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.
Flume Ventures - Unlocking potential in Nevada with Matt Nordby
On this episode of the podcast Doug speaks with Matt Nordby the Founder and Managing Partner of Flume Ventures based in Incline Village. Matt is an amazing human with a really interesting career path. He was an young executive at Sun Microsystems, went on to start a company, which was later sold, then became the President of Playboy Enterprises , and is now currently in the role of managing partner at Flume. Flume is a non traditional venture fund with some really impressive partners including Scott McNealy from Sun and Dave Duffield from PeopleSoft and Workday. They have a unique thesis and are committed to supporting Nevada's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Reno Startup Week - Everything you wanted to know and then some
On this special episode of the podcast Doug speaks with his colleagues Juston Berg and Katie Freeman about Reno Startup Week. They discuss the rationale for Startup Week, the importance for the startup community and its value alignment with EDAWNs mission. They dive deep into the events, people and activities that are making Reno Startup Week a unique inaugural event. Sept 25-29 RenoStartupWeek.com
Nevada's secret weapon in the Lithium Battery Sector. Dragonfly's Denis Phares
On this episode of the podcast Doug speaks with Denis Phares the Founder and CEO of Dragonfly Energy. Dragonfly is one of Reno's Startup success stories, having started a decade ago and recently going public. They have a wide ranging conversation on the technology, the business and the personal side of the Dragonfly story. They also discuss energy storage and Nevadas Lithium Loop.
Wisdoms Share from EO Reno / Tahoe President - Tony Lillios
On this episode Doug speaks with his good friend Tony Lillios. Tony is a serial entrepreneur, endurance athlete , integral coach and president of the Reno/ Tahoe EO Chapter. They go deep into leadership development topics including what is enough, overcoming resistance, living well and much more.
Mo Collins - Nevada Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Assessment
On this episode of the podcast Doug speaks with Mo Collins the CEO of Entrepreneurial communities. They discuss the recent Nevada entrepreneurial ecosystem report going deep into the challenges, opportunities and recommendations outlined for Reno, Las Vegas and Rural Nevada.
Robert Ellis - Coaching from Essence
On this special episode of the podcast, Doug speaks with his dear friend and coach Robert Ellis about his new book Coaching From Essence. They discuss Roberts personal journey, how it informed his philosophy, coaching methodology and led to his first book.
Doug does an amazing job finding great people to interview and does an even more amazing job interviewing them while also providing awesome insight
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!