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CC053: Andrew D’Souza of Clearbanc // revenue-based financing and the 20-minute term sheet
May 27 • 49 min
Interview Begins: 7:11 Debrief Begins: 42:31 In this episode, we’ll be talking with Andrew D’Souza, the co-founder and CEO of Clearbanc. Along with his partners, he has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital. At the same time, they help…
CC052: Nick Cooney of Lever VC // investing in alternative protein startups
May 20 • 46 min
Interview begins: 5:50 Debrief begins: 39:35 Nick Cooney is the Founder and Managing Director of Lever VC. Lever VC is a new fund focused in alternative animal products, including alternative proteins, meats, and plant-based dairy products. Their…
CC051: Grady Buchanan of OmniValley // connecting startup investors between the coasts
May 13 • 51 min
Interview begins: 6:11 Debrief begins: 43:23 Grady Buchanan is the founder and CEO of OmniValley. OmniValley is an exclusive online investor network focused on helping you create connections anywhere in the world. They work to showcase and foster…
UP072: Muxy // powering viewer engagement for live streaming
May 6 • 68 min
Interview begins: 6:29 Debrief begins: 51:16 Jared Steffes is the co-founder and COO of Muxy. Founded in 2014 and based in Austin, Texas, Muxy is an online service that develops interactive features for gaming and streaming platforms. Though optimized for…
UP071: BackpackEMR // electronic medical records for mobile clinics in remote locations
Apr 29 • 65 min
Interview begins: 7:50 Debrief begins: 51:01 Lori Most is the founder and CEO of BackpackEMR. Based in Bloomington, Minnesota, BackpackEMR is a medical EMR software designed for mobile clinics in rural, low-income markets. BackpackEMR is the sustainable,…
JE017: “Test City, USA” official release
Apr 27 • 11 min
We’ve been waiting for today for a long, long time. Last summer, we filmed and produced a full-length documentary about the startup ecosystem in Columbus, Ohio. The film is called Test City, USA and is now available for you to watch online. The film…
UP070: Xena Workwear // stylish steel-toe shoes designed for women
Apr 22 • 60 min
Interview begins: 7:50 Debrief begins: 43:06 Anastasia Kraft is the founder and CEO of Xena Workwear. Xena Workwear is a footwear and soon-to-be apparel company dedicated to designing stylish and safe apparel for women in STEM. Based in Milwuakee, Xena…
CC050: Matt Hunckler of Powderkeg // connecting talent to startups in the Midwest
Apr 15 • 52 min
Interview begins: 6:10 Debrief begins: 45:00 Matt Hunckler is the founder and CEO of Powderkeg. Powderkeg is a platform connecting tech talent in the middle of the country to the Midwest companies they’re searching for. Founded in 2017 after emerging from…
CC049: Alex Lazarow // why the Silicon Valley playbook is outdated
Apr 8 • 56 min
Interview begins: 7:32 Debrief begins: 50:16 Alex Lazarow is the author or “Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs from Delhi to Detroit Are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley.” Alexandre (Alex) Lazarow has spent his career working at the intersection…
CC048: Mike Duda of Bullish // the strategic creative and capital partner behind brands like Casper, Birchbox, Peloton, and more
Apr 1 • 69 min
Interview starts: 6:20 Debrief starts: 1:02:12 Mike Duda is a Managing Partner at Bullish. Bullish is a marketing operating partner focused on the growth business and has helped develop companies like Birchbox, Peloton, Casper, and Harry’s. Through both…
UP069: Relish // relationship coaching in the comfort of your own home
Mar 25 • 63 min
Interview starts: 6:15 Debrief begins: 49:25 Lesley Eccles is the founder and CEO of Relish, an app developed to help guild couples create healthy relationship skills and conversations. Originally from Scotland, Lesley is also known as a cofounder of the…
CC047: Elias Torres of Drift // opening offices outside of silicon valley (live from Embarc Collective’s grand opening)
Mar 18 • 39 min
Interview begins: 5:29 Elias Torres is the co-founder and CTO of Drift. Jay recently had the chance to talk to with Elias Torres at Embarc Collective in Tampa Bay. Having worked in software all his life, Elias has been a part of impressive businesses,…
UP068: Fiveable // live-streaming test prep for AP classes
Mar 11 • 71 min
