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Ep. 8: Kyle & David – The First Last Episode of 2016

For the last podcast of the year, we talk about our favorite TechMill and community highlights of the year and what we’re looking forward to in 2017.

Kyle’s highlight list
* TechMill workshop series
* Open Denton / Open Data in Denton.
* https://www.opendenton.com/
* http://data.cityofdenton.com/
* Growth of startup/tech community in Denton.
* Bootstrap Denton 2016 was amazing.
* VR game demo by From the Future.
* New TechMill board members

David’s highlight list
* TechMill workshop series (teaching as well)
* Increase in use of technology in the city, increase in civic engagement
* Joining the TechMill board

Things we’re looking forward to in 2017
* Continuing TechMill workshop series with new topics
* TechMill community

Periscope stream of recording session: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1DXGyVQZvOdJM

Show Notes

Are you or people you know doing cool tech things in Denton that y’all would like to share? Or are there things you’d like to hear us talk about in addition to the interviews? Let us know!

Email: info@techmill.co
Twitter: @TechMillDenton

Three Things #1

Three Things is a podcast hosted by Vela Wood startup attorneys Kevin Vela and Aaron Terwey. They interview leaders in the startup and small business communities (founders, employees, investors, etc.) about three pieces of advice they would give to someone starting a business or launching a new endeavor. Read More

Ep. 6: Jacob Scott Moses – The Not-Boring Tech Writer

We sat down with Jacob Scott Moses, a technical writer working remote for Rainmaker Digital out of Colorado, and talked about writing, podcasting, urban planning, and contributing to your community.

Show Notes

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Ep. 5: Danielle Gaither – Dissertations and Diversity

Our guest this week is Danielle Gaither, a PhD candidate at the University of North Texas in computer science. Danielle, a regular in the TechMill community, is a freelance copywriter, photographer, and developer who is constantly engaged with the tech…

Term Sheets 101 Podcast

Kevin stopped by Collide Village, an accelerator based in McKinney, Texas, to talk to its current startup class about term sheets, valuation, convertible notes, and equity. If you’re a startup looking to raise capital, here is some of the basic … Read More

Ep8 – While Jillian Jordan Saves the Bees, She Might Just Save Us All (2 of 2)

This is episode number 8 of The Jason Croft Show and part 2 of our interview with Jillian Jordan.
 
If you haven’t checked out part 1 yet of our interview with Jillian, do that now.  
 
Otherwise, let’s get back to the Dallas co-working space The Grove, with its commitment to social impact, and talking to Jillian Jordan about The Great Seed Bomb.

 

 
I’m really impressed with Jillian’s resolve to make this project happen.  Make sure you connect with her and jump in to be a part of The Great Seed Bomb.
 
If you will, hit the subscribe button here in YouTube and make sure you get more of these bad boys as they come out.  For my podcast listeners and viewers, please jump over to iTunes, subscribe there, and leave us a review.
 

In addition to creating great shows like this one, I help my clients develop their content marketing ecosystem in order to grow their business.  If you’re interested in learning how I can help you, visit TheJasonCroft.com and let’s schedule a time to talk.
 
And hey, if you’re interested in doing what I do and learning how to interview people like a pro, sign up for my four week email course.  It’s completely free and will give you some great insights into interviewing people on video, whether you have your own TV show, want to start a podcast, or simply interview someone for your blog. Just go to TheJasonCroft.com/course and get signed up.

 
Next up on the show is Julian Placino.  We talk about the secrets we’ve found to get hired and to hire the right people.  That’s in Episode 9.  I’ll see you there.

Ep7 – Jillian Jordan is Creating a Movement (1 of 2)

This is episode number 7 of The Jason Croft Show where we show you how to build a movement around something you’re passionate about.
 
Welcome to episode number seven.  If you haven’t done so yet, make sure you check out my last two episodes with Ken Koo.  He filled us in on Bridge Alliance, which is what he’s created to tackle the incredibly large and complex need (and profitable opportunities) of merging large corporations and innovative startups.
 
For the show today, we’ve got something a little different.  This interview was done at The Grove in Dallas, TX during Startup Week in Dallas this year.  I had the great fortune to interview Jillian Jordan in front of a live audience at that beautiful co-working space.
 
Jillian has launched The Great Seed Bomb.  Her goal is to build a nationwide movement around the massive importance of bees and other pollinating insects.  But this isn’t some “pass out flyers and let’s chat about it” education session.  Jillian is all about action.  Find out how The Great Seed Bomb is empowering large numbers of people to effect major change.
 
