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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.

Jan 18, 2021

In this episode, Caleb talks with Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty, III in an interview from Startup Junkie’s inaugural startup week event in September 2020.  Mack is well-renowned for his business acumen, and he served as the White House Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton’s administration.  Caleb and Mack discuss a handful of entrepreneurial topics, as well as several things that Mack attributes to his success. You do not want to miss out on this standout episode! 

 

Shownotes

(1:08) Introducing Mack McLarty

(3:20) The importance of positively impacting others

(6:01) How the late 90s became a golden age for entrepreneurs

(9:15) Closing the capital gap between the Heartland and the Coasts

(12:12) The Ferment Group’s investment criteria

(16:13) Advice for growth-oriented entrepreneurs taking on investors

(18:09) The government’s role in the democratization of innovation

(23:17) Widening investment opportunities while protecting investors

(25:35) Surrounding yourself with quality people

(28:25) Being true to yourself

(34:05) Succession planning

(37:32) Mack McLarty’s game-changing moments

(40:42) Mack McLarty’s legacy

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Mack McLarty 

 

Quotes

“It is essential that the investor be aligned with the management and founder - entrepreneur - and vice versa.  That the management and founder be aligned with the investor.  As my father liked to often say, have as good a front-end understanding as you possible can have.  In other words, understand really what the other is trying to accomplish.” (17:04) 

 

“Human nature being what it is, people are going to naturally want to work for someone they respect, that they trust, and they feel who will be fair and even-handed in giving them an opportunity to succeed.” (27:28) 

 

“If you are not finding meaning in what you’re doing and some joy and sense of accomplishment, you probably should be thinking about maybe shifting that at some point and doing something else.” (19:08)

Jan 11, 2021

Shownotes

(1:26) Introducing Dr. Rogelio Garcia Contreras

(6:03) How Rogelio ended up at the University of Arkansas

(13:49) The social innovation challenge 

(18:57) Rogelio shares a few highlights from the social innovation challenge

(26:09) Thinking outside the box

(38:04) Playing the long game

(44:38) Advice for the younger self

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Matthew Ward

Dr. Rogelio Garcia Contreras 

 

Quotes

“Although social entrepreneurship has become a very popular rallying point...solutions to these kind of complex problems never come easy, right?” (16:19)

“I’m an optimist in the human spirit and resilience to come up with solutions down the road that address these issues.  But it is imperative that we all are aware of the magnitude of the problem, but we also are aware of how we can connect.” (43:16)

 

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Get in touch at tinycapital.com/startupjunkies, and we’ll let you know within a couple of days. 

Jan 8, 2021

The Enactus team at the University of Arkansas is on the rise, and is headed to the Enactus National Competition to present three major projects in Kansas City for the first time in eight years. Director of Enactus at the University, Rachel Sullivant, explains the students’ projects. From a hybrid coffee & retail space that employs adults with developmental disabilities to a workshop allowing those experiencing homelessness to create and sell home décor, Enactus is on a mission to engage students and the community to tackle complex social issues through entrepreneurship.

Get to know Rachel, and how you can get involved with social entrepreneurship by reaching out to her at rsullivant@walton.uark.edu.

Learn more about Enactus here, and check out the idea behind the McMillon Innovation Studio here!

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

Jan 7, 2021

Chief Strategy Officer of RevUnit, Seth Waite, joins this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast where we dive into the details of Fuel, the future of supply chain management, and the values that Seth has formed to guide his career. He is a futurist, philanthropist, and one of the facilitators for Fuel, a program led by RevUnit and Startup Junkie to help supply chain startups become enterprise-ready. Participants will receive mentoring, coaching, and connections with Walmart's Supply Chain Innovation team and leaders from CaseStack, Propack, Tyson, and other large enterprises.

Applications are open for the Fuel Accelerator: fuelaccelerator.com

RevUnit is very cool: revunit.com

Learn more about the man behind the microphone at sethwaite.com

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Hosts: Michael Iseman & Haley Allgood

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Jan 6, 2021

Tom Chapman, Founder of Chapman and Company, joins this episode of The Startup Junkies Podcast recorded in Denver in the middle of the Startup Champions Network Fall Summit. Startup Champions Network is a group of Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builders similar to the Startup Junkies that meets twice a year to share best practices and stories. Tom, one of the original members of the network, gives us his take on the entrepreneurial ecosystem; and the importance of like-minded communities to come together and share great ideas. We discuss Angel Investment Networks, Omaha, the Nebraska Navy, and Tom even gives us an account of working for Enron early in his career during the days of exponential growth followed by massive layoffs. Lastly, Tom shares his mantra that, “when you get to a data-driven approach… you will recognize that entrepreneurship is the way for us to solve most the world’s problems, and to live a life that you can be happy and proud of.”

