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Now displaying: May, 2024

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.

May 31, 2024

Summary

On Episode 4 of the latest Startup Junkie Podcast Series, host Daniel Koonce welcomes the founder of Scarlet Letter Beverage Co., Jesse Core. Daniel and Jesse discuss how Core Brewing developed into Scarlet Letter Beverage Co. Jesse dives into how his team approaches flavor innovation, their partnership with Sam’s Club, and how he modernized brewing in Northwest Arkansas. Join us to learn how to listen to the data to figure out what the consumer wants, how to get over the hump of growing pains and establish the right capacity and resources to get out ahead of growing demand, and how to follow market trends. Tune in to hear about Scarlet Letter’s newest product hitting the market this summer. 

 

Links

Daniel Koonce

Startup Junkie

Startup Junkie YouTube

Jesse Core

Scarlet Letter Beverage Co.

May 27, 2024

Summary

On this episode of Startup Junkies, hosts Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Daniel Koonce dive into the world of specialty coffee with Jon Allen, co-founder and creative director of Onyx Coffee Lab. Founded in 2012 with the mantra “Never Settle for Good Enough,” Onyx has built an award-winning team of roasters that ship freshly roasted coffee worldwide and serve unique brews in four locations across Northwest Arkansas. 

Jon’s, and his wife and fellow co-founder, Andrea’s, commitment to exceptional coffee led them to a method they call relationship coffee, meaning that for seventy percent of the coffee they import, they visit the farms where it is grown and pay the producers directly. This approach allows them to establish their standards for coffee quality and ensures transparency with Onyx Coffee Lab consumers because they share detailed purchase information on Onyx’s website. Visitors can see the price paid to the producer, the market commodity price at the time of purchase, the fair trade price, the import costs, and the individuals involved in bringing the coffee to the United States.

Throughout the episode, Jon discusses Onyx's unique approach to sourcing, roasting, and distributing high-quality coffee, which includes transparency in pricing, traceability to the farmers, and a deep respect for the coffee's origin. He also shares insights into the industry's evolution, the growing demand for specialty coffee worldwide, and the importance of supporting sustainable practices at the source. This conversation offers a glimpse into the passion, dedication, and innovation driving the craft coffee movement that has taken off in Northwest Arkansas. 

 

Show Notes

(0:00) Introduction to Jon Allen

(1:03) About Onyx Coffee Lab

(3:57) Onyx’s Origin Story

(6:01) Pricing Transparency

(9:04) Focusing on Green Coffee

(15:10) From Coffee Roasting to Consulting

(22:33) The Rise of Coffee Ventures

(29:50) Onyx’s Interior Design Vision and Narrative

(34:58) Advice to Younger Self

(38:15) Closing Question

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Daniel Koonce

Startup Junkie

Startup Junkie YouTube

Jon Allen

Onyx Coffee Lab

May 23, 2024

Summary

En esta edición número 9 de Startup Junkie en español, entrevistamos a Juan Bahena, un destacado emprendedor en la industria restaurantera especializada en comida mexicana. Juan nos lleva a través de su inspirador viaje con Tula, su aclamado restaurante ubicado en Downtown Fayetteville. Tula no solo se distingue por su auténtica cocina mexicana, sino también por la experiencia única que ofrece a cada cliente. Desde platillos tradicionales hasta innovaciones culinarias, Juan nos muestra cómo ha creado un lugar que va más allá de la comida, fomentando una comunidad vibrante y apasionada alrededor de su negocio.

Descubre cómo Tula ha llegado a ser un referente en Fayetteville, donde cada comida es una celebración de la cultura mexicana y cada visitante se convierte en parte de una gran familia.

¡No te pierdas esta conversación llena de inspiración y sabor!

 

Show Notes

(00:11) Introduction to Juan Bahena

(02:38) The Inspiration behind Tula Mexican Restaurant

(04:05) About Tula’s Menu

(07:23) The Dining Experience at Tula

(09:32) Finding Your Value

(12:37) Tula’s Rule

(15:26) Tula’s Ideal Customer

(17:23) Overcoming Career Obstacles

(22:16) Business vs Community

(37:24) Behind the Scenes of Tula

(41:44) How to Get in Touch

(47:34) Advice for Younger Self

 

Links

Claudia Scott

Startup Junkie

Kiva Northwest Arkansas

Ana Ortiz

Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll)

Andres Balderrama

Juan Bahena

Tula Mexican Restaurant

May 20, 2024

Summary

On this episode of Startup Junkies, hosts Daniel Koonce and Jeff Amerine sit down with co-founders of Few.io, Arlton Lowry and Zackery Hill. Few.io is an award-winning agency helping get digital products to market faster through strategy, UX/UI, and development for web and mobile applications. 

