Speaking Startup covers news and issues important to Missouri entrepreneurs.


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The big significance of Small Business Saturday


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• A look at inclusion and Global Entrepreneurship Week

• A new name in local news

• A grassroots group of women helping women lead 

• The art of the elevator pitch

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Hosts:

Seth Bodine

Isabelle Robles

 

JUNE 21, 2019

Entrepreneurship education goes to prison

In this episode, we travel to a prison in Vandalia, where the state piloted a new program designed to teach prisoners the skills necessary to start their own businesses once they're released. Then, we turn our attention to the future of transportation in an interview with Jy Maze, founder of Maze Freight Solutions, a 2-year-old freight and logistics company based in Kansas City.


JUNE 28, 2019

Funding talk with the Women's Capital Connection

This episode includes headlines from the past week in Missouri startup news (1:28), an excerpt from Pitchin', a new podcast about student startups (2:52), an interview with Kelly Sievers of the Women's Capital Connection in Kansas City (6:47) and noteworthy numbers from the week gone by and a quote to close (13:20).


JULY 12, 2019

Navigating Missouri's CBD industry

In this episode, we check in with Kevin McGinnis. A former Sprint executive, McGinnis is now working to build the Keystone Innovation District, a district he envisions as a central hub for entrepreneurship in Kansas City. We also chat with Kristen Williams, the CEO and creative director of a Columbia startup called Hempsley. Williams is part of a wave of entrepreneurs trying to build businesses in Missouri's burgeoning CBD industry.


JULY 19, 2019

Smart homes and wellness at work

In this episode, we hear from hear from Blake Miller, founder of Homebase, a Kansas City startup that makes software to help landlords manage "smart" residences. We also have a conversation with Tara Gregor, owner of BreakWell. The St. Louis-based company brings wellness education to businesses, which Gregor says is important for employee productivity and retention.


JULY 26, 2019

Bringing tech innovation to the farm

In this episode, we stopped by the InfoAg conference in St. Louis to chat with Vijay Chauhan of GlobalSTL, an organization that works to recruit international startups to the St. Louis area. Then, we visit with Anurag Patel, co-founder of Helix Health, a Kansas City startup that uses data analytics to help health care providers create preventive care for patients with chronic diseases.


AUGUST 1, 2019

The business of yoga ... with goats

In this episode, we traveled to a Missouri farm to speak to local entrepreneur Jessica Baker about her new business: goat yoga. Then, we visited with Mindy McCubbin, one of the founders of a new angel investing group in Columbia, the Women’s Investment Network for Entrepreneurs.


SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

A postcard from the businesses of a small-town square

This week's show offers a glimpse of the entrepreneurial scene in Marshall. The mid-Missouri town was the destination for the latest installment of the Outstate project, which looks at entrepreneurship in small-town Missouri. In a sneak peek of our work from Marshall, we take a look at a staple of the town's business landscape — the square. (Stay tuned for much more from Marshall when the full project goes live later this month.) Then, we hear Isabelle's interview with Meghan Winegrad, the founder and CEO of Generopolis, a St. Louis-based social venture and online marketplace. She reflects on running a mission-based startup.


SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

Assessing the state of VC in KC

On this episode of speaking startup, Isabelle looks into a maker fair that was hosted by The Loop in Columbia and focused on small-scale entrepreneurship. Then Seth shares his interview with Adam Arredondo, executive director of the Kansas City Startup Foundation, about a recent report that came out that has details about Kansas City businesses that gained venture funding.


SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

The expansion of a Springfield accelerator

On this episode of Speaking Startup, we speak with Rachel Anderson, the director of the Efactory in Springfield. The Efactory is a resource center for entrepreneurs that recently received a federal grant to allow its expansion. Then, we hear from Jason Harrington, the founder of SpraySeeMO, a festival in Kansas City that highlighted spray-paint muralists.


SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

A new event to connect KC entrepreneurs to capital

This episode features a blend of entrepreneurial endeavors old and new. First, we hear from RJ Pahura, co-founder of FUND Conferences. FUND hosts events to connect entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and it's hosting its first Kansas City conference Oct. 9-10.Then, we catch up with Gary White. He's the CEO of Kansas City-based Water.org, which uses microfinancing to bring water and sanitization to people around the world.


