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UP029: CareAlert // helping seniors live independently with in-home sensor technology (live from CES 2019)
Jan 16 • 86 min
Anand Krishnan is the co-founder and head of platform engineering for CareAlert. Anand is an entrepreneur and technologist with over 20 years of experience building and leading high-performing technology teams in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has…
UP00M: the rise of platform in venture capital // a Coffee Chat with Stephanie Manning (Lerer Hippeau)
Jan 14 • 63 min
Stephanie Manning is the Director of Platform for Lerer Hippeau. Lerer Hipeau is an early-stage venture capital fund based in New York City. As founders and operators themselves, Lerer Hippeau see returns in relationships. They seek entrepreneurs with…
UP028: Summersalt // a direct-to-consumer travelwear brand for women (feat. Karen Howland of CircleUp)
Jan 9 • 94 min
Lori Coulter is the Founder, CEO and President of Summersalt. Prior to Summersalt, Lori owned and operated Lori Coulter Swimwear for 11 years. Summersalt is a direct-to-consumer, travelwear brand. Their flagship product is designer swimwear without the…
UP027: ShearShare // an on-demand marketplace for stylists who need work space
Jan 2 • 100 min
Dr. Tye Caldwell is the Co-founder and CEO of ShearShare. Tye holds a Doctorate of Professional Barbering and is a #1 best-selling author on how to achieve long-term success in the beauty and style industry. He is a recognized beauty expert with more than…
UP00L: eight crazy months of upside
Dec 26, 2018 • 27 min
Happy holidays from the upside team! We’re keeping it short and sweet this week so we don’t take you away from what really matters. So we don’t have an interview this week, we just have a conversation between the two of us recapping 2018. We’ve learned a…
UP026: Bark // predictive software for keeping children safe online
Dec 19, 2018 • 89 min
Titania Jordan is the CMO and Chief Parent Officer of She is also host of CONNECT with Titania Jordan, and former host of NBC Atlanta affiliate WXIA’s weekly television show Atlanta Tech Edge. // Bark is an internet safety solution that helps…
UP00K: tackling the Series A/B capital gap in Ohio // a coffee chat with Bill Baumel and Jill Raderstorf (Ohio Innovation Fund)
Dec 12, 2018 • 52 min
A conversation with Bill Baumel and Jill Raderstorf of the Ohio Innovation Fund live from The Starting Line by the Ohio State University College of Nursing. The Ohio Innovation Fund is driving growth in the Ohio entrepreneurial ecosystem. They are…
UP00J: getting into venture and startup ecosystems // a coffee chat with Monique Villa (ModernCapital)
Dec 5, 2018 • 66 min
Monique Villa is the founder of Modern Capital in Nashville, Tennessee. ModernCapital is a collective of creative thinkers from the private, public, and civic sectors shaping the modern economy. Based in Nashville, ModernCapital believes the best talent…
UP025: Vlipsy // a search engine for short form videos as an alternative to gifs
Nov 28, 2018 • 108 min
Chris Nickless is the founder and CEO of Vlipsy. Chris has introduced brands to the concept of emojis and stickers, and worked with 30+ messaging companies to launch expressive new products during the chat boom. He invented an Ad:Tech patent for sponsored…
UP00I: happy Thanksgiving from upside
Nov 21, 2018 • 11 min
Happy Thanksgiving! Jay and Eric spend some time talking about what we are thankful for this year, and share a preview of what is to come in 2019. Sign up to receive the update: Follow upside on Twitter:…
UP024: Intrinio // powering fintech innovation with access to financial data
Nov 14, 2018 • 93 min
Rachel Carpenter is the co-founder and CEO of Intrinio. Intrinio is a financial data platform with a marketplace for financial data APIs and analytics applications built with those data feeds. Their mission is to democratize affordable, easy to access…
UP023: Super Dispatch // an automated back office for the car hauling industry
Nov 7, 2018 • 91 min
Bek Abdullayev is the founder and CEO of Super Dispatch. Super Dispatch is a platform that enables automotive logistics companies to eliminate paperwork, manage loads, drivers, and billing all in one place. Super Dispatch was founded in 2013. An alum of…
UP00H: Tampa’s Emerging Entrepreneurial Hub // a coffee chat with Allie Felix (Embarc Collective)
Oct 31, 2018 • 44 min
Allie Felix is the Director of Programming & Partnerships at Embarc Collective. Embarc Collective is a physical innovation hub in Tampa Bay, Florida. They are a startup collective - curators of experiences, resources, and environment. // Allie’s…
