Welcome back to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast! This week, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward talk with Dr. Joseph Daniels, founder of Build Community Through Love. Build Community Through Love seeks to infuse AGAPE LOVE into the strategic and actionable redesign of authentic community. Dr. Daniels has a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Arkansas, is a community builder, and is a real investor. In this episode, some of the topics you will get to hear about our insights around inclusivity in ecosystem development, opportunity zones in real estate, the need for equity in Northwest Arkansas, and Dr. Daniels' why. Thanks for listening in with us!
(2:01) Introducing Joe Daniels
(5:06) Moving from a metropolitan area to NWA
(11:19) Inclusivity in entrepreneurial ecosystems
(26:12) Joe’s future with Build Community Through Love
(32:15) Joe talks about what drives his passion
(35:48) Advice for Joe’s younger self
(38:55) Wrapping up
“We value all of these things and then allow for a seven day event where everybody comes in from outside to come into our home. And we begin saying, you know what, we’re not gonna, we can’t do anything. We’re just going to let everybody be themselves. And, you know, if I’m a taxpayer in this city, I don’t want to have to go to another city for a week just to let other people come into my house and wreck it, just for me to have to come back.” (27:20)
“So I would tell young Joe, as he’s coming out of high school, begin thinking of ways to employ people. Begin using your mind to solve problems. Don’t force yourself to get A’s in a system that’s gonna continue to keep you locked into as an employee, because your mind is so powerful. And if you use your mind, you can always be an employee, but you can also be someone who can really affect change, and who can provide ideas that solve and can provide real solutions.” (37:08)
Welcome back to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast!
This week, Caleb Talley and Matthew Ward talk with Bo Lais, founder of Lula and KC Collective. They chat about building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas City, silver linings from the Pandemic, and working with Pipeline. Listen to this week’s episode to hear about an ideal example of a business that assesses the marketplace and adapts to address a need in the property management industry!
(2:24) Introducing Lula
(5:46) KC Collective
(10:20) Surprises of working with KC Collective
(12:42) Creating a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem
(14:40) A silver lining from the pandemic
(18:14) Raising capital for Lula
(21:13) Working with Pipeline
(26:44) Advice for the younger self
(28:27) Wrapping up
“You really need universities, corporations, and they need government, right? You need all of them to play nicely with one another in order to be a really strong, entrepreneurial city.” (13:08)
“We’re always asking, you know, investors to take more risks but on the other side, you know, I think that founders, I think we need to do bigger things. We need to have more exits, right? More exits and bigger exits.” (17:07)
218: Creating Startup Junkies
Jeff Amerine - Startup Junkie; Jeff Standridge - The Conductor
Welcome to a special episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast! This week, Caleb Talley and Morgan Scholz sit down with Jeff Amerine and Jeff Standridge to talk about their new book "Creating Startup Junkies". In this episode, you will get to hear about the genesis of the book, the importance of venture ecosystem development, and the crucial pillars to creating a venture ecosystem. This is an episode you do not want to miss out on!
Check out this link to find more information on how to create an effective ecosystem: https://www.creatingstartupjunkies.com/
(2:03) What led to writing a book?
(5:09) Who is the book for?
(14:02) What are the benefits of building a startup in unexpected places?
(20:19) Discussing the four pillars
(27:09) Game-changing policy changes for startup ecosystems
(33:14) What is the biggest goal of the book?
(34:36) Wrap up
“Otherwise they think of economic development as ‘we’re going to go attract a big plant from somewhere,’ and there’s a place for that, that’s important. But that’s kind of like buying a winning lottery ticket. What we’re talking about in this book, and in everything we do, is sort of the Money Ball play, to use a movie reference. This is the how do you get a better on base percentage with the talent that you have locally, and it’s something that sticks.” (8:10)
“If we believe that this is a movement that can change lives, our defining purpose and reason for being is to empower and enable innovators and entrepreneurs. And by virtue of that, improve their lives or quality or standard of living. The book is a manifestation of that. It’s intended to be a little bit inspiration, a little bit practical and tactical detail for how to do it.” (33:32)
Welcome to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast! This week, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward have a virtual chat with Jonathan Kazarian, founder and CEO of AccelEvents. AccelEvents is a virtual event platform that creates high-quality broadcasts and on-demand videos at scale. With over 12,500 companies, organizations, and events who have utilized the platform, AccelEvents has been proven to be an effective solution. In this episode, you will get to hear about the birth and development of AccelEvents, advice to be successful with organizing and running virtual events, and emerging trends in the virtual event space. Check out this great episode!
(1:16) Introducing Accelevents
(7:03) The benefits of transitioning to virtual events
(12:44) Setting up a virtual event through Accelevents
(14:11) How virtual events favor tech employees
(16:26) Scaling quickly with a global virtual team
(18:02) Price structure and how sponsors benefit from virtual events
(22:56) The future of virtual events post-pandemic
(24:25) Jonathan gives advice to his younger self
“One big trend that we’re seeing...is that these events that used to take three, six, nine months to plan in person and were crazy expensive, now through our platform, these event organizers can take that event and they can repurpose and reuse a lot of the content and bring that community back and re-engage that community every month or every quarter and build those deeper relationships.” (7:20)
“You learn best by taking the hit in the face with a two-by-four, because you know the kinds of things you won’t do again. And some of those, I think some of those life lessons are the things that define good leaders. If you could do everything right and you’ve kind of lived an enchanted life, when the first big obstacle comes up you have no idea how to deal with it.” (25:40)
Hey everyone! We are glad to have you here for another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast! This week, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward talk with Jeff Starling, an owner of The Source. The Source is a one-stop-shop for the highest-grade medical marijuana in the state. Their pledge is to create a high-end, seamless experience that enhances the patient's journey to healing and leaves them feeling cared for. In this episode you will get to hear about changing attitudes around medical marijuana, thoughts around full legalization, the impact COVID has had on the weed supply chain, and innovation in the weed industry. We are happy to have you here with us!
(1:12) Introducing The Source and Jeff Starling
(3:03) Opening a business in a highly regulated industry
(4:56) Marijuana as medicine
(7:16) Changing the stigmas about medical marijuana
(10:57) A surprising client base
(12:25) Preparing for the full legalization of recreational marijuana
(14:26) Staying above board in the medical marijuana industry
(18:09) What’s next for The Source
(20:07) Marijuana quality in Arkansas compared to other states
(25:53) How Issue 3 can affect the future of legalized marijuana
(29:50) Jeff gives advice to his younger self
(31:39) Wrapping up
“There was some resistance to us opening our location in Bentonville, cause everybody thinks it’s going to bring crime and, you know, this counter-culture attitude, and it’s just going to be a sore-spot… To be honest, it was already here. People can just be more open about it, and everybody’s paying taxes on it now. So the attitudes are definitely shifting.” (7:20)
The powers that be in Arkansas did not want this, they didn’t. They made every hurdle and bit of red tape to go through in order for anybody to get approved here. But, the people voted. The people spoke. This is what they wanted. This is how our government is supposed to be set up. That we, as the people, have the right to put things on the ballot that we want to see voted on.” (26:07)
“I think that when you start to see these small towns get this industry moving in and all the sudden there’s tax revenue and jobs, and again, the economics become way more important. You’re going to start to see people’s eyes are opening up.” (27:41)