News from 36 Degrees North
Tulsa Startup Series is one of Tulsa’s most popular pitch competitions. It’s a great opportunity for startup founders to get in front of an audience and win a little cash to move their ideas forward. The winner of each bi-monthly live pitch walks away with $2,500, a three-month 36 Degrees North membership and a business mentor. April’s competition focused on physical products. Here’s a recap of the five finalists who took the stage this month.
36ºN member Ryan Redding is the founder of DP Marketing Strategies, a full-service digital marketing agency for home service companies, plumbers and HVAC technicians.
Learn how to get the most bang for your buck with your Facebook and Instagram ads. In this deep-dive workshop for startup founders, small business owners and marketing professionals, we start by covering campaign objectives, detailed targeting, ad design and budgets. Then we spend a majority of the time walking through specific audience questions and examples- building out campaigns from start to finish and answering any and all questions along the way.
36ºN member Jeff Ray is the co-founder and principal of Synthetic Equity Strategies, a business strategy consulting firm that partners with or acquires businesses in low-to-mid markets. SES differentiates itself by playing an active, hands-on role with every company they partner with or invest in; this helps connect and align all components of the business to improve performance, create sustainability and build wealth.
Stephanie Conduff is the founder and CEO of Leche Lounge. Her business empowers employers to meet legal requirements for pumping or nursing mothers in the workplace. They offer portable lactation spaces that can be placed temporarily or permanently on site to empower families and businesses.
PJ Ebadi is the digital marketing manager of KiZE Concepts, an all-natural energy bar company focused on loving people through everything they do. Each KiZE purchase helps feed the hungry both locally and globally through partnerships with nonprofits like the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Hope House Haiti.
36ºN member Robin Jones is the owner and marketing director of Robin Jones Marketing, LLC. She specializes in "footprint marketing" for the dental industry, offering a hands-on, tailored approach for each unique practice.
Oklahomans have a unique bent towards an entrepreneurial mentality. That was particularly evident at last week’s 2019 Oklahoma Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Forum, an event in which entrepreneurs and community leaders from across the state showcased efforts to support and encourage both high-growth startups and small businesses. The forum was a chance to share ideas, ask questions and connect local entrepreneurs to the myriad of business resources the state has to offer.
36°N member Mark Hellman Regouby is the founder of Running of the Bulls, Inc., the largest tour operator at the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. His company has hosted over 16,000 travelers and loves introducing people to the World's Largest Fiesta.
36 Degrees North is a 501(c)(3) organization led by the Executive Director, who reports directly to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The Executive Director is 36°N’s internal and external leader with high visibility throughout the local, regional and national venture communities. The successful candidate must demonstrate strong growth leadership or adaptation to change within an industry, preferably as either an entrepreneur or as an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder and must provide examples of strong connections within the local, state, and national levels. The ideal candidate will have a successful record of partnerships with external organizations responsible for economic development, entrepreneurship, business incubation, and/or community outreach. The ideal candidate also has experience managing or working with community partners across a broad range of industries and sectors.
36ºN member Mat Zalk is the owner and property manager of Keyrenter Tulsa. He specializes in the acquisition, renovation and operation of single and multi-family properties. Mat also serves as a “big brother” for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma (and encourages you to do the same!).
Taking your business international is one of those daunting ideas that leaves people one of two ways - all in or all out. CCK Strategies, a Tulsa-based CPA firm that specializes in strategic plans for new and prospering entrepreneurs, recently hosted a workshop in our space addressing some of the hesitations that keep business owners from leaping into a global market. Here are the common misconceptions they say prevent entrepreneurs from even considering international expansion.
At the end of January, we celebrated our third anniversary as Tulsa's Basecamp for Entrepreneurs- and wow, did we have a lot to celebrate. Since opening our doors, our mission has been to be the best place for entrepreneurs to find high-quality workspace, a tight-knit community and connections to helpful resources, so they can focus on creating long-lasting, impactful businesses. 2018 was our strongest year yet, helping a record number of business owners and their teams connect and grow. For more details (including some specific, big wins), our 2018 impact report is below. Thank you to each and every one of you who made the past year great. We're excited to see what's in store for the year ahead!
If you’re trying to increase your following on Instagram, chances are you’re buying into certain trends that are actually hindering your progress. Desiree Yearby, a PR specialist and adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University, recently taught a class at 36 Degrees North on how to develop your personal brand on social media, and during the class, she addressed some key Instagram faux pas. Here are the four things she says could be hurting your following, rather than helping it.
36 Degrees North is excited to announce Kojo Asamoa-Caesar as our new interim executive director. Kojo will serve 36°N by helping us maintain our momentum during the search for a permanent leader. He will step into the position following the departure of current Executive Director Dustin Curzon, whose last day will be Friday, January 25.
