Found In The Rockies

Found In The Rockies

Do you want to hear about when the idea hit the founder? When they took the leap?

Episodes

May 1, 2024 60 mins
In today’s episode, Les talks with Quique Nagle, the founder and CEO of Advisr - a sales operating system that helps organizations maximize existing resources to increase revenue and market share. Quique shares his journey with Advisr, discussing the challenges and innovations in risk management technology. He emphasizes the importance of adapting to change and leveraging new tools to enhance decision-making and efficiency. Quique ...
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In today’s episode, Les talks with Blair Simpson, a Principal at Frontier Venture Capital. Blaire shares his journey from being a musician to entering the venture capital world, emphasizing non-traditional paths into VC and the music industry's influence on his career. Les and Blair talk about the impact of AI on creative fields, Blair's advice for aspiring VCs, and Blair's musical inspirations and how they relate to his work in ve...
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TITLE: Travis Lowry (Vinyl VC) \\ Entrepreneurship, motivation, and investing in startups. Summary: In today’s episode, Les talks with Travis Lowry, General Partner at Vinyl Capital. Travis shares his early background in Texas as the child of an entrepreneur and how that impacted his own decision to jump into the startup scene. Travis talks about his time in Syria, and how that impacted his world view. Travis shares how he tran...
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TITLE: Pete Roos (Bridger Photonics) \\ Revolutionizing Methane Detection Summary: In today’s episode, Les speaks with Pete Roos, CEO of Bridger Photonics, discussing the company's journey and its photonics technology used for precise methane emission detection and topographic mapping. The discussion covers Pete's background, the founding of Bridger Photonics, its early challenges, and the evolution of its technology from topog...
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In today’s episode, Les talks with John Cordier, the co-founder and CEO of Epistemix. They discuss Epistemix's unique approach to simulation, and how it could be seen as a blend of SimCity, Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point, and The Matrix. John shares his background, including his geospatial experiences, university choices, and his journey through public health, leading to co-founding Epistemic X. The discussion covers the comp...
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In today’s episode, Les speaks with Jonathan Meyers, Co-Founder & CEO of DoneOps - which “designs, builds, secures, and maintains infrastructure so your devs don't have to.” Jonathan talks about his approach to balancing work and travel, his experiences in different countries, and his perspective on cultural diversity. He shares insights on adapting to various work environments as a digital nomad and the importance of flexibility a...
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In today’s episode, Les talks with David Lopez who is the Co-Founder and CEO of Gritly. David talks about his journey from a challenging childhood in an underserved Colorado community to a successful entrepreneur is remarkable. His mother played a pivotal role in his achievements, including being the first in his family to finish high school. David's entrepreneurial spirit manifested early, leading him to co-found Gritly while stud...
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In today’s episode, Les talks with Patsy Landaveri, the founder and CEO of Impacto - an enterprise risk management solution to the oil and gas industry. The discussion focuses on Patsy's personal and professional journey, including her background, education, career progression, and her motivation to start Impacto. Patsy shares her story of moving from Peru to the United States for higher education and how her experiences shaped...
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In today’s episode, Les talks with Brad Paz - the co-founder and CEO of Zoptic. The podcast episode features a conversation with Brad Paz, the co-founder and CEO of Zoptic, a sports tech and data analytics company. Brad discusses his personal journey, originating from a family with Mexican heritage in Nebraska, and his passion for sports, which led him to play junior college basketball in California. The focus then shifts to his pr...
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October 25, 2023 60 mins
In today’s episode, Les interviews Danielle Shoots, who is the Founding Partner and Managing Director of the New Community Transformation Fund, focusing on investments as a tool for economic equity. Here’s a closer look at the episode: Pivoting from corporate finance to starting a, with a focus on consumer behavior and financial discipline. Danielle has extensive experience in finance and strategy, having worked in various ind...
