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Now displaying: January, 2023

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.

Jan 23, 2023

Summary:

Welcome to another great episode of Startup Junkies

On this episode, hosts Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Victoria Dickerson sit down with Nate Walls to chat about his endeavors, Secondhand Smoke and Second Helping NWA. Nate has been serving the community since 2020, when he started sharing meals with families impacted by the pandemic. Throughout the episode, Nate shares his entrepreneurial journey starting Secondhand Smoke and his mission to better the community with Second Helping NWA.

 

Show Notes:

(0:59) Introduction to Nate

(1:38) Nate’s Backstory

(8:11) About Secondhand Smoke and Second Helping NWA

(12:25) Current Business

(16:24) Running a Nonprofit and Business

(18:45) The Importance of Community

(22:20) Taking the Winding Path

(25:17) A Willingness to Learn

(28:46) What’s Next for Nate

(31:46) Advice to Younger Self

(33:27) Closing Questions

 

Links:

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Victoria Dickerson

Nate Walls

Secondhand Smoke

Second Helping NWA

 

Quotes:

“People say all the time that it’s the people, but it really is the people. If you don’t have a good rapport with the community, I don’t know that you can make it.” - Nate Walls, (18:45)

“Just love people and whatever your trade is or business you’re trying to start, just make sure that love is apparent in what you do.” - Nate Walls, (23:13)

“I think when we start, we have this I know it all attitude, but you have to say, ‘I don’t know everything.’ You have to be humble and say, ‘I don’t know everything, but I can learn.’ If you’re not able to do that, it’s going to be slow moving.” - Nate Walls, (25:17)

Jan 6, 2023

Summary:

Welcome to another great episode of Startup Junkies!

In this episode, Startup Junkies Jeff Amerine, Caleb Talley, and Victoria Dickerson sit down with Michail Myburgh, co-founder and chief technology officer of Backd, an alternative lending company headquartered in Austin, TX. Michail explains how Backd helps entrepreneurs secure business funding with quick turnaround times rather than waiting months for traditional funding options. He also shares about what it's like to build a resilient company culture, going into business with his brother, and why the United States is an incredible place for starting a business.

 

Show Notes:

(0:54) Introduction to Michail

(1:12) About Backd

(3:28) Backd’s Ideal Customer

(5:04) Backd’s Funding Process

(10:10) Michail’s Entrepreneurial Journey

(12:41) What Winning Looks Like

(15:12) Getting Creative with Backd

(19:13) The Culture of Backd

(24:28) Advice to Younger Self

(27:20) Closing Questions

 

Links:

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Victoria Dickerson

Michail Myburgh

Backd

 

Quotes:

“Our efficiency and our quickness is really where we shine. There’s quick decision making on our part.” - Michail Myburgh, (7:01)

"The way we see it, our greatest asset is our employees and the people that make the company. It's very important to us to get the right talent and create a culture where everyone can thrive." - Michail Myburgh, (19:14)

"The advice I would give is go to the United States. Don't waste time anywhere else. This environment, for a business owner, is absolutely amazing. There's nowhere else on earth where I think you can build these businesses as effectively as you can here." - Michail Myburgh, (24:36)

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