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

Analyst on Tesla Stock

teslalogoContinuing the “all Tesla, all the time” theme…

By way of Barrons’ Ben Levisohn:

Global Equities Research’s Trip Chowdhry contends that the Model 3 has been “designed for the iPhone generation”

Tesla has set a formidable world record of any Consumer Technology company, of booking orders of more than $11.6 Billion within the first 72 hours…

General Motors Bolt is DoD (Dead-on-Departure), and General Motors should just cancel this project; completely misses the mark with the iPhone generation consumer “It’s An Ugly Tiffin Box”

Tesla Model 3 has been designed for the iPhone generation consumer, whose lives are digitally super-centered … and competition is completely clueless .. somehow it seems that existing auto manufacturers believe that iPhones can be powered by Gasoline and not Batteries

Many of the same sentiments I expressed in this post. Notice the “Consumer Technology” reference to the company.

Judging from the following comments, I’m not sure that many investors get just how revolutionary this is:

tesla has proven with factory conducted cross country test drives that they are only able to get 45mph average speeds on a cross country trip. If you are ok with that in a $130,000 car, then good for you.But I can get an average speed of 70mph driving 12 hours in a 1970 VW beetle, on gasoline.

the fatal error that tesla is making is the decree that gasoline is evil and must be shunned at all costs (no matter how much more you must pay for their cars).that is false to the point of being religious delusion. Petroleum has been the foundation of modern civilization for the last 100 years, and will continue its role for the next 100 years.

And, this post must have been alcohol related:

this story proves that tesla has totally failed in its quest to make battery powered electric cars replace gas powered cars.

Seriously, do these people even know what a Tesla is?

Noteworthy Announcements from the Tesla Model 3 Launch

We’ll be taking a break from “all Tesla, all the time”, but here are some points from the unveiling event:teslalogo

  • Elon started the event mentioning that CO2 has reached over 400ppm – the highest in 11 million years.
  • Musk mentions MIT study that asserts 53,000 early deaths yearly from auto emmisions.
  • 3600 Superchargers now – 7200 by EOY 2017; quadruple the number of destination chargers by EOY 2017.
  • 215 showrooms/service centers – 441 by EOY 2017
  • Gigafactory will absorb entire world’s lithium production.
  • Gigafactory will have the largest footprint of any building of any time, second only to the Boeing building in volume.
  • Gigafactory will produce more lithium batteries than all other factories combined.
  • Will not be able to buy a better car for $35,000