AWH is a development agency based in Columbus, Ohio and focused on enterprise, web, mobile, internet of things, and augmented reality. Ryan Frederick is the Principal at AWH and has had the privilege of being part of several startups and growth companies. He has helped companies grow from inception, to viability, through to sustainability. During the evolution of these companies, Ryan has served on company boards and been instrumental in capitalization activities. He has also helped companies expand to international markets. Ryan brings a unique blend of business acumen and technical knowledge to help companies and customers achieve their objectives. He enjoys the process and challenge of starting and growing a company. Ryan is also the Columbus Director of Startup Grind, Advisor at Rev1 Ventures, Advocate for i.c.stars|*Columbus, Co-Founder of , and leader of ProductCamp Columbus.
In this podcast series he welcomes you to learn and gain insight from local entrepreneurs and business leaders in Columbus and the central Ohio region. Each episode features the audio from these live events.
Startup Grind Columbus hosts monthly startup events to teach, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs, and meet new hires and investors in Columbus or our 200 other startup communities around the world.
Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 85 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted over 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users. Our Values:
We believe in making friends, not contacts.
We believe in giving, not taking.
We believe in helping others before helping yourself.
Ryan Frederick: @ryanfrederick
Startup Grind Columbus: https://www.startupgrind.com/columbus/
ProductCamp Columbus: http://www.productcampcolumbus.com/
Rev1 Ventures: https://www.rev1ventures.com/
Black Hack: @blk_hack
Shaping How We Work & Live: The Kaufman Development Story
We RISE with Troy Allen, Founder, RISE Brands (16-Bit & Pins)
As a brand, design and strategy expert, Troy Allen knows how to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Throughout his career, Troy has successfully led transformative creative campaigns in a variety of industries for clients – McDonald’s, Coca Cola, VISIT FLORIDA, Harley Davidson, Cooper Tire, Mac Tools, Adena Health and Pier Foods. His love and excitement for brand development can also be seen on such brands as Bounty, Oil of Olay and Pringles.
Troy founded ELEVATE thinking in early 2009, a Brand Strategy firm focused on creating a deeper consumer engagement for its clients. After several successful years the company evolved to focus on developing and building its own brands. Now called Rise Brands, the organization has a focused mission to create and bring brands to market. 16-Bit Bar+Arcade, it’s first brand is currently in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati with two more markets in development. The second brand, Pins Mechanical Co. launched in downtown Columbus mid 2016 with Dublin and Cincinnati locations scheduled for 2017.
The 16-Bit and Pins experiences are a testament to Troy’s extensive brand strategy background, dedication to business development and passion for creating new segments in the market. Rise Brands is focused on creating unique social experiences and entertainment destinations with an aggressive plan for rapid market expansion.
This is the audio recording from the live event on 1/14/2019.
Startup Grind Columbus: Bold Penguins Take On Insurance
Ilya Bodner, Founder & CEO, Bold Penguin
Ilya didn’t get into the insurance business because he found it particularly sexy, or exciting...or even because he loved It. (After all, it’s insurance) He got into it because he wanted to fundamentally change how it works from the inside out. And little by little, he and the “penguins” are making it happen. The focus of their startup is to significantly reduce the friction in the commercial insurance experience—a mission that, unsurprisingly, no one seems to argue with.
This is the audio recording from the live event on 12/10/2018.
Startup Grind Columbus: David Brown, Harmony Project
For nearly 30 years, David has been creating original programming, concerts and events that unite participants and audiences to give back to their communities.
He has an established reputation for creating collaborative, groundbreaking events that positively impact organizations and communities.
Since 2009, David has grown the Harmony Project into a national model redefining diversity and inclusion through performances, programming, and unique community service experiences.
This is the audio recording from the live event on 10/9/2018.
Startup Grind Columbus: Tara Marling Abraham, Accel
Tara Marling Abraham, Chairman and Co-CEO of Accel, Inc., is one of the nation’s leading experts in contract packaging. A strategist and experienced entrepreneur, Ms. Abraham advances innovation throughout the businesses she has established and grown, as well as professional and industry groups to which she dedicates time. Her combined expertise in finance, marketing, relationship management, supplier diversity, and mergers & acquisitions has made her a leader within the retail and consumer packaged goods industries.
Ms. Abraham creates solutions, following personal experience with inferior packaged goods produced outside of the U.S., she established Accel in 1995 to provide quality controlled, domestic contract packaging services to the health, beauty, food, fashion, and technology industries. Accel a $25M company producing $480M wholesale value of goods with 1,100 associates at its 517,000 sq. ft. facility, has become known for its diversity and supplier best practices. Selected clients include Abbott Nutrition, Bath & Body Works, Beechnut, Express, Honeywell, NetJets (a Berkshire Hathaway company), Tween Brands and Victoria’s Secret, among others. Prior to Accel, she was a Brand Manager for Biolage Haircare at Bristol Myers Squibb and earlier a Brand Manager and Assistant Buyer of Fine and Home Fragrances for Bath & Body Works a division of Limited Brands.
This is the audio recording from the live event on 9/10/2018.
The 15 Year Exit with Andrew Graf, TeamDynamix
Andrew feels that bios written in the third person by the author are strange.
I (Andrew) co-founded and successfully exited TeamDynamix after surviving many of the entrepreneurial mistakes you are about to make. My experiences may help you avoid some of them.
We drove TeamDynamix to overnight success (15+ years to grow and exit). The path to success was easy often allowing 4 hours of sleep per night. Through it all I have remained a youthful 63 years old as calculated by health.com’s real age calculator (I’m 42). Even with constant computer use I have better than 20/20 vision when wearing bifocals.
In all seriousness I believe that success comes through very hard work paired with closely aligning the needs of customers, team members, the market, and the company. I also place extreme value in hiring the most intelligent and well-adjusted team members, not necessarily the most experienced. It’s amazing what happens when you are surrounded by brilliant minds. When you look around your business and you’re the dumbest one in the room you’re doing something right.
When I’m not swinging a pick in the TeamDynamix mine as Chief Product Strategist I enjoy spending time with my spouse, irony, our dog, making fun of friends, being made fun of by friends, laughing, cheese, exercise, sleep, mountain biking, learning, boating, traveling, charity, foreign languages, life experiences and I LOVE snow skiing.
I started my career at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting after graduating from Ohio University with a degree in Management Information Systems.
This is the audio recording from the live event on 8/6/2018.