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Named a top 27 business podcast by Fortune, upside examines startup investing outside of Silicon Valley.

Every Wednesday, we speak with an early stage founder. We interview them as if we are angel investors considering the company as an investment opportunity.

Each show has three segments:

1.) Intro: independent research of the company
2.) Interview: interview with the founder
3.) Debrief: breaking down the opportunity

Sometimes, we share Coffee Chats interviewing venture capitalists, community builders, and later-stage founders.

Subscribe and see why Business Insider called our podcast "Almost as Good as Getting an MBA."
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Interview begins: 7:00 Debrief begins: 47:40 Priyanka Bakaya is the founder and CEO of Renewlogy. Founded in 2011, Renewlogy has the technology to break down plastics into its basic molecular form, where it can then be reused for other products or as fuel. In the last year, Priyanka has used the Renewlogy technology to begin Renew Oceans, a non-profit currently working in India to capture and recycle ocean plastics. Priyanka has been well recognized and awarded for her efforts in plastics recycling. Still, plenty of hurdles exist in Renewology's, and she discusses the challenges caused by poor recycling and waste infrastructure and strict regulations. We discuss: - AD: Finding experienced employees for your new business with Integrity Power Search (5:51) - Early entrepreneurial experiences (7:09, 14:03) - Australian and Indian culture (10:56) - Renewology's focus (17:05) - Recycling and contamination in the US (18:04) - Why are plastics hard to recycle? (25:06) - Chemical process of breaking down plastics (30:14, 35:53) - Challenges in scaling (32:27) - Business model (37:27) - Reusing Renewlogy technology for Renew Oceans (40:26) - Big picture potential of renewable plastics (43:55) Learn more about Renewlogy: http://renewlogy.com/ Learn more about Renew Oceans: https://www.renewoceans.org/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Advertise with an upside classified: https://upside.fm/classifieds -- This episode is sponsored by Integrity Power Search, the #1 full stack high growth startup recruiting firm between the coasts. They partner with venture capitalists, private equity groups and CEOs to build amazing teams for the world’s most disrupting companies. Learn more about or get in touch with Integrity Power Search: https://upside.fm/integrity
Interview starts: 7:15 Debrief starts: 54:23 Casey Allen is the founder of Enterprise Rising, a Minneapolis-based conference specific to SaaS startup topics. 2020 will be Enterprise Rising's fifth year, and they pride themselves on focusing on under-discussed or taboo topics related to founding a startup. Casey himself has started five companies as well as a B2B SaaS accelerator and discusses his personal experience going from one to the next. This year, he will also be launching a boot camp called SeedMN for first-time angel investors with the hopes of teaching successful founders how to give back to the startup community. We discuss: - AD: Finding experienced employees for your new business with Integrity Power Search (5:37) - Starting a conference and the first few years of failure (8:06) - Opening one of the first tech accelerators in Minneapolis (12:09) - Fundraising an accelerator in 2009 (15:09) - Building the reputation to launch an accelerator (20:27) - The struggle and mental obstacles behind founding five startups (22:13, 34:58) - Starting a company in the right community (27:14) - The Twin Cities' DNA for enterprise SaaS (31:48) - The pattern of fear of success vs. fear of failure in startups (37:55) - Metrics for conference success (39:51) - Special markets in Minneapolis: b2b sports tech, enterprise health tech, and edtech (45:00) - SeedMN for first time angel investors (47:19) Learn more about Casey: https://angel.co/caseyallen Learn more about SeedMN: http://seedmn.com/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Advertise with an upside classified: https://upside.fm/classifieds -- This episode is sponsored by Integrity Power Search, the #1 full stack high growth startup recruiting firm between the coasts. They partner with venture capitalists, private equity groups and CEOs to build amazing teams for the world’s most disrupting companies. Learn more about or get in touch with Integrity Power Search: https://upside.fm/integrity
