Happy Friday! Robots, big opportunities for Minnesota EdTech startups, a new accelerator in town, DEED doling dough… it has been a week. It’s time to take a breath, relax, and unwind with our latest episode of The tech.mn Podcast.
Have a good weekend!
On Episode 23 Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital and Jac Stark, Community Manager for tech.mn, welcome Sibi Murugesan, Head of Platform at Earnest Capital, on our first episode of season three of The tech.mn Podcast. This conversation is a delightful cocktail of topics including “The big American dream,” triple cherries, theoretical particle physics, martial arts, alternate endings to Romeo and Juliet, and donuts. And that’s just the first ten minutes.
Sibi shares the story of what led him to the world of entrepreneurship, a detour into the land of corporate America, and why he gravitated back to the startup realm. He talks about his time as a director at gener8tor and working behind the scenes with early-stage companies. After getting the itch to be part of a startup Sibi joined a team with Fanbox and got a taste of the startup life.
Kevin and Sibi give us a deep dive on Earnest Capital and their unique approach to funding and supporting founders. We discuss the community Sibi is working with and the mentorship culture of Ernest. Lastly, we talk about the upcoming Founder’s Summit in Mexico City.
Every episode we ask our guest to name drop someone doing cool things in the tech community. Sibi gives a shout out to Matt Raskin of Bootstrappers.mn.
Thank you to Arthur Ventures for sponsoring this episode of The tech.mn Podcast. Arthur Ventures invests in B2B software founders beyond Silicon Valley and takes a partner approach to venture capital. They support tech entrepreneurship in Minnesota. You can learn more about them at their website and hear about their latest raise here.