 

Tom’s Company: https://www.chapmanandcompany.co/

Tom’s Email: tchapman@chapmanandcompany.co

Tom’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/tchap623

Startup Champions: http://www.championsnetwork.co/

 

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Host: Michael Iseman

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Jan 5, 2021

How does a startup, small firm, or entrepreneur with an innovative technology idea get the required facetime with a tech giant/mega retail corporation to pitch their next big idea and impact the world? Bryce Paden, co-founder of i2i Labs, has the solution in the unique form of a tech broker of sorts. Hardly a full year into business, he has proved, with an uncommon business model no less, that there is certainly a market for the service i2i Labs provides. The company curates and accredits small tech teams before helping them present their innovations to large corporations that have the resources to buy the technology, but not the time or man-power needed to create it. Bryce also gives us a sneak peek into his next business. Think recreational axe throwing. Get excited!

 

To contact a professional at i2i Labs, visit https://www.i2ilabs.co/

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Michael@startupjunkie.org

Jan 4, 2021

Andrew Gibbs-Dabney, Founder and CEO of LIVSN Designs, joins The Startup Junkies Podcast to discuss his entrepreneurial journey. Andrew got his start in apparel working for Fayettechill as a warehouse employee, but the success of the company would lead him to play the role of CEO in 2 short years. His passion for outdoor recreational activities and apparel led him to create his own clothing line– LIVSN. The idea of offering high-quality, durable outdoor clothing for people who value experiences more than stuff has vaulted the launch of a successful Kickstarter campaign. In this episode, Andrew and the team explore a wide range of topics from work-life balance to overcoming all the obstacles that most startups face. We also focus on the future of LIVSN, and what Andrew plans to accomplish in the foreseeable future.

 

LIVSN: https://www.livsndesigns.com/

LIVSN kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/livsndesigns/hi-wool-fleece-and-flex-canvas-pants-built-for-lif

LIVSN Instagram: https://instagram.com/livsndesigns

Fayettechill: https://www.fayettechill.com/

Arkansas Interscholastic Cycling League: http://www.arkansasmtb.org/

BLK ELK Media: https://www.blkelkmedia.com/

 

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This episode was sponsored by Tiny. Tiny partners with founders to give them quick, straightforward exits that protect their team and culture.

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Dec 28, 2020

Hey everyone! This week, Caleb Talley and Jeff Amerine zoom with Colin McIntosh, founder, and CEO of Sheets & Giggles. Sheets & Giggles is one of the fastest-growing sustainable bedding brands in the U.S and is disrupting the traditional industry. In this episode, you will get to hear the real story behind the ideation of Sheets & Giggles, the analysis that went behind finding the perfect industry to create a company, and the importance of getting the right people on the bus. We are glad to have you here!

Shownotes

(1:16) Introducing Colin McIntosh and Sheets and Giggles

(6:40) Sheets are part of the perfect business model

(8:29) Why eucalyptus lyocell?

(13:08) What sets Sheets and Giggles apart?

(16:40) Impact investing

(18:40) Reflecting on the entrepreneurial journey

(21:30) Maintaining culture through growth

(24:59) What is the end goal?

(30:38) Advice for the younger self

(32:55) Wrapping up

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Matthew Ward

Colin McIntosh 

Sheets and Giggles

Amazon Store  

 

Quotes

“The content that we do is insane compared to the rest of the space.  And if it makes us laugh, if it makes me laugh, it goes.  And that’s, I think, the thing that other brands don’t see...When you’re on Instagram and you’re scrolling, I’m not going to stop for the same thing I’ve seen a thousand times, but I might stop if I see a guy sleeping in a bathtub for an allegory about the amount of water that cotton sheets use.” (14:29)

 

“I would love to look back in five years and say that we built a large, national brand that does a lot of good in the world and is very well-respected and makes a lot of people laugh….Whether that’s a public company or a subsidiary of Mattress Corp, you know, like I’m pretty agnostic about that, as long as we can achieve the goal.” (26:43)

Dec 21, 2020

Welcome back! This week, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward chat with Perry S. Marshall, owner of Perry S. Marshall & Associates. Perry S. Marshall & Associates has helped tens of thousands of small companies become big companies by applying advanced 80/20 to online advertising. Perry is one of the most sought after business consultants in the world, consulting in over 300 industries. Endorsed in Forbes and Inc Magazine, he’s guided clients like FanDuel and InfusionSoft from startup to hundreds of millions of dollars. In this episode, you will get to hear about common obstacles start-ups face, some topics surrounding some of Perry’s books, and interesting talk around AI and Machine Learning. Check it out!

