I’m Charlie Youakim, Cofounder & CEO Of Sezzle, And This Is How I Work

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Thanks to Minnesota Tech Startup Supporter Fueled Collective for underwriting our entrepreneur-focused How I Work series!

 

Sezzle was formed in 2016 initially to pursue ACH arbitrage, and after a big pivot they found a product-market fit by offering online retailers a ‘reverse layaway’ checkout service that allows their customers to pay with installments.

As a result of traction, they received $10m investment earlier this year to scale the team, now 30+ overall.

At the helm is CEO Charlie Youakim, interviewed here to learn about his habits and the the way he operates Sezzle on a typical day — inside and outside the office.

What one word best describes how you work?

Determined.

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Q&A With Foodsby CEO Ben Cattoor On The Fresh $15m Round

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$15m in VC made its way to Foodsby last month for hiring up and scaling out the b2b food delivery platform launched in 2012.

The oversubscribed round was led by Piper Jaffray, included all ($6m) Series A major investors, and some new.

CEO Ben Cattoor speaks to that milestone and other facets of where this business is heading next:

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Basketful Bridges The Gap Between Eyes And Stomach

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Via Star Tribune

“Home meals are increasingly prepared on the fly by people leading busy, often hectic lives who are looking for shortcuts to putting food on the table without breaking the budget. A new Minnesota tech startup, Basketful, is trying to simplify the dinner-making process by putting all the ingredients needed for a recipe found online into a digital shopping basket with a click of a button.”

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Mendota Heights Logistics Tech Provider Manna Bought Up By Pilot

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Via News Release

“LIMA, Pa., July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Pilot Freight Services (Pilot), a worldwide provider of transportation and logistics services, is excited to announce its acquisition of Manna Freight Systems (Manna), a final mile logistics provider based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, in a strategic move to create unparalleled final mile service for furniture and appliance delivery with installation capabilities.

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Digital River Has A New CEO

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“MINNEAPOLIS, July 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Digital River, Inc., a leading global provider of Commerce-as-a-Service solutions, announced today that its board of directors has named Adam Coyle, a leader with over 25 years of experience in the technology industry, as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Mr. Coyle succeeds David Dobson, who will transition from his role as chief executive officer to serve as vice chairman of Digital River’s board of directors.”

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