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Launchpad: A Show About the Entrepreneur's Journey
67 minutes | Jan 24, 2018
Snapshyft with Thor Wood
The bars and restaurants are plagued with bad customer service. Many times it is something that could be fixed just by pressing a few buttons on SnapShyft. Bad customer service is often the result of low staff numbers. People call in, they quit, they don’t show up to work, the list goes on. When that happens the staff of your favorite bar and/or restaurant suffers as they try and fill in that gap. Thor Wood, owner of SnapShyft, saw an opportunity and went all in with his app SnapShyft. It could revolutionize the service industry by allowing bars and restaurant owners and managers to quickly find talented professionals who have been vetted. They can come in and help alleviate the pain of a short staffed facility. Thor talks about what led him to creating this idea, how it’s been working out and where the companies future lies. We talk everything from pushing through an idea to getting the market to accept that idea and even delve into the VC world of getting your idea funded. The post Snapshyft with Thor Wood appeared first on Launchpad.
139 minutes | May 23, 2017
Fowling with Chutt
What do you get when you cross Bowling with Football? Fowling! Listen how Chutt and friends created a game based on a mistake while setting up for tailgating at the Indianapolis 500. What happened after is the stuff of legends. No really, it is what normally happens to legends in the making. He starts slow, figured out how to make it work, ups the game, and then tries to find a way to build upon the early successes while fighting off copycats and more. Find out how The Fowling Warehouse is doing and how it is thriving in Detroit, a great city that is on the rebound. The post Fowling with Chutt appeared first on Launchpad.
109 minutes | Feb 21, 2017
Owning Laughter with Chris Bowers
Deciding to jump on a business just because you think it’s fun can be a recipe for disaster, but Chris Bowers has found a way to turn it around and make it a lifestyle. Bowers, owner of Morty’s Comedy Joint in Indianapolis, Wiley’s Comedy Joint in Dayton as well as former owner of a comedy club in Louisville, talks what it’s like to buy something just because you didn’t want to see it go away only to realize you might be the one that put the final nail in that coffin. Most people strive for things, lots of things, Bowers has found a lifestyle that takes away the need for things to make him happy and instead is happy and content with only working a few days a month, eating what he wants, and enjoying what he has. Listen to this episode of comedic proportions. We have fun and might even talk business a time or two. The post Owning Laughter with Chris Bowers appeared first on Launchpad.
68 minutes | Jul 19, 2016
Failing with John Wechsler
John Wechsler and Fail: Episode Information Failure is all we know as a baby. Each time we wave our hands, try to grasp something, hit ourselves, bump into things as we crawl or even falling down every time we try to get up and walk, we continue to fail. John Wechsler is very aware of this and through failure he knows that’s where we grasp the tools to succeed. Failure is starting to become a business model. What once was shameful and looked at as something to hide in the closet or push under the rug is now driving innovation and new ways to do business. If you haven’t failed, you haven’t learned. Josh fails every day in life and continues to find a way to push through that failure as he builds a successful company. We take a look at why John created Fail Fest, the impact it’s had and even some failure stories. We find out the failings of John, Producer Brad Shoemaker, and certainly host of the episode Josh Springer. Failure seeps through the pores of these gentlemen and yet they are still pushing to build something bigger than the net of all their failures combined. This is a very quote filled episode and covering a subject that is both very intimate and enjoyable among the Launchpad crew. The post Failing with John Wechsler appeared first on Launchpad.
95 minutes | Jul 7, 2016
Pete the Planner Wants to Make You a Millionaire
Pete the Planner: Episode Information Peter Dunn, better known as Pete the Planner, wants to fix your financial life. He’s been doing it for the past 18 years. Pete sometimes takes an atypical approach to fixing the financial problems that seem to ruin our lives by taking on the psychology of the approach. Now Pete is focused on one thing, making you a millionaire. Not in a get rich quick type of way, but by taking on the long term approach to make sure you don’t have to work your way through Walmart at the age of 65. Pete talks about what got him started, how he’s changed his thinking over the years and why he sucked as a jock. Plus we find out what Josh thinks of planning for his financial futureand why he takes a different point of view than Pete, one even we admit is probably not for everyone. The post Pete the Planner Wants to Make You a Millionaire appeared first on Launchpad.
