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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 13, 2017

Seth Kaffka dives into the (admittedly unsexy) topic of selling commodities, and brings more enthusiasm than some people take to a professional sporting event. He shares the story of what started in 2006 as Blackhive Corp buying and selling a truckload of sugar packets, that eventually grew into a diversified portfolio of activities that spans from canned asparagus to branding some of the most innovative new products going on the shelves of top tier retailers.

Seth and his team bring an opportunistic approach to business, especially in sales, with a level of customer care that keeps clients returning. You can learn more about their four organizations under one roof below, or reach out to Seth at seth.kaffka@blacksailscapital.com

www.blacksailscapital.com

www.blkboxlabs.com

www.blackhivecorp.com

www.liftretailsolutions.com

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie
Read more at www.startupjunkiespodcast.com
Host:
jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
michael@startupjunkie.org

Dec 6, 2017

“Bucket the Change” might not be a part of your daily vocabulary today, but it will be soon! Bucket Technologies is an emerging company in Northwest Arkansas and in this episode we sit down with Francis Hwang, CEO to discuss their plans to remove coin change from cash retail transactions.

You can learn more at www.buckettechnologies.com or say hello at @bucketthechange on twitter, instagram, and facebook.

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie
Read more at www.startupjunkiespodcast.com
Host:
michael@startupjunkie.org
haley@startupjunkie.org

Nov 22, 2017

Kyle Tabor is the founder of Blue Sail Coffee, with three Central Arkansas locations, and a thriving in-house coffee roastery. Kyle walks us through his journey of starting with a few thousand dollars and sleeping on a military cot in the back of his first location, to creating an omnichannel coffee company with an incredible culture and brand.

Kyle recommends Common Grounds: An Entrepreneurial Guide to the Coffee Shop Office, a book that was written out of his coffee shop! Ancil Lea is a Conway resident, who at the time of this podcast has the #1 Best Selling New Business Book on Amazon. You can read it for free on Kindle, or buy the paperback version today! http://amzn.to/2BeNLaP

Stop in to buy a cup of coffee at their Little Rock or Conway, AR locations, and learn more about Blue Sail online bluesail.coffee or say hello!
Twitter @BlueSailCoffee,
Instagram @bluesailcoffee,
Facebook @bluesailcoffee

…and don’t forget to order your Blue Sail subscription today! http://bit.ly/2ztigfM

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie
Read more at www.startupjunkiespodcast.com

Host:
brett@startupjunkieconsulting.com
michael@startupjunkie.org

Nov 22, 2017

Kyle Tabor is the founder of Blue Sail Coffee, with three Central Arkansas locations, and a thriving in-house coffee roastery. Kyle walks us through his journey of starting with a few thousand dollars and sleeping on a military cot in the back of his first location, to creating an omnichannel coffee company with an incredible culture and brand.

Kyle recommends Common Grounds: An Entrepreneurial Guide to the Coffee Shop Office, a book that was written out of his coffee shop! Ancil Lea is a Conway resident, who at the time of this podcast has the #1 Best Selling New Business Book on Amazon. You can read it for free on Kindle, or buy the paperback version today! http://amzn.to/2BeNLaP

Stop in to buy a cup of coffee at their Little Rock or Conway, AR locations, and learn more about Blue Sail online bluesail.coffee or say hello!
Twitter @BlueSailCoffee,
Instagram @bluesailcoffee,
Facebook @bluesailcoffee

…and don’t forget to order your Blue Sail subscription today! http://bit.ly/2ztigfM

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie
Read more at www.startupjunkiespodcast.com

Host:
brett@startupjunkieconsulting.com
michael@startupjunkie.org

Nov 14, 2017

This is Part Two of our conversation with Oscar winning digital artist, David Kersey. If you haven’t checked out Part One, then we would recommend starting there to learn about all of his experience in Hollywood. Part Two picks up with David’s move back to Arkansas in 2015. We discuss the New Design School, and all the efforts they are putting towards educating the next generation of creative professionals. You can learn more about their programs at www.newdesignschool.org and say hello to them at @newds on Facebook, @newdesignschool on Twitter, and @newdesignschool on Instagram

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie
Read more at www.startupjunkiespodcast.com

Host:
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
Michael@startupjunkie.org

Nov 6, 2017

David Kersey is an Oscar winning digital artist, now building the animation program at the New Design School in Northwest Arkansas. In Part One of our conversation with David, we learn about his early interest in the arts, how he fell in love with animation, and the stories of working with Sony and Disney on movies like Polar Express, Tangled, Ratatouille, and eventually winning an Oscar with Frozen.

Tune in to Part 2, where we talk about the New Design School, and everything that David has been working on since moving back to Arkansas in 2015. You can learn more about their programs at www.newdesignschool.org and say hello to them at @newds on Facebook, @newdesignschool on Twitter, and @newdesignschool on Instagram

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie
Read more at www.startupjunkiespodcast.com

Hosts:
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
Michael@startupjunkie.org

Oct 30, 2017

SCREEMO helps brick and mortar marketers to connect physical customers to the omnichannel using digital gamified experiences in-store to create a call to action on the consumer's mobile and enhance the customer experience.

Shai Bargil, who leads operations for SCREEMO, and Adir Zimerman CEO, join us to share more on their innovative platform to bring advertising to life.

The founder team started in Israel, and recently moved operations to Bentonville, AR after catching the eye of Walmart CEO, Doug McMillon in a product demo. In Israel, it’s required for all able-bodied individuals to serve in the armed forces, usually for 2 years. We enjoy learning about how this shared experience shapes the individuals, and how its implications have played into shaping an entrepreneurial ecosystem with more startup companies per capita than nearly anywhere in the world.