(1:23) Introducing Perry Marshall

(2:11) Perry’s shower thoughts

(4:54) The problem with profit-based health care systems

(7:31) How Perry wrote the best-selling book on digital advertising

(18:54) Kindergarten business vs. the adult version of business

(22:23) Evolution 2.0

(45:49) The earth as a self-regulating organism

(51:50) Artificial intelligence vs. Biology

(56:52) Wrapping up

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Matthew Ward

Perry Marshall

30 Day Street MBA

Evolution 2.0   

 

Quotes

“So I write this book and then I turn it into an ebook, and right about then, like, Google hit the hockey stick and it just turned into this crazy magic carpet ride.  Like, the whole world discovered that the English language is for sale, and the French, and the German, and Spanish.  Right?  And, like, this thing just went supernova, and Google went supernova, and like, I just kind of rode the coattails and I hung on for dear life.” (16:54)


“I know how to explain things.  I’m a marketing guy.  And that’s why I wrote Evolution 2.0...This is literally the first book ever published that correctly explains how evolution works, that you don’t have to be a PhD to understand it.” (45:26)

Dec 14, 2020

Shownotes

(1:50) Introducing Giftgoat

(5:55) The story behind the name

(8:05) Grassroots customer acquisition

(12:22) How the three founders came together

(14:14) Managing workflow, company culture, and growth when working remote

(21:44) COVID-19’s effects on Giftgoat

(24:04) Managing launch week, and commitment to hustling through the early days

(26:47) Advice for the younger self

(28:39) Where can you find Giftgoat?

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Steven Gurley 

George Wauchope 

Evan Mathis 

Giftgoat 

 

Quotes

“We’re looking at data.  That’s all we want is to see how users are interacting with our platform so that we can make a better product.” (24:53)

“I would have told myself to not try to grow companies too quickly, because in the event of something like the global pandemic, that could be the end for your company.” (27:05)

“So I think the biggest thing is to just bury your ego and listen to people who are more accomplished and successful than you.” (28:14)

Dec 7, 2020

Welcome to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast!

In this week’s episode, Caleb, Jeff, and Matthew talk with Norman Crowley, entrepreneur, and climate change enthusiast.  By the time he was 40, Crowley founded and sold three companies for upwards of three-quarters of a billion dollars.  Now, Crowley is the CEO of the Cool Planet Group and focuses on finding solutions for climate change.  Tune in to this episode and you will hear about the businesses Crowley founded, how we can create cool, sexy solutions to climate change, encouraging the younger generations to innovate, and an electric 1963 Corvette Stingray with 1,200 brake horsepower!

 

Shownotes

(1:45) Introducing Norman Crowley

(12:18) Separating climate change from other agendas

(19:39) Predicting how the energy landscape will change in future decades

(26:48) Three areas Cool Planet Group is focusing on

(29:10) Norman’s opinions on alternative civilization settings

(32:45) The importance of galvanizing innovators in the younger generation

(37:36) Norman gives advice to his younger self

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Matthew Ward

Norman Crowley 

Cool Planet Group 

 

Quotes

“People just want to live their lives.  They don’t want to be constrained, and they don’t want to hear about what they can’t do.  They want to hear about what they can do.” (12:04)

“There are people in Bangladesh dying because water levels are rising, right?  And then that has nothing to do with the fact that you would like rich people to be less rich, right?  And it’s really dangerous tying both of those things together because when you tie both of those things together you alienate whole swathes of the population.  And then poor people in Bangladesh drown because you’ve got some other agenda.” (14:16)

“Find a way of becoming wiser earlier, right?  And then trust yourself once you are becoming 

wise.  None of us are perfectly wise, but find a way of listening to and trusting yourself.”  (40:29)

 

Nov 30, 2020

Welcome back to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast! This week, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward talk with Dr. Joseph Daniels, founder of Build Community Through Love. Build Community Through Love seeks to infuse AGAPE LOVE into the strategic and actionable redesign of authentic community.  Dr. Daniels has a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Arkansas, is a community builder, and is a real investor. In this episode, some of the topics you will get to hear about our insights around inclusivity in ecosystem development, opportunity zones in real estate, the need for equity in Northwest Arkansas, and Dr. Daniels' why. Thanks for listening in with us!

Shownotes

(2:01) Introducing Joe Daniels

(5:06) Moving from a metropolitan area to NWA

(11:19) Inclusivity in entrepreneurial ecosystems

(26:12) Joe’s future with Build Community Through Love 

(32:15) Joe talks about what drives his passion

(35:48) Advice for Joe’s younger self

(38:55) Wrapping up

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Matthew Ward

Joe Daniels

Build Community Through Love Website

BCTL Podcast

BCTL Instagram    

 

Quotes

“We value all of these things and then allow for a seven day event where everybody comes in from outside to come into our home.  And we begin saying, you know what, we’re not gonna, we can’t do anything. We’re just going to let everybody be themselves.  And, you know, if I’m a taxpayer in this city, I don’t want to have to go to another city for a week just to let other people come into my house and wreck it, just for me to have to come back.” (27:20)

 

“So I would tell young Joe, as he’s coming out of high school, begin thinking of ways to employ people.  Begin using your mind to solve problems.  Don’t force yourself to get A’s in a system that’s gonna continue to keep you locked into as an employee, because your mind is so powerful.  And if you use your mind, you can always be an employee, but you can also be someone who can really affect change, and who can provide ideas that solve and can provide real solutions.” (37:08)

Nov 23, 2020

Welcome back to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast!

