The Tech.MN Podcast: Forging North with Matt Lewis of Greater MSP

by Jac Stark

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11 | Forging North with Matt Lewis

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On Episode 11 Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital and Jac Stark, community manager of Tech.MN welcome Matt Lewis, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives of Greater MSP, on The Tech.MN Podcast to talk all about the assets and liabilities of the great state of Minnesota.

Matt shares his story of what led him to Greater MSP. After starting off as a journalist in Washington DC he made his way back to Minnesota with an interest in helping separate organizations collaborate. We dive into the workings of Greater MSP including two of their initiatives, Make It MSP and Forge North.

The conversation touches on the infamous Amazon Proposal for HQ2 and the job of selling Minnesota beyond nostalgia. We get an inside look into the development of the Forge North Council and what it takes to bring together many different players to benefit the whole.

Hype Time
Every episode we ask our guest to name drop someone doing cool things in the tech community. Kevin also asks Matt to name a corporation that is stepping up in the region. Matt gives a shout out to Caroline Karanja of 26 Letters, and CH Robinson.

Sponsor
Thank you to Redpath and Company CPAs. Redpath and Company is geared to best serve established or growing privately-held tech companies and their stakeholders. Visit RedPath’s Website and find out how you can get your business to the next level.

Socials
Tech.MN on Twitter
Kevin McArdle on Twitter
Jac Stark on Twitter
Matt Lewis on Twitter
Greater MSP on Twitter

Links
Greater MSP
Make It MSP
Forge North
Twin Cities Amazon HQ2 Proposal

The Tech.MN Podcast: Podcast Jingles and Believing in Yourself With Josh Fedie of SalesReach

by Jac Stark

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10 | Podcast Jingles and Believing in Yourself With Josh Fedie

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On Episode 10 Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital and Jac Stark, community manager of Tech.MN, welcome Josh Fedie, founder of SalesReach, on The Tech.MN Podcast to reminisce about Girbaud jeans and learn what a follow-on round is. Bonus: Josh wrote a jingle for the Tech.MN Podcast and debuts it on air with the help of Kevin and Jac.

Josh shares his journey of building a product from the baby steps of getting validation, to putting together a team, and raising money. We talk about the stress of being a founder and Josh’s experience growing up in an entrepreneurial household. He shares (almost) all his secrets to selling with us and gets candid about the key to success in selling.

We explore Josh’s strategy for for content and his podcast, The Founder’s Mentality, and dive into the themes that have begun to arise from it including failure, the growth mindset, and dealing in stressful environments.

Josh shares what he likes about the Minnesota tech and startup ecosystem, as well as what sucks. Get ready to take some notes!

Hype Time
Every episode we ask our guest to name drop someone doing cool things in the tech community. Josh gives a shout out to Clarence Bethea, founder of Upsie.

Sponsor:
Thank you to Redpath and Company CPAs. Redpath and Company is geared to best serve established or growing privately-held tech companies and their stakeholders. Visit Redpath’s website and find out how you can get your business to the next level.

Socials
Tech.MN on Twitter
Kevin McArdle on Twitter
Jac Stark on Twitter
Josh Fedie on LinkedIn

Links:
SalesReach – Josh’s company focusing on true sales enablement.
Studio Americana – We give a shoutout to Studio Americana, where we record all of the Tech.MN podcasts.
The Founder’s Mentality – Josh’s podcast featuring interviews with startup founders. We chat about themes and call out a recent episode with Shalya Christine.
Invision – Josh mentions Invision, a prototyping tool. Find it here.

The Tech.MN Podcast: Love, Luck, and a Whole Lot of Fight With Bri McCullough

by Jac Stark

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The Tech.MN Podcast Team with Guest, Bri McCullough

9 | Love, Luck, and a whole lot of Fight With Bri McCullough

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On Episode 9 Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital and Jac Stark, community manager of Tech.MN welcome Brianna McCullough, founder of BriLimitless and Network Systems Engineer at Target, on The Tech.MN Podcast to talk about how following her heart led her to Minnesota and the things that kept her here.