36°N members, partners and supporters- I am writing to let you know about a new chapter for 36 Degrees North. On January 25th, I will leave my position as Executive Director of 36 Degrees North to pursue a new opportunity as Head of Operations at Gitwit, a digital product and marketing agency here in Tulsa.
Listen to the second season of the F Word Podcast!
Building a restaurant in an up-and-coming part of town is risky on multiple levels. Yet Mike Bausch, the founder of Andolini’s Pizzeria, continues to do it, opening up locations in areas that many would call “dead.” In our final episode of The F Word Season Two, listen as Mike explains the theory behind his expansion and how his life experiences (like a stint in the Marine Corps) prepared him for inevitable failures along the way.
We are excited to end the year by adding a new member to the 36 Degrees North team! Katelyn Grubb is joining us as our new communications coordinator. She will serve the 36°N community by helping us boost awareness of our mission, programs, partners and members through social media, email marketing and other digital platforms.
If you make a deal on Shark Tank, the future of your company is all set, right…? Unfortunately not. Listen as Adam Teague, the founder of Two Guys Bow Tie, talks about the highs and lows of life after his big TV debut- and how his international success lead to an even more profitable company called Plank and Mill.
A chemist fed up with the bureaucracy of a large corporation takes the leap to start his own company. Thanks to some grit, great people skills and a bit of luck, Dr. Dayal Meshri has become a global leader of chemical manufacturing with his company Advanced Research Chemicals. His clients include brands like General Motors, Panasonic and Intel, who all depend on him for the components to power their products. Listen as Dr. Meshri talks about overcoming fears and a difficult childhood to build his wildly successful company- and using his success to give back.
KKT Architects, one of Tulsa’s top architecture firms, is responsible for designing many of the city’s landmarks. Over time, the company has proven itself to be resilient through both internal and external trials and changes. Under the current leadership of Andy Kinslow and Sarah Gould, the firm continues to grow and take on some of Tulsa’s biggest projects. But what many don’t know, is that one of the co-owners almost didn’t become an architect at all. Listen as Sarah shares her story of overcoming personal failure and unexpected hurdles to land in her dream job.
A landmark in Tulsa since 1952, the Admiral Twin Drive-In still draws crowds each summer seeking a fun, nostalgic night out. It’s alive and well today thanks to owner Blake Smith, who’s been immersed in the theater industry his entire life. And while the Admiral Twin continues to see success, Smith’s other local, indoor theaters have been dramatically impacted by the ever-evolving nature of the movie industry, forcing him to close multiple locations in the past few years. Listen as Blake talks about adapting to change and making hard choices in the midst of unexpected trials.
In May 2018, David Zipper and Rob Bole of CityLab conducted an assessment of Tulsa’s environment for fostering innovation-based economic development, along with a set of programmatic recommendations for city stakeholders. The following is a simple balance sheet of the ways in which Tulsa shows signs of being relatively more or less sophisticated than peers in the elements that contribute to growing innovative companies.
She just wanted to be her own boss and create some unique Mexican food. She had no idea her work would be the start of the revitalization of downtown Tulsa- especially since she had no formal business training. But despite flirting with failure multiple times, Libby Billings ended up founding some of Tulsa’s favorite restaurants and bringing new life into an area that many saw as dead. Listen as Libby talks about fighting for her dream, taking big risks to stay afloat and walking down the road less traveled.
He built one of Tulsa’s top creative agencies. He led multiple tech startups and raised millions in seed funding. He’s the reason Tulsa has a new city flag. To the outside observer, Jacob Johnson’s journey has been one success story after another. But behind the curtain, he’s like all entrepreneurs. He’s experienced failures like dropping the ball on the creative process, missing the mark on communication and hiring the wrong people. Listen as Jacob talks about the key lessons he’s learned as he’s dealt with his mistakes and evolved as a leader over time.
Listen as the 36 Degrees North team gives a preview of what's in store for season two of The F Word podcast.
If you've spent any time around 36 Degrees North, chances are you've had a great interaction with Daniel McIntosh. A member since January 2017, Daniel came on staff part-time at our front desk this past February. Since then, he's been a crucial part of building community at 36 Degrees North and advocating for our members.
We are excited to announce Levi State as our newest 36°N Community Associate! Levi has great energy and seeks to serve people well, making him a great fit for our team. Next time you’re in the space, make sure to swing by the front desk to tell Levi hello. Until then, learn more about him in the below Q&A.
That sinking feeling. You’re reading the news and you learn about a data breach. Hackers have stolen names, passwords and other data from a service that you use. It seems like we experience that sinking feeling more and more these days. But we don’t have to despair. While technology will never be impervious to attacks, we can make sure that we’re able to respond well when our personal data and passwords are part of a breach.