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43 minutes | Nov 1, 2022
Seeing the Writing on the Social Wall: Emily Pritchard of The Social Lights
Emily Pritchard knew this whole social media thing was going to be a major deal, and that's why she bet big on the platforms early in their lifespans. Now, as the CEO of The Social Lights, a fast-growing social media marketing agency in Minneapolis, Pritchard takes the entrepreneurial fire from the early days and focuses it on guiding the company to bigger and bigger things. How did she land clients in the early days of the business (and social media)? Can a brand presence on social media ever really be genuine? Pritchard talks about it all in this episode.
49 minutes | Oct 25, 2022
Community Is Everything: Maria Ploessl of Minnestar
As the Founding Executive of Minnestar, Maria Ploessl has spent the last five years building community — and relying on it. As the single full-time employee on the staff, Ploessl makes the Minnestar machine run with the help of dedicated board members, community members, and probably a lot of coffee. In this episode, Ploessl talks about the recent MN Tech Job & Opportunities Fair and Minnedemo37 (both held during Twin Cities Startup Week 2022), the evolution of the Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO) network in Minnesota, and how those ESOs can continue to work together to elevate founders in the state.
50 minutes | Oct 18, 2022
Start With The Problem: Cihan Behlivan of BETA
From an investment banker in Turkey to the owner of a substance abuse clinic to a devotee to the world of technology and hospitality, Cihan Behlivan has had quite the journey so far. Now, as the Entrepreneur In Residence at BETA (in addition to several entrepreneurial ventures), Behlivan is dedicated to helping fledgling founders navigate the early stages of startups. Hear Behlivan talk about his early days, how he approaches working with early-stage founders, why empathy is key, and much more in this episode of The tech.mn Podcast.
47 minutes | Oct 11, 2022
Do Introverts Make the Best Salespeople? Lisa J. Smith of SMITH Company
There has been lots of ink spilled about the attributes of extroverts and introverts, but one thing seems to be no-brainer — extroverts, with all of their powers of socialization, must make the better salespeople. ...right? Maybe not, according to SMITH Company CEO Lisa J. Smith. In this episode of The tech.mn Podcast, Lisa discusses the not-so-hidden powers extroverts have when it comes to closing big sales, forming meaningful professional relationships, and more. Note: This episode was recorded before Twin Cities Startup Week 2022.
37 minutes | Sep 15, 2022
Twin Cities Startup Week 2022: Shelisa Demuth of BETA
With Twin Cities Startup Week 2022 upon us, The tech.mn Podcast welcomes Shelisa Demuth (Executive Director, BETA) to talk about the festival, the Minnesota startup community, and the future of BETA. Learn more about TCSW2022 and get your ticket HERE.
51 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
A Journey of Mental Health: Tim Bornholdt of Bionic Giant
From struggling to get out of bed because of an email mistake to stepping away from The Jed Mahonis Group, Bionic Giant CTO Tim Bornholdt joins the podcast to talk about the ups and downs of his mental health journey. Content Warning: Discussion of suicide. If you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help and support is available. Dial 988 to call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
43 minutes | Aug 23, 2022
Marketing, Games, and Marketing Games: Jon Bauer of FFW and Game Phoenix
Jon Bauer is a seasoned marketer and seasoned video game nerd, making his role of Chief Marketing Office at Game Phoenix make a lot of sense. Hear Jon talk about his path in the marketing profession, his love of games, and what it's like balancing a full-time day job with a budding startup. You can learn more about Game Phoenix here.
40 minutes | Aug 16, 2022
Exploring the Hubspot Ecosystem: Jack Eckblad of Hubspot for Startups (Sponsor Spotlight)
Start using Hubspot for a special price today! Click here to sign up. Even the greatest idea can’t achieve much if no one knows about it. But sales and marketing isn’t easy, especially if you’re working on a small-yet-mighty startup. Listen to Jack Eckblad, Head of Midwest Partnerships for Hubspot for Startups North America, break down the secret sauce of sales and marketing and explain why Hubspot can be the key founders need to take things to the next level. BETA may receive an affiliate commission for new Hubspot for Startups signups through the referral link above.
