Episode 99

Published on:

13th Mar 2022

Investing in the Self and Others with Ted Alling

Today we speak with entrepreneur and investor, Ted Alling. Ted is a leader in Chattanooga who uses his entrepreneurial achievements to create opportunities for others.

He is the co-founder and former CEO of a $500-million startup, Access America, which merged with UPS subsidiary Coyote Logistics.

That initial success allowed Ted and his fellow Access America founders to create Lamp Post Group, a venture capital firm and tech-focused incubator located right here in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Lamp Post is responsible for developing and incubating literally dozens of startups. From there, he co-founded Dynamo in 2016, a venture-capital fund with a focus in logistics technology. And then in 2018, he and his wife Kelly, helped to found the Chattanooga Preparatory School, an all-boys charter school. 

Chattanooga Prep is designed to provide unique and impactful educational opportunities for the young men in the city’s urban communities, and it opened to its inaugural class of sixth graders in August 2018 and now has over 300 young men.

It’s been a wild ride throughout the past two decades, and Ted has not only succeeded himself, but has an ability to bring others along with him. He has also done a lot of personal development and learned a lot, sometimes the hard way, about himself, others, and best practices when it comes to building companies and culture. That is why we wanted to speak with him on the Big Self Podcast.

Time Stamps:

4:00--Ted's love of the Enneagram

6:24--The biggest hack for all our listeners on the Enneagram

10:20--The progressive realization of a worthy ideal (what success is)

18:00--How some companies are living out their values now more than in the recent past

27:43--When Ted and Kelly met David Robinson in researching for their prep school

30:57--How Chattanooga Prep selects the 70 students they enroll each year

34:40--How they create the "Disney World Experience" for the kids right off the bat

37:43--When Ted first discovered the power (and addictive nature) of the Blackberry

40:33--How Ted recognizes how some have huge advantages over others

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About the Podcast

The Big Self Podcast
The Enneagram at Work
For the first two seasons, Shelley and Chad discussed everything from burnout to productivity to self-awareness. Now the duo deep dives into all facets of the Enneagram, all packed in the form of practical, actionable insights. For leaders and team-builders in the business world, as well as those practicing the Enneagram on their own.
Big ideas + True Self = Big Self.

About your host

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Chad Prevost

Dr. Chad has advanced degrees in creative writing, literature, and theology. Being married to a psychotherapist has been another education. A workshop leader and entrepreneur, he has started and participated in writing and literary arts communities in New York, Austin, Atlanta and Chattanooga. He also has experience writing as a journalist for startups in tech and logistics. He is the author of several books of poetry, as well as interactive-fiction for youth. Over the years, he has innovated writing processes to foster reflection and insight, narrative strength, and authentic voice.