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The Podcast: Solving a Wicked Problem with Melissa Kjolsing

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On Episode 28, Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital, and Jac Stark, community manager for, welcome Melissa Kjolsing, CEO and Co-founder of Recovree to talk about the transition from ecosystem builder to founder and beyond.

Melissa shares the story of how her passion for helping startup companies was established and grown. We talk about her reasons for starting Recovree when she did and where they are now. We talk about what surprised Melissa the most going from a public community builder role to being a founder along with the challenges and what she has learned in the last year and a half.

Hype Time
Every episode we ask our guest to name drop someone doing cool things in the tech community. Melissa gives a shout out to Elyse Ash (Founder/CEO of Fruitful Fertility) and MESA.

Thank you to Arthur Ventures for sponsoring this episode of The 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.

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