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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 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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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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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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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

 

Nov 5, 2018

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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Oct 29, 2018

Daniel Schroeder and Matthew Young of Listing Village, a real-estate marketing solutions company based out of Little Rock, Arkansas, join this episode of The Startup Junkies Podcast. Listing Village is focused on connecting suburban realtors with clients by removing the middleman, and creating a personalized real estate experience for all homebuyers that lead them back to the real estate agent. Recently, Listing Village, was accepted into the Y Combinator Startup School, based out of Mountain View, California. Daniel and Matthew share their success story; the future of the real estate industry, and how Listing Village will create a reduced, perfected process. Finally, Daniel and Matthew remind us, “If you’re not getting ready for tomorrow, you’re doomed to repeat yesterday.”

Listing Village: ListingVillage.com

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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