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Design Build Sell

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Design Build Sell

Your hosts: Alisha Dobbie, R.B. Gallup, & Sarah Bennett

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A podcast for the luxury home industry from the perspectives of an interior designer, builder, and real estate agent. Alisha Dobbie, R.B. Gallup, & Sarah Bennett discuss topics relevant to the luxury home market, profile industry leaders, and share their professional journeys.
 
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SWAT Agronomy

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SWAT Agronomy

Croptimistic Technology Inc.

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This is the show for people who leverage the latest in technology to solve agronomic problems. If you’re interested in on-farm application of precision ag technology, you’ve come to the right place. Get ready as we unpack the insights and experiences of the agronomic minds leading our industry forward.
 
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A Talk in the Woods

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A Talk in the Woods

Bryan Wentzell - Maine Mountain Collaborative

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"A Talk in the Woods" is about the people who live, work, and play in Maine's north woods and rugged mountain region and their relationship with the land. Conversations are recorded "in the field" in pickup trucks on dirt logging roads, walking in the woods, and by lakes and rivers. Podcast logo by Ryan Smith at Rooted in Light Media (https://www.rootedinlightmedia.com/)
 
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Learn more about SWAT MAPS: https://swatmaps.com/ Evan MacDonald's Twitter and LinkedIn Senior Precision Agronomist Evan MacDonald joins us to talk about water, potatoes, and some of his research in Prince Edward Island in Eastern Canada. In addition to working full time for Croptimistic Technology, Evan began pursuing his PhD with a project focusi…
 
Beer vs. Wine vs. Mixed Drinks, all good. Camo and OSX iPhone WebCam App, don’t get a fancy webcam, just use your iPhone TypeDream.com website builder Thnks.com gifting for business Claap.io video clip / screen sharing and feedback app TLDV.io Recast.studio Museapp.com - open canvas, white board type idea building, planning, collaboration platform …
 
Josh Lade farms along with two other families north of Saskatoon, SK where they raise wheat, canola, peas, lentils and barley. Josh grew up on Kangaroo Island in Australia, on a sheep and seed potato farm. Upon moving to Canada over 12 years ago, Josh found a keen interest in the technology side of the business. He joins us to talk about precision …
 
Matt Troyer from Emergent Construction joins us to talk life and business. Matt discusses how he's grown a business centered around the right people in the right seat. He shares how focusing on the soft skills has helped his business develop culture around the team's core values. Emergent Construction: https://www.instagram.com/emergent_indy/ https…
 
This week we have Jimmie Johnson on the podcast. Jimmie is the owner of Landon Development. His company builds luxury homes in the high-end, red hot market of Nashville, Tennessee. Jimmie shares his story of how he got started building, how his company is working to hone their craft everyday, and why he loves building custom homes. Landon Developme…
 
https://www.sendspark.com/ Bethany breaks down Sendspark The problem of stale content in help center Bethany discusses integration into Intercom Bethany explains origins of Sendspark, was in marketing at another company when she and co-founder realized the need Bethany as a Userfeed customer Fundraising for Sendspark, product usage metrics and acti…
 
Sponsored by Punchlist: Close the loop on creative feedback and get your projects done. Sign up at punchlist.com and use the promo code GRIT for your first month FREE of Punchlist Team (or 10% off any monthly plan) --- Notes: Helping people sell more things is the right place to be Taplio: 6-figure ARR Tweethunter: 7-figure ARR Why build two separa…
 
Sponsored by Punchlist: Close the loop on creative feedback and get your projects done. Sign up at punchlist.com and use the promo code GRIT for your first month FREE of Punchlist Team (or 10% off any monthly plan) --- Notes: Growing our candidate pipeline for Hire with Grit What we look for in candidate interviews Video setups Energy/enthusiasm Ma…
 
Episode Notes Sponsored by Punchlist: Close the loop on creative feedback and get your projects done. Sign up at punchlist.com and use the promo code GRIT for your first month FREE of Punchlist Team (or 10% off any monthly plan) --- Notes: Our first solo pod. Weird? We're also on YouTube now! Weirder? 😜 Hire with Grit update Already placing folks a…
 
Sponsored by Punchlist: Close the loop on creative feedback and get your projects done. Sign up at punchlist.com and use the promo code GRIT for your first month FREE of Punchlist Team (or 10% off any monthly plan) --- Notes: Starting multiple new ventures Zeromile.io HirewithGrit.com Zeromile.io#docsfresh Hillchart.app Why are we starting more bus…
 
Links Bonjoro.com Matt Barnett Notes Landon tells Matt about his funny Bonjoro story Landon talks about Docs Fresh, a new Intercom app their about to launch How Matt stair-stepped to Bonjoro through a video insights agency SaaS Virality (Bonjoro videos) How they've grown to multiple millions in revenue without an outbound sales team Workday schedul…
 
ServiTech’s Rob Swieter joins the show to talk about their new partnership with SWAT MAPS. This alliance will provide farmers with enhanced tools for informed decision-making on their farms through the practical application of high-resolution soil maps, data, process, machinery, and agronomy knowledge. ServiTech provides independent crop consulting…
 
