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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.

Mar 27, 2023

Summary:

Welcome to another great episode of Startup Junkies!

On this episode, hosts Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Victoria Dickerson sit down with Rodrigo Salas, executive director of Entrepreneurship for All Northwest Arkansas, also known as EforAll. EforAll is a nonprofit entrepreneurial support organization that partners with communities to help under-represented NWA residents successfully start and grow businesses. It works to ensure all individuals are presented with the same opportunities, especially through its Spanish program, EparaTodos. Throughout the show, Rodrigo discusses his entrepreneurship background, his passion for NWA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and how EforAll provides value to Hispanic entrepreneurs in the form of mentorships and programs.

 

Show Notes:

(1:01) Introduction to Rodrigo

(1:41) Rodrigo’s Origin Story

(8:26) About EforAll

(13:03) The Importance of Bilingual Resources

(18:33) Filling Bilingual Service Gaps

(21:35) Building Bridges within the Community

(24:54) About Chamoy

(31:39) What’s on the Horizon for NWA

(37:18) Advice to Younger Self

(38:43) Closing Questions

 

Links:

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Victoria Dickerson

Rodrigo Salas

EforAll

 

Quotes:

“It’s between an incubator and an accelerator because what we do is get deep into business understanding because a lot of the people that come through our program are struggling with that part, like knowing how to structure the business or determine who is their customer segment.” - Rodrigo Salas, (10:36)

“We all know that networks make a big difference for success…Every touchpoint they have with anybody from the community helps them expand their network. So that’s the objective of the program as well.” - Rodrigo Salas, (17:10)

“We’re experiencing this tremendous growth from a population perspective, from an economic perspective, and from an entrepreneurial perspective…So looking at the size of the ecosystem that has been built here in Northwest Arkansas, it’s amazing.” - Rodrigo Salas, (31:42)

 

Mar 20, 2023

Summary:

Welcome to another great episode of Startup Junkies!

On this episode, hosts Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Victoria Dickerson sit down with Randy Wilburn, founder of I Am Northwest Arkansas, a website that showcases business, culture, and life right here in the Ozarks. Additionally, Randy hosts the I Am Northwest Arkansas podcast, an informative interview-based show that highlights everything that makes NWA one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country. As an unexpected transplant to the area, Randy embraced the community and he embarked on a mission to share its vibrancy with everyone. Throughout the episode, Randy discusses some of the most memorable moments he’s had on air, shares why podcasting is good for businesses, and gives insight into why NWA is a great place to live.

 

Show Notes:

(1:02) Introduction to Randy

(1:37) Randy’s Origin Story

(9:19) About the I Am Northwest Arkansas Podcast

(12:16) Podcast Strategy Consulting

(13:19) The Importance of a Podcast’s Digital Footprint

(19:22) What Makes the NWA Community Special

(22:47) What’s Next for I Am Northwest Arkansas

(25:08) Maintaining a Collaborative Culture

(28:14) Experiencing NWA

(39:32) Memorable Guests

(47:06) Advice to Younger Self

(48:39) Closing Question

 

Links:

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Victoria Dickerson

Randy Wilburn

I Am Northwest Arkansas

 

Quotes:

“The one thing I can say about podcasting is that it’s such a powerful medium that allows you to shift and listen and consume really great information that is either really wide open or super narrow and hyper-focused.” - Randy Wilburn, (5:22)

“I think the technology’s there, and from a marketing standpoint, that’s the beauty of something like a podcast, and that’s why anybody listening should consider creating this type of content…you can take it and chop it up into different pieces.” - Randy Wilburn, (16:12)

“The thing I really appreciate about the people here is that they take you at face value…they’re going to take you for who you are right then and there. And so you don’t have to wait for an invitation to sit at the table, the table’s already open.” - Randy Wilburn, (19:03)

“We’re not only trying to build what we have right here, but we’re also trying to export it to other places and build relationships that matter in the same way.” - Randy Wilburn, (25:26)

Mar 13, 2023

Summary:

Welcome to another great episode of Startup Junkies!

On this episode, hosts Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Grace Gill sit down with James Bell, vice president of Bentonville Economic Development and host of the Bentonville Beacon Podcast, a show that tells the stories of triumph and growth through the lives of the business leaders, executives, and business owners of Bentonville, Arkansas. Additionally, James is an accomplished senior executive and previous founder with more than twenty-five years of experience in diverse business environments. His passion for economic development and entrepreneurship led him to return to Arkansas to help advance Bentonville's recognized success. Throughout this episode, James discusses his excitement about seeing Bentonville continue to establish itself as a place where his son can grow up and explore, as well as the state of innovative healthcare and mobility coming to Northwest Arkansas. 