OCTOBER 3, 2019

Recruiting top tech talent 'Back2KC'

On this episode, we hear an interview with Jessica Powell of the Kansas City Startup Foundation. She's helping organize #Back2KC, an event that aims to bring top professionals with Kansas City roots back to the area. Then, we hear a conversation reporter Rashi Shrivastava had with Naga Rayapati. Rayapati, who created GoGetter, a job matching marketplace for software contractors.


OCTOBER 10, 2019

Revitalizing rural Missouri through entrepreneurship

On this episode of Speaking Startup, we hear an interview with Sandy Allison, the executive director of the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation in mid-Missouri. As part of Missouri Business Alert’s Outstate project, we spoke with Allison about her ideas on how to revitalize small towns like Marshall. Then, we turn to a conversation with Dr. Michael Holtzman, a physician and professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Holtsman has done pioneering research about respiratory disease, and he formed a startup to commercialize some of that research.


OCTOBER 17, 2019

Cultivation Capital goes coastal

In this episode of Speaking Startup, we speak with Cliff Holekamp, co-founder and managing director of Cultivation Capital. Holekamp co-founded the St. Louis venture capital firm in 2012, and he recently retired from his position as an entrepreneurship professor at Washington University in St. Louis to focus more on his work at Cultivation Capital. His move comes at a big time for the firm: Cultivation Capital has recently announced the establishment of offices in Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.


OCTOBER 25, 2019

The art of the elevator pitch

In this episode of Speaking Startup, we get tips for an effective elevator pitch from Columbia Startup Weekend organizers and participants. Then, we travel to Glasgow to tell the story of Fred Foley, who pulls double duty as the owner and chef of a local restaurant and the mayor of the mid-Missouri town. We also sit down with Conner Ruhl, whose idea of an app for paragliders was one of the big winners at Columbia Startup Weekend.


NOVEMBER 1, 2019

A grassroots group of women helping women lead

In this episode of Speaking Startup, we hear from Lauren Conaway, the founder of InnovateHER KC, a group that promotes the professional advancement of women in the Kansas City area. After that, we sit down with Brandon Erbschoe and Jacob Muchow of QuarkWorks to talk about the Columbia app developer’s plans for expansion. Plus, we have the week's news and numbers in Missouri startups.


NOVEMBER 7, 2019

A new name in local news

On this episode of Speaking Startup, we hear from Kelsey Ryan, the creator of the Beacon, a non-profit news organization launching in Kansas City. Then, we spoke with Carrie Gartner, executive director of the Loop CID. That, and the latest headlines in entrepreneurship news.


NOVEMBER 15, 2019

A look at inclusion and Global Entrepreneurship Week

On this episode of Speaking Startup, it's almost Global Entrepreneurship Week. The worldwide series of entrepreneurship-focused events takes place Nov. 18-22, and Kansas City is slated to host more than 200 of those events. To mark the occasion and explore one of the week's key themes — inclusion — we visit with Mary Shannon, who's the founder of Connectus Worldwide and serves on the organizing team for Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kansas City. Then, we chat with Nia Richardson of InnovateKC. The 16-week "startup in residence program" connects technology startups to city departments in an effort to develop solutions to challenges facing city government.


NOVEMBER 21, 2019

The big significance of Small Business Saturday

On this episode of Speaking Startup, we speak to Linda Landon and Hope Snyder of RLadies-MidMO, a data science community in Columbia. Then we speak with Nickie Davis, the executive director of The District in downtown Columbia to talk about small business in the holiday season. That, and the latest headlines and numbers in entrepreneurial news.

 

Hosts:

Elliot Baumann

Suman Naishadham

Joe Siess

 

FEBRUARY 1, 2019

Surveying Missouri's startup landscape in 2019

In this episode, we check in with representatives from the state's four biggest startup ecosystems to to get a sense of what 2019 holds in store for early-stage companies in Missouri.


FEBRUARY 15, 2019

Trash to treasure

In this episode, we take a look at three organizations that are turning trash into treasure, making environmental sustainability a focus by recycling resources to generate revenue.


