Episode 073: Part 2 of ‘Impact Founder’s’ takeover of the BTP

Episode 073: Part 2 of ‘Impact Founder’s’ takeover of the BTP

 
 
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This episode is part of our 2020 Boulder Startup Week series. Because of the coronavirus, this year’s startup week took place virtually. We missed seeing everyone in person, but applaud the tremendous effort undertaken — mostly by volunteers — to put on the event. For more info, visit boulderstartupweek.com.

We’ve got another podcast “takeover” in this edition, with the Boulder Tech Podcast combining forces with Impact Founder, a media company, debunking the myth that entrepreneurship is sexy or easy. They tell the real stories of entrepreneurs so you don’t feel alone in your experience as a founder. 

For Boulder Startup Week 2020, Impact Founder’s “founder”, Kristin Darga, speaks with founders who pivoted or launched during the COVID-19 shutdown. In this episode, she talks to two people who decided to change course so that their business could better serve their community during this critical time.

First up is Claudio Garcia, founder at Ohiya Networks. 

As a customer-centric communications tool along the lines of Zoom and Slack, Ohiya Networks has been experiencing explosive growth during the coronavirus pandemic. He speaks with Impact Founder’s Kristin Darga about the recent challenges they’ve faced, and the success they’re enjoying.

Learn more at ohiyanetworks.com

Next up, Kristin talks to Yi Shan, founder of InterMeditation, an online meditation and support community. 

With people suddenly discovering they have more time on their hands, it’s no surprise that interest in meditation is spiking. InterMediation is enjoying rapid growth, with 100% of participants saying they’d recommend the site to their friends. Learn how Yi’s idea came about, and how InterMediation can improve your business — and life.

Find out more at intermeditation.com.

This has been an Impact Founder takeover of the Boulder Tech Podcast.

To listen to more stories, please visit Impactfounder.com or find them on iTunes, Stitcher and most other podcast platforms. Follow on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @impactfounder.

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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 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 072: ‘Impact Founder’ takes over the BTP to talk pivoting in this time of virus

Episode 072: ‘Impact Founder’ takes over the BTP to talk pivoting in this time of virus

 
 
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This episode is part of our 2020 Boulder Startup Week series. Because of the coronavirus, this year’s startup week takes place virtually. We won’t be doing as many interview 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.

We’ve got another podcast “takeover” in this edition, with the Boulder Tech Podcast combining forces with Impact Founder, a media company debunking the myth that entrepreneurship is sexy or easy. They tell the real stories of entrepreneurs so you don’t feel alone in your experience as a founder. 

For Boulder Startup Week 2020, Impact Founder’s founder, Kristin Darga, speaks with founders who pivoted or launched during the COVID-19 shutdown. In this episode, she speaks with two people who decided to change course so that their business could better serve their community during this critical time.

Our first guest is Rebecca Cranston, CFO of Amairify and Managing Partner of Four Corners Clean, a disinfecting service she started in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

They have been hard at work throughout the southwest and most notably in the Navajo Nation, spraying in the highest-risk community, residential, and tribal government spaces, where rates of infection have not stabilized and death rates are among the highest in the world.

And if starting one company wasn’t enough, the interest in Four Corners Clean led Rebecca to launch Amairify, a distribution company created to help provide disinfecting services nationally. 

Learn more at fourcornersclean.com.

Then, Kristin talks to Tommy Riley, Co-Founder of Handoff, a chat- and voice-based alcohol recommendation and delivery platform. 

When the coronavirus led to Colorado locking down in mid-March, Handoff took a tremendous risk to pivot and help Colorado breweries who do not have a retail presence. Their focus on local product has helped liquor stores, brewers and distillers across the state to remain afloat during a difficult time.

Find out more and download the app at handofftech.com.

To listen to more founder stories, please visit Impactfounder.com or find them on iTunes, Stitcher and most other podcast platforms. Follow on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @impactfounder.

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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 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 071: ‘Creative Distillation’ podcast takes over BTP to talk CU + Boulder

Episode 071: ‘Creative Distillation’ podcast takes over BTP to talk CU + Boulder

 
 
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This episode is part of our 2020 Boulder Startup Week series. Because of the coronavirus, this year’s startup week takes 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.