Interview starts: 6:25 Debrief starts: 49:00 Anthony Vennare is the cofounder and CEO of Fitt, a discovery platform that broadcasts different health and wellness opportunities and locations in different cities. Fitt functions similar to Yelp or Eater for fitness, with the ultimate goal of connecting communities and fitness enthusiasts to health events and people in their cities. Alongside his company, Anthony also runs a fitness newsletter branded as Fitt Insider. After opening and growing a gym business with his brother in the Pittsburgh area, the two began Fitt in 2017. In today’s episode, Anthony discusses their experience owning and closing this gym as well as the succeeding projects that followed, such as writing for health and wellness magazines and helping others start their own fitness businesses. We discuss: - Marine Corps experience (7:18) - Starting and growing a gym (10:08) - Creating content and working on other projects as freelance fitness enthusiasts and ultimately creating Fitt (20:00) - Fitt’s business model and Mindbody partnership (22:00) - Why Fitt works (25:40) - Approach to networking and growth (28:00) - Media strategy: Fitt Insider newsletter and podcast (31:40) - Launching in Fitt in a city (33:55) - Advertising and sponorships through the platform (38:05) - Acquiring new fitness users (39:30) - Future growth and revenue (40:55) Learn more about Fitt: https://fitt.co Get the Fitt insider: https://insider.fitt.co/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Advertise with an upside classified: https://upside.fm/classifieds -- This episode is sponsored by Integrity Power Search, the #1 full stack high growth startup recruiting firm between the coasts. They partner with venture capitalists, private equity groups and CEOs to build amazing teams for the world’s most disrupting companies. Learn more about or get in touch with Integrity Power Search: https://upside.fm/integrity
Interview starts: 7:45 Debrief starts: 49:27 Mike Preuss is the co-founder and CEO of Visible, an investor reporting platform for startups. Beginning in 2014, Visible is a completely remote company used by over 2,000 businesses. They help founders update their investors on their business and maintain accountability and trust throughout growth. An Orr Fellow from Indiana University, Mike Preuss was the Business Development Manager for Formspring before Visible. We discuss: - AD: Finding experienced employees for your new business with Integrity Power Search (5:23) - Mike's background and entrepreneurship experience (7:56) - Orr Fellowship (11:17) - Managing a remote culture, different time zones, and off-sites (12:44) - Initial problem and genesis of Visible (18:38) - Changing the product from investors to founders (21:53) - Finding clients (26:07) - Tracking metrics and data (or lack thereof (30:05) - Visible using Visible (32:38) - Money model (36:13) - Investors' and founders' access to information (43:13) - Visible's potential in a downturn or recession (46:31) Learn more about Visible: https://visible.vc/ Follow Mike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikePreuss Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Advertise with an upside classified: https://upside.fm/classifieds -- This episode is sponsored by Integrity Power Search, the #1 full stack high growth startup recruiting firm between the coasts. They partner with venture capitalists, private equity groups and CEOs to build amazing teams for the world’s most disrupting companies. Learn more about or get in touch with Integrity Power Search: https://upside.fm/integrity
Happy Holidays from the upside team! Last year, we shared an episode called: JE006: eight crazy months of upside. This year, we're back and sharing the 12 episodes of Christmas — 12 exceptionally notable episodes we recommend listening to again. The episodes mentioned, in order: 1. CC033: Alex Rubalcava of Stage Venture Partners // investing in early-stage enterprise software Link: https://upside.fm/alex-rubalcava-stage-venture-partners/ 2. UP050: opendorse // helping athletes share more content (feat. Braxton Miller of the Philadelphia Eagles) Link: https://upside.fm/opendorse/ 3. CC007: the rise of platform in venture capital // a Coffee Chat with Stephanie Manning (Lerer Hippeau) Link: https://upside.fm/stephanie-manning-lerer-hippeau/ 4. CC032: Kate Shillo Beardsley of Upslope Ventures // scaling early stage investments across the country Link: https://upside.fm/kate-shillo-beardsley-upslope-ventures/ 5. CC024: investing in the picks and shovels of esports and gaming // a Coffee Chat with Josh Chapman (Konvoy Ventures) Link: https://upside.fm/josh-chapman-konvoy-ventures/ 6. UP043: inKind // redesigning restaurant financing with House Accounts (feat. Kevin Tien of Himitsu and Hot Lola’s) Link: https://upside.fm/inkind/ 7. CC016: a new source of funding and optionality for early stage founders // a Coffee Chat with Tyler Tringas (Earnest Capital) and Kevin McArdle (SureSwift Capital) Link: https://upside.fm/earnest-capital/ 8. UP024: Intrinio // powering fintech innovation with access to financial data Link: https://upside.fm/intrinio/ 9. UP046: MITO Material Solutions // chemical additives for tougher composites Link: https://upside.fm/mito/ 10. UP042: Threatcare // automated third-party threat detection Link: https://upside.fm/threatcare/ 11. CC017: building a world class venture firm in Chicago // a Coffee Chat with Ezra Galston (Starting Line) Link: https://upside.fm/ezra-galston-starting-line/ 12. UP008: Loop Returns // creating the perfect ecommerce customer returns experience (live from Columbus Podcast Festival) Link: https://upside.fm/loop/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Take our listener survey: https://upside.fm/survey Advertise with an upside classified: https://upside.fm/classifieds
