045 - Eric Lough: Founder and Craftsman of Famous Beard Oil Co. talks about No Fear Marketing

Eric Lough is the Founder and Chief Craftsman of Famous Beard Oil Co., which is a Denver-based maker of high quality beard oils handcrafted in Colorado using all natural oils.

Topics Discussed 

  • Creating demand before starting a business

  • No fear marketing

  • Getting professional athletes to promote your business

 Best Business Advice

"Never give up on your dreams"

"Just go for it"

Contact Information

Website: http://famousbeardoil.com/

 

042 - Luke Vance and Bryan Costanza: Hemera Project is using solar power to build a business and help the developing world

Luke Vance and Bryan Costanza are from the Hemera Project.  Luke is the President and founder and Bryan is the head of business development.  The Hemera Project is a Colorado based startup that is developing a solar powered watch and cell phone charger.

Topics Discussed

  • Clean energy and solving problems in the developing world

  • Solar powered watch and cell phone charger

  • Bootstrapping and Crowdfunding

  • Designing and manufacturing in Colorado

  • Accessible and fashionable solar products

Best Business Advice

"Ask for help"

Contact Information 

TWITTER: @hemeraproject

FACEBOOK

WEBSITE: http://hemeraproject.com/  

028 - Timmy Wozniak: Co-founder and CEO of FreshJets stresses the importance of having a technical co-founder

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Timmy Wozniak is the Co-founder and CEO of FreshJets. The FreshJets App connects you with a private jet at the tap of a button. The FreshJets software system also allows charter operators and corporate travel departments to take advantage of empty legs.

Topics Discussed

  • Starting and running a business at an early age
  • Entering new markets
  • Outsourcing technical work
  • Forming strategic partnerships

Favorite Resource

Refresh

Best Business Advice

"Focus on your customers."

Contact Information

Email: timmy@freshjets.com

Website: https://freshjets.com/

026 - Bob Witham: Co-founder and CEO of Two Rivers Winery talks about entering into a new venture with no industry experience

Bob Witham is the Co-founder and CEO of Two Rivers Winery, which is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.

In this interview, Bob discusses entering a new industry with limited experience, business planning, working with banks, and following through. 

Topics Discussed

  • Changing your original business idea
  • Entering an unfamiliar industry with limited knowledge
  • Business planning and working with banks
  • Adapting to conditions outside of your control

Best Business Advice

“When you’re in any kind of a business, you need to go out there and you need to take risks. And those risks need to be quantifiable but; nonetheless, they have to be risks and you have to be willing to step out there and do those.“

Contact Information

Website: http://www.tworiverswinery.com/

025 - Jeremy Ostermiller: Founder and CEO of Altitude Digital explains the importance of culture in a business

Jeremy is the founder and CEO of Altitude Digital, a full-service ad rep firm that works with publishers to navigate online advertising while maximizing online revenue. Altitude digital offers publishers competitive cost per impression rates for display and video content. 

In this interview, Jeremy discusses how to start a business with limited capital, how to outsource work and build a team, the importance of culture, and preparing to receive venture capital. 

Topics Discussed

  • Making the most of your funds
  • Outsourcing work
  • Creating a lasting culture
  • Preparing to receive venture capital 

Favorite Resource

DOMO

Best Business Advice

"Treat your business like a business and run it as legitimately as you can."

Contact Information

Email: jeremy@altitudedigital.com

Website: http://www.altitudedigital.com/

024 - Molly Berger: Executive Director at TiE Rockies shares helpful resources for Colorado entrepreneurs

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Molly Berger is the Executive Director at TiE Rockies, which is the Colorado chapter of TiE Global, the largest entrepreneur's network in the world.

In this interview, Molly discusses how TiE Rockies supports the Colorado entrepreneur through networking events, business development events, mentorship programs, retreats and much more. 

Topics Discussed

  • Connecting with mentors
  • Networking 
  • Overcoming entrepreneurial challenges
  • Available resources for entrepreneurs

Contact Information

Email: molly.berger@rockies.tie.org

Website: http://www.rockies.tie.org

023 - Sylvia Bernstein: Co-founder and President of The Aquaponic Source explains how to create new market space

Sylvia Bernstein is a leader in the field of aquaponics. She is the Co-founder and President of The Aquaponic Source, which is a Colorado-based company with a mission to empower people to grow their own fish and vegetables in their homes and school. Sylvia is a best selling author on the subject of aquaponics and is at the forefront of the aquaponics industry through her educational teachings and national aquaponic festivals. 

 

Topics Discussed

  • Identifying blue oceans and entering new markets
  • Educating your audience
  • Hiring passionate employees
  • Doing work you love

Favorite Resource

Evernote

Best Business Advice

  1. Go make something happen
  2. Do work you're proud of
  3. Treat people with respect
  4. Make big promises and keep them
  5. Ship it out the door

Contact Information

Email: sylvia@theaquaponicsource.com

Website: http://theaquaponicsource.com/

022 - Eric Hubbell: Founder and CEO of MyHub shares tips on how to prepare for your entrepreneurial journey

Eric Hubbell is the founder and CEO of MyHub, which is a mobile tech company that created a new and smarter solution for social planning. The MyHub app allows you to plan upcoming activities and share them with your friends. 

In this interview Eric shares tips on preparing for the entrepreneurial journey through preparation, validation, user testing, and good design. 

Topics Discussed

  • Recognizing a "lightbulb" moment
  • Validating a business idea
  • Bootstrapping your company
  • How to put together a team 

Favorite Resource

Fancy

Best Business Advice

"Bootstrap!"

Contact Information

Email: eric@myhubapp.com

Website: http://myhubapp.com/

 

021 - Chris Franks: Serial Entrepreneur Drops Some Value Bombs for Your Benefit

Chris is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Real Good Technologies and MadSmarts.  Recently he took a position with a startup, Secure Ideas. Chris is one of the co-organizers behind the Denver Founders Network Meetup group, he was part of the initial group of people who put Denver startup week together and basically he’s been around the Denver tech and startup scene for a while and has an amazing amount of knowledge about starting businesses (both mistakes and successes). In this interview Chris shares some awesome entrepreneurial tips for everyone to learn from.

Topics Discussed

  • The wrong reason to start a business
  • The history of the Colorado tech scene
  • How to get involved
  • Finding co-founders

Favorite Resource

Built In Colorado

Best Business Advice

"If it ain't broke, break it and fix it"

Contact Information

Email: cefranks@gmail.com

Website: www.about.me/cefranks

Founders Network

020 - Amber Ludwig: Founder of NGNG, Enterprises lives by the motto No Guts No Glory!

Amber Ludwig is a well-known online business development expert and the founder of NGNG Enterprises. Amber helps online entrepreneurs get results through creating websites, social media branding and online business coaching. She has supported well over 1000 entrepreneurs including more than 500 authors on six continents.

Topics Discussed

  • Overcoming the fear of speaking
  • Creating a service menu and determining pricing
  • Finding your first client
  • Building a team
  • Trusting your gut!

Favorite Resource

Active Inbox

Best Business Advice

"Just do it anyway"

"No Guts No Glory"

Contact Information

Website: www.amberludwig.com 

019 - David Cockrel: Co-founder and CEO of Spex.it tackles a niche market

David Cockrel is the co-founder and CEO of Spex.it, which develops "Smart Inspection Software" for property & casualty insurance companies. 

Topics Discussed

  • Finding a co-founder and leaving a secure job
  • Validating an idea and determining a price
  • Costs to build an app
  • Creating the Wikipedia of building materials

Favorite Resource

Invision app

Best Business Advice

"You're not alone - look for those who have been in your situation and succeeded and those who failed and learn from both"

Contact Information

Email: david@spex.it 

Wesbsite: http://www.spex.it/ 

016 - Andrew Victora: Co-founder of College Pedicab Tours

Andrew is the co-founder of College Pedicab Tours, which is a sustainable tourism company entering the University and downtown area market to provide tours and transportation in their uniquely designed pedicabs.

