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Self Improvement for High-Growth Entrepreneurs and SaaS Leaders outside of Silicon Valley. Business Strategy from Tech Entrepreneurs, Startup Investors, and Business Experts. Entrepreneurship Education, Startup Funding, Business Coaching, Startup Ideas, Sales Training, Talent Acquisition, Leadership Training, Leadership Development, Business Podcast, Self-Help, Business Coaching, Young Entrepreneur, Successful Entrepreneur

Self Improvement for High-Growth Entrepreneurs and SaaS Leaders outside of Silicon Valley. Business Strategy from Tech Entrepreneurs, Startup Investors, and Business Experts. Entrepreneurship Education, Startup Funding, Business Coaching, Startup Ideas, Sales Training, Talent Acquisition, Leadership Training, Leadership Development, Business Podcast, Self-Help, Business Coaching, Young Entrepreneur, Successful Entrepreneur
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Self Improvement for High-Growth Entrepreneurs and SaaS Leaders outside of Silicon Valley. Business Strategy from Tech Entrepreneurs, Startup Investors, and Business Experts. Entrepreneurship Education, Startup Funding, Business Coaching, Startup Ideas, Sales Training, Talent Acquisition, Leadership Training, Leadership Development, Business Podcast, Self-Help, Business Coaching, Young Entrepreneur, Successful Entrepreneur

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#57: How to Leverage Regional Tech Differences for Fundraising Success w/ David Hall and Mike Preuss

9/5/2018
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As we discussed in our opening episode of Season 2, raising money for your startup works differently between the coasts than it does in Silicon Valley, New York, or Boston. Non-coastal founders need to build strong relationships and prove their business model if they hope to secure funding, and they also need to understand what makes their particular community tick. Because as it turns out, not all heartland tech ecosystems are created equal. This is a fact that our two guests for today’s...

Duration:00:54:07

#56: How to Fundraise in the Midwest w/ Venture Capitalist Don Aquilano, Shwetha Pai & Brian Powers

8/21/2018
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The data has shown that fundraising is a different kind of beast for Midwest-based startups. Unlike the investing scene in Silicon Valley, which is characterized by fierce competition and bullish investors, fundraising in the Midwest is grounded in a foundation of collaboration and strong relationships. There is funding out there for innovative, fast-growing tech companies in America’s heartland, but founders will struggle to secure it if they try to follow a coastal playbook. In this first...

Duration:00:49:00

#55: Investor Updates: The What, Why, and How w/ Ari Newman of Techstars and Mike Preuss of Visible

8/14/2018
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If your startup has secured funding or you’re currently seeking it, then you may have heard about the importance of investors updates. Keeping your investors informed about what’s going on within the company helps them better advise you and can directly benefit your business in the long run. However, exactly when and how to do this can be a bit confusing for first-timers, so we’ve brought on two experienced guests for today’s show to clear up the particulars. Our first guest, Ari Newman, is...

Duration:00:39:20

#54: Superconnector Secrets: How to Stop Networking and Start Connecting with Scott Gerber

8/8/2018
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No one likes the person at the conference or cocktail hour who’s only interested in promoting their company and handing out business cards. This shameless “networker” mentality will not only annoy everyone else in the room, but also hurt your business by burning bridges with potential collaborators. Fortunately, serial entrepreneur Scott Gerber is an expert on the other way to build business relationships—the way of the “connector.” Scott has based his whole career on business relationships...

Duration:00:51:52

#53: Why Tech Census Data Is Critical to Startup Growth Between the Coasts - A Roundtable Talk

7/31/2018
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If you want a tech community to grow, develop and thrive, it helps to know where it stands right now—how far it’s come, what advantages it has and what’s still holding it back. That’s exactly why Powderkeg teamed up with Raidious, an enterprise-grade digital marketing agency, and a slew of other organizations earlier this year to take the temperature of the tech community in our hometown of Indianapolis, IN. The results of our research were compiled in the first-ever Indianapolis Tech Census...

