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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. 

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Oct 26, 2020

As a part of the Game-Changers Series for Startup Week, Caleb Talley sat down for a conversation with Tom Gordon, the co-founder, president, and CEO of Slim Chickens.  They talked about the early days of Slim Chickens, how the company has adapted through the pandemic, the current and future expansion of Slim Chickens, and much more.  You do not want to miss out on this tremendous episode!

 

Shownotes

(1:20) The beginnings of Slim Chickens

(6:12) Handling finances with a young business

(8:21) Taking outside capital after initial investors

(11:15) Building a culture that welcomes everyone from the community

(13:40) Going international

(15:33) Making menu decisions

(18:49) Adjusting to the pandemic environment

(23:55) Tom gives advice to his younger self

 

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Caleb Talley

Tom Gordon

Slim Chickens  

 

Quotes

“We say none of us really ever lost.  Everybody who has a company that they start from scratch makes sacrifices.  And those are things you’ve got to do.  You know, you don’t pay yourself.  You sell a car to make payroll.  You know, you take your money to the bank after Friday lunch to make sure you make Friday payroll for your people.  That’s real-life in business.  That’s real life in American capitalism, and if you stick to it, you know, often you can get to the next level.”  (7:45)

 

“You know, those are lessons that are learned and will always be valuable to me and Greg Smart.  And it just takes time.  Surviving is the key, and if you can survive long enough and have enough time and adjust quick, you know, I think that anybody in the US, anybody in this country has a shot at it.” (25: