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Now displaying: February, 2021

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.

Feb 22, 2021

Welcome back to another week with the Startup Junkie Crew! This week, Caleb Talley and Jeff Amerine talk with David Meltzer, co-founder of Sports 1 Marketing. Founded by Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon and veteran sports & technology executive David Meltzer, Sports 1 Marketing is a global sports and entertainment marketing agency that leverages over $20 billion in relationship capital and over 38 years of business experience, bringing athletes, celebrities and businesses together to make a lot of money, help a lot of people, and have a lot of fun. In this episode, you will get to hear about David’s incredible journey from law school to sports marketing, how he recovered from losing over $100,000,000, and his mission to bring happiness to 1,000,000,000 people. Check it out!

Shownotes

(1:28) Introducing David Meltzer

(7:57) Enjoying the process rather than the outcome

(14:47) How going virtual has increased audience reach

(23:08) Balancing planning with living in the moment

(30:56) Wrap up

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Matthew Ward

David Meltzer 

 

Quotes

“Gratitude gives you perspective.  It takes pain from a position of a stop sign to a position of a turn signal.  It’s an indicator that you have something to learn.  Gratitude allows you to find the light, the love, and the lessons, even in the most difficult, challenging circumstances." (12:05)

Sponsored by Tiny Capital: https://www.tinycapital.com/

Tiny partners with founders to give them quick, straightforward exits that protect their team and culture. We’ll make an offer within a week, close the deal within a month, and keep your business operating for the long term. 

Get in touch at tinycapital.com/startupjunkies, and we’ll let you know within a couple of days. 

Feb 15, 2021

Summary

Welcome back to another episode of the Startup Junkies podcast!  In this episode, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward chat with James Hereford, co-founder and partner at Launch Factory.  James is originally from Ponca City, Oklahoma, and he graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma before earning an MBA from Rice University.  Launch Factory is a venture studio that generates business ideas, pairs the ideas with founders, and provides the founders with the necessary tools to get the company off the ground.  James and the guys talk about the venture studio model, launching businesses, planning for an exit, and much more.  Thanks for listening!

 

Shownotes

(1:49) Introducing James Hereford and Launch Factory

(7:54) The venture studio model

(12:00) Recruiting founders

(16:29) Challenges with the scaling process

(21:59) What types of businesses is Launch Factory creating?

(23:54) Planning for an exit

(26:10) Advice for the younger self

(27:32) Wrap up

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Matthew Ward

James Hereford 

Launch Factory 

 

Quotes

“We prioritize finding concepts that meet a certains et of business criteria.  So, you know, we want to see potential for a $100+ million exit.  We want to see fundable milestones within the first two years, because that 300k only gets you so far.  And so, whatever the concept is, we have to be sure that around month 12 or 15, we’re going to be able to hit a milestone that we can go and raise a seed round on.” (22:15)

Sponsored by Tiny Capital: https://www.tinycapital.com/

Tiny partners with founders to give them quick, straightforward exits that protect their team and culture. We’ll make an offer within a week, close the deal within a month, and keep your business operating for the long term. 

Get in touch at tinycapital.com/startupjunkies, and we’ll let you know within a couple of days. 

Feb 8, 2021

Hey everyone, welcome back! This episode, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward talk with Andrew Gibbs-Dabney & Kelsey Ferguson from LIVSN. LIVSN creates versatile, well-made clothing for people who value experiences more than stuff. They make good clothing with tried and true methods and with high-quality fabrics. During this talk, you will get to hear about the progress LIVSN has made since their last appearance on the podcast, upcoming launch of a new product on Kickstarter, and plans around new product lines in the near future. Thanks for tuning in!

 

Shownotes

(3:42) What is LIVSN up to?

(12:34) Rolling out a new pant design

(16:40) Joining a startup during a worldwide pandemic

(25:56) Raising a child while parenting a startup

(28:50) What’s next for LIVSN?

(33:36) LIVSN’s top markets

(35:36) Expectations for the Kickstarter 

(36:39) Venture capital

(41:57) Advice to the younger self

(42:43) Wrap up


Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Matthew Ward

Andrew Gibbs-Dabney

Kelsey Ferguson  

EcoTrek: Adventure Pants 

LIVSN Instagram

LIVSN Website  

 

Quotes

“You can buy your way into some stuff, but you know...If you’re getting your product on and in people’s hands, and they really start using it, that’s the way to [get media attention].” (10:57)

 

“I’ve always felt like the company has a different feel than many other companies I know.  And if you look at the messaging that Andrew has created the entire time the brand has been alive, you’ll notice that we don’t shy away from being transparent about everything that we are good at and what we need to improve on and how we’re going to do that.”  (17:46)

Sponsored by Tiny Capital: https://www.tinycapital.com/

Tiny partners with founders to give them quick, straightforward exits that protect their team and culture. We’ll make an offer within a week, close the deal within a month, and keep your business operating for the long term. 

Get in touch at tinycapital.com/startupjunkies, and we’ll let you know within a couple of days. 

Feb 1, 2021

Welcome to another week with the Startup Junkie crew! This week, Caleb Talley and Jeff Amerine have a talk with Deric Cahill, founder and CEO of Wicked BOLD Chocolate. Wicked BOLD Chocolate is a chocolate company that only uses organic & ethically sourced cacao in their process and commits to ingredient transparency. They source their cacao through Belize leveraging their partners at Chocolate Alchemy. In this episode, you will get to hear about the story behind Wicked BOLD Chocolate, the importance of being resilient during tough times, and thoughts around growing and managing their supply chain moving forward. Tune in with us!

Shownotes

(2:07) Introducing Deric Cahill and Wicked BOLD Chocolate

(7:41) Utilizing farmer’s markets and building an online presence

(12:56) Changing the way chocolate is perceived 

(14:53) Growing the brand and exploring new territory

(23:42) Planning for future growth

(30:52) Collaborating with other businesses

(32:47) Advice for the younger self

(36:36) Wrap up

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Deric Cahill

Wicked BOLD Chocolate

Wicked BOLD Chocolate Instagram   


Quotes

“Everything we do as a company, I want to be rooted in that.  Like giving back and like empowering people to live life to the boldest.  That’s our motto.” (16:26)

“Even if your stop at Wicked BOLD is a year, three years, five years, whatever it is, you’re leaving us better than when you came to us, and we’re positioning you to do whatever the hell you want to do to be as happy as possible.” (16:48)

Sponsored by Tiny Capital: https://www.tinycapital.com/

Tiny partners with founders to give them quick, straightforward exits that protect their team and culture. We’ll make an offer within a week, close the deal within a month, and keep your business operating for the long term. 

Get in touch at tinycapital.com/startupjunkies, and we’ll let you know within a couple of days. 

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