Interview starts: 5:50 Debrief starts: 47:39 Neal Bloom is the founder of Fresh Brewed Tech and the host of the podcast, Tacos & Tech. Fresh Brewed Tech is a media company dedicated to raising awareness of local tech ecosystems in local areas through storytelling. Having started as a way to connect tech-focused San Diegans, Fresh Brewed Tech is currently expanding and starting to aid other regions by creating local unified tech ecosystems. His podcast, Tacos & Tech, has the same goal as the Fresh Brewed Tech brand. Neal began his entrepreneurial work with Portfolium. He also currently serves that a chair for Startup San Diego. We discuss: - Ad: Finding experienced employees for your new business with Integrity Power Search (4:25) - Neal's story: from aerospace engineering to HR technology and Portfolium (6:00) - Los Angeles vs. San Diego ecosystems, needs, and assets (10:42) - San Diego's aggregation of defense, telecom, cyber security, and biotech companies (14:48) - Fresh Brewed Tech synopsis, highlights, and changes since its beginnings (16:40) - San Diegans (22:03) - How Fresh Brewed Tech has become a full-time effort (22:20) - Storytelling as a way to strengthen and empower startup communities (24:01) - Fresh Brewed Tech's audience (29:27) - Learning to run a media company (30:50) - Startup San Diego. Finding funding, motivation, volunteers, and an executive director (33:35) Learn more about Fresh Brewed Tech: https://freshbrewedtech.com/ Subscribe to Tacos & Tech: https://plinkhq.com/i/1374814595?to=page Follow Neal on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NealBloom Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Advertise with an upside classified: https://upside.fm/classifieds -- This episode is sponsored by Integrity Power Search, the #1 full stack high growth startup recruiting firm between the coasts. They partner with venture capitalists, private equity groups and CEOs to build amazing teams for the world’s most disrupting companies. Learn more about or get in touch with Integrity Power Search: https://upside.fm/integrity
Interview starts: 6:07 Debrief starts: 49:30 Nick Mathews is the CEO and cofounder of Mainvest. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Mainvest began in 2018 with the incentive to provide investment opportunities to smaller community markets through local investors. In just a little over a year, the company has an 85% success rate, helping fund fifteen different companies with another fifteen live right now. A Massachusetts native, Nick helped launch Uber in Boston during the company's expansion period and worked with the company for over six years. In today's episode, he discusses a bit of his experience at Uber and how his work there compares to Mainvest's current goals. We discuss: - Ad: Finding experienced employees for your new business (5:11) - Launching Uber's fifth market in Boston (10:22) - Deciding to start a company geared towards new, small businesses (14:02) - What is Mainvest & business success story (22:07) - Investments breakdown (25:02) - Supply vs. Demand with investments (34:41) - Second time investors (37:57) - Current New England opportunities (39:20) - Onboarding a company (41:02) - Maintaining successful companies & Mainvest's business model (44:18) Learn more about Mainvest: https://mainvest.com/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Advertise with an upside classified: https://upside.fm/classifieds -- This episode is sponsored by Integrity Power Search, the #1 full stack high growth startup recruiting firm between the coasts. They partner with venture capitalists, private equity groups and CEOs to build amazing teams for the world’s most disrupting companies. Learn more about or get in touch with Integrity Power Search: https://upside.fm/integrity
