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The Podcast: Welcome to the Tech Community with Maria Ploessl

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*Note* This episode was recorded in January 2020

On Episode 33, Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital, and Jac Stark, community manager for, welcome Maria Ploessl, Executive Director of Minnestar, to talk about all things Minnstar and our first interactions with the MN tech community.

Maria talks about boomeranging back to the Twin Cities and attending her first Minnesota tech event, which just so happened to be a Minnedemo. Maria reflects on becoming the first Executive Director of Minnestar and we talk about how it has evolved. Maria gives us the lowdown on Minnestar events – Minnedemo and Minnebar, as well as other organizations she is a part of in Minnesota. 

Hype Time

Every episode we ask our guest to name drop someone doing cool things in the tech community. Maria gives a shout out to Dario Otero at YouthLens 360 and Meg Stuer at Forge North.

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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