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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 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)

Apr 29, 2024

Summary

On this engaging episode of Startup Junkies, hosts Victoria Dickerson, Jeff Amerine, and Harrison Kitson delve into the ever-changing world of cybersecurity with Eyal Gallico, founder of Apollo IT Services, a company that works with businesses to provide professional, proactive, and affordable IT and cybersecurity services for businesses of any scale or along any journey. 

 

Eyal’s journey began fifteen years ago when he moved from Israel to the United States, settling initially in College Station, Texas. Eyal worked for a subsidiary of Apple Computers before relocating to the vibrant city of Austin where he engaged with various IT and medical software companies, accumulating a wealth of experience in the tech industry. However, Eyal eventually found that his career was neither financially nor personally fulfilling, prompting him to establish his own company.

 

Throughout the conversation, Gallico shares his insights on the latest threats, including the rise of AI-powered phishing attacks, ransomware, and the role of nation-states in cybercrime. Additionally, he provides practical tips for individuals and businesses to safeguard their digital assets, emphasizing the importance of strong passwords, two-factor authentication, and proper backup strategies. The conversation also touches on Gallico's personal journey, from his beginnings as a graphic designer to his entrepreneurial endeavors in the tech industry.

 

Show Notes

(0:00) Introduction

(0:50) About Eyal and How He Started Apollo

(2:31) The Process of Building Apollo

(4:26) The Progression of Cybersecurity

(9:37) Cybersecurity Preventative Measures

(12:27) About Apollo’s Services

(19:06) About Apollo’s Core Team

(24:33) How Eyal Ventured into IT Services

(26:23) Exploring the Nature of Cybersecurity Threats

(41:30) Advice to Younger Self

 

Links

Victoria Dickerson

Jeff Amerine

Harrison Kitson

Eyal Gallico

Apollo IT Services

Apr 15, 2024

Summary

On this episode of Startup Junkies, hosts Caleb Talley, Victoria Dickerson, and Harrison Kitson are joined by Scott Coffey, President and Founder of AccelePay, a platform that helps businesses turn accounts payable into profits. By capturing early payment discounts and utilizing an efficient payables process, AccelePay increases revenue while decreasing administrative costs. Additionally, cash flow and supplier relationships are strengthened, resulting in improved business performance.   

Scott is also the President at Exchange Capital, a factoring company that offers business clients extremely effective tools to assist owners and managers with the growth of and decision making for their business. Exchange Capital’s services provide clients with a more predictable cash flow while simultaneously eliminating the burden of accounts receivable billing and clerical work.

Throughout the episode, Scott shares his entrepreneurial journey and insights into the world of invoice factoring and early payment solutions. His expertise and unique perspectives offer valuable insights for entrepreneurs, business owners, and any individuals interested in exploring innovative financing strategies. Listen now and discover how these alternative financing models can help businesses unlock cash flow, scale operations, and foster better vendor relationships! 

 

Show Notes

(0:00) Introduction

(1:12) Scott Coffey’s Background

(2:24) Exchange Capital’s Origin Story

(5:57) An Explanation of Factoring and Its Impact

(10:23) About AccelePay and Its Timeline

(15:35) Accelepay’s Ideal Client

(24:06) Scott’s Relationship with His Dad

(26:50) Managing a Business Relationship with a Family Member

(29:03) COVID Challenges

(35:40) Advice to Younger Self

(37:54) Closing Question

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Victoria Dickerson

Harrison Kitson

Startup Junkie

Scott Coffey

AccelePay

Exchange Capital

Apr 12, 2024

Summary

On episode two of the brand new Startup Junkie podcast series, host Daniel Koonce welcomes the founder and owner of Fossil Cove, Ben Mills. Daniel and Ben grab a few of Fossil Cove’s newest beers and discuss Ben’s journey from brewing beer in his dorm room for fun to running Tripadvisor’s #1 location for Nightlife in Fayetteville. Ben talks about some of his most creative brews, his company's unique branding, and his commitment to making sure his customers have fun. Join us for this special episode to learn about Fossil Cove’s community involvement, the latest trends in beer, and how Ben became a pioneer in the Northwest Arkansas brewing scene.

 

Links

Fossil Cove Brewing

Apr 8, 2024

Summary

On this episode of Startup Junkies, hosts Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Harrison Kitson sit down with Amber Taggard, Founder of The Organizer Chicks, a company on a mission to create functional spaces, managed calendars, and intentional mindsets. After reading the statistic that the average American wastes seventeen minutes a day looking for lost items, Amber decided she wanted to use her Counseling Psychology background to help others reclaim their homes and spaces. 

The Organizer Chicks believe that an organized life is a thriving life, inspiring it to utilize the power of organization to help its clients find space in their lives for the people and moments that matter most. With the values of empathy, non-judgmental service, and professionalism, The Organizer Chicks strive to make organization a positive and empowering experience for all its clients by increasing tangible productivity, emotional peace, and mental clarity by bringing order and simplicity to physical and mental spaces.

Throughout the conversation, Amber shares her inspiring journey from being a stay-at-home mom to building a thriving professional organizing business, and discusses the importance of delegation, finding the right team, and catering to individual client needs. Additionally, Amber delves into the challenges of working with extreme keepers (hoarders) and the potential for digital products and franchising.

 

Show Notes

(0:00) Introduction

(1:22) About Amber Taggard

(7:18) Expanding The Organizer Chicks

(12:41) The Organizer Chicks Customer Profile

(17:28) Ongoing Help from The Organizer Chicks

(22:44) Adapting to Individual Client Needs

(24:54) Crafting a Business Model

(28:50) Overcoming Challenges

(30:40) About The Organizer Chicks Podcast

(32:53) Advice to Younger Self

(35:33) Closing Question

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Harrison Kitson

Amber Taggard

The Organizer Chicks

Apr 1, 2024

Summary

On this episode of Startup Junkies, hosts Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Harrison Kitson sit down with Randy Williamson, Senior SBA and Commercial Lender with Arkansas Federal Credit Union. AFCU is the largest credit union in Arkansas, boasting twenty-one branches with expansion plans already in the works. As a member-owned, tax exempt institute, it offers a full range of services that differ from traditional banks, and after sixty-eight years in service, Arkansas Federal Credit Union is approaching a 2.4 billion dollar footprint. AFCU aims to empower entrepreneurs through financial knowledge, putting them in the position to make educated business decisions.

 

Throughout the conversation, Randy dives into the important considerations and best practices for startups and small businesses seeking financing from lenders. He also shares insights on crafting a solid business plan, understanding industry benchmarks, seeking external guidance, and building relationships with lenders. Additionally, Randy emphasizes the importance of realistic financial projections, scalable pricing strategies, and retaining earnings for growth and resilience. The discussion highlights the value of candid feedback, market validation, and positioning your business idea for fundability, providing a roadmap for entrepreneurs navigating the lending process and increasing their chances of securing capital to fuel their ventures.

 

Show Notes

(0:50) Introducing Randy Williamson

(2:29) Credit Unions vs. Banks

(5:02) Advice for Startups to Become Bankable

(9:15) The Importance of Customer Discovery

(13:50) Running a Sensitivity Analysis

(17:18) Having a Good Relationship with Your Banker

(21:27) Accommodating to Digital Banking Trends

(26:26) The Do and Don’ts of a Business Plan

(31:56) Other Funding Alternatives

(39:40) Closing Question 

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Harrison Kitson

Randy Williamson

Arkansas Federal Credit Union

Mar 29, 2024

Summary

A Startup Junkie Podcast Series, host Daniel Koonce welcomes the founder and CEO of Grandpa's Vintage and Demolition Goods, Cy Bond. JJ's Grill sponsored this episode as Daniel and Cy grab a drink and discuss Cy's journey from a kid who loved 90's culture to a business owner who "sells old clothes." Cy talks about the biggest influences on his fashion and the biggest supporters on his entrepreneurial journey. Join us for the first episode of this brand-new podcast series as Cy describes his unique style, clothing trends that are on their way out, and what just might be the next big fashion fad.

 

Links

Daniel Koonce

Cy Bond

Grandpa's Vintage

Demolition Goods

 

Mar 21, 2024

Summary

¡Bienvenidos al séptimo capítulo de Startup Junkies desde Costa Rica! En esta entrega, exploramos la fascinante historia de dos emprendedores locales que están dejando su marca en el mundo empresarial.

