Episode 075: Arian Lewis and Allison Kloek, Kiln

Episode 075: Arian Lewis and Allison Kloek, Kiln

 
 
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We have two guests for Episode #75. Arian Lewis is the founder and CEO of Kiln, a co-working space launched in Utah in 2018. Allison Kloek is the Director of Kiln’s newest location, coming to 21st and Pearl Street in Boulder and scheduled to open this fall.

We talk about why they chose Boulder, the future of the workspace and the challenges and opportunities that the coronavirus presents to the co-working sector, and Kiln’s vision for actively integrating a sense of community into the workplace. 

Follow Kiln on Twitter @meetatkiln.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is made possible in part by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Hear more at eccodek.com.

Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem. You’ll find them at earthrisesoundsystem.com.

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms, comments and guest suggestions are welcome. Don’t hesitate to send a note to joel@dojo4.com

Thanks for listening. We’ll see you back here for the next episode of the Boulder Tech Podcast.

Episode 070: Dave Mayer, Founder/CEO, Technical Integrity

Episode 070: Dave Mayer, Founder/CEO, Technical Integrity

 
 
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This is our first episode for 2020’s Boulder Startup Week. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s startup week will, like most events these days, take place virtually. We won’t be doing as many interviews as we have the past two years, and will miss seeing everyone in person, but look forward to catching as many of the online sessions as we can. For more info and a full schedule, visit boulderstartupweek.com.

Our guest today is Dave Mayer, Founder and CEO at Technical Integrity. We talk about:

  • recruitment for startups
  • how the notoriously grinding startup lifestyle is changing
  • founders and mental health
  • the impact of COVID-19 on, well, everything.

Follow Dave on Twitter @tintegrity.

Here are some additional resources and info, referenced in our discussion:

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is made possible in part by Boulder StartUp Week platinum sponsors Honey, Name.com and the Downtown Boulder Partnership.

We’re also supported by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Hear more at eccodek.com (that’s E-c-c-o-d-e-k).

Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem. You’ll find them at earthrisesoundsystem.com

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms, comments and guest suggestions are welcome. Reach us at joel@dojo4.com

Thanks for listening. We’ll see you back here for the next episode of the Boulder Tech Podcast.

Episode 060: Kathy Vega, COO/CTO/Co-Founder & Alex Mulvaney, CEO/Co-Founder, ShineOn Bike Lights

Episode 060: Kathy Vega, COO/CTO/Co-Founder & Alex Mulvaney, CEO/Co-Founder, ShineOn Bike Lights

 
 
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Our guests for Episode 60 are Kathy Vega, COO/CTO, and Alex Mulvaney, CEO, and co-founders of ShineOn Bike Lights, a company created to improve the world by making cycling a safer activity in order to reduce pollution and carbon emissions, and allow people to live happier and healthier lives.

In our freewheeling discussion, Kathy, Alex and I get into:

  • how a couple of space science engineers found themselves in the bike equipment business
  • the inspiration and science behind ShineOn Bikes’ innovative technology (including a walkthrough of their dual beam bike light)
  • the challenges of launching a startup as full-time students
  • the significant roles that CU and the Boulder tech community have played in ShineOn’s success 

Follow ShineOn on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @ShineOnBikes.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is made possible in part by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for our podcast studio, and to KGNU Community Radio for recording gear and studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Hear more at eccodek.com (that’s E-c-c-o-d-e-k).

Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem. You’ll find them at earthrisesoundsystem.com

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms, comments and guest suggestions are welcome. Don’t hesitate to send a note to joel@dojo4.com

Thanks for listening. We’ll see you back here for the next episode of the Boulder Tech Podcast.

Episode 058: John Schaefer & Matt Schaefer, Co-Founders, Radio Rethink

Episode 058: John Schaefer & Matt Schaefer, Co-Founders, Radio Rethink

 
 
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We have two guests for Episode 58: John Schaefer, co-founder and Creative Director, and Matt Schaefer, co-founder and Web App Developer, for Radio Rethink — a project conceived to move community and micro-community radio into the spotlight of the mobile media landscape.

