Spare Room Radio - Kansas City Startups & Entrepreneurs
By Ben Kittrell
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Kansas City's history of exceptional entrepreneurs has lead to a booming startup scene in the Silicon Prairie. Different people from all walks of life are getting together in co-working spaces and startup villages to build great things. Listen in as your host Ben Kittrell talks to startup founders, small business owners, corporate executives and lemonade stand vendors from all over America's Most Entrepreneurial City.
||CleanEpisode 13: Ernesto Ariel Suarez of Ariel Media talks Content Marketing, Kansas City, Cuba||Ernesto’s fascinating journey has led him to realize his dream of connecting the world through language. His company Ariel Media works on a number of different projects with clients all over t…||6/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Matt Watson of Stackify talks about Angel Investing, Bootstrapping and Kansas City||Entrepreneur and angel investor Matt Watson started a side business in 2003 helping car dealers get pictures online. 8 years later he sold VinSolutions for $135 million dollars to AutoTrader. Now…||4/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Ilya Tabakh of Edge Up Sports talks about Fantasy Football, Google Fiber and Kansas City||Anyone that’s met Ilya Tabakh knows that you can’t talk to to him without learning something new and interesting. As a Co-Founder of Edge Up Sports he’s using his computer science background to make…||4/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Danny O'Neill - The Roasterie - Coffee, Kansas City, Culture||For 22 years Danny O’Neill has been searching the world for the best coffee beans to bring to his customers. It all started in High School on a student exchange program with Costa Rica where he f…||3/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Ryan Bennett - IdleSmart - Silicon Valley, Education, All in Startup||After going head to head with Pinterest in Silicon Valley, Ryan Bennett came back to Kansas City using the lessons he learned to turn an auto mechanic’s invention into a growing successful business. …||3/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Jeff Rohr - SquareOffs - Startups, Kansas City, Funding||Jeff Rohr has a story I think a lot of entrepreneurs can relate to. 3 years ago he started using his vacation time to take Fridays off and go down to ThinkBig Partners to develop his idea on the…||3/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Michael Farmer of Leap.it talks Startups, Education, Disruption, Mobile First||Mike has an impressive entrepreneurial background including co-founding four new ventures, raising over seven million dollars of capital and authoring or co-authoring 10 patents. Most recently he's…||6/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Michael Liimatta of Connecting for Good talks Non-Profits, Digital Divide||With 30 years as a social entrepreneur, Michael Liimatta is a truly inspiring man. As if providing support for homeless veterans or creating an accredited college for addiction support studies…||5/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Kyle Rogers of Knoda talks Technology, Startups, Strategy, Mobile, Funding||Kyle's company Knoda has achieved a considerable amount of success in only one year. Listen to his story from laying sod with his Dad, to managing Sporting KC's digital strategy, to turning a…||5/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Jennifer & Chris Nickols of Whobaloo talk Web Design, Family, Startups||Chris and Jennifer recently moved back to Kansas City from LA to grow their web based graphics design platform Whobaloo. Bootstrapping it out of their web design and development company Upside Down…||2/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Nate Olson of 1 Million Cups talks Entrepreneurs, Traveling, Scaling, Guitars||If you're involved in the Kansas City startup community you've most certainly heard of 1 Million Cups and co-founder Nate Olson. We had a wonderful conversation where we talked about his past, high…||2/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Mike Meyer of Meyer Music talks Small Business, Culture, Giving Back||Mike Meyer of Meyer Music and Startup Rewind has managed to grow his family's music business and dominate the local market through innovative ideas and good old fashioned hard work. Listen as we…||2/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: David Hulsen & Stuart Ludlow of RFP365 talk Entrepreneurship, Kansas City Startup Village, Friends, Bootstrapping||The first episode of Spare Room Radio is here! I had a really fun conversation with my friends David and Stuart from RFP365. We talked about their product, their past, motorcycling through…||1/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
So much fun to listen to - as an entrepreneur, it's wonderful to hear someone talk about the doubt, the fear, and the excitement in the beginning stages. This will either make you want to stop everything you are currently doing and have to start something new (a potentially ground-breaking business, for instance.) Keep up the good work!
This podcast is great for anyone who currently is, or might be interested in becoming an entrepreneur. Ben is a great host and provides some excellent insight and really knows how to conduct great interviews. I am learning a lot, and will be back for more!
I enjoyed this show, because Spare Room Radio disclosed the history of great entrepreneurs who successfully did their start-up as well as did great things. It's a very motivational show which encouraged me to step forward doing something big. I didn't miss any episode so far. For any business owner or who wants to start-up, I will definitely recommend this show to them.