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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.

Sep 16, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine, Jon Cadieux, and Chandler Abbott sit down with Troy Campbell, the founder of The House of Songs. The House of Songs has become a global songwriting enterprise with Troy’s philosophy that an artist’s biggest audience may be in a foreign country. Troy founded the Ozark House of Songs after seeing the same infrastructure like bike trails, startup companies, and corporate partners growing in Northwest Arkansas as he saw in Austin, Texas in the 1990s. According to Troy, the old music industry is gone and will never be back, but the new model of finding your true audience is refreshing because there will always be a demand for great songs. 

Check out The House of Songs on their website, Facebook, Instagram, and PBS documentary

Connect with Troy on LinkedIn.

Sep 9, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jon Cadieux, the founder of the Startup Junkies Podcast, returns to showcase several of his tenants at NWA Workplaces. This episode features founder Kaylynn Jordan, and VP Jon Jordan of Ethical Sourcing. Kaylynn founded Ethical Sourcing as a way to give people a fair wage in developing countries, bring unique products to stateside retailers, and support international causes for education and human trafficking. They currently manage some 250 products and service 6 retailers. To Kaylynn, business is not intended to harm, but to build up communities and families. 

Links: Ethical Sourcing Website, Facebook, and Instagram.


Connect with Kaylynn, Jon Jordan, and Jon Cadieux on LinkedIn.

Sep 3, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Haley Allgood joined Luke and Natalie Freeman, the founders of the Freckled Hen Farmhouse, a curated retail shop of functional and sustainable home goods and gifts. The shop began as a social media account featuring products that Luke and Natalie used in renovating their home and has grown into a retail store on College Avenue and an online presence of more than 40,000 followers. In this episode, Luke and Natalie reflect on humble beginnings and sustainably scaling the business to what it is today. 

Connect with Jeff, Haley, Luke, and Natalie.


Check out the Freckled Hen Farmhouse online, on Instagram, and on College Avenue.

Aug 12, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Chandler Abbott sit down with Michael Iseman, the former Chief Relationship Officer of Startup Junkie, now an Analyst and Investor Educator at AcreTrader. Michael reflects on four years of working at Startup Junkie, finding a wife, and working with thousands of entrepreneurs and startups. Jeff recalls highlights of Michael’s tenure, such as kicking off Arkansas’s first accelerator program, helping entrepreneurs run the startup race well, and finishing with a grand finale at the Fuel Accelerator Demo Day. Thank you Michael for your hard work to grow Startup Junkie!

Jul 25, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Haley Allgood and Martha Londagin sit down with Eric Howerton and Brooke McNeely of WhyteSpyder. WhyteSpyder has recently relocated to Emma Avenue and Startup Junkie has opened a new office in Springdale for events and consulting meetings in the Springdale area. Eric and Martha reflect on the history of Springdale while Haley details the resources available to entrepreneurs through Startup Junkie. 


Learn more about WhyteSpyder. Connect with Haley, Martha, Eric, and Brooke.

Jul 25, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Haley Allgood and Martha Londagin sit down with Eric Howerton and Brooke McNeely of WhyteSpyder. WhyteSpyder has recently relocated to Emma Avenue and Startup Junkie has opened a new office in Springdale for events and consulting meetings in the Springdale area. Eric and Martha reflect on the history of Springdale while Haley details the resources available to entrepreneurs through Startup Junkie. 


Learn more about WhyteSpyder. Connect with Haley, Martha, Eric, and Brooke.

Jul 15, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine, Haley Allgood, and Chandler Abbott join Ryan Burton, the founder of Burton’s Creamery. Ryan started Burton’s Creamery as a food truck in 2014 and it has since expanded into catering service and a brick and mortar store in Uptown Fayetteville. Ryan tells the story of how a sweet hobby became a successful startup by establishing a MVP, going to ice cream school, and creating NWA’s only premium soft serve. 

Connect with Ryan

Check out Burton’s on Dickson or Uptown
Follow Burton’s Creamery on Instagram

Jul 8, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine, Haley Allgood, and Chandler Abbott sit down with Helena Gadison and Dr. Todd Jenkins to discuss how entrepreneurs should create an authentic brand for themselves and their business. Todd currently serves as the chair of the NWA Young Professionals Summit and Helena will be one of the guest speakers this year. During this podcast, Helena and Todd preview the themes of personal, professional, and philanthropic development for the 4th annual NWA YP Summit.  

