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Powderkeg shares Startup Stories for High-Growth Business Leaders with Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Top Talent Beyond Silicon Valley. Powder Keg Gives You the Best Business Strategy from SaaS Entrepreneurs, Startup Investors, and Business Experts.

    Why People Push Help 85 Million Times in a Year

    Why People Push Help 85 Million Times in a Year

    Have you ever been stuck in a parking garage and couldn't quite figure out how to leave? Well, you're not the only one; according to reports, 85% of "help" calls in a parking garage are due to struggles with understanding the equipment, whereas only 15% of those calls are due to actual equipment failure. That’s why today, you'll hear from a company that saw the need for human interaction within the parking industry and set out to fill it—combining software-as-a-service, hardware, and a 24/7 call center to create personal, high-empathy interactions in the parking industry.

    On today's episode of the Powderkeg Pitch, you’ll be hearing a 5-minute live startup pitch between an entrepreneur and myself. You’ll be hearing from Brian Wolff, President & CEO at Parker Technology based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Before joining Parker Technology, Brian, in 2006, co-founded Bluelock, Indiana's fastest-growing private company in 2010, with four other Indiana tech entrepreneurs. He has helped fund more than 30 local companies through angel funds Gravity Ventures, xCap Angels, and Momentum Ventures. Brian consulted several other organizations, including Purdue Research Foundation, where he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at The Foundry.

    On today's show, Brian will be pitching Parker Technology, a company focused on providing parking facilities with a premium customer service experience platform through software.

    Brian will have just 5 minutes to pitch Parker and share more on the incredible team they're growing at Parker, and then I will have the opportunity to hit Brian with a few hard-hitting and rapid-fire-q-and-a, sort of shark tank-style questions right after his pitch. Tune in for more!

    Please enjoy this conversation with Brian Wolff!

    If you like this episode, please subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes. You can also follow us on Soundcloud or Stitcher. We have an incredible lineup of interviews we’ll be releasing every Tuesday here on the Powderkeg Podcast.

    • 32 min
    #150: Innovation and Creativity in Minneapolis Startups

    #150: Innovation and Creativity in Minneapolis Startups

    The Minneapolis-St. Paul area may not be as known for tech as San Francisco, but the city has seen huge potential in building a rising tech scene. And when it comes to the Midwest, you couldn't ask for a more tech-friendly city. Minneapolis-St. Paul is home to some of the top accounting firms in the country and overall has a healthy and satisfying tech environment. And with so much untapped potential left for opportunists to unlock...it's hard not to consider becoming a part of the incredible tech ecosystem that's brewing in the Twin Cities.

    In today’s episode, I speak with two leaders who are focused on investing and nurturing the innovation happening inside the heart of Minnesota Tech. The first guest is Mary Grove, Managing Partner at Bread and Butter Ventures. She brings nearly two decades of leadership experience in technology, early stage investing, and startup ecosystem growth.

    Mary served as the founding director of Google for Startups, leading the company’s global efforts to support entrepreneurs in over 100 countries. Mary also started a nonprofit called Silicon North Stars, which she now runs, to educate and inspire young Minnesotans from economically underserved backgrounds towards futures in tech. After her 15 year career at Google, Mary worked as an investment partner at Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund where she led dozens of investments in a range of sectors including healthcare, enterprise software, and fintech.

    Joining Mary today is Brett Brohl, a Managing Partner of Bread and Butter Ventures. He is also the Managing Director of the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator. Brett is an experienced entrepreneur, investor and mentor, driven to make a difference in the world through helping entrepreneurs succeed. He founded or has been CEO of several companies, leading three to exit and also experiencing failure firsthand. AndI hear he loves leveraging those experiences to help the next generation of startups to be successful. Tune in for More!

    In this episode with Mary Grove and Brett Brohl, you’ll learn:
    - How to find the best opportunities in tech during the new normal
    - Why having a culture is an important stage for startups
    - Great advice talent looking to break into tech
    - The most exciting things happening in and around Minnesota tech
    - Backstage look into the newly created Bread and Butter Ventures

    Figuring out your next career move doesn’t have to be so stressful. So why not try Powderkeg Matches?

