April 8, 2021
“You have to meet all of today’s performance requirements… then of course greatly outperform on others – that’s the justification for adoption.”
Doug Campbell, CEO, Solid Power
Solid Power is a “technology transfer” business with science that originated at CU. Solid-state batteries are 50% more efficient than current lithium-ion batteries used to power electric vehicles and other products.
I wanted to get a better understanding of Solid Power’s technology and learned that the battery business, even the newer solid-state battery business is more competitive than I’d realized, and even more wildly expensive to get into. Doug Campbell explains Solid Power’s focused strategy: develop and then manufacture the solid-state POWDER electrolyte that is the critical substance inside of solid state batteries, and sell that powder to the many companies building batteries for electric vehicles and other applications. Doug is a dynamic entrepreneur, and you’ll enjoy this interview.
March 25, 2021
“That was the problem – we had too many mountain bikes… and I decided to build my own nice looking shed.”
Jeremy Nova, co-Founder, Studio Shed
Studio Shed is another Colorado example of a business started, not on purpose, but as the outcome of one person’s effort to solve his or her problem and not being able to find that solution on the market. Jeremy Nova was a professional mountain bike racer – an Olympic athlete – who needed a way to store his mountain bikes. His answer became the now thriving Studio Shed!
March 11, 2021
“We had somewhat of a plan, we kind of knew where we were going… the truth is the basis for a plan didn’t even come close to what the business is today.”
Randy White, co-Founder & CEO, Wheel Pros
It took me a while to understand the impressive scope of Colorado-based Wheel Pros. I’d done my research and erroneously entered my interview with Randy White thinking that Wheel Pros was a distributor of many brands of custom wheels. No – Wheel Pros created and built 30 distinct brands of wheels that owners of Ferrari’s to lifted Jeeps to ATVs purchase for their vehicles. The story is bigger and more impressive than I’d realized!
February 25, 2021
“I constantly tell my senior leadership to try to do less and think more.”
John Street, Founder & CEO, Pax8
Pax8 CEO John Street shares perspective and wisdom in this episode, all shaped and earned through his multiple startups. John has been an entrepreneur steering technology innovations in telecom, email, internet technology, and now cloud services technology. In each business, John was the industry innovator – early to the game with the risks and opportunities of being at the forefront. You’ll love when John goes off on a tangent and shares the 8 rules for naming a startup, including Pax8!
February 11, 2021
“What I think is great about the TRUTH is that it always wins… It’s not about selling – it’s about sharing knowledge with people and letting them make a decision.”
Avrum Emakis, Founder & CEO, CLMBR
CLMBR (“Climber”) is earlier stage than I normally feature and I was super excited to do this interview because I love cool fitness equipment (see the picture of me demoing it!) and because CLMBR has attracted a ton of celebrity support and investment. CEO Avrum Elmakis has very engaging “humble confidence” – and I’m humbly confident that you’ll enjoy this episode!
January 28, 2021
“Most people don’t think of the Arts as an industry sector. It’s 4 ½ % of our GDP – we need to make sure that arts and creative industries are part of our state’s economic recovery strategy.”
Christin Crampton Day, Executive Director, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts
A couple of times a year I feature a successful non-profit and its leader. I like to find non-profits that intersect with Colorado’s business community, and in the midst of the brutal effects of COVID on the arts and entertainment sector, I invited Christin Crampton Day, Executive Director of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, to join me CBCA advances Colorado’s creative economy by connecting business and the arts. Christin obviously faces some huge challenges now – arts venues are shut down – we talked about that, and about WHY there’s a strong connection between business and the arts. I left our conversation convinced that a business’s operations can be enhanced by partnerships with the arts community.
January 14, 2021
“There’s a profoundly important problem to be solved... in terms of creating a product with DEMAND, electric aviation is the ideal solution.”
George Bye, CEO, Bye Aerospace
The key topics I wanted to discuss with George were 1) the patience and perseverance required to create an entirely new aircraft, and 2) how he maintains his excitement for an aircraft that is designed as a 2-seat trainer when in his past, George flew fighter jets. Both answers really speak to lessons of entrepreneurship which make this episode interesting and valuable!
January 1, 2021
“The top three questions I get are: 1) Which were my favorite episodes? 2) Have you had any really difficult guests? and 3) How do you get such great guests on the podcast?”
Dave Tabor, Host, PROCO360 podcast
This episode of PROCO360 was a lot of fun for me. It reminded me of all the great guests I had during 2020 – guests I’d almost forgotten about in my eagerness to find and interview the next great one! Mike did a great job editing together this show, weaving in excerpts from each guest, along with my answers to the most frequent listener questions.
December 17, 2020
“Because of the opioid epidemic I expect we can develop that market to $1 Billion a year because our products provide great pain relief without side effects.”
Thomas Sandgaard, Chairman and CEO, Zynex Medical
Zynex’s main product line treats pain with FDA-approved electric stimulation that reduces the need for opioids in the marketplace. Direct and understated, Thomas Sandgaard doesn’t seem at all impressed with his success. His story of starting with $2,000 twenty-four years ago, and building that into a public company valued at half a billion is pretty impressive. We discuss that, as well as Thomas’s transition from full-time CEO to a life that includes philanthropy, a UK football club, and a return to his rock-and-roll guitar roots.
December 3, 2020
“You will have your physician’s cell phone number… we’re creating nice alignment with those providers… they are being incented to provide better clinical outcomes and better patient satisfaction scores.”
Chris Miller, CEO, Paladina Health
Kudos to Chris Miller on two fronts: 1) he’s delivering on the holy grail of health care – providing high patient satisfaction AND better clinical outcomes AND at lower cost, and 2) he’s a great guest – candid, personable, and really good at explaining how Paladina Health is making inroads in what is arguably the country’s least cost-efficient industry.