CC014: connecting the Air Force and innovation // a Coffee Chat with Vince Pecoraro and Luis Cordova (AFWERX)
March 25th, 2019
Interview begins: 06:46
Debrief begins: 47:02
Vince Pecoraro is the Capability Lead of Agile Contracting for AFWERX.
Luis Cordova is the Liaison of Public Affairs and Marketing for AFWERX.
Established in 2017 by the …
UP037: Preteckt // real-time vehicle prognostics using machine learning
March 20th, 2019
Interview begins: 06:44
Debrief begins: 1:06:15
Ken Sills is the co-founder and CEO of Preteckt.
Since developing the initial prototype of this …
CC013: how Pittsburgh leverages state funding to spur innovation // a Coffee Chat with Terri Glueck and Leah Simoncelli (Innovation Works)
March 18th, 2019
Interview begins: 06:32
Debrief begins: 51:53
Terri Glueck is the Director of Communications at Innovation Works. Leah Simoncelli is the Coordinator of the AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup.
As Director of Community Development …
UP036: Periodic Edibles // getting into the weeds of building a cannabis brand
March 13th, 2019
Interview begins: 05:52
Debrief begins: 56:32
Wayne Schwind is the founder and CEO of Periodic Edibles. Periodic Edibles creates cannabis-infused caramels with consistent and repeatable effects.
Wayne graduated from …
JE007: why we created the update, issue one
March 6th, 2019
Last Friday, March 1, we released issue one of the update. In this week's episode, we explain why and go behind the scenes of how it came together.
At upside, we focus on startups, startup communities, and startup …
UP035: Exaeris // pulling drinkable water out of thin air (live from CES 2019)
February 27th, 2019
Interview begins: 06:52
Debrief begins: 53:28
John Galbraith (CEO) and Michael Joyce (COO) are the co-founders of Exaeris Water Innovations.
Exaeris developed a patent-pending atmospheric water generator based on …
CC012: how Cleveland is rallying their community around a new tech movement // a Coffee Chat with Bernie Moreno (Blockland)
February 25th, 2019
Interview begins: 06:26
Debrief begins: 51:58
Bernie Moreno is the President of the Bernie Moreno Companies. He has 20+ years in the retail automotive …
UP034: Testcard // at-home medical diagnostic using urinalysis and your smart phone (live from CES 2019)
February 20th, 2019
Interview begins: 07:09
Debrief begins: 49:20
Luke Heron is the co-founder and CEO of Testcard.
TestCard is a medical diagnostic test contained within a traditional postcard. The unique, patent-pending ‘flat-pack’ product …
CC011: making the startup ecosystem bigger in Texas // a Coffee Chat with Bryan Chambers (Capital Factory)
February 18th, 2019
Interview begins: 07:03
Debrief begins: 48:43
Bryan serves as Capital Factory’s Vice President of Accelerator and Investment Fund.
Bryan is a business …
UP033: SOMAVAC® Medical // improving outpatient recovery from major surgeries
February 13th, 2019
Insight begins: 08:27
Interview begins: 15:00
Debrief begins: 1:14:32
Esra Roan is the co-founder of SOMAVAC® Medical Solutions. Prior to her role with …
CC010: the pros and cons of angel funds // a Coffee Chat with Todd Federman (North Coast Angel Fund)
February 11th, 2019
Interview begins: 06:10
Debrief begins: 1:00:45
Todd Federman is the Manging Director for the North Coast Angel Fund.
Todd has served as the Executive Director of North Coast Angel Fund since its founding in 2006. Prior …
UP032: Astral AR // drones that stop bullets and prevent tragedy (live from CES 2019)
February 6th, 2019
Interview begins at 07:40
Deal Memo begins at 58:25
Leah La Salla is the co-founder and CEO of Astral AR.
Leah is a self-taught, polyglot software …
CC009: building a collaborative startup ecosystem in Memphis // a Coffee Chat with Katie Milligan (Start Co.)
February 4th, 2019
Katherine (Katie) Milligan brings the power of public policy to building entrepreneurial communities. She serves as Chief of Staff at Start Co. where …
UP031: Woobo // a fuzzy, interactive robot companion for child development (live from CES 2019)
January 30th, 2019
Feng Tan is the co-founder and CEO of Woobo.
Feng is a graduate of Tsinghua University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics. He also received a Ph.D. in Robotics from MIT.
Woobo was founded with one goal …
UP030: Sense Arena // professional hockey IQ training using VR technology (live from CES 2019 feat. Shane Darrow of Forecheck, Backcheck, Paycheck)
January 23rd, 2019
Bob Tetiva is the founder and CEO for Sense Arena.
Sense Arena is a unique, powerful, and innovative tool for developing hockey players, improving …
CC008: the first startup accelerator designed for bootstrappers // a Coffee Chat with Rob Walling (TinySeed)
January 21st, 2019
Rob Walling is a General Partner of TinySeed.
He has bootstrapped multiple startups to exit, most recently Drip
. He runs MicroConf
, co-hosts Startups …
UP029: CareAlert // helping seniors live independently with in-home sensor technology (live from CES 2019)
January 16th, 2019
Anand Krishnan is the co-founder and head of platform engineering for CareAlert.
