Recorded during the April Snowpocalypse of 2018, Robert Mehling interviews Joshua Sopko from Sioux Falls Startup Podcast. But first, he’s joined by phone by Seth Glover and Melissa Rochelle May for a very special Seth’s Book Club featuring a reading of the horror short story “Mama” by the author herself. This episode is sponsored by Macabre Grimoire Podcast. Macabre Grimoire is a podcast of paranormal and mystery exploration. Psychic/medium Ari Show, magician Travis Nye, and historian Robert Mehling delve into the dark places where mysteries go unsolved, events go unexplained, and the line between legend and fact becomes obscured. Whether you’re a skeptic, believer or something in between, the Macabre Grimoire will change the way you see the world. Coming May 1st! Learn more at MacabreGrimoire.com. The Sioux Empire Podcast learned in this episode that the only thing scarier than post-apocalypse cannibal warriors is letting your employees down.
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Seth’s Book Club
“Mama” by Melissa Rochelle May
A Short Horror Story Reading, story read in its entirety by the author.
Joshua Sopko from Sioux Falls Startup Podcast
Sioux Empire Film Festival
Macabre Grimoire Podcast
[0:49] Everyone welcome to the sioux empire podcast that corky but harmless podcasts all about to empire news coming music and culture in your post robert mailing and i am joined by wing man seth glover be of,
the iphone here because we recording this on the day of the freaking april blizzard that and i’m sure as president of the sioux empire you are all,
all too aware of how’s it going south.
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[1:25] Him and in the world that we are all thinking.
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If anybody wants to know how to make like eighty three that which for spring for cleaning bring your grill.
[1:51] Ah yeah that’s like a rain dance in april to do that there.
Oh so it sounds like you’re an interesting time this morning in the in our lovely spring weather.
[2:06] So there i was back in eighteen hrs and the storm that day the dead beat the door of thirteen and it manage why condition the complete.
She did it from the road.
Well what happened was my girlfriend got stuck coming home in two and going to get there but like i said new meeting her out of the situation so.
Muse and they’re trying to hours and the cops came and the cop with a.
[2:45] There’s a guy driving to the bank and he didn’t choose me on the road it just that they are the direct yup thanks dr becky still in in my trey delayed helping push push it in a.
There is no coordination between has there ever been i appreciate between the you know the water bill of the day they’re immune injury and didn’t.
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hello hello hank williams jr me and hundred pounds like that there who think your boyfriend and i are gonna try and put your house on the oregon,
big buck he didn’t which burn and the car with a.
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She’s like there more for moral support for you to push it back you can do is say that i agree.
Two thousand something after we got moved out because of your towing truck to come pick it because the cop didn’t have a shovel.
Or a means to pull out because they get into that they don’t get right home.
[4:04] Actually we’re giving wasn’t talking to god being there the cop was following her home and i have my car there and i had a background.
Didn’t think the car that has been me she’d like oh you should go around the the the blue back there you know champion but they paid that played that like.
The car and just say you just shook my head look better and shook my head.
Like that that’s not having an sorry off that i am legally turn on the road here.
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Book club in that is correct.
[6:23] Are you on the damn reading go ahead and jump right in thank you for joining us and yeah just top right in.
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We need a ride to the old meaning shack and an abandoned farmhouse later in the night before ultimately mom i love you the light in.
The surrounding my were controlled by a gang of ruthless that you can not people at the bottom from junction road between what you did the rapid city and his ball out the color.
Eight years after the end of everything a human being new it this however predatory behavior without you common.
Stumbling hungry and dehydrated in my what appears to be a completely abandon home hoping food or something liquid in the new american dad their mom have tried to break down the door.
We’re inside and let all the way to the basement or any of the women gathered make a p.
What are you doing here question the ball rolling with the flight millie jackson which there.
Hiking shelter something drink with anyone else model responded with the same locally.
Their demons that run the night searching to light or sound not rob them to.
Girl no morning hand delivers with erie friday no longer not long after that they let us go patching new floor near window on the first floor.
[8:31] And when i don’t recall there’s or the end of the conversation back to sleep with a clear impression that monolith next to me.
The empty space for me now free and i in finger down my spine over half my life that on the road mama hold up to put her.
I want to eat in the main living area what appears to be a five bedroom where.
[8:59] Amanda first immediately and grabbed my arm what are you doing here there are no whispering and the light of day apparently.
[9:08] Leave her be and elliott girl the girl from the neck and a woman aboard that are from a seemingly large group girl and he really means.
The new one that went out today.
She is mean for the second yes she said to watch out for the girl and how she get back.
