21 - Dispatch raises funding, Doug Berg announces his new startup, Minneapolis loses a coworking space, and Paul talks about the future of TC hiring

August 13, 2018

Riffing points

  1. Dispatch raises a $2.6m oversubscribed funding round
  2. Doug Berg launches ZAPInfo, raises over a million dollar seed round
  3. ClickSwitch raises $3.5m in funding from serious fintech investors
  4. Assemble becomes the first bigger downtown coworking space to shutter
  5. Paul gives the skinny on the brand new Spaces Coworking space in North Loop
  6. Recruiter recruiting is through the roof because companies are hiring like crazy
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20 - Kyle Coolbroth on the future of Fueled Collective, the blurry evolution of coworking, and Structural’s new funding

June 20, 2018

Special Guest: Kyle Coolbroth, Cofounder and CEO of Fueled Collective, formally CoCo Coworking

Riffing points

  1. Structural raises $2.5m more in seed funding.
  2. Kyle Coolbroth’s take on WeWork and its rapid rise.
  3. How CoCo became Fueled Collective and the big expansion plans it has.
  4. A Leadpages/Drip competitor AutoPilot sets up shop in Minneapolis too.
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19 - Gravie continues to grow and raise VC, why Redbrick’s acquisition was a surprise, and what recruiting activity has to do with recessions

May 30, 2018

E19
Riffing points

  1. Minnesota tech's newest IPO pipeline and who could pop.
  2. Startup Gravie continues to raise VC cash.
  3. Reeher has a great exit after Blackbaud’s acquisition.
  4. How often do startups shut down quickly like One20 did?
  5. Redbrick’s acquisition an whether the founders and early employees made money.
  6. Paul on companies hiring recruiters, where it’s trending, and what it means for where our economy is headed.
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18 - Ability Network’s giant acquisition, Sezzle + Dispatch are cruising, and Amazon is eating the Minneapolis world

May 9, 2018

Riffing points

  1. Paul’s State of Tech Events Report: Tech Cities, MinneBar, Enterprise Rising Conference
  2. Ability Network has a huge exit
  3. Enterprise healthtech + health IT continues to thrive in Minneapolis
  4. Connexio and K12 companies still have an edtech stronghold in MN
  5. Sezzle raises an ever growing chunk of cash and is hiring full throttle
  6. Local MN startup Dispatch is killing it
  7. Arthur Ventures and Rally Ventures on the fundraising trail
  8. Amazon Minneapolis office keeps growing and growing
  9. Follow us at www.twitter.com/mspondeck where we will never tweet about Stormy Daniels.
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17 - Bind hauls in a massive series A, Minnesota startup mafias, and why measuring recruiter hiring matters to everyone

March 5, 2018

E17
Riffing points

  1. Bind Benefits lands $60m series A in funding.
  2. The Definity Health Mafia and the startups that its ex-employees have created.
  3. HelpSystems at $160m in rev is acquired by another private equity firm and valued over $1b.
  4. Casey displays a company-crush on Help Systems’ outlier Glassdoor rating.
  5. Paul shares the state of recruiting recruiting and most people will want to hear it.
  6. Ping.mn emerges to be a source for all things Minnesota tech and seeks contributors.
  7. Venture backed SaaS startup Icertis, HQed in Seattle, is opening an office in Minneapolis.
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16 - Jenna Pederson on Upsie’s funding, the changes in the MN tech community, and what being involved with Minnestar is like

February 21, 2018

Special Guest: Jenna Pederson, Minnestar board member and Hack the Gap cofounder

Riffing points

  1. Upsie closes $1.7m seed round funding
  2. Two MN tech startups, SparkDJ and Players Health, leave MN to join Techstars programs in Los Angeles and Boulder
  3. Casey’s rant on startup moving away
  4. Tech ecosystem observations from Jenna Pederson
  5. What Minnebar is and what’s in store for 2018
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15 - Loup Ventures is in the house, CoCo goes big, and what VCs outside MN invest here?

February 5, 2018

E15

Riffing points

  1. Loup Ventures closes their first fund and proves researchers can be VCs
  2. CoCo Coworking launches a 2nd coworking space brand, goes big and goes national
  3. SportsDigita launches their first product, Digideck, + raises investor cash for it
  4. Why Minnesota’s Amazon bid didn’t make us any smarter
  5. A rundown of VC firms outside of Minnesota that have repeatedly invested in MN tech
  6. Kathy’s list of ‘non-VC’ investors that have invested in MN tech
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14 - Another VC firm but this one will improve the world and a complete list of active MN VCs

January 15, 2018

E14

Riffing points

  1. Andy Slavitt launching a VC fund to make the world a better place
  2. The best rundown of MN VC firms that are active
  3. What does a seed round actually get a startup?
  4. Paul explains why being a developer is the best job in the world
  5. SPS Commerce doubles down on Accenture Tower and why it won’t be anything like ADC
  6. Who the hell is ADC?
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13 - Maria Ploessl on the road ahead for Minne*, Cargill and Ecolab’s Techstars marriage, and local tech hiring will be in 2018

December 27, 2017

Special Guest: Maria Ploessl, new Director of Minnestar
Riffing points

  1. The state of Minne*, present and future
  2. Tech ecosystem observations, good and bad, from Maria Ploessl
  3. Inclusion in the Minnesota technology community
  4. Cargill and Ecolab Techstars launching in Minneapolis in 2018
  5. Priorities, outlooks, and predictions of tech jobs and hiring in 2018
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12 - The most popular tech news stories of 2017 + what big things are in the pipe for 2018?

December 11, 2017

Riffing points:

The top, most popular tech stories of 2017 get dissected in true geek fashion. We throw out detailed funding, IPO, and recruiting predictions for 2018.  Also new announcements for Optum Ventures who formally launched, Revel Health who raised a ton of cash, and WeWork which graced Minneapolis with location #2.

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