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 episode 33 we talk with Jesse Bird, CTO and co-founder of TCN. Jesse has been passionate about emerging technologies from an early age. He has used that passion to keep TCN at the forefront of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and call center technology for the past 15 years.
We talk to Carine Clark, Chris Klomp, and Shawn Goff bout EY's entrepreneur of the year award show and the state of Utah's tech ecosystem.
In episode 31 Parker Gentry Founder and CEO of Skill Struck which is a platform that turns screen-time into skill-time for 10+-year-old kids. Parker explains where the idea came from and how it works. We learn about how he is building the product and how he is positioning the company for future success.
In episode 30 Wayne Sleight is in the studio. Wayne is the COO of 97th Floor a digital marketing agency located in Lehi and San Francisco. We learn about 97th Floor, their company culture, and their upcoming event Mastermind, which is a cool name for an event. Lastly, we talk about 97th Floor's plans for the future and how one of our favorite interns ended up working full time at 97th Floor.
In episode 29 we are joined by Levi King who is the Co-founder and CEO of Nav. We talk about Levi's career and how he landed on the idea of Nav. We talk about what it takes to run a company with locations in California and here in Utah. Lastly, we learn if it is easier or harder to found and run a successful startup the second time compared to the first.
Meat And Potatoes: Alex Bean
In episode 27, we are joined by Kurt Avarell who is the CEO and Founder at Canopy. We learn the story of how Canopy came to be and all the good stories that go with early-stage bootstrapping. Kurt explains the industry and how he built his team. We talk about the cultural differences between New York and Utah and why both are good. Lastly, we talk about how Kurt organizes his day and runs the company.
In episode 24, the brothers Roberts. Dan and Matt are the Co-founders of Savvi Legal which simplifies and streamlines the legal process for founders of high-growth startups who need to form their business, prepare for financing, or grow their team.
In episode 25, we are joined by Matt Wilburn and Berkley Frei who are the Founders of The Virtual Identity Summit which is next week in Park City. They share stories of how the event came about, insights on who should attend, and who some of the speakers will be. It is also clear that the host of the podcast knows next to nothing about VR. This is going to be a great event with a lot of cutting-edge technology and smart people.
In episode 23, Dallin Rogers is the guest. He is the CEO and Founder of FitCon which is one of the best events held in Utah. We discuss fitness and how somebody needs to invent a pill that allows you to eat as many Reeses Pieces and Mashed Potatoes as your heart desires.
In episode 21, we talk with Tom Sorber who is the Director of Customer Success at Solutionreach. We learn how Tom and his team revamped their customer onboarding program, get some good tips on scheduling your days to be productive, and what it is like working for a startup after starting your career at a venture fund.
On Today's show we bring you a conversation with Freshly Picked CEO Susan Peterson. When Susan couldn’t find baby shoes that would stay on her son’s chubby feet, she decided to make her own. With scrap leather, a sewing machine, and a lot of heart, she made the first pair of Freshly Picked moccasins in 2009 right at her kitchen table. An appearance on Shark Tank in 2013 skyrocketed the company to a household name synonymous with quality, style, and creativity.
On today's show we talk to Steals.com CEO Jana Francis. Jana built the Steal Network from the ground up and is a powerful presence in the Silicon Slopes community.
Meat & Potatoes: Julia Deaver, co-founder/Executive Director, The Impact Summit
Podcast: Vivint Smart Home President Alex Dunn