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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.

Jun 22, 2020

Welcome back to another week of the Startup Junkies Podcast! This week, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward have an in-depth zoom talk with Bo Counts, serial entrepreneur and owner of Pinpoint. Pinpoint is Arkansas’ first and only pinball bar. With over 20 classic pinball cabinets, skee-ball, darts, and a full bar, Pinpoint offers a fun, relaxed experience for people of various ages (21+) and backgrounds. In this episode, you will get to hear about Bo’s interesting career adventure (2:35), the allure of creating an experience with retro gaming that breaks stereotype (6:15), and the origin of the Pinpoint name integrated with expansion plans (16:28). You do not want to miss out on this great episode!

Our Favorite Quote:
Bo – “We don’t sell pinball or cocktails; we sell togetherness and experience.” (18:00)

Pinpoint
Bo Counts

Jun 15, 2020

We are happy to see you again on another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast! This week, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward have an exciting chat with Sam Parr, founder and CEO of the world's largest newsletter: The Hustle. During this episode, you will get to hear about Sam's career progression in various entrepreneurial pursuits, the research arm of Hustle Con Media called Trends.co, and valuable insights into how to attract consumers. Tune in to this value-filled episode!

Our Favorite Quote:
Jeff - "Where do you draw the line on fake news, free speech, and all of that since you are a media guy?"
Sam - "You have to let people do their thing... You must take the bad with the good."

The Hustle
Trends
Sam Parr

Jun 8, 2020

Welcome to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast! This week, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward have a focused conversation with Mike Preston, the Arkansas Secretary of Commerce and Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. In this episode you will get to hear about Mr. Preston's journey from Florida to Arkansas, Arkansas' commitment to small business initiatives, and the strategy to create more jobs in Arkansas. This is an episode you do not want to miss!

Our Favorite Quote:

Mike - "The state is here to support you... We see that business will be the answer to getting us back to where we were before."

 

Arkansas EDC

 

Jun 1, 2020

In this Episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine, Caleb Talley, and Matthew Ward have a virtual chat with Jordan Carmon, Co-Founder and CEO of Matchstick Studio. Matchstick Studio is a full-service creative studio that works directly with companies’ marketing departments to provide services, such as design, print, and copyrighting, that might not be offered internally in order to help these companies accomplish their goals. Learn about the motivations behind creating and growing Matchstick and how Matchstick is helping other businesses during the COVID-19 in this week’s episode!

 

Our Favorite Quote:

Jordan - “I want someone who is going to fit with the team first… (A) lot of the skills we are able to teach. The personality and the values are the most important things to us when considering hiring.”

 

Find Matchstick Studio Here

Connect with Jordan Here

May 26, 2020

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward zoom with Jordan Wright, founder and owner of Wright's BBQ. Wright's BBQ creates a life changing barbecue experience by combining quality smoked meats with their exceptional customer service. During this week's episode, we dive into how Wright's BBQ was created and some of the intricacies that go into making great tasting barbecue.

Our Favorite Quote:

Jordan - "People are the most important asset."

Wright’s BBQ

Reach Jordan Here

May 18, 2020

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Caleb Talley have a virtual chat with Blake Reeves and Chris McCroskey from IdeaLoop. At IdeaLoop, Blake is the Enterprise Software Sales Leader, and Chris is the Founder and Ideator. IdeaLoop is a customer software development company that helps some of the largest brands in the world to improve their efficiencies. In this episode, you will get to hear about IdeaLoop’s early use of virtual communication, how to get the right people on the bus, and many other pieces of invaluable information for people during these crazy times. Tune in for a great episode!

 

Find IdeaLoop Here

Connect with Blake Here

Connect with Chris Here

May 11, 2020

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Caleb Talley zoom with Glenn Crockett, leader of the 10x growth accelerator program and founder of Dave Creek Media. Dave Creek Media is a marketing company that helps companies grow through data-driven digital marketing. From Fortune 500 companies to local growth companies, Dave Creek Media is prepared to work with clients of various sizes and backgrounds to accelerate their growth. In this episode, you will get to hear about the emergence of Dave Creek Media, the transition from a large corporation into being a business owner, and the importance of being proactive during difficult times. Members of the Startup Junkie community hope you are doing well during these unprecedented times!

