160: A Discounted Drink with Purlu

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Michael Iseman sit down with the creators of the Purlu App, Brad Cardwell and Caitlin Trickett. Purlu showcases food and drink specials for Northwest Arkansas in an app interface that is easy to use. Brad and Caitlin discuss the challenges of communicating with a development team on the other side of the world while sharing the excitement of gaining momentum by partnering with NWA restaurants.

Download the Purlu app: https://www.purluapp.com/

Connect with Brad: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-cardwell-014a07115/

Connect with Caitlin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caitlin-trickett-4b801799/

Connect with Jeff: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffamerine/

Connect with Michael: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-iseman/

Hosts: Jeff Amerine and Michael Iseman



159: A Fireside Chat with Michael Melfi

In this episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Michael Melfi reflect on investing in America’s heartland. This episode was recorded as a live simulcast for Michael Melfi’s Be Investable podcast. In Fayetteville and Detroit, Jeff and Michael are improving the odds of entrepreneurs by building sustainable startup ecosystems. As entrepreneurs turned investors, Jeff and Michael discuss how critical the importance of the team is in increasing the chances of raising money and becoming venture ready.

Check out the Be Investable podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/podcast-be-investable/id1335245597?mt=2#

Connect with Michael Melfi: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelsmelfi/

Connect with Jeff: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffamerine/

Host: Jeff Amerine


158: Startup Weekend Special

This episode of the Startup Junkies Podcasts contains four mini episodes featuring mentors and participants of the 2019 Northwest Arkansas Startup Weekend. Hosts Jeff Amerine, Haley Allgood, and Chandler Abbott sit down with mentors Kent Watson of Metova, Jordan Carlisle of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Aricka Lewis of RevUnit. Kent and Aricka talk about advising the Startup Weekend teams with customer discovery and validation while Jordan reflects on his experience of being involved in over a dozen Startup Weekends. As participants, the Listing Village team returns to the podcast to share the side hustle concept they developed throughout the weekend.

To learn more about Arkansas Startup Weekend: 


Connect with Kent: https://www.linkedin.com/in/watsonkent/

Connect with Jordan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordantcarlisle/

Connect with Aricka: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arickaclewis/

Connect with Listing Village: https://www.linkedin.com/company/listingvillage/

Hosts: Jeff Amerine, Haley Allgood, & Chandler Abbott




157: A DataRank Reunion

In this special edition of the Startup Junkies Podcast, Jeff Amerine and Chandler Abbott sit down with mentors and participants of the 2019 Northwest Arkansas Startup Weekend. Startup Weekend gives aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators a chance to develop a working concept in a weekend and get feedback from experienced mentors. Ryan Frazier and Chuong Nguyen, former co-founders of DataRank, returned to mentor teams at Startup Weekend and share updates on their careers during an on location interview at the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub. As a mentor, Ryan used his experience of gathering user feedback and customer validation from DataRank to advise the Startup Weekend teams as they developed their first prototype. Chuong reflects on how the NWA entrepreneurial scene has evolved from when he first entered in the early 2010’s and a new venture he’s working on with some of the former Datarank founders. Please excuse the background noise of Startup Weekend teams hard at work!

To learn more about Arkansas Startup Weekend: https://www.facebook.com/ArkansasStartupWeekend/

Connect with Ryan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryfraz/

Connect with Chuong: https://www.linkedin.com/in/phodamentals/

Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Chandler Abbott