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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.

Jun 20, 2016

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.

Contact Tariq:

Tariq.Abdullah@walmartlegal.com

 

Hosts:

Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com

 

Jun 13, 2016

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.

Learn more about the SBA:
https://www.sba.gov/

Contact the hosts:
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
Haley@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Jun 6, 2016

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.

Contact Corey:
http://www.raftup.com/
contact@raftup.com
https://www.instagram.com/theraftup/
https://www.facebook.com/theraftup

May 30, 2016

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.

Contact Kanat:
LinkedIn: https://goo.gl/5tIyGN
Email: bekt17@gmail.com

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

May 23, 2016

Part 2/2:

Our typical host, Jeff Amerine has a long history of working with startup companies and holding leadership roles in the military and with fortune 500 companies. We thought our audience on the podcast would be interested in getting to know more about the host, and Jeff was willing to share.

Part 1: Childhood, militarty experience & Family

Part 2: Startups, Forune 500's, successes and failures, moving back to AR & the road ahead.

Contact:
Startupjunkieconsulting.com
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
Michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com

May 16, 2016

Part 1/2:

Our typical host, Jeff Amerine has a long history of working with startup companies and holding leadership roles in the military and with fortune 500 companies. We thought our audience on the podcast would be interested in getting to know more about the host, and Jeff was willing to share.

Part 1: Childhood, militarty experience & Family

Part 2: Startups, Forune 500's, successes and failures, moving back to AR & the road ahead.

Contact:
Startupjunkieconsulting.com
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
Michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com

May 9, 2016

Our guest this week is Brent Hale of Big Sexy Food! He talks about how he got his start in the NWA food scene, and describes his model of utilizing popup restaurants with a creative twist on classic foods.

His next event will be in Fayetteville on 5/20 and 5/21. Reservations are filling up quickly here:
http://www.bigsexyfood.com/popup.html

Contact:
brentrhale@gmail.com
www.bigsexyfood.com

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

May 2, 2016

Amy and Chris from Collective Bias shed light on the early days at collective bias, and how far they've come in their 7-year journey as an influencer marketing company.

They also share how important it is to give back, and discuss GiveCamp NWA, an event they were hosting that weekend to develop a web presence for non-profit companies.

Guest contact info:
Amy Callahan
amycallahan@collectivebias.com

Chris Whittle
chriswhittle@collectivebias.com

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

Apr 25, 2016

We were fortunate to have Matt Stevens, Manager of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, and Edward Haddock, the Deputy District Director of the SBA in Arkansas on the show this week.

We dive into the strategic initiatives of the SBA to help grow scalable ventures in the innovation economy. We discuss the overall initiatives, and how Startup Junkie has been leveraging those initiatives to develop strong programs in the region of Northwest Arkansas.

Contact and learn more:
https://www.sba.gov/
Edward.Haddock@sba.gov
Matthew.Stevens@sba.gov

Hosts:
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
Brett@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Apr 18, 2016

Caleb Hamilton of Metova talks about growing the culture of a world-class development company that just opened a new location in Fayetteville, AR.

They have a fantastic model to work with anyone from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

They are always looking to bring on great talent. They have a flexible culture and well thought out training programs to help their employees grow within the company.

www.metova.com
Caleb.hamilton@metova.com

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

Apr 11, 2016

Michael makes the switch from co-host to the victim of Jeff's jokes on the other side of the table.

Michael & Jeff dive into the making of FML! The Game, which is a board game parody of The Game of LIFE, marketed for young adults. As Jeff eloquantly describes it: "It's like cerebral beer pong"

The project will be live on Kickstarter from April 12 - May 13. Preorder your game at:

www.kickstarter.com/fmlthegame
www.fmlthegame.com
www.facebook.com/fmlthegame
michael@fmlthegame.com

Host:
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Apr 4, 2016

Bentonville High School students are working on some interesting projects! This week we have two groups, one who recently won the Congressional App Challenge for their work on an educational virtual reality app. The community has rallied around the second group to support their Electronic Vehicle conversion.

Guests this week:
Tyler Gay
kennethtylergay@gmail.com

Marc Aranibar
@MarcAranibar
aranibarmarc@gmail.com

Steven Douglass & Kyle Watson
@BvilleEVTeam
evchallengebentonville.weebly.com

Tye Killingsworth
tkillingsworth@bentonvillek12.org

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

Mar 28, 2016

Tim Robinson, an owner of Phat Tire Bike Shop, was welcomed to the show. He shares the story of following his interest in biking, and seizing every opportunity that presented itself in growing both his company, and the biking culture in Northwest Arkansas.

http://phattirebikeshop.com/
https://www.facebook.com/PhatTireBikeShop

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

Mar 21, 2016

Jeff Charlson, CEO of Bike Rack Brewing Co. talks about how he and his world-class team have implemented smart growth, and had a fun time doing it. Listen in to learn about the future for BRB, and how they've become a leader in the Bentonville brew scene.

bikerackbrewing.com
https://www.facebook.com/bikerackbrewing/?fref=ts

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

Mar 14, 2016

We pulled a group of co-workers the Startup Junkie Headquarters on the Fayetteville Square and gathered around the microphones. Learn about some great businesses operating in Northwest Arkansas making use of our space. From beautiful mahogany wood, to in home health care, this episode was wide ranging - Enjoy!

Episode 33 Guests:

Jessica Boyd
Executive Director of the Community Venture Foundation
jessica@communityventurefoundation.org
www.communityventurefoundation.com

Scott Andrews
COO/CFO with Hayseed Ventures
Scott@hayseedventures.com
www.hayseedventures.com

Seth Ellsworth
Founder of Belize Mahogany Designs
belizemahoganydesigns@gmail.com
belizemahoganydesigns.com

 

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Contact the hosts:
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
Michael@startupjunkieconsulting.com

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