Startup Capital Podcast

Founded in 2016, Startup Capital is a podcast and content series dedicated to spotlighting north Florida's entrepreneurial community. We interview startup founders and community leaders to discover what's happening locally, and what's coming next for the region. By raising awareness about local businesses and identifying barriers to their success, we hope to inspire others and accelerate growth across the entire community. The Startup Capital podcast is created by Cuttlesoft.

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Startup Capital Podcast

Startup Capital: Local Tech, Global Impact

Jan 9, 2018

This is our Season 2 Finale, which means that instead of interviewing individual founders and leaders, we’ll be closely examining one company in particular: UberOps. In this very special episode of the Startup Capital podcast, we’re not only looking to find out what made UberOps a success, but find out how Tallahassee can help create the next UberOps, and the next one after that. To find out the UberOps recipe for success, and their model for growth in Tallahassee, stay tuned to Season 2, episode 9 of the Startup Capital podcast by Cuttlesoft.

Startup Capital: Engineering Agility In K-12

Jan 9, 2018

For parents looking to nurture an interest in technology and in-demand STEM careers, it’s hard to know where to start. Miranda Manning is the Recruitment Coordinator for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Meagan Bonnell is the Tallahassee Director of CodeCraft Works, a K-12 coding program. Together, they’re working on local initiatives to make sure that local students don’t get left behind.

Many cities around the U.S., Tallahassee included, face steep talent shortages in tech. For Season 2, Episode 7 of the Startup Capital Podcast, host Lucas Lindsey spoke with a couple people working towards an answer. Ryan Kopinsky is a local developer, tech advocate, and director of I/O Avenue, Tallahassee’s newest coding bootcamp. Jim McShane is executive director of CareerSource Capital Region, a local organization who collects data on local hiring demand.

Startup Capital: The Domi Story

Jan 9, 2018

The founding of Domi Station, Tallahassee’s first privately-operated startup incubator and coworking space, marked the beginning of a community that continues to grow and evolve to this day. We sat down at GrassLands Brewery with Micah Widen and Jake Kiker, two of Domi’s founding members, to find out how it all began. Take note that this was recorded in 2016, but unreleased until 2017, and that there are some audio issues and mild profanity within. Please enjoy!

Publication Date: 7/14/2017

Startup Capital: Life After Revenue

Jan 9, 2018

How do you know when your startup is working? Most people would say that a business is working when it’s making money. That’s why for Episode 5 of Season 2 of Startup Capital, we spoke with two Tallahassee startups who’ve discovered how to go from idea to revenue. Both of these businesses have made it past the early stages of starting up, and now, they’re looking to scale.

Startup Capital: Talent Lives Here

Jan 9, 2018

For Episode 4 of Startup Capital, Season 2, our host Lucas Lindsey spoke with local leaders Ebrahim Randeree and Jay Revell to try to understand the challenges facing local recruiters. Ebrahim Randeree (or Ebe, as he’s known around campus) is Associate Dean at FSU’s College of Communication and Information. Jay Revell is Vice President of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. To find out how local businesses can better position themselves to hire recent grads and improve Tallahassee’s reputation among students, listen in.

Publication Date: 5/15/2017

For Episode 3 of Startup Capital, Season 2, we interviewed two growing local companies who’ve made workplace culture a priority. Mindy Perkins is CEO and President of VR Systems, an elections technology firm that prides itself on employee unity and buy-in. Tom Derzypolski is President of BowStern Marketing Communications, whose “culture of leading with kindness” has been a focus from day one. To find out how these two business leaders empower employees and keep them engaged, listen in.

Publication Date: 4/13/2017

Elected to the mayor’s office in April, 2013, Andrew Gillum has been the driving force behind a number of local initiatives, both civic and economic. Our host, Lucas Lindsey, sat down with Mayor Gillum for an honest conversation about Tallahassee’s past, present, and future as a home for startups and entrepreneurship. Listen in to learn more about Gillum’s plans for infusing the local tech scene with life, building innovation locally, and bringing new opportunity to the Startup Capital.

Publication Date: 3/15/2017

The first episode of the Startup Capital podcast features a candid conversation about the startup scene here in North Florida. In this introductory episode, Lucas Lindsay, executive director at Domi Station and the host of Startup Capital Season 2, speaks with Cuttlesoft’s Frank Valcarcel, Emily Morehouse-Valcarcel, and Nick Farrell about the origin, goals, and outcomes of the Startup Capital series.

Publication Date: 2/17/2017