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Listen to Indy-based entrepreneurs and business-people, their experience and expertise. Have some laughs and learn along the way on this episode of Off the Circle. Your hosts are Douglas Karr and Ryan Grimes. We're sharing motivating stories, newly discovered businesses, exceptional leaders, and other topics associated with the great city of Indianapolis.


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Listen to Indy-based entrepreneurs and business-people, their experience and expertise. Have some laughs and learn along the way on this episode of Off the Circle. Your hosts are Douglas Karr and Ryan Grimes. We're sharing motivating stories, newly discovered businesses, exceptional leaders, and other topics associated with the great city of Indianapolis.






Michael Reynolds of InnovateMap: How Businesses Can Accelerate Their Digital Transformation Due to the Pandemic

On this episode, we interview Michael Reynolds of InnovateMap. His firm's expertise has been in assisting businesses to develop digital products and experiences. The pandemic has forced a transition of virtually every business to go digital with every aspect of their business. Whether it's their marketing efforts where in-person meetings and conferences have shut down, sales processes and meetings via online video conferencing, or even remote delivery of services... businesses have been...


Julie Kratz: How Inclusive Leadership Leads to a Positive Workplace Culture and Better Business Results

On this episode, we interview Julie Kratz. Julie is the founder and CEO of Next Pivot Point, an accomplished author, and public speaker. Julie is passionate about assisting business leaders focused on diversity and inclusion in the workplace to improve business results and workplace culture. Julie is an amazing, positive force in the workplace for helping businesses understand how inclusive leadership transforms workplace culture and business results. Julie provides some incredible feedback...


Fullstack PEO and CLA: Business Audits, Bookkeeping, Accounting, Taxes and Wealth Advisory Services

On this episode, we interview Randie Dial of CLA (https://www.claconnect.com/) (CliftonLarsonAllen) and Michael Kelly of FullStack PEO (https://www.fullstackpeo.com) about the importance of financial auditing, taxation, consulting, and wealth advisory services to privately held businesses. In May, CLA and FullStack PEO have teamed up to ensure that FullStack PEO customers had access to great financial advisors. We got to speak to Michael and Randie about company growth, tax issues, and when...


Jack Klemeyer: Leadership Coaching With An Uncertain Future

On this episode, we interview Jack Klemeyer, a veteran business coach with 25 years of experience. Jack provides his insight into the current uncertain economic future of business and how leaders should respond, react, and succeed. On this episode, we discuss some key issues that are near and dear to leaders' hearts during these troubling times: How do leaders continue to motivate employees in a downturn? How can leaders continue to maintain optimism? How do leaders know when to pivot when...


Torchlite: The Marketplace for Small Business Salesforce Essentials "Flexperts"

On this episode, we interview Susan Marshall, founder and CEO of Torchlite. Susan shares the organization's partnership and focus on supporting small businesses with their Salesforce Essentials implementations and support. Salesforce Essentials is a CRM that's specifically designed for small businesses from Salesforce. In true Salesforce fashion, the platform can be tailored to your business, is quite flexible, and has a ton of integration capabilities. Implementing, integrating, or...


How to Lead Like An Ally And Facilitate Inclusion in Your Workplace With Julie Kratz

On this episode, we interview Julie Kratz. Julie is a speaker, author, and leadership consultant who assists leaders with driving business results with proven strategies to pivot to the next level with diversity and inclusion. Despite the best of intentions, very few organizations are reaching their equality goals, even those deeply committed to diversity and inclusion. Our national protests and racial division, combined with the challenges with an economic crisis due to the pandemic, have...


Purpose.ly: Empowering Employers to Benchmark and Improve Employee Culture

In this episode Douglas interviews Indianapolis Entrepreneur, John Qualls. John has had an incredible career launching and leading several technology startups here in the city. His most recent company is Purposely (https://purpose.ly), a platform to empower employees or individuals to benchmark and optimize their culture to improve employee performance and satisfaction. Talent optimization is one of the most critical factors that will determine if your business is able to reach and exceed...


JBJ Legal: Not Your Traditional Law Firm

The traditional law firm model is a dinosaur. Clients dread the billable hour and have come to think of lawyers as a necessary evil rather than a trusted adviser and business partner. Entrepreneurs, small business owners, and individuals need a new way to work with sophisticated legal professionals. There is a better way to provide cost-effective, responsive, and dynamic legal services to clients. On this episode, we interview Hannah Kaufman Joseph and Kimberly Jeselskis, two of the founding...


WGU Indiana: Access To An Affordable, Fully Accredited Education for Busy Hoosiers

On this episode, we interview Alison Barber Bell, Chancellor of WGU Indiana, and Jacob Brown, Graduate of WGU's Master's in Business Leadership and Vice President of Fifth Third Bank. We discuss WGU's unique non-profit, accredited online degree program... from WGU's new Indiana offices downtown. WGU Indiana is an online, competency-based university established to expand access to higher education for Indiana residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree...


Sky Outfitters: A Buy-One-Give-One Apparel Company Serving The Homeless

On this episode, we interview Keaton Hendricks, founder of Sky Outfitters. Sky Outfitters is an online e-commerce company headquartered in Indianapolis. Since inception in 2016, Sky Outfitters (formerly known as Sky Footwear) has partnered with over 30 different homeless shelters across the Midwest and donated over 30,000 socks as a component of its “buy-one-give-one” mission. With every piece of apparel sold, the company donates that item to its homeless shelter of the month – August’s...