Interview begins: 7:02 Debrief begins: 51:37 Amanda DoAmaral is the founder and CEO of Fiveable. Fiveable is an online streaming and content platform helping high school students study and master their AP exams. Started just two years ago, Fiveable offers…
CC046: Lakshmi Sarah // Storytelling in Virtual and Augmented Reality (live from CES 2020)
Mar 4 • 39 min
Interview starts: 6:05 Debrief starts:m 33:22 Lakshmi Sarah is the co-founder of Tiny World Productions. An educator and journalist, Lakshmi covers the intersection between VR/AR and storytelling, and she recently co-wrote a book titled ‘Crafting Stories…
CC045: Elizabeth Galbut of SoGal Ventures // the first female-led millennial venture capital firm (from CES 2020)
Feb 26 • 49 min
Interview starts: 6:10 Debrief starts: 43:34 Elizabeth Galbut is the Founding and Managing Partner of SoGal Ventures. SoGal Ventures is the first female-led millennial venture firm, and they are leading the way in investing in diverse founding teams and…
CC044: Doug Clinton of Loup Ventures // exploring frontier technologies (from CES 2020)
Feb 24 • 38 min
Interview starts: 6:38 Debrief starts: 32:46 Doug Clinton is the managing partner of Loup Ventures. A Midwest-based venture firm, Loup Ventures was founded in 2017, and to date, they have made exciting investments focusing on frontier tech. Their latest…
CC043: James O’Connor of the Pittsburgh Knights // operating a professional esports team (from CES 2020)
Feb 19 • 48 min
Interview starts: 6:09 Debrief starts: 39:07 James O’Connor is the cofounder and president of the Pittsburgh Knights, a global esports team of 30+ players and streamers, headquartered in one of the most well-branded sports cities in the country. With his…
UP067: eFuse // connecting gamers to professional opportunities & esports scholarships
Feb 19 • 60 min
Interview starts: 7:22 Debrief starts: 45:18 Matthew Benson is the founder and CEO of eFuse, a new platform used to connect anyone in or interested in the gaming world to other opportunities, talent, and people in the Esports community. Sort of like a…
CC042: Jordan Davis of Smart Columbus // Looking into the future of smart cities (from CES 2020)
Feb 12 • 63 min
Interview starts: 6:24 Debrief starts: 58:09 Jordan Davis is the Director of Smart Columbus for the Columbus Partnership, leading strategy and public-private partnerships for the Central Ohio region’s $550 million smart cities initiative. She was…
CC041: Bryan Darr of Ookla // demystifying the 5G revolution (from CES 2020)
Feb 10 • 45 min
Interview starts: 7:25 Debrief starts: 38:48 Bryan Darr is the Executive Vice President of Smart Cities at Ookla, the company behind Speedtest.net. Bryan began his career in wireless communication back in 1985 selling car phones. Through his sales, he…
UP066: Locomation // commercializing autonomous trucking with convoy technology (from CES 2020)
Feb 5 • 57 min
Interview begins: 5:25 Debrief begins: 46:38 Tekin Meriçli is the cofounder and CTO of Locomation, a company focused on developing autonomous trucking. Founded in 2018, Locomation hopes to implement autonomous driving technology into freight trucks to…
CC040: Recapping CES 2020 with fellow Media Trailblazers Hayden Field (Entrepreneur) and Lindsay Bjerregaard (Aviation Week)
Feb 3 • 53 min
Interview begins: 4:02 This episode begins our coverage of CES 2020. Lindsay Bjerregaard is a Digital Editorial Producer with Aviation Week and Hayden Field is an Associate Editor at Entrepreneur. Lindsay and Hayden, along with us, were brought to CES…
CC039: Catharine Dockery of Vice Ventures // investing in good companies operating in “bad” industries
Jan 29 • 41 min
Interview starts: 5:40 Debrief starts: 32:25 Catharine Dockery is the founding partner of Vice Ventures, an NY-based early stage venture firm focusing on companies working in “vice” industries such as cannabis, alcohol, sex techs, psychedelics, harm…
UP065: Renewlogy // Turning plastic waste into fuel through chemical recycling
Jan 22 • 60 min
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…
CC038: Casey Allen // building the Twin Cities enterprise SaaS community
Jan 15 • 61 min
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…
UP064: Fitt // curating health and wellness recommendations for your city
Jan 8 • 64 min
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…
