Casey Kinsey joins us from Lofty Labs, a value added tech consultancy that thrives at the intersection of Web Development and Data Analytics. Casey shares some of his entrepreneurial journey, including the tipping point was when he realized he'd never work for someone else again, accidentally growing Lofty Labs to something larger than himself, and advice for startups who need to hire outside tech help.
Find out more here: http://hirelofty.com/ and say hello @loftylabs
Kirsten Blowers and Anna Morrison join us to share their experiences about starting and growing a business in Northwest Arkansas. Kirsten started Riffraff seven years ago, starting with only $100 and growing a business now worth over a million dollars. Kirsten was recently named to Forbes 30 under 30 for retail entrepreneurship and Riffraff has nearly 200,000 followers on Instagram. Anna Morrison started Campus Concierge four years ago and employs over 100 tutors in Fayetteville. She was recognized by Arkansas Business as a 20 in their 20s for 2015.
Both of these ladies are total rock stars and fun fact, Anna was one of Kirsten’s first employees at the original Riffraff store!
Get in touch! Follow Kirsten Blowers (@kirstenblowers). Help her get past the 30k mark! Also, go buy some clothes at shopriffraff.com
Check out what Campus Concierge is doing at @docollegebetter on Instagram. Find out more at docollegebetter.com
The NWA Venture MashUp is held around Northwest Arkansas to bring the entrepreneurial community together and celebrate a local success story. We had the opportunity to learn from Kenny Tomlin, who has been a technology leader, startup founder, investor and more over his career.
Most notably in our local startup scene, Kenny started Rockfish Digital which grew (without ever raising capital) to be acquired by WPP in 2011.
Kenny is now leading WPP ventures, and working with YouEarnedIt, an employee engagement platform, as well as SubVRsive, a Virtual Reality company.
Learn more about Kenny here:
Raj Suresh joins us to talk about growing his comedy career, his work in opening and booking the Grove Comedy Club in Bentonville, AR, and shares his entrepreneurial path that started while attending grade school in India.
Pardon any background noise in this episode. We were recording in Bike Rack Brewing Co. on the first night of pouring beer in their new location in the Bentonville 8th Street Market.
Find out more about Raj @rajdoescomedy and www.rajdoescomedy.com