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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.

Apr 4, 2017

Permjot Valia is a world-class heckler. He also has a strong, diverse background in sales, early stage investing, startups, and mentoring. We were able to get him to the microphone for this short episode during his last visit to Northwest Arkansas – it’s backed with humor, sales psychology, pitch advice and much more. Enjoy!

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

Mar 27, 2017

Haley Allgood & Michael Iseman from the Startup Junkie team share their lessons learned and takeaways from visiting South by Southwest in Austin and we discuss launching IdeaFame, an idea sharing platform for innvoators and entrepreneurs to gather customer feedback and win $10,000+ to jump start their idea!

We’d also filmed the promo video for IdeaFame staring Michael, and we get an insight into the four alteregos he portraied throughout the week. Big shout out to the professional crew at Element Studios - www.elementstudio.io

Enjoy and stay in touch!

Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
Haley@startupjunkieconsulting.com
Michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Mar 14, 2017

Jeff Charlson, former Walmart VP, and current Bike Rack Brewing Co. CEO joins the Startup Junkie Consulting team as the Senior Entrepreneur in Residence!

In this episode we welcome him to the team, talk about his learnings from a career in Fortune 500 companies, get an update on the brewery, and down a couple of delicious beers. Jeff is a rockstar. You can find him at:
Jeffs@startupjunkieconsulting.com

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

Mar 6, 2017

This episode we welcome Jeff back to the microphone after a brief hiatus, and the conversation couldn’t be confined to one episode, so it’s broken into two. We’re also happy to have Lance Stokes, founder of Lauren James with us for a conversation that covers many topics, including:

Lessons learned and planning for the next B2F Square2Square Run, Walk, & (pub)Crawl (30+ miles of running, walking and drinking local beer).

What is special about Northwest Arkansas, and building the density and gravity for a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The 479 Founders Forum – a group of local entrepreneurs that Lance is a part of – will be hosting a startup job fair, Build 479 on April 20th.

If you’re interested in any of the upcoming events, email Michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Feb 27, 2017

This episode we welcome Jeff back to the microphone after a brief hiatus, and the conversation couldn’t be confined to one episode, so it’s broken into two. We’re also happy to have Lance Stokes, founder of Lauren James with us for a conversation that covers many topics, including:

Lessons learned and planning for the next B2F Square2Square Run, Walk, & (pub)Crawl (30+ miles of running, walking and drinking local beer).

What is special about Northwest Arkansas, and building the density and gravity for a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The 479 Founders Forum – a group of local entrepreneurs that Lance is a part of – will be hosting a startup job fair, Build 479 on April 20th.

If you’re interested in any of the upcoming events, email Michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com and tune in to the next episode (79) for more!

Feb 14, 2017

Our guest this episode is Caroline Gschwend who is the most recent victor of the Congressional App Challenge for District AR 03 with her app "defendUS". She shares her story of a growing interest in computer science, building the winning app, and the tools that she used to win.

Check out her App: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjBe90OEInA

Her Tools:
http://stackoverflow.com/
http://www.fotor.com/

Caroline is also an active volunteer with the Community Venture Foundation, whose Executive Director, Jessica Boyd joins as a co-host of this show. Jessica gives an update on the different programs that CVF is running and has on the horizon.

Follow and stay in touch with CVF:
www.communityventurefoundation.org
https://www.facebook.com/communityventurefoundation/?fref=ts

Host:
Michael@startupjunkiespodcast.com

Feb 7, 2017

Rolf Wilkin, founder of Eureka Pizza, Local Trade Partners, and the original RazorBucks joins the podcast to share stories and lessons learned from growing multiple businesses by being opportunistic and sticking to his core values.

Rolf see’s opportunity where other’s see risk or potential failure. He is a genius promoter, and remains a student.
Some of his book recommendations include:
Guerilla Marketing – Jay Levinson
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing – Al Ries & Jack Trout
Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz

Join Local Trade Partners: www.localtradepartners.com
Eat Eureka Pizza: www.eurekapizza.com

Hosts:
brett@startupjunkieconsulting.com
michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Jan 30, 2017

Lifetime entrepreneur, Bill Beyer is our guest this episode. He and his family are building a world-class tea company. Savoy Tea is the third venture that Bill has started, and he’s on his way to creating one of the first billion dollar brands without raising a dollar of capital.


Savoy Tea has 3 (soon to be 5), locations where they create a customer-centric atmosphere and serve their house-blended teas. They source tea from tea gardens and family farms all over the world: China, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, South Africa, Argentina… And yes, Bill is actually a certified Tea sommelier.
You can find more information, and order your blend here:
https://savoytea.com/

Hosts:
Michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com
Brett@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Jan 24, 2017

Eric Hinson, CEO and Founder of Explainify joins us to share his story of building a great culture in a great company. Explainify is a company that can “find the diamond in the haystack” in helping brands clearly understand the value that they deliver to customers – and how to communicate it effectively.

Eric is currently publishing his first book from his lessons and experience at Explainify: “Diamond in a Haystack: How to uncover your brand story, rise above the noise, and give your customers a reason to care.”

Get your free sneak peak here: Go.explainify.com/book

Reach out to Eric here:
http://explainify.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericjhinson/

Hosts:
Brett@startupjunkieconsulting.com
Michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com

 

Jan 17, 2017

We are joined by the professionals from SCORE, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Center, and the regional SBA office to discuss the services available to small businesses around the nation, and particularly in Northwest Arkansas. If you’re interested in reaching out to utilize any of these services, you can reach out to our guests below:

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center – Bill Fox
bfox@walton.uark.edu

SCORE NW Arkansas – David Bernstein
davidb@nwascore.org

Regional SBA Rep - Jeffery Salazar
jeffery.salazar@sba.gov

Hosts:
Brett@startupjunkieconsulting.com
Michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Jan 9, 2017

We are joined by Will Hurst from AT&T as well as the team from Little Bird Systems - Bryon Western, Edgar Cilio, and Jim Lewis. The conversation leads us through an entertaining deep dive on the Internet of Things - both what it is and how it will have an increasing effect on our lives going forward.

http://www.littlebirdsystems.com/

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

Disclosure: We do not own the rights to Skynet :)

Jan 2, 2017

James Smith joins us from James + James Furniture, a business that he started in his garage and grew to a nation-wide furniture and logistics company that's currently hiring if you like what you hear:

Check out their showroom in Fayetteville or their online show room here:
https://carpenterjames.com/

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

Dec 19, 2016

Elise Mitchell is the founder of Mitchell Communications and most recently the author of Leading Through the Turn, which details her story of how a journey mindset can help leaders find success.

In this episode, we learn how Elise took her interest and skill set and built it into an international strategic communications firm. We also discuss her brand-new book: Leading Through the Turn, which is available for pre-order and will officially launch January, 2017.

Learn more and buy the book here: www.elisemitchell.com

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

Dec 12, 2016

Jeff and Michael dive into the intricacies of Kickstarter, and the recent successful campaign that Michael and his business partner Jay Clark had for FML! The Game. You can find out more about their project by viewing the updates to their campaign, and look for games to be available early 2017.

Kickstarter: http://kck.st/2fdIBAL

Michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Host:

Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Dec 7, 2016

Jeff is joined by Bob Pelley with Innovacorp, and Darren MacDonald from Cape Breton University. During Global Entrepreneurship Week they set up shop at the Navigate Startup House in Cape Breton - all the way in North Atlantic Canada. In this episode discuss the incredible work that is going on there to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem and share perspective on what it takes to lift up a region. Learn more about their organizations below. Enjoy!

www.innovacorp.ca

http://navigatestartup.com/

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