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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 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

Oct 3, 2016

Shannon Bedore joins us this week. We learn about her 20 year career in the retail world, a successful birthing center that she started and sold to a private equity group, and her most recent venture, Sightline Retail. Sightline optimizes the process of selling into major retailers for early stage product companies.

Learn more at www.sightlineretail.com

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

Sep 19, 2016

We had an on-site visit to Power Technology, Inc. in Little Rock, AR and learned about the new advancements coming in the theater world with the transition from bulbs to lasers.

Power Technology has been providing innovative laser solutions for over 40 years - they create military lasers, bioanalytical lasers, and other industrial applications.

Find out more:
http://www.powertechnology.com/

Host:
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Sep 12, 2016

Jeston George has been growing Apptegy for the past three years - what started in his living room is now occupying an entire floor of the Simmons building in Downtown Little Rock with nearly 50 employees.

Apptegy is a constant contract tool for any schools and their communities, and their user base is growing rapidly with over 200 districts signed up.

To learn more find them at www.apptegy.com or on linkedin: http://tinyurl.com/zkjvhmc

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

Aug 29, 2016

Arlton has been growing the Made by Few conference over the last five years, and will be holding the event in Northwest Arkansas for the first time on October 26-29. You can find more information about the conference, or register here:https://madebyfew.com/

The Made by Few vimeo account with recaps of former conferences: https://vimeo.com/workwithfew

Arlton referenced another podcast that he has found helpful, Burning Questions: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/burning-questions-podcast/id1123472466?mt=2

The books that he recommended were Startup Communities and War of Art:
https://www.amazon.com/Startup-Communities-Building-Entrepreneurial-Ecosystem/dp/B00B1D8RHI
https://www.amazon.com/War-Art-Through-Creative-Battles/dp/1936891026/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1472477842&sr=1-1&keywords=war+of+art

Aug 22, 2016

This episode was recorded in Cape Breton, Canada at Breton Brewing just before the kickoff of Mentor Camp. www.mentorcamp.ca

The first group was the founding team from TrapTap, the world’s simplest traffic indicator, and they were incredibly successful on Kickstarter, raising $370K on Kickstarter and even more on Indiegogo.

Find out more: http://traptap.com/

hello@traptap.com

April Dunford and Patrick Hankinson who were in town for the Mentor Camp joined to share their experiences. April has been involved with seven different startup companies and been through four exits. Patrick is 28 and working with his third early stage venture.

The last pair was from Halifax, Liz Gosselin and Robert Ore spoke on the upcoming mentor camp. Liz is the founder of Pivot, a Halifax based digital marketing agency: http://letspivot.com/

Robert Ore now runs an impact fund for a family office in the US. Four years ago he exited his last venture, Ocean Nutrition Canada.

Pardon the background noise. This episode was recorded at the Breton Brewery: http://bretonbrewing.ca/

Aug 15, 2016

Omar Kasim graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Sam M. Walton College of Business in three years. He balanced the decision of starting a restaurant that he had been contemplating launching, or going to Law School. The entrepreneurial track seemed more intriguing, and now one year later he has a successful fusion taco fast-casual restaurant in Fayetteville, AR and plans to expand the brand.

The Motivational Speech that Omar mentioned at the end:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLcJHC9J7l4

http://conquesos.com/

https://www.facebook.com/conquesos/home

okasim@conquesos.com

Hosts:
Jeff@Startupjunkieconsulting.com
Michael@Startupjunkieconsulting.com

Aug 8, 2016

Songcat makes top-notch music production feasible for musicians to access from their home studio. The service matches artists with other talented musicians online, and then produces a radio-ready song for $500. Described as the "Uber for Music Production," Songcat has been experience 2x user and revenue growth each of the last three months.

The opportunistic founder team has made four moves across international borders since the inception of this idea in late 2014 living in Ireland. They walk us through their path to market and future plans for SongCat

Contact:
info@songcat.biz
https://www.facebook.com/songcatmusic/?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/SongCatMusic
https://soundcloud.com/songcat

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

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