more about Startup Junkie: https://www.startupjunkie.org/

Say "Hello" to Jeff at jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

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Host: Michael Iseman michael@startupjunkie.org

 

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