Contact Glenn Here & Here

Connect with Dave Creek Media Here

May 4, 2020

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine, Caleb Talley, and Matthew Ward zoom with Jake Curreri, the founder of SmallWorld. SmallWorld is a global technology consulting firm that helps organizations make, adapt, and grow their digital capabilities. In this episode, you will get to hear about the unification of the human and digital experience, the consequences of COVID-19, and Jake’s appearance on The Tonight Show. During this time of COVID-19, Jake shares with the crew how companies can make optimal adjustments in their communication, culture, and other parts of their business to tackle challenges brought on by this time of change.

 

SmallWorldus.com

6 Steps to Digital Transformation

Contact Jake Here and Here

Mar 23, 2020

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Matthew Ward sit down with Bryan Fittin and Loren Lewis to talk about Go Rogue X. Go Rogue X simplifies video marketing for small to medium-sized businesses. From high quality videos to strategic marketing help, they can help a business gain a competitive advantage in their environment. Inside this episode, you will get to hear about what Go Rogue X is about, the reality of work-life balance, and many more exciting topics.

Website:
GoRogueX.com

Contact Bryan Fittin Here and Loren Lewis Here

Mar 16, 2020

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine, Caleb Talley, and Matthew Ward talk to Matt Woolley about his company Designstein. Designstein is a firm who enhances a brand’s presence online and in big box aisles. From initial concept to finished product, Designstein brings a company’s vision to life. Inside the episode, the crew talks to Matt about his past in banking, what led him to Designstein, and what his future goals are for the company.

Our Favorite Quote:
Jeff - "Peter Drucker said that culture eats strategy for breakfast... we like to say that culture is a part of strategy"

Visit Designsteins here
Contact Matt on LinkedIn here

Mar 2, 2020

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Caleb Talley talk to Dusty Pruitt about his consulting firm Teaching Traction. In their discussions, you are going to hear about Dusty's background, 6 key components of an organization, and some funny stories along the way. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a must-hear episode!

Our Favorite Quote:

Dusty: "You either die a hero or you live to see yourself become the villain.”

 

Connect with Dusty Pruitt and Teaching Traction

Feb 27, 2020

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine, Haley Allgood, and Caleb Talley sit down with Tracy Lee to talk about her company This Dot. During the show, the crew talks with Tracy about her beginnings in startups, lessons she has learned on the way, and her plans with This Dot. This is an episode you do not want to miss out on!

Connect with Tracy and This Dot: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tracyslee/
https://www.thisdot.co/

 

Feb 17, 2020

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine, Haley Allgood, and Caleb Talley sit down with Will Trapp, founder of Gratavid, to talk about the journey he has had with his company. Gratavid helps organizations increase donor retention through personalized videos. Their clients are using Gratavid to share thank you videos, birthday videos, and videos that connect donors with the causes they are supporting. From trigger words to drink cider to cold calling advice, this is an episode you do not want to miss!

Our favorite quotes:

Jeff - "What advice would you give to a first-time entrepreneur?"

Will - "Do it... It will most likely fail... you will learn so much from each one (failure)."

Link to Website: https://gratavid.com/

Connect with Will on LinkedIn

Feb 10, 2020

In this episode of the Startup Junkie Podcast, Jeff Amerine, Caleb Talley, and Haley Allgood sit down with various members of Endeavor Northwest Arkansas. Started 23 years ago, Endeavor has helped 1,800 entrepreneurs build more than 1,100 companies in 34 markets throughout North America, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. In this session the crew talks with the program about its entrance into NWA, the demand for software developers, and the importance of entrepreneurship.

Our Favorite Quote:
Jeff: "We get to have great conversations with people like you and drink cider on a Tuesday afternoon."

Feb 4, 2020

In this episode of the Startup Junkie Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Haley Allgood sit down with the winners of the Congressional App Challenge, high school students Julian Sanker (Fayetteville) and Lucas Kellar (Springdale). The Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide coding competition which aims to encourage students to pursue STEM education. During the episode, Haley and Jeff talk to the two standout students about their award winning website Crime Map, Python, and future plans.

Our favorite quotes:
Jeff: "What advice would you have for other younger students that might want to try the Congressional App Challenge or get into software development?"
Lucas: "When there is an opportunity, always take it."
Julian: "Just practice... Try, try and try."

Link to Crime Map: https://lkellar.org/maps/

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