056 - Devin Eldridge: Co-founder of Stow brings the sharing economy to the storage industry

Devin Eldridge is the co-founder of Stow, which is a social self-storage marketplace that provides a platform to match people that need space with those who have it.

In this interview Devin discusses how he is building this two-sided marketplace and bringing the sharing economy to storage in Colorado. 

Topics Discussed

  • Building a two-sided marketplace
  • Going mobile
  • Monetizing
  • Advice for entrepreneurs - focus on the customer

Book Recommendations

Contact Information

Website: www.juststowit.com

Twitter: @_Stow_

048 - Devin Mills: President of Rado Distilling is distilling all Colorado sourced ingredients

If you live or have been in Colorado you know that we have an unbelievable micro-brew scene, but if you’re paying attention you’ll notice that there are micro-distilleries that are gaining in popularity.  In this interview, Devin Mills, the President of Rado Distilling, explains how his company is creating a local distillery with all Colorado sourced ingredients.

Topics Discussed

  • Starting a distillery

  • Raising money

  • Selling a product that requires educating your customers

Best Business Advice

"Raise more money than you think you need."

Book Recommendations

Stick with reading books on the area in which you are trying to start a business.

Contact Information 

Website: http://www.radodistilling.com/ 

Twitter: @RadoDistilling

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/  

040 - Brett Jurgens: Co-founder and CEO of Notion, developing smart sensors for your home

Brett Jurgens is the Co-founder and CEO of Notion.is, which has developed a home sensor with eight senses that can send information about what is going on in your home to your phone.  

Topics Discussed

  • Leveraging startup experience as an employee to build your own startup

  • Retrofitting products

  • Co-founder tips - have different skill sets

  • Manufacturing locally

Best Business Advice

"Really, really know who your investors are."  "Be very careful who you are partnering with because it will likely last a long time."

Contact Information 

Email: brett@notion.is

Twitter: @notion

Website: www.notion.is

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/ 

018 - Doug Simons: President of Enstrom Candies explains how a family business can be successfully passed on to the next generation

Doug is the president of Enstrom Candies, which is a candy company that I’m sure most have heard of located in Grand Junction, Colorado and known for its addicting almond toffee. 

Topics Discussed

  • History of Enstrom Candies
  • Taking over a family business
  • Passing on a family business to the next generation

Contact Information

Website: www.enstrom.com/

017 - Craig Clark: Co-founder of Pillows.com shares valuable Ecommerce tips

Craig is the co-founder of Pillows.com, a company that (as you may have guessed) sells pillows and other bedding products. But, these aren’t the typical products you can buy at Bed Bath and Beyond; Pillows.com only carries bedding products found in luxury hotels and resorts that are typically only available to businesses that buy in large wholesale quantities.

Topics Discussed

  • Buying domain names
  • SEO tips
  • Picking a niche to beat amazon.com 
  • Driving traffic to your website
  • Sales funnel tips

Favorite Resource

Google Analytics

Crazy Egg (website heat mapping)

Contact Information for Craig

Email: craig@pillows.com 

Website: www.pillows.com 

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