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Episode 73: Is Northwest Arkansas The Next Silicon Valley?

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IANWA 73 Bjorn BK Simmons

Duration 30:40

IANWA Open [0:11] It's time for another episode of I am Northwest Arkansas, the podcast covering the intersection of business, culture, entrepreneurship, and life in general here in the Ozarks. Whether you are considering a move to this area or trying to learn more about the place you call home, we've got something special for you. Here's our host, Randy Wilburn.

Randy Wilburn [0:41] Hey folks, and welcome to another episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. I'm your host, Randy Wilburn. I'm excited to be with you today. He's not my good friend yet, but I'm working on that. But Bjorn Simmons is one of the founders of Venture Noire and I'm going to let him explain exactly what he does. But before I let Bjorn talk, I wanted just to say that one of the things that I have found in spending time doing this podcast 70 plus episodes and just in the last year alone, there is so much about Northwest Arkansas that even a lot of us that have been here for a while don't even know about. One of the things that I really was able to tap into as an African American is, of course, we have a lot of African Americans that come and work at the Big Three, Walmart Tyson JB Hunt, but there's also a lot of African Americans that go to the University of Arkansas that matriculate through graduate and then stay here. And I think it's interesting to see the trajectory of these individuals that choose to stay here in Northwest Arkansas, which as I always say, is a great place to live a great place to raise your kids, but I just thought it would be really cool to bring Bjorn on and talk a little bit about what he is doing here. He is a U of A graduate. So, without further ado, Bjorn Simmons, how are you doing today?

Bjorn Simmons [1:55] Hi man. I'm doing well. Thanks for having me.

Randy Wilburn [1:58] Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. I'm excited to have you on the show. Well, one thing that we do on the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast is we always have people tell their superhero origin story because we all have. But I'd love for you to give our audience a cliff note version of who Bjorn Simmons is and how you got here to where you are today. And I'll talk a little bit later about how we connected, which I think is interesting as well. But I'd love for you just to share with our audience a bit of yourself.

Bjorn Simmons [2:25] Yeah, I love this superhero origin story. I was a superhero key [inaudible 2:29] kid, and so I mean, movies still the Avengers, right? Kind of forever. Absolutely. So, I guess you know that sums it up. I've always worked to be a part of the Avengers, right? In essence and really from Arkansas. Born and raised in Arkansas. My dad lived in Michigan, though when he moved out, I was like five. And so, I spent every other year going between Arkansas and Michigan. So, I got to see two completely different lifestyles and I think they kind of added to my welcomness into different communities in different environments but also exposed me to the growth that comes from experience and just by actually going other places. And so, I graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2011. I moved out to Atlanta, Georgia, immediately from Northwest Arkansas. I enjoyed my experience in college but I was so ready to leave that place and just really go jump out into the world. I think Northwest Arkansas at the time seemed like a bubble. I think it's still a bubble in a lot of ways but at that time, it was definitely a bubble and it wasn't real life. And so, I wanted to jump into real life and move out to Atlanta, the Mecca [inaudible 3:35], blacks, culture at that time. And he worked in politics. I would be by Obama again. So, I worked for Stacey Abrams, who recently ran for governor hopefully becomes a VP in this upcoming election. Still, I work for her and her Representative was then the democratic whip Carolyn Hughley on their team for about four years on a number of rows from intern to chief of staff to directors, campaign director and so I was really all over politics at that time. I aspired to go to the White House just to work with Obama one day, but at the same time, I was always entrepreneurial and created my pathway. So even in college, I started my kind of marketing agency and started doing events and promoting and doing things outside of my curriculum. I majored in marketing, but marketing at that time was highly focused on retail marketing. And I really wanted to get into more so the creative aspects of marketing so I kind of created my own agency. I started doing work events and things like that soliciting sponsors. And that side hustle gave me an opportunity to go to South by Southwest in 2014, where I was working with a startup to do a projection bomb downtown Austin, Texas. But immediately getting off the plane, this feeling overtook me of this world of entrepreneurship innovation. South by Southwest created an atmosphere that welcomed entrepreneurs, corporations, culture about web music, talent, film in a professional setting where you can work and play. And I knew that this is the world I wanted to be in. And so, less than six months later, I quit my job in politics and jumped into my first startup and I mean, literally on the road to Syracuse, New York, driving up. I quit my job and committed to an incubator program, where we lost my first daughter, Wiser*. And so that startup journey has led me to where I am now. Both my startup founder to raising capital to working with big corporations all over the world to become an ecosystem building and going inside of a venture fund which worked for Centrifuge in Cincinnati, where I was in the community catalyst, and my job was to build the ecosystem and connect with other programs, entrepreneurs. And so all of that work has brought me back home to Northwest Arkansas for the launch of Venture Noire and through that, all of my experiences from being a political enthusiast, community activist, entrepreneur and a techie in an ecosystem builder has kind of made me now commit to building inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems for up and growing regions like Northwest Arkansas. And so, my job and the focus for launching and pitching Venture Noire was to really create a pathway for underserved entrepreneurs, primarily people of color to take advantage of resources and growth opportunities that are unique to the region.

Randy Wilburn [6:31] Yeah. I'm going to put you on the spot here but if I was a junior African American junior at the U of A with a really great business idea, how would you sell me on staying here after graduation? How would you take me under your wing? What would you say to me?

Bjorn Simmons [6:47] Yeah. So, when you look at the live entrepreneur's cycle, I think what the startup community has done has really put into practice the entrepreneur journey and steps to take each and each path. And so, from ideation all the way to exit, here are things that you should do. How I will convince a student at the University of Arkansas to stay in the region is to one, make sure you utilize all the resources that are there at the institution to get your company off the ground. And that's from intellectual property, solidifying and identifying the team, as well as mentors and advisors to support you along with your growth. So, [inaudible 7:26] and resources, as far as grants and opportunities to fund your startup and get as much off the ground as possible before you even go to market. Make sure you're building your business from a solid foundation right there within the confines of the institution. And then second, utilize the [inaudible 7:44] support organizations that are there in the region. There are a number of them on the outside of you--- just mentioned the [inaudible 7:49] Startup junkies. The Chambers are really active in the community. Endeavor plug and play now in the region and others that are committed to the growth and success of entrepreneurs and so connect with them. Join the entrepreneur support organizations. Join the entrepreneur community. Because what I did learn along my journey is that the community really, really, really supports the growth of successful entrepreneurs. And sometimes it's undermined, but it's exciting to see Northwest Arkansas actually has a community that you can join and be a part of. And so, there is a pathway to entrepreneur success and you don't have to just go work for Walmart in order to be successful, or one of the big corporations in order to be successful in the region.

Randy Wilburn [8:27] Yeah, absolutely. Not that there's anything wrong with going to work at Walmart because you can provide insight and be an important part of the process from inside the system, i.e., like a Walmart or a Tyson or JB Hunt and then you can also do it externally. And you've had a chance to kind of do both so I think that benefits people well.

Tell me a little bit about how this big pitch competition came about. I only found out about it late, and I wish I had really had a chance to put my ducks in a row and participate. Somebody sent me a text the night that it was due. And I got the application by the time I read their email it was like 11:30 at night and I was like rushing to fill out my application and do it. I said, you know, I will let some of these younger kids with some really good ideas, throw their hat in the ring. And I had a chance to be on a conference call with a number of people that you brought together and I was just honestly really impressed, not only by the number of businesses but just the contact and the context through which you provided that zoom call last week. I mean, you had a gentleman from Arkansas that is out doing VC investing in the Bay Area. You had one of the pickers, if you will from Shark Tank. They provided some--- I was just taking notes. I had like four pages worth of notes. So, I took a lot of notes, but what caused you guys to bring this program together?

Bjorn Simmons [9:56] So, when we came up with the initial pitch and the idea of Venture Noire, it was always to provide access to opportunities, curriculum, mentorship, capital. Just resource as a whole to communities who may not always get access to those resources that aren't readily available to start communities or underserved communities. And so, from our network, we were able to really just tap into it. A lot of things I'm doing right now are really tapping into my network and exposing them to Arkansas, and I think that's super essential. Because when I think about my younger self, one of the reasons why I was so eager to leave the place because I didn't feel the access was readily available. And so, programs like Pitch Perfect, which we did last week as a workshop to help companies understand how and the importance of pitching their business, is a way for us to connect regional local entrepreneurs to world-class resources within our network. And we only hope that our network continues to grow. But there's also something that's very unique to Northwest Arkansas is that you have world-class talent that's right there? You have the number one company in the world doing business in Northwest Arkansas. So, they have connections and resources throughout. And so, you're right in that people working for those corporations within the region are essential to the successful of entrepreneurs as well. They become great talent, they become great mentors, they become buyers and customers, so they have incredible assets to provide. And so, what we're doing is from a programmatic standpoint by way of letting you know why it just created a series of events and activations to support the growth of the development of undesired entrepreneurs. And so, the big pitch actually came in response to COVID as a way for us to put some money into the community and also recognize that there are entrepreneurs of color doing good business in Arkansas. So, when we looked at the stats that came out about the PPE investment*, PPP COVID stimulus support resources that were invested and awarded to companies, the black and brown award was low. You're talking about Five percent less went to black and brown entrepreneurs and only 12 percent of those awarded got what they asked for. So, there's a lack of support that went into the community. And so, we just honestly responded with what we can control. We were already on track to do a pitch competition. It was initially going to be an innovation pitch competition to recruit companies to the region. But with everything going on with the pandemic, we decided to shift that model a little bit last week the big pitch* as a way to talk about businesses doing good business in Arkansas, recognize them and provide some capital in their hands. So, we're only doing $30,000 this year, or at least this first round. I hope that increases and that this becomes something that we can do continuously but I really more than anything wanted to stimulate conversation about the investment into black and brown entrepreneurs during this time.

Randy Wilburn [12:56] Yeah. I love that, and as I was kind of looking back at my notes and I mean you had---. What's Earnest's last name?

Bjorn Simmons [13:05] Earnest Sweat from GreatPoint Ventures.

Randy Wilburn [13:08] Yeah, GreatPoint Ventures and he's originally from Arkansas, and I mean, he just dropped some knowledge about, you know, dealing with---. If you're going to go after VC money, how to go about it with the difference between VC money and private equity and the different options that are out there available to you, I personally am not one that likes to give up much ownership. So, I prefer to look for alternative ways of investment but I mean, I just think that that's really good. And I think Brandon Andrews is the gentleman from Shark Tank, and he had some really, really great ideas about bringing your A-game to your pitch, making sure that you can own it. And we actually had several people that are participating in this, go do a dry run of their pitch, which I think is helpful because this is the kind of thing where you don't write this up and then just go do it in front of an audience; you have to practice this. As a matter of fact, and correct me if you think I'm wrong, but I believe that a pitch needs to be--- it just needs to come off your tongue naturally as if it's second nature. Am I right? So, I just think it's good. So, it was really great to see them participating. We actually have had a guest, one of your honorable mentions was Big Box Karaoke, and they were a guest here on the podcast, I am Northwest Arkansas. And I'm actually going to go through this whole list of folks eventually. I'm going to try to connect with most of these folks and get them on the podcast at some point in time. The founder of Oculogx is coming on. We are meeting on Friday, and I'm doing a podcast with her. So, there's just a lot happening here in Northwest Arkansas and there are some really, really good ideas. I think there's a lot of people that are just sitting on the sidelines, and sometimes either they don't know about things like this, or they don't think there are people out there that can actually help them through the process. Would you agree?

Bjorn Simmons [14:59] Yeah. I agree with both. I think people's awareness is definitely an issue. Man, I think Noah's Ark* is always a place where you can get comfortable really easily if you get the job you want within the company where you can make good money, take care your family and get into a level of comfort that is [inaudible 15:17] and makes you happy. The opportunity though is the region is growing so fast is for [inaudible 15:24] to be disruptive, right? To bring innovation to the region to really make no [inaudible 15:29] destination for innovation with those corporate leaders being there. Oftentimes, they're sourcing from my experiences they're sourcing innovation in other places, right on the coast, east and west coast and Silicon Valley, New York, things like that, even internationally. And so how do we drive the region to be again a destination where they can find true innovation. Where you can find innovative solutions where you have outstanding talent that's there ready to go and doing good business doing big business as well and finding success doing that. I would love to see over time, more people get engaged in this industry and to lend a hand. I would love to see more talent come in from the corporations that they've been trained for years and support new innovative solutions. And also seeing more people come from other regions, even across the state of Arkansas, across the nation and even internationally to Northwest Arkansas, for this purpose, to come and do business here to create a life here and kind of join the growth in the community in the culture that's built-in there. I think they've already done a great job with the arts community, and created this nation out there. And now, we are still working to create the same assets for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs and make sure they feel welcome and belong there.

Randy Wilburn [16:47] Yeah, it's almost like we need a momentary for entrepreneurs.

Bjorn Simmons [16:51] Absolutely.

Randy Wilburn [16:53] When you think about it, you got Crystal Bridges. I've been all over the world. Crystal Bridges is one of the finest art galleries in the world period. And then you've got The Momentary, which is kind of like a playground for artists a playground for creatives. And it's almost like man, okay, well now we need to create a momentary for entrepreneurs where they can kind of fine-tune their craft, kind of doing what they're doing with the big pitch competition and what so many other programs are doing because you're absolutely right. There is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to resources here in Northwest Arkansas. You've got the Sam Walton School of Business. You've got a bunch of innovation programs that are going on. And I'm drawing a blank right now but what's the basketball player and he's got the right there on it's killing me now. It's right down. Yes. Ronnie Brewer of Innovation. There are so many good things happening there. And--- were you going to say something?

Bjorn Simmons [17:51] I was gonna say the Brewer Hub has actually operated about by the university. Ronnie Brewer is not running--- the Brewer name is connected to it but the university's entrepreneur program [inaudible 18:04].

Randy Wilburn [18:04] Well, he's a perfect example of what we see a lot, which is that the people that have some success here in Northwest Arkansas tend to give back to this community. Whether you're operating from a nonprofit perspective or a for-profit perspective, there are a lot of opportunities for you to tap into the knowledge and the success that this area has achieved both on the biggest of biggest stages, as well as the medium stages, and even the smaller stages. And there are all kinds of opportunities for you to expand. And to me, it's better or easier, I would say, to try to do it in a place like this where you could go to New York, or you could go to Boston and you could get eaten up. And it's not to say that you couldn't make it there but you have a much better shot of connecting with the people that are actually moving and shaking at the same time. And, I think therein lies the difference.

Bjorn Simmons [18:56] Yeah, I would agree with that. I think there is much less noise here for sure. And then you'll find that other places. But I also wouldn't say it is necessarily easier because the successful entrepreneurs here have been traditionally great business operators, right. And so how they look at operations here where you may go to the coast and get an idea off the ground here, that's nice, the chances of that are slim to none. Because there is a heavy focus on operation and how you're able to operationalize your business before you even get the support and investment that you need, but that's a good thing. That means that you have this opportunity to really build good businesses here. And coupled with the success of the corporation that is here in the region as well.

Randy Wilburn [19:43] Yeah, I mean, and all that says is that if you're going to build something, you're going to build it right the first time. Like they say, if you're going to build a building, you start with a solid foundation. And if you don't have a solid foundation, which sometimes businesses are missing out, whether it's accounting or whether it's marketing or some other facet, that just comes up a little short, all of your results and the outcomes will show because of that. So, you have to be really, really mindful of that. So, how are your teammates on Venture Noire? I'm looking at the website, and that's at venturenoire.org. But I'm looking at all these beautiful people here, and they are doing a lot of different things all over the place. But how have you guys just decided, hey, we're going to focus in different parts of the country and see what we can do to make some things happen?

Bjorn Simmons [20:33] And we're still figuring all of that out. I think connectivity is one of the things that we are focused on. Make sure that we're getting from Northwest Arkansas in other regions, that we have connectivity, and connect to each other. So, the exchange of resources is kind of where things are going. I'm on the ground in Northwest Arkansas, and the rest of our team is all over the country doing good work. Everybody is still demonstrating a commitment to this space and bring forward resources. And so, being on the ground at Northwest Arkansas is super important to get ingrained into the community and connected to resource like you said, as well as understand where the talent is and create more conversations about inclusive innovation. The ecosystem was already moving before our guy here and so our role right now is to make sure that inclusion is built into the foundation of where things are going and make sure that you have the opportunity as well as representation of founders of color and from different geographic backgrounds, as well as gender breakdown as represented within the growth and success for this place. And so, that's the work that we're doing and focusing on right now is building that community, organizing those resources and structuring programs and opportunities for entrepreneurs to really find success. There are a lot of things that we are fighting against. The number one reason why a startup fails is that it implodes because it fails from inside, so that leadership development is essential. And so, one thing we do know is that the corporations have great training programs and mentorship opportunities, and so bringing some of that institutional knowledge out into the entrepreneurial ecosystem is essential. And those are the kind of things we are really trying to cultivate and build a community around and organize resources to where an entrepreneur at any stage whether they're corporate, professional now or a student, or somebody in another region that has an idea that they can actually look towards at what's going on in Northwest Arkansas and find an opportunity to build and go full force in entrepreneurship.

Randy Wilburn [22:42] I love that, and I think now more than ever before is the best time for people of color and minorities and women to start businesses and to get out there and to try things. I know I've actually even used some of this quote-unquote downtime that we have had with this Coronavirus pandemic to try out and test some different things that I didn't think I had time to do before. And now it's opened up a whole new world of opportunities and I'm really thankful for that. What else after the big picture are you guys working on? Or are there other things that people should be looking out for that are going to come from Venture Noire in the near future?

Bjorn Simmons [23:23] Absolutely. So, we have a lot more things that we're working on. The big pitch is coming up with some of the stars from someone into the community, but we have initiatives to take and enable small businesses. One of the things that we found out here is that a lot of entrepreneurs are traditional business owners, right. Some are new, but some have been in business for 20 years, found success and doing their business a certain way. And so, they haven't innovated their business practices right by onboarding some technical solutions. And so, our next workshop is called Power Me. It is all about empowering the minority entrepreneurs in providing them with the technical assistance and resources they need to operate more effectively and efficiently within a business. And so, we're excited about that. Later in the summer, we have a minority business exchange. It's all about deal flow, connecting with opportunities to do business with corporations and government institutions, and others that are sourcing solutions. And so, we want to identify those solutions and present them to the corporate, to some buyers for opportunities actually to stimulate deal flow here. In addition, today, we will have a digital conference connected Monday. This exchange is all about highlighting resources in different areas. And so we're working on partnerships with different cities like Houston and Cincinnati and Canadian market to where we can share resources across lines across borders to where we can say, hey, what are the resources that you have for minorities and African American and brown communities and how can we share those. Can we exchange deal flow? Maybe your business doesn't. A business doesn't move to Northwest Arkansas, but maybe they open an office here, and they find opportunities here and they're hiring here and that's good too. We just want to make sure there's a place for inclusiveness and entrepreneurship when it comes to [inaudible 25:08] Northwest Arkansas.

Randy Wilburn [25:10] Yeah, well listen. I say it all the time. You couldn't have more fertile ground than you do in Northwest Arkansas in terms of opportunity. And you know, that I mean, that's why Sam Walton came here so many years ago, and ultimately built what they built at Walmart. And that's an example on the large side of it. But even on the small side, even if you're just doing a half a million or a million-dollar startup and getting some things off the ground, this is a great place to set yourself up for success. Because not only do you have some great resources here, but actually there are also some pretty solid human resources here, meaning people. That if you need to build a good quality team, this is a place where you can do that. And if you need to attract some people because I believe that with this whole pandemic, we realize that most of us in most situations could work from home and get away with it. But even if not, if you had to get some people to move and up and relocate, I could think of worse places to come than Northwest Arkansas. So, I think there's a lot to be offered in this area.

Bjorn Simmons [26:20] Absolutely. And, you know, I echo that, I think Northwest Arkansas is one of the places that continue to rise even through recessions and keep a stable economy and so that speaks a lot to the wealth in the region, and ability to do again, good business. So, we just want to convene that for the most part. We want to be a master convenient facilitator, all these resources in organizing those tracks, supporting businesses that within our portfolio and inviting others to contribute in support of the success, inclusive of entrepreneurship.

Randy Wilburn [26:53] Absolutely. I love that inclusive entrepreneurship. So, Bjorn, I appreciate you taking time out of your schedule to connect with me. I was appreciative of your time last week at that event, and I certainly will be at the pitch competition. I think this episode will come out after that competition so, we will be sure to link to the people that actually won that event. So, people listening to the podcast can check them out, check out their businesses. And then also you could check out Bjorn and his team at Venture Noire, that's venturenoire.org. Bjorn, if people wanted to reach you directly, what's the best way for them to do that?

Bjorn Simmons [27:27] Yeah, I'm on social media, LinkedIn, Bjorn Simmons. Instagram @bksimmons. Facebook, all that stuff, B K Simmons. My website is bksimmons.com, personal website, so you can learn more about me and things that I do. But I'm always eager to connect and thank you for providing the platform for me to kind of share my story and what we're doing. I'm super excited to be back in Arkansas doing this work, excited to connect and collaborate with more people. And I hope it's not that I hope, I know we're going to do some great stuff here really soon.

Randy Wilburn [27:58] Right. Absolutely. Even with everything else that's going on in the world, now is the time for us to kind of be helping each other out to advance and to realize the dreams that whatever dreams that we've to have on our hearts to do, it's that time to do it. So, I really appreciate that and I'll be sure to put all your contact information on the show notes so people know how to reach out and connect with you. And again, we really, really appreciate you taking the time to speak with us and thank you so much and good luck to the competition this week. And keep doing what you're doing keep grinding, keep making it happen and we appreciate you more than you know.

Bjorn Simmons [28:35] Thanks, man. I really appreciate that man. Thank you for what you do.

Randy Wilburn [28:38] Absolutely. Absolutely. Well folks, there you have it. Another episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. It was great to have Bjorn Simmons on the show- venturenoire.org is the website for his company. These guys are really doing some great things here in Northwest Arkansas. If you are a listener and you are a person of color, you've got a business or business idea, I highly recommend that you connect with Bjorn and his team and at least talk with them and see what's possible because you don't know unless you open your mouth. So, I highly encourage you to do that. That's all that I have for you this week. Another episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. We appreciate our listeners so much. I just want to encourage you. You can find the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast wherever great podcasts can be found, including Apple, Stitcher, Google Play, you name it, we're there. And as always, our podcast episodes come out every Monday, so if you're looking for something to listen to throw into your podcast rotation, take us out on a run with you. Take us out on a drive with you. Take us out while you walk the dog in case you don't want to talk to your dog on that walk. You can listen to us on the podcast. I'm being funny about that. But anyway, you get the idea. So, come check us out here at iamnorthwestarkansas.com. We really appreciate you guys. Thank you so much for listening, and we'll be back next week. Peace

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About the Show:

In this episode, we sit down with Bjorn “BK” Simmons, Managing Partner with Venture Noire to discuss the local Startup scene here in Northwest Arkansas. Bjorn is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and after raising $2M in capital he wasted no time getting his startup, Wyzerr Inc., off the ground. 

We connected with Bjorn after learning about the Big Pitch competition he recently did with the Walton Family Foundation.  They pulled together $30,000 for the Virtual Pitch Competition with Entrepreneurs of Color.  The event, which took place on June 4th, 2020, was a tremendous success.  We got a chance to witness the virtual coaching call before the event and the event itself.  Bjorn and his team at Venture Noire know what they are doing and are really good at coaching up entrepreneurs. 

In addition to Venture Noire and the Walton Family Foundation, several other local firms and organizations had a hand in the Big Pitch event including, the Greater Bentonville Chamber of Commerce, The Venture Center, Frost PLLC, Wright Lindsey Jennings, The Foundation for Social Impact, High Street Equity Ventures, and StartUP NWAR.   

Hear more about the Big Pitch event and Bjorn’s efforts with Venture Noire to help with diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts to help build confidence and profitability in underrepresented founders. 

All of this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas.  

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