 

Show Notes:

(1:06) Introduction to James

(4:54) Working at the Bentonville Chamber of Commerce

(6:17) Starting a Business in Bentonville

(8:20) Northwest Arkansas’s Healthcare Ecosystem

(17:02) What Makes Bentonville Special

(22:33 About The Ledger

(27:37) Bentonville’s Exciting Future with Mobility

(34:44) James’ Favorite Barbeque

(37:37) Advice to Younger Self

(40:02) Closing Question

 

Links:

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Grace Gill

James Bell

Bentonville Economic Development

 

Quotes:

“I love that I get to help people do the things that they most want, that they’re most passionate about. I get to help them build their businesses or decide whether they should be here in Bentonville and Northwest Arkansas.” - James Bell, (5:42)

“If you look at that breadth of businesses, starting from the standpoint of potential customers to just the opportunity to learn from experts and access an amazing workforce, it’s all here.” - James Bell, (6:57)

“...they’re going to build a transformational healthcare system. I can’t wait to see what all that means, but what I do know from my experience is that all this transpired in the past five years. I can’t imagine it happening anywhere else in thirty, forty, or fifty. And I think that says a lot about this place and how people think here.” - James Bell, (14:03)

“You have this amazing place where people are sort of pulling and working together and moving in the same direction. You can stand in the square in Fayetteville, stand in the square in Bentonville, in Rogers, in Springdale, and you can feel the energy.” - James Bell, (18:23)

Mar 6, 2023

Summary:

Welcome to another great episode of Startup Junkies!

On this episode, hosts Victoria Dickerson, Jeff Amerine, and Caleb Talley sit down with Ricky Ludeman, founder of Ozark Compost & Swap, an environmental protection organization on a mission to make composting mainstream. Ozark Compost & Swap makes composting convenient by offering pick-up services at your doorstep. Throughout this episode, Ricky discusses his entrepreneurial journey and how Ozark Compost has grown over the years from another idea to an actionable concept that promotes sustainability to the NWA community.

 

Show Notes:

(0:47) Introduction to Ricky

(2:17) About Ozark Compost

(7:22) Ricky’s Vision for the Future

(9:19) Supporting Local Businesses

(11:31) What Items Can and Can’t Be Composted

(15:21) Implementing New Processes

(20:23) Ozark Compost’s Marketing Strategy

(26:43) Advice to Younger Self

(29:41) Closing Question

 

Links:

Victoria Dickerson

Jeff Amerine

Caleb Talley

Ozark Compost & Swap

 

Quotes:

“They talk back and forth and the plant tells the microbes what it needs. The microbes bring exactly what the plant needs back to it and in exchange it gives it carbohydrates and sugars. So it’s this really cool relationship, and you get these really beautiful gardens with this worm casting.” - Ricky Ludeman, (5:06)

“There’s this quote that I love and it's, ‘Either my business is growing or I’m growing.’ And I think it’s this really cool, positive way to look at entrepreneurship as it’s awesome when your business is growing, but when you get in some ruts, that just means you’re growing.” - Ricky Ludeman, (14:01)

“...when we talk about sustainability, there is this huge leadership aspect. Like let's get the big leader in the community to help with this and show that they can do it and it’s easy. And that kind of trickles down with the employees and then the rest of the community. So businesses are a huge focus for us right now.” - Ricky Ludeman, (23:19)

Feb 27, 2023

Summary:

Welcome to another great episode of Startup Junkies!

On this episode, hosts Victoria Dickerson, Jeff Amerine, and Grace Gill sit down with Stamatis Astra, co-founder and head of product at Intelligent Relations, a PR firm that leverages artificial intelligence to build broader and smarter relationships. Additionally, Stamatis is a venture partner who invests in strategic startups with applications that enrich people’s lives. He also co-hosts Grecian Echoes, a talk show in Boston, that offers an in-depth analysis of current news and events laced with provocative commentary to its one hundred fifty thousand Greek-American audience members. Throughout this episode, Stamatis discusses his experience as a lifetime entrepreneur, finding excitement in the beginnings of new ventures, and making public relations accessible for businesses of every size.

