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Entrepreneurship Doesn't Require Background Checks

Can entrepreneurship be a tool stop recidivism? We think so! In this episode, we lay out a path for people released from prison that they cannot only re-enter society but have a successful transition. In the first segment, we discuss getting your financial house in order. We discuss making a budget, assessing the debts that may have accrued while serving time. Next, we share with people who do not want to start a company, organizations that are friendly to people that serve time. We also...


Austen Allred (Co-Founder of Lambda School)

Is the way we pay for higher institution learning about to fundamentally change? One founder surly thinks so! In this episode of The Startup Life, we talk to Austen Allred, Co-Founder of Lambda School. He shares with us his early beginnings in Utah and selling things on eBay. Next, he shares with us how one of his greatest challenges was understating the importance of instructional design in the beginning. Lastly, before the break, he shares with us that students at Lambda school not only...


Kelvin Woods (Co-Founder of The Tee Shirt Lab)

What does it take to start a business in a dorm room and grow it to a multiple location success? In this episode of The Startup Life, we talk to Kelvin Woods, Co-Founder of The Tee Shirt Lab. He talks to us about how his car is a mobile university to why he calls his employees team members. Later, he shares why he purposely opened a store in Orange Mound, Tennessee. After the break, he shares why his faith is important to him as he builds his business. Later goes on to share with us the...


Louisa Shepherd (Director Of Collective Impact At Epicenter)

On your path of entrepreneurship, do you really have to take that journey alone? In this episode of The Startup Life, we bring back Louisa Shepherd as she discusses her new role since we last spoke and how she helps entrepreneurs. She explains to us why Memphis is a hotbed for minority and women-owned businesses and other benefits new businesses bring to communities. After the break, we discuss what the next generation entrepreneurs need to learn in order to be successful in a 21st-century...


The Money Game

What is the delayed gratification mindset? Are you staying on your spot? In this episode of The Startup Life, we dive into the benefits of the delayed gratification mindset. Next, we dispel the myth that its really hard to make money in this country? After the break, we hop into the perceptions of good debt vs. bad debt. Then, we talk about the pros and cons of capitalism. Lastly, we explain the the Networking/Reminding/Staying On Your Spot doctrine which is what all successful...


How To Win A Pitch Competition

Are you pitch competition ready? How can a family member or friend help you win? In this episode of The Startup Life, we dive into the tools you need to win a pitch competition. We start off with explaining how to get rid of the nervousness. Next, we focus on a game-winning format to follow to win your next pitch competition. After the break, we go over the game plan that has you in a winning position before you even step on stage. We break down why doing reconnaissance on LinkedIn will...


Time To Take A Break

Where has Dominic been? Is he still alive? In this episode, we talk about taking a break from your business in order for it to move forward. In the first half of the show, we dive into where we have been from taking a real vacation in a few years to the growth of our parent company OWLS, LLC. Next, with the recent announcement of Colin Kaepernick being the head of a major Nike campaign it became a very hot topic around the country. We give our take on the situation. Lastly, before the...


It's Okay To Leave

Think you are ready to leave your job? In this episode, we discuss just that. In the first segment, we talk about some of the signs that may lead you leaving your job. Dreading going to work and then procrastinating when you get there come to mind. Next, we shift to the process of actually quitting. Properly quitting is very important. After the break, we discuss the next steps after quitting. Doing some traveling or taking time to just relax are important before to take on your next...


How To Start A League

Is starting your league out of reach? In this episode, we give you the tools to do just that. In the first half of the show, we discuss learning the models of successful leagues before you get started. This could be pivotal as you decide to create a local or national league. Next, we shift our focus to the type of venues to seek out to play league games. Lastly, before the break, we break down what to look for in a league commissioner if you decide not to do it yourself. After the break we...


It's Never Too Late

Far too often society tells us that young entrepreneurs are the standard, which is not true. So in this episode, we discuss this notion and more. We consider some of the reason why older entrepreneurs have advantages over their younger counterparts. Life experiences and established relationships come to mind. Later we discuss one of the most significant issues of starting a company while having a family and how to overcome them. After the break, preparing for a life of instability can be...