41 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
Microworkouts and Digital Dogs: Alina Matson of Glossbird
From mechanical engineering to startup consultant to… inspiring workouts with the help of an adorable digital dog? Alina Matson, Founder of gaming company Glossbird, is on a mission to help you get fit one tiny exercise at a time. How? Through a cozy mobile game designed to get you off the couch minutes at a time called Fitment. We talk to Alina about the ups and downs of game development, how she’s navigating the sometimes-dubious waters of free-to-play gaming, and the company’s participation in the Vitoria-Gasteiz F2P Campus accelerator. Twin Cities Startup Week is coming soon! The biggest startup event in Minnesota kicks off on September 16, so get your ticket and start planning your week today.
45 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
Following Your North Star: Katrina Anderson of Clinician Nexus
Katrina Anderson co-founded Clinician Nexus in 2016. A few months ago, the company was acquired by Sullivan Cotter. A LOT has happened during those six years. From making pandemic pivots to navigating the interpersonal challenges of how a team *thinks* a CEO acts, we talk through it all.
52 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis: Dr. Senan Ebrahim of Delfina
According to the CDC, there were 23.8 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2020 in the United States. That is a shameful first place statistic in the industrialized world. The next highest? 8.7 deaths per 100,000 live births in France. There is, without a doubt, a maternal health crisis in our country. And Dr. Senan Ebrahim is hoping to do something about it. Delfina, founded and led by Dr. Ebrahim, is creating a "dynamic care management platform" with the goal of taking the guesswork out of pregnancy. The platform creates a personalized care plan for each unique pregnancy and works with a pregnant person's care team to make the journey and birth as healthy as possible. On The tech.mn Podcast, we talk with Dr. Ebrahim about Delfina's mission, the disparity of care when it comes to Black and Brown pregnancies, and the recent Supreme Court ruling on Roe V. Wade.
49 minutes | Jul 19, 2022
Charting the Esports Waters: Jaycie Gluck of Wisdom Gaming
As the Senior Vice President of Wisdom Gaming, Jaycie Gluck has a front-row seat to the rapidly growing and evolving esports scene in Minnesota and across the globe. Hear her thoughts on how esports has changed over her many levels of experience, what the future of the sector looks like, and how Wisdom Gaming's new complex at Mall of America is helping elevate gaming in Minnesota. And she tackles the debut of a new segment dubbed "The Rapids!" It's like a lightning round but... called The Rapids. Like river rapids. Because Minnesota, you know? Interested in checking out Wisdom Gaming's new MOA office? Learn more about the grand opening event happening on July 23-24, 2022 here.
43 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
A Changing of the Angel Guard: Mickayla Zinsli Rosard of Groove Capital
If the angel investment scene in Minnesota has traditionally been a bit sleepy, it's waking up. That's according to Groove Capital Head of Platform Mickayla Zinsli Rosard. In this episode of The tech.mn Podcast, we talk to Mickayla about how angel investing isn't just for the mega-wealthy anymore, how Groove sees itself as a player in sparking increased investment from Minnesota angels, and what the organization is planning for its upcoming angel investment bash — Angel Fest. You can register for Angel Fest (June 2, 2022) here.
43 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Love, Acceptance, and Safety With Tyrre Burks of Players Health
Players Health CEO Tyrre Burks makes a triumphant return to The tech.mn Podcast with a new raise in the books and thoughts about the state of the Minnesota startup landscape. How do you keep your mission priority number one while raising capital? Are things getting better for early-stage startups in Minnesota? How do you learn to accept failures and grow from them? In his second appearance on The tech.mn Podcast, Tyrre Burks answers all of these questions and more. With a new raise and a guest spot in the upcoming FUN Spring 2022 from BETA, the Players Health CEO has a lot to talk about. Get your ticket for Fuckup Nights Twin Cities - Spring 2022 today and hear stories of failure and growth from Minnesota entrepreneurs!
