Get your free shipping consultation and Shippo Pro Plan free for 6 months! Go to https://GoShippo.com/hack Get a free 30-day trial of FreshBooks right now, no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/HACK and enter HACK THE ENTREPRENEUR in the how did you hear about us section. Matt Hunckler is an international speaker, relationship builder, entrepreneur, and firm believer that you do not need to live in silicon valley to work and succeed in tech. He was raised in a family of entrepreneurs, and he started his first business when he was still in high school – much to his mother's dismay. After a brief stint trying to follow a more traditional employment path, he inevitably ended up back on the path of entrepreneurship. Today, he is the founder and CEO of Powderkeg, a digital community for tech entrepreneurs and professionals building innovative companies in tech hubs between the coasts. He is also the host of award-winning podcast Powderkeg: Igniting Startups, a show that shares the most fascinating stories of professional growth and innovation coming out of communities across America. Now, let's hack... Matt Hunckler.
CC050: Matt Hunckler of Powderkeg // connecting talent to startups in the Midwest
Interview begins: 6:10Debrief begins: 45:00Matt Hunckler is the founder and CEO of Powderkeg.Powderkeg is a platform connecting tech talent in the middle of the country to the Midwest companies they're searching for. Founded in 2017 after emerging from Verge, one of Matt's earlier companies, Powderkeg has more than 10,000 active members, all with the goal of staying connected to startup communities outside of Silicon Valley.An Orr Fellow from Indiana University, Matt has had a hand in a number of startups. He's been passionate about Midwestern startup communities for a while, and in today's interview, he shares his ideas on the current trends happening outside the Valley.We discuss: Ad: Finding experienced employees for your new business with Integrity Power Search (4:53) History of Matt and Powderkeg (9:37) Decision to rebrand Verge to Powderkeg (13:30) Powderkeg membership (14:56) Fundraising in the middle of the country (16:14) Powderkeg approach to connecting companies and talent (20:27) Talent gaps (23:38) Current Midwest movement (24:45) Changing ecosystems through Powderkeg (27:30) Cross-section of different startup cities (30:56) Novel approaches to growing startup scenes (36:50) Why not start your own fund? (40:22) What's missing from the Midwest (41:47) Learn more about Powderkeg: https://powderkeg.com/Follow Mike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HuncklerFollow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefmAdvertise with an upside classified: https://upside.fm/classifieds--This episode is sponsored by Integrity Power Search, the #1 full stack high growth startup recruiting firm between the coasts. They partner with venture capitalists, private equity groups and CEOs to build amazing teams for the world’s most disrupting companies.Learn more about or get in touch with Integrity Power Search: https://upside.fm/integrity
There’s another Hunckler building community in Indianapolis? This week we chat with Matt Hunckler about the entrepreneurial career that led him to accidentally start Powderkeg. Matt, brother to alumni Josie Hunckler of Rabble Coffee, spent his youth designing buildings, desirous of being an architect. While visiting friends at IU during his freshman year at Purdue, Matt would drop-in to the #1 rated entrepreneurship school in the country where he learned how concepts like accounting and finance were the building blocks of a business. As you might expect, Matt transferred to IU, where he started his first business after listening to alumni Scott Hill's presentation about his experience as an entrepreneur. After graduation and while in the Orr Fellowship, he started a group called Verge for entrepreneurs in the tech space to get feedback on their projects. It wasn’t his intention for it to grow, but it’s now a comprehensive, curated platform to connect the right people to the right culture in tech. Specifically, in areas that do not have a dense population of talent. Take a sip of your Hotel Tango whiskey as we learn about how vital culture match is to employee retention, about the growing tech community and industry, and the struggles of growing a lifestyle business. We even have a special, uninvited guest who tunes in. Drink deep of the culture that surrounds you this week with Matt Hunckler of Powderkeg. Visit the Powderkeg website here! Review the episode on iTunes, Twitter, and Facebook! Join our community on Patreon! The drinks we tasted...Hotel Tango Whiskey Check out our sponsors for this episode: Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery - hoteltangowhiskey.comFacebook - @hoteltangowhiskey Instagram - @hoteltangodistillery Twitter - @hoteltangoindy LinkedIn YouTube 2nd St Creative - A small shop you can trust with your big ideas.http://2ndcreative.comhttps://www.instagram.com/2ndstcreative/ https://twitter.com/2NDcreative https://www.facebook.com/secondstreetcreative Sun King Brewing Co - Sun King Brewery celebrates 10 years of Independent craft beer with a party on June 22nd. Live music, food trucks, and the release of GFJ. Tickets are on sale now at sunkingbrewing.com http://www.sunkingbrewing.com https://www.instagram.com/sunkingbrewing/ https://twitter.com/sunkingbrewing Drink Culture Website: https://www.drnkcltr.com Drink Culture Newsletter: https://www.drnkcltr.com/newsletter/ Drink Culture Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/drnkcltr Drink Culture Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drinkculturepodcast/ Drink Culture Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drinkculturepodcast Drink Culture YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvrw7Fqfw4ZORgZMPJKio-A
Matt Hunckler and Powderkeg: Innovation Outside of Silicon Valley
An Indianapolis Business Podcast: Off the Circle
On this episode, we interview Matt Hunckler of Powderkeg. There's no doubt of the massive impact Matt has had in Indianapolis on the technology community. From his origins as one of the first Orr Fellows to Powderkeg, he's skyrocketed and accomplished somethinging truly special. We discuss his journey and Powderkeg in this episode. Powderkeg is a network of more than 10,000 entrepreneurs, investors, developers, and supporters who are passionate about creating massive value through software, technology and their innovative businesses. They host regular tech conferences, pitch competitions, and industry events in host cities around the U.S. and publish the best strategies and methodologies for growing a technology business. Special Guest: Matt Hunckler.Sponsored By:DK New Media: If you're a marketing and technology firm that isn't driving leads through your online presence, we can help. We help you develop and execute a digital marketing strategy while educating your staff and providing all the resources. Promo Code: offthecircleSupport An Indianapolis Business Podcast: Off the CircleLinks:Indianapolis Tech Census — The Indianapolis Tech Census Report explores the momentum, factors, growth and challenges facing the Indianapolis technology community.Powderkeg Events — Connect with awesome technology companies between the coasts.Powderkeg Podcasts — Interviews with the the world's biggest thought leaders in business, technology, sales and marketing, venture capital, leadership, and lifestyle design to dissect their success habits and share their stories with our growing community. Powderkeg — Join Powderkeg's community of founders and professionals building authentic relationships and meaningful companies around the world.
Matt is the CEO and Founder of Verge, a tech startup community throughout the Midwest. He's also the host of the Powderkeg Podcast, a podcast focused on helping startups learn from established entrepreneurs. You can follow him on Twitter here. In this episode, we discuss: His early beginnings in the Orr Fellowship His failed attempts at a startup How Verge was never supposed to be a business His lessons learned from the inventor of voicemail Show notes are available at ObsessedShow.com.
Matt Hunckler: Threads Startups Together Through Verge HQ
Launchpad: A Show About the Entrepreneur's Journey
Matt Hunckler Episode Information Matt Hunckler is no stranger to being an entrepreneur. He started off his journey as a DJ and progressed towards digitizing old media, so it’s no surprise he runs one of the most successful startup communities in the second tier startup cities with Verge HQ. After building up a successful web design business through outsourcing and learning about the right way and wrong way to sell a business, Matt would go on to be at the forefront of an industry that would soon explode. Unfortunately, when he and his partner started their Birch Box style business, it was right before the tech explosion that would help launch companies doing the exact same thing to prominence. Sometimes being one of the first doesn’t equal success. Find out how Matt feels being so close to something that would later explode and bring in big investors and whether he would rather have continued down that path knowing what he knows now. Deciding to shutter a promising company, Verge was created to help bring together a community of entrepreneurs that, until now, had no real place to connect in a city that was on the verge of a startup boom. Since creating Verge, Matt Hunckler has become an expert on the art of the dreaded Pitch. Using his THREAD method, he has helped hone the pitches of several entrepreneurs and created an environment to allow them to thrive in the Venture Capital (VC) world. The THREAD method can be described as: TARGET: Target your vision and who you are approaching HOOK: Hook the audiences’ attention RAPPORT: Build a connection with your audience ESCALATION: Begin to stack the pieces of your business and really deliver the hook ASK: Ask the Venture Capital firm to invest Pro Tips #1: Be Specific About Your Ask How Much What Valuation What Purpose Pro Tip #2: Shut Up Oftentimes people don’t know when to stop talking and give the VC a chance to sense weakness or find a problem with your company. DROP ANCHOR: Leave something behind that creates an emotional connection to your pitch. The post Matt Hunckler: Threads Startups Together Through Verge HQ appeared first on Launchpad.
Community as Launch Pad (with Matt Hunckler, founder of Vergehq.com)
The Intrepid Entrepreneur
Very few entrepreneurs in the world can say that they started their first business when they were a wee young lad – for Matt Hunckler, founder of Verge, he started his first business in high school! First, a bit about Vergehq.com. It’s basically Silicon Valley’s neighbor to the East, er – Midwest. More specifically, Verge is the largest platform in the Midwest for software entrepreneurs, developers and business investors. It’s growing like wildfire! There are over 3,000 active members in many cities and Matt has his sites set on more than doubling the cities that are still “unlocked” in terms of having Verge presences. Okay, back to Matt. So that high-school business? It gave Matt the Fever BIG TIME – the fever to be an entrepreneur that is. Not bad for a guy who started his post-college career selling vacuums door-to-door. Verge is actually Matt’s third start up, and he’s still quite young (you’d never guess he has three start ups under his belt, look at his picture!). Listen in today to learn about what motivates Matt and how he's building an amazing tribe in Verge. Don't forget to subscribe and rate The Intrepid Entrepreneur on iTunes! Also, make sure to visit www.livinguber.com to learn more about the show and Kristin herself.