You watch a rocky he dog is brown sold rocky where mama.
[9:37] She didn’t think i understand me like mama did and i heard about in the short.
Actually change baby’s grumpy when mama she called the man again from one of the younger girls.
Where mama she mean the girls wanna talk about baby.
Mom maytag three been on the edge of the world and everyone to get very quiet mom.
[10:08] Play board hundred windows and the pink pink light rain in the sun scraggly dead tree cast finger like shadow the crock might be lose some re in bed.
Where is momma doing from the window man hospitality her to the rest of the road towards the basement and side room.
[10:30] The outside turned black over in and he nearly as i turn back to the window and more not my style my.
Send me the back of buses here backed up to the wall a chain by having him do the right thing wouldn’t second year down my baby.
How they hear me.
What do you know if you have a wrap you running you me shouting out of the machine was practically drowning route.
But we don’t for awhile the emotion go back door the girl who pouring out.
Screen for back in the doorway and one girl stumbled into the slash marks across your change check-in date.
What can i do honey screen in the man made and what crash down jaime very last part was oh mama.
The man is like wearing her a.
[11:39] Wow just wow sorry ever heard the story once but it just like damn.
Very very well done for me,
yes where were we get mission accomplished and not in the like george w bush being honest aircraft carrier wait in the actual like flashing on your screen kind.
But it is funny when you know that tom job between mission accomplished,
god really yeah i haven’t watch i try to not watch national news right before i do podcast city to be to work.
Hehe i think it yup.
Will thank you very much for joining us where people are more about your work and stuff.
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The end of the world as we know it is really the one in which is the book that i’m writing on the top lid in the color in the nuclear apocalypse petrol in really good trump joke you really wanna get.
My shopping at the present without feeling really bad about me eating read that are coming out month by month.
I need to know how to look it up i just mama with jack him that with my my boy right there lol very cool will sink you very much for joining us and you and seth to stay on the snow.
[13:28] Of course the one hundred that yeah thank you very much.
Yeah you were and i hope you stay in the bay and worm and don’t work from home comes.
[13:55] Back everyone this is robert feeling joining me today is our guest joshua okay.
That’s that’s a running gag on a podcast i slaughter last name so here goes stop joshua sako.
[14:09] You did amazing not perfect yes yes a mini i’m not able to work rocco would obviate.
Nice okay perfect and when i got one that you are the host of the sioux falls start a podcast,
which is a relatively recent newcomer podcast here today the sioux falls area.
Very good podcast over i’ve really been enjoying it getting caught up here on the episode here before we we did this interview,
why don’t you just for some background tell us a little bit about yourself and,
and then specifically what about your story and whatnot me you want to start a podcast about start ups and specifically i’ll one focused on sioux falls.
[15:00] Pictures so.
A little bit about myself i used to be catholic but construction workers but a lot commercial feeling well being and and things like that.
On a on a cold winter day kinda like they were there all gonna be in welding and what are the job but i don’t want to do this anymore so,
i quit doing construction on back to school for graphic design jobs all the code and eventually got in the ship world.
Which is really what let me into getting into a podcast about entrepreneurship and getting to know entrepreneurial stories.
So when i was giving looking at doing the best that.
And quitting my job yo google can tell you a lot of things about how to start a business trip to go hear jack baby and you file a state go close out the.
That’s pretty straightforward but when i was struggling with how to how to make the leap of quitting my full time job an actually starting a business or company.
And so when i come down every don’t know how to make it musical until done it and ask them about their experience it started to.
Yeah that’s restart my printer so it would,
as except for only family how could you do in a drought here waiting young kids when you put your job you know it cost anything better on you know john meyer was was one of the first guys and i found a high school in the bay it.
[16:33] Umbrella cutting it to me that something to this whole time on preorder entrepreneurial journey and it.
Is everyone in conversation last night but that was just amazing contact well tokyo ghoul kinda scared they were and how they went on the struggle and.
You know the same feeling that was stopping me that they wanted anyways.
And i love to run a conversation in the amazing in and i wanted to share that kind of girl so,
originally i thought was accidentally stories great dental implant but i really enjoy writing.
On and i told i told john meyer about it so take pictures that don’t look like it’s great idea nobody can read it.
Know what all thanks john for a new car gas and they know dupont near me.
Increase me to figure it out and it was really how was born amen how could be very very nice.
Let’s see so what’s been one of the more.
[17:43] Get gets a little bit into like the nitty gritty of a podcast for those who are familiar it sounds like you look a little bit for like their story and their example like i’m always intrigued myself by the people that like you mentioned.