    By joining Matches, you’re joining a community of thousands of top professionals in the Powderkeg community to get connected with outstanding people at the hottest tech companies between the coasts. Get matched with great employers, land your next major opportunity, and get started today!

    Please enjoy this conversation with Mary Grove and Brett Brohl!

    If you like this episode, please subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes. You can also follow us on Soundcloud. We have an incredible lineup of interviews we’ll be releasing every Tuesday here on the Powderkeg Podcast. Check it out at powderkeg.com/itunes.

    • 42 min
    How One Passionate BBQ Fan Started With "I Quit"

    How One Passionate BBQ Fan Started With "I Quit"

    Every new beginning has its struggles, but getting a business started to call your own can be so fulfilling. Today we dive in with a founder who is ready to risk everything. He gives up his steady 9-to-5 job to chase his passion for the entrepreneurial dream beginning with the simple words "I Quit."

    On today's episode of the Powderkeg Pitch, we're bringing on Co-founder and BBQ expert of Durham based Mike D’s BBQ, Mike De Los Santos.

    Mike and his wife Gloria started building a BBQ sauce business with Mike having 'quit' his job. They launched the company back in 2014. And hit their sales goal that year, and have seen strong and steady growth ever since. In 2015, they introduced their Sweet & Spicy rub and, in 2016, had their biggest growth year to date (120%).

    As if that weren't remarkable enough, Mike is about to be featured on Discovery's Channel's new show called "I Quit," which is a show that will follow six businesses for one year as they are led by hopeful entrepreneurs who leave their steady incomes and retirement plans behind to go all-in on their dreams of launching their own unique business. Tune in to hear more!

    In this episode with Michael De Los Santos, you’ll learn:
    --What drew Mike to the path of entrepreneurship
    --How Mike and Discovery connected to start the show “I Quit”
    --Building the right sales strategy for your business
    --Backstage look into the entrepreneurial world of BBQ
    --Mike’s secrets and tips for barbecue enthusiasts

    Please enjoy this conversation with Michael De Los Santos!

    If you like this episode, please subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes. You can also follow us on Soundcloud or Stitcher. We have an incredible lineup of interviews we’ll be releasing every Tuesday here on the Powderkeg Podcast.

    • 22 min
    #149: Why 90% of Startup Companies Fail

    #149: Why 90% of Startup Companies Fail

    How much more impactful could your company's marketing strategy be if you could understand exactly what content to create and the best places to publish it in order to keep up with the present trends?

    Well in today’s episode, you’ll hear from Shawn Schwegman, Co-founder and CSO of Demandjump. DemandJump focuses on taking the uncertainty out of digital marketing by allowing you to see what your customers and competitors are doing, and what you should be doing next to get out ahead.

    Shawn had only 5 minutes on the Powderkeg stage to pitch his company DemandJump to a live panel of investors and industry experts from our Marketing Tech in the Roaring 20’s pitch night we hosted this past February before the pandemic featuring some of the most innovative companies scaling in Middle America. The four experts you’ll hear from in this episode include:

    --Syam Nair | Executive Vice President, Technology, Salesforce Marketing Cloud

    --Miloni Madan | Private Equity Technology Investor at Warburg Pincus LLC

    --Aaron Gillum | Senior Vice President at 50 South Capital

    --Lindsey Groepper | President at BLASTMedia

    Today’s Presenter, Shawn Schwegman, is a professional Entrepreneur, who has been heavily involved with more than a dozen startup companies over the last two decades, both advising and working in pivotal roles running sales, marketing, technology, strategy and operations for companies in early and high growth stages. Tune in to hear more from Shawn!

    Figuring out your next career move doesn't have to be so stressful. So why not try Powderkeg Matches?

    By joining Matches, you’re joining a community of thousands of top professionals in the Powderkeg community to get connected with outstanding people at the hottest tech companies between the coasts. Get matched with great employers, land your next major opportunity, and get started today!

    Please enjoy this pitch with Shawn Schwegman of Lessonly!

