UP055: Hurry Home // enabling renters to become owners of affordable homes
August 21st, 2019
Interview begins: 07:16
Debrief begins: 47:49
Jada McLean is the co-founder and CEO of Hurry Home.
Hurry Home finances houses through shared ownership, enabling renters to become homeowners and offering a streamlined …
CC027: raising an opportunity fund for a mission driven accelerator // a coffee chat with Barbara Bickham (WIF AX)
August 19th, 2019
Interview begins: 06:02
Debrief begins: 39:50
Barbara Bickham is the co-founder and Managing Director of WIF AX.
WIF AX (Women’s Innovation Fund Accelerator) is a Qualified Opportunity Fund building women-balanced and …
UP054: AdAdapted // serving smarter ads for CPG companies
August 14th, 2019
Interview begins: 07:15
Debrief begins: 55:46
Michael Pedersen and Molly McFarland are the co-founders of AdAdapted.
AdAdapted is a digital engagement …
CC026: matching top talent with startups between the coasts // a coffee chat with Kaleb Dumot (Integrity Power Search)
August 12th, 2019
Interview begins: 07:06
Debrief begins: 43:11
Kaleb Dumot is the founder and CEO of Integrity Power Search.
Integrity Power Search (IPS) is a recruiting …
UP053: emocha // improving medication adherence through remote video observation
August 7th, 2019
Interview begins: 08:26
Debrief begins: 49:12
Sebastian Seiguer is the Co-Founder and CEO of emocha Mobile Health.
emocha is a mobile health platform that saves lives by connecting remote patients to health care …
UP052: Seek // augmented reality on the web for eCommerce
July 31st, 2019
Interview begins: 04:40
Debrief begins: 1:11:09
Jon Cheney is the founder and CEO of Seek.
Seek is Augmented Reality on the web for eCommerce. SeekView allows a consumer to visualize a product in their life before they buy …
UP051: UbiQD // making low-hazard quantum dots
July 24th, 2019
Interview begins: 08:48
Debrief begins: 1:05:44
Hunter McDaniel is the founder and CEO of UbiQD.
UbiQD is a cleantech materials company that manufactures low-hazard quantum dots (QDs) and nanocomposites. The company …
UP050: opendorse // helping athletes share more content (feat. Braxton Miller of the Philadelphia Eagles)
July 17th, 2019
Interview begins: 09:02
Insight begins: 58:13
Debrief begins: 1:01:59
Blake Lawrence is the founder and CEO of opendorse.
opendorse is the athlete-marketing platform that helps the biggest brands in sports share content on …
UP049: Zive // freeing you from the browser with desktop applications
July 10th, 2019
Interview begins: 08:39
Debrief begins: 48:25
Eric Shashoua is the founder and CEO of Zive, makers of the app, Kiwi for Gmail.
Kiwi for Gmail turns …
CC025: impact investing and reversing demographic trends // a Coffee Chat with Robert Zulkoski (Vermont Works)
July 8th, 2019
Interview begins: 06:34
Debrief begins: 49:48
Robert Zulkoski is the Chairman and Managing Partner of Vermont Works.
Vermont Works is an Independent …
JE011: happy July 4th // the update issue two
July 3rd, 2019
Happy US Independence Day from the upside team!
Per our holiday tradition, we're keeping it short and sweet this week so we don't take you away from …
CC024: investing in the picks and shovels of esports and gaming // a Coffee Chat with Josh Chapman (Konvoy Ventures)
July 1st, 2019
Interview begins: 05:19
Debrief begins: 55:13
Josh Chapman is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Konvoy Ventures.
Konvoy is an early-stage venture fund focused exclusively on esports & video gaming. They are …
UP048: Balto // selling sales software to salesmen (feat. David Geiger of TeamDynamix)
June 26th, 2019
Interview begins: 07:44
Insight begins: 54:30
Debrief begins: 1:06:20
Marc Bernstein is the CEO of Balto. Balto helps sales, service, and accounts receivable reps win as much revenue as possible from every phone call. …
CC023: connecting recent college grads to startups // a Coffee Chat with Amy Nelson (Venture for America)
June 24th, 2019
Interview begins: 06:33
Debrief begins: 51:26
Amy Nelson is the CEO of Venture For America (VFA).
VFA is a two-year fellowship program for recent grads who want to work at a startup and create jobs in American cities. …
UP047: Momentous // supplements used by professional athletes and available to you (feat. Tenika Seitz)
June 19th, 2019
Interview begins: 09:33
Insight begins: 1:00:43
Debrief begins: 1:08:09
Matt Wan is the founder and CEO of Momentous.
Momentous is a nutritional supplement company driven by science, consumed by transparency, and grounded …
CC022: connecting the coasts to the heartland // a Coffee Chat from the Comeback Cities Tour
June 17th, 2019
Interview starts: 06:15
This conversation took place on the third Comeback Cities tour on May 15, 2019, aimed at connecting venture capitalists from the East and West Coasts with investment opportunities in the …
UP046: MITO Material Solutions // chemical additives for tougher composites
June 12th, 2019
Haley Keith is the co-founder and CEO of MITO Material Solutions.
MITO Material Solutions developed a nano-additive named the “MITO T-Series.” The …
UP045: GTI Fabrication // scaling modular construction through pre-fabrication
June 5th, 2019
Interview begins: 09:04
Debrief begins: 49:12
Rich Stapleton is the co-owner and CEO of GTI Fabrication.
