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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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#94: Why Customer Success is Vital to Your Startup and How to Do It Right

7/16/2019
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Today we’re revisiting an old episode where Matt spoke with Haresh Gangwani, co-founder and CEO of Bolstra, a customer experience company based here in Indianapolis as well as Don Aquilano, co-founder and managing partner at Allos Ventures, a Venture Capital firm that invests in high-potential, early-stage tech companies in the heart of the Midwest. The interview is from all the way back in July 2017, almost 2 years to the day. We’re bringing this one back around because it’s a great insight...

Duration:00:46:12

093- How to Raise Capital and Get Funded with CNBC's Alicia Syrett

7/9/2019
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Today we’re revisiting an old episode where Matt spoke with Alicia Syrett, founder and CEO of Pantegrion Capital, a seed and early-stage angel investment firm based in New York. However, you might know her better from her appearances on CNBC’s Power Pitch or MSNBC’s Your Business. The interview is from all the way back in April 2017. We’re bringing this one back around because her advice for when, why, and how to raise capital is as useful and relevant today as it was then. In fact, with...

Duration:00:56:11

#92: How to Build an Unstoppable Company Culture

7/2/2019
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If you’ve seen any of the buzz that’s been circulating the internet the last few years, you might think that tech company culture is all about catered lunches, ping pong tables and allowing dogs in the office. (Which totally misses the mark, but more on that later.) So does this mean that every company that has these perks has a great culture, or that more traditionally structured companies will never have a positive culture? Not at all! Having a great company culture has a lot more to do...

Duration:00:18:48

#91: How to Break Into Tech with Ruben Harris of Career Karma

6/25/2019
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The tech industry is growing rapidly. But there’s a shortage of skilled talent to match all the new positions being created. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has estimated that by 2026, careers in software development will increase by 24%. Which translates to a lot of open career opportunities in tech. Fortunately, there are many ways for people to learn these skills such as following the traditional path of a college. But for some, going to college isn’t an option – it’s expensive, it takes...

Duration:00:52:54

#90: How to lead a successful product team with Roger Deetz and Jeremy Leventhal of Springbuk

6/18/2019
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Product teams solve problems — problems that have never been solved. Therefore, product management teams must be extremely skilled in order to come up with great solutions to solve greater problems. Unfortunately, there is no tried and proven formula that can ensure higher performing teams. Different companies use different approaches, but knowing what has worked in the past can help business leaders build a successful team with a positive culture. On today’s episode of Igniting Startups,...

Duration:00:52:26

#89: How raising capital evolves company culture

6/11/2019
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There is one problem that most entrepreneurs seem to face: a lack of funding to start their business. Regardless of whether you are working on an MVP in a garage, or writing code for an app in a local cafe, raising capital is never easy. But once you have raised the capital you need, how do you create and build a skilled team to reach your mission? And how do you build the right type of company culture, one that makes every team member inspired to collaborate and do their best work? In this...

Duration:00:48:42

#88: A Master Class on the Scale-Up of Marketplace Models with Robert Preville of Kwipped

6/4/2019
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What is a marketplace business, and how does that model impact each aspect of a company’s strategy? How do you choose the right business model to succeed in a market-place driven world? In today’s episode, we talked with Robert Preville, an expert on marketplace businesses, serial entrepreneur, and investor that has founded and led several high-growth companies. Robert is the founder and CEO of Kwipped, a B2B marketplace platform headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina that matches...

Duration:00:44:22

#87: How To Create A Successful Venture Studio With Diversity And Mindfulness

5/28/2019
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#87: How To Create A Successful Venture Studio With Diversity And Mindfulness by Powderkeg

Duration:00:48:57

#86: How to Stand Out as a Software Developer and Become a Manager

5/21/2019
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Today’s episode is a recording of a live fireside chat with two amazing guests who flew in from the Valley and Portland, Maine to be here. This is the third of our Innovation Series in partnership with Kenzie Academy, a design and coding school right here in Indianapolis, Indiana. Before we begin the discussion with our guests, Chok Ooi, the founder of Kenzie Academy introduces the brand new General Manager of Kenzie Academy, Danielle McDowell. Chok and Danielle will update us on the amazing...

Duration:00:52:42

#85: How to Clear your Mind, Calm Your Nerves, and Pivot Like a Pro

5/14/2019
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Find out how practicing mindfulness (one of our Powderkeg core values) can help you in business and life. Jenny Blake, author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One, explains how she has managed multiple pivots in her career and in business through mindfulness practices.

Duration:00:49:27

#84: The Magic of Immersion for Startups and VCs with Upfront Ventures Partner Kara Nortman

5/7/2019
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Kara Nortman is the co-founder of Seedling and partner at Upfront Ventures. In this interview she recounts her evolution as a creative child from an adventurous family, to her role as a partner in the largest and most tenured venture capital fund in Los Angeles. Armed with an AB in Politics and an MBA from Stanford, Kara Nortman found herself the only person from business school attending a C++ class when she interned at Microsoft more than a decade ago. Before that, she delved deep into...