On today’s program, the Boulder Tech Podcast is being taken over by Creative Distillation, a podcast I produce for the Deming Center at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. As CU is a sponsor of Boulder Startup Week, I wanted to speak with someone from the school about their ties to the Boulder startup scene, but then figured, “why not let CU talk to CU about the school’s relationship with the local business community?”

And that’s why Creative Distillation hosts Jeff York and Brad Werner handle interview duties on today’s BTP, as they speak with Erick Mueller, Executive Director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at CU’s Leeds School of Business.

Learn more at colorado.edu/business/deming and subscribe to Creative Distillation via your favorite podcast provider.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is made possible in part by Boulder StartUp Week platinum sponsors HoneyName.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.

Boulder Tech Podcast coronavirus coverage

Now that we’re locked down for awhile and adapting to new ways of doing business and, more broadly, just living, the Boulder Tech Podcast has retooled to be a platform for quick-hit-and-publish interviews w/local tech companies (and anyone really) that are refocusing their efforts to support the community during the Coronavirus crisis.

We’re looking to speak with as many people as we can and release the interviews as quickly as we can turn them around. If you or your company or organization have switched your focus to addressing the many issues caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, and you’d like to come on the podcast to talk about it, reach me at joel@dojo4.com or DM me on Twitter @bouldertechcast

Here’s a listing of our coronavirus coverage thus far.

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Episode 068-CV05: John Tayer, President/CEO, Boulder Chamber of Commerce

Episode 067-CV04: CU’s Rachel Sharpe is 3-D Printing Masks for Healthcare Workers

Episode 066-CV03: dojo4 builds Keep Our Town Alive

Episode 65-CV02: Chris Meyer on the Future of Workspaces

Episode 64-CV01: Shala Burroughs, HelpMainStreet.com

Thanks for listening. Your feedback is always welcome.

Episode 63: Eric Marcoullier, Startup & Product Coach/Landmine Detector, BPM140 Consulting

Episode 63: Eric Marcoullier, Startup & Product Coach/Landmine Detector, BPM140 Consulting

 
 
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Our guest for Episode #63 is Eric Marcoullier, founder of several successful companies including IGN and Gnip, and orchestrator of a big turnaround at Beatport. He now coaches startups and mid-sized companies on product, fundraising and leadership issues. 

In this interview, Eric and I discuss:

  • why Eric learns more from his failures than his successes
  • the interesting creative process behind every post on his blog, Obvious Startup Advice
  • startup founders and mental health
  • Eric’s idea for completely revolutionizing email – and why it’s probably not going to work

Read Eric’s blog, Obvious Startup Advice, and follow him on Twitter @140bpm.

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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 HQ, 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 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 62: Spike Ilacqua, Founder/CTO, Indra’s Net

Episode 62: Spike Ilacqua, Founder/CTO, Indra’s Net

 
 
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Our guest for Episode 62 is Spike Ilacqua, Founder and CTO at Indra’s Net, one of Colorado’s first-ever Internet Service Providers. Spike’s a veteran — a pioneer, even — of the Front Range tech scene, and has a lot to say about:

  • how the focus and mission at Indra’s Net has adapted to the changing times over the last 25 years
  • what it was like to create an ISP in the early 90’s — when the internet was just a glimmer of what it’s become
  • tech’s impact on the city of Boulder, and how it might help resolve some of the many issues Boulder faces
  • the similarities and differences between the tech scene in Boulder then vs now

Follow Spike on Twitter @spikex

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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 HQ, 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 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 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 036: Andrew Hyde, Boulder Startup Week Preview

Episode 036: Andrew Hyde, Boulder Startup Week Preview

 
 
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Our guest for Episode #36 is Andrew Hyde. Andrew’s done a lot of things — written a book, launched three startups, hired as employee #1 at TechStars — including founding Boulder Startup Week — the first-ever Startup Week anywhere — the 10th annual edition of which runs from May 13-17th at many venues across Boulder.

Among several things, we discuss the genesis of Boulder Startup Week (and, tangentially, the Boulder Tech Podcast), and Andrew’s suggestions for how to approach the week and get the most out of your experience.

Follow Andrew on Twitter @unicorn.

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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 the Boulder Tech Podcast HQ, and to KGNU Community Radio for studio usage.

Our intro music is by Eccodek. Our outro music is by EarthRise SoundSystem.

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

Thank you for listening.