In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Matthew Ward sit down with Bryan Fittin and Loren Lewis to talk about Go Rogue X. Go Rogue X simplifies video marketing for small to medium-sized businesses. From high quality videos to strategic marketing help, they can help a business gain a competitive advantage in their environment. Inside this episode, you will get to hear about what Go Rogue X is about, the reality of work-life balance, and many more exciting topics.
In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine, Caleb Talley, and Matthew Ward talk to Matt Woolley about his company Designstein. Designstein is a firm who enhances a brand’s presence online and in big box aisles. From initial concept to finished product, Designstein brings a company’s vision to life. Inside the episode, the crew talks to Matt about his past in banking, what led him to Designstein, and what his future goals are for the company.
Our Favorite Quote:
Jeff - "Peter Drucker said that culture eats strategy for breakfast... we like to say that culture is a part of strategy"
Visit Designsteins here
Contact Matt on LinkedIn here
In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Caleb Talley talk to Dusty Pruitt about his consulting firm Teaching Traction. In their discussions, you are going to hear about Dusty's background, 6 key components of an organization, and some funny stories along the way. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a must-hear episode!
Our Favorite Quote:
Dusty: "You either die a hero or you live to see yourself become the villain.”
In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine, Haley Allgood, and Caleb Talley sit down with Tracy Lee to talk about her company This Dot. During the show, the crew talks with Tracy about her beginnings in startups, lessons she has learned on the way, and her plans with This Dot. This is an episode you do not want to miss out on!
Connect with Tracy and This Dot: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tracyslee/
In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine, Haley Allgood, and Caleb Talley sit down with Will Trapp, founder of Gratavid, to talk about the journey he has had with his company. Gratavid helps organizations increase donor retention through personalized videos. Their clients are using Gratavid to share thank you videos, birthday videos, and videos that connect donors with the causes they are supporting. From trigger words to drink cider to cold calling advice, this is an episode you do not want to miss!
Our favorite quotes:
Jeff - "What advice would you give to a first-time entrepreneur?"
Will - "Do it... It will most likely fail... you will learn so much from each one (failure)."
Link to Website: https://gratavid.com/
Connect with Will on LinkedIn
In this episode of the Startup Junkie Podcast, Jeff Amerine, Caleb Talley, and Haley Allgood sit down with various members of Endeavor Northwest Arkansas. Started 23 years ago, Endeavor has helped 1,800 entrepreneurs build more than 1,100 companies in 34 markets throughout North America, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. In this session the crew talks with the program about its entrance into NWA, the demand for software developers, and the importance of entrepreneurship.
Our Favorite Quote:
Jeff: "We get to have great conversations with people like you and drink cider on a Tuesday afternoon."
In this episode of the Startup Junkie Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Haley Allgood sit down with the winners of the Congressional App Challenge, high school students Julian Sanker (Fayetteville) and Lucas Kellar (Springdale). The Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide coding competition which aims to encourage students to pursue STEM education. During the episode, Haley and Jeff talk to the two standout students about their award winning website Crime Map, Python, and future plans.
Our favorite quotes:
Jeff: "What advice would you have for other younger students that might want to try the Congressional App Challenge or get into software development?"
Lucas: "When there is an opportunity, always take it."
Julian: "Just practice... Try, try and try."
Link to Crime Map: https://lkellar.org/maps/
In this week’s episode of Startup Junkie Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Haley Allgood make a trip out to Oklahoma to sit down with Glenna Wallace along with her grandson, Skylar. Glenna Wallace is Chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe and has been serving since 2006. Her role is similar to the owner of a startup in which her hands are all over the place for her people. Tune in to hear more about the adversity she faced and how she served as an inspirational leader for many.
Learn more about Glenna and the Eastern Shawnee Tribe here.
In this week’s episode of Startup Junkie Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Haley Allgood sit down with Heather Reynolds. Heather joined by her family, is the owner of Can Can Cleaners of North West Arkansas. Can Can Cleaners is an outdoor trash can cleaning service which offers various subscriptions such as monthly, quarterly, and one-time cleans. Can Can has been rapidly growing due to her unique model and her focal point is on expansion in NWA. Tune in to hear about the process as a whole, challenges that Heather came across, and how she overcame those obstacles leading to successful start of operations.
