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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 7, 2015

In this episode we talk with businesses that were chosen to be a part of the Two Seven Zero Accelerator, a Startup Junkie Consulting initiative. Recorded in the basement of the the Old Post Office in Fayetteville and hosted by Hayseed Ventures.

Business descriptions taken from their company websites.

4:40 Ben Mills, Owner and Founder of Fossil Cove Brewing Co, 1946 N Birch Ave, Fayetteville, AR.
www.fossilcovebrewing.com
ben@fossilcovebrewing.com

8:20 Shannon Bedore, Managing Director of Sightline Retial.

Sightline is uniquely positioned to offer non public companies the ability to leverage a centralized retail administration team to help develop relationships and achieve growth across multiple retailers.

Sightline has expertise in buying, replenishment, analytics, project management and marketing. their team is designed to be an extension of yours and they are fully aligned with key retailers’ organizational structure. This, along with the management and aggregation of data and strategy from each retailer partner, allows for efficient and effective solutions.
www.sightlineretail.com/

12:50 Danny Duong, Founder of Bespoke Knots. Bespoke Knots is an Arkansas based menswear company focused on the pursuit of creating your perfect bow tie. Each of their ties are designed and fabricated around an individuals specific set of needs, so they don't sell off-the-shelf, mass produced neckwear.
www.bespokeknots.com/

17:10 Loria Oliver, Host Retail Her and Founder, The Tot Tote. The Tot Tote is a two in one system that goes from a stylish toy organizer to an amazing tote bag for your child. It is designed to help the busy parent with their growing child’s needs.

The Tot Tote can help organize your child’s toys, books, crayons, snacks and more in the car, on the plane and beyond.
www.thetottote.com

21:00 Josh Rackley, Founder of Mosh Marketing. Mosh Marketing is a marketing company serving small businesses, with an emphasis on digital marketing.

Our contact information:

Jeff Amerine / Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com / www.startupjunkieconsulting.com

Jon Cadieux / jon@455mediagroup.com / www.455mediagroup.com / www.bentonvilleworkplace.com

Nov 30, 2015

Stan Zylowski is the co-founder and President of Movista/MVRetail. Stan has also had a had in starting several other local businesses including a restaurant and a local butcher shop.

Stan holds a management degree from Troy State University and received his M.B.A from the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton School of Business.

Stan Zylowski
movista.com

Our contact info:

Jon Cadieux / jon@455mediagroup.com / www.455mediagroup.com

Jeff Amerine / jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com / www.startupjunkieconsulting.com

Nov 23, 2015

Mo Elliott is the founder of Fayettechill Clothing Company. Mo started Fayettechill while studying entrepreneurship his junior year at the University of Arkansas. Starting with a T-shirt he has grown his company to multiple products, all targeted toward people who like the outdoors and an active lifestyle.

Check out Mo's company and products at http://fayettechill.com/.

Our contact info:

Jon Cadieux / jon@455mediagroup.com / www.455mediagroup.com

Jeff Amerine / jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com / www.startupjunkieconsulting.com

 

Nov 16, 2015

In this episode we set up a booth at the 2015 NWA Technology Summit in Rogers Arkansas. The NWA Tech Summit is put together each year by the NWA Tech Council & the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce. This episode is a break from our normal format in that we interview several people including high school students, entrepreneurs and a New York Times best selling author.

Note that Jon mistakenly refers to the President and CEO of AT&T Mobile & Business Services Ralph Del Rio, in fact his name is Ralph de la Vega. Our apologies to Mr. de la Vega.

Our guest in order of appearance:

1:50 Joyce Grippi, Founder of Grippi Business Solutions

8:15 Mary Lewis, Executive Director, Accelerate Arkansas

20:55 Bentonville School District Ignite PSC Program Students Aikman Ewalt, Castle Kerr, Ernesto Santos

29:50 Louis Patler, PH.D. New York Times best-selling author, speaker and consultant, President of The B.I.T. Group

Thank you to the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce, the NWA Tech Council and all of the folks who made the summit a success.

Our contact info:

Jeff Amerine
Startup Junkie Consulting
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Jon Cadieux
455 Media Group, LLC
jon@455mediagroup.com

Nov 9, 2015

Omid started as an electrical engineer and is now CEO of Ascendant Dx, a proteomics company focused on bringing new diagnostic tests to market. Currently they are focusing on tests based on newly discovered biomarkers for breast cancer and childhood diseases.

Omid is an experienced executive, entrepreneur and inventor. He has spent the last 18 years bringing new products and businesses to market in fields ranging from photography, medical imaging, and microprocessors to graphics, healthcare information technology and genomics.

He specializes in finding markets for new technologies, or finding new markets for old technologies. Specially, if it involves developing new business models, and new corporate structures.

He is also an expert in intellectual property strategy development.