UP063: Visible // powering communication for founders and investors
Jan 1 • 63 min
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…
JE016: 12 episodes of Christmas
Dec 25, 2019 • 26 min
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…
CC037: Neal Bloom of Fresh Brewed Tech // uncovering the past and building the future of San Diego
Dec 18, 2019 • 56 min
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…
UP062: Mainvest // helping anyone invest in Main Street businesses
Dec 11, 2019 • 62 min
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…
CC036: Matt Cordio of Skills Pipeline // Getting a lay of the land in Startup Milwaukee
Dec 4, 2019 • 44 min
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…
JE015: Thanksgiving 2019 // strikes, turkeys, and three things we’re thankful for
Nov 27, 2019 • 10 min
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…
CC035: Kim Jefferson and Lydia Beechler of BLASTmedia // building a holistic PR strategy for startups
Nov 20, 2019 • 52 min
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…
UP061: The Bee Corp // using infrared to measure colony size to support beekeepers and growers
Nov 13, 2019 • 63 min
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…
CC034: Greg Robinson of 4490 Ventures // leading Series A/B rounds in underserved markets
Nov 6, 2019 • 51 min
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…
UP060: Perceive // using spatial recognition to measure consumer behavior in the real world
Oct 30, 2019 • 62 min
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…
CC033: Alex Rubalcava of Stage Venture Partners // investing in early-stage enterprise software
Oct 23, 2019 • 57 min
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…
UP059: WorkHound // workforce retention via direct feedback from the frontline
Oct 16, 2019 • 65 min
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…
CC032: Kate Shillo Beardsley of Upslope Ventures // scaling early stage investments across the country
Oct 9, 2019 • 52 min
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…
UP058: Audience Awards // creating opportunity for filmmakers through contests, festivals, and distribution
Oct 2, 2019 • 66 min
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…
CC031: building a network of generous entrepreneurs in the Midwest // a coffee chat with Joni Cobb (Pipeline Entrepreneurs)
Sep 30, 2019 • 53 min
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…
JE014: the update issue three // Test City, USA preview
Sep 25, 2019 • 8 min
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…
UP057: OROS Apparel // making outerwear obsolete with NASA-inspired technology
Sep 18, 2019 • 63 min
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,…
CC030: investing in socially responsible, high-growth companies // a coffee chat with Rose Maizner (RenewableTech Ventures)
Sep 16, 2019 • 50 min
Interview begins: 5:30 Debrief begins: 44:38 Rose Maizner is a partner at RenewableTech Ventures and a co-founder of Womenpreneurs. RenewableTech Ventures is a Salt Lake City based venture capital fund focused in cleantech. An impact investment fund,…
UP056: Kush.com // a budding B2B marketplace for legal hemp and cannabis transactions
Sep 11, 2019 • 65 min
Interview begins: 5:30 Debrief begins: 48:09 Chase Nobles is a co-founder and co-CEO of Kush.com. Seattle-based company Kush.com is a platform that allows entities within the hemp and cannabis industries to interact and buy and sell product. Kush.com has…
CC029: providing equal access to the Triangle startup community // a coffee chat with Molly Demarest (American Underground)
Sep 9, 2019 • 51 min
Interview begins: 6:30 Debrief begins: 47:37 Molly Demarest is the General Manager of American Underground. The American Underground is based in the Durham-Raleigh area in North Carolina and focuses on connecting startups and founders in the region with…
JE013: Happy Labor Day // don’t work too hard
Sep 4, 2019 • 2 min
We want to wish all of the listeners a happy Labor Day and thank you all for their continued support. Thanks to all of the support to date, the upside podcast will have some exciting updates in the coming months, so be sure to tune into the coming…
CC028: building turnkey programs for entrepreneurs and creatives // a coffee chat with Joe Kirgues (gener8tor)
Sep 2, 2019 • 50 min