FEBRUARY 22, 2019

Health care's Digital Future

In this episode, we set out to answer a question: is the future of health care on your phone? We found that digital technology is not only the future, but a huge part of the present health care industry.


MARCH 11, 2019

Invisibly, AdSwapper and the changing world of ad tech

In this episode, we look at the ad-tech industry. The web provides an unprecedented opportunity for advertisers to collect user data and more effectively advertise to them. But has this model grown old?


MARCH 21, 2019

Getting started in medical marijuana

This episode is all about the future of the medical cannabis industry in Missouri. Voters approved a constitutional amendment that legalized marijuana for medical use in November, opening the door for entrepreneurs and investors from across the state to participate in an industry that has proved lucrative in states like Colorado and California.


APRIL 19, 2019

The risky business of music festivals

On this episode, we’re taking a look at the business of music festivals in Missouri. At their core, they all share one thing: ambitious entrepreneurs looking to harness their growing popularity and make money. But in their race to become the Coachella of the Midwest, overspending or under-planning can lead to catastrophe.


MAY 3, 2019

Your business does what?

In this episode, we ask the question, "Your startup does what?" We talk with entrepreneurs behind some of the most unusual Missouri-based companies we've encountered to learn about where their ideas came from and how they turned them into viable businesses.

 

Hosts:

Annika Merrilees

Megan Liz Smith

Michael Stacy

 

JUNE 14, 2018

Ripple Glass' rise, net neutrality's demise, AI in the office

This episode covers Gov. Mike Parson meeting Missouri businesses (0:39), net neutrality's repeal and its effect on local startups (5:04), Answers founder David Karandish's new AI startup (8:24), reporter Kristoffer Tigue's trip to Kansas City to learn about Ripple Glass (10:45) and a look at numbers from the week in entrepreneurship news (16:44).


JUNE 22, 2018

AMC answers MoviePass; Zach Pettet on KC's new fintech accelerator

This episode covers how Kansas City's AMC Theatres responded to the challenge posed by the upstart MoviePass (0:53), what a new World Health Organization classification could mean to the burgeoning esports industry (4:30), two efforts announced this week to fund Kansas City startups (8:25), a Q&A with Zach Pettet, managing director of Kansas City's new Fountain City Fintech accelerator (11:40) and a look at important numbers from the week in entrepreneurship news (17:30).


JUNE 29, 2018

Amazon delivery, sales tax, KC Crew, True/False

This episode covers a new Amazon program aimed at helping entrepreneurs create their own delivery services (1:00), a U.S. Supreme Court vote to allow states to charge tax on online retail (2:43), KC Crew, a business that organizes adult sports leagues in Kansas City (5:10), a Q&A with Mason Aid, a Columbia-based diversity and inclusion specialist (8:32), a Q&A with Tynan Stewart, a Columbia Missourian reporter, about changes at the True/False Film Fest (14:15) and a look at important numbers from the week in entrepreneurship news.


JULY 6, 2018

Immigrant entrepreneur rule in limbo, Uber for lawns launches

This episode covers what a $28.6 billion state budget means for Missouri entrepreneurship (0:59), the International Entrepreneur Rule (1:51), the acquisition of Welltodo, a St. Louis migraine-management startup (4:11), a Q&A with Mow Magic co-founders Ryan Leffler and Mike Braun (6:04), a Q&A with Kristoffer Tigue, the Missouri Business Alert reporter who covered the re-opening of St. Louis’ gateway arch and the business district it will impact (12:40) and a look at important numbers from the week in entrepreneurship news (16:40).


JULY 13, 2018

Plastic straws, blockchain, Talent for Tomorrow, Digital Sandbox KC

This episode covers the first fiscal year of the Missouri Technology Corporation after major cuts to its state funding (1:00), Talent for Tomorrow, an initiative aimed at improving Missouri's workforce (3:00), a Digital Sandbox KC announcement of two new grants (5:20), a discussion with Missouri Business Alert reporter Kristofer Tigue on how companies in the state are getting rid of plastic straws (8:13), a Q&A Chris Mertens, the founder of Blossom, a St. Louis based company bringing blockchain technology to the energy industry (14:30) and a look at important numbers from the week in entrepreneurship news (22:40).


