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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.

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/

Nov 14, 2016

Ashton McCombs and Jeff are both Naval Academy graduates who took a successful plunge into entrepreneurship. In this episode, Ashton shares stories about the path that led he and two colleagues to leave corporate careers and start Phigenics, a smart water management company in 2004. It has been over a decade, and Ashton shares stories, lessons learned and advice to future entrepreneurs.

www.phigenics.com

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

 

Nov 7, 2016

We sit down with Jason and Justin to discuss retail technology and everything that the Skosay team has to offer. These entrepreneurs have been working and innovating in the CPG space for their entire adult lives, and have created a new product that is beginning to gain traction.

Find out more at:
www.skosay.com

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

Oct 31, 2016

In our final episode from the Tinkerfest at the Amazeum with co-host Jon Cadieux we speak with Adam Tobin and Sam Bell from the Chabot Space & Science Center.

This conversation covers Adam's two previous toy companies, the museum they run in the bay area, cycling, education, hiring, and even dumpster diving! This is a fun one!

Chabot Space & Science Center
@ChabotSpace

Hosts:
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
jon@455mediagroup.com

Oct 24, 2016

In this episode Jeff is joined by Jon Cadieux and two fantastic guests. First is Carrie Beach, who is a veteran teacher at Washington Junior High in Bentonville. She runs the cardboard construction at the Tinkerfest, and created a Fab Lab in her classroom to help mold the creative minds of the students that she works with every day.

At 11:50 we shift to speak with London Kaye who hails from New York City. She got her start making elaborate street art out of yarn, and turned her passion into a profession, you can check out what she is working on now at:
@madebylondon
www.londonkaye.com

Hosts:
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
jon@455mediagroup.com

Oct 17, 2016

With guest host, Jon Cadieux, Jeff talks with Joel Gordon of the Arkansas Innovation Hub, one of the founders of Tinkerfest. He shares stores of makers, maker faires, making, and education.

Find out more at: www.arhub.org

Hosts:
jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
Jon@455mediagroup.com

Oct 11, 2016

Our original co-host, Jon Cadieux rejoined the set this week with our guest, Sam Dean of the Scott Family Amazeum. We discuss the incredible children's museum in Northwest Arkansas and some other great initiatives like the Tinkerfest, and the local maker movement in Northwest Arkansas.

Discover more here:
www.amazeum.org

Hosts:
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
jon@455mediagroup.com

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