En la primera parte, nos adentramos en el colorido universo de las celebraciones con nuestra invitada especial, July Quiros, fundadora de Creaciones July. Descubre cómo July ha transformado su pasión por la creatividad en un próspero negocio, ofreciendo una amplia gama de artículos personalizados para fiestas, baby showers, quinceañeras y graduaciones. Desde ideas innovadoras hasta desafíos superados, July comparte su inspiradora historia y los secretos detrás del éxito de su empresa.

Luego, pasamos a la segunda parte del episodio, donde nos sumergimos en el mundo empresarial con Asdrubal Porras, propietario de Rapident. Desde sus modestos comienzos hasta convertirse en un referente en el sector, Asdrubal comparte sus experiencias, lecciones aprendidas y visión para el futuro. Descubre cómo ha superado obstáculos, identificado oportunidades y se ha mantenido resiliente en su camino hacia el éxito.

Sintoniza este episodio para obtener una dosis de inspiración, consejos prácticos y motivación para emprender tu propio camino hacia el éxito. ¡No te lo pierdas!

 

Show Notes

(00:20) Cuando empezaste tu negocio?

(00:30) ¿Qué te inspiró a comenzar esta aventura?

(00:56) ¿Cuales son sus productos?

(01:50) Producto más popular

(02:45) ¿Cuál es tu producto favorito para crear?

(03:47) Los desafíos de iniciar tu propio negocio

(05.25) ¿Dónde ves tu negocio dentro de 5 años?

(06:30) ¿Parte favorita de ser dueña de un negocio?

(06:48) Consejos del pasado

(09:18) La carga de trabajo

(10:26) Experiencia pasada

(10:54) ¿Qué consejo le darías a otras mujeres que quieran iniciar su propio negocio?

(15:05) Emprendedor desde pequeño

(17:10) Proyectos nuevos

(17:54) ¿Por qué emprender? 

(19:03) Pros y contras de ser emprendedora

(21:48) Consejos para emprendedores principiantes

(26:43) Regreso al pasado

 

Links

Claudia Scott

July Quiros

Creaciones July

Asdrubal Porras

Rapident

 

Quotes

“Yo comencé cuando mi hermana estaba embarazada, que si hacerle las cositas para el baby shower.” - July Quiros (00:36)

“Hacemos decoraciones para fiestas infantiles, baby showers, XV años… Tacitas, arreglos, botellas.” - July Quiros (01:01)

“Lo más difícil para nosotros ha sido como la parte de salir a hacer las decoraciones por lo del transporte – No manejamos y no teníamos transporte propio.” - July Quiros (03:51)

“Nosotros tenemos como proyecto un poco meter cartel inserts, inflables, cuando comenzamos lo habíamos pensado y tal vez en un futro una tienda más grande.” - July Quiros (05:35)

“(El trabajo) Depende mucho a temporada, ahora que viene Enero entramos a la etapa de etiquetas escolares, botellas personalizadas – Ya luego llega el 14 de Febrero que es San Valentín que es un boom.” - July Quiros (09:31)

“Que sigan adelante, aunque cueste.” - July Quiros (11:11)

“Emprender no es fácil porque siempre va a haber obstáculos.” - July Quiros (11:19)

“El emprendedurismo lo inicie desde que era un niño porque con los pocos recursos que teníamos en ese entonces como familia - ya a la edad de los 7 años yo compraba plátanos, los maduraba y los iba a vender casa por casa.” - Asdrubal Porras (15:05)

“Cuando se era niño no se emprendía… O se hacía o se moría uno de hambre.” - Asdrubal Porras (18:06)

“En los años 80s y 90s era trabajador independiente” - Asdrubal Porras (18:24)

“El ser emprendedor o trabajador independiente te da un montón de facilidades y una independencia para actuar en cualquier momento, en cualquier área, en cualquier situación y tener una facilidad en los horarios para todo.” - Asdrubal Porras (19:20)

“Esto no es color de rosa siempre.” - Asdrubal Porras (22:13)

