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The Startup Junkies Podcast

The Startup Junkies podcast is hosted by Jeff Amerine and the team at Startup Junkie. We’ll cover topics ranging from getting started, planning, growing your business, proving your concept, leadership, marketing, exit strategies and so much more. We’ll interview business owners, entrepreneurs, experts and people we think will bring value to our audience. Subscribe, and together we'll take your business to the next level.
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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.

Jul 5, 2021

Summary

This is the Startup Junkies Podcast. Welcome back!

This week, the usual crew, Matthew Ward, Caleb Tally, and Jeff Amerine meet with Dustin Finkel, CEO and Founder of Ka-Pop!, which recently merged with Bubba's Fine Foods to create Awakened Foods. From brand awareness, relationship building, and family-work balance to the importance of community, we discussed all the things that lead Dustin and his team to success. 

Thank you for joining us!

 

Shownotes

(0:53) Introducing Dustin Finkel

(1:41) From Investment Banking to Food Production 

(5:05) Shark Tank and Brand Awareness

(7:13) Building Relationships While Sourcing

(9:52) Company Culture + Branding

(14:42) Balancing Family and Running a Corporation

(18:40) The Value of Intentional Community and Partnerships  

(29:46) Advice to Younger Self 

(33:58) Wrap Up 

 

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Matthew Ward

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Dustin Finkel

Ka-Pop!

Awakened Foods

Awakened Foods Crafters

Bubba's Fine Foods

 

Quotes

"So despite my food background, it started just like everyone else. I thought there was a better way... The difference is I had a network that allowed me to really kind of partake and grow this business fairly quickly." (4:12) - Dustin Finkel

 

"And that's really the differentiator that our branding is about… it's about enjoyment. Snacking is fun. It should not be a trade off. It shouldn't be about this serious engagement." (11:15) - Dustin Finkel

 

"I want consumers to love my product to just gravitate toward it, [to] enjoy the eating experience." (12:26) -Dustin Finkel

 

"That was the whole point; build as much flexibility to grow. Because who knows what the next COVID is or who knows what the next growth trend is or what that might be." (20:40) - Dustin Finkel

 

"I don't accept mistakes. I hate them, but understanding how to deal with them, understanding how to react, understanding how to take patience into account." (33:28) - Dustin Finkel

 

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