JULY 20, 2018

Techstars’ new KC class, Arch Grants’ annual report, scooters in St. Louis

This episode covers Techstars' newest cohort (1:00), scooter startups in Kansas City and St. Louis (2:12), an interview with the executive director of Arch Grants, a nonprofit that’s looking to build up St. Louis’ startup community (4:55), a Q&A with Missouri Business Alert reporter Kristoffer Tigueabout an entrepreneurship project we'll be releasing soon (10:43) and a look at important numbers from the week in entrepreneurship news (14:40).


JULY 27, 2018

Disrupting payday lending in KC; supporting entrepreneurs in Kirksville

This episode looks at a Techstars startup hoping to offer an alternative to payday loans (1:11), a veto by Gov. Mike Parson of a bill that had support from Missouri tech companies (3:20), Rightfully Sewn, a Kansas City startup that provides training and job placement for at-risk individuals (5:15), a Q&A with Carolyn Chrisman, executive director of the Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center in Kirksville (6:55) and a look at important numbers from the week in entrepreneurship news (12:45).


AUGUST 4, 2018

Feds mull fintech; TripSushi talks travel; Mission Taco cuts straws

This episode covers changes to the way fintech is regulated (0:57), Kansas City’s Innovation Partnership Program (3:05), an update on a story from a previous episode (5:06), a Q&A with TripSushi founder Spencer Carlson (7:08), a Q&A with Adam Tilford, co-owner of the St. Louis-based chain Mission Taco Joint (14:30) and a look at important numbers from the week in entrepreneurship news (18:36).


AUGUST 24, 2018

St. Louis VC, Startup Week, car sharing

This episode explores the carsharing startup Getaround that has been raising a lot of capital lately (1:13), the annual venture capital report for 2017 from the St. Louis Regional Chamber (3:53), KC startups vying for the chance to speak at SXSW (5:44), an interview with Jason Wiens about startup week in Kansas City (7:17) and a look at important numbers from the week in entrepreneurship news (13:01).


SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

A craft beer boom and a ‘fake meat’ fight

This episode includes Missouri's new regulation for plant-based meat alternatives (0:44) and the craft brewing boom in St. Louis (2:45), an interview with Parker Boron, a University of Missouri senior and the co-founder of marketing startup Apex Media (4:54), a look at important numbers for the week in entrepreneurship news (16:57) and top headlines in startup and entrepreneurship news from across Missouri (17:56).


SEPTEMBER 7, 2018

A method to the scooter-sharing madness

This episode covers the unexpected, last-minute cancellation of LouFest (1:05), Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's special legislative session on STEM careers (4:07), an interview with Scott Latham about the strategy and risks behind scooter startups' aggressive go-to-market strategy (6:55), a look at important numbers from the week in entrepreneurship news (12:16) and top headlines in startup and entrepreneurship news from across Missouri (13:53).


SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

The wide-open world of AI

This episode covers how technology is changing the grocery industry (0:48), a new University of Missouri System accelerator for student startups (3:44), AI entrepreneur Dave Copps (5:46), a look at important numbers from the week in entrepreneurship news (20:32) and top headlines in startup and entrepreneurship news from across Missouri (21:46).


OCTOBER 6, 2018

Podcast creator Amy Martin on the business of audio journalism

This abridged episode includes an interview with Jack Schroeder, founder of the specialty sauce retailer Lost in the Sauce (1:14) and an interview with Amy Martin, creator of the "Threshold" podcast, about what it's like making a living as a podcaster, and what it takes to get started (7:50).


OCTOBER 17, 2018

Techweek Kanas City debrief; Startup Weekend Columbia reflections

This episode includes a Techweek Kansas City recap (1:13), an interview with Ross Scanlan and Jake Eovaldi, two of the founders of the app SL.APP (8:16), a look at important numbers in recent entrepreneurship news (18:05) and a rundown of startup stories from across the state (19:22).