Paul taking doing the starting a business and had a wife and kids to support stuff like that that always.
It always blows my mind is that takes guts you know to.
To do that when you’re especially like if your me here like a very high anxiety person or some of it just as a warrior in general it’s kinda like.
Well turn up to eleven so.
I just can’t was working for people who have just made a big where you can order people from all walks of life.
On i kinda forgot the third party question getting that’s okay has a family question but what get let’s let’s give people an example of like what what in the in format,
can i expect if when we listen to an episode of the sioux falls shahrukh.
Yeah so that the format is it can’t interesting question because when i got started when i can apply to different ways the number to have a listen to a lot of podcasts.
And one that i gravitate toward are the one that are overly for us but they’re pretty heavily and.
To interview someone are great.
But when i was going to be gone through that went into my personal got no idea how to go into about editing down the podcast really.
[19:21] I just went into the but only industry in fifty nine on the conversation.
But there’s a lot of rambling about not where is he insulated is it one of the companies don’t half hour episodes are really just,
bring people with me to the content so the format wise of things.
Relive but i have a lesson is so i can talk to the little and then i i cut out.
The automatic the meeting is right everything in between there.
On that if that makes sense of what my scale with read and that’s really the format that i tried to replicate in my own way so.
Yeah and that’s that’s the the way to do it i i kinda let my podcast roll most of them some of my produce like that like the new one about coming out but it’s really likes to empire podcast is very on model p we just kinda like,
whenever people blur out but that’s kinda the nature of it is a little bit about you know spontaneous kind of like you’re sitting around with friends talking environment,
so it works for that for that format but yeah,
if you’re doing something that’s produced were especially like in a business podcasts i listen a lot of business podcasts like you need to be a little more.
Little more polished and is especially business podcast listeners tend to be,
unlike you know i’m a dan carlin hardcore history fan so he sends me wants a quarter six our podcast i’m like oh boy and i just got out but most business podcast listeners are not gonna sit through.
[20:58] You know an hour podcast almost let alone you know you know something that drags on for three hours or something like that was you break it up in pieces.
But i but yeah like you said just getting that they want to gist they want to meet they want actionable data from it you know they like the inspiring story two but you know.
I’m sure you’ve been in business environments for you just like okay okay this year like a presentation or a conference or something real like okay let’s get to the actual like practical how do i do this nice thing you’ve just get said we should have.
Yup and it is not always in the.
Two to put it together because something in our seventies podcast was by far the hardest one because that guy long-winded,
i mean he hit a story telling and it is talking to you know how it goes in the trailer and a parking but i’m hungry story.
But we really need to know about his neighbors dog.
Yeah it’s okay on and on about it but we will great but i have no idea hundred and thirty minutes for the account and in on that they don’t know half hours story can dance on.
What was the challenge for me over the counter the phone challenge.
Oh i live in that they think i like to think that most of the author’s appreciate.
I need to take it out looking for that didn’t really matter to me that the story which was am taking a big risk in your life young kid that.
[22:33] And he was working you know in the morning however at night the white back often for period of time it was a real one alot of white on it when he was a lot of big challenges and has a in,
and that’s what i wanted to talk on that’s what i wanted to get out and share of people in thing on the system that is not for everybody but,
before that noise successful you know who is going on checking back on boy is really inspiring story so.
[23:04] Very cool so now in your podcast you just wrapped up season one.
So am i even when one was meant to be that the pilot beating furniture what to expect like i can do a couple and nothing to be back in the back of her like the i just extended six six short of about.
Very nice in there good episodes very solid like the the pulsing thinking one is really good and then.
The most recent one here that the season finale of you will was pretty good idea let’s see what when can we expect season two or what’s your kinda time frame and thoughts on that.
Yeah that’s a little bit we rent and i have all green on you would be podcasters wasn’t losing fluid what you know originally.
[23:59] Everything else thinking i’m power tripping but no longer than what people that a really want without on on probably looking to two special.
The theory of the summer and i got a couple of it on about what i wanna do and it might even be a spin off of the gas pedal another newcastle.
On which which might be a different thing on an imac with rubbing it all together but it’s dangerous is and it’s like one c pod cast it’s like.
In the ticket from a guy that started with one podcast four years ago and now i’m running six and i have to teach me i have to pitch meetings this week from people who have,
ideas for the grease podcast ever so yeah,
but it’s addictive is because you get you get one good idea and that as you’re doing it you’re like oh man what if i did a podcast about this.
Exactly that’s been in the back and one of them go on the green on you know the way that i can call you improve and the people that have been sharing you know i.
