By Jay Clouse and Eric Hornung
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upside is the first podcast dedicated to startups outside of silicon valley. these entrepreneurs are smart, resilient, capital-efficient individuals building a company at what many would consider a geographical disadvantage. we examine how they are charting a different path, changing their communities, and building impactful businesses with upside. every episode follows the same format: ( i ) we share our research of the company ( ii ) we interview the founder ( iii ) we create a verbal, hypothetical deal memo
||CleanUP013: Local Crate // localized supply chain to decentralize meal delivery||Frank Jackman is the co-founder and CEO of Local Crate, a locally-sourced meal-delivery service. Local Crate is an alum of the Techstars retail accelerator and based in St. Paul, MN.||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUP012: FreshFry // frying oil purification through the magic of chemistry||Jeremiah Chapman is the founder and CEO of FreshFry, a safe and easier way to replenish and extend your frying oil life. The Pod works overnight by capturing and removing the impurities that make your oil look dark, smoke and taste bitter. FreshFry is b||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUP00B: happy July 4th||no interview or full length episode this week due to the July 4th holiday. but, we did want to share a couple of quick notes and updates for you!||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUP011: ParqEx // real estate technology solving a parking problem||Vivek Mehra is the founder and CEO of ParqEx, a platform that helps to "unlock" the value of privately owned parking spots, which are often underutilized and/or difficult to manage. The ParqEx marketplace helps owners to efficiently rent their parking t||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUP010: Upsie // a cheaper way to protect your stuff||Clarence Bethea is the founder and CEO of Upsie, mobile app platform that provides an easier & better way to protect your stuff. Upsie is an alum of the Techstars Retail accelerator and is based in Minneapolis, MN.||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUP009: BYBE // the first legal way to discount alcohol purchases||Kevin Mack is the Chief Experience Officer of BYBE, which is the first and only legal way to discount alcohol. BYBE is an alum of the Techstars Retail accelerator in Minneapolis, MN and is based in Columbus, Ohio.||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUP008: Loop Returns // creating the perfect ecommerce customer returns experience (live from Columbus Podcast Festival)||Corbett Morgan is the CEO of Loop Returns, which provides returns automation and in-line exchanges for ecommerce brands. Loop Returns is based in Columbus, Ohio. This episode was recorded live at the Columbus Podcast Festival on May 13, 2018.||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUP007: Kaleidoscope Group PBC // unlocking new private scholarships and creating the "uncommon app" to apply for them||greg dehn is the founder of Kaleidoscope Group, which designs, administers and hosts private scholarships based in minneapolis, minnesota.||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUP006: Swannies // creating an apparel brand for the modern golfer (feat. Web Smith of 2PM)||adam iverson is the co-founder of Swannies, a lifestyle golf apparel and footwear brand. ecommerce guru web smith joins us to talk about retail, ecommerce, and building a brand.||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUP005: F13 Works // extending the aisle in ecommerce||chris sentz is the founder of F13 Works, which bridges the gap between manufacturers and e-commerce websites.||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUP004: ScriptDrop // improving prescription medication adherence||nick potts is the co-founder and CEO of ScriptDrop, which provides prescription delivery and reminders.||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUP003: LawnGuru // on demand outdoor services||skye durrant is the co-founder of LawnGuru, which provides on-demand outdoor services.||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUP002: Rapchat // empowering a hip hop community||seth miller is the co-founder of Rapchat, the best way for today's rap enthusiasts to create, collaborate, and connect with tomorrow’s stars.||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUP001: tilr // skills-based job hiring||we interview summer crenshaw, co-founder of tilr: a first-to-market, on-demand recruitment technology.||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUP00A: upside // a podcast about startups outside of silicon valley||welcome to upside, a podcast about startups outside of silicon valley.||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Interesting take on venture capitalism
Jay and Eric are both from the Midwest and take a look at an industry that is largely known for its foundation in Silicon Valley. Through a sort of grassroots approach, they are able to give the listener a new perspective on what it takes to start a business in today’s world while having some fun of their own.
A Needed Podcast
Upside brings Valley-esque discussion to the Midwest. With the ever-growing startup scene in the outside the Valley, and exponential increase in investments, this podcast is your one-stop shop to understanding this area.
The area definitely has opportunity, and talented individuals, so I am excited to continue to learn with these guys as they examine startups throughout the Midwest.
Want to get smarter? Listen to upside.
I initially heard about Upside's recent launch and knew I had to subscribe. After listening to the first episode, I was hooked. Upside shines a bright spotlight on the companies you need to know about. In addition, this podcast will make you think, laugh and consider new possibilities. Perhaps it might even inspire you to launch a business of your own. Cannot reccomend this enough.