OCTOBER 23, 2018

Lessons in language from an executive coach; coworking as a high school class

This episode includes an interview with Sheyvette Dinkens, a Kansas City area teacher turning her classroom into a coworking space (1:22), an interview with Trisha Scudder, a University of Missouri alumna and longtime executive coach, who recently returned to MU to accept an award (11:33), a look at important numbers in recent entrepreneurship news (15:50) and a rundown of startup stories from across the state (16:53).


NOVEMBER 17, 2018

Cannabis entrepreneurs and Missouri’s emerging market

This episode includes a rundown of startup news from across the state (1:14), an interview with Robin Ann Morris, founder of an Ohio-based staffing agency for the medical marijuana industry (2:37), an interview with Kristen Williams, the founder of a Columbia-based startup called Hempsley (8:23) and a look at important numbers in cannabis entrepreneurship news (18:58).


DECEMBER 19, 2018

Chatting coworking with Hatchery founder Amanda Quick

This episode includes a rundown of startup news from across the state (0:57), an interview with Amanda Quick, founder of the Hatchery, a coworking space in Columbia that offers childcare and maternity programs (2:05) and a look at important numbers in coworking news (11:07).

 

Hosts:

Emma Rhyner

Michael Stacy

Samantha Stokes

 

MARCH 16, 2018

IPOs, ICOs and Startup Weekend KC — for free

In this episode, our hosts have a roundtable discussion about SixThirty and World Wide Technology partnering, key findings from a new Kauffman Foundation survey, and a new app that takes users “off the grid.” We also exchange digits from the week in entrepreneurship news.


MARCH 23, 2018

Ax-throwing in KC; startup support at SEMO; Build-A-Bear founder Maxine Clark

This episode features a roundtable discussion about startup support organizations in southeast Missouri, ax-throwing clubs in Kansas City and the fallout from Facebook’s latest scandal (1:16), an interview with Maxine Clark, the founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop (11:00), and takes a look at upcoming startup news by the numbers (15:41).


APRIL 6, 2018

Firebrand Ventures’ new fund, SixThirty’s plans, esports in Columbia

This episode includes a roundtable discussion covering Firebrand Ventures’ new $17.7 million fund (1:38), SixThirty’s progress toward a new $20 million fund (3:43), a marquee collegiate esports event taking place in Columbia (5:45), and a look at this week’s important numbers in Missouri startup news (8:53).


APRIL 13, 2018

The ‘We Create KC’ report, Strange Donuts’ expansion, Zuckerberg in Washington

This episode features a roundtable discussion covering KCSourceLink’s We Create KC Report(1:04), Strange Donuts’ expansion and franchise plans (2:49), Pitchbook’s Venture Monitor report (6:06), and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate testimony (8:26). Plus, we take our weekly look at the important numbers in Missouri startup news (12:30).


APRIL 17, 2018

Startup Visa limbo; top small cities to start businesses

This episode features a roundtable discussion covering startup visas (1:00), the most cost-effective small cities to start a business (2:59) and the REDI Women’s Pitch Competition (4:50). Plus, we take our weekly look at the important numbers in Missouri startup news (7:35).


APRIL 20, 2018

Bike-sharing in St. Louis, foreign investment regulation, Branson’s sinkhole hotel

This episode features a roundtable discussion covering bike-sharing in St. Louis (1:50), bills that could restrict foreign investment in the U.S. (4:08), a new Kansas City marketplace showcasing local vendors (6:55), and Johnny Morris’ sinkhole hotel (8:48). Plus, we take our weekly look at the important numbers in Missouri startup news (11:15).


MAY 4, 2018

Sprint merger’s ripple effects; 1 Million Cups turns 6

This episode features a roundtable discussion covering what the Sprint sale means for startups (2:31), a major court ruling for the gig economy (5:40), the Tiger Cage pitch competition (8:13) and One Million Cups’ 6th birthday (10:06). Plus, we take our weekly look at the important numbers in Missouri startup news (13:07).


MAY 11, 2018

Square’s St. Louis expansion; FestPop’s move to KC

This episode features a roundtable discussion covering Square’s expansion in St. Louis (1:47), FestPop’s move to Kansas City (4:09) and the effect of entrepreneurship on moms (9:46). Plus, we take our weekly look at the important numbers in Missouri startup news (12:52).