44 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
$20 and a Good Idea With Robin Crockett and Chris Black of Virtual Bid
What can you accomplish with $20 and a good idea? As we learn from Robin Crockett in this episode of The tech.mn Podcast, a lot. As the founder of a successful cleaning business, Robin was hit with a lightning bolt of inspiration after one particular exhausting day — why drive back and forth and back and forth and back and forth when video calls are in the palm of almost anyone's hand? That nugget grew into Virtual Bid, an app that allows cleaning professionals and homeowners to arrange video calls to get accurate bids for work. In the episode, Robin shares her story of entrepreneurship, how she connected with Virtual Bid's now CTO Chris Black, and her experience trying to raise capital in Minnesota as a woman of color.
30 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
From Bats to Bones With Buzz Hannahan of Bone Foam
The tech.mn Podcast has reached a very Minnesotan first! Buzz Hannahan, CEO of Bone Foam, is the first guest to have played baseball against the one and only Joe Mauer. All other podcasts try to reach that point, right? But this episode is about much more than baseball. At the time of the recording, Hannahan was just 28 days into his role as the new CEO of Bone Foam, the Minnesota-based medtech company delivering positioning solutions to operating rooms across the country. We talk about Hannahan's leadership style, what the baton pass between former and current CEOs looks like, and, of course, a bit of baseball. tech.mn on TwitterBETA on Twitter Bone Foam on Twitter
49 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
Making Manufacturing Connections With David Klein of Inspectorio
It's safe to say that for most consumers, any thought of "manufacturing" lives and dies on whatever store shelf they decide to grab their shampoo from. But there's a lot -- LOT -- more that goes into any good reaching that shelf in the first place. Unfortunately, the process is so complex that a lot of important data gets muddied thanks to the often outdated process used to track it. David Klein, Co-founder and President of Inspectorio, is out to change that. David has hopped across the globe while building an impressive body of work and has crystal-clear insight into the woes of the manufacturing process. From why pen and paper is still used to track links in the supply chain to how Inspectorio aims to help clients be more ethically and environmentally conscious to the company's recent $50 million Series B, our chat was a fascinating look at how things get from here to there. tech.mn on TwitterBETA on Twitter Inspectorio on Twitter
51 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Bringing Light to Dark Data With Dan Mallin of Lucy AI
How much dark data does your company have lurking in the depths of its servers? No, we're not talking about anything shady (...are we?). We're talking about the tons of slideshows, presentations, PDFs, reports, graphs, research, and on and on that goes completely unused but shouldn't go completely unused. Dan Mallin and Lucy are here to try to fix that issue. As the founder and CEO of Lucy, Dan is guiding the artificial intelligence company into the future. Lucy, the company's titular AI, scrapes through huge amounts of data and accurately tags each and every bit in the hopes that it can be quickly recalled via natural language search to help companies be better at what they do. We talked with Dan about Lucy's data-diving prowess, his impressive career in tech, why farmers are definitely, definitely entrepreneurs, and a lot more. Don't miss it. tech.mn on TwitterBETA on Twitter Lucy on Twitter Dan Mallin on Twitter
79 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
BETA State of the State 2022
BETA State of the State 2022 is in the books, and we have the entire night's presentation here for you in wonderful audio form. Listen to three panels hosted by an all-star lineup of guests talk about the state of the Minnesota startup ecosystem from unique perspectives. Just try not to get excited about what the year will bring. BETA State of the State 2022 Panels: From the founders' perspective: Jazz Hampton - CEO & General Counsel, TurnSignl Susan Langer - CEO, Spave For the bigger picture: Mary Grove - Managing Partner, Bread & Butter Ventures Justin Kaufenberg - Managing Director, Rally Ventures And from within the community: Matt Lewis - Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Greater MSP Shelisa Demuth - Executive Director, BETA
55 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
Hovering Photogs With Greg Appelhof of AirSelfie
Remember selfie sticks? We can all agree that they were, you know, kind of silly, right? Well, if Greg Appelhof has anything to say about it, the selfie stick will soon look positively ancient in comparison to his company's selfie-taking gadget — the AirSelfie. As CEO of AirSelfie, Inc., Appelhof has taken the idea of a flying, drone-like camera to new heights, winning CES Awards, expanding into Europe and China, and running successful crowd-funding campaigns in the process. But there have been some challenges along the way, including a question that has been definitively answered only recently, Appelhof says — Is AirSelfie just a toy? tech.mn on TwitterBETA on Twitter Casey Shultz on Twitter AirSelfie, Inc. on Twitter
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