Few’s goal is to have a positive impact in people’s lives, including its employees, believing that if it focuses on people and quality of work, the rest will take care of itself. With Few’s proven partner approach, its clients’ success is also its success. From concept-to-scale, Few:

  • Talks to Users: Discovers pain points, goals, and preferences so clients can create a product that addresses those needs in the most effective way possible.

  • Develops a Strategy: Delivers a clear plan of action around user needs and business goals, allowing teams to work together more efficiently and effectively.

  • Designs Solutions: Designs an intuitive and visually appealing user interface that enhances the user experience, reducing the user learning curve and increasing adoption.

  • Builds to Scale: Allows access to experienced developers and engineers that play a pivotal role in ensuring products are functional, secure, and scalable.

  • Ships Products: Provides the support needed to launch and scale products confidently through quality assurance, testing to branding, and go-to-market strategy.

Throughout the episode, Arlton and Zack share Few's journey from a creative conference to a thriving digital agency, their approach to fostering innovation and problem-solving for their clients, and the importance of strategic risk-taking in business growth.

 

Show Notes

(0:00) Introduction

(0:38) Few.io’s Origin Story

(2:24) The Key to Few’s Success

(6:15) About Few’s Culture

(9:34) Few’s Remote Team

(14:43) Promoting Curiosity

(17:36) The Impact of AI

(22:40) Few’s Ideal Customer Profile

(27:15) Managing Risk with Startup Clients

(33:52) Growing up in Arkansas

(36:04) Few’s Collaboration with the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts

(40:24) Advice for Beginner Developers

(43:15) What’s Next for Few.io

(46:37) Advice to Younger Self

(49:46) Closing Question

 

Links

Daniel Koonce

Jeff Amerine

Startup Junkie

Startup Junkie YouTube

Arlton Lowry

Zackery Hill

Few.io

May 13, 2024

Summary

On this episode of Startup Junkies, hosts Harrison Kitson and Kristopher Adams sit down with Gavin Magee, founder of Fayetteville City Lifestyle, a community-focused digital magazine aiming to connect residents to the people, places, and things that make Fayetteville such a special town. Whether readers are native to Northwest Arkansas or are new to the area, the Fayetteville City Lifestyle is a one-stop-shop for hyper local, expertly created content that inspires and connects communities.

Rather than taking a content-first approach like other publications, the City Lifestyle stands out by positioning people first, ultimately creating a platform that highlights the best of what Fayetteville has to offer by the people who represent it best. City Lifestyle’s mission is to inspire, instruct, and uplift readers through entertaining articles, detailed and searchable listings of local eateries and businesses, and by sharing unique experiences and events in and around their area. 

Throughout the episode, Gavin shares his entrepreneurial journey in franchising a national publication, discusses discovering hidden gems to partnering with local businesses, and emphasizes the importance of storytelling and fostering a sense of pride in the city he calls home.

 

Show Notes

(0:00) Introduction

(0:39) About Gavin Magee and Fayetteville City Lifestyle

(5:46) Gavin’s Backstory

(9:55) Exploring City Lifestyle’s Content

(14:03) Appealing to the People of Fayetteville

(16:59) Identifying Business Partners

(21:29) Obstacles That Gavin Had to Overcome

(25:59) The Future Vision of City Lifestyle

(30:03) Advice to Younger Self

(32:51) Closing Thoughts

 

Links

Harrison Kitson

Kristopher Adams

Startup Junkie

Startup Junkie YouTube

Gavin Magee

Fayetteville City Lifestyle

May 3, 2024

Summary

On episode three of Business Buzz, host Daniel Koonce visits the Go Rogue Studio in Bentonville, Arkansas to interview Go Rogue’s Founder and CEO, Bryan Fittin. Daniel and Bryan dive deep into how Bryan monetized his hobby, why he turned down his dream job, and how his video marketing company evolved to find their own lane. Join us as Bryan talks about his favorite podcast, touches on Go Rogue’s workshops and creator events, and describes what separates a good podcast from a great podcast. 

