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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.

Dec 9, 2019

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.

Nov 25, 2019

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.

Nov 18, 2019

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. 

 

Nov 11, 2019

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.

Nov 4, 2019

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. 

Learn more about Few.io on their website.
Connect with Zack and Will on LinkedIn.

Oct 22, 2019

Shownotes:

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!”

 

Follow Ups: 

Connect with Michael and Joe on LinkedIn. Follow RevUnit on Facebook, LinkedIn, and 

RevUnit.com

Oct 11, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Haley Allgood and guest host Jeff Standridge join Charles D. Morgan, a visionary leader whose five decade long career has brought Arkansas technology companies to the global playing field. Long before data science was a trending career, Morgan lead the Acxiom Corporation from 25 employees in the 1970s to over 7,000 by making decisions on data and developing database marketing solutions for some 50 of the top Fortune 100 companies. In his current role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Orion, Charles is leading a growth stage startup of over 200 employees, using real time data to increase transparency in telecommunications and block spam callers.

Oct 11, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Haley Allgood and guest host Jeff Standridge join Charles D. Morgan, a visionary leader whose five decade long career has brought Arkansas technology companies to the global playing field. Long before data science was a trending career, Morgan lead the Acxiom Corporation from 25 employees in the 1970s to over 7,000 by making decisions on data and developing database marketing solutions for some 50 of the top Fortune 100 companies. In his current role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Orion, Charles is leading a growth stage startup of over 200 employees, using real time data to increase transparency in telecommunications and block spam callers.

Oct 11, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Haley Allgood and guest host Jeff Standridge join Charles D. Morgan, a visionary leader whose five decade long career has brought Arkansas technology companies to the global playing field. Long before data science was a trending career, Morgan lead the Acxiom Corporation from 25 employees in the 1970s to over 7,000 by making decisions on data and developing database marketing solutions for some 50 of the top Fortune 100 companies. In his current role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Orion, Charles is leading a growth stage startup of over 200 employees, using real time data to increase transparency in telecommunications and block spam callers.

Sep 30, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Haley Allgood sits down with Tom Douglass, the founder of Catapult Consulting and former Director of Emerging Technology for Walmart. In Tom’s former role at Walmart, he worked with startup founders that were solving future problems with technology that would be ready for implementation in 3-7 years. Currently, also serves the chairman for the 2019 NWA Tech Summit, to be held October 20-23rd, which will showcase world class speakers, NWA’s top amenities, and key insights into what’s next in the realm of supply chain, retail, and e-commerce technologies. 

Connect with Tom.

Learn more about the 2019 Tech Summit and buy tickets here.

Sep 16, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine, Jon Cadieux, and Chandler Abbott sit down with Troy Campbell, the founder of The House of Songs. The House of Songs has become a global songwriting enterprise with Troy’s philosophy that an artist’s biggest audience may be in a foreign country. Troy founded the Ozark House of Songs after seeing the same infrastructure like bike trails, startup companies, and corporate partners growing in Northwest Arkansas as he saw in Austin, Texas in the 1990s. According to Troy, the old music industry is gone and will never be back, but the new model of finding your true audience is refreshing because there will always be a demand for great songs. 

Check out The House of Songs on their website, Facebook, Instagram, and PBS documentary

Connect with Troy on LinkedIn.

Sep 9, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jon Cadieux, the founder of the Startup Junkies Podcast, returns to showcase several of his tenants at NWA Workplaces. This episode features founder Kaylynn Jordan, and VP Jon Jordan of Ethical Sourcing. Kaylynn founded Ethical Sourcing as a way to give people a fair wage in developing countries, bring unique products to stateside retailers, and support international causes for education and human trafficking. They currently manage some 250 products and service 6 retailers. To Kaylynn, business is not intended to harm, but to build up communities and families. 

Links: Ethical Sourcing Website, Facebook, and Instagram.


Connect with Kaylynn, Jon Jordan, and Jon Cadieux on LinkedIn.

Sep 3, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Haley Allgood joined Luke and Natalie Freeman, the founders of the Freckled Hen Farmhouse, a curated retail shop of functional and sustainable home goods and gifts. The shop began as a social media account featuring products that Luke and Natalie used in renovating their home and has grown into a retail store on College Avenue and an online presence of more than 40,000 followers. In this episode, Luke and Natalie reflect on humble beginnings and sustainably scaling the business to what it is today. 

Connect with Jeff, Haley, Luke, and Natalie.


Check out the Freckled Hen Farmhouse online, on Instagram, and on College Avenue.

Aug 12, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Chandler Abbott sit down with Michael Iseman, the former Chief Relationship Officer of Startup Junkie, now an Analyst and Investor Educator at AcreTrader. Michael reflects on four years of working at Startup Junkie, finding a wife, and working with thousands of entrepreneurs and startups. Jeff recalls highlights of Michael’s tenure, such as kicking off Arkansas’s first accelerator program, helping entrepreneurs run the startup race well, and finishing with a grand finale at the Fuel Accelerator Demo Day. Thank you Michael for your hard work to grow Startup Junkie!

Jul 25, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Haley Allgood and Martha Londagin sit down with Eric Howerton and Brooke McNeely of WhyteSpyder. WhyteSpyder has recently relocated to Emma Avenue and Startup Junkie has opened a new office in Springdale for events and consulting meetings in the Springdale area. Eric and Martha reflect on the history of Springdale while Haley details the resources available to entrepreneurs through Startup Junkie. 


Learn more about WhyteSpyder. Connect with Haley, Martha, Eric, and Brooke.

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