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UP00H: tackling the Series A/B capital gap in Ohio // a coffee chat with Bill Baumel and Jill Raderstorf (Ohio Innovation Fund)

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 bridging the gap between Silicon Valley and the Midwest by amplifying their companies’ access to capital and experienced talent, while redefining growth expectations among our founders and CEOs. They are committed to supporting the next generation...


UP00J: getting into venture and startup ecosystems // a coffee chat with Monique Villa (ModernCapital)

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 will Build in the Southeast. // Monique is also on the investment team for L.A.-based venture firm Mucker Capital, looking at Southeast companies, and she has created a local firm focused on supporting regional startups. She built a fellows...


UP025: Vlipsy // a search engine for short form videos as an alternative to gifs

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 expression within chat interfaces in 2015. Chris was the CEO of Meemo which was acquired by Kik and served as the Director of Media Solutions at Kik where he drove content for any products related to platform engagement through media...


UP00I: happy Thanksgiving from upside

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: Follow upside on Twitter:


UP024: Intrinio // powering fintech innovation with access to financial data

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 financial data for developers and investors. Intrinio was founded in 2012 and based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Learn more about Intrinio: Follow Rachel on Twitter: Follow upside on...


UP023: Super Dispatch // an automated back office for the car hauling industry

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 the Techstars Sprint Accelerator, it is based in Kansas City, Missouri. learn more about Super Dispatch: follow upside on Twitter:


UP00H: Tampa’s Emerging Entrepreneurial Hub // a coffee chat with Allie Felix (Embarc Collective)

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 experience spans venture capital, business development, and community. Having spent time with Draper University in Silicon Valley and Work-Bench in New York, Allie has worked closely with innovators from students to top entrepreneurial leaders on...


UP00G: Opportunity Funds // a coffee chat with Peter Brack (Hypothesis Ventures)

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 emerging markets and Opportunity Zones across the U.S. They believe there is a "tremendous opportunity to build a world-class venture firm focused on domestic emerging markets outside of the Bay Area.” According to Fortune, an Opportunity...


UP022: Concur // mission-driven skincare for a healthy microbiome (feat. Ross Baird of Village Capital)

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 with our natural biology and protect the microbiome. Concur focuses on getting to the core of skin issues using natural science. Concur, formerly known as Balm Skincare, was founded in 2016 and based in Columbus, OH. learn more about...


UP021: GenoPalate // personalized nutrition recommendations from your DNA

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 lifestyle information to deliver personalized insights for optimal healthy eating via DNA-based profiling. Their DNA analysis provide customers with genetic-based recommendations for foods that are scientifically best for their diet. GenoPalate...


UP020: Three Firefighters // airflow control and personnel accountability for burning buildings

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 augmenting manpower. The DoorBoss affixes to the door frame of the primary door used by firefighters. This controls airflow and allows the hardware to also account for personnel entering and exiting a structure for use in real time. Three...


UP019: Wicked Sheets // bed sheets for the fight against night sweats

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 Louisville, KY. learn more about Wicked Sheets: follow upside on Twitter:


UP00F: Kansas City rising // a Coffee Chat with John Fein (Firebrand Ventures)

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. follow John on Twitter: learn more about Firebrand Ventures: follow upside on Twitter:


UP00E: Silicon Valley to Nashville // a coffee chat with Andrew Goldner (GrowthX)

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 know-how. follow Andrew on Twitter: learn more about GrowthX: follow upside on Twitter:


UP018: Cuddle Clones // creating plush replicas of your pet

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 Cuddle Clones: follow upside on Twitter:


UP017: Set Scouter // simplifying residential film location scouting

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: follow upside on Twitter:


UP00D: four myths for investment outside of silicon valley

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:


UP016: mobius // finding wonder in waste

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: follow upside on Twitter:


UP015: Mixtroz // putting connection back into "networking"

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: follow upside on Twitter:


UP00C: listener feedback episode

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: