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We had the opportunity to sit down and talk with the organizers of the Parkway Spark! student entrepreneur program in the Parkway school district in west St. Louis county.

In this audio only episode of the STLTechTalk Podcast, we bring you this compilation of interviews with the above mentioned organizers of the Parkway Spark! program, Jennifer Stanfill & Xanthe Meyer. We also have a pair of talks with some of the students participating in this "out of the box" High School offering to get their thoughts on their experience so far and what got them interested in signing up for the program. Then we finish the talk up with three interviews with different mentors who are volunteering to help guide these young entrepreneurs along.

For more information about the Parkway Spark! program, and how you can get involved, make sure to visit their website at www.parkwayspark.com.

 

Mentors Businesses

Todd Weinhaus - PulseSTL.com & VintageHwy.com

Tony Spielberg - Red Label Accessories

Carl Trautmann is associated with stlouis.score.org

 

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Direct download: STLTechTalk_E64.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:09pm CDT

We are joined by Greg Hammond from minMOG Games here on Episode 63 of the STLTechTalk Podcast!

 

About our guest

Greg Hammond has been involved in creative and management aspects of game development since 1981. Back in 1983, when there were only 6 colors (and nobody complained), Greg and his brother Eric made their mark with Julius Erving and Larry Bird Go One-on-One, the first sports game from Electronic Arts.

Over the past 3 decades, Greg has lead or contributed to the development of more than 35 interactive projects, including games, educational titles, virtual worlds and mobile apps. While working at Lucasfilm Games / LucasArts Entertainment (1989-1991), he produced several award-winning games, including The Secret of Monkey Island, Loom and Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe.

Greg was awarded Best Producer by his industry peers at the Game Developers Conference in 1991.

After starting a game studio in Novato, CA, in 1991, and creating several original games for SEGA, in 1994 Greg moved with his wife and 3 sons to St. Louis, MO, where he consulted remotely for game companies.

In 2007 Greg directed the design, development and launch of Build-A-Bearville, a web-based kids’ virtual world for Build-A-Bear Workshop in St. Louis. Over the past few years, Greg has been active in mobile app development as a project manager and design consultant for several private clients. Now, as Founder & CEO of minMOG LLC, Greg is excited about the upcoming release of the studio’s first original mobile game (due to release in January, 2015).

 

News stories discussed

 

Upcoming events

  • DevOps STL Special Edition - Communication: the secret sauce of DevOps - Thursday, December 11, 2014 @ 6:30 PM being held at Spry Digital 2710 Lafayette Ave, St. Louis, MO
  • Bitcoin at the Pub, County Edition Thursday, December 11, 2014 @ 7:00 PM being held at Syberg's 2340 Old Dorset Rd, St. Louis, MO
     

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Please make sure to visit our awesome sponsors UNIDEV & Heartland Homes Realty! Thank you to both for your continued support of the STLTechTalk Podcast!

 

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Direct download: STLTechTalk_E63.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:53pm CDT

In this episode of the STLTechTalk Podcast, we are joined by Mary Louise Helbig who was recently named CEO of the St. Louis based HealthyMe Mobile Solutions.

What is HealthyMe Mobile Solutions? HealthyMe Mobile Solutions strives to help reduce hospital readmission rates by helping those discharged from the hospital keep up with their recommended discharge plans. Currently the service is geared towards those with diabetes, but they are looking to expand to include future services in 2015.

For a full explanation, make sure to listen to Mary Louise explain everything HealthyMe has to offer you.

If you would like to demo this product, you can do so simply by texting "HealthyMe" to 84700 (this is at no cost to you provided you have a texting plan with your cellular device).

 

About our guest

Mary Louise Helbig was recently named CEO of HealthyMe Mobile Solutions. She was previously President at Virtual Nerd. She is a Senior executive with diverse management experience in the technology, healthcare, financial and service industries with proven skills launching new technology products and implementing technology solutions in support of business commercialization objectives. Mary Louise has experience managing domestic and international businesses at various stages: start-up, high growth and turn around and possesses the skills and passion for developing organizational and operating structures to meet aggressive business goals.

 

News Stories Discussed

 

App Pick of the Week

  • Aisle411

 

Sponsors

Please make sure to visit our awesome sponsors UNIDEV & Heartland Homes Realty! Thank you to both for your continued support of the STLTechTalk Podcast!

 

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Direct download: STLTechTalk_E62.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:29pm CDT

Welcome back everyone! This week finds JJ & Kevin just talking about some pretty neat things going on in St. Louis that those of you into STEM may find interesting.

If you know of some great things going on in the St. Louis tech scene, make sure to let us know so we can help promote those doing awesome things in St. Louis!

 

 

News Stories Discussed

 

App Pick of the Week

  • AR Flashcards - iOS & Android - Free, $2.99, $2.99

 

Sponsors

Please make sure to visit our awesome sponsors UNIDEV & Heartland Homes Realty! Thank you to both for your continued support of the STLTechTalk Podcast!

 

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Direct download: STLTechTalk_E61.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:58pm CDT

In this shorter episode of the STLTechTalk Podcast, we are talking with Amber Oliver from Globaloria.