 

Connect with Helena and Todd


Get your ticket to the 2019 NWA YP Summit here

Jul 1, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine, Haley Allgood, and Chandler Abbott sit down with Edwin Ortiz, the founder and CEO of Luncher. Luncher is a platform that enables customers to get lunch delivered for free in high density areas with supply chain efficiencies. Edwin views Luncher as a culmination of his experiences in supply chain that began when he took over his parents transportation business when he was just 12 years old. To Edwin, Luncher is not just an innovative delivery service, it’s a way to reclaim a lost hour every day while eating healthy. 

 

Luncher is currently delivering lunch to Bentonville, Springdale, and Fayetteville


Connect with Edwin on LinkedIn

Jun 24, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Taylor Hasley sit down with Kent Wood, the founder and CEO of ReadtheLabl. Kent founded ReadtheLabl after recognizing a need in the marketplace for transparent packaged foods and researching at the University of Arkansas Food Innovation Center for a solution. Kent’s vision for ReadtheLabl began by creating three sauces that are organic, shelf stable without acids, and contain no added sugar or preservatives. Using his experience of coaching professional tennis players and implementing technologies like artificial intelligence, Kent envisions expanding the brand with personalized healthy meal solutions.

 

ReadtheLabl’s sauces are currently distributed across several local stores in NWA and central Arkansas. They can also be ordered directly from https://readthelabl.com.


Connect with Kent on LinkedIn.

Jun 17, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies podcast, Jeff Amerine and Michael Iseman sit down with James Farmer, the founder of startup grocery delivery service, Easybins. Easybins is a unique delivery service that offers free delivery in which a user places their order before midnight and it’s delivered while the customer sleeps at night. The mission of Easybins is not just to create a seamless delivery service, but to make eating at home easier. According to James, food for us is more than fuel. It's how we gather in community, share in conversation, and connect to the many cultures around us.

To order from Easybins, visit https://www.easybins.com/

Connect with James

Jun 3, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Michael Iseman and Chandler Abbott sit down with Stephen Linn during his visit to Bentonville for the Power of Music Festival. Stephen founded AmpliFLY entertainment after two decades of broadcasting and marketing experience with major networks to help independent artists build a sustainable career and currently serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Building and growing something new has been a defining characteristic throughout Stephen’s career and he shares how both artists and entrepreneurs do customer discovery, develop their brand, and pivot when necessary.

Connect with Stephen and AmpliFLY entertainment

Learn more about the I’ll Fly Away Foundation, which sponsors the Power of Music Festival

May 28, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Michael Iseman sit down with David Baker, current Vice President of Product Strategy at RevUnit. RevUnit builds digital solutions and strategies that unlock productivity and drive employee engagement by leveraging human-centric design, strategic vision, and emerging tech. David discusses how collaborative design processes and opportunities to try new things foster employee ownership in their work. To David, working better means constantly trying to question how you’re working and seeking alignment with the people you’re working with.

Learn more about RevUnit: https://revunit.com/

Connect with David Baker

Hosts: Jeff Amerine and Michael Iseman

jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

May 20, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Haley Allgood head to the first ever Shark Tank casting call in Arkansas. Presented by Startup Junkie, the casting call gave local entrepreneurs in the heartland the opportunity to give a one-minute pitch of their business, product or idea. If chosen, local contestants may be featured on “Shark Tank” for a chance to make their dreams a reality. Guests featured in this episode include Mindy Zemrack, casting coordinator for Shark Tank, several companies participating in the casting call (Luncher, Shiphike, dOugh M G, Bristle), and Dmitri Love, a University of Arkansas graduate who was previously featured on Shark Tank with his company Bundil. Shark Tank season 11 premiers this fall on ABC and will hopefully include companies that pitched at the Bentonville Casting Call!

Watch the current season of Shark Tank

Connect with Mindy

Connect with Luncher

Connect with Shiphike

Connect with dOugh M G

Connect with Bristle

Connect with Dmitri

Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Haley@startupjunkie.org

May 13, 2019

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Michael Iseman sit down with the creators of the Purlu App, Brad Cardwell and Caitlin Trickett. Purlu showcases food and drink specials for Northwest Arkansas in an app interface that is easy to use. Brad and Caitlin discuss the challenges of communicating with a development team on the other side of the world while sharing the excitement of gaining momentum by partnering with NWA restaurants.

Download the Purlu app: https://www.purluapp.com/

Connect with Brad: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-cardwell-014a07115/

Connect with Caitlin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caitlin-trickett-4b801799/

Connect with Jeff: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffamerine/

Connect with Michael: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-iseman/

Hosts: Jeff Amerine and Michael Iseman

Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Michael@startupjunkie.org

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