*Note* This episode was recorded in December 2019
On Episode 32, Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital, and Jac Stark, community manager for tech.mn, welcome Mondo Davison & Dario Otero of YouthLens 360 to talk about the journey from being educators to entrepreneurs. We discuss the track to identifying as tech entrepreneurs and passing it down to the young people on their team.
Dario and Mondo each share the path that brought them to work together on YouthLens 360. Mondo shares the story behind his brand, The Black Tech Guy, and his business, TEAM Studios. Dario talks about the progression of YouthLens 360 as a for-profit business with a non-profit arm. We discuss their collaboration and how they work together. We also delve into one of their latest projects, The Student Conference, and the impact of working with over 7,000 young people in the Twin Cities metro.
Every episode we ask our guest to name drop someone doing cool things in the tech community. Mondo gives a shout out to Jeff Aguy of NCXT and Dario name drops (among many) Sam Ndely of Graveti and MEDA.
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.