Rust Belt Startup is a podcast full of long-form interviews with entrepreneurs, artists, educators travelers, and change-makers. They’re people who have built a business, a movement or a life outside of a major city and the confines of a 9-5.
We’ll reconstruct what paths they chose (or how the paths chose them), the stories behind their success, and pick apart the tools and tactics that you can use improve your life.
A Chef’s Journey Through the Pandemic – Tim Hardiman
Today I'm sharing a conversation I had with chef Tim Hardiman of The Tailor and the Cook. And we're talking about his experience over the past 12 months.
What is it like to be in the restaurant business as everything collapsed around us?
Tim takes us through T&C's core philosophies and what has made them successful over the years, but we also spend time talking about how he pivoted during the pandemic to create innovative virtual dining experiences, the difficult decisions he had to make as an entrepreneur and the lessons learned over 2020. We talk about the importance of service, detail, and stepping back to make better decisions.
Rust Belt Startup · A Chef's Journey Through the Pandemic - Tim Hardiman
Building More Meaningful Relationships and Being Connected From Afar – Kat Vellos
Rust Belt Startup · Building More Meaningful Relationships and Being Connected From Afar - Kat Vellos
Today’s conversation is one I’ve been really looking forward to sharing. I’m talking with Kat Vellos about UX, building (and maintaining) community and connection.
Kat is a UX (user experience) designer, the founder of the Bay Are Black Designers, Connection Club, a facilitator, coach, and someone who is obsessed with community and connection.
She’s also the author of two books - “We Should Get Together - The Secret to Cultivating Better Friendships” and “Connected From Afar - A Guide For Staying Close When You’re Far Away.”
In our conversation we talk about User Experience - what makes good UX and how do you apply that to your app, business or city. We talk about building and maintaining healthy, resilient communities - and probably most important, we talk about connection.
We talk about “platonic longing” which probably encapsulates a feeling that many adults are feeling in this time of isolation, and the idea of ‘familiar strangers’ who gave our daily lives dynamism and rhythm.
You can learn more about Kat and her books at weshouldgettogether.com and katvellos.com
Venture Capital and Leveling The Playing Field – James Shomar
Rust Belt Startup · Venture Caplital and Leveling The Playing Field - James Shomar
On today’s podcast I’m having a conversion with Mr. James Shomar. James is a partner at StartFast which is a venture accelerator program in Syracuse NY.
I reached out to James after reading one of his LinkedIn posts about how he’s re-thinking startup funding and economic development as it relates to startups.
In our wide ranging conversation he gives us a primer on angel and venture investment and the kinds of companies that this investment attracts. Ever wondered why your company isn’t attractive to angel or venture capital? We’ll talk about it.
We also talk about leveling the playing field when it comes to opportunities for entrepreneurs of color, and much more.
You can learn more about James on LinkedIN.
On my end - I’m a partner in a new initiative called the Mohawk Valley Micro Seed Fund that’s looking for it’s first investment. You can learn more about that venture at our website.
100 Tips For a Better Life – 2021
Hey everyone - I was going to say Happy 2021 until things all went sideways last week. Regardless this the first episode of Season 3 of the Rust Belt Startup Podcast.
On today's episode I'm actually reading a blog post in it's entirety that I really enjoyed which was featured in Tim Ferriss' newsletter 'Five Bullet Friday'.
It's originally by Conner Barnes over at Ideopunk.com, and while I don't agree with everything, lists like these I think are useful as we start a new year or if you're looking for a change. They prompt questions, challenges, and might make you improve in some small way this year.
Rust Belt Startup · 100 Tips For A Better Life - Conner Barnes
The Trojan Horse of Nike Run Club
Today's pod is a super-shorty episode (I'll be experimenting with more of these) where we're talking about the Trojan horse that is the Nike Run Club app. This app started as a sensor you'd put in your Nike shoes (Nike+) and evolved as smartphones entered the market to a full-fledged and full-featured digital community. And there's key feature/Trojan horse methodology that we can all learn from that can use to grow your revenue as well. Let me explain...
Rust Belt Startup · The Trojan Horse of Nike Run Club
Creativity and Finding Wonder in The Ordinary – Bernie Freytag
Today on the podcast it’s a little lighter and I’m chatting with a colleague of mine - Bernie Freytag. He is the Creative Director at Romanelli Communications and he has a new book called ‘Find Wonder In The Ordinary’, which is sort of a memoir mashed-up with New Yorker cartoons.
So in this conversation we focus on creativity - how to harness your own creativity , how do you be creative when it’s also part of your job, how he thinks about creativity. And we also talk about the genesis of the book, how he decided to put it out into the universe and much more.
You can learn more about Bernie and the book project at Find Wonder In The Ordinary and on instagram at instagram.com/findwonderintheordinary and instagram.com/medraw
Rust Belt Startup · Bernie Freytag - On Creativity and Finding Wonder in The Ordinary