Anand is an entrepreneur and technologist with over 20 years of …
CC007: the rise of platform in venture capital // a Coffee Chat with Stephanie Manning (Lerer Hippeau)
January 14th, 2019
Stephanie Manning is the Director of Platform for Lerer Hippeau.
Lerer Hipeau is an early-stage venture capital fund based in New York City. As founders and operators themselves, Lerer Hippeau see returns in …
UP028: Summersalt // a direct-to-consumer travelwear brand for women (feat. Karen Howland of CircleUp)
January 9th, 2019
Lori Coulter is the Founder, CEO and President of Summersalt. Prior to Summersalt, Lori owned and operated Lori Coulter Swimwear for 11 years.
UP027: ShearShare // an on-demand marketplace for stylists who need work space
January 2nd, 2019
Dr. Tye Caldwell is the Co-founder and CEO of ShearShare. Tye holds a Doctorate of Professional Barbering and is a #1 best-selling author on how to …
JE006: eight crazy months of upside
December 26th, 2018
Happy holidays from the upside team!
We're keeping it short and sweet this week so we don't take you away from what really matters.
So we don't have an …
UP026: Bark // predictive software for keeping children safe online
December 19th, 2018
Titania Jordan is the CMO and Chief Parent Officer of Bark.us. She is also host of CONNECT with Titania Jordan, and former host of NBC Atlanta affiliate WXIA’s weekly television show Atlanta Tech Edge.
Bark is an …
CC006: tackling the Series A/B capital gap in Ohio // a coffee chat with Bill Baumel and Jill Raderstorf (Ohio Innovation Fund)
December 12th, 2018
A conversation with Bill Baumel and Jill Raderstorf of the Ohio Innovation Fund live from The Starting Line by the Ohio State University College of …
CC005: getting into venture and startup ecosystems // a coffee chat with Monique Villa (ModernCapital)
December 5th, 2018
Monique Villa is the founder of Modern Capital in Nashville, Tennessee.
ModernCapital is a collective of creative thinkers from the private, public, …
UP025: Vlipsy // a search engine for short form videos as an alternative to gifs
November 28th, 2018
Chris Nickless is the founder and CEO of Vlipsy.
Chris has introduced brands to the concept of emojis and stickers, and worked with 30+ messaging companies to launch expressive new products during the chat boom. He …
JE005: happy Thanksgiving from upside
November 21st, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving! Jay and Eric spend some time talking about what we are thankful for this year, and share a preview of what is to come in 2019.
UP024: Intrinio // powering fintech innovation with access to financial data
November 14th, 2018
Rachel Carpenter is the co-founder and CEO of Intrinio.
Intrinio is a financial data platform with a marketplace for financial data APIs and analytics applications built with those data feeds. Their mission is to …
UP023: Super Dispatch // an automated back office for the car hauling industry
November 7th, 2018
Bek Abdullayev is the founder and CEO of Super Dispatch.
Super Dispatch is a platform that enables automotive logistics companies to eliminate …
CC004: Tampa’s Emerging Entrepreneurial Hub // a coffee chat with Allie Felix (Embarc Collective)
October 31st, 2018
Allie Felix is the Director of Programming & Partnerships at Embarc Collective.
Embarc Collective is a physical innovation hub in Tampa Bay, …
CC003: Opportunity Funds // a coffee chat with Peter Brack (Hypothesis Ventures)
October 24th, 2018
VC022: Concur // mission-driven skincare for a healthy microbiome (feat. Ross Baird of Village Capital)
October 17th, 2018
Lindsey Moeller is the founder of Concur, formerly known as Balm Skincare. Lindsey is also the founded of Botavi Labs and holds a degree in biology …
UP021: GenoPalate // personalized nutrition recommendations from your DNA
October 10th, 2018
Sherry Zhang is the founder and CEO of GenoPalate. She has a PhD in molecular biology from Marquette University and has used DNA technologies to …
UP020: Three Firefighters // airflow control and personnel accountability for burning buildings
October 3rd, 2018
Michael Maher is the Founder and CEO at Three Firefighters. He has 17 years of public service experience as a career firefighter and paramedic.
UP019: Wicked Sheets // bed sheets for the fight against night sweats
September 26th, 2018
Alli Truttman is the President and CEO of Wicked Sheets.