    • 15 min
    #148: Building a Product Focused Culture

    #148: Building a Product Focused Culture

    Leaders that are able to build and create a culture of openness and collaboration are able to encourage their team to better self-develop, communicate, and share what they are learning so they can capitalize on the actions they are or could be doing better, and promoting and pushing one another to do the same. But where do we begin in order to create and maintain this idea that we call product culture?

    In today’s episode, I speak with Marcus Cobb, a technologist, product designer, public speaker, and successful entrepreneur. Marcus is a highly sought-after investor, mentor, and strategist for numerous organizations. He’s also the CEO and co-founder of Jammber, a Nashville-based music technology company that focuses on streamlining the incredibly complicated process of creating a song, sharing it with the world and ultimately getting paid and getting credit for it.

    Throughout this episode, you’ll get to hear Marcus discuss his role as an entrepreneur, his personal experiences with building an amazing team culture, and his current role as co-founder and CEO of Jammber. Find out more about how Marcus and his team are disrupting the music industry with their platform, Jammber. Tune in for More!

    In this episode with Marcus Cobb, you’ll learn:
    - How positive product culture can be a secret ingredient for team success
    - About the music tech industry and the opportunities available
    - Marcus’s personal experience and growth as an entrepreneur
    - How the Jammber platform is impacting the music industry

    Figuring out your next career move doesn’t have to be so stressful. So why not try Powderkeg Matches?

    By joining Matches, you’re joining a community of thousands of top professionals in the Powderkeg community to get connected with outstanding people at the hottest tech companies between the coasts. Get matched with great employers, land your next major opportunity, and get started today!

    Please enjoy this conversation with Marcus Cobb!

    If you like this episode, please subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes. You can also follow us on Soundcloud. We have an incredible lineup of interviews we’ll be releasing every Tuesday here on the Powderkeg Podcast. Check it out at powderkeg.com/itunes.

    • 49 min
    PITCH: Lessonly | Indianapolis, IN

    PITCH: Lessonly | Indianapolis, IN

    Most companies understand the importance of employee training, with the highest priority being the need for creating the right training resources for increasing effectiveness talent training programs. But for most companies, it always seems to come with a struggle of creating the right training tools and applications for company talent. That's why on today's episode of Powderkeg Pitch, we're featuring a company focused on helping teams learn and practice, and do better work.

    In today’s episode, you’ll hear from Kyle Lacy, Chief Marketing Officer of Lessonly. Lessonly is a simple learning management software that helps teams learn, practice, and do better work.

    Kyle had only 5 minutes on the Powderkeg stage to pitch his company Lessonly to a live panel of investors and industry experts from our Martech Madness pitch night we hosted in February of last year featuring some of the most innovative companies scaling in the Mighty Middle. The three experts you’ll hear from in this episode include:

    --Glenda Akers | GM, Messaging of Salesforce Marketing Cloud

    --Muhammad Yasin | Executive Vice President of Marketing of PERQ

    --Ryan Grable | VP Demand Generation, Diligent

    Today’s Presenter, Kyle Lacy, is the Chief Marketing Officer at Lessonly. Kyle brings over ten years of experience in marketing, strategy, and digital operations. Before joining Lessonly, Kyle held senior positions at OpenView Venture Partners, Salesforce and ExactTarget. He has spent the last seven years traveling the world speaking at marketing and technology industry events, including content marketing, digital marketing strategy, demand generation, and B2B marketing. And is an author of three books, Twitter Marketing for Dummies, Branding Yourself, and Social CRM for Dummies. Tune in for more!

    Figuring out your next career move doesn't have to be so stressful. So why not try Powderkeg Matches?

    By joining Matches, you’re joining a community of thousands of top professionals in the Powderkeg community to get connected with outstanding people at the hottest tech companies between the coasts. Get matched with great employers, land your next major opportunity, and get started today!

    Please enjoy this pitch with Kyle Lacy of Lessonly!

    • 14 min

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Diverse perspective of tech companies today

The Powderkeg podcast covers a wide range of topics, from culture to product development to financing and marketing. Great interviews, sharing relevant information for today's companies.

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Highly recommend listening and subscribing to Powderkeg if you want the knowledge AND mindsets to stay ahead of the curve of the rapidly evolving tech landscape.

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