cover art of the Creative Distillation podcastCreative Distillation is co-hosted by the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship's Research Director Jeff York and Faculty Director Brad Werner. Each episode distills entrepreneurship research into actionable insights.

What Is the Creative Distillation Podcast?

The nexus for this podcast came about through conversations between Jeff and Brad about the value of entrepreneurship research. Brad brings a strong business perspective to the Deming Center that compliments Jeff’s focus on academic research. In each episode the pair will focus on a recent study and highlight how this academic research is valuable to not only our students, but the broader startup community.

It just so happens Boulder has a booming industry for spirits and craft beer, so it’s only natural to visit a new location each episode and enjoy a tasty beverage while distilling the latest research.

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Credits

Creative Distillation is produced by Joel Davis at Analog/Digital Arts. Our theme music is "Whiskey Before Breakfast" performed by Jeff York on mandolin, Brad Werner on rhythm guitar, Philip Fernbach on lead guitar, Jayden Kazantsev on bass, and Bella Sherry on banjo. The show receives marketing support from Erik Jeffries and Stefani Harrison.

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Creative Distillation · 35: Weston Ring, Cellarperson, Wild Provisions & 4 Noses Brewing

Brad and Jeff are at Wild Provisions Beer Project in Boulder, Colorado, speaking with Weston Ring, the Cellarperson for Wild Provisions & their parent company, 4 Noses Brewing, about what, exactly, a cellarperson does, the experimental brewing approach at Wild Provisions, and why they focus on just two types of beer. Read the episode transcript here.

Creative Distillation · 34: Tony Kong (CU-Boulder) on Venture Evaluation and Information Signaling

Brad and Jeff are still at Liquid Mechanics Brewing in Lafayette, Colorado, where they discuss academic research with CU's Leeds School of Business Associate Professor Tony Kong about his paper "Will the startup succeed in your eyes? Venture evaluation of resource providers during entrepreneurs’ informational signaling" published in the Journal of Business Venturing. Read the episode transcript here.

Creative Distillation · 33: Davin Helden, co-founder, Liquid Mechanics Brewing

At Liquid Mechanics Brewing in Lafayette, Colorado, Brad and Jeff to speak with co-founder and Leeds MBA alum Davin Helden about collaboration between local microbreweries, curating the ideal beer list, and why an IPA will always be on it. Read the episode transcript here.

Creative Distillation · 32: Ethan Poskanzer (CU-Boulder) on Legacy Admissions

At Beyond the Mountain Brewing in Gunbarrel, Colorado, Brad and Jeff discuss academic research with Assistant Professor at CU's Leeds School of Business Ethan Poskanzer about his paper: Through the Front Door: Why Do Organizations (Still) Prefer Legacy Applicants? Read the episode transcript here

Creative Distillation · 31: Beyond the Mountain Brewing

Brad and Jeff conduct field research live in Gunbarrel, Colorado at Beyond the Mountain with Co-Founder Chuck Hixon. Listen to learn the story behind Beyond the Mountain -- and Phish! You can also read the episode transcript here.

Creative Distillation · 30: Camp Christmas and Season 4 Preview

Live from Camp Christmas in Lakewood, Colorado, your hosts, Jeff and Brad, conduct some field research speaking with Creator & Producer Lonnie Hanzon about the spirit of Camp Christmas -- while enjoying some of the spirits on offer there. After that, Brad and Jeff preview what's upcoming in our thrilling Season 4, including visits to several Front Range breweries, a Halloween pumpkin beerfest, and a road trip to the Social Entrepreneurship conference in Los Angeles.

Creative Distillation · Season 4 Trailer

Brad and Jeff share their excitement for Season 4 of Creative Distillation, in which we visit several fine establishments and enjoy many craft beverages with leading entrepreneurial researchers.

Creative Distillation · 29: Boulder vs Boston Beer-Off and Research Relevance

Creative Distillation · 28: Finkel & Garf Brewing and Brand Loyalty After an Acquisition

Creative Distillation · 27: PART 2: Upslope Brewing and CU's Executive MBA Program (A Special Live Recording)

Creative Distillation · 26: Upslope Brewing and CU's Executive MBA Program (A Special Live Recording)

Creative Distillation · 25: Ska Street Brewstillery and The Impact of Location Considerations on Venture Performance

Creative Distillation · 24: Sanitas Brewing and Autonomy Over Choosing Teams and Ideas

Creative Distillation · 23: Twisted Pine Brewing and Stakeholder Identification in New Ventures

Creative Distillation · 22: Under the Sun Brew Pub and a "Special Issue" on Meta-Analysis

Creative Distillation · 21: Ada Lovelace Gin and the Efficacy of University Entrepreneurship Programs

Hosts Brad Werner and Jeff York are joined by Dr. Chuck Easley from Stanford University.

Creative Distillation · 20: Straight Whiskey, No Paper

Hosts Brad Werner and Jeff York join Alastair Brogan, owner of Boulder Spirits at his distillery in Boulder, Colorado. 

Creative Distillation · 19: Suntory Hibiki, Entrepreneurialism and Worker "Freedom"

University of Colorado Boulder professors Jeff York and Brad Werner discuss the future impacts of contingent employment with Dr. Robert Eberhart, co-author of the study titled "Freedom is Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose: Entrepreneurialism and the Changing Nature of Employment Relations" and Associate Director of Research on Entrepreneurship and Society from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. 

Creative Distillation · 18: Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir and How Yoga Evolved Into a Global Industry

University of Colorado Boulder professors Jeff York and Brad Werner discuss Yoga's growth and the paper "From Patanjali to the "gospel of sweat": yoga's remarkable transformation from a sacred movement into a thriving global market" with Dr. Deborah Brown from the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and Dr. Shahzad (Shaz) Ansari from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.