75 minutes | Jun 19, 2016
Allan Springer: Like Father Like Son – LP20
Allan Springer: Episode Info Not all father/son relationships are great ones. Sometimes the father just can’t understand why the son is so bullheaded. The son often times feels like the father is putting too many rules in place. One day you wake up and realize the reason the relationship is strained is because… the father, Allan Springer, and the son, Josh Springer, are exactly alike. Bull headed, strong willed, and apt to pull off something just to prove it can be done. On this therapy session otherwise known as Launchpad, we take a look at how Allan became a serial entrepreneur and just how far the apple falls from the tree. We talk a lot about moving from one business into the next. Why taking on the notion of “it can’t be done” can sometimes be a catalyst for huge successes and dismal failures. Also find out how sometimes an entrepreneurial journey will have you building a successful business you never dreamed of being in. Josh also talks about the time he truly realized that his dad was the same personality as he was during a very literal dick contest. The post Allan Springer: Like Father Like Son – LP20 appeared first on Launchpad.
71 minutes | Jun 14, 2016
Two Chicks and a What? With Mina and Karen of HGTV’s Good Bones
We’re breaking barriers left and right with this episode of Launchpad featuring a mother daughter duo who spend way to much time together while rehabbing houses and creating must see tv. We talk with Karen Laine and her daughter Mina Starsiak about what led them to creating a business together that is generally dominated by guys and how that grabbed the attention of a production company that helped launch a show on HGTV called Good Bones. We talk everything from how Mina got her name, the nasty parts of rehabbing a home, talking with the homeless, and even butt sweat. The post Two Chicks and a What? With Mina and Karen of HGTV’s Good Bones appeared first on Launchpad.
63 minutes | May 17, 2016
Donnell Jackson, Dealing Drugs and Waking Up
Donnell Jackson Episode Information Josh has always talked about Donnell Jackson as someone who no one would think to hire because of his past, but someone he is thankful for having on staff. Sometimes the past doesn’t always equal the future. People go through a journey in life and your starting point is far from your end point. In this episode, we begin the journey of Donnell’s story. We find out how someone who had parents who provided for him wound up on the wrong side of the law on several occasions. What woke him up from the life he was living and how sometimes bad things are actually motivating factors. Donnell was a drug dealer, now he helps build Bottoms Up’s future. Plus we find out how white Josh and Producer Brad really are. No street, whatsoever! The post Donnell Jackson, Dealing Drugs and Waking Up appeared first on Launchpad.
51 minutes | May 12, 2016
Dr. Will and Josh’s Therapy Session
Dr. Will Episode Information Entrepreneurs are prone to needing therapy. It is a healthy outlet for a job that comes with a lot of stress. We talk to Dr. Will celebrity Therapist, Public Speaker, frequent Bob and Tom guest and former Nick at Nite host. We find out what’s wrong with Josh, and nearly every entrepreneur. We learn how Dr. Will created his media empire and how it landed him at Nickelodeon’s Nick at Nite. We also discuss why he walked away from an NBC Talk Show after only one season. The post Dr. Will and Josh’s Therapy Session appeared first on Launchpad.
108 minutes | May 3, 2016
Mel McMahon Crazy but Sane
Mel McMahon Episode Information Everyone faces their battles and finds themselves starring at something they never saw coming. Mel McMahon tells her story and what led someone who thought she could never be a manager to running her own business. As young adults we are let loose to do whatever we want and often we wreak havoc on this world. Partying sometimes becomes unruly and often times people can’t even tell that we are not in the right state of mind. Add in a traumatic experience and colleagues who are unwilling or don’t notice that something isn’t right and you wind up out on the streets looking for another job. We’ve all either experienced it ourselves or known someone who has. It’s what happens after that defines you as a person. Find out how Mel not only came back from extinction, but surged to create her own business, Indiana Originals, and how she plans to continue to grow. The post Mel McMahon Crazy but Sane appeared first on Launchpad.
100 minutes | Apr 26, 2016
Justin Escue Drumming the Suit Out of MySpace
Justin Escue: Episode Information Ideas happen all the time, but when a fully formed idea is pitched, then becomes a reality behind your back, that is when a lawsuit is bound to happen. If MySpace hadn’t been driven into the ground already, Justin Escue made sure to drive it a bit deeper after they ripped off his idea and proceeded without him. Justin, a drummer in the band Picture Yes, has toured with Saving Abel. He also shoots videos with his production company “My First Bike Productions“. From street performer to pitching Hollywood movie types, he has found a way to fail hard and still succeed. The post Justin Escue Drumming the Suit Out of MySpace appeared first on Launchpad.
49 minutes | Apr 19, 2016
Kristi Lee and the Startup Stage
Kristi Lee: Episode Information Kristi Lee, formerly of the Bob and Tom Show, decided after nearly 30 years on a successful nationally syndicated morning radio show to try her hand at something new. It’s Josh’s favorite stage of entrepreneurship. There is so much hope, so much ahead of you and also the moment where you’re out of sorts and feel completely overwhelmed and unsure of the future. Anyone who has ventured out on their own to try something new, especially after living a certain way for a long period of time, knows this feeling all too well. In this episode, Josh talks Kristi off the ledge and we learn how she got to where she is and what lies ahead in her future endeavors. While that happens, we also get slightly interrupted by her two friends who just happened to be in the studio earlier recording an episode of Kristi Lee Uninterrupted. Drinking was involved, of course. This is a fun episode that shows that it doesn’t matter what you’ve been doing and how long you’ve been doing it, entrepreneurs start off in the same boat… with the world of possibilities and a very scary first step ahead of them. The post Kristi Lee and the Startup Stage appeared first on Launchpad.