Wicked Sheets provides moisture-wicking and cooling sleep products for people suffering from …
CC002: Kansas City rising // a Coffee Chat with John Fein (Firebrand Ventures)
September 19th, 2018
John Fein is the founder and Managing Partner at Firebrand Ventures, a venture fund that invests in the greater Midwest. Prior to founding Firebrand John served as Managing Director for Techstars where he ran three …
CC001: Silicon Valley to Nashville // a coffee chat with Andrew Goldner (GrowthX)
September 12th, 2018
Andrew Goldner is a Founding Partner of GrowthX. He has been in the technology sector since 1998, based in New York City, Hong Kong, Singapore, and …
UP018: Cuddle Clones // creating plush replicas of your pet
September 5th, 2018
Jennifer Williams is the co-founder and Chief Cloning Officer of Cuddle Clones. Previous to founding Cuddle Clones, Jennifer spent 10 years as a …
UP017: Set Scouter // simplifying residential film location scouting
August 29th, 2018
Alex Kolodkin is the founder and CEO of Set Scouter. Alex has a master of arts in media production and a bachelor of arts in radio & television …
JE004: four myths for investment outside of silicon valley
August 22nd, 2018
people have been talking. we've heard gossip, complaints, and excuses when it comes to raising capital outside of silicon valley.
this week, we have a 1-on-1 episode talking about four of the common myths we hear as it …
UP016: mobius // finding wonder in waste
August 15th, 2018
Tony Bova is the co-founder and CEO of mobius. Tony is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Energy Science & Engineering at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Lab, where he studied the production of …
UP015: Mixtroz // putting connection back into "networking"
August 8th, 2018
Ashlee Ammons is the cofounder and COO of Mixtroz. previously, Ashlee began in a career as an Events Producer working with an impressive list of people including Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jay-Z and large …
JE003: listener feedback episode
August 1st, 2018
you've given us a ton of feedback over the last three months. on this episode, we discuss live on air the themes we've identified in listener feedback and how we plan to address that feedback moving forward.
do you …
UP014: 10XTS // building an enterprise blockchain ecosystem (feat. Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano)
July 25th, 2018
Michael Hiles is the founder and CEO of 10XTS, which builds transparent, decentralized, secure solutions for industry and governments using public …
UP013: Local Crate // localized supply chain to decentralize meal delivery
July 18th, 2018
Local Crate is a locally-sourced meal-delivery service. Local Crate delivers fresh, delicious, seasonal meal kits in partnership with award-winning chefs, local farmers, and passionate makers. easy-to-make recipes and …
UP012: FreshFry // frying oil purification through the magic of chemistry
July 11th, 2018
FreshFry Pod is a safe and easier way to replenish and extend your frying oil life. The Pod works overnight by capturing and removing the impurities that make your oil look dark, smoke and taste bitter. FreshFry is …
JE002: happy July 4th
July 4th, 2018
no interview or full length episode this week due to the July 4th holiday. but, we did want to share a couple of quick notes and updates for you!
UP011: ParqEx // real estate technology solving a parking problem
June 27th, 2018
ParqEx is a platform that helps to "unlock" the value of privately owned parking spots, which are often underutilized and/or difficult to manage. The …
UP010: Upsie // a cheaper way to protect your stuff
June 20th, 2018
Upsie is a mobile app platform that provides an easier & better way to protect your stuff. You get the same warranties and coverage offered by other companies, but at an affordable price. Upsie is an alum of the …
UP009: BYBE // the first legal way to discount alcohol purchases
June 13th, 2018
BYBE is the first legal way to discount alcohol purchases by embedding beer, wine and spirits rebates inside retail applications and websites. BYBE …
UP008: Loop Returns // creating the perfect ecommerce customer returns experience (live from Columbus Podcast Festival)
June 6th, 2018
Loop helps you retain customers through one of the most fragile interactions they'll have with your brand: returns.
By providing complete returns …
UP007: Kaleidoscope Group PBC // unlocking new private scholarships and creating the "uncommon app" to apply for them
May 30th, 2018
Kaleidoscope Group is a public benefit corporation that designs, administers and hosts private scholarships based in minneapolis, minnesota.
UP006: Swannies // creating an apparel brand for the modern golfer (feat. Web Smith of 2PM)
May 23rd, 2018
Swannies is a lifestyle golf apparel and footwear brand. focused on creating golf wear for anywhere at an affordable price, starting with the …
UP005: F13 Works // extending the aisle in ecommerce
May 16th, 2018
F13 Works bridges the gap between manufacturers and e-commerce websites. It provides manufacturers, drop-shippers and order fulfillers of all types …
UP004: ScriptDrop // improving prescription medication adherence
May 9th, 2018
ScriptDrop focuses on providing an in-workflow prescription delivery solution for pharmacies. no apps to download. no cost to the patient.
UP003: LawnGuru // on demand outdoor services
May 2nd, 2018
LawnGuru provides on-demand lawn care and snow removal services for clients in metro detroit, atlanta, cleveland, chicago, houston, philadelphia & washington dc areas. through its mobile and web-based applications, …
UP002: Rapchat // empowering a hip hop community
May 2nd, 2018
Rapchat is the best way for today's rap enthusiasts to create, collaborate, and connect with tomorrow’s stars.
Rapchat partners with award-winning …
UP001: tilr // skills-based job hiring
May 2nd, 2018
tilr is a first-to-market, on-demand recruitment technology that empowers workers and companies alike. tilr’s proprietary technology matches based on …
JE001: upside // a podcast about startups outside of silicon valley
May 2nd, 2018
the startup investment landscape is changing, and world-class companies are being built outside of silicon valley.
we find them, talk with them, and discuss the upside of investing in them.
these entrepreneurs are …