 

Links

Daniel Koonce

Startup Junkie

Startup Junkie YouTube

Bryan Fittin

Go Rogue Studio

May 2, 2024

Summary

En este episodio número 8 de Startup Junkies en Español, nos sumergimos en el vibrante mundo de la gastronomía mexicana con nuestro invitado Rodrigo Salas. Rodrigo comparte su fascinante viaje como emprendedor en el negocio de las salsas mexicanas y cómo su mudanza al noroeste de Arkansas marcó un punto de inflexión en su vida, abriendo nuevas oportunidades y desafíos. Además, como director ejecutivo de 'E for all', Rodrigo comparte su pasión por impulsar el crecimiento empresarial y el espíritu emprendedor en comunidades diversas. Únete a nosotros para una conversación inspiradora sobre resiliencia, innovación y el poder de seguir tus sueños, sin importar los obstáculos que puedan surgir.

 

Show Notes

(00:05) Welcome & Introductions

(00:30) About Rodrigo Salas

(02:18) Focusing on Your Business

(02:53) Mentorship

(03:43) About EforAll

(07:11) EforAll’s Selection Process

(11:05) Entrepreneurial Transition

(13:41) The Advantages of a Non-Profit

(18:50) Major Differences

(21:51) Initial Advice

(27:11) EforAll’s Impact

(32:23) Advice to Younger Self

 

Links

Claudia Scott

Ana Ortiz

Andres Balderrama

Rodrigo Salas

Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll)

 

Quotes

“Mi negocio lo empecé hace 8 años, casi 9, y es de salsas mexicanas para poder preparar platillos fáciles para comer o salsas picantes.” - Rodrigo Salas (01:13)

“Nosotros nos sabíamos que esperar de NW Arkansas como siempre la ignorancia pues te da miedo, pero nos ha encantado vivir aquí.” - Rodrigo Salas (01:13)

“Lo más difícil para mí con mi negocio es que todo está en Texas, nuestra distribución, nuestra producción… En lo primero que me enfoque fue asegurarme que lo que teníamos allá lo podíamos seguir haciendo.” - Rodrigo Salas (02:28)

“Algo que me ha ayudado mucho a mi como emprendedor ha sido gente que han sido mis mentores y que me han ayudado en cosas que yo no tenía ni idea de lo que tenía que hacer.” 
- Rodrigo Salas (02:53)

“Desde que empecé mi negocio yo empecé a regresar ese favor y hacer mentoría con otras personas.” - Rodrigo Salas (03:09)

“Mi idea fue hacer eso, algo que fuera realmente autentico y que realmente reflejara esos sabores.” - Rodrigo Salas (05:37)

“Por tres años yo produje las salsas en una cocina industrial.” - Rodrigo Salas (06:15)

“Mi proceso era bastante simple, como quería recrear esos sabores de México, los ingredientes tenían que reflejar eso.” - Rodrigo Salas (07:22)

“Yo busque los proveedores de ingredientes… Les pedí certificaciones del origen, de los pesticidas que usaban… Y así fue como escogí los ingredientes.” - Rodrigo Salas (08:30)

“Fue una transición difícil, no te voy a decir que no, por qué yo nunca había trabajado para una non-profit, nunca había hecho este tipo de trabajo, entonces para mí fue algo nuevo.” - Rodrigo Salas (11:17)

“Para mí la principal ventaja de trabajar en una non-profit es que no importa que tan mal sea tu día, no importa que tanto trabajo tienes, la satisfacción del trabajo que estás haciendo y el apoyo que le estas dando a la gente, para mi es lo que me motiva todos los días.” - Rodrigo Salas (13:52)

“Ese sentimiento de que pudiste ayudar a una persona, olvídate de diez, veinte, una que veas que le pudiste tener un impacto, agregarle ese valor para mi es invaluable.” - Rodrigo Salas (14:40)

“Para mí lo más importante es realmente que no se dejen llevar por la pasión... Creo que es importante tener una pasión por lo que estás haciendo y por lo que quieres lograr, pero al mismo tiempo detenerte, pensar y ver si hay una verdadera oportunidad en ese mercado.”
- Rodrigo Salas (22:01)

“Llegamos obligados y nos quedamos por gusto.” - Rodrigo Salas (24:45)

“Si no te gusta, salte rápido y prueba otra cosa.” - Rodrigo Salas (35:40)

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