Community radio and eclectic music programming are big passions shared by The Brothers Schaefer and myself, and thus we geek out about: 

  • the purpose and function of Radio Rethink
  • how community and public radio stations are already benefiting greatly from the service
  • what motivates the Schaefers to provide Radio Rethink at such a low cost
  • and how, for all their bells and whistles and billion-dollar budgets, titans like Spotify, Apple Music, etc. don’t compare to the deep crates and cultural knowledge of an adventurous, low-budget, volunteer-powered community radio station

All of that and more, as the Boulder Tech Podcast speaks with Radio Rethink’s John Schaefer and Matt Schaefer.

Follow Radio Rethink on Twitter @radiorethink.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is supported by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for our podcast studio, and to KGNU Community Radio for recording gear and studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Hear more at eccodek.com.

Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem. You’ll find them at earthrisesoundsystem.com

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by me, Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms, comments and guest suggestions are welcome. Reach me at joel@dojo4.com

Thanks for listening. We’ll see you back here for the next episode of the Boulder Tech Podcast.

Episode 057: Bill Baldwin, Managing Principal, Cresa

Episode 057: Bill Baldwin, Managing Principal, Cresa

 
 
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Our guest for Episode 57 is Bill Baldwin, Managing Principal of Cresa, the world’s largest commercial real estate advisory firm exclusively representing occupiers.

Bill and I discuss all things co-working, including:

  • a look at the WeWork “situation” 
  • the costs, benefits and risks of the co-working model
  • where the co-working industry is headed
  • how your co-working space defaulting on its obligations could put your company out of business

All of that and more, as the Boulder Tech Podcast speaks with Cresa’s Bill Baldwin.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is supported by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for our podcast studio, and to KGNU Community Radio for recording gear and studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Hear more at eccodek.com.

Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem. You’ll find them at earthrisesoundsystem.com

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by me, Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms, comments and guest suggestions are welcome. Reach me at joel@dojo4.com

Thanks for listening. We’ll see you back here for the next episode of the Boulder Tech Podcast.

Episode 056: Sarah Bates, Co-Founder & CEO, MamaMend

Episode 056: Sarah Bates, Co-Founder & CEO, MamaMend

 
 
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This is the last — but definitely not least — of 20 interviews recorded in a popup backroom studio at dojo4 during the 10th annual Boulder Startup Week. Thanks to all the guests for their time and patience, and to all of you, for listening.

Our guest for Episode 56 is Sara Bates, co-founder and CEO at MamaMend, a personalized, evidence-based guide to childbirth recovery and postpartum health.

Sara and I talk tech and birthing, and touch on:

  • how she employs data and empathy to solve problems
  • her journey from her time on Wall Street to founder of an app for postpartum moms
  • the dichotomy and balance between data and intuition when it comes to raising a new child
  • thoughts on being a founder, a woman and a mom in the tech industry

Follow Sara on Twitter @data_bates.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is made possible in part by Boulder StartUp Week platinum sponsors HoneyMatter and Zayo

We’re also supported by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for our podcast studio, and to KGNU Community Radio for recording gear and studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Hear more at eccodek.com.

Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem. You’ll find them at earthrisesoundsystem.com

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by me, Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms, comments and guest suggestions are welcome. Reach me at joel@dojo4.com

Thanks for listening. We’ll see you back here for the next episode of the Boulder Tech Podcast.

Episode 055: Ef Rodriquez, Pugnacious Digital Marketer/Sabbatical Savant

Episode 055: Ef Rodriquez, Pugnacious Digital Marketer/Sabbatical Savant

 
 
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Our guest for Episode #55 is Ef Rodriguez. Among many things, he’s heavily involved with Ignite Boulder, TEDx Boulder and Boulder StartupWeek.

Ef and I enjoy a lively and free-flowing conversation touching on a number of subjects, including:

  • what brought him back to Boulder after 7 years living and working in a number of far flung locations
  • why brands need to focus on the problem, not the product
  • things we don’t see in Boulder but would like to
  • why you may be listening to podcasts at the wrong speed

Follow Ef on Twitter @pug.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is made possible in part by Boulder StartUp Week platinum sponsors HoneyMatter and Zayo

We’re also supported by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for our podcast studio, and to KGNU Community Radio for recording gear and studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Hear more at eccodek.com.

Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem. You’ll find them at earthrisesoundsystem.com

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by me, Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms, comments and guest suggestions are welcome. Reach me at joel@dojo4.com

Thanks for listening. We’ll see you back here for the next episode of the Boulder Tech Podcast.