You got that going for me that either start a business and all that you know from personal hundred actually started because of my i guess that’s why i have.
So i was totally gonna have to keep going well but that’s going into other people’s that all you know i related some restaurant,
spurs defending their story it really hurt me to keep driving and keep pushing on and keep pushing through the challenges number in yeah i wanted.
[25:33] Going with that being and finding ways to inspire entrepreneurs,
over four people that are on the fence were just like me just a few months ago when i quit my full time job as a dependent but the doctor for my old company on the web design web development.
It’s a big deal you know no one hundred,
paid for selling an aspiring people that way i think waiting until also not really anything like it on so one thing but i really wanna that are really twenty with,
wanted to know if i can get enough interest on and off for for gas into a sort of summer on someone who.
Come with me three to four people and how many people get but i would highly failure stories.
I am interested in pics on the victim never get anybody to do it,
oh not surprised if i’m in a couple feelers out there and i only got a handful but the political what i wanna do to find people to,
start a legit and.
Or they quit their full-time got the one all in on something whether the garage restaurant or a clothing and whatever it is and whatever it doesn’t matter why but they couldn’t make it work and shut it down.
How long does it even matter what are coming out there’s a four hundred if they on the job whatever.
But the point of that is they took a big risk when trying to get me killed and they’re still here.
Do you know what people what if i failed because it what if you fail it no were still interested in the year.
[27:07] Do you know and i really wanna highlighting get that perspective from people on that that have been there you know that kind of another during the store in,
and what they’re doing what that’s like so that something and really hoping to get out this summer on as part of the upholstery pica very cool.
[27:26] Let’s see um so yeah that was my other things to get into the failures mini series on um that’s let’s see.
[27:38] What what do you think is the biggest surprise you’ve learned from these entrepreneurs could you be launched into this trying to learn yourself about how to pursue this what.
This is there anything that like sticks out to you as being like man i did not see that coming when i launched into this.
[27:56] You know one of the question but i ask everyone who reads what’s your definition of that and.
[28:03] I was twenty when i started to have the same question the question but i’m stuck with that question very because every time the answer is different and and i appreciate that so much because we all start this journey.
Who is this it wasn’t for five hundred percent and it money or finances or something like that but.
When talking on phone or been doing this for forty five and will you never say that the location that’s,
is always different and always crying always appreciate the perspective of,
if i work out that question is how do you define success today and out of me for then what you define but when you start it because a lot of times,
i think we are on speaking right before it started my business lol i’ll be successful when you know i get two hundred clients when i get two hundred thousand right now when i get in a five hundred.
[29:00] And only done with orders that is to think that way to.
And now they saying now my documents and most of that is you know having thirty employees that go home and i will be there families who playing that’s it that’s pretty damn awesome that that’s how they that’s what,
get them up in the morning to pursue their business and take care of the boys appreciate that a lot.
Yeah it is that’s kind of a tangent here but what we do with the sioux empire podcast attendance is and always blows me away when you get into like the management leadership kind of rolling a business the.
The threat of how my gonna pay my employees and stuff like that cuz this like it’s one thing if you’re like well i guess i’m gonna be eating ramen this month or something like that when your stomach starting out your on your own in like an apartment or something.
It’s another when it’s asking like i can’t pay bobbing bobby’s kids and all crap no.
And does all the things that i appreciate about open a can story.
Because he went thru that it wasn’t that without yeah he went through a period where he couldn’t make payroll,
and thank heaven with the same way he got a phone call and i remember it was sorta feeling in my stomach and the number of that girl standing,
when my account called me and said hey are the payroll over to very successful entrepreneurs that would that,
and the silver story about holy crap that’s the one thing that you are employed by the year the day.
[30:35] I’ve been talking noise we can becoming more crate without no hire someone but it is on and expect to pay them what happened working gonna you know that i got working for the next really excited.
To officially get going on moving to like and kinda thirteen on model that whore again and very still serving the on.
But i get i get an accident waiting to happen question but only the people who killed hat,
what an and you know i find that something with podcasting that you know i’m always warning people have helped people lot start a lot of podcasts.
You’re not here not you know mark mariner whatever and you’re not gonna get like richard millions of listeners and blah blah blah right off the bat or anything in you may never get like a huge fall with the podcast but,
for me so far even after doing it for like five years.
The value has been in the the connections and networking and the skills i’ve learned i mean.
Podcasting is made me a better communicator it’s made me a better business person it may be a better,
managing a team even programming the you know my day job it’s like it’s even help me with that because of my side projects where i try to like set things up on my website for the are says feed and stuff like that is like that.