Interview begins: 05:49 Debrief begins: 41:15 Joe Kirgues is a co-founder of gener8tor. One of the top companies in its field, gener8tor offers accelerator programs whose missions are to promote local investors and companies investing in their own…
JE012: the fourfront // four trends we are watching develop
Aug 28, 2019 • 23 min
On today’s episode, we analyze four predominant themes we’ve encountered lately in the startup and investing arena. Our four on the fore includes: 1.) hiring talent 2.) the growing trend of remote work 3.) frustrations with information inaccessibility 4.)…
UP055: Hurry Home // enabling renters to become owners of affordable homes
Aug 21, 2019 • 64 min
Interview begins: 07:16 Debrief begins: 47:49 Jada McLean is the co-founder and CEO of Hurry Home. Hurry Home finances houses through shared ownership, enabling renters to become homeowners and offering a streamlined investment opportunity. Despite there…
CC027: raising an opportunity fund for a mission driven accelerator // a coffee chat with Barbara Bickham (WIF AX)
Aug 19, 2019 • 44 min
Interview begins: 06:02 Debrief begins: 39:50 Barbara Bickham is the co-founder and Managing Director of WIF AX. WIF AX (Women’s Innovation Fund Accelerator) is a Qualified Opportunity Fund building women-balanced and environmentally-sustainable…
UP054: AdAdapted // serving smarter ads for CPG companies
Aug 14, 2019 • 71 min
Interview begins: 07:15 Debrief begins: 55:46 Michael Pedersen and Molly McFarland are the co-founders of AdAdapted. AdAdapted is a digital engagement and insights platform for CPG brands and agencies. The AdAdapted platform offers CPG brands the ability…
CC026: matching top talent with startups between the coasts // a coffee chat with Kaleb Dumot (Integrity Power Search)
Aug 12, 2019 • 51 min
Interview begins: 07:06 Debrief begins: 43:11 Kaleb Dumot is the founder and CEO of Integrity Power Search. Integrity Power Search (IPS) is a recruiting agency focused on connecting amazing people to world class technology companies in the middle of the…
UP053: emocha // improving medication adherence through remote video observation
Aug 7, 2019 • 61 min
Interview begins: 08:26 Debrief begins: 49:12 Sebastian Seiguer is the Co-Founder and CEO of emocha Mobile Health. emocha is a mobile health platform that saves lives by connecting remote patients to health care providers. They improve medication…
UP052: Seek // augmented reality on the web for eCommerce
Jul 31, 2019 • 86 min
Interview begins: 04:40 Debrief begins: 1:11:09 Jon Cheney is the founder and CEO of Seek. Seek is Augmented Reality on the web for eCommerce. SeekView allows a consumer to visualize a product in their life before they buy it. Seek has an advanced and…
UP051: UbiQD // making low-hazard quantum dots
Jul 24, 2019 • 82 min
Interview begins: 08:48 Debrief begins: 1:05:44 Hunter McDaniel is the founder and CEO of UbiQD. UbiQD is a cleantech materials company that manufactures low-hazard quantum dots (QDs) and nanocomposites. The company focuses on applications that utilize…
UP050: opendorse // helping athletes share more content (feat. Braxton Miller of the Philadelphia Eagles)
Jul 17, 2019 • 80 min
Interview begins: 09:02 Insight begins: 58:13 Debrief begins: 1:01:59 Blake Lawrence is the founder and CEO of opendorse. opendorse is the athlete-marketing platform that helps the biggest brands in sports share content on social. Founded by two former…
UP049: Zive // freeing you from the browser with desktop applications
Jul 10, 2019 • 62 min
Interview begins: 08:39 Debrief begins: 48:25 Eric Shashoua is the founder and CEO of Zive, makers of the app, Kiwi for Gmail. Kiwi for Gmail turns native Gmail into a full desktop application, dramatically upgrading the entire user experience, & adding…
CC025: impact investing and reversing demographic trends // a Coffee Chat with Robert Zulkoski (Vermont Works)
Jul 8, 2019 • 60 min
Interview begins: 06:34 Debrief begins: 49:48 Robert Zulkoski is the Chairman and Managing Partner of Vermont Works. Vermont Works is an Independent Alternative Investment Firm Supporting Vermont’s Job & Economic Development. Vermont Works was founded in…
JE011: happy July 4th // the update issue two
Jul 3, 2019 • 6 min
Happy US Independence Day from the upside team! Per our holiday tradition, 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…