 

Show Notes:

(0:49) Introduction to Stamatis

(1:20) Stamatis’s Background

(3:57) About Intelligent Relations

(10:59) How Artificial Intelligence Benefits Companies

(13:52) Different Startup Models

(18:18) Chasing New Ventures

(21:47) Raising Venture Capital

(25:34) Overcoming Challenges

(29:34) Advice to Younger Self

(30:39) Closing Question

 

Links:

Victoria Dickerson

Jeff Amerine

Grace Gill

Startup Junkie

Stamatis Astra

Intelligent Relations

 

Quotes:

“Our technology is a combination of media monitoring databases and artificial intelligence. It allows us to, depending on the company, find the relevant stories, find the relevant journalists that cover the stories, and create relationships with them…bottom line is, we allow any business to connect with journalists and get press.” - Stamatis Astra, (5:34)

“There’s very different levels of startups. There’s a startup that is simply a Powerpoint or a deck and there’s two or three people and that’s it. And there’s a startup with a seed round and twenty-five to fifty people that pay salaries.” - Stamatis Astra, (14:14)

“That’s what we do. We train the model, we get the data. The more data we get, and the more speeches and ideas the customer puts in, the more robust the model gets in order to do all the matching and creating the content.” - Stamatis Astra, (27:38)

Feb 20, 2023

Summary:

Welcome to another great episode of Startup Junkies!

On this episode, hosts Matthew Ward, Caleb Talley, and Jeff Amerine sit down with Dr. Adam Stoverink, the director of the Sam M. Walton College of Business MBA program at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Stoverink is the author of the book Unbreakable, a resource for leaders on how to build resilient teams, and has also been featured in twelve other notable publications. Additionally, Dr. Stoverink is an associate professor of management, teaching leadership and teamwork to graduate, undergraduate, and executive audiences. Throughout this episode, Dr. Stovering discusses the four essential pillars of resilient teams, how to create adaptability, and what character traits define a satisfactory team member. 

 

Show Notes:

(1:12) Introduction to Dr. Stoverink

(2:16) About Unbreakable

(6:19) The Process of Writing a Book

(8:23) Advice on Building Psychological Safety

(13:16) The Walton MBA Do Good Project

(19:24) Learning from Failure

(22:21) The Four Pillars of Resilient Teams

(28:13) Hard Work vs. Lucky Timing

(30:14) Attributes of Good Team Members

(32:49) Advice to Younger Self

(35:56) Closing Thoughts 

 

Links:

Matthew Ward

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Startup Junkie

Dr. Adam Stoverink 

 

Quotes:

“We have to feel safe in that environment to speak up. Innovation is a big part of what you all do, and if you want to be innovative, you simply have to have all the perspectives on the table. And if people don't feel safe to go against the grain, your innovation is cut.” - Dr. Adam Stoverink, (7:31)

“We don’t really have one another’s back. We do what we have to do to accomplish our goals, but we don’t go beyond that. I think that is what really separates the outstanding teams from the mediocre teams.” - Dr. Adam Stoverink, (12:50)

“You have to have a moderately high, above average confidence, but it can’t be too high. Otherwise, you’re going to run into the situation where hubris takes over and you’re not on the lookout for possible adversities because you think you’re untouchable.” - Dr. Adam Stoverink, (23:12)

“Part of building a resilient team is being very clear about what components are needed to be successful. Part of that is personality. You want a mix of personalities, but most important is diversity of thought that often comes from diversity of backgrounds, which correlates with diversity of demographics.” - Dr. Adam Stoverink, (31:25)

 

Feb 13, 2023

Summary:

Welcome to another great episode of Startup Junkies!

On this episode, hosts Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Victoria Dickerson sit down with Kelton Hays, executive director of Cobblestone Farms. Cobblestone Farms is a local nonprofit committed to cultivating a community free from hunger by ensuring all people have access to fresh, nutritionally dense foods that are produced through sustainable agriculture practices. Throughout this episode, Kelton discusses the deeper mission of Cobblestone Farms and how important addressing food insecurity is to uplifting the community.

