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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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#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: Rise of the Rest Roundtable 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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Duration: 00:58:01


#37: Time-Tested Tips for Building Winning Products from Powderkeg’s Kevin Bailey and Robert Harris

7/25/2017
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My ongoing search for the best and brightest tech entrepreneurs outside Silicon Valley leads me to a lot of remarkable founders building incredible companies all around the world. But for this episode of Powderkeg: Igniting Startups, I decided I’d look closer to home and consult with a few gifted minds inside my very own office. Robert Harris and Kevin Bailey are my colleagues at Powderkeg and its parent company, Verge, and they’re also two of the smartest and most talented people I know....

Duration: 00:53:01


#36: C-Level Brand Marketing and Innovation Secrets from ExactTarget CMO Turned VC, Tim Kopp

7/17/2017
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We talk a lot about the power of great mentors here on Powderkeg: Igniting Startups, and today I’m thrilled to introduce one of the most influential mentors I’ve had in my life. Tim Kopp is an experienced brand and digital marketer who’s taught me much of what I know as well as coached me throughout my evolving entrepreneurial journey. When I first met Kopp, he was CMO at ExactTarget, the Indianapolis SaaS startup that sold to Salesforce in 2013 for $2.5 billion. Prior to his time there,...

Duration: 00:44:31


#35: Expert Finance Tips to Power Your Company’s Growth from the Founders of mAccounting and Emplify

7/11/2017
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“Cash is king,” the old saying goes, and every entrepreneur will realize at some point along their journey that their business can’t run smoothly without a good financial model. But the intricacies of bookkeeping and accounting can be a bit daunting without a knowledgeable guide, which is why I found two to help me navigate this thorny issue. My first guest, Tom Gabbert, has 25 years of experience in financial management under his belt. He’s also the founder of mAccounting, an...

Duration: 00:59:34


#34: Blazing Your Own Trail and Strategic Risk Taking with Vidyard Co-Founder and CEO

6/20/2017
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Michael Litt (@michaellitt) is the CEO and co-founder of Vidyard, a leading provider of video hosting software for businesses and the kind of high-growth company you might expect to find in Silicon Valley. Although the company completed the prestigious Bay Area accelerator Y Combinator, it began and continues to operate in Kitchener, Ontario. CEO Michael Litt co-founded Vidyard in 2011, and the company has since raised over $60 million and gained world-class brands like LinkedIn, Lenovo,...

Duration: 00:33:35


#33: How to Level Up Your Marketing Game with Sales Funnels and Storytelling

6/12/2017
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If your business doesn’t have a clear, step-by-step process for turning curious consumers into paying customers, you could be losing revenue in missed opportunities. Fortunately, marketing whiz Russell Brunson provides expert advice in this week’s episode on capturing leads through the use of sales funnels and storytelling. Taking an early interest to marketing, Brunson has become an evangelist for sales funnels and the ability to fuel rapid business growth. His company, ClickFunnels, has...

Duration: 00:42:41


#32: How Shane Mac of Assist Raised Funding for His Startup Without Ever Asking for Money

6/6/2017
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Shane Mac, a Silicon Valley transplant from his hometown of Pekin, Illinois, is a master of building authentic relationships based on trust and personal connection. In fact, he’s so good at winning people over with his honest Midwestern brand image, that he’s learned how to raise capital without ever asking for money. I met Mac a few years ago at the Big Omaha conference in Omaha, Nebraska, and he’s consistently blown me away with his ability to grow funded companies ever since. He’s...

Duration: 01:05:15


#31: Unlocking Your Company’s Potential Through Commitments to Diversity and Personal Wellness

5/30/2017
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Heather Hartnett took a nontraditional path to the world of venture capital, and it’s ignited a great passion for enabling social change through technology and business. She now leverages her experience to help founders build better companies through commitments to diversity, personal wellness and positive impact. Hartnett began her career in venture capital but was quickly compelled to move into the philanthropy space, where she spent five years on the board of directors for the David...

Duration: 00:49:33


#30: Cooperating and Competing with Large Companies to Grow Your Startup

5/22/2017
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Brand marketer and venture capitalist Dave Knox is an expert in relationships between large companies and startups, as he has extensive experience working in both worlds. Knox began his career at Procter & Gamble, where he consistently pushed the envelope in terms of marketing and digital innovation, eventually spearheading the company’s development of digital business strategies. He left the company in 2010 to co-found The Brandery, a startup accelerator in Cincinnati, OH, leveraging his...

Duration: 00:51:08


#29: Startup CEO’s Guide to Bootstrapping to Profitability and Hosting Industry-Leading Conferences

5/15/2017
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Clint Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Emma, a SaaS company out of Nashville, TN, that has created a new standard of success for bootstrapping businesses and hosting innovative, engaging conferences. Smith and his co-founder conceived Emma’s email marketing platform in 2002 and took out a bank loan to fund their initial growth. By developing a healthy revenue model and focusing on customer acquisition from the start, they were able to break even on their cash flow only a year and a half...

Duration: 00:49:20

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