STL Tech Talk Podcast







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Did you know that the recent Kickstarter campaign from Synek Draft System was the most successful campaign by a St. Louis company ever?

Steve Young from Synek Draft System, returns to the STLTechTalk Podcast to talk about his experience with running a successful Kickstarter campaign along with where how things are going overall in the world of Synek since his last appearance with us.

To learn more about the Synek Draft System, make sure to visit their website at

Click here to view their successful Kickstarter page.


About our guest

In 2013, St. Louis native Steve Young (Founder of SYNEK™) started to take sharp notice of the craft beer industry as a stock market analyst. He wanted to know how the craft beer industry was making these great strides and what risk factors could cause it to become a ‘bubble’ like the industry saw in the 1990s. Steve began to travel the U.S. to talk to the top craft breweries and home brewing associations to learn everything that was impacting the industry right from the source.

As he continued to speak with industry experts, he was shocked to see the severity of the issue and wondered why nobody had taken the opportunity to address it before. Steve was so moved by the brewers’ intense frustration that he quit his job to assemble the best beer engineering team in the world and implement a solution to this beer packaging epidemic.


Apple news recap

There was also a little event by Apple today in which they unveiled information about the next versions of the iPhone, the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus. They also unveiled their smartwatch, the Apple Watch.

We will be discussing this news after the guest interview finishes, so stay tuned!


App picks of the week

  • Alejandro - Brightest Flashlight (Windows Phone - Free)
  • Kevin - Amtrak (Android, iOS, Windows Phone - Free)



Also, make sure to tune in as we will have details on how you can win a Jawbone Mini Jambox from STLTechTalk courtesy of our friends at AT&T! You will have to listen to the episode to get details on how to enter!

Direct download: STLTechTalk_E50.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:45pm CST

In this special episode, we are joined by the hosts of the App Business Podcast, Chris Chidgey and David Pfahler.

If you are an app developer and want to learn more about how to do app development as a business, you will want to make sure and add the App Business Podcast to your podcast listening rotation. After our shows that is ;-).

To learn more about the App Business Podcast, simply visit the official page at


About our guests

  • Chris Chidgey is an ex-9-5er turned mobile apps hustler. Gets excited about app monetization, and tools and strategies for increasing engagement and retention. Has a not-so-secret crush on the mobile apps industry and is inspired by the minds that are joining this exploding market. Chris is the founder of BGB Island Apps and Co-Founder of new Mobile App Diagnostics service App Jetpack.

    You can connect with Chris below, via or on Twitter @chidgeychris

  • David is Co-Founder of excellenteasy, a mobile startup focused on web technology. With a strong focus on execution, efficiency and process – David is usually good for a book recommendation or 3 on the podcast.

    You can connect with David below, via or on Twitter @davidpfahler

Direct download: STLTechTalk_E49_5.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:23pm CST

Join us as we talk with one of the co-founders of the upcoming startup conference, Startup Voodoo, which will be held at Ballpark Village in St. Louis on September 25, 2014.

Want to know more about Startup Voodoo & if you should make sure you attend or not? Make sure to visit for more information about the conference.


About our guest

Some six years ago, Aaron Perlut founded startup digital marketing and public relations firm Elasticity, and has since worked with numerous startups and startup ecosystems to help them build reputation. Aaron is also a co-founder of the first regional improvement focused crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platform, Rally Saint Louis, as well as being a longtime contributor to Forbes, VentureBeat and among other media outlets.


News stories discussed on the show

  • Shop at Home Depot recently? May want to take a look at your financial statements.


App picks of the week

  • Kevin - AR Flashcards Shapes & Colors (iOS & Android - $2.99)
  • JJ - Databot (Windows Phone - Free)
Direct download: STLTechTalk_E49.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:51pm CST

In this episode, we had the extreme pleasure of talking with Dan Lohman from Pushup Social. Dan shared lots of great information on how he got to this point in his career, other companies he has been a part of starting, along with why the Pushup Social team feels that their product will help take your website to the next level!

I know I have said this before about some prior shows, but make sure to not miss this one!


A little bit about our guest

Dan Lohman is the CEO & Co-founder of Pushup Social who is a tech entrepreneur inspired by solving problems & growing communities. He is working to rapidly grow Pushup Social with the help of an amazing team. Dan also co-founded, & Lab1500 among other companies.


Want to see what Pushup Social is like and see if you would like to implement it on your website?

Make sure to join our growing community at the bottom of to see how it works.


News stories discussed

Extra stories you may be interested in


App picks of the week


Like the STLTechTalk Podcast? Make sure to leave a rating, and review over on iTunes and Stitcher Radio!