Duration:00:58:40

#52: Remote Work 2 - Liam Martin of Time Doctor & Staff.com on Benefits, Obstacles, & Best Practices

7/23/2018
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Here at Powderkeg, we believe the rising remote work movement goes hand-in-hand with our mission to connect the amazing tech communities growing and thriving across the country. In a previous episode of the podcast, the CEO and COO of Indianapolis-based Formstack shared how they built an exceptional remote culture spanning seven countries. Today, serial entrepreneur Liam Martin joins us to share some remote work secrets of his own. Liam is no stranger to managing a remote team. As co-founder...

Duration:01:03:25

#51: Why Working Moms Make Great Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Employees with Sarah Lacy of Pando

6/26/2018
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Let’s face it: In the tech world, motherhood is often viewed as something undesirable. Many employers and professional women think that having children will distract them from work, decrease their productivity, and make them less effective leaders. But what if the opposite is true? What if working moms actually make some of the very best entrepreneurs, investors, and employees? This is the opinion of Sarah Lacy, a Silicon Valley tech journalist turned entrepreneur. After writing and...

Duration:00:40:08

#50: Secrets to Industry Disruption w/ Voicemail Inventor Scott Jones, w/Summer Crenshaw & Ry Walker

5/15/2018
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And…we’re back! Powderkeg: Igniting Startups returns after a brief hiatus with something of an experiment ahead of season two of the podcast. (We’re calling it an “in-between-isode.”) This show features a Q&A-meets-pitch event featuring one veteran entrepreneur and two founders who are earlier in their journey and have exciting startups of their own. Our first guest is Scott Jones, a serial tech entrepreneur and investor who’s perhaps best known as the inventor of voicemail (yes, you read...

Duration:00:47:51

#49: Mastering Remote Work Cultures and Company Acquisitions with the CEO and COO of Formstack

10/24/2017
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Modern technology has made telecommuting and working remotely easier than ever before, opening the door for businesses to find and hire the best talent no matter where in the world they live. However, Chris Byers and Dustin Sapp will tell you that hiring the right people is only the first step; building an exceptional culture to support your remote team is equally important. Byers and Sapp are CEO and COO of Formstack, an Indianapolis tech company that provides easy-to-use, online...

Duration:00:54:02

#48: Rise of the Rest Roundtable Part 2: Innovation, Inclusivity and the Indiana Advantage

10/17/2017
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Last Thursday was a huge day for the Indianapolis tech community. AOL co-founder Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest tour bus stopped by, and ten high-growth startups competed for a chance to win a cool $100,000. In the end, the grand prize went to the water-testing company 120WaterAudit. The company’s CEO, Megan Glover, was among our panel of guests on last week’s episode of the Powderkeg Podcast, which you can check out here if you missed it. Even though Rise of the Rest Indy is over, the...

Duration:00:54:17

#47: LIVE! Rise of the Rest Part 1: Stories & Strategies from 5 Breakthrough Tech Entrepreneurs

10/10/2017
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This Thursday, AOL co-founder Steve Case’s sixth Rise of the Rest tour is making a stop in Indianapolis, IN, where Powderkeg’s headquarters are proudly located. Ten local tech companies will participate in a pitch competition that showcases the best in Indy entrepreneurship and promises a $100,000 investment for the startup that comes out on top. In anticipation of the event, I gathered all ten finalists for candid roundtable discussions about their companies, their struggles and successes,...

Duration:00:58:24

#46: Expert Product Design 101: A Case Study with the CEOs of Canvas and Innovatemap

10/2/2017
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A company’s product is its lifeblood. It’s the one thing most responsible for a company’s success or failure, which is why smart product design is an absolute must for every business. And truly expert-level product design goes much deeper than nailing the visual aesthetic for your website. I called in help from Aman Brar and Mike Reynolds, two respected Indianapolis-area CEOs, to unpack this very loaded and very important topic. Brar is the founder of Canvas, the first ever recruitment...

Duration:00:47:18

#45: Tech Platform Scaling & User-Generated Content Secrets w/ Sarah Adler, CTO of Spoon University

9/26/2017
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Building and scaling a tech platform is no easy task even for someone with a background and years of experience in software development, let alone a recent college grad with no formal tech education. But that’s exactly what Sarah Adler did when she co-founded Spoon University with her good friend and business partner. Setting out to build an online media platform featuring food and cooking-related content created by and for college students, Adler taught herself to code and created the first...

