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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.

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

jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

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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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

May 7, 2018

Meet the incredibly talented, Canon Reeves! CEO and co-founder of MORE Technologies, Canon is currently a sophomore at the University of Arkansas working toward providing every child in Arkansas access to robotics. From winning a competition with RFID smart cabinets to pitching at and winning the most recent Startup Weekend, Canon has been busy developing prototypes and add-ons for his robots. In the hopes of improving STEM education and access in the state, Canon plans on using MORE Technologies’ robotics kits to keep kids hooked on STEM for the long haul.

Check out Canon’s time-lapse of an all-night build session here.

Learn more about MORE at moretech.co, and check out summer classes for the kids at nerdies.me

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

Apr 30, 2018

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

Apr 20, 2018

We flip the script on Matt Waller, Dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business, and place him in the hot seat. A purveyor of entrepreneurship, Dean Waller is known for his interviews with entrepreneurs, and we couldn’t be more excited to get the latest on business, entrepreneurship and the future of experiential learning at the University. The future of the Walton College of Business will integrate other colleges on campus to provide a hands-on and innovative learning experience that will create the next generation of entrepreneurs, small business owners and corporate moguls.

 

Check out all the Walton College of Business has been up to here!

Have a question for Dean Waller? Reach out to him at mwaller@uark.edu.

Check out his entrepreneurial spotlights on his Linkedin.

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

Apr 16, 2018

Meet Chad Williamson, a man who’s worn many hats (or should we say bowties). From an early age, his perception on social constructs was shifted by his military brat upbringing. From his first business, to his current educational non-profit, it’s amazing to see how relationships and character development inspired Chad’s journey. Current co-founder of Noble Impact, an educational non-profit providing students with purpose-driven education, Chad has been a forerunner on the entrepreneurial scene focused on purpose and experience. His advice for the budding entrepreneur is translated best by song – catch it at the end of the podcast!

Learn more about Noble Impact here!

Follow Noble Impact on Facebook, and Instagram @nobleimpact

 

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 Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

Apr 9, 2018

Meet Steve Perry, president of Denovo Brands. Dedicated to innovative outdoor retail products, Steve, along with several other Denovo owners, stems from a career in mass market retail at Walmart. Denovo Brands includes Equip, which focuses on hammocks, and Kijaro, which produces premium sporting & outdoor chairs. Join us as we sit down with Steve and learn about the challenges of building a retail product company in NWA, as well as the ins and outs of product development.

 Learn more about Denovo Brands here, and check out Kijaro and Equip!

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

Mar 30, 2018

Introducing our very own, Ellen Brune! Holding a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, Ellen is our Senior Entrepreneur in Residence. Ellen serves as a liaison between Startup Junkie and the University of Arkansas. Her focus is helping scientists at the University commercialize their research. Ellen’s experience with her own company, Boston Mountain Biotech, is invaluable and tailored to science-based startups. Much of the value of science-based startups is tied up in intellectual property, making it challenging to gain fundraising. With Ellen’s extensive experience, and her wealth of skills (including mountain biking and home brewing kombucha), she’s a strong advocate for the science-based entrepreneur in NWA.

Reach out to Ellen at ellen@startupjunkie.org & follow her on Instagram @ebrune3.

Want to learn more about Boston Mountain Biotech? Check it out here!

 

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Mar 28, 2018

Ashton McCombs and Jeff are both Naval Academy graduates who took a successful plunge into entrepreneurship. In this episode, Ashton shares stories about the path that led he and two colleagues to leave corporate careers and start Phigenics, a smart water management company in 2004. It has been over a decade, and Ashton shares stories, lessons learned and advice to future entrepreneurs.

In addition to presiding over Phigenics, Ashton is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Spectrum Living Solutions (SLS). SLS was created in response to the needs of several individuals with family members who have developmental disabilities. Since its inception in Arkansas in 2015, the SLS team has grown to encompass a wide variety of individuals, including proven business and community leaders.

Learn more about Phigenics here!

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @Phigenics. 

Learn more about SLS on their website & follow them on Facebook.

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Michael@startupjunkie.org

Mar 12, 2018

Rogelio Garcia Contreras is the Director of Social Innovation at the Sam Walton College of Business, and he’s planting the seeds of social entrepreneurship in NWA. Through bringing the Social Innovation Challenge to the University of Arkansas, Rogelio has created a collaborative environment for anyone who’s interested in solving pressing community problems with, you guessed it, innovation. By encouraging entrepreneurial social innovation, Rogelio provides a compelling argument for companies to establish viable and sustainable operational processes with the fate of the community and future generations in mind.  

 Check out the Social Innovation Initiative of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation here!

To learn more about the Social Innovation Challenge, shoot Rogelio an email at rogeliog@uark.edu.

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Michael@startupjunkie.org

Mar 5, 2018

Being an entrepreneur comes with its fair share of hang-ups and frustrations, but it’s not often that you’re ejected from the driver’s seat of your own business venture. Omar Kasim, previous founder and owner of Con Quesos, experienced just that. From an operational upswing, to having a partner leverage financials to remove him from the company, Omar is on the come up with his latest venture, Juice Palm. The first USDA certified organic restaurant in the state, Juice Palm is booming, and its cold pressed juices are pressing the competition.

 Check out Juice Palm on the corner of Steele & Joyce Blvd. in Fayetteville. Be on the lookout for their Bentonville location, which will include a production kitchen & café, coming up later this year in the 8th Street Market!

Learn more about Juice Palm’s menu and values at JuicePalm.com.

Follow them on Facebook @Juicepalm, and Instagram @juicepalm_.

 

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 Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Michael@startupjunkie.org

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