Have feedback you would like to share with us about the show? Email your thoughts to!

Direct download: STLTechTalk_E48.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:25pm CST

We are thrilled to be joined in this episode by Angela LaRocca, who is the brand manager and Pat Niday, who is the project and resource manager for Unidev!

Some of the topics we will be discussing with our guests in this episode are:

  • The Unidev Speaker Series which is a monthly event held at the Unidev offices in Chesterfield Mo.
  • Learn the meaning behind the "It's All About U" tagline
  • We will also talk about the journey that led both Angela and Pat to join the Unidev team.

To learn more about Unidev, and what they can do for you, make sure to visit and make sure to stay to the end also as we have a huge announcement that we are excited to share with you on this episode that you will not want to miss!


News stories discussed on the show


Extra Reading


App picks of the week


Have any topics you would like for us to cover, or tech news stories you would like us to discuss on future episodes? Let us know by emailing us at

Direct download: STLTechTalk_E47.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:17pm CST

In this episode, we are scheduled to talk with Daniel Gary of Windows Phone development fame. Daniel was one of the first people to bring Windows Phone users access to Instagram on their Windows Phone via his Instance app.

Daniel is currently working on some great projects and is going to talk about his experiences so far as a Windows Phone developer and where he sees the platform going in the future.

Want to know what the status is of the QuizUp app he has been working on? Have a listen to see what the status is.


A little bit about our guest, Daniel Gary

Daniel is the founder of Gateway Apps and the developer of Pinsation and Instance for Windows Phone.  Recently, he has been working to continue bringing first party apps to the Windows Phone platform.  You can follow him on twitter @danielgary and read his blog at


News stories discussed

Story we missed out on discussing


App picks of the week

  • Kevin - Fitbit (Android, Windows Phone & iOS - Free)
  • JJ - Calendar Scheduler (Windows Phone - Free), myHomework Student Planner (Android - Free), Class Schedule for School (iOS - $0.99)
Direct download: STLTechTalk_E46.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:00pm CST

For this episode, we are joined by Patrick Quinn who is the Strategic Account Manager for Karpel Solutions.

Patrick is also the President of the local St. Louis chapter of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) which represents Microsoft´s best of breed partners from around the globe.

To see what Karpel Solutions can do for you, make sure to visit their website here.


If you have any news stories you would like us to talk about, or guests you would like for us to interview,  let us know by emailing us at, and we will do our best to make it happen.


News stories talked about on this episode

Direct download: STLTechTalk_E45.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:06pm CST

In this episode of the STLTechTalk Podcast, we are joined by our newest contributor Brad Whiteside!

Brad joins JJ & Kevin for the monthly episode where the STLTechTalk team just gets together and talks about things going on in the tech sphere.


News stories discussed


App picks of the week

  • Kevin - Waze (Android, iOS, Windows Phone - free)
  • JJ - Disqus (Windows Phone - free)
  • Brad - Password Padlock (Windows Phone - free)


Charities to support

Direct download: STLTechTalk_E44.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:29pm CST

In this episode of the STLTechTalk Podcast, things got off to a bit of a slow start. We apologize for the audio issues at first in the video as we had to get some things squared away on the fly, but hey recording live always poses challenges and we are human after all.

Make sure to hang in there though as once we get the train back on track, we feel you'll enjoy our guest interview with Jerry Norton from who helps businesses here in St. Louis get setup with Google Business View which helps businesses get a 3D visual tour inside of their business that people can take a look at online just like Google Street View.

To get in touch with Jerry to get a quote for your business, email him or give him a call below at:



News Stories

App Picks

  • Kevin - Tweetium Beta for Windows Phone 8.1 devices ($2.99 for 1 Twitter account)
  • JJ - Poki for Windows Phone 8 (free), Clipr for Windows Phone 8 (free), IP Webcam (free Android), Manything (free iOS)
Direct download: STLTechTalk_E43.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:32pm CST

In Episode 42, we are stoked to be joined again by Sam Sullivan, co-founder & CTO of to talk about his experience so far with Android Wear, the LG G Watch and the currently invite only, OnePlusOne smartphone!

We will also be talking about Sams experience with Android L so far, and Kevin will give some initial impressions of the recently released LG G3 smartphone.


News stories discussed


App picks of the week

  • Kevin – Google Analytics (Android – Free), Package Tracker (Windows Phone – $1.99)
  • JJ – Meetup (Android – Free)
  • Sam – LinkBubble (Android – Free, pro version for $1.99)
Direct download: STLTechTalk_E42.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:48pm CST