This week, Caleb Talley and Matthew Ward talk with Bo Lais, founder of Lula and KC Collective.  They chat about building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas City, silver linings from the Pandemic, and working with Pipeline.  Listen to this week’s episode to hear about an ideal example of a business that assesses the marketplace and adapts to address a need in the property management industry!

 

Shownotes

(2:24) Introducing Lula 

(5:46) KC Collective 

(10:20) Surprises of working with KC Collective

(12:42) Creating a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem

(14:40) A silver lining from the pandemic

(18:14) Raising capital for Lula

(21:13) Working with Pipeline

(26:44) Advice for the younger self

(28:27) Wrapping up

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Matthew Ward

Bo Lais

Lula  

KC Collective 

 

Quotes

“You really need universities, corporations, and they need government, right? You need all of them to play nicely with one another in order to be a really strong, entrepreneurial city.” (13:08)

“We’re always asking, you know, investors to take more risks but on the other side, you know, I think that founders, I think we need to do bigger things.  We need to have more exits, right? More exits and bigger exits.” (17:07)

Nov 16, 2020

218: Creating Startup Junkies

Jeff Amerine - Startup Junkie; Jeff Standridge - The Conductor

Welcome to a special episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast! This week, Caleb Talley and Morgan Scholz sit down with Jeff Amerine and Jeff Standridge to talk about their new book "Creating Startup Junkies". In this episode, you will get to hear about the genesis of the book, the importance of venture ecosystem development, and the crucial pillars to creating a venture ecosystem. This is an episode you do not want to miss out on!

 

Check out this link to find more information on how to create an effective ecosystem: https://www.creatingstartupjunkies.com/

 

Shownotes

(2:03) What led to writing a book?

(5:09) Who is the book for?

(14:02) What are the benefits of building a startup in unexpected places?

(20:19) Discussing the four pillars

(27:09) Game-changing policy changes for startup ecosystems

(33:14) What is the biggest goal of the book?

(34:36) Wrap up



Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Jeff Standridge 

Morgan Scholz 

Creating Startup Junkies 



Quotes

“Otherwise they think of economic development as ‘we’re going to go attract a big plant from somewhere,’ and there’s a place for that, that’s important. But that’s kind of like buying a winning lottery ticket.  What we’re talking about in this book, and in everything we do, is sort of the Money Ball play, to use a movie reference. This is the how do you get a better on base percentage with the talent that you have locally, and it’s something that sticks.” (8:10) 

 

“If we believe that this is a movement that can change lives, our defining purpose and reason for being is to empower and enable innovators and entrepreneurs.  And by virtue of that, improve their lives or quality or standard of living.  The book is a manifestation of that.  It’s intended to be a little bit inspiration, a little bit practical and tactical detail for how to do it.” (33:32)

Nov 9, 2020

Welcome to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast! This week, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward have a virtual chat with Jonathan Kazarian, founder and CEO of AccelEvents. AccelEvents is a virtual event platform that creates high-quality broadcasts and on-demand videos at scale. With over 12,500 companies, organizations, and events who have utilized the platform, AccelEvents has been proven to be an effective solution. In this episode, you will get to hear about the birth and development of AccelEvents, advice to be successful with organizing and running virtual events, and emerging trends in the virtual event space. Check out this great episode!

Shownotes

(1:16) Introducing Accelevents

(7:03) The benefits of transitioning to virtual events

(12:44) Setting up a virtual event through Accelevents

(14:11) How virtual events favor tech employees

(16:26) Scaling quickly with a global virtual team

(18:02) Price structure and how sponsors benefit from virtual events

(22:56) The future of virtual events post-pandemic

(24:25) Jonathan gives advice to his younger self

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Matthew Ward

Jonathan Kazarian 

Accelevents 

 

Quotes

“One big trend that we’re seeing...is that these events that used to take three, six, nine months to plan in person and were crazy expensive, now through our platform, these event organizers can take that event and they can repurpose and reuse a lot of the content and bring that community back and re-engage that community every month or every quarter and build those deeper relationships.” (7:20)

 

“You learn best by taking the hit in the face with a two-by-four, because you know the kinds of things you won’t do again.  And some of those, I think some of those life lessons are the things that define good leaders.  If you could do everything right and you’ve kind of lived an enchanted life, when the first big obstacle comes up you have no idea how to deal with it.” (25:40)

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