Duration:00:43:36

#83: Building Business Success Through Culture And Leadership with SendGrid CEO Sameer Dholakia

4/30/2019
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It takes guts, grit, and an uncommon dose of wisdom to lead a business team. Sameer Dholakia has all three qualities, plus two decades of leadership experience in enterprise software. Dholakia is the CEO of SendGrid, one of the world’s premier email delivery services. SendGrid serves 50,000 customers and delivers 1.3 billion emails each day—more than double Twitter’s daily Tweet volume. In addition to its classic transactional email API, SendGrid more recently rolled out an email marketing...

Duration:00:59:38

#82: The Most Efficient Way to Evolve Your Company Culture While Scaling-Up

4/23/2019
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Last week on the show, we heard some insight into what a tight-knit company culture looks like. This week we will be getting some insight on how a company can preserve this culture on a large scale. On today’s episode of Powderkeg Igniting Startups, we welcome three entrepreneurs and human resources specialists to share how they get companies ready to expand, and how they keep culture thriving as the company grows. First we have Co-Founder of Analytic.li Jana Fuelberth. She originally...

Duration:00:48:00

# 81: How to Build a Strong Company Culture with Jason Price of Covideo

4/16/2019
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Startups consider countless opportunities before getting a strong foothold in their market. They look for what products their audience wants, and why they don’t have it already. A lot of time can be spent researching, building and figuring the best course for product development. In the end the people making all these new ideas possible deserve a little recognition as well. This is where company culture comes into play. On this episode of Powderkeg: Igniting Startups we have Jason Price,...

Duration:00:42:13

#80: Practical Ideas, Habits, and Behaviors to Do Better Work with Max Yoder of Lessonly

4/9/2019
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Share before you’re ready. Leaders learn the answer. In this episode of Powderkeg: Igniting Startups, you’ll meet Max Yoder making his third appearance on the podcast. As the CEO of Lessonly, a rapidly scaling tech company in Indianapolis, Max views his job as helping people flourish, thrive and understand themselves. In this conversation Max shares his learnings as a founder and breaks down some of the core principles of his newest book, “Do Better Work.” The mantras and habits that he...

Duration:00:44:02

#79: How Successful Startup Teams Avoid Startup Failure

4/2/2019
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One of the most valuable experiences that entrepreneurs can learn from is the mistake that cost another entrepreneur their dream. Whether you’re building your first company or your tenth, entrepreneurship is full of uncertainty. And while success is always the goal, there are a thousand valuable lessons in startup failure. On today’s episode of the podcast you’ll hear from three serial entrepreneurs about the biggest mistakes to avoid when building a startup. First, you’ll meet Michael...

Duration:00:43:26

#78: Professional Networking Tips from Evan Burfield from Union and Stephen Ozoigbo of LIONS@frica

3/26/2019
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Networking is similar to a contact sport like football, soccer or basketball. If you don’t really put in the work, then you might as well stay on the sideline. Building a network can be a little intimidating -- whether you are just starting out, navigating a career change or are even mid-career and just need a boost. On today’s episode of Powderkeg: Igniting Startups, you’ll learn from two serial entrepreneurs that built entire networks full of career-changing relationships, all by using...

Duration:00:54:03

#77: A Master Class on Product Development Process with Innovatemap

3/12/2019
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The product development process needs far more than just an exciting idea and money. Your idea is just the beginning. You also need a team to get it out of the dream phase, and a plan to keep it on track. Not to mention, a marketing strategy that clearly defines the problem to your audience—and why your product is the solution. Today on the Igniting Startups podcast, you’ll learn how to take a product from concept to market. Joining us are two veterans in the field of new product...

Duration:00:55:08

#76: Inside Corporate Innovation and Startup Collaboration with Chris Gray of Cummins

3/5/2019
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Corporate innovation marks an enormous opportunity for tech companies today. Large organizations are embracing innovation and disruption to stay competitive in their industries, sometimes partnering with startups that can provide efficient solutions. But these partnerships can be tricky to manage, as startups and corporations tend to work at different speeds and often have goals that aren’t clearly aligned. Fortunately, our guest on this episode is one of those rare tech professionals who...

Duration:00:51:04

#75: How Thought Leadership Marketing Wins Customers with Chris Lucas and Nick Tippmann

2/25/2019
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Thought leadership marketing goes far beyond solidifying your industry expertise and authority. What’s more important (and more difficult) is establishing trust and influence. This is what creates an entry point for your customers. It’s often not a quick process, but when done right, it builds a steadily filling funnel of warm leads. On today’s episode of the Igniting Startups podcast, we’ll look at how to establish yourself—or another influencer at your company—as a thought leader in your...

Duration:00:51:20