42 episodes

Of Note is a podcast on innovation. We’re opening up the notebooks of some of the most interesting business minds in the South. They’re hands-on, they’re driven and they’re sharing the notes they’ve taken on invention, funding, entrepreneurship, growth, and so much more. Created by South Carolina Department of Commerce's Office of Innovation.

Of Note Scribble - SC Innovation

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Of Note is a podcast on innovation. We’re opening up the notebooks of some of the most interesting business minds in the South. They’re hands-on, they’re driven and they’re sharing the notes they’ve taken on invention, funding, entrepreneurship, growth, and so much more. Created by South Carolina Department of Commerce's Office of Innovation.

    Becoming the Origin Story: The Tricks Behind the Kicks

    Becoming the Origin Story: The Tricks Behind the Kicks

    Many people have experienced the wrath of middle school bullies and reacted instinctively. For one young entrepreneur, the momentary embarrassment built more than character; it inspired him to take the first step in building an innovative business, grossing roughly $350,000 each year. The then-seventh grader was called out for accidentally purchasing–and wearing–a pair of knock-off KD 4 All Star Galaxy sneakers and he immediately listed them for resale. Even then, Sean Powers turned a $200 profit, overnight.


    Seeing such a quick and effortless return on revenue made Sean rethink his perception of high-end, limited-edition sneakers as a passion, and start considering it as a potential business venture. Ten years into the luxury resale game, he’s already developed a brand of his own. Balancing eComm 101, the Entrepreneurship Club at USC, and the inventory, management and sales of his designer product listings truly paid off. Sean used his sneakerhead community, entrepreneur network, and insight into the problem with eCommerce merchandising to develop an innovative software solution alongside fellow recent graduate and entrepreneur-at-heart, Brett Nilson.


    In this final episode of our four-part mini-series, “Becoming the Origin Story,” hosted by Laura McIntosh, Copyt Co-Founders, Sean Powers and Brett Nilson, break down their journey to become market leaders. Learn how these young entrepreneurs used social media, existing eCommerce platforms, and a people-first approach to emerge in a $2 Trillion, global market.

    • 35 min
    Becoming the Origin Story: A Relief from Resumes

    Becoming the Origin Story: A Relief from Resumes

    Job seekers are given a test before even interviewing for the role they’re hoping to land. They’re challenged to lay out their achievements, career history and professional ambitions on a single page, in a way that stands out–but is organized–and communicates their personality, passion and potential. Employers are equally frustrated, sifting through hundreds of resumes, all blurring together with redundancy coursing through the same flat, impersonal language.


    The owner and founder of a consulting firm, and the CEO and owner of a career coaching company came together and said enough is enough. Inspired by GenZ’s affinity for TikTok and short form videos, the two entrepreneurs co-founded a platform that puts a modern twist on resumes. They share their experiences emerging in the tech-world for the first time, the strategy that allowed them to launch their startup debt-free and how they’ve navigated the male-dominated tech space as emerging female entrepreneurs.


    In this third episode of “Becoming the Origin Story,” hosted by Laura McIntosh, The RezRev Co-Founders Jackie Kohlepp and Brittany Betit open up about bringing their vision to life, to help connect job seekers to companies more effectively. Learn how these leaders disrupted a dreaded, decades-old protocol, changing the hiring game for both camps–for the better.

    • 32 min
    Becoming the Origin Story: An Innovation to Seal the Deal

    Becoming the Origin Story: An Innovation to Seal the Deal

    In the medical field, timing is everything. An experienced radiologist assistant performed emergency procedures in 20 minutes, until one patient took twice as long. Concerned and frustrated with the increased risk resulting from the instrument, the doctor began conducting extensive research to find a solution.


    Dr. Cephus E. Simmons discovered that the proper tool didn’t exist, and determined to give his patients the best possible experience and care he could, he developed it himself. How does a medical expert launch into the world of business to develop and take a new product to market? Dr. Simmons explains his data-driven journey launching three new products, building a company to get them in the right hands and overcoming both regulatory and industry-related challenges.


    In the second episode of “Becoming the Origin Story” hosted by Laura McIntosh, Dr. Simmons shares what inspired him to venture into entrepreneurship and start SealCath after 28 years in the clinic and what he’s learned about leading a company. Listen along as he navigates funding, problem solving and his plans for the future.

    • 28 min
    Becoming the Origin Story: Solutions from a Sommelier

    Becoming the Origin Story: Solutions from a Sommelier

    Every year, the beverage industry suffers a $126 billion loss from product damage. Dealing with such a fragile product has greater opportunities for error than standard products, and that risk is heightened during the transportation phase. When sommelier, Eric Cooperman, got a taste of the problem, he was inspired to develop a unique supply chain solution.


    Having 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, an entrepreneurial spirit and zero software expertise made remedying this production problem challenging in a number of ways.


    Eric discusses how he identified a major beverage industry need and successfully bridged the gap between the large, ongoing issue and the tool capable of fixing it, by creating Bottle Titan. He shares how he emerged in an unfamiliar industry, developed a strong network of specialists and advisors to guide him and fast-tracked his knowledge of the rapidly-changing technology field.


    In this premier episode of “Becoming the Origin Story” hosted by Laura McIntosh, Eric opens up about his discoveries and lessons learned in the process of becoming an entrepreneur. He unpacks the realities of fundraising, product development and turning partners into customers. To hear his advice to other entrepreneurs in the making, listen here.

    • 27 min
    30: Jonathan Desrochers, Innovative Technology and Teamwork at the Forefront of Growth

    30: Jonathan Desrochers, Innovative Technology and Teamwork at the Forefront of Growth

    Reviews and recommendations are crucial to everyone from modern consumers to brands interested in discovering new partnerships and business ventures. Red Ventures is a global technology company, helping customers make the best decisions by simplifying the search process. Corporate leader Jonathan Desrochers played a key role in developing the technology powering the company’s sales center capabilities.


    Jonathan Desrochers joins our hosts Joseph Nother and Laura McIntosh to share how he transitioned from an individual to a leader, with insights into successfully navigating a tech business through a pandemic. Listen as Jonathan shares
    a software developer’s perspective on global company culture and the technology powering it all.

    • 33 min
    29: Don Taylor, Growing a Sustainable Process in the Future of Farming

    29: Don Taylor, Growing a Sustainable Process in the Future of Farming

    Consumers today care about the freshness of their food—and where it came from. Don Taylor, CEO of AmplifiedAg, developed an innovative, sustainable solution to improve agriculture processes and products. Research, visits to multiple large greenhouses and software expertise led him to discover how shipping containers could change the future of farming. AmplifiedAg develops and manufactures technology-controlled indoor farms in shipping containers, to produce food efficiently and economically, in any location.


    The company delivers quality products using a sustainable process, which reduces waste, water consumption and its carbon footprint. Founded in 2018, AmplifiedAg first introduced their innovative product to local distributors in Charleston, SC, and are now operating out of six states. Their vision is to provide communities across the globe with fresh, safe food while protecting the planet.


    In this episode, Don Taylor joins our hosts Joseph Nother and Laura McIntosh to share how he grew an industry-leading innovation and a like-minded team. Listen as Don discusses leadership, market strategy and software solutions.

    • 44 min

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