Creative Distillation · 17: Dry Land Distillers and Authenticity-Based Entrepreneurship

University of Colorado Boulder professors Jeff York and Brad Werner discuss the intricacies of authenticity and growth presented in the paper “The New Food Truck in Town: Geographic Communities and Authenticity-based Entrepreneurship” and are joined by co-founder of Longmont-based Dry Land Distillers, Nels Wroe, to learn more about his own entrepreneurial road. He created a thoroughly Colorado experience with his distilled spirts.

Creative Distillation · 16: Breakside Brewing and Cannabis' Influence on New Venture Ideation

University of Colorado Boulder professors Jeff York and Brad Werner are joined by Ben Warnick and Alex Kier from the Carson College of Business at Washington State University to discuss their paper from the Journal of Business Venturing “Head in the clouds? Cannabis users' creativity in new venture ideation depends on their entrepreneurial passion and experience"

Creative Distillation · 15: Upland Beer and Entrepreneurial Hustle

University of Colorado Boulder professors Jeff York and Brad Werner are joined by Greg Fisher, Larry and Barbara Sharpf Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University to discuss his research titled "Entrepreneurial hustle: Navigating uncertainty and enrolling venture stakeholders through urgent and unorthodox action"

Creative Distillation · 14: Brewdog Beer and Founder Authenticity

University of Colorado Boulder professors Jeff York and Brad Werner are joined by Professor Isobel O'Neil to discuss research co-authored with York titled “The evolution of founder identity as an authenticity work process.”

Creative Distillationn · 13 Favorite Colorado/Holiday Beverages and CU Ph.D Research

University of Colorado Boulder professors Jeff York and Brad Werner are joined by PhD students from the Leeds School of Business.

Creative Distillation · 12: Avery Beer and Microfinance

University of Colorado Boulder professors Jeff York and Brad Werner are joined by: Tyler Wry, Associate Professor at The Wharton School, about Avery beer, and his paper: "Taking Trade-offs Seriously: Examining the Contextually Contingent Relationship Between Social Outreach Intensity and Financial Sustainability in Global Microfinance"

Creative Distillation · 11: British Beer and The Art of the Pivot

University of Colorado Boulder professors Jeff York and Brad Werner are joined by: Matthew Grimes, Reader (Associate Professor) at the University of Cambridge's Judge Business School, about British beer, and his paper: "The Pivot: How Founders Respond to Feedback through Idea and Identity Work": www.semanticscholar.org/paper/The-Piv…5877420d529f3

Creative Distillation · 10: Colorado Whiskey and Cooperatives

University of Colorado Boulder professors Jeff York and Brad Werner are joined by: Amanda Engelhorn, Tasting Room Manager, Spirit Hound Distilling; Desiree Pacheco, Associate Professor at IESE Business School in Barcelona; and Geoff Kistruck, RBC Professor in Social Innovation & Impact at Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, about their paper: How Formal and Informal Hierarchies Shape Conflict Within Cooperatives: A Field Experiment in Ghana: journals.aom.org/doi/10.5465/amj.2018.0335

Creative Distillation · 09: Innovation in Beer Brewing, and Gene Patents

University of Colorado Boulder professors Jeff York and Brad Werner are joined by Upslope Brewing founder Matt Cutter and Sina Khoshsokhan, Assistant Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship.

Creative Distillation · 08: Entrepreneurial Approaches to COVID-19: Plan, Pivot, and Persist (A Webinar)

From the Leeds' Alumni Career Webinar series delivered to the CU Boulder and local business communities.

Creative Distillation · 07: Creative Distillation Takes Over Boulder Tech Podcast w/Erick Mueller, Exec. Dir., CU Deming Center

University of Colorado-Boulder professors Jeff York and Brad Werner are joined by Joel Davis Producer: Boulder Tech Podcast.

Creative Distillation · 06: Spontaneous Venturing in the Wake of COVID-19

University of Colorado-Boulder professors Jeff York and Brad Werner are joined by Associate Professor Trent Williams from the Kelley School of Business to distill entrepreneurship research into actionable insights. Check out the book discussed in this episode: Spontaneous Venturing. An Entrepreneurial Approach to Alleviating Suffering in the Aftermath of a Disaster

Creative Distillation · 05: Entrepreneurial Responses to COVID-19

University of Colorado-Boulder professors Jeff York and Brad Werner distill entrepreneurship research into actionable insights.

Creative Distillation · 04: Patterns and Assumptions in the Field of Entrepreneurship

This episode was recorded at Boxcar Coffee Roasters. Click here to see the paper discussed in this episode, A fresh look at patterns and assumptions in the field of entrepreneurship: What can we learn?.

Creative Distillation · 03: How Business Model Innovation Emerges in Young Ventures

This episode was recorded at J&L Distilling. Click here to see the paper discussed in this episode, The Genesis and Metamorphosis of Novelty Imprints: How Business Model Innovation Emerges in Young Ventures​.

Creative Distillation · 02: Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

This episode was recorded at Asher Brewing Co. Click here to see the paper discussed in this episode, Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development: A Review and Multilevel Causal Mechanism Framework.

Creative Distillation · 01: Urban Farmers and Cowboy Coders

This episode was recorded at Deviant Spirits. Click here to see the paper discussed in this episode, Urban Farmers and Cowboy Coders: Re-Imagining Rural Venturing in the 21st Century.
For full transcript of Episode 1: Urban Farmers and Coders click here.