Duration:00:51:14

#44: How Don Wettrick of StartEdUp Teaches Life-Changing Innovation Secrets to High School Students

9/19/2017
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An education in innovative thinking can change a person’s life, opening the door to more fulfilling careers and better opportunities to make a real impact on the world. Unfortunately, it’s not something most people are likely to receive in a traditional academic setting—unless they’re a student of Don Wettrick. Wettrick is a teacher at Noblesville High School just north of Indianapolis, IN and the co-founder of StartEdUp, an organization that’s changing education by empowering innovation and...

Duration:00:44:45

#43: The Visionary and The Integrator: How Co-Founders of PERQ Work Together to Supercharge Growth

9/12/2017
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A talented co-founder can be an incredible asset to an entrepreneur, providing a second set of shoulders to bear the responsibilities of business and a second opinion to test ideas against. The right co-founder can compliment your strengths, compensate for your weaknesses and make every aspect of the company better than you could make it by yourself. But don’t just take my word from it. Instead, listen to business partners, Scott Hill and Andy Medley, co-founders of the marketing tech...

Duration:00:58:03

#42: How to Develop Your Inner Visionary Superpower with Scott Hill of PERQ

8/29/2017
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At Powderkeg, we believe every entrepreneur has their own personal superpower that makes them great at what they do. Scott Hill’s superpower is being a visionary—that is, being exceptionally capable of seeing opportunities that others can’t and understanding exactly how to prepare so he can seize them when the time is right. I met Hill at a pivotal time in my life, when I was still a college student in Bloomington, IN, and thinking about becoming an entrepreneur. Hill’s company, PERQ, was in...

Duration:00:45:59

#41: Startup Fundraising 101 with Serial Entrepreneur, Investor and Innovation Expert Rachael Qualls

8/22/2017
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A brief glimpse at Rachael Qualls’ resumé will convince you that she’s a true innovator in the world of venture capital and angel investing. A brief meeting with her at a Powderkeg pitch night in Kansas City, MO, convinced me that I had to invite her on the podcast to share her deep knowledge of fundraising and investing with our community of entrepreneurs. Qualls has a decade of experience building and investing in companies, first among the flourishing tech ecosystem in Nashville, TN, and...

Duration:00:50:42

#40: Top Finance Secrets for Overcoming Healthcare Obstacles with Susan Bratton and Stryker Warren

8/15/2017
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The U.S. healthcare industry is in the midst of a rapid evolution to accommodate changing government legislation, market pressures and technological opportunities. The environment is ripe for disruption by innovative startups, but health tech founders face a number of unique obstacles on the road to success. In this episode of Powderkeg: Igniting Startups, I sit down with health tech entrepreneurs Susan Bratton and Stryker Warren to learn more about these obstacles and how to surmount them....

Duration:00:39:23

#39: How Customer Success Can Be Your Company’s Secret Weapon with Don Aquilano and Haresh Gangwani

8/8/2017
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Following last month’s announcement that Powderkeg has officially become a product company, my team and I have been doing some intensive planning on how to build a world-class customer experience (CX). With this in mind, I sought out Haresh Gangwani of Bolstra and Don Aquilano of Allos Ventures for this episode to get the perspective and advice of two experts in the SaaS Customer Success space. Gangwani and Aquilano have a combined 30 years of customer success experience, Gangwani as a...

Duration:00:48:26

#38: How to Announce and Build a Tech Product on a Bootstrap Budget with DeveloperTown Partner

8/1/2017
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Last Thursday evening, in front of an audience of more than 600 tech entrepreneurs, professionals and investors, I had the privilege of making a monumental announcement. My company, Verge—a community of over 10,000 members in 8 cities across the country—is merging with Powderkeg and reinventing itself as a product company that will continue to serve this incredible community in new and exciting ways. Over the coming months, my team and I will be building a software product that will connect...

Duration:00:58:01