The tech.mn Podcast: The New Kid with Sibi Murugesan

by Jac Stark

The tech.mn Podcast: Episode 23 with Sibi Murugesan

23 | The New Kid with Sibi Murugesan

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On Episode 23 Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital and Jac Stark, Community Manager for tech.mn, welcome Sibi Murugesan, Head of Platform at Earnest Capital, on our first episode of season three of The tech.mn Podcast. This conversation is a delightful cocktail of topics including “The big American dream,” triple cherries, theoretical particle physics, martial arts, alternate endings to Romeo and Juliet, and donuts. And that’s just the first ten minutes.

Sibi shares the story of what led him to the world of entrepreneurship, a detour into the land of corporate America, and why he gravitated back to the startup relm. He talks about his time as a director at gener8tor and working behind the scenes with early-stage companies. After getting the itch to be part of a startup Sibi joined a team with Fanbox and got a taste of the startup life.

Kevin and Sibi give us a deep dive on Earnest Capital and their unique approach to funding and supporting founders. We discuss the community Sibi is working with and the mentorship culture of Ernest. Lastly, we talk about the upcoming Founder’s Summit in Mexico City.

Hype Time
Every episode we ask our guest to name drop someone doing cool things in the tech community. Sibi gives a shout out to Matt Raskin of Bootstrappers.mn.

Sponsor
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.

Socials
Tech.MN on Twitter
Kevin McArdle on Twitter
Jac Stark on Twitter
Sibi Murugesan on Twitter
gener8tor on Twitter
Earnest Capital on Twitter
Tyler Tringas on Twitter

Links
Earnest Capital
gener8tor
Founder’s Summit (Tickets still available)

A Workday With Yasameen Sajady of Maazah

by Admin

Ketchup? How positively gauche.

Sriracha? Closer, but too red.

If your go-to condiments are starting to wear thin, you might want to take a look at a local startup that’s churning out a “magic green sauce.” Maazah Chutney, founded by sisters Yasameen and Sheilla Sajady, is a blend of cilantro, ginger, garlic, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, jalapeno and salt. According to the company, the sauce compliments anything from pizza to fish. Culinary versatility, thy name is Maazah.

When the sisters started out, they were making just 30 bottles. These days (and after a boost from participating in Lunar Startups’ Cohort 2), they’ve expanded production to 800 bottle runs. That’s a lot of magic. That’s a lot of green. And that’s a lot of sauce.

This is A Workday With Yasameen Sajady, CEO and founder of Maazah.

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The tech.mn Podcast: Intros and Hippos with Adam Choe of Yonder

by Jac Stark

The tech.mn Podcast: Adam Choe from Yonder

22 | Intros and Hippos with Adam Choe

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On Episode 22 Kevin McArdle, owner of SureSwift Capital and Jac Stark, Community Manager for tech.mn, welcome Adam Choe, Co-founder of Yonder, on a special TCSW edition of The Tech.MN Podcast to talk about the Minnesota tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem. *Note* Since recording Adam has left his role with gener8tor to work on his company Yonder full time.

Adam gives us the rundown on gener8tor and shares his story of rising through the ranks from intern to managing director. We chat about balance in Minnesota, bringing the accelerator model to large companies, and mentors in the tech and startup space.

Adam introduces us to the hands-down cutest business mascot out there – Mimi the Hippo. He shares the origin story of Yonder, an app that allows families to walk through dental experiences help reduce anxiety and prepare kids for dental visits. We also chat about his new role on the board of Launch Minnesota.

Sponsor:
Thank you to Arthur Ventures for sponsoring the Twin Cities Startup Week Live tech.mn podcast booth. 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.

Socials
Tech.MN on Twitter
Kevin McArdle on Twitter
Jac Stark on Twitter
Adam Choe on Twitter
Yonder / Mimi the Hippo on Twitter
Launch Minnesota on Twitter

Links:
Yonder
Mimi the Hippo
Gener8tor

A Workday With Elyse Ash of Fruitful

by Alex Skjong

Elyse Ash spent more than a decade as a copywriter in the ad industry working on campaigns for TV, healthcare companies, sports teams, and more. But she couldn’t shake the feeling that she wanted to have a bit more creative control than advertising was affording her.

But Ash found the spark to create something new from a difficult — and familiar to many — experience. From that struggle, her new company was born (along with an adorable baby girl). This is A Workday With Elyse Ash, CEO and founder of Fruitful.

 

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A Workday With Sai Bezawada of Giftbomb

by Admin

Physical gift cards are so 2017. As the CEO of Giftbomb, Sai Bezawada has helped bring surprise gifting to the Minnesota masses with an easy-to-use app. Just select your local business, choose the recipient and dollar amount and boom — your new best friend gets a text with personalized gift card (that they’ll hopefully then share with you). Fried rice, challenges with team rhythm, and a very no-nonsense iPhone background — this is A Workday With Sai Bezawada.

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Questions? We’ve Got Answers: Introducing FAQ Fridays

by Jac Stark

FAQ Friday Series Announcement

In February, we’ll be debuting a new tech.mn original series called FAQ Fridays. Every Friday, we’ll be featuring subject matter experts from around Minnesota to answer your questions on technology and entrepreneurship. Join us by asking us questions on Twitter or submit your questions here.

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