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Season 1 | Episode 8: Allen Warford with A Cup of Commonwealth, Chocolate Holler, and KRFT Goods is a design guru and entrepreneur with an architectural background and a decade of small business experience. Allen resides in Lexington, Kentucky and highly values his people. His community and value are driving factors in his entrepreneurial and creative pursuits. A Cup of Commonwealth's mission is: Embrace community. Serve others. Create culture. They are known for their culture and great coffee throughout the city of Lexington.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 3 | Episode 37: Charley Miller of Louisville, Kentucky is an entrepreneur, product manager and game designer with a focus on systems and product experience. He's founder of Unitonomy, one of the companies in Awesome Inc's 2020 class of the Fellowship. Unitonomy is making culture management software for knowledge workers and their teams. They primarily focus on helping remote teams augment communication. Charley dives into his past experiences with startups, living all over the nation, and why creating and maintaining a culture is vitally important for health and success. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 3 | Episode 36: Charley Miller of Louisville, Kentucky is an entrepreneur, product manager and game designer with a focus on systems and product experience. He's founder of Unitonomy, one of the companies in Awesome Inc's 2020 class of the Fellowship. Unitonomy is making culture management software for knowledge workers and their teams. They primarily focus on helping remote teams augment communication. Charley dives into his past experiences with startups, living all over the nation, and why creating and maintaining a culture is vitally important for health and success. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 3 | Episode 35: Natasha Sams dives into what it took to make a Kentucky teacher became an innovation leader for the Commonwealth's future entrepreneurs. The Governor's School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) identifies and enables Kentucky high school students to become our Commonwealth's next generation of entrepreneurs. Through our three-week residential experience, GSE participants from throughout the Commonwealth are: 1) introduced to KY's most successful entrepreneurs and fastest-growing businesses, 2) equipped with the tools and skills to create and build their own businesses, and 3) matched with complementary skilled peers to develop business plans and product or service prototypes. The annual GSE intensive program culminates in a pitch competition attended by a large audience representing Kentucky's entrepreneurial ecosystem. In addition, as a direct result of their participation in GSE, participants qualify for some $3 million of scholarships from Kentucky's universities and colleges. Over 500 young Kentuckians have graduated from GSE since our inception in 2013. While all participants gain vital entrepreneurial skills through the program to use as they enter the workplace or continue into higher education, 11 new businesses have already been launched by young entrepreneurs. Others have filed for multiple patents and developed new ideas and relationships that sow the seeds for more business formation. Many alumni have chosen to enroll in entrepreneurial programs at Kentucky universities and attribute this decision to the inspiration they received attending GSE in high school. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 3 | Episode 34: Natasha Sams dives into what it took to make a Kentucky teacher became an innovation leader for the Commonwealth's future entrepreneurs.  The Governor's School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) identifies and enables Kentucky high school students to become our Commonwealth's next generation of entrepreneurs. Through our three-week residential experience, GSE participants from throughout the Commonwealth are: 1) introduced to KY's most successful entrepreneurs and fastest-growing businesses, 2) equipped with the tools and skills to create and build their own businesses, and 3) matched with complementary skilled peers to develop business plans and product or service prototypes. The annual GSE intensive program culminates in a pitch competition attended by a large audience representing Kentucky's entrepreneurial ecosystem. In addition, as a direct result of their participation in GSE, participants qualify for some $3 million of scholarships from Kentucky's universities and colleges. Over 500 young Kentuckians have graduated from GSE since our inception in 2013. While all participants gain vital entrepreneurial skills through the program to use as they enter the workplace or continue into higher education, 11 new businesses have already been launched by young entrepreneurs. Others have filed for multiple patents and developed new ideas and relationships that sow the seeds for more business formation. Many alumni have chosen to enroll in entrepreneurial programs at Kentucky universities and attribute this decision to the inspiration they received attending GSE in high school. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 3 | Episode 33:  Here's the conclusion to our live Lunch & Learn podcast with Logan Burchett and Steven Plappert Forecastr reflecting on their journey through Techstars and how they are moving forward during a global pandemic.  This podcast episode was recorded live to catch up with our friends from Louisville, KY Steven Plappert and Logan Burchett of Forecastr to hear of their journey through Techstars and future of the company. Over a year ago in July 2019 we sat down with Logan adn Steven and caught the background story of Forecastr (episode linked here). Forecastr is online software that helps founders build great financial models so they can understand their numbers, make better decisions, and get funded. The Forecastr founding team is a diverse group of serial entrepreneurs with well-balanced skillsets, and a mission to help startup founders everywhere better understand their numbers so they can fulfill their own missions to make an impact. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 3 | Episode 32: This podcast episode was recorded live to catch up with our friends from Louisville, KY Steven Plappert and Logan Burchett of Forecastr to hear of their journey through Techstars and future of the company. Over a year ago in July 2019 we sat down with Logan adn Steven and caught the background story of Forecastr (episode linked here). Forecastr is online software that helps founders build great financial models so they can understand their numbers, make better decisions, and get funded. The Forecastr founding team is a diverse group of serial entrepreneurs with well-balanced skillsets, and a mission to help startup founders everywhere better understand their numbers so they can fulfill their own missions to make an impact. In addition to the founding team, Forecastr is backed by a world-class tribe of 25+ angel investors who understand just how big of a problem financial forecasting and 'good financial hygiene' really are within the startup world today. The idea of Forecastr was born when they saw their customers' frustration with the financial models being used. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 3 | Episode 31: With 34 years of background in education, Scott Stuckey has been improving teaching systems for almost two decades.  Founded for the unique challenges of rural communities, Inquiry Technologies, LLC (InqTech) is a research and development firm with a mission to create new instructional technology that has a positive impact in education, healthcare, and workforce development sectors. Founded in 2012, InqTech has been awarded more than one million dollars from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Cabinet for Economic Development. InqTech’s senior research and design team draws on decades of experience in classroom instruction, technology facilitation, software development, and commercialization. An innate understanding regarding various learner types, computer platforms, data management solutions, and security policies has positioned InqTech as an emerging leader for products and services designed to improve communications and heighten literacy rates for individuals in a wide variety of learning settings. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 3 | Episode 30: Adam Brown is the creative director and founder of Marrow: a brand design agency for challenger brands and startups that give a damn. Call him a design zealot, a provocateur, or—if you’re his mother-in-law—a BS artist. With Adam, brands embrace empathy as strategy, value audacity over relevance, and commit unequivocally to the remarkable.  Clients include a craft distillery, a brewery, a coffee roaster, a couple of private colleges, a killer video game publisher, an investigative research company (not spies), contractors, an international design-build firm, a public school system, a fine dining and event caterer, a national flower grower, social causes, non-profit organizations, his mother-in-law, and the very smart people who helped Apple build Siri.  He’s good at lots of things, but he’s most at home in front of clients guiding strategy or behind his computer making something amazing for people who aren’t so easily satisfied. Like his mother-in-law. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 3 | Episode 29: Eric Martin is a Lexington, KY native who graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a minor in Computer Science. After graduating, he joined Rebuilt Investments to help grow their real estate investing business. He created systems and processes that helped propel the company's growth to complete over 100 transactions in 2019! Eric recently left his job to pursue an entrepreneurial partnership, Tributary Capital. His new company focuses on wholesaling, flipping, and acquiring rental properties. Tributary is a river or stream flowing into a larger river or lake. Similarly, Tributary Capital refers to having multiple streams of income which we build through acquiring rental property (just like the story about hauling buckets in Kiyosaki’s Cashflow Quadrant). Eric's long-term goal is to grow his rental portfolio to the point where he can live off the passive income and devote his time to doing what matters. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 3 | Episode 28: In 2015, the city of Louisville, KY noticed a big problem: half of all fires involving two or more buildings involved an abandoned property. The city recognized the threat to families and challenged the community to make a solution – and they did. Meet CASPER! CASPER and its suite of sensors constantly monitor abandoned properties for events like smoke detector sirens, break-ins, and floods. When a potentially dangerous event occurs, CASPER alerts both neighbors and emergency services so situations don’t turn into catastrophes. Better yet, through the CASPER Portal, neighbors and city officials can better understand and address activities happening in vacant and abandoned properties by looking at historical activity data. Nathan Armentrout, CEO, and founder, with his team of civic hackers, developed CASPER and soon after piloted 10 devices across 15 homes for six months, culminating in over 100 successful tests, two real-life confirmed detections, and zero false positives. Following the success of the pilot, Louisville is expanding the program to more homes to ensure the safety of all Louisville families living next to abandoned homes. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 3 | Episode 27:  Shane Slone founder of Nursing CE Central has one mission: deliver high-quality nursing CEUs in a convenient, stress-free online environment.  They provide the required continuing education nurses need in a fast & easy online platform. Every detail has been taken into account to make your experience fast, easy, and hassle-free. The platform never requires tests and your certificates are automatically at the completion of each course.  We also understand that the #1 reason nurses seek continuing education is to satisfy the board of nursing requirements. We ensure that all of our continuing education meets the board of nursing standards for our accepted states.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 3 | Episode 26:  As we start focusing more on what's happening around Awesome Inc, our local community, and Kentucky startups, we go back to our roots and hear from Brian Raney as he shares what started his vision of creating a startup community...  