129 episodes

A weekly podcast exploring startups, technology, and entrepreneurship in Kentucky and beyond.

Middle Tech Evan Knowles & Logan Jones

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A weekly podcast exploring startups, technology, and entrepreneurship in Kentucky and beyond.

    124. The Startup Fundraising Journey: The Hunt

    124. The Startup Fundraising Journey: The Hunt

    Middle Tech was founded in order to grow the startup ecosystem in Kentucky and Middle America using digital media to educate, entertain, and inspire all entrepreneurs, current and future, as well as people working in the technology space. One area we’ve wanted to shed more light on recently is the process of raising venture capital. We’ve found that many first time founders have questions around the topic with few readily available resources, so they find themselves seeking help from a coastal firm with limited familiarity with this region’s entrepreneur ecosystem. We wanted to fill the void, so we partnered with Louisville, KY based venture capital firm Poplar Ventures to create a three part series covering what it is like to raise money in venture capital in middle America. In this series, John Wilmoth and Christian Miller will walk you through the entire journey. We hope this helps founders go into the fundraising process with the confidence and knowledge required to raise the money needed to scale their businesses.

    This first installment is titled “The Hunt.” This will cover how a venture capitalist (“VC”) firm finds entrepreneurs to invest in and vice versa. We wanted to give entrepreneurs an idea of how to approach VC’s and insights into how VC’s use networking and other strategies to find good entrepreneurs and companies to invest in.

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    123. Harold White Lumber: Ray & Sawyer White on Technology Enabling Legacy Industries to Make Advances in Sustainability

    123. Harold White Lumber: Ray & Sawyer White on Technology Enabling Legacy Industries to Make Advances in Sustainability

    On this week's episode, we sat down with a Ray & Sawyer White, the 5th generation of their family business - a lumber company. While most people would not associate lumber with technology, our conversation with the Whites focused on how new technology is allowing for a shift to sustainability in an industry that's thought to be the opposite. Ray and Sawyer also share what it's been like to grow a business in Kentucky through 5 generations of their family and where they hope to take the company once it's their turn to run it.

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    122. Podchaser: How Bradley Davis Built the IMDb of Podcasts

    122. Podchaser: How Bradley Davis Built the IMDb of Podcasts

    On this week's episode, we sat down with Bradley Davis, the founder and CEO of Podchaser. Described as the IMDb for podcasts, Podchaser allows users to discover new shows, leave ratings & reviews, find guest appearances, and much more. For podcasters, Podchaser can also aggregate data to show episode analytics and audience demographics. We discuss Bradley's background, how he started the company by posting on Reddit, and where he sees the podcast industry going into the future.

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    121. David Willbrand: An Attorney's Perspective on Startups and the Legal Implications of Big Tech

    121. David Willbrand: An Attorney's Perspective on Startups and the Legal Implications of Big Tech

    On this week's episode, we sat down with David Willbrand, a Startup & Venture Capital Lawyer at Thompson Hine. David provides a unique perspective on this region and it's startup ecosystem as he has been working in it since 1996. In addition to acquiring a great deal of experience helping founders navigate the legality of starting a company, David has also had a front row seat to watch this region's startup ecosystem grow & evolve over time. We discuss the role that law plays in starting a company, the legal implications of big tech turning into monopolies, and what David has observed during his time serving this region.

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    Rebroadcast: AppHarvest CEO, Jonathan Webb, is Making Kentucky the AgTech Capital of the World

    Rebroadcast: AppHarvest CEO, Jonathan Webb, is Making Kentucky the AgTech Capital of the World

    We wanted to rebroadcast this episode now that AppHarvest has completed their Morehead facility and announced two additional facilities in Richmond & Berea, Kentucky. Additionally, AppHarvest has also announced recently that they will be going public via a SPAC (a full blog covering that announcement can be found here). At the time of this recording, AppHarvest had just broke ground on their Morehead, KY facility. With several environmental and political threats to our food supply, AppHarvest is hoping to make Kentucky the AgTech Capital of the World by creating fresh, quality produce that can be grown efficiently and safely within a day's drive of 75% of the US.

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    120. Kendall Weihe: A Conversation on Artificial Intelligence, Self-Driving Cars, & the Implications of Future Technologies

    120. Kendall Weihe: A Conversation on Artificial Intelligence, Self-Driving Cars, & the Implications of Future Technologies

    This week, we sat down with Kendall Weihe. Kendall graduated from the University of Kentucky where he studied Computer Science with a focus on Machine Learning. Kendall loves solving problems with software and has had the opportunity to work for two of the top technology companies in Kentucky, Appriss and El Toro, before eventually landing at Yum Brands to build enterprise applications. On this episode we dove into his background, artificial intelligence, and several other culturally relevant topics related to technology like free speech, censoring, and government regulation.

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Customer Reviews

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35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Colby Hall ,

Love it!

Keep up the great work, Guys! Some pretty insightful and awesome content. Go Cats!

Hal @ New York Launch Pod ,

Great podcast!

Fantastic podcast about tech in and around Kentucky. Really enjoy listening to listening to Nate and Evan tackle new and interesting topics and as a New Yorker especially enjoyed the episode on Yext! This is a great listen for anyone in Kentucky and beyond!

Baller141411 ,

Good

A very young duo but both intellectually advanced in knowledge about business and the growing technology playing apart in our world. Covers all aspects that they announce in the beginning of each podcast in good detail. Also, very enjoyable to listen to.

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