This is great so far.  I’ve broken this wonderful interview into two parts for you in case you need to jump back into life.  But if you’re ready for more with Jillian right away, including the Q and A we did with the audience at the end, jump into episode 8 right now.  I’ll see you over there.

Ep6 – Ken Koo is Bringing Business Worlds Together with Bridge Alliance (2 of 2)

This is episode number 6 of The Jason Croft Show and part 2 of our interview with Ken Koo.
 
If you haven’t checked out part 1 yet or our interview with Ken, do that now.  Otherwise let’s get back to the business-mobile with Ken Koo and Bridge Alliance.

 
I love what Ken is doing to solve this issue.  You know, an issue we touched on a little bit in these two episodes is the issue of trust.  The large companies want to trust that the startup is going to deliver on what they say they will and the startup has to trust that the large corporation is going to honor the agreement and not steal their IP or overpower them in any way and push them around.  It’s a tough road to navigate, but something like Bridge Alliance could really be the answer that starts building that trust.  I can’t wait to see how it evolves under Ken’s leadership.
 
If you will, hit the subscribe button here in YouTube and make sure you get more of these bad boys as they come out.  For my podcast listeners and viewers, please jump over to iTunes, subscribe there, and leave us a review.
 

In addition to creating great shows like this one, I help my clients develop their content marketing ecosystem in order to grow their business.  If you’re interested in learning how I can help you, visit TheJasonCroft.com and let’s schedule a time to talk.
 
And hey, if you’re interested in doing what I do and learning how to interview people like a pro, sign up for my four week email course.  It’s completely free and will give you some great insights into interviewing people on video, whether you have your own TV show, want to start a podcast, or simply interview someone for your blog. Just go to TheJasonCroft.com/course and get signed up.
 
Next up on the show is Jillian Jordan.  She has started The Great Seed Bomb, an incredibly important initiative to regrow native plant life to support the ecosystem that depends on them.  She’s turning that single idea into a powerful movement.  She dives into the details of how, so you can start a thriving campaign of your own.  That’s in Episode 7.  Jump over now and check it out.

Ep5 – Ken Koo is Bringing Business Worlds Together with Bridge Alliance (1 of 2)

This is episode number 5 of The Jason Croft Show where we answer the question, “How do we bring nimble, innovative startups and large profitable corporations together so that they both become better?”
 

Welcome to episode number five.  If you haven’t done so yet, make sure you check out my last two episodes with Michael Sitarzewski – he has taken over Launch DFW, the online hub of the entire Dallas startup community and he’s growing it like crazy.  We also talked about how his startup is helping companies grow by going offline and why being too early can be a bad thing in business.
 
For the show today, I wanted to dive into the issues that come with both being a large corporation and trying to innovate quickly enough…and with being a startup who may be fast and cutting edge, but lacks the reach and the capital to grow quickly enough.  So I brought Ken Koo into the business-mobile to discuss what he’s building to tackle this incredibly large and complex ever-growing problem, with his new initiative, Bridge Alliance.  Let’s get rolling! 
 
This is great so far.  But as you may know by now, I want to respect your time and keep these episodes short so that they’re the perfect commuter listens and easy-to-view videos.  But if you’re ready for more with Ken right away, jump into episode 6 right now.  I’ll see you over there.

Ep4 – Michael Sitarzweski Helps You Stand Out Offline with inboundgeo and Talks About Industries to Watch (2 of 2)

This is episode number 4 of The Jason Croft Show and part 2 of our interview with Michael Sitarzewski.
 
 
If you haven’t checked out part 1 yet or our interview with Michael, do that now.  Otherwise let’s get back to the business-mobile with Michael Sitarzewski.
 
Wow.  So much valuable insights from Michael in these two episodes. Hit the subscribe button here in YouTube and make sure you get more of these bad boys as they come out.  For my podcast listeners and viewers, please jump over to iTunes, subscribe there, and leave us a review.
 

In addition to creating great shows like this one, I help my clients develop their content marketing ecosystem in order to grow their business.  If you’re interested in learning how I can help you, visit TheJasonCroft.com and let’s schedule a time to talk.
 
And hey, if you’re interested in doing what I do and learning how to interview people like a pro, sign up for my four week email course.  It’s completely free and will give you some great insights into interviewing people on video, whether you have your own TV show, want to start a podcast, or simply interview someone for your blog. Just go to TheJasonCroft.com/course and get signed up.
 