 

Show Notes:

(0:53) Introduction to Kelton

(1:34) Kelton’s Background

(5:20) Why Cobblestone Farms Needs to Exist

(11:03) Food Insecurity in Northwest Arkansas

(15:41) Being Unburdened by Shame

(17:35) Growing Food for Hunger Relief vs. Donating Food

(21:45) Raising Money

(30:54) Engaging Bigger Players

(37:51) Getting People Involved

(41:34) Advice to Younger Self

 

Links:

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Victoria Dickerson

Kelton Hays

Cobblestone Farms

 

Quotes:

“If somebody were to ask us what we do at Cobblestone Farms and I wanted to be a little ethereal, a little heady, I would say we give people dignity. Food is a lot more than calories. We want people to have dignified access to great food in the same way any of us sitting in this room would have.” - Kelton Hays, (6:34)

“That’s the big picture. We want to give people dignity. We want people to feel dignity because your quality of life, your health outcomes, and your ability to thrive as a human being, if you do not possess dignity and live in shame, is going to be a negative outcome .” - Kelton Hays, (14:46)

“My heart is to mobilize individual community members. We all have such potential…We often get so intimidated by the magnitude of an issue or by our perceived inability to meet the issue that we think, ‘Well, I can’t do anything.’ Yeah, you can.” - Kelton Hays, (20:02)

Feb 6, 2023

Summary:

Welcome to another great episode of Startup Junkies!

On this episode, hosts Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and previous Startup Junkie Michael Iseman sit down with Philip Mudd, a former CNN correspondent and counterterrorism analyst. During Philip’s extensive and accomplished career, he was a valuable asset to the FBI, CIA, and the American nation as a whole and received numerous CIA awards for his expertise and diligence. Philip is also the author of three distinguished publications and is a member of multiple prestigious associations. Throughout this episode, Philip shares insight on how to present information to your boss (in his case, President George W. Bush), how to successfully navigate chaos, and why you need to have a “call mom” sentence for any project. 

 

Show Notes:

(1:03) Introduction to Philip

(1:58) From English Major to Senior Executive

(4:29) Leadership Basics

(8:34) Decision Advantage

(16:08) Addressing Vulnerabilities

(19:00) Navigating Crises

(28:00) Taking Responsibility When Things Go Wrong

(31:12) Hiring People More Experienced than You

(39:24) Voicing your Opinion to a Worldwide Audience

(44:44) Protecting Data

(48:51) Cyberattacks during Times of War

(55:14) Geopolitical Business Consequences

(1:06:50) Advice to Younger Self

 

Links:

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Michael Iseman

Philip Mudd

Startup Junkie 

 

Quotes:

“There’s a couple basics you have to think about. One's how to get people better. Mediocre mission, great people, you can win. Great mission, mediocre people, you can’t win.” - Philip Mudd, (4:51)

“I’ll never forget it, the difference between presenting what you know and presenting what the decision maker needs to know based on determining what the decision is.” - Philip Mudd, (13:53)

“We have a responsibility not only to customers, but to families. Let’s talk about how we ensure that today we work through this as opposed to man this is a rough day. Don’t do that. The workforce will tense up and tense means worse decision making.” - Philip Mudd, (24:27) 

“I think you have to take a step back and say, ‘I am not the keeper of knowledge. I am the keeper of the questions.’ Questions result from judgment, experience, exposure, and perspective. So some people around the table might have knowledge that I don’t have.” - Philip Mudd, (31:31)

Jan 30, 2023

Summary:

Welcome to another great episode of Startup Junkies!

On this episode, hosts Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Grace Gill sit down with Quinn Robertson, a senior associate at NXTUS. NXTUS is a non-profit organization that connects mentors, capital opportunities, and customers in an effort to further entrepreneurial growth. As an entrepreneurship supporter, Quinn decided to leave his position in the corporate world and work with startup founders by helping them grow companies of significance. Throughout this episode, Quinn shares about NXTUS’s role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the startup scene in Wichita, and the state of the Heartland as a place for families and entrepreneurship to prosper.

 

Show Notes:

(0:59) Introduction to Quinn

(1:26) Quinn’s Background

(3:23) Wichita’s Startup Scene

(6:18) Comparing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

(14:42) NXTUS’s Role in Wichita’s Growing Ecosystem

(21:20) Weaknesses in the Regional Ecosystem

(23:50) What’s Next for NXTUS

(27:24) Cultivating Entrepreneurship in the Next Generation

(32:58) Opportunity Gaps in Northwest Arkansas

(39:54) Advice to Younger Self

(42:40) Closing Questions

 

Links:

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Grace Gill

Quinn Robertson

NXTUS

 

Quotes:

“I think both of our ecosystems will press forward with money flowing in from the federal or state government and family or philanthropic areas as well…there’s this little cluster here in the Heartland that I think we’re going to see all grow together.” - Quinn Robertson, (7:00)