Globaloria is designed to help make computing and STEM learning fun through game design and coding. Imagine being able to have your child create their own software to learn from! With Globaloria, this idea is a reality.

 

About our guest

As Vice President of Partnerships and Operations, Amber Oliver is responsible for identifying and managing partnerships with states, districts, schools, youth service associations, business and government. She focuses on scaling up with excellence the deployment of Globaloria Networks, both within and between states, to nurture a vibrant and sustainable social learning network. Prior to joining Globaloria, Amber managed UNICEF's interactive youth portal, Voices of Youth, which she grew to 3 million members in four languages. During her 15+ year career in international development, she also worked for the United Nations Secretariat, The World Bank, and for organizations in Bangladesh, India, Senegal and other developing nations. She holds a master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA from Brown University. 

You can connect with Amber on Twitter at: @AmberOliver11

 

Sponsors

Please make sure to visit our awesome sponsors UNIDEV & Heartland Homes Realty! Thank you to both for your continued support of the STLTechTalk Podcast!

 

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Direct download: STLTechTalk_E60.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:33pm CDT

In Episode 59 of the STLTechTalk Podcast, we are joined by Jolijt Tamanaha (pronounced Yo-light) & Logan Sorrentino from St. Louis based Champio!

Have a listen as these founders explain more about what Champio is, and why you need to be paying attention to what they are working on here in St. Louis.

 

About our guests

Jolijt Tamanaha is currently enrolled at Washington University majoring in political science with a minor in writing & marketing who co-founded Farmplicity during her sophomore year and sold it during her junior year. Then she proceeded to co-found Champio and is a fast rising star in the St. Louis startup scene.

Connect with her on Twitter at: @jolijtt

Logan Sorrentino is a front end developer for Champio who has been through the Launchcode process and previously worked for Trackbill.

Connect with Logan on Twitter at: @logan6792

 

Stories Discussed

 

App pick of the week

  • Dave to Go - Windows Phone - Free

 

Sponsors

Please make sure to visit our awesome sponsors UNIDEV & Heartland Homes Realty! Thank you to both for your continued support of the STLTechTalk Podcast!

 

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Direct download: STLTechTalk_E59.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:18pm CDT

In Episode 58 of the STLTechTalk Podcast we are joined by Juney Ham, co-founder & President of Upside Advisor!

We will talking with Juney about what Upside is, how they ended up in St. Louis and what it was about St. Louis that persuaded him to move his family back here from San Francisco.

All this and much more including some St. Louis tech news!

 

About our guest

Juney Ham is the co-founder and President of Upside, a financial technology startup providing a robo-advisor for independent financial advisors. Upside's fully-automated, white-labeled managed account platform gives investment advisors what they need to manage emerging affluent clients cost-effectively and meet the expectations of the next generation of investors.

Prior to co-founding Upside, Juney Ham was the Director of Online Marketing for Airbnb, responsible for driving supply and demand acquisition worldwide through digital channels. His domain of accountability included search engine marketing, search engine optimization, social advertising, email marketing and online partnership operations.

Prior to Airbnb, Juney Ham was Vice President of Global Paid Search for Expedia Worldwide. Juney managed online marketing for Expedia points of sale globally along with product infrastructure, reporting and analytics. Before Expedia, Juney held engineering, product development and operational roles at retail and advertising companies including Experian Interactive Media and Shopzilla.

Juney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Connect with Juney on Twitter at: @Juney

 

Other links about Juney Ham and Upside Advisor you may be interested in reading are:

 

News Stories Discussed

 

App Picks

  • You're on a Roll - iOS - Free

 

Upcoming Tech Meetups & Events

 

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Sponsors

Please make sure to visit our awesome sponsors UNIDEV & Heartland Homes Realty! Thank you to both for your continued support of the STLTechTalk Podcast!

Direct download: STLTechTalk_E58.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:32pm CDT

In this episode, we are joined by Colleen Liebig & Kyle Welborn from Cultivation Capital.

Cultivation Capital is a St. Louis based venture capital firm which is managed by a team of serial entreprenuers who had a strong track record of investing in successful technology companies across the Midwest.

The goal of Cultivation Capital is to take businesses to the next level with their help, expertise, guidance and funding.

Here is a list of some of their partners:

  • T-Rex
  • LaunchCode
  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • BioGenerator
  • St. Louis Arch Angels
  • VentureSTL
  • Arch Grants
  • StartLouis
  • Missouri Venture Forum
  • Capital Innovators

 

About our guests

Colleen Liebig is the Portfolio Success Manager for St. Louis based Cultivation Capital who is a St. Louis native with Bachelors in Anthropology and International Studies from University of North Carolina – Charlotte. Upon graduating abroad in Chile, she returned to North Carolina to work in the music industry and co-founded Coma Gun Music. Colleen moved back to St. Louis a few years later and started a business as a jewelry designer.

