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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.

Oct 22, 2018

Marilyn Miles, owner of Electronic Manufacturing Solutions (EMS, Inc.), along with Clayton Hornsby VP of Manufacturing join this episode of The Startup Junkies Podcast to discuss their entrepreneurial journey. What began as a side hustle while balancing a full-time job, EMS, has now grown to 77 employees located in rural Lincoln, Arkansas. EMS is an electronic contract manufacturer company, specializing in the production of circuit boards, wire processing, and cable-data distribution. Marilyn details some growing pains that EMS has had to face, as well as the geographic challenge of recruiting new employees. This is an incredible company, and we finish the episode with a reminder from Marilyn on the importance of dreaming big, and creating a vision for the future of your company.

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

michael@startupjunkie.org

Oct 15, 2018

Karen Ahuja, a local freelance artist, joins this episode of The Startup Junkies Podcasts to discuss her upbringing as a graphic designer turned painter in the Northwest Arkansas region. Karen shares her story, explaining how she went from a hobbyist to a business woman who now has prints of her paintings sold in stores such as; HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, and many more! As an artist, she describes the cultural pressure she felt towards trying to make a profit. However, her ability to leverage social media lead her to a rewarding, successful career. Karen also details her outline for The Welcome Pineapple Project. Where she is raising awareness for post-adoption challenges through art. Karen also shares how she exercises her mind through creativity and hard work, so she is always ready to take on new challenge.

Karen’s Instagram: @KarenAhuja

Karen’s Website: http://www.KarenAhuja.com

The Welcome Pineapple Project: http://www.karenahuja.com/welcome-pineapple.html

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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michael@startupjunkie.org

Oct 8, 2018

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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Sep 27, 2018

Andrew Gibbs-Dabney, Founder and CEO of LIVSN Designs, joins the 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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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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michael@startupjunkie.org

Sep 21, 2018
Beau & Kourtney Barrett, Founders of JUNK Brands, join the Startup Junkies Podcast for episode 140. Beau and Kourtney detail the start of JUNK Brands, and how it grew to become the nationally recognized headband company that it is today. They discuss the importance of listening to the market and providing customers with authentic products that leave them coming back for more. Beau and Kourtney also explore the subculture that helped them scale, and how to use your community as leverage to keep growing. They are huge advocates for the entrepreneurial community here in Northwest Arkansas, and we cap off the discussion talking about what new venture is brewing in the Barrett family, and the "What's Next!?" question that they have been asked a thousand times. Enjoy!
 
Learn more about JUNK Brands: https://www.junkbrands.com/

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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michael@startupjunkie.org

Sep 3, 2018

Blake Puryear, Head of Product at Engine, is an e-commerce expert who has his eyes set on the future of the marketplace. Engine is a Fayetteville based e-commerce platform built for the digitally native, vertically integrated brands that are building and selling their own products directly to the consumer. In this episode, Blake and the team discuss their perspective on the Northwest Arkansas startup scene and what it means to be a part of passionate, thriving community. We dive into Blake’s passion projects, lessons learned from working with more than a dozen startup companies, and a personalized evolution of e-commerce.

 

Engine Website: https://www.enginecommerce.com/

(1:35) Stance Socks: https://www.stance.com/men/

(1:35) Peet’s Coffee: https://www.peets.com/

(12:15) Klayvio: https://www.klaviyo.com/

(22:40) VentureBeat: https://venturebeat.com/2018/05/22/shopify-rival-engine-hopes-to-blaze-a-trail-for-arkansas-ecommerce-startups/

(37:10) Engine Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf61PogryCa4L8qJdIRtGKw

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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michael@startupjunkie.org

Aug 20, 2018

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

Aug 8, 2018

“The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

Stephen Covey

JB Hunt executives Shelley Simpson, EVP & Chief Commercial Officer and Todd Jenkins, JB Hunt’s Senior Diversity Lead & Chair of NWA YP Summit, join the Startup Junkie podcast for episode #136. They discuss both the importance of finding mentors as well as share insight on the differences between mentors, sponsors and coaches and why you should try to find all three! Shelley Simpson also shares her journey of working up the ranks of JB Hunt and advice from her dad that helped her reach her current position. Lastly, she explains how she chooses priorities and where she allocates time to outside of work. You don’t want to miss this episode!

 

To learn more about JB Hunt, visit their site here and to learn more about Work Matters, check out their site.