CC024: investing in the picks and shovels of esports and gaming // a Coffee Chat with Josh Chapman (Konvoy Ventures)
Jul 1, 2019 • 64 min
Interview begins: 05:19 Debrief begins: 55:13 Josh Chapman is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Konvoy Ventures. Konvoy is an early-stage venture fund focused exclusively on esports & video gaming. They are dedicated to partnering with and supporting…
UP048: Balto // selling sales software to salesmen (feat. David Geiger of TeamDynamix)
Jun 26, 2019 • 84 min
Interview begins: 07:44 Insight begins: 54:30 Debrief begins: 1:06:20 Marc Bernstein is the CEO of Balto. Balto helps sales, service, and accounts receivable reps win as much revenue as possible from every phone call. Teams use Balto’s artificial…
CC023: connecting recent college grads to startups // a Coffee Chat with Amy Nelson (Venture for America)
Jun 24, 2019 • 58 min
Interview begins: 06:33 Debrief begins: 51:26 Amy Nelson is the CEO of Venture For America (VFA). VFA is a two-year fellowship program for recent grads who want to work at a startup and create jobs in American cities. Fellows learn important startup…
UP047: Momentous // supplements used by professional athletes and available to you (feat. Tenika Seitz)
Jun 19, 2019 • 86 min
Interview begins: 09:33 Insight begins: 1:00:43 Debrief begins: 1:08:09 Matt Wan is the founder and CEO of Momentous. Momentous is a nutritional supplement company driven by science, consumed by transparency, and grounded in experience. With products…
CC022: connecting the coasts to the heartland // a Coffee Chat from the Comeback Cities Tour
Jun 17, 2019 • 42 min
Interview starts: 06:15 This conversation took place on the third Comeback Cities tour on May 15, 2019, aimed at connecting venture capitalists from the East and West Coasts with investment opportunities in the heartland. It also had stops in Columbus,…
UP046: MITO Material Solutions // chemical additives for tougher composites
Jun 12, 2019 • 69 min
Haley Keith is the co-founder and CEO of MITO Material Solutions. MITO Material Solutions developed a nano-additive named the “MITO T-Series.” The T-Series is mixed in with any epoxy or resin, which then toughens composite parts by 100% while decreasing…
UP045: GTI Fabrication // scaling modular construction through pre-fabrication
Jun 5, 2019 • 63 min
Interview begins: 09:04 Debrief begins: 49:12 Rich Stapleton is the co-owner and CEO of GTI Fabrication. GTI Fabrication creates modular containerized solutions. Products include Modular Shower, Kitchen, Gym, Farm, Security, Office, Mobile Beverage,…
UP044: Semtive // building a peer-to-peer power grid using wind turbines (feat. Benjamin Stafford of Clean Energy Economy Minnesota)
May 29, 2019 • 96 min
Interview begins: 07:30 Insight begins: 58:56 Debrief begins: 1:21:22 Ignacio Juarez is the Founder and CEO of Semtive. Semtive is a Clean Energy startup that was born in Argentina. They believe that access to clean energy should be effortless and…
UP043: inKind // redesigning restaurant financing with House Accounts (feat. Kevin Tien of Himitsu and Hot Lola’s)
May 22, 2019 • 86 min
Interview begins: 07:12 Insight begins: 57:53 Debrief begins: 1:05:28 Johann Moonesinghe is the co-founder and CEO of inKind. inKind has invented a new form of finance where they purchase a bulk amount of food and beverage credit up-front from a…
CC021: thinking big, fearing less, and listening deeply in Madison // a Coffee Chat with Scott Resnick (StartingBlock)
May 20, 2019 • 43 min
Interview begins: 05:12 Debrief begins: 39:24 Scott Resnick is the founder and former executive director of StartingBlock Madison. StartingBlock is a 50,000 sq foot entrepreneurial hub which opened in 2018. Scott led efforts to raise millions dollars to…
UP042: Threatcare // automated third-party threat detection
May 15, 2019 • 66 min
Interview begins: 07:55 Debrief begins: 52:27 Marcus Carey is the founder and CEO of Threatcare. Threatcare allows organizations to better defend against cybersecurity threats by improving vulnerability management and defense capabilities. Threatcare’s…
CC020: bootstrapping the world’s largest real estate community to over 1m members // a Coffee Chat with Josh Dorkin (BiggerPockets)
May 13, 2019 • 74 min
