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38 minutes | a month ago
A Chef’s Journey Through the Pandemic – Tim Hardiman
Today I’m sharing a conversation I had with chef Tim Hardiman of The Tailor and the Cook. And we’re talking about his experience over the past 12 months. What is it like to be in the restaurant business as everything collapsed around us? Tim takes us through T&C’s core philosophies and what has made them successful over the years, but we also spend time talking about how he pivoted during the pandemic to create innovative virtual dining experiences, the difficult decisions he had to make as an entrepreneur and the lessons learned over 2020. We talk about the importance of service, detail, and stepping back to make better decisions. Rust Belt Startup · A Chef's Journey Through the Pandemic – Tim Hardiman
50 minutes | 3 months ago
Building More Meaningful Relationships and Being Connected From Afar – Kat Vellos
Rust Belt Startup · Building More Meaningful Relationships and Being Connected From Afar – Kat Vellos Today’s conversation is one I’ve been really looking forward to sharing. I’m talking with Kat Vellos about UX, building (and maintaining) community and connection. Kat is a UX (user experience) designer, the founder of the Bay Are Black Designers, Connection Club, a facilitator, coach, and someone who is obsessed with community and connection. She’s also the author of two books – “We Should Get Together – The Secret to Cultivating Better Friendships” and “Connected From Afar – A Guide For Staying Close When You’re Far Away.” In our conversation we talk about User Experience – what makes good UX and how do you apply that to your app, business or city. We talk about building and maintaining healthy, resilient communities – and probably most important, we talk about connection. We talk about “platonic longing” which probably encapsulates a feeling that many adults are feeling in this time of isolation, and the idea of ‘familiar strangers’ who gave our daily lives dynamism and rhythm. You can learn more about Kat and her books at weshouldgettogether.com and katvellos.com
64 minutes | 3 months ago
Venture Capital and Leveling The Playing Field – James Shomar
Rust Belt Startup · Venture Caplital and Leveling The Playing Field – James Shomar On today’s podcast I’m having a conversion with Mr. James Shomar. James is a partner at StartFast which is a venture accelerator program in Syracuse NY. I reached out to James after reading one of his LinkedIn posts about how he’s re-thinking startup funding and economic development as it relates to startups. In our wide ranging conversation he gives us a primer on angel and venture investment and the kinds of companies that this investment attracts. Ever wondered why your company isn’t attractive to angel or venture capital? We’ll talk about it. We also talk about leveling the playing field when it comes to opportunities for entrepreneurs of color, and much more. You can learn more about James on LinkedIN. On my end – I’m a partner in a new initiative called the Mohawk Valley Micro Seed Fund that’s looking for it’s first investment. You can learn more about that venture at our website.
23 minutes | 4 months ago
100 Tips For a Better Life – 2021
Hey everyone – I was going to say Happy 2021 until things all went sideways las week. Regardless this the first episode of Season 3 of the Rust Belt Startup Podcast. On today’s episode I’m actually reading a blog post in it’s entirety that I really enjoyed which was featured in Tim Ferriss’ newsletter ‘Five Bullet Friday‘. It’s originally by Conner Barnes over at Ideopunk.com, and while I don’t agree with everything, lists like these I think are useful as we start a new year or if you’re looking for a change. They prompt questions, challenges, and might make you improve in some small way this year.