Next up on the show is Ken Koo.  He is working to bridge the chasm between smart, talented startups and big established companies, by developing a marketplace that supports them both.  That’s in Episode 5.  Jump over now and check it out.

Ep3 – Michael Sitarzewski is Growing a Launch DFW Media Machine (1 of 2)

This is episode number 3 of The Jason Croft Show where we discuss the power of going offline to stand out in your business and how to build a media machine.
 

Welcome to episode number three.  If you haven’t done so yet, make sure you check out my first and second episodes with Raj Daniels.  He shows you exactly what your first steps should be no matter what kind of business you’re looking to launch.  We also talked about the importance of having a coach, what Raj’s super power is, and what he does while the rest of the world is eating lunch and sleeping.
 
For the show today, I want to teach you what it takes to build a media company.  As we all know, whether you’re building a personal brand or running a global company, making sure that you stand out requires that you also become a media company as well.  Whether you’re simply posting in social media or developing a full video campaign like I do with my clients, you better be putting systems in place to facilitate this.  So I grabbed today’s guest, Michael Sitarzewski, put him in the business-mobile, and asked him to share what he’s doing to build out a major media site for the Dallas/Ft. Worth startup world.  And that’s just a piece of what we ended up talking about.  
 
My sponsor for today’s show is The Grove – a new kind of social space in Dallas, TX.  Way beyond co-working, when you sign up at The Grove, you’re joining a community with strong values, a commitment to social impact, and a history of making good things happen in our cities.  Justin Nygren leads this community and has made it his mission to not only provide all the necessary office elements that you come to expect from a well-designed co-working space, but also the guidance and support to help your socially responsible company thrive.  Check them out and schedule a tour at grovedallas.com.  I recently shot some interviews in this great space and you’ll see those here in future episodes. Alright, let’s get rolling! 
 
This is great so far.  But as I mentioned in my introductory episode, I want to respect your time and keep these episodes short so that they’re the perfect commuter listens and easy-to-view videos.  But if you’re ready for more with Michael right away, jump into episode 4 now.  I’ll see you over there.
 

Ep2 – Raj Daniels is Creating a Better Way to Build Your Network (2 of 2)

This is episode number 2 of The Jason Croft Show and part 2 of our interview with Raj Daniels.
 
If you haven’t checked out part 1 yet or our interview with Raj, do that now.  Otherwise let’s get back to the business-mobile with Raj Daniels.
 
Wasn’t that a blast?  I love this format and I love how much value Raj brought to this interview.  What do you think?  You like this format?  Hit me up at jason@TheJasonCroft.com.  Hit the subscribe button here in YouTube and make sure you get more of these bad boys as they come out.  For my podcast listeners and viewers, please jump over to iTunes, subscribe there, and leave us a review.
 
In addition to creating great shows like this one, I help my clients develop their content marketing ecosystem in order to grow their business.  If you’re interested in learning how I can help you, visit TheJasonCroft.com and let’s schedule a time to talk.
 
And hey, if you’re interested in doing what I do and learning how to interview people like a pro, sign up for my four week email course.  It’s completely free and will give you some great insights into interviewing people on video, whether you have your own TV show, want to start a podcast, or simply interview someone for your blog. Just go to TheJasonCroft.com/course and get signed up.
 
Next up on the show is Michael Sitarzewski – he has taken over Launch DFW, the online hub of the entire Dallas startup community and he’s growing it like crazy.  We also talk about how his startup is helping companies grow by going offline and why being too early can be a bad thing in business.  That’s in Episode 3.  Jump over now and check it out.

Ep1 – How to Launch a Business – Raj Daniels Uses His Super Powers for OpenTime (1 of 2)

This is episode number 1 of The Jason Croft Show where we give you the first steps to launching a business, the importance of accountability, and what you should be doing instead of eating lunch.
 
Welcome to episode number one folks.  I wanted to start this show off strong by bringing you exactly what you need when you’re launching a new business, from the mindset you must be in to how to grow and scale.  To help me with this, I picked up Raj Daniels in the business-mobile.  Raj is someone who is not only running his own venture, but is one of the most connected people around in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of VCs, startup founders, and educational systems.  He was gracious enough to spend some time with us and share some incredibly useful tactics.  
 