Interview begins: 07:00 Debrief begins: 1:04:20 Josh Dorkin is the founder and former CEO of BiggerPockets. BiggerPockets.com is the nation’s largest and most active real estate investing social network, designed to simplify and enhance networking, deal…
Library Magic Pt. 2 // Jay’s one year reflection
May 8, 2019 • 8 min
Hey guys, welcome to part two of Library magic. Eric and I are celebrating one year of upside, and as he mentioned last week in part one, we were particularly struck by Monique Villa’s comment in our fifth Coffee Chat: “It’s sort of like novelists,…
CC019: take two // a surprise Coffee Chat with Nathan Todhunter (editor)
May 6, 2019 • 4 min
We’ve had a lot of success in our first year of upside. Or at least it seems that way, through the magic of post-production! A few weeks ago, our editor + audio engineer Nathan told us he had a surprise for us. Soon after, we had an episode in our Dropbox…
Library Magic Pt. 1 // Eric’s one year reflection
May 1, 2019 • 7 min
On upside, failure hasn’t really been the default. Most initiatives have come naturally and been met with, at worst, mildly positive reception. For the last few months, Jay and I have been struggling to find to an appropriate way to commemorate one year.…
CC018: building the front door to #StartupCincy // a Coffee Chat with Eric Weissman (Cintrifuse) (Live from Cincinnati Podcast Festival 2018)
Apr 29, 2019 • 36 min
This episode comes from the Cincinnati Podcast Festival on November 1, 2018. Eric Weissman is the Vice President of Communications, Community & Economic Inclusion at Cintrifuse. Cintrifuse has one clear mission: to make Greater Cincinnati the #1 tech…
UP041: HoloMe // human holograms made easy with augmented reality
Apr 24, 2019 • 72 min
Interview begins: 07:10 Debrief begins: 55:08 Janosch Amstutz is the Founder and CEO of HoloMe. HoloMe creates life-sized, high definition, real humans in augmented reality. Their software allows brands and companies to easily put real people into…
CC017: building a world class venture firm in Chicago // a Coffee Chat with Ezra Galston (Starting Line)
Apr 22, 2019 • 54 min
Interview begins: 05:47 Debrief begins: 47:55 Ezra Galston is the Founding Partner at Starting Line. Starting Line is a thematic early stage venture capital fund focused on investing in consumer services and products that are both cheaper and better. They…
UP040: Plus One Robotics // solving the cluttered pile problem with vision-based robotics (feat. Nick Solaro of Drive Capital)
Apr 17, 2019 • 98 min
Interview begins: 07:58 Insight begins: 1:03:34 Debrief begins: 1:20:42 Erik Nieves is the Founder and CEO of Plus One Robotics. Plus One Robotics develops computer vision software to enable robotic automation in supply chain applications. The integration…
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)
Apr 15, 2019 • 69 min
Interview begins: 06:02 Debrief begins: 58:45 Tyler Tringas is the General Partner at Earnest Capital. Earnest Capital provides early-stage funding, resources and a network of experienced advisors to bootstrappers, indie hackers, makers and real…
UP039: Backtracks // data analytics for podcasters (feat. Meb Faber of Cambria Investment Management)
Apr 10, 2019 • 111 min
Interview begins: 07:29 Insight begins: 1:15:07 Debrief begins: 1:28:18 Jonathan Gill is the founder and CEO of Backtracks. Backtracks is an analytics and hosting platform that helps podcasters know & grow their podcast audience. They are an…
JE008: consume, contribute, create // how founders, VCs, and community builders should podcast
Apr 3, 2019 • 24 min
Nearly a year into publishing weekly episodes of the show, we have a lot of thoughts about the world of podcasting and specifically how startup founders, VCs, and community builders can leverage podcasting. So this week, we are sharing with you the three…
CC015: geography and investing, should location matter? (live from SXSW 2019) // a panel with Andy Sparks (Holloway), Rachel Carpenter (Intrinio), and Brandon Bryant (Harlem Capital)
Apr 1, 2019 • 65 min
Last month, we had the pleasure of hosting a panel at SXSW called Geography vs. Investing: Should Location Matter? This would not have been possible without the support and voting of our listeners, and we really appreciate your help. Please enjoy the…
UP038: Clever // lowering real estate transaction costs by connecting sellers to agents (feat. Erik Berg of Rev1 Ventures)
Mar 27, 2019 • 86 min