Learn more about Can Can on their website.
In this week’s episode of Startup Junkie Podcast, Jeff Amerine is joined by Haley Allgood and Caleb Talley, in which they sit down with Scott Fitzgerald of Buddy Pegs. Buddy Pegs is an organization that reunites kids with their bicycles. The trend of where children devote their free time has shifted from being outside to playing games on tablets and other technology that has merged in the recent years. Buddy Pegs offers numerous classes, after-school bike clubs, and family bike clubs. Their passion is to provide our youth opportunities to ride their bikes with their friends in a safe manner. Tune in to hear more about Buddy Pegs and their growth as an organization.
Visit their website here.
In this week’s episode of Startup Junkie Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Haley Allgood sit down with Rhett Davis. Rhett Davis serves as the Small Business Advocate for Region 6 in which he assists business owners overcome federal regulations that are potentially burdening their growth. The Small Business Administration is a Federal Agency which provides free consulting to small businesses along with accessible funding. Throughout this episode, Rhett dives into some experiences throughout his career and discusses recently implemented regulations that benefit small businesses. Tune in to learn some helpful new facts that could help your startup!
Learn more about the SBA.
Dive deeper into Brett's work here.
In this week’s episode of the Startup Junkie Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Haley Allgood make a trip out to Haxton Road Studios in Bentonville, Arkansas to sit down with Judy Robinette. Judy is a startup funding expert who comes with an abundance of titles, published author, investor, corporate leader, along with Founder & President of JRobinette Enterprises. Judy has also been featured on several major news platforms such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CEO Magazine, and many more. To say the least; you name it, she’s done it. Throughout the episode, Jeff and Haley pick at Judy’s brain in which they discuss Judy’s most recent book, Crack The Funding Code. This book is to educate entrepreneurs on how investors think and what they need to hear for potential investments to become reality.
Our favorite quote: “When you’re younger, you wonder how far you’ll go. When you get older, you wonder what difference you have made in the world.”
Connect with Judy on LinkedIn.
In this week’s episode of Startup Junkie Podcast, Jeff Amerine sits down this Scott Andrews, Founder and CEO of Allterity. Allterity is an outsourced eCommerce Operations firm in which they provide operations and finances services for growing brands. The main call to action for Allterity is to assist business owners so they can work on their business, not in it. Scott has years of experience in operations and finance from leadership positions and has worked alongside with plenty of businesses at different stages. A key takeaway from this episode which Scott Elaborates on, it is one thing to have a great idea, but it is a whole new world going out and executing the idea. Tune in to hear more.
Learn more at their website.
Connect with Scott on LinkedIn.
In this week’s episode of Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Caleb Talley sit down with Zack Hill and Will Carter from Few, a digital design and development shop that works with a variety of business including Arkansas State University, XNA, and startups. Zack and Will are key leaders for Few as Zack has been the CEO for 2 years and Will is the Director of Accounts. Few specializes in building digital products such as concepting, custom web/mobile applications, digital/physical design, and go-to-market strategies. Few is based in Little Rock, Arkansas, with remote workers scattered across the country from New York to California.
In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Haley Allgood sit down with the co-founders of RevUnit, Michael Paladino and Joe Saumweber. RevUnit is a premier digital strategy and product studio helping enterprise workforces leverage technology to WorkBetter. Since founding in 2012, RevUnit has grown its team to well over 100 members and earned a reputation for delivering its best-in-class software development capabilities combined with a unique focus on employee engagement and internal productivity applications. In July, RevUnit received a significant investment from Mountaingate Capital (“Mountaingate”), a leading private equity firm based in Denver, Colorado. The strategic investment will allow RevUnit to accelerate its growth, both organically and through targeted add-on acquisitions — while staying true to the culture and unique ways of working that make RevUnit teams so successful.
Our favorite quotes:
Joe: “Eventually you get to a point in a company’s story where you either become the acquirer or you get acquired. Fortunately for us, we were able to architect a scenario with a great exit event for our team, maintain who we are, and become the acquirer through private equity.”
Michael: “You’re going to screw up. It’s going to happen. But how you treat people when you screw up makes the difference.”
Michael: “My son walked by and said ‘Dad, why is there a dancing unicorn on the screen?’ And I heard myself say ‘Peter hold on, I’m working!”