Episode 066-CV03: dojo4 builds Keep Our Town Alive

Episode 066-CV03: dojo4 builds Keep Our Town Alive

 
 
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Our coronavirus coverage continues with a conversation about Keep Our Town Alive, a website quickly built and launched this week in the interest of connecting customers with local businesses still open during the pandemic. 

I spoke with the site’s creators, dojo4’s Corey Kohn, Derek Dunagan and Spike Ilacqua on March 25th.

Follow dojo4 on Twitter @dojo4.

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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

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms and comments are welcome. If you or your company or organization have switched your focus to helping solve the many problems arising from 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.

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

Episode 64-CV01: Shala Burroughs, HelpMainStreet.com

Episode 64-CV01: Shala Burroughs, HelpMainStreet.com

 
 
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We’re  retooling the Boulder Tech Podcast 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.

Our first guest under this new format is Shala Burroughs. She normally works in the blockchain sector, but in this time of virus has shifted her focus to help launch helpmainstreet.com, a volunteer-powered effort to support small businesses. We spoke on March 23rd about what that means.

Follow Shala on Twitter @shalaburroughs

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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

The Boulder Tech Podcast is produced by Joel Davis. Your feedback, criticisms and comments are welcome. If you or your company or organization have switched your focus to helping solve the many problems arising from 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.

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 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 048: Leslie Na, Founder/CEO/TruthBomb (a WILD interview by Stephanie Brady)

Episode 048: Leslie Na, Founder/CEO/TruthBomb (a WILD interview by Stephanie Brady)

 
 
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Episode 48 of the Boulder Tech Podcast is part of a special “WILD” series of interviews recorded during the 10th annual Boulder Startup Week

WILD, Women Inspiring Leadership Development, is a new track at Boulder StartUp Week 2019, and features candid conversations celebrating women’s startup success, diversity, power, mentoring muscle and leadership impact. 

For the WILD series, interviewing privileges go to Stephanie Brady, Managing Director at iFG Studios and Board Member of The WILD Council. who chats with Leslie Na, Founder and CEO of Truth Bomb about:

  • Why Leslie left corporate America to start her own venture
  • Dealing with unexpected startup challenges
  • How her personal experiences shape her entrepreneurial spirit

and more, on this WILD episode of the Boulder Tech Podcast.

Follow Leslie on Twitter @truthbomblife.

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The WILD at Boulder Startup Week podcast series is supported by 1stBank, “banking for good” to help business customers achieve their goals and provide them the resources to succeed. Learn more at efirstbank.com.

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 046: Lisa Buffo, Founder/CEO, Cannabis Marketing Association

Episode 046: Lisa Buffo, Founder/CEO, Cannabis Marketing Association

 
 
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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 46 is Lisa Buffo, Founder and CEO of the Cannabis Marketing Association, a Denver-based organization focused on education and best practices for cannabis industry communications professionals.

We cover a lot of ground, including:

  • challenges to cannabis marketing, both legally and image-wise
  • the restrictive laws around marketing and how they disrupt basic commerce as well as efforts to destigmatize the substance
  • Colorado’s place in the pot pecking order now that legalization is spreading
  • the often forgotten point that cannabis is, at its most basic, a source of joy

Follow the Cannabis Marketing Association on Twitter @CannaMarketing and LIsa @LiBuff21.

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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 043: Shail Mehta, Co-Founder/CEO, The Last Gameboard (a WILD interview by Stephanie Brady)

Episode 043: Shail Mehta, Co-Founder/CEO, The Last Gameboard (a WILD interview by Stephanie Brady)

 
 
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Episode 43 of the Boulder Tech Podcast is part of a special “WILD” series of interviews recorded during the 10th annual Boulder Startup Week. 

WILD (Women Inspiring Leadership Development) is a new track at Boulder StartUp Week 2019, and features candid conversations celebrating women’s startup success, diversity, power, mentoring muscle and leadership impact. 

