Our hosts, Jeff Amerine and Matthew Ward, speak with Kris Reid of Ardor SEO on this week's episode. This podcast recording is a never-before-seen interview from earlier this year, and you will NOT want to miss it. Kris Reid speaks to us on search engine optimization and how it is a foundational piece of having a successful website. Without users finding your website, how do you actually make a profit? Kris Reid and Ardo SEO have the solution to this problem, so tune in now!
(0:50) Introducing Kris Reid
(2:03) From Software Engineering to SEO
(4:02) Is SEO Growth Hacking?
(5:14) Common Mistakes with Clients
(9:04) Ideal Customer
(14:40) AI, Machine Learning, and SEO
(18:53) Ardor SEO and VC
(21:25) Profit First Mentality
(24:29) The Why for Kris
(26:05) Future Casting with Kris
(27:59) Wrap Up
"Most people think that they need a website, but you don't, if you're not going to rank it, what's the point? --- It's words that sell. And those words need to get in front of people's faces. If you spend 30 grand on a website and no one sees it, what's the point?"
(4:13) - Kris Reid
"What we're trying to do is build up our clients' authorities to get them trusted by Google, so that Google will reward them with lots of traffic and customers."
(5:05) - Kris Reid
"That's what Google's looking for, to build up your trust... If it's some tiny little new site, that's not worth anything. If it's a big, strong authority site like the FBI or a university, that's a big, strong credible backlink… that's the secret of Google."
(8:24) - Kris Reid
Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Davis McEntire sit down with Louis Bowen, co-founder of Pacific GeneTech Limited as well as founder of Asia Capital Management Limited in Hong Kong. In this week's episode, we discuss Louis' entrepreneurial journey, his relocation to Hong Kong along the way, and how he tackled making a difference in the Asian markets as he founded one of the first private investment banking firms in the area as well as operating Pacific GeneTech, a vaccination development and commercialization firm.
Don't miss this one, tune in!
(1:16) Introducing Louis Bowen
(6:08) Pacific GeneTech
(13:14) Long Cycle Commercialization of Intellectual Property
(18:44) H5N1 Scare
(23:44) Raising Capital Internationally Vs. Domestically
(27:08) Evolution of Asian Market Today
(34:21) Pacific GeneTech and NWA
(37:13) Human Health and on The Horizon
(39:13) Advice to Younger Self
(38:13) Wrap Up
"Not many entrepreneurs have an appreciation for how long-cycle commercialization of intellectual property, particularly as it relates to human or even animal health, requires a kind of long-term commitment and patience."
(13:18) - Jeff Amerine
"One reason why we chose Northwest Arkansas was that we wanted to be close to the source of technology, we wanted to continue to work with the university."
(31:20) - Louis Bowen
"There's a real skill in being able to take technology out of the lab and turn it into a reality."
(35:01) - Louis Bowen
"I probably felt as though I could solve more problems than I could in the investing world. You know, nothing goes in a straight line. There's nothing linear investing in early businesses, early stage businesses."
(40:48) - Louis Bowen
269: Taking Notes on the Changing Work Environment with Phil Libin
Welcome back to the podcast!
We are the Startup Junkies, and this is episode 269. Our hosts for this episode contain the usual Jeff Amerine, Caleb Talley, and Davis McEntire and are also joined by the prodigal son himself, Matthew Ward! We had the pleasure of talking to Phil Libin who is a serial entrepreneur and just a fun guy! We laughed, chatted, and got to dive into his latest ventures, Mmhmm and All Turtles.
Don't miss this one, tune in!
(1:31) Introducing Phil Libin
(3:33) Why move to Bentonville, Arkansas?
(6:41) Genesis and future casting for Mmhmm
(12:24) All Turtles Philosophy
(18:15) Out of Office vs. In-Person Benefits
(21:08) Commentary of Evolving VC World
(30:37) Paradigm Shifts in Apple, AI, and Machine Learning.
(35:39) Advice to Younger Self
(38:13) Wrap Up
"Quality of life improves quality of work and quality of work improves quality of life."
(8:16) - Phil Libin
"We're never going back to anything, we're going forward. We're not going back to the way things were... We are going forward to the way things should be."
(19:13) - Phil Libin
"I care about brilliant people having a chance to show their brilliance and make high impact products. And I don't want them to waste their time making startups first."
Welcome to episode 268 of the Startup Junkie's Podcast!
Jeff Amerine, Davis McEntire, and Caleb Talley spend time with Jesse Randall, CEO and Founder of Sweater. This platform allows everyday investors to access the most exclusive asset class, Venture Capital. This episode will cover Jesse's journey as a tried-and-true entrepreneur. Sweater aims to disrupt the way venture capital is done.
In other words, you'll want to tune in!
(1:36) Introducing Jesse Randall
(3:52) How is Sweater different?
(6:41) Sweater's Venture Capital Structure
(8:28) Stage Focus within Sweater
(9:27) Syndicating, Leading, or Following?
(13:00) Identifying Strategic Partners
(17:31) How did Sweater Come About?
(22:13) Being a Public Investment Company
(28:54) The Next 5 Years for Sweater
(31:44) Day To Day Challenges
(34:24)Advice to Younger Self
(36:33) Wrap Up
"People have this desire to be entertained and they want something to brag about on the weekends, and have something to talk about with their friends, and being an investor is an element of their personal brand and a little bit of status associated with it."
(3:34) Jesse Randall
"They are great businesses and I'm grateful that they have the opportunity to raise money... They just typically don't qualify to raise money for VC funds."
(5:36) - Jesse Randall
"[On advice to younger self] I would say, freaking learn how to sell. Number one rule, learn how to sell something."
(34:46) - Jesse Randall
Welcome to episode 267 of the Startup Junkie's Podcast!
Caleb Talley and Jeff Amerine are joined by TJ Sangam, CEO and co-founder of SupplyPike. This company seeks to help suppliers focus on growing their business while they do the other work of building and informing collaborative products through machine learning and artificial intelligence. From topics circling the disruptions within supply-chain in 2020, to the wild wild west of NFT’s and cryptocurrency, to a future of deep fake and AI, buckle up and get ready for this episode!
Thanks for tuning in!
(1:22) Introducing SupplyPike
(3:13) Entrepreneur Journey of TJ Sangam
(5:20) SupplyPike’s Response to Disruptions in Global Supply Chain
(8:44) Surprising Data in 2020-2021
(9:27) Supply Community
(11:20) Anticipated Supply Acquisitions in the Future
(13:36) A Dip into Cryptoworld & AI
(22:40) What’s Next for SupplyPike?
(26:50) New Product Launch: Data Lab
(41:17) Advice To Younger Self
(43:32) Wrap Up
“A lot of times suppliers don't even know that they're hemorrhaging tons of money So we help identify that.”
(2:28) - TJ Sangam
“[Small CPG’s] expertise is in making the product, not necessarily supplying them.”
(6:19) - TJ Sangam
“We want to use this data to model supply chain behavior.”
(23:42) - TJ Sangam
"We want to automate replenishment, which is the bulk of what happens in supply-chain."
(24:36) - TJ Sangam