UP00G: Opportunity Funds // a coffee chat with Peter Brack (Hypothesis Ventures)
Oct 24, 2018 • 68 min
Peter Brack is a Founding Partner of Hypothesis Ventures. Prior to Hypothesis, Peter has been a Venture Partner at Mucker Capital and an initial investor and advisor at KohFounders. Hypothesis partners with mission driven entrepreneurs in domestic…
UP022: Concur // mission-driven skincare for a healthy microbiome (feat. Ross Baird of Village Capital)
Oct 17, 2018 • 72 min
Lindsey Moeller is the founder of Concur, formerly known as Balm Skincare. Lindsey is also the founded of Botavi Labs and holds a degree in biology and molecular genetics from the Ohio State University. Concur creates holistic skincare products that agree…
UP021: GenoPalate // personalized nutrition recommendations from your DNA
Oct 10, 2018 • 89 min
Sherry Zhang is the founder and CEO of GenoPalate. She has a PhD in molecular biology from Marquette University and has used DNA technologies to understand obesity and metabolic disorders. GenoPalate analyzes individual’s genetic data, demographic and…
UP020: Three Firefighters // airflow control and personnel accountability for burning buildings
Oct 3, 2018 • 73 min
Michael Maher is the Founder and CEO at Three Firefighters. He has 17 years of public service experience as a career firefighter and paramedic. Three Firefighters develops tools and equipment that helps make firefighting safer and more effective by…
UP019: Wicked Sheets // bed sheets for the fight against night sweats
Sep 26, 2018 • 77 min
Alli Truttman is the President and CEO of Wicked Sheets. Wicked Sheets provides moisture-wicking and cooling sleep products for people suffering from night sweats and hot flashes. Founded in 2008, Wicked Sheets has appeared on QVC and is based in…
UP00F: Kansas City rising // a Coffee Chat with John Fein (Firebrand Ventures)
Sep 19, 2018 • 37 min
John Fein is the founder and Managing Partner at Firebrand Ventures, a venture fund that invests in the greater Midwest. Prior to founding Firebrand John served as Managing Director for Techstars where he ran three accelerator programs in Kansas City.…
UP00E: Silicon Valley to Nashville // a coffee chat with Andrew Goldner (GrowthX)
Sep 12, 2018 • 55 min
Andrew Goldner is a Founding Partner of GrowthX. He has been in the technology sector since 1998, based in New York City, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Palo Alto. GrowthX helps companies and countries commercialize innovation through capital, talent and…
UP018: Cuddle Clones // creating plush replicas of your pet
Sep 5, 2018 • 86 min
Jennifer Williams is the co-founder and Chief Cloning Officer of Cuddle Clones. Cuddle Clones creates custom stuffed animals of your special pet as well as a variety of other unique pet gifts. The company is based in Louisville, KY. learn more about…
UP017: Set Scouter // simplifying residential film location scouting
Aug 29, 2018 • 86 min
Alex Kolodkin is the founder and CEO of Set Scouter, which simplifies film production, starting with location scouting. Set Scouter is a 500 Startups alum based in Toronto, ON. learn more about Set Scouter: follow upside on Twitter:…
UP00D: four myths for investment outside of silicon valley
Aug 22, 2018 • 31 min
this week, we have a 1-on-1 episode talking about four of the common myths we hear as it comes to starting companies and finding investment outside of silicon valley. follow upside on Twitter:
UP016: mobius // finding wonder in waste
Aug 15, 2018 • 90 min
Tony Bova is the co-founder and CEO of mobius, which converts organic waste into biodegradable plastics. mobius is based in Knoxville, TN. learn more about mobius: follow upside on Twitter:
UP015: Mixtroz // putting connection back into “networking”
Aug 8, 2018 • 99 min
Ashlee Ammons is the cofounder and COO of Mixtroz, a mobile app that makes meeting at live events easier, more effective, and efficient. Mixtroz is the 2018 Rise of the Rest Birmingham champion and based in Birmingham, AL. learn more about Mixtroz:…
UP00C: listener feedback episode
Aug 1, 2018 • 37 min
you’ve given us a ton of feedback over the last three months. on this episode, we discuss live on air the themes we’ve identified in listener feedback and how we plan to address that feedback moving forward. follow upside on Twitter:…
UP014: 10XTS // building an enterprise blockchain ecosystem (feat. Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano)
Jul 25, 2018 • 101 min
