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The LoCo Experience is produced and sponsored by LoCo Think Tank - and sometimes others! Our mission is to uncover as much business education as possible while getting to know the founders and leaders of amazing organizations. You'll feel like you really know our guests after each episode, and if we're doing our job well, you'll learn business principles and tips from them along the journey and be both inspired and entertained. Episodes feature a range of local and regional business and community leaders as guests in a conversational interview format. The more interesting the journey, the better the experience! 

The LoCo Experience Curt Bear

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 11 Ratings

The LoCo Experience is produced and sponsored by LoCo Think Tank - and sometimes others! Our mission is to uncover as much business education as possible while getting to know the founders and leaders of amazing organizations. You'll feel like you really know our guests after each episode, and if we're doing our job well, you'll learn business principles and tips from them along the journey and be both inspired and entertained. Episodes feature a range of local and regional business and community leaders as guests in a conversational interview format. The more interesting the journey, the better the experience! 

    EXPERIENCE 168 | Growing a Family and a Business to be Strong Like Good Coffee - Julia and Andy Leach of Toddy, LLC - Global Leader in Cold Brew Coffee Systems

    EXPERIENCE 168 | Growing a Family and a Business to be Strong Like Good Coffee - Julia and Andy Leach of Toddy, LLC - Global Leader in Cold Brew Coffee Systems

    I first learned about Toddy, LLC circa 2013, during the twilight of my banking career. The story I heard was that the owners of a local marketing agency, Clay Pot Creative, had purchased a manufacturing business in Texas, and moved it up to Loveland! The company made cold brew coffee systems (whatever that was), and seemed to have a strong product in a niche market - a banker’s dream client! I failed to connect but tried again to reach them a few years later as I was growing...

    • 2 hr 16 min
    EXPERIENCE 167 | The Ins and Outs and Valuations of the Oil and Natural Gas Industry with Todd Brooker, President of Cawley, Gillespie & Associates, Inc. in Austin, Texas

    EXPERIENCE 167 | The Ins and Outs and Valuations of the Oil and Natural Gas Industry with Todd Brooker, President of Cawley, Gillespie & Associates, Inc. in Austin, Texas

    I got acquainted with Todd Brooker through LinkedIn, where we follow some of the same voices, and learned last fall that he spends a lot of time in Fort Collins - where his daughter Libby Brooker is a goalie on the CSU soccer team! It took us a minute, but this spring we finally got properly acquainted over lunch, followed by a long-form conversation in The LoCo Experience studios. Todd is the second Texan I’ve had on the podcast, and the second from Austin - apparently the Fort C...

    • 1 hr 58 min
    EXPERIENCE 166 | Change Your Perspective, Change Your Business with Duane and Chad Stroh, Co-Founders and and President/VP of Healthy Harvest expeller-pressed non-GMO cooking oils.

    EXPERIENCE 166 | Change Your Perspective, Change Your Business with Duane and Chad Stroh, Co-Founders and and President/VP of Healthy Harvest expeller-pressed non-GMO cooking oils.

    Duane and Chad Stroh are the father and son that lead the team at Healthy Harvest in Berthoud, CO, which also includes Duane’s wife and Chad’s sister, and one red-headed step-child in a key operations role. They were initially involved as investor-partners of the business, but as partners departed and their market awareness grew they pivoted the company to specialize in production and wholesale distribution of non-GMO cooking oils across Colorado - and entering new markets across the Am...

    • 2 hr 8 min
    EXPERIENCE 165 | Pioneering a Cleaner and Greener World with Serial Inventor and Entrepreneur Ed VanDyne - Founder, President and CEO of Plastic 2 Green and Founder, President, and Team Manager of Tetrahedron Racing.

    EXPERIENCE 165 | Pioneering a Cleaner and Greener World with Serial Inventor and Entrepreneur Ed VanDyne - Founder, President and CEO of Plastic 2 Green and Founder, President, and Team Manager of Tetrahedron Racing.

    In today’s episode, I was honored to be joined in studio by Ed VanDyne, one of the most fascinating guests we’ve had on the show. When you look up serial entrepreneur in the dictionary, you’ll find Ed’s smiling face, and the ideas that have sprouted his various companies are consolidated from ideas and learnings from previous chapters, including a lengthy season managing the MIT Racing Team, and spinning a technology company out of Woodward, VanDyne SuperTurbo! The innovative sail...

    • 2 hr 19 min
    EXPERIENCE 164 | Your New Favorite Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Katie Foster, Founder and Owner of Timnath Kids Dentistry

    EXPERIENCE 164 | Your New Favorite Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Katie Foster, Founder and Owner of Timnath Kids Dentistry

    Dr. Katie Foster booked time with me out of the blue last spring (which never happens), and brought cookies and we shared a very enjoyable coffee and conversation. She was weeks away at the time from opening her business, Timnath Kids Dentistry, and was exploring the business community at large and curious about LoCo Think Tank. She’s not a member at LoCo - yet - but she’s our kind of people. When she can carve time away from a young business and two young children we’ll be ...

    • 1 hr 36 min
    EXPERIENCE 163 | Headed West with Workday Ninja Micah Johnson, Veteran CEO, CTO, and COO and Process Optimization and Automation Expert

    EXPERIENCE 163 | Headed West with Workday Ninja Micah Johnson, Veteran CEO, CTO, and COO and Process Optimization and Automation Expert

    I was introduced to Micah Johnson by Jeffrey Beyle, one of my guests during Season 1 of The LoCo Experience (Episode 29 if you wanna check it out), and one of my spies in the Boulder area. By spies I mean those who think of me when they meet someone with an interesting business journey to share, and a lot of value to share with the business community through a podcast conversation like this one! Micah is what most would call a serial entrepreneur, with multiple starts and exits, a...

    • 2 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Entrepreneur 123 ,

New favorite podcast

Stumbled on this show thanks to the Fort Collins fellas podcast and so grateful I did. Only one episode in and already so much value’s been delivered… thank you 👍🏼👍🏼

InsideTheFirm ,

An excellent show!

Curt does a great job on this show and I highly recommend it to anyone in Northern Colorado and beyond.

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If your a business owner, you know there are decision to make when you grow, this podcast talks to business owners. The discussions of how they started to how they grew the business to where the business is today. All business owners can take away something that they could use in their own business. So listen and learn from all these awesome business owners.

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