Summary: The Silicon Slopes Podcast provides an in-depth look inside Utah’s growing startup and tech community from the perspective of the entrepreneurs, executives, and community leaders at the forefront of the industry.
In this episode, we talk with Sam Malouf, Co-Founder and CEO of Malouf. We learn how the company, started in an apartment, has grown to 500+ employees with distribution warehouses across America. We get some good insights into how their products make you sleep better and how they are developed. We talk about the upsides of building the company in Logan. We also learn about the Malouf Foundation and all the important work they are doing as well as the recent move to become a Benefit Corporation.
In this episode, we are joined by Allie and Joe Scott who are Co-Founders of Bath Pack. We learn about all their great products, how the company has started, and their plans for the future. We get some insight into the production and distribution of a consumer product and hear a few painful stories of when things go wrong with that process. Lastly, we learn how new products are invented, tested, and sold.
In this episode, we talk to Justin Rees, CEO of Journey Holding. Journey Holding is an intelligent transportation system software solution provider created from the merger of Indianapolis-based, Double Map, and Ride Systems of Morgan, Utah. Journey Holding was recently acquired by Ford Smart Mobility and we talk about that acquisition, how cool Ford is, and how he created Ride Systems in college. We also talk about building a tech company in Morgan, Ut, and the future of Justin and his company.
In this episode we get a chance to sit down with newly minted Overstock CEO Jonathan Johnson. We discuss his new position, the future of Overstock, tax reform and more.
Thank you for joining us for another edition of Silicon Slopes Live. Today’s speaker is James Clarke, the CEO of Clarke Capital. Clarke Capital is a Family Office that invests in leveraged buyouts, intellectual property portfolios, university-licensed/acquired technologies, and fast growing founder-run businesses with real profits. James Clarke discusses his failures and successes through his career in this edition of Silicon Slopes Live.
In this episode we are joined by Jeff McClean who is Wealth Advisor for the Private Bank of Wells Fargo. He shares some amazing insights on financial, tax, and estate planning and why it is important for entrepreneurs to get it all squared away in the beginning instead of the end. Some depressing numbers are shared regarding the estate tax. Lastly, he shares some stories of how bad things can go for families and individuals who do not properly plan out their financial future.
On today’s show we talk to John Sherman, the Chief Information Officer of the Intelligence Community in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He’ll be coming to Utah Valley University Tuesday, Oct. 8th at the Clarke Building from 9am-12pm. This event is hosted by the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, which you can learn more about by visiting orrinhatchfoundation.org. To register for the event, visit hatchcybersecurity.eventbrite.com.
In this episode, we are joined by James Burt who is the founder of The Artistik Company. We talk about his artwork and some of his favorite projects he has done across Silicon Slopes. He explains how he comes up with the concepts for his work and how he involves the company in the process. Lastly, we talk about how good artwork is a great addition to an office and how it impacts employees on a daily basis.
In this episode, we are joined by Jessie Richards, Ph.D. who is the Executive Director/Co-Founder Fight Against Domestic Violence (FADV) and Brooke Muir who is the Outreach and Development Director for FADV. We learn how domestic violence impacts the workplace, how to possibly help people being abused, and what resources are out there to help victims. This is an eye-opening episode as domestic violence impacts a lot more people than you might think, and is something we can all work to change.
In this episode, we are joined by Jon Cheney who is the Founder and CEO of Seek. We learn where the idea for Seek came from, how it works, and why it is beneficial for brands across nearly every industry. We hear about Jon’s journey leading up to founding Seek and what the next year has in store for the product and company.
In this episode, we are joined by Isaac Barlow who is the CEO of Tech Ridge in St. George. He is also the Founder and CEO of busybusy. We get an update on the Tech Ridge development, we hear of all the great amenities that will be offered and how people will easily be able to live, work and play in the community. We learn why busybusy was created and how it makes life easier and more productive for those in construction and development. Get excited for Tech Ridge. It is going to be amazing!
In this episode, we are joined by Melanie Colton who is the Vice President of Talent and Product at Andela. Andela is a global company specializing in engineering-as-a-service. They help companies accelerate their product roadmap by providing both the talent and a team management platform. We learn about Melanie’s career path, her view on global markets, and how she manages her team that is spread across the world. It's worth a listen as the Andela team has built a great model that works.
In this episode we chat with businessman and Utah gubernatorial candidate Jeff Burningham. Burningham co-founded Peak Capital Partners, a real estate investment firm that now has over $2 billion in assets under management. In 2014, Burningham launched Peak Ventures, the first institutional venture capital fund in Utah County. Peak Ventures has invested in a number of startups, including Podium, Divvy, Owlet, and Degreed.
In this episode, we talk with Jack Boren who is a Director at Epic Ventures. We talk about the nuts and bolts of how a venture capital fund works, what Jack does in his day to day role and some of his favorite deals. We learn about Epic’s program where junior associates can get real-world experience by helping source deals and be a part of the investment process. The program they have created is unique and a game-changer for students interested in venture capital and finance.
In this episode, we are joined by Sam Hodges and Travis Hedge who are the Co-Founders of Vouch Insurance. We learn about their recent experience at Y Combinator and get the details on their big Series A funding round. If you are a startup looking to do big things you should consider Vouch Insurance as a partner for when things go wrong and you need some coverage to get you through.