6 minutes | 9 months ago
The Trojan Horse of Nike Run Club
Today’s pod is a super-shorty episode (I’ll be experimenting with more of these) where we’re talking about the Trojan horse that is the Nike Run Club app. This app started as a sensor you’d put in your Nike shoes (Nike+) and evolved as smartphones entered the market to a full-fledged and full-featured digital community. And there’s key feature/Trojan horse methodology that we can all learn from that can use to grow your revenue as well. Let me explain… Rust Belt Startup · The Trojan Horse of Nike Run Club
67 minutes | 9 months ago
Creativity and Finding Wonder in The Ordinary – Bernie Freytag
Today on the podcast it’s a little lighter and I’m chatting with a colleague of mine – Bernie Freytag. He is the Creative Director at Romanelli Communications and he has a new book called ‘Find Wonder In The Ordinary’, which is sort of a memoir mashed-up with New Yorker cartoons. So in this conversation we focus on creativity – how to harness your own creativity , how do you be creative when it’s also part of your job, how he thinks about creativity. And we also talk about the genesis of the book, how he decided to put it out into the universe and much more. You can learn more about Bernie and the book project at Find Wonder In The Ordinary and on instagram at instagram.com/findwonderintheordinary and instagram.com/medraw Rust Belt Startup · Bernie Freytag – On Creativity and Finding Wonder in The Ordinary
13 minutes | a year ago
Storytellers and Story-Changers | Some (self) Reflection on Social-Justice
Today – a short reflection on the past several weeks and the role small towns and cities can have in meaningful change. Imperfect and incomplete. Rust Belt Startup · Storytellers and Story-Changers – Some (self) Reflection on Social-Justice
10 minutes | a year ago
Functional Speed and the Evolution of Ice
Rust Belt Startup · Functional Speed and the Evolution of Ice I’m in week 9 or 10 of work-from-home and quarantine at this point, and things are settling into a rhythm. At least the sun is starting to come out and working from home also includes working in with the laptop in the back yard. Today is another toolbox episode that was inspired by a Scott Galloway post on what he calls Functional Speed/Functional Acceleration. It’s this idea that when everything around us is slowing down or on pause due to the COVID19 pandemic, how can you accelerate or speed up to grab market share or build what’s next for your career? That doesn’t necessarily mean just doing MORE. I’m combining this line of thinking with a great TED talk from Guy Kawasaki where he uses the history of ice to illustrate how to think about where innovation comes from. So this pod is very much a remix and I hope you enjoy. Stay safe.
52 minutes | a year ago
The Chatbots Are Coming – Gary Maples
Today we’re going a bit tactical. I’m taking with Gary Maples about chatbots – now before you tune out, we should start to understand what a chatbot is and what it isn’t and most important – how the tech is really democratized and how small businesses and organizations can build their own with minimal expertise. We’ll get into what goes into building a chatbot, what you can do with it and where the tech is going in the future. Thanks to Gary for his time and you can learn more about what he’s up to at http://garymaples.com
65 minutes | a year ago
Urbanism, Last Mile Transport and Changing Cities after COVID19 – Arian Horbovetz
Over the weekend I wanted to catch up with urbanist Arian Horbovetz in Rochester, NY. I’ve been enjoying his podcast The Urban Phoenix and wanted to dig into what cities might be like after the COVID19 pandemic. We get into urban planning, last mile transport, remote work, the changing commercial real estate market, and the impact of EVs on cities amongst other topics. If you’d like to learn more abut Arian and his work, visit him online attheurbanphoenix.com
69 minutes | a year ago
Improv, Media and Building a Punk Rock Fine Arts School – Devin Mahoney (UTCA)
Devin Mahoney is a Utica, NY native who spent a decade working and writing for TV and Film in LA, on shows such as Scrubs, before returning to upstate NY with the mission of taking over the Uptown Theater and turning it into a punk-rock version of a Fine Arts School. The theater is now known as the Uptown Theater for the Creative Arts (UTCA) and has become a hotbed of comedy, improv and music within the city. In our conversation we talk about working and writing for TV, why network TV has gotten so bad, the decentralization of media, and how improv can build a community. To learn more about UTCA visit their website at https://utcany.org and maybe even consider a donation.
27 minutes | a year ago
How COVID19 might permanently change work culture, meetings, real estate and politics
I’m hunkered down at home on self-imposed quarantine (no symptoms, just staying safe) and have been thinking about how COVID19 is not only disrupting all of our lives, economies and governments, but what lasting change is it going to have on work culture, real estate, meetings, education and politics. Here are some of my hot takes, with the help of some recent blog posts from Seth Godin and Scott Galloway. Posts/Pods mentioned in this show: Seth Godin on Meetings/Conversations: http://seths.blog/2020/03/the-conversation/ Pivot 03.17.20: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pivot/id1073226719?i=1000468660334 Stay safe out there.
55 minutes | a year ago
Inclusive Work Culture, Disabled Rowing and the Power of People With Purpose – Tim Giarrusso
Today on the pod, I’m sitting down with Tim Giarrusso, CEO of Human Technologies to talk about empowering people with disabilities, holistic employment, building trust and how to create communities. HT is a $60M company that is powered by people with purpose, creating jobs and an inclusive environment, while still turning a profit. Tim is also the founder of Rochester Community Inclusive Rowing – which started as a way to get veterans out on the water, and has grown into something much bigger. Lots of great takeaways in this episode, whether you own a business or work in a place where the corporate culture needs some TLC. There’s plenty more info at Human Technologies or Rochester Community Inclusive Rowing,
34 minutes | a year ago
On Books, Projects, Digital Diets, Automating & Delegating in 2020
It’s been a minute – today’s podcast is a toolbox episode rather than a conversation and hope you dig it. So we’re a few months into the new year and wanted to bring you up to speed on some of things I’ve been working on, tools I’m using to create space and time, and trying to build the best year yet. Some topics I cover: – Reading goal for 2020 and tactics to read more – New Habits (Digital Dieting, Optimizing Content Delivery, and Apps I’m using to try to Create Time) – Saying NO and creating Immovable Objects in my Schedule – More food and drinks with creative folks More conversations in the can and ready to go – coming soon!
