While Colorado is gaining worldwide recognition as a hub for startup growth, how much of that attention is focused on rural communities? With a new 6-episode podcast series, Startup Colorado will turn the spotlight to founders farther off the beaten path. The Flyovers will feature interviews with entrepreneurs driven to build businesses in the places they call home.
The Flyovers is hosted by Alan Wartes, a writer, musician and digital media producer based in Gunnison. Through his discussions with entrepreneurs, Wartes reveals the challenges, opportunities, and chiefly, the importance of founding a business in a rural community.
Episode 3: Hemp Foundry – Riding the Wave
“Riding the Wave” is part three in a series of six special episodes of the Flyovers. In this episode, host Alan Wartes talks with John Kelly, CEO of the Hemp Foundry in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The manufacture of CBD products — which are derived from hemp, and not to be confused with cannabis — is an industry that’s in the process of exploding all across the world. Kelly and his crew at the Hemp Foundry are at the leading edge of that wave.
Episode 2: Oveja Negra – Black Sheep of the Family Business
Oveja Negra makes making things cool. They are more than a bomb-proof bikepacking bag manufacturer; they are a culture in and of themselves with the rare honesty that owns every step of their journey from the kitchen table in Leadville to their growing factory in Salida. Not to mention, Lane’s commitment to her company leaves you ready to apply for a job.
Episode 1: Land & People Are Our Cultural Levers
As Hickenlooper aired during his time as Governor, topophilia or “love of place” is a cultural norm in Colorado. We felt it essential to explore this dynamic as we launched the podcast series. Land and people are our core cultural commodities, and it is interesting to witness how one informs the other. The Wright, in Golden, CO – an annual conference for outdoor-inspired misfits and startups – was the perfect place to feature the kick-off to this series in honor of rural entrepreneurs.