In 2009, a few college friends came together to bring to life an idea. They believed in the potential for Lexington to be a creative, innovative, welcoming community that helped anyone and everyone pursue their definition of “awesome.” This has meant many things over the years (remind us to tell you sometime about Awesome Wedding Engagements and Awesome Airlines), but today it means building the tech and startup community in Central Kentucky. Awesome Inc was founded on the basis of the "give-first" mentality and has grown to be the epicenter for anything related to technology or startups. We strive to make Lexington a better place to live and work, one Oreo at a time. Our Mission: To help people pursue their definition of Awesome  Our Vision: We do that by growing the tech and entrepreneurial community in Central Kentucky Our Method: Grow our community by providing the resources, connections, and a space to make it happen. Brian shares his lessons learned and the struggles that he faced early on (over a decade ago!), which shaped our community to what it is today. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 3 | Episode 25.5: Some things are changing in house and we want you to stay In the know!  Long story short, we've got some fun and new stuff in the works. We're excited to share more of what our awesome team, startups, and community are doing to make Kentucky the best place to live and work. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 2 | Episode 25: Ian Gerard, the CEO and product designer of Adder talks about his company making outdoor advertising engagement easy. Adder is a specialized real-time, real-world data analytics platform for out of home and word of mouth advertisers.  Their advertising and audience measurement tools bridge the gap between digital and physical ad spaces and help brands invest directly in their community. Ian Gerard is a lifelong entrepreneur with a passion for stories, space, place, and time. Before Adder, Ian surveyed and mapped construction sites as a geospatial data specialist with Multivista, a startup that became a subsidiary of Hexagon and Leica Geosystems during his time with the company. In 2015, Ian kickstarted his first venture, a community farm focused on providing fresh, local food to the economically disadvantaged. During that time, he learned a lot about building communities and providing value to them. Since then, he's been working to bring modern data science to age-old industries while protecting everyone's right to data privacy. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 2 | Episode 24: Enable.Ai is a social media analytics solution making cutting edge machine learning and natural language approachable to business users. It provides better performance metrics by identifying real moments of engagement and delivers insights on how to build better content for your audience.  Brian comes from the Enterprise software world, having led efforts at recognized brands like Johnson & Johnson, Burton Snowboards, and Colgate-Palmolive. Eric has worked in startups for over 20 years including exits at Tech Republic and Telapoint. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 2 | Episode 23: Jake Miller is CEO of Toggle Health, a med-tech company that aims to dramatically improve surgical workflows by providing surgeons with a wireless, sterile controller to access their digital world without having to leave the sterile environment. Jake has 25 years of product development experience, 20 of which were focused on launching new businesses & startups in the healthcare space for companies such as Target, Walgreens, & Humana. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Bellarmine University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. Jake is experienced in lean launch methodology as a mentor at both the LaunchIt & XLerate Health Accelerator programs. Jake is on the board of Louisville-based New Roots, working to create affordable access for farm-fresh food. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 2 | Episode 22 Mac Wilkinson is the founder and CEO of Moolathon. Moolathon is a social fundraising platform and fitness tracker. It gives charities, teams, groups of all sorts the ability to raise money and awareness for a cause with the miles that a user may run or walk.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 2 | Episode 21 This episode contains a recap of the experiences of three individuals who participated in Startup Weekend Lexington 2019.  Logan Jones is from Ashland, Kentucky and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky where he recently graduated from UK. He works at Awesome Inc and also works to expand the business he started in 2017, KY Elevated Drone Imaging. Logan is Producer & Co-host of the Middle Tech Podcast, and he is passionate about entrepreneurship, digital media, and building relationships. Isaac Mesiner is a Senior Application Developer at Zudy, building custom web application solutions for enterprise businesses. He is a proud ’17 graduate from Georgetown College where he studied Computer Science and Business. During college, he had the opportunity to intern at Awesome Inc which connected me to the Lexington tech and startup community. That experience sparked an interest in entrepreneurship and attending all the great events Awesome Inc puts on like 5 Across and Startup Weekend! Clay Harrison is a mechanical engineering student from the University of Kentucky with a drive for business and a passion for learning. Clay has worked across the industry and across the world. Most notably, Clay has interned with Toyota in positions from production to R&D, at Common Ltd. in Lodz, Poland, and at Badger Technologies! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 2 | Episode 20: Destin George Bell is a senior at the University of Kentucky studying marketing. He shares his story about the company he founded LifeOffU in college. From a young age, when he started selling candy out of his backpack to walking around the neighborhood with a lawnmower in high school, he’s been fascinated with business & finding ways to make money for himself. Since coming to the UK, he started a college marketing platform helping connect students to discounts, events, jobs, etc to places like Lyft, Malibu Jacks, Breakout Games, and more, generating over $12,000 in revenue. He is also the president of the UK Entrepreneurship and has brought the club back from death to 62 members & raising over $12,000 in funding over the first two months of the semester. He also recently became the CEO of Synerjii, a startup seeking to improve the way we network. As he nears graduation, he looks forward to sticking around Lexington and fostering the entrepreneurial ecosystem both at UK & Lexington at large. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 2 | Episode 19: Mo Sloan of EZ-Chow sits down to share a little about his company and his personal life and he is onboarded and accepted into the Awesome Inc Fellowship Program. Mo Shares that in order for restaurants to be profitable and thrive in the digital age today, it's important for hospitality organizations to begin operating as e-commerce businesses. His solution is EZ-Chow. EZ-Chow provides an all-in-one digital customer engagement platform for restaurants and hospitality companies. Our platform consists of POS integrated ordering, loyalty application and capability, and digital marketing. By providing the digital customer engagement platform and focusing on increasing the number of times a customer engages digitally with a restaurant, our solution allows the restaurant to generate additional "off-premise" dining revenue with minimal costs.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 2 | Episode 18: Since 1984, NetGain Technologies has delivered IT services to companies across the South Central U.S. NetGain Technologies managed services allow clients to focus on their business growth and Tim Burke, CEO NetGain Technologies' success, secure in the knowledge that their IT infrastructure is always operational and serves their needs. With a multi-state regional footprint and a three-decade pedigree, the company has helped thousands of clients grow their businesses by leveraging best-in-class IT services and solutions. Jason Jacobson was most recently CEO and an owner of NetGain Technologies before leading the sale of the company to a private equity group based in San Francisco. Jason graduated with dual degrees in Management and Finance from the University of Kentucky, where he also studied international business and finance in London. His focus when he started working at NetGain in 2007 was mergers and acquisitions. During Jason’s time at NetGain Technologies, he helped to spin off a non-core asset of the company’s medical billing unit; acquired four I.T. companies in other cities in the region; and opened an additional branch office in Chattanooga, Tenn., after a competing company failed. NetGain was named a Kentucky Best Place to Work for five consecutive years earning it a place in the Hall of Fame as well as being named to the list of top Managed Service Providers in the world since inception in 2013. Jason and wife Shanda have two daughters and a son all age four and under. He enjoys golf, movies, and travel. Jason is also engaged in the Young President's Organization (YPO), serving on the organization's Bluegrass Chapter's board as well as the University of Kentucky’s Gatton School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 2 | Episode 17: Zach Jenkins of Syndicate is an extremely talented designer based in Louisville, Kentucky. He enjoys building brands, developing products, and when he’s not working he enjoys Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, and Ale8. A few years ago, he released a product for Pelican that launched about as successfully as one could hope! His Spartan Cases MDX Lid Organizer exploded on Kickstarter. Spartan is dedicated to the efficient organization and protection of film and photography equipment. Zach's product has a great post on Medium as well as varying photography and gear community forums.  Currently, Zach has some cool products in his pipeline, but his newest product is from Fifth Made. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 2 | Episode 16: Austin Willard is the founder of the Faithful Platform. In his life and work, he focuses on building relationships and stewarding what God has given to him. He is constantly exploring new opportunities for growth in the jewelry and wedding industry. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing golf, and fishing.  He is on the session (of a Congregation) at Tates Creek Presbyterian Church and helps lead a 210 Leaders group. Since 2016, Faithful Platform has been helping guys walk through the process of buying their engagement, wedding, and anniversary rings by saving clients thousands of dollars, providing them with unlimited options, and educating them on the industry. Their approach separates them from typical retail stores. No longer are guys having to wonder if they got a good deal or not. Their goal is to make sure guys get the best ring for the best price. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
Season 2 | Episode 15: Chase Minnifield is a former defensive back for the Washington Redskins and three-time entrepreneur who was recently inducted into the 2019 class of Forbes 30 under 30. He currently serves as CEO of EZ Turn, the only vendor management digital platform that enables property managers in the student housing business to more efficiently manage, invoice and communicate with contractors. In its first year, EZ Turn has acquired more than 30 clients and managed over $1M in invoices. With EZ Turn's EZ Scheduler, housing unit staff will be more efficient and give their property managers more free time to focus on different tasks. Chase began his entrepreneurial career at the age of 25, post-NFL career, with his first company Helping Hand, LLC, which provides moving, cleaning and apartment turnover services for college dormitories and student housing complexes. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/awesomeinc/message
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Podcast Details

Created by
Awesome Inc
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Feb 18th, 2019
Latest Episode
Sep 29th, 2020
Release Period
2 per month
Seasons
3
Episodes
40
Avg. Episode Length
28 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English
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