My first sponsor for this new endeavor is The Grove – a new kind of social space in Dallas, TX.  Way beyond co-working, when you sign up at The Grove, you’rejoining a community with strong values, a commitment to social impact, and a history of making good things happen in our cities.  Justin Nygren leads this community and has made it his mission to not only provide all the necessary office elements that you come to expect from a well-designed co-working space, but also the guidance and support to help your socially responsible company thrive.  Check them out and schedule a tour at grovedallas.com.  I recently shot some interviews in this great space and you’ll see those here in future episodes. Alright, let’s get rolling!
 
 
Alright, I’m loving this episode and Raj has even more value to give.  But as I mentioned in my introductory episode, I want to respect your time and keep these episodes short so that they’re the perfect commuter listens and easy-to-view videos.  But if you’re ready for more Raj right away, jump into episode 2 now.  I’ll see you over there.

Introduction | Content Marketing Strategy | How to use this show

Hi everyone.  Jason Croft here.  Thanks so much for diving into the show.  I’m excited to share some really great business strategies with you in these episodes.  I’ve started this latest show because I’m on a mission to find new ways for you to connect in order to grow your business.  That means insights on connecting to prospects and clients, tactics for connecting to other business owners, and connecting you to new ideas and innovations for being better at business and life.
 
I’m a Content Marketing Strategist.  I handle your business development by utilizing my skills in this area, with a particular specialty in building out your Video Marketing Ecosystem™.   That’s my strength.  My passion is in constantly finding new and innovative ways to market your company and fill your sales pipeline.
 
And as valuable and useful as this show will be for you to do that, I wanted to make sure that it was fun as well.  I decided to build a mini-studio in my vehicle – a camera and professional audio gear – and drive the streets and highways while producing the show.  It’s a loose, relaxed environment where we get into the nitty gritty of business.  For me, I’ve always had a love of the open road.  Over the years, some of my best brainstorming and best conversations have happened on a great road trip. 
 
And not only are you getting my experience and the many approaches I take with my clients, I’m opening up my network to you as well.  So, I’ll be hopping in the business-mobile in each episode and picking up another expert.  We’ll be talking about new ways to grow your business and what they’ve done to grow theirs.  We’ll give you actionable tactics in each and every episode.
 
In addition to sales and marketing, we’ve got upcoming episodes on investing, product development, best practices for hiring, how to build a profitable social enterprise, and even how to develop a powerful network of your own.
 
All of this – the idea for the show and each and every episode – is done to empower you.  I want to push you to stand up and stand out.  Put yourself out there.  With this show, I’m going to help you to do just that by giving you the tools and insights to get more business and get more from life.  Whether you’re building a tech startup, a product-based company, or simply running a lifestyle business while you work a full-time job, I want you to stretch yourself to achieve all that you can.  That might even make you a little uncomfortable at times, but I’ll be right there with you, stretching myself as well.
 
A couple of notes about the episodes themselves.  I’m working to keep each one to around twenty minutes max.  I want this to be a great commuter show that you can watch on the train or listen to in your car, learn some valuable tactics, then implement them once you arrive at your destination.  So while you’re driving around you can listen to us driving around and talking business.
 
Thank you so much for being here.  If you’re watching right now on YouTube, subscribe so you get all the episodes as they’re released.  And if you’re watching or listening in iTunes, check out the first episode and then leave a review and let us know what you think.
 
Speaking of the first episode, we kick off episode one with Raj Daniels.  He shows you exactly what your first steps should be no matter what kind of business you’re looking to launch.  We also talked about the importance of having a coach, what Raj’s super power is, and what he does while the rest of the world is eating lunch and sleeping.  Jump over now and check it out.  I’ll see you there.

VW Office Hours: Interview with LiftFund

We recently published a blog which discussed alternative lending sources for small businesses. Daniel De Valdenebro of LiftFund’s Dallas office (devaldenebro@liftfund.com) stopped by recently to tell us more about LiftFund (http://www.liftfund.com/).

VW Office Hours: What Does Choice of Law Mean?

You know all of those provisions at the end of contracts and agreements under Miscellaneous? Do you ever wonder what they mean? Kevin and Ray discuss Choice of Law, Venue, and Attorney’s Fees in this Podcast.

VW Office Hours: The Automatic Renewal Trap

Some contracts “automatically renew” unless you affirmatively reject the renewal period. In this week’s Podcast, Kevin and Ray discuss this litigation trap, and how to avoid it. Your feedback is welcome – podcasts@velakeller.com.