PROCO360 - "Pro-Business Colorado" podcast

PROCO360 - "Pro-Business Colorado" podcast

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Interviews with world-class Colorado entrepreneurs
Colorado author of Brave New Work on HOW to do better
Mar 21 • 39 min
“The main roadblocks are about ego and identity. You have leaders who are asking… What makes me important? What makes me special? How do I contribute to the meaning and the purpose?” Aaron Dignan, Author, Brave New Work and Founder of The Ready I’ve been…
Ping Identity: Run toward fear, to the point of no return
Mar 6 • 41 min
“I don’t have to know all the details of how we’re gonna survive to know that it is directionally correct, and I’ll boldly step beyond the point of no return and let the details sort themselves.” Andre Durand, CEO, Ping Identity I was looking forward to…
Proximity – no need to sell when you have what they want
Feb 21 • 37 min
“We don’t actually have a sales team, we have a relationship team… those who decide to use us, they will ask us to be customers.” Josh Freed, CEO and co-Owner, Proximity When I got a call from Leah Carlson at Proximity suggesting that I might want to…
From Dishwasher to the Sage of Hospitality
Feb 7 • 38 min
“I love to go to businesses that aren’t ours… that are new… I want to walk through new hotels, new restaurants… that’s exciting for me.” -Walter Isenberg, CEO of Sage Hospitality Sage owns and operates over 50 hotels, plus many notable restaurants. Walter…
Boa Technology Dials-in Performance Fit with World’s Best Brands
Jan 24 • 37 min
“It’s not a better mousetrap – it’s a different mousetrap.” Shawn Neville, CEO, Boa Technology Interviewing Shawn Neville in front of a live audience of PROCO360 listeners was fantastic! We explored Boa’s rapid growth and the company’s strategy for…
Two companies: Saving Lives Through Invention, Saving the Planet with Great Coffee
Jan 10 • 48 min
I’m kicking-off 2019 by interviewing two Colorado entrepreneurs who are not YET on the cover of Colorado business publications, and whom I predict will by by the end of the year! Dr. Arthur Kanowitz, Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Medical Officer of…
Best of 2018 – Highlights of award-winning podcast episodes
Dec 20, 2018 • 35 min
Let’s celebrate a great year with excerpts from 17 interviews in one podcast! “How do you get all those great guests?” That’s a question I recently was flattered to be asked. I am fortunate that Colorado has amazing and generous entrepreneurs. I think…
5 Most Thought Provoking Blogs Read to You
Dec 6, 2018 • 9 min
I decided depart from the pattern of 30 minute interviews and instead share 5 blog posts that I really enjoyed writing, thinking about, then re-writing. And for those too busy to find and read them on the website, I’ve read and recorded them – please let…
Noodles & Company’s remarkable return from al dente
Nov 21, 2018 • 35 min
“Colorado is just a fabulous environment for entrepreneurs in general, and for the restaurant space in particular.” Dave Boennighausen, CEO, Noodles & Company I had no idea of how much fun I’d have interviewing Dave Boennighausen, CEO of Noodles &…
Women’s Bean Project sells products that change lives.
Nov 8, 2018 • 33 min
“Despite what I originally thought, the Bean Project is not a particularly good business model. There is constant tension between the business and the mission.” Tamra Ryan, CEO, Women’s Bean Project – quote from her book, The Third Law I’m a huge admirer…
Elements Massage CEO Talks Positioning
Oct 25, 2018 • 33 min
Elements Massage CEO explains a business that I’ve always been curious about – I think you’ll find it fascinating too. “We spend most of our time end energy focused on us – I don’t spend much time worried about what the competition is doing.” Jeremy…
Grower’s Organic Customers, CEO Thrive Together
Oct 10, 2018 • 35 min
Grower’s Organic Customers Refuse to Let the Business Fail – Supporting the CEO, they bring the business back from bankruptcy. “Five farms from all over the country reached out and said we cannot let you fail.” Brian Freeman, CEO and Founder, Grower’s…
Punch Bowl Social CEO Takes a Punch!
