News from 36 Degrees North
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.
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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.
Like almost every other Tulsan, I ventured into The Gathering Place on Saturday afternoon for its grand opening. The park, as I’m sure you’ve heard by now, is 66 acres of stunning playgrounds, gardens, sports courts, dining areas and walking trails. And the grand opening was done right, complete with a parade, a pseudo-skydiving mayor, music from The Roots (Jimmy Fallon’s house band), a light show, and thousands and thousands of people. And while that was all quite exciting, something about the day impacted me on a deeper level. And I haven’t been able to shake it.
Need help navigating the business side of the music industry? Want to make a living doing what you love? Check out the above video for a candid discussion with Tulsa icons Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson as they explain how to pursue your ambitions full-time-- without being a starving artist.
Jillian Nielsen is the founder of Well Said Jillian. She does voiceover, on-camera and live emcee work for ad agencies, production companies, PR firms, corporate marketing departments and nonprofits. Jillian's voice has been used for brands including Pandora, The Melting Pot, 3 Musketeers, Tyson Chicken, Walmart, the United States Air Force, Dell and Chevy. Her aim is to help her clients meet their marketing and financial goals by informing and motivating their target audiences.
A PR agency. A recruiting company. A vodka bar. All very different endeavors with their own unique challenges. However, there's a common thread in these three companies. They were all founded by Tulsans who had the boldness to say "I can do this"- even when they weren't sure they actually could. Join us for this special, panel-style edition of The F Word podcast as we chat with Nicole Morgan, founder of Resolute PR, Dixie Agostino, founder of Switcchgear Recruiting, and Andy Cagle, founder of Inner Circle Vodka Bar, about how they got started and the big (and expensive) mistakes they've overcome to get to where they are today.
Meet Sheridan, our newest 36°N team member! Sheridan is fun and bubbly and so good at making people feel welcome- making her the perfect person to hold down the fort at our front desk. In addition to working at 36°N, she's currently studying human development and family science at OSU Tulsa (go pokes). Her ultimate goal is to become a child play-therapist.
Seth Lewandowski is the co-founder of Periwinkle, a company that provides professional garage cleaning and organization services.
Amy Buchan Siegfried is the co-founder of Last Night’s Game, a triweekly publication that makes sports news easy to understand. The company aims to help the "sports curious" learn about all the latest sports buzz... without all the extra jargon and statistics.
Russ Kirkpatrick is the co-founder of Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions, an Emmy Award-winning film production company. Russ and his team produce feature length films and documentaries, with the hope that their audience will be entertained and inspired. They also provide video messaging for companies and nonprofits.
Dylan Goforth is the editor-in-chief at The Frontier, a digital media startup committed to bringing their audience top-notch investigative journalism, with a focus on government transparency.
Acclaimed actor Denzel Washington once said, “Show me a successful individual, and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living. If you do it well, I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” We, here at 36 Degrees North, tend to agree with Mr. Washington. We believe, as entrepreneurs pursue their goals and dreams, that their efforts are bolstered in the context of community. Especially community with those who have "been there, done that."
Tammy Torkleson is the founder of Indigo Technology, a software company that builds technology solutions for businesses to use to recover missed revenue opportunities.
Troy Robinson is the founder of Lionsrock Web Creative, a company committed to helping business and organization leaders convey their brand's value to industry influencers using collaborative design, engaging media, simple web publishing tools, and target-audience evaluation.
Melissa Bryce Gamble is the executive director of The Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders (GFPD), an international 501 (c)3 nonprofit, public charity focused on funding groundbreaking research on peroxisomal disorders as well as supporting families impacted by the rare, devastating, terminal childhood illnesses. This cause is especially close to Melissa's heart as her oldest child, Ginny, was born with a peroxisomal disorder and sadly lost her battle with the disease 3 years ago. The work Melissa does for the GFPD is in her memory, so that, hopefully, someday kids born with a peroxisomal disorder will live longer, happier, healthier lives.
Thanks to everyone who came out for our Business of Retail panel! We hope you enjoyed learning from Adam Teage, founder of Two Guys Bow Tie Co., Shavonna Caldwell, founder of Habit Boutique, Angelene Wright, owner of Ida Red, and Shawn Zenthoefer, owner of Dwelling Spaces and The Goods Bodega. If you missed it, you can watch the full recording below.
Alan Faulk is the founder of Why Not Consulting, a training agency that creates sales training materials for a larger European training organization. His team researches, develops, and writes trainings that become animations and simulated activities.