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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



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_E59.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:18pm CST

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





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 CST

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





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 CST

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 to learn more and get signed up for this service.

For you ladies, there is also 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:





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 CST

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 and

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:





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 CST

In this episode of the STLTechTalk Podcast, we have the pleasure of speaking with Dougan Sherwood from CIC St Louis.

We will be talking with Dougan about how CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center) chose St. Louis as a location for expansion, along with more details of what CIC St Louis is and why you, as a startup, should consider them for your next office space.

In the meantime, head over to the CIC St. Louis website to get connected, and schedule a tour!

We are also pleased to have Brian Feldt from the St. Louis Business Journal join us in this episode to talk more St. Louis tech news.


About our guest

Dougan Sherwood is Co-Founder and Managing Director of CIC St. Louis, the first expansion site of Cambridge Innovation Center, the world's largest single facility for housing startup companies. Before coming to St. Louis, Dougan spent five years leading CIC's Sales and Relationship Management team in Cambridge, MA. Prior to his work at CIC, Dougan spent several years working in experiential education throughout the United States with a particular focus on leadership development for high achieving students. This work led him to found his own youth program in the American West that aimed to serve rising college freshmen.

Dougan has also interned for the late Senator Edward Kennedy, served on the board of a non-profit helping children with HIV/AIDS and established an annual bicycle fundraiser for injured service men and women. Currently he sits on the Board of Directors for Youth CITIES, a program that introduces students to social entrepreneurship.

He is a graduate of the University of Utah. After months of commuting from Boston, Dougan and his family are finally Missouri residents, living in Webster Groves.


News stories discussed


Tech Meetups



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Direct download: STLTechTalk_E54.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:41pm CST

We are doing something a little different this week. We are combining shows to talk about one of the largest developer conferences in the midwest that is held right here in good old St. Louis.

Which conference am I referring to? Why St. Louis Days of .NET of course!

Join JJ, Gus & Kevin for this special crossover episode as we talk with Scott Spradlin, one of the organizers that helps make St. Louis Days of .NET possible! If you have any questions, you will be able to ask live during the show and we will answer them as best we can.


Important Information & links about the conference

Location - Ameristar Casino & Resort, St. Charles, MO 63301

Dates - November 13-15, 2014


  • Early Bird registration is $200.00 (ends on October 13, 2014).
  • Regular registration price is $300.00
  • Walk-up registration is $600.00


To contact the organizers, send an email to


Want to go to St. Louis Days of .NET for free?

If you are having trouble affording the price to go to the conference, we have partnered up with the awesome organizers of St. Louis Days of .NET and are offering two (2) lucky winners the opportunity to go to the 2014 St. Louis Days of .NET for free!

For details on how you can win, visit this link!

*Contest runs from October 2, 2014 until October 20, 2014

Direct download: stldodn_special.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:45am CST

Yes, we know how amazing this sounds, but we are bringing you a second awesome episode of the STLTechTalk Podcast this week!

In this episode, we bring your Vice President of Sales, Pat Hawn from MarketVolt which is based right here in St. Louis Mo!

Some known clients that use MarketVolt's services include:

  • Missouri Botanical Gardens
  • St. Louis Science Center
  • Fontbonne University

To learn more about MarketVolt, head over to

Also make sure to head over to to see what webinars MarketVolt offers

About our guest

Pat Hawn is the Vice President of Sales at MarketVolt, an interactive marketing agency specializing in email marketing, where he’s helped over 350 businesses and non-profits of all sizes and across the country with their marketing programs since 2011.

With a varied background ranging from Collegiate Volleyball Coach to Car Rental Expert, Door to Door Salesman to Disc Jockey, Pat brings a unique perspective on business growth and prospect engagement to help you better understand how to leverage online, social media and email resources to grow your organization.

Pat is also on the Board with the St. Louis Chapter of the American Marketing Association as well as being involved with a number of other chambers and associations across the region.

You can connect with Pat the following ways:


News stories discussed


Special thanks go out to our sponsors, Heartland Realty and UNIDEV! Thank you for your continued support of the show!

Direct download: STLTechTalk_E53.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:46am CST

In this episode of the STLTechTalk Podcast, we bring you Wesley Hoffman from!

If you have yet to hear about what the Treehouse Networkshop is all about, now is your chance to hear what you are missing! Wesley and his team are doing some amazing things here in St. Louis with these monthly meetups around the St. Louis area.

Looking for something to do Wednesday, September 24?

Stop by their next gathering at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company to see what the fuss is all about! You can get your tickets for this event here.

To connect with Wesley, you can do so the following ways:


Also, you can read what our very own Ciara Brewer thought about her experiences at recent Treehouse Networkshop gatherings here.


About our guest

Wesley Hoffman believes in the power of meeting people in person. After a few years of working in customer service and sales, across several different industries, he decided to follow his true passion: connecting and motivating people. Available for speaking engagements, team building sessions, sales & customer service consulting, business development or recruiting, check out the blog for a more in-depth, real-life look at his thoughts and vision.

You can also find him on most Friday nights serving up some of the best donuts in St. Louis at Strange Donuts and you can also hear him co-hosting the #StrangeHouse Podcast!


Stories discussed

  • Might police officers be able to use a device to determine who is texting while driving similar to how they check if drivers are speeding?
  • Recap of Strange Loop
Direct download: STLTechTalk_E52.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:01pm CST

On this episode of the STLTechTalk Podcast, we speak with two crucial members of GirlsAskGuys, co-founder & CEO Tolga Tanriseven & Director of Development, Leandro Mencias!

GirlsAskGuys, in case you are unfamiliar, is a digital community founded in St. Louis that works by connecting girls and guys to help each other by sharing their experiences & opinions.

Make sure to head over to to see what is taking the internet by storm and growing at a rapid pace!


About our guests

  • Tolga Tanriseven is the co-founder and CEO of GirlsAskGuys, a digital community connecting girls and guys to help each other by sharing their experiences & opinions. Tolga was born in Turkey and moved to US, St. Louis, in 2001 to receive his graduate degree in computer engineering at SIUE. Tolga also recently wrote an article on regarding leadership.
  • Leandro Mencias is the Director of Development for GirlsAskGuys and leads a team of 8 people out of Buenos Aires, Argentina.


News stories discussed

  • Registration for St. Louis Days of Dot Net is open!
  • We've added the weekly Missouri Outline video to our site
  • StartLouis, ITEN, 1 Million Cups and the benefits of networking
  • Women in Gaming at the recent Pixel Pop Festival
  • Microsoft purchases Minecraft for $2.5 Billion
  • Microsoft to officially unveil the next version of Windows on September 30
  • OneNote lands on the Android Wear smartwatch platform and works great!
  • Apple sells a record number of pre-orders for their iPhone 6  & iPhone 6 Plus release

Special thanks to our sponsors, Heartland Realty & UNIDEV for their continued support of the STLTechTalk Podcast!

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Direct download: STLTechTalk_E51.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:07am CST