Sep 27, 2018 • 36 min
“I will not create a business enterprise and a professional legacy for myself at the cost of the legacy I build inside the walls of my house.” Robert Thompson, CEO, Punch Bowl Social Punch Bowl Social is a restaurant concept phenomenon. Robert Thompson,…
Candid Conversation with Colorado Frac CEO
Sep 12, 2018 • 25 min
Liberty Oilfield Services CEO on industry PR, disclosure, culture and affinity for the outdoors. “To build a great business you’ve got to be in a dynamic community where young people want to move and start their lives… Denver checks those boxes.” Chris…
Global War for Talent Being Won from Colorado
Aug 29, 2018 • 39 min
Graebel Companies CEO Helps Clients Win Global War for Talent from Colorado. “There are people on this planet who are wired as extraordinary caregivers… we have to identify them, and we can train them to do the very specific things customers expect of…
Ball CEO All About People, Values
Aug 16, 2018 • 31 min
“If you don’t have the right people, you don’t get it right… The human spirit wants something bigger than itself.” John Hayes, Chairman, President & CEO, Ball Corporation Ball Corporation is a tremendous role model for our state – extremely successful,…
Inscripta – GIVING AWAY tools for worldwide genetic editing is its business model! ProCO360
Aug 2, 2018 • 29 min
“The challenge before us is to build an essential tool for biologists… where they can ask questions they wanted to but never could before.” Kevin Ness, CEO, Inscripta Did you ever want to download a DNA sequence just to see what it looks like? Inscripta…
Xero Shoes – giving a tribe of customers “superpower” through their feet ProCO360
Jul 18, 2018 • 35 min
The biggest problem we have is that the day we launch a new product we get emails saying, “that’s great, now I want this!” Steven Sashen, CEO, Xero Shoes You’ll enjoy this high energy interview with the very successful wife and husband team who started…
Growing Awesome COLORADO Brands - Denver Flea ProCO360
Jul 2, 2018 • 31 min
People are looking for brands that reinforce who they think they are… or want to become. Blake Adams, Founder, Denver Flea Denver Flea is a platform on which Colorado brands are built. You know Icelantic Skis and Voormi clothing as great brands growing up…
Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It - FBI techniques in business! ProCO360
Jun 21, 2018 • 31 min
“Some people are horrified by new information during negotiations… they’re cutting themselves off from better deals.” Chris Voss, former Lead FBI Hostage Negotiator, CEO of Black Swan Group You’re hiding stuff, and if you think they’re not, you’re kidding…
PopSockets - a Colorado Story of Innovation and Scrappy Execution! ProCO360
Jun 7, 2018 • 42 min
Even a PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR can be an entrepreneur, with enough determination and effort! My biggest mistake was doing it myself… I lost a year in the process… a PAINFUL year. - David Barnett, Founder and CEO What a Cinderella entrepreneurial story David…
Opioids and Business - Serving Customers Before Profits ProCO360
May 24, 2018 • 30 min
If the BUSINESS does well, we can treat more clients. Cortland Mathers-Suter, Founder and COOI took a different approach to this interview which really is as much about a societal problem as it is about business. I entered this interview just plain…
Fresca Foods - the Epicenter of the Natural Foods World! ProCO360
May 10, 2018 • 35 min
“…Religious studies and philosophy is a battle between logic and faith – and isn’t that what any good entrepreneur needs?” Todd Dutkin, CEO A great conversation with Todd Dutkin, CEO of Fresca Foods, a Boulder company that has transformed from a small…
ProCO360 - GoSpotCheck CEO Matt Talbot
Apr 26, 2018 • 36 min
“…founders have to sit down across the table, look them in the eye and say hell or high water, I’m gonna make this work!” Matt Talbot, CEO Some amazing insights from Matt in this DON’T MISS interview with one of Colorado’s most successful entrepreneurs:…
ProCO360 - Jake Jabs: Legendary Lessons from the Furniture Business
Apr 11, 2018 • 40 min
“The secret to advertising is that you have to be 100% truthful.” Jake Jabs, American Furniture Warehouse Jake is an entrepreneurial legend in Colorado. Jake’s story is of a self-made entrepreneur. Starting with a heifer cow given to him by his father,…
ProCO360 - Eldorado Climbing Walls - Sales Guy to Owner
Mar 28, 2018 • 33 min
“It used to be just a bunch of dirtbag climbing bums starting companies and trying to make a living.” Kevin Volz, Eldorado Climbing Walls This episode demonstrates how an ambitious sales guy can become the owner of a business he’s passionate about by…