58 minutes | 2 years ago
AI Generated Voice, Alexa’s Future and Voice Tech – Geraint John
How often do you talk to Alexa or Siri? Voice tech is quickly becoming a facet of the way we operate in our daily lives. And while you may not have a smart speaker in your home or like to talk to a virtual assistant, it will become a primary way your kids will interact with computers. And synthetic voice will test our views on what’s real, and our view of AI. Today I’m talking with Geraint John, host of the Voice for Voice Podcast all the way from across the pond in Brixton, UK. Geraint is neck deep in Alexa tech, developing skills for clients and is really in tune with what’s next in voice. We talk about building Alexa skills, privacy synthetic voice and the future of voice tech. Tune in. Follow Geraint on Instagram – and check out the Voice for Voice Podcast to learn more.
59 minutes | 2 years ago
Blogger & Influencer Life – Turning a blog or your ‘gram into a business with Georgie Morley
This week I’m sharing a conversation I had with health/wellness blogger and influencer Georgie Morley. I first discovered her photography of Nantucket (a beautiful island off the coast of Massachusetts) on instagram and was always curious how she built her blog and turned her journey into her career. So I reached out and Georgie was incredibly generous with her time for this interview. In this conversation (which we conducted over Zoom) we talk about how she started her blog and grew a following without being in a big city, how to work with brands and run your blog like a business, getting comfortable sharing your story, the art of selfie photography and much much more. You can follow Georgie on Instagram at @georgiemorley and @greyladygirl or check out her blog at InIt4TheLongRun.com
53 minutes | 2 years ago
Chiijohn and the Warehouse of the Weird | Geppetto Studios
I’m a huge fan of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and laughed my tail off at the episode about Chiitan (and Chiijohn). And I was even more surprised to hear that the costume of Chiijohn came from a little place called Geppetto Studios in Utica NY. I was lucky enough to get to hang out and have a conversation with Scott and Will of Geppetto Studios in their ‘Warehouse of the Weird’ where they create high-end costumes and puppets for TV, film, music videos, trade shows and much more. They’re masters of their craft and we dug into how they got into this niche business, their move from Brooklyn to Utica, and some of the wins and fails they’ve had along the way. You can learn more about what they do at GeppettoStudios.com
64 minutes | 2 years ago
Continuous Improvement at Work and at Home with Big Mike Morrill
I’m super excited to share this conversation I had with Big Mike Morrill. Mike is obsessed with Kaizen, or the process of continuous improvement. We talk about his journey of applying this manufacturing process to his business (Total Solutions), and even his relationships. Learn how to eliminate struggle, 1 minute at a time. Mike also has a great TEDx talk on this very topic.
32 minutes | 2 years ago
Launching an Album and My Productivity Workflow – Postcards, Poetry & Prose
I’m (finally) kicking off Season 2 of Rust Belt Startup with a shorty, or a toolbox episode. It’s a recap of my recent album launch, how to ‘show your work’ and some tips on how I reverse engineer projects. Season 2 starts now and we’ve got great long-form interviews coming up. If you want to see the project referenced in this episode, visit PostcardsPoetryandProse.com
54 minutes | 2 years ago
Crushing Instagram with Hugette Montesinos
This is it! We’re sticking a fork in season 1 of Rust Belt Startup. Today is a bit of a throwback episode. It’s a conversation that I had in front of a live audience in Utica, NY with Hugette Montesinos. Hugette is the founder of Disfunkshion Magazine – which is way more than a magazine at this point and has turn into a lifestyle brand, consultancy, digital services and more. She’s an Instagram guru and has grown her following organically to over a quarter-MILLION engaged followers. In this conversation we talk about her journey as a solo-preneur through building her team and launching the first issue of a magazine. How did she get distribution? How did she get her first customers? How does the brand evolve? Then we get tactical and spend a lot of time on how you can grow your Instagram the RIGHT way. We take questions from the audience and you’ll get real-world advice that you can apply to your social media profiles. You can learn more about Hugette at the Disfunkshion Magazine website or follow her on Instagram. Thanks for sticking with me this season – I’ll be back after the new year with Season 2 of Rust Belt Startup.
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