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The Podcast: Elevating the Minnesota Startup Ecosystem with Mary Grove

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On Episode 29, Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital, and Jac Stark, community manager for, welcome Mary Grove, Partner at Revolution’s Rise of the Rest, to talk about investing outside of Silicon Valley and helping the Minnesota startup ecosystem thrive.

Mary shares her journey from the midwest to the west coast, around the world, and back again. We talk about how her passion for entrepreneurship developed after working on emerging markets at Google and continued to grow while on the Google for Entrepreneurs team. The conversation turns toward her move to Minnesota and joining the team at Rise of the Rest. Mary breaks down 5 steps to help the Minnesota startup ecosystem thrive.

Hype Time
Every episode we ask our guest to name drop someone doing cool things in the tech community. Mary gives a shout out to Dunwoody College of Technology.

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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Jac is a self-proclaimed MN tech and startup hype girl and has a knack for curating Twin Cities outings.