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Oklahoma Venture Forum Podcast

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OVF podcasts offer insightful interviews with speakers and pitch presenters from all over Oklahoma. OVF was founded in 1987 to champion small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development.
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Nathaniel Harding, Cortado Ventures 1/22
Venture Capital Investors: What do leading Oklahoma venture funders look for? The January 12, 2022 OVF Power Lunch will feature a panel discussion by three VCs in Oklahoma who will discuss what type of deals they are looking for, what make’s them want to “learn more” and what makes them want to say “Yes”! On this podcast episode, we talk with panelist Nathaniel Harding, a managing partner at Cortado Ventures. The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. www.OVF.org
14:02
January 04, 2022
36 Degrees North / AnnoLab OVF Podcast 11/21
November Power Lunch presenter Devon Laney is President and CEO of 36 Degrees North in Tulsa, OK. Known as Tulsa’s base camp for entrepreneurs, innovators and startups, 36 Degrees North is an entrepreneurial support organization focused on providing the resources, the community and the programs needed to support entrepreneurs as they build, grow and scale businesses. "36 Degrees North is a non-profit, 501C3, and it would not exist without the public and the private partnership together,” says Laney. “In 2017, when 36 Degrees North launched, you had philanthropic community, public, private, chamber. They all came together to create this thing, and it’s a success story." https://www.36n.co/ November Pitch Presenters Luke Simkins and Grant DeLozier are co-founders of OKC startup AnnoLab. Simkins and DeLozier cut their teeth building software to automate document processing tasks in Oil and Gas. Eventually, they realized that lots of companies face issues scaling business processes to extract actionable data from documents, images and text. AI and Machine Learning can help solve these problems, but using them is far from easy. AnnoLab offers simpler, less costly ways for businesses to start building custom document AI models. Once an AI model is built, the platform allows them to be used at scale in a safe, human-in-the-loop way. https://annolab.ai/ The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. www.OVF.org
28:21
November 17, 2021
Rick Nagel, Adding Value to Investment Deals - OVF Podcast 10/21
Rick Nagel is the Managing Partner of Acorn Growth Companies. This small middle-market private equity firm focuses exclusively on ladder stage and growth investments in the aerospace, defense, and intelligence sectors. The company has been around since 2000, starting as the first privately certified incubator in the state of Oklahoma. After 30 deals and on their fifth fund, the firm seeks opportunities to add value as an operating team. Nagel said OVF is great for entrepreneurs and potential investors. “My advice to anybody that might be reading this that’s not currently engaged would be to get engaged,” said Nagel. “If you’re an early-stage investor, whether you do a deal or not, you’ll see things that will make you smarter in that process by listening to these presentations.” www.OVF.org The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries.
08:27
October 21, 2021
Melissa Houston, Making Legislation Work for Businesses - OVF Podcast 9/21
With over 20 years of experience, Melissa Houston has made a career in public service in various roles. She has recently served as the Oklahoma Labor Commissioner, Secretary for Education and Workforce Development, and previously as Chief of Staff for the Oklahoma Attorney General and the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security. She’s worked under four governors, both Democrat and Republican, and has been referred to as the Swiss army knife of public policy. www.OVF.org The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries.