Episode 053: Jack Morrison, Co-Founder & CEO, Scythe Robotics

Episode 053: Jack Morrison, Co-Founder & CEO, Scythe Robotics

 
 
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Our guest for Episode 53 is Jack Morrison, CoFounder & CEO at Scythe Robotics. They build highly-intelligent, autonomous robots to tackle challenges in unstructured outdoor environments.  

Among a number of topics, Jack and I get into:

  • the difference between robotics and artificial intelligence
  • why we should not be worried about the robots and AI taking over (anytime soon, anyway)
  • the state of the Front Range robotics industry
  • and why it’s going to be awhile before we all have Jetsons-style robots roaming in our homes — and playing on our soccer fields

Follow Scythe Robotics on Twitter @ScytheRobotics.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is made possible in part by Boulder StartUp Week platinum sponsors HoneyMatter and Zayo

We’re also supported by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for our podcast studio, and to KGNU Community Radio for recording gear and studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Hear more at eccodek.com.

Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem. You’ll find them at earthrisesoundsystem.com

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by me, Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms, comments and guest suggestions are welcome. Reach me at joel@dojo4.com

Thanks for listening. We’ll see you back here for the next episode of the Boulder Tech Podcast.

Episode 052: Rami Sahhar, Founder & CEO, CliqueMJ

Episode 052: Rami Sahhar, Founder & CEO, CliqueMJ

 
 
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Our guest for Episode 52 is Rami Sahhar, Founder & CEO at CliqueMJ, a loyalty program platform created specifically for the cannabis retail sector

Rami and I talk many things cannabiz, including:

  • why consumers should feel secure in sharing their info with platforms such as ClickMJ
  • the stiff competition in the marijuana marketing biz and what sets CliqueMJ apart
  • differences between the California and Colorado MJ cannabis industries
  • and how a construction business development specialist wound up in the pot industry — and what brought him to Boulder 

Follow CliqueMJ on Twitter @Clique_MJ.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is made possible in part by Boulder StartUp Week platinum sponsors HoneyMatter and Zayo

We’re also supported by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for our podcast studio, and to KGNU Community Radio for recording gear and studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Hear more at eccodek.com (that’s E-c-c-o-d-e-k).

Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem. You’ll find them at earthrisesoundsystem.com

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by me, Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms, comments and guest suggestions are welcome. Reach me at joel@dojo4.com

Thanks for listening. We’ll see you back here for the next episode of the Boulder Tech Podcast.

Episode 051: David McCloskey, Founder and CTO, Authentic Labs

Episode 051: David McCloskey, Founder and CTO, Authentic Labs

 
 
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This is one of 20 interviews recorded in a popup backroom studio at dojo4 during the 10th annual Boulder Startup Week. When it started in 2009, Boulder Startup Week was the first event of its kind, anywhere. Now, Startup Weeks are held around the world. It’s a great example of Boulder’s position on the leading edge of tech — and the future.

Our guest for Episode 51 is David McCloskey, Founder & Chief Technical Officer at Authentic Labs. They design and build tools that connect consumers to companies by giving individuals deeper insight into the products and brands they buy.

David and I talk about a lot of things, including:

  • how a venture into toys led to David developing consumer protection technology
  • the remarkably high percentage of counterfeit goods hidden in plain sight on line and on stores shelves
  • how Authentic Labs’ Real tag protects consumers and ensures product authenticity
  • and the cool fact that the Real tag’s underlying technology is a human-made molecule

Follow Authentic Labs on Twitter @authentic_labs

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is made possible in part by Boulder StartUp Week platinum sponsors HoneyMatter and Zayo

We’re also supported by Glider, a Colorado-based Community movement and non-profit that produces Boulder’s Ignite and TedX events, as well as Boulder Startup Week. Learn more and consider a donation at glider.com

Thanks to dojo4 for providing space for our podcast studio, and to KGNU Community Radio for recording gear and studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Hear more at eccodek.com (that’s E-c-c-o-d-e-k).

Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem. You’ll find them at earthrisesoundsystem.com

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by me, Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms, comments and guest suggestions are welcome. Reach me at joel@dojo4.com

Thanks for listening. We’ll see you back here for the next episode of the Boulder Tech Podcast.