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26 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Cam The Tastemaker: "You are a digital marketer who happens to be an artist"
Cam Turney (aka Cam The Tastemaker) is an Austin entrepreneur who launched RentARecordLabel.com to help artists build thriving businesses around their music. It's a new model that is catching on with musicians who are tired of chasing record deals and selling the rights to their music. In this episode, he explains his business and how he cultivated his talent as a music tastemaker. He also names the Top 3 artists in Austin and how he feels about Austin as a home for musicians.
54 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Holodeck Records' Adam Jones: "When Stranger Things landed, that's when life definitely changed"
Adam Jones is the CEO of Austin-based Holodeck Records and a member of electronic bands S U R V I V E and Troller. We spoke to him late last year about managing a record label during COVID, how synthwave music has gained in popularity, and the best way to support your favorite musicians monetarily. He also described how life changed when Netflix's Stranger Things series used music from S U R V I V E and members of the group on its soundtrack.
56 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
Spirit Tree Delivery's Edward Floyd: "Every dollar that we make gets reinvested"
Edward Floyd worked for the government and drove for Postmates until he launched his own delivery app in Austin in 2020. He talks about funding his business with credit cards and payday loans, what his customer acquisition costs are, how he used his library card to educate himself on business licensing, and what it's like to "part ways" with employees.
37 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Bunglo's Shay Spaniola: "You need cash flow to make the cash flow"
Shay Spaniola launched a home decor brand in Austin in her early 20s and quickly reached wholesale agreements with Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, and Anthropologie. She explains why she wants to sell her company, what to consider before accepting outside investors, why she likes drop-shipping, and more.
58 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Curcuma's Rachel Musquiz: "If I'm lit up, it's going to translate"
Former Vanity Fair producer Rachel Musquiz moved to Austin thanks to inspiration from a prickly pear cactus, and then she bought a $13k food truck on a whim. She's turned that into a multi-pronged, plant-based food brand with seven revenue streams. Hear from the Curcuma founder on her approach to business, her philosophy on food, and more.
73 minutes | May 18, 2020
Director David Blue Garcia: "I had to shoot it because I'm not a liar"
Austin filmmaker David Blue Garcia joins the podcast to describe selling his film, Tejano, to HBO, why he thinks Austin is no longer a good city for artists, and how he grew his production business thanks to an opportune tweet from Lance Armstrong.
74 minutes | May 1, 2020
RESTART CBD's Shayda Torabi: "I really love the plant itself"
Intrepid Austin entrepreneur and food blogger Shayda Torabi is attempting to grow a CBD business with her family during a time when laws are muddy and open for interpretation. She shares that experience and her affinity for marijuana in our latest podcast.
39 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
Inn Cahoots' Kristen Carson: "This hit and the wheels came falling off"
Austin boutique hotel Inn Cahoots generates roughly 15% of its annual revenue during SXSW. Founder and CEO Kristen Carson shares details from the past 90 days as she's scrambled to conserve cash and pivot her business.
74 minutes | Apr 16, 2020
FloSports' Ray Machuca: "You gotta gussy this up a little bit"
It doesn't get more real than this. Our guest is Ray Machuca, chief creative officer at Austin-based FloSports. A Louisiana native, Machuca talks content, avoiding land mines in Afghanistan, achieving sobriety, and his winding road to Austin.
65 minutes | Apr 4, 2020
Executive coach Scott McElroy: "I feel like I didn't deserve to live"
We speak to Austin entrepreneur Scott McElroy about his executive and life coaching business, overcoming his first failed venture, and coming to terms with the trauma in his past to gain peace of mind with his life and family.
48 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
3rd & Lamar founders: "I've always tried to do the hardest thing"
On Episode 1, we hear from the founders of 3rd & Lamar to learn how they came together, their background stories, what it's been like to build a company, and what their vision is for this new enterprise.
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