GTI Fabrication creates modular containerized …
UP044: Semtive // building a peer-to-peer power grid using wind turbines (feat. Benjamin Stafford of Clean Energy Economy Minnesota)
May 29th, 2019
Interview begins: 07:30
Insight begins: 58:56
Debrief begins: 1:21:22
Ignacio Juarez is the Founder and CEO of Semtive.
Semtive is a Clean Energy startup that was born in Argentina. They believe that access to clean energy …
UP043: inKind // redesigning restaurant financing with House Accounts (feat. Kevin Tien of Himitsu and Hot Lola's)
May 22nd, 2019
Interview begins: 07:12
Insight begins: 57:53
Debrief begins: 1:05:28
Johann Moonesinghe is the co-founder and CEO of inKind.
inKind has invented a new …
CC021: thinking big, fearing less, and listening deeply in Madison // a Coffee Chat with Scott Resnick (StartingBlock)
May 20th, 2019
Interview begins: 05:12
Debrief begins: 39:24
Scott Resnick is the founder and former executive director of StartingBlock Madison.
StartingBlock is a 50,000 sq foot entrepreneurial hub which opened in 2018. Scott led …
UP042: Threatcare // automated third-party threat detection
May 15th, 2019
Interview begins: 07:55
Debrief begins: 52:27
Marcus Carey is the founder and CEO of Threatcare.
Threatcare allows organizations to better defend …
CC020: bootstrapping the world’s largest real estate community to over 1m members // a Coffee Chat with Josh Dorkin (BiggerPockets)
May 13th, 2019
Interview begins: 07:00
Debrief begins: 1:04:20
Josh Dorkin is the founder and former CEO of BiggerPockets. BiggerPockets.com
is the nation’s largest and most active real estate investing social network, designed to …
Library Magic Pt. 2 // Jay's one year reflection
May 8th, 2019
Hey guys, welcome to part two of Library magic.
Eric and I are celebrating one year of upside, and as he mentioned last week in part one, we were …
CC019: take two // a surprise Coffee Chat with Nathan Todhunter (editor)
May 6th, 2019
We've had a lot of success in our first year of upside.
Or at least it seems that way, through the magic of post-production!
A few weeks ago, our …
Library Magic Pt. 1 // Eric's one year reflection
May 1st, 2019
On upside, failure hasn’t really been the default. Most initiatives have come naturally and been met with, at worst, mildly positive reception. For …
CC018: building the front door to #StartupCincy // a Coffee Chat with Eric Weissman (Cintrifuse) (Live from Cincinnati Podcast Festival 2018)
April 29th, 2019
This episode comes from the Cincinnati Podcast Festival on November 1, 2018.
Eric Weissman is the Vice President of Communications, Community & Economic Inclusion at Cintrifuse.
Cintrifuse has one clear mission: to …
UP041: HoloMe // human holograms made easy with augmented reality
April 24th, 2019
Interview begins: 07:10
Debrief begins: 55:08
Janosch Amstutz is the Founder and CEO of HoloMe.
HoloMe creates life-sized, high definition, real humans …
CC017: building a world class venture firm in Chicago // a Coffee Chat with Ezra Galston (Starting Line)
April 22nd, 2019
Interview begins: 05:47
Debrief begins: 47:55
Ezra Galston is the Founding Partner at Starting Line. Starting Line is a thematic early stage venture capital fund focused on investing in consumer services and products that …
UP040: Plus One Robotics // solving the cluttered pile problem with vision-based robotics (feat. Nick Solaro of Drive Capital)
April 17th, 2019
Interview begins: 07:58
Insight begins: 1:03:34
Debrief begins: 1:20:42
Erik Nieves is the Founder and CEO of Plus One Robotics. Plus One Robotics develops computer vision software to enable robotic automation in supply …
CC016: a new source of funding and optionality for early stage founders // a Coffee Chat with Tyler Tringas (Earnest Capital) and Kevin McArdle (SureSwift Capital)
April 15th, 2019
Interview begins: 06:02
Debrief begins: 58:45
Tyler Tringas is the General Partner at Earnest Capital.
Earnest Capital provides early-stage funding, resources and a network of experienced advisors to bootstrappers, indie …
UP039: Backtracks // data analytics for podcasters (feat. Meb Faber of Cambria Investment Management)
April 10th, 2019
Interview begins: 07:29
Insight begins: 1:15:07
Debrief begins: 1:28:18
Jonathan Gill is the founder and CEO of Backtracks.
Backtracks is an analytics and hosting platform that helps podcasters know & grow their …
JE008: consume, contribute, create // how founders, VCs, and community builders should podcast
April 3rd, 2019
Nearly a year into publishing weekly episodes of the show, we have a lot of thoughts about the world of podcasting and specifically how startup founders, VCs, and community builders can leverage podcasting.
So this week, …
VC038: Clever // lowering real estate transaction costs by connecting sellers to agents (feat. Erik Berg of Rev1 Ventures)
March 27th, 2019
Interview begins: 08:30
Insight begins: 54:18
VC debrief begins: 1:04:14
Host debrief begins: 1:13:06
Ben Mizes is the founder and CEO of Clever Real Estate.
Clever Real Estate is a nationwide referral service that helps you …
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 …
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 …
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, …
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 …