09:57
September 29, 2021
OVF Podcast 39: Jay Martin, Founder Martin Bionics
During Jay Martin’s early days of his clinical work in prosthetics, he learned his patients’ functional abilities were limited not as much by their amputation as by the lack of technology available in the field. With his love of inventing, Martin saw an opportunity to advance the field of prosthetics to provide more comfort, more functional abilities, and quality of life back to amputees. “We think of prosthetics as being a very high-tech field, there are some great advancements have been made in recent years, artificial intelligence and new control systems and robotic devices, but prosthetics, in my opinion, has really been a very stagnant field, and it’s very much in its infancy still,” said Jay Martin, founder of Martin Bionics. “I’d argue the vast majority of amputees, quality of life with prosthetics is but a shadow of what it could or should be if technology were further along.” Jay Martin will be speaking at the Oklahoma Venture Forum Power Lunch on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Martin said he is excited to share with the community some of what’s unfolding for them at Martin Bionics. Be sure to register for the online ZOOM event to learn more about turning around a business, asking your questions, and networking with entrepreneurs in Oklahoma. https://ovf.org/
19:18
April 07, 2021
OVF Podcast 38: Daniel Maloney, CEO & Co-Founder of Tailwind
While headquartered in Oklahoma City, Daniel Maloney was a transplant born in New York, who grew up in South Florida, went to school in Philly, and then made his career in either New York and Silicon Valley before moving to Oklahoma. When he came to the state about a decade ago, Maloney came with the perspective of needing to build a community, build a friend network, and figuring out how to build a company somewhere where you don’t necessarily have deep roots. “I always found the community incredibly welcoming and was grateful for that,” said Daniel Maloney. “But that said, it’s been a really fun ride, fun journey so far, and I’m excited for what’s coming up.” Maloney is one of the co-founders of Tailwind, whose mission is to make world-class marketing easy for everyone. That word, everyone, is essential to them. When Maloney initially looked at the digital marketing landscape, he saw that the vast majority of tools were geared at larger enterprise-tier businesses with complex needs and sophisticated marketing functions. The tools available at the time created an unlevel playing field as well. Daniel Maloney will be speaking at the Oklahoma Venture Forum Power Lunch on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Maloney said he is excited to see everyone at the event and connect with folks as it’s been harder to keep in touch with people in the community, friends, and acquaintances. Be sure to register for the online ZOOM event to learn more about turning around a business, asking your questions, and networking with entrepreneurs in Oklahoma. https://ovf.org/
19:58
March 02, 2021
OVF Podcast 37: Tra Pippin, Accentra Home Health and Hospice
With the experience of having raised nearly $800 million for companies, and buying and selling approximately 40 companies, Tra Pippin considers himself qualified in the turnaround industry arena. He’s also turned around businesses that ranged from a low of 1 million in revenue to a high of about $150 million. Pippin got into the industry happenstance manner.   “I bought a company back in June of 1982 called Perfection Equipment Company,” said Pippin. “And at the time, I think our revenues were roughly $2 million a month. Well, there was a little shopping center bank here in Oklahoma City called Penn Square Bank that crashed on July 5, 1982. And I don’t think either myself or my partner recognized the fact that a little shopping center bank could have the impact that it did, but it caused probably the greatest crash in the oil industry, certainly in my lifetime.”   Their revenue went from two to two-and-a-half million dollars a month to approximately $300,000 a month. Based on that, at the time, Pippin purchased the company. They had about 130 employees. A year later, they were down to 30 employees and were making decisions on how to cut based on whether someone had been there 15 years or 20 years. The industry turned around, and Perfection Equipment Company today is a lively, growing company in Oklahoma City.   Pippin said he learned how to save a company before there were associations, conventions, and resources dedicated to the turnaround industry. When buying a company now, Pippin has several things he looks for to inform his decision.   If you’re considering attending Pippin’s OVF talk, he said he could help give broad-brush solutions to their issue with their company.   Tra Pippin will be speaking at the Oklahoma Venture Forum Power Lunch on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Be sure to register for the online ZOOM event to learn more about turning around a business, asking your questions, and networking with entrepreneurs in Oklahoma. https://ovf.org/Blog/10043372  https://ovf.org/
20:08
February 02, 2021
Matt Williamson, Founder and CEO of Clevyr
