upside

upside

by Jay Clouse and Eric Hornung

October 16, 2019 6:00 pm

Named a top 27 business podcast by Fortune, upside examines startup investing outside of Silicon Valley.

Every Wednesday, we speak with an early stage founder. We interview them as if we are angel investors considering the company as an investment opportunity.

Each show has three segments:

1.) Intro: independent research of the company
2.) Interview: interview with the founder
3.) Debrief: breaking down the opportunity

On Mondays, we share Coffee Chats interviewing venture capitalists, community builders, and later-stage founders. Interview begins: 6:13
Debrief begins: 52:10

Max Farrell and Andrew Kirpalani are the co-founders of Workhound.

Workhound is a platform that allows frontline workers to provide feedback to the companies for whom they work. Max and Andrew began Workhound in the hopes of eliminating a barrier that exists between the workers and the companies, with the ultimate goal of increasing worker retention rates and thus the success of the companies. Originally designed for truck drivers, Workhound has since expanded to other professions such as technicians, mechanics, construction workers, and visiting healthcare providers.

We discuss:
– Founders’ story and Workhound’s inception (10:50)
– Workhound today and it’s evolution (16:38)
– Use of Workhound by companies (18:08)
– Company model (26:25)
– Workhound’s successful for a business (30:50)
– Usability of the Workhound platform (33:50)
– Potential opportunity (38:34)
– Dual-location in Des Moines and Chattanooga (44:00)
– Autonomous trucks and the future of Workhound (47:30)

Workhound was founded in 2015 and based in both Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Des Moines, Iowa.

Learn more about Workhound: https://workhound.com/
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Episodes