“No es solo creer en el negocio, es estar enamorado de lo que usted está haciendo.” - Asdrubal Porras (22:35)

Feb 26, 2024

Summary

On this episode of Startup Junkies, hosts Daniel Koonce, Claudia Scott, and Harrison Kitson sit down with Daizhan Ennals, the CEO and founder of Renewed Robotics, a manufacturer leveraging robotics and technology to help people become more resource independent. Born in Cambridge, Maryland, Daizhan dedicated five years of service to the United States Marine Corps. where he developed expertise as a mechanic, inspiring him to delve into the rigorous world of mechanical engineering. Throughout the conversation, Daizhan shares his entrepreneurial journey, explains Renewed Robotics Self-Assembling Municipality (S.A.M.) device, and lays out his plan to help end homelessness and home insecurity.

 

Show Notes

(0:47) Introducing Daizhan

(1:48) About Renewed Robotics

(3:14) Developing the Self-Assembling Municipality (S.A.M.)

(4:30) The Intent behind Renewed Robotics Tiny Home

(5:30) How the S.A.M. Device Works

(7:29) The Research behind the S.A.M. Device

(10:04) Daizhan’s Entrepreneurial Journey

(12:54) Renewed Robotics’ Project Timelines

(15:42) Renewed Robotics’ Ideal Customer

(18:31) The Future of Renewed Robotics’ Manufacturing

(19:36) About the S.A.M. Referral Program

(23:27) The Challenges of Business Ownership

(25:42) Achieving Sustainable Drinking Water

(29:02) Daizhan’s Motivation behind Helping Others

(32:20) Advice to Younger Self

 

Links

Daniel Koonce

Claudia Scott

Harrison Kitson

Daizhan Ennals

Renewed Robotics

 

Quotes

“[The S.A.M.] will be a self-assembling and self-sustaining tiny home that can not only dig its own foundation, but unfold on its own and have solar panels on the outside to power the onboard battery bank, HVAC lights, water filtration system, and everything else. It will ideally be used for people who don’t have access to luxury, first-world amenities, so it can bring everyone up to speed with one device.” - Daizhan Ennals, (2:10)

“These technologies that are going into the S.A.M. are being developed and promoted independently. There’s just no one gluing them together. And that’s what Renewed Robotics is doing, we’re more of a technology integrator, not necessarily a technology inventor.” - Daizhan Ennals, (8:03)

“One of the most difficult parts of founding such a capital intensive product is getting a lot of people to actually understand the full scope of what you’re doing and then having faith that you can execute on that.” - Daizhan Ennals, (10:19)

“The referral program is to incentivize those who have already placed a pre-order. Right now, a lot of people who are interested in the device have been advocating for free, telling people about the device, but it would be even better if we could reward those people who are spreading the word about the S.A.M.” - Daizhan Ennals, (19:37)

“Currently, my number one need is actually being met, and that is, there’s a collaborative space being built in Bentonville where you can have an idea go from concept to reality.” - Daizhan Ennals, (22:00)

“I think one of the bigger things that people don’t really talk about when it comes to sustainability, that maybe we should approach going into the future, not only is electricity, but access to clean and healthy drinking water.” - Daizhan Ennals, (25:56)

“The aspiration of everybody being united for one force and solving our problems by focusing on something bigger has always been a driving factor…I would like to focus on making something that no matter how you look at it makes sense that it’s there for good.” - Daizhan Ennals, (30:10)

Feb 19, 2024

Summary

On this episode of Startup Junkies, hosts Caleb Talley, Victoria Dickerson, and Daniel Koonce, sit down with Bonnie Adams, founder and CEO of The Joys of Swimming, an organization providing water safety education that saves lives and develops lifelong swimmers. Throughout the conversation, Bonnie shares an inside look at her two companies: The Joys of Swimming and SWIM OZ, and delves into her entrepreneurial journey and the importance of water safety amongst swimmers with all different backgrounds, from elementary school kids to Olympic-level swimmers. 