Colleen has also worked with the International Institute of St. Louis, recruiting for and managing the volunteer and internship programs. She continues to work with the refugee and immigrant population of St. Louis as a Professional Connector for the St. Louis Mosaic Project, which helps newcomers to the region network into jobs. With a heart for her hometown, she is dedicated to aiding efforts to make St. Louis a more diverse, progressive and exciting place to live.

 

Kyle Welborn is a Partner at Cultivation Capital. He manages operations and the back office team at the firm. This includes fundraising, legal, and accounting for both the technology and life sciences funds.

Prior to Cultivation, Kyle founded a St. Louis-based angel investment group that focused on financial services technology start-ups called FinServe Tech Angels. He recruited 11 individuals to join as members of the angel group, and FinServe made a $250,000 investment in a St. Louis-based company in the fall of 2012. FinServe became part of the St. Louis Arch Angels in September 2012 where Kyle stayed on as the Director of Due Diligence. Prior to FinServe, Kyle spent four years working at the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center helping companies with fundraising.

From 2007 – 2008, Kyle served as an analyst at the I2A Fund, a $10 million venture capital fund focused on making seed stage investments in the Midwest. Kyle graduated from Loyola University Chicago where he studied political science.

 

Stories Discussed

 

App Pick of the Week

  • Magic Piano (Android, iOS) - Free

 

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Sponsors

Please make sure to visit our awesome sponsors UNIDEV & Heartland Homes Realty! Thank you to both for your continued support of the STLTechTalk Podcast!

Direct download: STLTechTalk_E57.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:47pm CDT

With the holidays coming up, many people who are single for whatever reasons, dread heading to their family get together's due to having to be asked the same old questions. We have all seen movies and television shows depicting scenes like this.

Why are you still single? Is everything OK?

Here in St. Louis, there is a company aiming to help people get around these questions. Invisible Girlfriend states on their website that it

Gives you real-world and social proof that you’re in a relationship - even if you’re not - so you can get back to living life on your own terms.

We are joined on this episode by Tyler Sondag and Matthew Homann to find out more about this interesting service and see if it will be something you, or someone you know, may be interested in using.

Make sure to head over to InvisibleGirlfriend.com to learn more and get signed up for this service.

For you ladies, there is also InvisibleBoyfriend.com if you need to show you are in a relationship as well.

 

About our guests

Tyler Sondag is a St. Louis transplant who spends his days helping students start businesses as the Marketing Strategist in the Saint Louis University Center for Entrepreneurship. In his spare time he's trying to develop consumer products, help young people find the love of their lives, and make St. Louis a place college students will want to come to and stay in after graduating.

Matthew Homann is a creative entrepreneur doing cool things with great customers. CEO of Kendeo. Co-Founder of Invisible Girlfriend.  Recovering lawyer. He helps smart people think, meet and learn together better.

 

News stories discussed

 

App picks

  • Cast App - iOS (Free)
  • Pushup Social - iOS, Android, Windows Phone (Free)

 

Tech Meetups

Visit our calendar to see some of the tech meetups that are coming up in St. Louis:

 

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Sponsors

Please make sure to visit our awesome sponsors UNIDEV & Heartland Homes Realty! Thank you to both for your continued support of the STLTechTalk Podcast!

Direct download: STLTechTalk_E56.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:19pm CDT

In this episode of the STLTechTalk Podcast, Danielle Smith joins us to give us the scoop about how she came to start & run her business, Extraordinary Mommy.

Have you thought about incorporating video into your business? Or are you curious about what sorts of apps are really good for your children to be using?

Find out the answers to these, and many other questions as we talk with the Extraordinary Mommy, Danielle Smith!

 

About our guest

Danielle Smith is a former award-winning television news anchor and reporter turned digital correspondent, host, spokesperson, media trainer, lover of all things video and public speaker who lives to empower women to utilize the power of social and media to follow their passions.

She is the author of two books, Social Media Engagement for Dummies and Mom, Incorporated and is the founder and primary author of ExtraordinaryMommy.com and DanielleSmithMedia.com.

She hosts and produces the original lifestyle series ‘Keeping Style in Your Life' and is proud to be a contributor to well-known online magazine, SheKnows. She has emceed events that included guest appearances by the First Lady, Michelle Obama and Martha Stewart.

Additionally, she has worked as a Red Carpet correspondent at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the 2011 ProBowl in Hawaii and 2010 Winter Olympic Games on behalf of P&G and has championed the fight against Child Hunger, working directly with the Con Agra Foods Foundation.

She is a Social Good Ambassador for Johnson and & Johnson and is thrilled to have recently begun teaching classes as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. As a result of her work, Smith has been featured nationally on the CBS Early Show, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and in USA TodayForbes, and Publisher's Weekly.

 

News stories discussed

 

St. Louis app picks

  • Candy Labs
  • Rookies App and Cast App

 

Tech Meetups

Visit our calendar to see some of the tech meetups that are coming up in St. Louis:

 

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Sponsors

Please make sure to visit our awesome sponsors UNIDEV & Heartland Homes Realty! Thank you to both for your continued support of the STLTechTalk Podcast!

Direct download: STLTechTalk_E55.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:54pm CDT