Topics Discussed

  • Lightbulb moment
  • Validating an idea and determining a price
  • Designing a pedicab
  • Importance of mentors

Favorite Resource

Entrepreneur.com

Best Business Advice

"Follow up with people"

Contact Information for Andrew

Email: avictora@live.com 

Phone: 970-420-6904

015 - Steve Albers and Scott Fulbright: Co-founders of Living Ink Technologies - scientists and businessmen

Steve and Scott are the co-founders of Living Ink Technologies, which is a cool concept with a patent pending living ink process that uses algae to create a time-lapse greeting card where the ink forms by using carbon dioxide and sunlight.

Topics Discussed

  • Being a scientist and starting a business
  • Marketing a startup product 
  • Scientists can be business people!

Favorite Resource

Trello (my favorite)

Best Business Advice

"Follow your passion"

"Follow your gut" (my paraphrase of Scott's advice)

Contact Information

Website: www.livinginktechnologies.com

Twitter: @LivingInkTech

 

014 - Menno Axt: Co-founder of Crimson Oak Clothing offers some great tips for young entrepreneurs

Menno is the co-founder of Crimson Oak Clothing, which is an  online fashion website that allows designers to submit clothing designs and everyone to shop for them.  

This is a great interview with an ambitious entrepreneur! Check it out and show some love for the next generation of Colorado entrepreneurs that are going to keep this community going.

Topics Discussed

  • CSU Venture Accelerator Program
  • Being a young entrepreneur
  • Building a community

Favorite Quote

"Go big or go home" 

Favorite Resources

Digg

Entrepreneur.com

Contact Information

www.crimsonoakclothing.com

Twitter

013 - Aaron Berman: CFO of The Infinite Monkey Theorem shares the ins and outs of an urban winery

Aaron is the CFO of The Infinite Monkey Theorem, which is an urban winery operated out of a back alley in the RiNo Art District of Denver.

You will hear some dogs barking, but don't worry it doesn't last long and they don't bite! 

Topics Discussed

  • Monetizing an urban winery
  • Turning R&D projects into revenue streams
  • Changing antiquated laws to benefit business
  • Financing a business with high equipment costs

Favorite Resource

UShip - http://www.uship.com/ 

Best Business Advice

Approach all issues with the mindset of what's best for the company.

Contact Information for Aaron

Website:  http://theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com/ 

Email: aaron@theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com 

011 - Steven Sashen: Co-Founder and CEO of Xero Shoes (and one of the fastest men over 50) offers some amazing tips on marketing and the Shark Tank experience

Steven is the co-founder and CEO of Xero Shoes, which is a company that creates a modern spin on the traditional barefoot running sandal.

Topics Discussed

  • Shark Tank experience
  • Being YouTube famous
  • Find your story and remember that the "story" is not your product 
  • Benefits of being naive

Favorite Resource

Addroll - Retargeting Ads

Links

Shark Tank Video

YouTube Video "Sh*t Runners Say to Barefoot Runners"

Contact Information for Steven

Website:  http://xeroshoes.com/

Twitter: @XeroShoes

009 - John-Paul Maxfield: Founder of Waste Farmers drops some serious knowledge about starting a business in CO

                           

                           

John-Paul is the founder of Waste Farmers, a company that empowers the farmers of the 21st century with sustainable solutions to grow consciously. 

Topics Discussed

  • Building a company that makes a difference
  • Leadership styles
  • Raising money in difficult times
  • Becoming a CEO

Parting Advice

"Don't take anyone's advice" - "Get out and do"

Contact Information for John-Paul

Email: jpmaxfield@wastefarmers.com 

Website:  http://www.wastefarmers.com/ 

Twitter: @WasteFarmers

007 - Dan Kruger, Founder and CEO of Absio: their data security product is so good, the Department of Defense was their first customer

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Dan is the founder and CEO of Absio, which offers software applications that enable users to maintain control of their digital data wherever it is located.

Topics Discussed

  • How Absio works (separating the key from the lock)
  • Avoiding venture capital
  • Finding talent in Colorado
  • "Successful businesses are built on people who are proud of what they do and who they work with"

Favorite Resources / Books

Amazon

Advisen

Atlas Shrugged

The Gulag Archipelago

Contact Information for Dan

Website:  Absio.com

Mentions

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