UP059: Workhound // workforce retention via direct feedback from the frontline 1 week ago 39m
CC032: Kate Shillo Beardsley of Upslope Ventures // scaling early stage investments across the country 2 weeks ago 31m
UP058: Audience Awards // creating opportunity for filmmakers through contests, festivals, and distribution 3 weeks ago 40m
CC031: building a network of generous entrepreneurs in the Midwest // a coffee chat with Joni Cobb (Pipeline Entrepreneurs) 3 weeks ago 32m
JE14: the update issue three // Test City, USA preview 4 weeks ago 50m
UP057: OROS Apparel // making outerwear obsolete with NASA-inspired technology 1 month ago 38m
CC030: investing in socially responsible, high-growth companies // a coffee chat with Rose Maizner (RenewableTech Ventures) 1 month ago 30m
UP056: Kush.com // a budding B2B marketplace for legal hemp and cannabis transactions 1 month ago 39m
CC029: providing equal access to the Triangle startup community // a coffee chat with Molly Demarest (American Underground) 1 month ago 31m
JE13: Happy Labor Day // don’t work too hard 2 months ago 17m
CC028: building turnkey programs for entrepreneurs and creatives // a coffee chat with Joe Kirgues (gener8tor) 2 months ago 30m
JE012: the fourfront // four trends we are watching develop 2 months ago 14m
UP055: Hurry Home // enabling renters to become owners of affordable homes 2 months ago 38m
CC027: raising an opportunity fund for a mission driven accelerator // a coffee chat with Barbara Bickham (WIF AX) 2 months ago 26m
UP054: AdAdapted // serving smarter ads for CPG companies 2 months ago 43m
CC026: matching top talent with startups between the coasts // a coffee chat with Kaleb Dumot (Integrity Power Search) 2 months ago 30m
UP053: emocha // improving medication adherence through remote video observation 3 months ago 37m
UP052: Seek // augmented reality on the web for eCommerce 3 months ago 51m
UP051: UbiQD // making low-hazard quantum dots 3 months ago 49m
UP050: opendorse // helping athletes share more content (feat. Braxton Miller of the Philadelphia Eagles) 3 months ago 48m
UP049: Zive // freeing you from the browser with desktop applications 4 months ago 37m
CC025: impact investing and reversing demographic trends // a Coffee Chat with Robert Zulkoski (Vermont Works) 4 months ago 36m
JE011: happy July 4th // the update issue two 4 months ago 36m
CC024: investing in the picks and shovels of esports and gaming // a Coffee Chat with Josh Chapman (Konvoy Ventures) 4 months ago 38m
UP048: Balto // selling sales software to salesmen (feat. David Geiger of TeamDynamix) 4 months ago 50m
CC023: connecting recent college grads to startups // a Coffee Chat with Amy Nelson (Venture for America) 4 months ago 35m
UP047: Momentous // supplements used by professional athletes and available to you (feat. Tenika Seitz) 4 months ago 51m
CC022: connecting the coasts to the heartland // a Coffee Chat from the Comeback Cities Tour 4 months ago 25m
UP046: MITO Material Solutions // chemical additives for tougher composites 4 months ago 41m
UP045: GTI Fabrication // scaling modular construction through pre-fabrication 5 months ago 38m
UP044: Semtive // building a peer-to-peer power grid using wind turbines (feat. Benjamin Stafford of Clean Energy Economy Minnesota) 5 months ago 58m
UP043: inKind // redesigning restaurant financing with House Accounts (feat. Kevin Tien of Himitsu and Hot Lola's) 5 months ago 52m
CC021: thinking big, fearing less, and listening deeply in Madison // a Coffee Chat with Scott Resnick (StartingBlock) 5 months ago 26m
UP042: Threatcare // automated third-party threat detection 5 months ago 40m
CC020: bootstrapping the world’s largest real estate community to over 1m members // a Coffee Chat with Josh Dorkin (BiggerPockets) 5 months ago 44m
Library Magic Pt. 2 // Jay's one year reflection 6 months ago 48m
CC019: take two // a surprise Coffee Chat with Nathan Todhunter (editor) 6 months ago 29m
Library Magic Pt. 1 // Eric's one year reflection 6 months ago 43m
CC018: building the front door to #StartupCincy // a Coffee Chat with Eric Weissman (Cintrifuse) (Live from Cincinnati Podcast Festival 2018) 6 months ago 21m
UP041: HoloMe // human holograms made easy with augmented reality 6 months ago 43m
CC017: building a world class venture firm in Chicago // a Coffee Chat with Ezra Galston (Starting Line) 6 months ago 32m
UP040: Plus One Robotics // solving the cluttered pile problem with vision-based robotics (feat. Nick Solaro of Drive Capital) 6 months ago 58m
CC016: a new source of funding and optionality for early stage founders // a Coffee Chat with Tyler Tringas (Earnest Capital) and Kevin McArdle (SureSwift Capital) 6 months ago 41m
UP039: Backtracks // data analytics for podcasters (feat. Meb Faber of Cambria Investment Management) 7 months ago 6m
JE008: consume, contribute, create // how founders, VCs, and community builders should podcast 7 months ago 14m
CC015: geography and investing, should location matter? (live from SXSW 2019) // a panel with Andy Sparks (Holloway), Rachel Carpenter (Intrinio), and Brandon Bryant (Harlem Capital) 7 months ago 39m
UP038: Clever // lowering real estate transaction costs by connecting sellers to agents (feat. Erik Berg of Rev1 Ventures) 7 months ago 52m
CC014: connecting the Air Force and innovation // a Coffee Chat with Vince Pecoraro and Luis Cordova (AFWERX) 7 months ago 32m
UP037: Preteckt // real-time vehicle prognostics using machine learning 7 months ago 51m