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October 11, 2023 60 mins
Trent Mano (Convoi Ventures) \\ First to find and fund Utah's next breakout founders and startups In today’s episode, I talk with Trent Mano. Trent is a General Partner at Utah-based Convoi Ventures. We dive into the Utah startup community, Convoi’s specific approach, and the growth of AI startups. Here’s a closer look at the episode: Growing up in the Bay Area and serving as a financial advisor to startup founders. Convoi’...
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In today’s episode, I'm super excited to welcome my friend Russell Sprole, who is the Founder and Managing Partner of Virta Ventures, which is an early stage, climate tech venture capital firm. Here’s a closer look at the episode: Russell Sproul shares his journey as a founder and venture capitalist in the climate tech industry. Career pivot from sports TV to climate tech investing . 1:30 Russell’s Emmy Awards, including thre...
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September 13, 2023 60 mins
Jason O’Neil and Sharayah Clancy (Sidecar) \\ Building a tightly-knit community of entrepreneurs, creators, doers, and innovators. Summary: In today’s episode, we are excited to feature Jason O'Neill, founder and CEO, and Sharayah Clancy, the COO - dynamic duo of Sidecar, which is a co-working community with not one, not two, but three locations in Montana. Here’s a closer look at the episode: What brought Jason and Sharaya...
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August 30, 2023 60 mins
Leah Pagnozzi (RugDoc.IO) \\ Identifying and avoiding potential scams through audits and reviews of various crypto projects. Summary: In today’s episode, we have Leah Pagnozzi who is the founder and CEO of RugDoc. RugDoc is is a website and platform that focuses on providing information and analysis about cryptocurrency projects, particularly within the decentralized finance (DeFi) space. The term rug in the name refers to a ty...
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August 16, 2023 60 mins
In today’s episode, we have Caroline Lewis from Rogue Women’s Fund. Caroline is sharing with us what got her into investing, why she thinks investing in women is so important, and what is unique about a venture fund from the Pacific Northwest. Here’s a closer look at the episode: Caroline’s early days teaching English in South Korea for a year and traveling around southeast asia for another year. How did you Caroline Startin...
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August 2, 2023 60 mins
In today’s episode, we have a pioneer in change management. Kate DeGon is the founder and CEO of ChangeSync which is a platform working to enable companies to to make strategic decisions and improve change management practices. This practice will allow companies to see internally how they are dealing with changes, and help manage changes in th future. Here’s a closer look at the episode: Kate shares her background and how she...
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Andres Sigcha (Tariy) \\ Creating a meeting platform that empowers all voices In today’s episode, we have an incredible founder who is trying to change the way we think about meetings. And most importantly, how we make sure that everyone not only has a seat at the table, but a voice as well. Andres Sigcha, who is the CEO and founder of Tariy has build a way to tackle this problem. Here’s a closer look at the episode: Andres ...
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Lauren Fitzpatrick Shanks (KeepWOL) \\ Using gamification to engage, develop, upskill talent, and retain them In today’s episode, we have a story that is one of the most incredible trailblazing journeys, you will hear. Meet Lauren Fitzpatrick Shanks, who is the founder and CEO of KeepWOL, which is a gamified learning platform for teams that enables employee engagement and retention insights for employers. Here’s a closer look...
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In today’s episode, we have a whole different kid of tech. Dave McCarson is on the show. Dave is the founder of Alpine Greenhouses, which is a very unique company using proprietary technology to build greenhouses for extreme climates. We get into not only the science of his greenhouses, but the benefits of growing your own food. Here’s a closer look at the episode: Dave’s background and goals for a healthy lifestyle Tomato Da...
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In today’s episode, we're talking all about the coming wave of IDTech. And we're so excited to welcome a founder with Montana family roots, who grew up in Idaho, and now lives in Utah, talk about the epitome of a rocky mountain founder, Riley Hughes, who is the co-founder and CEO of Trinsic. He is going to tell us how Trinsic can help enable you to use your identity to get access to all kinds of different products and services you ...
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