Reclaim Your Time

Can you get your time back? Not exactly but we can probably get our sanity back from losing time. In this episode, we discuss some of the benefits of time management. We talk about having a planner to why having proper time management allows you to get more done. In the next segment, we discuss the importance of sleep and how it saves time to not only trying to win back customers but also adds more years to your life. After the break, we discuss ways to save time to maximizing your Uber...


Frank Cottle (Founder & CEO of Alliance Virtual Offices)

Can you simply start a business from anywhere? In this episode, we sit down with Frank Cottle (Founder & CEO of Alliance Virtual Offices) to answer that question and more. Frank talks about growing up learning about the entrepreneurial mindset. Frank also goes on to explain why building relationships are really important to the entrepreneur. Lastly before the break, Frank explain how his day starts depending on where the sun is rising. After the break, He goes on to explain how a being an...


Corbin I. Carpenter (Attorney & Managing Member of Carpenter Law, PLLC)

What is municipal finance? In this episode, we sit down with Corbin Carpenter of Carpenter Law to explain that and so much more. He shares why his parents are so influential in his development as an entrepreneur. He shares with us what motivates him as he pursues his many different interests. Corbin also shares with us the bigger responsibility of running a business. After the break, Corbin shares with us what its like to run a law firm. He goes on to share the massive responsibility of...


Paul Lattibeaudaire Jr. & Emilio Porter (Hosts of the Educated Hustle Podcast)

Can two friends make a successful podcast? In this episode, we sit down with Paul Lattibeaudaire Jr and Emilio Porter of the Educated Hustle Podcast to tell us how it all got started. Paul shares with us his early entrepreneurial days of selling candy in class and now starting to get into the real estate game. Emilio shares how he charts his own path and why he has to be passionate about something in order to pursue it. They both share who inspires them as an entrepreneur. Later in the...


Tiffany Perry (Founder & Blogger of

Can you turn your love of traveling into a business? Tiffany Perry, Founder, and Blogger of Wanderblush says yes. In this episode, she explains some of her trail and error of posting on social media. Later she explains that professional development should be about something you are passionate about. Follow Wanderblush on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Join us May 5th for Entrepreneurship 101 Follow The Startup Life Podcast Facebook Page Want gear from The Startup Life? Check out our...


It's Time To Lead

What does new leadership look like? In this episode, we sit down with JB Smiley as he lays out his vision for District 8. Check out JB’s platform Follow The Startup Life Podcast Facebook Page Want gear from The Startup Life? Check out our gear! Need great teaching resources? Great resources in our Teaching With Owls store.


What That Bitcoin Do?

Is Bitcoin just a fad or is it a global currency disruptor? In this episode, we discuss with financial expert Terrance SetepenRa Wilson to give his perspective. He discusses his longterm prospects on cryptocurrencies how you can profit from ancillary ventures related to Bitcoin. He also explains how cryptocurrency can uplift the African-American community. Later in the show he explains how you can get into bitcoin if you want to invest. Visit Terrance’s website Open Coinbase...


You've Bought The Block...Now What?

What do you do after you buy a piece of real estate? In this episode, we dive into the Buy The Block movement and talk about next steps moving forward. In the first segment, we discuss the different ways to start real estate investing. We discuss REIT’s and other real estate platforms like Prosper. Next, we talk about rental properties if you are looking for some residual income or maybe house flipping is another way to make money in the real estate space. In the second segment, we discuss ...


How To Start A Business

Are you ready to start your business? In this short episode of The Startup Life, we give a step by step approach to do just that. We start the episode with a brief background on why some either start or do not start a business. We start off with the business plan and why its the constitution of your business. We also discuss choosing a business plan and what to consider. We go on to explain finding funding, selecting a business structure, opening a business checking account, and more steps...


How To Beat Your Competition

Ready to smash the competition? In this episode we discuss exactly how to do that. In the first segment,[2:13] we consider ways how competition is an asset. In order to prove this point we discuss how competition forces you not to be complacent. Also when you have competition, it provides you with the opportunity to be the market leader. Lastly, we discuss an example of an entrepreneur who could benefit from more competition. In the second segment,[15:32] we discuss SWOT analysis. We discuss...