Notes: Daniel Zarick (Founder of Arrows.to) Why it's hard to do a podcast about your business when you're growing a company in a competitive category Learning about the compounding of SaaS with Daniel's Twilio experience (23rd employee) Some markets are a lot bigger than you think Daniel talks about going from bootstrapper to VC-funded with Arrows.…
 
Links Punchlist.com: Close the loop on creative feedback and get your projects done Techstars Atlanta Overline VC Notes Why raise money vs. continuing to bootstrap? How to get the most out of an accelerator? What were the most interesting startups to come out of Techstars? How to find a co-founder? How did you raise $2mm? "Team, team, team, product…
 
Notes: What it was like to start our business (the hard times) Building out our new home offices A new product: recurring website screenshots Building landing pages before building the product How important is SEO Userfeed/Bump being sold again for a big return in only one year from the initial sale Are SaaS businesses being flipped or used as cash…
 
Notes/Links Ad Reform's first sales without the founders! How soon should a company hire a sales rep? Is the product management role shrinking in a remote-first world? Peter Levels tweet Profit-first as a service Matt Wensing tweet Is Facebook crumbling? And is that going to kill small businesses that rely on that growth channel (e.g. DTC brands)? …
 
In this episode we are joined by Brad Dunnington of Croptimistic Technology. Brad was the first employee when he joined the company in 2008 and is now the SWAT MAPS manager based remotely in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Brad processes raw data from a SWAT BOX into SWAT MAPS for an agronomist to ground truth, and then use for soil sampling. This then becom…
 
Back after a lengthy break, Landon and Kyle discuss Atlanta sports (and the World Series champs), collections, valuations & more. Today’s Topics: The Atlanta Braves are World Series champs!? Iterating on and improving new hire onboarding Bookkeeping mania: adding granularity, cleaning things up Micro-acquisitions, Micro PE, and wild valuations Buil…
 
Jonathan Freeman introduces us to SWAT WATER and the significance of this tool - especially in irrigated agriculture. Before joining Croptimistic, Jonathan worked as an inhouse agronomist for a large sugar company where he also managed their precision ag program. He has nearly two decades of experience in water resource management, and has worked i…
 
In mid-July, Bryan and Lily visited Alexandra Conover Bennett at her remote cabin in Elliotsville, Maine. Accessible only by canoe, Alexandra and her partner, Kermit, live simply without running water or electricity. Alexandra is well-known in Maine, New England, and the international community as an outdoor educator, guide, and writer. Her work ha…
 
Lily returned to Greenville to interview Jenny Ward, the Maine Business and Community Relations Manager for the AMC. Like most people you've heard from on this podcast, Jenny wears many hats, and her connection to this place runs deep. Listen to this episode to hear more about the AMC's Dark Sky Park, the importance of conservation organizations (l…
 
In this episode Lily traveled to Orland, Maine to interview Landon Fake, the Executive Director of the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust. Their 4500 acres of conserved lands, called The Wildlands, are just inland from Penobscot Bay, less than an hour south of Bangor. Lily and Landon hiked to the top of Great Pond Mountain, discussing wildlife …
 
In part two of the conversation, Landon and Kyle discuss experimenting with approaches to building businesses, how much is "enough", and reward and incentive structures as companies grow. They also touch on the current moment: the end of the 20-year American occupation of Afghanistan. Today’s Topics: Experimenting with new markets and approaches to…
 
Landon and Kyle chat about parenting, productivity, and new business ideas. Today's Topics: A new Ad Reformer! Landon had a baby boy 👶 Parenting through a pandemic What could (and would) you do with more time? Deliberately setting aside time for thinking & strategy Productivity, output, efficiency, and leverage The luxury of owning your schedule Ex…
 
In this episode, Lily interviewed Kaitlyn Bernard, who is the Natural Resources Policy Advisor with the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Kaitlyn grew up in a town called Fort Kent, located in Maine's Aroostook County (or "The County" as most people here call it). Kaitlyn and Lily talked about the funding of the Land for Maine's Future progr…
 
Our conversation today covers Wes Anderson’s extensive agronomy background as the vice president of agronomy at Croptimistic Technology. We will discuss the opportunity he saw with SWAT Maps, what’s happening with SWAT water and some of his thoughts on the role site-specific agronomy in some of the carbon and sustainability metrics that are being d…
 
While visiting the Greenville area, we met up with Roger Merchant, a long time forester and advocate for Maine's woods. He took us on a trek into Big Wilson Stream Forest, which is an area of old growth forest that he helped discover and protect. Some of the trees in this stand are over 200 years old. In this episode, Roger talks about forestry, Ma…
 
This is the final episode in our three part series with Susan and Mark Adams. After returning from the canoe trip, we sit out on the porch during a June thunderstorm to get some final reflections from Susan and Mark on their careers, their time on both branches of the Penobscot River, and their connection to this community. ~ At the end of June, we…
 
This is part two of our three part series with Susan Adams. In this episode, we start our canoe trip on the Sebois River and head down to Lunksoos on the East Branch of the Penobscot. Things get off to a rocky start— quite literally. As we paddle (and "river walk"), Susan points out plants and animals and tells us memorable stories from her many tr…
 
At the end of June, we traveled to Patten to talk with people about the past, present, and future of the land that is now Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. In August of 2016, the Elliotsville Foundation (headed by Roxanne Quimby) donated 87,000 acres of land east of Baxter State Park to the federal government with the intention of it bec…
 
While in Patten, we visited the Patten Lumbermen's Museum and spoke with the curator, Rhonda Brophy. Understanding logging and its legacy is key to understanding the past, present, and future of Maine's woods. The museum is chock full of interesting artifacts and stories about this history. The title of this episode is a hint to some of the neat th…
 
In this short episode, Bryan introduces Lily Horne, the Maine Mountain Collaborative's summer intern. Lily's voice will appear in some of the upcoming episodes as she operates the audio equipment in canoes, rowboats, and pick-up trucks and even does some interviewing herself. This conversation was recorded while sitting around the fire on a gorgeou…
 
Today we’re sharing a conversation with Lindsey Downing, who, with her husband Mike, owns and operates Mt. Chase Lodge in Mt. Chase, Maine, which is just outside the new National Monument and Baxter State Park. Lindsey tells us her story of growing up at Mt. Chase Lodge, traveling the country, hiking the AT with Mike, and then returning to Maine to…
 
In this episode we are joined by Mike Palmier and Jeff Bennett. We dive into how these two collaborate and use technology to improve Jeff’s operation agronomically. You’re going to get some great insights into this approach, how they’re balancing agronomy with logistics, and how they’re integrating multiple technologies to capture the synergies bet…
 
After bootstrapping Median, why go venture-backed with Workshop? Derek talks about their $3mm seed Easier to raise after some wins What has been different about having capital from the start? Derek talks about some of the marketing strategies that are helping them build up a large following in the HR space Acquired a newsletter for $6k Running ads …
 
Notes: First post-covid vacations New hire running customer operations and freeing Landon up to sell The struggles of handing-off tasks you've owned for years Force testing how the business runs without you What is a customer ops manager? What Landon has been doing on the outbound sales side and how it's going A new product direction/use case that'…
 
Mark Huso of Huso Crop Consulting and Soil Testing joins us in this episode. Mark and I talk about how he’s working with farmer customers during this dry year they’ve had in North Dakota, how he’s training the next generation of agronomists, the technology he finds useful, what he’s still learning about salinity, and some of his thoughts for the fu…
 
Landon and Kyle discuss growth, hiring, and selling business ideas. Today's Topics: Getting back in the office Growing revenue by following leads, expanding offerings Hiring for help with customer operations Differentiation vectors: usability, functionality, design, etc. A storefront for business ideas? Coming soon: Made with Grit swag…
 
This is part 2 of my talk with Gabe Perkins, who is the executive director of Inland Woods and Trails – woodsandtrails.org - formerly Mahoosuc Pathways – which is based in the western mountain village of Bethel, Maine. Gabe exudes a love and respect for this landscape and it shows in his work. We skied up to an incredible viewpoint on the recently-…
 
Alberta farmer Landon Friesen runs Southman Ag Ventures in Crystal City, Manitoba. He farms canola, wheat, edible beans, sunflowers, and flax with his dad and brother. In this episode, he joins the show to talk about his journey into precision agriculture, how he’s using drones, what he’s looking for in new technology. “(Our grandfathers) didn't fa…
 
This is the first half of my talk with Gabe Perkins, who is the executive director of Inland Woods and Trails – woodsandtrails.org - formerly Mahoosuc Pathways – which is based in the western mountain village of Bethel, Maine. You simply won’t find a nicer guy than Gabe, and he’s really fun to talk to. Recently he and I skied up to an incredible vi…
 
Today on the SWAT Agronomy Podcast Tim interviews Josh Messer, a certified crop advisor with AgIntel Agronomy Consulting. Josh grew up on a farm in North Dakota and started his career in ag retail. After taking a national agronomy role, he missed the one-on-one interactions with growers, so he started AgIntel a few years ago. “We don't have to acce…
 
This is the second half of my talk with Sandy Neily, a former Maine rafting guide, current murder-mystery writer, mother, and grandmother. She is a long-time advocate for nature and wildlife, the outdoor recreation economy, and rural jobs. Here we’re snowshoeing around her camp in the woods near Moosehead Lake – which is Maine’s largest lake.…
 
Today's Topics: Clubhouse takes...what is it good for? Update on Landon's stock trading "hobby" What we're drinking New Webflow marketing site launched It's tax time - R&D tax credits & filing services Update on what we're buying: Cocofloss, coffee delivery Landon got a new Apple watch Changing the default music app on iOS We're getting M1 Macbooks…
 
On today’s episode, Tim continues his conversation with Cory Willness, President of CropPro Consulting and Croptimistic Technology. Today we share more questions sourced from social media on topics such as precision agriculture and SWAT MAPS. “If you don't have that real solid connection to the ground, your best technology in the world is not going…
 
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