Just before Thanksgiving, Insider Louisville CEO, Tom Cottingham, and I were invited on STARTUP, a podcast helmed by Cox Media Group’s Director of Digital Strategies, Dan Vonderheide.

We’re in awesome company. In his 38 episodes, Vonderheide has talked to local entrepreneurial superstars such as Roobiq CEO Adam Fish, iGlass Analytics founder Grace Simrall, Michelle Jones, creator of Consuming Louisville, BEAM Technologies CEO Alex Frommeyer and Jason Fall, founder of Social Media Explorer, now an executive at CafePress.

He also interviewed the people in town who help grease the wheels for startups, including Tendai Charasika, Bobby Ferrari at Greater Louisville Inc. and Ted Smith, director of Economic Development and Innovation for the Fischer Administration.

Tom Cottingham, Insider Louisville CEO.

The focus of the discussion was #OpenCoffeeLou, the Monday morning meetings that started five weeks ago. But we also tackled the thorny issues of the perceived talent gap in the city and what this city is missing when it comes to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

As the co-host of a podcast (Louisville, Not Kentucky), I was tickled to be on the other end of an interview, but Tom steals the show as a radio/podcast-natural.

Maybe Insider Louisville should get into the podcasting biz?

Listen to the Open Coffee Louisville episode of STARTUP here.

From the podcast website:

About Dan Vonderheide: Dan Vonderheide is the Director of Digital Strategies for Cox Media Group in Louisville. He hosts “STARTUP”, focused on startup companies and small businesses around Kentuckiana. Dan has been married for 10 years, has three kids, and will make your ears bleed with his Les Paul guitar. His amp goes to 12. This whole thing was his idea.

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