Chef Ben Hardy and Larry Dickerson on Indiana's Culinary Crossroads Initiative

On this episode, we interview Chef Ben Hardy and Larry Dickerson on Indiana's Culinary Crossroads Initiative. Team Indiana is a talented and diverse group of Hoosier chefs and home cooks headed to Dallas, TX to compete in the World Food Championships (https://worldfoodchampionships.com) October 16-20. They are representing the State of Indiana as part of the Culinary Crossroads initiative, with backing from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, Indiana Grown, and other underwriters....


Where Speed Matters: The State of 5G in Indiana

On this episode, we On this episode, we interview Sean Hendrix, the Director of Emerging Technology Partnerships for the Purdue Research Foundation and the managing director of the Indiana 5G Zone. We're discussing the latest public private initiatives to drive 5G implementation and innovation here in Indiana, the Indiana 5G Zone. The Indiana 5G Zone will occupy 3,000 square feet within the 24,000-square-foot downtown Indianapolis headquarters of the Eleven Fifty Academy, a non-profit...


Jeffrey Smith of City Wide Maintenance: Finding and Growing an Award-Winning Franchise

On this episode, we interview Jeffrey Smith. Jeffrey researched and identified a franchise opportunity and landed on janitorial services and commercial cleaning. City Wide Maintenance continues to grow and retain clients at phenomenal success and Jeffrey shares his experience here. City Wide is a management company in the building maintenance industry with more than 50 years’ experience offering janitorial and 20-plus other facility services. In 2005, Jeff Smith, an Indiana native, opened...


Upper Hand: A Suite of Tools for Sports Organizations to Tech-Enable and Manage Their Business Online

On this episode, we interview Kevin MacCauley and Myles Grote, co-founders of Upper Hand. Upper Hand offers sports organizations a suite of online tools to effectively manage their businesses. By offering solutions to manage lessons, camps, clinics, teams and memberships, Upper Hand enables sports businesses to cut through the clutter of administration and enhance the clients’ experience with their organization. Upper Hand also allows sports organizations to intelligently manage their...


Matt Hunckler and Powderkeg: Innovation Outside of Silicon Valley

On this episode, we interview Matt Hunckler of Powderkeg (https://powderkeg.com). There's no doubt of the massive impact Matt has had in Indianapolis on the technology community. From his origins as one of the first Orr Fellows (https://orrfellowship.org) to Powderkeg, he's skyrocketed and accomplished somethinging truly special. We discuss his journey and Powderkeg in this episode. Powderkeg is a network of more than 10,000 entrepreneurs, investors, developers, and supporters who are...


The 2019 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Man and Woman of the Year

On this episode, we interview Tim Houterloot, a ten year survivor of Hairy Cell Leukemia. Tim is a candidate for the Man & Woman of the Year (https://pages.mwoy.org/in/indy19/thouterloo) award. Also joining us is Katelyn Sussli, a campaign specialist for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as both this year's boy and girl of the year... Tyler and Piper! And of course their Moms are sharing the stories. We discuss Douglas' experience in a previous year's campaign, Tim's journey, as well...


Mayor Greg Ballard Discusses His Book: Less Oil or More Caskets

On this episode, we interview Indianapolis' former Mayor Greg Ballard. Mayor Ballard has written a new book, Less Oil or More Caskets: The National Security Argument for Moving Away From Oil (https://amzn.to/2I2puub). While that's a provocative title for a book, as a Marine who has served in Desert Storm, Mayor Ballard is passionate about our servicemen and also passionate about transportation technology. He discusses the intersection of the two in his newest book. While this may be viewed...


Matt Foley of ScoocH: From Soccer Dad to $6 Million Mobile Case Business

On this episode, we interview ScoocH President and Co-founder Matt Foley on his journey to rival the PopSocket by creating the No. 1 phone case for video streaming. Four years ago, Matt, along with fellow co-founder John Stagge, saw a void in wireless phone case technology and had an idea – a phone case with versatile one-handed use. Think snap bracelets. The unique kickstand feature of the ScoocH Wingman allows you to use your device in landscape and portrait mode with ease. Not to mention...


Mike Reynolds of Innovatemap: An Indiana Digital Product Agency

In this Martech Zone Interview, we speak to Mike Reynolds, founder of Innovatemap (http://innovatemap.com), a digital product agency. Mike has been ideating and delivering digital products to market for over 20 years. He is an expert in product management, user experience, and product marketing. Innovatemap helps companies of all sizes dream, design, and scale digital products and services. Innovatemap works with startups looking to build their product roadmap, scale-ups that are shifting or...


Episode 44: Brian Rowe of Perceivant: An Active Learning Interface and Reporting Platform for Higher Education

On this episode, we interview Brian Rowe of Perceivant. Brian has been a serial entrepreneur in Indianapolis since 2005, with his most notable success being the sale of iGoDigital to ExactTarget. Now, Brian is putting his knowledge of software to helping advance higher education. Perceivant (https://www.perceivant.com/) publishes and provides courseware that replace traditional textbooks with cost-effective and interactive learning experiences for both web and mobile applications. Each...