Omid is Entrepreneur In Residence at University of California at Los Angeles and has done Personal Genomics Research at Harvard Medical School

http://www.ascendantdx.com/

Jon Cadieux
Managing Director
455 Media Group, LLC
www.455mediagroup.com

Jeff Amerine
Founding Principle
Startup Junkie Consulting
www.startupjunkieconsulting.com

Nov 2, 2015

Currently Mike Poore is the Superintendent for Bentonville Public Schools. He officially assumed this position on July 1, 2011. Mike began transitioning in the spring of 2011. He is excited that his vision for Bentonville Schools closely aligns with a community that seeks to be the best in all that they do. Under his leadership, the school district has opened 3 new schools and has plans for 2 more schools to open, Bentonville West High School in the fall of 2016, and our 11th elementary school in the fall of 2017. Bentonville Public Schools consistently ranks as a top performer in academics, arts and athletics

Mike is leading the way by forming partnerships with the business community in a STEM program called Ignite.

Idea was Hatched:

  • National, Regional, and Local employers need graduates with professional skills and certifications
  • Employers feel that young employees are not work-force ready
  • Workforce of tomorrow must know how to collaborate, innovate, and communicate

Ignites Basic Concept

  • Partnership with K-12, Business Community, and Higher Ed can yield an approach that prepares students through rigor and support
  • Give students projects that are meaningful and that capture their passion and they will exceed expectations
  • Students learn best when they can explore and when they are backed up in their learning with highly trained business and community leaders along with a strong instructional leader
  • Ignite empowers students to be co-constructors of their education and leverages community resources to support learning.

Delivery

  • Ignite will use our own campuses and satellite campuses to support this project based environment. We also hope to eventually have a regional career tech center.
  • Bentonville Schools is in the process of delivering to six community needs with the following professional strands: IT Solutions, Logistics Management, Construction Trade, Culinary Art, Med-Prep, Digital Media/Global Business Solutions
  • Ignite is becoming a reality as a result of multiple partnerships with both small businesses as well as the largest organizations in this community.

To learn more about the program contact Mike at mpoore@bentonvillek12.org

Contact Us:

Jeff Amerine
jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
www.startupjunkieconsulting.com

Jon Cadieux
jon@455mediagroup.com
www.455mediagroup.com

 

Oct 26, 2015

Lacie Bray is a co-founder and business manager at Ozark Beer Company. She is originally from Rogers, Arkansas, but left the area after college. She returned in 2010 by way of raft guiding in the Rockies, teaching in Chicago, and a stint gardening in South America. Her diverse background has equipped her with the invaluable skills of perseverance, a positive outlook, and creative problem solving. All of which serve her well in running Ozark Beer Co. Her favorite adventures these days involve her 18 month old son. To learn more about the brewery or get in touch with Lacie, visit www.ozarkbeercompany.com.

Ozark Beer Company is a manufacturing brewery located in Rogers, Arkansas. We opened the doors to the public in November 2013. Our beer is available at over 125 locations throughout Benton and Washington County as well as our tasting room at the brewery. In the Ozarks, hard work makes honest people, and here at Ozark Beer Co, hard work makes honest beer. We are rooted in a deep tradition of independent, spirited people who live their lives with a resilience and humility rarely seen anywhere else. In these mountains and at OBC, hard work isn’t what we do, it is who we are.

Jeff Amerine
www.orici.io
www.startupjunkieconsulting.com
jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Jon Cadieux
www.455mediagroup.com
www.bentonvilleworkplace.com
jon@455mediagroup.com

Oct 19, 2015

Core Brewing & Distilling Company started in September of 2010. The founder, Jesse Core, began production on a 1-barrel RIMS brewhouse with 8 small fermenters. Our first client was Kingfish in Fayetteville. By 2012, we expanded our brewhouse to a 4-vessel, 25-barrel brewhouse with 4 x 25-barrel fermenters and 2 x 25-barrel Brite tanks. Demand quickly grew, and Core expanded again by adding 10 more 40-barrel fermentation vessels and 5 more 40-barrel Brite tanks. / / Our growth has occurred due to consumer demand. At Core, we understand that quality is vital. If we produce consistent product of high quality, demand will grow. Additionally, Jesse has established a culture of humility and hard work putting the emphasis on the customer. We are good people making good product. In 3 short years, we have grown from 0 to 500 barrels of sales in a month. Our product is found in over 400 locations, and we have won numerous awards. The mascot of the company is a wiener dog. His name is Barney. He was a gift from Jesses mother, and Barney was a special member of the family for over 19 years. / / Jesse Core, Core Brewing Co. http://corebeer.com/

Oct 12, 2015

Cole Thornton is the owner and founder of Gadget Grave in Fort Smith AR. Gadget Grave repaired more than 45,000 devices over the past 5 years and are continuing to see a steady increase each month. Cole manages day-to-day operations, online marketing, and growth planning. Gadget Grave has grown into the industry leader in Arkansas.

They have been in business for over 5 years and have bootstrapped it the whole way. With less than $12,500 in startup funds, they have been able to generate over $5,500,000 in sales to date and they continue to grow and expand into new markets.

Oct 5, 2015

Papa Rap is a Latino Motivational speaker for parents and students.

His messages go from parent involvement in our schools and communities to student success by making the right choices in life.
 
 
He will be speaking on the show about Arkansalsa. (http://www.onecommunityar.org/en/arkansalsa/)

ArkanSalsa Fest is an eclectic art and music festival to raise money for scholarships and to inspire community leaders. The festival celebrates the rich diversity of Northwest Arkansas by bringing people together and offering them a chance to meet new amigos/friends while listening to music, dancing, eating delicious food & visiting with local nonprofit organizations and businesses that benefit us all in our area.

Al Lopez, AKA Papa Rap (http://www.paparap.net/

Jeff Amerine
Startup Junkie Consulting
jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Jon Cadieux
455 Media Group, LLC
jon@455mediagroup.com

Sep 28, 2015

Michael Paladino CTO & Co-Founder of RevUnit talks with us about his business and some of the lessons he's learned since starting his company with CEO & Co-Founder Joe Saumweber. Headquartered in Bentonville they have guided their company through a rapid startup just three years ago and continue to grow.  

Sep 21, 2015

Jeff Clapper talks with us about 8th & Walton and how in just a few years his company has become the leader in Walmart Vendor training. "It's important to me to help other people". Jeff company culture, how his families support is so important and the challenges of running a small business. 

Jeff Clapper 
www.8thandwalton.com

Jeff Amerine
www.orici.io
www.startupjunkieconsulting.com
jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Jon Cadieux
www.455mediagroup.com
www.bentonvilleworkplace.com
jon@455mediagroup.com

 

Sep 14, 2015

Kelly Miller shares his story of not only running a successful software development company but how he helped build one of the top startups in Northwest Arkansas.

Sep 7, 2015

Intelligence engineer, Tom Tessmer of Integrated Insights joins us to talk about the complex nature of retail intelligence, branding and story telling.

Aug 31, 2015

We talk with Hayseed Ventures COO Scott Andrews. Hayseed Ventures is a VC Production Studio located in Northwest Arkansas. They are actively working to change the face of startups in Northwest Arkansas and to cultivate a culture of entrepreneurship in beautiful downtown Fayetteville. 

Q : What do you do?

Scott: We are a startup that starts startups. We are a venture studio, with a team of 7, we partner with early stage companies and help them raise funds. Our goal is to work with 6 to 8 companies a year.

Q : Who is John James?

Scott: He is a physician by profession who likes to build businesses. He figured out how to arbitrage keywords back in the 90s with google adword traffic and became a huge portion of it, he built Grill Stuff and started Acumen brands (monetizing facebook).

Q: What is your competitive advantage?

Scott: Customer Acquisition. We understand the process of getting the data, analyzing it and creating the economic machine that drives it.

Q: What are some of your current portfolios.

Scott: We actually have 5. One is the Q-Ball, it's a quiz ball reloaded. We built the content behind the machine and then built a SaaS business around it and built an online platform for it

Q: What kind of companies you work for?

Scott: A company that is early but has some tractions, some customers and some revenues.

Example: Menguin (Online Tuxedo Rental)

Q: Your model, how it is different from venture fund or from incubator or accelerator?

Scott: Its kind a mixed of everything. Our revenue is like a venture fund. We are co-founder.

Q : How did you come to work for Hayseed Ventures?

Scott: My interest is to work with a lot of different engineers and to continuously learn and learn about new things.

Q: What advice could you give to entrepreneurs who might want to talk to Hayseed?

Scott: Any entrepreneur needs to understand the problem they are solving, If you have specific interest or understanding, turn into competitive advantage.

Q: What do you look for entrepreneurs or businesses to work with?

Scott: We have a checklist and the top 3 are: Can we test this quickly? Can we reiterate it quickly and can we do it cheaply? And aside from these, we also identify if the business is a 10 million dollar business, if not then it is not something that we mess with. Does it have a clear customer acquisition strategy?

Q: Why should entrepreneurs come to Hayseed?

Scott: With a team having different brains, you get a lot of experience thinking about you all the time and you get a lot of contacts. An accelerator would introduce you to a lot of people and say go figure it out; a venture capital groups would say here’s the check, go figure it out. We’ll say come work with us, we will help you figure it out. We are hands-on and we’re teacher, not doers. We will teach you how to run your social strategy, how to manage your website and how to raise capital.

Q: What needs to happen next to make this whole Northwest Arkansas rock and roll?

Scott: I think we need to continue the path that we’re going, we’re starting to create density. Find ways to retain talents.

Q: What is your message to big companies, why do they need to care about this startup things?

Scott: I think that when we do better, they’ll do better as well. They’re going to be able to attract more talents and provide more service to them.

Q: Why should they come to this region?

Scott: This region is the Silicon Valley for retail. You’ve got Fortune One and everything that supports it. There are vendors and world-class educational institution here.

Our contact info:

Jeff Amerine
jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
www.startupjunkieconsulting.com

Jon Cadieux
jon@455mediagroup.com
www.455mediagroup.com
www.bentonvilleworkplace.com

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