Interview starts: 6:32 Debrief starts: 38:33 Matt Cordio is the founder and president of Startup Milwaukee. Startup Milwaukee is a community dedicated to encouraging and growing Milwaukee's startup environment. They offer events and programs focused on helping tech startups find mentorship, talent, capital, and a network. Originally from Milwaukee himself, Matt Cordio started his entrepreneurial experience making and selling furniture. In addition to Startup Milwaukee, he is the founder and president of Skills Pipeline and the co-founder of 5 Lakes Forum. We discuss: - Ad: Improved methods to sourcing talent and finding new colleagues (5:11) - First entrepreneurial ventures (7:50) - Beginnings of the Milwaukee ecosystem and Startup Milwaukee (9:24) - Relationship between older companies and emerging startups in Milwaukee (13:53) - Startup Milwaukee 10 year highlight reel (16:09) - Emerging clusters in Milwaukee (21:48) - Capital vs. entrepreneurs: current ecosystem needs (22:10) - Milwaukee's relationships to nearby cities (26:40) - Driving force behind Startup Milwaukee (33:00) - Five Lakes Forum with Kathleen Gallagher (35:40) Follow Matt on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MattCordio Learn more about Startup Milwaukee: https://www.startupmke.org/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Take the upside listener survey: https://upside.fm/survey -- This episode is sponsored by Integrity Power Search, the #1 full stack high growth startup recruiting firm between the coasts. They partner with venture capitalists, private equity groups and CEOs to build amazing teams for the world’s most disrupting companies. Learn more about or get in touch with Integrity Power Search: https://upside.fm/integrity
This Turkey Day, we want to take the time to express our gratitude. We are so thankful for you, our listeners, for the startup movement happening between the coasts, and for the success that this podcast has had. As a gentle reminder, please check out the listener survey if you have a few minutes to spare. Enjoy your Thanksgivings, and see you next week! Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Take our listener survey: https://upside.fm/survey Advertise with an upside classified: https://upside.fm/classifieds
Interview starts: 6:00 Debriefs starts: 44:11 Kim Jefferson is the Senior Vice President and Lydia Beechler is the Director of Accounts at BLASTmedia. BLASTmedia is a nationally recognized PR agency that concentrates on B2B SaaS media relations. With 15 years in the industry, BLAST works with different staged companies and focuses on more than just news, often including thought leadership content into the media as well. Kim Jefferson and Lydia Beechler, who both have a background in writing, discuss the deliberate process that make successful relations and the different factors that lead to good media. They also give some insight into the BLAST PR startup program specifically designed for seed and series A companies. We discuss: - AD: Improved methods to sourcing talent and finding new colleagues (4:49) - Strategic direction and starting with a company at BLAST (8:08) - Conflict in media expectations (10:30) - PR startup program (11:32) - Gaining and losing clients (14:05) - Media mix strategy (18:17) - When to use PR? (22:34) - Podcasts as PR (25:33) - Timing and relationships in PR success (27:19) - Current trends in PR/media (36:15) - Bad press (38:01) - What makes a great PR client (39:14) BLASTmedia was founded in 2005 and based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Learn more about BLASTmedia: https://www.blastmedia.com/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Advertise with an upside classified: https://upside.fm/classifieds -- This episode is sponsored by Integrity Power Search, the #1 full stack high growth startup recruiting firm between the coasts. They partner with venture capitalists, private equity groups and CEOs to build amazing teams for the world’s most disrupting companies. Learn more about or get in touch with Integrity Power Search: https://upside.fm/integrity
Interview begins: 6:49 Debrief begins: 47:27 Ellie Symes is the co-founder and CEO of The Bee Corp. The Bee Corp is a startup focusing on improving and creating sustainable methods for commercial bee pollination. Based in Indianapolis, The Bee Corp offers commercial beekeepers and growers a technical application called Verifli that tracks beekeeping strategies at a quick and cost-effective rate. Ellie and her co-founder began the idea for the company after starting a beekeeping club in college. They have since received two grants to continue their passion for creating sustainable solutions for the environment. We discuss: - Ad (5:26) - Ellie's beekeeping experience (11:55) - Natural vs commercial hives (14:47) - Business progression from a college club (17:59) - Overview of beekeeping industry and how Verifli fits in (19:22) - Verifli cost-effectiveness (29:14) - Bee endangerment and the future of beekeeping (33:20) - Verifli app walk-through (36:57) - Market network (39:40) - Bee Corp's older business model (42:09) - Indianapolis location (43:54) - Upside Listener Survey (46:14) The Bee Corp was founded in 2016 and based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Learn more about The Bee Corp: https://www.thebeecorp.com/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Take the listener survey: https://upside.fm/survey -- This episode is sponsored by Integrity Power Search, the #1 full stack high growth startup recruiting firm between the coasts. They partner with venture capitalists, private equity groups and CEOs to build amazing teams for the world’s most disrupting companies. Learn more about or get in touch with Integrity Power Search: https://upside.fm/integrity