83 minutes | Apr 7, 2016
Norm Hedges: Protecting Your Assets
Norm Hedges: Episode Information Step One: Come up with a great idea. Step Two: Become a Millionaire At least, that’s what it feels like, until life kicks you in the balls and you start realizing the mountain that you’re going to have to climb. I dare say there is never a story that works out as easily as that one two combo. In fact, after the first day of having the great idea, the real mountain you need to climb gets uncovered from the clouds and you realize that a very difficult challenge lies ahead of you. Norm Hedges, Indiana University Law Professor, talks about protecting your ass, or your assets rather. We dig into Intellectual Property Law (IP Law) and how you can make sure your million dollar idea isn’t stolen leaving you with no recourse. We also dive into the topic of patent trolls and whether or not IP makes it difficult for technology to go as fast as it can. Josh also dashes the hopes of several entrepreneurs as he tells them their idea is shit. At the same time, he is always looking for someone to prove him wrong. The post Norm Hedges: Protecting Your Assets appeared first on Launchpad.
56 minutes | Mar 28, 2016
Todd “Soupy” Campbell: Fighting with the State
Todd “Soupy” Campbell Episode Info: Todd “Soupy” Campbell is a serial entrepreneur who has run the gamut on businesses and has resumed selling real estate as his full time gig after his last venture, a once highly successful bar, took a downturn after an incident involving the State of Indiana and a girl with boobs. Sometimes a business can do almost everything right, but one mistake at the absolute wrong time, especially when a politician is tying to make a name for themselves, can be the death knell for the business. You have to know when the right time to fight is, and when the right time to move on is. Soupy had that choice to make after successfully fighting off the State once over an isolated incident. Ultimately sometimes, no matter what you do, the business will fail. That is a hard thing for most entrepreneur’s to face, but it is the most important lesson we have. The post Todd “Soupy” Campbell: Fighting with the State appeared first on Launchpad.
55 minutes | Mar 22, 2016
Greg Burhop: Kickstart Your Business
Greg Burhop Episode Information Kickstarter can be the great equalizer to small businesses, but it can also pull the curtain back and reveal the frauds of the world better than other platform out there. Most, like Greg Burhop; however, get the chance to create something on a bigger scale but with the drawback that every mistake is hoisted for all the world to see. Greg Burhop came up with a game, Knock Down Barns. A simple game of knocking stuff down. A game that people enjoyed playing. A game that he knew people would want to buy. Given Kickstarter is a platform for such a game, he decided to venture out into the crowdfund arena and build his empire. Getting funded is the hardest part, says those who don’t get funded. For those that are lucky enough to be funded, the real difficult part is what comes next. Find out how Greg failed and succeeded past failure, Why Uber is the entrepreneur’s office, and what happens after you get funded on a crowd platform. The post Greg Burhop: Kickstart Your Business appeared first on Launchpad.
72 minutes | Mar 15, 2016
Scott Long: Being Funny in the Corporate World
Scott Long Episode Information Sometimes it pays to be funny. Scott Long, comedian and public speaker, learned a long time ago that comedy was his passion. A comedian is, by the very nature of the job, an entrepreneur. He only gets paid when he finds a gig. He is the ultimate one man show. Scott made some waves on the standup trail, became a regional success and would find marginal successes outside of his home region. As non comedians jumped into the space; however, it began to make life difficult on the road. What happens when your gigs dry up? Like so many entrepreneurs, the path we often find ourselves on at one point in business life shifts to accommodate changing markets and outside influences. In this case, Scott Long shifted from comedy that was a little blue, to a more corporate cultured style. The post Scott Long: Being Funny in the Corporate World appeared first on Launchpad.
88 minutes | Mar 8, 2016
Doug Karr: Death and Taxes
Doug Karr Episode Information Taxes, that annoying thing that we have to pay every year, or in Doug Karr, Brad Shoemaker and Josh Springer’s case, that annoying thing that you have to pay every year and always seem to wind up paying late. It’s not easy being in business for yourself. In fact, the single hardest part isn’t the fun and excitement of working on your product or service, but rather the mundane office tasks that make up the days. In this episode we work through what made DK New Media the beast that they are in the marketing world. Doug’s journey through joining the Navy and life overseas during a possible chemical strike. Much like those that have been on the show before, Doug tells the story of destroying his first attempt at a marketing company and working for someone else after you’ve tasted what it can be like to be an entrepreneur. A reoccurring theme in this episode is survive and advance. Sometimes you have to do what it takes, even if it skirts the edges of legality to make sure the company survives long enough to become a self-sustaining entity. The post Doug Karr: Death and Taxes appeared first on Launchpad.