CC013: how Pittsburgh leverages state funding to spur innovation // a Coffee Chat with Terri Glueck and Leah Simoncelli (Innovation Works) 7 months ago 36m
UP036: Periodic Edibles // getting into the weeds of building a cannabis brand 7 months ago 44m
JE007: why we created the update, issue one 8 months ago 11m
UP035: Exaeris // pulling drinkable water out of thin air (live from CES 2019) 8 months ago 42m
CC012: how Cleveland is rallying their community around a new tech movement // a Coffee Chat with Bernie Moreno (Blockland) 8 months ago 36m
UP034: Testcard // at-home medical diagnostic using urinalysis and your smart phone (live from CES 2019) 8 months ago 41m
CC011: making the startup ecosystem bigger in Texas // a Coffee Chat with Bryan Chambers (Capital Factory) 8 months ago 34m
UP033: SOMAVAC® Medical // improving outpatient recovery from major surgeries 8 months ago 55m
CC010: the pros and cons of angel funds // a Coffee Chat with Todd Federman (North Coast Angel Fund) 8 months ago 43m
UP032: Astral AR // drones that stop bullets and prevent tragedy (live from CES 2019) 9 months ago 46m
CC009: building a collaborative startup ecosystem in Memphis // a Coffee Chat with Katie Milligan (Start Co.) 9 months ago 38m
UP031: Woobo // a fuzzy, interactive robot companion for child development (live from CES 2019) 9 months ago 48m
UP030: Sense Arena // professional hockey IQ training using VR technology (live from CES 2019 feat. Shane Darrow of Forecheck, Backcheck, Paycheck) 9 months ago 54m
CC008: the first startup accelerator designed for bootstrappers // a Coffee Chat with Rob Walling (TinySeed) 9 months ago 41m
UP029: CareAlert // helping seniors live independently with in-home sensor technology (live from CES 2019) 9 months ago 52m
CC007: the rise of platform in venture capital // a Coffee Chat with Stephanie Manning (Lerer Hippeau) 9 months ago 37m
UP028: Summersalt // a direct-to-consumer travelwear brand for women (feat. Karen Howland of CircleUp) 10 months ago 56m
UP027: ShearShare // an on-demand marketplace for stylists who need work space 10 months ago 6m
JE006: eight crazy months of upside 10 months ago 16m
UP026: Bark // predictive software for keeping children safe online 10 months ago 53m
CC006: tackling the Series A/B capital gap in Ohio // a coffee chat with Bill Baumel and Jill Raderstorf (Ohio Innovation Fund) 11 months ago 31m
CC005: getting into venture and startup ecosystems // a coffee chat with Monique Villa (ModernCapital) 11 months ago 40m
UP025: Vlipsy // a search engine for short form videos as an alternative to gifs 11 months ago 6m
JE005: happy Thanksgiving from upside 11 months ago 7m
UP024: Intrinio // powering fintech innovation with access to financial data 11 months ago 56m
UP023: Super Dispatch // an automated back office for the car hauling industry 12 months ago 55m
CC004: Tampa’s Emerging Entrepreneurial Hub // a coffee chat with Allie Felix (Embarc Collective) 12 months ago 26m
CC003: Opportunity Funds // a coffee chat with Peter Brack (Hypothesis Ventures) 12 months ago 41m
UP022: Concur // mission-driven skincare for a healthy microbiome (feat. Ross Baird of Village Capital) 1 year ago 43m
UP021: GenoPalate // personalized nutrition recommendations from your DNA 1 year ago 53m
UP020: Three Firefighters // airflow control and personnel accountability for burning buildings 1 year ago 44m
UP019: Wicked Sheets // bed sheets for the fight against night sweats 1 year ago 46m
CC002: Kansas City rising // a Coffee Chat with John Fein (Firebrand Ventures) 1 year ago 22m
CC001: Silicon Valley to Nashville // a coffee chat with Andrew Goldner (GrowthX) 1 year ago 33m
UP018: Cuddle Clones // creating plush replicas of your pet 1 year ago 52m
UP017: Set Scouter // simplifying residential film location scouting 1 year ago 51m
JE004: four myths for investment outside of silicon valley 1 year ago 18m
UP016: mobius // finding wonder in waste 1 year ago 54m
UP015: Mixtroz // putting connection back into "networking" 1 year ago 59m
JE003: listener feedback episode 1 year ago 22m
UP014: 10XTS // building an enterprise blockchain ecosystem (feat. Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano) 1 year ago 6m
UP013: Local Crate // localized supply chain to decentralize meal delivery 1 year ago 54m
UP012: FreshFry // frying oil purification through the magic of chemistry 1 year ago 58m
JE002: happy July 4th 1 year ago 20m
UP011: ParqEx // real estate technology solving a parking problem 1 year ago 52m
UP010: Upsie // a cheaper way to protect your stuff 1 year ago 54m
UP009: BYBE // the first legal way to discount alcohol purchases 1 year ago 50m
UP008: Loop Returns // creating the perfect ecommerce customer returns experience (live from Columbus Podcast Festival) 1 year ago 46m
UP007: Kaleidoscope Group PBC // unlocking new private scholarships and creating the "uncommon app" to apply for them 1 year ago 53m
UP006: Swannies // creating an apparel brand for the modern golfer (feat. Web Smith of 2PM) 1 year ago 6m
UP005: F13 Works // extending the aisle in ecommerce 1 year ago 55m
UP004: ScriptDrop // improving prescription medication adherence 1 year ago 58m
UP003: LawnGuru // on demand outdoor services 1 year ago 55m
UP002: Rapchat // empowering a hip hop community 1 year ago 54m
UP001: tilr // skills-based job hiring 1 year ago 56m
JE001: upside // a podcast about startups outside of silicon valley 1 year ago 20m