 

Show Notes

(0:45) Introducing Bonnie Adams

(12:20) Water Education in Schools

(22:04) The Impact of Northwest Arkansas’s Entrepreneurial Community

(29:27) Participating in Northwest Arkansas’s Entrepreneurial Culture

(34:35) The Joys of Swimming’s Origin Story

(38:27) Advice to Younger Self

(41:50) Closing Question

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Victoria Dickerson

Daniel Koonce

Bonnie Adams

The Joys of Swimming

SWIM OZ



Quotes

“I’m all about building community. And so it’s been really neat to have that, be able to grow that aspect of it, and circle it back to The Joys of Swimming.” - Bonnie Adams, (8:39)

“There’s so much benefit from swimming. Yes, it’s a sport. Yes, it’s athletic. Those are wonderful pieces of it. But the pieces that you learned packing your swim bag, going to a swim meet, preparing your nutrition, all those things are really just amazing. And then you add on the fact that it can save your life is huge.” - Bonnie Adams, (10:19)

“I feel like you can do just about anything in [Northwest Arkansas] and there is support somewhere, and it may not be you’re the one that’s going to support me, but you’re going to put me into contact with who is… but it’s really incredible what a tight knit space this is.” - Bonnie Adams, (28:10)

“There’s so much to go around, whether it’s events or networking or ideas, we’re in a blessed place. I’m sure everybody else here calls it the same, but [Northwest Arkansas] is a bubble. We are in a very special place and it’s amazing that we get to live here and do life here and learn from each other.” - Bonnie Adams, (31:44)

Feb 15, 2024

Summary

En este sexto episodio de Startup Junkie en Español, nos sumergimos en el mundo culinario con las hermanas Laura y Sandra Carrasco, las mentes maestras detrás de Bites & Bowls, un restaurante que está conquistando el paladar del noroeste de Arkansas con sus exquisitos waffles. Descubre cómo estas emprendedoras convirtieron su pasión por la comida en un exitoso negocio, desafiando los obstáculos y encontrando inspiración en cada plato que sirven. 

 

Acompáñanos en esta deliciosa conversación, donde Laura y Sandra comparten sus experiencias, consejos y sabiduría para aquellos que sueñan con emprender en la industria gastronómica. Prepárate para abrir tu apetito y tu mente mientras nos sumergimos en un viaje lleno de sabor y emprendimiento. ¡No te lo pierdas!

 

Show Notes

(00:08) Bienvenido

(00:30) Presentación de Invitados

(00:59) De la Idea a la Realidad

(02:18) El Nacimiento de Un Menú

(03:07) De Dónde Eres

(03:45) Lo Que Ha Cambiado en El Noroeste de Arkansas

(06:03) Limitaciones Que Llevaron a Un Menú

(08:30) Necesidad Y Falta de Recursos

(09:00) Herramientas a Tu Disposición

(11:03) Menús de Temporada

(12:56) Obstáculos a Superar

(14:31) Errores Tempranos

(16:55) Un Acto de Equilibrio

(18:52) Conociendo a Su Cliente

(20:39) Listo Para la Expansión

(23:09) Proporcionando Ayuda

(25:33) Asesoramiento Emprendedor

(27:55) Técnicas de Venta

(36:55) Consejos Del Pasado

(38:50) Que Sigue

 

Links

Claudia Scott

Ana Ortiz

Laura Carrasco

Sandra Carrasco

Bites & Bowls

 

Quotes

“La idea siempre había estado ahí y empezamos a planear.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (01:14)

“(El Menú) Es cómo nosotros una fusión… un poquito de aquí, un poquito de allá.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (01:59)

“Laura es el 100% en el menú yo nada más lo pruebo y si me gusta le digo.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (02:51)

“En muchos aspectos es igual, trabajando todo el tiempo… Diferente, es que somos más.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (04:10)

“Antes de tener el negocio no es que éramos muy involucradas en la comunidad entonces es al comenzar el negocio que empezamos a explorar más, a conocer más gente.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (04:25)

“El menú nace porque al momento de nosotros comenzar no teníamos todo el fondo para comenzar con una cocina completa, entonces para ser posible ofrecer un desayuno que fuera completo y a la vez tradicional hasta cierto punto la conversación con la ciudad era así ¿cómo que equipo de cocina puedo utilizar?” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (06:09)

“Fácil no es y nos ha tomado bastante tiempo perfeccionarlo.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (07:57)