Interview begins: 08:30 Insight begins: 54:18 VC debrief begins: 1:04:14 Host debrief begins: 1:13:06 Ben Mizes is the founder and CEO of Clever Real Estate. Clever Real Estate is a nationwide referral service that helps you sell your home and save on…
CC014: connecting the Air Force and innovation // a Coffee Chat with Vince Pecoraro and Luis Cordova (AFWERX)
Mar 25, 2019 • 53 min
Interview begins: 06:46 Debrief begins: 47:02 Vince Pecoraro is the Capability Lead of Agile Contracting for AFWERX. Luis Cordova is the Liaison of Public Affairs and Marketing for AFWERX. Established in 2017 by the Secretary of the Air Force and…
UP037: Preteckt // real-time vehicle prognostics using machine learning
Mar 20, 2019 • 86 min
Interview begins: 06:44 Debrief begins: 1:06:15 Ken Sills is the co-founder and CEO of Preteckt. Since developing the initial prototype of this hardware/software solution in 2015, Ken has been focused on building Preteckt’s team of engineers, scientists,…
CC013: how Pittsburgh leverages state funding to spur innovation // a Coffee Chat with Terri Glueck and Leah Simoncelli (Innovation Works)
Mar 18, 2019 • 60 min
Interview begins: 06:32 Debrief begins: 51:53 Terri Glueck is the Director of Communications at Innovation Works. Leah Simoncelli is the Coordinator of the AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup. As Director of Community Development & Communications, Terri Glueck…
UP036: Periodic Edibles // getting into the weeds of building a cannabis brand
Mar 13, 2019 • 74 min
Interview begins: 05:52 Debrief begins: 56:32 Wayne Schwind is the founder and CEO of Periodic Edibles. Periodic Edibles creates cannabis-infused caramels with consistent and repeatable effects. Wayne graduated from Michigan Technological University in…
JE007: why we created the update, issue one
Mar 6, 2019 • 19 min
Last Friday, March 1, we released issue one of the update. In this week’s episode, we explain why and go behind the scenes of how it came together. At upside, we focus on startups, startup communities, and startup investing outside of Silicon Valley. We…
UP035: Exaeris // pulling drinkable water out of thin air (live from CES 2019)
Feb 27, 2019 • 70 min
Interview begins: 06:52 Debrief begins: 53:28 John Galbraith (CEO) and Michael Joyce (COO) are the co-founders of Exaeris Water Innovations. Exaeris developed a patent-pending atmospheric water generator based on technology developed at the University of…
CC012: how Cleveland is rallying their community around a new tech movement // a Coffee Chat with Bernie Moreno (Blockland)
Feb 25, 2019 • 61 min
Interview begins: 06:26 Debrief begins: 51:58 Bernie Moreno is the President of the Bernie Moreno Companies. He has 20+ years in the retail automotive business. In 2005, he purchased what has become the largest volume Mercedes-Benz dealership in the…
UP034: Testcard // at-home medical diagnostic using urinalysis and your smart phone (live from CES 2019)
Feb 20, 2019 • 69 min
Interview begins: 07:09 Debrief begins: 49:20 Luke Heron is the co-founder and CEO of Testcard. TestCard is a medical diagnostic test contained within a traditional postcard. The unique, patent-pending ‘flat-pack’ product is embedded with three fold-out…
CC011: making the startup ecosystem bigger in Texas // a Coffee Chat with Bryan Chambers (Capital Factory)
Feb 18, 2019 • 58 min
Interview begins: 07:03 Debrief begins: 48:43 Bryan serves as Capital Factory’s Vice President of Accelerator and Investment Fund. Bryan is a business development and investment professional experienced in portfolio management and venture capital…
UP033: SOMAVAC® Medical // improving outpatient recovery from major surgeries
Feb 13, 2019 • 91 min
Insight begins: 08:27 Interview begins: 15:00 Debrief begins: 1:14:32 Esra Roan is the co-founder of SOMAVAC® Medical Solutions. Prior to her role with SOMAVAC®, she was an Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Memphis. Esra’s…
CC010: the pros and cons of angel funds // a Coffee Chat with Todd Federman (North Coast Angel Fund)
Feb 11, 2019 • 72 min
Interview begins: 06:10 Debrief begins: 1:00:45 Todd Federman is the Manging Director for the North Coast Angel Fund. Todd has served as the Executive Director of North Coast Angel Fund since its founding in 2006. Prior to joining NCAF, Todd worked as a…
UP032: Astral AR // drones that stop bullets and prevent tragedy (live from CES 2019)