Start-up Nation – A further dive into Israel’s Startup Ecosystem

Learn more about SCREEMO here, or get social with them on facebook @Screemo.net or on twitter @SCREEMOengage

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie
Read more at www.startupjunkiespodcast.com

Host:
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Oct 18, 2017

The Arkansas Fellowship is a 2-year program that is aimed at getting some of the top Arkansas graduates integrated into the most entrepreneurial companies in the state. This episode we meet some of the Fellows, learn about their experience with the host companies, and dive into the future of the Fellowship. Our guests this week are:

Jackson Fitzgibbon & Anna McCorquodale – Collective Bias

Christian Wheeler & Austin Rodgers – Corporate Insight Strategy

Anna Conard - Apptegy

Christopher Gavin - Slim Chickens

Harrison Hollingsworth - SupplyPike

Geneva Brock – Zenwork

www.arkansasfellowship.org - Learn more and say hello to the fellows on Facebook @arfellowship and Twitter @ARFellowship

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie
Read more at www.startupjunkiespodcast.com

Host:
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Oct 9, 2017

Kevin and Aaron Higgins are cousins, business partners in four successful companies, and as their customers describe them, they're two "rigid, get-it-done dudes." With a wealth of international, cross-disciplinary experience, Kevin and Aaron share their story of teaming up to create four ventures over the last decade.

Nu Fangled Images can digitize your VHS home movies.

FTown Longboards is the number one skate shop in Arkansas.

Orion Global Partners is their sourcing and logistics execution company.

Guerrila Film Fare is one to keep an eye on at film festivals in the coming months.

You can find them on the Fayetteville Square at 101 W. Mountain St. #200 Fayetteville, AR 72701 or say hello on the web:

@NuFangledImages

@FTownLongboards

@GuerrilaFilmFare

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie
Read more at http://startupjunkie.libsyn.com/#RMy8MpXHr5sm7d1x.99

Hosts:
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
Michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Sep 26, 2017

This episode is the countdown to the AR Startup Crawl which will be on Friday, September 29th in Downtown Fayetteville!

Haley Allgood and Megan Frohardt join Jeff to talk about all of the music, bands, and startups that will be out showcasing the growing Arkansas startup and technology scene.

Sign up here!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-crawl-tickets-36490104886

If you have any questions visit arstartupcrawl.com or reach out to Haley@startupjunkie.org.

Hosted by Jeff Amerine:
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Sep 12, 2017

This week we have a roundtable discussion in Conway with the AR Conductor team, and our friends at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Jeff Moore and Clark Cogbill are leading the marketing efforts for the AEDC, and have a long collective history working with some of the largest marketing firms in the state and in the region. Get in touch at http://www.arkansasedc.com/

Jeff Standridge and Kim Lane are leading efforts at the Conductor in Conway which just launched their brand new Makerspace run by Jason Huselton, and if you’re interested in learning more check out Episode 89 when we interviewed Jeff about the other efforts of the Conductor, find them online at www.arconductor.org or get social with them @ar_conductor

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie
Read more at http://startupjunkie.libsyn.com/#RMy8MpXHr5sm7d1x.99

Hosts:
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
Michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Sep 4, 2017

Two students from the University of Arkansas join the podcast to discuss their entrepreneurial journey and the resources that all students should know about! Andrew Miles is CEO of Grox Industries and has won numerous awards and challenges through university competitions. Laura Wasson won the Design Solution Challenge by solving a problem at a local non-profit called “Seeds That Feed”. Don’t miss out on hearing their advice and how they have achieved such great success!

Grox Industries: https://www.linkedin.com/company/15248273/

Seeds That Feed: http://www.seedsfeed.org/

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie

Hosts:
jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Aug 28, 2017

It's the 100th episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast! Thank you to everyone who has listened over the years and helped us achieve this incredible milestone. This episode, the original hosts of the show, Jon Cadieux and Jeff Amerine, take over and reminisce on the best moments from the show. Hear the lessons both have learned over the years and how the podcast has brought attention to some of the best entrepreneurs in the area.

Jacob Moore also hops on the show to discuss digital marketing and his great new company!

Jacob Moore’s website: https://www.jacoblmoore.com/

Jon Cadieux’s Company: https://www.455mediagroup.com/

Givecamp NWA: http://www.givecampnwa.org/

Startup Crawl: https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=36490104886

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie

Hosts:
jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Aug 21, 2017

Yoon Kim is the founder of the media startup Blogs For Brands, a full service content marketing agency with an award-winning design team that manages blogs, social media, email, and ads for brands. With a team of over 10 people based in Siloam Springs, Yoon tells his story of how they are changing the game of digital marketing.

He also created the Outdoor Blogger Summit, a summit designed for journalists and outdoor bloggers to come together to share ideas and practices. Don’t miss hearing his great advice for small businesses looking to break down marketing barriers and expand their customer base!

Blogsforbrands: http://blogsforbrands.com/redesign/

Outdoor Blogger Summit: https://outdoorbloggersummit.com/

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie

Hosts:
jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Aug 14, 2017

Mayor Lioneld Jordan and Devin Howland join the Startup Junkies Podcast to discuss all things Fayetteville! Mayor Jordan has been the mayor of Fayetteville since 2009, and Devin Howland is the new Economic Vitality director for the city of Fayetteville. We chat about their perspectives on Fayetteville and what makes the city primed for incredible growth. Learn how the public sector can support entrepreneurship, and the ways you can be involved in some of the upcoming events!

Mayor Jordan’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lioneld.jordan?ref=br_rs

Mayor Jordan’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lioneldjordan/

City of Fayetteville Twitter: https://twitter.com/FYVgov

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie

Hosts:
jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com

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