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Spare Room Radio is a Podcast featuring one-on-one conversations with Kansas City Startups and Entrepreneurs.

Spare Room Radio is a Podcast featuring one-on-one conversations with Kansas City Startups and Entrepreneurs.
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Spare Room Radio is a Podcast featuring one-on-one conversations with Kansas City Startups and Entrepreneurs.




Episode 13: Ernesto Ariel Suarez of Ariel Media talks Content Marketing, Kansas City, Cuba

Ernesto’s fascinating journey has led him to realize his dream of connecting the world through language. His company Ariel Media works on a number of different projects with clients all over the world with the goal of bringing Kansas City to the global community. I really enjoyed talking with Ernesto. Links: Ariel MediaThinkBig Partners

Duration: 00:51:10

Episode 12: Matt Watson of Stackify talks about Angel Investing, Bootstrapping and Kansas City

Entrepreneur and angel investor Matt Watson started a side business in 2003 helping car dealers get pictures online. 8 years later he sold VinSolutions for $135 million dollars to AutoTrader. Now he’s working on his new business, Stackify and investing in new Kansas City startups. In this episode we talk about the history of VinSolutions, creating a environment for growth, bootstrapping vs funding, helping his Dad at the flea market, Kansas City’s entrepreneurial community and a lot...

Duration: 00:57:30

Episode 10: Danny O'Neill - The Roasterie - Coffee, Kansas City, Culture

For 22 years Danny O’Neill has been searching the world for the best coffee beans to bring to his customers. It all started in High School on a student exchange program with Costa Rica where he fell in love with coffee farming. Years later he made the jump, starting a roasting company in the basement of his Brookside home when everyone he knew was telling him he was nuts. In this episode we talk about Danny’s journey, applying for the CIA, going to Ice Cream School, "Making it" and how...

Duration: 01:07:04

Episode 9: Ryan Bennett - IdleSmart - Silicon Valley, Education, All in Startup

After going head to head with Pinterest in Silicon Valley, Ryan Bennett came back to Kansas City using the lessons he learned to turn an auto mechanic’s invention into a growing successful business. Tune into our conversation as we talk about product market fit, the value of education, differences between the valley and the prairie and the future of IdleSmart. Listen Now: Links: Idle Smart Diana Kander KC Roundtable Giving the Basics

Duration: 00:44:31

Episode 7: Michael Farmer of talks Startups, Education, Disruption, Mobile First

Mike has an impressive entrepreneurial background including co-founding four new ventures, raising over seven million dollars of capital and authoring or co-authoring 10 patents. Most recently he's working on redefining search with for which he's raised around $2.5 million dollars. Needless to say I had a lot of questions for Mike and we talked about taking on Google, the value of higher education, innovative disruption, strategic product development, going mobile first, managing...

Duration: 00:50:07

Episode 6: Michael Liimatta of Connecting for Good talks Non-Profits, Digital Divide

With 30 years as a social entrepreneur, Michael Liimatta is a truly inspiring man. As if providing support for homeless veterans or creating an accredited college for addiction support studies wasn't enough, now he's trying to solve the "Digital Divide" in Kansas City through Connecting for good. Don't miss this one. Links Connecting For Good Footprints City Vision College Giving Grove LiveOn Episode 6 Video Preview

Duration: 01:10:06

Episode 5: Kyle Rogers of Knoda talks Technology, Startups, Strategy, Mobile, Funding

Kyle's company Knoda has achieved a considerable amount of success in only one year. Listen to his story from laying sod with his Dad, to managing Sporting KC's digital strategy, to turning a simple idea into an awesome mobile app. Links Knoda SparkLabs KC Digital Sandbox Kauffman Founder's School Live Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Duration: 00:57:27

Episode 4: Jennifer & Chris Nickols of Whobaloo talk Web Design, Family, Startups

Chris and Jennifer recently moved back to Kansas City from LA to grow their web based graphics design platform Whobaloo. Bootstrapping it out of their web design and development company Upside Down Design, they've created a great product and managed to keep their sanity in the process. Links: Whobaloo Upside Down Design BetaBlox CodeCombat Kauffman 2013 SOE

Duration: 00:58:56

Episode 3: Nate Olson of 1 Million Cups talks Entrepreneurs, Traveling, Scaling, Guitars

If you're involved in the Kansas City startup community you've most certainly heard of 1 Million Cups and co-founder Nate Olson. We had a wonderful conversation where we talked about his past, high school sweethearts, dashiki's, China, the Pope, Reno, and the challenges of meteoric scaling. (function() { $('#audio286816 audio').mediaelementplayer({ features: ['playpause', 'current', 'progress', 'duration', 'volume', 'popup', 'download'] }); }).call(this); Links:Kauffman Foundation1 Million...

Duration: 01:06:59

Episode 2: Mike Meyer of Meyer Music talks Small Business, Culture, Giving Back

Mike Meyer of Meyer Music and Startup Rewind has managed to grow his family's music business and dominate the local market through innovative ideas and good old fashioned hard work. Listen as we talk about taking on the family business, staying relevant in the age of the internet, the fundamentals of good business, the importance of good company culture and the joy of giving back. (function() { $('#audio286662 audio').mediaelementplayer({ features: ['playpause', 'current', 'progress',...

Duration: 01:13:39

Episode 1: David Hulsen & Stuart Ludlow of RFP365 talk Entrepreneurship, Kansas City Startup Village, Friends, Bootstrapping

The first episode of Spare Room Radio is here! I had a really fun conversation with my friends David and Stuart fromRFP365. We talked about their product, their past, motorcycling through Vietnam, ADD, the "E" word, the joys of bootstrapping, partnering with friends, the Kansas City Startup Village and more. (function() { $('#audio286663 audio').mediaelementplayer({ features: ['playpause', 'current', 'progress', 'duration', 'volume', 'popup', 'download'] }); }).call(this);...

Duration: 00:31:43