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Now displaying: March, 2021

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.

Mar 29, 2021

Summary

Welcome to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast!

In this episode, Jeff Amerine, Caleb Talley, and Matthew Ward talk with J. Foster Davis.  Foster spent 13 years in the Navy before co-founding the cybersecurity firm BreachBits where he now serves as the COO.  The guys talk about the importance of cybersecurity, different strategies for auditing security systems, and how BreachBits is revolutionizing the industry.  You don’t want to miss this episode!

 

Shownotes

(1:36) Introducing Foster Davis

(12:31) What is BreachBits?

(16:40) BreachBits background

(20:20) Red teaming vs blue teaming

(29:43) Cybersecurity tips

(37:15) Advice for the younger self

(39:39) Wrap up

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Matthew Ward

  1. Foster Davis

BreachBits 

Tiny Capital 

 

Quotes

“BreachBits is the idea that the best way to catch a thief is to hire a thief.  The best way to find out if you are going to be hacked by a hacker is to actually hire hackers to do it.”  (12:31)

 

“I love red teaming because it’s not just about us taking the tools that a hacker uses, the tools that the offensive, the adversary uses.  It’s about becoming them.  It’s about immersing ourselves in the way that they think.  And so, in many ways what you want to actually do is have a very deep separation between your blue team and your red team.”  (21:48)

 

“I have a lot of experience in risk management, and I am a big believer that cyber risk is just like any other risk.  Cyber security is really not that mysterious.  If you’re a business owner or responsible for a line of business, you should be asking your security people the same thing you’re asking your finance people or your logistics people or your storeroom people.  What is the bad thing that can happen?  How likely is it that it will happen?  And if it were to happen, how bad would it be?”  (26:03)

 

Sponsored by Tiny Capital: https://www.tinycapital.com/

Tiny partners with founders to give them quick, straightforward exits that protect their team and culture. We’ll make an offer within a week, close the deal within a month, and keep your business operating for the long term. 

Get in touch at tinycapital.com/startupjunkies, and we’ll let you know within a couple of days.

Mar 22, 2021

Welcome to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast!

In this episode, Jeff Amerine and Matthew Ward are joined by Helen Maringer, the CEO of Shire Post Mint.  Helen clues Jeff and Matthew into the secrets of coin making, having a dedicated following of Game of Thrones fanatics, taking over the family business, and moving from Springdale to West Fork.  You do not want to miss this episode!  As always, thanks for tuning in!

 

Shownotes

(1:17) Introducing Helen Maringer from Shire Post Mint

(5:19) Customer base 

(11:01) Marketing through Kickstarter

(15:14) Working with the family business

(20:12) How the ScaleUp Program helped Shire Post Mint

(21:26) The process of creating coins

(30:28) What’s the vision?

(32:44) Advice for the younger self

(33:21) Wrap up

 

Links

Jeff Amerine

Matthew Ward

Helen Maringer

Shire Post Mint  

 

Quotes

“[Working in a family business] has been a struggle for sure.  Clear communication has been our best asset.”  (15:17) 

 

“On a personal level, I think ScaleUp really helped my confidence in making decisions for the business.”  (20:14) 

 

“The actual striking of the coins is kind of the quickest part.  So, you know, 500 to 5,000 pretty much takes about the same amount of time.”  (29:20)

Sponsored by Tiny Capital: https://www.tinycapital.com/

Tiny partners with founders to give them quick, straightforward exits that protect their team and culture. We’ll make an offer within a week, close the deal within a month, and keep your business operating for the long term. 

Get in touch at tinycapital.com/startupjunkies, and we’ll let you know within a couple of days.

Mar 15, 2021

Summary

Welcome back to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast!

 

In this week’s episode, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward talk with the COO and a Founding Team Member of Farm Together, David Chan.  FarmTogether is capitalizing on a never-before-seen opportunity in the farming industry.  With many family farms being sold to outside ownership, FarmTogether allows regular people to make safe, stable farmland investments.  David talks to the hosts about making farmland more accessible, international investment, the importance of climate change initiatives, and much more.  Thanks for tuning in!

 

Shownotes

(1:15) Introducing David Chan and FarmTogether

(7:27) Making farmland more accessible

(12:38) What do returns look like through FarmTogether?

(17:23) COVID-19’s effects on FarmTogether

(23:52) International investment in farmland

(28:26) Brokers’ response to FarmTogether

(31:24) David’s climate change conviction

(37:18) Advice for the younger self

(40:12) Wrap up

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Matthew Ward

David Chan

FarmTogether  

How's It Growing? 