As Matt Williamson swings over the Oklahoma City skyline and grabs hold of the International Space Station, he’s already thinking about his next move.  “I’m definitely like the blue-sky guy,” says the founder and CEO of Clevyr. “My company is aggressive in moving deeper into new technology. We’ve always been that firm in Oklahoma City that says, ‘Cool! We can do that! We’ll figure it out.’”   The team at Clevyr visualizes and then creates software to streamline processes and improve lives. They excel at workflow automation, web design, facial recognition, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). The latter put Williamson at the OKC skyline and beyond, but Clevyr-style VR can also land you courtside at a Thunder game or behind the controls of a powerful machine. For example, Clevyr has created a couple of VR training environments for warehouse and manufacturing facilities. Multiple trainees can learn how to operate vehicles or presses in a realistic environment. If accidents happen, everyone learns but no one gets hurt. While the training continues, the actual machines are available for day-to-day operations.   Daily learning tasks at school are also enhanced by Clevyr software solutions. “My favorite AR application is actually one we’re doing right now in the education space,” says Matt Williamson, “so I can’t talk much about it. But I can tell you that this kind of learning allows children to see things in real-time while engaging a different part of their brain.” https://ovf.org/BLOG/8437547  The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. www.OVF.org Interview by Dennis Spielman for The Golding Group
02:07
January 15, 2020
Dr Nilesh Vasan, Founder of WorkOur
Dr. Vasan is a Board-Certified Otolaryngologist - Head and Neck Surgeon at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Vasan was born and raised in New Zealand and is a member of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has authored numerous papers and book chapters in the field of Head and Neck Surgery and performs Head and Neck Robotic Surgery.  Dr. Vasan has developed medical devices for robotic surgery with the University. He founded Adroit Surgical LLC, a private company in 2010 to develop and commercialize patented emergency airway management devices.  Dr. Vasan is an Associate Professor who specializes in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery and serves as Program Director for the Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Residency Program. There is a problem with our medical residency programs in the United States. Governing bodies determine duty hours standards and resident physicians are tasked to follow them. But are they? The majority of Program Directors interviewed state that there are errors in the reporting process. Delayed time entries and honor-based systems do not provide accurate information to the institution or the governing bodies, and inaccurate data is the byproduct. WorkOur has developed a product that eliminates this broken system and allows medical residents and physicians to seamlessly record and track duty hours details in real-time through location-based technology and their phones. The data generated provides valuable information to the programs and institutions, helping them make critical decisions about staffing and quality of care. WorkOur’s ultimate goal is to use this data to effect change by promoting flexibility in the current duty-hour standards in the US and around the globe. https://ovf.org/BLOG/8437554  The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. www.OVF.org Interview by Dennis Spielman for The Golding Group
03:25
January 15, 2020
Oklahoma Entrepreneur Mentoring Program
Douglas Sorocco is the owner of Dunlap Codding in Oklahoma City, an intellectual property attorney, PHOSITA blogger, chemist, visionary, social entrepreneur and creator of DC on Film Row. He’s also one of the volunteer co-directors of the new Oklahoma Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program (OKEMP). Modeled after MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service (MIT VMS), OKEMP matches an entrepreneur with a team of unbiased, experienced mentors. “This type of commitment is what’s been missing in Oklahoma,” he says. “OKEMP provides mentoring teams who follow entrepreneurs throughout their whole career. Because true entrepreneurs don’t stop with just one idea. One of the beauties of the program is that no matter where the entrepreneurs are in their life cycle, they’re getting matched up with mentors who can offer unbiased, unconflicted advice.”   What mentors also offer is access to their experiences as successful entrepreneurs, delivered during regularly scheduled 90-minute meetings. “There is a curriculum,” explains Sorocco, “but it is driven by the entrepreneurs who are coming with questions and concerns. For example, the first entrepreneur may already have a prototype without ever looking at markets. So it’s backward! So the mentor helps identify who’s going to buy the product. Whereas the second entrepreneur may be a programmer who’s never sold anything. So the mentoring team teaches how to develop relationships that don’t seem too transactional.” “Most entrepreneurs are going to fail with their first or second company. What we need for them to do is learn along the way so that when they get to number three or four, they’re more likely to succeed.”  https://creativeoklahoma.org/okemp/ Interview by Dennis Spielman for The Golding Group
05:03
December 18, 2019
Trang Nguyen, Pharm.D of Mimosa Health
Dr. Nguyen launched Mimosa Health in May 2017 with a mission to provide expert advice on the use of medications by older adults. Mimosa Health utilizes specialized knowledge in geriatrics and the unique medication-related needs of the senior population. Dr. Nguyen helps seniors reduce medication-related problems, reduce healthcare costs, and improve their quality of life through our community medication education seminars and personalized senior health services. https://mimosahealth.com/ The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. www.OVF.org Interview by Dennis Spielman for The Golding Group
02:28
December 18, 2019
Rob Reynolds, Executive Director of TEL Library
