This is a show in which you will meet surprising business people. The nun from Corpus Christi who founded the top microlender in the country. The black man who grew up in Jim Crow Mississippi who - to his surprise - took over the chairmanship of the nation’s 2nd largest bank following the 2008 crisis. A 17 year-old girl in Round Rock Texas who has cracked the code of 2 different social media platforms, on the way to building her multi-million dollar business, a business which she runs in between studying as a junior in high school and going to band practice. A San Antonio restaurateur whose roots go back to the earliest days of settling the Panhandle of Texas, and whose favorite days are when his restaurant is empty.
This is also a show in which you will hear about the complexities of business - business not about announcing the latest earnings, and certainly not the latest product pitches. But I mean the complexity of business as a calling, as a life-project. Business as a way to make a living, yes, but also where failure might be - and often is - just around the corner. Business as a project that makes us ask ourselves. What is success? And also, what do I still not know?
A Quirk, A Propensity, Even a Penchant
Dwight Hobart is a restaurateur, rancher, and storytelling original whose family roots go back to settling the Texas Panhandle. We talked during the COVID pandemic about running the Liberty Bar in San Antonio, and what success means to him in this venture. We also talk about the highs and lows of commodity markets, whether the ranching business is built on socialist principles, and maintaining the respect of his peers.
Betting On A Breakthrough
Neil Leatherbury is a bioscientist who left San Antonio, and then left Texas, to work for a biotechnology company in Durham, NC. We talk about how his own career may illustrate the “cluster theory” of business. We talk about the nature of risk, optimism, and that “failure is the default” when it comes to biotechnology startups. Finally, we discuss what it's like to be out of the closet, corporate “allyship” in 2021, and the struggle to recruit under-represented minorities to the life sciences.
Not Her First Slime Rodeo
Jungmin Kang built an astonishing entrepreneurial success by cracking the code of Instagram and then TikTok, amassing millions of followers for her business Snoop Slime. We talk about the "satisfying videos" that power her marketing, the genius of her restock model, and how she defines success. Also, she's 17 years old and juggles the demands of exponential business growth with high school.
The Businessman Artist
Stuart Allen is an artist in San Antonio, a working artist, who vehemently rejects the myth of the starving artist. He practices and models in his own career the idea that the artist needs to be a small business person. Tracking Inventory. Accounts Receivable. Appropriate Technology Innovation and Investment. Time Management. Small business basics.
Too much of the art world, he believes, misunderstands the “working artist as small business owner” mindset. Too much of our society thinks money and art cannot coexist. Too many art schools train art teachers, rather than artists.
We talk about this and more in this conversation that touches on his successes, his setbacks, his first big break, and whether he is too cheap.
Stuart Allen’s Website: https://stuartallen.info/
Stuart Allen’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stuartal/
Building a Different Kind of Pipeline
Paula Harris smashes expectations like it's her life mission. We talk about what it was like as the only African American woman in the Texas A&M Petroleum Engineering Department, and then again as an outlier on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Paula later led ESG efforts for oil and gas services company Schlumberger, and we talk about the industry's authentic need to evolve and support the energy transition to renewables as well as transition to being more inclusive. In the end, she considers her success in building a different kind of pipeline, one that would make it easier to build a more equitable and just world.
I Had No Idea How Hard It Would Be
Working at the outer limits of our physical capacity is a goal Dan Kachtik sets for himself and his fitness customers. Working at the outer limits of his entrepreneurial endurance is something Dan has been forced to do, to build his gym from the ground up since 2013. We talk about those struggles, whether he ever wanted to quit along the way, and how that struggle interacts with his personal philosophy. Dan's biggest supporter on this journey is his wife Janelle, with whom he owns King William District Crossfit. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kingwilliamdistrictcrossfit/ Website: https://kingwilliamdistrictcrossfit.com/
No hill for a climber
Serious but fun and funny