The F Word with Dr. Dayal Meshri, Advance Research Chemicals

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.

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The F Word with Sarah Gould, KKT Architects

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.

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The F Word with Blake Smith, Admiral Twin Drive-In

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.

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Highlights from the Tulsa CityLab Assessment

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.

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The F Word with Libby Billings, Elote

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.

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The F Word with Jacob Johnson, Gitwit Creative

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.

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Welcome to the Team, Levi State

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.

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