Interview starts: 6:38 Debrief starts: 43:48 Greg Robinson is the Managing Director of 4490 Ventures. 4490 Ventures is an early stage venture fund based in Madison Wisconsin that invests in Midwest, tech based companies. Founded in 2014, 4490 Ventures aims $5-8 million per investment, and their portfolio includes companies such as EatStreet, Abodo, and SwervePay. Before 4490 Ventures, Greg served as the Managing Director at Peninsula Ventures and also co-founded Cogent Technologies, an enterprise software company. In today's episode, he shares with us his insights into working in different areas of the country and how these various landscapes change the investment game. We discuss: - Ad: Improved methods to sourcing talent and finding new colleagues - Lessons learned from founding a successful company (10:05) - Differences in software investment today vs. then (13:10) - Operating experience in VCs (15:45) - VC experience from Bay Area to Wisconsin (17:25) - Expectations vs. reality when investing in software (25:23) - Investment strategy (31:50) - Adding a partner to the strategy (38:07) - 4490 name (40:20) - What sucks about podcasts (Upside Listener Survey) (41:20) - Classifieds: resources devoted to Midwestern startups (42:20) Learn more about 4490 Ventures: http://4490ventures.com/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Take the listener survey: https://upside.fm/survey Check out the Midwest Startup Rankings: https://midweststartups.com/cities/ -- This episode is sponsored by Integrity Power Search, the #1 full stack high growth startup recruiting firm between the coasts. They partner with venture capitalists, private equity groups and CEOs to build amazing teams for the world’s most disrupting companies. Learn more about or get in touch with Integrity Power Search: https://upside.fm/integrity
Interview begins: 6:15 Debrief begins: 47:49 Everett Berry is the CEO and founder of Perceive, an experience-analysis computer vision software designed to give companies an automated method for analyzing business in a physical space. Everett began forming his idea for Perceive six years ago during his freshman year in college when he would peruse the campus's video feeds. Having since received several grants for his company, Everett currently runs Perceive out of Indianapolis and hopes to expand his team in the near future. Everett discusses his insights on the recent changes in the events, retail, and restaurant businesses and how Perceive is providing companies an efficient and dynamic analysis of their customer experience through video analytics. We discuss: - Ad: Improved methods to sourcing talent and finding new possible colleagues (4:58) - Challenges in computer vision, AI, and what Perceive does (8:05) - Perceive's story of becoming a company (14:55) - NSF SPIR grant (16:25) - Commercial application of Perceive and monitoring customers (19:25) - Analytics and company personalization (27:37) - Business model (31:52) - Events, restaurants, retail, and customer experience (34:36) - Perceive's clientele (39:49) - Future growth (41:45) Perceive was founded in 2015 and based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Learn more about Perceive: https://www.perceiveinc.com/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Take the listener survey: https://upside.fm/survey Check out the Midwest Startup Rankings: https://midweststartups.com/cities/ -- This episode is sponsored by Integrity Power Search, the #1 full stack high growth startup recruiting firm between the coasts. They partner with venture capitalists, private equity groups and CEOs to build amazing teams for the world’s most disrupting companies. Learn more about or get in touch with Integrity Power Search: https://upside.fm/integrity
Interview starts: 6:23 Debrief beings: 48:05 Alex Rubalcava is a General Partner and Co-Founder of Stage Venture Partners, an L.A.-based VC firm that invests in upcoming software technologies. Alex began his investing career with Anthem Venture Partners in Los Angeles before switching to public market investing. He founded Stage Venture Partners in 2015 with his co-founder, and the company has since worked with startups including Balto, Sightline, and Iris.TV. Well-versed in venture capital and investing, Alex shares with us some valuable insights into the investing world, including his experiences in both private and public environments and what he looks for in companies when wanting to invest. We discuss: - Public vs. private market experiences (8:58) - Effects of proliferation of VCs in the LA area (15:15) - Specialized investments vs. broader focus (16:25) - What is enterprise software (23:18) - Helping and adding value to spread companies (29:50) - Why