111 minutes | Mar 1, 2016
Carl Doninger: Conventions and Fanatics
Carl Doninger Episode Information Fan: (noun) a person who has a strong interest in or admiration for a particular person or thing. [synonyms: devotee, admirer, lover]. In this episode, we take you through the world of conventions. What it takes to put them on, dealing with celebrities, rolling with the punches outside of your control, unfair contracts, the fanatic and more. Fans flock to ComicCon, GenCon, WonderCon, DragonCon, and hundreds more. What if you decided you had an idea that seemingly hadn’t been done before and wanted to enter an already crowded space? Would you be crazy or could you push your way through the noise and build a brand and plant your flag? Carl Doninger, President Indy Pop Con, takes us through what it took to build a convention around all things pop culture. How he brought all the cons together into one fanatical convention and what it took to break through the noise. As they are in the process of planning their third year, he brings us through the highs and lows of bringing this beast to life. During the course of the discussion we find out what it’s really like asking actors and celebrities to be a part of the show. What a typical agreement is like and how to execute it. We also take you through the process of the lows of a convention, often dealing with the venue and all the headaches and lopsided contracts that go with it. As this show progresses it jumps off the rails often and ends up in discussions of how Batman is greater than Superman, why there are no skates in shuffleboarding and more… mainly because of the mistake of enjoying 90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery and also recording two shows in one day with the 9.0 ABV beverage. By the end of this drunken mess, you will have learned a lot and hopefully been entertained by the madness that persists. The post Carl Doninger: Conventions and Fanatics appeared first on Launchpad.
84 minutes | Feb 22, 2016
Steve Hershberger: Analytics and the Drug Cartel
Steve Hershberger Episode Information Steve Hershberger, CEO and Founder of SteadyServ knows his numbers, and why not? Numbers make up everything in the Universe so it’s no surprise that we often turn to numbers to teach us where our business stands. People often shy away from numbers because it isn’t exactly easy to disseminate. Numbers without context mean nothing, but start adding 2+2 and it can mean a brand new understanding of your business, what works, what doesn’t and how to grow. In this episode we talk with serial entrepreneur Steve Hershberger who left a boring analytics company to form a more interesting analytics company surrounding the beer industry. We touch on drug dealers, box wine, and who has been kicked in the dick the hardest on this episode of Launchpad. The post Steve Hershberger: Analytics and the Drug Cartel appeared first on Launchpad.
130 minutes | Feb 16, 2016
Matt Hunckler: Threads Startups Together Through Verge HQ
Matt Hunckler Episode Information Matt Hunckler is no stranger to being an entrepreneur. He started off his journey as a DJ and progressed towards digitizing old media, so it’s no surprise he runs one of the most successful startup communities in the second tier startup cities with Verge HQ. After building up a successful web design business through outsourcing and learning about the right way and wrong way to sell a business, Matt would go on to be at the forefront of an industry that would soon explode. Unfortunately, when he and his partner started their Birch Box style business, it was right before the tech explosion that would help launch companies doing the exact same thing to prominence. Sometimes being one of the first doesn’t equal success. Find out how Matt feels being so close to something that would later explode and bring in big investors and whether he would rather have continued down that path knowing what he knows now. Deciding to shutter a promising company, Verge was created to help bring together a community of entrepreneurs that, until now, had no real place to connect in a city that was on the verge of a startup boom. Since creating Verge, Matt Hunckler has become an expert on the art of the dreaded Pitch. Using his THREAD method, he has helped hone the pitches of several entrepreneurs and created an environment to allow them to thrive in the Venture Capital (VC) world. The THREAD method can be described as: TARGET: Target your vision and who you are approaching HOOK: Hook the audiences’ attention RAPPORT: Build a connection with your audience ESCALATION: Begin to stack the pieces of your business and really deliver the hook ASK: Ask the Venture Capital firm to invest Pro Tips #1: Be Specific About Your Ask How Much What Valuation What Purpose Pro Tip #2: Shut Up Oftentimes people don’t know when to stop talking and give the VC a chance to sense weakness or find a problem with your company. DROP ANCHOR: Leave something behind that creates an emotional connection to your pitch. The post Matt Hunckler: Threads Startups Together Through Verge HQ appeared first on Launchpad.
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