You know just so my skills you pick up from it and what not get a podcast always has that the kinda like under.
[32:07] Under full benefits that aren’t even like related to podcasting but i am apple and.
Did i put a thousand percent you said that,
it’s not the financial gain if there is any damage that make sure i’m doing work that young connection born on that have proved to be invaluable in online now on first name basis with a lot of people,
go it never know me you know and if i have to work on my can call me in hoover and withholding and i can i can probably don’t like to copy,
on kindle have access to which is really big deal with also can pinpoint on.
Can internal kind of to add to that point on was just talking to a friend yesterday about the contest.
And don’t want to loose on the right over the back of mind but i can laugh but then it but yeah i get it i don’t i don’t live in.
And he never sold a thing other than that that’s actually people who live outside off that off that commercial six so that.
Nice burger and i never intended to have an hour after all over the weekend but i wanted to that obnoxious and open it up or on unit just just.
Capability for later on never expected you can come from and on.
But i wanted ex out of my users expect the haters going to be a commercial somewhere in the middle of the circle of.
[33:43] And where do the electrical what kind of hoping to hold on there and i was always pretty a pretty impressive that.
Very nice so let’s see joshua where can people learn more about you and the snowfall start a podcast.
Here’s how we have open but the rate we’re going to go under a major construction project here in incoming on when we put it to bowl first story dot com.
So strong in but you know that is available cuz three times but the full service dot com um i think,
i got my parkinson all the camping p on the dot on the camino garlic ago but the contact form of no it can’t find at the,
one major hurdle that i had thirteen which is when john told me that i got a general,
i really don’t to me at that time in my life just a few months ago and mp three or something that i down loaded from after i call.
You know so to go buy audio equipment and in this recording and not that i’m not a tech savvy person on the web developer that we.
That’s a far cry from opening of an audio file different kind of tech.
It is pretty crazy old super intimidated by that so i help to my learning curve for the paper trying to kill a brick wall on.
[35:14] But when i when i got everything done looking for a total of what they do not have to push it,
hi testing being on and i don’t know all that i have to buy them so that should be on a loan now on i know that when i first got a lot of people in on the fun hacking going to be included on,
you know that the app for that you on but i got orders also served me wherever you go on your bike out if you to search for simple start of stories.
It should be available somewhere so will sounds good joshua thank you very much for joining us.
And thanks for appreciating me on the on yeah what can be the person i know i was just telling the other person they interviewed over the phone today that this is like,
what’s the like to do wherever you weekend at some point we’re actually have you guys and having that you actually like to see us face-to-face with.
It would be cool you know but thank you for bearing with us with the with our interesting spring weather and stay out of snow and take care yourself.
[36:19] Sounds great this empire cuz proudly presents this week’s shameless plugs everyone it’s just me so,
for shameless plugs this week i am gonna go ahead and take a couple cents,
i’m the only one doing it let c and i will include links to our guests that we’ve interviewed him in the show notes so you can check that out and you can learn all about them through that.
Couple things i wanna plug are the.
In my other podcasts like urban indians podcast persecution tactical pain those are all of the sioux empire dot com and you can learn all about them there and subscribe if you want,
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that’s that’s how we grow is just a word of mouth and people that enjoy it enjoy hearing some original local content and hearing what’s going on in the community,
let’s see and then i also want to plug the.
Macabre more podcast starting may first that are paranormal psi phi paranormal weird history investigations podcast where it’s me.
Get on being a history nerd with google so i call myself a historian and then re show who is a medium.
[37:54] You know so she can do cool readings and dream interpretation stuff like that we were recorded episode about that was pretty cool.
What’s the and the magician travis nine with his you know,
sleight of hand and his investigative an observation abilities also joining us and gas so it’s a great show starts may first to be sure you check that out,
and lastly of to mention that we are officially a the sioux empire that is is officially a sponsor of the sioux empire film festival again this year we’ve got a lot of really,
great films that were in the selection lineup and we actually have a seth did an extended interview with the,
south the director from south dakota of the film teeter totter pap and patent we we have that on file an extended bonus interview and we will be putting that out the week of the the film festival so,
you know we’ll we’ll be covering that and bring you updates on everything with that we hope to see you at the sioux empire film festival and like is like eight set,
previous interview that’ll be at the washington pavilion.
So thank you for listening i hope wherever you are your safe and you are not trying to drive through,
to bad a snow hopefully by the time you listening to this were in better spring weather thank you for joining us and have a wonderful rest.