you, why now, why us (31:43) - Evaluating different venture opportunities (38:30) - Working with Balto (previous Upside guest) (42:57) - Upside's Listener Survey 2019 (46:54) Learn more about Stage Venture Partners: http://www.stagevp.com/ Follow Alex on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlexRubalcava/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Take the listener survey: https://upside.fm/survey -- This episode is sponsored by Integrity Power Search, the #1 full stack high growth startup recruiting firm between the coasts. They partner with venture capitalists, private equity groups and CEOs to build amazing teams for the world’s most disrupting companies. Learn more about or get in touch with Integrity Power Search: https://upside.fm/integrity
Interview begins: 6:13 Debrief begins: 52:10 Max Farrell and Andrew Kirpalani are the co-founders of WorkHound. WorkHound is a platform that allows frontline workers to provide feedback to the companies for whom they work. Max and Andrew began WorkHound in the hopes of eliminating a barrier that exists between the workers and the companies, with the ultimate goal of increasing worker retention rates and thus the success of the companies. Originally designed for truck drivers, WorkHound has since expanded to other professions such as technicians, mechanics, construction workers, and visiting healthcare providers. We discuss: - Founders' story and WorkHound's inception (10:50) - WorkHound today and it's evolution (16:38) - Use of WorkHound by companies (18:08) - Company model (26:25) - WorkHound's successful for a business (30:50) - Usability of the WorkHound platform (33:50) - Potential opportunity (38:34) - Dual-location in Des Moines and Chattanooga (44:00) - Autonomous trucks and the future of WorkHound (47:30) WorkHound was founded in 2015 and based in both Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Des Moines, Iowa. Learn more about WorkHound: https://workhound.com/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Take the listener survey: https://upside.fm/survey
Interview begins: 7:10 Debrief begins: 44:55 Kate Shillo Beardsley is the Managing Partner of Upslope Ventures. Formerly known as Galvanize Ventures, Upslope Ventures is committed to investing in early stage startups. Located in Denver, they look for startups throughout the country and currently have a hand in ten U.S. markets. Having unknowingly entered venture capital in the late 2010s, Kate Shillo Beardsley has been instrumental in some major investments done in the late 2000s and early 2010s. She discusses her passion for early stage investing and how the landscape has changed since she started. We discuss: - Ad: Improved methods to sourcing talent and finding new possible colleagues (5:50) - Taking on venture capital roles as an Executive Assistant (10:00) - Benefits of an English degree in venture capital (13:55) - What does being qualified to work in VC mean? (15:35) - First major investments (18:00) - The split between Galvanize and Upslope (21:20) - Types of companies and markets Upslope look at (26:05) - Why and how early stage? (32:30) - Changes in VC over past ten years (38:05) - Women in VC today (41:20) Upslope Ventures was founded in 2014 (as Galvanize Ventures) and based in Denver, Colorado. Learn more about Upslope Ventures: https://www.upslope.vc/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Take the listener survey: https://upside.fm/survey -- This episode is sponsored by Integrity Power Search, the #1 full stack high growth startup recruiting firm between the coasts. They partner with venture capitalists, private equity groups and CEOs to build amazing teams for the world’s most disrupting companies. Learn more about or get in touch with Integrity Power Search: https://upside.fm/integrity
Interview begins: 7:35 Debrief begins: 48:15 Paige Williams is the founder and CEO of Audience Awards. Audience Awards is an online platform that organizes contests and film festivals in hopes of providing more opportunity and exposure to independent filmmakers. Operating in Montana, Audience Awards opens submissions to anyone who has a story to share while offering prizes such as camera equipment and mentorship with industry regulars. Audience Awards now hosts 65,000 filmmakers and covers an audience of 200,000 viewers. Paige, an experienced filmmaker herself, shares her thoughts in hoping to grow those numbers and offers insight into how their company has shown success. We discuss: - First inspirations for making film (9:00) - Original film experiences (11:45) - Impetus for Audience Awards (16:00) - Audience Awards today (18:30) - Film festivals and contests on Audience Awards (23:02) - Growth of Audience Awards (30:10) - OTT: Over The Top platforms (31:03) - Growth and scaling (33:23) - Future opportunities at Audience Awards (35:49) - Running and funding a tech company vs a film (37:41) - Growth as a question of money vs. opportunities offered (41:02) - Operating in Montana (45:20) Audience awards was founded in 2013 and based in Missoula, Montana. Learn more about Audience Awards: https://theaudienceawards.com/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Learn more about our film: https://upside.fm/test-city-usa Take the listener survey: https://upside.fm/survey