For the WILD series, I’m pleased to hand off interviewing duties to Stephanie Brady, Managing Director at iFG Studios and Board Member of The WILD Council. who chats in this episode with Shail Mehta, CEO and Co-Founder of The Last Gameboard about :

  • How Shail started a tech venture without a tech background
  • Her inspiration to fuse the physical game board experience into the digital gaming world. 
  • And battling the bro-culture as a minority woman 

The WILD at Boulder Startup Week podcast series is supported by 1stBank, “banking for good” to help business customers achieve their goals and provide them the resources to succeed. 

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is presented by Boulder Startup Week 2019 Title sponsor, Techstars. At the core, Techstars is a company founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. With more than 300,000 alumni and 10,000 mentors across 150 countries, Techstars is a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. To learn more, go-to techstars.com

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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 and comments 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 040: Megan Bent, Founder/CEO, Harbinger Ventures (a WILD Interview by Stephanie Brady)

Episode 040: Megan Bent, Founder/CEO, Harbinger Ventures (a WILD Interview by Stephanie Brady)

 
 
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Episode 40 of the Boulder Tech Podcast is part of a special “WILD” series of interviews recorded during the 10th annual Boulder Startup Week

WILD (Women Inspiring Leadership Development) is a new track at Boulder StartUp Week 2019, and features candid conversations celebrating women’s startup success, diversity, power, mentoring muscle and leadership impact. 

For the WILD series, I’m pleased to hand off interviewing duties to Stephanie Brady, Managing Director at iFG Studios and Board Member of The WILD Council. On today’s epsiode, Stephanie speaks with Megan Bent, Founder of Harbinger Ventures, about a number of things, including:

  • Startup lessons she’s learned
  • Megan’s passion for supporting female founders 
  • Creating a new “shared-benefit” model of venture funding 

The WILD at Boulder Startup Week podcast series is supported by 1stBank, “banking for good” to help business customers achieve their goals and provide them the resources to succeed. 

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is presented by Boulder Startup Week 2019 Title sponsor, Techstars. At the core, Techstars is a company founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. With more than 300,000 alumni and 10,000 mentors across 150 countries, Techstars is a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. To learn more, go-to techstars.com

Episode #39 of the Boulder Tech Podcast is presented by Boulder StartUp Week Product Management track sponsor, SOVRN.

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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 and comments 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 039: Susan Crouse, CEO, Traxart Toys

Episode 039: Susan Crouse, CEO, Traxart Toys

 
 
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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 39 is Susan Crouse, CEO of Traxart Toys – a company founded to get kids back on the ground and playing with toys.

Among many things, Susan and I chat about:

  • What drew a long time, high-end product development manager to toys
  • Why being a product developer is great prep for becoming a CEO
  • Susan’s enthusiastic advocacy for rapid prototyping
  • And the cruel irony underlying the fundraising challenges faced by women in tech 

Follow Susan on Twitter @CEOTraxartToys.

SPECIAL NOTE: Traxart Toys is running a Kickstarter campaign through June 19, 2019. Learn more here.

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The Boulder Tech Podcast is presented by Boulder Startup Week 2019 Title sponsor, Techstars. At the core, Techstars is a company founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. With more than 300,000 alumni and 10,000 mentors across 150 countries, Techstars is a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. To learn more, go-to techstars.com

Episode #39 of the Boulder Tech Podcast is presented by Boulder StartUp Week Product Management track sponsor, SOVRN.

***

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 and comments 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 038: Kristin Darga, Founder, Impact Founder

Episode 038: Kristin Darga, Founder, Impact Founder

 
 
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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 38 is Kristin Darga, Founder of Impact Founder – a multimedia conversation sharing real successes and failures of global entrepreneurs.  

Kristin and I get into a number of topics, including:

  • Why entrepreneurs — even the successful ones — are 3 times as likely to suffer from depression as the average person.
  • The personal experience that led her to create Impact Founder.
  • How primitive human archetypes still contribute to our actions today.
  • How impact founder serves as a bridge linking capitalism with art.

Follow Kristin on Twitter @ImpactFounder.