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
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:
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/
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/
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:
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
Mike Abb, Dr. BowtieTodd Jenkins, and Keaton Smith joined the show to discuss the upcoming Young Professional Summit in Northwest Arkansas - Ignite Your Passion.
Conversation started with the background of these young community leaders. It flowed into some details about the upcoming summit, and why it is important to have a strong group of young people engaged in the community, and we discussed how while generational differences can be useful at a macro level, it's unfair to apply them to any individual. Come to the YP Summit to continue the conversation with us:
Sign up for the YP Summit:
Find our guests:
Dr. Todd Jenkins
52nd Episode! Released weekly, this means we've lasted an entire year on the air!
Pop the champagne? Nah. We went with hard cider from our friends at Black Apple Crossing.
This week we were joined by Spencer Jones with LineGard Med, and exciting company that was founded by Spencer under two years ago when he was working as a registered nurse. He saw problems with the status quo in the hospitals he worked in, and started down a road of creating medical devices. It's been over 400 days since he last scrubbed in, and he doesn't plan on turning back. Spencer is in the process of moving his company back to Fayetteville after participating in two accelerators, and working as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the HUBx LifeSciences Accelerator in Little Rock, AR.
Books recommended in this episode (with links to Amazon):
Get in touch with Spencer:
Joe Ehrhardt began his banking career in high school, and it has been his area of focus ever since. He combined that passion with his interest and skill in computer science to begin 3E Software, Inc. which has grown into a national software solution company for banks, headquartered in Northwest, AR.
Mathew Scott joined us to share his interesting background - everything from a military background in psychological warfare to building medical sales teams, and his current venture, FEED. The Agency which helps with brand building for physicians and dentistry.
Jeff visited the Island Sandbox at Cape Breton University for the Investor Readiness Bootcamp and ran through a number of exciting companies and investors.
Jeff Amerine: Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
Permjot Valia: Pvalia@mentorcamp.ca
Our guest this week is Margie Raimondo, taped live from her winery in Mountain Home, AR. Margie is a third generation wine maker with Sicilian roots, and plenty of passion for her products - All 387 of them! In addition to wine, Raimondo Winery offers a wide variety of oils, vinegars, mustards, and other cooking supplies.
Reach out to Margie:
Visit the winery:
1406 Highway 62 West, Mountain Home, AR 72653
Tariq Abdullah is an entrepreneurial attorney who recently moved from Kansas City to Northwest Arkansas, and is now the Director of Legal Data & Analytics in the Legal Operations department with Walmart.
Listen in for more information on an upcoming Hackathon that he is planning, some new legal technology that he has experienced, including the introduction of AI attorneys.
Tameka Montgomery leads the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration. She spent 2 days touring Northwest Arkansas to learn more about our entrepreneurial community, and capped off her visit with a podcast recording at Bike Rack Brewing. Tameka shares more about the scope of her position with the SBA, her career that led to this presidentially appointed position, and shares her insight on the NWA entrepreneurial community.
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Corey Boelkens recently launched the app for his company, RaftUp, which is maximizing both fun and safety on the water. They increase location based communication in boater communities and have had a strong launch as the boating season is kicking off.
Kanat Bektemirov, currently an Engineer with CaseStack joins the show. He shares experiences with his incredible internships at Google and Amazon, gives advice to young developers seeking a successful career, and makes comparisons between the technology environment in Silicon Valley vs. Northwest Arkansas.