 

Quotes

“Farmers who have invested in efficient operations, efficient water, efficient planting densities, and new varietals are still operating in the black.  And so that’s what’s very positive here because it means we believe that the future is very bright.”

(21:45)

“I really can’t overstate how large of a transfer of ownership is underway and expected to take place over the next 20 years.  The USDA actually projects 70% of all US farmland is going to trade hands over the next 20 years.  And it's, you know, I think it’s equivalent to about 500 million acres.  I think that’s twice the size of Alaska.” (27:04)

“We’re very proud to announce that we have 100% of our acres in a program called Leading Harvest, which is a broad sustainability standard for farmland investors in the United States.” (34:56)

Sponsored by Tiny Capital: https://www.tinycapital.com/

Tiny partners with founders to give them quick, straightforward exits that protect their team and culture. We’ll make an offer within a week, close the deal within a month, and keep your business operating for the long term. 

Get in touch at tinycapital.com/startupjunkies, and we’ll let you know within a couple of days.

Mar 8, 2021

Summary

Welcome to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast!  In this week’s episode, Robert Wallace joined Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward to talk about his entrepreneurial journey and how he defines success.  Robert is known worldwide for his skills as an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and business consultant.  Robert draws inspiration from his difficult upbringing, and he is determined to leverage his success to benefit others’ lives.  You don’t want to miss this riveting episode!  

 

Shownotes

(1:41) Introducing Robert Wallace

(5:54) Robert’s entrepreneurial inspiration

(10:37) How faith impacts Robert’s goals

(15:26) Making solar energy more accessible

(20:54) Learning from failures

(24:28) Finding time to become an author

(29:52) Looking towards the future

(31:43) Accepting that we don’t know everything

(34:19) Wrap up

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Matthew Ward

Robert Wallace

RobertWallace.com 

BITHGROUP 

BITHENERGY 

 

Quotes

“I think that too often as we age and get older, we lose the ability to dream.  And one thing my father instilled in us was to not lose that ability.  And so, I’ve been a dreamer.”  (11:04)

 

“How can I use this wealth, how can I use this access, how can I use this authority and power to make the lives of people better? And if I’m not doing that, then what good am I?  Right? What value do I have?  And so for me, it is how do I use these blessings to make life better and to have an impact on their lives.  And that’s what drives me.”  (14:31)

Sponsored by Tiny Capital: https://www.tinycapital.com/

Tiny partners with founders to give them quick, straightforward exits that protect their team and culture. We’ll make an offer within a week, close the deal within a month, and keep your business operating for the long term. 

Get in touch at tinycapital.com/startupjunkies, and we’ll let you know within a couple of days.

Mar 1, 2021

232: Rewriting the Book on Marketing with Tyler Elliston

 

Tyler Elliston - Right Side Up

 

Summary

Welcome to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast!  In this episode, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward talk with Tyler Elliston, founder of Right Side Up.  Tyler spent six years as an in-house marketer for a handful of companies, and he founded Right Side Up to create a new avenue for companies looking for marketing help.  In Right Side Up, Tyler started a third way that was different from marketing agencies and staffing firms.  Tyler chats with the guys about creating a new style of marketing company, learning from failures, and what inspires him.  Thanks for tuning in!

 

Shownotes

(1:47) Introducing Tyler Elliston and Right Side Up

(6:28) Learning from failures

(10:43) Landing big clients and defining success

(16:52) What does work look like post-COVID?

(20:25) B2B marketing advice

(23:14) Influencer marketing

(29:43) What inspires Tyler?

(31:33) Advice for the younger self

(33:33) Wrap up

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Matthew Ward

Tyler Elliston

Right Side Up  

 

Quotes

“When I started consulting and thought about building a business around consulting, I wanted to do it in a way that was different than the traditional agency model.” (2:50)

 

“I feel like I got so caught up in that state of having a good idea and the excitement that I felt, the feeling of like, I’m on the verge of something great, something big, like an idea that’s going to be impactful.  Almost to the point that it would slow me down from really making progress on it, because I was afraid that it might not pan out.”  (9:36)

 

“I do think our model can certainly grow very large in the context of big agencies and sort of providing an alternative to that...but honestly, right now, we’re just trying to do great work within the space we’re in.”  (15:18)

Sponsored by Tiny Capital: https://www.tinycapital.com/

Tiny partners with founders to give them quick, straightforward exits that protect their team and culture. We’ll make an offer within a week, close the deal within a month, and keep your business operating for the long term. 

Get in touch at tinycapital.com/startupjunkies, and we’ll let you know within a couple of days.

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