Interview begins: 5:20 Debrief begins: 43:15 Joni Cobb is the founding President and CEO of Pipeline Entrepreneurs. Pipeline is a network of high-performing entrepreneurs who call the Midwest home. Their entrepreneurs and experts give generously of their time, talent and capital so that they can build global businesses from wherever they choose. Pipeline takes zero equity in their Member companies, focusing on the entrepreneur first. Companies led by Pipeline entrepreneurs have generated over $1.39B in revenues, raised over $608M in outside capital, are conducting business in over 85 countries and have created over 2700 jobs. As CEO, Joni has led the development of every aspect of the organization, including the curriculum build-out, pivoting the business model, building a national advisory board, launching an angel investor group, securing multi-state partners and raising over $12M in outside funding. We discuss: - Beginning with law and public policy at the Capitol (5:30) - Transitioning to entrepreneurship (15:55) - What is Pipeline Entrepreneurs (21:57) - Pipeline's process for picking their next entrepreneurs (24:10) - Do other Pipeline-like organizations exist? (28:30) - Initial incentives for the first Pipeline classes (30:58) - Changes in entrepreneurship in the last 13 years (33:10) - Joni Cobb's next moves (39:05) - Plug: Upside 2019 Listener Survey (42:00) Pipeline Entrepreneurs was founded 2006 and based in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more about Pipeline Entrepreneurs: https://www.pipelineentrepreneurs.com/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm Take the listener survey: https://upside.fm/survey -- This episode is sponsored by Integrity Power Search, the #1 full stack high growth startup recruiting firm between the coasts. They partner with venture capitalists, private equity groups and CEOs to build amazing teams for the world’s most disrupting companies. Learn more about or get in touch with Integrity Power Search: https://upside.fm/integrity
A short episode this week discussing our latest issue of the update. The update is a quarterly publication that usually features editorials, trends, and stories happening outside of Silicon Valley. We had big plans for this issue of the update, namely sharing our documentary, "Test City, USA" with you. But, complications arose and timelines changed, so the update issue three is a "skinny" version of itself. Tune into the episode to hear more and read the update issue three for a full behind-the-scenes look at how we produced a documentary in less than four months and where we plan to go from here. Synopsis: There is undeniable energy and momentum in the growing startup ecosystem of Columbus, Ohio. ‘Test City, USA’ explores this moment in time for the city, how the ecosystem evolved, and the challenges of what comes next. WINNER: 2019 Best Ohio Feature by the Film Festival of Columbus Directed by: Kyle Skinner Produced by: Jay Clouse A film by The Up Company Read the update issue three: https://upside.fm/update/issue-three/ Learn more about Test City, USA: https://upside.fm/film Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm
Interview begins: 6:05 Debrief begins: 45:15 Michael Markesbery is the co-founder and CEO of OROS apparel, an outdoor and sportswear company that has revolutionized the technology in outdoor clothing. Founded in Cincinnati and now based in Portland, Oregon, OROS makes outdoor apparel using their own NASA-inspired aerogel technology called SolarCore. An online, direct-to-consumer brand, OROS offers several products with the aim of making outwear less bulky and, perhaps one day, eliminating the need for outwear at all. Michael recounts his inspiration for the product and for the company, and how he and his partner started building the brand as pre-med students and continue to watch it grow. We discuss: - Inspiration for a less bulky yet warmer product (6:15) - The potential of aerogel and it's use in SolarCore (8:00) - The start of OROS and it's values (11:15) - Acquiring aerogel (15:54) - Kickstarter success (17:50) - Flourishing of the business (22:39) - How warm is SolarCore? (25:33) - Target consumers (30:25) - OROS's goals for today and market potential (32:05) - OROS's products and finances (33:45) - Move to Portland (42:04) - Marketability of eliminating outwear (43:29) OROS was founded in 2014 and based in Portland, Oregon. Learn more about OROS: https://www.orosapparel.com/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm
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