After earning his Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin, Rob Reynolds began his career as a university faculty member teaching languages and literature. He has also served in university administration, as a textbook publishing executive, and as a co-founder and/or leader of multiple educational technology startups. Reynolds currently serves as Executive Director of TEL Library, a non-profit, public library dedicated to providing affordable learning to anyone, anywhere.    TEL Library continues to innovate content management and publishing with a goal of making high-quality education affordable and easily accessible for everyone, everywhere. They are currently building a library of high-quality, low-cost learning content that can be repurposed and distributed quickly and efficiently across multiple product types and markets. In the next phase, TEL Library’s long-term goal is to leverage its structured data framework and make its structured content available to third-party AI systems to make high-quality, affordable education accessible worldwide. The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. www.OVF.org Interview by Pritch Pritchard for The Golding Group
03:33
November 20, 2019
Kitt Letcher, President & CEO of Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma
Transparency, trust, and transformation at the Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma. How does an Oklahoma organization anticipate its 90th birthday? In the case of the Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma, it stays true to the core values established in 1930 while continually adapting its services to the business community. “Transparency is one of the core values of our business,” says Kitt Letcher, the CEO and President of the Bureau. “And our standards of trust must be met before a business can earn BBB accreditation. But we’re also really trying to transform our image to business owners.”   “We’re really trying to transform our image to business owners. We want them to see us as a resource for helping and/or stabilizing their businesses.”    The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. www.OVF.org Interview by Pritch Pritchard for The Golding Group
06:08
November 20, 2019
Philip Kurtz, CEO of CareATC
Serial Entrepreneur Philip Kurtz on navigating a graceful exit. After a 30 year journey, Philip Kurtz found his exit. “When I got to CareATC,” says Kurtz of the company he recently exited, “it was like everything I’d done in my life had prepared me for this particular job. I believed if I could blend a lot of the tools I’d learned over the last 30 years, I could have a major impact.”   Those skill sets enabled Kurtz to grow a successful population health management company. At the October OVF Power Lunch, he outlined key steps that need to be added to your itinerary long before you reach your exit. The easy to remember checklist includes momentum, market, and management.   CareATC tailors health care to the specific needs of employees. When CareATC partners with a company, it reduces the overall costs of healthcare while providing on-site clinics that offer opportunities for disease prevention and/or intervention. The population health management company cares for more than 250,000 patients through its partnership with 150 clients in 35 states. The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. www.OVF.org Interview by Pritch Pritchard for The Golding Group
05:35
October 16, 2019
WristWorld AR Puzzle RPG Designed By Middle School Students
OKC's newest (and youngest) toy-tech startup Wristworld is an augmented reality puzzle RPG using wristbands.  Travel through four holographic lands, interact with characters to solve the mystery, show off your 3D character and carry a whole world...on your wrist! What better way to design a toy-line than let kids be the creators?   That’s the idea behind Wristworld, the first product of a new company called Real Tech. Real Tech is a spin-off of Loveworks Leadership (www.loveworksleadership.org), an organization teaching leadership and entrepreneurialism to middle school students. Michael Hirsch is the Loveworks Executive Director. Hirsch is passionate about seeing dreams come true in the hearts and lives of youth. Seven years ago he launched Loveworks with the focus to start an afterschool program for middle school students. The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. www.OVF.org Interview by Pritch Pritchard for The Golding Group
07:33
September 18, 2019
Craig Watters, Global Social Entrepreneurship Institute at OSU
Craig Watters circles the globe. His journey may take him to Pakistan or India before he stops to form rings in Africa. Along the way, the Director of Oklahoma State University’s new Riata Institute for Global Social Entrepreneurship connects individuals to technologies uniquely suited to their communities and cultures. “I like what I do because it gets to the heart of what I think entrepreneurship should be,” he says. The rings in Africa are an ideal example of that connection.   “Technology is limited in South Africa,” says Dr. Watters. “I spent nine summers teaching there, and it was challenging. How do you help develop a marketing strategy for a business owner in an outdoor market where there is no internet connection? We had to go to an internet café, and even then it was dial-up.” So Craig Watters took the problem to Syracuse University, his alma mater, where they worked on a solution. “We created an internet backpack,” he explains. “When individuals wear them and spread out, it forms a ring. A hot spot. So the internet becomes part of their appropriate technology and they are able to build their businesses out.” But the backpacks include this caveat: “Individuals have to explain how their business is going to help their community, their tribe, their country,” states Watters. “When we have those conversations, many have changed from just saying they are going to make money to saying they will train people and/or hire women.”   “That’s significant because my students and I help people in countries where women are not allowed to read or learn.” That’s one reason why those places are not always accessible to the students in the Riata Institute for Global Social Entrepreneurship program. But until that changes, there’s a solution for that problem as well.  “My students at OSU are part of a social entrepreneurship club and a class called Enactus,” explains Craig. “The goal is to incubate businesses in other places. So the students are actually working as consultants for entrepreneurs in countries like Pakistan, Peru, Costa Rica and India.” Still, there are more solutions to be found. “My class did all this workaround waste in India. And we quickly learned the importance of understanding the culture.”   “Even though the caste system is supposed to be abolished in India, it’s still very much alive. That means if you’re not from the lowest caste, the untouchables, you’re not allowed to touch the waste.”  “So that made us go back to the drawing board and think some more.” As Craig Watters continues to circle the globe and connect the dots between social impact and global entrepreneurship, he and his students will have to be creative. To be successful, their technologies need to be culturally specific and appropriate to the situation. “Our solutions must be locally owned so that the community has ownership,” says the Director of the Riata Institute. “We also have to create technologies that are environmentally safe and gender safe.” “Most of all, we remember that it’s not just about making money. It’s about social impact and social mission.” The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. www.OVF.org Interviewed by Kyle Golding for The Golding Group
02:55
April 17, 2019
Ben Schwartz, Founder and CEO of Goggle Auctions
Goggle Auctions is a virtual reality application hosting live, weekly auto auctions empowering car dealerships and other wholesale used vehicle purchasers to purchase pre-owned vehicles from the convenience of their own office through an intelligent, immersive, and engaging live auction experience in a VR headset. https://www.goggleauctions.com/ The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. www.OVF.org Interviewed by Kyle Golding for The Golding Group
03:27
April 16, 2019
Piyush Patel - Speaker, Angel Investor and Best-Selling Author
The keynote speaker for the OVF Chairman's Award for Economic Impact event on May 08, 2019 will be Piyush Patel, Speaker, Angel Investor and Best-Selling Author of Lead Your Tribe, Love Your Work. Mr. Patel has 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and is the former CEO of Digital-Tutors.   It is with great distinction and great humility that the Oklahoma Venture Forum honors the Chickasaw Nation with this year’s OVF Chairman’s Award for Economic Impact presented by Insperity. The Award for Economic Impact recognizes an individual or an organization for exceptional contributions to the Oklahoma economy. This award honors those who do more than run a business. It celebrates the achievement of industrial progress balanced with compassionate leadership and it honors those who emphasize investments in the human spirit as well as the bottom line.   The Oklahoma Venture Forum’s Award for Economic Impact has been bestowed to many impactful organizations including The Oklahoma Thunder and Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores. This year our esteemed Award Sponsor, the Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma, will present the bi-annual award to Governor Bill Anoatubby, who will receive the award on behalf of the Chickasaw Nation.   Bill Anoatubby is the current governor of the Chickasaw Nation and has served in this position since 1987. Prior to his governorship, Anoatubby served as lieutenant governor in Overton James’ administration for two terms. The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. www.OVF.org Interviewed by Kyle Golding for The Golding Group
08:35
March 28, 2019
Matt Pinnell, Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor
“Oklahoma now has a Lieutenant Governor who is also a small business owner,” says Matt Pinnell. “So, naturally, I’m going to be going around the state seeking out opportunities to speak to entrepreneurs.”    Before he was Lieutenant Governor, Matt Pinnell and his wife Lisa launched Binxy Baby, a company that sells baby hammocks that fit into shopping carts. Today the business is thriving and there are plans to launch two new products later this year. But the Lieutenant Governor still remembers what it was like at the beginning. “The attention to detail when you’re building a business is so important,” he says. In an interview ahead of his presentation at the March OVF luncheon, the Lieutenant Governor shares what those details look like. “I want to help entrepreneurs connect with the resources they need,” he says.    “We have the best career tech infrastructure in the country,” says the Lt. Governor. “Many classes are available to help start-ups bolster their businesses.” The Lieutenant Governor also wants entrepreneurs to tap into the accelerators in the state. “The Thunder Launchpad and OK Innovate are raising money for investment funds. i2E also does a good job in that area. But we need more accelerators.”    “We have one of the best states in the country for philanthropic activity. So we need to get those people much more engaged in investing in business ventures.” Engagement is key, especially when it involves connecting with the right people and resources. “When Lisa and I decided to launch our business,” recalls the Lieutenant Governor, “it was a slow build process.”    For example, it took time to work through the patent protocol for Lisa’s invention. But that investment, which secured a lockproof patent, means that the Pinnells are able to deal effectively with the legal issues that come with the territory. “It’s very frustrating,” says the Lt. Governor, “to see so many knockoff products on places like Amazon. I want small business owners to realize how important it is to find an attorney who specializes in patent infringement issues.”    “We went to experts in different fields very early in the process of building our business,” he recalls. “We identified a professional vendor in New York who specializes in manufacturing facilities in China. She helped us through that process.”    “It probably took us an extra year to get our product off the ground, but it paid off for us.” Finding customers and making it easy for them to pay for products is another detail that must be carefully considered. “Shopify has made it easy for us to build the e-commerce side of our business,” says the Lt. Governor. “Another thing that has helped us is social media.”    “It is critical for entrepreneurs to quickly find someone who is technically proficient. When social media is done well, it’s a lot easier to grow a business.” Growing a business, it seems, is a lot like growing Oklahoma. That’s why the newly elected Lt. Governor is seeking occasions to speak to individuals who want to invest in entrepreneurship. “I never turn down an interview,” he says, “and I’m always looking for opportunities to speak to people who care about these issues. Reach out to my office* and let’s talk. Because entrepreneurship is the future of Oklahoma.” www.ok.gov/ltgovpinnell/ www.OVF.org Interviewed by Kyle Golding for The Golding Group.
13:42
March 20, 2019
Brian Byrnes, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing OKC Thunder / Thunder Launchpad
Is anything bigger than basketball in Oklahoma City? Ask Brian Byrnes, the senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for the Thunder, and the answer might surprise you. “The Thunder has made a community investment play that is beyond basketball,” says Byrnes. “It’s called the Thunder Launchpad.”  Introduced in January of 2018 as part of the Thunder’s 10th season, The Launchpad is an accelerator program located in OKC’s Midtown district. “We are inspired by the other entities that are driving the future of our state’s economy,” says Byrnes, “and we wanted to use the marketing and media power of the Thunder to elevate Oklahoma City’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.” To make the Launchpad a reality, the Thunder has teamed up with StitchCrew. This is a company that helps technology-minded entrepreneurs launch their ideas and obtain venture capital. So far, 18 have passed through the program; another group is being vetted to begin in the spring of 2019. The participants receive a space in which to work as well as other needed resources. They also are matched with mentors. The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. www.OVF.org Interviewed by Kyle Golding for The Golding Group
03:39
February 27, 2019
Leo Clark, Founder of Paelode
Paelode Systems is an Oklahoma-based startup company that creates efficiencies in the oil & gas sector by applying technology to solve business-critical problems in innovative ways. With a combined 40 years of experience in the information technology and oil & gas sectors, the founders of Paelode Systems have witnessed many of these inefficient processes first-hand, and in late 2017, decided to do something about it. Paelode's flagship, end-to-end electronic ticketing and data workflow solution, known as lodeX, was brought to market in Q3/2018 and offers a reduction in administrative costs of up to 75%. Rather than being quick to offer a one-size-fits-all solution, however, Paelode Systems takes a step back by approaching opportunities from a more "consultative" perspective. Only by understanding the customer's business, inside and out, should appropriate solutions be offered -- solutions which often involve the application of proven technologies, tailored to meet the customer's specific business needs. The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. www.OVF.org Interviewed by Kyle Golding for The Golding Group
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February 27, 2019
Todd Blasdel, Strategic Innovation Lead at Devon Energy
“I can see the curve of the earth from up here,” says Todd Blasdel of the view from his office in Oklahoma City. “It’s quite spectacular.” The Lead for Strategic Innovation at Devon Energy has a 42nd-floor office in Oklahoma’s tallest building, and his window on the world is a lot like his job description: “I not only scout external innovations, but I also facilitate internal innovations,” he says, “while always keeping in mind a couple of strategic problems Devon needs to solve.” As Blasdel focuses on the big picture, he envisions how the smaller pieces fit together. “I would say that our most successful internal projects have occurred when we take new technologies from several different areas and put them together to address our unique needs at Devon.” “Another innovative thing we do is to make a different application of emerging technology.” The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. https://ovf.org/ Interview by Kyle Golding for The Golding Group
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January 17, 2019
Dan Shuart & Perry Bagnaro - Global Staticom 12/18
Dan Shuart has over 30 years of experience in the Technology Industry. Dan has held executive positions across multiple industries, from Insurance to Energy. He started Global Straticom in 1995 as a technology consulting company helping growth companies develop agile technology strategies. Today Global Straticom has a diverse portfolio of innovations to help companies of every size develop and utilize technology to grow their businesses. Perry Bagnaro has 40 years in the Oil Industry. Owner of Sapheco, L.L.C and owner of Bagnaro and Associates Safety Services (BASS, L.L.C.) – a company focused on OSHA-sanctioned drilling safety compliance training. Global Straticom provides solutions that help worksite personnel work safely and companies work efficiently through technology innovation and digital automation. https://globalstraticom.com/ https://ovf.org/ Interviewed by Kyle Golding for The Golding Group.
