S1E1: Phil Votaw, Podcast Interview

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 1.48.04 PMWelcome to Season 1, Episode 1 of the Technology – Business – Culture Podcast where we feature thought leaders and unique perspectives from tastemakers, independent thinkers and others that share a common interest in pursuing excellence in work and life.

Today’s episode feature Phil Votaw, a personal injury attorney in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Phil is well-known in the region, not only for his successful practice, but also for his unique commercials (made by Mike Hart at 5 Star Productions) that catch your attention.

I’ve know Phil since his firm became a client of Kirkham Systems a few years back, and have always enjoyed our discussions. And I can vouch for the fact that “you’ve never met a lawyer like him”.

Phil is energetic, curious and passionate. He is also a recovering accountant, but now only practices law.

This podcast was recorded the day after the launch of the Tesla Model 3, so we just jump right into a Tesla and Elon Musk discussion. You also hear Melanie Radcliff in the background, who will be a guest in an upcoming episode.

Mentioned on the show (none of these are affiliate links, but wish they were):

Elon Musk biography by Ashlee Vance – awesome book. (I recommend reading Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender first. Done this way, you understand that Elon Musk is no Steve Jobs – not that there are any like him – or me – or Phil – anyway.)

Phil’s Movies (IMDB links):
Dances With Wolves
The Quiet Man
The Green Mile
Blazing Saddles
Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Tom’s Movies (IMDB links):
Scent of a WomanAl Pacino Scene (YouTube)
Thomas Crown Affair
Live and Let Die
Glengarry Glen RossAlec Baldwin Scene (YouTube)

Phil’s Music (Amazon links):
Hotel California
Beethoven’s 9th and 5th – Berlin Philharmonic
Macklemore (Artist’s page)
Barenaked Ladies (Artist’s page)
Out of Africa Soundtrack
Dances With Wolves Soundtrack
Billy Joel – Songs in the Attic

Phil’s Books (Amazon links):
Author John Scalzi (Writer’s page): “You can get to his blog by typing the word “Whatever” into Google. No, seriously, try it.”
Author Robert Heinlein (List of books on Amazon)

TBC Podcast Introduction, Episode #000

Welcome to the Introduction episode of the Technology, Business and Culture Podcast! We just like to shorten that to the TBC Podcast.

I’m your host, Tom Kirkham. I’ve been involved in technology my entire life and a businessman for well over 2 decades. I invest in technology, start businesses around technology and try my damnedest to lead a fulfilling life, because, after all, what is the point?

TBC is certainly about technology, business and culture, but one of the things we wanted to do is explore the intersections of these things. The intersections of technology and lifestyle; the intersections of culture and business.

As CEO of Kirkham Systems, one of the things that I noticed about our clients is their unique ways of doing business, using technology, and living a fulfilling life. Among them are thought leaders, renegades, rabble-rousers – the crazy ones, if you will.

What is fascinating is that each is different, and what works for some, will most certainly not work for others. However, we can all be educated and inspired.

This is why we will discuss, ask questions, and explore the thoughts, ideas, and systems of these entrepreneurs and leaders. How does their culture work? How do businesses leverage technology? How does culture and technology enhance each other?

We’ll also be curating content of interest, opining as we see fit. As much as I would like to say that TBC will be G-rated, sometimes I feel so passionate about a topic that, well, it just seems right to throw in an expletive or two. If you can’t handle that, thats okay. Frankly its a way to filter for the true rabble-rousers. 🙂

We hope you enjoy the ride!


Congrats to everyone at SpaceX!

Looked practically flawless. Good week, Elon!

This is the link to the live broadcast, not sure if you can replay it later, though: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html