Bri walks us through getting a computer science degree and then teaching herself how to code. We dive into Bri’s journey into becoming a speaker and an advocate for technology and diversity and inclusion (D&I). We get real about how the Minnesota ecosystem is doing and what we can do better. Bri shares the story of brilimitless and living a fearless and transparent life.

We chat about the upcoming event for Graveti, a community focused on building businesses, creating wealth and developing the Tech ecosystem for people of color in the Twin Cities, of which Bri is the events and programs director. The Graveti summit will take place on Saturday, November 2nd. Check it out here!

Hype Time
Every episode we ask our guest to name drop someone doing cool things in the tech community. Bri gives a shout out to Sam Ndely, consultant at MEDA and Co-founder at Graveti. She also shouts out Yolanda Smith (Lead at Target and speaker) and Steve Buchanan (Microsoft MVP).

Sponsor
Thank you to Redpath and Company CPAs. Redpath and Company is geared to best serve established or growing privately-held tech companies and their stakeholders. Visit RedPath’s Website and find out how you can get your business to the next level.

Socials
Tech.MN on Twitter
Kevin McArdle on Twitter
Jac Stark on Twitter
Bri McCullough on Twitter
Graveti on Twitter

Links
BriLimitless – Bri’s personal website and blog
Arlan Hamilton – We gush over Arlan and chat about her appearance at last year’s Graveti Summit
Graveti Summit – Happening in Minneapolis on November 2nd, Get your tickets now!
Techquity – Bri Shouts out Techquity – a profession platform for African Americans in technology

The Tech.MN Podcast: Scott Burns of Structural

by Jac Stark

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The Tech.MN Podcast with Scott Burns

8 | The Case for St. Paul and Balance With Scott Burns

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On Episode 8 Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital and Jac Stark, community manager of Tech.MN welcome Scott Burns, founder of Structural, on The Tech.MN Podcast to talk about ghosting and how more is not always better.

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The Tech.MN Podcast: Collecting Mistakes With Thompson Aderinkomi

by Jac Stark

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Thompson Aderinkomi on The Tech.MN Podcast

7 | Collecting Mistakes With Thompson Aderinkomi

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On Episode 7 Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital and Jac Stark, community manager of Tech.MN welcome Thompson Aderinkomi, founder of Nice Healthcare, on The Tech.MN Podcast to talk about his collection of mistakes and where they’ve landed him. Bonus: He throws out an Aragron reference for the LOTR fans out there.

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The Tech.MN Podcast: Deepinder Signh of 75F

by Jac Stark

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Deepinder Singh on the Tech.MN Podcast

75F The Reluctant CEO with Deepinder Singh

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On Episode 6 Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital and Jac Stark, community manager of Tech.MN welcome Deepinder Signh on The Tech.MN Podcast to talk about space heaters under your desk in the dead of summer, lego masters, and the number three reason employees quit.

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The Tech.MN Podcast: BETA & Twin Cities Startup Week

by Jac Stark

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The Tech.MN and Beta Teams

Twin Cities Startup Week and Backyard Chickens with Casey Schultz & Reed Robinson

On Episode 5 Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital and Jac Stark, community manager of Tech.MN, welcome Casey Schultz and Reed Robinson on The Tech.MN Podcast to talk about the importance of Zoom skills and also the most anticipated #MNtech event of the year. Listen on Apple and Spotify.

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Announcing the Launch of The Tech.MN Podcast

by The TECHdotMN Team

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Kevin McArdle + Jac Stark

Get ready, get set, podcast! Yet another podcast to add to your feed. This one is worth it, we promise. Kevin McArdle, founder of SureSwift Capital, and Jac Stark, Tech.MN community manager, are setting out to tell the stories of people from across the tech community in Minnesota. They talk to technologists, investors, founders, and organizers about all things #MNtech. Things even get personal. Season one launches today!

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