ProCO360 – Havenly Designs Its Own Space – Live | Work | Love Colorado
Mar 16, 2018 • 30 min
Havenly Designs Its Own Space in Online Interior Design “There’s such an alignment between doing the right thing for your customer and growing the business, and that feels really good to me.” Lee Mayer, Havenly There was no shortage of energy in the…
ProCO360 – Maria Empanada Explodes to Success - Live | Work | Love Colorado
Mar 1, 2018 • 30 min
“When I started the business I was washer, cook, manager… then… NO! I need to grow with the business.” Lorena Cantarovici, Maria Empanada Lorena Cantarovici, like most food entrepreneurs, started baking her now famous empanadas at home. But Lorena isn’t…
ProCO360 – Jackson’s Honest – Home Kitchen to “Shark Tank,” Live | Work | Love Colorado
Jan 30, 2018 • 34 min
“The tension in that room was palpable…” Megan Reamer, describing their experience on “Shark Tank.” Megan and Scott Reamer developed their initial potato chip at home, trying to create a product that could be enjoyed by their son Jackson, who struggled…
Bobo’s Oat Bars: from “I needed a Job” to 1 million units per month
Jan 18, 2018 • 23 min
“I kind of had to reinvent myself. I was newly single with two teenaged daughters. I needed to get a job…” “Salespeople are a great resource – they’ll tell you what you need…” Beryl Stafford, Founder, Bobo’s Oat Bars A humble leader can be challenging for…
PIN Business Network - Data Drives Remarkable Sales
Jan 4, 2018 • 31 min
“If our partner doesn’t eat, we don’t eat… we see success through the client’s eyes.” “I run from people who haven’t failed.” Joe Oltmann, CEO, PIN Business Network Collecting and using data for business intelligence that yields sales – today’s “holy…
Inside AEG Presents’ Live Music Business, Part 2 of 2
Dec 6, 2017 • 24 min
“Big Head Todd & The Monsters is a perfect example of how a band can make it… get a fan base and become a great, live band.” Part 2 of my interview with Chuck Morris… Curious about how the live music business works? Like to know about the early days of…
Inside AEG Presents’ Live Music Business, Part 1 of 2
Nov 20, 2017 • 25 min
Curious about how the live music business works? Like to know about the early days of acts like The Eagles and Jimmy Buffett in Colorado? You’ll love my interview with Chuck Morris, President & CEO of AEG Presents Rocky Mountains. As always, I dig into…
Techtonic - a Better Version of “The Apprentice!”
Nov 7, 2017 • 24 min
“20 years ago my life revolved around billable hours… now it’s around changing the course of people’s lives. Heather Terenzio used her generous spirit to solve her biggest problem: getting enough skilled technical talent. Techtonic Group created internal…
SmashBurger - Smashing Success Comes from “Wise-Guy Skill Set”
Oct 19, 2017 • 35 min
“My mantra is being perpetually 32… as our product ages this keeps us relevant.” I enjoyed my interview with Tom Ryan, CEO of SmashBurger. He’s done the franchise thing before, and each time he builds in more of what he learned from before. In the…
StickerGiant – Stuck on Open Book Management
Oct 4, 2017 • 34 min
“One of the bigger challenges for founder entrepreneurs is letting go of the levers, handing the levers over…” Speaking with John Fischer, CEO of StickerGiant was a contrast with many other interviews I’ve had with successful entrepreneurs who are,…
Andrew Hudson’s Job List Slays the Monster
Sep 23, 2017 • 33 min
“The biggest mistake I made was that I let FEAR dictate my decision about when to turn this into a business.” I enjoyed speaking with Andrew Hudson, of Andrew Hudson’s Job List. A humble guy who just wanted to help job seekers, Andrew turned his part-time…
Aleph Objects - 3D Printing Its Own Future - and YOU Can Help!
Sep 23, 2017 • 33 min
I was looking forward to better understanding the impact of 3D printing on manufacturing. But in speaking with Aleph Object’s President, Harris Kenney, I learned a couple of things I wasn’t expecting. First, more than I realized, 3D printing is spurring…
Revolar - If I wasn’t so obsessed I couldn’t work this hard!
Jul 28, 2017 • 31 min
“If I wasn’t so OBSESSED I couldn’t work this hard!” I loved visiting with Jackie Ros, co-founder of Revolar. Her candor and energy are refreshing. It may seem to those on the outside that the company was an overnight success. And relative to others, it…
PROCO360 | Brandfolder – Startup that helps BIG name Clients from the Start
Jul 14, 2017 • 37 min
Brandfolder is Colorado startup solving the business problems of digital asset management and whose customers ALREADY include UnderArmour, Slack, L’Oreal, Waze, OpenTable, Oskar Blues and a bunch more. This was an important conversation for any startup,…