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December 12, 2018
James Roller - NextStream LLC 12/18
NextStream is the new kid on the block in downtown Oklahoma City’s Innovation District, but it’s already developing five new technologies for the oil and gas industry. “Those technologies will soon make their own splash,” says James Roller, NextStream’s Managing Director. “I can’t tell you what they are, but I can tell you that they will fit into the continued evolution of the oil and gas industry.” Founded by Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), NextStream is a holding company for emerging technologies. “We are a catalyst,” Roller says, “and each of our companies is a start-up. When someone chooses to partner with us, they look to us to support their development, not just financially, but in setting up systems, processes and the focus to grow their products into sustainable, large-scale businesses that are truly successful in the market.” NextStream purchased its first set of technologies from Baker Hughes, a GE Company.     Of the time when NextStream’s first five acquisitions reach sustainability, Roller has this to say: “I anticipate that the Oklahoma Venture Forum will feature those companies in this newsletter. Those technologies have a story to tell. Technology is the leader that brought the oil and gas industry to where it is today. As we move forward, NextStream will be pursuing additional opportunities in the industrial energy space. NextStream has a world-class technology pipeline and is partnering with world-class operators and investors. We are excited to help develop the future of energy.”   https://ovf.org/ Interview by Kyle Golding for The Golding Group.
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December 12, 2018
Brian Bomar - Whiteboard CRM 11/18
Have you ever wondered what Top Producers are doing differently? Year after year, they close an extraordinary amount of loans, receive an extraordinary amount of referrals, and make an extraordinary amount of money. But, what makes them so extraordinary? Brian Bomar spent two years following some of these Top Producers to learn what it was that set them apart. He examined their behaviors, studied their processes, and spoke with them about their successes (and failures). Then, we worked with a team of developers to create a system that would allow anyone to replicate the work they do on a daily basis: Whiteboard CRM.    https://ovf.org/ Interviewed by Kyle Golding for The Golding Group.
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November 14, 2018
Braden Merritt - Humphreys Capital 11/18
"Evolving to Capture New Opportunities in a Dynamic Market." The November long presenter was Braden Merritt, Director of Investor Relations of Humphreys Capital. In this role, he communicates fund strategy and performance, coordinates fund offering materials and investor correspondence, and reports to the Investment Committee.   Braden is a 7-year combat veteran who began his career as a reconnaissance officer in the United States Marine Corps, where he deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and at sea with the U.S. Fifth Fleet. In 2013 Braden attended graduate school before transitioning into management consulting with The Boston Consulting Group, where he focused on strategic growth across diverse industries. He later served as a regional program manager for Google Fiber, spanning five markets, improving the efficiency, accuracy, and scalability of operating cost management and capital expense reporting in a startup environment. Braden joined Humphreys Capital in 2017.   Braden earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Petroleum Economics and Management from the French Institute of Petroleum in 2014 and a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from the United States Naval Academy in 2006.  https://ovf.org/ Interview by Kyle Golding for The Golding Group.