 

Register for the NWA Young Professional Summit here.

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Michael@startupjunkie.org

Jul 30, 2018

Neil Greenhaw, founder of Haxton Road Studios, combines cutting edge technology and his passion for all things vintage to create a world class recording studio in Bentonville, AR. In this podcast episode, Neil shares his story of growing up in rural Arkansas where he fell in love with music, traveling internationally with a band up to 240 days a year, and then returning to Arkansas and opening a recording studio. Neil has chosen to invest in the community and believes that collaboration is key to successfully promoting local artists. Haxton Road Studios recently partnered with Bike Rack Brewing Co. to produce an album showcasing the musical talent here in Arkansas. Neil comments,“Sky’s the limit,” regarding the opportunities hovering on the horizon for the Northwest Arkansas music industry. After personally experiencing his state of the art recording equipment and seeing his commitment to quality, we couldn’t agree more.

 

To learn more about Haxton Road Studios, visit their site here.

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Michael@startupjunkie.org

Jul 9, 2018

Trey Holt and Leo Orpin, co-founders of Black Apple Crossing, Arkansas’ first hard cidery, join us for their second podcast episode. Their cidery has experienced exponential growth over the last three years and they plan to distribute in retail stores later this year. In this episode, Leo and Trey share parts of the brewing process as well as “flopped” flavors that didn’t make it to market. In addition to serving a fantastic product, Black Apple Crossing believes in always putting the customer first; listen to how this drives the cidery in everything they do!

 

 

To learn more about Black Apple Crossing, visit their site here.  

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Michael@startupjunkie.org

Jun 24, 2018

Ben Clark, CEO of B-Unlimited, bought the company in 2006 with big dreams but the economic crisis of 2009 forced him to scale back and focus on one customer, a sorority at the University of Arkansas. Fast forward nearly a decade and this apparel company has taken over the college market providing screen printed shirts to over 500 sororities all across the United States. Listen to how the power of perseverance grew a small company into one of the Best Mid-Sized Companies to work for in Arkansas*!

 

*According to INC survey

 

To learn more about B-Unlimited, visit their site here.  

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Michael@startupjunkie.org

Jun 14, 2018

World-renowned art. Extraordinary landscapes. Delicious food. What more could Northwest Arkansas need to become the #1 destination in the United States? How about one of the greatest business executives in the recording industry investing in its success? Listen to the incredible story of Al Bell, a legend in the music industry, and his mission to take Bentonville’s music scene to the highest level.

 

To learn more about Al Bell Presents, visit albellpresents.com.  

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Michael@startupjunkie.org

Jun 4, 2018

Dr. Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst at Conductor and best-selling author, shares advice with us on topics such as time management and the importance of discovering your “Why.”  Despite Jeff’s concurrent roles as author, consultant, mentor, husband and father, he makes time for opportunities that support his “Why.” Listen to Jeff’s perspective on why his busy schedule still allows him time to take on new responsibilities!

 

Find Jeff’s books on Amazon here:  The Innovator’s Field Guide and The Top Performer's Field Guide

 

Follow Jeff on these platforms: Website, Conductor, Conductor Facebook

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Michael@startupjunkie.org

May 28, 2018

Startup Junkie team members chat with Founder, Jeff Amerine, about the journey that led him to where he is today. Jeff candidly discusses a variety of topics, focusing on the experiences that have shaped his current definition of success. On everything from his military background, which taught him to “focus first on the things that will kill you”, to family, where he artfully likens children and startups, Jeff gives us his fresh and genuine perspective. Finally, Jeff shares his goal of community engagement in Northwest Arkansas, a crucial component in building a thriving startup ecosystem here in our backyard.

 

To learn more about Startup Junkie, visit https://www.startupjunkie.org/.  

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Michael@startupjunkie.org

May 21, 2018

Have you ever thought of taking a treasured family recipe and creating a company to share the treat with others? Co-owners and brothers Austin and Quinn Simkins share their story of growing their family pastime of making Chocolate Poppers into the business Simkins Brothers’ Sweets that won the IdeaFame Pitch Contest and placed second at the Collegiate Venture Competition. They also discuss the challenges they’ve faced along the way and share advice to those considering making their business dream a reality.

 

To learn more about Simkins Brothers’ Sweets, visit sbrotherssweets.com.  

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Michael@startupjunkie.org

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