Michael Hiles is the founder and CEO of 10XTS, which builds transparent, decentralized, secure solutions for industry and governments using public and private blockchains, and more. 10XTS is creating XDEX, a cloud-based blockchain platform that enables…
UP013: Local Crate // localized supply chain to decentralize meal delivery
Jul 18, 2018 • 90 min
Frank Jackman is the co-founder and CEO of Local Crate, a locally-sourced meal-delivery service. Local Crate is an alum of the Techstars retail accelerator and based in St. Paul, MN. learn more about Local Crate: follow upside on…
UP012: FreshFry // frying oil purification through the magic of chemistry
Jul 11, 2018 • 97 min
Jeremiah Chapman is the founder and CEO of FreshFry, a safe and easier way to replenish and extend your frying oil life. The Pod works overnight by capturing and removing the impurities that make your oil look dark, smoke and taste bitter. FreshFry is…
UP00B: happy July 4th
Jul 4, 2018 • 3 min
no interview or full length episode this week due to the July 4th holiday. but, we did want to share a couple of quick notes and updates for you! follow upside on Twitter:
UP011: ParqEx // real estate technology solving a parking problem
Jun 27, 2018 • 86 min
Vivek Mehra is the founder and CEO of ParqEx, a platform that helps to “unlock” the value of privately owned parking spots, which are often underutilized and/or difficult to manage. The ParqEx marketplace helps owners to efficiently rent their parking to…
UP010: Upsie // a cheaper way to protect your stuff
Jun 20, 2018 • 90 min
Clarence Bethea is the founder and CEO of Upsie, mobile app platform that provides an easier & better way to protect your stuff. Upsie is an alum of the Techstars Retail accelerator and is based in Minneapolis, MN. learn more about Upsie:…
UP009: BYBE // the first legal way to discount alcohol purchases
Jun 13, 2018 • 83 min
Kevin Mack is the Chief Experience Officer of BYBE, which is the first and only legal way to discount alcohol. BYBE is an alum of the Techstars Retail accelerator in Minneapolis, MN and is based in Columbus, Ohio. learn more about BYBE:…
UP008: Loop Returns // creating the perfect ecommerce customer returns experience (live from Columbus Podcast Festival)
Jun 6, 2018 • 77 min
Corbett Morgan is the CEO of Loop Returns, which provides returns automation and in-line exchanges for ecommerce brands. Loop Returns is based in Columbus, Ohio. This episode was recorded live at the Columbus Podcast Festival on May 13, 2018. learn more…
UP007: Kaleidoscope Group PBC // unlocking new private scholarships and creating the “uncommon app” to apply for them
May 30, 2018 • 89 min
greg dehn is the founder of Kaleidoscope Group, which designs, administers and hosts private scholarships based in minneapolis, minnesota. learn more about Kaleidoscope Group: follow upside on Twitter:…
UP006: Swannies // creating an apparel brand for the modern golfer (feat. Web Smith of 2PM)
May 23, 2018 • 100 min
adam iverson is the co-founder of Swannies, a lifestyle golf apparel and footwear brand. ecommerce guru web smith joins us to talk about retail, ecommerce, and building a brand. learn more about swannies: follow upside on Twitter:…
UP005: F13 Works // extending the aisle in ecommerce
May 16, 2018 • 92 min
chris sentz is the founder of F13 Works, which bridges the gap between manufacturers and e-commerce websites. learn more about F13 Works: follow upside on Twitter:
UP004: ScriptDrop // improving prescription medication adherence
May 9, 2018 • 98 min
nick potts is the co-founder and CEO of ScriptDrop, which provides prescription delivery and reminders. learn more about ScriptDrop: follow upside on Twitter:
UP003: LawnGuru // on demand outdoor services
May 2, 2018 • 91 min
skye durrant is the co-founder of LawnGuru, which provides on-demand outdoor services. learn more about LawnGuru: follow upside on Twitter:
UP002: Rapchat // empowering a hip hop community
May 2, 2018 • 91 min
seth miller is the co-founder of Rapchat, the best way for today’s rap enthusiasts to create, collaborate, and connect with tomorrow’s stars. learn more about Rapchat: follow upside on Twitter:
UP001: tilr // skills-based job hiring
May 2, 2018 • 94 min
we interview summer crenshaw, co-founder of tilr: a first-to-market, on-demand recruitment technology. learn more about tilr: follow upside on Twitter:
UP00A: upside // a podcast about startups outside of silicon valley
May 2, 2018 • 3 min
welcome to upside, a podcast about startups outside of silicon valley. follow upside on Twitter: