The Bottom Line focuses on the human story behind building and running a successful company in Utah. The personal journey of its founders and leaders, the hard work, the tough decisions, the temporary setbacks and the occasional lucky breaks that all weave together to become part of the company’s fabric – its culture and its voice – that ultimately leads to the team’s success. Our goal is to bring the audience along on an intelligent, thought provoking conversation that is more about the journey than the destination.
Host Doug Wells is a financial advisor and past entrepreneur who enjoys discussing both the joys and challenges of building a successful company. Doug is currently a Vice President and Member of Investment Committee with Albion Financial Group. Doug earned an MBA from Stanford University and a B.S. in Engineering from Purdue University. He also co-hosts a program with KPCW, in Park City, called Mountain Money.
The Bottom Line (Original Air Date: October 2, 2018) — There’s an oft-cited statistic that can put fear into the hearts of entrepreneurs–that 90% of startups end in failure. However, data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that 80% of businesses make it to their second year of operation, and analysts point to different expectations […]
The Bottom Line – Denver Lough, MD, PhD is the Founder, CEO and President of PolarityTE. On the program, Dr. Lough talks to Doug about what led to his decision to leave medical school at Johns Hopkins University to form a regenerative medicine company that would later be known as PolarityTE. PolarityTE is a biotech startup […]
The Bottom Line – Chris Knoch, CEO and founder of Big Squid–a company focused on bringing the power of data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence to business decision-makers. Knoch explains the technical intricacies of how Big Squid helps companies find the “hidden gold” stored within their collected data. He also describes what he looks for in […]
The Bottom Line – Troy D’Ambrosio, executive director of the University of Utah Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and assistant dean at the David Eccles School of Business, discusses some of the programs at the two institutions, including the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge; the Lassonde 400; and Get Seeded. He also shares experiences from his time in politics and as […]
The Bottom Line – Jeff Burningham, co-founder and managing director of Peak Capital Partners & Peak Ventures, discusses the value of investing in local start-up companies and the challenges of building a successful investment management company coming out of the 2008 financial crisis. In 2007, Burningham co-founded Peak Capital Partners, a private equity firm that owns more […]