I’m Sahar Ismail, CEO of LegacyArmour, and This Is How I Work

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Thanks to CoCo for sponsoring our new How I Work series!

LegacyArmour is a digital service, which allows you to deliver a secure eVault filled with the information of your choosing (photos, passwords, and stories are all fair game) on a designated date in the event that you are unable to give the information to loved ones yourself.

At the helm as CEO is Sahar Ismail, who co-founded the company and continues to run it. We spoke with her to learn about her work habits and the the way she operates LegacyArmour on a typical day — inside and outside the office.

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Minnesota Tech Startup CheckNGN Creates Marketplace For Car Repair

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Via St. Paul Pioneer Press

“According to the 2017 IBISWorld report “Auto Mechanics in the U.S.,” auto repair is a $63.8 billion industry, and that figure continues to rise.

Americans own more cars than ever before, and these cars need mechanics. Because of the expense required to maintain cars, it is important that consumers are able to find mechanics that they trust to perform any needed repairs.

Jacob Koelln created his company, CheckNGN, in order to connect consumers to a vetted and trusted network of mechanics, allowing them to post projects and accept bids from these mechanics and select the one that seems like the best fit.”

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MN Tech Founders Be Wary Of Posing Investors

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You’ll hear over and over again how difficult it is for entrepreneurs to raise money out there, right?

And generally, that’s quite true for the majority of tech entrepreneurs in Minnesota, where the odds are it either doesn’t happen despite best efforts, or it does happen with way more time and energy spend than anticipated.

With few exceptions, the process is full of friction, it’s high risk, and super stressful — especially for first timers who don’t know what’s all involved but are out there pushing hard and learning as they go.  Worst of all, the activity takes resources away from the most important thing a business can do at any point in time: serve customers.

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What Matters More To Minnesota Tech Founders?

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We anonymously surveyed 20 unique Minnesota tech founders to learn more about what’s important to them.  The question set was mixed between personal and business questions and the founders were chosen at random to include a variety of individuals representing 10 pre and 10 post revenue startups.

For anyone wondering why we didn’t put the survey publicly out on site as usual, because it would too easy to game by non-founders. Thank you to those who took 2 minutes to participate, you know who you are and we appreciate you!

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Kipsu CEO: Go Slow to Go Fast

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By Christopher Smith

“At times, scaling a company in a new market space can feel a bit like the scene in Braveheart when Mel Gibson’s character, William Wallace, is preparing his troops to fight the English in the Wars of Scottish Independence: “hooollldddd, hooolllddd, hooollldddd!”

As a first time CEO, it’s hard to know when to say “now,” oftentimes battling lots of distractions and false indicators. This post will explore our experience optimizing when to start pushing on the market here at Kipsu.”

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Local E-Commerce Startup Step One Foods To Pitch At Google Demo Day

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Via News Release

Step One Foods — a startup based out of COCO and founded by Cardiologist Elizabeth Klodas, that has been selected by Google for Entrepreneurs as a finalist for Google Demo Day on Thursday, June 8 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California. Representing the Twin Cities and the local COCO community, she will have the opportunity to pitch her platform to a room full of top investors, VCs and judges for a chance to secure Series A funding of $1-4M.”

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