“We try to be a connector more than anything. Even if we’re not everything to everybody, we want to be one arm's length away from everything so we can connect individuals to the right people from our own lane and let other people do the great work they’re better suited to do than we are.” - Quinn Robertson, (16:18)

“There’s a little bit of continually morphing and finding small injection points where we can add value, but also where we can stand back and be incredibly supportive of the work that’s going on.” - Quinn Robertson, (28:37)

“As I talk to entrepreneurs, I ask them, ‘What’s your level of success? What’s your happiness metric that you're trying to go towards?’ As long as you have a clear understanding of what that is, then I think you can start to align things really well.” - Quinn Robertson, (41:39)

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)

Nov 28, 2022

Summary:

Welcome to another great episode of Startup Junkies!

On this episode, hosts Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Victoria Dickerson sit down with Tim Swindle, a serial entrepreneur in the toy and game space and co-founder of Glacier Games. With his passion for outdoor sports, Tim teamed up with two others to create a new recreational game called PaddleSmash, which combines the best elements of Pickleball and Spikeball. Throughout the episode, Caleb, Jeff, Victoria, and Tim discuss how incorporating fun into your day is a necessity, building a business with Kickstarter, and how entrepreneurs should advertise their ideas, not safeguard them.  

 

Show Notes:

(0:55) Introduction to Tim

(1:27) Tim’s Origin Story

(5:16) The Development of PaddleSmash

(9:36) Tech vs Outdoor Sports

(13:41) The Importance of Having Fun

(17:33) Lessons Learned

(22:49) Increasing Your Surface Area

(26:01) The Kickstarter Experience

(29:17) Social Media Strategy

(32:34) Advice to Younger Self

(33:11) Closing Questions

 

Links:

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Victoria Dickerson

Tim Swindle

PaddleSmash

 

Quotes:

“There’s a resurgence to being low-tech right now. People spend so much time on their computers, laptops, iPads, and iPhones that you’re seeing physical board games and outdoor games becoming more popular. We’ve become so digital with society that they provide this opportunity to get back to actually interacting with each other.” - Tim Swindle, (12:07)

“That would be my biggest advice to entrepreneurs. Go out there, share your ideas, and talk to people. Don’t worry about anybody stealing it, that’s not going to happen. Get the real raw feedback as to whether or not you have something and can move forward.” - Tim Swindle, (25:01)

“People think Kickstarter is where you start, but a lot of times these people have gathered interest and email addresses prior to launching, and they engage that community once they go. Then the Kickstarter algorithm says they’re trending, and they start to show up everywhere. So focus on pre-marketing and building a community before you ever go live.” - Tim Swindle, (26:27)

Nov 21, 2022

 

Welcome to another great episode of Startup Junkies!

 

On this episode, hosts Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Victoria Dickerson sit down with Brad Gentry, the CEO of Gentry Professional Services, an elite engineering consulting and talent acquisition firm that specializes in placing subject matter experts with clients that require specific knowledge. With over a decade of experience, Brad is experienced and skilled in engineering design, project management, and business development. Throughout the episode, Caleb, Jeff, Victoria, and Brad discuss preparing the next generation of labor workers and how a company’s culture is vital to success.

 

Show Notes:

(1:12) Introduction to Brad

(1:26) About Gentry Professional Services

(5:34) Challenges with the Labor Market

(8:06) Encouraging Employee Retention

(11:02) Navigating the CHIPS Act

(13:36) Technologies' Role in Supplementing Labor

(19:23) Gentry Professional Services Culture

(28:08) The Future of Gentry Professional Services

(32:02) Advice to Younger Self

(34:36) Closing Questions

 

Links:

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Victoria Dickerson

Brad Gentry

Gentry Professional Services

 

Quotes:

“The way that manifests itself today is when someone retires they may have someone who is two or three steps behind them in experience. So that generational gap has followed us as people have progressed through their careers.” - Brad Gentry, (4:37)

 

“We go through a vetting process of not just checking references, but also behavioral assessments because somebody can be the smartest person in the room but if they can’t work with others then it’s not going to be a good fit. So we do several things to assess not only their knowledge and skills, but also how well they interact with the team they’re going to be supporting.” - Brad Gentry, (16:15)

 

“We work hourly and that fits with retirees greatly…They’re coming back because they want to. So we want to make it a good experience for them and treat them like family. We found that if you let them have that autonomy, flexibility, and respect to work on what they want to, they will in turn represent you well to the clients.” - Brad Gentry, (25:04)

Nov 14, 2022

Summary:

Welcome to another great episode of Startup Junkies!