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November 14, 2018
Cindy Convery - Raw Space For Rent 10/18
The October 2018 Short Presenter was Cindy Convery, CEO of Raw Space for Rent online startup. Convery is the founder of RawSpaceForRent.com, an online community marketplace that connects people looking to rent out their unused space with people looking for unique space rentals: events, art openings, workspace.     Prior to founding RawSpaceForRent.com, Cindy owned Foothill Productions, an advertising agency whose clients included Warner Bros., Disney and Paramount Studios. Under Cindy’s direction, Foothill Productions created advertising campaigns for more than 500 feature films ranging from the HARRY POTTER franchise to THE LION KING.   Raw Space For Rent is an online community marketplace that connects people looking to rent unique space with people who have unique spaces for rent: rooftops, gardens, event spaces, barns, car storage, pop-up shops, galleries or meeting space. It’s an Airbnb platform for space.    Raw Space For Rent allows owners to create an account and to list their space including pictures, descriptions and contact information. People looking for unique rental space are able to directly contact the owner and book through our transactional website. Their listings include office space, event space, shared gardens, private homes and even an entire 1500 acre prairie town. https://ovf.org/ Interview by Pritch Pritchard for The Golding Group.
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October 10, 2018
Jason Shultz - Partner HoganTaylor & myPortal 10/18
This month, we hear from Jason Shultz, a Partner at HoganTaylor and the Director of their technology spin-off myPortal. Shultz has been a key driver of HoganTaylor’s use of national, cutting-edge technology in its audit processes, which allows audit engagement teams to perform focused, risk-based testing, address specific fraud risk factors, and identify potential operational inefficiencies.   HoganTaylor is committed to investing in innovative technology that improves the efficiency of service and reduces the burden placed on clients throughout engagement processes. That is why they developed myPortal, a new, accessible-anywhere, document transfer and storage portal designed specifically to manage complex financial projects like audits, reviews and tax returns.   https://hogantaylor.com/about/myportal/ https://ovf.org/ Interview by Pritch Pritchard for The Golding Group.
04:28
October 10, 2018
Shoaib Shaikh - XploSafe, LLC 9/18
We hear from Shoaib Shaikh all about the Stillwater startup XploSafe that is now producing a full line of products that protect personnel that deal with unstable and hazardous compounds such as first responders, industrial safety personnel, researchers, pharmaceutical manufacturers and threat assessment officials. XploSafe has a very skilled and highly motivated team that is addressing some of the most critical chemical safety challenges. It is actively engaged in research; and product development work for mission-critical challenges funded by the defense health program (DoD), the U.S. Environmental protection agency and the National Institutes of Health to list a few customers.    XploSafe’s products are distributed globally by large suppliers including Merck-Millipore Sigma, ADS Tactical Inc. and Grainger. XploSafe was selected as a finalist for the 2011 Most Promising New Business in the State of Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Venture Forum.   https://xplosafe.com/ https://ovf.org/ Interview by Kyle Golding for The Golding Group.
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September 12, 2018
Kedar Pai - Plasma Bionics 9/18
Our long presentation speaker for September 2018 was Kedar Pai from Plasma Bionics, the Winner of Most Promising Business from the Oklahoma Venture Forum 2018 Awards. It took eight years and more than one pivot to get Plasma Bionics to where they are today: A high-tech manufacturing company that utilizes portable cold plasma technology to sterilize veterinary instruments.   Pai gives us an update on the company, their products and what's next for Plasma Bionics. “The trial customers we’ve had, and their positive attitude towards our device, is very reassuring,” says Pai. “A promising technology can be created, but customer support makes a company promising.”     https://plasmabionics.com/ https://ovf.org/ Interview by Kyle Golding for The Golding Group.
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September 12, 2018
Brent Kisling - GrowEnid 8/18
Taking a closer look at Economic Growth in local communities: Featuring Enid, Oklahoma. We visit with Brent Kisling of GrowEnid, Enid's Regional Development Alliance. https://growenid.com/ www.OVF.org The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. Interview by Kyle Golding for The Golding Group.
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August 15, 2018
Peter Dillingham - No Man's Land Foods 8/18
For our July 2018 meeting, we take a closer look at Economic Growth in local communities featuring Enid, Oklahoma. Pete Dillingham from No Man's Land Beef Jerky speaks with us about his journey to this place in his career and this business venture. https://www.nmlbeefjerky.com/  www.OVF.org The Oklahoma Venture Forum (OVF) is the state’s preeminent organization fostering innovation and economic growth. We introduce investors, mentors and support organizations to entrepreneurs, providing collaborative venues for sharing ideas. OVF champions small businesses and economic development by connecting and recognizing venture talents. Since our beginning, we have acted as the preeminent ecosystem for business innovation and entrepreneurship development. Our diverse membership includes investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers from a wide array of statewide industries. Interview by Kyle Golding for The Golding Group.
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August 15, 2018