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

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/