Feb 6, 2019 • 78 min
Interview begins: 07:40 Debrief begins: 58:25 Leah La Salla is the co-founder and CEO of Astral AR. Leah is a self-taught, polyglot software architect and inventor. She spent much of her free time during high school years working in her dad’s…
CC009: building a collaborative startup ecosystem in Memphis // a Coffee Chat with Katie Milligan (Start Co.)
Feb 4, 2019 • 63 min
Katherine (Katie) Milligan brings the power of public policy to building entrepreneurial communities. She serves as Chief of Staff at Start Co. where she supports the development of corporate, governmental, and investment relationships to support building…
UP031: Woobo // a fuzzy, interactive robot companion for child development (live from CES 2019)
Jan 30, 2019 • 81 min
Feng Tan is the co-founder and CEO of Woobo. Feng is a graduate of Tsinghua University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics. He also received a Ph.D. in Robotics from MIT. Woobo was founded with one goal in mind: to bring children’s…
UP030: Sense Arena // professional hockey IQ training using VR technology (live from CES 2019 feat. Shane Darrow of Forecheck, Backcheck, Paycheck)
Jan 23, 2019 • 90 min
Bob Tetiva is the founder and CEO for Sense Arena. Sense Arena is a unique, powerful, and innovative tool for developing hockey players, improving their cognitive skills and hockey sense. Using virtual reality, they bring the ice to players’ homes, gyms,…
CC008: the first startup accelerator designed for bootstrappers // a Coffee Chat with Rob Walling (TinySeed)
Jan 21, 2019 • 68 min
Rob Walling is a General Partner of TinySeed. He has bootstrapped multiple startups to exit, most recently Drip. He runs MicroConf, co-hosts Startups for the Rest of Us, and has been advising, mentoring and investing in startups for more than a decade. //…
UP029: CareAlert // helping seniors live independently with in-home sensor technology (live from CES 2019)
Jan 16, 2019 • 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…
CC007: the rise of platform in venture capital // a Coffee Chat with Stephanie Manning (Lerer Hippeau)
Jan 14, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
JE006: 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 Bark.us. 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…
CC006: 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…
CC005: 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…
JE005: 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: https://upside.fm/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…
CC004: 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…
CC003: 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…
CC002: 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.…
CC001: 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: https://setscouter.com follow upside on Twitter:…
JE004: 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: https://twitter.com/upsidefm
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: https://www.mobius.co follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm
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:…
JE003: 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: https://localcrate.com 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…
JE002: 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: https://twitter.com/upsidefm
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: http://bybe.io/…
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: https://www.mykaleidoscope.com/ 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: https://swannies.co/ 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: https://f13works.com follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm
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: https://scriptdrop.com follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm
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: https://lawnguru.co follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm
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: https://rapchat.me follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm
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: https://tilr.com follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm
JE001: 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: https://twitter.com/upsidefm