“Es la necesidad y la falta de recursos.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (08:45)

“Mas que nada es adaptación y como mexicanos o latinos en general siento que así somos... Como que le encontramos solución a cualquier problema.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (09:06)

“Cualquier obstáculo lo puedes superar con perseverancia.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (13:14)

“La mayoría de los errores los vas a cometer en los primero dos años.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (14:33)

“Los errores los tienes que cometer para aprender.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (15:05)

“Tenemos que acomodarnos a nuestras necesidades.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (17:09)

“Para restaurantes creo que la mayoría de las ganancias vienen de la cena porque es cuando la gente sale más.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (19:06)

“Comenzar un negocio es mucho trabajo, invertir para una renta no funciona para todos y usualmente cuando alguien me viene con una idea nunca decimos no… Siempre decimos vamos a intentarlo.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (23:56)

“Muchas veces es bueno decir que no, pero, cuando tienes una ilusión de empezar algo y que alguien venga y ni siquiera te quiera contar su historia y te diga no, no puedo, no tengo tiempo…. Si tienes el conocimiento ¿porque no compartirlo?” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (25:08)

“Siento que tienes que tener por lo menos una idea pequeña de lo que quieres hacer y experiencia.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (26:08)

“Tienes que saber vender.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (26:21)

“Y no es que tengas que ir a tocar a las casas y estar vendiendo, es como saber hacer confecciones, hacer relaciones públicas para dar a conocer tu negocio.” - Laura y Sandra Carrasco (27:36)

“Soñar en grande, pero empezar pequeño.” - Claudia Scott (32:57)

Feb 12, 2024

Summary

On this episode of Startup Junkies, hosts Harrison Kitson, Claudia Mercado, and Annie Xu sit down with Jenna Kempkes, a senior biomedical engineering major at the University of Arkansas and the winner of Startup Junkie’s student expo during last November’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. As a patient care technician at UAMS and a student intern at the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Jenna is passionate about applying her biomedical engineering skills and knowledge to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare. Jenna has received the Gilman Scholarship, was awarded first place at the NWA Biodesign Sprint Program, has been included in published research in the GeroScience journal, co-founded and led the Pre-Med Hogs student organization, and completed several study abroad programs in Germany and Kenya. She is also an active member of the Army ROTC, the Honors College Executive Board, and various pre-health and medical humanities clubs. Throughout the episode, Jenna shares about the provisional patent on her Pavlik harness for hip dysplasia, her experience with Startup Junkie’s Student Expo, and her outlook on being a young entrepreneur.

 

Show Notes

(0:46) Introducing Jenna Kempkes

(2:50) About Jenna’s Harness

(4:30) The Inspiration behind Jenna’s Journey

(5:49) Jenna’s Research Process

(10:11) Next Steps for Jenna

(11:43) Jenna’s Experience with the Office of Entrepreneurship

(13:41) How Jenna Stays Driven

(17:36) The Impact of COVID

(18:52) Jenna’s Experience at Startup Junkie’s Student Expo

(22:48) Advice to Younger Self

 

Links

Harrison Kitson

Claudia Mercado

Annie Xu

Jenna Kempkes

University of Arkansas

 

Quotes

“I’ve only known this, I call it an organized chaos lifestyle, but it’s something I’ve realized I really love and is really important to me…and I keep finding more opportunities, and I’m really big on why say no? What’s the worst that will happen if you try?” - Jenna Kempkes, (14:34)

“I hear the word entrepreneurship and I [think] I’m too young. I can’t do that. I still feel that way sometimes because it’s this scary world and you hear these people and everything they’ve given up for it…I didn’t realize that it could be something I explored safely at the University and that I didn't have to have some big idea…And now I’ve realized you don’t have to start a business to be an entrepreneur.” - Jenna Kempkes, (20:11)

“Encourage an open mind. Having an open mind about everything around you is life changing...and so that closed mindset could have stopped me from a lot of things, but I’d want to encourage myself to take those opportunities. There’s nothing wrong with failing. A lot of people want to be perfect, they’re high achieving. It’s scary to fail, but it’s okay to fail. And I feel like I’ve learned more through my failures than I have through my successes.” - Jenna Kempkes, (23:12)

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