On this episode, hosts Caleb Talley and Jeff Amerine sit down with Matthew Moore and Kyle Kellams of KUAF. Matthew is a reporter and producer for Ozarks at Large, a locally produced news podcast/daily show that covers news, sports, politics, arts, culture, and the quirky and unusual happenings in the Ozarks. Kyle has been the news director at KUAF for over twenty-five years and has been producing Ozarks at Large for over three decades. Throughout the episode, Caleb, Jeff, Matthew, and Kyle discuss the history and future of public radio, how podcasting has influenced traditional radio, and the burden of providing newsworthy content.  

 

Show Notes:

(0:57) Introduction to Matthew and Kyle

(2:03) Matthew and Kyle’s Origin Stories

(7:02) Marrying Podcasting with Traditional Radio

(8:57) Podcasting’s Effect on the Radio Business

(10:52) Providing News Coverage to Large Areas

(14:24) A Public Radio Station’s Business Model

(20:11) Changes in the Radio Industry

(24:18) Listening to Your Own Content

(27:05) Interesting Moments

(32:46) When Earned Media Makes Sense

(37:11) Advice to Younger Selves

(40:10) Closing Questions

 

Links:

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Matthew Moore

Kyle Kellams

Ozarks at Large

 

Quotes:

“I think for a certain number of people who had left radio for whatever reason, audio became cool again. For public radio, at least, podcasting is a natural rift back and forth.” - Kyle Kellams, (9:10)

“At Ozarks at Large sometimes we get to tell a different kind of story that you can really only tell on radio. If you were trying to tell that story in the paper or on TV, you would need different kinds of aids, but hearing someone tell a story from perfect memory in a way you can only do through audio is really cool.” - Matthew Moore, (13:42)

“I could talk forever about the fractured media landscape and the danger that it poses, but I think one of the great things going for us is there’s so many out there doing it like that and so few doing it like us, that we have people searching for the kind of radio we do.”- Kyle Kellams, (16:03)

“There’s this expectation of a kind of journalism, reporting, and storytelling they can hear from other stations like NPR. What they hear from Ozarks at Large is a very specific and very regional version of that. It’s high-quality and well-informed, unbiased storytelling.” - Matthew Moore, (16:34)

Nov 7, 2022

Summary:

Welcome to another great episode of Startup Junkies!

On this episode, hosts Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and guest host Permjot Valia sit down with Elizabeth Prenger, founder and chief brand officer of Prose Creative, a company that helps brands and individuals connect with audiences by creating authentic relationships through their content and messaging. Elizabeth is also the co-founder as well as the marketing and public relations lead at FemHealth Founders, a startup that empowers female entrepreneurs to build and lead profitable women-centric companies. Throughout the episode, Caleb, Jeff, Permjot, and Elizabeth discuss the current product landscape and how women are making their voices heard through entrepreneurship. 

 

Show Notes:

(1:12) Introduction to Permjot

(2:10) Introduction to Elizabeth

(5:09) Elizabeth’s Entrepreneurial Origin Story

(10:45) Pain Points with the Current Product Landscape

(17:41) About Elizabeth’s New Prototype

(23:45) Launching FemHealth Founders

(27:40) The Response to FemHealth Founders

(33:28) Decision-Making Hierarchies between Women and Men

(37:38) New Postpartum Recovery Concepts

(40:25) Giving Women the Words to Identify Their Needs

(44:41) Advice to Younger Self

(48:38) Closing Thoughts

 

Links:

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Permjot Valia 

Elizabeth Prenger

Prose Creative LLC

FemHealth Founders

 

Quotes:

“One of the things I love the most about this journey of being an entrepreneur and launching these ideas is I’ve learned so much about things I wouldn’t have even considered looking into before.” - Elizabeth Prenger, (7:06)

“What I really liked and found refreshing about you [Elizabeth] was you didn’t talk about your identity, you were talking about the problem and the women who suffered from the problem and how your product solved that.” - Permjot Valia, (11:08)

“We have 80% of the buying power. Women are the primary purchaser in the retail and healthcare space. So we should be more involved. We should be making these products.” - Elizabeth Prenger, (28:43)

“If we as women feel more empowered to research, educate ourselves, ask questions, and be our own best advocate in this space, I think the outcomes of that can be really powerful. It can save lives. It can save families. It can save a lot of women.” - Elizabeth Prenger, (43:21)

 

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