From the Biggest Little City in the World comes a podcast about Pioneers. Not the covered wagon types, the modern day Pioneers exploring new territory in economic development, entrepreneurship and personal development. Join your host, Doug Erwin as he explores what it takes to build resilient communities, companies and lives in this wide ranging podcast.
Doug is former serial entrepreneur turned economic developer and executive coach. He is committed to growing Northern Nevada’s startup and technology ecosystem and supporting entrepreneurs as they embark upon their own journeys. Doug’s work at the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada has helped change the perception of Reno and lay the foundation for future generations of entrepreneurs to thrive in the region. He was a member of Entrepreneurs Organization for 13 years, helped launched and curate TEDx Reno for its initial 3 years, sat on the board of the Discovery Museum and currently serves as a commissioner on the Reno Arts and Culture Commission.
Clint Vernon - From small business to startup, a founders tale
On this episode of the podcast Doug speaks with Reno Entrepreneur Clint Vernon. Clint is the CEO of Message Desk a startup who simplifies business text messaging for small business. We discuss Clints origin story, his passion for small business, the challenges and opportunities of shifting from small business to high growth startup and much more.
Dr. Matt May - Your thoughts create your emotions
In this episode of the podcast Doug speaks his dear friend, psychiatrist Dr. Matt May about mental health and the Cognitive Behavioral model (CBT). Matt is one of kindest, wisest and most impactful people in Doug's life. They cover a broad range of topics centered around mental wellbeing in this thoughtful conversation.
Adam Kiefer - InsurTech is way more fun than it sounds
In this episode of the podcast Doug speaks with Adam Kiefer Cofounder and CEO of the Reno based startup Talage. They discuss the origin story of Talage, the challenges and opportunities Adam has faced along his journey. They also discuss the broader impacts of startups on communities and much more in this lively and engaging conversation.
Jeff Burkland - Strategic Finance for Startups
On this episode of the podcast Doug speaks with Jeff Burkland the owner of Burkland & Associates, the nations leading fractional CFO service provider. Jeff and Doug discuss startup financing strategy in-depth covering topics including managing founder dilution, aligning incentives with investors and choosing the best financing vehicle. The explore the pros and cons of SAFEs, Convertible Debt, Venture debt and much more in this informative conversation.
Jeff Schox - What do patents, autonomous vehicles and venture philanthropy have in common?
In this episode of the podcast Doug speaks with his dear friend of over 15 years, Jeff Schox. Jeff is the founding partner of Schox PLC a boutique patent law firm, the General Partner of Trucks.vc a seed stage transportation focused venture fund and the Founder of Schox Philanthropy. They cover many topics including patent strategy, early stage investing, the future of autonomous vehicles and the power of founder philanthropic giving.
Darius Mirshahzadeh - The Core Value Equation
On this episode of the podcast, Doug speaks with Serial Entrepreneur and Author of The Core Value Equation, Darius Mirshahzadeh. They deep dive into the power of core values to create team alignment and increased productivity and profitability in organizations. They discuss family core values, the challenges of midlife and personal struggles with self aggression and finding balance in life.
Great podcast. It’s awesome to see this casual approach to producing awesome content from some remarkable individuals.
Growth Pioneers is a hit!
Doug truly loves the entrepreneurial journey and the community that snowballs as the innovation mindset takes over. Great insights!
Doug Erwin is a genius
Love his show! Amazing insights and personality! A must listen to show!!!